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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
Maximus and Vincent enjoy their DIY catio. Photo: supplied
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
Study shows cats facial expression can show they are feeling relaxed-engaged, fearful or frustrated. Photo: I’m priscilla/Unsplash.com
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
5 Ways to prevent losing a pet. 37% of microchips in dogs and cats have incorrect contact details. Photo: Alexandru Zdrobau/Unsplash.com
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.
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Cat curfews in Australia to keep cats safe
The days of pet cats roaming free are coming to an end. Photo: Carol Hu/Unsplash.com
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 →
5 Most popular cat topics in 2016
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As we gear up for another busy and exciting year ahead, we take a ‘paws’ to look back and gather together the most popular cat topics in 2016. Continue Reading →
Cat intelligence: cats may be as intelligent as dogs says, Japanese scientists in recent study
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Studies over the last few years have shown that cat intelligence can match dogs in various cognitive tests, including responding to human gestural cues and discriminate between human emotional expressions.
Saho Takagi, a psychologist at Kyoto University, recently conducted a scientific experiment involving 49 domestic cats. The results show that felines can recall memories of pleasant experiences, such as eating a favourite snack. Dogs show this type of recollection – a unique memory of a specific event known as episodic memory. This study says cat intelligence is as good as dogs at certain memory tests. Continue Reading →
6 Great Christmas gift ideas for cats
Entertaining the kids over the Christmas/New Year holidays can be stressful enough. But you won’t have to worry about Fluffy with these 6 great Christmas gift ideas for cats.
We’ve asked a few cat loving experts for their ideas to keep cats entertained and happy over the holidays. These Christmas gift ideas range from iPads to herb garden for cats to toys your cat will love plus more! Continue Reading →
Dog anxiety leading disorder in dogs in 2016
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Dog anxiety is probably the most common class of disorders in dogs today.
At the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Western Australia Division Conference last month, animal behaviour expert, Dr Gaille Perry, talked about recognising and diagnosing anxiety and ways to manage it. Continue Reading →