Indoor climbing

Cats are naturally athletic, inquisitive creatures. Now, Ruby makes her own climbers from our high places. But not all cats are that athletic or fearless. What should you look for in a climber? Try to match the structure to your cat’s natural ability. Older or overweight cats will likely do better with low structures. Think about…

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Something to play with

You know when your Mom told you not to play with your food? Well, for cats it’s the opposite. Most of their play skills are also great hunting skills. Each cat is unique. My Ziggy loves to chase a small ball of foil (exactly the amount that covers 3 chocolate kisses), a ball of paper…

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A perch and a place to hide

Your new cat needs a place to call her own. When I started searching for ideas for cat beds, one of the google listings was called ‘Cat beds you’ll love’. But let’s concentrate on beds that kitty will love. Some cats are perfectly content with a slightly raised, soft, open place to sleep — like a spot…

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Dennis, my first neuter

Dear Dennis, You were trouble from the start. So much cattitude in such a small package. And then that package grew, and grew. Cats reach sexual maturity between 4 and 10 months of age, and you were a precocious fellow. By the time you were five months old, the odour of your urine had started…

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The sand matters

What to put in the litter box? Well, anywhere they sell cat litter, there will be LOTS of choice. Most of those choices and buzzwords are meant to appeal to you. So, what appeals to a cat when it comes to litter? She will probably be most attracted to: sandy texture, no odour, low dust…

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Dennis the Menace

Dear Dennis, When you came home with me from the barn you didn’t have a name. But you soon earned one. One day shortly after ‘kitten’ arrived at home with me, we were out, shopping or walking or something. I don’t really remember where we went. I do remember walking into the living area of…

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