OurFriends4Ever http://www.ourfriends4ever.com Our Friends 4 Ever • The site for cat lovers Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:47:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 121287787 Cat Claws and Cat Declawing Exlained http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/cat-claws-cat-declawing/ Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:47:12 +0000 http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/?p=1902 OurFriends4Ever Cat Claws and Cat Declawing Exlained

Cat claws are an important part of its paw and act as tools for helping a cat do its thing. While the paws of a kitten are as harmless as those of small babies, as the kitten grows, they need to be taught how to use their claws in a non-destructive manner (much like small […]

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OurFriends4Ever Cat Claws and Cat Declawing Exlained

Cat claws are an important part of its paw and act as tools for helping a cat do its thing. While the paws of a kitten are as harmless as those of small babies, as the kitten grows, they need to be taught how to use their claws in a non-destructive manner (much like small children!). We recommend that you look into choices for training a rascal cat, rather than declawing or abandoning him. A cat’s claws are to be respected and cared for.

Claws: the Multi-Purpose Tool

Cats have inbuilt toolkits in the form of retractable cats' claw.

Cats have inbuilt toolkits in the form of retractable claws.

Cats have inbuilt toolkits in the form of retractable claws. These are used for self-defense against their peers, dogs, and other animals, and us humans (if they perceive us as a threat). Cats also use their claws for run-of-the-mill activities: they pounce, balance, scratch and clamber onto things with their cat claws.

Although they look like they claw up your furniture out of spite, cats do this to remove a clear covering that grows over their claws, keeping them in tip-top condition and sharp for protecting themselves from attack. Sometimes you may find these coverings on the floor. The cat also strengthens and stretches its muscles on the shoulders and back by clawing.

If you shout at your cat for scratching your fancy antique tea table, you will only confuse her, as maintaining her cat claws with the most convenient item at hand is simply a natural habit.

Grooming Your Cat’s Claws

Why are claws important for cats? Is Felix playing up? You can use common psychological tricks that are also used for correcting children. Make sure to support and award good behavior, and dissuade actions slightly. Remember, keep things consistent and repeat your responses to your cat’s behavior to hit home your message when training your cat.

Helpful Hints:

Use Soft Claws, soft vinyl nail caps for your cat’s claws

Both fashionable and practical, Soft Claws are easy for you and your cat to get used to applying on its paws. The cat claws are available in bright colors as well as a natural tone, and there are four sizes to choose from. Find them at your pet supply shops.

Cut your cat’s claws

Although cutting our cat’s claws may not stop him from scratching house furniture, it will diminish the damage. You can easily trim your cat’s claws with a nail clipper, or for a small price, your vet will perform the service for you.

To attract your cat to use the post, introduce her to the post by playing with her near it.

To attract your cat to use the post, introduce her to the post by playing with her near it.

Get or make a cat scratching post

Make or buy a scratching post that is solid enough not to fall with your cat leaning his full weight on the post, and one that is tall enough for your cat to stretch fully and scratch. Look for a rough material such as sisal covering the post.

To attract your cat to use the post, introduce her to the post by playing with her near it. You could even put some catnip on the post as well. Try scratch the post like a cat, and it might join in as well.

Look for where your cat commonly scratches things and put the scratching posts there. This could include near his sleeping area, and at room entries and exits.

Recognize Good Behavior

Make sure that you shower your cat with praise and a food reward for cooperating, such as when he scratches his post instead of the furniture or kept still when you cut his claws, or when you put Soft cat Claws on him. This way, he will relate good behavior with love and treats, and will want more of this!

Bad Cat!

Use tactics to show your cat that they are naughty, but this needs to be done immediately after their deeds. If you leave it for even several minutes, your cat won’t link your actions to his bad behavior and be confused. Do NOT punish your cat by hitting or shaking it, because your cat will see you as a bully and potentially act up even more later on.

  • Briefly, shake a can with some pennies near your cat when he scratches the table leg. The loud sounds should make him stop what he is doing.
  • Use a citrus spray around places where your cat likes to scratch (but test for staining first if you spray on fabric)
  • Cats don’t like the sound of aluminum foil. Cover legs and arms of sofas to deter rascally cats from climbing or scratching.
  • Cats also hate the stickiness of double-sided tape, so put some wide tape over problem scratching areas to give your cat the right message.
  • Fill a small spray bottle with water and keep it handy. If you see your cat acting up, spray him once or twice with water. Don’t drench your cat!
  • Use a commercial cat deterrent. These usually work by detecting motion and producing a puff of air and a loud noise to scare your cat. However please don’t use these on timid or nervous cats unless it is very necessary.

Make sure that you discourage your cat’s bad behavior without letting them link your presence with punishment. If this happens, they will resume bad behavior when you’re not there.

Cat Declawing: Things You Need to Know

Declawing is a big topic of debate for pet owners and veterinarians, and some countries ban this practice. Here is some information on the issue so that you can make the best choice for your pet (although I’m strictly against this practice! See below for alternatives).

How does Declawing work?

The declawing operation will involve post-operation recovery and some pain.

The declawing operation will involve post-operation recovery and some pain.

There are two methods for declawing: 1) Clipper or guillotine, or 2) Excision.
Guillotining cuts the P3, or last bone of the toe, in half to remove the claw itself, as well as the end of the bone. The P3 bone is where the claw grows from, and this is similar to the bone covered by our fingernails on our fingers.

Excision completely removes the P3 bone from the toe. A scalpel, or sometimes a laser is normally used for this procedure.

There is another method, tenotomy, which does not declaw the cat but instead surgically cuts the tendons for claw extension and retraction. This means the cat can no longer control their cat claws, and so you would need to make sure their nails are regularly cut so that they do not overgrow and catch into their footpads or the carpet.

When is my cat old enough to be declawed?

The declawing operation will involve post-operation recovery and some pain. This means that younger (4-8 months old) and non-overweight cats will do better with recovery and potential complications, than older and/or overweight cats. Please also not that your cat should only be declawed if it is an indoor cat.

Potential Declawing Complications

Cats can suffer from infections of the nail bed, prolonged bleeding, and injury to their footpad from surgery, and nail regrowth (if guillotine method). They might also feel pain and limp for a time.
If you notice that your cat limps or has sensitive paws weeks or months from surgery, please take him to the vet as this is not a usual recovery effect.

Additional Information:
Check out Declawing.com,  a detailed website about declawing by veterinarian Christianne Schelling.

More Resources:
To make sure veterinarians and their staff disclose the correct information to clients about declawing, Franny Syufy, the Cats Guide, has suggested the “Disclose & Wait” program, which would ensure that clients are educated about declawing as a major operation rather than a nail trimming process.

Humane Alternatives to Cat Declawing

Some countries have banned cat declawing or strongly discourage it. Declawing has been made illegal in England for some years, and Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Germany, and Wales are just some of the countries that have banned declawing or only allow it under exceptional situations. Unfortunately, the United States does not share this view, and it has been up to cat lovers, Cat Fancy organizations, and veterinarians to give their voices to the message about the inhumane and superfluous nature of declawing.

Declawing: Unnecessary!

Is your cat scratching around the house?Declawing does not usually have any medical basis unless the vet deems it necessary to prevent further suffering to a cat that has endured a badly-done declawing job with nail regrowth as a result. However, vets sometimes feel compelled to perform declawing to prevent the alternative: euthanization of a cat that causes destruction by clawing things. This is referred to by Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights as being an “emotional hostage.”

Jonas Jurgella, the author of “The Cat Language Bible”, speaks about declawing:
“The inhumanity of the procedure is clearly demonstrated by the nature of cats’ recovery from anesthesia following the surgery. Unlike routine recoveries, including recovery from neutering surgeries which are fairly peaceful, declawing surgery results in cats bouncing off the walls of the recovery cage because of excruciating pain. Declawing fits the dictionary definition of mutilation to a tee. Words such as deform, disfigure, disjoint and dismember all apply to this surgery. Partial digital amputation is so horrible that it has been employed for torture of prisoners of war, and in veterinary medicine, the clinical procedure serves as a model of severe pain for testing the efficacy of analgesic drugs. Even though analgesic drugs can be used postoperatively, they rarely are, and their effects are incomplete and transient anyway, so sooner or later the pain will emerge.”

Remember, cat claws are the tools that a cat needs to survive. They are important for self-defense, balance, and movement. Cats need to scratch with their claws for the following reasons:

  1. Strengthening: When a cat pulls on his hooked claws, this is a type of resistance exercise that stretches and strengthens his muscles and joints.
  2. Claiming territory: Cats that scratch trees are marking their territory with scent glands on their paws. This behavior is common in outdoor cats.
  3. “Venting Anger”: Cats scratch more when angry or upset, although there isn’t any scientific support for this.

Declawing Is NOT Just a Nail Cutting Exercise!

Think of declawing as complete removal of both the claw and the initial joint of the cat’s toe. This stops nail regrowth from happening. Not just a nail trim! It would be like amputating all of your fingers up to the first knuckle. This is even worse for cats because they walk on what is effectively their “toes.” Cats will experience physical pain from declawing, and may also suffer from prolonged physiological and psychological effects, such as phantom limb pain.

Declawing and Litter Box Problems

Because cats will feel strong pain for some days or weeks post-surgery, they may avoid their litter box material due to its roughness against their sensitive toe stubs. This can be lessened by using a softer material such as paper-based litter.

Aggressive, Depressed, and Biting Cats

Without cat claws for self-defence, a declawed cat may resort to using biting as a way of reacting to humans or other animal threats. A cat may also become depressed and apathetic instead of fighting without claws.

Crippled Cats

Cats walk on their equivalent of toes (aka cat claws) and are known as “digitigrade.” Declawing causes toe pain, which can lead to altered gait in walking. This can cause the cat to suffer pain and stiffness in their spine, hips, and legs, much like the effects of long-term foot pain in humans. Luckily, there are some safer and less painful alternatives to declawing.

Cutting cat claws

This is an easy method to do, and you can start by trimming your cat’s nails when they are feeling sleepy, one nail at a time over a few days. This will get your cat used to having her nails cut. Gently press on your cat’s toe to extend the claw and clip it using nail clippers (available cheaply at pet stores). Just don’t clip at the dark area under the claw tip, this is quick, and it will bleed otherwise. You can ask your vet to show you how to trim your cat’s claws if you are unsure about what to do.

Use catnip for cats when you introduce new scratch posts to your cat.Scratching Posts

Train your cat to scratch a scratching post instead of your furniture. You can buy, or build scratching posts yourself. We recommend you find posts with sisal covering, as cats like the material. Another material is cardboard, which can make for a cheap, effective scratching post. Having multiple scratching posts of different heights and surfaces will give your cat the best variety for scratching. You will also soon find out what preferences your cat has for scratching posts.

Soft Paws

This vet-developed product is made of vinyl and slips over your cat’s claws to protect surfaces from her scratching. You can get Soft Paws in clear form or colored form, which can add a touch of fashion to your cat and are easy to spot when they fall off. The covers will last 4-6 weeks and fall off as the claws grow naturally.

Feliway

This is a pheromone that mimics “friendliness,” the scent of your cat’s facial glands. Cats will not urine-mark places that they have previously marked using their facial glands, and according to some behaviorists, the same may be true of scratching, and Feliway may be a good product for this purpose.
Declawing is no longer a useful solution for curbing destructive cats, as there are more humane alternatives now available. Consider using one or more of these options to stop your cat from clawing up your furniture.


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Cat Toys: The 25 Best Cat Toys of 2018 http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/best-cat-toys/ http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/best-cat-toys/#comments Fri, 05 Jan 2018 07:00:04 +0000 http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/?p=1380 OurFriends4Ever Cat Toys: The 25 Best Cat Toys of 2018

Cats are known to be difficult creatures – the best cat toys one day can become boring and unengaging the next – or worse; it could become our cat’s worst enemy that has to be killed! They can go from happy and energetic, to bored and difficult to entertain, to just plain lazy in a […]

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OurFriends4Ever Cat Toys: The 25 Best Cat Toys of 2018

Cats are known to be difficult creatures – the best cat toys one day can become boring and unengaging the next – or worse; it could become our cat’s worst enemy that has to be killed! They can go from happy and energetic, to bored and difficult to entertain, to just plain lazy in a matter of moments. This can cause a problem when we, as cat owners, try to find toys that our cats will love. More often this can be very frustrating for cat owners, as buying cat toys seem like a huge waste of money, particularly when often household objects like newspapers or yarn can be equally engaging. Cats are sometimes too difficult to predict to buy them toys we know they will love.

To help you through these difficult decisions, I have tested and picked out my three favorite cat toys, which I am sure will keep even the most unpredictable cats happy and engaged for hours if not days!

  1. Petsafe Pounce
  2. FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy
  3. Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy

I understand exactly how difficult buying the best cat toys can be. We have all wasted money on endless cat toys that are quickly forgotten or thrown away. Nevertheless, we also know just how much we all love our cats, and how much we want to treat them to toys they love! When we can’t be around all day to entertain our cats ourselves, toys provide a great source of fun and games.

To help you avoid wasting more money on unwanted cat toys, I have tested a huge number of available toys on my cats (and my friends cats…), along with reading through endless customer reviews, to create a list of the 25 best cat toys out there on the market. You are welcome.

The 25 Best Cat Toys of 2018

FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy

For very energetic cats, this interactive laser toy will be a perfect addition to your cat’s toy collection. The FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser is a laser pointer that your cat will chase all over your house for hours with very minimal effort from you – all you have to do is point it at a surface and watch your cat go mad attacking the spot! This toy is very popular among owners, with plenty of testimonials from happy owners who found their cats loved it.

  • Perfect for animals with high energy levels
  • Excellent way to spend quality time with your cat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rva5hWC8tiM


 

Bergan Turbo Scratcher

The Bergan Turbo Scratcher is a great product that will amuse your cat and simultaneously protect your furniture from the cat scratches that are a well-known hazard among all owners. This toy combines a scratch pad with an attached ball that will keep your curious cat interested in the toy.

  • Gives cats an alternative place to scratch to protect your furniture
  • Ideal for aging felines who play at their speed
  • Cats can entertain themselves with this toy without the owner being present

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaeGQ35m404


 

Pet Fit For Life Multi Feather Teaser

The Pet Fit for Life Multi Feather Teaser & Exerciser is a great toy for if you want to play with your cat. This interactive feathery toy is made from all non-toxic materials and has a strong and lasting structure, guaranteed to thrill your cat for a very long time!

  • Perfect for animals with high energy levels
  • Excellent way to spend quality time with your cat
  • Very durable toy for long-lasting fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUbwMP0Gqiw


 

Catit Design Senses Play Circuit

The Catit Design Senses Play Circuit is a particular favorite of ours, as it has been shown to amuse even the most stubborn and lazy cats that just do not seem interested in traditional cat toys! Modeled after a game of peek-a-boo, cats of all ages and natures find this toy entertaining. Customer reviews of this toy also indicate that it lasts a long time due to its strong materials and design.

