TNR cat grooming. Grooming a matted outdoor cat.

Got an email from a TNR (trap neuter return) group. One of their cats is pretty friendly and can be brushed for about ten minutes a sitting, but he’s matted. Here’s my reply. “Look, cat grooming is simple because it’s 99% about handling and 1% about tools. If you can handle the cat, you’ve almostContinue reading “TNR cat grooming. Grooming a matted outdoor cat.”

Don’t take your cat to a salon where untrained people work. Your cat will feel the heat.

Even if the salon groomer knows what they’re doing, the bather might be clueless. Want to see how hot a cage can get after just a few minutes of drying the wrong way?  How’d you like to sit in a 100 degree metal cage with a wind tunnel of hot air blowing at you andContinue reading “Don’t take your cat to a salon where untrained people work. Your cat will feel the heat.”

Reasons why you shouldn’t buy your cat from a pet store

I only need one reason. If I am a breeder who has a few cats who have at most a few litters a year, I get attached to the cats.  They live with me. They’re all my own cats, until they go to a new home.  I see them go from being tiny specks ofContinue reading “Reasons why you shouldn’t buy your cat from a pet store”

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!”

Good reading for animal lovers: “Ethics Into Action” by Peter Singer

I’m enjoying Peter Singer’s book about Henry Spira and the Animal Rights movement. Henry Spira’s activism helped decrease the use of inefficient and inhumane tests such as the LD50. He had a passion for animals and people, treating both with respect. If you read one book this year about activism or about animal welfare orContinue reading “Good reading for animal lovers: “Ethics Into Action” by Peter Singer”