Tip for Not Declawing Your Cat

Here is a tip from one of our PetPlace.com users:

Before you declaw your cat because it has been sharpening its claws on your furniture as well as its scratching posts, try this: Buy a role of adhesive-backed shelf liner (sometime called contact paper). Cut pieces large enough to cover the areas your cat is most likely to shred, remove the backing on the paper, and voila! This is an inexpensive solution to an expensive problem. I've had eight different cats in my household over the years, and none of them scratched through the shelf paper. Shelf liner comes in a variety of colors and patterns or transparent (clear), so you can choose a roll to blend in with your 'decor'. What's more, you have a whole roll, so if guests are coming, just pull off the shelf paper and toss it-you can cut a new piece to stick on after the guests have left.

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Tips on Cat Flea Collars

This is one vets opinion. Cat flea collars are just about useless. There are better and safer alternatives to flea control.

If you choose to use a flea collar, make sure it is labeled for cats only. It is very important not to use a dog flea collar on a cat!

IN my opinion, cat flea collars do little to kill fleas and some of the ingredients can be toxic to some cats. There are safer alternatives to flea collars available on the market for cats. For example, some of the new oral and topical medications can work very well and are safer. Examples of products include: Frontline®, Program® and Capstar®.

For more information on Cat Flea Control Problems, please read Flea Infestations in Cats.

Hairball Tip

Hairballs, also called trichobezoar or fur balls, develop when a cat grooms herself with her tongue and ingests the hair. This hair can form into a mat or a ball within the digestive system. The presence of this foreign material can lead to gastrointestinal symptoms, especially if it obstructs the pathway of food to the stomach. As it makes its way further into your cat's system, it can cause constipation. Frequent grooming, hairball products and special hairball treats can help reduce the incidence of hairballs.

For more information, please read Dealing With Hairballs.

Tips on Naming Your Cat

When naming your cat, there are certain things you should consider. For example, certain sound or syllable combinations are better for your cat to understand.

Some experts suggest that the ideal name has two syllables and ends in a vowel sound, such as Sammy, Kallie, or Friskie. Names that are too complicated are more difficult for us to say and are more difficult for your cat to understand, such as Veronica or Felicity.

For some name ideas, please see our list of more than 1200 names at Top Pet Names.

Tips on Getting A Restful Night Sleep With New Kitten

Getting a good night sleep with a new kitten in the house can be difficult. The biggest thing that can help is to maintain a routine for sleep, play and eating. Make sure your kitty gets plenty of exercise and frequently opportunities to eliminate.

Play time should be at least 2 hours before the designated "sleep" time. Ensure you have plenty of toys and know the types of games your cat likes best. Play for at least 30 minutes each day.

For more information please read Selecting the Right Toys for Your Cats Play Preference.

Tip on My Favorite Cat litter

Here is a tip from one of our PetPlace.com users:

Dr. Debra,

Our Gwyn really likes the Classy Cat Cat Litter. It is slightly more expensive then your regular supermarket shop brands – but it is great! It is very efficient at clumping with liquids as well as evacuations. It smells like baby powder even when having been just used… you remove the soiled clumps and then add just another scoopful to replace what has been removed.

We have had Gwyn since 20th January this year and he is not a kitten but a 2-year-old and I am still on the first bag – but near the end now.

I hope this tips helps other cat lovers!

Lynn – Bolton Lancashire, England

Tips for Bathing your Cat

Occasionally, cats need to be bathed. Before bathing, comb and brush out all mats. Put a drop of mineral oil in the eyes to protect them from the soap suds. Some people use cotton balls in the ears.

To bathe, when your cat is thoroughly wet, apply the shampoo on his back and work it gently through the coat for about 10 minutes. Be careful not to get soap in his face or mouth. Use a washcloth or sponge to clean and rinse his face and paws. After thoroughly rinsing all soap, keep your cat indoors and away from any drafts.

For more information, please read the story How to Give a Cat a Bath.

Tip on Microchipping Indoor Only Cats

Even indoor only cat can get out and subsequently lost. This can occur when someone leaves the door open or during disasters such as house fires, tornados, hurricanes, floods and robberies. The changes of indoor only cats that get lost of being reunited with their owners is estimated as being as low as 7%.

Although ideal, most indoor only cats don't have collars with ID tags. This makes it especially important that indoor only cats have microchips. That may be your only chance of being reunited with your cat.

For more information on microchipping your indoor cat, please read Microchipping Your Cat.

Tips on Choosing Cat Food Bowls

What should you look for when choosing a Cat food bowl? Cat bowls are available in many colors and styles. Finding the bowl that's right for your pet should be easy if you stop to consider a few factors before you shop.

Desirable features to look for in a bowl includes that it should be easy to clean, dishwasher safe, tip or spill proof, durable and safe.

An ideal choice is a heavy stainless steel bowl or a heavy ceramic bowl. Bowls with rubber bottom and tapered sides are great choices.

Tips for Creating a Favorite Cat Perch

Consider a window perch for your cat. Cats love to look outside and watch what is going on around them.

There are several styles of window perches available including some that slip next the window seal and create a platform so they can look out the window. Measure your window and see what style works best. Consider a window with a "view" such as of trees, a bird feeder or people passing by. A window perch can be a simple as moving a piece of furniture that is at window height to the window and offering a comfortable bed for your cat. Before you finalize your window perch, make sure if the window opens that the screen is good and secure.

For more tips on enriching your cat's environment, please read Selecting the Right Environmental Enrichment for Your Cat