Aug 13

About Maine Coon Cats

Maine Coon Cat

Maine Coon Cat

Maine coon cats are thought to have originated in Maine. In fact, the Maine Coon is the official state cat. The other half of their name results from a myth believing they were the genetic result of mating between domestic cats and raccoon’s. This is an impossibility, but the legend was born long ago, probably due to its very fluffy tail, and the name stuck. Although popular show cats in the late 1800′s, they saw a decline in popularity due to more exotic breeds being introduced into this country. Around the 1950′s the Maine Coon enjoyed a boost in popularity as breeders began to notice what a handsome and hearty cat they truly are.

Physical Characteristics

Maine Coons come in all different colors, although the most common color is the brown tabby. Eye colors can range from gold to green and sometimes even blue. The physical characteristics of the Maine Coon are that of a big, hearty, healthy cat who obviously evolved in cold climates. Their coats are very thick, shiny, and resistant to water. The fur on their backsides is thicker and becomes shorter toward the front. The tail and ears are thicker and furrier than other breeds of cats. These cats are one of the larger breeds and their feet are disproportionately large for their size. Females typically weigh in at around nine to twelve pounds while their male counterparts can reach anywhere from thirteen to eighteen pounds. People in general commonly misjudge their size as being much larger than reality due to the extremely thick coat.

Perhaps one of the more interesting characteristics of the Maine Coon is their voices. The sounds they make almost sound like chirping. It is strange indeed to hear such a high-pitched voice come from such a large breed of cat.

Maine Coons Personality

Maine Coon cats are really just big kids. They mature more slowly than other breeds of cats and their youthful playfulness they never seem to grow out of. While they are very social cats, they are more simply just joyful observers, content to watch their human roommates engage in activities of daily living and sometimes even try to help out. They are not generally territorial and seem to cohabitate well with dogs and other cats. Their gentle playfulness and quirky ways make them a great addition to any home with children. Many owners report that the Maine Coon can be trained fairly easily, such as to submit to walking on a leash.

Care and Maintenance

While they are long-haired cats, their special coats need no more than a weekly brushing. Food may be left out, as they are typically not a breed that will eat themselves to obesity, but they are heavy water-drinkers and need a constant supply of clean, fresh water.

Common Medical Problems

Every breed of dog or cat is susceptible to certain genetic problems. For the Maine Coon, the most common problems are hip dysplasia and cardiomyopathy. The breeder from which the cat was obtained should know the genetic line and what problems have been inherent in its ancestral line.

The wonderfully playful Maine Coon is definitely a breed all its own. It’s rugged, distinctive look, clownish antics, and gentle social nature makes it a favorite among cat lovers everywhere, not just in Maine.

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and cat training, teaching pet owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Aug 12

Staycation Ideas for You and Your Pet

StaycationWith summer heating up and the Canadian dollar low, a staycation has never looked like a better option for some much-needed fun and R&R. And the best part of a staycation is that you don’t need to leave your pet behind. According to a recent survey, 97% of people consider their pet to be a part of the family, yet over half of Canadians rarely or never bring their pet when they go on vacation. Embrace the staycation trend with the following ideas your whole family — furry ones included! — can enjoy:

Find a new dog park. Get outside, in a new way. Head out and explore your hometown by finding a new dog park your pup can play in. Dog parks are a great way for your pet to socialize with other dogs and burn some of their seemingly-endless energy. You and your kids can enjoy watching the dogs play and can make new friends by meeting some friendly dogs — just be sure to get permission from the owner before touching someone else’s pet. City and town websites offer lists of public dog parks, so check your local listings and get out there.

Try new foods. New nutritional flavours and tastes that you can incorporate into your home cooking are a great way to have new experiences. The same is true for your pet — feeding them wet food is a great way to encourage urinary tract health, promote organ function and increase hydration, which is especially important in the hot summer. According to a recent survey, over half of us are unaware of these benefits, meaning that pets are missing out. Don’t let yours be one of them.

