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Feeding A Cat Before Flying And Essential Things to Carry

You’ve got plenty of variables to juggle when you’re flying with a cat. What kind of carrier is acceptable? Should you give your cat a sedative? These and similar issues tend to eclipse things like mealtimes. Don’t let feeding become a last-minute concern: feed your cat four hours before flying.

Hungry Beasts & Fraidy Cats

Cats are notorious creatures of habits. They like regular feeding routines and as a general rule don’t deal well with travel.

Try to feed your cat before you leave for the airport, and make sure to bring some of his favorite canned foods and snacks with you for emergencies.

The last time your cat should eat is four hours prior to takeoff, according to most pet nonprofits, personal anecdotes and commercial websites. As the flight nears, curtail food, but continue to allow your cat to drink water.

The Last Meal

Air travel stresses most cats, and it can take hours or even a day or two before your cat eats after flying. As such it’s important he eats as close to the flight as possible before the no-food buffer. This period allows your cat to partially digest the food in his stomach, thus minimizing risks of nausea and vomiting en route.

If your cat isn’t used to riding in cars, he may get car sick, so consider curtailing food four hours before leaving the house. Try acclimating him to the car weeks or days before the flight to avoid this.

If the four hour window falls outside your cat’s normal feeding schedule or you have a free-feeding cat, tempt him with his favorite wet food or a treat.

During And After The Flight

Some people recommend feeding your cat treats just prior to and even during a flight to calm his nerves, although opinions vary. If your flight is long or includes layovers, offer your cat a small amount of food and water in a quiet space en route.

If you’re giving your cat a sedative or any other medication, follow food-relevant directions to the exclusion of all other advice, except that of your veterinarian.

After arriving at your destination, make sure your cat has a clean litter box and fresh food and water.

Other Considerations

Whether or not to feed your cat before flying is a moot decision if you haven’t addressed other aspects of airline pet travel.

Purchase an in-cabin ticket for your cat at the same time you buy your ticket. If your cat has to fly as cargo, consider other airlines. Book direct flights to minimize stress.

Schedule a veterinarian checkup within 10 days of your flight and copy vaccination records and a health certificate.

Review airline pet policies and measure and mark your cat carrier. Leave it out days before the flight. Make sure your cat has an ID tag or microchip.

Essential things to carry

Travel carrier: Most airlines require that you transport your pet in a soft carrier that goes under the seat in front of you. Be sure to research whatever planes you’ll be flying in to make sure your carrier will fit—even if its label says “airline-approved.”

Harness and leash for both cats and dogs: airports can be scary places, and a harness eliminates the risk of your dog slipping out of a collar. (Harnesses are great for hanging on to cats too—you’ll probably have to take yours out of its carrier to go through security.)

Collapsible water bowl and bottle:The FAA suggests not feeding your pet for four hours before takeoff; providing water up until flight time is fine. Ask your vet how much water you should provide during the flight itself—the answer may depend on how long the flight is.

House-training pee pad: Line the carrier with these, and bring spares. Even on a short flight, the stress of traveling, the changes in air pressure, and the noises of the plane can induce havoc in your pet’s digestive tract—this goes for cats as well as dogs.

Dog poop bags: These will come in handy before and after the flight—and during it too, if necessary. You can use them to clean up after your traveling cat as well.

Calming sprays: Such sprays use synthetic feline and canine hormones as the active ingredient to soothe nervous pets. A number of studies have demonstrated their efficacy, too, though as with any such aid your mileage may vary. Be sure to consult your vet.

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How Do I Stop My Cat Scratching Furniture?

Scratching is a perfectly natural behaviour for a cat, and while most cats who have outdoor access will scratch on fence posts and trees, many still like to do some scratching indoors, on the carpet or furniture.

Why Do Cats Scratch?

Before you can teach your cat not to scratch your couch (or your other furniture), you have to understand why she does it in the first place. Cats scratch things for several reasons, including:

– To stretch:

Scratching provides exercise and valuable stretching for the muscles and tendons in a cat’s body from her toes to her neck and shoulders.

– To mark:

A cat’s paws contain scent glands and scratching things releases odors that mark her territory. It’s important to feline social structures to use this method of communication. Even if you only have one cat in your household, she will feel the need to transmit information in this manner.

– To maintain claw health:

Scratching helps a cat shed the outside nail husk periodically as needed, to keep the claw healthy.

– To feel good:

Scratching just feels great to cats. It relieves stress and decreases the possibility that your cat will develop other unwanted behaviors.

+ If your cat is scratching more than usual and is displaying other behaviours such as:

Hiding

Being more aggressive

Changes in appetite or weight

Vomiting

Failing to use the litter tray

Following you around the home

Then it may just be a sign that your cat is anxious.

– Boredom:

If your cat is not exercising enough or is not getting enough mental stimulation, it can lead to increased scratching of your carpet or furniture.

Why Not Declaw?

Now that you know why scratching is important to cats, you might wonder if it would be best just to have your cat declawed, so you don’t have to worry about ruined furniture. It’s important to understand that declawing a cat is an amputation of the digits up to the first joint. It’s painful, fraught with possible complications during and after surgery, and changes the way your cat walks, balances, and interacts with her world. You can learn more about why declawing is considered inhumane by many people, is banned in several countries, and may be made illegal in some US cities.

WHAT CAN I DO TO STOP MY CAT FROM SCRATCHING MY FURNITURE AND CARPETS?

