“I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.” ― Jean Cocteau

Monday, 20 January 2020

When cats grieve - how you can help

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Mourning animals is well known. Should a cat fall into mourning, people should do everything to ensure that Kitty can survive her difficult time. The reason for the grief must also be found. It is often quickly identified, but sometimes it is not so clearly visible to humans. A sensitive impact on the animal and a lot of attention and loving understanding can help that the house tigers gradually rebuild. We are happy to provide a small guide to help you know if your cat is grieving and what you can do to help her. Because in such a time your house tiger needs you.

Why cats can grieve
Cats are sensitive beings who, once they have loved someone, will miss them when they are no longer there. These can be playmates outside, people or their own owners, other animals and partner animals. If these die, or leave the animal life for other reasons, this often leads to a period of mourning for the house cat This grief is fine and should be respected.

However, this must not be a permanent condition, because some cats experience a longer suffering, so that they are even close to losing their own will to live. A change of location, such as a move or a longer stay outside of the usual environment, can put cats in mourning. If this occurs, the animals will behave clearly. They are usually very different from everyday life. This should be observed urgently, because grief in cats can quickly become a problem, especially if you become aware of the effects of grief, and if you think about it over a long period of time, everyone will raise the alarm bells.

These signs can appear in grieving cats:

  • The cat suffers from anorexia
  • She pulls her hair out (if she doesn't have a pregnancy)
  • She curls up and sleeps a lot
  • It looks lethargic
  • The cat hides a lot
  • The animal is irritable and aggressive
  • It bites, scratches and looks extremely tense
  • She is looking for a lot of attention and cuddle units
  • The house cat does not want to be touched and avoids humans
  • The socialization with other animals does not work, the cat feels pushed back

Every pet owner is of course immediately aware that none of these conditions is permanent and good for the cat. It is therefore imperative that the animal is no longer atrophied, but that it finds its own courage to live again. Many kittens or cats has already died of deep grief. Under no circumstances should this happen. We don't want to stir up panic at this point, but it certainly can't hurt to go to the vet if the grief phase is too long or the grief is too deep.

Understanding and support
Generally, every cat has a different way of coping with grief. As with humans, this is very different and varies from character to character, the phase lasts a little longer or just shorter. However, if the animal breaks down heavily, refuses to eat and shows strong depressive signs, the vet should be consulted immediately. In cats whose partner animal has died, a new animal should only be integrated after a break. Because like us humans, cats have a grief phase after a death. This time should really be given to the beloved four-legged friend. With some cats, it helps to support them with homeopathic remedies. If the feed has been refused for a long time, supplements may have to be added. This is a form of dietary supplement that must be “approved” by the veterinarian.

One way is to provide distraction. Whenever possible one should deal with the animal. At some point the little tiger can be moved to join in. If nothing works, professional advice must be sought. In fact, there are depressed cats who, due to various causes, display very depressed behavior. Here too, medication and therapeutic measures can be used. After all, every cat owner wants their animals to be well. Once the grief has been overcome, the house cat can also open up again and will surely gradually find its way back to its old form. This is also a way to be followed. With much love and understanding for the beloved animal, this phase can also be survived. In addition, it must be mentioned that the bond between the animal and the owner can be strongly strengthened.

All posts relating to pet health are for informational purposes and should not be used instead of the advice of a vet.

Sunday, 31 March 2019

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Mango the hitchhiking cat from Bangladesh settles in Basingstoke

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Mango the hitchhiking cat from Bangladesh settles in BasingstokeA stowaway cat who miraculously survived a flight from Bangladesh in a suitcase full of mangoes, pineapples and rice is settling into her forever home.

The cat – named Mango as it’s thought she survived by eating the food in the suitcase – was adopted by Sarah Lacey and Matt Bonner from Cats Protection’s Ferndown Homing Centre, Wimborne.

Sarah, who lives with her partner Matt in the Kings Furlong area of Basingstoke, said: “We were amazed when we learned how Mango came to be in the UK. She must have been so frightened – it’s a miracle she survived.

“We’re so happy to have been able to give Mango a loving home – she’s brought us so much joy.”

Mango came into Cats Protection’s care after she was discovered in the suitcase when the flight arrived at Heathrow and the charity was alerted to her plight.

A fundraising appeal was launched to help pay for Mango’s care during her six months in quarantine. 

She was then transferred to the charity’s Ferndown Homing Centre in Cobham road, Wimborne.

The owner of the suitcase, who travelled to the UK from Bangladesh in May 2018, recognised the kitten as belonging to his maid and said she must have been on two flights – and therefore through several airport luggage systems - before finally arriving in London. 

Once recovered from her ordeal, Mango became a friendly and playful young cat but occasionally nervous, so she’s enjoying lots of gentle interaction and reassurance from her new owners. 

Sarah said: “Mango is settling in brilliantly. She’s gaining confidence, is full of energy and is so much fun. She’s taught us to play fetch with her favourite toy fish and purrs when we stroke her.

“But I think she’s happiest when snuggled under the duvet with us on weekend mornings.” 

Source: https://www.cats.org.uk


Friday, 22 March 2019

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Why are cats scared of cucumbers?

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We’ve all seen the hilarious videos. You know, the ones where a cucumber is placed near a cat, and they totally freak out about it. Yes, it’s so funny, and we can spend hours watching them, but just why are cats so scared of cucumbers?
We decided to search around for the answer and put forward all the theories. So, if you’re anything like us, you might want to stick around and read this.

