Cat Care – What Cats Need

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What Do Indoor Cats Need

When you bring a kitty into your home there are some needs that have to be met. They are really quite simple and not complicated. Your cat is a family member and wants to be a part of your life. Some times it’s not obvious and when your cat appears illusive it might make you wonder what they really need.

What your cat really needs is YOU. Not only are they totally dependent on you for the basics of life they really do want your company. Then they will usually tell you when they have had enough and then go sleep somewhere. When your cat rubs on your legs, climbs on you when you’re sitting and sleeps with you at night it means they love you.

The Basics

The basics of cat care begins with a good quality food and a litter box. I think that the choice of cat food is an important as picking food for yourself and your children. I am now feeding human quality wet food and the best dry food I can afford.
Label reading is important. I encourage you to read my two reports on cat food on my “Maintaining Your Cat” page.

Every cat needs a clean, roomy litter box. The importance of the litter box can not be emphasized enough. It is the key to your cats health. When you clean the box out check the contents for anything unusual such as blood or diarrhea. A clean litter box will mean that your house will stay cleaner as well. If your cat is not using the litter box maybe it’s your fault. I do not approve of self-cleaning litter boxes because you are depriving yourself of watching your cats health. Please use the “search” box for all related articles on the litter box. For litter box and litter choices please follow the link to my”Cat Care Products” page. The rule for litter boxes is that you should have a litter box for each cat plus one extra. I have seven cats with five litter boxes. Yes it’s a broken rule, but we clean often plus we don’t have room for eight boxes.

Cats need stimulation. A nice selection of ball toys is fun for your cats. Something to chase creates good exercise as does a second cat. Some cats like to be alone, but it’s my experience that a friend is nice when there is no one home. Cats love to sit in boxes and this is a cheap solution for entertaining your cats.

Roxanne

Our cats love to sit at the window. Giving them a place to sit such as a cat tree or a bench is money well spent. I like watching them chatter at birds or have them watch me work outside. My cats are not free roaming cats so providing them some extra stimulation is something we as cat owners are obligated to do to prevent boredom.

Beds

Everybody likes to sleep in a nice bed. Our cats have free access to the whole house. They can sleep on the bed when ever they want plus we have cat beds around the house so every body has a place to be alone and feel safe. We built a cat condo from two end tables with covers over top to give them a nice covered hole to sleep in. We placed one table feet down and the other feet up on top with a hard cover on top and a nice fabric over the front for doors. In this configuration it’s impossible to pull over and no one can get hurt.

Grooming

Cat grooming is something your cat needs. Brushing prevents hair balls. Even short haired cats can get hair balls and you will be surprised how much hair you will get off your short haired cats. I recently took Ariel to the groomer and in the pictures you can see what a properly groomed Domestic Long haired Cat should look like. Alanah at the Dog Den did a fabulous job. You will notice that the back end is nicely shaped. This prevents feces from accumulating in the hair and it’s easier for your cat to use the litter box. If your cat has to push a bowel movement through matted hair the kitty could hurt themselves.

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Nails should be trimmed regularly. This will save you and your furniture from damage. Its easy to do yourself. Just buy a good set of clippers and don’t cut to short to make them bleed.

Vet Care

Your kitty deserves regular medical checks. It’s your responsibility to provide health care. Spaying or neutering, dental care are as necessary as medical care for your self. Regular medical checks will save you money in the long run. The money you spend on good food will be saved in medical bills. If your cat is young enough it might be worthwhile to consider pet health insurance. Your vet will be able to advise you with this.

The Last Point

The last thing your cat really needs is cuddling. Right now Roxanne the office cat is right in front of me watching me type. Cuddle as required. Tenzin came to me tonight for brushes. Lacy wanted to be petted. Lexi wanted to head butt. They will let you know when they have had enough. ENJOY.

 

That’s my story for today. Follow this link to my”Cat Care Products” page for items to make cat care easy. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. Please leave a comment below and if there are any Cat Care topics you would like discussed indicate them in the comments.

