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When is the Right Time to Euthanise a Cat?

When is the right time to euthanise a cat?
The word euthanasia comes from the Greek word εὐθανασία, which means good death, and its purpose is to end pain and suffering. Most pet owners hope a sick or old cat will pass away peacefully in his or her sleep. Unfortunately, this does not often happen, which means in most cases; we must decide to euthanise a cat when...

Do Cats Have Knees and Elbows?

Do cats have elbows and knees?
Do cats have knees? Cats do have knees and ankles on their hindlegs.  The knee is known as the stifle joint in quadruped animals. Stifle joints join three bones: the femur, patella, and tibia and are protected by the patella (kneecap). The patella is a small bone located at the front of the knee joint which protects the knee and...

Kitten Essentials Checklist-What To Buy For Your New Cat

Kitten essentials checklist
Before you bring your new kitten home, you will need to stock up on a few kitten essentials. Doing so ahead of time means that everything is ready and in place for the kitten's arrival. At a glance Cat carrier Food and water bowls Cat food Scratching post Litter tray with scoop Cat litter Cat tree Toys Grooming equipment Nail...

How To Tell If Cats Like Each Other

Two friendly cats
  How To Tell If Cats Like Each Other-At a Glance Grooming each other (allogrooming) Playing together Rubbing against each other Sleeping together Separation anxiety   About Cats aren't always the easiest animals to read and can't tell us what they are thinking, but they do provide us with many clues as to how they feel in general, about us and towards other...

Six Signs Your Cat Needs More Attention

Cat sitting on laptop
Six signs your cat needs more attention at a glance Excessive meowing Knocking things over Winding themselves around your legs Sitting on your laptop, book, in front of the television Pawing at or climbing on you Scratching furniture About Cats have a reputation for being independent and self-sufficient, while there is some truth to that, as living, breathing, feeling animals, cats...

Eleven Signs of a Happy Cat

Eleven signs a cat is happy
Ten signs a cat is happy at a glance Eating Purring Head butting Positive body language Talking and chirping Playful behaviour Kneading Slow blink Bringing you gifts Using the litter box Seeks out physical contact   Our cats can't tell us if they're happy or not, but they do show us in many ways. We often focus on cats when things...

How To Keep Cats Away From Your Property

Keeping cats away
Not everybody wants to have a cat visit their garden or home. Feline visitors can fight with or disrupt cats who live on the property, kill native animals and go to the toilet in the garden, which can potentially transmit parasites such as toxoplasmosis, roundworm and hookworm. All cats are territorial, and a visiting cat can cause the resident...

Allogrooming in Cats – Why Do Cats Lick Each Other?

Cats grooming each other
Mutual grooming (allogrooming) is a common behaviour among many species of animal in which one animal grooms the other. Allogrooming starts immediately after birth when the mother cat (queen) chews the umbilical cord, licks her kittens to stimulate breathing and dry them, then eats the placenta. The mother continues to groom her kittens for several weeks. This ensures the kittens...

Can Cats Smile And What Are The Signs A Cat Is Happy?

Can cats smile?
Most of us remember the grinning Cheshire cat in Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, but while some cats look like they are smiling, they don't in fact smile to show they are happy. Facial features Some cats have a mouth that curves upwards, which gives the impression of a smile. The British Shorthair (pictured above) has a smiley face which is...

Socialisation Window For Kittens

Socialising a kitten
The early weeks of the kitten's life are essential for them to learn about their environment, become socialised with people and learn species-specific behaviour. This socialisation window (also known as socialisation period) occurs between 2-7 weeks when the kitten is most receptive to a wide range of stimuli that can lay down the groundwork for how the kitten responds...