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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 Adoption and Ownership

A cat from a breeder or a shelter?

So you have decided to give a cat a home – congratulations! Once you have made this decision, the real work begins. One of the first decisions for future cat owners is whether to get your cat from a breeder or an animal shelter. Maybe you are longing to own a particular breed, or have already made contact with a breeder. However, if you do not particularly care about your four-legged friend’s appearance, do not mind if you get a short-haired or a long-haired breed and would be happy with any coat, size or colour, anything could happen! You may even decide to give a pet from a local shelter a loving new home. Finding the right cat is often a case of taste and attitude! No matter whether you choose to buy from a breeder or a shelter, there is no right or wrong decision. The important thing is that you and your cat start a happy partnership!

A cat from a breeder or a shelter?

So you have decided to give a cat a home – congratulations! Once you have made this decision, the real work begins. One of the first decisions for future cat owners is whether to get your cat from a breeder or an animal shelter. Maybe you are longing to own a particular breed, or have already made contact with a breeder. However, if you do not particularly care about your four-legged friend’s appearance, do not mind if you get a short-haired or a long-haired breed and would be happy with any coat, size or colour, anything could happen! You may even decide to give a pet from a local shelter a loving new home. Finding the right cat is often a case of taste and attitude! No matter whether you choose to buy from a breeder or a shelter, there is no right or wrong decision. The important thing is that you and your cat start a happy partnership!

Why cats are good for our health

There are hardly any more relaxing sounds than the purring of a cat. Cat owners will confirm that living with a feline friend does them good. In fact, this declaration can be scientifically proven. Read in the following article why cats are good for our health.

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.

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.

Anxiety in Cats

Cats are naturally curious creatures. That being said, not every cat trusts people. This is especially true when cats grow up without contact with humans or have had negative experiences with people. Gentle handling of a scared cat is key.

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 usually start their hunt by lurking and sneaking from a hidden spot before they launch their attack on the prey. They only eat their prey when they are really hungry. Otherwise it happens all too often that they present their human with a half-dead mouse on the carpet.

Parasites Affecting Cats: Removing Ticks and Fleas

Parasites are little pests that feed off the blood of our cats. Not only are they irksome, but they can also cause severe diseases. Find out everything you need to know about parasites affecting cats, especially ticks and fleas in the following article.

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.

British Shorthair

Are you looking for a cat that perfectly complements your family with its calm, well-balanced nature, and that will happily live indoors? Chances are the “British Shorthair” will have been recommended to you as the ideal breed! No cat-lover will be able to resist the plush coat and big eyes of the British Shorthair, and its character is equally lovable. But what else do you need to know about this breed? Our breed portrait will introduce you in detail to these lovable felines, as well as offering tips on purchasing and keeping your cat, alongside good nutrition and health care. The British Shorthair is a simple breed, with a friendly, quiet temperament that will fit well into almost every household, even those with children or other animals.

Persian

The plush Persian cat is one of the most popular cat breeds. It is little wonder, given that the Persian, known as “Gorbe-ye irāni” or the “Iranian cat”, belongs to the oldest breed of cats in the world – although the Persians we know today are not from the Orient!

Ragdoll

Is this a cat that resembles a ragdoll? Not at all! The Ragdoll is an ideal cat breed for lovers of Siamese, Colourpoint and other pointed cat breeds. These gentle giants will win you over not only with their beautiful coat, extraordinary colour and bright blue eyes…

Laser Pointer for Cats

Opinions differ greatly with regard to whether laser pointers make suitable cat toys. In the following article, we will outline a few aspects that allow you to weigh up the pros and cons and to make your own decision concerning your beloved cat.

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.

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.

Ahoy! Travelling by Ship with Cats

Taking your cat on a cruise? What sounds crazy is actually possible. After all, commuters too sometimes have to take their cat with them on the ferry. We'll give you some tips on how to make travelling by ship as pleasant as possible both for your cat and also the fellow passengers!

Train Travel with Cats

Hardly any cats enjoy leaving their usual environment. However, moving home or long journeys can make it necessary for your cat to travel every now and then... If the owner doesn't have a car, public transport is required to make the journey to the vet's. Is this possible? Of course! With a few tips, you and your cat can have a completely stress-free journey.

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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Bengal Cat

The Bengal is a truly unique cat breed. A 'house tiger' in the truest sense, Bengal breeders go for a bit of wild cat blood, with wildcat hybrids like Bengals or Savannahs proving the latest craze in the world of breeding! Just what is a hybrid cat, and what needs to be taken into account when giving a home to a wild cat cross? Our breed description provides answers.

Big cat hybrids could be found in the zoos of Europe at the beginning of the 19th century. This ultimately didn't prove practical for zoos, but transferred well to the world of small cats, with ever greater enthusiasm shown for so-called wild cat hybrids being developed from the pairing of wild cat breeds with domesticated indoor cats. The most well-known example is the Bengal, which resulted from crossing a tame black domestic cat with a wild Asian leopard cat. The result was a cat breed that proves a real hit thanks to its elongated body and extraordinary fur colouring. However, its proximity to its wild relatives sometimes requires an experienced hand.

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British Longhair

Are you looking for an adaptable cat for domestic life, if possible with a long coat? Also commonly referred to as the Highlander, the British Longhair is the semi-longhaired alternative to the British Shorthair, sharing its friendly, even-tempered manner but with a lesser urge for activity.

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Neva Masquerade

Neva Masquerade – a mysterious name for a mysterious thing of beauty! The Neva Masquerade is the point variation on the Siberian cat and shares many characteristics with this breed.

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Cat Cat Adoption and Ownership

A cat from a breeder or a shelter?

So you have decided to give a cat a home – congratulations! Once you have made this decision, the real work begins. One of the first decisions for future cat owners is whether to get your cat from a breeder or an animal shelter. Maybe you are longing to own a particular breed, or have already made contact with a breeder. However, if you do not particularly care about your four-legged friend’s appearance, do not mind if you get a short-haired or a long-haired breed and would be happy with any coat, size or colour, anything could happen! You may even decide to give a pet from a local shelter a loving new home. Finding the right cat is often a case of taste and attitude! No matter whether you choose to buy from a breeder or a shelter, there is no right or wrong decision. The important thing is that you and your cat start a happy partnership!
Cat Cat Breeds

British Shorthair

Are you looking for a cat that perfectly complements your family with its calm, well-balanced nature, and that will happily live indoors? Chances are the “British Shorthair” will have been recommended to you as the ideal breed! No cat-lover will be able to resist the plush coat and big eyes of the British Shorthair, and its character is equally lovable. But what else do you need to know about this breed? Our breed portrait will introduce you in detail to these lovable felines, as well as offering tips on purchasing and keeping your cat, alongside good nutrition and health care. The British Shorthair is a simple breed, with a friendly, quiet temperament that will fit well into almost every household, even those with children or other animals.

We have an entire section about a variety of different cat breeds, outlining the differences between each breed, including their different care needs, which can help you choose the best-suited cat for you! Understanding your cat’s personality and behaviour traits is ideal for a happy life, for both you and your cat. We have lots of articles on every aspect of owning and caring for cats. Cat breeds come in all shapes and sizes! Each breed is different, with their different personalities and care needs. Our articles on different Cat Breeds help you understand what makes each breed of cat unique.

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.