We already know that cats are little Zen masters who can help us meditate and generally live in the moment, but I can honestly say that I never thought of the litter box as a tool for mindfulness. Then a dear friend gave me the Zen Garden Litter Box for my birthday. And let me tell you, this tiny little litter box packs a mindfulness punch!Continue Reading
I’ve been blessed with several soul cats. Each of these special cats changed my life in ways I never could have imagined, from my first cat Feebee, who guided me toward a new career, to Amber, the original conscious cat who inspired this website, to Buckley who inspired my first book, to Ruby, who, more than any other cat I’ve had, taught me to love fully with my whole being, to Allegra, who continues to teach me so many lessons every day. In Soul Cats: How Our Feline Friends Teach Us to Live from the Heart, Tamara Schenk shares the story of her cats and how caring for them through their senior years transformed her life and her understanding of the human-animal bond.Continue Reading
Cats are masters at masking pain. While acute pain may be fairly obvious to cat parents, it can be more difficult to discern whether your cat is in pain when it comes to chronic pain from conditions such as arthritis. Sadly, even veterinarians sometimes overlook signs of feline pain, or are not aggressive enough in treating it.Continue Reading
Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.Continue Reading
Environmental enrichment for cats has become the hot topic in the cat world in recent years – and that’s a really good thing.
At their core, cats are wild animals. When we invite them to share our lives and homes, we can’t expect them to completely give up all their natural instincts. We have to look at our living space from the cat’s point of view and provide an environment that satisfied those instincts.Continue Reading
Playtime is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health, and it’s especially important for indoor cats. Even though cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, when they’re awake, they need stimulation, and the best way to accomplish this is with play. In the wild, when lions, tigers and other wild cats aren’t sleeping, they’re either hunting, or teaching their young to hunt. And play is nothing more than channeling your domestic tiger’s hunting instinct into play.Continue Reading