Host a ‘pawsome’ party. Summer is the perfect time to celebrate, so why not let your pet in on the fun? Invite some friends with furry pals over and whip up some dog-friendly treats. Turn up the fun by providing loot bags with dog toys and bones, and if you’re feeling adventurous, let your pets take over the pool — while supervised, of course.

Find more information on feeding and menu ideas at petmixedfeeding.ca.

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Aug 06

Catnip, Is It Dangerous to Your Cat’s Health?

Fresh Catnip

Fresh Catnip

There are about 250 different species of catnip, but the figure can easily be more if you consider hybrid species as well. This particular herb is believed to be effective for influencing cat behavior.

How does catnip work for cats?

This herb contains nepetalactone, which is a special type of essential oil found on the leaves and stem. If it’s sniffed by your cat, then several things can happen:

• Hyperactivity

• Significant increase in aggressive behavior

• Moderation of aggressive behavior (e.g. drooling and rolling on the floor)

All of these, as well as other types of reactions can happen because nepetalactone tends to have a hallucinogenic effect on felines. It’s been likened mostly to the effects of marijuana as well as the “sexual” high a creature has during intercourse or activities leading to the latter.

One thing you should know; however, is that catnip does not affect all cats.

• Studies show that only 50% of cats experience effects when exposed to this herb.

• Kittens appear not to be affected by exposure to catnip.

• Although the effects of this herb are also like an aphrodisiac, it has been proven that it can affect female cats as well as those which have been spayed.

Sniffing versus eating
Cats do not always end up sniffing this herb. Sometimes, you’ll find your cat eating it instead. If this happens, then most of the time the herb will act as a sedative instead and cause your cat to feel sleepy. This can be beneficial when dealing with an aggressive cat as it will help to put an end to their aggressive behavior, especially if it has become uncontrollable.

Is It Dangerous to your cat’s health?
No. The possibility of your pet overdosing on it is quite low – or even nil in fact. Like many animals in the world, cats are smart creatures and they will know when they’ve had too much of something. If they’ve reached their limit, then they will be the first to shy away from having to continually sniff or even swallow this herb.

How long do the effects last?
In most cases, the effects of this herb on cat behavior would last about five to ten minutes. It depends on various factors, such as how long your cat’s been sniffing it or what its natural level of susceptibility is to catnip. Once the effects wear off, you will notice that your cat want have anything else to do with the herb. You will have to wait maybe two hours at least before you can “reintroduce” the herb to your cat.

Other Benefits
Although most people know it as a benefit to feline health and behavior, this herb actually has benefits in other areas to offer as well. Studies show that this herb can get rid of insects and pests like cockroaches, mice, and even ants. It can also be of help to humans.

Where to get catnip
If you are hoping to use this to influence your cat’s behavior and make it easier to train, then you have two choices – you can either buy it from your local pet store or you can grow catnip in your own herb garden, your cat will thank you for it!

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and cat training, teaching pet owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Aug 04

Cat Obesity: Tips for Slimming Down Your Fat Cat

shorthair catI have seen far too many people think their pudgy little cat is cute. However, did you know that cat obesity is just as dangerous in our furry little friends as it is in humans? Therefore you’ll want to do something to cut down on your cat’s weight as quickly as possible. This can be a little difficult if you have an indoor cat as generally they don’t get the exercise they need. However, if you follow the tips in this guide you should be able to make even the laziest cat in the world drop the excess pounds.

First and foremost, you’ll want to determine if your cat is overweight. Some cats appear to be a little chunky, but that is how they should be due to their breed. To quickly check, you should feel around your cat’s ribs, they should be easy to identify. If you cannot feel the ribs then your cat is overweight. There are also a number of online ‘calculators’ which will also help you determine whether your pet is suffering from cat obesity.

