Right inside our very homes lurk items that pose serious risks to our feline pets. These items might look harmless, sometimes beautiful, and hidden in plain sight but they are dangerous to cats.
It is, then, the cat owners responsibility to take precautions to make a house cat-safe. It is the cat owners tasks to do research and take steps to ensure these little love balls are free from threat brought about by everyday household items.
We have compiled a list of common household items that pose serious risks to our beloved furry friend:
Junk Food Packets
Be careful with just leaving around opened junk food packets. These pose a fatal choking hazard. The food contents of remnants make the packet all the more enticing to check out. There have been many reports of pets dying of suffocation because of these food packets. Other items that pose serious choking hazards are strings, bones, toys and other small items. Just like when a house has a kid, having a pet in a house means that the homeowners must always be on the lookout for possible deadly items in plain sight because there are a lot of them.
Bleach, detergent, shampoo, and other nifty cleaning materials are very useful in the house. However, it must be noted that these almost always contain chemicals that are harmful when ingested. Some cleaning solutions are especially toxic, like muriatic acid, that even just skin exposure or inhalation already inflicts damage. Make sure that these items are stored in a cabinet with a lock to keep away from the curious hands of pets and children.
Caffeine affects pets in a similar way it affects humans. Since it is a stimulant, it causes raised heartbeats, restlessness, hyperactivity and the like. It worse cases, it causes vomiting and seizures. Because pets weigh significantly less than humans, they experience adverse effects quickly and gravely. Pets must not consume any caffeine. Keeps, coffee, soda, and teas away from your pets.
Similarly, although a depressant, alcohol poses a similar threat and must be off-limits all the time.
Evolution has rendered cats unable to digest plants. Hence, cats are strict carnivores. This is why doughs with yeast or any mixture with a rising agent must not be consumed by cats. The warmth of the cat’s stomach will cause the dough to rise and expand and cause a myriad of intestinal problems. The yeast will also be absorbed are alcohol and cause alcohol poisoning.
These may look beautiful inside your homes but if you have a pet, you have to be conscious about your choice of indoor plants. Aloe vera and lilies are toxic for cats. Aloe Vera cause stomach upset and vomiting. Lilies are toxic for cats and will cause kidney damage. It is imperative to not have these plants when you have a cat. There are also other plants that are equally as harmful. Do your thorough research before buying a plant when you have pets at home.
Having a pet brings so many forms of joy. Having a pet also brings responsibility for the entire lifetime of your pet. Cat owners must take care of their cat holistically. Cat owners must eradicate every form of danger so that your cat can live a long, happy and safe life. Simply, cat owners must be on top of everything. There’s a reason they call it “cat parents”.
Getting your cat a scratch post will not only make your cat happy. It will also make you happy, by extension. Scratching is a primal instinct of cats. The sensation of clawing and ripping through a material and the sound of scratching are extremely satisfying for felines. In the case of humans, having scratch-free sofas and carpets are extremely satisfying. Thus, investing in a scratching post really does bring benefits for humans and felines alike.
It is important to purchase a product that would entice your cat to use it. Otherwise, it will just be a complete waste of resources.
Here are things to take note of in buying a cat scratching post:
The size of your house is an important factor to consider in choosing the right scratching post for your cat. If you live in a small studio-type condominium, you must stay away from scratching posts that take too much space. Doing otherwise will make you despise your purchase. For the ultimate space-saving hack, there are scratching boards you can just attach to walls.
Scratching Post Kind
There are many kinds of scratching posts available in the market: hanging scratching posts, standing scratching posts, mat type scratching posts. There are even ones that double as a cat porches.
One has to consider the size of the cat when trying to buy cat products. It is best that the size of the product is a perfect fit.
There is a plethora of anecdotal evidence on the internet that cats like scratching posts that are tall. Cats like to stretch and extend their bodies upward as they scratch.
Look for scratching posts that are made of biodegradable materials. Wood, cardboard and natural fiber are good options because they do not leave a negative impact to the environment. Plastic, on the other hand, stays in this world for about 100 years—that’s way over human and cat lifespans!
