Magpie Lets You Know What Your Cat Is up to When You’re Not Home

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Don’t we all wonder what our cats are up to when we’re not home? Sure, we know they’re probably snoozing most of the day – after all cats sleep up to 18 hours a day. But what do they do in the other 6 hours?

Magpie, a small, lightweight GPS tracker that attaches to your cat’s collar, can keep your cat close to you even when you’re apart. Continue reading…

High Sided Litter Boxes Keep the Mess Inside

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When I adopted Ruby seven years ago, I didn’t realize that I would be embarking on the search for the perfect litter box. Ruby is a vertical pee-er. She doesn’t spray. Spraying is usually done by male cats. When a cat sprays, he stands up, typically makes a treading motion with his back feet, quivers his tail and sprays urine onto a vertical surface such as a wall. Spraying is a marking behavior. Continue reading…

Common Feline Eye Problems

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While cats don’t have as many eye problems as dogs, feline eye issues tend to be chronic and frequently require a lifetime of care. Detecting problems early can make treatment more effective.

Healthy cat eyes should be clear and bright. The pupils should be of equal size, and the area around the eyeball should be white. Any changes in the eye’s appearance or the area around the eye can be an indicator of a health problem. Continue reading…

Happy Father’s Day

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Whether your kids are human or furry, enjoy your special day!

Father’s Day can be bittersweet for those of us whose fathers are no longer with us. My dad passed away 13 years ago, but I still get a little sad when friends talk about what they’re going to do to celebrate, or when I see Father’s Day cards pop up in stores. Continue reading…

Review: Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties

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You know that any book published by National Geographic is going to feature gorgeous photos, and Cat Tales: True Stories of Kindness and Companionship with Kitties certainly delivers in that respect. This lovely collection of stories about awesome, caring, adventurous, hardworking and curious cats is sure to delight anyone who loves cats. Continue reading…

A Visit With Samantha Martin and the Amazing Acro-Cats

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I first met Samantha Martin two years ago, when she came through the Washington DC area with her Amazing Acro-Cats. I had been skeptical then. I’m well aware of the controversy that surrounds circus performances, but after talking to Samantha for almost an hour and watching her with her cats, I was able to put any misgivings aside. From the moment I met Samantha, I knew that I had encountered a kindred spirit. Samantha is passionate about cats and their well-being. She knew from the time that she was ten years old that she wanted to work with animals. A renowned animal trainer with a degree in animal husbandry and studies in animal behavioral sciences, Samantha has worked with all sorts of animals, from rats to chickens to groundhogs. Continue reading…

Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty… On a Toast Cat Bed

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You may remember the “breading cats” meme featuring photos of cats’ heads encased in a slice of bread  from a few years ago. My sense of humor must not be mainstream, because I found nothing funny about putting cats through having a slice of bread stuck around their necks. But when I came across this cat bed shaped like a slice of toast, it made me smile. If you love quirky pieces in your living space, this bed is for you. Continue reading…

Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris: Dr. Kris Answers May’s Questions

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Vet With Dr. Kris” segment! Once a month, Dr. Kris answers as many of your questions as he can, and you can leave new questions for him in a comment.

Dr. Kristopher Chandroo is a veterinarian, scientist, photographer, animal welfare advocate, and creator of Stress to Success (STS): The Essential Guide to Medicating Your Feisty, Grumpy or Reluctant Cat.  Dr. Kris wants  your cats to be twenty years old. And counting! And he wants to provide medication and therapy to them in a way that respects the bond between cat and human. Continue reading…

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