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Do cats like baths

Do cats really need baths? In a word, no. After all, grooming themselves is something cats do very well. And they should, considering how much time they spend at it. With their barbed tongues they are usually quite capable of keeping their own coats clean without any help from humans, thank you very much.

However, regardless of your cat’s opinion, there are some circumstances that make shampoo and water necessary. For example, if you discover external parasites, stubborn dirt (such as paint or sap) or smelly stuff in your cat’s fur, nothing short of a bath will safely get her clean.

If your cat has long hair (yes Persians, this means you) keeping it clean may be more than she can handle, regardless of her grooming skills. On the other hand, hairless cats such as Sphynx need periodic baths to remove body oils that are normally absorbed by the hair they lack.

There are also medical reasons why your cat might need a bath. Cats that are elderly, obese or have mobility issues may find it a challenge to keep clean (at least to cat standards). Or, if you have a human family member with a cat allergy, giving your cat a weekly rinse can help reduce allergy-aggravating cat dander. Of course, while this may improve life for the allergy sufferer, we can’t say the same for the person bathing the cat. 😉

THE BOTTOM LINE

If done properly, a bath can be beneficial for your cat’s skin and coat. Just remember that this does not mean she will enjoy it. And that she has been sharpening both her claws, and her fighting skills, for an event like this.

To bathe, or not to bathe? At the end of the day, the decision is up to you and your cat. (Although you probably know how your cat would decide.) If you choose the way of the tub, be prepared to do battle… because chances are, your cat won’t go quietly. And if you have any questions about whether a bath is safe for your cat, always check with your veterinarian.

Read “Giving Your Cat a Bath” to learn how to survive bathing your cat with your skin still intact.

Table of Contents

  • Why Cats Don’t need to be Bathed
  • When to Bathe a Cat
  • How to bathe a cat
  • Conclusion

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I was with my five year old son the other day and he asked me this question out of nowhere: “Do cats need baths?”

Being the cat lover, I readily had an answer. I guess he was pretty satisfied with my explanation.

But what if you’re just new to taking care of cats? What would your answer be? Should you really give your cat a bath?

My answer is Yes, Cat need baths.

Why Cats Don’t need to be Bathed

I will admit that when I was younger, I really thought that cats were just like dogs that needed to be bathed. I eventually found out that unlike the canines, our feline friends don’t need baths most of the time.

Cats are one of the cleanest animals on the planet. They are role models of personal hygiene. They moisten their forepaws with saliva and use it to clean themselves.

In fact, half of their waking hours are spent on grooming themselves. That’s how much of a stickler they are when it comes to grooming.

Thus, giving her a bath isn’t really needed except for certain situations which I will discuss a bit later.

Cats not only groom themselves because they want to be clean. Grooming has many benefits to our feline friends. These include:

  • Self-defense . Believe it or not, cats groom themselves so that they won’t be detected by their enemies. Getting rid of food and odor causing ingredients can help them be on ‘stealth’ mode, so to speak.
  • Fur maintenance. By licking themselves, cat can distribute their natural oils to their coats evenly.
  • Cooling down . Cats use their saliva to maintain normal body temperature.
  • Relaxation . Cats can cope with stress by keeping themselves clean.
  • Blood flow stimulation . Just like how brushing the hair can promote blood circulation on our scalp, cats licking their body can improve circulation. The tongue of cats has tiny, bristle-like hairs that can do the trick.

Aside from the fact that cats have the unique ability to groom themselves, there are other reasons why you should think twice about giving them a bath such as:

  • Cats generally aren’t fond of water. Submerging them in water can cause their fur to become saturated with water. In turn, this can weigh down your cat and make her very uncomfortable.
  • Most cats are also very sensitive to odors. It is also possible that the scent of chemicals from tap water may upset her. The same goes for the chemicals found in shampoo.

There are a few cat breeds, though, that are known to like water like the Turkish Van and the Bengal.

When to Bathe a Cat

But while bathing a cat is generally discouraged, it doesn’t mean that you should never bathe your cat. There are some cases wherein you have no choice but to bathe her, even if she doesn’t like it.

For example, your cat was away from home for a few days. When she got back, you noticed that her coat has turned black. You assume that this was caused by exposure to automotive oil.

This is a very dangerous scenario because automotive oil exposure can be very fatal to cats.

Senior cats may also be assisted from time to time. Aging cats with arthritis usually have lost their interest in grooming, so you may have to bathe them from time to time. Even overweight cats may have difficulty in cleaning themselves.

How to bathe a cat

Now what would you do if your cats need a bath? Here are some of the pointers that you should remember:

  • Seek the help of another adult. You will need another pair of hands to keep a hold on the cat, who likely won’t enjoy being bathed. In fact, there’s a very good chance that she will immediately try to get out when you put her in the tub. This is why I suggest that you enlist the help of another person.
  • Fill a large tub with around 5 to 6 inches water. The water should be lukewarm. Cats don’t like too hot or too cold water.
  • Carefully wet your pet. Apply shampoo and rinse thoroughly. Don’t let the shampoo get into her eyes. I suggest you wipe down her face with a wash cloth.
  • Remove her from the bath and then wrap her in a towel.
  • Dry her in a warm room. You can try a hair dryer too if she allows it. Just don’t get the heat too close to her.

If your cat is afraid of water, I recommends trying dry bath products.

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Conclusion

Bathing is something you won’t normally do to a cat. Most of the time, your feline friend can take care of herself when it comes to grooming.

But there will be times when you need to bathe her, like when she gets too old or too fat that grooming becomes less of a priority. Or when she figures in an accident and her coat gets exposed to oil.

Did you learn something from this article? If you do, why you won’t share this article on your social media accounts? I’m certain your other friends will appreciate your effort.

Do cats like baths

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If you know cats, then you probably know that most cats love bathrooms. Does your cat follow you into the bathroom? Perhaps it rubs on your legs while you are in there. Maybe it jumps on the counter to lounge in the sink even when you’re not around. It might meow loudly and paw at the closed door. Some cats seem to want more attention when you are in the bathroom than they do when you are anywhere else in the house. What is it about the bathroom that cats seem to love so much?

A Bathroom Is a Great Place to Play

Bathrooms can seem like playrooms to some cats. There’s a tub to spin around in and toilet paper rolls to play with. There may be fun things such as towels and robes hanging on the wall. They might be able to roll around on the floor and play with the rug or bathmat. A cat can have a lot of fun in the bathroom, whether or not you are in there. Plenty of owners have learned this the hard way, when they get home to find kitty’s disaster in the bathroom. Hopefully, you wouldn’t have to deal with a worse mess, such as pooping or peeing in the sink or tub!

Closed Doors Pique Curiosity

Most cats cannot stand closed doors in their homes. The bathroom door is no exception. A closed bathroom door with you on the other side could be enough to drive your cat crazy. Over time, some cats seem to learn that you are likely to close that bathroom door. So, they want to be there to make sure they don’t miss out on the fun. Cats want to know what is happening in their domains at all times. If cats had one rule, it would be that there should never be closed doors!

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It’s a Great Time to Get Attention

Cats love attention (as long as it’s on their terms). Let’s face it, who’s not going to pet a sweet cat who is rubbing all over your legs, while you sit on the toilet. The cat seems to know you are “trapped” in there for at least a few minutes and that it’ll be easy to get your attention. It also may be that your cat can tell you are not distracted by the television, a book, work, or some other activity. You are there doing nothing too serious, able to return the love and attention they give you. Many cats also like to lick their humans after a bath or shower. Silly kitties!

Sinks Are Like Cat Beds

Think about the shape of the sink. The rounded sides seem to perfectly cradle the feline body. It seems only natural that a cat would enjoy the feeling of a sink to lounge and sleep in. The coolness of the sink might feel good in warmer months. During cold months, the cat’s body heat might warm up the sink and make it extra cozy in there. Some cats will also lick drops of water out of the faucet while lounging in the sink.

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Water, Believe It or Not

Although most cats don’t like to be wet, many like to be around water. In the bathroom, a cat can drink fresh water from the sink or tub faucet. Fresh running water is just one of the many things that cats love. Cats that like sinks will sometimes get in there while the water is running. Some cats like to lick the wet tub or even drink bathwater!

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Cats Enjoy Routines

Coming to visit you in the bathroom can become a routine your cat learns to love, especially if you give in to its pleas for attention. Your cat may also be anticipating mealtime if that’s something you do after using the bathroom in the morning.

Your Cat Loves You

The bathroom is full of the smells of you: your cat’s favorite human! You spend time there doing important things, or at least it may seem that way to your cat. Your cat may be intrigued by watching you do all the little things humans do in there. Many cats will sit on the vanity, mesmerized while you brush your teeth or do your hair. Bathroom time may be some very valuable feline bonding time!

Cats are known for their grooming habits. With their tongues, teeth, and paws, they’re usually able to keep themselves fresh and clean without any outside intervention. Sometimes, though, your cat might need help staying clean. If your feline friend is covered in something dangerous, smelly, or sticky, or if they have picked up some parasites, it might be a good idea to give them a bath. Here’s how to bathe a cat with a minimal amount of stress for both of you.В

1. Trim the Toenails: Your cat’s claws are one of their main forms of defense. An upset cat may claw anyone nearby, including you, during the course of bath time. Cat scratches can easily become infected, so it’s in your own best interest to trim your cat’s nails before attempting a bath.В

2. Brush Before: Cats shed frequently, all year long. That extra fur won’t be good for your plumbing, and it will make it more difficult to get your cat really clean. If you can, brush your cat thoroughly to remove any loose fur and mats before you begin the bathing process. You can also put cotton balls gently in their ears to keep water out.

3. Time It Right: Cats generally don’t like to be in water. A cat that’s full of energy is going to object more strongly to a bath. Schedule the bath for a time when your cat is tired and mellow, such as after a long play session with a cat dancer or some catnip. If you can schedule your cat’s bath so someone else is around to help you out, even better.В

4. Get Traction: Your cat appreciates traction just as much as you do in the shower. Give your cat a folded towel in the bottom of the tub or a rubber bath mat to stand on so they don’t panic when they can’t stand easily. Once the mat is in the tub, add three to four inches of comfortably warm water to the tub, then have your helper put the cat in the tub. You may need your helper to hold onto the cat for the whole bath to avoid scratches.

Note: Cats don’t sweat like humans do. The steamy hot water you might prefer for a shower or bath can overheat your pet. Instead, aim for a few degrees above lukewarm.В

5. Try a Pour-Over Method: Your cat probably won’t willingly go under water. Instead, use a handheld sprayer, a pitcher, or a plastic cup to gently pour water over their body until they’re thoroughly wet.В

6. Use a Cat Shampoo: Don’t use human shampoo on your cat. They’re  not safe if your cat licks it, and they may hurt your cat’s delicate skin. Instead, use a shampoo that’s designed for cats. Start at your cat’s neck and gently massage the shampoo toward the tail. Avoid their face, eyes, and ears.

7. Rinse Well: Once you’ve fully lathered up your cat, you can begin rinsing them off with clean, lukewarm water. Take the time to make sure all of the soap is gone; anything that’s left will be ingested by your cat when they clean themselves again later. It can also irritate their skin and attract dirt.

8. Clean the Face: If your pet’s face also needs cleaning, don’t pour water over it or use shampoo. Instead, use a warm, damp washcloth to carefully wipe it off. Be extra cautious around your cat’s eyes and ears, which are sensitive and can be easily damaged. If you do need to use something more than plain water, you can use just a drop or two of cat shampoo on the washcloth to remove anything sticky or dangerous.В

9. Dry Thoroughly:

The most important part of bathing your cat is drying them off afterward. Dry them off as quickly as possibly with a large towel, and keep them in a warm room until they’ve completely dried. If your cat lets you, you can also use a hairdryer on its lowest warmth setting to speed up the process. If your cat has long fur, take the time to comb it out with a wide-toothed comb to avoid mats later.В

10. Treat Time: Once bath time is over, make sure to reward your cat for behaving. Treats, praise, and playtime afterward may help your cat come around on the idea of bath time so it’s not as much of a struggle next time.

Show Sources

Central California SPCA: “Is Bathing a Cat Really Necessary (or Just a Myth in Caring for Pets)?”

Danbury Animal Welfare Society: “Help Keep Kitty Clean.”

Humane Society: “Declawing Cats: Far Worse than a Manicure.”

Michelson Found Animals: “Cat Grooming 101,” “How to Give a Stress-Free Cat Bath.”

Do cats like baths

As the proud mom to five cats, I am very aware of how different their personalities can be. While I have one cat who will only drink out of a certain water dish (picky, indeed, huh?!), my other kitty Little Mister has always had an affinity for bathtubs that I’ve never been able to explain. Whenever I’m looking for Little Mister, my first stop is always the bathroom, and nine times out of 10, he’s lounging in the tub.

Oddly enough, Little Mister really doesn’t like water. Although you might come across dozens of funny TikTok videos featuring cats taking baths with their owners, Little Mister sadly isn’t that brave. Instead, he likes to stretch out in the tub and bask in all of his glory while chirping at me until I pet him.

Sounds pretty strange, right? Determined to discover the real meaning behind my feline’s love of the tub, I asked Dr. Zay Satchu, Bond Vet’s cofounder and chief veterinary officer, who said it’s really not all that uncommon! Scroll ahead to learn why some kitties just love to sit in the tub.

My Cat Hates Water, but Loves the Bathtub . . . Why Is That?

“While most cats don’t like being wet, many do enjoy exploring or playing with water on their own terms — especially dripping water from a faucet,” Dr. Satchu told POPSUGAR. “Perhaps to your cat, being adventurous and looking into a bathtub as a play area is a very different (and more fun!) water experience than being caught in the rain or sudsed up for a bath.”

Additionally, Dr. Satchu said it actually might be a texture preference, as kitties might enjoy the cool, slippery surface. “If your cat is hanging out and relaxing in the tub while it’s empty, they may just enjoy lying on the smooth surface and watching people go by from behind the edge of the tub, treating it as a fun hiding spot or cozy sleeping nook,” she said.

Why Does My Cat Chirp at Me When He’s in the Bathtub?

There’s nothing I love more than hearing all the funny little sounds my cats make. And though Little Mister isn’t usually vocal, he won’t stop “talking” while lounging in his favorite spot. “While most people are familiar with common cat noises such as meowing and hissing, cats can actually make many different sounds for communication,” Dr. Satchu explained.

She noted that sometimes felines make noises to let their owners know they’re in a good mood. “A chirp, chirrup, or trill is a happy noise used for greetings to acknowledge you when you speak to them or for expressing excitement (if they’re chirping at a toy or at a bird outside the window, for example),” Dr. Satchu said. “It’s also the noise mother cats use to get their kittens to follow them, so a chirp could be your cat’s way of asking for attention or trying to show you something. So if your cat is chirping in the bathtub, they are likely enjoying their time in the tub!”

Is Letting My Cat Play in the Bathtub OK?

“If your cat enjoys swimming or playing in the tub, by all means, let them do so for physical and mental stimulation. Just be sure to supervise them, and don’t leave your cat unattended in the water,” Dr. Satchu advised. “Be sure the tub is free of chemicals (like cleaning products). Try filling the tub to a height where your cat can comfortably stand with their head above the water.”

Of course, if you notice a sudden change in your kitty’s behavior, it’s best to ask your veterinarian for advice. “If you are worried about your cat suddenly spending more time sleeping in an empty tub, you are right that any behavior change is potentially a cause for concern,” she said. “Cats hide pain and illness very well, so spending more time in a hiding place may be your kitty’s way of isolating themselves. But take this in context with their overall behavior. Is your kitty still eating well, playing, and otherwise their normal selves, or do they seem a bit ‘off’? When in doubt, it never hurts to be on the safe side and call your vet with any behavior change.”

Is Hanging Out in the Bathtub a Normal Cat Behavior?

While it’s not exactly normal for cats to enjoy hanging out in the tub, or near water at all, it’s usually just a form of harmless fun. “It is unusual for cats to like being in the bath or being wet in general,” she said. “We might not know exactly why or what is going through a cat’s mind when they get wet. However, it’s likely a cat feels a loss of control in a slippery tub. The ancestors of house cats evolved in arid climates and thus didn’t spend time swimming. Soaking-wet fur might make a cat feel weighted down, make it difficult to groom themselves, or make it harder to regulate their body temperature.”

And although getting a handle on your cat’s lineage might be challenging, there are some breeds of domestic cats that tend to like swimming! “These breeds includes Maine Coons, Abyssinians, and Bengals,” she shared. “Interestingly, there’s also a breed called the Turkish Van, which has a waterproof coat and loves to swim. However, individuals within a breed may vary in terms of their preferences, so don’t push your cat to swim or play with water if they’re not interested.”

It’s a long-held belief that cats and water don’t mix, but is it true? If it is, why do cats hate water so much? When it comes to understanding why many cats don’t like water, it’s important to separate fact from fiction. Not every kitty hates showers, and certain breeds even love to swim.

Do cats like baths

Cats and Water: A Tepid Relationship

Many cats have an aversion to water, but the exact reasons why continue to elude experts.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) theorizes, “One reason for the aversion may have something to do with the fact that the feline species evolved in arid desert climates. Throughout their early history, cats were not exposed to rivers, lakes and rain and as a result were not as familiar with water as some other evolving species.” Unlike dogs, who love to frolic in the water and in some instances are even trained to work in it, most kitties aren’t fans of getting wet.

A second often-cited reason is related to your furry friend’s preference for a meticulous coat. If you’ve ever been stuck in the rain without an umbrella, you well know that wet hair is notoriously difficult to manage, and that doesn’t sit well with cats. A drenched coat weighs down your kitty, making her uncomfortable, and it can take a long time for the coat to dry. Cats, ever-diligent with their personal hygiene routine, spend about a third of their waking hours grooming, notes the CVMA. A sopping-wet coat makes their job very difficult.

Splish Splash: Taking a Cat Bath

Why doesn’t your cat like water? Petful offers another answer, noting “Cats are also sensitive to odors, and it is speculated that your cat may not like the scent of chemicals from tap water.” The situation gets even more overstimulating if you factor in shampoos full of unfamiliar smells.

Don’t be deterred, however, from giving your cat a bath if she needs it. You can do it if you have the right tools and techniques. Items to have on hand include towels, vinyl gloves, a gentle cleanser and after-bath treats. Your greatest tub-time help, however, is a trusted friend or family member who will be patient with you and your possibly unruly kitty. Your cat’s meticulous grooming skills ensure that she won’t need a bath often, but if she gets herself into a dirty or smelly mess, it’s good to know the tips and tricks of the trade.

Chasing Waterfalls

As a pet parent, you may notice that while your fur baby may dislike being wet, she loves to play with water. Whether it’s lapping up drips of water from the bathroom faucet, drinking from a pet fountain (a great option if your cat needs to drink more water), or trying to stick a paw into your running shower, she’s all about the fun and games of moving water (as long as she doesn’t get too wet).

Experts theorize that a cat’s predilection for running water (like your kitchen sink) over still water (like a bathtub) is a matter of playful fascination. Dripping water “is a cat magnet,” says Animal Planet, providing an exploration of the senses. It’s also possible that her instincts associate running water with fresher streams that would be safer to drink in the wild than a still puddle.

Swimming Cats

Although most domestic cats don’t like water, their wild cousins, such as tigers, happily use it to cool off or hunt their next meal. There are also a few breeds of household kitties, including the Maine coon, Bengal and Abyssinian, that love the water and occasionally enjoy a few laps around the pool.

The cat most known for her skills in the water is the Turkish van, a rare breed that has been nicknamed the “Swimming Cat.” According to The International Cat Association, these cats “have a unique texture to their cashmere-like coats that makes them waterproof which lets them enjoy swimming and other water games.” With a built-in wetsuit, the Turkish van can paddle around as much as she likes.

So why do cats hate water? Well, yours might not. When you welcome a cat into your home, it won’t be long until you learn your feline friend’s preferences and discover fun new (possibly splashy) games to play.

Do cats like baths

Do cats like baths

Cats and water don’t mix, or at least that’s how the old saying goes. But what is it about this banal liquid that makes them lose their mind as captured by so many “cats vs bathtubs” videos on the Internet? And do all cats hate water? Find out here.

Our feline friends have mysterious ways that keep us guessing about plenty of things, but one of the most enduring conundrums has to do with a pretty basic element: water.

Why do cats hate water? And how come they love the water dripping from a tap, but will fight teeth and claws if they come close to a bathtub full of water? We’ll probably never know for sure, but experts have a few ideas that can help baffled cat owners understand their pet’s behaviour a bit better.

Why do cats hate water?

Cats are fine with water to drink, but if it gets near their fur water can instantly turn a happy cat into a miniature lion. Here are some of the causes that help explain why.

1. Water weights a cat down

Do cats like baths

Imagine having to carry a soaking wet blanket on your shoulders until it gets dry again. A similar principle is at work when it comes to cats and water.

When their entire fur gets drenched, a cat will feel weighted down and unable to move at their normal agility levels. That’s quite an uncomfortable experience for a feline that likes to navigate life with a springy, effortless gait.

2. The cat’s evolutionary history

Another reason why cats hate water is attributed to their history. There is not much in a cat’s background to recommend them for successful interactions with bodies of water, be it small or big. Cat’s ancestors lived in dry arid places which means rivers or oceans weren’t obstacles they had to face. There is not much in their ancestors’ past to prepare the modern cat for the bathtub which helps explain why their first reaction is to scratch their way out of the arms of an owner determined to get them in it.

3. Cats can smell the chemicals in the water

Smell is a cat’s most reliable sense. Even though we might not detect them, the chemicals in the tap water give it a particular odour that a kitten’s sensitive nose will pick up straight away. It’s fine for dipping a paw in every once in a while, but having their fur submerged in a liquid that smells nothing like their coat should smell, is enough to put them off bath time.

4. Negative experiences

Some cats might have actually experienced bathtubs or having their coat wet in early kittenhood. Sometimes it’s those first interactions that can help elucidate the mystery of why cats hate water. If being submerged in the water was a stressful experience the first few times, it’s likely they’ll say “no way” at the sight of the bathtub well into their adult years.

5. Lack of control

There is something else that helps explains why a cat will avoid getting into the bathtub but is happy to play with any dripping tap within reach or even venture close to the full tub to dip their paw in – in those instances a cat will have more control over the situation. After all, they’re still sitting safely on dry land and can easily get away. But being on a slippery wet surface with water pouring down on their coat, getting into their eyes and weighting them down in the process is enough to make their feline instincts go haywire.

Author: Dr. Jason Nicholas

Published: January 16, 2015

Updated: October 15, 2021

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Do cats like bathsGiving a cat a bath .

Though you likely wouldn’t put the words “cat” and “bath” together in the same sentence (unless it also included the word “never!”), bathing a cat can be done — some actually like it, and sometimes it’s a necessity.

Why might you have to bathe your cat?

Since most cats, in most situations, are quite fastidious in their grooming practices there aren’t many reasons why you’d need to bathe your cat. However, there are a few scenarios where you might find yourself needing to do so.

  • Ringworm — This is actually a fungus , rather than a worm. Depending on the severity of your cat’s case, and some other factors, your vet may prescribe medicated baths.

Cats may need a bath if:

  1. They have ringworm
  2. They have a flea infestation
  3. They have something stuck on their coat
  4. They are obese or arthritic
  5. And some just love it. So pamper away!

  • Flea infestations — Baths aren’t typically necessary for cats with fleas, as most of the newer flea treatments will kill fleas very quickly. That said, in very bad infestations and in cats with flea allergies, baths may be beneficial and even necessary.

Need to get something off their coat — examples include pyrethrin/permethrin flea killing products (which can cause devastating tremors), motor oil or gasoline, antifreeze, potpourri, tree sap, and others.

  • Obese cats or arthritic cats — These cats may be unable to groom themselves properly and fully, and so may need occasional baths to keep their coat and skin healthy. Arthritic cats may even appreciate the bath, as the warm water and the massage of lathering the shampoo can actually feel quite good.
  • To bathe your cat it’s important to get all supplies ready first and have a plan

    1. You’ll need some tasty treats that your helper can use to reward (and bribe) your cat with.

    Grab a pitcher or detachable showerhead, pet-specific shampoo, and plenty of towels.

    Using your sink, a laundry basket, or Rubbermaid® tub in your bathtub, lay down a towel, non-slip bath mat, or even a cut-up yoga mat so your cat won’t freak out as a result of a slippery surface.

    Partially fill (just a few inches) with warm water (not too hot).

    Gently place and hold your cat there while your helper uses the pitcher to get your cat’s coat wet.

    Lather with pet-specific shampoo (your vet may prescribe a specific one, especially if the bath is necessary for medical reasons — like ringworm)

    Thoroughly rinse the shampoo off using the pitcher or showerhead (use a low flow rate so as not to scare your cat).

  • Thoroughly dry your cat using a series of towels. Don’t use a blow-dryer unless your cat is already accustomed to it. or unless you don’t value the skin on your arms and face.
  • The Best Brush for Cats

    Do cats like bathsBrushing before bathing is helpful to prevent mats and tangles in your cat’s fur. We’ve found that the Furbliss silicone brushes are among the best options for just about any cat. They come in a variety of sizes and styles, so there’s one for every cat, regardless of the size and amount (and length) of fur they have. Each brush has two sides for different purposes: a brush side for combing and grooming, plus a finer side that’s great for de-shedding.

    Since they’re made of silicone, they’re soft, easy to use, and cats actually enjoy the massaging feeling of being brushed. Plus, they can be washed under running water or sterilized in the dishwasher. This also means you can use them in the bath to shampoo your cat and de-tangle their fur as they’re being bathed.

    For more brush choices, check out the Tips for Brushing Your Cat article.

    Treats to Give Your Cat Before and After Baths

    Greenies are great low-calorie treats (at just 1.25 calories per treat) that also help clean your cat’s teeth — plus, cats love them. The Life Essentials freeze-dried chicken treats are also a big hit with many cats, are also low in calories, and are high in protein. We have more low-cal treat choices in our Choosing the Best Cat Treats article.

    Some cats are obsessed with bathtubs and sinks. But some cats take this weird fixation even further: They’re obsessed with water itself.

    At face value, this cat obsession with water makes no sense. Cartoons, after all, have spent many decades teaching us that cats hate water. And most cats don’t like baths. But some cats are positively mad about water, doing everything from drinking it from faucets to swimming in it.

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    Do cats like water?

    Many cats love water, at least to drink. This is especially true of running water. Some will only drink from water that’s moving, to the great annoyance of their owners. But why do cats like running water so much more than, say, water in a bowl?

    The answer probably lies in survival instincts. Cats tend to seek out fresh, clean water over stagnant water, probably because fresh water is less likely to contain harmful bacteria than stagnant water is. Plus, running water just tastes better.

    Because they descended from desert dwellers who got most of their water from the prey that they ate, cats can be pretty picky about the water that they drink. And cats are sensitive to the smell of water, which can quickly get stale if their bowls aren’t changed frequently enough or cleaned regularly. Plus, running or moving water is just more fun.

    How often should you bathe a cat?

    So today’s magic question is how often do cats need a bath? And the not-so-surprising answer, according to Cat Behaviorist and television personality Richard Kirschner, host of ‘The Cat from Hell’, is almost never!

    Bathing cats should never be a regular thing for your cat. It’s only required in very specific and unusual situations. While cats can’t go too long without drinking water, they can go a lifetime without a bath. Let’s find out when exactly you should do it, if ever.

    When To Bathe A Cat

    So why does ‘Mr. Catman’ not advocate bathing your cat, or to be more precise, giving your cat the full immersion treatment in the bathtub?

    The first reason is that cats are incredibly clean animals. They spend up to 50 percent of their time each and every day grooming themselves. Cats can be incredibly fastidious animals and can even turn their attention to you – who else has a cat that licks them!?

    In the wild, all cats groom themselves for the principal reason that they need to remove or mask their scent from their prey. A tiger, masking their scent is essential if they want to stay alive. Otherwise, their prey will scatter.

    Domestic cats have their origins in the wild North African / Southwest Asian wildcat, scientifically named the “Felis silvestris lybica.” Cat domestication may have begun as early as 10,000 B.C.

    Not only do their ancestors the wildcats clean themselves near continuously, but cats inherited another thing from their ancestors, their remarkable tounges.

    Cats have backward-facing spines on their tongues, called filiform papillae. These spines act just like a comb and are fantastic at getting into the crevices of a cat’s fur.

    About the only part of cats, fur that they can’t reach is behind their neck around their shoulder blades, which may explain in part while cats like to roll in dirt besides dry dusting to spread their scent around.

    Cats Say No To Bath

    There’s another major reason that bathing a cat can work against you. Soaps and detergents can be very irritating to a cat’s delicate skin beneath its fur. These soaps strip the natural oils needed to keep a cat clean.

    Another solid reason for avoiding bathing your cat is that they just don’t like it. As a consequence, if you bathe your cat too often, your cat may develop behavioral problems.

    Everyone knows that when cats are upset they can be vindictive. What happens is that cats get stressed and as a result come up with some crazy and baffling behaviors to relieve the stress. You could end up with more than a little cat love bite!

    Your cat can even get so stressed that every time you pick him or her up, they think, ‘Uh oh, something bad is about to happen.’ A very social cat can become quite unsociable in a hurry.

    Bathing Cats

    The good news then is that generally most cats never need a bath. There are, however, exceptions.

    One of these is if you have a hairless breed of cat. These cats have difficulty regulating the oils on their hairless skin, which can be clogged. So a gentle bath around once per week is appropriate. Some people even like to use cat bath wipes.

    Reasons To Bathe A Cat

    Another reason for a cat bath is if your cat is newly adopted. These cats, particularly if they were previously homeless, may be covered in both dirt, motor oil, and fleas.

    Two other common exceptions for the bath rule are older cats and obese cats. These poor animals may no longer have the ability to get to the fur on their backs, and the fur there can become extremely matted.

    Baths for cats are situational. For example, if a cat has run into a wild skunk, only a bath will make that cat livable in the house. Oh perhaps you took your cat out on a boat (make sure you’re using the best cat life jackets) and it fell in some toxic algae – then it would need a bath.

    Cat Bath Alternatives

    In general, while regular bathing should rarely occur, you will need to do proactive cleaning of your cat’s ears as well as trimming their nails. Long-haired cats need to be brushed frequently.

    Does your cat resist cleaning its ears, trimming its nails, or brushing? Try to find a particular treat he loves such as peanut butter and then only give it to him when you are engaged in one of these activities.

    How To Bathe A Cat

    Finally, if you must bathe your cat there are a few tips to make things easier:

    • Have a partner – cat bathing by yourself if difficult
    • Put down a non-slip matt – if your cat resists, slipping will make the bathing experience much worse
    • Draw the water before you bring your cat in – many cats hate the sound of running water
    • Have a washcloth handy – using a wet washcloth on your cat’s head and face is much more preferable than pouring water over his head
    • Buy an unscented gentle cat shampoo – don’t use dishwashing soap
    • Have plenty of towels on hand- a minimum of 3 towels is a must
    • Go slow – trying to rush your cat through the bathing process only leads to more resistance

    Most cats rarely need a bath, but when it does happen, make it as gentle and unstressful as possible for both you and your Molly (or Tom). Perhaps even make sure you’ve got a good heated cat bed ready for when it’s over – or at least a place in the sun.

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    Our long haired male black tomcat is looking “scruffy”. I told my husband one of us needs give Sam a bath. My husband laughed and told me he wasn’t in the mood for driving me to the hospital ER because that’s where I’d be going if I attempted to bathe Sam.

    It’s interesting to me that, whenever this question gets asked, it’s always about how often as opposed to at all. The question itself is an example of how we tend to look at cats through“dog-colored” glasses. Since it’s pretty well-established that dogs need to be bathed regularly, it is usually presumed that cats do, as well. But the truth is, there is simply no reason to bathe your cat.

    So should you bathe your cat? NO! Absolutely not.

    In fact, cats can spend up to 50% of their waking hours grooming to cover themselves with their scent. So when you step in and bathe them, you are essentially erasing their ID—a Raw Cat staple and a source of serious mojo. Moreover, if you choose to bathe your cat regularly, you are cultivating a negative association with merely handling her. It can get to the point where, even at times when you innocently reach out to love on her, she won’t necessarily know that you’re not about to haul her away to the tub, and she could take a defensive posture toward you. This kind of association can be difficult to break.

    So now that we’ve established the no-bathing rule, we do want to point out that there are tub-less ways you can proactively clean your cat like…

    • Clean inside of their ears
    • Trim their nails
    • Brush regularly, especially if your cat is a long hair

    Here are a few notable exceptions to the no-bathing rule

    • Your cat has been skunked, soiled himself, or rolled in some indescribable source of nasty;
    • Your cat is a hairless breed, in which case(because of their unnatural physiology and production of excess oils) they’ll need to have a bath once a week;
    • Your cat is a recent rescue from the street and is exceedingly filthy and/or covered with fleas;
    • Your cat is either elderly and doesn’t groom much anymore, or is obese and can’t effectively clean themselves.(In either case, they can be wiped down with a baby wipe.)

    Those exemptions aside, please remember the mojo mantra—“Cats are not dogs!”—and step away from the bathtub!

    So if you ever find yourself in one of these above situational or breed related ‘exceptions’ we do have a few tips for making a trip to tub town a little less stressful for you and your cat.

    • Fill the tub or sink with water beforehand, the sound of running water is never good for a cats nerves
    • Clean the face first with a washcloth, covering their ears and eyes with water while trying to keep them still is a losing battle… trust us
    • Research and consider DIY cleaning solutions, especially an unscented formula
    • Clean on a non-skid surface, if they continually slip through the cleaning it will cause them to fight back even more
    • Keep loads of towels on hand, we’re talking lots and lots of towels
    • Take it slow, cats can sense our nerves so keep it cool

    You can check out the full scoop when it comes to the million dollar question, “Should I bathe my cat?” in our video below.

    Do cats like baths

    Creatures of comfort, cats love to seek out those warm spots in your home. Whether it’s a toasty suntrap on the patio, stretched out on the floor as the sun streams through a window or even on a sill to catch the full effect of the sun’s rays, if there is a bit of sunshine, chances are your cat will be there. But with all that fur, why do cats like the sun and what is it that drives your kit to sunbathe, even on hot, summer days?

    We explore the reasons why your cat loves to sunbathe as well as ask whether all those rays are a good thing for your puss.

    You may also like our article on Cat Window Perches.

    Why do Cats Sunbathe?

    When looking to answer this question, we also need to ask: do cats need sunlight? And the simple answer is, yes. When your cat stretches out in the sunlight, he is not only boosting his health, he is also adding to his overall happiness and well-being. Here are the four main reasons your cat loves to get his sunshine fix:

    For Pleasure

    Cats like heat and can adapt to a range of climates, both cold and warm, with an ability to withstand temperatures of up to 50ºc. When it comes to your cat’s psyche, warmth also equals security, which is why he is so ready to relax when the sunshine beams in. This pleasure principle drives your kit to seek out the sunniest place in your home so that he can really kick back and Zen out as he soaks up all that delicious warmth.

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    For Warmth

    Your puss doesn’t just indulge in a spot of cat sunbathing for the feel-good, it is also for the warmth. At 102.5F, your feline’s normal body temperature is actually higher than humans and so seeking out sunshine can help him to regulate his own body temperature during the day. This desire to use the sun to warm their body up can also be linked to their wild ancestry and is one of the main reasons why you will find your cat in the sun.

    Their wild ancestor is the African wildcat which was a desert dweller and had evolved to be an efficient hunter in more extreme climes. To keep their higher body temperature regulated, these wild creatures would sleep and rest during the day, to conserve their heat and then get ready to hunt at night. While your domesticated cat is no longer needing to hunt for food at night, many of these instincts remain, including the desire to rest and keep warm during the day.

    To Conserve Energy

    Like most mammals, your cat’s body temperature will dip during rest, which is why they instinctively seek out a warm or sunny spot to keep their body heat up as they sleep. But it is not just heat they are conserving; it is also their energy stores. During rest your kit’s basal metabolism – that is, the rate at which their body uses energy to maintain vital functions such as breathing – will also drop so that they can use the stored energy for physical activities when they are awake. This mirrors their life in nature when they would need reserved energy to climb and hunt. To help overcome this drop, conserve more energy and to help their body function more efficiently while they sleep, your cat will seek out a warm place to sleep. This could be near a radiator, wrapped up in your freshly dried laundry or in a window, where sunlight is streaming in.

    To Create Vitamin D

    We humans like to get our own dose of sunshine, and also need it, for the vitamin D it produces in our skin. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones, teeth and muscles and this also applies to your cat. But whereas sun enables our skin to create an oil which contains vitamin D which is then easily absorbed into our skin, with cats it is a little more complicated. They create the same oil, but it then sits on their fur, waiting for the next grooming session where your cat will ingest the vitamin rather than it being absorbed. While your cat may well be enjoying that sunbathing session for the feel-good and energy-conserving benefits, they are also working hard to produce enough vitamin D for their all-round good health. So, there is also a health answer to the question, why do cats lay in the sun! Take a look at our review of vitamins for cats for more info.

    Is the Sun Good for Cats?

    While we may now understand why do cats like the sun, it is also important to ask whether it is actually good for your cat. Yes, they obviously like the warmth and comfort sunbathing can bring, and there are health reasons why they need to sit in the sun and get warm, but there is a good case for moderation as too much too often can bring problems.

    It is essential that wherever they sunbathe, they can get out of the heat when they need to otherwise they could over-heat and this can be a life-threatening situation. And then there are the obvious risks associated with too much UV ray exposure, especially if your cat is a short-haired breed or has minimal or no fur. White cats are also more at risk of sunburn than darker colored cats and all cats have their vulnerable areas when it comes to the potentially dangerous effects of the sun, namely their nose, backs of the ears and tummy.

    Too little sun can also be harmful to your pet, especially during the winter months so it is essential your feline friend always has a suitable way to warm themselves and to ensure their body temperature doesn’t drop below 100F.

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    Tips for Cat Sun Protection

    You can’t stop your cat seeking out the sun and you shouldn’t really need to if sensible precautions are taken to ensure they only get what they need and are never in a situation where they can overheat. When it comes to the dangers associated with your cat sunbathing, prevention is better than cure. Keeping your cat indoors during really hot summer days is always an option, as is adding a reflective film to your windows which can help to filter out UV rays. You can also use sunscreen to protect your cat from the potential sunburn and cancer-causing UBA and UVB rays, but just make sure it is cat-safe and does not contain zinc oxide and octyl salicylate, which can be toxic for your kit. Use on their sun-vulnerable areas and regularly re-apply on very hot, sunny days.

    If you’ve done anything on the list below, don’t worry; nobody is perfect (except our cats, of course!) and luckily, our felines always find it in their hearts to forgive us. But by being aware of what bothers them, we can help our feline family members live their best lives possible!

    11 Things Humans Do That Cats Dislike

    1. Not giving them a comfortable place to relieve themselves.

    We all know that cats are picky creatures, and this extends to their litter box preferences. As a general rule, there should be one litter box for each cat in the house, plus an extra one. They should be cleaned daily, but your kitty may prefer that it’s scooped more often than that.

    If your cat is avoiding the litter box and you’re not sure why, try making a few simple changes. Check out 5 Ways To Make Your Cat Comfortable Using The Litter Box for ideas.

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    2. Making loud noises

    With their strong senses, cats cat be skittish, especially when it comes to loud noises. Shouting, banging, or slamming — even if it’s not directed at them — is sure to send your kitty into a tailspin.

    Do cats like baths

    3. Scolding them

    While you may want to train your cat to do or not do something, yelling at him, pointing, or forcing him to do something will not work. Scolding cats only leaves them feeling confused and scared. Try gentle guidance and rewarding good behaviors, instead.

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    4. Ignoring odd behavior

    By nature, cats disguise their pain, so it’s up to us to detect when something isn’t right. You know your cat best, so if you notice any strange behaviors, like persistent scratching, frequent / infrequent trips to the litter box, or lack of grooming, make sure to have her checked out by your vet. See 6 Subtle Signs Your Cat May Be Sick.

    Do cats like baths

    5. Giving them a water bowl they don’t like using

    It’s important that all creatures stay hydrated, but your cat may be deterred from drinking his water simply because he doesn’t like his bowl! While it’s okay to give kitty some sips from the faucet, he should always have access to a water source that he’s comfortable using. Read 10 Reasons Cats Don’t Like Drinking Out Of Water Bowls for more info.

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    6. Teasing them

    This is a given, but cat owners should make extra sure that their kitty’s space is being respected when there are guests around. Poking, pulling, chasing, or sudden movements will make any cat feel scared and unsafe.

    Do cats like baths

    7. Declawing them

    This procedure, which is simply a convenience for owners, can wreak havoc on your cat. Animal lovers have become more aware that declawing is an actual bone amputation, not just a removal of the claw. It can cause your kitty long-term pain, as well as leave her feeling defenseless and more vulnerable. This can lead to increased aggression, and it really poses a problem for cats who end up outdoors with no defenses. Check out 7 Reasons To Never Declaw Your Cat for more.

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    8. Dressing them up

    Cats have strong instincts that give them lots of similarities to their wildcat ancestors – it’s one of the things we love about them! That’s why putting a “cute” outfit on your kitty will most likely make her agitated. Clothing can make cats feel restrained and hinder their agility, plus they don’t like being ogled or laughed at.

    Do cats like baths

    9. Ignoring their grooming needs

    While your cat does a pretty good job grooming herself, sometimes she needs a hand. She may not like baths, nail trims, or getting brushed (or maybe she loves it!), but what she dislikes even more is being unkempt. Knotted hair can cause painful mats, long nails can snag, and fleas and ticks are no fun for anyone! Grooming is one exception where it’s worth doing something they may not love for the benefit of their overall wellbeing.

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    10. Not respecting their space

    Every cat should have a “safe space” where he can retreat, whether it’s a room, a kennel, a perch, or a cardboard box. By respecting your kitty’s wishes when he wants to be alone, he will feel safe and loved. Cats should never be forced into interaction – it will only backfire.

    Do cats like baths

    11. Neglecting to give them enough attention

    With the above point said, when your cat is ready for affection, make sure you receive her request with open arms! While they have a reputation for being independent, cats need love, just like we do! And remember: they may be able to occupy themselves all day, but there’s nothing like some one-on-one play with their favorite human.

    Do cats like baths

    Are there any points that we missed? Share with us in the comments below!

    Do cats like baths

    Have you ever seen a cat on the beach or swimming in a pool? Most people, myself included, would probably say no. So have you ever wondered if there is any truth to the commonly held belief that cats hate water?

    Wild cats and water
    A good way to start the conversation is by looking at our domestic cats’ wild relatives. After all, many of our pets’ behaviors are remnants of their wild ancestors’ instincts. Regarding water, wild cats fall into two camps—generally depending on where they live.

    • Cats from warmer climates, such as lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars and ocelots, like water to cool off and are generally good swimmers.
    • Cats from colder climates, like bobcats, lynx and snow leopards, avoid water because getting wet would hamper their coats’ ability to keep them warm.

    Domestic cats and water
    Domestic cats, though related to these wild cats, are not directly descended from them. Domestic cats have developed over many centuries from a single wild ancestor that still exists in the wild today, the Near Eastern wildcat of the Middle East. As water is scarce in the Middle East, these cats were not exposed to it in any great degree, and their decedents, likewise, do not generally appreciate water except for drinking.

    Domestic cats that don’t like water
    Today, most domestic cats would rather not bathe in, swim in or otherwise interact with water. Fortunately, they do not need to. While other species of animals (such as humans) clean themselves with water, it is not necessary for cats to do so. Cats are inherently clean animals; they use their tongues, which have minute hooked shaped papillae, to assist in grooming out knots and keeping the coat clean, sweet smelling and in tip-top shape. In addition, many breeds have coats that trap water, so getting wet makes it hard for them to stay warm in cool weather.

    Domestic cats that do like water
    Of course, there are exceptions to the general rule:

    • The Turkish Van, a breed of cat known as the “swimming cat,” loves water. So does the Turkish Angora that hails from the same area. It is possible that these cats enjoy water because of where they evolved, that is, they swam in Lake Van to cool down.
    • Bengal cats are also well known to love water; this makes sense when you consider that the Bengal is the offspring of domestic cats crossed with the Asian Leopard Cat—a wild cat known to swim.
    • Likewise, Savannah cats—developed by crossing domestic cats with wild servals—retain the wild cats’ love of water.
    • Norwegian Forest Cats have been known to snag fish from lakes and streams in their native habitat.
    • Maine Coon Cats, with their dense and water-repellent coats, were a mainstay of New England whalers.
    • Abyssinians were ship cats, making the journey from their Indian Ocean coastal homeland to Europe by boat in the 19th century.
    • Interestingly, three cats with short or absent tails also like water: The American Bobtail, the JapaneseBobtail and the Manx. While the Manx (from the Isle of Man) and the Japanese Bobtail were developed on islands, perhaps accounting for their affinity with water, the American Bobtail may have just developed its affinity in conjunction with the natural mutation that brought about the short tail.

    Many cats will play with water
    Many other domestic cats will play with water, such as water left in a shower stall or dripping water in a sink—even with the water in their drinking bowl. Some will even sit on the edge of your bath and play with the bubbles, rubber duckies, or wet children (like Starlite, my own domestic shorthair cat). The key to getting a cat to like water is to introduce them to water when they are young and avoid using water as a punishment (that means no squirting them with water).

    So what is the truth about cats and water?
    Cats are very individualistic. While most domestic cats naturally show indifference or even an aversion to water, there are exceptions and you will find individuals that actually like water. Conversely, there are individuals from breeds known to have an affinity to water, that go against the norm and dislike it.

    So does your cat love or loathe water? Tell us below!

    If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

    Do cats like baths

    Why do kitten hate shower?

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    cats hate water

    first of all, Cats and water do not mix, or at least that is how the old expression goes. Because, what is it all about this commonplace liquid which makes them shed their thoughts as captured by a lot of”cats versus bathtubs” movies online? And also, do all cats hate water?

    Our feline friends have mystical ways that help keep us guessing about lots of things; however, among the most enduring problems must do with an essential element: water.

    And how do they love the water dripping from a faucet, but can combat claws and teeth should they come near a tub filled with water? We will likely never know for sure, but specialists have a few thoughts which could help baffled cat owners know that their pet’s behaviour is somewhat better.

    Cats hate water, but Cats are good with water to drink, but when it gets close to their fur, water could immediately turn a joyful cat into a tiny lion. Below are a few of the factors which help clarify why.

    Water burdens a down cat

    Imagine having to take a soaking wet blanket in your shoulders till it becomes dry. A similar principle is at work in regards to water and cats.

    If their whole fur becomes soaked, a kitty will feel weighted down and not able to move at their regular agility degrees. That is instead an uncomfortable experience to get a feline that enjoys navigating life with an elastic, effortless gait.

    The kitty’s evolutionary history

    Another reason, cats hate water is credited to their account. There’s little in a kitty’s background to urge them for useful connections with bodies of water, be it small or large. Cat’s ancestors dwelt in arid places, so oceans or rivers were not barriers they had to confront. There’s very little inside their ancestors’ past to prepare the contemporary kitty for the tub that will help explain why their initial response would be to scratch their way from the arms of the owner decided to receive them inside.

    Cats can smell the chemicals in the water

    The smell is a kitty’s strong sense. Though we may not find them, the chemicals in the tap water supply it a specific odour. A kitty’s sensitive nose will select up right away. It is excellent for dipping a paw in every once in a while, however, using their fur submerged in a liquid that smells nothing like their jacket should odour is sufficient to put them off tub time.

    Negative encounters

    Some cats hate water maybe because they have experienced bathtubs or using their coat moist in early kittenhood. At times it’s those very first interactions that could help elucidate the puzzle of why felines hate water. When being submerged in the water proved to be a stressful encounter the first few times, it is likely they will say”no method” in the sight of their tub well in their adult years.

    Deficiency of control

    Yes cats hate water but there’s something else that helps explains why a cat will prevent getting into the tub but is pleased to perform any leaking faucet within reach or perhaps venture near the entire bathtub to dip their paw inside — in these cases a cat is going to have more control over the circumstance. After all, they are still sitting securely on dry soil and can readily getaway. However, being on a slick wet face with water pouring down on their jacket, getting in their eyes and weighing them down at the practice is sufficient to create their feline instincts go awry.

    Are there some cats who enjoy water?

    These reasons felines hate water to consume for many kittens. However, just like any rule, there are also exceptions, and a few cats do enjoy the water.

    Maine Coon

    Why do cat hate water? A Maine Coon’s water-resistant jacket usually means these kittens won’t be afraid to dab every opportunity they get. Leave the faucet running a little too long, and you will shortly have a Maine Coon on the instance.

    Historically these cats are trusted pest controls on sailing boats. Which can help explain why they’re so at ease around bodies of water.

    Turkish Van

    Among the most breathtaking examples is that the Turkish Van cat breed. Their waterproof coat does not hold water that makes swimming a somewhat pleasurable experience for them. Does the Turkish Van cats hate water? These kittens have this affinity for water that lots of owners. They try to find cat pools so that they could paddle and float into their heart’s content. They love being in the water, so they’ve been given the nickname”the swimming cat.”

    Abyssinian

    Another cat that’s fond of water, the Abyssinian. He won’t wait before exploring everything from a complete tub to their water bowl by dipping their paws in. Kittens came in Europe for the very first time by ship. So maybe their absolute comfort seeing water stems from that first voyage throughout the ocean.

    Can I give my kitten shower or my kitten hate shower?

    kittens do not have saltwater fur or a calm approach to all things moist such as the cat strains over. You wondering correctly what to do if your cat gets in a wreck they can not wash all independently.

    Under specific circumstances, you can bath your kitty. It may be tricky, but a high starting point is to acquire the essentials right. Ensure that you have prepared a no floor mat, expert towels, shampoo and a brush.

    This article was co-authored by Brian Bourquin, DVM. Brian Bourquin, better known as “Dr. B” to his clients, is a Veterinarian and the Owner of Boston Veterinary Clinic, a pet health care and veterinary clinic with three locations, South End/Bay Village, the Seaport, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Boston Veterinary Clinic specializes in primary veterinary care, including wellness and preventative care, sick and emergency care, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry. The clinic also provides specialty services in behavior, nutrition, and alternative pain management therapies using acupuncture, and therapeutic laser treatments. Boston Veterinary Clinic is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital and Boston’s first Fear Free Certified Clinic. Brian has over 19 years of veterinary experience and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

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    While cats are generally good at grooming themselves, there may be times where you need to bathe your cat. If your cat gets into something messy, for example, she may need a bath. Cats are often resistant to water, so it will take some training before your cat will participate in bath time smoothly. You will have to spend some time getting your cat used to being touched. When you’re ready to bathe your cat, make sure to go slowly so your cat is comfortable the entire time. Prior to bathing your cat, it’s a good idea to clip her nails so she cannot hurt you.

