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Kitty Contemplations

Why do cats arch their backs?

There is almost nothing "cattier" than a cat with an arched back. It's such a quintessential cat pose that we immediately recognize that Halloween cat shape, even in shadow. But what makes cats arch their backs?

Why do cats drool?

Wait – cats drool? I thought that was a dog thing? Actually, cats drool, too. Most of the time the cause of drooling is perfectly harmless – even kinda cute. But sometimes drooling is a sign of something more serious. This post will review the reasons cats drool. A loving cat guardian can use this information to determine whether they should be concerned about their drooling cat.

The Persian cat

The Persian is a long-haired cat, with flowing tresses, a thick ruff, and a plume of a tail. He’s heavy-boned, short-bodied, and short-statured, with a round face and captivating round eyes. But, the Persian is best known for his face, which is both beguiling…and controversial. Read to learn more about one of the world's most popular cat breeds and the controversy that surrounds it.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in is the most common form of heart disease in cats. What is it? How do cats get this disease? How is HCM diagnosed and treated? And what is the prognosis for a cat who has HCM?

Why do cats groom or lick each other?

Two of your cats are entwined on the carpeting, licking each other. Aw…you think. It must be love. Well, it’s cats, so it’s a little more complicated than that. The behavior you’re witnessing is called allogrooming. What we humans think we’re seeing when they see two cats lovingly grooming each other is probably not exactly what’s going on.

7 Spook-tacular Halloween gifts for your cat

If you love Halloween, you'll want to celebrate with your cat. But cats can be...shall we say...unenthusiastic about getting dressed up in a costume. But that doesn’t mean there aren't ways to honor the holiday in a way that your feline will fancy. Check out these spook-tacular Halloween gifts for your favorite cat this year!

Why does my cat have dandruff?

It’s just dandruff. No big deal, right? Maybe. Maybe not. There is more than one reason why cats get flaky skin. Some of those reasons are not worrisome and can be managed by you at home. Some require swift veterinary care. Certain causes can be highly contagious to humans. Eeek!

The Cornish Rex cat

In a barn, in Bodmin Moor, Cornwall, England, a new breed of cat was born. Looking more like a scrawny lamb than a kitten, this unusual cat with a curly coat would be the foundation of a most charming breed of cat. The Cornish Rex is a feline joke-teller who will delight you with his antics (as he steals the food off your plate), and a little monkey of a cat who will climb and dart and careen his way into your heart.

Calico and Tortoiseshell Cats

You might have heard that calicos are sassy and that tortoiseshells have “tortitude.” You might have heard that all calicos and tortoiseshell cats are female. You might wonder if calico is a breed of cat, and want to know where you can get one. Here’s a chance to learn whether any of your preconceptions about calico and tortoiseshell cats are true.

Cats and hairballs

Cats and hairballs, hairballs and cats. It’s just one of those unfortunate facts of cat ownership, right? Having a cat just means finding that occasional slimy glob of fur and stomach juices on the nicest, most-expensive flooring in your home. Or does it?

The Peterbald Cat

Look at this face! Learn all about this exotic and rare breed of cat.

What to say and do when someone loses a pet

Perhaps you’re the one who’s experienced pet loss, and was surprised when an otherwise caring friend said something hurtful. Or worse, said nothing at all. Or maybe you’ve been on the other side: you felt awkward upon hearing that a friend’s dog or cat had died. You didn’t know what to say, or were afraid to say or do the wrong thing. Read this post to learn more about what to say and do when someone's pet dies.
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