Life is as fickle as the weather. It is unpredictable and we never know what will happen next. Have you ever thought of what would happen to your kitty if something should happen to you? When you get sick and would need to be hospitalized, you have doctors and nurses to take care of you, but what about your kitty? Is someone watching over them to make sure that they have something to eat? Each year, there are a lot of people that gets sick or even die, leaving millions of pets at home without anyone taking good care of them.
But you can help ensure that this does not happen to your kitty. You can have your pet looked after by including him or her in your will, power of attorney documents, and by ordering a free pet emergency card.\
Pet Emergency Card
In times where you are not able to get back home because of an emergency, the pet emergency card can be easily seen in your wallet, alerting your responders that you have a valued pet at home waiting for you that needs to be taken care of. The back of the card lets you write the name of your pet and who to contact for care as well.
You can order a pet emergency card by sending an email to [email protected].
Power of Attorney and Guardian
If something unexpected happens, your Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship documents can be of big use for your kitty.
Your attorney can decide on the money that needs to be invested for the care of your kitty and he or she is also allowed to enter your house to check on your feline friend in times that you are not able to do so.
The enduring guardian, or the person designated on your will to look after your kitty will be able to make decisions on the services and accommodation that your kitty will need when your presence is not available.
If we get the chance before we die, most of us would take the time to think about the things that we leave behind on earth and to whom we should leave it to. Your kitty should not be an exception to this. You can ensure that someone is looking after your feline companion through your will. You can state specifically as to who will take care of your cat when you pass, leave some money for your kitty as well, or you can donate some money to an animal charity with a request to look after your kitty. It’s all about setting up a trust for your kitty’s care.
When you set up a trust for your kitty, think about these points;
- A dependable trustee who will uphold the terms of the trust
- A reliable caretaker or guardian that can look after your kitty
- Written details about your kitty and veterinary documents as records for the one to care for your kitty to know about your kitty’s history.
- Leaving funds for the trust to ensure that your kitty is taken care of for the rest of its lifetime.
Never forget about your kitty or pets in general, because even if you are no longer with them, they most certainly will not forget about you. Take the time to make the necessary arrangements to ensure your kitty’s lifetime.
Meow for now… Kristian
To neuter or not to neuter? That is the question for today cat lovers. One of the decisions that we go through as a cat owner is whether to have our kitties neutered. A lot of us may have second thoughts about this especially since it would mean our precious pet would need to go through a surgery. But worry not; you came to the right place to help you make a decision on whether or not to neuter your kitty.
We all have our reasons in considering neutering our feline friends. We may find too many kitties too much to handle, or perhaps there are a lot of stray tom cats around your neighborhood. Though different reasons, what these point towards are whether it is safe for our best friends? Or what are the effects of this on my cat?
Pawsitive Effects of Neutering
See what I did there? You read that right! Let us first look into the “pawsitive” effects of neutering your kitty. Below are the significant positive changes that a feline goes through after neutering:
- A home kitty. After neutering kitties, especially with the male kitties, they are less inclined to roam around the neighborhood in search of females “on heat” as their sexual urges are also removed from the equation.
- A calm kitty. Once they have been neutered, our feline companions tend to be more affectionate and less aggressive compared to when not neutered.
- A cancer-free kitty. That’s right; there are also certain kinds of cancer that threatens our beloved pets. But with neutering, it reduces the risk of your kitty having certain kinds of cancer especially in the reproductive system.
- A healthy kitty. Neutering reduces and controls the risk of your companion getting certain diseases especially the ones related to the reproductive organs such as prostatic disease and hormonal diseases.
- A chaste kitty. We all know that with neutering, our kitty would no longer be able to create a litter. This also removes the risk of your kitty looking for a mate.
- A submissive kitty. This often helps control dominating behaviors of kitties as they are less aggressive towards other cats or animals in general.
- “Pawpulation” control. Less kitties equals less parenting.
