How to Get Your Cat Ready For Bath Time?

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A cat has meticulous cleaning habits, which means that it can keep its fur cleaned. However, your cat can get dirty and messy. Dirt, food, and other things can add a nasty odor to your otherwise clean and pruned kitty. It is during these times that a cat needs its caregivers to give it an enjoyable bath.

Read on to find tips that can help get your cat ready for bath time.

Get all equipment ready!

Before you get your kitty in the sink or tub with water, make sure you have all the equipment ready. Having all items at hand ensures that you can go with the bathing process with ease.

Make sure you have the following items at hand:

  • Tearless Cat Shampoo
  • Towels
  • Brush
  • Nail clippers

Apart from these items, it will be helpful to have someone else help you with bathing your cat.

Tips to make your kitty ready!

  • Know when to initiate a bathing session

When your kitty is the happiest is the best time to start the bathing process. A play session before bath can tire out even the most playful of kitties.

  • Nail clipping

For your safety and protection, trim your kitty’s nails before bathing it. Sharp nails can hurt you during the bathing process.

  • Brush

Brush your furball’s hair before starting to bathe it. Doing this removes any loose or old hair, and helps you to de-mat the fur.

  • Cotton in the ear

Use cotton to plug your kitty’s ears. The cotton keeps the water out of the ears when bathing. The ears are sensitive, and your cat will not like water or shampoo entering them.

  • Make it firm

Use a rubber bath mat in the sink or tub to prevent slipping. Make sure your cat does not slip. Use three to four inches of lukewarm water in the sink or tub.

  • Use a spray

Use a hand-held spray hose to wet your cat. Do not spray directly in the sensitive areas of eyes, nose, and ears. If you do not have a spray hose, use a plastic cup or a jug to wet your kitty.

  • Lather up

Use one part cat shampoo and five parts water to massage your cat. Do not use human shampoo as it can dry out your kitty’s skin. When lathering up the shampoo, move from the head to the tail. Again, avoid the sensitive areas of ears, eyes, and nose.

  • Clear and dry

Finally, rinse your kitty thoroughly and ensure that no shampoo stays on its body. Wrap a large towel and dry your cat in a warm place. You can also use a blow dryer if your cat does not mind the noise.


Signs Your Cat Needs the Company of Another Cat!

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Are you a proud owner of a kitty? In that case, there is a chance you have considered getting a second feline friend. However, when planning to get a second cat, you need to consider the cat you already have. So, before you start planning the introduction of a new pet, look for these signs. The signs that your cat showcases let you know whether it needs the company of another cat.

  • Change in her grooming habits

One of the signs of loneliness is a change in your cat’s grooming habits. A cat is a meticulous animal. If you see that your cat is suddenly not caring about grooming itself, and has started staying unkempt and unclean, it may be a sign that your cat is feeling lonely. Or, if your cat overgrooms itself, this may be a sign that it is soothing itself.

  • Change in her eating habits

Humans, when lonely or sad, either eat too much or too little. The same is true for your kitty. If you see your cat munching more than usual, it is a sign that your cat is doing so to keep boredom away. Similarly, if your cat is eating more, he or she is probably depressed.

  • Change in her sleeping habits

If your feline friend’s sleeping habit changes suddenly, it may mean loneliness. Cats are usually playful and love engaging. Any change in that behavior indicates either loneliness or depression due to a lack of companionship.

  • Pestiferous behavior

If you come back home to find a room with things knocked over, cushions torn, tables scratched, and other damaging behavior, it might be your cat’s way of telling you that it gets boring. The destructive behavior indicates a need for another companion.

  • Clinging behavior

To see if your cat needs more social interaction, check its behavior. If you see your kitty being more clingy than usual, it may intimate a need for interplay with another companion. Look for signs such as excessive meowing, following you around, and not letting you be alone even for a moment.

  • Change in litter box habits

If you never had any problems with your kitty using the litter box, but are suddenly facing this issue, it may mean loneliness and boredom. Check whether your kitty has started using different places in your home to do its business.

Introducing a new cat

The process of introducing a new companion to your cat should be gradual. Cats are territorial and may initially not approve of a new companion, no matter how social it otherwise is. To begin with, keep the new cat in a second room and slowly introduce it.

