Wednesday, December 11, 2013

4 Great Ideas on What To Get Your Pet Cat This Christmas

For those people that treat cats as part of the family, Christmas is a special time to spend with them and may want to include them in the seasons' festivities.  Although cats may not comprehend what Christmas is, it is another opportunity to make your feline friend ecstatic! 
Cat Feeder
It is best to know what would make your pet cat purr with happiness and what he would appreciate.  The following are a few examples that may help you in your dilemma.  A toy like a mouse or better yet a mechanical one that would keep him entertained and keep him  busy for hours.  Another nice gift would be an cat feeder preferably an automatic one.   This may seem like it would  more of a present to oneself, since it relieves you of the burden of feeding your cat, but it may be more convenient for him to eat whenever he wants or maybe feed himself if you stepped out of the house for a bit.  
Water Fountain
A water fountain may also be a good idea.  One should look for a water fountain made especially for your feline friend.  As you may know, cats just love to drink from running water and this fountain would be perfect for him and still provide his water supply.  
Scratching Post
A scratching post or cat tree is also another great idea.  Cats love heights and scratching.  So you would be catering to his love of heights and his physiological demand.  Mostly, adult cats sleep. So getting a new bed will be greatly appreciated by your cat.  It would be a great idea to place it on a window sill, or shelf that is still safe, hold his weight and accessible to him.  
Heating Pad
Since cats like resting in cosy plazes, it would be a good idea to get him a heating pad.  Another gift of which your cat would truly appreciate.
All the mentioned suggestions are only of the samples of what to get your cat for Christmas.  One thing to remember is to give the cat something that is natural to them but not had everyday so the cat distinguishes that it is a treat and therefore enjoys it more.

Mark Perry is a dedicated veterinarian for Canada Vet with over 20 years experience. A farm boy born and breed, Dr Perry loves all animals but he has a special place in his heart for working animals, particularly working dogs and horses.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Pet Cat Care While You Are on Holiday

The holidays will be here before you know it. This is a time when friends and families gather to enjoy each other’s company and share meals. This often involves individuals leaving their cats when they travel for a couple of nights or more. People who live with felines have the problem of how best to care for them when traveling. In cases that are rare, cats go with their owners on a vacation. However, most either are boarded at facilities or stay at home. The down side is that cats are left without care all alone. Owners sometimes believe that their cat will fend for themselves and end up being fine if left with a couple of litter boxes, water and a lot of food.

Best for Your Kitty

In the perfect world, felines would get care at home from a doting, caring care-giver even while their real owners are traveling for work or on a holiday. The fact is that it is at home that cats feel most secure. They have established routines, are territorial and have favourite nap places, favoured toys and windows to look out of. They are used to the specific sounds and smells and are used to eating scheduled meals. Even if many times, care at home is ideal, it is not always a possibility. The next option that is best is to board pets at facilities that can provide care that is great.

Not an Option

It should never be one of your options to leave your cat in your home to take care of herself. Ideally, they need a caregiver to tend to them twice or at the very least, once a day. Stuff that is unexpected does happen, including medical problems and acts of nature. Cats need litter boxes that get a scoop at least daily, food and fresh water. In addition, some do develop separation anxiety and become stressed when they are alone. The fact is that cats do not do very well when they are all by themselves.

Making Arrangements

If it is at all a possibility, arrange a caregiver to tend to your cats. A friend or pet sitter and even someone who visits routinely twice or once a day should do. 

Mark Perry is a dedicated veterinarian for Canada Vet with over 20 years experience. A farm boy born and breed, Dr Perry loves all animals but he has a special place in his heart for working animals, particularly working dogs and horses.