What I Look For In A Cat

I look for cat that is nice and clean. There eyes should be clear and bright, fur clean, clean hind end and the tail should be up as these are signs of a healthy cat. The cat should be calm and not too hyper and have an easy going personality. A cat that tries to nip and bite will probably present that same kind of behavior now and then the rest of its life.

The cats fur should not be matted or dirty. There face should not be all clawed up as this shows they like to get in a cat fight every so often. I lift up a paw to see if they might tolerate having there claws trimmed. I place the cat on my lap to see if they like to be held and pet. I also put a finger near there mouth to see if they want to try to bite me.

Is the cat you are thinking of adopting outgoing and exploring his surroundings ? A cat that is listless is probably sick. Have the cat checked over by a vet to make sure it does not have feline leukemia and other cat diseases. Cat diseases can be spread very quickly to your other house cats if there shots are not up to date.

Different breeds of cats have different personalities. Do you want a laid back cat or a very outgoing cat ? Read up on the different breeds of cats to see what breed would work the best for your household. I like cats that are part Siamese, Persian and domestic short hair as this blend seems to be the best combination for me.

My cat Kohl is a very easy going cat. Garfunkel is an excellent lap cat. Conrad is a one person cat and I am lucky he choose me for his person. Russ is a very tame and friendly cat. I have fourteen cats and all of them have there own unique and interesting personalities.

I hope you and your new feline friend have at least nine lives together and more.

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The Daily Chores Of A Cat Person

I clean out all of my cat litter boxes to start with. I fill my cats water dish with fresh water. More cat food is put in their food dishes. I give my cats a pat on the head. I fluff up their bedding and clean up any mess that might have happened in the night.

I clean up any cat mess the moment I see it. I use carpet cleaner or wood floor cleaner. I also use Clorox depending on the surface that needs cleaning. The faster you clean up a mess the easier it is to clean up as it has not set in yet. I clean up their bedding in a washing machine that I have in my basement that is for cat use only. Beds that cannot be placed in the washing machine have to be spot cleaned. I try to avoid buying cat beds that cannot be placed in a washing machine.

I like to brush or comb out the hair on my cats so they do not get matted. A combed out cat is less likely to have hairballs that they scarf up. If your cat has claws keep them trimmed up as the claw could get stuck in something they could not get free of without damaging themselves.

I sweep up any spilled cat food and throw it outdoors as many wild animals and birds can enjoy eating it. I sweep around the litter boxes twice a day and clean them out twice a day. Dirty litter boxes or floors by the litter box is a perfect breeding ground for fleas.

Check your cats teeth often as bad teeth could kill your cat in the near future. If their is a sudden change in your cats behavior or pattern keep a very close eye on them as it could turn into a medical emergency quickly. I spray Lysol on the floor by the litter boxes to kill any germs that could harbor there.

I hope you and your cat have many happy and healthy years ahead. The time you spend on the chores for your cat will lengthen his life and give you joy as you are helping your feline family member.

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Summertime Dangers And Your Cat

Make sure your cat has plenty of fresh clean cold water to drink as the water will heat up quickly with high temperatures. Some people put ice cubes in their cats water bowls as its keeps the water cooler much longer. Do not put your cat out in the heat or leave them in a car as they could die very quickly with extreme heat. Signs of heat stroke in your cat include a high pulse and rapid breathing along with a red tongue and mouth. If your cat becomes overheated call your vet for directions on what to do for your cat and then take them to your VET ASAP. Your Vet will cool off your cat with cold water and ice packs and maybe an I V drip to re-hydrate your cat.  A car in direct sunlight can be 130 to 172 degrees inside of the car in only one hour.

Fleas can be in the lawn this time of year. Never set your pet carrier on the grass as your cat could pick up fleas quickly. Your cat will be itching and scratching if he picks up fleas and so will you. It will cost a lot of money for flea treatments for your cat and your home to be flea free. Give your cat flea treatment medicine to prevent fleas.

Cats shed even in your house. It is important to brush them out everyday as their fur can become mated quickly. A badly mated cat may have to be shaved. Hairballs are another worry if your cat is not groomed often enough. No one enjoys cleaning up the dreaded hairball.

Make sure your cat does not get locked in a building outdoors. Your cat will die from extreme heat and lack of water. When taking groceries out of your car make sure your cat did not sneak in the car. Do not leave your cat in a cat playpen outdoors in hot weather as he may expire quickly if the sun happens to move to the area that was nice and shady earlier.

 

In the dog days of summer keep your cat cool and protected from outdoor pest so your cat will have nine lives. Hope you and your cat have the best summer ever. God bless you and feline friends.

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Red’s Story

Red was a Red tabby cat. My vet gave Red to me after I had to put my Siamese house cat Sugar to sleep. My vet found Red abandoned on a golf course in the middle of December. My vets wife had trained Red to stay off of the counter tops.

