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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.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.