Keeping Your Cat Safe and Comfortable on the Fourth of July

Keeping Your Cat Safe and Comfortable on the Fourth of July

keeping your cat safe

When the Fourth of July comes around, it usually means one thing: a big nationwide celebration. Prepare yourself for lots of food, people, and fireworks. For your cats, however, it means chaos and a host of terrifying things. As a cat owner, you may already know that domesticated felines are sensitive creatures. Thus, this busy and exciting time is almost certain to overload their delicate senses.

While you shouldn’t forget about enjoying yourself on this annual holiday, you should also consider the well-being of your feline friend. Keep him safe during this time by following these tips:

  • Keep him inside.

This applies even to a cat that is used to exploring the outdoors. There are a lot of firecrackers going off during this time, and the sudden noise, as well as the burning smell of the firecrackers, can easily frighten and disorient him. Also, take note that there might be some pranksters around who delight in frightening and terrorizing small animals on purpose. Keep your cat away from all the chaos and the people who might possibly harm him by keeping him indoors.

  • Keep an eye on the doors.

If you’re having some people over for your own Fourth of July party, remind your family members and your guests to be careful as they go in and out the doors to ensure that your cat doesn’t escape unnoticed. Check the doors and windows for any gaps, holes, or tears through which your pet might escape.

  • Update his information.

Just in case you do lose your pet during this busy time, make sure you’ve updated his information in the registry, if he has been microchipped. Collars with identifying information and a contact number can also be used. This way, the person who finds your pet will be able to get in touch with you and return him to you.

  • Hire a sitter.

While you and your family are busy viewing the fireworks, have a sitter look after your cat. This way, if your pet reacts negatively to all the chaotic noise, he will have someone nearby to console him as well as to supervise him.

  • Create a sanctuary.

Designate a quiet room in your house as your cat’s sanctuary. This should be far away from all the hustle and bustle of the holiday festivities. Keep the room’s door locked and set it up with your pet’s food, water, toys, bedding, and litter box so he has everything he needs.

  • Distract him with familiar noise.

Drown out the noise of fireworks and other Fourth of July noises by turning on devices that emit sounds familiar to him, such as a TV or a radio. The noises of these devices are things that your cat will certainly be familiar to and thus won’t be bothered by.

  • Consider medication.

If your pet has an extremely sensitive or anxious personality, you can consider giving him some calming medication. However, you should first talk to your veterinarian about this as such medication often brings about certain side effects.

However busy you are with the Fourth of July celebrations, don’t forget to spend time with your cat. Look in on him every now and then and see to it that all his needs are attended to. More than anything else, your presence is sure to be the most reassuring thing for him.

Is Green Tea Safe for Cats to Consume?

Is Green Tea Safe for Cats to Consume?

green tea

These days, there is a steadily increasing interest in health drinks, particularly green tea. Although not a lot of people like the taste of green tea, this beverage is still considered as a good choice of health drink. After all, it contains a high level of antioxidants and does not have much in the way of caffeine content.

The above could be why many people want their pets to indulge in this drink. But is it really a good idea?

Answer: Not all green tea is recommended for cats. If the tea blend you regularly indulge in contains even the slightest trace of caffeine, it should never be given to a feline. But if your favourite tea blend is uncaffeinated and unsweetened, you may share it to your kitty, but only in moderation. Many components of green tea can help in improving feline health.

What exactly are the benefits of giving green tea to your cat?

Tea has antioxidant benefits due to the presence of chemicals known as polyphenols. The most notable polyphenol in green tea, Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, is very effective in destroying the body’s free radicals, which are harmful to one’s body.

What exactly are free radicals?

Free radicals are charged particles formed in the body through numerous means such as metabolic processes, dietary factors, exercise, pollution, and stress. These upset all bonds in our cells, leading to cell damage, which can lead to numerous mutations. While many of these cellular mutations are relatively harmless, others accelerate aging and even trigger cancer development.

Most domestic cats are subject to the same things their human owners are subject to. They are as susceptible to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke, household cleaners, and stress (one of which is the development of free radicals) as their human owners. As such, they can also suffer from tumors, cancers, and UV radiation damage. So if you give your felines moderate amounts of green tea, you help in stopping the development of free radicals, and hence prevent cancers and tumors from developing in their bodies.

Some cancers that moderate consumption of green tea can help prevent include colorectal, stomach, lung, and ovarian cancers.

Why only decaffeinated green tea? What happens when a cat consumes caffeinated green tea?

Cats are more sensitive to caffeine than humans. While humans only feel jittery after consuming a cup of coffee, cats can suffer from numerous harmful side effects, which include: laboured or accelerated breathing, anxiety, severe palpitations, and seizures after caffeine consumption. Left untreated, the pet cat will go into a comatose and eventually die.

Other things to know before you give kitty a cup of decaffeinated tea

Certain blends of caffeine-free tea can do harm to a cat’s health. These harmful blends have herbs which can be poisonous to cats. So before getting tea bags for your kitty, consult your vet first.