Firstly, do not punish your cat when it scratches, even if they are scratching your trendy sofa or new carpet.

Scratching is perfectly normal behaviour for cats and they will not understand that what they are scratching is wrong.

Instead, it’s best to encourage them away from unwanted areas with some of these methods:

Let them go outside more

It’s simple but the more time a cat spends outside the more time they have to sharpen their claws on something other than your new rug.Buy a scratching post

It’s best to place these in a public area so that when your cat leaves its scent behind, it will be happy knowing that everyone will know it was there.

You can buy a horizontal or vertical post to best suit your needs. There are even multi-level furniture posts which allow your cat to climb and scratch.

Make sure that your post does not wobble, as this may discourage a cat from using it. Securing in place with a wall bracket is a good option if convenient.

If space is an issue you could buy a scratchboard or mat instead. These can be laid flat or fixed to a flat surface like a wall or door.

Trim the claws

Keeping your cat’s claws trimmed not only helps to keep scratching to a minimum, but it can also prevent your cat from injuring itself.

Lengthy claws can often get snagged on rugs or carpet causing them to either break a claw or twist a toe. This can lead to a lot of pain.

How to trim your cats claws

Use double-sided carpet tape

Apply double-sided adhesive carpet tape to the area that you don’t want your cat to scratch. This can quickly turn it into a very undesirable place for your cat to scratch.

You can buy either plastic or cloth carpet tape. We recommend going for cloth as they have fibres in them that make them a bit more heavy-duty and stick better to the furniture and also lasts a bit longer. Plastic tapes are a bit thinner and are harder to work with, often folding in on themselves.

It might be a good idea to put a scratching post next to the tapped area to give your cat an easy alternative to move onto.

Regularly clean the scratched area

Keeping the scratched area clean with soap and water will remove the pheromones left behind after your cat scratches.

This will help to limit the appeal of scratching again in the same area.

Use a cat deterrent spray

After cleaning the scratched area you can use a deterrent spray to further discourage your cat.

Conclusion

There is no one strategy that will work for every cat as every situation is different.

By following a few of these methods in combination though, you will hopefully soon start to see improvements to your cats behaviour.

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4 Homemade Cookies Recipes for Cats

Cats have a real sweet-tooth, but you have to be careful when giving them sweets, because an excessive amount of sugar can be really harmful to their health.

Cats have a sweet tooth just like dogs, but perhaps they show it a little less. However, sugar is dangerous for them as well, so, when it comes to giving them desserts, we must be very careful. That’s why we’re sharing these homemade dessert recipes for cats with you. Why? Because your cat deserves a treat, too.

Tuna cat cookies

If your cat loves tuna, these simple cookies will become their weakness! Remember that it is recommended to use tuna in water, since we will already add oil to the recipe. To combine the mixture you can simply use a spatula and a wooden spoon, or even a blender!

Ingredients

1 can of tuna

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 egg

1 tablespoon of fish oil or olive oil

1 tablespoon of catnip

Preparation

Drain the tuna, crumble it well and mix with the egg in a big bowl.

Add the fish or olive oil and continue mixing to combine the ingredients.

Incorporate the catnip and, finally, the selected wholemeal flour, little by little and without stopping beating.

When you can, knead the mixture with your hands until you get a compact and homogeneous mass.

Let the dough stand for a few minutes and, meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180 ° C.

Spread the cat cookies mixture with a roller and cut them into the shape that you like the most.

Place the cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and bake them for 10-15 minutes, depending on the type of oven and the texture you want to give to the snacks.

When ready, remove the cat tuna biscuits from the oven, allow them to cool and offer them to your cat as a delicious treat.

Chicken cat cookies

As pointed out in the first section, chicken is one of the most recommended for making homemade recipes for cats, both for its high nutritional value and for its low intake of bad fats.

However, remember, you can always substitute turkey meat.

Ingredients

1 cup of cooked and cut chicken breast

1 cup of whole wheat flour

1 tablespoon of oil

1 egg

1 tablespoon of plant milk or natural yogurt

Preparation

Shred cooked chicken to make the cat cookies more easily.

If you use a blender or electric mixer, add to the chicken the olive or fish oil, egg and spoonful of milk or yogurt, and continue beating.

Once the above ingredients are integrated, add the flour little by little and continue to beat to combine and form a uniform mass.

Knead with your hands and spread the dough of the cat cookies with a roller to form them to your liking.

Preheat the oven to 180 ° C and, meanwhile, place the cookies on a tray lined with parchment or wax paper.

Bake the cat cookies for 10-15 minutes, or until you notice they are ready.

Remove them, let them cool down and give them to your furry friend.

Salmon cat cookies

Salmon is another favorite food of cats and therefore we could not miss the opportunity to prepare some delicious homemade biscuits with it. For this recipe we recommend to use oatmeal, since both this product and salmon help improve the skin and capillary health of your cat. However, if you do not have it you can also use any other type of whole meal. As for the main food, you have the option of using fresh or canned salmon, since in both cases it is necessary to crumble it to make the dough.

Ingredients

1 cup of whole wheat flour

50 grams of fresh or canned salmon

1 egg

2 tablespoons of oil

Preparation

Crumble the salmon as much as possible and, if you consider necessary, crush it a little. If canned salmon is used, it is not necessary to discard the liquid.

Mix the salmon with the egg and the oil until the ingredients are fully integrated.

