How to Make Your Cat Fall Asleep

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You love your cat, but it disturbs you when you sleep. There are times when you wished that you and your cat should follow the same sleep schedule. The good news is such a scenario is possible. However, you may have to discipline your cat during the initial days. Patience is another element which is needed to make this scheme a success.  Remember that your goal is to hug the furball and fall asleep.

Keep it active during the daytime

If you want to make your cat sleep at nights, it should be active during the day. An active cat during the daytime means a sleepy kitty during the night. Your cat should have something to play within the mornings and during the daytime. You can also play with it in the evenings after work. Take the cat for a brisk walk after putting a leash on it. Do keep in mind that you should bond with the cat. The toys must not be a substitute for you bonding with your kitty. The best toys for your cat are the puzzle toys with your feline’s favorite treats inside them. These toys stimulate the brain and make your cat much happier. Do not buy toys that come with a string. The cat could choke on it.

Do not worry if your cat takes a nap after a few hours. Adult cats sleep for 16 hours a day and kittens even more. Allow your cat to sleep as much as it wants as long as it gets exercise during the daytime. If you want to make sure that your cat will fall asleep during the night, play with it just before you hit the sheets. The play should last a minimum of 10 minutes. Start with energetic actions and slowly wind down. If you do it every day, your cat will figure out that it is time for bed after this activity.

Food before sleep Give it a meal after it plays with you. Majority of cats love nothing more than to take a long nap after a meal. When you give your cat good food, you are practically making sure of yourself enjoying a good nights’ sleep. It also helps that you place a perch close to your bed. This is as cats enjoy comfortable and high perches from where they can observe the surroundings. Give the cat treats as it sits there, while you get ready for bed. The cat will then get comfortable with your sleep-time routine and will not disturb you from that point onwards. If your cat wants to explore the bed, then allow it to do so. The bed has your smell on it, and the cat makes a positive correlation with that smell.


Home Grooming Your Cat

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A happy cat is invariably a clean cat. You can bathe your cat and trim its nails. It is also essential to keep your cat’s eyes, teeth, and ears clean. The fur too must be clean and healthy. Before you start grooming your cat at home, remember that a few cats hate being groomed. If your cat falls into this category, there is a high chance that your cat may attack and injure you. In such cases, make an appointment with a cat groomer or a veterinarian. Do not try to groom your kitty at home.

Cleaning and brushing

For all practical purposes, there is no need for you to clean and care for your cat’s fur. Your kitty cleans itself through her grooming tools- teeth and tongue. There are some days, however, that your cat becomes so dirty that you will be compelled to run it a bath. The process to clean the kitty should be of maximum efficiency and minimum stress.  It is a good idea to brush the cat. The action not only removes dead hair, grease, and dirt from your kitty’s fur but also stimulates the circulation of blood and removes flakes from the skin. A healthy glow can be had and kept if you brush your kitty twice a week. This is especially true for senior cats who slowly lose the ability to groom themselves.

Skin and shedding

Do pay close attention to the skin of your cat. The skin condition indicates your kitty’s overall health. The cat will scratch itself excessively in-case of a bad skin condition. There will also be an excess of licking or chewing. The skin is vulnerable to external parasites and also to allergies emanating from stress and seasonal changes. A combo of these could also be a problem. It is important to investigate the factors which affect the skin of your cat. Most cat owners visit the veterinarian to deal with their cat’s skin problems.  Your cat sheds hair due to natural causes. It is a process of off-loading dead hair. Cats which spend most of their time indoors may shed all through the year. You can minimize the accompanying inconvenience by regularly grooming the cat. Vacuum the house to get rid of cat hair. Take note that while shedding is natural, having bald patches are not. This can be due to an underlying health problem. You must take your cat to the veterinarian. The ears of your cat can pick up sounds like you opening a bag of food on the other end of the house. Like all other organs, the kitty needs some help when it comes to keeping the ears clean. Examine the ears for wax and debris and clean them.


