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 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

Tips on Cats that are “Slowing Down”

A common concern many senior cat owners have is about when their cat appears to be "slowing down". This can mean different things to different people and also may have significantly different meanings to your cat's health.

For example, slowing down may mean that your cat wants to play less or sleep more. It may mean that he can't jump up on the counter or bed as easily.

The real question is _ how much slowing down is normal? A little slowing is normal as a cat ages. I generally don't worry too much as long as the cat is eating well, having normal bowel movements, maintaining his weight, breathing normally and still intermittently playful or active. If there are substantial changes in more than one of these areas, I may be a little worried.

The safest thing to do is to have your cat examined by your veterinarian. Your veterinarian may want to run routine bloodwork to screen for some common diseases.

They say hindsight is 20/20. Over the years, I have seen a lot of cats presented on emergency with a significant problem and the owner tells me – "Well, we have noticed him "slowing down" a little over the past few weeks." Don't be fooled. Better safe than sorry. If you are worried, have your cat checked by your veterinarian.

For more information on senior cats, please read Commonly Asked Questions About Senior Cats.

Tip on Opening Canned Cat Food

If you frequently open cans and do not feed it all in one sitting, you may want to invest in a "lid lifter". The lid lifter is different from a can opener in that it opens the cans form the side allowing you to actually lift off the lid which can act as a lid that you can put back on and place in the refrigerator. Lid lifters can be purchased at most kitchen supply shops.

Tip on Why Neuter Your Male Cat

Why should you neuter your cat? Here are 3 good reasons!

  • Neutering removes the risk of pregnancy.

    Pet overpopulation is a serious issue and by allowing your cat to breed, you are adding to the problem.

  • Neutering makes for a cleaner, calmer pet.

    Another positive aspect of neutering your cat is that neutering can result in a calmer, and sometimes cleaner, home. Without the drive to mate, your cat may be quieter and not prone to cat calls and an incessant need to seek out a mate. The neutered cat no longer feels the need to seek out and serenade females. He no longer has the stress of needing to mark his territory and urinate throughout the house and yard. Neutered cats are also easier to get along with. They tend to more gentle and affectionate. Neutered males tend to roam less and typically are not involved in as many fights with other animals.

  • Neutering keeps your pet healthier.

    A final positive aspect of neutering your cat is that neutered cats tend to have fewer health problems. Neutering is the removal of the testicles. Without these organs, testicular cancer is no longer a concern and the risk of prostate problems is reduced. For those people who would like to sterilize their cat but do not wish to alter his appearance, testicular implants are available.

    For more information, please read Pros and Cons of Spaying and Neutering in Cats.