One of the biggest tips I can offer is to change the food your cat is eating. You should look to purchase better quality food, such as a grain-free food that doesn’t contain corn. Cheaper foods contain more fat and fillers than they need to, and they also don’t have the proper nutrients. Therefore, cheaper foods could do your pet a lot of harm, so steer clear of those. Don’t worry, purchasing better quality cat food isn’t that much more expensive and you will probably need to feed your cat a lot less. In fact, purchasing a higher quality pet food will save you money in the long run, as it will result in fewer trips to the vet, because you’ll have a healthier cat.

Another helpful suggestion is to invest in a pet food bowl with a portion control dome in the center or what is often referred to as a slow feed bowl. I have been very successful using these types of bowls in the past to slim down my fat cats. These food bowls help to control pets that gobble up their food too fast, which can result in overeating.

The next step is to cut down on the treats that you are offering your pet. Many people give their furry friends cat treats on a daily basis, and this contributes to cat obesity more than anything. Save the treats for special occasions, and even then, you can purchase ‘low fat’ treats from your local pet store, so use those instead!

You will also need to exercise your cat more often. If you have an indoor cat, then grab a leash from a pet store and take them for a walk at least thirty minutes a day. This is also great exercise for you as well! Also, interactive toys are a great way to keep your cat active and can also strengthen the bond between you and your pet. My cat’s love the Da Bird feather toy, which they absolutely can’t resist; even my laziest kitty will get off the couch for this toy. It is by far the best cat toy I can recommend for interacting with your furry friends.

Finally, ease your pet into the diet plan gradually, especially if you are changing their food. This is because sudden changes in food can wreak havoc on your cat’s digestion, and can even make them sick.

Follow these simple tips and you should start seeing your kitty drop those excess pounds. When you are putting your cat through a ‘weight loss’ regime, you will want to constantly check them to ensure that they are actually losing weight. So keep feeling around those ribs, and weigh your pet from time to time. Remember though, your goal is to get your cat down to a ‘healthy’ weight, don’t take it too far, plenty of people end up with a cat that is far too skinny, and that is not what you want.

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and cat training, teaching pet owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Aug 02

Lessons Learned From A Bearded Dragon Owner

Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon

We did not know anything about owning a bearded dragon when the thought of buying one came to us. Before plunging into the purchase, I wanted to make sure we at least had some idea of what we were getting into. We read books and did some internet surfing. We thought we were ready. As it turns out there were some things that we did not learn about and had to discover on our own. I am going to share with you 4 very important lessons that we have learned from owning our bearded dragons.

Lesson 1: High Maintenance

You would probably think a lizard would be a simple and easy pet to take care of; however, a bearded dragon is a little different than other lizards. Bearded dragons are social creatures and need to be socialized by their owners. As the parent, you will need to socialize them every day to get them used to you picking them up and handling them. This will help them to not be fearful and will also develop a trusting relationship between you and your pet.

Bearded dragons enjoy being outside of the cage. Ours will often go exploring throughout the house. When they are out of the cage, you will need to watch them like you would a 2 year old child. The dragons get a sense of their surroundings by licking everything. One time we had a damp paper towel on the floor from cleaning the cage and Cessna licked it and began eating it. We had to jump into action and pull it out of his mouth. On another occasion, Hawker was out in the sun room when I left for a second to answer the phone. When I came back I could not fund him anywhere. Right when I was about to give up and look in a different room, I spotted his tail sticking out from behind a bookcase. I had to use the strength of a mom to move it and get him out. He was pretty shaken up because he did not know exactly what had happened. Lesson learned never leave your dragon out unsupervised, not even for a second.

All of this running around is great exercise for them. Just like with us, they need to stretch their legs and run. It helps to get the body moving and working on the inside and out. This also means your dragon is going to have “accidents” outside of the cage. Make sure you are ready with a paper towel and some carpet cleaner. You may be able to paper train them, but I have not really tried yet. One time Cessna was in the sun room basking while I was reading the newspaper on the floor. He ran over to my paper, did his business, and ran off. It has not happened again, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t.

