Catnip! Is it Safe for Your Cat?
Originally from Europe and Asia, minty, lemony catnip has long been associated with cats. Research shows that cats big and small adore this member of the mint family. Catnip's allure is in it's oil, nepetalactone, which is found in catnip's leaves, stems, and seeds. Whether your kitty's response is aggressive playfulness or mellow and calm relaxation, once the pleasure passes it will be about two hours before a cat can respond again to catnip. Because cats respond to catnip,
Does Your Cat Avoid the Litter Box?
If your cat has started to avoid the litter box, take heart. There are things you can do to learn the cause of this behavior. There are usually three reasons why cats urinate outside their litter box. 1. Medical Condition. If your cat suddenly starts peeing in inappropriate places, make an appointment with your veterinarian to investigate disorders known to cause this behavior. Any change in your cat's behavior, including a difference in litter box habits, should be investiga
Your Cat and Hairballs
When your cat grooms himself, tiny hook-like structures on the tongue catch loose and dead hair, which is then swallowed by your cat. Some of the hair stays in the stomach, which forms the hairball. Ultimately, your cat will vomit the hairball to get rid of it. Hairballs are most likely to appear in long haired cat breeds. As cats grow older, they become groomers and more proficient at removing fur from their coats. It can be disturbing to watch your cat eliminate a hairball.
Cat of the Month
Chicagoland Cat Sitters' cat of the month for April is Stormborn. She is currently staying at Tree House Humane Society for cats. Stormborn was found in Bronzeville, locked inside a metal file container in the snow. She was named after the powerful and strong character, Daenerys Targaryen Stormborn, on Game of Thrones. She is energetic and playful, and also a loveable lapcat. Stormborn fought to live and now has a perfect chance for a good home! #saveapet #treehousehumanesoci
Household Hazards for Cats
Cats are curious animals! Exploring their environment may expose them to obvious dangers, especially in the home. It takes a bit of time to cat proof a home, but as a cat owner, it is worth it to know that your cat is healthy and safe. Here are some examples of hazardous items around your home that can cause harm to your cat: 1. Human medicines. Medicines such as antidepressants, cold medicines, diet pills, vitamins and supplements should not be left any where in your home th
Like most mammals, cats have allergies. Cats can exhibit an array of symptoms including sore eyes, excessive mucus, sneezing, itchy back or ears, and paw chewing. Just like humans, cats can suffer from an aray of different allergies too. Cats who have developed food allergies will scratch their head or neck as a symptom. Food allergies can show up at any age for a cat. Cats who spend time outside will be more prone to flea and pollen allergies, and cats who are overweight or
March Cat Rescue of the Month
Chicagoland Cat Sitter's cat rescue for the month of March is Little Miss Solid Gold! She is currently residing at Tree House Humane Society. She was born in 2012 and was found in a carrier, frightened and self-protective. She's not used to the shelter environment, but Little Miss Solid Gold tries to be tough and brave. She is curious in her surroundings and interested in people. She is shy to the touch, so try using a wand toy with her to play and let her warm up to you. Lit
Preventing Cancer for Your Cat
There are a few steps that you as a cat owner can do to help prevent your cat from developing cancer. Cats do not necessarily get cancer more often than other animals, but it does appear that cancer is more aggressive when a cat is diagnosed. If you take preventative measures, it will help decrease the chances of your cat becoming sick. 1. If you have a female cat, get her spayed. Being spayed at a young age will significantly decrease your cat's chances of developing mammary
Cat Rescue of the Month
Meet Verbana! Chicagoland Cat Sitters' Rescue Cat of the Month! Hi there. I am Verbena. I was born at Harmony House in May, 2011. My mom and two of my sisters already have homes and now I am waiting for my home. I am easy going and friendly, but I like to take a little time to get to know people. Come visit me at Harmony House! #cat #chicago #adopt #adoption #adoptacat #chicagolandcatsitters #harmonyhouseforcats #pets #pet
The Importance of Well Visits for Cats
Cats should be taken for a check up at the very least once a year, but every six months if possible. A "well cat" visit is probably the most important thing for a cat's health. During this visit, your veterinarian will check the cat's body, looking for signs of diseases or anything unusual. Your vet will check your cat's ears for parasites, mouth for tartar and gum disease, heart and lungs, and skin for lesions or bumps. Your veterinarian will also weigh your cat and assign a