The Shy Explorer – Finnigan
Finnigan came to us as a solo kitten. Usually, we get pairs (or more!) and they can play with each other and explore together. Finnigan was a solo foster kitten. He was so shy and would just sit quietly under the couch. Sometimes, we thought we would never get him to open up.
One day, we couldn’t find him anywhere! We were so worried. We looked in all his favourite hiding spots – under the couch, behind the fridge, under the stove – and yet, we still couldn’t find him. Until we walked into another room and there he was out of his hiding spot following behind us. From that day on, any time we would go into another room he would run out and follow us. Never wanting to be left behind.
Finnigan loved to be snuggled deep inside his cat cushion. Or sitting up high on the cat scratcher watching the birds go by.
If you are interested in reading more about our foster experiences, check out last weeks post introducing Flash!
Meow for now… Kristian
Keeping Your Cat Cool in Summer
Whenever you bring a new pet at your home, you already have a picture of what life will be with them. Everyone wants to love their pets. They want to do everything to make their life easier and smooth. And having a furry friend cat in your life brings lot of happy moments. But, remember, that summer (particularly in Australia!) might hurt your small friend.
Mostly people bring cats for their companion, affection, and love. A hot summer day can make your cat suffer from dehydration, heatstroke and even shock. Nobody wants to see their cat in trouble. When it comes to humans they can sweat and feel relaxed but your cat can’t sweat and they struggle to feel comfortable.
So, how do you cool your cat down? There are many methods to cool your cat at your home.
Make sure you give them lots of fresh water containers. You can even give them some frozen ice treats using tuna, or other cat healthy snack. Just fill a container with water, add some treats and pop it in the freezer. They will get a lot of joy out of licking and nibbling the frozen ice block to get to the treat!
Cats can get sunburnt just like humans. Make sure you keep their sun baking time to morning or late afternoon and avoid the hot sun between 12-3pm (just like you would!). If they have an exposed nose you can even buy some animal friendly zinc. Keep them indoors on hot days, or make sure they have a shady shelter they can escape to if they are an outdoor cat.
If you have a cat with extra-long fur make sure you brush them regularly to help them get rid of any extra fur. This will minimise hairballs, but also help keep them cool. Some people even like to shave their cats in summer.
If you have fans or air conditioning at home you may use this to keep yourself cool, but it will have an added bonus of cooling your cat down as well.
Playing games is important for cats mental health, but on the really hot days you may find they don’t like to play as much. Games that may be good in the heat involve chasing ice cubes on the floor.
Bathrooms and kitchens are often favourite places on a hot day because the tiles are much cooler for your cat than other spaces. This is okay. Let them rest in these rooms as it may be very beneficial to them.
Never, ever leave your pet alone in a car. Even on a mildly hot day car temperatures rise quickly and your cat could die. Even if it is only for a “few minutes” while you run to the store it can be very unsafe and have deadly consequences.
Any other tricks?
Meow for now… Kristian
Blink and You’ll Miss Him – Meet the Flash!
We are wanting to look back on all the cute foster kittens we have had over the past 12-18 months. We are finding that we are starting to forget their unique personalities and traits. So, we thought that we could use this as an opportunity to start a series introducing and looking back on foster kittens we’ve had through the ages.
This is Flash.
He lives up to his name, he is quick as a sprite.
When he came to us, he was shy. Now, he loves to sit with you and nibble on your eyelashes. He will clean any extra food off your nose (even if there isn’t any) and loves to play with his fellow foster kittens and cats.
His favourite toy is the feather wand… he will chase it all day long and his jumps should really qualify him for some kind of Olympic sport.
He is also a hungry little kitten – any time that he hears the food container move he rushes into the bathroom hoping to get more food.
We hope you like this little insight into Flash’s personality and we hope you will leave your comments for us!
Meow for now… Kristian
Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Your Pregnant Cat
Whether you’re an owner of a queen, in other words, a feline that’s pregnant, or you decided to adopt a stray cat that’s been confirmed pregnant, you have to learn about feline pregnancy and find out the proper ways of caring for cats that have babies in their wombs. Pregnancy in cats is something that has to be given special attention and care. The following are vital pregnant cat care information and reminders which you have to follow:
See a doctor.
First and foremost, you should head to the veterinary clinic and let the vet take a look at your cat. He or she should do some tests to find out about whether your queen has health problems or none, and also so your pet can be given correct treatment. One of the goals, after all, is for the cat to have a healthy feline pregnancy, not only for its safety, but also for the future kittens’ safety. Part of caring for cats that will become mothers soon is to have them checked up regularly by the vet e.g. once, twice, or more a month.
Food, food, food.
Pregnancy in cats also means that owners should make certain that their queens are given good nutrition and enough fresh water everyday. If you’re feeding good quality cat food to your pet, continue doing that, but, during the last 3 up to 4 weeks of pregnancy, one of the pregnant cat care tips you have to utilize is to add in some good quality kitten food to her diet, in order to let her gain access to more minerals, vitamins, and nutrients, that both she and her babies need. If you’re not sure whether the food on hand that you have is of healthy quality or not, ask the vet for advice on the best brand or variety to feed your queen.
