Cat Chow Wants You To Think Therapy Cats, Not Dogs

Cat Chow Wants You To Think Therapy Cats, Not Dogs

Purina Cat Chow wants you to think therapy cats, not dogs. There’s a reason for this. A new Cat Chow study found that cats can be “purrfect” therapy animals, too. The research shows that humans consider their cats wonderful companions who improve their physical and mental health. This information prompted Cat Chow to team up with Pet Partners to increase the number of therapy cats available to visit people who need them. Do you live with a potential therapy cat? Keep reading to find out.

Senior Cats | 11 Essential Tips For Their Care As Their Numbers Grow

Kittens are cute, but our deepest bonds are with our senior cats. And their numbers are growing, according to Packaged Facts. Its most recent Pet Population and Ownership Trends in the US report says 43 percent of cat parents live with a cat who’s seven or older. Caring for a senior cat isn’t always easy, and more frequent vet visits, medications and special supplements can make it expensive. But according to the Packaged Facts report, many Americans are willing to do almost anything to keep their beloved cats happy and healthy in old age.

Veterinarians Are Close To Coronavirus Cure For Humans

Human and animal research often overlap. So it’s not surprising that veterinary virologists at Kansas State University’s College of Veterinary medicine are coming close to a coronavirus cure for humans. In other veterinary news, a new study looks at the behavior of cats on weight-loss diets. And the start-up pet insurance company, Pumpkin, covers cats of all colors, but it might have a soft spot for the big orange guys.

Neutering Cats Early Can Stop Aggression

‎Neutering cats early isn’t without controversy, and most vets suggest waiting until the cat is six months old, or even older. But a group of national veterinary associations thinks cats should be neutered/spayed earlier to prevent future health and behavior issues, including aggression. The group began its Feline Fix By Five Months campaign in 2016, and now state veterinary associations are finally getting on board.

Catwater | Could It Help Prevent UTIs In Cats?

For humans, bottled water is hardly the next big thing. But it could be for cats. A Colorado-based company is bottling Catwater, which it says is mineral-free and pH optimized to help prevent UTIs in cats. 

 

One way to prevent UTIs in cats is to get them to drink more, even if it's from a faucet.

Does your cat love a drink from the faucet?

Just about the last thing the planet needs is more plastic bottles finding their way to recycling centers and the ocean. But more plastic might be the price you have to pay if you want to do one more thing to try to prevent UTIs in cats. 

Enter Catwater, a new product from H&C Animal Health. Bottled in Canada, it’s ozonated and chlorine-free. H&C says its pH is “perfectly balanced” between 6.2-6.4 to minimize the minerals that can cause bladder stones and crystals in cats.

The issue, of course, is how to get your cat to drink it, even if it tastes great. Healthy cats are notoriously unenthusiastic drinkers. We can thank their desert wild cat ancestors for that almost nonexistent thirst drive.

Getting Your Cat To Drink More

Coronavirus And Cats: 5 Things To Know

 

No, you can’t get COVID-19 from your cat. And she can’t get it from you. But there are some things to know about the coronavirus and cats that could help keep both of you healthy. And yes, as Mom said at least once a day when you were a kid, wash your hands. Often.

Don't worry about coronavirus and cats.. It can't be transmitted from cats and dogs to humans.

They’re innocent! Cats and dogs can’t transmit the new coronavirus to humans.

So you read about the dog in China who tested positive for the new coronavirus, and now you’re eyeing your cat with suspicion and just a little bit of fear. But infected humans are not the cats’ fault! Numerous world and national health agencies say COVID-19 can’t be transmitted from cats and dogs to humans. You might be able to give it to your cat though. Not that she’ll get sick. 

Coronaviruses tend to be species-specific. So while the coronavirus and cats is probably not an issue for either of you, your cat has plenty of her own coronaviruses to worry about.

The Coronavirus And Cats: Five Things To Do

New Test Predicts Kidney Disease In Cats

A new test uses artificial intelligence to predict kidney disease in cats two years before it occurs.

Could this cat have kidney disease? A new test uses AI to predict kidney disease in cats before it occurs.

A new test can predict kidney disease in cats before it occurs.

You could think of it as a high-tech crystal ball. RenalTech, a test from Antech Diagnostics, uses artificial intelligence to predict the likelihood of kidney disease in cats two years before it occurs.

Vets can use the test results to develop a personalized care plan that could keep the cat from going into kidney failure.

Studies show that one in three cats will develop kidney disease in their lifetimes. What makes it so dangerous is that it can be difficult to diagnose before it’s done significant damage to the kidneys.

Signs Of Kidney Disease In Cats

Spotify’s Playlists For Cats — Real Music To Cats’ Ears

Now your cat can have music purrsonalized just for him with one of Spotify’s playlists for cats.

Is this cat enjoying purrsonalized music from one of Spotify's playlists for cats?

Now your cat can enjoy music purrsonalized just for him from one of Spotify’s playlists for cats.

If your cat could make his own Spotify playlist, chances are it wouldn’t include Lizzo, Billie Eilish or even Mozart. But Spotify’s playlists for cats could be in perfect tune with what your cats like to hear.

It turns out that what’s music to humans’ ears is just noise, and sometimes an annoyance, to cats. If it’s too loud, it can actually be painful.

It also turns out that Spotify likes to listen to the numbers. When it discovered that 71 percent of people who live with companion animals play music for them, it launched its playlists for cats, dogs, birds, hamsters and iguanas.

Not that Spotify’s ignoring people who live with birds, fish or snakes. Birds, of course, make their own music. And snakes and fish don’t hear music of any kind.

Spotify’s Playlists For Cats Tune In On The Way Cats Hear