Trivial Purr-suit: Fun cat facts

Here’s a clowder of fun cat facts for you to enjoy:

(ps, a clowder is the name for a group of cats. A female cat is a molly or queen).

Cats are born with their sense of smell functioning and it is exceptionally developed by around three weeks old.

Unlike dogs, cats do not own a sweet tooth and can’t taste sweet things.

Cats “talk” with their tails. If a cat flicks its tail it usually means that there’s a complicated dilemma happening within your pet.

Some cats like beer and will even take a taste of citrus fruit, while others recoil at these flavors.

Cats get a mean of 16 hours of sleep each day. Some even sleep 20 hours a day.

Purring isn’t always about happiness. It can be to calm themselves. Cats purr when they’re giving birth, when they’re nursing their offspring, or any time they are sick, wounded or stressed. Purring is involuntary.

Cats are of desert origin.

Cats can hear even the slightest rustle because they have over 20 muscles that control the exterior part of their ear.

They have excellent hearing and night vision. But cats can’t see in complete darkness.

Sailors used to bring cats on ships to catch mice.

They use whiskers to determine the size of objects or openings. Be careful to get a food bowl that doesn’t brush against their whiskers, as this can cause pain. Never trim their whiskers.

Strangely enough, they have an extra organ in their mouths that allows them to taste a scent that is in the air!

When you meet a cat, let them sniff your hand right away. That’s how they “shake hands.”

Cats can be trained at any age with a clicker.

The ancient Egyptians worshiped cats, and we can see why.

Cats are endlessly fascinating and fun. They seem to have a sense of humor as well as nobility. They are pawsome pets.

When a cat chases its prey, it keeps its head level. Dogs and humans bob their heads up and down.

In fact, cats don’t meow to each other.

They have an extraordinary sense of smell and they know that each cat has his or her own scent.

heir diet has to comprise a good part of meat. They cannot live a full life if you do not feed them with meat, because it contains amino acid (arginine) which is vital for them.

Most cats don’t have any eyelashes.

They are actually lactose intolerant, so cut down on the milk!

They must also have fat in their diet as they are unable to produce it on their own.

They are the most popular animal online by far.

Nearly all calico cats are female due to the genes that control colors.

Female cats are mostly left pawed and male cats mostly right pawed.

The Best Cat Carrier for Car Travel

Best cat carrier for car trips: safety and comfort

The best cat carrier for car trips is one that makes your cat feel safe and secure and one you feel confident in. It should be spacious enough so that the cat can stand up and turn around freely. Be sure to take the size of your cat into consideration. Good cat carriers are sturdy and well-made. They need to have air holes on the side that let your cat breathe freely and to see outside. A mesh window is a nice feature. The carrier should have lots of air circulation.

There are hundreds of carriers on the market, so good cat carriers for car travel are easy to find.

The carrier should not be made of cardboard, as scared cats can claw out of cardboard carriers.

Having a good cat carrier for car travel is a matter of safety for you and the cat. If a cat is loose in the car it can climb around on the steering wheel, gas pedal, and brakes, and that is not safe.

What to avoid in a car cat carrier…

While some cat carriers have fancy decorations, that’s not needed. They should not have things like trim and feathers your cat can swallow. They should not have parts your cat can tear up. They should not smell like chemicals. If you have bought one that does, let it off-gas outside for a couple of weeks. They should not be small and cramped.

… and what to look for

The best cat carrier for cars is one that has room for a little box and spill-proof water dish. Cats don’t drink from trickle bottles the way some animals do. They should have a sturdy bottom to support the cat’s weight.

 

The cat carrier for cars should be easy to carry, with comfortable handles. It should not be too heavy. It should be easy to clean with a sponge. The liner in the bottom should stay put so cat hair doesn’t build up there.

Buckle the carrier into the seat belt. Talk to the cat during the trip. Do not make sudden stops unless it’s a matter of safety. Never leave your cat in a hot car.

