Taurine is often one of those words that rings a bell, but you can’t put your finger on why. Actually taurine should have a special place in the heart of every cat owner, because it’s what keeps your fur-friend’s heart and eyes healthy. It is taurine (or the cat’s dependence upon it) that makes felines ‘obligate carnivores’. This means it doesn’t matter what the cat’s … [Read more...] about What Is Taurine and Why Is It Important in a Cat’s Diet?
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Are you obsessed by the contents of your cat’s litter box? Many seemingly rationale people wait with bated breath to inspect their cat’s latest offering. For some people, finding a nice firm sausage puts a spring in the step, whilst a smelly cowpat is likely to dampen the spirits for hours. If this seems strange to you then be thankful that your cat has ‘regular’ habits, … [Read more...] about Should I Worry About My Cat’s Poop?
Has your cat recently got braver? For example, perhaps she’s stopped running from the vacuum cleaner or fireworks no longer make her fearful. In fact, now you think about it she no longer comes running when you open the fridge door. The explanation for this change in behaviour might be that she’s gone deaf. In a similar way that elderly people suffer from hearing loss so … [Read more...] about Living with a Deaf Cat
Where did the idea come from, of cats drinking milk? Think about it logically. In the wild, a cat isn’t realistically going to have access to a cow’s udder. At what point did humans decide it was a good idea to put down a saucer of milk for their cat to enjoy? Milk is a food for young animals before they are weaned, and whilst some adult cats get away with drinking milk, … [Read more...] about Is it Ok for Cats to Drink Milk?
FeLV, FIV, and FIP: What do these three have in common? Actually, they have quite a bit in common because they are all viral diseases of cats and don’t have a cure. Also, no cat guardian wants to be told that their cat has been diagnosed with any one of these conditions. However FeLV and FIV arguably have a worse reputation than they deserve, whilst FIP remains definitely … [Read more...] about Understanding Feline Viruses: FeLV, FIV, and FIP
We received a complimentary Dr Catsby whisker fatigue cat bowl for review. We only recommend products we believe are relevant to our readers. When I first heard about 'whisker fatigue' I thought it was just another clever marketing gimmick to help drive sales of designer cat food bowls. I’ve since realised there’s more to it than that. The importance of a cat's … [Read more...] about Whisker Fatigue – Is There Really Such a Thing?
What mental picture does the words “herpes virus” conjure up? In my mind I see a snuffling, sneezing, snotty-nosed kitten whose eyes are gummed shut. This is because herpes virus is one of the two viruses commonly linked to cat flu (the other being calici virus). But herpes virus also stars in its own solo show and causes an illness known as viral rhinotracheitis. Whilst … [Read more...] about Herpes Virus in Cats: Symptoms and Treatment
Mama Meow! Is your cat having kittens? Or perhaps a stray has identified your shed as a safe place to give birth. Whatever the reason, it is a privilege to be part of that wonderful experience that is a mother raising her kittens. Hopefully everything goes well and Mama does all the work, in which case your job is to make life easier for her. But if, for whatever reason, you … [Read more...] about Raising Newborn Kittens – Tips for Surrogate Cat Mothers
How healthy is your cat’s gut? If your cat uses a litter tray you’ll be well aware of any changes in your pet’s poop. There are many reasons why a cat produces anything other than the perfect nugget, ranging from medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease or pancreatitis, to a diet change or even stress. If you cat has a problem it might be she is already under … [Read more...] about Role of Probiotics in Your Cat’s Diet
When you get a heavy cold, what do you do? If you’re like many of us, you take a high dose of vitamin C. The idea is vitamin C boosts your immune system to enable it better fight off the bugs. In much the same way, there are times when it’s appropriate to give your cat’s immune system a helping hand. From the cat with a snuffle that just won’t shift, to the feline … [Read more...] about Keeping Your Cat Healthy – Building a Strong Immune System