Cats are stylish pets. Unique cat collars can definitely add zing to your cat’s wardrobe. You can make your cat look more stylish by picking up a collar with a lot of bling and jazz. You can go down to the pet store and pick up a ready made collar like the harmony cat collar. Or you can make one for your cat by yourself. It’s not tough. You can do it easily and quickly and it will mean a lot more to your cat that you made it yourself!
- If you are planning to make a unique collar for your cat, pick up a regular cat collar from the pet store.
- Drop by the stationery and pick up glue, glitter, beads, artificial jewelry and some glitter paper. If you want, you can put in a bell as well. You can find small cow bells for cat collars.
- Once you are back home, pick up the collar and apply a layer of glue to the outside face of the collar. Make sure it’s a thin layer of glue.
- Once the glue is on, sprinkle the collar with the glitter and coat it evenly.
- Then, apply small portions of glue randomly and attach the beads to the collar.
- Cut up the glitter paper in any small shapes that you like and stick them on the collar too.
- Remember to make a pet id tag or buy one from the store. You can write your cat’s name and your phone number on it in case he ever gets lost.
- Last but not the least, tie the bell to the collar with a small string. Your unique cat collar is ready!
Don’t forget the catnip
Every cat owner knows about catnip, but how much do you really know? As an experienced cat owner, I’ll give you the break down on what it is and exactly how much is safe for your kitty.
Catnip is a perennial herb that is a member of the Mint family Labiatae. It should come as no surprise that it is a distant relative of marijuana. Catnip is native to Europe and Asia, although it has been introduced to America and Canada. There are about 250 species of catnip, not including hybrids.
This herb produces interesting behavior in most cats. It usually sniffs, rubs, licks and then finally eats the catnip. The sniffing is what produces the high, so cats may eat catnip to lessen the effect. This causes the catnip to act as a sedative, which is why cats may seem sluggish after the five to ten minute high. The active ingredient in catnip is an essential oil called nepetalactone.
Around 50% of cats react to catnip in differing degrees. Young kittens seem to have an aversion to it. Cats usually roll on the floor under catnip, reacting to pleasure pheromones. Interestingly, even cats that can’t smell will still respond to catnip. Cats can also become aggressive, hyperactive, or drool excessively. The response varies from cat to cat.
Luckily, you don’t have to worry about overdosing your cat! Cats intuitively know when they’ve had enough and will refuse more catnip at this point. Catnip can also act as an insect and rodent repellent. The herb has a sedative effect on humans, and can be used to settle headaches and an upset stomach. It can also heal cuts and wounds.
Asha loves organic catnip. I use it on her cat post and scratcher so that she will scratch them and not our furniture. She loves to eat it and then roll on her cat post. As you can see, it affects her quite strongly.
After this I’ll reward her with some cat treats. She prefers Halo Liv a Littles Protein Treats because of their large size.