Things To Know ABout The Cat Backpack

You are a travel enthusiast, like hiking or cycling, but don’t want to leave your cat at home. You want to take your little friend with you on trips but are concerned about the transportation of cats. If so, a cat backpack is what you need. With a superior design, The cat backpack will be an indispensable tool in the trips of you and your cat.

So what is the cat backpack? What advantages and disadvantages do they have? And how to use the cat backpack? If you are worried about these questions, do not worry, in this article, we will give the most detailed information about the cat backpack for your reference. Let’s start right away.

What is the cat backpack?

In appearance, the cat backpack looks like a regular backpack. However, it is designed to carry your cat on your back with a large storage compartment, and air vents to keep the cat from choking on the move. In addition, there are small storage compartments on the two sides that contain some other items such as keys or chains.

Advantage of cat backpack

In the past, pets were often transported in bulky and uncomfortable cages. However, in recent times, cat backpacks have always been produced and continually improved to bring the most comfort to users. That’s why cat backpacks are becoming more and more popular that is on the top of the list of pet supplies, and that is completely understandable by the benefits that it brings.

  • The backpack-style design on your back makes transportation of your cats easier and provides comfort for both the wearer and the pet. With a cat backpack, you can put your cat in and take them everywhere.
  • In addition, the pocket design ensures that your kittens don’t feel stunned by creating a transparent or mesh screen and allowing the cat to the lookout.
  • The backpack is not only a tool to transport your cat but also a safe haven when they feel scared.
  • The significant advantage of a cat backpack compared to other conventional transport cages is that it helps you free hands when traveling. You will no longer need to carry heavy iron cages along with luggage bags.
  • The cat backpack is designed to allow you to carry a few supplies, such as keys and utensils.
  • In addition, you can also leave a cat backpack in a car or plane comfortably if you have long trips.
  • In addition, a pretty cat backpack on the back is also considered a fashion item. Selfies with the cat backpack on Instagram or Facebook will also be attractive.
  • The cat backpack has many types and models, gives you many options.

Defect of the cat backpack

Besides the advantages as mentioned above, the cat backpack also has disadvantages that you need to be aware of.

  • While moving, you cannot observe your cat in the back all the time, and it may feel uncomfortable, but you do not know. In some cases, cats may also pee their backpacks and get your clothes wet.
  • For large cats, wearing on the back is not an easy task, especially when walking a long distance.
  • Costs more than a regular cage
  • It is challenging to adjust the shoulder straps for some oversized owners.
  • And of course, compared to a cage, the backpack cleaning will be a lot more complicated.

How to use a cat backpack

Cats are curious animals, so keeping your cat obediently in your backpack from the beginning is a difficult task. If you try to put a cat in your backpack and carry it away, it will most likely cause excessive reactions such as screaming, struggling. This will injure your little friend or have bad memories with this backpack. So, to get your cat accustomed to a backpack, follow these steps:

  1. Open the backpack and leave it in the middle of the room. This will allow your cat to notice it, climb in and out of it, and get to know this new object.
  2. Grab some of your cat’s favorite toys and snacks and place them near the backpack, hiding them in the backpack compartment. This makes your cat feel the backpack is a fun place to play, helping it form a sense of security.
  3. When you give your cat dinner, you can place his bowl in the backpack a few days before using it. This will help your cat feel comfortable in and around the backpack.
  4. Keep your cat backpack out during the day in a place where the cat is easily visible, which will help them get used to it.
  5. When your cat is entirely comfortable with your new home, you are ready to use them. The first trip should be short and fun at places your cat will like, don’t take them to the vet, which will cause a bad feeling with the backpack.

In conclusion

Above is some useful information about the cat backpack. Overall, it is a necessary item in moving cats during trips. We hope that after reading this article, you will have more knowledge about this utility backpack. Have a beautiful day.

What To Expect From Your Pregnant Cat

Your pregnant cat should be allowed to live a normal life, especially during the first stages of her pregnancy. She can even be allowed to venture outdoors to play and hunt. After she is visibly distended, you should restrict her because her center of gravity (due to the growing kittens) will greatly affect her balance.

Do not worry much about limiting your pregnant cat’s activities, as she will innately become more careful herself, searching for her nesting site.

As she gets bigger and the pregnancy progresses, the pregnant cat will undergo an increased level of progesterone, nature’s way of preparing her for the delivery, that brings with it relaxation.

Your cat will start sitting in a prone position as she gets bigger. As she stretches out on her side, she distributes her “load” more evenly, allowing the floor to help her with the stress of carrying all the weight.

Sitting up, the pregnant cat will keep switching positions as she can not get comfortable. Her large tummy will make her look pear-shaped, and the pinking will become more visible as she nears her due date.

