Saturday, October 1, 2016

Costumes for Cats

Costumes for cats or any other pets at Halloween, Christmas, Easter or any other time of year are cute  for a few moments to snap a few photos.  After that, you can take the costume off to reveal the cat's naturally beautiful real coat.

You need to remember that these holidays are all human holidays.  Cats and other pets didn't establish them.  People did.

While pets may like any extra treats that they're given on Halloween or Christmas, and so on, the significance of the particular holiday may be lost on them.  The tradition of these man-made and celebrated holidays means relatively little to a pet.

Dressing a cat or a dog up like a lion or a reindeer, or whatever, may look so cute to the owner, whereas the cat or dog may be in the costume thinking, "What is this cumbersome thing they're putting on me now?  I can't wait to get out of this."

Have the pet sport the costume for a few snapshots for the photo album.  Then, take the costume off the pet so that he / she can relax and enjoy the holiday with all the rest of the family.

Remember that nothing looks as good on a pet as its own natural coat.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Lion Cuts for Cats in the Summer

By now, everyone must have seen the way too cute lion cuts some cats sport in the summer.  If not, you can google lion cuts and have a look at some of the images.

One thing you may not be aware of is that cats' coats are designed to be insulation to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer.  Hence lion cuts are not really necessary.

Some productive things you can do to keep your cat cool in the summer are: offering clean, cold water to drink, not leaving your cat's carrier in a parked car with your cat inside, keeping your cat indoors when it's extremely hot outside, brushing your cat's coat, and always making sure your cat has enough shade to relax in.

Indications that your cat is too hot can be things such as: panting, drooling, rapid heart beat, weakness, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, or a temperature over 104F.  In these instances, you would seek veterinary help.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Entertaining Indoor Cats

If your cat is an indoor cat of necessity, letting him or her out in the spring is not an option. The cat's next best thing to getting outside to explore the great outdoors, is having its own window perch or cat shelf set up near a huge window. Cat perches and shelves range in price from about $20 to $80. They give cats a cozy place to sit and watch the outside world go by or to just curl up in a sunbeam for a nap.

Setting up a bird feeder outside in the vicinity of the window is a great way to let the birds come to your cat for hours of viewing pleasure. Scattering peanuts outside in the yard or on the window sill can also encourage squirrels to come for a visit. This provides interesting viewing for your cat. It's also completely safe for the birds and squirrels.

Besides napping and watching local wildlife, cats can keep an eye on your comings and goings through the day, as well as on whatever may happen along in its view. Such a simple thing as a cat perch placed strategically by a window can provide hours of entertainment for your cat.