Cats’ reluctance to eat can have many different causes and should not be taken lightly.
This is why fasting is so dangerous for cats
Refusal of food can quickly end badly for cats: in times of poor food intake, the body draws the energy for survival from its fat stores. However, before the stored fat can be used as fuel, the liver must mobilize this fat storage. This step requires adequate protein intake.
In a Cat that stops eating, protein stores are quickly depleted and the liver is hopelessly overwhelmed by the breakdown of fats. As a result, fats are stored in the liver – the so-called hepatic lipidosis, at the end of which in the worst case scenario Hepatic insufficiency stand.
Causes of loss of appetite in cats
Loss of appetite (anorexia) can be an organic disease or a psychological cause.
If a cat refuses to eat any food, it should definitely be introduced to a veterinarian.
The vet will not only assess the general condition of the cat, but will also check the teeth, gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system and internal organs such as the liver, kidneys and pancreas.
It is important that you know this too possible psychological causes Think about it and report it to the vet. These include, for example, a recent change in food, changes in home decor, or stress from new conspecifics or people.
Checklist: Is the trigger in the feeding place?
It is important for everyone Stress during feeding to avoid. The number one rule is therefore: no coercion! Nutrition should be made as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. Ask yourself the following questions about the place of feeding:
Is the bowl in a frequently visited place? – If he is restless, cats immediately feel stressed.
Is the bowl itself unsuitable for cats because it is too deep or too small or has it been cleaned with a harsh cleaner? – Make sure you choose a bowl that doesn’t flap your cat’s whiskers while eating, and only clean bowls with boiling water and no scented dish soap.
Does your cat need to share the feeding place with a cat companion? – Remember that cats by nature hunt alone and eat their prey alone. Therefore, in a multi-cat household, the following applies: Each cat should have their own feeding place, possibly even with a privacy screen to avoid eye contact with other cats.
Do you combine nutrition with direct drugs? – This can be uncomfortable for some cats.
Checklist: Is the trigger in the feed?
If the feeding place is okay, you can take a close look at the feed itself.
From a cat’s point of view they are above all Texture, taste and smell important. If the pieces of dry food are too large or the wet food is too sticky, some cats may prefer to back off. Too small chunks or powdered ground feed are also rarely welcomed.
Since the sense of smell can decrease with age or be compromised by diseases such as the feline flu, a slight warming of the feed improve acceptance. This intensifies the smell. In principle, the feed always fed at body temperature it should be.
Affection or attention in cats
In the so-called affection or attention, the cat eats only if it receives the positive attention of its owner. It often affects cats who have lost their family homes and / or loved ones or who have suffered a serious illness. They can be encouraged to eat through human affection (such as calming persuasion).
The cat is losing weight, what to do
TO underweight cats the ribs and pelvic bones are clearly visible. When the chest and abdomen are touched, the fat layer is missing and the waist is clearly visible. If the cat is behaving normally despite her elf figure, her weight should be discussed at the next vet checkup.
The cat will lose a lot of weight in a short period of time, speed is essential: rapid weight loss can be an indication of a disease process. Special food, which is mainly used for convalescence after operations or illnesses, is suitable for feeding. Otherwise, vitamin preparations or beef fat powder mixed with your favorite wet food can promote weight gain.
Don’t be afraid to have one Consult your vetif your cat refuses long-term food or shows signs of pain (hissing at the bowl, overly careful “lifting” of food, one-sided chewing, etc.) when eating. The “cat oddity” that we like to attribute to our velvet paws in these cases is unfortunately too often an unrecognized organic disease or a disturbance of psychological balance.
Of the Character of a cat it is formed by their origins, their disposition, their positive and negative experiences. These five things have a very special influence on their subsequent behavior.
1. The cat father
Studies have shown that the Descendants of sociable fathers exhibit similar personality traits. These kittens have a harder time getting in touch with people.
Shy fathers however, they do produce rather shy kittens. In these cases, it takes more persistence and patience to overcome the inherited shyness. Obviously there is a whole spectrum of personalities between brave and shy.
Of the genetic influence of the mother cat personality is more difficult to determine as kittens mimic their mother and this can change inherited traits.
