Create a paw-fect environment for your pet this Bonfire Night

Hi everyone,

I know that we’ve already had some fabulous tips on this from Anita our expert cat behaviorist but with the dangers of fireworks to our fur friends and the main firework event in the UK literally around the corner we thought it was important to do another shoutout!

Thanks,

Marc

Create a paw-fect environment for your pet this Bonfire Night with IAMS

IAMS Veterinary Expert, Kellie Ceccarelli shares her advice for keeping cats at ease

Your cat is a vital member of the family and as such, we understand that you’ll want to do your very best for them. Whether it’s playing with them, taking them to the vet or providing them with a premium diet which is both enjoyable and supports their health, keeping your pet happy and active is an important and rewarding role.

With firework season on the horizon, it’s a key time for you as a pet guardian to ensure you’re aware of the steps you can take to minimise the impact of the unexpected and deafening bangs that your cat will fear. Passionate about ensuring healthy vitality in pets, IAMS Veterinary Expert, Kellie Ceccarelli shares her advice for supporting cats through what can be a traumatic time.

Provide a purr-fect environment for your cat
As you spend a lot of time with your pet you’ll notice if they start acting out of character for example repeatedly trying to hide or escape, pacing and acting restless or refusing to eat. Although this can be distressing to watch, there are ways you can help to manage the situation and ensure your pet remains as calm as possible during Bonfire Night. By following these simple steps it won’t be long before your feline is back to feeling more agile and enjoying life.

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1. Keep your cat company

Contact your local council to find out when your area is likely to have fireworks and try to ensure someone is available to keep your cat company during the planned display. However, cats in general are more independent than dogs and will usually find their own place to hide during fireworks. To keep them safe it’s best not to let them out during the evening by blocking any cat flaps and bringing a litter tray into the house. They will most likely want to pace around, meow or find somewhere they feel more relaxed. It’s important not to disturb your cat unless stroking or holding them makes them feel less anxious.

2. Keep doors and windows closed

Make sure all blinds, shutters, and curtains are shut during fireworks displays to black out the flashing lights and leave the lights on inside so that fireworks are less apparent. Overall remain calm, shut the curtains and pop something on in the background to disguise the noise.

Photo credit Inge Wallumrod

3. Create a safe haven

Make up a nest for your pet with their favourite blanket, cushion and one or two familiar toys, where they can escape to during a fireworks event if needs be. Feed your cat there if they are more comfortable, with a 100% complete and balanced diet like IAMS Proactive Health for Cats. The tasty pet nutrition is high in animal protein and helps to promote strong muscles, healthy skin and a shiny coat, with premium ingredients, that are mouth-wateringly tasty, leaving them purring for more.

By following the above steps, you can help to ease symptoms of fear in your cat allowing you to once again enjoy an active lifestyle together once firework season has passed.

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Happy #TRT – Tummy Rub Tuesday (Week 161)

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another week of Tummy Rub Tuesday! Oh, and if you haven’t subscribed to our newsletter yet, why not sign up by clicking here to never miss a TRT again.

We have setup a Katzenworld Forum and would like to encourage everyone to make their entries for Tummy Rub Tuesday on our dedicated Tummy Rub Tuesday post. Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments!

Meet Brenna from Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck

This adorable Tuxedo is called Sylvester and he joins us from Espiritu en Fuego/A Fiery Spirit

This adorable fluffball is called Cookie from RoseyToesSews!

Adorable Benji from catsandtrailsandgardentales.com is back for another tummy rub!

This beautiful little Maine Coon is Sassy! She just turned one year old and loves her tummy to be rubbed. Sent in by Don via email.

Adorable Oreo is back for another round of tummy rubs. See more at Cats and Life.

Alternatively you can still send them in via info@katzenworld.co.uk. Or just leave a comment with the link to the post / photo you’d like us to use.

And in case you missed last week’s post click here to see the full list!

Now we need ALL of you! Do you want to see your cat featured and join our fun blog roll? Follow the steps below. 😀

All you need to do is post a photo or photo story of your fur-friend on your own Blog and add your post link and photo into our Tummy Rub Tuesday post within our Forum.

Simply leave a comment on the post and attach the image you’d like to use. If you’ve got more than one image to use, make multiple comments! 😀

Should you not have an own Blog you can participate by sending us an email with your photo to info@katzenworld.co.uk – just let us know what you would like to have listed as source! 🙂

And to make it fair your cat photos don’t have to be a tummy shot we do understand that not all cats like showing off their belly! So any fun photo story will be fine but tummy ones will be even better 😀

And on next week’s #TRT we will be posting photos with links back to all you guys in the weekly Tummy Rub Tuesday post!!!

A big thank you to all participants from all of us here at Katzenworld.

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My partner and I are owned by three cheeky cats that get up to all kind of mischief that of course you’ll also be able to find out more about on our Blog

If you are interested in joining us by becoming a regular contributor / guest author do drop me a message.

Caring for Mature Cats

The lifespan of cats can be quite varied, their average life expectancy is 15 years, although in rarer cases they may even survive into their twenties. Recognising that your cat is moving into their final years is important, so that you know when to start catering for their changing needs.

The most obvious sign that you can look out for is that your cat will move considerably less. Their mobility will decrease, meaning that access to areas they may have previously favoured, e.g. on top of a cupboard or on the window sill, will no longer be possible. You may also find that your cat sleeps a lot more than they once did. As a result of these two symptoms of ageing, you may notice your cat start to gain weight.

A further result of maturing is the slowing down of the digestive system. It is important to alter what they’re eating to ensure they’re comfortably getting everything they need from their diet. The quality of the food being fed to pet cats is important throughout their lives, but in their more senior years when their digestive system is slowing down it is even more so than usual. High quality, easily digestible meat content is essential, without any waste ingredients.

As well as a high quality diet, additional vitamin intake is advisable to help with their slow-moving digestion. The vitamin intake can also help support the immune system which can decline in older cats.

The coat of elderly cats can become dull and dry. The AniForte Omega-3 Salmon Oil provides a number of health benefits for animals, it promotes strong bones and good constitution and can even prevent loss of fur. A healthy nutritious diet should show itself in your cat’s fur.  Salmon Oil promotes a glossy coat, which can help improve the appearance of ageing cats.

Ageing can take its toll on the teeth and gums of our feline companions. Inflammation can occur and will need dealing with before the problem worsens. Look out for mouth odour and redness or bleeding in the gums, in more severe cases cats may even suffer from a loss of appetite

If any of the above symptoms are recognisable in your pet, it means that their age is starting to show and their joints may well be suffering as a result. Just like humans, old cats can suffer from joint wear and tear and arthritis and should be treated accordingly. It is best to do so with natural remedies, the AniForte Joint Perfect Devils’ Claw consists of 100% natural African devil’s claw. It supports the metabolism in ligaments, tendons and joints, improving the overall joint mobility and movement.

As well as the above, there are a number of conditions that your cat may encounter as they get older. Most notably blood sugar disorders and issues with the thyroid. As a general rule, it is key to pay attention to whether your cat’s water intake has increased, if their eating habits have changed and whether they are suffering from diarrhoea or vomiting. By being observant and spotting any issues early on, you can give cats the best chance of living out their later years in comfort.