Cat Tales

Resource Guarding in Multi-Cat Homes

Does the sound of hissing and the sight of swatting occur all too frequently in YOUR home? If so, you’re not alone. More multi-cat households than you can shake a paw at experience this phenomenon as well. The term for such unwelcome behavior is resource guarding, and, not surprisingly, much of it is grounded in […]

Keep Kitty From Peeing Outside the Litter Box

Frustrated by your favorite feline peeing outside the litter box? Wondering how to prevent it? Because most cats urinate inappropriately for one of two reasons, medical or behavioral, the first step is a visit to your vet. The vet will perform a thorough physical examination of your cat and collect a urine sample to either […]

Vertigo in Cats

Feline vertigo or feline vestibular disease refers to a sudden, non-progressive disturbance of balance. Capable of affecting cats of all ages, those afflicted with it will become disoriented and nauseous, develop a head tilt (they often lean or fall in the direction of their head tilt), have irregular, jerking eye movements called nystagmus, and even […]

Why Cats’ Coats Change Color

Have you ever wondered why cats’ coats in general and yours in purr-ticular change color? If so, consider some of the paws-ible reasons for this feline phenomenon.   1) Changes in temperature: Some cats, like Oriental Himalayans and Siamese, known as pointed breeds, are genetically predisposed to changes in their fur color depending on the […]

Tips to Help Teething Kittens

To ease the discomfort of teething, kittens are notorious for nibbling and chewing, chomping and biting on anything within reach of their tiny paws – including your fingers and toes. Kittens invariably begin to lose their baby teeth at around the age of nine weeks, while their adult teeth won’t have grown in fully until […]

Feline Friendly Road Trips

As creatures of habit who crave their creature comforts, cats don’t always make the best road trip companions. But by mapping out kitty’s trip together with your own, you can curtail her bad “backseat driver” behavior, and turn a potentially negative experience into a purr-fectly paws-itive one. Consider the following suggestions to smooth the way […]

The Benefits of Elevated Cat Bowls

While not the norm for most healthy cats, in special circumstances, your vet may recommend the use of an elevated cat bowl for YOUR kitty.   Which felines, you may wonder, fit into this purr-ticular category? Cats with megaesophagus: A medical condition in which the esophagus doesn’t function properly, inappropriate muscle contractions in your cat’s […]

Food Issues and Felines

Has your kitty gone from “pleasingly plump” to frighteningly fat? And if so, why? Does the term “polyphagia” sound familiar? If not, it’s a medical condition that causes a cat to increase her food intake to the extent that she seems ravenous most of or all of the time. Since polyphagia can be either behavioral […]

Scabs Here, There, Everywhere

Are unsightly and uncomfortable scabs making YOUR kitty itchy and irritable? If so, what’s causing them? One of the main culprits is miliary dermatitis, where itchy scabs appear on a cat’s neck, back and tail. Most often the result of a fleabite allergy, whereby a cat is allergic to a substance in flea saliva, a […]

Why Do Sleeping Cats Cover Their Faces?

Whatever their purr-ferred position, cats typically sleep with their paws over their faces. While obviously comfortable and undeniably cute, why DO our feline friends cover their faces when they sleep? Here are some of the most plausible explanations for this behavior.   One reason is warmth. When they’re asleep, they lose more of their customary […]

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