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This is a guest post from our friend Anthony H..

cat_urine_cleaner.jpgCat urine emits a real foul odor and can make your house stink. It can be a real nuisance if the cat urinates on your carpet because it will just seep through the fibers in the carpet and cause mold. So you are now faced with two foul smelling problems instead of on. But your problems worsen if the cat urinates on a wooden floor, because it will sink right through and cause a stench that will just not go away even after you have rubbed the surface off.

While it is best to clean the wet urine, sometimes you may not notice the 'accident' until the smell hits you. In such an event, you might like to try some of these tried and tested methods that will help you to quickly and easily get rid of the cat urine odor and the ungainly stains.

1. Use absorbent cloths to soak up the urine wet area.

2. If you are trying to clean a wooden floor, wipe away the residue with a slightly damp cloth, and then dab dry.

3. Next, use either a household cleaner to remove the stain. Alternately, you can use:

a. A solution of hydrogen peroxide that is diluted to about 3%. Simply spray this over the stained area. Wait for around 5 minutes and blot dry.

b. A mix of baking soda and hand soap to work out the stains and the smell of cat urine.

c. White vinegar that has been diluted to around 25-30%. Just spray it on the affected area and blot after a few minutes.

d. Baking soda to remove cat urine odors from carpets and upholstery. But it doesn't work on cat urine that has seeped through wooden floors.

e. NOTE: Before even attempting to do this on a large area, it would be best to first test it out on a smaller area to be safe just in case it goes horribly wrong.

If you are not looking for home remedies, you may want to try out cat urine cleaners that available in pet stores. Most such products contain ingredients that destroy the bacteria in the urine, and this helps to get rid of the annoying stains or odors.

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cat_fart_smells.jpgSo I'm working on the computer the other night and my cat Maddy jumps on my lap for loving. Nothing unusual here, this happens every night. So I'm petting her and she's purring and everything seems to be all right. Suddenly, a strong sulphuric scent ruined the moment. My cat farted! I've had Maddy for about six years and she's probably farted a handful of times that I know of. This led me to wonder, why do cats fart? Is this a sign of a greater problem?

Here's what my research turned up:

  • If your cat eats a high grain diet like IAMS, your cat will be more prone to let one loose more often. IAMS isn't exactly the best cat food and is typically loaded with filler like corn that your cat can't digest. In worse situations, your cat can suffer from a bad stomach if he or she can't digest the food correctly. The next time you go to the store or vet, take a look at the ingredients in your cat food. If the ingredients are proportionately high in corn, wheat, soy, By-products, BHA, corn syrup, meat and bone meal (may include anything from road kill to dead pets), artificial colors, Ethoxyquin and beef tallow/lard you might want to start looking at a better brand of cat food.
  • Cat food with Ethoxyquin in particular can be very dangerous to the long term health of your cat. Although I'm not a vet, my research tells me that Ethoxyquin has been linked to leukemia, liver cancer, chronic diarrhea, immune deficiency syndrome, loss of hair, liver damage and kidney damage. Ethoxyquin was initially developed as a herbicide and it's also still being used as stabilizer in rubber production. Sound healthy for your cat? Probably not.
  • Many believe that wet food for cats make them pass gas more than dry food. I'm not so sure about that. My cat has been eating a combination of mostly wet and dry food for six years and she rarely farts.
  • Having said all of this, if your cat is having a consistent issue with passing smelly gas, you might want to take your cat to the vet to have his/her stool examined more closely. My cat rarely farts so I'm not worried about it and I don't think you should be either if it rarely happens. It's always a good idea to talk to the vet just in case though.

    Another way to look at your cat passing gas is that he or she is so comfortable with you that it simply flows out of them without any resistance. I've noticed that my cat has only farted when we've been cuddling. I'm squeezing her gently so that might be the issue too! Either way, I look at it is as a compliment.

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    Figuring out if it makes sense to give your cat cantip or not? Here's a couple of factors to consider:

  • Catnip has a chemical compound that is thought to mimic the effects of a pheromone.
  • The effect catnip has on cats is similar to what LSD does to humans. (without the harmful effects)
  • Catnip is a perennial herb that is now native (originally from the Mediterranean region) to Canada and America.
  • If you live in certain climates, you can actually grow cat nip in your garden. Like Mint, if you're not careful, it will take over your garden.
  • Up to 30% of cats feel no effect from the plant. Some young kittens and senior kittens do not respond to it at all.
  • Although it is said that catnip is chemically related to the cannabis plant, your cats will not be harmed by it and will not become addicted to it.
  • So if you have a young kitten or an older cat, there's a chance that your cat may not feel the effects. The bottom line is that catnip is not harmful to your cat in any way. I'll actually be giving my cat catnip for the first time next week, I'll post the video for you guys to see its effects. In the mean time, check out this YouTube video showing cats on catnip. It's pretty funny actually.

