Cat spraying ( inappropriate urination) can be a real nuisance. Stray urine can ruin your furniture, your clothes, and all kinds of other items you keep at home.
In last week’s blog, we explain how problematic the behavior can be; however, the good news is that you don’t just have to sit by and wait it out. Discouraging this type of behavior will hopefully save your home from being littered with puddles of urine.
Let’s get to those helpful tips now. Continue Reading…
Not every aspect of cat ownership is pleasant and one annoying behavior is known as cat spraying.
You may not know it by name, but you’ve likely encountered it before if you’ve shared a home with a cat. Spraying is basically when a cat urinates on unusual spots. Usually, the targets for spraying include piles of clothes, curtains, and pieces of furniture.
Ways to address cat spraying will be addressed in next week’s blog; however, in this article will help you understand the behavior. Continue Reading…
Convincing Fluffy that her new home is safe after moving is easier said than done. Her animal instincts probably have kicked in and calming down is not on her agenda. It’s your job to show her that the new home is an acceptable space.
We already talked about the things you can do to make moving easier for your cat in an earlier article, so now, let’s turn our attention to some purchases that will also prove very helpful. Continue Reading…
Relocating is tough for any pet cat. They are creatures of habit and when you take them out of their comfort zone, they tend to get overstimulated and stressed out.
It’s painful to see our pet cats that way, but moving is sometimes inevitable. The best you can do as their adopted parent is to help make the transition as smooth as it can possibly be.
In this first article, we will highlight the different things you can do to help the move easier on your cat. We will detail the items you can purchase to achieve that same goal in a next week’s article.
Let’s get started. Continue Reading…
Cats can get into accidents too.
In last week’s article, we talked about the different reasons why cats may fall from high places accidentally. The reasons are quite varied, but the thing we really need to focus on here is the fact that we can easily protect our cats from accidental falls.
You don’t need to do anything special. Some practical home changes and exercising a bit of added caution on your part can ensure that your pet cat will not fall victim to an unfortunate accident.
Without further ado, let’s talk about the things you can do protect your cat from potential falls.
Secure Your Windows To Prevent Falls
The best way to ensure that your cat will not suddenly fall out of your window is to secure the window itself. Windows are among the favorite hangout spots for cats and they also have a tendency to take naps there especially when the weather’s on the warmer side.
To make sure that they don’t accidentally fall out of one your windows, WebMD recommends installing sturdy screens. You can also make use of adjustable screens as long as they are secured tightly into the frames.
Improve the Cooling in Your Home
Among the reasons why cats like to sleep near open windows is because the wind helps them cool off. Cats struggle with high temperatures just like we do and you can’t blame them for seeking cool air wherever it comes from.
In order to discourage your cat from always sleeping near windows, you can make the inside of your home a cooler place. Feel free to turn the air conditioner on during those particularly warm days.
With the air conditioner turned on, there’s no need to open up the windows just to cool things down. That also means your cat won’t be putting himself/herself in a precarious position.
Remember That Cats Don’t Understand the Dangers of High Places
If you fell from a high window because you lost your balance, chances are that you won’t be hanging around that spot very often in the future.
Cats don’t always pick up on that though, according to the Mother Nature Network. Even if they’ve previously fallen from a high window, they may still give in to their instincts or follow distractions, causing them to drop from that spot again.
Keep a close eye on your cat to make sure that he/she does not fall victim to the same dangerous spot once more.
You can’t stop cats from climbing up high places, but you can do certain things that will prevent them from falling accidentally. Take heed of the tips above if you want to properly protect your pet cat from any kind of accidental fall.
We at TAILored Cat Services will watch over your pet diligently to make sure he/she does not get involved in any accident. Enjoy your time away because your cats will always be safe with us. Call us at 425-923-7791 or browse our website to learn more about how we can help you and your cats.
Cats are famous for being agile and possessing this uncanny ability to avoid harm. They are among the most graceful animals to walk the Earth, but even they can still be involved in falling accidents.
Though this may come as a bit of a surprise, cats are actually prone to falls from high places. Accidents like that are common enough that the phenomenon of cats dropping from a very high perch is now known as high-rise syndrome.
What’s truly concerning is that these accidents can be incredibly harmful to cats. They can cause broken bones, internal injuries, and even death in some cases.
As a cat owner, you must do all you can to ensure your pet doesn’t fall victim to high-rise syndrome. We’ll talk about the things you can do to protect your cat better in a next week’s article.
First, let’s discuss why cats tend to fall from high places.
A Fondness for High Places
According to Pet Assure, cats climb up high places for two reasons.
The first reason is because they feel safe up there. From their elevated perch, they can keep watch over their surroundings. They can feel more secure.