Before you jump into conclusions about getting a new kitty, however, check with the vet first to see if there is no underlying medical condition behind these signs.


Signs Your Cat is Mad at You!

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While it may be true that cats cannot use words like us to communicate their feelings, it is also true that they have other means of communicating. Your cat can tell you if it is mad at you; you only need to listen (or observe!). Behaviors and body language can tell you a lot about the emotions that your furball is experiencing. Do you think you have noticed these signs that your cat is mad at you? Let us know!

Read on to find the signs to know if you have an angry cat –

  • Look at the eyes

Is your cat suddenly looking at you with narrow eyes, and you have known what that look means? Yes, cats can express their feelings using their eyes just like humans. When they are angry or annoyed, they will give you that look, and you will realize what it is.

Another indication is dilated pupils. If your cat has large eyes, but the pupils are a pinprick, back off. That is one irritated cat.

  • The tail tells a lot.

Another sign you must look for is the tail. A dog wags its tail in a to and fro motion, but if your cat does the same, it is not glad to see you. A cat whipping its tail back and forth shows anger.

  • Arched back

When a cat is wrathful, it will get physical. If you see your cat arching its back, it is to look bigger and intimidating. The cats, when going from annoyed to outraged, puff up their fur. These signs show that your kitty is in fight mode.

  • Look at the ears

The ears can tell you a lot. If you see your kitty with droopy ears or ears that lay down flat, you may be looking at an irritated and angry furball. You will see this when the cat is upset and is ready to lash out.

  • Paw swipe

If you are a kitty parent, there are chances that you have faced the paw swipe at least once during your parenthood. An angry paw swipe could be just a pat or with claws out, depending on the level of your kitty’s anger. Either way, your kitty is telling you to back off.

  • A lot of space

Have you ever given somebody the cold shoulder when you were angry or irritated with them? Guess what! Your cat can do the same to you when he or she is feeling particularly offensive. Your kitty will maintain distance, will notice you from across the room, and will leave any area where you are. Cats do this when they need to be left alone, especially when something is bothering or stressing them.


Signs your cat needs more of your time!

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Cats exhibit attention-seeking habits when it does not get enough care and stimulation from you. While you may perceive these behavior changes as bordering on naughtiness, that is not true. Your cat does not behave this way because it is malicious or wants to spite you. It does all these things because there is no other way for it to communicate its feelings to you.

Here are some of the signs that show your cat needs more of your time. Can you see your feline friend exhibiting these signs? It may mean something. Stay hooked to this guide, and you will know.

  • Meowing excessively

Cats make sure you notice them when they feel ignored. One means of communication cats have is their ability to meow. So, when your kitty wants your attention, you will hear it meowing at different pitches and using different tones. It may start at a low pitch but slowly reaches a screeching level. Your kitty will have you by its side in no time after this.

  • Using its paws

Another way your kitty may be asking for your attention is by pawing you randomly on your arms or legs. By doing this, your cat is telling you to look at it and notice it sitting next to you. Adorable, right?

  • Being where it is not allowed

Has your feline friend suddenly started making appearances on the dining table while you are eating? Or, does she perch herself on the kitchen counter while you are cooking? These behaviors mean that they want you to notice it. Doing something that they are not supposed to do invokes attention from you.

  • Being an adorable distraction

Another way your cat may be screaming of its existence to you is by being an adorable distraction. As kitty parents, I am sure many of you have had those days when your cat would curl up on your laptop, diary, book, or anything else. Your kitty wants you to see it there and pay more attention to it.

  • Gifts for you

Cats bring gifts to their pet parents; it is their way of showing love and affection. You may get anything from a slipper to mice traps. Anything that your kitty holds some significance for will be your gift. A cat does this more when it is looking for attention. Doing this is bound to make you aware of your cat’s presence.

  • Snuggle with you

I love this sign the most, because not only does the cat feel glorious, the parent feels happy too. It is a win-win situation for both parties. However, be alert of when a snuggle suddenly turns into a nagging nudge on your legs or a move to make you pay more attention to it.


How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight?

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Is your cat slowly moving towards the “overweight” zone, or is it already there? Being pet-parents, one of our biggest concerns is obesity in our kitties. Yes, it is a problem, even if you never thought about it. However, fret not. It is not difficult to help your kitty shed all those excess pounds. Read on to find tips that will help your cat lose weight with ease.

