Tuxedo Cats

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Tuxedo Cat

Today our featured cat is the Tuxedo Cat. Tuxedo cat is a name we give to cats that are predominantly black with white fur on the face chest and paws.   I have four Tuxedo cats. Along with Lacy there is Soxs, Ariel and Roxanne.

Tuxedo Cats

A Tuxedo cat is a bi color cat with a black and white coat. When you see a Tuxedo cat they appear to be wearing a formal black tie suit. Most tuxedo cats also sport a black mask. A true Tuxedo cat should have a coat coloring consisting of a solid black coat with white fur on the paws, belly throat, chest and on the chin. Two of my Tuxedos have a common black teardrop at the right eye.

The Tuxedo cat is not a breed of a cat. The tuxedo pattern can appear in many breeds of cats. The Tuxedo pattern is caused by a white spotting gene. Wikipedia states that the basic colors and patterns of cat fur are defined by fewer that 10 genes.

Cats with a white coat are believed to have a mutant white spotting gene that suppresses the formation of coat color in patches. There are three genotypes possible with the “S” or white spotting gene with the capital S representing a wild-type copy and a lower case “s” representing the mutant gene. One is the “SS” this grouping has two dominant Alleles(one of two or more alternative forms of a gene that arise by mutation and are found at the same place on a chromosome) resulting in a white cat. The second paring is “Ss”(one dominant, one recessive allele) pairing results in medium grades of white spotting. The third is “ss” paring( two recessive alleles) produces a solid color or low grades of white spotting.

I love my Tuxedo cats. Are they my favorite cats? That’s like asking which is your favorite child.

Soxs

Soxs
Soxs

Soxs is my first Tuxedo cat. I found him in the wood pile in the back yard. When I found him he must of been only a couple months old. What a find! He is five years old now and is my official office cat. I take him outside on the leash, but his favorite place is in the office being alone with me.

Roxanne

Tuxedo cat
Roxanne

Roxy is my second office cat. She must have been dumped in the country because she adapted so well to the house and really does not like cold weather. She is my adventure cat.

Lacy

Lacy
Lacy

This girl is turning six during this second week of April 2018. She was adopted from a single person that could not give her enough time. It must of taken her a year to finally be comfortable with us and her six other brothers and sisters plus two dogs. She escaped once for two weeks and it was stressful for every body. When she got back in the house she had a total personality change. She loves to cuddle now and comes for brushing.

Ariel

Tuxedo Cat
Ariel

Is Ariel a Tuxedo cat? Please comment. I found him in the back yard when he was 4 weeks old. Now he is a handsome medium haired cat.

Adopting Tuxedo Cats

I have read that Tuxedo cats stay in the shelters as long as Black cats. I do not understand the thinking sometimes. When you go to the shelter consider the cats that are slow to be adopted. My Tenzin was in the shelter for months. He is now a very handsome Ginger boy and loves his home. Please don’t overlook the senior cats as they need to retire gracefully too. I have seven cats two dogs and two horses. Lots of these family members are young and can easily out live me. We have provided for them in our will. It is so sad when owners pass away and the cats end up at the shelter.

If you can’t adopt, foster, or volunteer at the shelter. When these are not possible please consider financially supporting your local shelter. Some shelters are registered charities and will provide tax receipts.

Hint Of The Day

It was a nice day yesterday with light jacket weather and melting snow. I put the harnesses on Roxy and Soxs and out we went. Soxs didn’t like his feet getting wet. When I picked Soxs up he kind of panicked. If I didn’t have a jacket on there would have been some scratches.

Because cats are fast and skittish when you take your cats on the leash a person must be ready for any surprise. A firm hold on the leash plus the proper clothing so if you need to pick up your cat you will not get injured. A loose cat on a long leash is disastrous for the cat. Don’t let them get away.

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That’s my story for today. Tuxedo cats are great. Please consider adopting one. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. Adopting a kitty saves a life and helps the community.

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Trevor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toxic Plants For Cats

 

 

Lilly
Easter Lily

This past Easter season is celebrated by many people. To add some color to the early spring and brighten up the home new houseplants may be brought into the home. Some of these plants while being very pretty can be lethal to our cats. I read one horror story this weekend of a persons cat that ate a Lily and died in 24 hours. This prompted me to refresh every one on the toxic plants that can harm our cats.

