Category Archives: Cat

Senior Cat Care Tips

Mar_2014_2While we may wish our cats had nine lives, they only have one. But you can do all you can to make your cat’s single life the best possible. When your feline reaches 10 years of age, she’s considered an ‘elderly’ cat. To ensure she’s comfortable, you may want to make a few changes in the care you give her.

Here are some tips to keep your senior cat comfortable and healthy.
Plenty of water
Water is the key to preventing kidney issues, which are common in elderly cats. Always have fresh water available and pair her food with water.

Trim nails
Keep your aging cat’s nails neat and trim. Nails become more brittle as cats age and they can crack, chip and cause pain. To keep your cat comfortable, check her nails regularly and clip them when they’re getting long.

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A Message From Your Cat: Why I Need My Hiding Places

Mar_2014_2Dear Keeper of the Food:

It’s me again, your fantastic feline, with a little message about the importance of preserving my hiding places. Remember the fun box you got rid of the other day? I know the box was looking a little worn from my attention, but it provided much fun and was a fabulous hiding place.

I need my hiding places, because…

1. I may want to hide, of course.
That friend you brought over last week with the sticky child did not understand that only a select few can play with my fabulous self (unless treats are involved).

2. They’re secure places for me to relax and de-stress.
After spying on the neighbors from the window, playing with my toys, I need secure places to unwind from the stress of it all. I guess I could do the same under the bed or in the closet, but I’m also happy in a box or at an elevation (or better yet, both). Speaking of elevations…

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Bad Cat Habits and How to Correct Them

Mar_2014_2Cats are famous for doing what that they want, when they want. They scratch at walls, jump on furniture and spray areas they shouldn’t, among other things. You might think your feline companion is being stubborn or willful, but the truth is your cat is just being, well, a cat.

With diligence and some helpful tips, you can turn your cat’s bad habits around.

When combating any bad habit, keep these essential steps in mind…

Try to figure out why she does it or what she gets out of that behavior

Offer a substitute that will give her the same result or better

Reward her for using the alternative

Here are some examples…

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Enjoying the Holidays with a Curious Cat

Mar_2014_2If you have a cat, you’re sure to have a curious cat. While your feline may love the holiday decorations and blinking lights, help her keep out of mischief by keeping certain dangers away.

Use these tips for a cat-friendly holiday.

Holiday plants: You may love kissing under the mistletoe, but chewing on it can cause an upset stomach for your cat. Keep mistletoe, holly and other holiday plants at a safe distance or better yet, use artificial varieties.

Holiday leftovers: Holiday food is too fatty and spicy for your kitty and may affect her diet. We suggest a special cat treat instead.

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Tips for Senior Cat Care

Mar_2014_2As your feline companion gets older, she will need extra TLC to stay healthy, comfortable and happy. To keep her feeling young at heart, adjust the way you care for your senior cat and tend to her special needs.

Here are some tips that will help you keep your kitty healthy once she reaches her golden years:

Switch from Dry to Wet
If you’ve been feeding your cat dry food, make the switch to canned or wet food as she gets older. Kidney problems are not uncommon in senior cats and increasing her water intake may help avoid these issues while easing digestion.

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Tips for Keeping the Peace in a Home with Multiple Cats

Mar_2014_2Do you love the idea of multiple kitty companions? While it may double your cuddle time, keep in mind you’ll be taking on the role of cat referee as well.

Cats naturally try to assert their dominance, which often makes it tough for them to get along. Cat fights are not unheard of in homes with multiple cats; in fact, they’re pretty common. If you want to avoid stress, follow these tips for keeping the peace.
Take Introductions Slowly
It’s very likely your cats won’t get along well at first. In fact, if a new cat is suddenly introduced into your home, your current cat will likely get defensive and try to mark her territory. The new cat will want to make her mark as well.

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Kitty Love Signs

Mar_2014_2Cats show their emotions in subtle ways, so despite how much petting, playing and treats you give her, you may wonder whether or not she returns your affections. Believe it or not, that annoying habit your cat has may actually be her way of showing you how much she cares.

Here’s a look at some of your kitty cat’s signs of affection:
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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