Month: December 2009

  • 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 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? …

  • Why Do Cats Purr?

    A meow may massage the heart, but a purr absolutely soothes the soul. The cat is the only animal that makes a musical humming sound when it is happy. All cat lovers have enjoyed the blissful moment of a purring lap bound feline. The entire animal vibrates with joy. Purring is usually a sign of …

  • Catsmas Giveaway: Day 2 – Calvin Memorial “Knead On” Gift Set

    On the Second Day of Catsmas, I gave my favorite cat a Calvin Christmas Gift Set. The winner of this prize has been announced. Check it out here to see if you won! This gift set was made exclusively for The Cat’s Meow’s “12 Days” giveaway by Cat in the Clover. This party pack includes …

  • Cat of the Day: Franklin

    Each day throughout the holiday season The Cat’s Meow will showcase an adoptable cat seeking a home in time for the holidays. Today’s featured cat is a cute tuxie named Franklin in Northern Virginia. Franklin was born in August of 2009, and has three littermates: Ryan, Brie and Travis. Franklin needs to be adopted out …