Prednisone for Cats

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What is prednisone?

Nestled closely by the kidneys, a cat’s adrenal glands produce a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol serves a number of functions, not only breaking down glucose for use as energy, but also aiding with the immune system’s response to swelling and inflammation. Prednisone for cats and its metabolized form, prednisolone, are steroids, powerful synthetic versions of cortisol. Because of their potentially dangerous side effects, neither prednisone nor prednisolone should be prescribed for use in kittens or pregnant cats.

Why are there two versions of this catabolic steroid? First of all, if the thought of steroids and cats causes you to picture your cat gaining muscle mass and getting ripped, those performance-enhancing drugs are anabolic steroids, which build up. Catabolic steroids do the opposite; they break down. A cat’s liver processes prednisone, turning it into prednisolone. Prednisolone, then, is prescribed for cats with weak or compromised livers.

What is prednisone used for in cats?

Pprednisone and prednisolone for cats tend to be prescribed as short-term anti-inflammatory medications. Because it reduces inflammation, prednisone can be usefully deployed in cats who suffer from swelling caused by allergies. These include relieving skin irritation from flea bites as well as anaphylatic shock responses to bee stings. Prednisone for cats is also used to treat all kinds of internal swelling, whether the source of the problem is an upper respiratory infection, pancreatitis, or irritable bowel syndrome.

Though its most common uses are to reduce or inhibit swelling in cats, prednisone and prednisolone are also used occasionally as a long-term steroid therapy for cats who suffer from more extreme health conditions. As a long-term treatment option, prednisone is prescribed as an immune system suppressant to cats being treated for cancers such as lymphoma, giving other treatment methods a chance to work. Prednisone is also given to cats with brain swelling brought on by head trauma, or long-term joint pain and mobility issues associated with osteoarthritis.

Is there a standard prednisone dosage for cats?

Prednisone for cats, along with prednisolone, is most frequently used to provide short-term relief. The standard dosages, at least for humans, are 5mg, 10mg, and 20mg. Cats are different and much smaller creatures, though. With great medicinal power comes great risk of side effects and withdrawal, so veterinarians might begin a short-term course of prednisone for cats at a high dosage initially, which is then rapidly tapered off until treatment is complete and symptoms or swelling have subsided.

Is prednisone safe for cats? Not especially, which is why it should be administered only under veterinary supervision while following all dosage instructions. A veterinarian will take all of a cat’s health information into account to determine proper dosage. Aside from the state of a cat’s kidneys, which guides the choice of prednisolone over prednisone, these major factors for dosage include:

  • Weight
  • Age
  • Overall health and fitness

How is prednisone for cats administered?

Prednisone can be administered in a variety of formats, including tablets, oral liquid, syrup, eye drops, or by direct injection. The format and dosage all depend on context, and veterinarians determine treatment cat by cat. Because prednisone and prednisolone can damage the digestive tract, as we’ll see below, your veterinarian might recommend that the medication be given along with the cat’s food at mealtime.

Side effects of prednisone in cats

Prednisone and prednisolone are extremely powerful steroids that are best and most effectively prescribed to cats as part of a short-term treatment plan. Unlike the commercials you see for any number of medications on television or while streaming online content, the side effects are generally not mild. Even a short-term treatment handled poorly can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms, and that’s just the start. The longer a cat takes prednisone or prednisolone, the more severe the side effects become.

In adult cats, side effects of prednisone can be dangerous:

  • Mood/behavioral changes: including depression and lethargy as well as anxiety and aggression
  • Trouble breathing: increased panting, rapid fatigue
  • Impaired healing: minor injuries take longer to resolve
  • Susceptibility to infection: a cat may be more apt to develop bacterial and viral infections
  • Hair loss
  • Skin irritation

The side effects of prednisone on a cat’s digestive and filtration systems alone deserve their own list:

  • Increased appetite: can lead to obesity
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Urinary tract infection: from increased thirst and increased urination
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Ulcers in the digestive tract

The point is that like other powerful synthetic steroids, a prescription of prednisone or prednisolone for cats should not be undertaken lightly or used on a whim.

Alternatives to prednisone for cats

That all sounds very dire, but it is meant to urge caution. Under veterinary supervision, short- and longer-term prednisone treatments can be managed effectively. Following the prescription and dosage recommendations will help mitigate any extreme side effects, be they internal, external, or behavioral. Are there generic versions of prednisone and prednisolone? Certainly, and each with a longer and less pronounceable name than the last. Your cat’s veterinarian will help you determine the most appropriate and hopefully cost-effective treatment option available.

