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Feline Companionship

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Feline companionship might just be one of the best things you can do for your health. Studies show that cat owners are less likely to die of a heart attack or any other cardiovascular disease in comparison to people who’ve never owned a pet cat in their life. A study with almost 4,500 men and woman, all free of cardiovascular disease, was started in the 1970s. This study was to determine the effects of pet ownership regarding heart conditions, being aged between 30 and 75, 55% of them reported having a pet cat at some point in their life.

The people who have never owned a cat were 40% more likely to die from a heart attack, in comparison with cat owners, over the 20-year study period. These same people were also 30% more liekly to die of any other cardiovascular disease, including; stroke, heart failure and chronic heart disease. These results still held up when taking into consideration several other risk factors for developing heart disease such as, age, gender, race, blood, pressure and smoking.

Reasearchers were unable to find the same link for owners of dogs. A researcher, Farhan Siddiq, MD, of the University of Minnesota, explains that pet lovers most liely share a personality characteristic such as low stress and anxiety levels that help protect them against heart diseases. People with dogs most likely share these characteristics, however, the data does not reveal that.

Cats and dogs make people feel loved and at ease and it has been shown that a general feeling of well-being is linked to overall health.

With all of this said, feline companionship might be more important than most people might believe. ZenByCat for one, does agree that a cat’s companionship is very important. They believe that the mutual relationship between cats and human is extremely beneficial on both sides of the spectrum. Fussie Cat has teamed up with ZenByCat to help raise awareness and money to find a cure for Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP). Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a disease that kills 1 in 100 to 1 and 300 cats between the ages 3-5.

If you would like to learn more about FIP or ZenByCat and even donate to the cause you can click ZenByCat’s logo!

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Help us save the lives of our feline friends, you never know when they might save ours.


Why do Persian Cats Have Short Faces?

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The ‘Doll Face’ of a Persian cat gives this breed their iconic sweet expression. However, the flat faces of these cats is not a result of natural selection, rather it’s a result of artificial selection – or selective breeding. At some point, cat fanciers found that Persian cats generally had slightly shorter snouts and decided that that trait was striking and desirable.

They then took cats with the desired traits and selectively bred them until the traits became more and more exaggerated.

Over time, Persians have been bred to have a round head, short face, snub nose, chubby cheeks, an a shorter body.

Adverse Health Effects Due To Their Flat Faces

Because of their flat faces, Persian cats can have problems with eye drainage, as well as nasal stuffiness. Additionally, the flatter the face of the Persian cat, the more likely they are to experience allergies and colds.



Celebrity Cats – Alien Cat Matilda

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Celebrity Cats – Alien Cat Matilda

Meet Matilda. A cat with eyes that seem to show you the universe. No, these eyes have not been altered using Photoshop, they are 100% natural. Matilda has a condition that has caused her eyes to become extremely enlarged and glossy.


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Matilda was found by an animal rescue society in a small town hoarder’s house. At only 12 weeks old she found her forever home with ‘The Bearded Man, The Lady, and Dog’. For about a year her eyes seemed to be normal.Picture2

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Shortly after Matilda’s first birthday she began to experience an issue with her right eye in which one pupil would dilate to nearly the size of her eye. The veterinarians diagnosed her with spontaneous lens luxation and soon after her left eye became affected as well.


Photo Source: Alien Cat Matilda

Eventually, Matilda’s eyes began to grow. They are unsure as to why her eyes are growing, but they believe it might have something to do with a collagen deficiency. Matilda’s eyes, though large, were not causing pressure or pain, meaning Matilda could live a happy alien cat life, even without the use of her vision.


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In March of 2016 Matilda had to undergo a surgery to remove her eyes. One of them had started increasing in size and causing her a lot of pain. There are updated pictures of this inspiring cat on their Instagram and blog, so be sure to check them out!



7 Facts About Your Cat’s Tail

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1. Your cat’s tail helps them to balance. The tail helps to serve as a counterbalance when cats walk on narrow spaces such as fences or shelves. The tail also aids in balance when a cat is running after or jumping on prey.

2. Tail injuries can cause permanent damage. The tail houses nerves that can affect the tails muscles as well as their control of urination and defecation and pulling on the tail can cause nerve damage. Nerve damage may heal over time, but can often be permanent.

3. Cats can live without tails. Even though cats use their tails for balance, if a cat’s tail needs to be amputated due to an injury, the cat will soon learn to compensate for the loss of their tail. In fact, Manx cats are born without tails and are not any less agile than their tailed friends.

