Cat Supplies

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As cat owners and people who care deeply for animals and wildlife, we wanted our Cat Encyclopedia to be a website that could empower pet owners to create the most positive, loving environment for their cats. Cat Encyclopedia realizes that owning a house cat is like adding a new member to your family.

Domestic house cats need their energy to be channeled in constructive ways to avoid any negative behavior problems. Toys provide a fun outlet  for domestic house cats to get exercise and satisfy  the cat's instincts for hunting and stalking. Domestic house cat toys do not need to physically imitate prey, but cat toys should encourage activities such as scratching, chasing and batting. Moving toys in ways that mimic prey behavior will result in more fun for both you and your cat. Darting movements from side to side in front of the cat are more likely to result in play. Toys that move erratically or very fast, then are stationary are more likely to be hunted.

A must for every domestic cat owner is a scratching post. Instead of stretching like humans domestic house cats will often have the need to scratch when they wake up or begin walking. By providing a  scratching post you can protect your furniture and drapes. Help train your cat to use the scratching post by rubbing it with catnip or by spraying it with a catnip essence found in most pet stores. Place the scratching post in an area often used by your cat and don't replace it when it looks ragged, that's when cats enjoy it the most. It is comfortingly familiar and impregnated with the cat's smell. Make sure the scratching post is tall enough to allow the cat to stretch upward and is stable under the cats weight.

 
Every domestic house cat needs a water and food bowl. Cats that know each other well can usually arrange themselves to feed from a communal bowl, but for a stress free meal each domestic house cat should have its own dish. Feed your cat twice a day, preferably in the morning and evening. A suitable brush for grooming your cat is an important supply item. Short haired cats can be groomed once a week , but long haired cats should be  groomed  for fifteen minutes daily. Although cats groom themselves brushing is an ideal contact between you and your cat. Use this time to also check your cat for possible parasites. Other optional supplies for your domestic house cat include a collar, leash, travel crate and a home crate.

Your cat and catnip: Many stuffed toys contain the herb catnip, also called catmint and most domestic house cats find this aroma  irresistible. The cat will rub it, roll over it, kick at it, and generally go nuts for several minutes. Then the cat will lose interest and walk away. Two hours later, the cat may come back and have exactly the same response. Although no one knows exactly what happens in the cat's brain, it is known that the chemical nepetalactone in catnip is the thing that triggers the response.
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You can improve the lives of outdoor cats with Trap-Neuter-Return, the humane and effective approach for feral cats. To successfully trap, neuter, vaccinate, eartip, and return feral cats, you need a plan. These guidelines for humane trapping from Alley Cat Allies, the organization that helped introduce TNR to the United States, will get you on your way!

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Cat Encyclopedia has added beautiful dog photographs on each of our Cat Breed pages to enhance your experience. Each section in Cat Encyclopedia helps to educate pet owners, enabling both the cat, and the owner to have a safe, high quality experience.