What You Need To Know To Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Healthy
Cats are natural predators and they are rightly proud of their teeth. Unlike humans, though, cats cannot brush their own teeth. In the wild, cats would seek out rough grass or clean bones to gnaw on to give their teeth a good scrub. But, these all-natural dental hygiene products are not always so easy to find for the typical domestic cat who spends a large part of their time indoors in your home. So, how do you ensure that your kitty has good dental health? Read on for some simple tips.
Get your veterinarian involved
You should take your cat for a check up at least once a year, and during this check up it is a good idea to ask your feline healthcare professional to check out your kitty’s teeth, too. Dental problems that are caught early can usually be solved very easily. But, when problems are missed for years, cats can end up having to undergo painful and arduous surgery.
Should you brush your cat’s teeth?
The answer to this depends on many factors, and most of all on your cat’s overall oral health and their diet. Many cat owners do not brush their cat’s teeth – ever – and their cats are just fine. This is usually because they feed their cats dry crunchy food in combination with plenty of water (extra water is a must if you feed your cats dry food) which is great for scraping away excess plaque on the teeth.
If you want to clean your cat’s teeth, it doesn’t need to be a traumatic experience for either of you! You can purchase special feline toothpaste which actually tastes nice to cats, and apply it to their mouths using a specialized tooth brush. Perhaps a more easy way to brush your kitty’s teeth is by wrapping gauze around your finger and using that to brush the toothpaste all over their teeth.
If your cat doesn’t seem to like having their teeth brushed, try dipping your finger in tuna water (i.e. the water that canned tuna comes in – make sure it is not the super salty kind!) and rubbing it over your cat’s gums before you start brushing their teeth. This will make the experience of having their teeth brushed more pleasant for them
Do not brush your cat’s teeth with human toothpaste! If cats ingest human toothpaste, they can get seriously ill. This is because human toothpaste contains fluoride which cats do not react too well to.
Initial dental health warning signs to look out for:
The first sign of an oncoming cat dental heath problem will usually be seen in your kitty’s gums. Cats’ gums should be pink firm, but not red and inflamed. If you notice red, inflamed gums, or gums that are bleeding, get your cat checked out quickly. You can stop problems in their tracks by gently massaging your cat’s gums regularly (say every few days or every week) with a finger. Try the tuna water trick mentioned above to make this an enjoyable experience for them.
Have you had any experience with cat dental care? Let us know how it went in the comments.
Meow for now… Kristian Taylor
3 Easy Ways to Stop a Cat from Biting and Scratching
Cats love playing, and they love being petted. As you have probably seen from some of your less than sturdy cat toys that get gnawed and clawed to shreds, playing for cats often involves a little rough and tumble. Whilst cats are perfectly capable of appreciating the difference between some gentle petting and all-out play, one of the ways that you can really confuse your kitty is by using your hands for both petting and playing.
Let me explain! Let’s think of two ways that you can use your hand: as ‘pet hand’ and as ‘play hand’. Pet hand offers gentle caresses and those tickles around the ears that felines love. Play hand tries to engage cats in play, of course! But, cats cannot always tell the difference between when you are using play hand and when you are using pet hand. All they see is a hand – and often, when they are confused because you have used your hand for both petting and playing, they may not know how you want them to respond.
Are you confusing your cat? Hands are for patting not playing
Cats often bite as part of play, and if you use your hand for rough play with them, it may end up getting bitten or scratched. As a result of the confusion described above, your kitty may also end up biting your pet hand too. So, you go in to give your cat a gentle stroke on the head and they clamp their jaws down on it instead. Ouch!
How can this confusion be avoided?
Avoiding this conclusion is simple. Just avoid using your hands for playing, and keep them only for petting. That way, your kitty will associate your hand with gentle strokes and tickles alone, and they will not feel the urge to bite and scratch your hand when it approaches.
But…how do I play with my cat if my hand is just for petting?
Simple! Just use a ribbon, or a catnip mouse on a string – or any other cat toy that you can dangle in front of your kitty at enough distance for it to be distinct from your hand. Then, your cat will know that they can chomp and tear away at their toy to their heart’s content (to get at that heady catnip!) whilst continuing to associate your hand only with gentle patting.
What if my cat is already confused?
This is a good question. The above tips are great for owners who have got new kitties and who want to train them from the outset to distinguish between pet hand and play hand. But what about owners whose cats are already confused, and who are thus biting down on, or lashing out at, their hands whenever it approaches.
