Health

Q: Why does my cat suck on and knead blankets? “When cats engage in the behaviour of suckling and/or kneading on soft items such as blankets, it’s a holdover from kittenhood when they would nurse on the mother cat,” explains pioneer cat-behaviourist Pam Johnson-Bennett and star of the Animal Planet UK series Psycho Kitty. “It’s not
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More cats are donning a secure harness and leash and safely going outside to explore the sights and sounds of the great outdoors. Is your cat game for an adventure? An outdoor cat adventure is very different from taking a dog for a walk. While cats can be trained to walk well on leash, big
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Kittens are a lot of fun… or a lot of trouble, depending on how you look at it. They are full of energy and eager to practice their predatory behaviour all day and all night! Without a plan, this could mean your hands and feet become prey and your temper becomes short. Directing this energy
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According to the ASPCA, there may be more than 100,000 venomous snakebites that occur in cats and dogs every year. The most important thing you can do regarding snake bites is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Keep your cats inside, keep your dog leashed on your walk, keep to worn trails,
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Toronto-based freelance writer Paul Lima, recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, struggles to stay awake and finish his story. But a wave of fatigue submerges his will, and he collapses onto the couch seconds before passing out.  When Paul awakes, he registers a deep, content purr vibrating throughout his rib cage. As his eyes flutter open,
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Ah the litterbox, bane of many a cat person’s existence. The good news is you can greatly improve the litterbox situation for both you and your cat by choosing the right cat litter. Choose the wrong cat litter and you can create elimination issues and a stinky house. Choose the right litter and you’ll have
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Cats undoubtedly love exploring outside, stretching in the sunshine and enjoying the fresh air. But allowing your cat to roam freely can have a detrimental effect on lifespan. According to UCDavis Veterinary Medicine, cats with free, uncontained access to the outdoors live shorter lives on average and are in danger of being hit by vehicles
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One avid traveler says she’s discovered the best of both worlds: exploring a new country while still having some of the comforts of home—most notably feline companionship. Madolline Gourley is a contract writer and editor based in Brisbane, Australia. She frequently travels to the U.S. where she provides live-in pet care in exchange for free
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Cats are born killers by nature, furthermore, hunting is one behaviour we never asked them to change during domestication—we wanted them to kill mice and rats. But then we brought them into our homes, handed them a bowl of food, and essentially took their jobs away. The result? Frequently bored house cats. But fear not.
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From dinner parties to progressive vet offices, there’s a reason you keep hearing about CBD. Cannabidiol, or CBD as it is commonly called, is a hemp derivative that is non-psychoactive, meaning that, unlike THC, it won’t get you or your cat high. CBD is now legal in both Canada (Health Canada recently approved a clinical
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It’s heartbreaking to say goodbye. At-home euthanasia makes it easier. A growing trend, at-home euthanasias are a blessing for pets and the people who love them. Karen Duncan has been in the room for the last minutes of the lives of many, many animals. As the co-founder of Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue (VOKRA) in Vancouver,
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We asked Mikkel Becker, a certified trainer and behaviour consultant and head trainer for Fear Free Pets (fearfreepets.com and fearfreehappyhomes.com) for her top 10 things you can do in your home to improve your cat’s life and general happiness. She readily shared her list. Mikkel uses positive reinforcement and non-force based training strategies rooted in
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They are the purr that heals, the curtain ninja that entertains, the in-house Zen master. They are the cats we invite into our homes and in February the spotlight is on their well-being during National Cat Health Month. Pet cats are varied and complex creatures, whether they are devoted couch surfers, or indoor/outdoor cats that
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Perfect & Problem Poop Healthy stool is log-shaped, moist, and holds shape when picked up. Consistency: Soft and mushy could indicate bacterial infection, intestinal parasites or food intolerance. Pebble-like shape usually indicates constipation/dehydration. Content: Mucus in your cat’s poop? Could be an indication of an inflamed colon. Excessive grass? Could indicate that your cat’s stressed
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[embedded content] When I graduated from veterinary school 20 years ago, I was taught that cats needed food, water, a litter box, and a yearly veterinary visit. This was all that was required to care for a cat; anything more was optional. Since then, feline scientists have learned that the typical indoor environment of a
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At around 19 years of age, Sylvia Smith’s family cat, Loekie, did something that caught her attention: he walked right into a chair. “In my dad’s house, things were hardly ever moved, so Loekie knew his way around well, says Sylvia, who lives in Gouda, the Netherlands. “One day after vacuuming, my dad moved a
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Is your cat trying to tell you something? According to Dr. Gary Richter, one of the top veterinarians in the world, many cats are at risk of serious health issues… but their owners may be missing the warning signs. “It’s an epidemic. 1 out of 3 cats over ten years old will get cancer,” says Dr.
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Sometimes, yes. Sometimes, no. If your cat sneezes once in a while, this can be normal just like when a person sneezes once in a while. However, if your cat is sneezing multiple times in a row, and you’re seeing any type of nasal discharge or ‘snot’ accompanying this, that could be a concern. Bacterial
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Some cats may struggle with their weight, especially if they are an indoor cat and they have a hard time self-regulating how much they eat! As a cat parent, it is important to monitor their diet and how much they eat in order to keep them at a healthy weight. However, you may notice your
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Ah, the litterbox: That necessary chore of cat ownership. What you choose to use can make or break your experience when it comes to cleaning. But not all homes (or all cats) are the same! Look no further for our suggestions of this year’s best cat litter, no matter what kind of home or cat
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The Pura X Smart Litter Box from Instachew helps owners by scooping and cleaning their cat’s litter for them. It scoops up waste and separates it into a bin after every use. instachew.com Litter-Lifter’s patented Handy-Holders are the perfect colourful companions to Magic, Pellet, Beamer, and most large scoops. They’re sturdy, compact, hygenic, and versatile.
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Whatever age your cat, have you ever thought about what their first experiences were like? The early weeks of a kitten’s life help to shape the adult cat they will become. The Sensitive Period Kittens have a sensitive period for socialization from two until about seven or eight weeks of age. The sensitive period is
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