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Why Does My Clumping Cat Litter Not Clump? (+ Tips)

If you have noticed that your clumping litter is not clumping, you may be left puzzled and wondering why this is happening.

Why Does My Clumping Cat Litter Not Clump?

Your clumping litter may not clump if it is not absorbent enough. Some brands are better at dealing with this than others. Alternatively, you may have a specific area of the tray saturated with cat urine. Some cats frequent the exact same spot.

3 Best litters for clumping

 

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01. Arm & Hammer Clumping (Best Option)
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5 stars
02. Fresh Step Extreme Clumping litter
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03. Purina Tidy Cats Clumping litter
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4 stars

Now that you know why your litter may not be clumping, keep reading to learn how you can correct this if clumping litter is even a good choice if it can be mixed with non-clumping litter, and so much more.

 

How can you make the clumping litter clump up? (Tips)

Now that you understand why your litter is not clumping, it is a good idea to learn how to make it clump up properly. Therefore, in this section, I will cover this.

In my opinion, there are two options for you:

  • Replace the litter with another brand (best option)
  • Change the litter more frequently

Replace the litter with another brand (best option)

The chances are you are using a clumping litter that s not very absorbent. Therefore, it is better to try another brand or another option in that same brand, are you with me?

The reality is, this may take some time to try and see what works best for you and your cat.

Change the litter more frequently

If you are not keen on replacing your current litter, maybe you just purchased a lot of it in bulk, then you can try replacing it more frequently.

The issue with this method

My issue with this method is it does not always work. Sometimes the litter you have chosen is just not good enough, regardless of the frequent changes you do.

In Summary

So, you have learned that replacing your litter is likely the best option for you. keep reading to learn if clumping litter is even the best choice for you.

Is clumping or non-clumping cat litter better?

Cat litter box

Cat litter box

Just because you are using clumping litter, or you were told it is best, does not mean it is fact. Therefore, in this section, I will lay out some pros and cons of each and give you my opinion.

Clumping litter pros

  • Controls odor well
  • Less litter changing required
  • Simple to clean

As you can see clumping litter is great for litter box odor, especially when you get high quality and fragranced ones.

In general, you do not need to change it as much, maybe once every couple of weeks, as opposed to daily with non-clumping litter. And, because it clumps up, it is easy to clean.

Clumping litter Cons:

  • It can be more expensive.
  • Some cats may not like the texture

Like most things, nothing is perfect, lets face it, it can be a bit more expensive than basic, non-clumping litter, right? And, there will always be some cats that do not like the texture and refuse to use it.

Non-Clumping litter Pros

  • Usually cheaper
  • Some cats prefer the texture more

Some cat owners love this litter because it is, generally, pretty cheap, in comparison to clumping litter. And, most cats take to it pretty well.

Non-Clumping litter Cons

  • More odor
  • Needs to be changed more frequently
  • More waste

One of the biggest issues is the smell it makes in your home. This can be a big problem for some cat owners.

Also, it needs to be changed regularly, for example, daily. And, when you do this change, you often waste a lot more of it each time. This is because most people replace the entire tray each time.

In Summary

In my opinion, I fee that clumping litter is a better option. Yes, it may be a bit more cost, but because it lasts longer, it tends to be of better value. Keep reading to see if you can consider mixing these litters.

Can I mix clumping and non-clumping cat litter?

Now that you know the pros and cons of these litters, you may be keen to see if you can mix them. This may seem weird, but there are occasions when you are desperate and have no choice.

You can mix clumping and non-clumping litter. But, it is not a good long term alternative. Because it is unlikely to clump properly, and your cat will probably not like the change of texture. Meaning, it may just be wasted.

Now that you understand that this is not ideal, let me explain how often you can expect to change clumping litter, so you can always plan.

How often do you change clumping cat litter?

One of the benefits of clumping litter is that you do not need to change it as much, but what frequency are we talking about here?

You can expect to change clumping litter approximately once every 2-3 weeks. This may vary, based on the brand you are using, but this is a good example of what to expect. This is far less than non-clumping litter, which is typically changed daily.

Now that you know more about the expected frequency of these changes, it is a good idea to see how you can get rid of it when you change it, let me explain if it can be flushed.

Can you flush non-clumping litter?

If you have clumping litter you can’t flush it. But, what about non-clumping litter?

You can flush some non-clumping litter. These types usually make it very clear if you can. Because this is usually their way of marketing it to you. In general, they are usually made from corn, wood, pine, or even wheat. They claim they are more eco-friendly.

You have learned that some non-clumping litter can be flushed, but are some types safer than others?

What cat litter is safest for cats?

If you love your fur baby, the chances are, you want the best for her, and to keep her safe, right? So, what is the safest options out there?

Grass cat litter is often regarded as one of the safest options. It has almost no dust. This is advantageous for people or cast with respiratory problems. And, it is known to be less prone to allergies, when compared to wheat or corn.

Now that you know which cat litter is regarded as the safest, keep reading to know how safe it is to compost litter, and if clumping litter can be used.

Can clumping cat litter be composted?

If you are an eco-friendly cat owner, or just interested in gardening, you may be wondering if clumping litter can be re-used for composting. In this section, I will explain if this is even possible and if there are any risks associated with it.

It is possible to use a clumping litter for composting. But, it depends on the litter you are using, how you plan to compost, and what you plan to use this compost for. In general, cat litter compost is not safe because of the parasites and bacteria in the feces.

So, you have learned that it is not straight forward, and some caution is needed if you want to use cat litter for composting. Keep reading to learn when your cat should start using clumping litter.

What age can you use clumping litter?

Before you even purchase any climbing litter you need to make sure that your cat is even ready for it. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what is the best age to start using it.

From 4 months of age is generally a good time to start using clumping litter for your cat. Before then, there is a chance your cat will try and eat it. Also, at 4 months, if some is eaten, by accident, it will have a better chance.

Why Won’t My Cat Sit On My Lap Anymore? (+ Solution)

If you have noticed that your cat is acting differently. In particular, not sitting on your lap anymore, you may be keen to learn why this is happening and what you can do to correct this.

Why won’t my cat sit on my lap anymore?

Your cat may stop sitting on your lap if she is feeling stressed or anxious. This can be caused by subtle changes in your home. For example, a new pet, new baby, a new friend that it is unsure of. Cats hate changes.

Now that you know why your cat might have stopped sitting on your lap, keep reading to learn how you can make her start sitting on you again if age affects their behavior, and so much more.

When do cats start sitting on your lap?

Cute Tabby Cat Lying Down on Lap

Cute Tabby Cat on a Lap

If your cat is not sitting on your lap anymore it is a good idea to understand when this is likely to start in the average cat’s lifecycle. This will vary from cat to cat, but this section will give you a good guide.

Most cats will start sitting on your lap as kittens. To be more specific, from 3-7 weeks you should start seeing them doing this. At this stage, they start to make a bond with you and build trust. This is usually when they start to wean onto solid food.

This stage is critical for your bonding. This will build the foundation of your trust to come. However, this does not mean that there is no chance of this happening if it’s later than 7 weeks, it’s just a guide, some cats take longer.

Now that you know roughly when this should start, keep reading to learn how you can get your cat to start sitting on your lap.

How do I get my cat to sit on my lap again?