2. The imprinting phase
There is no genetic difference between domestic cats and wild stray cats that live outdoors and take care of themselves on the street. What a cat socializes and shapes its personality the most their first experiences with people. In two studies in the 1980s, Temple University researchers found that cats that lived in the Age between three and seven weeks had positive contact with people who tended to be friendly and sociable.
If kittens have this window of time, without human touch or at worst with negative impressions experienced, tended to be withdrawn and shy about new people and experiences even in adulthood.
3. The circle of friends
In the imprinting phase, not only the first stone of the bond with people is laid, but also that Conspecific is other animals. Socialization in adulthood often requires a lot of tact. Not all cats will tolerate another cat suddenly entering their lives, let alone a dog.
Cats that have been allowed to spend their training phase and subsequent time with siblings are later more open to new contacts. It is therefore important to keep the kittens in their family’s arms for as long as possible. So they are ready to explore the world as “little personalities” and grow from it again.
4. Pedigree and race
Many breeds are said to have certain personality traits: Maine Coons, for example, are considered “gentle giants” and Orientals are “the dogs among cats.” In fact, there are few studies examining the personality of purebred cats. Most are based on cat owner ratings, such as a 2000 survey.
Here, Siamese cat owners found their pets to be more open, friendlier, and more playful than non-breed cat keepers. In the same study, Persians were classified as loving and affectionate, but also as a diva.
5. The origin of the domestic cat
The cat is one of the few animals that almost domesticated car Has. The first ancestors of our current cats spread as early as 4400 BC From southwestern Asia to Europe. Always at our side, they caught and ate the rats in the barns. Those who showed little fear of people had an advantage. In contrast to the Dog made by human hands it has been modeled specifically over the centuries for desired “professions” such as breeding or hunting, the cat has remained original in its essence. Natural selection, and not artificial selection, led to the personality traits we see in domestic cats today.
More than 14 million cats live in German households. However, the number of those cats who struggle for bare survival every day on farms, in landfills, on the street or in the neighborhood is significantly higher. Every day countless cats are entrusted to animal shelters, others are abandoned. Kittens are also very often given away or abandoned because no buyers can be found for them.
Usually this is the result of uncontrolled or reckless reproduction. Uncontrolled reproduction leads to the suffering of animals, which can only be prevented by spaying cats and males, a topic that interests all cat owners. Anyone who has neutered their cat is active Animal welfare!
Sterilization and neutering of cats: procedure and goal of the procedure
In a castration The gonads, which produce sex hormones, are surgically removed from cats and from a hangover: in the case of a hangover, the testicles, in the cat, the ovaries. The goal is to prevent the development of mature oocytes or spermatozoa in the first place: cat and cat become sterile.
Because sex hormones are no longer produced after castration, gender-specific behaviors usually no longer occur or occur less frequently. The specific consequences vary from cat to cat. The hangover procedure is a little easier than for a cat, but in both cases it must be done under general anesthesia.
To the Male cat the scrotum is opened slightly with small incisions and the testicles are removed. The incision is usually so small that it will heal on its own.
In cat the abdominal wall is opened to remove the ovaries and part or all of the uterus. The incision is then stitched and the threads are removed after about 10-14 days if needed.
Danger: Please don’t confuse neutering with spaying!
In a sterilization only the egg or spermatic ducts are cut. In male cats, however, the testicles would still be completely intact. This means that the males could no longer produce offspring, but they would still be active, so they would continue to mark, defend their territory, and look for a bride. It is the same with cats, which would continue to heat up. In a castration on the other hand, the testicles and ovaries are completely removed, thus preventing the influence of sex hormones.
Why you should sterilize the cat and the cat
Next to Aspect of animal welfare castration is also an important part of the Health care – and therefore relevant not only for outdoor cats, but also for indoor cats. Spaying and neutering cats has many benefits. Gone are the wild nights, endured the heat of the cat and the horrors of the return of a scarred cat. Here the file advantages sterilization of cats and cats at a glance:
Cats no longer get heat: In severe cases, cats can become permanently in heat or even seemingly pregnant. This means enormous stress for the animal and its owner and can put a strain on the relationship between humans and cats. Castration of the cat puts an end to this.
