The Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher: A Great Solution to Your Cat’s Scratching Problem

Cats’ claws continuously grow throughout their natural lives. Occasionally, the base of each nail gets covered in a rough casing. This usually causes great discomfort to the feline. Scratching is a cat’s natural method of removing the rough covering on its claws, thus filing them down. The second reason cats scratch is to mark their territory. Cats have sweat glands in between their paw pads, and scratching an object leaves their scent on that object, marking it as ‘theirs’. It is normal for a cat in the wild to scratch trees or logs, but it can be quite frustrating when your pet cat begins to take out its discomfort on your expensive furniture.

Some cat owners take the de-clawing route which is extremely inhumane, as it involves the amputation of the first joint of a cat’s toes. Contrary to popular assumption, declawing is not the same as trimming fingernails on a human. If you go this route, you are most likely to invite bigger problems than scratching. A declawed cat loses its balance, feels helpless, and develops an aversion to scratching even in the litter box, due to pain, which means it will begin looking for other places to relieve itself.

Scratchers

Most cat owners acquire cat scratchers for their feline friend in order to rescue their furniture. The Cosmic Cat Company has designed a safe and effective alpine cat scratcher.  Cosmic scratchers are accompanied by catnip to attract your cat. Catnip is the common name for a unique herb of the mint family that is native to Europe but is now prolific in the United States and other countries. Catnip, when given to the right cat, can cause an amazing reaction. Since it was introduced to the cats of America, Cosmic Catnip has become the standard by which all other brands are judged.

This cardboard cat scratcher is inclined at an ideal angle for scratching and stretching and has all the bells and whistles for your cat’s pleasure, not only to relieve his scratching instinct, but also for hours of cat filled fun.

With its slanted design, reversible sides for double scratching life and a carpet-covered mouse, cleverly hidden in a hole in the side, the Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher is the answer to every cat’s dreams. Cat owners never have to worry about either their furniture being ripped to shreds or their feline being bored. The cosmic catnip alpine scratcher is made of “corrigate”, a very durable cardboard with holes spaced throughout it, which is ideal for your cats claws and also helps to detract the pet from carpets, couches and rugs. Cardboard has long been recommended as an economical scratcher .This material has a natural feel for the cat and it will not do damage to their claws.

The Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher is designed so it takes up little space in your home. Cosmic catnip scratching pads are also sold separately, as replacements for when your pet wears out the original reversible scratching pad.

Customer Satisfaction

Some consumers are initially a bit skeptical when about the effectiveness of the cosmic catnip alpine scratcher. However, there are tons of rave reviews of the product online. Its durability is the most appreciated feature as it prevents the consumer from having to purchase multiple scratchers in a short period of time. The replacement pads, which come with enclosed catnip, are inexpensive as well. And to top it all off your cat is happy, and so are you! Investing in the Cosmic Catnip Alpine Scratcher could be what you need to save your relationship with your pet, as well as your pet’s relationship with your furniture.

 



Is a Siberian Kitten the Right Pet for You?

(Katelyn Lee)

 Have you often admired the long, luxurious fur of the Siberian Cat? Their long hair certainly makes them appear to be a cuddly companion. What is their temperament really like, though? Will they make a good fit for your family?

                But First, a Little History

          Surely, you can guess where these felines originate from? That’s right, they come from Siberia! In fact, they are the national cat of their country. They’ve been around for many, many years. They go back as far as 1000AD, but very little is known about them until about 1980 when their popularity rose. One thing we do know is that they attended the very first cat show in the 1870s. Around the year 1980 when they became more popular the Kotofei Cat Club created the first breed standards for the Siberian in Moscow. They were introduced to the United States in 1990, and although they are well known not many are owned.

                Breed Standard

                One of the appealing aspects of owning a Siberian is their luxurious long fur. It is believed that most long haired cat breeds are ancestors of the Siberian, most notably the Norwegian Forest Cat. Their fur has three essential parts to it: guard hairs, awn hairs, and down suitable for harsh weather. Studies have also shown that they can be considered hypo-allergenic. Siberians posses a large, bony skeletal system suitable for leaping great heights, medium sized ears, large chests, large paws and strong back legs which will all fully develop at about five years of age. They can be any colors or markings.

’Jeff, a Norwegian Forest Cat, cousin to the Siberian

                Personality

          These cats have big personalities! They are very intelligent and can be easily taught tricks and basic commands. A lot of owners have reported that they have a very serious curiosity about water and love to play with toys in it. They are great with other pets and children, with an easy going personality, yet energetic and agile playfulness. They are very loyal to many people. The Siberian is also a very notably vocal cat. Overall, they are wonderful, affectionate pets.

