Maintaining Your Cats Weight

Some cats eat much more than others do.

Do not leave the cat food out for your cat all day long if he seems to be putting on too much weight. Set up a schedule for your cat. Leave the cat food out for thirty minutes in the morning and again in the afternoon.

Some cats exercise a lot and others rather rest most of the day. My cats love to run up and down my steps. I keep my litter boxes in my basement. They get exercise when they have to use their litter box.

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Keep a toy box out with a lot of different cat toys in it. You will be amazed at how many times you notice him picking out his favorite toy out of the box. Once in a while he will play with something completely different. Buy a circle toy with a mouse or a ball in it. My cats get a lot of exercise by batting the mouse or ball around.

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Play games with your cat. Throw a ball and he will chase after it. Buy a laser  light and watch him chase and try to catch the light.I bought a remote control mouse and my cat would run after it. Buy a stick with feathers on the end and he will jump up and down trying to catch the feathers.

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A lot of cats are night time eaters. Take their food away completely at night. Eating at night with no exercise until morning will really put on the extra pounds.

If nothing seems to help your cat loose weight buy a weight maintenance cat food. You can buy it at a pet store or from your vet.

A cat that is too heavy can develop many health problems. Being overweight can led to a premature death. Hope your cat maintains a healthy weight and stays fit and trim.

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Spring Cleaning for Your Cats Optimal Health

Start out your cats Spring with clean bedding, water bowls, food dishes,bedding, litter boxes and more. I wash my cats bedding in hot soapy water with fabric softener. My cats love fresh fluffy clean bedding to sleep on. I clean out each food dish and water bowl and replace old plastic ones that are hard to get 100 % clean. I clean the litter boxes outdoors with dish pan soap and a good firm brush or replace them with new litter boxes.

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For farm cats replace there old straw bedding with nice fresh straw or hay if that is all that is available at the time. Clean up there food and water bowls. Check their heated cat beds for cracks or other hazards and have a replacement bed on hand for next winter. Heated cat beds are on sale in the late spring and summer months.

Clean the tile or vinyl floors or carpet in your house so hopefully you will not have to deal with fleas in your house and on your cats. I bathe some of my cats and I brush and comb out their hair on a regular basis. Change your litter often as fleas like to bred in dirty litter boxes and dirty litter that gets on your floors. Do not let your cats outdoors as they can pick up fleas from being outdoors. Fleas can cause health problems for you and your cat. If your cat gets fleas regardless of all your precautions take him to your vet to get treated ASAP. You will need to have an exterminator come to your home to get rid of your flea infestation.

Take your cats to your vet to have their teeth checked as bad teeth can cause a lot of health problems. Get all of your cats vaccinations up to date as the old saying goes an once of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Ask your vet about flea and heart worm medicine for cats and a shot for feline leukemia. I hope you and your cats have a wonderful and healthy Spring.

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Anxiety and Your Cat

My cats get overly anxious when I go on a vacation. My cats may stop eating for awhile or throw up what they have eaten. I put my suitcase out where my cats can look at it several days before I leave on my vacation. My cats can get used to the fact slowly by seeing my suitcase sitting out that I will be leaving soon. Cats do not like any changes whatsoever in their daily routine. I leave some of my clothing sitting out so my cats can curl up in it. Cats feel more at ease when they have something with your scent on it to sleep on or smell.

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By having a new kitten in the household your older cats will become anxious to begin with. Make sure you spend a lot of time with your older cats so they do not fell left out or think that you do not love them anymore. Give your cat some special cat treats or tuna canned in water and that will make them feel extra special.

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I have someone check on my cats everyday when I am on a vacation. My cats are given fresh water everyday for optimal health. Their food dishes are kept full and their litter boxes are cleaned out everyday. My cats have nice clean towels to sleep on while I am gone or my bed or heated cat beds.

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Cats like to play with catnip filled mice and other cat toys while you are gone as this helps them relax. My cats like to bird watch through my picture window. Put something out to help your cat occupy his day while you are gone on your vacation. I have plenty of cat toys in my cats open toy box for them to choose from so they will not get bored while I am gone.

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A Stray Cat With Digestive Issues

A stray cat came to a friends house.  She was very friendly and she sat on their laps. She would gently rub across their legs. They gave her to me and I named her Faith because I have faith that she will get better. She could not keep any food down for about five days. She must have been keeping down a small amount of the tuna and salmon that I was feeding her. She had healthy looking bowel movements. I was very concerned for her. My friends said that they would pay my vet bill. I took her to my vet to be tested for feline leukemia and luckily that test came back negative. She also had a complete battery of blood test. I have not yet received the results of those test since it takes one week to process the results.

