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10 Reasons Why Your Cat Loves You

| December 27, 2011
10 Reasons Why Your Cat Loves You

There are plenty of reasons why your cat loves you. Ten of the main reasons are listed below.

 

1. You provide food– Cats love food and they love you for giving them that food. If it wasn’t for you, they’d go hungry, and of course, if it wasn’t for you, they wouldn’t get those tasty scraps of meat after a meal. Those crunchy little biscuits aren’t half bad either.

2. You clean the litter tray – You always keep their bathroom area very clean. After all, cats are very clean animals, and they’re very appreciative of the work you do in cleaning out their litter tray, as well as the area around it. Poor things, they can’t help spraying litter all over the floor!

3. You are a great companion – You’re always there to play with them, whether it be with a piece of string or with a toy mouse which looks so amazingly real yet it magically comes back to life every time its head has just been chewed on for five minutes by your cat!

4. You’re comfortable to sit (and sleep) on – On those cold dark evenings, you’re always there to be sat on and nuzzled into. You’re so warm compared to some of the places they could sleep, and the gap between your knees makes a great paw warmer!

5. You provide shelter – They have a whole house to themselves thanks to you. While it’s raining outside they can cheerfully look out the window at all the other poor animals that have to put up with the rain. There’s always a corner in your house where they can curl up and go to sleep as well. Luxury!

6. You’re bigger than any dog – You’re (almost) always there to fend off any nasty big dogs that could eat them whole and they appreciate this greatly. Especially at the vets when a huge hairy dog is eyeing them up, they know that you’re behind them so they’ll be safe.

7. You always know where to scratch – Whether it’s behind the ears, under the chin, or on their stomach, cats just love the way you always scratch, stroke, and pet them. Its one of the things they love most, and they love you for it, and when you get that special brush out, it’s just the best thing in the world!

8. You always talk back – Whenever they meow, you always give a consoling reply either in native cat language by meowing back, or by saying something in a high pitched voice that only babies would understand!

9. You provide things to claw – Whether it is furniture, carpet, or a delicate set of curtains, there’s always something for your cat to get their claws into. What would they do without all the clawing material you provide…? It’s possible that they might consider using the specially designed scratch post that you bought for them.

10. You love them – The greatest reason of all, which encompasses all those mentioned above. They love you because you love them.

Well, those were ten of the main reasons your cat loves you. I’m sure you related to most, if not all, of them. Rest assured, your cat does love you, because they couldn’t live without you, just as you couldn’t live without them!

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10 Things You Thought You Knew About Cats

| December 16, 2013

Myths and misinformation exposed

Often given as advice when someone moves house and is letting the cat outside for the first time, but completely untrue.


Myths and misinformation exposed

1. Rubbing butter on cats’ paws will help it find its way home.

Often given as advice when someone moves house and is letting the cat outside for the first time, but completely untrue.

A much better way of making sure your cat comes home is to:

  • Keep the cat indoors for 2 weeks so it knows that the new house is ‘home’ and safe.
  • Make sure your cat is micro chipped so even if he/she does wander off and gets lost there’s a good chance of being reunited (make sure you change the microchip information with your new address)

2. Giving a cat a saucer of milk is good for them

Most cats do seem to enjoy a saucer full of milk; unfortunately a lot of cats are lactose intolerant (which means they can’t digest the sugar in cows milk). It can give them diarrhoea which I think we can agree isn’t good for anyone! There are special types of milk you can buy to treat your cat without this risk.

3.A Female cat should have a litter of kittens before being spayed

Cats have no anticipation of motherhood, there is no reason to let her have a litter of kittens and medical evidence suggests that cats who are spayed before there first heat are actually healthier.

4. Cats have 9 lives

Unfortunately I have to inform you that cats don’t actually have 9 lives (I know, I was disappointed to learn this too!)

This myth is thought to have originated from William Baldwin, who in his 1553 book ‘Beware the Cat’ wrote “It is permitted for a witch to take her cat’s body nine times”.

5. The average lifespan for an indoor/outdoor cat is 1-3 years old (in the UK)

A statistic that is often used around the Internet as a reason to keep your cats indoors only, but so far there have been no official studies to prove this statistic. As a UK cat owner who has 5 cats all over 10 years old that have always been alowed outside I tend to agree that this statistic is a myth. (Those who disagree please forward me the studies to show otherwise!)