    In this Article

    • Make Grooming as Enjoyable as Possible for Both of You
    • Brushing
    • Bathing
    • Nail Clipping

    There’s nothing like a little pampering to make your pet feel amazing and look like the star they are! Most cats naturally groom themselves frequently — you’ve probably watched as your pet gave themselves one of their daily baths. However, as tidy as cats normally are, sometimes they’ll need a little help to feel or look their best.В

    Make Grooming as Enjoyable as Possible for Both of You

    The process of grooming your cat should be fun for you and for them. Try to schedule a grooming session for a time when your cat is already calm and sleepy, such as after dinner. You should also be in a good mood — your cat will notice if you’re grumpy or stressed during the grooming session, and this can stress them out in turn.

    Your cat may become impatient with all the attention the first few times you groom them. Keep your first few sessions short, just five or ten minutes. Once your cat is used to the routine, you can gradually lengthen the amount of time you spend keeping them clean.В

    You can also use this time to help your cat get used to being handled. Play with everything from their ears to their feet so they aren’t as stressed if this happens in the future!

    You don’t need to push your cat to accept grooming, either. If your cat seems upset or stressed, take a break and try again later. If you need to bathe your cat, get someone to help you out so it goes quickly. Never hesitate to praise your cat or give them treats if they behave well during grooming.В

    Brushing

    Cats need regular brushing to keep their coats looking tidy, especially if they have long fur. Brushing also helps remove dirt and tangles while spreading healthy oils throughout their coat, keeping their skin and fur healthy and getting rid of irritation.В

    Cats with short hair only need to be brushed once weekly.В

    • Use a metal comb to loosen dead fur, starting at their head and working toward the tail.В
    • With a bristle or rubber brush, do the same thing to remove the dead hair.В
    • Always be careful around your cat’s face, belly, and chest.В

    Long-haired cats need a little more care and should be brushed daily.В

    • Start at your cat’s legs and belly, and slowly work your way up.В
    • Brush the fur in an upward motion to help lift and clean it.
    • Finally, part the fur on your cat’s tail down the center, then brush each side individually.

    Bathing

    If your cat needs a bath, you’ll know. They will either feel oily to the touch, or they will have gotten into something smelly or sticky. In these cases, you’ll need to get a brand of shampoo made for cats and give your cat a real bath.

    • First, brush your cat as much as you can so the hair doesn’t clog your drain.В
    • Next, put a rubber mat in your bathtub or sink so that your cat feels comfortable standing up.В
    • Fill the sink or tub with a few inches of warm, not hot, water.В
    • With a pitcher or gentle spray hose, get your cat entirely wet. Avoid their face, particularly their ears, eyes, and nose.В
    • Carefully rub on a small amount of shampoo, working from neck to tail.В
    • Rinse off all the soap, avoiding their face.В
    • Dry off your cat with a warm, dry towel, then keep them somewhere warm for the rest of the day.В

    Nail Clipping

    Your cat’s claws are often something you don’t think about until you get a pointed reminder that they’re too long. If you only pay attention to your cat’s feet when it’s time to trim their nails, then your cat may be upset at the unusual feeling.В

    To make everything easier, play with your cat’s feet when you’re not about to trim their nails. This helps them get used to the feeling so that they feel safe. It doesn’t hurt to praise your kitty and give them lots of treats while playing with their toes, either. After a couple of weeks of this, your cat will likely accept nail trims calmly. В

    When it comes to the trim itself, here’s what to do:

    • First, gently squeeze the top and bottom of your cat’s foot until their claws emerge.В
    • Use a dedicated cat nail trimmer to cut only the white tip of your cat’s nails.В
    • Never cut the inner pink area of your cat’s nail; this is the quick, and it contains nerves and blood vessels.
    • Have styptic powder on hand in case you cut the quick by accident. Styptic powder will stop the bleeding quickly.

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    Battersea Dogs & Cats Home: “How to groom a cat.”

    Bethel Community Pet Hospital: “Training Your Pet to Tolerate Nail Trimming.”

    Blue Cross for Pets: “How to groom your cat.”

    Central California SPCA: “Is Bathing a Cat Really Necessary (or Just a Myth in Caring for Pets)?”

    The Humane Society of the United States: “Trimming a cat’s claws.”

    VCA Hospitals: “Grooming and Coat Care for Your Cat.”

    Wisconsin Humane Society: “Cat Nail Trimming 101.”

    5 Answers

    There are a number of reasons why your cat might prefer your warm bath water:

    • It associates warm liquid with its mother’s milk
    • The water is fresher because it’s just come out of the tap
    • Your cat feels safer drinking when you’re in the bath because it assumes you’re looking out for it

    Why does my cat drink bath water?
    Until you learn to speak ‘cat’, there’s no way of finding out the real reason behind this behavior, but you can rest assured that it’s perfectly normal.

    My cat will drink out of pretty much anything except his designated water bowl – he even drinks from the toilet (I only found out when I noticed little paw prints inside the bowl).

    As I mentioned above, there are many reasons why your cat might feel compelled to drink from your bath water – cats tend to do whatever they want, and sometimes there’s just no understanding them!

    Why cats drink from bathtubs
    One possible reason that I find rather endearing is that your cat might feel that bath time is a safe time to go for a drink.

    When a cat drinks, it has often got its back turned to any potential danger – so a cat will pick its drinking time wisely. If your feline friend knows you’re sitting around in the bath tub, this might make it feel more secure, because you’re there to watch its back as it has a refreshing drink.

    Whatever the reason, you can work around this problem by simply making sure your cat has a constant supply of fresh water in its bowl – and you can also try shutting the bathroom door next time you run a bath!

    If you’ve ever tried to bathe a cat you will know that felines have an aversion to water.

    However, one little kitten has gone viral for his penchant for splashing about in a bath—and the internet finds it adorable.

    In a 45-second clip, which was shared to Reddit by a user called Immaeatyourpizza, we can see a small ginger cat paddling about in a bath tub and chasing his tail.

    A human hand then reaches down to move about inside the tub, creating a miniature whirlpool in the water.

    Trained zoologist Luis Villazon explained in the BBC Science Focus Magazine why, traditionally, cats don’t like water.

    “Cats groom themselves with constant regular licking, and this stops skin oils from building up on their fur,” he revealed.

    “As a result a cat’s coat is fluffier and less waterproof than a dog’s, so they get colder and their fur feels heavier if they get wet.”

    However, Immaeatyourpizza explained under their video, which can be viewed here, that their cat became interested in bathing when their husband was showering one day.

    They wrote: “We kept the bathroom door opened at all times (just in case he needs to use a litter box). And then one day he randomly decided to jump inside the bathtub when my husband was taking shower.

    “Now it’s impossible to take a bath/shower without our fluffy boy, he’s going full bonkers mode whenever there’s a sound of running water.”

    The adorable footage, which was shared on December 5, is captioned: “We adopted a kitten who’s head over heels in love with water.”

    The clip has gained a lot of traction online, having surpassed a whopping 24,500 upvotes and attracted many comments, with some people admitting their pet also loves to splash around.

    One Reddit user, Ximena, wrote: “Adorable! I hope I get a cat that loves water.”

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    Another person, LargeMosquito, added: “My cat absolutely loved drinking running water from the bath.

    “Every morning she’d get in the bath and start crying until someone turned on the tap.”

    Accomplished_Meet834 admitted: “So jealous! I have 3 [cats] and they all hate water.”

    ZOOMER_COOOOOMER gushed: “I want to buy him little rubber duckies and cute bath toys and play with him.”

    Significant_Shoe_17 revealed: “My tabby loved water! He was always playing in the sink! He would hop in there and wait for us to turn the faucet on.”

    Maximum-Student2749 stated: “What a sweetheart!”

    Sabaqueen_ stated: “I have two orange tabby’s and they also love water!!”

    SammieBoy17 gushed: “I’ve had cats that LOVE water too. Depends on the cat I guess.

    “My daughters fat floofy girl loves baths, well I should say she doesn’t love them at first, but is ok with it once she’s wet.”

    Homemade and commercial dry baths for your cats

    MetPet.com Staff Writer

    Most of the time your cat simply needs a light brushing to keep her clean. A cat can spend hours every day keeping her coat and skin in good condition and free from debris and dirt. As long as she looks good to you, she’s doing a good job. A long-haired cat may need extra care for mats but these can be kept to a minimum with a gentle daily brush.

    Every now and again though, your cat may need a little extra help. Perhaps he has been ill or is old or a little overweight and not limber enough to reach all of his parts. Perhaps you just want to do a little extra grooming before company comes. If you wish to provide that extra bit of care but want to avoid trying to actually bathe your cat, try one of the dry bath preparations.

    You will want to make sure that your cat has used his litterbox, been fed and is otherwise content. If you have a second person hold your cat during the bath it will make things go much faster. Otherwise, you can try doing just a portion of your cat’s coat and see how it goes.

    You probably do not want a half ‘dusted’ cat running around the house trailing powder in his wake so it’s best to start small. You may also find that your cat is thoroughly pleased with the bath and is happy to lie down and purr while you massage his coat and skin.

    Do cats like bathsDry Shampoos
    There are a number of commercial preparations known as dry shampoos. You will want to start with a dry cat so that the dust does not clump onto the hair.

    Cover the top of your table with newspaper, find the cat and the shampoo and gently brush your cat from head to tail to fluff up the coat and make it easier for the shampoo to penetrate to the skin. Dust your cat with the shampoo according to the manufacturer’s directions.

    Gently work the dust into your cat’s hair and leave on according to the manufacturer’s directions. You may want to confine your cat to a small area of the house so that he does not dust your furniture with the shampoo. Gently comb out the dust thoroughly so that your cat does not ingest it when he resumes licking himself.

    Alternatives to commercial dry shampoos include corn starch, unscented talcum powder and bran. Bran, which is readily available at grocery stores or at pet stores as food for bunnies, can be spread onto a cookie sheet and warmed in the oven. When it is warm, but not hot, to the touch you can massage it into your cat’s coat and then leave it on for several hours.

    If you are new to bathing your cat, you can start off working half of your cat’s coat or just a small section to see how easily your cat takes to it. Try and keep your cat from licking or ingesting too much of the bathing material.

    Wipes for Allergies
    Although not technically dry and not technically a bath, these wipes are made just for cats. They are made to pick up traces of a cat’s saliva that create allergic reactions in some people.

    If you are going to have a guest who you know is allergic to cats, this is nice added measure.

    Cats are very clean and observant animals. We often see them sniffing many things, whether it’s an object, an animal or even us. If you have a pet cat you may have wondered what types of smells they don’t like.

    In this AnimalWised article we’re going to tell you the top 10 smells cats hate. Some of them you may know already, whereas others may surprise you. Continue reading to learn more!

    1. Sense of smell in cats
    2. Citrus scents
    3. Banana
    4. Dirty litter box
    5. Pine
    6. Old fish
    7. Pepper
    8. Soaps and deodorants
    9. Essential oils
    10. Eucalyptus
    11. Other cats

    Sense of smell in cats

    Did you know cats have a sense of smell that is fourteen times stronger than that of a human being? This is because their nasal organ is bigger than ours. A cat’s olfactory system is distributed throughout its entire head, which gives them an amazing ability to smell. This fact is important to keep in mind as we go through our list of smells cats don’t like.

    Most cats don’t enjoy smells humans don’t like. However, there are also some other interesting smells that they hate but that we might enjoy.

    1. Citrus scents

    The first scent is any citrus fruit: oranges, lemons, etc. In fact, these foods are used as natural repellents for unwanted cats in certain areas, such as a garden. Cats not only dislike the smell but they also hate the taste of any citrus fruit.

    2. Banana

    Banana is another fruit that can keep a cat away due to the scent. Although tasty and high in potassium, cats don’t seem to be so impressed with this scent. Many people rub a banana peel on the sofa or table to keep their cat away from there.

    3. Dirty litter box

    Who likes to go to a bad-smelling bathroom? The same applies to cats when their litter box is dirty. Under no circumstances will they want to go near it. In fact, this may lead them to relieve themselves in another area. So, don’t forget to provide your cat with enough litter boxes, and make sure they are regularly cleaned!

    4. Pine

    Even though some natural sands comprise of this type of material, making it more pleasant for the cat, you mustn’t abuse the intensity of this smell. Doing so would have the opposite effect on the cat, to the point in which tit ends up hating the sand and rejecting it. Instead, opt for neutral-scented sand so your cat is comfortable with their litter box and uses it instead of going elsewhere.

    5. Old fish

    This is another similarity between cats and human beings. There is a huge difference between liking the taste of fish and liking the smell of it once it’s gone-off. Cats, just like humans, hate everything that is out of date. We recommend that you never give your cat spoiled fish.

    You should also make sure your garbage is covered so it doesn’t smell and bother your cat whose sense of smell is heightened in comparison to us.

    6. Pepper

    Cats don’t appreciate the smells of spicy or heavily seasoned foods such as pepper, mustard or even curry. Their sense of smell perceives these as if they are toxic. Therefore, if you cook for your cat, keep it plain. Cats enjoy cooked meat with no spices.

    7. Soaps and deodorants

    Cats do not appreciate strong chemical smells. Be careful with the soaps and cleaning products you use around the house. You must be especially careful with the products you use to clean their litter box and food bowls as they need to be non-toxic to your cat. Keep it plain and natural!

    8. Essential oils

    Cats love most flowers and plants, they can interact with them without problem. Otherwise you wouldn’t have much of a problem keeping out of your garden. However, due to their strong sense of smell, they have problems with essential oils. They are too overpowering and can cause them to have quite a severe reaction. This is not to mention the fact that there are some plants which are toxic to cats. While smelling shouldn’t do them much harm, ingesting their leaves, flowers or even essential oils can.

    9. Eucalyptus

    Most cats are averse to the smell of some plants because they are toxic for them. A typical example is their rejection of eucalyptus, since their essential oils can be harmful to them, and they know it. Nature is wise!

    10. Other cats

    Cats may also dislike the smell of other cats they are not used to. This usually has more to do with territory and safety than the actual smell. Nevertheless, unless it is their human companion or another animal in their household, cats will typically not appreciate the smell of any other animal.

    If you would like to read more articles likes this one, we recommend you check out our section on facts about the animal kingdom. We also encourage you to check out our video down below about 10 things cat hate!

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    My cats still don’t like getting a bath, but at least they can’t wreak havoc.

    Julia Gomez Kramer

    Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/Scouted/Amazon

    If you’ve ever tried to give a cat a bath, you know how exhausting it can be. The typically water-aversive pets are no strangers to creating an escape plan once they realize what you’re trying to do.

    Despite cats being known to clean themselves, baths aren’t entirely unavoidable. My two cats, Tuna and Salmon have long hair that occasionally needs a good wash and groom. Pre-pandemic, I’d take them to a groomer, but these days I’m on my own. Typically, this leads to howling, hissing, and cats running around my home while still soaking wet. This was all before I tried the HATIKY Cat Bathing Bag.

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    I first heard about it from a friend who had seen one being used on TikTok. The bag is easy to use. It opens at the bottom, you slip the cat in the same way you’d pull on a hoodie (which is easier than it sounds), tuck their head through the turtleneck-like opening at the top, and adjust the size as needed with the drawstrings. It even has a handle on the top, allowing you to easily carry the cat-in-a-bag around, and a zippered opening at the bottom so you can access their paws for the ever-dreaded claw-trimming.

    Given their size, I assumed the bag might be a tight squeeze for my cats, but figured it was worth a shot. The first time I put them in the bags I just let them sit in them and get adjusted. After the initial confusion of why I was zipping them into a strange piece of fabric passed, I was honestly surprised to find they settled in quite comfortably. When I went to give the actual baths, I was met with the same sad look and panicked meows, but no flailing limbs or attempted escapes. I applied the shampoo to the outside of the bag and scrubbed as I normally would, letting the suds work their way through the holes of the mesh and onto their coats. I used the zippered opening at the bottoms to clean their toe tufts, rinsed the shampoo out, did a quick pass at drying them off, took them out of the bags, and they sprinted off to plot their revenge. If Tuna and Salmon weren’t terrified of hairdryers, I would’ve kept them in the bags and given them blowouts to complete the spa day they didn’t want.

    Hopefully their self-grooming will be sufficient enough to avoid another bath for at least a few months, but once that dreaded day comes back around, this little mesh bag will help make a once-grueling process a breeze.

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    We all know cats hate water, right? Not so fast! Tigers and jaguars are fond of swimming, and plenty of domestic cats think taking a dip in a lake, getting in the shower with you, or just splashing around in their water dish is the most fun ever.

    Sometimes stereotypes just don’t apply, and several cat breeds out there can show us why. Maybe you’ve even got a kitty at home who seeks out a running faucet every time and dips their tiny head in the stream.

    Some cats simply adore the water and are happy to swim with the fishes. Fish tank owners beware! Meet ten cat breeds that love the water and swim against the current when it comes to getting wet.

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    Maine Coon

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    This big, furry lug was a popular ship’s cat in their native New England. No self-respecting sea captain left on a voyage without one.

    The Maine Coon boasts a dense, water-repellent coat that comes in many colors and patterns.

    Norwegian Forest Cat

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    As befits a Viking cat, the Wegie, as they’re nicknamed, is an intrepid fisher who’s known to snag fish from lakes and streams. Watch out if you have an aquarium!

    Cousin to the Maine Coon, the Norwegian Forest Cat also sports a thick coat that repels water.

    Abyssinian

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    The adventurous Aby hails from Indian Ocean coastal areas, so it’s no surprise that they take to water play. It’s likely that this energetic and fun-loving cat came to Europe by ship in the 19th century, which may have reinforced their comfort with the wet stuff.

    Don’t be surprised when your Abyssinian learns to turn on the faucet so they can have their own personal water park.

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    A native of the Isle of Man off the coast of Britain, the Manx is an island cat par excellence. It’s not unusual to find them dabbling their paws in their water dish or even joining their humans in the shower.

    Their double coat can be short or long and comes in many different colors and patterns.

    Japanese Bobtail

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    Another island-born cat, the Japanese Bobtail is fond of splashing in water. Keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t raiding your koi pond or aquarium, and check your faucet frequently to make sure they haven’t turned it on to run a bath.

    Their usual tricolor coat of red and black on a white background also comes in other colors and patterns and is water-resistant.

    Bengal

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    This cat has the exotic appearance of a small wildcat, and indeed they were created by crossing an Asian Leopard Cat with a domestic feline.

    The breed today doesn’t retain any wild blood, but that heritage is probably the source of the Bengal’s love of water. If given half a chance, they will happily join you in the bath or shower.

    American Bobtail

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    This short-tailed cat is the result of a natural genetic mutation. Along with that mutation, apparently, came a love of water. They can often be found dunking their toys in water.

    The American Bobtail has a shaggy coat that comes in short and medium lengths and any color or pattern.

    Savannah

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    This large, active, and curious cat was created by crossing the serval, a small wildcat, with domestic cats. That no doubt accounts for the pleasure they take in playing with and in water.

    They are very smart and can be a handful. The Savannah stands out for their boldly marked coat, long neck, and large ears.

    Turkish Angora

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    Don’t let their delicate, beautiful appearance fool you. Like their cousin the Turkish Van, the Turkish Angora is fond of water and will play in it readily.

    They swan through life in a long, silky coat that comes in many more colors than the trademark white for which they are known.

    Turkish Van

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    Legend has it this Turkish breed swam ashore from Noah’s Ark after it came to rest on Mt. Ararat. Nicknamed “swimming cat” for their love of playing in water, the Turkish Van won’t hesitate to explore any body of water they come across — from your toilet to your swimming pool.

    They can be klutzes, so make sure they can swim in case they fall in — it’s not always a natural skill. You may want to provide them with a child’s pool that they can lie in during the heat of summer.

    Did we miss any water-loving cat breeds? Does your kitty love to swim and play in the water? Let us know in the comments below!

    Ask any cat owner and they’ll tell you the same: Most cats don’t like getting wet. But what to do if you feel your feline friend is dirty and due for a good old-fashioned soak in the suds? “Domestic felines do not need to be bathed,” says Vanessa Spano, associate veterinarian at Behavior Vets of NYC. “Cats, unlike dogs, groom themselves daily—this is a normal species behavior. The majority of cats also may not like being exposed to water, and an unnecessary bath can be very stressful and uncomfortable for those felines unaccustomed to water.”

    Of course, there are some instances where a bath is necessary, but you should always check with your veterinarian first. Felines’ agile bodies and sandpaper-like tongues make them excellent self-groomers, says Hannah Shaw, a Royal Canin cat expert and founder of Kitten Lady, so you can skip the dip unless yours develops a skin condition, like ringworm (consult your vet about using a medicated soap), or gets especially dirty.

    Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of your cat needing an actual bath, as well as effective ways to clean them at home, too. We reached out to Serena Juma, a cat behaviorist at Purina, for advice; here’s what she to say.

    Brush Your Cat Regularly

    The best way to keep your cat clean outside of bath time? Juma says to brush them regularly. “In general, a healthy adult cat doesn’t require bathing unless he or she has gotten into something that has coated the fur and can’t be easily removed with brushing,” she says. “Cats groom themselves naturally, however their owners should help keep them clean by brushing or combing them regularly.”

    Only Clean as Necessary

    If your cat happens to get dirty enough that you can’t just brush them clean, Juma suggests only washing the areas that are soiled. “If a cat does require a bath, I recommend only bathing the area that needs attention,” she says. “Some cats enjoy being in and around water, while many don’t like the feeling of being submerged as it causes their coats to become heavier. By only washing areas that need attention, you can help reduce the discomfort that a cat may feel if submerged.”

    Use the Right Shampoo

    “It is critical to buy a shampoo made specifically for cats,” says Juma. “Shampoos made for humans or dogs, especially flea shampoos, can be toxic to felines. Most pet stores will have a cat-safe option that clearly states on the packaging that it is feline-friendly. A veterinarian may also recommend a specific shampoo or cleaning method if there is an ongoing health issue that requires the owner to bathe a cat regularly.” Or forgo the bath entirely and opt for something like Vet’s Best Waterless Cat Bath Dry Shampoo ($7.49, amazon.com).

    Wash Carefully

    If a partial bath is in order, Juma says to follow these steps to ensure a successful (and less stressful) cat cleaning. First, before you draw the bath, trim their nails (if needed) to avoid accidentally being scratched. “Recruit a family member to help,” she suggests. “This will allow one person to focus attention on interacting with the cat while the other cleans the cat.” Prepare everything that’s needed for the bath ahead of time; this includes a cat-safe shampoo like Pro Pet Works All-Natural Organic Shampoo ($14.29, amazon.com), a washcloth, a measuring cup for pouring water, and a clean, dry towel. “Brush the cat thoroughly to remove any tangled or matted fur,” she says. “Just like for humans, a cat’s hair will become more tangled or matted when wet.”

    “Fill a sink or bathtub with a few inches of tepid or lukewarm water,” she says. “Get the area that needs to be cleaned wet by either dipping the cat into the water, pouring water onto her with the measuring cup or using a washcloth to dampen her fur. Avoid getting water in the cat’s eyes, nose and ears. Use a wash cloth when cleaning the face area. Use a wash cloth or soft brush to apply cat-safe shampoo.”

    Wrap her in a towel, and dry vigorously. “You can also back-comb her fur to help it aerate more quickly,” adds Shaw.

    Cats are generally self-cleaning, but sometimes you might need to know how to wash a cat to help them out. Read on for tips on how to wash a cat.

    Updated 17 August 2021

    By Cleanipedia Team

    Do cats like baths

    Do cats like baths

    Forget dogs, cats really are man’s best friend. Everyone loves having a cat around for affection and company, and most of the time cats are pretty low maintenance. No need to take them out for walks or amuse them all the time.

    There may, however, be times when cat ownership requires a few extra chores. From time to time your cat might need washing. As this doesn’t happen very often, you may not know where to start or find yourself asking: Can you bathe a cat? In this article we answer the key questions: when and how to give a cat a bath.

    Washing your cat only when necessary and having some fast acting bathroom cleaner to hand to clean up any mess in the house when you are done!

    Should you bathe cats?

    Most of the time cats bathe themselves, or rather lick themselves clean. No need for human intervention. But sometimes they may require a bit of help. If your cat has got really muddy or dirty, maybe they fell in an unclean pond or perhaps got their paws stuck in some sticky condiment, then you need to help them get clean.

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    Top tip: Try to time the wash for when they’re at their most placid and sleepy, perhaps after a big meal.

    How to wash a cat

    So now we come onto the important question of how to bathe a cat. There are a few key steps:

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    Step 1: Dry brush the cat before putting it anywhere near water. This helps to remove any knots in their fur meaning you have to do less work while bathing.

    Step 2: Then place them in a special bowl big enough to act as a cat bath and make sure they are calm. Try giving them a toy at this point or stroking their fur until they seem relaxed.

    Step 3: Slowly add water making sure it’s the correct temperature and apply special cat-formulated shampoo.

    Step 4: Rub the shampoo gently into their coat making sure not to get it in their eyes or ears. Try where possible to let the water run from the head down their body rather than the other way around.

    How to bathe a cat that hates water

    That all sounds pretty straightforward, but what happens if you are bathing a cat who is just not having it? There’s no point trying to bathe a cat who is angry or upset. You’ll get nowhere and your pet will just become increasingly irritated and aggressive.

    There are a few things you can do in these circumstances:

    Take the process slowly – rushing often stresses pets unnecessarily

    Speak gently to your cat throughout

    Stroke their fur continually

    Try associating bath time with a favourite toy

    How to clean your bathroom post-wash

    So you’ve managed to placate your moggie and she is now lovely and clean. Your bathroom however might not be. Washing pets can be a pretty messy business, but never fear; if you have a few cleaning products to hand, you can sort it out in no time.

    Cif Cream Cleaner is great for ceramics and enamel, making it ideal for bathroom tiles and sinks. We like the classic lemon variety to give your bathroom that freshly cleaned fragrance. As always read the directions on the label, test in a small area first and take any necessary safety precautions.

    And there you have it! Now you should (hopefully) have one very clean cat, and one immaculate bathroom.

    There are certainly dozens of other chores you’d rather tackle than giving your cat a bath—and without a doubt, your kitty doesn’t welcome the idea either! But when you need to provide the best care for your adorable fuzzball, we have helpful tips to make bath time easier.

    Do Cats Really Need to Be Bathed?

    The good news is, most cast breeds don’t require regular bathing says Tarina L. Anthony, DVM, a longtime practitioner of feline-exclusive medicine, and owner and medical director of Aurora Cat Hospital and Hotel in Aurora, Colorado. “Many people ask me when they get a new cat how often they should be bathing them,” she says. By nature, cats are fastidious creatures and able to keep themselves clean.”

    A cat’s rough tongue is covered with tiny curved barbs called papillae that transfer saliva across her fur. This is like a mini spa treatment, as each lap spreads healthy natural oils across her coat and skin. Those little spines work as natural detanglers, too, which is why you’ll often see your kitty licking and biting at fur clumps until she smooths everything out.

    Although a cat spends about 30 percent of her time on daily self-carebetween naps, of course!—Anthony says it’s more important to keep your cat groomed than to worry about bathing them, as regular brushing and combing helps reveal health problems more quickly. “Many times, skin conditions are signs of underlying metabolic or gastrointestinal disease, so if your cat’s hair coat has changed, talk to your vet,” she says.

    Routine salon time with your kitty also helps reduce loose hair and prevent hairballs. WebMD recommends using a metal comb to gently loosen matted areas, especially under her belly and along her legs. Follow with a rubber or bristle brush to remove dirt and loose hair all over her body. Groom short-haired cats about once a week, and long-haired beauties every day.

    So How Often Should You Bathe a Cat?

    Certain circumstances require you to give a cat or kitten a bath. Anthony advises bathing a cat if she’s gotten into something she shouldn’t ingest, such as motor oil, antifreeze, gasoline, or paint. Basically, anything that gets on her fur that could be harmful needs to be washed off immediately.

    Anthony also notes some felines develop skin conditions that are soothed with bathing, such as seborrhea, a disorder that causes flakey, red, and itchy skin. Your veterinarian might also recommend medicated baths for treating other health conditions, such as severe flea allergies or ringworm.

    Older cats with arthritis or who are obese might need you to bathe them more frequently, as they’re not always able to groom well and often have trouble reaching certain spots and preventing odors. As much as cats hate water, they dislike being unkempt even more.

    Many long-haired breeds, such as Maine coons, Persians, and Himalayans, benefit from a bath every couple of months or so to minimize fur matting. Some short-haired cats with dense coats might also need an occasional bath.

    Hairless breeds, like the Sphynx, probably need more frequent bathing than furred felines, as they have an oily residue that gets on fabrics when they’re particularly grimy. If you don’t want to bathe your hairless cat weekly, Anthony suggests cat-specific grooming or baby wipes for regular upkeep.

    Consult your veterinarian about your pet’s particular needs to establish the best routine.

    Tiger has recently started using the bath tub for his litter box, instead of the litter box. i usually keep them clean, we have 2 other cats as well, and they both use the litter boxes, we have 3 boxes, can you tell me why he is doing this, and how i can get him to stop, and start using the litter box, again?

    Related article:FLUTD – Urinary Tract Blockage in Cats.

    Do cats like baths

    Dr. Marie replied:

    Sorry to hear that Tiger is having problems like this.

    Whenever I hear of a case like this the first thing I recommend is to have his urine checked by your veterinarian. Often when a cat has irritation in the urinary tract it can cause them to urinate in unusual places. The bathtub is a really common place where cats urinate when they are uncomfortable.

    The urine test will tell you if he has a condition such as crystals, bladder stones, interstitial cystits or an infection.

    I wouldn’t advise that you wait too long because if this is a medical condition and he gets worse he could end up with a life threatening blockage.

    If the tests are normal then you can talk to your vet about behavioral modifying medications such as amitryptiline.

    Other things that often help are:

    • Having one more litter box than the number of cats you have.
    • Trying different types of litter.
    • Offering both covered and uncovered boxes.
    • Offering litter boxes in more than one room and at least one on each floor.
    • Using Feliway which is a product that releases a pheromone into the air which greatly reduces cat stress.

    I hope things are improving soon!

    —This question was asked in our Ask A Vet For Free section.—

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    While dogs are generally considered the diggers of the animal kingdom, most cat owners know that cats like to dig around a bit, too.

    Whether it’s in their litter box, outside in your garden, or in your potted plants, cats like to dig! They also like the scratch!

    The reasons behind this behavior are mostly evolutionary. Historically speaking, digging is very important for feline survival (except for when they do it in your potted plants… that’s just annoying).

    So, we’re here to answer the question: why do cats dig?

    In this article, we’ll cover the following;

    • Cats and Digging- What You Need to Know
    • Why Do Cats Dig?
    • When Do Cats Dig?
    • How to Stop Your Cat from Digging?

    Cats and Digging – What You Need To Know

    It’s important to remember that most feline behaviors are instinctual. That is, your cat really can’t help it!

    While digging isn’t the most pleasant of kitty behaviors (it’s in the same category with marking and scratching), it is a primitive behavior that is deeply rooted in evolution.

    Both kittens and adult cats will dig, and they’ll do it in a variety of places. Most cats will dig in their own litter box (and we’ll explain why later), and some cats enjoy digging outside, in plants inside your home, and even in their cat bed!

    While digging can be problematic, especially if your cat is systematically killing all of your plants, the first step to curbing this instinct is understanding why your cat digs in the first place.

    Why Do Cats Dig?

    The most important reason why cats dig is that they are trying to hide their scent.

    In the wild, leaving a scent trail is the prefect way to let a predator know where you are and where you’re headed! To avoid this, cats will often bury any “evidence” they leave behind, most commonly urine and feces.

    If your cat is digging a hole in their litter, peeing in it, and then covering it up, they are trying to hide their scent. While it may seem a little silly to try and cover their tracks inside the safety of your home, your cat is reacting purely on an instinctual level.

    While this can be annoying if they throw cat litter all over the place, you’re unlikely to be able to convince them to stop!

    Cats will also hide their scent to disguise themselves when hunting. If a mouse can smell them from a mile away, your cat has no chance of catching one!

    Cats will also dig to make themselves comfortable, like when they dig in their bed. Cats will sometime dig in their beds to create the perfect little indentation on which to sleep.

    They’re definitely creatures of comfort!

    Lastly, cats may dig because they are hunting (or at least pretending to hunt!) You’ve probably noticed that most cat play is actually feigned violence- they will “hunt” you, love bite, and run around like crazy. All of these behaviors are rooted in their deeply ingrained hunting instincts, and digging is no different!

    If left to their own devices outside, cats are master hunters. They will dig around to find mice, snakes, and rabbits. Because their hunting instincts are so fine-tuned, they may mimic this behavior in your living room!

    This cat is very enthusiastically hiding their scent:

    When Do Cats Dig?

    Cats generally dig right before and after they use the litter box, as well as at night. Because cats are nocturnal, they generally are most active at night when you’re asleep.

    If you’ve ever woken up to find that your cat has dug up your houseplants overnight, you know what we mean!

    Cats will dig in their beds when they feel especially safe and comfortable, while most other digging is either a sign that they are playing, hunting, or trying to hide their scent.

    These cats found the perfect outlet for their digging instinct: the snow!

    How to Stop Your Cat From Digging

    We get it- digging can be an annoying behavior in cats. In many cases, it’s best to leave them alone. If your cat is sending litter flying all over the place when they dig in their litter box, your best bet is to simply put down a mat or spread newspaper on the floor around the litter box to make it easier to clean up.

    Trying to punish your cat for instinctual behavior, especially regarding their toilet habits, is likely to be unsuccessful and will just confuse and distress your cat.

    If your cat is digging in inappropriate places, such as digging around in your potted plants, there are a couple of things you can try:

    1. If you can them in the act, you can use a spray bottle filled with water, say “no!” and give them a quick spritz. Most cats don’t like water, so this is often a good deterrent.
    2. Cover the base of your plant with aluminum foil. While certain determined cats may try to dig anyway, most of them will be foiled by the foil (haha).
    3. Add some orange peels the potted plant. Cats don’t like the scent of citrus, so this may dissuade them.
    4. You can try sprinkling cayenne pepper at the base of your plants. Cats don’t like the smell of pepper!
    5. Spray your plants with orange oil or lemon oil– it won’t hurt your plants, and your cat will likely stay away!

    These kittens aren’t digging yet…but that potted plant doesn’t seem safe!

    Another cat behavoir question you may have is why cats put their ears back. Find out here!

    Is your cat a dogged digger? Have you found ways to keep your cat from digging in places where they shouldn’t? We want to hear about it! Let us know in the comments.

    Do cats like baths

    After moving to New York City from Rome, Italy, I began working in the nonprofit world. Despite my day job, my passion has always been animals, especially dogs and cats, and writing. What better way to combine the two? I’ve been a pet owner for 15 years, and my menagerie includes dogs, cats, hamsters and the occasional hermit crab. My beloved cat, Mozart, who I found as a newborn kitten, sparked my love for felines and is now nearly 15 years old. I am an enthusiastic volunteer at the local ASPCA, where I enjoy spending time with the cats and cleaning up after the dogs. I’ve been writing about pet ownership and care for the past five years.

    Can a cat remember you

    Can Cat Remember A Person. Cats certainly do remember people. Both are important cues when humans consciously attempt to recall specific events.

    Can a cat remember youHow Long Can A Cat Remember A Person from animalpath.org

    Mysterious weight gain or disinterest in food. Unlike dogs, our feline friends treat us like other cats, author says. These memories can persist for a long time, even.

    This means that cats can remember people they’ve been around for years after they last saw them. Researchers say they have found that, like children and dogs, cats form.

    The Little Grey Tabby Below Is My Timothy.

    Yes, this includes their owners. And cats showed a secure attachment. Dogs and cats mostly rely on.

    Sadly, Yes, Cats Will Experience Memory Loss As They Age.

    Cutest of all, cats remember familiar people, even after many years. Minimizing change gives the cat time to come to terms with the loss of a companion cat. If you meet a cat for the first time and have only one interaction, the cat will remember you 16 hours later.

    The Researchers Also Had People Unfamiliar To The Cats Speak The Names.

    When the pupils constrict to. So, for example, if you move to another state, leave your cat with. Both are important cues when humans consciously attempt to recall specific events.

    In Many Instances, Cats Simply Get Distracted And Wander Off Or Manage To Find Some Trouble.

    Cats can suffer from separation issues just like dogs do. These memories can persist for a long time, even. The cats in the study mostly ignored the.

    Their Ability To Remember The Object’s Location “Rapidly Declined” Within Seconds But Generally Persisted Up To 1 Minute.

    More than 80% of cats ranging from 16 to 20 years in age experience deterioration of brain cells resulting in the memory loss of both short and. My sweet little guy slept on my pillow for ten months, but the halls. Although the felines’ responses were less prominent than when their owners called them, they still.

    Can a cat remember you

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    Heartwarming, tear-jerking ( I’m not crying, you are! ) stories of cats and dogs reuniting with their owners after a long time apart are aplenty on the internet. And when we see instances like 19-year-old Chebon leaping into his dad’s arms after being separated for 7 years , we can’t help but wonder how a cat or dog’s memory work, and whether our pets will remember us for just as long as we can remember them.

    In order to find out the answer to the latter question, let’s first unriddle the former:

    The inner workings of a pet’s mind

    Can a cat remember you

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    Cats and dogs have different memory types, just as we humans do — namely, short-term memory, spatial memory, and long-term memory.

    Short-term memory

    Also known as the capacity for holding, but not manipulating, a small amount of information in the mind for a short period of time, short-term memory in humans typically lasts for just 18 seconds if no conscious effort is used to retain the information, around 5 minutes in dogs, and up to an impressive 24 hours in cats if the information remains beneficial and relevant to them!

    This means that if a cat remembers the location of a treat but said treat has already been eaten and is not replaced, then it’s highly possible for this information to be overwritten by another even though it hasn’t been stored for 24 hours in the cat’s short-term memory.

    The duration of retention is also affected by the means through which the information was acquired — memories related to a cat or dog’s movement or position tend to last longer than ones obtained purely through sight!

    Spatial memory

    Spatial memory is slightly different, in which it allows animals to remember the different locations of objects and places in the environment, in relation to one another. There is manipulation involved here and it allows them to navigate a familiar environment, which is very important in mobile animals and humans!

    Long-term memory

    On the other end of the spectrum, long-term memories are, as the name suggests, stored in the brain indefinitely and can be retrieved at will. However, long-term memory can be further categorised into various forms, including explicit memory (the intentional recall of information), implicit memory (unconsciously retained information), and episodic memory (the ability to remember firsthand experiences and associate them with their respective events or cues).

    Experts believe that cats and dogs possess a certain degree of explicit memory, implicit memory, and episodic memory . While not as powerful and developed as ours, it still allows a cat or dog to show a preference for — or a loathing of — certain people based on previous experiences and according to Claudia Fugazza, department of ethology at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest in PetMD , important events such as those related to food and survival and events that have an emotional impact are more likely to be stored in the long-term memory.

    As for how far back cats and dogs can recall, there haven’t been much studies on it, but anecdotal evidence shows that it may even go up to more than a decade!

    On remembering you

    Can a cat remember you

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    Now, what this means is that in the unfortunate event of a prolonged separation, it is possible that your pet will still remember you. That said, this entirely depends on how deep you’ve bonded before the separation, and how long you were together for!

    This is because it remembers your scent, look, mannerisms, voice, and more, which it has associated with plenty of positive experiences before, thus giving rise to a very happy and affectionate welcome.

    As for whether or not the time spent apart will affect the intensity of its welcome, that’s probably a no . Your furry friend doesn’t have the same concept of time as we humans do, which we have explained in this article , so while it knows that you two have been kept apart, it wouldn’t know if it is the first time meeting you in 3 weeks, 3 months, or 3 years!

    If they can remember, what does it mean for us?

    Can a cat remember you

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    As mentioned earlier, since significant events can be stored in a cat or dog’s long-term memory and affect how it feels or acts towards certain stimuli, it’s time to think twice about our interactions with them and how we choose to bring them up.

    According to veterinary experts and animal behavioural specialists, kittens and puppies have periods early in their lives where they learn rapidly about things in the world. Known as imprinting, the memories that are created during this time form the foundation of how they carry themselves in the world and interact with the things in it. For puppies, the imprinting period is during the first 12 weeks of life, whereas for kittens, the critical period lasts till the first 7 weeks of life.

    It is vital to expose kittens and puppies to the socialisation and conditioning they need during this period of time, albeit with positive reinforcements only to avoid traumatising your furbaby for life. Our choices and actions influence our pets’ behaviour and memories more than we may realise; never forget that we have the ability to turn a potentially negative long-term memory into a positive one!

    Can a cat remember you

    December is holiday season. Many puppy parents like to travel this time of year. It is an opportunity to get away as a family, do something fun, and take a break from the stresses of life.

    Unfortunately, it is rarely possible to bring your pet on these vacations. Pets aren’t typically allowed in airports, on planes, or at the hotels you hope to enjoy, and even if you can take your pet the schlep with a furry friend is often a long and difficult one.

    Leaving Your Pet for a Long Time

    You may find yourself forced to leave your pet for a long period of time. Maybe a few days. Maybe a week. Maybe even 2 weeks or more.

    For some pet parents, not only is this too long – it also brings up many worries. Will they be okay without me? Will they be stressed? Will they be cared for?

    Will they forget about me?

    Human beings have an outstanding memory. But animals come from the wild – they come from a world where sometimes, other pack members go away. How long will they remember their human? One day? One week? One month? Longer?

    You Stink, and Your Dog Remembers

    Luckily, there is good news. Your dog will very likely remember you. And the main reason is because, well, you smell.

    Dogs have an outstanding memory for smells. Your dog can sense scents that we as humans do not even know exist, and their brain functions in such a way that they typically remember that smell for years. In fact your dog will remember your smell even if it’s been so long that you look completely different.

    And, if you’re wondering, dogs also remember how you look – at least as best as they can tell with their vision. But their vision is not as bad as many people believe. it does not compare to human vision, but mostly with regard to colors. Dogs do know what you look like, and they are capable of remembering you.

    So you do not need to worry. Even if you are gone for a long time, your dog should remember you from both sight and smell.

    What About Cats?

    Maybe you’re not a dog owner. Maybe you’re a cat owner. Cats are. we’ll say some of them are less affectionate than dogs are. They also seem to pay less attention to us and do not seem to react when we come back into the house. So do they remember us at all?

    Can a cat remember you

    The answer there is also yes. Cats have excellent long term memories, just like dogs. Whether or not they care to remember you is a different matter. Dogs pretty much love everyone that treats them well, so if you’re in their life they’ll remember you and be excited to see you.

    Cats tend to remember only those they bonded with and those that mistreated them. Anyone simply “present” in their life is someone they may remember, but not associate with any emotion.

    But as long as you and your cat have shared a pet or two, and as long as you fed them a few of their favorite meals, your cat will remember you as well no matter how long you are gone.

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    Anyone who’s rescued a cat has experienced the unconditional love of a kitty who knows you gave them a second chance. They often come with their own quirks — which we love — but it’s hard to tell if some aspects of their personalities are genetic or remnants from a former life. Worse, they may have developed certain habits, anxieties, or phobias due to past trauma.

    Can a cat remember you

    While we already know that animals can get traumatized from negative situations, most of us rescue pet parents wonder: what other pieces of their past might they remember?

    As it turns out, cats can recall a lot. Animal Planet explains:

    “Once attained, even if by accident or trial and error, most knowledge is retained for life, thanks to the cat’s excellent memory.”

    Can a cat remember you

    “All it takes is one face-to-face encounter with a growling dog to convince a feline that the entire canine species is best avoided forever. However, positive experiences are just as easily stored and recalled, particularly if they have to do with food or play.”

    While you can take comfort in knowing that your kitty will remember you as their loved one and caretaker — even after returning from a vacation — our feline friends can also hold grudges, as well as grieve the loss of loved ones. If your kitty has ever lost a beloved human or animal companion, don’t underestimate their capacity for sadness and distress; the experience might even change them forever.

    Can a cat remember you

    What’s more, Petful explains that some of a cat’s “memories” are deeply ingrained into their DNA. That’s why even domestic cats display some behaviors of their wild ancestors, like hunting, stalking, and hiding.

    In short, cats can remember their pasts. No, they’re probably not reminiscing about playing with their litter mates or the day they received their favorite toy, but if your rescue kitty saw her former owner again, she’d probably react according to how she was treated.

    Rescuing a precious kitty is life-changing. A rescued cat fills your house and your heart with love, laughter and a whole new world of adventures. Owners of rescued cats can tell you that their new furry friend, in a way, saved them as well. The rescue is always mutual as loving pets provide the best companionship and joy. As much as we humans relish in the event, do our cats share that same appreciation for the blessed occasion? Do cats know when they’ve been rescued?

    Can a cat remember you

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    Cats can remember their lives before the rescue?

    Studies show that cats have great memories. They remember important people even years after being around them and can recall details from their lives before being rescued. Animal Planet explains that once a cat attains information, by accident or trial and error, most of that information is retained for life due to a cat’s excellent memory.

    If a cat experienced trauma, these memories are hard to get rid of. A rescued cat may exhibit certain anxieties or phobias due to past distress. Once a cat is in a new, hopefully more loving situation, they will clearly know the difference between the past and the present.

    Just like with negative memories, cats will remember the good times as well! Provide your rescued cat with lots of love (and patience) and she is sure to know she’s been rescued. She should also have some great memories of your loving home for years to come. If your cat was rescued from a traumatic situation, consult with a veterinarian for a professional game plan on how to deal with any behavioral issues.

    Can a cat remember you

    Your rescue cat knows that you love her.

    The greatest way your cat can tell you rescued her is by the endless love you give! Cats aren’t usually known for being affectionate, but most cat owners agree that their feline friends accept and give love just like their canine counterparts.

    Cats show affection when they meow, nuzzle up, sleep next to you, or walk in between your legs. When your cat purrs as you scratch her head or rub her belly (instead of hissing at you), this is how you know she’s ready and willing to accept all of the love you have to give.

    Studies show that cats specifically developed the “meow” in order to mimic the sound a human baby makes. Cats use this sound to communicate with humans, usually to get what they want, but also to express their love in a way we can understand. This love is a clear indication that she is now in a loving environment where she feels safe enough to give and receive affection.

    Can a cat remember you

    Conclusion

    Cats have amazing memories and are sure to recall the good, the bad, and the ugly of their pasts. If you rescued your kitty from a traumatic situation, she is sure to tell the difference between how she was once treated and the patient and kind love found in her current home. Consult with a veterinarian for ways to alleviate a cat’s anxiety or phobias until she’s comfortable giving and receiving affection. If you show loving behavior to a cat, you are bound to be her favorite in no time, a beacon of hope and love in her life after rescue.

    Can a cat remember you

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    Cat lovers know that kitties can hold a grudge. But to do that, cats need to remember exactly why they’re mad in the first place.

    Well now a scientific study has shown that cats do actually remember events better than you might think. So next time you deny your cat that treat they’ve been begging for, don’t be surprised if they commit it to memory to get back at you later.

    Can a cat remember you

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    Scientists have looked at the brains of dogs and known about their capacity for memory for some time now. They are able to remember both the “what” and “where” aspects of an experience, much like humans do. This goes beyond simple behavioral memories like remembering how to do a trick to get food; they have episodic memories of actual specific events. This new study set out to see if cats have the same capacity for those types of memories.

    Can a cat remember you

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    The experiment put the feline subjects in front of four bowls. Two of the bowls had food, one was empty, and one had an inedible object. The cats went for the food, but were only allowed to eat from one bowl. Then they were removed from the bowls for a short time. Afterwards, the cats were placed in front of the same bowls and, usually, went straight for the bowl that they remembered had the uneaten food in it. This shows that cats remember both the “what” and “where” associated with episodic memories.

    Can a cat remember you

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    You may be thinking, “So what? I already knew my cat could remember things like that.” You may be right, but now it is documented with a scientific experiment that could lead to other conclusions. Perhaps other mammal predators share this capacity for complex memories. But for now just remember to never cross a cat. They’ll remember exactly who to get back at.

    Are you surprised by this research or did you know it all along? What kinds of things do you think your cat remembers best? Let us know in the comments below!

    Do cats like being picked up

    Do cats like being picked up

    Do cats like being picked up

    Cats are independent animals that like to cuddle and be petted, but many do not like being picked up. It simply is not in their nature. After all, they would not pick each other up or expect any other animal to pick them up in nature, so they are not genetically inclined to enjoy being picked up now that they are domesticated. Cats that are handled by their caretakers from a young age are more likely to tolerate being picked up and held.

    Cats that do not like being picked up can be trained to tolerate it with patience and understanding. It’s all about gaining trust and creating a solid bond. Not all cats will come around to getting picked up and will always protest such an act. Some cats seem to like being picked up from the get-go, though. If your kitty enjoys being picked up and held, consider yourself lucky to be able to share that bond with them!

    Reasons That a Cat Might Stop Wanting to Be Picked Up

    If your cat liked being picked up and held but has recently stopped enjoying it, there are a few reasons behind the new reaction. First, a cat could be in pain or ill, and being held is not comfortable to them. If illness or pain is the problem, other signs should also be present, such as diarrhea, lethargy, limping, and whimpering. A traumatic experience can also cause cats to retreat and stop wanting to be picked up or held.

    Having a bad experience with a stranger outside, being attacked by another animal in the house, and being teased by children can all negatively affect your cat and their ability to be open and trusting when interacting with you. If your cat likes to be held by you but does not want other people to pick them up, it could be that they don’t like being picked up in general but trusts you enough to engage in the activity.

    Getting a Cat Used to Being Picked Up

    Do cats like being picked up

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    If your new pet cat does not seem completely opposed to being picked up, there are a few things that you can do to get them used to it and even enjoy it. It is important not to force your kitty to be held, though, as this will just deter them from wanting to be picked up again in the future. If they resist being picked up, let them go and give them their space.

    Forcing your kitty to be held can cause them stress and make them retreat from interactions altogether. To get your cat used to being picked up, start by simply petting them while you are sitting comfortably in a chair or on a couch. Encourage them to get on your lap while you pet them. Once they are comfortable on your lap, gently pick them up and cuddle them against your neck.

    Keep practicing these steps until your kitty is comfortable while being held near your neck. Once they are comfortable with the practice, you can start trying to pick them up while you stand. Make slow movements, and always ensure that your kitty knows that they are in charge of when they are held. The process of getting your cat comfortable with being picked up and held can take days, if not weeks, so patience is necessary.

    A Short Recap

    Many cats don’t like being held because it is not in their nature. Others don’t mind it, and still others can be trained to enjoy it. You can enjoy your cat’s company and bond with one another even if your kitty does not enjoy being picked up. Find other activities to do together that they do enjoy, such as playing fetch and cuddling on the couch.

