I have been a cat owner for more than three decades. There is just one annoying chore that I really hate, scooping cat litter! Don’t get me wrong, I really love my cats. At the same time, I have a difficult time getting motivated to clean out their litter boxes. I hate the smell and don’t like to dispose of their waste. It has been like having a part time job taking care of the litter box. So, I decided to look on Amazon to hopefully find a solution. Here’s what I found:
Cat Central at LovingOurHome.com. The place for people who love and treat their cats like family.
Tips and advice for true blue cat lovers.
Over the years, I have had the pleasure of loving a few finicky cats in my home. Each cat had their own unique personality. I, of course, had to adjust to meet their individual criteria. Here are a couple of frustrating issues that I had to contend with and how I solved them.
Don’t Litter Where You Eat…
My first cat, Colors, was so picky at eating her food! I soon realized that it was because I had placed her food too close to her litter box. Duh, who likes to eat their food near where they relieve themselves? I know I don’t. So I made sure that her food was in a totally different room than her litter. That immediately solved that issue.
During the harsh winter months you are probably going to become concerned about how to help keep stray cats warm. This is especially true for people who care for and love animals. Cats are designed by nature to survive outside successfully, even in very cold temperatures, but they still need our help from time to time — even more so during the winter. Here are a couple of tips to help you make a warm outdoor shelter that helps them survive the brutal winter.
Shelter and Outdoor Heating Pad (Low Wattage)
Cats pretty much groom themselves, but there are some ways that you can help your kitty get clean if needed.
The first step to groom a cat, especially if he is new, is to give him a bath. There is much debate over whether cats ever need baths at all. In my opinion, they need baths once in a blue moon. Bring him into the bathroom and lock the door. Your cat will probably start to look at you out of the corner of his eyes at this point, so you’ve got to act quickly. Put a bottle of cat shampoo on the tub and turn on the water. Put kitty in the tub and slowly wet him with your shower nozzle. If he doesn’t like it, just put a little bowl of water next to him in the tub and cup water over him. Soap him up, rinse him off, and then wrap him up in a snuggly warm towel (they love this part).
Cats and dogs are wonderful to have in your home. They give you endless, unconditional love and affection through out their life span. However, if they become riddled with fleas, it can make you both miserable. Here are a few tips that can help prevent flea infestation in your home and on your pet.
1- Check your pet regularly for fleas. You can easily tell if a pet has fleas by shaking their hair over a white paper towel and then running it under water. If the specks turn red, that is flea dirt (blood from biting your animal). In that case a treatment is needed immediately. Also, part their hair with your fingers to look at their skin for any redness, irritation or bumps. Definitely do this if you yourself are experiencing bite marks in clusters on any part of your body. Also, monitor your pet regularly for excessive scratching. The earlier you catch the problem, the easier it will likely be to control the situation.
Some personal advice about how to domesticate a feral cat from someone who has done it twice.
There is a lot of literature online about how to domesticate a feral cat or homeless cat and feral cat rescue, but I can add to this advice with my own personal experience taking in two feral cats.
** I personally don’t recommend trying to domesticate an older feral cat who is aggressive or won’t allow a human to touch or come near him — especially if you already have cats in your home. Use your best judgment. **