Posts tagged "feline enrichment"

Environmental Enrichment for Cats

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Cats live longer and safer lives indoors….truly, indoor cats rarely get hit by cars or chased down by coyotes, or interact with cats who can spread infectious disease. However, life should be interesting. And a boring life indoors can even lead to illness. Enriching the environment is actually fun (and may be creative) for people,... Read more »

Overweight Cats Are An Epidemic

Overweight Cats Are An Epidemic
Loads of Americans have developed spare tires around their middles, and so have many of our pets. Cats are particularly portly; about 55 percent of tabbies are tubby, says the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention. Some suggest this is a conservative number. According to the Banfield Pet Hospital 2012 State of Pet Health Report, there’s... Read more »

More Indoor Cats, That's Good; Not So Good Are Fat and Bored Cats

More Indoor Cats, That's Good; Not So Good Are Fat and Bored Cats
More cats are finding themselves indoors only, in America and around the world. The results should benefit cats. But do they really? I am a huge fan of keeping cats inside only because I KNOW they are safer. Having said that, too many cat owners are ‘parents’ to brain dead fat cats. Indoors, they have... Read more »
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Cat Bites Me While Watching TV, Reader Question

Cat Bites Me While Watching TV, Reader Question
Q: Our lovable cat has started to charge me when I’m in bed watching TV, biting my arms, then calmly turning away. How can I break this habit? — M.N., Cyberspace A: “If this is a fairly new behavior, first see your veterinarian to rule out a possible physical explanation,” says certified cat behavior consultant... Read more »

Reader Questions: Fat Cats; West Nile and Pets; Sexxing a Bunny

Reader Questions: Fat Cats; West Nile and Pets; Sexxing a Bunny
Q: You recently wrote that half of all cats are fat. Is that because they’re indoors all the time? If so, shouldn’t they at least spend some time outside; it seems beneficial for the exercise. — G.C., Tulsa, OK A: Keeping cats indoors is not the problem, however there are a myriad of other factors... Read more »

Did I Kill My Cat? My Cat Is a Bird Killer; Mandatory Microchipping; Snoring Pug

Did I Kill My Cat? My Cat Is a Bird Killer; Mandatory Microchipping; Snoring Pug
Q: I once lived in Highland Park, Ill., with a cat named Poco. We were inseparable. When he was diagnosed with kidney stones, I had to give him up; I just couldn’t afford treatment in 1987. I still miss Poco very much. How do I ask for forgiveness when he depended on me for everything?... Read more »
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WGN Radio Petcast: IKC Dog Show, Lincoln State Cat Show

WGN Radio Petcast: IKC Dog Show, Lincoln State Cat Show
A very special Chicago Weekend – time for the big dog show and big cat show: LISTEN HERE to the Steve Dale Pet World’s WGN Radio Petcast (may take a moment to load). Deb Cooper talks about the International Kennel Club of Chicago Cluster of Dog Shows, February 24-26 at McCormick Place. Many of the... Read more »

The Rockcats Christmas Show

The Rockcats Christmas Show
You’ll never see a family Christmas Show like this one. Following their whirlwind tour through Texas, Louisiana and Tennessee – the amazing Acro-Cats and Rock Cats (cats so talented they perform acrobatics as well as in a rock band) are back home, and the Gorilla Tango Theatre, 1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Western Ave.). The... Read more »

CATalyst Council: 10 Tips To Make Cats Happy for Happy Cat Month

CATalyst Council: 10 Tips To Make Cats Happy for Happy Cat Month
In honor of Happy Cat Month, the CATalyst Council, a national initiative comprised of animal health and welfare organizations working on behalf of cats, has released a list of the Top 10 ways cat owners can keep their pets happy: 1.        Visit the veterinarian. Healthy cats are happy cats. While some owners may dread a... Read more »
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How to Feed Cats, Making Life More Interesting for Cats

Environmental enrichment for cats, from the Animal Behavior Resource Institute. This website is a great resource.
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