cats

Two’s the Ticket

~ by Nomi Berger Question: Why are kittens born in litters? Answer: To be nourished and nurtured, socialized and stimulated. Question: Why should kittens be adopted in pairs? Answer: To KEEP them socialized and stimulated, and to satisfy their innate curiosity. From birth, close interaction with their mother and littermates allow kittens to mature into sociable and well-adjusted, healthy and happy cats. While separating

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The ABC’s of Cat Behaviour

~ by Nomi Berger Whether their behaviours are amusing, bewitching and charming or aggressive, bothersome and cantankerous, living with cats is always adventurous, seldom boring and occasionally challenging. Whatever cats do, they do it for a reason, THEIR reason, while humans come along for the ride: to watch, listen and learn. Listed below are some feline behaviors (some naughty, some nice) that may sound

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That Peculiarity Called Pica

~ by Nomi Berger~ Pica (from the Latin term “magpie”) is the term for a feline’s affinity for eating anything that isn’t FOOD. And although it appears most frequently in young cats, it can affect older cats as well. Many cats may “nurse” on fuzzy items like wool, fleece and stuffed animals due to being weaned from their mothers too early, while others may

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Cats and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

~ by Nomi Berger As the days grow darker and shorter, and the thermometer plummets, so does the mood of millions of people living in the Northern Hemisphere. But humans are not the only ones affected by what scientists refer to as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. Our cats – even the happiest, most active and energetic ones — can suffer the same dramatic

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WHY ADOPT A RESCUE CAT?

 by Nomi Berger Why adopt a rescue kitten or cat? Why not buy one from an ad on the Internet or from a pet store? There are many reasons — all of them humane. The growth of the Internet has spurred the growth of ads selling pets. But it also provides anonymity to a more insidious growth: that of kitten mills and “backyard” breeders,

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BE SPECIAL: ADOPT A SPECIAL NEEDS CAT

by Nomi Berger Their bodies may be imperfect, but their spirit remains intact. So it is said about the special needs cat. Although caring for one can be challenging, more and more people are opening their hearts and their homes and adopting them. For this reason, more and more cats that might otherwise be euthanized are being given a new lease on life. Experts

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ADOPTING CATS WITH FIV

By Nomi Berger A cat diagnosed with the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) is still an ADOPTABLE cat. What, then, is FIV? FIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus. It is in the same family as feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS in people. It is a slow virus that attacks the immune system over

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ADOPTING CATS WITH FELINE LEUKEMIA

By Nomi Berger A cat diagnosed with Feline Leukemia (FeLV) is still an ADOPTABLE cat. What, then, is FeLV? FeLV is a virus that weakens a cat’s immune system, predisposing it to certain infections, severe anemia, and potentially leading to cancer. Most at risk are kittens born to FeLV positive mothers, cats under the age of one, cats living with an infected cat, and

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THE DOWNSIDE OF DECLAWING CATS

By Nomi Berger Like many cat owners, you may be fed up with finding scratch marks on everything from your floors and furniture to your curtains and comforters, cushions and clothes. And skin. But before you consider resolving the problem by choosing declawing as your only solution, be advised that declawing your cat is NOT a matter of solely removing its claws. Nor is

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