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How Much Should I Feed My Cat: Daily Calorie Needs

How Much Should I Feed My Cat: Daily Calorie Needs

Pet obesity is a major problem in the U.S. According to the 2013 survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), almost 53% of dogs and 58% of cats in the U.S. are overweight or obese. Perhaps even worse, 17% of all dogs and a whopping 26% of all cats are considered obese. Stu... »

Dear Tabby, My cat keeps getting stuck in high places!

Dear Tabby, My cat keeps getting stuck in high places!

Dear Tabby,   My cat Whiskers loves to climb on things, the higher the better. He climbs telephone poles, trees and even the rain gutter. Unfortunately, he can’t always climb down safely. Short of keeping him in the house, what should I do?   Whiskers Mom   Dear Mom,   Havi... »

Preventing Diabetes in Cats

Preventing Diabetes in Cats

An astounding 1 in 250 cats are diagnosed with diabetes.   Diabetes results from a decrease in the insulin secretion from the pancreas and/or a decrease in the action of insulin, a hormone required for metabolizing carbohydrates. Most cats have Type 2 diabetes where the cat secretes insulin, bu... »

Domesticating the Cat – Is it Possible?

Domesticating the Cat – Is it Possible?

I read a few interesting news stories this week on why cats are less domesticated than dogs.   The stories report on recent research at Washington University School of Medicine. The scientists compared cat genomes of domesticate cats with wild cats. They didn’t find much of a difference a... »

This Is How Cats See the World

This Is How Cats See the World

On our sister site, SlimDoggy, we’ve written about a dog’s vision and how it differed from humans. I wondered whether a cat’s vision differed from human’s also, so I did a little digging. I found this interesting article on cat’s vision and their view of the world: &nbs... »

The Winn Feline Foundation

The Winn Feline Foundation

The Winn Feline Foundation enhances the relationship between cats and humans by fostering improvements in feline health through research and education. Winn has funded over $4.8 million in health research for cats at more than 30 partner institutions worldwide.   Since its start in 2007, Cat He... »

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... »

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