7 possible reasons your cat choose the carpet instead of his litter box

Cats are awesome but it can be very frustrating when you cat pee on your carpet instead of that expensive piece of litter box that your bought for him. Punishing your cat for this is not going to solve the problem.

To put an end to this misbehavior of your cat, the first thing to do is to understand why your cat is doing it at the first place.

Your cat probably ill
If your cat has urinary tract infection, it going to hurt every time he pee and your cat is going to think that the litter box is biting him. This can cause your cat to avoid the litter box at all cost. Take your cat to the vet to make sure he is actually OK.

Your cat is marking his area or trying to seduce the male
Male cats do this most of the time while the female only do it to attract male cats. To make it simple, this behavior is cause by a desire to search for a partner and it can be eliminate by spaying your cat.

Your cat is having a pee completion with the other cats
As mentioned above, cats pee to mark his area. So, when other cats pee near your house, the smell can somehow get inside your home. When your cat smells it, your cat will then takes it as an act of war. As a respond, your cat will pee everywhere inside the house to fight the smell.

Your cat hates the litter
Choosing the right litter for your cat might be a little more important than you previously thought. Your cat will avoid using his litter box if he hates the litter. Make sure your cat like the feel and smell of the litter.

Your cat hates the smell of his own pee
Cats have a very sensitive nose. If you don’t clean the litter box properly, he will refuse to use it. Sometime, you think the litter box is already clean, but your cat can still smell the odor.

This will cause him to avoid the litter box since cats is actually the kind of animals who like to keep themselves clean. Cleaning your cat litter box properly once a day might help.

Size and shape matter
You cat might be avoiding his litter box because of the box size and shape. If your cat is big, make sure the litter box is big too so he will feel comfortable using it. And also make sure the shape of the litter box allow your cat to comfortably turn around inside it.

Wrong location
Your cat needs a little privacy to do his business. Putting the litter box in a busy area is obviously not a good move. Always put the litter box away from his food and make sure the area is not too noisy, not too cold or hot and accessible.

Take your cat to the vet immediately if he’s doing this

There are several other pictures similar to the one above being shared around the social media...

Most of the time, the owner think that their cat look very cute and they just want to share the pictures with other “cat people” around the internet.

However, it might be a bad sign when your cat is pressing his head against the wall. According to PetMD and reshareworthy.com , this behavior could indicate that your cat might have a serious health problem.

"Head pressing generally indicates damage to the nervous system or a neurological condition or illness and it is very important that you take your dog or cat to a veterinarian for diagnosis."quoted from Reshareworthy

The characteristic of head pressing behavior

When a cat is compulsively pressing his head against a wall or something solid for some period of time, it is known as head pressing.

What cause your cat to act this way

There many reasons why your cat is behaving like this, some of them including :
  • prosencephalon disease 
  • tumors 
  • liver shunt
  • toxic poisoning 
  • metabolic disorder
  • stroke
  • encephalitis
  • metabolic disorder as result of liver disease
  • infection of the nervous system such as rabies, parasites, bacterial, viral or fungal infection
  • head trauma

Other than head pressing, there are several other symptoms of neurological problems such as
  • constant pacing
  • walking in circles
  • face rubbing (pushing head into ground)
  • getting stuck in corners
  • staring at walls
  • damaged reflexes
  • visual problems
  • seizures

You could potentially save your cat life by recognizing this symptoms and behavior. A lot of people still didn’t know about this. Make sure to share this with your friends.

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Are you making these 6 common mistakes when potty training your cat?

Most cat owners make these mistakes and wonder why they fail at potty training their cat...

Potty training your pets is obviously not an easy task. Especially for those who adopt their cat from the street.

You can save yourself a lot of time and trouble by adopting a well-trained cat from animals shelter but for those who have a good enough heart to adopt a non-trained cats, a little knowledge about potting training a cat will come in handy.

However, no matter how many tips and guide you read about potting training, there are always chances that your potting training is going to fail. Especially, if you’re making these 6 most common mistake that peoples do when potting training their cat.

#1 mistake: Litter box is too small or too high
Around the web we see that cats love boxes, they’ll fit in the box even if the box is obviously too small. But when it come to litter box, thing is a little bit different. Your cat needs a box that is big enough for them to turn around.

