Category Archives: Cat Care

Keep Cats Out of Your Houseplants With These Tips

Cat and HouseplantHaving a cat with a taste for houseplants can not only be frustrating; it can be hazardous to the health of your cat as well. Many common houseplants are toxic to cats, including snake plants, aloe vera and jade plants. These toxic plants should always be kept away from hungry kitties, but there are steps you can take to discourage your cat from munching on the rest of your houseplants as well.

Make Plants Less Attractive to Cats

There are several ways you can make house plants seem less appetizing to your feline companion. Cats typically don’t like the smell of citrus, so you can start by laying orange and lemon peels in the soil of potted plants. Sprinkling a little cayenne pepper around the leaves of your houseplants can make cats think twice about eating them, too.

If your cat likes to use potted plants as a litter box, consider covering the soil with a layer of large, smooth pebbles and stones. This texture will make the plants seem far less appealing to most cats.

Grow Plants That Cats Avoid

In addition to cat-proofing your existing plants, you can also grow plants that cats are predisposed to dislike. Rosemary is a great option to consider, because cats don’t like the smell of this aromatic herb and you can use it in your kitchen. Cats also tend to avoid thorny plants like roses and cacti.

Create a Sanctuary for Your Plants

If you just can’t seem to keep a curious cat away from your plants, you may just have to move them to a place that your cat can’t access. You could even treat this as an opportunity to create a lush indoor greenhouse in a room that gets plenty of light. You may also be able to hang potted plants to keep them out of reach of your cat as well.

Keep Cats Comfortable With the Right Kennel and Boarding Equipment

Because cats are territorial animals that typically don’t like to stray too far from home, a stay at a boarding facility or kennel can be a stressful experience for our feline companions. In some cases, the stress of being temporarily relocated can even aggravate chronic health conditions and have a negative impact on a cat’s… Continue Reading

Keep Cats Entertained With Interactive Puzzle Feeders

Do you struggle to find enough time in the day to keep your cat entertained? If so, your cat could start misbehaving as a result of their boredom. Fortunately, interactive puzzle feeders offer a simple way to keep your cat stimulated that doesn’t require much time and effort on your part. You can learn more… Continue Reading

Grooming Your Cat Offers Health and Wellness Benefits

Cats may spend a lot of their free time grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a little assistance from their human companions now and then. In fact, running a brush through your cat’s fur offers a great opportunity to bond with your cat and prevent potential health issues. You can learn more… Continue Reading

Don’t Make These Common Cat Care Mistakes

Thanks to their naturally independent natures, cats are fairly low maintenance pets that can typically don’t require as much training as their canine counterparts. That said, our cats still depend on us for food, shelter and company, so it’s important to do our best to give them the care they need to live happy, healthy… Continue Reading

Kidney Disease Prevention Tips for Cats

Thanks to their ability to manage blood pressure, remove waste from the blood and produce hormones, your cat’s kidneys play a very important role in their overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, however, kidney disease is one of the most common ailments to affect senior cats. The good news is, there are steps every cat owner… Continue Reading

How to Make Vet Visits Less Stressful for Your Cat

Does your cat hide in the back of her carrier and try to scurry away during vet examinations? It’s not uncommon for cats to get scared during vet visits, but there are a number of strategies you can use to make these trips a little less stressful for your favorite feline. Here are a few… Continue Reading

Keep Outdoor Cats Safe and Healthy With These Helpful Tips

Many cat owners like to let their cats to explore the great outdoors, especially those that live in rural areas. Giving your cat the opportunity to go outside is great way to make sure they get enough exercise and indulge their natural instincts. Outdoor cats tend to have more health and safety risks than indoor… Continue Reading

How to Keep Your Cat’s Teeth Clean and Healthy

Did you know that roughly 70 percent of cats develop gum disease by the age of three? Dental diseases are some of the most common health conditions affecting house cats, which is why it’s important for their human companions to take good care of their pets’ teeth. Untreated dental disease can not only make cats… Continue Reading