When you look at your “tuckered little fur ball” stretched out on your lap, it’s hard to imagine that sweet little thing could have been the cause of the ruckus you heard and recently broke up just ten minutes ago.
Let’s see, “your guy” and at least one of his brothers, managed to do all or some of the following in 10 minutes flat:
1. Play tag
You’re on the first floor, sitting in the living room; you’re hearing a “thump, thump” then see a “shot of white fur” streak past you. Then, another fur ball! Round the table leg they go, bumping into each other; the thumping continues up the stairs and into the bedroom overhead!
2. Jump off furniture
Not long after that commotion, you’re sitting on the couch, reading the newspaper and one of your cats takes a flying leap from the floor to the back of the couch. But he doesn’t stop there; he then proceeds to jump from the back of the couch perch to the middle of the newspaper you’re holding in front of you. Then innocently looks up at you, as in “look at me; pay attention to me.”
3. Chase his tail
Sometimes the tag and the jump from the couch are too much activity for one cat to take in…or he feels excluded by the others. So he makes his own fun and chases his tail. Round and round he goes, although that doesn’t last long, and he’s soon bored. Then he just sits and stares. Maybe he’s dizzy! Read the rest of this entry »
And as you and I know, kitty can have some “down” days as well.
The difference with them and us is, as a rule, we know why we’re dealing with “the blues”.
Kitty hasn’t a clue why things are not going well for her, why she’s sad, and worse she can’t tell you why.
So it’s up to us to try to figure out what’s going on.
If she’s a finicky eater, if you’ve changed her food or have not given her enough to eat (she’s hungry, people), that may set her into a funk.
Like you, she might also react to the weather. Lack of “sun puddles” may cause her to be mopey.
How’s she getting along with her brothers and sisters (if she has any)? Maybe they’ve recently had a tiff, she didn’t get her way and so is actually pouting because of the outcome. Read the rest of this entry »
His brothers, Jonny, and Mikey, each turned 16 on June 7 and July 1, respectively.
But I told him his “day” would be here before he knew it. And now it is! And the good news is “I remembered”.
I also remembered to get him/us a cake! (Bill’s on the bike, exercising, making room for his share of the cake!)
So we’re spending the day eating cake and The Boys will be doing a bit of snoozing, too.
Yours in happy birthdays,
P.S. Billy wanted me to let you know he has been really good this year, so he’s thinking he ought to get this Petmate Crazy Circle Interactive Cat Toy for his birthday–or at least for Christmas!
Photo: Billy on the bike; he’s exercising to make room for the birthday cake!
Yours in sharing,
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Photo source: I Can Has Cheezburger
Check the litter box regularly
Now that doesn’t mean you have to police your kitty or sit guard beside the litter box for hours on end but just that you can look for clues to your kitty’s health while you’re cleaning up your “kitty’s duty”.
Be aware of your cat’s box routine and scoop and check the box daily. Pay attention to the number of urine spots in any given day. Are there more or less? If your kitty does not make urine spots for two consecutive days, something might be wrong.
Little or a spotty urine output is “a sign” that you ought to study the situation a bit more. Degenerative kidney disease, cystitis, inflammation of the bladder or urethral obstructions are all common problems with kitties that are getting up there in age.
Not only that, if you’re seeing (and smelling) a lot more fecal activity – like diarrhea or hard stools or stomach upset – your kitty may be experiencing an infection or disease.
So if you do see one or any of these red flags, get in touch with your vet as soon as possible. Read the rest of this entry »
Think what happens to your socks or your curtains or your kitty’s water dish when she is left alone. And maybe bored!
Around here, “The Boys” make their own fun and a lot of times their idea of fun does not necessarily coincide with mine.
Snowflake would watch TV or at times she’d rummage around in our wastebaskets; Billy jumps up on the back of the dining room chair and sometimes tries to stretch from the back of the chair to the TV. In some instances, he can’t quite reach the TV so he falls down to the chair seat.
Mikey seems to have ESP, as invariably when I am getting ready to the leave the house I can see a change in his demeanor. Oftentimes, he will even run ahead of me (if I’m going from room to room), jump up on the dining room table and then look at me with pleading eyes and in a plaintive voice lets me know his wish is for me to stay home.
He’s really really good about getting you to feel guilty about leaving them all by themselves! Read the rest of this entry »
So here you go…
Breathe in, breathe out
If your kitty is not eating regularly or is showing signs of lethargy or other maladies that can be cause of concern, you can also study his or her breathing patterns. A good time to do this is when he is sleeping.
How many breaths does he take in a minute; regular respiratory rate is 20 to 30 breaths a minute.
Have you noticed if your cat is panting? As a rule, your cat will not pant–unless he might have been frightened or if having a bad dream. On the other hand if your kitty is gasping for breath, or is loudly making noises, or is taking in shallow breaths, get your vet on the phone right then and there.
I’ve gotten up sometimes during the night and have been unsure if one or the other of the Boys is still breathing; if this happens to you, you can check that with a mirror in front of his nose or mouth, or even a tissue!
Follow along here over time and you’ll be able to catch some more tips along these lines.
Yours in your kitty’s best interest,
P.S. Your little one might like to have something like this to play with: FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy
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Note: These tips are for your consideration. If at any time you think something is out of the ordinary health-wise for your kitty, your veterinarian is just a telephone call away.