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    Care

    Should Cats Have Baths (+How to Bathe Them)

    Cats hate water. But if your cat gets very dirty, you might need to give it a bath. So should cats have bath, and if so, how would you bathe them? Do you need to give your cat a bath? Reasons for doing so include that cats can feel better after baths, bathing reduces the level of cat allergens in the home, they can get rid of fleas, and they cause no lasting harm. Reasons against are that most cats hate baths, can learn to dislike you if you bathe them, and can groom themselves. Bathing is more necessary if your cat is old or has lost mobility, or has very…

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    Health

    How to Tell When Your Cat Is Ill (6 Ways)

    Cats are good at hiding ill health. So how can you tell when a cat is sick, and how serious that illness is? How can you tell when your cat is sick? It will display behavioral changes. These changes include not using the litter tray any more, becoming aggressive/defensive, and hiding from you. Cats try to hide symptoms of illness from their owners, so you have to trust your gut instinct when you notice behavioral changes like these. They can’t hide vomit or diarrhea, however, and frequent vomiting or diarrhea is bad. Take your cat to the vet when you think it’s sick. The guide below covers six separate ways…

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    Is It Safe for My Cat to Eat a Bird?

    Your cat just brought home another gift for you. But is it safe and healthy for your cat to eat birds, or should you stop its behavior? And if you do want to stop your cat catching birds, how would you do it? Can a cat get sick from eating a bird? Cats can catch parasites and diseases from catching wild birds. However, it’s unlikely that your cat will get sick from eating just one. If your cat experiences continual or frequent symptoms such as vomiting, losing weight or fever, then take it to the vet; otherwise, it is likely fine. If you want to stop your cat killing birds,…

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    How to Tell If Cats Are Playing or Fighting

    Cats love to play fight, but this puts you in an awkward position as an owner. Are your cats play fighting or fighting for real, and how do you tell? How can you tell if cats are fighting or playing? Body language and vocalizations make it obvious. Cats that are really fighting will have arched backs, their fur will be standing on end, and they will have puffed up ‘bottle brush’ tails. They will hiss in anger and yelp loudly when hurt. Play fighting cats make almost no noise at all. It’s highly unlikely that two cats which are normally friendly will have a real cat fight. To break up…

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    How to Groom a Cat (Step by Step)

    Cats don’t always do as they’re told. You know it’s in your cat’s best interests to brush it, but your cat might not, and it might hiss, bite and scratch to make you stop. So how do you groom a cat for the first time, or a cat that hates you? How do you groom a cat? Start by picking the right brush or comb for your cat breed. Brushes with pins that are far apart are best for grooming long-haired cats because their fur is so thick. To groom your cat for the first time, start when your cat is relaxed. Show it the brush, and brush it somewhere…

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    What Is Catnip, and Is It Safe?

    Catnip is very well known, but what’s less well known are the long term effects it might have. So what is catnip, and will it cause health effects in your cat? What is catnip, and is it safe for cats? Catnip is a plant in the mint family that contains a chemical compound similar to a cat pheromone (nepetalactone). This compound causes intense effects in cats including euphoria, hallucinations and, potentially, sexual arousal. The effects typically last less than fifteen minutes. Catnip is not addictive to cats, in that it doesn’t cause a withdrawal effect when it is taken away. No negative health effects have been seen either by scientists…

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    Should Cats Lick Their Wounds (& Why?)

    Cats are known for retreating to lick their wounds after they get injured. But do cats heal their own wounds by licking them, or is this a behavior you should stop? Is it bad for cats to lick their wounds? Licking can be beneficial to small wounds, but is bad for big wounds. Licking and gentle biting clears debris away from the wound like dirt and blood. There’s also limited evidence that saliva contains beneficial hormones that assist wounds in healing. However, cats’ mouths contain bacteria, so your cat could infect its wound by licking it. It could also keep licking until a lick granuloma forms, a large patch of…

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    Should Cats Wear Collars?

    Cats have worn collars for as long as we’ve kept cats. While there’s increasing evidence that old-fashioned collars are dangerous, there are also good reasons to fit one. So, are cat collars safe, and should your cat wear one? Why should my cat wear a collar? There are reasons both for and against. Collars and their tags serve as a way to identify a cat that’s gone missing. They can also be fitted with bells (to stop the cat catching birds/mice) and infrared or magnetic tags (for infrared or magnetic cat flaps). Reflective collars also help cats avoid road traffic accidents, and aid in searches for lost cats. However, collars…

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    How to Train a Cat to Use a Cat Flap

    If your stubborn cat won’t use its cat flap, or your cat is afraid of its cat door, what can you do? Forcing it through will only make it mad. So how can you train a cat to use a cat flap? How do you train a cat to use a cat flap? Start by buying the right kind of flap: manually-operated, magnetic/infra-red, or microchip. Install it at the right height for your cat (belly height), ideally opening out to somewhere that’s covered or sheltered from the elements. Tape or prop the flap open so that your cat can see it leads outside/inside. If it still doesn’t want to go…

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    Can Cats See In The Dark?

    Cats are well-known night hunters. But how well can cats see in the dark? Do they see in the dark like we see in the day, or is their night vision only slightly better? How well do cats see in the dark? They can see in low-light conditions better than we can, but can’t see in the entire absence of light, as this is impossible. Cats have adapted to seeing in the dark by having more rod photoreceptors than cones; rods sense brightness, while cones are for color. Cats further adapted by developing a tapetum lucidum, a thin covering of the back of the eye, which further helps cats see…