Cat Adoption and Ownership

Cat Adoption and Ownership

Cats as an Example: What You Can Learn From Your Feline Friend

Elegance, body control, and grace—these are the characteristics that many cat owners admire in their feline companions. Others, however, have clumsy cats at home who mainly attract attention by purring loudly. But despite their differences, cats share many behavioural traits that are typical of their species. As humans, we can glean valuable insights from them. In the following article, you will discover when we should consider our cats as role models and learn from their examples.

6 min

10 Things You Should Know Before Adopting A Cat

There's no question that small kittens are cute! So cute that many people take a kitten into their home rashly without dealing with the topic of cat ownership in detail beforehand. However, cute kittens turn into cats with needs that will keep you company for the next 15 to 20 years. Hence, a kitten or adult cat entering your home should be well thought through! These ten things you should know before adopting a cat will help you make a decision.
11 min

5 Top Tips for a Safe Christmas with your Cat

Forget “silent night” – for cats, the festive season can be wrought with potential dangers and ever-mounting stress. Here we will give you plenty of advice on how to care for your cat this Christmas and how to avoid dangerous situations from the outset. If you follow these five simple tips and tricks, you are guaranteed to spend a safe and relaxed Christmas with your cat. Sparkling fairy lights, glittering Christmas baubles, colourful tinsel and twirly ribbon everywhere – no other time of year is as exciting and tempting for a cat as Christmas! However, the festive season is also the most dangerous time of the year for felines, as shown by the accident statistics of various veterinary clinics! In the pre-Christmas hustle and bustle, between baking mince pies, setting up candles, decorating the tree and sending out cards and gifts, many overlook the fact that all of these changes can be unsettling for our feline friends. However, with a little care and consideration, you can get your cat just as exciting for the festive season, as we explain with these handy tips.
6 min

6 Reasons Not to Gift a Cat for Christmas

Have your children written “cat” in scrawly handwriting on their Christmas lists? Or does your partner think kittens are “so cute”? That might give you the idea to get them a cat for Christmas. This is often not a good idea! Here, we will explain why a cat can be an unsuitable Christmas present.
7 min

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!
3 min

Are Cats Able to Love?

Cats purr when we stroke them. They snuggle up to us or rub themselves on our feet. We interpret this as a sign of affection. But are cats able to love? A study on attachment behaviour between cats and humans offers interesting insights.
5 min

Cat Allergy in Humans

You love cats but always have to sneeze in their presence and your eyes get watery? Then you may have a cat hair allergy. Find out here how to reduce cat allergy symptoms and open the doors to plenty of cat cuddles.
5 min

Cat litter how-to: 5 important questions

Cats are very clean animals by nature and it's important for them to have a clean litter box. There can be problems if the cat litter isn't right for the cat or is changed too infrequently: cats refuse to relieve themselves or do their business where they prefer – which could even be their owner's bed. This article gives you answers to the five most important questions on correctly handling cat litter.
4 min

Cat litter: Clumping or Silica Litter?

It’s not just the right type of litter tray that will make your cat happy, but also the right type of cat litter. The best litters are ones that are very absorbent and ideally neutralise odours too, but finding the perfect cat litter can be no easy task with so many varieties on offer from natural clumping litter made of clay, non-clumping litter, litter made of wood or silica. Silica cat litter and clumping natural clay litter are the most popular choices among cat owners and their cats. But which litter is better for the cat, the owner or the environment?
11 min

Cats with other Cats

The image of the cat as a lone wolf has long been outdated. Many cat lovers know that cats can fully appreciate feline company. Indeed, kittens and house cats shouldn't be kept alone indoors. So it's off to the animal shelter or breeder to adopt a second (or third) cat, right? However, bear in mind that the “multi-cat household” project doesn't always turn out to be as easy as anticipated. So you want the best for your cat and to find it a companion as soon as possible. Still, we humans aren't guaranteed to like everyone we meet – not even people of the same age or from the same little town. We've often put up with weeks of solitude at primary school until forming close friendships. It certainly wasn't always love at first sight either – sometimes it took a few attempts for us to click with our best friends. The same applies for cats: they aren't identical and have different characters, experiences and tastes. If you're looking for a second, third or even fourth cat, make sure to tread carefully in order to spare yourself and your cats a huge amount of stress!
6 min