          The Ideal Owner for Siberians

          All pets require care, but some require more than others. Siberian Cats are great beginner pets, but here are some things that you need to consider:

  • Do you have other pets? Siberians can easily get along with other cats or dogs, but keep all cats away from small pets such as rodents or fish.
  • Do you have children? Siberians are great with visitors and children!
  • How many hours per week can you devote to grooming your cat? Despite their long hair Siberians only need to be groomed twice a week because of their textured fur.
  • How patient are you with training? Siberians should be easily trained, but not all cats fit their breed standards exactly.
  • Can you devote many hours to playing and bonding with your cat? Siberians love people and need some time set aside to be played with and loved on.
  • Can you provide enough mental stimulation for your Siberian? A bored cat can be a naughty cat! Good toys and some one on one time with their humans is a must.
  • Will your cat be outdoors in extreme hot or cold weather? Siberians can withstand extreme cold weather, but if you live in a place that is very hot you may want to keep kitty indoors. This is a longer haired cat, after all.
  • Can you afford veterinary care and food for your pet? No matter what breed of cat you get you will need to take them to annual check-ups with a cat savvy vet. Not to mention buy food and toys for your friend.

If a Siberian sounds like the right breed for you contact your local shelters or breeders and start searching for the perfect addition to your family!



Types of Litter Bins and What to Consider When Picking One for Your Pet

Pets are lovable, affectionate animals with their own unique, adorable quirks that make us love them oh-so-much. However, as most of us know, having a pet, or five, is not only a joy, but a responsibility as well. The hardest thing to deal with is generally waste disposal. Having pets, and actively taking responsibility for them is definitely not for the squeamish. Dog-owners find themselves having to scoop poop and look for designated litter bins. Cat-owners find themselves in a bigger dilemma, since cats can’t really be taken for walks to the park. The waste disposal takes place right at home.

Cat-owners therefore find themselves having to profile each cat. The factors to be considered when choosing the type of litter box are numerous and can range from the age of the cat, to how much privacy the cat needs when littering, to the owner’s lifestyle. In general, there are two major types of litter bins on the market. There is the old-school lined plastic tray or box, and then there is the high-end, no-scooping, automatic cat litter boxes. Both types can be open or hooded. In order to pick the ideal litter bin or box for your cat, you need to consider how high the cat or kitten will need to climb to use it. Kittens and older cats are bound to have some difficulty with getting into and out off a litter box that has high walls. Also, a cat that digs into the litter too enthusiastically will definitely need a closed litter box, if you wish to avoid messy litter and waste being tracked all over the floors.

Then there is privacy to consider. Many cats will avoid the litter box or bin when they feel they are being watched. Such a cat needs a hooded bin. However, one needs to take into consideration the fact that, hooded bins generate odor faster than open ones, since the air inside is concentrated. Cats are super-sensitive to smell, about 14 times more sensitive to smell than we are. Even when a litter box seems reasonably clean and fresh-smelling to you, to your cat it may smell like a porta-potty. This brings us to scooping. If you can be relied on to be at home most of the time, and do not mind scooping out used litter several times daily and refilling the litter box, then an old-school plastic box or tray is perfect for you.

However, for those who prefer some help and have the budget to afford it, there are the automatic cat litter boxes on the market. There are the high-end ones that actually attach to your home-sewerage system and flush waste, then there are those that self-clean, either by sifting or raking waste, and all you need to do is get rid of the disposed end product. These litter boxes have fantastic features like carbon air filters, sensors and timers, which ensure that  you have much less scooping and cleaning to do, and also, that you can even go out of town for a couple of days without worrying about your cats and carpets.

 



How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell

Cats are the most popular pets next to dogs.  Cats are loved by many people because they are usually cute, cuddly and full of quirks.  They love sleeping all day long, and getting into mischief when awake.  They are not extremely fragile, like say, hamsters, so you can leave them on their own for a while.  Cats are very independent, and less affectionate to strangers than dogs, although many cat-lovers like this about them. They can be aloof and alot of fun to tease.

 

Unfortunately, cats have the strongest-smelling urine ever!  Many people are apprehensive when bringing a new cat home, especially an untrained one, because they tend to pee everywhere.  And it will be a difficult chore to get rid of cat urine smell.  Washing and scrubbing your carpet with tons of soap isn’t enough.  The smell is distinctive, unpleasant, and worst of all, persistent.

