by Elise Morgan, Pet Enthusiast
When adopting a cat you have to adjust your home to their needs. Otherwise, the cats might get bored, start scratching your furniture and start knocking stuff off the dresser and shelves. However, this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your own personal space for the sake of your feline friend; you simply have to find the balance, create safe environment and provide some entertainment.
Even though cats tend to take care of themselves, you have to provide some safety for your cats; especially if that is their new surroundings. Install cat flaps on few of the doors so you can provide them a safe way to go outside and get back in. Also, install safety locks on cabinets and doors to keep the cats from reaching for cleaning products, food or dangerous appliances. If you have any toxic plants and chemicals in your home, small fragile objects or any items that could present a choking hazard, make sure to get rid of all those and keep your pet safe.
Cats are pretty active and they are natural explorers. Any new terrain or area will catch their curiosity and they will spend a lot of time climbing and jumping up and down in your home. Sometimes, all this energy and curiosity could lead to a lot of mess in your house, so make sure to provide plenty of space for play. Place several tall scratching posts, set up high shelves on the walls reserved just for the cats and add a few ramps and walkways to keep your cat busy. Also, don’t forget to have enough toys lying around the floor so they would catch the cat’s attention and entertain her.
It is well known that cats can spend more than 18 hours a day sleeping, so make sure your home is comfortable enough. All of them will prefer a soft and warm place where they can rest without being disturbed. Observe the places where you cat likes sleeping the most and think about placing several comfortable cat beds around the house. Usually, those places will be near the heater, radiators or right in front of the windows where it is usually sunny. Additionally, your cats will feel more comfortable if their beds have familiar scents, so put your linen or a shirt to cover the bed and provide a safe place for your cat to rest.
Give Them Privacy
Cats value their privacy and they are usually not as social as dogs. They will desire their time alone, and they are quite shy when it comes to their bathroom time or eating. Your job here is to provide a safe place for their litter box where they are isolated and alone so they wouldn’t be disturbed. Their food bowl should be always accessible and visible, but still in an isolated area.
About the Author:
Elise is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary life that she shares with her 8 pets. She is a health and fitness fanatic who adores hiking, long bicycle rides, paragliding and all sorts of extreme sports. After all, she did spend hundreds of hours in the air. She loves writing about health, beauty, adventures, experiences and life in general.
As the weather gets cold, pet parents are reminded once again to keep pets inside on cold days. Your fur friends can easily be prone to all sorts of hazards, even death, once the weather isn’t so sunny.
Remember that, while your pet has fur, once the weather drops to a certain point, that is no longer enough to keep your furry family member safe from the elements. Cold weather can cause hypothermia, respiratory issues, frostbite, and even death.
The stories and warnings you hear each winter are not rare or overly cautious. Each cold season, pets are affected by the harsh elements, and (if left out too long) die. You don't want to find out the hard way what could happen when pets are exposed to cold weather too long.
While your pet may seem okay outdoors on a cold day, don’t take that as an indicator that he can stay out for long periods of time. Of course, animals like dogs should be let out for potty breaks. They may also be able to play outdoors some and should take walks, depending on how cold it is. But take caution and don’t leave them in cold weather for too long.
You may want to keep your cat inside during the entirety of the cold patch, due to the fact that cats can quickly run off. If you can’t find your cat to bring him or her inside on time, freezing to death is a possibility.
Smaller animals, animals with coarse fur, or animals with short hair are more prone to getting cold than others. If they must go out, be sure to make use of a sweater and booties to keep in the heat, as well as to help prevent frostbite. This won’t allow your pet to stay out for extended periods of time in weather that is too cold. However, it will be helpful during exercise or bathroom breaks.
We’ve all seen those ads and commercials on how quickly animals and babies can die in a heated car. The same is true in an environment that is too cold.
Other things to watch for in the cold weather:
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By Charlene Little, Contributing Writer
Many new cat parents feel that having their cat declawed is doing their cat, and their furniture a service. After all, a cat that is declawed cannot scratch your furniture, shred your toilet paper, fray your rug, or scratch your kids, right? These points may be true, but there is a dark world lurking behind declawing your cat that many people overlook.
You're probably wondering what in the world could be the downside? Well, it is simple. Having your cat declawed could be a death sentence for your furry little companion. Cats have a natural instinct to go outside, whether you like it or not. Lets face it, you don't always guard the door with your life, especially when carrying in groceries.
My cat Misty, in the above picture, is not declawed. However, one simple incident where she slipped out the front door and now, Misty is a three legged cat that is worth a whopping $3,500.
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Charlene Little is the mother of three wonderful boys and a volunteer foster mom for her local animal shelter. She enjoys working with various breeds of dogs and cats in learning social behavior, training, and how to be the successful member of a fur-ever family. She enjoys studying animals' behavior and finding solutions to behavior problems that the everyday person can handle. She covers topics from various forms of aggression and small problem behaviors. Every problem behavior has a solution, and the solution is never to give up on your pet! Love, kindness, and small adjustments could be just what you need.
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