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The cat magazine contains a wealth of information and advice for cat owners. Owning a cat is wonderful, but it is important to understand their needs, behaviours and temperament for you and your cat to have a harmonious life together. Read more

Cat Agility and Games

Playing with Indoor Cats

As the owner of an indoor cat, you too must surely want your pet to be able to live as naturally as possible. Hence, a feline-appropriate home has to offer plenty of variety – the less taboo zones the better for your cat. Flexible feeding times correspond to its natural living conditions better than a fixed schedule. Hence, it should receive its last bedtime treat when you too go to bed. Offer your cat variety and make it more stress-resistant. You should play together as often as possible and once a week bring it a new box to hide in, since this expands the range of smells it is exposed to. You should also integrate new background noises.

Should I let my cat sleep in the bed?

It's very common for us cuddle-loving cat fans to let our feline friends sleep in our bed. However, there are diverging opinions as to whether your cat should share the mattress with you. We show you the pros and cons in the following text. On this basis you can decide for yourself what viewpoint you take and how you wish to handle things with your cat.

5 Top Tips for a Safe Christmas with your Cat

Forget “silent night” – for cats, the festive season can be wrought with potential dangers and ever-mounting stress. Here we will give you plenty of advice on how to care for your cat this Christmas and how to avoid dangerous situations from the outset. If you follow these five simple tips and tricks, you are guaranteed to spend a safe and relaxed Christmas with your cat. Sparkling fairy lights, glittering Christmas baubles, colourful tinsel and twirly ribbon everywhere – no other time of year is as exciting and tempting for a cat as Christmas! However, the festive season is also the most dangerous time of the year for felines, as shown by the accident statistics of various veterinary clinics! In the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, between baking mince pies, setting up candles, decorating the tree and sending out cards and gifts, many overlook the fact that all of these changes can be unsettling for our feline friends. However, with a little care and consideration, you can get your cat just as exciting for the festive season, as we explain with these handy tips.

Top 9 Cat Accessories for Summer

This summer, cats need what they always do: plenty of time to sleep, relax and eat. And lots of cuddling sessions too, of course! Because the little things are what matter most. The top accessories for your cat that we recommend here for it to enjoy the summer will make this season even more special for your cat.

Nutrition for Cats with Diabetes

Just as humans can suffer from a range of different chronic conditions either from birth or that they fall victim to as they age, so cats are also prone to a range of conditions, including those that are related to nutrition. Some of these conditions require veterinary treatment, often in combination with a specially adapted diet. Diabetes is one of the conditions that can often be successfully managed by a special diet.

Cat Grass – An Essential Supplement

Cats are carnivores, meaning their natural diet consists only of meat. However, it's common to see outdoor cats eating grass and other plants, to help their digestion and the natural passing of hairballs.

Organic Cat Food

Organic food is on-trend, even in the pet food market. In this article we’ll be looking at some of the frequently asked questions around organic food, such as what the term ‘Organic‘ actually means, and how organic cat food differs from other types of cat food. We’ll also examine the rules that affect how foods are classified as Organic, and whether Organic foods are really free from artificial hormones, antibiotics and growth enhancers.

Keeping a Cat Calm During Fireworks Season

It’s that time of year again when the firework season is upon us! Whilst summer is a time for BBQs and Garden Parties, Autumn and Winter celebrations are all about fireworks, bonfires and indoor festivities! Bonfire Night, Halloween and New Years are just a few of the celebrations we have to look forward to, and most people will celebrate with a bang! The commotion of parties, fireworks and other festivals can be very stressful for a cat, so we have compiled a few tips on how to make these last few months of the year as stress-free as possible for your feline friend!

Cat Hunting Behaviour

Cats also have to go to school – to be taught by their mother or fellow cats. However, they don't adopt all modes of behaviour that they observe – only actions that they have been trained in and recognise as advantageous to their urges are incorporated in their behaviour. When it comes to learning programmes, cats are assisted by their special observation ability and dexterity.

Your Kitten’s First Trip Out

Is my cat ready for an outdoor excursion?

The sun makes outdoor excursions very tempting, as our cats also know well. Once they have enjoyed outdoor access, they want it all the time! Unlimited time outdoors isn't always advisable for you and your cat though.

Neutering your Cat

When it comes to contraception and neutering for their own cats, animal lovers are often unsure. Neutering at an early stage appears to be essential when looking at cats without owners and overcrowded animal homes. But is it going to affect my cat if I deny it the chance to have offspring? What is the right moment for neutering? What makes temporary procedures different from neutering? And when is the right time for the procedure to take place? Regardless of whether you have a cat from an animal shelter a home or acquired one from a breeder, the question of potentially neutering your feline friend will have come up at some point. Cats from animal shelters are often already neutered before they are re-homed and as long as you aren't interested in founding a cattery, neutering is also recommended for pedigree cats.

