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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(C) Kenta Igarashi

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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Keep Your Cat Cool and Comfortable This Summer!

Have a hard time keeping kitty cool? Below are some tips for keeping your cat in the shade this summer.

Photo Alyssa Blankenship

#1 Never under any circumstances leave your cat alone in a hot car. Cars can quickly heat up and your cat can suffer from heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal. Signs to watch for include heavy, loud breathing, a staggering gait, and a bright red tongue or gum tissue.

#2 If heat stroke is suspected, bring your cat to a cool place, put cold compresses on its belly, or wet it down. Do not waste time as this is a medical emergency, take your cat to your veterinarian as quickly as possible.

#3 Use a hot water bottle filled with ice for your cat to lay on. You can also have a mini fan nearby as well.

#4 Make sure window screens are secure. Cats do not necessarily land on their feet and severe injuries can occur.

Beware of the Easter Lily with Your Cat

Cat Parents Beware!

It is hard to believe that something so beautiful can be harmful to your cat.  But, this plant can be very toxic for your cat.

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The entire plant is a hazard: stem, leaves, pollen and petals.  If left untreated, your cat can have kidney failure and can even die as a result.

Early signs (approximately 2-4 hours after ingestion) of lily toxicity
in your cat include:

  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite

Time is of the essence when treating ingestion. Seek emergency veterinary care immediately. If treated early, within 6-8 hours, your cat has a better chance of survival as opposed to 18-24 hours later.

This Easter, perhaps you may want to start a new tradition of Easter Violets or an Easter Cactus!

 

 

 

Cat Walk is for Real!

Purina One sponsored a cat on the runway at New York’s Fashion Week this past Sunday as part of Purina One’s campaign to let cats “be who they were born to be”… by feeding them Purina ONE.

So Lily the cat made her debut with designer Tracy Reese on the CAT WALK!  Reese said she put the cat in the show because  ”cats have a lot of energy.”

Photo by: Jason DeCrow/Invision for Purina ONE/AP Images

Wow! From Monopoly to the Cat Walk, what’s next?