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Is it normal for cats to pant a lot? Some even pant constantly... and if they do, is that normal? I have a 3 yr old cat named, Luna. She has a lot of energy. When I wake her up at 4am she wants to go out and play (even though she already goes out and plays around noon) and she does this all day, even though she is tired. She does NOT pant, she just goes out the door all day long. I have seen other posts saying that it is normal for her to do this, but I really don't want to have her lose any weight. What should I do? Is this normal for a 3 yr old cat, and I do have to be okay with it? I can't be with her 24/7.
It's normal for her to be a little jittery at that age. It takes a little while for her to get used to the extra energy she has. Try talking to her about the extra work that you're doing. Try giving her some attention by petting her a little.
I hope you're being careful when she plays. If she's not getting her paws into something she should be doing that, if she's jumping into things or if you get some catnip in your hands don't just toss it to her.
You need to be feeding her at all the right times for her to maintain her weight. And if she's not going to be a lap cat then give her an appropriate sized cat pillow to lay on or something.
If you need more help then look for a local cat behaviorist.
I hope it all works out well for your Luna. If you're not able to watch her all the time then find someone that can watch her while you're at work. Try to get someone to come to your house and feed her to take her mind off the fact that you're not home.
Thank you for the advice. Yes, I was definitely going to try the catnip, it hasn't seemed to work before, but I was hoping that it might now. The best thing is that she is very active and is not going to play with anything that isn't there, but there are some things she wants to play with that are hard to keep near her. Also, she has a little crate that I got for her, but if she has to be crated she is a little too much for me to handle sometimes. I know that I should be helping her keep her weight up, but what is a good age to do that? She is very active but still needs a lot of food at her age. I know that she will be fine once I get her weight up, she just needs to figure out how to eat when I can't watch her all the time, but I can't seem to get that to happen. It's been pretty frustrating to deal with this and I want to do what I can to make it better, she just isn't acting the same, like I said, when she is on my lap and then she is jumping all over the house.
I agree about catnip, it has never worked for me, but i do think that I have a bad bottle of it. I think that she is on her last bottle though. Thanks for the tip on the food too. This may work for me, I have a friend that will come over to feed her. But what I was looking for was help with when I was working. Someone to come to my house and do a little playing, to keep her mind off my not being around.
Maybe it's because I am older than most mom's but I don't think I could just up and leave for a long time. Maybe it's just because I just didn't want to leave my kid but either way I just know that if I just would have thought ahead about it that I would have made a plan. I would love to be around when my son is learning but right now I just have to work and try to get my husband to step up and help me.
I too have a very hyper kitten. He gets into trouble and I spend a good amount of time cleaning up his messes. He even leaves things around the house for me to pick up (like his toys...I am looking at you Kitty!). He is pretty much a pain to be around! I feel bad that he is not getting as much attention as he needs. I just don't know what to do. It is a challenge to me because of my age (53). I am a stay at home mom so most of the time my daughter is home with me. I don't see her many hours but I do see her! She is in school until 5:30 so I know when she comes home, I have a little time with her.
My husband works too and he has to go in to work by 5:45 every morning and his hours get cut down too because he gets a lot of calls at the office. It is very frustrating. I don't get help and I can't ask for help because I am worried they will ask me if I am able to handle the job. At the same time I don't want to ask if I can handle the job because I don't want to upset anyone. I need to get my life together and find a way to handle it. I don't know what to do.
I wish I had found someone before my daughter left but I didn't even think about it. I guess I never wanted to hear it. I just want to be able to take care of her. I need help with her. I need to figure out a plan to handle this but I don't know what to do.
I have a friend that is looking after her elderly mother. This friend has 4 children and in the past, they all did not help at all. Now, they are getting older and it is obvious that their mother needs care but, they are still not involved. The problem is they want to leave for the sake of their own sanity. Their mom is in her 80's and has a history of dementia. She is a sweet and gentle lady and I have told them they have no choice but to care for their mother.
If I were you I would speak with your husband's boss and talk with him about ways he can help. Make sure you talk with him respectfully and be as patient as you can. He probably isn't aware that he is an excellent mentor and can probably help in the care of your son.
I don't know what to do either. I know that I have been putting up with things for years. As far as I know, he has not done anything wrong. He has a family and two teenage kids at home. He is a high-school counselor at his church. That is what he wants to do. I can't stand him. He is verbally abusive. I have not called the police about it. I just want to be able to get out. I want to leave and start over. I want my life back. I want to go back to school and finish. I want to get my life together. I want to have more control.
It is true that he does not have any insurance and I can't afford the medication and that is hard. I can't afford to leave him. I am worried about my son's future. He is a hard working young man. He is intelligent. I just don't know what to do.