The willingness to fight a hangover decreases: After reaching sexual maturity, a hangover is always fertile and very ready to fight when it comes to winning over the lady of the heart. With castration, the willingness to fight decreases and the risk of injury is much less.
The marking has an end: Hangovers mark their territory with highly concentrated urine. This is not only annoying and unhygienic, it also leads to a strong annoying odor. Castration of the male puts an end to this.
The behavior of the territory changes: Cats and cats no longer roam that extensively and they don’t travel that far from home. They become more at home and turn more to their owner.
The life expectancy of cats and a hangover is increasing: As both dominance behavior and territorial behavior decrease after spaying cats and cats, the risk of injury, traffic accidents, and dangerous infectious diseases such as FIV or FeLV is significantly lower. Studies have shown that neutered cats live on average around 10 years, while non-neutered cats only have an average life expectancy of five to six years.
What is the best time to neuter cats and kittens?
There is no general answer to when you should neuter your cat and male at the earliest. However, it is recommended that cats be spayed before they become sexually mature. This is never different by gender:
Females: sexually mature from 5 to 9 months
Males: sexually mature from 8 to 10 months
Also note the breed specific differences: Sacred Burma, Siamese and Abyssinians belong to premature babies and are sexually mature between 4 and 6 months. Long-haired breeds but also British Shorthairs are lagging behind and are content with sexual maturity up to one year Time. Even the The time of birth plays a role in sexual maturity: Autumn and winter kittens can become sexually mature as early as 3 to 4 months.
You should be the first time to spay your cat or kitty be sure to discuss this with your vet. Under no circumstances should an uncastrated cat or kitten be released into the wild! Please consider: one cat can give birth to several litters with several kittens per year. In just five years, a single cat can have up to 13,000 children – who will take care of these cats?
General examination with consultation: starting from € 8.98
Injectable anesthesia: from € 19.24
Castration of the cat: from € 57.72
Male cat castration: from € 19.24
The prices indicated are intended plus sales tax 19 percent. Costs for drugs used and dispensed, materials used (e.g. threads) and post-treatment (e.g. pulling threads) can also be added.
Note: The prices listed in the veterinary tariff are only one Orientation for veterinarians. The cost of neutering cats and cats can vary depending on the veterinarian. Some vets charge one for spaying Price up to three times the indicated amounts! Neutering a cat can therefore cost more than € 170, for example.
Castration of cats and a hangover: myths of castration
Cat owners often have concerns about neutering because there are a lot of myths about neutering. What are these myths about?
Declaration: Neutered Cats Get Fat and Lazy!
After the sterilization of the cat and the cat there is one Weight gain is not uncommon. This is not due to castration itself, but because cats consume too few calories for the amount of food they eat. Neutered cats and cats are no longer so active and suddenly discover that they eat as a kind of pastime. However, you can avoid it if you follow the following tips:
Feeding in a controlled way! The domestic tiger should be given an accurately measured amount of food each day. This is divided into several small portions, which are then administered throughout the day. This way the cat gets used to the crowd and does not develop cravings.
Give treats only in moderation! Sweets are allowed from time to time, but these are deducted from the daily ration.
Animate to play! The motto is distraction through movement. The domestic tiger burns a lot of calories by playing and best of all: the relationship between humans and cats becomes more intense.
Weight gain is often cited as a disadvantage of neutering and neutering cats. However, with proper nutrition and sufficient activity, you can very easily prevent fatigue. In this context, the advantages of castration clearly outweigh the disadvantages.
Declaration: A cat must go into heat / give birth at least once before it can be neutered!
This is still a common misconception. A Heat or a litter of kittens has no influence on the further development of a cat. On the contrary: heat is a huge hormonal load for the cat. In addition to this, childbirth also carries many risks for the cat mother and the kitten.
Declaration: House cats must not be neutered!
Anyone who has ever experienced how much unneutered male cat urine stinks or how stressful a permanent heat condition can be for cats and humans will quickly reverse this claim. Spaying has more advantages than disadvantages, and this for all cats.
Declaration: You should let the cat have fun / the cat should be able to experience motherhood!
For cats, breeding has no emotional component. It is purer for them To drivewhich asserts itself against any requirement. Food intake and sleep become secondary. The search for a ready-to-mate female is fraught with all sorts of dangers to male cats. The act itself is extremely painful for the cat. Romance or sexual pleasure? Anything! This is a purely human projection.