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I had been feeding her the same dry cat food that my other cats eat. She was so thin and emaciated that her stomach was not able to digest foods right from lack of food over a long period of time. I went to a pet store and they suggested that I feed her grain free cat food. Faith has been able to keep all of her food down now.  The grain free cat food that she is eating is free from dyes and preservatives and her stomach is able to digest it without any trouble. My vet said to keep on feeding her the grain free cat food.

I am quite sure she used to be a house cat that someone no longer wanted or they could not afford to keep her. My vet said she was one year old. I had guessed her age to be about six months old. Poor faith had to fend for herself for who knows how long. Faith would have staved to death had it not been for people intervening on her behalf. As good stewards we are to take care of all of Gods creatures great and small. I have faith that Faith’s blood test will be fine and that I can provide her the loving home that she deserves and desperately needs. Always have faith.

Faith has now recovered from her ordeal. She has gained weight and she has not vomited for over one month. With faith all things are possible.  Faith has to be only the size of a mustard seed but it can have huge rewards. Never ever lose Faith that things will get better.

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Cats and Accidents

I have had many cats get run over by cars throughout the years. Most of the time it has been young kittens. Kittens will sit on the tires of a car shortly after the car has been driven. The tires on the car are still warm and the kitten thinks it has a warm area to take a long nap. I have also had cats sleep on the motor of a car.

We had a tenant run over four of our lovely kittens at one time. There was a kitten on each one of his tires. My Mother gathered up the dead kittens and my Father gave them a burial service.

An older or a sickly cat will also sleep on tires or in the engine compartment of a car. The engine is warm and they are cold from an illness. When someone starts the car the unfortunate cat will suffer the consequences.

We had several outdoor cats get run over shortly after I had them neutered. They got run over about three months after they were neutered. I never had another outdoor Tom neutered again after that experience.

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I had a Mother cat by the name of Trisha. Trisha was a very good and smart Mother cat. All of the kittens Trisha had in her life never got run over. Before Trisha would cross to the other side of the road she would look both ways at least three times and then she would cross over to the other side of the road. Trisha taught all of her kittens her road crossing skills.

I watched Elite one of Trisha’s kittens crossing the road. She used all of the skills of road crossing that her Mother had taught her.

I gave several generations later of Trisha’s kittens to a friend that lives on a busy highway. I am glad to say they also have learned Great Grandma Trisha’s road crossing skills.

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I hope none of your cats ever get run over by a car.

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Genetics and Your Cat

Your cat may be born with an excellent genetic makeup by the luck of the draw. Some cats are born with an excellent ability to cross the road without getting run over. There will be several generations of kittens that will inherit the ability to cross the road without any problems for generations to come. After maybe five to ten years this wonderful trait will slowly disappear due to a new Tom cat on the seen or too much inbreeding.

Genetic mutations will generally show up as your cat becomes more mature. I have had  cats that inherited lung cancer, anemia, breast cancer, eye cancer, ear cancer, and liver cancer. Sometimes it does not matter that you are very diligent on taking your cat for his yearly checkups. The best taken care of cat in the world can inherit some genetic mutation that has kept quiet in his body for years until something stimulates it to rear its  ugly head.

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I had a Maine Coon cat given to me by one of my cousins years ago. She lived to be about ten years old. I had not had a Maine Coon cat born on my farm for about thirty five years and then one of my pregnant female cats gave birth to a male Maine Coon cat. I gave him to one of my cousins for a house cat. She is delighted to have him as one of her pet cats.

Rex cats or hairless cats are a result of a genetic mutation. A farm wife discovered two fur less kittens in her barn one day. She decided to keep  the fur less kittens and now we have a new breed of house cats that do not shed any fur in our homes.

We never know when some horrible genetic mutation might pop up and take the life of our beloved house cat or pet.

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Kohl and his Cyst Removal

I took Kohl to one of my vets because he had a large cyst above his left eye. My vet said he could not remove the cyst and it would keep getting larger. The cyst would get so large that Kohl would not be able to open his left eye eventually. My vet gave him an antibiotic shot. The shot did not help the cyst get smaller.

A friend of mine said to take Kohl to a different vet for a second opinion. I am sure glad I listed to her sage advice. I took Kohl to another one of my vets. My vet said he could remove the cyst. I was able to pick Kohl up from my vet yet that afternoon. I had him sleep next to me in a cage all night long so I could keep an eye on him and make sure he got  along fine in the night after his surgery.

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The cyst remained swollen for several days. Kohl removed the glue that acted as the stitches. Kohl ate the glue with no side effects. The cyst drained more after Kohl removed the glue and licked away at the area where the cyst used to be. The swelling in the cyst is about gone completely now.