 

If you have a new cat and you have just caught a whiff of its urine, you may want to know some tips on how to get rid of your cat’s urine smell out of your carpet, mattress, sofa, or even the floor.  The following methods have proven to be very effective in removing the smell of cat urine.

 

How to Get Rid of Cat Urine Smell

Before you even begin, you might want to identify the sites where your pet has peed. This can be done with the help of a black-light. The pee will show up as yellow splotches.

Home Remedies

Things you will need are: baking soda, white vinegar, and water.  No need to worry, there is no cooking involved.  The said ingredients have innate stain and odour removing properties.  What you need to do is combine 1 part of vinegar with 3 parts of water.  Before you apply the solution, remove as much as urine from the affected surface using a wet rug.  Add some soap to it as well.  Once that is done, apply or sprinkle some baking soda to the site.  Alternatively, you can spray the site with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and liquid dish detergent.  Then scrub the surface.  Keep on scrubbing it until you no longer smell any cat urine.  If your clothes have also been ‘christened’ by your cat, you can use apple cider vinegar.  Just include a ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar in your laundry solution and put it in your washing machine dispenser.

 

Shop-bought Remedies

If you don’t want to go through the hassle of mixing this and that and combining this with that; then you can use ready-made solutions to get rid of your cat’s urine smell.  There are various cat urine smell removers in many pet shops and grocery stores.  You can also shop online to compare effectiveness of varying brands.

 

Avoiding the cat urine smell altogether

 

If you want to lessen the risk of having your house smelling of cat urine, you can start training your cat to pee in its litter box.  The question is how?  You need to know that cats are super-sensitive to smell.  They will not use their litter box if it is not fresh.  If your cat senses that the litter box is not clean, it is quite likely that he or she will look for a cleaner area.  The answer is, therefore, to keep the litter box clean. Another tip is placing orange-peel or pinecones, or both, in areas where your cat has been known to pee. Cats do not like the smell and will avoid these areas. However, you must never use anything that contains ammonia to clean up after your cat, as urine contains a large percentage of ammonia. The smell will encourage your cat to pee there. Cats are incredible creatures. They can give you years of happiness, once you learn how to deal with training them to use their litter boxes, as well as getting rid of the smell of cat urine.

 



Clavamox for Cats: Benefits and Risks

Cats, while cute, cuddly and quirky, have various habits that make them vulnerable to all sorts of diseases.  No matter how much you keep your pet’s environment clean, it can still acquire infections that more often than not, are gastrointestinal in nature. Aside from that, you cannot always guarantee your cat’s safety, especially if you allow it access to the outdoors. An outdoor cat is twice as likely to eat something contaminated while not under your supervision, or to get into a fight with a stray cat, thereby getting scratched up or bitten. Either scenario will more likely than not, lead to an illness or infection.

 

Clavamox for Cats

 

There are many medical treatments available on the market today that can be used to cure ill cats.  One of the most popular medications prescribed for ill cats is Clavamox. Clavamox is a combination antibiotic that is used to treat quite a lot of bacterial infections in cats, dogs and humans; ranging from oral to bladder infections and everything in between. This drug is widely recommended by veterinarians because of its proven effectiveness and minimal side effects.  Clavamox for cats is composed of amoxicillin which is a penicillin antibiotic and clavulanate, an inhibitor of the enzyme beta-lactamase. Beta-lactamase is produced by a number of bacteria, and helps them become resistant to penicillin antibiotics. This combination makes clavamox twice as effective as amoxicillin on its own. Clavamox comes in pills and liquid form. You can make use of oral drops for your cat but it would be easier if you use a syringe when treating your cat using Clavamox because it is more convenient than trying to shove down a pill and having your cat bite your finger off for your trouble.

Risks and Side Effects

 

Antibiotics for humans and animals all have similar side effects.  The main ones are:

 

  • Clavamox for cats will target the ‘good’ bacteria that your pet needs to defend itself from diseases that are brought by harmful bacteria, as well as the harmful bacteria.  Antibiotics in general do not have the ability to identify which bacteria inside your cat’s body are harmful and which are not.  The lack of Probiotics can weaken your cat’s immunity to diseases like colds, intestinal problems, and infections.  Because of this, a major side effect of antibiotics, including clavamox, is diarrhoea. You must ask your vet for a probiotic supplement when he prescribes your cat clavamox, to replenish your cat’s balance of ‘friendly’ bacteria. As well, the diarrhoea will most likely pass by itself, but meanwhile you need to keep your cat hydrated, so give it lots of water.