Some cats will just sit on you instinctively, while others may need to be enticed back onto you. This section will focus on those stubborn cats that need a bit of a prod to get them onto your lap.

There are three key stages:

  1. Entice your cat.
  2. Reward your cat.
  3. provide positive feedback

Entice your cat.

To get your cat onto your lap you will need some treats or catnip to make it worth her while. This will get her to make that initial jump up to you. From this point, you need to make her stay.

Reward your cat.

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Now that your cat is on your lap you need to reward her with some cat treats (Click here for some good ones, on Amazon). This will make her feel happy she jumped onto your lap and also, keen to do it again.

Provide positive feedback

To add more rewards provide positive feedback. This is simply by using your voice to tell her she is being good. Like, “Good girl”, “Good boy”, “lovely kitty”, etc. Are you with me?

Now that you understand how to get her on your lap, keep reading to learn exactly what you have achieved and what, having her on your lap, really means.

What does it mean when a cat sits on your lap?

Getting your cat lap is all well and good, but its important to understand what this means through the eyes of your kitty.

Firstly, feel special, because this simple action is a massive show of love. It is a big signal that she trusts and likes you. And, in some cases, it’s an indication that you are her favorite.

While she is on your lap it is a cue for you to stroke and tickle her. This behavior stems back to her early years, as a kitten, with her mum grooming her. You have effectively become her mother figure, are you with me?

Now that you understand the deep meaning of this simple action, keep reading to see if your cat will get more affectionate with age or not.

Do cats get more affectionate with age?

After you have done all the hard work and got your cat onto your lap and showed you love. You may be keen to understand if she will get more and more affectionate with age.

Some cats will get more affectionate with age. As they age they can become needier. However, some may become more introverted if circumstances change such as other pets in the house or if they develop health issues. If this happens, this could make them become guarded.

Now that you understand how age can affect your cat’s affection, keep reading to see what it means when she lays on you.

What does it mean when a cat lays on you?

If you are sleeping and your cat randomly lays on you, you may be puzzled and wondering if it means the same as her sitting on you. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what this means.

When a cat lays on you they are looking for comfort and security while they sleep. When a cat sleeps they are vulnerable, therefore, the fact she lays on you means she does not see you as a threat. And, she cares for you and trusts you.

Now that you understand why your cat is laying with you, keep reading to see if a male cat is more affectionate, or is this just hearsay?

Are male cats more affectionate?

You may have heard some rumors that male cats are more affectionate because females are only concerned about their kittens and reserve all their love for them, but is this true?

Male cats are not more affectionate than female cats. Their behavior is based on their personality. Meaning, a male or female can be affectionate. Or, on the opposite end of the scale, they have the same chances of being aggressive.

Now that you know the truth, that male cats are not more affectionate. Keep reading to learn if cats have a favorite person or not.

Do cats have a favorite person?

If you live in a busy household and have noticed your cat gravitating to one person more than another, you may be keen to understand if they have favorites or not.

Cats do have favorites. This is generally the person they spend most o their time with. There is often a good chance that the person who feeds your cat will become their favorite. This is an instinctive behavior from the earlier years of them being kittens.

You have learned that cats do have favorites. But, does this mean they can work out when you are sad and offer affection? Keep reading to see.

Do cats know when you’re sad?

Whenever you are sad you may notice that your cat is there for you. But, is this just a coincidence, or do they have some way to detect this?

Cats do not have a way of detecting your sadness. The chances are when you are sad, you are needier and offer them more attention. This will result in your cat returning your gesture with comfort and love, which may make you think they have detected your sadness.

Related Questions:

In this section, I will answer some questions relating to your cat’s behavior. If you have some other questions feel free to contact me.

How do you tell if a kitten is going to be a lap cat?

To tell if your cat is going to be a good lap cat, look out for kittens that are playful and are keen to snuggle up next to you at bedtime. Their personality will generally be calm and not aggressive. This is a good indication.

How do I know when my cat is happy?

Cats give you body language to indicate that they are ar happy. This could be simple things such as vocal cues, such as purring. Moving their ears in a certain way is another sign. And, being playful and happy around you, in general, is a good sign it is happy.

Can Cats Eat Pink Salmon? (Is it toxic or Safe?)

If you are looking out for the best food for your cat you may be curious about pink salmon. Keep reading to learn if it is a viable food source for your cat.

Can cats eat pink salmon?

Cats can eat pink salmon if it is cooked and served in moderation. It has a good source of protein and vitamins. But, it should represent a small part of a healthy and balanced diet to meet its nutritional goals.

Now that you know cats can eat pink salmon, keep reading to learn its nutritional content, the benefits, risks, if it can be served raw, and much more.

What is pink salmon?

Fresh Raw Salmon Fillet

Fresh Raw Salmon Fillet

Before I start to explain if pink salmon is good or bad for your kitty, I will spend some time explaining what it is. I understand there is a good chance you have an idea what it is, but do you know what its scientific name is? Well, this is just one example of what you will learn.

According to Wikipedia, pink salmon is also known as humpback salmon. Interestingly its scientific name (Oncorhynchus gorbuscha) comes from the Russian common name gorbúša, which is their word for “humpie”. Looking at this logically must be related to the fact that it is also known as the “humpback salmon.

This salmon is known to be the smallest Pacific salmon and can be found in many parts of the Pacific sea. Now you have learned what this salmon is, where it resides, and other names it has. Keep reading to learn about the nutritional content.

What is the nutritional content of pink salmon?

Before you consider feeding anything to your cat. It’s important to understand what is in it. Therefore, in this section,

Source: USDA (Cooked, per 100g) *

Name Amount Unit
Calories 153.00 Kcal
Protein 24.58 g
Calcium 8.00 mg
Fat 5.28.00 g
Sodium 90.00 mg

* See source for a full list of ingredients

What are the benefits of pink salmon?

To get an idea if salmon is a good idea or not for your cat. In this section, I will explain some of the benefits it has. This will be in general, for us or your cat, so you can see the big picture. Here are some of the benefits, according to this site:

  • Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Excellent protein source
  • Contains many B vitamins
  • Lovely taste

Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial because they help to reduce inflammation and can also help to reduce blood pressure.

Excellent protein source

As you may know, protein is important to us humans, as well as your fur baby. It helps too keep their bones strong as well as helping with bone health.

This salmon is known to contain up to 25g of protein per 3.5 ounces. Your cat’s muscles are important for them to climb, run, feed themselves, etc.

Contains many B vitamins

This pink salmon has a list of B vitamins including vitamin B1. It helps them to generate energy, heart, and brain health. And, it also combats inflammation.

Lovely taste

In my opinion, pink salmon tastes delicious. But, more importantly, your cat is sure to love this as well. Let’s face it, analyzing nutritional content is all well and good, but if it isn’t tasty, who cares, right?

In summary

So, in this section, you have learned some of the great benefits of pink salmon. But, keep reading to learn if there are any risks associated with it.

What are the risks of pink salmon?

Before you can decide if pink salmon is a good idea for your cat. It is important to know any potential risk it may have. Therefore, in this section, I will cover this.

Canned Pink Salmon

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There are many different ways to source pink salmon, one of these methods is buying it canned. While this is convenient to store and lasts a long time, it comes with some disadvantages.

