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House cats, felines or domestic cats, wherever you choose to call them, have 3 things on their minds: eating, sleeping and playing. Not necessarily in that order. But fun is a major part of their waking day. They'll play with anything, your toes, paper bags, paper wads, foil balls, feathers, lights. Heck, they'll even chase their tails if they don't have anything else to do.
Come back often because I'll be adding more information, pictures & videos, cartoons, jokes, important links, and facts covering the whole spectrum of cat ownership and ways to keep your cat healthy, happy and purring for a long, long time.
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Funny Cat photo of the week
Cats are so dramatic!
What is an Ailurophile?
One of the Things a Cat Lover is Called
You are an Ailurophile if you love cats. Ailurophile is a Greek word: ailouros means "cat", philos "lover of."
House Cat Getting Down!
Different Sounds For Different Cats
The House Cat
Funny Books About Cats - How cats have fun
There are many funny cat books with great stories and pictures. Here are a few choice ones.
Easy Allergy Relief For Animal Lovers
2 Simple Things You Can Do At Home
About 20 years ago, my allergist told me that 90% of pet owners are allergic to their pets to some degree. She explained that the body builds up a type of immunity from exposure and that people who had pets as children don't have nearly as many problems as adults who did not get exposed to animals as they were growing up.
Well, I'm allergic to cats and dogs (among lots of other thing) and since I love both, I was not going to live without them in my life, so I take Claritin once a day. That's it. I have 16 in-door cats and I never have allergic reactions to them. Plus Kira, my alpha cat, sleeps on my pillow. I also do not have attacks from most other animals either. Since 2000, I have fostered bottle feeders, litters who have lost their mom and moms and their kittens -- the largest litter was a mom with 9 kittens -- without a single allergic reaction.
I just began walking dogs and socializing cats on Sundays at the Mendocino County Animal Care & Control Shelter. It's great fun and the cats and dogs love the much needed attention. However, I found that by the end of the 1st hour, my face itches and my eyes are beet red and they itch so much that I can't stop rubbing them. I'm sure it's the overwhelm of so many dogs and cats in the shelter which causes the problem for me.
Here's what I found works for me:
(1) Wash face and hands with a mild soap and warm water, rinsing well. (Pat the skin, don't rub.)
(2) Take Top Care Cold Relief (or another brand of effervescent reliever) as directed.
(3) Place 1 or 2 drops of Visine:A in each eye. It has an antihistamine & redness reliever.
I get relief within 10 minutes and the symptoms are totally gone in 30 minutes. Try it. I hope it works as well for you.
New Puff Kitty Getting Down
Hopping Isn't Just For Rabbits
The Hip Hop Cat OR Puff Kitty
Hairballs -- What To Do About Them
Helping Your Cat With Hairballs
Most of the hair swallowed by your cat will be processed through their digestive system and find its way out in their stools. However, from time to time too much hair will accumulate in the stomach and instead of being eliminated through their stools, a cat will vomit the hairball.
If a cat cannot get rid of these hair-balls he could suffer from a blockage in the intestine or stomach. If left untreated for too long, it can become life-threatening and without surgery, the blockage might even be deadly.
There are several things you can do to stop the build up of hair-balls in your cat's body.
1. Brush his fur regularly.
A regular brushing will get remove much of the loose hair thus keeping it from being swallowed.
2. Improve your cat's diet.
You can mix about 1 teaspoon of mineral oil with his soft or hard food daily for about a week. Then add it every 3 or 4 days. This will coat his tummy and digestive system for easier passage through the body.
3. Give him petroleum jelly.
You can give him 1/2 teaspoon of petroleum jelly every day until the symptoms disappear, then once a week.
4. Give him a petroleum-based remedy (treat).
Petromalt is a hairball remedy, however, several of my cats consider it a treat. It comes in a tube. You give it to your cat in 1/2 to 1 inch ribbons depending on the age of your cat daily until symptoms disappear, then once a week.
How To Get Your Cats To Take It
Some cats will not eat any of these of their own accord, so try: (1) Scraping it behind their top teeth. (2) Applying it on their paws or snout and they will lick it off. I prefer #1 because several times I've had the stuff flung across the room when the cat shakes his paw vigorously.
Signs Of Hair-Ball Distress
Symptoms of a hair-ball blockage will consist of the following: coughing and hacking for more than a day, lack of appetite and lack of body eliminations. If any of these occur, take your cat to the vet right away.
