When it comes to feeding your cat, it can be difficult to work out what to feed, how much to feed them, and how often. There are many sources of dietary advice, and they often recommend different things. How is a cat owner to know what to do?
The first thing to do is to pick a complete natural cat food that is nutritionally balanced. Butcher’s Really is a great choice; their Really Meaty and Really Fishy ranges will tempt the palate of any cat and contains all the ingredients your cat needs to stay healthy and active.
Don’t be tempted to keep your cat’s dinner bowl full and let him graze all day. This can lead to obesity, and can contribute to the development of diabetes in the most extreme scenarios. Feed multiple small meals per day depending on age, and remove the food bowls after around 30 minutes.
Keep in mind the amount your cat will need on a daily basis will depend on their age and activity level. Essentially you need to feed your cat enough to keep them in lean body condition.
Start by feeding the amount recommended on the packet of your chosen food, and then adjust up or down as needed. His ribs should be easy to feel when you run your hands over his body. When you look at him from the side and from the top, a narrowing at his waist, just behind his ribs should be obvious. If your cat is too curvy, then cut back on how much you put in his food bowl. If his ribs are becoming prominent, you’ll need to feed him a little more.
Adult cats have lower energy needs especially after they have been neutered. This means you may need to to cut back on how much you feed them by as much as 30%.
Similarly, senior cats don’t need as much food so again on the basis that they’re less active and need less calories on board because they won’t be as active they were in their heyday, feed them an amount that will maintain a healthy body condition. One thing to be aware of with elderly cats is that a change in appetite or condition can indicate a medical condition. One common cause of increased appetite with rapid weight loss is hyperthyroidism. This is easily diagnosed with a blood test and treatment is very successful.
There is no single amount of food that suits all cats because active cats, for example, will use more calories in their daily adventures outdoors than house cats, for example.
The PFMA (Pet Food Manufacturers Association) suggests feeling around your cats ribcage area and if you can feel the waist indentation, your cat may be fine or just slightly overweight. You can view their Cat Size-O-Meter here.
We’ve no doubt all seen and heard about the infamous skateboarding dog, Tillman. But anything dogs can do cats can do better, right?
Meet Didga, the world’s best Skateboarding cat who has been learning to skateboard for 18 months takes off with his skateboard (named Ollie) around the beautiful beach town of Coolangatta, Australia.
We think you’ll agree with us when we say – go Didga!
If cats could rule the internet, they would. You can see it in their facial expressions, can’t you. So when it comes to a dogs vs cats photobombing contest, who would you put your money on being the funnier, more natural photobomber?
Here are 14 of the best cat photobombs to bring a smile to your face.
No.1 – the interrupter.
No.2 – the wedding crasher.
No.3 – the peek-a-boo’er.
No.4 – the ‘did someone forget the ‘seek’ part of hide and seek?’
No.5 – the tail.
No.6. – the window cat.
No.7 – the oldie but a goodie, check that expression out!
No.8 – the peek a boo cat!
No.9 – the classic behind your back face.
No.10 – the cheeky monkey.
No.11 – the babysitter.
No.12 – the wedding crasher, part two.
No.13 – the beauty expert.
No.14 – the shocked kitty!
Let us know which was your favourite – we’d love to hear from you!
The arrival of spring and summer means warm days and sunshine, and the chance to spend more time enjoying outdoor activities. If you share your life with a cat, the warmer months can result in a number of health hazards for your feline family member. It’s important that you’re aware of these so you can take steps to keep your furry friend safe.
Here are some of the most common summer dangers for your cat.
Fleas are more common in summer and may cause skin irritation and itching, but the products use to keep these little biting parasites in check can be dangerous. Cats are very sensitive to the ingredients used in them and if a dog product is used, or even if you use a product that’s designed for cats and use it incorrectly, the results can be devastating. Always use insecticides exactly as directed and never ever use a dog product on a cat.
