#Sunday Selfie: Update on our Time Apart
It has now been about 3 weeks since human mum and dad have been apart. Luckily, we’ve been together and human mum has been giving us extra lots of cuddles and snuggles.
Unfortunately, it also means that photos have been harder to take. The light isn’t as good in human mum’s new house and dad is the one who loves to be a PAWparazzi.
From a human perspective it’s interesting to watch the cats interact with each other as they seem much kinder to each other, often stopping to sniff each other and groom each other. They also have abandoned some of the habits they had developed back home (at Sydney). Frosty used to love to come in and sit on the bed in the morning and get pats and cuddles from dad. Now, she doesn’t like to sit on the bed at all, even when the bed is warm and snuggles are free for all.
Shadow loves it when mum and dad talk on the phone. Mum usually puts dad on speaker phone so she can move around the house, make dinner and have her hands free for extra ear scratches. Shadow has started to love this and will come up to the phone and meow loudly at it when dad is talking. She clearly recognises his voice and she will even rub her face and head on the phone.
Thank you to all the lovely feline friends that suggested we use smelly laundry to help them transition as that made the move so much easier! Even now, we still use the smelly laundry which they love to sit on and rub on.
Finnigan the foster kitten
On the plus side, this weekend mum is going home to Sydney. There is a new foster kitten in the house so even though it is only a weekend trip back home, hopefully Shadow and Frosty will be okay with Finnigan – the new foster. He is just the cheekiest, fluffiest and cutest little bundle of joy.
So, without further adieu please welcome Finnigan the foster kitten to this week’s Sunday Selfie.
Thanks for stopping by and we will see you next week! Let me know what kind of selfie you would like to see next week 🙂
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Meow for now… Yulia
Caturday Art Blog Hop: Finnigan the Royal
This is our first time participating in the Caturday Art blog hop. We’re nervous and excited because we have hopped on over and visited a great number of you lovely feline artists and thought that this week was the week that we joined in.
As some of you may now, our human mum and dad are living apart for a year due to work. Mum has the big cats (Shadow and Frosty) and dad has the foster kittens.
This Caturday Art is dedicated to lovely Finnigan who has to go back on Monday to find his furever home. He’s reached is weight, become less timid and now runs around like any regular kitty. He will make someone a great companion as he likes his alone time, but also loves to snuggle up and has the loudest purr I’ve ever heard.
Here is our very first Caturday Art contribution.
What do you think? I’ve titled it: Finnigan the Royal.
Visit more artsy kitties at Athena’s Caturday Art blog hop!
Meow for now… Kristian
Pokémon Go Inspired Cookies
It seems that everyone is obsessed with the new Pokémon Go game. Who would have thought that a simple game could change the world… but it has.
Each day you see more and more people wandering around looking at their phones, but now, instead of being isolating there is a sense of camaraderie and companionship in this solo activity.
It’s not just good for the humans who are getting out, exploring their towns and cities but good for our furry friends. Dogs seem to be the big winners in this with many going for long walks in parks and new areas searching for the rare Pokémon… with their humans trying to ‘catch ’em all’. Even in the real world animal shelters are benefiting from this craze, like this one shelter where Pokémon masters are paying to walk the shelter dogs.
Luckily, though, cat’s don’t have to miss out. If you have a cat that is leash trained your four legged feline can join you on Pokémon walks. If this is something that is interesting to you, subscribe to our newsletter and keep an eye out for our article on how to leash train your cat
next week! By the end, you really will be a Pokémon Master with your very own Meowth…
In the meantime, if your cat isn’t leash trained then you can do the second best thing and bake ’em all (see what I did there?)
These Pokémon cookies were so much harder to make than I thought. Normally, my wife helps me out with these posts and does the decorating and even though she walked me through her process and recipe, the results speak for themselves.
Take a look and let me know what you think. They still tasted amazing, so even if you can’t catch them all you can bake and craft ’em all.
Have you done any Pokémon crafts as part of this crazy phenomenon that is Pokémon Go?
Or better yet, share your Pokémon Go tips and let us know what your best Pokémon is.
Meow for now… Kristian
What You Need To Know About Plant Eating Behaviour
Perhaps you glanced out of the window to see your cat chomping away at plants in the yard, or scooping out a sizeable chunk of earth from your beloved flower bed with their paws. Maybe they even take a bite from your houseplants when they think your back is turned?
If you have seen plant eating and digging behaviour in cats, you may have wondered what the reason is for it. Cats minds work in mysterious ways, but there actually are some pretty good reasons that cats dig and eat plants. So sit back, relax, and read on to find out all about it!
