Health

Protein Needs of Senior Cats

Protein Needs of Senior Cats

Our last post was on the protein needs of cats. It’s important to note that senior cats have slightly different nutritional needs, just as kittens do. Kittens need slightly MORE protein than adult cats and contrary to conventional wisdom out there, senior cats protein intake does not necessari... »

How Much Protein do Cats Need?

How Much Protein do Cats Need?

The SlimDoggy family doesn’t have any cats, so we’ve been spending time learning as much as we can about cat nutrition. One thing that was interesting for us to learn was that cats need an even higher level of protein in their diets than dogs. Cats are still carnivores where dogs, the op... »

Preventing Diabetes in Cats Pt.2

Preventing Diabetes in Cats Pt.2

A few weeks ago we wrote about an organization dedicated to early detection of diabetes in cats. Today we want to provide some tips and advice on preventing diabetes in your cat. Type II diabetes is the most common in cats and is most common in neutered male cats that are overweight and eat a diet h... »

Is My Cat Sick?

Is My Cat Sick?

Keeping our pets happy and healthy is every pet owners responsibility. The “happy” part is typically easier than the “healthy” part. A new toy, a yummy treat, a belly rub – all those things help keep your pet happy. We can feed them right, make sure they get exercise, b... »

How much do cats sleep

How much do cats sleep

Both cats and dogs sleep a lot, I mean A LOT. The average adult cats sleeps about 16 hours per day, a kitten and senior cat even more. In order to understand sleep behavior in cats you need to know a few things: Wild cats have few known predators which affords them the ability to nap often. Even dom... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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 ... »

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