  • Very durable toy for long-lasting fun
  • Ideal for all types and ages of cat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpVogApr3YA


 

Catnip Filled Banana

For those of you with older cats, this toy will be a good fit in your home. This toy is simple and allows your cat to play at their leisure – it is also guaranteed to be a regular favorite of your cat because of the catnip inside that is addictive for cats. An bonus – it is hilarious to watch your cat stroll around with a huge banana in their mouth!

  • Good for aging cats
  • Ideal for your feline to play with alone
  • Catnip inside keeps your cat addicted to this toy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thijKP2cBuQ


 

HEXBUG Mouse

The HEXBUG Mouse is a small electronic toy that perfectly mimics the behavior of a mouse. When turned on, it moves in realistic but unpredictable ways that will keep your cat on its toes – it is also designed to navigate its way around furniture, and other household objects so don’t require an owner to be present to unstick the toy from difficult holes. Another benefit is that it might reduce the number of real mice that your cat drags into your home!

  • Can entertain a cat without an owner being present
  • Realistic toy that will amuse all types and ages of cat
  • Toy comes with batteries

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQD0P4XvFg8


 

Petlinks Mystery Motion Cat Toy

The Petlinks Electronic Motion Cat Toy is an automated electronic toy that moves around in random patterns that will keep your cat interested and engaged for a very long time. This toy can move at four speeds so can be programmed to suit the energy level and age of your cat.

  • Perfect for all types and ages of cat
  • Many settings and speeds that can be programmed to suit your specific cat
  • Made with durable materials for long-lasting fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGPvBBlIGL0


 

Petsafe Pounce

The Petsafe Pounce toy is a perfect choice for lively and spirited cats. Featuring random movements, several different settings and speeds, and an automatic timer, this is a great toy for playing with your cat in an interactive way. This toy comes with a miniature mouse, made of plastic, that constantly moves in different directions at four separate speeds.

  • Ideal toy for all types and ages of cat
  • Great toy for inquisitive cats that are hard to entertain
  • Modern and stylish look

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIpnVN5ew_c


 

EocuSun RC Remote Control Mouse

The EocuSun 3 Pcs Set RC Mouse Funny Wireless Remote Control Rat Toys are hugely amusing for both cats and their owners! Like a remote controlled toy, this product requires minimal physical efforts on the part of owners, who can use the control to play with their cat from the comfort of their bed or sofa. Further, this product is very cheap for what it is, perfect for owners who don’t have the fortune to spend on their pets’ health and happiness.

  • Fantastic value for money on this toy
  • Ideal for interactive bonding time with your cat
  • Simple toy that is perfect for young animals

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Z1FnhH9wu0


 

Toys”R”Us Tunnel Pop Up Cat Toy

This toy is a great replacement for tatty old cardboard boxes that so often seem to provide great entertainment to our cats. This is a colorful product with three tunnels that can act as a great hiding spot or cat-cave for our favorite pets. Additionally, this toy is very easy to store – it has a simple design that allows an owner to quickly fold the product away when not in use. Furthermore, the designers have added a small dangle toy inside the tunnels to provide extra stimulation for your cat.

  • Great for all types and ages of cat
  • Colorful and attractive design

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTP7rSQsBYA


 

KONG Crisscross Rolling Cat Toy

The bells inside this ball-shaped toy will instantly attract your cat from any corner of your house and keep them interested for hours! As a larger toy (at 19 inches in diameter), this will not prove a choking hazard either, unlike some similar items on the market. This toy is perfect for both playing with your animal, and for when you are unavailable and want your cat to be happy while they are alone. This product is a good option if your home has hardwood floors as well, as this is the best surface to roll the toy across.

  • Good for playing with your cat or for solo play
  • Made with durable materials for long-lasting play
  • Big toy so safe for cats to play with

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2zO4BkAf5g


 

The Natural Pet Company Ultimate Cat Toy Collection

This wide collection of toys is good for you if your cat always manages to lose or hide their toys, as it means you always will have a back-up to pull out and play with. This product comes with one main dangle toy, and five extra toys made of various durable and engaging materials to provide variety and interest to your cat’s game collection.

  • Wide variety of toys to keep your cat interested through it’s changing moods
  • Durable materials used for long-lasting fun
  • Good value for money

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7ViLNo7SXI


 

Petstages Invironment Easy Life Hammock Scratcher

This product provides two main benefits in just one simple design. One the one hand it acts like a hammock, a comfortable sleeping spot for your animal. On the other hand, it is a scratching post that will keep your cat’s claws healthy while protecting your furniture! This product also has a lovely design based on a grass motif – it also folds up nicely for easy storage.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8gRvqysB0E


 

KONG Squirrel Catnip Cat Toy

As was memorialized in the classic film, Up, dogs love squirrels. But cats can also enjoy chasing around these animals just as much! This product looks like a squirrel to provide this amusement, and is also filled with two pouches of catnip to keep your cat addicted to playing with this fun toy! The design of this toy ensures that catnip cannot spill everywhere.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk6jpkQftNQ


 

SmartyKat Crackle Chute Collapsible Tunnel

This toy is very versatile and provides many options for your cat. They will love hiding inside the tunnel ready to pounce, running through it and around it when they are in high spirits, and be able to rest and sleep inside its cozy interior when they are tired of all that fun! This is another ideal toy for owners as well, as this toy easily folds away for simple storage.

  • Great for inquisitive kittens
  • Easily stored away when not in use

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jK8YBbU_xw


 

Petlinks Wild Thing Motion Cat Toy

By adding just two batteries, this toy will take all the stress out of play time with your cat. The electronic ball will spin and move frantically around your house, drawing your cat in by dangling a feather in front of their noses! This product can be used on any floor surface, from wood to carpets, and doesn’t require any involvement or effort from owners.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuqShTzqARo


 

Cat1st Ninja Cat Tunnel

This toy is the perfect answer for a cat that loves to climb. This is a low-cost product that creates an exciting jungle gym in your living room – even better, buying several of these tunnels means you can stack them together and provide an even taller and more engaging structure for your cats to play on. Easily connected with Velcro straps, this toy gives your kitten endless opportunities to run, nap, climb and have endless fun!

  • Great for solo play
  • Perfectly matches your cat’s instincts to climb
  • Folds away easily for storage

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDQzHB7bVVk


 

Cat Dancer Charmer Wand

This is a simple and cheap toy that will provide hours of entertainment for your cat. This is an easy toy to use, as all it requires is a simple movement of the hand to drag the toy across the floor – your cat will undoubtedly pounce of the colorful fleece element of this toy! This product has close to 4000 reviews, the overwhelming majority of which are positive. One happy consumer described this toy as “THE #1 Cat Toy of the Millennium” and “the LAST toy I will ever buy for a cat…” – such a highly regarded product is worth the buy! The low price makes this product an even better option for your cat.

  • Addictive for cats
  • Very good value for money
  • Durable materials for long-lasting fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQE7Sqjk3jg


 

KONG Naturals Incline Scratcher Cat Toy

This toy is much more than a simple toy – it is an essential purchase for any household with a cat. This cat scratcher will be irresistible to your animal, even more so if you sprinkle catnip across its surface. One downside of this product is that it will quickly be destroyed by your cat as it is only made of cardboard. It can be reversed so it can be used for a bit longer – but eventually, you will have to replace this product.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMgscr-Cvck


 

Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

This toy is excellent for cats that love a tasty reward after playing. This plastic maze can be filled up with your cat’s favorite snacks or nibbles, which will be released to your cat if they can work out how to work it out through the maze! This will engage your cat’s brain and inquisitive nature, and keep them engaged as they are motivated by the tasty surprise when they are successful. This toy can be extended and improved by adding additional Sensis 2.0 products, which will create a longer and more complex maze for your cat to master. Additional features can be added, such as a ball to chase.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1U_7EDrbwk


 

SmartyKat Skitter Critters Catnip Mice

Filled up with catnip, these mouse-shaped toys will be loved by all types and ages of a cat. These toys are silent, durable and lightweight, so can easily be moved around by your cats and can even seem to come to life as they bounce of paws and furniture. Unfortunately, these small and light toys do have a tendency to vanish underneath big objects such as couches – but as they are very cheap toys it is worth buying several to keep as spares!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPUcCDNSdmQ


 

SmartCat Peek and Play Toy Box

This toy box is a perfect place to store all of the other toys you have bought for your cat, and further will encourage your cats to forage for their favorite toys – an engaging and fun challenge in itself! Playtime will be extended by storing all your toys – and catnip – in this handy box. It will also help avoid you having toys strewn all over your house!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3flvMn9oI1s


 

Petstages Tower of Tracks Cat Toy

This is a good product for a multi-cat household, as it provides three balls rather than earlier products which only provide single objects or toys in each package. The different levels of this product will engage different cats and different times and could encourage cats to play together. All this in a single simple product is a steal!


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvmhyrhbEPs


 

Petstages Kick and Scratch Cat Catnip Toss and Bat Toy

This toy again has catnip inside to keep your cat interested but has the additional benefits of many attached tinsel elements and feathers. Your cat will love to attack this toy all around the house!

  • Good for solo play and interactive play with owners
  • Great for energetic cats
  • Made of durable materials for long-lasting play

 

Spot Slotted Balls

This 4 Pack of Spot Slotted Balls is a simple cat toy that will still keep your cats amused for hours a day. The bell inside of each ball will attract your cat from across the house and will provide a challenging game for them as they chase it around! For owners concerned by the potential noise, the bells inside are not loud enough to bother humans – one customer review assured that despite her cat’s love of playing with the ball all through the night, she was never woken up by the noise. Made of highly durable materials, this toy is practically indestructible according to other satisfied customers.

  • Very durable toy for long-lasting fun
  • Cheap product
  • Ideal for all types of cat

Why Are The Best Cat Toys For Your Cat Necessary?

There are seemingly many reasons not to bother buying cat toys – when your cat becomes uninterested in the toys you have lovingly bought, it can seem like a waste of time and money. We maintain that there are some good reasons for continuing to buy the best cat toys for your feline friends, however, as we discuss here!

Exercise

Particularly for house cats, buying toys can encourage even the laziest cats to get up and run around. Many of these cat toys don’t require any effort from owners either, so your cat can stay healthy and happy all by itself.

Fun and happiness

An engaged cat is a happy cat. Cats enjoy playing and running around just as much as many humans do – this fun is only heightened when they have other cats to play with toys with them!

Anxiety relief

Cats can get bored if they are not engaged in some activities throughout the day. The best cat toys provide a chance for cats to get exercise and for them to have fun in their home instead of just sitting around all day – the physical and mental activity can relief stress and anxiety in your pet and prevent aggression or unwanted urination around your home.

Cats love the best cat toysBonding time

Because cats are often more subdued than their friendlier dog companions, many owners find it challenging to bond effectively with their cats. Cats don’t need to be taken for walks or on outdoor trips, so there is less chance to get to know their personalities and let them learn to trust and love you. Toys, however, can provide the opportunity to spend some quality time with cats.

Overall health

Playing with toys improves the health of cats by ensuring regular physical exercise takes place and by relieving the stress and anxiety felt by cats. Finding a way to engage your cat in toys and games for the longest possible time is the key to ensuring you have a healthy and happy cat overall.

The Different Types of the Best Cat Toys

There are a huge variety of cat toys available on the market – understanding the differences between toys and the specific features provided by each type is key to finding a toy that your cat loves and one that provides all the benefits listed above. This is easy to do, as typically cat toys are one of three types:

Interactive Cat Toys

Interactive toys are designed to either engage a cat by itself or to facilitate human interaction with a cat through the toy. These best cat toys are the best for developing a strong bond between cat and owner and are good at engaging cats both physically and mentally. Examples of interactive toys include da bird, fuzzy mice, and the panic mouse.

Electronic Cat Toys

Electronic toys require batteries and often encourage cats to engage in high levels of energetic physical exercise as they run all over your house! These types of toys run either automatically or through an owner-controlled remote, allowing for solo cat play or a more interactive style of play between cat and owner. Examples of electronic cat toys include remote control mice and moving balls – laser pointers are another particularly popular type of electronic toy.

Stuffed Cat Toys

Stuffed animals and toys, such as mice and birds, are a favorite among cats as they mimic the type of prey your cat would hunt if it were wild. A lot of stuffed cat toys contain catnip to attract better and engage cats.

Take Your Cat’s Age into Consideration

Younger cats and kittens prefer cat toys which are more activeCats will prefer different toys at different stages of their lives. Kittens tend to prefer toys that encourage a lot of energetic movement, while older cats often gravitate towards catnip-filled toys that are easier to play with and catch, and are suitable for rolling around with at a more leisurely pace. Finding the best cat toys that match your cat’s pace and age is important for their health and to engage their interest.

If you have a kitten, toys that require a high-level energy are most suitable. Bigger toys that do not pose choking hazards are also better for small cats who are still learning about the world and the dangers in it (this is less of a problem for older cats who have a better sense of their environment). For an older cat, toys that allow them to play on their own in their own time are best. Interactive cat toys are often too high energy and require owner and cat to be awake and ready to play at the same time! Stuffed catnip toys are most popular among older cats.

The Final Word

The best cat toys are a necessity if you want to have a happy and healthy cat. It is important to consider your cat’s age, personality and your availability to play with them when choosing a cat toy – if not you may risk purchasing a toy that is rarely used or unwanted.

Please do leave a comment if you like any of our suggestions, or if I missed your favorite best cat toy!


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You ask yourself how to tell if you have a pregnant cat? Understanding pregnant cat behavior is a little easier once you know the gestation period of a cat, and what to expect during each of the weeks. Once a cat has conceived, it will display different behavior for an average of 65 days.

The behavioral changes in pregnant cats do not vary so much from those of humans, just that they happen over a shorter period of time, and require one to be very observant. If you are not alert, you may miss the pregnant cat behavior and suddenly find your cat in your linen closet with a litter of kittens.

How To Tell if Your Cat Is Pregnant

1. Change in Appetite

Behavioral changes in pregnant cats affect their appetite. For the most part, their appetite will increase. If your cat is still hungry after completing their normal ration of food, she may be pregnant. Morning sickness is pregnant cat behavior that may plague your cat, but only for a couple of weeks. During this time her appetite may reduce significantly.

2. Lethargy and Irritation

The behavior of pregnant cats will vacillate between affection, irritation and lethargy. Your normally active cat will spend a lot more time sleeping, and she will be very calm and quieter than usual. The display of irritability in your cat is one of the less pleasant behavioral changes in pregnant cats. One minute she will be looking for attention and then if you handle her too much, she will get irritated.

3. Swollen Abdomen and Enlarged Nipples

A distended belly and larger nipples do not qualify as pregnant cat behavior, but they are some of the signs that will alert you to the fact that your cat may be pregnant and is not just growing fat and comfortable. About three weeks after conceiving, your cat’s nipples will enlarge and turn pink.

Pregnant Cat4. Desire For Privacy

The desire for privacy is a behavior of pregnant cats that will cause them to withdraw and want to be alone. Your cat knows that soon it will require energy to deliver and take care of kittens and tries as much as possible to preserve its energy.

