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Is it Bad to Give Your Cat a Bath?

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Is it a Bad Idea to Bathe Your Cat?

So, is it bad to give your cat a bath? If you're a cat owner struggling with this question then you're in luck because this article is exactly what you need right now. Most cat owners believe that felines tend not to like water very much.

They also usually believe that since their feline companions normally spend most of the day grooming themselves, they don't necessarily need a bath.

This is not entirely true. How your cat reacts to water depends on numerous factors. Some of these factors include whether your cat has ever had a negative water experience, whether you accustomed it to water from a tender age or if you must bathe it for a certain particular reason.

Whether it's necessary or not to bathe your cat really depends on the particular animal. Most vets will tell you that if your cat looks clean and healthy then you don't really have to give it a bath.

Bathing cats regularly may cause them to lose some essential oils found on their fur and at times can even prove to be an extremely traumatic experience for the cat involved. Cats are commonly known to be one of the cleanest animals.

As in they spend more than half of their day grooming themselves, so that shouldn't be so hard to believe, no? Anyway, if your cat rarely goes outside then all you really have to do to keep it clean is brush it regularly.

Why Do Cats Hate Water?

One would think that cats love water considering how much they love cleaning themselves. However, the truth is that most felines tend to avoid water like the plague unless it's for a polite sip from a dripping faucet here and there. A few of the reasons why most of them don't like water are:-

  1. When cat's get wet their fur becomes waterlogged. This weighs down the cat a lot. Even though the cat fur's top layer is water resistant to some extent, when you drench the whole cat it's bound to experience some degree of discomfort. It makes them feel not as quick as usual as well less manoeuvrable and cats don't generally enjoy being in this state.

  2. Cats like to live life on their own terms and they do not tolerate change too well. Cats, unlike dogs, don't accept new experiences easily. Those that hadn't been exposed to water since an early age will most probably not like the feeling. However, one that has been exposed to it since they were young may not have such a big problem with it.

  3. Most felines are very sensitive to smell. Unlike humans, cats can more acutely pick up the smells of the chemicals found in tap water. Its odor can sometimes prove too strong for the cat to tolerate.

However, not exactly ALL cats hate water. Some of them do actually like the water, specifically those that reside in hot, dry climate regions. To the cats in these areas, the water is both cool and refreshing. They may even take a little swim in it from time to time. 

Others may just be giving in to their pure hunting nature and might want to hunt fish which would mean they'd have to start enjoying the water if they want to enjoy eating some fish.

When Should You Bathe Your Cat?

So, when is the best time to bathe your cat, if you really have/want to? If you're the cat owner that falls into this category then you should probably start doing it when they're still kittens and the best time to introduce this to them is when they are about eight weeks old.

Most experts say you should start by using shampoo designed for kittens. It's vital that you avoid those shampoos that are made for adult cats or humans. Both those options usually tend to be way too aggressive for the kitten. A gentle kitten shampoo should do the trick

When your cat seems to be suffering from a ringworm or flea infestation then you might have to consider giving it a bath using some specific shampoos.

Most vets will advise the same. In most cases, after seeing them, they'll prescribe for your cat medicated shampoos which only means that you have to bathe your cat. However, not all modern flea treatments require bathing but most of the very effective ones do. But it's important to note that bathing will depend on how bad the infestation is.

If you have an obese or old cat then chances are they won't be able to groom themselves effectively because there are some areas of themselves they most likely won't be able to reach.

When this happens you might have to take up some of the grooming duty, especially the bottom area which happens to be a place that accumulates dirt pretty fast. Those cats with arthritis need this bathing even more because that warm water and massaging actually helps in relieving some pain.

If your cat is one that spends a lot of time outside then you know that there are several ways it can get really dirty. Especially when they get into those places they're not supposed to.

Cats that are allowed to roam free outside can come back with nasty germs and smells so you might have to consider giving them a bath once in a while. However, these baths should only be given when necessary and should not generally be a regular affair because they may not necessarily get dirty every time they go outside.

