CATS AND KITTENS

Stress in cats

What is stress? Is it always bad? Stress is just another word for anxiety and worry. Being worried that something might attack you is a necessary part of being able to avoid it. If you didn’t care at all about situations where your life is at risk, you probably wouldn’t last long enough to pass…

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History of the domestic cat

History of the cat: Early evolution One of the most recently evolved species within the Felidae family, is the domestic cat or Felis catus. There are 3 groups or genera in the Felidae family (in other words the entire cat family): Panthera (cats that roar: lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars) Acinonyx (the cheetah) Felis (all…

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Sunburn in cats

Believe it or not, just like people, cats are susceptible to sunburn. There is pretty much nothing that cats enjoy more than lying sprawled out in a warm patch of sunlight. However, whilst lazing in the sun may look safe (and feel really good!), it is not without its dangers. The energy in the sun’s…

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Letting your kitten outside for the first time

Advice on letting your cat/ kitten out for the first time Indoors or outdoors? Many people are somewhat risk averse when it comes to letting their kitten outside into the big wide world. Keeping a cat indoors will ultimately be safer. However, like their wild counterparts, cats love freedom and outdoor activity, behaviours which are…

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Cat grooming tips

Most cats will spend a significant part of their day grooming themselves. Their bodies are so flexible and supple, they can reach all parts with ease. They also have backward pointing spines on their tongues – basically a built in comb! Moulting occurs in cats throughout the year and grooming helps remove this loose hair.…

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How to stop your cat scratching the furniture

Why do cats scratch? As much as we love our cats, we could often do without their natural tendency to scratch furniture, curtains and carpets. Cats scratch with their front claws by dragging them downward from the vertical or backward from the horizontal surface. This action also known as “stropping”, loosens and removes the outer…

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Looking after your cat's teeth

Let’s face it, cats are not the best patients when it comes to doing anything with their mouths. Anyone who has tried giving their cat tablets recently may well have some scars to show for it! So what can we do to ensure our moggies teeth stay in purrfect condition? When it comes to cats…

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8 winter wellness tips for your cat

It can be tricky to know how to care for your cat during a cold snap, and many of us struggle with keeping them content and entertained while indoors. Here are 8 winter wellness tips on how you can best support your feline during the chilly weather. 1. Keep your cat comfortable For those cats…

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Help your cat to lose weight

Cats have a very interesting evolutionary history which has a huge effect on the way they process their food.  Most people are aware that rabbits and cows are herbivores, meaning they eat only grass and vegetable matter. Humans and dogs are omnivores, which means they can survive on a varied diet, including, meat, vegetables and…

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Health problems to look out for in your cat

Health problems to look out for in your cat Our cats are part of the family and are very much creatures of habit, so often the first thing you might notice is a change of routine. Your cat might behave differently, either being more or less affectionate. These signs can be difficult to interpret, even…

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