    Featured Image Credit: Zhuravlev Andrey, Shutterstock

    Cats, in general, don’t like to be held up but here are ways to make it warm up to the idea:

    • Encourage her to come to you willingly
    • Carry her with both hands to support her body
    • Hold herclose to you, pet her to calm her
    • Don’t resist when she wants to go down
    • Don’t scruff an adult cat

    Do Cats Like Being Picked Up?

    Cats are independent creatures. That is a trait that makes them unique pets. As much as you would like to give your cute kitty some love snuggles, she may not enjoy it as you expect. The reasons for your cat reacting poorly to your embrace differ.

    Some breeds are known to be less interactive. It could also be you are holding the cat in the wrong way. The cat may have a history with aggressive humans.

    However, each cat has a different personality. Some cats enjoy being picked up. Certain breeds such as Ragamuffins and Ragdolls are known to love being held up. Even among these affectionate breeds, some cats will still not want to be held up.

    You, therefore, need to understand your cats’ character, and know-how to pick her up with purpose. Here are some tricks that work well, depending on different reasons for a cat being afraid to be held.

    1. How to Hold a Cat that Scares Easily

    What to avoid doing

    Put yourself in the cat’s shoes. You see a huge creature reaching down to you to pick you up.

    A cat can easily get terrified of such an experience. If your cat normally gets startled by loud noises, there are higher chances she will run away if you try to hold her.

    My cat always takes off each time I switch on the hairdryer or vacuum cleaner. And yes, she is the type that does not like to be picked up. Give the cat some space and let her approach when they feel like it.

    Avoid an approach that startles or seem threatening. Grabbing your cat from behind to pick her up can be so surprising to a cat that scares easily. Ensure your approach does not appear frightening.

    How to Do It

    Cat behavior expert Pam Johnson-Bennett suggests holding the cat close to your chest and walking around. You can put her down after such brief sessions.

    The most important thing is to ensure the cat feels comfortable in the held position. Not suspended in mid-air or too tight to make her feel uneasy.

    There are 3 main steps to ensure your cat is comfortable:

    • Hold them close to your body
    • Support its body weight by both hands
    • Place a hand under your cat’s back feet to stop its feet from dangling

    2. Holding a Cat with a Past Negative Experience of Being Held

    The moment you hold up a cat, she immediately feels out of control. Their movement is restrainedand she feels trapped. Granted, cats want to have an aerial view of their territory. But they want to be on such heights by jumping on higher grounds, not being held.

    Dr. Wailani Sung, a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, says a cat who does like being held may have past bad memories of being held. It could be from the last time she was physically restrained for vaccinations or to have her nails trimmed.

    Such negative experiences can train a cat to be wary each time you hold her up. If a cat met a cruel human before you adopted her, she would assume all humans are cruel.

    Constant social interaction with your cat will help itfeel secure. Handling your cat even for just 15 minutes each day can go a long way in gaining her trust.

    Holding is Not How Cats Naturally Greet Each Other – What You Can Do

    When cats meet for the first time, they don’t pick each other up. A cat will approach her fellow slowly; they sniff, lick, and rub on each other. Understandably, a cat will feel awkward if you carry her as a sign of greeting.

    The cat may interpret your actions as an attack. Dr. Sung says the cat may assume something terrible is going to happen to them, such as being eaten.

    Don’t force physical interaction if you see your cat does not like being held up. She will become even more reluctant to approach you in the future. Respect your cats’ preferences.

    Avoid putting your cat on the shoulders. She will dig her claws into your skin and end up hurting you. She will have great difficulty maintaining her balance in such a high position, thus increasing her anxiety.

    4. How to Hold a Cat Who Is Not Properly Socialized

    If your cat didn’t interact with humans so much as a kitten, it might exhibit feral tendencies. According to the Cornell Book of the Cat, kittens born in the wild may hiss when coming into contact with humans even at 3 weeks of age.

    But kittens of the same age handled by humans will not react the same way.

    Cats not properly socialized tend to be fearful and suspicious. It is your job to assure her that nothing bad will happen when you hold her. Pet her under the chin before picking her up. Speak to her in a low voice.

    If she gets aggressive, put her down but don’t throw her. Offer her a treat after each of these sessions. This helps reinforce good behavior.

    It is also good to take note of a change in behavior. If the cat liked to be held before, but now it is resisting, or exhibits pain when touched, she could have a physical injury.

    Don’t Pick Your up Cat by the Scruff of Its Neck

    Scruffing a cat is lifting a cat through pulling the skin of its back neck. This is often thought to be the recommended way of picking up a cat. Only a parent cat would carry her kittens this way

    Yet, it is not necessary and could be harmful to an adult cat because it has weight. The method leaves her body suspended and could be painful for her. The cat might even fear you more.

    Only veterinarians hold a cat by the scruff. They have been trained to do so to control the cat for various procedures and examinations. On normal occasions,you should pick up your cat by holding it with both hands as you support its weight.

    It is always advisable to be gentle when handling a cat. Pull her close to your chest for her to feel comfortable and secure.

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    The first instinct for most people is to pick up a cat when they see it. While some cats love to be picked up and snuggled, other cats detest it. Therefore, you probably ask yourself: do cats like being picked up?

    Most cats do not like to be picked up. Cats that are in pain, fearful, or lack trust will not want to be picked up.

    You might think it’s strange that cats have different preferences, but you will learn why some cats like to be picked up as you keep reading.

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    Is It Bad To Pick Up My Cat

    As long as your cat does not mind being picked up, picking up your cat is not a bad thing.

    Some cats love to be held by their owners, which means that it is not a bad idea to pick up your cat. Your cat is a living animal, so it is essential to be careful with him at all times.

    It is not a great idea to pick up cats that are scared or do not enjoy being picked up. You might find it fun to pick up a cat that struggles, but it may have adverse effects on your cat. He may become mean or start to hide from you in response.

    Does It Hurt My Cat When I Pick Her Up

    If your cat is older, then you may hurt your cat when you pick her up.

    Although picking up your cat is not inherently harmful, a senior cat may be hurt if you pick her up.

    This does not mean that you specifically hurt your cat. Stiff or painful joints could already make your elderly cat uncomfortable, which could make it difficult to enjoy being picked up.

    Does It Hurt Cats When You Pick Them Up By Their Neck

    It does not hurt your cat to pick them up by their neck, but you should only do it when necessary.

    You may have seen a cat carry kittens by the scuff on the back of the kitten’s neck.

    Cats freeze up when you hold them by the back of their neck. This could be useful when you catch a stray cat.

    Although it makes the job easier, you should refrain from picking up your cat by the back of his neck. It has more potential to hurt your cat than picking them up from around their middle.

    Why Do Some Cats Not Like To Be Picked Up

    All cats have different personalities, which means that some cats hate being picked up.

    As a cat owner, you already know that not all cats were made equal. Some cats love to be picked up, while others hate it.

    Your cat’s personality will dictate whether or not they liked to be picked up. A clingy, snuggly cat will enjoy being picked up, while a more independent cat will act like you just crossed him.

    How Do You Pick Up A Cat That Doesn’t Want To Be Picked Up

    You should avoid picking up a cat that does not want to be picked up, but if you must, you should act quickly and deliberately.

    Most times, you can avoid picking up a cat. Sometimes, though, it is necessary. If a cat hurts his leg, you may have to pick him up even if he hates it.

    The best method is to pick up the cat swiftly. Calculate what your moves will be and quickly grab the cat around his ribs to pick him up before he can bolt.

    If your cat is violent when picked up or picking up a stray cat, it may be a good idea also to wear a pair of gloves.

    Is It Ok To Hold A Cat Like A Baby

    It is okay to hold a cat like a baby, but you should not do it all the time.

    Some people think that holding a cat like a baby means you will hurt your cat, but that is not the case.

    As long as you properly support your cat when you pick him up, you will not hurt your cat.

    Still, it is essential to know that it is possible to hurt your cat if you hold him too tightly or do not support his back.

    Why Do Some Cats Like To Be Held Like A Baby

    Some cats like to be held close and enjoy the attention they receive when being picked up like a baby.

    If you’re holding a cat like a baby, then there is a good chance that you’re giving your cat a lot of attention too.

    Therefore, a cat that enjoys attention and being picked up is going to adore that you hold him like a baby.

    What Is The Correct Way To Pick Up A Cat

    The best way to pick up a cat is by holding him around his chest and ribs.

    When you pick up your cat, you should lift it from his around his ribs. Do not grab the softer part of his stomach, his tail, the back of his neck, or his legs.

    Quickly but gently lift your cat, and either place him where you want him or hold him firmly in your arms.

    Things To Consider

    Whether your cat loves to be picked up or not, there are times where you cannot avoid picking up your cat. This is probably when it’s time for a trip to the vet, and you need to put your cat in the cat carrier.

    Here are some tips if you need to put a cat that does not like to be picked up in your carrier:

    • Open your cat carrier and allow your cat to walk into it. This may take longer than stuffing your cat into the carrier, but it will mean that you do not get scratched.
    • Lift your cat quickly if you need to pick him up. While you should not aim to scare your cat, it may be easier to grab your cat from behind when your cat is not expecting it.
    • Try a different kind of cat carrier. Some cat carriers open from the top, but some carriers open from the front as well.
    • Try a leash. Now, if you have a testy cat who needs to go to the vet, a harness and leash might be a good option for you to try.

    It is best to work with your cat slowly, but sometimes, picking up a cat is not in the cards.

    Different cats can have very different preferences. As a result, while generalizations can be very useful for understanding most cats, it is important to note that there can be exceptions to these rules. In any case, most cats do not enjoy being picked up by their cat owners, though the exact reason is unclear. Here are some of the potential reasons that cats don’t enjoy being picked up by their cat owners:

    Cats are predators. However, it is important to note that cats are predators that also happen to be prey. For example, coyotes have been making their way to both urban and suburban areas in recent decades, which is a serious concern because they are more than opportunistic enough to predate upon cats when the chance comes up. Likewise, larger birds of prey might decide to attack cats as well, thus resulting in serious injuries thanks to their talons as well as their ability to drop their victims from great heights. On top of this, there are a lot of other animals that can cause serious damage to cats in a physical confrontation, with examples including but by no means limited to raccoons, porcupines, and snakes.

    As such, much of feline behavior is motivated by an instinctual understanding that cats are predators that also happen to be prey. One excellent example would be how cats like to be in high-up places. First, this is because the height protects them from other animals that cannot climb as well as they can. Second, this is because the height enables them to look out upon their surroundings, thus enabling them to respond faster to potential threats. Another excellent example would be how cats like to hide in secure locations, which enable them to rest and relax while being concealed from their enemies.

    Being picked up can cause a serious sense of fear in cats because that isn’t a standard part of cat-to-cat interaction. As a result, they are likely to see it as something strange, which in turn, makes them likely to see it as something that is potentially threatening to them. Granted, being picked up means that cats are situated higher-up. However, that doesn’t actually come as much consolation because they are held by someone else rather than situated there on their own while retaining full control over their physical presence.

    Physical Discomfort

    Speaking of which, it is perfectly possible that a cat doesn’t enjoy being picked up because they aren’t being picked up in the right way, thus resulting in physical discomfort. Certainly, a human would struggle if we were picked up in a weird way, so it should come as no surprise to learn that cats will do the same under the same circumstances. Due to this, interested individuals might be able to get a cat to react better if they pick them up in the right way.

    Generally speaking, cat owners should use both hands to pick up their cats. One hand should go under the cat’s front legs, while the other hand should support the cat’s back legs as well as hind quarters. Once that has been carried out, the cat owner can then pick up the cat so that they are securely cradled in one arm while the other arm serves to hold on to them. Interested individuals should never let a cat’s legs dangle because that tends to make them feel unsafe and insecure. Similarly, interested individuals should not hold on to a cat in too firm a manner unless they are doing so for reasons of safety. In other cases, if the cat starts to squirm or otherwise struggle against the hold, it is time to let them go.

    As for putting a cat down once they have been picked up, there isn’t much to say besides that the cat owner should lower them to the ground rather than let them jump down from their arms. Yes, cats are quite good at managing jumps from considerable distances. However, it isn’t a universal ability, particularly since a lot of pet cats are either inexperienced or in less than stellar physical condition. For that matter, making a cat jump down tends to make them unsafe and insecure, so it is a better idea to make the process as easy for them as possible.

    Negative Experiences

    In some cases, cats might have had negative experiences when they were being held by someone else. For example, they might have had been vaccinated while being held. Likewise, they might have had their nails trimmed while being held. Cats are more than capable of forming connections between such events, so if they have had some negative experiences while being held, that could cause them to become agitated when treated in such a manner.

    Medical Issues

    Interested individuals might notice cats that were once receptive to being picked up and held becoming less so. It is possible that the cat has picked up some kind of medical issue that is causing either pain or discomfort, though that is by no means guaranteed to be the case. In any case, if interested individuals notice this as well as other potential signs of a medical issue, they should get their cat checked out by a veterinarian sooner rather than later. Like with humans, cats tend to have much better health outcomes when their medical issues are detected as soon as possible. Something that is particularly true because cats can’t communicate in the same way that humans can, meaning that their medical issues tend to take longer to become known by the rest of the household.

    Further Considerations

    There are some suggestions that might help interested individuals pick up a cat without agitating them too much in the process. One, they might want to work on their cat’s tolerance for being picked up over time. Being forceful in this matter is never good because that will just make the cat dislike being picked up even more. Instead, it is best to build up slowly while using positive reinforcement to make them associate being picked up with good things rather than bad things. Two, interested individuals should never try to pick up their cats with the result that they are startled or otherwise threatened in the process. They don’t react well to that kind of thing, so it is best to give it up before they become even more opposed to being picked up.

    pui hang

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    Do cats like being picked up

    – that is, if you can manage to pick her up in the first place as she will struggle and scratch to break free.

    Having said that, I’ve recently noticed that she no longer struggles if I do pick her up, preferring instead to just glare at me. Hubby can’t get anywhere near to picking her up and he has the scars to prove it!

    Is there anything I can do to make her more accepting of being cuddled?

    devanagara

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    I don’t know if there’s anything you can do. I think cats who like to be picked up were cuddled and held as kittens. Mony hates to be picked up and will meow the whole time until I put her down. The longest I’ve held her is probably under 30 seconds.

    Penny and Siouxsie, however, were adopted as kittens by my boyfriend, and he held them all the time, so they enjoy it.

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    Every cat is different. I think it has as much to do with their personalities as with how they were raised.

    Shareena was my first kitten, 7.5 weeks old when I got her. She likes to be carried around, either draped across my shoulder or holding her like a baby and scratching under her chin. I do have to be standing or walking the whole time, though. As soon as I sit down she’s gone.

    Do cats like being picked up

    Miss Patchwillow is Shareena’s sister, but I didn’t get her until she was 3 months old. She loves to be held, carried, cuddled–any time, anywhere.

    Do cats like being picked up

    Goldy was dumped near my house last summer, obviously had been an indoor cat and very loving, but she doesn’t want to be picked up or carried. She doesn’t scratch me, but she does squirm to get down. On the other hand, as soon as I sit down she’s plastered against my leg and she sleeps on top of me at night. I guess the cuddling just has to be on her terms.

    Do cats like being picked up

    Cali is one of Goldy’s kittens, born August 23, so I’ve had her from birth. Cali likes to be held but only for a short time. She’s just too active to settle for long-term cuddling.

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    Do cats like being picked up

    Iris is another of Goldy’s kittens. She loves to be held. I think if I got one of those baby snugglers she would be happy to have me carry her around all day.

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    brokenheart

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    One of my cats loves to be picked up. The other one, whom I’ve had for nine years, has always gotten very still and wary when picked up — he’d tolerate it, but he wouldn’t enjoy it and would get away at the first chance.

    He seems to not hate it so much these days — and you know, sometimes you just have to pick up your cat and hug him.

    Do cats like being picked up

    I think sometimes now when he nudges me when I’m standing it’s to get me to pick him up, although when I try to, he’ll run away and come back and run away, etc.

    He’s also only sat on my lap twice in nine years, but he’ll sleep next to me at night. The other guy is semi-permanently glued to my thigh.

    They just have different temperaments.

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    Girlie doesn’t mind so much if you walk around and pet her. As soon as you sit down she’ll try to squirm out of your arms.

    Obie doesn’t like being picked up but once you have him he doesn’t struggle. Oscar will crouch down and tense up which makes him feel heavier and harder to pick up. When you have Oscar he’ll stare off into space like he’s retreated to his “happy place”.

    All three HATED being picked up when we got them last summer. We started off picking them up briefly (few seconds) so they got used to it. Gradually we’d hold them a little longer. They’re progressing at different rates but so far it seems to be working.

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    meowqueensdaddy

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    Zero doesn’t mind being held, so long as he’s not in play mode. There’s something very calming about holding him, since he purrs readily and is so big and soft.

    Pumpkin tends to make this mooing sound that sounds like “nooooooo!” when she’s picked up. sometimes it’s more of a squawk though. Sometimes she’ll let me hold her for a bit, depending on her mood. She doesn’t do laps either.

    We’re pretty sure Zero was born feral, but with Pumpkin we’re not so sure.

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    Originally Posted by Pui Hang

    Is there anything I can do to make her more accepting of being cuddled?

    anjhest

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    Minka loves it, Leo hates it, Taxi tolerates it.

    Minka likes being held so much that one time Todd carried her to bed upside down without realizing it. She purred the whole way.

    jack31

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    Jack likes to be held, but not for a terribly long time–he loved it as a baby-he liked to be up over my shoulder.

    Harley hated it. He was a stray for the first year of life. But we’ve worked on it alot since he’s been here and he’s gotten much better. One thing was figuring out how he was most comfortable being held–he likes to be held sort of in an odd way–lots of support under his little bum. The one thing I try to make a point of is never letting him jump from my arms when he starts to sort of freak out. I am always sure to set him down, so he knows he won’t be dropped and that if he squirms momma will put him down, he doesn’t need to jump. I usually just sort of squat when I hold him, so he’s not real far from the ground, only holding him for 30 seconds or so, so he doesn’t freak out–making it a positive experience. He’s come a long way in the 9-10 months he’s been here.

    When you pick up your cat, what do you get? A limp, ragdoll of a feline who melts contentedly in your arms? A squirming, frantic furball determined to get away from you at any cost? For some cats, being picked up and held can be a negative experience, for others, that type of affection is absolute bliss. Cats who don’t like being picked up and held often feel this way because it’s unfamiliar or just uncomfortable, but you can make being picked up a little easier for your cat if you need to.

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    Do all cats hate being held?

    No! Like people, dogs, and any other living thing on the planet, each cat will have his or her own preference in regard to anything, including whether they like being held or not, and their openness to affection in general. If you’re dealing with a cat you don’t know well or see a cat outside that you feel inclined to hold for any reason, it’s always best to err on the side of “this thing is going to claw and bite me” rather than assume he will tolerate being picked up. Some stray cats, young, unsocialized cats, and cats who live primarily outside are among those who may especially dislike being picked up, but this can apply to any and all cats, depending on their preferences.

    Why do some cats dislike it?

    One reason why a cat may not like to be picked up is simply that picking up a cat, or being picked up by a cat, is just not natural cat behavior. While mother cats will grip their kittens by the scruff of the neck when they are small enough to do so without injury, lifting up a fellow feline isn’t something you’d normally see, even when attempting to display affection. Additionally, negative experiences that occur around when a cat has been picked up in the past, like painful or stressful trips to a vet, can also leave a very bad association and may lead to anxiety around being held later on.

    Do cats like being picked up

    Sometimes, and this is especially true in older cats, being picked up is physically uncomfortable due to an illness or injury. Arthritic felines may find it unpleasant to have their bodies manipulated and squeezed while being picked up or held and may resist for that reason. If you know your cat dislikes being picked up and you don’t need to do it, it’s always best to spare them the ordeal. Sometimes, however, a cat owner will need to scoop up their cat for one reason or another, in which case there are some tips that can make things a bit easier on both of you.

    How to make your cat comfortable

    If you have a cat, there will be times when she will need to be picked up and held, even if just for a moment. Going to the veterinarian, a groomer’s appointment, or even just to be inspected in the event of an injury, or a random burr caught in her fur. If you need to pick up a cat who doesn’t enjoy it, there are a couple of things you can do to make things easier for everyone, and a bit more pleasant for your cat. Offering positive reinforcement, like a favorite treat, during a potentially negative experience, or during ordeals you know your cat dislikes, like being crated or having her nails trimmed, can help her create good associations with being picked up.

    If a cat owner needs to pick up a cat who absolutely hates being picked up, they can try the burrito hold technique. This can ensure that your feline won’t squirm away, can reduce the chances of you being scratched, and will make the situation as pleasant and quick as possible for her. Start by laying out a towel and place a small plate of food or a few treats on it. Next, have your cat step onto the towel, and once she’s a bit relaxed gently press down on her shoulders so that she lays down with her head facing away from you. Wrap the front end of the towel around her neck like a bib, taking care to hold onto her. Then, take one of the side ends of the towel and wrap it over the top of her body, before doing the same thing in the opposite direction with the other end of the towel until she is securely wrapped.

    Pretty selfish post for me really – I wish my cats liked being picked up and sitting with me!

    They are really happy cats and adore being stroked and fussed, flopping down and inviting you to tickle them but they never jump up to sit with me and don’t really enjoy a pick up & cuddle. I pick them up for a little cuddle when I get in from work but I might get 10 seconds . if I’m lucky!! I always put them down the instant they wriggle and i never place them on my knee or anything, just keep “inviting” them up!

    I wonder if this might change in time or if cats are either fussy cats or they’re not? I admit I always thought all cats loved sitting on a warm lap and a big cuddle!

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    Mine like a fuss on their own terms. i.e. if they initiate it by jumping on my lap, having a quick pet only for as long as they want, which generally isn’t long!

    They don’t mind a quick pet in between if they are sitting somewhere and I stroke them in passing, but they don’t relish being picked up. One grumbles and the other one nips!

    Mine like the odd cuddle when I want to cuddle them, but only like me picking them up for a few seconds.

    I find they want to lie on me when they want to, but like my big fluffy blanket, so if I spread that on my lap, they are more likely to want to lie on me, rather than just on my legs.

    My late Tabitha hated being picked up but she loved to come and sit on my lap for a good stroking/sleeping session – but it had to be at her instigation, she wouldn’t tolerate me putting her on my lap. My Bernard is just not a lap cat but he loves a good cuddle/ petting session and will always stay very close beside me. He hates being picked up too.

    I’ve got 2 rescues like yourself. Millie is very affectionate but again this has to be on her terms and, when I come home from work, she shows she is pleased by repeatedly rubbing herself excitedly against Bernard, never against me and she’s not really a lap cat except when I’m in bed. I just don’t bother even trying to pick her up because she’s too wriggly. Little Lucy was very reserved when she first came to live with me but I’ve now realised that she responds very well to me picking her up and placing her on my lap where she’ll curl up and purr for hours (if I let her). She’s the only cat I can pick up and cuddle – she seems to like it. She’s also the only cat I can easily place in her cat basket! I encounter so much stress and difficulty with putting Bernard and Millie in their cat baskets that I have avoided using the cattery for the last couple of times that I’ve gone away – I’m dreading their annual vet visit.

    It’s lovely having a lap cat but my problem always was not wanting to disturb their comfort and happiness – I’d stay in a really uncomfortable position for hours and delay things I needed to do because I didn’t want to upset my Tabitha by removing her from my lap or chest. I’d sometimes avoid sitting down if, I was planning to go out soon, if I could see Tabitha watching and waiting expectantly for a cosy lap to appear. There are definite advantages to not having lap cats.

    Do cats like being picked upThe British Shorthair is a bit of a contradiction. With their cuddly appearance, round faces and thick plush fur, cats of this breed look as if they were made to be picked up and hugged. They’re also fairly sociable and amiable, readily becoming attached to their special humans and happy to spend time with them. Yet this breed rarely produces an out-and-out lap cat. The British Shorthair is cordial but reserved, offering affection in an independent way. For me, their independence has always been part of their charm but some owners may find it frustrating. If you want a clingy animal who fawns on you and constantly craves hugs and affection, the British Shorthair is not for you. Later in this article, we’ll mention some other breeds who can complement her reserved personality with their more demonstrative ones.

    Do British Shorthairs like to be picked up? As a general rule, no. They like to be close to you but prefer not to be dragged around like a stuffed animal. They’ll often trot at your heels as you walk around and sit nearby when you’re doing something but they usually won’t jump into your lap. Picking up and holding your British Shorthair may take her outside of her comfort zone, leaving you feeling rejected and her feeling unsettled. Keep pick-ups and hugs brief, and get used to the ways this cats need plenty of attention from their humans to be happy. Remember, this is the same breed prefers to show affection.

    As a caring cat owner, you probably have a number of questions. This page is here to help you find the answers you’re looking for. How can you persuade your British Shorthair to let you pick her up? If you can’t pick her up and snuggle her, how do you and she show each other affection? When you need to lift your cat, how can you do it safely and without injury to either of you? For the answers to these and other questions, please keep reading. We’ve got the inside scoop on your British Shorthair.

    The ups and downs of lifting your British Shorthair

    Do British Shorthair cats like to be picked up? There are certainly exceptions who do, I’ve known one or two who were quite happy to be scooped up and cradled like a giant furry baby for as long as their owners’ arms could take the strain. They definitely were exceptions, however. The typical British Shorthair is decidedly reluctant to be lifted up and doesn’t enjoy long spells of being held in your arms like some cats.

    If you pick her up and place her on your lap, the average British Shorthair won’t curl up and purr – she’ll simply jump down and walk off. On the whole, they’re not a touchy-feely breed, preferring a hands-off approach to showing affection. They do like petting, in moderation, and will even permit that greatest liberty of all: the fabled tummy-rub. Snatching your British Shorthair off the ground for an extended round of snuggling is probably going to end up with her wriggling out of your arms and making a bolt for the nearest inaccessible spot, where she will sit and groom herself while shooting you filthy looks.

    If you persist and make a regular habit of transgressing her firm feline boundaries, you may succeed in thoroughly alienating her. Your British Shorthair cat is an intelligent beast and learns from experience. If the sight of a particular human has previously heralded an extended round of undignified forced cuddles, she will remember this and start avoiding that nuisance of a human in future.

    This breed is renowned for being loyal and patient but everyone has their limits. Once you’ve convinced a British Shorthair that you’re a wrong’un, it can be surprisingly difficult to get back into her good graces. Just because they look like teddy bears, you shouldn’t mistake your British Shorthair for a plushy. If she decides to climb into your lap under her own steam then you might try helping her up there again in future; you should always let your cat set the pace of an encounter, however. She has her boundaries just like you, and if you positively insist on transgressing them you will create friction between yourself and your cat.

    This breed is actually very loving and devoted, they simply prefer more subtle demonstrations of their deep affection. Learning to treat your British Shorthair with respect is an important part of being a loving and responsible cat owner. Your cat doesn’t want a difficult, fractious relationship any more than you do; give her the space she needs and let her come to you.

    How do I properly show affection to my British Shorthair?

    So you’ve got a cat you sincerely adore and you want to help build a good strong bond between you, while still respecting your pet’s needs and boundaries. That’s the correct attitude for a caring cat owner. Now, although your British Shorthair doesn’t like being grabbed and manhandled, that isn’t to say she’s indifferent to you. Far from it!

    Your British Shorthair will probably form quite a solid bond with you. They are really very loving cats. They demonstrate this in a number of ways. Your British Shorthair may show her love by waiting by the door when you’re due to return home, by trundling around the house at your heels and by parking themselves nearby when you sit down to relax. These cats will often pick out a favourite spot to sit in where they can enjoy your company without feeling crowded.

    When it comes to showing affection to our cats (or any other living being), it is natural for us to show affection through physical touch. Picking up, cuddling, and kissing. But love languages can differ not only from person to person but also from species to species.

    So why do cats seem to reject our display of affection when we want to pick them up?

    Why your cat hates being picked up: An adult cat might have a hard time accepting your form of affection because it is unnatural to them. Secondly, being held is a restrictive act – and we all know cats love their freedom. When they are restricted, they feel threatened and hence, they want to flee from us.

    Heard of this phrase, “if you love me, let me go”? This applies aptly on cats when it comes to affection.

    However, it is not true for all cats. Some cats are indeed cuddly and needy. Can we transform our heartbreakers into more ‘affectionate’ felines? Yes! But first, let’s understand where this behavior is coming from.

    Being Picked Is An Unnatural Way Of Affection For Them

    If you observe closely, you would notice that cats are generally not picked. When it comes to adult cats, they feel more secure being on their four paws than being picked up.

    Picking them up like babies activates a feeling of threat. We are, naturally, a predator to them and they are prey. Now that we have collectively decided to keep them as pets, they don’t seem to get the same message.

    For them, more natural ways of affection are head bunting, them curling their tail on your legs while excitedly asking for food, being fed, and some playtime. But they want to do all that knowing that they are independent.

    The streak of independence is really strong in them than in dogs.

    They Perceive It As A Threat

    Being held translates to being restricted. That is often true when it comes to handling cats. For example, you hold them when you

    – do not want them to enter a certain room
    – do not want them to flee when they are getting their shots
    – do not want them to run away when they are having a bath, etc.

    All these are perceived as threats to them. Although your intentions might be good, they don’t fully trust you.

    If you train them to trust you enough, they can become more domesticated than the rest. Sometimes, there are certain breeds of cats that are more friendly and trusting than the other.

    If you are patient enough to wait on them to trust you, understand their love language, and try not to punish or mold them into loving you the way you want, you can witness a miracle.

    How To Teach Them To Love Being Held

    Even though cats do not love being held or kissed, they can certainly tolerate you when you show them affection. You cannot expect them to show you affection every time and in the way you want.

    However, they can at least learn how to be more patient with you as much as you are with them. Is this deal good enough for you? Then read on to know how we can trick them into loving (tolerating) us more:

    Make them accustomed to your touch

    Never force a cat to stay with you. When it is in a relaxed state, call them in a calm and soothing voice. Next, invite them to come and sit on your lap.

    If they don’t want to jump to your lap, just pet them with long strokes from their head to tail. Do this 3-4 times a day for over a minute.

    Offer them treat for a positive reaction

    If they have had a negative experience while being held before, then you need to swap it with a positive one. Make them sit on your lap gently. When they do sit on your lap, praise them, pet them, and give them a treat.

    Allow them to jump back to the floor if they want. They will start to associate sitting on your lap with a positive experience.

    Keep feeding their positive experiences gradually

    Don’t overwhelm them with too much attention, touching, and treats. They might get confused. Just do it gradually enough so that they start tolerating being touched.

    Within a month or so, your cat should be able to like it better. Incorporate a little bit of touch during their playtime as well.

    Do not rush the process or punish them

    Do not punish them when they want to get away from you. They might learn to tolerate you but sometimes, they don’t want to be picked. Respect their choice and leave them be for a while.

    The more you give them freedom, the more they come meowing to you. Try not to force your love and affection on them. Be gentle, be caring, and most importantly, be respectful of their space.

    Understanding Cat’s Love Language

    Cats are not really obvious when it comes to showing affection. They either are all over you or cannot be bothered with your presence. How would you get an idea if they love you or not?

    These are the signs that your cat loves you even though it might not be very obvious.

    1. They move around more when you are around. They would start playing with things; try to get your attention while not being very obvious.
      When you are not around, they might not be motivated to play and would sit at one place, waiting for you. This is not true for all cats, but most of them behave this way.
    2. They show you their belly as a sign of trust and a sense of comfort with you.
    3. Their tail tells it all. They would curl their tail around you and in some way, they would swing their tail swiftly while touching you with it.
    4. You can hear deep purrs when they are around you or when you pet them.
    5. They get vocal and try to ‘talk’ to you with their constant meowing chatters.
    6. They try to lick you in the process of ‘grooming’ you.
    7. They paw on you and nibble on your hand to show affection. Do not punish them for that. If it hurts you, gently move your hand away.
      You can also say ‘ow’, ‘ouch’ a little loudly to let them know that it hurts you. They generally keep that in mind and try to be gentler.
    8. They rub their cheeks on you and head-bunt you.
    9. They bring you gifts they ‘hunted’. It could range from a dead rat to a rattling bunch of leaves they found to be interesting.

    Related Questions

    Which breeds of cats are more affectionate? Scottish Fold, Tonkinese, Ragdolls, Sphynx, Siamese, Bombay, Burmese, and Kurilian Bobtail cats are known to be more affectionate. They love being social and being held. You can keep them in your lap all day and they will not complain.

    Do cats feel love when they are kissed? Either cats love being held, will kiss you back in their way, or they wouldn’t at all. The answer would be very obvious to you if you try this with your cat. They can tolerate being kissed and take it as a sign of affection. But their reciprocation is dependent on their own persona.

    Do cats have a favorite person? Yes, cats do have a favorite human. They mostly trust those who spend more time with them, play with them, and feed them. They grow a connection with them and would get anxious if they are not around. They are very picky – and if they choose you, you are lucky.

    We have a 18 month old male, neutered cat. (His full name is Mr Sid Cuffuffle- Sid to his friends – no lie!)

    A mother cat carries her kittens by the scruff of the neck, as the skin is very loose. I am wondering if it is ok to pick a full grown adult cat up by the scruff of the neck. Our cat is only a young adult, so is it ok for younger adults, is there some cut off point.

    This post recommends holding a cat by the scruff of the neck, but I can imagine that there would be a difference between this and holding a cat up in the air by the scruff of the neck.

    What are the facts about picking up or holding adults cats by the scruff of the neck?

    Do cats like being picked up
    Mr Sid Cuffuffle (aka Sid)

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    Of course, there is a huge difference. I’d never condone holding an 8 kg cat in the air by the scruff of the neck : always keep his back paws on ground, and as far as the answer linked in the question is concerned, release him as soon as he has swallowed his pill. And don’t use scruffing when not necessary.

    That being said, having tried to pill my cat without scruffing him, I feel it’s much more comfortable for a cat to be scruffed during a few seconds than to be gently tortured during 5 minutes or more. That’s a fact. 😉

    Now, no other facts, but experts advices (the bold weighting is from me) :

    Traditionally, scruffing (grasping the cat by the scruff of the neck) has been considered an acceptable way to maintain control of a cat because it does not harm the cat if done properly, and it is effective in many cases. However, scruffing has become a controversial issue. Some cats react negatively to scruffing and actually fight harder instead of holding still. Also, some overweight cats have very little loose tissue to scruff, so the hold will be less effective.

    In general, scruffing should be used only if minimal restraint techniques are not working. If scruffing seems necessary, try it for a few seconds. If the cat gets worse, discontinue and try something else. When scruffing a cat, use the minimum amount of force necessary and take care to avoid injuring the cat’s neck. A cat should not be lifted or suspended by the scruff because this is uncomfortable and may make the cat’s behavior worse.

    (Joanna M. Bassert & John A. Thomas, Clinical Textbook for Veterinary Technicians, 8th Edition, McCurnin’s 2013, ISBN 978-1437726800 — p.186.)

    ‘Scruffing’ is a general term for a variety of holds on the skin of the cat’s neck. Grasping the scruff of the neck varies from a gentle squeeze of skin, to grasping a larger fold of skin with varying amounts of pressure. Consideration of natural feline behavior can help put this technique into perspective. Cats grasp the scruff of the neck of other cats in only limited circumstances. During the first few weeks of life the mother cat may lift kittens by the scruff of the neck using her mouth. This is a method of transport and immobilization, and not a form of discipline. During mating, the tomcat grasps the scruff of the queen.

    Some veterinarians and veterinary behaviorists do not use scruffing and do not condone its use. They find that using other gentle handling techniques is less stressful, more time efficient, provides greater safety for personnel, and allows the cat to have a sense of control. They prefer other methods to manage situations where feline welfare or personnel safety are at stake.

    Other veterinarians handle cats gently and use scruffing only if it is necessary to protect the welfare of the cat or for the physical protection of personnel. Still others think that scruffing a cat is acceptable for short procedures, in an emergency, and to prevent the cat from escaping or injuring someone.

    If you think this technique is the only alternative, carefully evaluate the cat for any signs of fear or anxiety. The cat may become immobile but may not be comfortable, or may become aggressive. Handle the cat as gently as possible and guard against using aggressive handling techniques out of anger or frustration. The panel does not condone lifting the cat or suspending its body weight with a scruffing technique because it is unnecessary and potentially painful.

    (Ilona Rodan et al., AAFP and ISFM Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines, Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Volume 13, Issue 5, May 2011, Pages 364-375, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jfms.2011.03.012.)

    Having a sense of control, even if it is not exerted, makes the cat more comfortable and reduces stress. Importantly, using the minimal amount of handling gives the cat a greater sense of control, so the cat is less likely to be aggressive.

    Most of us have been taught to scruff cats, but scruffing often only increases a cat’s arousal and fear, because scruffing removes the cat’s sense of control. Many cats become fearfully aggressive when scruffed in an attempt to protect themselves. Some veterinarians, especially in Europe, find “clipnosis”¹ helpful for restraint. This procedure is also controversial, again because it removes the cat’s sense of control. In the author’s experience (at least 5 years without scruffing or clipnosis), cats are usually calmer and easier to handle if they are not scruffed.

    (Ilona Rodan, Understanding Feline Behavior and Application for Appropriate Handling and Management, Topics in Companion Animal Medicine, Volume 25, Issue 4, November 2010, Pages 178-188, ISSN 1938-9736, http://dx.doi.org/10.1053/j.tcam.2010.09.001.)

    ¹ IIUC, clipnosis consists in pinching the scruff of the neck with a clip in order to induce behavioral inhibition — hence the term “clipnosis”, deriving from “clip” and “hypnosis”.

    BTW, thanks for asking, I didn’t thought about such behavioral implications.

    by Paws on Your Heart on July 22, 2013

    There is nothing better than holding a cat in your arms, or having a purring cat napping on your lap. However, there are cats out there that simply don’t enjoy being picked up or held. So what’s the deal with this cat behaviour?

    A Lack of Socialization. Some cats never had the chance to be socialized with people when they were kittens. Socializing young cats with people is a very important step for building trust with our feline friends. If a cat was never around people when he was growing up, he will not be comfortable allowing a person to pick him up and carry him around.

    Age. Older cats have frail bodies, and they may not enjoy being picked up or carried around due to their aging bodies. These cats might also be scared of being dropped or picked up wrong, which could cause them unnecessary pain and discomfort.

    Not in the Mood. In some cases, a cat will be happy to be picked up by his owner or others, but if you catch him at the wrong time, he might not be so happy to be picked up. If your cat seems to be in a bad mood or he’d rather be left alone, don’t try to pick him up.

    Don’t worry if your cat doesn’t like to be picked up or handled. The next best thing is to have him sitting beside you on the couch. Who knows, one day you might even be able to lure your cat onto your lap with treats.

    Have you ever had a cat who didn’t like to be picked up? Were you able to help your kitty overcome this cat behaviour, or do you have any tips to help others with this cat behaviour? Let us know in the comments section below, we’d love to hear any feedback, tips, or stories.

    My first family cat Bagheera never enjoyed being held. We always figured it was just too much crazy going on in the house with three little kids and she was never fully relaxed. As she got older she’d sit in a lap as long as the person had a blanket. Now my one year old Nimbus is much the same. She loves being close to me, and will even snuggle against my head on my pillow in bed, but is very selective in her cuddly moods. I just never got lucky with cuddly cats.

    We adopted a cat that was feral. She loves being indoors , being with pur dogs and other cats. But doesn’t even get close to us unless it’s feeding time

    That’s one thing I’m a bit saddened about.

    I have a 4 – year old male cat that I’ve had for a couple months and although he’s a bit chatty sometimes and generally happy, he doesn’t enjoy being picked up.
    He may flop beside me on the couch with this back pressed against me and let me rub his head or upper chest, but that’s about it. Once in awhile he may put one paw on my leg, so perhaps in time he’ll warm up.

    He frowns when I pick him up and cradle him like a baby.
    I’m going to start carrying kibble in my pocket – to reward him for leaning against me. That might work.

    I do TNR and don’t have the heart to return a 4 year old lovely calico … that was allowed to have 5 litters! I have her now about a month. My heart is overflowing as she’s been adjusting here by leaps and bounds, but she’s a little bit of an enigma to me. She likes and reciprocates affection but plays hard to get and is “nervous” … certainly doesn’t like to be picked up or restrained. I felt her body turn rock hard with tension at the vet’s.

    I’m just concerned about what I will do in the event she gets sick and needs to be pilled, etc … she will be very difficult to handle. My vet said “you’ll cross that time when you come to it”. Is there any training I can employ to get her to like being picked up?

    Thanks for your comment, Paula. You have a wonderful heart to have taken in this very deserving Calico kitty. She sounds lovely. I’ll bet that by now you’re already noticing an improvement in her calmness and ability to be touched. Once street cats are put into a loving and supportive environment they just blossom. I wouldn’t be surprised if you could pick her up comfortably very soon.

    If that doesn’t happen you can use “shaping” behaviour to get her to enjoy being picked up. This means that little by little you “shape” the behaviour that you’re looking for by offering positive reinforcement. In this case, you’d come up to her and pet her, then pick up just a paw then pet her again and/or offer a treat. That’s it. Shaping should never be rushed. Then, when she’s fully comfortable with that move you do the next behaviour towards picking her up, like lifting several paws, then lifting her only an inch off the floor, then higher and higher until you finally reach your goal. Remember to reinforce her positive reaction each time with a pet or a treat. Let us know how it turns out!

    Do cats like being picked up

    Little by little, start from simply petting them, to holding them on their sides, to lifting them a little bit, to finally being able to pick them up.В If the cat really fights you, try to make it quick and then give the cat space and peace to slowly rebuild the trust.

    Some cats are very particular when it comes to being held – let alone getting picked up. However, there will be times where you will absolutely need to pick them up. What do you do then? Is there a safe way where you don’t have to sacrifice your extremities? You’ll be glad to know that the answer is YES. Read on to find out how.

    Breeds like Ragdolls and Ragamuffins are known for being cuddle bugs – they crave human attention so much, and are always open for some physical expressions of affection. The same cannot be said for some cats though.

    Before we even hope to pick up a cat who really doesn’t want to be picked up, we must first understand why they don’t want to be swept off their feet in the first place.

    For one, getting picked up and held tight by an animal much bigger than yourself is honestly terrifying.В To add to that, cats really don’t like feeling restrained.В Cats are like water — if given the chance, they’d prefer to escape. В If your cat was formerly a stray, then they would definitely appreciate freedom more than cuddles.В Another reason why your cat may be distressed when picked up is that it may be a trigger for a past trauma.В

    If you don’t know the kind of life your cat led before you adopted them, they may have had a history of abuse, thus leaving them too fearful and distrusting to be picked up. It is advised that you take your cat to a vet to see if there are any underlying medical reasons as to why your cat isn’t comfortable being picked up.

    If it is not any of the above, your cat not liking being picked up could simply be because it’s unnatural to them. Cats have a totally different language than us. Picking up is as foreign to cats as them putting their bums towards our faces is to us. Your cat may also eel a bit disrespected when picked up. After all, cats are incredibly proud creatures.

    Now, to answer the main question of this article, there is a way for you to pick up your cat in preparation for the times when you will actually need to pick them up. The big secret is to help them tolerate being held. Little by little, start from simply petting them, to holding them on their sides, to lifting them a little bit, to finally being able to pick them up. Don’t forget to respect your cat’s comfort at every stage. Once they’ve reached their limit, don’t push it. Try again tomorrow. Of course, praise and give them treats throughout this whole training.

    But what if you need to pick up your cat RIGHT NOW? You must do it carefully. Don’t just pick them up from behind where they can’t see you. You don’t want to startle your cat – you want to keep on their good side the whole time. If your cat is a grown cat, and not a tiny kitten, do not pick them up by the scruff of their neck as this can be potentially painful and dangerous for them.

    Make sure your cat knows your intentions when you go for the pick-up.В Lift them up gently but securely.В You want them to feel fully supported.В When your cat struggles, contain the urge to hold them closer and tighter.В Remember, cats don’t like feeling restrained.В

    Don’t carry your cat like a baby. Keep your hand under their belly as you’re placing your cat against your chest. Do not let their legs dangle – help them feel secured.

    When it’s time for you to let your cat go, they will probably try to run away, so make sure all of the doors and windows are closed. Do give them their space to cool off, and try not to attempt any physical interaction before your cat is fully ready again.

    What are the friendliest cat breeds?

    Cat temperaments are often linked to their breeds.В If you want a cat who will surely enjoy your attention and affection, these are three of the many great breeds to look out for:

    1. Persian. В The quintessential lap cat.В They love to snuggle but are not so demanding of your attention.В They are very laidback little fur balls.
    2. Abyssinian. Smart and active cats who are not typically lap cats, but they really enjoy human attention. These cats are so smart; they may be training you more than you’re training them.
    3.  Ragdoll. They’re often called the puppy cats. They’re absolute people pleasers. They’ll play fetch, come when called, and even follow you from room to room.

    What is cat squishing?

    Cat squishing is a way to restrain a cat without them feeling uncomfortable and for you to keep safe – great for when you need to give your cats their medicine. Squish your cat down on a surface in a gentle but firm way. Sounds weird, but this technique works well and doesn’t give your cat unnecessary stress.

    Why do mama cats carry their kittens by the neck?

    At the back of the kitten’s necks, they have a loose patch of skin. This is their scruff. When cats are held by their scruff, their instinct is to become instantly submissive. This is a way for mama cat to calm down their energetic kittens, or to transport them easily without much fuss. However, if you are not a cat yourself, it’s best not to carry cats or kittens by their scruffs.

    The thing with cats is they value their personal space.В If you need to carry them around, just be sure to give them the respect that they need, to be aware of their comfort level, and to keep them secured.

    Adopting a Cat That Has Had Its Front Paws Declawed

    Even if you’ve seen images of countless wise mother cats picking their kittens up by the scruff, that doesn’t mean that you can do the same thing with the same exact results. When it comes to holding a kitty via the nape, mama — and only mama — knows best.

    About the Scruff Hold

    According to the San Francisco SPCA, holding a cat by the scruff entails softly but firmly picking her up by the thin skin behind her neck. Mother cats typically use this technique to hold their wee kittens, but using their mouths instead of their paws, of course.

    Discomfort and Pain

    The ASPCA urges cat owners to never pick their little ones up by the scruff, whether the pet is a tiny kitten or a full-grown adult. The Humane Society of Greenwood notes that mother cats exclusively are capable of doing this in the correct manner. If you decide to emulate the mother cat method, you may end up just causing your pet unnecessary pain and discomfort. Not good at all. The main effects of grabbing a cat by the scruff are just those — pain, discomfort and perhaps even some confusion.

    If you try to pick your cat up by the scruff, you may notice her squirming frantically in an attempt to break loose — yikes.

    Appropriate Holding Style

    Instead of the classic scruff hold, the ASPCA recommends another safer and more comfortable style for picking up cats. This style involves putting one hand securely below the hind legs and the other directly in back of the front ones. When you first pick a cat up, always do so slowly and calmly. Make sure never to be abrupt, as you could risk startling the poor kitty.

    Veterinarian

    You may notice that veterinarians occasionally adopt the “scruff” technique for grabbing cats of all ages — a throwback to their tender time as kittens. However, veterinarians are qualified professionals that undergo rigorous training in all matters regarding felines — including safe and comfortable lifting methods. The bottom line is — don’t try grabbing your cat by the scruff at home!

    Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

    Do cats like being picked up

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    You’ve likely seen cats handled a variety of ways: lifted by the scruff of their necks, cradled like infants, grabbed around the middle by excited children.

    And while every feline has different preferences on how it likes to be touched and held (believe it or not, some cats even like belly rubs), there’s a right way to pick up a cat, according to the ASPCA.

    How to Pick up a Cat

    Do cats like being picked up

    First, keep in mind that not all cats like to be held, and even those that do enjoy a good snuggle may not want to be picked up all the time.

    Before attempting to hold a cat, check out its body language. A kitty with a low tail and flattened ears isn’t asking to be cuddled.

    Approach the cat slowly and let it sniff you so it can get used to your smell and presence.

    If the cat seems receptive to being held, use one hand to grip the feline behind its front legs, resting the animal’s chest on that arm. With your other hand, gently scoop up the back legs, and lift with both hands, keeping the cat level. Then pull the cat in close so it touches your chest.

    “The more points on a cat’s body that are touching your body, the more comfortable and relaxed your cat will be,” says Mikkel Becker, a cat training consultant.

    Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck or by the front legs. Picking up a cat the wrong way can cause the animal discomfort or even injury.

    Keep in mind that every cat is different so some may enjoy resting their paws on your shoulder (as pictured below) or being cradled on their back, but don’t try to force a feline into a position it’s not comfortable with. The kitty will likely make its discomfort known — and that will be uncomfortable for both of you.

    You’ll know your kitty is happy when he relaxes or even purrs, so go ahead and keep hugging that cat. But when he gets agitated or starts squirming, let the animal down.

    Do cats like being picked up

    No Hugs Please

    Just because you know how to properly handle a cat, doesn’t necessarily mean the kitty wants to be picked up and snuggled. Cats can become very anxious or frightened when they’re not in control and have a limited ability to escape, so don’t try to hold one against its will.

    Do cats like being picked up

    Some cats may feel unstable when they’re held, while others may associate being picked up with being taken to the vet.

    Others may have been picked up — and dropped — by children in the past, so encourage kids to sit down and let the cat come to them instead of scooping up the cat.

    It’s possible to help your kitty become more comfortable with being held by using rewards and positive reinforcement, but first make sure you understand what kind and how much affection your cat likes. There are right ways to pet a cat.

    “Being held or stroked for too long can be very stressful for some cats,” said Nicky Trevorrow, behavior manager at Cats Protection. “Space and peace is often what they need.

    As your cat gets more comfortable being petted, practice picking him up for short periods of time and reinforcing good behavior with a treat or playtime.

    However, working with cat to help him feel more comfortable being handled doesn’t necessarily mean the animal will ever enjoy being picked up.

    If your kitty doesn’t want to participate in Hug Your Cat Day, try creating your own feline-friendly holiday. Catnip Day or Tuna Day are sure to be a hit.

    I recently adopted a cat from a shelter who does not seem to want to be picked up. She loves being petted on the head and scratched at the base of the tail but dislikes contact with the rest of her body. Even maneuvering my hands into position for picking her up will cause her to dodge out of the way. I don’t want to be too aggressive in my attempts because she would probably not be above giving a warning bite if mishandled.

    Any suggestions on how I can accustom her to being picked up?

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    Some cats do not like being picked up and will not allow it ever. It may be that they had a bad experience early in their lives (someone picked them up and did not support them or did something bad to them), or it may be that they are just uncomfortable not having solid ground under their paws. So, first, accept that you may never be able to pick up your cat at will.

