The coming of spring puts an end to the longing for the sun and an end to the suffering from the cold winter snow. Chances are your kitty has this longing too.
By the dawning of winter, you’re likely to notice a slight or significant change in your kitty’s behaviour or physical appearance. Don’t worry, your kitty is not going to transform into an abominable beast. There is only the huge chance that kitty is experiencing Spring Fever.
By definition, spring fever is a feeling of restlessness and excitement at the start of spring. And, these are the indicators that your kitty has caught it.
- The Early Riser
Think of an alarm clock with a life of its own because your kitty will get up earlier than normal. And when you wake up, you’ll find your kitty playing with your toes. It will seem as if your pet will stop at nothing to until you’re fully awoken and ready to play.
- The Window-Gazer
Staring for long hours in the window indicates that your cat is begging for spring to come. As some animals start to come out from migration, your kitty too can’t way to show them who’s the king of the streets. Until then, the window will be their go-to-place as they count the squirrels that pass in the hope that they may once again roam the outside.
- The SunGrazer
Kitties love sunbathing. Take that away from them and you do for a paw in the face. As an answer to the problem of experiencing lesser days under the sun, they can become an Olaf in the winter seeking warm hugs and blankets. If the sun is up, open your curtains and let their rays of joy inside the house.
- The Can’t-Stay-Put-Kitty
Like a kid waking up on Christmas morning, kitties that have the spring fever cannot stay put. They’ll be running, jumping and wrestling in the house for hours up until night. And some vases and utensils may need replacing as they drive you crazy at the end of the day. They’re just full of energy.
The best way to minimize their wild behaviour during this phase is to play indoor games like a laser pointer or fetch.
- The Mating Singer
It may not be as good and well-versed as the musical Cats, but it’s singing alright. When your kitty is in the heat of the fever, the drive for mating will be as loud as a human baby. If you have a female kitty, she’ll definitely be selling herself by the window for male cats stalking in your yard. If he’s a male, this is the best time to get him spayed.
- It Gets Bigger!
Growing is the most common symptom of this fever. It’ll be hard not to notice because they grow in spurts.
With all the symptoms present, it’s a sign that spring is coming. And when it does, do take time to make up for the longing your kitty went through from winter. It’s time to play!
Meow for now… Kristian
Shedding is every furry animals’ way of cleaning their body, it is part of a natural cycle.
If you have a pet cat, you know how much they love to roam and lounge around the house. Cats love to play around furniture and on the carpet. Lazy cats love to sleep on them. They’re fun balls of surprises.
As a cat owner you’ve also probably experienced the inevitable hair-vasion that constant shedding brings. Fret not, there are a lot of easy way to deal sheddings of cat hair. Let me share you some the easiest ones.
- Use a lint roller
Thanks to Nicholas McKay who invented the lint roller in 1956, cat hairs on furniture and other materials made of fabric are just one roll away. It’s made of a roll of adhesive paper mounted on a central spindle with a handle. You can also use the the lint roller on your clothes. It’s easy and cost-effective way to deal with cat hair.
- The rubber glove trick
Another easy way to get those fur off the furniture is by using a pair of rubber gloves. Yes, it’s that one you use for washing dishes. Those gloves work like magic. The rubberized texture of the glove creates friction with the surface of the furniture, and roll off a bunch of cat hair so you can easily throw it away.
- A reliable vacuum cleaner
Vacuum cleaners are the probably the chillest way to remove cat fur. Just turn it on, scrub and maybe even dance a little Chubby Checker’s The Twist. Some vacuum cleaners come with a special brush that you can use to remove more tenacious hair off furniture and the carpet.
- The fabric softener
Some cat fur are tougher to deal with than others. For kitty hairs that have formed a strong bond with the furniture, fabric softener helps. Add a spoonful to water, mix both in a spray bottle and spritz, spritz, spritz! Leave for about 5 minutes on the carpet for it to take effect and vacuum it all over again.
- Rubber broom or carpet rake
There is something with rubberized stuff that attracts excess hair. If the vacuum isn’t doing the trick, or let’s say you don’t have a vacuum in your new house, try a rubber broom or a carpet rake. It’s likely to pick up hairs that vacuum cleaners aren’t able to pick up, too.
- The good ole rubber sponge
The most convenient item that is found in just about every home is the sponge. Don’t let it get wet. Keep it dry and just simply run it slowly over the surface of furniture like the couch. You’ll experience a strange feeling of satisfaction when you hear the sound it makes as kitty hairs cling to its surface.
Shedding is totally normal and we shouldn’t take this against our fur babies. As fur parents, we should be happy to know that shedding is a sign of our cat’s good health.
If you don’t have the time to be cleaning up after your pets, grooming these cute furballs is another way of reducing the amount of hair in your home.