Is there an over-the-counter version of prednisone? No; after all, prednisone and prednisolone are more powerful than the cortisol produced naturally in the adrenal cortex. These synthesized catabolic steroids have the potential, given a high enough concentration and sufficient time, to disrupt a range of crucial bodily functions. Those interested in homeopathic treatments might wonder: Is there a kind of natural prednisone?

There are thought to be some fruits, vegetables, and oils that also mimic the recuperative functions of cortisol to a very limited degree; however, tampering with a cat’s normal diet carries risks all its own. Consult with your cat’s veterinarian before making any drastic changes to a cat’s diet. Cats, after all, are obligate carnivores, and they lack the digestive apparatus necessary for processing fruits and vegetables.

Has your cat ever undergone treatment involving prednisone or prednisolone? Share your experiences in the comments below.

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Have You Ever Left a Crazy Note for Your Cat Sitter?

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I have what some might call a bad habit of leaving long, complicated messages for cat sitters who take care of our two cats when my husband and I leave town. Someone could probably provide for the guys’ health and happiness without knowing, say, that Matty finds it soothing to hear a cappella versions of 1980s TV show themes (particularly The A Team) when he’s eating wet food, but who am I to keep that information to myself? It seems like good citizenship, in turn, to warn sitters that Steve loves the feel of paper money between his teeth and will rummage through all purses, backpacks, and wallets he finds.

Do my instructions and cautions go too far? I turned to family and friends to find out what they tell their pet sitters before they leave their cats in others’ care — and here are the notes they shared.

Turns out I’m not the only one who leaves odd facts for the cat sitter.

If the grey cat, Moxie, hops up on the counter by the sink, please turn the faucet to a trickle so he can drink some water.

–Sara, Fullerton, California

Cat stealing meat.

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Dominick will steal your cold cuts. Watch out.

–Jodie, Providence, Rhode Island

Cat peering into toilet bowl.

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Please keep the toilet lid closed or else Eddie will play in there.

–Ben, Chicago

Black cat peeping

It’ll be your turn soon, Lucky. (Photo by the lovely @DCKitkat)

I instructed the sitter to spend at least 10 to 15 minutes of time with Kitkat alone before letting Lucky out of the bedroom (because when Lucky comes out, then Kitkat hides and you won’t be able to give her any attention). Then they also needed to make sure Lucky got 10 to 15 minutes of attention, but primarily out of Kitkat’s line of sight.

–Esme, Washington, D.C.

Cat covering eyes.

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He barfs a lot. Sorry!

–Cece, Boise, Idaho

Grey sleeping cat.

Berlin, resting up for tub-crapping.

Keep the shower doors closed or Berlin will crap in the tub. If Ruby jumps on the toilet, it is specifically because she wants to be brushed. And if you’d like to give them a treat, please go get turkey sliced fresh for them from the deli (NOT from Super King — Ruby doesn’t like their meat) because the cats won’t eat prepackaged poultry.

–Joanna, Los Angeles

Cat on sill.

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Please also check that there’s fresh water in the cup next to the bed. Squeaks drinks there.

–Rebecca, New York City

shorthair on mat

A shorthair cat by Shutterstock

Mookie scratches desperately at the door to be let out because his favorite pastime is to go to the garden to scratch desperately at the door to come in. Rest assured that he will not actually come in, but you have to go to the door to show that you care.

–Cindy, Morges, Switzerland

Don’t worry, Mabel hasn’t dripped urine on my face while I was sleeping for a few years, but it’s best to do the litter every day. And don’t even think about removing one of the litter boxes.

–Mattie, Amsterdam

Brushing a cat.

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The easiest way to brush Zeke is to give him one brush to bite while you use the other to groom him.

–Jen, Chicago

Pet sitters of the world, I … wish you the best of luck.

Have you left a weird note for your cat sitter? Tell us in the comments.

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About the author: Lauren Oster is a freelance writer and editor in New York City. She and her husband share an apartment on the Lower East Side with Steve and Matty, two Siamese-ish cats. She doesn’t leave home without a book or two, a handful of plastic animals, Icelandic licorice mints, and her camera. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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6 Tips on Throwing a Great Birthday Party for Your Cat

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Ever since I adopted my tabby boys Lugosi and Spider back in March 2000 when they were eight months of age, their mummy started the tradition of throwing them a little birthday party every year.

