Why do cats lie next to radiators?

Their body temp is a few degrees higher than ours.  I doubt this is the whole reason, because dogs also have a higher body temp than we do.  Dogs don’t sleep with their bodies up against hot radiators for hours on end. One of my cats used to sleep on top of a very hot steamContinue reading “Why do cats lie next to radiators?”

What is this cat thinking?

Can you tell what your cat is thinking? As a cat groomer, I need to be able to “read” a cat. This cat is one of my feline friends. I visit her several times a week to cat sit, trim claws, brush her and every so often, bathe her.  I have been her “nanny” forContinue reading “What is this cat thinking?”

“I can’t pick up my cat. My cat is too wiggly.”

Try the “football” hold. Tuck the cat’s body into your waist, with your forearm pressed against your cat’s torso and your hand under his chest. If your cat wiggles, use your other hand to hold on to the loose fur around his scruff (back of his neck).  I call this the “football” hold because itContinue reading ““I can’t pick up my cat. My cat is too wiggly.””

Holding a cat who’s not into being held

  Yoga. Jiu Jitsu. Moving 3-dimensionally. Cats twist their body in ways we can’t even begin to do. Cats use extreme flexibility to get the upper paw. If I’m thinking like a human, two-dimensionally, I’m not going to get those claws trimmed. The cat is not a piece of paper or a brick. The catContinue reading “Holding a cat who’s not into being held”

Is house call cat grooming easier for the owner than taking a cat to a salon?

Yes, because . . . you don’t have to bundle up your cat in a carrier and walk or ride to the salon. I come to you, with my equipment. you don’t have to wait several hours to pick up your cat. Grooming usually takes one hour. No, because . . . grooming entails fur.Continue reading “Is house call cat grooming easier for the owner than taking a cat to a salon?”

Are zoo big cats treated better than house cats?

Animals who live in zoos can be pitiful shadows. The number of pacing or lethargic or fur-plucking zoo residents are slowly being reduced by enrichment programs, at least in the United States.  Enrichment can be providing new and different food types, hiding the food in balls or puzzle boxes, introducing balls or other toys into the enclosure,Continue reading “Are zoo big cats treated better than house cats?”

Genetic tests for feline sociability and tameness?

In the future, will adoptable cats be pre-sorted via genetic tests? Cats who have gene(s) contributing to tameness could be chosen for adoption by families with small children or fragile seniors. Instead of basing an adoption decision on cuteness, the decision would be based on data. This is one of the possibilities being investigated by researchers at UCContinue reading “Genetic tests for feline sociability and tameness?”

Blood glucose readings higher in clinic than home. Familiarity decreases stress.

House call veterinary service or veterinary clinic? Small study supports house call veterinary services as better choice, even when veterinary clinic offers low-stress handling and cat-friendly practice. Comparison of stress exhibited by cats examined in a clinic versus a home setting Published in Applied Animal Behavior Science (Journal) 2014 Take home message of the study:Continue reading “Blood glucose readings higher in clinic than home. Familiarity decreases stress.”