Thursday, May 8, 2014

Declawing Your Cat and How It May Effect Their Moods

 When you declaw a cat you are taking away one of their senses. It's like making a cat blind, without taking away their eye sight. They can no longer defend themselves so it can make them a little stressed. You would have to get a softer kind of litter because the kind you may have been using is now uncomfortable on their paws. I do not suggest declawing your cat because then if they sneak out and get attacked by something they have no defense against whatever is attacking them. They can't fight back, they can't climb a tree to get away. It can also be very painful for a cat because they are taking the whole claw out and it's surgery thats not needed on a cat. 

A common reasons for people to declaw their cats are that they are scratching the furniture. A work around that it getting more scratch toys for them to scratch and teach them that scratching the furniture is bad. A cat scratches to sharpen their claws just like a hamster chews to sharpen their teeth. So get some of the floor scratchers and some of the pole scratchers or even one that hangs on the wall. 

For more information about declawing your cat click the link below.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Feline Blindness

Blindness in felines can be caused at birth or it can come later on in life from illness or aging. blindness can also be sudden or progressive. Some common causes of feline blindness can be something simple as not caring for an eye infection that occurred. Blindness can also come from diabetes though it is not common. Blindness can also occur when your cat has cancer, trauma, taurine deficiency, glaucoma, cataracts, high blood pressure from other diseases, inflammation within the eye, infectious diseases, drug reactions, and feline progressive retinal atrophy which only happens to certain breeds. The certain breeds which gain blindness from feline progressive retinal atrophy are Bengal, Abyssinian, and Persian There are some ways to detect if your cat is blind, and your cat being blind can contribute to how your cat interacts with certain types of environments and movements. When your cat is blind they are losing one of their senses and it can also become dangerous for your cat if you have more than one floor. Some ways to detect if your behavioral issues from your cat are caused from your cat being blind is:

  • Misjudging heights, bumping into walls or furniture.
  • confusion in new surroundings.
  • reluctance to move from one spot.
  • general clumsiness and disorientation.
  • Easily startled.
  • Rubbing or squinting of the eyes.
  • Cloudy, discolored, or tearing in the eyes.
  • Dilated pupils that don't respond to light.
If you believe that your cat may be blind then I would make an appointment with your vet, and they will do a simple check. If they vet feels the need that your cat should be sent to a special doctor your vet with refer you to an Ophthalmologist who will do a deeper check of your cats eyes to find out what may be causing the blindness. If your cat is blind there are ways to make your cat become more comfortable in your house, but for some cases there are ways your cat may be able to gain sight back. For example if your cat has a cataract then simple surgery can gain the sight back in your cats eyes, but if your cat is truly blind for the rest of their life then some ways you can make your cat more comfortable in your house is by:
  • Give extra attention and TLC, This is more important for elderly cats
  • Avoid moving furniture
  • Don't leave anything in walking paths
  • Speak to your cat before entering the room or touching them
  • Refrain from making sudden loud noises
  • Do not let your cat have access to the outdoors
  • Keep all food, water and litter box in the same room and easily accessible
  • Let your cat smell visitors hands before they touch your cat
  • Block access to stairs and other dangerous areas of your home
  • Encourage your cat to use their other senses, sent and sound, as much as possible
You can find more information on feline blindness on this website This is also where I got my information from.
Next weeks topic will be declawing

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Feline PTSD

Feline PTSD is the same thing as with humans. It is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and even though it is more commonly diagnosed in military dogs and people who come back from war. It can also have a huge effect on animals who have encountered a traumatic event in their lifetime. Animals are just like us with the individual brain and feelings. These traumatic events ;even though not as horrifying as war; in animals could be abuse/ neglect, homelessness, domestic violence, abandonment, shelter living, or accident/injury are some of the causes for feline PTSD. In this post I am going to be explaining the symptoms of Feline PTSD and some ways to help your cat with PTSD.

