It can be an odd situation – your beloved cat seems to be eating
you out of house and home but doesn’t seem to be putting on any extra weight.
Is something wrong? How can a cat eat so much yet stay to lean?
Whilst there are some medical conditions that can contribute
to this situation – such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism and inflamed bowels – these
often come with a gain in weight along with the eating, so if your cat is not
putting on any weight, then chances are these are not to blame.
** Please note that no online advice is a substitute for a
professional veterinarian’s diagnosis. If you are in any doubt then we highly
recommend you take your cat to your local vet for medical advice.
Here are some common reasons why your cat is always hungry but
Cats tend to let you know when they’re hungry, so if you’re
not feeding them enough then this can lead to a calorie deficit in their system.
It could also be that another cat is stealing their food if you have a cat flap!
Your cat may be getting enough food, but if the food is of
poor quality or the wrong type for your pet then this can lead to malnutrition
causing them to develop excessive food craving.
If you notice that your cat is ravenous when eating, then a
lack of proper nutrients in his/her diet could be a factor and looking at their
daily diet and food intake is advisable.
Just like with us humans, when we are down or experiencing less
than ideal conditions at home – we can dive into food as comfort. This is no
exception for cats! However usually this one will be backed up with some weight
gain, so keep an eye on this as it may not be the cause.
Particularly if you notice a weight loss whilst your pet
continues to eat then this can be an early warning sign that something is wrong
and your cat could have an illness. Weight loss can be attributed to conditions
such as inflammatory bowel disease.
If you have any doubt at all, please consult with your vet
straight away to seek professional advice. The earlier you catch these things
the better so it’s better to be safe than sorry.
When setting out to find the right cat for you and your
home, one of the most popular questions is – which cat breed is the most
Everyone wants the cat that’s going to be most amenable to cuddles
and fuss, but as with dogs and other animals – different breeds mean different
temperaments and levels of affection.
Here’s a quick guide to the 5 most affectionate breeds of domesticated
Not only is the Maine Coon cat a highly domesticated and
affectionate cat but is also one of the world’s most popular breeds to keep as
They are one of the largest cats available and sport a
lovely thick, silky coat of fur that comes in many colours. This makes them
great to snuggle and pet.
Their main trait is that they are said to be almost ‘dog-like’
in their disposition and are very affectionate, loyal and easy to train. They
are also quite vocal too! A true gentle giant.
Descending from Burmese and Siamese breeds, this cat is very
people orientated as well as playful! This makes them great house pets and are
very affectionate and love a good fuss.
Beautiful, spirited and usually happy – this is a great
addition to any family household.
The fact they like to be playful means they need to be kept
stimulated to prevent boredom and loneliness. Put it this way – some of these
cats have been known to play ‘fetch’ like a dog!
Norwegian Forest Cat
Like the Maine Coon, this cat descends from the cold forests
of Northern Europe and so sports a thick, fluffy top coat of fur with a woolly
undercoat for insulation. They are very good climbers as you’d expect!
Norwegian Forest cats are typically quite quiet and very
adaptable to their surroundings, so you shouldn’t have much of an issue
settling them into your home.
Unusual name for a breed of cat, but the Ragdoll is bred to
be gentle and friendly as well as having a lovely soft coat that’s great for
petting. They are very docile and don’t mind being picked up for a cuddle –
often going limp and relaxed, which is where they get their name.
Best to keep these cats indoors as their docile nature makes
them more vulnerable out in the big wide world. Just a note of caution.
One of the odder looking breeds of cat – the Sphynx is very
distinctive with no hair on it’s body whatsoever!
Very friendly and affectionate and good with people, these
make great pets – but be careful to keep them warm as their lack of fur makes
them susceptible to the cold!
It’s a given that we brush our teeth daily (should be twice
per day!) but we’re never as sure when it comes to our pets. I mean, Should I
brush my cat’s teeth? Really?
Whatever questions or doubts you may have, teeth are teeth
and animals are no exception. Believe it or not cats are just as susceptible to
bad breath, gum diseases and tooth decay as us humans are.
Hot fact – did you know that up to 85% of adult cats have
some degree of dental disease? Shocking isn’t it!
How do I recognise signs of dental disease in my cat?
Firstly, bad breath is a typical indicator that your cat’s
teeth and mouth need some attention. Just like humans, it’s no different a
Other signs can be any redness or swelling on the gums
surrounding your cats teeth. Excessive salivation and staining of his/her fur
can also been signs that something is not right.
