9 Garden Plants to Keep Away From Your Cat

Not all things are edible! Here are plants to make sure your cat stays away from indoors and out.

 Our cats seem to love to rub up against houseplants and those that grow in our gardens. They even chew the leaves of many of them. But did you know that some of the plants you may have around the house may be toxic to your cat?

Lilies. Among favorite plants are members of the Lilium and the Hemerocallis families. The primary concern is nephrotoxicity (toxicity in the kidneys). Other lily plants can cause cardiotoxicity (toxicity in the heart) or irritation to the mouth. All parts of the plant are toxic and can cause severe toxicosis and acute kidney injury (AKI). Even just the pollen can cause AKI.

Sago Palm. The ancient sago palm has been around since the dinosaurs and makes a potted plant. But every part of the plant is poisonous. The seeds are the most toxic and eating just one or two seeds can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, depression, and liver failure. As beautiful as these plants are, they have no place in a home where a cat lives.

Tulip and Narcissus Bulbs. People love to see tulips pop up in the spring and to send bouquets as gifts. Before you bring one home or plant those bulbs in the fall, consider the problems they can cause if your cat nibbles, especially on the bulbs: intense gastrointestinal irritation, loss of appetite, drooling, central nervous system depression, convulsions, and heart abnormalities.

Azalea/Rhododendron. Substances called grayantoxins in these plants produce vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, and depression of the central nervous system. Azalea toxicity can even lead to coma and death.

Oleander. In the Nerium oleander, every part is toxic. Cardiac glycosides cause gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia, or death, in cats and humans alike. Definitely admire the beauty of the oleander from afar and keep it away from your house and garden.

Cyclamen. The beautiful leaves and blooms of the cyclamen make it a favorite houseplant, but Cyclamen species contain cyclamine, which is toxic especially at the root. Intense vomiting is typical of the significant gastrointestinal irritation it causes, and fatalities have been reported.

Amaryllis. Another plant from a bulb is the amaryllis, popular around Easter. One of the two varieties is called belladonna, which should send shivers up your spine as it is toxic even to touch. Keep this one far away from your cat!

Autumn Crocus. This autumn-blooming plant is not a true crocus, but a very popular houseplant that when ingested can cause severe vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding, liver and kidney damage, and respiratory failure.  Don't be fooled because you saw your cat eat the plant and nothing happened. The effects can be delayed and deadly. Best practice? Don't have one in your house.

Chrysanthemum. This highly popular flowering plant contains pyrethrins. If your cat eats these lovely blooms, gastrointestinal upset, drooling, vomiting and diarrhea may follow. Ingestion of enough of any part of the plant can cause depression and loss of coordination.

If you are in doubt about a plant in your house or garden, do your research. Anytime your cat eats any part of any plant, consider it toxic until you know otherwise. Call Poison Help (1-800-222-1222), which connects you to your local poison center, to find out if your plant is toxic to your cat.

My Cat Wakes Up Too Early! What to do...

My pet wakes me up every morning at 6:00 to go outside. When I stumble back into bed for a few more minutes' sleep, he allows me to snooze off---just to wake me up 20 minutes later. After I reluctantly stretch and make a cup of coffee, guess what he does? Yeah, he goes back to sleep! Now, I love my guy, but disturbed sleep is making me a little grumpy.  Full disclosure makes me tell you that my pet is a dog. But cats, if anything, can be much worse. If you love one of these infuriating creatures that rouse you out of bed at some ungodly hour, you know what I mean!

Cats are each different and their perceived needs are just as different. How Fluffy wakes you up is completely and entirely all her own method. I once had a cat that would climb up a rug that was hung on the wall behind my bed. My "alarm" went off when she launched herself out into space and landed on my snoozing, hapless, and unconscious body.  Every day.  So what's a sleep-deprived body to do?

Your cat may be waking you on purpose---because she desperately needs her water changed and three bits of kibble or she will surely die---but she also may be waking you up because she is awake. Before you can figure out how to get her to let you sleep, you need to understand why she isn't.

