SmartCat Corner Litter Box, Gray

September 27, 2011 by  
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Cat behavior experts recommend a litter box for each cat in your house, plus one extra. The corner litter box, with its triangular shape, fits easily into unusable corner space. Extra boxes will help to eliminate odor problems inside your home by providing another place for your cats to relieve themselves.

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by Nature Organics Turkey & Turkey Liver Canned Cat Food

September 27, 2011 by  
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by Nature Organics Chicken & Chicken Liver Canned Cat Food brings you the most natural food on the market with a wonderful blend of ingredients: Turkey, Turkey Liver & Water.

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Molly and Friends Extra Large Handmade Carpet and Sisal Cat Scratcher, Model Scr-XL, Beige

September 25, 2011 by  
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Molly and Friends Cat Furniture Company makes some of the best posts. Our extra large carpet and sisal scratching post is just the right size for any cat to tear into. The carpet is high quality and the all natural sisal rope is heavy duty and stands up to even the most dilligent scratching. The wood post underneath the sisal is made of solid pine, so it won’t bend or wobble like cardboard built scratchers. This handmade unit arrives fully assembled and sits on an 18″ x 18″ weighted base. It is 32″ tall and comes in a beige color.

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PetSafe Simply Clean Continuous-Clean Litter Box

September 22, 2011 by  
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Introducing the 1st continuous self-cleaning automatic litter box system. The PetSafe Simply Clean Litter box system is quiet and simple to use. The PetSafe Simply Clean continuously cleans without disturbing your cat. It′s easy to clean, reduces odor and odor causing bacteria. The Simply Clean uses recycled plastic shopping bags, it’s economical and environmentally safe. For cats up to 12 pounds.

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Fat Cat Big Mama’s Scratch ‘n Play Ramp for Cats with Catnip

September 21, 2011 by  
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Big Mama’s Scratch ‘n Play Ramp is natural and recyclable. The ramp comes with a supply of Zoom Around the Room high-test organic catnip and toy to keep up the fun and enjoyment. Reversible cardboard block lasts twice as long for double the scratchin’ fun.

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Newman’s Own Organics Advanced Active or Senior Formula Dry Cat Food

September 19, 2011 by  
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Newman’s Own Organics Advanced for Active or Senior Cats Formula is a unique blend of proteins, whole grains, vitamins and minerals that maximize palatability, digestibility and nutrient assimilation. Feeding your cat high quality, largely organic food is the very best thing you can do for your pet’s health.

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Newborn Kitten Health

September 18, 2011 by  
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Newborn Kitten Health

 

Any pet’s health is important, but those who are new to the world may need extra care and attention in order to stay safe and healthy. If your cat has recently had kittens, you are a second mother to these new little additions to the family. It is crucial to make sure that you are providing the best living environment possible for the kittens as they grow during their first few weeks of life.

 

During the first few days of a litter’s life, your mother cat will spend most of her time lying with the kittens. This is a natural instinct. You should move the food and water to be very close to where the kittens are so that the mother does not have to move far to find nourishment. Check mom a few times a day to make sure that she is producing milk properly. If the mother does not stay with her kittens, something may be wrong. First-time mothers are especially prone to bouts of anxiousness. When a mother is worried about her kittens, she may move them t hide them form everyone and everything, even you. If she feels very threatened, she may kill her kittens as a form of protecting them. If you see your mother cat exhibiting anxious qualities, monitor her activity with the kittens closely and consider keeping her caged.

 

Kittens need a very warm temperature to survive. If the mother does not stay with the kittens, you may need to supply heat from an outside source, like a heat lamp. Large litters will typically stay warmer, using body heat. Make sure that the box where the newborn kittens are staying is about 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit for at least the first week of life. However, mothers may feel as through their kittens are in danger if there is too much light. You can calm an anxious mother by placing a blanket loosely over the top of the box.

 

Don’t be alarmed if the kittens are not moving around much at first. Newborn kittens sleep and eat 90% of the time for the first two weeks of life. Crying is common if the mother leaves for any amount of time, but if the kittens cry excessively, it may signal that they are not getting enough to eat or they are sick. Call your vet if this occurs. You can also call your vet for special instructions if there are more than 5 kittens in the litter, which may mean that the mother cannot supply enough milk. In general, it is simply best to talk to your vet about what to expect with your new kittens.

