Why Won’t My Cat Eat?!

Oh no! Your cat, who usually has a big appetite, has stopped eating! Don’t worry, here you’ll learn why your cat stopped eating, and how to fix it!

As you may know, cats are a bit like humans when it comes to personality. They can be sassy when they’re angry, and friendly when they have missed you. But sometimes cats can be very picky. This may be part of their personality completely, or maybe they’re just mad because you forgot to fill their food bowl up. So if you happen to find yourself forgetting to feed your cats, only to see that they won’t eat at all, they’re probably annoyed with you. This has happened to me a few times, and I always just make sure that they have food available and leave them be. By the next day, everything will be back to normal!

Another thing that’s happened to me is my cats getting bored of the same brand or flavor. The brand of cat food I use has multiple flavors, so my cats don’t get too fussy.

Since there are many reasons your cat might be acting a bit “picky”, here’s a list!

  • Your cat might be feeling stressed
  • Your cat might have just had a vaccination
  • There are new people in your house

Of course, in some cases, when your cat doesn’t eat even after you’ve tried everything, it could mean your cat is sick. And there are some serious illnesses that include ‘not eating’ symptoms. But don’t panic! Before you bring your at to the vet, try looking for some other symptoms that may show your cat is sick. Have your cat suddenly begun losing weight? Is it throwing up, sneezing, or coughing? If it is, bring your cat to the vet as soon as you can!

Hopefully this guide helped you!

The Feline Queen ❤️

The Kitty Adventures: Safe Sanctuary

The calico led Snow and Jellybean down the room, where there was a door leading to small room. It looked like a study room, but didn’t seem like it was going to protect them. Then she walked towards one of the maps, and pulled one of the pins sustaining the map on the wall off. The corner of the map sagged, and a hidden corridor was revealed. The she-cat beckoned for the sisters to enter. Impressed, Snow nudged her sibling and they hopped into the opening. But there were more surprises up ahead.

“Amber here, open up!” She said clearly. Two metal doors slid open. “Woah. That’s some high-tech you got going on!” Jellybean exclaimed. “So your name is Amber?” Snow asked curiously. The slender cat nodded.”Yep. Come on, we’re not there yet.” They padded into a clearing, with metal walls, a hole filled with fresh-kill, and plenty of moss newly soaked with water. “Is this it?” Jellybean asked excitedly. Amber smiled. “Yes, it is. We have to stay here until it is safe.”

Snow shifted to one paw uncomfortably. “What about the others? Where are they gonna go?” Amber hesitated. “We…We have other places like this.” She answered. “But some cats are defending our universe right now. Listen.” Snow strained her ears and heard a shriek of fury. “Aren’t you gonna go join them?”

Amber paused for a moment. “I’m not expendable.” She mewed briefly. Snow managed to keep her frown small and unnoticeable. Amber was definitely not telling them something. “We have to stay here for now. Get comfortable.” Amber padded up to the fresh-kill hole and grabbed a rabbit. Suddenly exhausted, Snow slumped on the hard wall and closed her eyes.

She was sitting quietly at the water’s edge, waves lapping hungrily at her paws. “Why are you here, Asher?” She said softly. A cat as black as the night sky above them padded up to her. “I have come to take my place.” He  growled. “Even you can’t stop me.”. The female cat’s brown, orange, and white fur  seemed to shine in the darkness. “I wish you weren’t like this.” She whispered. Asher laughed, a surprisingly harsh sound coming from a cat. “Oh, Amber.  That’s what they all wish.” “And they’re all right to. They fear you…I fear you!”  Asher glared at her. “You can still join me. One more chance. I can let myself forget the betrayals, and the fights we’ve had. We’ll be  unstoppable together, I promise you.” Amber avoided his eyes and stared down at her paws.”They don’t even trust you, they aren’t letting you fight aren’t they? They’re ignoring everything  you’ve done for them.” Asher stood up and walked even closer to Amber. He hissed in her ear. “Join me. Make our father proud.  Sister.”

