I receive calls after every holiday.
“My brother was supposed to look after my cat, but he didn’t comb her. Now she’s completely matted! Can you groom her today?”
You diligently combed your cat, but a week or two without combing undid all your work.
Select a cat sitter, such as myself, who can also do some combing, as long as your cat allows strangers to comb her.
Schedule a grooming session for a day or two after your return, so that you won’t have to worry about whether the cat groomer will be available.
Schedule a thorough combing, and perhaps a bath, before you leave on vacation. De-shedding should help to cut down on matting, since mats are made of natural skin oil and shed fur.
This is good news for cats! For a cat who tolerates claw trims, think how much better their life is when momma or poppa schedules claw trims every 4 to 8 weeks!
No more getting claws stuck in the scratching post or worse, the sofa. No more scabs on the ear from too-long claws tearing at sensitive skin. More cuddles with their human, instead of being pushed away with an “ouch!”
When I worked in animal shelters and veterinary clinics, I microchipped many cats.
How long does it take to implant the microchip? 10 seconds at most.
How big is the microchip? See x-ray above. It’s a little bigger than a grain of rice.
Does the cat need to be sedated? Definitely not!
Does it hurt the cat? When I microchipped cats, they didn’t react at all. Maybe they were being stoic, but my guess is at most it might feel like getting a shot, but more likely, there’s no discomfort.
Where does the microchip go? It goes just under the skin in the shoulder area. It is NOT shot into the blood stream or into a muscle.
Is it expensive? No. It is affordable.
Why should I do it? If an individual finds your cat, they can bring it to a veterinarian or to a shelter to have the chip scanned. Chips are not a foolproof way of identifying your cat. The person scanning may miss the chip when they scan; the chip may have moved for some reason; or the scanner may not match the brand of chip. Still, it’s better than nothing. When the chip is found, the shelter or veterinary clinic or individual will be able to contact you so you can pick up your cat. Keep in mind that many cats who wind up in a shelter are going to curl up in a ball or hide at the back of the cage. The cat may become aggressive out of fear,making it hard to handle them. For you to call a shelter and expect them to identify your cat based on appearance is unrealistic.
My cats have always been chipped.
“Four of our project kitties were recorded entering another household for food and/or affection!”
” . . . cats spend the majority of their outdoor time resting (rather than moving).”
Shocking, simply shocking.
The day we figure out the PERFECT Cat Diet is the day that there is only one type of cat in the world. It is the day that each cat is the same age, the same breed and the same activity level.
That day will never come, so we muddle along with our Purina and Halo and Weruva and Raw Food and Home-Cooked, and whatever else our feverish minds can think up.
Consider the Black-Footed Cat. This adorable killer is the smallest cat in the world. They eat whatever they can catch, from bugs to bunnies. They like to eat spiders. When I look at the ingredients in premium cat food, one ingredient I have yet to see is spiders.
The Black-Footed Cat looks like a house cat.
By the way, this awww-worthy cat gives birth to kittens who would make a monster weep with tenderness.