Do I really need a cat carrier?

When you have a cat you end up with lots of extra equipment. From cat beds and toys to scratching posts and even towers, there seems to be no end to the stuff they make for cats! Most of it though, you don't really need. You can get buy with one cat bed, a litter box, some bowls, a scratching post, a few toys and a cat carrier. 

Cat in carrier, safe and happy

When choosing what to buy it might be tempting to skip the cat carrier. After all you probably only need it once a year when you go to the vet and many cats wear collars that can be used with a leash. If your cat is good on a leash then you're probably leaning towards no carrier. 

Pink slime in cats water bowl

How often do you clean your cats water bowl or drinking fountain? If you're anything like me you try to do it fairly often, but sometimes it doesn't get done as often as it should.  I mean really, am I supposed to clean it every day and refill it? 

cat drinking from freshly cleaned water fountain

For  years I would just add water to the bowl when it started to get empty. If it started to get funky or have floaters in it then I'd wash out the whole thing. But that wasn't very often until I learned about pink slime and the bacteria it contains.

How to make a feral cat shelter

Winter is a dangerous time for feral cats. Cold, wet snow and the freezing temperatures that accompany it can be deadly for a cat that lives outside. Unfortunately many feral cats are past the point of being able to be rescued and socialized but that doesn't mean they need to suffer during winter. Many rescuers and feral colony caretakers make and place shelters to help the cats through winter.

Little grey cat looking out from a winter cat shelter

An insulated, dry place to sleep can really make all the difference. A shelter will provide a dry, comfortable place for the cat to get out of the elements. Since many feral cats live in colonies, they will often use the shelters together and the combination of body heat and protection from the elements keeps them much warmer than if they were sleeping on the ground.

Bad breath in cats

Recently I've noticed that my cats breath stinks! I mean, it's not just normal cat breath, it's really horrible. Granted, cat's can't brush their teeth and they like foods like fish, so their breath is bound to get funky. This was worse than expected though. Upon looking at Trixie's teeth and mouth closely, I noticed some yellow and greyish buildup on the teeth.

Cat with mouth open showing teeth that need cleaning.

We had a veterinarian visit coming up soon and my worst fear was confirmed. She needed a dental treatment! Unfortunately when cats need their teeth worked on they must be put to sleep...it's basically surgery without an incision but with all the expense. Not what I wanted to hear!

It's not like I expected her teeth to be sparkling clean! Cat owners know for a fact that bad cat breath can be downright awful but that's par for the course. Or is it? Upon realizing we had a problem I got started looking for a solution and found so many ways I could care for her teeth better!