Learning All About TNR (Part Two)

Hmm…where were we? Aha! We had just finished talking about the materials you need in order to execute TNR properly.

Now we’re gonna discuss how to actually do it. Ok, so first, you gotta set your little trap up. I recommend doing TNR during dusk or dawn, as that’s when the cats are usually most active. But that isn’t necessarily required, so don’t push yourself.

Black feral cat.
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Most humane cat traps have a pressure plate inside and have the doors close when stepped on. This is why you need the bait to lure the cat inside. Place the cat food inside and set up the humane cat trap so it’s door is open, but make sure the pressure plate works, first. There’s usually a manual in case you help setting the door up. I recommend placing the trap in a place where you’ve seen the cat the most.

Next, you just have to wait! Stay close enough to the trap so you can see the feral cat and get to it quickly if it gets trapped, but far away enough so the cat doesn’t get scared away by your presence. If you accidently trap a cat that has already been neutered or spayed, trapped a pet cat, or a completely different animal, release it and keep waiting.

Once you have finally trapped trapped your kitties, approach the cage (be careful, and DON’T open the door!), and put your blanket over the cage. This will help calm the feral cat. If the clinic you planned to go to isn’t open yet, bring the cat to your home until the clinic does open. If the clinic is open, bring the cat to your car and head to the vet. If you’re doing TNR in any cold seasons, make sure your car is warm enough. If you’re doing TNR in the hotter seasons, make sure your car is air conditioned. Don’t leave the cat alone in the car!

Your finally on the last step! Drop the feral cat off, and come back later. (sometimes the clinic will lower the cost of the surgery, or even make it free if you explain to them that you’re doing TNR, or you’re working with a TNR organization.) The vet will most likely call you once the surgery is done. Usually after the surgery, the clinic will keep the cat overnight. However, if they don’t have enough room you may need to keep it at your house overnight.

At last, the day has come to release the feral cat. Go to the exact same spot you trapped the cat, and release it! The feral cat will most likely bolt out of the cage, and you’ll officially have done TNR! Congrats!

I hope this article has encouraged you to do something to help the cats, and if you do, good luck!

The Feline Queen ❤️

Learning all about TNR

I mention TNR quite a lot in my articles. That’s because it’s such a simple way to help save the cats. But now I’m gonna dive deeper into this topic.

As you may know, TNR stands for trap-neuter-release. It’s when you trap a cat, you bring it to the vet, the vet makes sure the cat can’t mate, the vet gives the cat it’s vaccines, the vet cuts off the tip of their ear, and the cat gets released back to where it was found. Simple! But what about the specifics, such as when’s the best time to do TNR, or what materials you need. I’ll be covering all of this here.

To begin with, you have to investigate. How many cats are there? A whole colony? Only three or four? This is important because you’ll need to know how many humane cat traps you’ll need. Also, are you sure they’re feral? As around the neighborhood if you’re not certain. If the cats are feral, take a closer look at them and see if the tips of their ears are missing. If this is the case, that mean that they’ve already been through the TNR process and should be released if you catch them.

Once you’re sure you want to do TNR, you’ll have to make some preparations. First, set up an appointment with the clinics you’ll be going to go to have the cats neutered or spayed. Some clinics do the surgery for free if they are aware you’re doing TNR. Keep in mind that once you trap your cats, if the clinic you’re going to isn’t open yet, the cats will need to stay overnight at your house, either put in the bathroom or other extra room you have. Do you have the required space for that? Remember, the more space or rooms you’ll need! If the feral cats stay at your house, don’t enter that room unless you want to check in them and don’t let them out of the cage.

The materials you’ll need in order to trap a feral cat are pretty easy to obtain, you can most likely find them in a pet shop or your local market. To begin with, you will need bait. There are two main types of cat food that have their own pros and cons.

First, there is dry food. Dry food usually come in large quantities, which may be helpful if you want to spay a whole colony of cats. Dry food can also last longer than wet food. But it’s smell isn’t as strong and some cats may find it unappetizing.

