Three Messy Mistakes to Avoid When Removing a Mass of Matted Fur

Three Messy Mistakes to Avoid When Removing a Mass of Matted Fur

All right, so life has been rather busy for you and you haven’t exactly had the time to properly brush and bathe your feline companion. In fact, you might be going through a tough stage in your life when cuddling your little kitty is all you can do to cope.

All right, so life has been rather busy for you and you haven’t exactly had the time to properly brush and bathe your feline companion. In fact, you might be going through a tough stage in your life when cuddling your little kitty is all you can do to cope.

Then, one day, you realize your error in the form of a massive wad of matted fur that has grown due to the neglect. You feel bad but even worse, you hate knowing that your cat is also suffering because of it. In fact, you can feel so guilty that you seek out desperate measures to eliminate this matted menace from kitty’s precious fur.

That said, you have to be careful if you are starting to feel this desperate. A lot of proper solutions for dealing with matted fur often require even more patience that you may no longer have. You might be tempted to take risky shortcuts. Here is a quick list of mistakes to avoid when dealing with a really nasty mop of matted cat hair.

#1. Cutting carelessly

Unless you want to completely shave your cat (a very bad idea, by the way), do not cut unless you are disciplined and trained enough to do it properly. Mats can be dangerously close to the skin of your cat and if you are not careful, you can inflict a serious injury.

When cutting off mats, you have to be very precise and try to keep whatever blades you are using from contacting your cat’s skin even as you are digging it into that big clump. Keep a very close eye on what you are doing and snip in small, careful amounts. Sometimes it’s best to not cut it off completely and leave just enough that you can go back to using a brush to remove it.

#2. Splashing and spraying

If you think a good bath is all your cat needs, think again. Mats can actually get worse when wet as the moisture makes it easier for them to tangle up even more!

You should also think twice about applying any hair product you think can be used to untangle mats. Don’t forget that cats have a different reaction to some substances than us humans. (After all, this is why you should be using pet-specific shampoo and soap.)

Always check the ingredients of any product you will use to untangle your cat’s hair. Consult the list of its known allergies and really do your homework when you are shopping for a mat remover at your local stores.

#3. Continuing to neglect regular brushing and bathing

Lastly, you should really understand that prevention will always be better than cure. Even after the nasty mess of matted fur has been removed, take a moment to really commit in giving your cat even just a weekly brushing sesion.

On the bright side, it is rather convenient that mats don’t develop overnight. By keeping your cat moderately groomed and even just a monthly bath, you can greatly reduce the factors that lead to the development of mats.

It also helps to clean your house regularly as matted fur can be the result of dust and other particles getting caught in your cat’s hair.

On a final note, an ordeal of matted fur should be seen as a lesson on taking a cat’s self-grooming habit for granted. No matter how busy or stressed out you are, take a moment to at least help your little kitty out with your own brushing habit so that you will never have to deal with that mess of hair again!

 

Tips for Getting Your Cat Fit and Healthy

Tips for Getting Your Cat Fit and Healthy

You might not be alone with your fitness goal this year, you can include your feline furbaby and kick-start your 2019 to be healthier and more fit!

Here are some helpful tips on how:

  1. Make your cat accustomed to using a scratching post.

If you don’t want your sofas or other furnitures to turn into a shredded and ripped valuables, then make your cat accustomed to using a scratching post. This tends to be the mistake of most cat owners since they often place it far away from the social action area of the house, resulting for cats to ignore it. If it’s your first time bringing a scratch post home, it is highly recommended by vets to sprinkle it with catnip. Once your cat gets the hang of using it, you can moderately move the post to a less crowded spot.

  1. Ensure you have enough litter boxes for your little rascal.

As per expert, the rule of thumb when having litter boxes for your kitty is 1:1 ratio or one litter box per cat, and add one more. So if you have 3 cats, you should have 3 litter boxes. Apart from this, you also need to consider where to put these litter boxes at home. Avoid placing them in dark corners of your house, cats may not like the idea of using them there.

  1. Remember to spay and/or neuter your cat.

Cats who aren’t castrated have higher risk of reproductive diseases, regardless of what gender. Spaying (female castration) prevents possible uterine infection and ovarian cancer, and neutering (male castration) prevents possible prostate and testicular cancer. Having your cats (both male and female) castrated also reduce the urge to roam especially when in heat and lesser chances of male cats to spray as a sign of territory marking.

  1. Select a cat-friendly vet clinic.

Go for veterinary clinics who specialize in feline care. Just like with dogs, cats also have their own vet requirement. That being said, veterinarians specializing in cat anatomy and health care is a highly important expert in keeping your cat in his or her best health condition. It pays to be meticulous when choosing a perfect vet for your cat, there are those who are only after monetary aspects without giving utmost TLC to their furry patient.

  1. Regularly check your cat’s teeth and make sure it’s clean.

Just like humans, a cat’s teeth can also develop tartar which then leads to tooth decay, gum diseases or worst, feline diseases if left untreated. However, unlike us, cats can’t brush their teeth, hence we will do it for them. If your cat doesn’t want you to perform such thing either, then schedule a teeth cleaning to your vet at least once per year.

