Q. I’ve noticed that my cat doesn’t have eyelashes. Does that mean she’s at greater risk than other cats of getting dirt in her eyes? Janine Van Ess Sacramento, California Dear Ms. Van Ess, A cat is at no disadvantage for not having eyelashes. What they lack in lashes they make up for in eyelids. […]
It’s no secret that cat adoptions have soared during the pandemic, especially in its early months. Of course, if you’re reading Tufts Catnip, you no doubt already have a cat, but perhaps you’ve been considering bringing home a second one. Or maybe you’ve wondered for a while whether to adopt another cat, even before the […]
You have to take your cat to the vet’s office, so you put her in her carrier, place it on the back seat, and then attach the carrier to the seat by running the seatbelt through the handle or straps before clicking the buckle, right? Wrong. If you don’t have a crash protection carrier, the […]
A number of our clients have expressed concern that their cat sleeps too much. They worry all that sleep means their pet’s health is off. Sleeping habits can sometimes provide a heads-up that something is amiss, but before you let your cat’s frequent dozing give you consternation, bear in mind that a healthy adult cat […]
A house cat is genetically 95.6 percent tiger. Cats can run up to about 30 miles per hour (but only over short distances). Cats can jump five times their height. (Imagine being able to jump more than 25 feet in the air.) A cat’s whiskers are the same width as his body. (That helps him […]
Imagine getting a cat when you’re 20 and having the pet until you’re 52. That’s just what happened to Michelle Heritage of Exeter, England. She got Rubble, a Maine coon cat, for her 20th birthday when he was a kitten. And he made it almost to his 32nd birthday. Most cats live well into their […]
Very soon youre going to start seeing adorable pictures of cats in costumes popping up on Facebook, Instagram, and elsewhere. We understand the appeal. But the appeal is really for people, not cats, so were not big fans of dressing up your pet. Along with objecting to having something pulled over their heads and wrapped around their necks, a lot of cats simply are afraid of being dressed in a costume. Some will even stop moving when dressed; they crouch down and freeze in place because they dont know what theyre supposed to do or how theyre supposed to move about. Why put a cat through that severe stress?
Q. Why does my cat stare at me and then slowly blink and look away? Is she showing disdain, or boredom with me? Judah Jensen Cleveland,...
Q. Why does my cat stare at me and then slowly blink and look away? Is she showing disdain, or boredom with me? Judah Jensen Cleveland, Ohio A. Dear Mr. Jensen, Quite the opposite. The languid blinking and turning away is a signal that your cat trusts you and feels comfortable in your presence. While […]
You know the cat doesn’t really have anyone’s tongue, nor does it have nine lives. (Leave it to a line in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to keep that one going.) And no one actually believes a sleek, velvety black cat can be bad luck. But there are some other things commonly said about cats that […]
House cats can and do get out, which is why the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) says that it “strongly” advocates the permanent identification of all pet cats regardless of the completely indoor lifestyle people may intend for them. Any stress or discomfort that might come with implantation can easily be mitigated by respectful […]
In back of the small pads on the bottoms of your cat’s front toes, and also well behind the larger pad that sits just beyond the toe pads, you’ll find yet another spongy pad. Called the carpal pad, it provides traction if a cat is skidding to a stop, making her way down a hill, […]