The Opawsing effects
I did it again! The “opawsing” or negative effects of neutering our cats are as follows:
- The last of its kind. Neutering means that our beloved kitty can no longer bare an offspring, thus, no kitten to further bring their genes or breed further.
- Surgery. Who isn’t scared of having a vet do an operation on our beloved pet? Though it is a routine procedure, it cannot be denied that with any kind of surgery, it comes with risks.
- Lowered metabolism. It’s a misunderstanding that people consider neutering to be the reason for their feline pet to become obese. Definitely not. With certain organs and hormones being removed from their system, our kitties would have lower metabolism. It’s up to the parent (us, cat owners), to properly manage our kitties diet.
- Money. Neutering is a surgery, and just like any surgery, it can be costly, however, there are low –costs spay or neuter programs and clinics depending on your region or country.
- A kitten forever. With the necessary hormones essential for maturity being taken out of the equation, our kitties tend to retain immature and kitten like behavior. But with the right kind of supervision and parenting, any kitty can be our best friend.
When to Neuter?
Now that we’ve discussed the “pawsible” effects of neutering, we should also know when to have our kitties neutered. There are three options available for this topic. Early or pediatric spay/neuter is done at six to eight weeks of age. Standard spay and neuter at five to six months. Finally, waiting until after the first heat which is somewhere between eight to twelve months of age.
These are the important considerations that every cat owner/lover needs to think about when talking about neutering. There are many “pawsibilities” for us out there, however, there are a lot of kitties outside, looking for a home. Why breed some more? How about we start adopting those who are in need of a good home than contributing to the “pawpulation”? If you neuter your cat now, not only will this benefit you, it will also increase the chances of every kitty having a safe and good home.
Meow for now… Kristian
Are you a cat owner? Or do you simply just love cats? If so, I’m sure you have noticed that your feline pet has the tendency to smell, lick, or even dip its head into your food or drink. Cats are known to have these intimate tendencies towards their owners to the extent of dipping their heads into their owner’s meal or drink, which is rather cute. However, if you are fond of drinking caffeinated drinks like coffee, energy drinks, and especially tea, then better read through this article as this may give your kitty more than just nine lives.
Why do cats like tea?
With its natural and soothing scent, tea, of all caffeinated drinks, attracts your feline companions. Though a nice cup of earl grey or chamomile would be good for our afternoons, it is potentially life threatening for our beloved kitties. Cats are naturally carnivores and require meat. They occasionally go for some aromatic herbs such as oregano. But most of the time, they are only attracted to the scent of herbs and would end up just playing with those leaves and throw them away.
What are the symptoms you should look out for?
Although there are some teas that are naturally herbal based, teas with high caffeine content may harm our cats if they ingest large quantities. The toxins present in caffeine are too much for kitties to handle, and these toxins may poison them. However, we all know that there are times that we just cannot keep our eye on our pet, so these things can happen; and with that, there are a few symptoms that you can check to know if your cat has been poisoned or has taken too much caffeine. Below are the symptoms:
- Heart Palpitations
- Rapid Breathing
- Muscle Tremors
If you notice any of these symptoms on your cat, consult a vet right away; or better yet, take your cat to a veterinary clinic as soon as possible so that appropriate treatment can be given immediately. The life of your kitty depends on how quick you act. The longer these symptoms are present with your cat, the more dangerous it can be for them. Most of these symptoms may lead to other complications such as dehydration, seizures, coma, or worse, death.
Are there cats that can drink tea?
There are certain cats that are just fond of drinking tea though. These breeds are found to have more tolerance for caffeine. What’s common among these cats is that they were domesticated and brought up ever since they were born with tea as part of their diet. Though with study and observation, the scientific explanation to these kinds of cats is that the tea that was given to them was purely herbal thus, free from the toxins and with less to no caffeine content.