5. Nesting

Restlessness is expectant cat behavior that signals the nesting phase of pregnancy. This occurs closer to the time of delivery when your cat will start looking around for safe, hidden and comfortable places where she can have her kittens. The key to spotting this pregnant cat behavior is the disappearance of your cat for long periods of time only for them to be discovered in a secluded place.

More signals that your cat may be pregnant

  • Roughly 15-18 days into the pregnancy of a cat, the cat’s nipples are likely to grow bigger and turn red. This effect is called “pinking-up.”
  • As in humans, pregnant cats can experience morning sickness during which they vomit regularly. If this sickness becomes very frequent or prolonged, or if you notice any other types of sickness, take your cat to the vet.
  • The cat’s stomach will start to grow as the kittens inside get bigger. Don’t touch the stomach during the pregnancy to avoid harming your cat or her kittens inside. Of course, stomach swelling is a symptom of many other problems, so if you notice anything unusual or become concerned in any way contact your vet.
  • You can expect your pregnant cat to gain about 1-2kg during the pregnancy, although this figure varies based on the number of kittens she is carrying. This is often the most obvious sign that your cat is pregnant.
  • You will likely notice that your cat’s appetite increases if she is pregnant, particularly later on in the pregnancy. This will further increase her weight, but may also be symptomatic of other problems such as worms, so contact your vet if anything seems unusual.
  • Pregnant cats have been known to become more affectionate and maternal, so your cat may purr more and want more attention from you if pregnant.
  • A cat pregnancy can be detected as early as 15 days in using an ultrasound machine. By 40 days your vet should be able to detect the number of kittens your cat is expecting. Of course, this process is difficult and not perfect, as big kittens can hide other smaller kittens in the womb.

Your cat should be perfectly able to handle her labor and birth, but you should prepare yourself nevertheless as she gets closer to birth. You should be able and ready to step in if there are any problems or provide any comforting words if your cat becomes distressed.

Managing Pregnant Cat Behavior

Once you confirm that your cat is pregnant, you can anticipate and manage the varying behaviors of an expecting cat. Not too much is required of you when your cat is expecting other than to let it be, and ensure that it is comfortable and well fed. Follow her lead and give your cat attention when it is requested. If you find her sleeping or hiding away, ignore her and go on with your tasks. In a few weeks, once she has delivered her kittens and they have matured a little, she will be back to her normal playful self.

Pregnant cat: Managing Pregnant Cat Behavior

After the pregnancy is confirmed, you need to decide what is best for your cat going forward. Abortion is one option that you can discuss with your vet and other members of your family. The other choice is to go forward with the pregnancy and have your cat deliver her kittens.

If you choose to go forward and deliver the kittens, you should make plans as soon as possible regarding what to do with the kittens after they are born. You could keep the kittens yourself, sell them or send them to a local shelter or rescue for help. You will also need to organize vet checks for the kittens, along with vaccination and medical plans and plan for the dietary needs of the kittens.

The diet you maintain for your pregnant cat is also important. It must be rich with nutrients, and your cat must have access to fresh, and clean water throughout her entire pregnancy. Higher quality food is needed as your cat gets ready for birth (in the last 2-3 weeks of the pregnancy), although you may notice your cat eats a smaller amount in each sitting (although will likely eat more often). You should plan to keep your cat indoors in the last stages of the pregnancy to keep your cat and her unborn kittens safe.

Normal domesticated short- and long-haired cats tend to be very fertile, producing four to five kittens in each litter. Siamese cats tend to have larger kittens. Other more specialist breeds such as Persians are less fertile on general.

Is my cat likely to run into problems during her pregnancy?

It is rare for most cats to have problems during pregnancy and birth, with Persian cats being an exception. 99% of all cats have no problems and need no help, but staying informed will alleviate any worries you have during this process. The information listed below will help you keep track of the pregnancy and help you ensure that it is successful.

Early in the pregnancy

The gestation of cat pregnancies is approximately 64 days or between 9 and 10 weeks. The earliest signs of pregnancy tend to appear 3 weeks in, including swelling and pinking up of the nipples.

By week 4 and 5, you should notice enlarging of the stomach. You should keep your pregnant cat in a stress-free environment during this time and feed her high-quality cat food. A dry kibble should suffice – you should leave it out all day and allow your cat to eat as much as she likes. We have other articles on orphan kittens and pregnant cat care should you want more information about how to provide for your cat during this time.

Should my cat be examined by a vet?

Getting your cat checked by a vet early in her pregnancy is always a good idea to check her overall health and readiness for birth. By day 26 of the pregnancy, your vet should be able to feel the developing fetuses which present as small round lumps in the oviducts. Your vet will also use an ultrasound if necessary which can more accurately check and count the developing kittens. By day 45, the skeletons of the kittens should have properly calcified and thus will be visible on an X-ray. Using an X-ray is not suitable for counting the number of kittens as the risks from the radiation are too high for a normal pregnancy. This will only be used if a problem is suspected.

What should I do before labor begins?

Should you want to be involved in your cat’s labor and birth, you should start to take your cat’s temperature once a day at the same time for two weeks before the due date. To do this, lubricate the thermometer with margarine or KY jelly, and put it approximately half an inch into your cat’s rectum. After leaving it there for 3 minutes, check the temperature reading. It should be between 101F (38.3C) and 102F (39C). When the reading drops below 100F (37.8C), expect the kittens to arrive within 24 hours.

Your cat will gain between 2 and 4 pounds during the pregnancy, which will equate to about 20-25% of her normal weight. Pregnant cats are good at regulating their food intake, but keep an eye on your cat’s eating habits to ensure she does not get too fat.

What should I expect during delivery?

24 to 48 hours before the start of labor, your cat may appear stressed and restless. It may appear to be poking around your house to look for a good place to give birth – although this behavior can appear a bit earlier. When you notice this behavior starting, keep your cat in a single room in which she will give birth. This room should be dark, have an impervious floor, and be quiet and an ambient temperature. You should leave her food and water in the room too, and give her time to get used to the surroundings.

As labor approaches, your cat will start heavily licking her stomach and vagina. This will mean that pre-birth discharge is quickly cleaned away. Her cervix will start to dilate as labor progresses, but this will not be clear from the outside. Under no circumstances should you use your fingers to try to feel how dilated she is?

As labor continues, your cat will lose interest in food and will only engage in licking herself. Her breathing rate will also increase. Often cats in labor will sit around with their mouths open, or may loudly yell or pace around the room. When contractions commence, your mother cat should lay down on her side and begin to squat to try to push downwards to give birth to the kittens. Stay away from your cat and let her get on with this alone.

How long should I wait?

After one hour of labor, your mother cat should have welcomed her first kitten. Labor time can vary, with the very shortest lasting only a few minutes. Each subsequent kitten should arrive within 10 minutes to an hour of each other.

Pregnant cat mothers should have welcomed their first kittenWhen each kitten is born, it will emerge surrounded by an amniotic sack, which looks like a membrane made of jelly filled with a clear fluid. Your cat should instinctively start to lick her new kittens very strongly, which should remove this sac and allow the new kitten to breathe. This licking also kicks off the kitten’s circulation.

Very rarely this instinct does not occur, and the mother won’t lick her kitten to clean it. If this happens, you should use a soft towel and vigorously rub the kitten and its mouth to start its breathing. Bear in mind kittens are very fragile though, so don’t rub too hard or for longer than necessary.

Your mother cat should also instinctively chew off the umbilical cord after birth. If this doesn’t happen, you can tie off the cord using dental floss, and cut down the cord to about an inch long. Overall though you should wait as long as possible to allow the mother to do this for herself, as this encourages a strong bond between the mother and kitten and allows the mother to recognize the kittens as her own. It also stimulates milk flow.

Nursing will start as soon as each kitten is born, on the whole, before the next kitten arrives. You can encourage this to happen faster by putting the kitten on her nipples. This nursing process will further encourage your cat’s uterus to contract more, which can force out a bloody or green-colored discharge fluid from her vagina. Don’t be alarmed if after all of this your cat eats some of the afterbirths – this is unappetising but normal.

The whole labor process of a pregnant cat tends to last 2 to 6 hours, by which time the whole litter should be delivered. If labor lasts longer than 7 hours, you should take the mother and all the kittens to a vet as soon as possible. Otherwise, throughout the labor, keep the delivery room quiet, calm and dark, and stay out of your cat’s way. Only after all the kittens have been delivered should you start cleaning up. Replace the food and water in this room and leave your new mother cat and her kittens alone, as she will want to stay close to and bond with her kittens for the first few days.

What will I see?

Your cat will nurse her kittens for about 70% of her time. You should keep the room warm but not too hot, as kittens cannot easily regulate their body temperatures.

During a normal delivery, strong uterine and abdominal contractions expel the kittens. You will first see a small green sac in the vagina after which come the kittens. The placenta will be attached to the kittens, which will gradually come out throughout the births.

Delivery of each kitten can last up to 2 hours, but the average time is 30 to 60 minutes. Each kitten should be out within 15 minutes, as it cannot survive for longer than this in the birth canal due to pressure on the cord and resulting lack of oxygen. If a kitten seems stuck, you should gently grab it with a soft cloth, and pull it backward and downwards. Hold onto the kitten’s hips and shoulders as far as possible, as the head and legs are too delicate. Kittens will arrive either head first or tail first.

A bloody fluid may be released from the mother cat for up to 10 days after birth. Your cat should automatically lick this up. Take your cat to a vet if this fluid starts to look more like pus or has a strong odor.

Things to keep on hand when your cat is expecting

A large supply of clean towels is useful to keep around when your cat is expecting. Tame iodine solution, which can be found at any normal department store, is good for antiseptic, and Q-tips and blunt scissors can also be useful tools. A package of dental floss is important in case there is a problem with the umbilical cord. Finally, purchase a nose suction bulb and heating pad, to help with cleaning mucus from kittens’ mouths and for keeping them warm.

Potential Cat Pregnancy Problems

As with humans, there can sometimes be problems with a cat’s pregnancy. You should be prepared with the knowledge to identify risks so you know what to do to help and when you should take your cat to an emergency vet.

You should call your vet if something happens differently to those events described above. Other reasons to call the vet are listed below.

Eclampsia is a very dangerous condition for a pregnant cat which can be identified through symptoms such as restlessness, pacing, panting, drooling, loss of balance, spasms in the muscles or seizures. This condition can cause the kittens to naturally abort, or miscarry. Also look for signs such as fever, bleeding, or changes in behavior. If this condition appears early in labor, it can be possible for the mother to absorb the dead fetuses back into its body.

Other problems regarding a pregnant cat include:

  • A pregnancy that lasts for more than sixty-six days.
  • The temperature of the mother cat stays below 100F for over a day or falls under 98F.
  • The mother cat stops eating or becomes sad, weak or drowsy.
  • A kitten that stays in the birth canal for more than 10 minutes and does not come out after you try gently pulling it out.
  • The mother has contractions for over four hours with no signs of any more kittens.
  • Five hours pass with no birth when you are sure there is still another kitten inside the mother.
  • Discharge from the vagina develops a strong odor or seems infected.
  • Fewer placentas are birthed than there are kittens.
  • A kitten refuses to nurse or seems to be weak.
  • One of your cat’s mammary glands (breasts) becomes hot, hard or painful.
  • Kittens make constant mewing noises, cannot sleep, or become upset.
  • Kitten stomachs appear not plump, indicating they are not nursing enough.
  • The mother cat’s temperature rises to over 102.5F two or more days after birth.

As long as you keep all this in mind, you will be the proud and happy “parent” of new kittens and will get to experience the joy of many cute kittens running around. Kittens will be physically weak and lack an immune system at this early stage, so be careful when handling them and don’t allow lots of new people to play with them closely. The mother cat may also become aggressive if she feels her new kittens are under threat.

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How to tell if your cat shows sick cat sympoms? Cats have a reputation for being solitary and aloof. Cat owners know that this is all just for show, and that these traits are not just a sign of being “high maintenance” or a “diva.” They are merely an indication that your pet is independent and self-sufficient. These are traits that make cats ideal pets for many owners, but also mean that it may be hard for owners to know when they have a sick cat in the house.

To keep their cats healthy, owners need to know the warning signs that their pet has fallen ill. Waiting until your sick cat begins to vomit or faint can lead to more expensive medical treatment as well as more suffering for your feline friend.

Consistent interaction with your cat is essential to both its emotional and physical well-being. The more you interact with your cat, the more in tune you will be with its habits and rituals. As long as your cat’s routine remains essentially the same, you can be confident that you have a happy, healthy pet. However if you notice changes in any of the following aspects of your cat’s lifestyle, you should investigate to verify whether there is further cause for concern:

Possible Sick Cat Symptoms

  • Activity
  • Appetite or weight
  • Frequency of litterbox use
  • Hours spent sleeping or napping
  • Interactions with you (or other pets)
  • Consistency of fur
  • Breathing rate or difficulty
  • Ability to move, jump, or climb
  • Vocal inflections
  • Scent
  • Other typical behaviors (specific to your pet)

This is a fairly broad list that covers a wide range of possible indicators that your cat is less-than-perfectly-healthy. Below is a more specific set of warning signs that your cat could be sick:

How to Tell if Your Cat Is Sick

Fasting / Bingeing

To keep their cats healthy, owners need to know the warning signs that their sick cat has fallen ill.

To keep their cats healthy, owners need to know the warning signs that their sick cat has fallen ill.

Most cats are on a consistent diet (fed the same amount of food at the same time every day). If your cat begins to ask for food significantly more than usual, or leaves food in the bowl on a regular basis, then you should take note. Excessive appetite could be a symptom of either hyperthyroidism or diabetes. Likewise, a severely decreased appetite can be indicative of a number of health problems ranging from dental issues to kidney disease.

Disinterest in Grooming

Cats groom constantly to maintain their lustrous coats. If your cat begins to groom less frequently, or stop grooming altogether, then your cat may be exhibiting a symptom of dental disease or arthritis.

Bad Breath

You never expect your cat’s breath to smell good, but you should pay attention if its breath becomes noticeably stinky. Jonas Jurgella advises that “stinky breath can indicate kidney problems and serious dental desiease in your cat – and sweet or fruity-smelling breath can be a sign of diabetes.”

Abnormal Litter box Activity

Cat owners rarely (if ever) look forward to cleaning out the litter box, but doing so on a regular basis is a simple way to monitor your cats health. Any changes in your cats excrement – frequency, color, consistency, etc. – should be reported to your veterinarian. This may sound silly, but you should also pay attention to how your cat uses the litterbox; if you notice that it makes strange sounds or begins to leave its waste outside of the litterbox then these issues should also be brought to your veterinarian. All of the above could be signs of a urinary tract disease, urinary blockage, bladder infection, or digestive issue.

Strange Sounds

Monitoring your cat’s activity for strange sounds extends to everywhere in their routine – not just around the litterbox. A medical issue could lead your cat to suddenly become more or less vocal, or even cease talking altogether. Sometimes this is an indication of an emotional issue, such as anxiety or cognitive dysfunction. In other cases it could be an indicator of a physical issue like high blood pressure or hyperthyroidism.