The Easter Lily

Lily Poisoning in cats is a serious and lethal condition. The toxins in the plant will cause kidney shut down with the cat dying in as little in three days if left untreated. If a cat eats any part of the plant it will poison the kitty. Treatment must be immediate.

If your cat has eaten a Lily things to watch for are drooling, vomiting, loss of appetite increased peeing followed by a lack of peeing if left unattended and dehydration.

If your cat has eaten a Lilly call your veterinarian immediately to see if you should induce vomiting. When you go to the vet bring in a sample of the plant and also a sample of the vomit to confirm diagnosis. The toxins in the Lily attack the kidneys, blood and urine tests will be necessary to evaluate the kidney function.

Treatment consists of induced vomiting. Activated charcoal will be give to absorb any toxins in the gut and high volumes of intravenous fluids will be given to prevent kidney shut down. Fluids are administered for several days and urine output is monitored. A lack of urine is a sign that the treatment is unsuccessful. If the treatment is successful there seems to be no long term consequences.

The Lily that are of the greatest interest to the cat owner are : Easter Lilly, Asiatic Lily and Tiger Lily plus day Lily.

Calla or Arum Lily contain crystals that irritate the mouth and cause drooling, diarrhea and vomiting, but do not affect the kidneys.

Lily of the Valley will affect the heart causing low blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat. This could progress to coma or seizures.

To prevent all any problems with Lily just don’t bring them into the house.

Poisonous Plants for Cats

Here is a list of Non Pet Friendly plants. Norfolk Pine, House Pine, Croton, Jade Plant, Dwarf Rubber Plant, Azalea, Geranium, Aloe, Dracaena, Corn Plant, Ribbon Plant, Dieffenbachia, Giant Dumb Cane, Daffodil, Paper White, Calla Lily, Trumpet Lily, Yucca, Caladium, Elephant Ears, Cutleaf Philodendron, Hurricane Plant, Golden Pothos, Devils Ivy, English Holy, Amaryllis, Belladonna Lily, Tulip & Tulip Bulb, Peace Lily, Horsehead, Heartleaf Philodendron, Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Mum, English Ivy, Sweetheart Ivy, Snake Plant, Mother-In-Law’s Tongue, Anthurium.

Here is a list of Pet Friendly Plants

FlowerPony Tail Plant, Golden Cane Palm, Parlour Palm, American Rubber Plant, Zebra Haworthia(Cactus), African Violet, Baby’s Tears, Polka Dot Plant, Pink Splash, SpiderPlant, Ribbon Plant, Feather Palm, Swedish Ivy, Creeping Charlie, Sweet Alyssum, Boston Fern, Impatience Olant, Busy Lizzy, Maranta, Prayer Plant, Aluminum Plant, Gloxinia, Porcelain Flower, WaxPlant, Hens and Chickens, Climbing Begonia, Rex Begonia, Burrows Tail, Tahitian Bridal Vail, Cliff Brake, Button Fern.

An answer to your cats wanting to chew your plants is to purchase a Cat Grass Growing Kit. This will be a healthy alternative to chewing your houseplants. Here is an example from Amazon.

Please click on the picture.

I do not guarantee that these lists are accurate. They came from a credible source, however when ever you bring a new plant into the house please do a Google Search on the toxicity of the plant in relation to your pets.

Cat Declawing

Declawing
Declawing

I was recently involved in a chat room where one person was asking questions about how to keep a newly adopted cat from wanting to go outside. One suggestion from one of the readers was to have the cat declawed.

I was shocked and immediately posted my opinion. I am shocked that this procedure is still being done. Everyone who is considering declawing should first have one of their own toes or fingers removed to get an appreciation of what the cat is going through.

Cats that are declawed develop emotional and physical issues due to tender and altered paws. Using the litter box is difficult due to sore paws and then kitty is looking for a softer place to litter, like your bed or coat. Declawed cats can be more prone to aggressive behavior due to sore paws.

Cat declawing is a CRUEL and unnecessary procedure. Please click on this link to take you for a more complete discussion on Cat Declawing.

Adopting Older and Senior Cats

Alexis
Alexis

As I browse Twitter I see lots of senior and older cats going to shelters. Some of these cats came from happy homes and through no fault of their own end up at the shelter. The latest one I read the owner passed away and no one wanted these two beautiful kitties.