Trevor

 

 

 

 

Caring For Senior Cats

 

Alexis

The Senior Cat

Maintaining your senior cat can present you with some special considerations. We all get older and as we get older our bodies and temperament changes. The same thing happens to our cats. Cats between 12 to 14 years are considered older cats. My Alexis is turning ten years old this year and is showing no signs of slowing down. Her coat is nice and she loves her wet food. We have found that if she is over fed she will vomit. I think this is due to eating very fast. We now have improved the quality of our cat food and with Alexis we feed her smaller portions. Her bowel movements are good with no signs of any health problems. Remember the litter box is the key to your cats health and a cat owner should take interest in what is in the litter box.

Alexis is a long haired cat. As she gets older her coat may deteriorate and not be as pretty. This means that brushing and clipping may need to be done more regularly. Remember to clip up the back of the legs and bum. This will save your a lot of work. When cats gets older their ability to groom themselves will become difficult. We may have to bathe more often and regularly wash the bum to prevent hair being matted with feces. Our vet sold us an oatmeal based shampoo to prevent dry skin and itching. AMAZON sells several cat shampoos and I will provide examples. Please click on the shampoo pictures for more information. I have never used dry shampoos. Please consult with your vet as what to use.

 

Old Age Issues

Maintaining senior cats is not that hard. It is as when we get older we have to reorganize our lives a little.

With vision and hearing deterioration it will help your kitty to keep things easy to find. The water and food bowls should be kept in a familiar spot. Try not to sneak up on your kitty as with any older person we don’t like to be surprised and have little patience for tricks. Place a night light so that the older cats can find their way around at night. If there is decreased mobility due to some form of arthritis it will be important to keep litter boxes and favorite sleeping areas easy to access. Older cats will appreciate a warm place to sleep. Keep beds away from drafts.

I mentioned arthritis and decreased mobility. Diet will be an important issue as kitty gets older. Ask your vet at each examination for diet recommendations and supplements for not only dealing with arthritis, but dealing with overweight problems and reducing other medical issues such as kidney problems. We have put turmeric in our pets food as a natural anti inflammatory supplement to help with healthy joints. Some cats may not like it. Start with small amounts and mix it in to the wet food.

Dental Care

This the area where I personally have the biggest problem. It is recommended to brush your cats teeth regularly. I have tried different products with limited success. I put additive in the water to prevent plaque build up, but the cats could smell it and would rather drink from the toilet. We tried a spray to apply directly in their mouth. When they see me coming they take off, it is the same with the tooth brush. I am going try another supplement that is put in with the cat food. I will do a report on this after a trial period. The next option is to go to the vet for regular dental cleaning. This requires an anesthetic and as with my dog it takes a couple of days to get over it.
Dental care is important as your own teeth. Gum disease, tooth loss and infection will accompany poor dental care. I have watched a good video on dental care and brushing on the Cornell University, College of Medicine website. Due to copyright I did not include the link.

Internet medical advice does not supersede the requirement to go to a proper veterinarian. If you have any concerns see your veterinarian.

Adopting Older Cats

Older cats that are at the shelters are ready for a new home. Through no fault of their own the have been removed from a comfortable environment and placed in a stressful situation. When you go to the shelter please don’t overlook the older cats. They will be great companions. Even if it takes a year to become comfortable, remember you have saved a life. Lacy and Alexis both took months to be totally comfortable with their new home. The same applies to blind, deaf or physically handicapped cats. Adopt don’t shop. This does not mean I am against buying a special breed cats. I love all cats, I will not support mills. At Cat Care we love dogs too. This whole post applies to dogs as well.

Lacy

Thats my story for today. If you have any questions or comments please do so below. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment

Trevor

 

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Cat Care – What’s My Cat Saying

What’s My Cat Saying

 

Today story is about how your cat talks to you. My office cat Roxanne is a very verbal cat. That’s her in the picture above. One night when I was working on a post she started talking a lot. Being busy I ignored her. After she had enough of being ignored she jumped up on my lap and had a pee on me. What a valuable lesson. She didn’t go pee under the desk or in the corner, she told me to listen to her cries. I apologized and took her to the house. I changed and came back to work.