 

  • Another common side effect is vomiting. Your cat’s stomach may reject the drug and expel it. To prevent this, you should feed your cat before giving it clavamox.

 

  • Your cat may be particularly sensitive to clavamox and experience a hyper- allergic reaction. Signs of this are swelling, rashes, loss of coordination, quickening of heart-rate, and difficulty in breathing.

 

 

Generally speaking, clavamox for cats is very helpful.  All you need is to consult your trusted vet prior to giving your pet this kind of medication.  It is important that you know the right amount of clavamox to lessen the risk and ensure effectiveness.  This holds true with all other kinds of cat antibiotics. Antibiotics are given as a course, and clavamox is no different. Your cat must complete the full course, regardless of whether there is instant improvement or not. Prevention is better than cure.  Knowing the right ways of keeping your cat safe and always healthy will basically reduce the risk of your pet getting ill. In addition, clavamox should be a last resort, because over time, bacteria develop resistance to it. It should be used as rarely as possible.

 



Why should you buy Catnip Spray for your cat?

Catnip, Cataria, Catmint, Catwort – this plant is known by many names. But what is it? What does it do to cats and why? Is it dangerous? Alright, let us get all scientific for a moment. Catnip, or Nepeta Cataria, is a perennial herb and a member of the Mint family. It was once native only to Europe and Asia but due to its prolific nature, once introduced to North America and Canada, it now grows as a widespread weed. Catnip is known for its ability to get cats ‘high’. A chemical called nepetalactone is responsible for this reaction.

When a cat that is sensitive to catnip is exposed to it, you can generally anticipate lots of delighted rolling around, crying, kicking and generally blissful behavior. Apparently the reaction to catnip is through the olfactory system and sniffing it has a stimulant response in cats, even those that have a weakened ability to smell. Eating it, on the other hand, causes a sedative response. Not every cat is sensitive to catnip, however. The most vivid reactions are usually those from cats of reproductive age, both male and female. Surprisingly, wild cats also have a predilection for catnip. Older cats and very young kittens are less likely to react to catnip and kittens younger than 8 weeks actually show an aversion to it.

The sensitivity to catnip is genetic, so some cats, regardless of age, will simply turn up their noses at it. If a cat is sensitive, the effects will generally last around 10 minutes, after which the cat will ‘acclimatize’ and stroll off to find something more interesting to do. But rest assured, it will be back in a couple of hours for another ‘fix’. Not to worry, there is generally no possibility of a cat ‘over-dosing’ on catnip. Cats know when they have had enough and will repel offers of more.

So, why buy catnip spray for your cat? Okay, first-off, there is nothing that beats the hilarity of a goofily happy, excited, rolling-on-the-floor feline, brought down from its lofty pedestal. But more importantly, it is a treat for your beloved pet that clearly demonstrates your lasting love and devotion, so definitely get it if you are feeling guilty about something pet-related. Even more importantly, your expensive new furniture, or in my case, my old sofa, will heartily thank you. Spray a bit of catnip spray on a scratching post or your cat’s bed and your scratched furniture legs and molested upholstery will sigh in relief.

As well, catnip spray is a great alternative to catnip-stuffed toys and actual dried catnip leaves. You can now avoid punctured toy mice with leafy debris trailing across your floors and behind your furniture. Simply douse some catnip spray on an ordinary toy mouse and watch the magic happen, as your cat goes off into paroxysms of unending bliss and nirvana. Catnip spray really is an excellent idea. It is a sealed-for-freshness, ready-to-dispense anytime treat for your grateful feline. Really, the only drawback is your cat will probably never stop pestering you for it!



Three Benefits of using Litter Box Furniture

Litter box furniture is one of the most expensive types of litter box on the market however I love to buy them for my cats and my cats love them too. Read on for the main reasons why.

My living accommodation is somewhat limited for space so I find that having a hidden litter box provides my cat with privacy that he wouldn’t have without it. There is no specific area within my home that I could place an open litter box that was private enough. I did initially start out with open boxes but my cats just refused to use them. In my first years of having cats I could never understand why this would be, until I learnt that cats expect privacy for such matters.

Litter box furniture is designed to blend in with your furnishings, so whenever I have guests around they rarely even realize what it actually is as it looks more like a cabinet than anything else. Nowadays there are so many different choices of color to choose from it would be difficult to not be able to find one closely matching existing furnishings. They are also much less of an eyesore as all the waste is contained within, which means that odors are also contained.

