Category Archives: Cat

Ultra Monthly Monitor – An Early Illness Detection Program

June_2013_1Imagine having an early warning system for cat illness.  With the Ultra Monthly Monitor, you have just that. Pour these crystals over your regular cat litter then test their pH after the litter box is soiled. If the color showing the pH level is in the normal range, your cat should be fine. But if the pH edges into the abnormal range, you’re advised to speak to a vet.

Keep an eye on your cat’s health with the Ultra Monthly Monitor! It may help your cat avoid a urinary tract infection.

How to Handle Cat Hairballs

Dec_2013_3Is your cat producing a lot of hairballs? Although they’re a common byproduct of feline hygiene, hairballs can cause blockages or become an excessive problem. Follow these tips to help your cat cough up fewer hairballs:

  • Hairballs are made up of loose hair swallowed during daily grooming. They’re matted bits of hair, usually in a tubular shape. Although they can pass through into the cat’s stool, they’re often expelled by vomiting.
  • Brush your cat to help cut down the loose hair she can ingest. If your cat has long hair, she should be brushed daily. A Furminator Deshedding tool or a cat grooming brush can help tame her fur. Continue reading

Helping Cats Who Fear Guests

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If you’re the parent of a fearful kitty, you’re used to seeing her scoot away and hide at the first sign of a house guest. Want some tips to help her feel more comfortable around visitors?  Focus on encouraging and rewarding her while you try these steps:

  • It’s best to let your cat approach guests. Visitors, especially children, who try to follow your cat to pet her may only frighten her more. Ask guests to let her approach instead.
  • Movement, noise and size count. Ask a friend to squat down or sit still while avoiding eye contact with your cat. This will seem less intimidating and may get her to approach.
  • With your guest on the far side of the room, offer your cat a treat or encourage her to play at a distance. Continue reading

Caring for Cat Paws

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Your cat’s healthy paws allow her to be the feline acrobat she is. To maintain those paws (and avoid cat prints on your favorite furniture), it’s important to clean and check them often. Here are some tips:

Wipe them clean

Indoor cats can get dirt or cleaning chemicals on their paws. Check her feet daily and wipe them with a damp cloth while you look between her toes for dirt or foreign objects.

Tweeze it out

If you do find a splinter or object between her toes, use tweezers to remove it. Then wash the area and use an antiseptic on any small cuts. Any wounds with blood, pus or unusual odors should be checked for infection by a vet. Continue reading

Why Your Cat Sleeps So Much

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Lazy days and cat naps are natural for your cat. In fact, she may spend 12 to 16 hours sleeping or dozing each day. Older cats and kittens can sleep even longer.

But even when she naps, your cat is alert and ready to respond to sudden sounds or movements.

Here are some facts about why your cat naps:

  • As a predator, your cat is wired to hunt, mainly at night. Although your house cat doesn’t live the life of a wild cat, she still has the primal instinct to hunt and rest between meals to conserve energy.
  • Cats need more protein than dogs and this protein-rich diet requires more rest to help with digestion. Continue reading

Double the Fun: Why You Should Adopt Kittens in Pairs

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Who doesn’t love kittens and their playful antics? They’re funny to watch, especially when there are two. In fact, if you’re adopting kittens, it’s usually best to adopt two. Why? Read on for answers.

You’ll have socially-adjusted kitties
Kittens develop better socially when kept with a littermate or kitty friend. As they grow older, you’ll have healthier, happier cats.

Playtime (almost) never ends
You know the feeling… your kitten is revved up to play just as you’re planning to take it easy. With another kitten, she’ll have a constant playmate to tumble with and might also stay away from dangerous items (like electrical cords) that other cats explore out of boredom.

A good night’s sleep… uninterrupted
Your sleep is less likely to be interrupted by kitty’s nightly “hunting.” The two hunting buddies can play and keep each other busy. Continue reading

How to Reduce Litter Box Odor

Dec_2013_3Is your kitty’s litter box overtaking your home with eau de litter? Use these tips to keep your home and kitty smelling fresh instead.

Change litter

If her litter has a strong odor, you may need to change cat litters. Test different varieties to see which your cat likes best, but consider clay-based clumping litters that contain odor blockers.

Litter deodorizer

If your litter doesn’t do the job, you could help it along by adding a cat litter deodorizer. These can often by sprayed or sprinkled onto litter to help fight odor.

Litter boxes that make a difference

Litter boxes today have new features to help control odor as well. A self-scooping litter box can scoop the box clean after every use. There are also boxes with Zeolite filters, which contain charcoal to absorb odors. Continue reading

Respiratory Relief Cat Litter

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Give your cat some respiratory relief with litter that’s low in dust and hypoallergenic. It has no plant proteins, perfumes or deodorants, just natural essences and low dust to reduce stress and help control Feline Respiratory Disease.

  • Clumping Clay
  • 99.9% Dust Free
  • Hypo-allergenic – No Plant Proteins
  • Works with shifting/mechanical litter boxes
  • Superior Odor Control

Visit Pet Supermarket for Precious Cat Respiratory Relief Cat Litter.

How Scent Affects Your Cat’s World

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Scent is an important form of communication for your cat. Read on for interesting facts on how scent affects her world.

Eau de Kitty Diva: Your cat uses scent glands on her paws, cheeks, her head and near her behind to mark her territory and leave “messages” (and pheromones) for other cats.

You’re a part of the family scent: Did you know cats can have a group scent? You may have seen the cats in your home rubbing or grooming each other. This provides comfort and creates a communal scent.  You’re marked with the group scent as well.

Pungent ID: She marks not only cats and humans, but also objects with her scent. This is why new furniture may get a lot of attention. (Tip: To “pre-scent” new furniture, cover it with a sheet or towel you’ve used or rub her cheeks with a sock to collect her scent and rub it over the item. Don’t rub more than one cat with a sock.) Continue reading

Why Play is Important for Cats

Mar_2014_2If you’re the loving parent of an indoor cat, it’s important to know how important play is to her quality of life.

Unlike her wild cousins, she doesn’t spend her time hunting or playing freely. It’s up to you to create these opportunities for her. This makes play time vital for her wellbeing.

Why kitty needs play time every day:

  • Activity will keep your cat fit, which helps stave off weight and health problems.
  • Play time will help you bond with your cat. Continue reading