Why Some Cats Are Finicky About Food

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Cats may show reservations toward certain types of foods, if you try changing their diet out of the blue. Of course, if the formulation of the food that you usually feed your cat has changed, thereby affecting the texture, flavor or shape, then you will have too look at switching to an alternative food; especially if your cat does not find it palatable anymore. Sometimes, a medical condition may call for a specialized prescription diet. Either way we take a look at what causes some cats to be picky eaters, and how you can resolve the problem.

Evolutionary cat food habits

Let’s take a look at the eating habits of cats that are not domesticated. These cats are opportunistic eaters; that means they eat when they find a prey, eating many times a day- about 10 to 20 meals, on some days. If your cat is showing finicky habits then it is not following its natural food habits. You will have to explore further to see what is causing the issue.

Reasons why your cat is not eating right

If your cat is hesitant about switching over to new food, then do not be surprised, this is quite common with indoor cats. Since the cat is accustomed to a certain food, switching to a new food routine means change, which the cat naturally sees as a threat. You don’t want to introduce unfamiliar foods out of nowhere into your cat’s diet for this reason. You want to gradually introduce it, to avoid rejection. It’s also important to do this to prevent stomach upsets in your cat. Take a week or two to gradually increase the quantity of the new food in your cat’s diet.

If your cat is the outdoorsy type, chances are he is already grabbing a snack outside before he gets back home. This could be why he’s not hungry when it is lunch time.

In cases where there are many cats in a household, your cat may not be eating due to acts of bullying. If the food bowl is in a location that the cat cannot easily approach, due to the presence of other cat/cats, he may refrain from going near it. You want to make sure that the food bowl is in a location that offers a sense of security to your pet. They also like seclusion when they eat.

If your cat shows a sudden change in its appetite and eating habits, it could also be due to an underlying condition. If your cat has a respiratory condition it could affecting its sense of smell, while it may not be eating as it finds it difficult to chew due to tooth problems. Either way, it’s a good idea to see a vet if the problem persists.

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Five Cats and Dogs Who Decided to Be BFFs

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Traditional notions may have you believe that there is an inherent animosity between dogs and cats. Let’s just put those conventional beliefs aside for a moment, as we take a look at five dog cat duos who are best friends.

Jasper and Bow-Z

Bow-Z, the canine and Jasper, the cat were close buddies who always spent time together. So, it does not come as a surprise that Jasper had a tough time when he was separated from Bow-Z for ten days. Of course, once they were reunited, Jasper leaped up on him and could not stop hugging him. The video of the cat hugging the dog was uploaded on YouTube, and has more than six million views!

The strollers

The story of the stroller duo, a hound and a tom cat went viral online, last year. Everyday, the hound would walk up to the fence of the house, where the black-and-white tom cat would be waiting for him. The cat would come down immediately once it spotted the dog from the roof of the building, and the two of them would set off together on a walk.

Cosmo and Afera

A golden retriever- Cosmo and a Russian blue kitten- Afera just cannot get enough of each other’s company. You can find the two jumping on each other, tumbling and pawing each other, as they playfully bond.

Hessel and Hannes

A family in the Netherlands has two pets, a Labrador Retriever- Hessel, and a cat- Hannes. The two have been inseparable from the day that they were introduced to each other, for nearly seven years now. When Hannes came in to the house he was a small kitten, and he would follow Hessel everywhere he went. He even ate from Hessel’s food bowl and slept on his bed. Hannes would playfully attack Hessel when he is walking past or just sleeping. He even likes to curl up and sleep with the dog, and the pet owners have often found the cat sleeping under the dog, when they thought it had gone missing.
Hannes now thinks that he is a canine, so much so that he responds to his name and loves water.

Lost friends

A dog and a cat that had lost their way, were picked up by an animal shelter in Columbia. Heeny the hound and Penny, the cat love spending all their time with each other. The two were under eight months old when they were brought into the shelter. Henny grooms Penny every morning, after which they are let out so they can go and play by themselves Apparently, Henny adopted Penny when she walked into the yard one day, and they have been friends ever since.

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Four Cat Breeds You May Not Have Seen Before!

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These aren’t your usual household cats; they look different and behave differently too. Let’s dive right in and look at four exotic cat breeds that you may have probably not seen before.

