Unlike dogs, cats are not always taken out for an exercise. Actually, a lot of cat owners don’t realise their need for exercise as they are mostly indoor and are not as frisky as a dog. But cats also need a bit of exercise to stay in shape, and they would appreciate it if you help them maintain their shape in the long run.
The importance of keeping the cat healthy and well is more emphasized as the cat gets older. Since they’re not as active and as energetic like dogs, they will probably be harder to convince to exercise. But don’t be sad, there’s a strategy that will help them get in shape and there’s not much hassle for you!
These are some tips you can do:
Laser Trick. This is possibly the most famous way for you to have fun and your cat to move around too! They will be fixated with the bright red dot and will chase it for a long while. They will be on their paws for the entire time, awaiting the next movement of the ‘mysterious red dot’ and try to catch it as much as possible. However, you need to switch up the game afterwards to avoid the cat being frustrated from not catching its target – you need real cat toys that they can catch and interact with.
Get Another Cat. You can probably ask your friend who has a cat or maybe your next door neighbour to play with your cat. Cats bond well and will chase around each other or do some friendly wrestling. It may be an old cat or a young one, cats are naturally playful with each other and they will mingle for a while. Take note that the cat should be acquainted for a while in order to make them feel comfy with each other.
Catnip. The plant that cats enjoy to nip and sniff can be used to help your cat to exercise. There’s a precaution needed when using this plant – you need to make sure that your cat doesn’t react aggressively about it and won’t hurt anyone. It shouldn’t be used before a stressful event as well as they might become aggressive and will harm anyone.
Cat Tower. Cats love to climb on things, and it’s actually good for them too! Get a cat tower and your cat will be on it for a while. This will help them keep their body moving and even keep their nails blunt – since most cat towers have built in scratching posts. In order to entice them to stay there and climb for a while, hide some treats there and let them search for it as long as they’re able to.
Cat Toys. If you don’t have enough space or a cat friend to introduce for your cat, you can equip your space with interactive cat toys. These doesn’t have to be expensive, and they are readily available in different pet shops everywhere. You can even make your own or maybe use an available item in your house. These can be small bouncy balls and even a feather duster! But ideally, a cat toy is still better.
Go Out. It’s rare to see cats being walked outside, but it’s possible. Get them a special leash that will help them walk with you and not fear that they’ll run too far and fast. Unlike dogs, cats like climbing on trees since that’s their nature – and it will help them stay in shape and enjoy the fresh air and sunlight outside. It’s both healthy for you and your cat!
Yes, I know, the topic of death can be pretty morbid and saddening. After all, who would want to talk about the prospect of their beloved pet leaving them, right? We all love our pets, and we would give the world to them if we could, so just the thought of them passing away is pretty difficult to stomach.
However, it’s important to talk about it because there is valuable information you can get there. Information that will help your pet cat go through their dying days more comfortably. Knowing the changes in behavior as a cat approaches the final stages in its life will provide you with an idea of what to do, to help them pass away peacefully and with ease.
Becoming more and more Inactive
Becoming physically weaker with pain riddling their bodies is often the reason why cats that are on their last leg don’t move around, exercise, or play that much. It may come as a surprise to you that your pet cat is no longer acknowledging your calls, let alone follow you to the kitchen like it normally would. Their physical condition is what disables them from moving as much, so if you see your cat spending a lot of time just lying down on the floor instead of being active like it used to, that could be a sign that they’re nearing the end of the line.
Changes in the Way they Look
Cats prefer to often groom themselves, since their furs can easily catch dust and dirt. They’re pretty clean animals as well, which is why you’d often find them licking and tidying their body. You may see them shedding a lot of fur, with clumps of them fall of their bodies, and be covered in dirt, dust, stains, and more.
No Longer Eating Properly
Loss of appetite is a common sign that something may be going on with your cat. Of course, skipping a meal not really that big of a deal, but if it goes on for a whole day and two, then that is definitely a sign for concern. Before assuming that they’re dying though (depending on how old they are), it could be that they have parasites leaving inside them, which can be remedied by visiting the vet. Weigh and analyze every detail you’re seeing, and then after that, it’ll be easier to identify what route to take.
