Cats and Cancer

I have had five cats that have had cancer. I had three females and two male cats that died because of cancer. A cat with cancer will start to lose weight. They will rest more than usual and not have their normal energy. Cats with cancer lose interest in their toys and become very lethargic.

Ear Cancer and Your Cat

Mt calico cat had ear cancer. The cancer looked like an animal had bit her ear to begin with. The growth began to look larger and then it began to bleed when she shook her head. I took her to my vet and he said the cancer would eventually spread to her brain. She got along fine for about six months and then the ear started to bleed profusely and I had her put to sleep.

Breast Cancer and Your Cat

I had a Siamese cat contract breast cancer at the age of 14. I treated her with medicine for some time that helped slow down the growth of the cancer. Eventually the medicine quit working and she had breast cancer on everyone of her breast. The cancer metastasized and she was losing weight rapidly. I had my vet put her to sleep. She lived to be 16 years old.

Lung Cancer and Your Cat

My cat Sebastian got lung cancer. He began to sleep more and had trouble going up and down the steps in my house. He was not able to groom himself like he used to. Sebastian lasted about 8 months with lung cancer. My vet put him to sleep. Sebastian lived to be 13 years old. He was a very loving and wonderful cat. The picture is a picture of Onyx. He was Sebastian’s Father.

Liver Cancer and Your Cat

My cat Philmoor contracted liver cancer. I found him in a Perkins parking lot and it was love at first sight. I knew I must catch him somehow. After one hour of offering him food and great determination I was able to catch him. He purred away in my friends lap all the way home. He looked out of the window of the car as I pulled up in my driveway and purred away very contentedly. I think he was trying to say he found his forever home. Philmoor was a very loving and friendly cat. At the age of ten Philmoor started to sleep in a recliner and he would not come when I called him. I took him to my vet and he told me he had liver cancer. My vet showed me how yellow the inside of his ears were. I took him back home and cared for him. He was getting worse quickly so I had him put to sleep. He was a beautiful and kind cream colored cat that I adored.  My cat Bella also had liver cancer and I had her put to sleep. She was about ten years old.

Saying Goodbye To Your Feline Friend

It is hard to have a beloved pet put to sleep. You must think of your pets quality of life and think to yourself would I want to live under these conditions. I cannot stand to watch a pet suffer with a condition that is incurable. Do the right thing for your pet. It is very hard to lose a Dear family pet but you must think of all the wonderful times you have shared together and that your pet will not have any pain whatsoever in Heaven. Your cat can play with the other cats in heaven and be with family that has passed away.

God bless all of our pet friends today and always.

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Does Your Cat Claw Away At Your Furniture ?

Some cats merely claw away at your furniture just to get your attention, Clawing is a natural instinct for your cat, Cats sharpen and strengthen their claws by clawing away at trees and unfortunately your furniture in your home.

I have had good luck with a scratching post that I keep sprinkled with catnip. Putting perfume on a handkerchief and leaving the perfumed handkerchief on your furniture seems to deter some cats. Cats do not like anything that makes a crinkling noise when they step on it. Aluminum  foil or bubble wrap keeps some cats away from your valuable furniture.

If you play with your cats often they seem less likely to go on a destroying your furniture binge. Cats love attention and they do not like the feeling that they are being ignored. Your cat figures even negative attention is at least attention.

My cats like to play with a ball circle toy, catnip filled toys, balls and a wide variety of other cat toys. If your cat is not bored or ignored he is less likely to bother your furniture.

I have a cardboard scratching hammock that is sprinkled with catnip that my cats with claws absolutely love. I also have some hammock beds that have scratching post that are covered with burlap that my cats have worn out because they like them so much. I still have four left out of six hammock scratching post combinations beds.

There are companies that sell little plastic wraps that you glue on each claw until the claws grow out and then you have to replace them. I have personally never tried these. I have special claw clippers for trimming my cats claws if your cat will tolerate you holding them and clipping off their claws. Never trim your cats claws too much as you could insure them greatly or cripple them.

