Everything you Need to Know About Your Cat Urinating Inappropriately
Generally cats are pretty good with their toilet habits, and it is in fact quite easy to train them to use a litter box! However, cats can simply decide when they’re bored of doing this and move to other options. These are some of the reasons your cat may be exhibiting these behaviors:
Dirty litter box
Us humans can agree that a clean toilet is preferable over a dirty one right? Cats think the same about their litter boxes! This is a very easy fix and requires regular cleaning of the litter box and a regular change in litter. Veterinary professionals suggest scooping out your cats litter box once per day, and once a week changing the old litter out for new. As well as a once a week deep clean of the box itself in warm water, with unscented soap. For time poor cat owners, you can also find self-cleaning litter boxes online and at your local pet shop.
If you have multiple cats it is important that you have a separate litter box for each one, as cats have a habit of marking their territory and won’t want to use a litter box that has already been marked by its housemate.
Sometimes it can all come down to the type of litter you are using! A simple fix, however it may require testing out a few different types before you find the right one. To make this process a little bit easier, we suggest having two litter boxes; each with a different type of litter, and see which one your cat chooses!
Cats are creatures of habit, so when they break their normal routine it could be due to a medical problem. A urinary tract infection, diabetes and arthritis are common problems associated with this behavior so if the above steps don’t work seek veterinary attention.
Litter box location
Location, location, location! I can’t imagine many humans being happy to use the toilet in a room full of people, cats are the same! Try placing your cats litter box in a quiet and private part of your house, preferably one that doesn’t attract too much foot traffic. The laundry or a less used room is a great place to start!
Hopefully these 5 tips have helped you identify where your cats urinating problems have stemmed from. Remember that the longer you leave this matter unattended, the harder it will be to correct!
With Halloween just around the corner, we thought it was a great idea to educate some of you on the history and the superstitions associated with the black cat. In some parts of the world, black cats are considered bad luck. However in many other parts of the world they are actually seen to bring good luck. Genetically speaking, there are actually more black cats in the world than any other colour due to the fact that the colour black is a dominant gene trait! It is important that we cat owners overcome these out-dated stereotypes, as black cats can use all the help they can get (black cats are the most commonly found cat at the pound or other animal rescue shelters!) Keep reading to find out some of the craziest superstitions associated with the black feline.
Black cats, around the world are either portrayed as good or bad luck. In 16th century Italy, people believed that if a black cat were to lie on your bed you would die. However today in the United Kingdom and Asia, a black cat is actually considered lucky! In parts of England it is good luck to own a black cat but bad luck for one to cross your path. This is similar in North America, where it is still bad luck if a black cat crosses your path however if it’s a white cat it is considered good luck.
There are many more interesting beliefs around the world associated with the black cat, some of these include:
Finding a white hair on a black cat brings good luck
An unknown black cat on a front porch brings prosperity to the owner of the house
A black cat walking towards you brings good fortune, a black cat walking away means it is taking the good luck with it.
Dreaming of a black cat is lucky
There is however a darker side to this fascination, black cats have long been associated with witches and witchcraft, and you will still see black cat symbols and costumes around Halloween as they have become iconic to the holiday. Because of this, some people believe that black cats are affiliated with evil (due to their witchy beginnings and nocturnal habits). The most shocking fact is that people are still targeting these poor creatures, particularly around the 31st of October.
Veterinary professionals suggest black cat owners keep their feline friends safe and comfortable inside on Halloween, as well as limiting their time outside in the week leading up to it, just to be safe!
Have you ever changed your cats litter and stopped to think about how it came to be? The history behind the invention is quite interesting and funnily enough was a complete accident! In this article I will fill you in on everything you never thought you needed to know about cat litter.
Historically, there was no such thing as ‘cat litter’ until 1947. Which begs the question, what did cat owners use as a substitute? Interestingly enough common litter choices were ash from the fire, sawdust and shredded paper. Absorbent? Kind of. Effective odour control? Not really. One day a young man called Ed Lowe, who diligently worked for his father’s industrial absorbents company was approached by his neighbour who was tired of using ashes in her cats litter box and dealing with the sooty paw prints left all over the house. She asked Ed for some sand, and he suggested using some clay instead. This was an excellent choice and the neighbour would use nothing else again, as not only was the clay super absorbent, it didn’t leave messy tracks around the house like her previous choices.
So Ed set out with 10 brown paper bags filled with clay, messily scrawled on the front were the words ‘kitty litter’, to his local pet shop. The owner was hesitant, as sand was available to anyone at such a cheap price he doubted anyone would be willing enough to pay 65 cents for a bag of clay. Eds famous response to the pet shop owner was “so give it away”, soon customers were asking for more and well the rest is history!
Ed’s business in cat litter continued to boom and in 1964 he created his own brand to be sold in supermarkets called ‘Tidy Cat’, and every day since then each bag of litter has a money back promise of satisfaction.
Just look at the cat litter market today, with the variety of formats and textures and even packaging that is presented on the shelves of pet stores as well as in grocery stores around the world. From the more natural kinds with wood and plant material as the source product, to the highly processed and pollutant silicon gel formats of cat litter, as in the crystals, to the earthy clay and sand types and bentonite and volcanic rock types. There are even cat litters today that cater for cats with sensitive paws, and litters that are extra safe, in case the cat or any toddlers in the house or any kittens for that matter decide to taste what the litter tastes like. Always take your time deciding what is best for your cat, and the litter you use when they are young will stick with them as they get older so be warned.
