Home Cat Care Part One

We have a great guest post in three parts by Sandra Preston, R.N., Ph.D.

Sandra will review basic guidelines for caring for your cat at home.

What do you do when you have a kitty that  is chronically ill, or suddenly develops a disease that requires constant care?  Don’t panic, relax and have the confidence that you can see the situation through, making both you and kitty comfortable in this trying time.  With veterinary advice and loving home care, you and your kitty can develop a special bond.

First, be aware that your cat is probably very intuitive and can sense your stress and your calm levels. With a little knowledge of some basic cat care, you can feel confident in providing for kitty’s needs. When you are in a state of calm instead of panic, you can work more effectively.

Once you visit your veterinarian and receive a diagnosis, there are simple basic steps to caring for kitty at home . Of course, it is also very important to follow-up as instructed for diagnostic tests, blood work, and medication supervision as needed.  Home care for kitty should be provided as diligently as it would be for any human family member.

A little guidance from a professional,  goes a long way when you are at home caring for your pet. You do not need any special skills to provide home care for your cat.  You just need to take a deep breath and say,   “Kitty, I can do this and make us both more comfortable through this process of illness.”

Remember, your kitty will be aware of your new found confidence and this will enhance his or her relationship with you. And lastly, always ask your veterinarian  when you are not sure or need guidance.  Report any unusual symptoms or abnormalities you notice when caring for your cat.

The next post will have tips on record keeping and an overview on key health tips.

Cats Images Recreate Famous Paintings

Wow! What an innovative idea.  Take a look at this image of the recreation of Guido Reni’s ‘Repentance of St. Peter’ and Salvatore Dali’s Woman in the Window and compare it to the image next to it of a cat in “prayer” and then a Cat in the Window. How clever!  The photos show the cat posed in a similar fashion as in a famous painting. This is cat art at its best!

 

CFA Holds Largest Cat Show in North America!

Do you live in or near Columbus, OH? Come on over to the CFA/Royal Canin World Championship Cat Show at the Columbus Convention Center on November 17-18, 2012!

You will see cats, cats and more cats at the largest show in North America.

20 rings of judging, educational seminars, feline agility competition, breed booths where you can see the cats up close, Ambassdador Pet Me Cats where you can touch and interact with the cats, Garfield appearances and more!

 Fun for the whole family!

Grooming Quality Time for Your Cat

Cats shed some at all times of the year but each season as the days get longer with added hours of daylight, your cat will shed more of his coat. Daily brushing and combing during this time of the year are especially important for two main reasons:
• To help your cat eliminate loose hair so he will swallow less and help prevent hair ball problems.
• To leave less hair around the house.

Even the busiest of cat owners can take a few minutes at the beginning of each day to comb or brush. Once you get into the habit it will only take 5 to 10 minutes per day and you and your cat will look forward to the quality time together. Finding a comfortable spot and position for your cat will make his grooming routine quick and easy.

Grooming also allows you the opportunity to inspect the coat and skin to discover any injuries, abscesses or fleas. As a kitten, you can teach your cat to enjoy his grooming time with you by alternating grooming with petting and playing in a safe, quiet area.

There are a variety of grooming tools out there. As a cat owner, you must find the best and most effective tool for each cat in your household depending upon your cat’s coat thickness, length and texture.

Many groomers recommend a stainless steel comb, one with wide to fine teeth to go through the fur. A stainless steel comb allows you to pull any loose fur out and the comb’s combination of wide and fine teeth helps remove mats, dead hair and tangles. In addition to a stainless steel comb, a bristle brush made from human hair is excellent for long coated cats. It is best to try several grooming tools to see which one you like best and works the best for your cat’s health and beauty regiment.