It is important to listen when one of our pets speak. This happens when we spend time with them and learn their moods and needs. I listen a lot closer now. My other office cat, Soxs goes to the door and cries when he wants to go to the house. When your pets trust you they talk to you. It’s important that we listen.

Last night when my wife was making supper Soxs went to her and head butted her several times and asked for some meat. It was so nice to watch him be so polite. We have seven felines all with their own personality.

Spend time with your pets. They will communicate with you.

Black Cats

That’s Phil in the picture. A rescue from the early winter of 2017 living in his new home.

There have been several news stories lately about how hard it is to get black cat’s adopted. These articles reveal to me that superstition and lack of compassion leaves these cat’s stranded in shelters. There is nothing wrong with BLACK CATS.

People are concerned that black cat’s don’t make for good selfies. This is incorrect. Black cat’s make for great photos. Please don’t ignore these wonderful cat’s just for the color of their fur. Any superstition regarding black cat’s is wrong and should be ignored.

When you go to the shelter don’t overlook a kitty that could be a wonderful family member. This includes senior or handicapped cats. Cats with feline FIV are very adoptable.

The Werewolf Cat

 

 

The Werewolf cat has been named a new breed of cat and has been accepted by The International Cat Association. The Lykoi cat was founded in 2011 when a natural mutation of a domestic short appeared. This cat has black and golden-rimmed eyes and a black and gray sparse fur. It’s a lean cat and is considered a sweet and warm cat. The photo above is from Steptacular  and displayed with permission.

I saw a news article recently stating that there is a terrifying breed of Werewolf cat. This headline make me wonder if this cat will be persecuted due to its unique looks. I certainly hope that this wonderful feline ends up in the hands of responsible owners. They should be  expensive enough so that they end up with cat loving owners. Check this Wikipedia link for more information.

Hint Of The Day

Today’s hint is about grooming. Brushing is an important part of cat care. Even short haired cat’s shed and can get hair balls. When grooming long haired cat’s be sure to brush under the legs and tail. If the hair get to long around the bum it should be shaved for several reasons. It prevents feces from collecting in the fur. When a cat has to push a bowl movement through matted hair you might find blood in the stool. Another good reason is that if the vet has to take the cat’s temperature you can see where to put the thermometer. A shaved back end does not mean shaved to the skin. I take my two cats Ariel and Tenzin to the groomer for this. The fur should be nicely shaped and you should be able to see the anus when you are done.

One last thing is if you have trouble putting kitty into the carrier just gently place a large towel over the kitties head and wrap the feet and place them in the carrier. Getting them out might be tricky but you will have help from the groomer or vet. Be careful not to catch their legs in the door on the way out.

That’s my story for today. Hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. If you have any questions or comments please do so below.

Trevor

 

 

 

 

Rescue Cat Adoption

Todays great story about rescue cat adoption is that the kitty in the picture got adopted last night. Charlie has gone to a happy home with responsible owners. Janet captured Charlie on a viciously cold night just after Christmas and looked after him until his adoption. Janet is careful about who adopts her cats and does an interview with new owners. She also has an agreement to take the cat back if things don’t work out.

Buying Cats From Breeders

I am a big believer in Adopt don’t Shop. Shelters are full of wonderful cats and dogs that need a home. Some shelters put a timer on these precious lives as soon as they walk in the door. Twitter reminds me of this every day.

This does not mean that buying from a breeder is wrong. I love Maine Coons or American Bobtails. In fact I love all cats. The problem is buying from unscrupulous sellers. I have heard of people shaving cats and selling them as hairless cats or kitties with health issues. Another story is purebred cats without documentation. If I had purchased one of these cats I could not give it back. I would call it a rescue and learn a lesson from it.

The answer to this is to be careful and ask lots of questions. There should be veterinarian documentation or certificates of breeding. I got my big ginger girl from Kijiji. Alexis was a free cat. We had a phone conversation and an interview. I did my own physical inspection, checked her teeth and we came home. She then went to the vet to bring her vaccinations up-to-date. Two years later and all is well. Kijiji is full of free cats, please be careful.

