Caring for your cats

If you have a cat or cats and you think of them as part of your family then you would certainly not want to see them unhappy.  Having a cat that is unhappy can be both physical and emotional and this can lead to health problems if your cat is not taken care of the right way.

In this article I will touch a little on the areas that is considered to be important when it comes to keeping your cat healthy and living a longer life.  By following this guide it may also save you a few visits to the vet.



Cats need to be fed daily, times and quantity varies with kittens and adult cats. Obesity is one of the major factor of heart disease in cats as they get older so they need to be fed according to age and they do need extra supplements and nutrients just as us humans to prevent any health issues.  You can check with your veterinarian for advice on what to give them.

Kittens should be fed 4 times a day, small quantities of food per meal.  At 3 months old they should be fed 3 times a day, then from 6 months, 2 meals per day (morning and evening).     For Kittens wet food is preferred over dry, the softer the texture the easier it will be for them to swallow.  Adult cats will eat both but do make sure to always have water available to them.  Recommended for kittens are:


proplan kitten food     iams kitten food

royal canin cat food

For Adult cats:

Friskies gravy sensations Hills adult cat food


Blue Adult cat food


Dental Hygiene

 A recent study shows that cats with poor dental hygiene and common forms of oral diseases have a higher rate of testing positive to other serious health problems.  Proper care should be taken to prevent diseases such as Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), which is the feline version of HIV and Feline Leukemia Virus (FELV).  Both FIV and FELV are highly contagious and could be spread from one cat to the other but humans cannot contract these diseases from cats.  By preventing this type of disease your cat can have a longer, healthier, happier life.

You should brush your cat’s teeth at least once a day.  If this cannot be done then at least once per week, but nothing less than that.  Apart from brushing your cat’s teeth, it is advisable to have your cat see the vet at least once a year for an annual cleaning to prevent tartar build up.   Certain types of toothpaste are available on the market.  You can choose any of the following:

bluestem oral care    finger brush

pet wash toothpaste



 Cats are known to clean themselves by licking their coats.  Cats have a need to always be and stay clean, if any dirt gets on them you will see them quickly trying to lick it off.  As cat parents we need to do our part in helping them stay clean, trust me they will love you for it.  It’s also a time for bonding with your cat.   To get started you will need to get your cat relaxed by first petting her and stroking her on the head, behind her ears and especially on their cheeks which they love very much.  They will eventually get very calm and then you can start the grooming.  At first only set 5 to 10 minutes a day for a session and then gradually increase the time as your cat gets used to it.

Brushing or combing your cat’s coat will not only leave it clean but will also remove loose fur, dirt and will help in spreading natural oils evenly and will leave your cat tangle free and her skin clean and irritant-free.

For short-hair cats, brushing once a week should suffice and for long-hair cats you will need to brush every day.

Recommended brushes and combs to use:

cat comb     CosyFam cat comb



Cats are not too fond of water but they can be trained and grow to like it if you start bathing your cat at an early age.  Older cats will be a little more of a struggle to get them into the water but with some patience you will get there.  Baths should be given when your cat’s coat becomes too oily or if they get themselves into something dirty by being outdoors.

Always use a shampoo that’s mild and safe to use on cats.

earthbath shampoo  oatmeal pet wash

Follow these steps to give your cat a bath:

  • Brush your cat’s coat, to get rid of all loose and matted hair.
  • Place a rubber mat on the floor of your tub, bath or sink to prevent skidding.
  • Fill tub or sink with 3 to 4 inches of lukewarm water.
  • If you have a spray hose that will be better to use if not then an ordinary plastic cup will do, make sure you don’t get a lot of water in your cat’s ears and nose.
  • Use a cotton ball to wipe each eye to remove any discharge from the corners of the eyes, use separate cotton balls for each eye.
  • Gently massage in shampoo from head to tail.
  • Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.
  • Pat dry your cat with a soft towel.

