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Indoor Or Outdoor Cat – Which Should My Cat Be?

The decision whether or not to let your cat out into your garden – and possibly beyond – is one only you can make, based on where you live, access and so on. Certainly, keeping cats indoors is becoming more common throughout Europe, and cats can adapt very well to this type of life if…
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Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

As a cat owner, you might well have noticed your feline companion spends a significant amount of time dozing. In the article we look at why this is and how much sleep cats need. How much do cats sleep? Cats sleep for an average of 15 hours a day and can even sleep up to…
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How To Prevent Hairballs In Cats

Hairballs or furballs can be unpleasant for cat and owner alike, but there are steps you can take to help prevent this from happening. How do hairballs happen? When a cat grooms itself, this involves your cat licking its coat with its rough tongue. During this process, dead and loose hair can be swallowed. The…
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How Old Is A Senior Cat?

Older cats have different nutrition needs to their younger counterparts – but exactly when do you need to modify your cat’s diet to meet these needs? Our approach to cat age At ROYAL CANIN® we make different cat food for each life stage of your pet. For older cats, we make two distinctions in terms…
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Why Do Cats Purr?

A cat purring is often compared to a human smiling – in actual fact it’s more complicated than that. There are many reasons why cats purr. Purring as a sign of contentment Purring is low frequency and generally low volume, so while it is a form of communication it’s not one intended for long range.…
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What Are the Signs of Cat Pregnancy?

Perhaps the most important piece of advice we can give is that if you think your cat might be pregnant, take her to the vet who should be able to confirm whether or not this is the case. However, if you’re looking for signs your cat might be pregnant here are some things to look…
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How Do I Play with My Cat?

Encouraging your cat to exercise through play is a great way to both keep your cat healthy and help to build the bond between you and your feline friend. How much time should I spend playing with my cat? Generally several, short 10-15 minute play sessions per day seem to work well, although you may…
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Why Do Cats Spray?

It’s generally accepted that urine spraying is a way for cats to mark territory, in an attempt to avoid aggressive encounters with other cats. This is most commonly seen in un-neutered male cats. You should generally see cats doing this outdoors – against fences, bushes and other vertical objects. Where it’s more of a concern…
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Are Cats Nocturnal?

This is a difficult one to answer – in the wild, cats are crepuscular, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk. This is because it’s the best time for hunting birds and rodents, the preferred prey of feline hunters. Night-time activity It is quite possible your cat is active at night and may…
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Cat Grooming – A Quick Guide

Regularly grooming your cat helps to ensure it retains a clean, silky coat – as well as getting rid of any uncomfortable knots and tangles. How to groom your cat’s coat If you start when your cat is young, and make sure you do it regularly and gently, then grooming can lead to many special…
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Why Does My Cat Eat Grass?

You may have caught your cat eating blades of grass on many occasions – your cat has then most probably thrown up in the aftermath. This leads many cat owners to wonder why their cat eats grass in the first place. First things first... You see your cat being sick and you immediately think the…
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Why Do Cats Knead?

Cats first start kneading when they are kittens, before they are even able to move on their own. There are several theories as to why your cat may knead its paws; the most common being that it represents a remnant juvenile behaviour, persisting from “kittenhood”, when a cat would knead its mother’s teats to stimulate…
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