Buying cats from breeders is not wrong. Research your contact. Ask lots of questions about health care and purebred documentation. If you can visit the facility that will give you good insight to the credibility of the breeder. If you decide to buy you will probably have to fill out registry forms and sign a contract. This is good. One last comment is to watch the shelters for the breed of cat you are looking for. They get surrendered or are captured as strays. If you can get a cat out of the shelter you have saved a life.

Hint Of The Day

Hair Dye for people is inappropriate for animals.  A tragic story I read last week is someone dyed their little dog with human hair dye. The dog had to be shaved and suffered burnt skin. The puppy needed medical care and antibiotics for three months. Apparently the dog eyes were swollen shut. Not only is skin burning a problem, but ingestion from licking this poison is a problem. Don’t put hair dye on your pets.

One last thought on poisons. Be careful about the type of floor cleaner you use. Some of these quick wipe cleaners are very toxic. Read the labels and use with caution. Cats being meticulous groomers will ingest these products.

That’s my story for today. Hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. Rescue a kitty or puppy from the shelter. Don’t forget the seniors.

If you have a question or comment please do so at the bottom.

Trevor

Cat Care – Cats and Cold Weather

Cats and Cold Weather

This is Charlie. He was rescued in late December 2017 from low minus 30 c weather with even lower wind chills. Charlie is a timid cat and required to be caught in a live trap. So the question is, When is it to cold for cats outside. The answer is simple – If it is to cold for you to be outside its to cold for cats.

Cold weather is hard on felines and sometimes deadly. It’s even harder on kittens. Ears and feet get frozen. I have seen cats with frost bitten ears. Imagine if your ears froze. I froze mine once and it hurt like crazy.

This picture is of Charlie’s paw and you can see the cold damage on the pads. This picture was taken about two weeks after capture. Charlie is an adult unaltered male. When the amazing Janet captured him he was as I mentioned quite timid.  Even though he didn’t trust right away he used the litter box and didn’t mind being fed. Within two weeks he allowed Janet to handle him and is becoming more socialized all the time. The local humane society has a 50 % discount for cats that are fostered for rehoming. This includes neutering, vaccines and a FIV blood test. So for those of you who rescue cats be sure to check for assistance from the local humane societies. I want to remind everyone that a FIV cat is not a threat to you or your other cats. FIV cats will live normal lives. Charlie will be getting all the necessary medical attention plus neutering and be ready for adoption.

Capturing feral cats is not always easy. When live trapping be sure to check the trap regularly to prevent freezing the poor kitty. As with any feral cat an isolation time is necessary to prevent bringing parasites and disease into your house. A veterinarian visit is a necessity. I isolated Roxanne for three days and after her vet visit I introduced her to the clowder. Have a plan in place handle your new rescue. It might be necessary to go straight to the humane society. If you are going to foster your capture the socialization time might vary from quick to months.  Read Raymond’s story for how long it took him to trust people. Now he loves to be cuddled.

If you can’t capture your feral cat it possible to put up temporary shelters so they can get out of the cold. On my Find a Veterinarian page  I have a great picture of a outside shelter from Amazon. Shelters can be made from bales of straw. I have seen pictures of shelters made from plastic storage bins with a smaller one inside a larger one with insulation in-between the tubs and a door cut in the side.  Shelters need blankets or mats on the floor. It is possible to purchase heated pet mats to put inside these shelters. There are also various heated bowls for cold weather shelters. The double bowl illustrated here may not be necessary if you feed dry food to your rescue.

It’s great when people go out of their way to rescue these wonderful creatures. If you can’t rescue please call someone to help these cats. I always recommend finding no-kill shelters for your rescues if you don’t find a home on you own. Remember if it’s to cold for you outside its to cold for the kitty, Same goes for dogs.

That’s my story for today. Please hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. If you have a comment please do so below. Have a wonderful day.

Trevor

 

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Cat Care – Why Spay and Neuter Your Pets

Why Spay and Neuter Your Pets

I have touched on this topic in other posts and while I discussed the events of the procedure I never really talked about the WHY.

