Why are cats such picky eaters? A recent scientific study seems to show that they can instinctively choose the best cat food for their bodies, regardless of its flavor or aroma. Mercola.com reports that scientists from Australia and the UK studied the eating habits of cats, by offering them food with different nutritional content and flavors. What they found … More Cats Know How To Choose The Best Cat Food
A question for the ages – why do cats purr? Is it love? Is it happiness? Or is it… just because? This recent video explores the reasons cats purr. Fascinating! Cat purring can promote healing? Wow. Didn’t know that. Last year, an article on Wired.com offered this information about a cat’s purr: No one is certain … More Why Do Cats Purr?
Really, why do cats like catnip so much? Is it like pot for kitties? Is it addictive? Can it hurt them? Here’s the whole story. That’s a bit of a relief. Non-addictive, and not harmful, so far as we can tell. To expand on the information in the video, catnip acts in a way similar to … More Why Do Cats Like Catnip?
Did you ever wonder… why do cats knead you like a lump of bread dough? No, it’s nothing to do with your flabbiness… puss isn’t a confused little baker. Here’s the scoop: Some folks have trouble with this behavior. Those claws can be sharp on your leg. But we strongly recommend against declawing. A scratching post is … More Why Do Cats Knead?
We ran across a post the other day from a fellow Burmese breeder in the UK. She is concerned about the poor genetic health of the Burmese, as are we here at Carmelkats. In fact, she believes the Burmese breed is in crisis. Chrissy Russell runs a small breeding operation something like ours, called Ayshazen Thai … More A Genetic Emergency For Burmese Cats?
Here is a quick update to our earlier post, New York State Considers Ban On Declawing Cats. In early 2015, Assembly member Linda Rosenthal introduced bill A. 1297, legislation to ban the declawing of cats in New York State. Now it appears the bill is stalled, and no vote has been scheduled. The bill’s Senate equivalent seems similarly on … More New York Declawing Ban Stalls; New Jersey Takes Up Issue
There’s some news out of New York that makes us pretty darn happy here at Carmelkats. The New York state House and Senate have both introduced bills that would outlaw the practice of declawing cats. “In most cases declawing is performed as a convenience to the owner,” the House bill’s sponsor Linda Rosenthal, a Manhattan Democrat, … More New York State Considers Ban On Declawing Cats
We get lots of people who ask us this question. The answer is a resounding NO. Here’s why: We understand about your upholstery, but… de-clawing is just a horrible idea. The best thing to do is to get or make some sturdy scratching posts. You can read more about the effects of de-clawing at The … More Should I De-claw My Cat?
There’s a lot to be said for keeping our feline pets indoors. It’s a dangerous world. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to contact us any time!