Any cat owners out there will already know that cats like to scatter the litter all over the floor in an attempt to clean up their mess, which invariably gets walked throughout the house by both cats and humans alike. Litter box furniture is great in this respect as minimal litter gets scattered in the process as it is all contained within the box itself.

Even though they are by far a more expensive option than open litter boxes, I will never go back to buying open boxes, and more to the point I don’t think my cats would ever use them, even if I tried.



The Cat Genie Self Flushing Litter Box

Rest easy cat owners, thanks to the Cat Genie Self Flushing Litter Box, the end of smelly poop-scooping has arrived! As a matter of fact, so has the end of expensive litter replacing because the Cat Genie litter box only uses special Cat Genie reusable, biodegradable litter. It only needs occasional refilling as the full level lowers over time! The Cat Genie 120 is by far the most superior automatic cat box on the market and it’s patented self cleaning, self flushing technology makes it the only one of it’s kind!

Simply hook your new Cat Genie to a water source such as a toilet or washing machine; fill it up and set it to either clean itself after each use or set it to clean at a certain time, or times, of day. After that, your cat, and your Cat Genie do the rest of the work!

Each cleaning cycle consists of the automatic scooping arm removing solid waste and depositing it into an area of the box where it will then be turned into liquid. The reusable special Cat Genie litter will then be washed clean and the water will remove everything as it’s flushed away. When it’s all cleaned it’s then sanitized with a special SaniSolution made specifically for the Cat Genie 120 and everything will completely dried and ready for the next use. The whole process takes about thirty minutes from start to end.

Just think of it, no more dirty, dusty litter. No more mess for your cat to maneruver through when he or she is ready to use the box. Just clean, sanitized, fresh litter every time! And if your cat is a little on the shy time or just prefers complete privacy, be sure to order the Cat Genie Dome which will provide all the privacy he or she needs. If your furry feline is just too large to fit (anything larger than small to average) into the dome then be sure to order the Cat Genie Side Walls to help keep overly enthusiastic diggers from kicking out litter so there’s less sweeping up for you to do!

The Cat Genie 120 is the ultimate litter box for both kitties and their owners! There are many positive Cat Genie reviews documenting this! Order yours today and stop the scooping!



Great Toys To Make Your Cat Purr

As any cat lover can tell you, hearing their kitty per is one of the most enjoyable experiences of cat ownership.  Your cat purring lets you know just how happy they are being around you and the more you can make them per, the happier you will be around them. If you’re trying to make your cat as happy as it possibly can be, you should definitely look into buying cat toys that make their life much more fun.

Below I will explain several toys that can make your cat go crazy and display a brand new sense of affection towards you.

A standard cat toy will be regular catnip, a plant that puts them in the most pleasurable state of mind a cat can be in.  The catnip plant is in actually growing plants that releases chemicals that tried the cat wild into a state of euphoria.  The more cats put pressure on to the plant, the more it seemingly affects them.

Another great variation of catnip toys is the scratching post. This type of cat furniture allows your cats to scratch and object, allowing them to give their claws some exercise without destroying your favorite home items.  This is perfect for people who have cats who love the scratch things, but are sick of getting their couches and other nice items ruined in the process.

Thirdly, if you are looking to give your cat of little bit of luxury in his life, you should definitely purchase him a new cat bed.  These cat beds are very plush and are very warm for your cat to sleep in and they’ll love the fuzzy material lining it.  I have purchased one for my cat and he immediately fell in love with it, although he only sleeps and it when I place it on my bed.



What to Consider when Choosing a Cat

When it comes to choosing a pet cat, there are some people who do not care that much about the breed that they will get. For them, as long as they get that feline companion that they want, then everything would be okay. On the other hand, there are some who treat the decision making as something serious–almost like a life and death situation. And what makes their decision making a little tougher is the fact that there are almost 40 cat types to choose from (these are purebreds). If you are someone who is facing the said conundrum of choosing one out of about 40 cat types or out of all the available cats there are in the world, then here are some tips for you.

Whether or not you are getting a purebred, you would have to consider the personality and characteristic of the feline that you would get. There are some people who fail to realize that different cats have different needs and traits. They have different energy levels, and have different abilities to interact with strangers and children and abilities to be left alone. You might also want to consider what gender you should get, although as your pet grows older, regardless of its gender, it would still develop its own set of unique characteristics. What it would be like when it grows up would depend on the type of upbringing that it has had, just like how it is with human children.

If you would like to have more information about the different types of cats and their specific traits and characteristics, you could search for a book that discusses everything about cats and their breeds. Or you could search the Internet for sites that post discussions about the different cat breeds that can be bought as pets.