Getting Your Cat Out of the Tree

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Cats find it easy to climb trees but coming down is an impossibility for them. This is as the claws of your cat helps it to climb up, but nearly useless when it comes to getting down. A cat stuck in a tree is a frightened animal. Making sounds and gestures at it will make it more afraid. It will be too scared even to attempt this feat. It is important that you calm the animal down first before you do some action to bring the animal down. A number of strategies are at your disposal in such a case.

The exact location is important

Find out exactly where your cat is stuck in a tree. Sometimes, the exact location could be hard to find as many branches and leaves cover the cat from your eyes. Once you know for sure the exact location of your cat, then you can start the necessary arrangements to bring it down. You want the cat to be calm. This is why you must lock the dogs so that they do not bark at the cat. The feline will never come down in this chaotic and frightening environment. It will be more stressed.

Call, treat, and laser pointer

Call the cat to climb down. If you are not the owner, bring that person and ask the owner to call it down. Cats normally trust their owners more than any human, and the feline may be successful in jumping down. The best strategy to adopt is the use of clicker training. It is found that such training even supersedes the fear in the animal and the chances of the cat climbing down rises by a few notches. If the cat looks hesitant or undecided, do not hesitate to use inducements or several other incentives to plead to the cat. Since it is your animal, you know it best and all the animal’s accompanying quirks. The best treatment is one which has a strong smell. This is particularly applicable for unknown cats stranded in trees. Take a bowl, put the treat in it and place the bowl at the base of the tree. If it is an unknown cat, walk away as the feline may not feel comfortable eating around strangers. The cat will ultimately come down to eat the food. Alternatively, you can also use a laser pointer to attract the cat to come down. Almost every cat is drawn towards the pin light and will follow it wherever it goes. Move the light down the tree trunk or the safest path to come down. Repeat the path if the cat looks uncertain as to whether to follow the laser point or not.


Cat Spay Problems

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Most kittens enjoy a swift and painless recovery after they get spayed. However, like any surgical procedure, there could be complications. The symptoms linked with such a complication could range from simple swelling to more serious ones like an infection.

Excessive play and infections

As kittens are extremely active, there is a high chance that they can damage the post-surgical incisions when they play, run, and jump. The excessive activity could separate the skin or tear the sutures. These will result in pain and bleeding. To make sure the kitten recuperates fully from the spay procedure, keep it in a big dog crate. The limited volume will dampen its playful nature for the time being. Playing is not the only reason for sutures coming off. A few kittens could find this incision an irritating one and lick the area so much that the incision opens up and irritates the skin. Bacteria may be introduced into the exposed area where the operation took place. A special collar can be obtained from the veterinarian to stop such a licking habit.

Your kitten could be at risk of infection too. Signs of a bacterial infection include soft swelling at the incision site and drainage. There could be redness and oozing. Take the kitten to a veterinarian if it is listless. An infection could be the cause. A number of veterinarians give the kittens preventative antibiotics post spay surgery. It is perfectly normal to see a small amount of swelling and redness. There could be a small and firm swelling directly below the skin. It is the remains of the suture material.

Bleeding and digestive upsets

A possible complication from the spaying procedure is bleeding from the incision. Blood in minute amounts may appear as soon as the surgery gets completed. The blood flow, however, quickly runs out and you may not see it only after a day. In-case if blood drips from the incision or the abdomen of the kittens visibly swell, take it to the veterinarian immediately. A kitten in excessive pain will meow and not eat. It will be inactive and will take fast shallow breaths. The pupils will be dilated. It will have an abnormal posture and not groom itself. If it does any of the preceding behavior, take the animal to your vet without any delay. The kitten may suffer digestive upsets too. Anesthesia causes a few cats to suffer digestion problems. Diarrhea and vomiting are common,. The kitten may experience a decrease or an increase in its appetite. Majority of the digestive problems disappear 24 hours post surgery. Many veterinarians recommend canned food so that the kittens could be enticed to eat more food post surgery. The kitten should be normally eating two days post surgery.


