Cats Are Curious About Human Food Too!
When you share your home with a cat, one thing we can all agree on is that they are curious and quick. One second they are no where to be seen and the next second they are underfoot or right next to you checking out what you are doing. We find this to be true when we are in the kitchen preparing meals. The cats might be sound asleep basking in the sun, and the moment they hear the refrigerator, or in Annie’s case the water running in the kitchen sink, all three cats are ready and willing to help.
We use garlic and onion almost every day and take extra precautions to make sure they don’t get their paws on any. We must be mindful not to let any small pieces slip onto the floor or counter. Even if you think your cat might not eat a piece of onion or garlic, when you mix it in with a source of protein, your cat might find it irresistible.
Even though we try to keep our cats on a regimented diet, there are times when we like to share a special treat with them too. But it is important to know what you can, and more importantly, what you should never feed your cats. This easy to follow infographic serves as a quick reminder.
Is Your Cat Showing Signs of Illness?
Cats are genetically wired to hide any sign of weakness. This is not a sign of arrogance, quirkiness or being stubborn. It is from thousands of years of being both predator and prey. Cats both big and small know that weakness puts their lives in danger. Even though your house cat is not in danger of being attacked by a predator, their mind is telling them to be vigilant at all times.
For this reason, we as cat parents must keep a careful watch over our little loved ones. When you are petting your cat, take the time to really look at their ears, eyes, nose. Are their eyes clear and free of any unusual discharge? How about their ears? Is there any redness, debris or odor? The teeth and gum might be a bit trickier to check but in time with a gentle hand, your cat will let you look at their gums and teeth for any potential health problems.
When cats become sick, they rely on us to be on the look out and seek help. PetCareRx created this helpful chart that breaks down cat symptoms by area of the body, then tells you what each symptom could mean. I thought you might find it helpful too.
Now that we are a multi-cat household, it is important to make sure each cat has their own space and pathways around the house. Annie, Eddie and Mercy all get along but there are still times when they need their alone time. Creating routes or corridors for your cats will help them feel more at ease in the home. If your cats are spatting you might check to see if you can create a more cat-friendly home to ease the tension.
- Their large size, the biggies cats in the world, allows them to conserve heat better than their smaller cousins living in Sumatra.
- The Amur tiger has a layer of fat on its belly and flanks to protect them from the bitter cold.
- This tigers fur is thick and long providing protection from freezing cold during the winter months.
- Their paws have extra fur that protects them like wearing snow boots from the snow and ice.
Your Cat Has Not Adapted to Survive the Harsh Winter
How often have we heard that for the best in life, we need to keep everything in balance. Work and family life balance, exercise and rest and of course eating a balanced diet. When I was in Kenya, I saw the limitations on the availability of clean water. I have not been able to turn on the water at home without thinking about how precious this resource is and how fortunate those of us are that take clean water for granted every day.
We know we need water and we also need to eat a balanced diet to maintain our health and this is easier said than done at times. We can select our food choices but our cats rely on us to choose for them and this can be daunting at times.