#2 mistake: Confusing your cat with too many scents
Cats are very sensitive about scent and odor. A lot of cat owner confuse their cat by using scented litter and litter box. What they don’t realize is the scented litter and litter box that they’re using are only good for them but confusing to their cat.

Using cleanser that contains ammonia can also confuse your cat. This is because this kind of cleanser has a similar scent to cat urine and may cause your cat to think that the newly cleaned area is his/her litter spot.

#3 mistake: Their cat roams too freely in the house

Letting your cat to play around your house is great, but not if he/she is not potty trained yet. If you just adopt your cat, it is better to confine your cat in a special area (with food, water, toys and litter box) for a while so that your cat can didn’t go urinating all around your house.

#4 mistake: wrong location
The location of the litter box also plays a major role in potty training. Cat like to have a little privacy. So place the litter box in less crowded, low traffic area of your house.

And do not change the location too often or else it will get your cat confuse.

#5 mistake: The litter box is too dirty
It is true that you need to leave a little scent in that litter box so your cat will come back to the exact same spot the next time he litter. But a heavily soiled litter box not only feels uncomfortable to your cat but it can also cause health issue.

#6 mistake: Punishing

Punishing or raising voice to your cat or kitten will only cause tension. Unlike human, cat didn’t understand your language.

So the best way to tell your cat the correct way to litter is by paying attention to him and put him into the litter box each time you think your cat need to litter.

Don’t forget to praise your cat when he do it right.

6 sign you’re more than just a food supplier to your cat

 You probably just a food supplier to him, if don’t bond with your cat properly...

Bonding properly with your cat is important to make sure your cat love you as much as you love him. Previously, you had learn the basic of how bond with your cat. But how do you know if your cat feel comfortable and enjoy having you around?

When cat love your companionship, it shows. Here are 6 sign you’re more than just a food supplier in your cat eyes.

Bumping his head against your – One of the things that cats do to show it love and appreciation is bumping head against each other. If your cat is doing this to you, make sure to bump back. It means to tell you that he like you and considered you as family.

Kneading – If your cat is doing this, it mean he’s happy. Cat usually does this to their mom to get milk. Doing this to you is a sign that your cat think that you are his mom.

Rubbing his body – Cats do this to claim you as his own. Which mean your cat actually like you.

Showing butt – Another way cats are showing their love is by licking and cleaning each other. If your cat is showing his butt to you and lifts his tail, this is a sign that your cat wants you to clean him.

But don’t worry; you don’t have to lick him to show your cat that you love him back.

All you’ll need to do is simply blow at her rear end gently. This will cause your cat to think that was your cleaning style, and that is enough for your cat.

Licking you – As mentioned above, cats lick and clean each other to show their love. Licking you is one of the sign that your cat actually care about you. It also means that your cat is claiming you as one of his own.

Gumming your hand – Other than licking and rubbing his body against yours, gumming your hand is another way for your cat to blend her own scent with you.

Some peoples, especially new cat owner might get a little worried when their cat is gumming their hand. If you’re one of them, it’s OK. Just take your time and gain trust to each other.

Did your cat show all or some of these sign when you hang out with him? Let us know at the comment section below.

6 Pleasant Steps To Bond With Your Cat

Despite popular believe, cats can be both man and women best friend...

Treating your cat correctly will make him like you more. Most peoples are trying to bond with their cat the same way they do with dogs. This is obviously not going to work.

By following these simple tips and tactics, your cat will be proud to call you their “mom”.

Safety is cat first priority – Just like most living creature on earth, including you, cats also like to feel safe and secure. This is very important especially if you just adopted a new cat.

All you need to do is to set up a little space somewhere in your house with everything your cat need such as little box, foods and bedding and let that area be your cat safe area.

Your cat needs to spend his first few days in this area. Then, make sure you check him out regularly to kick start the bonding process.

Let your cat make the first move – Now that your cat has his own safe area in your house, the next thing to do is to let him wander around your house. Try not to force him to interact with you. Instead, let him make his first move.

However, it is ok to start the interaction if your cat is taking too long to make his move. But don’t do it too often.