Sphynx
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A common misconception is that the Sphynx is the same breed of cats that the Egyptians worshiped, however, this isn’t true as the breed first surfaced in the 1970s. These cats are recognized by their signature fur-less body, but they do show some hair in the ear and mouth area. Of course, being fur-less means that they are extra sensitive to the surrounding temperature, whether hot or cold. If you are planning on adopting a Sphynx then you should take note of these aspects, as they will need a warm place to sleep at night, and are easily susceptible to sunburns when they step out in the scorching sun. A notable behavior of these cats is their active and sweet-tempered disposition. They will try and tag along their owner everywhere he/she goes, and won’t enjoy being left by themselves.

Khao Manee

The Khaoo Manee cat breed originated in Thailand, and the name translates to White Gem, as they are usually white in color. These exotic cats have blue or gold eyes, or in some cases different colors on both eyes. These cats are active and vocal about their needs. When they want something they will just jump on your lap and cuddle up, and cry out for what they want. They make good domestic cats.

Scottish fold

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The Scottish fold is recognized by its signature ears that flop forward, which is actually due to a gene mutation. They are said to resemble owls by many, for the same reason. Of course, with their ears adorably folded forward, it’s even more difficult to say no to these cats when they ask you for treats. These cats are slightly different from other cats in a way that they are not very independent. You will find them tailing their owners everywhere they go. They are also known to lay down in weird and funny positions.

Cornish Rex

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The Cornish Rex looks noticeably different from other cats, and even resembles a teddy bear due to its characteristic fur pattern. While most cats have three fur layers, these cats have just one-down hair- which is extremely soft to touch. These cats are great for families with kids, as they are active and playful. They spend relatively longer in their kitty phase, and enjoy playfully running around and doing acrobatic stunts. They have a special gland in their paws due to which they give out cheese-like odor. These cats are not outdoorsy and like spending time in warm places indoors.

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Five Traveling Must-Haves for Your Cat

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Traveling with your cat for the first time? We recommend starting off the prep work by making a detailed list of the things you might need to make the travel comfortable for your pet. After all, you don’t want to go around fetching things while on the road. Here is a list of the five traveling must-haves that will keep your cat happy and safe throughout the trip.

  1. First-aid kitPreparing a first-aid kit is non-negotiable when traveling with your cat. In case there is a minor accident, causing injury to the animal, you will be equipped to handle it without having to make costly trips to the vet. In fact, a vet might not even be accessible in that particular location. The first-aid kit must include antiseptic, tweezers and gauze. Consider downloading first-aid apps for pets that might help you find the nearest local vet.
  2. Food suppliesYou definitely cannot travel with your cat without adequate food supplies. If you have a sufficient stock of cat food, you will not have to run around to refill the cat food stash.Carrying food supplies is especially useful for cats that have specific dietary needs. Your cat might be consuming wet or raw food as a part of its daily diet. In such case, you will have to pack the food in an ice-filled cooler. Carry additional dry food to ensure that there is a sufficient stock for your trip.
  3. Pet identificationIt is crucial for your cat to adorn a proper collar that has an identification tag throughout the trip. Ensure that the tag has your contact number, address and other details that might help a stranger connect with you during your trip (hotels, lodges, traveling number, and so on.) In addition to this, also keep an up-to-date photograph of the cat with you at all times. In case your cat gets lost, it will be much easier for somebody to assist you in finding your pet.
  4. Travel carriers/harnessesMake sure that your cat stays in a secure carrier if you’re traveling by road. For air travel, carriers are mandatory for cat safety. Keep in mind that the pet carrier needs to be smooth-edged and durable with a grill door, ventilation holes, secure latch, and opaque sides.
  5. Miscellaneous suppliesOther important miscellaneous traveling supplies for cats include water bowls, food dishes, litter box, bedding, grooming supplies, tags, and collars.Try avoiding the summer heat and wait till fall if you wish to travel with your cat. After all, you want to ensure that your beloved kitty is comfortable and safe throughout the duration of the trip.

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Food Your Cat Will Never Say no to!

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Dogs are essentially pack animals and their early survival was dependent on scavenger food hunts. But cats have emerged from smaller desert felines which hunted birds and mice. The natural prey for cats was available in abundance and was not very challenging to catch. Therefore, they did not develop the need to gulp down any food that was given to them. So it is not unnatural for your kitty to refuse a bowl of food that is laid down in front of it and walk away simply uninterested. Here is some help in understanding the foods that cats love and will never say no to.