Still, it would be best to keep your tea out of reach from your cute and loving kitties so they can spend maybe more than just their nine lives with you
Meow for now… Kristian
Cats are often fed with milk as we see on television. Tom, from the famous TV show Tom and Jerry, loves his milk so much that he doesn’t want anyone messing with him while drinking it. “Cats love milk,” they say. It may be true to most, but not to all. This is because cats can also have this condition called lactose intolerance.
In fact, adult cats don’t need milk at all. Research shows that milk only brings more potential harm than good to cats. Kittens, on the other hand, can tolerate milk like water due to the bounty of lactase they have acquired during birth.
Like humans, cats also have lactase (a stomach enzyme in charge of digesting lactose found in dairy products, mostly milk). Lactose intolerance happens when the lactase is unable to break lactose (the sugar from milk) which results to a digestive disorder. It also means that they can be allergic to dairy – milk. It may be an uncommon case, but you may be feeding your cat milk and experience funny behaviors from them.
What to Observe
Lactose intolerance in cats is caused by their inability to tolerate lactose and casein, or protein from milk. When you think your cat’s health has been compromised, you can check how he acts and behaves. Has your cat experienced some of the following:
- excessive gas
- excessive scratching and licking
- frequent shedding of hair
- lack of appetite
- weight loss
- bloating of the abdomen
- irritation of the abdomen
These symptoms may occur one at a time or all at the same time. If you see any or all of these symptoms from your pet cat, set an appointment with the vet immediately. Prolonging the cat’s unhealthy state may only lead to further complications.
Having a cat is a huge responsibility. It is important to pay attention to tiny details or mannerisms your kittens have acquired every week so that you can notice whether there are changes that need your attention.
Most likely, when the vet declares your cat is allergic to dairy or lactose intolerant, dairy should be completely cut from his diet. However, some kitties will still crave for milk; and thus, as the pet owner, it is your responsibility to gradually wean them from milk. How? You need to find an alternative.
You can start by giving a milk substitute. Nowadays, there are types of milk that have been modified to reduce the amount of casein and protein. This way, cats can still enjoy the taste of milk with a lesser probability of having an allergic reaction. Same goes with kittens who still need their mother’s milk.
In a scenario where your cat has developed an inexplicable love for a specific type of milk, you can offer small amounts as a treat while gradually increasing the time interval and switch to the substitute enough for your kitty to not notice.
Before It’s Too Late
While circumstances dictate that the occurrence of lactose intolerance to cats are rare, it is never wise to not test the waters before taking a dip. If you decide to add milk in the diet plan of your cat, you can start by feeding him tablespoonfuls of milk. It gives you time to slowly observe if allergic reactions occur, and withdraw it immediately from the diet.
Meow for now… Kristian
When the Fourth of July comes around, it usually means one thing: a big nationwide celebration. Prepare yourself for lots of food, people, and fireworks. For your cats, however, it means chaos and a host of terrifying things. As a cat owner, you may already know that domesticated felines are sensitive creatures. Thus, this busy and exciting time is almost certain to overload their delicate senses.
While you shouldn’t forget about enjoying yourself on this annual holiday, you should also consider the well-being of your feline friend. Keep him safe during this time by following these tips:
This applies even to a cat that is used to exploring the outdoors. There are a lot of firecrackers going off during this time, and the sudden noise as well as the burning smell of the firecrackers can easily frighten and disorient him. Also take note that there might be some pranksters around who delight in frightening and terrorizing small animals on purpose. Keep your cat away from all the chaos and the people who might possibly harm him by keeping him indoors.
- Keep an eye on the doors.
If you’re having some people over for your own Fourth of July party, remind your family members and your guests to be careful as they go in and out the doors to ensure that your cat doesn’t escape unnoticed. Check the doors and windows for any gaps, holes, or tears through which your pet might escape.
Just in case you do lose your pet during this busy time, make sure you’ve updated his information in the registry, if he has been microchipped. Collars with identifying information and a contact number can also be used. This way, the person who finds your pet will be able to get in touch with you and return him to you.