Firstly, to keep it lasting long it can, some of the canned products have stabilizers and chemicals (not necessarily the one above, I mean in general). Also, you will never get the same nutritious, vitamin-rich experience like freshly cooked salmon.

In General

While salmon has many benefits, it will not cover every nutritional requirement of your cat. Therefore, it needs to be used as a part of a healthy balanced diet, not on its own. That is regardless of it being canned or freshly cooked.

Should your cat eat pink salmon?

Getting information on the nutritional content and benefits is one thing, but it is often easier to get a very straight forward statement that sums it up, so, should your cat eat pink salmon?

Yes, you can feed your cat pink salmon. But, it should not be the only thing you feed it. It needs to be a small part of a balanced and varied diet. And, it may be beneficial, and cost-effective not to feed your cat this salmon.

So, now you know my opinion about pink salmon. If you have a kitten, you may also be keen on some direction for it, keep reading.

Should your kitten eat pink salmon?

In the last section, I explained my opinion on pink salmon. But, if you have a kitten, you may be wondering if this applies to them as well. Let me explain.

For young kittens, under six weeks, they should not be given pink salmon. After 6 weeks they need to wean for several weeks, for example, using gruel. So, unless they are old enough to eat solids, salmon is not a good idea.

Now that you have learned that I am not keen on feeding kittens salmon, keep reading to learn why raw salmon has its challenges.

Can cats eat raw salmon?

You may have heard some cat owners, or discussions about feeding cats raw food, in particular raw salmon. But, is this even possible?

No, cats should not be fed raw salmon. Any raw fish is a bad idea. This is because it can contain harmful pathogens or parasites for your cat. It is better to cook it thoroughly and then serve it up.

Now that you know why your cat should not consume raw salmon, you may be keen to know if the fish skin is ok? Keep reading to find out.

Can cats eat raw fish skin?

Raw fish is one thing, and the skin is another. But, is this fish skin even viable as a food source for your cat? Well, let me explain…

Some people say raw fish skin is ok, as long as its in moderation. But, I would not advise it. This is because I am concerned about parasites. But, others may disagree.

Related Questions:

In this section, I answer some questions related to a cat’s diet (Click here to see if cats should avoid eating feathers). In particular fish consumption. If you have any other related questions feel free to contact me.

Is it OK to feed cats cooked fish?

Yes, cats can eat cooked fish. It is better than serving them raw fish. This is because raw fish may contain parasites that may be hard to see with the human eye. Although cooked fish is better, fish shouldn’t be served every day.

This applies to any cat breed, however, some cat owners have extra concerns feeding Persian cats fish (Click here to see why).

Which fish is best for cats?

The best fish for cats are rich in omega-3. This tends to be trout, sardines, salmon, herring, or even trout. However, these fish should represent only a part of a well balanced and varied diet. Meaning, your cat should not just eat these fish alone.

Can cats eat cooked white fish?

Cats can eat cooked white fish. However, it is not an ideal food source. This is because of its lack of omega-3 content. It is better to offer your cat oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, etc. Because they have more omega-3. But, in moderation.

How Much Do Ragamuffin Cats Cost Normally? (Guide)

If you are researching ragamuffin cats one of the first things that people consider is the cost to get a good idea of how much they will set you back.

How much do Ragamuffin cats cost normally?

Ragamuffin cats can be adopted or purchased from breeders. If they are purchased from a breeder you can expect a price between $800 to $1300. If they are adopted you can expect this to be from $75 to $150. This assumes it is from a quality seller.

Now that you know the costs keep reading to learn how long they live for, their expected weight, if they shed a lot, and so much more.

What do ragamuffin cats look like?

Ragamuffin cat

Ragamuffin cat

Before we dip int more facts about the Ragamussin cat, to help you get more information before purchasing one. It is a good idea to be clear on what they look like to make sure you get what you pay for.

The Ragamuffin is quite a large and strong cat. It has a big head, and some would say quite broad. Their body shape is rectangular looking. And they have a beautiful large and fluffy tail that you will adore.

How long do ragamuffin cats live?

Now that you know the average cost of a Ragamuffin cat it is a good idea to understand how long you can expect them to live for. Therefore, in this section, I will explain their life expectancy.

Usually, you can expect Ragamuffin cats to live for 15 years. Some live longer than this, for example, a few years more. But, in general, this the standard you can expect, assuming they are in good health and cared for well.

So, you have learned that they can live for 15 years assuming all is well. Keep reading to learn their expected weight to gauge if they are in good health.

How much should my ragamuffin cat weigh?

Before you invest in a Ragamuffin cat, it is a good idea to prepare for it. Therefore getting an idea of how big they will get, in particular, their average weight, will help you get a good idea of what to expect. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what you should expect.

Ragamuffin cats typically weigh from 12 to 20lbs. Also, females will usually weigh a bit less, like most animals. The female Ragamussin will usually be in the region of 8 to 15lbs. This is assuming they are in good health and eat well.

Now that you know how much your male or female should weigh, keep reading to understand how her fur is. In particular, is she a big shedder or not.

Do Ragamuffin cats shed a lot?

If you have ever had a cat before you know that some shed more than others. And, it’s a good idea to understand how your cat may behave before you commit to that purchase. Therefore, in this section, I will explain if they shed a lot or if it’s just a bit.

Ragamuffin cats shed a lot and quite regularly. To help you to manage this it is a good idea to groom their fur regularly. This is ideally every week. This will avoid cat fur on your furniture.

Tools you can use to manage the shedding

Earlier I mentioned that it is a good idea to groom them regularly. there are two tools you can use to help this:

  • Steel rake
  • Grooming Glove

Steel rake

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The steel rake will help you to comb out the loose fur out of your Ragamuffin’s fur easily. And, as I said, it’s better to comb it out in a controlled manner than leaving it all over your furniture, which is difficult to tidy after.

Grooming Glove

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The grooming glove is a great addition to the rake. The rake will do most of the heavy lifting. But, where this glove excels is getting the bits of fur that the rake will miss, are you with me?

You have learned that Ragamuffins are big shedders and how you can get in front of it and control it easily. Keep reading to learn more about their behavior, in particular, if they are vocal or not.

Are ragamuffins vocal?

Having a winning cat can be a nightmare, right? So, it’s worth knowing a specific cat breeds vocality before making that costly purchase. Therefore, in this section, I will explain how vocal they are to prepare you.

Ragamuffin cats can be vocal. But, they are not aggressive. They may use their voice when required, but they are known to be good around other pets and children. This is one of the reasons why they are quite popular domestically.

Now that you have learned that they are vocal, but typically behaved well. Keep reading to learn if they are ok to be left alone.

Can ragamuffin cats be left alone?

If you work a lot or have a quiet home you may be interested to know how a Ragamuffin will cope on its own, or if they generally like this. In this section, I will explain how they cope with being alone and their sociability.

Ragamuffin cats are very friendly and social cats. They do not like to be alone. However, they do prefer to interact with humans that they know and trust. Fortunately, their personality makes bonding quite easy so you can build trust with them.

One thing to note though, if they are not trained well, and they lack trust in you, they can become introverted and be fearful of social interaction.

Now that you have a better understanding of their social behavior and know that they do not like being alone keep reading to learn to see some of their key differences between Ragdoll cats.

What is the difference between a ragdoll cat and a ragamuffin cat?