Conclusion

Green tea, as long as it is caffeine-free and does not contain artificial sweeteners or herbs harmful to cats, is a great addition to your pet cat’s regular diet. It helps prevent the development of harmful free radicals, which cause tumor and cancer development, without triggering any side effects on him or her.

Tips for Finding Your Lost Cat

Tips for Finding Your Lost Cat

Nobody in this world would want to lose their beloved cats. Some can’t even bare being away from them for a while, let alone welcome the idea of losing them altogether. Although it is unfortunate, lost cats are quite common and people would often go to great lengths to find their furry companions.

Finding where your cat is located as soon as possible is very important. In fact, this should be the ultimate goal because the faster you find your fluffy friend, the better. However, it is going to be a challenging quest and you’re going to need all the help you can get. Here are a couple of tips you can use for finding your little bundle of joy.

 

1. If You Think Your Cat is on the Street

If it has left your house, it’s possible that your cat hasn’t roamed very far. You can try leaving some food on your front or back door, then take note if it is being eaten. It’s normal to wonder whether or not your cat is the one eating the food. To make sure, you can put baby powder on the doormat, which will leave paw prints for whatever ate those delicious cat treats.

 

2. Use Flyers and Missing Posters

There’s a reason why missing posters and flyers are big cliches in movies and this is due to their effectiveness. Be sure to make them easy to read, direct and have a photo of your cat. To further entice people in helping you find your wandering friend, include the word “Reward,” in the poster.

 

3. Proactively Search for Your Kitty

Missing posters and leaving food will not be enough unless you add in proactively searching for your cat. The food and posters are indeed a big help, but calling your nearest animal shelters would immensely increase the likelihood for the feline to be found. Don’t just settle with the animal shelters as well, go and call, and email, the animal rescuers in your vicinity too.

 

4. Hire a Pet Detective

It may sound silly, but yes, there are legitimate pet detectives out there. These people are professional trackers and they would certainly increase the speed of which you’ll see your cat again. Some of them are quite expensive though, so it’s best to prepare a hefty amount. However, the ones who’ll cost you more gold are the ones with the most experience and success.

Also, don’t forget to ask your neighbors if they’ve seen your cat. Maybe the little fuzzball just decided to visit your neighbors backyard and spend the night there. If they haven’t seen your cat, then go ahead and give them some of the posters, ask them to help you and thank them for their kindness.

If it’s taking quite a while for your cat to be found, then don’t lose hope. Cats are usually found weeks after they’ve gone missing, so there is still hope. All you gotta do is to not give up and keep on searching!

The Budget-Friendly Basics When Buying Cat Shampoo

The Budget-Friendly Basics When Buying Cat Shampoo

A popular reason for owning a cat is that they really don’t need a lot of bathing. However, there can be times when a bath can be a bit of an emergency treatment. For instance, if you think that your cat smells a little weird or somehow managed to get dirt all over its fur. You can’t also simply rule out the possibility of fleas and other similar parasites.

However, sometimes the biggest obstacle to giving this type of treatment is not the tools or getting your cat in the water.

It’s the cost of the shampoo you’ll need.

Cat shampoo is specially formulated for them and for good reasons. This can sometimes lead to the assumption that you’ll have to dig a little deep into your pocket to buy them. The cheapest ones go for about three to four dollars but the best ones can reach as high as eight!

How do you determine the best kind of shampoo for your cat without putting a hole in your wallet? Here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1: Whatever cats have in their hair, they’ll soon have it in their stomach.

Cats lick themselves clean and their entire body is designed to specifically combat bacteria that enters their digestive system because of this. That is why whatever is in the shampoo, you have to be sure that it is not something you want in your cat’s stomach.

Take time to read the list of ingredients and be wary if the names of the ingredients are becoming a little too obscure. If you can, take a little note of it might smell too.

#2: Your main purpose for the shampoo.

Different shampoos have different purposes. There’s shampoos for taking care of fleas. There are shampoos for moisturizing dry skin.

Focus on the one that treats the condition your cat is likely be in. This is also where it might be helpful to know about your cats habits and how it eventually find itself in need of a bath. Having a firm idea on what you will be using the shampoo for is a good way to avoid spending on types you won’t always need.

#3: Keep a short list of major chemicals to avoid.

It is also good to keep an actual list on hand so that you will have a reference. Make a note to consult your vet as well. Things like sulfates, dyes and parabens should be avoided like the plague.

On the other hand, some shampoos might also mislead you with a ‘natural’ label but still contain natural components that are harmful to cats (such as those from plants like aloe).

Whether a shampoo is too expensive or too cheap, price is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding the one most suitable for your pet. Don’t settle for something that doesn’t align with your main purpose for bathing but neither should you be complacent just because a brand costs just a little bit more.

And of course, remember that bathing a cat isn’t supposed to be a frequent thing to begin with. Buying the right shampoo should be also be about making sure you won’t be buying it a lot!

Keep these basics in mind and pick the shampoo treatment that is friendly for both your budget as well as your feline!

