Cat Maintenance

Cat maintenance focuses on the hair and claws of the cat. Combing a cat’s fur is an excellent way of getting rid of hair balls and checking for fleas. One should provide a scratching post to keep the cat's nails trimmed.

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How do you humanely get rid of a stray cat?

Humane Ways to Deal with a Stray Cat

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  • There are many humane ways to keep cats out of an area. One is a "Yard Guard" (or similar electronic device), which emits a high-pitched sound inaudible to humans, but extremely annoying to cats. It will protect a radius of about 200 square feet. For a bigger area, use 2 or more. Since cats develop a "path" they use regularly, they will soon learn to avoid the area.
  • Motion-activated water sprinklers will keep cats out of an area. For either the electronic devices or water sprinklers, simply Internet-search "Yard Guard," "electronic (or sonic) repellents," or "motion-activated water sprinkler," and you will find a variety of options.
  • Natural outdoor repellents can be applied to a garden or a porch area, e.g, orange-scented sprays may help on porch areas, since cats typically do not like the smell of orange. For gardens, natural fertilizers like dried blood (sounds ghastly, I know) work well. They may have a strong smell at first, so be prepared. But I've seen cats encounter the scent and exit quickly. It has to be reapplied after a rain, but once cats learn to avoid the area, you may not have to reapply as often.
  • Do make use of animal control services in your area if you can. They will come up with the most humane solution, bearing in mind the needs of the cat and the needs of the community. Don't let the prospect of the cat being destroyed put you off: Often cat control proves to be better for both cat populations and human residents.
  • The cat could be a lost pet. Put up simple fliers and speak with neighbors. Be sure to ask neighbors if they would be interested in adopting the cat, or fostering it a short while, while you go door to door. Maybe you can solve your problem this way, even if you don't find the owner. Also, list the animal as "found" with all animal agencies in the area. You may find the owner has already reported it as "lost" and is only a phone call away.
  • Check with animal-control authorities. Do they shelter stray cats? Will they pick up stray cats? Do you agree with what they may have to do with the stray cat if they don't find the owner and cannot adopt it? (Some will euthanize the cat; some will find it a barn home; different people might object to either solution, depending on their beliefs.)
  • Get it off the street yourself. Make a quick, free website on Yahoo! or Angelfire, etc., with a photo of the cat and its story. Put an ad in the paper directing readers to the site. Include your email on the website. Attempt to find the cat a home where it will receive veterinary care.
  • Look in the phone book to find a "No kill" shelter (here it is called "Paws"). They rely on contributions to take care of the overwhelming number of strays or lost beloved family pets.
  • Look in the newspaper to see if anyone has reported a cat of that description missing; if so, put out food for it and call the owners right away. Does it have a collar?
  • Call the SPCA; they will either come out, or make recommendations about what to do.
  • Remove any tempting plants or items a cat is attracted to if cats seem especially attracted to your land. If you have a problem with one repetitive cat, just simply take it to a shelter or Animal Control if you don't want to adopt it yourself. Do not just take it in without any adoption papers and a vet checkup!

Handling Feral Cats:

If they're adult ferals, then contact your local feral cat agency, such as "Alley Cat Allies" in the US. They can give you a humane trap, then have the animals fixed and returned. They will usually find an agency that can handle the feeding and responsibility of your local colony, and can also give you brochures with ideas about how to get them out of your gardens and other areas.

Handling Stray Cats:

First, make sure it's not a lost pet. An agency can help you check for microchips and other signs that it was once owned. If an animal "waltzes in" and is not hand-shy, then it's likely it was formerly owned. This is good, as the cat has a great shot at getting adopted again.

If a stray cat is friendly, and you like animals, you should consider finding a safe room in your house where the animal can be socialized and later adopted to a new home. Perhaps one of your friends or coworkers could also handle this, or you can ask a local "No kill" agency if they have "foster" homes.

Handling Your Own Cats:

  • Spay and neuter them, and keep 'em indoors!
  • The only way to end this needless killing of pets, and the nuisance of feral cats, is to encourage any pet owner you know to do the following: Get their animals fixed; keep them indoors; and do not adopt an animal unless they intend to take care of it permanently.
  • I would encourage readers to keep reading online and checking with a variety of reputable books (check your library), veterinarians, animal charities and other people who actually know what they're talking about.
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How many cups of cat food are in a 5 lb bag?

approximately 30 cups of cat food. one cup = 2.7 oz.

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How long does advantage work?

The kind you put on in drops on the skin works for 30 days if no bath is given to the cat.

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Rabies

Can cats get rabies shots?

Yes, and they should be vaccinated against rabies. Rabies can be contracted and passed by any mammal, including mice and rats. To protect your cat (and yourself), your cat needs to be vaccinated against rabies.

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What does dander mean?

