How to Keep Your Cat Purring into Advanced Old Age
Blog / 02/25/2013

How to Keep Your Cat Purring into Advanced Old Age   Cats can live longer than many people think… 18 to 20 years is common. Here’s how to keep your cat purring into advanced old age. Steps: 1. Take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical exam, and follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding preventive health-care measures. Preventing disease and maintaining optimum health are the first steps toward a long, healthy life. 2. Spay or neuter your cat as soon as possible. Having kittens, especially repeated litters, is stressful and will contribute to premature aging. 3. Keep your cat inside at all times to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries from fights or disease. (Some research suggests inside cats live twice as long as outdoor cats!) 4. Feed your cat high-quality food designed to meet the specific nutritional requirements during all stages of his life. 5. Prevent obesity at all costs by controlling your cat’s diet and engaging him in play activities. 6. Talk to your veterinarian about adding vitamin and mineral supplements, antioxidants and extra fiber to your cat’s diet. 7. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned professionally. Good dental health will add years…

Cat Peeing Everywhere? Solution Is Easier Than You Might Think
Blog / 02/07/2013

Cat Peeing Everywhere? Solution Is Easier Than You Might Think   If you’re trying to stop your cat peeing everywhere, this article will show you how to save yourself a lot of trouble and even a lot of money. I will introduce you to 3 major factors that can cause cats to abandon their litter box and how you can put a stop to it sometimes as fast as overnight. Location, location, location. I’m not talking about where your cat has some real estate. I’m talking about where you’ve decided is the best place for your cat’s litter box. You have to consider things like foot traffic and general commotion around the area that your cat goes to pee. Your cat doesn’t have the luxury of going into the bathroom and closing the door so it’s up to you to provide a place where he can have some privacy and not get bothered by the dog or your other cats. It’s also important to keep the litter box away from your cat’s food. You wouldn’t want to eat in the bathroom and neither would your cat. While we’re on the subject of the litter box, another important factor is the…

How to Stop Your Cat from Chewing Electrical Cords
Blog / 07/23/2012

How to Stop Your Cat from Chewing Electrical Cords By Mary Mathews   Chewing on electrical cords can burn or shock your cat, causing respiratory problems, cardiac arrest and even death. Cat’s sharp teeth and their inquisitive nature can put your cat at high risk. This is especially an issue with kittens. Here’s what to do to stop your cat from chewing electrical cords : 1. Tape cords to the wall with electrical tape to help prevent your pet from gaining access to them. 2. Stow excess lengths of cord behind furniture or appliances, hidden from your cat’s view. Cats are attracted to dangling cords and may think they are toys. 3. Block access to visible cords by wrapping flexible safety cable (available at hardware stores) around them. Tin foil works well too, or even a thicker model or extension cord (that is too big for a cat to chew on) 4. Place contact paper, sticky side up, in the general area of electrical cords to discourage your pet from approaching them. 5. Apply unpleasant-tasting substances to exposed cords. These could include bitter apple spray, menthol, toothpaste, mouthwash or lemon juice. Experiment with different flavors, since cats’ taste aversions vary….

How to Break up Cat Fights
Blog / 05/16/2012

How to Break up Cat Fights By Mary Mathews   Here are some tips on how to do it… 1. Avoid hitting the cats or getting your hands anywhere near their mouths. Hitting could make the situation worse and could cause the attack to be redirected toward you. 2. Spray the aggressor with a water hose. If this doesn’t make a difference, aim for the nostrils. 3. Hold a broom between the cats to separate them. 4. Use a noisemaking device such as an air horn to drive the animals apart, and be prepared to move away quickly or defend yourself. 5. The quickest way to break up a cat fight is loud hissing, spitting, and a glass of water appropriately applied (aim for the face). 6. Put a magazine or a newspaper between the two cats to block their vision of each other. This works where the cats are in a frozen position, but not yet making contact. It allows the frightened one to run away (if it can) and you can pick up the dominant one if it is tame. Without blocking the sight of the other cat, picking up or even touching the aggressive cat can make…

How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called
Blog / 03/29/2012

How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called By Mary Mathews   To have your cat come when called by name is remarkably easy though it takes an understanding of the process. Here are some tips to get you started: STEPS: 1. Talk to your cat as much as you can. Encourage her to come to you, and regularly pet her and brush her. Bonding is very important, cat massage, baths and generally being on good terms is important. 2. Pick a special dry snack that she likes. It must be different to her regular dry food and only used for this (don’t give it to her at any other time until she’s mastered this). Make certain it is nutritious. I suggest a dry, crunchy snack that is also good for the teeth. 3. Pick a special word, such as “snack” or “treat.” It must be a word she will associate only with the special snack. This is creating an “anchor” (a trigger). 4. Use your special word during her next snack time. In her presence, place one piece of the food in her empty dish and say the special word. 5. Say the word again (and be sure…

The 3 Things You Must Do To Stop Your Cat Peeing On The Carpet
Blog / 03/12/2012

The 3 Things You Must Do To Stop Your Cat Peeing On The Carpet   If you want to avoid having to spend hundreds of dollars on new bedding and carpeting due to your cat peeing outside the litter box, this article might just contain the answers you’re looking for. I will discuss how medical issues, chemical attraction and psychological stress are the 3 most common factors in cases of inappropriate urination in cats. By learning about these 3 factors, you’ll be able to take steps to re-training your cat to use the litter box before any more damage is done. The very first thing that you absolutely MUST do is bring your cat in to see your veterinarian. A cat that is having medical issues such as a urinary tract infection or kidney disease is most likely to try to send you a message by peeing on your bed or carpet. Bring your cat in and ask for a full examination and be sure to tell your vet about your cat’s inappropriate urination. It’s only when you can get medical problems treated that you can move on to try to solve behavioral issues that your cat may be having….