Holiday Speed Read: A New Robotic Cat Toy And More

Just in time for your holiday shopping, there’s a new robotic cat toy, a new tree ornament from Fancy Feast and more. 

Robotic Cat Toy Could Become Your Cat’s New Best Friend

A robotic cat toy could be just what your cats are hoping for this holiday season.

A robotic cat toy could be just what your cats are hoping for this holiday season.

Cute, isn’t it? The new Ebo robotic cat toy could keep your cat entertained for hours, or at least a few minutes. There’s something in it for you, too. With the Ebo app, you can monitor and record your cats while they play and play along with them via live stream. And if your friends haven’t seen enough cat pictures, the app lets you share on social media.

The toy has collision sensors so it doesn’t crash into things or disappear under the couch while it’s rolling across the floor. Its eyes, movements and sounds mimic live prey. 

Allergic To Cats? Purina Finds A Solution

Cat food coated with an egg product could provide relief for people who are allergic to cats. It’s not going to be on the market for a while though, so check out our suggestions for dealing with cat allergies in the meantime.

 

This little girl is allergic to cats. But the Purina Institute is working on a solution for cat allergies.

The Purina Institute is working on a solution for cat allergies.

Allergic to cats? There might be a cure for cat allergies in the not-too-distant future, and it doesn’t involve injections or human doctors.

Researchers at the Purina Institute have been searching for a way to help people who are allergic to cats for more than 10 years. There’s been some urgency to the search. Eighteen percent of the cats relinquished to shelters are there because a family member is allergic.

The long-awaited solution: coating cat food with an egg product ingredient. 

Cat allergies “have created a huge barrier to cat ownership and may limit the loving interactions between cat lovers and cats,” immunologist Ebenezer Satyaraj, Ph.D., director of molecular nutrition at Purina and lead investigator on the research, told DVM 360.

“Our discovery has the potential to transform how people manage cat allergens.”

It’s A Tiny Protein, Not Fur, That Causes Cat Allergies

“The only thing a cat worries about is what’s happening right now. As we tell the kittens, you can only wash one paw at a time.” 

— Lato Neue, Time Cat

Declawing Cats Is Banned In New York State

Although the state vet association fought tooth and nail, New York in July became the first state in the nation to ban declawing cats. 

 

Declawing cats is now illegal in New York State

Declawing cats is now illegal in New York State.

After years of unsuccessfully trying to claw its way through the state legislature, New York’s bill banning declawing cats finally became law in July.

Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal first proposed a ban on declawing cats in 2015. From the start, the state Veterinary Medical Society fought her tooth and nail.

Trotting Out The Usual Excuse For Declawing Cats

Cats With Cancer Find Hope From Petco & Blue Buffalo

The diagnosis is devasting. Your cat has cancer. But Blue Buffalo and The Petco Foundation are funding research to find cures for cats with cancer.

 

Blue Buffalo and The Petco Foundation are increasing funding for research to find cures for cats with cancer.

Blue Buffalo and The Petco Foundation are increasing funding for research to find cures for cats with cancer.

Cures for cats with cancer are elusive, to say the least. But Blue Buffalo and the Petco Foundation are determined to find the answers.The two recently announced plans to raise an additional $2.6 million this year to add to the $15 million they’ve already invested in companion animal cancer research and treatment.

They started the Pet Cancer Awareness Campaign in 2010 with the goals of finding a cure for dogs and cats with cancer, raising awareness of this devastating disease and providing information and financial assistance to people whose animal companions have cancer. 


Help With Vet Bills For Cats With Cancer

The Daily Cat Quote

“Human beings are drawn to cats because they are all we are not — self-contained, elegant in everything they do, relaxed, assured, glad of company, yet still possessing secret lives.”
― Pam Brown

Flying Into The Future With Insect-Based Cat Food

Coming soon to a pet supply store near you: insect-based cat food.

Cats love to eat bugs, but will they like insect-based cat food?

Cats love to eat bugs, but will they like insect-based cat food?

So your cat just caught a moth and ate it. Eeeuuu… But it turns out that cats like the taste of bugs, whether they’re on the fly or in insect-based cat food.

Researchers recruited 20 taste testers and offered them food that contained either black soldier fly larvae meal or oil. Ugh…

The cats ate both, although they seemed to like the kind with meal better than the food with oil. 

In a world where our cats dine on white meat chicken and fresh caught fish, pouring insect-based cat food into their bowls may seem to fly in the face of convention. But our planet is running out of the resources it needs to feed animals and humans. And if nothing else, insects are plentiful and leave a teeny carbon footprint, if they leave a carbon footprint at all.

Insect-Based Cat Food: It’s All About Sustainability

The Daily Cat Quote

“I realized that cats make a perfect audience, they don’t laugh at you, they never contradict you, there’s no need to impress them, and they won’t divulge your secrets.”
–Elle Newmark, The Book of Unholy Mischief