I didn’t know their exact date of birth, but the adoption shelter told me they were approximately six weeks old at the beginning of September 1999, so I gave them the “fictional” birth date of July 31. And they have so far celebrated 16 birthdays.

Lugosi and Spider 16th birthday card

Lugosi and Spider’s 16th birthday card

In their early years, my boys got loads of presents, especially toys. However, as with humans, children are easy to buy for, but as they grow up and get older we tend to either just send flowers (or pairs of socks for men) rather than coming up with anything exciting. By their third year, Lugosi and Spider must have accumulated about 100 different toys, so what do you get the cat who already has a lot?

Here are six tips for throwing a successful birthday party for your cat(s) and some ideas for presents.

1. Avoid things that scare your cat

Balloons can be fun to some cats but can freak others out. Things like noisy crackers or bangers are an absolute no-no. My boys were okay with balloons, as long the darn things weren’t moving and flying about. Decorating the room with streamers is a good alternative to balloons, and they double as fun “toys” too.

Lugosi and Spider with balloons

Lugosi and Spider weren’t too scared of their third birthday balloons.

2. Be careful with candles

If you put candles on a “tuna cake” for your cat, make sure you supervise your kitty at all times while the candles are lit. Scorched whiskers and face (or worse) may end up with your cat in casualty or your house burning down, which is not an ideal birthday present. Alternatively, you could use these cat-safe flameless LED candles.

3. Consider the number of treats you give

If your cat is on a special diet for a health condition, too many unhealthy tidbits even just on this special day, no matter how much she likes them,  may cause a painful flare-up of symptoms, which is also not an ideal birthday present. Instead you could feed some yummy, healthy raw salmon which most cats adore. If she doesn’t like it raw, fry the salmon in a little olive oil, let it cool down, and serve.

I usually feed my rascals a few birthday treats spread out through the day and a tin of tuna (in brine, not oil). Tuna is a special treat reserved only for birthdays and Christmas, because Spider suffers from megacolon and early kidney failure, and Lugosi has longstanding feline urinary syndrome (FUS), for which both are on special diets.

Birthday tuna with Ruby

The boys get birthday tuna, and their little sister Ruby is invited to the party too.

Lugosi and Spider 16th treats

Lugosi devours treats, while Spider waits his turn.

4. Shop for unusual presents

There are hundreds of different toys out there for your kitty, but you might have run out of ideas or gotten a lot of toys for your cat. So, see if you can get something more unusual. For their third birthday, I got my boys the Cat Spa below. Even though only Spider uses it — and he loves it — it was successful with at least one out of two cats.

lugosi inspects cat spa

Lugosi inspects one of his prezzies.

Lugosi and Spider with Cat Spa

Lugosi and Spider interact with the Cat Spa.

Another unusual prezzie is an automatic water fountain. Many cats love drinking water from a running tap, so this might be a good present for your kitty — or she may completely ignore it, like my two did after the novelty wore off a couple of days later.

Lugosi and water fountain

Lugosi with his water fountain.

5. Cheap and simple often works best

Sometimes it’s easier to keep it simple when it comes to presents for your cat. A ball made from aluminum foil, a plastic bag (under supervision), a shoe lace with a human attached to the other end to make it move, or an old box can make the best presents ever. Here’s my 6-year-old girl Ruby having fun with some wrapping paper and a box.

Ruby plays in box

Ruby enjoys the simplicity of wrapping paper and a box.

6. Think about your cat, not yourself

Be sensible. Think about what your cat will like and not what you like. For example, if she has a morbid fear of balloons, please don’t get any — or at least remove them as soon as you notice they are causing her distress. Remember, your cat doesn’t know it’s her birthday — we don’t throw the party for her benefit but because we feel that she deserves to have a celebration on that day.  It should be fun and safe for you and your cat(s).

Lugosi and Spider 15th birthday card

Lugosi  and Spider shown on their 15th Birthday last year.

Here’s a video of Lugosi and Spider’s 15th birthday last year.

Here’s Ruby’s sixth birthday in May this year, with the boys also present.

Lugosi and Spider are already granddaddies at 16, which is around 80 in human years, whereas their little sister Ruby Akasha is only 6. I hope that each of them will grace me with their wonderful, loving presence until at least their 20th birthday, if not beyond. After all, the oldest cat that ever lived was 38 years old, so there´s hope for my little old gits yet.