Because bearded dragons spend most of the time in their cages, they will need baths. We bathe our dragons about once a week or on an as needed basis. Some people suggest bathing them more often. A bath is beneficial for them because they are able to absorb the water through their skin for hydration. Not all dragons enjoy their baths. Hawker, in particular, hates bath time and has climbed my husbands arm to his back just to stay out of the water.

Lesson 2: Food

We thought it was great that bearded dragons eat mostly vegetables. This is going to be easy because every week we buy veggies for ourselves, we just need to buy a little extra for the dragons. I also new that they needed protein everyday for about the first year, but it wasn’t forever. We just did not take into consideration how much food 3 dragons would eat in a day.

At some point we thought growing our own vegetables would be cost effective. The only thing we did not take into consideration was the fact that we have not found our green thumbs yet. Our soil is mostly clay and then there are the rodents, bugs, and diseases. If you have ways to discourage the pests and diseases next you have to deal with the weather. In southern Virginia, our summers are hot and wet or dry. When our schedules get busy and we are in a drought, we can often forget to water our plants. Then there are the hurricanes and the plants drown. I just can’t seem to figure it out yet. To those who can successfully grow a garden, my hat goes off to you. Regardless of whether you grow them or buy them, you will still have to chop up and clean food regularly for your dragons.

Now on to protein, bugs (I like to call them wrigglies). My husband thought it would be a great money saver if we bread our own crickets. Between 3 dragons they were eating hundreds of crickets a day. He did some research and set up a container and attempted to breed crickets. I have to admit, we did get some babies; however, they did not live very long after hatching. The mess and the stink were not worth the trouble or the savings. We continued to buy crickets in boxes of 1000 and kept them long enough to be eaten. The worst was when we had to buy large crickets because not only were they stinky, but they were noisy as well. My husband was also curious about breeding dubia roaches because he read that they were not as gross, but I did not want to go through that again.

Lesson 3: Multiple Dragons

Little did we know that male dragons cannot live harmoniously together because of dominance issues. Somehow we have ended up with 3 male dragons. Maybe if we had at least 1 female, things would not be so tense in my house. Needless to say, my house is full of testosterone with 3 male dragons, 2 male cats, a son, and a husband. Yes, I am the only female that manages this crazy house.

I have seen plenty of videos on the internet where bearded dragons are roaming around the house simultaneously or even share a cage. This is not going to happen with my dragons. Piper hates Cessna, Hawker hates Piper, and Cessna doesn’t care for either of them. Only one dragon can be out at a time unless rules are followed. To prevent them from getting close enough to fight, my husband made harnesses for them. The dragons will need to wear their harnesses and keep a good distance from each other if more than one dragon is out at a time. With laminate floors they are not able to get much traction and it can be rather entertaining to see them slide across the floor and run in place.

We have noticed that when they get all worked up at each others cages trying to fight through the glass, they will often leave “presents” at their foes cage. They will also head bob, arm waive, turn their beards black, and glass dance. Some days are more quiet than others. They are in separate cages, but all live in the same room and can see each other and hear each other climbing all around the cage.

Lesson 4: Financial Expense

Not once did we take into consideration the cost of these dragons. Because of their testosterone driven dominance, we needed to buy 3 cages. In those cages are a log, lights, heater, house, outlet timers, and food bowls. All of this can add up quickly and this is just to get the house set up. Thankfully, we are saving some money on the substrate by using newspaper, but if you decide to use sand, that will be an additional cost.

Since their lights and heaters are on during most of the day, we definitely saw an increase in our power bill. We certainly did not think of our electricity bill when we got the 3 dragons. One dragon will probably not make that much of a change in the power bill, however. Don’t forget replacement bulbs! You will always have one burn out when you are not prepared.

