Resources for Caring for Your Feline Friends

After owning a cat for a few years, you might wonder what his behavior is trying to tell you. Cats are excellent communicators, when something is wrong they will let you know, but its often not as direct as you would expect with a dog. Cats tend to be a little more reserved and independent, so instead of waiting for them to tell you, you may need to watch and learn to figure out what behaviors are present or absent in order to figure out whats going on. Use this resource guide to make sure that you understand what your cat is trying to tell you and that he is getting everything he needs on a regular basis. 

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Indoor Cats

Indoor cats need a few different things around the house so they can get the same enrichment and nutrition that outdoor cats receive, like scratching posts, litter boxes, and toys. Check out this collection from Style Tails to keep your kitty happy. 

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Cat Speak

Having a hard time deciphering what your cat is trying to tell you? I am a huge fan of this artists guides to animal behavior. They are well researched and used by professionals all the time. Check out this infographic (available for purchase) from the Doggie Drawings Etsy shop. Ok, its not a doggie drawing, but you can cut them some slack since they are on the ball. 

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Essential Oils

Not all essential oils are created equal. Check out this guide to essential oils for cats from Organic Aromas. If you use essential oils in your home regularly you want to make sure that they aren’t having an adverse effect on your cat. Likewise you may experience benefits yourself from the oils you use for your cat. 

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Cat First Aid

Cats have nine lives, but they come with a lot of bumps and bruises along the way. Your kitty friends have special needs when it comes to treating their boo boos and this First Aid checklist will come in handy for minor incidents. Never assume that if it is safe for humans it is safe for your pets. Even if it is safe for babies, it is not necessarily the case because of the grooming habits of animals. 

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Litter Box Training

If your kitty isn’t using the litterbox it can tell you many different things. Cats can be finicky when it comes to their litter box. Not using the litterbox is a big way for them to communicate that something isn’t right downstairs. They don’t like the litter they are using, the box needs to be cleaned,  or they have a medical issue that needs a trip to the vet could be a few reasons they are having potty problems. 

Before you assume the worst, try these 7 tips from the Smart Cat Lady to see if they help and if not, consult your veterinarian.