CATS AND KITTENS

Why does my cat knock things over?

There is no denying that cats are uniquely entertaining and inquisitive creatures with mischievous streaks that tend to continue long after their kitten days. These little rascals will go on the prowl for any source of diversion. Often resulting in broken items and shredded valuables within our home. One behaviour that drives cat owners absolutely…

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Parasites in cats

The three major groups of parasites which are a constant threat to our cats are worms, fleas and ticks. We will deal with fleas and tapeworms first as they are linked. Fleas Fleas cannot be under estimated as a problem for cat owners. You do not want your cat to get fleas because: They can…

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How to check your cat for parasites

Fleas Ask yourself these questions to check if your cat might have a flea problem: Is your cat grooming excessively? Does your cat have any skin rash or irritation? Does your cat have any fur loss? Have you noticed little red specks if your cat has been in the shower/basin/bath? Part the hair on the…

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Discouraging your cat from hunting

I’ve yet to meet an owner that enjoys the ‘gifts’ their cat brings to them from outside after hunting. So much for a bouquet of roses or box of luxury chocolates, our mini tigers seem to think that we would be a little happier with a dead mouse in our lives! While the sentiment is…

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Cat flap training

Letting your tiny Tiger out into the big, bad world is never a decision that is taken lightly. Many owners can find the prospect daunting. As long as they are old enough, have been vaccinated, are up to date with their parasite prevention and have been neutered, there is really nothing stopping them. If you…

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Managing your kitten's weight and diet

They grow up so quickly… Most kittens start off life looking slim and boney, with many concerned that they are under-weight and not feeding well. Some owners and breeders may even need to top up with bottle feeds and syringe mashed-up kitten food, to ensure their kittens are gaining weight adequately. Before long though, they…

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Creating a cat friendly environment

We all love to indulge our furry friends and it can be great peace of mind to know that their needs are being met and they have everything that they need, both inside and outside of their home. It’s not always easy to know exactly what our fussy felines require. While they may have you…

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Skin problems in cats

When considering what might be causing our cats to scratch and have skin problems, we need to think small. Fleas Fleas are by far the biggest culprit in feline skin problems or disease. They are responsible for the vast majority of all dermatological problems that we see in our cats today. Fleas have been around…

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How to help your cat cope with stress

What diseases are stress related in cats? 1) Over-grooming Over-grooming refers to any behaviour that goes beyond the grooming for normal coat maintenance and scent distribution. Over grooming leads to patches of broken and sparse hair, complete hair loss in some areas and occasionally damage to the underlying skin. It can occur in any part…

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Separation anxiety in kittens

Though not often talked about in cats, separation anxiety can occur just as it does in dogs. This can prove quite traumatic for both the owners and the feline involved. Why do cats get separation anxiety? While it is true that many cats are ‘lone rangers’ that quite enjoy their own space, this is not…

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