Hormonal contraception in cats and a hangover
The pill o a contraceptive syringe for the cat o a hormonal implant for a hangover: hormonal contraceptive methods are considered an alternative to surgery, but are included in long-term administration significant side effects connected. They are usually only useful for professional breeders who want to plan the breeding of their breeding cats at short notice.
Hormonal contraception in cats
The cat receives one a week preparation containing progestin in the form of a tablet given or received a progestogen injection every three to five months. In this way the heating can be switched off. Progestogens inhibit the production of the hormones FSH and LH in the brain. These hormones are generally essential for reproduction. Their deactivation prevents hormonal activity in the ovaries and uterus and the heat stops.
Such interventions in the cat’s hormonal balance are not without side effects: long-term administration can lead to diseases of the uterus and kidneys, breast cancer, diabetes mellitus or weight gain.
Hormonal contraception for a hangover
With a hangover you should hormone chip implanted for short-term infertility cure. The implant releases the active ingredient Deslorelin evenly over a period of six months to three years. This is similar to the body’s hormone GnRH, which normally triggers testosterone production in the testes. Released deslorelin signals to the body that there is enough GnRH available, after which activity in the testes decreases. So the body is fooled. As a result, the cat becomes unable to procreate as a neutered conspecific. As soon as the effect of the hormone chip wears off, fertility and sexual desire (with all the consequences) return.
Make sure you get detailed advice from your vet on spaying your cat!
Cats are descended from desert dwellers and therefore get by with little water. However, sufficient fluid intake is important and healthy for cats as well.
This is how cats drink
There are countless so-called ones on the cat’s tongue Filamentous papillae, horny teeth directed backwards. They make the cat’s tongue rough and are necessary for the transport of water and food: thin droplets of water attach themselves to the filamentous papillae and can thus be transported further.
When cats drink, researchers have shown that they use their tongues to build one Water column up. They bite this column and take it with the spoon-shaped tongue the optimal amount of water – a masterpiece. The drinking process was recorded with a slow motion camera. You can see exactly how it looks in this video:
How much should a cat drink each day?
A cat’s exact fluid needs depends on several factors, such as its activity level and ambient temperature. For example, pregnant cats or cats need more fluids in the summer. In general, however, the following applies: For every kilogram of body weight, there should be a healthy cat 60 ml of water per day to hire. For example, if you weigh five pounds, you should drink around 300ml per day.
However, cats absorb most of the fluids they need through wet food. The situation is different with dry food, it contains very little liquid. The Main feeding with wet food it is therefore recommended. When feeding dry food, constant access to fresh water is especially important, although this generally should always be the case.
The rest of the water needs are met by cats many very small portions – they drink up to 12 times a day. Cats’ water preferences are extremely diverse – some prefer to drink water from the outside, others especially running water. However, some cats also like stale water.
Encourage cats to drink
There are many lazy domestic cats who drink a little must be encouraged to drink. This is especially important for cats with urinary tract problems or cats who do not eat wet food. To do this, you can do the following:
Do not place the water bowl directly next to the food bowl or next to the litter box.
several bowls of water distribute them in the apartment (and even one outside if your cat is outdoors)
try which one Type of bowl the cat likes it better: flat and wide or large, full glasses? Bowl in glass, ceramic, metal or plastic? To find out, for example, you can distribute several bowls in the apartment and observe which one the cat accepts best.
Since many cats prefer running water, one can drinking fountain be very stimulating to drink.
Top up with fresh water every day
If the cat doesn’t really like drinking, you can give it a try to make it more interesting from a taste point of view, e.g. with a pinch of cream. (But don’t give cream or pure milk!) On the market there are also supplementary feeds in the form of “soup”. This is a liquid with some chicken, for example.
Some cats don’t like the taste of tap water. A water filter or natural mineral water can help here.
Excessive thirst as a sign of illness
It’s good if cats drink a lot and enjoy drinking and you don’t have to encourage them to do so. But excessive thirst can also indicate a disease. If your cat drinks too much, this can be a sign of diabetes or CKD (chronic kidney failure), for example. If you suspect this, have your cat examined by the vet and watch out for other symptoms of these diseases.