Lastly, we go back to the food. The fresh veggies, the crickets, and then whatever extras you may get as treats. It all add up quickly and may take you by surprise. I am hoping to take away the surprise of the financial expense that comes with the ownership of bearded dragons.

Hopefully after reading about the lessons that we have learned, you will be more aware of what you are going to be doing everyday for your new pet. I would not change that was have 3 dragons, I would have like to have known a little bit more of what we were getting ourselves into. I do enjoy and love my 3 dragons! Good luck and enjoy your new pet!

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Jul 28

Tips on How to Stop Your Cat From Spraying

kittenCats are affectionate and loving creatures that make wonderful pets and companions. For all their good points, one drawback of a having a cat is that sometimes it may spray its urine. While this may be unpleasant or even a real nuisance, it is a problem you can do something about with a little bit of effort.

When a cat sprays he is marking his territory and leaving a message to other cats that this is his territory. While both female and male cats spray, it is more common in males who have not yet been neutered. When a female sprays, it may be due to stress about her territory and she wants to mark the area as “hers”.

One thing you can do to help stop a cat from spraying (or to at least reduce the frequency) is to have them spayed or neutered. Getting your cat “fixed” makes sense for so many reasons, and preventing spraying is an added bonus. The surgery is simple and inexpensive, and the younger the cat is when the surgery is performed, the greater the chance they will not develop the spraying habit.

If, for whatever reason, your cat has not been “fixed”, or if he or she has already developed the spraying habit, there are other steps you can take to help stop them from continuing their spraying habit. One option that you may wish to try is low doses of veterinary anti-anxiety medications. These are especially useful when your cat sprays due to anxiety. Talk to your veterinarian to see if this treatment plan is the right choice for your pet.

If you feel that stress may be the cause of your cat spraying, then finding the source of the stress and addressing it may help your cat feel more relaxed and less likely to spray. Some common causes of stress in a cat include things like: a new baby in the home, a change in your daily schedule, having a new pet in the home, or even illness in the cat. If any of these are an issue, then it’s important to spend lots of extra time with your pet and make them feel comfortable, loved and secure in their place within your home. If the stress is due to illness, then a trip to the vet can take care of this problem.

If your cat always sprays in a particular area, then there are mechanical devices on the market that can help. I have personally used motion sensor devices in the past, with a lot of success, the motion sensor detects when the cat is in the area and it will spray a harmless aerosol to repel them. The cat soon learns to avoid the area. This may break the spraying habit. Some people recommend using an aerosol bottle to gently squirt their cat with water should they see them getting ready to spray. Ask your veterinarian for recommendations for what is best for your pet.

Spraying is one of the reasons that so many cats are abandoned each year. With a little effort, you can stop them from developing the spraying habit and you can enjoy a long and happy, spray free life with your cat.

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and cat training, teaching pet owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jul 27

The Bengal Cat

Bengal Cat

Bengal Cat

If a cat that appears as though it has walked straight out of the wilderness and into civilization is what you want, then the Bengal cat fills that order. The Bengal cat is a hybrid breed produced by crossing the domestic cat with an Asian Leopard cat. The desire of such cross breeding is to produce a cat that looks wild, but has the temperament of a domestic cat.

Physical Body

The most distinct feature of the Bengal cat is its extremely soft, thick, and uniquely patterned coat. There are two distinct patterns recognized within the Bengal cat breed. Those are spotted and marbleized. The spotted coat is closest to its leopard ancestor, featuring leopard spots in varying shades of brown, rust, orange, sand, black, and gray. The marbleized coat is produced from the mixing of the Asian Leopard cat with a domestic tabby to produce splotches that look more like marble. In either case, the Bengal cat has a look that is both strikingly beautiful and wild.

Other than the coat, another distinguishing feature that sets it apart from other cats is its muscular body, more prominent in males than females. Bengal cats are very athletic, sleek, and muscular.

