In the event of a major storm, and ‘storm’ here does not mean a passing thunderstorm but a population-threatening event, immediately crate your cat(s). Do not assume your cat will come when called in such a situation; when cats get scared they hide, often under a bed or in a closet. This makes it very hard to reach them in time when you need to be rushing out the door to save yourself, so make sure you have the cat in a position and place to get them out. Be ready to take them to the vehicle with you should you need to make an immediate exit. A dire storm can be a threatening and confusing time for human much fewer cats.
Why do storms freak cats out?
The pressure changes in a storm system can affect cats adversely and cause them to become disoriented and panicked. The last thing anyone needs at that point is to have a cat dash from the safer confines of a home and run into traffic where they can be hit by oncoming vehicles or even cause an accident. It is all too common a scenario and one that can be completely avoided.
What do you need?
You will also want to create an emergency kit for your cat that can be stashed in the car ahead of time or left near the door for easy grabbing as you run out. This pet emergency kit should include enough food and water for several days to a week’s time, any medications your cat might need and something familiar for comforts, like a shirt with your scent on it or a favorite toy. A great veterinarian tip is to include a can of tuna in the emergency kit, which can be used for protein by cats and can even be consumed by humans. Make sure you know in advance which shelters will accept pets and in the case of your shelter not take cats, be certain you know the pet boarding places that will. With the advance time allotted in tracking the hurricane or storm, call the cats shelters to make arrangements for a drop-off.
What to avoid?
Do not abandon your cats to fend for themselves even if you leave enough food and water at home. While you evacuate, your beloved pet is alone, frightened and unable to open doors or think beyond the moment of her terror. Hurricane Floyd saw over three million pets, and livestock lost to abandonment while their caretakers scurried off to a safe place and left their animal charges home alone. With Hurricane Andrew, a thousand pets were euthanized for lack of space and no one stepping forward in time to claim them. In the days that followed Hurricane Katrina, over ten thousand animals were rescued from the floods and wreckage, but few were claimed, leading to more euthanizing. A domesticated animal left on its own in the conditions that remain in the wake of a major storm, especially a hurricane, usually do not survive.
If you stay calm, your cat will stay calm
Even if you are not in the direct path a hurricane and do not need to evacuate, be aware of the pressure changes inherent with a storm front and how that can affect your pet, especially the loud noises and flashing lights associated with stormy weather. Providing your pet the calming security of a crate or leash would be an act of kindness even if it is not technically needed. Stay strong and calm yourself and your cat will sense your fearlessness and try to make it their own.
Pets, especially cats, need to see a demonstration of level-headedness, quiet strength, and a peaceful demeanor during times of high and frightening action. When a pets’ world starts to crumble, you are to be the solid rock to which they can cling for survival. Fall apart yourself, and the poor creature will have nothing on which to determine its security level. First and foremost, you are the anchor so do not panic, scream or freak out more than is necessary. Chances are this behavior will be appreciated by everyone involved, not just the animals. Remember that a pet looks to you for its safety and it is your responsibility as a pet parent to provide it as best you can.
Today is Pi Day. If you are human hopefully you are eating something delicious (sweet or savoury) as a way to treasure this special day dedicated to Pi (the maths… not the food. But why not have both? Amiright?)
When you’re a kitten you don’t get to eat delicious apple pie (unless you are a sneaky food thief). Instead, you might get a special wet food treat on this special day.
Just like Billy here who loves Pi Day so much he just gets so excited!
Millions of people are renting while they establish their lives and save up for a place of their own. Millions of people also have pets. However, the two don’t always go hand in hand.
We’ve collated our top tips for helping you get your pet approved to living in a rental property with you.
This one seems obvious, but so many people don’t even ask. If you don’t ask you can never put forward your case for your pet. Don’t be discouraged and go to the extra effort to ask your landlord to consider a pet.
2. Put together a ‘cat resume’
When you ask your landlord, be prepared. Put together a little resume of your cat with some photos, their habits. Make sure you include your cat’s age, temperament, the fact that they’re up to date with vaccinations, that they’re microchipped, desexed, and so on. You may also want to include character references for your pet from a previous property manager, vet or anyone who can credibly speak to your pets behaviour and be contacted to confirm.
3. Keep thorough records!
Keep vaccination certificates, vet receipts and other pet paperwork, so you can easily produce them if required. You can also share these with your property manager regularly to give them peace of mind about your pets health and status. Making the effort will remind them you’re a caring renter and pet owner. A caring pet owner is much more likely to look after the pet’s environment and keep a clean and well cared for house.
4. Cat’s eye view.
When you are looking for your purrfect home, keep them in mind. Do they have enough space? If they are an outdoor cat – is this a safe neighbourhood with quiet streets? Is the backyard big enough? Luckily, cats can live in small spaces… but even they will need to have some of their own space to retreat to in times of stress.
5. Have a trial period.
It may be helpful to have a trial period of a couple of months. Your landlord and property manager can see how your pet is doing in the property and it can help them make a positive decision.
6. Get agreements in writing.
If you agree to pay a little more to have your pet, or you’re trialling it out for a short period, get the agreed terms in writing with your property manager. If there’s any confusion or disputes down the track, everyone can defer to those documents. You can draw up a separate Pet Agreement that outlines all terms and your responsibilities. There are plenty of templates available on the internet for you to use.
7. Agree to clean!
You can offer to removed all trace of your pet’s presence when you leave. While you’re already obligated to clean a property when you depart, it could help you get your pet over the threshold if you provide commitments to deep cleaning carpets, flea treatments and deodorising.
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How To Get Your Cat To Stop Scratching The Furniture
Have you gotten frustrated when your cat keeps scratching at your carpet and furniture? Very quickly, they start to look dated, old and ugly.
Would you be surprised to know that my cats NEVER scratch at the carpet or scratching post? We have had the same furniture for years and it doesn’t look like cats even live at my house. People are always surprised when the learn that not only do I have 3 cats of my own but I foster kittens for the RSPCA.
In the time I’ve been fostering I have had countless kittens come through my door – all of them start out trying to sharpen their claws on my carpet or furniture, but it is a habit that they stop very quickly.
Most people seem to think that owning a cat means that you are doomed to have furniture that is ruined. I’m here to tell you that is NOT true. You don’t even need to be some kind of magical cat whisperer. This trick is so easy, anyone can do it.
I’ve made a short video. Click below, watch and find out.
Let me know when you have finished the video what you think… and if you like it, don’t forget to share it with your cat lover friends!
Cats have been celebrated in artwork for throughout history. They are celebrated in different holidays, from Easter, to Christmas, Halloween (adorable costumes!) and now, Mardi Gras.
These Mardi Gras cats have been whimsically and magically captured by these very talented artists.
Incatneato – Jeff Haynie
What do you think?
We think cats can really enjoy Mardi Gras – people regularly shout ‘Show me your KITTIES!’ and then you get free beads… clearly, it’s a lot of fun for cats.
Mardi Gras Cat – MADDogArtGallery
If you are heading out to celebrate the festivities this Mardi Gras please remember to keep any human treats like alcohol away from your beloved kitty.
Don’t forget that shiny costumes, props and accessories can be very enticing to your feline family member but it can also be a choking hazard or cause a blockage if swallowed. If your cat enjoys the curiosity of playing with new things then be careful and keep these items out of reach!
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