How to Train Your Cat to Stop Biting – Free Video


In this video, I’ll give you information on how to train your cat to stop biting.  We’ll talk about why cats bite, and how to stop it.  I’ll give you some tips within the video, and I’ll also refer you to an inexpensive, thorough cat training audio program that will help you with the issue of cat biting and other cat behavior issues as well.  Thank you for watching!  Debra

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How to Stop Your Cat From Biting

Cat training can be tricky because cats are not like dogs.  Dogs actually care about what we think.  Dogs generally want to please us and do what we’re asking.  Dogs are quite gullible and easily persuaded.  LOL  Cats, on the other hand, are usually none of these things.  Cats (except the really sweet ones, which I was lucky enough to have more than one of), generally think they are Masters of the Universe and we should please THEM.  Know what I mean?  LOL

So even though cat training can be tricky, it’s not impossible.  And as long as you’re coming from a place of loving your cat and caring about him, your efforts will be effective in training your cat to behave in a way that’s best for you, and best for him.

Ways to Stop Your Cat from Biting

In the video above, I give a few tips for how to train your cat to stop biting.  I also recommend a 12-part Cat Training Audio Program called, Ultimate Cat Secrets.  I highly recommend this cat training program, because it works. It’s thorough, effective training for your cat, for not only biting, but other cat behavior issues as well.

Questions?

Please feel free to comment below if you have questions or if you’d like to give feedback on the Ultimate Cat Secrets training program.  I hope this article and video have helped, and thank you so much for visiting!  Debra 🙂

How to Get a Cat to Use the Litter Box – Free Video


In this video, we’ll talk about how to get a cat to use the litter box.
We’ll discuss the things you need to do to get your cat to use the litter box, and we’ll also discuss the reasons why they may not want to. Thanks for watching! Debra 🙂

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How to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box

The best way to get your cat to use the litter box is to follow these steps:

  1. Make sure the litter box is clean
  2. Put the litter box in a location that’s easy for the cat to get to
  3. Don’t use scented cat litter
  4. Get each cat a separate litter box if they won’t share
  5. Always make sure there isn’t a medical problem if your cat stops using the litter box

Why Won’t My Cat Use the Litter Box?

The most common (and serious) issue that prevents a cat from using a the litter box is a medical problem.  Your cat may have a urinary tract infection (common in cats) that causes pain with urination.  Your cat actually thinks it has something to do with the litter box and is trying to find someplace to pee that doesn’t hurt.  If your cat stops wanting to use the litter box or starts peeing on the carpet, on the bed, or in other areas of your home, please take the cat to the vet immediately for a simple urine test to see if there is a problem.

Also, your cat may not like sharing with other cats.  If you have more than one cat, you may need to get more than one litter box.  Some cats insist that the litter box be clean.  You should scoop the litter box at least every other day, and completely change the litter weekly.  Also, make sure your cat isn’t having a problem getting to the litter box. For example, if your cat has become elderly or is sick, they may be having a problem actually getting to the litter box.

I hope this helps!  Thanks so much for visiting.  Debra 🙂

What Does a New Kitten Need? Shopping List for Kitten Essentials

I’ve had the joy of having a new kitten three different times in my life.  One was a male, and two were female.  Each one was so adorable in their own way. Each had their own distinct personality, their own little cute habits.  I had one for 9 years, one for 14 years, and the last for 20 (yes!) years.  All three brought me unlimited amounts of joy and love.

So congratulations!  I’m so happy for you that you’re getting a new kitten.  I hope he or she brings you years and years of joy.

What Does a New Kitten Need?

Here are some essentials you’ll need to help you take care of your new little sweetie.

What Do I Need for a New KittenFood and Water Bowls

Of course, you’ll need food and water dishes.

You can purchase these cute fish dishes here.

Interactive Toys

Kittens are beyond playful and have unlimited amounts of energy.  Purchasing a few interactive toys for your kitten will be one of the surest ways for you to have a few minutes of peace and quiet here and there!  Toys will help them burn off excess energy and keep them entertained.  It also helps them to build their motor skills and over their lifetime, interactive toys will help keep their brain healthy.

