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    How to Get a Cat to Play With String

    Cats are independent, and sometimes they don’t want to play. But sometimes, the problem is that you’re playing with them wrong. So how can you play with string so that you get your cat’s interest? And should cats play with string at all? How do you get a cat to play with string? Practise wiggling the string from side to side to entice the cat. Move it slowly away from the cat, allowing it to catch on the floor (which works best if you have carpet) so that it can move in a jerky, unpredictable fashion. Then, hide it around a corner to pique your cat’s curiosity. While cats love…

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    Can You Go On Vacation If You Have a Cat?

    So, you have a cat. But you also want to have a life. You may think that your cat will run away if you go on holiday, run out of food, or be miserable. So can you go on holiday if you have a cat—and if so, how do you avoid these problems? Can you go on vacation if you have a cat? You can, so long as you’ve prepared your cat first, and you make suitable arrangements. Have somebody come and check on your cat occasionally, or send it to stay at a friend’s house or a cattery. If you’re leaving it home alone, tidy away anything that might…

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    Are Cats Good Pets for Kids?

    Kids love pets. But is it a good idea to let your child have a pet cat? Do cats make suitable pets for kids—if so, why, and if not, why not? Are cats good pets for children? They can be. Cats can teach children empathy, respect and responsibility from a young age. Even young children can take care of cats by grooming them and feeding them. However, cats don’t like sudden movements, can be independent and aloof, and don’t always do what people want; this can cause problems for children. As such, whether a cat is a good pet for your child depends on your child. Talk with them and…

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    How to Help a Cat With Separation Anxiety

    Does your cat experience separation anxiety? Does it yowl incessantly when you’re about to leave, and after you’ve left? Does it spray when you’re away? If so, how can you get it to feel more secure in its bond with you? How can you help a cat with separation anxiety? There are many things you can do to stop your cat getting lonely and bored. Spend time with your cat when you can, and before you leave. Offer your cat a vantage point at which to sit so it can see outside; give your cat toys it can play with on its own; hide food around the house for it,…

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    How to Help a Nervous Cat

    It’s no fun having a stressed cat. Every door closing, every time you turn on the vacuum cleaner, and every time somebody comes to visit your cat turns into a nervous wreck. So how can you make a cat feel more at home, less nervous, and happier all around? How do you calm a nervous cat? Don’t make its nervousness worse by shouting, forcing the cat to do anything it doesn’t want to do, and talking to it in a low voice. Give it some time alone and let it come back to you in its own time. To help anxious cats long term, try clicker training to encourage them…

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    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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    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,…