The picture above is the Amazing Rufus. He was found on a cold night in town as an unaltered adult male. He was an amazingly wonderful cat. I had him neutered as part of his rescue. He died three months later from an unknown medical  issue. It was a sad day. He was those one in a million cats that you might not see again for a long time. The point of this discussion is while 99.9 % of spay and neuters happen with no adverse events, sometimes it might be best to leave things alone. Rufus never sprayed and always used the litter box. There was no one to get pregnant. At his age it might of been best just to leave him alone. This a rare case and if you find your self in this situation a consultation with a veterinarian is necessary plus some personal best guess judgement.  Now to the topic at hand.

Why should we spay and neuter our cats? I think the primary reason is to prevent unwanted kittens. It appears that the world is overrun with feral cats. Responsible reproductive management is necessary.

The spaying of females is an invasive surgery and should be done prior to the first heat or within the first year after birth. I have read where it can be done as early as eight weeks. That seems a bit young to me. Consult your vet. Spaying will prevent your cat from going into heat and you wont have to listen to howling all night. Female cats that are spayed are saved from uterine infections and breast tumors, which are malignant or cancerous. After your cat is spayed it will be necessary to monitor the surgery. Roxanne developed an infection and was still weeping after the first week. A shot of antibiotics was required and she recuperated just fine. Esther went through her surgery with no complications. After three weeks I was confident that the surgery was healed up properly.

The neutering of males is a straight forward surgery. All of my males recovered quickly with only minor licking of the wound. The surgery is not stitched to help with draining so it is open and it might be necessary for the cat to wear a cone for a while. We have not had to use this device. When Ariel was neutered he bounced back like nothing happened. Neutering males will prevent unwanted kittens, prevents testicular cancer and prostate problems.  It will also prevent spraying urine as an adult. This might be a little known fact, but unaltered adult males will kill kittens to keep females in heat. I have seen this with my own eyes. My adult neutered males never hurt the kittens and I was never worried to leave them alone.  

After surgery monitoring is necessary. I don’t let my cats run free so the are house bound anyway. Watch for swelling and infection and don’t be afraid to go back to the vet.

Hint for the Day

On my Maintaining Your Cat Page I have two great articles on Cat Food. Be sure to read the Review.com article on what goes into your cat food. The other article will help you read food labels.

That’s my story for today. Please hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. If you enjoyed this article please leave a comment below.

Trevor

 

Shugar’s Story

Todays Guest Cat is from the south of Spain. This is a wonderful and must read story. The narrative here is as Michael wrote it.

Here is Shugar’s Story

Hello,
Please let me introduce you to Shugar.

She was born in the spring of 2004, most likely in March.  I say most likely because she was born feral and her mother gave birth to the littler under an empty mobile home.  My mother lived next door and always watched out for the cats in the neighborhood.  They had a tendency to keep down the mice and other rodents so it was a benefit.  When this one was born, it was a bit of a surprise because as you can see, she was almost pure white.  When she was just a kitten, she had a yellow patch on her head.  All the rest was pure white.  Mother did not adopt her but only watched them from a distance making sure they were ok and occasionally throwing some dry cat food on the lawn (weeds) next door so the kittens could search for food.

When she was about 4 months old, Mother heard this little white kitten scream for dear life.  Mother raced out and found a large male had this little one by the head and was attempting to kill her.  Mother screamed at the large male and he released his hold.  In the split second he released his bite, the little one raced for the wire fence between him and my mother and jumped to the top of the fence and into my mothers arms.  So, the little one had adopted my mother.  For her safety and for my mothers comfort.

On a visit later that year, we talked about what her name should be.  I opined that she should be named Princes Luneria, thinking she was pale and white as the moon and I liked the idea of having
a princess in the family.  After all, I already had Queen Sheba, and Prince Vlad, why not a Princess.  Well this did not go over very well and when asked, Mother said “you will shorten it to Lunatic”.  I said “but she is”!  So Mother named her Shuger, figuring to shorten it to Shug.  (Notice the spelling difference between how Mother named her and her name now.)

