Pets Guide 2021: Protecting Your Cats
Like most animals, cats and kittens are prone to several diseases, some of which can even be fatal. You should be watchful if your cat or kitten contacts any of those diseases and take immediate action. Your cat or kitten can lose weight and fall sick if it goes off its food.
Some cats can be fussy eaters. This is thought to be since they are unable to taste sugars.
Unlike most animals, cats can voluntarily starve themselves if they are presented with a food they are not used to, or if they become bored of a food they are fed regularly.
Although it is rare for this self-starving to lead to injury, you should be aware of your pet’s intake of food and watch for rapid weight loss. If in doubt, take your cat or kitten to the vet as soon as possible.
You should take your cat or kitten for a BUN (blood, urine, nitrogen concentration) test every year after it is six years old.
A BUN tests whether your cat or kitten has kidney-related problems. Symptoms include scratching, fatigue, thirst, and frequent urination.
In the case of kidney disease, your cat or kitten should be fed meat proteins, lots of water, and food with reduced sodium.
Constipation among cats and kittens is common. Sometimes constipation may lead to obstipation, which can be very dangerous. During constipation, it becomes difficult for your cat or kitten to pass feces.
Obstipation is a state when your cat or kitten cannot pass feces at all. This is a serious problem and needs to be checked by a vet.
You should regularly monitor your cat or kitten’s litter tray to make sure they are passing solid waste regularly. You should consult a vet if your cat or kitten develops any health problems.
Question: Should I add laxatives and cathartic drugs to my cat or kitten’s food during constipation?
Answer: You may use usually milder laxatives. But before adding cathartic drugs you should consult a vet. Cathartic drugs are very strong and can be led to diarrhea.
Everyone wants well-behaved cats and kittens, who won’t be a menace to the household. Cats and kittens, if not trained properly, can cause damage to furniture, carpets, and even clothes.
While training your cat or kitten, don’t try to force them or scold them if they do something wrong.
Reward them when they do as you want. They should get the feeling that it is convenient and better to be well behaved rather than unruly.
Cats or kittens are not expected to learn by mere instructions, but slowly acquire good habits by practice followed by rewards. You should reward your cat or kitten when it listens to your instructions and is behaved.
Cats and Kittens Litter Training Guide
Litter training is very important if you don’t want your cat or kitten to spoil your home. You should follow a fixed routine when feeding your cat or kitten.
This will ensure that your pet will relieve itself at more or less a fixed time. Stand near the litter box and call your pet from wherever it is.
Do something to attract the cat or kitten towards the litter box. (such as shaking a toy or some dry food).
Make sure you have a layer of fresh cat litter in the tray because your cat or kitten’s instinct is to scratch loose material over its feces.
Reward your pet when it uses the litter tray correctly. You can buy different colored litter boxes for your cat or kitten.
Litter Tray Hygiene
Just as you keep the bathroom and toilet clean in your home, so you should keep your cat or kitten’s litter tray clean.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to change the litter every day! You should remove feces from the litter with a scoop every day or so.
Once weak, throw away the litter and thoroughly clean the tray with soap and water. Allow the tray to dry before placing fresh litter back in the tray. Thoroughly clean out your cat or kitten’s litter tray about once a week.
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When cleaning out your cat or kitten’s litter tray you might want to wear protective gloves.
Remember your hygiene when doing so: Thoroughly wash your hands once you have finished and sterilize the area you have washed the litter tray out in.
Keeping your Pets Fit
Regular exercise keeps cats and kittens fit and healthy fit and healthy. Unlike a dog, which requires regular walks to stay fit, cats are very good at exercising themselves.
However, you may need to buy a few toys to keep your cat or kitten active.
Cat in a Box
You can start with a ball or a crumpled piece of paper. Throw it on the floor and let your cat or kitten jump on it. You can also use a box and keep the ball inside it.
Your cat or kitten will be curious to get in and see what is inside. Keep repeating this game to provide some fun both for you and your cat or kitten.
You could even use a battery-operated mouse instead of a ball of paper. Your pet cat or kitten will have a lovely time trying to catch it.
Catch it if you Can
You could arrange something for your cat or kitten to chase around, thus building up its muscles as well as it being happily active. Your cat or kitten is predatory by nature and will love this chasing game.
You can use balls, teaser wands, or even mouse toys for this. You can also arrange something for the cat or kitten to climb, placing an object on top of it.
There are many types of cat toys available in shops. Be creative and enjoy the movements you spend playing with your cat or kitten.
Cats Love of Heights
Some cats and kittens will be shown a love of high and sometimes dangerous places, such as the edges of rooftops. Cats have excellent balance and are also capable of falling significant distances without hurting themselves.
However, especially with the younger kitten, it might be wise to block-off more dangerous heights. Be warned though: cats are excellent climbers and, if they really want to get somewhere, they’ll usually find a way!
You should keep an eye on your cat or kitten to try to prevent them from hurting themselves. Playing with balls of wool can be fun for your cat or kitten.
Questions: What is catnip? Do All cats respond to it?
Answer: Catnip is a herb. Most cats and kittens become hyperactive if exposed to catnip. However, kittens below three months do not respond to it. Most (but not all) grown-up cats respond to catnip.