Tagged: cat care

2 Product Review: Waterless Baths for Cats


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Cats are expert groomers but sometimes they need a little help from their humans. There are some cats that don’t mind soaking in a warm sink of suds. If your cat doesn’t mind a traditional water bath, click over to our pet care section and check out the article on the basics of  How to Bathe a Cat.
Many cats do not like to get wet, bath-time can be a very stressful and scary experience for you both! Luckily, there are a few waterless bath products available that do a great job and won’t cause any trauma if your cat…

2 Product Review: Comfort Zone Diffuser with Feliway for Cats


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Cats can be finicky creatures (it’s why we love them!).  Territory is very important to them and sometimes bringing home a new cat can cause the original resident cat to act out. If they feel like another animal is invading their territory, they sometimes respond with messy displays of disapproval.
My cat Peanut is a particularly sensitive kitty. He was abandoned by his first owners (literally abandoned: they left him in their empty house without food or water after they moved across the country) so it’s no surprise that he’s fearful of change. When I adopted my second cat, Juliet,…

Cats and Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) – The “Kitty Cold”

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Cats and Upper Respiratory Infections (URIs) – The “Kitty Cold”

Since the shelter environment is stressful for cats and because cats are kept in such close quarters while in the shelter, it is common for cats in the shelter to contract feline upper respiratory infections (URIs).  Furthermore, since the transition into a new home can also be stressful, cats who are healthy at the shelter may begin to show symptoms of URI when they are first moved to a new home.  If you notice your new cat sneezing excessively or discharge from his eyes or nose, it is likely your cat has URI.

URI is also called the “Kitty Cold”…

Product Review: The Litter Genie


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If you are a cat owner you know how time consuming it can be to scoop and refresh the litter box every day. The routine of finding a small bag, scooping, and discarding can be even more laborious if you have multiple cats, multiple cat boxes and live in an apartment complex, possibly several floors up, with one dumpster located on the ground level.
If you are finding the cat box routine a bit more of a pain than you’d prefer, the Litter Genie can save you time and effort (for under $30)!
The Litter Genie was invented by the…

5 Pet First Aid & CPR


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April is National Pet First Aid Awareness Month. This is a great opportunity for us pet owners to set aside our daily responsibilities for a moment and educate ourselves on what to do in case of emergency.
There is a wealth of information swirling around on the internet so I compiled a few handy resources just in case, heaven forbid, you find yourself in a situation where you need it.
CPR & The Heimlich Maneuver: The American Red Cross produced this great infographic that shows you how to perform CPR and the Heimlich maneuver on cats and dogs. We recommend…

How to Trim a Cat’s Nails

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1. Begin by choosing which type of nail clippers you would like to use.  These can vary from the plier-like to others that use a sliding guillotine.  Whatever you elect to use, make sure to keep the blades sharp, as dull clippers can hurt your pet and even split their nails.  You will also want to keep a towel or small blanket handy if you need additional help with restraint.  You should also invest in styptic powder.  It stops the bleeding if you mistakenly clip too far.
2. If you are unable to comfortably hold your cat’s paws, try to…

2 Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box: A Paw Above The Rest


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With so many pet owners in one place, we are always on the look out for pet supplies that are affordable and make our lives a little easier.
Today, new cat mom J.J. reviews her new favorite thing, the Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box.
Litter box shopping: There is everything from domes with steps to what they call a “cake pan.” No, it’s not for baking. A cake pan litter box is actually one of the most economical boxes around and serves its purpose well. In fact, a cake pan is what I started with for my cat Winnie. While…

Keeping Your Cat Safe: Common Household Hazards

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Keeping Your Cat Safe: Common Household Hazards

There are food and common household items that can be a hazard to your new cat.  They should be stored safely out of their reach. This is not a complete list, but a basic list of more common hazardous household items. For a more comprehensive list, check out these additional poison prevention articles.

Food Hazards:  Not all food consumed by humans are safe for pets.  Here is a list of foods that are hazardous:
• Alcoholic beverages
• Caffeine
• Chocolate
• Fatty foods – fried foods, sweet foods
• Chicken and turkey bones
• Grapes and raisins
• Onions…

7 Poison Prevention Week: Dog-and Cat-Safe Plants for Your Spring Garden



As Spring rapidly approaches, many across the country are celebrating the season by planting their gardens. Pet owners have more to consider than just what plants make their gardens (indoors or out) beautiful—they have to ensure their plants and flowers are safe for their furry family members as well. Some dogs chew on everything without discretion, and a curious kitten may think a new bouquet looks tasty, so pet parents need to choose foliage that is safe in the event Fido takes a nibble. Below is a list of some common, non-toxic, pet-safe indoor and outdoor plants and flowers (with…

12 Cat Chat: Feline Aggression


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Cats are, by nature, territorial creatures. They thrive on having an everyday routine they can count on.
Sometimes seemingly insignificant things can disrupt the balance in the home and your sweet cats can turn on each other. Guests coming and going and furniture being rearranged can be enough to throw off the balance of the territory. Cats have scent glands in the corners of their mouths and when they rub against items in your home, they are marking that area as safe.  Cats can react to disruption of scents and routine with aggression.
This happened to me recently. I’d like…