Anyone who has ever been a cat parent probably has heard a multitude of sounds coming from their fur baby. Some cat parents may have heard a snoring sound coming from their fur baby.
Just like in humans, snoring occurs when the upper airway passages vibrate and make noise during breathing. The snoring occurs when the upper airway tissues are relaxed while sleeping.
Cat breeds that are more likely to be snorers include short-nosed cats and Persian cats.
While the noise may be fascinating and cute, snoring in cats could signify a health problem. The most common health problem that can lead to snoring is a weight problem. If your cat is overweight or obese, excess body fat can accumulate on the tissues that surround your cat's airways, thus producing the snoring.
If your cat has an upper respiratory infection, they might develop a snoring habit. The congestion of mucus buildup in the airways could produce snoring in your fur baby.
If your cat is an outdoor cat, foreign objects, such as grass blades, could accidentally become lodged in the back of their nose or mouth, blocking their airways.
If your cat does snore, it's best to get he or she checked out by your vet. It doesn't hurt to err on the side of caution, especially when it comes to our fur babies.
Those of us who are cat parents want the best for our fur babies. We want to make sure they have all the food they need to stay healthy. We make sure they always have plenty of water to drink. We also make sure that they are warm enough in their beds. Their health and well-being are of the utmost importance.
Through all the busyness of life, however, certain areas may be accidentally overlooked, such as the health of the cat's ears.
Cats rely on their ears in order to hear the sounds around them. The ears are also important for overall health and well-being. It is important to maintain cleanliness of the ears on a weekly basis.
When examining your cat's ears, make sure that the cat's outer ear has no bald spots. When examining the inner ear, make sure that the inner surface is light pink and clean.
Cleaning your cat's ears
Your fur baby may be a tad squirmy during this time, so it is important to pet them and talk to them in a soothing voice. Grab a vet-recommended liquid ear cleaner and dab a tiny amount on a cotton ball or a piece of gauze. Gently fold your cat's ear back and wipe debris and earwax from the outer ear. Avoid cleaning the inner ear because it could cause damage and infection. It is best to contact your veterinarian to assist in cleaning the inner ear.
Cats can be fickle creatures, but there are ways to tell whether or not your cat loves you.
Here are a few ways in which cats are saying, "I love you:"
Also, a slow blink helps as well.
(photo is of my cat Patches)
As humans, we find staring to be rude and, at times, intimidating. In the cat world, it can mean something else. If you have ever been a cat parent, you've probably been the victim of a cat stare. Fear not, it does not mean that your fur baby is going to hurt you.
In fact, a cat stare is friendly. It means that you are the center of their universe. It means that you are the most interesting being in their life. It is a symbol of love. It could also mean that their food dish is empty, but it is mainly a love stare.
When you find your cat staring at you, give them a 'slow blink.' A slow blink is the equivalent of a cat kiss. Cats are very big on body language. Show your cat that you find them interesting as well. Smile at them, pet them, and talk to them. It will make their day, along with some quality playtime.
Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, or you are traveling short-term or long-term, it is important that your little one is properly cared for.
When it comes to cats, being around their toys, their bed, their litter boxes, food and water dish, and even our scent, it keeps them confident that they are being cared for, and that their human has not abandoned them.
If you have planned your trip in advance, be sure to line up a family member, friend, neighbor, pet sitter, etc., to look in on your cat. The person you choose should be someone that your cat is familiar with. Whomever you choose will be responsible for looking in on your cat a few times a day to make sure they have enough food and water. They will also be responsible for cleaning the litter boxes daily and administering medications (if applicable). Your pet sitter will also have one more important task to complete each day: play time.
While cats are independent creatures, they still want to play with their humans. Make sure your sitter sets out time to play with your cat each day.
Now fellow pet parents, before you travel, make sure every area of the house is secure. If you have a feisty cat, make sure that breakables are put away and furniture is secure.
If you have an elderly cat that tends to throw up on occasion, show your pet sitter where the cleaning supplies are. Also provide instructions on how to do laundry in case the cat throws up on any linens.
In case your cat gets sick or injured, make sure your sitter has your vet's phone number.
Pets are a part of the family, and just like we look out for the humans in our family, we need to look out for the furbabies in our family. Will there be some separation anxiety when you leave? Sure. Your cat loves you. A moment without you is like an eternity to them. After a while, the cat will snap out of the anxiety and go about their normal business of eating, playing, and sleeping.
As long as you have a trusted sitter that your cat also trusts, your fur baby will be just fine.
Some humans put their cats in kennels while they travel. I am firmly against putting a member of the family in a kennel. That will cause too much stress to your kitty. It is very important that you find a trusted sitter that can come to the home and look after your cat.
If you've been a cat parent, you know the amusement of watching kitty go bonkers after being given catnip. They well have several minutes of joyful play, and then flop down for rest.
Many new cat parents wonder how often they should give their feline fur babies catnip. The answer may vary depending on the age and health of your cat, but many experts feel that once a week is best. When it comes to kittens, it is best to hold off on giving them catnip until they are at least 5 to 7 months old. They should at least be done with weaning.
It is important to keep in mind that not all cats fall for the allure of catnip. Also, the older your cat is, the less likely your cat will have a substantial reaction to it.
My cat is an elderly cat, and she does respond to the catnip I give her (once a week). She will sniff it, chew it, and rub her face down on it and flop to her side and stretch. She won't play like she did in her younger years. When she was younger, we would give her and her sisters catnip, and they would go bonkers. It was so funny to watch.
I would highly recommend giving catnip to your cat once a week. If you have questions about giving your cat catnip, contact your veterinarian.
Hairballs are among the least favorite aspects of having a cat in the family. They are disgusting and we all cringe when we pick them off of the carpet and furniture.
While we may not be able to completely eliminate hairballs, especially during shedding season, we can minimize the amount of hairballs being produced by our furbabies.
By combining all of the above tips together, you will reduce the amount of cat hairballs being produced, and reducing the amount of time cleaning said hairballs up. That opens up more play time and cuddle time with kitty.
If the problem persists, contact your vet right away.
Valentine's Day is around the corner, and if you haven't gotten a gift for your favorite fido, you still have time!
Valentine's Day has this reputation as being a human holiday, where humans express their love for the other humans in their lives. How fast we forget about the 4-legged fur babies who give us unconditional love. This Valentine's Day, pick up something special for the dog in your life. Here, I will lay out 5 gifts your dog will happily wag his/her tail for.
Spending extra time with your favorite pupster on Valentine's Day will not only do you good, it will also tell your 4-legged friends that he or she is very important to you.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your fur babies!
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if you haven't gotten a gift for your favorite feline, you still have time!
Valentine's Day has this reputation as being a human holiday, where humans express their love for the other humans in their lives. How fast we forget about the 4-legged furbabies who give us unconditional love. This Valentine's Day, pick up something special for the kitty in your life. Here, I will lay out 5 gifts your cat will love!
Spending extra time with your favorite kitteh on Valentine's Day will not only do you good, but it will also tell your cat that he or she is very important to you.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and your furbabies!