  • Go to the vet

The first and foremost step is to take your kitty to a vet before you make drastic changes to the diet. A physical examination by the vet will rule out any underlying medical concerns due to obesity. Once all the possibilities of medical illnesses are out of the way, your vet can discuss dietary options best suited for your kitty.

  • Know the target weight

After the discussion with the vet, you will realize that you need to know the target weight of your kitty before changing diets. Your vet will be able to help you out with this. The average weight of a domestic cat should be 8 – 10 pounds (3.6 – 4.4 kg).

  • Spread out meals

Have you ever been advised to eat smaller meals throughout the day to help you shed some pounds? The same rule can be applied to cats when trying to lower their weight. Spread the meals to about six to seven smaller meals throughout the day. Doing this makes your kitty devour all the food and would be expecting more.

  • Hide her meals

Do you own a lazy furball who loves curling in the comfiest areas? The best way to deal with this is to induce exercise in them. Hide their meals around the house and let your kitty seek them out. Doing this increases the metabolism rate.

  • Treat toys

Cats love treats, and you should use this to get your cat to do some work. Make a cat dispenser at home using empty toilet paper rolls. Cover one end of the toilet paper roll and hide your kitty’s favorite treats inside it. Let your cat get some exercise while trying to take out the treat to enjoy itself.

  • 30 minutes of exercise

As kitty parents, you know that cats are playful creatures who love playing with any object they come in their paws. Use this to your advantage to give your kitty the much-needed exercise. For losing weight, your cat needs 30 minutes of exercise daily. Pet stores have a lot of toys that your kitty will love. Get laser pointers or fishing poles to keep your cat engaged. You can also use balls that your cat will love chasing.

  • Water

Water is not only a magical liquid for humans. When trying to lose weight, keep your kitty hydrated with water. Water will help your cat feel fuller and will eat smaller portions.


Ideas to Throw Your Puppy a Birthday Party

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 We may think that throwing a birthday party for our adorable puppy may be difficult. However, it is easier than planning a birthday party for a human. With dog-friendly decor ideas, food items your pup will love, and an atmosphere that will put your pooch in a gleeful mood, these ideas will make you a star.

Read on to find some of the best ideas that will make your pooch’s birthday a memorable affair. Are you ready for a fantastic barkday?

  • A pupcake

First and foremost, how can you have a birthday without a cake, and in this case, a pupcake? Take matters in your own hands by using a cake mix for dogs. Bake an adorable pupcake that you can cut in the shape of a bone. If you want something fancier, order custom cakes from dog bakeries. You will have a one-in-the-world kind of pupcake for your pooch.

  • Dog treat

If your dog is on a diet and cannot consume cake, this is a great idea. You can also use this idea as an addition to the pupcake. Grab all of your pup’s favorite treats and glue them together using dog-friendly icing. Your dog will jump in joy at the sight of it. You can also put together a pile of your pooch’s favorite toys as a birthday treat.

  • Party hat
  • What is a birthday without a birthday hat, right? Go on Etsy, Amazon, eBay, and online stores dealing with pup accessories. Find a pawtastic party hat for your pup and let it walk in style. You can also get a party bandanna instead of a hat if that is your pup’s style. When at it, get party hats for all your pup’s furry friends. Make sure that these hearts are different from the birthday hat/
  • An invitation is in lieu!

Now that you have got the hats or bandannas, it is time to invite all your pup’s friends. Your dog will love sharing its treats and cake with close friends. If weather permits, you can organize an outdoor event. Have a kiddie pool with balls that will keep them happy. But ensure that you have enough water bowls for all the furry friends.

  • Birthday outfit

Just like a birthday hat, a birthday is incomplete without that special outfit. Get your pooch a lovely birthday dress that will make it a star and stand out from the rest.

  • Photobooth

You are going to want to capture all the pawtastic moments of your pooch’s birthday, so why not do that in style? Create a fun photobooth with memories and a party theme. You can use printouts of your pooch’s photos as hangings. If you are not much of a DIY person, order readymade decoration items to add glamor to the photobooth.

  • Presents

And finally, no birthday goes without presents. Get toys for your pooch that they will love.


How to Decide on What Diet Your Cat Should Follow?

