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Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape

Why Your Cat Thinks You’re a Huge, Unpredictable Ape

I recently read an article with the above title in WIRED magazine.   The author interviewed veterinarian, Dr. Buffington regarding his research into interstitial cystitis, a painful and chronic inflammation of feline bladder tissue. His findings point to stress as a major culprit in the conditi... »

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Cats certainly aren’t the only mammal with whiskers, hamsters, rats, dogs, even some sea mammals such as seals and manatee have whiskers. They are called Vibrissae (derived from the Latin “vibrio” meaning to vibrate) and aid the cat in sensing their surroundings. They are highly se... »

Nine Myths About Black Cats

Nine Myths About Black Cats

This Halloween, we thought it might be wise to help dispel some of the myths surrounding black cats or any cats for that matter. We found a great article offered by the RSPCA (UK’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) that busts nine of those myths. Here’s the cat myth... »

Why Do Cats Like to Sit in Boxes?

Why Do Cats Like to Sit in Boxes?

When cats explore, they are always watching out for a potential hiding space. The experience of jumping out from or sliding into a box resonates with their instinct to find protected spaces where they are able to see their environment without being seen. Providing boxes and other similar confined sp... »

Dear Tabby, Why Do Cats Purr?

Dear Tabby, Why Do Cats Purr?

Do you think cats purr when they are happy and content? Well, you would be right, but they also purr when they are in pain. But WHY do cats purr, where does that sound come from?   According to Pamela Johnson Bennett, author of Why Cats Purr? .   “The theory that experts now believe ... »

Steps to Keep your Cat Lean and Healthy

Steps to Keep your Cat Lean and Healthy

Part 2 in our Pet Obesity Awareness Series   October 8th was Pet Obesity Awareness Day. We wrote a post that presented some of the high costs of having an overweight or obese cat. Today we outline some steps to keep your cat lean and healthy.   The decisions that you make about your cat’s ... »

Up Close & Personal: Sophie

Up Close & Personal: Sophie

If you follow SlimKitty, then you know our friend Bert (the food obsessed cat). You may not know that Bert has a cat sister named Sophie. Sophie is a real beauty, as you can see by her picture and we are lucky that she took time from her day to allow us to interview her. Without further ado, please ... »

Should I hire a pet sitter for my cat when I travel?

Should I hire a pet sitter for my cat when I travel?

Guest Post from Lindsay Stordahl of That Mutt   One of the nice thing about cats is they’re usually able to take care of themselves for a few days while their owners travel. Well, that is, if you have a normal cat who won’t eat all his food immediately like my cat Beamer. But even he does OK ho... »

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Cat

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Cat

Tomorrow is National Pet Obesity Awareness Day. This day was created by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help raise awareness of both the seriousness of and the magnitude of the pet obesity problem we have in the U.S. Pet obesity is a major problem in the U.S. According to the 20... »

Does Dry Cat Food Cause Diabetes | Part 2

Does Dry Cat Food Cause Diabetes | Part 2

SlimKitty was fortunate to have Dr. Lorie Huston, DVM as a guest blogger. Our community mourns the sudden loss of Lorie. Her Pet Health Care Gazette was a extensive resource for all of us and she will be missed. Last week we posted Part 1 of an article Lorie wrote on feline diabetes. We thought it a... »

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