Well, life was good for this little one.  She was always given a bag or box to play in and lived inside safe from any nasty old Toms.

Mother had a heck of a time getting her to eat right and to answer any kind of call.  She seemed to be completely independent and would not obey any commands.  She would always climb on the desk when Mother wanted to write a note and push anything in her way off the desk so she could lay down undisturbed.  She was always a source of amusement to my mother even when my mother was suffering with Cancer.

In 2010, my mother was diagnosed with Brain Cancer and had surgery.  I came, for obvious reasons, and while Mother was convalescing after the surgery, I took Shuge(a)r home with me.  I told the doctor that my mother needs to have someone tell her that she cannot drive anymore.  Surprising to me, Mother said it as well.  So after her recovery, I moved my mother in with me, a trip of about 700 miles, from her beloved Colorado, to the western side of Idaho.  While in my care, I found out that Shugar was profoundly deaf.  This is a trait common among albinos so I summarized that Shugar was albino since she had the tell tale signs of pink skin, pink eyelids and nose and pure white fur.  It is when I was visiting a vet in Idaho that I accidently misspelled her name on an official document and her name was changed to Shugar.  Sorry mother.

Before long, my mother passed, but Shugar stayed on.  She did have a friend in another cat of mine, Prince Vlad, who was almost pure Black.  This is the famous photo that my dear Taetske found and absolutely loved.

Now, Shugar is a world traveler, having managed to accompany me to the South of Spain.  She still has not quite taken to the country side because it is all a bit wild to her.  Back in Idaho, she had a secure back yard with very few intruders.  Here, she does not know what is around the bend.

She is going to celebrate her second Christmas this year and in March she will be 14 years old.  She has been diagnosed with diabetes so I give her insulin every meal but she is still a beautiful and loving friend

Michael

That’s our story for today. Hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. I would like to thank everyone for reading Cat Care. If you have any questions please leave a comment at the bottom

Trevor

The Joy Of The Cat

The Joy of the Cat

Nothing brings a smile to my face more than coming in the house to see my cats sleeping, playing or just lounging in the sun. The joy of just being around cats can be difficult to explain to the layman, but the cat person will understand. Right now as I type this Soxs is resting on my arm and purring away. A picture of trust and compassion. All my cats are rescues. Everyone has a unique personality. They generally all get along until Esther torments Alexis and then we get some growling happening.

Cats have been living with people since the beginning of recorded history. They have protected granaries from rodents, they traveled on ships to keep rats away. Then they moved into the house to provide companionship and comfort. Along the way the have been worshiped and hated. The hated part comes from lack of compassion for living things and superstition. Its time to mention that all the superstitions about BLACK CATS is wrong. In this 21st century its time to put behind the medieval thoughts about black cats and move forward with our thinking. Black cats and dogs are left behind at the shelter just because of their colour. I am encouraged daily by people that take in all cats whether the are black, handicapped or FIV positive.

Most problems with cats start with lack of proper intervention. To many feral cats starts with free roaming  unaltered cats. I don’t believe in free roaming cats and unless you are a breeder cats should be spayed or neutered. An unaltered Tom will spray in the house and if you have ever lived with a female in heat you will understand why altering is necessary. When Roxanne was intact she went into heat and howled all night. By spaying and neutering you relieve the cat of routine natural cycles and they live longer by reducing the risk of diseases such as uterine infections and breast cancer in females and prostate and testicular cancer in males. Another benefit is the reduction of unwanted kittens.

I can not imagine having a house with out living things in it. My house is alive with plants, cats and dogs. My wife says I can’t bring the horses in the house and I suppose she has a point. Cats make me smile no mater what has happened through the day. Its true that cats add to the house cleaning program, but it’s worth it.

What I would like to see is empty shelters and cats with forever homes. When you think about adopting think about bringing home two cats, especially if they have been raised together. Please don’t over look the senior cats, black cats or handicapped kitties. They will love you for it. That goes for dogs too or bunnies, reptiles and birds.