If you have a cat who refuses to let you bathe him then another alternative would be to use a Water-less cat shampoo.

waterless cat bath


Nail Clipping

 This is not only done to keep your cat from ruining your furniture and clothes but will also help their sharp claws getting stuck to the carpet or elsewhere.  This can be very painful for them if the claws break.  Also nail clipping is a good idea if you have a cat who loves to knead you, am sure it will be more enjoyable for you if their claws weren’t so sharp! Before clipping your cat’s nails you have to make sure your cat is comfortable with you touching their feet.  So first you will need to do daily foot massages and gently rub their paws so that they can get accustom to this feeling.  After a week or two the chances are your cat will allow you to clip their nails with little to no fuss, here’s how to do it:

  • Gently apply pressure to the top of the paw, this will cause her to extend her claws.
  • Use sharp nail scissors or clippers to remove the white tip of the nail, just before the point where it begins to curl.
  • Extra care should be taken to avoid nipping the quick, which is the vein that runs through the nail. This is the pink area that can be seen through the nail.
  • If you do happen to cut this area it will bleed, you should have styptic powder on hand to apply to the area.

cat clippers  cat nail grinder

boshel cat clipper

styptic powder

Nail clipping is highly recommended instead of declawing, which is a very painful procedure and sometimes do end up in your cat having other side effects.  More of Declawing can be found in another article.


Fleas and Ticks

By following these few guidelines you may be able to prevent fleas and ticks as well but if your cat is an outdoor cat they may be more prone to picking up these parasites.  It’s easy to know whether your cat has them or not, you will notice your cat scratching more than usual.  If this is the case you should use a flea comb and check at the back of the neck for any black dots.

Fleas and ticks can be treated with ointments, medication or special collars made for this purpose.  There’s a lot of choices on the market, whichever you choose to use, follow the instructions carefully and you should have no problems getting rid of them in no time.

flea comb for cats  sentry flea comb

Advantage II flea med advantage II small cats

capstar flea tablets

flea and tick collar

Last but not least


Visits to the Vet

Please make sure to always have your cats vaccinated and be sure to take them to get a general check-up at least twice a year.  By doing this it will save you from spending more money for treating illnesses that can be prevented and/or detected early.

Being a cat parent is a big responsibility and we need to own up to this by making sure our cats are treated well, they are part of the family and they give us love, friendship, and even good health so we need to give back as well.  By following the basic steps above you should be able to keep a healthy cat for a number of years.

Read more….

Getting a Kitten? Here is how to get started

Travelling with your cat

Travelling With your Cat

If you are an outdoor person or someone who likes to travel for leisure or even workwise, you may not think of carrying your cat with you but sometimes we may not be as fortunate to have a cat-sitter and then there are some of us who consider our cats to be part of the family and will not want to leave them out!!  If you are thinking about travelling with your cat, it is possible and here you will find a few tips on how to go about doing it.


Choosing an Airline

If you are travelling by air your first step would be choosing an airline that will allow you to travel with your pet.  Once that is done then you will have to find out that specific airline’s pet policies, restrictions and so forth.  Pets are allowed to travel on a commercial airline as checked baggage cargo, as manifest cargo or in-cabin.  In-cabin is the best option for you and your pet, this way you will be able to keep an eye on them throughout the flight.  This option allows for you to stow the carrier under your seat.

The carrier in which is to be used will be specific by the airline, size may vary so make sure to find out the correct dimensions.  Recommended items include:



in-cabin cat carrierpet tote bagpet travel bagpet pouch



Checked Baggage cargo or Manifest cargo

Again you will need to find out which airline accepts Checked Baggage cargo.  Most airlines accept Manifest cargo where your cat will be stored in the cargo hole in a special sized crate. This option is mostly used when you are not accompanying your pet.  We will learn more about this in another article.  When you choose your carrier you will then have to get your cat used to going into it.  This is where planning in advance comes in, by training your cat to go into the carrier even when you are not actually going anywhere will make it a lot easier on the actual day of travelling.  Some ways to do this are:

  • Give them treats when they go into their carrier without a fuss
  • Put a catnip toy in the carrier so they will be encouraged to go in
  • Try putting something belonging to you in the carrier so that they will get your scent and feel more comfortable.
  • If your cat still doesn’t want to go in, the last alternative would be to use a cat calmer on the day of travelling. Cat calmer is a natural relaxer which will keep your cat calm for several hours.  Perfect if you have a long calmer tabletcat calmer for travel