Cats are magnificent at survival. They have this innate instinct for safety. The same instinct stirs cats away from scratching unstable things. In the wild, cats usually scratch trees because of their stability. Try to look for scratching posts that are sturdy and stable. Also, notice the way the post stands on the floor. Make sure it is secure and not wobbly.
The scratching post you choose must not be made of fabric or carpeting material. Posts like these would associate these materials with scratching. Your cat will not be able to distinguish which items are for scratching and which ones are off limits. Protect your carpet and furniture bu sticking with scratching posts made of natural ropes or cardboard.
Use the tips above to find the perfect scratching post. Let the scratching post be your furry love ball’s object of fascination. This way, you get to keep your cat happy and you get to keep yourself happy with your impeccably flawless couch.
Going on a picnic with your feline friend is definitely a pleasurable activity. The sun, the wide patch of green grass, the trees— all complete a beautiful bonding day. Going on a picnic day with your cat definitely is a fun activity. We, as responsible cat owners, must just take note of a few things to keep it that way.
With the Australian Northern Territory’s Picnic Day holiday coming up, we made a list of things to remember to keep a fun picnic day fun:
Make sure you give your pet leash training a few weeks in advance before your trip outdoors. Most cats are not comfortable with physical restraint and would try to wiggle out of it. Giving your cat able time to be accustomed to this garment will benefit your picnic adventure.
Always holding your cat by a leash will ensure safety at all times. Even when you feel that your cat does not need a leash, it is important because to err on the safe side as the outdoors is a new environment for your pet. As they say, it is better safe than sorry.
Sometimes, cats can also learn to stroll with a leash. That would be another fun bonding activity with your cat.
First Aid Kit
Go on a picnic responsibly by preparing a first aid kit. The same first aid kit for humans will also work for cats. What is important is after the preliminary care, professional medical care must be sought.
In the case that your cat goes missing, physical pictures, cat collars with complete contact information or GPS tracking device will come in handy.
Observe your cat’s attitude towards other people and animals. Sometimes inanimate objects like cars and lawnmowers elicit reactions to animals. Observe if your cat is afraid or agitated with dogs, cats, cars, and even children. If they display strong reactions to the following, it may not be the best time to bring your cat to a picnic. Picnic spaces can sometimes be crowded and this might overwhelm your pet.
Slowly ease your cat to whatever she is afraid of or agitated with. For instance, If your cat is afraid of the sound and sight of moving vehicles, you may try to hold your cat close to you, with a lease of course, as you try to watch moving vehicles. You a slowly increase the length and proximity as your cat gets more comfortable with every visit.
Cat Crates Or Cat Bags
Going on a picnic will entail travel. Training your cat in cat crates and cat bags will ensure safe and comfortable travel. Training can sometimes take time, so give ample time for your cat to learn prior to scheduling an outdoor trip.
Cats, especially short haired ones can get sunburnt. Areas that are especially vulnerable are the ears and nose. Consult your veterinarian for the best sunscreen for your cat.
Toys are great ways to entertain your cat. If you feel like the picnic is boring your pet, toys will come in nifty to entertain, distract or calm it.
It is illegal to leave animal drippings so having a poop scooper ready. Newspaper pages would also work well in this situation and is actually the more environment-friendly and sustainable option.
Hydration is important when going outdoors to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. The sun will be bright and shining and the day will be warm and beautiful so it is important to make sure your cat has adequate water to stay hydrated and cool. You may also bring camping coolers for a steady supply of cool water.
It is not a picnic without treats for your cat. Treats that your cat does not usually get will make the picnic special for your feline friend. So go splurge a little on that yummy treat you’ve always wanted to buy for the little kitty.
It is best to keep human food away from cats because not only are they not the best fit for your cat, they may also harm them.
Letting your cat participate in activities that are not usually part of their usual routine definitely would contribute to them leading an enriched life. Bringing them along would also serve as a bonding avenue for you and your furry friend. So keep that picnic day fun by keeping it safe.
