Speaking to The Telegraph, Marleen. Maathuis said that because Ash, her cat, was unable to roam freely at home, they had trained him on a leash and now regularly take him on walks across the capital.
It's Cat Health Month
At the start of each new year, we seem to be overly enthusiast about improving health; but we forget about our pets and their health. Now that we have completed the first month of 2019, we need to focus on improving the health of our cats. February is National Cat Health Month, a time for cat owners to pay extra attention to their kitties and help them stay fit. Here are things you can do to help:
According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over 50 million cats are overweight or obese in the United States. We, as pet owners, tend to overfeed ourselves; so, it's no surprise that we can overfeed our pets.
The average cat weighs 10 pounds; but if your cat is exceeding this weight, then it's time to put them on a diet plan (consult a vet) and feed them healthier food options - read labels, people!
Exercise With Cats
Dogs aren't the only animals that need fresh air and time outside to play and run around. Cats can safely hangout from inside a cat enclosure and play on a cat tower where they can jump from level to level. Have cats chase around a ball; yarn; or laser light to get them moving. Having strong bones and joints will serve cats well as they age.
This Cat Health Month, focus on strength training for cats and bringing down their weight. Make your domestic cat part of your New Year's Resolution Plan for 2019.
Be At World of Pets Expo!
The World of Pets Expo is a fun and educational experience for the entire family, including children and pets of all kind. For less than the price of a movie ticket you and your family can experience a full day of education and entertainment.
The event in Timonium is the largest consumer pet show on the East Coast and is in its 17th year running at the Maryland State Fairgrounds.
Fri: 2pm-8pm | Sat: 10am-7pm | Sun: 10am-5pm
EasyPetFence.com will be at the World of Pets Expo in Timonium, MD beginning on Friday, January 26th. Visit EasyPetFence.com at booth #908.
At the EasyPetFence.com booth, attendees can expect:
- Samples of dog and cat fence;
- Learn how to install pet fencing;
- Receive exclusive coupons;
- Grab EasyPetFence.com swag!
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend at the Timonium World of Pets Expo.
Uses of a Cat Fence
Cats needs exercise and socialization just as much as dogs; and that is why cats benefit from a cat fence in the backyard. However, there are other reasons why pet owners should consider an outdoor catio for their pets.
Can Be Used For Dogs
Outdoor cat enclosures are great for dogs, too! Not only can dogs play with other animals from within the enclosure, but they don't have to worry about encounters with stray cats that may try to taunt the dog.
Keeps Out Wildlife
More often than not, there are news stories that show coyotes and wolves coming into yards and harming pets. An outdoor cat enclosure will stop a coyote or wolf from coming in-contact with animals, thanks to the top of the enclosure.
In addition, the fencing for cats also keeps out white-tailed deer that may be carrying tick-borne illnesses that can transfer to pets. The use of a fence can reduce the risk of Lyme Disease by 97 percent.
Keeps Out Birds
Speaking of wild animals, the enclosed top also keeps out birds that may try to swoop down and harm the dog or cat.
Outdoor pet enclosures improve animal wellness for both dogs and cats. Owners will see a change in pet behavior to reveal a healthier, happier pet.
Stray Cats Concerns
When I was a little girl, I fell in love with an outdoor cat that I nicknamed Cathy (no, she did not have a collar). Week after week, Cathy would come to the back porch where I played with her before she wandered elsewhere. My parents were allergic to cats; and they would not allow me to keep her indoors. Knowing what I know now, I would've begged my parents to build a cat fence for her to stay safe and secure in our backyard.
Here are reasons why cats should be behind an outdoor cat enclosure:
Car Incidents With Cats
Let's be honest, when you are driving your car and see a cat, you expect it to move, right? Think again. Cars are a major safety concern for cats and are the result of car accidents nationwide. Although we are brought up to believe that cats have nine lives, they will die on the spot if hit by a car.
Wild Animal Encounters
Let's not be quick to point the finger at dogs - anything with claws and teeth can harm a cat. Unfortunately, outdoor cats are at risk of wildlife attacks by birds, bears, deer, and other wild animals. To make matters worse, these wild animals carry diseases that may transfer to the cat such as tick diseases, fleas, ear mites and rabies.
As mentioned, cats that interface with wildlife risk tick illnesses including Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. These types of tick-borne diseases can be life-threatening to cats. Keeping cats away from deer and stray dogs is key to reducing the risk of tick diseases.
Firefighters rescuing helpless kittens is a real thing. More often than not, cats climb trees and have trouble getting down. To avoid sustaining injuries, cats rest on branches and suffer dehydration and lack of food for days, even weeks.
Not everyone can have an indoor cat 24/7; but this is why an outdoor catio is beneficial to cats and owners.
Caring For Elderly Cats
The average domestic cat lives 12-15 years; but they can survive up to 21 years. Once a cat reaches age seven, they can be considered 'senior.' Like humans, the older the cat gets, the more susceptible they are to pet diseases and health complications. Here are ways to improve animal health and wellness as the cat ages:
Vision Complications and Deaf Cats
As cats age, they will need to be approached slower than they were as a kitten. If your cat is deaf, approach them in front rather than behind. If they have issues seeing, keep the house stationary and avoid moving too many pieces of furniture or boxes. (Changes in environment will only confuse the cat.) Put lights on at night to help guide them to where they wish to be.
Exercise and Nutrition
Goes hand-in-hand. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, roughly 58 percent of cats in the United States are overweight or obese. To avoid plumpness, cats need a combination of healthy cat food and exercise. Lack of exercise will lead the cat to problems beyond obesity including heart issues, joint problems and heat intolerance. While good nutrition should start at a cat's youthful age, cat owners should continue to read labels and avoid under-feeding or over-feeding animals.
To maintain strong bones, cat owners need to help cats exercise by implementing cat games and exercises that allow the cat to bend, grab and jump.
- Play with a laser pointer and let the cat swipe at it;
- Have the cat jump for a cat toy filled with cat nip (incentive);
- Play with a ball of string and let the cat wiggle his/her way out of the yarn.
All cat fitness exercises can be done from within a catio or cat enclosure.
Pet owners should not neglect cat's teeth. Dental issues in cats can lead to gum disease and weight loss. Brush cat's teeth with a soft toothbrush or give your cat a minty dental treat that cleans mouths.
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Stop Leashing Your Cats!
UK pet owners are urged to stop walking their cats on leashes, as this is causing more harm than good.
A study has shown that cats are more stressed when they are on leashes. Although pet owners across the UK feel that walking their pets enriches them and allows them the freedom to move around and explore new places.
A spokeswoman added: “A sense of control is very important to cats and being walked on a collar or harness prevents them from having control,” she added.
The cat walking trend continues throughout the UK with supporters such as PetSafe UK and PetPlanet, which are stocking cat harnesses and leashes. On social media, #catwalking is a common hashtag for the cat movement and has been used over 14000 times on Instagram.
“Just because we live in a flat and haven’t got a garden, we didn’t want him to miss out on the beauty of life,” she added.
Cats are independent animals but do get nervous when they are forced into new environments. Some animal rights activists ask if cat harnesses and leads are good for the mental well being of the animal.
Indoor cats need exercise and stimulation, just as much as dogs; and for homeowners, a simple solution is to install a cat fence in the backyard. Now that we know that cats get stressed out over being "controlled," allow them the chance to explore without restrictions. Kitty Corrals are safe for the cat and will prevent harm from interfacing with the cat.