Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are pretty common in the human world. But did you know that their a major problem for cats, too?

Urinary tract infections in cats can cause serious health problems. Since cats are good at hiding signs of urinary tract disease, it’s up to cat parents to know how to prevent and treat cat UTIs.

Here’s what you need to know to protect your fur baby from the agony of UTIs.

Who’s most likely to get a UTI?

Urinary tract infections in cats are certainly more common in some groups than others. Young cats, for instance, rarely get UTIs. If a young cat is showing signs of a UTI, there may be a more serious problem like kidney disease or feline idiopathic cystitis.

Older cats and females are more likely to get UTIs. However, UTIs in male cats are far more dangerous simply because of male anatomy.

Male cats have a narrower urethra than female cats. When a UTI occurs, the bacteria can cause a change in your cat’s urine pH. High pH can lead to the formation of crystals to form in the urine. If those crystals become lodged in the narrow urethra of a male cat, it can cause a blockage.

A blocked urethra is deadly and should be treated immediately by a veterinarian.

Signs & Symptoms

Urinary tract infections in cats are caused by bacteria that travel up the cat’s urethra. Sometimes the bacteria can travel through the urethra into the bladder causing an infection called bacterial cystitis. In severe cases, bacteria can also invade the ureters in the kidneys causing an infection called pyelonephritis.

To prevent these and other conditions, it’s crucial that pet parents know what to look for when a urinary tract infection first strikes.

When cats suffer from urinary tract disease, they often show signs of difficulty urinating. For example, your cat may feel pain when trying to urinate in her litter box, so she may start to associate the litter box with pain and try to urinate outside of the litter box. Other signs of painful or difficult urination include:

  • Visiting the litter box more often than usual
  • Spending a longer than usual amount of time in the litter box
  • Visiting the litter box but not leaving any deposits
  • Blood in the urine
  • Attempting to urinate in other parts of the house
  • Drinking more water than usual
  • Not eating as much as usual

Detecting & Preventing UTIs

The best way to know if your cat is at risk is by using PrettyLitter. Because bacteria can change the pH of your cat’s urine long before your cat starts showing outward symptoms, PrettyLitter can give you a heads up. If your cat is using PrettyLitter, the granules will turn blue to indicate that your cat may have a urinary tract infection or other health problem.

Taking steps to prevent urinary tract infections in your cat is crucial. Start by always keeping the litter box clean so bacteria doesn’t have a chance to spread. Your cat’s diet is also a contributing factor. Diabetic and overweight cats are at greater risk of urinary tract disease.

Some cats can experience urinary tract disease as a response to stress. Playing with your cat, letting her get plenty of exercise, providing perches and hiding places, and offering at least one food and water bowl per cat are easy ways to reduce stress. If you know your cat is going to be facing some changes in the household - like the addition of a new pet or a baby - make the transition as easy as possible.


If you suspect your cat may have a UTI, take her to the vet immediately. Treating cat urinary tract infections can be a simple process if the problem is caught early.

Your vet will likely recommend dietary changes that will prevent UTIs and the formation of crystals in the bladder. If your cat is suffering from a blockage, she will most likely require hospitalization to drain the bladder and safely remove the blockage.

Some cats are more susceptible to urinary tract infections than others. A cat that has had one UTI is more likely to have another in the future. Monitor your cat’s urinary tract health with PrettyLitter so you’re always three steps ahead of the problem.

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Whether your baby or your cat was here first, they’re going to have to find a way to get along. The best way to make that happen is by starting with a good first impression.

As a parent, there’s a lot you can do ensure your cats and babies share a healthy, loving bond for life.

Start Slow

Like us, cats need an adjustment period. Whether you’re bringing a new cat into the home or you’re adding a new bundle of joy to your cat’s territory, it’s going to take time for your cat to come around to the change of scenery.

Rather than forcing introductions, let your cat call the shots. Take your time and let your cat come to you and your baby. Cats are naturally curious, so he’ll make his way around to saying hello sooner or later. But things will go much smoother if it’s on feline time.

First Interactions

Think about your first impression of a coworker, a neighbor, or a friend. That initial impression may have changed over time, but you always remember those pivotal first few seconds. Cats are the same way.

When you’re first introducing your cat to your baby, keep a close eye on both parties. Toddlers in particular tend to be eager to explore their surroundings and may want to grab at the cat. Help your child redirect any attempts to grab into soft petting. This will teach your child how to interact with your cat while also teaching your cat that your kiddo is a source of loving attention.

