Make sure the litter box is kept clean. Cats are fastidious about cleanliness, and if they have to get dirty to use the litter box, they may choose to relieve themselves elsewhere. Then “it” happens… On your linoleum floor. Or worse, on your carpet. Your cat has done her litter-box business somewhere other than in the litter box. Why? And what can you do?
They didn’t have â€” or need â€” toothbrushes. For the ancestors of our dogs and cats, chewing through bone and skin of wild prey accomplished the same purpose. Unlike their wild ancestors, though, domesticated dogs and cats generally eat food that’s gentle on their teeth and gums. Without the workout that the teeth and gums need, dental problems typically develop after the first few years of life.
Fluffy and Fido are scratching, shaking, and rubbing their heads and ears. It looks like ear mites…or ear infections. Both are common with cats and dogs, but how can you tell the difference, and what can you do about the problem?
According to The Animal Rescue Site, “Over 10 million animals are put to death every year in the US alone because they are unwanted, abandoned, or abused.” That’s a statistic that animal rescue organizations would like to change. Some have been abused. They may have lived in real homes until their families lost interest in them, and they were discarded like old toys. All of them are waiting at a pet rescue for a new home, where they can love and be loved in return.
Some artists have taken to killing animals in the name of what they call art. In May of 2003, an art student at the Victorian College of the Arts in Australia killed a live chicken as part of a performance piece done in front of his class. Other students in the class were not impressed, and complained about the student’s actions to the RSPCA.
Cat Bag, a new commercial venture in Tokyo, Japan that charges people approximately $5 to play with cats, is proving to be very successful. “People may think cats are common because they used to be everywhere,” Makoto Suematsu, the proprietor, told an Asahi Newspaper reporter. “However, cats are not familiar animals anymore.”