It’s summer and you’re outside on your hammock, sipping on a piña colada while your cat…wait, what’ll your cat be having? They can’t be left out on the summer fun. Your cat needs summer treats just as much as you!
Heat can be hard on felines so it’s important to make sure they’re always kept cool. Regularly making cold, clean water available is just fine but it’s fun to mix things up a bit and let your cat discover a new favourite. Here are a few treats you can give to your kitty.
1. Ice Blocks
Remember our article on DIY Tuna Ice Blocks? Now is the purrfect time to give your cat some! Or go basic and give plain cubes. You can also use those molding trays to make fun shapes. Let’s see how your cat takes to fish-shaped, dog-shaped and bird-shaped ice cubes. As an added treat you can place food at the bottom of the bowl. Use big muffin trays like we did for the tuna ice blocks to make sure the ice won’t melt too quickly. Or put it in a blender for shaved ice if you feel like serving up something different.
2. Cool Claws
Keep in mind that ice cream isn’t good for cats because sugar, milk and cream gives them diarrhea and other digestive problems. If you do feel guilty snacking on a tub while your cat sits beside you and stares, stop mentally chiding yourself right now. Cool Claws is an alternative made just for cats. It’s safe for people, too. Just letting you know, in case you get curious. *wink* The downside is it’s not yet available in Australia so you might have to order overseas.
3. Natural Frozen Yogurt
Instead of causing problems, natural frozen yogurt could aid your cat’s digestion. Just make sure they’re lactose-free and approved by your vet to avoid any possible issues. Also avoid anything with chocolate and other artificial flavours and sweeteners.
4. Frozen Liver
Remember this should be given occasionally and in small amounts. Too much would result in Vitamin A toxicity. Cut chicken or beef liver into small kitty-bite-sized pieces. Cover a sheet pan with parchment, place the liver on it and freeze them in your fridge. Once frozen, transfer them to a zip lock bag. Give your cat 2-3 pieces at a time.
5. Frozen Egg
Place an egg or two into a blender, it can be either raw or cooked. Blend the egg until smooth then place it in an ice cube tray. Freeze it overnight. You should only feed your pet with one piece per day especially if the egg is raw to avoid overconsumption of avidin. It’s advisable to feed your cat cooked egg because cooking gets rid of avidin so it is safer.
There’s a lot of things to do and eat together with your kitty during this time of the year but always take extra precautions to make sure your feline friend is not just happy but safe. The change of seasons can affect your pet’s health and cats aren’t built to stand much heat without cooling down every now and then throughout the day. Treats make summer cat care more interesting for both you and your cat.
For more tips, stay updated with our blog so you could make the most of the sunny holiday vibes this Christmas season.
Kitty’s skin irritation, unhealthy-looking hair, and clumps of fur scattered all over the house all have one common denominator – the lack of grooming.
Shedding is the natural way for animals to get rid of dead hair and make room for the new ones to grow. This process, although healthy and natural, could contribute to the messy build-up of hair at home. Cat fur sticking to the sofa, carpet and even beds are sometimes arduous and tedious to remove.
Now you can say goodbye to this problem with an awesome pet-grooming solution: the Furminator.
What is the Furminator?
The Furminator is a de-shedding tool that reduces the shedding of cat hair at about 90% all while reducing the risk of a hairball. This device doesn’t cut pet hair. Instead, it discards hair that is already detached from the hair follicle. It keeps hair protected and promotes hair growth.
The Furminator tool is not just for cats, it is recommended for dogs and rabbits.
How is it different from all the other tools?
Compared to other de-shedding tools, the Furminator’s stainless steel brush is designed to reach deep within your pet’s coat to rid off the dead hairs. It also comes with a FURjector button that allows a plastic strip to push away the collected hair with ease.
The Furminator is not just kind to pets, it is kind to their owners, too, because it is ergonomically designed for optimum comfort. So you ca extend use it for a long period of time without your hands hurting. It comes in different sizes so you can pick one that is best suited to your pet.
Compared to competitor products, the Furminator is pricier but it is significantly more effective in getting rid of dead hairs compared to brushes and combs.
What are customers saying?
The Furminator has gotten over 11,000 reviews on Amazon from many satisfied pet owners. Most testimonials say the product was safe on their pets and easy to use. Here’s a summary of the public’s glowing reviews of this product:
- Truly reduced shedding at about 90%
- Saved more time from cleaning up after their pets
- Is loved by their pets and just can’t get the hang of it
- Allowed them to enjoy their food without a dash of fur
- Allowed them to show up at work with very minimal fur sticking onto their clothes
- Made brushing their pets therapeutic
Who should we thank for this outstanding product?
Angie and David Porter are the creators of the Furminator, one of the most sought-after de-shedding tool in the petcare market.
It all started when Angie, a professional pet groomer struggled with her dog’s shedding. She spent months trying almost every tool there was available. Unsatisfied with the results, she set out to develop her own de-shedding device. With the support of her husband they came up with Furminator Inc.
