Wednesday December 4, 2013
Did it ever occur to you that your cat's misbehavior and/or bad attitude might be a result of things you do or don't do? For instance, would you want to use a public restroom that smells like a dirty litter box? Just as we humans do, cats have pet peeves too.
Does your cat suddenly turn on you with a strong bite or painful scratch while you're petting her? Careful observation of your cat's body language can help you avoid the pain of petting aggression. Someone apparently failed to learn the warning signals while vigorously petting this cat.
Photo Credit: © iStockPhoto/Anna Sematkina
Wednesday December 4, 2013
Christmas trees are traditional for many families, but when families include cats, we need to keep their safety in mind when decorating the tree.
Four of my cats are old enough that they are no longer interested in climbing our Christmas trees. However, they are not averse to batting the ornaments or even trying to sample the tree needles. But my two new kittens, Sage and Gaither, are going to be typical kittens, and I have no doubt one or both of them will be climbing our tree this year the first day.
Photo Credit: © Franny Syufy
Yes, the holidays can be a challenge when you have a cat in the family, particularly a rambunctious kitten. But with a little judicious planning and a healthy application of common sense, you and kitty can not only survive the holidays, but enhance the enjoyment for the whole family. Here are some dos and don'ts for maintaining the safety of your cats during cold, wintry holiday weather.
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Tuesday December 3, 2013
Take a sleek, agile cat, roll him in the shimmering gold of a summer sunbeam, and you'll approximate the look of the Abyssinian cat. Fondly called the Aby, the Abyssinian is a lively and active cat.
Many Abysssinians love water. Be prepared to provide plenty of interactive play for an Aby cat, and you will be rewarded with lifetime loyalty. If you have energy, humor, and zest for life, an Aby might become your best friend. If you're looking for a lap cat, the Abyssinian may not be for you. But if you'd enjoy a pet who is lively and inquisitive; who wants to participate in your activities; and who is loyal, intelligent, and affectionate, you can't go wrong with an Aby. Watch the About.com Abyssinian Video to see this remarkable cat in action. Caesar, pictured here, is an extreme cuddlebug, according to his housemate, Kimberly.
Photo © Kimberly
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Monday December 2, 2013
Although November only has 30 days, there were five Saturdays in the month, and yesterday I selected Missy as the fifth and last Cat Picture of the Week for November, 2013.
photo © About.com Member Megan
At around ten years old, Missy was very fortunate, in that when her elderly caregiver passed away, there were family members who cared enough to step in and adopt her as her own. This is not always the case, which makes it extremely important that, regardless of our ages, we should have a plan in place, should we go before our cats, especially if those cats are older. Although Missy hid underneath the bed before Megan and her husband brought her home, once in her forever home, she settled in beautifully, and loves to be petted. Read more of Missy's story and learn how to submit you own tortoiseshell cat's photos and story.