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Old 03-17-2009, 07:44 PM
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If your cat begins to vomit somewhat consistently, he or she may have an intestinal blockage. This can be caused by a number of reasons, but there's a good chance your cat has eaten something they shouldn't have (i.e. string, carpeting, plants, etc.). Consult your veterinarian immediately should this occur.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:45 PM
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When feeding your cat, if possible, try to avoid moist cat food. The dry cat food is generally more nutritious for your cat and will also better help to protect their teeth.
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Old 06-25-2009, 05:05 PM
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After you have taken your cat to the vet for a checkup, he or she may be prescribed medicine. Be aware that like adult medications, there may be side effects with your cat's medication. Be on the lookout for these side effects, such as listlessness, increased appetite, and increased urination.
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Old 07-02-2009, 08:51 PM
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If your cat seems to be listless, confused, walking around in circles, or favoring one side over the other, he or she may have a serious neurological disorder. Consult with your vet to see what they think. If your vet agrees, they should be able to refer you to a specialist who deals in neurological pet conditions for further diagnostic tests.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:02 PM
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If you love cats, but are unable to have one – because your parents say no, you live in an apartment that does not allow them, or you live with someone who is allergic – you can still spend time around cats. Volunteer at your local animal shelter by offering to help with adoptions, cleaning cages, or just spending time with the cats so that they get some interaction with a human.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:57 PM
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Having trouble coaxing your cat to take a pill? If the pill is small, wrap it in a piece of cheese. By the time your cat has taken the bit of cheese, not only will they have eaten the cheese, but the pill as well, since they probably won't realize the pill was in there to begin with!
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Old 08-19-2009, 04:36 PM
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If you have two cats who were adopted together and are roughly of the same age, and one dies suddenly, take extra care with your remaining cat. He or she, no matter what the nature of the relationship of the deceased cat had been, may get lonely and have a rough adjustment to being an "only cat" at first.
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Old 08-26-2009, 08:52 PM
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If you have one or more cats and you decide to add an additional cat into your household, take extra care to make sure your original cat(s) do not get jealous. If you decide to do this, your adult cat(s) will be less likely to be jealous of a kitten than another adult cat, and will also be less likely to be jealous of a male kitten than a female kitten. If you go with a male kitten, try to have him neutered before entering the household if possible, as this will reduce the risk of future bad behavior with the other adult cat(s), and introduce him to the other cat(s) slowly. You may need to isolate the kitten from the other cat(s) for a short time at first to let the other cat(s) know there is no need to feel threatened by the kitten.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:36 PM
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A great training tip for your cats is to keep a spray bottle around. When they start scratching at something or climbing on something, take a quick spray in their direction. They hate it! Soon you won't even have to spray them, just pull out the bottle and they will run for it!
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:37 PM
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Remember to team up your actions with commands. If you are getting ready to squirt your cat or swat at them for being bad, say your command first, act if necessary and then say your command again. Your pet will get used to the command and eventually will not even need the action.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:40 PM
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The reward system also works on cats, similar to the way it works on dogs. Your cat will always remember where their treats are kept, or hidden in my case. With cats though, the reward system only works when getting to do something - not stop doing something. So, if you want them to come, use a command or signal, call for them and then give the treat. Cats take longer than dogs to pick up new tricks as their aim is not always to please a master, so much as to please themselves. Teaching them tricks takes lots of patience and hard work.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:44 PM
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Cats are one of the cheaper pets to entertain. They don't require you buy them toys or bones. A simple shoe string can become their most fascinating toy. Candy wrappers also make great toys as the crinkling sound they make drives them wild. Paper balls are lightweight and they can toss them around. For some reason, my cats love the tabs that you pull off when opening a brand new gallon of milk. A cheap empty water bottle makes a great playmate. It crinkles and slides around the floor easily. Anything small and lightweight that the cat can toss around or makes a little crinkling noise will keep him entertained for hours.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:48 PM
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Speaking of cat toys! I recently splurged and bought a new toy I found at the grocery toy. You know how cats love to chase your feet under the covers? Well this toy brings it to life! It has a stick with a ball and string at the end (bonus!!) and it is attached to a revolving center which is all under a plastic tarp (double bonus = crinkling sounds!!). When you turn it on, the center piece revolves erratically making noises against the plastic and small movements the cat can chase over the tarp. It makes the perfect babysitter if I'm going to be out late and will be too tired to play when I get home. He's already pooped out!
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Old 04-22-2012, 01:02 AM
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If your cat refuses to use a conventional litter box, you may find help in the dog section of your favorite store's pet department. Those puppy housebreaking training pads (a/k/a "wee-wee" pads) make an acceptable substitute, especially if you have a dominant cat who won't let anyone else use his or her littler box(es). And they're easy to pick up and throw away after Nature calls. (Be sure to put a replacement in the same place after every use.)
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Speaking of cat toys! I recently splurged and bought a new toy I found at the grocery toy. You know how cats love to chase your feet under the covers? Well this toy brings it to life! It has a stick with a ball and string at the end (bonus!!) and it is attached to a revolving center which is all under a plastic tarp (double bonus = crinkling sounds!!). When you turn it on, the center piece revolves erratically making noises against the plastic and small movements the cat can chase over the tarp. It makes the perfect babysitter if I'm going to be out late and will be too tired to play when I get home. He's already pooped out!
I can attest to that! We purchased just such an item for our five-year-old neutered male domestic shorthair for Christmas and turned it on for him today. He chased that little "mouse" around for two solid hours! At one point, he'd even dragged the toy up against our love seat to help "trap" the mouse! (Ours even "squeaks" like a mouse when the tail brushes against the polyester cover.)
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