Cat Lady, Daily Life

About Curious Cats

July 25, 2016

A sponsored post for Frontline

They say curiosity kills the cat. Sadly, it sometimes does. It can be stressful having a curious cat. I’ve had one.  Once upon a time, when I was 14 or so, we were driving down the road. A car behind us was beeping. Repeatedly. My Dad was swearing to the stars, complaining about what an aggressive driver he was. As soon as we stopped, the man jumped out of his car and ran to our window. “Do you have a small tabby cat?”, the man asked, his eyes wild with worry. “Yes!” I cried. “Well it flew off the roof of your car halfway down Allambie Road” the bloke said. I couldn’t believe it. My Dad, somewhat dismayed about this surprising samaritan, listened to where my cat was said to have detached from the car, and we drove back to where she was. Sure enough, we found my Winnie, sitting in the bushes, stunned as a mullet. She never slept on the car again, and lived to the ripe old age of 19.

As a pet owner, a curious cat makes you worry with fear. My fur babies are indoors and a little bit shy. Wallace, my sister’s cat, is all kinds of curious. You couldn’t make an indoor cat out of Wallace if you tried. He is desperate to get outdoors each morning, and he’s anyones when he does. He bumps noses with dogs, talks to people on their walks, scuffles down drains, climbs roofs, trees and all sorts of things. He has frequent trips to the vet and has been known to have been located inside strange homes late at night. 

My poor sister, does not know where he goes. She can only identify the extent of the adventure, by how wet, dirty or covered in ticks he is by the end of the day, before he is safety locked indoors at night. He has had many trips to the vet, for ticks, ringworm, and a bung eye so far in his short life. You can’t stop him from adventuring, but there are things we do to make Wallace a little safer. Fleas, Ticks & Worms can become a curious cat’s worst nightmare, not to mention cars or fighting with other animals.

Here are some ways we make him safer:

  1. Keep him indoors at night
  2. Check for ticks regularly and use Frontline  Spray for Cats
  3. Make sure he has access to water and lots of it, (as he is known to get parched and puff like a dog)
  4. Regularly treat for fleas using Frontline Plus for Cats 
  5. Have lots of toys for him at home, to try to curb his wandering ways.

Tick are a real worry where we live.  They can make your kitty very sick, causing paralysis, difficulty breathing or in sudden death. You must check your outdoor kitties and dogs for ticks. Thankfully this can be done just by giving Wallace a thorough cat pat, paying attention to areas around the neck, armpits or collar where a tick might nestle. Using Frontline Spray will kill ticks at every stage of their very annoying life cycle.

Will I fit in this box?

Will I fit in this box?

Treating fleas is a much easier win these days, not like setting off the flea bombs of the eighties. You can apply Frontline Plus  in two seconds while you’re giving your cat a snuggle. Open the vial, spread the hair at the back of the neck, like my sister is doing here in a place that Wallace can’t reach. And waaahhhlllaaaa, no fleas for 4 to 8 weeks. IMG_20160724_083311-COLLAGE

Just one less thing to worry about, while Wallace goes about his day. Now to figure out how to stop him climbing on the roof.

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You can find more out about Frontline by visiting here or have a chat with your vet about your cat’s needs.

Much Love

Ashleigh 

Linking up with Kylie for #IBOT

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  • Oh how I love cats! Wallace sounds like such a character. Shhhh! I’ve recently gone to the dark side and got a puppy. Never owned a dog. Our cat is not impressed but when she thinks he’s sleeping she sneaks over and gives him tiny kisses. He opens up his eyes ans quietly looks at as if to say “WYF?!!!!” haha! You’ve reminded me to worm the cat, Frontline is purchased and ready to go xx

  • I lost a cat to a tick about 4 years ago – the same week I was made redundant – was absolutely beside myself. I always used to wonder why dogs had tick prevention but not cats, so pleased Frontline has done something about this!!! Wallace is a cutie. Our last cat was also a wanderer and desperate to get outside.

  • Oh yes I’ve had some curious cats in my day. Our cat at the moment, he’s now 11 has definitely used up most of his 9 lives. I remember about seven or eight years ago he had taken to sleeping in the garage, on top of the tilt panel door – so between the ceiling and the door. Well, it didn’t work out very well for him one day… we drove off, closing the door with the remote only to see our neighbour yelling at us and pointing to the garage. Here was our cat stuck between the top of the door and the wall of the garage!! Luckily he was okay. We took him to the vet and he hadn’t broken or hurt anything. One very luck cat. And no, he didn’t sleep there ever again!

  • Denise Mooney

    Cats get up to all sorts of mischief don’t they? You never know where they’ve been.

  • We had a very curious cat, who found out that it wasn’t a great thing to be in the end. We now have 2 more cats that we keep inside out of trouble 🙂

  • What a cutie 🙂 We treat our rabbits for fleas, you can never be too careful, or look after them enough xx

  • We use a tablet for fleas now but frontline spray was a godsend at times!

  • It must be heaps harder to put treatments on a cat than a dog!! Our old family dog when we were growing up had ticks from time to time – regardless of the treatment she had, I think it was just an area thing. The good thing is that I’m very experienced at finding them early and removing them properly, so unless there are signs of distress/issues, I save a trip to the vet.

  • We once drove around the Blue Mountains with the boot wide open (DOH!) but your cat on the roof story totally trumps it. If I had a cat, it would have to be indoors, I have friends with outside cats and it just seems so stressful!

  • Rebecca Bowyer

    Oh no! Don’t move near me – our council requires cats to be kept indoors, or in an enclosed cat run outside, at all times of day. They’re too destructive to local wildlife. #TeamIBOT

  • LydiaCLee

    Whoa! What a wild ride!

  • Oh goodness…that would have been scary with Winnie! Good thing she was okay. I’d be afraid to let my cats out too much but sometimes I wish we had an enclosed backyard so they could enjoy the sunshine. They do love the balcony and I hate they have to come in when I leave the house.

    • Sasha still goes for a walk with us but Piper is yet to realise there is outside. We will keep it that way!

  • PS outcast sit on the cars all the time!! Silly cats.

  • Ha Moggie Truong

    Didn’t you and your dad see Winnie when you got in the car?

  • We have two cats whistle out a lot but don’t go too far luckily. Ticks have been an expensive problem for us and I am an idiot as I don’t have the Frontline spray. Must rectify.