12/5/18

Door Mat for Your Cat

In the United States there are few things that people fawn over as much as their pets. The pet industry makes millions of dollars annually from people wanting the very best for their animal of choice. In the past few years there has been any increase in people owning more exotic pets, but the majority of people still own the traditional domesticated dog or cat. Marketers of pet paraphernalia seem to come out with different merchandise each year to entice pet owners to spend more money.

My husband and I own both dogs and cats. When we were first married my husband had a dog and made it clear to me that he did not like cats. I grew up with pet cats and knew that I wanted to have one in our family home. After we were married a year I convinced him to add a pet cat to the family. My love of cats is well known amongst our friends and relatives and I soon started receiving cat related items as gifts. I now have a curio cabinet filled with various cat statues and also have a great deal of jewelry with cats on it. For my last birthday I received a cat door mat and a new ceramic cat food dish. The cat door mat that I received is rather small and mat of rubber. I decided that this would be a good thing to use to place the cat’s food dishes on. I placed the cat door mat in the corner where the cats eat and put a decorative can on it that contains their food and then their food dishes and water bowl. It makes the area look more appealing and the cats seem to enjoy their new mat.

Since I received the cat door mat I have seen many such rugs in the stores. Some of them have cute sayings on them and others are cut in the shape of a cat. Some are made out of exotic materials that make them very expensive. I think these are for pet owners that have a great deal of money to pamper their pets with. Along with the abundance of cat door mats there are also an increasing number of outfits and toys available to keep your cat happy. I laugh when I seen some of the expensive toys, because my cats, when they are awake, tend to play with an old ball of yarn and the twist ties that come off of bread bags. They get an occasional cat nip toy that they will play with for a few minutes, but usually they are content to sleep on the bed or the back of the sofa. I have found that our cats do not care what the new toy or article is, they just want food water a place to sleep and having their ears scratched in the evening.

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.