How to Groom Your Cat

Cats are known for being mostly independent and self-sufficient, but they still require their share of tender love and care. They do an impressive job of being self-groomers, but they also need a little help with their beauty routine to keep their fur in great shape and their toenails trimmed. Grooming your cat doesn’t have to be considered a chore; consider it quality time with your pet that has additional benefits! With the proper tools and routine, your cat will enjoy being brushed and groomed and will likely be more sociable as a result.

Start Them Young

If you have a kitten on your hands, it’s best to start grooming them now so that they will grow up to enjoy it. While young kittens do not shed, they will still enjoy being brushed with a very soft brush and they will benefit from the interaction. It’s also a good idea to play with them by touching their paws and massaging their paw pads – this will set the tone for when they are older and need regular manicures.

  • Even if you have adopted an older cat, the same touch and feel routine applies. Some cats may not have been conditioned to certain kinds of human interaction, so it may take them a little longer to feel comfortable with hands-on attention.

Incorporate Grooming into Their Normal Routine

If you want grooming to eventually become a pleasant experience for you and your cat, it is necessary to incorporate it into their routine. Schedule a time once a week for grooming your cat and eventually it will become quality time that both you and your cat will look forward to.

  • Cats with longer hair may require daily brushing to keep their fur from matting, which it can do quickly. It may be beneficial to start slow, though, and work up to daily brushes once your cat has become comfortable with the process.

Invest in Quality Products

The right grooming tools will make all the difference in a pleasant grooming experience for you and your cat. It is definitely worth investing in good, quality products. What grooming tools do you need? Here is a list of products that you may need.

  • Be sure to introduce your cat or kitten to these products slowly, before diving in to using them. Leave them sitting out near some of your cat’s favorite hang-out spots or bring them out while your cat is sitting comfortably in their bed or on your lap.
  • Expose your cat to the tools several times in a relaxed environment before attempting to use them.
  • Consider purchasing a variety of different brushes so that you can experiment and find the one that your cat prefers.

Find the Right Grooming Spot

Ideally, the best place to groom your cat will be the place that your cat feels the most comfortable. So, why not let your cat choose their favorite grooming spot? This may be in her favorite pet bed or even on your lap. However, if you choose to groom your cat on a hard surface like tile or granite, it’s a good idea to put a towel down so that your cat will have a grip and not be sliding around.

Keep Grooming Sessions Short

It isn’t necessary to try to fit everything into one grooming session, and more than likely your cat wouldn’t allow it anyways. Instead of trying to clean her ears, trim her nails and brush her all in one session, break it up and handle different elements on different days. Your cat will certainly appreciate it.

Find a Partner to Help

Cats aren’t too keen on doing things that they don’t want to do. It’s their world and we’re just living in it, remember? So, especially in the beginning, you will likely need a partner to help you keep your cat calm and still during the grooming process. Rather than strictly holding them down, focus on doing things that will help keep the cat calm, like petting them and talking softly to them. Don’t forget to offer your cat treats during and after grooming sessions!

The Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

There are many benefits to having your pets spayed and neutered. While it is indeed beneficial to both you and your pet, it is also considered to be an important responsibility as a pet owner. There is a reason, or many rather, why shelters require any animal to be spayed or neutered before being adopted out of their facility. Let’s talk about some reasons as to why spaying and neutering is so beneficial to both you and your pet.

Health Benefits

Some of you may be wondering how putting your pet through surgery could possibly benefit their health. First of all, these surgical procedures are performed using the most minimally invasive techniques possible. In the case of spaying and neutering your pet, the benefits far outweigh any risk involved. Some of these benefits include:

Eliminating the risk of ovarian and testicular cancer

Reducing the risk of mammary gland tumors and/or uterine cancer, especially if done before the female’s first heat cycle

Reducing the desire to roam, which will help keep your pet safely out of the streets

Pets who have been spayed or neutered have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives

Behavioral Benefits

Spaying and neutering your pet can help to correct behavioral issues that you may be having with your pet.

Calm Aggressive Behavior – Some animals that remain intact have been known to display some aggressive behavior. This is most common among the males, and neutering has been shown to decrease aggressive behavior, as well as reduce the likelihood of dog bites.

Eliminate Desire to Spray or Mark Territory – Another common problem with male cats and dogs is their desire to spray or mark their territory. Neutering can help to eliminate this problem. No pun intended.

Keep Your Pet Out of the Street – As previously mentioned, spaying and neutering your pet can reduce your pet’s desire to roam. Female dogs and cats have a tendency to want to roam when they come into heat, resulting in the males exhausting every effort to get out and find a mate. This presents many dangers to your pet, including traffic accidents and fights with other animals.

Solution to Overpopulation

Overpopulation is a big problem facing the feline and canine communities. Spaying and neutering your pet makes you a part of the solution by –

Preventing unwanted litters of puppies and kittens

Reducing the number of animals being brought into shelters, ultimately helping to reduce the number of animals being euthanized each year

Free to a Good Home?

Overpopulation can also lead to more animals ending up in abusive situations. Oftentimes, when someone’s pet has an unexpected litter of puppies or kittens, they choose to rehome these animals for little to no rehoming fee. This can easily land animals in the hands of abusive owners.

