Tag Archives: Cat Care Tips

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

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

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

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

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