6. Pregnant women should not live with cats

Toxoplasmosis is one of the main reasons people think it’s dangerous for a pregnant woman to live with a cat. Toxoplasmosis is spread via cat faeces. You can easily remove the risks by getting someone else to clean the litter tray, wear gloves to do any gardening work and wash your hands before eating.

7. Putting bells on a cats collar will stop it catching birds & mice

Well you can see how it could work, the bell rings and notifies the prey that something’s there. New research shows however that it could have the opposite effect because the cat can learn to move without the bell ringing, therefore making it stealthier!

8. Spaying or Neutering your cat will make it gain weight

Cats like all other animals gain weight by over eating and not getting enough exercise, there is no evidence to suggest that spaying or neutering alone will make your cat gain weight.

9. You can’t train a cat

You can’t train a cat as easily as you can train a dog but it can be done. We’ve trained Rags to ‘sit’ and ‘lay down’ on command, and I’m sure we could have taught him more. Cats are very smart when they want to be!

10. Cats always land on their feet

I’m sure you’ve all heard this one, and most of the time its true but cats do occasionally land on their chins and can also give themselves pelvic injuries falling from windows, even when they land on their feet.

It’s true that they always seem to try to land on their feet, just like your toast always does its best to land butter side down – interestingly enough, this myth has lead to the creation of a new myth – The Buttered Cat Paradox

 

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11 Tips for Being a Responsible Pet Owner

| February 19, 2015

 

How do we view responsible pet ownership? While there isn’t an exact definition for it the America Kennel Club gives each of us a great starting point for how we view pet ownership: “Owning a dog is not just a privilege-it’s a responsibility.”

Whether you own a dog or a cat one thing is for sure, owning that pet comes with great responsibility. Pets are not accessories that can be thrown aside and forgotten. Pets are companions that need love, care and devotion.

You can find many lists that outline very specific ways to be a responsible pet owner, like the American Kennel Club’s list for dog owners, but we’ve compiled a short list for you of the important rules we think all pet owners must live by.

 

Pick a pet that fits your lifestyle. The decision to become a pet owner should come after extensive research and planning, not as an impulsive purchase. Just because you think something is cute, does not mean it will be the perfect fit for you. For example, if you don’t know that cute kitty you just bought is very high maintenance and you are low maintenance your cat may form behavioral problems. These problems are the number one reason pets are given to shelters or abandoned leading, in a majority of cases, to euthanasia.

Make him part of the family. Pets, especially dogs, need companionship. They are traditionally pack creatures and need the warmth and love that comes with living indoors with their family.

Pet proof your house. To keep your pet healthy you should research what household products and foods can harm your pet. Make sure these are kept in secure locations so your pet cannot get into them.

Care for your pet. Regular visits to the vet and groomer are absolutely necessary. Insuring your pet may also be important to your pet’s health. Emergencies can happen at any time. Ensure your pet gets the help he needs no matter the cost with pet insurance.

Spay and neuter your pet. Studies have shown that pets that are spayed and neutered live healthier, longer lives. Plus, spayed a neutered pets are less likely to develop behavior problems.

Always keep an ID tag on your pet. Consider getting your pet microchipped as well to help identify him if he is lost or stolen.

Train your pet to understand obedience. Dogs should at least understand basic direction like “sit” and “stay.” In an emergency situation these cues could save your pet’s life.

Give him the exercise he needs. All pets need regular exercise to stay fit and to release their energy. Without it, your pet will begin to act out. Young pets that do not get enough exercise are more likely to develop negative behavioral issues that lead many to give up their pet.

Feed him properly. Ask your vet what type of food and how much is right for you pet. Keeping your pet on a regular, portion controlled diet will help with weight management and prevent weight related health problems.

Socialize your pet. Meeting new people and other pets improves the confidence of your pet. Plus, having extra playmates will help relieve some of your pet’s built up energy.

Love your pet. You are your pet’s favorite thing in the whole world. He craves your love, attention and care. So show him the love and devotion he shows you!

 

 

 

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12 Ways To Name Your Cat

| December 27, 2011
12 Ways To Name Your Cat

Naming your cat has to be one of the most difficult choices you will have to make. Most cats come home as kittens and will display a unique personality which may suggest name to you.

