VIDEO BLOG Part 2 of 4: Feline Wellness from Kitten to Cat

Denise Morris, Head Nurse at Kitten to Cat gave an informative and entertaining talk recently at the London Pet Show in Kensington.  For those who missed it here are some clips from the talk.  Sorry about the amateur camera work! In case you can’t see the video the key points are summarised below.

Part 2: The Feisty Feline – Caring for Your Adult Cat

An adult cat is 3-6 years.  That’s 28-40 in human terms.

A lot of your cat’s adult life is spent sleeping!!

At this stage you should be visiting your vets twice a year for vaccinations, flea and wormers and a general health check.  This is generally a time of good health so your cat’s weight should be stable.  It’s very important to be on the look-out for any change in weight as this is really significant and often a sign of an underlying medical condition.

Diet, obesity and dental care are all important health issues during this stage.   Obesity in particular is common and leads to the same problems as in humans and predisposes your adult cat to diabetes, heart disease and arthritis.

Also be on the look-out for problems urinating. For little boys in particular Cystitis can be a fast moving and deadly problem.

Behavioural issues to consider:

  • Have one more litter tray than you do cats.
  • In multi-cat households separate the litter trays.
  • Separate the food and water bowls.
  • Be on the look-out for subtle signs of bullying such as going to the toilet outside the litter tray, or if one cat walks out of the room when another walks in.

Failure to address these behavioural issues can cause stress related disorders such as idiopathic cystitis and small changes in your home environment can make a huge difference.

In our next video blog Denise will talk about the “Golden Oldie” or geriatric cat.

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Cat Behaviour Mornings in Surrey

I’ve just found out about two cat behaviour lectures coming up in Woking, Surrey on 20 Feb and 10 April with Amber Batson.

Details of the behaviour lectures can be found here.

We’ve run cat behaviour evenings in the past and had to turn people away because they were so popular. I don’t know Ms Batson personally but I’m sure the lectures will be of interest to cat lovers.

As with humans, stress is the underlying cause of many medical ailments but soiling, scratching and other “human” problems (I say “human” problems because they are not a problem for cats – but rather a natural response to being placed in an unnatural environment) can often be explained by stress. Usually such stress is a result of innocent actions by humans who don’t understand makes their cats tick. For instance, did you know…

  • In the wild cats hunt up to 20 times a day, so it is important to provide mental stimulus with the right kind of toys. Toys such as laser pointers that don’t provide closure emulating a “kill” can cause stress.
  • Cats are territorial and need their own place in the house, and need elevated positions that they can jump up on to watch out for predators to feel safe.
  • Cats never eat and toilet in the same place in the wild. They also feel vulnerable to predators when they are toileting so should have a choice of litter trays placed away from food.
  • The knowledge that another cat comes into the backyard can be a source of stress for indoor cats, even if they don’t come into direct contact.

Although I don’t personally know Ms Batson I’m sure the lectures will be of interest to cat owners.

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