Not all cats are friendly around kids. Some breeds don’t take well to noise or rough-housing, others are ‘snobs’ that will refuse to be petted. So, just like choosing the right dog for your family, put some thought into what kind of cat will fit well into a household with young kids. [Read more…]
Cats are known to be very vigilant groomers, but it can be quite disturbing when he seems to lick himself too much—or even starts scratching, biting, and chewing himself. You know this isn’t normal grooming behavior when he actually ends up damaging his coat, or looks visibly agitated or uncomfortable.
Since cats can’t ‘tell’ us what the problem is, it’s up to the caring cat owner to try to get to the root of the problem. You should bring him to the vet, but this article can help give you an idea of what’s wrong. [Read more…]
Is your cat sick? Many pet owners miss the symptoms of urinary tract infection. This condition is painful, and left untreated, may be fatal.
The problem is that our pet cat can’t tell us if there is a problem. We need to observe changes in behavior, and then watch for symptoms or ‘red flags’ so we know if we need to bring him to a vet. Here are some early signs that your cat has urinary tract infection. [Read more…]
You can expect your female cat to go in heat at least three times a year. We won’t mince words: it’s not going to be very fun for you, or even your neighbors. Your female cat will be yowling loudly, in an attempt to attract a mate. And during the whole process, she will be restless , agitated and even clingy.
This can be a challenging experience for even the most devoted pet owner. Here are simple tips on how to deal with a cat in heat. [Read more…]
Fat cats look adorable, but that extra weight won’t make him healthy…or happy. He’ll be sluggish and lethargic, too heavy to play or leap, and (just like people) he’s at risk for all sorts of diseases.
But how did your cat get so fat? Most pet owners would never consciously or intentionally hurt their fur babies. ‘I don’t think I’m overfeeding her!’ they say, or ‘I did the same thing for my other cat, and he’s fine!’ So what happened? [Read more…]