    Also, keep in mind that if you just recently adopted her, she may not know you well enough to trust you yet, and she may naturally allow it once she trusts you more. In my experience, it generally takes 6-18 months for an adult cat to settle into a new home.

    That said, sometimes you can ease into it.

    First, find some kind of suitable reward that your cat loves. For some cats that’s a specific treat, for other cats petting and affection will work. Sometimes, it’s worthwhile to establish a clicker training program.

    Once you have a good reward system established, then just take it slowly step by step and reward your cat at every step.

    If putting your hands in position to pick her up spooks her, try putting one hand in position. If she allows that, then give her the reward. Switch hands until she’s comfortable with either hand, then try both hands (again, rewarding her each time). Once she’s comfortable with both hands, don’t pick her up, just lift a small amount of weight off her paws and reward her for that. The goal is to take tiny, incremental steps that she’s comfortable with and give her lots of praise and rewards.

    Each training session should be short (10-15 minutes). This is a marathon, not a sprint.

    Once you’re able to pick her up, keep your hands soft and don’t restrain her. If she wants to leave, let her. You don’t want to wrestle with a cat to hold onto her, you want her to trust you enough to want to hang out with you. If she knows she can leave at any time, she will gradually learn to trust you more and not want to leave immediately.

    This article was co-authored by Brian Bourquin, DVM. Brian Bourquin, better known as “Dr. B” to his clients, is a Veterinarian and the Owner of Boston Veterinary Clinic, a pet health care and veterinary clinic with three locations, South End/Bay Village, the Seaport, and Brookline, Massachusetts. Boston Veterinary Clinic specializes in primary veterinary care, including wellness and preventative care, sick and emergency care, soft-tissue surgery, dentistry. The clinic also provides specialty services in behavior, nutrition, and alternative pain management therapies using acupuncture, and therapeutic laser treatments. Boston Veterinary Clinic is an AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association) accredited hospital and Boston’s first Fear Free Certified Clinic. Brian has over 19 years of veterinary experience and earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University.

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    Picking up a cat may sound easy but there is actually a right way to do it, so that the cat is comfortable and does not get injured. Make sure the cat feels safe and comfortable in your presence before you attempt to pick it up. Some cats need a more “delicate” approach than others, especially cats that are frightened of humans or ones with medical conditions like arthritis. Once you have established a relationship with the cat, then it’s time to pick it up while supporting its body correctly.

    Why Do Cats Have Retractable Claws?

    Little kittens are balls of energy, stopping only when it’s time for a nap. However, there is one way to stop a rambunctious kitten in his tracks — grab his scruff. When held like this he’ll go instantly limp. It’s like hitting a kitty pause button.

    What Is the Scruff?

    Where his head connects to his neck, Kitty has a loose patch of skin called his scruff. When held by the scruff, he’ll become instantly submissive, thinking of whoever has hold of him as a dominant figure. Scruffing should be used sparingly; if you just want to hold your kitten for some cuddle time, pick him up by his middle with one hand and support his rear end with the other.

    Kitten Instinct

    His mom will use his scruff to carry him around. It is his instinct to go limp when his mother carries him. This allows for safe transportation. If kitten was crying or wiggling, it could injure him or his mom. His mother cat also grab may him by the scruff to get him to stop doing an undesirable behavior, like nipping or biting. This allows mommy to assert her dominance. She’ll often groom the kitten after scruffing to calm him down.

    Proper Scruffing

    Scruffing should not be used as a way to transport your kitten around the house, but can be used to reinforce dominance when training him. To scruff him properly, gently feel his neck for the loose skin on top. Firmly pinch the skin and kitten will go limp. You can ask Kitty’s vet to demonstrate for you. If Kitty squirms or yowls, release him immediately. This means you’ve hurt him and haven’t gotten the scruff. Once he’s a little bigger, you should never grab him by his scruff. While scruffing does assert dominance, and you’ve probably witnessed one cat bite another cat’s scruff, it isn’t a safe way to pick him up. His body weight won’t be supported and it could lead to pain or serious injury.

    Scruff Training

    Training your kitty is notoriously tricky. Scruff training mimics how his mother would train him. Reserve scruff training for only the most bothersome behaviors, like aggression towards people or other pets, or if he’s being destructive. Begin by scruffing kitty and pressing him firmly on the ground. Give him a firm “no” or loud hiss and release him. After letting go, pet him and tell him he’s a good kitty. This imitates how his mother grabs him, then comforts him with some grooming. Remember, firm is not the same as rough. You want to make sure you have a good grip while being calm and assertive, but don’t use too much force. This not only will scare Kitty, but could hurt him and cause him to avoid you altogether.

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    Do cats like being picked up

    Whether it is for petting, grooming, nail trims or veterinary exams, some cats become stressed when they are being handled and restrained. Your cat may demonstrate his dislike for the physical interaction by trying to wiggle or squirm out of your arms. He may meow or growl as you are holding him, and the most obvious sign your cat is displeased will be his tail flicking back and forth as you handle him.

    Your cat may not enjoy being held, or having the veterinarian examine him, but this is a necessary part of being a cat. It is our job to ensure he is trained to tolerate, if not enjoy, these experiences.

    How to:

    Start your first training session when your cat is relaxed. Invite him up on your lap and begin to pet him in long strokes down his body, scratch his ears, and allow him to rub his face in against your hand. Be sure to include other parts of his body such as his tail, legs, and stomach. Always use long strokes, and a soothing voice. Practice this step three to four times per day for thirty seconds. After your cat demonstrates he is comfortable with having his body petted you are ready to move to the next step.

    Pick up your cat and place him in your lap. Have your hands around his shoulders while he sits in your lap for five to ten seconds. Offer him a special treat and allow him to jump back on the floor. If your cat is comfortable with this step and can sit in your lap for brief periods, begin picking up his foot, letting go of the foot and offering him a treat. Repeat this step as you touch his mouth/treat, touch his tail/treat, rub his belly/treat. You want to work in small increments several times per day to increase his tolerance for sitting patiently in your lap as well as having different parts of his body handled. The goal is to keep him within his threshold for tolerating the handling. Do not try to do too much, too soon where he is overwhelmed and attempts to get away.

    Incorporate these handling exercises into playtime with your cat. Encourage him to chase one of his toys on a string for several seconds. Take a brief pause, handle his feet and begin playing again. The goal is always touch/treat, or touch/play as we build our cat’s tolerance level for handling and restraint. If you find yourself in a situation where you cat is becoming stressed, take a break and resume at a later time.

    Practice makes perfect here, so when your cat is comfortable with you holding him, begin to invite others to practice the same steps. Before you know it, your cat will be able to tolerate being held even at the vet’s office.

    Do cats like being picked up

    If you’ve got a feline friend in the house odds are you’ve attempted to pick her up at least a few times in your life. You might have one of those cats that absolutely loves it, my cat Lexi doesn’t seem to mind it one bit. You can rock her like a baby and lip her upside down and she just rolls with it. When she wants down she’ll let you know by starting to push against you, but for the most part she’s pretty accepting.

    On the other hand you might have a cat like my cat Beast as well. She tenses up immediately the second your hand hovers over her neck for more than a second and will bolt if possible. Even though I use the vet recommended method of sliding one hand under her chest and one under her hind to hold her up she still is wound up like a spring the entire time you hold her. You can tell she is not happy about the situation and wants out as soon as possible.

    So why is that Lexi loves being picked up and Beast is absolutely horrified of it? Why do some cats not like to be held? Let’s look at a few potential reasons why this might happen and then point you to some resources to try to change this behavior.

    You Don’t Know What They Know

    Lexi and Beast are both adopted and both were several years old when adopted. Unfortunately the shelters really didn’t know much about them so they didn’t have anything to share other than Beast came from a hoarding situation and was mostly locked in a room on her own her entire first two years of her life. Beast is a little socially awkward if you can imagine, but she’s a total sweetheart! If you’ve adopted a cat you’ve probably heard similar stories or even far worse ones, but unfortunately without know the whole past of your cat it is difficult to determine if it was some experience that caused this or if it is just their personality.

    That being said, one of the most likely reasons your cat doesn’t like being picked up is that she may have had a negative experience while being held in the past. Perhaps she was dropped as a kitten a few times, or someone pulled on her ears and her tail, who really knows? All it takes is one nasty experience to make it a very uncomfortable experience for them.

    On the same token it could come from an experience we might not register as traumatic as humans, but your cat might. Key examples are visits to the vet and the groomer. Your cat is typically restrained in these situations and often has a negative experience (you probably didn’t like a thermometer up your butt as a kid either). It is pretty easy to see how a cat might start to see being picked up for one of these activities and being picked up in general as negative things.

    Do cats like being picked upIt is simply scary for your cat

    You’ve probably never seen a cat pick another cat up if both cats are adults. The only time you see this happen is with a mother moving her kittens from place to place and the kittens biologically know to go limp when mom picks them up.

    Adult cats on the other hand tend to very slowly approach one another and if they are both friendly you might see some sniffing at an initial introduction. We humans on the other hand are not only much much larger than our feline friends (even you Maine Coon owners) but we often go straight to picking them up.

    Imagine yourself in a situation where someone 10 or more times your size showed up and simply picked you up and rubbed the hair on your head when they ran across you. You might freak out too! They could easily crush you on accident or on purpose if they had any inclination.

    A potential sickness or injury is afoot!

    If your cat used to like being picked up but bolts every time you attempt to get near her then two things are possible. We’ve already discussed a bad experience, but if you can rule that out then your cat might be sick or have an injury.

    At this point it is probably worth setting some time aside with your vet to check for injuries or medical conditions that could be causing pain when you pick your cat up. Even after the condition is treated it’s possible that your cat will still avoid being picked up because they might associate the feeling with the pain they experienced in the past.

    Do cats like being picked upNowhere to Run

    Similar to my article regarding cat carriers and why cats often don’t like them, being picked up is a form of being restrained. Even if it isn’t true every time a cat is picked up, cats don’t have a hard time drawing the conclusion that restraint means the humans are going to do something I don’t like: clip my nails, bathe me, take my temperature, stick me in the carrier, etc.

    Knowing How to Pick a Cat Up

    If you’re not sure how to pick a cat up then you should definitely learn the appropriate way. You should not be scruffing your cat, it is far too easy to permanently injure your cat if you’re not properly trained on how to do this. Instead you should focus on the standard two point pick up method. Check out this video below from VetStreet to ensure you’re pick up your cat in a safe manner!

    Wrapping It Up:

    At the end of the day, answering the question why do some cats not like to be held up is pretty tough unless you’ve known your cat since they were a kitten. Even then it might not be easy to identify the specific reason as it could be their personality or it could be driven by some experience they had when you weren’t home. Your cat might also simply be scared of being picked up because of your size or because they know being picked up sometimes results in a trip to the vet or the groomer.

    This article isn’t aimed at modifying this particular behavior and I would encourage you to simply respect your cat’s preferences as much as you can. I know we all get the desire to pick our cats up from time to time and just can’t resist. If you are interested in getting your cat to enjoy being picked up you can check out this article, but my experience has been mixed with it being effective.

    A cat’s meow can hold several secrets in it, and identifying them becomes difficult for new cat owners. While cats love the affection of their owners, many of the owners get concerned about their cats getting uncomfortable and meowing when they hold them. It happens to many, making them think, ‘’why does my cat meow when I pick her up or pet her?’’

    The most common reason is sickness or pain, which causes discomfort when you pick the cat and results in a change of behavior. Sometimes, cats meow when they’ve missed you while being away. Also, they meow to show their discomfort because you’re not holding them the right way.

    As there are several reasons associated with a cat’s meow when you pick it up or pet it, let’s discuss everything in detail.

    Why Does My Cat Meow When I Pick Her Up?

    As several reasons are associated with this behavior, we will discuss all of them to help you determine the cause behind your cat’s meow when you hold it or even simply pet it.

    1. Pain or sickness

    When cats are in pain or ill, we often notice a drastic change in their behavior. They become not only lazy and try to hide but also become uncomfortable and touchy.

    So, meowing loudly than usual when being picked up can be a sign of an underlying medical issue or an injury. Sometimes, this meow is also followed by hissing and growling.

    A sudden change in your cat’s meow will surely be an indication of an underlying medical issue or injury.

    Although cats can tolerate pain to a much greater extent, meowing due to sickness can indicate that your cat has a severe health issue, and neglecting it may risk your furry friend’s life. As illness can make them uncomfortable, they won’t like anyone’s attention, and the owners picking them up might piss them off. Consult with a vet if you suspect your cat is in pain.

    2. You’re not bonded well

    What happens when you meet a pet for the first time?

    Well, if it’s a dog, it will definitely get afraid and bite you. In the case of cats, you can expect a meow. So, if you recently bought a new cat in your house and it meows as soon as you pick her up, it may be because both of you aren’t familiar and the cat is afraid to come into your hands.

    The cat will feel frightened when you try to hold it or pet it, and it may meow to show discomfort. If that’s the case with you, it’s better to give it time to bond with you. Once done, it will no longer meow in your hands.

    3. You’re not holding it the right way

    As cats are fragile with soft bones, picking them the wrong way will make them uncomfortable. That is often the most common reason behind a cat’s meow when being picked up.

    Children and new owners don’t know how to make a cat comfortable while holding it. Holding the cat too tight may suffocate it or even break the bones. As you’re making your cat suffer this way, it will look at you as an enemy rather than a friend, which will become a barrier between your bonding.

    If you’re not used to picking up cats in your hands, a better idea is to learn it and be gentle when holding it.

    4. Stress or anxiety

    Like humans, cats can get stressed out, either by the introduction of a new pet in the family or due to separation anxiety.

    They will also look gloomy in this state and express short meows whenever you pick them up or try to show them affection. Some medical illnesses are also a sign of stress, linked to meowing on being picked up.

    5. Your cat enjoys it

    Sometimes, the meowing of a cat is nothing to get worried about!

    Cats love their owner’s attention, and meowing whenever you pick them up often means that they’re enjoying your company. In such a case, this meow is to express their joy.

    You might also notice your cat meowing when you pick her up after getting home from work or being away for days. So, it’s nothing to worry about!

    6. Your cat is busy

    Imagine that you have something very important to do, but on your way there somebody stops you and tries to distract you from what you were doing. You wouldn’t like it much I bet. Your cat feels exactly the same way when it wanted to do something important, like to smell other cats or catch a butterfly, but here you are lifting it and holding it. Your cat might just want to carry on doing its business. It will come hug when all the cat errands are tended to.

    7. Your cat is in heat

    Cats in heat tend to behave differently from how they usually do, so there is nothing to worry about. Your cat has different things in mind rather than spending time with you. Once this period is over, your cat’s behavior will get back to normal.

    8. Unpleasant Scent

    Have you used any perfume today? Or maybe got a new body spray or hand creme? While humans typically like when fellow humans smell nice, your cat might just be not that much into it. They have a much better sense of smell, and something might be irritating them causing them to meow when you are in close contact with them.

    9. Independent Cat

    Remember that cats are not dogs, they have a different temperament, usually a pretty independent one. Some cats simply don’t enjoy it when you try to pet them when they didn’t ask for it. The same goes for picking them up. There is a chance your cat doesn’t appreciate the intrusion of her privacy, and she will show it by meowing.

    I had a cat like that. She was not to be touched under any circumstances unless she is the one that comes up to you and asks for attention. Take some time to learn your cat’s personality, maybe your cat is just like mine.

    Is This Behavior Normal?

    Whether this behavior is normal or not depends on the condition. If your cat suddenly starts meowing when being picked up and tries to get away, it is definitely a matter of concern. A longer and high-pitched meow often indicates a health issue and is not normal behavior.

    But, some cats have a habit of meowing when you pick them up. They do it out of love. So, short and low-pitched meows are normal in most cats.

    Final Words

    While some cats meow on picking them, and this behavior is normal, a sudden shift towards high-pitched meows can become worrisome. If you notice a change in your cat’s meow or it suddenly starts meowing on being picked up, it’s time for a visit to the vet.

    But, you shouldn’t worry if your cat meows often to show its affection.

    My name is Katie, and I have had different pets at home for as long as I can remember. While I can definitely say I love all animals in general, my heart belongs to cats and dogs. I know you are supposed to choose one or the other, but I could never really decide. I’ve also owned hamsters and fish when I was a kid, and they filled my childhood with very delightful memories.

    Question: Kitten Doesn’t Like Being Picked Up?

    I recently rescued a beautiful black kitten. He’s a little shy, but getting better. However he will not let anyone pick him up. What can we do as this will make it difficult for vet visits, etc.?

    Answers

    Talk to your vet. My friend just went through this and her vet suggested a very mild sedative administered orally 1/2 to 3/4 hour before the vet visit. The tech would then hold Kitty in a soft towel during the exam and all was good. Kitty has had several successful visits with this method. As she gets older, you could try it without the meds and see if she outgrew the fear. Good luck.

    I had this problem with feral cat. A lot of cats just do not like to be picked up. I am not sure why but it is very common. What worked for me was to just pick the kitten up and hold him and love on him. I would hold him until he started to squirm (about 10 seconds to start).

    some cats will never like close contact or being picked up, but the fact that he is getting better at it means that he will most likely improve, especially as his confidence and security improves.

    you can train a cat to like certain people better, and all people generally, by having them feed the cat. Ifyour cat is really skittish you can provide food while the person you want the cat to like stands behind a screen door where the cat wont necesarily see the person but will smell the person and then come to associate good things (IE food) with that person

    you can have every time a stranger comes into the house offer a treat so the cat can begin to associate good things (IE food) with people in general

    you should also put up shelving or tall furniture – cats love being higher than everyone, which maeks them more confident and less skittish.

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    Question: Kittens Do Not Like to Be Picked Up?

    I have two seal point Siamese boys. I picked them up from a breeder at 8 weeks old. I tried picking them up right from the start, but was received with hissing and cowering. Now at 12 weeks old I can only pet them while they’re eating or while I’m playing with them with one of their toys.

    Cats are finicky creatures. Most of the time they’re cute, sleepy, and playful. But other times, they’re on the hunt and make it quite obvious that they do not want to be messed with.

    Although we may think it’s cute to play with our cats and pick them up every chance we get, there are some things that we just love doing with them (and to them!) that they just don’t enjoy.

    Here are seven things you might be doing that your cat secretly hates.

    Your cat secretly hates being held like a baby.

    Some cats like to lay in your lap, or to be picked up and cuddled when you come home from work, but one thing cats hate is to be held like a baby.

    Being picked up makes cats feel insecure and eager to return to the floor, according to Healthy Pets. When they’re held like a baby, it makes matters even worse than when they’re held with good support. While it might be cute, it’s really not their favorite thing.

    If you’re not willing to give it up, at least only hold them up for a few seconds, rather than a lengthier period of time that will likely make them even more stressed.

    Your cat secretly hates having their picture taken constantly.

    You might like to take photos of your cat , but what you might not realize is that your cat might now want your phone in their face 24/7. The camera’s flash can be jarring for them. Too, it’s particularly cruel to lure them with a toy or treat, get the photo you want, and then leave them be.

    Reader’s Digest suggests that ” a little play time is the least we can do” in return for their photo-op participation.

    Your cat secretly hates eye contact.

    Cats communicate with their eyes. For them, eye contact is a means of establishing dominance ; if you avert your eyes first, your cat will think they’ve got the power, but if you keep eye contact for too long, it’s seen as aggressive behavior and they may prepare to pounce or “ hunt ” you, according to Feline Forever.

    If they blink or wink, it’s a sign good sign — a sign of affection, indicating that they do not feel threatened .

    Your cat secretly hates when you meow at them.

    Cats meow solely to communicate with humans, not with each other, but they don’t expect us to do it back. According to National Geographic, cats “ vocalize to get our attention .” Whether it’s a need for food, water, fresh litter, to play, or even for cuddles, there’s a variety of meows they’ll use just to get our attention.

    According to Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and the SPCA, when we meow back and forth with our cats, “ It’s really just a bonding experience. ” He goes on to say that while it’s typically a positive interaction, they don’t know the specifics of what we may be asking of them, or what we’re trying to relay to them.

    Your cat not-so-secretly hates when you dress them up.

    If the squirming and fighting back against you as you try to put them in clothing didn’t give it away, this statement will: most cats don’t like to play dress up.

    According to Wide Open Pets , cats don’t like having something against their fur , mostly because they don’t need it, but also because it’s uncomfortable and restrictive . If your cat doesn’t mind being put in sweaters and hats, or you simply must dress them up for some reason, be sure that they can still move around comfortably and use the bathroom.

    To be safe, skip trying to put your cat in cute little outfits because they secretly hates it.

    Published: Jul 20, 2017 · Modified: Mar 7, 2022 by Jenny

    Do cats like being picked up

    Why Ragdoll Cats Go Limp

    Every now and then on Ragdoll cat forums a concerned new owner of a Ragdoll kitten writes in with a question—“What if my Ragdoll kitten does NOT go limp when I pick them up?” This might be followed by a description of how the kitten is otherwise fine, but the owner is unsure what to think because, after all, Ragdolls are known as the “floppy” cats for a reason.

    This is where stereotypes of certain breeds can be a bit oversold. The reality is that not all Ragdolls are equally floppy. Some do not flop at all, some will go limp the entire time you are holding them, and others only exhibit that floppiness when they are sleeping or doing some other activity that doesn’t involve humans.

    That said, they’ve earned their name for a reason. They were originally bred for the quality of going limp in someone’s arms when they are picked up—just like a cloth doll. Even if this particular trait might not be true for every Ragdoll, it does speak to their general personality. Ragdolls tend to be very friendly and particularly affectionate towards their owners, which makes a Ragdoll a great pet for a family.

    Here are a few basic facts that you can count on with most Ragdolls:

    What is the Ragdoll cat size and appearance?

    A fully-grown female Ragdoll cat (usually between three and four years old) can weigh between 10-15 lbs. A fully grown male can weigh between 15-20 lbs. Ragdoll colors include seal, chocolate, lilac, blue, and cream, and they can come in a variety of patterns, including mitted, bi-color, and solid pointed. They are also known for their semi-long, silky coats, as well as their bright blue eyes.

    What is the Ragdoll cat personality?

    As stated above, Ragdolls tend to be a particularly friendly breed. They are docile and social, and often love to follow their owners around the house. They do well as an indoor breed, since they are so docile that some do not know how to defend themselves outdoors.

    Where can I find a Ragdoll cat for sale?

    You can get a ragdoll cat through a breeder, a rescue organization, or through some websites such as Craigslist or Petfinder. Try to visit a place before adopting a cat from them, and be sure to vet a breeder or cattery ahead of time to find out more about their conditions.

    There are quite a few myths out there about Ragdoll cats—that Ragdoll cats are hypoallergenic, that they don’t feel pain, that they aren’t intelligent. As with any breed, it’s good to take these blanket statements with a grain of salt—some are only half-truths, some are outright myths, and most often it just comes down to the personalities of individual cats. If you do want your cat to be more relaxed in your arms, consider training him or her using treats or playtime rewards until they are inclined to stay in your arms for longer. But again, this depends on their individual personalities, so you might have to just wait and see how they develop.

    For more Ragdoll owner insights on the floppy nature of Ragdolls, check out our post “Ragdoll Cats or the Floppy Cat: Are All Ragdoll Cats Floppy?”.

    Does your Ragdoll cat go limp when you pick them up? Were they always like that? Do they go limp in other situations? Share here!

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    Mary Campagna Findley

    February 04, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    I’d like to post a picture of Leo Tolstoy, our 4 month old Russian blue mix whom we adopted a month or so ago from a feral colony. He has no resemblance to a Ragdoll except that he goes soft and cuddly when turned on his back.

    February 06, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    you’re welcome to do so on our Facebook page – but I’m the only one who can post photos to the site (for security reasons)

    Suzanna Alex Naylor

    June 23, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    We adopted two brother kittens, one was short haired, the other long, and from the beginning, they were best friends.. and one was much more interested in us humans.. the fluffier one.
    After researching ragdoll behavior, and by his Bengal / tabby coloured coat, I am certain we are the lucky owners of a ragdoll cross, as Jim is the limpest cat weve ever had when he is picked up, and behaves as if he is ion love with all the family. He is very vocal, and a major flirt.

    July 20, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Well, since my Charlie does not like to be picked up, he of course, does not go limp when I pick him up. But I do consider him “floppy” because he “flops” down on the floor often near me and lays on his back with back feet up in the air and front ones turned under. I think it is an attention grabber because he will do it right at my feet or in front of my husband and I in front of the television while we are watching it. I call it doing the “Flop”! I love it cause he looks so cute!

    July 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    July 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Great post, Jenny! Thank you so much for clarifying the whole “limp” topic. Miss PSB has never gone fully limp in our arms (and we used to think we had the only Ragdoll in the world that didn’t act like a Ragdoll when we picked her up. but it didn’t bother us cuz we lurve her so much!). She’s certainly relaxed and calm when we pick her up now. Of course, as a younger kitty she would get so impatient being held unless you were showing her something up high on the wall where she normally can’t reach. She would wiggle and squirm to be let down almost immediately in those days. Now, at almost 5 years old, she’s very content to be picked up and held and walked around and danced with and cuddled with. It’s because she totally trusts us and her laid back adult purrsonality is here. 🙂

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    Do cats like being picked up

    Cats and humans have many things in common. For instance, we both love to express affection through touch. But cats, unlike humans, have more touch receptors on their skin, thus are more sensitive. They are also independent and remarkably particular about when to be pet, where to be pet, and how many times they like to be pet. One could say they have different moods, and they will let you pet them as the mood dictates. It is one of those things that make cats a favorite for many.

    If you are planning to adopt a kitten from a rescue home, we can help you to learn how to tell her mood, approach her in the right way, and ask for consent. We’ll also help you learn how to read cats’ body language so you can tell when to pick her up, or if she would like to be pet.

    Do cats like being picked up

    Understanding her body language

    Since we cannot speak ‘cat’, the parent should know what to look out for, understand what it could mean, and respond correctly to the body language.

    Many people are familiar with the startled cat look thanks to Tom and Jerry. But cats have many other gestures which they use to communicate to their species and beyond.

    Catvills explain that some gestures are subtle, like a slight movement of their whiskers, or turning away her head. Others are obvious, like when she rubs her entire back against you, or the startled cat look. Either way, by understanding her body language, you stand a better chance of knowing when to pet her or pick her up.

    Her genes and upbringing matter

    Breeds such as the Bengal cats just don’t like being picked up . But they love playing and would cuddle up next to you after a tiring session. Other cats, especially kittens from rescue homes, don’t like being pet or being picked up because they may have mental trauma from their previous parents. Rescue centers often take cats from bad caregivers. It’s not a surprise that such cats associate being pet with bad experiences.

    If you have a Bengal, or your cat associates petting with bad experiences, her body language will let you know. So you must start by seeking consent.

    Seeking consent is an art

    Cats are sophisticated and very particular. If you want to pet her, it has to be under her terms. She should be in the mood, and you must wait until she gives you a nod.

    To ask for consent, slowly extend the back of your hand towards her while facing away. As the hand approaches her face and neck, look out for the following gestures that say “No,” or “I don’t feel like being pet!”

    • A yawn
    • Turning her head away in a disinterested manner.
    • Licking her lips and turning her attention to something else.
    • If she starts to groom or do another activity ignoring your offer.

    However, you could proceed and gently begin to pet her if she shows these signs:

    • If she leans into the back of your hand.
    • If she gives you a “why?” look when you stop rubbing her neck.

    What if you want to pick her, change position, and continue petting her while she’s in your arms? Look for signs that it’s okay to pick her up.

    Do cats like being picked up

    Picking her up is up to her

    Like petting, the best time to pick up a cat is when she wants you to. Her body language will let you know if she’s in the mood. Look out for these gestures:

    • A cuddly rub.
    • Licking.
    • A playful tail.

    These signs tell you that she’s happy and wouldn’t mind being picked up. So you can go ahead.

    On the other hand, if you hear a disgruntled sound, or feel her squirm when she’s in your arms, let her go. If she’s scared or in a tense mood, don’t pick her up. Cats are independent and still retain some of their wild instincts. Being picked up is not one of their favorite activities.

    Reading the signs wrong, and when to stop

    Sometimes she may give signs that seem to say it is okay to pet. But when you do it, it turns out that you were wrong. For example, when she playfully rolls on her back, showing that she trusts you, and you pet her tummy. She could lash out at you because many cats don’t like being rubbed on their tummies. But some seem to enjoy it. The key is knowing how to seek consent and doing it with finesse.

    Final thoughts

    Your cat will generally let you know when to stop petting, or when to put her down. She could walk away, or try to leap off from your arms. If she’s from a rescue home, she could take a little longer to learn that petting feels awesome. Don’t give up on her. Follow these steps and pet her briefly. Then give her a treat so that she associates petting with nice things.

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    I can hear you now, “My Ragdoll Cat is not affectionate!!”

    You didn’t get a Ragdoll Cat so that it would sit on the other side of the room and stare at you…? Am I right?

    I have had a number of ragdolls, and I would say they are generally more affectionate than most other breeds I have had, but they are still cats. And that means they do whatever the f*ck they want. (sorry, but it’s true)

    My Ragdolls and their “Affection” levels

    Just so you know where I am coming from I have two ragdolls. Grandma Cat who is 23 and Maya who is 13.

    Do cats like being picked up

    This is what they call cuddling. Especially grandma cat. She loves to be right next to me but not actually touching. Unless she is picking my skin or he’d butting me.

    Maya will actually get a little closer but neither of them are really “lap cats”. They don’t mind being picked up but are less inclined to actually cuddle.

    That being said Maya will always follow me to the bathroom and grandma cat sleeps by my pillow at night.

    Maya will also generally join me for any conversation I’m having with someone in the foyer and likes to interrupt my work.

    Do cats like being picked up

    How do I teach them to be more affectionate?

    There are a couple of things you can do to help bridge the trust gap between you and your cat.

    • Be really affectionate during feeding times. Help them see you are trustworthy.
      • It is important that during happy times that you associate touch and petting. Contrary to popular belief cats are trainable and if you spend the time with them you can adjust behaviour.
    • Use catnip. Yup, it works.
    • Use treats. This gets them to engage with you and continue to trust you.

    Let’s talk about your environment

    Cats are very aware of what is going on around them and they will behave based on their environment. They especially don’t like change, and will often display various naughty behaviours when things change too much. Consistency is the best thing, and it is the same with the affection that you give them. Sometimes you need to initiate.

    Try to keep everything consistent, time of their meals, place of their meals, place of their litter, and condition of their litter.

    One of the other things that I have found that really works is to figure out what treats they like and then interact with them around the treat. Maya, my 13-year-old loves cheese. Strangely enough, she loves shoestring cheese them most. I can’t even get it out of the fridge without her yelling at me for some. So I use that to get her attention and then cuddle her. She is usually a lot more receptive to that.

    Always offering good food, clean water, fun toys to play with and a litterbox that is cleaned regularly. Again consistency and a happy environment will help your cat.

    It might seem to be counter-intuitive but spending more time engaging with your cat will start to break down any barriers that might be there.

    You also don’t want to force it. It just may take some time.

    Cats Really do have a Mind of their Own.

    All of that said it is best if you remember that a cat is a cat and they are notorious for just doing whatever they want.

    It’s always funny to me how cats will also seek out the person in the room that wants to cuddle the least and cuddle with them. Ha.

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    Can cats sense danger

    Our cats have some pretty amazing qualities. Their reflexes are astounding, their senses—excluding vision—are far superior to our own, and it seems that there’s a strange sixth sense that cats seem to possess that we sometimes cannot explain. While dogs and other animals sometimes seem to have superpowers in which we cannot fully comprehend, our feline friends are probably most profound in their ability to sense things in which we can’t. Here’s my list of five incredible things that cats can sense.

    Cats can sense bad weather—and even natural disasters!

    Your cat’s whiskers are their twitchy mood receptors on either side of their face. They have the ability to detect even the slightest of movements with ease. So, how is it that cats seem to predict bad weather? Well, I’d bargain that a lot of it has to do with the changes in air pressure that they can sense. It’s also been predicted that your cat’s ears can sense the changes in atmospheric pressure as well, or that they can even smell the changes in the air.

    Can cats sense danger

    Cats can sense who need them most.

    I’ve always personally believed that cats have a strange gift for knowing the people who need them most in life. I adopted my cat Tom when I was at a very low point in my life, dealing with the impending diagnosis for my son who is nonverbal and autistic. Tom was once a street cat that had been trapped and sat waiting to be adopted, consistently passed over for his skittish nature. The two of us have a bond like I have never had with a cat, as he knows when I need him most.

    Many cats are this same way for their owners, too. And there are many times in which cats have simply showed up and chosen their humans. Call it fate or destiny or whatever you’d like, but I believe that cats have a sixth sense for knowing who needs them most in life—and making themselves a part of that person’s life for good.

    Can cats sense danger

    Cats can sense things like death, spirits, and ghosts.

    This one might be a hot topic for those who like to argue that spirits and ghosts are not real. And that’s fine. But I know for a fact that cats can sense impending death, because a cat in Rhode Island named Oscar had an entire book written about the incredible acts he did.

    Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat details one ordinary cat who possessed a truly extraordinary capability: the ability to know when a person at the nursing home in which he lived was set to make their passage to the other side. And it’s not like Oscar just did this once or twice. He did it over 50 times. And just as cats have been recorded as predicting death, some have forecasted new life, too, by predicting pregnancy.

    Cats can sense danger

    There have been many stories of dogs saving the day—but cats have certainly served as heroes, too. Joey, a cat in Canada, woke up out of nowhere and alerted his family of a fire in the kitchen. And another cat in South America even saved a baby from tumbling down a flight of stairs.

    My own cat Tom chased my then-two-year-old son down the driveway as he was running out to the street, preventing him from running in front of a moving vehicle as I chased after them. There are a great many stories of cats becoming heroes, and it just goes to show you that the love and loyalty of a cat is something that should never, ever be taken for granted. Because it serves as the very definition of “who rescued whom” in profound ways.

    Can cats sense danger

    Cats have detected cancer in humans.

    In defense of canines, there have been plenty of dogs who have miraculously informed their masters of cancer. And regardless of whether it’s a cat or a dog that has done this, it’s truly an incredible act in my opinion. I’ve read and heard many stories of pets alerting their owners that something could be seriously wrong with their health. My own mother-in-law had a giant brown tabby named Tigger when I first met her, which she credited for alerting of her cancer.

    Tigger started acting very strangely, a usually aloof cat that was more of a lingerer and not much for cuddling or kneading. Then, shortly before I had met her, she told me that he would jump up on her lap when she was on the sofa watching TV and begin pawing fiercely at her stomach.

    She didn’t know why he was doing this, as this sort of behavior was completely out of the norm for him. After he kept repeating the behavior day after day, she thought maybe she should go and get checked out because she was feeling tired out of the blue. Well, thankfully she did, because she was diagnosed with stage 2 colon cancer. And she was able to beat it with chemotherapy treatments since it was not further advanced. And not long after, Tigger crossed the Rainbow Bridge. But not after saving his human’s life first.

    Looking for an answer to the question: Can cats sense if something bad is going to happen? On this page, we have gathered for you the most accurate and comprehensive information that will fully answer the question: Can cats sense if something bad is going to happen?

    Cats can detect illness in fellow felines through scent and behavior. This suggests that cats may also be able to detect sickness in humans by utilizing the same techniques. As cats have a superior sense of smell, they can detect ill health in humans by picking up hormonal changes.

    According to BBC Earth, the short answer is yes , cats can sense our emotions by recognizing facial gestures, like smiling and frowning.

    We have all heard that both cats and dogs can smell fear . Is this myth or Reality? Actually, it is indeed a reality, especially considering that they are predators and must get their food to survive. When we are afraid of something we perspire and in general the sweat is cold.

    The short answer is yes, cats can sense death on people. Not all will react in a manner to alert others around them, however. They are not pack animals like dogs, so the sudden alarm to alert other “members” of sickness or death is not common with felines.

    Can cats sense your anxiety?

    Animals can be surprisingly aware of our emotions. Research has shown that dogs will comfort their humans when we are sad, and cats can pick up on our emotional gestures. According to new research from Nottingham Trent University, cats also notice when we’re stressed out or anxious, and can be less healthy as a result.

    Can cats sense things in humans?

    A cat’s sense of smell is the primary way he identifies people and objects. Cats have more than 200 million odor sensors in their noses; humans have just 5 million. Their sense of smell is 14 times better than that of humans.

    Can cats sense anxiety?

    Animals can be surprisingly aware of our emotions. Research has shown that dogs will comfort their humans when we are sad, and cats can pick up on our emotional gestures. According to new research from Nottingham Trent University, cats also notice when we’re stressed out or anxious, and can be less healthy as a result.

    What are Covid symptoms in cats?

    Pets sick with the virus that causes COVID-19 may have:Fever.Coughing.Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.Lethargy (unusual lack of energy or sluggishness)Sneezing.Runny nose.Eye discharge.Vomiting.

    Can animals sense when something is wrong?

    Their innate ability to sense when something is wrong has seen a pooch howl like a baby when someone in the family is about to pass. They can sense death and possibly even the electrical fields synonymous with ghost sightings. Dogs have been known to walk into a haunted house and begin playing with an unseen entity.

    How do cats act when you’re sick?

    The most common sign of illness in some cats is hiding in a quiet, out-of-the-way place. Sick cats often lie quietly in a hunched position. They might neglect grooming. They may be purring, which cats do not only when they’re happy, but also when they’re sick or in pain.

    Does my cat know Im menstruating?

    It turns out that both cats and dogs are able to detect menstruation by odor and hormonal levels. Of course, they don’t actually have any scientific concept of what’s happening in your uterus, but they do know that something is going on.

    What are the signs of stress in cats?

    Signs of stress in catsDiarrhoea.Vomiting.Large bald patches or sores on the coat caused by over grooming.Runny nose and eyes (e.g. cat ‘flu’)Symptoms get worse in cats with chronic health conditions or recovery from illness is slow (stress can affect a cat’s immune system and ability to fight disease)

    What can cats predict?

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    Can a cat sense death?

    There is no scientific evidence regarding the scent of people who are terminally ill, but a number of animal experts around the globe contend that a cats ability to sense impending death would most likely be the result of a specific smell being emitted by people on the verge of death.

    Why is my cat suddenly clingy?

    Some of our cats’ behaviors change so quickly sometimes, and they start exhibiting abnormal behaviors, such as being suddenly clingy, which confuse us. Cats tend to be clingy for several reasons such as medical conditions, age, stress, fear, anxiety, giving birth, or a change in their daily routine.

    Do cats know when you don’t feel good?

    The Olfactory World of Felines After all, they are predators. They detect their prey through the chemical signals they release because they have millions of olfactory cells helping them do so. It makes sense that cats could pick up on the different smells that you emit when you’re sick.

    Do cats know when something bad is going to happen?

    Like dogs, cats also have an uncanny ability to detect ailments and diseases as well. Cats also have an acute sense of smell and have the ability to sniff out a chemical change in the body caused by a disease. And both dogs and cats can also sense the change in mood, behavior and pattern that affect a daily routine.

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    Can cats sense dangerAnimal behavior can give you some serious clues about changes in the weather – and even about danger.

    Activity patterns shift in anticipation of coming storms, and the magnitude of the shifts can tell you something about what the animals are thinking about the length and severity of the weather. We all know that animal behavior changes with the seasons. Certain creatures hibernate and are absent through the winter, some creatures migrate, and these patterns can tell us a lot about the timing of seasonal changes. If the winter or spring is coming early, animals know it before meteorologists do, and they time their activities accordingly.

    But they also know about the smaller changes within the seasons, such as coming storms and unseasonal warm-ups. The key to recognizing changes in behavior, however, is to recognize the normal patterns, so you are going to have to get yourself out in the woods in order to learn the norms and note the changes. These things are hard to teach, and are best suited to experiential learning. You might have to force yourself to pick up a squirrel rifle from time to time and get out in the woods to hear what the wildlife wants to tell you.

    In general, watch migratory birds for clues to the timing of the seasons. If birds show up or leave early for the winter, hold on! If birds return early for spring, spring is coming early. Keeping a few bird feeders will allow you to more easily monitor this, and to track daily activity patterns for clues to more short-term weather trends. Watch the foraging patterns of squirrels and chipmunks for clues to both long- and short-term weather trends.

    Animals are also great indicators of approaching danger. The big thing to remember here is that, as far as the critters are concerned, you are an approaching danger. Remember all those movies where the point man raises his hand and then clenches his fist to get everyone behind him to stop? Immediately, some forest or jungle creature does something to let him know that the bad guys are crouched behind THAT bush in ambush? It seldom works that way in the real woods. The trouble is, all the critters in your immediate area are on alert for you. To get a good read on the critters around you, you are going to have to stop, stand still, and blend in until they forget you are there. This can take 10 or 15 minutes, and you will know it is working when the small animals and birds start moving and calling near you. It is amazing what you will hear and see with a bit of stillness and patience, and this is what you can use as a baseline for the “no danger woods. What you see and hear when you are on the move is a cautious or even frightened woods.

    Reading the woods is another skill that only comes through experience; better get that squirrel rifle out again. There are some rules of thumb however that can get you started:

    1. Crows, ravens, and blue jays are trouble-makers. These noisy birds love nothing better than to announce the coming of any creature that is trying to be stealthy. They also enjoy perching above any critter that is trying to hide, squawking their brains out. Jays have elevated this to an art-form, and they have messed up more than one hunt for me, but they have also told me when something was coming.

    2. Squirrels like to chatter and scold. Not all the time, but when they are feeling cocky. They can alert you to a hider, if you have been still long enough to know they aren’t scolding you.

    3. Any birds breaking cover and taking flight suddenly have probably been startled by something. Small game taking off on the run has probably been scared as well. Again, if you have been still and watching for some minutes before noticing something like this there is probably something other than you bothering the wildlife.

    4. Your domestic animals can give you clues to approaching dangers, as well. Dogs aren’t the only good watch dogs. My horses often let me know if something or someone is nearby, and they even let me know the direction of approach by squaring their whole body up to it and pointing their eyes directly at it. They aren’t noisy about it, but if you watch your horses they can tell you a lot. Turkeys and guineas are also great for alerting you to the presence of just about anything.

    If you learn the rhythms of the wildlife around you, they can tell you a lot. From the weather to the approach of a hit squad, the critters can clue you in if you take the time to learn their “language.” Get some bird feeders and then get yourself out in the woods, take the time to just sit quietly and pay attention, because if you don’t recognize normal animal behavior you won’t be able to recognize and interpret the changes.

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    Can cats sense danger

    Cats have natural instincts to stalk their prey, trace the smell of an unfamiliar object, and acknowledge their weaknesses so they can better prepare themselves from danger. Cats have great senses which help them scout out their surroundings, identify friend or foe and detect objects in a way that are far beyond what humans are capable of.

    Now we will put humans on a test against our opponents, cats, to see who have better senses. I am sure many of you already know the answer, but please read on :-).

    Hearing:

    Cats have incredible hearing skills. In fact, they can hear sounds that even dogs fail to hear. With 2 satellite dish shaped ears, cats’ range of hearing goes up to ultrasonic which is superbly high. Sound is measured by vibrations. The number of vibrations a sound produces per second is called Frequency with a unit measurement named hertz. Cats can hear 100,000 hertz as oppose to their canine counterpart that is receptive to a range from 35,000 to 40,000 hertz. Compare to cats, humans are totally out of their league with a paltry 20,000 hertz, trailing far behind.

    Smell:

    Cats have a fascinating sense of smell. They use their smell to sniff out the whereabouts of a mouse or food smidgens hidden underneath the fridge. Their nose is extremely sensitive to scents because there are approximately 200 million odor-sensitive cells in the nostrils which make cats an adept sniffer. With only 5 million odor-sensitive cells in humans, our ability to smell is pale in comparison. Cats do not only utilize their olfactory on locating food, but also use it as a medium to communicate. Cats have scent glands on the head and paws. Whenever they rub their head or paws against an object, it is as if they are leaving their business card for other felines to recognize and translate.

    Cats score another one.

    Touch:

    Whiskers are an important apparatus for cats to get around. Did you know that besides the whiskers grown on their face, cats have whiskers on the backs of their front legs as well? The whiskers aid them in navigating in narrow or shallow areas and tell them whether the area is big enough for their body to get through. The whiskers work as antenna, approximating the measurement of a tight opening, giving them an idea whether they can squeeze through it. This ability provides them good judgment before their curiosity carry them away. Certain cats have short whiskers or even born without any whiskers such as Sphynx. The absence of whiskers does not impede them from performing their normal tasks, but rather they are as agile and nimble as other cats that have long whiskers. Humans, on the other hand, are not equipped with such natural ability to recognize their surroundings in such cognizant fashion.

    Another point for cats.

    Taste:

    We all know that cats are persnickety about their food. Dogs on the other hand, would eat almost any treats you offer them. The reason that cats are fastidious eaters is because they only have 473 taste buds whereas humans have around 9,000 taste buds. This explains why cats rely so heavily on their smell when it comes to food.

    Humans finally break their 0, score 1.

    Sight:

    Cats have superior vision. They can see things in a panoramic view due to their ability to dilate their pupils. Their excellent peripheral vision helps them capture the movement of a mouse or a bird in a much wider range than humans. However, like the humans, cats have a blind spot too. It is situated 4 -5 inches in front of their face, so sometimes they may not see the toy that is placed right underneath their chin. However, their whiskers will come in handy in case like this.

    Final score goes to cats.

    Cats WIN.

    It is not surprising that cats beat us easily, with a score of 4 vs. 1. They are wonderful and intelligent animals plus cute to be around.

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    the Cat Behavior (Answer Book) by Arden Moore

    Why Does My Cat Massage Me With His Front Paws?

    When a cat senses severe weather approaching, she might react in several ways, from fleeing to a small, dark cubby to frantically grooming her face. Such behaviors may seem strange, but they’re been observed for centuries, since before 18th-century sailors looked to cats aboard their ships for weather predictions. Sailors once thought cats were causing storms through magic stored in their tails, but we now know that cats are able to perceive shifts in barometric pressure, also known as atmospheric or air pressure, before a storm hits.

    What Are Cats Sensing?

    For centuries, cats’ behavior preceding major storms was considered supernatural, but we now know cats are reacting to the shifts in air pressure that come with approaching storms. Storms form when warm and cool air systems collide, forcing warm and moist air upward and the cooler, less dense air closer to the ground. As the warm air rises, it starts to cool, which creates condensation that can turn to clouds and storms. Because cats are natural predators with senses that allow them to be finely tuned into their environment, they easily detect such shifts in pressure.

    Gimme Shelter

    Once a cat does detect an oncoming storm, her first instinct may be to flee or hide. This is a survival tactic, in which she tries to run to the safest place she can find. In lieu of making it out of her perceived danger zone, she might hide in an enclosed spot and ride out the storm. A mother cat may carry her kittens to safety before taking shelter herself.

    Make a Prediction

    While cats can’t actually make weather predictions, their ability to sense impending weather changes served as a tool by fisherman and sailors from the 1700s until the early 20th century. Unusual behavior from the ship’s resident cats — such as attempting to jump ship, repeatedly pawing at their faces or carrying their kittens off the ship before sailing — was interpreted by a ship’s crew as a warning, and the sailors would plan ahead accordingly, sometimes refusing to set sail at all.

    Wiping O’er His Whiskered Jaws

    Certain old folklore sayings contain references examples of feline behavior before a storm, with many of them reference a specific action: a cat running her paw across the side of her face and ears. From mentions in Sir John Melton’s 1620 tome ‘Astrologaster’ to a poem written by Charles Darwin’s father, Dr. Erasmus Darwin, titled “Signs of Foul Weather” which states “Puss on the hearth, with velvet paws, sits wiping o’er his whiskered jaws, anecdotal evidence of this behavior abounds. According to Allen Moller of the National Weather Service, the action of a cat wiping her paws repeatedly over her face could be an indication that the low atmospheric pressure and electromagnetic changes caused by storms are causing her discomfort. By running her paws over her face and across her ears, she could be trying to relieve some of that unpleasant feeling.

    Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

    Updated 10 October 2020 By Pawesome Cats 15 Comments

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    ‘But his voice has been heard on the roof

    When he was curled up by the fire.

    And he’s sometimes been heard by the fire

    When he was about on the roof’

    T.S.Eliot, ‘M. Mistoffelees’, from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, 1939

    You may have your very own Mr Mistoffelees, a cat who’s always finding new places to hide from you, but it can be worrying if he’s constantly pulling disappearing acts – especially if he’s hiding somewhere that could be dangerous.

    Can cats sense danger

    Why do Cats Hide?

    There are a number of reasons why cats like to hide, including:

    • Fear – It may be that a loud noise has frightened him, or there’s a bunch of people in the house that he doesn’t know. In that case, it’s natural for your cat to want to find somewhere safe and secure to cocoon himself in.
    • Comfort – As we all know, cats love to squeeze themselves into comfy little spots, because it keeps them warm and makes them feel secure. Your cat won’t realise that his igloo cat bed is good, but behind the washing machine or dryer is bad because you can’t find him; he’s just looking for the cosiest spot to curl up in and have a nap.
    • Illness – It’s natural for a cat to hide if he’s feeling ill. In the wild, any show of weakness could mean he goes from the hunter to the hunted, so if he’s sick he’s likely to want to hide away.
    • Natural instinct –Does your cat like to play ‘cat and mouse’? What better place to wait for his prey than somewhere hidden. If your cat has regular hiding places, be on the alert when you walk past with bare ankles.

    Can cats sense danger

    Dangerous Cat Hiding Places

    Hiding behind the sofa where he’s safe is one thing, but there are number of unsafe hiding places for cats in and around your home.

    Cars – under the car, under the hood or under the wheel arch, are very common and dangerous places for cats to hide. During winter especially, cats are known to sleep under car hoods for warmth. Next time you get behind the wheel, make a noise, bang on the hood or toot the horn to wake any cat sleeping around the car and give them chance to escape before starting the ignition.

    Can cats sense danger

    Household Appliances – inside your washing machine or dryer is another warm and tempting sleeping place for cats, so it’s best to leave the doors of appliances closed. If someone in your household puts clothes in without checking, and turns the appliance on, the consequences could be fatal.

    Furniture – the recess inside reclining chairs can also be very attractive to your cat, all dark and cosy, so again, make sure that you check he’s not in there before you sit down to relax or when you put the chair back in its full upright position.

    Can cats sense danger

    One of the best ways to ensure your cat doesn’t hide in dangerous places is to make sure there are plenty of safe and acceptable hiding places around your home – areas where your cat can escape to when he’s feeling scared, unwell or just wants some quiet time around from the hustle and bustle of a busy household.

    What are your cat’s favourite hiding places? Does your cat like to hide in dangerous places around the home?

    Most of us have five major senses, but the sixth one is rare. You have to open your mind and have more faith for you to receive information through your sixth sense.

