Senior Cat Check

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Did you know that your cat is classed as a senior when they reach 8 years old? It’s never something we want to think about, but this is a time when signs of ageing conditions can begin to show. 8 cat years is equivalent to 48 human years, which is around the age we start… Read more »

Body Condition Score

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It is important to monitor your cat’s weight to ensure they are at an ideal body condition as this helps to prevent conditions relating to feline obesity, such as diabetes. It is also important to ensure your cat is not underweight as if they are, there is likely to be a reason for this which… Read more »

Crude Fibre

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Can you imagine eating chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner each day? It might sound appealing as a one off, but after a few days you would quite quickly begin to feel unwell! It may also cause you long term health problems too, which quite frankly, we could all do without. So, why would it… Read more »

Is Your Cat’s Food Complete?

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What is a complete diet? The European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF) set out recommended guidelines for pet food to ensure a balanced diet. A ‘complete diet’ can only be classed as a complete diet if it meets the requirements for vitamins, minerals and nutrients within it’s food. Have a check of your cat’s wet… Read more »

Client Service

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For us, coming to work is simply about caring for our patients and their owners each day, it’s no more complicated than that. At Cat’s Whiskers, we pride ourselves on five star service each time you come into our clinic. The Oxford Dictionary definition of ‘Premium’ is: of exceptional quality or greater value than others… Read more »

Water Bowls – Yes or No?

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Water Bowls – Yes or No?

Generally speaking humans enjoy a drink with their food, and it’s often because of this we give the same option to our cats. However, how often do you find your cat drinking from running taps? In the wild, cats would source their own food and water as and when, from wherever they can find it… Read more »

Pheromones

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Pheromones

Something we get asked a lot is “why does my cat rub against the furniture?”. When cats are happy and contented, they produce pheromones from their cheeks. These pheromones are one of the ways cats mark their territory so each time your cat rubs its cheeks against your legs, the table, chair legs etc it… Read more »

Hunting

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Hunting

Mice, birds, worms, rabbits… the list goes on, and this is one of an owner’s biggest worries when welcoming a cat into the family, hunting! The reality however is that a cat is a predator and will always do what is natural to them so it’s something we need to get used to. The good… Read more »

Catnip

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Catnip

Catnip is a plant, it’s proper name is Nepeta Cataria. Most of us will have used catnip at some point with our cats, and probably had a good laugh! A cat’s catnip adventure starts almost instantly after the first smell. It is likely they’ll roll around the floor, chase the toy that is covered in… Read more »

Grass and Cats

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Grass and Cats

Despite it not being the usual, meaty dish, a cat craves, it is common to see your cat licking or eating grass if they go outside. Grass is a good source of fibre and is known to support the digestive system. Eating grass can help food and hairballs pass through or come up as it… Read more »

Physical Characteristics

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Physical Characteristics

Claws Cats have long, sharp claws which are used for climbing trees and fences, and for defending themselves. Generally outdoor cats look after their own claws, however senior cats and indoor cats might need regular nail clips. Coat Cats have beautiful fur coats which help them regulate their temperature and protect their skin. Their coats… Read more »

Common Cat Behaviours

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Common Cat Behaviours

Meow Probably the most recognised cat behaviour! It is thought the more we talk to our cats, the more they talk back. Cats may talk with a little purr or chirp, a simple meow, or if they are scared they may hiss or growl. Purring A sound taught by their mother, cats purr when they… Read more »

Nutrition

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Nutrition

The food you feed your cat will have an impact on every stage of their life and the disease we commonly see, many of which are preventable. Every time you bring your cat to Cat’s Whiskers, we will do a weight check, we will ask about their current diet. We also assess a body condition… Read more »

Looking After Our Mind and Body- Part 5

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Looking After Our Mind and Body- Part 5

With the current global situation and the need to isolate from each other this can induce a mixture of feelings which may include anxiety, fear, loneliness and even frustration at what is happening to us and the lives we lead. A positive that has come out of this is the vast offers of help for… Read more »

Feline Mental Stimulation Part 2 – Puzzle feeders

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Feline Mental Stimulation Part 1

Many cats are fed their food in a bowl in the same location day in, day out, meaning little or no exertion is needed in order to obtain food. For some this works well but for others they may eat all their food in one go and then pester for more. Hunting provides opportunities to… Read more »

Feline Mental Stimulation Part 1

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Feline Mental Stimulation Part 1

During this time of confinement, we are all feeling the strain to stay mentally stimulated and prevent the boredom from setting in. This too can apply to our feline friends whether they have switched from the outdoor lifestyle, for the moment, or are indoor only already. Some behaviours you may notice are vocalisation and pestering… Read more »

Which food is best?

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Which food is best?

With so many brands and types of food on the market, how do you choose the right food for your cat? Is the diet nutritionally complete and suitable for the lifestage intended? Does the manufacturer employ a full-time qualified nutritionist? Does a qualified nutritionist formulate the diets? Where are the foods manufactured? What specific quality… Read more »