The thought of giving your cat a bath may give you chills, knowing the mix of your cats + its claws + water could be a recipe for disaster. However, washing your cat doesn’t have to be a horrifying experience, in fact many cats may even enjoy it! Keep reading to find out the best ways to create a stress free bathing experience.
Though you likely wouldn’t put the words “cat” and “bath” together in the same sentence, bathing a cat CAN be done – some actually like it and sometimes it’s a necessity. Since most cats are quite fastidious in their grooming practices there most likely won’t be many reasons why you would need to bath your cat, however, there are a few scenarios where you might find yourself needing to. These reasons can include:
Ringworm – Ringworm is actually a fungus rather than a worm, and depending on the severity of your cat’s case your vet may prescribe medicated baths.
Something on their coat – Your cat may have come in contact with a dangerous substance such as motor oil, tree sap, or household cleaning chemicals that need to be washed off ASAP!
Flea Infestations – Baths aren’t typically necessary if your cat has fleas due to newer flea treatments that kill fleas quickly, however in very bad infestations or cats that are allergic to fleas, baths may be beneficial and even necessary.
Elderly, Overweight or Arthritic Cats – Due to a number of factors such as these ones, some cats may be unable to groom themselves properly. Occasional baths to keep their coat and skin healthy may be necessary, and arthritic cats may even appreciate the experience as the warm water and massage which can actually feel quite good.
Tips for a Stress Free Bathing Experience:
- Timing – Scheduling baths when your cat is at his most mellow, perhaps after you’ve had a tiring play session.
- Clipped Claws – For your own protection, it is best to undertake the bath after they have had their claws trimmed.
- Non Slip Bathing – Placing a rubber mat in the sink or bath can be a huge help in stopping your cat from slipping.
- Warm Water – Fill a shallow bath with 5-10cm of warm/lukewarm water as it creates a more comfortable bath session.
- Shampoo – make sure you use a good quality cat shampoo, as human shampoo can dry out their skin.
- Head To Tail – massaging the shampoo in a gentle motion from their head to their tail in the direction of hair growth is best, take care and make sure to avoid the face, ears and eyes.
- Avoid the face – Avoid splashing water on your cats face and instead use a damp wash cloth to wipe their face down.
- Drying – once you have finished bathing your cat, wrap them in a towel and move them to a dry and warm place where you can try and dry as much water from their fur as possible. Some cats may even be able to tolerate a hair dryer on a low heat setting.
- Untangle – You may need to use a fine tooth comb to untangle any knots that may have occurred whilst washing your cat.
- Praise – finish off your bathing session by rewarding your cat with his favourite treat! And maybe next time your cat may find that bath time isn’t so bad after all!
If you are still struggling to bathe your cat after trying out these tips, then it is best to leave it to the professionals. Many pet grooming salons will offer cat washing and they will know the best way to keep your kitty calm during the process as well as offer services such as nail clipping, ear cleaning and fur trimming. Your local vet may also be able to help, however they will often use a general anaesthetic if they find that your cat is too hard to bathe.
Cat Owners: How should you prepare for Coronavirus?
It’s a scary time right now, as Covid-19 makes its way around the world bringing a lot of infection and uncertainty. I am sure you have thought about keeping yourself safe, and have organised all of the necessary provisions and requirements needed to keep going. But have you stopped to think about your cats and what they may need to feel safe in this crisis too? Below are some of the answers to your Coronavirus cat questions.
Can you give Covid-19 to your cat? Can you catch it from your cat?
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) so far there is no evidence that companion animals and pets can spread Covid-19. And many veterinary professionals have also said that “it does not appear at all that cats or cats can serve as a host for this virus”. Good news to all us pet owners as it means we can safely be around our loving companions and not live in fear that they too could catch it.
“I’m sick or quarantined, what precautions should I take with my cat?”
WHO recommends that if you have been exposed to the virus or have indeed caught it, you should keep interaction limited with your pets – the same way you would with people in your home.
They are not so worried that the pet may get it, but more of a precaution in case you sneeze on your pet and someone else touches it. It could merely be a carrier for the virus the same way as metals and fabrics have the ability to keep the virus alive for 6-12 hours.
If you have been infected with the virus or fear you may have it, it is best to leave the handling of your cat to someone else in the home, who is not sick and let them be the primary caregiver until you have the all-clear.
“I’ve stocked up on supplies for myself, how can I make sure I have everything needed for my cat in this time?”
It’s a great idea to have extra supplies on hand for your pet, as you may not know when you will be able to get to the supermarkets again to purchase them. Experts say you should plan like you would if it were a natural disaster, making sure you have enough food, medication, supplements and toys for at least a 2 week period on hand at all times. Luckily canned cat food has a long shelf life, so it is possible to store emergency food for your cat for multiple years.
“What if I am in quarantine and my cat needs to go to the vet?”
If your cat is due for a routine check-up, it is best to call your local vet to explain what is going on and to ask if you can reschedule to a later date. However, if it is an emergency situation, it’s important that you call the Department of Health and they will be able to instruct you on the best possible option.
The takeaway from this post is to make sure you understand that your cat doesn’t pose any risk to you provided you follow the necessary tips listed above and have enough food, water and medication to keep your cat happy and healthy!
This year more than 70 dogs across Australia have been struck down by a debilitating and incurable illness and some have even died. The cause – PET FOOD! This affect cats and dogs.
Melbourne University has confirmed 74 cases of megaesophagus, and in all cases, the dogs ate Advance Dermocare. What is megaesophagus, this incurable condition causes the animal’s throats to close up and has resulted in death!
