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Water Cats: Some Cats Love to Swim and Play in Water

Despite their reputation for liking only dry land, a surprising number of domesticated cats not only tolerate but love pawing water or even swimming. Some like to play in standing water; others are fascinated by running water and prefer to drink from a faucet rather than a cat dish.

How Cat Collars Can Provide Safety

Indoor-only cats do find ways to escape, so having a collar with current cat tags is critically important. For others, you can provide some outdoor fun by using a cat harness and leash.

Why Spay and Neuter is So Important

Besides curbing overpopulation, a spayed or neutered cat is a healthier and happier pet. Heres why.

What Can Cats Eat – and What are Dangerous Foods for Cats?

Many cat owners consider their pets to be part of the family, so it can be a natural extension to want to indulge their every whim. There are human foods that cats can eat - but a list of absolutely forbidden ones, as well. In a multi-pet household, some might think that cats have similar nutritional requirements as dogs, but this is not the case. Each species requires their own well-balanced diet designed just for them.

Getting Rid of Fleas

The question remains: Whats the best flea treatment for my home? Well, researchers discovered that in a typical flea-infested house, the adult fleas represent only about one to five percent of the flea population! So where are the rest of the pests? Flea eggs make up about 50 to nearly 60 percent, flea larvae makes up about 35 percent, and the pupae (a life stage of the flea that comes after larvae and before emergence as an adult) about 10 percent.

Cat Hairballs: A Common Dilemma

Who really knows why - and the cats not talking - but most hairballs seem to end up perfectly placed on a bedroom rug to be stepped on first thing in the morning. This cold, slimy mystery wad is just one of the things cat owners need to get used to because, well, hairballs are normal. They are the common byproduct of grooming.

Why Does My Cat Do That? Tip#1 – Why Does My Cat Scratch my...

Q: I got my beautiful cat as a kitten two years ago. She is an indoor cat who has adjusted just fine to living in my apartment, and has a wonderfully playful temperament. But she is a real scratcher. So far, she has ruined my couch and wallpaper, and she has even chewed my drapes. My colleague says that declawing is the only way to stop her from doing this. Is there another solution? …

Why Does My Cat Do That? Tip#2 – Why Did My Cat Attack Me...

Q:My cat has always been gentle and loving, but the other day she went for me. She was looking out of the window when a dog jumped over the fence into our garden. She arched back, fluffed up her fur, and hissed. So, naturally I went over to calm her. I put what I thought was a reassuring hand on her back, but, to my horror, she lunged at me. It was a really scary…

Why Does My Cat Do That? Tip#3 – Why Did My Cat Keep Running...

Q: Since we moved home a couple of months ago, our cat has repeatedly run away. Several times we have found him back at our old home, which is about 20 minutes' walk down the road. On the advice of a friend, we kept him indoors for a few days after the move, but he was very unhappy, and I am worried that it has just made him dislike our new home all the more.…

Why Does My Cat Do That? Tip#4 – Why Does My Cat Sometimes Purr...

Q:One thing I thought I know about cats is that they purr when they are contented. Sure enough, my lovely cat purrs away like an engine when I am petting her. But the other day, she had a horrid fright when some workmen fired up a pnematic drill just near the bush where she was napping. Not surprisingly, she made her escape and hid under the bed, but, strangely, she also started to purr. She…

Cat Body, Cat Mind (Tip#1) Touch and Love

Several years ago a noted pediatrician, Dr. Rene Spitz, became involved in the care of orphan infants. He found that in those orphanages where babies received little tender loving care but had all their survival needs attended to (clean diapers, baths, regular feedings, etc.), outbreaks of disease were common. Also, the babies didnt seem to thrive and some even developed a wasting disease known as marasmus. …

Cat Body, Cat Mind (Tip#2) Fur Balls and Vomiting

During the course of regular grooming, cats swallow some of their fur and it is natural for them to later regurgitate small sausage rolls of hair, often accompanied by loud and disturbing sounds of gagging, retching, and coughing. This should be no cause of alarm. Many cats simply void the fur in their stools. Cats who frequently vomit up fur balls benefit from a daily grooming and a few drops of fish oil or a…