Get to Know Their Personalities

Just as babies are born with unique temperaments, cats have unique personalities. Some cats are introverted, shy, or reclusive, and others are outgoing, affectionate, and downright talkative. Also, some cats are more prone to bonding or may become attached to one particular member of the family.

Enjoy the journey of getting to know the personalities of your cat and your child as they grow together. Respect whatever temperament or personality each has. Talk to your child about your cat’s personality and help your little one appreciate what makes your cat special.

Teaching Boundaries

One thing your child and your cat have in common is they each think they’re in charge. Whether it’s meal time or nap time, kids and cats naturally think their needs come first.

As your cat and child spend more time together, they’ll inevitably cross a boundary that one or both isn’t comfortable with. In most cases, it’s the cat who feels like things have gone too far. While kids tend to be cuddlers and believe play time should never end, cats aren’t always inclined to agree.

Teach your child from an early age that when a cat leaves the room, runs away, or retreats to a hiding place, it’s best to let him be. Cats who don’t want to play or be picked up are more likely to scratch or nip when their patience is tested.

Keep Watch & Prevent Mishaps

Until children are old enough to interact with pets on their own, parents should always keep an eye on their kiddos when they’re around the family cat. While cats and babies can certainly form strong bonds, there’s also plenty of opportunity for mishaps.

Start by teaching your child the dos and don’ts of having a feline sibling - like that kitty litter isn’t an approved snack and cats don’t enjoy having their tails pulled.

If you’re concerned about your cat scratching your little one, consider using Soft Claws or a similar product. Rather than declawing - which is a painful, debilitating, and traumatizing event for your cat - Soft Claws are a humane way to prevent scratches.

Soft Claws are a set of silicone sheaths that can be safely glued onto your cat’s nails. As your cat’s nails grow and the outer layer sloughs off, Soft Claws fall off too. Replace each nail as it comes off, or do a full kitty manicure about once every six weeks.

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Cat behavior is a conundrum. From the random gallops through the house to impromptu yoga poses, learning how to read your cat’s body language can make you a better pet-parent.

Here are some of the more enigmatic types of cat body language you may see on your journey to develop a psychic connection with your feline friend.

We’re All Equal

The first key to understanding cat body language is by viewing the world through your cat’s eyes. According to Dr. John Bradshaw, anthrozoology researcher and author of Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, cats view humans as equal to themselves. In other words, we’re all just big cats.

This means that your cat uses the same body language to communicate with you as he does with other cats.

The Slow Blink of Trust

If you’ve been living with your cat for some time and he hasn’t tried to kill you, you’ve likely seen him give you the slow blink of trust. This highly-desirable form of body language usually happens when your cat is sitting or lying down and looking directly at you. You’ll see your cat slowly close his eyelids, pause for a moment, then open them again. 

While this signal can be easily confused with snobbish boredom, it’s actually your cat’s way of saying that he trusts you.

Cats are survivalists by nature, which means they’re always on alert for threats. It’s the same reason why your cat seems to challenge every new visitor to your house to a staring contest. When your cat is unsure of someone, he refuses to take his eyes off the suspect. But when he feels safe, he lets you know by willingly closing his eyes and letting his guard down.

So the next time your ferocious fluff ball gives you the slow blink of trust, give it right back. Congratulations - you’ve just bonded with your cat a bit more.

The Gaping Snarl

Usually when we see animals (or people) snarl, it’s a sign of aggression or annoyance, right? Not so with cats. When a cat opens his mouth slightly and curls back his lips in a semi-smile, he’s actually trying to play “Guess That Smell.”

Unlike other mammals who rely on smell, your cat has a leg up. Your cat has an extra smell-sensing organ in the roof of his mouth called the Jacobson’s organ. This odd facial expression is actually called the flehmen response and lets your cat maximize his smelling superpower.

No need to worry. He’s not mad at you. He’s just trying to decide if he likes the flavor of the air.

Belly-Up Yoga

This one probably has you snapping pictures and saying “awww” every time. It’s when your cat lays on his back and lets his paws flail about. Some cats take to a graceful twist while others look like dropped pancakes.