Increase or Decrease in Activity

Your cat’s activity level should fluctuate to a certain extent, but any sudden or obvious changes likely signal a larger issue. If you notice a dramatic increase in a middle-aged or older cat, this is likely a symptom of a thyroid issue. Likewise, if an otherwise very active younger cat suddenly loses interest in playing, they may be exhibiting symptoms of arthritis or other joint problems.

Changes in Sleeping Habits

Because cats spend so much time sleeping (far more than their human companions) and because much of that sleep occurs while their owners are either working during the day or sleeping at night, owners may not be able to tell whether their cat’s sleeping patterns have changed. However if a once active cat appears to be sleeping the day away on a regular basis, or if your cat becomes overactive at night, then there may be a medical reason for this change in their behavior.


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A heavy breathing cat can be a sign for a life threatening emergency. Breathing is a function of the respiratory system, a process of inhaling air into the lungs before expelling it. Oxygen is pulled down into the lungs, which is then distributed to all the cells within the body via the bloodstream, before being exhaled in the form of carbon dioxide.

A heavy breathing cat is the result of breathing difficulties which may affect cats regardless of their age or breed, and the issue can quickly become life threatening. If your cat is having trouble breathing it should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Heavy Breathing Cat – Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment

Respiratory difficulty and breathing abnormality in cats have some different causes, listed below:

  • Deep and rapid breathing (hyperpnea)
  • Noisy breathing, wheezing
  • Rapid shallow breathing (tachypnoea)
  • Shallow breathing (hypopnea)
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnoea)

What is the typical breathing rate for cats?

While resting, a cat should breathe roughly 20-30 times per minute, which is more or less than twice that of a person. Respiration should be almost silent and without effort. Known as eupnoea, the suffix “pnoea” means “breath or breathing.” Many names for respiratory difficulty will have this ‘pnoea’ ending. But what can cause a heavy breathing cat?

Possible Causes for Breathing Difficulties in Cats

Like humans, there are many possible causes of breathing problems in cats, which can be located throughout the lungs, the heart, or the pulmonary system. Causes are split into obstructive, restrictive or vascular for a heavy breathing cat.

  • Airway obstruction.
  • Asthma – Caused by an allergen, the airways react by constricting.
  • Pleural effusion – Excess fluid that accumulates between the two pleural layers, the fluid-filled space that surrounds the lungs.
  • Ascites – Build-up of fluid in the abdominal cavity which can compress the diaphragm and lungs.
  • Pulmonary Embolism – A blood clot in the pulmonary arteries or branches of the lungs.
  • Blood Disorders – Anemia
  • Cancer
  • Cytauxzoonosis – An often fatal infection caused by the single-celled Cytauxzoon felis.
  • Dehydration
    Like humans, there are many possible causes of breathing problems in cats, which can be located throughout the lungs, the heart, or the pulmonary system.

    Like humans, there are many possible causes of breathing problems in cats, which can be located throughout the lungs, the heart, or the pulmonary system.

  • Feline Infectious Peritonitis
  • Fever – Caused by pyometra, eclampsia/milk fever and other types of infections.
  • Heart disorders – Heartworm, heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy)
  • Heat stroke
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Lung disease
  • Pain
  • Poisoning
  • Pneumonia
  • Shock
  • Upper respiratory infections – There are some pathogens which can cause upper respiratory infections, which are similar to colds and flu that we experience.

Symptoms of Breathing Problems in Cats

Depending on the underlying cause breathing difficulties can be acute or chronic. Most often symptoms will be subtle, and cat owners may not immediately realize there is a problem.

Possible symptoms of a heavy breathing cat include

  • Breathing with the elbows sticking out from the body in a Bulldog stance
  • Coughing
  • Head and neck extended out in front of the body
  • Pale or blue tinged mucous membranes
  • Difficulty standing
  • Noisy breathing
  • Panting
  • Rapid breathing
  • Lethargy
  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Bright red tongue (possible heat stroke)
  • Lethargy

Treatment of Heavy Breathing Cat Problems

Treatment should be designed to counter the underlying cause rather than the symptoms.

Noisy breathing is often indicative of an upper respiratory infection (cat flu), which is caused by a virus. Other symptoms may include: nasal discharge, sneezing, fever, conjunctivitis.
Treatment: Supportive care should be provided, including the removal of discharge to assist inhalation and encouraging the cat to continue eating. Unfortunately, antibiotics will not affect viral infections but may be offered to ward off secondary bacterial infections.

Panting is a common response to both exercise and stress (sometimes brought about by a call to the vet!). As well as this it is also a symptom of heat stroke, which can be life-threatening if untreated.
Treatment: Treatments for heat stroke include reducing the cat’s body temperature, providing oxygen, and treating for dehydration.

Rapid shallow breathing (tachypnea) has various possible causes including: anemia, heart disease, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, lung disease, sinus or nasal disorders such as nasal polyps, infection, FIP, diaphragmatic hernia, hyperthyroidism and lung cancer.
Treatment: Addressing the underlying ailment, treatment will often be surgical to remove polyps and hernia, for other cases medications can be prescribed.

Shortness of breath/labored breathing (dyspnea), causes may include: airway obstructions, heart disease, lung disease, lung tumors, foreign body in the nasal passages, pleural effusion, pneumonia, upper respiratory infection, pneumothorax.
Treatment: Is dependent on the cause and may involve removal of foreign body, supportive care for an upper respiratory infection, thoracentesis to release fluid accumulation around the lungs, as well as medications to relieve symptoms of heart disease.

Wheezing produces a sharp whistling noise and is commonly associated with asthma. Further symptoms of asthma may include: pale mucous membranes, coughing, and the avoidance of exercise.
Treatment: Treatments for asthma covers steroids and bronchodilators. Other causes of wheezing are lower respiratory infections, heartworm, and unfortunately, tumors.

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All cats are different and a scared cat will be frightened by different things, and each has its way of responding to fear. Some will recover quickly from the scary events while others will take longer. Cats can either get scared indoors or outdoors depending on where the scary event takes place which may lead to them entirely avoiding such a place. To be able to identify a frightened cat it is important first of all to know the behavior of frightened cats, and some of the factors that lead to fear, and how to help such cats.

Scared Cat Behavioral Signs

Fearful behavior

Scared cat behavior will vary from one to another. Common fearful cat behavior that you can look out for is hiding, running away, shivering, and being too aggressive such as hissing, growling, spitting, biting, swatting, puffing fur and tail, scratching, arching back and flattening its ears.

Scared cats can also be exhibited by the cat curling up its body, tucking its tail under its body, and holding its body and head low to the ground. This is characterized by the cat’s inability to vocalize. Other signs of fearful cats are shaking, dilated pupils, panting, drooling, foot pad sweating and shedding of its hair. Extreme fear can be identified by certainly scared cat behaviors such as defecation and urination.

What are Cats Scared Of?

Scared cat behavior will vary from one to another.

Scared cat behavior will vary from one to another.

Fearful cats can be brought about by quite some factors. It is important for a cat owner to closely study his or her cat to identify what causes it to express the behavior of the frightened cat. Some of the triggers of stressed behavior in cats are new environments, quick movements or loud noise, strange people or animals, or even an active child.

The behavior of frightened cats can also be expressed if the cat has gone through a traumatizing event such as hearing gun fire, loud fireworks or even a visit to the veterinary clinic. Stress in cats can also be brought about by medical conditions. Cats will often hide when ill or in pain which may cause the cat to stop using its litter box. If a cat is often a target of abuse, it is bound to express scared behavior.

De-stressing a fearful cat

It is important to eliminate stressful behavior in cats to ensure that the cat is at ease. This can be achieved by interacting with the cat at its pace. This gives the cat a choice, and it will feel relaxed to interact with you. Give incentives such as food treats for any positive behavior such as walking in the room. To also ensure less distress in cats you can create clear pathways that it can use to reach its resources such as the litter box.

Observe the body language of a fearful cat and get to know what it says. If it says do not approach then don’t or else it will go into hiding. Distribute toys for the cat to play with in its solo time. This will create a positive association with its environment. When a cat’s behavior becomes too threatening to the people around it, it is important to seek help from a specialist.

Helping Scared Cat

Fear in cats is portrayed and handled differently. Cats should be given time to deal with and get over their stressful experiences for them to be able to go back to normal. With the information above, it is now easier for cat owners to identify distressed symptoms in cats thus being in a position to help them get better.


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Cat Paws: Discover 10 Interesting Facts http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/cat-paws/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/?p=2071 OurFriends4Ever Cat Paws: Discover 10 Interesting Facts

Cat paws are incredibly versatile. Your cat’s paw is a tool for climbing, moving, communicating, staying comfortable and staying alive – and much more! Cat paws are incredibly cute, but also incredibly well designed for the task of looking after your cat. It can be very interesting to properly study the paw pads on your […]

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Cat paws are incredibly versatile. Your cat’s paw is a tool for climbing, moving, communicating, staying comfortable and staying alive – and much more!

Cat paws are incredibly cute, but also incredibly well designed for the task of looking after your cat. It can be very interesting to properly study the paw pads on your cat to better understand the huge jobs they undertake every day. These jobs include communicating with you and other cats, sensing the environment around them, aiding in hunting and helping to groom your cat. Also paws are also designed to absorb the shocks of your cat jumping around and to regulate the temperature of the overall cat’s body.

10 Interesting Facts About Cat Paws:

Just like humans, studies have shown that cats can have a dominant front paw.

Just like humans, studies have shown that cats can have a dominant front paw.

Cats have dominant paws

Just like humans, studies have shown that cats can have a dominant front paw. When performing especially difficult tasks, it has been recorded that cats tend to use one preferred paw more than the other – although it is not clear whether cats are more likely to prefer the left or right paw, or if there is a significant number of ambidextrous cats.

An interesting study from researchers at Queens University in Ireland suggested that paw preference is related to the cat’s gender – male cats appear to tend to prefer their right paw, while females prefer the left.

 

Cat Paw Test

Test your own cat’s paw dominance by giving them tricky things to do, like grabbing treats from small holes or tubes. Have them do this at least 75 times for strong results, and you should be able to tell which side your cat uses most frequently.

Cats walk on their tiptoes

Although it may not look like it as they move around so gracefully, cats walk everywhere on their tiptoes due to the design of their legs. In other words, they are digitigrade. This serves cats well, as walking on tiptoes ensures that stride length is increased and speed is maximized, skills that are critical for a good hunt. Tiptoe walking also makes cats much quieter and sneakier, making them even more successful when hunting.

Kneading

This kitten-like behavior can look a bit like your cat is kneading bread dough. This harks back to when your cat was young and would knead its mother’s chest to awaken the milk ducts, to feed. This kneading behavior is thus strongly associated with happy childhood memories for your cat and happens when your cat is very happy. Your cat may start to knead you every so often as they get older – although be careful because unlike kittens, adult cats have very sharp claws! Your cat might also exhibit this behavior on blankets, stuffed toys or pillows that they particularly favor.

Your cat may also sometimes “hug” you, by draping their arms around you, especially your neck. Don’t worry though if your cat doesn’t do this – only the most affectionate cats are likely to do this!

Cats use paws for grooming

Cats groom by licking their cat paws and forearms and then wiping this on their dirty bits, so they don’t have to try and use their tongue all over their bodies!

Cats groom by licking their cat paws and forearms and then wiping this on their dirty bits, so they don’t have to try and use their tongue all over their bodies!

Paws are used by all cats to groom and clean themselves. The flexibility of the front legs and paws means that cats can reach all of the awkward parts of their body, including behind the ears, around their necks and all over their faces. Cats groom by licking their paws and forearms and then wiping this on their dirty bits, so they don’t have to try and use their tongue all over their bodies!

After a few swipes of their paws on each dirty place, they repeat the licking process to ensure they get as clean and sleek as possible. This is learned but also instinctual behavior, and you should notice your young kittens begin this grooming behavior before they reach their four week birthday.

Paws are sensitive

You may have noticed that cats are very reluctant to have their paws played with. This is because the pads on their paws are highly sensitive, and it can be very uncomfortable if too much attention is paid to them. There are huge numbers of nerve endings in the paws, which all contribute to a highly sophisticated organ designed for hunting and balancing when moving and jumping around. All sorts of sensory inputs, including texture, pressure, and vibrations, are detected through the cat’s paws, helping them better understand and interact with their environment and prey.

This extreme sensitivity, however, can cause problems. Pads are strong organs that can withstand a lot of environmental dangers, but they can be harmed quickly by high or low temperatures and pressures and can feel a lot of pain. Particularly, there is no insulation on the paws so temperature is a key danger you should watch out for.

Paws are flexible

Cat paws can easily bend and twist, due to the need of a cat to jump and climb all over the place in their environments and to hunt well. Cats can climb trees, or all over your furniture, because of the intense flexibility in their paws and wrists. The stability enjoyed by cats on all sorts of objects and surfaces are also attributable to the paws.

However, you may have noticed that although cats are excellent at climbing, due to the ability to turn paws inwards to sink claws into the surface, it is much harder for cats to get back down again! The front claws of a cat face the wrong direction to descend particularly steep objects like trees, and the much weaker front legs add to these difficulties. This is why cats are known to get so often stuck at the top of trees!

Paws act as shock absorbers

Cat paws are also well-designed to absorb shocks and sounds that are experienced by their feline owner. The paw pads are soft enough to reduce the shock felt in the cat’s legs when it lands and makes it more comfortable for the cat to walk around on rough surfaces. This cushioning effect also allows the cat to move around silently, enhancing its ability to sneak up on its prey.

Cats use paws to communicate

Cats use their cat paws to communicate.

Cats use their cat paws to communicate.

Cats scratch and mark objects all over their territories to give other cats and creatures details about themselves. Visual marks, as well as smelly pheromones, are left all over surfaces thanks to the scent glands that are hidden between the pads of the paws, both front, and back. This scent transmits huge amounts of information about the cat which left it. After urinating or spraying cats may also scrape and scratch the same area.

Paws sweat

To stay cool, cats have the ability to sweat through their paw pads which can be very helpful on a hot day. Scared and upset cats also tend to sweat through their paws, as humans do. This is often most visible when you take your cat to the vet, where you might notice little-wet paw prints all over the vet’s table.

Paw colors vary

Paw pads vary in color between cats to match the overall coloring of the cat’s fur. These colors all come in pairs – gray furred cats have gray paws pads, orange cats have pink pads, “tuxedo” colored cats tend to have black spots all over their cats and so on. The same pigment chemicals color all parts of the cat, including fur and paws.

You will now likely always look differently at the cat’s paw pads now that you are aware of all the special details that make them so special. Paw pads, as with all other cat parts and behaviors, have many functions, all of which help your cat survive and thrive.

