Month: December 2009

  • What Does a De-Shedding Tool Do?

    Densely-furred cats have combination coats made up of longer, coarser top fur and softer, finer inner fur that creates a warm air-trapping blanket for the skin in cold weather. It is the cat’s undercoat that tends to tangle, mat and clump as it is shed if it is not groomed carefully. In extreme cases, the …

  • Cat Health Insurance: Things to Look for

    Pet health insurance is still somewhat of a novelty, as only a small minority of cat and dog owners currently invests in these policies. As the market slowly grows, however, it’s gotten more competitive, with more and more companies offering pet insurance. Among consumer advocates, pet insurance can be controversial – many of them believe …

  • Heartworm Prevention for Cats

    Heartworm disease is transmitted to cats and dogs by a bite from a mosquito carrying the microscopic heartworm larvae. Heartworms are a parasite known as dirofilaria immitis. They have the appearance of thin spaghetti when they reach adulthood. While both cats and dogs can become infected with heartworm, it is far more prevalent among canines. …

  • Tips for Finding Cat-Friendly Hotels

    It’s not all that hard to find cat-friendly lodging world-wide these days, but all cat-owning travelers do still need to check, in preparation for any trip, if cats will be welcome to avoid bad surprises at the hotel check-in. The AAA has a pet-friendly travel guide for the United States. If you are a member, …

  • Buying the Right Cat Carrier

    Attention cat owners of the world: If you have a cat, you need a cat carrier. Also known as a pet taxis, cat taxis, or cat crates, cat carriers (like cats) come in all shapes and sizes. They range in price and durability from collapsible cardboard carriers to pricey high-end designer (think Marc Jacobs) carriers. …

  • Cat Crate Training

    If you’ve ever taken a cat to the vet, you’ve probably had an experience that goes something like this: You get the cat carrier out of the closet and suddenly your cat is nowhere to be seen. After locating the missing feline and hauling him out from under the bed, you attempt to lift him …

  • How Much Should I Feed My Cat?

    If you’re a first-time cat owner, “How much should I feed my cat?” is likely to be one of your first questions when you bring her home. Even if you’ve owned cats for years, you may sometimes wonder whether your cats are getting too little food or too much. Feeding your cat isn’t rocket science, …

  • Top Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds for People with Allergies

    NEW: Are hypoallergenic cat breeds for real? See the Catster video on the subject. According to The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, between 6 and 10 million Americans are allergic to cats or other pets. If you’re an allergy sufferer who also happens to be a cat lover, you may be interested in …

  • How Much Water Should My Cat Drink Every Day?

    Famed veterinarian and author James Herriot has noted that “cats are connoisseurs of comfort.” When we think of comfort for our cats, items like soft beds and tasty treats come to mind. But we should also think about a clean full bowl of water. Hydration is an extremely important part of your cat’s overall health. …

  • The Steps and Costs for Adopting a Cat

    Sometimes it’s possible to adopt a cat whose owner can no longer keep it and is happy to offer it “free to a good home.” Most of the time, however, you can expect to pay an adoption fee when you adopt or rescue a cat. So, how much does it cost to adopt a cat? …

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