Theory 1 - It creeps up on them
There’s a common theme within the videos - the cucumber is placed near the cat when they are not expecting it.
Understandably, cats are always aware of the unknown, and they are always on alert. When they see something that they’re not used to, they will quickly escape. It’s quite clever really.
We’re sorry if this ruins the magic of the videos, as in theory, anything could scare a cat if you sneak up on it.

Theory 2 - It looks like a snake
When we first read the first theory, we found one major flaw - cats don’t react that way to other objects. Surely more things have taken a cat by surprise, but they don’t react in the same way.
Many have suggested that they react in that way because they look like snakes.
This is understandable - they’re long and green, and when placed there with no reason, it’s just the first thought that a cat has. We don’t blame them.
Snakes can actually attack and eat cats, hence why they react in such a way.
That being said, all the videos we’ve seen, the cucumber has suspiciously been placed to shock the cat. Who’s to say they wouldn’t react the same to a pineapple?

Is it good for the cats?
Well, as comical as we might find it, turns out we shouldn’t be doing it.
Obviously, it does cause the cat quite a lot of stress, and it isn’t the decent thing to do. We shouldn’t be purposely scaring a creature that is constantly on guard, just for a few laughs. Yes, the videos might be funny, but they will cause your cat to be distressed, it’s just not worth it.
Not only that, in a way to get away from the threat, the cat might break something, or hurt somebody/something, in an act of desperation.

We hope this answered the common question about why cats are scared of cucumbers. By all means, have a giggle at the videos that are already online, but remember, it’s in the best interest of the cat to not try and scare them yourself.

Do you have any crazy theories about the cucumber fear? We’d love to hear them, and we’ll share them around. 

Answering the top most common cat questions

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Being a parent, to any animal, is a stressful job. Sometimes we think there’s something wrong, we’re doing something wrong. It comes with its ups and downs (though, a lot more ups), and this can be made worse, simply by not knowing what the answer to some of the most common questions.

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Friday, 15 February 2019

When the cat is home alone....

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When the cat is home alone....

The door closes, the cat remains alone at home. Some cat owners lean back and relax when you say this sentence, while others are struck by a sheer panic. Not all cats deal with this situation completely casually. There are numerous candidates who literally go crazy, crushing and shredding everything that comes into their claws and later greeting their owner with a gentle purr and innocent look when he returns home. Or they have turned the apartment into a bombing field, hiding and reacting aggressively to the returnee. Today we explain how you teach your cat that "staying alone" is not a drama.

The first time at home alone

A cat or a kitten that has only been in the family for a few days should not be left alone. A short shopping spree for a few minutes is fine. But the new roommate cannot stay alone for hours. The reason for this is that the cat doesn't know enough about the apartment and therefore can't orientate itself properly yet. Besides humans form the closest reference person of the animal. If he suddenly leaves the house, fear and panic can actually arise in the animals. It is correct not to leave the cat alone for the first 2-3 weeks. Who must to the work, must take itself for this period of time vacation. Everything else leads to serious problems in the later living together as well as that it is absolutely unfair opposite the cat. Young cats who have not yet completed their 4th month of life should not be alone for several hours a day. In addition, each cat is different. That means you can never say when a cat is ready to stay alone. Who observes its animal well and trains the loneliness, can lean back however sometime likewise relaxed, if the topic is addressed.

Training to be alone for cats

First of all, it is important to know what the prerequisites are. Experience has shown that many cats, if they live in company, i.e. together with other cats, can bear being alone much more relaxed and serene. On the other hand, cats that are kept alone are often irritated or even disturbed at the beginning. Furthermore, there is a serious difference between a pure domestic cat and a free-range cat. The Freig?nger have much more opportunity itself to let off steam, communicate in the free one with other cats and use usually then the time of the loneliness as rests. House cats however do not have this advantage and must be prepared accordingly differently. With quite young cats the remaining alone can be trained spielerisch. Play with your kitten and then leave the house for a few minutes. Repeat this process every day and keep stretching the time. First 5 minutes, then 10, then 15 etc. until you can stay an hour out of the house. When you return you should praise the cat, greet it and you can also build in a ritual like giving a treat or playing a round. So the animal combines all this with a positive memory. Also with older cats this procedure can function quite well. In this case try it out.

Which cat can stay alone

Not all cats can be left alone. As mentioned above, especially kittens and cats that are new to the family should not be left alone in the beginning. Other exceptions are high-bearing cats and sick cats. Those who have to stay away for a longer period of time, for example due to a business trip, have to make sure that either a different accommodation, as can be guaranteed by the neighbour, or a cat sitter takes care of the cat. Of course, you can't just plan a weekend trip without knowing who is taking care of the cat during that time. This should be self-evident, because animals are dependent on the care of humans. Whether travel, short trip or everyday life, if the cat is alone, it should be provided with everything it needs. Sufficient water, food and play facilities must be available at all times. Furthermore, the cat toilet must always be accessible, otherwise the mishap is inevitable. If you have to hire a carer for the cat, you really have to be sure that he will do his job conscientiously. This includes caring for and caring for the cat as well as feeding and cleaning the litter tray. Ideally, you should choose someone who has cat experience or keeps cats yourself. You must be able to trust this person completely, because only in this way can you drive away calmly and only in this way can your beloved pet feel well looked after and your absence will not be nauseating for you.


Friday, 16 December 2016

Christmas cat tips

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Christmas has to be a happy time for you and your pet, to make that possible it's important to make sure your cat is completely happy and safe.

The food and decorations that come hand in hand with Christmas can actually be quite dangerous for cats. Obviously, this isn't meant to put you off your holidays but these dangers should be made aware of, just so nothing puts a downer on your break.


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