The Whole Kitten Kaboodle
By Kasey Heimann
The Whole Kitten KaboodleAug 20, 2021
2.13 - Ocicat
Ocicats are popular for their wild look and tame personality - but the breed almost ended as soon as it began. We'll go over its colorful history, information on coat colors and patterns, and a lot more.
2.12 - Toxic Plants (3)
There are a lot of plants that could cause your kitty major health issues if she were to eat them. Others aren't so bad and might just give her stomachache. We'll cover these plants throughout season two. This is part three of the series.
2.11 - Moving to a New Home
Territory is everything to a cat - so moving to a new space is the most stressful life event our fur babies can experience. But there's plenty that their humans can do to make the transition a little easier.
2.10 - Worms
Like fleas, worms are some pesky parasites most cats will deal with at some point in their lives. There are several different kinds, so we'll take a brief look at all of them as well as how to treat and prevent an infection.
2.9 - Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cats are unique in many ways. With a colorful history and distinctive features, they're a popular breed. We'll go over all this as well as some common health issues and how the Wegie fits into Norse folklore.
2.8 - Toxic Plants (2)
There are a lot of plants that could cause your kitty major health issues if she were to eat them. Others aren't so bad and might just give her stomachache. We'll cover these plants throughout season two. This is part two of the series.
2.7 - Inappropriate Elimination
Cats pee outside of their litter boxes for a number of reasons - stress, pain, health problems, and territory marking, to name a few. Finding the cause can be tricky, so we'll go over pointers to identify the source and correct the problem without creating additional stress to you or your kitty.
2.6 - Thyroid Issues
It's common for middle-aged and senior cats to develop issues with their thyroid as they get older. Hyperthyroid, hypothyroid, and thyroid cancer can all rear their ugly heads - but they're all easily managed and generally not life-threatening in the short term. We'll cover all of these in this episode, as well as how they're treated and how to help your kitty live a full life around her condition.
2.5 - LaPerm
The LaPerm is a unique cat breed that appeared completely by accident - and almost didn't continue to exist. We'll discuss many aspects of this kitty, including it's crazy backstory, (lack of) health issues, and it's distinctive coat.
2.4 - Toxic Plants (1)
There are a lot of plants that could cause your kitty major health issues if she were to eat them. Others aren't so bad and might just give her stomachache. We'll cover these plants throughout season two. This is part one of the series.
2.3 - Environmental Enrichment
Cats that spend their lives indoors can encounter behavioral issues because it's tougher to meet their natural hunter's instincts than for outdoor cats. So it's important for pet parents to offer their kitties ways to expend their energy that don't ruin furniture and keeps the space functional for both animals and humans. We'll talk about the different ways you can accomplish this in this week's episode.
2.2 - Dehydration
Cats are pros at hiding when they don't feel well. Dehydration can be especially hard to recognize. In this episode, you'll learn what signs to look for, how to prevent it, and how to help your kitty if she experiences it.
2.1 - Turkish Angora
The Turkish Angora has been a favorite breed among cat enthusiasts for a very long time. In this episode, you'll learn about their history, traits unique to the Turk, common health issues, a few fun facts, and much more.
1.24 - Cold Weather Safety
Cold weather can pose just as many hazards as hot weather for both us and our pets. It's important to know what signs to watch for that you're kitty has been in the cold too long. We'll discuss signs of hypothermia and frostbite, the danger of many winter-related chemicals, and how to keep your cat safe if she likes to play in the snow or the power goes out.
1.23 - Weaning Kittens
We've looked at what to do when you come across newborn kittens in need of care. Now we'll discuss the best ways to wean those kittens. You'll learn about the basic steps of the process, the supplies you'll need, and what to watch for to make sure the process goes smoothly.
1.22 - Obesity
Obesity is the most common preventable condition seen in cats today - and it can cause more problems than people think. So for this episode, we'll discuss the criteria, what causes obesity, and how to help your pet get back to an ideal weight.
1.21 - Maine Coon
The Maine Coon has some colorful theories about its origin, yet no one knows for sure where the breed came from. But that hasn't stopped it from becoming one of the world's favorite cats. In this episode, we'll look at those theories as well as its personality, common health issues, and more.
1.20 - Bottle Feeding Neonates
You've found an orphaned litter of kittens. Now what? In this episode, we'll talk about how to assess a newborn kitten's health, how to bottle feed, and tips to make the process easier for both you and the baby.
1.19 - Hiding and Avoidance
It's not uncommon for cats to hide out - it's in their nature. But when it becomes disruptive to their routine, it's time to investigate the cause and try to correct it to improve their quality of life. In this episode, we'll discuss why cats hide and how to help them when they do it a little too much.
1.18 - Heart Disease
Heart disease is a common health concern for cats, especially seniors. It's a very sneaky illness that often doesn't appear until it's very far along, but there are signs you can watch for to stay ahead of it. This week, we'll talk about those as well as the various types, what causes it, and how the condition is diagnosed and treated.
