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Caring for your Feline Senior Citizen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Eloise Bright   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 16:16

As your cat approaches their senior years, some simple changes in care can make all the difference in quality of life. Make sure your feline senior citizen feel your love by following these tips.

There comes a time when it becomes clear that your kitty is no longer a young cat. Caring for your feline senior citizen takes a little more consideration for aging bones and fading senses.

Feeding

Take a look in the cat food section of any pet store and you’ll see foods intended for all stages of a cat’s life, from kittenhood through young adulthood through to old age. Generally speaking, food for cats over seven years old is labeled as “mature,” for cats over eleven or twelve years of age is labeled as “senior,” and specialty food for cats over fifteen or so is labeled as “geriatric.”


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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat from Attacking You PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the cat attack 911 call that came in from a family under attack from their pet cat. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s worth a listen, but here’s the short version: Apparently, a family let their cat get a little too close to their toddler. The toddler pulled the cat’s tail. The cat scratched the toddler. Dad became upset and “spanked” the cat or “kicked” the cat (depending on which version of the story you’re reading). The cat, having had enough of the ridiculous behavior, threw a bit of a tantrum – which, in cat speak, means “communicating displeasure to your humans” but in human speak means, “my cat bullies me.”

As always, I felt worse for the cat than I did for the family when I first read this, just as I feel worse for a child when he acts out than I do for the parents. Cats do what they do because it's instinct. Threaten them, and they will react with a fight or flight reflex. The cat has since been moved to rescue, which I have mixed feelings about - mostly because I am sure the family will just get another cat and make the same mistakes. So, let's talk about what went wrong...

Cats are self-domesticated, which means they came to live with us because they chose to, not because we chose for them to do it. They consent to being a pet, only because it’s to their advantage to do so. There is a delicate balance between a cat and his/her owner. Upset or betray that balance, and bad things can and will happen.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:56
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Overweight Cats Have A New Friend with #HillsPet Metabolic Diets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00

Having a “weight-challenged” pet can be difficult not only on the animal but on the owner. Let's face it: there is a certain stigma attached to heavier animals, and often that is associated with bad pet parenting, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Some animals are just naturally heavy. Some are so good at manipulation that you don't have a choice but to give them a little treat on the side, and others may have slow metabolisms that make even the most finicky of eaters pick up weight. Sometimes it's just because you don't even know that your pet is overweight! Pounds can get packed on gradually, and really, it's hard enough to even notice that we're gaining weight ourselves - let alone if our cat is gaining!


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:55
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Three Healthy, Homemade Cat Treats Your Feline Will Adore PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 00:00

What cat doesn’t like some sort of a treat every once in a while? However, those store-bought treats are nutrition-limited, weighed down and unhealthy for your beloved feline. They’re loaded with preservatives, high-calorie ingredients, miscellaneous food parts and artificial coloring. Not to mention that these store-bought treats are expensive if you figure the cost per pound rather than the two or three ounce containers they’re sold in. You probably could get a high-quality steak at your local supermarket for what you pay for all those packages of treats.

In fact, you probably have items right in your kitchen to make yummy treats. It’d be less expensive for you and much healthier for your kitty—it’s a win, win situation! These cat treats are very simple to make and you could make three or four batches at a time, freeze two or three batches for several weeks and then bake them when you need to. You can bake them right after taking them out of the freezer, just be sure to increase the baking time by 8-10 minutes or you can thaw the dough and bake as the directions indicate. It’s that easy!


Last Updated on Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:43
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Designing Your Home for Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

Looking for some creative designs for your home that make your cat feel like a member of the family? These are some wonderfully creative ways you can do just that. From winding slides (which could probably use a few steps instead) to outdoor catios, these are some creative and fun ways you can help make your cat's house a home.


Last Updated on Monday, 11 August 2014 16:40
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