Friday, October 2, 2015

Fact: Cats Love the Neck Scritches

Nearly every morning, Phoebe races into my bedroom and demands a snuggle. That's right -- demands. You totally know what I mean, right? Well, one of her favorite snuggle moves is the chin scritch. Her eyes roll back in her head and she's immediately on the fast track to Purrville.

Plus, she looks adorable whilst receiving the scritches. Bonus!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Learn About Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease, and Win a Free Bag of Urinary Formula from Purina Pro Plan #Sponsored

Sometimes it's hard to know when cats don't feel well -- they can be masters at hiding pain. Their symptoms might even mimic a completely different health or behavior issue. Cats can be confusing!

One health concern that's sometimes difficult to recognize is Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), which is a group of diseases that affect both the bladder and urethra in cats. Sometimes FLUTD is caused by urinary stones or crystals. It's way more common that you might imagine. In fact, my Saffy has struggled with this very situation on and off for several years.

Poor Saffy!

We thought our 14-year-old Saffy had litter box issues and showed signed of anxiety, which are warning signs for FLUTD, but can also indicate other situations. We knew something was off because she began consistently urinating on any clothing she'd find on the floor. We made sure the boxes were super clean and even tried a different type of litter, but nothing helped. We decided it was time for a vet visit. After discussing Saffy's symptoms and gathering information from an x-ray, we finally knew what was causing the inappropriate urination -- she had a few crystals in her bladder, which thankfully explained her behavior.

Here are some of FLUTD's risk factors:

Gender: Although both males and females experience urinary tract disorders, a male's longer and narrower urethra is more likely to be obstructed by crystals and mucus.

Breed: Persians seem to have a higher incidence of FLUTD, while there are less cases with Siamese cats.

Age: Cats ages 2-6 are most often affected by lower urinary tract disorders; however cats of any age can be susceptible.

Activity Level: Indoor cats, who are more sedentary than outdoor kitties, are at a higher risk for developing FLUTD. This may be because less activity leads to less water consumed, which leads to less urination and the formation of crystals.

Diet: Recent studies indicate urine pH and concentration are important factors in the development of FLUTD. Increased water intake is a vital component in reducing the risk of developing the disease.

Again, FLUTD can present as other types of health concerns. Here are the symptoms of which you need to be aware:

  • Frequent trips to the litter box
  • Cries when urinating
  • Urinates outside the litter box
  • Licks genital areas excessively
  • Strains to urinate, with little success
  • Displays signs of anxiety, such as pacing or hiding 

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cat Feet: A Progressive Study in Cute

In my continuing obsession with kitty feet, I give you Phoebe in the Sun in three parts. It's a progressive study in cute.

You are welcome, friends -- you are welcome.




Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Cats With Licky Tongues and Spotty Gums are the Best

Every once in a while I catch a delicious licky-tongue pic from one of my cats. Phoebe's looks are sometimes the best because I get a peek at her multi-colored gums, or as I call them "spotty gums." If I had "spotty gums," they wouldn't be nearly as cute as hers. In fact, I might need to schedule an appointment at the "spotty gum" specialist.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Fan of the Cat Toes

I'm a huge fan of the fanned kitty toes.
They're fan-tastic.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

My Cat Tucks Herself In

Phoebe doesn't need no stinkin' human to tuck her in. No way. She backs her fuzzy little butt right under those covers and settles. What can I say? She's an independent woman ... with a toasty warm butt!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Prissy Little Kitty Feet

This is why I couldn't get out of bed this morning. Look at those prissy little feet and curly tail! And her belly is just asking for a huff. Of course a huff would result in an up-close-and-personal meeting with those prissy little feet.

But still, I huff.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

My Yoga Partner Cat "Helps" Me

Cosmo is my morning yoga partner. And by "partner" I mean interloper. He wants to rub his face all over me while I'm trying to hold a pose, walk back and forth underneath me while I'm Downward Dogging, and then stretch across my mat at his first opportunity. Distracting? Yes, but I'm kind of used to it now. Also, if anyone is looking for a yoga "partner," I'm pretty sure he'd be all over it. I'll put him in touch with you.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

My Cat Wants to be a Cat, and She Wins

Me: "Phoebe, I'm trying to make up the bed."
Phoebe: "I'm trying to be a cat."

And so my bed goes unmade ... again.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

My Cat Must Like Politics

Cosmo must like politics because he's always looking for a cabinet position. Seriously, if there's an open door, he'll find his way inside and hang out there until he's had enough in-the-dark-time. Then he'll paw at the door until someone releases him. Sometimes I'll happen upon him sitting inside a cabinet ... doing absolutely nothing. Really -- just sitting. Meditating, perhaps? Or maybe taking inventory of my paper products? Who knows!

A few days ago, he wandered inside a bathroom cabinet and Phoebe became exceedingly curious about the whole situation. Of course she had to investigate. Did she walk around and look inside the wide open space? No. Instead she chose to peer over the door, all sneaky like. Maybe she's looking for a career in politics.

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