Conclusion

And with that hopefully, you've learned a little bit more about whether bathing your cat is a bad idea, when do you need/have to do it and why most of them generally despise water. It's a tricky situation to handle when it comes to water and our feline companions. However, it certainly isn't too hard for cat owners and cat lovers alike to learn and understand. Both of you will definitely appreciate that extra knowledge. And the question, is it bad to give your cat a bath?...fully answered, no?


Is Travelling with a cat on Westjet even possible?

Not many of us would like to leave our pets at home when we travel. This is especially so if the journey is going to take some days or months. 

The other option may be to leave them off at the pet care service. However, those of us who are really close to our pets wouldn’t be too sure how they’re going to fare without us.

Perhaps the truth is that we do not know how we are going to fare without them.

For instance, I wouldn’t leave my cat with a pet care giver because the poor thing would be missed. Here’s a video showing how to travel with your cat:


But we all know where the challenge may be:

Can I travel with my cat on Westjet?

Westjet is my favorite airline and I couldn’t help asking myself that question when the issue of travelling with the cat arose.

I had to do some research to know the possibility of having my cat along with me when I’m aboard the flight. It’s not as if I don’t see people with pets in flights but in these things it’s better not to base your decisions on presumptions.

A look at the Westjet website confirms that pets are indeed permitted but not necessarily all kinds of pets. Luckily, cats are among the pets that you could actually board the flight with.

The airline actually is keen on making sure that pets travel in comfort and safety. According to the information, passengers are permitted to travel with one pet each.

That means you wouldn’t have to make an alternative arrangement to keep other cats in the hold if you have more than one.

Is it expensive to take your cat?

Since cats are usually small sized animals, taking it along with you on the flight would not be too expensive. Flying with your cat demands preparation, in terms preparing the animal as well as the cost you have to bear taking it along.

We all do this because there’s no way around it, so appropriate budget should be made for the cat. Different airlines have their charges when a pet is brought in the cabin. Usually, this should be cheaper than having it in the hold.

After all, you’re the one keeping an eye on it in the cabin. Be that as it may, with your cat given clearance to join you, you have to pay about $60, at the tine of writing, each way on Westjet. This amount gets higher if your cat is in the hold.

The airline’s policy says that there are times when pets are not allowed in the hold. These are mainly during times of extreme temperatures. The company wouldn’t want to be sued by you for allowing your cat freeze in the hold.

So they do not take pets in the cargo hold from December 15 through January 6. You’ll do well in planning to have your cat in the cabin in case the airline isn’t accepting it in the hold at such times.

Always call the customer service to be doubly sure before the day you’re making your journey. If it is approved and you’re keeping your cat in the cargo hold, at the time of writing, Westjet will charge a pet fee approx $75-$88.50 each way, at the time of writing.

What are the entrance requirements?

It is important that you do the necessary research to ascertain that the country you’re flying to accept pets such as your cat. There are some countries that would not permit it, so you must not even consider taking your feline there.

For instance, Jamaica, Barbados, Hawaii and Ireland have prohibited carrying cats and dogs through to these countries, so not even a connecting flight would permit your cat through if you are passing through any of these countries. The most important requirement is ensuring that your cat has all required vaccinations.

If you are travelling to the EU, there are rules that demand that your cat be identified with an electronic chip, as well as an EU passport certified by a vet that your cat is vaccinated. Some countries have more stringent rules than the above.

This is why you have to find out what demands are applicable in the country you’re travelling to. You wouldn’t want to arrive at your destination only to realize that your cat would be detained in an animal detention facility.

These links should be helpful in doing that:

Can you bring your cat into the cabin?

Airlines such as Westjet would take in your cat in the cabin. However, the key to having your cat in the flight sitting under your seat is notifying the airline that you are boarding with it.

Online reservation is not allowed so you have to put a call across to customer care to ensure that adequate provision has been made to accommodate your cat.

Westjet has a policy that limits the number of pets permitted in different types of aircrafts. For instance, the airline 4 pets per fight in the cabins Boeing 767-300, Boeing 737-600, and WestJet Encore Bombardier.

The probable reason is that it many passengers may find it inconveniencing to have many animal pets in the cabin. These still are animals and may not behave themselves all through the flight.