Add the flour and incorporate it into the dough.

Preheat the oven to 180ºC and prepare a tray lined with baking paper.

This dough is less compact than the previous ones, so you should place small portions with the help of a spoon on the baking sheet for salmon cat biscuits for about 10-15 minutes.

Remove, let cool and serve.

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Kittens need mother’s milk or Cat Food?

During a litter of kittens’ tender earliest weeks, mama’s milk is all that is necessary for health and survival. So how long do kittens need to have their mother’s milk and what is the perfect time to give them cat’s food?

How long do kittens need their mother’s milk

Time to have mother’s milk

When it’s at all possible, kittens should be exposed to some mother’s milk, especially within the first 12 to 24 hours of life. The first milk, or colostrum, contains antibodies that the kitten can only absorb during this time.

If a queen has an extremely large litter of kittens and cannot produce enough milk, each kitten should still get some of her milk. If she cannot produce any milk due to mastitis or other issues, another nursing mother may accept the kittens if they are close to the size of her own. If no nursing cat is available, you can feed a kitten milk replacement formula with a nursing bottle or syringe. With bottle feeding, you should do it for three or four weeks. Always warm the bottle in a cup of hot water and taste test it yourself to check the temperature and that it hasn’t soured. If you’re using a powder formula. store unmixed powder in the freezer.

Feed slowly but frequently: every two to three hours during the day. At night, don’t worry about it. They’ll wake you up when they’re hungry. If they’re sleeping, let them sleep, and get some sleep yourself.

When to wean kittens

Normally, the kitten weaning process begins at about four weeks of age. Their mother’ll start to try to eat her food, and she’ll push them away from her. But if you’re weaning a kitten that has been orphaned, you can start a little earlier, between three and four weeks. When they start biting and chewing on the bottle, they’re ready. At this point, you can start to introduce kitten food.

A general schedule for kitten weaning:

Weeks 4-5: Give wet or moistened dry food, mixed with formula to form a slush. Supplement with formula if the kitten is not taking to the new food, to make sure it gets enough calories.

Weeks 5-6: The weaning kittens should start to nibble on the kibble, slightly moistened with water.

Weeks 6-7: By now, the kitten weaning process is complete, and they should be eating all solid food by week seven.

When should a Kitten be given cat food

Until a kitten is old enough to be weaned, all that she needs for healthy growth and development is her mother’s milk. After weaning time (between 8 and 10 weeks in age) you can start to give them soft cat food. At this point, you can offer your fluffball dry cat food, although make sure it’s formulated specifically to cater to the nutritional needs of kittens. It’s believed that kittens require significantly more energy than fully grown cats, and kitten food can satisfy. Remember, never give a kitten cow’s milk, as that could lead to stomach distress and diarrhea issues for the poor thing.

A kitten is typically classified as being so until she gets to her first birthday. Continue feeding your growing young cat quality food that is made especially for kittens until she reaches this landmark. When a cat is about 1, she can finally start eating “real” cat food.

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Benefit Of Cat Clothes

There’s no doubting the utter cuteness of kittens with mittens, cats with hats, and other adorable images of our furry friends wearing little clothes that were made just for them.

But is it just the cuteness factor that makes cat clothes worth it?

We humans, smooth and hairless as we are, need to wear clothes for protection against elements. Our feline friends, on the other hand, have luxurious coats of fur that seem to invalidate the need for clothes.

It’s important to any cat owner that their pet is safe and comfortable, so read on to learn about how cat clothes affect their wellbeing, and how to choose clothes for your cat.

Cat Clothes: Does Your Cat REALLY Need Them?

Cats definitely don’t need clothes as much as we do, but they can still benefit from a warm sweater, shirt or hoodie during the colder months.

This is true even if your home has heating during these seasons, as the morning temperature drop can give your kitty the shivers. You’ll want to give your cat clothing that is thick enough to keep their body heat locked in, yet soft and light enough not to impede their movement or annoy them.

Not all cats are made equal, and the different fur profiles of each cat breed have to be taken into account when choosing cat clothes.

For example, short-haired breeds like the Abyssinian cat, the American/British Shorthair cats, and the Bengal cat, are going to lose more body heat during very cold periods. Long-haired breeds like the Persian, Siamese, and Norwegian Forest cats, on the other hand, might not need clothing unless it’s really cold!

Some cats also have skin conditions that can cause a lot of discomfort. These conditions are most often caused by overgrooming, open wounds, or maybe even allergies. If your cat has a skin condition, it’s very important to cover up their skin so they can’t scratch or groom the affected areas.

Cat clothes are extremely useful for cats with skin conditions, it helps them protect their skin while preventing further harm.

Flea infestations and other parasites can also be stopped with a wardrobe for your kitty, but of course, it shouldn’t be relied on as the solution to the problem!

Let’s look on some benefit of cat clothes

Cat Clothes Increase Warmth and Thermal Protection

You might have noticed that cats love warm spaces, whether it’s laptops, your actual lap, refrigerators, or even phone chargers. They might also like being wrapped in blankets when they lie on your bed.

In general, cats like being warm, and this is especially important when the surrounding temperature becomes uncomfortably cold for them.

If you want to gauge how cold your kitty might be feeling, use this simple trick — if you feel cold at any time, chances are your cat is feeling cold too. If you’re wrapping yourself up in clothes and turning up the space heater, make sure your cat gets in on some of that heating action.