If you have been comparing Ragamusffins with Ragdolls because they are often mentioned together. You may be keen to understand what makes them different.

The main differences between a Ragdoll and Ragamuffin cat is their eyes and behavior. The Ragdoll has oval and blue eyes. Whereas a Ragamuffin has round eyes of nearly any color. Regarding behavior, the ragdoll is known to go limp when picked up, unlike the Ragamuffin.

Now that you know the key differences between a Ragamuffin and Ragdoll, keep reading to learn more bout how the Ragamuffin was originated. In particular, what it was mixed with originally.

What is a RagaMuffin cat mixed with?

It is a good idea to fully understand the cat’s origins before you commit to a purchase. So, you can get a well-rounded view of them. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what they were originally mixed with.

It is believed that the Ragamuffin cat was cross-bred with the Ragdoll and other longhaired cats. For example, the Turkish Angora, Persians, etc. This will explain why they are often compared to Ragdoll cats. But, have their unique traits.

You have learned how these beautiful Ragamuffins were originally bred and mixed to help you understand their origins.

Are Ragamuffin cats playful?

If you are a fan of playing with your cat you may want to know, ahead of time, if they enjoy this before you bring one home. Therefore, now I will explain if they are playful or not.

Ragamuffin cats are quite playful. They enjoy running after cat toys and picking up new tricks. They are ideal for cat owners that like to interact with their cat and love being with them.

So, you have learned that these cats do like playing. You can make sure you are well equipped for them by getting some great toys for it and enjoying your time together.

How to Make Kitten Gruel (Guide/Ingredients/Tips)

If you have a new kitten or adopted one you may be wondering how you can feed it. In particular, understanding what gruel is and how you can make it for it.

What is gruel?

Gruel is a food mixture for kittens. It is used to wean kittens from their mother’s milk to solid foods. It is a mixture of quality tinned cat food, or dry cat food, with kitten replacement formula. It is a simple mix for kittens.

What you will need to make the gruel

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01. PetAg Kitten Milk Replacer
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5 stars
02. Purina Fancy Feast Kitten food
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03. Iams Dry Kitten Food
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4 stars

Now that you know what gruel is keep reading to learn how to make the gruel when you should be offering your kitten this gruel, when to wean her to soli food, and so much more.

 

How to make kitten gruel

In this section, I will explain, step by step, what you need to make the gruel. You will see that it is quite simple to make.

  1. Get the following items:
    • A quality Kitten canned food. or dry kitten food.
    • Kitten milk replacement formula
    • A mixing bowl
  2. Mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Mix it until it is quite a thick texture, like custard.

Some further tips

It’s important to get a good tinned kitten food (Click here to see the price on Amazon). Or a quality dry kitten food (Click here for the price on Amazon).

Also, the texture is important, do not make it too runny, or too thick. You will know if it looks too thick because it will be difficult to mix.

Now you have learned how to make gruel, what the best consistency is, and the best ingredients to use. Keep reading to learn when to wean her off, and much more.

How do you wean a kitten off gruel?

Once you have your gruel made and your kitten lapping it up there will come a time, in some weeks, when you need to wean her off it. In this section, I will explain how you go about doing this.

This is a gradual process, and quite simple to do. In the last section, I explained how important the texture is, remember? Well, as you wean your kitten off it, this becomes even more important.

Start by gradually adding less and less kitten milk replacement formula. But, do not do it drastically. It needs to be bitten by bit, are you with me?

The dangers of changing the texture too quickly

If you change the texture too quickly then your kitten may stop eating the gruel. And you may have problems transitioning her to solids.

So, you have learned the importance of gradually changing the texture to wean her off gruel. Keep reading to learn when you should start introducing your kittens to solids and even consider weaning.

When should kittens be introduced to solid food?

Cute American cat Kittens

Cute American Kittens

In this section, I will explain when you should consider moving your kitten to solids. The best way to explain this is to explain the respected timeline of a kittens development.

The best time to start introducing your kitten to solid food is from 6 weeks old. This is when you can start with some gruel and gradually introduce solid food until your kitten is fully transitioned to solid food.

What your kitten should be eating at other stages

In your kittens first two weeks you should expect your kitten to be drinking her mother’s milk. This will continue up to week 6, as discussed earlier. When weaning starts.  This weaning onto solid foods should take approximately 3 to 4 weeks.

So, now you know when the transition to solids should start, roughly how long it should take and what your kitten will typically consume at their other stages.

Keep reading to learn how you can tell what age your kitten is, if she is new to you, so you can gauge what stage these steps will happen.

How can you tell how old a kitten is?

In this section, I will explain how you can tell how old your kitten is. This is helpful if you have a new kitten, or maybe you adopted it and unsure what development stage it is at, are you with me.

Physical signs of your kitten’s age

Source: Found Animals

Age (Approximately) Indication
1 day old Eyes closed & ears folded
3 days old ears start to unfold
6 days old eyes will start to open
10-15 days old days eyes fully open (pupils not dilated)
2 weeks old The kitten will attempt to walk, but not very well.
6 weeks old Kittens eye color will change to permanent color
8 weeks old Should be at least 2 lbs in weight.

Now you know what to expect at each stage. This is a loose guide, every kitten is slightly different and may not map onto this exactly by the day. Keep reading to learn what you can feed your cat if you have no formula.

What can I feed my kitten if I don’t have any formula?

If you find yourself in the awkward situation of not having any kitten milk replacement formula and you are looking for a Quick emergency option you are in luck. In this section, I will explain what you need.

Why cows milk is not ideal for kittens

You may instantly think that cows milk from your fridge is the natural replacement for your kitten. But, this is not the case. Kittens are usually lactose intolerant. So, it could cause them to have diarrhea.

Emergency formula

However, if you have no alternative, according to this site, you can use it but it needs to mix as follows:

  • 8 ounces milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • A teaspoon of vegetable oil

Mix this for an emergency alternative for kitten milk replacement formula. But, as stated earlier, this should not be used regularly.

So, you have learned why cows milk is not ideal, and how to use it for emergency kitten milk formula replacement. Keep reading to learn if water is ok for your kitten.

Can you give kittens water?

In this section, you will learn if it is ok to give your kitten water. Maybe you are running out of ideas on how to nourish your kitten and wondering if this is a viable option.

Yes, you can give kittens water from 4-6 weeks old. Before this age, they should not be drinking water. At that stage, they should be drinking their mother’s milk or kitten milk replacement formula as an alternative.

You have learned when is an ideal stage to offer your kitten water, when it is not a good stage to give to them, and what they should be eating at their earlier stages in life. Keep reading to learn how you get your kitten to use a bowl.

How do I get my kitten to eat from a bowl?

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If you have been watching your kitten collect milk from her mother, or you have been feeding her from a bottle. You may be wondering how you can get her to start using a bowl. In this section, I will explain how.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Get a shallow kitten bowl.
  2. Locate the bowl in a separate room
  3. Start with a milk replacement formula
  4. Top up with bottle feeding, if needed
  5. As she gets older, wean her onto solids using gruel.

This process is quite simple, but it will take some time. it is not an overnight procedure. But, if you stick with it, in time, she will be eating out of the bowl naturally.

How Long Does it Take Frontline to Dry?

If your cat has fleas and needs treatment. Then there is a good chance you are planning on using Frontline to combat it. But, how long do you need to wait for it to be fully dry and effective?

