We’re bringing the battle of cat vs dog to life once more – not in an actual battle setting of course, but in a trick contest.
Meet Nala, the Border Collie, and her pal Kaiser the Bengal cat who are competing to see who can perform the best tricks.
Do you think the rightful winner won on the day?
While most cats have good appetites and are very enthusiastic at dinner time, others are fussy with their food. They turn their nose up at the meal you serve them, and in your quest to find something they like you’ll try a variety of food types and flavours, only to see them thrown in the bin too. If you have a picky eater, you’ll be able to relate to the worry that your pet isn’t eating enough and may indeed starve.
One reason for a cat to have an appetite that seems to come and go is illness. Intestinal conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease may result in a cat appearing picky, and that might be the only symptom that he shows. It’s important that any cat with a reduced appetite is thoroughly checked by their vet to rule out a medical cause of their poor eating behaviour.
If all is well, then there are some steps you can take to encourage your fussy feline to eat, and they start with choosing the right food. Butcher’s Really is a natural cat food that’s available in a number of flavours that cats love. Warm the food to room temperature to release more aromas, because a cat’s sense of smell is important in stimulating their appetite.
Here are a few other tips to try:
Work out exactly how much he is eating. Some cats are given between-meal treats or table scraps which are more appealing than cat food but fill them up so they don’t want their regular meals. Stop all snacks and you may find that your cat is eating more than you think, and he is actually eating enough to keep him healthy.
Stick to a routine. Cats are creatures of habit and any changes to their routine can be stressful. If possible, feed them your cat at the same time, and in the same place.
Look at where you’re feeding your cat. Is it a high traffic area, or near a loud television? Move his food bowl to a quieter area where he is less likely to be disturbed. Try a different food bowl. If you have been using a plastic bowl, try ceramic. Your cat may have a preference for one bowl over another.
If your cat’s meal has been untouched, it can dry out and spoil. That won’t encourage him to eat. Provide fresh food at each mealtime, and if he doesn’t eat, put it in the refrigerator until next time. Don’t forget to warm it up; cold food won’t be very appealing.
Sit with your cat at mealtime. You may find that if you talk to him and stroke him, he will start eating. It’s not an ideal long term solution but it’s worth trying just to get him started.
Similarly, try hand feeding him small pieces of Butcher’s Really Fishy or Really Meaty cat food. When he starts nibbling from your fingers, he may then continue eating from his bowl.
It’s worrying when your four legged family member is a picky eater. Try these suggestions and you may find that one or two are the solution to his fussy mealtime habits.
In the battle of a cat (a real cat) and a dog (a robotic dog), who would you bet on winning?
Meet Nikita (the kitten) and Bobo (the older, more relaxed cat) who rise to the challenge to find out.
Did you press repeat to watch again? We bet you did 🙂
If cats could rule the internet, they would. You can see it in their facial expressions, can’t you. So when it comes to a dogs vs cats photobombing contest, who would you put your money on being the funnier, more natural photobomber?
Here are 14 of the best cat photobombs to bring a smile to your face.
No.1 – the interrupter.
No.2 – the wedding crasher.
No.3 – the peek-a-boo’er.
No.4 – the ‘did someone forget the ‘seek’ part of hide and seek?’
No.5 – the tail.
No.6. – the window cat.
No.7 – the oldie but a goodie, check that expression out!
No.8 – the peek a boo cat!
No.9 – the classic behind your back face.
No.10 – the cheeky monkey.
No.11 – the babysitter.
No.12 – the wedding crasher, part two.
No.13 – the beauty expert.
No.14 – the shocked kitty!
Let us know which was your favourite – we’d love to hear from you!
Meet Mulder, the cat who’s proving an internet sensation as the latest cat who can outsmart his owner and open doors. Practicing his skills since he was five months old, apparently opening doors isn’t his only trick as his owner told the Metro, he can also kill flies!
As cat lovers we’re no doubt always snapping away trying to build up our image banks full of memories of the fun moments in our pets lives. With Instagram, we can now share much more bringing the wonders of our pets to thousands, if not millions online.
Here we’ve discovered 8 of what we think are the best cats on Instagram.
1. Meet Cricket!
Follow Cricket @cricket.the.cat
2. Meet Bug!
Follow Bug @sanddrawandsambug
3. Meet Sashi!
Follow Sashi @sashimimeow
4. Meet Dharma and Greg!
Follow Dharma and Greg @dharma_and_greg
5. Meet Winter!
Follow Winter @winter_kittykat
6. Meet Max!
Follow Max @themaxsociety
6. Meet Peeta!
Follow Peeta @Peeta_the_bengal
8. Meet Strawberry!
Follow Strawberry @sus_w
We hope you enjoyed our countdown – please do let us know if your cat is on Instagram and share some of your photographs with us for our next feature.
We’ve no doubt all seen and heard about the infamous skateboarding dog, Tillman. But anything dogs can do cats can do better, right?
Meet Didga, the world’s best Skateboarding cat who has been learning to skateboard for 18 months takes off with his skateboard (named Ollie) around the beautiful beach town of Coolangatta, Australia.
We think you’ll agree with us when we say – go Didga!
Maru might possibly be the funniest cat ever born. He has no inhibitions, no worries, & finds fun in everything he does.
Cats don’t speak with words, but they can still communicate with their owners using their voice, posture and behaviour. If you can learn to understand the way your furry friend talks to you, you’ll have no trouble recognizing when he’s happy and feeling good.
Let’s firstly consider your cat’s voice. The sound of a meow or yowl can range from a high pitched monotone to a deeper sound that has a much lower tone. The higher pitched sounds are usually associated with contentment and security. Happy cats do purr, but this in itself doesn’t mean he is happy. Cats also make this sound when they’re distressed or injured, so take into consideration other indicators of his mood rather than just relying on the fact that he is purring.
A happy puss has a relaxed posture, with half closed eyes and ears held slightly to the side. His whiskers will point forward and his tail will be held high, often with just the tip bent over. He will sit or stand close to you and will reach forward to be stroked. He may roll onto his back and stretch out, which is an indication that he feels particularly safe and secure.
His coat will be smooth and well maintained; cats that are stressed or anxious neglect their grooming or they over-groom themselves resulting in patches of thinner hair. Don’t be surprised if your cat dribbles and drools when you stroke him because this too is a sign of contentment. Some cats even lick and knead their owners with their paws, or head butt them to show affection.
How your cat behaves around your home will give you a good indication that he’s feeling good. Happy cats are confident enough to explore their environment, and will be keen to sniff and pat at anything unfamiliar. While kittens are more likely to play chase and wrestle, cats of any age enjoy a game when they’re in a good mood.
Keep an eye on your furry friend’s toileting habits. Stress and anxiety can lead to unusual behaviours such as going to the toilet outside the litter tray or spraying urine on the walls and furniture. Stress can also be a trigger for feline lower urinary tract disease, which may result in a visit to your vet.
These guidelines are very general and nobody knows your cat as well as you. Because of this, you’ll be able to identify his unique signals that life is good and all is well in his world.
Puzzle solving cats are just the best! Cats who don’t obey the rules of the game are even better.
How well do you understand what your cats telling you through body language? It can be a tricky art to master, our video here is full of expert advice on how to understand exactly what your cat is telling you.