Keep your cat entertained and buy a scratching post that is sprinkled with catnip and always remember it is a natural instinct for them to sharpen their claws. I hope you and your cat will live in harmony for many years to come.

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My Feral House Cat

A feral cat will never be a totally outgoing cat. If you rescue a feral cat take him to your vet for all of the necessary shots. Feral house cats seem to warm up to one person after awhile. Feral cats love to hide when any new comer enters your home. It takes a lot of time for a feral cat to trust you. The feral cat that you have rescued may have been abused by another person and has had to fend for itself for sometime now.

Feral Cat Behavior

I have had several feral cats over the years. Some of the feral cats that I have tried to tame would not have anything to do with me. The only time that they would let me come near them is when they wanted some canned tuna in water. Taking a feral cat to the vet is an experience that you will never forget. The wild young cats have bitten and scratched and more. The only safe way to catch a feral cat is in a fish net. Grab the cat my the nape of its neck while he is still in the fish net and drop him gently into the cat carrier.

Never bathe a feral cat because he will think you are trying to drown him. A dry shampoo for cats might work depending upon his temperament. Some feral cats leap and jump around in a room and try to climb your curtains. Place your  feral cat in a room by himself for awhile so you can see what he is up to in that one room before you have broken and destroyed items throughout your home.

Trust Issues With Your Feral Cat

Be very patient with your new feral feline friend. He is depending on you to take care of him and love him. If we have been mistreated it takes us a long time to trust again and your feral cat is no different. Do not expect too much of him all at once. He may always be somewhat of a loner. Remember he loves you because you gave him a second chance in life.  Eventually you will love one another and trust each other. God bless you for saving one of Gods creatures. May you and your cat have at least nine lives together.

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What Irks My Cats

My cats get upset if any changes occur in my home. I put new carpet in my living room and dining room lately and they did not like that. They were afraid of the workers except for Kohl he lavished in the extra attention he got from them. Kohl would not lay on the carpet to begin with. When Kohl finally took a nap on the new carpet he rolled around on it and he loved it.

New Furniture

New furniture in your home can put your cat into panic mode. I place a cushion from the old couch on top of the new couch and then it has a scent that they are familiar with. The new couch finally meets their seal of approval then. If you have workers in your home remodeling make sure your cats cannot escape as they will be scared to death by the sound of the power tools.

Storms

Thunderstorms storms and fireworks frighten pets. Hold you cats and reassure them that things will be OK if they are willing to let you hold them. Some cats will hide under the bed or in your shower or other places in your home. Strong wind noises also frighten pets.

Loud Music

Cats like soft relaxing music. Loud music sets them on edge as it most likely hurts their eardrums since they have such a keen scene of hearing. Cats like classical music or easy listening music. Scary TV programs will also scare your cat and he may run and hide.

A New Pet

A new pet in the family if not introduced right will upset them to no end. Your old cats may start marking your furniture to show the new cat that this is their turf and to back off. Put the new cat in a small room with the door shut for at least one week so they can smell each and get familiar with each other gradually. I have always had success with this introduction method.

Changes

Cats do not like a change in their cat food. If you want them to eat a different brand of cat food leave the old brand out also for them. Some cats will stop eating altogether if they do not like their cat food. If you have a cat food that they absolutely love stick with that brand and that kind why upset a good thing.

Company

Cats will hide if a new person comes to stay with you in your home. Generally after about a weeks times they will come out of hiding and check out the new person that is now in you home. Talk to your cat and hold him to comfort him and show him  you love him.

Scents and Perfume

Cats do not like scent of some air fresheners and they will avoid that room until the scent clears out of the room. Cats do not like certain perfumes either. Cats like fresh towels to sleep on that are fuzzy and soft to the touch. Some cats only like one particular kind of cat bed and nothing else will satisfy them.

If you cat is irked by something figure out what it is and correct the problem ASAP and  both of you will live in purrfect harmony together for many years to come.

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Ginger’s Story

I adopted Ginger from a pound that was out in the country. Ginger was covered in fleas. When I got Ginger home safely I put a flea dip all over her and I also washed her with a flea shampoo. It did not take long for her hair  to recover from the damage the fleas had done to it. Ginger soon had a nice looking lustrous coat of hair.