Best Cat Backpacks

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Want to take your kitty when you travel, cycle, or go for a trek? You need to invest in a cat compatible backpack. It will hug you when you enjoy the sights and sounds of new places. A backpack for your cat must offer security and necessary ventilation. Your cat must also have excellent views while in the bag. As in all cases, better quality cat backpacks are pricier than their competitors. Premium backpacks specially crafted for carrying a cat are made from ecologically friendly polycarbonate and offers generous space. It will have high-quality cloth and have a window with semi-transparent plastic. It must also be comfortable to wear.

Padded back

The Anzone company manufactures a cat backpack complete with a waterproof outer shell which is durable too. It is made of premium quality polycarbonate resistant to scratches and ideal for keeping your cat dry when it rains. The interiors are lined with soft Oxford cloth. The bottom has a soft pad to make the cat comfortable. The pad can be washed. Your cat gets an excellent view of the outside due to the transparent window in the shape of a semi-sphere. The back is padded, and the generously tailored “S” shoulder straps assist in resolving your back pressure. This would help you to wear this cat carrier for a more extended period. An elastic leash is built into the bag. It stops the cat from escaping it sees something or someone which piques its curiosity. As an owner, you can move around freely knowing the cat is secure and safe. These bags, according to their manufacturer, are cat-approved.

Double straps Another excellent cat bag product is the one manufactured by Petsfit. The bag is light and durable one. Its ergonomic structure makes it a delight to wear. Well ventilated rides for your cat is a given due to the mesh sides. The cat can see freely on both its right and left sides. The window at the top can be opened to make an enclosed tent to enable your curious cat to put her head up. It can also look around without any hindrance. The top zips open entirely so that the cat can put its head outside the carrier. The leash inside the bag helps to secure the cat. This cat bag is meant to be worn as a backpack, but it also contains a handle. You can carry it in the same manner as a carrier bag. A number of cat owners prefer this bag as it has both a waist strap and a chest clip. The arrangement makes the cat stable when you walk, cycle, or trek over uneven terrain. The bag material is premium quality PU.


How to Buy Dog Food in Bulk?

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You love your dog to death. Even then you think it eats too much. It seems like yesterday you bought dog food and now the stock in your home is near the bottom. It is apparent that you need to buy dog food in larger quantities. It is easier and cheaper to buy larger packs from wholesale distributors. You not only save substantial amounts of money but also save time on making those weekly trips to the supermarket.

Calculate the amount of food

To buy dog food in bulk, your first on the to-do list is to calculate the amount of food the dog consumes in a day. If your dog eats three cups of dog food each day, calculate the amount of food it will consume in six weeks. This time period is important as it the longest time a perishable item like dog food can be edible when stored in an airtight container. Most dog food manufacturers sell their products in standard wholesale weights. Buy the weight nearest to the calculation.

The next step is to which company product you should buy in bulk. Before you select one, compare their yearly fees, prices, and other benefits. Check whether they accept coupons. Do make sure that the company you choose stocks the food your dog loves. Many companies restrict choices to a few flavors. If the company asks you to fill out a membership card, do so. Look out for bigger bags of dry dog food. Canned food will also do. You could also buy the same quantity but in larger number of smaller bags making it up. Always go for smaller cans and not larger ones. Select a can which your dog can finish within three days.


The canned food should be stored indoors within a cool location, like a closet. Do not place the food in areas which do not have air and heat and those that suffer extreme temperature fluctuations, like your car garage. The dry food should always be stored in an airtight container. Take ample dishwashing liquid and wash the container thoroughly. Allow it to dry. Open the dog food bag and roll up its top. Place the full bag into the container. This is as the manufacturer chose this bag for its power to keep out moisture. It also extends the food’s edible range of time. There is also the other important factor of the bag having all manufacturer information which enables you to check the expiration dates. It is thus essential to buy four things if you want to save money in feeding your dog. The four are an airtight container, dishwashing liquid, sponge, and towel.