Naming your cat has to be one of the most difficult choices you will have to make. Most cats come home as kittens and will display a unique personality which may suggest name to you. Soon however, they may change and the name you first thought of may seem silly or inappropriate. If you have had cats before and allowed your child to choose, Henry soon became Henrietta. Perhaps you named a cat Tiny and later they outgrew their name. Her are some ideas to get you started on choosing the best name for your four legged companion.

1.Look around the neighborhood. Are there any place names that you can adapt kitty’s name to?

2.Cats have been named after people, song titles, movies and other things that appeal to their owners.

3.How independent is your new cat. If they need constant attention then a cute cuddly name will be better. If they are aloof, then maybe an upper class name or title will suit better.

4.Consider the length of the name you choose. If it’s too long you will probably shorten it later, so be careful or else you will have a cat with two names!

5.What season were they born in and what was the weather like?

6.Is pussy’s color distinctive? If so use a variation.

7.Let a child make up a name. it can be any child; yours , the neighbor’s, a child walking past. Kids often say the craziest things and sometimes it just works for a new kitty!

8.Choose short names that are easy for pussy to remember too. After all you don’t want to confuse the master of the house with a difficult to remember name!

9.what school do you think your cat should attend? Maybe Harvard or Yale or possibly an English college. There are some great names there.

10.Does pussy remind you of anyone famous or do you want her to be remembered as an historical character.

11.What about a rock star? Does pussy look like a lead guitarist or a drummer. Look at the names of rock bands and their members. (Band members are people who could have made an equally comfortable living making up names for cats.)

12.what about a business name. does your new kitten look like a budding media mogul or CEO of an Internet giant? If so just go straight to the yellow pages and look at the names.

If all of these tips fail, then you may just have to let pussy choose her/himself. Here’s how to do just that. First, talk to her and ask questions about possible names. When she hears her name she may respond with a cute “yes that’s my name” or alternatively “No, now get serious”. Sometimes kitty will pay attention if you seem to be on the right track, and other time just walk away. Either way she’s given you an idea, so why not try it even if you don’t like the choice. Using this method, you will soon learn a valuable lesson, and that is, whichever way you look at it, pussy will always get her own way.

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Also hints on the best toys and gifts for your cat.
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3 Cleaning Tips for Cat Owners

| October 14, 2015

3 Cleaning Tips for Cat Owners

Owning a cat comes with many perks, but the fur, dander and the dirt are not one of them. Maintaining a clean home can be a serious challenge with your feline friend around. Cats are experts at creating a mess. Keeping up with the playful and mischievous nature of your kitty can sometimes seem impossible. Spillages, muddy paws and urine stains are not unusual sight for most cat owners. Whatever the case, we have a solution. With these handy cleaning guides and advices, the persistent spills and spots are no longer a problem.

3 Cleaning Tips For Cat Owners

 

1. Take Care of The Fur

By now you are probably used to finding pet hair all around your home, from the floor to your upholstery furniture. Fur residue is not only unpleasant to look at, but it can also cause allergies and respiratory problems.   If you want to preserve your home clean and allergen-free, you need to get a quality vacuum cleaner. Regular appliances cannot get deep into the fibres and can even disperse more dust and pet hair. You should make vacuuming and cleaning the upholstery a habit. Collect the fur from the bed, chairs and blankets by using wet rubber glove. The squeegee is great tool for cleaning the carpets.

2. Urine Stains

There are many reasons why your kitty skips the litter box and urinates everywhere in your house. It may be due to health or behavioural issues. Your feline friend may have hard times adjusting to a new pet or a child or it simply protests against the dirty litter box. You should consult with your vet to find out why the cat doesn’t use its litter box.

In the meantime, if you notice a urine spot don’t worry. Tackle the spot while it is still wet. If the urine dries, it is harder to remove. Don’t rub the stain. Layer it with paper towels to soak the liquid and then pour cold water and bolt. The enzymes in the urine are the reason for the pesky smell and stain. Avoid using ammonia based products because they may enhance the “pet smell.”You can either use specialized cleaners or you can mix a green solution with 1 ½ cups of warm water and ½ of vinegar. Ensure that the spot is thoroughly cleaned. Cats have great sense of smell and can detect the odours even after long time. This means that they may be encouraged to use the area as toilet again.

3. Prevention

The best way to avoid the dirt and stains is by preventing them to occur. You should layer newspapers or a cloth in their food area. In this way they will not stain the flooring, while having a snack. Do the same with the litter box. This will help you to quickly collect the litter around the container. Groom often your cat to minimize the pet hair on your furniture and floor. Keep in mind that excessive fur loss may be a sign of a health problem.

