Natural and Herbal Treatments for Cats

Cat sitNatural and Herbal Treatments for Cats

There are natural and herbal treatments that can be administered to your cat and while some of these are effective, and in particular some of the anti-stress formulas, it is essential that you look at the ingredients as some of these have ingredients that can affect your cat’s blood glucose levels.

Never use herbal treatments that are designed for humans on your cat, as they can do a lot more harm than good, and while your intentions might be to improve the health of your cat, the opposite could be the result.

Any treatment that your veterinarian gives you for your cat should be administered exactly according to the instructions, however always consider the condition of your cat and if you see signs that the treatment is not working or causing other problems or distress, then contact your vet again immediately as some treatments can have an adverse effect.

Neither hesitate to question your veterinarian’s opinion, as quite often one treatment that is suitable for one cat might be of no benefit whatsoever to another.
Even antibiotics that are effective in most instances might not work for your cat when required, and often there is an alternative that might just be what is needed to help your cat get back to complete health.

This is a lesson that many people have learned over the years, as the suppliers of feline medical products often change their formulations, or the veterinarians use different products that are meant to be better, when the final results aren’t as expected.

By questioning your veterinarian they will usually take a more active role in your pet’s health and you are likely to get better service in doing so.

It can be quite difficult for a veterinarian to determine exactly what is wrong with your pet, and often the best answers come from you and your observations, as you are the best person to know what your cat’s behavioral patterns are.

Comments { 0 }

Varieties of Cats

Happy CatVarieties of Cats

Along with the different types and breeds of cats there are a wide range of colors and varieties of fur.

The domestic cats originally had the markings that we now know as the tabby cat, as all cats initially came from the wild.
It is through selective breeding, mutations, and the choices of different colored kittens to breed, that the current range of coat colorings and fur types has become available.

There are various different patterns in many different combinations of colors that go with these patterns from black, blue, and gray, ginger and so on to choose from.

In the wild, cat’s fur serves several purposes.
It acts as a camouflage to assist in their ability to hunt for food.
It is a source of insulation against the weather, and the various different locations that cats can be found generally determine the type of coat that a cat is likely to have.
Cats that live in colder climates will have a thicker coat to help protect them against the weather, whereas cats that live in hot climates are likely to have fur that is finer and less dense.

There are even cats that are almost hairless as they need to remain cool in very hot climates.

There are three different types of hair that a cat can have.
The Sphynx, which is virtually hairless, has a few awn hairs.
These are short curly type hairs.
Some breeds of cats have two types of hair and then there are cats that have all three types.

Comments { 0 }

The Various Breeds of Cats

Cat nap

Cat nap

The Various Breeds of Cats

There are various different breeds of cats and there are in fact over 100 different types and varieties that are officially recognized throughout the world.

They can however be divided into five principle categories.
In those categories are the British and American shorthairs, the foreign or oriental shorthairs, the Persian or long hairs, and other long-haired cats.

Most breeds of cats have initially come from the ordinary moggy cat, and through a process of selection and breeding various different types of breeds have eventuated.

Due to the fact that cats breed relatively fast and have a short gestation period, and also because litter sizes are quite large most of these breeds have been developed over the last 100 years.

While many people believe that some of these breeds have been around for centuries in most instances this is not the case.

Some of these breeds have appeared just by chance where there have been genetic mutations that have given birth to unusual specimens in a litter and people have taken these unusual kittens and used them for breeding to develop new breeds.

During this process of breeding some types of cats have developed various different personalities, characteristics, and in some cases health conditions where they are not quite as durable as the ordinary moggy that is liable to wander in off the street.

An example of this will be some breeds of British short hair cats that have a particularly snub nose and can sometimes have difficulty in breathing and it is quite common for some of these cats to keep you awake at night with their snoring.

Some of these breeds have originally been indigenous to particular countries but in the majority of cases it is through specialized breeding programs that they have been bred.

With the various different personalities that these breeds of cat’s have, with a little bit of research it is quite easy to find a cat that complements your own personality and that is why it is worthwhile taking the time before getting a cat to determine which one will best suits you and your lifestyle.

