05/23/17

Cat Litter Box

Any one graced with the privilege of owning a cat knows the joy of having a furry friend by your side. With their curious and playful habits, these little animals are the most popular pets in America, even more so than dogs! With the joy of owning a kitty comes responsibility. Like all creatures, cats need toilets too. Try as we may, we can’t teach them how to flush.

The only sensible course of action is to get a litter box. A litter box ensures that your little friend will always have a place to potty. Modern technology has raised the ordinary litter box to new dimensions, with automated raking and emptying functions. If you’re undecided about which of these super litter boxes to buy, you can try the old-fashioned plastic litter box in the meantime.

If you’re serious about being a good pet parent, you must have not only a litter box, but one that’s clean and odor free. There are several tried and true methods to keep that ammonia smell out of your house. To begin with, choose a good location for the box.

Bathrooms make the most sense for location. Most cat owners don’t want the litter box sitting in the corner of their bedroom! In the case of a litter box, prevention of offensive odors is paramount. Here are a few tips on choosing and maintaining the “manual” cat litter box.

Choose the right size for your cat household. If you have two cats, you’ll need a larger box, to accommodate two cats at once. Choose a box of durable plastic with a little flexibility. Hard plastic tends to crack more easily. Make sure the box is at least six inches deep, to prevent litter flying out of the box.

Put a plastic liner in the cat box. This makes it easy to dispose of when it’s time for a complete change of the litter. Sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda on top of the liner. Baking soda neutralizes ammonia odors.

Pour about three inches of kitty litter into the pan. Don’t put more than three inches, so the litter stays in the box. Avoid spilling litter on the floor. If you do, a cat will see the litter on the floor, and think that that is the toilet! No kidding!

Many pet owners use a litter grate to make sure litter isn’t tracked through the house. This is a plastic or metal grate that goes directly in front of the box. When the cat walks over it, any loose debris falls through the grate. Animals need to wipe their hands too!

Make sure you keep a pooper scooper near the litter box and clean it daily. Never dispose of the litter in your toilet, because this can plug up a septic system.

The “manual” cat litter box method works. Over time, you may find one of those automated boxes a tempting purchase!

04/14/16

Kennel Advice of Puppies Eating Poop

Why do puppies eat their poop? What should I do?

Dog Boarding Kennel

Dog Boarding Kennel

Sometimes, our little cute pets do things that are so unmentionable, that we would rather pretend the problem didn’t exist. We see it all the time at the Mt Pleasant dog boarding kennel and have heard about it from http://www.akc.org/. But what on earth do you do when you go to the pet store and you’re confronted with a bag of new puppy treats that are guaranteed to make your puppy training sessions a lot easier because they are designed to taste and smell like something your puppy will find irresistible – poop? It can be hard to ignore this side to your little puppy’s behavior when it’s obviously well-recognized and even encouraged by the pet products makers. As unpleasant as it is though, puppies eating their poop is just routine animal behavior. There are lots of other animals to do the same thing – horses, birds and cats, for instance. Let us try to get a little bit of a handle on the subject.

It is conjectured by scientists that dogs were never “domesticated“  like horses or cows were. Dogs are wolves that evolved specifically to give up the wild and live around people for the scavenging and begging opportunities inevitably to be found around human habitations. And guess what source of nutrition it has historically been easiest for them to find? Dogs have evolved to be able to take advantage of the nutritional value that poop – their own or that of their human masters – could present. And here we are, shopping at the premium section at the pet supplies stores, for premium chicken dinners and great recipes made out of brown rice, duck liver and cottage cheese.

While puppies eating their poop can seem disgusting enough, they often go and specifically look for the excrement other animals – humans included. Cat excrement, for instance, has a lot of protein and fat content that could attract dogs and puppies. But sometimes, puppies eating their poop can be a sign of illness.  Diseases such as malabsorption syndrome affect many dogs. This is a disease where the dog’s digestive system is unable to absorb all the nutrition in any food eaten. Dogs may try to recover any wasted nutrition in their poop by trying to give the same food a second go. There are some research reports that suggest that dogs do this when they have nutritional problems in general. If you could get more nutritious pet food, this might stop.

Often it can just be possible to get your puppy to behave by making access to poop difficult like Pet keepers kennel does. You can make sure that you clean anything left over in your garden as soon as it gets there. You can also keep litter boxes out of reach. The bottom line is, that if you do enough things to discourage your puppy right at the start, it won’t develop into a lifelong habit.

 

09/28/15

Mt Pleasant Kennel Cat Acne

If you thought that you had the worst of it when you got a rash of acne at 16, you’ll certainly understand how your cute little Mt Pleasant kennel cat might feel. Except of course, your cat won’t have his friends making fun of him (hopefully). Cat acne around the Mount Pleasant, SC area comes up in cats for different reasons.  No matter what causes it, it almost always appears as bumps around the mouth or the chin. It is a good thing that acne in cat isn’t usually painful or anything, and that there are lots of simple home remedies that you could tap to help your little furry friend. More info at: http://pets.webmd.com/cats/

What does cat acne actually look like? Usually, you’ll notice what looks like whiteheads or delicate-looking pimples around the lower part of your cat’s face. The worse the attack is, the more pimples you’ll see. Sometimes, in a severe attack of acne, your cat’s pimples may begin to ooze, swell, or crust over. The worst part of it is, that your cat will begin to scratch itself around those pimples, and get it all raw and prone to infection. In such a case, you’ll probably need to seek help from the veterinarian for quick relief. You don’t want to wait for slow home remedies to work when your cat’s problem seems to be a bit severe. Also, to the lay pet owner, there is no real way to tell acne apart from an infection or a rash. Before you actually apply any of these home remedies below, you’ll probably want to take your cat to the veterinarian  for a positive diagnosis.

