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*Lord, Make me half the person my Cat wants me to be"
TODAYS' PET TIP:
Some cats will eat anything. I LOVE to watch a hungry stray cat eat. Sometimes people will bring hungry stray cats into the hospital and when you feed them they just about ATTACK their food. Seriously - this almost brings tears to my eyes. I also love to see a sick cat start to ravenously eat.
Then on the other extreme there are cats that are so finicky nothing pleases them. You open a can of food - they look interested and then walk away. They keep meowing and rubbing against your legs. You open another can - offer it - they walk away. AHHHHhhh. This can drive you crazy!
Cats can be so fussy and discriminating. They can have a "ho-hum" attitude at mealtime for many different reasons.
Here are some tips for dealing with a finicky cat:
Cats don't like to have their highly sensitive whiskers touched. If the bowl is too small or the wrong shape your kitty may shy away at mealtimes. Cat food bowls should be shallow and wide. The bowl should also be sturdy so that it doesn't slip around the surface as the cat eats.
Make sure you serve your cat's dinner away from the dog, the noisy kids, the washing machine and the back door. Privacy is important to your cat, especially at meal times.
Make sure the food is fresh. Canned food should not be left out too long. It may become spoiled or covered with insects. Cats also prefer food that is room temperature to mimic the food obtained from a "fresh kill."
Make sure your cat isn't stressed out. Cats internalize their stress and sudden changes in the household or routine may affect your pet.
Examine your cat's mouth and teeth. If your cat is continually pawing or rubbing his mouth, he may have bad gums or bad teeth. Soften his food in some water from a can of tuna or in some clam juice. Bouillon and chicken broth also make dry food softer and tastier. You can even try some of Jaye's Barkery Cat Treats, they come in a variety of flavors.
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Dealing with Hair Mats
Removing hair mats is fraught with potential complications. Many mats are firmly attached to the skin, so you must be extremely careful not to cut the skin as you cut off the mat. Many small mats can be removed with a thorough brushing. If mats remain, try to make the mat smaller by brushing the hair near the mat.
Once you are sure that the mat can only be removed by cutting the hair, then go for the scissors. Clippers are the safest and best way to remove matted hair. Unfortunately, most people do not own clippers and must make do with scissors. Be very careful. For severely matted pets, it is easier and safer to see a groomer for professional help.
CAT DIARY: DAY 769
Slept all day, so that I could annoy my captors with sleep depriving, incessant pleas for food at ungodly hours of the night.
TODAY'S PET TIP:
Scent-marking is a form of communication, which has territorial and personal implications. It allows cats to advertise their priority with respect to living space, objects, other cats and people. It also serves as a method of advertising the breeding status of females.
Domestic cats often engage in scent-marking of one form or another and while we enjoy their bunting, other forms of marking behavior involve urine, feces, or furniture scratching. These are not as attractive to us!
When a cat defecates on its owner's bedspread or urinates on an owner's legs, this behavior should be viewed as a great compliment, signifying close attachment.
However, this is often not the pet owner's interpretation.
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Best Cat Toys
Cat toys, there are tons and tons of cat toys on the market. But do you know your cat's toy preference?
Is your cat a birder, a mouser, or a bugger? Does your cat prefer toys that mimic birds, mice or catching bugs?
There are many types of cat toys made for cats and each cat has his or her own preferences as to what stimulates them to interact.
Favored cat toys mimic predatory acts that cats would perform if they were to hunt for their food.
Although your cat may not need to "hunt", they still enjoy the actions and movements involved with the process of hunting from which they create a form of play.
Cats love to chase, pounce, capture, carry, bite and roll around with good cat toys.
The above information has been supplied by Dr. Jon Rappaport. His Credentials are below. I receive information from him often. I would like to share this information with all of you CAT LOVERS. I hope it helps someone that may have a problem. I will periodically be forwarding information that I obtain from him that I believe would be helpful or of interest to you. I hope some of this is helpful for your special pet.
My name is Dr. Jon Rappaport and I'm the founder and CEO of PetPlace.com. I'm a veterinarian and own several hospitals in South Florida. I've spent the last 25 years of my life serving cat crazy people and I've learned a lot and really want to share some of what I have learned with you thru Jaye and The Barkery.