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    Health

    Can Cats Get Ticks?

    Ticks commonly affect pets—but what about cats? Do ticks bite cats, and do ticks affect cats in the same way as they affect other pets, or us? And how do you get rid of them? Can cats catch ticks? They can, just like other pets. Ticks are found outdoors in grassy areas, where they cling to blades of grass and drop onto animals that pass by. They bite into the host cat’s skin and stay there for several days before dropping away. Ticks don’t live, breed or lay eggs on their hosts, so can’t be spread through direct contact. But they do cause health issues, so should be killed as…

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    FAQs

    Are Cats’ Ears Sensitive?

    We all know that cats are finely tuned hunters. But just how good is a cat’s sense of hearing? How sensitive is a cat’s hearing? The cat hearing range extends from roughly 48Hz to 85kHz, while the human range is around 20Hz to 20kHz. This means that cats can hear lots of higher pitched noises than we can, but we can hear some lower pitched sounds. This is determined by the anatomy of the ear. Cats’ ears are relatively larger than ours and can point in the direction the cat wants them to, making them good at locating the sources of sounds. Cats can also hear sounds from further away from…

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    Why Is My Cat Panting?

    Cats aren’t known for panting, but they do occasionally. So why would your cat pant, is the problem serious, and what should you do about it? Why is my cat panting? There are several reasons why cats pant. Your cat may be overheated, stressed/anxiou, or both. These are problems that can be fixed easily. However, cats can also pant because of serious health issues like heartworm, respiratory infection, hypocalcemia resulting from birth or pulmonary edema resulting from heart failure. If your cat is panting frequently, or has not stopped panting for some time, take it to the vet for a full diagnosis. The guide below first looks at whether and…

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    Behavior

    How to Keep Cats Out of Flower Bed (Top TEN Ways)

    Cats can be cuddly, fluffy and lovely. But they can also be annoying: pooping in your flower bed, eating your plants, or having cat fights in your garden. So how do you keep them out of there? How can you keep cats out of your flower bed? There are a few ways: if the cat is yours, keep it indoors, or encourage it elsewhere. If the cat isn’t yours, get rid of any rodents or birds in your yard, purchase a roller rail fence or an ultrasonic cat deterrent, lay down chicken wire or tin foil where you don’t want the cat to go, plant plants that cats don’t like,…

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    Should I Keep My Cat Indoors?

    One of the biggest debates among cat owners is whether cats should live indoors or outdoors. This debate brings on strong feelings on both sides—so is either side right or wrong? Is there a middle ground, and if so, where is it? Is it better to keep cats indoors? While your cat will likely want to go outdoors, it’s arguably more cruel to let them than to keep them outside. That’s because cats can catch parasites, get in fights with other cats or with dogs, or be hurt by people or cars when outside. Outdoor cats have shorter lifespans for these reasons. Keeping cats indoors requires toys, stimulation and socialization, otherwise…

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    Nutrition

    Is Dry Food Bad for Cats?

    Dry cat food (kibble) is perhaps just as common as wet cat food. But is it suitable for cats? Is it good for a cat’s health, or could it have long-term effects? Should you feed it or not? Is dry food bad for cats? It is. It doesn’t reflect a cat’s wild diet, is nutritionally unsuitable in more than one way, and can cause long term health issues like kidney disease and obesity. That applies despite it remaining popular and being frequently advertised. Instead, feed your cat wet cat food or raw cat food as these are more suitable choices. Pick a food with a minimum of grains and other…

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    Behavior

    How to Stop Cats Fighting [9 Tips]

    If your cats are constantly fighting, it can be a drain on your mental health; severe cat fights can also take a toll on your cats’ health too. So how do you stop them? How do you stop cats fighting? Don’t allow them to fight it out, and try to separate them with a broom. Keep them separated until they calm down. To prevent cats fighting in the future, feed them in separate areas, and give each its own private space (e.g. with its own bed). Reward them with treats if they sit together calmly, and try to reduce aggression in your cats by playing with them separately, neutering your…

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    Health

    UTIs in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    UTIs (urinary tract infections) are as frustrating as they are common. So can cats catch them, and if so, how serious are they? Are they a risk to your cat’s life? What are UTIs in cats, and what causes them? Cats experience the same kind of UTIs as we do. Bacteria gets into a small wound in the cat’s urinary tract—urethra, bladder and kidneys—and causes an infection. This infection causes swelling and blocks pee from passing. The bacteria in the wound can spread, and the bladder or kidneys rupture unless you treat the issue promptly. A vet will diagnose the problem with a urinalysis and/or with X-rays. They will prescribe…

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    Nutrition

    What is Free Feeding and Should I Do It?

    Free feeding is more natural for your cat than scheduled feeding; that’s why many cat owners feed their cats this way. But what are the problems with free feeding your cat, and how bad are they? Are they serious enough that you shouldn’t do it? What is free feeding, and should I do it? Free feeding is where a cat is given unlimited food that it can access at any time. Kibble is ideal for this, because wet food can go bad quickly; combination feeding involves unlimited dry food with occasional scheduled wet food. While most cats can regulate their own calorific intake, so are not in danger of obesity…

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    Nutrition

    What to Feed a Cat to Help It Gain Weight

    If your cat has lost weight, switching it to a new food or offering it high-calorie treats might help. But what should you feed it? What can you feed a cat to help it gain weight? Feed it unlimited food (free feeding), as cats like to trickle-feed throughout the day. Switch your cat to a new higher-calorie food using the 80/20 method if it refuses to eat. Offer it high calorie cat treats made of meat in the meantime. Check for reasons why your cat may have stopped eating, such as dental disease, bullying from other cats, or insecurity around the food bowl. Talk to your vet if you notice…