If you enjoy gardening, that flower bed you’re so proud of can make your cat very ill. Some flowers such as tulips cause gastrointestinal upset and lethargy if eaten, but others are potentially fatal. If your cat nibbles on a member of the daffodil family they may vomit and have diarrhea, but they can also develop heart rhythm abnormalities. Lilies are even more dangerous, and can lead to kidney failure and death. Keep your puss away from dangerous plants; even better, choose flowers that won’t make them sick should they swallow them. Snail bait or insecticides that are used around your garden could also poison your cat so use them cautiously or fence off the part of your garden you are treating.
We all enjoy lying in the sun, so it’s not surprising that our cats do too. However, we use sunscreen to protect ourselves from sun damage. Cats are also at risk of sunburn if they are exposed to the sun for too long. White or light colored cats are particularly at risk, and sun cancers are common on their nose and ear tips. To keep your much loved feline family member safe, keep him indoors during the hottest part of the day.
There’s nothing more pleasant in summer than sitting back dangling a fishing line in the water and hoping for a bite. Even if you don’t catch a fish, the smell of bait on your hook is very appealing to your cat. If he licks or bites the hook, it may traumatize his mouth or even worse, pierce his cheek. This can result in a trip to the vet to have the hook removed under anesthetic. Before you sit back and relax after your fishing trip, put your rods and tackle away so there is no risk to your cat.
Spring and summer usually see an increase in hay fever symptoms in people, and the most common treatments for itchy eyes and a runny nose are antihistamines. Cats don’t often sample human medications but if your pet does decide to chew on your tablets, he may become quite unwell. Symptoms of antihistamine overdose include tremors, convulsions, vomiting and confusion.
Fortunately, most cats recover with veterinary care but why take a chance with your cat’s health? Keep your allergy medication well out of his reach.
The summer months are a fun time of year, but be alert to potential hazards. If you’re aware of what could harm your cat, you can take steps to protect him. By doing so, you can both enjoy the warm weather without needing to rush your cat to your vet for treatment.
Cats of any size love boxes, they’ll snuggle up in a box that’s big or small, it doesn’t seem to matter. But what’s the attraction?
Some say its because cats enjoy the comfort and security of a small confined space, like it’s their very own den or cave, so is the box the perfect cat bed?
Here are some funny photos of cats loving their boxes.
Want to see more?
Here’s a bonus video with some big cats loving a big box…
Which cat did you like the best? Let us know – we’d love to hear your thoughts and see your own cats in their boxes!
We’re bringing the battle of cat vs dog to life once more – not in an actual battle setting of course, but in a trick contest.
Meet Nala, the Border Collie, and her pal Kaiser the Bengal cat who are competing to see who can perform the best tricks.
Do you think the rightful winner won on the day?
No doubt you will have all seen the dog wall of shame features online (if you’ve missed any, see an example of dogs caught in the act here).
We would like to take inspiration and start our very own ActiveCats.co.uk wall of shame, or fame, if you prefer.
Here are a few cats caught in the act to get you started.
1. “I watched a mouse eat my food, and I did nothing”.
2. “I hide in cupboards/bags and then jump out at people”.
3. “I ate my owner’s 10 page thesis paper 20 minutes before it was due”.
4. “I go to the toilet on the rug when I’m angry”.
5. “I figured out how to get into the bathroom cabinet to steal a single cotton bud. I have done this several times”.
We hope you enjoyed our little gallery – please comment here to share your own and make your pet famous with us 🙂
Maru might possibly be the funniest cat ever born. He has no inhibitions, no worries, & finds fun in everything he does.
Cats don’t speak with words, but they can still communicate with their owners using their voice, posture and behaviour. If you can learn to understand the way your furry friend talks to you, you’ll have no trouble recognizing when he’s happy and feeling good.
Let’s firstly consider your cat’s voice. The sound of a meow or yowl can range from a high pitched monotone to a deeper sound that has a much lower tone. The higher pitched sounds are usually associated with contentment and security. Happy cats do purr, but this in itself doesn’t mean he is happy. Cats also make this sound when they’re distressed or injured, so take into consideration other indicators of his mood rather than just relying on the fact that he is purring.
A happy puss has a relaxed posture, with half closed eyes and ears held slightly to the side. His whiskers will point forward and his tail will be held high, often with just the tip bent over. He will sit or stand close to you and will reach forward to be stroked. He may roll onto his back and stretch out, which is an indication that he feels particularly safe and secure.