Another thing you should realize is that you have to use a carrier with which to put your cat. This must be leak proof. Ensure also that the animal has enough room in it to stand and that there is an opening through which it can bring out its head. A zippered bag is appropriate for this.

Final Words on Traveling With Your Cat on Westjet

As a recap, bear in mind that your cat weight must be within the allowable cabin luggage limit. Another thing is that the airline may reject your cat if it looks ill.

This is why you must make sure that adequate care is taken to keep the cat healthy and fit. Remember that a sick looking cat will never be permitted into another country with you even with certificate of vaccination.

Do not start cuddling your pet while in flight. Be sure that you place it under the seat. Most airlines will frown at that considering that even though you love your pet, other passengers may not.

This video will show how simply we can travel with our cats:


Well, that is it about travelling with your cat. Let me know what you think in the comment section. You can also share this if you like it.

What is a Westjet Approved Cat Carrier?

Westjet approved cat carrier


So, what is a Westjet Approved Cat Carrier?

This is basically a cat carrier that the airline has approved. If your cat meets the requirements listed under the pet policy Westjet Airlines provide to its customers for pet travel, then your next step would be to acquire a cat carrier that has been airline approved. 

Some of the pet crate requirements are that it should have enough room for your pet to comfortably lie down, turn around and stand. It should also be made of either rigid plastics, metal, fiberglass, weld metal mesh or plywood.

The floor of an airline approved pet crate must be leakproof and solid. Also, the handles and handling place bars should be located at the cat crate's long side. 

The crate door needs to have a spring loaded and secure all round lock system with their pins having a minimum of a 1.6 cm extension. These doors must be made of wielded or cast metal, or heavy plasticstrong enough to completely secure the cat.

The crate door must also be paw and nose proof so as to ensure your pet doesn't get injured in any way.

What is the The Maximum Weight For Pets?

WestJet Airlines only accepts pets as checked baggage or in cabin on most of their international flights. The pets permitted for in cabin travel under the WestJet pet policy are birds, cats, dogs, hedgehogs, guinea pigs and rabbits.

So, those of you that are cat owners can smile because, so far, your pet fits the bill. However, if your pet, together with its pet carrier, exceed the maximum weight of one hundred pounds or forty five kilograms, then it will not be allowed to fly with this particular airline.

So the maximum weight of your cat, minus the the weight of carrier considering the average weight of a pet carrier goes for around five kilograms or ten pounds, should be around forty kilograms or ninety pounds for it to be permitted on board of this airline.

Should You Register Your Cat Before Travel?

If you're a pet owner, then it's safe to say that you probably spend a large amount of time ensuring your pet is safe and healthy, isn't that right? You feed it nutritious food, you give it daily walks and you seek the assistance of a vet when you notice something is "off".

However, one vital thing that most pet owners forget to do is registering their pets, especially before travel. Registering your pet is just another way of ensuring your pet is as well protected as it can be. Herein below are a few reasons why you should consider officially registering your pet:

  1. It's the Law: In most states, some pet owners are actually legally required to register their pets. You may be required to show your pet's registration if you want them to get on certain flights. Usually, the relevant authorities will award your pet a tag that will act as its license once you and your pet have met the registration requirements.

  2. It Proves Your Pet Has Been Vaccinated: Proper licensing cannot happen if whatever pet you have hasn't been fully vaccinated. A full vaccination is normally one of the most important requirements for most pet registration procedures. Knowing that your pet is fully registered makes it much easier for the staff at airline boarding facilities to be assured that your cat, dog or whatever pet it may be is fully healthy. This will, in turn, save you a lot of valuable time.

  3. If Lost, Your Pet Has a Better Chance of Returning Home: Your pet's registration, in some communities, can sometimes translate into a free trip back home if local animal-control authorities find it. If it hasn't been duly registered, if lost then found, that might mean an overnight stay at a local animal shelter and these usually don't come cheap.

  4. Your Cat Will Be In Safe Hands at the Shelter:A pet that has been registered, if lost, stay longer at the shelter. Unlike unregistered pets, they are less likely to be euthanised. Even though the shelter may find it hard to get in touch with you, if your pet is registered, then they'll most likely be patient and keep it safe for as long as they possibly can.

