OK, I'm betting you've never seen this before. I know I haven't. Some guy posted a video of his cat hiccuping and farting at the same time! I must have watched this video around five times and I couldn't stop laughing! Check it out...

Article by Laura Ramirez.

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Bladder crystals in cats can cause pain, bleeding and make it difficult for your pet to urinate. In this article you'll learn which treatments are most effective and why and what to do to prevent bladder stones from coming back.

If you suspect that your cat has bladder stones, get him to the vet as soon as possible, so determine the type of bladder stones and the best possible treatment. Although some bladder crystals in cats require surgery, the struvite variety can be dissolved through diet and natural medicine.

If your cat has struvite bladder crystals, avoid a prescription for antibiotics because in addition to being harsh, these drugs can cause side effects. More importantly, they do not heal the cause of bladder stones and as such, can lead to chronic issues. Antibiotics can also destroy the good bacteria in the stomach which can create digestive problems.

Natural remedies work differently than drugs by providing the body with the nutrients it needs to heal itself and restoring the proper pH to the bladder, so that crystals cannot continue to form. These remedies are holistic and are made from formulations that contain herbs like Cantharis, Uva Ursi and Staphysagris. The herbs are made into a tonic that is inexpensive, easy to administer and can be used effectively to treat and prevent bladder crystals in cats.

Since these remedies for bladder crystals in cats are 100% natural, they have no side effects and will not interact with any other drugs your pet might be taking. They are gentle enough to use everyday for cats that tend to have bladder issues (especially older cats), but are strong enough to dissolve cats' bladder crystals quickly and completely.

If you decide to continue to give your cat a natural remedy to promote healthy urine flow, make sure your cat is eating a good diet. Check food labels to ensure that the cat food you buy does not contain fillers, chemicals or cheap grains.These ingredients can alter the pH of the bladder, making your pet susceptible to infection and bladder crystals in cats. In order to flush toxins from the bladder, you'll also want to make sure your cat is well-hydrated and always has access to a fresh, clean bowl of water. A daily natural remedy, nutrient-dense food, and clean water are the three best, most effective preventative measures you can take.

Laura Ramirez is a pet lover and enthusiastic researcher of natural solutions which heal disorders and keep pets vibrant and healthy. Find out more about safe, effective ways to maintain your pet's urinary tract health at http://www.pet-ut-health.com.

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The reason cats purr is because they're content.

LONG ANSWER:

The purr comes from two membrane folds, called false vocal chords, that are situated behind the actual vocal cords. Cats purr at 26 cycles per second. Kitty purrs both when he or she inhales and exhales, all the time keeping his or her mouth completely closed. Scientists think purring is produced by blood in a large vein in the chest cavity that vibrates and is then magnified by air in the windpipe.

Kittens are born blind and deaf; but the vibration of their mothers' purring is a physical signal that the kittens can feel -- it acts like a homing device, signaling them to nurse. Kittens begin to purr at about one week of age, and this signals Mom that they are getting their milk.

WHAT SOME PURRS MEAN:

A deep purr can indicate that your feline is in pain or experiencing distress. Female cats for instance, purr when they're in labor. Sometimes cats purr from fear. Cats also purr when they are anticipating something that will make them happy, like food or being pet.

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striped brushing.jpegBefore beginning to try to change the behavior of your cat, it may be a good idea to learn a little bit about cat behavior. One of the most natural instincts for a cat is to jump and automatically land on their feet. A kitten is not born with the natural cushion it takes to be able to land on it's feet and it takes about 7 weeks for this cushion to actually develop. Also, cats have a unique bone structure when compared to other animals. A cat's bones are more flexible and because they have no collar bone they are able to turn more easily. This enables a cat to jump from many different angles without causing injury to itself in most instances.

As a result of this natural instinct to jump, you may wish to teach you cat how to jump through hoops, over sticks, or even from a scratching post onto your shoulder or back. Watch out for the claws though. Also, do keep in mind that a cat can be injured when jumping from extreme heights such as breaking a leg or internal injuries so use caution when training your cat to jump. Cats have the ability to hear high frequencies and pitches so you will often find they come running when you are opening a can of food or a door.

I know my own cats always seem to know when I am about to open a door to go outside and they will either be waiting to come in or trying to get out and heaven forbid I should open a can of anything, all four cats are right there wanting to know if they are going to get a treat. I am sometimes amazed at a cat's sense of smell. Just the other day when Ben was cutting up cold chicken, my cat Twinkie, who was sound asleep in the other room, woke up and came to see if she could have some scraps. She loves chicken.

