Tigers


TIGERS

Tigers are the largest of the cat species in the cat (felid) family.  They are known for their unique long, thick coats which are reddish to orange in colour and have thin black stripes with a white belly.  They have small rounded ears and a heart-shaped pink nose.  Their eyes are a tad bit yellow to green in colour.  Tigers can reach the length of up to 11 feet and can weigh as much as 700 pounds.  They can reach up to a speed of 40 mph.

There are many subspecies of the tiger some of which are:

  • Bengal
  • Siberian
  • Sumatran
  • Malayan
  • Indo Chinese
  • South Chinese
  • Caspian
  • Javan and
  • Bali

Most of these subspecies are either endangered or already extinct, primarily due to humans hunting and destruction of habitats.

Tigers are mostly nocturnal animals (more active at night) and due to their surroundings which is usually that of tropical forests, swamps, grasslands and woodlands they can easily hunt their prey by camouflaging themselves with the colour of their coats and stripes.  Tigers attack by using their body weight to knock their prey to the ground and strike at the neck for an easy kill. Tiger prints are just like finger prints, no two are identical.  They are also excellent swimmers and can hunt while in water as well, they spend a lot of time cooling off in springs and streams.

Tigers are usually unsociable animals except during mating season and when the females bear young cubs.  This is when they become extremely territorial and mark their surroundings.

Tiger cubs stay with their mothers until the age of 2 and a half years.  The mothers would guard their young ones from wandering males that may kill the cubs to make the females receptive to mating.

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Easter is Here

Easter is just around the corner, how do you plan on spending it with your family cats??

Here you will find some perfect picks that i recommend for your kitties if you plan on dressing them up in cute little outfits to celebrate this occasion.

If you like to decorate your home on this day too, then you can also find some nice things that i recommend as well.

For your kitties:

For your home:

Don’t forget your kids:

Here are some lovely ideas for gift baskets:

Here are some DIY art projects that you can try out as well:

To make this lovely wreath you will need:

SUPPLIES

  • Paper plate
  • Spring and Easter themed color paper
  • Glue
  • Glue dots
  • Ribbon
  • Egg cookie cutter or Oval shaped cutter
  • Scissors

 

DIRECTIONS

Cut the inner portion of the plate to look like this

Use the cookie cutter to trace out the shape onto the printed paper and cut them out

Dab a small amount of glue to the back of each egg shape pattern that was cut out and stick them one by one around the edge of the back of the plate.

Cut a piece of the ribbon, make a bow out of it and dab a dot of glue onto the top of the egg shaped paper and stick the bow on it.

Cut another piece of ribbon, make a loop out of it and stick it to the back of the wreath.

Hang it and enjoy your lovely easter wreath.

Saying Goodbye to your Cat

Having a pet in your home, whether for 10 years and more or for a short time of 2 months, you will feel a sense of loss and grief when they die.  Your pets are part of your family and i believe they should be treated as such when they do cross over that rainbow bridge.

i have lost many cats in my lifetime and each one was very heart-breaking and saddening.  My backyard is like a pet cemetery, because each and every one was buried there.

How to cope with the lost of your cat 

Time
In my experience,  some losses were harder than others, and just like everything else, time heals all wounds.   Take all the time you need to grieve but don’t let the memories die.  Death is inevitable, but accepting it is the hard part.

Acceptance
Change in our lives whether good or bad, is never easy.  It’s in our human nature to have a routine that we follow every day so when there is change we have to find ways to accept and understand those changes.

Support
Having the support of your friends and family  will be needed.  Join a group if you have to.  Simple things like just having a conversation with someone will go a long way.

Keeping the Memories
Keeping the memories of our dear cat will actually help us to be stronger and it will make the acceptance part easier.  There are ways in which we can do this, some of us keep photos or memorabilia of them, like a toy she loved.  One way in which i have found that will be a great way to keep the memory of our cat is a personalized piece of jewelry that we can have close to our heart at all times.   I have found a charm which i think is absolutely perfect.  

Saying Goodbye

The way in which we pay our last respect will also help in the grieving process.  I am very happy to share with you two companies which are making the transition easier and more meaningful:

Paw Pods and Rooted.

Paw Pods

This company has designed an eco-friendly pod for your pet which can be personalized to your liking.  After the owner had a terrible and traumatic experience of receiving his dead dog back from the vets’ in a plastic bag, he was in shock and felt it very disrespectful to bury his dog in such a state.  So he came up with this safe, biodegradable way to bury your pet.

Rooted

Rooted is a company that provides pet aftercare in a very special way, they provide “recomposition” services that allow your pet to give back to the earth naturally through the three elements of Fire, Water and Earth.  They offer services to meet each person’s needs and desires.

