You are gently stroking your cat, and she is clearly enjoying it, when out of nowhere she begins biting you. The bites are not aggressive. There’s no hissing or tail swishing involved, and she’s not trying to scratch you with her claws. There’s something almost casual about the bites, in fact. But while these “love […]
Imagine a member of your household needing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help diagnose a certain condition so the doctor can be sure of the right treatment, but you decide to forgo it because at $1,400, it’s too expensive; you’ll just wait and see what happens. Or picture a cat you love requiring hospitalization for […]
It’s official. Birmingham, Alabama, is the cat-friendliest city in the U.S. A website that rates pet products, PetListed.com, made the finding when it evaluated the 100 most populous cities according to four criteria: the availability of cat-friendly housing; the number of veterinary practices certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP); the preponderance of […]
Perhaps after a day of work or chores you are finally ready to enjoy some down time with your cat and look forward to a good long stroking session. Some cats might enjoy that with people they are really comfortable with. But what cats like in general is not low frequency of interaction with high-intensity […]
Imagine if the food we fed our cats could make us less allergic to them. It may sound far-fetched, but at least one company is now marketing a cat food designed to significantly reduce the allergens cats put into the environment. If it works, it will help the millions of people, cat owners included, who […]
It’s hard to resist the adorable friskiness of a kitten. Furthermore, what infuses a home with good feelings better than a new life? People also like the idea of adopting a kitten because the cat doesn’t come with any “baggage” in the form of mistreatment or neglect somewhere else. You’re not starting out with potentially […]
First the bad news for single men with cats. When scrolling through photos on dating sites, women find men holding a feline “agreeable and open” but “less masculine, more neurotic,” and most important, “less dateable.” So say the results of a study conducted jointly by researchers at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and […]
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...
A house cat is genetically 95.6 percent tiger. Cats can run up to about 30 miles per hour (but only over short distances). ...