Can I Catch A Cold From My Cat?

The short answer to the question “can I catch a cold from my cat?” is yes, but it is extremely rare.

Otherwise known as an Upper Respiratory Infection, or URI, the common cold in both cats and humans is caused by any number of different viruses. However, they generally are not transmitted between species.

There are some environmental factors that may make it easier for you and your cat to be susceptible to these viruses. For example, stress and cold weather can suppress the immune system and make it more likely for cats and humans to be affected by a URI. But, the causative agent will (virus or bacterium) will most likely be different.

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Green is Good: How to Plant an Indoor Garden for Your Cat

Plant an indoor garden for your cat!

Keeping your cat inside your house or apartment building is arguably the safest choice, but that doesn’t mean that indoor-only cats have it made. Sure, they aren’t exposed to possible threats like being struck by a car, but they can suffer from boredom in an environment that’s always the same. The solution? Try planting an indoor garden for your cat!

Nibbles Anyway

Many house cats tend to find any and all greenery in the home appetizing. Despite the fact that they’re obligate carnivores, felines occasionally enjoy chomping on a bit of fiber. Conscious planting is a great way to stimulate a cat’s senses. Unfortunately, many cats get sick when they eat plants that were never intended to be part of their diet.

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Cohabitating With Felines: Moving in Together When You Both Have Cats

Moving in together when you both have cats can work!You have figured it all out: you and your significant other are a match made in heaven. With the same interests and passions, the natural next step is to move in together. But what happens when one of those shared interests is a mutual love for cats?

As you know, cats like their space and routine, and anything that upsets this is bound to be an obstacle. Will your cat get along with your partner’s cat? Will they acclimate to the new place without peeing or scratching everywhere?

While there’s no need to panic if you both have cats, there are some simple steps you can take to make the transition an easy one. Continue…

The Modern City Feline: Best Practices for Cat Health and Happiness

cat healthDoes your cat meow at the backdoor relentlessly? Depending on the streets located near your urban abode, just letting your pet pop out for a bit may not be an option. This is probably the most salient difference between your cat and their country or suburban relatives. Indeed, most city dwelling cats remain inside the home their entire life, a general boon to overall cat health. But for many discerning, contemporary city cats, it can be hard to keep things fresh for them.

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