Best Food For Your Cats

Wet, dry, canned? When it comes to choosing cat food, you have dozens upon dozens of options regarding packaging. And, let’s not even get started with the brand names (and marketing competition companies play) when it comes to choosing the right food for your feline friends. So, let’s step back and take a look at what you should look for, and what to avoid when feeding cats.

Go canned over dry
If possible, canned food is the way to go. Yes, it is pricier, but it is far superior for your cat’s health.

Some of the negatives which you should keep in mind as it pertains to dry food include:

  • It is too low in water content.
  • It is far too high in carbohydrate content.
  • It is highly preserved (to extend the shelf life).

In addition to this, dry foods are usually too high in plant-based, versus meat-based proteins. So, your pet isn’t getting the essential nutrients they need to thrive, and for optimal health levels. Dry foods being heavily processed are also put through temperature extremes (high temperatures) which further kills off nutrients your cat isn’t getting from their dry food mix.

Cats are felines, meaning they are carnivores. So, when choosing foods, look for those which are animal based, rather than plant-based for the proteins your pet will receive. It provides good nutritional support, and is easier for your cat to metabolize, and provides the complete range of amino acids your cat should be getting, which it isn’t getting from plant-based proteins alone.

This is an important nutrient found in animal protein which isn’t found in plant proteins. It can lead to deficiencies if your cat doesn’t get enough. Deficiencies can cause blindness as well as heart problems in your cat. So when choosing your wet, canned foods for your cat, make sure this is a leading nutrient (ingredient) when you are reading the back of the label.

Of course, every company is going to market, and try to sell you their food, as being the “optimal” or “healthiest” option for your cat. With this in mind, you simply have to understand the basics and know what to look for when purchasing cat food. So, keep these factors/attributes in mind, to ensure you get the best quality, the highest protein content, and to ensure the best foods are fed to your cat routinely.

Tips for Grooming Long Haired Cats

As a proud owner of a feline, you know that proper grooming is a must; but, for cats with long hair, you need to do a little more taming and caring for your pet, than for those with a shorter coat of fur. So, what should you know when it comes to the grooming? These are some things to keep in mind when you are grooming a long-haired cat at home.

Tools are key –
The right tools are essential; for example, you need a thinner, fine-tooth comb for the undercoat when brushing your cat. A flea comb should be used for areas with shorter fur, and a wire slick brush will help detangle and remove dead fur. Regardless of the shears, you use, and grooming equipment you purchase, you need quality, well-made grooming supplies for your cat’s grooming needs.

Begin young –
You can begin grooming your cat as young as eight weeks, and it is best to do so. The earlier you start, the easier their hair/fur is to maintain. It not only grows in evenly, but it isn’t as likely to tangle, shred, or otherwise tear/fall off. Your cat’s fur is softer, and it is easier to manage when you begin at an earlier age.

Work all areas of the body –
You can’t simply focus on the back or belly; you have to groom the entire pelt. From head to tail, you want to work with the proper grooming equipment when you choose to groom your long-haired cat at home. The armpits and abdomen are often forgotten, so make sure you focus on these areas as well.

Build trust –
Your cat doesn’t want to sit there and allow you to groom them; especially if the fur is tangled, it will hurt when you are combing them. So, begin slowly. Work through their fur slowly, talk to your pet, let them know what you are doing, and if you see they are whimpering or whining, take a short break. It will not only build trust, but will make your life much easier, and your cat’s fur is going to look well-groomed and shiny at all times.

No matter what the breed, with longer hair, you have to know what precautions to take when you are grooming your cat at home. So, for new owners, or those who are new to grooming at home, these are a few basic tips to consider when you are just getting started and buying proper equipment for grooming.

Are We Over-Vaccinating Our Cats?

Vaccinations are a powerful tool if used the right way; they stimulate the immune system so that it protects our bodies against future infections. Administering core vaccines to pets will protect your cat against potentially life-threatening diseases such as Panleukopenia, Rabies, Feline Herpesvirus, Chlamydia, Feline Calicivirus and Feline Leukemia.