4 tips for decreasing cat stress and anxiety

| February 1, 2013
The great thing is that you can try a couple of very simple ideas to lessen the anxiety that your cat suffers from.

The great thing is that you can try a couple of very simple ideas to lessen the anxiety that your cat suffers from.

Were you aware that many cats go through stress and anxiety, just as people can? Too much emotional stress can generate problems for the cat in numerous ways. Signs and symptoms of stress in kitties include things like being overly-hyper or overly-tired, ripping out fur, a change in feeding behaviors, peeing or defecating out of the cat litter box, yowling, and others.

The great thing is that you can try a couple of very simple ideas to lessen the anxiety that your cat suffers from. That can make both of you feel much better. Below are several tricks for eliminating stress and anxiety in your cats.

Tip 1: Take good care of the fundamentals

The quickest thing you can do to reduce your cat’s stress and anxiety is to ensure the basics are handled. This looks very simple, yet ensuring that your cat has sufficient water and food plus a clean litter box will go a long way.

There are several different feeding tactics that you can use, and you might need to experiment to determine what works well with your cat. If your cat eats once daily, consider splitting the meal to a breakfast and a night time meal. On the other hand, you could try feeding daily, but switch to the evening rather than the morning (or the other way around). For many kitties, an evening dinner can help relax them before you head to bed, so this can have an added benefit for you as well. One technique to stay away from would be to continuously feed your kitties – leaving a bowl out all day is not good for your cats because they will frequently eat way too much and grow obese.

Your litter box location and litter selection is likewise something to consider. Typically, you need at least one cat litter box for every kitty. If you have more than one floor in your home, consider placing a litter box on each level, with at least one per kitty. Be sure to choose a simple litter box with no gadgets like entrance doors or sweeping devices which could frighten your cat, and make sure you scoop it each day. Furthermore, consider using a natural litter to persuade your cat to make use of the litter box, and keep her healthy too.

Tip 2: Never neglect play time

Just about all kitties – even older cats – like enough time to play. Spending 10 minutes out of your day to amuse your cats works wonders to help de-stress them. Play time stimulates your pet’s mind and supplies them with exercise that they normally wouldn’t get.

There are lots of toys available on the market to pick from, and you ought to have several. Handheld laser pointers are a fantastic, inexpensive toy that most cats enjoy, though you must be mindful never to point the laser at your cat’s face. A lot of cats also like cat nip toys, in particular catnip stuffed mouse toys. A few indoor-only kitties may even handle mouse toys just like a real mouse, offering you a “gift”!

You can also make your own cat toys using objects around the house and found objects. Cats love old card board boxes, so next time you find a box your kitty might be able to fit into, provide it to him to use. Tying some yarn on a stick is yet another good idea. If you are handy and have the materials, you can create a scratching pole or kitty condo too using some wood and old carpet.

Tip 3: Ensure your kitty has company

Even though kitties can act like loners, most of them like company, particularly when that company is you. Kitties whose owners aren’t home often are usually really stressed out just from being by themselves all day. If you just have a single kitty and are away often, think about adopting a 2nd cat (or a puppy!) to keep each other company. Obviously the kitties should get along and it will take some time for that to happen, but spending your time and effort to find your cat a new buddy is worthwhile.

Should you travel for a job, you’re most likely used to either leaving behind additional food and water out for your cats, or having them boarded if you are away for a longer period. Alternatively, look at a cat sitter. Cat sitters are usually reasonably priced and always visit your house to feed and spend playtime with your cats when you are gone. You do not need to deal with driving your kitties to the boarding facility, plus your cats are usually much less stressed.

Tip 4: Consider a pheromone diffuser

If you’ve experimented with the previous tips and your cats still continue to have stress and anxiety problems, think about a pheromone diffuser. Pheromone diffusers connect to a wall socket and release an all-natural smell that calms your cats. You will not have the ability to smell the pheromone, however your cats will really feel more comfortable. If you decide to get a diffuser, be sure to look at instructions and buy enough diffusers to cover the places your kitties devote the most time. Pheromone diffusers can definitely make a big difference for stressed out cats.

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5 Questions to ask before your Pet’s Surgery

| May 6, 2017

Your pet is a treasured member of the family so you are naturally concerned about their health.

It is important that you feel comfortable with your vet.

