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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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.

Taking care of your cat while travelling by car

You may come across many dealers and car companies, saying “We know cars, cats in cars”, but taking care of cats in the car can be a daunting task. While your cat might enjoy the ride, you have to be very careful about taking the right care your companion while driving to ensure that they don’t hurt, sick or feel trapped.

Here are the top ways to take the right care of your cat, when you regularly take your cat out for a drive.

Talk To Your Cat’s Vet

Before taking your cat for a journey in the car, it’s vital that you talk your cat’s veterinarian and learn some basic tips to travel with a cat in the car. Also, check out what to do if the cat becomes carsick.

One of the best ways to get your cat used to the car travel is by taking the cat out for small drives. Practice driving short distances with your cat to acclimate them to the car.

Acclimatize Your Cat To a Cat Carrier

If you are planning to use a cat carrier for your cat, then it’s important that you acclimate your cat to the carrier. Take the carrier out well in advance, clean it up and put it in the living area.

Place a clean towel in the travel carrier, which smells either like you or your cat. If you leave the travel carrier open, and allow your cat to explore it, your cat will become a little acclimatized to it, and won’t be too stressed during the travel period.

Disposable Litter Trays

As it’s not practical to take your cat’s usual litter box with you we would recommend to take a few disposable litter trays with you.

Don’t Leave Your Cat Should You Park Your Car

During hot weather, the temperature in a parked car can skyrocket within seconds, even when you have parked your car in the shade. A car can get hot enough to cause a heat stroke or worse to your cat. And don’t forget that while your cat might have been fine travelling in the car with you that may not apply without you as it no longer feels safe without its companion.

Even during winters, the temperature can plummet enough that your cat feels the freezing cold inside the car.

Feed Your Cat Before the Journey

Ensure that your cat has eaten a light meal four to five hours before you start the journey. This should hopefully mean that your cat will have used the litter box prior to starting the journey thus making the journey more comfortable for yourself and your cat.

If you are going for a long ride one of the disposable litter boxes as well as feeding sessions will of course be necessary. If you are only travelling for a couple of hours or less it’s best not to feed them during the journey as this could lead to motion sickness and vomiting.