Cat "dander" is microscopic flakes of skin cells and hair. Also, since cats clean themselves by licking, their saliva dries into a microscopic dust, which is part of the dander. All of these things contain proteins which may cause allergic reactions in some people. (Which is why hairless cats are really not "hypo-allergenic").

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Herbal Medicine

Can slippery elm be used on cats?

Yes, slippery elm can be used on cats - internally, as a treatment for diarrhoea, irritable/inflammatory bowel problems, etc. It is very effective and safe. Google for Dr Richard Pitcairn's recipe for slippery elm for cats and dogs.

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How do you eliminate cat urine odor?

You spray a mixture of water and vinegar on it, but it does not completely take away the scent.

The best way to remove cats urine from carpets etc, is biological washing powder diluted with water. If you leave any mark that the cat has urinated in that spot and the scent has faded then the cat will more than likely urinate there again to remark its territory, so it is important to remove the scent straight away.

BioKleen makes a great product called Bac-Out. Soak the urine spot with the Bac-Out, wait approx. 20 to 30 minutes and blot it up. The smell will be gone, but the Bac-Out leaves a clean lime scent. It is a fantastic product and has worked for me when everything else I tried did not work. You can probably find at your local green grocery store.

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What does it mean if a cat brings a bird in the house?

This means its hungry, or most likely, it is bringing a gift of food to its owners.

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Do you give cats baths?

You don't really want to give cats a bath. If it really needs a bath then you can give a cat a bath. It really all depends on the cat. If the cat loves water then you can, if the cat hates water don't give them a bath. They can clean themselves fairly well.

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How do you care for an injured kitten?

As a cat owner, you want your feline friend to be healthy, safe, and happy.Everything you need to know about getting a cat and how to keep it happy, healthy and safe.The Catnip Times is an online service provider that provides you all information about your cat.

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How long after you stop feeding feral cats will they go away?

You should definitely, stop feeding the cat...unless you want to own another cat!

Usually it is not good to feed feral cats for fear of rabies, ticks and fleas. (BAD fleas) However, you can take the cat to the Doctor and see if has rabies or ear mites, ETC. Good Luck!

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Actually, the biggest mistake was to feed them in the first place. like Javalinas, once you feed them, they don't go away. If you can make it through howling and screeching outside your door all day for a month, okay. Also if you feed just one cat, it can bring the whole clan next time because feral cats travel in groups for nursing and protection.

If you want them to leave do not feed them in the first place!

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Idioms, Cliches, and Slang
Dog Grooming
Horse Diet and Nutrition

What is a dingle berry?

A dingle berry is a slang term for a small piece of feces that gets caught in anal hair, most often at the end of defecation. Dingle berries can happen to anyone: human, horse, dog, cat.

Dingle berry can also be used as term of stupidity or an insult. As in, "You are as smart as a dingle berry," or "You have the personality of a dingle berry."

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How much do you feed a house cat so it wont get fat?

Smaller, lighter cats will naturally eat less, whereas a bigger or bulky cat will eat more. That said, a cat will eat far more if fed a lower quality food to get the nutrition it needs, and less if fed a premium quality food. Dry food, due to having higher calorie levels than wet food, should be fed in much smaller quantities than wet food.

The best way to find out how much you should feed YOUR cat is to keep an eye on his or her weight. You can do this by weighing him once a week to see if he gains or loses weight, or feeling for any extra layers of fat over his ribs. Be sure to consult a veterinarian first in order to find out the cat's weight and health.

How often you feed a cat again depends on the cat. Most healthy adult cats do well with two meals a day; one in the morning and the second in the evening. Kittens, young cats and particularly small cats will need feeding more often in smaller amounts as their stomachs are smaller and cannot take in too much food all in one go.

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How many sachets of cat food do you feed a cat?

Usually you feed a cat half or a quarter of a can a day.some cats will only eat dry food in that case you should give then half a cup.

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Can kitten claws be trimmed?

Yes. A good rule of thumb for trimming nails is don't trim past the pink part, else the nail will bleed and get infected. If you worry about harming your animal, try taking it to a groomer to have it's nails trimmed. This service is also commonly offered with a checkup at your vet's office.

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How do you remove the odor of cat urine?

The best way to remove cats urine from carpets etc, is biological washing powder diluted with water. If you leave any mark that the cat has urinated in that spot and the scent has faded then the cat will more than likely urinate there again to remark its territory, so it is important to remove the scent straight away.

BioKleen makes a great product called Bac-Out. Soak the urine spot with the Bac-Out, wait approx. 20 to 30 minutes and blot it up. The smell will be gone, but the Bac-Out leaves a clean lime scent. It is a fantastic product and has worked for me when everything else I tried did not work. You can probably find at your local green grocery store.

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Can you spay a 6 or 7 year old cat?