It is their sense of smell that causes them to rub up against things or to urinate in certain areas. They are leaving their scent so that they will know they have been there before. This is what is known as marking their territory. When another cat or animal is in the same area, they will know that this cat was there before them. Understanding a little about these natural instincts and behaviors can help you learn more about how to train cats. Letting you cat use it's natural instincts during training is an important thing to keep in mind.

Older cats sometimes tend to become a little aggressive, especially if they are ill or if there are other cats in the home. Training a cat that is not in good health is not a good idea so check with your vet if you think your cat may have any medical problems before you start trying to train them.

If your cat had a previous owner and for some reason they decided to give the cat up, this can cause a cat to become depressed and show some signs of anxiety. I know this for a fact because when Sammy was first born he was supposed to go to my father in law but Sammy knew he was supposed to be my cat. He cried non stop for 2 days until Wally couldn't take it anymore and brought him back home. Don't worry if you have a similar reaction from your cat because they will learn to love you just as much in a short period of time. Again, be patient and don't try to train your cat if he is stressed out.

Pictures_cats_scratching_furniture.jpgYou should never, under any circumstance hit a cat because this will cause the cat to be afraid of you and it is very hard to undo the damage once it has been done. I do yell at my cat's every now and then if they do something they shouldn't but I have had them for a number of years and they are spoiled rotten and already know that I love them unconditionally. Using a spray bottle filled with water is one of the best ways to control unwanted behavior.

If you find your cat is constantly behaving in a way that bothers you, such as knocking things off tables or counter tops, simply remove everything just like you might do for a child. Learning how to train cats before you get one is the ideal way to go but if you already have a cat, it is never too late to start teaching them good habits. The best time to begin training is when you first get your cat or kitten but keep in mind this is only if there are no health or depression issues. If you have a good relationship with your cat from the beginning, you are more likely to have a happy, healthy cat.

Article By Kimberly Aita

cat-at-the-vet.jpgYes, cats can get the flu.

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In the last couple of years, a hyper-virulent virus has been hitting shelters and other high-density housing of cats [catteries, rescues, veterinary clinics, pet stores]. And while nicknamed “cat flu”, it is most commonly caused by Feline Herpes Virus-1 [also known as Feline Virus Rhinotracheitis], or Feline Calicivirus. And then, there was also the startling news recently of a documented case of the H1N1 virus in a cat.

How is cat flu spread?

Much the same way a cold is spread in humans – from cat to cat contact, and from contact with the nasal and eye discharge from an infected cat.

Most kitten vaccines for feline distemper (panleukopenia) also include rhinotracheitis and calicivirus. There is also a vaccine for virulent calicivirus, but it is unlikely to protect against different strains. Like human flu viruses, feline calicivirus often mutates, making older vaccines ineffective. Vaccination does not prevent illness, and infected cats can still shed these highly contagious viruses; but vaccines are thought to minimize symptoms and reduce viral shedding. Fully vaccinated adult cats are still susceptible; in the case of virulent systemic calicivirus, adults actually fare worse than kittens.

pictures_of_cat_breed_of_cats_Abyssinian.jpgWith the exception of a few true cat fanciers, Americans have traditionally been less particular about the bloodlines of their cats than of their dogs. Cats were most commonly seen on farms and they worked to help keep down the vermin population. As cats have become more of a companion than a farm-hand there has been a steadily increasing interest in cat breeds, their purity, and pedigree . The Cat Fanciers' Association is dedicated to the preservation of the purebred and recognizes 39 pedigreed cat breeds. Listed below are 15 of these breeds along with some information about the breed's characteristics and history.

I_can_has_treats_please.jpgArticle by Thomas Hapka, author of Feline Aids: A Pet Owner's Guide.

Each year, thousands of cats are diagnosed with Feline AIDS, also known as the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus or FIV. This potentially life-threatening disease attacks and impairs the immune system, leaving infected animals vulnerable to a variety of infections. Even a seemingly innocent head cold can pose serious risks for these cats.

The name "Feline AIDS" inspires fear in the hearts of many pet owners. However, this disease is not the same virus that infects humans.

