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    Car Travel With Cats — Road Trips & Moving


    For most of us, the thought of taking a drive with the cat in the car is probably not that appealing. But believe it or not, if a cat is properly acclimated and conditioned to riding in a car, they will actually learn to really love it. And you will too!

    During the summer months and around the holidays, many of us plan or go on family vacations and more commonly families are including their furry feline. The summer is also a busy time for people buying and selling homes, which sometimes means a long-distance move.

    Hopefully, your cat is young or has not had a traumatic experience in the car, making your upcoming road trip more viable. Don’t despair if this is not the case, even “more mature cats” can be taught new car riding tricks.

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    Topics: Cat Stress, Cat Stress Relief, Carriers, Traveling with your cat, Pet Travel Safety

    Catnip—What It Is and Why You Should Try It On Your Cat


    What is catnip?

    Though many cat owners are aware of catnip (sometimes called catmint), they don’t actually know what it is. So I thought I’d take a second to “pull back the curtain” and also share a couple of great uses for catnip with you.

    Catnip is actually a herb! It’s in the mint family and, if you’re interested, its scientific name is Nepeta cataria. Though it is native to parts of Asia and Europe, you can actually grow catnip yourself in indoor pots or in your garden. And though you could technically do so, I don’t actually recommend growing catnip in your window boxes. Its attractiveness to your cats could increase your cat’s risk of suffering a high-rise fall!

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Stress, Blog, Urinary obstruction, Cat

    Panting In Cats – It May Not Be Normal


    What You Need To Know About Panting In Cats

    A few people recently asked whether it was normal for a cat to pant. We figured that if there's a few people asking about panting, then there’s likely a whole lot more that have wondered, too. So here’s the “skinny” on panting in cats…

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Stress, Cats, Pain, Diabetes, Cat Tips, Urinary obstruction

    Removing the Fear and Anxiety From Your Cat's Vet Visits


    Fear-Free Vet Visits - How Wonderful!

    If you’re a cat lover, you should also love the new shift within the veterinary profession. It’s called the Fear Free movement - and it’s a movement that’s super important… and long overdue.

    The Fear Free movement is a recognition (finally) that one of the greatest barriers that keeps cats from getting the veterinary evaluations and care they need isn’t the cost of veterinary care, nor the busy lives that pet owners lead (although both of these reasons certainly are contributing causes). Rather it’s the stress and anxiety that cats show, and the anxiety that their people anticipate and perceive, when undertaking a trip to the veterinarian’s office.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Stress, Cat Stress Relief, Blog, Wellness Check-up, Cat Tips, Veterinary visits, Anxiety in Cats

    Cats and String - To Pull or Not To Pull?


    Something stuck in your cat's butt? 
    Whether it's string, yarn, dental floss, the trussing from your holiday turkey or tinsel from a Christmas tree, anything that's protruding from your cat's butt is of concern.

    "To pull or not to pull?" – that is the question


    If an accident happens and your cat does ingest something, “to pull or not to pull?” is the question that so many people ask. This is, of course, in reference to what action you should take should you notice something sticking out of your cat’s butt.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, Cat Stress, cat health issues, String, Blog, Cat Tips, Digestive obstruction, Is my cat in pain, To pull or not to pull, Linear Foreign Body, Cats and string, Something is stuck in my cat's butt

    Cats Hiding – Hide & Seek is a Bad Game


    Many cat owners don’t realize that hiding can be a very important and concerning sign in cats. Many just attribute it to grumpy feline behavior or their cat’s preference for dark, isolated places.

    Unfortunately though, hiding is often just an outward manifestation (sign) of an internal problem. And it’s a sign you should always be on the look out for and heed the warning of when it occurs. Read More

    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, Fleas on Cats, Signs of Stress in Cats, Cat Stress, Flea Bites, cat health questions, cat health issues, Pain, Urethral Obstruction, Arthritis in cats, Excessive grooming, Urinary obstruction, Digestive obstruction, Is my cat in pain, Kidney disease, Cat bite abcess, Cats Hiding

    Pets and Pacifiers – When children and animals don’t mix

    Welcoming a new baby into your family and home is truly one of the greatest joys in life. But if you’re a pet owner, this great joy can also come with a host of new things to consider. Children and pets can adore each other and grow up as great allies, but they can also cause each other harm – whether intentional or not. It’s imperative to plan ahead and take necessary precautions in order to avoid emergencies and create a home that is comfortable for all family members – pets included. 

    Here are some quick facts you should be aware of when bringing your new baby into your life with pets (or a new pet into your life with children):

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    Topics: Dog Safety, Cat Safety, Dog Bite Prevention, Child Pet safety, Benefits of Growing Up with Pets, Dog Bite, Cat Stress, Cat Bite, Children and dogs, Children and Cats

    Cat Stress: Causes and Solutions

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    Just like with humans, cats can experience stress that may cause them to act in unpredictable ways. One of the most common causes of cat stress is when they perceive their environment to be unpredictable or unsafe. If the environment does not provide the cat what he needs, he reacts unfavorably.

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    Topics: Cat Stress Symptoms, Cat Socialization, Signs of Stress in Cats, Cat Stress, Cat Stress Relief, socializing a cat

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