*This article was also published on My Pet Savings in 2011. With Thanksgiving marching us into the holiday season, many people are getting ready by putting up their Christmas trees. Anyone with a cat knows that decorating for the holidays … Continue reading →
[Photo credit: Associated Press] The story of the forty-pound cat up for adoption at a Santa Fe shelter has been making waves in the media this week. Meow is just two years old, and is currently being cared for by … Continue reading →
Standard-sized cans are more cost effective than the smaller 3 or 5 ounce sizes, but when it comes to cats and their ability to be scavengers, make sure that old cans are safely discarded before leaving cats home for an … Continue reading →
Those with cats have likely experienced their cat(s) climbing into small spaces, like boxes, under furniture, sinks, behind toilet tanks, or even napping away in their own litter boxes. There are many theories why cats love boxes, including: Liking the … Continue reading →
[photo credit] When heading out to work in the morning, unplug the toaster if you have cats. Many scavenging cats will be on the prowl for any little crumb if they get hungry during the day, and curious cats have … Continue reading →
*This article was also published at My Pet Savings in 2011 Magnet therapy is well-known when it comes to treating human ailments, and it can also be used successfully for pets. The Complete Guide to Holistic Cat Care sites magnetic … Continue reading →
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Ellen DeGeneres, talk show host, Halo spokesperson, and longtime vegan, is developing a vegan pet food line. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that “The couple also are developing a line of vegan pet foods – after discovering a void in the market for people looking to feed their dogs and cats vegan vittles.”
While this could be good news for dogs that need special diets due to severe allergies, a line of vegan cat food is dangerous, according to cat expert and author Pam Bennett-Johnson. Because cats are obligate carnivores, they need meat to thrive and be healthy. Bennett-Johnson writes,
Cats require higher amounts of protein and fat than dogs do, and they also need a specific balance of carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals. Cat food companies formulate their foods to meet the specific life stages of cats. Kittens need a different formulation than adult cats. Older, less active cats don’t need the same diet as a young, athletic kitty.
Bennett-Johnson also warns that cats can’t convert beta carotene into Vitamin A, and they must get it from meat sources. Taurine, an essential amino acid that cats need, also comes from animal tissues. Cats need taurine for cardiac function, reproductive organs, and their vision.
According to Joey Green’s Amazing Pet Cures, placing a dab of Land-O-Lakes butter on a cat’s paw’s will make him more comfortable in your home, which aids in housebreaking.
Other butter legends in the cat world are rubbing butter on the paws to keep the cat at home, and rubbing butter on the paws to make the cat recognize the territory in case he gets lost. Other theories claim that if the cat goes outside and has butter on his paws, he will stop to clean the paws and be able to recognize his surroundings better as a result of stopping to clean them. Usually the butter technique is used in the case of moving to a new home.
This legend can actually be classified as dangerous advice, as cats should not have dairy products. Cats have no need for dairy products, and they can interfere with nutrient absorption (the casein does this).
If you have an iPhone or iPad, there is a free application that provides a stimulating game for cats! Choose from a laser pointer or mouse, and let your cat bat at the screen to sharpen their hunting skills. Scores can be uploaded to Facebook or Twitter to show off your cat’s skills. Always use caution and do not let your cat stand or sit on the screen! Use screen protectors or a hard, clear case to avoid scratches, and reward your cat at the end of a play session by letting them get the last hunt with a toy mouse or ball.
Check out Game for Kittens (iPhone) and Game for Cats (iPad) in the iTunes App Store.