Luckily, help is at hand (sorry, pardon the pun!) as you can retrain your cat to distinguish between pet hand and play hand. To do this, you simply need to switch to using your hand only for petting, and reserve toys for playing with.
Chances are, your kitty may continue to try and play bite or play scratch your hand, when you are using it for petting them. The thing to do then, is to instantly stop the petting and to say ‘ouch’ distinctly. When your kitty feels the petting being withdrawn and hears you saying ‘ouch’ they will soon learn to connect their biting or scratching behavior with the end of that lovely petting that they were enjoying so much. Soon enough, they will learn not to lash out at your hand (i.e. not to play with your hand) but just to lie back and accept the wonderful petting that your hand offers.
You have successfully made the switch from the ultra confusing ‘pet and play hand’ to the simple and non attackable ‘pet only’ hand! Now go reward yourself!
Many people think that cats cannot be trained: that this is something that we humans can only do with animals like dogs. However, as this straightforward exercise about pet hand and play hand has demonstrated, in actual fact you can train your kitty to modify their behavior.
As with any feline training exercise, the key here is to be clear and consistent. If your cat is lashing out at your hand, it is a good idea to try out these tips: chances are they feel no malice towards you at all – they are just confused!
Let us know how you went with these simple training techniques.
Meow for now… Kristian
What You Need To Know To Care For A Blind Cat
Visual impairment is a condition which may be with a cat from birth, or may be the result of an accident or ailment. Cats are amazingly adaptable and can carry on an impeccably glad and content existence without vision. As your cat’s caretaker, there are things you can do to make your cat’s life as simple as could be allowed. They can do practically as much as a cat with vision can do, however you will need to roll out a few improvements so as to accommodate a visually impaired cat. If you are new to being the caretaker of a visually impaired cat, don’t stress for your cat. If the visual impairment has come on all of a sudden, it might take your cat a short time to adjust however it will do given time and tolerance. Below are things to do in caring for a blind cat.
A blind cat is easily bewildered and ought not be permitted to wander; indoors only or outdoors with access to a fenced pen or garden is best. It might enjoy regulated forays in the garden utilizing a bridle and lead. Ensure it is wearing a neckline stating its impairment and address in case it escapes. If it is permitted to meander openly and is chased by another animal it might get to be lost or ran into the way of traffic. Since it depends so much on sound and scent, a lost visually impaired cat will most likely be not able discover its direction home once it is past its ordinary region. You should obstruct off access to windows and overhangs which have a long drop to the ground.
Keep Things Familiar
It is vital for your cat to have consistency in his life. This implies keeping his surroundings as natural as could be expected under the circumstances. A few tips include:
– Don’t move around furniture, litter plate, nourishment bowls etc.
– Always feed your cat in the same place and same place.
– If you do move something, move it back instantly.
– Keep the house mess free
– Avoid startling your cat with sudden clamors. If there is a sudden clamor, for example, a pot being dropped, delicately assure your cat.
Other Senses Simulation
Your cat’s different senses will be heightened and it is encouraged to urge your cat to utilize them. Give toys which make a commotion or catnip toys which your cat can smell. Whiskers are utilized by cats to offer them some assistance with feeling around in narrow spaces, particularly on an evening time. Thus a blind cat’s whiskers ought to never be trimmed.
As your cat has lost his vision, his hearing and feeling of smell are particularly critical. You ought to take your cat to the vet for routine veterinary checks consistently. If you see anything uncommon, look for veterinary counsel promptly. When you approach your cat, do as such while talking soothingly to him. Be mindful so as not to startle him all of a sudden.
By following the above, you can assured that you are putting the right measures in caring for a blind cat.
Leave us a comment with your thoughts on caring for a blind cat.
Meow for now… Kristian
You Can Play This Music For Your Cat To Love You More
How Does your cat feel about music ? Does human music bore or annoy your cat? At long last there’s an answer. In the long fight for cat friendship, cat owners might have some crisp ammo. David Teie, a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra, as of late collaborated with creature researchers to create “Music for Cats,” a progression of humming, lilting and on occasion squeaky musical tracks intended for cats’ brains and ears. This is music that has been designed specifically for your cat, and if you play it for them, they will love you more!
Presenting Music for Cats, a soundtrack composed particularly for the listening delight of cats. The tracks highlight delicate murmurs and gentile rearranging sounds, intended to unwind your kitty into a condition of unadulterated musical ecstasy.
Benefits of Music for Cats
Everyone benefits from listening to music and cat’s are no exception. Below are the benefits that cats get from listening to music for cats:
Diminishes stress and apprehension
Assists against fatigue
Decreases dissenting conduct
Enhances the human-creature relationship (it means they will love you!)