How long does it take the Frontline to dry?

It takes up to 48 hours for Frontline to dry. You may think it looks dry before this, for example within hours, but it will take longer than you think to be dry and effective to fight off the fleas.

Now that you know how long it takes for Frontline to dry keep reading to learn if frontline is safe for human touch if it will wash off in the bath, if the fleas will jump off after treatment, and much more.

Is Frontline safe for humans to touch?

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In this section, I will explain if Frontline is safe for you to touch with your naked hands. Also, what concerns are there regarding the ingredients it has.

It is not a good idea to touch Frontline, according to this site, there are some concerns with its ingredients. In particular, Fipronil. It is a known carcinogen. And, the risk is increased with sunlight.

Will Frontline wash off in a bath?

In this section, you will learn if Frontline will wash off if you bath your pet. Frontline plus is often advertised as waterproof, so will this mean it will stay on? Let’s see…

No, Frontline will not come off in the bath, as long as it’s dry. It needs up to 48 hours to dry. Following this, it will be effective for up to 30 days. So, it is best practice to avoid applying it directly after your pet has bathed. Make sure they are dry.

In summary, even though it’s waterproof, you need to wait till its dry before bathing your pet.

Do fleas jump off after a treatment?

After you have applied Frontline you may be expecting it to instantly take effect and stop fleas jumping off. So, in this section, I will explain if this is the case.

Once the Frontline solution has dried in fleas will be killed off. You may still see some fleas jumping on your pet, but they will be killed by the Frontline solution, so they are unlikely to jump off. No treatment can prevent fleas from jumping on your pet, unfortunately.

In summary, you may see fleas jumping on your pet, but they will be dealt with by the Frontline solution.

How do you know when fleas are gone?

If you have applied Frontline you may be wondering when you truly know they are gone for good. For that reason, in this section, I will explain.

The best way to know if fleas are gone is if you monitor them. If you have not seen any in a few days, then the chances are they are gone. But, you need to keep monitoring them to make sure they do not return.

Now you know when the fleas are gone by simply monitoring them constantly. In the next section, I will look into how long these fleas are likely to stick around.

How long will I see fleas after treatment?

Cat scratching outdoors.

Cat scratching outdoors.

You can expect to see fleas return 10-14 days after treatment if you are using pest control and insecticide. If you are using Frontline, the fleas may return, but they will be killed within the 30-day effective period. Assuming it has dried in.

The two main methods for Flea Treatment

When you are treating for fleas there are two main things, treating your cat for fleas (Click here for the best solutions for your cat), using solutions like Frontline, and also treating your home. Without both, you may be stuck in a loop of treating them, and them returning. But, how long after treatment will you expect to see them?

Pest Control

If you have paid for pest control in your home, they will usually use insecticide. Even after this has been done it is common to see fleas return with 10-14 days. However, this is not necessarily a cause for concern. Because, as long as the pesticide is there, it can still handle the fleas that return.

Using Frontline

With Frontline the solution will be effective for up to 30 days. But, this is effective up to 48 hours, once it’s dried in. Then, you may see fleas return on your cat, but they will soon be dealt with by the solution.

Why can’t humans take Frontline?

While your cat is being treated for fleas yo may notice that you have noticed a few on your body, or in your hair. The natural thought might be, can’t you just use the same Frontline solution on your skin? In this section, I will explain.

How Frontline works

To understand this you need to understand how Frontline works. The solution mixes into the glands of your pet’s skin. Once it’s dried in it will stay effective for up to 30 days. This works well for cats and dogs because they do not wash as frequently as us humans.

The problem with humans and Frontline

The problem with us humans, when it comes to Frontline is how frequently we wash our skin. It is too much for it to stay in our glands and remain effective.

Also, as discussed earlier, there are some concerns about how Frontline affects human skin, based on the Fipronil ingredient.

Can I use Frontline every 2 weeks?

If you are noticing quite a lot of fleas on your furbaby you may be wondering if its worth using Frontline more frequently. Meaning, more than every 30 days. In this section, I will let you know if this is possible or ever done.

Before considering a higher frequency it’s worth consulting your vet. There are some cases where some vets may use it more frequently, according to this site,  but I would suggest checking this with them first.

Related Questions:

In this section, I will answer some questions related to cats and fleas. If you have any other questions you need answering please feel free to contact me.

Do Feral cats get fleas?

Yes, feral cats get fleas. They are more susceptible to fleas than other cats because they have no clean living environment. Also, they have no access to health care if they run into any problems.

Many concerned onlookers often worry about how feral cats deal with fleas. I can say this, it’s not easy for them.

How do cats catch fleas?

Cats catch fleas by coming into contact with other infects animals. The fleas can also be in-home carpets or other home furnishings. Usually, their eggs can be found in these locations. When the eggs hatch they can easily jump onto your cat.

Some cat owners are left confused when their indoor cat catches fleas, but believe it or not, it is quite common.

Does flea treatment still work if on fur?

No, flea treatment will not work if it is only on your pet’s fur. It needs to be applied directly to their skin for it to be effective. This is because it needs to mix with the glands in your pet’s skin to take effect.

If you have a pet with thick fur you may find it a bit of a challenge to get to their skin. But, unfortunately, this needs to be done if you want it to take effect.

How long after flea treatment can I pet my cat?

It is recommended that you wait for the flea treatment to dry completely before you attempt to pet your cat again. It is also important to monitor your cat for any unexpected behavior following the treatment. This is required for at least the first few hours after application.

Can Cats Eat Blueberry Muffins? (Make them sick?)

If you are keen to find the right food for your cat, you may be curious about blueberry muffins. Are they a good choice for your cat’s diet?

Can cats eat blueberry muffins?

Cats can eat blueberry muffins. But, they should not be fed to them intentionally. If they eat one by chance it will not be a big problem. But, because they have high calories, lots of sugar, and fat, they should be avoided.

Now that you know that blueberry muffins are not ideal. Keep reading to learn their nutritional content, if there are any benefits, risks that they may have, and much more.

What is a blueberry muffin?

Blueberry muffins

Blueberry muffins

Before I explore if blueberry muffins are a viable food source for your kitty, let’s take a step back to confirm what they are and make sure we are on the same page.

In this section, you will learn what they are and the fact that they can be in two variations, that some people do not know.

According to Wikipedia, a blueberry muffin is a baked product that is designed for one serving. It comes in one of two forms:

  • Partly raised flatbread style
  • Traditional cupcake style

Partly raised flatbread style

This version looked a bit like a pancake but is slightly raised. It is cooked on a griddle and, unlike the traditional cupcake style, it is usually served unsweetened.

Traditional cupcake style

This is by far the most commonly known version. And, when I mentioned a blueberry muffin, the chances are, this came to mind (See the image above).

As mentioned earlier, it looks like a cupcake with blueberries in it and is often servers sweetened. It may shock you that I say “often”. But, believe it or not, it can also be served unsweetened using cheese and corn.

What is the nutritional content of a blueberry muffin?

Source: Harvard *

Name Amount Unit
Calories 467 Kcal
Sugar 39 g
Carbs 68 g
Fat 19 g
Sodium 367 g

* Based on a regular muffin. Please refer to the source for the full content list

Are there any benefits of blueberry muffins?

