A perk of my work as a cat specialist in one of the world’s greatest cities is getting to view beautiful city sunsets as I walk from one cat’s home to another cat’s home.
I receive calls after every holiday.
“My brother was supposed to look after my cat, but he didn’t comb her. Now she’s completely matted! Can you groom her today?”
You diligently combed your cat, but a week or two without combing undid all your work.
Select a cat sitter, such as myself, who can also do some combing, as long as your cat allows strangers to comb her.
Schedule a grooming session for a day or two after your return, so that you won’t have to worry about whether the cat groomer will be available.
Schedule a thorough combing, and perhaps a bath, before you leave on vacation. De-shedding should help to cut down on matting, since mats are made of natural skin oil and shed fur.
I’m cat sitting for an old kitty who lets me pat his head and rub his ears, but hisses if I dare touch his body. Oh well! He’s earned the right to be a cranky paws.
When I visited, I noticed his water bowl wasn’t full. The bowl is like this. Water is supposed to drain into the bowl from the bottle on top. The bottle part of the bowl was screwed on a little askew, just a bit off kilter, so water stayed in the bottle instead of going into the bowl. It’s the sort of mistake any busy cat owner could make. This seems like a small thing, but if kitty didn’t have a cat sitter who checks the water bowl, kitty would be going without water for a few days.
Same thing goes for the feeder. The feeder is the type with a clear plastic container on top. You fill the container. Food dribbles into the bowl part of the feeder. The problem comes when you fill the feeder with anything other than tiny round cat food pellets. If you use larger pellets or pellets with corners, the food doesn’t dribble into the bowl.
Be careful when you use automatic anything. This is why you want to hire a cat sitter or a cat-savvy friend to visit your home at least once a day when you’re away. Why a cat-savvy friend? A friend who doesn’t own cats may not think to check the water dispenser or the food dispenser. They might assume all was well. Only a paranoid cat owner or cat sitter will take the time to check. Paranoid is good!
“Cats like to nap.” Wouldn’t you sleep if there was nothing else to do? Cats were designed for hunting. They possess athletic and tracking skills galore. Those skills are going to waste. It’s sad.
Why not try an experiment? For one month, hire a neighbor or a cat sitter to actively play with your cat for at least half an hour several times a week. If you don’t want to hire someone, then actively play with your cat when you are home.
Don’t know where to start? You can learn from Jackson Galaxy, star of “My Cat from Hell” and author of a book about cat behavior. He offers practical, down-to-earth suggestions based on years of visits to the homes of cats. (Ignore his belief in spirit essences sold by the bottle. We’ve all got our quirks. That’s his quirk).
To buy his book:
Toys he suggests using:
To watch his show:
Love is action.
Love is taking actions that improve the life of the one you love. Love is thinking about what will help THEM. That’s a tough one to swallow.
Humans LOVE to talk. Americans LOVE to smile. We are smiley, talky people.:)
We think that smiling + talking = affection. Yes, they do — to other humans born in the U.S.
Not to your cat. Not even to your cat who was born in the U.S. of A.
If you want to smile, coo and praise your cat because it feels good to you, that’s sweet. While you’re doing that, pick up the toy and play some games with your cat. Pick up the brush and get rid of their shedding fur. Wash out their bowl and litter box. Make sure they have scratching posts.
We feel good when we talk, smile and coo at a cute animal. That’s self-love, not love of the animal. Love is action directed TOWARD the well-being of the one you love. Not so much fun when you think about it that way, ha ha!