Looking after your cats paws is a fantastic thing you can do to keep your cat happy. It’s advisable to wipe your cats paws with a damp cloth or a wipe (with as few chemicals as possible) every day. If you think about it they go digging around in their litter trays and so it helps with keeping your house clean too. When you do this make sure you wipe in between the toes and also around the pads. Making a conscious effort to do this also ensures you get a chance to check for any cuts and sores that your cat may have and deal with them before they get infected.
It is also important to have a couple of scratching posts around so your cat can keep its claws healthy. Cats need to shed the outer shell on their claws and do this by scratching, so unless you like your carpets and furniture getting destroyed then a scratching post is a wise idea.
In excessively hot or cold weather your cats paws can become damaged, so be extra wary at these times in particular. I think rubbing your cats feet with balm or moisturizer just in case it steps on something too hot or cold, is a bit weird. Also if the product you have chosen is oily then it may do more harm than good, because in the instance of a heat wave, a heated oily substance, which your cat cannot get off, will likely prolong any injury. But if your cats paws have become excessively dry and moisturizing is necessary to relieve discomfort and a vet advises it, then go for it.
Hairy toes can also be irritating to your cat, so if you notice your cat licking its paws a lot. Then it’s likely there’s some uncomfortable hair growing in that spot and your cat will love you for trimming it. You can do this with a little pair of scissors. This may also be the case for splinters and trapped grit, which you can use tweezers to remove.
As expected… the first stage of weaning Teabag off his 100% tuna diet… did not go well. So he’s getting his claws trimmed today.
I know a lot of people do this themselves, but personally I’m too afraid of trimming too harshly and cutting into “the quick” which is the bit where the nerves are and hurting Teabag, so I get it done by a groomer or his vet. Both of them have an extra pair of hands available to restrain him and the ability to carry out the procedure quickly.
If your cat is cool, calm and collected, you may wish to do this yourself. In essence it’s not a complicated thing to do, it is just like trimming your own nails, and it can stop your cat getting ingrown claws.
First you need some cat claw trimmers, they are usually about £7. These are an item even I have in my cat hoard. I have them just in case there is an emergency and Teabag comes back with his claws half broken in a fight or some un-knowable event means I need a pair to sort out some problem he has and it needs to be dealt with immediately.
The next thing you need to do it to get your cat used to lying still and having their feet touched. A lot of cats don’t like this, but you will have to apply pressure to your cats toes to extract their claws for trimming, so it’s good to practise this and get your cat comfortable with what’s going on. When you think your cat is happy, then it’s time to get the claw trimmers out.
Make sure you know exactly what you’re doing, stay clear of the pink bit “the quick” as I said before this is where all your cat’s nerves are and it’s pink because it has blood flow to it. The sharpest part of the nail is the very tip, so you only really need to take off a small portion anyway. Make sure you reassure your cat with a soft voice and lots of gently stroking and the process should be relatively easy.
Now I know I’m just a cat, but I really don’t understand this “thinking outside the box” thing. Everyone knows boxes are for playing in… and occasional naps. Serious thinking, can only be done under the bed, and that’s a fact!
A long time ago I made a big mistake… having run out of Teabag’s favourite cat food, and being averse to going out in the rain to the shops… and a bit lazy, I gave Teabag some tuna from my cupboard. Huge, massive, epic mistake. Now he refuses to eat anything else. I suppose it’s not really his fault, we all have some type of food-based Achilles Heel, something which we love but know is bad for us, and to a cat, tuna has such a strong flavour and smell that the poor thing really can’t resist. He’s hopelessly addicted.
So let me explain why this is so bad, firstly he is getting very malnourished, he simply does not have the variation in his diet that he needs to be healthy. On top of this, tuna contains pretty much zero vitamin E and I think it has given him Steatitis, he’s lumpy, grumpy, greasy, flakey and I think he might be depressed.
So, I developed a 12 step process to wean him away from tuna.
Order padded attack dog training suit (there will be scratches).
Carefully broach the subject of the many other foods available.
Get scratches and be brave about it.
Beg Teabag to eat something else.
Try to bribe Teabag with extra playtime.
Threaten with chicken soup and his travel cage.
Cave in to all Teabag’s multitudinous complaints, demands and negotiations.
Settle for stirring extra vitamin E into Teabag’s tuna.
Replace pure tuna with a mix of tuna, Vit E and a tiny bit of tuna flavoured cat food.
Slowly increase the ratio of tuna flavoured cat food to pure tuna.
Only give Teabag tuna flavoured cat food.
Stick to my guns no matter what.
I think in 5-10 years I can get him completely pure tuna-free!
Dasha has written a lot about cats, in fact all you peoples have, you think you know everything. So I think its time that we cats told you a few things about yourselves. We cats do our best to look after you but a lot of advice goes unheeded. First – you work too much, work, work, work. Even on your days off you find excuses to work. You’re all so stressed and that’s bad because it makes you sick, and if you’re sick, then who will get the food? You need to look after yourselves better than you do and you need to chill out, now some of you (those of you who understand what we cats try to show you) are good at relaxing, and some of you, Dasha included, are horrific bad at it.
Despite my best efforts and my cutest and fluffiest attempts to get Dasha to stop doing stupid things, (like washing her car just before she goes out and gets it all dirty all over again an hour later) she still won’t slow down. So it’s time to teach her, and you, how to chill out like a cat. So you can feel better and happier and live for longer.