How to Control Overweight in Cats?

December 07, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeds, cat toys, Diseases, General, Home Remedies, pet insurance

Fat Cat

Obese cats are burning problem amopng cat owners. A statistics confirm that 30-40% of all the cats and dogs in the United States are overweight. How to Overcome this problem of overweight in cats? This is million dollar query. Who is the main cause for this overweight? It is no other the you, the pet owners. Overfeeding, lack of exercise and too many treats are the culprits.

Our cats don’t know that they are overweighed and need to go for dieting unlike human beings. But we, the pet owners can contain this obese condition by changing our ways of feeding them, giving them more exercise and holding back on extra treats.

The cat diet should include less carbohydrates, and no fas diets. As the weight of the cat is increasing day by day, they will eat more than it requires. Most of the cat owners are in a false hope that cat spayed or neutered is the reason for overweight. It is not so! If the cat is fed with too much of calories, no exercise and normal aging will help to add on the pounds.

An overweight cat should be shown to a vet in order to check the following parameters-

1.Heart check up

2. Thyroid check up and

3. Minor blood parameters to rule out metabolic problems.

The cat should eat everyday but with less quantity of nutrient rich feed. Don’t think that fasting a cat will help your kitty to loss excess pounds.

Obese cats are prone for all diseases, which include diabetes, pancreatitis, arthritis and hepatic lipidiosis. Never start to reduce your kitty’s weight without consulting a cat vet because their metabolism is entirely different that of dog. Cats are carnivores, but dogs are omnivores.

If you want to change the diet, do it carefully. Mix current food with that of newfood. Gradually reduce the old feed with new feed in order to reduce weight of your cat.



Interactive cat toy for a happier pet and owners

August 14, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - cat toys

Interactive cat toy brings about immense joy, both to the pet owners as well as the cat. This toy helps in improving the physical health of the cat besides alleviating the depression and the boredom of the cat. The cat owner and the cat can have good fun time together.

It is proved beyond doubt that the cats too have feeling like human beings and all other animals. The cats get depressed when chips are down for them. The change in behaviour of the cat will help us know that the cat is depressed. There are many reasons for depression. Lose of companion, change of environment, arrival of new animal and boredom is few to mention.

Besides the cats are very sensitive and can be disturbed greatly even by the slight change behaviour of the pet owners. The cats can be very well aware of the time at which the owners leave and come home. For example if the pet owner goes on tour and does not come home at usual time, the cat will be very restless. The will keep going to the door to look for him. They will rush to the very sound of the door bell. In the absence of owners for long time, the cat will slowly loose its appetite, restrict playing , become nervous , get excited very easily etc. This change in behaviour is nothing but depression signs
This depression can happen in case the pet owner brings in yet another animal, be it fellow cat or any other animal. The cat will get jealous of the new animal as the attention of the pet owner gets deviated or at least shared.  The reduction is play time with the owner will push the cat to boredom and soon depression follows.

Once it is confirmed that the cat is depressed, only way to bring the cat to normal is by increasing the play time. Interactive play is what is required to cajole the cat faster. Caressing the fur by the owners helps a great deal.

Cats are natural predators and they love hunting. Toy mouse is one of the best toys available to help the cause. The cats can be seen enjoying its mock chasing the toy mouse. The toy mouse is operated by a remote control unit with joy stick. The pet owner can manoeuvre the mouse with the help of the joy stick thus making the cat’s chase difficult and more enjoyable.

The cat that is made active this way will come out depression soon. Besides, the cat will remain healthy, eat well but will not put on more weight that required. The heart, lung, stomach etc are kept in good condition. There will be very less possibility for disease problems and to some extend the ageing process can be delayed.   

Get to Know Cat Furniture Types before Buying one…

December 29, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, cat toys, General

In many homes we can see cat lovers who know that cats love gifts. They understand that the more they keep them in luxurious and adventurous environment, the better the cat is. You can find cat furniture such as cat trees, cat towers as well as the necessary cat litter box in many pet stores. The refined cat litter box interior is easy to clean with parts that can always be replaced if they are worn out or damaged. There are many websites available where you can find all cat products. The products like the cat trees, cat tower are unique, elegant, appealing, and safe for children and other pets, sturdy, tested for strength, and made of non-toxic materials that do not need any special products or chemicals for cleaning. There are also modern cat walks and cat houses that are unique so that the kitty can create his or her own world of wonder, whether it’s a daring leap from shelf to shelf on the wall-mounted cat cloud or a comfy snooze inside the privacy of a cubby.

Cat furniture like The Lotus cat tower and Little Lotus cat tree, for instance, are constructed from best quality wood in a variety of wood grains and colors and modern Zen-like design that complements almost every décor. In addition, these cat products provide kitties with virtually enormous climbing, jumping and scratching delight. All cat furniture and accessories come with warranties and can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. All these products come with all the tools and equipment necessary for installation or you can arrange for it to arrive pre-installed. While the cats appreciate themselves by keeping they always clean and it’s always good to keep the furniture clean and are maintained properly.

Reason For Chasing a Thing by a Cat

February 12, 2010 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Breeding, cat toys

The behavior of chasing starts when your cat is as kittens. Tossing, batting and poking around small objects are how kittens learn to stalk prey. One of my cat tossing a toy in the air, and then she run like crazy again. Do you know why? This is because cat family is known for chasing a prey to quench their thirst of hungry. In other words, chasing is their natural instinct.

When they chase a toy or a thing, it will develop the survival skills, which would help them provide for themselves if they ever needed to do so.

Have you ever seen you cat stomp on her toys? Yes they will! It is mainly due to the fact that your cat wants to hunt and kill the prey.

Cats are classified as a bugger, mouser or birder. This is nothing but the preference of cat towards the toy that mimics catching bugs, mice, or birds. These cat toys will stimulate them to interact.

There are many interactive toys available in the market that mimic the motions that cats love. Do gift these cat toys on your cat’s next birthday to enjoy the actions and movements involved with the process of hunting from which they create a form of play. Happy Toying!!!


How To Make your Cat So Busy?

February 05, 2009 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - cat toys

Do you know cats are natural hunters and predators? Actually they are born to hunt and stalk. Most of the wild cats are spending their energy for chasing their prey.

But what your pet cat will do for chasing? If you have a mice in your house, there is no problem. Otherwise, your cat may have very little to stalk and chase. 

Have you ever thought this point? You should provide indoor cats with something they can instinctively try to stalk and track. The thing you should provide will help your cat to bat around with her paws.

I searched the market to get a perfect replacement for a live mice and came across a  very cool mouse toy that claims to satisfy the needs of your cat’s "inner hunter". This toy is called the Undercover mouse. This cat toy is adjudged as the best new cat toy of 2008 by the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association.