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    Common Household Plants Toxic to Cats


    Hopefully, you've already read our article Top 10 Household Plants Safe for Your Cat. But, it's just as important to know what plants in your home or in your yard are toxic to cats. That's why we have put together this list of popular and common houseplants found in many homes.

    If you have any of these plants, don't be hard on yourself — you're not alone. You can easily replace your toxic plant with something much safer and still fits with your decor.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants


    Cats are curious by nature, so it's no wonder that anything moving inside your home becomes potential prey. Putting plants around your place can sometimes feel like a sacrificial ceremony (for the plant). But don't worry — there are ways to teach your cats to leave the inside plants alone! Whether they're eating the leaves, digging up the dirt, or using your planter as a litter box, your cat can be trained or redirected towards something more enticing. 

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    Top 10 Indoor Plants Safe for Cats


    If you're like most feline folks, you've sacrificed having any plants inside your home for the health and safety of your cat (and for the sake of the plant).

    Great news, though — many beautiful plants are non-toxic to your cat and will add some greenery to your home. And in some cases a little additional color as well!

    That's why we have put together a list of plants that will not only enhance your living space but also keep you from making an unexpected trip to the vet's office. Remember, even "pet-safe" plants can still cause an upset stomach or an obstruction depending on how much is eaten. Check out our article on Keeping Your Cat Out of Your Houseplants.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Indoor cats

    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

    Your Cat Is Thirsty – Find Out Why


    Reasons Why Your Cat May Be So Thirsty

    An increase in thirst is quite a common thing for cat owners to mention during vet visits. Of course, it’s also common for them to miss the increased thirst, but bring up the other “end” of the issue… increased urinations.

    Were you aware though that there are actually many potential causes of increased thirst and/or urinations in cats? These can include:

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    Topics: Diabetes in Cats, Overweight Cat, Blog, Outdoor cats, Indoor cats, Ketones, Water, Thyroid Gland, Cat urine

    Help Your Cat "Get Away" With a Break-Away Collar


    Avoiding potential "hang-ups"

    Many people don’t put collars on their cats, especially if those cats are exclusively indoors. Unfortunately, even “indoor-only” cats will occasionally get out.

    There’s little debate that identifying your cat — ideally with both a collar/tag and a microchip — is your best bet for getting your cat back should they ever become lost. (A possibility that’s sadly even more likely to happen with the upcoming fireworks on and around the 4th of July!) Read More

    Topics: Cat Safety, Microchip, 4th of July, Blog, Outdoor cats, Indoor cats, Cat Collars

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