Category Archives: Cat

Keeping Your Cat off Counters and Tables

Dec_2013_3Your height-loving cat may enjoy looking over her domain from up high, but doing so from a kitchen counter or table may expose her to a few hazards, like a hot stovetop. How do you keep her from cruising the counter or off table tops? After all, she loves to climb and might be rewarded with interesting food smells in the kitchen or water in the sink. You can break that habit by making the area less appealing and giving your cat other alternatives. Here’s how:

Make the area less appealing

  • Keep food sealed tight: The first step is to make sure all human food is put away and countertops are clean. Obvious, we know, but this keeps your cat from being rewarded during her countertop adventures.
  • Use deterrents: A product like Sticky Paws around the countertop will make it an uncomfortable walking surface for your cat. You can create a similar effect with car floor mats (spiky side up) or aluminum foil, which cats avoid because of the feel and sound. The Continue reading

What to Expect When Your Cat is Expecting

Dec_2013_3Is your kitty expecting? As your pregnant cat, or “Queen,” prepares for her little kittens, you should learn what’s ahead. Here are a few facts on what to expect:

 

  • The average feline pregnancy is 9 weeks or 63 days, but it can range from 57 to 69 days.
  • Weight gain begins after the fourth week. You’ll also see “pinking” or pinker and enlarged nipples after the third week.
  • The litter size can range from 1 to 8 kittens or more. The average is 2 to 5.
  • Nesting behavior is common. Your cat will start exploring closets and secluded places, looking for a place to have her kittens. Help her find a safe room away from children, pets and other activity.     Continue reading

Hairball Madness: Controlling & Avoiding Hairballs

Dec_2013_3Playing and cuddling are among the joys of owning a cat. Dealing with hairballs? Not so much. While hairballs aren’t exactly fun, they’re a normal occurrence for most cats. Your cat will have them less often though if you follow these tips.

Avoid or reduce hairballs with:

  • Diet
    Cats with frequent hairballs often benefit from special-needs cat food with hairball control. The formula includes fiber to help reduce the shape and regularity of hairballs.
  • Regular grooming
    Whether your cat has short or long hair, it’s important to groom her regularly. Combing and bathing her will reduce the amount of hair she ingests and cut down the buildup in her stomach and intestines. Continue reading

NaturVet Naturals Soft Chews for Cats

April_2012_1Treat your cat to a natural, soft chew formulated by veterinarians. More than tasty catnip treats, each soft chew supports cat health.

  • Maintain your cat’s healthy urinary tract with Cranberry Relief Plus Catnip Soft Chews.
  • Reduce the stress of travel, grooming or the fear of thunderstorms with Quiet Moments Calming Aid Plus Ginger Soft Chews.
  • Eliminate and prevent hairballs with Hairball Plus Catnip Soft Chews. Flaxseed and fish oil also promote healthy skin and fur.

NaturVet Naturals Soft Chews for Catsare available at your local Pet Supermarket store!

Kitty Hydration Tips

Dec_2013_3Is your cat drinking enough water? Depending on her weight and diet, your cat should be drinking two to four ounces a day. If your cat is a picky kitty, you may need to try a few things to keep her properly hydrated. To encourage water drinking, follow these tips…

Sparkling Clean H20

  • Refresh your cat’s water every day. Water that sits for a few days can get stale or contaminated.
  • Offer filtered water rather than tap water, which has minerals and chlorine.
  • If your cat eats dry food, make sure fresh water is always available. Don’t add water to her food though. It could lead to spoilage.
  • If your cat is on a wet-food diet, she will need less water, but feel free to add a little to her food bowl. Continue reading

Teaching Your Cat Not to Bite During Play

Dec_2013_3Your adorable cat or kitten likes to play with her favorite toys… your hands and fingers. What do you do? You discourage rough play and offer substitute toys instead. Here’s how:

 

  • Have playtime with your cat every day. Instead of using your hands, encourage her to play with toys.
  • Offer her a variety of toys. Also experiment with different toys to see which she likes best. Try toys she can chase like those with feathers or danglers. Cats also enjoy toys they can bat at, like fake mice.
  • Help your cat avoid boredom and give her new items to investigate as well, like cardboard boxes, paper bags, etc. Continue reading

Do You Know Your Cat’s Body Language?

Dec_2013_3Do you know what your kitty is saying? A cat uses her posture, tail, ears and expression to convey what she feels. Feline body language can be subtle, making it easy to misinterpret their signals. Read on for a guide to your cat’s body language.

Happy cat – Tail up, alert eyes, brisk movements.

Aggressive cat – Arched back, ears pointed up, movements are more forward and direct.

Playful cat – Fast and energetic movements, engages other cats or people in play.

Insecure cat – Avoids contact, grooms nervously, more common in smaller/younger cats. Continue reading

Why You Should Spay or Neuter Your Indoor Cat

Dec_2013_3Once you bring your cute, new kitten or cat home, you might think you have plenty of time to have them spayed or neutered. But here are a few things you might not know:

 

  • Your female kitten can get pregnant as soon as she’s 6 months old.
  • Female cats can have up to 3 litters a year.
  • One cat can have 100 kittens in her lifetime.
  • Male cats can sire hundreds of kittens in their lifetimes.

These numbers make a compelling case for spaying or neutering. We list a few more reasons below.

Spaying or neutering your cat will: Continue reading

Kitten Proofing Your Home

Dec_2013_3A kitten’s life is driven by play and exploration. But don’t let her curiosity get her into trouble at home. Follow these tips to kitty proof your home for her safety. 

 

Before kitten arrives

When kitten proofing your home, focus on hazardous or poisonous items first. For example, keep chemical cleaners safely stored. Also, take a closer look at your house plants. You’d be surprised how many might be toxic or irritating. See the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants.

Unplug and play keep away

As your kitten explores her new home, she may try to investigate cabinets, book shelves and breakable items. Keep fragile items out of reach and cover or unplug electrical cords in case she chews on them. Continue reading

Have a Kitty-Safe Holiday

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It’s time again for holiday meals, festive décor and visits with family and friends. While you’re enjoying the season, make sure your pets are thankful as well with these holiday safety tips.

 About the bird

Turkey and all the trimmings make for an enjoyable meal, but spicy or fatty items should be kept from pets. If you give your cat a small bite of turkey, make sure it’s well cooked and boneless. Above all, keep her away from any bones, which can be sharp and brittle.

A kitty-friendly feast

It’s OK to offer a few bites of turkey or a bite of sweet potato, but don’t indulge your cat too much or she’ll have a stomach upset or diarrhea. To make the occasion special, give your kitty her own feline-friendly treat instead. Continue reading