    By Asmita S

    January 18, 2021

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    We all know of the five primary senses: vision, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. But, did you know that there was one more? Your sixth sense aka extrasensory perception aka intuition or gut instincts allows you to pick on things that are not received by the other senses. This is a gift as it can protect you from difficult situations, read people’s true intentions, and allow you to make decisions that are aligned to your true self.

    This sixth sense enables you to perceive things beyond what you can see, hear, taste, touch, or smell. For instance, you might enter a new place and you suddenly are filled with a sense of foreboding, which makes you backtrack. You may not know what made you stop in your tracks or why you chose to not go further, but getting away from that area “felt” right. You may later realize (and sometimes never know) that there was impending danger there, which your sixth sense picked. Here are some signs that your sixth sense is active.

    1. You can read people’s vibes instantly.

    Those with the sixth sense tend to have a high level of empathy for others and find it easy to read other people. Their empathy is so in tune that they can read how the other person, even a stranger, is feeling without seeing their facial expressions or knowing them well. One of the downsides of being able to gauge people’s feelings instantly is that it is tiring to hang out with those who have negative energy. You will be affected by their anger, frustration, or sadness since you feel everything intensely, as per Spiritual Unite.

    2. You can see or sense things without physical cues.

    You don’t need visual information to know certain things. For instance, if you lose your keys, you have a strange sense of where you can find it, and it usually turns out to be there. Or, it could be that you enter a space and are able to know what had happened there in the past and sometimes have a vague knowing of what is going to happen in the future, too. This ability to “see” people, places, and histories, without any physical or tangible cues suggests that you have a sixth sense, according to California Psychics.

    3. You are an empath.

    You are not just acutely aware of your own feelings and intuition, but you can easily tune into others’ emotions. Sometimes all it takes is for you to enter a room to pick on the energy and know who is feeling sad or down. While this makes you a very caring family member or friend, it can also leave you overwhelming. You know when someone is lying or hiding something. You can sense when someone is hiding their true feelings, and you read between the lines. Even if you are talking to someone over the phone or texting, and the person says everything is okay, you can pick their feelings, especially when something is amiss.

    4. Your instinct can sense danger or discomfort immediately.

    You have a very strong gut feeling when something is off. Sometimes you might feel it as a knot in your tummy. Or, you could feel restless and unwell. If you say yes to something that you should be saying no to, you feel it instantly in your gut.

    You can sense when a loved one is not okay, even if they are away physically. Much like how a new mom instinctively knows what her infant needs, you can sense your loved ones’ need or discomfort. You might suddenly remember someone after years and out of the blue, you get a call from them. All these suggest that you have a strong instinct that is beyond the logical brain.

    5. You know ahead how things will turn out.

    You often get a hunch about things and it is often more than a logical guess. You know how things will turn out, or who will win an event, or whether a venture will be successful. This is also why sometimes you feel a sense of dread or prefer to postpone things. This could also be why you feel fearless and reassured during a time when others around you are anxious or worried.

    6. You have a deep bond with animals and nature.

    You can sense the life source in everything. Whether it is a random bird in a park or a flower by your window sill, you connect with all living forms intuitively. Dogs, cats, and other pets take to you instantly. You have a way to comfort them and they feel at ease with you around. You also find a deep sense of calm amidst nature. The natural elements soothe you and feel most at home when surrounded by trees or by the sea or water body, or in the mountains.

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    They say your pet sometimes has a sixth sense about things we can’t see, like predators or other wildlife. Yes, the idea is sort of terrifying, but for one man on TikTok, the idea probably saved his life. It was all thanks to his cat, who noticed something strange out in the distance while they were outside together. And now some people in the comments section are praising the kitty for knowing when to play things safe.

    According to @kodiakthetravelcat, he was out on a walk with his cat Kodiak when something weird happened. “This is a little bit creepy,” the TikTok creator can be heard saying in the footage. “Kodi and I were just on a normal little walk when something really, really caught his attention in the woods. It’s very rare that he has this kind of attention that you cannot break him from what it is.” Watch what happens when the cat got totally spooked.

    It’s not clear what was out there, but some of the nearly 1.4 million viewers who watched the video had some ideas about what Kodi could’ve seen. “Maybe a hawk or mountain lion, bear. Cats have awesome eyesight,” @jessiezo suggested. “Mountain lions for sure, the fact that you didn’t hear or see anything helps boost this,” @kee420 added. “Prob mountain lion,” @amandaoffgrid agreed. “It’s rare they’ll let you see them… a black bear mighta just wandered out after you left.”

    And other people praised Kodiak for tipping his dad off that they needed to get out of there — ASAP. “Smart cat is keeping you safe,” @izzy_survives wrote. “I’m not sure, but the fact that he ran from it, is a good indication that y’all should’ve left,” @sweetz926 chimed in. And a third commenter dropped some knowledge that was actually pretty wise. “Ancient Egyptians said dogs protect us from the things we can see, cats protect us from the things we can’t,” @danniicorbitt explained.

    No one wants their house to smell like cat. I firmly believe you can live with cats and have a clean, healthy, good smelling home.

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    While diet and the litter box has the largest impact on the smell of your home, most people like to use some sort of air fresheners in their home.

    For cats that live their entire lives indoors, it is important to consider their air quality and toxins they are exposed to. The cleaners, products and air fresheners we use have a direct impact on the air they breath 24/7.

    Things to consider:

    • Many cats spend their entire lives indoors.
    • Cats spend most of their time on the ground which is where the toxins collect.
    • Cats are constantly grooming themselves and are ingesting toxics collected on their hair.
    • Cats’ sense of smell is about 14 times stronger than humans.
    • The small size of cats make the impact of toxins more harmful.

    I previously posted about DIY and pet safe cleaners I use in my home. Since then I have reconsidered the candles I had in my home.

    The Problem with Most Scented Candles and Scent Plug-ins

    Many candles use paraffin wax which produces highly toxic carcinogens when burned such as Limonene (citrus scent), Alpha-pinene (pine scent), Beta-pinene (pine scent), Ethanol, Acetone. They often also contain artificial scents when burned release additional chemicals. Sadly, the cheaper the candles the more dangerous the ingredients are.

    When candles are burned, they emit trace amounts of organic chemicals, including acetaldehyde, formaldehyde, acrolein, and naphthalene (Lau et al., 1997)

    One study showed worst-case scenario concentrations of acrolein, formaldehyde, and acetaldehyde from candle emissions exceeding EPA-recommended thresholds.

    I absolutely love the ambiance of candles so the idea of never burning a candle again is sad for me too. If you want to use candles consider the following:

    • Do not use in a small confined room
    • Open a window to allow fresh air
    • Use high quality candles
    • Use for short periods of time

    Safer Alternatives:

    • Open the windows and get fresh air everyday
    • House plants can help purify the air
    • Use an essential-oil diffuser using cat-safe essential oils
    • High quality beeswax candles
    • Electric candles can give the same ambiance without the risks.

    It should go without saying, but if you do light candle, always make sure they are out of your cats’ reach. It is way to easy for cats to get too close and burn some whiskers, tail or worse!

    What do you use to help your home smell good? Let me know in the comments!

    In July 2007, a fascinating story emerged in the New England Journal of Medicine about a cat that could “predict” the deaths of patients in a nursing home several hours before they died. Oscar, a cat adopted by the staff of the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, R.I., has at least 25 successful predictions, in which patients died hours after the cat sat down by their beds. After the nursing home’s staff caught on to Oscar’s ability, they began alerting families whenever the cat took up his post next to a patient. Most families tolerate or even welcome his presence, though Oscar becomes upset if forced out of the room of a dying patient, meowing outside the door.

    Oscar’s actions appear deliberate. He regularly wanders around the home’s unit for patients with advanced dementia. He sniffs and watches a patient before sitting down with her. Oscar then purrs while sitting with the patient and usually leaves soon after she dies.

    How does Oscar do it? Is it a “sixth sense,” a unique scent he smells or something else? Animal experts have put forth a variety of explanations, though most agree that it likely has to do with a specific smell produced by dying patients. That is, people who are dying emit certain chemicals that aren’t detectable by other humans but that may pique Oscar’s heightened sense of smell. An expert on felines said that cats can sense sickness in their human and animal friends [Source: BBC News]. Jacqueline Pritchard, a British animal expert, told BBC News that she was certain that Oscar was sensing vital organs shutting down [Source: BBC News].

    As for why he keeps vigil next to patients, Oscar may be mimicking the behavior of staff who spend time with dying patients. One animal expert suggested that it may be as simple as Oscar enjoying the comfort of heated blankets placed on dying patients [Source: NPR].

    Stories of animals with startling abilities aren’t rare. Tales have long existed of dogs detecting various types of cancer with their sense of smell. A study later proved that dogs could sense evidence of bladder cancer by smelling it in urine. Some people who suffer from serious epilepsy use specially trained dogs provided by charities. These dogs warn their owners of impending seizures by licking or some other signal. One woman said that her dog regularly gives her a 40-minute warning, allowing her to get to a safe place so as not to worry about the seizures putting her in danger [Source: BBC News].

    The seizure-sensing dogs look for subtle smells and changes in features of their owners (such as dilated pupils). Their training, which takes at least a year, teaches them to warn their owners. While we’re used to hearing about dogs learning to help the blind or search out injured people, Oscar’s case is more puzzling. Cats, unlike dogs or even elephants, aren’t associated with altruistic, empathic behavior. Scientists believe that dogs can sense disease in others because of their evolutionary origin as wolves, who needed to be able to detect when someone in the pack was hurt or sick.

    We’ve found some rational explanations for Oscar’s actions and those of seizure-sensing dogs — subtle smells, dilated pupils, learned behaviors — but what about other strange animal behavior? Can some animals really sense earthquakes or feel compassion? On the next page, we’ll delve into the world of ethology.

    Ethology and Strange Animal Behavior

    Ethology is the study of animal behavior, based in zoology. Ethologists study the evolutionary basis and development of animals’ innate behaviors, like a spider knowing how to make a web without learning from a parent. They also study forms of communication (physical, chemical, visual) and social interactions between animals. Human ethology research looks at the evolutionary origins of human behavior and also compares behaviors across cultures. Other studies of animal behavior are based in psychology, focusing on things like learned behavior and teaching behaviors to animals and applying the results to humans.

    One common question about animals that can be considered through the lens of ethology is whether animals have special sensing abilities. For thousands of years, stories have spread about animals sensing earthquakes. Just before the 2004 tsunami that ravaged parts of southern Asia, many animals exhibited strange behavior or ran (or flew) to higher ground. By some accounts, rescue workers found a surprisingly low number of dead animals, though there were areas where many dead animals, particularly cattle, were discovered.

    Is this another case of a special “sixth sense” or supernatural ability? Some scientists propose that sophisticated hearing and the ability to detect subtle vibrations allow animals to sense earthquakes. Some also suggest that animals detect changes in the air or in electromagnetic fields. In any case, it’s likely not a mysterious sense but rather one or two senses — such as hearing and smell — that are so highly refined that animals can hear an earthquake or smell gases released by that earthquake. Alan Rabinowitz, of the Wildlife Conservation Society, claims that humans once had this ability but lost it through evolution [Source: National Geographic]. (CBS’ “60 Minutes” produced a remarkable story explaining how the seafaring Moken people used their close connection to the ocean to detect the tsunami before it happened.)

    It’s very difficult for scientists to pin down exactly what causes animals to flee or panic before an earthquake. Numerous such stories exist, but a reliable testing method does not. After all, animals respond to many stimuli, some of which are difficult to trace. Critics also say that people remember their pets’ acting differently only because an earthquake happened, and that pets often exhibit strange behaviors with no subsequent earthquake or disaster. But the theory of animals’ sensing earthquakes has gained enough ground that scientists around the world have attempted to test it, with mixed results.

    Not only do some animals have highly refined senses, but many experience sophisticated emotions as well. Frans B.M. de Waal, a noted primatologist at Emory University, says that a variety of animals — not just cats or dogs, but even rats — feel empathy and other emotions [Source: Scientific American]. In one study, scientists injected mice with a chemical that gave them slight stomach aches. The natural behavioral response is stretching, and injected mice stretched more when placed next to injected mice than they did when placed next to non-injected mice. Male mice also showed less of a response around males that they didn’t know. In other words, not only do mice show a response to the pain of others, but it matters who the other mouse is. University of Chicago neurobiologist Peggy Mason called this “a significant step toward human-like social feeling” [Source: Scientific American].

    For more information about animals predicting death, ethology and related topics, please check out the links on the next page.

    Can cats sense danger

    Every once in a while, you may hear a news story about a heroic pup saving their Owner’s life. It makes you wonder: can dogs sense when their Owners are in danger?

    The science says yes! Even if you have a dog who seems more interested in napping than scanning the horizon for danger, your canine companion is more alert than they appear.

    And while we hope that your furry friend never has to prove it, we can bet that they would absolutely come to your rescue if need be. Just take a look at some of these doggy danger-sensing facts!

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    “Don’t worry, hooman – I’ll protect you from the dangers of this world.”

    #1: Dogs are great judges of character

    Some puppers are natural-born guard dogs. They do a wonderful job of protecting their beloved humans, and they analyse everyone who walks through the door. On the other hand, there are the natural-born doggy socialites. They make friends with everyone and seemingly wouldn’t hurt a fly.

    As it turns out, though, even the most polite dogs may be more suspicious of newcomers than you realise.

    For one thing, dogs are amazing at reading body language. They continually scan the expressions and movements of people they meet as a way to interpret and anticipate intentions. So, even friendly dogs will be able to tell the difference between a visit from a new Pet Sitter and an ill-intentioned intruder who is sneaking around outside.

    Another way that dogs read character is by smell. We humans aren’t great at picking up emotions through scent. But our dogs can smell chemical expressions such as adrenaline and cortisol, which signal fear and stress. So, if your neighbour comes by to argue about something, your pup may get defensive before they’ve even knocked on the door.

    #2: Dogs can predict natural disasters

    If your dog refuses to return into the house after a potty break, you might feel a bit annoyed. And that’s exactly how Dog Owner Poppy Yang felt when her doggo, Twenty, ignored her pleas to come inside after playtime. Twenty was in obvious distress, and moments later, Poppy figured out why: a 6.4 magnitude earthquake was about to hit their city in Taiwan.

    Thanks to her pup’s moment of stubbornness, the duo stayed safe while their apartment sustained damages from the earthquake.

    Twenty isn’t the only dog to warn his owners of an impending earthquake. Many Dog Owners will tell you that their pups display unusual behaviour in the moments before an earthquake, and a 2020 scientific study from Germany proved it. The researchers found that in the hours before an earthquake, the activity levels of farm dogs spiked, especially if they spent most of their time inside. And it’s believed that this is because dogs can hear the early warning signs—the subtle shifts and scraping of tectonic plates—hours in advance of the actual earthquake.

    Earthquakes aren’t the only natural disasters that dogs can predict. Because canines are sensitive to barometric pressure, they can also anticipate poor weather conditions. Have you ever noticed your dog becoming nervous and agitated, even if the storm clouds have yet to darken the sky? If so, it could be because your dog has noticed a change in the air. Best to check in with your local weather authority and batten down the hatches!

    #3: Dogs can make medical diagnoses

    Okay, no. Your dog can’t make an official diagnosis. However, there is evidence to show that dogs can detect certain illnesses in humans.

    In our article, 5 Medical Conditions that Dogs Can Detect , we covered some examples that have been most widely researched, including dogs sniffing out cancer, malaria, and Parkinson’s Disease. Since then, recent research has found that dogs may even be able to smell Covid-19 , although it will take a while for the peer-reviewed studies to catch up.

    And, it’s not just professionally trained dogs who can detect human diseases. While extensive training is certainly necessary for assistance dogs, scientists theorise that most puppers are able to smell medical conditions.

    One such case was recently reported in the UK , when Barna, an untrained dog, proved that she could predict when her Owner, Emily, was about to faint. Emily has a neurological disorder that causes her to lose consciousness unexpectedly. However, Barna can give her a five minute warning so that she can reach a safe place. Barna, a usually quiet dog, only barks when she senses Emily is in danger, and Emily is sure that her furry friend has saved her life.

    Can dogs sense when their Owners are in danger? Yes, but what will they do about it?

    Now that we know that dogs really can sense danger, the next question is, how will they respond? Will your pup transform into a furry hero? Or will they scamper off to find a hiding spot?

    Perhaps not surprisingly, it depends on the dog. In some cases, dogs have gone for help when their human has fallen ill or become trapped in a dangerous situation. And some dog breeds especially, including German Shepherds and Belgian Malinois, have been bred to naturally protect their Owners.

    That being said, a dog may react differently in different settings. The number of dogs who become lost during firework displays, for example, tell us that they may be just as likely to run away from danger, regardless of whether their beloved human is safe. And any German Shepherd Owner will tell you that their protective pup isn’t brave all the time; this is especially true when the vacuum cleaner emerges or a thunderstorm rolls in.

    So, in short, the answer to “Can dogs sense when their Owner is in danger,” is generally yes. However, whether they run to your rescue comes down to the personality of your pup.

    If your dog isn’t the saviour type, don’t take it personally – they still love you!

    Can you help your dog be more aware?

    The hope, of course, is that your pup will never have to prove whether they can anticipate danger at all. But, if you want to hone your dog’s senses, there are a few things that you can do to ensure they can see, hear, and smell at max capacity:

    • Take them for walks. Your dog’s senses are strengthened every time they take a walk around the block, especially when it comes to smell. If you can’t take your pupper for daily walks, your local Dog Walker will happily help them exercise their senses!
    • Sign up for training classes. Whether it’s agility training, scent tracking, or lure coursing, organised activities are wonderful for honing a dog’s awareness.
    • Give your pup plenty of rest. If, at the beginning of this article, you thought your doggo was too lazy to be able to sense danger, it’s possible that they were simply resting their incredible senses! After a long day of looking out for any threats to their Owner, dogs need to fully rest.

    Can dogs sense when their Owners are in danger? The answer is yes! But here’s to hoping that your doggo never has to worry about anything befalling their beloved human!

    Learn about the hidden dangers of cat urine and how to eliminate its odor from your home.

    A litter box is probably the best solution to address this concern. However, there’s more to that than the act of burying their excrements with soil.

    Defecating and urinating on a particular spot is also their way of leaving a territorial mark.

    When a kitty pees on the carpet, it actually means that it’s claiming that spot as its own.

    The dangers of cat urine and its adverse effects on human are not always apparent. This is because the hazardous impact progresses slowly.

    The Arsenal of Disease-Causing Bacteria

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    Human and animal wastes carry bacteria and germs that are hazardous to health.

    It’s common knowledge that it’s essential to clean up a kitty’s feces or urine to get rid of the stench inside the house.

    Of course, wearing gloves is the best way to protect yourself from getting in contact with the waste.

    Keep in mind though, that odor is caused by microscopic particles. No matter how faint the smell is, the presence of an odor automatically means the presence of bacteria.

    A good quality litter box is a must-have if you want to minimize your problems with cat urine.

    So how do we keep ourselves safe from the dangers of cat urine while allowing our beloved pets inside the house?

    First, you need to understand the dangers of cat urine and the possible health risks that they may bring.

    Is Cat Urine Dangerous?

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    The answer is ‘yes.’ Cat urine is dangerous to health.

    However, you probably didn’t know that the lingering odor of cat urine is still harmful even if the stain is gone.

    If the lingering urine odor is neglected, the odor-causing germs proliferate resulting to a more stinky smell.

    Moreover, if you leave the odor as it is. Your kitty is more likely to pee on the same spot again. This is because it can smell its mark no matter how faint the odor is.

    It’s hard to imagine how a subtle odor can cause serious health problems. However, you have to take the dangers of cat urine seriously before it’s too late.

    Health Effects of Breathing Cat Urine Odor

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    1. Cat urine contains high levels of ammonia

    If you let cat urine sit on a surface for an extended period, it can crystallize and form vapor.

    Not only does ammonia smell nasty but it’s not safe to breathe it in.

    Cat urine ammonia is corrosive and irritating. The longer you leave the urine there, the stronger the vapor gets.

    2. Cat urine allergy

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    People are quick to assume that it was the fur that triggers allergic reactions.

    However, little did they know that cat urine can trigger allergies worse than fur.

    Cat urine contains a high concentration of allergens that release many immune system chemicals that can cause allergy symptoms.

    Urine moisture and pee stains can pose risks of allergy.

    Aside from skin contact, allergens can also make their way through inhalation and ingestion.

    How To Eliminate Cat Urine Odor From Your Home

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    Cleaning up cat urine by wiping off isn’t enough to eliminate odor and stain.

    Look for commercial enzymatic cleaners that contain friendly microbes that can kill odor-causing bacteria in the urine.

    You can also use some everyday household items to do the trick.

    1. Vinegar
    Pour the pure vinegar in an empty spray bottle, do not dilute it water. Spray on the soiled area and let it dry naturally.

    2. Hydrogen Peroxide
    Don’t apply the hydrogen peroxide directly on the affected surface. Dilute the antiseptic with water following the ratio of 70% water and 30% hydrogen peroxide.

    Pour the mixture into a spray bottle, or you can dip a cloth in it and blot the surface. Rinse the area with fresh water and repeat the process if necessary.

    3. Baking soda
    Some people don’t like the idea of applying vinegar on their carpets and clothing, and you don’t have to.

    Use baking soda to absorb the smell without having to spray any liquid cleaner.

    Brush the area with a sponge or scrub to distribute the baking soda, allowing it to seep deeper and absorb the odor. Leave it for 24 hours.

    Vacuum the area and clean off every last trace of the baking soda. Repeat the process until the odor is gone.

    Conclusion

    Regardless of the type of animal, you have for a pet; you need to understand that all urines can pose certain health risks.

    Again, pet urine odor becomes potentially hazardous when you leave it untreated for long periods of time.

    There are several ways to eliminate cat urine odor permanently, and it’s up to you to choose the best method.

    More importantly, understanding the dangers of cat urine can help you protect yourself and your family from possible health hazards.

    Our recent article How Do Your Cat’s Five Senses Compare To Your Own? showed us how much sharper our cats are than us– they beat us in nearly every category! In the comments on social media it became clear that many of you were curious about how your cat’s five senses compared to your dog’s. We’d never leave you wondering so here it is. The Battle of the Senses.

    Spoiler alert: Cats rule, dogs drool.

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    Smell
    On average, cats have 200 million smell receptors in their nostrils, which helps them locate prey and decipher the scent-based clues left behind for them by other cats in the form of urine marking and pheromones. Some dogs, like Bloodhounds for instance, have been specifically bred to have extraordinary senses of smell with around 300 million scent receptors! The average cat, however, still has a slightly sharper sense of smell than the average dog.

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    Sight
    Cats are the clear winners when it comes to sight, a fact that’s probably clear if you’ve ever watched your cat hunt. Cats can see in a wider range of colors and shades than dogs, can see much better at close range, and have eyes that were designed to see well in dim light (thanks to their nocturnal hunting instincts).

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    Hearing
    Cats and dogs both have many muscles in their ears that allow for swiveling, which helps them hone into faraway sounds. Dogs can hear very well– much better than humans– but cats can hear better. On average, dogs can hear frequencies up to about 45,000 hertz. Cats, however, can hear an impressive 100,000!

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    Touch
    Cats and dogs have comparable senses of touch. Both have deep rooted whiskers that they use to learn information about their environments. Whiskers, after all, are sensitive to even the slightest changes in movement and air flow, and can help cats and dogs sense potential predators and other dangers.

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    Taste
    Cats and dogs both have pretty crummy senses of taste, compared to humans (you have 9,000 tastebuds on your tongue). Dogs win this round, though, with 1,700 tastebuds compared to a cat’s 473. No wonder they don’t mind eating the same food every day!

    We have the best intentions and always want our cats to be safe, especially at home. Unfortunately, the average household is filled with items and products that pose very real dangers to our feline friends. Read on, and perhaps reconsider the things you leave out in your home – where your cat has easy access to them!

    Strings and Rubber Bands

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    There aren’t many things that can get a cat quite as excited as a basic piece of string. If you look at it from your cat’s perspective, it’s easy to see why: it twirls and twitches with the slightest touch, immediately activating her natural prey instincts.

    While strings can be safe and fun during interactive playtime, they should never be left for your cat to play with without your supervision. There are countless horror stories out there of cats and kittens becoming hung on or choked with stray strings, ribbons, or rope. The danger doesn’t stop there though. If your cat swallows a string, rubber band, or hair tie, it could cause a gastrointestinal obstruction. It’s not uncommon for an obstruction to perforate the intestinal wall, which could lead to sepsis or death.

    Cleaning Products

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    Some cleaning products can pose serious health concerns to your cat. The scary part about toxic cleaning products is that your cat can be in danger even if you make an effort to store them in a safe place. That’s because your cat can ingest them during grooming after walking on a freshly cleaned surface.

    The ASPCA has taken the time to compile a handy guide that can help you decide which products are safe for your cat. If the worst happens, the ASPCA also runs a Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435.

    Toxic Foods

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    Cats aren’t as likely to eat random food as dogs, but if we know anything about cats it’s that they’re unpredictable and curious. Why take the chance? Some foods can cause vomiting or gastrointestinal distress, while others can lead to coma, a lacerated digestive tract, or even death. Visit PetEducation.com for a list of foods to keep far away from your cat.

    Toxic Plants

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    Cats often chew on plants when they have upset stomachs, since it will often help them throw up. Sometimes they are simply curious about the taste or texture. Many common houseplants, however, can be toxic (or even fatal) to your cat. If you’re unsure about the plants in your home, The Cat Fanciers’ Association has created a comprehensive reference.

    If you want to add something green and safe for your cat to chew one, consider a pot of fresh catnip or cat grass.

    Trash

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    It doesn’t occur to many people to put a lid on their bathroom trash can, but every day waste like dental floss or swabs can cause gastrointestinal obstructions or lacerations. Keep a lid on it to keep your cat safe.

    The best way to keep your household safe is to get into a habit of looking at things from your cat’s perspective. Her natural instincts will lead her to hunt strings that dangle and explore her world with her sense of taste. If it’s potentially dangerous, never assume that she won’t explore it. Keep dangerous items inaccessible, and ditch the toxic plants altogether.

    People love to keep rabbits but they don’t know it’s a big responsibility because other animals can attack them. Those having cats and rabbits in the same home must know how to save rabbits from cats. Sometimes you have rabbits and your neighbors have cats so that’s also alarming for your pets. Do cats attack rabbits to eat them or just as an instinct?

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    Generally, cats attack rabbits as they see them around. Cats are natural hunters and kill birds and animals to eat their flesh. Other than eating flesh, cats also kill other animals to satisfy their nature or just to play the hunter and prey game.

    Do Cats Attack Rabbits If They Are Wild?

    Cats attack any rabbit, be it wild or domestic, so keep them away or protect your rabbits. Make sure your rabbits are inside the house boundary. However, sometimes cats and rabbits can stay together, depending on how you raise them.

    Like, you can keep rabbits in their cage and cat in the garden or your room. You can lock the cat when rabbits are out of their cage. So, you can keep both pets with a few arrangements.

    How Rabbits React To Cats

    Rabbits are animals even though they are social and soft than cats, but their wild nature can be problematic. They take time to get used to you when you bring them home. You would have seen a baby rabbit sleeping with open eyes because he is alert and afraid of his new owner.

    Likewise, rabbits stay alert when cats are around and keep their eyes open. Rabbits can sense when there is any danger around them, like a dog, a cat, or something else. They can protect them when an animal approaches them, like a cat.

    Some rabbits get so stressed against threats that they can die out of fear or heart attack. So, you have to take care of these delicate creatures, keeping them inside their pen. Other than cats, rabbits are also vulnerable to foxes, raccoons, and dogs, so it can be challenging.

    Though foxes are only in the jungle, you have to be careful of dogs if you have any as a pet. Take the same precautions to keep your rabbits away from a dog.

    Do Cats Attack Baby Rabbits?

    Cats can attack rabbits anytime, be it a baby rabbit or an adult. In fact, a baby rabbit is more vulnerable to attack as he is weaker than his adults.

    How Dangerous Are Cats For Rabbits

    Cats love to hunt, especially rabbits and pigeons are their favorites. The moment you see a cat around the house, understand that it will kill your rabbits. Cats are even more dangerous when hungry, so save your rabbits all the time. If it’s your cat, then keep her busy through toys and food so she stays away from bunnies.

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    What Else Cats Can Attack?

    Birds are a cat’s favorite, like sparrows, parrots, pigeons, etc. You would often see a cat eating pigeons so fiercely that you can’t bear it. I often feel sorry for pigeons because I love them. Cats also prey on other birds and eat their meat, so the meat is their natural food. They also love chicken and goat meat that you can offer them. However, even you keep a cat busy, it will attack bunnies due to its nature. Cats also love the mouse and can smell them from a long distance.

    Cats are very fast jumpers and their eyes can see even in the dark, so they attack at night more than in the day. Keep your bunny in his cage or your room if he is little. Baby rabbits roaming in your garden are easy prey for the cats, so don’t let them wander around.

    Rabbits’ hutch should be safe from other animals or predators. Also, make sure that rabbits’ cage has narrow bars to prevent the cat from attacking them with their paws. So cats can even hurt your rabbits in the cage if it is not well-built.

    Moreover, you should buy a rabbit’s pen with a roof to keep the cats away. Cats can also attract a rabbit near you, so extra care is essential.

    Are Cats Obligate Carnivores?

    Yes, just like snakes, wolves, and other animals, cats are obligate carnivores. Like they get nutrition from their hunt because they don’t eat hay, grass, vegetables, or fruits. Generally, cats eat plant-fed animals or grain-fed birds. Non-mammals, like cats, squirrels, lizards, and frogs also kill fish and eat it.

    In other words, cats are cunning so you would see them walking like a cunning animal after his prey. She even loves to hunt out of her cunning nature and attacks defenseless animals, like rabbits. However, not all cats attack rabbits, as baby cats are weaker so they hardly do this.

    Can Cats Attack Rabbits And Kill Them?

    Cats bite is harmful to rabbits as her saliva has bacteria, so it can infect your rabbit. So, even if she doesn’t kill a rabbit, her bite can make him sick. The rabbit can die gradually due to the wounds he gets from a cat’s attack.

    Cat’s don’t always kill and eat, instead, they also want to play with their prey. Especially, the domestic cats are not hungry and don’t eat rabbits after killing. But, they have a strong instinct to hunt slowly and kill with cruelty.

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    Is A Rabbit’s Flesh Bad For Cats?

    Rabbits’ meat becomes dangerous for cats if it has tularemia, and cats can’t detect it. However, humans do check this element before selling rabbits’ meat. In other words, cats are also in danger if they eat rabbits.

    Keeping Your Rabbits Safe

    You must keep your rabbits in a cat-proof cage with narrow metal bars and a strong roof over it. You don’t need to worry if everything is under control. Take care of rabbits when they are in the garden. Also, keep rabbits busy with toys and food so they don’t much wander around.

    Conclusion

    Do cats attack rabbits to eat them? Yes, they can or cannot eat rabbits, depending on their mood. Cats are natural hunters and kill birds and animals to eat their flesh. Cats attack any rabbit, be it wild or domestic, so keep them away or protect your rabbits. Other than cats, rabbits are also vulnerable to foxes, raccoons, and dogs. Cats are very fast jumpers and their eyes can see even in the dark, so they attack at night more than the day, so keep your bunny in his cage. Cats’ bites are harmful to rabbits as their saliva has bacteria that can infect your rabbit. Make sure to keep your rabbits in a cat-proof cage with narrow metal bars and a strong roof over it.

    It’s common for homeowners to start using rat poison as a way to kill pests around the house. You set up the bait, wait for the rat to eat it, and then they pass away. While this is a solution many people employ, it’s also something to research if you have a cat at home. You will want to start by asking, can a cat die from eating a poisoned rat?

    Cats can eat poisoned rats and it can take substantial exposure to deal with the side effects of rat poison. It’s important to note, this type of consumption is not recommended and it can still lead to minor health concerns. However, it will not pose a risk to the cat’s life.

    If you are going to be setting up rat poison around the house, it makes sense to keep your cat away from those areas.

    Key factors include:

    • Amount of Rat Poison
    • Frequency of the Exposure
    • Health of the Rat

    When asking “Can a cat die from eating a poisoned rat?” you have to understand rats on their own can become dangerous for cats to digest. Some rats will have toxins that can damage the cat’s digestive system as soon as they take a bite.

    This is why it’s important to ask “Can a cat die from eating a poisoned rat?” and make sure your cat is safe from rats that are poisoned.

    By taking the time to do your homework, you can get rid of the rats inside your house and still keep the cat safe at the same time.

    This article is going to look to answer this question along with figuring out what can cause a rat to die from eating a poisoned rat.

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    Reasons A Cat Might Die From Eating Poisoned Rats

    1. Amount of Rat Poison

    The main concern has to do with how much rat poison a cat consumes.

    If it is just one poisoned rat, the symptoms will be negligible. The cat won’t even bat an eyelid at consuming a poisoned rat nor will it be effected by the meal.

    However, this changes when it comes to eating multiple poisoned rats within a short period. This could damage the cat’s digestive system and lead to a prolonged set of digestive systems. It might not kill the cat but it will have a severe impact on their health.

    This is why it’s important to keep cats away from rat poison and/or poisoned rats.

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    2. Frequency of Poisoned Rat Consumption

    When asking “Can a cat die from eating a poisoned rat?” you also have to think about how often the poisoned rats are consumed by your cat.

    If the cat is allowed to eat as many poisoned rats as it wants within 24 hours, it will start to deal with serious health concerns.

    This is why it’s best to keep tabs on where your cat is and get rid of the poisoned rats as soon as you find them. Letting the cat find those poisoned rats is asking for trouble!

    Stay on top of this as a homeowner.

    You don’t want a situation where the cat ends up eating 3-4 poisoned rats in one go. This will cause them to overdo the consumption of rat poison.

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    3. Rat’s Health

    This is an underrated factor as most people will be focused on the rat poison.

    Yes, it is possible the rat poison might kill a cat if it is consumed in large quantities. However, another issue has to do with the rat itself even before it consumed the bait.

    Some rats are filled with bacteria that are bad for cats.

    This makes it important to ensure you keep tabs on what the cat is eating.

    This is even more important when it comes to rat poison and how it is spread throughout the property.

    Keep this in mind when asking “Can a cat die from eating a poisoned rat?”

    Related Questions

    1. Will A Cat Get Sick If It Eats A Poisoned Mouse?

    Cats will not die if they eat a poisoned mouse. However, prolonged exposure to poisonous bait or animals can harm the cat’s digestive system leading to nausea, fainting, and/or lethargy.

    2. How Do Cats Acts If They Are Poisoned?

    Cats will often display signs of being poisoned. This includes darker urine, nausea, vomiting, and/or lethargy. It’s recommended to consult with a vet as soon as you notice these symptoms.

    Final Thoughts

    “Can a cat die from eating a poisoned rat?”

    Cats can technically die from a poisoned rat but it will require a tremendous amount of poison. It will also require the cat to eat multiple poisoned rats within a short period.

    This is why it is unlikely and not something to worry about too much.

    While it’s never fun to think about our own mortality, it can be even harder to think about how our deaths might affect our pets. In most cases, humans live longer than their pets, but this isn’t always what happens. What will our pets do when we pass on? What do they think of it? And most importantly, can they sense it? Our pets seem to have a unique sensitivity that makes us think they see things we don’t.

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    When we let ourselves believe that there might be something supernatural in the world, it’s often because our pets seem to be detecting something that we can’t understand. We already know that pets can sense certain diseases, so can they do more? Can our pets actually sense when their humans are going to die?

    Deceased vs. Living

    On a biological level, pets understand the difference between a living person and a dead one.

    According to Holly Willetts, a dog trainer and rehabilitation specialist, dogs can definitely smell and understand the difference between a living person and a dead one. She explained, “A dog would absolutely be able to recognize the death of a person at home. As the body begins to shut down your biochemistry will change and your core body temperature will lower. You will smell different. This can distress a dog and they can become even more distressed when the owner doesn’t acknowledge their requests for response.”

    And in the same way, cats’ senses can understand the changes in smell that might happen as a human’s body changes and possibly dies. And at least on a base level, our pets understand what death is. They probably don’t have the same spirituality around death, but that we may never know for sure.

    Sixth Sense

    However, when people talk about their pets sensing death, smelling a body begin the death process isn’t always what they mean. Some people are looking for answers to question that is a little more supernatural.

    Many pet lovers have stories about their pets having something of a sixth sense for their human’s impending death. However, there isn’t much evidence of that beyond anecdotes.

    Our pets definitely feel a very strong emotional connection to us, though. So what some people might be interpreting as supernatural abilities to predict death may actually be their heightened connection with us. A recent study tested whether dogs would respond to a human crying versus a human sitting near a humming noise. The study suggested that dogs do in fact respond to human emotions, because the dogs were drawn more by crying than the curious noise.

    Cats, too, are such careful observers of our lives that when we change up our routine, say because we’re sad or ill, they’ll notice. Cats also understand our nonverbal communication extremely well, so when we’re struggling, they notice.

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    “Help! My cat has stopped eating!”

    A healthy adult cat should be eating roughly one can (6 oz) of wet food or a cup of dry food each day. Quantities differ, according to the cat’s weight and level of activity and most cat owners soon find out just how much their own cat requires. What happens when a cat loses his appetite? What if your cat stopped eating altogether?

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    When an animal stops eating, the condition is referred to as anorexia. Feline anorexia is not a disease in its own right. It simply means that the cat has stopped eating. Sometimes the cat shows an interest in the food, sniffs it and even licks its lips, but doesn’t do much more. Other times, the cat shows no interest in the food whatsoever.

    Cats can stop eating for many reasons. It can be a symptom of a disease or the result of stress. Here are some of the possible reasons for a cat to stop eating –

    Medical Causes For Feline Anorexia

    1. Problems affecting the cat’s sense of smell

    Cats rely on their sense of smell when deciding if a substance is edible or not. If a cat loses his sense of smell, loss of appetite soon follows. A stuffy nose, due to a respiratory infection is all it takes to get a cat to stop eating. Any obstruction in the nasal cavities can have a similar result.

    2. Nausea

    Feeling nauseated is enough to put a cat off his food (as it would a human). In some cats, licking their lips and smacking their mouth can be another indication of nausea but oftentimes loss of appetite is the only symptom. Nausea can be caused by many diseases and may also be a side-effect of medication.

    3. Sore mouth

    Tooth decay, gingivitis and stomatitis can all cause a sore mouth, as can an injury to the oral cavity. When a cat’s mouth is sore, he may avoid eating altogether or try to lick his food but not take in any. Drooling is often another sign of a sore mouth.

    4. Malaise

    Sometimes a cat just isn’t feeling well enough to eat. It can be general malaise due to infection, or the after-effect of a medical procedure such as surgery or even vaccinations.

    Other Possible Causes For Feline Anorexia

    1. Disliking a food

    Sometimes it’s as simple as flavor or texture preference. Strange as it may sound, some cats would rather starve than try a new type of food. Other times, the food may be a bit “off” or even spoiled.

    2. Associating the food with fear

    Cats may avoid feeding in a certain area of your home, or even from a certain dish if they associate the feeding with something scary. The emotional trauma can be enough to make them stay away from food and go without.

    3. General stress

    Stress in itself can cause a cat to lose his appetite and stop eating. Read here about stress and what may cause stress in cats – Is Your Cat Stressed Out? Potential Stressors In Cats The Ultimate Checklist

    Is It Dangerous For My Cat To Stop Eating?

    Cats are built to consume food on a daily basis. Once calories stop coming in, the liver begins to process the cat’s fat reserves. Unfortunately, cats only do this for a short while. When too much fat reaches the liver, it begins to “pile up” in there, in essence causing liver inflammation. This condition is called hepatic lipidosis, or fatty liver, and in cats, it can be very serious and even fatal. Their liver simply isn’t built to deal with burning fat into energy for long periods of time.

    The symptoms of hepatic lipidosis include fatigue, jaundice (yellowing of skin, eyes and gums) and depression. It can soon turn into a vicious circle, as the cat’s simply not feeling well enough to eat. Without intervention, the cat will die within a few weeks.

    It is an emergency?

    The onset of hepatic lipidosis is a medical emergency. The process begins within 24-48 hours of lack of food. The good news is that it’s reversible if caught in time.

    This is why it’s very important to try and get a cat that’s not eating to eat. Regardless of the trigger for the anorexia, you should encourage a cat to eat, and if needs be, have a vet insert a feeding tube and force-feed the cat that way. Never let your cat go without food for more than a day or two.

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    The last three nights I have caught a raccoon eating our cat food by our front door. I’m worried about whether it is a threat to my cats, especially the kittens. It is very, very big. I would say about 4 times the size of my largest male cat. I read online that they mostly eat berries and nuts, but sometimes birds and young rabbits.

    Has anyone had any experience with this? I have just been opening the door and yelling at it and it will leave for a while. One time when I saw it was coming down the sidewalk and one of my cats was just laying there looking at it, not getting upset at all, so I don’t know if I’m overreacting. I didn’t want to wait to see if they were friendly or not.

    If anyone has any advice let me know. Thanks.

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    Besides rabies, some coons carry a parasite called Baylisascariasis. If your cat sniffs at a pile of raccoon excrement, the parasite can enter the animal and cause all kinds of problems and even death. You can sprinkle diacatumus (my spelling is bad) earth crystals around the area and that will discourage the coons but not hurt your cats. You need to keep all dry food out of the way in sealed barrels is best, and feed only what you know the cats will eat in a short time at night. Coons will bite hard enough if provoked to remove a finger, so if a cat gets confrontational with a coon, it could be disastrous. They will also kill small kittens, but that isn’t very common. Most mom cats will defend the kittens to her death.

    Sorry to worry you, but even though they look comical and cute and cuddly, they are still wild and should be treated as such. All the babies that come under my care are bottle fed and handled with thick welding gloves. When they are old enough, they are released to a rehab center and then turned back into the wild. I would never keep one as a pet unless it was so sick and injured that it wouldn’t survive.

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    I used to feed our neighbors the raccoons, when we lived adjacent to a wood. I’d take care, though, regarding kittens being in proximity to raccoons.

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    [Edited by Mr. Cat on 05-10-2001 at 03:08 AM]

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    Notice the cats, who are inside, express great interest in their woodland friends.

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    debby

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    Oh Mr. Cat. what a beautiful picture of the coons.

    And I can see those curious eyes (the cat eyes) looking out at them.

    I think coons are so beautiful, and it pains me so much to have my husband (who is a trapper. but not by MY choice) kill hundreds of them in traps every winter. It is so hard for me to deal with. but he says, “well it pays the fuel oil bill, and keeps you warm, so stop complaining”

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    [Edited by threeleggedkat on 05-11-2001 at 12:38 PM]

    debby

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    Yes Threeleggedkat. people still do buy skins. He ships them to Canada and gets anywhere from 5-15 dollars a skin, depending on the size, shape, and look of the skin. they actually auction them off there.

    I hate it. but without it, we would have no savings whatsoever, and not be able to afford anything extra at all.

    My hubby says that if it werent for trappers that trap the coons, they would over populate, and consume over half of the farmers crop, which would affect us all, or they would get diseases, or starve because there were so many of them fighting for the same food.

    He does have a point.

    But it still makes me sad.

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    Hi. I am sad to say that three young kittens, maybe two weeks old, were killed on my deck last night.

    I believe that a raccoon stepped on them, or fell on them, but I do NOT think the raccoon intentionally harmed them. There are no signs of injuries that would have come from a physical attack, such as blood.

    These kittens were of a very young outdoor cat, who had them in precarious circumstances. There are several other grown cats, mostly male, that helped the mother (Peggy) care for the kittens. The cats obviously stood guard, and protected the kittens from wandering.

    There are also raccoons that come up on the deck to eat the cat food. There were two of them last night. one was the usual visitor, the other a sometime-friend. The regular is used to me and does not seem afraid of me. (Yes, I DO use caution!) Well last night ALL of the animals were very nervous because it was 4th of July and the neighbors all around were blasting off fireworks.

    The raccoon did try to hide under a table/shelter, and what I think happened is that the kittens were way in the back against the house, and the raccoon for whatever reason stepped on them or stumbled against them and injured them. This is a large raccoon, and very small kittens.

    As I said, the raccoons and the cats were all very nervous about the fireworks!

    So. from now on I will provide a more protected refuge for very young kittens if they insist on living on my deck!

    For over a year the raccoon/s have come up on the deck to eat and drink water, and I have never seen them threaten or even frighten the cats. In fact kittens will eat right out of the same dish with raccoons,

    So from now on I will be cautious. but not afraid of the raccoons–although I would like to discourage them.

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    Tulips are one of the first flowers to pop up in early spring. We all love the bright pops of color that they can bring to our gardens, even if it’s just for a short while. But be careful—if you have cats that you allow outdoors, you need to watch them closely around your tulips.

    Cats are curious creatures. And if we allow them outside, it doesn’t take long before they are sniffing and sometimes munching on grass and other plants. Some of these plants are safe, while others , such as tulips , are toxic. In this article, we’ll explain why that is the case as well as what to look for and what to do if your cat has taken a bite out of your tulips.

    Why Are Tulips Toxic to Cats?

    Tulips are part of the lily family. Any plant from that family, including lilies and hyacinths in addition to tulips, is toxic to cats. They contain a chemical known as Tulipilan A that can cause allergic reactions in humans just from touching a tulip. But because humans are larger than cats and don’t typically eat tulips, the toxin doesn’t pose as much risk for us.

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    What Part of a Tulip Is Poisonous to Cats?

    Tulipilan A is found in all parts of the tulip, but it is found in the highest concentrations in the bulb of the plant. The flower, leaves, and stem all contain smaller amounts of the toxin, but it is still enough to cause respiratory issues for small animals such as cats. Although your cat eating a tulip flower or leaf is still cause for concern, it’s not as bad as it would be if he were to consume some of the tulip bulbs.

    However, even if your cats aren’t allowed outdoors but you’re storing tulip bulbs indoors, you need to keep them in a location where your cat can’t get to them. That way, you can ensure that his curiosity doesn’t lead him to stumble across one that he wants to lick or taste.

    What Happens If a Cat Eats a Tulip?

    Tulips may or may not pose serious problems for your cat. It just depends on how much of the plant your cat ate, what part of the plant he ate, and how big he or she is. But, even with eating a small amount of tulip, your cat is likely to exhibit symptoms. Even if you didn’t see your cat eat the tulip, noticing any of the following signs are good indications that he did.

    Ingesting Small Amounts of Tulips

    If your cat took a small bite out of the less toxic part of a tulip, including the flower, leaf, or stem, he or she may exhibit minor symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and excessive drooling. Your cat also may seem depressed or lethargic or express a general sense of not feeling well.

    Although these symptoms are considered minor compared to what your cat will experience when eating a large amount of tulip, it doesn’t mean that he will recover on his own. You should still seek treatment for your cat to prevent the symptoms from becoming more serious. That means a trip to your trusted vet.

    Ingesting Large Amounts of Tulips

    If your cat eats a large amount of tulip or even a small amount of the more toxic bulb, he may experience more serious symptoms. Some of these symptoms include tachycardia, which is an increased heart rate, and an increased respiratory rate, which means that he is breathing quicker and heavier than normal.

    Eating large amounts of a tulip or tulips can also cause cardiac arrhythmia, which is essentially an irregular heartbeat. Your cat may also have difficulty breathing, tremors, and pain in his abdomen. In the worst-case scenario, he could even go into a coma or die suddenly.

    It’s important to note that a lot of the more serious symptoms can’t always be seen. But they can be present along with minor symptoms. That’s why if you notice any of the above symptoms, you should get your cat to a veterinarian for treatment as soon as possible, especially if you aren’t sure how much of the tulip your cat ate.

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    How Is Tulip Toxicity in Cats Treated?

    The exact treatment pathway that your vet may take depends on how much of the tulip your cat ate as well as the seriousness of his symptoms. The problem is that there isn’t really a way for your vet to determine exactly how much of the tulip toxin is in your cat’s body nor is there an antidote that can immediately remove the toxin and stop its effects.

    This is why it’s helpful if you know how much of a tulip your cat consumed. If a small amount of tulip was consumed and you get your cat to the vet quickly, your vet is likely to induce vomiting in order to remove the toxins from your cat’s body. He may also administer something that can absorb the toxin, or place a catheter or administer fluids through an IV in an effort to flush the toxin out or prevent it from spreading throughout your cat’s body.

    In more severe cases or cases where it is unclear how much of a tulip your cat ate, hospitalization, stomach pumping, and increased monitoring may be necessary, including an extended stay at the veterinarian’s office. Your vet may wish to pay particular attention to your cat’s oxygen level and heart rate so that he can intervene if a serious problem arises.

    How Can You Prevent Your Cat From Eating Tulips?

    Watching your cat closely while he is outside is important to prevent him from eating tulips, as is keeping unplanted tulip bulbs away from your cat. If you notice him even getting close to a tulip, intervene to move him away from them.

    If your cat stays outside for long periods of time and you can’t watch him constantly, or just loves to eat your garden plants, it’s best that you pull up or avoid planting any tulips in your garden. Instead, choose flowers and plants that won’t harm your cat if he eats them.

    Obesity in cats is an increasing issue, just as it is in the human population. It can have serious, lifelong impacts on a cat, affecting their health, quality of life and bodily functions.

    Are some cats predisposed to obesity?

    There are certain factors which may make your cat more likely to struggle with weight gain and obesity :

    • If they are a domestic shorthair, medium hair, or longhair type cat, rather than a purebred
    • If they are middle-aged when their activity begins to decline
    • If they are fed very frequently and more than the recommended portion
    • If they are nervous, anxious or have suffered from mental or emotional strain
    • If they’re male

    I f your cat has been spayed or neutered, it’s also more likely to gain weight. spaying or neutering reduces your cat’s energy requirement, but their appetite can increase .

    Why does being overweight or obese affect my cat?

    When your cat is overweight or obese, its body begins to store the food it consumes as fat, rather than using it up, because the energy it’s expending is less than the energy it’s taking in . The extra weight puts pressure on your cat’s internal system and joints, leading to a series of health risks.

    What risks are there if my cat is overweight or obese?

    In general, obesity can reduce your cat’s quality of life and life expectancy; it’s harder for it to play and move around, and surgical procedures or check-ups become more difficult.

    Obese cats are much more at risk of diabete s – the majority of obese cats have this condition, which can require daily insulin injections. Sometimes , the diabetes can be reversed once the extra weight is lost, as the accumulated fat which is responsible for a failure to regulate glucose is no longer present.

    Y our cat’s immune system can become compromised when they’re obese. they may also be more prone to urinary stones. these stones can form in cats that tend to drink less water and urinate less often.

    One serious and potentially fatal risk with obese cats is hepatic lipidosis . When the cat’s body believes it is undernourished—for example, if a constant food supply stops —fat is moved from stores into the liver to be used as energy. However, a cat’s body is unable to manage that process effectively which leads to the liver functioning poorly, sometimes eventually leading to fatal hepatic insufficiency and liver failure. This can occur when an overweight or obese cat stops eating.