Eventually most cats will learn that the carrier doesn’t mean the end of the world and they will be more comfortable.

 

Chubby kitty? Creating a cat weight loss program with teeth

Cat too fat? Try a cat weight loss program

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Big cat fat? Big fat cat!

Feline obesity is increasingly common. While cats can’t order cheeseburgers (no, you can’t haz!) or go to the deli for two scoops of chopped liver, owners are usually the ones responsible for a cat’s overeating. It’s hard to resist a hungry cat. It’s the norm to leave food in the bowl at all times, because most cats just nibble. But some cats just don’t know when to stop.

To determine whether kitty is obese, we need to know what a healthy weight is. Check with your vet. The cat should be lean, without too much belly fat. A feline spayed cat will have a hanging belly; that’s not fat, it’s just skin.

Generally speaking, your cat needs to be weighed at least monthly until a healthy weight is reached. The average cat weight in pounds is 6-10 lbs. and the average cat weight in kg is 2.7 to 4.5 kg.

 

The ideal cat weight loss program is a combination of diet, exercise, getting medical diagnoses, and emotional support. Yes, it’s not any different than with humans. But there’s no feline Jane Fonda or Richard Simmons. Yet.

Factors in feline weight gain

Overeating could be caused by depression, loneliness, or something in a cat’s background, just as with people. Cats need attention and stimulation. You can distract them from food with toys and affection. Don’t roughhouse, though, cats are smaller than you and could get hurt or upset.

Cats can get diseases such as diabetes and fatty liver disease, which are serious ailments. Try to avoid these by making sure your cat is a healthy weight and gets enough exercise.

Carbs and cats

Cats get addicted to carby food, just like humans. Cats don’t need grain or potatoes, which are often added as filler to cat food. Cats can get addicted to the carbs of dry food. Wet food is better for them. There are some healthier dry foods, but high-quality canned food is recommended. Avoid cat food cans that contain BPA, an insulin disruptor that could be a factor in cat diabetes.

Cats can exercise by themselves, but if your cat is failing to find enough exercise you will have to help them out. You may not notice that he is eating a lot because you want to keep food in his bowl so you keep adding food. Keep track of how much you are putting in and serve regular portions. If your cat is meowing, she might want to play, cuddle or have a small cat treat, not necessarily more food. Be sure she is drinking enough water.

Is your cat a hunter?

If you are letting your cat out, he may be catching his own food, so you may not want to let him out so much if you notice him putting on weight, that is, unless your home has mice.

Cat workouts

Cats need a place to run around to get their natural exercise. Besides a kitty gym, which can be costly, you can stack up boxes so that she can jump up onto places such as shelves and cabinets, if you don’t mind them climbing. Get them plenty of cat toys and keep them stimulated. Encourage safe play with other pets and family members.

Each cat is an individual and could require adjustments in diet or routine. While fat cats are certainly cute and roly-poly, health comes first. Your cat will thank you.

See:

best dry cat food for weight loss

best wet or canned cat food for weight loss

low fat cat food brands

Best cat toys for bored cats

Best cat toys for bored cats

If your cat has ennui, some new toys offer great ways to get some interest in life back. Getting exercise is just one of the benefits. The cat will also exercise its mind and work off aggression and boredom. Here are are picks for the best cat toys for bored cats.
A 3-way tunnel is great for kittens and other small pets. They can dash around, with each opening giving a new entrance and exit place. You may be more entertained watching them than they are playing.
This cat tree is one of our favorites. I love to watch the cats on this one. It makes an urban apartment into an urban jungle.
Cats absolutely love looking out the window and enjoying the view from a front-row seat. Doubtless they pretend they’re in Paris. Or if they are in Paris, well, then they just purr.
This plush kitty sack is laced with catnip to give your cat a sensory experience. The crinkle sounds will entertain him and ribbons will give him lots to do. He may need a catnap after playing with this fun cat toy for bored cats!
Some of the best toys are free, so try a cardboard box, crumpled paper, or sock with catnip inside!