That way you can discuss anything that you are concerned about regarding your pet’s wellbeing.

When your pet is unwell, the more you understand, the more comfortable you will feel.

surgery  nurse-jess  north-shore-vet-services

 

  1. What is my pet suffering from?

If you are not familiar with veterinary jargon, ask your vet to write down the name of the illness / condition your pet has. That way you can understand it better and will not forget. It is important to find out from your vet whether the condition your pet has is acute or chronic, whether it can be fixed or just managed and if it is likely to recur again in the future. That way you will be better informed.

  1. What are the treatment options?

As your pet is important to you, you will want to know all the possible treatment options for them and whether they are commonplace or more specialised. Your vet will offer you all the possible solutions and explain the pros and cons of each one. Sometimes there may be only one obvious treatment option, but there may also be plans B, C or even D. Treatments are classed as “medical”/“conservative”, e.g. medication, or “surgical” (an operation). You can then decide what treatment is right for you.

  1. Risks and Complications

Risks and complications may arise in treatments such as pet surgery. Therefore, even a minor procedure has a set of potential risks. It is the responsibility of the vet to give you an idea about all the complications and risks. After you know all the potential risks and complications, you can then decide whether you proceed with the treatment.

  1. Estimate of the Costs

When your vet is explaining the possible treatment options for your pet’s condition, they should also provide you with an estimate of how much each one costs. That way you can decide which treatment is the most suitable one for your budget.

  1. Does the hospital provide overnight care?

Overnight care is where your pet is monitored / attended to during the night by nursing or veterinary staff. Many suburban vets do not provide overnight care. If you don’t like the idea of leaving your pet alone at night, you can discuss transferring them to a local emergency hospital. However there will be an extra cost involved in the transport for this and the care.

  1. Post-Operative Care

If your pet has a procedure (surgery) done, your vet will inform you of the care to be provided once they are discharged and go home. At home care may include, medication (such as antibiotics, pain-killers etc), wound care, rest, restrictions on certain activities, or a special diet.

All in all, your vet will do their best to inform you of the best health and treatment options of your pet. They are a very good source of information and they understand your pet. It is important that you ask all the questions you have about the condition your pet has and the best options for treatment. They want the best for your pet’s health, just like you do!

Author’s Bio:

Angela Hill is a north shore vet who works as the Practice Manager at Gordon Vet Hospital. She loves being surrounded by animals.

9 Reasons for Adopting a Senior Cat and 6 Reasons for Not Adopting a Kitten

| November 24, 2013
Adopting a Senior Cat

He leaped out of the cage and grabbed me around the shoulders. My shock quickly turned into amazement. He hadn’t sunk his claws into me! My thought was, “This cat definitely knows good manners. Somebody has worked with him.” I looked at the ticket on the cage door. It read, “Morgan, male, age 14.”

He leaped out of the cage and grabbed me around the shoulders. My shock quickly turned into amazement. He hadn’t sunk his claws into me! My thought was, “This cat definitely knows good manners. Somebody has worked with him.” I looked at the ticket on the cage door. It read, “Morgan, male, age 14.”

Age 14? I hesitated. That was pretty old. I put him back in the cage and walked around the shelter, looking the other cats over. There were many nice ones, as well as a few kittens.

But my mind kept going back to Morgan, and I realized that, in fact, I had bonded with him. Fourteen years notwithstanding, we had become buddies.

THE PLIGHT OF THE SENIOR CAT

One of the saddest things you’ll see in Animal Shelters is the number of older cats waiting for adoption. By and large, people are looking for kittens.

The older cats languish, many from happy homes where they were loved and cared for, but brought into the shelter for some reason known only to the owner and the cat.

Many people, who don’t like older cats, like kittens. Kittens are cute, cuddly, and funny. They make pleasing pets – but lose their “playfulness” when they grow up, and with it the “love” of their owners.

Somebody said that the mark of a true cat lover is to desire to have grown cats over kittens.

A KITTEN ISN’T ALWAYS WHERE IT’S AT

Many people don’t think through the consequences of adopting a kitten, or of taking one or two kittens from the litter a friend is trying to get rid of, or bringing into your home one left on your doorstep.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before you adopt a kitten:

1. Taking care of themselves. Kittens are pretty marginal in being able to take care of themselves, especially when it comes to using a litter box. Do you have time to house train your kitten?

