Cat TV for rescue cats at shelters to enrich their environment

A cat watches TV at PAWS in Lynnwood. The animal rescue is seeking TV donations. Photo - Lynn Jefferson at PAWS

Here’s a cool idea which I like a lot from the Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in Lynnwood, USA. They installed a 47-inch flat panel TV facing the cages containing the cats at their rescue. The cats are held in a windowless room. What can cats do when they’re in a cage in a …

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Environmental Enrichment For Domestic Cats

I have just read an interesting article in the Feline Conservation Federation magazine from March/April 2012. Yes, I was rather slow in getting around to it. It is about behavioral enrichment for captive wild felines. Although it is about wild cats in cages the principles discussed are very close to those that are applicable …

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Researchers accuse 29 certified European zoos of gross neglect

Fictional image of zoo bear in unsuitable enclosure

Dozens of zoos across Europe including in Britain have been accused of gross neglect by a charity after an 18-month investigation which unearthed thousands of apparent breaches of animal welfare standards. The researchers visited 29 zoos and aquariums. They found, for example, elephants locked outside in the cold. Bears shut in concrete-walled enclosures. While …

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The reason why cats knock things over and how it can be avoided

Why cats knock things over

This is a response to the Bored Panda article on why cats knock things over and how to stop them. The veterinary student author of that article lists many reasons why domestic cats knock things over. What we are talking about is cats jumping up onto a table, sideboard or a mantelpiece and knocking …

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Successfully taking 3 purebred cats from America to various cities in Europe on holiday with you

Three posh cats and their caregiver visit Amsterdam

You might have heard of them: the Nguyens. They live in America and they have three purebred cats, two British Shorthairs and a Scottish Fold. They are quite a sight when travelling, I think you will agree. Their names are Sponge Cake, Mocha and Donut. Looking at the picture above, I am more concerned …

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Ragdoll cats and kidney disease. A discussion.

Ragdoll cats are not predisposed to kidney disease according to 2 studies that I read and on my interpretation of those studies.

Ragdoll cats are one of the world’s most popular purebred cats today; well suited to a full-time indoor life, it is said. That doesn’t mean that their minds don’t need stimulating in an enriched environment. Kidney disease is prevalent among all domestic cats as an illness which not infrequently occurs in old age and …

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Maine Coon cat became depressed after the pandemic

Maine Coon depression due to isolation resolved by adopting another Maine Coon cat. But whilst the problem entirely resolved? Domestic cats need the companionship of their human caregiver as well.

There is a story online today about a ginger tabby Maine Coon cat who became depressed when the Covid-19 lockdowns ended. The cat’s name is Mango. He’s male because nearly all ginger tabby domestic cats are males because the coat is sex-linked. He lives in Romania. His owner is Mady Mondan and partner. She …

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Comparing the amiability of indoor/outdoor cats and full-time indoor cats

Comparing the behaviour of indoor cats and indoor/outdoor cats

This is an interesting survey which compares the behaviour of indoor/outdoor cats with those who are kept indoors full-time and living with other cats. I think it’ll be useful to people considering adopting a cat and whether they should keep the cat indoors full-time or allow them outdoor access without supervision. Of course, there …

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