You can find a nice selection of inexpensive, interactive kitten toys here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenCat Brush for Grooming

Most cats are pretty good at cleaning themselves, but you should still brush them regularly.  Not only will it help keep their coat clean, reduce hairballs, and reduce shedding (by a ton), but it’s also a very loving bonding experience for the two of you!

You can purchase the brush you see in the picture here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenScratching Post

Kittens love to scratch, and it’s a habit they usually carry with them their whole lives.  To keep your furniture safe from your kitten’s sharp nails, it’s best to provide him with his own scratching post.  He’ll get years of enjoyment out of it.

You can see a selection of scratching posts here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenCollar and ID Tag

Even if you have an indoor cat, they should still have a collar with an ID tag in case they get out.  And of course, cats who goes outside should always be wearing ID.  You can purchase an inexpensive collar, then purchase a pet ID tag that has the cat’s name and phone number on it.  Please don’t skip this step.  Honestly, if you ever lost your cat you’d be devastated!  I had a friend once whose cat carrier broke at the vet’s office.  Her tomcat fell from the carrier, took off down the sidewalk, and she never saw him again.  I helped her search for weeks and we cried buckets of tears.  If the cat had been wearing a collar with an ID tag, he could’ve been returned to her!

You can see a selection of inexpensive kitten collars here, and you can purchase pet ID tags at www.PetTags.com.

What Do I Need for a New KittenLitter Box and Litter

Of course, your kitten will need a litter box and litter. I started my first kitten using an aluminum pie tin with a handful of litter in it.  All she did at first was play in it!  But every day I kept placing her in it, and eventually she got the idea.  My husband and I clapped and cheered like dorks when our baby went pee pee in the litter for the first time – HA!

You should put the litter box in a quiet place where your kitten can easily get to it.  Most cats don’t like a dirty litter box, so make sure you clean it often.  I used to keep a plastic bag and scoop next to the litter box.  I’d scoop it every day, then throw out the bag at the end of the week, along with the litter, then replace with fresh litter.  This worked well for me.  My sister always said my house never smelled like cat litter – people usually didn’t even know I had a cat!  I also strongly recommend you read my article, How to Get Your Cat to Use the Litter Box so you’ll know from the beginning how to do litter box training correctly.

I used the “looks like a potted plant” litter box you see in the picture.  You can purchase one here.  You can also see a nice variety of inexpensive litter boxes here.

What Do I Need for a New KittenCat Bed

The picture on the right is of my little Miss Abigail the day I brought her home.  I could cry just looking at this – she was SO SO SO sweet!  Look at her little tail hooked up over the edge of the bed…it’s just too cute.

Anyway, kittens have tons of energy, but they also need to rest.  You should provide your kitten with a safe, soft, quiet place to rest.  You might put a towel over the bed so you can wash the towel often (the bed will wear down too quickly if you’re always putting it in the washing machine).

You can see a nice selection of cat beds here.

Decide on Food

For the first year, high-quality kitten food is the best choice for your growing kitty.  In my opinion, the rule for which pet food to buy is get the best quality you can afford.  Also, it’s crucial for you to know that MOIST FOOD is better for cats.  You can read about this in depth in my article, What is the Best Food for Cats?  Cats who live on dry food often end up with kidney problems.  Sadly, one of my cats had this.  For the last six months of her life I was giving her fluids through an IV.  I so wish I had known that moist food was crucial for her health. You can give your cat dry food, but make sure he also has a daily serving of moist food.  My opinion is roughly 75% moist food, 25% dry.

Also, be careful about treats.  The treats that are soft can sometimes contain ingredients that can actually be toxic for your cat.  I think the best treats are either just pieces of their dry food, or whole, real foods like little pieces of fish or chicken you keep in the fridge.

You can read more about this in my article, Best and Worst Pet Foods.

Find a Veterinarian

Your kitten will need vaccinations and should be neutered or spayed before they turn six months old.  It’s smart to choose a veterinarian right away because he can tell you what your kitten needs and when, and also be available and familiar with you, should your kitten have any sort of emergency.  If you need help paying for medical care for your kitten, read my article, Get Help With Vet Bills.

For more information about your kitten’s health, please read these articles:

Indoor Cat Health – What Vaccinations Do They Need?

Foods That Are Poisonous for Dogs and Cats

What Do I Need for a New KittenGet Pet Health Insurance!