Things To Do To Prepare Your Cat For Travel

  1. Take Your Cat To the Vet: Traveling by air can sometimes be very difficult for your cat. You'll need to make sure your cat is healthy enough to endure the flight. The vet will give your cat a full examination as well as ensuring that all your cat's vaccinations are up to date. If your cat happens to be suffering from any medical conditions or illness, ask your vet how you can treat or manage these prior your flight.

    Some destinations will require health certifications if you want to travel with your cat. Your vet, after certifying that your cat has gotten all the required vaccines and is healthy enough to travel by air, will award your cat with a completed health certificate. This is actually why it's very important you ensure you visit your vet before traveling by air with your feline companion.

  2. Purchase a Cat Carrier That is Airline ApprovedThis, by now, obviously goes without saying, but, if you haven't traveled with your cat by plane before, then there's a high chance that this is something that's lacking in your cat inventory. You'll need to get in touch with the airline of your choice and find out the pet crate requirements for cargo and in-cabin travel.

  3. Accustom Your Cat to the Pet Carrier: Try and make your cat get used to the pet carrier by letting him spend some time inside the carrier from time to time. This you'll need to start at least three weeks before the travel date.

Conclusion

If done and prepared for well in advance, air travel with your cat, or even air travel with your kitten, doesn't have to be as difficult as most people usually think it is. It all comes down to doing what you need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly for you as well as your cat. So, if you've read and understood this article, then you should be alright. At the very least, hopefully, you now know all the basics.

How Can I Keep My Cat Entertained While I am at Work?

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How Might I Keep My Cat Entertained While I am at Work?

In a perfect world, I would take my kitty with me wherever I went. Unfortunately, felines are not permitted at my workplace. At first, I was so apprehensive about leaving my sweet little kitten alone in this big lonely house after she'd been accustomed to being with me the whole of summer. I could see the sadness in her eyes every time I put on my shoes and headed towards the door.

She would silently tail me as though supplicating and hoping that that day I'd take her with me. But, this was before I realized that I could keep her entertained the whole day just by doing things kitties adore. Ever since I implemented the following ideas, it seems as if she can’t wait for me to leave so she can get back to her kitty-lone-time until I came back home.

Nowadays she greets me with a loud meow and a hug every evening, because, yeah, she is happy throughout the day.

Here are some of the things you can do to keep your cat entertained while you are at work.

What Food can I provide?

Just like you would jump at the idea of a nice treat or snack, so would the cats. Your cat is going to be alone for the better part of the day and they need something to make them appreciate their existence. 

Provide a lot of healthy treats and snacks for the cat to feast on. Scientists advise that you check the treat you give to the kitty because, just like humans, cats can also suffer from excessive weight gain.

Some healthy treats are;

  • PureBites® Cat Treats:
  • Lean Treats for Cats:
  • Greenies Feline:
  • CET Chews for Cats:
  • Sardines
  • Raw Shrimp
  • Feeder Mice

You can make it even more exciting if you let them work for their foods while having the time of their life at the same time. Use a puzzle feeder and hide small amounts of treats in it so that the cat has to figure out a way to solve the puzzle to get the food.

Apart from entertaining them, food puzzles also help the cats develop their foraging and hunting instincts, so it positively affects both their psychological and physical wellbeing

What Furniture Will Keep my cat entertained?

Kitties are parts of our families. They also need their own sets of furniture. Cat-specific furniture includes;

  • Scratching posts
  • Scratching seat
  • Cat trees
  • Cat bed
  • Wall racks
  • Window roosts

A complete cat tree includes a jungle gym, scratching posts, hidey hole and other wonderful features to grab and sustain the fascination of a feline. They arrive in an assortment of designs and will keep your feline glad and engaged for quite a long time.

This cat-specific furniture can likewise help you preserve your valuable furniture. Cats love scratching, and if you don’t provide suitable furniture for them, they will go for whatever is in the house.

