Cerebellar hypoplasia: Two long (and baffling) words. Let’s break them up into something understandable. First, the cerebellum: The cerebellum is the part of the brain which coordinates movement. Think of keeping your balance on the shifting deck of a ship at sea, and it’s your cerebellum (along with other internal mechanisms) taking up the slack […]
Social media is a powerful tool for rescue organisations, and used effectively it can make a real difference to cats and dogs in need. Facebook and Twitter posts allow shelters to share photos and news of adoptable pets and reach a worldwide audience. There are numerous stories of cats and dogs that are successfully rescued and […]
If you thought training was only for dogs, then think again, because cats are trainable too. The Secret to Training Cats The secret to training cats isn’t really a secret at all, but about thinking like a cat. We love our feline friends for their independent spirit and how they do what they want. And there […]
Being vegetarian or vegan is a personal choice, and often one that a person reaches out of their love and compassion for animals. But whilst you choose to eat a plant based diet, it is important to remember that your cat is an ‘obligate carnivore’ and they MUST eat meat. Unfortunately, no matter how good your […]
If you’re one of the 30% of people worldwide who suffer from allergies, then you might be one of the unlucky ones who suffer around cats – common symptoms include wheezing, sneezing, runny nose and red, itchy eyes. Whilst pet hair and dander (dried flakes of skin) is a common allergen you may surprised to discover that […]
Earlier this week when I was driving home from a shopping trip there was a ute (pick-up truck) in front of me with a medium sized mixed-breed black dog unsecured in the back. We were both travelling at around 60 kms (37 miles) per hour and the dog ahead was happily darting from the left to the right […]
It may surprise you to learn that cats can be a great choice for apartment living – they easily adapt to an indoor lifestyle and make the purrfect pet for people with busy lifestyles. Although cats don’t require regular walks like dogs do, they still require attention though, which is why it’s important to consider your lifestyle if you’re planning on […]
You’re probably already aware of how good being around your cat makes you feel, especially when he’s cuddled up on your lap purring away, so the fact that he’s good for your health should come as no surprise! There have been a number of scientific studies conducted that report cat owners visit the doctor less, […]
Cats are naturally curious and jumping on kitchen counters (or counter-surfing) is a common behavioural problem. So, why do they do it? What are the alternatives? And, what measures can you take to make your kitchen counter less appealing to your cat?
Without all the facts you’d be forgiven for scratching your head in puzzlement when you see an otherwise slim cat sporting a wobbly apron of what appears to be excess skin on their belly. Why do cats have these saggy, hanging bellies that swing from side to side as they go about their business?