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Want to Build a Catio? It’s Even Better than It Sounds!

Build a catio and provide your kitty safe and protected outdoor time. People spend an inordinate amount of time saving up for vacations, or planning activities designed to stimulate the senses. In fact, this preoccupation with our own entertainment motivates us to work longer hours, cut coupons, and invest in the art of patiently waiting for the right moment to appear. This endless pursuit got us thinking about the cats we know and love.

If they were to create something that truly knocked their proverbial socks off, would they build a catio? You bet!

A Taste of Freedom

Without exposure to predators, parasites, or vehicular accidents, indoor-only felines can live two decades (or more!). However, strictly indoor cats commonly have fewer opportunities to exert themselves and exhibit their natural behaviors. Some form of enrichment should be provided and with obesity and diabetes on the rise, it’s worth it to consider the benefits of a catio. Continue…

We Love Black Cats! Let’s Keep Them Safe This Halloween

black catsThey’re shiny, silky, and irresistibly charming, but longstanding, harebrained prejudices widely precede black cats. That lustrous black coat doesn’t charm everyone; instead, some people are driven by unfair superstitions to harm or kidnap these special felines. When we all take into consideration how vulnerable black cats are to Halloween pranksters, we can take better care to protect them.

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The Cutest Gift: Why Cats Love Boxes

cats and boxesThe old adage “Think outside the box” does not apply to cats. Anyone who has shared a living space with a feline knows how much cats love boxes. The sight of an oversized cat stuffed into a tiny cardboard box may make the average human feel claustrophobic, but for the cat it’s perfectly heavenly, and here’s why…

Hiding and Hunting

Wild cats can be observed hiding in the grass, brush, or in rocky outcroppings while stalking prey or resting. Your housecat is not as far removed from his or her larger cousins as you may think! That old Zappos box you left lying on the living room rug may be just the thing Fluffy needs to get in touch with her predatory roots.

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