2. Young children. Do you have young children in the house? A child of 2 or 3 may inadvertently kill a kitten. Older children need to be taught how to play with them and need to be closely supervised.

3. Other pets. Are you bringing a kitten home to a household with other, older pets? Make certain you have the time to spend introducing and acclimating your pets to the kitten (and vice versa)

4. House dangers. Is there anything dangerous in your house that could harm a kitten? If you are not home during the day, have you made sure your kitten is safe while unsupervised?

5. Adoptions other than from an animal shelter. .If you are adopting a kitten from a friend, or taking one from a mother cat’s litter, are you prepared to neuter or spay the kitten and give her the vaccinations she needs?

6. Vaccinations. A kitten receives all of her vaccinations over a period of time. You should make sure you have the time and interest to get her the full regimen.

ADOPTING THE SENIOR CAT

Somebody said cats are like shoes: one size doesn’t fit all. Still there are some arguably general reasons for adopting a mature cat over a kitten:

1. An older cat is easier to take care of. In fact, to a great extent, an older cat pretty much can take care of itself. Great for the working person who can’t be home during the day.

2. Older cats are generally calmer than younger ones, and adapt more easily to a new environment.

3. Older cats usually come with their vaccinations and spaying or neutering. A kitten, even adopted from a shelter will need a series of vaccinations.

4. Older cats are better with small children than a kitten is. Better to get an older animal that can defend itself.

5. Older cats are usually housebroken. You’ll have to train a kitten.

6. Older cats can feed and take care of themselves whereas a kitten may need your help – not good for a busy working person.

7. An older cat can “hold its own” against the other family pets (like the dog) better than a kitten can. Unless you’re there to defend it, certain life situations aren’t good for a new kitten.

8. Older cats can better handle a move if you relocate your household. The only thing you have to make sure of is that your cat recognizes your new location as “its den” and doesn’t try to return to your old place.

9. And finally – older cats catch mice. In these days of smarter mice that avoid all known mousetraps, a mature cat can be invaluable.

THE JOY OF OWNING A SENIOR CAT

Well, his name was “Morgan”, but I renamed him “Tab” because he had the typical marks of a Tabby. Tab and I eventually learned to respect each other, and he – although a tough old alley cat – eventually enjoyed sitting in my lap having his battered ears stroked.

He lived five more years, and died at the ripe age of 19. During that time he was my companion during two years of unemployment, providing plenty of understanding, comfort, and love.

One day he definitely “earned his keep”. I found a dead rat in the living room, its neck bitten almost in half. The rat was almost as big as Tab was, but he’d wrestled it down and killed it.

So much for adopting kittens. I’d rather take a tough old alley cat any day of the week.

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9 Steps to Prevent Litterbox Problems

| November 3, 2010
9 Steps to Prevent Litterbox Problems

In dealing with feline toilet habits, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. By following the easy steps listed below, you will help your cat develop positive litterbox habits from the beginning.

In dealing with feline toilet habits, an ounce of prevention is definitely worth a pound of cure. By following the easy steps listed below, you will help your cat develop positive litterbox habits from the beginning.

Choose a litterbox preferred by cats
In selecting a litterbox, consider the size, age, and general condition of the cat. An older, arthritic cat may not be aments if necessary.

Fill the box with the right amount of litter
Generally, it is best to fill the box with two to three inches of litter, enough for the cat to scratch and dig, but not so much that it spills onto the floor. Some cats exhibit a preference for more or less litter, so observe your cat and make adjustments if necessary.

Keep the litterbox clean
The primary reason cats stop using their litterbox is because box cleanliness may not be up to the individual cat’s standards. Cats have very sensitive noses and are in close proximity to the litter, so it is important to scoop waste at least once daily, and to dump and thoroughly clean the box regularly. Use water and plain, unscented soap to scrub the litterbox, and dry well before refilling.

Put the litterbox where it will be used
Cats feel most comfortable using the litterbox if it is a convenient, quiet, and private place. Find a location where your cat will not be bothered by heavy foot traffic, other animals, and loud sounds. If you have no alternative to the laundry room, be sure to place the box away from washing machines and dryers. And, remember to consider the cat’s age and condition. For small kittens or older cats, make the box accessible as possible so that the animals will not have to negotiate stairs, cat doors, or other obstacles.

