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Your Cat’s Personal Space: Why it Matters

Your cat's personal space: why it matters

When it comes to our own personal space, we tend to feel most comfortable when the ability to choose how much we need is in our own control. It’s much more comfortable, for example, when we enter a waiting room that isn’t crowded so we can choose where to sit and how far away we want to be from other people. Isn’t it nice to get on a subway or elevator that isn’t crowded? Having to squeeze into a crowded place can create discomfort, and for many people, anxiety as ...

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8 Reasons Why Cats Love Elevated Perches

8 reasons why cats love elevated perches

Whether it’s the top of the refrigerator, a cat perch, the highest shelf of a bookcase, or the top cushions of the sofa, cats cherish those elevated locations. You may have purchased the most comfortable, enticing cat bed on the market but if it’s placed on the floor, it may be ignored by the cats in your home. Why do cats love elevated perches so much? Here are some reasons: 1. More Visual Warning Time for Your Cat When the cat is on an elevated perch she can more easily ...

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Cats and Children: 10 Things Every Parent Should Know

cats and children: 10 things every parent should know

For many parents, the idea of kids and cats together is an absolute natural. For other parents though, it’s a scary thought that may get the family cat a one-way ticket to the local shelter. Children and cats can be wonderful companions for each other. My kids have had the most loving, playful, endearing relationships with the cats in our lives. These relationships didn’t just happen by accident though. We prepared, educated and set up an environment that was both kid-safe and cat-safe. As with any companion animal in the ...

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Keeping Your Indoor Cat Warm in Winter

black cat in a pet bed

Many cats really enjoy a warm, cozy place to nap. It’s not unusual to walk into a room and find your cat curled up in the sunniest spot. With the approach of colder months, many indoor cats, especially older ones or kitties with arthritis, will seek out the warmest spots in the house. There are things you can do to help create safe, warm napping areas for your cat. This can be especially helpful for your older cat who may have stiff joints. The comfort of napping on a soft ...

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Why Every Cat Needs Hiding Places

cat peeking over top of furniture

Since the early 1980s when I first started working with clients on their cats’ behavior problems, a big part of my consultations covered the importance of creating an environment that allows the cat to engage in natural behaviors, provides security and strengthens the cat/human bond. The umbrella term for these things is commonly referred to as environmental enrichment. One aspect of environmental enrichment that’s often misunderstood or overlooked is the need for the cat to have hiding places. When many people think of a cat hiding, they think of it ...

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Protect Your Garden From Outdoor Cats

cat in tall grass

Even if you keep your cat safely indoors, your neighbors may not and as a result, you might be dealing with a few cats viewing your lovely garden as an outdoor litter box pit stop. This is a problem because there are potential health concerns, destruction to your plants and the added potential behavioral problem of having your indoor cat upset at the sight of an outdoor cat in his yard so up close and personal. From the outdoor cat’s point of view, your garden can be a very inviting ...

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Tips for Bringing Home a New Cat

black and white cat closeup

This is an exciting time for you and your family. You’re about to bring home a new furry family member. Regardless of where the cat is coming from (shelter, street, breeder), here are some basic tips to help make the transition a bit easier for everyone. It’s important to not rush the process in order to give your cat time to adjust to her new surroundings and new family members. A little extra TLC during this time will help ensure a smoother transition. If you haven’t yet chosen your new ...

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8 Tips for Safe Car Travel With Your Cat

safe car travel with your cat

Are you planning a road trip? Here’s an even bigger question… are you planning on taking your cat with you? For many cat parents, bringing kitty along on out-of-town trips is sometimes the only option. If that’s the case with you, here are some tips to help make the travel experience safer and a little less stressful. 1. Take the time to get your cat used to being in a carrier Leave the carrier out and start conditioning your cat to become comfortable going in and out as well as ...

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Seven Things to do Before You Bring Your New Cat Home

7 things to do before you bring your new cat home

This is an exciting time. You’re about to become a first-time cat parent. To get started on the right foot, here’s a list of seven things you should do BEFORE you even bring kitty into the house. You are about to enter into a relationship that will hopefully last for many, many years and this new feline family member needs you to be prepared for his physical, mental and emotional needs. 1. Be Sure Everyone in the Family is Ready for the Responsibility of a Cat Everyone in the family ...

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