Temperament

The Bengal cat loves to be part of the family. They love to interact and play. This is not to say they will not seek out a soft chair or lap in which to lie for a nap, but for the majority of the day they are very active cats. Being a high energy cat, they are not for someone looking for a docile animal to lounge around the house and look pretty.

The exotic heritage of this cat makes it unique both in look and personality. Even though it takes five generations of Bengal-to-Bengal breeding to produce a line recognized as a Bengal cat, these felines have a wild ancestral heritage and some of those instincts can still be seen in late generations through their extreme intelligence, high energy, and innate curiosity. This is a cat that loves to play and will demand interaction with their owners but in a way that is most pleasant. Some Bengals can even be trained to walk on a leash and play fetch. It’s also reported by some owners that their Bengals love water and will shower with them.

Due to the wild ancestral line of the Bengal, careful selective breeding practices are implemented by high quality Bengal cat breeders to ensure that the docile temperament of the domesticated ancestors is dominant.

Common Medical Problems

As with any breed of cat or dog, certain medical problems seem to be more commonplace than others. For the Bengal, the most common health problems seen by veterinarians are as follows:

Progressive Retinal Atrophy – This problem eventually causes blindness. There is no way to screen for this problem, so there is no way for a breeder to tell if a kitten will have problems later on.

Cataracts – Thickening and clouding of the eye lens, causing loss of vision over a period of time and eventual blindness. This problem can be reversed since cataract surgery is available for cats.

Cardiomyopathy – This covers both thickening of the heart muscles and thinning of the heart muscles, both causing very poor circulation. Cats stricken with this condition can appear healthy for a very long time and then suddenly appear very ill.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease – This is a condition in which an infection is present within the digestive tract. The symptoms of this condition are typically vomiting and diarrhea. Any Bengal showing symptoms should be taken to the veterinarian immediately to avoid dehydration.

Food Poisoning – Bengals have especially sensitive stomachs. For this reason, their diets should be carefully monitored and table scraps should never be on the menu.

One medical problem you’ll never have to worry about with the Bengal cat and possibly their most fascinating feature is they possess an apparent immunity to feline leukemia. This is an inherited trait that the Bengal cat received from its ancestor the Asian Leopard cat.

Bengal cats are one of the most interesting breeds in existence today. From their wild markings to their playful and loving demeanor, Bengal’s are an absolute joy to have around the house, especially in a household with children. If a cat who acts more like a family member is desired, the Bengal cat is a great choice.

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and cat training, teaching pet owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jun 28

How to Care for Your Senior Cat

Senior CatLike people, your cat will need a bit of extra help as they get older. This could be a change in their eating habits, however more often it’s because older cats are more prone to illness. It is important for the health of the animal that you learn proper cat care for your senior cat. This is the only way you can ensure they will live a long and happy life, in fact, with good veterinary care a cat can live up to 20 years.

There are a number of ailments that could set in as your cat begins to age. It’s important that if you notice any of these signs, that you get in touch with a veterinarian as soon as possible in order to preserve your cat’s health. Some of the more prevalent clues that could indicate something is not right with your cat’s health could include vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite or perhaps they don’t seem as playful as they were in the past. Either of these could indicate that something is seriously wrong with your cat; thankfully most can be treated easily as soon as a vet has been informed. Just remember to keep an eye out for your cat acting a bit ‘unusual’.

Of course, caring for a senior cat isn’t just looking out for illnesses that may have presented themselves. There are a number of things that you should be doing on a regular basis in order to guarantee the cat’s health:

The most important is that you switch them to a ‘senior cat’ diet. As a cat becomes older the nutrients that they require will change, actually requiring fewer calories. Your vet may be able to suggest the best diet for your cat; however most supermarkets and pet stores should also be able to offer the same information. If you leave them on the same diet they were on when they were ‘younger’ it could result in obesity, which has the same side effects as if it presented itself in humans.