Ginger was a very friendly part Siamese and Himalayan cat. She looked like a purebred Chocolate Point  Siamese cat except for slightly longer hair. Ginger loved to sleep in bed with me at night. She was always quiet in bed and never disturbed my sleep whatsoever. She got along fine with dogs and other male cats. I got Ginger spayed and her front claws removed when she was about 14 weeks old. She recovered from the procedure quickly.

Ginger would wake me up at precisely 6 AM every morning. I always had set my alarm for 6 AM before I had Ginger. I no longer had to set my alarm clock with my trusty cat Ginger watching out for me. Ginger also rented a house for me once. I had forgot to turn on my answering machine when I left my house. Ginger must have gotten tired of the phone ringing and must have hit the on button with her paw. I received that answering machine message and that party rented my house.

Ginger loved to play with toy mice and small balls. She liked to go outdoors on occasion. I kept an eye on her constantly when she was outdoors. She liked to take afternoon naps on my couch or on a chair. Ginger loved Fancy Feast canned cat food. Eventually all I had to do was say Fancy Feast and she would come running for her cat snack for the day.

Ginger was always a very healthy cat. I only remember having to buy medicine for her once in her life. When Ginger turned 18 she started losing weight. Ginger also started vomiting a lot and I would find her in lying in my bath tub. I think Ginger must of had kidney failure. I called up my vet one day and had Ginger put to sleep. I missed Ginger a lot but I cannot stand to see any beloved pet suffer.

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My Indoor Cats Get Bored During Bad Weather

My indoor cats tend to sleep more in bad weather and are not energetic at all. They tend to sleep in my bed or their little heated cat beds. Conrad sleeps in his recliner which I actually purchased for myself  but he has made himself at home in it. Kohl sleeps on my bed most of the day. Garfunkel sleeps on my bed or in a cat bed.

My cats try to watch the birds but it is rather difficult when snow is covering most of my picture window. They do take turns watching the birds which works out fairly well for them. It is difficult for me to fill the bird feeders with four foot drifts to walk through.

My indoor cats tend to eat more during the winter months because they are bored. Kohl makes quite a few trips to his food bowl. My cats do play with their cat toys but they get tired of playing with them with the wind howling and blowing. I buy a lot of new cat toys for my cats to play with as the weather gets colder. They love toys filled with catnip and circle toys with a ball in the center for them to bat around. They never get tired of the circle toys or catnip toys for cats.

My cats next door sleep in their heated cat beds and play with some of their catnip toys that they take to bed with them for the night. They like to share their cat buildings with as many cats as they will hold as their body heat keeps them all nice and warm with that method.

My cats next door really go through the cat food in the winter months. I supply them with canned cat food almost everyday along with their dry cat food, I also give them lots of cat treats that they enjoy. They greet me at the door every morning wondering what treats they will have for the day.

My cats get fresh water everyday, cat food, litter boxes cleaned out and a loving pat on their head. Treat your feline friends to many fine cat treats during the winter months.

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Cats Are Very Compassionate

Cats know when you are not feeling well. My cats will lay by my side and gently purr away. I have three house cats and they take turns watching over me when I am under the weather. When one cats leaves for awhile another will quickly fill up the empty spot.

Cats have compassion for one another. If one cat is not feeling up to Parr another cat will lay down as close as he possibly can to his sick friend. Female cats will help care for each others kittens. I observed one female cat catching a mouse to feed to another female cats kittens.

Cats have been known to nurse baby puppies, opossums, ferrets and some other small animals. One cat had adopted three baby squirrels that she raised along with her own four kittens. Cats have been burned badly in a fire trying to save all of their kittens. Unfortunately a lot of cats have awakened their owners to let them know there is a fire in their house only to succumb to the fire themselves. Cats have alerted their owners to gas leaks and much more.

Cats will lay down next to people that are dying in a rest home. It is the cats way of comforting them in their final moments. When my Mother died my Siamese cat Sugar would sit on the edge of the bathtub and cry out or wail for one straight week. She remembered my Mother would buy cat food for her and other goodies and take her to her vet visits when she was sick.