If you are unsure, please take your cat to your vet as soon as possible as they are qualified to diagnose any issues to save you having to worry. Really, you should be taking your cat to your vet for a checkup every 12 months at least anyway and they will pick up on any dental issues there and then.
So, just how do I brush my cats teeth?
It’s never going to be easy, let’s get this straight now!
They are animals an don’t understand – but the best way is to get your vet to
show you the best way to handle your cat whilst brushing, as well as how to
brush their teeth effectively.
One good way is a finger toothbrush that fits over your
finger and you gently rub their teeth. This is a gentle way to do it and gives
you more control as well.
But use a toothpaste that has been especially developed for cats – don’t be tempted to use your tube of Colgate – the fluoride can make your cat very ill! These special ones have more palpable flavors such as meat or malt and are fine for your cat to ingest.
If you cat shows signs of stress or is struggling to get away, don’t persist. Break off and have a little rest and then do some more. Talk in a soothing voice and comfort your cat – this will help keep them more relaxed.
If you keep up this good routine – your cat will have
healthy teeth and pleasant breath!
It’s really not uncommon for cats to bite – they are animals
after all, domesticated or not. There are many reasons why a cat may
want to bite you and it can happen all of a sudden, but it’s important that you
understand that it is not always done as a sign of aggression.
Cats are predators after all, we mustn’t forget that! This is
why biting, clawing and pouncing makes up a large part of their playtime behaviour
– in fact this is very important for cats as it forms part of their natural
However, there is a fine line between being aggressive towards
you and normal playtime.
So, How to stop my cat from biting?
If you cat bites suddenly when petting and stroking them,
this could just be there way of saying ‘stop, I’ve had enough’. Usually your
cats body language will have conveyed this wish beforehand but you missed it.
If your cat bites when playing, then this is just their natural instinct kicking in. It’s normal. If you want to encourage them to not bite during playtime – you can reward them with treats and affection for not biting. Enforce the message of good behaviour and what you expect of them.
You also need to differentiate between little playful nips
and full on aggressive bites as well, as the former is just your cat playing and
being a cat. If it’s an aggressive bite then you need to let them know that
this behaviour is not acceptable towards you.
Provide plenty of playtime stimulation for them as well –
such as toys to practice on and also reinforce this behaviour with rewards for
Consistency is Key!
Just like with training any animal, when it comes to stopping
your cat from biting then it’s a gradual behaviour change over time that will
work best for you and your beloved feline. Don’t rush things and take the time
to do it properly.
Before long you and your cat will be much happier in the long
run, trust us!
Everyone knows that moving home is a big stressful deal, but it is also a HUGE deal for your cat as well. In fact, your cats behaviour when moving house can change quite a lot and it’s important you make the experience as easy and stress free for your pet as possible.
Here are some great tips on how to do that:
1.) Removal Chaos
Believe it or not, your cat’s home is their sanctuary and the noise, chaos and fuss that occurs when moving all of your stuff out is actually quite upsetting for your cat.
Try to keep your cat away from all the hussle and bustle of moving to help keep their anxiety down. Also make sure they have all of their food, water and toilet amenities to hand during this time as well.
2.) Moving your cat
When it comes time to take your cat to the new house – don’t feed him/her too much food and certainly not too soon before jumping in the car! Ideally their stomach should be completely empty whilst moving to avoid getting sick (cats really do get car sick!). Still give them access to plenty of water though throughout the journey.
3.) What to do when you arrive
When you finally get your cat to your new home, choose an initial room where you can keep your pet along with their essentials for a while and keep them in there. They will actually feel more safe confined in this space than they would with the ‘big unknown’ house to roam around in.
Gradually they will get used to this and you can open up more and more rooms until they are comfortable with their new surroundings and you notice your cats behaviour improving.
4.) Further helping them to adjust and feel at home
It will take time for your cat to properly feel like the new place is home, no different to humans in that respect!
Allow them to explore on their own and at their own pace. If you notice them shying away from certain rooms and doors then just let them gradually build up to it. Don’t try and carry them around the house to see it all – let them do it at their own pace.
The garden is an important milestone for your cat, but is another big open space that has probably been ‘marked’ by other cats and their scents, so don’t allow them out for a little while until they are used to their safe haven. Then you can gradually let them out.
So there you go – if you notice that your cats behaviour when moving house is a little odd, don’t worry, he/she is just going through the motions of moving the same as we do but without the understanding of what is happening. Imagine that yourself – scary huh?
