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.