Catios

sept21Catios – short for Cat Patios – are one of the latest home trends.

Catios are a great way to give your feline friends some fresh air and time in the outdoors, while keeping them safe from harm.  They’re also a great way to keep the wildlife and birds safe from being hunted by your kitty while outside.

Several companies have started offering catios commercially (for example, “Catio Spaces” in Seattle, WA), but if you’re handy, it’s a great DIY project as well.  You can find plans available for sale (for example, at Catio Spaces – https://www.catiospaces.com/diy-catio-plans-overview.html), or on various blogs (for example https://catioblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/portable-catio-idea/)

Some communities have gotten into the spirit and put together home tours featuring catios, such as the partnership between the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Portland Audobon Society, which featured a tour on Sept 10 of Portland, OR area home catios.

To help you get started, as part of the September “Happy Cat Month”, EasyPetFence.com is offering 5% off their Kitty Corral Cat Fencing Systems until September 30, 2016 with discount code “HCM16” at checkout.

Food Puzzles for Your Cat

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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

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

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.

https://www.royalcanin.com/events/takeyourcattothevet

#Cat2VetDay