If you’re like many pet owners, you probably assume that regular daily walks are sufficient to help wear your pet’s nails down to a naturally ideal length. But you’d be wrong. While walking on hard surfaces does help, it’s not enough to maintain a healthy length.
If you think that your cat's haughty manner, bursts of energy and total disdain for coddling reflect an inner jungle cat, you might be surprised to learn that the breeds closest to a wildcat are, in fact, loving, responsive, and even trainable. In other words, your kit-kat’s cranky disposition and desire to draw blood have less to do with genetics and more to do with a grumpy personality.
I’ve had it pretty lucky for the past several years in that my cats haven’t been prone to jumping up on my kitchen counters. They’re quick to climb up onto furniture, scale the dining room table and claim a comfy pillow at the head of my bed. But kitchen counters have never been their thing.
Let’s be honest, almost every dog worth his rawhide loves a good old windows-open car ride with ears flapping in the breeze. And it’s fair to say that an equal number are also cool with settling in beside a roaring campfire or curling up for the night in a cozy tent with his best buddy (that’s you by the way) beside him.
You and Rover are all snuggled in on the sofa for the final season of your favorite, binge-worthy series. You reach down to give him an appreciative belly scratch when all of a sudden you feel a lump. Like pet parents the world over, your heart drops and you assume the worst. But what you may have felt could be a simple fat lump. It’s not nothing, but it’s also not terminal and here’s what you need to know about them.
I don’t know about you, but my cats are crazed for grass. Cat grass, yard grass… the moment decent weather hits their inner Holstein kicks in and they’re chowing down on the green stuff every chance they get. Of course, the difference between cows and cats is that with the latter, it’s always followed by retching and heaving the moment they come indoors. So, with this known outcome in mind, what is it about these grasses that is so enticing to cats? And what’s a safe substitute for when winter weather prevents backyard noshing? Let’s start with a bit of a backgrounder.