After choosing your airline and getting your right size carrier the next step would be to find out what is your destination’s requirements for pets.  Where will you be staying? Is it pet friendly? Do they allow pets?  These are questions you need to find answers to, a pet friendly hotel or bed and breakfast or whatever you choose to stay at.  Next, wherever your destination, there will be certain requirements specific to that country.  Documents will be needed which will have information about the health of your pet.  The most serious of health cases in most countries is rabies so most likely your cat will need to be vaccinated.  These documents also known as a Pet Passport which is attainable by any veterinarian will have to be handed over to officials at the airport.  Best way to keep your documents are in a waterproof pouch or case.
Okay! So now we are all set with where we are going and how we are getting there.  The next step would be packing!

What to Pack

Your cat is part of the family so just think of it as packing for an extra member.  You will need the basic essentials like:

  • Food and water. It’s always better to be prepared.  Choose what is easier and more convenient for you.  You will need to do more research on where you will be staying if there are any nearby pet stores available for you to purchase food there and be sure they have the same pet food your cat eats.  We don’t want to be changing your cat’s diet because there will be a chance that your cat will refuse to eat.  If it’s not available then you will need to pack extra food.  Bottle water is recommended to be used both for you and your pet.  This can be purchased to limit the weight of your baggage.  Food and water bowls is a must.  Try to keep the feeding routine the same as when you are home because cats on the hold just doesn’t like it when things change.
  • Litter Box. You will need to pack a litter box as well, because your cat will already be used to it.  A folding travel/portable litter box will be ideal and again don’t change the litter to anything other than what he is used to.  This is also perfect to use if your cat needs the toilet at the airport.  Just put some cat litter in a few Ziploc bags, go into the washroom choose a corner, the litter box doesn’t require a lot of space, put the litter in and your cat will be comfortable to go off when he needs to.  Please discard litter into trash and wash the tray out.  Be considerate to other travellers and don’t wash the litter down the sink.Disposable litter pads will also be useful when your cat is in his carrier.  It will keep the carrier fresh and odor free.

    disposable cat litter pads

    foldable litter box1portable litter boxtravel litter box2

  • Identification Tags. We all need to keep ourselves and our pet safe, so we need to also be prepared.  If for some reason your cat gets lost an identification tag will be very helpful.  Information like your cell phone # or the # at the hotel you will be staying at will be best if someone should find id tags
  • Cat Harness. You will need a harness if you want to do outdoor activities with your cat, remember this is a vacation for everyone so you can’t exclude him and leave him at the hotel!    Also, do more homework on the different restaurants and café’s that are nearby to make sure they will allow pets to enter their institution.  A cat harness will keep your cat safe at all harnessharness or vestcat vest
  • Cat Bed. This is optional, if you don’t want your cat sleeping on the same bed as you and you want to limit the amount of cat hair on the furniture to make cleaning easier, a cat bed would be a good choice.  You may want to get a small cat pad or bed to take up little space because most rooms in hotels and bed/breakfast are small.  If you already have a cat bed at home it will be wise to get a smaller one that is easy to sleeping padcat pad bed 2
  • Toys.  Your cat will need some toys to keep him occupied while you are engaged in other things, or if you want to have some bonding time with your cat.  Just pack one or two, you don’t need a pon pon balls  cat feather toycat coil toy
  • Medication.  If your cat is taking any medication do remember to pack it.
  • Extra sheets and towels. This will be needed just in case of any mishaps your cat may have in the hotel room.  Always better to be prepared.  You may want to cover the furniture with the sheets to keep it clean.
  • A brush. Your cat will need to be groomed during your stay.

How to keep your cat safe and happy.

Travelling with your cat can be a task, but if you prepare in advance and follow the right procedure then things can be easier.  If you are travelling in a car with your cat be sure to not leave your cat locked in the car even if you think it’s for a short period of time.  Always make sure that the temperature in your vehicle is not too cold or hot, if you are feeling comfortable then sure enough they will be too.  Always keep an eye on your cat at all times, there may be others looking at your cat and they may want to snatch him away.

Keep feeding schedules the same as home as I mentioned above.  Once your kitty has the same routine of eating, sleeping and playing, they will adapt better to the surroundings.