 

Millie’s evening

 

 

 

This is the typical way in which Millie spends her evening.  She likes hanging out by herself, taking in the refreshing cool breeze under the shade of the beautifully flowered bougainvillea tree.

She has no worries in life, for now.  She is still a baby, (my baby), all she has to do is eat, sleep and just chill.  Wish i could be like that again.

This is the  way in which i am greeted most evenings when i come home from work. (Lovely isn’t it?)   It’s really a very calming, soothing sight which makes me forget about all the negative things that happened during the day.

I am not sure how long she sits there for because i usually reach home seeing her there and she will remain for about another 30 minutes.    After i arrive home and get out of my car  she will look at me with those big precious emeralds and i know she is happy to see me.  That’s her way and only way of her showing me love.  I respect that from her because i know how reserved she is.

Cats and their unique personalities are the main reasons why i am so deeply passionate about them.  I am also a bit on the reserve side so i don’t like too much clinginess.  My cats know to give me space and they in turn will take their space when they need it.

After Millie spends her time outside she will come inside for dinner, after eating she will play with her toys for a bit until she gets ready for bed by sitting in front of the television until she falls asleep.

Introduction

First let me introduce you to my fur babies:

Millie 

 

Millie is a year and a half old, she is very conservative and likes to keep to herself.  she will watch her brother and sister play from a distance but wouldn’t join in the fun.  She will stride pass you and wouldn’t dear give you a second look lol.  But sure enough she will come running at meal time.  She is my doll.

Oreo



 

 

Oreo is my cookie 🙂 she is millie’s sister who is a little more on the social side but will always have this “what do you want” look on her face haha.  She loves to play and run around chasing things.

Ozzy

 

 

Ozzy is Millie and Oreo’s brother, they are all the same age.  He is the most playful of the three and you can always be sure to be entertained by just watching how he moves and plays.

 

Greedy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greedy as her name suggests eats everything in sight and if that’s not enough will always want more and even steal food from the others.  She is about 2 and a half years old now and she looks after Millie, Oreo and Ozzy like if they are hers.  They love spending time together especially Ozzy.  They look like twins and they are inseperable.

Blacky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blacky is the mother of all cats, she is the eldest, i myself am not even sure how old she is.  She is Greedy’s Mother and Millie, Oreo and Ozzy’s Grandmother.   She is not a stay-at-home cat, she roams and go wherever she pleases but she always know where her home is.

So there you have it, 5 of my lovely beauties who will always be a part of my life.

Millie, Oreo, Ozzy, Greedy and Blacky will be telling their stories and sharing it with you so be sure to keep checking for new posts about them.

Training an outdoor cat to stay indoors

Cats are feral animals so it is in their natural instinct to hunt and roam around.  Being a cat-parent is just like having a child and we would do anything to make sure that our children are safe.  Having a cat indoors only, is the only way we as parents can keep our cats safe from all the harmful things outdoor such as other wildlife, being run over by a car, diseases and parasites and so many more.  Cats on the other hand would like to believe otherwise.  An indoor cat has a longer life expectancy than that of the one who is free to roam.  Kittens are much easier to have and keep indoors because that is basically all they know of and accustomed to, but if you have an older cat who likes to roam outside a lot then it’s a little more work, but fear not it is possible if you just follow these steps:

RECREATE YOUR CAT’S ENVIRONMENT

For this to be successful you need to actually think like a cat, you may want to study your cat for a few weeks to understand what he really does when he is outside.  By recreating your cat’s environment you will actually be transforming your house into a big park or playground where your cat will be safe but also have everything right at his paw-tips so he will not feel the need to go outside.  Some of the things your cat will do when he go outside are:

  • to hunt
  • to climb trees
  • to chase and play with objects such as balls, leaves etc
  • bird watching
  • to find a mate

From the list above you can come up with ways to substitute those things with indoor-friendly activity products.

 

Toys and Puzzle games
 Placing toys and puzzles in different parts of the house, you will have your cat occupied for hours when he finds it and starts playing with it.  He will forget all about going outside.

2.Cat Trees and Furniture
Cats love to climb trees so you will need to place a few of these in your house. It will also help with distracting him from clawing your furniture and will help him to stretch his paws and do exercise. See also: How to stop your cat from clawing the furniture.

3.Bird Watching
In order for your cat to achieve this without actually stepping out, you will have to make sure that there are windows in which your cat can look out at. Having a window perch will be great so that your cat can sit comfortably and look at birds for as long as he likes. Having an enclosed outdoor porch will be a plus for your kitty’s enjoyment.

4.Food and Water
This should always be readily available for whenever your cat has the need to nibble on something or gets hungry. Cat treats are also a great way of letting your cat feel like he has to hunt for food if you place the treats in different hiding places in your house for him to find.

