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?”

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.”

Cat in a box stress relief for Amazon Prime addicts

“Hiding is a behavioral strategy of the species to cope with environmental changes and stressors, . . . ” Will a hiding box provide stress reduction for shelter cats?  Read about using boxes to soothe cats.  Applied Animal Behavior Science Journal. You don’t have to be rich to give a cat what they need. Take-away message:Continue reading “Cat in a box stress relief for Amazon Prime addicts”