December 10, 2018With every lick of their spiny tongue, cats ingest a little fur. Sometimes, hair collects in the stomach, and a hairball is formed. If a hairball isn’t coughed up, it has to be encouraged to go out the other end.
November 12, 2018When you talk to your cat, have your eyes on the same level. It’s just like talking to kids, really. You hunker down, or sit on the floor, or invite your pet on to the sofa. If you can, lie down and have your cat stand on your chest. Start by stroking your cat’s back and face.
September 10, 2018The caterwaul is the cat version of the bat signal. It can be a sign of pain, the kind that means you need to rush to the emergency vet straight away. Or it can mean your kitty is terrified of something.
July 9, 2018It’s not easy to adopt a seasoned stray cat but the rescuer was right when she said Sam would love a home. And then the columnist’s mum made the miracle happen. Sam’s purrs are a testimony to how happy he is.
June 11, 2018Columnist Ellen Whyte's cat Target is not being difficult or teasing, in fact, his behaviour is rooted in love. Cats are very social animals, just like us human beings, and they love contact.
April 9, 2018Cats are ticklish, as are dogs, chimpanzees, rats, and other mammals. Animal behaviourists have observed all kinds of animals – from domesticated pets to wild ones – that enjoy tickling sessions.
July 14, 2017Knowing when your pet is too tubby is like trying to gauge if a child’s weight is healthy. There’s size as well as shape to consider. Fur can be deceptive, especially if your pet has a long coat. Also, some cats are simply naturally chubbier than others.
For me, I find the easiest way is to start by looking down on a cat from...