Clothing and fur work in similar ways when it comes to keeping a living creature warm. When you wrap yourself in thick clothing, you simulate having thick cat fur, and you feel hotter under your clothes — this additional heat isn’t being generated by your clothes, it’s actually generated by your own internal body heat being trapped by your clothes.

Without the clothes, your body heat would radiate away from your body, leaving you colder.

Putting clothes on a cat enhances the heat-trapping capacity of their fur, and can keep them warm during very cold periods that their fur wouldn’t be able to handle. If you take your cat outside into a snowy winter, you should definitely consider putting clothes on them as well.

Cats Can Overheat Easily

Just remember to be careful with how your cat is feeling when they’re wearing clothes, as they might overheat without you noticing, especially if they have thick long fur.

Cat Clothes as a Fashion Statement

Most cat owners think of how adorable their cat’s gonna be when they dress them up in cute little clothes. Perhaps your cat won’t care so much about human social conventions, but there are few things more adorable than your little furry friend in a bowtie, raincoat, or even a Halloween costume.

As long as they don’t mind the fabric pressed against their body, feel free to make your cat a canvas of cuteness. Plus, cat clothes make your kitty look meow-nificent!

Cat Clothes Can Help You Bond With Your Cat

Cats can’t get into their own clothes, so dressing them up is a slow, methodical process. Each time you dress your cat provides an opportunity for bonding between owner and pet. This is especially important if you’re a busy pet owner and hardly have time to pay attention to your cat.

When you dress up your cat, they feel you stroking them, petting and touching them, and generally paying attention to them. This is an excellent bonding activity for them and will help strengthen your relationship. While popular culture seems to paint cats as independent and fussy, your cat needs your love and attention just as dogs do!

Cat Clothes Can Boost Positive Emotions

By associating your cat’s clothes with positive feelings of bonding, you can improve your cat’s mood just by dressing them up. They’ll feel calm and less stressed if they feel that familiar warmth and comfortable texture against their bodies.

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Choose The Right Cat Litter

Choosing the right litter for your cat can seem like a formidable task. With so many types of litter out there, which one is the best for you and your Kitty? Clumping or non-clumping? Scented? Silica or clay? Flushable? Wheat, walnuts, corn or maybe recycled newspaper?

The most important thing to remember when choosing cat litter is that your cat’s needs come first. You need to choose the litter that your cat prefers and in some cases, there may be some trial and error to go through.

What Kind of Litter Does Your Cat Like?

Cats have their own personal preferences when it comes to litter. These can be the result of sensitive paws, habits created during kittenhood, or simply a whim.

Why your cat prefers one kind of litter and not another may forever be a riddle shrouded in mystery.

What matters is that you provide your cat with the kind of litter he or she feels comfortable with. Otherwise, they may reject the litter box altogether. Elimination problems are easier to prevent than to fix, so make sure you read through this guide with your cat’s preference in mind.

Why even consider the type of litter?

Thinking of changing the type of litter your cat is using faithfully?

The old adage of “if it ain’t broke – don’t fix it” works well here.

If your cat is using the box regularly and seems to be ok with your current type of litter, you should probably count your blessings and let it go. You need a VERY good reason to start messing with a cat’s litter preference.

Remember – this is about what the cat prefers. For some cats, the type of litter doesn’t make much of a difference. For others, it can be crucial enough to make them avoid the litter box following a litter box.

That said, there are situations where choosing a new type of cat litter makes sense.

Adopting a new cat without knowing his or her previous litter preference.

Bringing a formerly outdoor-cat indoors.

A serious issue with the current type of litter used

Dealing with litter box avoidance which may be related to the type of litter used.

If you’re dealing with a litter box avoidance problem, then take a minute to read our guide about litter box problems. It will help you figure out what’s wrong and help Kitty get back to using the box.

So, how to find the best litter for your cat? What considerations play a part in choosing the purrfect cat litter?

After considering your cat’s needed, here is 3 steps to choose cat’s litter:

Choosing the right materials

Traditional litter: clay-based. Clay is one of the most popular kinds of litter on the market and is a simple choice that works for most cats. It absorbs water quickly, making cleaning out urine easy, and is easy to find at most grocery stores

Look into plant-based or recycled litters. If you’re environmentally conscious, or if your cat does not take to clay-based litter, look for more natural options. Many litters are made from plant-based or recycled materials. Try something like wood pellets, wheat, corn cobs, or litter made from recycled materials.

Try silica crystal litter if you live in a small space. Silica crystal litters are litters made of synthetic materials. They’re good at soaking up urine and dehydrating feces so it’s easier to clean. Silica crystal litters make most sense if you’re living in a smaller space as they absorb odor very easily.

Pay attention to how your cat responds to different materials. Trial and error may be necessary to pick a litter that works for your cat. Cats have preferences about their litter and may dislike the texture or feel of a particular brand of litter. If your cat stops using their litter box after you purchase a litter, try a different brand. With some experimentation and patience, you should be able to find a litter your cat will use.

Choose a lightweight litter. A lightweight litter may produce less dust. It can also be easier to carry back from the grocery store if you have a long walk. Some litters are specifically labeled as “lightweight”, but some materials are naturally light weight. Corn and grass-based litters tend to be naturally lighter than other varieties.

Look for multi-cat variations of common litters. Most common litters have special blends made for multi-cat households. If you have multiple cats living in the same house, opt for multi-cat litter. These often help better suppress odor. If your cats are having litter box issues due to sharing a litter box, opt for a multi-cat variety of your chosen litter.

