“It’s bath time!

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“It’s bath time! 🐱💦” – @gombung (Instagram) – Source: http://www.facebook.com/HappyCatsOnline/videos/1215174511856822/

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Hawaii Moves To Ban Wild Performing Animals

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Hawaii Moves To Ban Wild Performing Animals

Hawaii likely will become the first U.S. nation to ban the use of elephants, bears and other exotic wild animals for amusement purposes. The Hawaii Department of Agriculture committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposed rules change that would define “dangerous wild animals” and prohibit the import of such animals “for exhibition or performance in […]

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Video: Why Does My Cat… Like to Sit Up High?

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If you’re a cat owner, we bet your feline spends a lot of time hanging out on top of your fridge or your bookshelves, or in some other lofty space in your home. So why does she prefer to survey her domain from on high? Dr. Sarah Wooten says it has to do with her status as both a predator and prey. Watch the video below to learn more about this common feline behavior.

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Catster Quiz: Is Your Cat a Scaredy Cat?

Originally From http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/catster-quiz-is-your-cat-a-scaredy-cat

Editor’s note: Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting area of your vet’s office? This article appeared in our November/December 2016 issue. Click here to subscribe to Catster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home.

Cats have the reputation for being a little less than stable when it comes to composure, but for some, fear and anxiety can indicate serious health problems. Take this quiz, and see if your cat is suspiciously scared or completely collected. (This quiz is usually mostly humorous; this time it’s mostly serious.)

1. A couple of new friends stop by for cocktails and cat videos. How does your kitty react?

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a. He hides under the bed, shaking, refusing to join the party.

b. He dashes into another room but curiously peeks at the activity.

c. He ducks around the corner for several minutes but then emerges and becomes social.

d. He greets your guests, hoping they brought cat treats.

2. The tumbleweeds of cat hair have gotten out of hand, and it’s time to vacuum. You flip the “on” switch and watch your cat do what?

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a. Blaze a trail into the next room and remain there for several hours

b. Hightail it down the hall but return when the beast is safely out of sight

c. Continue loafing in the middle of the floor and only race away when the vacuum monster is headed in his direction

d. Refuse to move and, even after moving, continue to remain in the way of your cleaning efforts

3. A mysterious loud noise comes from a room in your home. Your cat:

a. Hunches down and looks for a place to hide

b. Looks completely alarmed and remains unsettled for several minutes

c. Jumps a bit, looks toward the sound’s origin, and then goes about his business

d. Continues peacefully sawing logs

4. Thunderstorm! Loud claps of thunder affect your kitty in what way?

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a. He becomes anxious, pacing and vocalizing.

b. He hides until the storm passes and then joins you.

c. He accepts your attention and eventually calms down.

d. He sits in the window watching the whole thing go down while you pull a blanket over your head.

5. Two of your cats bully the new cat, even after careful socialization. How does she respond?

a. With general anxiety accompanied by inappropriate urination

b. She becomes a loner and actively avoids the other cats

c. She gets in a few good swats and then retreats

d. She ignores the bullies and does her own thing, with or without the other cats in her space. That’s good advice for humans, by the way!

6. It’s Halloween, and a parade of trick-or-treaters rings your doorbell. Is this a scary trick or a treat for your cat?

A black cat on a Halloween card, with a swinging tail.

a. Scary! Kitty disappears to an undisclosed hideaway until the next day when he cautiously returns with signs of compulsive grooming.

b. Sorta scary. He retreats to a stack of towels in the linen closet until he hears you open a can of food at the end of the night.

c. Not too scary. You’ve placed kitty in a closed room with his favorite comfort items.

d. Total treat! In fact, he wants to know where his giant bag of treats is!

7. How does your cat behave when you take off for a grocery run, leaving him alone?

a. He vocalizes and, if you’re
gone for more than a few hours, may show signs of constipation in the coming hours or days.

b. He meows for a few minutes after you’ve left (the neighbors made sure you knew that) but then stopped.

c. He curiously watches you get ready, then naps while you’re gone.

d. He can’t wait for you to go so he can cruise the counter — maybe there’s a fresh stick of butter up there.

Mostly A’s: Total Scaredy-Cat

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Considerable fear and anxiety can be indicators of serious health or behavioral issues. Inappropriate urination or defecation, compulsive grooming, hiding more than usual, shaking, hunching down, or aggression may be signs that your kitty needs to get to the vet — pronto.

Mostly B’s: Skittish Kitty

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Some cats are naturally more cautious and anxious than others. You can sometimes prevent triggers with preparation. For example, if you’re having a big dinner party, give kitty a comfortable and safe place behind a closed door to hang out for the night. Teach visitors how to best approach your cat, and don’t make him come out of hiding if he feels better in a concealed location. Some cats respond well to cat-safe holistic calming formulas, while others might need a prescription medication. Discuss all options with your vet.

Mostly C’s: Pretty Cool Kitty Cat

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Your cat is pretty average when it comes to handling anxiety and fear. Sure, she might be startled by a knock at the door or the clanging of pots and pans, but she recovers fairly easily. If she does have occasional triggers, refer to the guidance outlined in the Mostly Bs section.

Mostly D’s: Unfazed Feline

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Your cat’s totally chill. He loves people and activity and doesn’t have any trouble sleeping alongside a running hair dryer. Even though your kitty’s calm and collected, don’t ever try to scare him or test his chill — like those people in the “cats and cucumber videos,” for example. Those people are not not cool.

About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.

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Wine for Your Cat — We’re Serious (and It’s Not Alcohol)

Originally From http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/wine-for-your-cat-were-serious-and-its-not-dangerous

Editor’s note: Have you seen the new Catster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting area of your vet’s office? This article appeared in our November/December 2016 issue. Click here to subscribe to Catster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home.

