Wednesday, August 25, 2010

What it Means When Your Cat is Ignoring You

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Cats have a body language all of their own. They use their eyes, ears, tail and whole body to get a message across at times. They will also use psychological tactics to let you know what is going on, just as we do.
I'm sure we have all been given the 'cold shoulder' by friends, especially when we were at school. It can also happen in the workplace when

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Unexplained Weight Loss in Cats

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If your cat starts losing weight, you need to find out what is going on as this can be as serious as weight gain. You need to rule out behavioural issues such as stress or changes in routine. There are many reasons for behavioural problems such as a new addition to the house (visitors or

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How Cats Groom Themselves

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Your cat is a natural when it comes to grooming itself. Their tongues, paws, claws and teeth are all used in grooming. And being the fastidious creatures they are, cats will groom themselves many times each day. In fact, washing is one of a kitten's first activities. They groom each other even before they can walk.
The cat's tongue is very rough and with

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Does Your Cat Need a Flea Collar?

Cat flea collars seem to have been a hot topic of discussion lately. There are pros and cons about different types of flea collars and of course, both sides say they are right.

Many flea collars on the market today contain strong chemicals. The chemicals obviously kill the fleas. However, would you place a chemical necklace around a child? I wouldn't think so. Children who play with the kitten or cat wearing these types of collars are also in danger of having some of the harsh chemicals rub

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Cat Tree Furniture

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Good quality cat tree furniture is probably as important for your cat as its bed or feeding bowls. It gives your cat somewhere to climb, rest, stretch and sharpen their claws on. It can also save your furniture and curtains from being scratched.
Cats need to scratch at something to help them keep their claws sharp. They need them sharp so they can catch prey such

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Litter Box Training For Kittens

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Training your kitten to use the litter box is the first thing you should do when you first bring your kitten home. Getting this right will save you days of cleaning up puddles and messes later.
A breeder friend of mine told me that the easiest way to do this is to use a tissue or paper towel to soak up the urine the first time your kitten

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Reasons Why Your Cat Might Be Fussy

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We know cats are independent creatures who only tolerate us humans. But what makes them fussy. And just what does 'fussy' mean. The dictionary definition is 'excessively busy with trifles'; anxious or particular about petty details'. (Ref: The Macquarie Dictionary.) However when it comes to cats, my definition of 'fussy' is more to do with likes or dislikes of various types of

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