Did you know that cats actually need to eat plants once in a while? This is because cats use plants such as grass to cleanse their insides and get rid of any hairballs or other buildups lurking in their throats. You may have been worried during those times when you saw your kitty chowing down on a meal of grass stalks before throwing up – but actually this is healthy behaviour in cats as the grass has probably helped your feline friend to throw up a hairball that was irritating their insides.
Well, perhaps they could have been a little politer and not thrown up on your best rug, but the alternative can be dangerous for cats. Without using plants in this way to cleanse their throats and guts, cats can end up with painful, irritating, inflammatory balls of hair, mouse bone or even crunchies that have gone down the wrong way, building up in their gut and causing them pain and digestive problems. Sometimes, the problem has got so bad that hairballs have had to be surgically removed by veterinarians.
So, letting your cat out to frolic in the grass is pretty good for them – even if you do find them helping you out with the lawn mowing and nibbling away at the green stalks in the garden. If you have an indoor cat, you could grow a little pot of ornamental grass for them to munch on as and when they need to (kind of like a medicinal buffet).
Cats are generally pretty good at telling when a herb or grass is going to be good for them and when it is something to avoid because it will poison them or taste bad. But it is always a good idea, if you see your kitty trying to eat a new houseplant, to check quickly whether or not it is known to be bad for the feline digestive system!
So much for grass eating. Digging is a little more multifaceted, as there are several main reasons why cats exhibit digging behaviour. One of the most common reasons is simply one of hygiene: as you have probably observed, cats will usually dig a small hole in their litter tray or the yard when they go to the bathroom, and then cover it over when they have finished. This is a way of keeping things clean and neat as well as hiding their scent from prey and other cats!
If you see your cat scraping enthusiastically into the dirt of your garden, it could also be on the scent of some prey – a rabbit, a mole, or any animal that burrows underground. Digging here is a primal hunting instinct which you can, however, always discourage with a squirt of plain water if you want to stop your kitties getting into the habit of digging up your prize roses.
Digging is also a kind of feline manicure. We all know that cats love scratching their claws on hard surfaces (our beleaguered chair legs bear testament to that), as this helps to keep them filed and stops them getting irritatingly long. A simple cat scratching post is usually all that you need to satisfy this craving! But, cats can also keep their nails in shape by digging on hard surfaces such as sun baked earth or gravel. So, if you see your cat scrabbling away at the garden path, it could well just be giving its nails a good buffing.
Whatever the reasons your cat may have for plant eating or digging, you can rest assured that such behaviour is benign, and is in fact positively beneficial for your cat’s hygiene, digestion, and grooming.
Leave us a comment to let us know your thoughts on cat’s eating grass.
Meow for now… Kristian
Your Complete Guide To Caring For A Cat With Cancer
If your cat has recently been diagnosed, you may be thinking – what now? This article is a guide to care for a cat that has cancer. A cancer diagnosis for your cat can leave you with a difficult decision. Care for a pet with cancer can be exceptionally serious. It can require chemotherapy and other cancer treatments just like for humans. These treatments might be costly and stressful, and they may have negative side effects for your cat which will make a circumstance in which your pet needs a lot of nursing care. The quality of life of your cats is crucial, and if cancer or cancer treatment is going to be painful for your cat without any positive changes, you may need to consider some painful decisions.
The very first step to caring for a cat with cancer is to learn as much as you can about the diagnosis. Make inquiries. Seek the assistance of a specialist to guide you. Get to know what’s in store so that the procedure is not a surprise. This way you will lower your stress and ultimately your cats too as they will feed off your emotions.
As much as you should be there for your cat, consider building your own network of support through family, companions, an instructor, and your essential veterinarian or a veterinary authority.
Make a plan
Having a plan can diminish stress. Understanding what your cat will go through and what they won’t handle well, you would prefer not to be battling with your cat to give them their treatments. Understand what you approve of also. This incorporates a medical plan for your cat, your own planning of medical appointments, juggling work, and family obligations, and time to deal with yourself.
Learn how to administer medications
Medications frequently come in tablet or in the form of a capsule. Nonetheless, a few medications can be made into liquid compounds to make administration easy. Ask your veterinarian or veterinary specialist to show you the correct approach to administering different types of medication. It will also be important to understand how your cat reacts to medications and making it as easy and painfree as possible. You don’t want them to associate the unpleasantness of medication with you and have them shy away from you.
Treating cancer in cats
Once a cat is diagnosed with cancer the best method of treatment will rely on upon the cancer type, location, and general health of the cat, and also what the owner can manage as a caregiver. Cost also comes into it, so if you are lucky enough to have pet insurance this may be covered in some circumstances.
