The Best Ways to Introduce Your Cat to a New Pet

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You Brought Home What?!?! One of the biggest mistakes well-meaning pet lovers make is the way in which they introduce a new pet into the household. Whether it’s a same species or a cross species introduction, it’s not a matter of simply bringing the new pet into the home and leaving them to bond on their own. It’s just not going to happen. Incumbent pets can be … [Read more...]

Feeding Your Cat

What to Feed Cats

Proper Feeding of Your Cat By Penny Derbyshire-Baldyga Cats are not dogs (or even people). Therefore, their nutritional needs are different. First, cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need the specific nutrients in animal tissue to meet their dietary requirements. Due to those specific nutrients, the diets of felines are very strict when it comes to proper … [Read more...]

Hey Kitty, Let’s Go for a Walk

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Leash training your cat is easier than you think. While it’s much safer for cats to have an indoors-only lifestyle, they do miss out on the sights and sounds of nature. Fortunately, there are ways for them to have the best of both worlds. For starters, consider training your cat to walk on a leash while wearing a nice, soft harness. Leash training is an excellent … [Read more...]

Cat Scratch Fever: How to Keep Felines from Clawing Furniture

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Everyone who has ever owned a cat has scars and snags on her furniture and rugs to show for it. Scratching is a natural part of cats’ behavior. They do it to mark their territory, clean and sharpen their claws, and stretch the muscles in their paws, legs and backs. Since scratching is so important to the mental and physical well-being of your cat, the first rule is do not … [Read more...]

Inappropriate Urination in Cats

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Dealing with Feline Inappropriate Elimination Inappropriate urination can take many forms and have several causes. Sometimes a cat seems to suddenly forget her litterbox training, urinating everywhere except where she’s supposed to. Your cat may start to urinate in hidden areas of the house or choose to urinate on furniture, rugs or clothing. Sometimes, a specific spot … [Read more...]