eat or sleep near the porta-potty
and your cat would rather not either,
When you have to clean
up cat urine
9Getting rid of the odor is more important than getting
rid of the stain. Whether you’re
cleaning carpet or furniture, if the
odor is still there, it will still smell like
a bathroom to your cat.
“Cats’ sense of smell is more sensitive than ours. Just because you can’t
smell it, it doesn’t mean they can’t,”
Rainbolt said. Get a pet-specific
carpet cleaner that eliminates odors,
and follow the directions. The new
generation of oxygen-based cleaners
work very quickly. “If the stain looks
like the size of a quarter, you need
to treat the area the size of a dinner
plate. What you see on the surface
is a tiny fraction of the affected area
on the pad.”
10 If your cat needs help with bathing, keep these tips in
mind. Healthy cats in their prime
typically clean themselves meticulously. However, senior or arthritic
cats might need a little help. Cat
wipes or waterless shampoos make
cleaning soiled fur simple. If you
have to bathe your cat, always use
comfortably warm water that is neither hot nor cold. Rather than plopping the cat in the water, bring the
water up to the cat using a pitcher.
Only use a cat-specific shampoo and
rinse thoroughly. Wrap your cat in a
towel to soak up the excess water
and keep your house warm until
your cat’s fur dries.
Understanding the importance of
hydration and urination to our cats’
health, that cats use urine and pheromones to communicate, and that cats
care about cleanliness just as much as
we do, will strengthen our bond with
and commitment to our cats.
What if all the domestic cats died off?
Horrible thought, isn’t it?
In his cautionary novel World Without Cats, Bonham Richards comes to grips with this very idea.
Veterinarian Vera Barnett is confronted with a devastating
feline illness that’s killing off the cats in the California town of
Camarillo. Nothing she’s tried is able to stop it. She suspects
that the illness began at the laboratory of her lover, a
molecular biologist at the nearby university. The conflict
causes a rift in their relationship. Soon cats are dying all over
the west coast and, then the entire world.
Ace CDC epidemiologist, Angelo Kraakmo finds that the
disease didn't originate in Camarillo after all. It began at a
zoo. Vera and Noah are reunited and, with the help of
Angelo, now work feverishly to find a cure. Can they save the
domestic cat from extinction?
About the Author
Bonham Richards describes himself as an unabashed
cat-lover. Before his retirement, Richards taught biology at
California State University San Bernardino and the University
of Southern California. Originally from Los Angeles, he now
resides in Camarillo, California.
World Without Cats is available in paperback, hard-bound or e-book from
Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com and other major booksellers
Susan Logan-McCracken was
the editor of CAT FANCY
for 11 years, and currently
writes about pets, health,
mental health, and addiction.
She shares her Southern
California home with her husband and two red tabbies.
mittens by Angie Bailey
Go to Catster.com or
check out the book Texts
From Mittens, published by
Harlequin, March 2015.