Month: February 2012

Kitten Litter Box Training

Unless you’ve rescued an orphaned kitten who is still in the bottle-feeding stage, chances are you won’t have to teach the furry little one how to eliminate but you will have to create a litter box set-up that’s conveniently located and easy to get in and out of.  You will also have to provide guidance and …

Pooping Outside the Litter Box

Your cat may diligently urinate in the box but what do you do if she decides she’d rather leave her solid deposits somewhere else? It can be very confusing for a cat guarian when the cat faithfully uses the box for one function but refuses to use it for the other. Rule Out Medical Issues …

The Catnip Response

Catnip is a perennial herb and a member of the mint family. It is also known as catmint, catwort,  and field balm, as well as other names. The volatile oil that causes the “catnip reaction” is nepetalactone. Catnip was native to Europe but was imported to the United States and other areas and is now …

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

The thought of having to brush your cat’s teeth may seem a bit silly to you but it’s actually an important part of maintaining her health. To make it easier on everybody (cat and human), don’t attempt to brush every tooth in your cat’s mouth the very first time. As with many things in a …

Heartworm in Cats

Heartworm in cats is something many people don’t think about because for so long, we’ve only associated it with dogs. Cats are susceptible to heartworm and there are preventives available. Now is the time to start protecting your cat — before we get into mosquito season. The following article is from the American Heartworm Society …

How Many Litter Boxes Should You Have?

  Listen to the audio version of this article Having more than one cat is wonderful. It’s comforting to know that your cats have each other for companionship when you aren’t at home. It’s heartwarming to watch your cats groom each other, play together and share a special bond. Litter Box Overcrowding The one aspect …

Interactive Play Therapy for Cats

Listen to the audio version of this article Interactive play is a very powerful tool you can use to help your cat in a variety of situations. It’s great for trust-building, helping two cats become friends, exercise, stress relief, and the list goes on. Even though your cat may be one who is so revved …