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6 Key Tips To A Happier & Longer Cat Life!
Tip #1) Indoor Cats Generally Live Longer
Generally, a cat that spends his entire life indoors will live many years longer than a cat that lives exclusively in the outdoors. If your cat has indoor/outdoor access, chances are he’ll live longer than the exclusively outdoor feline but he still faces increased risks to his health and safety that can impact his lifespan. It is important he learns key survival skills if your cat has indoor/outdoor access!
Tip #2) Why Your Cat Needs to Climb
Ever notice when you’re looking for your cat somewhere in your house and you find he or she in an elevated location. When it comes to napping or just chilling out, cats typically prefer to be Up high. Being able to safely climb is an important aspect of your cat’s daily life. Climbing to an elevated spot enables a cat to watch over his or her environment. If your cat goes outdoors then the ability to climb is crucial to their survival in order to escape predators!
Tip #3) The Benefits Cats Receive From Climbing
Although you understandably don’t want your cat scaling your drapes or climbing up or scratching your delicate furniture, it’s beneficial to make sure they do have safe climbing opportunities.
Shortly, I will reveal the perfect solution to this frustrating problem almost every cat owner faces (your not alone!).
But you need to know if you have a kitten, climbing is one of the ways she will start to learn about her skills and abilities. She’ll learn to perfect her balance and will work on developing her muscles and flexibility.
For an adult cat, climbing is first and foremost FUN! It’s also good exercise. Climbing will also enable your cat to safely reach those elevated areas where she feels most secure.
Tip #4) Safe Climbing for Cats
Since climbing is a normal behavior for a cat, if you don’t want your cat climbing the drapes and scratching your furniture, then provide a more acceptable option for them!
A sturdy, tall, Cat Tree Condo is a great place to climb and provides your cat with the best of both worlds. Because it uses natural tree limbs and branches, your cat will love the natural feel of bark and hard tree wood under their paws!
Tip # 5) Never Declaw Your Kitten or Cat!
Declawing denies the cat some very important aspects of being feline. Scratching is not only a way for a cat to maintain the health of her claws, it’s also a marking behavior. It leaves a visual mark and an olfactory mark (there are scent glands in the paw pads). Marking is an important part of being a cat. It’s a vital form of communication. So Don't Do It!
Tip # 6) Scratching Posts or Condos Must Have an Appealing Texture & Carpet Is Not Good For Your Cat
When a cat scratches, he or she wants to dig their nails into the object’s surface in order to remove the outer dead nail sheath. If the scratch post or cat condo is covered in carpet, the cat’s nails will get stuck in the carpet loops. That’s a sure way to drive him back to scratching on your sofa again, and it can also hurt your cat’s nails and paws!
So when it comes to texture, think Rough Hard Woods and NOT Soft Loopy Carpet Covering.
Overall, sisal, bare hard natural wood, and bark are typically the best choices. In fact, a lot of cats go crazy for tree bark when it comes time to scratch!
A PURRfect Cat Condo is the perfect solution for your Kitten or Cat!
Research Credit: PURRfect Cat Condo would like to thank Pam Johnson-Bennett for providing the cat behavior research above. Pam is a best-selling author of 10 books and one of the most well known experts on cat behavior
The Wrong Type Of Cat Condo
The Carpeted Cat Condo shown here belongs to a friend of mine. As you can see, their cat has literally scratched off the carpet to get to the bare wood. In doing so, their cat suffered major damage to his paws and nails, and they have spent over a thousand dollars on surgery to help heal his nails and paws. Not to mention the condo is trashed and their cat has gone back to scratching their furniture!
The PURRfect Cat Condo - The Right Choice For Your Cat!
Bring the outdoors inside for your special friend with a PURRfect Cat Tree Condo. Your Cat will be Glad You Did! And you will too!
Just like no two trees are alike, no two PURRfect Cat Condos are alike! Each Cat Tree Condo is a unique piece of art made from natural tree branches and limbs that you will love to look at and your Cat will go Crazy For!
Your cats will be able to safely do what they’re built for: which is to stretch, climb, scratch, and perch up high. And they Love the feel of the Natural Bark and Wood Under Their Paws! Not your nice Furniture!
5 Key Tips For Introducing Kittens & Kids!
The following will help make the transition for the newest addition to your family stress-free.
Tip #1) Have Your Kids Do Due Diligence On What It Takes To Care For Their New Kitten.
Jovana Fizovich, veterinary technician at Town and Country Vet Hospital in Apex, N.C., says doing research is important so that new owners -- and their kids -- understand the commitment involved in caring for their new cute kitten. Good sources for solid advice include your veterinarian, fellow pet owners, and children's books about pets.