Nature structured our kitties to wake up early to hunt for food, so very early morning is likely when she wants to eat.. If she absolutely, positively, must be fed at 5:00 am, getting an automatic food dispenser may be all you need to do. Other needs may be a clean litter box, fresh water, or maybe she's lonely. Perhaps her bed gets too much light or is set in a drafty spot. The thing is, cats are seriously awesome trainers. If you got up even once to feed her, she figures she has you trained and all she has to do is remind you of your training. Her "intermittent reinforcement training method" means she believes most of the time, you'll do exactly what she wants you to do. All she has to do is remind you until you do!

Cats are naturally nocturnal, so if she's awake during the night, prowling and knocking things off a shelf (which for some reason is the most industrious thing she does) and making noise you simply can't sleep through, she's just being a cat. (My daughter has three cats. One of them has learned how to open dresser drawers and unpack all her underwear. Since it happens when nobody's home, no one knows for sure which cat it is. And they sure won't tell!) Making sure she has plenty of stimulation during the day may help even out her own sleep cycle. Households who have kids rarely have "early morning cat syndrome."

Putting her as far away from you as possible during the night and keeping your door closed might help. Finally, hiring someone to come sit and play with her during the day might be necessary, too. Unfortunately, cats are not easily trained out of their feline natures. But oh, those purrs and bumps of the head are so, so worth it!

Dental Health For Pets

Is brushing your dog's teeth really necessary? How can I possibly brush my cat's teeth? Bad breath? There's a treat for that and you may have some health issues on your hands.

Dental problems in pets are usually pretty obvious---bad breath. But there are other signs, too. Look out for these signs and see a vet if they occur.

  • Bad breath
  • Broken or loose teeth
  • Extra teeth or retained baby teeth
  • Teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar
  • Abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth
  • Reduced appetite or refusal to eat
  • Pain in or around the mouth
  • Bleeding from the mouth
  • Swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth

Periodontal disease is as bad for your pet as it is for you. It is the most common health issue in both cats and dogs. By the time your pet is three years old, he or she will probably have at least the early stages of periodontal disease. Your pet may just need a thorough cleaning, which your veterinarian or veterinary dentist (yes, there is such a thing!) does with Fido or Fluffy under general anesthesia. Take your pet for teeth cleaning at least once a year to avoid other, internal, health problems that can start from bacteria in the mouth.

But why wait a year to have his teeth cleaned? Can you imagine the problems you'd have if you didn't brush your teeth at least twice every day? Using a toothbrush and toothpaste made especially for pets isn't really difficult, and once he knows what you're doing and he enjoys the toothpaste, he'll eagerly look forward to his daily cleaning. Here are some tips on how to do it properly.

  1. Don't try to use an old toothbrush for humans (or even a new one). Your vet can recommend a brush suitable for your pet, or there are "sleeves" that slip over your finger and work like a toothbrush. (See this video.)
  2. Never put human toothpaste in your dog's mouth. Human toothpaste can contain additives that can do your pet harm. (If xylitol---a sugar-free sweetener---is in your toothpaste, it can kill your pet.) There are many flavors to choose from that your pet will enjoy as much as you like your mint-flavored one.
  3. Start by squeezing some out for your dog to taste. Let him think of it as a special treat.
  4. Accessing your pet's teeth is not difficult; just lift his lip.
  5. Be gentle! His mouth may be sensitive, so use gentle motions.
  6. Although most pets probably will not let you clean the inside surface of his teeth, just clean the outside surface (by the cheeks).
  7. The back upper molars and canine teeth are most likely to build up tartar, so be sure to reach these back teeth
  8. Offer a special reward, such as playing with him, petting or brushing him, or giving him a favorite toy so he associates teeth brushing with good things.

Keeping your pet's teeth clean and healthy can help prevent kidney, liver, and heart problems, so be as intentional about keeping his teeth clean as you do your own.

How to Rid Your Dog of Itchy Flea Bites and Bloodsucking Ticks

While their methods of consumption differ, fleas and ticks are bloodthirsty creatures. At best, fleas can give your dog a gnarly itch, at worst they can cause a bad case of anemia. Ticks aren't able to reproduce as quickly or jump from host to host like their agile flea counterparts. However, they can carry and transmit Lyme Disease along with a number of other illnesses to both you and your pet.

Don't wait until you've got a full-blown infestation on your hands, take care of fleas and ticks as soon as you notice them!

Ticks are Easy to Control…IF Action is Taken Quickly

Although they could make your dog sick, ticks are more likely to drink their fill and drop off. When hiking, camping, or roaming through wooded areas with tall grass, it’s crucial to thoroughly check your pup's fur for these voracious little beasts before entering your home!

