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    Shopping List: Help Your New Cat Settle In Easier


    Bringing a new cat into your home is a fantastic thing! You're going to have such a fun time together! But given that it's likely to be a big change for your kitty, regardless of where you got them from, don't be too surprised if they don't blend and settle in right away. All cats go through some sort of an "adjustment period" when first arriving in a new home.

    This is when they're becoming familiar with their new surroundings and family members and figuring out how they fit into it all. How long any cat's "adjustment period" is depends on the cat, the home, and a host of other factors. Thankfully, there are some things you can do and some products you can have on hand to help ease your new cat's transition and help them feel more "at home" and comfortable in your home.

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    Topics: New Kitten, Scratching, Cat Treats, Cat-friendly products, Cat training, feline behavior, litter box training

    Mittens from Kittens — a short movie for the DIY cat crowd


    Some cat owners have made peace with the never-ending strands of cat hair floating into every pot on the stove, creeping into every closed drawer, and strewn about the car they have never been in without a carrier. Others have decided to be more productive with this nuisance of an accessory, by giving it a purpose and turning it into a craft.

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    Topics: Cat Tips, Indoor cats, Review, Cat-friendly products, DIY, At the Mewvies

    How to Stop Your Cat From Waking You Up in the Morning

     
    If your cat insists on waking you up at 4 a.m. every day it’s probably because they tricked you at some point in the past and then kept tricking you because you were so easily tricked. 

    Congratulations, you have been outsmarted by an animal that comes up to your shins and poops in a box in the corner.

    The good news is that you’re not alone. Cats are wily creatures who are excellent at training their people to do what they want; e.g., annoying them in the morning for food and attention. The better news is that you can recondition your cat to stop waking you up before the sun rises or raising hell at night while you’re trying to sleep.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Tips, Cat Toys, Indoor cats, Cat-friendly products

    Arthritis and Other Mobility Issues in Older Cats — How You Can Help


    Arthritis in Cats: FAR More Common Than You Think

    Thanks to advancements in medicine and nutrition, as well as important improvements in the way we view and look after our cats, our feline friends are living longer, fuller lives these days.

    However, as cats progress into their senior years, it’s common for many of them to develop joint pain and problems, such as arthritis. And it's actually not all that uncommon even for younger cats to develop and suffer from arthritis.

    One study found that roughly 30% of cats over the age of 8 suffer from arthritis — and eight isn't very old for a cat! Another study of cats 6 years and older found that 61% of them had radiographic signs of arthritis in at least one joint - even though many of them weren't showing any obvious outward signs of their arthritis!

    And yet another study found that 90% of cats aged 12 and over showed radiographic (x-ray) signs of the arthritis — that's 9 out of every 10 cats over the age of 12! These are very significant numbers, especially when we also take into account that the pain and suffering that these cats are experiencing often goes undetected and therefore untreated, even by the most caring and attentive of cat owners. (Here are some things you can look for to help you determine if your cat might be suffering in silence from the pain of arthritis, or any other painful condition.)

    Fortunately, there are some simple things you can do to help improve the comfort, mobility, and quality of life for your cats with arthritis. Many of the things you can do to help your cat are inexpensive and easy to implement. Of course, many cats will also benefit from a pain management protocol involving safe and effective medications, supplements, and complimentary treatments (e.g. acupuncture, etc.) determined by your veterinarian. Read on to see what you can do to help your arthritic cat — regardless of their age.

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    Topics: Cat Health, medication, Cats, Pain, Arthritis in cats, Mobility, Aging, Cat-friendly products

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