Loud tinkling with every movement and a constant feeling of constriction: this means a collar with a cat bell. Cat owners should urgently refrain from expecting their kittens to do so, for good reasons:
1. Bells mean constant exposure to sensitive cat ears
Cats have very sensitive ears and perceive sounds in the frequency range of 50 to 60 Hz. Humans, on the other hand, only up to 20 Hz. The sound of bells is therefore much louder for cats than for cats. human beings. A neck bell means for the cat continuous loud sound and greatly disturbs the animals. This is comparable to tinnitus in humans.
2. Collars can be life-threatening for cats
Not only are collars extremely annoying to cats, they can also injure or even kill them. It happens again and again that cats are in the bushes strangle with his collartrying to get rid of the collar get caught on your leg or get stuck during cleaning. Without help, they can usually no longer free themselves in such situations, resulting in severe injury, necessary amputations, or death. Collars that are too tight can also cause inflammation.
3. Bells do not protect birds from cats
Collar bells on cats are often used because they are believed to be able to protect the birds the cat hunts. But that’s not true at all!
The bells are even closer counterproductive: Birds have their own sounds that they use to warn each other of dangers. Young birds that are not yet able to fly (so well), for example, crouch down due to these warning signs and remain motionless on the ground. However, they do not perceive the bell as a warning sign, rather they just scare the birds away. So they are more likely to be the cat’s prey than without a bell.
Cat collars are simply not needed, not even for address labels or the like. Because that’s what tattoos and microchips are for. We advise you to do without the collar in principle, because it annoys cats (even without a bell) and is life-threatening! Collars with safety locks are also not secure enough.
Colored ruffs as an alternative to collars with bells?
Colored fabric gorgets have been offered for some time now, which is supposed to be the best alternative to bell collars. The bright colors are meant to visually alert the birds to the cats.
According to one study, cats with this ruff actually bring home fewer prey. However, this does not mean that fewer birds are actually caught, because the prey that cats don’t bring home is not recorded.
But are these ruffs really friends with cats? With the bellless gorget, the annoying aspect of constant sound is permanently eliminated. However, this does not automatically mean that it is suitable for cats. Because the gorget also tightens the cat and can be extremely annoying. In addition, it cannot be ruled out that the cat may get injured, strangled or tangled with the ruff.
Birds protect without a collar or cat collar
We would like to point out briefly that cats are not the reason why many native bird species are critically endangered. The cat is certainly one of the most common bird predators in settlements, especially as the number of domestic cats continues to grow. However, the decisive points for the endangering of many bird species are other, for example the loss of habitat. That’s what he says too Nabuwho is significantly engaged in the protection of birds:
“However, for affected prey animals, habitat quality is more important than the predatory cat. Small animals need near-natural habitats with sufficient food and good opportunities to hide and nest. Where there is sufficient food, nesting and hiding places, birds can successfully reproduce and through losses Predators, including cats, usually do well. “
But of course you as a cat owner (and not a cat owner) can and should still make sure the birds are as safe as possible in your yard, even without a ruff and collar with bells. To do this, protect bird nests and nesting boxes from predators. Read here how it works.
Other ways to protect birds from cats without wearing ruffs or collars on cats are:
Play enough and extensively with your cat every day. So he can live his hunt and play with instincts with you and maybe go bird hunting less. After a game drive, there is usually a nap.
Provide your cat with a portion of food outside if he’s out all day, such as while you’re at work.
If you are far away, take care of a reliable cat sitting who also plays with the cat and takes care of him.
Design your garden close to nature with many options for hiding and nesting birds.
Don’t expose a cat!
Especially in April, May and June when young birds begin their first flight attempts, be careful not to leave the cat outside for as long as possible or (if possible) just to be supervised.
Feed your cat high-quality, high-meat food. A she studies from England showed that this reduced the cat’s catch rate.
You can also inform your neighbors about these possibilities, after all, most cats don’t just stay in their yard when it’s outdoors.
Unfortunately, if you have a cat, you need to clean up his legacies regularly. But there is another way: with the Kwitter Litter it is possible to accustom a cat to the use of a human toilet in just 8 weeks. Sound like a bad joke?
