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Cat Health and Care

Cat bites

You have an outdoor cat that comes limping home? Then there's a good chance that it was in a turf war. In this case, affected cats often have scratch and bite marks, which can lead to severe inflammations and dangerous bacterial sepsis if unrecognised. Along with cats themselves, we pet owners and other pets like dogs, rabbits or chickens can be affected by cat bites. Due to the very high risk of infection, early detection and treatment are of great importance. The following article tells you what you should concentrate on:

Adopting a cat during the COVID-19 lockdown?

The coronavirus pandemic, including lockdowns, is connecting many people more closely to their home, where they don't just devote themselves to home office and home schooling. Instead, many discover new hobbies, from baking to learning languages to knitting. The isolation during the pandemic leads to many animals lovers develop a strong urge to adopt a cat. There would be plenty of time available to get to know one another. However, is it a good idea to adopt a cat during the lockdown? We'll give you some tips!

Working from home with your cat

The Corona Virus (COVID-19) has shown the value of working remotely, but there has been a trend towards home office and flexible working arrangements for a while now. Being able to work from home can be priceless. Many freelancers and self-employed workers, as well as teachers, do a lot of their work in the place they live. It is not uncommon to share this space, often with a feline companion. This article serves as a guide for successful co-working with your cat!

What to Do When You Find a Stray Cat

Have you found a cat that looks like it doesn’t belong to anyone? Here you can read about what to do in this case, what you should do if the cat is injured, how to find out if the cat has a home and when you would be allowed to keep the cat.

Change of diet for cats

The cat food market offers cat owners a wide range of options: there is both wet and dry food for cats from numerous brands in several quality categories, flavours and varieties. This large selection of cat food presents cat owners with a big challenge. Which food is suitable for cats and in what quantity? There is also the possibility to follow the BARF diet and to provide home-cooked food. As well, the cat food market is constantly growing, so it's not surprising that cat owners sometimes like to change the type of food or to try out a new one. If the cat develops a food intolerance or has to eat a special food due to medical reasons, changing its diet is unavoidable. However, cats are often very fussy and tend to opt for one type of food and reject all other varieties. Hence, getting them used to a new type of food is anything but easy. As a result, you should proceed cautiously with changing the diet. This allows the cat to get used to the new flavour without irritating the stomach and bowels through a quick change. Also, you will avoid your cat completely rejecting the food.

Nutrition for Cats with Chronic Illnesses

When a cat is ill, a specialist diet can be helpful or can even prolong the cat's life. This type of food is adapted to each specific illness. ‘Diet’ doesn’t mean a reduction in calories here, rather a specific type of nutrition. In any case, you should always consult your vet before you switch your cat to dietetic food. This article offers you some information and tips about feeding a specialist diet to a cat with an illness.

The Right Food for Indoor Cats

Our domestic cats are still predators on the inside. However, there are many reasons why we may choose to keep our cats indoors. For example, if your home has no garden attached or if you live close to a busy street, posing potential dangers to your cat – a risk that none of us are willing to take. Infectious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) can also be a reason for keeping your cat indoors, needing to reduce the risk of spreading the illness to other animals. Last but not least, there are some cats that just do not like going outdoors! Some cats are much happier lounging sedately around the house. Whatever the reason, your indoor cat will need a different kind of food from one that is running around outdoors all day.

Cats marking: why and what to do?

Marking with urine is a natural means of communication between cats. However, it can be very unpleasant for their owner if they mark in your home and leave their scent on the walls, furniture or windows. Why do some cats mark within the four walls of your home and how can this behaviour be avoided? Whilst we are still amused outside watching how our cat sprays the garden fence with its urine with a stretched-out, trembling tail and signals to the neighbour's cat that this is its territory, we don't find this behaviour funny at all inside our own home. Understandably, because cat urine smells awful indoors and won't just become a serious problem for humans and their sense of smell in the long term. But why do some cats mark in the home? What do they want to say to us? Indeed, cats should no longer need to mark at home. After all, no other cat (apart from households with multiple cats) will challenge them for this territory, right?

My cat meows at night: why and what to do?

Sleepless nights because of the cat meowing? Presumably every cat owner has experienced this. But what should we do if our cat robs us of sleep every night with its meowing? Why do many cats meow particularly at night and what helps combat nightly cat woes?

Getting Cats Used to a Lead

A cat on a lead – can that work? Of course! With the right training, felines enjoy walking on a lead, although not all are suitable for a regular catwalk. Read here how you can get your cat used to a lead.

Cat bites

You have an outdoor cat that comes limping home? Then there's a good chance that it was in a turf war. In this case, affected cats often have scratch and bite marks, which can lead to severe inflammations and dangerous bacterial sepsis if unrecognised. Along with cats themselves, we pet owners and other pets like dogs, rabbits or chickens can be affected by cat bites. Due to the very high risk of infection, early detection and treatment are of great importance. The following article tells you what you should concentrate on:

Gum inflammation (Gingivitis) in cats

Gingivitis is the term for inflammation of the gums, which mostly manifests itself through redness and swelling of the mucous membrane surrounding the teeth. This usually painful gum disease is very common amongst cats and can be triggered by numerous causes. Thus, a detailed diagnosis is important in order to treat it correctly and at an early stage.