FIV is species specific, affecting only cats. Furthermore, it is not easily spread among the feline population. Deep, penetrating bite wounds like those exchanged by un-neutered males during fights are the most common means of transmission, and some evidence suggests that mothers can pass the disease to their unborn kittens. Infected cats can share litter pans and food dishes with their housemates without spreading the disease.

Because traditional veterinary medicine doesn't offer a "cure" for Feline AIDS, well-meaning veterinarians often recommend euthanasia as a primary course of action. Others attempt to treat infected cats with aggressive courses of prescription drugs, including steroids, interferon, AZT, and antibiotics. This approach is problematic, as each of these medications can produce substantial side effects and further suppress the immune system - the last thing an immune compromised animal can afford.

While medical treatments for Feline AIDS are somewhat limited, natural therapies offer a variety of benefits. Vitamin supplements, homeopathy and herbals, for example, can bolster an ailing cat's immune system, even during the advanced stages of the disease. Most of these products are affordable and available at any health food store.

Comprehensive dietary nutrition is also essential for cats with FIV. Keeping them healthy on a diet of commercial pet food is extremely difficult, as these foods are nutritionally inadequate and laden with harmful colorings, preservatives, and inferior meat sources.

cat_food_prey.jpgMany holistic practitioners recommend raw meat for cats with Feline AIDS. Some pet owners question the safety of a raw diet, but FIV+ cats frequently thrive on this rich, whole food nutrition. Unlike humans, animals are designed to safely digest raw foods as they would in the wild.

Although natural treatments have proven effective, anyone caring for an FIV+ cat should maintain a good relationship with a skilled medical vet. Immune compromised animals sometimes require IV's, oral cleanings, and other supportive care. Pet owners should exercise caution, however, as some common medical treatments - such as vaccinations - pose a threat to cats with FIV.

Cats receiving natural treatments often enjoy a high quality of life for many years, but there are times when euthanasia is the compassionate choice for animals in the throws of advanced Feline AIDS. The bottom line is that a diagnosis of FIV is not an automatic death sentence.

Thomas Hapka is a freelance writer and graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He learned of FIV in 1995 when his cat, Jac, was diagnosed. Since then, he has consulted with hundreds of pet owners. His clients have spanned nine countries and included two American zoos. Hapka has been featured in the magazines Australian National Cat, Cat's Life, and Animal Wellness. He is presently enrolled at the British Institute of Homeopathy USA, pursuing a degree in veterinary homeopathy.

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I got this email from Mimi, from Free Kibble Kat.com, she's continuing her great work to feed hungry cats and dogs, and tomorrow is a special day, 5 times the kibble for every answer right or wrong, so make sure you click tomorrow. Mimi writes:

"This is Mimi Ausland from freekibble.com. :-) I know that you have been very supportive of freekibble.com, and I wanted to give you an update on what has been going on. We have donated over 1,779,084 meals to homeless dogs and cats and have given this food to 13 monthly shelters and over 60 large one time donations to shelters across the country! We are starting to do some new things here at freekibble.com to raise even more food for homeless animals. Including an event called the Freekibble Hi-5! On November 5th, we will donate 5 times the kibble (50 pieces), for each person that plays Bow-wow trivia. Halo Pets is sponsoring the event with no limit on the kibble!

"Therefore, we want to get as many people as we can to go to the site - so we can raise a bunch of kibble! Our goal is to generate 5 million pieces of kibble on the 5th. I was wondering if you would consider posting the FreeKibble Hi-5 on FaceKitty to help spread the word? Or maybe putting a link to www.freekibble.com on your website, or tweet it! That would be awesome! This is a great opportunity to help feed a lot more dogs. Thanks so much!

Here is a link to more information... http://www.freekibble.com/hi-5.asp

MIMI"

And it's fun to play, I learned that in the 16th century, anyone visiting an English home would kiss the family to bring good luck! Ha I knew kissing Neo was a good thing!

Article by Sandy Stone

cat1px00010_91_2.jpegIf you decide to get a kitten for your home and keep it indoors, remember that you are taking a lot of responsibility on yourself. You will have a lot more things to do than to only feed and play with your new friend. Your kitten will need to be trained in order to behave well in the house. This may take much of your time and will require a lot of patience and effort.

Usually the best time to teach an animal something is when the animal is still young and so it is with kittens. Luckily cats don't need to go to a special behavior training school like dogs do. It is easier to raise a cat yourself than it is with a dog.

