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Fall has arrived and this means colder weather is fast approaching. Windows closing and storm doors shutting will keep the house warm and cozy but it also means no more fresh air and the possibility for pet odors to linger in the air. Now that we are sharing our habitat with Annie, Eddie and Maggie, we have 3 times the pee-yew possibility. More litter boxes in more locations means the possibility for more stinky wafting through the air. So when Jaime from Rembo Corp asked me if I would be willing to try NOse Offense in our house, I pounced on the opportunity.
House cats benefit by drinking more water, and even more so if they are eating a dry kibble diet. All cats need water and even though you might hear people say their cat never drinks water, we know this is not true and all cats need water. Even wild big cats intake water when eating their prey but they also seek out watering holes. You can help out your cats by setting up a watering hole for them in your own habitat.
Super Hurrah! Congratulations to Dina, the winner of the $25 Target Gift Card. Thank you to everyone for participating.
My parents might say a lot of things about me like; I am mischievous, talkative and smart but one thing I am not, is a fat cat. I am the perfect weight for my body type. There was a time when I was a bit too thin when I was recovering from pancreatitis, but now I am wearing my 7 pounds well. My brother Mercy, well…. ok.. he is also at a good weight for his body type. Weighing in at 10.4 lbs. our doctors tell us he is in great shape. He is just a bigger cat than I am, bigger boned and he really is. He is not just saying he is big boned to try to cover up the fact that he might be a bit chunky from all of those treats my grandma gives him. But Mercy and I are in the minority of cats in the United States. Did you know that 55% of cats in the United State are overweight or obese?
In fact, it is not just cats, dogs too are overweight too even with all that in and out bathroom business and organized walking they do. It has gotten so out of control that there is now an Association for Pet Obesity Prevention and the 2011 Pet Obesity Study found that 93 million cats and dogs are considered overweight or obese.
Because we might need a little help getting started Purina teamed up with Target to create Project:Pet Slim Down. Purina created this online program to help your cat and dog lose weight. Cats and dogs at a healthy weight enjoy happier lives and Purina made it a mission to help every pet parent enable their cat and dog to achieve that weight. [Read more...]
You Had Me At Meow! by our good friend and artist Missy Johnson caught my eye and it was love at first purr. Missy is the creative force behind Dogs for the Paws; art making a difference for animals. Even though the name is Dogs for the Paws, Missy cares deeply for cats too. In fact, just like us, she loves all animals. When I saw her You Had Me at Meow! I became super excited because I thought you would love it too!
It is super important to meet your cat’s needs when it comes to the litter box. In many ways it is similar to what you expect from your own bathroom experience. Let me first emphasize that if there are changes in your cat’s bowel movements or urination, especially in frequency, or quantity please consult a veterinarian. If your cat begins to go outside the litter box when there have been no changes made to the box, this is also a time to visit your veterinarian and discuss the change in behavior. After your cat is given a clean bill of health, it is time to think about the box.
In the wild, the big cats, (Panthera genus), such as lions, tigers , leopards and jaguars often do not bury their excrement as a way of signaling they are claiming a certain territory. Smaller, weaker or more submissive wild cats bury their feces as a way of making sure the bigger cats do not feel challenged. Wild cats will also hide their waste to avoid attracting unwanted attention from predators to themselves especially when they have young cubs or kittens .
Cat poo may all smell the same to you, but cats can tell their waste apart due to scent markers called pheromones present in the urine and feces. Your cat may or may not feel the need to bury their poo within the home. But remember, cats like to keep their options open, so providing clean litter boxes with the right amount of litter, in the right location will lead to a better box experience for everyone.