CATS AND KITTENS

Body condition score your cat

In the UK 40-50% of cats are estimated to be overweight or obese. Cats are overweight if they are between 10-19% heavier than their ideal weight.  Once they are over 20% heavier, he or she is said to be obese. There is a method of working out what your cat should weigh called a Body…

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Taking care of your older cat

Cats are said to have nine lives – many a moggy will go on to live to a ripe old age of 20 years plus or minus a few! What specific needs does my elderly cat have? If your cat has always been allowed to come and go as they please, you cannot change things…

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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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What to do if your cat keeps returning to your old home

This can be a problem if you have not moved very far from your previous home. Cats are by nature territorial. This is especially the case if you have been in your previous home a long time, your cat may have a strong urge to return to its territory. We all remember the childhood films…

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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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What to do if someone else is feeding your cat

Do’s Make sure your cat is micro-chipped when you first get it. This way there cannot be any arguments about who owns the cat. You can get your cat micro-chipped at your local veterinary practice > If you know who is feeding your cat, go around and have an adult discussion. Explain kindly why you…

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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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