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Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Four: Returning Home and Recovery

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This is the last installment of our four-part series “Ruby Goes to the Dentist,” in which I share my recent experience with Allegra. I’m hoping that it will not only put your mind at ease if you’re faced with a cat who has to have a dental procedure, but that it will also help you ensure that your cat gets the optimal level of care before, during and after her dental work.Continue Reading

Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part Two: Preparation

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This is the second installment of our four-part series “Ruby Goes to the Dentist,” in which I share my recent experience with Ruby in hopes that it will not only put your mind at ease if you’re faced with a cat who has to have a dental procedure, but that it will also help you ensure that your cat gets the optimal level of care before, during and after her dental work.

If you’ve missed the first part in this series, please read Ruby Goes to the Dentist – Part One: Diagnosis, and Choosing a Veterinary DentistContinue Reading

What You Should Know If You Need to Board Your Blind or Deaf Cat

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I believe that for most cats, a cat sitter is a better option than boarding when their guardians have to travel, but there may be situations where boarding is your only option. Boarding can be stressful for cats in general, but this is especially true for special needs cats. I recently wrote an article for Pet Boarding and Daycare magazine, which is republished here with permission. If you find yourself faced with having to board your blind or deaf cat, make sure that the boarding facility staff understands how to care for these special kitties.
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Is There a Connection Between Cat Breed, Coat Color and Behavior?

Review: Cat Wise: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions

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To say that Pam Johnson-Bennett understands cats would be an understatement. For more than 30 years, Pam has changed the lives of cats and their humans for the better. Her previous books are considered mandatory reading for any cat guardian, and her website offers a wealth of information on all sorts of feline behavior issues. Pam’s newest book, Cat Wise: America’s Favorite Cat Expert Answers Your Cat Behavior Questions*, addresses the questions that come up most frequently in Pam’s work.Continue Reading

7 Signs Your Cat May Have ADHD

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When you look up the definition of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,) some of the signs of the condition bear a remarkable resemblance to some of the words we use to describe our cats. While there is no such thing as an official diagnosis for cats, if your cat shows any of the symptoms described below, she may just have a touch of ADHD.Continue Reading

Pet Me Here, but Don’t Pet Me There

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Most of us learn as we go about our cats’ petting preferences. Some cats like to be rubbed all over, others only like certain parts of their bodies touched, and some cats can be pretty forceful about letting us know that they would prefer not to be petted there, thank you very much, something that is also known as petting aggression.

A recent study aimed at finding out where cats enjoyed being stroked (or not) and whether the person doing the stroking had any influence on the cats’ response. Continue Reading

Cats on a Diet: Will They Still Love You?

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Last week we wrote about the obesity epidemic among America’s cats (58% of cats in this country are either overweight or obese) and the serious health risks of obesity. What makes this trend so disturbing is that it is created entirely by the guardians who love their cats. There are no obese cats in the wild. Our cats rely on us to make appropriate nutritional choices for them, and one of the biggest mistake cat guardians can make is to equate food with love.

Getting a cat to lose weight can be challenging. It may require making changes to a cat’s feeding schedule, changing the food itself, increasing the amount of time spent playing with the cat, and more. Read Weight Loss Tips for Cats for guidance on how to get your kitty to a healthy weight.Continue Reading

The Conscious Cat Annual Report

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Every year, we receive a report from WordPress, the platform our site runs on, that shows us how our site performed in 2015. I won’t bore you with all the small details, but even though I keep track of the site’s statistics daily, seeing some of the numbers in an annual report even blew my mind just a little bit, and I wanted to share some of them with you.Continue Reading