Red got along fine with my other house cat Ginger that I had at that time. Red was very intelligent. If I would ask Red do you want to go outdoors he would head right toward the door. He liked to tease me when it was time for him to come back in my house. Red would take off running the moment I almost caught him to take him back into my house. Red would do this about three times before I could finally carry him back in my house.

Red’s favorite toy was a circle toy ball game. Red was ambidextrous and would hit the ball with either paw. Red also wanted to make sure you were watching him play his ball game. Red was very proud of the fact that he had mastered the circle toy ball game completely. I rescued a cat that I found under a car one day at a restaurant and I named him Philmoor. Philmoor caught on to the circle toy ball game immediately and Red felt bad about that unfortunately. Red hardly ever played with his favorite toy after  Philmoor mastered the circle toy ball game.

Red was a very friendly and outgoing cat. Red loved attention from other people and he actually thrived on it. Red liked to sleep on my bed at night along with my other two house cats.

At the age of 17 Red’s spine gave out. Red could no longer control his urine. My vet said some older cats develop a defect in their spine late in life. I had Red put to sleep at my vets office. Red was a wonderful , kind, outgoing and loving cat.

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What Not To Give Your Cat For Christmas

Do not let your cat eat any poinsettia leaves or any part of the plant. Your cat will most likely not be able to meow for about one week. Mistletoe will kill a cat if they ingest it. Chocolate will also kill your cat if they eat any of it. Do not feed your cats any bones as they could get lodged in their throat or cut their esophagus. Do not feed a lot of table scraps to your cat as he could throw up or get a horrible case of diarrhea. I only give my cats a couple of little pieces of turkey at Christmas.

I do not put up a Christmas tree since I have house cats. Cats can drink the water under the tree and some water has been treated with chemicals which keeps your tree looking better longer but will kill your house cat if they happen to drink that water. Tinsel will get lodged in your cats stomach or digestive system if they play with and then eat it. Cats can chew on Christmas lights, bulbs and more which could harm or kill them.

Give toys to your cats that do not have eyes or anything that they could pull off and eat as they could choke to death. Give your cat toys made for cats to be on the safe side. Never let you cats play with plastic bags as they could smoother to death quickly. Throw wrapping paper in the garbage quickly along with ribbons and strings. Strings are hard to remove from your cats mouth and they might be ingested as to where your cat would need surgery to remove the ingested string.

As you clean your home for Christmas gatherings remember to put away your cleaning supplies ASAP so your cat will not get poisoned by you because you got into too much of a hurry trying to get ready for Christmas. Hope you and your cats have a very Merry and safe Christmas this year and forever more.

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Some Cat Hazards

Cats can get themselves into all kinds of predicaments. They say curiosity killed the cat and that can be a true statement when it comes to our feline friends. Cats are very adventurous and will try to attempt the impossible sometimes. Cats do not always land on their feet as the old saying goes.

Cats love to eat house plants  or flowers that may kill them or make them very sick. I do not keep any plants or flowers in my house. If someone gives me flowers I put them in a room that my cats cannot get assess to. Cats can vomit, go into convulsions or die by eating leaves, flowers or drinking the water with chemicals to preserve the flowers.

Keep antifreeze, oil, gas and farm chemicals in closed containers so your cat will not suffer from a painful death by ingesting these substances into their body. Put mouse and rat poison in an enclosed trap so your farm cats cannot eat it and bleed to death. Close paint containers and cleaning supplies. Never leave your medicine sitting out as kitty could knock the bottle over and ingest your pills and die. keep all of your household cleaners closed and in an area your cat will not be able to assess.

Make sure to check that you have not locked your cat in a building where he could starve to death. Check under your car tires or the motor of your car if you do not happen to notice your cat. Many cats have gotten run over by accident or succumbed by the car motor or belts or blade in your car.

Do not leave your house with just the screen in your window. Cats have clawed up the screens or pushed against them so hard the screen gave away and  their cat fell to its death out of a high story building. A house cat does not stand much of a change if it gets outdoors as it does not know how to fend for itself and all the dangers that lurk outdoors.

I hope you and cat stay safe and sound for many years to come and create many purrfect memories throughout your years together.

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Tips To Help Your Cat Survive The Heat This Summer

Provide your cat with plenty of fresh cold water. The water will get hot in a hurry when it is hot out and no one wants to drink hot water when it is unbearably hot outside. Find a place for your cat to sleep outside that is in a cool place with a nice gentle breeze. I check on my cats several times a day to make sure they are doing OK with the unbearable heat. Make sure you have combed out your cats old winter coat of fur as they will feel cooler without the old fur heating up their body. I have a fan running in my other house for my cats over there. Make sure you have not locked your cat in a building after performing an outdoor task such as mowing the yard. Cats are fast and love to sneak into places even when you think you are watching out for them.