A solution to this is to have a will in place so that all pets are provided for. I personally have family members that can easily out live me. I think it is necessary to prepare while a person still has time.

So if you are looking for a cat from the shelter please consider the senior cats. They deserve to retire properly too. How long is Cat Care? ITS FOREVER

 

That’s my story for today. Remember to check your plants for toxicity and think about adopting a senior cat. Please check My Cat Care Products Page for items to assist with caring for your cat. It is possible to shop the whole Amazon store from my page.

No amount of internet advice is better than the advice from a Qualified Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.

Don’t forget to use the Search Bar on the home page to look for topics you might be interested in. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.

Trevor

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Cats And Easter

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Kitchen Safety Precautions

With the Easter celebrations right around the corner it is time to review the kitchen and home precautions for our cats. The kitchen will be a busy place with guests and pleasing aromas. Your kitty will want to be right in the middle of it.

Home Precautions

LillyWith the season comes the decorations. New houseplants are part of every ones home. Are your houseplants safe for your cat. The Easter Lily is a toxic plants for cats. Other plants include Jade plants, Azalea, Geranium, Aloe, Corn Plant, Dieffenbachia, Daffodil and several others. When ever we bring a new plant into the house we always do an internet search to check for animal toxicity.

 

The Kitchen

This is where all the action happens. The Chefs are busy and they don’t need snoopy help. If you can’t tolerate kitty watching perhaps they should be isolated in another room. If you don’t mind the help take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents. Other foods to avoid for your pets are chocolate, tea, coffee, grapes and raisins. Uncooked yeast dough can be fatal. Hot stoves and oven door can cause serious injuries. I place pots with water on hot elements as they cool.

KitchenWith meat preparation it is best not to let the cats eat raw meat because of salmonellosis. This is a symptomatic infection caused by bacteria of the salmonella type. Do not let any pet munch on onions. This is due to an ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to dogs and cats. If your cat drinks cows milk you can expect a session of diarrhea soon.

Cooked poultry bones will splinter and pierce your kitties insides. Other foods to avoid for your pets are chocolate, tea, coffee, grapes and raisins. Uncooked yeast dough can be fatal. As your prepared food comes off the stove the cats will try to lick everything. Aluminum foils meat wrappings and plastic can be eaten by your cat with disastrous results. Cooked meat soaked string can be eaten by your pets. This will require a vet visit. If you see string hanging out of either end of your cat do not pull it as it could be tangled around something. This will require surgery. Be careful and have help with your pets. We all want to have a nice weekend that means not being at the vet.

Unattended cooking is a common cause of kitchen fires. If there is no one to watch the kitchen while you are out of the room shut every thing off. I think things in the oven are fine. Stuff on top of the stove can be dangerous.

Guests

Prepare your guests for your pets. Tell them ahead of time that you have pets then they can mentally prepare for the visit. I will not tolerate rough handling of my pets and I set rules. If you have a puppy that might chew strangers shoes have a place to store jackets and boots. I have found that if you feed your pets before your main supper they just might not hang around the table. With seven cats and two dogs I have had little trouble with meal time and guests if I feed the cats and dogs first.

The Bathroom

The bathroom must be clean and free of any cleaning chemical in order to be safe for your cats. I always keep the toilet bowl clean. The bath room also includes all your cats litter boxes. Be sure they are all clean and deodorized before your guests arrive.

Surprise Pets As Presents

FlowerThis season has some folks thinking that giving a kitten, puppy or bunny as a gift is a nice gesture. If this has not been prearranged and every body is on the same page giving a pet is a poor idea. After the Easter thrill has worn off bunnies have been released into the wild. This is cruel. Don’t do it.

How long Is Pet Care? – Its FOREVER.

Movie Review

I have recently watched the movie DUMA. This movie is set in South Africa and is about a young boy and his orphaned pet Cheetah cub. The movie is based on the book “How It Was with Dooms”.

 

 

It is a marvelous movie for the whole family. A great story, a good message and beautiful scenery.

That’s my story for today. I would like to thank everyone for reading Car Care. Please leave a comment below and if you have any questions do not hesitate to ask.
Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.