Find the nearest veterinary clinic and keep the contact numbers on hand in case of any emergency.

By following these simple steps I hope it will make it easier for you to travel with your feline friend.


Anyone who has travelled with their cat and would like to share pictures and their experiences I would love to hear from you!  Leave a comment in the comment box.

Getting a Kitten? Here is how to get started

There is nothing better than having a kitten to liven up your home.  These sweet adorable furballs will have you and your guests entertained.  If you have kids they will be the best playmates for them and it will also help your kids learn to take care and build their skills of having the responsibility of another living creature.  If you are wondering how to get started and what you need to be able to take care of your first cat, you have come to the right place.   What you will need to get started:

  • A Special Area in your house
    Your kitten will need their own little area to be in, this will not only be for their comfort and benefit but it will also make cleaning up a lot easier for you.  Wherever you choose to place your kitten, be sure to have a window for enough sunlight to enter and for your kitten to be able to see outside.  A window perch will be perfect if your budget allows for it, here are some recommended products, click images for more details
    kitten window perch  penthouse    s-l640
  • A Litter Box
    This is a must if you don’t want to have cat poop all over the house!  Your kitten will have to get used to his litter box just like everything else and he will have to learn how to use it.  It may take some time for him to get it right but with a little help from his owners it may be much sooner.  He will find a spot that you will notice he is always using as his poop area, place the litter box in that spot.  If he refuses to use the litter box then you may have to change the type of litter brand.  Cats tend to have their own preference when coming to what they poop in!
    Litter boxes come in various shapes and sizes and there are a lot of options to choose from.
    litterbox litterbox2 litterbox3
    arm and hammer  ultracatlittertidycatslittermatcatmat2
  • Food and Water Bowls
    Yes you need these.  Food and water should be in separate bowls and when choosing the bowls make sure it’s the right size for your kitten or cat.  Stainless steel and ceramic bowls are much preferred over plastic because it is easier to clean and also because the plastic tends to host bacteria and fungi.  It also causes cat acne.    Wash bowls everyday to keep them clean and bacteria free.
    catfoodbowls foodbowl
    food dispenser
  • Bedding
    Cats love to sleep!  When choosing a bed for your cat make sure it’s very soft and comfortable because this is where they will spend most of their time.  Having a bed for your cat doesn’t mean that he will not find other places to sleep, like on top your bed or your couch.  If you want to keep him on his own bed then you will have to choose a bed that he will not want to part with.  There are many options to choose from. catbed catbed2  catbed3
  • Toys, Toys and more Toys 
    Kittens love to play, indoors and out.  If you let your kitten outside they will find lots of things to keep them entertained and will run after nearly everything down to a leaf!  But indoors you would want to have special toys for them not only for you to  bond with your pet but to also help with their development and skills.  Here are some recommendations:cat toys catnip toys  cat toy2
    See also article on How to keep your cat occupied while you are at work for more options.
  • Grooming 
    Taking care of your cat and making sure he looks good may take some time but it’s also bonding time for both of you.  Grooming is an essential part to your kitty’s start in having a healthy and happy life.  A few things you will need to get started are:A stainless steel comb
    A bristle brush 
    A flea Comb 
    A nailclipper designed for cats cat comb   bristle brush  flea comb  nailclipper kit
  • Scratching Posts/Furniture
    Scratching and clawing on furniture is a cat’s way of stretching his muscles and it’s their way of claiming territory, in other words there is no way to prevent them from doing it so in order to keep them off your furniture and to start off with a good relationship with your pet you should invest in a scratching post.   Recommended reading article on how to stop your cat from clawing the furniture will give you some good ideas and tips.
  • Cat Collars and Carriers
    Cat Collars are good for both indoor and outdoor pets.  It’s a safe way of keeping your cat close to you and also it should contain an identification tag.   Cat collars are also a cute way of personalizing their looks.
    A Carrier is a must when you have to travel with your pet.  By no means try to carry your pet to the vet in a vehicle without a carrier!  Nothing is worse than having a scared kitten jumping around in your vehicle.
  • A visit to the vet
    Depending on where you get your new kitten/cat, it’s a good idea to find out when was their last visit to the vet or if it all.  If not then it will be a good idea to carry your kitten for a check-up to make sure everything is good and when they will be needing any vaccinations or for any other health advice.