Handy Hint

When you are grooming your cat brush under the tail and under the legs to prevent mats. For long haired cats clip under the tail so you can see the bum, this makes it easier for the vet to take temperatures and is easy to clean with a warm wet cloth.

That’s my story for today. Please leave a comment at the bottom. Your task for today is to hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.

Trevor

Cat Care – Pet Urine Stain Removal

The pretty kitty in the picture is Alexis. Our story today begins with Lexi’s uncontrolled bladder functions and what to do with pee stains.

To begin with lets review why cats don’t use the litter box.

Is the litter box clean? Cats don’t like dirty litter boxes and will look some where else to pee, so clean regularly and keep the box with enough fresh litter to give them sufficient depth to bury their feces.

Is the cat scared? A newly rescued cat might not feel comfortable enough to use the litter box especially in a multi cat family. The answer there is to isolate the new cat for a while until the kitty is comfortable. Be patient.  Tenzin was like that for  a short time, He peed once out of the litter box when we first brought him home.

An unaltered male cat will take to marking his territory. The solution to that is to have the kitty neutered. I rescued a senior unaltered tomcat once and he was a magnificent boy. His name was Rufus. He was well mannered and  used the litter box from day one. I had him neutered and he died three months later. Maybe it was one of those times just to leave the cat be.

Is the cat sick? In Alexis’s case she developed a Urinary Tract Infection and was starting to pee where ever she sat. A trip to the vet, a clinical test and we went home with medicine. It was not until all the medicine was consumed that the problem went away. That was ten days worth of pills.

With my seven cats litter box training was relatively easy. Kittens had to be shown the box once and they were good. Some of the older cats had accidents. They are hard to avoid. This brings us now to the issue of clean up.

Pet Urine Stain Removal

Pet urine stain removal can be difficult at times. Uric acid the ingredient that causes the odor is not water soluble. this means that just water will not clean and deodorize the stain. Cleaners must be used. With items that are machine washable a soaking in vinegar for a minimum of five minutes and a wash with laundry detergent will get you started. I have had to wash blankets more than once to get the odor out.

A product that I recommend for odor/stain  removal is Natures Miracle Skunk Odor  Remover and Natures Miracle Urine Destroyer. I used the skunk odor remover with good success. Not only does the Skunk Odor Remover when used as directed work well on the pet, I have used it in desperation on furniture as well.  It might take more than one application.


As with all chemical cleaners care must be taken not to poison your pets. Don’t leave the product open for pets to taste. I also use Spay Nine for disinfecting hard surfaces with a water wash afterwards.

If you don’t have access to the above products here is a home made solution you might like to try.

You will need – paper towels or rags, a cup of baking soda, 1/2 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1 teaspoon of eco-friendly dish soap and a mixing bowl.

Cover the stain with paper towels or rags and press into the area to soak up as much of  the liquid as possible. Sprinkle a generous handful of baking soda over the stain. Mix together the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap and pour over the stain. Gently scrub the mixture into the fabric with a scrub brush or cloth and let sit for 10 – 15 minutes. Now vacuum the area thoroughly and repeat if necessary.

As with all stain removal products be sure to try the solution in a test  area to avoid unnecessary discoloration. I tried straight carpet cleaner on a vomit stain only to have a bigger yellow spot. The stain came out with proper cleaning.

The Natures Miracle Products have worked well for me. I truly recommend them. I prefer these products to the home made solutions. The above products work well on vomit and poop stains also. If you have a blood stain the hydrogen peroxide works well on carpets and fabrics. One last word on cleaners, some of the spray on floor cleaners leave a toxic reside on the floor that is picked up on the paws and is ingested during grooming . Be sure to read the labels and chose wisely.

I really recommend furniture covers. They save the furniture from scratches and its easier to wash a cover than clean a sofa. When Alexis was sick we put dog diapers under her blanket for extra protection. Regardless of the steps we go through to protect our furniture accidents happen and there will be stains and odors to deal with. Having some cleaning supplies handy will make the job easier.

That’s my story for today. Keep your cats healthy with regular vet visits and feed good food. It will be cheaper in the long run. So hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.