    With extra weight, cats find it difficult to groom themselves, which can lead to skin problems. Similarly, extra weight puts pressure on your cat’s joints, and they can suffer from arthritis. Cardiovascular and respiratory systems are also affected, leading to breathlessness and heart problems.

    An overweight or obese cat can also end up struggling with their mental health; rather than running away or hiding when they sense danger, overweight cats aren’t able to react quickly and so can’t follow their instincts, which can cause them distress.

    With the right diet, exercise, and behaviors, you’ll be able to protect your cat from the risks of being overweight or obese. To start, speak to your vet who will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

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    The Humane Society of the United States supports indoor-only living for cats, but some owners remain convinced that life in the “great” outdoors can be beneficial. A new study on the secret lives of feral and free-roaming house cats solves the mystery. One message is clear: Living outdoors poses countless threats to cats. Here, learn why the life expectancy for outdoor cats is shortened by about 10 years versus that of indoor-only house cats.

    Roaming Over Widespread Territories
    Richard Warner, an emeritus professor of natural resources and environmental sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his colleagues conducted the study, which was recently published in the Journal of Wildlife Management. Using radio transmitters and other high-tech equipment, the researchers tracked every move of 42 owned and unowned cats living at the southern edge of Champaign and Urbana, neighboring cities in Central Illinois.

    As anticipated, feral cats had larger territories than the pet cats and were more active throughout the year. Even the researchers, however, were surprised by one mixed breed male, which had a home range of 1,351 acres, the largest tract of all cats tracked.

    “That particular male cat was not getting food from humans, to my knowledge, but somehow it survived out there amidst coyotes and foxes,” says co-author Jeff Horn. “It crossed every street in the area where it was trapped. [It navigated] stoplights and parking lots.”

    The average home range for pet cats was 4.9 acres, but as Horn says, “That’s a lot of backyards.” They ran, stalked prey, slept, rested and often encountered feral cats looking to establish dominance over an area. For example, each morning during the study, one feral cat waited for a particular pet feline to emerge in its garden. The feral animal would then attempt to chase away the house cat.

    Encounters such as these can lead to cats developing anxiety over their territory. Outdoor cats who are concerned about protecting their backyard from intruders may display obsessive behaviors such as spraying, patrolling, and refusing to leave the garden. Once outdoor cats develop these behaviors, it can require specific methods such as crate training, CBD oil supplementation, and even anti-anxiety medication to help restore cats’ wellbeing.

    Dangerous Encounters
    All outdoor cats can encounter various wildlife, in addition to the viruses and illnesses harbored by both feral cats and other species.

    “For example, Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite spread primarily by cats, may cause neurological, reproductive and even respiratory problems in humans, cats and wildlife, depending on the species affected,” says co-author Nohra Mateus-Pinilla of the Illinois Natural History Survey. “Rabies, cat scratch fever, feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are also of concern to pet owners whose cats encounter other cats outdoors. Vaccination of pet cats will reduce but not eliminate the threat of disease transmission.”

    Warner agrees. “Two of the leading causes of cat deaths in that study were other cats and disease, and both of these leading causes of death are sitting here waiting for these owned cats outdoors.” This concern about disease doesn’t even take into account other threats, such as ingesting poisons, getting hit by a car, running into neighbors who hate cats and more.

    The Solution
    Adam Goldfarb, director of the Pets at Risk Program at the Humane Society of the United States, admits that in a perfect world, cats would be able enjoy the exercise, fresh air, sights, smells and sounds of the outdoors. The answers then are to help provide your cat with related experiences inside, or to fully control your pet’s time outdoors. Goldfarb suggests following these four steps:

    • If possible, train your cat to tolerate a leash. Your cat would still be exposed to germs, but at least many of the other dangers would be eliminated. Up-to-date vaccinations are critical.
    • Set up an indoor-outdoor enclosure where your pet is protected, such as by screens. Make sure proper shade and water are provided. Supervise your cat.
    • Cats love to climb, so establish vertical space for them in your home. You can get creative with cat trees, secure dedicated shelving or other cat-friendly items.
    • Most importantly, spend daily time interacting with your cats, whether that involves playing, training or just sitting on the couch with them.

    Goldfarb urges owners not to buy into the stereotype that cats are somehow loners. They love receiving attention and hanging out with their owners. Just like a satisfied human mate, a healthy and content cat will easily let go of its roaming ways in exchange for a better, safer life indoors with you.

    Finding out you’re pregnant can come with a lot of surprises — the positive test, the suddenness of morning sickness, and the frequent urge to urinate. You also deal with a wide range of emotions as you tell your loved ones and — if it’s your first pregnancy — navigate uncharted territory. But, what you probably never saw coming was your cat somehow sensing that you’re expecting a baby. Is it all in your head, or is your kitty really reacting to your new reality?

    Can cats sense pregnancy?

    You’re not imagining things. Cats can detect a change in hormones in your body through their sense of smell — which is infinitely superior to that of humans. When a woman is pregnant, the body produces higher levels of estrogen, progesterone, and hCG. These changes have an effect on your natural scent. While in the beginning, these changes may be negligible, your cat can definitely notice the difference. Therefore, they can be keenly aware of a monumental change — such as pregnancy — even before you find out. In addition, being pregnant produces more heat to emanate from your body. Since cats love to rub against their humans when they are seeking love and attention, they notice this change as well.

    Can pregnancy affect a cat’s behavior?

    Yes, pregnancy can affect a cat’s behavior. However, it doesn’t occur the same way across the board. As you are probably aware, cats have distinct personalities, and they will each act according to them. That said, some of the most common behaviors upon finding out their human is pregnant include the following:

    1. Your Cat Could Become More Affectionate

    As if you couldn’t love your cat enough, they could become even more affectionate than usual once they sense you’re pregnant. You’ll notice them spending more time rubbing against you and staying close to you. This is their own way of becoming more maternal and focusing extra attention on you.

    2. Your Cat Could Become More Alert

    A cat’s sense of smell isn’t the only impressive thing about these tiny creatures. Because they also have an acute sense of hearing, as your pregnancy progresses, they may also be able to start hearing your baby’s heartbeat. Therefore, you may notice them watching more closely during the later stages of pregnancy.

    3. Your Cat Could Become Annoyed

    Let’s face it. Cats are creatures of routine, and pregnancy will disrupt that routine. If you’re giving them breakfast later due to your morning sickness, or if you moved their bed or litter box to an alternate location so that you can create a nursery, your cat could become grumpy and start hissing or scratching you. If they are particularly upset about the changes, they may start urinating next to you to cover up your pregnant scent.

    4. Your Cat Can Become More Curious

    Your cat will want to know what’s going on with all the new baby equipment you’re bringing into your home. Whether it’s baby clothes, furniture, or anything else that indicates your baby’s arrival, your cat will want to sniff and become familiarized with all of it. Let them gradually adjust to this life change by allowing them to do so.

    5. Your Cat May Become Anxious

    Just as certain life stresses can cause humans to become anxious, your pregnancy can have the same effect on your cat. For example, if your kitty was used to cuddling with you every morning, but the ritual has now been placed on the back burner, your cat will notice —and will likely feel distressed because of it. If your new routines are taking away time from your cat, make sure to incorporate new cuddle time at some point during the day to compensate for it.

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    By Tanya Lewis published 19 February 14

    Can cats sense danger

    A house cat’s bizarre antics may be more than just feline folly. The kitty may be seeing things that human eyes can’t.

    Unlike humans, many animals see in ultraviolet, and a study now suggests that cats, dogs and other mammals can, too. Knowing these animals see things invisible to humans could shed some light on the animals’ behavior, the researchers say.

    “Nobody ever thought these animals could see in ultraviolet, but in fact, they do,” said study leader Ron Douglas, a biologist at City University London, in England.

    Light is made up of a spectrum of colors. Visible light (that humans can see) spans from red to violet, and beyond the visible lie ultraviolet wavelengths. Many animals are known to have UV-vision, including insects (such as bees), birds, fish, some amphibians and reptiles, and a handful of mammals (such as some mice, rats, moles, marsupials and bats). [Images: See the World Through Cats’ Eyes]

    Seeing in ultraviolet

    The lens of the human eye blocks ultraviolet light, but in animals with UV-transparent lenses, ultraviolet light reaches the retina, which converts the light into nerve signals that travel to the brain where the visual system perceives them.

    Even in animals whose retinas aren’t very sensitive to UV light, some of the light is still absorbed. (In fact, humans who have had their eye lenses removed, such as in cataract surgery, without being replaced by ultraviolet-blocking lenses report being able to see in the ultraviolet.)

    In this study, the researchers obtained eyes from a smorgasbord of mammals — everything from hedgehogs to red pandas to macaque monkeys — who had died or were killed, donated by zoos, veterinarians, slaughterhouses and science labs. The scientists measured how much light got through the lens of each animal’s eye to its retina.

    The team found that many of the animals, including hedgehogs, dogs, cats, ferrets and okapis (relatives of giraffes that live in the central African rainforest), have lenses that allow some ultraviolet light through, suggesting these animals may see in the ultraviolet.

    This begs the question, what purpose does ultraviolet vision serve?

    “The question is only being asked because humans can’t see it,” Douglas told Live Science, adding that nobody asks why humans see other colors.

    Nevertheless, ultraviolet vision does serve several purposes. Bees and other insects use it to see colors or patterns on plants that can direct them to nectar. Rodents use it to follow urine trails. And reindeer may use ultraviolet light to see polar bears, which, in visible light, blend in with the snow.

    Why block UV?

    The better question, Douglas said, is why human eyes block out ultraviolet light. One possibility is that ultraviolet light damages the retina, just as it damages the skin over time. But many long-lived animals that are active during the day, such as reindeer, have ultraviolet vision, and “their eyes don’t fall apart,” Douglas said. [What If Humans Had Eagle Vision?]

    A more likely explanation for why human eyes filter out ultraviolet light is to improve visual acuity. Skiers wear yellow goggles that block UV light specifically for this reason. The researchers looked at the animals that blocked the most ultraviolet light, and found these were the same animals with the highest-resolution vision.

    Humans are good at seeing detail, because they have a high density of color-sensitive cells, or cones, in their retinas, which produce high-quality images with just a small amount of light. By contrast, nocturnal animals have eyes that let in as much light as possible, including ultraviolet light, though it may not serve any special purpose.

    Ultimately, knowing that many animals have ultraviolet vision could provide a deeper understanding of why they behave the way they do. Or maybe your cat really is just crazy.

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    The study has found that the nerves associated with our nose not only sense the danger but send message to our brain to convey it to decide course of action

    Ever dream you had Spidey Sense so that it would tingle when danger is lurking just around the corner? Well it appears nature has already given you one and you take it for granted. It appears you can literally smell the danger.

    No, we are not talking about the smell of the wasted food your partner so lovingly cooked for you. It’s about real dangers.

    A study has dwelled into the sense of smell and has found that the bundle of nerves connected internally to our nose takes just milliseconds to send message to our brain to do something if something smells fishy.

    The research was carried out by Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

    The study was done by observing two groups of non-smoking people. The first group had 19 persons who were asked to smell perfume of linalool or fruity-smelling ethyl butyrate. They were also made to smell diethyl disulfide which has a garlicky smell.

    The brainwaves of these people were observed. Two types of brain waves were observed.

    One was gamma waves. These are fast processing waves which we rely on for attention and memory. The second type is beta waves. These waves are generated when we make decisions with deliberation.

    The second group had 21 volunteers. They were made to smell pleasant and not-so-pleasant odours as well. Their physical reactions were timed.

    It was found that gamma and beta waves were ‘coupling’ to co-ordinate a response.

    If the smell was unpleasant, in other words, deemed to be a threat, a message was sent to motor cortex of our brain within 150 milliseconds to take an action. This may then involve reactions like jerking the head away from the smell, momentarily stopping to inhale and other reactions.

    For centuries, cats have been associated with death, and how they are perceived varies between cultures. In Western cultures, black cats are associated with bad luck, disease, and witches. This not only led to the mass killing of black cats, but also the “witches” who care for them. But in Ancient Egypt, cats are deified and mummified. (Here is a short list of how cats are linked to the dead, dying, and the ill, and another short summary of black cat myths.) Throughout history people linked cats with death or bad luck, and some of these beliefs still hold true today. But what is it about our beloved cats that makes them so notorious through history? Is it their powerful, stealthy ways that makes them so mysterious? Cats can also be creepy, but creepiness isn’t enough to feed the strong connection people feel between cats and death. Cats may have characteristics that link them to death, but perhaps our perception of these strange creatures derive from our experiences with them rather than their traits alone.

    Can cats sense danger

    Cats, like other animals, are very intuitive and can sense things that humans cannot. For example, their eyesight and sense of smell are more acute than ours. Because cats rely primarily on body language to communicate to one another, they must be attuned to biological and behavioral changes in the other animals around them. This includes detecting weakness or changes in body temperature and odor. They are also intuitive in that they often know when they are about to die. I have heard stories where cats hide or “run away” from home to find a place to pass away peacefully. Therefore, cats are attuned to their bodies and their environment to the point where they can detect signs associated with death.

    Can cats sense danger

    One extreme example is a cat in Rhode Island named Oscar, who lives in a nursing home. Oscar is known for predicting a patient’s death, and will climb onto the dying patient’s bed and stay with them until they die. Sometimes, Oscar will stay with the patient the day before death, or even a few hours beforehand. Oscar’s behavior sometimes helped notify the staff of a dying patient, and even proved the staff’s predictions to be wrong at times.

    How Oscar “knows” when a patient is dying is still a mystery, but experts have their theories. First, Oscar may be smelling chemicals expelled by the dying body that we are not able to detect. The second theory is that Oscar has been imitating the behavior of hospital staff. When the staff predict that someone is dying, their behaviors change and Oscar learned to copy their behavior when a person is dying. Rather than finding this occurrence creepy, family members of the dying find Oscar’s presence comforting and the staff find Oscar’s ability helpful.

    Have cats earned their reputation partially due to their uncanny ability to detect illness and imminent death? Or is it still because of their characteristics? Is it still mainly due to the eccentric cat ladies of the Salem Witch Trials? Much of Western culture today associate cats with the comfort of home and the warmth of company, but some of these old beliefs still exist. Like death, cats have a certain mystique that we find intriguing, powerful, and sometimes threatening.

    Most small animals have the same senses that humans do, but they vary in intensity.

    Viewed by most other animals as prey, small animals have highly developed sensory organs that enable them to sense and survive danger. For the most part, small animal senses are much more fine-tuned than those of a human and, in some cases, have evolved beyond our own five. Small animals with whiskers, for example, use them in a fashion similar to how humans use their fingertips.

    Following is a summary of how small animals rely on their senses for survival and protection from danger.
    Hamsters:

    • Sight: Hamsters, with their large protruding eyes, are nearsighted. Their wide angle of vision is due to their lateral positioning.
    • Hearing: The hamster compensates for her nearsightedness with a heightened sense of hearing. They are able to hear a wide range of sounds, including ultrasonic frequencies, which allow them to communicate without other animals hearing them.
    • Smell: Equipped with an acute sense of smell, hamsters are able to distinguish each other by scent and, if handled often, also can recognize their owners by smell. But be careful: If your hand smells like another hamster or food, their protective instinct may be to bite, so it is important to wash your hands before handling your hamster

    Guinea Pigs:

    • Sight: With eyes on the sides of their heads, Guinea pigs can see in front of them and to their sides, without having to move their heads. Guinea pigs also can distinguish between the primary colors.
    • Taste: A guinea pig’s sense of taste and smell is very highly developed. They use smell to communicate with each other and can taste whether things are good or bad for them to eat.

    Gerbils:

    • Hearing: A gerbil’s sense of hearing is so highly evolved that it can sense the slightest motion nearby, or hear a sound as subtle as the flapping of an owl’s wings.

    Rabbits:

    • Sight: Like hamsters, rabbits have large round eyes located on the sides and upper part of their head. Each eye can see more than a half of a circle, enabling them to see in every direction at the same time. Rabbits can see moving objects from very far distances and will flee at the first hint of danger.
    • Hearing: A rabbit’s hearing is its most vital sense. The rabbit is able to get a sense of its surroundings by detecting sound waves that bounce off of objects in its environment.
    • Smell: With 100 million scent cells, rabbits have an excellent sense of smell.
    • Taste: Like humans, rabbits have the ability to distinguish between sweet, sour, bitter and salty tastes. This is due to the thousands of taste buds located in the mouth and pharynx. In the wild, rabbits are able to distinguish between toxic and non-toxic plants, but pet rabbits can lose this ability, so be aware of the types of plants you have in your house.
    • Touch: Rabbits have nerve endings over their body and are sensitive to touch. Rabbits do enjoy being petted but it is important to move slowly and never approach them from behind, as they will interpret this as a predatory attack.

    How long does a cat sleep

    By Nicole Cosgrove

    Updated on Mar 31, 2022

    How long does a cat sleep

    Cats are mysterious creatures that live right beside us in our family homes, yet we may know very little about them and what they get up to! Unlike canines, felines have never really been completely domesticated and usually aren’t heavily trained. Thus, they essentially retain wild character traits like tigers and lions.

    Whether it’s the king of the desert or the little kitten curled up next to you, what do felines spend most of their time doing? Sleeping. Snoozing, getting shut-eye, dozing, napping, whichever term you prefer. The expression “catnapping” wasn’t created as a joke; your elegant, self-governing cat simply adores resting. The answer to the question of how much sleep is simple: A lot, and more than us humans! Let’s set the record straight on what goes on in cat dreamland.

    What is the right amount of sleep for a cat?

    How long does a cat sleep

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    An extensive study on the sleep duration of animals including the Felis Domestica revealed that sleep made up 57% of roughly a day for a typical house cat. This translates to a feline sleeping for approximately 12-13 hours on average each day, with typical peak, deep slumber occurring in the early hours of the morning. Sleep studies can be a fascinating indicator of a mammal’s life expectancy, health, and lifestyle in general. This specific study incorporated both observations of the feline’s behavior and their brain electrical activity via EEG, which improved analyses of so-called “intermediate sleep states” such as “quiet wakefulness”.

    Naturally, the question arises, is 12-13 hours how much my cat should be slumbering? Unlike humans, who may sleep more for the mere luxury, or to avoid housework or a day in the office, cats sleep only when they need to. If your cat sleeps for, let’s say, 11.5 hours each day, that is the number of hours he/she needs. Some fluffy felines may snooze up to 20 hours in the day and they have their reasons. On the flip side, humans and cats share the fact that the quantity of shut-eye required is directly connected to numerous factors—most importantly, health, age, stage of life, and mood. If your feline cat is in heat, you might find her sleeping less than normal as she may prefer to spend her time roaming about looking for a mate! In a nutshell, it is normal for a cat to sleep up to 75% of a 24-hour day and this is the sleep they need (at least that particular day).

    There is a common misconception that cats are nocturnal, and whilst technically they can be active all night, they are most usually active at dawn and dusk. Cats, both wild and domestic are crepuscular (from Latin crepusculum) which means they are primarily awake during twilight. The reason for this is called “predatory adaptation” which describes how a predator mammal, like a feline, alters its schedule to hunt prey. A cool fact is that cats’ eyesight has been modified over years of evolution to observe things in low-light, specifically twilight. Hunting is exhausting and requires energy conservation during times of non-activity. Although most cats are now regularly fed by loving humans, they have hunting instincts that are entirely natural and inform them to sleep when they are not busy catching mice.

    How long does a cat sleep

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    As cats get older, will they need more sleep?

    The truth is yes, most probably. Like senior folks, cats naturally may slow down as they become more mature and wiser. A kitten will be akin to a baby and sleep almost all day to encourage growth and bonding with mama. When they reach a few months old, they may not require as much sleep as they will be so busy playing games and having fun! Adult cats tend to be more regular in their sleep routines and probably average at about 13 hours per day as the research suggests. It is completely normal for your more mature fluffy friend to need more time napping. If you notice any considerable changes in sleep patterns or general behavior, contact your vet.

    Do cats dream?

    The expression to “sleep with one eye open” is most certainly in reference to cats. Felines spend the majority of their snooze time in light sleep; for cats, “deep sleep” accounts for only 25% of their total rest time. As predatory animals, they need to be able to spring into action at any given time, so this light sleep is vital and down to evolution. If you notice your kitty’s paws moving or their ears twitching, they are most likely dreaming and in REM sleep. The sleep phases of a cat alternate between periods of light sleep followed by deep sleep phases (usually about 20 minutes in length) and then REM (rapid eye movement) sleep. There is a lot of twitching taking place during REM as cats dream of marvelous adventures. There may be claws and paws everywhere as your clever kitty goes on the hunt in their dreams! Most of this REM sleep occurs at night so that cats can be ready to pounce during daylight.

    Is cat sleep like human sleep?

    Cats, as mentioned above, sleep in specific stages like humans, but usually at different times. Although we may never fully understand human sleep and the concept of falling into a deep slumber, we can sense that cats experience a similar feeling. Science tells us the phases of sleep are similar between humans and cats and sleep functions to rejuvenate both species.

    Why should I sleep next to my cat?

    Nowadays, stress is so often spoken about in society, and everyone seems to need to find ways to destress. The experts suggest taking things more slowly, breathing more, and having more time for relaxation. With all this in mind, who has the most chilled-out attitude—cats! So, the next time you feel a bit upset, tired, or anxious, lie next to your kitty or have a nap beside them. The chances are that not only will you feel calmer, but you will have more connection to your furry feline.

    Cats typically spend a lot of time napping or sleeping. On average cats sleep between 13 and 14 hours per day and kittens may sleep up to 18 hours per day, while newborn kittens may sleep almost all the time. A cat that is sleeping more than usual may have an undetected illness or the extensive sleeping hours may also be caused by pregnancy or old age. It is good to know how much your cat usually sleeps and be able to identify any possible changes in his sleeping patterns.

    Cat Sleeping Hours

    An adult cat can sleep between 12 to 16 hours. Kittens sleep even more, due to the growth hormone that is released.

    The number of hours a cat sleeps varies according to his lifestyle and age. Typically, cats like to sleep during the day and keep awake during nighttime; however, if your keep your cat active during the day, he will adjust to sleeping during the night and stay awake during the day.

    Cats often just take a nap, which means that their sleep is light and they can wake up at any time, due to a noise or if something draws the cat’s attention.

    If your cat starts sleeping even more than usual this may indicate that there is a problem or that he is getting older.

    Aging

    You may be used to your cat sleeping a lot of hours, however as your cat gets older, he will tend to sleep more to conserve his energy. The prolonged sleeping hours may also be due to the lack of energy or the fact that the cat is ill.

    Illness

    A cat that is ill may sleep more than usual. This may be due to the fact that the body tries to fight the disease and requires more rest time.

    Monitor your cat for other symptoms and take him to the vet if you notice anything unusual. The cat may be suffering from an infection that may be easily treated or he may have a more severe illness such as cancer.

    If the cat sleeps more and this is accompanied by snoring, this may point to a respiratory problem.

    Pregnancy

    Pregnancy may cause the cat to sleep more. This may be due to the fact that the cat is no longer interested in mating and is preparing to have the kittens. In addition, the increased amount of hormones may also cause sleepiness.

    The pregnancy signs may be visible as early as 3 weeks after breeding; the cat’s nipples will be swollen and pink and she may also vomit (cat morning sickness). The behavior of a pregnant cat will also change; she will be more friendly and caring towards you.

    Winter Season

    During the winter season, your cat may sleep more to conserve his energy levels. If your cat doesn’t display any abnormal symptoms, only sleeps more than usual, this shouldn’t be a concerning factor. As soon as the weather warms up, the cat should get back to his normal sleeping hours.

    You need a good night’s sleep, but your furry friend doesn’t seem to be on the same schedule. Here’s everything you need to know about your cat’s sleep cycle!

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    How long does a cat sleep

    It’s no wonder that many people refer to naps as “cat naps!” Your furry friend probably spends much of her time sleeping throughout the day. But have you ever truly wondered, “How long do cats sleep?” Unlike you, your feline friend doesn’t stay awake all day and sleep through the night.

    Concerned that your cat might actually be sleeping too much? Here’s everything you need to know to understand your cat’s sleep cycle and how to tell the difference between a natural schedule and one that should be a cause for concern.

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    How Long Do Cats Sleep?
    It is ‘normal’ for cats to sleep around 15 hours a day, throughout the day, based on the fact that they are born natural hunters. And they are most active at dawn and dusk.

    Mikel Delgado, a certified cat behavior consultant and co-founder of Feline Minds explains that in the wild, these animals need to conserve energy as they wait to pounce on their prey. This type of hunting creates the need for cats to sleep in short bursts whenever they can get the time. That being said, your furry friend does not need to engage in hunting behavior to eat that perfect plate of pate you’ve laid out for her. But even though they don’t partake in the same rituals as their wild ancestors, contemporary cats still have that natural need to conserve energy whenever possible.

    Want to learn more about what to expect with a kitten? Check out Kitten Care Stages: Newborn to 72 Weeks.

    Are Cats Really Nocturnal?
    Does this scenario sound familiar? It’s 2:00 a.m. and your kitten is not-so-patiently sitting on your head, whipping her paw across your hair and trying to wake you up. While this may be particularly annoying for you, it’s completely normal for cats to stay awake at night.

    However, according to Delgado, though cats sleep a lot during the day, they are not truly nocturnal. Instead, “cats are considered crepuscular, which means they are active at dawn and dusk (when their prey are naturally active),” she says.

    It’s important to remember that young cats need to play, and they don’t care if it’s 3:00 in the afternoon or midnight. But, if you find that your kitten — or full-grown cat — is causing problems with her nighttime playfulness, you can take steps to keep her antics under control.

    “Keeping cats more active during the day and evening (such as with interactive play, food puzzles and environmental enrichment) and giving cats a snack at the human’s bedtime can help get them more on a similar sleep cycle as their owners!” notes Delgado.

    Erica Loop is the mom to one teenage son, two Olde Boston Bulldogs and a very shy cat. She’s also a freelance writer, educator and the creator of the blog, Mini Monets and Mommies.

    How long does a cat sleep

    If you’re a cat owner, you know that your cat can sleep just about anytime, anywhere. You probably also know that your cat seems to sleep most of the day. The truth is, your cat sleeps at least twice as long as you do. Have you ever wondered why?

    How Much Sleep Do Cats Get Per Day?

    Most cats sleep from 13 to 16 hours each day. There have been no real scientific studies on the amount of sleep cats need each day, and every cat is different in this respect, just as every human is different in the amount of sleep he or she needs daily.

    Indoor cats, for example, are less active and need to sleep less than those who live outdoors. However, indoor cats usually get a lot of sleep, maybe because they are bored.

    Outdoor cats are expending more energy than indoor cats, hunting for food each day. During their sleep cycle, they would need to replace that expended energy. This isn’t to say that outdoor cats end up getting more sleep than their indoor counterparts, however.

    From an evolutionary standpoint it makes sense that our indoor, domesticated cats, who have evolved from the outdoor hunters their ancestors were, would require the same amount of sleep to replenish expended energy. They carry the same genetic code as their ancestors and, like their ancestors, sleeping helps cats to conserve their energy between meals.

    When Do Cats Sleep?

    It might seem to you that your cat sleeps all day and runs around the house at night, waking you when you’re asleep. This is definitely true.

    Cats are usually most active at sunrise and sunset, during the twilight hours (this is known as being a crepuscular predator). These hours historically provide the best cover for predators, as it is dark between dusk and dawn, which would explain why cats are genetically programmed to be more active during this time. Before breakfast, it would stand to reason that a cat will be more active, then once she has eaten, she will be ready to sleep, maybe even until close to the next mealtime.

    Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

    In addition to the amount of sleep required being in a cat’s genetic code, cats sleep a lot for other reasons:

    • They are conserving energy. In between meals, today’s domesticated cats are conserving energy just like their ancestors did when they hunted for meals in the wild.
    • They are affected by the weather. Rainy days and colder weather equal sleepy cats, just as the rain and cold affects us humans’ sleep cycle sometimes.
    • They aren’t always sleeping deeply. Cats may be sleeping lightly (which is why that’s called a cat nap) or sleeping deeply. One thing you might notice about your cat is that she will place herself in a defensive position, one from which she can spring up quickly if needed to defend herself. When she is sleeping lightly or dozing, she is on alert. Cat naps last from about 15 minutes to an hour.
    • They may be sleeping deeply after the cat nap phase. The cat nap phase of sleep as mentioned above, lasts from 15 minutes to an hour, after which your cat will go into a deeper sleep. (Kittens skip the cat nap phase altogether and just go straight into deep sleep). While your cat is sleeping deeply, she may twitch as she is dreaming about hunting, playing, and other active pursuits. During sleep, cats can still notice smells and sounds, which has kept them safe over the years (think about it – a deeply sleeping cat who didn’t notice sounds or smells could easily and quickly become dinner for a predator in the wild).
    • They may be older or younger. Older cats, not surprisingly, tend to sleep more than younger cats. Kittens also sleep more than adult cats.

    Do Cats Dream?

    The answer to this is a simple yes. You’ve probably noticed your cat dreaming. While she is in a deep sleep, her paws and whiskers twitch and you may notice here eyes moving back and forth in a REM (Rapid Eye Movement) state. Cats are likely dreaming during REM sleep, and during non-REM sleep, their bodies are repairing themselves and growing further (this is the replenishing sleep mentioned above).

    Kittens tend to dream more than older cats. As cats grow older, dreaming decreases.

    What do cats dream about? While we can’t ask a cat to verify, it is likely that they are dreaming of hunting prey in the wild. Birds, mice and other critters are probably featured heavily in the dreams of cats. Cats are like humans, and dream about things that they encounter in their daily lives.

    Cats may also sleepwalk. However, this phenomenon has only been seen in cats with brain damage near the brainstem. It is believed that damage to the locus coeruleus in the brainstem caused the cats to physically act out their dreams once REM sleep began.

    Is My Cat Really Snoring?

    Some cats, like some people, snore when they sleep. This happens when the cat’s airway is obstructed by extra skin from the soft palate. Snoring can occur in very relaxed cats, in cats with respiratory problems or allergies, and often in shorter-nosed breeds like the Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan and Persian cats.

    Note Your Cat’s Sleep Patterns

    If you notice a major change in your cat’s sleeping patterns, it could indicate a physical problem. Is she sleeping a lot more than normal, or a lot less? More sleep could indicate an illness, and less sleep could indicate another type of physical problem like hypothyroidism. Make sure to take your cat to the vet as soon as possible if you notice any of these changes.

    How many hours do indoor cats sleep? It seems like every time you turn around to look at your cat. They are sleeping. You must have asked yourself how many hours indoor cats sleep dozens of times. The truth is, cats sleep a lot, and the same can be said for indoor cats.

    Most indoor cats will sleep between 12 and 16 hours every day. When they are kittens, they might sleep a lot more as they’re growing, which means between 18 and 20 hours. Once they get a little bit older, they might sleep a little bit less as they are bundles of energy.

    Cats are very fond of sleeping. So let’s see precisely what cat’s sleeping habits are and how to help them get the most out of their beauty sleep.

    HOW MANY HOURS DO INDOOR CATS SLEEP BY AGE?

    With indoor cats being in an environment where they feel safe and secure, they see no reason why they shouldn’t sleep the majority of the day. Once your indoor cat reaches their mature stage, they might sleep even longer than 12 to 16 hours.

    Kittens sleep a lot of hours. You would think they can sleep almost all day, which is close to the truth. Kittens can sleep up to 20 hours a day. Once they get out of the “kitten age,” you will see them becoming more active and present around the house.

    And thus they sleep a bit less. Adult cats sleep on average 15 hours a day, sometimes less, and on some other days a bit more, depending on how active they have been.

    Here is how many hours can’t sleep by age:

    • Kittens (0-1 year old): 18-20 hours a day
    • Young cats (1 to 2 years old): 12 to 16 hours a day
    • Adult cats (over 2 years old): an average of 15 hours
    • Senior cats: close to 20 hours (with several napping sessions throgh the day)

    This grid gives a small indication of how long cats can sleep on average by age.

    HOW CAN INDOOR CATS SLEEP SO MUCH?

    Many cat parents don’t realize that a large portion of the time when your cat is sleeping, they are just resting their eyes and their bodies. That’s why the slightest sound or movement wakes them up.

    When cats were in the wild, they would often rest this way so that, at the first inkling of danger, they could pounce right up and rush to safety. They haven’t lost this instinct, even though they’ve been domesticated.

    Indoor cars can sleep so much because they do not have much to do and also because, in their nature, they are used to hunting only one part of the day (typically at night) and resting during the rest of the time.

    Even domesticated cats maintain their instinctive behavior to sleep a lot to conserve their energies and pack their main activities within a few hours of the day or night.

    However, if you observe cats, they choose a part of the day to run around in the house and dedicate the rest of the time to enjoying their sleep.

    For example, one of my cats runs around like a maniac in the morning. Then, at the beginning of the afternoon, she goes to sleep. She wakes a few minutes here and there, but goes back resting immediately until the following day when she runs like crazy again.

    WHY DO INDOOR CATS SLEEP ALL DAY AND STAY UP ALL NIGHT?

    Your cat isn’t up all night because they’re a party animal. However, they are more active at night because, in the wild, they are used to hunting at night. In addition, cats have incredible eyesight at night, so it was easy for them to sneak up on prey when their prey’s vision was hindered.

    This is why cats will sleep a lot during the day, even if they are strictly indoor cats and don’t need to hunt. Their bodies are hardwired to conserve their energy through the day so they can expend as much as they need to at night.

    HOW CAN I GET MY CAT TO CALM DOWN AT NIGHT?

    Once again, cats haven’t lost their natural instincts despite being domesticated and not needing to hunt anymore. But, unfortunately, that means there’s not much you can do about them zooming around the house at 3 in the morning.

    If you want to try and tire them out before your bedtime, spend some time playing with them with some toys they can chase and bat around. This will help tire them out and get that need to “hunt” satisfied, so they’ll be more prone to cuddle up to you in bed.

    Your indoor cat sleeping for most of the day is not a problem. However, if their sleeping habits change, along with other behaviors, that’s the only time you might need to be concerned about your cat sleeping so much.

    If they seem low energy, their appetite changes, or their bathroom habits change, it may be worth a vet visit.

    WHY DO CATS SLEEP IN A BALL?

    Cats sleep in a ball when they want to stay warm. The ball position is perfect for conserving body heat when not near a heat source. The ball position allows a cat to keep warm and to stay safe. In fact, they protect their most sensitive body parts while they sleep.

    The ball position allows cats to protect the most important organs and be ready to jump and fight any potential predator. In addition, cats can sleep even with one eye or both opened. However, most of their sleep is not always a deep sleep.

    DO CATS SLEEP DEEPLY?

    Cats sleep deeply at times but not always. Cats deep sleep when they are not in the REM sleep or not just resting (loafing). Cats sleep deeply, at least 1/3 of their sleeping time, while they spend the rest of their sleeping time in the REM phase.

    Cats need to have deep sleep and REM sleep. Therefore, it is essential to provide a safe environment where they can sleep enough and feel safe at the same time, so they do not stress. Cats that can’t sleep or are too stressed to sleep might become sick or develop behavioral problems.

    SHOULD I LET MY CAT SLEEP ALL DAY?

    In general, if your cat is sleeping, you should let him continue to sleep, even if it means that he will sleep all day. Cats sleep for many hours, and usually, they do it throughout the day. While at night, when you sleep, they are awake.

    You should become worried about your cat sleeping all day if you also observe other changes, such as lack of appetite, change in litter box usage, or if it is a sudden change in sleeping habits. In this case, you should seek veterinarian advice.

    Take into account that your cat is not really sleeping all day. He can be snoozing, loafing, or just closing his eyes without really sleeping.

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION

    How much do cats sleep in their life?

    Cats sleep between 60 and 70% of their life. Cats used to rest most of their day and are away only for 1/3 of the day on average. Therefore, cats spend most of their life sleeping.

    Why do cats sleep at your feet?

    Cats sleep at your feet because they like you and because they are “watching over you.” They want to protect and alert you in case of any danger. But, at the same time, they like your company.

    What is a cat’s sleeping position when sick?

    Cats sleep curled in a ball when sick or on their side. Both positions are used by cats when they do not feel suitable for protection and release the pressure and pains in their bodies.

    Vittoria is a full-time blogger with a passion for cats and pets in general. She has many furry friends and loves to talk about them and share curiosities, tips, and funny stories. Join Coco and Vittoria in the discovery of cats universe. And yes, cats are not “it” on this blog.

    Cats sleep a lot and in diverse sleep positions. Every experienced cat parent knows this. Even as you read this, chances are that your furry feline is somewhere in the corner taking a nap. In fact, cats sleep so much that many new cat parents start worrying about their sleeping habits.

    However, you should know that your cat sleeping the entire day away is not necessarily a bad thing. It is mostly normal, and there’s nothing to fret about. Of course, it makes sense to still pay attention to your cat because sleeping may sometimes be a sign that something is wrong with it. In this article, we will cover some of the things you need to know about your cat’s sleeping habits.

    How Much Sleep Is Normal for Cats?

    Scientists say adult humans need between 7 to 8 hours of sleep every day. However, you cannot use this criterion to judge your cat’s sleeping habits. Your furry friend needs a lot more sleep than you do. While the reports vary, experts say cats should sleep between 12 to 15 hours daily. Generally, senior cats sleep more than younger cats do.

    It is worthy of note that cats don’t sleep for long like this at a stretch. Typically, they take short rests in between bursts of activity. But cumulatively, they could be doing as much as 20 hours of sleep per day, which would still be considered normal by cat standards.

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    7 Reasons Why Cats Might Be Sleeping So Much

    Cats need more sleep than we do. Scientists aren’t exactly sure why, but several reasons point to their evolution and biology as the reason they sleep so much. In most cases, your cat sleeping a lot is normal. However, there are also instances where your pet’s sleeping habits indicate that something might be wrong. This is why you must be familiar with the different factors that control how much your cat sleeps. Here are some explanations for this phenomenon.

    Blame Evolution

    Cats have evolved to be nocturnal. Actually, the more accurate term is crepuscular. Nocturnal animals are more active at night, while crepuscular animals (like your cat) are active at dawn and dusk). This is when their ancient parents used to hunt for food. But house cats don’t need to hunt for food anymore. In fact, most domesticated cats have a schedule similar to that of their owners. They sleep at night and hang out with their owners during the day. But most cats still maintain links to their ancient roots, sleeping more during the day to allow them to stay sharp and active in the early hours of the morning or at night.

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    Trying To Conserve Energy

    Cats are natural predators, which means they have evolved to hunt prey. To do this effectively, predators in the wild need to rest a lot to allow them to conserve energy for hunting. Many house cats still maintain this sleep/hunt cycle. They may not need to hunt anymore, but they still sleep intermittently between short bursts of play and activity.

    Maybe He Isn’t Really Sleeping

    To you, it may seem like your cat is sleeping so much when in the real sense, it is not in a deep sleep. Cats do this sometimes. They may rest for a while with their eyes partially closed or even fully closed. But that’s not to say they’re deep in sleep. If you watch them for a while, you may notice that their ears and tail are occasionally moving, which means they’re still alert and ready to spring into action if the situation requires it. If you’re not observant enough, you may interpret the situation as your cat sleeping when it really isn’t.

    Also, you may feel your cat is sleeping too much because you don’t have a good sense of what proper sleep for cats is meant to be. Resting for 15 to 20 hours a day is normal for cats. As long as he is healthy and his life is enriched, you have nothing to worry about.

    Boredom

    Even humans tend to sleep more when they have nothing to do. The same applies to cats. If they’re bored, they’ll most likely sleep more. If you don’t want your cats sleeping excessively, one of the ways to prevent it is to keep them engaged. Most people build their cats a climbing shelf indoors or an outdoor catio where they can explore and play.

    Providing toys is another way to enrich your cat’s life and keep it busy. You can purchase different types of toys for your cat to play with. You’ll see how happy and active they’ll get once there’s something for them to do.

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    Stress and Anxiety

    Cats use sleep as a coping mechanism when they feel stressed or scared. If your cat has a habit of hiding away or not engaging with members of the family most of the time, it could be stressed or anxious. Sleep is another way they respond if they’re not in a good mood. If you notice signs of stress and anxiety, you should speak to an animal behaviorist right away. They may be able to diagnose your cat and pinpoint what the issue might be. Learning about stressors that may be affecting your cat might help them live a happier and more active life.

    Your Cat May Be Sick Or In Pain

    As we have established, excessive sleep in cats is not always a problem. In most cases, it is normal. However, there are instances where taking so many naps is an indication that something is indeed wrong with your pet. When your cat is sick or in pain, it will most likely sleep more than it usually does. If your cat suddenly starts hiding from everyone, it may be feeling some pain or feeling uncomfortable.

    Age and Overweight

    As your cat age (usually from age 11 onwards), you can expect them to become less active than they used to be. Older cats tend to sleep more than younger ones. This is normal since they typically have more trouble getting around than younger cats.

    Cats that are overweight are also not very active. Obesity in cats makes it difficult for them to move around. They may also suffer from other diseases caused by obesity that makes them less active. You should schedule a visit to your vet to have your cat checked if you feel it is becoming overweight.

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    How many hours do cats sleep a day?

    Cats are well known for their love of sleep. They can sleep up to 16 hours a day, twice that of adult humans. Kittens and senior cats sleep more than adult cats.

    Unlike humans who sleep in one long spell, cats have several shorter periods of sleep. They have three types of sleep, the short nap, the long sleep and deep sleep.

    Changes to the sleep pattern of your cat can be an indicator he is not well. If you notice any changes to your cat’s sleep patterns, it is advisable to see your vet as it could be an early symptom of illness or depression.

    Cats are not nocturnal

    They are crepuscular, meaning they are most active during dawn and dusk when they would be out hunting in the wild. This is often a great source of frustration to cat owners who don’t appreciate being awoken at 5.00 am. But your cat is just doing what comes naturally. If you do have a cat who is bouncing all over your head, meowing, scratching at the door the best thing you can do is ignore him. Getting up to give him some food, or playing with him will encourage this behaviour all the more.

    Why do cats sleep so much?

    Most predators have a similar sleep cycle to cats, spending a large amount of their time sleeping. Stalking, hunting, chasing and killing prey takes up a large amount of energy, requiring more sleep between hunts, thus conserving much-needed energy.

    It has also been suggested that as the cat’s prey are most active during dusk and dawn, there is plenty of time during the day for your cat to indulge in sleeping.

    House cats may also sleep a lot out of boredom, especially if they are on their own for long stretches of time. You can help this by providing your cat with plenty of stimulation and or a playmate.

    When cats sleep, they are still on high alert. We’ve all seen a cat who can be fast asleep one moment and wide awake the next. This is so the cat ready to spring into action should a predator approach. You may have noticed that if a cat falls during sleep, he will still land on his feet, which is pretty impressive.

    Do cats dream?

    Experts believe that cats do dream. What, we will never know. Dreaming occurs during REM sleep (see below).

    Cat sleep patterns

    Cats have two sleep cycles, REM (rapid eye movement) sleep and non-REM (deep) sleep.

    During REM sleep you may notice the eyeballs moving behind the eyelids, whiskers, ears twitching. The limbs may make small movements as if your cat is hunting in his sleep. It is believed that cats dream during the REM sleep cycle. Despite the twitching, during REM sleep, there is a loss of muscle tone (known as atonia),

    Non-REM (deep sleep) sleep occurs the remainder of the time. During sleep, the body repairs and regenerates itself, rebuilding muscles, bones, the immune cells etc.

    Where do cats like to sleep?

    How long does a cat sleep

    I have found cats like to sleep almost anywhere, on the floor, back of the sofa, in a cupboard, on or in our bed (if they’re allowed)…almost anywhere. They are well known for their love of warm places, including sleeping right in front of the heater or snuggled up with a family member or another pet.

    Cat sleeping positions

    Cold cats will sleep curled up in a ball to conserve heat, a warm cat will sleep sprawled out.

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    How long does a cat sleep

    Understanding your sleepy cat is important because cats sleep a good portion of the day. That’s typically 12-13 hours per day on average and often longer for senior kitties; and much of that sleep happens during daytime hours. That may make it seem like cats sleep more than any other mammal, however there are many other mammals that spend even more time snoozing including koalas, bats, and opossums.

    Your Sleepy Cat

    Why do cats sleep so much? There is much that we still do not understand about sleep, however, several theories exist. One idea is that the need for sleep increases in direct proportion to the amount of energy required. Being a predator, the cat has extraordinary energy needs for hunting, and usually uses enormous bursts of energy to stalk, pounce, and wrestle that toy mouse into submission. This can help to explain why their total daily sleep needs are so high. Additionally, cats tend to sleep in short bursts of around 60-90 minutes at a time instead of one long period of sleep. This may be partially explained by their small size and a need to hunt/eat more frequently. Larger animals may be able to consolidate their sleep into a longer period if they can eat a large meal and stay full longer.

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    Cat-Napping Champs!

    The sleep activity of cats, like that of people and many other mammals, is characterized by two main patterns of brain activity; non-REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep and REM sleep. This activity has been measured experimentally with an electroencephalograph (EEG) that records waves or pulses of brain activity on a graph.

    When awake, the cat’s brain broadcasts little bunched-together irregularly peaked waves. But when the cat transitions into non-REM sleep, the cat’s brain produces long, irregular waves called slow-wave sleep, which usually lasts 12-15 minutes per sleep cycle. As he dozes in this phase, a cat may lay with his head raised and paws tucked beneath him or sometimes he actually rests sitting up , in which case his muscles stiffen to hold him upright. This way he’s ready to spring into action at a moment’s notice.

    When kitty moves from the light phase into a deeper REM sleep phase, his body relaxes; he stretches out and may roll to one side. His brain patterns change and the waves become smaller and closer together, and are very similar to his waking patterns. This phase is known as REM sleep due to the observed patterns of eye movements during this phase. Cats are fully relaxed and slightly harder to awaken during deep sleep, though they will awaken easily if startled. This phase usually lasts only about 2-10 minutes, and the cat then returns to slow-wave sleep and thereafter alternates between the two phases until he wakes up.

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    Cats and Dreams

    Cats exhibit the same stages of sleep as humans do, and humans dream during rapid sleep. Therefore many scientists theorize that cats dream just as humans do, but we can only guess the subject matter. When those paws twitch or cat-calls spill from the sleeping kitty, perhaps he’s chasing dream mice!

    Cat’s continue to sense sounds and scents most of the time they are asleep.This means they can awaken quickly at the squeak or scent of a nearby rodent. Wake-ups are characterized by a predictable pattern of blinking, yawning and stretching. First the forelegs, then back, and finally rear legs are flexed. Most cats also groom themselves briefly upon first awakening.

    While humans may sleep in marathon eight-hour (or longer) sessions, cat sleep commonly consists of short and long naps throughout the day. Habits vary between cats with geriatric and young kittens sleeping more than adults. Sleep time may increase on cold, rainy or cloudy days or when cats are generally understimulated.

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    Discovery of REM Sleep in Cats

    In 1958, William Dement discovered REM sleep in cats. Around the same time, French physiologist Michael Jouvet ushered in what has been called the “golden age” of sleep research. Jouvet called REM sleep paradoxical sleep. Jouvet chose the term “paradoxical” (which means strange or contradictory) because during this phase of sleep, animals showed biological signs similar to those of an awake animal. It was theorized that perhaps they were acting out their dreams in their sleep.

    Cats are most active at daybreak and sundown. That’s why kitties seem to love playing at these times and can pester tired owners with wake-up calls and bouts of activity. But they typically adapt somewhat to the humans they love, sleeping to coincide with the owner’s schedule. That way, they sleep when you are gone and spend more awake time when you are home.

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    Jouvet, M. The states of sleep. Scientific American, pp.62-72, 1967.

    How much do cats sleep?

    June 18, 2020

    How long does a cat sleep

    Cats have a well-earned reputation for needing their beauty rest. The average feline gets in 15 hours of sleep a day. However, kittens and elderly cats put in as much as 20 hours a day.

    When you think about the 8 hours humans need, that’s almost double the snoozing! To compare with other animals, cats sleep less than dogs (12-14 hours), about as long as sloths, and less than bats and possums (20 hours).

    The following will delve into feline slumber needs, and whether co-sleeping with your cat is a good idea.

    Why do cats sleep so much?

    Does it ever seem like every time you turn around, kitty is settling in for yet another cat nap? When you do the math — 15 out of 24 hours in a day — a cat sleeps nearly two-thirds of his life. And then, when you’re talking about a creature that’s mainly active at night (more on that later), they have no choice but to work in as many cat naps as they can. If your cat is sleeping, leave him alone. He really needs that rest.

    All animals sleep. While scientists don’t fully understand the why behind sleep, the fact that all animals need it reveals just how necessary it is for good health and longevity. When it comes to cats, researchers believe a cat’s sleep habits may have something to do with their meaty, protein-rich diet: The extra rest aids in digestion, according to VetStreet.com.

    How do cats sleep?

    One thing you may have noticed is cats sleep in many brief periods. Like us, they experience deep sleep cycles; however, they last all of five minutes. Those adorable paw twitches may reveal REM sleep.

    Unlike most humans, cats can spring back to action pretty quickly in response to the right stimuli. The sound of the can opener, or their favorite human walking in the room, is enough to get kitty awake and on her feet. At the same time, it’s important not to disturb your cat when she needs rest, so make sure everyone in the family, kids included, are giving her time and space. When she’s ready to play again, she’ll let you know.

    Of course, cats love sleeping curled in dark, enclosed places. This possibly ties into their instinct to protect themselves against predators and ambushes. Because there’s safety in numbers, many are eager to curl up on the laps of their favorite humans, and next to other pets in the house.

    If you notice kitty is starting to have troubles with getting up (or laying down), or isn’t waking as readily to the usual cues, these can be signs of underlying medical issues. Schedule a visit with your cat’s vet or primary health professional.

    Are cats nocturnal or crepuscular?

    The other big question around feline slumber has to do with when they get the most sleep. Some consider cats as nocturnal, which means the majority of their active time is after dark, even though they’re not necessarily sacked out for the entire day (or awake the entire night, for that matter). Others characterize cats as crepuscular, which means their activity peaks at dawn or dusk. The theory is in the wild, a cat’s natural prey is also active around twilight, while bigger nocturnal predators are still at rest.

    Whatever the case for your cat, it’s clear their eyes are designed for low-light activity. A cat’s eyes have 6-8 more rod cells than humans’, which makes objects and movements more visible to cats in dim lighting, according to Live Science. By contrast, a human retina has more cones — light receptors that work best in bright light — than a cat.

    [Want to learn more about feline eyes? Raising Your Paws podcast explains what that distinctive vertical slit in your cat’s eye is about.]

