Do you have an indoor cat who longs to be outside? A cat with an adventure spirit that tends to get bored easily? Or are you just looking for an alternative to being outdoors that provides fresh air, bird watching, and relaxing in the sun? Catios are a great solution to the aforementioned. You can either build one yourself or have a company come out and build an enclosure for you. Some are small, extensions off of a window or side of the house while others are big enough to hold human and feline. Think a completely enclosed patio or porch but with lots of climbing opportunities and floor to ceiling views. There are many things to consider when choosing a location for your catio, or cat patio: cat access, size, sun/shade percentage, stimulating views, temperatures, etc. And let’s not forget the enrichment part of a catio – cat toys, cat-safe plants, water fountain, litter box, windows, rugs, etc. There are so many aspects to a catio but I can tell you one thing for sure – your furry friend will love you if you design a catio space for them. The world is your oyster.
Wet, dry, raw. Fancy Feast, Blue Buffalo, Purina. Which is the best cat food for your furry feline? As fur parents we only want what’s best for our kitties, right? But what really is best with so many options out there? I found an article* that dives deep into the best cat food reviews of 2019 by the experts. Everything from essential nutrients to veggies to even fruit has been researched and vetted within this article. Have you found a food which your cat enjoys that is not on this list? If so, please share with us.
*In no way am I selling the aforementioned products nor am I receiving any commissions or rewards from the marketer. I am simply recommending these products because they appear to be reviewed by experts in the field.
Wait, what? 600 cats in one place, at one time? Yes, please! You too?
Well, at least it sounds pretty cool. Lanai Cat Sanctuary in Lanai City, Hawaii is a nonprofit organization where more than 600 spayed and neutered kitties call home. Sometimes called “purr-adise” or “fur seasons”, you can visit this island of cats and even adopt if you so choose. Some folks even travel to Lanai City just to visit the “Hawaiian Lions.” But don’t worry, these furry felines are well taken care of with access to over 25,000 square feet of outdoor space and a plenty of different structures to climb on and hide within. Interested in visiting and getting your kitty-fix for the year? Check out their website for more information.
With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner do you have luck on your side? If you have a Maneki Neko then the answer might be “yes”. Known as Lucky Cats or Fortune Cats, the name Maneki Neko might not be familiar to you but what if I described it as the little cat figurine popular near cash registers in Asian restaurants and supermarkets. Now do you know what I’m talking about? Another fun fact about this small critter, which has been around since the 17th century, has to do with which paw it’s holding up and waving. If it’s the left, this is supposed to attract customers. If the right paw is raised, then good fortune and money are coming your way. No matter what paw is raised or what name you call this little feline – luck will find you. Read more about the Maneki Neko here. Do you have a Fortune Cat by your side?
Have you ever wondered what is so special about catnip that makes cats go crazy? With over 250 species, this fragrant natural plant from the mint family contains an oil that releases pheromones which gives our kitties a sense of euphoria or extreme happiness. Also known as catmint or catswort, catnip is not only for domestic felines but big cats too. Note: when a cat eats this green stuff, it acts as a sedative. In order to see your cat in their euphoric state – they must smell it. However, only about 50% cats are actually affected by catnip. The others, well, they just don’t care. What does catnip do to your cats? Do you have any funny stories? Share with us in the comments below!
Read more about how catnip came about and what other effects it has on our furbabies here.