Clean your cats litter box out everyday to prevent fleas. I sweep around the litter boxes everyday so there is no cat litter on the floor which helps prevent a flea infestation. I also clean out the litter boxes with dish soap and an old scrub brush before the summer season begins.

Never leave your cat in your vehicle in the summer months as in can reach 173 degrees in your vehicle in 30 minutes when it is 80 to 100 degrees outside even with the windows open. Your cat will most likely die if left in a car in the summer. Do not let your indoor cat out in the heat. Your indoor cat is use to AC and also she does not know where to go in the heat to stay cooler.

 

If your cat is panting, has a rapid pulse and breathing, vomiting, lethargic, and stumbling she is overheated and must be put in a cool spot ASAP. Call your vet ASAP if you notice that your cat is overheated. Your cat may stagger around as she walks or pass out which means she is critical. If in doubt about the state of your cats well being call your vet ASAP.

Hope you and your cat survive the summer heat and have a wonderful fun filled summer.

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Ear Cancer

I had a beautiful Calico cat by the name of Champagne. Champagne was one of my outdoor cats. She was always a very friendly and outgoing cat. She would follow me out to my garden. She would roll in the dirt while I planted my garden.

She and my dog Jitters were good friends and would go out hunting together. My goat Zachary would tag along with them. He would eat left over corn in the field while they hunted for mice.

Champagne had many lovely kittens over the years. I took one of her tuxedo kittens into my house as a house cat. I named him Sylvester. I had Sylvester for about one year. I let him outside briefly on one warm summer day. A wild animal came along and killed him. I missed him very much. I never let any indoor cats out after that happened.

I started to notice a growth in Champagnes ear. I treated it with ear drops to no avail. The growth kept getting larger. She started to shake her head. When she would shake her head blood would fly out of her ear.

I took her to my vet and he diagnosed that she had ear cancer. He said she could possibly live for another six months and not be in pain. She seemed to get along fairly well for at least five months. More and more blood would come out of her ear.

I did not want to see her suffer so I had her put down. It is hard to watch a dear pet go down hill. She is now in heaven with all of my other cats that have passed on. They have all crossed the rainbow pet bridge and made it into pet heaven.

I  hope none of your cats ever get ear cancer.

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Lung Cancer and Your Cat

My cat Sebastian died from lung cancer.

He was always a playful kitten. He was born on my farm. Sebastian was an outdoor kitten to begin with. He would get under ones feet as a kitten. He was very smart about staying away from cars. The weather was getting colder and he would meow by my back door. I gave in and let him in my house and decided to have three house cats.

His first night in the house he gathered up all of the toy mice and placed them in a neat orderly row. I gave him a bath and he actually enjoyed having a bath.

He was quite healthy and would play with my other cats. He would walk along and balance on the most narrow part of the window. Sebastian was quite the athlete.

Sebastian started to get asthma or at least that’s what I thought it was. He was about eleven years old a the time. My vet gave him some shots which seemed to help. I noticed he seemed to be losing weight. I took him back to my vet. My vet took X – Rays and noticed a large mass on one of his lungs.

Sebastian ate OK  and was not in pain. As time went on his fur was more wiry and he would lay around more. One day he was resting on my steps and seemed to be in pain.

I called my vet and made an appointment to have Sebastian put to sleep. I had a burial box with me. I put some cat toys in the box and a towel to cover him .  Sebastian lived yo be thirteen years old.

I took him home and buried him. it was a very sad day for me. I was heart broken for sometime.

One must always remember to do what is best for your pet. I do not want to see any beloved pet suffer in pain. You will miss your pet terribly but remember he is no longer in pain. Remember all of the fun times you had together.

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Why Did My Mother Cat Abandon Her Kittens ?

A first time mother cat may abandon her kittens because she has not yet learned how to care for them. Most of my cats have always taken care of their kittens by the time they are two years old.

I have had a mother cats carry one kitten away. A mother cat will carry a sickly kitten away and abandon it to save the rest of her healthy litter of kittens. I have tried in the past to put the kitten that she has carried off back with the other kittens. Most of the time the kitten that I put back has died.

A mother cat naturally knows if one of her kittens is sickly and will not make it. I have had mother cats move all of their kittens except one kitten. They have moved the healthy kittens to a different building with an area that had clean straw.

Mother cats may abandon all of their kittens if they are not feeling well. Your cat may not be producing enough milk to feed all of her kittens.

If your mother cat gets frightened by strange people or wild animals coming into the area where her kittens are she may abandon them. Cats do not like any sudden changes in their environment or their surroundings. Try to keep strangers away from a mother cat and her kittens as this may upset her terribly.

A mother cat always tries to take care of her kittens to the best of her ability. She will naturally abandon one that is sickly. She does not want the disease that one kitten has to spread to her healthy kittens and kill them off by the disease entering their bodies.  Mother cats are very protective of their young.

Next time you see a mother cat abandoning a kitten you will know she has a good reason for doing so.

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