4. The tailless gene is dominant but needs a recessive tail gene. When breeding a Manx cat, breeders will breed a tailless cat with a tailed cat. Having two copies of the tailless gene is semi-lethal and if a tailless cat is bred with another tailless cat, the fetus’ are often spontaneously aborted. In fact, many Manx cats will still have a medical conditioned coined “Manx Syndrome”. Symptoms of which include spina bifida, fused vertebrae, and bowel or bladder problems.

5. Cats use their tails to communicate. As with most animals, cats communicate mostly through body language. The tail is a great indicator of your cat’s mood.

6. When cats put their tail in the air around other cats, it can be seen as an invite for the other cat to smell them.

7. The Domestic cat is the only feline that can hold its tail in a vertical position while walking. Wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs.



Transitioning to Fussie Cat

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Are you ready to make the change to Fussie Cat? If you are, that’s great! Not only is Fussie Cat a healthy option for your pet, but your pet is sure to love it!

However, even if you’re ready to make the change to Fussie Cat, they may not be.

Why You Should Gradually Transition Your Cat

Many cat owners can admit to trying to switch cat foods abruptly. However, not only is it likely your cat will refuse the new food, it can also make them uncomfortable. A sudden change in your cat’s diet can cause gastrointestinal upset which in turn can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite.

How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if They Are NOT Picky Eaters

Make sure you have enough of their current food to last at least a week so that you can slowly transition them from their current food to Fussie Cat.

The measurements will change based on how much your cat needs to eat daily, but for example;

If you feed your cat 1 cup of dry food every day, you will want to add 1/8 cup of Fussie Cat to 7/8 cup of their normal food. Then each day up the amount of Fussie Cat by 1/8 cup. In 8 days you will have completely transitioned your cat to their new food.

How to Gradually Transition Your Cat if they ARE Picky Eaters

It would be great if cats weren’t such picky eaters, but many are. Many cats will become so accustomed to their diet that they will refuse to eat any new food. Almost all cats can become convinced to eat new food, but it will take some time and patience on your part.

The first step is to start your cat on a feeding schedule, rather than allowing them to free eat. You should plan on feeding your cat 2-3 times each day. Once you put the food out, give them 20-30 minutes to finish it, and if they haven’t finished it you should take it away.

Once your cat has gotten used to eating their meals on a scheduled basis you can start transitioning in the new food. You can try to follow the guidelines above for non-picky eaters, but if they don’t accept this new mixture you many need to take the amount of new food down a notch and consider lengthening the transition phase to a couple of weeks instead of one.

How well the transition goes is ultimately up to your cat. Some may take a week, while others may take much longer. Never try to starve your cat into eating new food as malnourished cats can develop hepatic lipidosis (fatty liver disease) which could become life threatening.

How picky of an eater is your cat? How long does it take to switch out their food? Let us know in the comments below.


The World’s Longest Domestic Cat

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Meet Ludo the Main Coon.

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Ludo the Maine Coon comes from Wakefield, a city in West Yorkshire England, and measures in at an astounding 3’ 10.59” long from the tip of his nose, to the end of his last tailbone.

The Maine Coon is the largest domesticated breed of cat, so it’s no surprise that this breed holds the world record for longest domestic cat.

Ludo has brought the record for longest cat back to the UK after a period of 6 years in which the record for longest cat was held on and off by a couple of cats living in the United States. The previous record holder was a Maine Coon named Stewie who measured an astounding 48.5 inches long! Stewie passed away in 2013 after a long battle with cancer.

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Ludo’s owner Kelsey describes him as being just like any other cat; he enjoys playing with his toys, laying around, and cuddling with his humans. The only thing that sets him apart is his giant size and the slight clumsiness that comes with it.


Why Does My Cat Do This?

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Biting and then Licking You

There are multiple reasons your cat is biting and then licking you, and the particular reason is dependent on the situation. To determine the reason your cat is biting and then licking, pay attention to their body language.

Here are the main reasons your cat could exhibiting the bite/lick behavior;


Mother cats will often lick and nip at their babies when they are grooming them. If your cat is doing this to you, it may be their attempt at grooming. Don’t take this the wrong way, they’re not trying to tell you that you smell. On the contrary, their grooming is a sign of affection.


If a kitten has been taken away from their litter mates at a young age, they may not have learned proper kitty etiquette in the form of bite inhibition.


If you’re a little too rough when you play with your cat, or you continue play too long, she will likely become agitated and may show the bite/lick behavior. If your cat’s ears are back, tail is twitching, or her body has become stiff, it’s time to back off.


This is most common in younger cats that have been taken away from their mother too soon. The behavior is very close to suckling and is likely comforting to your cat.

Does your cat show the bite/lick behavior? What is the most common reason for it? Let us know in the comments below.


