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    Behavior

    Why Won’t My Cat Play With Me?

    The joy of playing with your cat is second only to the joy of petting your cat! But what if your cat never wants to play? Is that something you can train it out of, or is it just part of your cat’s personality? How can you get a cat to play with you? Try picking a new kind of toy, e.g. a feather; one that your cat hasn’t tried yet. When you find one your cat likes, stick with it; it will start to smell like your cat, so it will recognize the toy as its property and be more likely to play with it. You should also follow…

  • Biology

    Are Cats Warm Blooded?

    You might know everything there is to know about cats as pets; but how is your cat knowledge when it comes to biology? Are cats warm blooded? They are. Cats are mammals, and all mammals are warm blooded. Being warm blooded means that an animal warms itself by burning some of the caloric energy it takes in. Simple sugars are sent to cells in the cat’s body, where they’re broken down for the energy they hold. The point is to keep the internal organs warm, because organs don’t work unless they’re kept warm. Cats are good at surviving the cold, but long-haired breeds can get too warm in the summer…

  • Health,  Illness & Injury

    Glaucoma in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Header image coutresy of Innovative Veterinary Care. Feline glaucoma isn’t common, but it is serious. So what causes it, is it serious, and how do you fix it? What is glaucoma, and how do cats get it? Glaucoma is a condition that affects the eyes and causes blindness. A build-up of aqueous fluid behind the lens of the eye causes the eye to swell, the eye/vision to become cloudy, and the optic nerve to be damaged. This build-up of fluid can either have a genetic cause (the eye produces too much fluid, or the ducts that drain the fluid can’t drain it quickly enough) or another health condition as the…

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    Care

    Should You Declaw a Cat?

    If your cat scratches you all the time, or you have furniture you don’t want ruined, you may want to declaw your cat. But is it a good idea? Does declawing hurt cats, or is it OK? Should you declaw your cat? You shouldn’t, because it is painful for your cat. The surgery required to declaw a cat (onychectomy) involves removing the nail, the nail bed and the bone beneath the nail bed so that the claw never grows back. It takes a long time for this to heal, and since your cat puts pressure on its paws as it walks, it’s painful. Declawing also stops your cats from displaying natural behaviors e.g. in…

  • Behavior

    How Do Cats Say ‘I Love You’?

    Cats have a reputation for being aloof, but anybody who’s owned cats for a long time will tell you that’s not true. This misconception stems from how cats show trust, affection and love to their owners: so how do they do it, and how can you show love back? How do cats tell you that they love you? While it’s unclear whether cats feel the same kinds of love and affection that we do, they can trust their owners. Cats display trust through slow blinking, which is where the cat finds your gaze and blinks its eyelids slowly. They also allow you to show them affection, particularly on the belly and neck,…

  • Care

    How to Keep Cats Cool in Summer

    Overheating isn’t a problem you encounter often in cats. But when it does happen—and it easily can with certain breeds—the consequences can be disastrous. So how do you keep a cat cool in the summer? How can you keep a cat cool in summer? Keeping your cat indoors and turning on the air conditioning is the best way. Alternatively, keep windows open at night before closing and covering them in the day to keep your house cool. Provide fresh water and cool treats for your cat to cool it down from the inside out, and create a cool and shady place for your cat to retreat when it’s hot. Keep…

  • Biology

    Do Kittens Teethe, Or Are They Born with Teeth?

    You don’t often hear about pets teething. But they’re mammals like we are. So do kittens teethe like babies do? And if they do, is there anything you can do to help them? Do kittens go through teething? They do. Until three weeks of age, your kitten will have no teeth. Its first teeth (baby teeth/deciduous teeth) will then ‘erupt’. Your kitten will have these teeth until 3-6 months of age, at which point its 30 adult teeth will come through. Teething is almost always over at between 6-7 months. As in babies, teething hurts, because it puts severe pressure on the gums. Teething causes redness and swelling in the…

  • FAQs

    Should You Have a Cat If You’re Allergic?

    Cats are the best. But should you keep a cat if you’re allergic to them? Can allergies get worse over time, and how can you keep exposure to allergens to a minimum if you do choose to keep one? Should you have a cat if you’re allergic? You can if you want, although long-term exposure to allergens can cause deeper health issues. Talk with your doctor if you plan on having a cat when you’re allergic. To minimize your exposure to allergens pick a cat that produces few of them, like a Bengal or a Cornish Rex. Designate your bedroom a cat-free zone so you can sleep well, groom your…

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    Care

    Should Cats’ Whiskers Be Trimmed?

    People trim their cats’ claws, people groom their cats’ coats… But what about whiskers? What happens when you trim a cat’s whiskers, do cat whiskers hurt when cut, and do you ever need to do it? Should you trim a cat’s whiskers? You shouldn’t. There’s no need to, as whiskers fall out on their own, so there’s no danger of them getting too long. Cutting a cat’s whiskers can leave it disoriented, because cats use their whiskers to navigate spaces, fit through gaps and sense things that are in front of them. While whiskers are simply thick hairs, meaning it doesn’t hurt to cut them, you can accidentally hurt your…

  • Care

    Introducing a New Kitten (Step by Step)

    If you’ve just brought your new kitten home, but don’t know how to introduce a new kitten to an older cat, read our guide first… It’s easy to get this wrong, and if you do, the consequences can be dire! How do you introduce a new kitten to the household? Always consider first whether you need/really want a new cat. If you’re sure, set up a safe space for each cat in your home where it can eat, sleep and go to the toilet away from the other cat. This helps both cats feel secure in your home. Pick a neutral zone like the living room, and introduce the smell…