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Review: Brain Games for Cats

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Play is vitally important to a cat’s physical and mental 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. Play is also a wonderful way to strengthen the bond between cat and human. Brain Games for Cats: Fun Ways to Build a Loving Bond With Your Cat Through Games and Challenges offers a wide variety of games and exercises for cats of all ages.Continue Reading

Review and Giveaway: UJI Tunnel System

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This giveaway is sponsored by Neko Flies

From the makers of the super popular Neko Flies cat toys comes the new U J I Tunnel System. With its three unique interlocking shapes, cat guardians can make over 20 different configurations to keep cats fully entertained and happy. The system can accommodate different size rooms and play areas.

The tunnels are made from a super soft plush curdoroy fabric.Continue Reading

Will Ruby Be a Cat Agility Champion?

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If you’ve ever been to a cat show, you’ve probably seen those cat agility circuits: a miniature obstacle course of hurdles and tunnels. Cats are enticed through the parcours by a human waving a sparkly wand or feather, and the cat’s time through the circuit is timed. Some cats complete the circuit in a few seconds, others may lay down in the middle of the course and decide that they’re done.Continue Reading

5 Home Objects That Make Great Cat Toys

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Play is essential for your cat’s well-being. It mimics their natural hunting instinct, and it keeps kitty occupied. And while pet stores (and our product guide!) are brimming with cute and innovative toys, cat toys don’t have to expensive, and you don’t even have to leave the house to find new ones. If you cat hasn’t already shown you that there are plenty of household items that make great, and perfectly safe toys, here are some suggestions for you:Continue Reading

Allegra, Ruby and the iPad

I had been considering getting an iPad for quite some time, and a couple of weeks ago, I finally took the plunge. The iPad is my first Apple device, and I like almost everything about it. I use it for various aspects of my business, and it has made my life easier – and isn’t that what technology is ultimately all about? And yes, I admit it: it’s also just plain fun.

What I didn’t expect is that Allegra and Ruby would also enjoy it. But why don’t I let them tell you about it.

Ruby: What is that flat thing that Mom keeps staring at, Allegra?

Allegra: I don’t know, Ruby. Looks likeContinue Reading

The Importance of Playtime for Cats

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Cats have a reputation for being low maintenance, which is probably one of the many reasons why they have surpassed dogs as the most popular pet in America. Unfortunately, because of this reputation, many people think cats don’t need as much attention as dogs do. They couldn’t be more wrong.

Play 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 channelling your domestic tiger’s hunting instinct into play.

Benefits of Play

  • Exercise. Obesity is the number one health problem in cats. According to a recent survey, 55% of America’s cats are overweight or obese. In addition to feeding a species-appropriate raw or canned diet, exercise is the best way to keep your feline charges fit and trim.
  • Relief of boredom. Continue Reading

Best Interactive Cat Toys

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Interactive toys are a great way to keep your cats stimulated both mentally and physically, and a great way for both you and your cats to get in on the fun.

Interactive toys fall into two categories: toys that your cats can play with on their own, and toys that are designed for joint play for cat and human. I introduced you to Interactive Puzzle Toys for Smart Cats a couple of months ago.

Interactive toys provide fun for cat and human

Toys such as feather teasers,wand toys or fishing pole type toys can provide hours of fun for you and for kitty. Playing with your cat is not only fun, it also increases the bond between the two of you. Here are some of my, and Allegra and Ruby’s, favorites:Continue Reading

Guidelines for Responsible Cat Care

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The American Veterinary Medical Association recently issued a set of Guidelines for Responsible Pet Ownership, stating that “owning a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship. However, the benefits of pet ownership come with obligations.” I think the AVMA is a bit behind the times with still using the term “owner” when it comes to pets. Most of us consider our cats part of the family, which is why I prefer the term “guardian” or even “pet parent.” But they do raise some interesting points in their guidelines. I won’t list all of them – you can read them for yourself if you’re interested – but I thought I’d highlight the ones I consider most important, especially for cats.

Commit to the relationship for the life of the cat

This one should be obvious, but sadly, it’s not. Cats are creatures of routine, and any change is traumatic for them. If circumstances don’t allow you to commit for the life of the pet, you may want to consider fostering instead.Continue Reading

Exclusive discount on Neko Flies toys

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Allegra and Ruby love their Neko Flies toys. So does feline behaviorist Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, which will return with all new episodes in February. “Nekoflies are great,” says Jackson. “The different attachments make for variety in your play therapy routine, and that keeps things exciting for your cat.”

Allegra and Ruby recently reviewed some of Neko Flies’ newest attachments (Allegra is shown with the Kitticatterfly above) and gave them four paws up. These toys come out almost every day at our house, and the girls never seem to get bored with them.Continue Reading

Review and giveaway: CatAmazing puzzle toy for cats

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The new CatAmazing puzzle toy is a super fun toy for intelligent kitties. This sturdy cardboard toy is incredibly well designed. The clever insert creates hard to reach areas that cats can access through different shaped openings on the outside, making it much more challenging (and fun) for kitty than other puzzle toys. The insert creates three levels of increasing difficulty, using colors that cats see best.

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Allegra and Ruby were pretty impatient with me while I put the toy together. Yes, it does require some assembly, but Continue Reading