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Hello welcome to Keep Kitty my mission is to help cat owners not to get to frustrated with there cat that they bring it to a shelter or to be to cruel to the cat. I had many problems with my cat and still have him until today. So to let them learn the basics of cat care regardless if they are in an apartment or in a house.

I got my little buddy when my ex-girlfreind and I split she could not afford to keep him and was looking for a home for him and I really liked the cat yes over her and took that cat in. I always think what could have happened to the cute guy if I did not. Hearing horror stories of shelters and such, so I made this site and put in a lot of the research I did to give this little guy his best life and the proper cat care.

Orange part maine-coon cat sitting next to flowers in front of the window. The reason why to learn cat care.
My little orange buddy and influence for the site. This is why I wanted to learn cat care.

My cat is by DNA is part Maine Coon which is an interesting breed of cat. So will be talking a lot about this breed in the blog. My little buddy is named Peaches yes a tom cat named Peaches could be rough. At the time we named him we did not gender him yet, we where told at the vet when we where to get them spaded instead it turned to neutering them.

“Do you have a rescue kitty you’re having issues with?”

Owning a cat can be a wonderfully rewarding experience, but it’s not without its challenges. Here are some of the common issues cat owners face listed by category:

Behavior:

  • Destructive scratching: Cats love to scratch, and your furniture might suffer unless you provide acceptable alternatives like scratching posts and climbing structures. I have had this happen had to buy a $200 chair because of it but what I learned is a bunch of things stop it asap and get a spray you spray on the furniture it smells like mint. Also get your cat relaxed.
  • Litter box problems: Issues like going outside the box, not using it at all, or excessive spraying can be frustrating and indicate medical problems, stress, or litter box preferences.This is the biggest problem I have had with my cat.
  • Excessive meowing or vocalization: This can be due to boredom, hunger, or wanting attention. Understanding your cat’s communication is key.
  • Aggression: Some cats may exhibit hissing, swiping, or biting due to fear, pain, or territoriality. Proper socialization and handling are crucial. This rarely happened with Peaches he hisses mostly with strangers.
  • Chewing or biting: This can be directed at furniture, wires, or even your hand. Providing appropriate chew toys and redirecting behavior are important.

    Black and White Cat on a Cat Tree - Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels
    Photo by Anete Lusina from Pexels

Health:

  • Hairballs: Cats groom themselves constantly, and hairballs can be a common occurrence. Brushing regularly and providing hairball remedies can help.This is natural since cats do groom themselves it gets messy when they though it up around the house and those old stories that they do it in your shoe at night has not been my experience.
  • Dental problems: Plaque and tartar buildup can lead to painful gum disease. Providing dental chews and regular vet checkups are essential.I was told by a vet that it starts gaining around the age of 6.
  • Obesity: Overeating or lack of exercise can lead to weight gain, increasing the risk of other health issues. Providing proper diet and encouraging playtime is crucial.There are also weight control foods out there but that is only if they eat a lot. My experiences unlike dogs they will only eat when they are hungry and yes human food is fattening to them,
  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs): These can be painful for cats and require vet attention. Providing ample clean water and encouraging litter box use can help prevent them.

Other issues you may encounter with a cat:

  • Allergies: Cat allergies are quite common and can range from mild to severe. Regular cleaning, air purifiers, and allergy medication might be necessary.
  • Costs: Vet bills, food, litter, toys, and other supplies can add up. Budgeting and considering pet insurance are essential.
  • Lost or escaped cats: Indoor cats can still slip out, and outdoor cats face many dangers. Proper identification and micro-chipping are crucial.
  • Integrating a new cat: Introducing a new cat to existing pets or children requires patience and proper techniques to avoid conflict.


Do you live in an apartment with a cat?

Well I have for years only lived in my current house for 6 months at the time of this blog so 5 years I lived with Peaches in an apartment sometimes with other cats which could have a lot of issues.

More information on this article 20 apartment living problems with cats.

Peaches and my issues basically was a couple of things.

Space to run around when we lived in New York City at one time in his live he was an indoor/outdoor cat which he is again living outside of New York City now.

Litter box was an issue but the easiest solution is a multi-cat litter and cleaning it daily.

Next was getting use to staying inside and getting what I like to call the zoomies and so do a lot of other people. Well those can’t be stopped just make sure things are hatched down. But getting things like string toys and a cat tree is helpful.

Well I will be giving advice and pointing out issues though out my blog with quick reports on what to do with certain cat behaviors and recommending good resources to help you care for your cat.