Top foods for feeding your pet cat

Include these delicious delights in your cat’s daily feed and keep them healthy and happy!

  1. Tuna

    As soon as you open that can of yummy tuna, you will know why it’s ranked high in the ‘favorite cat food’ list. There is no need to do anything fancy with the canned tuna. You simply have to offer some pieces to your cat to earn the brownie points from them. Alternatively, you could also prepare tuna cakes. But you have to be careful because several cats are intolerant towards mayo. Also remember to avoid spicy tuna as it might not go down well with your cat. Plain tuna is ideal for serving to your kitty.

  2. Ham

    For those who like eating ham, be prepared to serve some bites to your cat too. It is not advisable to offer them the typical meat ham as it has a high amount of harmful nitrates and other additives, which might not be good for the cat’s health. If your cat savors ham, give it fresh ham instead.

  3. Dairy

    Even though cats love milk, very few people know that these animals also like yogurt and ice cream! These are milk-based products and therefore offer the same kind of pleasure to the cat’s taste buds as dairy milk. In addition to this, the probiotics present in yogurt help in easing the digestion process in case the cat is lactose intolerant.

    It is a good idea to serve plain yogurt to your cat, instead of picking artificially flavored varieties. Similarly, if your cat is an ice-cream lover, try giving it coconut milk-based varieties or organic ice-creams. These not only taste good but are also very healthy for your cat.

    Other foods that have been ranked popular among cats include eggs, canned salmon, sardines, chicken, fish sticks etc. Some cats also love food prepared in coconut oil. It is important to remember that your cat’s daily feed should be nutritionally balanced in addition to being tasty.

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Food For Cats Based on Their Breeds

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A good diet and nutrition are essential for your cat’s health. Cats have specific nutritional needs depending on their inherent breed. The anatomy of cats varies by the breed, depending on how they had adapted themselves to the environmental factors presented by the habitat in the ancient days. For instance, cats that originated in colder places used to have longer hair when compared to those that lived in an arid climates. Similarly, the behavior and disposition of cat vary depending on the same factors as well. These physical appearance and characteristic features, in turn, affect the nutritional needs of cats, and here’s how you should use it to plan your cat’s diet.

Anatomy

The structure and skeletal make-up of cats will play a deciding role in how the joints are exerted. This, in turn, determines the cats susceptibility to osteoarthritis and joint-related conditions. Pure cat breeds like Ragdoll or Maine Coon, have a lanky and bigger frame when compared to other cats. They are also more prone to bone and joint-related disorders. A diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids, chondroitin and glucosamine can help manage these conditions better.

Fur coat

Certain cat breeds like Persian cats have thick fur or long fur. These cats should have a diet that is rich in amino acids and omega fatty acids to make sure that the fur coat remains shiny by locking in moisture. Some cats may also have a tendency to accumulate hairballs from constantly grooming themselves; this is especially seen in the case of Persian cats. It is essential to have a fiber-rich diet for these cats, so the hair can easily make its way through the intestine and not form hairballs. Prebiotics and fibers help the cause.

Jaw structure

Persian cats have a flat-faced brachycephalic jaw structure, while Maine Coons have strong jaws. The jaw structure plays a pivotal role in their capabilities to grasp food. Cat owners should take this into consideration while choosing food for their cats. For instance, if the jaw structure of the cat makes them work extra hard to grasp food, then longer kibble bits may be a good choice, so the cat can easily grab hold of the food with its tongue. Similarly, if you have a speedy eater like a Siamese, then you want to make sure that it does not suffer from stomach upsets or regurgitation as a result. Tube-shaped kibble is a good pick for such cats.

Lifestyle

The lifestyle and habits of your cat are also an important consideration while choosing food. For instance, a cat that naps on the couch all day does not require a diet that power it with as much energy as one that is always on the prowl would require.

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Introducing a New Kitten in a House Full of Cats!

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The first interaction that occurs between the new kitten and the other resident cats is extremely important as it sets the tone for their relationship in the future. Cats are territorial creatures, and if your residential cats have not been around kittens before, they may not take well to one, depending on their disposition. Some cats, for instance, will be more than glad to slip into the role of a mother when they find the kitten, while some others, may react hostilely perceiving the kitten to be an intruder. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you should be introducing your new kitten to the household cats, with gradual introduction being the key.