Christmas Presents for Cats

For most cats Christmas is a very exciting time. It is customary to give gifts at Christmas and there is no reason why your feline companion shouldn’t also be part of the fun. It doesn’t matter whether you have two legs or four, a gift is a sign of affection and appreciation. A Christmas present will show your kitty how much it means to you. You won’t even have to think long and hard about what is on your cat's Christmas list. There are lots of fabulous possibilities to surprise your pet with an exciting present, including toys, food bowls and cat baskets. We have compiled a list of the best Christmas gift ideas which are sure to make your pet very happy.
6 min

DIY cat tree: tips and instructions for building a cat tree

For cats, cat trees are an adventure playground, lookout post and retreat all in one. In addition they fulfill another very important task - they allow cats to sharpen their claws. Every cat should have one. Especially to indoor cats it's important to have a large enough cat tree they can use for exercise. If you build your own cat tree, you can construct it to your taste and your cat's individual preferences. In this article, find out everything you need to know about DIY cat trees, as well as instructions for a cat tree with a birch trunk.
4 min

Does My Cat Trust Me? These 5 Signs Prove It

Trust is needed for a harmonious relationship with your cat. But can you build your cat's trust and how do felines show that they do trust you? Cats are considered independent and not very transparent, but these five signs of behaviour will prove to you whether and to what extent your cat trusts you.
6 min

Hiding Litter Boxes: Ideas for an Inconspicuous Spot

Anyone with a cat in their life needs a litter box. Admittedly, litter boxes are like practical, square-shaped foreign objects in many homes, although cat owners are happy to put up with this. But many ask themselves how they can position the litter box more inconspicuously in their home. We will offer ideas of how to hide litter boxes or discreetly integrate them into your living space.
6 min

How to cat-proof your home

Just because your cat is a pure indoor cat, does not mean you can relax about the potential dangers a home can present. Read on if you want to know more about how to cat-proof your home.
6 min

Indoor or Outdoor Cat?

When choosing to get a cat you have to decide what breed, age and temperament will suit you. But now there’s another important question: will your cat be an indoor or outdoor cat? What advantages will your cat have if it can explore the outdoors freely? Do indoor cats live longer? What are the pros and cons of each lifestyle? The choice of having an outdoor cat isn’t always up to the owners. Some cats simply adore the outdoors and are at their happiest when exploring the wild.
4 min

Is my cat happy?

If we love someone, we obviously want them to be happy. We will gladly do what it takes to contribute to their happiness. Of course, this particularly applies when it comes to love for our four-legged feline friends with whom we share our lives. After all, they make us very happy too. For starters, you can be sure that if you allow your cat to live a species-appropriate life that fully suits its nature and needs, you're already doing a great deal to make it happy. On one hand, this involves appropriate activity with suitable toys that also fits with the intelligence of the breed or cat in question. A high-quality food is also very important.  As well, your cat needs a scratching tree in order to be happy, which allows it to sharpen its claws and give off its own individual scent along with one or more draught-free places to retreat, such as a little cat house. The breed or nature of cats determines how much outdoor access they need. And you've already guessed what makes most cats really happy: stroking in abundance!  If you can give your cat all of this, you can be pretty sure that it's happy. In order to be completely convinced that you're making your beloved cat happy, we have asked qualified cat experts for the unmistakeable signs of feline happiness. Here are their answers: 
2 min

Making the Garden Safe for Cats

The costs for a cat fence can quickly run up to several thousand euros. In order to save these huge sums of money, many cat lovers decide to make their garden safe for cats off their own bat. However, the time commitment here shouldn't be underestimated.
5 min

Valentine’s Day: Gift Ideas for Kitty Cats!

Like so many this time of year, we want to treat our loved ones to something special, so this year, why not treat your best four-legged friend to a little Valentine’s Day love? Check out our top picks for our favourite gift ideas for you to spoil your cats with this Valentine's Day:
10 min

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.
4 min

Why black cats are great pets

According to an old preconception, black cats bring bad luck. Even nowadays, many people still reject them. In animal shelters, they wait an above-average amount of time for a new home. What people are missing out on are loving, elegant pets with a beautifully glossy coat.
4 min

Why cats are good for our health

There are hardly any more relaxing sounds than the purring of a cat. Cat owners will confirm that living with a feline friend does them good. In fact, this declaration can be scientifically proven. Read in the following article why cats are good for our health.
6 min

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!