This year, seemingly more than any other previous year, there has been newspaper coverage of the detrimental effects of fireworks on animals. There are articles covering how anxiety in some animals has been so high due to noise from the…

On the 11th of this month, it was Remembrance Day for all the fallen forces members who fought in the world wars. A lot of people don’t realise that cats were actively used to assist during these times, and I…

At some point in history, it became the stereotype that witches had familiars and that a lot of the time they were cats. To be more specific, black cats. Something I’ve always wondered is the name of the first feline…

There are so many superstitions attributed to black cats, and a lot of them are less than flattering. But there are also some positives. Below are a few beliefs from around the world: “Black cats protect fishermen at sea.” “One…

A previous blog has covered what to do if you realise that a cat isn’t by nature, comfortable sharing space with other felines. (See: http://www.ailurophile.co.uk/?p=500) However, there are some things you can do that are likely to prove beneficial and definitely…

I was on social media recently, and a rescue I follow put up this wonderful explanation of cats communicating their levels of trust. As with previous image depictions that can be extremely useful points of reference, I wanted to share…

Welcome to the Jungle...

Recently, I’ve been seeing a resurgence in stories on the internet regarding toxic poisoning to animals through plants in the home. Predominantly, it seems to be the fatalities caused in cats by lilies. From a behavioural point of view, a…

Where the wild things are (Part II)...

Last year I posted a blog about Gizmo, which can be found here: The petition was started after Helen Abraham lost her feline family member, Gizmo in a fatal road traffic accident. Since I posted the blog last year, I’ve…

Following on from the previous post regarding fear aggression, one of the things we noticed our relative newcomer was doing regularly was sitting in front of the communal drinking fountain all the feline residents share. Obviously that was going to…

Almost a year ago, a rather confused little personality joined our family in the form of a tabby girl. She’d been mentioned to me once before previously as her former family stated she was toileting inappropriately and they were struggling…