  1. Have a regular vet visits.

To ensure your cat is in top shape, or to be aware of any feline diseases your cat might possibly have, schedule a regular vet visits. Your vet can also tell if your cat needs to lose weight or not.

Here’s to a healthier kitty this 2019!

A Furry and Healthy Exercise – Cat Yoga Is the Best New Thing

A Furry and Healthy Exercise – Cat Yoga Is the Best New Thing

Yoga has been the best way to release stress and become one with your mind, and it has then become a great exercise to promote good blood flow and as well as flexibility. For cat owners, it has been a challenging decision to choose between going out and do yoga or do it at home. In most cases, these owners get lazy and simply just roll on the bed after a day’s work.

Cuddling with cats and doing yoga are really calming and de-stressing activities for the average employee. The amount of stress and work from the day can be carried on to the house and will leave you drained and urge you to do unhealthy activities – such as stress eating. It won’t do you favours if you simply indulge with what you want and completely ignoring what you need to do. But if it’s the matter of either cuddling with your cat until the stress goes away or using yoga, then there’s a really good solution for you – if you live in the United States.

In the Good Mews cat shelter in New York, San Francisco, and Alabama, you can be with lovely cats while doing yoga! This unique yoga class inspires you to do yoga with other cats – and they will cheer you on if you get too tired. They love cuddling with you and simply laze around while you do your yoga poses. These furry babies love to do their yoga poses too, and they sometimes join you in your mats to do their own special yoga.

Some women are actually happier in these yoga classes as they play with the cats with dangling fuzzy toys when their poses let them. The kitty antics actually help uplift the mood in the yoga class even with the special poses that helps relax your body. It’s also an adorable distraction if you feel your body shaking from unusual poses and the muscle pains crawling in. Aside from the good effect of cats to yoga classes, these classes also make the cats more sociable and feel loved. They give and take attention and it helps them hone skills to be ready to be adopted in the future.

The studio itself is brightly lit and welcoming, filled with cat toys and trees for the cheerleaders for your yoga session. There is, however, a fee for this class – and it goes to the current shelter wherein the cats wait for their future owners. Aside from that, it also helps cats with special needs to get the care they need, even after they left the shelter. This yoga class was also a brilliant idea by Lisa Bass wherein it promotes the furry babies in a fun way and hopefully get them adopted.

In this current day and age, the amount of homeless stray cats are rising and they usually go to the shelter. It might be hard to tell but they do get sad when they feel neglected and alone, meaning it shortens their lifespan. It’s always a good idea to adopt cats instead of buying one from the pet store. Get the best cat collar and kitty toys for these loving cats who deserves all your love!

Don’t Forget to Include Your Cat in Your New Year’s Resolution

The New Year is approaching and with it are the many resolutions that people try to follow. Whether it’s about eating healthier foods, being in the gym more, or lessening some of those spending sprees, individuals come up with something they’d want to improve about themselves. But what about our cats? What about our bundles of fluffy joy? Do we leave them out the fun?

There are a lot of things that you can help your cat do differently for next year! You can spice up your cat’s environment with toys that help enrich their living experience, schedule regular vet visits, and more. So strap yourselves in and be prepared to have a better 2019 with your furry loved ones!

Getting a Move On

Fitness goals are one of the most common New Year’s resolution. A lot of us would want to look better by exercising, to be more active, and to be healthier, instead of just laying on bed all day once we get our day offs. Our cats need some exercise too, so for 2019, we should all aim to spend more time to play with them, and to get them running. Not only will this help improve their health, but it will also help us bond with them, ultimately strengthening the relationship.

Teach them a Neat Trick

People say that cats are a thing of their own. They don’t like to be bossed around, or to be told what to do, which would mean that training them is extremely difficult, if not impossible. However, cats can be trained and you can train your beloved cat too! Attend a class, watch a video, or get a cat specialist to help you train them. It’ll take some time, but you’ll be able to impress yourself (and a lot of people) once you get even one trick done.

Eating Better with the New Year

Help your cats improve their health by making sure that they’re eating better and getting all the necessary nutrition. Have a chat with your vet, and ask whether you’re giving them the right kind and right amount of food. You might also want to talk to them on how to successfully transition food types (from kitten to adult food or from adult food to senior formula) efficiently.

Get Groomed

We all know how long you’ve been stalling that visit to the groomer’s, but it’s now high time to get your pet cat groomed. Although your cat can pretty much groom themselves, a visit to the groomer is important as well. The groomer would be able to shampoo, nail clip, and trim your cat’s fur, giving them the equivalent of having a refreshing day at a beauty salon.

Although we all like familiarity, New Year is an opportunity for us to do something new and better. But we don’t have to do it alone. It’s important for us to include our feline companions in the fun of New Year’s resolutions too. There’s so much new things to do and to learn, so take your cat along the ride!

