Ensure your cat is relaxed. A play session beforehand may help. Brush your cat to remove any loose hair and place cotton wool in his ears to keep the water out. Place a rubber bath mat in the sink where you’ll be bathing your cat, so he doesn’t slip.
Fill with 10 cm of lukewarm water.
Use a hand-held spray, hose or watering can to thoroughly wet your cat. Do not spray directly in his ears, eyes and nose. Gently massage with a solution of one part cat shampoo to five parts water, working from head to tail. Through all of this, avoid your cat’s face, ears and eyes. Praise your cat throughout and end the bath with a tasty treat as reward.
Travelling with your cat
Preparation goes a long way. One way is to have the vet microchip your cat. Breakaway collars are also great: make sure it has destination information in case your cat escapes. Book a direct flight. This way, your cat won’t be left on the tarmac during extreme weather or be mishandled by baggage personnel.
Write the words “live animal” in huge letters on top of the crate. Also write the name, address and telephone number of where your cat is going, and whether you will be traveling with your cat or if someone else is picking him up. One more thing: line the crate with some type of bedding – shredded paper towels – to absorb accidents. Happy landings.
Caring for your older cat
When your cat is between seven to twelve years of age, you’ll notice age-related changes. At this point put your cat on a senior diet. Avoid weight gain by introducing a lower calorie diet, but with a normal protein level to maintain muscle mass.
Talk to your vet about increasing your senior cat’s Vitamin E intake in order to prevent a decrease
in antibody responses.
How to deal with aggressive cats
It’s great fun and good exercise for your cat to stalk, chase, pounce, scratch and bite toys. But you’re not one of those toys! What should you do if your cat is a little bit too rough? Ensure your cat has something interesting to play with, like paper bags or cardboard boxes. Spend at least ten minutes per day playing with your cat. Instead of allowing your cat to bat your hands, focus play away from you by using a long dangly
toy like a ribbon. Give your cat regular “time-outs” when it plays too aggressively. If your cat starts to bite and scratch you, end the game by simply leaving the room. Don’t pick your cat up in this time, as it will increase the odds of being bitten.