Melissa L. Kauffman Covering the pet world for more than 25 years, Melissa L. Kauffman has been an editor/writer for a wide variety of pet magazines and websites from the small critters to parrots to cats and dogs. Her advisory team of rescued pets — dogs Tampa Bay and Justice and parrots Deacon and Pi-Pi — help keep her on
Look at any photograph of a celebrity and rest assured there’s a glam squad behind the scenes primping and putting every hair in place. While your own glamour puss is very capable of taking care of her fur, felines still require a little help from their favorite stylist — you! Good grooming is not just
Need to jump-start your cat’s waning appetite? School your cat in a cool, new trick like jumping through a hoop? Need a reliable tool to build trust in a scaredy-cat? Or, are you simply looking for a win-win way to give your cat his needed medicine without a struggle? Welcome to the lickable cat treat
Cat parents are finally getting the message to protect their cats against fleas, ticks and heartworms. According to the American Pet Products Association, parasiticide sales for cats are up. “It’s about time,” cheers veterinary parasitologist and Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Michael Dryden, Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. “The time is right, right now for
When approaching a new DIY Catification project, I sometimes like to walk the aisles of the home improvement store looking for materials that can be used in a completely unexpected way. That’s how I came up with this idea for a new way to make a cat tent. You’ll just need a few simple items
Following on from Earth Day, a leading animal charity is offering advice on how to become an eco-friendly pet owner. Cats Protection, the UK’s largest feline charity, says that investing in a greener future can start at home with a few simple changes to pet care routines. Alison Richards, Cats Protection’s Head of Clinical Services,
In the Abyssinian alphabet, A is for active, M is for mischievous and S is for super smart. The agile and athletic cats are known for their love of heights, lively nature and unquenchable curiosity. “Abys are very energetic, and that takes some people by surprise,” says Linda Kay Hardie, who has lived with 19
Stress Awareness Month (April) April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month, and many of us may take some time to evaluate our mental health and wellbeing – but what about the mental health of our precious pets? PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing said: “We all know how important it is to monitor our own
As a veterinarian specializing in cats, I’ve examined many cats with temperaments that could be described as “a little flaky.” While I’ve grown to appreciate some of these flaky feline personalities, flaky haircoats are a completely different story. Cats are fastidious when it comes to their appearance, meticulously grooming their fur to maintain a beautiful,
Helping your furry friend cope with allergies While Allergy Awareness Week (26 – 30 April) is an important time to highlight the difficulties many of us face with allergies, we mustn’t forget that our precious pets can suffer from these reactions too. PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing said: “Just like us, pets can develop allergies
No matter the season, the goings on of the great outdoors are a feast for feline senses. Even kitties who primarily live indoors find plenty to see, smell and experience if we give them inviting opportunities. Here are six suggestions — read on, humans! Open windows (with screens) In any climate, it’s possible to open a
Jackie Brown Pet expert Jackie Brown has spent 20 years following her passion for animals as a writer and editor in the pet publishing industry. She is contributing writer for National Geographic’s Complete Guide to Pet Health, Behavior, and Happiness: The Veterinarian’s Approach to At-Home Animal Care (April 2019) and author of the book It’s
Kittens are funny, curious, independent and beautiful. They amaze and entertain with their leaps and impressive hunting skills. Want to know more? We’ve got it all in our quick and easy guide to kittens from A to Z. Activity Level Kittens begin exploring at around 3 weeks of age and, as they grow, their activity level