These are just a few things to get you started in preparing for that big day!  You don’t want to have to be running around like a fish out of water the night you bring your new kitten home to realise that you don’t have one of these items.

Allergic to cats?  What can you do….

Allergic to cats?? What can you do…

Allergies can be a real pest especially if it’s to something we love very much.  For those of us who have the normal seasonal allergies being allergic to your cat too is very unfair, but have no despair there are ways we can minimize these symptoms but you have to be willing because it’s going to take some effort and time!

Normally People who don’t want cats are for reasons like they are not fond of them or can’t stand them at all so for the ones who adore and love them don’t let allergies be a reason to not have them around.  Here are some tips on how you can reduce the symptoms of allergies, just remember it’s not going to leave forever, these are just ways to better manage it.

  1. Wash your hands.  This is a general basic rule which one follows to keep the cold and flu away, the same rule applies to keep allergies at bay. Always wash your hands with soap and water after petting or playing with your cat. Avoid touching your nose, face or eyes before washing your hands, if you are not careful this can lead to itchy, watery eyes and sneezing.  Use an anti-bacterial soap for best results.
  2. Keep your cat clean.  Giving your cat a bath at least once a week can reduce the amount of allergens in your cats’ coat but we all know how cats feel about water, the best alternative is to use a well-known product to spray onto your cats’ coat to lessen the amount of allergens in the air.  Recommended product, click image below for more details.
    allerpet sprayor  allerpet spray with mitten
  3. Keep cats off the bed and furniture.  As much as we love our cats and want them close to us at all times this has to be stopped or at least keep them away until you get some relief.  Having them on the bed will only make breathing harder rolling around in cat dander! To be safe wash all bedding at least once a month.
  4. Keep cats in one area.  Make a special area in your house where your cat can stay at all times.  This will better control and keep allergens confined to one area in the house and will leave cleaning up a lot easier.
  5. Clean area often.  Vacuuming should be done at least twice a week to keep cat dander away.  Allergens are very small particles which can be hidden in all the small crevices and corners of your home.  All carpets, rugs, curtains and furniture should be cleaned thoroughly.  Recommended products are :
    vacuum cleaner handheld vacuum
    Another effective way to keep your home cat dander free is by using a vapor steamer.  This has been proven to kill off any cat protein or dander lodged into your carpets and upholstery.  You can also check vacuums for your pet  for more options.
    laser steamer or handheld steamerBy following these steps and keeping at it on a routine basis may help to alleviate your symptoms and make it easier being around and keeping your cat.  If you don’t own a cat because of allergies now you can go ahead and get one.

How to keep your cat occupied while you are at work.

Our Cats are our family and when we have to leave them it is very distressing on our part as cat-parents. We feel guilty and if not for all of us, most of us feel some sort of separation anxiety. We need to know that our cats are well taken care of during the day when we are at work. Here are some ways to ensure that they are happy, fed and entertained:

Food Toys and Puzzles

We all know our feline friends to be food lovers, a full cat is a happy cat! To ensure that they are fed throughout the day you can get some toys that not only feeds them but also stimulates their mind and encourages natural instincts to explore and find hidden treats. Toys like Cat Amazing can keep your cat occupied for hours! If your cat is extremely smart and figures out these toys in a short space of time then you may need to either get creative and make your own toys or buy more as time goes by. Don’t worry there are plenty of options to choose from on the market if you need to go that way.​  Click on images below for more details.


cat treat maze Other cat toys to choose from are

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Play Area

Even if your cat has access to your whole house it is still a good idea that you have one area in specific for your cat to be able to play in so that your house wouldn’t look like it was ransacked. When choosing this area make sure there is a window available because cats like nothing more than to look at other animals outside. This can keep them busy for hours as well. Having a sitting shelf next to your window will have your cat happy and comfortable.

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Another Cat

Being alone sometimes is good but that could get boring, so if you have only one cat you may consider getting a friend for him/her. Depending on the age of your cat another feline friend can become a loving companion for him to either love and take care of or grow together with. Having two or more cats can be really entertaining, they will find new games and will be occupied for hours without any outside intervention.