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Guide To Birman Cat Personality and Characteristics http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/birman-cat-personality/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 16:00:29 +0000 http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/?p=1316 OurFriends4Ever Guide To Birman Cat Personality and Characteristics

The Birman Cat also at times referred to as the Sacred Cat of Burma is a magical and mystical cat with soulful blue eyes and a gentle character. It is believed to be a cross-breed between the Siamese Cat and the Angora or Persian cats. They come in a variety of colors such as chocolate, […]

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OurFriends4Ever Guide To Birman Cat Personality and Characteristics

The Birman Cat also at times referred to as the Sacred Cat of Burma is a magical and mystical cat with soulful blue eyes and a gentle character. It is believed to be a cross-breed between the Siamese Cat and the Angora or Persian cats. They come in a variety of colors such as chocolate, red, lilac, blue, seal and cream.

Birman kittens are born white but develop color over time as they mature. Just like any other cat breed, Birman cats have behaviors and personality traits which are unique to this fine type of cat. Below, a few personality and behavioral traits have been discussed.

Specific Birman Cat Behavior and Personality

Personality of Birman Cats

Birman Cat Behavior and PersonalityTheir personality traits are of friendly, affectionate and gentle nature. Birman cats are also very inquisitive and outgoing. They are known to be social, gentle and loving with people and other animals. A cat behavior that brings out its unique personality is its patience. This breed is tolerant and even-tempered which makes it the perfect pet for a family.

They are also very helpful as they love participating in everything you do, whether it is doing the laundry, reading a newspaper, or loading the dishwasher. Birmans communicate in a soft voice, maybe to remind you that it is meal time or it wants to be cuddled. These cat personality traits make it a very lovable pet that many would consider.

Behavior of Birman Cats

Being loyal to people is one very common Birman cat behavior. Other behavioral traits are their love for attention and affection, and due to this, they cannot be left alone for long periods of time. It is a common behavior of these cats to follow you around from room to room. Their behavior is also characterized by its quietness as it is not as vocal as its Siamese cousin. Birman cats are known to greet visitors but it is mostly out of curiosity and not fear, and this factor has been used to describe the behavior of this beautiful cat breed. These cats are very gentle, and they tolerate living with cat-friendly dogs well. However, if you are planning on introducing a new pet to your Birman cat, make sure you introduce them slowly and in a controlled environment.

Activity levels

Being docile has been identified as a prime characteristic of birman cats, but this does not mean that they aren’t quick thinkers. This breed is smart and curious and always love to explore their surroundings. Birman cats are commonly kept indoors to avoid the risk of being stolen, and to protect them from diseases. However, depending on where you live, you may not have to keep him indoors.

Birman Cat Behaviors are well suited to Families

Birman cats are great family pets as they are patient and social. They are laidback and extremely tolerant in the sense that they generally don’t mind being dressed up or carried around by kids. However, always remind children to be gentle as every cat has their limits. So if you are looking for a calm cat with great behavior and personality traits, the Birman cat breed is surely one to keep in mind.


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Cat Whiskers, Head and Mouth: Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/cat-whiskers-head-mouth/ Mon, 29 May 2017 16:00:01 +0000 http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/?p=2069 OurFriends4Ever Cat Whiskers, Head and Mouth: Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language

Just like a cat’s ears, cat whiskers are incredibly versatile elements of a cat and can be very expressive of a cat’s feelings, mood and behavior. These whiskers cover a cat’s entire face. There are a dozen or so large long whiskers on each side of every cat’s snout, along with several much smaller whiskers […]

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OurFriends4Ever Cat Whiskers, Head and Mouth: Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language

Just like a cat’s ears, cat whiskers are incredibly versatile elements of a cat and can be very expressive of a cat’s feelings, mood and behavior. These whiskers cover a cat’s entire face. There are a dozen or so large long whiskers on each side of every cat’s snout, along with several much smaller whiskers above the eyes, on the chin and sometimes along the back of the lower front legs of a cat.

These cat whiskers are all situated very deep in the skin of a cat, which means they are much more sensitive than normal fur hairs. Cat whiskers are designed to feel every small movement or directional change in the air around a cat so that they have a better awareness of their environments. Because whiskers are so sensitive, moving them can end up quite painful – awkward positioning of food bowls, for example, can force a whisker back in an uncomfortable way.

Cat Whiskers Explained

Whiskers have many roles and purposes in the life and protection of a cat, particularly to indicate the feeling or mood of a cat, but also for a range of other things.

Cat whiskers correspond to the width of a cat

Cat whiskers correspond to the width of a cat

Size Matters

First, cat whiskers tell a cat whether it can fit through a particular hole. The whiskers correspond to the width of a cat – if the whiskers can fit through a hole, your cat can be sure that the rest of its body will fit!

All Cats are Grey in the Dark

Second, cat whiskers improve the way in which cats see things in the dark. Sensitive whiskers help the cat determine changes in the air around them, to help them determine the size and position of objects around them or to aid the finding of a particular prey roaming around.

Body Language

And of course, as a third, whiskers act as a key element of the body language of a cat. You can learn to read these signs if you memorize the positions of the whiskers and practice reading these positions in conjunction with the overall body language and mood of your cat.

How to Understand Cat Whiskers

Here’s a look at how to analyze your cat’s whiskers:

Normal / neutral / relaxed / friendly: Cat whiskers that are straight and being held and the sides of your cat’s face indicate that your cat is happy, content and comfortable in its surroundings and with the people around it.

Interested / excited / alert: When your cat’s whiskers move forward and extend outwards, this is a sign that your cat is interested in something. The whiskers move in front of the cat’s muzzle which will cause the cat’s cheek muscles to extend and get bigger. This movement is likely to happen when your cat is playing, chasing after prey, or being aggressive with another cat, object or person.

Fearful / timid / shy: Similarly with flattened down ears, flattened down whiskers at the sides of a cat’s face indicated that a cat is scared or shy. It aims to make a cat look smaller and thus less likely to be a target of any upcoming attack from another aggressive cat or another danger. Your cat wants to avoid appearing threatening in situations like this.

Cat Mouth

Interpreting the mouth of a cat rests of noticing different signs – although this cat feature is much simpler to comprehend. It is very easy for anyone to understand that a cat hissing or displaying its teeth mean that that cat is very upset, angry or threatened. Similarly, it is easy to see that a big yawn from a cat is a sign of a happy and comfortable cat.

Another mouth behavior of cats is known as flehmening – this refers to when a cat smells or sniffs something while keeping its mouth open, to get a better smell of the offending object! To an untrained eye, this movement can look like a cat is grimacing and upset. However, be sure that there is nothing to worry about if your cat acts like this!

Interpreting the mouth of a cat rests of noticing different signs

Interpreting the mouth of a cat rests of noticing different signs

It is particularly cute when cats exhibit the next mouth behavior. Some cats let their tongue hang out while going about their business, making them look adorable if a little ridiculous! This suggests that the cat is relaxed or perhaps interested in something they have just seen. Licking their lips, on the other hand, indicates that your cat is waiting for something or is anxious for some reason. In these cases, it can be helpful to examine your cat’s immediate surrounding to work out what might be bothering them.

Other feelings that can be indicated by a cat’s mouth include disgust or upset – this is clear when a cat opens its mouth a little and wrinkles up its nose. A cat can also be embarrassed, evident when a cat draws back its lips with no corresponding nose movement and a moving head. This tells other cats to leave it alone for a while.

A more common behavior involves licking you as the owner and other people and cats in your cat’s life. This shows that your cat is happy and feels safe around you, and has warm positive feelings towards you and your home. Cats groom each other by licking each other and are prone to groom those they are happy to be around and feel affection for. The same sort of feeling is indicated when your cat sniffs you. Your cat wants to check that you are you, checking for your unique scent before showering you with affection!

Cats can be known to hiss or snarl with their mouth open, indicating that they feel threatened and want to appear aggressive and defensive.

Whenever your cat grimaces or bares its teeth, sometimes accompanied by a distant stare, this can simply mean that she is thinking about the smells she detects in the air, rather than seeking to appear aggressive.

Cat Head

The cat’s head also tells a lot about their mood and feelings. You can tell that your cat is feeling strong and proud when they are holding their head high up in the air. Conversely, cats drop their heads when they are scared or threatened. A sideways feline head indicates that a cat is not interested in whatever is going on, or that it is communicating that it is not a threat to those around it.

When you interact with your cat and stroke them, they are likely to move their head in response, often exposing the part of their head or neck that they want to be stroked more. This part of the cat’s neck is where their pheromones are stored. Thus by petting a cat here, their pheromones are displaced onto your hands and clothes – your cat will be effectively marking their territory! Cat pheromones can also be found in their cheeks and along their sides.

Head butting is another behavior that indicates friendship. By rubbing up against you and the furniture, cats are constantly placing their scent all over their environment. You should interpret this behavior as a sign that your cat is happy and content with you and feels safe in their home. Similarly, this is expressed when a cat raises their rear end while being petted. Your cat is hoping that you will smell them when they do this – there are even more pheromones in the anal glands at the back of a cat. We just appear standoffish to our cats when we obviously refuse to do this and does not harm the bond between us and our feline friends.

Head butting is another behavior that indicates friendship. Cats do this and touch noses, with other cats often when in the same house. Cats may also do this to so when they feel warm and bonded with you. Head rubbing between cats is a similar behavior that we can think of as the feline equivalent of a human handshake. Again, if your cat does this to you, it means that your cat wants to say a friendly hello. If this is accompanied by your cat rubbing its wet nose against you, like a kiss, is another indication that your cat has very warm loving feelings towards you.

A cat’s head also tells us when a cat is feeling angry. A low head with very focused and assertive eyes demonstrates that the cat is aggressive. Your cat might move its head, but its eyes will never leave its target.

When a cat wants to defend and protect itself, it will often hold its head sideways and avoid directly looking at the source of the threat – before running away! Cats will sometimes hiss or spit if threatened but are likely to look for a quick escape rather than risk a real fight.

As with all other body language signs and messages, it is important to understand the overall mood of your cat and to take in every one of the signs being displayed by your cat.

I am very keen to hear your cat stories – if you notice your cat is particularly expressive through their head, mouth or whiskers, please do let me know by sharing your stories in the comments!


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How Long Do Cats Live? Cat Lifespan Explained http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/how-long-do-cats-live/ http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/how-long-do-cats-live/#comments Mon, 22 May 2017 16:00:26 +0000 http://www.ourfriends4ever.com/?p=1470 OurFriends4Ever How Long Do Cats Live? Cat Lifespan Explained

How long do cats live? It is often said that cats have nine lives, although this incredible longevity is largely just a myth based on folklore. It is popular to report on cats that have led particularly long lives, with countless stories and profiles online about cats living to their 20s and 30s. The Daily […]

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OurFriends4Ever How Long Do Cats Live? Cat Lifespan Explained

How long do cats live? It is often said that cats have nine lives, although this incredible longevity is largely just a myth based on folklore. It is popular to report on cats that have led particularly long lives, with countless stories and profiles online about cats living to their 20s and 30s. The Daily Mail, an English newspaper, wrote a piece on a cat aged 24, for example, while the Guinness World Record holding-feline lived to a whopping 38 years old. But in reality, how long do cats live? We are often very pleased and lucky if our feline friend lives to be a teenager, which is the equivalent of being 70+ years old in human years.

The rate at which cats age changes as they get older. In their early years, they age faster – by the time a cat is two years old it is the human equivalent of 24 years old. After this age, cats gain five to eight human years for every cat year they complete, gaining less human years for each cat year they finish. This and a wealth of other factors means it is very hard to predict how long your cat will live, but I have put together some advice about how long you can expect each cat breed and type of cat to live, and how you can expand your cat’s life!

How Long Do Cats Live?

Life Span for Indoor Living

So, how long do cats live? For cats that live completely indoors, the lack of stress and danger means they can be expected to live for 12 to 15 years.

Indoor cats can be expected to live for 12 to 15 years

Indoor cats can be expected to live for 12 to 15 years

Being safe and warm indoors and being fed regular meals can ensure that indoor cats get the nutrients and shelter they need to live comfortably and healthily; having an owner happy to groom fur and trim claws further prevent dirt and infections from affecting a cat’s life span.

Further, regular vet check-ups and vaccinations keep indoor cats safe from diseases that end a cat’s life sooner; regular play and space to move around provide the exercise that cat’s need to keep their minds and bodies active and supple.

Finally, spaying or neutering your animals prevents birthing risks for female cats. The lack of these and other dangers means indoor cats have relatively little stress in their lives and have very healthy and protected lives, hence the long life span.

Outdoor Life

On the other hand, how long do cats live in the open nature? Outdoor cats have a much more dismal life expectancy of just 2 to 5 years. Cats which live solely outside are either feral for their entire lives or are abandoned pets of former owners. These cats face extreme stress in their everyday lives, as they must always hunt or scavenge for food while protecting themselves from other cats, predators, and dangers such as traffic and other unkind humans. The lack of shelter available to cats living outside further harms a cat’s chances of survival, while the lack of medical care during periods of disease or birth can cause problems. Plenty of dangers exists for cats on the street. Thus they cannot be expected to live long lives.

Outdoor cats have a life expectancy of just 2 to 5 years.

Outdoor cats have a life expectancy of just 2 to 5 years.

For those cats fortunate to be loved and cared for by a good owner, maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle ensures they stay fit, and regular vet appointments and exams can ensure that any problems are caught and treated early.

Spaying or neutering cats increase their life expectancy, for example by reducing the likelihood of prostate problems and testicular cancer in male cats, and breast cancer, ovarian cysts and uterine infections in female cats. It also avoids excessive breeding between animals and related overpopulation issues. One thing to bear in mind, though, is that spaying and neutering can lead to your cat becoming calmer overall. Thus it is less likely to engage in physical activity and burns fewer calories. Weight and obesity problems can occur in these cats, issues which ultimately lead to more serious diseases such as diabetes and liver disease.

Vaccinations are also important for cats, as without them they can catch and spread dangerous diseases. Even indoor cats can be at risk as human owners track diseases in and out of the house. Thus it is important to vaccinate all cats to ensure they enjoy a long and healthy life.

Nine Lives for all Breeds?

Different breeds of cats age at different rates; the same difference is present between pure-breed cats and more common mixed breed cats. For example, purebred Siamese cats are considered sexually mature up to 6 months earlier in their lives than non-purebred cats, at six months and 10-12 months respectively. Other breeds can be expected to mature much later – for example, Maine Coons and Persians are only mature when they reach two years old.

The genetics of different breeds also affects the overall lifespan of cats. Siamese cats live for 15 years, while some Persians can survive for approximately 17 years. Across the board, a cat that is nine years old is deemed to be a “senior” cat. At this age, a cat would be about 50 in human years.

Boosts for a longer life

Regular physical exercise can prolong a cat’s life just as it prolongs human life. Physical activity coupled with mentally stimulating aspect keeps a cat healthy in body and mind, which is vital for health in general. Paying attention to other issues such as dental issues is also important, and appropriate dental care for cats can avoid a common oral problem.

Persian cats can survive for approximately 17 years

Persian cats can survive for approximately 17 years

As already discussed, taking your cat to a vet often will also help you keep on top of any potential problems, something that is particularly useful if you have an older cat for whom medical problems might occur more frequently and need more long-term care. Depending on the overall health and age of your cat, appropriate change to their diets and exercise programs might be required – for example, vitamins can successfully supplement and help older cats.