I mean it – listen to me on this one!  I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the last 35 years on medical expenses for my pets.  For the first 15 years or so of pet ownership as an adult, I rarely had any more than the regular vet visits for shots, etc.  I had a miniature dachshund named Maggie who had a minor foot sprain once and that was about it.  Then later, one of my cats had a bladder stone and the surgery was $700.  My tomcat suddenly became ill and his bloodwork showed anemia and kidney failure.  He passed away, and to this day I don’t know what the cause of the illness was.  Then I got a second mini doxy named Taz and holy cow – her medical bills were out of this world!  She had three dental surgeries, two back injuries, x-rays, steroid shots for collapsed bronchial tubes due to severe allergies.  Then the poor baby was diagnosed with Cushings Disease.  The blood work you have to do for that takes place minimally once a year and costs between $175 and $350.  And the medicine costs between $75 and $90 per month.  I had Taz six and a half years and spent more than $20,000 on her medical issues.  During that time, my cat, Miss Abigail developed fatty liver disease and passed away – the ordeal cost me $2900.  Shortly after, my last remaining cat developed serious kidney disease.

See what I mean?  For most of my adult life my pets just didn’t cost that much vet-wise.  But then things happened.  One after the other.  And I was nearly wiped out financially.  GOD HOW I WISH I HAD GOTTEN PET INSURANCE FOR EACH ONE OF THEM!  It would’ve saved me thousands of dollars.  I’ll never, ever make that mistake again.

Get pet health insurance! For more information about this, please read my article, Is Pet Insurance Worth it for Cats?

Here are two companies I can recommend:

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Finally, Get Help With Training

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You can read my review of them here.  This is a step-by-step cat training program that contains 12 sections.  It’s audio – you can listen to it right on your computer (you can also get a free transcript if you’d rather read than listen). It covers a large number of cat ownership issues – everything from health, nutrition, grooming, training – to dealing with cat behavioral issues.  It truly is the best way to have a well behaved, happy, healthy cat!  And the best part is that it comes with a 100% money back guarantee AND YOU GET TO KEEP THE PROGRAM.

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Enjoy Your New Kitten!

I hope this article has helped you cover all your bases as far as what you need to get ready for your new kitten.  Remember love, caring and affection are the greatest gifts you can give any pet.  They’ll love you back 100x more in return!  Debra 🙂

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Which Food is Best For Cats? Canned Cat Food vs. Dry Cat Food

Diet is as important for cat health as it is for human health.  “We are what we eat” applies to us, as well as our pets.  Cats have a much better chance for optimal health if they are getting the food that’s best for them. Educating yourself about which food is best for cats and putting a little thought into your cat’s nutritional requirements will benefit your cat immensely over their lifetime and very possibly prevent serious, life-threatening (and costly!) illnesses.

Canned Cat Food vs. Dry Cat Food

An increasing number of veterinarians are now strongly recommending canned cat food instead of dry. It’s unfortunate that all veterinarians aren’t recommending this, because dry food is clearly a species-inappropriate food for felines and clearly promotes disease in our cats.

Sadly, veterinarians, just like physicians for humans, receive very little training in school regarding nutrition.  My own physician is completely unfamiliar with the benefits of supplements, and my husband’s physician recently recommended he cut out cheese and eggs to lower his cholesterol.  It’s been proven, time and time again, for YEARS now, that things like cheese and eggs have absolutely nothing to do with cholesterol.  It’s quite frightening to me how little our doctors know about nutrition, and worse, how doctors don’t seem to have a clue as to how many diseases could be easily treated and prevented with proper nutrition – and veterinarians are equally clueless.  Many promote “prescription” dog foods at their offices, many of which are beyond questionable in quality and are potentially dangerous for our pets. Add to that the strong influence of the commercial pet food industry, and we’re left with millions of pet owners across the nation who have no idea they’re likely feeding their pets food that is not only inappropriate, but possibly dangerous.

Why Do We Feed Dry Food to Cats?

Grains, the key ingredient in dry cat food, are cheap.  Therefore, dry cat food is cheap.  Also, dry food is convenient .  Affordability and convenience are top sellers, that’s for sure.  Do many cats survive on water-depleted, high-carbohydrate, plant-based, over-cooked, bacteria-laden dry cat food? Yes, many do. However, wouldn’t you rather feed your cat a diet that will promote optimal health, and not just survival?  There is a significant difference between “surviving,” and “thriving.”