Friends play together – As soon as you think that your cat is feeling comfortable and doesn’t mind having you around, figure out which one is his favorite toys and play with your cat.

It’s petting time – When you finally notice that your cat is comfortable with your touch, it is time to start petting them. Pet your cat while talking to him with a very gentle voice to let your cat know that you mean no harm.

Food –The easiest, oldest, basic-est trick to bond with your cat is to feed him. Try to pet him while you’re feeding your cat to make him feel special and loved.

Sleepover, at your room – This is optional, not every cat owner let their cat sleep on their bed. But letting your cat to sleep on your bed with you can help you to bond with him. Just make sure you don’t force your cat to cuddle.

Cat can become a man (and women) best friend. It’s the ways you’re treating your cat that will determine whether you’re your cat best friend, or just his food supplier.

Some cats are friendlier compared to the others. Do you find it easy to be friend with your cat when you first adopt him/her?

Beginner guide : how to know what that cat is trying to tell you

What if I told you, that you can actually understand your cats...

Or any other cats that you meet...

It is obvious that human and cats do not speak the same language or communicate the same way. But as a human, we do have an ability to understand what the cats are trying to tell us. What’s more, the basic of “speaking cats” is not even that hard to learn.

Cats “speak” and communicate using both sound and movement. Understanding what each sound represent is the key of speaking cats, while the body movement can tell you what’s your cats emotion at the moment.

3 sound that you cats often made and what it mean

Meow – Meow is kind of multipurpose word. Your cats usually make this sound;
  • To say hi
  • To announce something (example : this dead bird is for you )
  • To tell you his current mood ( example : I am so pissed )
  • To ask for more food

Purr – This sound only have 2 meaning. If your cat is purring, this probably mean that he is so happy at that moment ( especially if he’s purring while enjoying his meal ). Purring can also mean that your cat is sick, and he’s purring to make himself comfortable.

Growling and hissing – even a non-cat person know that this mean the cat is on rage. Do not mess with that cat unless you’re ready to experience the full power of cat battle claw.

3 common body language and what it can tell you about your cat mood.

Not sure what this kind of body movement mean :D

Every movement your cat did when you’re interacting with him could mean something. To really understand your cat feeling, pay close attention to the eye, ear and tail.

Ear movements and it meaning:
  • Forward : it mean your cat is interested
  • Backward or sideways : it mean your cat is angry

Eye movement and it meaning:
  • Small eye : it mean your cat is on offensive mode
  • Wide eye : It is mean your cat is nervous but can also mean that he’s just being playful.

Tail movement and it meaning:
  • Held very low : It mean your cat feel insecure
  • Moving back and forth : it mean your cat is angry
  • Straight up : it mean your cat is excited and very happy

The main key to understand what your cat is trying to say is to pay attention to the combination of the sound and the movements that he make.

For example:
Your cats is purring after eating his food while his tail is up and his ear forward, this mean he is very happy.

Understanding the limitation of cats communication

When you finally understand what your cat trying to say to you, you will notice that cat don’t have that many “words” in their language other than a few “words” such as “more food”, “don’t disturb me” and “play with me now”. 

This is because cats (or many other animals for that matter) is not really a complex creature like human are. That’s why they don’t communicate the way human do.

Cats is not going to be able to learn human language, but we can learn their. If you have your own personal tips to add, please do so at the comments section below. And don’t forget to share this with your friends on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus!

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Ringworm treatment for cats

treat ringworm in cats
Ringworm treatment for cats
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If your suspect that your cat is infected by ringworm, than it is very important for you to know a little bit about ringworm treatment for cats because ringworm is kind of like a nightmare as this thing can easily spread between and among human and animals.

Fortunately, ringworm is pretty easy to kill.

What you can do to treat ringworm in cats

The first logical step to take is to get your cat and yourself an anti-fungal lotion or cream. This lotion need to be applied on the ringworm and the skin around it for 2 times a day, in the morning and at night.

You must first make sure that you clean the infected area of your skin before you apply the cream. You’ll need to remember to do this routine for at least two weeks even when the rash are no longer visible to make sure you had successfully get rid of the ringworm.

When the vet come in
Another great idea is to leave the treatment of ringworm in cats to the pro. Lets you vet take care of it as they usually have some other medicine for this kind of illness including anti-fungal shampoo and lime sulfur dip. Other than that, oral medication is also an option when situation is getting worse.

