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.   

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Cats and Christmas Decorations

Leonardo da Vinci once said, "The smallest feline is a masterpiece."  For those who believe this, a cat or two may be the only ornamentation ever needed in a household.  One or two living masterpieces may be enough art for any home.

Nevertheless, every year many pet owners celebrate Christmas by bringing a live or artificial tree into the house to decorate for the season.

Cats are fascinated by Christmas trees because the trees are usually large enough for cats to climb into to explore the branches.  When decorated, a tree has shiny balls, electric lights, tinsel, garlands and other decorations that are of interest to cats who see these items as toys or something to nibble on.

For pet owners with a large house, they can put the tree in one room which is off limits to pets and that separates the tree and the pets until the festive season is over.

Pet owners with not quite so much living space need to be a little more creative.  For instance, instead of glass ball ornaments, wooden ornaments can be a better solution because they're unbreakable.  (If a cat gets a wooden ornament and bats it around a bit, it can still be returned, unscathed, to the branch it was initially hung on when the cat is finished playing with it.)  Strings of electric lights need to be unplugged when the tree is unattended. (That's a good idea whether you have a cat or not, just as a precaution.)  A garland strung around the tree can create a lovely effect and be much safer for the cat than individual pieces of tinsel hung one by one on branches.  (Cats are less likely to try eating a whole garland than the little pieces of tinsel dangling by themselves.)

Then there are table-top ornaments that aren't hung on the tree.  It's great if these are of cat-friendly material such as clothe, wood, plastic, or some other durable or indestructible substance.  For heirlooms, fine China, and any other possibly expensive and potentially breakable items, curios cabinets will display these items well from behind a wall of glass.

Finally, having plenty of catnip mice toys around for the cat to play with, will certainly provide a distraction from the Christmas decorations.