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Cats marking: why and what to do?

Marking with urine is a natural means of communication between cats. However, it can be very unpleasant for their owner if they mark in your home and leave their scent on the walls, furniture or windows. Why do some cats mark within the four walls of your home and how can this behaviour be avoided? Whilst we are still amused outside watching how our cat sprays the garden fence with its urine with a stretched-out, trembling tail and signals to the neighbour's cat that this is its territory, we don't find this behaviour funny at all inside our own home. Understandably, because cat urine smells awful indoors and won't just become a serious problem for humans and their sense of smell in the long term. But why do some cats mark in the home? What do they want to say to us? Indeed, cats should no longer need to mark at home. After all, no other cat (apart from households with multiple cats) will challenge them for this territory, right?

Adopting a cat during the COVID-19 lockdown?

The coronavirus pandemic, including lockdowns, is connecting many people more closely to their home, where they don't just devote themselves to home office and home schooling. Instead, they conquer the four walls of their home with newly discovered hobbies, from baking to learning languages to knitting. During their coronavirus isolation, many animals lovers stumble upon the idea that it would be much nicer at home with a cat. There would be plenty of time available to get to know one another. However, is it a good idea to adopt a cat during the lockdown? We'll give you some tips!

Working from home with your cat

The Corona Virus (COVID-19) has shown the value of working remotely, but there has been a trend towards  home office  and flexible working arrangements for a while now. Being able to work from home can be priceless. Many freelancers and self-employed workers, as well as teachers, do a lot of their work in the place they live. It is not uncommon to share this space, often with a  feline  companion. This article serves as a guide for  successful  co-working with your cat! 

What to Do When You Find a Stray Cat

Have you found a cat that looks like it doesn’t belong to anyone? Here you can read about what to do in this case, what you should do if the cat is injured, how to find out if the cat has a home and when you would be allowed to keep the cat.

American Shorthair

Also aboard the ships of the first European settlers in America were four-legged passengers. The cats who travelled with them were prized because of their hunting ability. During long voyages, they kept the mice and rats at bay. They were popular on land too, since they made sure there were no pesky nibblers in the grain storages. It has emerged that these cats are the ancestors of the well known and loved breed that goes by the name of “American Shorthair”.

Australian Mist

The Australian Mist is the only cat breed from the Australian continent. Bred from the Burmese, Abyssinian and domestic cats, this gentle and trusting cat breed is ideally suited as a domestic cat. The name of these Australian felines is inspired by their typical fur markings, which look as if the cat had been covered by a light fog.

Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest cat emerged in its land of origin, Norway, free of human influence and wins hearts with its wild looks and genuine character. The Norwegian is original in more than just its appearance!

Conjunctivitis in cats

Conjunctivitis, also called pink eye, very regularly affects cats and can be triggered by numerous causes. It isn't a single disease, but rather a symptom. Although all cat breeds and all ages can be affected, young cats in particular suffer from cat colds, whilst older cats often have allergic conjunctivitis. Consequently, conjunctivitis with cats can also be accompanied by other symptoms, which influences treatment and prognosis.

Coronavirus in Cats

Coronaviruses don't just affect us pet owners, but our furry friends too. In contrast to the new type of coronavirus affecting humans, feline coronavirus (FcoV) has already been known for several years. These include feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) and the much better-known feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV). The latter causes fatal feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), which leads to peritonitis and abdominal dropsy. On the other hand, people suffer from flu-like symptoms, especially those with weakened immune systems like elderly or sick people.

Loss of Appetite in Cats

In specialist medical jargon, loss of appetite is also known as anorexia or inappetence. This is a pathologically reduced food intake, which can be triggered by different causes. However, the term has to be differentiated from what is known as pseudo-anorexia. This condition describes a sense of hunger with simultaneously disturbed food intake (e.g. due to injuries to the jaw or difficulties swallowing). In order to be able to understand how a loss of appetite can arise with cats, it helps to take a closer look at feline physiology: The feeling of hunger is primarily controlled by the hunger centre in the brain. It receives important information like the expansion state of the gastrointestinal tract from the hunger receptors located there. If the stomach is extremely full, the expansion receptors are activated and send the brain the signal that no more food needs to be consumed. In contrast, a feeling of hunger comes to the fore when the stomach is empty and the expansion sensors aren't activated. Along with this signalling pathway, however, the sense of hunger is also activated by other factors like hormones or state of health, such as by the cat's acute phase reactions. This is an important immune system reaction in which the body reacts to diseases with an acute inflammation, which is meant to encourage wounds to heal, for instance.

Food for Sensitive Cats

There can be many different causes for your beloved cat reacting sensitively to its favorite food, suddenly losing fur, breaking out in a rash, vomiting or its digestion going haywire. However, good advice doesn't necessarily have to be expensive! When it comes to nutrition for cats with allergies or food intolerances , the main priority is to avoid allergenic ingredients and specifically cater to the cat's special requirements.

Nutrition for Cats with Chronic Illnesses

When a cat is ill, a specialist diet can be helpful or can even prolong the cat's life. This type of food is adapted to each specific illness. ‘Diet’ doesn’t mean a reduction in calories here, rather a specific type of nutrition. In any case, you should always consult your vet before you switch your cat to dietetic food. This article offers you some information and tips about feeding a specialist diet to a cat with an illness.

The Right Food for Indoor Cats

Our domestic cats are still predators on the inside. However, there are many reasons why we may choose to keep our cats indoors. For example, if your home has no garden attached or if you live close to a busy street, posing potential dangers to your cat – a risk that none of us are willing to take. Infectious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) can also be a reason for keeping your cat indoors, needing to reduce the risk of spreading the illness to other animals. Last but not least, there are some cats that just do not like going outdoors! Some cats are much happier lounging sedately around the house. Whatever the reason, your indoor cat will need a different kind of food from one that is running around outdoors all day.