Seven Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat

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It’s a good thing cats are such picky eaters, because some of the foods we eat aren’t just bad for them, they can be lethal. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so we urge everyone to do their research.

Onions, Chives, and Garlic
While you may love these foods, they can break down a cat’s red blood cells and cause them to become anemic.

Great for Guac, not great for your cat. This is because avocados contain Persin, a toxin that’s generally harmless to humans, but can be toxic to cats (and dogs) in large quantities.

Alcohol should never be consumed by pets in any quantity. It has the same effect on your cat as it does on you, but that effect is amplified by the fact that your cat’s body weight is a tenth to a twentieth of yours. As little as two spoonfulls of whiskey can be fatal to a cat.

While your cat may drink a saucer of milk, it’s not a good idea. Most cats are lactose intolerant, which can cause discomfort and diarrhea, and dairy products can trigger food allergies.

Many of us have a “problem” with chocolate, but cats have real problems. Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can be fatal to your canine. Never offer your pet anything with chocolate, even icing on a cake.

As it is with dogs, caffeine can be lethal to a cat. Be extra cautious that you don’t leave coffee or tea where your feline can get to them, as there’s no medicinal cure or antidote in case of an overdose.

Dog Food
While a dog can (and likely will) eat cat food, it’s a bad idea for your feline to eat dog food, as cats have higher protein needs than dogs. Eating dog food frequently will lead to malnourishment in your cat.


Relocating With Your Pet

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As stressful as moving can be for you, it can be even more stressful for your pets. They don’t know why the environment they’ve gotten used to is suddenly gone, and they’re forced to adapt to a new one. But with careful planning, you can make their move as smooth and stress-free as possible. For both of you.

The first thing to know is, your cat is not cool with this move at all, even if you’re going to a better place for them. Cats don’t adapt to change as readily as dogs, so be prepared to put more planning and effort into transitioning your feline.

Cats should always be transported in a hard-sided carrier. Put the carrier you’ve chosen to transport your cat out well in advance of your move, and place their favorite toy or blanket in it, then reward them with praise whenever they go in it. You want them to become comfortable and “at home” in the carrier before your move.
On the day of your move, put your cat in the carrier and cover it with a sheet for at least the first few hours of the trip until they relax. Make sure there’s room around the carrier for adequate ventilation. Most cats can travel for around 8 hours or so without using a litterbox, so if your trip is going to be around that length or longer, bring along a disposable litterbox.

Always remember to pack a bag with plenty of food and water, your pets’ favorite toys, a first aid kit, and towels.

Dogs are more adaptable to new environments than cats, but they can still get stressed out by a move. When your furniture is being loaded, keep your dog (and cat) in a room with the door shut, or secured in the back yard.
Since most dogs are used to going places with you in the car, there’s less to worry about than with a cat once you get in the car. But long, unusual trips can cause distress to a dog as well, so we recommend using a safety harness, which attaches to a seat belt, or safety gates that allow your dog to move around in a restricted area. This will prevent your dog from disrupting you if he becomes agitated, or escaping the car during stops. When letting your dog out on the trip, always keep them on a leash.

As with a cat, remember to pack a bag with plenty of food, a first aid kit, towels, and a gallon of water per dog.


Does your cat love you, or are they plotting to kill you?

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While harder to read than dogs, there are a variety of signs both simple and downright weird that can help you decipher how your companion thinks of you. Well, at least at that particular moment.

They Blink Slowly at you
Cats view direct eye contact as a threat. However, when they blink slowly at you, the break in eye contact is a way of showing trust and affection. It’s kind of your cats way of “kissing.” Try reciprocating – they might even blink back!

They Trip You
If your cat is always underfoot, lingering around you, it’s a sign of attachment. Take care on the stairs.

They Head Butt You
When they do this they’re actually depositing pheromones on you and marking you as “there’s.” If that isn’t love, we don’t know what is.

They Meow at You
Cats only meow to humans. This doesn’t necessarily mean they love you, but that they’re acknowledging your existence, and that’s a start.

They Lick You
You’ve been chosen. If your cat licks you, they consider you part of their family. Note that you are not the head of this family…

They Knead You
If they use their paws to knead parts of your body like dough, they’re re-enacting what kittens do to their mothers when they’re feeding. Love is in the air.

They Bring You Presents
And they’re usually dead. Which is good, as you probably don’t want mice or birds on the loose in your house.

They Purr Around You
Cats only purr when they feel safe and happy. So if your cat purrs around you, that’s a great sign, especially if they purr loudly.

They Nibble at You
If your cat takes little nibbles at you, they’re showing affection. They’re love bites. You’d know if they weren’t.

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