I had one cat that was raised in a vets office and rodents were not to be killed as they were someones pets. My other cat saw a mouse and was intending to have brunch. My cat that was raised in the vets office embraced the mouse by encircling it with his feet. My other cat was in shock thinking aren’t we supposed to kill those.

Cats care for their owners very much and we care for our feline friends very much. Cats show compassion to each other and other animals. Cats comfort those in need of comfort and  show great compassion.

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Behavioral Issues That A Cat Can Present

A common behavioral issue is for your cat to start peeing on something. If you purchase a new cat bed that a particular cat in your house likes he may pee on it if another cat happens to sleep in it. When they pee on something they are marking it with their scent and show the other cats it is off limits to them.  UN – neutered male cats are not good to have in your house as they love to mark their territory as it is part of natures way with them. A cat may pee on a new boyfriends coat because your cat wants all of your attention and your cat is jealous so to speak. If there are two female cats in your house one may start peeing on things to show the other cat she is the matriarch of the house. If  your cat pees on something get rid of it or clean it but do not replace it with a new one right away as that may be what they want if it is a cat bed.

Some cats stop using the litter box if you add another cat to your household. Cats do not like any change in their daily routine whatsoever. Your cat may use a house plant as a litter box. Introduce a new cat into your home slowly. Put the new cat in an enclosed room for five days where the other cats can smell him and he can smell them. Your cats should get along fine when you use this method and the litter box should not be a problem.

Some cats pull out their fur or lick their fur off. They may have a nervous condition or a skin problem that should be addressed by your Vet. Your cat could have fleas if he keeps itching away and he should be treated with flea treatment medicine.

Cats do not like anything new to come into the house, Having a new couch or chair in a room can upset them terribly. I put a cushion from the old couch on the new couch so it has that old familiar smell to it. Place an old blanket on a new piece of furniture so it smells like it has always been in you home. I hope your feline friends will not have any behavioral issues and you have smooth sailing ahead.

The older we get the less we like changes. We all have our daily routines. We do like to try out new things and we must be patient with adapting to new electronics and much more. Be patient with your friends and your feline friends.

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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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Outdoor Dangers That Could Kill Your Pet Cat

There are many coyotes in the country and in the woods that could kill or injure your cat severely. Your cat could get into poisons. Many cats get run over on the roads. A wild animal with rabies could bite your cat.

Poisons and Chemicals

If a neighbor leaves his garage door open and he has mouse poison is his garage your cat could eat it. Mouse poison will send your cat into convolutions if ingested. Your cat will bleed out and have a very painful death. Antifreeze will kill your cat as it will shut down their kidneys. Motor oil, grease, chemicals,gas, diesel fuel and certain plants are very toxic to your cat.

 

Plants

Cats will vomit if they eat certain plants and many Christmas plants and bushes are toxic. Ask your local nursery or plant store if the item you wish to purchase is safe for your cat to nibble on because all cats like to nibble on plants. Do not let your cat outdoors if your lawn has been sprayed for at least 24 hrs. as cats love to munch on grass.

Cars

House cats have no idea about the danger that cars pose upon them. Cats like to curl up on the warm motor of a car or sit on top of the car tires. When you start up your car always look on top of your tires if your cat is outdoors. Many cats have died by being hit by cars, and sadistic people that try to run over them.

Birds of Prey

Large birds of prey can kill your kittens or even your adult cat. I saw an Eagle take off with a kitten in his mouth and then he dropped it on the road and it was dead. Dogs have been known to kill many cats over the years.

Fleas

Fleas can be picked up by your cat outdoors along with ticks. They bite and bite your cat and treatments are expensive. You can get fleas from your cat and have to have your house treated to rid yourself from the infestation. Ear mites can be picked up outdoors also.

Keep an Eye on Your Cats

If you let your house cat out keep a constant eye on him as there are many dangers in the world that could take all of his nine lives. Watch your farm cats also. I like to take a head count of my cats everyday and if one is missing I look for them immediately.

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