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.
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.
Caring For Older Cats
Let's be real: Getting older sucks; and as age declines, we need help being care for. Your pet cat is no different. Your cat will require the love and support from it's pet owner to enjoy it's senior years.
Generally, cats are considered "senior" around 7-10 years old. This is when pet owners will start to see a change in them from when they were kittens. They may start slowing down and not eating as much; or they may start sleeping more and jumping on the couch less.
Cats will start to see a decline in health as they age. Here are pet care tips for aging cats that pet owners need to know:
1. Dental Disease in Cats
Dental problems in cats can lead to painful mouths; and cats with dental issues may eat less and less. Senior cats often suffer from Kidney Disease, Thyroid Disease and other heart complications that accompany not eating. The lesson? Visit a cat dentists for care tips.
2. Regular Vet Check-ups
As cats age, they will need to visit their veterinarian more often than when they were a kitty. Visits may boost to once per month. Listen to the cat doctor and see how to best care for your older cat.
3. Set Out Healthy Cat Food
Just like humans, cats that eat low-quality food have a chance of suffering from obesity. According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 58 percent of cats in America are overweight or obese. If you have adopted a cat and don't know how they were eating before you adopted them, start feeding them high protein cat food - but avoid vegetarian diets. The right food will also lead cats to become more active and alert. Read labels!
4. Increase Cat Exercise Levels
Speaking of obesity rates, cats that only eat and sit are hurting themselves more than they think. Inactive cats that do not play outside are not getting fresh air; they are lacking socialization with other animals; and they are not exercising. This is why installing a Kitty Corral in the backyard is good for your cat. Cat Fencing allows cats the chance to stretch their legs and freely run around the property without fear of getting lost or stolen. A cat fence is a sure-fire way to get your cat the exercise he/she requires to stay fit.
5. Interact with your cat
Use interactive toys to encourage cats to jump, bend, or move around. Apply cat nip to cat toys, as a bonus. Cat movement will keep hind legs and forearms strong as they age.
This August, for Senior #Pets Month, make your older cat feel young again by utilizing these health tips for adult cats.
Your Cat Is Stressed Out
You might not realize it, but some of your behaviors may be stressing out your cat. While most cat owners aren’t intending to make their cat feel anxious, some may be unaware of the effects their actions can have on their cat’s behavior and relationships.
Pet expert Mikkel Becker has identified five common ways you may be unknowingly stressing out your cat. So if you catch yourself or anyone in your home doing these things, your cat will thank you for stopping immediately.
1. Only bringing out the crate when it’s time to visit the vet
When cats are only crated in stressful situations, like visits to the vet or groomer, it can teach them to dislike the crate. Many will hide or put up a fight to avoid going inside. Teaching your cat to go willingly into the crate by making it a comfortable place to spend time in every day can make requiring her to go in the carrier a lot less stressful.
2. Using punishment to try and change behavior
Punishment isn’t the solution to stopping unwanted behavior. Your cat doesn’t understand that what she’s doing is wrong, and she doesn’t know what to do instead. Because of this, punishment may feel inconsistent and random to her, causing her to become anxious and wary.
3. Thinking that scaring your cat is harmless or funny
We’ve all seen the videos of cats terrified by cucumbers. Hilarious? Not to cats. A cat who is repeatedly startled can become neurotic and wary, and may become afraid of places she previously found safe. Scaring a cat where she eats or drinks is especially mean, as she may start to avoid these areas as well, leading to health problems.
4. Letting the dog chase the cat
Flat out scary. Your cat does not like this. Some pet owners often believe the cat is taunting the dog or that cats and dogs just act this way and there’s nothing that can be done, but the result will often be an anxious, stressed-out cat.
5. Assuming your cat is happy to sleep all day
Many cats lack the opportunity to exercise their hunting drive and owners assume that they have lost this drive. If left without a way to focus her hunting instincts, a cat may scratch furniture, stalk other household cats, or she may just sleep all day and not get enough exercise. One way to help solve this problem is to serve portions of her meal in food puzzles or place kibble in areas she frequents, like perches, to make your cat “hunt” for her food.
With any behavioral problem or major change in your pet’s behavior, it’s always important to check for any underlying medical conditions that could potentially be causing or worsening the problem. If you have any concerns about your cat’s behavior, talk with your vet right away.
To give your cat the exercise it needs, EasyPetFence.com suggests that pet owners install a cat fence in the yard for cats to 1) Socialize with other animals; 2) Remain active; 3) Get fresh air. See Kitty Corral Cat Fence Kits for more information.
Article re-posted from Life With Cats,