Whichever form your cat takes, when he’s belly up, don’t pet him. While it’s true that being belly-up is a sign of vulnerability and trust, it’s not an invitation for contact. In fact, touching your cat on his belly while he’s in this position can make him feel threatened, anxious, or defensive - hence the horrid scratching 3 seconds later.

Resist the urge to bury your face in that adorable, fuzzy belly and save the petting for when your cat is laying on his side or when he comes to you.

Talking Back

While your cat expects you to catch on to his language, he’s also picking up what you’re layin’ down. Over the 9,000 years that cats have been living as domesticated pets, they’ve caught on to the fact that humans are vocal creatures. This is why your cat will meow at you when you speak to him.

Oddly enough, cats use very few vocalizations with other cats, say researchers at Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Those meows are just for you. So you should feel pretty special the next time your cat tries to speak your language.

In fact, cats will use specific sounds when they want to tell you certain things. Every cat has his own vocabulary, so our glossary of meows will look different than yours. But if you pay attention to the sound your cat greets you with when you come home, the sound he makes when his bowl is empty, and the way he claps back when you say his name, you’ll start to notice patterns.

Couple that with your new-found knowledge of how to read your cat’s body language, and you two will be in perfect harmony.

Here's a little "cheat sheet" for you to keep

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Cats are silent sufferers, which makes it nearly impossible to know when your cat first starts feeling ill.

As a good pet parent, it’s your job to take care of your fur baby. Keep an eye out for these critical signs of pain so you can get your little loved one help before the problem gets out of control.

Ingrained "Toughness"

Unlike other animals that may cry out or show obvious signs of being ill - humans included - cats are naturally programmed to hide their pain. It’s an evolutionary defense mechanism that has carried through to our domesticated feline friends.

In the wild, injured cats are more vulnerable to predators and other cats who may try to infringe on their territory or resources. To protect themselves, cats go above and beyond to hide any signs of internal illness or injuries.

Understanding this natural inclination is the first step in learning how to tell if your cat is in pain.

Changes In Mood

Cats have a lot more in common with us humans than you might think. When you’re sick, you have very little patience and may be more irritable than when you’re healthy, right? Your cat’s the same way.

If your usually-friendly kitty suddenly starts nipping, scratching, or avoiding you, take notice. Out-of-the-ordinary behavior can be a sign that your cat isn’t feeling well. It doesn’t mean your cat doesn’t love you anymore. Rather, it’s a natural defense that means “Leave me alone. I’m not feeling well.”

But don’t listen to your cat. Pay attention to his behavior and habits. Take special notice if your cat seems annoyed or aggressive when you touch him in a particular spot, which may indicate tenderness or pain. Then call your vet.

Breaks In Routine

Cat’s are highly routined creatures. One of the best signs that your cat is unwell is changes in his routine. Things like eating less, drinking more water, or refusing to play with his favorite toy can be a signal that your cat isn’t feeling his best.

It’s also important that you maintain your routine with monitoring your cat’s health. If you’re using PrettyLitter and your cat has been leaving healthy yellow or olive green deposits for quite some time, don’t get complacent.

Sometimes we take our pets’ healthy status for granted and assume everything’s OK. Keep checking your cat’s litter. If you notice red, blue, or bright green stains, take your furry friend to the vet as soon as possible.

Unwelcome Presents

One of the symptoms of pain your cat might show is avoiding certain places that he associates with pain, like the litter box. If your cat is suffering from a bladder infection, crystals, or blockage, he may have trouble urinating or experience painful urination.

After a few attempts, he’ll assume it’s his litter box that’s causing the pain. As a result, you may see that your cat leaves unwelcome presents - like urine stains or feces - around your house in places where he thinks he’ll be more comfortable.

This is a serious sign of trouble and should be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Now that you know what to watch out for, you may be asking, “What can I do?” The answer is simple: call your vet.

While knowledge + PrettyLitter can alert you that your cat may be facing a health battle, only a trained veterinarian can diagnose your feline friend. Talk to your vet, share your insight, and let the pros treat your fur baby knowing that you’ve done your job.

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One of the questions we get a lot here at PrettyLitter is, “How much should my cat weigh?” So let’s talk healthy cat weight, weight loss, and management for a minute.

How Much Should My Cat Weigh?

Like people, all cats are different. Some breeds tend towards a smaller frame, while others are naturally long, tall, or squatty.

However, most healthy domestic cats tend to hover around the 8 - 10 pound mark. If your cat exceeds 12 pounds, he’s likely overweight.