Don’t forget the shelves. Felines love shelves. They prefer watching the world pass by from elevated positions and there is no better way of doing that than sitting quietly on the shelves. If you don’t provide this for them, you will find them on your kitchen shelve.

They also need an open resting place directly in front of their kitty TV; the window. Your cat will be busy looking at flying birds, watching people go by or trees swaying in the breeze and this will keep them entertained.

Most window perches come with suction cups so you can just attach them to the window and let your cat watch her favorite nature TV program until she finds something else to do.

Is a Fish Tank a Good Idea?

Cats and fish are sworn enemies and fish are dependably at the less desirable end. The best thing is to do is to get one that is raised so the cat can't reach it. Your cat will invest hours viewing the wonderful fish swim around and that will keep them visually invigorated and engaged when you're working away.

All things considered, it's a win-win since the fish tank will likewise be a pleasant addition to your home décor. Simply ensure that the cat cannot get inside the tank or knock it over.

Should you consider another Cat Friend?

If your cat is your only fur baby, you should consider adopting a sibling for her. A companion for your cat could be the ideal answer for the home alone doldrums. 

Remember that it can be hard to integrate another feline into the household particularly if your cat is well advanced in age and is accustomed to being the sole holder of the honored position.

However, it is okay to get a cat a buddy she can love and play with. After they get to know each other well, it will pay off with new games being invented and you can finally have some peace at work.

Also, remember that companion cats are only suitable if your cat is outgoing and confident. But if she is the type who hides under chairs and beds when she sees a new visitor, bringing in another cat will only hurt her.

Can Music Help?

William Congreve, the great post said that music has the power to tame savage animals. Sure enough, music can tame a save individuals and so can it tame a feline. The only difference is that cats don’t enjoy the same music we enjoy.

They prefer classical music, soft pieces, string and piano to the rowdy and loud trumpets and drums. You can collect cat-specific music and put it to play softly on the stereo when you are away. You can likewise give them a wide range of soft meditation music, and, trust me, cats can also meditate and find peace in their existence.

Final Words on Keeping Your Cat Entertained While You're at Work

These are the top five ideas that worked for my cat. She is happy, and, honestly, I am less worried about her getting bored during the day. At least I can do my work without any worries and still look forward to that beautiful kitty-hug every evening. So, what worked for you? Feel free to tell us what you always do to keep your cat entertained. We would love new ideas!

How Long Should a Cat Be Kept Indoors After Moving House?

how long should a cat be kept indoors after moving house

I’ve spent most of my time moving houses. The first time I moved to a new state, I was so worried about the impact it will have on my beloved kitty who I named Polly. Would she love our new home? Would it stress her out? Actually, I dreaded losing her.

I dreaded hearing her purring all night and day begging to be taken back 'home'. However, after learning the ropes, I no longer worry about upsetting her when moving houses. So, I figured, I could just write here what worked for me and for most cats so you can make your feline friend transition easily and faster.

How Long Should Your Cat Be Kept In After The Move?

Let your cat stay indoors for not less than two weeks. This will allow them time to take in and get used to the new territory. However, outdoorsy cats can really stressed out when locked in for a long time.

If your cat is one, you can let them out a few days early. But if your cat is the type that gets anxious due to small changes, keep them indoors for more days until when they settle in their new environment.

What Is The Best Practice For The First 24 Hours?

When the big day comes and your cat is finally free to explore their surroundings, make sure you around so you can supervise them properly. In the morning, before you feed your cat, open the door and allow them to access the outside. Remember that cats are cautious, so your cat will probably be hesitant to go out at first. 

They will take time to assess if it is safe. Do not be tempted to carry them out and show them around. While cats love to be carried, doing this may unsettle them and they may even struggle to be let go. Let them go out at their own time and don’t freak out if they try to jump over the fence. They will be back in a couple of minutes. Give them a tasty treat when they come back.

While confident cats will easily adapt well, shy cats will not. If your cat is shy, accompanying them outside and strolling along with them will make it easier for them to get used to the environment.

What Safety Measures Can You Take?

To keep your cat safe, make sure that they have a collar with your name and address so should they get lost, anyone can bring them home or call you. You can also microchip them so you can track them easily. In that case, contact the microchipping company to update your address.