Before you get a cat, read about how they behave in general. If you don't do that it will be very hard for you. Maybe you are not a cat person at all? Cats are affectionate and usually well behaved. If a cat doesn't behave well, you can be sure there is something wrong with them or the environment they live in. As soon as you find out what it is and fix it, the problem is solved and your cat will start to behave normally.

Here are some tips to help you train your little cat at home:

Little cats love to play. They need to exercise. If you will not provide toys for them they will find things from your home and it will be most likely be things you would not want them to play with.

Usually kittens are not toilet trained. You will need to train them in order to keep your home clean and odor free. Get a suitable litter box which is not too small for your cat. Your cat should feel comfortable in it. Put some shredded newspaper or carpet on the bottom initially, as this will help your kitten to understand what it is used for. When they are using the litter box consistently you can then change over to regular cat litter.

In order to protect your furniture from being scratched, you need to buy a scratching pad or post for your cat. A little kitten may not able to destroy much of anything at first because their claws are not strong, but when your cat gets older they will be a danger to your furniture. Your best tool while training your kitten is rewards. Every time your little cat does something good give them a little treat as a reward. Remember about this wonderful tool. It will make or break your training. Hitting or shouting will not be beneficial; if you do that they will be afraid of you and you will not be able to teach them anymore.

Little kittens are wonderful, sweet and lovable. The time you will spend with your little one will be joyful and happy. Your effort will pay off and you will have a well behaved cat at home.

Sandy Stone is a cat lover and author. She owns and maintains No Bad Cats!, a resource for training a kitten.

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Tidy Cats® "Campaign to End Cattiness" Debunks Myths about Multiple Cat Owners

National Survey Reveals "Catty" Stereotypes among Non-Cat Owners

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To help debunk these misperceptions and celebrate the millions of multiple cat owners, Tidy Cats brand cat litter today launched the "Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness." The campaign includes a national contest on www.tidycats.com in which multiple cat owners can share their stories about their fulfilled lives with their cats to help redefine what it means to be a "cat lady."

"The reason there are millions of people who have multiple cats is because our feline friends enrich our lives and reward us in countless meaningful ways," said Dr. Pia Salk, animal welfare advocate, psychologist and spokesperson for the Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness. "Cats have always been misunderstood and it's high time to change misperceptions about these amazing animals and the people who share their homes with them."

While a total of 62 percent of non-cat owners say they agree with the statement, "when I think about people with multiple cats, I think of the phrase 'crazy cat lady,' people who own more than one cat have very different perceptions of themselves and their homes. According to the survey, multiple cat owners describe themselves as being caring and loving (96 percent), generous (90 percent), well adjusted and fulfilled (87 percent). And, nearly nine in ten cat owners (87%) say their cats do not prevent them from keeping their home clean and odor-free.

Nearly a quarter of multiple cat owners surveyed admitted that they would like to eliminate the "crazy cat lady" stereotype and prefer terms such as "cat lover" and "animal lover." According to Dr. Salk, now is their chance to be heard.

"The survey found that 88 percent of multiple cat owners credit their cats with making their lives more fulfilling and rewarding," said Dr. Salk. "We want to hear from these people and share their stories to help educate others about the abundant lives people live with their multiple cats."

Multiple cat owners can enter the Tidy Cats Campaign to End Cattiness contest from July 23 through September 11. Cat owners are invited to share their personal stories of how they enjoy more life and less worry at home with their multiple cats. Dr. Salk and cat lovers across America will select the winning entry in the national photo/essay contest. The Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000, a one-year supply of Tidy Cats® Scoop brand cat litter, and the opportunity to be featured in a Tidy Cats Cribs Webisode that will appear on the cat litter brand's Web site and other social networking sites. For complete contest rules, visit www.tidycats.com.

"As the leading cat litter brand designed for homes with multiple cats, we are committed to helping multiple cat owners keep their home smelling like home," said Sheridan Budin, Tidy Cats Brand Manager. "A great choice for your multiple cat litter needs is new and improved Tidy Cats® Scoop that is specially formulated to neutralize odors in multiple cat homes."

To find more information about the Tidy Cats "Campaign to End Cattiness," results from the national survey and/or enter the contest, please visit www.tidycats.com.

Read more about the survey at http://www.prnewswire.com/mnr/tidycats/39134/

Article by Darlene L. Norris

pictures_cats_comfortable.jpegHave you ever heard any of these myths about feline diabetes? If you have a diabetic cat, you need to know the truth about this disease, not a bunch of old wives' tales. Don't be paralyzed by ignorance. Know the facts about your feline diabetic, and learn how you can help him.