A good way to judge your cat’s health is by checking his belly fat. Have your cat stand up on all fours, preferably on a counter or table where you can easily look at his torso at eye level. On a cat of healthy weight, the belly shouldn’t dip below the elbows.

While there are some exceptions to this rule - like the infamously cute Munchkin breed - it’s a good health barometer for the vast majority of domestic cats. If you’re still not sure about your cat’s weight, take him for a visit to the vet.  

Is My Fat Cat at Risk?

Yes! If your cat is overweight, he’s at high risk of many health problems.

Cat obesity can lead to a number of health hazards, including inflammation, urinary blockage, and feline diabetes, says Dr. Geoff DeWire, a graduate of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and recipient of the Pfizer Clinical Achievement Award for Excellence.

While a 13 or 14 pound cat may be cute in all his fluffy, squishy goodness, he’s actually extremely overweight. For example, if your cat’s ideal weight is 8 pounds but he’s actually 10 pounds, then he’s carrying around an extra 25% of his body weight.

In human terms, that would be the equivalent of a 180 lb adult man putting on an extra 45 pounds. And you probably know what your doctor would say about that - time for a change.

How Can I Help My Cat Lose Weight


Helping your cat lose weight is a lot like helping a person lose weight. It all comes down to two key components: diet and exercise.

Start by finding a healthy brand of cat food that includes meat and vegetables in its top five ingredients. Healthy options include chicken, liver, salmon, duck, carrots, peas, and sweet potatoes. Stay away from any products that list “by product” or grains (like corn, soy, white rice, rye, potatoes, or tapioca) in the first five ingredients.

Next, make sure you’re measuring your cat’s portions. While it’s tempting to just fill up the bowl and let your little guy be the judge, he’s just as bad at stopping himself from indulging as we humans are.

Take a look at the portion guide on your cat’s food packaging. Find your cat’s ideal weight and serve him up a portion that’s right for the weight he should be, not the weight he is currently. If after about 4 to 6 weeks you don’t see a change in your cat’s weight, you may need to reduce his portion a little more. You can also use a pet weight calculator to estimate your pet’s daily calorie needs.

Finally, get your furry friend on the treadmill. In cat terms, this usually means whipping out the laser pointer. Schedule your play time every day and commit to it like you would an important appointment - because that’s absolutely what it is.

Help your cat burn off a few extra calories by running him around your living room. You can even get creative and set up a track over the couch, under the coffee table, and up the cat tree. Keep him guessing and you’ll both have a blast. (And yes, posting your cat’s funny workout on YouTube is encouraged.)

Maintaining a healthy cat weight doesn’t have to be a challenge. Figure out the healthy portion your cat needs and add a bit of exercise into his daily routine. He’ll still get to nap, lounge, and watch the birds, but he’ll be doing so in a healthy body that you’ll both get to enjoy for years to come.


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Are you guilty of not always following the doctor’s orders?

We humans are like that. But don’t let that bad habit extend to your fur babies.

When it comes to following the Vet’s recommendations, these are the big four that your cat’s doc really wants you to remember.

Litter Boxes

One of the hardest recommendations to get cat parents to comply with revolves around litter boxes. Have you ever wondered how many litter boxes you need? According to veterinarian Dr. Geoff DeWire, households with multiple cats should have at least one litter box per cat, plus one.

For example, if you’re a two-cat household, you should also be a three-litter-box household. If you have four cats, you should have five boxes. And so on.  

Also, each litter box should be located in a different part of the house, says Dr. DeWire. This ensures that each cat can have his or her own privacy if your cats need to use their boxes at the same time.

It may seem strange to think that an animal who has no problem licking himself in the middle of the living room floor needs privacy, but when it comes to potty time, cats have different standards. From an evolutionary perspective, using the litter box is the time when a cat thinks he’s most vulnerable to predators, which may include other cats. Giving each cat his or her own space can go a long way to reducing stress and health problems for your furry friends.

Of course, it’s not always realistic to expect cat parents to accommodate this request when they have two or more cats. It’s pretty challenging to find three or more places around the home you’re willing to surrender to your cats’ bathroom habits. Try to get as close as possible to meeting the “1 box per cat + 1” rule and your cats will thank you for it.

Home Environment

Despite the fact that cats have been domesticated for hundreds of years, there’s a fine line between your pampered cat and her natural instincts. Cats are driven by instinct, even today. That’s why they love to look out the window, watch birds, and hunt down any little critters that may get in or near your house.

