Happy National Pet Month (ad)

Hello everyone,

Today we’ve teamed up with our friends from Tesco Bank to celebrate the UK’s National Pet Month.

National Pet Month is all about celebrating the special bond that we have with our pets and of course to promote responsible pet parenting!

Oli and me started our celebration day with some quality time together! Of course his sister started getting a bit jealous and what you can’t see or should I say hear is that she was meowing quite a bit at us to tell us to get up and get the party going!

We decided to make it as much of a surprise as possible for our two so decorated the party area and put out toys and treats for them to find before opening the living room door again.

Of course being cats their natural curiosity immediately kicked in after we opened the door. 😀

Oliver: *Munch munch* And look toys!

Nubia: HOLD ON!!!! I SEE STRINGY WORMS!!!!

Oliver: Those are party streamers…

Nubia: And they are MINE! 😀

Nubia: This is the BEST present EVER! 😀 A scratcher with a giant string covered in rainbow worms. 🙂

Oliver: Those are still party streamers sister…

Nubia: Whatever they are I love them. 😀

Oliver: In that case… I’ll have all the toys. ;o

Nubia: Not so fast!!! Not my favourite present… 😮

Nubia: I’ve not had so much fun in a long time. 😀 My humans sure knew how much I ❤ string based toys.

Furthmore as nice as it is to celebrate a special moment with our pets it’s also important to point out what responsible cat guardianship looks like! 🙂

Feeding Time:

Cats are carnivores and therefore you want to get high quality food that is high in meat content! For example for our little pet party we only used grain free complete food.

You may think that for snacks it won’t be a problem and while this may apply to small quantities it’s always best to look for meaty alternatives such as freeze dried meat cubes!

Often people ask us why is some food “complete” food and other’s isn’t? Well primarily this is down to the taurine content! Cats MUST have taurine in their diet so double check that when you buy food that it has a label stating it’s complete food!

Providing your cat with a high quality diet will minimise the risks of health issues related to poor diets and thus helping you reduce vet costs.

Environment enrichment:

I am sure all of us have heard the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” and that’s because cats just LOVE to explore and investigate so we as their guardians have to ensure that this is reflected in their environment!

Also unlike dogs cats are not confined to living just on the ground with us – they love 3-Dimensional aspects to their environment such as cat walk ways.

Now while not all of us will be able to decorate our houses like the above cat cafe did we sure can provide for some great stimulation by adding larger scratchers and cat trees to our place! 🙂

When choosing a scratch tree make sure it’s large enough for your cat(s) and especially in multi cat households make sure that there are sufficient platforms to give space for all of your cats.

Also don’t forget that cats grow! So if you’ve got kittens think of the future not just the today!

As a general guideline cat’s like stretching themselves out and a scratcher should provide a long enough side for them to be able to do that.

As you can see Nubia doesn’t shy away from this rather large scratching pole. 😉

Of course enriching their environment is not just about scratchers and cat trees but also about toys and games, as a tip you can even combine food with games!

There are plenty of simple and complex puzzle feeders available and while a store bought one is a good solution for most people why not try and make your own?!?

Old toilet paper rolls make a perfect stack and a cheap and interesting puzzle feeder for your cats.

Indoor versus Outdoor:

Your cat used to have access to the outdoor world but this is no longer possible?

Sometimes, cats that have previously enjoyed the freedom of the great outdoors suddenly have to adjust to the indoor lifestyle. In an ideal world, all indoor cats know no other existence, but this isn’t always possible. Things change. Cats may need to become indoor cats; here are just a handful of reasons why owners decide to start keeping their cats indoors:

  • Infection or disease – For example: FIV cats need to be kept indoors to protect other cats and reduce the risk of infections in cats with the virus.
  • Increased traffic risks in the area – the addition of new roads or extra housing being built
  • Fighting with other cats in the neighbourhood
  • To protect wildlife – Some cats kill a lot of wildlife and it’s not uncommon for cat owners to decide to keep their pets indoors if their cat hunts frequently
  • Road deaths – Some owners who lose a cat to the road decide to keep other cats indoors to prevent further losses.
  • Wandering cats – Reduce the risk of cats going missing or finding new homes.

Amongst the enrichment tips that we gave you earlier it’s also important to make sure that you don’t have any toxic plants in your house!

First Time Pet Guardian?:

You haven’t found your furever friend yet? Well our biggest advice is adopt don’t shop! There is most certainly going to be at least one shelter near you that will have cats and dogs in needs of a forever home so get on the internet and find out! 🙂

Further to all the tips we’ve given here you might also want to check out our guide for first time cat guardians.

We hope you all found this useful and why not join us and promote responsible pet ownership or celebrate your pet by hosting your own pet celebration party to celebrate National Pet Month and show the world that you and your pet are best friends forever!

Thanks,

Marc

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11 Cat Breeds That Love Water – Who Knew

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Mike James:

11 Cat Breeds That Love Water – Who Knew

How does your cat feel about water? Does he like to get wet? Play in puddles? Take a bath? And the ultimate: Does your purry companion enjoy a swim in the pool now and again? By now, you’re probably sniggering into your morning cuppa at the very idea because we all know that cats hate water. Or do they?

Think about it – it’s normal for many Big Cats in the wild to treat lakes and rivers as part of their natural habitat. Tigers and jaguars, for instance, are excellent swimmers and often live near water. There’s even a ‘fishing cat’, a medium sized wild cat from West Bengal, that can often be seen hunting along the edges of watercourses, happy to dive in to catch prey and swim long distances.

Are our domesticated moggies really that different?

