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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You got locked, where?

Dear Dennis, After I graduated and started working as a real veterinarian, we moved into our first home. Built in 1913, the old house had charm, a dusty basement, and nooks and crannies everywhere. It also had one amazing feature for houses of that era: bedroom closets! The  main bathroom was a converted bedroom, so…

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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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Dennis, fat kitty

Dear Dennis, When you were growing, we fed you kitten food. At the time, our adult cat Max ate free-choice, so it worked well to measure out your food a few times a day and feed you separately. You prefered the kitten food, and you were growing. It was no problem if you stole a…

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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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