Is Your Cat Healthy?

A bouncy and healthy cat is a joy to have around. If your cat is healthy, you are likely to be healthier too. But What does it take to keep your cat healthier besides regular visits to the veterinarian?

The number one on the list is the food! Cats are not meant to be a vegan, they need meat in their main meals. However good intention you are, feeding them vegan cat food (full of synthetic proteins and loads of carbohydrate) is a very bad idea. Cats, being descendants of desert-dwelling creatures, drink considerably less water than dogs. In the wild, 70-80% of their water requirement come from their meals directly. Dry food tends to be carbohydrate heavy and lacking in moisture. Wet canned or fresh meat based food is a much better choice for your fluffy. And please make sure clean water is always available.

Meeting their natural instincts should be a priority. A dedicated litter box in a well-ventilated space for each cat is highly recommended. A litter box placed in the basement or some dark corner is probably not going to work very well. Natural materials such as alfalfa, wheat, corn, cedar, pine are all excellent choices as litter fillings. You can mix in some baking soda to help eliminate any smell. The litter of about 4-inch thick should provide sufficient depth for the kitty to dig and cover his poop. Ideally, the litter box should be scoop twice a day and completely washed and replaced with new litter fillings weekly.

Cats are agile hunters. If your cat is confined to indoor, a selection of toys, wall mounted perches/shelves or playpen are needed to keep them occupied. You may want to invest in an outdoor enclosure as well. A little catnip here and there will certainly pleases your cat.

If your cat has no access to outdoor, some sorts of suitable scratching materials are recommended to be placed in the house for the cat to scratch on.

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A good scratch keeps the claws in checked and keep your cat limber and contented. Articles – How to select a suitable scratching post for your cat and Training Your Cat To Use The Scratching Post likely to provide you with useful information on scratching post utilization.

A daily brushing session (or vacuuming if your cat does incline) will help to reduce hairball build-up in kitty’s digestive tract, as well as keep dander and flea in checked. Your cat will love the attention bestow on her if it is done right and will adore you in return! Keep them clean and claws short.

It is recommended to always travel with the kitty in a carrier box especially for long distant journey. It is dangerous for both driver and kitty to travel in a moving vehicle unrestrained. You wouldn’t want to see a kitty projectile in case of emergency.

And finally, let them show off their adoration to you, whether it is in the form of heart-melting head rubbing, paw kneading, purring or in the somewhat awkward situation of being presented with a half devoured bird or mice. Accept them all in good grace and with a laugh or two!

Training Your Cat to Use the Scratching Post

A common worry among new cat owners is – how to get the cat to scratch at his scratching post and not the furniture? The answer is part cat psychology and part perseverance!
Scratching is a typical feline trait. The cat flexes its body and limbs, has a nice robust scratch, and marked the spot as “his”. It also liberates the claws of aged, sloughed layers. It is part “territorial marking” and part exercise.
Cats are territorial animals, they understand very well what is theirs and what is not if shown. By making full use of their territorial tendency is probably the best approach by letting them know which furniture is “theirs” and which is off limit. To make this work, it is advisable to have a few pieces of cat furniture around and then educate them which are for their enjoyments, and which are not. Here are some suggestions.

Start them young! Scratching behavior starts to emerge around the time that kittens are being weaned off milk. Training should start as soon as this behavior shows. Older cats likely require longer training period but absolutely trainable. Just be tenacious, kind but consistent.

Choose a scratching post that the cat likes. You may need to carry out some trial and error to find a post your cat likes. Most cats like the vertical post. The post should be tall and solid enough for your cat to fully stretch out his body and four limbs without tumbling. An unstable post is most likely ignored by your cat. Some feline friends like to claw on horizontal surfaces.
Whether it is vertical or horizontal, the post can be surfaced with sisal rope, carpet material, or cardboard. Some cats like to scratch on a tree trunk or rough wood with the bark still on it.

Place the scratching post where the cat needs it. This is crucial. Cats usually like to limber up and scratch after awakening from a nap, so put the post next to wherever he likes to nap. You may need to put a few posts around the house where napping occurs. Place one next to an irresistible furniture may protect

Use encouragements and dissuasion. Dangling a favorite toy or rubbing a little catnip on a new post would encourage your cat to use it. Don’t forget to praise him for using it. A little cooing and treat rewarding would go a long way.
When he begins to scratch on a piece of off-limit furniture, you need to promptly let him know that this is not allowed by uttering a word in loud, low voice such as “CLAWS!” or “STOPS!”. This usually startles them and stops them in their tracks. Then pick him up and place him in front of his nearest scratching post. Most cats learn pretty quickly.

A verbal control method, accompany by appropriate encouragement is a far better method than physical reprimand such as spraying a cat with water to discipline the cat. Cats are highly intelligent creatures, an “insulting” gesture may produce counter-productive behavior.

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