A couple of days before you let your kitty out; sprinkle some of their used litter around the perimeters of the new garden. Cats need to take in that familiar smell from their old home so they don’t get nervous about going out. Also, the litter will alert neighboring cats that there’s a new cat in the territory.

How Can You Get Your Cat Settled In?

Cats get attached to their surrounding so even very small changes can be really unsettling. The best thing to do is to restrict them in one room that will serve as a safe haven for them. Place the bed, scratching post, litter box, water and food in the room with your kitty. 

This helps them to acclimatize with the new sounds, sights and smells. It will also give them a room to run to whenever they feel unsafe or threatened. Surround them with things that look and smell familiar

This could be their favorite bed, toys or an old t-shirt that smells like you. Since cats have a very sensitive nose and use it to decide if something is safe or not, the familiar smells will give them a sense of safety and familiarity.

Also, place some tasty treats around the room so the cat is compelled to explore further and know all the corners of the room. Remember to spend some time with your cat in their base room. Start by doing low-key activities in the room like reading a book then introduce some playtime, more treats and increase attention.

How Can You Stop Your Cat Returning To Your Old Home?

On the off chance that you moved only a couple of miles from your old house, your cat may encounter same routes it aced while there and find their way to the old 'home'. 

This happens because the cat has not bonded well with the new environment. It is therefore important to take measure to ensure the cat sees your new home as the source of shelter and food.

Ask the new occupiers not to entertain the cat should it backpedal there. They should chase her away or inform you to pick her up. Keep your kitty indoors for not less than four weeks.

Feed them small meals frequently all the while giving her all your attention to help strengthen the bond between you. Create routines and treaties for your cat that they can’t help it but come back home for more. Fit your new house with familiar scent so they don’t feel unsettled by the new environment.

The first time you let her out; starve her for twelve hours so that she’s really hungry. Let her stay out for a short while then call her and feed her. For the following two weeks, let her out just once a day and bring her in after thirty minutes and fed instantly. The process isn’t instant and it will take your cat a few weeks before it finally settles down.

Final Words on Keeping Your Cat Indoors after Moving House

Every time I move, I use these very methods to help sweet Polly adjust faster to her new home. I promise there is nothing as disheartening as seeing your cute little kitty curled up in a corner, feeling lonely and apprehensive.

She should be able to enjoy your new home just like you are doing, and making them comfortable goes a long way. Another benefit is, if you keep her happy, there is a good chance she will not feel unsettled and not leave mess in the house and leave a bad cat smell. Your turn; when you moved to a new home, how did you get your cat settled in? What worked for you? Feel free to tell us your experience or idea by leaving a comment below.

Do Indoor Cats Need Grass?

Do Indoor Cats Need Grass?

Everyone knows that cats are carnivorous, thats why I love this food for them (click for reviews on Amazon). While most of the felines we stay with may seem domesticated, their claws, teeth and occasional dead mouse are evidence of its hunter's heart.

However, why is it that sometimes you'll catch your indoor cat chomping at the greens in your potted plants or the lawn grass. Some say that they use the grass fibers to eradicate pesky hairballs, others say it's for oral pleasure since they're sensory seekers and the grass just makes their teeth feel good.

The bottom line is that regardless of all that, it just seems like our feline companions basically require leafy greens.

Indoor cats that lack the access to leafy greens they can chomp their way at are most likely going to get them where they can.

This may spell disaster for those precious indoor plants and greens you may have, however, not forgetting that it could also spell the same for your cat as well because a lot of these indoor plants happen to be toxic and can prove deadly when ingested.

So, as a cat lover, what should you generally do? The healthiest way possible you, as an indoor cat owner, can provide for this need is to turn gardener and grow grass patches for your cat so that you can bring the outside inside just a bit.

Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

Whether it's a Main Coon, Siberian, or any indoor or even an outdoor cat (Click here to see if Outdoor cats need cat litter) you have, one thing's for sure, you've probably caught them nibbling on blades of grass once or twice isn't it? Anyway, don't worry, that's a pretty common thing.