    Should you let your cat sleep in your bed?

    When it’s bedtime for you, your cat may also be ready to curl up at your side or lie on top of you for a snooze. People see many advantages to letting their cat sleep in bed with them: After a long busy day, cat snuggles are comforting; the warmth and security is pleasing to the cat; and the closeness deepens the human-feline bond. As long as allergies aren’t a problem for you (or your partner) and your cat isn’t having issues with fleas and ticks, co-sleeping should be perfectly fine.

    Since humans need eight hours of shut-eye (and most of us are living with a sleep shortage), the biggest risk of this sleeping arrangement is a higher potential for disrupted sleep. Cats are more disposed to p.m. activities, sleeping in shorter sprints, rather than packing the hours in one continuous block. So, yes, you can pretty much count on her to wake and become active while you snooze. Sometimes, that means kitty will try to get your attention, with meowing, pawing and nudging.

    If nighttime pestering is a problem, try some of the training tips in this article, “What to do when kitty meows all the time.”

    How to keep your cat out of baby’s crib

    As many parents of felines and humans discover, cats find enclosed spaces like bassinets and cribs great for napping and just hanging out (especially if they’re placed in a quiet, darkened room, away from the action). It can also be confusing if baby’s room is a place where your cat was once welcome to spend time napping and playing.

    Cats should be kept away from the crib for a couple of reasons.

    The number one reason is that cats love warmth, so they may want to lie on the infant, which can block baby’s breathing.

    The other has to do with any stress your cat experiences with big changes at home, like bringing home a new baby. A common feline response to stress is going to the bathroom in places they shouldn’t, and that can mean the mattress of the crib or bassinet. (Just don’t interpret this behavior as the cat showing hostility toward you or the infant.)

    Ideally, you can set up the crib before baby comes home, and work on training your cat to stay out of the crib:

    • Place sheets of aluminum foil on the mattress. The noise startles some cats when they jump.
    • Apply strips of double stick tape to the bare mattress. Cats dislike the sticky sensation on their paws.
    • Simply remove kitty from the crib with a firm no. Redirect her to a permitted space.

    When baby arrives, keep the nursery door closed, just to be safe.

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    Whatever you were watching, or even if you aren’t a ‘cat person’, you surely must have observed that cats spend much of their time (actually nearly 25 per cent of their waking hours) licking themselves. It is estimated that on an average, a cat spends nearly 2.5 hours licking its fur every day.

    Considering this, Do cats nails need to be clipped? Both indoor and outdoor cats need to have their nails trimmed because their nails can be snagged and caught in soft surfaces, or the cat may lose their ability to retract their claws altogether. Arthritic cats, indoors or out, usually don’t exercise enough to keep their nails short via scratching.

    Why does my cat always clean himself on me? Why Cats Clean Themselves On You? Cats clean themselves on you because it’s their way of telling you that now they are ready to subject you with their monotonous love. It’s their way of showing affection and being extremely grateful for you.

    Furthermore, What does it mean if your cat sleeps next to you? If your cat sleeps near you it means that they trust you and they feel secure with you by their side.

    How do I know if my cat is Overgrooming?

    If your cat is over-grooming you will notice patches of broken or sparse hair, complete hair loss in areas and occasionally damage to the underlying skin. In extreme cases a cat may chew or bite, usually its feet or tail, causing trauma that may require, in the case of the tail, partial amputation.

    How do you cut a cat’s nails if they hate it?

    How do groomers trim cat nails?

    Should you trim cat whiskers? Whiskers Don’t Need Trimming!

    Like other hairs on a cat’s body, whiskers shed. That’s normal. But you should never trim them. A cat with cut whiskers will become disoriented and scared.

    Do cats sleep with you to protect you?

    Sleeping with you provides them with security and an extra defense if a predator should launch a nighttime attack. They sleep with you because they trust you, they know you’re not a danger and you can also provide an extra layer of defense if needed.

    Why does my cat bite me? Cats most commonly bite us to tell us they want to stop interacting. Cats have sensitive nerve endings on their bodies that can lead to them becoming overstimulated. If you miss other signs they want to stop interacting, they may resort to biting you.

    What does it mean when a cat hits you with their paw?

    It’s typically safe and simply a kitty’s way of initiating fun. When your cat is lonely or bored, he may come up to you and try to get your attention by meowing or stroking you with his paw. If he’s nervous, he could only want to be stroked, or he might want you to play with him.

    How do cats pick their favorite person? Every cat is different, so the appropriate response to your cat’s meows and body language signs may include physical interaction, playtime, respecting their space, or (of course) food. Aside from being able to communicate, a cat may choose someone as their favorite simply because they provide the best lap for catnaps.

    Do cats feel love when you kiss them?

    While it might not feel much like love when your cat spreads its body across your face, it actually is. While some may not like being kissed, most cats enjoy spending quality time with their favorite people. Like dogs, cats form a strong attachment to their owners.

    Why do cats sit and stare at you?

    Cats are part of the family bond, even if it’s just the two of you. They love their owner(s) and feel dependent on them for security, comfort, play and food. Having a staring contest is just another way to affirm your bond. When you are calm, they are, too.

    Why is my cat losing hair on her belly and legs? Stress and anxiety: When cats are stressed and obsessively lick and scratch, they can lose hair. Vets call this “psychogenic alopecia.” Cats that have it tend to pick at their belly, sides, and legs. It’s most common in female purebreds with nervous personalities.

    How do you stop a cat from over grooming itself? How to Stop Your Cat From Over-Grooming (11 Proven Methods)

    1. Figure Out Why Your Cat Is Overgrooming. …
    2. Make Your Home Less Stressful. …
    3. Increase the Number of Resources. …
    4. Put the Litter Box, Food, and Water in Appropriate Locations. …
    5. Introduce Other Cats Appropriately. …
    6. Introduce Hiding Places. …
    7. Consider Medication. …
    8. Change Their Food.

    Why is my cat thin at the back end?

    There are two main causes for a skinny cat: Either they aren’t eating enough, or they’re expending more calories than they are taking in. They may not be eating enough due to stress, dental disease, nausea or a host of other reasons.

    How often should a cat’s nails be trimmed? For the most part, cats require nail cutting about every 2-3 weeks. Mature cats usually need more frequent nail clippings than kittens. Make sure you provide a scratching post to support your cat’s instinctive urge to claw and to keep those nails trimmed between clipping sessions.

    Why are my cats back claws always out?

    Disease, trauma or infection may be the major problem behind cat being not able to retract their claws. It may, instead, be an outcome of old age. Your pet can help to break off its nails by buying cat scratching furniture. Don’t cut the nails of your cat because there are nerves flowing through them and blood vessels.

    Do nail grinders work for cats? Thankfully, most cats have white/clear nails, which makes it easy to see where the pink quick is. Another benefit to using a nail grinder is that it smooths out the end of your cat’s nails rather than leaving sharp edges that can still scratch your skin when your cat moves across your lap.

    How much does it cost to get cat’s nails trimmed?

    The ASPCA urges cat owners never to declaw their cats, as the procedure actually amputates the ends of your kitty’s toes. A nail trim is usually one of the least expensive cat grooming services on the “spa” menu. Paying a groomer to clip your cat’s nails will cost you an average of $10-$15.

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    How long does a cat sleep

    As any cat parent knows, cats sleep for very long periods during the day and night. It might seem that they are always asleep and only get up to eat and use the litter box. How many hours a day do indoor cats sleep, and how many do they need?

    Cats sleep an average of 15 hours a day, but not all of those hours are spent in a deep sleep. Many of those hours are light rest periods called catnaps, where cats can wake up with the slightest sound. If cats sleep for more than 15 hours, you might want to call your vet, as they could be ill.

    If you’re worried that your cat is sleeping way too much, stay tuned to learn when to call your vet and when to change up their routine.

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    Cats Sleep an Average of 15 Hours a Day

    While the average amount of sleep for humans is around 8-9 hours, cats sleep an average of 15 hours per day. They might sleep as little as 12 and as much as 16 hours a day, which is normal. Most of these hours are during the day between dawn and dusk, and the middle of the night. If your cat sleeps more than that, there could be other issues that need vet care.

    What Makes a Cat Sleep Less?

    Domesticated cats that live indoors are more exposed to artificial light than cats in the wild or those who live outdoors. The extra light affects their circadian rhythm and causes them to sleep less than normal. If your cat seems like it needs more sleep, try providing a warm place to sleep in a dark room to encourage your cat to sleep without artificial light.

    Other reasons cats might get less sleep include more activity during the day and if their food is cut down due to weight reasons. If you play with your cat more often, then it will naturally be more active during the day. Or, if you cut back on their food slightly because you’re concerned about their weight, they might not sleep well because they are hungry.

    What Makes a Cat Sleep More?

    Cats will also sleep more if they are bored, sick, are older than they used to be, or are depressed. Try stimulating your cat more with toys or climbing structures, or teach your cat to play fetch with a small toy. Yes, you can teach cats to play fetch if you start them out as kittens. Throw a favorite small toy, and they will run after it and bring it back to you.

    How long does a cat sleep

    Older cats will sleep more than they used to, as they might have arthritis or sore joints and will sleep to keep the pain at bay. If you’re concerned about your older cat and its joints, call your vet to ask what you can do to alleviate some of your cat’s pain.

    Depression can affect your cat just as much as it can affect you, which might be why your cat is sleeping more often.

    Why Do Cats Need So Much Sleep?

    Domestic cats are descendants of wild cats, so they have that predator instinct to sleep as long as they can so they have the energy to hunt later when their prey is out foraging. When large cats don’t hunt, they don’t eat, or if they don’t have the energy to make that last big jump to kill their prey, the prey gets away. Much of that same instinct is still present in domestic cats.

    After they eat, they take a large nap because the protein creates sleepiness in cats, much as it does in humans. However, unlike you, they have the luxury of taking a long nap while you need to go to a job.

    Cats also sleep more when the weather is bad or gray, such as rain or snow. A cold day or rainy day, as with other species, sends your cat searching for a warm, dark spot for some shut-eye.

    What’s the Difference Between Sleep and Catnaps?

    Catnaps are periods where cats are in light sleep and can instantly get up to run from a predator or chase their dinner. But sleep periods differ in that cats go into a deep brain sleep, or REM sleep, where they get the most rest. You can tell when a cat is ready for deep sleep or needs some light sleep by the position they get themselves in.

    If a cat lays down in a position where they are ready to get up and run, they are more than likely taking a ‘catnap.’ But if they are curled in a ball, they are ready for deep sleep.

    Another way to tell if they are sleeping deeply is that they will sometimes snore. Why do they snore? They sometimes get their heads tucked into their bodies, which can restrict the flow of air near their soft palate’s skin. But only when they sleep deeply does this happen. When they sleep lightly, that usually isn’t the case.

    Are Cats Really Nocturnal?

    Because large cats in the wild hunt at night or are nocturnal, many people seem to think that domestic cats are nocturnal too. However, cats are more energetic at dawn and dusk but then sleep during the middle of the day and the night. If you’ve woken up to your smaller trash cans knocked over and the trash all over the floor, you’ve experienced a cat’s sleep and wake cycle.

    Your cats will play and hunt in the early morning while you’re asleep, then get up around sunset to have a small meal. The term for this is crepuscular, meaning that cats are the most active during the sunrise and sunset hours of the day.

    However, cats are adaptable and will adapt to your circadian rhythm, so they are awake with you and sleep at the same time as you do. Some cats will bug their humans by meowing and rubbing up against their legs when it’s time to take a nap if they haven’t done so yet. The routine that you make is the one that your cat will remind you of if you forget.

    How Much Sleep Is Too Much?

    If cats get more than 20 hours of sleep or more per day, there might be something wrong with your cat, and they may need a vet visit. Kittens need more sleep than young adult cats, while older cats also need more sleep. But cats will go through cycles where they get less sleep some days and more sleep other days.

    But cats who seem lethargic or don’t take pleasure in their toys that they once did might have deeper issues such as an illness or depression. If you think your cat is sick due to how much it is sleeping, you might want to take it to the vet for a checkup. Chances are, there’s nothing wrong with your cat. But if there is, the vet should determine what it is and treat your buddy.

    Conclusion

    While it might seem that cats sleep more than usual, they need at least 12 hours of sleep or more per day. That doesn’t mean they are in a deep sleep for that long; it just means they are resting that long per day.

    It might seem that cats are lazy, but in reality, they are using their downtime to rest up for their many games of hunt and chase. Their human parents might want to take a cue and rest a little once in a while as well.

    Sources

    • Modkat: How Much Do Cats Sleep, and How Many Hours Do They Really Need?
    • Pet MD: Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?
    • Animal Planet: What Is the Normal Sleep Time for a Cat?

    How long does a cat sleep

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    How long does a cat sleep

    Cats generally sleep between 12 and 16 hours a day. No two felines are exactly the same, however, and age and individual temperament can often influence how much shut-eye they receive. Apart from possums and bats, no other animals get more sleep than cats do.

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    Age and sleep

    Elderly cats tend to sleep more than their younger counterparts. They sometimes sleep for as many as 18 to 20 hours daily. Their sleep tends to be deeper, as well. Newborn kittens, also sleep more — upwards of 16 hours a day. Although newborns sleep a lot, it generally isn’t continuous. Newborn kittens take frequent naps which often last for mere minutes at a time. Young cats usually develop their sleeping behaviors once they’re around three months in age.

    Diet and sleep

    What cats consume affects their sleeping behaviors. Unlike big herbivores, cats don’t graze and therefore don’t need to spend a lot of time feeding to nourish their bodies. Cats eat an abundance of protein which gives them the freedom to enjoy long and leisurely naps frequently. Cats out in nature need to hunt in order to sustain themselves. Hunting is a physically exhausting task, and cats save precious energy by sleeping a lot when they’re not busy hunting.

    Optimal sleeping environment

    Cats appreciate sleeping environments that are silent, secure, dry and warm. They’re frequently seen sleeping in bedrooms because of this. They don’t like sleeping in places that are drafty. Mature cats who live inside generally have three to four preferred napping locations in their homes. Where they choose to sleep may depend on the time. It isn’t uncommon for them to switch sleeping spots out of nowhere, too.

    Since older cats often have arthritis or reduced muscle tone, they usually favor soft bedding over firmer surfaces.

    Crepuscular animals

    Felines are crepuscular creatures. It’s typical for them to be active when it’s dark out. If a cat spends the bulk of his day asleep, expect him to be up at night playing. Felines tend to sleep a lot when their daytime settings are dull or quiet. If you’re usually out of the house during the day, your cat might attempt to get your attention when you sleep at night, often by vocalizing excessively or pawing at you.

    If you notice your cat sleeping more than she normally does, take her to the veterinarian for an appointment. Changes in sleeping habits sometimes signify health problems.

    Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

    We’ve probably all noticed it… our feline friends are great at finding somewhere to drop off for a nap! But why is that? Vet blogger Laura investigates…

    Cats are naturally crepuscular predators meaning they hunt mostly at dusk and dawn. This means they are most active during the twilight dawn or dusk, sometimes well into the night period when prey such as rodents are also very active. Hunting naturally expends a lot of energy, and cats then rest and sleep for long periods to recharge. Some of these wild traits are exhibited by our pet cats. If given the opportunity many cats will remain active during night-time hours. Cats are well adapted to this night-time behaviour; they have poor colour vision but do see well in dim lighting. This is hugely advantageous when hunting at night.

    The Feline Body Clock

    Interestingly studies of pet cats have shown that their body clocks are not set in stone. In many cases pet cats adjust their routine and sleep at night-time while their owners rest, being active instead in daylight hours. This relies on the cat being stimulated with play during the daytime hours. Adjusting their body clocks allows them more interaction with their human owners. Adaptation of their routines often follows their feeding schedule, if cats are fed during the day they are more likely to spend more awake time during daylight hours. However young kittens often retain active nocturnal behaviour, so don’t be surprised if a new addition gets up to lots of mischief at night. Many owners report hearing their kitten playing in the dark when they have gone to bed for the night.

    How long do cats on average sleep for?

    • House cats often sleep longer than their outdoor companions, anything from 13-15 hours’ sleep per day have been reported for adults.
    • Elderly cats may sleep up to 20 hours in a 24 hour period.
    • An adult farm cat sleeps on average 9 hours a day and will spend more time engaged in hunting behaviours.
    • A cat lacking in mental stimulation will often resort to a nap. Whereas an active cat will not necessarily require extra rest.

    Cats experience sleep cycles just as we do. Each cycle lasts roughly 100 minutes, and in this period the cat will be fully awake for just under thirty minutes. The majority of sleep is spent in light or drowsy sleep, where the cat is easily roused. There are usually two periods of six or seven minutes spent in deep sleep, when it is very difficult to rouse the cat. During deep sleep the cat experiences rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and it is therefore believed that cats dream just as we do.

    What influences how long cats sleep for?

    • Age is a major factor in how much sleep a cat gets. Elderly cats and kittens will spend even more time sleeping than adult cats.
    • House cat versus outdoor or farm cat. House cats have been found to sleep significantly more than their outdoor counterparts. Farm cats spend more time hunting and are less likely to have adapted their routines to their human companions.
    • Mental stimulation. Although it is normal for cats to rest and recharge, particularly after an active period of play or hunting an under-stimulated or bored cat will often resort to sleep. It is important that pet cats have plenty of opportunities to play and also to interact with their owners.
    • Health. Cats who have underlying illness or disease may sleep much more than cats with no health concerns.
    • Weather. When the weather is poor, cats will often rest for longer – avoiding the worst of the conditions.
    • Temperament. Some cats are more relaxed, laid back and likely to rest and sleep than others. There can be a genetic predisposition to how much a cat might sleep.
    • Breed. Certain breeds might be more relaxed and cuddlier, with others retaining more wild characteristics. However, it is hard to generalise as with anything there will always be individual differences.

    Ensure your cat has a comfortable sleeping spot (or two). Cats will naturally prefer to retreat to a quiet corner to rest, offering a comfortable place for your pet to retreat to will go a long way towards keeping them happy.

    Between naps you can encourage your cat to be active through play. Pouncing and chasing games are often much loved by cats. Feeding puzzles and games can also help to give mental stimulation to your cat at mealtimes, or when offering a treat.

    In most cases pet cats sleeping for a large part of the day will be normal, however if you have any concerns or have noticed a difference in you cats behaviour that concerns you talk to your vet.

    Cat nap is an idiom used to describe a very brief period of sleep, which usually occurs during normal waking hours. Similar to another idiomatic expression known as a power nap, this is a short sleep meant to revive or rejuvenate a tired person. The length of time for an individual cat nap may vary, but may range from a few minutes to approximately one hour. Although a daytime nap may last for a longer period, a prolonged sleep break is usually referred to simply as a nap.

    Like many other English sayings, the etymology of the cat nap idiom is simple. In the early 1800s, people began using this term to describe human naps that are similar in form to the short sleep periods that cats often engage in. While most cats sleep several hours per day, they are also known for sometimes doing so in very short intervals. It is not uncommon for the meaning of idioms like this to be traced to similarly simple origins.

    When some people engage in a cat nap, sleep may be very light. These particular naps are so short that some may take them while sitting upright at a desk or may doze off for a few short minutes while watching television. Sometimes taking a quick nap is intentional, while other people may unintentionally fall asleep.

    Increasingly, health experts recommend that people take a daily cat nap as a way of restoring energy and increasing work productivity. The famous British politician Winston Churchill has been quoted as being an advocate of daily naps for precisely this reason. Other esteemed individuals noted for taking daytime naps include Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Athletes are also known to relish a cat nap as a way to prepare for an upcoming competition. It is believed that such naps, also referred to as power naps, help increase a person’s mental focus and alertness.

    In some countries, it is understood that employees benefit from an afternoon cat nap and special accommodations are made for nap times, such as quiet rooms with comfortable chairs or sofas designated for resting. Scientists specializing in sleep research have published numerous studies on how the brain benefits from a brief daily nap. In addition to increased mental alertness, employees who are allowed to partake of a daily cat nap also report positive mood changes and decreased stress levels.

    How long does a cat sleep

    It seems like cats are never not sleeping. And that’s because they do sleep a lot — most average 14-16 hours per day. So it might be difficult to think of a scenario when you’d want a cat to sleep more, but there are quite a few circumstances that do call for sedation, such as for travel or medical procedures.

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    Understanding how sedatives work and which situations they should be used for your cat are an important part of being a pet owner.

    Cats who are aggressive or anxious and ones who obsessively spray are also candidates for sedatives. If you think your kitty needs a sedative, the ASPCA advises that it is imperative that you only sedate him using prescribed medication, and under your veterinarian’s care. Always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your cat.

    Inhalable cat sedative medications

    There are different forms of medications used to sedate cats, including: halothane, isoflurane and sevoflurane. All of these medications are in gas form. Not many cats will sit still long enough for a mask to be placed over their mouths and noses, and then for the medication to take effect. Typically the cat is placed in an acrylic box into which a combination of oxygen and the gas is pumped. The mixture must be balanced and adjusted for the individual cat. Further, the cat’s weight and facial structure must be factored in. Additionally, some breeds are more sensitive than others to anesthesia.

    Sedation via injection

    Acepromazine, diazepam, hydromorphone and ketamine are sedatives that are administered through injection, according to Veterinary Anesthesia Specialists. The vet determines the correct dosage for drugs like acepromazine based upon your cat’s weight. Cats tend to be sensitive even to ordinary amounts of some drugs like acepromazine, though, so it’s common for a vet to divide the calculated dose into several small doses and administer them separately until the drug takes effect.

    Oral cat sedative medications

    Sedatives in pill form are likely the only tranquilizing medications you would personally give your cat unless your vet has trained you to give injections. PetCoach reports that buspirone and alprazolam are pills commonly prescribed cat sedative medications. Another commonly given cat sedative is gabapentin for cats.

    Cats aren’t known for willingly taking medication like gabapentin for cats, so getting a cat sedative pill down your kitty’s throat can be difficult and could end up in bloody scratches and hurt feelings. Try hiding the cat sedative in a treat or your cat’s food. Gabapentin for cats also comes in powdered form, which is simple to mix into your cat’s food and won’t be as noticeable to your cat as a pill in the food.

    If he’s too clever to fall for oral medications in his food, kneel over your cat on the floor, with one leg on each side of him. You should both be facing the same direction so you can place the thumb and middle finger of one hand on either side of his jaw to gently open his mouth. Use the forefinger of your other hand to place the pill as far back on his tongue as you can, recommends Pet Health Network. Allow him to close his mouth, but don’t let him run off before you see that he’s swallowed his pill and hasn’t spit it out.

    Common side effects of sedatives

    No medications are free from side effects. Common consequences of sedatives in cats include vomiting, hypotension, increased appetite, anxiety, hallucinations, disorientation, diarrhea and restlessness. Sometimes sedation is considered a side effect of a drug, as with buspirone that also indicates increases friendliness in cats.

    Over the counter sedatives

    Some people forgo consulting a vet when they want to sedate their cats for something routine such as travel, and opt to medicate their kitties with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as diphenhydramine. Even though you can purchase them, these drugs are manufactured for humans and can actually negatively affect your cat.

    You should never take it upon yourself to medicate your cat without talking your veterinarian first. Sedation is one side effect, but others can include: dry mouth, problems urinating, vomiting and/or diarrhea, loss of appetite or anxiety and agitation. Additionally, avoid using diphenhydramine with cats who have glaucoma or high blood pressure, warns VetInfo.

    Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

    It is common knowledge that Ragdoll cats are very laid back and calm. So, it is pretty standard for them to take a nap as well. If you wonder why your Ragdoll sleeps so much, you should know that they probably sleep the usual amount only.

    Cats, in general, can sleep more than 16 hours every day, and it can reach up to 20 hours for no reason. When they start to sleep for an unusual amount or when they start sleeping more than they used to, you have to concern yourself.

    The usual reasons can be boredom, fatigue, or age, and unusually it can also be due to some disease. So, this article will have all the reasons that can prompt a cat to sleep more than they generally do. Let’s begin.

    Why do Ragdolls sleep so much?

    There could be a lot of different reasons behind the sleeping habits of a Ragdoll cat.

    If you wish to find answers as to why your pet seems to be sleeping for an excessive amount of time, the following points could be of some help!

    1. Boredom

    An ailment likely to plague animals of all types, boredom could be a possible reason that causes sleep in excess.

    A visual animal, the Ragdolls, crave external stimuli. They enjoy social interactions and company and are often displeased when by themselves for prolonged periods.

    In the absence of “enough things to do,” a Raggie can seek refuge in sleep.

    Lucky for you, you can quickly remedy it.

    Devise games to play with your cat. It not only keeps them adequately engaged it also helps develop better cognitive abilities.

    2. Domestication

    Predators with few natural enemies can afford to spend an extended period sleeping. It holds for cats and indeed, adds up, for cats are known to spend about two-thirds of their life sleeping.

    It applies primarily to tame cats, which are wrapped in the safety of a home environment and have little need to be on guard. They are not even required to forage their food and eventually sink into the knowledge.

    While essentially true, this can sometimes lead to detrimental consequences such as lethargy and obesity. Keep your cat on its toes, even if it does not need to be.

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    3. Fatigue

    An overworked cat will sleep more. While hardly surprising, it still is essential to keep in mind.

    It might also help do a thorough analysis of the cat’s behavior over a chartable period.

    Allow your cat time to relax. External stimuli, although much recommended for Ragdolls, can sometimes be a little too much.

    An anxious cat may also face sleep trouble. It is likely to be alternating periods of too much and too little sleep, never a good sign. Consult the vet if the problem persists.

    4. Age

    The natural progression of time and all that it entails is no secret. Cats have less energy when they are old and might need longer naps to recharge.

    5. Disease

    Another possible reason for too much sleep could be disease.

    Ragdoll cats do have a host of diseases. Some of these are genetically determined, like the Polycystic Kidney disorder( A DNA test is advisable), while others can result from age or infection.

    Sleep helps restore a semblance of normal function in the body if you find your cat sleeping increased amounts suddenly and cannot figure out why it would be prudent to have a medical examination conducted.

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    Are Ragdoll Cats Lazy?

    The Ragdoll is a relatively lazy breed.

    Their personalities can sometimes be a contradiction- because, while essentially social beings, their energy levels also happen to be relatively low.

    Placid and laid-back by nature, their temperament mirrors their activity levels.

    Unless faced with a challenging game or an exciting puzzle, Ragdoll cats love the idea of being a lap cat. They like cuddles, enjoy being picked up, and prefer lazing around to high-energy antics.

    There is no real threat that results from the general inactivity that Ragdoll cats display.

    However, keep in mind that exercise is essential for health, both mental and physical.

    Ragdolls are large-boned cats, their structures muscular and agile. It might lead to obesity, as the breed gains weight faster than a smaller cat would.

    There are a few different ways to keep chronic laziness at bay. Exercise is, of course, imperative.

    Encourage your cat to exercise voluntarily and devise ingenious ways to do so. Leashed walks, feather teasers, and laser toys are some popular options.

    How many hours a day do Ragdoll cats sleep?

    Cats vary in the amount of time they sleep. It is dependent on factors such as health, age, and mood.

    Cats sleep around 15 hours a day.

    It is an aggregate figure that applies to all cats of all breeds. Younger and older cats may sleep more, owing to a dip in strength and ability.

    Ragdolls tend to sleep almost throughout the day. Like all other cats, they are at their most active during the nighttime.

    It is because cats, and other feline creatures, are trained to be vigilant post-sunset. Their brains and bodies are programmed to regard the dark as the time to hunt, forage, etc.

    Even domesticated cats display these characteristics, even if their choice of prey is a rubber ball.

    Sleeping hours that range between twelve and twenty are considered normal. It would be best if you medically examined an anomaly.

    Do Ragdoll Cats sleep with you?

    A difficult question to answer with universal applicability, a Ragdoll’s sleeping preferences are their prerogative.

    However, generally speaking, Raggies do like to sleep with their owners.

    Ragdoll cats, as mentioned earlier, gravitate towards physical contact.

    The same logic comes into play for sleep. You are liable to find a Ragdoll napping on their owner’s bed or lap more often than not.

    They like to be around their owner and derive comfort from familiar scents and textures.

    Some Ragdoll cats prefer to sleep alone, even if they may spend their waking hours in human company.

    A question with no one answer, sleep, and location is a matter of choice and can not be predetermined.

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    Conclusion

    Being a pet parent is not easy. Being a cat parent and a Raggie parent at that is ten times harder.

    They demand a lot of attention, need to be appropriately trained, and ought to receive quite a lot of exercise daily.

    The sleep issue, too, is but a single point in an ever-increasing list of Ragdoll traits. Excessive sleep in a Ragdoll cat is generally no cause for worry if not a possessor of a disease.

    Hi There, AJ Oren here. I am the founder of this amazing pet blog & a passionate writer who loves helping pet owners to learn more about their pets through my articles. I am also the content manager of this blog. I have experience in pet training and behavior, sheltering, and currently working for a veterinary clinic.

    How long does a cat sleep

    How long does a cat sleep

    If you’ve witnessed your kitten have a shut eye more frequently than not, you’ve naturally got some questions about your cat’s sleeping patterns. Find out how much sleep our dear feline friends need to feel refreshed and ready to play with their favourite owner.

    A cat’s sleeping habits can easily puzzle anyone less familiar with the feline lifestyle. For the best part of the day, a cat will act like the retired elderly on a well-deserved holiday, constantly on an all-day snoozing diet. If your cat’s always-off mode makes you feel like the world’s most boring housemate, you’ll be happy to know this is not personal. Cats sleep a lot, naturally.

    If you’ve been wondering ‘how long do cats sleep?’ and ‘why do cats sleep so much?’, we unpacked some of the amazing facts surrounding their siesta habits to help you better understand your kitty’s unconventional take on sleeping schedules.

    How long do cats sleep?

    Cats sleep on average 15 hours a day, with some sleepy kitties getting in up to 20 hours of shut-eye each day.

    How long does a cat sleep

    There are a few factors influencing how long a cat sleeps, age being one of the most important ones. Kittens will sleep most of the day, but as soon as they turn into “teenagers” you’ll notice a change in their sleeping patterns as they become more and more active. Senior cats tend to slow down their activity levels and turn in earlier, snooze more often and for longer periods of time than an adult cat.

    You will also notice your cat dozing off longer than usual when the weather doesn’t allow for proper outdoor exploration. When it’s cold or raining, your cat will likely try to add even more hours to their already impressive sleeping record.

    Why do cats sleep so much?

    Cats sleep long hours in order to recharge for their next hunting spree. Although your domesticated cat’s existence couldn’t be more different to the wild felines’ such as lions, the genetic programming is pretty much the same. Just like its big cat cousins, your fluffball instinctively conserves energy in case they have to chase down their next meal, which they do despite all the nice dinners they get at home, served in a timely fashion every day. Never mind the premium cat food the loving owner puts in front of them day in and day out, their innate instincts can easily take over despite the countless comforts of home life.

    Do cats sleep at night?

    You might have noticed your cat is fast asleep during the day and wide awake at dawn and dusk. This sleeping schedule has helped your cat’s wilder relatives to be such efficient hunters. Their prey, usually small mammals and birds, are less likely to take notice of dangers during twilight hours and thus become easy targets for the hungry feline.

    The same hunting instincts are responsible for your cat’s playful disposition just as you get ready for bed. Their crepuscular nature means they’ll be running up and down your room exactly when you’re least likely to appreciate it: early mornings and late evenings.

    However, some domesticated cats are nice enough to adjust their sleeping routines to match the waking hours of their owner. After all, they do need a cooperating human around to give them their share of food, water and play time.

    Persian cats sleep 12 to 16 hours a day. However, they can sleep up to 20 hours a day. The stage of life your Persian is at can change the time that they sleep. Kittens and Senior cats will sleep more than a cat in its prime years. The hours that Persians sleep are no different than other breeds. Cats, including Persians, sleep so much to conserve energy.

    Why Does Your Persian Sleep So Much?

    Your cat is hard-wired to sleep a lot. Cats in the wild must hunt to live. They are what is called crepuscular. Crepuscular means they are most active at dawn and dusk. They use the rest of the day and night to conserve energy by sleeping.

    Dusk and dawn are the best times for cats to hunt as there is enough light for them to see their prey, but it’s dark enough for them to hide. Most of their game are crepuscular creatures as well.

    Your cat probably doesn’t hunt for their food, but the innate behavior remains. So, cats sleep in a pattern that fits their evolution. Some cats will adapt to their owners’ sleep patterns and sleep all night through with them. I have yet to see a cat that will stay awake all day. Day sleeping seems to be a cat thing no matter in what household they live.

    Sleeping Habits of Cats

    • Cats nap rather than sleep for long periods. It is safer for them to sleep for short periods in the wild, eating, drinking, and grooming in between their naps. Cats can fall asleep much faster than their human counterparts. Their sleep consists of entering a slow-wave rest and then moving into a REM cycle that lasts only a few minutes.
    • Cats are alert while they sleep. They need to be ready to spring into action in an instant.
    • Cats snore. Snoring can be due to a slight obstruction to their airway caused by the position they sleep. Persian cats are prone to snoring due to the fact they have flat faces.
    • Cats dream. If your cat twitches its whiskers, paws, eyelids, or twitches its tail in their sleep, it indicates they are dreaming.
    • Weather affects how much your cat sleeps. We aren’t the only ones who want to nap when the weather is dreary. Expect your cat to sleep more on a rainy or snowy day.
    • Cats will sleep on all your stuff. Cat’s don’t sleep on your property because they want to annoy you. It’s because your things have your scent on them. That makes your cat feel safe. When you find your cat sleeping on your favorite pair of jeans instead of in their cat bed, it’s because they love you.
    • Cats will adapt their sleep schedules to their humans’. Your cat won’t stay awake all day as you do, but they will work their sleeping time around yours. They tend to sleep more when you sleep and are awake more when you are, but that won’t stop them from having their naps throughout the day.

    Abnormal Sleep Behavior

    The way your cat sleeps can tell you about their health. If you notice your cat sleeping too much or too little, you should keep a close watch on them. There could be an underlying health problem.

    Is Your Cat Sleeping Too Much?

    On average, a cat sleeps 12 to 16 hours a day. More than this may indicate a problem. Kittens sleep more than an adult cat. Elderly cats can also sleep more than twelve to sixteen hours because of their age. If you have an adult cat that hasn’t reached their senior years, you should assess them for any issues.

    Cats can oversleep because they overate. They will oversleep if they are bored or depressed. However, if your cat isn’t their bright, perky self when they are awake and sleep way more than usual, it can indicate illness. If you notice this in your cat, you should seek the advice of a veterinarian.

    Is Your Cat Not Sleeping Enough?

    Say your Persian has always slept through the night with you but then becomes restless or doesn’t sleep all night with you. Monitor them for other signs of illness or injury. Your cat may also exhibit this type of behavior if you’ve had a lifestyle change, such as a new baby, marriage, divorce, or death. Your cat senses your stress and then become stressed themselves.

    Older cats, those considered senior, may not sleep well. They can have arthritis pain that might not let them rest. There is a possibility that your cat may develop dementia, and instead of sleeping, might pace around because they don’t remember they should sleep.

    Your cat may have sleep apnea. If you notice your cat snores more than usual, or if your cat pauses for too long between breaths, they may have apnea. Persians are at high risk for this due to their flat faces. Overweight cats can suffer from apnea as well. It would be best if you did all you can to assess this issue. You should have a vet check your cat out to see if apnea is the cause of any changes you notice.

    Hyperthyroidism is another issue your cat may have. If your cat of middle-age or senior years has an irregular sleep schedule along with weight loss, they may have hyperthyroidism. Some other symptoms of hyperthyroidism can be yowling, dull coat, and appetite change. The good news is that if your cat does have hyperthyroidism is there are many treatment options. If you suspect this disease in your cat, please take them to the vet.

    Conclusion

    Cats, not just Persians, sleep a lot of hours a day, somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 to 16 hours. Kittens and Senior cats can sleep up to twenty hours a day. With this knowledge, you should be aware when your cat isn’t sleeping right so that you can catch anything wrong early.

    Domestic cats still have their wild cousins’ instincts, and their sleep patterns match those of their extended family. However, domestic cats will adjust their sleep schedules around their human family to be awake when their humans are. They don’t want to miss the attention. Persians love getting attention, so they aren’t going to miss their humans by sleeping too long.

    We hope you enjoyed this article. If you have any questions, comments, or stories, we’d love to hear from you. Leave your comment below. We’d love to hear from you.

    In this Article

    • Get Prepared
    • The Process
    • At Home or at the Vet’s?
    • Next Steps

    Now that you’ve made the hard — but humane — choice to put your aging or ill pet to sleep, you may have questions. Will it hurt? Can I be with my pet during the process? Can it be done in my home?

    Knowing the facts can help you and your family feel more at peace with what’s going to happen.

    Get Prepared

    It can be done at home or at your veterinarian’s office. Not all vets will do this at your home so it’s important to check first. You may want to search for one that offers this service.

    Make a time for your entire family to say goodbye. If you have children, explain what’s happening in advance to help them prepare for the loss of their friend. There are lots of books to provide comfort and understanding for children, includingВ Fred Rogers’ When a Pet Dies.

    If you choose a vet’s office, bring your pet’s bed with you — or a comfy blanket or pillow — where they can rest. Most vets will provide a blanket, but one from home may be more soothing to your pet.

    The Process

    You may want to sit with your friend so you can pet and comfort them while the vet gives them the medicine.

    Many vets give the pet a shot of sedative before the euthanasia drug. The vet will explain to you what they are doing and where they are giving the shot. Some vets only use a sedative if the pet is frightened or can’t relax. The shot mayВ sting a little bit, and the drug can have side effects.В So talk to your vet about whether your pet should get it. If they are very sick and already quiet or haveВ trouble breathing, they may not need it.

    The euthanasia medication most vets use is pentobarbital, a seizure medication. In large doses, it quickly renders the pet unconscious. It shuts down their heart and brain functions usually within one or two minutes. It is usually given by an IV injection in one of their legs.

    When your pet passes, theirВ eyes may not fully close. They may urinate or defecate. You may see themВ twitch or take a final breath. This can be startling, but it’s a normal part of the process. Your pet isn’t in pain. Use of a sedative makes this step less likely.

    At Home or at the Vet’s?

    In-home euthanasia can be easier if your dog has trouble moving or gets panicky at the vet’s office.

    Plus, if there are other animals at your house, they can see that their friend has passed. This is important for dogs — as pack animals, they may get confused if they see another dog leave the house and not come back. Dogs often cry and search for a deceased animal after it’s gone.

    On the other hand, you may not want to associate your home with a beloved pet’s death. It can be upsetting to children to see it happen, too. Or you may not want to be there when your pet passes.

    Next Steps

    If you want to bury your pet at home, be sure to check local, county, or state ordinances to make sure this is legal. You may also consider a pet cemetery.

    Many people choose to have their pet cremated. Your city may have a company that will pick up your friend’s remains from the vet’s office or from your home. They’ll cremate the pet and let you have time for a memorial service before if you want. Your vet may have a service they use. If not, contact your local or state government for guidance and regulations.

    Putting your pet to sleep is the final step of a lifetime of care. You’re making sure your friend is treated with compassion and dignity in their final moments.

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    Interview: Kristen Brauer, DVM, Tampa, Fla.

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    My cat had a hard fall on Monday afternoon. On Tuesday I realized she was limping and when it hadn’t improved, I made a vet appointment. I took her to the vet on Wednesday (5 May). By this time her limp had improved but I decided to go along with the appt. The vet said her leg was not broken but just hit hard and they recommended pain meds. They prescribed oral Buprenorphine, which they administered at around 12pm and advised she get more doses (twice a day for 2-3 days) until she is feeling better.

    I will also add here that kitty is about 5-6 years old. We recently adopted her from neighbors who moved away and left her behind (so terrible!). We did not know her history, so she was given vaccines at this visit as well (rabies, feline leukemia, and FVRCP). She was also administered Revolution on the back of her neck for ear mites. She also was microchipped. So quite a bit in one visit.

    After coming home, our kitty was very sleepy and spaced out, which made sense with the Buprenorphine. Around 4:00pm, she wanted to go outside for a bit (she is indoor/outdoor and typically goes to the bathroom outside), so I went out with her to keep an eye on her. She did a loop around the yard, cleaned herself a bit, and then returned to the door mat and fell asleep. Around 5:30pm, I fed her and she ate normally, cleaned herself and then came up to sleep on my lap on the couch.

    Since that time, kitty has been completely spaced out and wanting to sleep. It is now about 2:00am and she hasn’t left the couch that I was sitting on earlier. I got up around 6:00pm and she remained. She is very out of it and really only wakes up periodically and is just dazed. She typically goes outside around 8:00 or 9:00pm but, again, hasn’t left the couch. Sometimes her breathing seems a little fast. She did wake up around 1:30am and I pet her for a bit but she suddenly lunged and tried to bite me and then hissed very loudly (not typical behavior).

    We did not give her a second dose of the Buprenorphine in the evening because I am concerned that she is already way too zonked out. At this rate, I don’t anticipate her getting one in the morning either.

    My question is – how long is this behavior supposed to last? Is this type of sleepiness and sedation typical from what others have seen when their cats were prescribed Buprenorphine? She also went through a lot yesterday with vaccines and such, so maybe this is all heightened due to that?? I plan to call the vet in the AM, but am curious if others have had experience with this drug and how long this dazed state lasted.

    How to euthanize a cat with over the counter drugs

    Overview

    Cats are almost one of the attachments, then beautiful animals. If it stays in your household such many lovely creatures for years, they get steep after order to give them a farewell. However, sometimes, after transmitting your life to an end, you might also be following your decision. The fantastic thing you do because of your delight is that you abandon a painless death when you no longer love the existence of your elderly or suffer from incurable distress which makes your lives hard to live. A group of animal owners should learn that How to euthanize a cat with over the counter drugs

    To say goodbye to your cherished animal is one of the most stressful and difficult tasks. For this reason most individuals want to do it with privacy in the comfort of their homes. In addition, at his final few hours, the cat is more comfortable than in a clinic. Veterinary appointments and travel already may have made your pet nervous. By deciding to euthanize at home, you can minimize further stress.

    Ways (How to euthanize a cat with over the counter drugs)

    How long does a cat sleep

    There are several ways to put your cat home liberate it from the sorrowful existence it lives. Not everyone can afford one final time to bring the cat to the doctor. You may have spent enough on therapy. The complete euthanasia process at the clinic may cost much more than simply a high dose of medicines.

    If taken with sedatives, euthanizing the cat using sleeping medications is better. Sedatives assist the animal to relax and liberate itself from discomfort caused by these drugs. However, it is important to visit a veterinarian for a proposal as harmless as possible as to the optimum dosage and product.

    Many over-the-counter medicines and treatments assist treat human health problems but are typically lethal to cats and are using to euthanize them. Here are some of the top ones that cat owners generally favor.

    • Tylenol PM is an all-in-one painkiller that occurs in all homes. Cats are nevertheless particularly susceptible to these medications, and even in little dosages can be lethal for animals. Large dosages of this medicine may produce cats’ toxic consequences and kill them. However, these consequences can be uncomfortable, hence sedatives for euthanasia are indicated.
    • Benadryl works for cat euthanasia as one of the most efficient over-the-counter medicines for human allergies. You can take a 15-fold larger dose than a conventional one to kill. In a few minutes after that, it dies quietly, a dosage of Benadryl is going to send your cat into a comma.
    • Cats are sensitive to some medications, one of which being aspirin. They react to this medication because of their delayed synthesis and digestive incapacity. Overdose of aspirin is a painless means of putting cats to sleep. In a few hours, a couple of dosages of aspirin would slowly put them down.
    • Although insulin is consider as a life-saving medicine for diabetic individuals, large amounts of insulin can decrease the blood glucose level of your cat. Without expert guidance, insulin may be simply bought from a pharmacy and given to a cat. Having opted to euthanize your kitty, you can administer a large amount of insulin and witness unconsciousness in approximately 10 minutes, which leads to painless, peaceful death some time thereafter.

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    I am Melissa D. Thacker, a professional blogger and freelance writer who has been in this industry for the last four years. I write articles on pet care as well as other topics that are of interest to me such as fashion, beauty, and lifestyle.

    I enjoy writing for others because it helps them get their message out there more effectively which means they can help more people!

    How long does a cat sleep

    Cats sleep between 12-16 hours every day

    Sleep, eat, sleep, repeat… cats live the dream! But why do cats sleep SO much? While a cat’s constant need for naps might seem lazy, there’s actually a very interesting evolutionary reason behind it

    Updated on the 03/05/2022 17:55

    If you had to pick your cat’s top skill, what would it be? We bet sleeping – a lot – would be a contender.

    Whether it’s the bed, the sofa, a scruffy old box, your hat or the laptop you were just about to use, cats manage to fall asleep just about anywhere. Plus, it only takes a second before they’re out like a light – they’re true nap masters!

    Jokes aside, we can’t really blame our feline friends for their constant snoozing – it’s all a part of their DNA! So why do cats sleep so much, and how long do cats sleep for? Let’s find out!

    How much sleep do cats need?

    Warning: you might be a little jealous when you hear this! Cats sleep for around 12-16 hours every single day. That’s more than most mammals on the planet, and around double as much downtime as us humans need.

    Elderly cats and very young kittens might sleep even more than this. Yes, that means they spend pretty much all their time asleep! That nap is sounding more and more tempting by the minute…

    We know what you’re thinking – why can’t we sleep as much as cats? Well, the thing is, your kitty actually has a fairly good excuse for their sleeping hobby. And while sleeping for ⅔ of their lives might come across as lazy, it’s actually quite the opposite.

    Why do cats sleep a lot?

    While cats are lazing the day away in a series of cosy naps, they’re actually doing something fairly important – saving their energy for hunting.

    “Cats sleep to save energy for hunting. To be efficient predators, cats need short spurts of energy to generate the speed and strength needed to capture prey. Domestic cats, fed at home, have no need to hunt; yet they are ruled out by the genetic code of their ancestors” explains Helen L.Wilbur in her book, M Is for Meow.

    Yes, domestic cats are lucky enough to be served up food in their bowl every single day – no hunt necessary. Nevertheless, hunting is still part of their DNA and they’ve evolved this way despite now being a domesticated animal.

    Cats are predators. They need to find and hunt prey in order to eat and stay alive. This requires short but intensive bursts of energy. On top of this, cats are prey as well as predators. They’re watching their back constantly in fear of being hunted. This increases their energy needs even more.

    So, your cat sleeps a lot to build up and store this energy to hunt and protect themselves from predators. Now you think about it, their napping is actually the opposite of lazy – so, you’ll have to let them off!

    Is it normal for a cat to sleep 20 hours a day?

    Older cats, and very young kittens, may well sleep for this long. However, if your cat starts to sleep longer, all may not be well. Is your cat ill perhaps, or due a vet health check? A cat that is kept indoors may become depressed and stop moving around as much, resulting in them sleeping a great deal to simply pass the time. Be certain that you are providing plenty of opportunities for enrichment and activity. After all – we want our cats to be as happy as possible!

    4 facts about cat sleep

    We’ve answered the burning “why do cats sleep so much?” question. so why not take the opportunity to learn something else about cats and sleep? Here we go!

    Cats are crepuscular

    Most people assume that cats are nocturnal – but this isn’t true at all! Cats are actually crepuscular, which means they’re most lively around dawn and dusk. In the wild, this is the time that prey is more active, making it easier for them to hunt for food.

    So, if you’ve ever wondered why your kitty goes mad just as you’re settling down for bed and wakes you up with meows in the early morning, now you know why! The dawn, and twilight hours are their active time.

    Cats are light sleepers

    If you’ve had a cat for a long time, you’ll know how easily cats wake up. They can appear to be in a blissful, deep sleep – but their body springs back to life with the slightest sound or touch, ready to defend their territory.

    But why is this? We spoke earlier about how cats are prey as well as predators – this means they’re programmed to be able to fight or flee at any given moment. Because of this, most of the time, your kitty will be sleeping very lightly – more of what we humans would call a snooze.

    Most cats are in light sleep for around half an hour, followed by 5 minutes of very deep sleep, before quickly switching back into light sleeping mode. This way, they’re aware of their surroundings but still get adequate rest. Perfect survival tactic.

    Cats dream, just like we do!

    Spotting your cat’s ears and paws twitching while they’re asleep has got to be the cutest thing ever. When you spot this, it’s very likely that your kitty is enjoying her short spurt of deep sleep and wandering around in a feline dreamland.

    That’s right – scientists believe that cats dream too. This deep, dream sleep is crucial – at this time, your cat’s body is busy regenerating itself and checking everything’s in order.

    As for what they’re dreaming about, we can’t tell you – but we’re guessing it’s probably cuddling with you, eating their favourite cat food, and chasing lots of insects and yes, mice and birds and maybe even the occasional rabbit.

    Cats adjust their sleep pattern to keep contact with us

    This might be the most interesting cat sleep fact of them all. Even though cats sleep for a whopping 12-16 hours per day and naturally sleep through daylight, they often adjust their sleeping schedules to fit in with us humans.

    Even though they will sleep to conserve energy, they will awaken for a bit of social time with us, too. Of course, they also awaken to tell us it’s feeding time, or play time, or grooming time… but they certainly don’t ignore the fact that we are around.

    So, that was everything you need to know about cat sleep. Now you know why cats sleep so much, you can stop feeling so envious of your kitty’s constant nap time! Talking about naps, we think we can squeeze one in right now – zzz.

    How long does a cat sleep

    Karen Wild is a Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Dog Trainer with over 20 years experience of working with family pets. She is a bestselling author of five books on pet behaviour and training, translated into eight languages worldwide, including ‘Being a Dog’, ‘What your Dog Wants’, ’21 Days to the Perfect Dog’ and ‘The Purrfect/Pawfect Guide to Thinking Like a Dog/Cat’ co-authored with well-known TV Vet Dr Emma Milne. Karen has featured on local and national media in the UK (BBC TV, Sky News, BBC Local Radio, Channel 5 and The Daily Mail). She is known for her kind, sensible, family-centred approach to dog and pet behaviour and care.

    How long does a cat sleep

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    The second week of March is known as Sleep Awareness Week, so it’s a great time to talk about sleep, whether it’s humans or cats who need a snooze.

    When it comes to felines, we all know that our kitty friends absolutely love to nap, catch 40 winks, and siesta their way through the day.

    So let’s dig a little deeper into the meanings behind cat sleeping patterns, positions, and behaviors.

    Sleeping Positions

    How long does a cat sleep

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    Have you ever looked over at your snoozing feline in some weird position and wondered what it means?

    Well, if you see your cat sleeping on their side, that means they’re in a deep sleep.

    If kitty is all curled up, tailed tucked in, that’s meant to suggest they’re looking to stay protected.

    And if they’re entering the cat loaf position — paws tucked underneath their body? That means your cat is in a light sleep and is ready to move or respond to any potential danger signs.

