I just watched the recent documentary on Netflix, “What the Health” where it exposes how bad processed meat is and how it contributes to diseases such as diabetes, all various cancers and more and I started thinking about where cat food comes from. We all know that cats are carnivorous and require all of the necessary vitamins and nutrients that come from animal-based protein. In our household, we feed our cats the highest tier of cat foods on the market, but we know that they are most likely the extras and all the bad bits from the slaughterhouses and processing plants. So what are the good brands? What foods on the market come from good, quality meat? Comment below on your thoughts and recommendations on what you think is the best cat food out there.
Anyone who has a cat can agree that there is no such thing as sleeping in. Forget about weekends and holidays, cats will wake you up when they want you up. Whether they want to play at 2AM or breakfast at 6, cats are natural alarm clocks. There are literally times where I forget to set my alarm, but I know that in my peaceful sleep, someone will wake me up at the right time.
I am definitely not a fan of waking up early or the loud sound of an alarm clock, but if I had the choice of waking up and hitting snooze, I would rather wake up to a cat sitting on top of my chest, crying into my face. Cats are literally the best and cutest alarm clocks.
I am currently fostering three kittens from a local rescue group here in Denver, CO. I have fostered in the past before and have always kept them in their own room, separate from the resident cats. In the past, the kittens would have full utilization of the room and that sometimes proved to be a disaster. I’ve had some kittens rip paint from the walls, others spew diarrhea all over the floors and litter stones everywhere! I decided that I would no longer allow them to have full run of the spare bedroom and keep them confined in a 3-story kitty condo and their own playpen. Not only would it keep the messes in one area, but it would also be safer for them. Kittens are notorious for getting into anything and everything!
The playpen is a mesh tent that I purchased for my cats several years ago when I wanted to have them spend time outdoors. I’ve used it several times and it works great and really easy to set-up and store away. It’s basically like a camping tent, but for kitties! I set-up the tent in the kitten room and laid down a blanket so that their nails wouldn’t catch on the mesh. I put several noisy toys and balls in there to keep them occupied. I placed the kittens into the playpen and it was a huge hit! Several of them used the restroom on the blanket the first two days, but later realized that it was not a litter box. The playpen allows them to run, play and stretch their legs and keeps them safely in one area. Here are a few pictures of their adventures:
Want to buy one of your own? They are pretty affordable and easy to clean if there are any kitten messes. Amazon sells it for $39.99 and it’s free shipping! Click here to get the kitty playpen.
I’m tired. I’m really tired and I’m using all my leftover energy to write this post. I officially have five (I almost said six) sick kitties. I only have five (as of now).
First it started with Ginger who is being extra sneezy early last week. I didn’t think it was serious since she was only doing it a few times a day so I attributed it to allergies. The weekend came and then the babies got sick on their first birthday. They got pretty bad the next day. They were breathing through their mouth, lethargic and having sneeze attacks.
Several times this week, I woke up at 2am to check on everyone and so far, only the three cats were sick.
Ginger got better, the kittens received an antibiotic shot and got most of their energy back and now the two older white sisters are sneezing and miserable. 10 days and I have five sick cats. The vet said it was a virus and will run its course between 7 to 10 days. 7 to 10 days and overlap of sneezy cats, worried cat mom and sleepless nights. Oh how I wish we could turn back time and I have five healthy cats.
Today, I read a post on 10 ways to tell if your cat is happy. Showing belly, twitchy tail, and sleeping on your lap, just to name a few. Cats are very social animals and enjoy spending time with their humans, but they also enjoy active playtime.
Cats by nature prey, hunt and catch their kills. Yes, it may be gruesome to talk about our lovely feline friends killing another animal, but it’s their natural instinct and should not be frowned upon (no discipling!). Since we have domesticated the cat and brought them into our homes, felines have lost their natural way of play, which is killing their prey.
One way to bring the nature back to the cat is 15 minutes of daily, consistent playtime. By setting a schedule to play with you cat, you are providing the activity that is so natural to them, giving them exercise and also keeping them mentally and emotionally healthy.
Cats can be stressed, bored and also be depressed. By encouraging your feline friend to play with a “prey” like toy such as Da Bird cat toy, you are enriching their lives and their environments. Catnip-filled toys also help prevent them from getting bored, but the best toys are the one where they mimic a real-life bird, butterfly, or small mouse. The movements entice the cat and activates all of their senses. Fifteen minutes of this will make a big difference in your cat’s mental, emotional and physical health.
If you’re cat is a littler older or pickier when it comes to toys, they might enjoy active window watching or some of my favorite youtube channel of up-and-close of gorgeous birds and hilarious squirrels. Paul Dinning Wildlife
What enrichment does your cat enjoy? Comment below!
Disclaimer: I am not a licensed or certified veterinarian or medical professional. Any information taken from this blog post is purely meant for informational purposes for people who love cats. Proper medical care for your feline should be discussed with your veterinarian.
AHHH! I’ve always had a hard time trying to remember which drug (prednisone or prednisolone) my cats are on and the thought of even trying to pronounce them. Tip: Google the terms and there is an English lady teaching you how to pronounce each of them.
Apparently, they are almost the same thing. So I did a comparison of the two and this is what I found out:
It’s a synthetic corticosteroid.
It’s effective as an immunosuppressant drug.
Prednisone is used to treat the following:
Certain inflammatory diseases;
Some autoimmune diseases; and
Some types of cancers (when given at higher dosages).
There is a list of mild and serious side effects.
It’s a synthetic glucocorticoid made from hydrocortisone (cortisol).
It’s a steroid medication.
Prednisolone is used to treat the following:
Certain inflammatory diseases;
Some autoimmune disorders; and
Some types of cancers (when given at higher dosages).
There is a list of mild and serious side effects when using this medication.
By looking over the two, it appears that they are very similar. So what’s the big friggin’ difference?
Well, prednisone is ACTIVATED by enzymes in the liver to turn into prednisolone. They have similar uses, but prednisolone is more readily absorbed by the body.
A study conducted several years back compared the effectiveness of prednisone versus prednisolone in cats and dogs. What they found was that oral prednisolone was more effective and preferred when it came to treating cats.*
So, if your veterinarian prescribes prednisolone over the later, you now have a better idea on why it was prescribed!
Big chunks of dried urine at the bottom and in the corners of your litter box. We can all relate to the frustrations of what I like to call, “Litter Caking”. The complications from this and the constant scrapping makes us want to pull our hair out, so we look for solutions.
Typically, the first thing we do is purchase a different type of litter. Recycled paper, fragrance-free clay, extra clumping, or pine/cedar just to name a few. Then we find that it doesn’t work and we continue to see litter caking.
We then start to wonder if it’s the type of litter box that we have. Cats are finicky when it comes to the type of box they decide to do their business in. There are boxes with tops, round – dome like ones, ones that come with motors, etc. In all my years of being a cat parent, the best box to prevent litter caking is the large Rubbermaid storage totes.
If you don’t want to go from your current litter box to a tall, deep – uncool looking Rubbermaid storage container, the best way to prevent litter caking is to ensure you put at least 4-6 inches of litter.
If you go and check your current litter level, I bet you will have between 2-3 inches at most. Low litter level is the biggest culprit of litter caking. Just adding a few inches more to your current level will ensure that the urine stays at the top and doesn’t migrate to the bottom of the box.
Go and try it and comment below if it’s worked for you! I would love to hear about your experience with this simple trick of preventing litter caking.