Be a Part of the Solution

The mere thought of the number of stray animals that suffer from roaming the streets day after day, along with the thousands of homeless animals that sit in shelters day in and day out, is enough for us to know that we want to be a part of the solution. We want you to be a part of the solution as well. As pet owners, choosing to spay and neuter our four-legged friends is helping to reduce the number of homeless animals in our community, and we think that is a great solution to be a part of!

Now that you know more about the benefits involved in spaying and neutering your pets, put your knowledge into action. Make the appointment, improve your pet’s health, and make a difference in the lives of all animals in your community – SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. Be a part of the solution and share your knowledge with pet owners alike.

Checklist of Must Have Products for Your Cat or Kitten

Are you the proud new owner of special cat or kitten? That’s awesome! Cats have the ability to bring a certain kind of love and affection into our lives that no other pet can match. So, what does your cat or kitten need from you? Well, we’re glad that you asked! There is a definite checklist of necessities that your new addition will need in order to thrive in their new loving home.

1.     Identification

Every cat needs to have the proper identification, regardless of whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat. All it takes is an open door for your cat to get curious and dart outside without anyone knowing. Make sure that your cat has a collar with an ID tag and/or a microchip to avoid them getting lost.

2.     Food and water bowls

Stainless steel or ceramic bowls are recommended for food and water, as some pets can have reactions to plastic bowls.

3.     Guide Book

It can’t hurt to pick up an educational book or two that will answer any likely questions you have along the way of caring for your new cat or kitten. These books can be extremely informative and can save you some stress if a problem arises.

4.     Comfy bed

Even though your cat’s favorite spot in the house may end up being a basket on the kitchen counter or maybe even the bathtub (we’re not kidding), it’s nice to provide them with a comfy bed that they can use for the occasional, and by occasional we mean frequent, cat naps.

5.     Litter box(es)

This one is definitely a necessity for obvious reasons. There are different types of litter boxes out there, and your best bet is to just choose the one that you prefer and if your cat doesn’t seem to be responding well to it, experiment with a different type. The key is to make sure that you place your cat’s litter box in a quiet, private spot in the house – cats need privacy, too!

6.     Cat Carrier/Crate

Having the proper cat carrier is essential to be able to safely transport your cat to and from vet appointments as well as for any necessary traveling. Cats typically do not respond well to traveling freely in a vehicle – the carrier will actually make for a more pleasurable experience for your cat.

7.     Scratching Post

One of a cat’s most natural instincts is to scratch. They do this to remove dead nails, mark their territory, and to stretch their bodies. Trust us, your household furniture will suffer in the absence of a proper scratching post, and these products have come a long way! You can even build your cat a luxury resort, complete with plenty of scratching and sleeping areas.

8.     Toys

Cats and kittens are known for their frisky behavior and scheduling playtime is an important part of socializing your new cat or kitten. Make sure to have a few toys available for playtime and if you really want to spice things up (no pun intended), you can sprinkle them with a little catnip!

9.     Grooming Tools

While cats are known for their self-cleaning abilities, they still need a little help from you to keep their beauty routine in check! Make sure you have proper brushes, safety nail clippers and teeth cleaning supplies to use during your scheduled grooming sessions.

10. A Healthy Diet

One of the biggest responsibilities of owning a cat or kitten is providing them with a healthy diet. It is important to pay attention to the ingredients that you are feeding to your pet in order to make sure that they are receiving a healthy, well-balanced diet with the proper nutrition. Wellness Pet Food offers a variety of different healthy recipes for your cat or kitten. Every cat is different and Wellness has a recipe that will cater specifically to your cat or kitten’s needs.

10 Summer Fun Ideas for You and Your Dog

Ah, the lazy days of summer are here. Why not make some fun summer memories with your pooch?

Here are 10 fun ideas for you.

1— Go for a long walk early – Whether you like to hike or simply stroll the city streets with your pet, take him or her out for an extra-long walk.  Just make sure you do it early before it gets too hot. You’ll both benefit from the increased exercise.

2- Pack a picnic (for both of you) – Take your dog to a relaxing outdoor setting and enjoy a meal together.

3Freeze a bandanna—Soak a bandanna in cold water and put it in the freezer for a couple of hours. On really hot days, you can tie it around your dog’s neck to help him cool down. This can help keep your pet safe on stifling summer days.

4— Hold a photo session—Whether it’s in your backyard or at a local park, get your pup posing for fun memories. If you really want to take it up a notch, hire a professional pet photographer.

5—Take your pet to the pet store—Let her pick out a new toy. Does your dog prefer chasing balls or destroying stuffed animals? Show her a couple of toys and let her choose.

6—Take your dog on vacation – Beach or mountains? No matter which you prefer, there are tons of pet-friendly options to choose from these days. Just make sure to make a reservation since it’s a busy time of year.

7— Try a dog activity you’ve never done – Dog Agility Courses or Canine Freestyle (dancing with your dog) are fun options.  Who knows, you might find a new hobby!

8–  Hunt for buried treasure –Geocaching is a fun activity where you use a GPS to locate hidden treasures near you.

9-Sprinkler fun – Set up a sprinkler on a hot day and watch your dog go wild with excitement.

10- Host a backyard pawty. Do you have a fenced in yard? If so, invite a few friends and their canine pals. Plan a few games like “Find the Treat” where you hide treats around the yard. You could even set up a simple obstacle course with a few cement blocks and boards for something to jump over. Add a wading pool at the end for water-loving pooches to cool off.

So there you, 10 fun ideas for you and your dog.  Which will you do this summer?