Animal Rescue Organizations - These Non-Profits Save Rescue Animals In Need
- Alley Cat Allies
Works to set policy and laws promoting Trap Neuter Release (TNR). ACA targets an estimated 40,000 publicly funded shelters and animal organizations on behalf of wild felines. Feral cats saved rather than killed.
- HALO Animal Rescue
HALO believes in the unique individuality of every dog/cat we rescue. Their gentle hearts, good health and "forever" happiness are our top concern. ...
- Paws With A Cause - Home Page
Trains hearing dogs and service dogs for people with disabilities, provides lifetime support, and promotes awareness through education.
- Performing Animal Welfare Society: Welcome!
To receive more information on PAWS and PAWS Partnership, or to make comments or suggestions, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org -- or contact us at: ...
- Small PawsÂ® Rescue
Small Paws Rescue offers ways to help their effort or adopt a dog, and a free dog related graphics section.
- ASPCA: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Founded in 1866: the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Formed to alleviate the injustices animals faced then, and we continue to battle cruelty today...
- Pet Finders
PetFinder is a great site to find an adoptable pet and also to find a nearby shelter where you can volunteer or become a foster animal guardian.
- Best Friends Animal Society Home Page
Best Friends Animal Society runs the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. Best Friends operates a low-cost spay/neuter program, ...
- Cat Angel Network
Cat Angel Network (CAN) is an no-kill cat rescue organization located in Chester County, Pennsylvania. CAN was formed to alleviate suffering of stray cats through rescue, spay/neuter, shelter in a no-kill facility in Chester County, PA, and adoption
A Cat And A Crow, FRIENDS???
An Incredible FriendshipBetween A Cat And A Crow
Tips For Getting Your Cat To The Vet
Get Him Ready Slowly
We used to have a major problem whenever one of our cats had to go to the Vet. We'd get a cat crate out and all of the cats would run and hide.
We have found a method that seems to work most of the time -- I can't promise it'll work on your cat, but it's worth a try.
Keep Crate Out
We keep one of the larger crates out -- all of the time. We put a nice soft towel in it. and every once in a while, we toss in a favorite toy and/or sprinkle a little catnip on the towel.
We find that most of the cats take turns going in and staying in the crate -- usually sleeping, sometimes playing with a toy. We've even had 2 cats sleep in at the same time.
Every once in a while, we'll add food to the crate when we don't have to go to the vet's office. Since the cats don't have to go to the vet's but about once a year each, they get used to the crate as a piece of furniture.
When we do have to take one to the vet, we attract the cat we want to the area of the crate and put some food in it. Then we wait. Sometimes we are rewarded and sometimes not.
If it does not work, my husband grabs the cat in the "momma cat" hold (pinching the skin behind the neck). I turn the crate with the door facing up while resting on the floor. He lowers the cat, feet first. When the cat is in, I quickly shut the door.
Like I said, it doesn't work all of the time, but it has made them less afraid of the crate so they are not quite as vocal on the car trip to the vet.
The Stevie Wonder Cat
Isn't She Lovely?
The Stevie Wonder Cat
Pet Medications Cheap And Fast Online
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Is Your Cat Treating Your House Like A Baby Treats It's Diaper?
A Book To Help Calm Kitty
The Book Solutions To Cat Behavior will tell you exactly how to solve your litter box, house-soiling, and feline aggression problems.
With the insights found in this manual you will be able to stop your cat from using your house as a toilet, turn your aggressive tiger into a pussy cat and many more techniques to make it more enjoyable for both you and your cat. You'll be purring after putting these solutions in place.
Training Your Cat: Rewards and Reprimands
Cat Training: Rewards and Reprimands
Training your cat should start when she is a kitten. Praising and reprimanding play a big role in educating her. Praise can be expressed with loving words, a tender pat, a hug, or sometimes even with treats.
Many say that in contrast to dogs, cats can't be motivated with treats to do tricks or fetch things on request. However my husband trained Nikita to catch a ball and roll over. Her reward? A pat and sometimes a treat. Actually, maybe, Nikita was training my husband. LOL
Reprimands -- Tips
If you need to reprimand your cat for annoying or problematic behavior (such as scratching furniture or walking on the dinner table), you'll have to think like a cat to get results. Keep the following in mind:
1. Do it immediately -- not minutes or hours later. Otherwise, they won't know why they are being reprimanded.
2. Offer a gruff NO or hiss, and try to demonstrate the correct behavior.
3. Remove him from the location of the bad act. With problem scratching, move him to his scratching post and praise him indulgently when he uses the post instead of the sofa. This associates positive reinforcement with positive behavior.
