Posted by: mscatmama | April 1, 2010

Bengal Cat Personality Traits

The Bengal cat is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cat breeds. I fostered several of them over the years and I can tell you, that Bengal cat personality traits are different than your average house cat. They are extremely intelligent and can be very demanding if they don’t get what they want. They are also very vocal and can impersonate what you do. They are also very loving and playful. Bengals are not meant for every cat owner, so research thoroughly before attempting to adopt one. Read more on Bengal cat personality traits.

Posted by: mscatmama | March 21, 2010

How to Take Care of Your Cat’s Teeth

Dental health is very important for your cat’s overall well being, yet it is often overlooked or neglected. Most cats have some evidence of gum disease. If your cat hasn’t received proper dental care, this can lead to serious medical problems. As in humans, dental health is very important. If we neglect to care for our teeth, we are more susceptible to disease and illness. The same is true for our feline friends. Since cats can’t brush their teeth, it is up to us to help them. Read more on how to take care of your cat’s teeth.

Posted by: mscatmama | March 9, 2010

Why Does My Cat Avoid the Litter Box?

One of the most frustrating things a cat can do is to stop using the litter box. This of course, leads to the cat doing his business elsewhere in your house. It’s up to you to figure out why he suddenly unhappy with the litter box. I’ve discussed previously why a cat will pee in the house and how to stop a cat peeing in the house. Sometimes the problem can be cured by changing the litter box.

The litter box is an important part of your cats life. If he is strictly an indoors animal, that’s his only area where he can relieve himself. Keeping a tidy litter box is very important. Cats are very fastidious animals and will avoid using a dirty box. If you have multiple cats, each cat should have at least one litter box to use. Some cats are very territorial and won’t want to use a box frequented by another cat. Timid cats may avoid using the litter pan if they are pounced on by another cat after leaving the box. Read more on why does my cat avoid the litter box.

Posted by: mscatmama | February 20, 2010

Feeding Your Cat

What you feed your cat is very important for your kitty’s health. You should give your cat the most nutritional food available. Avoid any cat food that is made with by-products like bone meal or animal digest. High sugar and/or carbohydrate content is also unhealthy. Any cat food that has these ingredients is just like a human living on junk food.

Cats require protein to survive. This means lots of fish, chicken or other meats. My cat adores turkey and avoids fish, strange as that may sound. Most cats go crazy for fish. This is very healthy and gives them lots of protein. Cats require taurine to survive. Never feed your cats dog food because taurine isn’t an ingredient in dog food. You should feed your cat a low carbohydrate diet, though they need some carbs. Avoid feeding them “people food” or table scraps. High sugar/carb content can lead to your cat becoming sick. They could get cystitis, diabetes or a urinary infection. At the very least, they will become overweight and this will cut down on their quality of life.

Dry food or wet (canned) food? Read more on feeding your cat.

Posted by: mscatmama | January 29, 2010

Cat Facts for Dog Lovers

Many people think of themselves as either a “cat person” or a “dog person”. Just because you have always had dogs doesn’t mean that you can’t have a cat companion. People who have never had cats may have misconceptions about what it’s like to live with a cat.

Dog lovers may have never considered why they prefer dogs over cats. Sometimes, it’s what we grew up with as children. If you have never lived with a cat, you may not know the joy and fun they can bring to your life. My family always had dogs when I was a child and it wasn’t until adulthood that I became a bona fide cat lover.

If you’re considering adopting or fostering a cat, I applaud you. Cats are sweet, gentle and sometimes mischievous animals that will bring much joy to your life. Cats are very fastidious and clean pets. They are very safe to have around children of all ages. In fact, a child who lives with a cat who learn to be gentle and caring with small animals.

Cats are very independent creatures. They are ideal for singletons and apartment dwellers. I started out many years ago with one cat who was my first feline friend. She gave me companionship and taught me a respect that I hadn’t had before. Cats have a way of getting under your skin. Read more cat facts for dog lovers.

Posted by: mscatmama | January 24, 2010

How To Stop Your Cat From Peeing In The House

I’ve covered in a earlier post why a cat will pee in the house. Once you discover the root cause behind his behavior, you still need to stop him from inappropriate urination. There are several ways to break this bad habit so you and your cat can live peacefully again.

A cat will pee in the house for one of two reasons: behavioral or medical. A kidney or bladder infection is the most common medical cause. Diabetes or cystitis are also possible, though less common. Behavioral reasons are all caused by stress. A new baby, a new home or another animal can all upset your cat. If your cat is anxious about something, his behavior will continue until he no longer feels threatened.

