Cat Adoption and Ownership

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.

5 Good Reasons To Adopt An Older Cat

So cute! Admittedly, sweet little cat babies are so irresistible that we would ideally take one home with us straight away. But have you ever considered adopting an adult cat? Find out here why you should definitely do this and why older cats are often more thankful than kittens. Age brings wisdom? This may be dubious when it comes to some humans, but this saying certainly hits the mark with cats. Older cats no longer feel an urge to scratch wall coverings and sofas, empty rubbish bins and go hunting mice at night. They are able to enjoy a quiet life, wait patiently for their “tin opener” and don't need lots of action in order to enjoy your home. Living with older cats is undoubtedly more straightforward and relaxed than day-to-day life with a lively kitten that turns everything topsy-turvy in its childlike curiosity. If you wish to give a cat a new home, you definitely shouldn't rule out older cats, because adopting a senior cat can prove very worthwhile in many respects, as the following five reasons demonstrate.

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.

6 Reasons Not to Gift a Cat for Christmas

Have your children written “cat” in scrawly handwriting on their Christmas lists? Or does your partner think kittens are “so cute”? That might give you the idea to get them a cat for Christmas. This is often not a good idea! Here, we will explain why a cat can be an unsuitable Christmas present.

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 litter: Clumping or Silica Litter?

It’s not just the right type of litter tray that will make your cat happy, but also the right type of cat litter. The best litters are ones that are very absorbent and ideally neutralise odours too, but finding the perfect cat litter can be no easy task with so many varieties on offer from natural clumping litter made of clay, non-clumping litter, litter made of wood or silica. Silica cat litter and clumping natural clay litter are the most popular choices among cat owners and their cats. But which litter is better for the cat, the owner or the environment?

Cat Tree vs Scratching Post: What is Better for Cats?

Scratching is an essential need for our cats. Not just purely domestic cats, but also cats with free rein have to sharpen their claws to shed excess horn tissue. What's more, cats mark their territory by scratching. These visible marks send a clear message: I live here. Both through the scent glands located on the paws and wellbeing hormones, every cat leaves behind its own individual mark.

Cats with other Cats

The image of the cat as a lone wolf has long been outdated. Many cat lovers know that cats can fully appreciate feline company. Indeed, kittens and house cats shouldn't be kept alone indoors. So it's off to the animal shelter or breeder to adopt a second (or third) cat, right? However, bear in mind that the “multi-cat household” project doesn't always turn out to be as easy as anticipated.

So you want the best for your cat and to find it a companion as soon as possible. Still, we humans aren't guaranteed to like everyone we meet – not even people of the same age or from the same little town. We've often put up with weeks of solitude at primary school until forming close friendships. It certainly wasn't always love at first sight either – sometimes it took a few attempts for us to click with our best friends. The same applies for cats: they aren't identical and have different characters, experiences and tastes. If you're looking for a second, third or even fourth cat, make sure to tread carefully in order to spare yourself and your cats a huge amount of stress!

Christmas Presents for Cats

For most cats Christmas is a very exciting time. It is customary to give gifts at Christmas and there is no reason why your feline companion shouldn’t also be part of the fun. It doesn’t matter whether you have two legs or four, a gift is a sign of affection and appreciation. A Christmas present will show your kitty how much it means to you. You won’t even have to think long and hard about what is on your cat's Christmas list. There are lots of fabulous possibilities to surprise your pet with an exciting present, including toys, food bowls and cat baskets. We have compiled a list of the best Christmas gift ideas which are sure to make your pet very happy.

Indoor or Outdoor Cat?

When choosing to get a cat you have to decide what breed, age and temperament will suit you. But now there’s another important question: will your cat be an indoor or outdoor cat? What advantages will your cat have if it can explore the outdoors freely? Do indoor cats live longer? What are the pros and cons of each lifestyle? The choice of having an outdoor cat isn’t always up to the owners. Some cats simply adore the outdoors and are at their happiest when exploring the wild.

Is My Cat Happy?

If we love someone, we obviously want them to be happy and will gladly do what it takes to contribute to their happiness. Of course, this particularly applies when it comes to love for our four-legged feline friends with whom we share our lives. After all, they make us very happy too. For starters, you can be sure that if you allow your cat to live a species-appropriate life that fully suits its nature and needs, you're already doing a great deal to make it happy. On one hand, this involves appropriate activity with suitable toys that also fits with the intelligence of the breed or cat in question. A high-quality food is also very important. Your cat also needs a big enough scratching tree in order to be happy, which allows it to sharpen its claws and spread its own individual scent along with one or more draught-free places to retreat, such as a little cat house. The breed or nature of cats determines how much outdoor access they need. And you've already guessed what makes most cats really happy: stroking in abundance! If you can give your cat all of this, you can be pretty sure that it's happy. In order to be completely convinced that you're making your beloved cat happy, we have asked qualified cat experts for the unmistakeable signs of feline happiness. Here are their answers:

Litter Box vs Litter Tray for Cats

Cat toilets are always the same – or is this not the case? If you're on the lookout for the right “quiet spot” for your cat, you can choose between two varieties aside from different sizes and colours: litter boxes or trays without a hood. What advantages and disadvantages do these two alternatives have?

Sharing a Home: Cats and Birds

46% of UK households own a pet, with a total pet population of 58 million, including 7 million cats and 0.5 million indoor birds. Many pet owners provide a home for more than one type of pet, with cats sometimes sharing a home with a budgie, parakeet or other bird, but what happens when you have a cat and a small pet?

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.

Top 10 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.

Understanding and Learning Cat Language

If you spend plenty of time with a cat you love, you will automatically develop the need to be able to interpret its language, which can be differentiated between verbal and non-verbal. The latter refers to the cat's body language and primarily the different positions of the tail. Sometimes the assumption is that cats wish to express with almost every verbal and non-verbal statement that they would now like to be fed. Fun aside, we will outline a few typical features of feline language in the following article.

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.