You may be surprised to know that 61% of cats over the age of 6 suffer from arthritis. As cats age, this number is even higher: 90% of cats over the age of 12 have some form of arthritis. Since cats spend a lot of their time jumping and climbing, their joints, especially weight-baring joints like the shoulders, hips, elbows, knees and ankles, are repeatedly absorbing a lot of impact, and this can lead to joint damage – particularly in larger cats or overweight cats. Continue Reading
Best Friends LA’s working cat program gives cats who are not bonded to humans a chance at being placed with adopters who are looking for natural rodent deterrents for enclosed properties such as barns, warehouses, churches, factories or other facilities. This program is a win-win on a lot of different levels: shelters benefit because it makes more room for socialized, friendly cats who need homes, adopters benefit because they can save their property from rodent damage without spending a lot of money, but most of all, the cats benefit, because the program allows them to safely live in an environment where they can thrive. For more about this wonderful program, visit the Best Friends Blog.
If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap:Continue Reading
The cover of this book caught my eye when I saw it scroll past my Facebook newsfeed a few days ago, and I had to investigate – and I sure am glad I did. This collection of cat tales and photographs from the Times’ archives, dating back to 1872, is a treasure for cat lovers.
With headlines like “Fifty Cats Fight Firemen To Reach Burning Fish,” “Psychologist Finds Cats Are Anarchists,” and “Curious Black Cat Disrupts Opera; Takes Stage in Tragic Moment,” this book, which also features plenty of wonderful photos, is an utter delight. Continue Reading
I just can’t get enough of James Bowen and his Street Cat Named Bob. I’ve been following the pair ever since the first book was published in 2012. Watching this rags-to-riches story of an orange cat changing James Bowen’s life from down on his luck drug addict to bestselling author unfold has been pure joy. The movie was only released to a limited number of theaters in the US late last year, and I know many of you have been waiting for the digital version.
I have good news for you: the movie is now available from Amazon Instant Video! You can rent the movie for $4.99 or purchase it for $12.99.Continue Reading
When we help animals, we also help ourselves. Most of us, at one time or another, have experienced the healing power of cats. They comfort us when we’re sad, make us smile even on our most stressful days, and offer unconditional love. The family of a courageous, free-spirited girl named Kylie experienced this healing power firsthand when a tortoiseshell rescue kitten named Liza came into their lives during Kylie’s final days.Continue Reading
Wellness is voluntarily recalling a small number of their canned cat foods from retailers’ shelves. According to the company’s website, “keeping your trust in our brand is so important to us, and so we wanted to let you and our retailers know right away. Since the products may not have been made consistent with our quality assurance guidelines, we want to replace them. Our Quality team learned that foreign material was found in non-WellPet products made in the same facility, and so we are taking this conservative step to ensure the well-being of cats and to put our consumers’ minds at ease.”Continue Reading
The Cat Sitter mystery series, featuring Dixie Hemingway, a pet sitter who lives on one of the Florida keys, has been a favorite of mine ever since the first book in the series came out eight years ago. The series was originally written by Blaize Clement. Her son, John Clement, continued the series after her death in 2011. Blaize had been collaborating on plots and characters for future novels with John.
Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need meat in their diet to thrive. Their systems aren’t designed to digest carbohydrates. A raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements. There are numerous benefits from feeding a raw diet to your cat, including improved digestion, reduced stool odor and volume, increased energy, ability to maintain ideal weight, better dental health, and better urinary tract health. Embraced for decades by holistically oriented pet parents and holistic veterinarians, raw feeding is becoming more mainstream as pet parents look for alternatives to feeding highly processed commercial pet foods.Continue Reading
America’s cats are not receiving the health care they deserve. The findings of a feline health study conducted by Bayer Health Care found that 52% of America’s 74 million cats are not receiving regular veterinary care. The actual number is probably much higher, since this study only captured data from cat guardians who do seek some veterinary care, not those who never take their cat to the vet. The study also showed that cat guardians are not willing to spend as much money on healthcare for their feline charges as dog guardians. Ironically, while spending on veterinary care is declining, spending on pet products is increasing steadily each year.Continue Reading
Yes, I know, there’s that other big game happening today, too. We’re not big football fans here, although Ruby has been placing bets on the Patriots – after all, she says, how hard can it be to take down a falcon? While we may not be watching the big game, we will definitely be watching the Kitten Bowl on Hallmark Channel.Continue Reading