CATS AND KITTENS

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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Preparing your cat for a visit to the vet

Preparing your cat for a visit to the vet Every cat should go to the vet at least once/year for a check-up, and some will need to go more often than this. But many cats hate going in the cat carrier, hate travelling in the car, and hate being at the vets – so it…

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Keeping cats cool in hot weather

Keeping cats cool in hot weather Hot summer weather may be welcome, but some cats struggle in the heat – with limited capacity to cool off by sweating, they can overheat quite easily. Because hyperthermia and heatstroke are emergencies, you should find out now where your local Healthy Pet Club practice is, in case you need…

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Moving house with your cat

Moving house with your cat Moving house is stressful for any family – if you have a cat, there are even more things to worry about. However, good planning decreases the chances of anything going wrong. Planning ahead The following advice will help you to plan: One option is to book your cat into a…

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