Fun Games for Exercising Your Cat

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Break out the magic wand

Discover which cat toys games your feline friend might like, and how they are great sources of exercise.

It’s no secret that cats love birds. Or rather, they love trying to hunt them. A wand-type toy with feathers on the end may just be the magic solution to turning your kitty couch potato into a die-hard hunter in minutes. Wand toys are easy to find both online and in most pet shops. Or try making your own using a wooden dowel and sturdy string or ribbon – simply tie some feathers or a feathered toy on the end of the string!

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Bartonellosis: Another Reason for Pet Owners to Banish Fleas

BY DR. JENNA ASHTON DVM, MS, DACVIM | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

While you may not be familiar with Bartonella, you’ve probably heard of cat scratch disease, a human condition caused by one form of this bacteria. As the name suggests, people can get this disease from the scratch or bite of an infected cat. But dogs and cats can get sick from these bacteria as well, often from exposure to infected fleas.

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What Is Cat Chirping and Why Do Cats Do It?

Article by Christine O’Brien | Featured on Hillspet

Chirping: It’s not just for the birds. In fact, cat chirping is one of several ways that cats communicate with their pet parents. But why do cats chirp and what’s the meaning behind this distinct cat noise? Let’s find out.

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Seizures in Your Dog or Cat

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What is a seizure?

Watching your dog or cat experience a seizure can be a scary thing, and for good reason: seizures are usually accompanied by convulsions and wild thrashing, yelps and cries, and sometimes excessive drooling, urination, and pooping.

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Cat Life Stages: Providing the Best Care for Your Cat at Any Age

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When you think of cat life stages, you might think that they consist of kittenhood, adulthood and senior age. You might also think that once a cat reaches adulthood, there isn’t much difference between cat care in adults and younger cats. If that’s the case, you’ll be surprised to learn that, according to International CatCare, cats go through six distinct life stages, all of which have their own care and feeding requirements. Keep reading to learn which of the cat life stages your cat falls into, and how you can provide your cat with the best care and nutrition for her age. Please keep in mind that some cats mature quicker than others, so it is important to check with your vet to make sure she is getting the right nutrition as she grows.

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Cat Killing Conditions That Can Hide Undetected

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When you have a cat in your family, you want to do the best you can to keep him healthy and happy. The best ways to do so are to keep up with his veterinary visits, feed him good quality food, and spend time playing and interacting with him every day.

However, some conditions are common in cats that can hide until they are quite severe. These conditions kill many cats every year, and it’s important to know what they are and what symptoms to watch out for.

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6 Ways to Help Calm a Cat That's Upset

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Many cats are creatures of habit, and they often become stressed or upset about changes in their environment, visitors, traveling, veterinary visits, and other out-of-the-ordinary occurrences in their lives. You can help your cat calm down and relax, but it might take time, and some of the techniques you use are different than those you would use to help an upset dog.

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How to Tell If Your Cat Is Sick — 7 Symptoms to Watch Out For

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It happens all too often — by the time an owner realizes her cat is sick, the cat is very sick. Cats tend to hide their illnesses, and they even hide themselves when they’re ill. But many problems are best treated when they’re caught early, which means you are your cat’s most important health care provider. You’re the one who sees him every day and decides when he needs to see the veterinarian. Don’t ignore what he’s trying to tell you — or trying not to tell you. Here are just a few of the clues you should look for.

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Cats seem to rely on their noses to understand the world more than we humans do. Cats detect smells and sense pheromones (chemicals produced and released by other cats) through their olfactory systems. For confined cats, appreciating the importance of their sense of smell can greatly enrich their environments, which generally means a happier cat.

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Cats are securely bonded to their people, too

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Cats have a reputation for being aloof and independent. But a study of the way domestic cats respond to their caregivers suggests that their socio-cognitive abilities and the depth of their human attachments have been underestimated.

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