When cats can’t express their natural instincts, they can become stressed - and for cats, stress often manifests as illness. Make sure that your home has plenty of environmental enrichment that caters to your cat’s natural instincts, recommends Dr. DeWire.

This means setting up perches where your cat can survey her territory both inside and outside the home. If your cat is of the indoor-only variety, be sure she has access to windows where she can keep the birds in check.

Your cat also needs to hunt. Since we’re not proponents of pitting your cat against another living thing, we recommend investing a couple bucks in a cat-friendly laser pointer. Spend 5 to 15 minutes each day playing with your cat so she can let out her wild side. Not only will she get some much needed exercise, but she’ll also get to scratch that instinctual itch and relieve any pent up stress.

Food & Water

Like fighting over or waiting for an available litter box, your cat doesn’t want to struggle to get food or water either. What’s more, when it comes to food and water cats can be territorial, meaning they will protect what’s theirs even if it means causing another cat grief or physical harm, says Dr. DeWire.

If you’re a multi-cat household, make sure each cat has his or her own space. Observe your cats and note where each one likes to hang out. Chances are, each of your cats has a favorite lounge spot, perch, or hide out.

Those are the areas that each of your cats have claimed for themselves. Respect their self-imposed territories and give each cat a food and water dish within his or her own borders.  

Weight Gain

This is a big one, says Dr. DeWire. Since the days of Garfield, the big fat cat phenomenon has been an uphill battle for veterinarians. While many cat lovers find large cats to be cute, funny, or even normal, it’s an epidemic that needs to stop.

It may seem like no big deal if your cat has a bit more to love around the middle, but it’s actually a major health hazard. Even one to two extra pounds can lead to problems like inflammation, urinary blockage, and diabetes.

Consider this: a healthy cat weight is about 10 pounds for domesticated cats. If your cat gains 2 pounds, that’s a 20 percent body mass increase. That would be the equivalent of a 150 pound adult woman gaining 30 pounds.

Preventing obesity in cats should always be a top priority for pet parents. If your cat is overweight, there are things you can do to help your cat lose a few pounds.

Start by reading the label on your cat’s food. Most pet parents simply fill their pets’ bowls to the top and let Fluffy be the judge. Help your cat with portion control by only giving your cat the recommended amount of food based on his ideal weight.

All cats need exercise, too. If your cat is an indoor cat, he’s likely not getting the daily exercise he needs. Spend at least 10 minutes giving your cat a cardio workout by playing with him. Use a laser pointer, a feather, or any toy your cat’s shown an interest in to get him moving.

By preventing overweight and obesity in your cat, you’ll go a long way to preventing disease and enjoying a long, healthy life with your fur baby.

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You’re always on the hunt for cool things to buy for your cat, right? Right. Us too!

But, like all cat parents, we know the pains of disappointment when our precious gift arrives, we present it to our cat, and the little guy goes straight for the Amazon box it came in.

To solve our heartache, we tracked down 5 innovative products that are guaranteed to make your cat happy and have the added bonus of making your life easier.

The Kitty Tube

kitty tube

The big dilemma… Do you let your cat go outside and brave the dangers and excitement of the world or keep her safe and sound inside? It’s a problem every cat lover faces, especially when you see how eager your cat is to roam the outdoors as she stares out the window watching the birds fly away.

If you’ve decided to let your cat put on her big girl booties and head outside, you may want to consider investing in the Kitty Tube.

The Kitty Tube is an insulated cat house that offers your cat a nice, safe hideaway when she’s outdoors. Especially on days when you leave your cat home alone and she wanders outdoors, the Kitty Tube protects her from the weather, predators, and discomfort.

In fact, your cat will feel like a queen inside the Kitty Tube. It comes with a custom pet pillow, durable awnings, and a removable clear flap door to keep dust and other critters out. And yes, the pillow is machine washable.

While you may still wonder what your gorgeous girl is up to outside, you can heave a sigh of relief knowing she has her very own luxurious bunker to protect her.

Cat Zoom Groom Brush

zoom groom brush

Does your cat have a love-hate relationship with grooming? Ours, too. That’s why we love the Cat Zoom Groom Brush.