Carefully run your fingers along the inside of the ears, gumline, jowls, between toes, and inside the armpits and groin. Use sharp tweezers to pluck them out, or combine equal parts water and vinegar to soak into a cotton ball. Apply pressure to the tick and surrounding area; don't squeeze or twist! 

Removing the torso without the head can cause a serious infection. If the tick doesn't drop off on their own after application, their grip should loosen just enough to be plucked out.

Fleas are a Bit More Complicated

Where there's one flea, you can guarantee there will be more. These tiny vampires can drink up to fifteen times their body weight! Unlike ticks, fleas prefer to eat, lay eggs, and defecate all in one cozy spot. When the larvae hatch, they feed on the feces (which contain blood) of the adults.

It’s obvious that being bitten repeatedly would be irritating, but what isn't so obvious is that some dogs are allergic to flea saliva. To soothe the itchy inflammation, your pet will lick and chew at the area. 

The wound becomes infected, and your dog swallows larvae.

Now you've got an entirely separate issue to deal with…tapeworm. These parasites use fleas as a conduit to find new hosts. They live in the intestines, sapping your pet's nutrients, and exiting through poop.

How to Terminate These Pests

The three most commonly used methods are topical treatments, oral medications, and home prevention including powders and sprays.

Topical treatments come in the form of gels, flea collars, and shampoos. Collars distribute a powder along the pores, while gels are administered in a straight line from the top of the neck to the tip of the tail. The idea is that your dog's natural oils will distribute the medication across their coat.

Monthly oral prevention is by far the most effective long-term option, depending on what you use. Trifexis and Nexgard are both reputable brands for fleas, ticks, and heartworms. 

Once the problems on your pet are remedied, you've got to exterminate the eggs, larvae, ticks, and fleas that could be taking refuge within the fibers of your carpet. For this, you can purchase pest-specific powders; evenly sprinkle it along the floor, allow it to sit, and vacuum it up.

Keep in mind, some pets have adverse, but non-life-threatening reactions to the ingredients in these cleaning agents. Be careful not to leave anything behind, and it’s best to wait an hour or two before allowing your dog back into the room.
Fleas can and will use you as a meal too if they aren't kept in check, so act quickly and don't let them take over your home!

Pet Fire Safety Day is July 15

You've probably never thought about your family pet becoming an arsonist, but it happens more than you might think. A cat in Maryland knocked a candle over onto a mattress and set her owner's house on fire. Fortunately, everyone (including the cat) got out alive and unharmed. A pooch in Washington pulled his bed up against a space heater, setting the whole place ablaze and sending himself and his owner to the hospital. And a Labrador Retriever in Connecticut turned a gas stove on, catching the pizza box that held his prize afire, too.

Since even the smartest of animals can't understand fire safety rules, it's up to their humans to make sure their environment is safe. Here are some actions that may save not only your pet's life in case of a fire but your own and your family's, too.

Stop Fires Before They Start

  1. Make sure there are no untended flames in your home. Use fire screens in front of fireplaces and snuff out any candles when you leave the room. Candles range high on the list of home fires.
  2. Secure electric wires so that they are covered or out of reach of pets and tiny humans. A dangling cord can invite mouths and little hands and start an electric fire before you know it.
  3. If you leave a bowl of water out on a wooden deck, use one of a material other than glass. Believe it or not, sun shining through glass and water can heat a spot of the wood and set it on fire.
  4. Put covers over stove knobs. Even if they're on top of the stove out of reach of kids, a jumping dog or cat can easily turn burners on. Unlit gas can cause an explosion and electric burners can get hot enough to set afire anything that lies on them.

Make "Be Prepared" Your Motto

  1. When you make an emergency plan for your family (and you should!), include plans for getting your pet out safely, too. Then practice your plan together.
  2. Keep a pet emergency supply bag in a readily accessible place. Include food, medicine, leash, carrier, and any records you need.
  3. Use smoke detectors and monitor them. Just because it beeps when you press the button doesn't mean that a 10-year-old monitor works properly. (The life of smoke detectors if 10 years.)
  4. Be sure you know your pet's favorite place to hide, and put a sticker on your door or window that lets emergency personnel know there is an animal inside your home.