5.Have your cat spayed or neutered

This will help keep your cat indoors and not want to go roaming around looking for a mate! When cats are in “heat” they will do anything to get out and fulfil those hormonal desires which can last up to two weeks (14 days) and if they do not mate within that time they will go back into heat again a few days after.

REINFORCEMENT OF POSITIVE TRAINING

Once your cat is indoors you need to make sure there is at least one door he knows about that he can exit from. Therefore all other doors need to either be blocked or you can use the Cat training system to train your cats to stay away from other doors. Training your cat to come when he is being called will also help for when he do go outside, he will come back when you call him. All family members will have to know once they exit through a door they have to quickly close it behind them before your cat can escape.

Cat training can also be used when you take your cat outside for walks. This will keep him safe and within your own premises and he wouldn’t go roaming into the neighbour’s yard or elsewhere. Remember even if you have an indoor cat, your cat still needs to at least be able to go outside (with your supervision off course) once in a while. Your cat should be on a leash to make it easy for you to be able to control where he goes.

AN INDOOR GARDEN

Making an indoor garden for your cat would be ideal, he would feel as though he is outside with all the outdoor aroma of plants and grass. The best plants to consider when making your cat garden are:

The best time to start training your cat to stay indoors is during winter if you live in an area where this occurs. Cats would love the warmth of a nice soft bed to cuddle up into rather than being out in the cold! Give your cat enough time to accept the changes of this transition and let him adjust by showing a lot of love and attention. There can be a lot of bonding during play time and grooming. See also: Caring for your cats

Knowing when to go Cold Turkey

If your cat refuses to accept the transition and you have given him enough time and privilege of being outside then you may have no choice but to go “cold turkey”. This only means that you will have to show a more stern approach to the training and don’t give into any of your cat’s whining or whimpering ways. Always keep in the back of your head that a safe and happy cat is an indoor cat, this will give you enough motivation to keep doing what you have to do to keep your cat inside.

Introducing your cat to a new cat

If you are reading this, chances are you already own a fur baby and now you are thinking of getting a new one added to your family.  Cats are very territorial in the sense that they like to know they are the kings and queens of their home so by introducing a new member will make them feel less in control and they would then in turn treat the other cat with hostility.

There are some rare cases where you will find a cat to be friendly and welcoming to a next feline, but like i said, very RARELY.

I have had an instance where one of my cats that i owned a while back would go wandering for days and one day he returned with a friend.  He was very happy and loving towards his new friend and i ended up keeping that cat as well (didn’t really have a choice in the matter, because he kept coming back lol), he was a very sweet, adorable animal.  It took him a while before he got accustomed to me though but he eventually did and he became part of the family. I name him “Squatter”.

In the not so rare cases, there would be cat fights, so to avoid that from happening there are steps you should take from the beginning.  It’s better to be prepared and have a happy introduction.

SEPARATE ROOMS

Your existing kitty will already have access to the whole house because it’s his house, but for an introduction to take place, you will need for these two kitties to be separated for a while.  They are going to need their own space to be comfortable in, so make sure to have a separate room for when the new kitty arrives. Don’t let the two cats see each other as yet.  In this room you are going to have to fully equip it with a water bowl, feeding bowl and a litter box.  Your new kitty has to get accustomed to his new space so put a few toys in there for him as well.



THE INTRODUCTION

Even though your current kitty hasn’t seen the new kitty as yet doesn’t mean he doesn’t know that he is there.  Cats do sense these things.  After a few days when you think your new cat is comfortable enough, the introduction part has to take place.  This has to be done in a completely different space, where either of them are not using as a room to sleep in.  This way neither of them will feel like their space is being invaded.

Make sure the room or space you choose to do the introduction, is safe for you and for the cats.  You have to be prepared for any attacks or bites on you and on your furniture.  The room therefore needs to be spacious with easy exit routes so that they wouldn’t feel confined.  Let your current kitty into the room first, let him be comfortable and then introduce the new kitty to him.  What you can do, if there is someone else with you when you are doing this, let them sort of distract one of the kitties by playing games with him or just by patting and stroking him to make him calm.  Have treats on hand so they will associate the whole interaction as something positive.


HOW TO MAKE THE CATS GET ALONG

Truth be told there is no way to make this happen.  Cats are cats, they each have their own unique personality and only they can decide whether or not they want to be friends, playmates, caring siblings or just rivals.  You can’t force them to like each other, all you can do is just give them their space and only time will tell.  Also, you will need to give your new cat time to be able to adjust to you (his new owner), his surroundings and his new feline companion.

