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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In Memory Of My Cat Bella

Bella was given to me by a friend. Bella was a nice and friendly cat. She did not want to be patted on the head. She liked to have her back rubbed. Snowflake and Bella were the best of friends and now they are together again in heaven,

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Bella liked to sleep on a shelf with boxes that had nice clean fluffy towels for her to sleep on. In the winter months she would sleep in a heated  cat bed next to Snowflake. When Snowflake died she slept by herself. Bella would always greet me in the morning with a warm and welcoming meow.

Bella lost three pounds suddenly. I took her to my vet and he ran blood test that came back positive for liver cancer. I feed her tuna canned in water and I managed to get her weight up to 8.4 lbs. She had trouble swallowing and could not eat dry cat food any longer. I had Bella put to sleep at my vets office because I did not want her to suffer and get worse again all of a sudden. Bella was 11 years and ten months of age.

Bella loved cat snacks and treats and would eat and eat away at them. In her later years she could not eat any snacks or treats but she could eat a tablespoon of tuna in the morning and at night.

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My cat Russ was always her knight in shining armor. If any younger cat would pick on Bella he would put them in there place. It seemed like Russ told them to respect their elders and tow the line.

Bella was a gray striped cat with orange coloring throughout her hair. I am honored to have shared my life with Bella’s life. I will always remember her dearly and have a special place in my heart for her. My vet gave a memorial to Bella to help cure cats with similar diseases or ailments. God bless the beast and the children.

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The Older Cat

As your cat gets older he will require more sleep. My older cats like to sleep in the warmest place possible in my house. They like to sleep next to heat runs and in heated cat beds.

All of my older cats still love to play with cat toys. By having a young cat in the house with your older cat will make your older cat more active. My older cats still rule in my house.  If they want to sit on my lap they give my young house cat a gentle little nip on the rump and my lap is theirs now.

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Some older cats get arthritis and your vet can give them some pills to lessen their pain. The older cat does not maneuver around as good as he used to. He might jump on top of something and knock things down now.

I have had several cats live to be eighteen years old. They were very limber up to about age seventeen. They would still chase rabbits and kill mice. One of my fifteen year old outdoor cats had one kitten on Dec. 1 . She managed to keep the kitten alive. She would sit on her kitten most of the day to keep him extra warm.

Older cats will not be able to groom themselves like they used to. The barbs on their tongues wear down with age. Help your older cat by brushing and combing out his hair and his coat will have that magnificent luster once again. Remember your older cats immune system is not what it used to be. Make sure all of his shots are up to date and remember to keep all of his annual checkups with your vet. You and your cat can enjoy each others company for many years to come. I hope you and your cat stay happy and healthy to a ripe old age.

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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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