Megaesophagus is diagnosed in both dogs and cats.
Not only Australia has been affected, six animals and two humans have gotten sick or died since early February in the US. Four brands have issued recalls linked to the finding of the pathogen. Not only can dogs get sick from salmonella, but they can act as carriers of the bacteria to humans.
And to make things even worse, Euthanasia Drug has been detected in pet foods. That is an overdose causes rapid unconsciousness followed by paralysis of the diaphragm. This drug may also kill via cardiac arrhythmia.
Does what your cat or dog eat matter? YES, we are what we eat, and that is the same for our dear pets.
How much research goes into the pet food we buy? Can this affect your cat too?
How many companies take care of multiple different pets? Do they take precautions for different animals?
What your cat eats is important! Make sure this won’t happen to your cat!
Say NO THANKS to bad cat food!
WHY DID IT HAPPEN?
It took 3 Months before the infected food was recalled!
Why? – First, companies are in denial, and second, it means they lose money!
The sad truth is that there are some companies who are more focused on profits than the health of your pet.
Regular quality checks, certifications and supplying the best of the best products are not always the top priority for companies.
More than 60% of Australian households own a pet and spend over 4 Billion dollars a year feeding them.
There are NO Laws governing Pet Food safety, only a voluntary standard.
Your cat’s health has to be priority number 1
That’s why it is important to look at the Labels and say NO THANKS to harmful Ingredients.
HOW GOURMET DELIGHT IS DIFFERENT?
Australia has certifications like the PFIAA certificate (pet food industry association Australia) and the BSI certification, which can help you to choose a pet food that is not only tasty but SAFE.
You need to educate yourself to make sure your pets are safe.
Gourmet delight is making sure that your cat is safe, and stays healthy. Their pet foods manufacturing standards are produced at human grade manufacturing facilities, that is why pet food security is one of our key principles.
For ingredients to be human grade, Gourmet Delight does not utilize 3D meats, such as meat derived from diseased, disabled or dying etc. Ingredient safety and knowing what goes into making your pet food is becoming more and more important because food security issues are escalating globally, that is why Gourmet Delight is proud to state that their cat food is pet safe and the food ingredients are pet safe and the manufacturing facilities are made to human food standards.
Cats are obligate carnivores and as such need high-quality real meat protein and very little plant or vegetable material, the only plant and vegetable material cats would eat in their wild diets would be the stomach contents of their prey, that they had just killed.
Take a look at your pet food and look at the ingredient list on the can, the ingredients are listed in descending order from the largest constituent ingredient to the smallest.
What is on the top of your cat food ingredients list?
Cats need animal protein, make sure the ingredients in your pet food consist mainly of animal-based protein sources, real meat, as this is naturally what cats eat and this is species appropriate food.
What you don’t want to see on your Cat food Ingredients:
Wheat, Corn, Gluten, Soy should not be included in your cat’s food. None found in Gourmet Delight. Your choice matters and affects your loved ones.
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Are you browsing cat nutrition online wondering which the best nutrition product for your feline is? The good news is that there are hundreds of products to choose from. The bad news is that not all cat food online or in-store is healthy. Cats are carnivorous meaning all their nutrition comes from eating one type of food. The cat nutrition you choose should be as close as possible to the real diet of a cat’s natural diet.
The nutrition needs of cat include:
This is the biggest food type in meat, and what your cat needs most. Felines draw their energy largely from proteins in a complex metabolism process. Your cat needs proteins for making hormones, enzymes, and muscle tissue. This food type also contains essential amino acids that among other things help maintain pH, mental and cardiovascular functions. Cats get animal protein from beef, poultry, fish and other animal flesh.
But not all essential amino acids are found in animal protein. Some are found in plant proteins such as legumes. One of these plant protein amino acids is taurine, which has been found to be very crucial or felines. As cats do not feed on plants directly, it is important to feed them on meat from herbivores or ensure that taurine is added to the processed food.
Cats need essential fatty acids including omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids containing crucial nutrition for a cat such as linoleic and arachidonic acid. These fatty acids are needed for immunity, proper vision and reproductive activity in cats.
Your cat needs minerals for different physiological functions including oxygen circulation, enzyme formation, pH balance, nutrition absorption, muscle function and so on. Minerals include sodium, potassium, chloride, selenium, sulfur, and zinc.
These nutrients are needed for immunity, cardiovascular and muscle function. Cats get most of their vitamins from animal flesh and synthesize some vitamins on their own.
Cats need water for optimal nutrition, oxygen and blood circulation as well as digestive functions. Cats have a low thirst drive but need fresh clean water nearby.
There are many cat nutrition Australia brands but you have to be picky. Watch out for commercial pet food that promises much but delivers little:
- Carbohydrate-laden foods are not beneficial to your cat. Carbs are synthesized poorly by cats and mostly turned to fat which makes your cat obese
- Artificial flavors and preservatives – These have been shown to cause health complications in cats including allergies, digestive problems, poor dental, kidney complications, hairballs and skin problems
- Grain-containing foods – Cats are not made to metabolize grain and this causes digestive complications
It is only prudent that you go for wholesome natural cat food. This is food rich in antioxidants, proteins, fats, vitamins. There are benefits to feeding your cat on a healthy diet:
- Fuller and shinier fur coat. There is less shedding and a lower risk of skin infection
- Better digestion- This translates into better appetite in your cat, and less litter as the cat absorbs most of it
- Lower urine and stool odor
- Lower risks of hairballs
Feeding your cat on a healthy cat nutrition makes the pet more vibrant, and playful. You will enjoy more company and less fusing about health complications. If your cat is happy, you will be happy as well.