Keep the litterbox environment cat-friendly
Cats may stop using a litterbox if they have negative associations with the area. Do not medicate or punish your cat in the room where the litterbox is kept. Also, your cat must feel safe when using the box. Restrict access to other pets who may ambush the cat, and be sure to provide litterboxes in different locations in multiple cat households where dominant animals exert territorial pressure on the others.

Provide enough litterboxes
In a multiple-cat household, cats need to have more than one litterbox. Ideally, each cat should have access to his or her own box. Make sure that each litterbox is scooped daily.

Familiarize new cats with the litterbox
When introducing a cat to the household, make sure he or she knows where the litterbox is kept. New cats often hide until they feel comfortable in their surroundings. Place the litterbox where the cat feels safe, and gradually move the box if necessary if the cat explores the house. It might be a good idea to keep kittens confined to a limited area with an accessible box until they are fully litterbox trained. And don’t forget that good behavior deserves rewards. Take some time to gently praise and stroke the cat after he or she has emerged from the litterbox.

Spay or neuter your cat
Spayed and neutered cats are less likely to mark territory with urine than are the unneutered counterparts. They remain healthier, less prone to diseases that affect fertile cats. And the urine of neutered males is relatively odorless whereas that of tom cats is strong and offensive.

If your cat stops using the litterbox, or seems to experience pain when eliminating, consult your veterinarian immediately. If after a thorough examination your veterinarian rules out a medical cause, contact PAWS for more information about cat behavior and solutions to litterbox problems.

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Source: Paws – www.paws.org


About Your Cats Tongue

| October 27, 2010
About Your Cats Tongue. A feeling of rough sandpaper as you are licked by your cat is a reminder that its long, muscular tongue serves many functions, including grooming.

A feeling of rough sandpaper as you are licked by your cat is a reminder that its long, muscular tongue serves many functions, including grooming.

A feeling of rough sandpaper as you are licked by your cat is a reminder that its long, muscular tongue serves many functions, including grooming.

A Grooming Tool and More: A cats ability to groom itself is the result of numerous knobs called papillae on the surface of a cats tongue. Located at the tongues center, the papillae form backward-facing hooks containing large amounts of keratin, the same material found in human fingernails. These hooks provide the abrasiveness a cat needs for self-grooming. The strength of these hooks also helps a cat hold food or struggle with prey.

Your Help is Needed: Although the abrasiveness of a cats tongue helps it to clean itself and untangle its hair, your help is needed through regular grooming. As you groom your cat, you are removing loose and dead hair. Otherwise a cat may ingest this hair and hair balls can form, which can cause vomiting and may cause impaction in the gastrointestinal tract. Longhaired cats need daily grooming; shorthaired cats should be groomed at least once a week.

A Matter of Taste: Studies show that the cats sense of taste is keener than that of the dog. This acute sense of taste is the result of two sets of taste buds. Mushroom-shaped papillae at the tip and sides of the tongue hold some of the largest taste buds. A set of cup-shaped papillae are located at the back of the tongue. Palatability studies at the Purina Pet Care Center and other studies show that in addition to flavor, a cats tongue reacts to the texture or mouthfeel of a particular food. This is one of the reasons dry cat foods come in a variety of shapes. The cats tongue also reacts to temperature and shows a preference for foods at room temperature.

When Cats Lap it Up: A cats tongue becomes spoon-shaped to enable it to lap liquids. Notice how its tongue laps under water in much the same manner as an elephant uses its trunk. It flicks its tongue quickly in and out of the water, swallowing after every third or fourth lap. A cats water intake will vary depending on the season of the year, activity and type of diet being fed. Cats consuming canned cat food diets will not drink as much water as those fed dry food. If, for some reason, a cat does not appear to be drinking enough water, more water can be added to the food. Always keep fresh drinking water in a clean bowl available to your cat. Water is an essential ingredient and is involved in virtually every function of a cats body.

Contributing To A Cats Sense of Taste: Cats also have a highly developed sense of smell and they notice changes in their food. Some researchers suggest that this sense may stimulate their appetite or cause them to refuse to eat. A cats appetite may be affected by many factors including noise, strange people, changes in routine and even feeding dishes washed with a strong detergent and not carefully rinsed. However, if a cat refuses to eat for a period of two to three days, a trip to the veterinarian is in order. This continued food refusal may be a sign of illness.

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Cat Article courtesy of  i-love-cats.com
Cat Author’s Website: http://www.i-love-cats.com/

Photo copyright and courtesy: Clix – stock.xchng

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