Feeding Cats in Multi-Cat Households

Feeding cats in a multi-cat household can be a challenge for pet owners, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to feed cats separate diets.

  • One cat is on a medication that is mixed into the food
  • An obese cat who is on a weight-controlled diet
  • To prevent one cat from eating all the food which means another cat misses out
  • Cats on a prescription or therapeutic diet, for example, hyperthyroidism, urinary or kidney disease

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Third Eyelid Showing in Cats

At a glance

About: The third eyelid is an opaque membrane underneath the outer eyelids that protects the cornea.

Causes of a visible third eyelid:

  • Haw’s disease
  • Ocular pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cherry eye
  • Foreign body
  • Feline dysautonomia
  • Tetanus
  • Fat or muscle atrophy
  • Dehydration

Diagnosis: A thorough physical and ophthalmologic examination as well as diagnostic testing.

Treatment: This will depend on the underlying cause.

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Halloween Dangers For Cats

Halloween dangers to cats at a glance Sweets and chocolate Frequent visitors Halloween decorations Pumpkins Candles Glow sticks Costumes Halloween is just around the corner and along with it comes risks to household pets as well as cause stress. We take a look at some of the possible dangers to cats and what you can … Read more

Why Do Mother Cats Move Their Kittens?

Kittens are altricial, which means they are extremely immature and helpless for the first few weeks of life, unlike a horse who is precocial, which means they are born in an advanced state and can walk soon after birth. Altrical species are completely reliant on their mother and unable to protect themselves from danger. This vulnerability means a safe nest is essential for the safety of the kittens.

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Happy Holiday Season With Cats

In the next few weeks, we will be at the start of the festive season, and while we may love it or hate it, it can be a stressful and dangerous time for cats.

Most of us are busy with shopping, visiting relatives, Christmas parties or entertaining at home. Add to that Christmas time can be stressful, the cat ends up not getting as much attention as he or she would like.

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Why Are Cats Associated With Halloween?

Why are cats associated with Halloween?

Domestication of cats

Witches and cats have had a long-held association and most of us can’t picture a witch without a black cat by her side. But why are cats associated with witches?

Cats became domesticated 8,000 years ago when people settled in the Fertile Crescent, the arch-shaped region that includes the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and land around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Along with the grains which the farmers grew came rodents. A symbiotic relationship was formed between cat and man; cats protected precious grain stores by keeping rodent populations down. In return, cats gained protection from larger predators such as wolves.

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Can Cats Eat Apples?

Can cats eat apples?

At a glance

Cats can eat the fruit of the apple, but avoid the seeds which contain amygdalin which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when crushed.

Apples are rich in antioxidants, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, fibre and polyphenolic compounds.

Cats are obligate carnivores, they need meat for several essential nutrients, fruit, vegetables and other treats should only make up a small part of a cat’s diet.

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Why Do Cats Carry Their Kittens By The Scruff

Mother cat carrying kitten

Newborn kittens are altricial, which means they are born completely helpless and unable to move around on their own and do not start to walk until the third week of life. This is a sharp contrast to precocial animals such as horses, deer, sheep, gazelles, who are born in an advanced state and able to stand and run (from danger) within an hour of birth.

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