The other main food is wet food. Wet food has a very strong smell and you can buy a specific amount of cans or just the whole box. But wet food doesn’t last as long and can sometimes be expensive. You can choose whatever you think is best when trying to trap a feral cat.

The next two things you need are a humane cat trap and a blanket. A humane cat trap is a type of cage that has a door that closes as soon as the pressure plate is stepped on. It’s great for doing TNR. The blanket is used to be draped over the cage so it will calm the cat. The number of humane cat traps, food for cats, and blankets will depend on the number of cats you want to trap.

The last thing you’ll need is tarp. You use the tarp to line the room and cage if the feral cats stay at your house.

TNR is a simple operation yet it includes so many small details. Due to this, I will separate this topic into different parts, so you don’t have to end up reading a whole book. Stay tuned for Part 2!

The Feline Queen ❤️

The Kitty Adventures: Attack!

The throne room was nothing like Snow had imagined. First of all, it was more of a ballroom than throne room. It was a huge, empty space with a few long, white tables on one side. And there she was, the ‘beloved’ Feline Queen. But something was wrong. She wasn’t a complete cat. She looked more like a mix of a human and a cat. The queen had normal cat ears and tail, but the head and body of a human.

“Th-that’s a human!” Jellybean stuttered. “Yes.” Grey confirmed. “We once had a cat rule us all, until we realized that perhaps cats weren’t fit to lead. Too solitary. Unless you’re a lion, but they can get a bit… rowdy.” The calico giggled. “Rowdy? More like crazy! Do not make them mad. They once tore up a whole planet, just because of an insult.” Grey scowled and padded across the clearing.

“Your Majesty. These are the cats who breached into our territory.” Grey informed her, bowing. The Queen raised her eyebrows. “Are they? Now, what are two little kitties doing on our territory…?”

Snow stepped forward and mimicked Grey’s bow. “Your Majesty, please forgive us. We had just escaped from a horrid, terrible place. It’s full of humans and they treated us very badly. We had no idea what the outside world would be like, and I’m very, very sorry if we barged into your territory.” The Queen chuckled. “I’m starting to like you, little kitty. But sadly you’ll have to stay here for a while, until we find something to do with you.”

Jellybean walked up next to Snow and bowed, too. “Your Majesty…a-are you going to k-kill us…?” She chuckled once again. “Of course not, dear! We might even send you on a little mission soon…we just need to make sure we can trust you before-” Suddenly the floor rumbled. The Queen stood up, alarmed. “We’re under attack!” The calico who had seemed so carefree turned frightened eyes toward Snow and Jellybean. “We need to get you to safety! Quick, follow me!” She dipped her head toward the Queen. “I’ll join the fighting after I hide them, Your Majesty.” Then she beckoned the two sisters. “Come on!” Full of fear, Snow and Jellybean followed her into the darkness of the halls.

What Does “No-Kill” Actually Mean?

If you’ve ever gone to an animal shelter, you probably think you know what a “no-kill” shelter is. But it’s not. Well, at least if you think that “no-kill” shelters mean they don’t kill animals there. Wrong! So what does it actually mean? Let’s find out!

The Asilomar Accords are kinda like a guidebook to animals shelters. They tell you the definitions of terms that have to do with animal shelters. Now, you probably know that in “kill” shelters they euthanize cats that are unhealthy. Most people may think, that’s sad, luckily “no-kill” shelters don’t do that! But how do The Asilomar Accords define the term healthy as? Let’s take a look. According to The Asilomar Accords, the term healthy is described as…”all cats and dogs eight weeks of age or older that, at or subsequent to the time have manifested no sign of a behavioral or temperamental characteristic that could pose a health or safety risk or otherwise make the animal unsuitable for placement as a pet.”

Wow. So so far we know this: “no-kill” shelters also kill kittens under 8 weeks and unfriendly cats, like feral ones. Since many people are unaware, they’d think; oh, I found this feral cat out in the streets, but don’t worry, I brought it to a no-kill shelter! Or they might think; I live in a no-kill city, so they don’t need my help! But that’s not true at all.

