The holidays are fast approaching, perhaps you’re thinking of taking the family to Bali or Hamilton Island or taking a few days leave to watch Roger Federer compete at the Australian Open Tennis in January. Before you get out the credit card, who will look after your cat while you are away? Cat boarding is one option. Choosing a cattery carefully is important for your cat’s well-being and to give you peace of mind while you’re wine tasting in Western Australia. Continue Reading →
Why are some cats friendly and more curious towards humans while others run away? As reported in the RSPCA Science Update 58 October 2017, this article is a review of the human-cat relationship over the last 30 years of research including findings on the cat to cat and cat to human communication, cat personalities and cat to owner personalities. Continue Reading →
Rodney Gooch, KONG Advisor Team Coordinator chats with Pets4Life about how to keep your indoor cat entertained with KONG toys. Cats who are solely indoors will require plenty of stimulation and interaction to help alleviate boredom and allow them to express their natural instincts. Playing with your cat is a great way to cultivate a bond between cat and their owner. Rodney shares his tips about entertaining your indoor cat safely. Continue Reading →
Should you let your cat roam outside? The dilemma of staying in or going out.
Cat welfare experts are often asked by cat owners for advice about whether to keep their cats inside or to let their cat roam outside. There are risks and benefits to consider for both indoor and outside cats. So, what’s best for your cat depends on your individual situation, and if the benefits to your cat’s well-being outweigh the risks. Continue Reading →
Michaela Lobb shares her ideas for a low-cost DIY catio
Michaela Lobb lives in Berwick, Victoria with three ‘moggie’ cats Vincent, Maximus and Tabitha.
When Michaela bought her first house in 2013, she wanted a secure outdoor area for Vincent where he could get fresh air and exercise while still being a house cat. So, with help from her family, Michaela created a simple low-cost DIY catio, which is now enjoyed by all her three cats. And when Vincent, Maximus and Tabitha are not using their scratching posts, napping or playing in the catio, Michaela takes them outside for a walk on a lead.
Michaela says her cats love their low-cost DIY catio so much, she has to feed them inside the house just so she can spend time with them. Continue Reading →
Researchers unlock the mystery of cat facial expression and what it means
Researchers from the U.K.’s University of Lincoln may have finally unlocked the mystery of the cat facial expression and what it means reports Jenn Savedge, MNN.com
For their study, the team evaluated 29 cats living in an animal shelter in Canada. Using video clips and a computer program called CatFACS (Facial Action Coding System,) they were able to analyse the changes in facial expressions that cats displayed both in presence of humans and away from them. Continue Reading →
5 Ways to prevent losing a pet
Pets go missing far more often than most people think. Studies show that over a five-year period, as many as 10-15% of owners go through the heartbreak of losing their pet. Australian Pet Welfare Foundation’s Emeritus Professor Jacquie Rand shares a story about much loved cat called Merlin who went missing; and five ways to prevent losing a pet. Continue Reading →
5 ways to treat your cat and dog on Valentine’s Day
We can’t imagine life without our pets. They’re always happy to see us and ready with open hearts to love us.
Pets can ease loneliness, reduce stress, promote social interaction, encourage exercise and playfulness, and provide unconditional love and affection.
So this Valentine’s Day, show your appreciation and do something special for your pet’s well-being. Here are 5 ways to treat your cat and dog on Valentine’s Day.
Cat curfews in Australia to keep cats safe
Across Australia, the days of free-roaming, free-loving, outdoor pet cats are coming to an end. Councils are introducing cat curfews in Australia and other initiatives to limit prowling and reduce the number of native animals and birds they kill says Sydney Morning Herald report by Julie Power February 12, 2017.
A new report released week found widespread support for keeping cats indoors or contained outdoors – as well as curfews, limits on cat ownership, mandatory desexing, and microchipping. Continue Reading →