Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews"
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Amy Hsueh, Town Cats Volunteer Interested in volunteering?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anybody who has ever owned a cat knows that cats cannot be bossed around. Even the friendliest, cuddliest cat in the world comes to you for affection, not vice versa. Cats are aloof, independent free thinkers - and it turns out, there's good reason for that. Pet cats are, essentially, wild animals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] The Wild Cat According to a study published by Nature Ecology & Evolution, domesticated cats - our cute, cuddly pets that sleep with us every night - are almost genetically identical to their wildcat counterparts. There are very few differences in the two species' DNA: one of the main ones being the iconic tabby stripes of the pet cat. They look and act the same, which is why you…
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Is The Feeling Mutual?

Is The Feeling Mutual?

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16982" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]So you are lucky enough to be the proud parent of a cat. Or two. Or three. Or however many (no judgment here as long as they are all safe, happy, and cared for). You are enamored with their cute little faces, the whiskers that tickle when they come to push your head off of your own pillow, their plaintive little meows when they are buttering you up for a treat or to play with them, but is the feeling mutual? How can you tell for sure if your kitty who can be as standoffish one day as s/he is seemingly affectionate the next truly care for you as much as you do for it? Here are some likely signs that you have won a special spot…
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Car Travel with a Cat

Car Travel with a Cat

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16978" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]By Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones Many cats do not like being in a moving vehicle because it’s an unusual and disorienting experience for them. Even short trips, such as going to the vet, can be problematic because the cat might act out in a way that could be distracting to the driver and potentially dangerous. If you have a kitten, you might consider driving with it a few times for short periods to introduce it to the experience of riding in a car so that it won’t be upset later in life when it’s transported. If your cat is mature, though, and unfamiliar with the experience, there are steps you can take to ensure your own safety and your cat’s wellbeing: Place your cat in…
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Cat Deities

Cat Deities

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16855" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]By Becky Reape Cats have a knack—usually after you have allowed them into your heart and home—of sometimes acting like they are holier-than-thou. I mean, it’s with good reason. They are adorable, brilliant creatures so it makes sense that on occasion they will feel superior. Or in some cases most occasions. However, they are not to blame for this because we humans have been worshipping them for years. [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]When we think of societies that have worshipped cats, the ancient Egyptians are usually the most well-known. Not surprising since they worshipped a half-woman, half-cat goddess called Bastet. They also had other cat-centric deities including Mafdet and Sekhmet. The ancient Egyptians viewed cats as magical creatures and often lavished them with jewels. Penalties for injuring or killing a cat…
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Sweets For Your Sweet

Sweets For Your Sweet

Cat Blog Articles
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image="16849" img_size="full" alignment="center"][vc_column_text]By Becky Reape Valentine’s Day is just around the corner so why not brush up on some ways to show your feline friend that you love them? Here are some ideas to bond with your kitty.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Treats. Who doesn’t love an indulgent little treat for Valentine’s Day (or any other time if we are being honest)? Did you know that you can make little treats for your cat at home? Mix a light sprinkle of catnip with a little pinch of canned tuna (you can even form it into a heart shape if you like) and bake it in the oven until it’s warm. But don’t forget that this is a special treat, so only give kitty a small amount. Too much fat or sugar in your…
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Christmas with the Kitties

Christmas with the Kitties

Cat Blog Articles
By Becky Reape Do an online search for “cats” and “Christmas” and you will find an endless supply of adorable pictures to make your heart swell with cuteness but can cats and this winter holiday truly mesh into a happy pairing? In addition to playful frolicking kitties who are drawn to shiny ornaments there so many hidden dangers to your beloved cat lurking with the season. And, trust me, cats have a way of finding trouble in large part due to their inquisitive natures. I have 3 cats myself. All boys, all uniquely independent and sassy. Smitty, the oldest of the trio, is my regal-looking black cat. He is largely disinterested in Christmas decorations and pays no attention to them. My middle cat, a fluffy tuxedo names Bugsy, is an…
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Mellie the Master Frogger

Mellie the Master Frogger

Cat Blog Articles
By Alexis Meehan Edited by April Jones My cats Mellie and Sheila were indoor cats, but some friends helped me build a secure area outside that the cats could access. We put up some two-by-fours and stapled chicken wire to them to create a cage that went from the ground to the roofline. Then we covered the ground inside the cage with gravel and added some good-sized tree branches for the cats to climb on. We took a screen out of a bedroom (aka the cats’ room) window, cut a small square out of it, and fashioned a swinging cat door in it. With the window partly open, they could hop onto the window sill, push the little door open, and hop outside into the cat cage. Once they got…
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Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

Should I Take My Cat to the Vet?

Cat Blog Articles
By Tom Hewitt Sometimes it’s clear when your pet cat needs to be taken to a veterinarian, but other times the clues are more subtle. If your cat shows a change in their typical behavior—such as eating less, sleeping more, becoming shy or hiding more, scratching or sneezing more, or becoming much more or less vocal—it might be a sign that your cat could be ill or injured and they should be examined. It’s an inherited instinct for cats to want to hide physical weakness because in the wild, predators might identify signs of illness or injury as signs of an easy prey. If your cat displays such changes in behavior, make sure they have plenty of food and water, a clean litter box, and a comfortable, quiet place to…
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Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

All Posts, Cat Blog Articles, Current "Mews", News & Happenings
September 11, 2018 By Nikita Lero Founded in 1997, Town Cats has been saving stray, abandoned, unwanted and feral cats in Santa Clara County, California, since day one and hopes to save even more with the help of The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro (CPP). They had learned about CPP and its benefits when they looked into having Jackson Galaxy host an event at the shelter. Samantha Sullivan, Executive Director at Town Cats, explains just how important CPP is to their community and shelter. “There is nothing like this in the area and it truly will revolutionize the way we work harder to adopt cats,” says Sullivan. “By working closely with our network of shelters and implementing CPP, we will help these cats gain confidence and get them adopted,…
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Celebrity Cats

Celebrity Cats

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By Tom Hewitt Who is America’s best-known cat? Leaving aside fictional felines like Felix, Garfield, and the Cat in the Hat, the answer might be the unusual-looking Grumpy Cat, whom you may have seen online, sometimes featured with humorous captions. Grumpy Cat What a sourpuss! Actually, Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) only looks grumpy— her appearance is caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism. She was born in 2012 and has been featured in advertising—she even has her own webpage, licensed merchandise, and social media presence. Lil Bub There is also Lil Bub, another current celebrity cat who starred in a 2013 documentary called Lil Bub and Friendz, which won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film award. Like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub has a distinctive appearance caused by feline dwarfism.…
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