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Kittens

September 18, 2011 by  
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Raising Kittens

Your cat is expecting kittens. How exciting! Raising kittens can be a highly
rewarding and enjoyable experience. What should you expect? What will you need to
make sure the little tikes grow up happy, healthy and strong?

Let’s start from day one. Most likely, you walk in and find your cat already
nursing her new litter. As there will be a bit of a mess where she is, you will want to
move her and her kittens somewhere clean and safe. Mother cats prefer a darkened den,
so putting a blanket over her box and lining it with nice clean bedding will do nicely for a
nursery. The nursery should be set up in a quiet area, away from traffic. Too much noise
and light can upset a mother cat and she may try to move her kittens if she doesn’t feel
her they are safe. A sad fact is that sometimes there are one or two dead kittens born
along with the live ones. Remove them immediately along with the rest of the birthing
mess. The mother will be unlikely to show any interest them.

For the first few days the mother will be constantly with her kittens. They need
warmth and frequent feedings at this time which doesn’t leave much time for socializing.
By the time they are approximately a week old their need for very warm temperatures
will begin to reduce. The mother will begin to leave them alone for longer and longer
periods. They will begin to huddle up together for warmth. If you peek into the nursery
and find a ball of kittens sleeping peacefully, rest assured they are doing just fine. Kittens
will sleep nearly all the time for their first two weeks. If the kittens are crying constantly
then they are ill or not getting enough milk. Call your vet immediately. Ill or starving
kittens can die very quickly without your help.

Assuming that kittens and mother are all healthy and content, you will need to do
very little during the first month. The kittens’ care will rest primarily in their mothers’
capable paws. Normally, kitten eyes will open in seven to fourteen days. If they stay shut
for longer than that call your vet. Kittens often get a mild eye infection. The infection
results in the eyelids being gummed shut. A cotton ball that has been moistened with
warm water should be all you’ll need to open the eyes again. If a kitten gets this eye
infection keep a close on her. The infection could build up behind those glued shut
eyelids and damage the eyeball. The infection usually clears up by itself in a few days. If
it turns particularly severe, take the kitten to your vet.

At about one month of age, the kittens should toddle around pretty well and will
want to start eating solid food. You may find one of your little tikes standing in his
mothers’ food dish trying out the food. You will want to put down a plate of a good
quality kitten food for them to nibble on. Kitten food is formulated specifically for the
needs of growing kittens, where adult food is not. Poor nutrition while the kittens are
growing could result in health issues when they become adults. The trick will be keeping
the mother out of the kitten food. Most adults find kitten food absolutely delicious.

The first planned visit to the veterinarian for vaccinations should come at about
two months of age. By about 3 months of age the kittens should pretty independent and
ready to move to their new home if you are planning to sell or give them away. I’ve given
a general overview here. For a normal healthy litter and mother these guidelines should
serve you well. If there are any issues, rely on your vet to let you know the best thing to
do in any situation. Enjoy your kittens while they are with you. They grow up so
amazingly fast!

Socializing Kittens

Socializing kittens is probably one of the most enjoyable parts of raising cats.
Introducing them to people will make a huge impact on their lives. Even if they are barn
cats and never leave the farm they were born on. Being friendly and relaxed with people
will improve the quality of their lives. It will make it easier to find new homes for them
when it is time for them to move on. It will also make having them more pleasurable for
their owners.

Socializing is not only enjoyable, it is very important. Before a kitten is ready to
leave home she should have learned that people are good to have around. Petting, playing
and good food all happen with people. Purring, not hissing brings these good things her
way. Fortunately, cats are smart and observant creatures. It is really very easy to instill
this attitude in a kitten. It just takes a little bit of patience and perseverance on your part.

The socialization process can begin even before a kitten has opened her eyes. Pick
her up and pet gently for a few moments then set her back down where she was. Your
motions should be slow and gentle and your voice soft. Handle the kittens daily if you
can. The mother will generally allow your attention to her kittens, especially if you give
her petting and attention first. If she doesn’t like your interest in her kittens, or if she has
hidden her litter somewhere so that you can’t find them right away, don’t worry. You can
begin the socialization process later when they are a little more independent and still get
great results.

As the kittens get older and start to toddle around under their own power,
continue to regularly pick them up and pet them. Playing with them can also begin now.
Slowly dragging a string will catch any kittens’ attention. Continue these sessions on a
daily basis. You really don’t have to make a big issue of it. Just go over to the kittens at
odd times of the day, whenever you have a moment. Be sure that each kitten in the litter
gets some attention.