To sum up, the pregnant cat does not really need any special care. I’m sure everyone is anxious and wants to do more, but there is no need. You don’t even need to worry about making a fuss about the kittens’ arrival, since for the first couple of weeks they’ll be completely dependent on their nursing cat mom for everything.

So, for those who are completely unaware of when their cat got pregnant, if your pregnant cat seems more “lethargic”, as she slows down more, be mentally prepared for the arrival of her newborn kittens.

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Pregnant Cat Expecting Kittens

Even before the obvious signs, weight gain and looking pregnant, your pregnant cat will start behaving maternally. She’s going to slow down her activities and she will increase her food intake. As the delivery date approaches, the pregnant cat will also groom herself more than usual, especially her swollen abdomen and her genital areas. Even closer to birth, she will spend more time finding and eventually settling down to her chosen nest, leaving her scent. The scent’s purpose is so that the soon to be born kittens can find their way back to the nest easily.

If you are eager to find out whether you are dealing with a pregnant cat, you can confirm the pregnancy further by checking the nipples for pinking. Between four to five weeks from conception, you should be able to feel the kittens, but be extremely gentle because you may harm them. I recommend you ask a professional to feel around for the kittens. You can also leave your cat alone for two months until the kittens are born. Then, get your cameras ready to get tons of adorable kitten pictures!

Pregnant cats do not really need extra care. They prefer to be left alone without much fuss.

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Kitten Pictures

The trio is back. Cute kitten pictures of the triplets, the calico kitten, her dilute tortie sister, and the curious tuxedo kitten, the only male.

Kitten pictures

I hope you enjoyed the photos. The kittens are four months old and are gaining up on their small bodied mother. Charlie, the tuxedo kitten, appears to be bigger than her already!

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Catnip Effects | Catnip Pictures

For most cats, catnip is a treat. It’s a way to get your cat to go crazy and play. In the botanical world, catnip (aka catswort, catmint) goes by the name Nepeta Cataria. The catnip herb affects most cats, but not all. Some become rather playful while others become aggressive. If you have a semi-feral cat, be careful the first time you introduce her to catnip. The catnip effects can be rather intoxicating and psychedelic.

Kittens and Catnip: Kittens younger than 10 months old usually have no reaction and display no noticeable catnip effects.

If you want to grow catnip:

The catnip herb is easy to plant. Beware though, since it belongs in the mint family, it can be weed-like and take over your yard. I prefer to grow my catnip plant in a pot, starting out with catnip seeds. It’s cheaper and safer for my cats. The store-bought catnip may be grown using insecticides. Growing catnip is easy even for those who are amateur gardeners.

Catnip Toy:

There is a vast variety of catnip toys to choose from. My cats love a good catnip toy. One of their favorites is the catnip cigar:

Another good catnip toy is the catnip banana:

The best selling catnip brand is Cosmic Catnip. They are the makes of the Cosmic Catnip Banana Toy, the Cosmic Catnip Filled Cigar Toy, and another favorite of our cats’ the Cosmic Catnip Bubbles!

If you haven’t tried experimenting with catnip yet, I urge you to give it a shot. Your cat will most likely be grateful. Keep your video camera nearby. Catnip effects can be hilarious.

Catnip Pictures to demonstrate the catnip effects I just discussed:

As you can see for the catnip pictures you just saw, the above three cats loved it. The catnip effects lasted at least ten minutes each time I introduced their catnip toy, or exposed them to the actual outdoors catnip herb plant.

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National Cat Day 2010

When is National Cat Day 2010? This year, National Cat Day is on October 29th. National Dog Week last an entire week, while poor felines are under-appreciated and handed the short end of the leash. Lucky for cats, Colleen Paige, and animal behaviorist and Pet Lifestyle Expert, founded National Cat Day to encourage cat adoptions and to recognize the value of the cat as a human companion. Cats are independent creatures with a free will. No matter how much you beat a dog, he’s going to remain loyal. If a cat is mistreated or simply doesn’t like her home, she simply moves to a better one. Bottom line, cats have personality! Cats also lower blood pressure, helping ease stress and granting their owners peaceful moments. Cast are also filling our shelters. An estimated 4 million cats end up at our local pounds. Out of those millions an estimated 25-50% are euthanized.

This blog celebrates cats every day. Our rescue cats are honored and cared for accordingly. There will be no extra festivities to honor them on National Cat Day, because opening our home to them and making sure all their needs and wants are met is sufficient. What I would like people to focus on this National Cat Day and every day of the year is cat rescue! I may be “crazy” but my main focus for the past several years has been pet adoption of all species, including cats.