Not at all! The Kwitter litter (Eng. “Waste stopper”) is a clever invention from the United States. They have recently been available for purchase from us on Amazon. The principle is simple: three plastic rings that fit all common toilet sizes are placed one after the other on the toilet seat. Conditioning of the cat also takes place in three stages, whereby the ring with the cat litter becomes smaller and smaller.
While the first ring still contains a lot of cat litter, the litter gets smaller and smaller until the third ring. Finally, the cat is then able to carry out its activity in the bathroom without a litter box. Plastic rings are easy to clean and therefore very hygienic if something goes wrong at first. According to the manufacturer, this is not unusual and shouldn’t dissuade anyone from using it.
Get your cat used to using the Kwitter litter box
In addition, the rings are extremely stable, so they are equally suitable for all races and weight classes. Under certain circumstances it can be difficult to accustom the cat to this unusual effort at the beginning of the application of the Kwitter Litter. But with a little training it will soon go away and one day the animal will go to the bathroom as a matter of course.
How quickly a cat learns this skill varies from person to person. Some cats accept the Kwitter litter box very quickly, so they can use the bathroom for humans after a few weeks. Others, on the other hand, need a few months before going exclusively to the human toilet. If you practice a lot with the animal and reward it with a treat after using the toilet, you can get the desired result faster.
But not only young animals can learn how to use the bathroom for people: in the discharge reports on Litter Kwitter there are numerous voices of people who have been able to successfully accustom their pets at 12 or more years of age. In the end, this saves a lot of money, because the cat litter box never has to be repurchased if the pet is successfully conditioned.
The following video also shows exactly how the Kwitter litter box is used. You can order the Litter Kwitter training system for cats under this link.
Most cat owners have a lint roller in their home to rid their clothes of annoying cat hair. After washing, at the latest, it becomes clear that countless hairs are still attached to sweaters, shirts and pants! What many don’t know: There are helpful home remedies for stubborn cat hair in the washing machine.
Cats are the most popular pets in the world, but they have one disadvantage: animals have to change their coats at least twice a year, that is, in spring and autumn.
If cats live exclusively in apartments, they often shed even more, sometimes less, throughout the year.
In no time at all, her hair spreads like magic to all corners of the apartment. Whether it’s on the upholstery, on the floor or on your clothes – annoying hair is simply everywhere in no time.
Why does cat hair adhere so well to fabrics?
Cat hair runs down the shaft like a needle pointed upwards for. It is therefore possible to get caught particularly well in the tiny rings on the surfaces of fabrics.
This could actually mean: the smoother a fabric is, the lower the chance of cat hair sticking together. In fact, they let it go smooth fabrics Often they are easier to remove from synthetic materials, but to a large extent they simply stick. This is made possible by static charge fabrics: it literally attracts the cat’s hair.
Remove cat hair from clothes – the dryer simply vacuums the hair
If you have a suitable dryer at home, you can do without the use of home remedies to remove annoying cat hair from the laundry – many devices can simply vacuum cat hair from clothes.
After the drying process, the extracted hair can be conveniently collected from the collection sieve as felt balls. According to the experience of our readers, whether this works depends on the dryer used:
Not all dryers remove cat hair from clothes reliably. In these cases, it can be helpful to put the laundry in the dryer before washing and let it run on the coldest setting.
Some models manage to make clothes free of cat hair in this detour. If that doesn’t work either, or there is simply no dryer in the house, another solution is needed.
Removing cat hair while washing in the washing machine: 4 simple home remedies that work wonders
The following four methods have been tried and tested for taking clothes out of the washing machine after washing them without cat hair. Which one you choose depends on your personal preferences, the result is the same in all cases.
1. A tennis ball in the washing machine makes clothes free of pet hair
A tennis ball works like one Hair magnet for the washing machine: Loose cat hair catches during washing and can be picked up easily with your fingers. So the tennis ball can be used many times.
However, after a while, the rubber in the ball can become porous due to the numerous washes. As a result, pieces of rubber that are almost as stubborn as cat hair can appear on clothing. Those who opt for this method should therefore always keep an eye on the condition of the tennis ball and replace it with a new one in good time.
2. Curlers catch cat hair as it is being washed
What is meant here are curlers made of soft plastic, the so-called Soft curlers. In trade they are often offered under the name of Haftwickler.
