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 »

Scrap the bowl!!

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Feline Mental Stimulation Part 1

Cats that have to fend for themselves will eat 12-16 small meals a day and spend at least 50% of their time hunting. Many of these hunts will be unsuccessful. As owners, we need to recreate this at home. Once you have decided the type of food to feed your cat, you will need to… Read more »

Lifestage Nutrition

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Lifestage Nutrition

Kittens that are growing require pet foods with a higher protein level and a higher calorie count than most cats to meet their growth requirements. Kittens should be fed a specific diet until they are neutered. After neutering at 4 months old, your young cat’s metabolism will slow down, therefore they should be fed a… Read more »

Human-feline isolation

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Human-feline isolation

In this uncertain and unprecedented time, we are all having to adjust and make changes to our lifestyle, homes, society and workplaces. We at Cats Whiskers have a team in the practice working hard to keep our patients safe and healthy along with individuals at home helping to keep things running from afar and step… Read more »

Is my cat too old to be insured?

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Is my cat too old to be insured?

No – it’s never too late! Cats aged 8 years and over are classed as senior because at this age they are more at risk to developing ageing conditions such as kidney disease, arthritis or hyperthyroidism. Because of this, insurance is even more important to aid you in giving your cat a healthy life. We… Read more »