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.

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!

Cat dandruff: causes and cures for the feline flakes

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Cat Dandruff: is your cat a snowflake?

Those nasty flakes that show on your best jacket. Those job-interview and date killers. That skin condition that can cause itching and embarrassment. Yes, dandruff. And cats get it too. While they’re less vain than we are, cat dandruff, formally known as seborrheic dermatitis, can be a sign of health conditions in cats. It also can cause a cat to scratch a lot, which can harm its skin.

As with people, you’ll be able to see dandruff (and dander) more easily on a cat with a dark coat. Black cat dandruff is easily visible. If your cat’s coat is not dark, and is thick, you may have to spread its fur with your hands to see the dandruff. Curing cat dandruff, begins with finding the root cause.

Once you have found it, your vet can give you a treatment plan.

Dandruff in cats may mean a health problem, even a serious one. But isn’t always one; sometimes it’s just an annoying but cosmetic condition that doesn’t need to be treated beyond gentle brushing.

If your cat has dandruff and is scratching itself a lot, a visit to the vet is in order.

There are a couple things that can be confused with cat dandruff, so it’s good to rule them out.

Cat dandruff vs. dander

Cat dandruff flakes are larger than dander, and dandruff often accompanies flaky skin. Dander is smaller than dandruff, it’s almost like dust. All cats have some dander; it’s part of a natural skin-shedding process. Dander becomes airborne, which can cause you to have allergies.

Cat dandruff vs. flea eggs

Yuck! We wish we didn’t have to even think about this. But it’s too late now. Yes, flea eggs can be mistaken for cat dandruff or cat dander. But look closely, and you can identify the difference between skin particles and eggs. Dandruff flakes and dander are light and flaky, like snowflakes. They are sticky, accumulate, and stick to the cat. On the other hand, flea eggshells are not sticky. They do not accumulate. They usually fall off after a couple hours. If your cat has fleas, look for dark spots or “flea dirt” in their fur.

Causes and cures for kitty dandruff

Environment

Dry, flaky skin often leads tо dandruff. The air may be too dry, the sun too strong, or the cat may be underhydrated.  Dry skin in cats саn bе brought under control wіth thе help оf а humidifier. Frequently brushing thе coat using а soft body brush оr cat comb helps as well. It promotes blood circulation and lets you remove the dry skin.

Sunburn can cause dry skin in outdoor cats, especially in summer. Those UV rays go right through fur. If your cat goes outdoors, keep her cat indoors from from 10 am to 4pm to protect her from the most damaging UV rays.

Nutrition

Skin problems are  often linked tо poor nutrition. Feeding уоur pet daily wіth high-quality canned food rich in Omega-3 oils іѕ one оf thе best cat dandruff solutions. A diet deficient іn Omega-3 fatty acids often leads tо dandruff іn cats. Cheap cat foods are deficient in vital nutrients.

Many veterinarians аlѕо recommend food supplements ѕuсh аѕ fish oil tо eliminate dandruff. Your cat probably won’t complain about fish oil, though you may have to weather some fish burps.

Dry food саn аlѕо contribute tо dandruff. Switching to wet food is a good move, and wet food is better for your cat anyay. Sо make sure your cat іѕ getting food with еnоugh moisture content.

Parasitic or Bacterial/Fungal Infection

Cat dandruff саn аlѕо bе traced bасk tо parasites such as fleas, worms, and mites, as well as to yeast and other fungal infections. Proteins in the saliva of small, biting nasties can cause an allergic reaction in your cat. Fungal infections can live in the skin and can even cause intestinal worms. Yоu need tо consult а veterinarian tо get rid of clingy parasites and fungi.

Obesity/poor grooming

Dandruff іn cats generally affects thе base оf thе tail, rump, оr lower bасk. Cats often groom thеmѕеlvеѕ there and that cleans up the dandruff. Hоwеvеr, obese оr overweight cats find іt hard tо access thеѕе areas. Poor grooming, whether caused by obesity or other issues, can cause or exacerbate skin problems. Getting kitty to a healthy weight could have the happy effect of also getting rid of dandruff.

Feline diabetes

Feline diabetes, a serious disease, can have flaky skin and dandruff as symptoms–usually, additional symptoms will also present themselves. Your vet can test for and treat this difficult condition.

Allergies

Your cat may be having an immune-system reaction to food or the environment. Cats can be allergic to many things, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be an allergy; a change in routine can cause an immunological reaction. They can also be allergic to chemicals in household items, such as fabric softener. Ask your vet for help in testing and treatment for allergies.