Dealing with Odor and Cleaning

Look for an odor-absorbing litter. Whichever material you choose, look for a litter that’s odor-absorbing. This will prevent the smell of a litter box from seeping into your home. If a litter is odor-absorbing, it should say somewhere on the label.

Decide between clumping and non-clumping litters. The question of clumping and non-clumping litter depends on your personal preference and which litters your cats take to. Clumping litter can make cleanup easier, as it absorbs urine. With clumping litter, you can scoop out the litter box rather than replacing all the litter each time you clean it.

Avoid scented litters. Odor-absorbing litters are fine, as they keep odor away. However, scented litters are not recommended. They can cause irritation for cats and many cats are repelled by the smell of scented litter. A cat is more likely to eliminate outside the box if you use scented litter.

Clean the litterbox often. Even if you purchase a litter that is very good at absorbing odors, it is important to keep the litter box very clean to ensure that your cat will still use it. Some cats are pickier about cleanliness than others, so you should keep this in mind. You should scoop the litterbox every day or every couple of days in order to cut down on odors in your home and keep your cat comfortable.

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Bring Home a New Kitten

Planning and preparation prior to bringing your kitten home will help ease the transition from the shelter or breeder and will allow your kitten to be happy and healthy. Bringing a kitten home shouldn’t be a “spur of the moment” decision.

Kittens required special care, just like human babies, those first few days or weeks while adjusting to the new home. Below are a few tips for bringing your kitten (or cat) home.

1.Kitten Proofing Your Home

Kittens are very curious, so it’s important to kitten-proof your home. You should get down on your knees, at kitten level, and check your home for places a kitten may hide and search for items that could strangled or choke your kitten.

Be sure to anchor drapes or blind cords. Bundle electric and phone cords with a cord manager and fasten away from your kittens’ reach. Rubber bands, dental floss, jewelry, holiday decorations, balloons, and other small items should be put away in a safe location (remember, kittens can climb and jump).

Remove poisonous plants and make sure any roach or ant traps are gone. Keep toilet lids, cabinet doors, refrigerator doors, and dryer doors closed. Pay close attention when using recliners.


2.Veterinary Selection and Care

Before bringing home your kitten, research the local veterinarians in your area. Call and ask for a visit and consultation with the veterinarian and staff to determine if this is a place you want to take your cat for wellness visits and illnesses. Search for a veterinary hospital that is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

Search for veterinary hospitals who are identified as a Cat Friendly Practice by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and the International Society of Feline Medicine and veterinarians who are certified as a Fear Free Professional. The kitten should be taken to the vet within 1-2 days after arriving to your home if she is an only pet. The kitten should see the vet prior to bringing her home if you have other pets in the house (or isolate your kitten in a separate room until a visit can be arranged).

The veterinarian should test for feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, ear mites, and parasites. Vaccinations and treatments for intestinal parasites or external parasites may be given if examinations warrant it. Kittens should be spayed or neutered by six months of age. Consider microchipping your kitten when he/she is spayed or neutered.

3.At home

Litter Box and Cat Litter

The rule of thumb for litter boxes is to have one more litter box than the number of cats in the home. A kitten may need a litter box with low sides at first, for easy access, and the litter should be the same type of litter that was used in the previous home.

The litter box should be placed in a corner or secluded spot. There is debate among cat owners as to whether the litter box should be covered or open. You may want to try both types and see which your kitten prefers. The litter box should be placed away from the food and water dishes.

Continue using the same type of litter the kitten has been using at first. Litter should be low-dust, unscented, and scoopable. Don’t forget the scoop! You will need to adjust the size and type of litter box as your kittens grow into adult cats.

Scratching Posts

Kittens and Cats are going to scratch! Make sure you provide an appropriate scratching device for your kittens. There are a variety of scratching devices made with carpet, sisal rope, and cardboard.

The scratching devices can be a tall pole or a flat surface. Cats like to stretch when they scratch, so make sure the device is long enough for your kitten as she grows into a cat. If your kitten is attracted to a piece of furniture, place a scratching post near that furniture. Consider having some type of scratching device in every room of the house.

Cat Trees, Beds, and Furniture

Many cats like to climb and rest above their world so they can see what is happening around them from a safe place. There are so many types of trees available. A cat tree should have a safe place to rest at various levels, a secure place to hide, and a scratching surface. Ideally, you should place the cat tree near a window and where you will spend a lot of time. You should prepare a bed for your new kitten where she can stay warm and feel secure.

Cats like to sleep off the floor. The bed can be a cardboard box with a blanket or a fancier bed purchased from a pet store. The bed should be in a quiet location, away from household traffic. You will need to decide in advance if you will allow your kitten to sleep in your bedroom with you. Some kittens will choose to sleep on their cat beds, while others prefer sleeping on the bed with you. As your kitten gets older, you may choose to bring in different pieces of cat furniture where she can hide, rest, and play.

Food and Water

Select food and water bowls that are appropriate for your kitten. Stay away from plastic because it can harbor bacteria that may cause feline acne or illness. Consider purchasing a water fountain to encourage your kitten to drink plenty of water.

Continue feeding your kitten the same brand of food she was eating at her previous home for the first few weeks. You can change brands later, slowly over the course of a week by mixing the new brand with the old brand. Choose a food that is appropriate for a kitten. Proper nutrition is especially important for kittens because they need two to three times as many calories and nutrients as adult cats.