The three fundamental types of treatment for cat cancer are:
Surgery to remove tumors
Immunotherapy and cryotherapy are additionally used to treat cats with cancer, and some individuals use elective or all-encompassing treatments. Other owners will settle on the difficult choice to euthanize their cats if the cancer is untreatable and the cat is in a lot of pain that can’t be managed.
Expectations during cancer treatments
Treatment for cats with cancer can be expensive and may likewise require different treks to a veterinary oncologist. If you pick restorative treatment for your cat’s cancer, talk with your veterinarian in regards to the best choice for your cat.
This is what you can expect with different sorts of treatment:
Surgery: Localized cancer surgeries are led to evacuate tumors. Cats are regularly put under anesthesia before surgery. If this is the situation, you might be requested that not encourage your cat before the tumor-removal operation. When a cat has surgery, a biopsy of the tumor will probably be led, and chemotherapy treatments might be suggested. A few surgeries require your cat to be kept at the doctor’s facility overnight. Cats may have low energy after surgery, or need drug taking after the operation.
Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy treatments fluctuate in length, yet generally last between a couple of weeks to a few months. Treatments are administered either by pill or by means of infusions. Chemotherapy may bring about laziness or loss of ravenousness, yet since it is given in smaller dosages than people, it might bring about no signs by any means. For instance, dissimilar to in individuals, cats will in all likelihood not encounter hair loss. In any case, your vet can prescribe medication to adapt to any side effects resulting from chemotherapy.
Radiotherapy: Radiation treatment targets tumors with x-rays. Cats experiencing radiotherapy will have customary treatments for a timeframe, contingent upon the sort of cancer. Cats should be anesthetized during radiotherapy. In some cases, chemotherapy is consolidated with radiation treatment.
Follow all post-treatment or post-surgery directions carefully, reliably, and in a convenient way. If you are administering any medication identified with these treatments, be careful to not skip measurements.
Feeding a cat with cancer
Numerous cat foods have an adjusted wholesome mix that is suggested for a cat’s specific dietary needs. Consult your vet about any extra dietary needs associated with their sickness, and ensure they get a lot of water. Some cats with cancer may stop eating, or relate eating with queasiness or taking medication. Have a go at making mealtime a positive experience for your pet by petting them, conversing with them, or staying close by. Some vets prescribe that you abstain from cajoling cats to eat if they are encountering sickness, and to switch up pill time so it’s not connected with main meals.
Identify anything “fixable” that may be negatively influencing a cat’s readiness or capacity to eat. Is the cat on any medication that could be discouraging her craving? Is stopping it or changing to another medication conceivable? Are there palliative treatment choices that could enhance the cat’s appetite regardless of the possibility that they aren’t relied upon to be corrective? Is a feeding tube a sensible decision?
Cancerous cells change the body’s digestion system. They metabolize glucose and make lactase that the body then tries to change over once again into glucose. This removes energy from the cat and gives it to cancer. Cancers additionally change over amino acids, the building squares of protein, into energy bringing about muscle wasting, poor invulnerable capacity, and moderate recuperating. Then again, cancerous cells don’t have all the earmarks of being extremely effective at utilizing fat as a source of energy.
Taking into account these metabolic changes, feed your cat foods that are generally low in starches especially simple sugars and high in protein and fat. It is critical that every one of the ingredients used to make the cat’s food be very edible and absorbable. Simply enough fiber ought to be incorporated to keep up ordinary digestive capacity without significantly “weakening” the food. Omega-3 unsaturated fats are frequently added to these weight control plans since they are a decent wellspring of fat and calories and may have anti-cancer impacts.
Make a comfortable environment for a cat with cancer
Some cats with cancer will have less energy and will be less active. Move food and litter boxes nearer to your cat’s bed or common resting place. This ensures that your home surroundings are accessible to your cat’s condition. Comfortable, delicate sheet material can make rest or delayed resting more comfortable. You can likewise purchase a litter box that they can stroll into effectively. If cats aren’t up for climbing onto the lounge chair, get to know each other on the ground. They’ll welcome the affection and attention.
Cleanliness for cats with cancer
Make sure to give additional grooming and washing if your cat gets to be lazy and gives careful consideration to cleanliness. Check their fur for tangling and ensure their claws are trimmed and clean.
There are some litter box safety measures to take for cats receiving chemotherapy – to abstain from having any medications debase your home, scoop and purge litter boxes frequently, and use elastic gloves to tidy up spilled pee on the floor.
We often put off our pets passing for whatever length of time that we can, because we know that it is so difficult to adapt to the loss of a pet. Nonetheless, we have to settle on the choice that will be best for our cat and give our companion the best care. We should put them first. In this manner, it is vital to comprehend what the cancer treatments for your pet will include, and what the odds are for an effective recuperation.
Have you had experience of a cat with cancer or other illness? Share them with us.
Meow for now… Kristian