Comments { 0 }

Can You Train A Cat?

Cat playing trumpetCan You Train A Cat?

The best way to train a cat is by letting it imitate you as though you were its mother.
This is easier done when it is a kitten as older cats become a lot more difficult to teach.
We all know how cats have a mind of their own and are very independent animals.
This only becomes more so as they age.

You need to get your cat to trust you and shouting and growling at it is not the right approach to do this.
Speak softly and encourage and reward it when it does the right thing as this is the fastest way to get your cat to do what you want.

Cats love praise, and teaching them that they will get more from doing something that you want them to do, will ensure that they will be more inclined to obey you for the reward.

If you do have to reprimand your cat don’t use its name when doing so as you don’t want it to associate its name with something that might upset it.

When you  train a cat you have to remain consistent at all times and be very diligent until you get the desired results.
Expect it to take considerably longer than if you were teaching a dog but don’t believe that you can’t teach a cat to do many things very well.
If there are other members in your family, they can help by always ensuring that the same commands that you give to the cat are also given by them.

With the help of other people doing this you will have a better chance of training your cat a lot faster.

Cats can be a lot of trouble, and that’s part of the reason why we will love them so much, but there will be times when you will need to reprimand your cat and stop bad habits.
This can be done by flicking a bit of water at it or by giving it a small fright by making a bit of noise when it does something wrong.

A trained cat is a lot more fun and as we have them for many years it is well worth the time and effort.

Comments { 0 }

Cats Have a Carnivorous Nature

Cat drinking

Have you ever wondered how your cat can be so picky about cleaning her paws and so messy in your kitchen? Some cat owners get dish after dish, looking for the one that won’t spill when the cat plays with it.


You might as well forget finding the perfect dish. It’s not about the container. It’s about the natural feline instinct to play with their food. Don’t fight it – embrace it! Your tidy pile of cat nibbles in the dish are quickly scattered by your cat, who is “hunting” in the dish for the ideal bite.


Once chosen, your cat takes the nibble back to a favorite hiding place under your chair or behind a table. Your cat may play with the food for a while before eating. That’s just the way cats are – so don’t try to rush the process.


No matter how comfy your cat’s place is in your home, in his heart, he’s a cat on the prowl. From kitchen food dish to hiding place, your cat treats food the same as he would out in the wild. At least, he tries if you don’t rush by picking up his “prey” and putting it back in the dish.


In the wild, cats spend quality time stalking and catching prey for dinner. Then they play with the mouse, let it go and run it down again. It’s almost like working up an appetite before dinner – at least in cat perspective.


When a pampered house cat has food delivered neatly to his dish twice daily, he misses the activity that he instinctively craves as part of his dining ritual. So don’t fuss at your cat for playing with his food.


Bowl-fed cats can give up the instinct and become fat, lazy fur balls. While it may result in neater eating habits, it’s not good for your cat’s health. Granted, you may not want to let live mice loose in your house just so your cat can get exercise.


You can choose cat toys that have re-fillable centers in which to place snacks. Scatter these toys around the house so your cat can “discover” the treat. The rolling toys also allow your cat to chase and conquer the toy, then extract the food. Dry foods like nibble types are perfect for these toys, since there’s no moisture or spoilage.


Knowing that your cat wants to hunt even inside the home, keep houseplants off the floor. Ivy, dieffenbachia, azaleas and poinsettias are poisonous to your cat and dangerous for children as well.


You can put those out of reach of a toddler, but remember that your cat easily scales the dining room table to get to the plant. Choose other types of plants. At the holidays, put real poinsettias on the porch or patio and use silk poinsettias inside the house.


Along with treat filled toys, leave toys around that your cat is allowed to chew. Some cats are as big on chewing as dogs are, so if that’s your cat’s method of play, give him something besides the sofa pillows to gnaw on.