More remedies for cat dandruff:

Medicated shampoo for cats

Bathing a cat frequently саn remove needed natural oils frоm іtѕ skin, so avoid regular baths. Just as humans have Head and Shoulders, there аrе cat shampoos specially made tо eliminate kitty dandruff. These are OK to use, just make sure to completely rinse off the shampoo. If even a small amount оf shampoo is left on the cat, іt саn cause dry skin, whісh mау aggravate thе problem.

Cat dandruff саn аlѕо bе cured using tea tree oil (also used by humans for dandruff). Thе healing properties оf thіѕ oil can treat а variety оf feline skin conditions. Bеfоrе using іt dilute it with carrier oil fоr safe uѕе. Fоr cats, mix а teaspoon оf carrier oil іn 2 drops оf tea tree oil. This mixture helps tо get rid оf thе itchy feeling. An effective cat-dandruff remedy involves adding a 5% dilution оf tea tree oil tо уоur cat’s normal shampoo, which is preferably а natural herbal shampoo.

Brushing their coat

Brushing with a soft brush will keep your cat’s coat healthy and help spread its natural oils.

More water!

Adequate hydration is essential to beating dry skin, the main cause of cat dandruff. Try adding water to your cat’s food, either wet or dry, to get him to drink more. Cats love to play with water, so a pet fountain may encourage more drinking. Switching from dry food to wet food will also increase moisture. One thing I have done that helped was put some water in a cat food can that just had wet food in it. The food flavors the water, making it appealing to the cat.

Reduce stress

You may want to try aromatherapy, a calming collar, or herbs such as Valerian if you think the cat is stressed out and having an immune reaction.

Medications

As a last resort, a vet may prescribe allergy medications.

Thеѕе аrе ѕоmе оf thе effective treatments tо set your cat free frоm the flaky D. After solving this sticky skin issue, your cat will ace that job interview!

 

6 ways to tell if your cat is bored, and 6 feline boredom busters

signs your cat is BORED

Is your cat BORED? 6 ways to tell, and 6 ways you can liven up its life

signs your cat is BORED
Oh, the ennui.

Contrary to popular opinion, cats are not lazy, remote animals who like to be left alone to prowl, eat, groom themselves, and take catnaps. Cats are actually very active creatures who need attention and lots of fun activities to keep them engaged. Living with humans, cats don’t get to do their natural thing, which is to hunt. And indoor cats don’t get to explore the smells, textures, and sounds of the outdoors. Yes, cats can get bored if left by their lonesome with nothing to stimulate them. Boredom often goes with loneliness and depression in cats, so be sure you take these signs and symptoms seriously. Below are a few pointers that help you recognize when your cat is bored and what you can do do to liven things up for kitty.

Signs you’ve got a bored cat on your hands:

1 Ruined Furniture: A bored feline will claw at your furniture to amuse itself. You’ll find scratches made by your cat on chairs and couches in an attempt to take out its frustration.

2 Balding: Sure, grooming is normal for cats. But excessive grooming due to boredom is not normal or healthy. It can lead to loss of hair and shedding.

3 Constant hunger pangs: Just like people, cats are prone to emotional eating. Overeating can be a sign of boredom in cats. Hovering around the food bowl shows how little entertainment they have.

4 Attention-seeking: Unusual clinginess from a formerly aloof cat is also a way to detect a bored cat.

Messiness: A cat will revolt by tearing up papers and scratching furniture.

Not using the box. This is a passive-aggressive sign that your cat is fed up with routine.

Note: The above signs can all be indicators of boredom, they could also mean other things such as medical problems, so keep up with the vet appointments.

Here are a few cat boredom busters:

1 Toys: Cats love playing and batting and chasing things. Even something as simple as a cotton ball would be perfect for running after and clawing at. Takes their attention away from your furniture. Cats should have a variety of toys. There are some great interactive cat toys for bored cats.

2 Pretend Hunting: Build little tunnels with cardboards and place rubber mice at the end of each. We all know the cat and mouse relationship.

3 A Room with a View: Staring at the world outside is a great cat boredom buster. Make sure she/he has a comfy perch by a window to watch the action. If it’s doable, allow your cat supervised visits to the garden for some fresh air and rolls in the grass. 4 Grooming: Brushing your cat’s fur or just rubbing them down now and then is an excellent way to battle boredom.

5 Fun Diet: Make mealtime exciting and varied. Always try new, colorful bowls and give your kitty special treats. You might try a puzzle feeder to make eating more fun.

6 Plants for cats. There are quite a few plants and herbs you can grow or get in dried form that are safe for kitties to smell, play with, and nibble. Catnip of course is one, but there are others too that cats can enjoy, such as parsley and rosemary.

We know caring for a pet can be a big job, but it’s a mighty rewarding one. We hope these help you keep a healthy and fun-filled lifestyle for your kitty.