Cats

Scruffing Cats

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. 

Help Kitty Lose Weight

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?

Cats by Zodiac Signs

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.

Keeping Cats Out of the Christmas Tree

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.

How to Prevent Cat Scratching

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.

Geeky Cat Toys

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.

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