For people as well as pets, diet is the foundation for optimal health!

which is the best food for catsWhat’s Wrong with Feeding Dry Cat Food?

First, the water content in dry cat food is way too low.  This is setting your cat up for serious and life-threatening urinary tract diseases, kidney disease, and painful and often fatal (and very costly to treat) urethral obstructions.  I had a cat who I fed dry cat food for most of her life. She died of kidney disease.  I wish I would’ve known all those years ago the dangers of feeding cats dry food.

Second, the carbohydrate content in dry cat food is too high.  This can lead to diabetes, obesity, and intestinal disease. The solution is not to purchase low-carbohydrate dry foods.  They are not healthy diets since they are still water-depleted and have very little nutritional value.

Third, dry cat food doesn’t have the right type of protein for cats.  Dry cat food consists of mostly plant-based proteins, rather than meat-based proteins. Think about this in terms of what a cat would naturally choose to eat.  Picture a cat out in a field, hunting.  Does he lunge for a plant and start munching, or does he go for the mouse?!  He needs animal-based protein, not plant-based protein.

Other negative issues include the possibility of ingredients that are extremely toxic, ingredients that can cause allergic reactions, and the fact that dry cat food is over-cooked, which destroys its nutritional value.

But My Cat Seems to be Doing Just Fine on Dry Cat Food!

And your friend seems to be doing just fine smoking that cigarette.  Seriously – just because the cat doesn’t promptly keel over and die after taking a bite of dry cat food doesn’t mean it’s ok for him to eat.  The negative effects of a dry food diet damage your cat’s body and health over time.  A meal at at time, a day at a time, a week, month, a year at a time.  Just like with smoking, the negative effects aren’t necessarily immediate – but cause accumulating health issues over time.

Consider the Following:

Every living creature appears to be “fine” until the signs of a disease start to show themselves.  A cat who is consuming too many carbohydrates, for example, seems fine until he begins to gain weight, or begins to exhibit signs of diabetes.  A cat who has a blocked urinary tract seems fine until she starts to urinate in places other than the litter box.  A cat who isn’t getting enough moisture in her diet may seem fine, until she’s passing blood in her urine. And, referring to the human comparison we made earlier, a smoker seems fine until they start coughing, having difficulty breathing, turn yellow…and eventually are diagnosed with lung cancer.

The point is, the things we do that aren’t good for us catch up with us eventually. The same is true for our pets.  Diseases grow, sometimes to fatal levels, long before their symptoms are noticed.

Prevention of Disease in Cats

So many feline diseases can be prevented with a species-appropriate diet (low-carb canned or balanced homemade food – not dry food).

Consider These Facts:

Urinary tract systems require the appropriate amount of water flowing through them. Painful, life-threatening and very costly-to-treat urinary tract problems commonly occur when cats are fed dry food.  These serious medical issues are extremely uncommon among cats who are feed canned food, especially if extra water is added to the canned food.

Cats don’t get thirsty.  A vet once told me you can present a cat with a bucket full of water and she’ll drink a thimble full.  They just don’t go to the water dish and slurp, slurp, slurp like dogs do.  So it’s imperative that they get their water in their food.  Several studies prove that cats on canned food consume double the amount of water compared to cats on dry food – even when there’s a water dish available.

Carbohydrates can wreak havoc on blood sugar/insulin balance, putting the cat at risk for diabetes. Dry foods, as well as some canned foods, are high in carbohydrates. Note that “grain-free” does not always mean “low-carb” since peas and potatoes are often used instead of grains. Cats are carnivores – they’re supposed to be eating meat-based protein, not grains, peas and potatoes found in dry food.

The Concept that Dry Food Helps with Dental Health is a Myth

Dry cat food has no beneficial effect on dental health.  It is usually swallowed whole, and even if it’s chewed, it’s brittle and simply crumbles.  It’s not providing any scraping of the teeth/removing of tartar and plaque. Feeding your cat chunks of meat will do a good job of cleaning their teeth (as will brushing, if you’re brave enough, or if your cat is calm enough, to attempt it!)