What you can do is:

TREAT ALL CATS EQUAL

We all know cats to be the jealous type, some show it distinctively while others just keep to themselves.  This is not good for anybody, you need to treat each cat the same, give them both the same amount of attention, love and support.  By doing this neither of them will feel neglected or have the need to fight for their owner’s love.  Let them have the same type and amount of food and toys.

You have a new cat in your home so you also have to make this one comfortable in his surroundings, your current kitty is already comfortable so now you just need to give them time to adjust and get accustom to each other and all the changes around them.

USE OF PHEROMONES

You may opt to use a cat calmer if you think it is needed.  There are a few on the market you can choose from that are made from all-natural ingredients and are quite safe to use.


WHAT NOT TO DO

If you are taking advice from others, they might tell you to do the whole introduction in an unknown territory for both cats.  They will say that having both cats in a different atmosphere will help them to adjust together at the same time.  Being in a different space will be overwhelming for both cats when it comes to the different sights, smells and sounds.  This in turn will make them quite timid and not open to each other.

Leaving personal belongings hanging around the area where your cats are going to be can be a cause for concern.  If these objects are fragile and/or have some sentimental value then you would want to keep these items away.  These cats may have an array of mixed emotions in their new environment and may cause them to be quite destructive by jumping on surfaces.

There you have it, a complete guide on how to go about introducing your cat to a new cat and how to make sure they get along in the  process as well.  Patience is the KEY word here if you don’t get the results you expected, both cats need time to get used to each other.

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Caring for your cats

 

Man transforms his house into sanctuary for 300 cats

https://nypost.com/2018/02/05/man-transforms-his-house-into-sanctuary-for-300-cats/

Meet the man who transformed his home into a haven for 300 cats complete with hammocks, heated perches and roast chicken dinners for the pampered residents.

Chris Arsenault, 58, opened his cat sanctuary to cope with the grief of losing his son and has devoted his life to rescuing and caring for abandoned kitties.

The retired train conductor has given his entire house and garden to his feline friends – apart from his small 8-by-12-foot bedroom where he sleeps and eats.

And Arsenault spends his days refilling water bowls, mucking out litter trays, mopping floors and rustling up roast chicken dinners for his furry friends.

Arsenault, who lives in Medford, New York, said: “I don’t find it overwhelming even though there are 300 cats now.

“I truly believe that if you are passionate about something you can handle anything. I really love what I do.

“My house, it’s a big house and there’s a big backyard area. Everything is kitted out for the cats. I designed and build it all myself.

“For me, safety and hygiene have been a priority.

“I have to be able to clean everything, wash everything down.

“The floors are vinyl and the walls are covered in plastic sheeting. Outside, it’s all concrete so it is easy to hose it down.

“I have my own space in the house in the boiler room. I’ve built my own bathroom in there, and I have a little area where I have a microwave, a toaster oven and a sink.

“It’s hard to keep the cats out of there at night, and a few seem to sneak in no matter what I do.”

The Happy Cat sanctuary, founded in 2006, is funded out of Arsenault’s pocket as well as donations from the public.

In 2016 it cost $101,000 to maintain, including $80,000 for animal food and utilities and $21,000 on medicine and veterinary care.

Arsenault, who gets up at 7 a.m. each day to care for the cats, decided to open the sanctuary’s doors after he found “a colony” of sick kittens on the side of a railway track.

The discovery came months after losing his son Eric, 24, in a motorcycle accident on Long Island’s Cross Island Parkway.

Arsenault said: “My son passed away on May 18, 2006, how could you ever forget the day? It changed my life.

“A couple of months after Eric died, I found a cat colony down by the tracks. I was a train conductor for New Jersey Transit at the time.

“There were 30 little kittens and I could tell they were sick. I knew if I left them there they would die so I brought them home with me.

“I am a real animal lover. When I was a kid, I had rabbits and gerbils and dogs, you name it. Animals have always been my passion.

“After my son died, those cats gave me something to do.”

In the years that followed, he contacted local animal charities and shelters and began adopting more and more cats, until the population had swelled to 300.

The sanctuary has a policy to spay and neuter all cats who enter it and Arsenault seeks veterinary care when he can’t treat ailing animals himself.

He said: “Every day I have to treat the sick cats too.

“To keep control of this, I use colored paper collars.

“Depending on their illness, I treat them with different medications, and if it’s something I can’t fix, I make sure the cat gets to the vet.

“Last year I spent $22,000 on vet bills for the cats. I have every cat that enters the sanctuary neutered or spayed.”

Despite the challenges, the dad-of-two says he is proud of the sanctuary he’s built for cats who would have been euthanized without his efforts.

He added: “When I open my bedroom door, there are about 50 or 60 cats waiting for me.

“Most of these cats were abused or abandoned when they came to the sanctuary, so it’s been really a really rewarding thing to be able to give them a home and a place they feel safe.”

Credit to New York Post
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