A very interesting study was published the Sept 2016 issue of Feline Medicine and Surgery. The study examined the use of
food puzzles as a way to provide environmental enrichment for our cats.
Food puzzles are a relatively new area of study, and take advantage of cats’ natural instinct to hunt and work for their food – the benefits it provides are mental stimulation, as well as increased physical activity. There are a variety of styles available, and options for both purchasing and DIY.
The article covers some tips on how to introduce food puzzles to your cat, as well as a chart to help you determine the best starter puzzle. There are also tips for troubleshooting potential challenges, such as owner concerns about night-time noise or having food scattered around the home.
Given time, patience and appropriate introduction, most, if not all, cats can adjust to food puzzles.
Read the full article
We are all used to making regular visits to the dentist, doctor and optician for our own health, but many cat owners forget to do the same for their feline family!
A routine annual visit can help identify problems with your furry friend early, and help keep them in tip-top shape.
Royal Canin has issued a special challenge today – pledge to take your cat to the vet, and they will donate a bowl of food to a shelter cat in need. Simply visit their link below to take the pledge, as well as read some great articles.
Originally known as the Domestic Shorthair, this breed was renamed “American Shorthair” in 1966 to better represent its “All American” character and to differentiate it from any other shorthaired breed. The name “American Shorthair” also reinforces the idea that our native North American shorthaired cat is distinctly different from what may be found in streets, neighborhoods and barnyards.
American Shorthairs are low-maintenance cats. These beautiful cats are not only lovely to look at, but healthy, easy-going and affectionate. Males are significantly larger than females, weighing eleven to fifteen pounds when fully grown. Mature females weigh eight to twelve pounds when they achieve full growth at three to four years of age.
Known as a cat of many colors, the American Shorthair has more than eighty different colors and patterns. Ranging from handsome brown tabby to glistening blue-eyed white, shimmering shaded cameo to flashy calico, striking tabby and white to subtle dilute, and many colors in between, the American has made its mark in the cat fancy. The most widely recognized American Shorthair color and pattern is the silver classic tabby with dense black markings on a sparkling silver background. Consistently in the top ten most popular breeds of cat, the American Shorthair has truly come into its own.
Although the breed is very affectionate, they do not require constant attention. They are very adept at entertaining themselves. An American frequently finds imaginary friends with whom to play.
Learn more about the American Shorthair…
Shark Bed – photo from Etsy
We know our feline friends love to lounge around in cardboard boxes…. but having lots of empty boxes strewn about your house don’t really make for great interior design (although your kitty may disagree lol).
Here’s a couple of links to some more stylish options to consider, next time you are shopping around for a bed for your kitty: