Cats and Tin Foil

There are differing opinions as to whether tin foil deters cats or not… but I have found it to be true, especially if your cat is scenting inside the house. For instance, if your cat is unhappy with an odor or smell on the side of your couch, he or she may think it’s appropriate to place their scent in that spot. If you cover the area with tin foil, the cat should refrain from scenting there. Or, if your cat has chosen a place on your carpet it likes to use for a litter box, when there is no litter box present, clean the area thoroughly and cover with tin foil. This again should keep the cat from urinating in that area.

The “non-believers” in this method state cats will still walk on tin foil, which is true. What they don’t like is the sound of urine hitting the tin foil. They may still walk around the area or be interested in the tin foil, but they should quit scenting and using inappropriate areas for a litter box. To also help with this problem, be sure you have plenty of litter box space for your pet. If a litter box is too small, or multiple cats share a litter box, you run a greater risk of having issues. Always use one individual litter box per cat and separate them a bit. We all know cats like their privacy… well, anyway…

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Healthy Pets

A friend told me about Rescue Remedy for pets quite a few years ago. It took me awhile to find it locally and begin using it, but I am now a firm believer in this product. The full name is Rescue Remedy: Natural Stress Relief for Pets and is made by the Bach Company. The remedy is available specifically for cats and dogs, but also in a general pet serum.

Stress in animals is responsible for all types of behaviors, such as separation anxiety, anxiousness, or depression from losing a pet friend. I know it sounds strange, but animals experience many emotions just as humans. Rescue Remedy is a way to ease these emotions and resulting unwanted behaviors with an herbal product consisting of Impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, and Clematis. If your animal is in pain, experiencing fright, shock, or grief, or is anxious, this blend will help calm them.

Rescue Remedy comes in a liquid and is administered in several ways. The product may be put directly into the animals mouth with a dropper or rubbed on the animal’s teeth or gums with your finger. Depending on the issue you’re dealing with, you don’t want to use this method if it causes the animal more stress. Alternative methods are placing Rescue Remedy in your pet’s water bowl, sprayed directly on the animal’s fur, and in the location where they sleep or spend time. Lastly, the remedy may be rubbed into the skin such as, behind the ears, on the paws, or nose area where it will be absorbed or licked off.

It is recommended to start with a few drops once or twice daily. If you see improvement, you’ll know the dosage is acceptable. If you feel the need to increase the dosage, don’t give more, but give it more often.

I use Rescue Remedy in the water bowl for my cats. Each day when I freshen the water, I place a few drops in the bowl. I notice my cats being less aggressive with each other, eating better, and they are more active. The remedy also seems to improve their coat texture and weeping from their eyes.

Rescue Remedy is available in health food stores or online at Amazon. There are also many published articles about the remedy and its uses. Check it out and improve your pet’s life by helping them remain stress free.

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Cats Have Allergies Too

Have you ever heard the saying that after years together animals begin to take on the personality and/or characteristics of their owner? I wonder if that’s the case with me and my cat Baxter. Baxter seems to have allergies… just like me.

Baxter is a wonderful cat who is 11 years old. Two years ago he began making this strange gulping sound when he swallowed, as though something was stuck in his throat. His purr sounded unusual and he had kitty laryngitis; he would meow, but make no sound. His eyes were weepy and he sneezed a lot. When this continued for several days I took Baxter to his vet. The vet said Baxter’s throat was red and swollen, so he must have a respiratory infection. The fact that animals can have respiratory infections was a surprise to me, but I accepted this diagnosis and gave Baxter the round of antibiotics prescribed.

This scenario happened two more times over the next year and seemed to be worse each time. When it happened a fourth time, Baxter quit swallowing all together, drooled on everything, and wasn’t eating much. I knew we were reaching the point of a serious illness. We went back to the vet and got our final round of antibiotics.

If you’ve read My Personal Story on this blog site, you’ll know that I lived on antibiotics as a child and the experience was not good. I began comparing my situation to Baxter’s and realized I was giving him medication to treat the symptoms without knowing what the true problem was. I began researching throat irritation in cats, cats not swallowing, and all related subjects I could think of. With the information found, Baxter’s symptoms appeared to resemble food allergies. Allergies in animals are difficult to diagnose… it’s all trial and error. You take them off of food, switch to an organic or hypo-allergenic food, give their system time to clear, and then begin changing the animal’s eating habits until you find something that works.

Baxter was a die-hard consumer of Fancy Feast canned cat food and also loved his morning sip of milk. I immediately discontinued the milk and set out to find an organic food he would eat. (If you have cats, you know changing their food is a major life event. You can’t simply open a new type of food and expect them to eat it, especially if they are the least bit finicky to begin with).

So the search began… I found some organic cat food at local store, Food For Thought, that looked promising. I began mixing a bit of the Fancy Feast canned food with this in hopes of gradually changing him over. Did I mention Baxter is also a smart cat and not easily fooled? He would have no part of this new food regimen and meowed constantly for something to eat. In my desperation to feed him and keep him quiet, (where was the kitty laryngitis when I needed it?) I began purchasing chicken gizzards or cheap cuts of stew meat from the grocer’s meat case and cooking those for him. This is something he would eat… but my continued research showed cats needed more than a pure protein diet. For instance, calcium is an essential nutrient for having a healthy cat. I didn’t want to solve one problem while creating another. (As shown in this picture, we did have to discontinue his Wheat Beer drinking too…)

Continuing my search, I found other manufactured cat foods that seem to work, such as Meow Mix and Whiskas. I also found a dry organic cat food that seemed to help. With a lot of work, Baxter is now eating these new foods. He occasionally still cries for his “milk-fix,” which I accommodate with Whiskas CatMilk. This CatMilk claims to be 98% lactose free and filled with calcium. Apparently there are other cats who cannot tolerate whole milk.

Baxter has an occasional flare-up of gulping and sneezing, but less all the time and the severity has decreased greatly. Baxter still misses his Wheat Beer, but is adjusting.

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