How to prepare yourself and your home for a new cat
If you’ve made the decision of adopting a cat, I am sure you have thought about the best ways to prepare to bring it into your home environment so that you and kitty have the smoothest start to your new journey. There are of course a few tips that may help you in making this transition as easy as can be.
Whether you’re bringing home a kitten or an adult cat there are always some key steps you should follow first, as we know all cats can be quite inquisitive it is essential to ‘cat-proof’ your home.
Create a safe place
You will probably find when you bring your new cat home, they will run and hide under a table or somewhere else that’s dark and quiet. This is typically to do with cats being very sensitive to new smells and environments. It is best to find a safe place within your house where your cat can go and relax when it needs to, as it can take a couple of days before your cat feels settled and secure in its new home.
Tip: Cats love boxes, so why not repurpose one of your old shoeboxes by cutting a hole for an entrance and placing something soft and cuddly in there!
Secure what your cat can’t have
As we know cats are very curious creatures and they will try and get into anything they deem interesting enough. If there is a room your cat should stay out of, make it a note to keep this door closed at all times, and don’t forget that cats are great at jumping and climbing so sometimes ‘hiding’ potentially dangerous things on shelves and bookcases just won’t do the trick!
Tip: Consider purchasing child proof locks for cupboards which house cleaning chemicals etc., as cats can quickly learn how to open them!
Work out basic items you need for your cat
Make it easier for you and your cat and have these items at the ready before you bring your cat home.
Some necessary items:
• A litter box/tray – and appropriate litter (there are many different types out there, and it may take a few tries before you find the right one for your cat)
• A cosy bed – this could be as simple as a shoebox with a cuddly towel in it or a cute cat bed from the pet shop, either way a designated place to sleep is a must when bringing a new feline home.
• Toys – cats love to play with anything from a scrap of paper to a stuffed mouse.
• A scratch post – highly recommended if you don’t want your furniture to be all scratched up!
Everything you ever wanted to know about your cats whiskers
Why do cats have whiskers? I can assure you they aren’t there just for looks and indeed do serve quite an interesting purpose, and there is even some fascinating mythology associated with them! Keep reading to get the complete low down.
Whiskers are deeply rooted into your cat’s skin, considerably deeper than her normal fur. This means that they are rooted around a generous supply of nerves and blood making them very sensitive, so sensitive in fact a miniscule breeze will be felt and registered by your cat. This can also mean that with such a high level of sensitivity, there is the potential to cause discomfort and pain if pulled or prodded, which is why we recommend choosing appropriate food and water bowls that are low enough that they don’t interfere with her whiskers.
Whiskers are also you cats own built in measurement device, as the whiskers on your cat’s nose are generally about as long as your cat is wide. This helps them to determine if they can fit through small spaces or measure how wide an opening it, and generally the chubbier the cat the longer its whiskers!
There is some interesting mythology surrounding cat’s whiskers, and quite a few superstitions as well. One of the most well-known ones is that they are just plain old good luck! Although rare to find a cat whisker out of place, if you do make sure you snag it and keep it somewhere safe to possibly bring you some good luck. Another interesting superstition is the term ‘by a whisker’ which is associated with escaping or avoiding a detrimental circumstance (like a car crash or a robbery) many people keep them in their car so they stay protected whilst on the road. And finally, I am sure you have heard the famous phrases “the cat’s meow” and “the cats pyjamas” well “the cats whiskers” has just as much history to it, originally stemming from a the 1920s’. If you were called ‘the cat’s whiskers’ it meant that you were exceptional, superior or better than everybody else!
I have spent many hours watching the entertaining antics of cats on you tube, the agility, focus and absolute speed of cat reflexes has always amazed me. Our athletic feline friends definitely have the perfect design for hunting and survival, that’s perhaps why at times they think they are doing you a favour when they saunter up to their food bowl to see what you have served.
I’m sure you have seen those videos floating around where a human has snuck up on their cat and placed a cucumber behind them without them noticing and then waited in anticipation to see the cat’s reaction? These can be classed as funny videos but I am about to tell you why these cats react the way they do.
As you know, cats are generally very aware of their surroundings even to the point that they are known to be ‘hyper-aware, and you may have noticed they’re usually very cautious around the ‘unknown’. So when a cucumber ‘creeps’ up on them they quickly assume that it is some sort of predator or snake like creature. How a domesticated cat knows what a snake looks like? It’s built into their natural instinct of course!
Dr Roger Mugford, an animal behavioural specialist says “I think that the reaction is due to the novelty and unexpectedness of finding an unusual object secretly placed while their heads were down in the food bowl,” Cats wouldn’t normally find cucumbers lying on the floor, so the sheer novelty of the whole thing generally freaks them out.
Although it can be a relatively funny trick to play on your cat and gauge its reaction, it is best not to try this at home. Veterinary professionals have exclaimed that not only does this cause unnecessary stress on your kitty; it can also be quite dangerous as your cat is unaware of its surroundings in its scared state and could potentially injure itself.