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Cat Constipation
Cat Constipation
If your cat usually uses the litter box without issue or you've noticed that you're going longer between cleanings, she could be constipated. To understand how to help a constipated cat, you'll need to know what to look for as far as symptoms, possible causes, effective treatments and when to seek veterinary care. We've covered all that and more in this article so you can help get your cat back to feeling better in no time.
Why Is My Cat Scratching the Litter Box?
Why Is My Cat Scratching the Litter Box?
Every cat owner knows how unique and quirky their fur babies can be. From changing food preferences to swapping sleeping spots, cats can be puzzling creatures. One behaviour some feline owners wonder about is their cat scratching the litter box. Why do cats do this? What happens if it becomes excessive? Find out the answers you need about why your cat is scratching the litter box and what you might be able to do to help them stop doing it excessively.
Why Do Cats Hiss?
Why Do Cats Hiss?
If you ask a child what sound a cat makes, you're likely to get the answer, "Meow." And while this is correct, it's not the only sound cats make. The distinctive hiss that comes with the feline species is an important communication tool for cats, and understanding what that hiss means can help you better relate to your cat.
Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?
Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?
Dogs are known for expressing their feelings through their tails, but they’re not the only pets that do so. Cats also use their tails to tell you what they want — or don't — so learning how to interpret your cat's tail twitches, flicks and wags can help you better anticipate and meet her needs. So, what does it mean when a cat wags its tail? We answer that question and provide some insights into cat tail body language below.
Why Do Cats Purr?
Why Do Cats Purr?
Anyone who has spent any time around cats has felt and heard the distinctive purring sound that most people associate with a happy and content feline. However, there's much more to this cat characteristic. It can signal that a cat is happy, be used as a self-calming mechanism and even have benefits to the owner. Find out the science behind this mysterious sound and learn what it means when your cat purrs.
Cat Stress: Is My Cat Stressed Out?
Cat Stress: Is My Cat Stressed Out?
Since cats do so much to help our stress levels, it's important to remember that cat stress is a real concern and that your cat can get stressed out based on various factors.
Why Is My Cat Sleeping in the Litter Box?
Why Is My Cat Sleeping in the Litter Box?
Some cats sleep in the litter box when they're kittens, but if you find your kitty sleeping in the litter box when she's older, something may be amiss and need attention.
Why Do Cats Eat Grass?
Why Do Cats Eat Grass?
Cats are wonderful companion animals and can be a lower maintenance pet for owners who aren't home all day or who can't commit to the daily exercise many dogs require. However, to best care for your feline friend, it's important to understand normal cat behaviour and eating habits.
When Do Cats Go Into Heat?
When Do Cats Go Into Heat?
While many people choose to spay their cats to help decrease the chances of a pregnancy and extra kittens running around the house, if your cat isn't spayed, she will eventually go into heat. If you have an adopted cat and you're not sure how old she is, you may not know if she's already had her first heat or when to expect the next one. While a cat's heat cycle can be a little confusing, once you learn to tell when your cat is going into heat, you can better anticipate when the next one will come.
Cat Dental Care
Cat Dental Care
Just like it's important that you brush and floss daily and see a dentist on a regular basis, your cat's dental health needs attention too. Whether you have a new kitten and you want to make sure their oral care gets off on the right paw or you're dealing with an older cat with suspected dental issues, here's everything you need to know when it comes to how to take care of your cat's teeth.
Can Cats Drink Milk?
Can Cats Drink Milk?
Cats drinking milk is typically the stuff of storybooks and movies — a child rescues a cat, and the first thing they do is feed it a shallow saucer of creamy milk. While events like this are adorable, you might wonder if cats really can drink milk.
How to Care for a Senior Cat
How to Care for a Senior Cat
You may have noticed that your cat is napping more, not playing with you as often or that they can’t jump as high as they used to. These are all normal as your cat approaches their senior years! Just like us, they’ll want to slow down a little as they get older. Read on to learn how to care for a senior cat and how to keep them happy and healthy.