Groom your cat regularly! Like humans your cat will be less ‘flexible’ as it becomes older. Grooming regularly will help combat diseases such as arthritis which often present themselves in older cats. Don’t forget to cut their claws often as well, since they will be less active in their older age they won’t wear down as quickly and thus can become ‘stuck’ on various things.

You will need to take your cat to the vet on a regular basis. They will carry out a complete check of your cat’s health to ensure that no ailments are starting to present themselves. They will also carry out a dental check to see if there is any pain in the mouth. On top of all this they will also be able to describe some measures that you can put in place to help protect the health of the animal.

Just following a few of these simple tips will guarantee a long and rewarding relationship for you and your beloved pet.

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and training, teaching cat owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jun 28

How To Stop Your Cat From Peeing Outside the Litter Box

Cat Litter BoxIf you’re a cat owner, then no doubt you have a litter box for your kitty. Unfortunately, some cats do need encouragement to use the litter box, and some owners end up wondering why they are not doing so.

First and foremost, if you’re having problems with your cat peeing outside the litter box; take your cat to the vet to have them examined to make certain that it’s not a medical condition causing the problem. If your cat checks out okay, then let’s take a look at some ways to encourage kitty to use the litter box:

Location, location, location… the first thing you’ll need to consider is the location of the litter box. Cats like their privacy, so if you have a basement or laundry room that is quiet, this can be an ideal place; it’s private and will keep odors away from the living areas of your home. If you don’t have a basement, laundry room or a suitable closet, try putting the litter tray under a table, preferably in a tiled or non-carpeted room for easy cleaning.

If you have more than one cat, make sure to give each cat their own litter box. It is recommended that you have one litter box per cat, with one additional. For example, if you have two cats, I would suggest having three litter boxes.

If your cat was using the litter box, but suddenly stopped, it may be a change you’ve made in the environment to cause the problem. For example, have you recently moved the box to a less private, higher traffic area? Or perhaps the box needs cleaning more regularly, or you’ve changed to a different brand of kitty litter which is highly scented?

Other possible causes could be that your cat has simply outgrown their litter box and a bigger one is needed, or perhaps the litter isn’t deep enough for them to be able to dig and bury their business.

Cats are by nature very clean creatures, so make sure you keep their food area separate from their toilet area. This is actually a good trick if your cat has started using a particular room that is off limits to do their business – either keep the door closed, or if that’s not practical, put their food in that room to discourage its use as a toilet.

Cats are creatures of habit, so any change in their environment or their routine can make them anxious until they adapt to the changes. Always be patient if your cat is new to your family because it takes time for them to settle into their environment. Likewise if you’ve recently moved, the cat has to get used to its new home all over again. This can take anywhere from three weeks up to eight weeks to fully settle in.

A new home can be disturbing for your cat if they can smell that the previous owner had pets, especially if there is a lingering smell of the other cat’s urine. It goes without saying that you should never physically punish your cat for doing something you don’t like. Rubbing your cat’s nose in their business if they’ve urinated where you didn’t want them to will not make them use the litter tray because the smell isn’t pungent to them like it is to humans. Additionally, they won’t understand why you are punishing them – they will only know that you’ve hurt them and this can only make matters worse.

In conclusion, if your cat is peeing outside the litter box, always remember to be patient with your cat while you try the tips suggested above and you should soon have a well trained cat using their litter box as second nature.

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and cat training, teaching pet owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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Jun 27

7 Tips to Entice Your Cat to Drink More Water

cat drinking from a water bowlMost cat owners can attest to the fact that cats are finicky. They will only eat certain kinds of food out of a certain type of bowl. What many people don’t realize is that this rule applies to water as well. In general, cats do not drink enough water and this can lead to various health problems, but these problems can be avoided simply by observing the likes and dislikes of a feline with regards to water preferences.

