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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.…

Wonders of spaying!

February 24, 2015 was World Spay Day. In connection to this occasion, let’s enumerate the benefits of spaying for our wonderful cats. Every year numerous kittens and cats meet an untimely death on the streets. Mostly, they are killed by careless drivers or by dogs. Spay helps in controlling the population of street cats. Besides preventing the birth of unwanted kittens, spaying offers health and…

Settling down with feral feline

Welcoming a feral cat is just a systematic process. Here are a few tips to welcoming them. Building trust and having patience is vital. Dr C Ansar Kamran, a vet from Bengaluru informs, “The first few days of his a cat play a crucial role in  settlement in a family. Time, love, trust and regular meals can be the perfect way to break the ice with a new feline.” If they love you, they make it clear.…

Safe Haven for your feline!

Cats are curious creatures and it is up to the pet parent to make sure that their cats are safe and healthy at all times. Here are few tips to keep them safe at home. Safety first: Never leave a door or window open as the cat can escape and head off into the great outdoors. Care with guests at home: If you are expecting visitors – especially those with young children – the safest way to protect …

Beating the Stress Blues!

In today’s fast-paced life, stress is one of the most common problems that we face. The same holds true for our feline friends. Cats are one of the most sensitive creatures, emotionally and psychologically; even a slight change in their routine can cause an unwanted psychological reaction. The most common stressors for cats are environmental factors which later affect their behaviour and health.…

Caring for an injured kitty

If your cat is injured, do not panic. Here are a few tips to make vet trip easier. Blackie was rescued with his right front paw severed and his left front leg partly bent. His bent foreleg was rubbing against the surface and was constantly bleeding. Fortunately, Blackie was in good health. It was decided to fix an external fixator to his bent foreleg so that he could scamper along. The day came…

Water blues!

Water is essential for everyone and cats are no exception. Don’t let your cat be dehydrated in these summer months. Here’s how to take care of water needs of your cat. Importance of water… A healthy cat should be sufficiently hydrated. Water replaces fluid lost through urine, faeces and respiration and is essential to maintain appropriate health. It is interesting to know that 80 percent of a…

Two always better than one!

If you think bringing home two kittens will be lot of work, think again! Here’s why it is advisable to bring home two kittens. Some pet parents are apprehensive about adopting two kittens due to lack of space at home, fear of fights that may develop between the cats, destruction of furniture and a host of other reasons. Their fears are baseless as two kittens are easier to handle than a solitary…

Tips to bring home a kitty…

Those tiny cute bundles of joy can steal your heart, the moment you set your eyes on them. But here are a few tips to select a healthy and good-natured kitty. In choosing a new kitten, you should be careful to look for several things that indicate good health and temperament. Bright eyes & clean nose:  First of all, the kitten should have clear, bright eyes with little or no tearing, and the…

Whiskas International Cat Show of India 2013

Organised by the newly formed Indian Cat Federation (ICF) affiliated to Germany-based World Cat Federation, Whiskas International Cat Show of India 2013 was held from 27th – 28th April 2013 at Chancery Pavilion, Bengaluru. This first international cat show in India was presented by MARS International India Pvt Ltd, one of the leading pet food manufacturers and marketers of the international cat…

Monsoon blues…nah!

Monsoon brings a welcome break from hot summer months but it also brings along a host of health issues like skin infections, digestive and respiratory problems and behavioural issues. Though, cats adapt very well when the weather gets wet a few pointers would make their lives a little bit more cosy and keep them purring. Since your cat will be spending more time indoors, prepare a bed. If…
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