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Kittens find a new toy- and it’s the cutest thing ever.
As you all know, last week I took my sick kitty Kevin to the vet. He had been acting strangely- mopey, lethargic, basically just no fun. It was a complete and total flip from his normal self: hyperactive, playful, and curious. Well, here’s the update! I HAD noticed a few fleas on Kevin- which was new, but I wasn’t totally alarmed. He didn’t have them before we adopted the new kitten (Lady), and I assume he got them from her. I put some flea medicine on him before taking him to the vet. Well, ta-da! Guess what the problem was? That’s right- the fleas. They were making him miserable. The vet gave him some better flea medicine, and over the past few days Kevin has really bounced back. He’ll run, and play with Lady and his toys. (Here he is in the picture, getting into mischief and trying to eat my crochet project. Good old Kevin!) He wants me to cuddle with him again too, which I guess is great, but he’s gonna have to wait until he’s completely flea-free.
Remember, always take your pet to the vet immediately if you notice any extreme personality changes, or physical markers of distress!
Over the past few days, my cat Kevin has been acting a bit off. All day, he lies around and sleeps. He won’t play with our new kitten who has become one of his best friends, won’t let me pet him, and won’t play with any of his toys. He’s usually extremely energetic: he loves running around the house and jumping on EVERYTHING, getting into all kinds of mischief, and generally being crazy. He has blood on his nose. At first, I thought it was a cut from playing with the other kitty, but it got worse and has been bleeding more each day. At this point, I don’t think it’s a cut. Even his eyes look sickly.
It’s extremely difficult to tell when a cat is sick: they can’t tell you, they usually don’t cry unless they’re seriously injured, and they don’t have human symptoms. The key is to KNOW your cat, and to know his personality. If they start acting differently out of nowhere, something is probably wrong: get them to the vet ASAP. And I KNOW my cat, and I KNOW something is wrong with him. A quick online search by a worried me revealed that he probably has an upper respiratory infection. I’ll be taking him to the vet as soon as I can tomorrow: I’ll be sure to update this to let everyone know how he’s doing!
My cat Kevin is basically a demon. He destroys everything he can get his claws on (carpet, blinds, furniture, shower curtains, clothes, etc) , yowls in the middle of the night, and is basically a terror.
However, there is one thing I’ve never had to work through with him: he has never sprayed anywhere (I got him neutered about 5 months ago), and he knows where his litter box is. I’ve been extremely fortunate to never have to deal with cat spray, but it is a huge problem for owners of non-neutered male cats (though, some neutered cats as well as females do. It’s just not as common). If you ARE having problems with this behavior, be sure to check out this article by Theophanes at Hub Pages. It explains the multiple causes of spraying (the most common being hormone changes / sexual maturity) and how to stop them. It’s a long article and every word is important, so I won’t put any of it here. Be sure to check it out and read the entire thing.
Side note, if your cat IS destroying everything like Kevin does, PLEASE do not declaw them. Simply remove the causes of temptation (I always keep the blinds up), get a spray bottle for them if they’re being really bad. Kevin actually really improved after I got my second cat. Even though I provided toys and played with him when I could, he was still a hyper one year old cat, and I couldn’t be there constantly. Now he has someone to play with and his behavior has dramatically improved. It won’t work for every cat, but if they get along well with others, it may be something worth considering.
Do you ever wanna cuddle with your cat, but then you’re blown away by the stink of a yawn or a lick? Just how can a cat’s breath get so stinky? Well, some cats are…just smelly. However, bad breath (halitosis) can be a symptom of much more serious health problems. Usually, the breath is just one symptom. You may notice other changes in your cat’s behavior. If you suspect something isn’t right, take your pet the to vet as soon as possible for an official diagnosis. For help, read this article at Cats of Australia to figure out what the bad breath may be a sign of:
Abscessed tooth. Tooth Decay or broken teeth
Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums)
Bone or foreign body stuck between the teeth
Feline Leukemia Virus
I’ve heard of some people potty-training their cats before. One of our family friends has all three of her cats potty trained! They don’t even use the litter box anymore. All she has to do for them is flush! It sounds magical, especially since my cat’s litter box stinks SO bad (even though I scoop it every day and completely change it out every 5 days or so). But, at first I thought my cat was honestly too dumb to learn how to “go” in the toilet. Then, I found this tutorial at Cats of Australia, and it makes the process look extremely easy:
-Toilet training your cat basically consists of a simple procedure: gradually moving your cat’s litter box closer and closer to the toilet, then placing a bowl with cat litter inside the toilet, and removing it altogether when your cat is comfortable and used to it.
Be aware – cat toilet training takes a lot of patience!
There are step by step instructions on the site for each stage. I definitely am going to give it a shot! I’m a pretty patient lady. I’ll update every so often on how it’s going!
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