“Personally I like: Kitten Training for Kids, by Sarah Whitehead”
Even with the following information (tips), once you feel you have as much cat-care information in hand as possible, share it with your kids to get them used to the idea of their new family member living in their house and what that will entail.
As you explain things, point out some small ways your kids can be part of the process of introducing the kitten to its new home (under your supervision, of course).
Tip #2) Make pet rules plain and clear.
Sure, your kitten will be furry and cute and oh-so-cuddly, but it’s also a living, breathing and as-yet-untrained animal, not a stuffed teddy bear.
That's why it's important to lay out some ground rules ahead of time. The rules established need to go both ways: A set of rules for the kitten and another set for the kids.
For example, even before the kitty sets foot in its new home, you should choose the areas where your new kitten will be allowed (and not allowed) to roam.
“Personally I have found that setting up a nice place for your kitten to “call home – temporarily” would be a communal bathroom. Put his food and water and crate or box he came home in the bathroom. He will feel safer and will begin to explore new areas of the house, at his or hers own pace.”
Also, veterinary Fizovich says will it be an indoor cat only, or will it be permitted to go outside? (I can’t stress this enough, please make sure to read the attached Bonus: 5 Tips To A Happier & Longer Cat Life!)
As for your children, their rules need to be crystal clear, too. For example, it's important to allow only one child to feed the kitten, so it doesn't get overfed.
Also parents need to set parameters for their children on when and how to play with the kitten and how to pick it up. Make sure they know that it's NOT OK to tug and pull on their new pet's tail, whiskers or any other part of its body. Especially with boys -- those future WWE champions -- help them understand that wrestling with the kitty is definitely an absolute NO-NO.
Tip #3) Give your kids appropriate responsibilities for caring for your new pet.
It goes without saying that each of your kids will want to be in charge of certain aspects of caring for the kitten. In fact, they might even become territorial over their roles. Picking out a name for your new pet can be a family affair for all to enjoy.
If your children are old enough -- at least 6 years old, according to Fizovich -- it's OK for them to have cat-related duties of their own.
For example, one child could be responsible for making sure that the kitten has fresh food and water every day, while another ensures its Cat Tree Condo Bedding is Clean and that its Toys are Available.
Leave the task of cleaning your kitten's litter box to the adults. Since animal feces sometimes have intestinal parasites that can be dangerous for people, and children forget to wash their hands thoroughly, litter-box cleaning definitely calls for an adult, and regular hand washing!
Tip #4) Be sure your kids give your new kitten space to adjust.
When you bring your new kitten home, remember that it'll be an adjustment for your new four-legged friend, so take things slow and easy. Fizovich cautions that kittens need time to really get comfortable with their new surroundings -- especially when they're coming from a shelter to a house or apartment.
Meanwhile, your children are going to be excited and ready to play with their new pet as soon as you take it out of its carrier. But this is where you should tap the breaks.
Veterinarian Dr. Katharine Hillestad says your kitten won't be as stressed out if it has the opportunity to get to know its new surroundings -- and its new family -- slowly. Don't be alarmed if the kitty spends its first few days hiding in his special place you made him, or under the bed.
Remind your children that the animal's behavior isn't related to anything they did; their new kitten just needs time to get comfortable in its new surroundings.
Take the first few weeks to introduce the kitten to your children -- and any other pets -- at a snail's pace. Let your kitty and your kids spend short periods of time together initially to make sure they adjust well to one another.
Tip # 5) Be sure to keep a watchful eye.
You've done all the steps: read the kitten care books, laid down the rules, divided up duties and gradually made your new kitten a part of your household. It might already seem like your furry friend has been around forever. But even if you consider your kitten a member of the family, that doesn't mean your kids should be left alone with it right away.
One reason for this is that kittens might play rough. Scratching and biting during play is how they interact with their kitten siblings, so they may be apt to do the same with your children.
These young kittens just need time to grow, develop and learn (through training) how to play nice. And they're not the only ones: As mentioned earlier, human kids may need plenty of ground rules and reminders to be gentle when handling kittens, as well.
In the meantime, Fizovich says as a rule of thumb, most young children under 5 or 6 years old shouldn't be alone with a new kitten, and older kids need to establish a track record and prove they know how to be gentle.
Until then, your safest bet is to make sure there's an adult around when kittens and kids interact. With time and your guidance, your children and their new kitten will develop that special bond everyone's hoping for.
Research & Source Credit: Animal Planet Article, Dr. Dawn Ruben & Veterinary Technician Jovana Fizovich