Lots of people "scruff" their cats to pick them up, claiming that it's what their parents would do to correct their behavior so it's okay to do it to grown cats. According to cat behavior expert Anita Kelsey, that's the wrong approach to correcting cat behavior. Not only is it a disrespectful way to treat a cat, but it can be harmful to the cat, causing pain. Cats that pick up their babies this way do so when they are babies, not fully grown adults.
It hasn't been as widespread in four decades, so the return of the cat plague in Australia is a terrible concern for cat owners right now. It is deadly and also known as feline parvo, and it's being seen in lots of strays in the Melbourne area. There is a simple way to prevent the plague, and it's just vaccinating your cats.
I live on a dead end street, but once my neighbors started to complain about my wandering cat (not to mention over-feeding her), I had to start keeping her inside. If I thought she would slim down after two out of three of her food sources were cut off, I was wrong; without the exercise outside, she's gotten so big her belly drags and has even lost the fur, leaving a bald patch! Toy mice, catnip, laser lights... the other cats love them but she could care less. So what can you do?
Whether or not you believe in the zodiac, it's still kind of fun to see things like this piece from Elite Daily, which explains which cat you should get this year based on your zodiac sign! Please don't use this as a real barometer of whether or not a cat is right for you; you need to visit with the cat and make sure he or she is a good fit with your personalities. It's still fun to read, though.
Whether you are a casual cat lover or the Crazy Cat Lady/Guy, these quotes about cats are sure to bring a smile to your face. I remember seeing a book of these many years ago (and maybe a calendar, too) that I wanted to get for my cat-loving friends. Now you can look them up online and even copy and paste them to share on social media!
I've got one and I bet you do, too: a cat that bites when it's had enough! Many people wonder why cats bite you when they otherwise seem as if they are enjoying their time with you. When you think about how cats can't talk, it becomes pretty simple: they bite because they want you to cease and desist!
For many years, we cat lovers have insisted that our cats are smarter than dogs. They just don't listen to us because of their feelings of indifference or contempt, right? It turns out that cats are about as smart as bears, which sounds pretty smart--but dogs beat them both!
Say it ain't so.
Every year, cat owners find themselves scratching their heads for ideas to keep their cats out of their Christmas trees. What's not fair, of course, is that every cat is different and what works for some cats won't work at all for others. Orange peels in my garden, tree and other areas deter some of my cats, but one could care less! Here are just a few things you can try to cat-proof your holiday tree.
Does your cat or kitten attempt to destroy all of your furniture, rugs and soft things in your home in search of something to scratch? You can't blame him or her if you haven't provided something to scratch. Cats have a natural need to scratch so as their owners we have to find something to satisfy this urge.
There are many cardboard posts that are inexpensive and easy to use. You just put one wherever your cat tends to scratch to encourage scratching to take place there instead. You can also add some catnip to attract your cat if he or she enjoys the herb.
If you're a fan of cats and geek culture, you're in luck: you're living in the best time (so far) to celebrate both! People have been creating incredible geeky cat toys, towers and other goodies to keep both you and your kitties happy. From litter box covers to scratching posts, toys to lasers, there's something for everyone in multiple fandoms.