cats

  • Stats on Cats

    >> Approximately 93.6 million American households have a pet cat.
     
    >> 70 percent of cat owners have a female cat, versus 65 percent who have a male cat.
     
    >> On average, cat owners have two cats.
     

    Some quick facts on feline friends!
  • Keep Kitty Hydrated

    Many cats scowl at the sight of water. “Cats evolved in deserts, so they can conserve water and don’t have high thirst drives like dogs,” explains Christine A. Bellezza, DVM, codirector of Cornell University’s Feline Health Center.

    By Rita Colorito
  • Cat Scratch Fever Relievers


    >> Cover couch bases, end-table legs, and dust shams with aluminum foil, or slap on strips of double-sided tape. Neither make for fetching decor, but crinkly foil noises and tacky adhesive deter scratch-happy cats.

    Does Kitty stratch at your sofa or claw up the chaise lounge? Safeguard your furniture without resorting to the declaw faux pas.
    By Melaina Juntti
  • Cat Got Your Grass?

    Maybe they need a fiber fix. Maybe they’re just bored. Vets aren’t exactly sure why cats like to chomp on grass and houseplants, but the fact is many felines do. To protect your peace lilies and keep kitty from getting sick from ingesting poisonous plants, grow him a patch of organic cat grass.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • 5 Easy Ways to Keep Kitty Healthy

    1. Feed your cat about 90 percent meat (including fat), about 10 percent veggies, and very little added carbohydrates. Home-cooked meals are best, but a high-quality natural cat food makes a good runner-up; canned foods usually contain more meat and fewer carbs than dry foods. Serve kitty’s food at room temperature or a little warmer to make it more readily digestible.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Feline Fecal Odor

    A super-smelly litter box has a pretty high yuck factor and may seem better handled by hazardous waste professionals than a vet. But holistic veterinarian Rachael Feigenbaum, VMD, at Lotus Veterinary Housecalls in San Francisco, urges that Stinky go in for a checkup.

    My kitty’s poop stinks up the whole house. Is there something wrong?
  • Time To Put Kitty On A Diet?

    We laugh about our fat cats, but it’s no joke that 45 percent of cats in the US are overweight or obese, and that the incidence of feline diabetes has increased fivefold in the last 30 years. Like their tubby human counterparts, cats gain weight because of lack of exercise and a poor diet, and those extra pounds can lead to diabetes, liver disease, heart and renal failure, and arthritis.

    By Nora Simmons
  • Help! My Cat Has Stopped Using Her Litter Box!

    First off, don’t take it personally. Ten percent of cats develop a litter-box problem, and the sooner you address this messy issue the better your chances of resolving it, says Helena Kokes, animal behavior education coordinator at the Denver Dumb Friends League. The bad news? There’s no surefire path to success.