One of my infancy friends also grew up not knowing a thing about moggies and had 2 dogs. We lost touch and many years after, as adults, we brought together and learned that we both had cats! I recollect my buddy saying that she was such a pussy-cat lover that she had “everything cat”. Cat coasters, cat placemats, pussy salt shakers. My love for moggies takes on a different flavor. Nonetheless I also love caring for them! I love feeding them and showering them with the very best of everything. I stay on top of fresh products for our feline babies and find out about their health challenges as much as practicable.
Of course, I live kitty care each day. It's my pleasure to share with you some basic kitty care pointers to perhaps aid in improving the quality of life (and maybe health) of your cats. I will certainly expand on several of these points in the future posts. They're such fastidious creatures! If you can afford the space, keep food and water in another location from the boxes.
Have you ever spotted an orange residue in the bottom or along the sides of your cats ‘ water bowl? Uhm, well, that remainder is mud. Change your cat’s water at least one time per day to keep it clean and fresh. I know when pushed for time, it’s tantalizing every once in a while to put fresh food on top of old, crusted-over food.
Please don’t! Bacteria lays in old, uneaten food. A way to guarantee this is to utilise quality litter, whether it’s clay or clumping (standard sand or a more natural material like corn or wheat). Ever notice that you could really employ a spade and pick to scoop the box of waste? It does not need to be that way! Using quality litter helps keep the box clean – if using clumping, you would like the waste to clump, instead of it breaking up into tiny pieces that remain in the box. This can frequently happen when using a lower quality litter.
I recommend keeping an indulgent level of litter, especially when employing a clumping variety. This is going to help to get rid of clumps from the bottom and sides of the box without having to actually dig and scrape. There's such good litter out there of each variety – you don't have to spend your precious time doing a litter box excavation. Another way to keep your boxes clean is to completely dump the litter out at least one time each month for clumping and about once per week for clay, scrub it clean, dry it and begin all over. I guarantee you this'll help to keep your boxes clean and way easier to scoop! I find that when one just keeps on adding clean litter to old, the accumulation of grimy litter just sinks to the bottom, adding to your need to pick and dig, as the old, filthy remains just stick to the sides and bottom. I have met so many people who demand that his / her cat does not play with toys (any toys) until I pick up an interactive or catnip toy for her pleasure.
It’s safer for you, your kids, your dogs, and your other cats, of course. I also endorse keeping them trimmed for fear of having a claw get stuck on something ie carpet or a fabric sofa, just for the claw to be ripped out (sorry) when the moggy attempts to free personally. One of my pussies ‘ nails did get caught on a rug and he had to have it removed. It wasn't even that long, but stuff happens. Also, I have seen ingrown claws due to them growing too long. In addition to being uncomfortable for your cat, but it can be cause for infection.
If you find you cannot trim your cat’s claws yourself, call upon a professional who can come to your home to try this, or take your baby to a vet’s office for a nail trim. If you're undecided, contact your vet for direction. Many moggy folk overfeed their cats, which of course could well lead to weight which in turn can lead to certain diseases, or in the case of kitten care, do not feed these growing babies enough. Keep string, rubber bands, and hairbands beyond their reach! A consumed piece of string can get caught in the colon, for instance, which naturally is really dangerous! Also keep wand and string toys concealed away for the same reason – don’t take any possibilities. I have spoken to countless folk who've paid thousands of dollars for surgery due to consumed things that get caught.
Please! Younger, healthy cats can visit once a year for a wellness check. Moggies with health challenges or history and senior cats (seven years) should really go to the vet every 6-12 months. I am able to go on and on about this most crucial aspect of pussy-cat care. You say your moggy is healthy although he hasn't been to a vet in over three years? As lay folks, we actually have no idea if our pussies are healthy by just taking a look at them. Vet visits include a thorough exam where each part of the body is looked at and / or palpated.
Vets check eyes, ears, mouths for irregularities, including the necessity for a dentistry. Left untreated, bad teeth and / or gums can lead to infection due to traveling bacteria. Vets ask you questions about your cats ‘ eating and drinking habits, and behaviour changes that may be impacted by a health problem. For older and senior cats, vets take blood and sometimes piss, to figure out very important information,eg liver and kidney values. Most significantly, a regular visit to the vet = a proactive visit. Many illnesses and health conditions are caught sufficiently early to be treated, on account of an exam. OK, as you get to know me better, you'll realize that injecting humour every once in a while is necessary to me. He / she'll feel loved and I assure you will immediately feel better about your day. Thanks for reading! Please post comments and questions to foster discussion.
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