When spinning in the washing machine, the loose cat hair sticks to the tiny hairs on the surface of the curlers. Traditional curlers can also pick up cat hair, but they have the disadvantage that delicate clothing can be damaged.
It is enough to put three to four curlers in the machine for each wash cycle. After about ten washes, the curlers must be replaced with new ones. The soft curlers are available in multipacks at low prices Amazon.
3. The aluminum foil binds the cat hair in the wash basket
The trick is to loosely shape a layer of aluminum foil into a ball (don’t squeeze it!) And put it in the machine while washing.
After washing, the ball is pressed together and the hair has stuck to the film.
4. Baby wipes against animal hair: not all wipes are suitable
Wet wipes have long been known as a tip against lint in the washing machine. Some cat owners have had pretty good experiences with them when it comes to removing cat hair.
It is necessary to put three cloths in the machine for each wash cycle: if the clothes are very hairy, it is necessary to use more cloths to obtain a satisfactory result.
A downside to this method is that wet wipes can only be used once and then put in the trash – for environmentally conscious cat owners they are therefore probably more of a no-go. Also, care should be taken to use cloths that do not melt during washing.
Very hairy clothing: it is worth pretreating
If you want to wash clothes with heavy hair, it is best to free them as much as possible of cat hair before using the washing machine.
An article for the home that almost everyone has at home has also proved to be valid for this purpose: the yellow rubber gloves with grip are particularly suitable when it is necessary to remove a lot of cat hair from fabrics.
Try it, you’ll never need a conventional lint roller again!
Simple tips, implemented with family funds – you can find more tricks in the article 17 Useful Life Hacks Every Good Cat Mom Should Know!
Many different problems can arise in everyday life with the cat. For example, the cat may not be able to be alone and may suffer from separation anxiety. Or it’s unclean and you can’t find the cause. Perhaps the cat has also suffered a trauma and is behaving very differently than before? There are many different reasons why cat owners don’t know what to do next and end up with their cat in a kind of “dead end” from which they can no longer get out on their own.
Get help from cat experts
If you come across a problem in raising or handling the cat that you cannot solve on your own, or if the cat is behaving in ways that you cannot explain, you shouldn’t be afraid to try one. Get help from the experts. Because with most problems, the cause must be found so that the problem can be solved. “Just” exchanging ideas with other cat owners is often not enough.
It is advisable to have your cat checked by the vet first so that physical ailments can be ruled out as a cause.
If physical illnesses are ruled out, look for an individual solution for you and your cat. It is recommended that you contact one experienced cat psychologists or animal behavior therapists to. An animal healer or nutritionist may also be able to help, depending on the problem.
You can then give the expert yours Describe the situation in detail. He can take some time for you and your cat and look for an individual solution.
Attention to the selection of experts
Take enough time to choose “your” cat expert compare different suppliers. Neither the cat psychologist nor the animal behavior therapist are professions protected by the state. You can call yourself that even with insufficient training and experience. You would do well to check what training your new helper liked and if he has positive references from other clients. Get a therapist recommended by other cat owners, If you have had good experiences with this address, this is usually a good choice.
Building a healthy and close relationship with your cat takes a lot of patience and time. It is especially important to respect the cat and its needs. There are some things you should definitely avoid when dealing with your cat, as they could hurt or upset the cat and thus destroy the owner’s trust. The following seven commandments are therefore essential for a healthy bond between cats and humans.
1st commandment: no violence
As much as it may annoy your cat. Violence is never a solution! A cat cannot be hit or kicked.
2nd commandment: do not scream
Cats have much subtler hearing than humans – don’t yell at them for it, it will hurt.
3rd commandment: do not take the cat by the neck
A cat mom sometimes grabs a fluffy kitten by the fur on its neck and drags it out of the danger zone, but let’s leave this method to the cat mom! A cat will not be picked up by the fur on the neck and certainly will not be shaken. It hurts her and there is also a risk of injury.
4th commandment: never force the cat to do something
Never force your cat to do anything – he will resent you and perhaps even lose confidence in himself. Outsmarting gently is always the best way. Exception: Medical emergencies! Unfortunately, it can be vital here to act against the will of the cat.
