Month: January 2018

Can Cats and Pet Birds Live Safely Together?

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If you’re going to add a bird to a household with cats, choose wisely. Smaller birds such as finches or canaries, who typically don’t like to be handled and are quite content to spend their lives in a cage, may be a better choice than parrots or cockatiels, who thrive on human interaction.Continue Reading

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Balanced Blends Guide to Raw Feeding: Is Raw Pet Food Safe?

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This article is part of a series sponsored by Balanced Blends, a raw pet food company, answering some of the most common questions around feeding a raw food diet to your cats.

Today we’re exploring the question of whether or not raw food is safe. Continue Reading

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Cat Friendly Practice Program Improves Veterinary Care for Cats, Cat Parents and Veterinary Teams

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As a former veterinary practice manager, the American Association of Feline Practitioners‘ Cat Friendly Practice® program is near and dear to my heart. In my years in working in veterinary practices, I’ve seen far too many cats who didn’t get the care they deserved because veterinary staff didn’t have the resources, training and tools to truly understand that cats are not small dogs, and that they need to be treated differently.Continue Reading

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Review: Talk to the Paw

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Single girl, single guy, and an adorable cat burglar: Talk to the Paw is a light and fluffy romance about a matchmaking cat and the clueless humans he’s trying to bring together.Continue Reading

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Why Does Your Cat Bring You Gifts? 6 Common Reasons

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Guest post by Will Hodges

A few months after Anya, our first feline family member, walked into our lives, I began to find one of her favorite toys in my bedroom every morning. This seemed odd to me, as all of her toys were kept on the main floor of our home, and bringing a fluffy toy ball all the way up the stairs and into the bedroom was definitely not an easy chore.Continue Reading

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Classic Cat Books Series: The Fur Person

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Originally published in 1957, The Fur Person is one of the most endearing cat stories I’ve ever read. Featuring the true adventures of Tom Jones, May Sarton’s own cat, this little book captures the essence of what a cat is all about in the beautiful prose of this gifted and sensitive writer and poet. The book has been reissued numerous times with different covers.Continue Reading

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How to Make the Cat Carrier Attractive to Your Cat

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While the cat carrier may not be your cat’s favorite place, it is an important part of your cat’s life, and it can be vital in an emergency.  And it’s up to you to convince your cat that spending time in the carrier feels good. Unfortunately, for most cats, the only time they’re in a carrier is when they have to go to the veterinarian, so the association with carriers is often a negative and stressful one. Continue Reading

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Review: Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond

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You’re probably just as surprised as Allegra looks in the photo above, wondering why you’re seeing a book with a dog on the cover on The Conscious Cat. Canine and Feline Geriatric Oncology: Honoring the Human-Animal Bond, is definitely a bit of a departure from our usual book reviews, but I believe that this is an important book and I want to bring it to a wider audience than the one it was intended for. Even though this book is first and foremost a unique text book for veterinarians, veterinary students, interns residents, attending doctors and nursing staff, it is also a fantastic resource for cat parents who are faced with a cancer diagnosis.Continue Reading

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Cat-Opoly: All the Fun of Monopoly, Only Better

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I haven’t played board games in a long time, but when I came across Cat-Opoly, I decided it’s time to put together a game night with friends! I loved playing Monopoly as a child. I’m not all that competitive in general, but I remember never being really happy with a game unless I had hotels on Boardwalk and Park Place. And for some reason, I also always wanted to own all four railroad stations.Continue Reading

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Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado: Food Obsessed Cat, Biting Cat, Medicating a Cat, and More

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Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado” segment. Once a month, we’ll post a reminder for you to post your questions for Mikel. She’ll answer as many of them as she can each time, and I’ll publish her answers in a subsequent post.

Mikel is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, and remote consultations around the world. She obtained her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studied animal behavior and human-pet relationships. Mikel is co-author of Jackson Galaxy’s forthcoming book, Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat.Continue Reading

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Review: PetFusion Ultimate Lounge Bed

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When it comes to cat beds, Allegra is usually not interested, but when I first saw PetFusions Ultimate Lounge Bed, I had a feeling she would love it. I was right. Within seconds of setting it up, she was on the bed, and she settled in for her first of many long naps. Unlike Ruby, who curls up when she sleeps, Allegra likes to have room to stretch out when she naps.  Continue Reading

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