In Case The Worst Happens

  1. If a fire starts, no matter how small, get out! Make sure everyone follows the plan and exit the building immediately.
  2. If you can't find your pet right away, go outside, leave the door open, and call for your pet.
  3. Let emergency responders search for your pet. They're trained to be inside burning buildings and are the best chance for getting your pet to safety.

July is National Picnic Month

No matter how much changes throughout the years, picnics are a pastime that never seems to fall out of favor. Hundreds of families along with their pets will be out at the parks this summer flying kites, grilling burgers, and enjoying each other's companies. If you're thinking of bringing your pup along this season, you wouldn't be the only one!

Expect to see other canines running and catching frisbees with their owners as well. Here are some ways to ensure that the whole family stays safe during your fun in the sun.

Keep Fireworks Out of Reach

Even though your kids understand that a sparkler is essentially a small flame that could burn them, our dogs don't always have the capacity to make that connection. All they see is a pretty, bright light that their human siblings love to play with, and they want to play too!

On the other hand, it’s no secret that canines are terrified of the bigger, louder, more dramatic fireworks shows. So, let them picnic with you during the day as long as they're a safe distance from any sparkler, but take them home once the bigger events start.

Beware of Bloat

We won't lecture you on the importance of staying hydrated. You've probably already thought to bring a bowl in case Fido gets thirsty after eating and playing. However, too much food and water combined with heavy panting can trigger a fatal condition in dogs called bloat. 

When kibble in the stomach absorbs liquid, it expands and releases gas. At the same time, your thirsty pup is swallowing gulps of air between laps of water. With nowhere for these excess gasses to escape to, the stomach begins to twist and turn, like a balloon animal. 

To avoid this potentially deadly condition, simply limit your dog's food intake. Sure, it’s a picnic, but if there's any chance they'll be exerting their bodies to the point of heavy panting, they can wait until later to eat. Make sure they take a break every so often and allow them to sip water once their breathing has slowed a bit.

Watch Out for Critters and Creepy Crawlies

Humans are far from being the only species that enjoys warm summer weather. Biting and stinging insects like bees, wasps, and flies are on the hunt for sugar and pollen. Be sure to cover sweet drinks and store food in airtight containers once the family is finished eating. You don't want your dog or winged guests rummaging through your leftovers.

While exploring the rest of the park or picnic area, keep your eyes peeled for anthills, skunks, and other forms of wildlife. It’s common for canines to aggravate ant colonies, wasp nests, porcupines, and skunks with their overly curious nature. 

Before you hop in your car and head home, be sure to check everyone for ticks! July is also around the time we begin to see more cases of Lyme disease contraction. If you haven't considered doing so already, pick up First Aid kit with tweezers, burn cream, sting relief, and any other tools that you feel are pertinent to your family's needs.

Have fun, and remain vigilant!

Preparing to Take Your Pet On Vacation

Whether you're devising a hike through the Grand Canyon with your pet or heading for a dip in the crystal clear waters of the Florida panhandle, you'll want to double up on preparation. Take a second look at some of the pointers below in case you missed a few things on your checklist!

Get the Right Crate

With planes, there are very few exceptions for animals to be permitted in the cabin area. More often than not, your pet will be crated in the cargo section for the duration of the flight. There are generally strict requirements for what's considered "airline approved."

Some of the conditions for proper kennels include things like wheels, so that handlers can easily roll your pet on and off the plane. Crates must have solid walls without any openings aside from a metal-grate door. You'll also need to take photos of the kennel and send it to the airline prior to boarding.

If you don't want to go through the hassle of searching for one, you can order a pre-approved crate straight from the airlines themselves.

Shot Records & Identification

Your dog or cat may not typically wear a collar or tags at home, but they absolutely must while vacationing! Should your pet end up lost, the finder can help to reunite the two of you much quicker.

Most animals will flee the scene of a car accident, so don't neglect to have them chipped with updated contact information! Campgrounds and places that allow pets are quite firm about providing proof for rabies vaccination, at the very least. It doesn't matter if your cat or dog is on a leash, park rangers will issue tickets for animals without ID. 

Stay Safe With A Floatation Device

The policies for travel by boat will vary depending on the type of vessel, but there are plenty of cruise ship lines and ferries that allow pets to roam the deck. If you've set the date for a cruise with your furbaby, be sure to get them a life jacket as well!

