July 16, 2019Catching a problem early can mean the difference between life and death. Also, it often comes with lighter vet bills. Some symptoms to look out for: listlessness, being disinterested in normal play and running around, and being uncharacteristically bad-tempered.
June 10, 2019The small spines (called papillae) on a cat's tongue are very rough, a little bit like a rasp. So, when a cat washes, this rasp goes deep into the fur touching the skin. The dragging spines stimulate skin glands into releasing a series of body chemicals that help make the coat water-resistant.
June 10, 2019I will be lying in bed, warm and cosy when, suddenly, there’s a bump on the bed. Before I can collect myself and hide under the pillow, a wet sandpapery tongue rasps over my nose. To Swooner, that early morning greeting says “I love you” in Cat.
April 15, 2019Intelligence seems such a simple concept but it’s proven impossible to find a universal definition. At a very basic level, it’s taken as having self-awareness. If you can recognise yourself in a mirror, you’re probably self-aware.
Beyond that, we tend to think of intelligence as involving logic, the ability to learn, think...
April 15, 2019A clever experiment this week proved that cats recognise their own name but often choose to play dumb and ignore their families calling for them to come in. Amazingly, this was a big surprise to some people.
Cats are often portrayed as small furry geniuses, sweetly clever if you love them and cunning sociopaths if you don’t, but I'm...
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.