Articles about stress
People are often surprised to find that cats can suffer from chronic stress. After all, what is so stressful about their lives? Sleeping in the sun? Having your food served to you on a silver platter? Well...as it turns out, there is a lot more to their lives than you'd imagine and just like us, they're susceptible to the stress that life throws their way.
Scientists have developed a cat stress test with 7 scores which allow you to gauge what level your cat currently is at. This can be pivotal in recognising just what your animal is going through, what is causing it and whether or not this is the result of acute stress or chronic stress in terms of addressing the source.
How do you prepare your cat for the arrival of a new baby? What is it like for them and what do they need as this big change heads their way? Learn how you can prepare everyone involved for the joyous occasion in front of you - including yourselves.
Getting your cat to the vet can be an ordeal. Those buggers somehow smell what is coming and evade capture if they can. But do you both really have to stress that much for that yearly trip? Turns out, while some stress will be unavoidable, there is a lot you can do to avoid it being that much of a nightmare for the both of you.
Environmental enrichment is a buzzword online these days, yet many don't really know what to picture when they hear it. When it comes to cats - in particular indoor cats- environmental enrichment can be the key to preventing and resolving problem behaviour before it manifests - and actually seriously increase the psychological wellbeing of your furry companion.
Why would you bother introducing cats properly? Well, once you understand how cats operate, you will see that that little bit of effort can save you and your cats a world of trouble by following just a few simple steps. They'll be purring on your lap in no time.
What will your kitty say when you bring home a stranger into their sanctuary? And how do you make sure that the two will get along and fur doesn't go flying everywhere? A proper introduction is definitely in order. Here you will find the steps to take in order to maximise your chances of a peaceful household instead of a war zone in your happy home.
Is there such a thing as a free cat? What exactly will a cat cost you throughout its life, and what should you be ready for? Before you adopt, do the cost-benefit analysis and research you need in order to make an informed decision
There are three different types of playtime that each kitten needs to experience in order to grow into a well-balanced adult. And as a concerned owner, it is important to expose them to these experiences in the right stage of their development to avoid behavioural issues such as aggression and depression later in life.
So the eternal debate on what is better for cats - indoors or outdoors - continues. While there is no straight forward answer, you as a potential new owner might want to check out what the pros and cons are for each choice and what to expect once you make your decision.
After you've decided to adopt a kitty, it is time to get yourself and your home ready for their arrival. These few steps will help both you and your new kitty get acclimatised to the new situation as soon as possible. Following those, you should be able to hit the ground running in building a relationship with your new companion.
Nothing is more exciting than picking out a kitty. Adopting a cat can be such a fulfilling experience as they have so much to contribute to our lives. However, much like you would interview a roommate, there are things to consider in this companion that will be with you for a hopefully a long time. So do your homework, before you jump in.