My House Cats In The Springtime

My house cats start to shed their winter coat. I brush and comb out their hair on a regular basis to eliminate hairballs and snarls in their hair. Some of my cats get a spring bath or a water less shampoo bath. Some long haired cats will have to have matted areas in their fur cut out. I like to take my cats to a vet if they have a matted fur problem since they are professionals at removing matted areas of fur on cats.

My house enjoy eating fresh catnip and watching the various varieties of birds through the picture window. My cats will chatter away at the birds they are watching as if to say you would make a delicious appetizer if I could only get out to catch you. My cats spend a big portion of their day watching and salivating over the birds they can see from the various windows in my house.

In the Spring my cats are more energetic and playful than they are in the winter months. They love to chase each other up and down the stairs. My cats play with their catnip stuffed toys more and their cat ball and mouse game. My cats now sleep on top of their Meowfia Cat Caves. My chairs are now occupied by my cats and their heated beds are abandoned for now until winter rolls around again.

Springtime is a good time to clean cat bedding and clean and sterilize water bowls and food dishes. I scrub up their litter boxes and the floor were the liter box sets. I use a floor cleaner that sanitizes and sterilizes as this will prevent fleas from the cat litter. Do not set your cat on the grass as they can get fleas this way. Put your cat in a cage on cement or in a cat tent on top of a deck. You do not want fleas in your house. You will be bitten by fleas and all of your pets will have fleas. To get rid of a flea infestation will cost a lot money and you and your pets will be very uncomfortable in between.

I hope you and your pets have a happy and healthy spring.

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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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My Cats & Their Relationships With Other People

Some of my cats are very friendly and outgoing.  I have some cats that are very Leary of other people  and like to be by themselves. Cats are very independent creatures and warm up to other people on their own terms and conditions.

I have cats that love to picked up by other people and they love to be patted and scratched under their chin. My Calico cat Cali loves all people and will not leave them alone until they pat her on the head and hold her for awhile. Russ is a light cream colored cat and he is very affectionate and loving. Faith is a gray and white tabby cat that loves to rub across your legs and for you to hold her while she purrs and purrs away.

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Peter, Hilford, and Sherlock are very Leary of all people. If a cats parents are Leary of other people their kittens seem to inherit that trait. Lizzie and Onyx are the parents of Peter, Nicole and Conrad. Onyx and Lizzie are outdoor cats that have not been socialized with people so they tend to be very Leary of all people in general.

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It is very important to interact with kittens when they are very young to get them socialized with humans early in their lives or they may always be a bit on he wild side. Play games with your kittens and hold them and pat them on their head and talk very softly and gently to them and they will turn out to be very loving and social as adult felines.20150501_200027

 

Cats tend to get very close to their owner and tend to be a bit Leary of people they don’t know. When I hand my cat to another person to hold and pat on the head I stay in an area where my cat can always see me and then she feels more at ease with the new person that is now holding her.

I hope your cat turns out to be a socialite.

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What Irks My Cat

My cats do not like to listen to loud music of any kind. My outdoor cats are upset if a new cat enters their turf. All of my cats like gradual changes in their life. Putting a new piece of carpet in your home can irk your cat. The new piece of carpet may smell like glue and your cat can get sick just by smelling your new carpet.

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My cats do not like to go to the veterinarian for their yearly shots and checkup. My cats seem to know that I am trying to catch them to take them to the vet. I put their back end in the cage first and than I shut the door on the cage quickly so they cannot make a quick escape from their cage. If you try to put their head in he cage first you may get bitten or scratched up. Cats always seem to know what our intentions are no matter how well we plan things as far as they are concerned.

My cats do like any changes in their dry cat food. When I put out a new cat food I mix the old with the new cat food. I  have also put out a bowl of their old cat food along with a dish of the new cat food for them to eat.

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Cats will get irked if you hold them longer than they want to be held. Cats do not like it if they think another cat in your household is getting more attention then they are. I give each one of my three cats  cat treats  so they know they are getting treated equally. I spend quality time with each one of my cats throughout the day to assure they are happy cats.

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I hope your cats are happy and healthy.

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Conrad My 8 to 5 Cat

I was supposed to have Conrad at my vet by 8:30 AM. I tried to catch Conrad at 7:30 AM and he was nowhere to be found. I caught Kohl at 7:45 AM as he needed a distemper shot also. I went to my other house and caught Bella and Cali immediately.

I started looking for Conrad again. I went upstairs and to the basement and I could not find Conrad anywhere. I looked back of furniture and under furniture and on top of the furniture and still no Conrad to be seen.Conrad

I took the three cats I was able to catch to my vet for their shots. I told him I could not find Conrad. I tried to locate Conrad when I got home and he was still nowhere to be seen. Kohl sat on my lap after we got home from the vet. I read a history book for a while and then I looked for Conrad again it was 1:30 PM by now. I picked up a few items in town. I visited some people in the Rest Home.

I went outside and got some of my yard equipment ready to go. I cleaned out my cat litter boxes for the second time. I tilled my garden and I planted some seed potatoes. I came back in the house and looked for Conrad again and could not find him anywhere and it was 4 PM by now.

At exactly 5 PM Conrad appeared out of the blue and he looked at me like what are you going to do now lady the vets office is closed for the day. I swear Conrad can tell time somehow and he is truly my 8 to 5 cat.

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We will be going to the vet next week and Conrad will have a surprise I will catch him at 6 AM. I  will store the cage in the room where I will be catching him three days ahead of our vet appointment. I hope you and your cat are on time for your next vet appointment.

I caught Conrad this morning after he complained to me and hid under my bed for awhile. He hid back of a card table and I was able to grab him my the nap of his neck and put him in my cat carrier. I called my vet and we got right in. Conrad got his distemper shot and his worm medicine. Conrad decided his visit to the vet was not that bad after all. Conrad rode in the front of my vehicle were he could keep an eye on me while I drove. Conrad said the visit to the vet was worth all of his trouble in long run as it will keep him in excellent health hopefully.

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Do You Know Your Cats Meow and Different Expressions ?

I was blindfolded once for a class assignment. My Mother lead me around the farm with my blindfold on. With my blindfold on I identified each and everyone of my outdoor cats by their particular meow. I handed in my report which my teacher read out loud to all of the students in my junior high class. The students did not believe that I could identify my cats my their meow except for one girl in my class who had a cat and was fully familiar with cats different sounds and pitches in their meows. I received an A on my written assignment.

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You can tell if your cat is sick sometimes by his meow. Sometimes their meow will sound weak and soft instead of their usual high pitched meow. Your cat may have a sad looking face along with forlorn looking eyes as if to say help me I am not feeling well. A healthy cat usually holds its tail up high. A sickly cat will walk around with it tail drooping or straight down. A cat that does not feel good may be coughing or have runny eyes and dirty inner ears.

If your cat smells something he does not like he will wrinkle up his nose as if to say my that is disgusting you better clean that up right now my human friend. Cats sometimes smell each other and make a disgusting face as if to tell the other cat you better clean yourself better next time buddy.

Cats like to rub against you to put their scent on you and claim you as their own. Some of my cats like to sleep as close as possible to me in bed at night so they can stay extra warm and toasty at night. You can generally tell what your cat is thinking my his meows and facial expressions and the different tones and pitches in his meows.

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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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