Ensuring your cat has access to all these health-boosting elements, all within a warm, loving and tranquil home, will help prolong your cat’s life while keeping their quality of life very high and happy.

All of these interventions, plus improving nutrition and veterinary medicine for cats, means that cats are living much longer than they previously have – in many cases cats now live for 15 and even 20 years old. I hope these tips help you to answer for yourself how long do cats live. While many factors will influence these lifespans, we maintain that a critical factor is whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat.

Keeping Your Feline Fit and Healthy

You should not only ask yourself “How long do cats live?” but also how you can improve their lifespan. I list here a huge range of tips and interventions you can use to help prolong your cat’s life and ensure that it is the most comfortable and happy life possible.

  • Observation – the role of a cat owner is to keep an eye on your cat and notice any little alterations in the cat’s behavior or overall attitude. A mini-physical exam, carried out once a week, can help you to do this (ask your vet or another cat expert if you do not know what to look for in such an exam).
  • Any other changes to your cat’s routine, including changes in their breathing, fur, water intake and output, appetite, toilet and grooming habits and physical energy and abilities, along with any new lumps or coughs are important to notice and check up on, as these can be signs of deeper problems for your cat.
  • Ensuring you cat is fully vaccinated is vital.
  • Taking your cat to the vet regularly, and asking for a full physical exam, will help catch other more subtle problems.
  • Providing your cat with a balanced and healthy diet, appropriate to its age, will improve their health.
  • Monitoring your cat’s weight, and adjusting food and exercise accordingly, will keep your cat healthy and lively.
  • Exercise, through moderate playtime, should be encouraged and should be interactive with the owner.
  • Maintaining a stress-free home for your cat will keep them healthy and happy.

What Happens as Cat Ages?

Aging in cats causes some behavioral and more physical changes which you need to look out for if you ask yourself “How long do cats live?”:

  • The feline immune system weakens, and older cats are more prone to disease.
  • Older cat skin become thinner and loses elasticity; this and its lower blood circulation makes it more likely to catch an infection.
  • Cats groom themselves less as they age, causing hair matting, bad skin odor and cleanliness, and inflammation to occur more frequently in older cats.
    Eyesight problems are more common among older cats

    Eyesight problems are more common among older cats

  • Claws become thicker and more overgrown as cats age, thus need to be clipped more often to avoid painful breakages.
  • Cats lose their sense of hearing as they age.
  • Eyesight problems are more common among older cats – the eye lens becomes hazier in most cats, and while this is not often a big problem it can be accompanied by more serious diseases or high blood pressure that more dramatically reduces a cat’s eyesight.
  • Diseases of the teeth become more likely in older cats, making eating painful and thus reduces a cat’s appetite.
  • Older cats also face weakened senses of smell, further reducing their appetite in some cases. This is a less serious problem than dental problems regarding appetite, though.
  • Kidneys in cats work less well as they age, with complete kidney failure being common. The signs of this disease are very varied, however, so can be hard to catch. Monitoring all kidney changes can be vital in preventing and alleviating these problems.
  • The joints of cats, as in humans, become worn down over time, and some cats develop arthritis. While this disease rarely totally cripples older cats, they can find it much harder to move around and gain access to litter boxes and food areas if kept in awkward places. Cats with arthritis can find it painful to have their back and tails stroked.
  • Other diseases, such as hyperthyroidism, hypertension, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer, all occur with more frequency in older cats than younger cats.
  • The loss of mental function seen in humans also occurs in cats. Symptoms of senility are similar in both cats and humans: eschewing social interaction, aimless wandering, excessive meowing and disorientation are all signs of a cat with reduced mental capacity.

How long do cats live: Oldest living cat

While the average lifespan of a cat is approximately 9 to 15 years, the oldest cat that is still alive is a Burmese cat living in Melbourne, Australia. Named Kataleena Lady, this cat is currently 35 years old, having been born on the 11th March 1977.

Oldest cat ever

Now that we know how long do cats live, what is the record? At 38 years old when he died in 2005, a cat named Creme Puff from Texas was the longest living cat ever recorded. He was born on 3rd August 1967.

Coming very close to this long life was Puss, born in 1903, who lived until just after his 36th birthday celebrations on 29th November 1939. Another lucky cat was Granpa, a Sphynx adopted from the Human Society in Texas. Full name Granpa Rexs Allen, this cat lived to be 34 years old.

How old is your cat and do you already see signs of aging? Let me know in the comments!


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No matter how resilient your cat may be, he will occasionally get sick and need your help to recover from cat health issues. Be on the lookout for these symptoms of common illnesses. 6 Typical Cat Health Issues Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is fairly common among cats. […]

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No matter how resilient your cat may be, he will occasionally get sick and need your help to recover from cat health issues. Be on the lookout for these symptoms of common illnesses.

6 Typical Cat Health Issues

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is fairly common among cats. It can affect both males and females, and it’s typicalls among cat health issues seen in cats that are overweight or eat only dry food. Sudden environmental changes, stress, or a multi-cat household can increase your cat’s risk of getting FLUTD. There are many different types of FLUTD, so treatment varies. Potential symptoms include:

  1. Vomiting
  2. Lack of appetite
  3. Difficult urination
  4. Bloody urine
  5. Painful urination
  6. Licking around the urinary area
  7. Dehydration
  8. Depression

The inability to urinate can quickly escalate to an emergency. Consult your veterinarian immediately if your cat exhibits any of these symptoms.

Vomiting

Vomiting is highly common among cats, and it can have several different triggers for this cat health issue. Your cat may have ingested something inedible or toxic, or he may have a urinary tract infection, diabetes, or another underlying disorder. He could also be struggling with a hairball!

Additional symptoms of vomiting include abdominal heaving and excessive drooling. Vomiting can cause your cat to become dehydrated before too long. If your cat vomits more than once within a short span of time, or appears to be ill, take him to the vet immediately. If possible, bring a sample of your cat’s vomit for your vet to analyze these cat health issues.

Tapeworms

Although they are fairly common, tapeworms should be taken seriously. Although they are fairly common, tapeworms should be taken seriously. Tapeworms are large parasites that inhabit the small intestine. While they can reach lengths of up to two feet, they typically break apart during defecation. It’s highly unlikely that you would see a full worm, but you may notice fragments in your cat’s waste.

Possible symptoms of tapeworms include weight loss and vomiting. If you suspect that your cat has tapeworms, examine his feces, anal area, and bedding. Tapeworms typically emerge when your cat is sleeping or relaxed. The segments will be about the size and color of a grain of rice.

Thankfully, tapeworms are relatively easy to treat. Possible options include topical, oral, or injected medication. Your vet can recommend the best route for your pet. If your cat has tapeworms, it’s likely that he also came in contact with fleas recently. Be sure to treat that condition as well, if applicable.

Fleas

Fleas are highly common and treatable among cats. Signs and symptoms include:

  1. Irritated skin
  2. Hair loss
  3. Persistent scratching
  4. Frequent licking
  5. Tiny black dots on skin
  6. Skin infections

Be sure to treat any flea problems promptly, as your cat could become anemic if the symptoms persist for too long. Talk to your veterinarian about which medications are most appropriate for your cat. Both topical and oral medications will be available.

Eye Issues

Eye problems have several potential causes, including inflammation, glaucoma, trauma, viruses, conjunctivitis, and cataracts. If your cat has an eye problem, you will most likely notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  1. Squinting
  2. Pawing at the eye
  3. Watery eyes
  4. Discharge in the corners of the ye
  5. A visible third eyelid
  6. Red or white eyelid linings

If left untreated, minor eye problems can become serious conditions. Consult your cat veterinarian for advice.

Diarrhea

Most cats will experience diarrhea occasionally. Symptoms include watery or liquid stools. More often than not, it’s nothing to worry about, but persistent diarrhea could indicate a serious condition.

If you notice that your cat has diarrhea, offer him plenty of water to prevent dehydration. Monitor him for the next 24 hours. Take your cat to the vet immediately if he shows any of the following signs or symptoms:

  1. Dark stools
  2. Bloody stools
  3. Lethargy
  4. Fever
  5. Difficulty defecating
  6. Loss of appetite

Your vet will be able to determine the cause of diarrhea and offer an effective treatment plan for this and any other cat health issues.

Did I miss something? Please let me know in the comments.


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Who doesn’t notice the beautiful cat ears as soon as a cat appears in front of you? But cats can be difficult to understand for some people. However, many people find that cats are easy to understand as long as they pay proper attention and learn the right signs. Cats’ body language, in particular, can display […]

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OurFriends4Ever Cat Ears: Understanding Your Cat’s Body Language

Who doesn’t notice the beautiful cat ears as soon as a cat appears in front of you? But cats can be difficult to understand for some people. However, many people find that cats are easy to understand as long as they pay proper attention and learn the right signs. Cats’ body language, in particular, can display a lot about what the cat is thinking and feeling. Cats have numerous methods to display their needs, emotions and wants. It is our job to decipher what it is that cats want to tell us.

Cats and their behavior have been studied for many years by animal behavioral experts. This extensive study has paid off, leading to the conclusion that cats express a lot of their feelings through their ears. This is certainly understandable when you realize that cats have over a two dozen muscles in their ears, which allow cats to move each of their ears separately in a range of motions up to 180 degrees. Cats use this mobility to constantly keep up with all of the sounds around them.

Cats express a lot of their feelings through their cat earsBy better learning and understanding the movements of your cat and their ears, you can bond with your cat much better than ever before, and even more importantly you can learn to detect when they are upset or suffering. Learning these signs can ensure that you notice when your cat becomes ill, so you can get them the help they need before it becomes too serious.

Cat ears and their movements operate effectively even when cats are asleep – or at least semi-sleep and dozing. By being able to move their ears to detect and analyze unknown sounds, they can stay relaxed and asleep knowing they will be made aware of any dangers by their ears.
But beyond this danger awareness and warning system, cat ears constitute an important element of the body language of felines.

Position of Cat Ears Explained

Your Cat in Relaxed Mode

When your cat is content and relaxed, its ears will position themselves such that they are pointed forward and to the side a little. When the cat ears are positioned like this, you will sense that your cat is feeling happy and safe overall. There will be no indications that your cat feels aggressive or scared.

Your Cat in Alert and Interested Mode

Cats ears in an upright position show alert and interest.Cats have very quick and active minds and will respond to lots of different and varied stimuli.
Whenever a small bird or gust of wind or stray leaves catch your cat’s attention, its ears will shoot straight up into an upright position, and they will move forward to prepare your cat to leap into action.

A cat’s ears move into a similar position when it is happy or content about its location and the people and beings it is spending time with. Interested-looking ears are a sign of friendship and comfort, indicating that your cat is happy to see you.

Your Cat in Nervous Mode

When a cat is nervous, agitated or upset in this way, its ears will twitch. Cats that look like this should be comforted with a quiet and kind cuddle and ideally some additional soft words that reassure him or her that all is safe.

Bear in mind that cat ears twitching should only last for a short time – after all, nervousness should only be short-lived! If the twitching lasts for more than just a few hours you should consider taking your cat to a vet or other professional as it could be a sign that something more serious is troubling your cat.

Your Cat in Aggressive Mode

When cats feel aggressive and angry, they move their ears so that they face backward. The cat’s ears can also fall flat on their head when angry in this way and ready to fight. Common reasons for this kind of feeling is when your cat sees another cat in their territory, for example in their garden. They will be preparing to fight to defend their home and space in this situation.

Fearless catWhen your cat’s ears flatten and move backward, you should be sure to leave your cat alone for some time. There is a risk that your cat will attack you if you get in the way – it is best to let your cat sort out their problem themselves unless you sense they are in real danger of getting hurt. You can determine if your cat is ready to attack by looking at the rest of their body language. You should be able to tell if you cat is preparing to pounce on an opponent or prey.

Your cat’s ears flatten when they feel agitated in this way because they are hoping to protect their ears from the claws of another cat or prey. Flattening ears makes a cat more streamlined and thus more in a position to launch a quick and effective pounce! Bear in mind your cat will not always have such sinister things on their mind though – they might just be getting ready to play fight with you.

However, if this ear position and generally agitated behavior become more regular or long-lasting, it is likely an indication that there is something more serious troubling your cat. Regarding the ears, flattened ears might be a sign of an ear infection or an infestation of small bugs like mites or ticks. You should take your cat to the vet as soon as possible if you suspect something like this.

Overall, however, it is best to avoid your cat when you notice your cat’s ears flatten. Always remember that cats are natural predators and have sharp claws and teeth to match, so have the potential to do some real damage if you get too close!

Your Cat in Confused Mode

The extensive muscles in cat ears mean that they can move independently of each other. Thus, you will sometimes notice that one ear will move without the other moving in the same way or at the same time. Your cat is probably confused when its ears are in different positions, unsure of how to react to whatever has just happened or whoever has just been put in front of them.

It is very likely that your cat will run off to hide somewhere they feel comfortable if they end up confused like this. They will be sure to return and play with you again though once the new confusing thing has gone away, and they feel more assured and comfortable again.

How Cats Use Their Ears to Communicate

Here I provide a quick little guide for interpreting your cat ears.

  • Ears forward – This means your cat is happy, comfortable and wanting to play.
  • Ears straight up – This means your cat is alert and aroused by some stimuli.
  • Ears turned back – This means your cat is likely to upset or overstimulated and will possibly be ready to attack something. Stay out of this cat’s way.
  • Ears turned sideways or back – This means that your cat is scared about something. Be careful with cats like this.
  • Ears back and flat against head – This means that your cat is angry or likely ready to attack something. Your cat is feeling like it needs to defend itself, probably by any means possible. It is best to beware of cats in this state as they might hurt you or others. This is an instinctual behavior designed to protect the ears in case things turn violent.

If any of these cat ear behaviors persist for a long time, take your cat to the vet to get them checked for any problems or health concerns. Particularly important to check is regular or persistent ear twitching, or if the ears are often horizontal.

If the ear behaviors ever don’t match the emotions, you suspect your cat is feeling, this is another reason to take your cat to the vet. Although remember that ear movements do not always perfectly represent your cat’s emotions or mood – they might just be listening to something! Cats move their ears around to all sorts of positions to best listen to the sounds and stimuli around them.


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I’m sure that the Cheshire Cat was smiling so widely because he enjoyed catnip for cats – like Felix, my cat, who has the same self-satisfied grin when he has catnip. But what makes this otherwise plain herb so desirable to cats? Is it an aphrodisiac, a bit of good fun, or something potentially harmful? […]

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OurFriends4Ever Catnip for Cats: What Does Catnip Do to Cats

I’m sure that the Cheshire Cat was smiling so widely because he enjoyed catnip for cats – like Felix, my cat, who has the same self-satisfied grin when he has catnip. But what makes this otherwise plain herb so desirable to cats? Is it an aphrodisiac, a bit of good fun, or something potentially harmful?

