Cat allergy research offers hope of possible cure-British scientists say they have discovered how cats trigger allergies in people, raising hopes for a possible cure to the feline-caused affliction.
Researchers at the University of Cambridge say they have found a protein in cat dander — or dead skin cells — that interacts with a chemical in the human body to cause allergy symptoms, which can range from itching and sneezing to asthma attacks.
Cats and Their Litter Boxes- The best thing about cats is that they don’t need to be potty-trained. Relieving themselves in soft, loose material and burying their waste is an innate behavior, so even young kittens know what to do without being shown. All you have to do is provide an acceptable place for the cat to do her … Continue reading "Cats and Their Litter Boxes"
Feeding Tips for Adult Cats-Cats maintained at their optimal body weight live longer than their overweight littermates. Establish a pattern for meal times according to the following guidelines: Adult cats should be fed an adult maintenance food to maintain an optimal body weight and condition. Indoor neutered adult cats should be fed a low-calorie, Light or Lite dry food. … Continue reading "Feeding Tips for Adult Cats"
Feline Leukemia (FeLV)-Feline leukemia is a cancerous disease caused by feline leukemia virus (FeLV). FeLV causes diseases other than leukemia including other cancers and immunodeficiency. Cats may not start to show signs of disease for months or years after being infected with FeLV. Infection with FeLV is a major cause of illness and death in domestic cats. … Continue reading "Feline Leukemia (FeLV)"
Feline Vaccination Series-This vaccination series is designed to help protect your pet from several diseases. Booster shots should be given every 3 to 4 weeks until kittens are 3 months old. Adult cats should be vaccinated every 3 years but should have annual physical examination to screen for other illnesses. Vaccinations should be given to all cats … Continue reading "Feline Vaccination Series"
Good News for Feral Cats-Feral cats — nearly invisible and often reviled — have prowled into the spotlight. The free-roamers with an aversion to humans have grabbed headlines this spring because of a bounty on their heads in Iowa, a threatened roundup and disposal in Fairfax County, Va., and other elimination plans across the country. But the cats also … Continue reading "Good News for Feral Cats"
Resolving Cat Behavior Issues-The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has prepared an extraordinary compilation of information on cat behavior counseling. If you’re having any behavior issues with your cat, please check out the guide and see if you can resolve the problem. Hopefully this will help keep more cats in their homes! Click here to check … Continue reading "Resolving Cat Behavior Issues"
Senility in Cats-Many people have known old cats that have matured to the point of minimal activity, and who have lost most of their kittenish joie de vivre. That’s normal aging. Feline cognitive dysfunction (FCD), however, is a truly pathological condition represented by a constellation of behavioral signs that are abnormal, seem out of character, or are … Continue reading "Senility in Cats"
Stray or Feral Cats-Should I Feed Stray or Feral (Wild) Cats? The desire to help a hungry cat is such a compassionate one, and it’s estimated that 10% of the population feed outdoor cats. There are stray cats in almost every neighborhood, although they will tend to concentrate around food sources – a sympathetic person, or a dumpster. … Continue reading "Stray or Feral Cats"
Teaching Your Cat to Use a Scratching Post-Cats scratch on things for two reasons: to shed their claws and to mark their territory. To save your furniture from damage, you should provide your cat with a scratching post or two and teach him/her how to use it.
Urine Marking (Spraying) in Cats-Urine marking (spraying) is a normal feline behavior that is quite unacceptable in the human household. Cats urine mark primarily to advertise their presence to other cats and to establish and maintain territories. The most common triggers for urine marking include a new cat in the household, free-roaming cats outside, or social conflict between family … Continue reading "Urine Marking (Spraying) in Cats"
Why Do Cats Knead?-Cats are interesting creatures, with many traits and behaviors that are easily recognized as being uniquely feline-the way they curl up tightly to take a nap, for example, or their characteristic grooming rituals after enjoying a meal.