4. Briefly isolating your cat from the rest of the household will get better results than yelling. You may also want to place her in a safe, closed room or her cat carrier for 5-10 minutes, away from toys and family members, to get your point across.
5. A spray bottle of water works for my cats. Say NO and spray at the same time. They get the message.
6. Never reprimand with swatting or hitting. Not only will your cat not understand this type of reprimand, it can quickly break the bond of trust and lead to even more problem behaviors.
Certain types of persistent bad behavior can also be signs of health problems. For instance, urinating away from the litter box may be an indication of a urinary tract infection. If you're not sure whether his behavior is just a bad habit that needs correcting, or something more serious, contact your vet immediately.
How To Figure Out Why Your Cat Is Aggressive
Things You Should Look For And Change
If your cat is aggressive, here are some things to consider when trying to locate the triggers to her aggression.
If your cat is normally calm and suddenly becomes aggressive:
1. Look at any changes to her environment: Did you make any changes, such as adding a new cat to your family? Have you had to leave her alone for longer periods of time? Is she now exposed to dogs or kids?
2. Food aggression. Food aggression can happen in cats just as it does in dogs. If this appears to be the problem, feed him in another room from the other cats.
3. Consult a doctor: If you can't spot any changes in her environment that may have caused the change, you should take her for a complete check up. Aggressive can be a symptom of a health problem. Cats do not like to show weakness (i.e. illness) so they either hide or show more aggression as a defense.
If there doesn't seem to be an environmental problem that you can change or a health problem, consult an animal behaviorist for insight into your cat's problem.
Some changes that can reduce aggressive behavior include:
1. Regular exercise. Play with your cat a couple of times a day -- if they chase lights, there are light toys you can purchase. Or, do they like chasing string? Another easy fix. How about boxes or paper bags?
2. Distraction: Like with kids, you can distract your cat when she is aggressive by pulling out the light or string toy.
3. Feed your pet a balanced, high quality diet with plenty of raw and unprocessed food (preferably organic).
The last thing I'll mention is to spay or neuter your cat if they aren't already. An unaltered male cat is more aggressive and so is a female cat. The male is more territorial and will become quite aggressive around a female in heat. And, as for a female cat, there's not only the physical irritations, there's the male cats fighting over her. Both are stressful.
18 Ways to Stop Cat Urine Odor Problems
How To Get Rid Of The Urine Smells Once And For All
I don't know about you but over the years, I've spent hundreds of dollars trying to get rid of the urine smells in my home and garage. Well I finally found the solutions to my problems in the book 18 Ways to Stop Cat Urine Odor Problems.
The Stoner Cat
Rock My World
The Stoner Cat
Must Read Articles On Taking Care Of Your Cat - Find Answers To All Your Cat Questions
Below are a few articles being developed. Come back soon for the full unveiling.
- Medicating Your Cat -- Easy Tricks
When it comes to medicating your cat I don't think there is a pet owner alive who hasn't experienced the frustration of trying to force a pill down the throat of an unwilling participant. What should you do when you hear those dreaded words...
- 9 Lives Or Not, Protect Your Cat With Vaccinations
If you want to enjoy the companionship of a healthy and happy cat, 1 of the most important things you can do is to safeguard its health. Vaccinations can protect your cat from many common cat diseases...
- Adding A Second Cat To A Household
Many cat enthusiasts feel that having a single cat is the ideal situation. For other cat lovers though, the more cats, the better. Making the choice to add another cat to your household involves a number of considerations...
- Pregnant Cat Care: 10 Essential Tips
10 essential tips to help you take the best possible care of your pregnant cat: 1. Keep Your Pregnant Cat Indoors There is more than one reason to keep your expectant kitty indoors...
- What To Do When Your Cat Is Overweight
Did you know that obesity is probably the most common malnutrition problem with cats?...
- A Hairy Situation -- Why The Cat Hacks Up Hairballs
We love our precious little felines and they love us so much that they sometimes enjoy leaving little presents like dead lizards -- or even a mouse still twitching in its death throes -- they have hunted and killed on our doorsteps. And of course mos
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The Techno Cat
Geeks Love Music Too!
The Techno Cat
Must Have Books About Cats From Amazon - These Books Are Some Of My Favorites
Here are my favorite Cat books, other than just picture books or cartoon books in my library. I highly recommend them all.
Best book I've read on feline behavior. Helped me when I was adding yet another cat to my cat house (8 cats) and two friends when they were combining households: 1 with 2 cats and the other had 3 cats.