5th commandment: do not rail after a delay
If you come home and your cat did something wrong, it won’t do any good if you blame him. He no longer links his displeasure to the act. Even if you suspect you look so guilty … he just feels that you are angry and insecure.
6. Commandment: Don’t be impatient
Never get impatient when training cats. Cats also have a bad day. Consistency and loving patience will lead you to your goal.
7. Don’t immerse cats in their business
If your cat has an accident and has left a puddle or mound, please don’t think about soaking the cat in its leftovers. This method is “Stone Age” and intentionally destroys the cat-human relationship. A mishap can always happen and if your cat is really unclean, look for the cause! Because there are always and is in urgent need of repair.
Families always consider giving away their cats as soon as the woman is pregnant for fear of communicable diseases. However, this is not only illogical, it is also harmful to the animal and a disgrace to the offspring. Because cats have a lot of positive effects on babies. Today science also knows a lot about diseases that can be transmitted from cats to humans. There aren’t many of them and you can do these few avoid easily.
A cat is also unlikely to harm the newborn. Obviously, especially in the beginning, care must be taken and the cat should not be left unattended with the newborn. But that’s not a reason to give the cat as a gift. With some changes in daily routines and habits and some empathy for the animal psyche, jealousy doesn’t arise at all. Whoever distributes his favor equally and dedicates “his” special attention to all, creates domestic harmony all by itself.
Risk of toxoplasmosis in cats?
Pregnant women often have special concerns due to Toxoplasmosis from infectious diseasescaused by parasites and mainly affects cats. Cats can transmit the disease to humans, who act as intermediate hosts for pathogens. This disease is not really dangerous either for cats or for healthy, non-pregnant people. Most people have flu-like symptoms and organs are rarely affected. Cats can have diarrhea. The disease can, if recognized, be treated with drugs.
Toxoplasmosis, on the other hand, poses a danger for the unborn child Depending on the time of pregnancy when the unborn child becomes infected, miscarriage or consequential harm to the baby may be caused later in life.
It sounds worrying at first, but so is the risk of developing toxoplasmosis during pregnancy Bass. Because if you’ve already been infected with the disease once in a lifetime (this usually happens unnoticed), you’ve passed protection from immunity for life (Unless you develop an immune deficiency at some point, such as from HIV).
Experts estimate that 30 to 70 percent of all pregnant women are already immune to toxoplasma. This also applies to cats who, like us humans, develop antibodies after a barely noticeable initial infection.
As soon as the pregnancy is established, the doctor will arrange an immune test. If you are already immune to the pathogen “Toxoplasma gondii”, you don’t need to worry anymore. If you are not immune and have a cat that is allowed to go out or eat raw meat, you should be careful during pregnancy to be. Because even though the risk of infection is relatively low, you should be careful to protect your baby.
How to protect yourself from toxoplasmosis
The pathogen of toxoplasmosis is found primarily in three- or four-day-old cat droppings, garden soil, grass, unwashed fruits and vegetables, and raw meat. Therefore, the disease is mainly caused by Contact with cat feces, to Gardening through the land and contact with raw meat or unwashed vegetables transfer. The pathogen can enter the body through the mouth or an open wound. Anyone who has not yet had a toxoplasmosis infection, i.e. is not immune, should:
Leave the daily cleaning of the litter box to others (with hot water).
Wear gloves when cleaning the litter box when no one else can clean it.
wear sturdy gloves when gardening.
wear rubber gloves when preparing meat.
do not eat raw meat (minced meat, half-cooked steaks, tartare, etc.).
Wash your hands after petting pets and after gardening.
do not let the cat sleep in the bed.
do not feed the cat raw meat.
Thoroughly clean used kitchen utensils.
You can also do the following if you are unsure:
Let the vet check the cat for worms and parasites and take protective measures that have not been taken. Retrieve any missed vaccinations. Keep your distance from a cat that has just been freshly rubbed on the neck with flea and tick remedy.
Check your cat or partner for ticks every day from spring to fall.
Keep the litter box meticulously clean. If you clean it yourself: put on gloves!
For example, change some habits: prevent the cat from sleeping on your lap. Get the cat out of bed right away. Do not let the cat enter the future nursery.
Assign basic cat care to someone else in your family.