Do you throw birthday parties for your cat? Let us hear about it in the comments.

About the Author: Barbarella Buchner — Ailurophile. Geeky Goth Girl. Ex-Musician Singer/Songwriter. Photographer. Web Designer. Fibromyalgia + RA Sufferer. And totally mad. She originally hails from Hannover (Germany), then moved to London, and since 2004 has lived on the tropical island of Lanzarote, together with her tabby twins Lugosi & Spider, and ginger queen Ruby Akasha. Apart from being an avid hobby — and sometimes even paid. — photographer, she works as a freelance web and graphic designer and occasional Catster contributor. She designed and maintains her local cat charity 9 Lives Lanzarote‘s website.

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Do You Love Cats or a Cat Person But Have Allergies?

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Editor’s note: This article originally appeared in the May/June 2015 issue of Catster print magazine. Click here to subscribe to Catster magazine.

Allergies are as mysterious as they are frustrating. Our immune systems decide they don’t like something and wage all-out war against the invader, wreaking more havoc on our bodies than the otherwise harmless substances they’re attacking.

Allergic reactions to cats can be as mild as sneezing and itching when you touch the cat and then touch your own skin without washing your hands in between. My husband, Mark, falls into this category and exhibited mild reactions to our cats before we got engaged. Reactions can also be dangerously severe, resulting in an asthmatic attack or anaphylactic shock just when you enter a room that has or had cats in it. (If you have severe allergies, talk to your doctor before even considering living with a cat.)

Whether you or your loved one’s allergies are mild or severe, try these 10 tips to minimize the allergens in your home.

1. See an allergy specialist

These doctors have an arsenal of weapons, such as medication and immunotherapy, to help you in your battle against allergens. Holistic allergy remedies — acupuncture, for example — also can provide relief. An allergy specialist can pinpoint exactly what you are allergic to, which can help you to avoid or minimize the allergen.

2. Keep your cat’s favorite sleeping spots off-limits to the allergic person


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Felines are creatures of habit and usually have a couple of favorite spots where they groom the most, right before taking a nice nap. When cats groom, they transfer allergens from their saliva to their skin, which dries and creates dander that can settle on fabric or become airborne.

Needless to say, if you’re allergic, your cat’s nap area of choice is not the best place for you to lounge. Throw a washable blanket over her favorite sleeping spots to easily clean away the allergens. Another strategy: Make the cat’s bedroom the same room you used to transition her when you brought her home, says Kate Stryker, a Siberian cat breeder from Buffalo, New York.

3. Replace carpeting with hardwood, laminate, or tile flooring

Hard surfaces like tile, hardwood, and laminate make life easier in general for people with pets. It’s a lot simpler to thoroughly remove allergens and clean accidents from these surfaces than it is from carpeting. Just steam clean or wet mop weekly.

4. Keep window treatments clean; replace curtains with blinds

Allergens love fabric and can make themselves at home on it and remain stable for a year, Stryker said. So if you have curtains, wash them monthly. Allergens are less likely to cling to harder surfaces such as vertical blinds; you can just wipe those down with a damp cloth weekly without having to remove and rehang.

5. Filter the air

Replace heating and air conditioning filters monthly to once every three months, depending on the type of system you have. Also, have the air ducts cleaned every three to seven years. You should do this whether or not you suffer from allergies, but it is essential if you are allergic.

Consider room air filters for the allergic person’s bedroom, cat’s room, or other rooms in your house. Also, a whole-house filter can be installed in your furnace’s ductwork.

“Using an electrostatic air filter on your furnace and adding a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter helps to remove the floating hairs and dust particles that carry the dander and allergen proteins about your home,” Stryker said. “If you have radiators or electric baseboard heat, invest in high-quality room air-filtration units.”

6. Buy a vacuum that has a HEPA filter

Carpeting and upholstery are allergen magnets, so vacuum carpets and upholstered furniture every week with your HEPA vacuum cleaner. If you’re the allergic person, ideally this should not be your chore, but if it is, wear a dust mask. If your eyes are sensitive, also wear goggles.

7. Bathe and brush your cat


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Weekly bathing and daily brushing removes allergens from cats’ fur and reduces airborne allergens. Dampen your cat’s fur with a grooming solution beforehand to reduce airborne allergens while brushing. (Bathing and brushing should be done by someone without allergies, if possible.)