Is Canned Cat Food More Expensive?

Canned food is generally more expensive than dry food.  However, when you consider the hundreds/thousands of dollars you’ll spend on treatment for your cat’s inevitable health issues caused by a life-long diet of dry food, you’ll see it’s clear feeding canned food from the start is the most cost-effective decision. Keep in mind that the cheapest canned food is better than any dry food on the market.

Which Food is Best For CatsRecommended Brands

If you would like to know more about keeping your cat healthy with proper nutrition, I recommended the book, What Cats Should Eat, by Dr. Jean Hofve.  The book contains a list of Dr. Jean’s approved brands!

 

 

 

Which Food is Best For CatsMaking Your Cat’s Food Yourself

If you’d like to consider making your cat’s food yourself, I strongly recommend Dr. Becker’s REAL FOOD For Healthy Dogs & Cats.  I bought this book several months ago and have begun making meals for my miniature doxy, Taz.  I’m still studying the book – there’s a lot to learn – but I’ve started, and she loves it!

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How to Separate Fighting Cats – How to Break Up a Cat Fight

I personally think witnessing a cat fight is one of the most horrifying things you can see – and hear!  I made the mistake once of throwing down a pieHow to Separate Fighting Catsce of chicken onto my kitchen floor for my cats, not realizing they’d both lunge for it at the same time and the nastiest, meanest fight I’d ever witness would ensue.  And these were house cats – I can’t even imagine what fights between outdoor, stray, or “wild” cats must be like.  I shudder just thinking about it.  If you find yourself in this terrifying situation, try these tips on how to separate fighting cats:

Avoid hitting.

Hitting can make the situation worse and may cause the attack to be turned toward you.  Not to mention it creates even more stress and fear for the cats who are already in a terrible situation.

Don’t get your hands in the way!

Don’t get your hands anywhere near their mouths.  It’s best not to use your hands at all – your hands and arms could be torn to shreds pretty quickly with cat claws moving wildly about.  Here’s a great tip – use an UMBRELLA to separate the cats.  Open the umbrella and use it to “scoop” one of the cats away from the other.  Just managing to get the umbrella between the two may be enough to get one or both to flee. A broom may do the trick as well – hold the broom between the two cats to separate them (do NOT hit them with the broom).

Try a spray bottle, or hose.

Try spraying one or both cats with water.  If it doesn’t work, try aiming for the nostrils.  Don’t spray too much – all you need to do is get one of their faces wet to startle them out of fighting mode.

Prevent the fight from starting in the first place.

When two cats are in a frozen position, snarling and growling at each other but not yet fighting, try putting a magazine or newspaper between the two of them to block their vision of each other.  It allows an opportunity for the frightened one to run away and for you to pick up the dominant one if it’s tame. Don’t try picking up either of the cats unless and until you have done something to block their vision of each other.  Otherwise, your touching one of them might actually start the fight.

This works most times:

The fastest way to break up a cat fight is to make a loud hissing, spitting sound, followed by a glass of water splashed in one of their faces.

For more information about the reasons why cats fight, read this article,

How to Stop Cats From Fighting

How to Separate Fighting Cats

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How to Keep Cats from Fighting

If you have multiple cats and they fight, it could very well be that they just don’t like each other.  But there are plenty of other reasons why cats fight, and fortunately, you can learn how to keep cats from fighting. The easiest way to approach it is to 1) figure out what they’re fighting about and 2) eliminate/solve the issue.

Always Consider Medical Issues First

Cats can develop emotional issues, hostility and irritability as a result of a medical issue.  Specifically, if they are sick or in pain, they won’t want anyone to come near them, touch them – and they certainly won’t be open to interaction with another cat.  Make sure your cats are seen regularly by a veterinarian, and always take your cat to the vet if there is a sudden change in his behavior. Refer to this article, Indoor Cat Health, for more information.

How to Keep Cats from FightingSome cats don’t like to share their food and water dishes.

Try providing a separate food and water dish for each cat, in separate locations. This will eliminate any competition over the food and water.

How to Keep Cats from FightingDon’t make them share the litter box.

It’s a good idea to have one litter box per cat, just for the sake of keeping it clean.  If you have multiple cats using one litter box, it’s nearly impossible to keep that one box clean, and you end up running into problems with getting them to use the litter box.  But having a separate litter box for each cat should also eliminate any fights about the litter box.