Now that you know with the nutritional content of blueberry muffins you may be wondering what benefits they may offer for your cat, or in general. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what good, if any they possess.

Their biggest ingredient.

In general blueberry muffins offer very little benefit, apart from tasting delicious to us humans. But, their biggest asset is the blueberries that they are laced with. Many people regard them as a superfood (more on this later).

It would be better to eat those blueberries directly and avoid the muffin, but I will come onto that later.

Teeth and Bones

The blueberries in muffins help teeth and bone development. This is through their phosphorous and calcium content. In particular tooth enamel and gum health is helped with this addition.

Digestion & Urination

Another benefit of the blueberries in these muffins is the digestion, it helps with this. And, vitamin B helps with metabolizing energy. The phosphorous also helps to assist constipation, indigestion, and diarrhea.

Regarding the urination, it helps to increase the frequency and also helps to fight constipation.

In summary, the main benefit of blueberry muffins is the blueberry superfood contained in it, which has many positives.

Are there any risks with blueberry muffins?

Now that you have heard about the benefits of these muffins, you may be wondering if they are the perfect food, or if there are some risks associated with them. Let’s be honest, nothing is perfect, right?

Therefore, in this section, I will explain some of the risks and negatives with them.

Unhealthy content (Sugar, Calories, Fat, etc)

The biggest issue with blueberry muffins is the excessive amount of sugar, calories, and fat it has. Also, it has high sodium levels as well, to make matters worse.

The issue with this is obesity. Yes, they taste nice and the blueberries are good, but the other ingredients outweigh the positives. You would be much better off feeding your cat other food with better nutritional benefits.

Should your cat eat blueberry muffins?

Now that you have learned the content, benefits, and risks of blueberry muffins, you may be keen to understand my overarching view on them, should you give them to your cat?

No, I do not recommend that you give your cat blueberry muffins. Just because they can eat them, it does not mean that you should give it to them. For us humans, they are treats at best. But, for a cat, they should be avoided.

This is mainly because they have too many calories, fat, and sugar that can lead your cat to obesity.

Should a kitten eat blueberry muffins?

Now it is clear what my views are about these muffins for your cat. If you have a kitten you may be wondering if the same advice applies for them. Therefore, in this section, I will explain my opinion on this.

No, I do not advise you to feed your kitten blueberry muffins. I would be even more cautious with kittens because they are so young and growing. So, avoiding sodium, sugar, and fat in blueberries is a good idea.

Can cats eat blueberries?

Bowl with fresh ripe blueberries

Bowl with fresh ripe blueberries

So far it is clear what my view is on these muffins, but what about just the blueberries themselves, are they any good for your cat? So, in this section, I will explain if blueberries are a good idea or not for your cat,

Yes, cats can eat blueberries. They are low in calories and fats. They do have high fiber content but they are still a good treat. For humans, they are a superfood. But, for cats, they are still a treat rather than a staple food source.

What fruits are toxic to cats?

Now that you have learned that the blueberries in a muffin are ok treats for your cat. You may be wondering if all berries are ok for your cat to eat, or if some are toxic. Therefore, in this section, I will explain what fruits to avoid.

The following fruits should not be given to your cat:

  • Cherries
  • Grapes & raisins
  • Citrus fruits

Cherries are known to be toxic for cats. As for grapes, according to this site, they can cause kidney health issues. Also, citrus fruits, such as lemon, limes, and grapefruit can cause your kitty an upset stomach. So, it is worth avoiding them.

Related Questions:

In this section, I will answer some questions related to a cat’s diet. If you have any extra questions you need to be answered feel free to contact me.

What can I feed my cat if I run out of cat food?

If you run out of cat food you can feed your cat cooked beef, chicken, or turkey. You can also consider offering him deli meats, but this needs to be in moderation. Raw or gone off meat should be avoided at all costs.

The best way to avoid running out of cat food is to make sure you re-order before it’s done. It may seem obvious in hindsight. But, when you open the serving before last, its time to consider re-ordering. This can avoid you from running out.

Do feral cats eat Blueberry Muffins?

Yes, feral cats do eat blueberry muffins. But, the chances are they will not each much because they have to find them first. Feral cats will eat pretty much whatever they can find when they are scavenging for food.

Their motivation is to find food for their feral kittens (Click here to see if they regurgitate food for their kittens).

Can cats eat blueberry yogurt?

Cats should not be fed blueberry yogurt. This is because it has a high sugar content and offers no nutritional benefits. The only benefit is the blueberries they have, which are better served on their own, rather than in yogurt.

New Cat Won’t Come Downstairs (Why? & How to stop it)

If you have noticed that your cat is not joining you downstairs (Click here for the best solution on Amazon), you may be wondering why it’s happening and how to stop it.

Why won’t your cat come downstairs?

Your cat will not come down because she is feeling stressed or anxious. This can be caused by simple things like a new environment that she is unsure of. Or another rival pet that is making her feel scared.

What you will need to get your cat downstairs

 

Description Image My Rating
01. Calming Diffuser Kit (Best Option)
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5 stars
02. ThunderEase Cat Calming Kit
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03. ThunderWunders Cat Calming Gel
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4 stars

Now that you know why your cat is not coming downstairs. Keep reading to learn how to stop this happening, the problem with some of these solutions, the best solutions on the market for this, and so much more.

 

What are the best ways to get your cat downstairs?

Cat on stairs

Cat on stairs

There are a few ways to get your cat downstairs. However, some are better than others, as you may expect. Therefore, in this section, I will explain some of the best ways. I addition to this, I will explain some of the problems you may face making them work.

  • Using a calming solution (Best option)
  • Physically moving her downstairs
  • Remove the stress point

Using a calming solution (Best option)

One of the best ways to entice her downstairs is to clam her nerves. This is assuming that there is no major threatening reason why she is avoiding downstairs. If that is the case, skip to the third option below. With that being said, then this option is a great choice.

These products will either spray pheromones, in the form of a diffuser or apply catnip extract to your cat’s paw for her to lick off. In either case, it is an effective way to get her to feel more relaxed and calm her nerves.

Physically moving her downstairs

Another option is to physically pick her up and put her downstairs. It is more of a forced method. It is more of a reactive method that a lot of cat owners try initially.

My problem with trying to physically move her

If you try to physically move her, you will face a lot of resistance. And, this is likely to be physical resistance in the form of biting or scratching. Also, psychologically she will lose trust in you because you are forcing her downstairs, are you with me?

Remove the stress point

This is an effective way to address the route cause of the problem. It comes down to analyzing what is the real problem with your cat and removing or fixing this problem.

The problem with this removing the stress point method.

When this is done correctly, it’s golden. But, the challenge is identifying the root cause initially. Sometimes it is not obvious. Also, once you have identified it, it may introduce another dilemma.

For example, let’s say you work out the problem is your cat dislikes the dog that you have had for 8 years and is a real docile friendly pet. What do you do? Surely, you don’t want to lose either of them, right?

3 best calming solutions to get her downstairs:

As discussed, using a calming solution is helpful to relieve your cat’s anxiety and entice her downstairs.

In this section, I will share with your three of my best choices. For each option, I will explain what I like and do not like to help you make a choice.

01. Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Kit (Best Option)

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Pros:

  • Comes with a money-back guarantee
  • Auto-shutoff feature (prevents overheating)
  • Calms your cat down
  • Compact size
  • No batteries required

Cons:

  • If your cat is in heat
  • It does emit a visible vapor,

What I like about this Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Kit

This pheromone diffuser kit is ideal for calming down anxious or aggressive cats, It simply plugs into your outlet and chills your kitty out. It comes with a money-back guarantee for those that have some reservations.

I like the fact that it comes with an aut0-shutoff feature, which prevents overheating. Also, it is a nice compact size.

Meaning, if you have other devices to plug into your outlet it won’t take up all the room. And, let’s face it, everyone has multiple devices to plugin these days, right? I appreciate the fact that it comes with batteries included.

In summary, if you are looking for a solution to entice your cat downstairs that is compact and simple to use, then this is a good option for you.

What I dislike about this Comfort Zone Cat Calming Diffuser Kit

With all things, nothing is perfect, right? If your cat is in heat, and you notice she will not stop meowing, this is probably not the best choice for you.

Also, it does emit visible vapor. It may not always be noticeable, you may need to look it at a very specific angle in the light. Not a deal-breaker, in my opinion, but worth mentioning.

02. ThunderEase Cat Calming Pheromone Diffuser Kit

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Pros:

  • No batteries required
  • Simple setup
  • Models the mother cats natural pheromones
  • Also helps with cats that spray
  • Powered by the popular brand, Feliway

Cons:

  • This is not confirmed to work with the Feliway diffuser
  • It may have a slightly burnt smell,
  • If it is running low

What I love about this ThunderEase Cat Calming Pheromone Diffuser Kit

This is another pheromone diffuser kit. With the added benefit of being powered by Feliway. If you are not sure what that is, it is a well known and respected brand in this space.

I love the fact that it is simple to set up without any batteries required. This means that it will not cost you an arm and a leg in replacement batteries, are you with me?

These pheromones help your cat calm by modeling her mother’s natural ora. Another added benefit is it will also help you with cats that spray (Click here to learn how to remove cat urine from your laundry).

In summary, if you are looking for a pheromone diffuser that is simple to set-up and does not need batteries, this sounds like a good option for you.

What I do not love about this ThunderEase Cat Calming Pheromone Diffuser Kit

Early I mentioned that this is powered by Feliway, remember? Well, the thing about this is, its not clear if it is compatible with the actual Feliway diffuser, or maybe this is just me?

Also, if the liquid is running low, you may get a small whiff of a slightly burnt smell. Nothing really bad, but worth mentioning.

03. ThunderWunders Cat Calming Paw Gel

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Pros:

  • Simple to apply (just a small inch required)
  • She will then apply herself
  • Helps your cat manage her anxiety & stress
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Delicious flavor (e.g. salmon)
  • Great for cats having issues with changes in your home.

Cons:

  • Not suitable for kittens under 6 weeks old
  • Some cats may not love the favor

What I appreciate about this ThunderWunders Cat Calming Paw Gel

This cat calming gel is directly applied to your cat’s paw with the assumption that she will lick it off. At which point, it gets to work. It uses catnip extract to help to calm her down, along with other ingredients.

It is quite easy to apply, as discussed above. And, it is a good way to manage her anxiety, and entice her downstairs.

It has a salmon flavor that most cats will hopefully love. It’s a great alternative for cats with issues like environmental changes, etc.

In summary, if you are looking for an alternative solution to pheromone diffusers that is easy to apply and has a tasty flavor, then this may be a great option for you.

What I do not appreciate about this ThunderWunders Cat Calming Paw Gel

Firstly, if you have a kitten under 6 weeks old, forget it, this is not for you. Also, as great as this is there will always be some cats that do not love the flavor.

Why Does My Cat Paw at Smooth Surfaces (Is it normal?)

If you have seen your cat pawing one of your smooth surfaces, you may be wondering why this has happened or if this is normal behavior.

Why does my cat paw at smooth surfaces?

Cats will paw smooth surfaces because they are marking it with their scent. They have scent glands in their paws that will release their scent to make this possible. This usually happens if they feel anxious. For example, anxiety from a rival cat.

Now that you know why your cat is doing this. Keep reading to learn why your cat is marking her territory, if female cats mark their territory as well, why males are more likely to do this, and so much more.

Why do cats mark their territory?

Cat's paw on smooth surface

Cat’s paw on a smooth surface

In this section, I will explain why cats mark their territory. This will make it easier for you to understand why this is happening.

There are two main reasons why your cat will mark their territory:

  • Stress/Anxiety
  • Advertising his reproductive ability

Stress/Anxiety

If your cat feels stressed or anxious, she will feel compelled to mark her territory. This stress may be caused by a new rival cat, for example. She will want to make it clear to this rival that this is their place and not to come in, are you with me?

Advertising his reproductive ability

Another reason why this might happen is for mating. Often, male cats, that have not been neutered, will ant to make it clear to females that they are ready to mate.

So, they mark their territory so the female knows he is ready. However, there are occasions when males still mark their territory when they have been neutered, and this can confuse some cat owners.

In Summary

So, yes, most of the time this marking, or spraying as it sometimes called, is because of anxiety, or reproduction.

Do female cats mark their territory?

Now that you know that unneutered male cats are notorious for spraying, you may be wondering about female cats. In this section, I will explain if female cats also mark their territory.

Yes, female cats do mark their territory. This is not for mating purposes. But, earlier I mentioned anxiety causing cats to spray, remember?

Well, these are the circumstances that you may expect to see your female cat marking. For example, if she feels threatened by another cat, she may do this.

In summary, female cats will spray, but they mainly do this out of stress or anxiety.

How do cats mark their humans?

The cat rubs against its owner

The cat rubs against its owner.

In this section, I will explain to you how cats mark us, humans. You will learn that it is something so subtle that you see all the time but may overlook it.

Bunting

Cats will typically rub their cheeks against your body. Usually, because of their hight, this will be around your legs, at your shin bone level.

This rubbing is commonly known as “bunting”. You may have seen this happening before and just put it down to her being loving. Well, she is marking you with her scent.

In a way, you could see this as a loving gesture. Because she will only mark humans that she trusts and cares for, are you with me?

You may have seen your kitty doing this same action to other objects in or around your home. This is her way of marking her territory. You should feel happy that it isn’t urine being sprayed there, right?

In summary, you are being marked if you see your fur baby rubbing, or “bunting” your legs.

Why do cats spray on their owners?

If you have ever been sprayed on, you may be wondering why it’s happening and left confused. In this section, I will discuss why cats spray on you to help you understand.

Your cat will spray on you as a method of marking you as their territory. I know this may sound weird, or difficult to accept. I know, we are people, not objects, right?

Well, cats think differently to us. Therefore, you are also seen as part of their territory. Much the same as an object.

As I discussed in the previous section, you would usually see her using the “bunting” technique. But, in some cases, usually, if she is anxious, she will spray you.

In summary, you have learned why your cat may spray you and how “bunting” is sometimes used instead of this.

Why does my cat paw at mirrors?

If you are here reading this article about your cat pawing smooth surfaces. There is a good chance you have seen her pawing your mirrors as well. In this section, I will explain why she does this.

The reason your cat may paw mirrors is that she is confused by the mirror. The chances are you won’t remember the first time you saw a mirror. But, the chances are, you were also shocked or confused by it.

