“Em pleno inverno ❄️ não podemos ficar parados, temos que nos exercitarmos e evitarmos o sobrepeso. Contamos com uma linha ultra diver de pesca gatos para nossos exercícios se manterem em dia”- Trovão 🐈 dando dicas de inverno ❄️ 😹#ogato #gatoquesecuida #medicinafelina #icatcare #catfriendlypractice #idexx

Didn't take Leonard long to figure this out. Might have to get bigger biscuits or make the holes smaller. #clevercat #ditchthebowl #foodfun #iamnotadog #indoorhuntingfeeder #spoiltcat #catofinstagram #catoftheday #icatcare #behaviourawareness #play #hunt #enrichment

With this year's RHS Chelsea Flower Show well underway we've put together some cat-friendly gardening advice.⠀

Here are our top tips:⠀

- Before allowing your cat outside make sure that they are fully vaccinated to protect them against serious and/or life threatening diseases, neutered to prevent unwanted litters and microchipped to increase the chance of a reunion if they become lost.⠀
- A number of plants have the potential to cause harm to cats and should be avoided. For advice on preventative action, how to tell if your cat has been poisoned and a comprehensive list of hazardous plants, visit: icatcare.org/advice/poisonous-plants⠀
- Eating grass is a normal behaviour in cats and the general understanding is that it helps to move food or hairballs through the digestive tract. It may also provide them with essential trace elements in their diet, so it is recommended that cats have access to grass. If you don't have any grass in your garden it can be provided as a commercial pack of 'cat grass' or a pot or tray in which grass seeds can be grown.⠀
- Catnip is a welcome addition to most feline-friendly gardens as it has an extraordinary effect on around 80% of cats. An encounter with the plant can make cats excited, and they may sniff and roll around on the ground or over the catnip.⠀
- Provide outdoor enrichment in the form of objects that enable cats to hide, exercise and play, such as outdoor scratching areas made from tree trunks or wooden upright post covered in rope to ensure that your cat enjoys the garden just as much as you do.⠀
- Provide multiple outdoor locations for key resources, such as access to fresh drinking water via water fountains or rain-collection dishes. Suitable outdoor toileting areas, including rakeable areas in a quiet, private area with sand or soil that cats can dig in, can also prevent cats from toileting where you don't want them to.⠀

#rhschelsea #chelseaflowershow #chelseaflowershow2018 #gardening #catgarden #icatcare

We've chosen our twelve ‘Kittenhood’ photography competition winners but now we need your help choosing the 13th winner!⠀

Because there were so many amazing entries to this year's photography competition we have opened a public vote to find the final image for our 2019 Kittenhood calendar, which will be sold to raise funds for our charity.⠀

The image with the most votes from the 15 shortlisted will feature next to the dates for 2020 in the calendar. ⠀

To find out more and to vote for your favourite image, visit: woobox.com/kys8z5 ⠀

**Voting will close on Thursday 24 May at 11.59pm (BST). One vote is allowed per person and any duplicate votes will be removed.**⠀

#kittenhoodcomp #cats #charity #welfare #icatcare #instacat #catsofinstagram #photography #photographycompetition #competition

Kit de atendimento Felino 😹😹😹 Marte & Jupiter 🐈🐈 #ogato #medicinafelina #icatcare #gatoquesecuida #catfriendlypractice

Manteiga 🐈 - “Se não é para se divertir na consulta pediátrica, eu nem vou” - 😹😹😹😹#ogato #medicinafelina #gatoquesecuida #icatcare #catfriendlypractice

Evening workout for Meer on our Cazami Cat Wheel, filmed in slo-mo ~ so you can see her lose skin flap from her flank to her knee ~ this helps her run fast ~ just like a cheetah
#geniemauyasminafemi 💖

Why do cats knock objects over or off surfaces? ‘Cats are adept at using their front paws, particularly for catching and manipulating their prey. Cats also use their paws for exploring and investigating their environment, including during object play, which often mimics how they hunt. The desire to manipulate objects in this way can result in knocking items over or off surfaces. This can be a particular issue if the object is somewhere high up and often draws the owner’s attention. Potentially, what starts as a simple exploratory or play behaviour is often met with inadvertent (or intentional!) human reinforcement, most commonly in the form of a verbal ‘telling off’. Often these reprimands are viewed by the cat as positive attention (rather than the punishment owners perhaps intended) as it occurs directly after the behaviour, cats can quickly learn to make the association that pawing an object results in human attention. As owners, we often further reinforce this by feeding or fussing our cats as a result of having our attention drawn to them. Through ‘trial and error’ learning, cats can quickly learn what works for them to achieve what they want.’ Elizabeth Waring, professional animal behaviourist and iCatCare’s Behaviour Distance Education Organiser

#cats #charity #whydocats #whydocatsdothis #catsofinstagram #icatcare

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