Precautions for Kittens

As long as kittens consume their mother's milk, they will be well protected from infections by all the antibodies it contains. This protection only diminishes when they start to eat solid food from the age of six weeks.

Cat Skin and Fur

Silky-soft cat fur isn't just nice to look at and stroke, but also fulfils important protective functions for cats, along with the skin that lies underneath. As fundamental parts of the feline body, they clearly signal when something is not right: if the metabolic processes are out of sync, the skin and fur often visibly suffer.

Maine Coon

The Maine Coon has now become one of the most popular cat breeds in the world and is enjoying increasing popularity in the United Kingdom, too. This is probably thanks to its authenticity, robustness and excellent character.

Cornish Rex

When we talk about cats, we often refer to them as short-haired or long-haired, but you might be surprised to learn that there are cat breeds with curly hair and even no hair at all. One of these rarer cat breeds is the Cornish Rex, which has a very distinctive coat formation.

Thai Cat

The Thai cat breed is closely related to the more well-known Siamese. As the Siamese cat breed developed more towards a graceful build, the more robust looking, original Siamese cat type was recognized as an independent breed, which is how the Thai came to be recognised.

Playing with Indoor Cats

As the owner of an indoor cat, you too must surely want your pet to be able to live as naturally as possible. Hence, a feline-appropriate home has to offer plenty of variety – the less taboo zones the better for your cat. Flexible feeding times correspond to its natural living conditions better than a fixed schedule. Hence, it should receive its last bedtime treat when you too go to bed. Offer your cat variety and make it more stress-resistant. You should play together as often as possible and once a week bring it a new box to hide in, since this expands the range of smells it is exposed to. You should also integrate new background noises.

Keeping Cats Occupied: Intelligence Toys and Co.

Cats are real-life cuddly toys for many people: they are soft and love being close to humans and being spoilt! What many cat owners forget though is that their cuddly toys are little wild animals at heart! They are rarely satisfied with and stimulated by life on the couch.

Cat Agility – How to Bring More Fun and Exercise to Your Cat’s Life

Play and exercise are fundamental components of a healthy feline life. If your cat gets bored, a wide range of complaints will soon emerge. Most cats love challenges that train their body and mind. Cat agility is a wonderful opportunity to link fun with developmental support. It appeals to your cat's natural curiosity and can be carried out both indoors and outdoors.

 

Precautions for Kittens

As long as kittens consume their mother's milk, they will be well protected from infections by all the antibodies it contains. This protection only diminishes when they start to eat solid food from the age of six weeks.

Your Kitten’s First Trip Out

Is my cat ready for an outdoor excursion?

The sun makes outdoor excursions very tempting, as our cats also know well. Once they have enjoyed outdoor access, they want it all the time! Unlimited time outdoors isn't always advisable for you and your cat though.

The First Visit to the Vet

Generally speaking, kittens are cared for exclusively and extremely well by their mother in their first six weeks and are protected from infections by antibodies in her milk. Should a kitten nevertheless fall ill, a quick trip to the vet is always advisable, since young cats in particular have little resistance, vital functions quickly malfunction and they can soon give in to severe illnesses.

Travelling by Car with Cats

Cats don't like to travel. Every change in location is a cause of sheer stress for these sensitive animals, since unfamiliar sounds and smells make even cats with a robust nature nervous. Nevertheless, pet owners must occasionally subject their cat to a change in location – be it for an annual veterinary appointment, moving house or a long holiday. Travelling by car may not be your cat's preferred method of transport, but with a little preparation you can do away with its fear of travelling.
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Knowing the correct diet and nutrition for your new feline friend is a top priority. Ensuring your cat is getting all the nutrients it needs is essential for a happy cat and a happy owner! Just as humans can suffer from a range of chronic illnesses, so do cats. Conditions such as diabetes or having sensitive digestion can benefit from specialist catered diets. In our section on Cat Nutrition you can learn about the pros and cons of certain diets, which can help you make an informed decision on what food is best for your cat.

When people think about training their pet, you immediately think about dogs, but it’s also possible to train your cats! We have a selection of articles dedicated to cat training and understand the way cats think. Our section on Cat Agility and Games has articles on ways to keep your cat occupied with various toys and games. If you have a bit of a lazy-cat, then introducing these fun elements of exercise are a great way to get them more active! The best way to ensure training sticks, is to start when your cat is young! Owning a new kitten is a joy but caring for and training such a young animal can be a bit daunting. In our section on Kittens we have articles which can help you make the best decisions for your new kitten, from choosing the right diet to getting them vaccinated. Cats are loving and affectionate pets, whether they are an indoor or outdoor cat, old or young, male or female! Like every pet, cats flourish when provided with the best care, so knowing how to care for your cat’s health is vital. In our section on Cat Health and Care we have articles on various cat ailments and how to properly care for them.