Crumbs & Whiskers Opens in LA

Cat cafes have slowly been opening up in cities across the U.S. The latest cafe is now in LA. It’s a chain, owned by Kanchan Singh, with one cafe in DC and now as of September, the second one in west Los Angeles. Singh first became inspired to open a cat cafe after she visited […]

Cats: The Wiggle and Pounce

So, we’ve all seen it from our cats: the wind up wiggle before jumping or springing up onto something. Some cats do a small wiggle and others, like my guy, wiggle for so long that the pounce is often anti-climatic. There are countless videos of cats wiggling and some have been made in to a […]

Stop Your Cat From Scratching Furniture

My cat is pretty good about using his scratching post but lately he’s taken a liking to the mesh weave of my office chair. It’s fairly new so the last thing I need is my chair to become nothing but a string of threads. I’ve yelled “No!” sharply and clapped my hands to startle him […]

5 Cat Adoption Tips

Like any decision, adopting a new cat is a choice that needs to be thought out and everyone in your house should agree to the idea of bringing a new cat home. There are a number of things that you need to consider such as your needs, time you can dedicate to a cat, money, […]

Is Your Cat Peeing On The Bed?

In October I got a new kitten. It was unexpected. He was found in the backyard and his litter mates and mother were gone. I took him home, took him to the vet, and slowly introduced him to my older cat. As the weeks went on I let him explore the apartment room by room. […]

Obesity and Cats

Obesity is a common problem in cats. The extra weight can stress the body and increases the risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain. Obesity happens when cats take in more calories than they burn, like humans. The extra calories become fat. In many cases, it seems this is because of overfeeding or the […]

Cleaning the Litter Box: How Often Is Best?

Your indoor cat has been kicking litter out of the box and onto the floor for a few days and now has finally gone to the bathroom on the floor right next to the litter box. What gives? Your cat isn’t showing signs of illness and has been playing, purring, and doing the usual cat […]

9 Ways Your Cat Shows Love

Cats have that reputation for being aloof, for not being able to express companionship like a dog, and for not being as responsive as dogs. But, despite these old stereotypes, many people know that cats cuddle, purr, and do show affection for their owners. It’s just not in the same way as dogs. Next time […]

February is National Pet Dental Month: Keep those fangs shiny!

February is National Pet Dental Month. The American Veterinarians Medical Association is working in conjunction with several clinics and companies around the country to educate and promote dental health to pet owners. It is estimated that about 1 in 10 pet owners make sure their pet’s teeth are cared for and brush them on a […]

Reduce the Stress of a Trip to the Vet

I just dropped off my old cat to the vet for some dental work. He was denied food and water this morning and was very unhappy this morning. When I put his blanket in the carrier, which had been out in the living room for the last 5 days, he started to slink away. I […]

How To Figure Out If Your Cat Has Food Allergies

Many cats with skin allergies will develop red sores and bald spots that look like hot spots on dogs. Often times it seems to appear on their back in the middle of the shoulder blades. Sometimes the sore might ooze and if left untreated it can get infected. While there are a number of reasons […]

Pet Tips 101: Do Not Let Your Pet Near Marijuana

Now that the laws regarding marijuana (pot) are becoming more relaxed in some states, the ASPCA and Pet Poison Hotline have noted there is a rise in emergencies regarding dogs who have ingested marijuana. The Pet Poison Helpline reported a 200% rise in cases of marijuana ingestion. So, what does marijuana do to pets? It […]

Cat Grooming Tips: It’s Not a Tribble! It’s a Hairball.

When I wake up in the morning the last thing I want to do is step on something cold, wet, and mushy. However, that’s how this morning started and it made me jump! I looked down and saw that I had perfectly placed my tired, un-caffeinated right foot down onto a hairball. I’m sure I’m […]

Keep Your Pet Happy: 6 Tips

It may seem our pets don’t need as much stimulation as us. They don’t need tv, movies, sports, or lots of social time to be happy. However, they do get bored like us and boredom can lead to destruction, whining, or depression. Aside from needing food, water, shelter, and love, our pets also need play […]

Modifying Your Kitten’s Rough Play

Play-motivated aggressive behaviors are common in young cats less than two years of age, and in cats that live in one-cat households. When cats play they are blending a number of behaviors such as exploratory, investigative and predatory. Play provides young cats with opportunities to practice skills they would normally need for survival. Kittens like […]

When Your Cat Doesn’t Like Being Pet

I had a cat that didn’t like being pet. She tolerated it but sometimes would walk away or turn around and smack me with her paws. She preferred to be picked up and carried around. If I just picked her up and stood there or sat down she would jump out of my arms and […]

How to Turn an Outdoor Cat into an Indoor Cat

As summer comes to a close and the nights become cooler, you may begin taking out the air conditioners, pulling out the blankets, and putting away the summer clothing. Your cat, however, may not want to come inside but it’s important to protect her/him from the chilly weather. Or you may have decided it’s time […]

11 Clever Cat Litter Boxes

One of the “meh” things about having a cat is the litter box. Cleaning it is one thing, but where to put it is another. Some friends of mine keep their cat’s litter box in the bathroom, in the basement with a cat door, or in the room by the backdoor. I keep it in […]

Cat Care 101: Cats and Water

Cats are good at letting us know what they like and don’t like. Some cats hate being placed into pet carriers and will fight their way out as best they can. I had a cat that pushed against the metal door till his nose and feet were rubbed raw. I’ve also had a cat that […]

OW! Why Some Cats Bite When You Pet Them

Cats, like us, have limitations as to how much they want to be touched. Each cat you meet or own will have their own limit of how long they want to be petted, carried, snuggled, hugged, or tormented. Well, ok, we shouldn’t torment our cats. But sometimes it’s fun to tease them a little. Some […]