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I lucked out with my cat- she is extremely lazy and sweet, and she only scratches her scratching posts. She has never touched any furniture, walls, or doors. But, we still clip her nails every once in a while. It’s better for your cat, and it can make them less hazardous to your furniture. Check out these grooming tips from the ASPCA for how to properly trim your kitty’s claws:
–Choose a chair in a quiet room where you can comfortably sit your cat on your lap
–Gently take one of your cat’s paws between your fingers and massage for no longer than three seconds
-Your cat should be at ease with the sound of the clippers before you attempt to trim her nails
-The pink part of a cat’s nail, called the quick, is where the nerves and blood vessels are. Do NOT cut this sensitive area. Snip only the white part of the claw.
I wrote last week about how to keep your home clean with pets. This one is going to be sort of related, though it’s specifically about cats. No one wants their home to smell like cat urine and litter box, even though it can seem like a constant uphill battle to eliminate that odor. However, there are ways that you can have cats without the smell! Check out these tips by Maris Munkevics & Signe Munkevica at Pet Happy:
-Scoop out soiled litter daily and dispose of it
-Dump the whole box and put in fresh litter weekly
-Change your cat’s diet and feed him only high quality food
-Switch to a clumping litter brand, rather than an absorbent one.
How to tell what your cat thinking by looking at her body language! Really cool video!
Having a pet is a lot of work, especially if you don’t want your home to smell like dog fur or kitty litter box. You have to be extra vigilant about accident messes, letting your dog outside, and changing the kitty litter. Check out this post by Wrapped In Rust for some great tips on keeping a clean house despite your pets:
-Use vaporub on areas that your dog/cat keeps marking his territory- it will mask his scent and keep him from doing it there again
-Groom and bathe your dog regularly to keep his smell level low
-Clean their bedding regularly
-Place a garage mat under the kitty litter box to keep kitty from tracking pet litter all over the house
If you don’t know what you’re doing, giving a cat a bath can be a painful experience (trust me, I’ve learned from my mistakes). Generally, cats do not enjoy water or being bathed. They usually take care of that themselves, so I avoid doing it. However, if you need to wash them with flea shampoo, clean off skunk spray, or another special case, sometimes cats do need actual baths. Check out this post by the Step By Step Guide To Everything for tips on bathing a cat without getting scratched:
-Soothe your cat by petting her and getting her relaxed
-Trim your cat’s nails with cat nail clippers
-Fill bathtub with lukewarm water just high enough to cover your cat’s paws, and keep the door closed.
-Hold them steady and let them get used to the feeling, but don’t let them go
-Gently wet the cat and shampoo them, being extra careful around the eyes. Rinse them off and dry them with a fluffy towel
Most animal shelters are always desperately looking for help: volunteers, donations, and good homes for their animals. If you are wanting to make a difference in an animal’s life, consider doing any of these for your local shelter to help out:
-Donate needed items like food, cleaning products, bedding, towels, toys, etc.
-Donate money- every little bit helps, even if you only have a few dollars to feed. That $5 bill may have fed a hungry cat for a week.
-Donate your time- volunteer to feed animals, play with them, or walk them. You can also donate your skills to a shelter! Are you a web designer? Offer to make them a web page, or run their social media account! Use what you are good at and you can make a real difference in an animal’s life.
-Adopt or foster a pet!
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