Feed a high quality, name-brand kitten food with the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement on the bag or label until she is approximately nine to twelve months old. The AAFCO seal indicates that the diet has been shown to contain the proper nutrition for kittens.

There is much discussion about feeding kibble, wet food, homemade, or raw. Do your research to determine what is best for both you and your feline. If your kitten is already eating kibble, it’s important to feed her wet food to help provide appropriate hydration. Don’t give kittens milk.

Additional Cat Supplies

Toys: Kittens have a high energy level and need to play. Choose cat toys carefully, avoiding buttons, bells, or other small parts that can come off and be swallowed. You should not leave string, yard, or ribbon out for the kitten to play with because they are dangerous if ingested.

Collars: If you decide your kitten will wear a collar, it should be a breakaway collar with an identification tag, Decide early if you’d like to harness-train your kitten to walk with a leash. Research the various types of harnesses available for cats. Make sure your kitten cannot “back out” of the leash.

Grooming. Cats are fastidious in keeping themselves clean. However, when you bring a kitten home, she will need assistance with some of her grooming care. A kitten’s nails will grow, so you should purchase nail clippers and clip her nails on a regular basis. Dental health is important, so start early brushing your kitten’s teeth with a cat toothbrush and toothpaste. Purchase grooming tools appropriate for the type of coat your kitten has. You may need a comb, brush, and slicker brush.

4.Transportation

Kittens (and cats) should not travel in a vehicle unless they are restrained in some type of carrier. There are so many choices for carriers now, but the main two types are a soft-sided carrier and a hard-sided carrier.

When choosing a carrier, be sure to select a carrier that is sturdy and safe. Ensure your kitten cannot escape the carrier by checking how the kitten is secured inside – zippers, latches, or Velcro. Ideally, you should get a carrier that has two possible ways to open the carrier (from the side and the top).

The choice of a carrier determines how your kitten will be transported. If your kitten will travel by air, make sure to purchase a carrier that meets all the requirements of the airline. When traveling by car, the carrier should be able to be secured with the seat belt.

5.Introducing Your Kitten to Other Animals

Ideally, you can bring home your kittens together. However, if there are already pets at home, you should have all current pets checked by the veterinarian to make sure they are disease-free. The kitten should be placed in a separate room away from the other animals to allow time for them to get used to the smells of the new kitten.

Once the kitten feels comfortable, you can begin short introductions between the animals, but make sure you stay in the room. There is no set time frame for when it’s safe to leave them alone together.

Some kittens will be comfortable immediately and want to be around the other animals, while some may need several days. Always supervise interactions with other pets until the kitten is fully grown.

6.Lifetime Companion

A kitten will grown into a cat and will be your furry companion for up to 20+ years. She is a lifetime commitment and you shouldn’t take her care lightly. A kitten and cat can bring laughter, joy, comfort, companionship, and tears. Preparing your home for a life with her will be well worth your effort.

I hope this list of helpful hints will help you as you bring your new kitten(s) home. What tips can you add to the above, please comment below

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Can Cats and Dogs Eat the Same Thing?

Many people mistakenly believe that pets eat everything, and that cats and dogs can eat the same. This isn’t the case, and many human foods are considered very harmful to them.

We need to consider that food elaborated for different species contains ingredients that satisfy the nutritional and caloric requirements of each one of them.

In addition, size, age, species and characteristics of the pet determine what it should ingest, its content, frequency and quantity. This will make the difference between good nutrition and malnutrition.

Although dog and cat food or processed food are very similar, they differ considerably. This can be verified by reading the product label. In this article, we’ll see information about what cats’ and dogs’ diets need to include, and the reasons why they shouldn’t eat the same.

Cats vs. Dogs: Nutrition

Cats and dogs have different dietary requirements. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means that cats must eat meat. It’s a biological necessity. Dogs, contrary to some beliefs, are omnivores, which means they eat meat and vegetables, so they need a more varied diet than just meat alone to meet their nutritional requirements.

Cat food is much higher in meat-based protein than dog food. This might be why cat food is so appealing to dogs, since the meat smell and flavor are so strong. However, just because dogs crave it doesn’t mean they should eat it.

Unless your veterinarian recommends otherwise, the best food for your dog is dog food, not cat food.

Cats’ nutritional requirements

In their evolution throughout history, cats have been kept on a carnivorous diet. That’s why they still require a high intake of protein and fat in their diet. That amount isn’t recommended for dogs.

We must also mention taurine, an organic antioxidant acid that protects the health of the feline heart as well as its brain, muscles and membranes. This substance also works as an important neurotransmitter. Its deficiency in the medium and long term causes blindness, nervous system problems, heart disease, and finally, death.

Likewise, an essential fatty acid required by cats is called arachidonic, which maintains the good health of their fur and skin.

Vitamins B1 and B12 should also be included in a good cat diet. B1 transforms glucose into energy for muscles functioning and the nervous system. B12 maintains the amount of red blood cells and optimizes iron levels in the body.

One of the indispensable nutrients cats is vitamin A. Canine food lacks this vitamin because the dog’s body produces it. In general, cats need more vitamins in their diets than their canine companions.

Dogs’ nutritional requirements

In the early stages of their evolution, dogs became strictly carnivorous, but later on, they developed a more varied diet. This led them to become the omnivores they are today.

