“Can cat hair get into my lungs?”

This is my most popular post. I have now updated the post with a special gift. It seems like many people are concerned about fur in their lungs.  I understand! That is a creepy idea, isn’t it? Who wants furry lungs? Not me! As a present to visitors to my site, I created a bookletContinue reading ““Can cat hair get into my lungs?””

Cat destroying sofa? Science to the rescue!

New pheromone can modify scratching behavior of cats News flash from the Winn Health Foundation’s blog. Who is Winn? “In 1968, the Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA) created what would soon become Winn Feline Foundation, establishing a source of funding for medical studies to improve cat health and welfare.” Story summary, dumbed down to my level ofContinue reading “Cat destroying sofa? Science to the rescue!”

“I just adopted a cat. Is it a good idea to groom adopted cats?”

If you just adopted a cat, congratulations!!!!!! You have so much fun, excitement and love ahead of you. Should you have your newly adopted cat groomed? I think so, and that’s not just because I am a cat groomer:). If your cat was in a shelter, I can almost guarantee that the shelter staff wereContinue reading ““I just adopted a cat. Is it a good idea to groom adopted cats?””

Cats see the world in soft focus

The cat’s world is seen in soft focus, however; it cannot resolve detail sharply because the lens in its eye is large to gather as much light as possible. The New Encyclopedia of the Cat by Dr. Bruce Fogle DVM This type of eyesight must make it impossible to make out the details of a claw trimmerContinue reading “Cats see the world in soft focus”

Canine influenza can be transmitted to cats

File under “things I did not know.” (That would be a bulging file weighing 5 gazillion pounds.) Research from the wonderful Winn Feline Foundation.  Canine influenza can be transmitted to cats Jeoung HY, Lim SI, Shin BH, et al. A novel canine influenza H3N2 virus isolated from cats in an animal shelter. Vet Microbiol 2013;165:281-286.Continue reading “Canine influenza can be transmitted to cats”

Arthritis common in cats. Pay attention to their movements.

“Factors related to the presence of OA included advancing age, decreased mobility and grooming, and increased inappropriate elimination. This study supports findings of other studies in the last 10 years and reinforces the fact that OA is very common in middle-aged and older cats, and is associated with behavior changes.” From “Osteoarthritis in Cats. CatContinue reading “Arthritis common in cats. Pay attention to their movements.”

If you could be happy & healthy without . . .

If you could be happy and healthy without hurting animals, why wouldn’t you? When I visit an animal shelter, walk by the animal research center at The Rockefeller University or drive by a factory farm in Indiana, I wonder why my life is worth so much and the lives of billions of animals are worthContinue reading “If you could be happy & healthy without . . .”

Arthritis in older cats & grooming matted seniors

Imagine what it would be like if a hairdresser pulled on your grandmother’s arms and legs while doing her hair.  Would your grandmother be happy or upset?  Would you feel good about the situation, or would you feel worried? Grooming the older, matted cat poses challenges which are distinct from the challenges involved in groomingContinue reading “Arthritis in older cats & grooming matted seniors”

Why do I groom cats?

Why do I groom cats? I want to help people and cats share their lives in harmony and comfort. When your cat is soft, clean and fluffy, don’t you feel great holding your cat?  Who could resist? Grooming increases closeness between cat and owner. I am proud to be part of this important, comforting relationship.Continue reading “Why do I groom cats?”