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Importance of regularly attending to your cat’s claws & ears

Cats and kittens need to have their claws attended to. The best way to keep the claws clean and short is to have a good scratching post in one corner of the house. If your cat plays outdoors, trees can be a good natural scratching post. Sometimes a cat will go ahead and claw the furniture or carpets and that is totally unacceptable. My suggestion has always been to use an emery board.…

CAT-CH THE SCRATCH! How itchy ears can make your kitty uncomfortable?

Do you notice your cat scratching her ears a lot? Is your kitty getting uneasy and has a foul smelling discharge from her ears? All these are warning signs of an ear infection, so take care at the earliest. Cats are super sensitive. So, if they’re uncomfortable you’ll get to know with their changed behaviour. Constant scratching in the ears can make them irritated. Itchy ear in cats is common…

How to Administer Ear Drops or Ointment to Cats

Read the label instructions carefully for correct dosage. Pull the ear flap over the head, insert nozzle of treatment bottle gently into ear canal and squeeze out desired amount. Gently massage the ear area to help work the medication deeper into the ear canal. (Contributed by Intervet India Pvt Ltd)

Enjoy winter hues and no more winter blues! Cat care during winters made easy

It is that time of the year when sun soaking becomes super enjoyable, getting out of the cosy bed becomes a task, and pet snuggles become all the more welcome! Glorious winters are here and it is time to take care of your pets a little extra. Pet parents are becoming more and more conscious about taking care of their pets and being responsible pet parents. Just like seasonal changes affect…

Removing foreign bodies in feline fellows

Here are some tips on removing foreign bodies in your cat. If your cat has a thorn or stone lodged or embedded in his paw try removing it using tweezers. Bathe any remaining small wound with a suitable antiseptic — one meant for humans may be poisonous to cats, and they may ingest it by licking their paws! When visiting your veterinarian it is a good idea to ask which antiseptic is safe for cats…

Feuding Felines – the Peace Mantra

Feline behavioural problems are common in multiple cat households. Many times cats are not well understood as dogs. But knowing some basics about cat culture can help pet parents solve many problems. Some cats just don’t give peace a chance. It can be a difficult and frustrating situation living with feuding felines. Resolving their temperamental and behavioural problems may take some time…

Caring for your senior feline friend

Statistics show that cats, like people, are living longer thanks to advancement in veterinary science, nutrition and therapeutics, as well as increase in the proportion of cats living indoors or whose access to the outdoors is restricted to leash walks and/or escape-proof enclosed structures. In fact, the percentage of house cats aged 6 and above has doubled over the last 25 years. This…

Cat lady of Mumbai lives with 70 cats and 3 dogs

Meet Cina Shivdasani, cat lady of Mumbai. She shares her room with 70 cats and three dogs. She’s been sheltering injured cats for more than a decade, and we salute her love and passion for these humble beings. Cina Shivdasani, a 37 years old woman, a true Mumbaikar, and a true animal lover. She works at a pet store in Malad and shares her 200 sq ft one room house in Juhu with…

Taking care of your kitty’s pearly whites made easy

Dental problems do not see the age or breed of the cat. They are most commonly associated with plaque and tartar formation and are referred to as periodontal diseases Generally dental diseases tend to show with the age just like in humans. But we cannot ignore the fact that even young cats can be affected by them. Dr Freya Javeri from Ahmedabad says that the most common dental problem in cats…

Adopting a cat with special needs with Kindness, Patience & Understanding

There is little awareness on disabilities in India. Needless to say we are even more ill informed about animal related disabilities. With a little knowledge and oodles of care, you can give a disabled animalThere is little awareness on disabilities in India. Needless to say we are even more ill informed about animal related disabilities. With a little knowledge and oodles of care, you can give a…

Finding a home away from home for your kitty

It’s vacation time… time to travel, unwind and be away from the hustle bustle of the city. But, one thing bothers all the time - what about my cat? Here’s how to choose a suitable crèche or kennel for your kitty. It is not a good idea to leave your cat with a family friend or relative. For one thing, cats are highly territorial animals, so relocating them from their home can lead to trauma…

Cold care for your feline fellow

Feeling a nip in the air? Your kitty feels it too. This is winter time and it’s high time to raise your cuddling care for your beloved feline fellow. Let’s look at some winter care tips for your kitty. In winter, it is quite usual to find your cat cosying in the sunniest spot in the home. It is essential to know how to take care of your cat in winter. The following are some of important…

Purrfect nose, ears and teeth!

Though a cat is very good at grooming herself, it is pet parents’ duty to take care of her nose, ears and teeth. Care for the nose... It is very rare that the nose of a cat needs any special attention. A healthy cat will not have a runny nose and it is usually quite moist. This is mainly because the cat frequently licks its nose but it can be due to the fact that a…

Making silver years golden for your cat!

When you have shared your home with a cat for many years, she becomes an integral member of the family, and you develop strong emotional attachments. But, as she ages, she needs the most. Here’s how to take care of your senior kitty. Cats are very good at disguising their problems, so as they age, you need to be even more attuned to changes in their everyday activities and behaviors. Early…

Purring purrfect homecoming!

Bringing home a cat is a huge responsibility. Here are a few tips to make their homecoming purrfect! It’s a pleasure to welcome home a kitty. But, the cat can be shy and scared...let’s make the cat comfortable at our home. Kitty-proof the house: When you first bring a new kitten into your home it is important to make sure that the area they will live in is kitten-proof before…

Help! My cat has litter box problem!

Litter box problem can be a warning sign. You must act quickly and find a solution to this problem. Let’s see how. Cats developing litter box problems is a common thing. Some cats stop using the box, while other cats might use it for defecating or urinating instead of doing it for both. Litter box problems arise due to conflicts between cats in a multiple cat household. But if you have a pet and…

When and how to wean a kitten?

Weaning is the process of transition from mother’s milk to solid food. Ideally it should be handled completely by the mother, but now that you are the pet parent it is your responsibility to wean the little one properly. A kitten is happy suckling milk from her mother but she needs to be weaned. Here’s how to do it. When to start? A lot of pet parents are confused about when to start weaning. It…

Are cats territorial?

Recently, I had to put back a rescued cat to where he was rescued from after nearly a year. He was overcome with joy and emotion to see his home and is happily settled there now. Here’s more about cat’s behaviour. Can cats be relocated to new homes? This question arises in our mind from time to time. In my experience with cats, cats are essentially territorial but can also be happy in new homes.…

General Qs kitty parents ask

Here are a few FAQs kitty parents often ask. Q: Should I keep a male or a female cat? I don’t want kittens. A: Have your cat neutered. It is not true that neutering causes obesity or laziness. I have had my animals neutered and they are exactly the same. The best time for a female’s operation is six months of age, before the first heat. Here pre- and post-operative procedure will have to be…

Purrfect introduction!

You are expecting a baby...but are not sure if your cat is ready for a new human friend. Here’s how to introduce your cat to the infant. There is lot of excitement in the house...getting ready to welcome the new member of the family...all energies are channelised into preparing the home for the perfect homecoming. But there is one member in the house who is probably not ready for this big change.…