To stop your cat from peeing in the house, you need to completely remove the odor. If a cat can smell urine anywhere, he will be tempted to return to that spot to leave his scent. Use a strong disinfectant and odor neutralizer. Don’t use ammonia based products because your cat will think the ammonia scent is urine. He will continue to pee in that area. Read more on how to stop your cat from peeing in the house.

Posted by: mscatmama | January 20, 2010

Feline Diabetes

One in three households have at least one cat. They are popular and very loving and friendly. Cats are now living much longer than their ancestors. A disease that often strikes older cats is diabetes. It is a serious disease and can be fatal if not treated. Thankfully, your vet can usually treat it and your pet can live a long, happy life.

Diabetes is caused by too much glucose in the cat’s bloodstream. Glucose in the blood is commonly referred to as blood sugar. If a cat’s pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin to keep his blood sugar under control, he has diabetes. The cat is often given daily insulin shots to keep his blood sugar normal.

There are many symptoms of feline diabetes. The most common symptoms are increased thirst and urination. This can also cause the cat to start peeing in the house. Other symptoms are weight loss, no appetite and a lackluster coat. If your cat is drinking more than normal, it’s best to have him checked for diabetes.

Diabetes is a treatable disease but it must be addressed quickly. The longer it goes without being treated, the worse for your pet. He will become lethargic, refuse to eat, vomit and may fall into a coma. Taking your cat to the vet will help him keep his disease under control. Diet and insulin are usually the only changes to your cat’s daily routine.

Once your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes, his diet and routine will be altered. He will have to eat the same time every day. You will also need to give him insulin shots. Your vet will teach you how to do it correctly. You may be frightened but it will be easier on your cat if you’re the one giving the shots. He trusts you and won’t be scared. Having the vet give him shots will cause him undue stress. Most diabetic cats need insulin shots one to two times a day.

You should feed your cat prior to giving him his shot. This is very important. If you give him a shot and he hasn’t eaten, he could go into hypoglycemic shock. This can also happen if you give your cat too much insulin. This is very serious and you must take care to avoid this. A cat can die if he goes into hypoglycemic shock and doesn’t receive treatment.

After you have given your cat his shot, you should observe him closely. Once your cat’s diabetes is under control, your vet may change his dosage of insulin. Your cat will always need insulin but with it he can lead a longer, healthier life.

Posted by: mscatmama | January 17, 2010

Should I Put My Cat On A Diet?

Many of us have heard about the obesity problem we have in North America. Our pets are not immune. There are approximately 57% overweight cats in the United States and Canada. There are even drugs to fight obesity in our feline friends.

Before you put your cat on a medication for weight loss, you should try an exercise and diet program. This is more beneficial to your pet and to you as well. Active pet owners tend to have healthier pets. Do your cat and possibly yourself a favor by getting more exercise. This will lead to a longer life for both of you.

Indoor cats may need extra attention when on an exercise regimen. Cats that are allowed outside have more opportunity to run, chase and climb trees. If your cat is strictly an indoor animal, you can help him stay active by more playtime. An active cat is a happy cat. Encourage your cat’s natural affinity for play. A simple feather on a string or old necktie can offer hours of fun for your cat with the added bonus of keeping him active. Small balls that he can chase around the house are also great exercise tools.

You should consult your vet before changing your cat’s diet. They can give you good recommendations for your cat’s particular needs. Older cats need different nutrients than a young kitten. Speaking to your vet is the first step for getting your cat healthy.

Posted by: mscatmama | January 13, 2010

Cat Peeing In The House

One of the most frustrating things for a cat owner is when their cat starts peeing in the house. It can be annoying and very destructive to your home. No one wants to live in a house that smells like a cat box. The best way to stop your cat from peeing in the house is to find out why he is acting that way. Solving the problem begins with finding the reason behind it.

There are a few reasons a cat will pee in the house. It can be medical (most common) or behavioral. If your cat is misbehaving in this way, you should take him to the vet pronto. Your vet can examine him and determine if he has an infection, cystitis, diabetes or cancer. All of these can lead to your cat not using the litter box.

If the problem is behavioral, it will take more work to find out what is upsetting your cat. Rest assured, your cat is unhappy about the situation as well. Finding the root cause will help you in the long run. Read more on stopping your cat from peeing in the house.