May Rescue Cat
Tiny and playful Caddie Woodlawn will always be a kitten! After losing her home due to circumstances out of her control, Caddie has been a bit frightened by the shelter atmosphere, but when she’s introduced to a human her pretty green eyes light up. She loves nothing more than bonding, and purrs nonstop when petted and given attention. Little Caddie is ready for a home that will give her the love she needs! Caddie is currenty at the Tree House Humane Society in Bucktown. She
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,
Is Your Cat Shy?
Companion felines have unique personalities, and some are more outgoing than others. If a cat is calm and friendly with his/her family, but not with others, it is because he/she didn't have enough experience meeting new people as a kitten. A cat must have frequent opportunities to meet new people, especially between the ages of 2-7 weeks. The best way to make sure your kitten is social is to give him or her lots of chances to meet new people of different ages, sizes, and gend
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
Cats Improve Your Health
Cats make wonderful companion pets. Here is a list of ways that having a cat can make you happy and healthy! 1. Lower Stress. Petting a purring cat helps calm nerves. 2. Decreased dyspnea. A cat's purr can decrease symptoms of dyspnea (labored breathing, shortness of breath) in both cats and humans. 3. Lower blood pressure. Having interactions with a cat and hearing the purring sound a cat makes has statistically shown to lower blood pressure. 4. Heart benefits. Studies have
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