Archives for : August2015

Dear Green Gato #13 – Picky Kitty

Persian Cat Sitting Near The Bowl FoodDear Green Gato,

I’m coming to you with a culinary question. My cat, Whiskers, has recently picked up a new behavior that I’m not too pleased with. My veterinarian has recommended that I give Whiskers dry food and wet food, as opposed to just the dry food that I had been giving him. He has always been a voracious eater and chomps down on his kibble like it’s nobody’s business. However, he seems to be too picky to indulge in wet food. I’ve been trying to give him a variety of different cans to no avail. I find it odd that he wouldn’t eat the wet food, since it seems much more meaty and delicious in my opinion. Why won’t Whiskers eat the wet food, and how can I get it to seem more appealing to him?

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What To Do With Your Cat While You’re Out Of Town

Dark-grey cat is looking at the rain through the windowCats are a low-maintenance pet that requires only a minor amount of responsibilities. The furry creatures can make do on their own for long hours and won’t fault you for it once you finally come home. Many cat owners wonder how long a cat could be by himself, and how to handle going out of town. Depending on the length of your trip, you may need to enlist in some services to make sure that your kitty is well-fed and getting the attention that they crave while you’re away.

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Cat Breeds 101: The Siamese Cat

Siamese CatThe Siamese cat is one of the most recognizable cat breeds in the world. Their light body and dark face and tail combined with their striking blue eyes have taken the cat world by storm over the past decade. Although the first Siamese cat wasn’t documented in the United States until 1878, the cats have made their way into pop culture, art, and many cat-lovers’ hearts. Here, we’re going to explore the majestic Siamese cat and what makes it such a special breed.

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Cat Breeds 101: The Maine Coon

Did you know that Maine Coons can come in any color?

Did you know that Maine Coons can come in any color?

Although cat breeds are less in quantity than dog breeds, they sure make up for it in glamour. One of the most popular and recognizable cat breeds is the Maine Coon. The Maine Coon is known for their intelligence, playfulness, but most of all, their size. The Maine Coon cat is the largest breed of domestic cats in the whole world. These cats have made a resurgence in popularity in the past few decades, and are sure to only continue being treasured for their elegant stature and dog-like nature.

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Declawing: The Facts

Cat ClawsMany cat owners ponder the decision of whether or not to declaw their cats. You’ve heard all of the rumors; good and bad. Some people believe that declawing a cat is an inhumane act, while others see it as a housekeeping necessity. We’re here to set the record straight and give you all the facts on the ethics of declawing, as well as other ways to make kitty claws be an issue of the past.

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How To Help A Fat Cat Lose Weight

This cat resembles a basketball.

This cat resembles a basketball.

Did you know that obesity is one of the main health problems for cats? It is easy for cats to pack on pounds, especially if they’re indoor-only. As you can imagine, this leads to a variety of health ailments for your furry little friend. Although a round cat can be pleasing to the eye, obesity puts cats at risk of diabetes, arthritis, heart disease, and many other health ailments. Even the fattest cat can lose weight with the right plan. If your cat is seriously overweight, make sure to consult your veterinarian before making dietary changes. Losing weight at too rapid of a pace can strike up other serious health complications.

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Walking Your Cat

"What're you lookin' at?"

“What’re you lookin’ at?”

Cats aren’t known for their obedience skills, and many cat owners wonder if they’ll ever teach their kitty a trick. Contrary to this popularly-held belief, it is entirely possible to teach your cat tricks, and even teach them how to walk on a leash with you. If you have an indoor/outdoor cat, you likely won’t need to worry about leashing your cat, but you might want to give it a shot simply as a bonding experience between you two. For those of you longing to bring your kitty outside but have less than favorable surroundings, teaching your cat to walk on a leash might just be the trick.

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Dear Green Gato #12 – Shoe Fetish

sandals. shoes on white backgroundDear Green Gato,

My cat, Ollie, seems to have a shoe fetish. Every time that I come home and take my shoes off after a long day, Ollie comes a-running. He immediately plops his big orange body directly on my shoes, preferably the ones that I wore that day. He also fancies my house slippers and can’t get enough of my sandals. Whenever guests come over, he rolls around with the shoes like he’s at a party with old friends. He will rub his face on the shoes and sniff them all over.

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Why Are Cats So Cute?

Cute gray kitten on carpet on floor at homeThe question at hand may sound silly, but there must be a reason why we find cats so dang cute. Why do cats populate such a large percentage of the internet? Why do we take these feral, fur-covered, fang and claw-wielding creatures into our homes? To understand why we find cats so cute, there are a few factors that we must examine.

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Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Sleeping CatThe term “cat nap” isn’t without an explanation; cat owners know that this isn’t just a figure of speech. However, a real cat nap can last for many hours, rather than just a few like the term. Cats sleep up to 75% of their lives away, and many people wonder why this is.

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