Cat and dog owners tend to underestimate the weight of their obese companion animals

Obese people and obese cats

I have just written an article about an obesity epidemic among people in Great Britain and I tied that sad information in with a well-known obesity epidemic among domestic cats in Britain. And while searching for that article I bumped into a study which was published in December 2023. It is, therefore, a recent …

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Trending in the UK: Karate Cats maths educational videos

Karate Cats maths

Google Trends tells me that Karate Cats and particularly Karate Cats Maths are trending upwards under the general umbrella of the search term “cat”. It’s also worth noting that dogs are about as twice as popular as cats in terms of a search term on Google search. Does that mean that dogs are twice …

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5 tips on bringing a new cat into a child’s home (infographic)

Infographic on 5 tips about introducing a new cat to a kid's home

I realise that a lot of this is common sense. I also realise that to many experienced cat caregivers these tips won’t be that useful. However, there are many young mums with young kids who decide to adopt a cat companion to make their family complete and add that little bit of extra soul …

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New hazard to domestic cats: Nerf darts

There is a new domestic cat hazard on the block and it is Nerf darts. Anybody interested in providing high quality cat caregiving needs to be aware of this problem. If you live with a domestic cat companion and have children this is a genuine hazard to your cat. There are some horrendous stories …

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Which gender of domestic cat is better with kids?

Which gender of domestic cat is better with kids?

Individual cats have their own character. This probably overrides their gender-influenced character. The question in the title is hard to answer to precisely for that and other reasons. However, on balance male cats are probably better with kids for the following reasons. There have been some studies on the difference in character between sterilized …

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Toddler takes Siamese kitten from mother and mother wants her kitten back

Siamese cat mother wants her kitten back from toddler who has taken him

An interesting video because it shows, in a way, a competition between a female Siamese cat who has given birth to a kitten in someone’s home and a toddler who wants to hold her kitten because she is fascinated with this cute creature. Cat and human are fighting over a kitten; not good. Note: …

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Study says that cats and dogs do not benefit the health of children in the home

Extraordinary photo of cat surrounded by children

This is a surprising result but I am referring to one study and it goes without saying that we should be cautious about jumping to firm conclusions from one scientific study. That said, a study published on the Taylor & Francis Online website, dated 03 Aug 2017 and titled: “A propensity-score-weighted population-based study of …

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Why some cats are better for your children than others

Birthday girl with her Persian kitten

There are two major aspects to children interacting with domestic cats which have a bearing upon the safety of the child. The first is whether the child has been trained to interact with a domestic cat properly and the second is the character and socialisation of the cat. It’s been said many times, so …

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