Trevor

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Reduce Cat Allergies

What Causes Cat Allergies

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People with cat allergies are reacting to the Fel d 1, a protein found on cat skin. All cats produce this protein. The Fel d 1 protein is quite small. It attaches itself to the cat hair or skin and can linger for hours. All cats produce this protein. The protein is found in the kitties’ saliva, urine and dander or what is known as dry flakes of skin. Remember that cats are always grooming themselves and their saliva is all over their fur. Individuals with allergies can have an oversensitive immune system. Your body will then mistake the harmless items like cat dander for dangerous invaders and fight against them as they would a virus or bacteria. It should be noted that if you have an outside cat your kitty could be bringing pollen in from outside that you could mistake for an actual cat allergy. It is always recommended not to self diagnose and before you blame the cat consult your doctor.

Symptoms of Cat Allergies

Common symptoms of cat allergies can include sneezing, coughing, rashes, red and itchy eyes, a runny and stuffy nose. A visit to your doctor will confirm if in fact you have a cat allergy. This is usually done with a skin or blood test.

Control Of Allergies

I have noticed that a lot of advice on the control of cat allergies recommends reducing your contact with cats. If you are like me this is not an option as my cats are too much a part of my life. Some things that can be considered are air purifiers, basic house cleaning and wash your hands often. If you have to live with the cat and your allergies you can try not allowing the cat in your bedroom and handle the kitty as little as possible. It is recommended to bath the kitty often, however over washing will take the natural oils from the cats skin. I have a shampoo recommendation on my Caring for Senior Cats Post.

Allergies can controlled by some over the counter medications and nasal sprays. Before you self medicate see your doctor.

Best Cats For People With Allergies

Sphynx Cat
Sphynx Cat

Because all cats produce Fel d 1 protein there is no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic cat, however there are cat breeds that are better for people with allergies than others. Here is a list. The Balinese, Russian Blue, Bengal, Devon Rex, Oriental Short Hair, Cornish Rex, Siberian, LaPerm, Sphynx, Javanese.

Zooeyia

Girl with cat

This new term for me “Zooeyia” (ZOO-ey-ah) is a recently invented word to describe the relationship of the human animal bond. It is probably not a surprise to anyone who reads this page today of the positive benefits of having an animal companion. Doctors say that if a child grows up with a pet here is less chance of allergies and I believe that there is more respect for nature and animals in general.

In return our animals expect to be looked after with food, shelter and protection. In a recent news article I read where in Ontario, Canada people are going to the country and dumping cats in farm yards or on the road.

Esther
Esther

This week I noticed that my little girl Esther was always looking at the door. I put her in a harness and took her outside. She did not like it! She ran for the door and wanted in and could hardly wait for the harness to come off.

The moral of this story is that house cats will not become good outside cats. When my Lacy escaped she lost weight and when she was recovered she did not want to go outside anymore. They will probably starve or be killed in any number of ways. They will be prone to disease and if they have had the cruel procedure of being declawed they will not even be able to hunt. I can not imagine the emotional shock of being dumped after living in a house.

Lacy
Lacy

Cat Care is FOREVER. Bringing a cat home must be a family decision. Animals as surprise presents or as a holiday celebration should be avoided. How many bunnies have been abandoned because the Easter thrill has worn off?

Adopting a cat is an important and serious decision. Are you ready for it.

 

 

That’s my story for today. This information provided here today is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian or doctor.
If you have any questions or comments please do so below. Don’t forget to have a look at the Cat Care Products Page for something to make your cat maintenance easier. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.

Trevor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cats And Essential Oils

Are Essential Oils Safe

Essential Oils

Essential oils are nothing new. The Ancient Egyptians invented the distillation methods and observed the medical benefits of essential oils. The Chinese, Indians as well as the Greeks and Romans had knowledge of essential oils.

Essential oils are botanical extracts of different plant materials such as flowers, leaves roots bark or stems. The word oil implies an oily substance, but in fact most essential oils are not oily at all. A lot of essential oils are clear while some oils are amber or yellow. It must be noted that essential oils are not perfumes, but are highly concentrated true essence of the plant it was taken from.

When your cat or your dog inhales the fragrance of the essential oil the molecules of the fragrance is taken in to the limbic system of the pets brain. The oil works there to promote calmness, mental happiness and general well-being.