The Vaccine Controversy
Vaccinating our pets is of great importance; however, long-term use of vaccines on cats and other pets is associated with the development of various autoimmune diseases and conditions such as digestive issues, allergies and skin diseases. Over vaccinating our pets can also lead to adverse reactions such as fever, loss of appetite, swelling of the face, lethargy, hives and joint soreness. Other, more severe reactions include weight loss, seizures, inflammation of the heart or thyroid, uveitis and anaphylactic shock. A good example is the FVRCP vaccine whose continued use causes kidney inflammation in cats.

Depending on the type, vaccines provide a sustained protective immune response for at least one year; others can last up to 7 years or even offer lifetime protection. Therefore, the ideal duration to re-administer a vaccine is after three years or more. Unfortunately, most people vaccinate their cats annually, putting their health at risk.

The Exception
When it comes to vaccinating kittens, we go by the theory “less is more.” The immune system of kittens is still underdeveloped which means they need more protection compared to adult cats. The recommended vaccination schedule for core vaccines is administering the first vaccine seven weeks after birth, another at week 10 and the third at week 13. Ideally, the period between vaccinations should be 3 to 4 weeks. This way, they will gain full immunity.

Below are some tips that will ensure safe vaccination:

1. Do not over-vaccinate – Consult your vet to develop a vaccination schedule for your cats. Remember to consider the cat’s age, health status, lifestyle and risk of exposure. Core vaccines should be a priority, while non-core vaccines should be administered when the need arises.

2. Avoid combining vaccines when possible – Combo vaccines increase the risk of developing adverse conditions especially in kittens.
3. Avoid vaccinating a sick or stressed pet; it compromises their immune system further, leading to severe reactions.
4. Ask your vet to administer a non-adjuvant vaccine to reduce the risk of cancers.
5. Do not re-vaccinate your pet without testing its immunity. Unnecessary vaccinations are harmful to your cat.
6. Do not vaccinate your pet by yourself; you might administer the vaccine at the wrong place.

How To Prevent Tooth Decay In Cats

We all know that cats are great at taking care of themselves. They can lick their bodies clean and even know how to make sure that they stay out of the dirtier parts of the house. This is of immense comfort to those who love these furry little friends of ours, but there is a need to look beyond what your cat can do with its tongue and paws. Cats, just like humans, need great dental grooming to stay feet. They will do a lot of things for themselves, but you can be sure that they won’t reach between their teeth to clean them.

In this post, we’ll look at ways of preventing problems related to food decay from arising;

Give the pet the right food
Ignore the myth that suggests you should give your cat dry food. The reason is that unlike dogs, cats have very brittle teeth and do not take time chewing food. The larger the pieces you give them, the higher the chance that they are going to suffer a case of food stuck between teeth. The best food for your cat is the canned or raw variety. Practice and experience show that cats need food that has moisture as water is known to discourage the formation of plaque.

Regular visits to the vet
If possible, subject your cat to regular visits to the pet. Once a year is a good place to start. However, experts advise that for cats older than five years, then two visits a year would suffice. A professional will be interested in taking a look at the dental condition of your cat. After evaluation, you will receive guidance on the right choices to make to maintain their teeth and gums. If there are major issues of concern, the cat will be placed on medication immediately.

Brush their teeth
Cats will not want you to clean their teeth, but you will need to do it anyways. There is a wide range of brushes that could be used for this type of activity, and you can get these pieces almost anywhere. You will need to break the cat into the process when it’s young so that its level of trepidation decreases over time. If you didn’t start out when the cat was still a kitty, then do not worry; there will be a few problems here and there, but older cats have also been known to learn to stay still during brushing.