What about the term treatable? Does it help the “unhealthy” cats’ situation? Treatable is defined as…”who are likely to become “healthy,” if given medical, foster, behavioral, or other care equivalent typically provided to pets by reasonable and caring pet owners.

Now that just confirms suspicions about the kittens. Kittens take much more energy to take care of than other pets and do not count as “treatable”. Unless taken in by a foster family, a kitten under 8 weeks wouldn’t last a day in an animal shelter. But it isn’t the shelter’s fault. It just doesn’t have the time and money to take care of the kittens.

All of the animal shelters need YOUR help. Without any foster parents, so many kittens and feral cats could get euthanized. Foster isn’t even that difficult, or complicated. So support your local animal shelter, kill or no-kill.

Inspired by Kitten Lady at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iUjy243-Fs

The Feline Queen ❤️

Should Feral Cats Be Kept in Homes?

Many people make the mistake of adopting a street or feral, cat. But is it really a good idea?

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I bet you’ve seen at least two feral cats in your street. Maybe you even feed them. But they are not meant to be pets. Most of the street cats you’ve seen are not friendly. They usually run away if you try to pick it up, or pet it. But there is a difference between a street/feral cat, and a stray cat. A feral cat is a cat that has had very little or no contact with humans. Unless they are socialized by fourteen weeks of age, the cat is officially feral. A stray cat is a cat that was abandoned or lost by their owner. Basically if the cat has had enough human contact to be used to them, they’re stray. Stray cats can usually be put in animal shelters, but don’t expect them not to be a bit timid. After all, they’ve probably had a hard life.

In my articles; “World of Cats”, (http://thefelineuniverse.com/world-of-cats/) and “Saving the Felines!” (http://thefelineuniverse.com/saving-the-felines/) I mention TNR. I’m eventually gonna dig deeper on that topic later on. But TNR is an amazing way to make sure that the feral cats living in your area are healthy and happy. If you didn’t know what TNR was, then here’s the answer: TNR is a process where you trap a feral cat, bring it to the vet and have it neutered or spayed so it can’t have kittens, and then returned to where it was found. After TNR it’s safe to feed them without being scared of producing more kittens.

The more feral cats that don’t go through the TNR process, the more cats that are born and end up being feral. Even if a feral cat ends up being neutered or spayed, there are still many hardships or living in the wild. But feral cats will not be happy living in an animal shelter. What they consider freedom is not what pet cats consider freedom. Feral cats are also usually either aggressive, timid, or, both.

The Feline Queen ❤️

The Kitty Adventures: The Feline Universe

“The Feeling Universe?” Jellybean echoed. “What’s that?” The tom scowled. “The Feline Universe. A place where all felines go.” “Like heaven for cats?” Snow chimed in. “NO! Of course not. Just a place felines like to hang out a lot.” Snow nodded thoughtfully. “And why are you bringing us there?” Jellybean asked. “We have to bring you to our “Feline Queen.” The tom answered. OK, I’m not going to ask. Nope, not a single question. Snow thought. But Jellybean beat her to it. “The Feline Queen? What is that? And who is the Feline Queen?”

“You’ll speak of our queen respectfully!” The tom suddenly snarled. “Okay, okay. Sorry!” Jellybean apologized nervously. Not only were Jellybean and Snow outnumbered, they had no experience of fighting. So they didn’t want to provoke the fierce tom. “Come on.” One of the other cats, a calico, said. As Jellybean started to follow the tom, the calico whispered in her ear. “Sorry about Grey. He can be a bit harsh at first. But he’s not all bad!” Then she bounded off towards Grey.

