How to Spot an Allergy in Your Cat

The following outdoor allergens can cause allergic reactions to cats who are sensitive:

  • Tree, grass, weed, mold, mildew and dust pollens

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Watch for or the following symptoms in your cat, especially this time of year as flowers are blooming and the grass is growing.

1.  Itchy skin and scratching

2.  Itchy, watery eyes

3.  Vomiting and Diarrhea

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Visit your veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms.  Your vet will take a complete history,  conduct a physical examination where veterinarian may determine the source of your cat’s allergic reaction. If an examination is not sufficient, your vet will most probably recommend skin or blood tests and/or a special elimination diet, to find out what’s causing the allergic reaction.

Help Your Cat Avoid These Hazards at Easter

Flowers are lovely and chocolates and candy taste so good!  Be sure to have your cat avoid popular Easter Lillies as they can cause renal failure in cats. Also, you will want to avoid having your cat eat any chocolate bunnies or other Easter candy this year so that you and your cat can enjoy the day without a trip to the vet.

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If kitty does get into something he should not have, please contact your vet immediately as time is of the essence.  You can also contact the Animal Control Poison Center at 1-888-426-4435.  Charges may apply, but it is well worth it for the safety and health of your cat.

Did You Know – There Actually IS a Scientific Reason Why Cats Love Boxes

How many times have you received a shipment, left the box on the floor only to find later that your cat has managed to squeeze himself into a tiny box? It happens all of the time here!

Dr. Claudia Vinke, a Netherlands-based ethologist, who led a study on how stress affects  cats at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found four main reasons as to why your cat will choose to sit in a box rather than on the floor:  they feel safe in a confined area, boxes encourages their play so they can stalk and pounce, boxes keep your cat warm and they also help avoid conflict with other animals. Check out Maru below as he tries to fit in a small box.

When in doubt, be sure to get a box your cat can enjoy.

Music for Cats

Your cat will soon have a chance to listen to music created just for her!

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Kitty Diddies, Feline Airs and Cat Ballads are some of the types of music created just for cats. The music is chosen based on its appeal to our favorite felines as each style creates a certain mood.

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Flying Cat Book is Published in Japan

Well, here’s an interesting tidbit to note.  Tokyo-based publisher Kadokawa Magazine will publish a photo book dedicated entirely to 100 photographs of flying cats diving, jumping and leaping from wall to wall, roof to roof and even between two floating boats.

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The book, titled Tobi-Neko,which can be roughly translated as “flying cats,” features images by photographer Kenta Igarashi. Mr. Igarashi’s artwork has become popular after his images were featured on TV programs in Japan in 2014.  The book will sell for $11.

House is Indoor Playground for Cats

Peter Cohen, a home builder, has found a creative way to keep his cats occupied by constructing an elaborate course with catwalks, tunnels, platforms and perches throughout his California home. Take a look at how this creative builder built a fun and safe home for their rescue cats. While most of us cannot go to this extent, it is important to create our own version of a kitty playground to keep our cats occupied.

Cat Commutes into London for a Happy Ending

How many times have you seen this happen in a subway, no less?

With many animals roaming around the streets without a home, the holidays are especially hard.  It goes to show that getting cats into forever homes is a global issue.

Take time to donate to your local shelter this season.

A cat named Oyster was making his way into Central London via the Tube when passengers spotted him sitting on a seat.  A volunteer from a local animal shelter, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, was able to get him into a carrier and transport him to the shelter where she worked.  Quick thinking! We hope Oyster now has a forever home of his own!

Barcelona Tourist Project Helps Cats in Need

 

If you are visiting Barcelona, Spain in the near future you may want to check out the BCN Loves Cats Project which is an initiative of SOS Cats and LAMS with the support of volunteers promotes and raises funds for street cats in Spain.

What a great idea to involve tourists in assisting feral cat colonies!  Find out more!

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