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    This guest post is from our friend Cortney, you can visit her blog at cat secrets revealed...

    cat-training-with-dogs.jpgTraining your cat is very important and for several different reasons. First, a cat that hasn't been trained, doesn't know what behaviors are acceptable and what are not, therefore, they are more likely to misbehave because they don't know they are misbehaving. Having a trained, well behaved cat allows the cat and the owner to bond and have a loving relationship rather than having a misbehaving cat that causes its owner a lot of stress and frustration.

    It is very important, as a cat owner, to understand that cats cannot be trained the same way as dogs. They don't behave the same way and they don't have the same thinking process as dogs. If you are trying to use the same training techniques on your cat that are designed for dogs, you probably aren't going to see results. Forcing training techniques on a cat will not work. They are stubborn by nature and if it's not something that is appealing to them, they are going to ignore you.

    The first step to training your cat should be to learn and understand your cat's personality. There are many aspects to your cat's personality and they should all be taken into account when choosing the right training tactics. Find out what your cat's likes and dislikes are and use that information to help you. There are a few simple tips to keep in mind when training your cat:

  • Keep your training sessions short. If you drag out sessions for a long time, your cat will most likely become bored and will stop listening.
  • Only start training session when your cat is already awake. Don't wake your cat up for a session because he or she will probably just ignore you.
  • Always be sure to reward your cat for obeying you, using treats, food, or showing them affection.
  • You should also only train your cat for one thing at a time. Whether you are teaching them to do tricks or use the human toilet rather than a litter box, you shouldn't try to teach them everything all at once. When you're training your cat, let them master one thing before moving on to another. This will avoid both you and them becoming overwhelmed.

    There are many benefits to having a well trained, well behaved cat. You will have less stress because you won't have to worry about how your house is going to look when you get home. You can enjoy a loving relationship with your cat instead of spending most of the time mad at him for misbehaving. Taking the time to train your cat will definitely pay off in the long run and you and your cat will both be happier.

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    Excerpts from a Dog's Diary......

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  • 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
  • 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
  • 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
  • 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
  • 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
  • 1:00 pm - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
  • 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
  • 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
  • 7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
  • 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
  • 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!
  • Excerpts from a Cat's Daily Diary...

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    Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects.

    They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while the other inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets. Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength.

    The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet.

    Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a 'good little hunter' I am. Bastards.

    There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event. However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of 'allergies.' I must learn what this means and how to use it to my advantage.

    Today I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate one of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow -- but at the top of the stairs.

    I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded.

    The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicating with the guards regularly. I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now................

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    cat-meowing-non-stop.jpgI don't know about you but nothing irritates me more than being awoken by a hungry cat. The non stop meows that won't go away until I feed my cat drive me up the wall. I can't think of a crappier way to wake up. My cat actually takes it a bit further if I don't wake up quickly. From running in and out of the bedroom quickly to playing with noisy toys on the stairwell, she'll pretty well find any activity that makes a lot of noise. After five minutes of meowing and noisy games, I'll finally drag myself out of bed. Nice. I can honestly say that this the only draw back of cat ownership. Does any of this sound familiar to you?

    No worries folks, help is on the way. Read on.

    According to many Feline geneticists, one remnant of a cat's wild past is the fact that they prefer to hunt at dawn and dusk. You've been woken up in the morning because your cat is genetically programmed to eat at that time.

    How do you fix this? It all depends on how much your cat eats and if you're feeding them dry or wet food. It's been my experience that cat owners that feed their cats wet food suffer a lot more from the phenonemon than owners that feed their cats dry food. I feed my cat a combination of mostly wet and dry food.apple_cube_cat.jpg

    To fix this problem, I place a small amount of wet food in her dish just before I go to bed around 11:30PM. I only place a little (a third of a can) because I know she won't finish the can overnight and she won't eat stale cat food the next day. For me, this solved the problem immediately.

    This simple yet easy technique has saved me from getting up many mornings to feed Maddy. Now if I could only train Maddy to stop sitting on my Apple Cube (pictured) and resetting it, I'd have all of her problem fixed!

    I've posted this video before but I thought Simon's cat was totally appropriate for this post. Enjoy...

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    According to YouTube, this video has been viewed over ten millino times. It's a funny video and I can see why. Enjoy.

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    boomer-african-lion-cat-picture-granby-zoo.jpgDennis Day wants to charge the Granby Zoo with theft within ten days according to his statement to the media. "When the 10 Mr. Days is up on this letter, we're going to have them charged with theft," said Dennis Day.

    For those of you who missed it, Boomer (an African Lion cub) gained worldwide exposure for getting loose in a small First Nation Reserve called Maniwaki in Quebec. The lion cub was ultimately found but was not returned to Mr. Day. As we blogged about in a previous post, the Quebec Ministry of Natural Resources placed the lion in the Granby Zoo.

    According to what I've read, it seems that Mr. Day is threatening legal action against the wrong principal. His beef should probably be taken up with the Quebec government.

    Boomer is apparently still in quarantine but is doing very well. It's going to be interesting to see how this domesticated lion will adjust to living with real wild lions. Not sure if he's got a shot there but we'll see...

    Just when you thought this story was done, another wrinkle appears. I've contacted the Granby Zoo about possibly getting some pictures and a more recent update on Boomer. Stay tuned!

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