How to Keep Cats from FightingGive them their own bed.

Each cat in your household should have their own cat bed in a separate location.  Some cats like to snuggle up together, but some prefer to sleep alone.  Try to put each cat’s bed in a place where they tend to hide or nap in, giving them a private place to retreat and rest.

How to Keep Cats from FightingProvide enough toys.

Eliminate competition by making sure you have “enough for everyone.”

How to Keep Cats from FightingOffer separate scratching posts.

Cats scratch not only to sharpen their claws, but also to stretch and to mark their territory.  It’s the mark-their-territory part that causes fights.  Try giving each cat a scratching post, in separate locations.

How to Keep Cats from FightingProvide a high perch or two.

Some cats like to sit in high spots because they feel safe.  If you have a “fraidy cat” who doesn’t have a place to escape to, he’s going to the feel the need to protect himself and he’ll be in fighting mode all the time.  Sometimes just providing a place for one of the fighting cats to flee to will eliminate cat fights.  One option is to purchase a cat tree.

Try using window perches.  

These are great because they get to look outside, plus get away from the other cats.  Be careful about this, though…purchase more than one window perch, otherwise you’re setting up yet another thing to fight about!  Get at least two.

How to Keep Cats from FightingMake sure your cats are eating healthy.

Cats need the right nutrition – specifically a moist, balanced diet.  Well-nourished cats are less likely to develop emotional and medical issues that can result in inappropriate behavior.  Please refer to this article, Best Food For Your Cat for more information.

Are your cats getting enough exercise?

Many indoor cats don’t get enough physical exercise.  This can result in pent-up energy that ends up coming out as hostility toward other cats in the house (or you!)  Try interactive cat toys to get them moving.  And of course remember the simple things like a feather tied to a string – your playing with your cat with this simple toy will provide hours of enjoyment and exercise for your cat, plus it will enhance your bond with them (awwww…)

how to keep cats from fightingLook for signs of misdirected aggression.

Sometimes a cat is ticked off because of something that actually has nothing to do with the other cats in the house – but just like us, they may lash out at who ever happens to cross their path!  An example might be if you trim your cats nails and he hates it (imagine that…) – then afterward he immediately attacks one of the other cats…see what I mean?  They’re ticked off about something and are simply lashing out.  So whenever you see a cat lashing out at another, try to see if there’s a connection to a recent event or experience – what ticked him off?

How to Keep Cats from FightingCreate a calming environment.

A product like Comfort Zone MultiCat Diffuser can help calm cats down and reduce emotional responses such as aggression.  You might consider this if there’s a particularly stressful situation going on, such as the introduction of a new cat or dog to your household, a new baby, or moving.  This product produces a scent that is proven to help reduce the frequency and intensity of tension and conflict between cats.

If you weren’t able to prevent a fight and need help, read this article about How To Break Up a Cat Fight.

I hope this article has been helpful in bringing peace to your household! Please feel free to comment below if you have more ideas on how to stop cats from fighting.  Thank you!  Debra

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How to Keep Cats from Fighting

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How Long Can I Leave a Cat Home Alone?

It’s true that the reason many people own cats to begin with is because they believe cats can be left home alone for long periods of time. They think leaving out a big bowl of food, another bowl with water, and scooping the litter box before they leave is enough.  But after reading this article, I think you’ll realize that may not be so.

How Long Can I Leave a Cat Home Alone?

The truth is, leaving cats home alone for any longer than one day just isn’t a good idea. Here’s why:

how to stop your cat from peeing on the bedCats Get Sick

First, cats do get sick, and if no one is around for several days, your cat won’t get the help he needs until you return. Most veterinarians know at least one client who has come home to a desperately sick or dead cat. Read that sentence again…how would you feel if you arrived home to find your cat dead, then realizing he could’ve been saved if someone had been around?