ALL OILS ARE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS

Cat

They have to be used properly and correctly. An interest in natural medicine for people have also promoted an interest in natural cures for your pets. What this means is that cats and dogs, birds are susceptible to the missuses of essential oils. The reasoning that natural cures are harmless it should be emphasized that not everything in natures is complimentary and safe. Remember our list of poisonous houseplants that look and smell nice but are deadly to our pets. When one considers a cats small size and unique physiology its may not be obvious that essential oil treatments might do more harm than good.

Diffuser

Essential oils are processed through the liver. There is an enzyme called glucuronyltransferase and cats lack this liver enzyme. Because of this it is not recommended applying essential oils directly to the cats or use diffusers in the home. It may be noted that while your cat may not exhibit any symptoms of poisoning the effects of exposure can be cumulative. Cats should not be trapped in a room where diffusers are being used.

Therefore, all essential oils can present problems for your pets. Products high in 1,8-cineole, camphor, pinene, limonene, methyl salicylate, ketones, and phenols are especially dangerous. These include, but are not limited to, bergamot, camphor, clementine, clove, eucalyptus, fir, most species of frankincense, grapefruit, juniper, lavender (spike), lavandin, lemon, lime, mandarin, orange (including bitter, blood and sweet varieties), oregano, peppermint, pine, rosemary, sage, spearmint, spruce, tangerine, tea tree, thyme and yarrow. This list comes from an article on essential oils and should not be considered complete and I cannot guarantee its accuracy. The point here is if you are considering using essential oils in your home or on your pets it would be wise to CONSULT YOUR VETRENARIAN first. Any house bound pet must be considered when introducing essential oils to your home.

Observable signs of essential oil poisoning will be depression, weakness, muscle tremors as well as in coordination. Other symptoms may be breathing problems, vomiting, drooling or looking like they are trying to bring up a hair ball.

Today’s post on Essential Oils came about from a book I bought on these oils for your pets. As a skeptical layman I did more research and at that point began to wonder exactly what to do. I wanted to calm my new arrivals and calm down the established cats. I have come to the conclusion that with the proper veterinarian consultation some products are usable. While this post is directed to cat lovers, dogs, birds and reptiles can be equally at risk. We must educate ourselves to make the best decisions possible. In closing all the advice in the world does not over rule the advice from your vet.

That’s my story for today. If you have any questions or concerns please leave a comment below. Afterwards take a moment and have a look at my Cat Care products page.

Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.

Trevor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Importance Of The Veterinarian

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How Often Should Your Cat See A Vet

 

The importance of the veterinarian in your life and your cat can not be underestimated. No amount of internet advice comes close to the quality advice from a trusted Doctor of Veterinarian Medicine. Your vet will provide the pet owner with proper care and treatment to ensure that your cat has the best health care possible.

Your vet will advise you on the proper visit schedule for cat. After the initial vaccinations and the spay and neutering is complete the usual procedure is to go yearly. Some clinics are now recommending vaccinations every two years. I personally agree with this as I think it is possible to over vaccinate. Elderly cats might need special attention. If your cat is allowed to free roam it will necessary to consider rabies vaccinations as recommended by your vet. Remember there is no cure for rabies after it develops and that’s for people too.

When your cat is healthy it is quite an easy job to look after kitty. Good quality food, clean water, a clean litter box plus some toys and love, your cat is happy. A healthy cat is easy to observe. If you grab a pinch of skin at the back of the neck and release it, the skin should fall right back into place. This means that your cat is properly hydrated. If your kitties gums are moist and pink your cat is probably in good shape.

Its times when your cat quits eating or has trouble going to the litter box, it is time to go to the vet. I always recommend to occasionally watch your cat go to the litter box and observe anything out of the ordinary. Crying when peeing or blood in the stool should be investigated immediately.

There is an abundance of medical information available on the internet. Internet advice usually tries to be all-inclusive and with that a layman can be overwhelmed with medical advice. It is important at this time to not self medicate without a vet consultation. I am hesitant to try homeopathic remedies without talking to a professional first.
Another caution is to not give your cat people medicine. Over the counter pain killers will do serious harm to your cat.