  • Separation: Your new kitten needs to feel safe and at home before you make any face-to-face introductions with the other cats, else it can get stressed. Same goes with your residential cats, they may not take it well if a new kitten decides to just walk up to them, disregarding traditional cat manners when they meet strangers. You want to separate the new kitten from the other cats at home for the first few days. Make sure you assign a separate room for your new kitten, where it has its bedding, litterbox, food, and toys. Keep the door to the room closed, so it does not trot out of the room and run into the other cats while exploring the house.
  • Familiarization: While your new kitten and cats may not have met either at this point, they are sure to have taken note of each others’ scent. The more they get accustomed to each others’ scent, the better. You can even let the cats into the kitten’s room and vice versa when the other party is not around, so they grow familiar to each others’ scent.
  • Association: You want the new kitten and the residential cats to make a positive association with each other even before they meet face to face. One of the best ways to do it, is to give them food or treats at the same time, when they are in proximity of each other, without allowing any physical contact. Feeding them on either side of the door, so they can acknowledge each other’s presence through the gap or crack in the door, is a good idea. If your kitten and cats take to each other, you may notice some paw interaction at this point.
  • Supervision: This is where you let your kitten meet the residential cats one on one, and it should be done under strict supervision. Place the kitten in a carrier before you let the cat in. If you notice any signs of fear or hostility immediately separate them, and go back to the first step. You can try introducing them face to face again, in a day or two. Ideally, you should not let your kitten to freely mingle with the other cats until it is at least 16 weeks old. It may take anywhere between two and three weeks before the residential cats and new kitten grow comfortable with each other.

Don’t forget to give both your residential cats and kitten a lot of affection and love, as they may get insecure due to the sudden change.

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Five Heart-melting Ways in Which Cats Display Their Love For You

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Most people are under the impression that cats are aloof creatures, but the truth is far from that. No doubt, your cat won’t come up to you and greet you with a wagging tail and sloppy kisses every time you get home, but cats have their moments of affection as well. It’s easy to overlook signs that cats show when they love you if you are not aware of them, as they are subtle and can be mistaken for something else. Here are five things that cats do to show that they love you.

Cat presents

Does your cat show up with random objects, toys or dead animals? Before you start suspecting some criminal activity there, you should know that cat’s use presents as a way to show their love and affection. If they are bringing home dead rats or frogs, then that’s their way of saying that they want to share the bounty with you. Little kitties may even expect some praise in return.

Tail wraps

Ever had a cat walk around you feet and curl up its tail around them? Cats have a tendency to curl their tails around the arms or legs of people they like. It’s their version of a warm handshake. You’ll even find little kittens curl up and sit close to the person they like, while their tail touches or rests on the person. Another tell-tale tail sign that your kitty loves you is if it has its tail upright only with a small curve on top.

Fuzzy belly

Cats, like many other animals, roll over their back and show you their fuzzy belly when they like you. In fact, cats only do this with people around whom they feel protected, as this is a defenseless position for them. Go on then, give their fuzzy belly a nice rub.

Cat kisses

Cats look into your eyes and blink slowly when they want to convey their affection, and this is often referred to as cat kisses. If you notice your cat stare at you and blink slowly, and widen its eyes and blink again, then it is a sure-shot sign that it trusts you. It’s a sign that it is relaxed and content in your company. Don’t forget to respond back with some cat kisses as well.

Kneading

Does your cat rest on your lap and knead it while you pet him/her? That’s how cats return the affection when you pet them, by using a kneading motion on the soft skin with their paws. Of course, if their nails are sharp it can be sightly painful; place a cushion or pillow on your lap if that’s the case.

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Five Times Cats Proved That They Don’t Care About Anything

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A place to sleep and food to eat are about the only things that cats care about, apart from which their furry lives are about where their curiosity takes them, and where their true box of calling seats them. Cats are independent creatures, and curious ones at that. You’ll find them in the most unexpected places doing the most unexpected things, and when you find them, they will give you that unrelenting stare that says, they could not care less. Here are five instances that show how cats don’t really care about anything!