Kohl is in good spirits and is very active again and playing with his cat toys. Kohl has a good appetite and all is well in his World again. Kohl is eight and one half years old. He is sitting in my picture window watching the birds eat out of my bird feeders.

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Always remember to get a second opinion in your pets health just as we humans need a second opinion in our health. It might be a matter of life or death if you do not get a second opinion quickly and efficiently.

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Why My Cats Throw Up

If my cats eat to quickly they will throw up. Garfunkel eats very fast and therefore he throws up now and then. If your cat eats a new kind of food that does not agree with him he will be sick.

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My outdoor cats love to eat grass when I let them outside for awhile. By eating the grass they will generally get rid of a hairball. If you do not groom your cats often enough they will throw up a hairball now and then. Cats need to be groomed more often in the spring and summer months since they are loosing their winter coats of hair.

Do not feed your cat too much on  one single day. If we eat too much in one day we do not feel to great either. Do not give your cat a can of cat food, cat treats and his regular dry cat food in one day as it will be too much for his stomach to handle in one day.

If your cat is nervous or upset about something he may throw up. When I leave on a vacation my cats throw up for a couple of days because I am gone and they feel uncomfortable having someone else take care of them.

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Cats do not like any change in their daily life whatsoever. A new piece of furniture or a new house cat could cause their stomach to be upset. A house guest can make your cat feel nervous and uncomfortable. Moving into a new home will cause your cat to be very nervous and anxious. Your cat will not have any of his familiar scents in his new home and or territory. We are anxious also when we move to a new location. We wonder will we find a new job and make new friends quickly.

If your cat throws up over several days take him to your veterinarian ASAP as he may have a serious medical condition.

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What Kind of Carpet or Flooring Should I Buy When I Have a Cat ?

I always buy a piece of carpet that is treated with scotch guard it is much easier to clean then. I also buy a piece of carpet that has a very tight weave. A carpet with a tight weave will last much longer then a piece of carpet with a loose weave. I always ask the owner of the flooring store what he would recommend for carpeting in a three cat household. If your cat is not de clawed it will destroy a loose weave carpet in a short period of time. I have always had good luck cleaning up any little mess that my cats have put on my carpet. I clean up any mess that my cats have made ASAP with a carpet cleaner and a light colored towel or I use thick paper towels. I also have a carpet shampooer and a spot bot. I generally shampoo my carpet twice a year.

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In a house with over three cats I would recommend a linoleum floor. I like the kind of linoleum that is a no wax floor. It is very easy to just wipe up any little mess you may find on the floor. I use pine – sol and water to clean the floor. A floor with no cracks or crevices such as linoleum is much easier to keep clean and sanitary.

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I have a Tiger wood floor in my kitchen that is a no wax floor with a high polish that is very cat friendly. I clean the floor with water and a little bit of pine – sol in the water. Any mess on the floor wipes up fast and easy. I also have a special spray bottle cleaner that I purchased at the furniture store were I bought my wood flooring.

The basement steps in my house are wood and they are treated with a redwood oil stain. I wash the steps with pine – sol.  I clean the cement basement floor in my house with pine – sol also.

I hope this will help you choose the perfect pet friendly flooring for your house.

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Why I Should Deworm My Cat

You should always deworm  your cat even if he is an indoor cat. Worm your cat preventatavely according to your vets instructions.

The different types of worms your cat can get are tapeworms, roundworms and hookworms.

Heavy infestations of worms can cause intestinal bleeding and anemia. In a kitten a lot of parasites in its body can be fatal. Roundworms are more common in kittens then in adult cats. Adult cats are quite often infested with tapeworms. If a cat is stressed by trauma or disease she is more likely to get worms. Fleas can cause you cat to get worms.

Your cat can get worms by eating infested mice and infested raw meat. Your cat may develop Toxoplama. Toxoplasmosis can be spread from the mother cat to her kitten.

Pregnant women should not clean out litter boxes. It is very easy for them to get toxoplasmosis from the infested bowel movements in the cat litter.

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Here are some signs to look for that your cat may have worms. Your cats fur will look dull and unkempt. Your cat may start sliding its bottom across your floor. Your cat will become lethargic. You will notice that he is losing weight. Your cat will want to nap more than usual.

Try to worm your cats twice a year or more if you suspect they may have worms. You can buy a liquid dewormer that you can pour over your cat food if you have a farm cat that is hard to catch. You can also mix some dewormer in tuna with water for a cat that is hard to give any medications to.

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Your cat will be much healthier if you always remember to have him dewormed. He will also have a shiny and healthy looking coat of fur. Hope your cat is feeling well.

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