Mews and Nips: Study Reveals Cats Do Not Like to Work for Food

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When given the choice between a freely available meal and a meal trapped inside a food puzzle, scientists have found most animal species such as dogs, bears, goats and monkeys, prefer to work for their food – a concept known as contrafreeloading. That was not the case with cats. The researchers weren’t able to determine why cats prefer to have their meals served to them, but before you jump to the conclusion that it’s just about laziness, visit Science Alert to learn more about the study.

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Allegra’s Health: An Update

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As most of you know, Allegra was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in January. She has also had some issues with overgrooming. She is currently taking Methimazole for her thyroid, and very low dose of Prednisolone, a steroid, to calm down the itchiness that was causing her to overgroom. She has been doing extremely well on both medications, but of course, she now needs regular bloodwork to monitor her thryoid and kidney function. Continue Reading

Gemstone Cat Bracelets

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When these gorgeous bracelets popped up on a recent “tortoiseshell cat” search on Etsy, my jaw dropped. I love bracelets, and I also love gemstones. I was excited just to share this tortie bracelet with you, and then I explored the artist’s entire Etsy shop, and found cat bracelets in all sorts of colors!Continue Reading

Cats and Fish: To Feed or Not to Feed?

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Fish is not a natural part of a cat diet, and yet, so many cats love it. And because so many pet food manufacturers offer a large variety of fish-based foods, unsuspecting cat parents think they’re doing something wonderful and delicious for their feline charges. While it’s tempting to indulge a finicky palate, canned fish is not necessarily good for your cat’s health and might even be harmful.Continue Reading

Sunday Cat Love and Above: Dreaming a Greater Dream

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Guest post by Siena-Lee-Tajiri

Last week I was kind of a mess. In fact, I sent Ingrid an email asking her if it would be alright to send her my blog post a day later than usual. Of course, she was fine with it because Ingrid is cool. But here’s what’s been happening: my partner and I are in the process of buying a home. Some of you might be shaking your head, or maybe you mouthed the word, “what?!” just now, because we’re all aware of this historic time in the housing market, as well as, all the other 500 historic things going on.  But the market has been shifting a bit and we decided to go for it. If there’s one thing this pandemic has taught me, it’s don’t let your dreams wait.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Kitten Found on Cross Country Train

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A five-week-old kitten used up one of his nine lives when he was found on a cross country train in Birmingham in the UK. Station staff cared for the kitten through the night and then contacted Cats Protection, who will find a home for the kitten. Visit BBC.com for adorable photos of the little adventurer.

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