Lost black cat

Ruby is my small black cat. She is independent and fast. She’s stealthy and curious. Any opening, any crevice, any high place is fair game to her. One day in early November a few years ago, Ruby got outside. And we didn’t know because we were away, out of town with a sick child. We…

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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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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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Feeding Kittens

How you feed is just as important as what you feed. Here’s the what. In general, cats need meat protein in their diet. They are descended from hunters, and require meat proteins in order to be healthy. Most commercial kitten foods will be adequate for the average kitten, but you do often get what you…

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