The other reason why cats love high places is because it’s fun for them. They get to stretch out their bodies and use their claws while climbing. Climbing is a full body exercise for felines.
It’s hard to discourage cats from climbing when it means so much to them.
Lack of Complete Control May Lead To Falling
Cats are so adept at contorting their bodies in so many ways, that we assume that they have full control over what’s going on at all times. That’s not the case though.
Just like us, cats that have fallen into a deep slumber can experience the REM stage, according to PetFinder. When they do, they tend to lose control of their muscles. All those involuntary moments can cause them to fall especially if they’re sleeping on a narrow window ledge.
Distractions around Them
Have you ever noticed your cat just looking up at the sky and letting out those short meows? That’s probably because he/she saw a bird outside the window.
Cats have this tendency to get fixated on the things around them. Sometimes, they get so distracted that they forget where they are and end up falling.
A cat chasing a bird may not realize right away that he/she can’t fly. That can lead to an accident.
Even though they are regarded as incredibly agile and well-balanced animals, cats are not immune from falling accidents. Several factors can cause them to fall from elevated locations and it’s up to you to prevent those accidents by understanding why they happen in the first place.
Are you concerned about your cat’s safety? Count on us at TAILored Cat Services to keep them protected from any possible accidents. Please feel free to contact us by calling 425-923-7791 or browsing our website.
Previously, we discussed treat guidelines for how often you should provide them to your pet cat. We’re not done talking about them because there’s still a lot that people may not know about them.
It’s not enough to understand how often you should give treats to your cat. Being aware of which treats are worth purchasing/preparing is important.
To help you out, we’ve listed some things to keep in mind when it’s treat time. Treats aren’t as healthy as specially formulated cat food, but there are still good and bad variants. Continue Reading…
We love seeing our beloved pets happy and few things can get them as excited as knowing they’re about to receive a treat.
As soon as your cat sees you pull out that bag of treats, he/she probably runs circles around your legs and meows constantly at you. It can honestly be the cutest thing!
In a perfect world, we can just give our cats all the treats so that they are always happy and full. You probably already know that doing so is not a good idea though. Giving your cat some treats is fine, but spoiling them is a different matter.
You don’t have to stop giving treats altogether though. In this article, you can learn more about certain guidelines that will ensure that you’re not going overboard when it comes to treating your pet cat.
Treats Should Not Be a Significant Part of the Diet
They’re called treats for a reason and that’s because they are supposed to be special items provided occasionally, not all the time.
Speaking to WebMD, Maria J. McGeorge, DVM, said that treats should only account for a “very small part of the diet” because they mostly provide empty calories.
At most, your cat’s diet should only consist of 10 percent treats and that’s still pushing it.
Use a Treat as a Reward
So, how exactly do you reserve treats for special occasions? Well, one way to do so is to utilize them as rewards.
Play around with your cat so that he/she is able to get some exercise. If he/she responds to it, you can provide a treat after.
It’s also not a bad idea to use treats as peace offerings of some kind after giving your cat a bath or a brush. He/she may even start looking forward to those if he/she knows that treats are coming later on.
Bond with Your Cat with the Help of Treats
If you’re giving your cat a special treat, you might as well get something out of it too. Lure your cat in with the treat and use it to get some precious bonding time.
Your cat may even be more receptive to some belly scratches and pets while he/she is receiving the treat. Opportunities like those are precious, so make the most of them.
The temptation to spoil your cat with treats is often hard to resist, but you need to do exactly that. If you want your cat to stay healthy and happy, learning when and when not to provide treats is crucial.
TAILored Cat Services will ensure that your beloved cat receives the right amount of treats whenever we’re watching them. Tell us exactly how you want the treats to be provided and we’ll follow those rules to a tee during the cat sitting session. Learn more about how we care for cats by calling us at 425-923-7791 or by browsing our website.
We obviously never want our pet cat to contract an illness of any kind, but if that does happen, it would be helpful if the symptoms were obvious. Cats may very well end up displaying very obvious symptoms (click to read last week’s blog), but that does not happen all the time.
In certain situations, the symptoms pointing to your cat being sick are very easy to overlook. To give yourself a better chance of spotting these stealthy symptoms, please continue reading below. Continue Reading…
There’s nothing worse than realizing your pet cat is sick. To see him/her having a hard time dealing with an illness can feel like torture at times.
You may even end up wishing that you were the one who’s feeling under the weather instead of your pet.
Thankfully, some of the symptoms indicating that your cat is not feeling well are quite obvious. These signs will likely catch your attention even if you don’t watch over your cat 24/7.
Without further ado, let’s highlight these obvious signs and learn about what they could mean. Continue Reading…