Cats are mysterious creatures – they can be really cuddly and romantic one day and the next day they ignore you the whole day. But cats aren’t as mysterious as you think, they have their special body language that they share with people and other cats they care about. Their actions aren’t as random as you assume, it’s always systemised and it reflects their mood and personality.
Looking for ways to understand what your cat is trying to portray? Give meaning to your cat’s random actions and meows with these helpful tips.
Meaning of Cat’s Movements:
Steady Soft Gaze – Your cat trusts you and it’s relaxed and feels safe around you. It considers you as family and a friend – someone to protect and rely on.
Ears Forward – The cat is quite happy to see you home and was either waiting for you or expecting your arrival. Expect it to wind around your leg or maybe a passionate head bump.
Tail Raised and Curved Tip – Your cat is very happy with you. This is a sign of contentment and trust.
Ears Shot Up – This cat behaviour means it assesses its environment and is keenly listening to any sudden sounds and movements. Try not to spook your cat as it might attack you.
Tail is Held Straight with Low Incline – Your cat is anxious and is ready to pounce on any sudden movement. This means slight fear or aggression.
Slow Blinking – This is how cats say I love you to their closest humans, and they mean it. It also shows trust and affection, the cat loves you and will protect you when it can.
Squinting – The cat is smiling at you – this is how they show their appreciation to their humans or other feline friends. It’s such an adorable sight, no wonder it’s such a warming look on cats!
Big Pupils and Happy Tail – The cat is willing to play for you and they are very relaxed with your presence. They might pounce, but that only means they’re playful and crave for your attention.
Ears Rotated Back – They’re scared or anxious, carefully assessing their surroundings. This usually happens when they’re in a new environment and aren’t familiar with the place yet.
Crouched – When the tail is low and twitching slightly, the cat is probably excited or worried. If your cat is showing these signs, keep your distance for now and let it approach you.
Ears Flat – Your cat is likely very scared – stay away from them for now and make sure you retreat slowly.
Tail Straight Up – If the hair sticks up in different directions and the tail is straight up, it means the cat is agitated or overstimulated – your cat needs space!
Dilated Pupils – They are either aroused, anxious, playful, or are about to pounce!
Choosing a cat dish seems to be a very simple and straight forward task. However, in this world today, we can never be too careful. With reports of manufacturers using questionable materials and adding in mysterious and possibly harmful chemicals, it is important for cat owners to do their due diligence is the things we offer our cats. Here are things to look out for in purchasing your cat’s dish:
For your convenience and for the environment, it is best to look for cat bowls that are durable. Stainless steel is practically unbreakable; hence it is a good option. Glassware and china, although breakable, stay aesthetically beautiful for a longer time. Investing in quality cat dish will save you time and money in the long run.
Washing cat bowls is an everyday task to prevent bacteria build-up. This is why taking the time to find cat bowls that are dishwasher safe is the best, less tiring option. Having a microwave-safe cat dish also is very nifty when you need to reheat your cat’s food.
Ensure the health and wellness of your pet by making sure that dangerous chemicals are away from your kitty. Always purchase wares that touch food from reputable companies. There are reports saying that cheap and questionable products contain harmful chemicals like radon and lead. It is always best to stay safe when it comes to the health of our cats.
Glass, ceramic, stoneware, stainless steel and china are good options for cat bowls. Stay away from plastic dishes because they have the tendency to peel or be impressed with crevices that will be difficult to clean. These might be a breeding ground for bacteria. Plastic might also contain BPA which is harmful to living things.
Size and Shape
Choose wide and shallow cat dishes. Cats have very sensitive whiskers. A narrow dish is going to disturb them. Acne or irritation might also be developed when the dish is too narrow and deep.
For kittens, a dish too deep might prove to be a drowning hazard.
Narrow and shallow dishes will not be tall enough for cats to maintain proper posture while eating or drinking so it is a great idea to elevate the dish. If you can find a mat against skid and mess, that’ll be even better.
Love really is in the details. As cat lovers, showing we care can be done through the meticulous choosing of the cat dish. Who knew that we could keep our cat safe, healthy and happy through their bowl?
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