Family Cat Provides Crappy Addition To Elf On Shelf

Cats are precious darlings to be showered with hugs and kisses, but sometimes the feline dears make it very hard for humans not to lose their cool. The Wright Family learned this in a disgusting turn of holiday events… Katie Wright, mother to four-year-old Oscar and two-year-old Kiki, saw Oscar really getting into the wonder of the holiday season and decided this was the year to debut the iconic Elf on the Shelf in her home. She knew she shouldn’t … Read more

Shelter Comes Up With Purrfect Solution For Senior Cat Who Loves Being Held

Dougie is a 15-year-old ginger cat who LOVES to be held. According to a post on the Facebook page of Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland: “When he’s not being held, Dougie’s meow can be heard from galaxies far away.” The shelter needed to think creatively to allow Dougie to be held while the staff still got work done around the shelter. According to the Facebook post: “We thought creatively and decided a baby bjorn allowed Robert [Weimer] to both hold … Read more

8 Ways PrettyLitter Is Crushing The Cat Litter Competition

There’s only one downside to being a cat parent: stinky, dirty litter boxes. In addition to the mess and odor, clay and clumping litters often contain potentially harmful chemicals that have no business near your family. That’s why iHeartCats partnered with PrettyLitter, a revolutionary new product that blows the competition out of the water when it comes to safety, cleanliness, odor-control, and much more! 1. Less Litter Means Less Scooping With PrettyLitter, you use far less product and only have to scoop when there’s … 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

10 Cat Myths To Stop Believing

There’s a lot of mystery behind the big eyes of our feline friends, and there’s a lot we still don’t know about their behaviors, personalities, and health needs. Pet owners learn a lot from sharing their homes with cats, but not everything is as it seems. There are a lot of misconceptions floating around, and some are causing trouble when it comes to properly caring for our cats. The better we understand our furry family members, the better our relationships … Read more

Why Don’t All Cats Hunt Mice?

Cats are supposed to be natural-born hunters. Put them in a barn, a warehouse, or your kitchen, and they’ll earn their room and board by chasing away pests and vermin. But what happens when they don’t? There are some cats that live for the thrill of the hunt, but for other felines, batting around a catnip mouse is as close as they ever get to killing prey. Are cats that choose not to hunt some kind of prodigal link in … Read more

7 Tips For Taking Better Pictures Of Your Cat

Cats are notoriously difficult subjects to photograph. We love their unique personalities, but they’re also stubborn, indifferent, and impossible to pose. They’re either running away from the camera or putting their faces right against the lens. Your phone’s photo gallery is always full of button noses and whiskers, but most of those pictures are blurry, too dark, or simply unflattering. You’re not the only cat owner who’s struggling to take good pictures of their pet. These tips from professional photographers … Read more

This Cat Poop Parasite Could Be The Key To Future Cancer Treatment

A new development in cancer treatment is pointing researchers in an unexpected direction—toward the litter box. A study published by researchers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College in Hanover reports a parasite found in feline feces could be the future of cancer treatment. Called T. gondii, the single-celled parasite is found in the intestines of warm-blooded animals as well as uncooked meat and contaminated drinking water. It’s not something you want to ingest, but scientific evidence shows … Read more

Blind Cat & Her Earless Son Are Looking For A Special Forever Home

When residents of East Grinstead in England noticed two cats in need of rescuing, they called the RSPCA for help. The two kitties have been named Rachel and Ross, since they are best F.R.I.E.N.D.S., as well as mother and son. It was evident that Rachel was blind when concerned locals saw her bumping into things, and noticed that she seemed to scared to leave the garden where they were found. Ross, on the other hand, had severe wounds on his … Read more

The Top Tips For Training Your Cat

Cats have a bad reputation for being untrainable. The fact of the matter is that cats can be trained, but they have different motivations than dogs. While dogs might respond positively to a reward of their favorite ball, a scratch behind the ears, or a verbal “good boy,” most cats are best motivated by food. The good news is that positive reinforcement can help train your cat to do many positive behaviors from using the litter box or scratching post … Read more