Why Milk is Unsafe for Cats

Thanks to cartoons, movies, and iconic photos found everywhere, a lot of us grew up thinking that aside from boxes, mice, and yarn balls, cats love milk but did you know that cow’s milk is actually dangerous for our feline friends?

In reality, most cats are actually lactose intolerant which means that their bodies don’t have the necessary enzymes to digest the lactose found in milk. Since they are lactose intolerant, many experience painful side effects which include stomach cramps and diarrhea. In severe cases, undigested lactose found in milk stays in the intestines for a long time which ferments overtime and can eventually lead to stomach problems that develop later on in life.

Can Kittens Drink Milk?

Surprisingly enough, kittens can digest milk although they eventually lose the enzyme that digests cow’s milk around 8 weeks. While cow’s milk may be deemed “safer” for them at an early age, the best way to avoid future stomach issues is to avoid cow’s milk all together.

Are There Other Alternatives?

The best nutritional source for newborn kittens is their mother’s milk. However, if you happen to stumble on an abandoned kitten, it’s best to prepare the materials necessary for bottle feeding before taking them off the street. Visit your nearest pet store or veterinary clinic and look for milk replacement formulas. Many experts suggest getting the powdered version so owners can measure and prepare the kitten’s milk accurately. Milk replacement formulas also contain the right amount of nutrients for newborn kittens. For kittens who are less than a week old, bottle feedings should be done every three hours (a total of 8 feedings a day!) because of their vulnerable state. It is also important that newfound owners do not skip or overfeed their kittens since both instances can cause diarrhea.

For older cats who don’t necessarily need round-the-clock feedings and can now digest solid foods, the best alternative to milk is simply water! If you’re the type of owner who wants to make things more fun for your cat, you can purchase water fountains online or at specialty stores. Cat fountains are also a great way to entertain cats who are fascinated with sinks and moving water. For owners who want to give their furbabies extra treats, you can also shop for lactose-free milk which is safe for both cats and humans.

What about Bone Broth?

Another popular drink/meal for cats is bone broth so the next time you have roasted meat for dinner, remember to keep the bones and leftovers for your cats! Bone broth is made from animal bones and connective tissue, which are typically derived from cow, chicken, or fish. Bone broth involves boiling these ingredients and then slow simmered for 10 or more hours with herbs and vegetables. Bone broth shouldn’t be confused with regular broth and stock since both do not follow the long simmer time that bone broth does. They also do not contain the much needed nutrients that our cats deserve.

Keeping Cats Comfortable During Christmas Gatherings

Christmas season is getting closer and the same goes for family gatherings. For some cat owners, however, this can be a difficult time. Having scores of relatives coming over could mean a lot of noise, loss of space and pinchy nephews and nieces. That is a lot to process for a cat who is generally used to having fewer people around the house.

After all, cats are cautious and shy by nature. So if you want to make sure kitty is calm and comfortable during the big Christmas dinner, here are some solid tips.

1. Check how sociable your cat is.

Some cats are shyer than others and that can mean the difference between being able to bring them out a bit during the party or giving a whole room to themselves until there are fewer guests.

If your cat is already familiar with a lot of the faces at the gathering (such as your immediate family), then there’s less to worry about. For particularly large parties, however, it is more advisable to isolate your cat. (You can always designate another room for anyone who really wants to meet your feline friend.)

2. Make sure your cat has stress-free access to food and litter.

Naturally, you’d want to keep the litter box fresh and clean while also away from the dinner table and other areas where most of the guests will be gathering. If you decided to give your cat a secure space, then the box should be there too.

The same goes for food and some toys. No matter how social a cat can be, it can get anxious when there are too many people getting between it and its necessities.

3. Keep a strict, closed-doors policy.

If you don’t want your cat to accidentally run out of the house, then make sure that the party has all doors and windows secured. Even if your cat is an outdoor one, they still need supervision (which you can’t really afford to give during a large gathering).

A similar policy can be in place when giving a cat its own room for the rest of the party. Make sure guests understand that the cat’s room is off limits until they ask permission. Make regular checkups on your cat too and keep it calm.

4. Implement noise control.

Whether it is soundproofing the room your cat will be in or telling guests to keep a certain volume, minimizing noise can help an anxious cat.

Cats are very sensitive to not just the sight of new people but also unfamiliar noises. This triggers their own fight-or-flight response. But unmanaged, this can lead to unhealthy anxiety.

So, no matter how big the party, always look for ways to keep the noise from startling your kitty.

5. Consider improving their social skills.

Lastly, you might want to also consider training your cat to be more open to unfamiliar faces. Make a habit of carefully introducing your cat to people at home. In fact, this is highly advisable when cats are still kittens.

The more exposure they have to people in their lifetime, the less anxious they will be. Even if you have to ultimately still keep your cat isolated during parties, frequent exposure will reduce your need to do so in the future.

Christmas gatherings can be stressful enough on yourself but make sure kitty doesn’t end up taking additional stress on its own! Be mindful of its behaviour towards people and make sure its Christmas is as comfortable as your guests.

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