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Myth #1. You'll Have To Put Your Diabetic Cat To Sleep

Not necessarily. Unless your pet has other health issues like kidney failure or is very elderly, it's possible to manage this disease. However, you do need to realize that it does take quite a bit of time, especially at first, to learn how to check your furry friend's blood sugar and then to give him an insulin injection, if needed.

pictures_fat_cat.jpgMyth #2. You Can't Prevent Feline Diabetes

Actually, some experts firmly believe that this condition is a man-made disease, and that it's totally preventable by feeding your pet a high-quality canned food instead of dry cat food.

The biggest issue with dry food is that the carbohydrate level is much too high for your kitty. Felines are meant to eat meat, not grains, and most dry foods are overwhelmingly composed of grains. Although this is good for the bottom line of the pet food companies, it's not good for the bottom line concerning your pet's health.

Feeding too much of the wrong kind of food leads to an overweight feline, which is a sure recipe for many other health problems, including diabetes in cats.

Myth #3.You Can't Check Your Kitty's Blood Sugar Levels At Home

Of course you can. In fact, you should. It's essential to know what his blood sugar level is before you give him an insulin injection. You'll also save a lot of time and money if you don't always have to be taking your pet to the vet for a blood sugar check. Plus it's much less stressful for your furball if you can do it at home. Your vet can and should teach you how to to this.

Myth #4. Once Your Furball Is On Insulin, You'll Never Get Him Off

Actually, diabetes in cats can sometimes be reversed by changing your kitty's diet. As mentioned above, he shouldn't be eating dry food at all. Canned food is best. If he's overweight, he needs to lose weight, but slowly and carefully, as a too-rapid weight loss can lead to very serious problems.

Get your kitty exercising more. Encourage him to play by tempting him with a toy on a string. Exercise will help him lose weight, and is a great way to manage blood sugar levels naturally. Start slowly, and work up to two or three ten-minute sessions a day.

really_fat_cat.jpgMyth #5. Natural Remedies For Cats Are A Waste Of Time

Research has shown that herbs, including goat's rue, fenugreek, and astragalus, along with the mineral chromium, are very effective in controlling blood sugar levels in pets, as well as in people. In fact, by using a combination of diet, exercise, and herbs and dietary supplements, you may be able to dispense with insulin injections completely.

Don't buy into any of these myths about feline diabetes. Stop feeling helpless and take charge of your kitty's health today. Learn more about how diet, exercise, and natural remedies for cats can control and even reverse diabetes in cats.

Darlene Norris has combined her experience working at a vet clinic with her long-time interest in natural healing to bring you her new website, Natural Pet Diabetes Control. Learn how you can use natural remedies for cats to treat your diabetic cat by visiting http://NaturalPetDiabetesControl.com

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pictures_cats_rescuing_kittens.jpegRead this article by Dr. Peters of Hi Plains Animal Welfare Society before you try to remove kittens you find. You can also read more about Kitten Season there.

Just yesterday, a group of children brought me a box of kittens and asked me to "rescue" them. Their mothers had told them to put the kittens back where they found them. The kids were unhappy with that order and soon located me.

I'm the local cat rescuer, so it seemed logical to ask me. But the facts of the situation show how little people know about cats, kittens and proper rescue procedures. The mothers weren't too far off with their advice, except that it doesn't solve anything. It only would have helped these kittens survive in their current situation... maybe.

Are They Really Abandoned?

pictures_cats_kittens.jpegThe first mistake the kids made was to assume the kittens were lost or abandoned. But when they approached and gathered them up, they saw the mother cat dart away. They then felt justified in assuming she was abandoning them, and if they were to survive, it would be up to them.

This action deprived the kittens of their mother, the one who is best equipped to raise them, and it deprived the mother cat of her young, to whom she is physiologically and instinctively committed. Without naturally weaning and releasing them herself, she will now go into heat soon and become impregnated again.

The overpopulation cycle actually speeds up with this simple theft of the young from the nest. It mimics what cats do: Roaming males, or tom cats, seek out females to reproduce with. If they find kittens they didn't father, they kill them, the female soon goes into estrus, and the male completes his mission to reproduce his own gene pool.