His coat will be smooth and well maintained; cats that are stressed or anxious neglect their grooming or they over-groom themselves resulting in patches of thinner hair. Don’t be surprised if your cat dribbles and drools when you stroke him because this too is a sign of contentment. Some cats even lick and knead their owners with their paws, or head butt them to show affection.
How your cat behaves around your home will give you a good indication that he’s feeling good. Happy cats are confident enough to explore their environment, and will be keen to sniff and pat at anything unfamiliar. While kittens are more likely to play chase and wrestle, cats of any age enjoy a game when they’re in a good mood.
Keep an eye on your furry friend’s toileting habits. Stress and anxiety can lead to unusual behaviours such as going to the toilet outside the litter tray or spraying urine on the walls and furniture. Stress can also be a trigger for feline lower urinary tract disease, which may result in a visit to your vet.
These guidelines are very general and nobody knows your cat as well as you. Because of this, you’ll be able to identify his unique signals that life is good and all is well in his world.
While most cats have good appetites and are very enthusiastic at dinner time, others are fussy with their food. They turn their nose up at the meal you serve them, and in your quest to find something they like you’ll try a variety of food types and flavours, only to see them thrown in the bin too. If you have a picky eater, you’ll be able to relate to the worry that your pet isn’t eating enough and may indeed starve.
One reason for a cat to have an appetite that seems to come and go is illness. Intestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease may result in a cat appearing picky, and that might be the only symptom that he shows. It’s important that any cat with a reduced appetite is thoroughly checked by their vet to rule out a medical cause of their poor eating behaviour.
If all is well, then there are some steps you can take to encourage your fussy feline to eat, and they start with choosing the right food. Butcher’s Really is a natural cat food that’s available in a number of flavours that cats love. Warm the food to room temperature to release more aromas, because a cat’s sense of smell is important in stimulating their appetite.
Here are a few other tips to try:
Work out exactly how much he is eating. Some cats are given between-meal treats or table scraps which are more appealing than cat food but fill them up so they don’t want their regular meals. Stop all snacks and you may find that your cat is eating more than you think, and he is actually eating enough to keep him healthy.
Stick to a routine. Cats are creatures of habit and any changes to their routine can be stressful. If possible, feed them your cat at the same time, and in the same place.
Look at where you’re feeding your cat. Is it a high traffic area, or near a loud television? Move his food bowl to a quieter area where he is less likely to be disturbed. Try a different food bowl. If you have been using a plastic bowl, try ceramic. Your cat may have a preference for one bowl over another.
If your cat’s meal has been untouched, it can dry out and spoil. That won’t encourage him to eat. Provide fresh food at each mealtime, and if he doesn’t eat, put it in the refrigerator until next time. Don’t forget to warm it up; cold food won’t be very appealing.
Sit with your cat at mealtime. You may find that if you talk to him and stroke him, he will start eating. It’s not an ideal long term solution but it’s worth trying just to get him started.
Similarly, try hand feeding him small pieces of Butcher’s Really Fishy or Really Meaty cat food. When he starts nibbling from your fingers, he may then continue eating from his bowl.
It’s worrying when your four legged family member is a picky eater. Try these suggestions and you may find that one or two are the solution to his fussy mealtime habits.
Now, it doesn’t get any more active than rock climbing does it – so we’re here to gush about a fantastic cat named Millie who’s owner has been documenting their rock climbing adventures on Instagram.
Here’s a few photographs courtesy of their Instagram account to give you an insight into the life of this adventurous cat.
Her owner says: “Millie’s first attempt to summit Stansbury Mountain under her own power.”
Her owner says: “Millie’s first attempt at a winter summit of Mt. Stansbury under her own power.”
Her owner says: “Scoping new lines, Ferguson Canyon.”
Millie’s owner says: “Millie’s first slot canyon. Little Wild Horse.”
Millie’s owner says: “Summer snow patch, Olympus approach.”
Her owner says: “Millie finds her favorite line at Ferguson.”
Keep up to date with their adventures on Instagram @pechanga