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A cat is very opinionated about the food they eat. If you are a kitty-parent, you would know of this. You need to ensure that you give your kitty all the nutrients that she needs to stay healthy.

Choose a balanced diet!

The first thing to do is to choose a balanced diet for your kitty. You should know how to read the label on cat food. The nutrition required for a cat differ based on its life stages of kittenhood, adulthood, pregnancy, and lactation. You will find in the label if the food is suitable for your cat’s stage of life; it also tells you if the food has all the nutritional requirements.

What to look for in the label of cat food?

  • Check that the label has “complete and balanced” written on it.
  • Check for the protein source. Instead of a generic “meat”, look for terms such as “chicken”, “fish”, “turkey”, “lamb”, or “beef” written on the label.
  • If you are buying canned food, the first item to be listed should be a protein source.

Basic nutritional needs

The nutritional needs of your cat are –

  • Protein from fish, meat, or poultry
  • Taurine, an amino acid
  • Vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and fatty acids
  • Water

Carbohydrates are not essential for cats, but you will find carbohydrates in canned and dry cat food.

Canned food or dry food?

Nutritionists believe that the diet you follow for your cat should be a combination of canned and dry food. The reasons for giving both types of food are –

  • Dry food is suitable for feeding your cat anytime. Canned food, on the other hand, has water, which is not always welcomed by the cat.
  • The nutrients in your cat’s food should be just right. Avoid giving too little or too much of certain minerals and vitamins.
  • We will not be able to eat pizza every day, will we? So, how can we expect our cat to be comfortable with eating the same food every day? They tend to get bored quickly. Ensure that you have a variety of options available to make eating time fun for your kitty.
  • Cats can develop allergies, too, just like humans. It is a good idea to give your cat a variety of food items to rule out possibilities of allergies to certain ingredients. Even though allergies to food are rare, it is not uncommon.
  • Prevent addiction to food. If you do not provide a mixture of food items, the chances are that your cat will get used to a particular flavor of a particular brand. Prevent this by providing a wide choice.

Offer high-quality canned foods along with dry food for your kitty.


Five Mistakes Most Pet Owners Make

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I know how all pet-parents feel about their pooch – they want to cuddle with it all the time. However, being a parent of a dog is not all about hugs, kisses, and cuddles; there is an immense load of responsibility attached to it. As pet parents, we should know that not everything we do out of love for our dogs is acceptable. Here are the five most common mistakes most pet owners make. Are you guilty of doing any of them? Let us know!

  • Not giving them attention

Our pets need attention, just the way babies do. Spending time with your pet does not stay limited to feeding them and taking them out for walks. You must ensure to play games with them or spend time loving them. For them, you are their world. Cats and dogs both love to spend time with their humans. Never cease to believe that you are the most important for your pet.

  • Laying more food than necessary

Before you leave the house for the day, it may seem like a good idea to overload their food trays with extra amounts of food. Understandably, parents think their pooches will feel hungry and would want to eat. However, when pets see food, they tend to eat even if they are not hungry. Doing this could lead to obesity. Always keep portioned meals for your pets.

  • Sharing your food

We love sharing our food with our pets. Have you ever let your pooch take mouthfuls of your ice cream? We are all guilty of that. However, it is time we put a stop to this. Our food is not suitable for them. We should avoid giving them processed or fast food. We need proper meals to ensure our pet’s good health.

  • Not giving them exercise

Another mistake we make is by thinking that our pets get enough exercise when they run around or play with random objects. To stay healthy, we should give at least 30 minutes of exercise time for our pets. You could take them out for walks or use pet toys to keep them engaged. There are so many options. Lack of exercise can lead to unhealthy weight gain and obesity, which ultimately leads to medical concerns.

  • Not letting your pet sleep enough

How do you feel when somebody wakes you up when you are enjoying a peaceful and relaxing nap? You would want to throttle them. So, why do we become so inconsiderate when it is about our pet’s sleeping time? Just like humans, pets need their sleep too. Try not to wake them up when they are catching up on their sleep. It is wrong to wake them up as per your whims and fancies. It can be stressful for your pets.