Cardboard Boxes

Cats love boxes! However small the box is if they can fit they will sit. This is a fun, cheap alternative to toys and it’s just as enjoyable. Cardboard boxes are easy to come by and if your cat destroys it, it can be replaced very easily.

Paper and Paper bags

Paper and papers bags are another inexpensive way to keep your cats entertained for hours! Am not sure as to why but they love to jump around in a heap of crunched paper or just slide around with a paper bag over their head. It’s like playing hide and go seek. This is a lot more fun if the ground is smooth so that it’s easier for them slide so make sure their play area is not where it’s carpeted.

Cat Furniture

Cats do need their own furniture to play, sleep and just lounge around on.  Trust me, by getting them their own furniture will save your own furniture from being destroyed and less cleaning to do.  You can get them a cat tree condo, a cat scratching lounge or a scratching post.

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By following these tips and experimenting with them you will learn what your cat likes and dislikes.  This will help you feel at ease knowing that they are content until you are back home with them, but do remember that your love and attention is needed as well so make sure you give them some quality time of your own!

How to stop your cat from clawing the furniture

Scratching is a natural activity for cats so clawing on household furniture and furnishings is not destructive behavior in their point of view. It’s natural for them and it is their way of keeping their claws in shape and it’s also a way of communicating territory boundaries to other cats and animals. Clawing leaves visual and scent markings on the object. Scratching is also a source of exercise for cats, by doing this they stretch and retract their shoulders, legs and paws.

By following these steps it may be possible to protect your furniture and other household items:

  • Be patient and understanding. Cats love their human companions and will try their best to please them once they know they have support and are praised. Overtime with a fair amount of repeated practice your cat will learn to leave the furniture alone and find alternatives to scratch on.
  • Purchase at least one scratching post or other apparatus. When purchasing    any  scratching post consider a few things first; look for one that is the same height as your cat and not too heavy, make sure it’s sturdy so that it wouldn’t topple over when your cat puts pressure or leans on it. Some cats prefer a horizontal scratching area like a carpet so place the scratching post in a way to match your cat likeness, this way they will be more likely to use it. Whatever you choose, avoid anything fluffy. A scratching post is usually like a tree bark, rough and coarse.
  • Where to place your cat’s scratching post. You must have an idea of all the furniture and household items your cats like to scratch so place the scratching post next to these items. If your cat scratches more than one item it may be best to have more than one scratching post, especially if you have more than one cat or if you live in a large house. Placing the scratching post next to the cat’s favorite sofa or chair will make it even more enticing.
  • Train your cat to use the scratching post. Like anything else your cat will find this to be a strange object so you will have to show your cat how to use it. Whenever you see your cat scratching any furniture, gently place him in front or on the scratching post depending on the position it is in. Gently stroke your cat until he responds to the post. Every time your cat uses the scratching post praise him with gentle strokes or a treat.

Recommended picks for this post are:


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What is a Pedigree Cat?

A pedigree cat is a cat that has been bred specifically to exhibit certain physical characteristics.  Pedigree cats may also show some breed related behaviors (for example Siamese cats are often quite “talkative” and noisy compare to some moggies and other breeds).

A non pedigree cat do not belong to any  recognized pure breed cat groups. They are popularly known as Alley cats in the United states and Mobies in Britain.

First blog post

My Story

I have been a fan of all types of cats ever since I was a little girl. I grew up with them and I’ve had generations and generations of cat families pass through my life. Some people would call me the “cat whisperer” or the “cat lady” because if they had any problems or questions about their cats they knew they could come to me and I would be able to help in some way or give advice. I remember when I was a little girl I used to tell my parents that I wanted to start a farm and bring in all the stray cats I could find just so that they would have a home, but I wasn’t allowed to so I guess by me starting this blog it’s a different way of me still trying to help. I have 8 cats of my own, 5 kittens and 3 adults and boy do they keep the house alive! My 15 month old son, even though he still doesn’t know how to play with them gently, he adores them but i have to keep them away from him because he is always pulling at their tails!
Starting this blog has made me realise how far i’ve come in raising cats and caring for them that i would like to share all my experiences out there. I would also like to hear other stories by my readers as well.