Stick to these simple tips and you and your cat will be happy in your new home in no time!
Being a new cat owner you are probably over the moon and nervous all at the same time – how the heck do you look after a cat properly? How independent are they really? Help!
Needless to say you probably have lots of questions about caring for your new furry companion, but worry no more – all you need is right here in this article to get you going. It’s really not that difficult, trust us.
Cats are awesome, simply put. They are fun, playful, independent, loving, curious, smart and often entertaining. Thankfully, cats are also fairly low maintenance compared to other pets and you just need to master the basics of feeding, litter trays, grooming and overall health. Once you have these down, the rest is plain sailing.
First up – and the most important one of all (obviously), feeding!
1.) Feeding Your Cat a Healthy Diet
It goes without saying that feeding your cat the right diet is essential to their happiness and overall wellbeing, just as it is for us humans.
If you have adopted your cat – then knowing what brand/type of food they are used to eating prior to adoption is a great place to start (as long as it’s healthy of course). If you want/need to transition your cats diet to something else – then doing so slowly and gradually to ween them off what they are used to eating is key. Otherwise you will just have bowls of food left going stale on your kitchen floor….
Kittens under 1 year old should ideally eat a special kitten formula as they are still growing (rapidly) and need a highly nutritious diet to support their development into adulthood.
Please note – if your cat is overweight or too thin, it is advisable to consult your local vet to help you choose the right food to get them back on track!
It can also be hard to choose between wet and dry food. Cats are notorious for not keeping themselves hydrated enough by drinking, so wet food is a good choice to help with that – however it goes off quickly. Dry food is a good choice if you are not around much in the day and it can be left out for long periods and still be as edible as when it was put out.
How often to feed cats? This depends on the cat. They will let you know when they are hungry but be careful not to overfeed them. If you notice them gaining weight then this is a sign you may need to cut back on frequency and/or portion sizes!
2.) Type of Food Dishes and Bowls Is Important!
Yep, believe it or not – choosing the right type of bowl/dish for your cat’s food is important.
Because the cheaper ones like plastic can retain odors and not as easy to clean. Stainless steel and ceramic dishes are much better.
Always buy a few so that you have a clean one to hand when washing the others. Cats are very clean creatures after all.
As mentioned before, cats need to keep hydrated so keep a water bowl available and change the water twice per day if you can.
2.) Litter Tray/Box
Have at least one per cat that you own (they don’t like sharing, for obvious reasons..).
Also consider the type of box if you get one of those – they do help keep odors contained but some cats can feel confined in them and don’t like them, then you just end up with a little surprise outside of it somewhere. Keep an eye out and let your cat tell you what he/she is liking or disliking.
If in doubt, always err on the side of extra large trays and boxes as this gives your cat a larger area to choose from and they feel less restricted.
Types of litter are varied also – clumping, non-clumping, wood pellets etc. Your cat will let you know what they prefer so try the cheaper one first and then go from there until you find one that your cat gets on with. Where possible – go for ‘low dust’ or ‘no dust’ options as a dusty atmosphere is neither pleasant for you or your cat!
Always try and scoop the tray twice per day to keep it clean and prevent bad odors lingering. Wash once per week also.
3.) Brush Your Cat Regularly
Buy a cat brush and make sure you brush your cat often. This not only relaxes your cat but helps to remove dead hair, dirt and skin keeping your cat healthy.
Plus, it’s quite relaxing for you as well.
Playing with your cat is important as not only does it keep them entertained and happy, but also helps keep them mobile and exercised at the same time.
Plus, it helps build the bond between you and your pet.
You really don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive cat toys either – most cats will go nuts for a piece of string dragged around the place. They love it!
5.) Claw Maintenance
Most trusted sources will tell you about the importance of keeping your cats claws trimmed, but cats are perfectly able to do this themselves if you give them the tools to do it.
Buying a decent scratching post is a good idea, preferably one that is tall enough they can reach up and stretch out their back on as well. Cats love to claw on things and this is a great way to keep their claws in check.
Besides, if you don’t – they can always find a sofa corner instead 🙂
6.) Find a Good Vet
Last but not least – always, always register your cat with a vet as soon as you can and take them in for an initial checkup. Your vet can make sure your cat is in good health and also administer any medications he/she might need (such as worming, fleas etc).
So there we go!
That is a quick-start guide to owning your first cat, see – it isn’t that hard!
Just keep an eye on them, look after them and they will bring you joy for many years to come.