Once again we’ve ended up writing such a long blog post, that it became an article in its own right!
We have reviewed SIX of the best books about cat behaviour, and put the article HERE. We’d love to hear from anyone who found these books interesting or useful, and definitely let us know if you think we have missed a good book out!
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?
There have been many instances where autistic children have responded in a positive way to animals, and a little while ago we reviewed 3 books about autism and cats. We recently discovered another book about the amazing effect of cat-ownership on a young boy called Fraser Booth. Billy, a stray cat from the charity Cats Protection (UK), transformed Fraser and his family’s life, and this book is the story of how it happened.
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.
It is a relief to hear that a 36-pound (16kg) cat, who is so exceedingly obese he can hardly walk, has arrived in a cat shelter in Arizona where he can begin a strict weight loss regime. This news video shows him struggling to move around, but still managing to enjoy some human affection! Please don’t let your cats get fat, folks!!
Getting such a morbidly obese cat to lose weight must be done very carefully. Cats have a special liver metabolism that means if they are starved or made to lose weight too quickly, they can develop a liver condition called Hepatic Lipidosis. This is a potentially life-threatening illness that requires hospitalisation and intensive veterinary treatment. We recommend always getting advice from your vet about how to promote safe weight loss in your cat.