Catnip for cats (Nepeta cataria), is a type of mint plant that produces a volatile oil that diffuses through the air. When the plant is bitten or stepped on, the bruised leaves let out oil that easily affects your cat (at as low concentrations in air as one part per billion!).

Cats High on Catnip: What does Catnip do to Cats

The catnip scent is similar to the calming sedatives of valerian, which we might use as a natural relaxation therapy on ourselves and our pets. Catnip for cats might also resemble a compound in tomcat urine – disgusting to humans but irresistible to cats, and can make cats behave in a similar way as catnip for cats!

Once they enter the cat’s nose or mouth, the scents are detected by special organs called the vomeronasal or Jacobson’s organs, located on the roof of the cat’s mouth, next to the hard palate and the nose septum. The organs are linked to the mouth through small channels just behind the upper incisors. Cats may make an odd frown with their lips curled back, and their mouth opens when they are detecting a scent with this organ. The Jacobson’s organs are connected to the brain’s hypothalamus, this part of the brain acts as a central hub that relays signals to different parts of the brain, and makes sense of taste and scent, regulates hunger, and signals for different behavioral actions.

A Catnip Trip!

Cats on catnip will act like drunken people, rolling around, drooling everywhere and lolling in a relaxing way.Catnip acts like a hallucinogen for cats, with the same biochemical pathways being affected as those that are triggered by marijuana and LSD in humans. Catnip for cats causes a high that lasts around 5-15 minutes, during which they lose control of their physical bearing. What does Catnip do to cats? Cats will act like drunken people, rolling around, drooling everywhere and lolling in a relaxing way. This reaction is not an aphrodisiac, as both spayed and whole cats have the same effects from catnip.

Not all cats react similarly to catnip. Usually, cats need to be older than six months old for effect to take place, and as the reaction is genetic, two out of three domestic cats have the trait. Additionally, males seem to be more strongly affected than females. If your cat doesn’t respond to catnip, first try a stronger catnip product. I thought that my cat had no response, until trying out a much stronger brand of catnip – hurrah!

Catnip for Cats: Using Catnip to Train your Cat

It is agreed that catnip does not cause any long-term effects on cats, and it is a great recreational substance for them. Other kinds of mint and even some species of honeysuckle can trigger catnip-like reactions in some cats. In addition you can use catnip as an effective training method for responsive cats.

Use catnip for cats when you introduce new scratch posts to your cat. Use catnip for cats when introducing scratch objects to make them more attractive to your cat. You can also help shy cats become more confident with catnip, or lessen the stress of a car trip by helping the cat sleep or relax during the drive. When introducing cats to each other, use the herb as an icebreaker, and the cats will more quickly relate each other with positive experiences.

Catnip is available as toys, and in raw herb form, dried, fresh and even as kits to grow your own. Check out cat magazines, pet shops and cat aficionados for comparisons of different brands and grades of catnip. But don’t go overboard; cats can become tolerant to this herb. Limit catnip for cats treats once every few weeks at most; this is plenty for the cat.

Six ways with catnip

Catnip is a mint herb that has a compound, nepetalactone, which affects cats strongly, with reactions including rubbing, sniffles, licking, boosted confidence and even aggression. Around 80% of domestic cats will have a response to this plant, but younger and elderly cats will be less receptive.

Each of my cats loves catnip, and I have a range of items spiced with the herb. I’ve shared six catnip items below that you and your cat might like to try:

1. Catnip Toys

This is the most common manner by which catnip for cats is given. You can get lots of different types of toys spiked with catnip, such as Cosmic Catnip toys, or the Tickle Pickle toy, which contains organic catnip. Look out for the freshest and greatest amount of catnip in your toys. Try getting the toys online where they get restocked frequently. Get toys that don’t contain filling, but have just the herb as stuffing, so that they contain as much catnip as possible. You can also use catnip on other things cats play with, like rugs.

2. Dried Catnip

The dried form of catnip has many uses, from rubbing onto your cat’s toys, to use within training. Apply some dried catnip to a scratching post that you want your cat to use. Certain posts such as Imperial Cat Scratch ‘n Shapes, come with a pack of catnip for your cat to enjoy.
Ensure that you buy dried catnip that is as freshly prepared as possible. Get your catnip from an online shop that replace their stocks often. I favor the Cosmic Catnip dried catnip, and I get tubfuls of the stuff.

3. Potted Catnip

Give your cats the freshest possible form of catnip by growing it yourself. You can get catnip growing kits or whole plants from Amazon. I prefer to have already-grown plants as it is easier and faster to get your catnip, just remember to keep the plants away from your cats until the plants are big enough for usage.
Interestingly, my cats like dried catnip more than fresh catnip. However, they do like fresh live pet grass. Although grass doesn’t produce any similar catnip responses, it helps to get my indoor kitties to enjoy a bit of outdoor environment in their space.

4. Solid Catnip Balls

You can get pure balls of catnip rather than just catnip-stuffed toys. Personally, though, my four felines did not take to the balls as much as the catnip toys. They inspected the toys and quickly left them for something else. The response to solid catnip might be greater in different cats. As the balls are big, they do not bounce, and are not easily picked up by the cat; the catnip itself is the main point of the toy. I find catnip stuffed toys to be more effective though.

5. Catnip Bubbles

This toy allows you to play with your cat in a way that is different from the other toys described in this article. The catnip bubbles are made in a way similar to the bubble-blowing toys that children have. You dip a wand into a bottle of liquid and blow bubbles from the wand. The liquid is mixed with an extract of the herb.
Although I was expecting that my cats would love the bubbles, I was mistaken, as the cats looked confused about my blowing bubbles. They didn’t go for the bubbles, but instead looked at my actions and then ran away from the bubbles flying towards them. Though one cat finally realized that the bubbles were harmless, he wasn’t very keen on them. I think that other cats might be more enthused about this product than mine.

6. Catnip Spray

This product is very useful for putting catnip scent onto anything you like and anywhere you want your cat to be frequent. You can make cats come to the right scratching post, attract your cat to sleep in its bed, or make unloved toys attractive again.
The catnip spray might not be as strong as the dried herb, but nevertheless, it is tidier and easier to clean up, so it is a good item to have in your kit for kitty fun.

What is your experience with catnip? Let me know in the comments or write me a mail.


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While cat purring is the most commonly heard sound, we know very little about its nature or why do cats purr. When your cat is curled up and getting warm in the sun, you may here a few purrs come from his way. Indeed, purring is a sound cats make when they’re happy. However, that’s […]

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OurFriends4Ever Cat Purring Explained: Why Do Cats Purr?

While cat purring is the most commonly heard sound, we know very little about its nature or why do cats purr. When your cat is curled up and getting warm in the sun, you may here a few purrs come from his way. Indeed, purring is a sound cats make when they’re happy. However, that’s not the only reason you’ll hear your cat purr.

Cat Purring Explained

How Does a Cat Purr?

The sound of a cat’s purr occurs on both her inhale and exhale, but the exact way it happens is still not fully understood and remains a bit of a mystery. For example, a cat that suffers an injury leaving it unable to meow, which is an exhale-only sound, can still purr. It’s believed that the opening and closing of a cat’s vocal chords by structures called the internal laryngeal muscles is what creates the purr. The movement of these muscles is known to be controlled by a neural oscillator in the cat’s brain.

Just like small cats can’t roar, large cats are not able to purr. However, large cats are not all roar. Tigers have a kind of low-frequency purr, which is a growl. This “purr” accompanies a roar and is silent to humans and prey animals. But this low purr can be felt and causes momentary paralysis.

Why Does a Cat “Paw” or “Knead” While She Purrs?

If you’ve ever noticed your cat paw or knead you while she purrs, it’s probably a holdover from when she was a newly Why do cats knead?born kitten. Kittens are born blind and deaf, so the vibration of the mother cat’s purr helps them locate her. By two-days old, her kittens will start to purr back at her.

Kneading at their mother starts the flow of milk so they can nurse, which they often do while purring. So when your cat paws and purrs at you, it might mean she thinks of you as “Mommy.”

Is a Purr a Smile?

It would seem reasonable to assume that a purring cat is a smiling cat. Purring is usually associated with something that makes the cat happy, like being scratched behind her ears or playing with her favorite toy mouse. And neither cats nor kittens tend to purr if they are alone. But even people smile during times when they may not necessarily be happy, like when scared, angry or nervous. Believe it or not, it is not all that different with cats.

Although not all that common, a cat may purr if she’s in pain or scared. Some cat experts believe a cat may purr to communicate to other cats and people things like, “I need comfort” or “I’m no threat.”
But if your cat rarely, or never, purrs, don’t worry. She’s not depressed or unhappy. Some cats just don’t purr. It’s not unusual in homes with more than one cat for the alpha, or dominant cat, to not purr as a sign of being in control. The other cats may purr, though, to show respect for the alpha cat.

Do Purrs Heal?

Purring can heal cats and help them to recoverMaking you feel better after a stressful day isn’t the only healing properties a purr can have. Some scientists suggest that the frequency vibration of a purr, between 25 and 150 hertz, increases bone density and can encourage healing. This stands to reason since cat bones heal faster than other mammals. Using a similar frequency of vibration can even help humans heal faster.

And as soothing as a purr is to you, it is the same to your cat. If your cat is ill or injured, she may purr as a way to calm herself down so she can get better sooner.

Different Kinds of “Purrs”

Could you swear that your cat’s purr sounds different sometimes? Is the purr that you love when you play or snuggle annoying when you hear it at 4 AM? According to Jonas Jurgella, cat behaviorist, this is because your cat is, in fact, purring differently and on purpose. In his renowned book The Cat Language Bible, he explains that 4 AM wake-up call purr has an irritatingly high frequency that is meant to tell you your cat is hungry and wants you to get up to feed her. Jurgella calls it a “soliciting purr”, and has likened the frequency to that of a crying human baby.

Can Purrs Be Inappropriate?

Yes. Since we’ve seen that cats may purr to soothe themselves, or speed healing, you might want to pay attention if it seems your cat is purring for a reason that is not obvious. It’s not all that common, although it can be confusing. As a pet parent, it’s another way to take good care of your furry baby.

Inappropriate purring can be a form of communication, whereby your cat might be trying to tell you she may need you for more than food or a scratch. It could be injury, illness or just old age. Or she may be frightened of outside noises, like a thunderstorm or fireworks. She is effectively drowning out the frightening noise with the sound of her purr.

Kitten often purr to find their mother cat.A female cat giving birth often purrs as a way to calm herself and her kittens, rather than because she’s feeling content about the birthing process. It is a form of self-protection that is unique.

Keep in mind that inappropriate purring isn’t all that common, and usually accompanies other symptoms or signs that something might not be right with your cat. Things to look for are accidents, increased aggression or decreased activity level, or strange behaviors. She may even just get far more vocal than she usually is. It’s not a cause for alarm, but can be a warning that you need to investigate further. A trip or at least a call to the vet may be all it takes to get to the bottom of it and make you and your cat happy again.

More times than not, the melodic sound of your cat purring is her way to tell you she loves you and that she is content. It is something that you should enjoy, but understanding exactly why she purrs and when goes a long way to maintaining a happy relationship and a healthy cat.

Why Do Cats Purr

Sometimes cats will purr to communicate emotions other than content. But why do cats purr? When you hold your cat and he purrs is it because he’s enjoying it? Or could it be because he’s anxious?

Cat Behavioral Problems

Despite the ambiguity of most purrs, enough research has been gathered to allow you to make an educated guess that considers the situation at hand.

Cat Purring Explained: Why Do Cats Purr?She’s Happy

If your cat appears to be comfortable, resting on her back with her eyes half-closed and a generally stiff tail, it’s fairly likely she is happy. If cats purr it’s her way of flashing you a smile.

He’s Hungry or Wants Something

Just like a baby crying for food, cats purr when they are hungry. British researchers have showed that the purr of a cat when it is hungry versus when it isn’t, sound different.

When your cat is purring because he wants food, his purr will sound like a combination of his normal purr, mixed with a troublesome cry/mew. It is believed that humans will hear this sound and react quicker than a normal purr. Even non cat owners would be able to hear the difference in a hungry purr and a content purr.

Kitten-Mother Connection

Cat Purring is a natural instinct for cats, and they begin to purr at just a couple days old. It is a believed to be a sound they make to tell their mother they are doing okay. It is also a way for a kitten to bond with her mother. Similar to a lullaby that a human mother would sign, cat mothers purr to their kittens.

Relief and Healing

As a way to make them feel better when in distress, cats often times purr to themselves. Despite the energy they must put into the purr, it’s a way for them to soothe themselves, just like how a child would suck their thumb.

Albeit, some research has suggested that cats purr to heal themself, as the low frequency of said purr releases vibrations into their body that is said to

  • Repair bones and injuries
  • Increase muscle by healing tendons
  • Comfort breathing
  • Diminish discomfort and swelling

These properties of cat purring may account for the ability of cats to fall from high altitudes with little injury.

Hearing your cats purr will not be the only sound. Did you know that cats know more than 20 different sounds?
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Sometimes, the problems faced by cat owners have nothing to do with spraying or urination but rather with cat toilet training. Rather, cats can face issues regarding deposits of solid waste.

Similarly to above, it is vital to check your cat for medical issues if this is becoming a regular problem. Multiple medical conditions affect the bowel movements of cats, including everything from parasites to more serious and life-threatening diseases. Although it is important not to panic immediately when you notice a change in your cat’s stool – very often there is no serious problem at all!

Cat Toilet Training: Possible Problems

Cat Toilet Training is important for you and your catLong-haired cats often have problems passing stool because it can get stuck to their fur, which then falls off when your cat is out of the box and roaming around your house. When this doesn’t come off naturally, cats are known to groom themselves to clean it off – again it may then be left around your house on the floor.

Because of these and other issues, cats with longer hair need to be groomed and brushed every day – if the stool issue becomes a big or regular problem it may be necessary to trim or cut the hair around their back legs and hindquarters. This can reduce the risk of infection as well if fecal matter regularly gets caught there.

Risk of Constipation

Constipation is another problem faced by cats. This condition is common for cats because of how much hair they ingest while they groom themselves. However, if it is an ongoing or particularly difficult case, your cat can learn to associate the litter box with pain or discomfort when passing stool, reducing their willingness to use the box in future. Conversely, diarrhea generates similar problems because of pain or an urgent need to go.

It can be helpful to bring your vet a fresh stool sample from your cat so they can properly analyze it for problems. The vet will be able to test for parasites and importantly for worms. Cats of all ages run the risk of contracting worms because of time they spend outside of the house hunting. If your cat is diagnosed with worms, it is best to use a veterinarian-prescribed deworming product than over-the-counter medications as your vet will know which is the safest and most effective treatment.

Correcting your Cat’s Behavior

After you have checked your cat for any medical conditions, you can move on to looking to correct your cat’s behavior for the cat toilet training. The way in which you clean the litter box is critical to whether your cat is happy and comfortable using it – this issue is even more important when talking about your cat’s bowel movements, given this requires them to spend a longer time in the litter box.

 Is your Cat Urinating Outside the Litter Box?