Preferring to be Isolated
Cats that are nearing the end of their life cycle become more aloof, preferring to be alone for most of the time. They also like to hide underneath the bed, dark and unused storage rooms, as well frequent basements. They do this because they want to rest comfortably in a place that’s safe and that somewhat acts like a den.
Losing your beloved feline companion is definitely painful, but it’s something that we simply have no control over. The best we can do is help be more comfortable during their final hours, and to make it as easy for them as possible.
Having a pet is a joyful experience – you have someone to welcome you home, cuddle you when you feel lonely, and play with you when you’re happy. They’re soft and gentle creatures, and sympathize with you whenever you feel down and depressed. They are intelligent as well – they know when you need their attention and will run to your side when needed.
However, owning a pet is not always rainbows and butterflies, they sometimes come with physical defects and diseases. The most terrible thing of them all – cancer – can possibly be suffered by your cat. Although it’s not rampant, there are cats with cancer out there that needs proper care and whole-hearted love and affection. Don’t give up on them yet! There are a lot of effective treatments out there to help your cat survive the disease.
Cancer Treatments for Your Cat:
Tumor removal through surgery. It means that your cat will undergo a surgery to tediously remove the tumors in their body. They are put under anaesthesia and will require you to not feed your cat before the surgery. These tumors are collected as specimen for biopsy, eventually your cat will have to go for chemotherapy as per doctor’s suggestion. Since cats will be frail and lethargic after surgery, they are suggested to stay there overnight.
Chemotherapy. It usually lasts for a couple of weeks to months and are done through pills and injections. It will make your cat feel more lethargic and won’t have any appetite. It doesn’t give your cat hair loss as they only receive smaller doses compared to humans.
Radiotherapy. This kind of therapy requires radiation that targets tumors through x-ray. It will require longer periods and usually combined with chemotherapy.
These are the treatments available for your cancer-stricken cat, but there are other believed holistic alternative treatments that can make their condition better. But these three are usually the common treatments needed to make the cat handle the cancer. There’s also Cryotherapy and Immunotherapy for your cat that are considered safe and better for your cat’s health. Make sure that the medicine given will be strictly adhered to schedule.
How to Care for the Sick Cat:
Nutrition. This is usually advised by the vet since each cat is unique and will need an abundance of vitamins and minerals in their diet. They will be tougher to feed since they will associate it with nausea and medicine, and they will be tougher to convince to drink water. The way to handle this is to avoid combining pill time and meal time together and to stop forcing them to eat or drink when they have nausea.
Environment. Make sure you shower your cat with love and affection during this tough times. You can make a corner specifically for your cat and move all its necessities nearby as they usually lack the energy to walk to their litter box or their feeding bowls. You have to adjust to them and maybe even have to settle beside them when they can’t climb.
Hygiene. You will have to be extra careful when handling them and have to be more attentive for matted hair and trim their nails. You may have to wash them often than usual and make sure to be gentle in rubbing them dry and combing them. For cleaning their litter boxes, you have to wear gloves to protect yourself and proceed to clean their items.
There are a lot of strays in the city, and as much as you want to give them a home – you simply can’t. But with their number, there are also unfortunate circumstances that orphans a kitten – even from birth. These kittens are weak and it’s prone for bullying, abuse, and even killed fending for itself. If you manage to rescue one, it’s a blessing for both of you! But what do you do when you get your hands on a stray orphaned kitten? But first, understand why kittens are usually orphaned since birth.
Why some kittens get orphaned
Aside from the sad possibility that the mother feline got killed, it might also due to a condition called agalactia – she cannot produce milk to take care of her kittens or maybe there’s an abnormality in her psychological qualities that makes her unable to care for her young. It can happen as early as the kitten is only a few days or weeks old and it’s usually in harmful and dangerous places.