You can spay a your cat at any age. Although it is more preferable at a young age, it is still possible throughout their life. At about 6 years old, a cat's body functions start slowing down due to age. It's more important to have pre-surgery blood tests and exam just to check liver and kidney functions, etc. As anything ages, the risks associated with anesthesia grow, and the recovery time increases. With modern anesthesia, the risks are slight. It is more dangerous for a cat at any age to give birth than to be spayed. Even older cats can benefit from spay surgery.

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How do you feed a kitten?

There are two answers to this depending on the age of the kitten.

For kittens not yet weaned:

Use kitten milk replacer sold at vet practices, pet stores and walmart. Use a bottle or eye dropper if they don't get the hang of the bottle. Just don't shoot it into their mouths though, let it slowly flow into their mouth and they will lap it up. Keep feeding like this up till about 5-6 weeks old. Use the guide on the back of the kitten formula. It recommends every 2-4 hours, every hour for very young kittens. You will have to do this around the clock, night and day.

At 4 weeks old you may mix in canned or wet food with the formula and let them start to learn how to eat off a plate or Tupperware lid. Don't forget they need you to stimulate their genitals and bottom to go to the bathroom. Use cotton balls, paper towels, and warm water. Yes, its gross but necessary when you feed them. Do that until about 5 weeks.

With solid food, be sure to feed little and often. Kittens that are weaning or just weaned should be given many tiny meals throughout the day - as much as 6 meals or more. Some have the best luck using two bowls of food and letting the kitten choose how much from each they want at first. The bowls are: one dish with "wet" food--canned food--in it. And one bowl with dry food in it. The kitten dry food is made in smaller bits than adult dry food so the kitten can get it into their mouth. Because they do not yet have large strong jaws the wet food is very well liked by them, as they have no problem eating that at all. It does not matter if they do not like dry food much; wet food is usually better due to the water content helps keep them hydrated, and it is easier to find a good quality canned food high in meat and free of grain and cereal than dry food.

For tiny kittens from age 1 day to about 3 or 4 weeks, you have to use a dropper for a while. The only time this becomes necessary is if the mother cat has died for some reason, otherwise they nurse.

In this case you should buy some kitten milk formula (NOT expensive), mix it up per the directions, and feed it to the kitten with a dropper. Just hold the kitten with one hand and put the dropper in the kittens mouth with the other hand. The kitten usually is quite anxious to eat, so this should be pretty easy. You will want to feed them about 6 times a day, if you have the time. Once they are old enough to start walking around, roughly 3 weeks, you can start to introduce them to the solid food, both wet and dry.

Tip: Milk is not something that vets ever say to give to kittens. Something like 50% of cats get diarrhea from milk, so feeding them milk is not the way to go.

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Is feeding shrimp to a cat bad?

No unless it becomes the main part of her nutrition.

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Beef and Veal

Can cat eat cooked beef?

Yes they can!

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Why cats rollover when they are happy?

This is because they are showing that they respect you as their master and are showing submission to you. This shows that you are the dominance of the house because cats usually prance about the place and think they own it! You obviously love your cat (if you have one) and really respect it and I'm greatfull for you.

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Are geraniums poisonous to cats?

yes! geraniums are poisonous to cats. you may notice your cat vomiting!

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Is it okay to feed your cat generic cat food?

Yes if it wasn't OK to give to your cat the shop wouldn't sell it.

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To expand on the first answer - yes, "generic" cat isn't necessarily harmful, as long as its labelled as a complete food and agrees with your cat.

However, there much better foods out there, a lot of which aren't that expensive. The biggest problem with generic foods you find at the store is that they use cheap ingredients in order to keep the cost down: Grain, Corn, Wheat Gluten, Cereals and Various Sugars have very little or no nutritional value for cats, but are much cheaper to use than meat. It is also a cheap way of bumping up the Protein percentage. Some brands even include colourants and other chemicals in their foods to make it look or taste more appetising.

Cats are obligate carnivores, and thus need meat-based protein, not plant-based protein. Cats will often overeat on lower quality foods because they are not getting all the nutrients they need, which can result in obesity and other health problems which can shorten a cat's lifespan and overall quality of life.

A high-quality Wet food is probably the best food cats can get as far as nutrition goes. Good quality canned food mimics prey foods, and is high in protein and fat - the two main things that cats use as their energy source. Moisture is also a very important factor as cats are designed to get their moisture from their food (a trait that has been passed down from their wild ancestors), and therefore wet foods often have a high water content which keeps the cat fully hydrated.

While the generic brands of food are complete, most cats will not thrive on it in the long term. Additionally, a cat can be fed less on a higher quality food compared to a lower quality food, which in the long term ends up being much cheaper.

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Animal Life

Your cat has eaten a Lilium Oriental hybrid 'Stargazer' which you have just found out is toxic and you require ideas for a cure or antidote without veterinary care involved?

GO TO THE VET. Don't try to do things like cure him yourself! YOu'll make it worse!

It think ur cat IS DEAD!

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