Tartar in Cats

Old cats in particular often suffer from severe tartar, which is made up of brownish-yellow deposits on the surface of the teeth. This forms through accumulated dental plaque, which is still soft in contrast to hard tartar. More precisely, it is a thin film of mucus made up of food particles like proteins or polysaccharides and microbes (e.g. fungi and bacteria). Tartar in cats can develop from inflammation of the mouth, such as in the gums or periodontitis. In addition, tartar leads to further inflammation through bacterial infections.

American Curl

The American Curl is a cat breed that draws attention: its curved ears could also pass as an eye-catching headdress conceptualised by a modern designer. In terms of character, the American Curl's domestic cat heritage wins through: it is unspoiled, active and drawn to people.

American Shorthair

Also aboard the ships of the first European settlers in America were four-legged passengers. The cats who travelled with them were prized because of their hunting ability. During long voyages, they kept the mice and rats at bay. They were popular on land too, since they made sure there were no pesky nibblers in the grain storages. It has emerged that these cats are the ancestors of the well known and loved breed that goes by the name of “American Shorthair”.

Burmilla

This playful and still new British cat breed came about through a chance crossing of a Chinchilla Persian cat and a Burmese. There are several myths surrounding the origin of the breed, of which one is cuter and more heart-warming than the other – just like the Burmilla itself. This beautiful cat with shimmering silver fur is in principle also well suited to being kept in an apartment with limited space. However, the Burmilla also appreciates being able to have a few outdoor adventures and happily integrates itself with a family.

Cat Yoga

Many gyms are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For many people, their usual yoga sessions are currently taking place in their own home. Some people are using the time to try out yoga for the first time with the help of online courses. Cat yoga is one of the newer trends that emerged in the last years. How does it work? We'll give you some tips!

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 will undoubtedly want to make sure that your pet’s life is as close to natural as possible. This means that a home suitable for an indoor cat will have lots of variety. The fewer areas are off-limits the better for your cat. Flexible mealtimes are closer to a cat’s natural behaviour than eating at fixed times. You should give your cat its last bedtime treat when you go to bed yourself. Your cat will be more able to cope with stress if it has more variety in its life. You should find ways to keep your indoor cat busy and play with it as often as possible. Give it a new cardboard box to play peek-a-boo in at least once a week as this exposes your cat to new scents. You should also make sure there is some variety in the background noises in your home.

Kitten Diarrhoea

When a kitten enters your home, it¡s an exciting time for everyone! Regardless of whether you're an experienced or first-time cat owner, it's a time of change. Little cats require special attention. Enjoy every minute because they grow up ever so fast!

How to Correctly Deworm Kittens

Worm infestations affect young cats with relative frequency. If untreated, they can lead to severe ailments. Thankfully though, parasites are very easy to combat as soon as the problem has been recognised. Get your little “tiger to caress”, as Victor Hugo lovingly called cats, dewormed for the first time three weeks after it is born and then every three to four weeks recurrently. However, this is just a general guideline. Only a vet can make the final decision as to what deworming cycle is right for each individual cat. Vermifuges have to be administered very frequently in animal homes too, because unfortunately kittens are partly in a very bad condition when they are handed in there.

10 Questions for a Cat Breeder

Persian, Siamese, Maine Coon or British Shorthair – no matter which breed you decide on, if you want a real pedigree kitten, the only option is to find a reputable cat breeder. But how do you know that your chosen breeder is really serious, and that their kittens are healthy? To make sure you’ve made the right choice, we’ve put together 10 questions that you should ask your breeder.

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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Cat bites

You have an outdoor cat that comes limping home? Then there's a good chance that it was in a turf war. In this case, affected cats often have scratch and bite marks, which can lead to severe inflammations and dangerous bacterial sepsis if unrecognised. Along with cats themselves, we pet owners and other pets like dogs, rabbits or chickens can be affected by cat bites. Due to the very high risk of infection, early detection and treatment are of great importance. The following article tells you what you should concentrate on:
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Gum inflammation (Gingivitis) in cats

Gingivitis is the term for inflammation of the gums, which mostly manifests itself through redness and swelling of the mucous membrane surrounding the teeth. This usually painful gum disease is very common amongst cats and can be triggered by numerous causes. Thus, a detailed diagnosis is important in order to treat it correctly and at an early stage.
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Cats marking: why and what to do?

Marking with urine is a natural means of communication between cats. However, it can be very unpleasant for their owner if they mark in your home and leave their scent on the walls, furniture or windows. Why do some cats mark within the four walls of your home and how can this behaviour be avoided? Whilst we are still amused outside watching how our cat sprays the garden fence with its urine with a stretched-out, trembling tail and signals to the neighbour's cat that this is its territory, we don't find this behaviour funny at all inside our own home. Understandably, because cat urine smells awful indoors and won't just become a serious problem for humans and their sense of smell in the long term. But why do some cats mark in the home? What do they want to say to us? Indeed, cats should no longer need to mark at home. After all, no other cat (apart from households with multiple cats) will challenge them for this territory, right?

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.