To entice a cat to drink more water takes a little trial and error, but once the magical combination is found, a cat owner should have no problem with their cat remaining hydrated. Below are seven tips to encourage your furry friend to drink up!

1. Water Type
Many people think water is water, but this is not entirely true. There are various types of water from tap water to distilled to mineral. Each cat will have their own preference. Try putting out several bowls of different types of water and see which one they prefer, but make sure all the bowls are identical, as this can be a factor as well in whether or not a cat will drink.

2. Bowls
The type of bowl makes a huge difference. Stainless steel or ceramic will have the highest rate of success. Plastic is a porous material and tends to soak up odor. While a human may not be able to smell it, a cat will and may not want to drink it thinking the water is tainted. One must remember that cats are generally very picky about cleanliness.

3. Cleanliness
Water bowls should be cleaned with hot soapy water on a daily basis. Nobody likes to drink out of a dirty glass. It’s logical to believe a cat does not enjoy it either.

4. Placement
Cats also have a preference of where they want their water placed. Try placing several bowls throughout the house and see which ones show signs of having been used.

5. Multiple Cats
Having multiple cats in the home means having multiple food bowls, but it also means having multiple water bowls as well. Smelling another cat around their water bowl can deter the desire to drink water. Nobody likes drinking after another human being and cats do not like drinking after another cat either.

6. Food Additive
Until a cat owner is able to find the best way to encourage their cat to drink water, it may be necessary to use it as a food additive to ensure the cat stays hydrated. Water can be added to either dry or wet food. A bowl of water may also be “flavored” by adding chicken broth or some tuna juice. Normally a cat that will not drink water will go after a bowl of watered down broth.

7. Running Water
If all else fails, chances are the feline is one that prefers running water. It must be an instinct from the wild to prefer running water as opposed to stagnant, but many cat owners report their cats will only drink running water. To check the cats’ preference, simply turn on a faucet part way (high water pressure will most likely scare the poor thing) and place the cat next to the sink. There is a good chance the cat will investigate it cautiously at first and then start to drink. If the cat enjoys this, it will be obvious when they begin jumping up to the faucet and trying to drink without the water running. If they do indeed seem to like getting their water this way, a pet drinking fountain may be purchased to facilitate this.

The Importance of Hydration
Feline dehydration can be caused by many different factors from lack of available drinking water to illness. It’s extremely important to ensure a cat doesn’t become dehydrated, especially for those felines afflicted by diabetes or renal failure, as those two illnesses in particular cause increased urination which in turn causes increased risk for dehydration. The symptoms of dehydration are constipation, lethargy, dry mouth, sunken eyes, increased heart rate, poor skin elasticity, and poor capillary refill time. There are two tests an owner can perform to check for skin elasticity and capillary refill.

To check skin elasticity, grasp some skin at the base of the neck and then release. If the skin does not spring back immediately, the feline is in a state of dehydration.

To check capillary refill time, press a finger against the cats gum. Once the finger is removed, a white spot will be present. Time how long it takes for the white spot to turn pink again. It should only take one to two seconds. If it takes longer than that, the cat is dehydrated.

Enough cannot be said about ensuring a feline remains hydrated. A cat stuck inside a home or apartment 24/7 without water to drink that they enjoy, can easily lead to a state of dehydration. It’s extremely important to monitor a cat’s rate of water consumption and, if low, take measures to improve that rate. Dehydration can greatly shorten a feline’s life, but it’s normally a very preventable problem that only takes a little observation and trial and error to correct.

 

Velita Livingston is the founder of the Cat Lover’s Diary blob which provides rich content with great advice on cat care tips and cat training, teaching pet owners how to protect, pamper and live peacefully with their pets. Visit the http://www.catloversdiary.com to watch the Cat Lover’s Diary Movie, it contains breathtaking images and heartwarming quotes… It will uplift and inspire you! You can also visit the Cat Lover’s Diary on Facebook and Twitter.

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