Finding Your Lost Cat

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It breaks a heart when your cat gets lost. Most cats climb the tallest structure and are afraid to come down. Since cats are cats, they will not make a sound when they hear you calling them. You must keep your eyes open to find your cat. Remember, you are the only person responsible for your cat. No, the fire-brigade would not assist you if you suddenly find your cat sitting on the top branch of the tallest tree. The only way to rescue your kitty from its difficult position is to get the tallest ladder you can find and climb up. It is much harder than it sounds. It is hardest for people who suffer from vertigo or have a fear of heights.

Good navigation

When it comes to ground, cats have some kind of mysterious homing beacon which helps them to come back to their home-often from hundreds of miles. Only an outdoorsy or an adventurous cat will roam. Indoor cats like to go back to their comfortable home as quickly as possible. If a cat gets scared, it may misjudge its inner compass-and consequently gets lost. Once it is afraid, things go haywire. Everything will scare the cat, from new furniture to new animals.

If you find your cat is not in its usual place, then do not assume its lost. Kitties have a terrible reputation of hiding in places you would not even believe they can fit into. Search carefully around the house, with more attention towards the porch and the garage. Take your cat’s favorite treat in your hand and shout its name. Do note that your cat may not want to be found. Only the smell of the food may draw it out from its hiding place. It is a good idea to microchip your cat. It must also wear a tag and a collar.

Try to think

Do not waste your time or others. If you have not seen your cat for two days, there is a far chance that cat is lost. Distribute the photo of your cat via texting apps like WhatsApp. Try to think like a cat and go where you think your kitty will visit when nobody is looking. Crouch low and look underneath porches and bushes. Look out for something which may have frightened the cat. The latter could be new construction or even new neighbor. Do not be shy to trespass in other people’s gardens. Simply visit those neighbors and say sorry to mess up their place of business. Upon returning home, leave water and food immediately outside the door so that your fearful cat may succumb to its greed and comes back. Make a poster with your cat’s photo. Paste it where such posters can be legally stuck on walls, bus-stops, and near taxi-stands.


Cats with Kidney Disease

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The kidneys present in your cat do a number of vital tasks. The list includes blood pressure management and the manufacture of hormones. The organs also stimulate the bone marrow so that an increased number of Red Blood Cells (RBC) get produced. Kidneys also remove waste from the blood. The organs will start to fail as the cat ages. If left untreated, the disease which results from failing kidneys will lead to multiplle health problems. There is no cure if it is a chronic disease. However, with better care, and early diagnosis, it is possible to better the quality of life and also your cat’s mortality.

Cats of all ages are susceptible

It is not only older cats which are susceptible to kidney failure. Kidney diseases can be present in kittens too. The list of causes behind kidney problems includes trauma, infection, and toxins. Kidney failure in cats is of two types, with each type having a different cause, outlook, and treatment.

Acute renal failure is quite common in cats. It occurs suddenly and progresses over a matter of a few days. This happens to cats of any age. The most common reason for acute renal failure is the presence of poison. Your cat’s kidneys could be harmed due to antifreeze, cleaning fluids, and pesticides. Some human medicines are also harmful to cats. Do be careful so that your curious cat could not get to lick or taste these things.

Trauma is a common cause of kidney problems in cats. This is especially true if it involves a burst bladder or a broken pelvis. Your cat could also contract kidney disease if it drinks too less water or undergoes rapid dehydration. Another reason could be the shock from losing quickly vast quantities of blood. Any number of causes, starting from its body being overheated in blazingly hot weather, a considerable uptick in activity. Diarrhea, and vomiting all result in significant fluid dips.

Infections and failures

Kidney infections could also lead to disease. There could be blockages which change blood flow into the kidney and the exit urine flow resulting in acute pain and infection following soon after. There could also be heart pressure accompanied by low blood pressure. This reduces the flow of blood to the kidneys.

Acute renal failures, if diagnosed in time, could frequently be reversed. Chronic kidney problems, however, could be much harder to treat. A significant proportion of senior and middle-aged cats suffer from this condition. Kidney problems become worse over months and even years. You must pay particular attention to your feline’s health if it is seven years old or more. The signs of failing kidneys in your cat include frequent urination and drinking substantial quantities of water. Other symptoms include decreased appetite and weight loss.