Snow and Jellybean were led into a small clearing. There, something magically beautiful sat. It was a bright star with a rainbow tint to it. The star hummed with power. “Woah.” Snow whispered, awestruck. Grey smirked. “That’s the portal to The Feline Universe.” Although Snow wasn’t sure how exactly the star was going to bring them to this “Feline Universe”, but she kept on walking. Then, Grey walked straight into the star. Jellybean yelped. But instead of burning into a fiery crisp, he simply disappeared. “Go on.” The calico nudged her gently. Jellybean stepped into the star, and everything went black.

“J-Jellybean? JELLYBEAN! Come on, wake up!” Jellybean woke with a start. “Ugh. I don’t feel so good…” She groaned. Snow nudged her gently. “Come on. The others are waiting for us.” Jellybean groggily got to her feet and followed Snow. “About time.” Grey growled. “Come.”

Jellybean gasped. A whole galaxy stood before her. Different planets representing different felines floated. In the middle, just like the sun, sat a glowing purple planet. Grey led Snow and Jellybean toward it. With a start, Jellybean realized that they were walking on a glass path, with no sides. “Is this safe?” She asked Grey. “If you’re truly a cat, yes.” He replied. Jellybean shivered at the thought of what waited ahead. She wondered if escaping from The Claw had been a good idea. Only one way to find out, Jellybean thought. She trudged along the path, towards her unknown faith.

The Kitty Adventures: A New World

“Woah…” Snow had never been outside the small world of The Claw before. That was what she and Jellybean had been calling the animal shelter they’d escaped from last night. Sure, there were windows in The Claw, but they weren’t always open, and it was hard getting up there! The beautiful sunrise slowly faded into the clear blue sky. Snow heard Jellybean’s belly rumble. “What will we eat?” Jellybean asked. “We’ll…catch something.” Jellybean snorted. No one visiting The Claw had ever played with them. At least, not when they were adults. They all just wanted to look at the annoying younglings, only paying attention to the adults when they were willing to be picked up. “Snow…are you sure this was the right decision? Escaping from The Claw, I mean?” Jellybean asked Snow worriedly. Since Snow had been born just a few minutes before the jumpy calico, she was technically Jellybean’s “big sister”. To Jellybean, Snow was her best friend and hero. Most siblings didn’t stay close when they grew up. But Jellybean followed Snow everywhere, looking up to Snow.

Suddenly something rustled in the bush only a few feet away from them. “Get down!” Snow hissed. Jellybean did as told, her eyes darting around her surroundings. An  enormous rat came scurrying out of the greenery. The rodent’s fat body suggested it wasn’t very bright. Snow waited until the rat was a few millimeters away. Wait…wait…almost there… Snow lashed out and flipped the rat onto into it’s back. She quickly bit its neck, trying not to flinch as the rat jerked suddenly. But when Snow stepped back to look at her kill, the rat’s eyes were staring blankly at the sky.

“Woah! You made your first kill!” Jellybean exclaimed. Snow stepped aside. “Eat. There’s enough for both of us.” Soon both cats were comfortably full, and Snow began to feel drowsy. “Sleep, sister. I’m not as tired as you.” That was all Snow heard before she closed her eyes, and fell into quiet darkness.

“Snow! WAKE UP!!” Jellybean’s terrified shriek confused Snow. What was there to fear in The Claw? But then Snow remembered. They weren’t in The Claw. All kinds of dangers lurked nearby. Snow groggily raised her head. “Wha-” The words stuck in her throat. Five huge cats loomed over Jellybean and Snow. “You’re under arrest.” The front cat announced. “You’ve trespassed over our territory. Now, we must bring you to The Feline Universe.”

The Kitty Adventures: Introduction

Our imagination is one very powerful tool. Whether it’s used to create a new and creative invention, or to write a bestseller story, we all have to admit our lives would be much more boring if we didn’t have an imagination.

So what is this section about? Ever since I heard about what I like to call “The Black Cat Massacre”, I’ve been determined to help other people see felines in a positive light. But I didn’t know how to accomplish my new goal. Now I do. When I write fiction stories about felines, I try to make my stories funny and exciting. I found it helped distract people who dislike cats and help them be more willing to have a good laugh. So yeah, I hope you enjoy!