Independent & dignified – The domestic cat.

Silva & Pipi

There are around 600 million domestic cats and another 100 million feral cats worldwide. Much debate on the number of breeds still continues but most agree that the number is between forty-five to fifty-five different domestic cat breeds. The number of cat breeds varies depending on who you ask. Seems like the cat breeders and the scientist just cannot agree on these numbers. For most of us, these breed numbers don’t matter because we won’t be showing our cat.

Just like any other species, there are healthier cat breeds to choose from. Some of the healthy breeds are the American Shorthair and the Ragamuffin which can live up to 15-20 years if taken care of and are raised indoors. The health issues increase with the purebred cats due to breeding practices so the breeder can achieve the physical look and/or desired characteristics he or she is looking for.

The breed of a cat doesn’t really matter when it comes down to the way they are cared for. All cats need a high-quality food with lots of protein and no preservatives or grains. A good dry kibble and some wet canned food are hard to beat in a cats diet. Freshwater once a day, every day is a good habit for the owner to get into. Good, healthy treats are hard to find for cats because most come with too many preservatives and chemicals. Natural food like chicken breast, tuna, or turkey is a better option and you don’t have to read the labels. Be sure the chicken and turkey are cooked.

If using a litter box like the majority of cat owners then sifting it out once a day should do the job unless there are multiple cats in the home then several times a day may be needed. Some cats are trained to use the toilet in the house but then again this depends on how you feel about this topic. Once a month the cat litter should be taken out of the litter box so that the box can be washed and bleached to help prevent odors in the home and help the health of your cat. Be sure to rinse the litter box out thoroughly with water, then dry with paper towels and replace old litter with some fresh litter.

Cats sleep around sixteen hours a day which makes them pretty low maintenance. When they are awake human interaction is important to their health and well-being. Have a string you can drag on the floor so they can chase it or a small ball you can roll and watch the house come alive. Rubbing your cat’s face or a good cuddle in the lap goes a long way in building trust and security, but be aware when a cat has had enough they will let you know. Whether your friend is awake or not it is a good habit to look down at the floor before you walk or even turn. Many cats have the tendency to be under your feet quite often and a lot of cat injuries occur by mistake just by stepping on them. Common sense really does go a long way when raising a cat or generally in life itself.

Do I have my cat declawed or not? Well if you are worried about having your furniture or your door jams marked up by your cat, there are alternatives. A person can buy or build a cat scratching post or cat condo where they can do their thing. If you see your cat clawing something in the house that you don’t like, then slowly pick the cat up and place the cat in front of the scratching post and use your fingers to simulate like you’re scratching the post. After doing this several times your cat will learn where to claw and where not to claw. The owner must be consistent and patient until the cat is trained. When the cat is clawing where you want them to then give them praise for their new actions.

The domestic cat is a very popular pet in most homes throughout the world. They are loving and sometimes protective toward their owners. Acting proud and dignified in every mannerism from grooming to slinking across the house is what defines every cat. Cats have a lot of traits we humans admire, like independence, grace, athleticism, confidence, not to mention being stuck up from time to time. Everyone wants to be as cool as a cat, I do!

I have two rescue cats in my home. Silva is a 6-year-old silver tabby who loves everyone and everything. She is spade and de-clawed with all of her vaccinations. Pipi is my most recent friend, she is a black and white tuxedo who at first needed some great care. When I got her she was abused and had sustained a spine injury which made her walk like she was intoxicated. It toke about five weeks for her to heal up but is now doing fine. Pipi also has food allergies for which she receives steroids when needed. She has claws and is also spade and vaccinated. Pipi is quite the ragamuffin! Both cats are great companions and they get along together well.

Hope you enjoyed my little blog and I appreciate your visit to my site!

Chip

 

 


Pet Tips

pexels-photo-46024Pets have become a very important part of our everyday life. Years back pets were used primarily for work, such as guarding our homes and properties, driving cattle or keeping the rodent population in check. Our furry friends still do work for us but the majority of pets these days are part of our homes and our hearts.

If you’re like me, then when your pet gets sick it makes your day miserable and all you do is worry about them. They have become as close to us as any member of the family. We all spend great sums of money on food, treats, toys, and clothing, not to mention vet bills. Here are some pet tips for dogs!

Tips for outdoor dogs.

In cold climates make sure the dog house is off the ground, it helps keep the cold from coming up through the floor. I attach treated 4×4 to the bottom of the house laying flat of course and cut 2-inch rigid foam so that it fits tight enough where you don’t have to fasten it with screws. (foam goes under house tight to the floor) I finish it off with fluffed up straw inside the dog house and then bank snow up around the back and sides of the house up to the roof.

The amount of daily food depends on where you live. If you live in Canada or Alaska then I would double the amount of food that the dog food bag recommends and mix it in a small bucket with warm water and soak for 20 minutes. Extra fat from tallow or lard can be added to bucket also. Extra food and fat help generate heat to keep the dog warmer. Don’t forget the water!

Some dog breeds have a thicker winter coat than other breeds so a dog jacket can be quite helpful as well as booties for their feet. You don’t want to put a small dog outside in the winter up north. Common sense goes a long way when caring for a pet. When you go outside in the winter to feed your dog check the ears, feet, and snout for possible frostbite.

The majority of these tips are for areas where the outside temperature in the winter is between 20 degrees above zero to minus 70 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. For warmer climates, you can add 25% more food according to your dog food bag instructions. Straw for the house and maybe a lite dog jacket might do depending on your dog breed.

In hot climates be sure to have some shade for your dog to lay under and have plenty of cold water available at all times. Warm areas are notorious for parasites in outdoor pets so be on the lookout for them. Parasites would include ticks, fleas, ear mites and worms in the feces. Other than an annual checkup at your local vet, warm weather outdoor dogs have a much easier life than dogs up north.

Quality of food is very important for your dog, the better the food the healthier the dog. The extra money spent on high-quality food could decrease your vet bill in the long run. With all the chemicals in human food, I do not recommend giving a dog any table-scraps at all!

Bones are good for a dog’s teeth, but after I had to pry a bone from between my dogs left jaw I do not give them any more bones after that. She could not eat or drink water at all. If I did not notice her situation then she probably would not live past 3-4 days. It had taken about half my strength just to remove the bone from her jaw. A good quality dog biscuit is now used.

I hope these tips are helpful for you and your dog. I will be adding more blogs concerning our pets and their needs as days go by. Next blog will be on our feline friend the cat.

If there are any questions that you want to be answered concerning your pet then please leave your comment below and I will do my best to find your answers.

Chip

silva@aptalaska.net