How To Deal With Fleas For Cats And Kittens


Fleas are annoying small flat-bodied bugs that can be found in almost every corner of the world, and in every element. Unfortunately, there are over two thousand different species and subspecies of fleas, as well as ticks, that can be found all over the world. They are challenging to exterminate, due to their ability to jump and scurry around very fast. They also have incredible endurance, as well as stamina, and have even been known to hop as many as ten thousand times in a row before stopping.

Fleas have a tendency to attack cats, dogs, gerbils, mice, and all sorts of other mammals because of the soft and warm fur that is found in animals. This perfect environment provides fleas, ticks, and ‘house fleas’ an excellent habitat to eat, harvest, and reproduce. These little pests grow in dark, humid, and most importantly warm environments. This reason makes fall and winter the perfect seasons for fleas to infest your home, and for you to get an infestation, due to the increased temperature in the home.

1. How To Check Your Cat For Fleas
Place your cat on a white surface. If you do not have a white surface readily available, any sort of bright or illuminated surface will most likely work just fine. You can also lay out bright (or off-white) newspapers or sheets of standard printing paper out on a flat surface.

After you have done this in one way or another, find for yourself a comb or brush. You can then place your cat on the surface and brush (or comb, depending on what you have) repeatedly. Look out for small black or brown specks. If they continue to appear the more you brush, this means that your cat (or any other animal, as this trick tends to work for all animals) has fleas.

A list of common symptoms for cats (or other animals) with insects includes constant agitation, stress, uneasiness, black specks on the cat’s fur, red spots on the cats bedding, loosened and falling out of fur and hair, as well as excessive scratching and itching. Other stenches due to uncleaned fur, diseases of some sort, and fleas may arise.

With all of the technical parts out of the way,  take a look at a couple ways to naturally give your cat instant relief. Find more in this article.

1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a very popular and well-known remedy that is as natural as it is healthy and green! To get some form of temporary relief for your cat, You can mix a two to one ratio of apple cider vinegar and water. This provides immediate (and we mean immediate) relief for your little feline.

(Natural Remedies for getting rid of fleas)

2. Flea Comb
This solution is one of the most popular ones out there for getting rid of fleas, ticks, gnats, and other little pests when it comes to our little feline friends. Once you have a flea comb, gently comb through your cat’s fur at least once a day or once every two days (at least) until you can properly get rid of all of the little buggers.

There are a lot of ways to get rid of fleas, and we have listed a couple of them for you. Fleas can be painful, agitating, stressful, and annoying to your cat, so as soon as you start to see signs of insect infections developing on you, your cat, or in your home, please do try to get it resolved as soon as possible.

How to Raise a Happy Cat

As the one who provides and is the caregiver, you play a significant role in curating the happiness of your cat. By satisfying your cat’s basic needs, both emotionally and physically as well as environmentally, it will allow your cat to exhibit it’s ‘normal’ personality. Your cat has the same range of emotional and physical needs as you, to a degree, so tending to those (and then some) is the secret to raising a happy, healthy, and emotionally stable life-long friend! Here are five ways for you to make a positive difference in your cat’s life.

1. Security
The survival instinct is the strongest instinct in all living animals, and especially in ourselves. Without feeling safe and free from infinite possibilities of imminent danger, no creature can safely eat, sleep, drink, and rest. Here are a few ways you can improve your cat’s feeling of security.

Does your cat like to go up on top of the fridge, or maybe climb into the linen closet, or even crawl under blankets? Most cats tend to do these things, and here’s why; it is a natural instinct for your cat to want to feel ‘on top’ of everything, and they do this by hiding in spots that they know or feel are secure. This is why going into enclosed dark and warm places is so important to cats. Consider making them a small hiding place somewhere and trying to get them used to the spot, as well as buying some cat furniture. Cat furniture is perfect for giving your cat a safe place to feel secure.

Routine plays a significant role in the feelings of security that animals and your house pick up on naturally. If they are used to the same morning routine with you or the other members of your family, moving, having guests over, or major redecorating can severely screw with the cat’s sense of security, schedule, and routine.