How To Select A Vet

Vet and Kitten

 

Selecting a vet is as important as selecting a doctor for your family. The office should be clean and the receptionist should be pleasant and knowledgeable. There should be appropriate certificates on the wall. The examination rooms should be clean and you should be able to attend the examination. The doctor that examines your cat should be gentle and have good bedside manner. If you cat has to be left overnight ask if someone checks on the patients through the night. Do not be afraid to get a second opinion or leave if you are not happy with the service. One feature I like is the 24-hour emergency phone number. I have used this more than once. The cost of veterinarian care can be expensive. If your cat is young enough there is health insurance available and your vet can advise.

Black Cats

Black Cat

 

With Marvel Studios releasing the Black Panther movie there has been an adoption craze of black cats. I sincerely hope that when someone adopts these cats it is realized that CAT CARE is forever and not a fad. I am happy when any cat gets adopted and finally the black cat is not a subject of fear and superstition. Let’s hope all these black cats get caring and loving homes.

The same thought comes to mind with the Lykoi or Werewolf cats. I hope that whoever owns these cats loves and protects them with the respect a cat deserves. My hope is that the Lykoi cat is expensive enough so that only responsible people own them.

I am an advocate of adopting cats and removing as many as possible from the shelters. It saves lives and reduces animal suffering. This does not mean that people should not buy from breeders. These cats are special too. It is the buyers’ responsibility to hold breeders to a high standard. Preventing animal abuse is every ones responsibility. No one should tolerate cat and puppy mills.

Hint For Today

I actually have two hints for today.

First hint: If your cat is eating to fast put a golf ball in the food bowl of wet food and let them work for it. What do you think?

Second hint: Salt Lamps are dangerous to your cat. Cats will lick the salt lamp and get sick and it may be lethal. Salt poisoning in cats can cause kidney damage. No salt lamps. Remember dogs can get sick from salt lamps as well.

That’s my story for today. I hope you have enjoyed reading this and if you have any comments please leave them below. Is there a topic you would like discussed, let me know. Now hug a kitty and do something green for the environment.

Trevor

Cat Care – Living With Multiple Cats

Esther and Ariel
Esther and Ariel

Tips For Living With Multiple Cats

Todays post is for anyone who is considering having more than one cat in the house. My tips for living with multiple cats’ comes from my experience with seven cats’ in the house. My first cat Soxs has been in the house for five years. My oldest cat Alexis is turning 10 years old this spring and has been in the house for 2 years. The rest of the cats’ range from 1 1/2 years to 3 1/2 years old and have been together for approximately two years. I have raised three of them from kittens, three were adopted and Roxanne was found outside. We believe that she was dumped by someone because her socialization int the house was very easy. It should be mentioned that the three kittens I have raised were found loose outside also and if they would not of been rescued would have died through the winter. For more information on each cat follow this link to Meet The Kitties.

Socialization

Bringing these cats’ together under one roof had its moments, but was not as dramatic as on might expect. Each cat has its own personality and it has been interesting watching behavior change as I watched them grow up. Cat experts recommend isolation time for new cats’ and a slow socialization to new feline family members. I did not follow this advice. None of my seven cats’ were difficult personalities, but each had their own quirks.

Soxs
Soxs

Soxs is my first cat. His first experience with a new cat was typical with apprehension and some confrontation. There was no isolation time, however the house is big enough for each cat to find a place to hide. One of our rescues, Rufus hid for a few weeks. He became comfortable at his own time and then loved to be with Soxs and loved to be around people. Unfortunately he passed away after three months due to some unknown medical issue. He was a magnificent cat and I miss him still.

Lacy
Lacy

When Lacy came she was dropped off and her first few weeks were stressful for her. She cried and hid. She wanted out and one day she escaped and stayed out for two weeks. When we got her back her personality changed dramatically. She liked being in the house and having regular meals. She lost a lot of weight during her holiday and I had to live trap her to get her back. She had another personality change when the kittens Esther and Ariel came. Lacy went off her food and became lethargic. Vet visits found no medical issues. She got medicine to increase her appetite. She overcame this issue and now she defends her self from over playful kittens. Lacy has recently become more friendly and loves getting brushed and cuddled.