Most pet brushes have rigid, mean-looking bristles that can irritate your cat’s skin. While she may put up with the groom session for a few strokes, you’re likely to get a claw to the hand sooner or later. The bristles on the Cat Zoom Groom Brush, on the other hand, are flexible and soft.

The Cat Zoom Groom Brush is made by Kong, one of the most trusted brands in pet pampering. Though it may look like a toy from a Happy Meal, it attracts hair like your favorite blouse and holds on tight.

Better still is the Cat Zoom Groom Brush’s ability to stimulate capillaries in your cat’s skin to promote healthy oil production for a soft, supple coat.

No more frustration over clouds of cat hair during grooming time for you, and no more sore skin from traditional brushes for your cat. Win, win.


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Well, of course! We love PrettyLitter, not just because it’s our own (dare we say, brilliant) invention, but because we’ve seen hundreds of cases where PrettyLitter has saved a cat’s life.

Cats are notorious for hiding their ailments. While dogs will whimper, limp, or just look sad with their big droopy eyes, cats try to hang tough and fight through the pain. As one PrettyLitter customer put it, “Your litter was the ONLY thing that alerted me that anything was wrong. Thankfully it was caught early enough.”

PrettyLitter’s life-saving abilities are the main reason we love it, but we also love the fact that you only need one bag per month, it’s lighter than nearly all leading brands, and it’s safe for anyone to use - even pregnant women.

Plus, when it comes to choosing the right box, PrettyLitter is litter-box-agnostic. However, we do have a favorite that recently emerged onto the poop-scooping market...

PetsN’All Cat Litter Mat

cat litter mat


You love your cat, your cuddle sessions, even the adorable way she grooms her paws. But we bet you don’t love stepping on those tiny granules of kitty litter. Enter, the PetsN’All Cat Litter Mat.

Stop chasing your cat around with the hand vacuum. Stop wearing wool socks in the summer just to avoid that gritty feeling under foot. Now your cat’s litter won’t get farther than the doormat under the litter box.

While your cat’s adorable paws may seem perfectly designed for carrying around grains of litter, the PetsN’All Cat Litter Mat traps any rouge grains as soon as your cat steps out of the box. Then, whenever you get around to it, vacuum the mat or shake it out outside.

No more litter toe.

Cat Catch

laser pointer

Our final cool thing to buy for your cat is more of a luxury for pet parents than for cats. The Cat Catch LED laser pointer lets you play with your cat (and give her some much needed exercise) without you having to suffer from numb thumb - that awful feeling you get when you’ve been holding down the laser pointer button for more than 90 seconds.

The Cat Catch LED laser pointer is the king of interactive cat toys. It has five buttons cutely configured in the shape of a cat’s paw. When you press any of them once, you get a blinking laser beam that will have your cat dancing. When you press a button twice, you get a steady laser beam that stays on - no painful pressing required. Press a button three times and the light turns off.

Coming in at less than $9 on Amazon, this laser pointer will rid you of your fear of numb thumb and guarantee that you and your cat can enjoy plenty of long play sessions.

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It’s summer. You’re sweating, you’re becoming best friends with your air conditioner, and you’re feeling sympathy for the adorable ball of fluffy mewing at your ankles.

Despite the fact that cats are covered in a thick layer of cozy, soft fur, they actually have a few tricks up their sleeves for keeping cool.

How do cats cool themselves?

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Cats are professional couch potatoes. While you may be envious of the layabout lifestyle of cats, they’re actually working hard to keep himself cool this summer.

One of the best ways cats keep their body temperature down is by sleeping and resting most of the day. When it’s nearing triple digits outside, you won’t find your cat romping around. Let the little guy conserve energy, then wake him for play time after dark.

Your cat may also find some unique hiding places in the summer - like under the couch or in the back of your closet. When it’s hot, your cat may try to find the coolest spot in the house and claim it as his own.

To Shave or Not to Shave?

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That is the question, isn’t it? If you find yourself asking, “Should I shave my cat in the summer?” you’re not alone.

While your cat may look like the coolest kid on the block with a lion cut, cat haircuts aren’t the best idea.

Your cat’s fur works much like the insulation in your house. When it’s cold out, your cat’s fur keeps him warm; when it’s hot, it keeps him cool. Shaving - or even trimming - your cat in the summer strips him of his natural defense against the heat.

Resist the urge to cut your favorite sports team’s emblem into your fluffy buddy’s back this summer and let him stay cool (and dignified).

