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How to feed your cat when you are not there

Now that Momo can work longer, it may happen that we are alone during more than 4 hours. We eat 4 to 5 meals a day, imagine our dismay when we heard of the news !
What ? More than 4 hours alone ?
Fortunately, Claire thought of everything : she bought two automatic food dispensers for us.

How to feed your cat when you are not there ?

Place a meal in the bowl (up to 300 ml)
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If needed, place an ice pack under this one
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Place the bowl in the dispenser and close it
Settle the timer (till 48 hours)
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The model we have works with a AA battery. It’s also usable for wet food, and is very easy to clean.

There are bigger dispensers that allow to prepare up to 6 meals. Claire would nevertheless not use them : if Momo and she were absent for 1 or 2 days, she would prefer to ask somebody to come to take care of us.

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Raw Feeding : chick tasting

As we explained it to you here, there are several manners to give us raw food : ground, in pieces which reconstitute a prey (meat, bones, giblets), or a whole prey.

A whole prey has a big advantage : Mother Nature got it right, all the nutriments we need are present in adequate quantities. Claire doesn’t need to do complicated calculations !

I am a hunter-eater, but Pixie plays with preys without eating them. To help her understand that the chick is eatable and that it’s not a toy, Claire cut that of Pixie into pieces. Is it going to be enough ?

Apparently, Pixie is not still ready to eat a whole prey…

My cat eats insects : is it dangerous ?

After the snow shower of last Tuesday, we had a magnificent sunny end of the week. The temperatures are more and more mild : it smells like spring !

Insects go out as soon as the sun shines, and we have so much fun to hunt them. Here are our advice for little kittens :

Is it dangerous for a cat to eat insects ?

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It’s a delight, but attention : it’s essential to deworm your cat regularly, because flies and cockroaches can pass on parasites or parasites’ eggs (intestinal worms).

Grasshoppers and dragonflies
You get a little crunch, and they are very funny to hunt and to pull apart to scatter the pieces almost everywhere.

Butterflies and spiders
Yummy !

The lively color of the ladybirds indicates clearly to their usual predators (birds) that they are toxic. However, a ladybird swallowed here or there is not dangerous for a cat.

We strongly disadvise you to play with them, and even more to crunch them : these tiny creatures stink to defend themselves. That smells very bad, and if you have it in the mouth, it’s horrible!

Earwigs and small black ants
Why not ?

Red ants
Caution : they bite!

Danger !
The processionary caterpillars have urticant and allergenic hairs ; the slightest contact causes a violent pain. The inflammation of the tongue and the mouth is almost immediate, and the tongue can even partially necrotize in the following days if nothing is done. The contact with the skin causes an oedema, nettle rash, and important itches. These urticant hairs can also damage an eye until the loss of sight, and cause grave respiratory issues. The nests of caterpillars, abandoned or not, are also dangerous.
The slightest contact with processionary caterpillars is an emergency : go immediately to the vet !

Wasps, bees, and other hymenopterans
Danger !
Never play with this family of insects, kittens ! Their sting aches and can be dangerous ! We explain it to you in this article.

Who says insect, says insecticidal
Cats are often poisoned by insecticides used by humans, either by direct contact, or by ingestion of a poisoned insect (more rarely).
These products are applied to textiles, plants, or grounds of the house. They appear in spray or powder, and most of them contain permethrin, which is highly toxic for cats.
Some anti-slugs products are also dangerous.

We live in Switzerland, and we are safe from some insects which live in other continents : what are the toxic or dangerous insects we can find near you ?

Pictures source : Pixabay