The storyteller of the Music for Cats video, said that from an age when they were worshiped as divine beings to a period when they’re worshiped on the web, cats have needed to listen to music they regularly didn’t really like until recently.
Cat owners will frequently leave the radio or a playlist on for cats alone in the house, expecting they will share human musical tastes, be it traditional, nation or the melodious tones of NPR hosts. Cats’ hearing to grows contrastingly and individuals carelessly turn on music for them. With its extraordinary instruments and tonal blending, Music for Cats plans to scaffold that tangible hole. Making music for cats is more complicated than monkeys and individuals, however, because evidently cats build up their feeling of music outside of the womb so, utilizing just genuine instruments Teie reproduced sounds like “the trilling of fowls, the sucking of milk, or the murmuring of their mom,” then transformed those into music and “coordinated it to the recurrence range [cats] use to communicate.” So none of those keyboards that make cat clamors and make humans cover their ears in pain. This music is pleasant for humans, but ecstasy for cats. It is, essentially, musical catnip.
In a few tracks, sounds like the trills of birds are overlaid with rushed streams of staccato for a stimulating impact; in others, crescendos of murmuring and suckling sounds are intended to relax. To a human ear, the sounds are supernatural and on occasion balmy.
Cats demonstrated a huge inclination for and enthusiasm for species-suitable music contrasted and human music. Articulations of endorsement included murmuring, and orienting the head toward, moving toward, rubbing against, or sniffing the speaker from which the music was exuding. Dissimilar to people, who build up a feeling of music because of their moms’ pulse in utero, cats pick up their musical gratefulness in view of their general surroundings. Birds peeping, mom cat’s murmur, the sound of suckling for milk.
A Kickstarter battle plans to raise $20,000 to deliver more melodies for a full collection that can be left on for the housebound pets. It will incorporate around six tracks of 10 minutes of music, blended with silence.
This awesome music is for your cat and for you, as well. It is profoundly unwinding for your cat and for you, as well. It is deductively affirmed and adored by cat proprietors around the world and their cats, as well.
Have you tried to play music to your cat? Let us know your thoughts on this scientific and musical composition.
Meow for now… Kristian
What You Need To Know To Keep Your Cat Off Kitchen Counters
Your cat can be a very lovely and beautiful creature, and you can be very bonded with it, but let’s face it – cats are animals, and you don’t want them on your kitchen counters near your food. Particularly if you are making chicken roast. Cats tend to jump and go everywhere, and you never know what kind of bacteria they can have on their paws. They especially like to jump on the kitchen counters, and this act of theirs can ruin your work. In this article we will give you a couple of tips on how to keep your cat off the kitchen counter.
Kitchen counters have so many enticing reasons, they are sources of food, an ability to sit high (which cats love!) and it appeals to their curiosity. There is something over there, so they want to check it out. The basic tricks is not to punish your cat but create more enticing places for them to spend time. The easiest thing to do to keep your cat off the kitchen counter, is to use double-sided sticky tape. You can put the tape when you are not using the counter, so the cats can’t go up there and make you a mess. You can do the same with sandpaper, which will be very unpleasant for the cat, or with aluminum foil which will create noise when the cat jumps on it.
Since the cats have a very strong sense of smell you can use smell as a way to deter them from their favourite counter spot. You can use some natural ingredients like lavender or peppermint, and mix it with water. This mixture is safe to use and It can’t hurt anybody. With it you can spray your counter and the cat will back off.
The training of your cat is probably the most efficient method of keeping her from your kitchen counter. You need to teach your cat not to jump to the counter, and you need to say a clear, firm “No” to them (without being angry or aggressive). As soon as they jump down, walk over and give them a nice pat and some praise. The best way is to make a safe place for them in your kitchen, so during the time they will get used to go and stay there while you work. You can also teach your cat a trick: on a distinct word or command she must jump off the counter. This way, if she goes up you just say the word and she will get down.
You need to understand your cat, and to find out what is the reason they are getting up on the kitchen counter. Once you find out why, you can fix it up quite easily. Just remove whatever their reason is, and she will stay away from the kitchen counter. If she likes to sit there and enjoy the sun, find an alternative spot. We bought a large cat tower and put it next to the window, this meant that our cats could sit there to enjoy the sun and see out the window and there was no need to climb up onto the counter. The same goes if the reason is food – just clean your kitchen counter, and leave no food remains for her to eat.
You can try some of these tips, and see how your cat reacts, leave us a comment and let us know what works for you!
Meow for now… Kristian