You might be surprised to hear that many cat breeds actually don’t mind being in and around water, and some absolutely love it. Here, Mike James – a cat lover and regular contributor affiliated with Compass Pools takes a closer look… So, if your feline friend seems to have a strange affinity with the wet stuff, dig a little deeper into his family tree and perhaps you’ll find evidence of one of these 11 breeds.

  1. Maine Coon

Big, furry and highly intelligent, Maine Coon cats have a history of working on ships to help with pest control. Their fur is dense and water repellent, meaning these felines can withstand cold temperatures with ease. Maine Coons are said to be fascinated by water wherever they find it, including splashing around in their water bowls, toilet bowls and bath tubs. Apparently, they’re quick to learn how to turn a tap on too. Here’s Lenny, learning to swim:

  1. Norwegian Forest

A cousin of the Maine Coon, the gorgeous ‘Wegie’ also has a thick water-repellent resistant coat that’s designed to keep him warm and dry in the harsh Norwegian climate where this natural breed comes from. Indeed, Norwegian folklore has it that these cats were Viking family pets. Norwegian Forest Cats are excellent hunters, with prey including birds, rodents and fish – watch out if you have a fish tank or garden pond! They are said to have a particular affinity for water.

  1. Abyssinian

Originally from Ethiopia and the coastal areas of the Indian Ocean, this active fun-loving breed is believed to be the oldest domesticated cat. It’s an energetic breed that is always on the go, needing a lot of attention. Abys are said to have an unusual liking for water and love splashing around in bowls, showers or outdoors. Leave the tap running and they can have hours of fun. In fact, your Aby cat is intelligent enough to learn to turn it on without your help!

  1. Manx

A short tailed breed from the Isle of Man in the Irish Sea, the Manx cat is an intelligent and very social breed that loves company and enjoys dog-like ‘fetching’ games. As an island cat, it’s perhaps not surprising that this breed is said to love swimming in the sea. Entertain your cat with a simple water dish or invite him to join you in the shower – or the swimming pool, like this cat:

  1. American Bobtail

A big, muscular cat with a very social personality, American Bobtails are often called the Golden Retriever of the cat world – they can be trained, they love to play in water and they may even walk on a leash! These are smart, energetic short-tailed cats can often be found dunking their toys in water and will learn to turn the tap on so they can splash around in the water underneath.

  1. Japanese Bobtail

Like their American cousin, Japanese Bobtails are another short-tailed cat breed that loves the water. They’re sociable creatures that love to play, and they can be trained to play ‘fetch’ and even walk on a lead. The water resistant coat stands them in good stead as they’re very fond of getting wet – splashing around in water bowls, dipping their paws into water wherever they can find it, under taps or even in the toilet bowl. Check your aquarium or garden pond too.

  1. Bengal

As descendants of the Asian Leopard Cat, Bengals have a wild cat appearance and chances are that they’ve inherited their love of water from their wild ancestors. These cats will play with anything in water – throw some cat toys into water and watch your kitty stalk and chase the floating items. Whether you spray your cat with water from the shower or invite him to join you in your outdoor pool, a Bengal cat delight in it. Bengals are super intelligent, to the point of opening the bathroom door if they feel all the fun is happening without them.

  1. Egyptian Mau

It’s been widely reported that Egyptian Maus love water. Certainly, this athletic breed with a wild spotted appearance has top notch hunting skills and loves being active. Whether playing with the kitchen tap, dipping a paw into the bath tub or toilet bowl, water seems to hold a particular fascination. Some Maus may even get into the shower with you! However, as we all know, every cat has its own personality – just because it works for Felix doesn’t mean Kitty won’t be running a mile in the opposite direction at the mere suggestion of water.

  1. Savannah

A wild hybrid cat that descends from the African Serval, this is a large and very active cat with a boldly marked coat with beautiful markings at the corner of their eyes, large ears, a long neck and long legs. A smart cat, the Savannah is known for its love of water, bathing and swimming. This one likes to join the family in the pool:

  1. Turkish Angora

With a silky coat and a long body, the Turkish Angora is an active cat that’s always interested in water play, despite his delicate appearance. Attention seeking and easily trained, these cats may relieve indoor boredom by splashing around in sinks and bath tubs or getting in the shower with you. Outside, Turkish Angoras are known for playing in ponds and streams – it seems, any water will do.

  1. Turkish Van

You may have heard of the ‘swimming cat’ – it’s the Turkish Van cat which is widely known for its affinity with water. Originating from Turkey’s Lake Van region, this breed swam ashore from Noah’s Ark, according to legend. Growing up in the hot, dry climate, they’ve learnt to cool off in the searing heat by swimming in the lake. The Turkish Van cat is a beautiful breed that will have no hesitation in exploring any body of water – from toilet bowl to paddling pool to swimming pool. Their soft, semi-long fur is naturally water repellent, meaning they’ll emerge dry after a swim or soak.

Author Bio:

Article provided by Mike James, a tech-obsessed, cat-loving content writer

Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye, Euthanasia, or “putting a pet to sleep”, is one of the hardest decisions we ever have to make as pet owners. In the seemingly short time that they spend in our lives our pets become much loved and cherished companions; they are part of our family and for some people they are a best friend, so saying goodbye is always going to be a really hard thing to do.
Most of us fear the day when our pets just cannot go on any longer and we hope that when they do die, they will pass away peacefully in their sleep, in their own bed and in their own home, but sadly for many of us this does not happen and, in these cases, euthanasia is the kindest thing that we can do for our pet to prevent unnecessary suffering and pain.

When Is The Right Time?

Every cat, owner and situation is different. There is no hard and fast rule about when a cat may need to be euthanased because each circumstance is individual. The most important fact to take into consideration is your cat’s quality of life – is it good or not? Continue reading “Saying Goodbye”