How to Care for Orphaned Kittens
Kittens by nature needs a lot of care and affection, and it should also be a detailed schedule wherein there’s a time for feeding, playing, and sleeping to help them grow into healthy cats. It might be a time consuming and tiring task, but at the end of the day, it’s a beautiful experience. You get rewarded with its loyalty and you get yourself your new best friend! Here are helpful things you should keep in mind when you care for these babies:
Nutrition and Weaning. Since the mother is not around, you need to tube feed the kitten with milk and supplements. It should be done slowly and with care – if you push too much, some of the food will actually enter the lungs and make the kitten choke. If you’re not confident about this, you can use a nursing bottle to regulate the flow of the food. But if the kittens are weak and can’t feed, you may need to visit your nearest vet to take care of this. Make the kitten lie on its belly when it’s being fed. The kind of milk you can use can be found in almost all pet stores – opt for one specifically for kittens. But do not let the cat drink cow or goat’s milk since they lack the needed vitamins for the kitten’s growth.
Ensuring Bowel Movement. Unlike a human baby, kittens do not have the necessary muscle control to defecate and even urinate. The grooming and the licking by the mother is the stimulation that ensures the bowel movements – and this should be done every after feeding. You can use a cotton ball or a microfibre towel and wet it with warm water to wipe the genitals and the anal. It will help them do their business with ease.
Regulate Temperature for them. A proper room temperature is needed when you need to care for the kittens. They can’t store and even create body heat by themselves yet, so you have to go for artificial warming pads or a DIY incubator. If the weather is too hot, make sure they get enough cool air that their body can handle – if you adopted a litter, you need to spread them out to maintain temperature. Ideally, you can store these babies in a nice blanket and make them cozy and warm. If you have other pets, make sure they don’t touch the kittens too much – or keep them out of reach.
Immunise. Like human babies, they are too weak to battle against the germs and disease-carrying bacteria, so it’s important to get their vaccinations and maybe supplements as prescribed by vets.
Attention and Social. They also need your love and attention! Don’t bother them too much, but gentle cuddles and pets will be a good way to start a relationship with your cat. If they’re alone, you can put some soft and small stuffed animals in the blanket with the baby to make sure it doesn’t feel lonely – everyone loves cuddles! Shower them with love whenever you can.
There’s a common misconception about cats that’s been going around for quite some time now. The misconception goes a little something like this: “Cats are definitely aloof and/or independent. They basically want to be left alone!” However, this couldn’t be any farther from the truth, because although cats don’t need to be walked on a daily basis like dogs, their owner’s presence matters a lot to them.
Like any other pet, cats still require the supervision and care of the owners. They still need to be bathed, fed, and taken to the vet if necessary. However, being with our cats all the time is pretty unrealistic because we do have work and other stuff to tend to. But, there are factors that we should take into consideration before we leave our cats alone, and we need to ask ourselves specifically, how long can we safely leave our feline fur balls alone?
Think about Your Cat’s Age
Age should be the first thing that people should think about when they plan on leaving their cats alone. As a general rule, kittens below 4 months old shouldn’t be left alone for up to 4 hours and more. If your cat is older than 4 months, then they should be able to handle 5 or 6 hours of being alone. Once your cat reaches 6 months old, they can go on without company for a full eight hours.
Consider the Weather
Before you leave your cat alone, whether you’re going to work or to the grocery store, considering the weather is a very important step to making sure they’ll be safe. During the summer and hotter climates, are more prone to overheating and being in danger. It’s best to leave the air conditioner turned on, so your feline companion could keep cool.
Leave them a Lot of Water
Now, older cats can handle eight hours of being left alone, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be leaving them to fend and care for themselves. Although you’re going to have to leave them for work, you can always prepare what they need beforehand. Water is very important for any living being in this planet (you and your pets included), so make sure to leave them plenty of water to drink while you’re away.
Get Two Litter Boxes
You never know when you might have to leave your cats for more than eight hours. Instead of settling with only one litter, opt to get two or more (depending on how many cats you have). By doing this, the litter boxes won’t fill up faster and provide your furry friend another litter box that they might find more comfortable relieving themselves in. This will lessen the chances of you stumbling upon unauthorized deposits, if you get our drift.
Although cats are more silent and relaxed compared to dogs, they still need love and attention. Be sure to spend time with them, prepared what they need, and don’t leave them alone for too long. Always rush back home as soon as you can because they’ll be eagerly waiting for your return.
Hi, I’m Kristian!
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