Have a Plan

So how can we end the overpopulation cycle? First, we have to be smarter than the cats. Simply collecting kittens without a plan only contributes to the stray cat problem. Even with barn cats, I no longer accept what farmers often call "excess" kittens without their mother, who must be spayed before they are returned to their barn life. (After accepting 3 litters from the same cat at one farm, I learned that these people weren't going to fix the problem, so I did, and it became a policy of my shelter that mothers, if available, must accompany surrendered kittens.)

This is how the children should have handled yesterday's litter:

When they discovered the crying kittens, all nestled together in a grass thicket or a wood pile, they should have called their local shelter (or some responsible adult who understands cats) to request help rescuing this little family. While waiting for help to arrive, their mission would be to keep an eye on things from a non-threatening distance. The mother cat would most likely return, and then might remove her babies to another, safer (in her mind) location. Cats seek privacy when they have babies to care for.

Call an Experienced Rescuer

pictures_kitten.jpegIdeally, help would arrive before she moved any, in the form of someone with a trap. One or all of the kittens could be placed into it, as "bait." Then, when mama kitty goes in, you have them all safely confined and they can be moved.

Admittedly, that kind of luck is not common. Therefore, the next method is to gather the kittens and take them to a safe place, while a trap is set for the mother at that location. Keep enough distance so she will return to see if the babies are still there. Instead of using food as bait, place a cloth that has the kittens' scent on it inside the trap. If you put food in it, some other cat might go in to eat, and you will collect the wrong cat.

Never Leave a Trap Unwatched Too Long

The trap needs to be watched so you can take her quickly to join her young ones, probably to a shelter where she can attend to them in a comfortable, quiet setting. If they are put into a cage in the general, noisy or bustling surroundings, she might kill them, as mother cats often will refuse to raise a family in what they consider to be a threatening environment.

This is most likely to happen with feral cats, as they are afraid of humans. Strays, on the other hand, are usually abandoned former housecats and may be wary, but not terrified. (Warning: It's still wise to deal with all loose cats cautiously to avoid injury. Even a tame mother animal can be a tornado if frightened. Therefore, do not try to touch them.)

Feral moms should be spayed and vaccinated before being returned to their territories, while strays may be adoptable after they have weaned the little ones and have been spayed.

Though cats can reproduce at any time of the year, spring and summer are the most common seasons to bring new cats into the world. It's called Kitten Season, and is the time when most people encounter kittens in all kinds of scenarios and may try to "rescue" them. It's critical to do it correctly if you truly want them to survive. Dr. RJ Peters established a rescue shelter in 2002 and likes to share the lessons learned to help others.

Article by Thomas Hapka

pictures_cats_FIV.jpegEach year, scores of pet owners receive the shocking news that their beloved cats have been diagnosed with FIV (also known as the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus). But there are many things veterinarians typically don't tell these pet owners about the realities of this disease and the available treatment options. Here are a few examples.

1. A diagnosis of FIV is NOT an automatic death sentence: Cats with FIV can live for many years and enjoy a good quality of life. Even those felines showing symptoms often bounce back with proper treatment.

2. FIV can be treated: Veterinarians often tell pet owners there are no treatment options available for cats with FIV. This is simply NOT true. Natural treatments have proven remarkably effective in the treatment of the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus. Holistic modalities like homeopathy and herbal medicine, used in concert with nutritional supplements and a quality diet, can support and revitalize a faltering immune system. Such therapies work well as preventative measures for cats not yet showing symptoms, and they can also be lifesaving for those in the advanced stages of the disease.

pictures_cats_healthy_cat.jpeg3. Cats with FIV do NOT always have to be isolated: Unlike other feline diseases, FIV is not wildly contagious. It is typically spread through deep, penetrating bite wounds like those exchanged by unneutered males during violent street fights. FIV is not spread through mutual grooming, shared bedding, food dishes, water bowls, or litter pans. FIV is rarely spread amongst cats living in the same house, and the isolation strategy recommended by so many vets is generally misguided.

The bottom line is that FIV+ cats can live long and healthy lives, and pet owners can adopt and keep these animals, secure in the knowledge that they've chosen well.

Thomas Hapka is the award-winning author of Feline AIDS: A Pet Owner's Guide, a book outlining natural treatments for the Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV). He has served as a consultant to pet owners from more than eleven countries, including the cathouses of two U.S. zoos. To schedule an interview with Thomas, call 920.285.8055, email felineaids@hotmail.com, or visit http://felineaids.org/

Article by Rebeca Rambal

pictures_cats_trouble.jpgEven the most ardent fan of the feline species has to admit that cats can be little trouble makers. While dogs can cause quite a bit of mischief themselves, your cat's intelligence, size, and nimbleness can help him or her cause more than a little bit of aggravation for you from time to time. But don't worry. The two of you can learn to live a harmonious life. Here are some strategies that can help you when you have cat trouble.