The Cunard's Queen Mary 2 cruise is accommodating enough to provide floatation devices for their four-legged guests, but you should still purchase one of your own to be on the safe side. Even if your pup is an avid swimmer, large bodies of water can pose a danger to both humans and their pets.

If your dog or cat were to fall overboard (God forbid), a vest would ensure that they're able to keep their head above choppy waters until help arrives.

Invest in A Portabowl

Travel takes a lot out of us, and there are times when it’s just as exhausting and stressful for our pets to be in unfamiliar places. Hydration is important for the whole family, but your dog can't drink from a water bottle…not without a struggle, anyway.

Portable water and food bowls are the perfect on-the-go tool. They're foldable, washable, waterproof, and space-friendly for packing. Choose a collapsible silicone option for portioning or one of the soft drawstring containers that sub as a carrier for kibble and treats. 

Remember to offer your pup a drink regularly, and keep your "portabowl" on hand!

Pet Appreciation Week 2020

No one knows for sure, but the best estimates by geneticists say the first domestic animal was the dog and at first they were just tamed wolves. That was between 13,000 and 30,000 years ago. Through the ages, dogs have evolved into many different breeds for many different purposes. The one thing they all have in common is that they can all be our closest friends and greatest allies. This is definitely one thing nature got right!

Each year since 1981 we've set apart the first week in June to celebrate this amazing relationship. There is so much to appreciate about our four-legged buddies. They assist people every day to have a better life, from living more independently to recognizing signs of stress and illness. They lead the blind, hear for the deaf, and comfort the anxious. They find lost children and pull swimmers from the water. Dogs work alongside their humans on the police force, in the military, and one the farm. Guarding us and keeping us safe, they lay near our feet where they are the most content.

We all grew up with noble canines like Lassie, Rin Tin Tin, Beethoven, Marley, and Toto. But the most important dog that ever lived is sitting by your side right now, happy to simply be in your presence. There is nothing the world can throw at us that can turn our dog's devotion away from the human he adores and he doesn't need wealth or fame to make his world perfect.

So what will you do this year to show your dog how irreplaceable he is? Here are a few suggestions.

  Feast your friend! Dogs are omnivores, meaning they need all kinds of food to get their proper nutrition. And while it's best to stick to the diet you and your vet agree on, an occasional treat will be delightful to dogs. They can pretty much eat the same foods you do, but avoid sugar, alcohol, chocolate, grapes, raisins, garlic, macadamia nuts, onions, and the artificial sweetener Xylitol. Small portions, too, please!

  Let your pooch splash in a "doggie pool" (kids' pool).

  Take him for a walk and let him choose the direction and how long he gets to sniff a spot (he's checking his "d-mail")!

  Get down on his level. Lie down on the floor with him. It's so funny to watch his glee when he's got you on his territory!

  Take a ride in a car with partially open windows (but don't let him put his head out).

  Give him a long, satisfying scratch in all the places he loves it most.

  Set up a doggy play-date and take him to the dog park to play with his friends. Let him do what he pleases and enjoy the summer sun with him.Maybe you've been appreciating other people's pets until now, but this year is your year to get a dog of your own. Check out your local pet shelter or rescue group and get a friend that will appreciate you as much as you appreciate him!

Money-Saving Tips for Dog Owners

It’s no secret that owning a dog of any age costs money! Between teething, food requirements, special needs, and vet appointments, pets can burn a hole in your pocket rather quickly. Here are 5 ways to reduce the impact your dog has on your finances without skimping out on care!

Reduce Kibble Consumption

While there are some reputable and healthy kibble options, the ingredients are tough on an aging canine. Heightened levels of potassium, protein, and Vitamin D in dog food can cause renal failure over the span of several years.

Not to mention, they're usually fairly expensive! 

Instead of feeding your pup strictly kibble, consider decreasing portions and subbing the remainder of their meal with natural fruits, veggies, oats, and bone broth. They're tasty, healthy, and give you more control of your dog's dietary needs.

Don't Cheap Out On Toys

This is where the phrase "you get what you pay for" comes into play. Low-caliber bones, toys, and chews are sure to be torn to pieces within days, if not minutes! Brands like Kong cost just a bit more, but are sturdy enough to withstand large breeds and are perfect for teething puppies.

