Ants are a common and prevalent pest in the home, especially in the warmer months. The cat’s food bowl can be a popular target to ants because, in most houses, pet bowls contain food or traces of food which can sit around for hours.
Cats can’t tell us when they don’t like something, but they can, and they will show us. Litter trays are a constant source of stress for both cats and their humans. We look at common signs a cat is unhappy with the litter tray and what you can do to remedy the situation.
Related: Five steps to litter tray success
Play therapy is a way pet owners can interact with their cat and has several positive benefits to both cat and owner. Most pet behaviourists recommend play therapy as a way to combat common cat issues. This kind of interactive play involves you interacting in a game of hunt with the use of a wand toy (fishing pole-type toy), and the cat as the hunter.
Cats are predators and interactive play plugs into this natural behaviour which in the wild would consist of:
hunt > catch > kill > eat > groom > sleep
At a glance
- Uses: Osteoarthritis and idiopathic cystitis
- Properties: Anti-inflammatory, Osteoarthritis disease-modifier
- Brand names: Zydax, Cartrophen-Vet, Elmiron, Pentosan, Sylvet
- Available as: Injection, capsule
- Caution: Cats with coagulopathies, kidney and liver disease
- Origin: Thailand
- Lifespan: 12-14 years
- Eyes: Gold, green, blue and odd
- Energy: Medium
- Temperament: Loyal, easygoing, intelligent, gentle
- Weight: Males 4.5-5 kg (9.9 – 11 lbs), females 4-5 kg (8.8 – 11 lbs)
- Colours: White
- Coat: Short
- Grooming: Once a week
- Also called: Khao Plort, White Gem, White-Jewelled Cat, Diamond Cat, Diamond Eye, Khaomanee
The Khao Manee is a rare, natural breed of cat from Thailand with a stunning white coat and blue, gold or odd-eyes (blue and green or yellow). Several other breeds have originated from Thailand including the Siamese, Burmese and Korat.
As a cat moves into his or her senior needs, it will slow down and in many cases, stiffen up due to the onset of arthritis. Arthritis is a painful condition in which the shock-absorbing cartilage which cushions the joints wears down and is eventually lost. Hearing and eyesight can also decline, all of which means small changes we can make around the home can make a big difference to a senior cat.
Every year, millions of healthy kittens and cats are euthanised behind the closed doors of shelters because there aren’t enough homes. All of us must take responsibility and ensure our pets aren’t contributing to the problem. What is desexing? Also referred to as spay (female) and neuter (male), desexing is the removal of the uterus … Read more
Despite their sassy reputation, cats are sensitive creatures who like stability in their lives. They become stressed easily, which can manifest in several ways. Cats can’t tell you they are stressed, but they will show it. This article looks at common causes of stress in cats and how they respond.
What is multimodal environmental modification?
Multimodal environmental modification (MEMO) is several stress reduction techniques recommended in the management of feline idiopathic cystitis, which is inflammation of the bladder. The term idiopathic means the underlying cause is not known, and a diagnosis of FIC is made when all other causes have been excluded.
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