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    What to Do If You Find a Lost Cat


    Being able to reunite a lost cat and their owner is a rewarding feeling, but it’s also not always an easy task. Sometimes the cat won't approach you or for other reasons you might not be able to try and catch it. In this case, taking a photo or writing a description and posting on social media with the location can go a long way in helping someone track down their lost cat.

    If you see a lost or stray cat and feel you're prepared and able to help, and if it’s safe to do so, here are some tips to help you find their owner as quickly as possible:

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    Topics: Cats, Lost Pet, Outdoor cats, Cat Tips, Missing cat, Lost Cat, What to do if you cat is lost, Lost poster

    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

    7 Reasons NOT to Toilet Train Your Cat


    If you’ve already read through 101 Essential Tips for Kittens and New Cats: Health & Safety, then you’ll know I’m not a fan of toilet training cats. Don’t confuse this with litter box (a.k.a. potty) training, which is where I am a huge fan. What I'm saying is that training your cat to use an actual toilet is typically not a good idea. 

    Sure, there are a few toilet training kits for cats out there, and no shortage of cute and/or funny videos of cats using a toilet. So it might be tempting, or seem “natural” to teach your cat how to “go” in the toilet. Especially if you don’t want to clean a litter box, you live in a tiny apartment, or just because the thought of a cat perched above the bowl seems oddly entertaining to you.

    Whatever your reasons for wanting to toilet train your cat though, there are quite a few important reasons NOT to toilet train your cat that you really should consider first. 

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    Topics: Cat Tips, Cat litterbox, Potty Training

    Scratch This NOT That! Why Cats Scratch & How to Protect Your Furniture


    It doesn’t take long after living with a cat to develop a slight nervous tick at the sound of scratching.

    Because there’s no way to stop a cat from scratching — nor should you — and when cats are left to their own devices, they tend to make tatters of the things we love the most.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Scratching, Cat Tips

    The Top 10 Halloween Dangers for Cats


    Like with any holiday, you can be sure of two things when it comes to your cat and Halloween: 

    #1. Your cat does not appreciate your noisy, candy-fueled celebrations
    #2. Refer back to #1

    Besides further confirming your cat’s belief that holidays are annoying and not focused enough on their needs, Halloween can be a real problem if you’re not careful. Here are the Top 10 Halloween dangers for cats you need to watch out for.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, chocolate toxicity, Halloween, Cats outdoors at night, Cat Tips, Digestive obstruction

    Lost Cat: How to Prevent It and What to Do If Your Cat Goes Missing


    Nearly one in five lost pets goes missing after being scared by loud noises,
    according to the ASPCA. Considering 4th of July fireworks and the uptick in summer thunderstorms, it’s no wonder that summer is the time of year we all start to notice more lost cat posters adorning neighborhood poles and street signs.

    Add in the fact that cats tend to spend more time outside in the summer months along with the increased likelihood that something will spook them, and it all equates to an unfortunate flight risk.

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    Topics: Cats, Lost Pet, Blog, Cats outdoors at night, Outdoor cats, Cat Tips, Missing cat, Cat Predators, Lost Cat, Cat enclosure, What to do if you cat is lost, Cats Hiding, Lost poster

    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

    Cat Poop – How Often Should A Cat Go?


    Cat Poop Freqency

    Earlier this year when we asked for topics that you all wanted advice and insight on, quite a few people asked us (some variation of) this question… How often should my cat “go?”

    It’s an important question, and one that — of course — has a not-so-straightforward answer.

    As with many things about cats, there are several factors that will influence the answer. These factors include, amongst other things…

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    Topics: Cat Health, Litter Box, Cats, Cat Tips

    Cat Carrier Stress – Tips to make a carrier a cat-friendly place


    Putting "Love" In This Hate-Hate-Relationship

    Ok, so your cat doesn't like getting inside their carrier. But before you label your cat stubborn, consider for a moment that the only time you pull the carrier out of storage is when you're heading to the vet's office. And chances are those visits are not for routine wellness care (like annual check-ups), but for when they are "off" or sick. It's hard to imagine any of us wanting to get inside of our cars if getting behind the wheel every time meant a trip to the dentist!

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    Topics: Cat Health, pet safety tips, Crate Training, travel with pets, travel anxiety, Restraints, Crates, Wellness Check-up, Vet Exam, Cat Tips, Cat

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