Cats in the garden are a universal issue, whether it’s your own cat or a wandering neighbourhood stray. There are a lot of outdoor cats in my community, and I’m constantly finding the little gifts they leave behind for me in my veggie patch. Why do cats like to dig, pee, and poop in gardens, flower beds, and veggie patches? Cats are instinctively drawn to go to the toilet … [Read more...] about How to Keep Cats Out of Your Garden and Flower Beds
Life with Cats
We promote responsible pet ownership and help you care for, understand and enjoy life with your cat. We can help you introduce a kitten into your home and care for your senior cat during their golden years. Our articles include how to create a cat friendly home, the importance of play, the challenges of multi-cat households, car travel with cats, and what to do if your cat goes missing.
Browse the archives or search for the topic you are interested in.
If you’re a cat parent and a plant lover, you may have experienced the frustration of finding your beloved plants dug up or half-eaten by your feline friend. In this article, we’ll explore practical strategies to keep cats out of your plants and keep your indoor pot plants safe. I love my indoor plants, but so do my cats. When I first started collecting them, I would wake up … [Read more...] about How to Keep Cats Away from Indoor Plants
My cats love laser pointers, especially Ava. It's our go-to game in the evenings and great exercise too. But, there’s something counterintuitive about shining a bright red laser light in front of my cats’ eyes. So, I started to wonder if laser pointers are truly safe, or if (like many other toys on the market) we really shouldn’t be using them. After a few hours of … [Read more...] about Cats and Laser Pointers: Are They Safe?
Kids have a lot to learn about the world around them. Unfortunately, during this exploratory phase, it’s not unusual for collateral damage to happen such as sandwiches posted into the DVD player, teddy swimming in the toilet. . . you get the picture. But when the object under investigation happens to be a cat, someone (two or four-legged) could get hurt. It’s a child’s job … [Read more...] about Teach Your Child to Respect Cats
Are you familiar with the expression: “Taking a sledgehammer to crack a nut”? Essentially this means using over-the-top effort to achieve a simple end. A great example of this is declawing cats. OK, so what we want to achieve is the sofa not being shredded, but is surgically amputating one-third of each toe a proportionate way to achieve this? We think not! Keep in … [Read more...] about 5 Alternatives to Declawing Cats
It’s official! Did you know that therapy cats exist and they’re officially good for us? When you think about it, this makes sense. We all know how soothing it is stroking a cat when she purrs like a motor, so why not use the purr power to help others? OK, so one argument is that cats are often fussy about who they snuggle up to but surely this makes it all the more special … [Read more...] about What Is a Therapy Cat and What Do They Do?
As a cat guardian, one of your jobs is to figure out what’s best for your cat. This means making tough decisions that have the potential to be life-changing for your fur-friend. A classic is example is the indoor vs outdoor argument, and which is the best way of life for your cat. On the one hand keeping a cat indoors has the potential to limit natural behaviours such as … [Read more...] about 10 Reasons to Keep your Cat Indoors
In today’s world, pet theft is a sad reality and opportunistic people steal cats and dogs from their own homes. The American Humane Association estimates that more than 10 million cats and dogs go missing every year. It's difficult to know though, exactly how many pets are stolen, versus being lost or missing. If you're a cat parent with an outdoor cat who has a tendency to … [Read more...] about Why Do People Steal Cats? How to Prevent Pet Theft
Spread the love on February 14 and enjoy your romantic celebrations, but take extra care to keep dangerous items out of your cat's reach. We discuss Valentine's Day safety for cats, and how to avoid potential dangers for your cat. Lilies are potentially fatal to cats If you want to enjoy many more years with your cat, know that lilies have no place in a cat … [Read more...] about Valentine’s Day Safety Tips for Cats
Do you believe in purr-power? Purr-power is the ability of cats (and pets generally) to improve our mental health and well-being. If you’re not a believer, then you should be, because the latest research sheds light on the ability of pets to improve life for those with long-term mental health issues.  Indeed, the evidence for the beneficial effects of a feline friend … [Read more...] about 7 Reasons Pets are Good for Your Mental Health