Wylla’s Cataloons


The other day, when I posted a video of Wylla on a walk, someone requested to see a little more of Wylla’s adorable kitten pants, AKA, pantaloons, AKA Cataloons.

I tried this weekend to capture the pants, but it’s not easy shot to get. It requires getting down on the floor with the camera just as the subject is exiting the room, or catching them while they’re standing, and cats rarely just stand there, they prefer sitting.

After a weekend of failures, I decided to comb the photo archive and found only one shot of Wylla’s

Here it is.


I’ll keep trying to get more, and hopefully will a little cooperation on her “end” we will get one.

: )

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‘How can I reduce dander?’ and other veterinary FAQs


Do you have a burning question for a vet about your cat? Have a read through the advice below from Cats Protection vet Vanessa Howie, all covered in her recent live Q&A on Facebook.

Brushing your cat
Photo by Brendon Connelly via flickr / Creative Commons 

Question: What’s the best way to try and reduce my cat’s dander or dandruff? Constant (assisted) grooming with a brush? Is there something in their food that can help? Or other coat products?

Answer: If your cat is suffering from excessive dander/dandruff then I would recommend that you get your cat examined by your vet. Supplements which contain omega 3 and 6 may help to condition the coat and reduce dandruff formation. You may find our skin disorders leaflet helpful too.

Question: My 18-year-old cat was recently diagnosed with dementia. She is yowling most nights from about 4-6am and just sitting staring at a bookcase. She’s also quite vocal before and after going to the toilet. Can you help please?

Answer: Sorry to hear that your cat has been diagnosed with dementia. There is medication and a number of supplements that may help improve brain function, I would recommend that you talk to your vet about these. I would also recommend maybe keeping a light on overnight (particularly if your cat’s vision is deteriorating with age) and keeping routines and the house layout the same to avoid confusion. You may find our elderly cats leaflet helpful.

Question: One of my cats, Rory, seems to wash himself more than needed to the point where he has created small bald patches. There are no scabs or dry skin though. Why is he doing this?

Answer: I would recommend that you get your cat examined by your vet in the first instance. There are a number of reasons a cat may begin overgrooming, including having a skin allergy, being in pain or stress. Ruling out skin parasites such as fleas is the first thing to do and your vet can advise on the best products to use both on your cat and in the environment – they can also check for fleas and flea dirt on your cat. Have a read of our skin disorder leaflet (linked to earlier) for more information.

If your cat is overgrooming you need to find out the underlying cause. Photo by Douglas O’Brien via flickr / Creative Commons

Question: My young cat seems to drink a lot of water. He does also eat a lot of dry food though, is this a problem?

Answer: Cats that eat mainly dry food will drink more than a cat that eats either only wet food or a mixture of wet and dry food. Wet canned food tends to contain around 75 per cent water so a cat will obtain a large proportion of their daily water requirement from the food. However if you feel your cat is drinking in excess I would recommend that you get him checked over by your vet. Measuring how much water he is drinking in a 24-hour period will be useful for the vet to know.

Veterinary note: Please note that we are unable to give specific advice on your cat’s health or any change in behaviour observed. For medical problems, consult your vet who will have access to your cat’s medical history and will be able to examine them.
Would you like to ask one of Cats Protection’s feline experts a question about your cat? Don’t miss the next live Facebook Q&A sessions: Nicky Trevorrow will be answering behaviourial queries on 14 April; Vet Vanessa Howie will be back on 28 April; and Jane Clements will be taking neutering questions on 12 May. All Q&As are held on Cats Protection’s national Facebook page from 2-3pm. See you there!

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Things to Consider Before Bringing a Kitten Home


Sunday, March 20 was the first official day of Spring 2016 and a perfect time to bring a new kitten home.  Here are five things to consider when you are considering a kitten for your forever home.


  1. Make sure that your kitten is at least three months of age. By then, mom has socialized and weaned the kitten so that it can survive.
  2. A healthy kitten has a muscular body, firm to the touch, clear eyes and will move with confidence and strength.
  3. Whether buying from a breeder or whether you get your cat from your local rescue, be sure to find out all you can about the kitten. For a pedigreed cat, talk with your breeder so that you can understand the temperament and pedigree behind the kitten.  For a rescue kitten, be sure to get as much information about the conditions which the kitten was found.
  4. Choose your vet in advance and talk to her about how to keep your kitten happy and healthy. Your vet is the best expert to guide you about proper nutrition and care.
  5. Have fun bonding with your new kitten that will build over time and so that you can become pals for years to come.

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Happy Tails: Charlie and Leo


When Paul Fleming decided just more than a year ago to bring some furry friends into his life, he decided two cats were better than one – and that those two should be rescues. After a bit of searching, with help from his then 11-year old daughter, Zoe (“a really, really big cat lover”), Paul found what he was looking for.

“I decided I wanted a bonded pair so we could keep them together,” Paul said.

Brothers Charlie and Leo were in a feral colony that had been rescued by ACR and were being fostered by the aptly surnamed Pat Hope. As with the majority of feral rescues, the kittens were leery of humans, especially strangers.

Charlie and Leo at 8 weeks

“They were very shy,” said Pat. “We had to spend a lot of time playing with them, cuddling them, getting them used to being handled. But that’s really a pleasure. And they turned out to be really nice lil’ cats.”

Thanks to Pat’s patience and hard work, the meeting between the Flemings and the young brothers was a success and a new family was formed.

“I knew from the get-go that they were rescue cats and it was going to take awhile to get them to come out of their shell.”

For Charlie and Leo, that shell came in the form of Paul’s bed.

“It took about a month before they would come out [when people were around],” said Paul. “But that was fine. We brought them their food and we just let them become socialized on their own terms.”

Charlie and Leo

The first breakthrough came at night, when the home was still and safe.

“They would both come up and lay with me on the bed for a half hour or so, and that was great,” said Paul.

Now, with Leo – the less timid of the two – leading the way, he and Charlie – the “troublemaker” – are full-fledged members of the clan… any time of the day.

“If you’re in a room,” Paul said, “they want to be in the same room with you.”

But as much as you can socialize them, at the end of the day cats are still cats: “They both love to play with their food. They take the kibble to the top of the stairs and let it fall specifically so they can chase it down. They still need to ‘kill’ it,” said Paul with a laugh.

Charlie and Leo on the stairs

Paul, who, prior to Charlie and Leo, owned a single cat who lived beyond 20 years, doesn’t hesitate to recommend a bonded pair to anyone who was considering it.

“It’s great to know when I’m not home they’re not lonely,” he said, “because they’re going to be hanging out together, playing together and enjoying themselves.

“And it makes me feel good that they have each other.”

And surely Charlie and Leo feel just as good that Paul gave them that chance to be together, forever.

—Edward Fraser

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