Science Attempts to Settle Debate, Cats or Dogs Make Better Companions as We Age

“Man’s best friend” or “Crazy cat lady”? Canine enthusiast or feline fancy? The friendly competition of cats vs. dogs has long been argued by cat and dog lovers alike, debating whether cats or dogs make for the best companions. This question has become particularly important as the number of seniors—age 65 and older—has greatly increased in North America, many of which live alone. Could a cat or a dog help decrease feelings of loneliness, isolation, and other health concerns of … Read more

China Introduces Garlic 2.0, First Kitten Cloned for Grieving Owner

Many pet parents wish their dog or cat could live forever. However, Huang Yu believed that he had actually found a way to allow his cat to keep on living even after he passed away. Garlic was Yu’s British Shorthair cat. He was only 2 ½ years old when he passed away from an unnamed illness, so of course, Yu was devastated. He didn’t want to go on without his beloved cat, which is why he decided to make an … Read more

The Right Weight Loss Diet for Your Cat

Depending on the size and breed of a cat, each one has a specific weight requirement that is best for a long, healthy life. For pet parents with overweight or obese cats, finding the right diet is paramount. We have partnered with NomNomNow, who have provided us with some helpful information about reaching and maintaining your cat’s weight goals. What Causes Obesity In Cats? Even a regular feeding schedule can result in an overweight cat. Things such as treats and an … Read more

Food Your Feline Will Flip Over

So, your cat means the world to you and you want to give him the absolute best food for his body. Given the chance, your cat is an absolutely stellar hunter but you’re not really keen on the “presents” he leaves on the front step. But you get it. Cats are carnivores and meat is their thing. What if it’s not your thing, though? You want your cat to have the healthiest life possible but you have your limits, right? You’re … Read more

The First Ever At-Home Cat Genetics Test

Cat lovers rejoice. DNA testing is now available for cats, and it’s pretty pawsome! While canine DNA tests have been around since 2007, feline science, widely understudied and underfunded, has been lagging behind. Thanks to Basepaws, we’re now able to reveal the secrets hidden within feline DNA and get to know our cats on a whole new level. Basepaws Cat DNA test is a novel approach to cat DNA testing which reveals your cat’s background, origins and ultimately health predispositions. The … Read more

Volunteers Wanted: Must Want To Drink Wine And Feed Shelter Cats

Love Cats. Drink Wine. What could be more relaxing than spending some quality with your cat? Maybe adding a glass of wine and feeding shelter cats. Great news! iHeartsCats is excited to announce our new partnership with Winc (pronounced wink). What’s Winc, you ask? It’s just quite possibly the best way to enjoy a glass of wine without ever having to leave home. Plus, with your Winc order 25 meals will be donated to shelter cats. Even better, Winc is … Read more

How to Keep Your Kitty Happy Indoors

You know the dangers of letting your cat outside (like cars and predators – whether animal or human), but do you worry that an indoor cat can never truly be happy? Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your cat happy and healthy living life indoors. Here are 7 Humane Society-approved tips for keeping your kitty happy indoors. #1 – Start young Kittens who start their life in an indoor lap of luxury are usually quite content … Read more

5 Ways Cats Are Great For Your Mental Health

While dogs may be called “man’s best friend,” it turns out that cats are also worthy companions. Not only are they as good as dogs at helping people with mental illness, in many cases, they’re actually a better choice at assisting those with anxiety, poor social skills, communication issues, and other struggles related to mental illnesses. While dogs will handle just about anything you throw at them, cats tend to be less tolerant, making them a better therapy tool for … Read more

Is Everything You Thought You Knew About Cats Wrong?

Dogs have been the center of research for decades. Plenty is known about their behavior, personalities, and motivations. The same can’t be said about cats. Research on them has been lacking, partly because they are deemed “untrainable” and difficult to work with. What if the problem is actually that they have different motivations than dogs? While many dogs are extremely food-motivated, a new study indicates that most cats prefer human interaction over anything else, including food. This turns the idea … Read more

7 Essential Cat Toys To Keep Your Kitty Entertained

Exercise is crucial for your cat’s health and happiness. 25-40% of cats in the United States are overweight. Cats suffer many of the same health problems related to obesity that people do, so maintaining a healthy weight is crucial for extending your cat’s healthy years. Exercise is also critical for maintaining your cat’s happiness. Since most cats won’t walk nicely around the block with a leash on, the best way for them to get exercise indoors is to play with … Read more