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Honeysuckle Cat Toys

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Although there are over sixty varieties of honeysuckle, there is only one that contains a chemical similar to catnip. Wood chips or sawdust from the plant are used to make cat toys, and cats may also play with small branches or logs that have had the leaves and bark removed. For cats who enjoy honeysuckle, […]

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Coping with Hairballs

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Yuck! Is there anything more disgusting than stepping into a wet, hairy surprise? What causes hairballs in cats? Hairballs (trichobezoars) are normal and to be expected, especially at the times of the year that shedding becomes heavier. When cats groom themselves, they swallow any dead, loose hair. The hair, passes through the digestive tract and […]

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Cats HATE Change

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Anyone who has lived with a cat for a length of time knows that cats hate change. We all know how stressful it is to move, take a trip, introduce a new pet, have a baby, have overnight guests, or one of any major changes that can be upsetting to cats. But, a new study […]

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Shedding

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We get asked every day about shedding and we always have suggestions, but it seems that people want a “magic bullet” that will take away cat hair now and forever. Well folks, get used to it. All cats shed, even the so-called “hairless” cats. So do we. Just check your brush or comb. While it’s […]

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Can You Train a Cat?

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The most common response to this question is not yes or no, but “why would you want to?” Well, cats can certainly be trained and there are many reasons you would want to. You can train a cat to stay off kitchen counters, stop scratching the sofa, use the litter box, walk on a leash, […]

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Color Points in Cats

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We get so many questions about color points in cats. What are the points and why do some breeds have them? Color point refers to the pattern of coloring where the body of the cat is significantly lighter than the face, ears, tail and paws. Siamese and Himalayan cats are the most popular breeds to […]

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Swallowing Risks for Cats and Kittens

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As much as we love to spoil our cats and give them many toys and treats, some of the toys can be quite dangerous and should only be used while closely supervised. Yarn is so much fun, but can be very dangerous. Cat’s have a rough tongue with small backward-facing hooks called papillae that help […]

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Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

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We’ve all seen it. The cat goes out in the yard and goes straight to the grass. He munches it contentedly for a few minutes and then…whoops! Why would a cat eat something that he knows will make him throw up? Is it bad for him? Well, the answer is a bit complicated. There is […]

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What’s in a MEOW?

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Did you know that cats don’t really talk to each other? Most cats communicate with each other non-verbally. Other than the little chirping sound they make with their mother or the angry yowls of a fight, cats communicate without saying much. But, cats do meow and they do it for us. Cats know that we […]

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Catnip Myths

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MYTH: Catnip is like marajuana. FACT: Catnip is completely safe for your cat. It is not addictive and causes no lasting effects. MYTH: Catnip makes cats mean. FACT: When cats are playing with toys, they are practising hunting behavior. Play is part of how a mother cat teaches her kittens to hunt. When playing with […]

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