A Few Misconceptions

No, cats don’t sweat. Have you seen moist paw prints walking across your lovely surfaces this summer? Don’t be fooled - it’s not sweat.

Cats secrete plenty of moisture from their mouths and tongues, which they then lap onto their paws. The end result is similar to human sweating - as the moisture evaporates, their paws cool.

Excessive shedding isn’t a sign your cat is too hot. If you see an increase in dust balls around the house and are inclined to blame your cat, excessive shedding isn’t actually a response to the hot weather.

Your cat’s fur keeps helps him maintain an internal body temperature between 100.5 and 102.5 F. Excessive shedding in cats is a sign that your cat may have a serious health condition.

What Should I Look Out For?

The best way to keep your cats cool and healthy in the summer is to give them plenty of water, don’t encourage activity until after the temperature drops, and watch out for any signs of overheating.

One sign to check for is if your cat’s ears are hot. Your cat’s ears help him regulate his body temperature. Much like your cat’s warm paws, the ears may feel warm to the touch as they release heat.

However, if your cat’s ears are unusually hot, check for other symptoms of overheating like a warm, dry nose. Alone, these symptoms are not proof that your cat is ill, but they’re a sign that it may be time to take your cat’s temperature. You can do this using a rectal thermometer or take him to the vet if you’re not comfortable taking his temperature yourself.

Summer should be a time for fun, sun, and relaxation. Make sure your feline friend enjoys the season too by letting him keep his fur, giving him plenty of water and rest, and keeping an eye out for signs of overheating.

Have fun plans with your cat this summer? Share your pictures with us on Instagram @prettylittercats!

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Expect Only the Best

While PrettyLitter believes that its litter is the best way to keep tabs on your furry friend’s health, we also believe in educating pet parents about all their options.

Using PrettyLitter in your cat’s litter box can tell you what’s going on with your cat’s internal health when emergencies strike, but you also need to know how to take care of your cat’s day-to-day health, nutrition, and happiness.

PrettyLitter is dedicated to helping pet parents enjoy every single moment with their fur babies. That means helping pet parents extend their cats’ lives and form healthy, meaningful bonds.

In the PrettyLitter Blog, we’ll explore topics like:

  • The latest veterinary science cat lovers should know
  • How to recognize and treat cat health problems
  • Stimulating your cat’s mental development
  • Treating emotional and behavioral issues like stress, aggression, or past trauma
  • The best products out there for making maintenance easy and play-time fun
  • Forming healthy bonds and enjoying time with your cat
  • First-hand stories of life with cats

About PrettyLitter

PrettyLitter was founded by Daniel Rotman, who tragically lost his cat to feline leukemia. Devastated by the loss of his dear Gingi, Daniel vowed to make sure no cat parent ever went through the same ordeal.

Cats are silent sufferers. You won’t catch your cat whining, crying, or telling you his tummy hurts when he’s sick. That’s why Daniel Rotman and his team developed a dust-free cat litter that detects health problems - like acidity abnormalities, blood, or high alkalinity - in your cat’s urine.

Not only does PrettyLitter give you a color-coded alert to cat health problems, but it’s lightweight and safe for anyone to use - even pregnant women! We take care of the hassle with monthly deliveries to your door so you can take care of your family - four-legged children included.

Today, PrettyLitter is dedicated to helping cat parents detect illnesses at the first sign of trouble and provide the highest quality of life for their feline friends.

Do You Belong Here?

The PrettyLitter blog is for you if:

  • You want to build a stronger relationship with your pet
  • You want to give your cat the very best in health care and nutrition
  • You enjoy seeing the cogs turn in your cat’s mind when you play together
  • You want to enjoy every moment of your cat’s long life

The PrettyLitter blog may not be for you if:

  • You wouldn’t call yourself a “cat person”

The Fine Print

Want to talk soft paws, gorgeous eyes, and swishing tails? We’re all ears! There are very few things we won’t allow in the PrettyLitter Blog, so we’ll list them here for you real quick.

The PrettyLitter Blog is not the place for:

  • Profanity or vulgar language - Kids can be pet-parents too, so let’s keep it clean.
  • Customer service questions - Need to talk to us? No problem! We’d love to hear from you! Use this page to get in touch.
  • Promoting off-topic content - If you have a cat-serving product, we’d love to hear about it! But if your thing is cars, exotic getaways, or discount homeowners insurance, this probably isn’t the place.

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