I'll admit, it's a bit weird seeing the word "autistic" next to the word "cat." Similar to schizophrenia, some cats seem to exhibit behaviours that are very similar to this developmental disorder, but does that mean that cats are actually autistic? Today I'm going to cover the reasons why folks seem to believe that some cats exhibit autistic behaviours and whether or not … [Read more...] about Are Cats Autistic? Can Cats Have Autism?
I'll be honest, there have been a number of occasions where I have looked over at Gary's cage and have freaked out that he was dead just because of the way he was sleeping. You see, the majority of the time Gary, our chinchilla, likes to sleep scrunched up like a bread loafing kitty or rabbit. Thing is, this isn't how Gary sleeps all of the time, so any changed to his habits … [Read more...] about Are Chinchillas Nocturnal? Chinchilla Sleeping Habits
Diet is one of the most important things when it comes to having a healthy life and body. Not only is what you eat very important; when you eat and how many times you eat in a day can be equally as important to your health. When it comes to feeding cats the same can be said. For example, cats who have sensitive stomachs may require regular feedings throughout the day … [Read more...] about How Often Should I Feed My Cat? Does it Matter?
Our cats aren't the most talkative cats in the world, though my mom's cat Walker is definitely a chatty Cathy. While I can't pretend that my cats are completely silent, it seems like my cats prefer to use other forms of communication on a regular basis. Beau tends to let us know what he wants by staring at us, pawing at us and on the odd occasion, he'll meow to let … [Read more...] about Why Does my Cat Meow After Eating? Understanding Cat Yowls
When it comes to buying products and accessories that are specific to chinchillas it can be a bit difficult. Not too long ago I talked about how the majority of "chinchilla treats" are actually not good or safe for chinchillas to eat and that healthier alternatives should be offered instead. Similarly, chinchilla owners aren't given many options to choose from when it … [Read more...] about Can Chinchillas Use Cat Litter? Is Cat Litter Safe For Chinchillas?
Our youngest cat Kalista has always had a strange obsession with our chinchilla's hay. Not a single day goes by without Kalista sneaking into my partner's office to try to snag some hay from Gary's cage. My partner and I always have to keep a very close eye on her to make sure she's not stealing any hay, and more importantly not bothering Gary. Even though we both … [Read more...] about Can Cats Eat (Western) Timothy Hay? Is Hay Safe For My Cat?
There have been a few times in my life where I thought I was going to have a heart attack because of how much my chest hurt and how tight my sternum was. I remember waking up for a week straight, feeling like I needed to crack my chest open and I couldn't figure out why it was happening. I did all of the stretches they taught me how to do in college. I tried looking … [Read more...] about Why Does My Cat Sleep on My Chest? How to Encourage & Discourage This Behaviour
It seems like every few nights our youngest cat, Kalista, gets these bursts of energy that cause her to want to scale walls. It's as if our youngest has gotten all of the confidence to take a new rock climbing course and now she's obsessed with shuffling her little body all the way up door frames, just to slide herself back down. This behaviour first manifested last … [Read more...] about Why Does My Cat Try to Climb Walls? What to Do to Make Them Stop
When we took Gary into our home I didn't really know anything about chinchillas or what their temperament was really like. Thing is, due to the fact that Gary was quickly in need of a home, his temperament didn't really matter to us at the time as we decided that we would deal with things as they came along. In regular circumstances, I would recommend doing … [Read more...] about Do Chinchillas Get Along with Cats? Tips on How to Keep the Peace
Over the last month, I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting and cat sitting my friend's cat, Stevie. Although Stevie was hesitant of me in the first week, by week 2 we were already cuddling and enjoying spending time with one another. Stevie was honestly such a pleasure to take care of and while I'll be seeing him one last time today before I hand over the … [Read more...] about Stevie the Cat Cuddles For 10-Minutes (Cute Cat Video)