Why, hello again... and Happy National Cat Day!

Ailo - The Lo-Down

Let's be honest... every day is pretty paw-some when you're a cat. Some days are better than others though -- like birthdays, or days when Mom and Dad don't have to work, or days like today, which are devoted entirely to celebrating the splendidness of CAT.

So I thought I'd dispense with modesty and help you write a list:

Five Reasons Why You Love Us Cats

1. We're gorgeous. Our eyes are limpid pools, our silken fur magically makes your troubles melt away, our jelly bellies -- your Achilles heel.

2. We're your fur kids. That warm, fuzzy, protective feeling you get when we settle on your lap!

3. We make you laugh. Even when we drag our bottoms across the rug to get rid of bits of rogue poo.

4. We're really smart. We know the red dot is coming from you.

5. We're the best company in the world. We are the gift that keeps on giving, every moment that we're by your side.

Now see this sumptuous paw of mine? You may kiss it.

 

prrrrrrrrrrrrrrt,

Ailo

By Natalie Hennessy 2 days ago at 9:38 am 0 Comments

How Often and How Much Should You Feed Your Cat

Cats for all their lovely attributes have this awful reputation, that of being finicky eaters and it is not entirely unfounded. If you have a cat at home, you may have seen how it endlessly fusses over the food that you serve him. He will only eat food that tastes good, without regard for whether it is good for his health or not. A downside of this attitude is obesity, which is taking on gargantuan proportions and is one of the major diseases ailing most cats. But it is not as much the cat’s fault, as it is ours; we let them eat injudiciously thereby sowing seeds of bad eating habits in the cat.

For the cat to be healthy, you must feed it a balanced and nutritious diet. You must also take special care about how much and how often you feed it. We have a few important tips that you can refer to when feeding your extended family member:

Determining frequency

How often you need to feed your cat will depend on a number of factors like its age, the food you are feeding it, among others. If the cat is a kitten you may have to feed it more frequently, than say and an adult cat. This is because though kittens need more nutrients, almost twice that of an adult, for their growth and energy, their small tummies don’t allow them to gobble them all up in a single sitting. Consequently you have to space the feedings. As it grows, you can go on increasing the quantity while decreasing the frequency. While the kitten is growing up, make it a point to regularly take its weigh to ensure that it is not overweight. Here are a few guidelines that you can follow for feeding canned food like Whiskas, Royal Canin or Purina to cats of different ages:

At 6 weeks: Since the kitten can only take small helpings, space four or more feedings regularly throughout the day.

At 3 months: Gradually increase the serving but bring down the frequency to around three.

Around 6 months: By this time you can serve meals twice a day.

In case of adult cats: A cat gains adulthood at the age of one year, and you can continue to feed it twice daily. However being adults, they may from time to time also need supplementary dry foods.

Dry food for cats: If you are feeding your cat dry food, or even canned cat food, you may need to feed an adult cat twice daily, preferably at night and in the morning.

Determining how much to feed

The Animal Medical Center in New York states that an active healthy cat needs 30 calories per pound to see it through the day. Since a healthy cat weighs around 8 pounds, it comes to around 240 calories per day.

The recommendation of the Animal Medical Center aside, there are many other factors that determine how much you should feed your cat: metabolic rate, the level of physical activities it indulges in, and environmental conditions like temperature. And all these factors collude to make it extremely difficult to arrive at fit-for-all solution. To add to the confusion, the same amount of different food frequently has different caloric requirements, meaning that you cannot treat all food similarly. The best way to deal with such a tricky situation is to follow the feeding guide given here.

Weight

Volume/ day

5 pounds ( 2.3 kg)

¼ cup (30 gm) to 1/3 cup (40 gm)

10 pounds ( 4.5 kg)

3/8 cup (45 gm) to ½ cup (65 gm)

15 pounds ( 6.8 kg)

½ cup (65 gm) to ¾ cup (95 gm)

When buying cat food, match this list with the label printed on the cat food. Overfeeding is not a good thing and can make the cat obese and lazy, so a good idea to avoid overfeeding is to measure and separate the daily ration and stop feeding the cat once that ration runs out.

Luckily, the cat food market has evolved tremendously in recent times and there are many good options that you can choose from. But still before buying, do take some time to do the necessary research.

The body condition of the cat also has a say on the amount of food it needs to be fed. If it already has a normal body weight, give it a helping that is an average of the recommended ranges. If instead it is a little underweight, give it bigger helpings. Conversely, if it a little underweight, you have to feed it smaller helpings.

It is advisable that you record the weight of the cat every two weeks, because you have to alter its diet accordingly. Also, figure out the size of the helpings that help your friend maintain its enviable, ideal body condition. It will make your job that much easier.

 

LaurenLauren is a homemaker who loves pets. She owns 2 pets, a cat named “Macavity” and a dog named “Chilly”. She is currently living in NYC with her family. In her part time, she loves to share articles on pets and home improvement. You can get in touch with her on Google Plus.

By Natalie Hennessy 24 days ago at 11:00 am 0 Comments

The Lo-Down Starring Ailo The Cat

Hello there.

Welcome to the Lo-Down, a new P.L.A.Y. series developed specially with cat-lovers in mind.

My name is Ailo, (or Lolo, as my mom sometimes calls me) and I am the star of this show.

I just turned three, and I live in Norway with mom and dad, who adore me even though I am a 15.5lb ginger rascal. Ah, the things you couldn't tell just by looking at photos of me.

BTW, this is me nestled inside my dad's overnight bag. As much as I love attention, it's nice to disappear from the world once in a while. I was able to snooze for an entire 30 minutes before they found me.

Anyway, you'll be seeing more of me later. Like, literally -- maybe there'll even be a full body shot. But for now, I really need to go lie on the kitchen counter. Check back soon to follow me on my claw-some adventures.

Later.

prrrrrrrrrrrrt,

Ailo

By Natalie Gomez on Aug 08, 2014 at 3:07 pm 0 Comments