For a healthy and safe feline pregnancy, another advice on caring for cats that are pregnant is to ensure that your cat has enough calcium. In other words, let it have a calcium supplement everyday, as that can prevent eclampsia, and can make her and her future babies healthy. Again, ask the vet about a good calcium supplement for pregnant felines.
The moment of pregnancy in cats also requires a litter box that’s regularly cleaned e.g. everyday, as litter boxes that are left soiled or dirty can result to infections in your cat, which, can also affect the babies in her womb. You should also ensure that her sleeping place is cozy and comfortable e.g. let her lie on some blankets or even a towel – this can also serve as the place where she’ll give birth.
Unlike your kittens and grown up cats, pregnant cats need lots of care and attention with regards to food, resting place, vitamins, medication and other needs. As pet owner, it is your responsibility to ensure her welfare and health during this stage. Be sure to make her feel comfortable to reduce the stress level in her body. Keep in mind that cats are pregnant at about 63 or 65 days, thus in that short period of time, lots of changes occur inside her womb. In this span of time, you should be vigilant and overly observant to ensure her safety all the time.
Moreover, make sure to bring her to the veterinarian to have her health check and assessed. Most often, vets give additional vitamin supplements for added nutrients needed to sustain the unborn kittens inside her body. At this stage, she will have to eat not only one meal, but you should give her larger portions of food at about three or more times a day. Do not forget to ask the veterinarian as to how long you are required to give her additional vitamins and minerals in her meals. Like human beings, you should give her added calcium needed in the development of unborn kitten’s bones.
Be sure to keep the pregnant cat away from stressful situations and danger in the later stage of pregnancy to avoid premature birth and bleeding. Moreover, it is in this stage of pregnancy that you need to give extra love and attention to calm her and to prepare her for motherhood.
During the delivery, be vigilant and watch for any signs of discomfort, pain or bleeding, otherwise, bring her to the veterinarian immediately. At this stage, she needs to undergo a cesarian birth not only to save your cat and kittens inside her womb a well.
These are some of the pregnancy cat care pointers every cat owner should become aware of and apply specifically when they have confirmed that their cats are ‘soon to be moms’.
Have you had the joy of a pregnant cat?
Meow for now… Kristian
Cat First Aid Kit – What You Need to Know
It’s a logical precaution to have a first aid kit in your home for your own safety and that of your family. But has it ever occurred to you that your pets also require a first aid kit. What would you do if your beloved cat suffered some injury or fell sick suddenly?
The vet is a couple of blocks away, not to mention you might need some appointment. While it feels right to empathise with your cat, it’s just not enough. Don’t even get there; the family first aid kit is not equipped to handle an injured or sick cat. Your needs and those of your cat are wide apart.
Just like humans, cats are prone to injuries and sudden attacks and, therefore, should have a special first aid kit. While minor cuts and gashes are fairly easy to handle, some sudden attacks like poisoning can prove tricky. So where does your cat spend most of the time, indoor or outdoor?
While an outdoor can is more susceptible to injuries and illnesses, accidents do happen and when they do they don’t choose whether the cat was indoors or playing in the backyard. If such an eventuality was to happen, it’s important you knows what to do.
Obviously providing first aid to your cat is critical. So, cat first aid kit – what you need: For starters, do you have one and if you do, exactly where is it stored and what are its contents? Administering first aid would not only provide the necessary comfort but can also save the cat’s life.To start with, you not only need to stay calm but also, you will need to calm your cat or further injury may happen. Injured or sick cats could be frightened, nervous, or feel threatened and, therefore, would try to defend themselves.
In such instances, they can without warning claw or bite you with disastrous consequences. If the cat proves to be a menace, you can restrain it by gently wrapping them in a blanket. If you can’t calm the cat down, seek some help. In the meantime, you can call any listed vet emergency number including your regular vet and explain your predicament.
Ordinarily, a pet’s kit should contain sterile gauze pads, antiseptic cleanser bandages, surgical scissors, clean tweezers, emergency ice pack and a rectal thermometer. Other items are hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls, ointment, eye droppers and eyewash solution.
You might not be a qualified vet, but getting acquainted with the “First Aid Book” would equip with the basic first aid skills. You don’t need to go through it as you are studying for some exams, but a quick perusal would help a great deal.
If your cat has suffered some minor cut, clip the hair around the wound edges, wash any dirt on the edges of the wound and then clean the cut using antiseptic cleaner. Depending on the size of the cut and the severity of the injury you gently wrap a thin bandage twice around the cut or wound.
In the event that you cat has suffered some extensive injury, secure them and gently place them in their carrier or bed, ready for a vet visitation, or wait for one. For serious cases, don’t fumble around and no guess work, do whatever it takes to see your vet immediately.
Meow for now… Kristian