Comments { 0 }

Cat Nip can produce surprising results

Cat runningCat Nip can produce surprising results

Catnip isn’t just a cat thing. Actually catnip is a nickname for a plant that comes from the mint family. For a cat, catnip is like one too many martinis. The reaction may be wild and crazy or totally oblivious in that classic “who cares” manner that cats do so well.

Inside catnip is a chemical element called “nepetalactone,” which seems to prompt amazing reactions that are different for each cat. While you can’t smell it, catnip has a unique scent to a feline.

The typical cat pauses to sniff this unusual substance and maybe give it a small lick. Then the cat returns to chew on the catnip leaves. Some cats love to roll around in the catnip and get it all over their fur.

Shortly after ingesting catnip, a cat may leap, roll, wiggle, purr and seem to freak out. The cat may become aggressive toward another pet when under the influence of catnip. Another cat may nibble the catnip, grin broadly and quietly savor the experience. Fortunately this catnip “trip” lasts just a matter of minutes.

Although coming down from the catnip may take a few hours before your cat responds normally. Older cats seem less vulnerable or perhaps less interested in the catnip experience. Very young kittens also are less interested in catnip.

Catnip can be purchased in a pet store in dried leaf form or as an essential oil. Just a small drop of the oil is all that’s needed to get a reaction. You can also purchase catnip-scented toys. The potency of catnip declines over time.

So toss out the old toys regularly and get fresh catnip toys so your cat gets the same enjoyment out of it. While catnip is related to other common plants like basil, spearmint and oregano, those plants don’t have the same effect on cats.

Catnip is an aphrodisiac for some cats – causing them to become very amorous with another cat. So you have to wonder, can a cat become addicted to catnip? While each catnip nibble is a delight for your cat, he’s not going to trash the house or sell your car to get more.

Cats won’t become addicted to catnip, but it is a treat you can provide for your feline friend a few times a week. If you have more than one cat, give them each their own little pile of catnip so that they don’t have to compete for the pleasure against one another.

Comments { 0 }

Cat Toys To Keep A Cat Amused

Cat on ballCat Toys To Keep A Cat Amused

Poor cat – he’s a victim of the myth that cats are indifferent to attention. That’s not true for every cat. A bored cat can create just as much havoc around your home as an unsupervised toddler – maybe even more.

In fact, strange behavior in your cat is often a sign that he’s trying desperately to get you involved in his world. How do you entertain a cat? First you start spending time with your cat on a regular basis and see what amuses him.

Spending time isn’t the same as simply being in the same room – arriving home, getting on the computer and chatting on the phone. Your cat isn’t amused by watching you and may do some irritating things, like spin the paper off the toilet roll.

Or he might eat paper – perhaps your notes for tomorrow’s client proposal. Put away your work and clear a play space. Get down on the floor at your cat’s level as you interact with him.

Pick two small cat toys and bring out one at a time for your play session. Start with a small rolling toy or hold a toy fish on a pole and dangle it for your cat to swat. Does he keep playing until you stop or does he walk away on his own? If the cat toy doesn’t hold his interest, put it away and try another toy tomorrow.

Be careful to choose only toys suited for cats. Children’s toys are not pet toys, no matter how cute you think the idea is. So forget the wind-up mouse your kid got in a Happy Meal. Unless it’s made for a cat, there are small parts or mechanisms that could be harmful to your pet.

Look at pet shops online or in local pet stores for movable toys if your cat favors something to chase down and catch. That’s a natural hunting behavior for your cat, so make sure he has a way to act on his urge conquer.

Once you know what type of cat toy your cat favors, look for two similar toys. Take a cue for the way parents alternate toys for children and rotate your cat’s toys after a few weeks. Keep the toys that you use for interactive play apart from toys that you leave for his solo play. That way the toys you enjoy together are special.

While you’re at work or out during the day, leave some interesting cat toys for your cat. You can even buy small plastic balls that can be refilled with dry cat food. Your cat can roll the ball then discover the food treat inside.

That also satisfies his hunting instinct and provides a snack. If your cat is happier when busy, be sure you provide enough stimulation for playtime and most of all, enough time with you – his favorite playmate.