Another major task in treating ringworm in cats
Ringworm is easy to kill. However, they can also coming back. That’s why it is important to disinfect your home to make sure you cat didn’t get infected all over again.

To do this, you’ll need to wash almost all washable surface in your house with bleach and hot water. As for the furniture and un-washable area, you can use any disinfectant spray to get the job done. There are also child-friendly disinfectant available in the market today, don’t hesitate to choose this one if you have a child.

to make things short, there are basically 3 important steps:
  1. Apply anti-fungal lotion to your cat
  2. Let the vet handle the situation when thing is getting worse 
  3. Disinfecting your home to prevent ringworm from coming back
Remember that during the treatment, it is best to limit physical contact with your cat as ringworm cat spread easily and fast. Also, keep in mind that disinfecting your home play a major role in preventing the ringworm from coming back.

Over the counter ringworm treatment for cats

over the counter ringworm treatment for cats
Over the counter ringworm treatment for cats
Like most skin infection, we can also treat ringworm with over the counter products which is available in the market. However, when it come to treating ringworm on cats, you might going to hesitate a little bit since your cat might going to lick the cream that you apply on him.

The thing is you just want to be sure that the product that you apply to the ringworm on your cat will not cause any harm to the cat it self.

The solutions
The  best solution is to use Lamisil AT, or any other over the counter products that made of similar ingredients.

The Lamisil AT is actually just an athletes foot cream but it can also be use as over the counter ringworm medication for cats. If you hesitate to try this, keep in mind that this cream is actually used by a lot of small cat shelter through out the U.S to treat mild ringworm.

All you will need to do is rub the cream real well on the infected area once or twice a day and the ringworm should be gone in a few weeks. The cat will probably lick the cream but licking a small amount of this usually won’t cause any side effect to your cat.

You must not scrub the ringworm to prevent it from spreading, apply small amount of the cream and press it into the fur. For faster result, you can also use shampoo but bathing a cat, as you already know, is a pain.

9 awesome facts about cats

1. Cats spent 70% of their lives sleeping

2. Cats are more popular than dogs in the U.S.

3. Once, there is this cat who survive a 19-storey fall.

4. Cats meow only when the want to communicate with humans

5. Most of the time, cats are lactose intolerant. Avoid feeding them milk

6. Cats can run faster than Usain Bolt

7. If a cat rubs against people, that cat is actually trying to mark it territory

8. There are two theories on why cats bring a dead animals to you.

a) It's try to teach you how to hunt
b) It's a gift!

9. If your cat didn't respond when you call, your cat actually recognizes your voice. It just acts like he just don't care

Did your cat suffer from mental illness?

Can cat suffer from mental illness?

So you think you cat might suffer from mental illness. The good news is, scientists are not yet sure if cat can actually suffer from mental illness since as far as they know, cats brain is not complex enough to able them to have mental related illness.

The bad news however, cats CAN suffer from depression and stress. And here's 3 signs that your cat is depress.

Being aggressive randomly.
It is normal for cats to show aggressive behavior when they're playing or “defending” what they think is their Territory. But when a cat is acting aggressive randomly, that's probably a sign of illness and disease or may be depression.

Cats that show this kind of behavior need to be given medical attention.

Not interested in food
Give any cats on the street some treat and that cat might going to follow you to your house for more. But a depress cat will show very little interest in food. Some of them might even avoid eating for days. Lack of appetite is one of the sign of cat depression.

Less activities, more sleep
Cats are normally an active creature. They play, they hunt and sometime even scratch. If your cat is sleep to much and seem to be a lot less active than it use too, your cat probably depressed.

Urinating all over the house
If your cat suddenly start urinating around the house and avoid using the litter box, this too maybe a sign of stress. If this happen, it could be caused by a little change that happen in your life or your cat life such as an appearance of a new person or pet in your house.

A depressed cat need medical attention, the best thing to do is to pay attention to your pet and give him a lot of attention. Also, make sure your pet get enough exercise and balance diet. There are also other kind of treatment such as Prozac, Zoloft or holistic treatment.