  • Hyper vigilance: The cat may be watchful, alert and cautious even when it doesn't need to be. They can also react to a stimuli very easily and this may cause the animal to not sleep well. 
  • Nightmares: The cat may seem like they are having a nightmare of the traumatic event, and be reliving the event. 
  • Aggression and Irritability: The aggression and irritability of your feline friend will increase without being provoked with something they don't like. 
  • Hiding and Cowering: The feline will hide all the time with it's ears down and will refuse to come out of hiding. 
  • Avoidance: The feline will go out of their way to avoid people and places where the trauma happened. 
  • Hallucinations and flashbacks: The feline will have hallucinations or flashbacks of the traumatic experience and will act out the way it did when the event originally happened, but it will act more aggressively and with more avoidance then it did when the event first happened. 
  • Easily spooked: The feline will be spooked by a sudden noise or movement, and will often over react to the noise or movement.
  • Overly dependent: The feline will seem more clingy and will not be willing to be left alone for a certain amount of time. 
  • Lack of interest: The feline will lose it's interest in toys, food, and treats. Which could result in extreme weight lost if the feline refuses to eat. 
You have to remember that some breeds have these traits to begin with, but when your feline expresses them suddenly then you should be concerned. The best thing to do is to bring your feline to a qualified vet to make sure it is not a health problem. When dealing with a feline with PTSD it is best to remain in a quiet and calm house and to stay close to your pet until they can coop with the traumatic event and recover from it. Sometimes hiring a pet psychiatric can also help your animal recover from the traumatic event. 

All of my information came from:

Up Next: Blindness

Friday, April 4, 2014

Can Human Emotions Be Affecting How Your Cat Is Acting?

There are multiple things that can affect how your cat is acting. One of them is being able to tell what your cat is trying to tell you, and another is the way the humans are acting in the house. In Jackson Galaxy's show My Cat From Hell the second most used treatment is also fixing the human relationships. He says that the cat can read the emotions between the two humans and the cat will take the emotions in and will act out. If the couple is fighting the cat senses that will take those emotions and use it as energy. So a simple solution to finding out if your cat is acting out because of the emotions in the house is to simply look at your relationship with a friend or significant other and find out if there are any emotions there that your cat might be picking up. If not then there is something else going on with your cat that could be causing your cat to act out.

Coming up next Feline PTSD

Friday, March 28, 2014

Body Language Of A Cat

Have you ever felt like you try to talk to your cat but you just don't know what they're trying to tell you? Well that is about to change. I have seen every episode of My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet and the one thing that Jackson seems to stress about in every episode to the owners is learning how to read your cat and what they are trying to tell you. Even if it seems like your cat is just attacking you randomly without purpose. It's likely something that they were trying to tell you through their body language that you weren't understanding. Here are some tips on how to understand your cat when they are speaking to you.

Tip number one- when your cat starts wagging their tale it means that they don't want you to do what you are doing anymore. Some people take this body language as they are happy and want you to keep doing it, but that only goes for dogs with a cat it means they are done.

Tip number two- If you cat is in a uncomfortable situation then they will walk away from the situation and sit with there back to the situation. This can be a good step forward if your cat was acting out randomly to a situation they felt uncomfortable in. This is also a good way to be able to tell what type of situation your cat is feeling uncomfortable in. 

Up next situations that could cause your cat to act out

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Re- Introduction last stage

You should now be able to intermingle them again at this point and continue the playing feeding cycle with them both. If that isn’t working as you’d hoped then try taking the bully for a walk to also get the energy out of the cat in a positive way instead of taking the energy out on the other cat. You also want to keep playing with the cat to keep getting the energy out as well. They have a harness and a leash for a cat in the pet stores. If getting the energy out of the cat still doesn’t work then you could try a fermaine diffuser. What the diffuser does is it releases calming hormones which makes the cat happy. It does the same thing as if you were to rub the cats cheeks or places which release the happy hormones. They have the diffuser which you plug into the wall and refill once a month and they also have calming treats and collars. If you get the diffuser then you want to put it in the room where they spend the most time together so that they get the most from the diffuser. The collars and diffuser didn’t work for us but you could give it a try it might work for you. The diffuser has made a little bit of an impact on the cats where Aurora won’t chase spooky in the kitchen but she is still does chase him elsewhere.

Coming soon Cat Body Language

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Re- Introduction part 3

Okay so if you are reading this post you should be done rotating the blanket and it should be completely off at this point. You are going to leave the gate up and the food and water where it is but you are going to start intermingling your cats now and showing them positive ways to interact with each other such as playing. Playing can be very good for your cat when they are being a bully. It allows them to spend their energy somewhere else besides on the victim cat. You want to find out how they like to play; do they like to catch flying animals or do they like to pray on things on the ground? Find what they like and make them play till they are tired. You know when your cat is tired because they go through 3 phases.
Phase 1: Lie down but still play
Phase 2: Lie down and wont move but will continue to play
Phase 3: Won’t play anymore at all

When your cats gets to phase three feed them together then separate them once again for the night. You want to have them play then feed them. When you play with them and feed them they feel like they are eating what they just prayed on so it gives them the reward of playing with each other and working together to catch something and gives them positive energy toward each other.