Tenzin
Tenzin

Tenzin came to our home from a pet rescue. We brought him home and just opened the carrier and he came out when he was ready. After he got out he cautiously moved around the house. He kept to himself a lot. His socialization was done on his time. He did not like people handling, but now he loves to get brushed and goes to my wife and asks for brushes. He sleeps with my wife and now plays with Soxs and the kittens. He has grown and changes daily.

Alexis
Alexis

Alexis is my oldest cat. She likes to be alone and does not trust the rest of the cats’. She will stand on the cupboard at feeding time with the rest of the cats’, but will let everybody know when she has had enough close company. I hold her and groom her as mush as she will let me just to let her know she is loved.

Ariel and Esther
Ariel and Esther

 

Ariel and Esther were found as small kittens in the bush. They grew up together and have no fear. Esther likes to torment the older females just for fun. She plays with everybody else and generally does as she pleases. Ariel has grown up to be a handsome boy. He does not like to be picked up much, but I do cuddle him as required. These two were only isolated when they were very small so that the dogs or older cats’ would not hurt them. When they were big enough to look after themselves they were released into the clowder. Ariel like to push glasses of water onto the floor.

Roxanne
Roxanne

Roxanne was our last rescue. She was isolated for three days until the vet visit. Then we just let her out with the rest of the cats’. Soxs didn’t like her at first and I had to break up a couple of fights. None of the fights were crazy, but I would break things up as soon as possible. Roxanne was the easiest and quickest socialization I have seen. She must of been a house cat before I found her.

The socialization process at our house was always monitored as there was someone home almost all the time. We did leave them alone as necessary and when we came home everybody was in good shape. We still do see some nose scratches now and then, but never any serious wounding. When it was necessary to break up a hissing session I would pick up the attacked cat to show them they were protected. I have not had to do this for a long time. We have had good luck with quick socialization. We have a broad range of ages and almost even mix of male to female. Isolation might be necessary to prevent disease and parasites being introduced into your house.

Health Care

I take our cats’ health care seriously. They get regular vet visits and I will go to the vet as required if something pops up. The same goes for my dogs and horses. If you want to keep your vet bills down the key is to feed a good quality food and always have lots of clean water available. Dental care is an overlooked item. If your cat will let you brush their teeth that would be the best. If not a water additive could be a possibility. There are tooth care formulas that you can apply with your finger into the cats’ mouth. I am trying one of these and I will report back on how it works.

Vet and Kitten

It is necessary to have a relationship with a good vet. I have recommendations on vet criteria on my “Maintaining Your Cat” page. If you have health care questions ask your vet first. Do not give your cats’ people medicine and use homeopathic remedies only after professional consultation.

Have a litter box for each cat and one extra. Keep it clean and use fresh litter. I have recently replaced most of our litter with pine pellets with good results. We keep one box with clay litter and four with pine pellets. Yes it violates the rule for boxes but our house is not that big. We clean the boxes a lot to compensate. I do not recommend self-cleaning litter boxes. The litter box is the key to your cats’ health so I like open litter boxes with tall sides. See my Products Page for more information.

House Cleaning

Extra cats’ mean extra house cleaning. Vacuuming and sweeping should be done as required and if you think it should be done then it should be done. I clean water bowls and feeding bowls every time I use them. Since we switched to pine pellets for litter the house is cleaner. If the cats’ are not using the litter box it might mean its not clean enough or there might be a medical issue. A cat with a urinary tract infection will start to pee everywhere. None of my cats’ spray or mark. This is due to everybody being spayed or neutered. If you have to clean up a urine stain please refer to my Pet Urine Stain Removal post.

How To Know If You Have To Many Cats

Having lots of cats’ is great. I could not give up any of them. If you can’t keep the house clean you might have to many cats’. Other factors would be if a person could not afford food or health care. Cats having unwanted kittens is a problem. Please don’t find yourself in a hording situation. Get help as required.

Something that must be considered is to have a plan in place if you find yourself not being able to be a care giver. A will or a responsible person must be available to look after your cat or cats’ if something should happen if a person can’t provide the necessary care. If you don’t provide your cats with a responsible and caring attendant they will probably end up at a shelter or worse.

That’s my story for today. Its nice to have my seven cats’. I love them all. It’s best to only have the number of cats’ that you would be comfortable with. Now it’s time to hug a kitty and do something green for the environment. Please leave a comment below especially if you want something discussed.

Trevor

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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