Pet Cats –Ways to avoid Sleep Deprivation

February 12, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Diseases

The cats too suffer from sleeping disorder just like human beings. Many are not aware of this. If you notice that the cat is not sleeping in the wee hours, meowing, playing etc then there is no doubt that your lovely pet cat is having sleep deprivation problems. There are so many studies conducted on the sleeping pattern of the cat. As per that the adult cat spends nearly sixty five percent of their time in sleeping. Out of this 65 %, fifty percent is just the snap and remaining fifteen percent is deep sleep. The sleeping pattern of the kittens is bit different and there will be alternate sleep –wake cycle. The cats just like the human beings require sleep to recharge the supplies of neuron transmitter, form memories, and conserve energy and to repair the damaged tissues.

The cats are nocturnal in nature. Despite this if the cats are not able to sleep during their regular sleeping time, they become restless. If any such symptoms were noticed in your pet cat, you need to take the animal to the nearby vet clinic. The vet will examine the cat completely to rule out the medical problems if there is any. If there are sleeping disorders, the same will be confirmed by the vet by serious of tests conducted on the pet cat. At times the cat may not be sleeping because of lack of attention by the pet owner. At times the cat may not be sleeping as it used to be for want of comfortable sleeping place. If these are the reasons, the problem can be addressed at home itself.

Here are few tips to prevent the cat from disturbing your sleep. The cats can be made to play in the evening. Let the play be interactive toys such as ping pong balls, soft balls, mice toys and other cat toys. Let the cat be given full meal before bedtime. Just like the human beings the cats will get good sleep if their stomach is full. It is a best idea to have automatic feeder that will dish out the feed at appropriate time during the bed time. The feeder may be bit costly but the money spent on that is worth. In addition to that the cat will not disturb you for food as it knows that it is going to the food at required time. But here the care should be taken not to over feed the cat. If the cat is over fed then you need to care for the problems like obesity and other gastrointestinal problems. Let the day time of the cat be scheduled properly to have more active play time which will make the cat tired and such cats will have good sleep at night.

In case your cat loves to socialize with other cat, it will be a good idea to have another cat in the house for its company. The cat will spend time with its company instead of bothering you. The cats will play together at night and will sleep well once they get tired. Let the cats be provided comfortable and cosy bed, so that it can rest well. The cat may be provided a comfortable blanket as additional kit. Let the bed be provided in a secure location so that the cat will have its privacy. Train the cat properly to use the same place for sleep.

Cat Toys- a Perfect Treatment for Boredom?

December 16, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

Considering cat toys as gifts this holiday season?  They make great gifts for people, but I’m not convinced about the cats.  In our household, I am convinced that our cat, Roary, views each member of the family as his own personal plaything.  We are all his cat toys.

 

Ok, truth be told we are all not his cat toys.  I am not a cat toy.  Roary loves my wife.  He plays with her.  Roary loves my eight year old son.  He plays with him.  Roary loves my five year old daughter.  He plays with her.  Roary even plays with the dog.  He stares with the fish, and I think he would like to play with them.  He does not play with me, though.

 

Roary does not like me.  I have yet to understand why.  I put a roof over his head.  My kids even appreciate that.  I provide food.  I figure out what’s wrong with him when he’s sick.  Ok, I don’t do that all by myself.  I have help from a family friend.  Her diagnostic process invariably includes a close examination of the litter box.  And I don’t even get so much as a purr from him.  No, I am not one of his favorite cat toys.  It bothers me more than him.

 

He doesn’t care much for me, but he does like my stuff.  Apparently I have a wide variety of cat toys for our dear furry beast to choose from.  He loves to do terrible things to my shoe laces.  I think he knows when I’m in a hurry, or when I need my shoes to be in great condition.  That’s usually when I find the laces about half destroyed.  Not the shoes, just the laces, just bad enough that I have to change them before I wear the shoes. 

 

There are other items of mine that he’s turned into cat toys.  He climbed into my insulated lunch pail, and “played” with it from the inside out.  By “played” with, I mean of course, that he shredded it from the inside out.  I didn’t notice it until I started to make my lunch for the next day.  He ate some of it, so we got to spend more quality time with the litter box after that little incident.

 

Another favorite one of his cat toys is my ring of car keys.  This one I just plain do not get.  They’re metal.  It can’t feel good to chew on them.  He’s much more likely to chip a tooth, which will show itself as some kind of bad breath, or bleeding gums that will scare the crap out of the kids and make them demand that he be treated by a vet that charges more than a people doctor.

 

So, what type of cat toys can I get for dear Roary?  What will keep him from exacting revenge on me for some as yet unspecified wrong that I must have done him in a previous life?  Or, what can I do to get him to quit using my things as cat toys?