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Top Tips For Looking After Your Cat

Although cats might seem to be as tough-as-nails, they still need plenty of care. Here are the cat top commandments...

Top Tips
  • Kittens are soft and fragile, and can survive best if they stay with their mum for at least 6 weeks.
  • Make sure they have a warm and secure place to sleep.
  • Give them lots of toys to keep them entertained.
To desex, or not to desex?

In only seven years a female cat and her offspring can produce thousands of kittens. Desexing is a must as, sadly, every year around Australia over 30,000 cats have to be put down because they're neglected or abandoned. It's a simple 10 minutes operation for male cats, and about 30 minutes for females. It means they're sterile, they can't breed, and hopefully there will be no more unwanted cats. In fact, you could say desexing reassigns you cat's priorities from being the neighbourhood's "Cassanova", to being a more clam and caring house cat.

Cat's Claws

We all know cats claw's can be weapons of mass destruction, and from a young age cats love to scratch. Scratching is a natural behaviour to keep their claws in good condition, and to mark their territory by leaving the scent from their claws. You are probably not going to stop cats from scratching, but you can compromise. A scratching post could prevent your furniture from being torn to shreds.

Grooming

Cats consider themselves their own personal stylist. In fact, it is fair to say that cats are devoted self groomers. But, they still need brushing. The longer the hair, the more grooming required - mainly to get rid of knots that can be painful and uncomfortable. And, more importantly, to help prevent furballs. If furballs are interfering with digestion, or causing constipation, try specially designed foods that should help ease the problem.

Health Checks

Finally, be aware pets are great actors, instinctively hiding any signs of sickness. Something could be up if you're pet:

  • Stops eating.
  • Sleeps more than it usually doe.
  • Lacks energy.
  • Stops grooming itself.
  • Eats more grass than usual.

So, check with your vet. These little guys may not have nine lives, but with a few simple steps you can make sure that your cat's one life is a happy and healthy one.

Hip Surgery for rescued puppy

2 weeks ago whilst we were in Fiji we rescued an abandoned puppy that we estimate is about 3 months old. She was starving, filthy, covered in ticks and could barely stand or walk. We fed her, washed her, removed all ticks and just gave her love. We called her Pretzel as she was so skinny when we found her that all her bones were sticking out and her hip bones looked like a big twisted pretzel and her long skinny legs looked like Pretzel sticks. Our intention was to find her a home in Fiji but after a week or so she had gained weight, but we noticed that her left hip bone was still protruding and that when she walked we noticed that her left back foot turned out slightly. Also, when she ran she would use both back legs together and hop like a bunny. We took her to an animal shelter in Fiji called Animals Fiji and they examined her and advised that they thought it might be dislocated. They X-rayed her and then sedated her to try and manipulate the bone back into the socket. This was unsuccessful. The vet advised that it appeared that the end of the bone where the ball should be round was malformed either from a trauma/injury when young or by birth. He advised that he does not have the equipment in Fiji to treat her properly and that she would need surgery to correct the bone and to tighten the ligaments to her support her leg. We are exporting her to Australia on the 7th of March and are trying to raise some funds to assist us. We are hoping that you can assistance to find a Vet in Melbourne that could assist with the operation at a reasonable price.