Other references:

Why cat sit on your laptop

If you're a cat owner you might notice that cats really like to sit on keyboard. You might think that your cat are trying to sabotage whatever you're doing on your laptop, but there are actually reasons for why your cat is behaving that's way.

If you wondering why cats are behaving like this, there are several reasons for them to act that way.

Cats love warm places

Cats is known to love warm places, the keyboard on your laptop might produce heat at the right temperature that make your cat feel comfortable sitting on it. Even if you just turned off your laptop, the laptop might still feel warm and comfortable to your cat.

Laptop produce vibration

You might not notice it, but when your laptop is turned on, your laptop is actually producing a little vibration which can make your cat feel enjoy when it sit on it.

Your cat just want your attention

Cats or any other pets like and crave for human attention. Giving your cat too little attention might be the reasons why your cat is sitting on your laptop. If your notice that your cat not only sit on the laptop but also on other more uncomfortable thing such as the remote and books, then there are high chances that your cat want to get your attention.

Why cat sit on your laptop
Picture by Sexyninjamonkey@Flickr

Some people will think that cat just being a jerk by sitting on everything that's important while a better explanation would be that cat love and want to get your attention. So if you notice that your cat behaving like this, the first thing to try is to play with your cat and give the attention it want.

3 reasons your cats shouldn't drink milk

Including cow milk in your cat diet is not a good ideas. Some people probably think that milk is good for their cat but that's just not true. Here are some reason why you really shouldn't give milk to your cat.

#1 - Your cat digestion system cannot digest it
Most cats are lactose intolerant which mean your cat digestion system might not be able to digest the milk properly.

#2 - It is not necessary
Your cat don't even need milk at the first place. Cats usually get the nutrient they need from food. Instead of milk, feed your cat with healthy food to make sure your pet get the nutrient that they need

#3 - Milk can cause diarrhea
Cats love milk, but that doesn't mean it's good for them. Drinking milk can cause many illness to your cat such as diarrhea and bloating

What to give to your cat instead

Lactose free cat milk – If your cat love milk, or you simply want to include milk in your cat diet, make sure you give your cat lactose free cat milk to make sure your cat didn't get sick.

Fresh water – It is good ideas to have a fresh water available for your cats

Cow milk is not good for your cat health. It is better to give them lactose free cat milk and fresh water to make sure your cat stay healthy and active. A balance diet is also important to make sure your cat get the nutrient it require.

5 tips for taking care of your cats health

Just like you, your cats will obviously feel a lot more happier when they're healthy. To own a healthy and active cats, you need to take care of them. Many cats owners spent enough time playing and feeding their cats but when it come to health care, many neglect it.

It's Veterinarians job to check if your cats is healthy, but there are something that you can do too to make sure your cats is in healthy and happy condition.

#1 – Feed them correctly
Food play major role in determine the health level of your cats. Feed them the wrong diet and your cats might get sick or suffer from obesity. So the first thing to keep in mind is, a healthy diet for your cats lead to healthy pets in your home.

#2 – Inspect the fur
Scan your cats fur once in a while to see if there are any sign of flea. Also try to notice if there are anything unusual on your pet skin to make sure your cats do not suffer any kind of skin problem.

#3 – Pay attention to your pets behavior
If your pets are usually active, then one day your cats suddenly just laying around the house not doing anything, there might be something wrong.  It's best to start looking for any sign of sickness when this happen.

#4 – Beware of parasite
Any sign of hookworms, roundworms, whip worms and tapeworm need to be taking care of immediately. Letting this parasite on your cats untreated could harm your cats overall health.

#5 – Dental examination
Cats can also suffer from dental problem. It's not recommended to do dental examination yourself so it is better to let the professional do it for you. Take your cats for dental examination once in a while to make sure their dental health are not neglected.

Taking care of your cats health might be a little bit difficult. But it is better to try your best to make sure your cats are as healthy as possible. A healthy cats mean a happier cats owner.

Avoid making your cats hate you by using these simple cat training tips

Every pets owners want to have a well-trained pet. That's why it is important to learn a few to tricks on how to train your cats so that your cat will be well-behave and didn't destroyed any furniture or peeing in your living room.