Get rid of cat litter smell: 10 hacks

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10 ways to get rid of kitty litter box smell (without holding your nose!)

Cats are little wonders of the world, but like every other creature, they do need to use the bathroom. Even a low-key smell is an annoyance. If you live in an apartment, especially a small one, getting rid of cat litter box odor can be a chore. To find out how to control litter box odors, read on.

Use unscented litter.

Cats prefer odorless cat litter. Not only that but scented litters just contribute to the bad smell. The idea is not to have any smell, including perfume. And lots of people are sensitive to fragrance. The scents added to scented litter will wear off eventually. Clumping litter is good for odor control, but some cats have swallowed it with fatal results because it clumped in their system. As well, it’s better to throw it out in a bag because it can clog pipes, especially in buildings with older plumbing. Mainly, use a litter that your cat likes.

Use baking soda to control odor.

Just add a small box of it to the litter box. Sprinkle it along the bottom so that kitty will kick it up and mix it in with the rest of the cat litter.

Wash the box weekly.

If you’re in an apartment, this is a messy chore. Dump the used litter into a garbage bag, then use the scoop to clean any remaining sticky litter off the box and put that in the bag too. Then put a few inches of water in the box and let it soak. Then dump that into the bag. Do this a few times until the box is clean. You can use some unscented dish soap but make sure it’s all rinsed off. If you’re using litter that clumps, you can wash the box every other week.

Get a new litter box once a year.

Boxes tend to get all scratched up and the odor will stay in the scratches. It’s a small investment to make, and your cat can be happy too. Makes a nice birthday gift for your cat.

Scoop two times a day.

The box will smell much cleaner if you don’t leave any wet litter in it. In fact, you could do it more than two times a day. If you’re home when your cat does her business, try cleaning it after each time she uses it.

Don’t feed your cat dry food.

Getting rid of cat litter smell is also a matter of nutrition. Use a high-quality wet food. While it may be counterintuitive, dry food has little moisture. Because your cat’s boxy will try to keep its own moisture, urine then becomes more concentrated and thus smellier. If you must use dry food, choose one that has no grains or potato. Same goes for wet food. Grain and potato are used as filler and will just pass through your cat and make its stool even smellier.

Make sure your cat is drinking enough water.

There are ways of doing this such as adding water to your cat’s food or using a cat water fountain to encourage your cat to drink. A hydrated cat will be healthier, and have less concentrated urine.

Don’t use covered cat boxes.

Covered cat boxes just keep the odor in until it seems out, making it smellier. They also keep moisture in.

Don’t pile on the litter.

Keep a normal, flat box with 2-3 inches of litter so that you can scoop it often and add to it. And cats prefer to not have deep litter.

Make sure the cat litter box is big enough for your cat.

The box should be at least 1.5 times the length of your cat. Most cats are around a foot and a half long, so a box should be over two feet long and around a foot and a half wide. Most litter boxes are too short. If you can’t find a big enough litter box, you can cut down a plastic storage box by cutting one edge off so that the cat can easily get in.

By making the litter box experience unstressful, your cat will use it. If he can turn around easily he will distribute the way he piles it more, thus there will be fewer very wet areas in the box.

Try an air purifier or air freshener.

We prefer the first solution, but there are air fresheners that address odors on a molecular level. We don’t like scented air fresheners that mask the smell, but rather unscented ones that get rid of the smell by breaking down the odor molecules. Air purifiers deliver fresh air and filter out pollutants such as litter dust and dander, so you’ll breathe easier. Get a HEPA air purifier to really get the tiny particles.

Get a second opinion, before and after.

While it’s tough, careful cat owners can have entirely odor-free apartments. If your apartment does smell, you may become “scent-blind” after a while. So before and after you try these cat litter hacks, ask someone to come over and give their honest opinion.