2. A Good Diet

Poor nutrition is, unfortunately, and most likely unintentionally, a serious problem in the cat ownership world. Poor nutrition for an extended period can lead to problems like bathroom problems, gaining too much weight or not enough weight, unhealthy skin and an unhealthy outer fur coat. Symptoms of not having a healthy outer coat of fur include patchiness, grease, lots of fur falling off (even if they are a young cat, which makes it even worse) and clumps of skin as well as fleas.

3. A Comfortable, Warm, Dry, and Clean Environment

This is very important for cats. They are always very uncomfortable if they cannot properly clean their habitat and form it to however they want it. Try to clean the ‘cat box’ as much as possible, and make sure that it never gets too full. Odorous habitats are unpleasant for you, your cat, your family members, and serve as a mortal bane of embarrassment when company comes over!

Should You Keep Your Cat Indoors?

Whether our feline pets should be house cats or allowed to wander outside is a subject people usually have a pre-formed opinion on. For some people, cats are allowed free reign and can go outside night and day. For others, they are kept strictly indoors all the time. Still, other pet owners let them out during the day or under supervision, and keep them in at night.

The question is, who is right? And what’s in the best interests of your cat? To answer this, it’s a good idea to distinguish between our domestic pets and their wild ancestors. Whilst wild cats lived and hunted outside, cats have been domesticated since ancient times. Not only that, many have been bred to create certain characteristics of color and style. Consequently, they are very different animals. Our domestication and interaction with them, as loving owners who feed, look after, cuddle, and pet them, has had an impact on their psychology, personality, and behavior. Add to this mix the fact that the outside environment natural to them is now gone. In its’ place is a world with automobiles, pet thieves, toxic chemicals, dense population, and other dangers.

In short, not only are our cats different, but the world we share with them is. As a result, it is generally recommended that cats be kept indoors at all times. House cats tend to live longer, they are less susceptible to catching diseases which could be deadly to them, and they avoid the dangers of getting into fights with neighboring felines over territory.

However, because cats often want to go out, many owners think they are depriving their cats of adventure. And perhaps they are, though cats that are provided with a lot of toys and cat trees, can still live happy lives. Many owners also get a second kitten as companionship, so their pets have someone to chase and play with, and so they aren’t alone all day when their humans are at work. Ultimately, it comes down to weighing up the dangers with the benefits.

This is a topic that is hard to generalize, as we each live in such unique locations. Some will be in high rise apartments, or near busy roads, or simply in dangerous neighborhoods. In these situations, the choice becomes very clear – keep your cat in the house at all times. And play games with your cat when you get home. They love chasing hands under the doona, or pieces of string attached to a stick (to keep your own hands safe)! And if your house or apartment has some great windows, house cats can still bask in the sun and enjoy the fresh air.

If you are fortunate enough to have a backyard, you could consider setting up an enclosed run or pen so your cat can go outside but still be safe. Some people have even erected them on the perimeters of buildings or through gardens so that they can really explore the world outside but not escape.

Some breeds are said to be better suited to being indoor cats. For example, Tonkinese are considered to have poor road sense. Having said that, I let my Tonkinese cat, as well as my 3 mixed breeds, out to play when I am at home during the day. I don’t live on a busy street, however, and I don’t let them out the front. Plus, I keep an ear out for any sounds of fighting. They always come in before it gets dark, too. I think because they have each other to play with there, they are less likely to look for trouble out of boredom.

Whether your pet is a house-only cat is a matter of individual choice. The benefits to their health and lifespan have to be weighed against possible disadvantages like disease. Plus, your own individual circumstances should be factored in. One thing to keep in mind is that cats do roam at night. This is when a lot of fights happen and is one of the reasons it is recommended they stay indoors then. One thing is for certain though – with a loving owner who makes sure their pets’ needs for affection and play are still met, a house cat is still a happy cat.

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