Introducing the kittens to children and other adults is a good idea. Expand their
definition of people to be more than just you. Remind the children that the kittens are just
babies and need to be handled ever so gently. Always supervise children around pets until
they understand how to handle them properly.

By the time the kittens are old enough to leave for their new homes they should be
relaxed and happy around people. Purring happily when they are petted and reasonably
patient when picked up. If the kittens are to be indoor cats, then they should be
introduced to litter boxes and scratching pads or trees. A first visit to the veterinarian
should be accomplished in a calm sensible fashion that will not alarm your kittens. If
your kittens are young enough on their first visit, bring the entire litter along with their
mother in a carrier. It will reduce stress on both the kittens and their mother. This may
seem like a lot of extra effort but it will be worth it. What will be your reward for all of
your work? Your reward will be a well socialized kitten that will be a joy to her new
owner.

How Kittens Learn to Hunt

Cats have been famous for hunting mice and rats for as long as cats and people
have been together. As strange as it may seem to some people, cats are not born knowing
how to hunt. It is a skill they learn from watching their mothers. If the mother cat is a
good hunter, then her kittens will learn to be good hunters. Interestingly, kittens seem to
learn the best from their mothers. They do not seem to learn as well or as quickly from
watching other adult cats.

At about five or six weeks of age, a mother cat will begin teaching her kittens
how to hunt. At first she brings dead mice to the kittens. She will eat some of the mice in
front of the kittens. In this way she is showing them that mice are their prey and that they
are good to eat. As time goes on the kittens begin to play with the dead mice their mother
brings them. Before long the kittens are flinging the dead mice around and pouncing on
them. It’s a good idea to stand clear of them when they’re at this stage. You might get
smacked by a flying mouse if you don’t!

After awhile, the mother starts bringing mice that are still half alive and releases
them for the kittens to practice. Very soon the kittens are leaping on and flinging these
mice around as confidently as they did the previous dead ones their mother brought them.
Then, mother start bringing live, healthy mice and releases them for the kittens to practice
on. The first time the mother cat releases a live mouse, and it tries to run off, there’s
immediate bedlam among the kittens. Wildly excited, the kittens flying around trying to
leap onto the running mouse zigging and zagging between them. If the mouse escapes the
kittens, the mother will usually swat it back into play.  By this time the kittens are so over
excited they’re leaping at anything that moves. The mouse, a blade of grass, a blowing
leaf or even each other, are all fair game to the kittens. Not surprisingly, the mouse often
escapes during these early lessons.

As the lessons progress the kittens become more discriminating in their targets
and develop their skills in catching the quick and agile mice. These lessons don’t always
go smoothly. One kitten got the surprise of her life when a large mouse she was chasing
suddenly sat up in front of her and began scolding her at the top of its’ lungs. The mouse
was apparently so fed up with the whole business that it actually jumped at the kitten.
The startled kitten fell over backward and the mouse raced off to safety. Live and learn.

Eventually, the mother cat will decide that the kittens are ready for their first real
hunt. She will take them out to a good location that she knows will have plenty of mice
for the kittens to practice on. She does not demonstrate her hunting technique to the
kittens. Instead, lets them develop their own unique styles on these hunting forays. Each
kitten discovers the techniques that work best for them. By the end of their lessons the
kittens have become fine mousers in their own right.

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Lean-it Scratching Post 25″

September 17, 2011 by  
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The Lean-it Anywhere Scratching Postâ„¢ is the only cat scratching post that can be leaned against a wall at any angle and used on any floor surface, be it carpet, vinyl or hardwood! The Lean-it Anywhere Scratching Post™ comes with an attractive carpeted post and stylish end cap. The Lean-it Anywhere Scratching Post™ is sold in both regular and extra wide . The regular size Lean-it Anywhere Scratching Post™ is available in 19” and 25” lengths and the Wide is available in lengths of 20”, 26” and 38”.

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Extra Giant Enclosed Cat Pan – 21 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in. x 18 in.

September 17, 2011 by  
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Van Ness Enclosed Cat Litter Pan has an Odor Door, and the Zeolite Filter hood helps control cat odors -All new sleek modern design -Carrying handle -Four latches lock top to bottom. Please look below for specific product measurements.colors may vary.

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