Cat Tips

Why Is My Cat Eating Grass?

You may notice that if you bring your cat outside, she may start eating grass. There's a belief that eating grass helps upset stomachs in dogs and cats, allowing them to feel better, a bit like drinking ginger ale for humans, but no one really knows why. It doesn't really affect cats poorly however, and they seem to enjoy it. As cats are carnivores, it's more likely that this is a behavioral instinct, and not a nutritional need of any kind. However, be warned: some cats will also eat house plants. You will want to keep toxic plants away from your home and yard, as many can be lethal to cats, along with the pesticides that often come with them. You can buy cat grass to grow yourself so that you can monitor and know exactly what your cat is eating.

If you're having trouble keeping your cat away from certain house plants, try wrapping sticky tape or tinfoil around the leaves to keep her away, or use a sprayed, safe, repellent.

Outside or Inside?

People have been debating the idea that cats should be left outside, or left inside, or left to do either. Cats can be used as pest control on farms or around the outside of a house, but most veterinarians will tell you to keep your cat inside, especially if you live in a city or busy town. Cars are always a danger to cats, angry neighbors, disease, and dangerous, predatory animals. This is all without mentioning that cats often like to get into small, difficult to reach and hard to see areas, like underneath vehicles.

Many cities have animal control bylaws as well, meant for controlling the cat population. If your cat ends up outside of your protection and premises, even on accident, your cat will be considered "at large." Check the bylaws concerning pets in your hometown to make sure you can take the best care of your pet.

There are so many unwanted kittens outside that come from unchecked breeding from feral or even domesticated cats. Make sure you have your pet spayed or neutered, even if you plan on keeping your cat inside. Every unspayed cat is a chance for a litter of kittens!

If you want to give your kitten or cat some outside time, consider buying a harness and getting a lightweight cotton lead, around nine meters or thirty feet long, affording your cat a good deal of freedom while also keeping her safe. There are other ways to let your cat roam outside safely as well.

Hairball Prevention

Cats are fastidious cleaners and they dislike being dirty. However, due to the need to constantly clean themselves, they also get hairballs. Usually this is regurgitated through the mouth, but sometimes it can go through the digestive tract, and sometimes that process can create a blockage in the intestines.

Try to brush your cat daily to try and get rid of all of the excess fur. Longer and medium-haired cats do well with a slicker brush, while short-haired cats can get away with a bristle brush or your common rubber brush. Also, as the seasons change, pay attention to your cat's fur and skin, as some climates as the weather changes may cause your cat's skin to flake and dry out. Try using fur supplements to help ease dry skin and reduce shedding and hairballs.

Even with all these precautions, your cat could still get a hairball! So, it becomes a question of how to prevent that too, which is where hairball remedy paste twice a week comes in. There is the paste, as well as treats and remedies, if your cat refuses to take the paste.

All that said however, make sure that you keep your cat's diet healthy and consistent. The higher the quality of food, the sleeker your cat's coat will be! Get cat food with essential vitamins and minerals, to help nourish your cat's mind, body, and fur.

Why Is My Cat Dehydrated?

This is a common question. Even if you have water out that is available for your cat to drink 100% of the time, your cat may still get dehydrated. It's one of the most common problems when it comes to cat ownership. Chronically dehydrated cats can get kidney disease or other problems due to dehydration. But why?

Cats are very sensitive to various smells or substances in water that we wouldn't notice, and wouldn't bother us. Cats drink more if the water is clean, fresh, and moving. That's why you often see cats drinking from faucets. They also notice the temperature of water, and some cats won't drink tap water at all due to an odor or taste, such as iron, sulfur, or chlorine. Consider refrigerating tap water, giving your cat bottled water, or giving your cats ice cubes flavored with chicken or salmon broth.

Some cats also will not dip their head into a bowl that goes too deep, so make sure that you have a wide, clean bowl always topped up with water, as their whiskers are sensitive. You should clean their water bowl at least every other day, and kept away contaminants like litter boxes.

If your cat seems to really love drinking from the tap itself, such as the kitchen sink or bathroom tub, don't shut the door so she can't get in. Try and turn the tap on for your cat as much as possible for your cat so she can drink.

Try getting a fountain water dish with a carbon filter. Your cat will likely respond well to this, and will fulfill your cat's need for a continuous well of water. It also provides cool, oxygenated water, which is filtered and fresh-tasting.

Wet food is also another great way for your cat to fight dehydration, as it's high in water and your cat will enjoy the taste. Try to feed your cat wet food two or three times a day, as long as your cat is a healthy weight, and you can even slowly add more water into that food. If your cat doesn't seem interested, try warming it up for a little bit in the microwave to sharpen the smell.

Declawing Your Cat

Declawing is a very controversial topic, but it is a surgical procedure to remove your cat's claws. When this happens, part of your cat's paw is cut completely off, a lot like if you were to cut off the top of your own fingers. It's mentally and physically painful to the cat, as it removes their line of defense from predators making them feel helpless, and removes their ability to scratch, which is an instinctual action. Declawing your cat is a last resort. Below are better, more effective, and more humane ways of dealing with your cat’s claws.

Oh No! My Furniture!

One of the worst byproducts of having a cat is how much that cat loves to claw and scratch at your furniture, and how to stop them from doing that. For cats, scratching is both a territorial marker as well as a necessary biological instinct. Scratching will peel the dead outer layer of an old claw from their current one. While they do so, they also leave a scent behind from their paws that other animals can smell.

You can't keep your cat from scratching - and indeed you shouldn't try - but what you can do is redirect their attention to something they should scratch. You can use honeysuckle or catnip (or catnip spray) to lure your cat away from your furniture to a scratching post or a piece of cat furniture that they can rub their scent all over and scratch to their heart's content! Remember, if you want to make sure that they don't destroy your couch, get the scratching post when you get your new cat, as it will be easier to train them on that than trying to wean them off your favorite chair.

For the best use of time and space, make sure that you put the scratching post or furniture near your cat's sleeping area, or by their litter box. They scratch after their nap, and after they've gone to the bathroom, and so when your cat gets the urge to scratch the furniture will be right there waiting for them! Reward your cat when she uses the scratching post, with a little treat or something similar. If you need negative reinforcement to keep your kitty from scratching up your furniture, there are a few options.

Putting aluminium foil around the scratched area on your furniture (cats hate the feeling) Clip your cat's nails safely and keep that up every couple of weeks.
Repellent Sprays
A loud noise or blast of air if your cat is scratching in the wrong area. There are tools specifically made for cats that will produce a high-pitched sound that will discourage your cat from repeating the action.
Tape or sticky pads
A water gun used from a distance (but don't let your cat know it's you, or that you're around)

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