Thanks to Apollo Peak, you don’t have to drink alone. The company makes different kinds of cat wine — Pinot Meow, Moscato, and limited-edition Catbernet and White Kittendel — so
your feline can join you. Don’t worry! They are catnip-based and nonalcoholic.

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“Our cat wine is an excellent drink to help stimulate your cat and spend time interacting together,” said Brandon Zavala, founder and CEO.

Check out a recent column by Angie Bailey on cat-themed wine glasses, cocktail glasses and a flask.

The Apollo Peak wines are priced at $4.95 for 1.6 ounces and $11.95 for 8 meownces.

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Follow These Tips to Help Stray and Feral Cats Survive the Cold

Originally From http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/follow-these-tips-to-help-stray-and-feral-cats-survive-the-cold

Every winter, I’m extra grateful to have my cats with me indoors. I love watching the three of them cuddle on the couch, knowing they are safe and warm even as the temperatures are dropping and the sky is spewing ice pellets outside. They’re my favorite bad-weather buddies, and they never judge me for taking two naps in one afternoon when the roads are too bad to leave the house.

I know my cats are more resilient than I give them credit for – they are, after all, finely tuned killing machines covered in thick layers of warm fur. I also know not all cats are as lucky as Bubba Lee Kinsey, Phoenix and Salvador – I see that every day driving down the street in my neighborhood, where feral cats and kittens often lurk behind abandoned homes or bushes. But even the most resilient kitties can use a little help staying warm and healthy during the winter months.

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Community cats take advantage of a feeding station. Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Allies

In Bethesda, Maryland, Alley Cat Allies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the humane treatment of cats. In addition to outreach and advocacy on behalf of stray and feral cats — community cats, as it were — the group, which was founded in 1990, focuses efforts on providing food and shelter for outdoor kitties during harsh winter weather.

“Cats live and thrive outdoors in all kinds of climates,” says Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “But a little extra help during the winter months can go a long way for protecting community cats.”

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Outdoor cats are often happier and healthier than we think. Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Allies

To ensure community cats have protection from the cold in the wintertime, Alley Cat Allies offers the following tips:

  • Provide shelters to keep cats warm. Shelters are easy and inexpensive to build – an insulated storage bin, for instance, makes a great shelter – or they can be purchased online. Alley Cat Allies offers a do-it-yourself video for beginners. (I also wrote a guide on building a low-cost shelter in 2013.)
  • Insulate shelters with straw. Straw is cheap and plentiful, and it repels moisture.
  • Remove snow from all shelter entrances and exits. It’s important to keep cats from getting snowed in.

According to Alice Burton, associate director of animal shelter and animal control engagement, community cats are often healthier than people think – and oftentimes they’re doing well enough living outdoors. But she also points out that a little human intervention can go a long way.

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An outdoor cat seeks shelter from the cold. Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Allies

“In Atlantic City, we’ve got our boardwalk cats, Tooh and Tux. These are cats that live there, they’re healthy, we’ve got shelter for them, we’ve got feeding stations, we’ve got volunteers out there daily taking care of them – and they’re thriving. Without Alley Cat Allies, we don’t know if they would have it as well. Alley Cat Allies does a tremendous job taking care of them.”

Alley Cat Allies also provides some guidelines for ensuring outdoor cats are getting enough food and water in the winter:

  • Increase food portions to help cats conserve energy and stay warm. Canned or wet food, which takes less energy to digest, should be in insulated containers. Dry food, which will not freeze, also works.
  • Keep water from freezing to prevent dehydration. To keep water drinkable, use bowls that are deep rather than wide and place them in a sunny spot. Or use heated electric bowls.
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In the cold winter months, every kitty can use a little extra love. Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Allies

Burton also points out the benefits of spaying and neutering. and an effective trap-neuter-return program. Before coming to Alley Cat Allies, she worked for animal control in Arlington County, Virginia, where she learned the benefits of TNR firsthand.

“We started TNR for community cats in 2009,” Burton says. “Unfortunately, I was not a supporter of TNR at that time when the shelter decided to implement the program, so I wanted nothing to do with it. After about six months, I realized it was an effective lifesaving tool. I saw the positive benefits it had on the community and the cats – and the shelter staff. At that point I jumped right in and became a supporter.”

One of the biggest benefits turned out to be a drastic reduction in the number of nuisance calls the animal control office received regarding the community cats. Within five years, Burton says the office saw a decrease from more than 900 calls in 2009 to 40 in 2015.

“You’re not just getting fewer calls,” Burton says. “What that indicates is your community is much happier with the cats that are out there.”

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Shelters can be built cheaply, and water heaters can cost as little as $15. Photo courtesy of Alley Cat Allies

The remaining community cats are happier and healthier, too, having received veterinary care at the time of their spay or neuter surgery. TNR also leads to behavior modification among cats, resulting in fewer fights and a reduction in unwanted kittens. When cats are rereleased into their outdoor communities following TNR, Burton says, it’s important to remember they’re going to be just fine outdoors.

“We need to remember that cats are okay outside; they just need some help,” she says. “They are outdoor animals, but we need to make sure they have shelter. Alley Cat Allies is a great resource. If you know someone who has some community cats, don’t be afraid to reach out and see if you can help them and give them some pointers.”

More winter weather tips for outdoor cats are available at Alley Cat Allies’ website.

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“Give it to me!

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“Give it to me! It’s mine!” Source: http://www.facebook.com/HappyCatsOnline/videos/1383852888322316/

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