Instead of a $12 rawhide that will likely tear up your dog's gums and their intestines, try a $30-$40 deer antler. Buck bone doesn't break off into smaller, easy-to-swallow pieces. They last for months, so you aren't constantly having to re-purchase chew toys.

Housetraining and Senior Care

Potty pads may not be enough for the owner of a puppy that needs house-training or an older dog with a fickle bladder. They're made for single-use, and if they aren't picked up quickly enough you run the risk of liquid seeping into your carpet or hardwood floor.

Alternatively, you can try faux-grass pads! They're rinsable, reusable and available both online and in-store. The "grass" portion can be removed from the outer box and replaced if necessary. Even if it does need to be refreshed every few months, it’s still more budget-friendly than using several pads per day!

Low-Cost Veterinary Care

Anything from a hurricane to a car crash can alter a pet owner's life and financial circumstances. To help those who are struggling, mobile veterinarians frequently hold community events for low-cost vaccination, tags, and chipping.

Animal welfare groups such as the SPCA and Humane Society also offer vouchers for free spaying and neutering based on your zip code and availability. There's no extra appointment fee for any of these visits as there are with a typical vet appointment.

The only payment required of the owner is the cost of an Elizabeth collar post-surgery…AKA, The Cone of Shame. They cost anywhere from $12-$20 depending on the size of your dog.

Discounted Monthly Medications

Monthly flea and heartworm preventative can stack up over time, but the risk you run by not purchasing them could be devastating to your dog's health. Buying one pill at a time is rather expensive, but buying in bulk could save you hundreds, even thousands of dollars over the span of a few years.
Pets Megastore is an Australia based company that allows you to purchase the same brands of medication your pet needs here at home, but at much lower rates. If you're unsure, you can always check out reviews for specific products and see what kind of experiences others have had before buying anything.

Best Cat Breeds for Active People

We mostly find them indoors napping along a window sill, but cats love their exercise just as much as we do! If you're looking for a furry friend to accompany you on adventures but you're not much of a dog person, why not try a cat instead? Believe it or not, our tiny, domesticated lions and tigers haven't lost their touch. Even in their smaller size, they're still keen, highly intelligent hunters. 

Here are some of the most active breed varieties, don't let the dog lovers have all the fun!

The Bengal

These felines aren't just loving companions, they're true-blue athletes. Not only do they love to jump about and sit atop a high perch, but Bengal cats are also avid swimmers. Take them out to the family's favorite lake or for a beach-side excursion and watch how quickly they take to the water. 

It’s best to keep them leashed outdoors as Bengals have a high prey drive. Should your kitty find themselves distracted by a bird or a squirrel, it’s likely that they'll chase their target up a tree without a second thought.

The Abyssinian 

Owners who enjoy playing a game of catch will love the Abyssinian breed. Brightly colored and noisy balls, ropes, faux-mice, and spin-machines are perfect tools for interacting with your Abyssinian. They're considered to be highly intelligent, smarter than most other breeds of felines, and in need of a challenge.

Like a dog, the Abyssian excels at following commands and learns how to do tricks rather quickly. While you're at work, these kitties are more than happy to entertain themselves. Just don't leave them alone for too long, or they'll make use of toys that belong to you.

Oriental Shorthair

If ever there were a cat that could be a best friend to your little ones, it’s the Oriental Shorthair! This especially true for the Harry Potter fans of the family considering how much they resemble the house elf, Doby. 

This extremely vocal breed has large, fox-like ears that are perfect for a few hours of hide and seek. Like the Bengal, Shorthairs are instinctively inclined to chase anything moving at high speeds. 

Get a feathered throw toy and watch them go after it again and again. The Oriental Shorthair enjoys the water, and will likely follow you right into the bathtub. Just be careful to dry up any water that ends up in those massive ears!

The Burmese
These googly, green-eyed cats behave like an extra shadow. All they want is to be right next to their owner and included in whatever it is they're up to. Burmese cats are among the most powerful domesticated breeds despite their fluffy appearance.

That said, these guys are gentle giants. They're highly social, happily scoping new faces and surroundings. If you plan on taking them outdoors for a walk around the neighborhood or to explore the backyard, keep them leashed! These kitties have their own agenda and will quickly wander away if left unattended.