8. Keep the allergic person’s bedroom off-limits to your cat

For sound, restorative sleep, we all need an allergen-free zone. Sleeping in a room or bed full of allergens of any kind, whether dust mites or dander, can cause you to wake up with a stuffy nose and headache. You especially want to keep all bedding, surrounding window treatments, and flooring clean. Make the bedroom the allergy sufferer’s safe haven.

9. Clean litter boxes daily

Litter boxes can cause the most severe reactions in people with asthma, because urine and feces contain allergens and because the litter itself can be dusty. Clean litter boxes daily and change the litter weekly, and keep the litter box in a well-ventilated area. Use a dust-free litter, such as pine or newspaper pellets, or one specially made for people or cats with respiratory issues.

10. Consider a low-allergenic cat such as a Siberian

Because all cats produce Fel d 1, the protein responsible for most cat-specific allergies, technically there are no hypoallergenic cats. But some cats produce such low levels of Fel d 1, that even people with the severest allergies don’t react.


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If you’re allergic to cats, Fel d 1 is the most likely culprit. Cats shed it in their saliva, skin oils, feces, and urine.

“Cats have at least five different common allergens,” said Leslie A. Lyons, professor of comparative medicine at the University of Missouri’s veterinary college.

She explained that Fel d 1 is cat specific, while Fel d 2, 3, 4, and 5 are found in other animals as well.

Interestingly, people who react to horses and rabbits are most likely to react to the secondary allergens in cats, said Tom Lundberg, a Siberian
cat breeder from Stayton, Oregon, who worked with the University of California, Davis, on an unpublished cat allergen study. If you’re not allergic to horses and rabbits but are allergic to cats, you’re almost certainly allergic to Fel d 1, which is found in exceptionally low amounts in about 1 in 15 Siberians, he said.

After testing fur and saliva samples from Siberian cat breeders, Indoor Biotechnologies in Charlottesville, Virginia, concluded that about 50 percent of Siberians have lower Fel d 1 levels than other cats, and about 15 percent of Siberians have levels so low that they can be safely placed in homes where people have severe allergies to cats.

In addition to sending samples to Indoor Biotechnologies, some Siberian breeders do their own allergy testing by simply allowing potential adopters to spend time with the cats. Katye McDorman, a Siberian cat breeder in Greenbrier, Tennessee, allows allergy sufferers to spend about an hour or so petting and holding her cats to gauge their reactions.

“Occasionally we have someone who has a reaction after they leave,” but that is rare, she said.

McDorman said she finds the process rewarding: “It’s quite refreshing to see someone who avoided cats all their lives finally be able to hold kittens, adopt them, and be able to take them home.”

Kathleen Delp, a Siberian cat breeder in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, tests all of her cats once they reach 10 months of age. She sends hair samples from the top layer and underside of her cats’ coats to Indoor Biotechnologies, which tests the Fel d 1 levels.

“I know who is my lowest and who is my highest,” she said.

If it’s Fel d 1 that they’re allergic to, allergy sufferers don’t typically react to her low-Fel d 1 cats.

To date, 13 allergenic proteins have been identified in cats, according to Siberian Research Inc. This might explain why some of Delp’s allergic customers react to her low-Fel d 1 red and silver cats.

“They come here and hold a kitten, and they might not have an issue with a black-and-brown tabby, but they’ll have an issue with the silvers,” she said, adding that there might be another protein associated with the silver and red coat colors.

But Fel d 1 is still responsible for at least 60 percent of the allergic reactions, and most of the studies have focused on this one protein. Delp said about 99 percent of the people who have adopted her cats have allergies. In one family, four members were allergic, and all of them are okay with her cats.

“Some even have two kittens and do fine with them,” she said.

To her, hypoallergenic means lower than normal, a level that people can handle.

“I have had people with asthma adopt cats from me and sleep with them,” she said.

Lyons stressed caution, because some allergies can be life-threatening, and added that there is neither a definitive allergy test nor a scientific paper that substantiates the claims made by one.

“You can still get sensitized at your allergen doctor, but that can be an expensive long-term treatment,” she said. “If you’re allergic to Fel d 1, then a hypoallergenic cat will help you. There are probably many cats that produce low allergen, but we’ve noted it in the Siberians, and it’s a high frequency in the Siberians.”