All You Need to Know About Maine Coon Cats

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With their large body size and distinctive lion-like mane, Maine Coons immediately stand out from your usual domestic cats. In fact, they are the biggest breed of cats to have been domesticated. Due to their finely honed hunting skills, this native of Maine was once much sought-after as a mouser.

How big can they get?

Aptly nicknamed the gentle giants, adult Maine Coon cats can weigh between 8-18 pounds, with males being larger than females. They can grow up to be around 48 inches in length and 10-16 inches in height. The growth phase, typically, lasts until they’re about four years old. The longest Maine Coon cat (as per Guinness World Records) was ‘Stewie’, measuring a whopping four feet!

What’s their personality like?

As mentioned above, Maine Coons are famous for their gentle and friendly disposition. They are loyal, affectionate, and intelligent, and will follow you around the house. They are easy to train and can be taught tricks as well as games such as fetch. Unlike most other cat species, they are fond of playing with water. Because of these and other traits, Maine Coons are often described as being dog-like. They are also quite chatty, and will not hesitate to speak their mind through a myriad of vocalizations.

Do they get along with children and dogs?

Because of their easy-going and affable nature, Maine Coons are great for families with kids and dogs. However, kids should be taught to be gentle and respectful while handling the cat. And if you have dogs, care should be taken to introduce the animals to each other gradually, and in a controlled and supervised environment.

Do they require a special diet?

While they do not require a special diet, Maine Coons, because of their size and energetic behavior, do require plenty of protein and nutrients. Ask the vet to prescribe a diet that’s appropriate for your Maine Coon.

Do they require special care?

Maine Coons have a dual coat: an overcoat made-up of guard hairs, and a soft silky undercoat. Because of the smoothness of their coat, a Maine Coon’s fur doesn’t get easily tangled. So a weekly grooming session will do the trick. Nail trimmings and baths can be provided as and when required. Proper dental hygiene should be followed to keep periodontal diseases at bay. Maine Coons can be especially finicky about their litter box. So their litter box should always be kept clean and spotless.

Are they prone to health issues?

Maine Coons have an average life expectancy of around 13 years. Though a strong and sturdy breed, they are vulnerable to a few diseases. Feline hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited condition in Maine Coons. As is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). Medical tests can be done to detect if the kitten carries the genes responsible for said diseases. Other major health problems to watch out for are hip dysplasia and poly-cystic kidney disease. Don’t be intimated by the Maine Coon’s size and fearsome appearance. With their caring and affectionate ways, these big-hearted cats will win you over in no time.


How to Get Your Dog Ready For a Pet Show?

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It is a big day for you and your dog when you finally go for your first pet show. Your dog has trained hard for this day, and it is finally time to show off those skills. While pet shows are fun and a good way for you and your dog to socialize with other dog parents and dogs, your dog might get antsy and nervous around so many new people. To make sure that your furry friend is at ease and does not get very anxious or hyper, here are a few tips on how you can handle them at a pet show.

Make sure your dog is not very hungry or too full

Dogs tend to get irritable when they are hungry. On the other hand, they get very lazy also if they have eaten more than they ideally should. You do not want any of these situations to happen at a pet show. So, make sure that your dog has had an appropriate amount of food before you go to the pet show.

Train your dog for the tolerate examination

At almost every pet show, the judges tend to examine the dogs before they can participate. This includes touching your dog’s mouth and body. Judges look for signs of any injury, etc. Your dogs can get antsy when a stranger tries to touch them. Thus, it is essential to train your dog to stay calm during such examinations.

Hydrate your dog every few hours

Dog shows can take a lot of time, and your dog might miss out on their next meal. They might also go for a long time before they have any water. Make sure that you carry a few dog snacks in your bag for them to snack on. Also, make sure that your dog has a little water to drink every once in a while to stay hydrated and active.

Show affection to your dog if they start to feel nervous

Dog shows are crowded places. With so many new faces and noise around, your dog can get very nervous and anxious. If you see that they are not gelling well in the environment, take them to a quieter place and pet them. Give your dog a few cuddles and pat-downs so that they start to feel better and safer.

Be mindful and respectful about your dog’s behavior

You might have trained for a long time and wanted to win the pet show, but if your dog is not feeling comfortable, it is always wise to be mindful of their behavior, respect their feelings, and take them back home where they feel safe. You can try and get them to calm down, but if they are feeling too anxious, go back home.