1.17 - Japanese Bobtail
For our next breed profile, we'll look at the Japanese Bobtail - its personality, physical traits, common health concerns, and its interesting story of working alongside the Japanese people.
1.16 - Declawing
Declawing is a cruel and unnecessary operation that causes immense pain to cats - and yet, in the US, around 25% are subjected to it. Many people only do the surgery because their vets recommend it and they don't actually know what it involves. So this week, we'll discuss those details, how declawing became so prevalent, and some humane alternatives.
1.15 - Destructive Scratching
Cats need to scratch. It's a natural behavior for them - but it's one that angers many pet parents. This week, we'll look at destructive scratching and what you can do to mitigate it.
1.14 - Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infections may not seem like a big deal, but they can actually be deadly for cats. Learn why they're so dangerous, symptoms to watch for, and ways you can help your kitty avoid them in the first place.
1.13 - Savannah
For our next cat breed profile, we'll look at the Savannah - its history, personality, physical traits, and where it is (and isn't) legal to own one.
1.12 - Hot Weather Safety
Cats are biologically well equipped to handle the summer heat - but they can still get too hot, just like us and every other living creature. Even without air conditioning, there's plenty you can do to help your kitty stay comfortable as the temperature rises. We'll also discuss other situations that can lead to heat illness and what symptoms to watch for so you can take action before it gets too far along.
1.11 - Stress and Anxiety
Believe it or not, cats can get stressed out and anxious just like we do. We can't always control the outside factors that trigger our kitties, but there's plenty we can do to help them cope. This week, we'll examine some of the most common causes of anxiety and the various methods we can use to help our pets work through their stress.
1.10 - Polycystic Kidney Disease
Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited condition most often seen in Persians and breeds derived from the Persian. A genetic mutation leads to cysts forming on the kidneys, which ultimately results in renal failure. Though there is no cure, PKD can be managed. We'll discuss how you can make it easier for your cat, as well as preemptive steps you can take to get ahead of it and what symptoms to look for.
1.9 - Egyptian Mau
For our next breed profile, we'll look at the Egyptian Mau - its history, personality, physical traits, common health concerns, and the story behind cat's eye makeup and how the Egyptians came to worship cats as gods.
1.8 - Spaying and Neutering
Spaying and neutering is the most humane way to mitigate the overwhelming population problems within our shelters and among street cats. There are also many long-term health benefits. So why haven't more pet parents given theirs the surgery? Misinformation. For this episode, we'll clear up some misconceptions about the procedure and examine how you can make the surgery easier on your pet (and yourself).
1.7 - Aggression (part 2)
We've already discussed how aggression manifests in cats and what might trigger it. Now we'll talk about the various ways you can help mitigate aggressive behaviors, as well as tips and tricks to retrain your cat.
1.6 - Head Pressing
Head pressing may seem cute, but it's actually a sign your kitty may have a serious health issue. As soon as you notice it, your pet needs to see the vet. In this week's episode, we'll break down what exactly head pressing is (and how it's different from head butting), why it's considered so serious, and some of the health conditions that could cause your cat to do it.
1.5 - Bombay
For our next breed profile, we'll look at the Bombay - its history, personality, physical traits, common health concerns, some folklore surrounding black cats, and a famous Bombay with a unique, peculiar feature.
1.4 - Cats and Kids
Old-school myths persist about the supposed dangers of allowing our cats around newborns and young children. None of these hold any truth, yet people essentially punish their pets out of superstition and fear. So for this episode, we'll dispel those myths and discuss ways to encourage your cat and child to develop a healthy, loving relationship that'll last a lifetime.
1.3 - Aggression (part 1)
Aggression is one of the most common concerns I hear from cat owners. It may seem a simple problem to address, but it's actually very complex. In this first of a two-part series on the topic, we'll discuss how aggression manifests, the different kinds, and what can trigger it.
1.2 - Flea Anemia
Flea anemia is a heartbreakingly common cause of death in cats. It's easy to underestimate the severity of a flea infestation, so this week, we discuss the symptoms of anemia, how to identify fleas, and steps you can take to get ahead of them and get them out of your home before they cause problems.
1.1 - Ragdoll
For our first breed profile, we'll look at the ever popular Ragdoll - its history, personality, physical traits, common health concerns, and a few famous cats.
Before we dive into the podcast, I want to give you guys an idea of who I am and my qualifications for hosting this podcast. You'll get a brief idea of how the show will be set up and what topics we'll cover, and you'll also get some info on how you can support me, my business, and my local shelters.
Want to know why your cat does what he does? Then subscribe to this podcast! Besides examining behavior and how to correct it, we'll also discuss various breeds, health topics, and safety tips. I'll also talk about the cats I've had, current and past, and what each one has taught me.
Hosted by a life-long cat owner and certified cat behaviorist. Coming January 2021.