However, no one really has a very clear answer for why our felines do this. Herein below are three of the most common theories flying around:-

  1. Inducing Regurgitation For Digestion Purposes
    Some say that grass doesn't add any nutritional value to cats and that it's pretty much indigestible.

    Cats do not have the stomach enzymes to effectively digest grass fiber. When they eat grass all it does is induce regurgitation.

    However, this induced regurgitation can help in digestion by helping expel undigested matter from the body. Cats sometimes swallow their meals whole, especially when it comes to mice.

    They do this because separating the fur from bones and flesh can prove impossible. So the unwanted bones and fur are expelled through this induced regurgitation process.

  2. The Laxative Appeal
    Some believe that grass fibers act as the cats natural laxative. And we all need that sometimes don't we? Well, even your cat does. The grass helps to counteract several cases of indigestion.

    Most cat owners are used to seeing little, wet fur balls all around the house.

    However, when that furball moves deep into your cat's digestive tract they'll need a little grass to help it pass all the way out through to the other end, Call it an intuition or a sixth sense but your cat knows that grass fibers will help break down undigested matter a little.
     
  3. For Vitamins and Minerals
    Cats can sometimes ingest grass for purposes of nutritional value. Grass blades contain traces of Vitamin D and A, and niacin as well.

    They also contain chlorophyll which when ingested by your indoor cat can help oxygenate its blood. However, the buck doesn't stop there because grass also has a protein known as folic acid that helps in hemoglobin production.

    The cat's body, just like the human body, will often crave what it feels it needs. And grass just happens to be one of those things they instinctively look for.

Is Eating Grass Safe For Your Indoor Cat?

A common mistake many cat owners make is preventing your indoor cat from eating grass. Most of them do this because, for starters, it makes their cats vomit and so they think that eating that grass is what is inevitably making their cat sick.

Most cats make a dramatic production out of this regurgitation process which usually leaves the human owner in quite some distress. It's usually hard for the human to understand that that is exactly the desired effect.

Basically, they're doing it intentionally. Most experts will advise you to allow your cat to eat grass once in a while.

Always try to have a healthy source of grass inside your home if you have an indoor cat. Their outdoor counterparts will most likely opt to snack on the lawn grass found outside so you should try to avoid using pesticides in order to avoid accidentally poisoning your cat.

For whatever reason, both these type of cats like eating grass. The indoor cat will attack your potted plans and indoor greens if they don't find healthy grass.

This may be exposing them to the risk of being poisoned by the toxins found in these potted plants. Indoor cat owners are advised to try growing their own indoor grass.

Growing Your Own

If you find that your indoor cat enjoys the texture and taste of grass then you should consider growing your own healthy little patch of grass for your cat and placing it somewhere, easily accessible, around the house. You can also try using those so-called cat greens and herbs (which are usually oat grass and wheat) that come pre-packaged and can be found in your general pet store.

Most cats will often prefer this pre-packaged product to ordinary grass, however, growing your own is not only fulfilling, it's also the best way you can ensure your cat is getting the healthiest product possible. Besides, taking matters into your own hands when it comes to such things shows that you care, no?

Final Words on Cats Eating Grass

All in all, you should never consider it a bad thing when your cat tries to ingest grass. All it might just even want to do is relieve a bothersome sore throat, as some would have you believe. However, with all that said, whether you have an outdoor or indoor cat you should always try to make sure that the potted plants and greens inside your home are non-toxic. The future well being of your cat may depend on that small little factor. And with that, we hope you can now answer the question, why do indoor cats need grass?

5 low light indoor plants safe for cats

low light indoor plants safe for cats

Many of us love having plants in the house because of their decorative purpose. 

Others who are conscious of their health have realized that plants have purifying effects on air quality, and so make it a habit of always having plants in the home.

Insomuch that these plants have these health benefits and add to the beauty of the house, there are some that may not be as harmless as they seem.