The Furminator is a fine tool for hygiene. It doesn’t just promote pet health, it also helps keep the house clean. The time and effort you save with this handy tool can lead to more happy bonding moments with your family and furry friends.
Meow for now… Kristian
Planning a last-minute trip away for the holidays while you got a few days left? Before you take off, make sure you’ve got someone looking after your furbaby. The question is who? You could have a quick search on the net and you’re sure to find some postings of cat sitters or carers for hire. Some would be offering their homes for pets but how do you know who to trust with your feline friend?
1. Decide where you want your cat and the sitter to stay
Letting your cat stay in a more familiar environment might sound more appealing and less stressful on your cat, especially if it’s the first time you’ve left them alone with anyone else for long periods of time. If you’re not comfortable with the possibility of coming home to a mess, then you might want your cat to stay in some other cat-friendly home for the time being.
If you choose the first option, would you want your cat carer to visit your cat daily or to live in your home while you’re gone? If you prefer the second, then decide whether you’d want them at a friend’s home or a boarding kennel. Take note that some cats prefer the private, quiet space they’re used to so putting them in a rowdy house or kennel could be an unpleasant experience for them.
2. Hire a professional or phone a friend?
When looking for a paid cat carer, hold an initial exchange over the phone or via email then arrange for an in-home discussion. Ask for a list of references and prepare a list of questions for them. A few good questions would be how often they’d be visiting the cat, how long each visit would be, what do they when they see the pet, how much they expect to be paid and how long they’ve been caring for kitties.
Someone you know would be a friendly face to the cat so that removes the uncertainty of introducing them to a stranger. There is the risk that your relationship would be affected by however the cat-caring turns out. Be sure to take into account their experience sitting for cats.
3. List down necessary information
Your cat might need special care, such as treatments, or have certain quirks and likes the carer would need to know about. Anything about your pet might be helpful. For house sitters, or carers who’d be visiting the home regularly, note down where different items are located, even if you’ve already shown them around.
Also make sure the carer has important contact information such as yours, the vet’s, and a trusted neighbour’s or relative’s in case of an emergency.
Whether you’re getting an experienced sitter or a reliable, cat-loving friend, there’s no guarantee everything will go exactly to plan. You can minimise any problems by following the mentioned steps and c being selective in getting a cat carer just as you would be for your own kids. Pay attention to your instincts and trust them.
Meow for now… Kristian
Got your outfit for that New Year’s Eve party planned? We’re ready to have fun and greet the New Year with fireworks and drinks in our hand but for our poor feline friends, it’s a stressful time for them.
As pet owners, it’s our job to make sure they’re out of harm’s way and New Year’s will be as pleasant for them as it is for us. Here are tips to make sure the cats are fine before the party even begins.
1. Give them a room of their own for the night.
It’d be wise to keep them indoors and away from the doors that lead to outside the house so they don’t end up running away, especially when it’s time for the fireworks. Though cats don’t really have this tendency, the fireworks could leave them scared and disoriented, making it hard for them to get back home.
If you’re hosting a party at home, cats would prefer a quiet space of their own where they can snuggle. Make sure they have constant supply of cool water and a spot where they can take cover like under furniture when the fireworks start flying through the air.
2. Keep decorations away from your cat.
Your furbaby might take them for snacks or would simply think they’re fun toys. So you’re money and energy for decorating doesn’t go to waste, keep them out of sight and out of mind. Also, you’d be avoiding a pre-New Year emergency visit to the vet.
Small items like confetti are easy to swallow but dangerous to their health so be mindful of where you place them and where the cat is. Place your pet in their room when it’s time to start decorating.
3. Calm them down before the fireworks begin.
Choose a room farthest from the party area to keep them from getting anxious from the noise. Place a bed, pillow or other piece of furniture where they can snuggle in. Draw the curtains and shut the windows to lessen the sound of the fireworks. Don’t take your kitty to watch the fireworks with you. They don’t appreciate it.
Keep them preoccupied with food and toys so they don’t get restless. Animals pick up on vibes from humans so it’s important that you also stay calm. There are calming products out in the market such as jackets and collars. Consult your vet about this, especially if you’re thinking of giving them some kind of medication.
4. Feed them only pet-friendly food.
Some of us are used to feeding our cats table scraps which is okay on other days when we have less on our mind and can monitor their food properly. However, in the New Year frenzy, we might accidentally give them a harmful treat. Or a well-meaning friend or relative could unknowingly feed them not meant for cat intake.
Stick to cat food on New Year’s to be safe, especially if you’re cooking for the party or bringing a plate.
Because of how much we love our pets, it’s easy to forget that some of our celebrations aren’t meant for them in our eagerness to share everything. Have them settled in for the night so everyone, cat included, gets peace of mind and a joyful New Year. Have a happy one!
Meow for now… Kristian