  1. Your only job is to feed me, now go get me some catnip!Cats and keyboards have a long history together, and cats don’t give a damn! How else would you explain your cat’s consistent behavior where it decides to lodge itself on your laptop right when you need to use it? And the melt-your-heart eyes look, how can even say a no to that face? Maybe they do care, and they’re just trying to get you off the laptop so you would instead spend some time with them.
  2. If it fits, I sits.. if it doesn’t fit, I sits2Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/156280584This cat is a rebel among the already rebellious cat race, as we’ve come to know them. He’ll sit in a box regardless of whether it fits or not. Don’t ask me what happened to all those juice cartons in the box, he hisses. I though you’re the one who runs the house, he smugly purrs as an after-thought.
  3. Don’t you know it’s rude to stare? Besides, this’s how I watch TV3Image courtesy: https://www.flickr.com/photos/lisacee/5420415856

    Cats are nimble creatures, and this cat is all so proud of it. So, I was watching this thing while you were gone, and this is exactly what the guy on TV was doing. There! I think this was it. Yes, this was certainly it. Go on then, you can do the jaw-drop now. I said..drop your jaw, now.

  4. Don’t have no time for babies!4Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AMyllissa-Oscar_the_tabby_cat_teasing_a_baby-01.jpgBabies, you silly creatures! You tiny humans can try all you want, but you’re never going to get as cute as us. Can’t even climb up a couch..pffft!
  5. That’s it! I give up on humans!5Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/156280597/in/photostream/This cat pretty much gave up on humans after seeing how they spend all their time tailing cats, trying to scoop up some interesting shots. Seriously, you need a new hobby, he purrs. No, I said no posing or pictures, nada! Not unless you are going to be paying me in catnip. Are you gone? I don’t smell any catnip.

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5 Common Cat Health Concerns Every Cat Owner Should Know

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Cats are independent creatures who take care of themselves. But they are also social animals who want and give affection generously. Between these two personalities, it can get easy for you to stop paying as much attention to your pet’s health as you need to. Unfortunately, a lack of attention often means that you don’t realize how sick your cat is until his/her condition worsens significantly. Keeping these five common cat health concerns on your radar can help you plan your pet’s wellness plans more easily.

1. Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD)

Feline lower urinary tract disease describes conditions that affect a cat’s urethra and/or bladder. It affects about 3 percent of cats each year, and may become serious if left untreated. FLUTD can occur in both male and female cats, and is most commonly observed in felines that are overweight, neutered, middle-aged, on a dry diet, and also those who get little or no exercise. Symptoms include bloody urine, crying when urinating, vomiting, a lack of appetite and frequent licking around the urinary area.

2. Feline obesity

Half of all cats in the United States are living with obesity. The condition places pressure on pretty much all the organs of your cat’s body. The consequences of feline obesity include diabetes mellitus, arthritis, liver disease, acne and a poor quality of life. An active lifestyle and diet management can help your feline shed pounds and stay healthy.

Signs indicating that your cat may be overweight :

  • No discernible waist
  • You cannot feel your cat’s ribs when you move your hands along its side
  • Your pet has difficulties walking or exhibits slow movements
  • Your pet experiences shortness of breath

3. Tapeworms

Tapeworms reside inside a cat’s small intestine. Though not dangerous to your pet’s health, they feed off the nutrients your pet consumes, and heavy infestation can make it nutritionally deficient and cause weight loss. One way to check for tapeworms in your cat is to look at its faeces or anus. Small white pieces resembling cucumber or sesame seeds indicate the presence of tapeworms. Cats with tapeworm infestation may vomit, lick their anus, or address their itching by dragging their hind quarters along the floor.

4. Eye diseases

Cats are susceptible to a number of eye diseases, including glaucoma, cataract, retinal disorders, inflammation and conjunctivitis. Some symptoms to watch out for are watery eyes, crusty gunk or white discharge at the corner of the eyes, or constant squinting or pawing at the eye. If you observe one or more of these symptoms or suspect that your pet may have an eye problem, consult your vet without delay.

5. Fleas

The trouble with fleas is that they can carry tapeworm or heartworm larvae, which they then transmit to your pet through bites. Signs indicating that your pet has fleas include frequent licking and scratching, hair loss or red skin. A number of flea control and treatment options – such as topical medication, oral medication and foams – are available.

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