People may not necessarily be at risk since no one will willingly nibble at plants in the home but if you have pets such as a cat, it could be endangered by such poisonous plants. This is why I am listing some of the plants that you could have in your home and be rest assured that your furry family member is not harmed. See the video here for some of the safe plants for your cat:

Some of the low light indoor plants you should consider as home plants knowing your cat will be safe around them are:

1. Swedish Ivy

Swedish Ivy is plant that adapts well to indoor cultivation. It doesn’t require too much effort on your part to thrive. It has a thick stalk that branches out into pliable and tender shoot that gives it the appearance of a crawling plant. This feature makes it suitable to be used in hanging baskets. Swedish Ivy is a beautiful garden plant and when left to grow unhindered, it forms a carpet on the floor and if you have a playful cat, it could be interested in playing on it.

The plant has some species that have variegated leaves. It blooms in late spring or early summer turning out white or pale lavender flowers. This plant thrives very well under room temperatures. The plant pot can be moved outside in summer. It survives pruning. In fact, pruning makes it produce new, delicate shoots that even add to its beauty. It demands average humidity so watering is essential when the soil is dry. The Swedish Ivy has the botanical name of P. Australis and can up to five years. Be sure that low, indirect sunlight gets to the plant, get it watered and fertilized and your plant will thrive.

2. Phalaenopsis orchids

Phalaenopsis orchids is another low light plant that you can have in your home and not worry about the safety of your cat. This beautiful plant can rightly be described as striking and you may have seen it used as a decorative plant in a restaurant or other public places or in a magazine cover.

Although, there are many hybrids of this plant, they mostly would grow under similar conditions and bloom to produce long lasting flowers. This happens in late winter or early spring. Growing on a single stem, this plant does not have the high water retention capacity of some others and would need regular watering to thrive.

Daily watering is essential although when in bloom, it doesn’t need too much water. Then it could be watered once a week. Always watch out for its exposed roots. Never let them get pale or whitish. This is an indication that it is lacking water.

To prevent your Phalaenopsis orchids from dying, do not let water settle on its shoots, this growing point is sensitive and would decay if covered continually with water. Furthermore, this plant must not be placed directly in sunlight, the leaves will quickly get burnt and turn yellowish.

3. Christmas Cactus

Christmas cactus is a member of the Cactus family that is given the name of Christmas because that is the period of its bloom. It has the botanical name of Schlumbergera and makes an excellent house plant. It is another home plant that is very safe for cats.

The propagation of the Christmas Cacti is simple enough using stem cultivation. By this, I mean you just cut and plant a Y-shaped stem area of the plant and plant in a sandy soil, moisten with water and do not keep directly in sunlight.

This adaptive indoor plant will grow if regularly watered. Never let the plant sit in water. Getting it waterlogged I a quick way of making it decay. This plant though must not be waterlogged needs high humidity.

You can accomplish this by having a tray of pebbles filled with water, placed under the Christmas Cacti. This will ensure that the room has high humidity.

4. Bamboo Palm

This tropical plant is one of the few species that can thrive indoors. They add special color to your home and are absolutely safe for your cat.

Ordinary, bamboos like direct sunlight, but the Bamboo Palm will thrive indoors with indirect sunlight though it grows taller outdoors. Since your target is a safe plant that decorates your home, you wouldn’t need it growing too tall anyway. The scientific name is Chamaedorea seifrizii .

The secret to having good healthy Bamboo palm in the home is buying health plants in the first instance, then transplant into your pot as soon as you can. 

Be sure you use high quality soil for your planting. Water your plant and ensure that it doesn’t get too dry. Never let it sit in water but drain when necessary. Adding fertilizer ensures you have a healthy plant. Also beware of mites that like using the underside of the Bamboo Palm leaf. If sign of infestation occurs, use soapy water to wash the leaf.

5. Spider Plants

These are among the most common house plants. The good news about them is that they are among the plants that can be easily grown at home. What more, they are safe to have around your cat. The spider plant suffers from very few problems, prominent among which is yellowing tips.

The plant got its common name due to its appearance like a hanging spider when planted in a pot. The botanical name is Chlorophytum comosum. Keep them out of direct sunlight but ensure they receive indirect light from the sun. Water regularly but don’t waterlog.

Conclusion

These are the plants I recommend having in the home for the safety of your cat. Do you know of any other that have worked safely for your cat?

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