The commercial feeds on the market include all the necessary components to maintain their optimal nutrition and health.

One of the dietary components required by the dog’s metabolism is beta-carotene. The body processes beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is a great antioxidant. It helps maintain a healthy vision, reproductive processes, and the bone and epithelial systems.

As an illustrative example of another important vitamin, while cats require 30 units per kilogram of vitamin E, dogs need 50 units. As we can see, dogs require less fat and protein than cats.

Canine diets must include two essential fatty acids: linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. These nourish the muscles and the fur, create hormones and generate necessary elements for the cells.

Complications of Feeding Cat Food to Dogs

If your dog eats a lot of cat food on a regular basis, or if you are feeding your dog a diet of cat food instead of dog food, complications may arise, as it does not have the correct balance of protein, fiber, and all of the nutrients dogs need to stay healthy.

Dogs can certainly survive on cat food in a tough spot, but the nutrient imbalance can lead to gastrointestinal upset, obesity, and pancreatitis. Pancreatitis requires immediate veterinary care. Symptoms include abdominal pain and a hunched back, lethargy and weakness, appetite loss, vomiting and diarrhea, a distended abdomen, and fever. Even if your dog eats cat food and suffers no obvious ill effects, the high protein levels can be hard on his liver and kidney.

Consequences of an inadequate diet in pets

If dogs and cats live together in the same house, it’s very likely that, from time to time, they will eat from each other’s feeders. If it’s occasional, there’s no problem, but it shouldn’t become a habit. To avoid this, there should be a separation.

In the medium and long term, an inadequate diet in pets will cause vomiting, diarrhea and other discomforts. In the long term, the impact is more serious, as kidney and liver damage may occur.

Conclusions

In conclusion, cats and dogs can’t eat the same food because they run the risk of malnutrition, with possible consequences for their health. Given everything mentioned above, it’s clear how harmful it can be to give the pet food that doesn’t correspond to its species. The consequences are even more significant in the case of felines.

The recommendation is clear: cats and dogs can’t eat the same thing. Hence, a veterinarian should indicate the best diet and provide quality products that guarantee an optimal health state.

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How to Calm an Angry Cat

An aggressive cat is never a good thing. It can be a dangerous situation for you or any member of your family, especially unaware children. Get to the bottom of why your cat may be showing signs of aggression and learn some helpful ways to calm your cat.

Most anger in cats derives from fear, and aggressive behavior stems from your cat’s perception that it needs to defend itself. Placing your cat in any situation where fearful emotions arise will often result in anger. Knowing how to minimize and remove such situations is an important part of calming your angry cat and keeping it calm.

 

Recognizing Behaviors of an Angry Cat

Consider the motivation for your cat’s anger:

  • A cat’s primary motivation for displaying angry or aggressive behavior is fear. Cats are not as domesticated as dogs and easily revert to their wild state. This means that cats are one step away from being a wild animal still and many wild animals live in a constant state of alertness for danger, including a fear of people.
  • Top of the list for inducing fear is strangers, simply because a cat doesn’t know what that person is all about until they’ve had time to observe and trust that the person is cat friendly. Keep in mind that the reason for your cat’s fear may not always be immediately apparent to you

Recognize behaviors associated with fear or anger in your cat. Reading your cat’s body language can help avoid conflict. It is useful to recognize both fear and aggression. However, there is an overlap between both sets of behavior, so don’t get too hooked up on differentiating the two. The important thing is to recognize the cat is stressed, and stressed leads to possible attack.

Be aware that a cat can turn from being calm to afraid or angry in a matter of seconds. Signs of fear or aggression include:

  • Piloerection (hairs standing up)
  • Dilated pupils
  • A direct stare at you (precedes attack)
  • Averting its gaze (fear)
  • Whiskers stiff and drawn back
  • Ears flattened against the head
  • A hunched body posture
  • Growling
  • Drawing backs the lips and hissing

Consider the purpose behind usual “angry” behavior. Though most of these behaviors are often thought of as signs that an angry cat is about to attack, the behaviors are more typical of a stressed and fearful cat that wants to escape the situation.

 

Calming an Angry or Fearful Cat

Interrupt the aggressive behaviour: Once your cat’s aggression takes off, it can be hard for them to reel it in. If you notice signs that your cat is moving toward aggression, try to interrupt the behavior with a distraction such as whistling, throwing a soft toy in their line of vision, or shaking a jar filled with pennies. However, never interrupt the aggressive behavior by attempting to touch or pick up your cat. A cat who is already showing signs of aggression could be dangerous.

Use calming diffusers and sprays: There are a number of products on the market designed specifically for the purpose of calming cats down. These diffusers and sprays naturally mimic feline pheromones that cats recognize, the reassuring familiarity of which makes them feel safe and secure. This often results in a less anxious cat, and in some cases that means a less aggressive cat too.

Provide alternative stimulation: For many cats, aggression is a way to release energy. Providing a stimulating environment can help a cat to rid themselves of some of that energy before it spirals into aggression. Scratching posts, climbing perches, and cat condos are not only activity centers, they are also spots where a cat can curl up and get some much needed privacy. You can also stimulate your cat by playing with them, but only at times when you do not see signs of aggression. Keep your hands at a distance by using toys that you can throw or dangle, and if you notice that your cat is beginning to act aggressive, end the playtime and return when your cat is calm. If your cat is playing nicely, reward the good behavior with treats or food.

