Category Archives: Cat

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

Fun Feline Facts

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You might know your cat and her favorite things, but how much do you really know about cats in general? Here are a few fun feline facts that might surprise you:

  • Cats do not have sweat glands, except in their tongues and the pads of their feet.
  • A cat can jump as much as seven times its height.
  • Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  • Cats have more than one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  • A pack of kittens is called a kindle, while a pack of adult cats is called a clowder.
  • An adult cat can run about 12 miles per hour and can sprint at nearly 30 miles per hour.
  • A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place. Continue reading

How to Help Your Senior Cat Age Gracefully

Mar_2014_2Your cat is a friend for life. She’s also dependent on you, which means you have to take steps to ensure she has a long, happy and healthy life. Just like people, as cats age, they often require special care to ensure they remain happy and healthy.

But what kinds of changes can you make to the care you give your senior cat? Read on to learn more…

When is a cat a senior?
Your cat may live for 12 years or more. Typically, your cat will start to have age-related problems between 7- and 10-years-old. She may only exhibit minor issues or she may have significant challenges related to her age. No matter how age affects your cat, knowing how to properly care for her will ensure she has the best quality of life possible.

Accommodations
There are several accommodations you can make to keep your senior cat comfortable and happy. Continue reading

Discourage Your Cat from Destructive Chewing

Dec_2013_3While dogs are most often known for destructive chewing, cats can also pick up this bad habit. Reasons range from curiosity (in kittens) and boredom to a nutritional deficiency. This behavior poses a danger to your cat and could lead to intestinal problems if it isn’t treated. Use these tips to help discourage it:

Start young

Kittens often explore with their mouths and tend to chew when they’re teething. If you discourage or manage her chewing behavior when she’s this age (three to six months), you’re less likely to have issues with it later. Continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Cat Handling

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Holding your cat incorrectly or forcing her to stay in your arms is a quick way to earn a few cat scratches. For a purr-worthy experience instead, learn how to pick up and hold your cat with these tips.

The proper way to pick up and hold your cat:

  • Do place one hand under your cat’s chest, behind her front legs. The other hand should support her back paws and hind quarters. Lift the cat and hold her with her side leaning against your body.
  • Do hold her close against your chest or front to help her feel more comfortable and secure.
  • Do always support her hind legs. Your cat may get upset otherwise and will have her back paws free to scratch you. Continue reading

Greenies for Cats

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Help your cat avoid gum disease, the most common disease among pets. Gum disease silently progresses over time and can lead to serious health problems. But you can fight gum disease with Greenies for Cats. It’s the only feline treat approved for tartar reduction by the Veterinary Oral Health Council and it’s the #1 vet-recommended dental treat.

It offers healthy tartar fighting with:

  • Nutritious ingredients
  • Unbeatable taste in 5 flavors
  • A unique, teeth-cleaning shape
  • Only 1.25 calories per piece

 

Visit your local Pet Supermarket or Petsupermarket.com for Feline Greenies.

How to Introduce a Cat to the Family Dog

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Adding a cat to your pet family can be very rewarding. But pets, like humans, need time to get to know each other before becoming friends. Follow these tips when introducing a cat into a dog home:

  • Prepare your dog: A training refresher may be in order to help control your dog if he gets too excited. Focus on commands such as “come” and “down” or “heel.” You may also want to let him run off some energy first.
  • Give your cat her own room: Begin by keeping her in a separate room with her food, water and litter box. Let her explore that room first and keep the door closed or blocked with a dog gate. Continue reading

Seresto: The Advanced Flea Collar by Bayer

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Seresto™ by Bayer offers the latest advancement in flea collars. Its design and ingredients offer the performance of an effective spot-on treatment. And with its continuous-release design, your dog or cat gets 8 months of uninterrupted protection against fleas and ticks.

Seresto is:

  • Easy to apply
  • Long lasting with 8 months of flea and tick control
  • A great value. Regular price is $69.99 for 8 months.

Top Feeding Mistakes by Cat Owners

Dec_2013_3This month, we offer a list of top feeding mistakes to avoid with your cat.

  • Milk
    The sight of a cat lapping up milk is an iconic image, but many cats actually become lactose intolerant once they reach adulthood. For them, drinking milk on a regular basis can lead to an upset stomach and diarrhea. It’s fine as an occasional treat, but milk shouldn’t be given regularly and never as a replacement for water as this could lead to dehydration.
  • Tuna diet
    Your cat may find tuna’s strong smell and taste addicting, but a tuna diet is one lacking in nutrition. It doesn’t have enough vitamin E and can lead to increased levels of mercury. Keep it on the list of rare treats and provide a proper diet with quality cat food instead.
  • Neglecting life-stage feeding Continue reading

A Message From Your Cat: Why I’m Bored and What You Can do About it

Dec_2013_3Dear Keeper-of-the-Food:

It’s me, your adorable feline, and today I want to talk to you about something important—boredom, specifically, my boredom. My life may seem wonderfully relaxing to you, but I can only cat nap for so long. And just when I’m ready to play, you’re going to sleep!

You don’t play with me as much as you used to, so I’ve had to come up with my own amusements. Pouncing on you while you’re sleeping and other naughty things are all very amusing. There’s nothing else to do really, so why am I being scolded?

I think it’s time we discuss an upgrade in entertainment options, don’t you? Here are my demands requests:

A variety of toys – I’ve been playing with the same sad toys for quite a while now. Here are some fun options that will keep me busy:

  • Wand toys with danglers – I love to pounce on dangling toys, as you know.
  • Treat-dispensing toys – Food! In a toy! This is genius!
  • Catnip toys – Need I say more? Continue reading