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Litter Box Issues

Sometimes cats have problems with the type of litter you are using.Boxes that have covers and lids are sometimes unpleasant for cats – bowel movement require cats to adopt a much more upright posture than urination, which can make the litter box uncomfortably small and interfere with your cat’s positioning. Regarding cat toilet training it is far better for your cat to have an open and clean litter box that is safe and comfortable for your cat, that is also placed in the right location as discussed above.

To complicate matters, it can happen that a cat will just refuse to defecate in the same box as the one in which they urinate, no matter how clean you keep the box or where you put it. Adding a second litter box close to the original can solve this problem.

In a household that owns more than one cat, these cats can exhibit a behavior called maddening. This is when a cat with mark a spot with its feces, and usually occurs outside as they are meant to be seen from a distance by other cats who might encroach on territory. Tensions and animosity between cats in a household can encourage this behavior, in which case the only effective solution is to seek to improve the relationship and bond between your cats. More litter boxes may also help, but the key is to make all of the cats feel secure in their home.

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A Japanese Bobtail Cat is an amazing feline friend. While it’s interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of these cats, their genetics influence their health, behavior, and outward appearance. Certain behaviors make the Japanese Bobtail cats, and some of these behaviors may be rather irritating if you don’t understand them well. Knowing and understanding […]

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A Japanese Bobtail Cat is an amazing feline friend. While it’s interesting to learn about the breeding purpose of these cats, their genetics influence their health, behavior, and outward appearance. Certain behaviors make the Japanese Bobtail cats, and some of these behaviors may be rather irritating if you don’t understand them well.

Knowing and understanding their unique needs and behavior will help you keep them healthy and create a stronger bond between the both of you. Below is a look at the Japanese Bobtail cat behavior and personality that will help you understand these pets and enable you to keep them feeling their best.

Distinct Japanese Bobtail Cat Personality

Very social

Japanese Bobtail CatThis is a very friendly cat that enjoys the company of people. The cat is very lively, loving and well-mannered when in the company of people as well as other pets. This breed of cats is similar to other purebred cat breeds in the sense that it doesn’t thrive well when left alone for an extended period, and they don’t like living outdoors either.

If you own this pet, you should treat just like you would treat any other family member since they surely deserve this amount of attention and commitment from you. One of the important cat breed characteristics is that it’s very flexible and enjoys a very busy and stimulating kind of environment. This personality of Japanese Bobtail cats makes it an ideal cat breed for homes with many kids.

Extremely “talkative”

Another behavior of Japanese bobtail cats is that they’re highly vocal and its voice is usually soft and pleasant. The cat can be more vocal as compared to many other breeds of cats, but its voice is usually much softer and more pleasant than the voice of the Siamese Cat and most of other exotic oriental short-haired cats. You’ll be surprised by the range of feline vocabulary the cat has. He isn’t loud at all, but he does have so much to say and a range of tones in which to say them.

Highly active

Another known nature of Japanese Bobtail cats is that they’re active, fit, and strong. They’re also nosy and very playful. This provides you with several hours of endless entertainment. If you own this cat, you should ensure you get lots of toys, climbing structures, and scratching posts since they love playing a lot. The cat is flexible and enjoys the company of people and other pets, but they also don’t mind playing on their own.

When he is not asking you about your day or telling you a story about his day, it’s very likely that he is carrying around his favorite toy or flapping his paw into your aquarium. This cat loves playing with water so you might find your faucets turned on or wet patches beside his water dish. This cat also loves climbing and pouncing, so you will frequently catch him relaxing on top of your cabinets or any other high spot around your house when he isn’t in the mood for games. It is a fun thing to do. This sociable cat breed is treasured for its intelligence as well as its friendly and outgoing nature.

Other Japanese Bobtail Cat Behaviors and Personality Traits

This cat is adaptable and can travel well, making it a great choice for boisterous families or those people who enjoy the mobile lifestyle. One negative Japanese bobtail cat personality is that he can be quite stubborn, and it is very difficult to change his mind about the things that are okay to do and those that are not. The cat is usually busy and must always have some company. Remember that a bored Bobtail cat is amazingly creative, and not necessarily in a way, you’ll appreciate. But understanding the Japanese Bobtail cat behavior and personality discussed here will help you avoid such unwanted occurrences.


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The behavior of a Manx Cat should not be determined by its physical features. This cat has back legs that are longer than its front legs. Some breeds have long tails, others have short tails, and there are still others with no tails at all. Their personality traits include an affectionate nature, playfulness and the […]

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The behavior of a Manx Cat should not be determined by its physical features. This cat has back legs that are longer than its front legs. Some breeds have long tails, others have short tails, and there are still others with no tails at all. Their personality traits include an affectionate nature, playfulness and the love for being at a higher level than everyone else. Their personality prefers a familiar environment and is not comfortable with being moved to a new home. This cat behavior makes it an easy companion to have in a home with children or other pets.

Manx Cat Personality Traits

Playful

The playful behavior of these cats is delightful to watch especially when playing with their fellow cats. The Manx cat personality is one that has it chasing anything that moves when it is in a playful mood. This cat will play gently with children, loves different cat toys, and can even be taught how to play fetch.

Manx Cats love to playJumper

A common Manx cat characteristics is perching itself on any high place. Its long and strong hind legs make it a good jumper. The cat personality seems to enjoy viewing things from a higher perspective. If you are unable to find your cat at eye level, try looking up, and you will be sure to find it sitting on the top of a bookshelf.

Attachment

Growing attachment for a particular family member is one of the stronger Manx cat personality traits. Their behavior will have it following its beloved family member all around the house, and greet them warmly at the door when they come home. This cat loves being held or will make itself comfortable in your favorite spot in the house.

Intelligent

The Manx cat is very intelligent. This cat is not beyond playing practical jokes and learning new games. The playful cat personality combined with its intelligence makes it a fun and entertaining cat to have around. This cat is a great hunter, and they pass this behavior trait onto their kittens.

Protective

There is a protective side to the Manx cat personality. This cat will defend its owners and children from any danger. The Manx cat is extremely protective of its kittens and beloved owner. This personality characteristic also extends to its environment and its preference to a familiar environment. This cat takes the time to adjust to new environments.

Fall in Love with Manx Cat Personality Traits

The behavior of Manx cats is easy to adapt to and fall in love with. The protective yet playful personality of these cats makes it a great companion for either a household with children or for an individual living alone. This cat loves the company and can be very talkative too. She will easily carry on a conversation in a sweet voice. The fun-loving cat behavior will have her playing and running around the house with her kittens. This cat will keep the rodents away from your home, but it will be safer to keep her indoors.


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Have you ever wondered why do cats knead and why your cat tramples on their favorite bed or your leg with their front paws, as though they were kneading dough? If you‘re a frequent appreciator of feline lap warmers, you’ve no doubt been the beneficiary of the supplementary cat massage referred to as ’kneading.’ No, you […]

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Have you ever wondered why do cats knead and why your cat tramples on their favorite bed or your leg with their front paws, as though they were kneading dough? If you‘re a frequent appreciator of feline lap warmers, you’ve no doubt been the beneficiary of the supplementary cat massage referred to as ’kneading.’ No, you cat is not attempting to tenderize you for later consumption. But why do cats knead?

From all appearances, it seems as though your cat were practicing to make bread! From the rhythmic way they alternate their paws you think they’d be decent at it too…but imagine biting into a slice of cat hair! Since baking is far from their minds, at least while you’re present, why then does your cat feel this need to knead? If you’ve ever caught yourself wondering this, you’re far from alone. Many people who have gone on to study cat behavior in depth have asked this same question: Why do cats knead? While there is no definitive reason, they’ve come up with some interesting theories.

Why do Cats Knead? Some Theories

1. The Iron Caress

Why do cats knead?Remember the times your cat is most likely to knead. You’re probably stroking them, and it’s most likely they’re purring loudly. In some cases, they may even drool slightly.  Clearly, they are in a state of deep contentment.  So, kneading may be a way of returning the favor.

Unfortunately, that feeling might be more uncomfortable than pleasant for you… especially if they’re enjoying it. Because the better they feel, the deeper they are going to knead – and if they’ve been sharpening their claws you’ll soon find out. To circumvent this, it is best to cover your lap with a thin blanket before they perch or to distract them with a cat treat.

2. Getting Comfortable

Another theory traces the roots of kneading to the wild ancestors of domesticated cats, who would knead grass to create a suitable sleeping place – similar to the circling dogs do before they settle in. So, if your cat is kneading your lap, just be patient, sit back and relax… because that’s likely what they’re preparing to do.

3. Nostalgia

A third theory draws from more recent history, specifically, your cat’s infancy. Cats begin kneading instinctually as kittens, when they are nursing, to help stimulate their mothers’ milk. Though your cat may be long past nursing age, they might still enjoy the comforting sensation of being close to a protective figure they associate with kneading. You can see this in the ‚far-off‘ expression they adopt as if they’re reminiscing on fond memories of being kittens.

4. Mine!

Kneading may also be your cat’s way of “claiming” you. You’re not just being kneaded; you’re being tagged – by scent glands under their paws. Think of it as their way of showing they care enough to tell the rest of the feline world to keep their paws off you. Yes, that’s right — your cat officially owns you. Stop pretending you didn’t already know.

5. Keeping Limber

Finally, a kneading cat may simply be a stretching cat. With power napping taking up so much of their day, cats need to take a break every so often and keep limber, at least until their next snooze is scheduled.

One thing is for sure when your cat combines kneading with solicitation purring you’re in trouble. While you may not have heard of solicitation purring, chances are you’ve experienced it. It is no surprise that cats have developed a purr that sounds similar to the cries of a small child, as though it was specifically designed to manipulate us. This is how your cat manages to get leftover food, despite being repeatedly told ‘no‘. And it works. Every time.

When all is said and done, the exact explanation for why do cats knead is not as straightforward as you’d anticipate. Then again, these are the kind of unknowable things we’ve come to expect and love about cats. Sometimes the best things don’t need to have an explanation.


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If you love to collect souvenirs, then a Turkish Van Cat might not be the ideal pet for you, unless you are willing to put away your trinkets. This cat personality includes being very playful and clumsy which will lead to breakages around the house. There have been claims that the intelligent Turkish cat breed characteristics are […]

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If you love to collect souvenirs, then a Turkish Van Cat might not be the ideal pet for you, unless you are willing to put away your trinkets. This cat personality includes being very playful and clumsy which will lead to breakages around the house. There have been claims that the intelligent Turkish cat breed characteristics are not clumsy, but that the cat deliberately drops things just to see what will happen. A surprising behavior of these cats is their love for water. This cat loves playing in and with water, and has been known to join their owners in the bath.

Distinctive Turkish Van Cat Characteristics

Loves Playing

The Turkish Van Cat breed has their own personality and characteristicsPlayful Turkish van cat personality includes antics such as catching toys in the air, jumping onto high perches, or even playing with paper or ribbons. Full of energy, this cat can play for hours on end which can get tiring for you if you are involved in a game of fetch. Their characteristics in play may have it surprise you by snatching food off your plate.

This cat does take a break from playing, and when it does it will take a position next to you and sometimes in your lap. A curious behavior of these cats is its dislike for being carried. If you do attempt to carry it during play, it is bound to resist.

Loves Water

Part of Turkish cat breed characteristics is a love of water. Due to this, it has been nicknamed ‘the Swimming cat’. The Turkish Van cat characteristics of playing with water will require you to keep the bathroom door closed. Some cats have been known to figure out how to open taps and even flush toilets.

This cat will drop its toys in the toilet bowl and make a mess. Other than letting it out into the rain, you can find other ways to indulge this behavior by providing it with a water bowl to play with every now and then and allow it to splash around to its delight.

Hates Travelling

The behavior of these cats takes a negative turn when it comes to travelling. They suffer from car sickness and may mess your car with vomit, pee or poop. Where possible, counter this cat breed characteristics by moving your cat around in a car from a young age. Alternatively, you can ask its breeder what your cat behavior is like when travelling based on how its parents behaved when travelling. If your family is one that travels a lot, you may want to consider getting a different breed of cat to avoid these Turkish Van cat characteristics.

‘Marked’ Turkish Van Cat Breed Characteristics

A prominent characteristic of Turkish Van cats is its white coat with reddish colored markings on its head, tail and shoulder. In its home land, the distinct cat feature of markings on its shoulder is known as ‘the mark of Allah’ where God touched and blessed this cat.


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Physical problems are the most common cause of inappropriate elimination in cats, but how do you eliminate cat urine odor? It is important to identify and cure these physical problems before you can hope to fix this unpleasant elimination behavior. Behavioral problems will only be fixed if your cat physically can, and is healthy enough to, behave in the correct way.

Eliminate Cat Urine OdorThere are many reasons and medical conditions that can lead your cat to spray or evade the litter box. These many reasons mean that the probability that your cat suffers from one of them is high.

A trained vet is the best person to provide advice if you suspect your cat may have a physical problem. Vets are trained to understand an animal’s body and can catch clues that you have always assumed are normal aspects of your cat’s health and behavior.

Your vet may recommend a series of blood and urine tests, or ultrasounds and X-rays of your cat’s abdomen area, to better diagnose any potential problems. Your observations of your cat’s behavior can also be very useful in identifying health concerns.

Eliminate Cat Urine Odor: Inappropriate Elimination and Health Problems

Below I provide a list of possible problems that a vet may find if your cat is spraying or avoiding the litter box:

Urinary tract/bladder problems: A cat with this condition finds it difficult and painful to urinate. These problems make a cat want to avoid urinating, particularly in litter boxes they associate with pain. It can lead to more spraying.

Medications: Medications taken by your cat can interfere with their elimination processes or content – they may urinate more often with more volume, or have changes in their stools. This may affect how and when your cat uses the litter box.

Infectious disease: Serious diseases such as feline leukemia virus, feline immunodeficiency virus, or feline infection peritonitis can make a cat so ill that using the litter box is forgotten.

Noninfectious disease: Diseases such as diabetes, when left untreated, can increase the volume of urine produced by a cat. This is a very common sign of diabetes so will likely be asked by your vet. Hyperthyroidism, common among aging cats, also causes extra urine production as a result of an overactive thyroid gland.

Old-age-related causes: As they age, cats can forget things just as humans do, and become less particular about where they use the bathroom. Arthritis may make accessing litter boxes more difficult.

Constipation: This condition can make it much harder and more painful for your cat to pass stools. This can cause excrement that looks more like diarrhea – this is in fact a softer substance that is produced as a result of regular efforts to pass harder stool.

Diarrhea: This condition can make it harder for a cat to make it to the litter box in time. The causes of this symptom are very varied, though, more so when the symptom has been present for a long time.

 Is your Cat Urinating Outside the Litter Box?

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It is important to get your cat the right diagnosis and subsequent course of treatment and medicine to keep them healthy and happy, and to solve problems associated with inappropriate elimination. Cats that have had regular problems may be uncomfortable around litter boxes in future, so will require extra training and care to get them using the boxes properly again once they have recovered from their medical problem.

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