However, to make sure your cats is successfully trained, you'll need to train them correctly. Train your cat the wrong way and you might have a really upset pets living in your house. Here's some tips to correctly train your cat and avoid being hated by your own pets.

#1 – Play with your cats
Cats love to play. Play with them often and teach them some skills and manner while you play with them and they might absorb your training better.

#2 – Provide cats-friendly home for your cats
Cats-friendly environment is important for your cats overall happiness. A happy cats will behave better. Try not to smoke in your house since your cats wouldn't like it.

#3 – Give your cats some bonuses for good behavior
Give them a little treat or pet your cats when it behave or doing something you that you like. Cats usually seek for ways to make your happy. Praising your cat will let your cat know that he is doing the right thing and your cat will probably doing it more often in the future to please you

#4 – Do not scold your cat 
Scolding your cat will only hurt it emotion and this will make them not trusting you in the future, especially if you hit your cat.

#5 – Use equipment to help with your training
Purchase a cat scratching post to prevent your cats from destroying your furniture. You can also put some double tape on your furniture to prevent your cat from scratching it since cats didn't really like sticky surface.

Training a cat is pretty hard, but it could get a lot easier if you're using the right techniques. It is best to remember that cats did not respond well to scolding, so it is better not to scold them when you train your cats.

4 cats toys that will benefits your cats and you

Cats love to play, even when they've grown up and become an adult cats. You probably already notice that cats love to play with moving things such as ball, laser and even cockroaches. This is due to their natural behavior since cat is actually a predator.

Buying a cats toys for your pets not only good for them but cats toys can sometime benefits you too. Here's some awesome cat toys that your cat might like.

#1 - Toy mice
Maybe your house is so clean your cats have nothing to hunt, maybe you just don't want to see your cats dragging dead mouse around your house. Not matter which one is the reason, toy mice is what you looking for.

#2 - Cat Scratchier
Cats love to scratch. Having a cats Scratchier not only fun for your cats but it will also benefits you since you might be able to save your furniture.

#3 - Cats climber
Other than hunting, cat also love to climb which probably why some time you see them up on the tree and can't get down. Your cats will have tons of fun with cat climber.

#4 - Ball
As already mentioned above, cats love to play around with ball. Buy a small ball for them to play with. Hours of fun for your feline.

Other cats-stuffs to consider

Other than toys you might also find these stuffs beneficial for you.

Cat Flap – Small door for your cats so you won't have to open the door for your pet every time they want to play outside.

Little locker – Now it is easier and cleaner with this litter disposal system.

The stuffs mentioned above not only beneficial and fun for your cats. But some of those (example: cat Scratchier and little locker) might also be beneficial for you too. Ask your local pets store if they have these item for sale.

Get a healthier and happier cats by feeding them correctly

Cats Food
There is no need to tell you that a right diet is not only important for you, but it's also very important to your pets. Feeding them the right food can improve your cats overall health and abilities. Cats that haven't been feed with the right food might be suffering from lack of nutrients and this could cause them to get sick which will eventually limit their abilities to do things.

Apply this simple tips to make sure that you're feeding your cat correctly.

#1 – Feed them moist or semi-moist cats food
Cats don't usually seek for water. Giving them moist cats food might help them to get the nutrient that they need and keep them well-fed and healthy

#2 - Dry food have it own benefits.
Moist or semi-moist cats food maybe good for your cats. However, dry cats food also have it own benefits. Dry cat food is hard to spoil so if you're one of those busy cats owners, dry cats food might be suitable for you.

#3 – Read the labels
Instead of purchasing any kind of treat that have “cats food” written on it packaging, why not read it ingredient before you buy. By doing this you'll know what nutrient it contain so you can be sure that your cats get just the nutrient that they need.

#4 – Beware of any sign of allergy
This is a very rare case but sometime kittens do allergy to certain type of food. Make sure you're not feeding them something they're allergy to.

#5 – Have different kind of food
If you eat the same type of meal for dinner and lunch you'll eventually going to get really tired with your meal. Your cats might get bored too, try to varied your cats menu so they won't get bored. Your cats probably get the nutrient they need in other foods that you give them too.

It's pretty important to make sure you're feeding your cats the right food so they will be healthier and happier. A healthy pets might save you a lot of money and headache since you won't need to visit the veterinarians too often.