Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: How to Transport Cats Fear Free

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: How to Transport Cats Fear Free

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Does your cat hate going in their carrier? Does your cat shut down when they go to the vet? If so, you’re not alone. Unlike dogs, cats tend to be housebound, living most of their lives in a familiar place with familiar people. Think of how we socialize puppies: we ensure they meet lots of people, are exposed to umbrellas and vacuum cleaners, and go lots of places in the car. Dogs learn from an early age how to deal with various circumstances, especially travel in the human world. Compare that to a cat, who maybe only leaves the house once in a blue moon to go the vet. A carrier means getting car sick, going outside their comfort zone, and having terrible time getting poked at the vet. This…
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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

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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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Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

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By Tom Hewitt Edited By April Jones How many cat breeds would you guess there are in the world? I didn’t have much of a clue until I investigated. I pretty much thought of all cats as just cats. But it turns out the answer isn’t totally straightforward—it depends on which authority you consult and how they define a breed. Plus, the answer often changes because new breeds are constantly being developed. The International Cat Association (TICA) currently recognizes seventy-one cat breeds for championship competition. Other bodies might answer the question differently; for example, the International Progressive Cat Breeders’ Alliance (IPCBA) lists, by my count, seventy-two breeds. At any rate, it’s safe to say the number of cat breeds is much lower than the number of dog breeds, which is in the hundreds.…
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Feline Dental Health

Feline Dental Health

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 Feline dental health is a very important and sometimes overlooked part of a cat's life. All cats should have their teeth examined as part of a regular physical every year and a dental exam done as needed. Cats have some dental issues that require intervention: resorption lesions and full mouth stomatitis.  Although dogs can get these diseases, they are more prevalent in cats. Resorption lesions cause tooth loss and affect 28-68% of adult cats (based on studies).  This disease leads to dental pain, tooth loss, decreased eating, salivation and head shaking.  The treatment for this disease is either tooth removal or crown removal.  Full mouth stomatitis is a painful disease where the entire mouth becomes inflamed  and raw; it is easily diagnosed by looking into the cat's mouth.  Although Felv…
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Tortoiseshell Cats

Tortoiseshell Cats

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  By Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones For a long time, I thought tortoiseshell cats were a specific breed. Recently, I learned that the term refers to cats among various breeds who have a particular coloring pattern: typically black with patches of gold or orange. Tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. They are often known for being highly sensitive to stimuli and being vocal about their needs. These are generalities, and every individual cat is different, but there is something to the notion of tortoiseshell attitude or “tortitude.” Growing up, my family owned a tortoiseshell cat named Firefly, who we had adopted from the animal shelter in San Martin. I think we gave her the name because the patches of gold on her black coat reminded us of brilliant…
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The Great Litter Box Mystery

The Great Litter Box Mystery

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by Alexis Meehan Edited by April Jones For fifteen years, I never once had litter box issues with my two cats, Melanie and Sheila. I used Ever Clean Multi-Cat Unscented litter in both of their standard-size litter boxes, and I kept them fairly clean. One morning, I noticed a small puddle on the floor next to one of the boxes. It was pee. I was a little surprised, but I figured that one of the cats must’ve had a small accident before she was able to jump into the box. I just mopped it up and wasn’t too concerned about it. My cats got regular checkups, and other than being aging kitties, they were both in good health. The next day, the small puddle was back. This time, I wondered…
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Bringing a New Cat Home? Follow These Tips to Make the First Few Days as Stress-Free as Possible

Bringing a New Cat Home? Follow These Tips to Make the First Few Days as Stress-Free as Possible

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By Tara McNabb Edited by April Jones Introducing a new cat to your home can be an exciting experience for everyone involved. But it’s important to remember that your new friend may be feeling the very opposite of excitement; cats are incredibly sensitive to changing environments, and they often experience heightened anxiety when put into a new living situation. The last thing you want to do is unknowingly cause more stress for your new friend due to a lack of preparation. By following these simple tips, you can make the transition process easier for both of you. 1. Cat Proof the House Before you bring them home, do a walk-through of your house from a cat’s point of view. Although it may be impossible to eliminate all potential trouble areas…
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7 Inexpensive Ideas for Cat Toys

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7 Inexpensive Ideas for Cat Toys by Rachel E. Nichols When you bring your furry baby home, along with the proper food for their dietary needs, a cat brush/comb, litter boxes, blankets, and other basics your cat will need daily exercise and stimulation. This is true even for a senior cat, though youngsters will get into more mischief. These toys don’t have to be expensive. For that matter, they don’t even have to come packaged as pet toys from a store. Here are some out-of-the-box ideas: 1. Milk rings. The kind that come whole off milk bottles. Some cats will even play fetch with these like a dog with a miniature frisby. 2. Old stuffed toys. Roll these around in loose catnip and the fun increases. 3. Old socks that…
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Monthly Goodies: Cat Subscription Boxes To Love

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Monthly Goodies: Cat Subscription Boxes To Love by Tara McNabb If you’re anything like me, the idea of having a box full of toys and treats delivered to your doorstep every month is enough to make you dizzy with delight. These unique cat subscription boxes take the stress out of enrichment by delivering fresh new products to your house every single month. And really, what could be easier than that? Unboxing each new package is only half the fun; just wait till your kitty gets their eager paws on the enticing toys inside, which are designed to encourage interactive play with your cat. The best part is getting to discover new brands and products, since each box is specially designed to provide inspiring and energizing experiences every time. Here are…
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