While you and your family are busy viewing the fireworks, have a sitter look after your cat. This way, if your pet reacts negatively to all the chaotic noise, he will have someone nearby to console him as well as to supervise him.
Designate a quiet room in your house as your cat’s sanctuary. This should be far away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday festivities. Keep the room’s door locked and set it up with your pet’s food, water, toys, bedding, and litter box so he has everything he needs.
- Distract him with familiar noise.
Drown out the noise of fireworks and other Fourth of July noises by turning on devices that emit sounds familiar to him, such as a TV or a radio. The noises of these devices are things that your cat will certainly be familiar to and thus won’t be bothered by.
If your pet has an extremely sensitive or anxious personality, you can consider giving him some calming medication. However, you should first talk to your veterinarian about this as such medication often brings about certain side effects.
However busy you are with the Fourth of July celebrations, don’t forget to spend time with your cat. Look in on him every now and then and see to it that all his needs are attended to. More than anything else, your presence is sure to be the most reassuring thing for him.
Meow for now… Kristian
By starting the habit of grooming kitty cat early enough, she will learn to love getting groomed. In fact, it’s not unheard of for many kitties to love grooming time so much that they will come running to their owners when they are seen with brushes on their hands.
But before you pick up the brush, you need to keep one thing in mind: kittens, like their adult counterparts, can groom themselves just fine. Their tongues are designed to serve as mini-brushes that can remove loose hair and evenly distribute oils throughout their coats. But this does not mean that a kitty cat won’t appreciate any form of help, like in the removal of knots from her coat.
What are the best ways to help kitty groom herself?
In the case of short-haired kittens, they only require a quick brushing once a week. However, long-coated breeds like the Persian will need daily brushing.
- Begin by placing kitty on the lap and gently brushing her coat. Make sure to praise her for being well-behaved in a soothing voice.
- Stroke her coat after two minutes. Hand a treat to her as a reward for the short brushing session.
- Repeat many times in a day, making sure to gradually increase brushing time length.
Kittens generally require a significant amount of time to get used to a grooming routine. So if, after five days, you believe kitty has become familiar with the feeling of brushing, begin grooming kittens’ sensitive areas such as the belly, ears, and tail. During the first few sessions of brushing these parts, be extra careful and keep these sessions brief. Start grooming the back if you notice any sign of aggression or boredom.
Rarely do healthy kittens need nail care since they care for their nails when they do a myriad of activities such as scratching things and climbing trees. In the case of indoor and older cats, however, their nails need to be clipped on a regular basis.
Nails, particularly the back paws, need to be checked once a week. If these nails show at rest, then they need to be trimmed. You or a veterinarian can do this task, and if you have decided that you will be doing it yourself, then make sure that the paw pads are checked for foreign bodies, cuts, and soreness. If anything unusual is found, contact the vet immediately.
Many short-haired felines do fine without taking a bath, although there are times when a quick dip might be necessary. As for show cats and the long-coated ones, however, they will need to get bathed frequently. Thus, long-coated and show cats should be used to occasional warm baths while still at a young age.
Like with nail care, you or a vet can bathe a cat. If you have decided that you should be doing this task, highlighted below are a few things you can do:
- Thoroughly groom the coat to remove all knots. Tangled coats are difficult to manage when wet.
- A rubber mat must then be placed at the bottom part of the sink.
- Fill half the sink with warm water. A nozzle spray must then be attached to the taps.
- Ready the towel and cat shampoo so you need not walk far when they are needed.
- Hold kitty firmly but gently when placing her in the sink. Wet her coat immediately afterwards.
- Apply shampoo, then thoroughly rinse.
- Dry kitty accordingly. If she has a long coat, blow-dry as you brush her.
- Check the sink and the water in it for the presence of parasites.
Meow for now… Kristian