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How the Experts Buy Cat’s Toys

Every cat needs to have a set of toys. Cats and kittens are very inventive and have been known to entertain themselves with items found around home. There are many types of pet toys available, so you are guaranteed to find several that your cat will love. Depending on your budget, you can buy mechanical or battery operated toy mice or birds, or simple low cost toys like a catnip mouse.

Before you buy any toy, be sure that it is safe for your cat. Examine all toys before you bring them home, and make sure that they do not have any small pieces that could fall off or be clawed off or chewed off, because they could become a choking hazard. Avoid toys with small parts like bells, glued on plastic eyes, pompons, small foam balls (your cat can chew off foam and swallow it), marbles, feathers, or anything small enough to go down your cat’s throat. Never let him play in or around plastic bag, it is not a toy. The bag’s handles could slip over your cat’s head or wrap around his throat, and he could suffocate. Safe choices include ping pond balls, small plastic balls, paper bags with not handles, cardboard boxes, balls of paper, rolled up socks, and catnip mice.

Rotate the toys every few weeks to keep your cat interested. If you discover that a toy is worn or cracked, replace it with a new one. Leave the toys out while you are at work or gone for the day so that your cat can play when you are not home. They will help to keep him from becoming bored.

Now, let us discuss a little bit on cat’s grooming supplies. Although cats are very clean animals who groom themselves every day, they need some grooming assistance from time to time. When buying your pet supplies, purchase a brush and comb designed for cats. If you have a long haired cat such as Persian, you need to buy a brush and comb designed for grooming long haired breeds. Smaller, softer brushes and combs are also available for kittens.

Other grooming supplies you should have on hand include cotton balls, mineral oil, a small pair of scissors, pet shampoo, a towel, a toothbrush designed for cats, feline safe toothpaste, nail clippers made for cats and a styptic pencil.

Instead of relying on metal ID tags, some owners use microchips to identify their pets. A veterinarian can inject a microchip directly into your cat or kitten. The chip does not harm him, and it can be inserted at about eight weeks of age. It is a permanent form of identification, and it cannot become lost or removed by the cat

As a conclusion, sharing your home with a cat or kitten can be a rewarding experience. You will take on new responsibilities, have new challenges, and become an important part of your cat’s daily life. In return, your feline companion will give you enjoyment, loving affection, and brighten your days for many years to come.

Cat and Kitten Grooming

Cat and kitten grooming can be fun for you – and essential to help your cat or kitten maintain good health. Here are some easy techniques to help keep your kitty in tip-top shape.

Dental Health

o Sniff your cat’s breath – foul breath can indicate tummy problems or gum disease, which need vet treatment.
o Gently lift your cat’s lips and look at the gums – healthy gums are generally firm and pinkish, with clean teeth without brown staining
o Gum swellings and/or red or white colours can be due to gum problems
o Brownish or caked teeth indicate dental problems
o Also look out for dark red lines at the gum lines, or red, swollen gums; gum or tongue ulcers; pus; loose teeth; problems chewing; a lot of drooling or pawing at the mouth area.

All of these signs show the vet needs to examine your cat or kitten. Many people don’t know that gum swelling can sometimes happen during more serious illness. In any case, of itself it can lead to painful dental disease.

Cleaning a kitten or cat’s teeth

o Prevent the majority of dental or gum diseases by simply regularly cleaning their teeth.
o Check with your vet beforehand for gingivitis, which cats and kittens are very prone to. It could make tooth brushing painful for them.
o Only use a special cat tooth brush and toothpaste; ask your vet to recommend a brand for you, as human toothpaste can damage cat’s heath. Human toothbrushes are too big and harsh – again ask the vet for recommendations. Some cat toothbrushes can be worn on your finger
o Start by gently touching the gums with your fingers or a cotton bud (USA: ‘cotton swab’) several times.
o Later, allow your cat or kitten to taste the cat toothpaste, by smearing a small amount along the lips a few times.
o Gradually introduce the cat or kitten toothbrush to delicately and gently brush teeth with cat or kitten toothpaste.
o Give chew toys which promote dental health, which you can ask your vet about. These are particularly useful if you only feed ‘wet food’ (cans, pouches or non-dried-meat or fish products), although still of value for cats on dry food diets. You can also buy specific diets for cats with more severe dental problems but get your vets advice before you spend you money. Some products are endorsed by the USA’s Vetinary Oral Health Council (accepted by the British Vetinary Dental Association and the European Vetinary Dental Association).

Some tips on problems to look out for:

o Dark red lines along the gum line – especially in older cats, can be sore and even ulcerated
o Wobbly teeth and abscesses
o Inflamed mouth lining – inside of mouth looks red, tough to swallow properly Sores or swellings on the upper lip which slowly grow larger
o Swellings under the tongue (Salivary cysts)
o Mouth and/or tongue ulcers (sometimes occur during respiratory or kidney illnesses)

All of the above = immediate trip to the vets.