So how you take care of cat acne at home? To begin with, just as with people, you want to make sure that your Mt Pleasant cat’s face is all clean. Once a day, make sure that you wipe your cat’s face down with a clean washcloth dipped in warm water. A clean face helps with a cat acne breakout. If you want to use soap washing the cat’s face, make sure that you use pet-safe soap that you can get with your veterinarian. While you wash your cat’s face, holding a warm towel to the critter’s face for a while helps unclog itspores. It helps the skin lose its bacteria a bit more efficiently.

Sometimes, cats in the Mount Pleasant, SC area get their attack of acne through unclean food- or water-bowls. You need to be sure that your cat’s dishes are completely and thoroughly washed with soap and water everyday. And while you’re at it, be sure to get china or metal cat dishes. They are far better staying bacteria-free than plastic is. And finally, you don’t want to be using your own acne cream to help your cat. Cats have smaller and more delicate bodies. Human-strength medicines simply won’t be safe for such a little animal. And whatever you do, make sure you don’t squeeze any pimple. It will only drive the infection in deeper.

05/28/15

Cat Scratching Posts in Mount Pleasant

If you’ve ever lived with Mt Pleasant, SC cats, then you’re very familiar with how much they like to scratch. Unfortunately, our beds, sofas and leather chairs can become victims to this instinctive predilection. As much as we love our cats, we do love our furniture too and would like to see it last at least a couple of years. Furniture can be quite expensive to replace, and it can really bring down the house in a bad way if it looks worn out and shabby. So what kind of solution can we work out so that we, our cats and our furniture can coexist in harmony?

cat scratching post

cat scratching post

The answer is to get the cats in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina some furniture of their own. A cat scratching post is a great way to allow our cats to indulge their need to scratch, but in a more positive way through which our furniture doesn’t have to suffer. A good cat scratching post will take the brunt of the damage and provide cats with substantial stimulation and entertainment. Once you successfully get them onto the scratching post, your cats are bound to get bored with the boring old sofa and thankfully leave it alone.

Shopping for a new cat scratching post can be just as elaborate as shopping for a new furniture piece for yourself. There is a huge variety of scratching posts out there in terms of shape, size, material, cost, aesthetics and special features. Many cat scratching posts for our Mt Pleasant feline friends consist of a platform they stand on, and the cat is meant to sit on the platform and scratch the post. Others are very tall and curved, designed so that the cat can stretch its body and extend its claws to the fullest. Some are simply made of wood that will help file down the cat’s claws, while other are covered with carpet for a more comfortable, cushy feel. Others have extra toys hanging off of them that cats can play around with as they scratch. Out of all of these selections, you are bound to find a scratching post that your cats will be satisfied with.

When you bring your new cat scratching post home, don’t be discouraged if your cats don’t warm up to it immediately. Cats by nature are wary of changes in their environment, so they may take their time in approaching their new furniture. You may sprinkle some catnip on the post to encourage your cats to scratch on it. Give it some time and your cats will grow to love their new scratching target, and you and your furniture will finally be able to have some relief.

09/28/14

Mt Pleasant Vet Clinic Cat Food Debate

The debate at dog boarding kennels and other veterinarians and cat owners in general over what kind of food to feed cats is just as heated as the long standing debate over whether cats should be raised indoors or outdoors. It’s generally agreed that cats are carnivores and that they should be fed some sort of meat product, but the form that that meat takes is hotly contested. This is why there are all sorts of cat food products on the market and sitting on the shelves of your local pet store. There are different factors that contribute to the type of cat food that cat owners ultimately buy for their pets.

cat foodSome cat owners don’t even shop at the pet store or their favorite boarding kennel. They are convinced that cats should be fed raw meat only. It’s argued that this is the natural order and that cats should eat the raw flesh of prey as they would in the wild. The advantage to feeding your cat raw meat is that it is the most “natural” product you can feed your cat, but the downside is that this is very expensive. Imagine stopping by the meat aisle to pick up steak for the family dinner, and then an additional steak for the cat. After a while, those pounds and dollars are going to add up and put a damper on your funds.

Other cat owners opt for canned wet cat food. This is a cheaper alternative to raw meat and it manages to provide sustenance that is as close to its natural form as you can get at a more convenient price and packaging. It’s a lower grade quality than meat sold for human consumption, but suitable for cats to eat. Wet cat food is a solid middle option, and it is a popular choice.

Finally, there are cat owners who feed their cats dry cat food. This is the cheapest means of feeding your cat, and it is also the cleanest. Dry food leaves less mess than wet food and raw meat, and also gives off less of an odor. Dry cat food is also a very popular choice of cat food on par with wet cat food. There are some cat owners who believe that dry cat food is detrimental because it’s the furthest from what they are used to eating in nature. Dry cat food sometimes contains grains that are not originally part of the feline diet. Still, it is much cheaper than wet food or cat food, and most cats do fine on a dry food diet. Many animal shelters feed their cats with dry food.

In the end, which cat food you choose to buy depends on your beliefs and how much you have available to spend on your feline friend. As long as you feed your cat regularly with products on the market deemed suitable for cats to consume, the choice shouldn’t matter too much. Whether you choose to feed your cat with raw meat, wet food or dry food, your cat will be happy as long as its bowl is filled.