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Tips For Cat Grooming

You don’t like feeling dirty (unless you’re 3 years old) and neither does your cat. Cats wash and groom themselves daily but you can help keep their fur and skin in top condition as well.

Invest in a good short or long hair brush and comb set from your pet store or vet. Choose a time when you don’t expect interruptions, after dinner while watching TV is often good. It is a good idea to place a towel or similar over your lap to catch any loose hairs.

Run your fingers over the fur for short hair cats and gently through the fur for long hair cats to see if there are any lumps or knots. Work at these lightly with the comb, the same as you would for your own hair. If the knot can’t be untangled, just snip it out.

Once you have finished combing, brush gently from the top of the head to the tail using a firm pressure. Your cat will most probably arch its back and start purring loudly. Depending on your cat, you might like to follow the brush with your hand, or use the other hand to hold your cat in position.

Repeat the brushing, moving down the sides of the body and if your cat allows it, under the chin, the chest and stomach. Some cats will happily roll over to get the belly brushed, others can’t stand being touched there. With my two cats, one loves having her stomach brushed, the other one either jumps off my lap, hisses or bites me (gently) if I try. Remember, each cat is an individual, just like with humans.

Long haired cats need grooming daily to keep their fur and skin in top condition, short haired cats can be groomed 2 – 3 times a week.

Brushing not only removes loose hair and knots, it also helps get rid of dead skin cells and tones the skin and muscles. It also is important in helping to prevent hairballs, especially in long haired cats. Use an old toothbrush to clean the facial area, being careful around the eyes and whiskers.

Grooming is not only a marvelous bonding time for you and your cat, it is also an opportunity for you to give it a quick check up. You can check for parasites such as fleas, as well as skin irritations or lumps. Once you and your cat are comfortable with this routine, you will soon notice anything abnormal or unusual.

Ears, eyes and teeth can also be looked at during or after the grooming session while your cat is relaxed. Make sure the ears and pink looking and clean. If you notice dirt or anything unusual, gently sponge the ears with cotton wool and warm water. Do NOT use cotton buds in your cat’s ears, you could damage them. Eyes should be bright and clear with no discoloration around them in the fur or in the corners.

To me, grooming one of my cats each night is very relaxing. We have made it a routine that we all look forward to. I’m not really who enjoys it most, my cats or me.

Holistic Health Tips for Cats

Cats are independent creatures and while we admire their ability to take care of themselves, there are things we can do to help them live a full, healthy life. The holistic approach looks at diet, fitness, and emotional balance as interrelated aspects of overall health.

This approach focuses on everyday steps that affect long-term health-well suited to independent felines whose days tend to be routine.

What is the best diet for a cat?

Diet is the first step in the holistic pet health care approach. Many holistic veterinarians view a diet of processed pet foods that contain chemical preservatives and animal by-products as an underlying factor in many diseases.

Choose a natural or organic cat food that does not contain chemical preservatives, by-products or grains. You may have to try different brands and flavors to find something your cat will eat. Freshly made food is ideal if you have the time. However cats have strict dietary requirements with regard to protein, calcium, and amino acids, so follow specific recipes.

Should I give my cat dietary supplements? Dietary supplements-particularly antioxidants-provide essential nutrients that help prevent many diseases. Even high-quality pet foods can fall short on providing the necessary vitamins, antioxidants, and amino acids. Processed foods are not a complete substitute for the natural diet felines would consume in the wild. Nutritional supplements help to make up for the nutrient depletion in cooked, processed foods. Supplements can also help with problems such as:

  • Allergies
  • Hairballs
  • Eye Infections
  • Digestive problems
  • Liver Disease

Should I allow my cat to go outdoors?

Many professional pet organizations recommend that cats be indoor pets. It limits the risk of getting lost, fights, getting run-over, and inadvertent exposure to toxins. In practice, always keeping your cat in can be difficult-because they want to go outside. In most cases, there is no law that guides this decision. When your cat is young and exploring new territory, there is a risk it will get lost or be in an accident. But cats are smart and instinctively territorial, and in time they get the lay of the land and will stay in the immediate area of home.

Outdoor cats can scratch on trees and get exercise, but they risk being out in the world. Ultimately, this is a personal choice for you as an owner.

How can I keep curiosity from killing my cat?

It is important to keep chemical household products out of reach. These include:

  • Insect and mouse traps
  • Household cleaning products
  • Antifreeze, oil and gas
  • Human medications
  • Mothballs, batteries, cigarettes, coffee grounds, and alcoholic drinks

Tips For Cat When Moving House

Moving house is stressful in itself, for pet owners there are added burdens. How do we move the pets in such a way that the pets don’t get stressed out, soil the new house and keep calm? A few tips:

When you’re in the final phases of packing furniture and boxes and loading it in the moving truck/van/car, lock them in a quiet room you prepared earlier with a cat litter box (1 for every cat), food and drink.

On moving day, have them stay at a neighbours place, a quiet room or friend if possible.

Try to be as prepared as you can, while it’s not possible to think of everything in advance, a prepared move makes for a more relaxed cat owner and helps you deal with the pets with greater care.

If possible, let your cats stay at another house while the move is going on and let them stay there until after you have got the new house in relative order.

If you are moving a great distance, have your friends or a pet transportation service take care of the transportation of your cat(s). In most cases you can’t put your cat with your belongings in a professional moving truck. You either need to move them in the car yourself, have a friend do it or take advantage of a pet taxi.

Make your plans well in advance so you’re completely organized.

Once arrived, don’t let your cat explorer the new place in one go. Put them in the room where the litterbox will be. Make sure it’s a good area, that the litter box familiar and that it’s excluded from the rest of the house. Allow your cat to remain in that room for a while before letter the cat out.

Be relaxed as possible. Moving is stressful and pets can pick up on stress which adds to their own stress levels.

Have a familiar brand of cat litter, cat food, cat toys and any fabrics your cat enjoys at the ready so your cat can get comfortable quickly. If you need to box these items, mark the box so you can quickly get to it.

If you are moving house with your cats, good luck!

Toilet Training Tips For Cats

Although cats are naturally clean animals with good hygiene, it is important to start toilet training when the animal is at the kitten stage. This is easily achieved by placing the young cat in the litter tray whenever it shows signs that it is about to perform; this conditions its behavior. Anticipating when the kitten will pass waste and placing it in the litter tray beforehand is also a good strategy.

Other toilet training tips and ideas include:

* Be aware that toileting often occurs after waking up and after meals, (litter tray training might occur at these times).

* The litter tray is best kept in a secluded place away from the feeding area and where the cat sleeps. Take note that cats are unlikely to go to the toilet near where they eat.

* A litter tray should be easy to clean; disposable liners or newspapers need frequent changing to prevent strong odors.

* Cat litters with absorbent clay material or Fuller’s earth are best for absorbing the smell of urine and feces. Litter made from bark is not as effective.

* If you change varieties of cat litter your pet may not want to use it as cats get used to the feeling and odor of the usual litter and often prefer this.

* If you would rather your cat do its toilet in the garden, a litter tray can be placed outside, or if the cat digs in the garden bed, especially when covering its feces, be aware of health issues and any inconvenience to neighbors.

Some clever cats have been known to use a human toilet but to be on the safe side a standard cat litter tray is the best choice.