BEST CAT MAG?

We know a lot of our cat loving visitors love to read cat magazines and one of the questions we get asked the most is; what is the best cat magazine?

As you would probably expect, here at cat advice we get through a lot of cat magazines and pet publications in general and there are certainly some excellent cat magazines out there. But let’s change the question around a bit and ask; what cat magazine should I buy? And on this, we have an answer that might surprise you…none of them!

This is because you can get a cat magazine that you don’t have to buy!

FIND YOUR CAT

If you have ever lost your cat it can be an upsetting experience. Most cats don’t actually run away or stray from home. We all know cats like to explore new places, sometimes, though, this could end up with them getting trapped.

BATHING YOUR CAT

Most domestic cats hate water. So it’s a good thing that they do most of their grooming themselves. And for the most part, they do an amazing job licking themselves clean with their coarse tongues. But inevitably, cat owners face a time when their cat needs a bath. This can be quite a challenge, and if you’re not careful, you might just end up bearing the scars.

Your best bet is to prepare properly for bath time:

• Get your supplies ready and lay them out within arm’s reach: cat shampoo, a brush, a towel, and wipes/washclothes.

CATS EATING TOO FAST

Some pet owners note that their cats gag while eating, and while it is perplexing, it's typically not a serious issue and can be remedied easily.

As carnivores by necessity, felines' teeth are designed to cut and tear meat. A typical diet for cats these days consists of kibble that comes in small pellets, so that is where the problem usually lies. Kibble's shape makes it difficult to chew, and coupled with the fact that cats eat too quickly and swallow it whole, it makes them gag.

BRINGING CATS HOME

Bringing home a new cat or kitten is exciting, but it can also be a hairball of stress.

Introducing a newcomer to an existing pet isn't as easy as it sounds. I went through it a couple of years ago and it took a few days before I actually let my cats meet face-to-face. Even then, there was plenty of hissing to go around.

As I write this column, my parents' brand-new cat had been hiding under the couch for seven hours. My mom was pleased to inform me that he'd progressed from one side of the couch to the other at one point.

TRAVEL WITH YOUR CAT

Whenever I pack for a road trip, my cat climbs into my suitcase. I look into those sweet big eyes and say, "Sorry, but you can't come with me." But with an increasing number of hotels, inns, and resorts becoming more pet-friendly over the past few years, it is possible to bring your cat with you -- especially if it's a road trip.

My first choice is to leave my cat at home. Cats are territorial and enjoy being in familiar places, so we hire a cat sitter. However, according to the U.S. Travel Association, about 15 percent of the U.S. population takes cats on road trips.