These 5 Celebrities are Just Obsessed With Their Cats

These 5 Celebrities are Just Obsessed With Their Cats

Cats are one of the most adorable creatures in our planet. They are cute, fluffy, sometimes wacky and often moody, but we love them for what they are. We love their silly antics and how they trip on catnip, but we also love them when they’re being aloof and distant, seemingly wanting to be alone.

Although it’s true that most people do love cats, but there are some of us who don’t just love them, but are obsessed with them. That’s why we have crazy cat ladies, taking of care of 20 cats, or more, in one setting. You’d think that celebrities would be safe from the charms of cats, but no. There are celebrities out there who are obsessed with their cats too and here are examples of them.

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somehalder

The Vampire Diaries star is an all around animal lover and is a certified cat person. He and his wife, Nikki Reed, have two cats Moke and Sohalier. You’d say that two cats aren’t really that much, right? But the couple are actually hardcore advocates for adoption and rescue, often fostering for kittens.

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift

It’s a known fact that Swifty is an avid cat lover through and through. She loves her cats which she name Detective Olivia Benson and Dr. Meredith Gray. There was a time that she admitted on Ellen Degeneres’ show that she sometimes daydreams about cats while performing on stage.

James Franco

James Franco

The famous actor from the movie Oz The Great and Powerful has four cats namely, Zelda, Lux, Sammy and Max. Also, the Franco family have a long history of being cat lovers and it’s pretty obvious with the number of cats that James has.

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran

When Ed’s music video for his song “Drunk,” came out, people felt a mix of emotions. They were sad because of the lyrics, but they were also filled with “awwww,” because it featured cats. Fluffy, cute and lovely cats. Ed himself is a cat person as well, there’s even a video of him playing songs for some cats at a cat cafe in Japan. He was two beautiful cats named Dorito and Calippo, which regularly appears on his Twitter and Instagram account.

Macklemore

Macklemore

Although the Hip hop star only has one cat, but his obsession and gratitude for it bleeds through the pictures he posts on Instagram and Twitter about his beloved cat, Cairo. Macklemore believes that Cairo saved his relationship, as well as his life. He adopted Cairo and brought her home, effectively lighting up the couples home and life.

Cats, though at times unpredictable and can be difficult to handle, have always warmed people hearts. These celebrities have kept them as company and these furry bundle of joys have not disappointed, providing humans from around the world with love and affection. Besides, who wouldn’t become obsessed with cats? Their fluffy furs, the way they snuggle, the way they brush themselves on your calf, the way they push mugs off the table, everything they do is just so adorable!

5 facts why declawing is No No!

5 facts why declawing is No No!

Should you declaw your cat or sacrifice your furniture? This is a conundrum that has no doubt vexxed many a cat owner. It is not just a sign of a bad scratching habit either. The real problem is that some owners don’t always have the time to train cats against scratching nor do they always have enough money for a scratch post.

The good news is that there is a popular third way — Nail caps.

Also called soft claws or soft paws, these relatively new devices are snugly fit on your kitty’s claws with just a little bit of glue. This ensures the claws won’t cut into furniture without resorting to any drastic surgical procedure. (They give your cats a classy sense of style too!)

Knowing that though, there are still several things to keep in mind before you start shopping for this fabulous-looking alternative:

 

1. Check for any infection or similar ailment in the paws prior to applying.

This fairly self-explanatory as you are still applying a bit of chemical to ensure the caps stay on. Consult with your veterinarian for any possible pre-existing conditions about your cat’s claws before using them. They might even have a little additional insight on how to best apply it!

 

2. Nail caps can still fall off and are a bit tricky to reattach.

Ideally, these claws are meant to last about 4-6 weeks. However, it can be shorter than that for some digits. Expect for at least one or two to come off and get ready to re-apply new ones on occasion. It may be more comfortable for your cat compared to trimming but it still takes practice.

 

3. Take note of your cat’s claw sizes and make sure the caps match.

In case you haven’t realized it yet, they are indeed a lot like shoes. Your cat’s claws do have to fit in order to maximize their effectiveness (while also being comfortable enough for your cat to move around in). Using a proper size also reduces the chances of caps falling off. And in the long run, you are also expected to find bigger sizes as your feline grows.

4. Know that caps are meant as damage control and not behavior control.

These caps will not dissuade your cat from its habit. In fact, some might even argue that it is deeply embedded in a cat’s nature and it cannot be 100% helped. It is important remember tha the main purpose of these caps is to minimize the damage claws will do to furniture because of this habit.

 

5. It is still more affordable than straight out declawing.

Despite all the challenges to using nail caps, they are relatively minor if you give it enough time. The same can also be said for the price. The average cost of these caps can range anywhere between just $6.00 to $7.00 for a set of 20 pieces. In contrast, declawing is a surgical procedure that can cost hundreds. That is not even including the cost of permanently damaging a part of your cat’s body!

Overall, nail caps are indeed a nice alternative if you have not the energy to train cats against scratching but cannot afford to scratch-proof your entire household. Just make sure you know the basic facts about them before trying them on. That way, your cat will not only look fabulous but you will also feel fabulous about it!

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