Try behaviour modification: This method for calming an aggressive cat is usually carried out under the supervision of an animal behaviorist. Behavior modification is a form of conditioning that uses positive or negative reinforcement to change undesirable behaviors. For example, if you have a cat who reacts aggressively when they are touched, you may be able to modify that behavior by forming a positive association with petting by offering treats or food when you wish to pick up or touch your cat.

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Prepare for getting a cat

Having a cat can mean different things to different people. Some want a cat to cuddle and sit on their laps; others are happy to live with a very independent cat which spends most of its time outside and doesn’t want too much human interaction.

What is important is that you try to find a cat that will interact with you if you want it to. All cats are not the same and how each individual cat behaves with you can depend on its inherent personality and early experiences (or lack of experiences), which can make it fearful or confident with people and life in general.

 

The environment in which you keep a cat is also extremely significant – for example if it lives with many other cats which do not get on, then it will be stressed and will react differently than if it was on its own.

While there is no guaranteed way to choose the perfect cat for you and your lifestyle, understanding your expectations as well as what makes cats tick will help you to bring home a cat that should be able to cope with its new environment and be the pet that you want too.

The decision to adopt your first cat is a monumental one, both for you and for your new cat. Whether you are thinking about getting a cat, or have just adopted your first one, this tutorial has been designed to make your relationship with this special cat a lasting one so the cat has found its “forever home”.

 

Here is the list “Things you should do when adopting a cat”

  • Create a Shopping List for Your New Cat

Bringing home a new cat is much like adopting a human baby. However, in the case of a cat, you’ll be shopping for a litter box instead of a changing table.

Before you bring your new cat or kitten home, there are a number of things to collect or buy, so your cat will feel like a family member rather than a visitor.

  • Prepare a Safe Room for Your Cat

A “Safe Room” doesn’t need to be a separate room but could be an empty closet, a corner of your bedroom with a protective screen, or a seldom-used bathroom. The important thing is that your new cat has a place it can call “home,” where it can retreat and rest. It may voluntarily choose to socialize with you and other family members, but for now, let it decide whether to hide or mingle. It may take several days to a week or more, depending on its history, but your patience at this point will yield exponential results in a happier relationship with your cat in later days.

  • Cat – Proof Your Home

You’ve decided where you’re going to go to adopt your new kitty; possibly you’ve already narrowed your selection down to one cat you simply must bring home. You’ve stocked up on essentials from the shopping list, and you’ve prepared kitty’s “safe room.” There’s only one step left before Homecoming Day—cat-proofing your home to save wear and tear on the household as well as the new arrival.

Although it will take a bit of time, cat-proofing your home isn’t rocket science. It only requires your willingness to get down to a cat’s level to spy out hazardous temptations, along with the ability to think like a cat.

 

  • Bring Your New Cat Home

Oh, happy day! You’ve completed all your preparations and the big day has finally arrived for bringing your new kitty home. Although everyone is excited, it’s probably better not to make this a big family event. Your new baby will probably be stressed enough without a bunch of people competing for its attention, especially if you have young children in the home.

  • Take Your Cat for Its First Veterinary Visit

Your new pet’s first veterinary visit is of supreme importance. You’ll want to assure yourself of its good health

  • Know your cat diet

The diet a cat gets early in life will set the pace for its lifelong health and well-being. Your knowledge of cat food ingredients will help ensure not only longevity but the quality of life you want for your new family member.

Although cats descend from desert creatures, fresh water is also essential to them, especially if they eat a dry food diet.

Make sure you read cat food labels to know what you’re feeding your new family member. You should review for weeks and months ahead until you feel secure in your knowledge. Once you learn to read cat food labels it will become a habit for life.

A source of clean, fresh water is also vital to your cat’s well-being. Although cats have descended from desert animals, they still need to be well-hydrated.

  • Get a Litter Box and Take Care of Sleeping Arrangements

Next, to food and water, a litter box is critical for your new cat’s comfort and health. With scrupulous maintenance of your cat’s litter box, you’ll never have to worry about odor or “out-of-box accidents”.

“But the cat goes outdoors,” you say? You’ll want to rethink that decision in one of the later steps.

Another big consideration with your first cat is “where will it sleep?” Will you share your own bed with it, get it his own cozy bed, or a combination of both? Don’t forget, you are establishing habits that will most likely last a lifetime.

 

  • Take Care Of Your Cat’s Scratching Needs

Next to litter box avoidance, undesirable scratching behavior is the top reason for shelter surrenders. Actually, scratching is as necessary to cats as eating and breathing. Cats’ claws are their most essential tools for many reasons.

When you complete this lesson, you’ll have all the tools you’ll need to ensure your cat the scratching, stretching exercise it needs, without sacrificing your hard-earned carpet and furniture.

  • Playing with your cat

Playing with your cat is a wonderful bonding experience. Cats love to play and are experts in inventing their own games. Before you invest in expensive cat toys, experiment with things found around the house. Paper bags are great fun, as are cardboard boxes.

  • Make your Cat a Family Member for Life

As time passes, your bonding with your new cat will become stronger than ever, and you and your family will consider your cat a valued family member rather than a pet.

Congratulations for caring enough about your cat. Today is graduation day and you can officially call yourself an ailurophile, or even a crazy cat lover. You are joining a group of the most wonderful, caring people in the world: those who adore their cat children.

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