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‘How can I reduce cat dander in my home?’ – vet advice

Cat dander is a normal and healthy shedding of dead skin cells, and it’s often blamed for causing allergic reactions to cats in people. (A protein produced in a cat’s saliva and oil glands, which is then spread onto the cat’s hair and skin during grooming, is actually the cause of cat allergies.)

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‘Why is my cat scared of visitors?’ and other feline behaviour FAQs

This is quite common and can be for a variety of reasons. For example, some cats are naturally more shy or nervous if they weren't well socialised to people during the socialisation period of two to seven weeks of age.

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‘Should I clip my cats’ claws?’ and other veterinary FAQs

As cats get older their nails become thicker (much the same as people) and they tend not to retract quite as easily. We would recommend that you ask your vet or a vet nurse at the vet practice you use to demonstrate how to clip their claws safely.

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‘Why is my cat scared of my partner?’ and other behaviour FAQs

Do you have a question about your cat’s health or behaviour? Join our regular Facebook Q&As with feline experts, taking your live questions. This time, Behaviour Manager Nicky Trevorrow explains some common cat behaviours.

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‘What’s a cat’s ideal weight?’ and other feline veterinary FAQs

Vet Vanessa Howie answers cat health questions from pet owners on Facebook, including how much a healthy cat should weigh and how to encourage your cat to drink more water.

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'Why does my cat want to play at bedtime?' and other behaviour FAQs

Cats are naturally crepuscular – meaning they are more active during dawn and dusk. Try giving her several short interactive play sessions during the day using a fishing rod toy (store safely out of reach after use) to use up that excess energy.

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‘Will neutering calm my kitten down?’ and other neutering FAQs

Neutering will certainly prevent him from displaying mating behaviours and he will grow out of his kitten behaviours in time. Our neutering guide outlines some of the other benefits of neutering.

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Feline first aid FAQs

Want to brush up on your feline first aid? Have a read of this blog post, summarising some of Cats Protection vet Vanessa Howie’s answers to our recent live first aid Q&A on Facebook.

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‘Why won’t my cat sleep in his bed?’ and other behaviour FAQs

Cats do have a habit of choosing places to sleep that we wouldn't think were that comfortable! One thing many people don't realise is that cats like to rotate their sleeping place.

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“Does neutering stop spraying?” and other neutering FAQs

Would you like to know more about neutering? Cats Protection’s Neutering Manager Jane Clements recently took to our Facebook page to answer questions on neutering and you can read some of the queries she answered here.

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