Cats Shouldn’t Be Eating Dry Food

Most veterinarians will tell you that cats need a moist diet.  Kidney disease is the most common result of feeding a cat a lifelong diet of dry cat food.  A few crunchies here and there is ok, but the bulk of their diet should be moist (either fresh or canned food).  Obviously, you can’t go on vacation and leave moist food out. For more information on what you should be feeding your cat, refer to this article, Best Food for Your Cat.

how to get your cat to use the litterboxMost Cats Object to a Dirty Litter Box

Object.  That means won’t go in it!  Don’t act surprised when you come home to find the litter box overflowing, then a mess on the floor either near the litter box – or absolutely anyplace else in the house.

What To Do If You’re Going To Be Away from Home for Longer Than One Day

My recommendation is to arrange for someone to visit your cat at least once a day to feed him, scoop the litter box, make sure he has fresh water, and to spend a little time with him. If you have even one neighbor who has cats, it’s likely they’d be happy to check in on your kitty for you – especially if you offer to do the same for them when they’re away.  Otherwise, a friend, relative, or a professional pet sitter could do a daily visit.

A far less desirable option is to board your cat. This is almost never ideal, because cats can become stressed when kenneled away from home.  Stress leads to digestive upset, and a kitty who stops eating is very quickly a sick kitty. Also, most kennels require vaccinations that you wouldn’t normally choose for your pet. If you must board your cat, try to find a cats-only facility.  Cats do best in a quiet, calm environment free of barking dogs.

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Do House Cats Need Vaccinations? What Veterinary Care Do Indoor Cats Need?

It’s true that indoor cats live longer than outdoor cats, but that doesn’t mean they can skip their annual wellness visit to the vet. Indoor cats are just as prone to developing illness as outdoor cats, and catching diseases early makes treatment easier on you, your cat…and your wallet!

Do House Cats Need Vaccinations?

Many owners of indoor cats ask, “Why should I vaccinate my pet for a disease that she’ll never be exposed to?” It’s true that vaccinations help protect cats from many bacterial and viral conditions they’ll only catch from other cats, but if your unprotected cat slips outdoors, she’s got no help fighting communicable illness. In my opinion, it’s a judgment call. But if you’re not willing to get all the “usual” shots for your indoor cat, please at least get the rabies vaccine. In some states this is required. There are several documented cases of infected animals making their way into residences and, for an indoor cat, a bat can make a tempting squeaky toy! If your indoor cat catches a mouse, or if a bird gets into the house, and that animal is infected with rabies – the result could be fatal for your cat.  It’s just not worth risking – get them their rabies shot! For more information about the need for a rabies shot for indoor cats, click HERE.

Take Them for A Physical

It’s important that your indoor cat visit the vet once a year.  The physical exam covers several important things like monitoring your cat’s weight, checking her blood pressure, heart rate, temperature.  The vet will look at your cat’s mouth and teeth, look inside her ears.  These are all ways that any developing illness or condition may be detected early – which may prevent serious illness in the future.

Monitor Weight and Get the Vet’s Help if You’ve Got a Fat Cat!

Indoor cats tend to be a little less active than outdoor cats, so it stands to reason that obesity is more common for indoor cats. Obesity in cats often leads to diabetes and it exacerbates joint pain in older cats. A yearly weight check is key to staying on top of your cat’s overall health. And be careful trying to help a fat cat lose weight – ASK YOUR VET FIRST.  Limiting the calorie intake of an overweight cat can lead to serious (even fatal) health issues – specifically a condition called, “fatty liver disease.”

Early Detection Can Save Your Kitty’s Life

As cats get older, they can start to show signs of typical diseases associated with age. A simple blood test can check for chronic kidney disease, overactive thyroid and diabetes, which commonly affect older cats. Establishing a baseline and keeping an eye on these markers can allow for early detection and easier treatment. My vet discovered kidney disease early on in my then-10-year-old cat, changed her food to one specifically formulated for that particular condition – and literally saved my cat’s life.

Protect Them from Fleas, Ticks and Heartworm

Fleas and ticks can easily hitch a ride into your house not only on outdoor cats, but also dogs, kids, even you! Your indoor cat must absolutely be protected against fleas and ticks.  And even one stray mosquito in the house is capable of transmitting potentially lethal heartworms to your cat. Prevention is easy with products like Advantage.  Do it. Don’t put your cat at risk.

do indoor cats need vaccinationsConsider Pet Insurance

I highly recommend getting pet health insurance for your cat.  For more about this, read my article, Is Pet Insurance Worth it for Cats?

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