Month: August 2019

Mews and Nips: Why Cats Eat Grass

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Eating grass and plants is a relatively common behavior for cats, but theories as to why they do this vary widely. After interviewing more than 1,000 cat parents, researchers at UC Davis suggested that eating plants is instinctual and comes with an evolutionary benefit to felines. Their theory, as reported at the annual convention of the International Society for Applied Ethology in Bergen, Norway, is that eating grass helps animals expel intestinal parasites by increasing muscle activity in the digestive tract. For more about the study, visit Science Magazine.

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Review: Longevity Raw Pet Food

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Longevity Raw Pet Food is created by Dr. Buchoff, a holistic veterinarian in Little Falls, NJ. After more than three decades of practicing both conventional and holistic medicine, Dr. B formulated Longevity to help support the immune systems of his patients.Continue Reading

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Yochabel’s Wisdom: Hospice at Home

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Guest post by Casey Hersch

This is the fifth in a series of posts by Casey Hersch. Casey discusses the many lessons she learned about caring for Yochabel during her illness, including her quest to stop Yochabel’s cancer from growing/spreading, barriers present with senior cats, variations in diet including supplements and herbs, and how to focus on the individual cat’s needs. Yochabel was not only Casey’s feline companion. She left Casey with ways to cope with her own illness, and with a greater sense of acceptance and gratitude.Continue Reading

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How to Calm a Fearful Cat

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Fear in cats can manifest in different ways. Some cats will hide, others will become aggressive and lash out at their guardian. Cats may be fearful of strangers, loud noises, or simply have a fearful personality. No matter what the cause, a cat who is constantly afraid is not a happy cat.Continue Reading

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Review: Cat People: A Film by Asako Ushio

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A couple of nights ago, I watched Cat People, a documentary by Asako Ushio, on Amazon Prime, and I just have to share it with you. I previously introduced you to this project last November, when Asako was putting the finishing touches on the film. Continue Reading

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Review: The Bells by Gwen Cooper

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Gwen Cooper’s Curl Up with a Cat Tale series features humorous and heartwarming short stories about the ongoing adventures of Gwen’s feline family. I find myself falling a little bit more in love with Gwen’s cats with each story. This month’s installment goes back to the time when Gwen adopted two kittens in hopes of helping Homer cope with his grief after Scarlett passed away. Continue Reading

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Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Cat Won’t Cover Litter Box Deposits, Cat Pulling Out Fur, and More

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Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading

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What Should Be in Your Cat’s Diet?

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Cats should be thriving, not just surviving. Yet the vast majority of pet food options is filled with species inappropriate ingredients chosen to meet the minimum nutritional requirements, at the lowest possible cost, while sounding increasingly “human appropriate” to appeal to buyers. We’ve domesticated our cats, but we’ve failed to bring the nutritional benefits of the wild in with them.Continue Reading

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Review: The Little Book of Bob: Life Lessons from a Streetwise Cat

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I’m a big fan of James Bowen and Bob, and have been following the pair’s remarkable story for the past seven years. If this real life rags to riches story doesn’t touch you, you probably need to check to make sure you still have a heartbeat. Bob has certainly changed James’ life in ways he never could have imagined when he rescued the injured orange tabby in 2007. In his newest book, The Little Book of Bob: Life Lessons from a Streetwise Cat, James shares some of the lessons Bob taught him over the years. Continue Reading

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Best Probiotic Supplements for Cats

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I consider probiotics one of the most important supplements for cats. There has been a fair amount of research on the human side on how critical a healthy gut is for a strong immune system, healthy body weight and composition, and even mental health. A healthy gut also minimizes the risk for numerous diseases, including diabetes and cancer. Probiotics are crucial to promoting good intestinal health, and while there are far fewer studies about the beneficial effects of probiotics for animals, the studies that do exist have found that probiotics have the same positive effect on animals as they do on humans.Continue Reading

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