When she sees her reflection she may think that it another rival cat. And, therefore, she may instinctively paw at it to try and protect herself or play with it.

In summary, you have learned that your cat is pawing your mirror because she is just confused and mistakes it for another cat.

Do cat claws scratch glass?

If you have ever witnessed your kitty clawing your windows, or other glass items, you may have been sweating wondering if this may scratch it. In this section, I will confirm if this is a legitimate concern.

Cats do not scratch glass. This is because the glass, assuming it is real glass, is harder than their nails. In some cases, you may notice some marks after seeing her attempt to scratch it.

But, once you look into this you will notice that it can be easily rubbed off. It is usually some surface residue from her paws or claws.

In summary, you have learned that cats do not scratch glass, however, they can mark it on a surface level.

Related Questions:

In this section, I will answer some questions related to cat behavior. If you have any other questions that you need answering please feel free to contact me.

Do cats get boogers their nose?

Cats can get boogers in their nose, but it is more likely related to a medical issue. Such as a nasal discharge caused by a bacterial or viral infection. If this is the case it should be checked out immediately. However, it could also be a seasonal allergy.

This is one of the reasons why some cat owners wonder if they should pick their cat’s nose (Click here to see if it’s dangerous).

Why do cats hide in cabinets?

Cats hide in cabinets because they love the warmth and security it provides. It feels cozy for them. Also, they love to be in a high position in the room, it gives them a view of all their surroundings. Therefore a cabinet is a perfect place.

If this is happening to you, you may be wondering how to keep cats out of your cabinets (Click here to see how, without needing any tools).

Why do cats lick their face?

Cats lick their face because they generally want to clean themselves. Also, as kittens, their mother would often lick them to keep them clean. This makes them do this instinctively to follow the habits that their mother taught them.

Cat owners who wonder about this, also usually wonder why cats lick their paws then wipe their face.

Do feral cats regurgitate food for their kittens?

If you have been watching or finding yourself interested in feral cats you may have wondered how they feed their kittens.

Do feral cats regurgitate food for their kittens?

Feral cats do not regurgitate food for their kittens. They provide food in the form of milk initially. But when they are older and weaned, they move onto solid food provided by their mother.

Now that you know that feral cats do not regurgitate their food for their kittens. Keep reading to learn if they abandon their kittens when their mother starts to wean them if you should feed feral cats, and so much more.

What is a feral cat?

Grey cat feeding three kittens

Grey cat feeding three kittens

In this section, I will explain exactly what a feral cat is. The chances are you may already have an idea of what they are, but this will ensure we are on the same page.

A real cat is an unowned cat that is left to run wild. They usually run from humans and avoid contact at all costs. This is based on fear, probably from bad experiences they have had or seen from us.

Some of these feral cats have been feral from birth, or some have been domesticated but ran away (more on this later).

They are known to become aggressive if they are approached. But, this is more of a protective measure because they feel threatened by you.

Now that you know what a feral cat is, why they are fearful of us humans, and how they have often found themselves in this situation.

Do feral cats abandon their kittens?

In this section, I will explain if feral cats abandon their kittens. Maybe you have seen a kitten left behind by its mother and wondered if it was abandoned.

Feral cats will not abandon their kittens unless it is in extreme circumstances. Such as a life-threatening situation, which leaves her no choice, are you with me?

In the animal kingdom, it is generally expected that a mother will care for its young at all costs, and feral cats are no exception.

Mother feed their kittens regularly, and while their kittens are dependant on them, their priority is to keep the fed and protected.

The only time you may expect to see the kittens unattended is when the mother cat is searching for their food. But, this is usually not for very long.

In summary, feral cats do not abandon their kittens and make sure that their kittens are well fed and protected until they leave (more on this later).

What do feral kittens eat?

Cat in Erto

A feral grey tabby cat eats dried cat food left for him by locals

In this section, I will explain what ferals kitten eat. You may have wondered what they consume when they are in the wild like this.

Kittens heavily rely on their mother for their first 8 weeks. During this time they will suckle milk from their mother. Following this, they will be weaned onto solids (more on this later).

Once they move onto solids they will eat whatever their mother can find for them. As feral cats they can’t be picky, they eat whatever their mother can scavenge each day.

Maybe you have seen a cat trashing a bin bag in your neighborhood before? Well, the chances are this is a mother cat looking for scraps for her kittens.

In summary, kittens drink their mother’s milk and eat whatever scraps their mother can eat when they are older.

What age do feral cats wean their kittens?

You may have wondered when feral cats wean their kittens and what this may mean. Therefore, in this section, I will explain when this is and what it is.

What is weaning?

Weaning is the process of transitioning a kitten (or baby) from milk to solids. Similar to human babies, there becomes a time when they need to move on from their mother’s milk and prepare for the food they will eat as adults.

When does this happen?

This typically happens between 4 and 8 weeks of a kittens life. This is, coincidently, one of the best stages of their life to transition from a feral cat to a domesticated cat (more on this later).

In summary, weaning happens within the four to eight week period of a kittens life and is the best time to consider taming them.

Should you feed a feral cat with kittens?

In this section, I will explain my opinion on feeding feral cats. Many people see these cats and feel guilty. The first instinct is to give them some food, but is this the right thing to do?

Feeding a federal cat is not always allowed in some areas. Some councils or local authorities can fine people for doing it. However, in other places, there are no issues. But, then you have an ethical dilemma if it’s a good idea, right?

Some say that it is better to help them with health care, rather than food, but it is an ongoing debate with strong cases on either side.

It’s similar to feeding the homeless, should you give homeless person money? Will it be used wisely? Or, should you be helping them find housing, that will help them get on their feet and feed themselves in the future, are you with me?

In summary, feeding a feral cat is not a black or white answer, if your local authorities are ok with it it’s up to you to decide if you feel comfortable with it.

Can a feral kitten become a house cat?

In this section, I will explain if a feral cat can become a house cat. You may have been considering a new cat and wondered if it would be wise to rescue one of these cats instead. If so, keep reading.

Yes, a feral cat can become a house cat. But, in most cases, it’s quite difficult. This is because they are very fearful of us humans, so domesticating them will be very difficult.

Young kittens or previously owned cats

However, if you have found a kitten that is in its weaning period. As discussed earlier, between four & eight weeks. It can be a great opportunity to help a feral cat.

Also, if its an adult cat that was once domesticated, but ran away. You can try and help one of them. But, be warned, it’s not easy.

In summary, yes, some feral cats can be domesticated, but it is not easy either way.

Will feral cats go away if you stop feeding them?

In this section, I will explain if feral cats will go away if you start feeding them, then stop. Maybe you have taken a shine to one by feeding her, but are wondering what happens if you stop.

Yes, feral cats will eventually go away if you stop feeding them. This is just a natural survival decision. Initially, she will return to your usual feeding spot. But, if you do not provide the food, in time she will assume it’s not happening and search for food elsewhere.

Feral cats never really bond with us humans

The reality is, feral cats never really make a close bond with us humans unless they are successfully domesticated. You can see this even when you feed them. For example, if you lay their food down, the chances are she will wait for you to go before she claims the food.

This is because she has not got the trust in you, based on her past experiences or perceptions of us humans.

In summary, yes, any feral cat will move on when the food stops. So, unless you want to care for it full time do not take offense.

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