If you like cats and have some room for “just one more”, just do it. Let’s help clean out the shelters, and I mean through the front door!

Happy National Cat Day to all the cats in the world. May there be a day when the shelters are empty… Adopt a pet, save a life!

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The Pregnant Cat’s Demeanor

pregnant cat exudes tranquility, calmness and serenity during her pregnancy, and some would argue after the kitten birth as well. The scientific explanation for her behavior is based on her increase of progesterone, the hormone that prevails during pregnancy and lactation (nursing). The pregnant cat is less prone to fighting with other cats and she becomes affectionate and more relaxed around humans.
During the last days of her pregnancy, as birth approaches, she does not wander away from her home. She stays close to her nest where she will give birth to her kittens.
The progesterone acts like a relaxant that suppresses her fears as it makes her feel more secure. The progesterone increase also helps during the actual birth.
As I said in the beginning, “some would argue”. Allow me to explain. While that may be the case with some cats, my experience is that regardless of the progesterone effects, the maternal instinct will make a new mother cat extra aggressive and cautious. If a nursing cat thinks that her kittens are at risk, she will not hesitate to go straight into attack mode, bypassing the threat phase altogether.
If it’s still too early and you’re not sure whether your cat is pregnant, one of the cat pregnancy signs you can look for is the overall relaxation that accompanies the pregnancy. Remember though, the progesterone takes a few days to kick in as well, so you may want to visit the cat vet for an actual diagnosis, if you don’t want to rely strictly to feline pregnancy signs.

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The Cat Tree Is A Favorite

I can’t stress enough how invaluable the cat tree has been for both my kittens and my home. The kittens are approaching three months now and they’re more inquisitive and destructive by the minute. If it wasn’t for the cat tree, I’m sure things would be more out of control. I have set up three cat trees around the house so far, all in strategic positions, including the one inside the outdoor cat enclosure. It is clear that the cat tree is a major tool in kitten proofing one’s home. As far as cat proof furniture goes, this one is the cat’s and kittens’ favorite.

The nursing cat mom loves the cat tree. She, and her kittens, like all cats, feel safer being up high. She likes to groom them and fall asleep with them at the top. The only male, the tuxedo kitten, Charlie falls asleep hanging from the sides. He also enjoys his favorite game on the cat tree: catch the tail! His less inquisitive and more docile calico kitten litter mate, Puddles, lounges for hours on the cat tree, mostly on her back as she contemplates life. The photos below demonstrate what I just shared with you:

Don’t they look happy and relaxed on their beloved cat tree? I have more photos of them hanging on their cat tree in the cat enclosure to share in the near future.

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Outdoor Cat Enclosures Are Invaluable

The kittens are almost three months old. They are all healthy and thriving under their mom’s constant care. I can’t stress enough how wonderful the nursing cat mom has been. As a matter of fact, I noticed recently that she was terribly skinny. Unlike some other nursing cats, when her kittens come near the food, this cat steps back. She always feeds her kittens first.

One of the kittens’ favorite pastimes is their outdoor cat enclosure. It’s a kitten play-land! They have a cat tree, a cat scratching post, a cat scratching board, colorful strings, plenty of toys, and lots of sunshine to play and roll in. Their favorite “toy” is a real log I added to the cat proof furniture. I love how much they enjoy it because they actually get to trim their nails on it, unlike the Emery Cat Scratching Board that sharpened them.

I am about to share with you kitten pictures. Some are random because I haven’t posted any in a while, but the majority is of the outdoor cat enclosure. I hope you enjoy the cat enclosure photos because if you’re like me, it’ll get your mind thinking creatively and perhaps you’ll make your own.

The tuxedo kitten, Charlie, is the most alert and interactive of the litter. As soon as he hears my voice he runs towards me letting out a screetching sound. I think he likes me. The calico kitten, Puddles or Esmeralda, (still figuring out kitten names), is adorable. Since her beloved sister Loli left us, and I have so regretted that placement, Puddles has assumed Loli’s behavior. She spends lots of time on her back either sleeping, observing, or sucking on her pads. Finally, Cassandra or Alley, our muted tortie, is a crazy kitten. She’s the least socialized, even though they all got the same attention. She’s the most striking one. She’s no beauty, but she turns heads because of how unique she looks. She’s our wild one and we adore her.

Speaking of kitten socialization, so far the cat family has accepted fully one of the three cats. It’s the old timer, Maximillian the Great, our ten year old Maine Coon cat. He loves the kittens, especially the tuxedo male who keeps bumping noses with him. Max is happier than he’s ever been in my home.

As you can tell, the family is well cared for and quite content. I’m still figuring out how much to feed them each day, they’re all growing so fast!

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