Feeding Your Dog on a Budget

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The food your dog eats does more than satisfying its need to eat. Other than filling up the stomach, it also affects the canine’s quality of life and overall health. The dog’s behavior is also influenced by the food you give it. You can give it proper nutrition without spending considerable sums of money.

Longer term savings

All things come at a price, and good food is expensive. Pricier dog food may pinch your budget in the short term but will save you significant sums of money in the longer time-frame. Costly dog foods are made from expensive raw materials which are better for your dog in terms of nutrition. The foods have more nutrients and there are fewer fillers. It means you can feed your dog reduced quantities of expensive dog food. Poor quality dog food is given more for compensating the smaller quantity of nutrients presents every serving. To figure out whether to buy a particular dog food product or not, read how many servings each packet has and the cost of the pouch or tin. It is then possible to calculate the cost per serving. Use the result, along with the ingredients published on the label, to compare the packet with other dog foods.

Cook your own

You can cook for your dog too. If you do so, remember to give a proper blend of cooked and raw foods. The benefit of this arrangement is that you can control what your dog eats and the ingredients in the food. You also save a considerable amount of money. Here’s a note of caution though: it is essential that you do a copious quantity of research before you jump to home cooking your dog’s meals. A number of recipe books are available on how to cook dog food. You must also consult a veterinarian before taking the step. If you want to give your dog a balanced diet but like the concept of feeding it homemade food, then cast your eye towards base foods. A number of veterinary companies make base foods which can be combined with meat, either cooked or raw, depending on what you give to your dog. The mix of specialist created base food, and your cooking is not only the best for your dog, but you also spend much less amounts of money compared to what you will pay if you purchase ready cooked dog foods.

Another excellent method to save money on dog food is to make bulk purchases. Remember, however, you must first use the edible before it spoils. Many of the high-quality dog foods are available at a much lower price when you buy them in large quantities. Distributors sell them at much-discounted prices.


Ankle Sprain for Dogs

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Your dog stands on its toes, its ankles in the air, and knees thrust forward. Doing this all through the day is not an easy task. Immense stress and weight is put on the dog’s joints and muscles. Ankle flexibility is essential to chase cats and scratch behind its ears. The ankle also helps it to playfully wrestle with other dogs and jump on to your bed. The joint also plays an important role when it leaps to get toys. The problem starts when your dog overdoes it, resulting in putting excess pressure on its front legs and also on its back legs. The ankles, as a consequence, are put other strain. It may break if sufficiently bad conditions exist.

CCL a serious cause

Do understand that sprains and strains are not the same. A dog suffers sprain when the ligaments connecting the bones get harmed. The result is joint damage. An injury can happen in hunting dogs who jump many hurdles. An average canine can suffer a sprain while jumping down from the sofa. It could also suffer strains when it mistakenly steps into a hole. Dogs commonly sprain themselves in the knees and the wrists. A severe injury in this list is the tearing of cranial cruciate ligament (CCL). This ligament connects the knee bones.

You will know your dog has suffered a strain when it begins to limp. The canine could also suddenly become lame, meaning it cannot use its leg. If such a condition continues for more than one day, then you should take the dog to the veterinarian.

Behavioral changes

Strains can be either acute or sudden or chronic or ongoing. It can range from the mild to the severe. The veterinarian will figure out a course of treatment depending on the injury suffered by the dog. The medical professional will write a prescription depending on what you inform and the result of the various tests which the dog has done. You must explain to the veterinarian as to how your dog acts differently when you compare present-day behavior with what it used to do in the past. In case you saw the injury happen in front of your eyes, the veterinarian will ask what your dog was doing at the time of injury. You will also be asked questions on what the dog is not doing from the time it was injured. Is it not keen to walk in the park? Or have stopped eating? The veterinarian will examine the dog’s joints and muscles. The canine will be first given a thorough visual examination and be touched on some points to see if they were out of place, swollen, or warm.