Cat yoga

Many gyms are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For many people, their usual yoga sessions are currently taking place in the four walls of their own home. Some people are using the time to try out yoga for the first time with the help of online courses. Cat owners are asking how cat yoga works? We'll give you some tips!

Laser Pointer for Cats

Opinions differ greatly with regard to whether laser pointers make suitable cat toys. In the following article, we will outline a few aspects that allow you to weigh up the pros and cons and to make your own decision concerning your beloved cat.

Intelligence Toys for Cats – Keeping Cats Occupied

Cats are real-life cuddly toys for many people: they are soft and love close proximity to humans and being indulged. What many cat owners forget though is that their cuddly toys are little wild animals at heart! They are rarely satisfied with and stimulated by life on the couch.

Cats marking: why and what to do?

Marking with urine is a natural means of communication between cats. However, it can be very unpleasant for their owner if they mark in your home and leave their scent on the walls, furniture or windows. Why do some cats mark within the four walls of your home and how can this behaviour be avoided? Whilst we are still amused outside watching how our cat sprays the garden fence with its urine with a stretched-out, trembling tail and signals to the neighbour's cat that this is its territory, we don't find this behaviour funny at all inside our own home. Understandably, because cat urine smells awful indoors and won't just become a serious problem for humans and their sense of smell in the long term. But why do some cats mark in the home? What do they want to say to us? Indeed, cats should no longer need to mark at home. After all, no other cat (apart from households with multiple cats) will challenge them for this territory, right?

My cat meows at night: why and what to do?

Sleepless nights because of the cat meowing? Presumably every cat owner has experienced this. But what should we do if our cat robs us of sleep every night with its meowing? Why do many cats meow particularly at night and what helps combat nightly cat woes?

Getting Cats Used to a Lead

A cat on a lead – can that work? Of course! With the right training, felines enjoy walking on a lead, although not all are suitable for a regular catwalk. Read here how you can get your cat used to a lead.

Train Travel with Cats

Hardly any cats enjoy leaving their usual environment. However, moving home or long journeys can make it necessary for your cat to travel every now and then... If the owner doesn't have a car, public transport is required to make the journey to the vet's. Is this possible? Of course! With a few tips, you and your cat can have a completely stress-free journey.

Flying with Cats

Flying is even less popular with cats than car travel. Unfamiliar smells, loud noises and pressure compensation making flying unpleasant for even relaxed felines. However, unfortunately flying with cats can't always be avoided. Whether it be for moving house or a longer period abroad, you can make the flight as pleasant as possible for your cat with a little preparation.

Diarrhoea in Kittens – Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

When a kitten enters your home, it's an exciting time for everyone! Regardless of whether you're an experienced or first-time cat owner, it's a time of change. Little cats require special attention. Enjoy every minute because they grow up ever so fast! Like small children with doctors, young cats also need to see a vet from time to time. Regular health check-ups are a must and should take place once a year. However, kittens should be taken to the vet more often for basic immunisation against common infectious diseases. Sometimes though, you need to take your cat to the vet with typical “kitten ailments”. One example is diarrhoea, an often underestimated symptom.

Socialising Cats

Unfamiliar noises and smells, unknown people, other animals and loud household appliances are some of the many things that a kitten must get used to in its new home. Here, you will read the best way to socialise your cat and how to make it easier for your kitty to settle in. When you first adopt a cat, it is an exciting time for all involved including the new owners, but also for the cat itself which must get used to its new house, unfamiliar people and a new daily routine. How your cat copes around the family, other animals and unfamiliar situations depends on how well socialised it is. But what does that mean exactly? How and at what age should a cat be socialised, and can older cats still be socialised?

The Right Food for your Kitten

Just like puppies, kittens have specific nutrition needs in order to support healthy growth and development. Breed, age and temperament can all play a part in establishing these requirements – for example, boisterous, adventurous kittens will naturally require more energy than sleepyheads! Although it may look cute, you should take care that your kitten is not carrying any “puppy fat”, as the ribs should always be easy to feel through the fur and a waistline visible to ensure a healthy weight. Choosing the right kitten diet is essential in providing your young cat with all the energy and nutrients it needs to support it through its early rapid growth stages.
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Cats marking: why and what to do?

Marking with urine is a natural means of communication between cats. However, it can be very unpleasant for their owner if they mark in your home and leave their scent on the walls, furniture or windows. Why do some cats mark within the four walls of your home and how can this behaviour be avoided? Whilst we are still amused outside watching how our cat sprays the garden fence with its urine with a stretched-out, trembling tail and signals to the neighbour's cat that this is its territory, we don't find this behaviour funny at all inside our own home. Understandably, because cat urine smells awful indoors and won't just become a serious problem for humans and their sense of smell in the long term. But why do some cats mark in the home? What do they want to say to us? Indeed, cats should no longer need to mark at home. After all, no other cat (apart from households with multiple cats) will challenge them for this territory, right?
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Adopting a cat during the COVID-19 lockdown?

The coronavirus pandemic, including lockdowns, is connecting many people more closely to their home, where they don't just devote themselves to home office and home schooling. Instead, they conquer the four walls of their home with newly discovered hobbies, from baking to learning languages to knitting. During their coronavirus isolation, many animals lovers stumble upon the idea that it would be much nicer at home with a cat. There would be plenty of time available to get to know one another. However, is it a good idea to adopt a cat during the lockdown? We'll give you some tips!
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Cat yoga

Many gyms are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. For many people, their usual yoga sessions are currently taking place in the four walls of their own home. Some people are using the time to try out yoga for the first time with the help of online courses. Cat owners are asking how cat yoga works? We'll give you some tips!