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Strategy #1: Learn Feline Nonverbal Communication

You'd be surprised how much easier your life would be if you simply understood the nonverbal communication messages your cat is sending your way. For example, if your cat has a habit of nipping you as you pet him, start watching for a few key signs, such as pinned back ears and a flicking tail. These are all signs that affection time is over. If you don't take the subtle hints, your cat has to give you something you will notice: a nip with her tip. By stopping when you see these signs, you can end this problem for good.

Strategy #2: Appreciate the Value of Scratching

While scratched up furniture might not be much of a value, your cat's claws are valuable to her. She uses them to give her a sense of safety and to help her manipulate her environment. Sometimes your couch just gets in the way. The best way to stop these types of unwanted behaviors is to invest in a scratching post and rub some cat nip on it. This will encourage your cat to use the post and to leave your furniture alone. There are also special adhesive strips to avoid this problem. NEVER think of declawing. This surgery is cruel and unnecessary.

Strategy #3: Learn Their Language

Cats are like human babies. An infant cries to get what it wants, but because the baby can't articulate what it wants in a vocabulary we understand, fulfilling the child's needs can sometimes be frustrating. That's the way it is with cats and their meowing. Incessant meowing can, admittedly, be annoying, but it is not being done to make you go crazy or to make ear plug manufacturers wealthy. Your cat is trying to say, "I want this. Please give it to me." As the human, you have to learn what "it" is. Sometimes it's food, a change of litter, or affection. A non-spayed female will meow a great deal when she is ready to mate. Trial and error is the best approach. Just remain calm and remember the meowing is a cry for assistance and not a tool for torture.

Strategy #4: End Bad Digging

pictures_cats_digging.jpegCats enjoy digging - something you may have noticed. They use digging to cover up their waste in the litter box, but they will also go digging as a way to entertain themselves. Your cat might, for example, decide to dig up your garden or your houseplants. Be proactive. Go to the grocery store and buy some fresh citrus fruits. It doesn't matter what kind you get. Cats aren't font of anything citrus. Remove the rinds from the fruits and bury them in the soil where you do not want your cat to dig. This will work wonders. But it might be a good idea to give her a safe outlet for her digging passion, such as a small sandbox in your fenced in backyard or a pot of dirt of her very own.

Following some of these strategies can make living with your cat much more enjoyable for both of you.

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Article by Dr. Peters

pictures_cats_colds.jpegWhen we catch a cold, we are usually plagued with watery eyes, runny nose, congestion, coughing and sneezing. Anyone who has had cats for any length of time has seen these same symptoms from time to time. But did the cat actually have a cold?

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If we go by the definition of a cold as an upper respiratory infection, then yes, cats can catch colds, and the mechanism and course of infection are similar to ours. Usually, the immune system must be diminished to allow it, as healthy individuals will not be debilitated by an assault of the causative agents.

The causes include viruses and bacteria, primarily. Often, a virus will appear first and weaken the tissues in the respiratory tract, at which point, certain bacteria may gain a foothold, creating symptoms as a secondary infection.

pictures_cats_hiding.jpegThe various "cat colds" include FVR (feline viral rhinotracheitis), which is caused by a herpes virus; FCV (feline calicivirus), an RNA virus which is most similar to the human cold viruses; and feline chlamydia, or pneumonitis, caused by a bacterium, chlamydia psittaci. This is the infection that leads to the eye infections that may accompany respiratory symptoms.

Those caused by bacteria are arguably the easiest to fight, as they can be treated with antibiotics, but there are no antibiotics that specifically target viruses. The best approach, then, is to treat the symptoms while supporting the cat's physiology with remedies that promote health and strengthen the immune system.

Those "treatments" involve common sense approaches, such as proper diet and reducing stress in the environment. When these are part of the cat's everyday lifestyle anyway, colds and other illnesses are much less likely to appear in the first place.

This information was obtained from The Cornell (University) Book of Cats. For additional general information about cat health, visit Dr. Peters' website:http://www.theproblemcat.com/articles/cathealth.html

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