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Archive for September, 2010

Introducing a New Kitten to Your Cats

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Many of us animal lovers probably already have a least one pet at home but can never seem to say “no” to that stray kitten you’ve been feeding for a few days or the beautiful little kitten up for adoption at the local pet store.  You may be hesitant to add any new members to the family because you don’t know how to introduce your new pets to your current pets.  It doesn’t have to be hard!  Here are some simple steps to follow!

1.  First and most importantly, take the kitten to your vet for a thorough exam to ensure he is completely healthy and does not have any illnesses that could be passed on to your pets at home.  Getting everyone sick is not a good way to start out!

2. After your kitten has been given a clean bill of health, he’s ready to go home and meet the household.  If your kitten is a little timid and scared, you may want to give him a day or two to adjust to the house on his own, meaning give him a room all to himself with plenty of toys, different places to sleep, food, water and a litter box.  Keep him isolated from the rest of your pets until he seems more comfortable and less scared.  Once he is more adjusted and a little more confident, bring your current cat and your new cat to a large room such as the kitchen, living room or large bedroom.  You want to be sure there is enough room for them to “get away” if they need to but not completely leave the area.

3.  Do not force your cats to meet each other.  Simply allow them to roam around the room and investigate one another as they wish.  Forcing one another to be close together could cause a fight or ill feelings right off the bat.  Let them meet each other once they feel comfortable and only intervene if it seems one of them could be in danger.

4.  Do not leave your kitten unsupervised until you are 100% sure your new cats have accepted him into the family.  It only takes a quick second for a fight to break out and someone to be hurt.

5.  Try not to overwhelm your kitten.  If you have more than one cat, introduce the kitten to just one at a time.  Allow him to meet one cat one day and the other the next day.  This will help him to feel more secure and confident than meeting two cats much larger than him at once.

6.  Don’t ignore your current cats.  Cats, as you well know, are very particular and do not like to be ignored.  Make it a point to spend at least 15 minutes per day for the first two weeks alone with your current cat to reassure him that he is not being replaced and has nothing to worry about with the new addition.  This will help your current feline residents to accept the new one even faster.

7.  Be patient!  Some cats take awhile to adjust to something new in the house.  It may take a day, it may take a few months – just be patient and let the cats do their own thing.  They have a language only they can understand and a method that only makes sense to them!

Pros & Cons of Declawing Cats

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Many cat owners have struggled with the decision to get their cat declawed or not.  Some think there is no other choice than to have it done to save their furniture.  Others would never dream of it.  So, we’ve put together a pros and cons list for everyone to make an informed decision!  First, the pros!

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Are These Poisonous Plants in Your Home?

Monday, September 13th, 2010

There are many plants that are poisonous to cats and dogs that grow outside.  But what about the ones we bring in to our home to decorate our tables, mantles and other areas of our house?  Are those safe to our cats?  Here is a list of the most common poisonous plants to cats.

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Friday, September 10th, 2010

This is an age old question that every cat owner has asked every vet or other expert they’ve met.  And many of us usually don’t get a straight answer…or at least not one that makes any sense for our specific cats.  So we did some digging and found that there are really only a few reasons that felines like eating green every once in awhile.

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How to Make a Pleasant Bath Time for Kitty

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Everyone knows that most cats absolutely hate being in, near or around any body of water that could potentially get them wet.  This makes giving your cat a bath more of a struggle than bathing your dog, depending on your dog, of course.  Here are some helpful tips to make bath time less stressful for you and your water-fearing feline.

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Flea Control for Cats…But Is It Dangerous?

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

We all know that having the proper flea medicines for our pets is an important step of being a responsible pet owner.  Another part of being a responsible pet owner is knowing all the facts about the medicines we give our pets, such as Advantage.  There are side effects your pets, especially cats, may have to this specific flea medicine.

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How Much Playtime Should a Puppy Have?

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

Many new puppy owners ask this question to anyone that will listen and get different answers each way.  You don’t want your puppy to be a constant ball of energy because he doesn’t get out enough but you don’t want him to sleep the day away either.  So how much playtime is too much…or not enough?

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