She explained that Sphynx and Cornish Rex are assumed to be low allergenic, but that they “still produce all the cat allergen, but don’t have as much fur to carry it throughout the environment.” Lyons still believes that there are hypoallergenic cats among other breeds and even among mixed-breed cats.

Unsolved mysteries

As I mentioned, my husband, Mark, was allergic to cats when we started dating. Whenever he came to my house, he would cough, wheeze, and itch if he didn’t wash his hands after petting my cats. Fortunately, his allergies disappeared by the time we got engaged.

That’s because of a process called accommodation, in which people with a tolerable allergy level are exposed to an allergen constantly, and their body learns to tolerate it, said Lundberg, the Siberian breeder from Oregon.

“But if you go on vacation for two weeks, you lose it and you have to start over again,” he said.

A 2011 study published in the journal Clinical & Experimental Allergy showed that children exposed to cats before age 1 have half the risk of developing pet allergies later in life. That’s great news for pet-loving parents. In other cases, people who have never suffered from allergies can develop them later in life, because of hormonal changes or excessive exposure to pollution, pollen, dust mites, or mold.

Didn’t I say that allergies are mysterious? We might not be able to explain all of them, but we can manage the effect they have on our lives.

About the author: Susan Logan-McCracken was the editor of CAT FANCY for 11 years. She is allergic to several things, but thankfully cats are not one of them. Her husband Mark’s allergies to their red tabbies, Madison and Sophie, mysteriously disappeared right before they got engaged.

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Videos We Love: Cats Who Just Gotta Skate or Die

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Cats effortlessly embody a punk-rock, screw-the-man ethos. This morning, for example, my cat Bubba Lee Kinsey puked on three — yes, three! — rugs seemingly to protest his recent diet. Meanwhile, my other cat Phoenix stretched out for a nap on the ottoman. When I asked her whether she really intended to sit there all day again, alternately snoring and licking her toes, she glared at me, then rolled over and exposed her pure, white belly floof.

Because cats are such furry little rebels, of course they’re natural skateboarders. Perhaps you’re already familiar with Didga, the Australian skater cat who does tricks and defies the canine patriarchy, but these videos prove that she’s not the only kitty who just has to skate or die, man.

1. Cruisin’

To get us started, here’s Didga and her skateboard, Ollie, going for a cruise around the beautiful beachside community of Coolangatta, Australia. While sightseeing, Didga jumps over a dude, a billboard, and a large Rottweiler. The best part might be all of the people staring like they’ve never seen a cat on a skateboard before.

2. Mad skills

Here’s Romeo the Bengal cat learning to push himself on a skateboard. He might be a beginner (and just a cat), but I’m pretty sure Romeo is already better at skateboarding than I ever was.

3. Close enough

Fair warning: If it’s early in the morning and you’re hungover (especially if you’re hungover), maybe wait until it’s afternoon and you’ve eaten a couple of burritos before attempting to watch Dubstep Cat attempt to skateboard out of his litter box like a boss.

4. An important mission

Oh you know, no big deal — just a couple of dudes hanging out, teaching their Manx cat how to ride a skateboard — and it seems like kitty is making progress!

5. One more from the master

Other cats can try to match Didga’s mastery, but after watching this Australian stud slay it at a local skate park, those other kitties will know they don’t stand a chance.

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Cat hacks: The phrase sounds like a pet owner’s cyborg nightmare. When we first heard it, we imagined small furry feline armies with implanted laser headlamps and mechanical thumbs opening cat-food cans and engaging in creative late-night home renovation.

But cat hacking isn’t about hacking your cat, it’s about hacking your cat’s environment — setting up things while you’re at work or out for the evening to keep your four-legged friend into stimulating activities and out of trouble.


Some of the five cat hacks in this video are surprisingly simple: One includes what you can do with a strategically situated window, which we like to call “Kitty TV.” Another involves using technology you were probably ready to give away or recycle. Still another has you make a mess that your cat will clean up while you’re gone.


Confused? Don’t be. It’s all pretty simple, and your cat will find these hacks engaging and entertaining. See for yourself — and view it again to see if you can count all the cat names the narrator works into the descriptions. There’s Princess, Whiskers, Oscar, Tucker … that’s about where the cuteness made us lose track. We promise, though, we didn’t see a single laser-beam cat-eye or mechanical thumb, so you can sleep easy tonight.

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