Great lessons with wonderful pictures of cats for each.
I use this book as a reference any time one of my cats or foster cats have health problems.
I learned a lot from this book. Definitely worth getting.
Cat Trees: The Ultimate Furniture For The Pampered Cat
Find The Perfect Cat Tree
All cats need a cat tree and a cat bed. You'll find a wide variety of cat trees, condos, beds, perches, and other pet furniture on at Cat Trees: The Ultimate Cat Furniture For The Pampered Cat
I'm NOT a Poodle!
Why Won't You Listen?
This poor cat was mistaken for a poodle and got the perfunctory doo.
I told them, I'm NOT a Poodle!
But would they listen? Noooo!
How To Save Feral Cats And Stop Overpopulation With TNR
All About Saving Cats
Please check out my lens on how to save feral cats with TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). The lens provides the pros and cons of TNR, great resource links and information, and photos. Also, you can read about Tara, the little cat pictured here. She was a feral and became an indoor cat. Stop the killing of feral cats using the humane method of TNR. Click here to get there Save Feral Cats. Thank you! Frankie
Don't Forget To Spay Or Neuter Your Cat
Your Cats Will Be Healthier And Happier
Having your cat spayed or neutered will stop the overpopulation and the killing of cats. Millions of cats are killed at shelters each year due to overpopulation. Keep in mind, if your cat has 4 kittens, even if you get homes for those kittens, 4 others are killed because they could not get homes.
This wonderful animation was created by David Booth of Cabin Fever Art. Check out his site to see all his wonderful cartoons and other goodies. He also provides the weekly cartoon for Are You Polar Bear Aware?
ASPCA's Low-Cost Spay/ Neuter Resource
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter ProgramsASPCA has a special link for you to find low-cost spay/neuter programs in your community. Simply go toLow-Cost Spay Neuter Programs and enter in your zip code and you'll get a list of the programs in your area.
Come On In. The Water's Fine
She's Just A Water Baby
A MAC Cat
And The Beat Goes On
The MAC Cat
7 Things To Teach Your Child About Cats
Cats Can Be A Child's Best Friend
Cats and children go well together. Putting children in charge of a cat's care can give children a sense of responsibility and comfort, and are a healthy supplement to a child's wellbeing.
Growing up with cats your child learns respect for pets and the importance of affection. And, they should learn that pets are a lifelong commitment. There are several things you should do:
1) Show to your child the proper way of handling and caring for their cat. You are teaching him concern for animals but also instilling life skills.
2) Be a guide between cats and children. If it is your child's first time to experience with a pet, teach your child why a new pet may act so aloof, so that he will understand.
3) Tell your child some facts about cats. Better yet, go online with them to learn about cats, see pictures and videos. This site would be good for them along with these others:
Selecting Cats which features how to select a cat as well as how to take care of them.
Funny Cat videos is a place to see cats on video. Some are funny but some are also educational.
Sphynx Cats is about the hairless Sphynx cat and their traits and care.
Cat trees & beds tells why cats scratch, how to train them and has pictures and other information on cat trees, beds and scratching posts.
4) Teach your child not to play rough with cats. Cats may find playing rough to be hostile; the cat may use its claws or other parts of the body that can hurt your child.
5) Demonstrate the use of cat toys. They are better way to play with your animal.
6) Tell your child the importance of why cats sleep and how she could help in letting them sleep.
7) Remind your child the importance of keeping his cat indoors to avoid potential dangers outside. If you decide to have an indoor-outdoor cat, make sure you child understands how to mitigate some of the dangers outdoors.
Dogs come when they're called.
Cats take a message and get back to you later.
Cats NEED To Play
Cats need to play for stimulation and exercise. They also need to interact with you. So play with your cats often!
Which Musical Cats Do You Like Best? - Rate These Music Cat Heads
If you missed The Metal Cats, search further down the page and come back and vote!
Which is your favorite?
Metal Heads Getting Down
It Feels So Good When I Stop!
The Metal Cats
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Polar Bears Are Just Big Cats (well, maybe not, but they're cute too!)If you like this site, you should see Are You Polar Bear Aware?
Cibachrome print of a polar bear embryo by award winning international photographers, Daniel & Geo Fuchs. To see it and more of their fabulous work, click The Bulger Gallery.
By the way, how many embryos do you count?
If You Love Cats, You Should Love Calvin and Hobbes
Check out my new Calvin and Hobbes site. To go there right now, click Funniest Calvin-and-Hobbes
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