A litter of kittens has caused a stir at the Blue Cross charity in the UK, as they all have a condition called ‘polydactyly’, also known as ‘mitten kittens’, where they have more toes than normal. The cats are nervous as they were a stray during their socialisation period when they were young, so they are looking for extra special, understanding homes. Can you help?
Ha ha, after our last post, we discovered THIS – an even BETTER fashion pun, and this time it includes a cute kitten picture, so it’s win win all round…Now we just have to think of which cat-lover friend has a birthday coming up…
Well, we started writing you a post about this, but it became so long and interesting, that we made it into an article! Read the full article here.
In a nut-shell, we look at compulsive behaviours in cats, and wool-sucking as an example. We look at suspected causes and suggested solutions. We hark on about feeding and environmental enrichment a bit more, too!
So, what is wool-sucking? Here’s an example of a Siamese cat sucking its tail – it’s cute, but is a variation on the wool-sucking behaviour so also evidence of an interesting feline behaviour…
We’re pretty chuffed to come across these…Tailored walking jackets for cats, hand-made by a small UK company to your cat’s measurements, double-sided reversible material, secured by velcro on wide comfortable straps. We think they’re an absolute bargain!
The owner of this company is also, to our knowledge, one of the ONLY people in the UK designing (and ultimately making) a running wheel for cats…we await news of the final design and the product being open to orders, so we’ll keep you posted!
Rob Laidlaw has spent his life working with animals and wildlife protection, and has written a number of books on animal issues, aimed at children. A perfect balance between the sometimes tough ‘real-life’ aspects of animals’ lives, and the enjoyable and positive aspects of their lives, whether they be owned, rescued or feral. ‘Cat Champions: Caring for Our Feline Friends’ promises to be as awesome as his previous books – pre-order now to avoid disappointment or delay, this book comes out in March 2014.
After much anticipation, London’s first Cat Cafe, Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium, opens its doors very soon, although the opening date is still unknown. Located in the hip and trendy area of Shoreditch, this cafe’s progress has been watched by many cat lovers. It employs many aspects of environmental enrichment to ensure the carefully-chosen cats can live a happy stress-free life…because they’re gonna be very well loved by Londoners!! Watch this space…
The University of Lincoln (UK), International Cat Care and the Autonomous University of Barcelona have joined forces to research how hand-rearing kittens is currently undertaken, in order to guide further research. They need YOUR help to complete a survey if you are currently hand-rearing a kitten or have done so in the past – www.surveymonkey.com/s/fab-kittens