Trevor

 

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Cat Care – How To Find Your Lost Cat

How To Find Your Lost Cat

Todays story begins with Lacy. That’s her picture above. When we adopted her, she did not like being with us and the other cats. She kept to her self and did not like being handled. She ate well though and used the litter box with no problems. What she did do was monitor the door all the time. With her previous owner she had outside privileges. One day while I was fixing the door knob  she escaped and was she fast. There was no way I could run fast enough to get her and she disappeared into the bush with what turned out to be a two week stressor. I had thought we lost her for ever. Living in the country has its hazards like cars, predators both flying and walking.

During her two weeks out at first we could not find her, then we started seeing her around, so she stayed close to her new home. She did not want to be caught. So here are my thoughts on how to get your cat back.

Tattoos and Microchips

The first step in cat recovery is having tattoos and microchips. A tattoo is obvious to see and should be registered with the vet. When someone sees a tattoo it’s the first sign that this cat belongs to someone. Next is the chip. If this kitty ends up in a shelter hopefully they check for microchips and find the owner. Micro chips are encoded with the pets information and have been successful in returning many pets.

If this is a new cat to you it’s possible this cat will wander. Social media, posters and looking around the neighbourhood will be the next step. If you have bonded with your cat look close to home. The cat just might hide in tiny spots right in your yard. I have two cats that will come to the house if they get scared. I have other cats that will panic and be probably hard to catch if they got free.

Cameras and Live traps

If your kitty is being difficult and hard to catch the next step is to find out where they are hiding. When Lacy got out I would stay up late and watch out the windows. I would see her and other cats. I put a wild life camera out and I found out that she would come to the front door. Here is an example of one of these cameras.

The camera confirmed it was Lacy and what times she would come around. When you are done this camera can be used for home security.

The next thing to do is the live trap. Here is an example of a set of two for different size animals.

These traps are safe and will not harm the captured animals. Set it up and learn how to use it. It might be possible you will catch something you don’t want like a skunk or racoon so learning how to quickly release the animal  will be necessary. If you trap wild life and you are not comfortable handling the situation call your wildlife control officer for help. Do not kill it. If it is a skunk you will have a very big and unpleasant clean up job! If you catch a stray cat your options might be to do a rescue yourself. I caught a stray cat once and when I released it the kitty moved like a beam of light and I never saw it again.

I put dry cat food in my trap. It worked and I caught my Lacy after two weeks. If you catch a stray cat I would recommend washing the trap to remove the scent and replace the food. I covered my trap with a blanket to make it look like a nice small hiding place. Be sure to set the blanket so it does not conflict with the trap mechanism. If it is really cold out check frequently so that if you trap somebody they don’t freeze to death.

Even though cats are hunters my Lacy lost a lot of weight from her two week vacation. Her front paws were bruised. It was late fall with cold rain some nights. After we caught her she had a complete personality change. She loved her first meal back in the house and became much more affectionate. There were times I though I lost her forever. A happy ending.  She has not been outside since. We watch the door a lot closer now and always do a cat count before bed.

Leash Walking

I take two of my cats out on leashes. We don’t go far or stay out two long. Soxs and Roxanne will want in when they get scared and I never leave them alone.

On my Products Page I have examples of harnesses. The vest style harness is what I recommend if you are walking a lot. The cat won’t get choked and you will have good control in an emergency.

When you are walking your cat with a leash hold the leash so you don’t drop it. Roxanne climbed a tree  with her leash once and wrapped the leash around branches. If your cat runs away with a leash attached the results could be lethal.

You might be surprized what spooks your cat. I recommend that you wear a jacket and wear gloves for the first few times with leash training. Holding a scared cat is painful if you are not ready.  I will wrap my arms around the cats body with their feet down and my other arm around their neck and body for good control. Get to somewhere quiet and get the cat relaxed.

That’s my story for today. I hope you never loose your cat. If you have any questions please email me at catinthecradles@gmail.com. If not leave me a comment below. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. The products I have shown here today might not be available in all countries. Please search Amazon accordingly.

Trevor

 

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