Brushing & Bathing

Mostly your kitten or cat is ‘self-cleaning’ but they do benefit from some help.

o Regular cat brushing removes dirt and helps distribute natural coat oils
o Use a special cat brush, you vet can recommend one for your particular cat – the needs vary by breed (or cross-breeds, in the case or our non-pedigree!).
o Brush short haired cats once or twice weekly- or of course, as specially advised by your vet)
o Brush long haired cats daily – their coat can otherwise become matted and irritate them. Don’t ignore matted hair – gently tease it untangled with a slicker brush – ask your vet to recommend one. NEVER pull the hair, as this is painful and stressful for the cat and it won’t get hardcore tangles out in any case. If the matting is in multiple ‘clumps’, or one severe ‘clump’, take your cat to the vets – they’re very very used to dealing with this problem.
o Make it a gentle, stress-free regular time with lots of cat treats.
o Choose a quiet place in your home and start by stroking then using the brush, then back to stroking and give plenty of treats – build an association that this a nice time.
o NEVER scold or punish cats or kittens that don’t take to grooming; gentle persistence is the key. They’re stressed and frightened, rather than wilfully ‘naughty’.

Hairballs

Longhaired in particular are affected by hairballs, caused by ingesting too much fur. Cats may vomit hairballs, or have diarrhoea which you’ll see contains clumps of fur. Regular grooming can prevent hairballs forming by removing old and loose hairs. For persistent hairball problems, you must take them to the vet – there are products they can recommend to stop this happening, and persistent vomiting or diarrhoea is not good for their health at all.

Bathing

This is probably only really necessary if they have been in contact with oily, greasy substances which are too much for them to handle by licking off. Gently bathe them using special cat shampoos -human shampoos as these may irritate the skin. Seek you vets advice immediately if they come into contact with chemicals (such as rolling in wet paint or wood treatment products, etc) – you don’t want them ingesting the chemicals by licking them as they clean themselves.

How to Groom Your Cat

If you want to stop your cat shedding hairs than try doing these 5 things.

Tips for cat grooming:

1. Brush your Cats Hair every day!

This must be done, in order to keep your cat well groomed and to collect any loose cat hairs. Brushing a cats hair is really the only way to get rid of dead hairs and loose hairs that would fall onto your clothes, furniture and floor otherwise.

2. “Mop” Your Cat’s Coat.

This means you take a wet cloth or wipe and so to say “mop” your cat’s fur.

Because of the wet cloth, a lot of your cats hairs will get stuck to the cloth and not shed onto your floor.

Remember to rinse the cloth out thoroughly before using again on your cat. Do this as many times as necessary until the hairs on the cloth become less.

3. Clean your Cat From the Inside out!

Often, what our pets eat has a big effect on how their health, coat and skin ends up looking.

If you want your cat to be a healthy cat, with soft furr that doesn’t shed so much, then make sure your cat eats good cat food that has Omega 3 inside as well as Omega 6 fatty acid.

Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acid reduces cat hair shedding and soften your cats skin.

I recommend California Natural Cat Food, since it’s made with nutritious Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that help soften skin and reduce excess shedding.

4. Shampoo Your Cat!

Shampooing your cat, makes your cat’s coat healthier and washes away any loose cat hairs. Also, the healthier your cats’ coat is the less your cat will shed hairs.

You can shampoo your cat while you bath your cat.

5. Bath your cat!

Bath your cat every two or so weeks with a shampoo designed for cats. If your cat hates baths and gives you too much trouble in the tub or sink, you can use a wet cloth, some disposable wipes or water sprays. (Make sure NEVER to spray the water INTO your cats face or eyes! Cats hate that.)

Water helps remove loose hair, which can sometimes be missed by the brush or comb.

Take an empty washing basket or plastic container. You don’t have to bathe your cat in deep water, even up to your cats knees will do. Then the only thing left to do, is to take a cloth and wring the water onto your cat’s back. Be VERY CAREFUL when bathing your cat, the water must NOT be too hot, or too cold or too deep! Go here for tips on bathing your cat.

What You Should Know About Cat Care

Most cats are perfectly capable of cleaning themselves. However, you will still need to perform certain tasks in order for your kitty to enjoy good health and hygiene. Proper cat care and grooming is essential in order to avoid fleas and ticks making their home on your cat. It is also advised to inspect for any skin problems, injuries, or bald spots at this time. Here is some advice on keeping your cat looking its best.

You need to purchase proper cat care and grooming tools in order to make your job a lot easier and more effective. You will need a brush and comb set, scissors and a cat glove. Make sure that all of these products are specifically designed for the care of your cat.

Keeping the hair washed and neat is one way to keep your cat looking good. The best way to achieve the desired results is to comb and trim the hair on a regular basis. Utilize a brush with a number of tiny pins for tidying up your cat’s coat. For easier brushing, make sure the head is comparatively small. Brushing your cat in the direction of hair growth is the correct technique. If you don’t do this, you may receive plenty of scratches from your angry cat.

An important part of cat care and grooming is that you have to give them a bath from time to time. To make the job as easy as possible, wash her in her carrier and use a towel to help ensure she is as calm as can be expected. Select a shampoo made for cats that will produce a good lather. It should also make your cat more comfortable by stopping dry, chafed skin.

Making certain that your cat doesn’t get matted, knotty hair is another vital part of cat care. If your cat’s hair is long, trim it on a regular basis using proper grooming tools along with a comb. Your cat has delicate skin, so take care not to cut or scratch it by mistake.

Not only will shedding be decreased, but brushing will be less difficult and smoother via the use of cat grooming gloves. Find a pair that can be washed in the machine. You can also use it to get cat hair out of your upholstery and carpet.

The difference between a well-groomed, healthy cat and one with tangled, matted hair can be the proper equipment. The tools you use for cat care and grooming should be utilized in a way that makes the experience calm and pleasant for your cat.