Do food toys improve cats’ quality of life?

You know I love feline food puzzles (aka food toys, foraging toys) – I use them with my own cats and recommend to many of my clients that they use them with their cats. I’ve been a fan for about 20 years, since we were using them in the shelter I worked at. Back then …

No, your cat isn’t a psychopath

A new study takes a biased look at cats I really hemmed and hawed about whether to comment on this recent publication that has gotten a lot of press lately. But the headlines keep coming: “Is Your Cat a Psychopath? Probably, Researchers Say,” “Is Your Cat an Actual Psychopath? Take This Test and Find Out,” …

Can pet tech help your cat lose weight?

A newly published study is small, but promising Being overweight impact a significant number of pet cats — current estimates are that up to 60% of cats are overweight or obese. An overweight cat is at greater risk for medical problems, such as diabetes and joint disease, and will likely face some behavioral challenges as …

Does a supplement for cats help with joint pain?

New research points to a strong placebo effect We take our knees and other joints for granted, but over time, joints are subject to wear-and-tear, as cartilage breaks down, and bones rub against each other. Ouch! Unfortunately, many cats also show signs of degenerative joint disease (DJD; also known as osteoarthritis), with multiple studies showing …

Does warming your cat’s food increase its appeal?

Science says yes (at least for older cats). As cats get older, a common issue is getting them to eat enough food to maintain their weight. There are multiple reasons that senior cats might not eat as robustly, including medical issues, declining senses, and a decreased ability to digest food. A recent study, “Aging cats …

Does your cat find your scent comforting?

Cats have an excellent sense of smell, not quite on par with that of dogs, but certainly one that greatly exceeds the sniffing abilities of humans. Cats use scent in ways that humans do not – for example, by rubbing their scent glands (found for example on their cheeks, forehead, sides, and paws) on objects …