Comments { 0 }

Smelly Cat Litterbox

Cat litterboxSmelly Cat Litterbox

Apart from the cat’s natural desire to move away from the offensive odor of its litterbox, you may be responsible for many cat litterbox problems your pet cat is having. A cat’s sense of smell is far more sensitive than your nose.

So don’t wait to clean the  cat litterbox until the smell offends you. Clean the litterbox before your cat starts avoiding it and looking for somewhere else to do his eliminations. Cats are sensitive to changes in the type of litter you’re using.

If he’s used one brand and type of litter since he was a kitten and you suddenly switch to a new brand with a completely different make-up, he may avoid going into the litterbox completely until his old type of litter is back.

There are other reasons why a cat may avoid going into a litterbox. If your cat has an accident in the house and you immediately toss him into the litterbox while shouting, all you do it create an aversion for it. Using the litterbox as punishment just makes your cat want to go anywhere else to do his business.

Placing the litterbox right out in the middle of the room makes your cat feel over-exposed. Cats like a little privacy when doing their business. Another mistake is putting the litterbox on a porch or near a window.

Other cats and animals outdoors looking inside can distract or intimidate your cat. Re-locate the litterbox around a corner or inside the pantry and see if your cat finds it more comfortable.

Some cats are selective about where they do certain things. Your cat may refuse to urinate and defecate in the same place. If you find one and not the other located somewhere besides the litterbox, that’s your cue to buy a second one. It may seem odd that a cat wants separate potty locations, but as long as you don’t have to clean it up from the carpet, who cares?

When there’s more than one cat in the house, they can become quite territorial about the litterbox. The larger cat may be pushing the smaller or newer cat away from his litterbox. Again, get a second box and don’t argue about it.

Just as toddlers need a potty seat and steps to use an adult potty, don’t expect a kitten to climb into a larger litter box. He may be frustrated by the larger litterbox and the larger cat who uses it. Get a litterbox that matches the size of your cat.


Comments { 0 }

Cat Scratching

Cat scratchingCat Scratching

Scratching is a natural behavior for cats, no matter how it might impact the fabric on your $5,000 new sofa. You cat isn’t scratching to defy you – but he is sending you a message. That message is, “give me something to scratch!”

When his urge to scratch hits, he isn’t too picky about what to scratch. In the wild, everything is fair game. Your cat isn’t trying to damage your belongings. He’s trying to sharpen his claws.

In the wild, a cat might use a tree trunk or fence post for scratching. But since your living room probably lacks those things, the next best thing is something wooden, like the legs on your expensive new coffee table.

Declawing your cat isn’t the only way to protect your furniture. Instead of going to this extreme, set up a few standing scratch posts around your house for your cat to scratch. He’ll be happy to have his own scratching place – which is better suited to his needs anyway.

Scratching means more to your cat than just a way to tend his claws. Declawing your cat won’t stop the other natural reasons for scratching, like being playful. A scratching post is a great stress reliever for your cat.

Some cats use the post as a pretend playmate. They also have a need to conquer perceived foes. Your cat may take on the scratching post, gripping it with his claws and wrestling it into submission.

Make sure the post is anchored solidly. If the post is too easy to tip over, your cat may ignore it in favor of that nice, stable dining room table leg. If your cat plays with the scratching post when you’re home, but returns to the chair when you’re not around, you may have to resort to a trick.

Knowing that your cat has very keen sense of smell, hang bold fragrance room deodorizer or commercial cat repellant near the chair. Your cat will not enjoy scratching in that location anymore.

Place the approved scratched post in a location where the smell factor is neutral and where there’s some privacy so your cat can sneak up on the post as a pretend prey. When the scratching post looks worn out, don’t be so quick to toss it.

Instead, put the new post beside the old post until your cat starts to use it. After you see some wear on the new post, then you can throw away the old one.

Comments { 0 }

Colin the cat learns how to use a tape measure

Just another video that is funny…


Comments { 0 }