    Finally, if you see your feline has fallen asleep on their back with their tummy exposed, that means they feel totally content and safe in their environment.

    Sleeping Behavior

    How long does a cat sleep

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    Have you ever noticed how your cat often turns their nose up at that fancy new cat bed you bought them in favor of an old cardboard box? That’s because cardboard boxes provide a feeling of safety.

    A well-enclosed cat feels protected from predators, so that’s why they might prefer to sleep in a good, old-fashioned box.

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    What about if your cat sleeps on you? Well, on one level, it could simply mean that your feline is looking for warmth; in effect, they’re tapping into your body heat.

    Another reason your cat may sleep on you is that they might enjoy your familiar smell, which imparts a sense of safety.

    And if you notice your cat snoring on occasion? Just like humans, it’s likely caused by a temporary blockage in their upper airway. It’s worth mentioning to your vet, just to be safe.

    Although, Himalayan and Persian cats are often more prone to snoring due to their flat-faced status.

    How Long Do Cats Sleep?

    How long does a cat sleep

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    Cats sleep for a long time each day, with most estimates putting the figure at upwards of 16 hours.

    One theory behind this extended snoozing suggests it’s because the cat is trying to conserve energy for the next hunting mission. Or, in the case of domestic felines, the next short stroll to the food bowl for dinner.

    How long does a cat sleep

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    While 16 hours a day seems like a lot of nap time, cats don’t sleep in the same way that we humans do. Even if it looks like they’ve totally dozed off, your feline is very much alert.

    That means if a loud or out-of-the-ordinary noise occurs, they will wake up and be instantly ready for action, as opposed to complaining that they “simply cannot function before that first cup of coffee” like we humans do.

    Does your cat do anything funny or strange while sleeping? What do you think it means? Tell us about it in the comments below!

    How long does a cat sleep

    When cats cannot sleep at night, they interfere with your sleep too. That is why it is important to make them sleep the best way you know when it cannot. Even though cats are known for the long hours that they sleep, those hours are mainly daytime hours. They spend more than half of the day sleeping. That makes the night the time that they are most active.

    When their awake time coincides with your sleeping time, be sure that your sleep will be interrupted most of, if not all, the time. When they are not jumping on your bed when you are fast asleep, they will be dashing around your house and knocking down objects until a peaceful sleep turns into no sleep at all.

    A cat’s biological clock may be out of sync with humans, which is the main reason for their disturbances at night, but you can still solve the issue. But how do you do it?

    Control their sleeping time by changing mealtime

    Cats are nocturnal, but domestic cats can adapt to your rhythm. You can make them sleep at night just like the humans in your house. One way to corrupt their natural time is by changing their feeding time. Serving their last meal just at the right time will do the trick.

    They will spend the night sleeping heavily just the way you want them to. Digestion makes them sleepy just the way the process affects humans. Therefore, if you want them to adapt to your rhythm and your clock especially at night, you should give them the last meal late in the evening.

    That would an hour or two before you go to bed to be exact. It will do magic and save your sleep. The cat will use one or two hours to groom itself before going to sleep.

    Keep it playing and exercising during the day

    If your cat’s night time activity is a form of attention-seeking and social play, it means your purring friend did not get enough of these activities during the day. When a cat does not play and exercise enough during the day, they may have to become active during the night when you should be slumbering.

    Whenever they feel the urge to play and exercise at night, they will interrupt your sleep in the process. You can and should offer several social play sessions to your cat. For instance, keep it playing and interacting with you during the late afternoon to early evening hours. When you do that, you will help it to expend most of its energy so that it can also rest at night.

    Likewise, meeting the cat’s social interaction and behavioral needs during the day quenches that desire so that they can stay calm during the night.

    Enrich the cat’s environment

    You should widen your cat’s world to stop it from getting bored. Think of what will inspire the interest to be active in the cat and create an environment that will prevent it from boredom during the day. For instance, you should install several scratching posts at strategic points in your home for the cat to access easily.

    The catching post should be at least 1.5 times taller than the cat. Cats also need hiding spaces for hiding and seek games. You can create such spaces using cut up boxes. You can also add feeding puzzles and cat water fountains where the purring friend can drink moving water just like they usually like.

    For indoor cats, make them watch cad videos and buy an outdoor enclosure to help stimulate it. Such an environment helps nurture a cat that can rest during the night and stay active during the day. The Environment keeps cats busy all day so that they can sleep at night and save your night’s sleep just like that.

    Final Thoughts on How to Help Cat Sleep at Night

    You can apply any if not all of these methods. If they do no work out for you as you expected, you should contact your vet for more information or further advice. It is highly unlikely that all these options can backfire. Since cats also differ in several ways, you should try all the methods to find the method that works best with your cat the most.

    Do cats know what kisses are

    When we kiss our cats, they feel closer to us and know for sure that we love them. Cats don’t know exactly what kisses mean to humans but they love being petted and cuddled by those they have bonds with. Even amongst felines, they show their affection for each other through physical contact. And for people, we also kiss our pets out of affection and love. Cats are intelligent animals. With time, they learn that kisses are a way humans show their affection. So, your cat surely knows you love when you kiss her.

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    Do Cats Know That Hugs And Kisses Are Signs Of Affection?

    Cats indeed know that hugs and kisses are signs of affection. However, they learn this when they become closer to people. Cats love the attention and touch of their owners. Even amongst themselves, they sleep and cuddle with other cats they are comfortable with and have close bonds with. But they are usually selective with whom they allow to touch them. Felines don’t easily trust people. Because of this, when strangers or people they have no bond with try to hug or kiss them, they might be unreceptive of such affection.

    So you may notice that your new pet doesn’t like to hug or kiss you. There are two possible reasons she rejects your display your affection. Here is the first: She doesn’t trust you yet to allow you to hold her. The other reason is she doesn’t understand the rationale behind this act of cordiality . So, the bottom line is this: the closer you get to your pet, the more she’s likely going to enjoy your hugs and kisses.

    When we kiss our cats, they feel closer to us and know for sure that we love them. Cats don’t know exactly what kisses mean to humans but they love being petted and cuddled by those they have bonds with

    Do Cats Like To Be Hugged And Kissed?

    Yes, they do. Cats love to be hugged and kissed by their owners and other people they trust. Hugs and kisses are forms of physical touches that cats learn over time to be signs of affection. A 2013 Study proves that petting our cats can make them healthier. So, you should hug and kiss your pet more often so they can feel closer to you and become healthier.

    However, if you notice that your cat hisses or meows at you anytime you try to hug or kiss her, she probably doesn’t like the act. If your cat is still new to her environment, give her some time to get accustomed to you. You must bond with your pet so she can trust you enough to allow her to touch you.

    Besides, as much as cats like being petted and rubbed, they don’t like being rubbed on their belly. The stomach is one of the vulnerable body parts. So, if you touch your cat’s belly, she may meow or hiss at you. So, always hug your cat sideways. Likewise, while holding your pet, avoid touching the tail region .

    Is It Ok To Kiss Your Cat On The Head?

    It is ok and safe to kiss your cat on the head. Some cat owners kiss their pets on their cheeks, eyes, sides, arms, chests, legs, or noses. However, the safest place to kiss your cat is on the forehead. Think about it. Cats often groom themselves on their body parts. So, those body parts are likely to have come in contact with your pet’s saliva. And if you kiss those parts, you can ingest the pathogens that might be in your cat’s saliva.

    However, it is impossible for your cat’s mouth to get to her forehead. That makes the forehead the safest place for people to kiss their cats. But most importantly, groom your cat properly so that she can be clean enough for kisses. So, bathe your cat with a shampoo every four weeks and brush her fur to check for ticks and lice.

    Why Do Cats Kiss On The Lips?

    Cats kiss their owners on the lips as a display of affection. Felines love to smell the people they are attached to, so your pet may sniff your face as well. While sniffing your face, your lips can meet in a way that seems like a kiss. To cats, it isn’t the kissing itself that is intended but the physical touch. They kiss their owners so they can feel close to them.

    Sometimes, cats rub their nose against people they regard as their friends. This is an Eskimo kiss. When your pet does this to you, it may seem like she’s kissing you on the lips, whereas she isn’t. Also, if you have food on your lips, your pet may try to lick the remnants on your lips. This may also look like your pet is kissing you on the lips. For health reasons, you shouldn’t kiss your cat on the lips. You can ingest bacteria that could be in your pet’s saliva when you kiss your pet on the lips.

    Final Thoughts

    Kisses and hugs are ways by with both cats and their owners express their affections to each other. While some cats love being hugged, petted, kissed, and cuddled, some of them don’t, especially when they don’t trust whoever is trying to touch them or if they are new pets in the house. So, it is imperative to Hugs and kisses are a great way for both cats and owners to bond. However, avoid kissing your pet directly on the lips to avoid ingesting germs that may be present in her saliva. And remember: Abstain from touching your pet’s tail and belly while cuddling or hugging.

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    Do Cats Know When You Kiss Them? Absolutely, cats understand your affection towards it when you kiss it because cats show their affection and love by bumping their heads or by brushing their heads against the other cat.

    Do cats pick a favorite person? Your cat’s favorite person might simply be the human who plays with her the most. Remember that deep down, cats are animals. They’re attracted to people they know will keep them safe and well-cared for. At the end of the day, some cats choose favorites based on totally arbitrary criteria, like who has the best smell.

    Can animals sense if you’re a good person? Signs of a Dog Sensing a Good Person. Dogs can sense when someone is a bad or good person. Your dog may not know the moral decisions a person has made, but he can pick up on signs of nervousness, fear, anger, and danger. However, dogs are able to read facial expressions of humans quite well.

    Do cats know you love them? As strange as it sounds, cats say “I love you” by slowly blinking at you. These slow blinks are a cat’s version of a kiss, according to cat behavior expert Pam Johnson-Bennett. If you slowly blink back at your cat, you can let him know that you love him, too. This is a great way to communicate your love to your cat.

    Related Questions

    Do cats know we love them?

    Cats give us unconditional love. Maybe most of all, we know cats feel love from the unconditional love they give to us. Unless a cat has had a traumatic history with humans, she will seek out her owner for affection in the form of play, stroking, or perhaps a chat. And you know a serene and loving cat by her purr.

    Can Cats sense when something is wrong?

    Like dogs, cats also have an uncanny ability to detect ailments and diseases as well. Cats also have an acute sense of smell and have the ability to sniff out a chemical change in the body caused by a disease. And both dogs and cats can also sense the change in mood, behavior and pattern that affect a daily routine.

    Can cats sense if you’re a good person?

    Although a cat may not care (as that word is generally used) about human morals, cats can and do distinguish between good and bad people, and are excellent judges of human character and emotion.

    Can cats sense sadness in humans?

    Many cats seem to know when their owners are sad or depressed, and react with affection or simply by spending more time nearby. Cats don’t expect us to be always-on or perfect. They accept us no matter how bad we feel.

    Can cats sense human anxiety?

    Animals can be surprisingly aware of our emotions. Research has shown that dogs will comfort their humans when we are sad, and cats can pick up on our emotional gestures. According to new research from Nottingham Trent University, cats also notice when we’re stressed out or anxious, and can be less healthy as a result.

    Can Cats sense when you’re upset?

    Compared to our devoted dogs, cats seem pretty unconcerned with human affairs. But it looks like our feline companions pay more attention than we give them credit for. They seem to be able to tell when we are happy. New research has found the first strong evidence that cats are sensitive to human emotional gestures.

    Do cats get clingy when you’re sick?

    Do cats always have a favorite person?

    Cats have a reputation for not really loving their owners, instead just using them to get food and shelter. And, let’s be honest, a warm lap occasionally. While cats can be aloof, they also definitely seem to have favorite people that they like to curl up with more than others.

    Do cats know when you kiss them?

    Absolutely, cats understand your affection towards it when you kiss it because cats show their affection and love by bumping their heads or by brushing their heads against the other cat.

    Can Cats sense when you dont feel good?

    Compared to our devoted dogs, cats seem pretty unconcerned with human affairs. But it looks like our feline companions pay more attention than we give them credit for. They seem to be able to tell when we are happy. New research has found the first strong evidence that cats are sensitive to human emotional gestures.

    Can animals sense if you like them?

    Yes, it’s true, dogs can most definitely sense when someone is a lover of all things animals. They rely on their nose in order to determine if a human is a friend or a foe, and many even say they have a sixth sense about this sort of thing.

    Can cats sense if you are stressed?

    Animals can be surprisingly aware of our emotions. Research has shown that dogs will comfort their humans when we are sad, and cats can pick up on our emotional gestures. According to new research from Nottingham Trent University, cats also notice when we’re stressed out or anxious, and can be less healthy as a result.

    Do cats feel love when you kiss them?

    While cats don’t kiss their owners in the traditional sense, they have many ways to show they care. When your cat purrs as you pet it in its favorite spot, it’s showing its affection and appreciation for you. While it might not feel much like love when your cat spreads its body across your face, it actually is.

    Do cats pick a favorite owner?

    But the trend of cats as a species choosing humans as a food source relates to why individual cats choose individual humans to love. The motivation is very similar: cats choose their favorite person based on a combination of circumstances, resources, and personality.

    Can animals sense what kind of person you are?

    Signs of a Dog Sensing a Good Person. Dogs can sense when someone is a bad or good person. Your dog may not know the moral decisions a person has made, but he can pick up on signs of nervousness, fear, anger, and danger. Dogs notice specific things about humans that even other humans are not aware of.

    Can animals sense kindness?

    While there are different schools of thought on the subject, recent studies have shown that our furry friends experience more feelings than previously thought. While they may not have the capability to feel as deep of emotions as humans, there is evidence that they understand and feel kindness from people.

    How do cats know you love?

    Slow Blinking The slow blink is a cat’s classic language of love. A good translation of the slow blink is, “I am very happy, content, and peaceful right now.” If you ever notice your cat looking at you and blinking very slowly, try blinking slowly back. It’s a great way to tell your cat you love her too.

    I’ve often wondered what my cats think when I give them hugs and kisses.

    Do they know that they’re signs of affection from me, or do they just think I’m being weird?

    Perhaps they think my kisses are a bizarre attempt at grooming them!

    Do cats know what kisses are

    I went on a journey to discover the answer to the burning question of “do cats know that huge & kisses are a sign of affection.”

    Read on to discover what I found out!

    Do Cats Know That Hugs & Kisses Are Signs of Affection?

    Recently, I wrote an article about whether or not cats give hugs – and the surprising answer was that they do.

    Likewise, they understand to a significant extent the meaning behind us hugging and kissing them.

    Cats are independent but affectionate creatures. Much of their time is spent grooming themselves and each other – and even us if they have the opportunity. While grooming may have obvious hygienic purposes, in many species – including our feline friends – it is also a social activity.

    So, it turns out I was kind of right: cats do think our kisses are a weird type of grooming! Let’s learn a bit more about that.

    Your kisses = affectionate grooming!

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    Kittens are used to being groomed right from birth by their mother. It is a necessary part of their development and a source of comfort, as well as a means to strengthen the bond between them.

    Kisses from humans really aren’t all that much different, and many cats seem to interpret them as such. I have a cat who – as a kitten – would sit in our arms and tilt his head towards whomever was holding him. We would kiss the top of his head, he would reach up and rub the top of his head as though he was washing it, and then he would tilt his head up again to repeat the process.

    Don’t tell him I told you this (he would be so embarrassed) but now, even as a crotchety old man (he’s 12, so not really very old at all – but he’s been at that “you kids get off my lawn” stage for years) he will still crawl into our laps and stretch up so that we can “wash” his head.

    Now that we know that cats do understand hugs and kisses as signs of affection, let’s talk a bit about how to get your kitty used to all that lovin’!

    How to get your cat used to your signs of affection

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    Cats can be reluctant to change, so they will likely be more receptive to your hugs and kisses if they have been exposed to human physical affection from a young age.

    In many ways, they look at us as they would their mothers – especially in cases where they were weaned too young – and will indeed expect that grooming and bonding behavior from us.

    Go slow and easy

    That being said, even an older cat can learn to love snuggles if they are introduced at their own pace – and not, as comes to mind, like a certain cartoon character from the 90s who approached anything furry with the phrase “I’m going to hug you, and squeeze you, and love you to pieces!”

    Letting your child be the first to hug a cat might not be the most sound advice either, come to think of it..

    Teach your kids to respect kitty

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    Small children should always be supervised during their interactions with pets – nothing makes a cat skittish faster than constant mauling by small, rough hands.

    Teach your children to respect Kitty, to approach the cat slowly and gently, and to speak softly around animals, and your children will quickly learn animal handling skills and empathy that puts them years ahead of their peers. They will also have a friend for the life of the pet, which is a gift they won’t easily come by elsewhere.

    Remember, you’re much bigger than your cat!

    Always keep in mind that our sheer size in comparison to cats can be intimidating, and overwhelming them with too much too quickly can be hazardous to both your health. Many cats do not like to be tightly restrained, either – so hugs should be gentle and not causing the cat to feel trapped.

    Accept that not all cats love hugs

    Some cats will never get used to what we think of as hugs, but may choose to be close to you on their own terms. My parents have a cat that hates to be petted – they’ve had her since she was very young, and their other cats love snuggles, but this one doesn’t let you touch her. She will, however, climb into your lap and snuggle there for hours as long as you don’t touch her.

    There could be a number of reasons for this. She may have trust issues (although where those would have come from is a mystery, and she sleeps awfully soundly on people’s laps), or she could get over-stimulated – in which case any real touch at all could be more than she knows how to handle.

    Say “I love you” in their language!

    Your cat can most likely learn to understand and enjoy your gestures of affection towards them, but why not try changing it up a little occasionally and saying it in their own language too

    Related: Cat Body Language? When your cat is watching you, slowly – very slowly – blink your eyes at them a few times. Check out this video with tips on how to speak cat:

    If they’re in your arms, try a gentle “head butt” (and by this I mean leaning your forehead down to theirs – you don’t want to hurt them). These are both ways that they typically let you know how they feel.

    Bridge the gap in communication, and see how much the bond between you strengthens – you might be surprised at just how affectionate your so-called “independent” kitty can be.

    Does your cat have any other favorite signs of affection other than hugs and kisses? Share below!

    I currently have a number of pets – a dog, five cats, four zebra finches, a red-eared slider turtle, and a Betts fish. The cats and dog are all rescues, so none are pure-bred. The dog is a 17-month-old Border Collie mix, and the cats consist of two tuxedo cats, one torre, one long-haired calico, and one all-black formerly feral sweetheart.

    How do you feel when you kiss your cat? Happy isn’t it. But how would the cat feel? Have you ever thought of it?
    A report says that people often kiss their cat and enjoy the most but they are unsure if the cat would enjoy relishing their love

    Cat’s behavior:

    People like to hug, cuddle, kiss their cat but cats don’t reciprocate the same. At times they purr, at times they lean and at times they rub their head on you when you cuddle them. Is it a way to express his affection. And the answer is yes. When a cat purrs or leans back then assume that your cat is enjoying your pampering and your kiss

    Some cats, when you kiss them show a wired behavior like whipping its tail back and forth. It at times even moves away from you and hisses at you. If the cat exhibits above symptoms then surely you can say that your cat dislikes your kiss.

    You can make your cat feel your love by kissing him but it does not do the same with a cat. Kissing ain’t be a good way to express your love for your cat. You might be wondering about how to understand a cat’s love. Then for a sure walk with me to understand your cats love

    Understand your cat:

    Eyes speak volumes:

    Cats do not kiss like humans and they are not that good to exhibit their love for you. But you can identify and feel its love through this article. Cats often communicate through their eyes. The biggest expression “I love you” is shown to you by your cat with a slow eye wink. It neither kisses you or hugs you, just an eye wink is enough for you to understand that your cat is reciprocating to your love.

    Head bump:

    I often wonder when my cat bumps me on my had. As days passed I understood this. I think most of you might have felt the same. Yes when your cat bumps on your head, it means that your cat loves you. As your cat approaches your face and touches you then you should feel happy for it. As your cat gets more friendly with you, it slowly bumps your head.

    Rubbing:

    Have you experienced the smell of your cat? Yes, you read it right. There is a marvel scent smell in the cheek of your cat. If you have not smelled it, then you should work more on the relationship that exists between you and your cat. Cats have these scent glands on their lips and cheeks. When a cat rubs its cheek on you and makes you feel its scent, then this is definitely an indicator to make you understand its love for you.

    Uprighting its tail:

    Can you imagine that a cat communicates to you through its tail?. Cats communicate every emotion like fear, aggression, love affection, happiness through their tails kitties comes near you tap you physically tap you and touch you with its tail. This warm feeling of a cat is an expression of cats love to you.

    Cats purr and chirp, mews are its language to communicate with each other. But often young kitties communicate to you in any of these above-mentioned forms. A cat’s purr is a sign of cats’ love for you.

    At times a cat keeps hanging around you. Some move around you for food and some around you to express their feelings for you. Now if you see a cat moving around you then understand that it needs your love. Hug it right there.

    What does a cat feel?

    Is it true that only humans have deep feelings like love? What do cats really feel when their head purrs or wrinkles with us?

    We are been raised with a thought that only humans have deep feelings like love. Animals only have their natural instincts. Some think that kitten appears to you because it needs you for food and shelter. You give your cat what he needs, and is that all?

    Those who think so must change their opinion toward your loving cat.

    But unfortunately, there is no one who can prove to it that a cat feels more love than a person does. Love is one of those greatest abstract things that cannot be proven but it can only be felt by gestures, actions, deeds and through communication.

    Dictionaries define love with much equivalent meaning like Strong affection, Warm attachment,
    Caring for the selfless and benevolent selfishness of others and so on.

    Cats, of course, show affection to you but not in a way you love her. It is not only about providing food and shelter. It is more than that. This bond has to be identified and understood.

    At times, people compare a dog with a cat in terms of showing love and affection. But some of them do not understand that each and every individual is different in character. Yes, of course, a cat is different from a dog in exhibiting love but it does definitely loves you.

    Cats have their own term of showing their love, affection and care. They may not do the same thing to you like a dog. Some define a cat as an animal who is disconnected, unloving. But the truth is quite different. It lies in a person’s hand to understand what a cat feels for

    Are cats attached?

    Cats form a strong bond with their owners. There are many statistics that shows a cat being distressed about losing his owner. They refuse to eat and some cats have travelled a long way in search of their owner. This definitely shows that exhibits a strong bond to its owner. It is only in the hands of you to understand it.

    Feeding your cat is not all enough. Go one step ahead and provide him with good cat food. And never forget to share your love with food. Filling a stomach is feeling a heart. Feed your cat with love and brace your self to expect the unexpected love.

    Author’s Bio:

    I am Nisha, a one who cannot refrain from pets. Pets are my source of strength, happiness and every other form of emotions. To write on the pet is to dive into the ocean of passion and love. Swim with me on my pet blog to read more about pets.

    If you’re a cat owner, you’ve probably wondered at some point whether your cat recognizes you. It’s hard to know whether cats, famously more aloof than dogs, really know who we are and whether they care.

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    We have reassuring news: Yes, cats do recognize their owners.

    Can cats recognize their owners’ faces?

    We think that cats rely on senses other than sight to recognize us. Unlike dogs, cats domesticated themselves, because it benefitted them to hang around agricultural sites and catch the rodents within. Dogs have evolved to recognize and read human expressions because it behooved them, and cats haven’t. Cats never really needed to read human faces, so unlike dogs, they’re not very good at it.

    Do cats recognize human voices?

    But cats are tuned into our voices. A 2013 study out of the University of Tokyo found that cats are able to distinguish their owners’ voices from a strangers’ voices. The cats studied generally ignored recordings of strangers calling their names, but they twitched their ears to more closely listen when they heard their owners’ voices.

    Can cats recognize their owners’ scent?

    Cats also have a keen sense of smell. It’s not as good as dogs’ sense of smell, but much better than ours. Like dogs, cats use their sense of smell to gather information, including information about us. They probably recognize your scent and find it comforting.

    Do cats like you talking to them

    People who aren’t big fans of cats sometimes try to make us feel silly about talking to our furry friends, claiming that our cats “can’t understand” what we’re saying anyway. While it’s true that your cat can’t understand your words, she can pick up an incredible amount of information by listening to the tone of your voice, watching your facial expressions, and paying attention to your body language. In fact, talking to your cat will benefit both of you. Here’s how.

    #1 – Strengthen your bond You will strengthen the bond between you and your cat when you talk to her with affection and care. It’s a great way to show her that you love her and to see that she loves you back.

    #2 – Help her feel understood
    After a while, you’ll start understanding what certain types of meows mean. It’ll help your cat feel secure and understood when you respond by providing whatever she’s asking for, whether it’s cuddles or dinner.

    #3 – Teach commands As long as you’re consistent and using other proper training techniques, talking is a great way to teach your cat commands like “get down” when she’s on the kitchen counter. She may not understand the words, but she’ll understand your body language and tone of voice.

    #4 – Notices changes in her voice
    Warning signs of illnesses can be very subtle. Sometimes when cats are sick their voices will change slightly. The difference can be nearly undetectable to the untrained ear, but you’ll notice something is different if you’re in the habit of hearing her voice every day.

    #5 – Feel less lonely
    You’ll both feel less lonely if you’re talking to someone, regardless of whether or not actual words are being said or understood. After all, 93% of communication happens through tone, posture, and body language. Though the study was about human/human contact, my own (admittedly less formal) studies have proven that the same is true for human/feline interactions.

    Do cats like you talking to them

    One of the primary ways cats communicate is through body language, but they also express themselves vocally. And most cat’s vocal expressions go far beyond just “meow.”

    Even though I have no scientific evidence, in my experience, when it comes to being talkative, tortoiseshell cats have most other cats beat. Buckley was one of the most vocal cats I’ve ever come across. She had a range of expression from an almost silent meow to a very loud, demanding cry that almost approached a scream. I often heard her meowing or chattering somewhere in the house. It was almost as if she felt compelled to provide a running commentary on her activities: “I think I’ll go in the bedroom now.” “Oh, maybe I’ll jump up on the window perch. That looks like fun.” “Oh, look! There’s a big blue bird by the feeder!” It seemed that her constant delight at everything in her life needed to be expressed out loud.

    Amber, who really wasn’t a typical tortie in a lot of other ways, wasn’t much of a talker, but she purred more than any other cat I have ever known. She purred if you so much as looked at her.

    Allegra’s has quite a varied range of expression. She makes a little “brrpp” chirping sound when she’s excited about a toy. Sometimes, she seems to use it for no reason that I can see, so I assume that she’s just particularly happy right then. She also uses a pitiful sounding little whine when she sees me fix my meals in the kitchen. Usually this is accompanied by her putting her paws on my legs, and she’ll only stop once I let her sniff whatever it is I’m making. Since I’m vegetarian, most of the time, that sniff will result in a scrunched up face on her part and she’ll walk away.

    Ruby has quite a sound repertoire as well. She squeaks. A lot. It’s a very happy little sound that can range from low volume to extremely high pitched and loud. She squeaks when I talk to her, she squeaks when I touch her, and she squeaks to announce her arrival in a room. She also makes this sweet little noise that’s somewhere between a squeak and a chirp when she first joins me after I’ve gone to bed. It’s like her “here I am, Mom, let’s snuggle” sound, and it makes my heart melt.

    And of course, I talk back to them. I believe that talking to our cats is an important part of the feline human bond, and even though they may sometimes display selective hearing, I do believe that they listen to us. I try to avoid using baby talk, but sometimes, they’re just so cute, I can’t help myself.

    Do your cats talk, and do you talk back to them?

    Do cats get mad at their owners

    What Does It Mean When Your Cats Tail Vibrates or Shakes?

    When your cat is angry, look out. If you don’t, you might just get slapped with a tail or witness your other pet get spit at and pounced on. Kitties get angry and agitated for lots of reasons, from a lack of petting to an intruder in the house.

    Tail Smacking

    When your feline becomes agitated, she’ll often sit or lie on the ground and beat her tail on the floor or your furniture. She’s essentially telling you that something has pushed her buttons and she’s going through a little temper tantrum. Her tail smacking is much different than a happy dog wagging his tail. She’ll often lift her tail entirely off the ground and smack it against something, or just lift the tip. If she’s on all fours, she’ll swing it deliberately.

    Hissing and Screeching

    If your ears have been abused by a sudden hissing or screeching coming from the mouth of your kitty, she’s probably very upset about something or someone. Screeching is completely different than a loud meow. It’s usually more drawn out and violent sounding. Your cat will probably only hiss or screech when she’s extremely upset with something or if she’s in pain. The angry sounds are often a precursor to a cat fight. Some felines also let out a low guttural growl.

    Spitting, Physical Appearance and Attacking

    If your kitty gets really worked up, she might spit or launch a full attack at whatever is bothering her. Like hissing and screeching, these behaviors typically won’t occur if she’s angry because it’s not yet feeding time or because you didn’t pet her. Something — usually another animal or person — usually has to provoke her. You’ll often see physical signs that your fierce little girl is ready to leap onto something and attack it. She’ll puff her entire body up, especially her tail, and arch her back end so she looks bigger. She might even walk sideways. Her ears will be erect, and she’ll stare down whatever it is that set her off.

    Reasons and Solutions

    Late feedings, a splash of water and a lack of attention commonly result in a bit of tail whipping from your feline. The behavior isn’t serious, and she’ll get over whatever bothered her in no time. Hissing, screeching, spitting and an aggressive appearance are more serious. Bringing another animal into the house can cause this behavior, as can the smell of strange animals on your clothes, strangers in your house and the appearance of animals outside. Always introduce new animals slowly, by keeping the resident cat and new animal separate for at least two to three days, then feeding them both treats when they see one another for the first time. If your cat is acting out at other people, smells or animals outside, distract her by making a sudden noise or shuffle her into another room. If a cat fight breaks out, a quick squirt of water will usually do the trick to separate the two.

    Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

    Cats are finicky creatures with moods that can quickly change from happy to upset. The ability to see when your cat is angry will allow you to understand when to back off and give your cat space instead of escalating the situation. Continuing to prod a cat who is angry is not only disrespectful, it’s also dangerous. A cat who is exhibiting any of these 6 signs is prepared to strike. Here are 6 signs your cat is angry:

    Do cats get mad at their owners

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    1.Vocalizations

    Give your cat space if she is hissing, growling, spitting, or emitting a guttural moan. These sounds are the closest your cat can get to saying “Hey, back off!”

    2. Tail Signals

    Cat tails are very expressive, but in a way that is often subtle. A tail that’s flickering back and forth quickly or held low can indicate an irritated cat. The hair may also stand up on an angry cat’s tail.

    3. Eye Signals

    Dilated or constricted pupils can both indicate anger. Eye signals can be exceptionally hard to read because your cat’s eyes can be affected by so many factors. For instance, the amount your cat’s pupils are dilated can help determine if your cat is angry, but her eyes can also dilate to adjust to the amount of light in the room. Take note of her eyes, but use the information in conjunction with other clues, such as ear signals and vocalizations.

    Do cats get mad at their owners

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    4. Ear Signals

    An angry cat’s ears will lay flat, either towards the side or back of her head.

    Do cats get mad at their owners

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    5. Body Language

    You can gather a good amount of information by observing your cat’s stance. An angry cat will often display an arched back with fur standing on end (an attempt to look as big as possible), or a body that’s hunched close to the ground (ready to strike).

    6. Swatting

    If your cat swats at you when you try to pet her, respect it as a clear signal that she doesn’t want to be touched.

    Do cats know what laughing

    If you have a cat, you’ve probably had the experience of your cat laughing at you at some point. Perhaps you tripped and fell in front of them, and their reactions led you to believe they were laughing. Worse worse, perhaps your cat purposefully and carefully knocked a glass off the table while staring at you the entire time.

    Cats do not have a bodily reaction to laughter. Because exhibiting too much emotion reduces a cat’s chances of survival, cats have evolved to hide their emotions. When individuals believe their cats are laughing, they are usually anthropomorphizing another expression on their cats and attempting to connect it to human emotion.

    If you don’t have a cat, the reactions may seem absolutely absurd. Cats, after all, are a remarkably stoic creature. They don’t express their emotions as strongly as dogs or other humans, and it’s easy to assume that cats can’t laugh because they lack a sense of humor. Even so, you can read your cat’s mood signs and facial expressions.

    Why do we laugh?

    Do cats know what laughing

    The origins of laughter in humans are a bit of a mystery. It is something that every human on the globe performs intuitively, regardless of the language they speak. It just surges up from deep within us, and we have no control over it. It’s contagious, sociable, and develops before we can talk. It’s considered to exist to give a linking element among individuals, but another theory claims it began as a warning sound to highlight the incongruous, such as the unexpected appearance of a sabre-tooth tiger. So, while we have no idea why we do it, we do it nonetheless. Do animals, on the other hand, giggle, and if not, why not?

    Do Cats Have A Sense Of Humor?

    This one is more difficult to answer. Cats may have a sense of humor, but they’re unlikely to find your favorite joke amusing. Cats, on the other hand, can be astonished and amused when something moves unexpectedly or a toy does something they haven’t seen before.

    Some cats will even pretend to be amused and attempt to repeat the event that amused them.

    It’s difficult to tell whether that reaction is a sign of humor, which is difficult to interpret and assess, or of curiosity, which cats have. When your cat engages with something, it’s likely that they want to learn more about it, don’t fully comprehend it, or it satisfies some of their instincts.

    Why Don’t Cats Show Emotions?

    Do cats know what laughing

    We already mentioned that cats don’t display much emotion because it could jeopardize their chances of surviving in the wild. That’s a common response in many animals, but it doesn’t mean the animal isn’t feeling anything.

    To catch prey and ensure a safe spot to sleep, cats must maintain a constant behavior. They must also project strength and confidence, especially if they come across other cats or predators.

    A cat that exhibits feelings such as fear and worry is signaling to other predators that it is vulnerable. A cat that appears to be enthusiastic and curious is signaling to other predators that it is inexperienced.

    All cats will show emotion at some point in their lives. Some cats are more energetic than others, which can indicate how much trust they have in you and their surroundings. Cats, on the other hand, will remain quite quiet and stable the majority of the time.

    Even though the normal housecat doesn’t need those survival instincts, they don’t realize it.

    Ways to Tell That Your Cat Is Happy

    Naturally, this is inconvenient for cats’ human friends. If you own a cat, you want to know what your cat is thinking and feeling so you can provide a healthy environment for them. Fortunately, cats can give you some tiny indications about how they’re feeling.

    Here are several signs that your cat is pleased, if not happy, with the current situation.

    Do Cats Get Embarrassed when You Laugh at Them?

    Do cats know what laughing

    When their cats are laughed at, several owners claim that they get embarrassed. Assume the cat falls from a height and you laugh at it. When you create the noise, it may turn around and hiss at you.

    Being ridiculed or criticised is a key source of embarrassment. You may feel entirely at ease doing something with friends, but you may be embarrassed doing it with strangers because you fear being assessed adversely. As a result, you may believe that cats share your feelings.

    However, there’s no reason to suppose this is the case with cats. The main issue is that cats are unlikely to understand what it means to laugh in the first place. Only a few animals have been proved to emit enjoyable sounds like laughter, and they don’t sound anything like human laughter in any event.

    The cat will have no idea what the laughter vocalization means. This helps to explain why cats hiss or gaze at you when you laugh. You’re producing a noise that the cat obviously doesn’t recognize.

    Conclusion

    Attempting to attach a human trait to something that isn’t human, such as our cats, is an obvious evidence of anthropomorphizing. Cats, on the other hand, have their own unique method of expressing their happiness. They don’t require amusement!

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    If you have a cat, you’ve probably had the experience of your cat laughing at you at some point. Perhaps you tripped and fell in front of them, and their reactions led you to believe they were laughing. Worse worse, perhaps your cat purposefully and carefully knocked a glass off the table while staring at you the entire time.

    Cats do not have a bodily reaction to laughter. Because exhibiting too much emotion reduces a cat’s chances of survival, cats have evolved to hide their emotions. When individuals believe their cats are laughing, they are usually anthropomorphizing another expression on their cats and attempting to connect it to human emotion.

    If you don’t have a cat, the reactions may seem absolutely absurd. Cats, after all, are a remarkably stoic creature. They don’t express their emotions as strongly as dogs or other humans, and it’s easy to assume that cats can’t laugh because they lack a sense of humor. Even so, you can read your cat’s mood signs and facial expressions.

    Why do we laugh?

    Do cats know what laughing

    The origins of laughter in humans are a bit of a mystery. It is something that every human on the globe performs intuitively, regardless of the language they speak. It just surges up from deep within us, and we have no control over it. It’s contagious, sociable, and develops before we can talk. It’s considered to exist to give a linking element among individuals, but another theory claims it began as a warning sound to highlight the incongruous, such as the unexpected appearance of a sabre-tooth tiger. So, while we have no idea why we do it, we do it nonetheless. Do animals, on the other hand, giggle, and if not, why not?

    Do Cats Have A Sense Of Humor?

    This one is more difficult to answer. Cats may have a sense of humor, but they’re unlikely to find your favorite joke amusing. Cats, on the other hand, can be astonished and amused when something moves unexpectedly or a toy does something they haven’t seen before.

    Some cats will even pretend to be amused and attempt to repeat the event that amused them.

    It’s difficult to tell whether that reaction is a sign of humor, which is difficult to interpret and assess, or of curiosity, which cats have. When your cat engages with something, it’s likely that they want to learn more about it, don’t fully comprehend it, or it satisfies some of their instincts.

    Why Don’t Cats Show Emotions?

    Do cats know what laughing

    We already mentioned that cats don’t display much emotion because it could jeopardize their chances of surviving in the wild. That’s a common response in many animals, but it doesn’t mean the animal isn’t feeling anything.

    To catch prey and ensure a safe spot to sleep, cats must maintain a constant behavior. They must also project strength and confidence, especially if they come across other cats or predators.

    A cat that exhibits feelings such as fear and worry is signaling to other predators that it is vulnerable. A cat that appears to be enthusiastic and curious is signaling to other predators that it is inexperienced.

    All cats will show emotion at some point in their lives. Some cats are more energetic than others, which can indicate how much trust they have in you and their surroundings. Cats, on the other hand, will remain quite quiet and stable the majority of the time.

    Even though the normal housecat doesn’t need those survival instincts, they don’t realize it.

    Ways to Tell That Your Cat Is Happy

    Naturally, this is inconvenient for cats’ human friends. If you own a cat, you want to know what your cat is thinking and feeling so you can provide a healthy environment for them. Fortunately, cats can give you some tiny indications about how they’re feeling.

    Here are several signs that your cat is pleased, if not happy, with the current situation.

    Do Cats Get Embarrassed when You Laugh at Them?

    Do cats know what laughing

    When their cats are laughed at, several owners claim that they get embarrassed. Assume the cat falls from a height and you laugh at it. When you create the noise, it may turn around and hiss at you.

    Being ridiculed or criticised is a key source of embarrassment. You may feel entirely at ease doing something with friends, but you may be embarrassed doing it with strangers because you fear being assessed adversely. As a result, you may believe that cats share your feelings.

    However, there’s no reason to suppose this is the case with cats. The main issue is that cats are unlikely to understand what it means to laugh in the first place. Only a few animals have been proved to emit enjoyable sounds like laughter, and they don’t sound anything like human laughter in any event.

    The cat will have no idea what the laughter vocalization means. This helps to explain why cats hiss or gaze at you when you laugh. You’re producing a noise that the cat obviously doesn’t recognize.

    Conclusion

    Attempting to attach a human trait to something that isn’t human, such as our cats, is an obvious evidence of anthropomorphizing. Cats, on the other hand, have their own unique method of expressing their happiness. They don’t require amusement!

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    Cats is being marketed as a fantasy musical, but it’s starting to look more like a comedy of errors.

    The movie, which had drawn fire for its unsettling visual effects long before its release thanks to its insane trailers, is continuing to do so for the fact that it was apparently shipped to theaters with those effects unfinished, and one egregious example of this in particular has turned some heads.

    As if the mistake weren’t obvious enough, it was pointed out to the entire world by Jenelle Riley, an editor at venerable trade publication Variety. Riley took to Twitter to post the following screenshot after taking in the flick:

    About this image, Riley had this to say: “This isn’t a joke: CATS was rushed into theaters before being finished so a new version is being sent to theaters with updated effects. How do you know if you have the old version? Look for Judi Dench’s human hand, wedding ring and all.”

    For the sake of clarification, a couple things: yes, that monstrosity she is referring to is in fact Dame Judi Dench, who deigned to participate in this movie along with a bevy of very talented people. The cast of Cats also includes Taylor Swift, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, and Idris Elba; we must not hold this against them, because it’s pretty safe to say they didn’t know exactly what the heck they were getting into.

    Also: Riley’s tweet is accurate. Cats was indeed updated with a new version which theaters could download from Universal Pictures’ proprietary server the Sunday after its release, as if it were not a $100 million dollar holiday picture, but a buggy video game pushed out to market before it was ready by a rushed studio. Universal notified venues of the change nearly immediately after the film’s release, and reportedly implored them to swap out the unfinished version for the new one as quickly as possible. (via Yahoo! Entertainment)

    It shouldn’t have to be said, but this is unprecedented. Pushing a film that relies so incredibly heavily on its visual effects onto the big screen before said effects are finished is something that should never, ever happen, and in the case of Cats — the trailers for which sent the entire internet screaming headlong into the Uncanny Valley — it made an already bad situation immeasurably worse.

    If you’re thinking that the entire endeavor might have gone off a touch more successfully if director Tom Hooper had used stage makeup and prosthetics — like the original Broadway production — instead of CGI, well, you’re far from the only one to have that thought. In a recent conversation with The Atlantic, the director attempted to explain the thought process behind his decision.

    “With full-face prosthetics you lost too much performance, and your ears still don’t move so you [still] have to go full CGI for the ears,” he said. “What’s fascinating is, three years ago, the best visual-effects guys in the business were like, ‘What you want to do cannot be done’. In their world, it’s easy to just replace the face, rebuild it in a computer, and then animate the face. But why on Earth would I ever want to replace Ian McKellen’s face and try and animate a proxy face? That’d be insane.”

    Yes, Mr. Hooper, just insane. Creating the most horrifying spectacle to ever masquerade as lighthearted whimsy was obviously the more reasonable choice, and going full steam ahead with the theatrical release of an unfinished film also makes perfect sense.

    How has Hollywood reacted to Cats?

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    If it seems like we’re being a little harsh, let us assure you that we’re handling Cats with kid gloves compared to critics, audiences, Hollywood luminaries, and even the movie’s own cast. Take Taylor Swift, who appeared in the flick as Bombalurina (not a typo), and waxed philosophical about her experience shortly before the film’s release. Read between these lines, and see if your eyes don’t start burning: “Regardless of what the end result is, there’s just never been a movie made like this, which is why it was so fun to be a part of. You have to dislocate the end result with your experience, and you have to commit to doing it only based on what you think the experience will be and if [it] will teach you things that enrich your life.” (via Variety )

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    No mere bad film could inspire such prose, and Cats is, at the very least, something completely unique in the world of cinema. Sure, it will flop hard enough to make the Earth shake, but just wait until its home release; this movie is destined to become a legend, the kind which people will speak of in hushed tones for decades to come. In fact, we’re going to predict right now that the initial, unfinished version will be its very own legend, and that bootlegs of it will forever be coveted by those who treasure cinematic “curiosities” of the type that human eyes were simply never meant to see.

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    How many times have you caught your dog looking guilty? Or found your cat lounging in the sun, glowing with happiness?

    It’s fun to imagine – and easy to assume — that animals share our human emotions. But it’s recently been documented that some animals do indeed share a very human trait: laughter. Research among dogs, rats, chimpanzees and other apes suggests that these species emit a unique sound in response to pleasure.

    Pondering if animals can laugh isn’t new; the idea traces as far back at least as 1872 and Charles Darwin’s “The Expression of Emotions in Man and Animals.” He focused on chimpanzees and other apes, which he observed emitting a laughter-like response to tickling or playing [source: Holt]. Decades later, similar research at Germany’s University of Hannover concluded that these sounds are similar to human laughter. The research also revealed that primates have spent the past 10-16 million years evolving this ability [source: Buchen].

    More recently, in 2001 animal behaviorist Patricia Simonet isolated a sound that dogs make exclusively during play, which she documented as a “forced, breathy exhalation.” Using spectrograph analysis, she compared this sound to others that dogs produce during play: growling, whining, panting and barking. When analyzed on a spectrograph – a device which measures sound waves – the laugh-like sound spiked, while the panting sound – a canine sound most similar to it – remained flat [source: Simonet].

    Even other dogs seem to recognize and associate the “laugh” with pleasure. When Simonet played the recording to other dogs, some would seek out toys and others would “play-bow” toward the source. These positive effects were observed in puppies as well as adult dogs [source: Simonet].

    Don’t feel bad if you’ve never noticed your own dog – or your own chimpanzee, for that matter – laughing. The sound credited as laughter in these species is much breathier that that of human laughter, and more similar to a panting sound than a full-blown guffaw.

    Even rats have their own unique pleasure sound. In the late 1990s, Bowling Green University neuroscientist Jaak Panksepp observed that when he tickled the nape area of baby rats, the rats made a distinct “chirp.” Panksepp had also observed this sound in rats at play. On further study, the sound was found to be a high-frequency 50-kilohertz ultrasonic chirp, which Panksepp called distinct from other vocalizations [sources: Morelle, Bates].

    With so many species of animals, it’s not yet known if others share a laugh-like sound. But scientist Marina Davila-Ross, from the University of Portsmouth, has been investigating this theory. She and a team of researchers have been systematically studying animal footage on YouTube, and have observed that many animals react noisily to being tickled. They have not concluded that it is laughter as we know it, but Davila-Ross does say the sounds appear to be associated with joy [source: Morelle].

    While it’s nice to know our furry friends do have some ability to enjoy a good chuckle, perhaps just who they’re laughing at is better left a mystery.

    To be the most brilliant little geniuses on four paws, cats can be a little derpy sometimes.

    And what’s one of the silliest moves in the feline collection of strange poses? Standing up on hind legs like a squirrel, and oh my, is it hilarious when they do!

    Do you love it when your cat stands up tall? Does that tall feline stance make you want to fall down laughing?

    Yep, us too! And for that reason, let’s enjoy this gallery of cats standing up!

    Felines Take A Stand

    Sad and Useless warns cats are readying to take over the world with their ability to stand. That very well could be true, but cats look so funny standing up, we aren’t scared…yet!

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    A terrible mistake has been made and this kitty’s face says it all…

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    One cat mom likened her “sweet baby boy” to a prairie dog and that’s just purrfect!

    Winfred the cat, looking derpily cute, asks, “Hey, what are u guys up to?”

    Standing up for love…yes, human, right there…

    Who said I look derpy when I stand up? I’ll slap you with my power paws!

    “Do you know what time it is? Time to feed me hooman!” Stand up for your rights, kitty!

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    It’s cool, I’m a cat just vibin’ while I stand here…

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    Do cats know what laughing

    Between verbal jokes, slapstick comedy and tickling, there are numerous reasons we laugh. But are humans the only species with a sense of humor?

    The short answer is no, but it also depends on how you define “humor.”

    For millennia, philosophers and psychologists have struggled to come up with an exact definition for what constitutes as humor. They’ve presented numerous theories over the years, one of the most popular being the “incongruity theory” of humor. At its basic level, this theory says that humor arises when there’s an inconsistency between what one expects to happen and what actually happens — and this includes comedic tools like puns, irony and twists of fate.

    Under this definition, the vast majority of animals probably don’t have a sense of humor, as they lack the cognitive mechanisms and networks that would allow them to identify such inconsistencies.

    One known exception is Koko, the famous western lowland gorilla who understands more than 1,000 American Sign Language signs and 2,000 spoken English words. The clever primate is known not only to use language to humorous effect by playing with different meanings of the same word, but also to understand slapstick comedy — she’s reportedly signed the word “chase” after tying her trainer’s shoelaces together and made laughing noises at her trainer’s clumsiness.

    But there are various issues with the incongruity theory of humor and related theories, including the fact that they can’t explain how jokes with predictable punch lines are funny and how certain incongruous things aren’t funny. They also struggle to account for a prime reason we laugh: Being tickled by a friend or family member.

    In recent years, psychologists came up with a different theory. They propose that humor arises from so-called benign violation or “something that threatens a person’s well-being, identity or normative belief structure but that simultaneously seems okay,” they wrote in a recent paper about the theory.

    Benign violation can explain why a number of things make us laugh, including being tickled: That is, tickling benignly violates someone’s physical space. You can’t tickle yourself because that doesn’t constitute a violation and complete strangers can’t tickle you to the point of laughter because you won’t see it as a benign act.

    Under this theory, various animals do indeed have “humor,” if only because they can be tickled.

    Research in 2009 showed that our primate relatives — chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and orangutans — all produce laughter-like sounds when tickled (as well as when they’re wrestling and play-chasing). This suggests that humor and our ability to laugh likely came from humans and great apes’ last common ancestor.

    And in a follow-up study in 2015, scientists showed that chimpanzees can make silent “laugh faces” just like humans.

    Dogs are also known to have a kind of panting laugh and play face that’s suggestive of humor.

    Interesting, the animal that has gained the most research attention for its ability to be tickled and laugh are rats. When tickled by people or engaged in rough and tumble play (with rats of similar size), the rodents emit long, 50 kHz ultrasonic chirps. They enjoy being tickled so much that they actually chase researchers’ tickling fingers.

    When a Reddit user took their cat to a groomer, the end result left them unable to stop laughing at the pet’s appearance.

    Posting to the discussion-based website on June 30, Ashley Mentzer, who goes by the handle GoMooGo, shared a snap of her cat, who appears to have undergone a “lion cut.”

    The popular style is achieved when the animal’s body is shaved, save for their head and tail, to give it the appearance of a lion.

    However, the cat’s look in the photograph was clearly not as successful as the owner was expecting because she posted the image with the heading: “I got my girl groomed. This. is not what I was expecting. I can’t stop laughing.”

    The animal’s amusing appearance has caught the attention of many online, and has so far received 33,500 likes and garnered many comments.

    One Reddit user, Vartash, joked that the pet could seek revenge for the haircut, writing: “Sleep very, very, lightly. Revenge is a dish best served cold, and likely at 3 am, by pouncing upon the chest/throat region whilst yodeling for Satan to come claim a fresh soul.

    “Not that any of my cats have done such a thing. No, never, hahaha what makes you say that.”

    Do cats know what laughing

    Another person, Jabronirhinestone, wrote: “This looks like you photoshopped your cat’s head onto a different cat’s body.”

    Tiger_Tuliper commented: “Please get her a cute tank top immediately.”

    AlfieHitchcock revealed: “I’m actually in tears from laughing so hard. Thank you for this! Poor kitty’s still trying her best to maintain her dignity from the head up.”

    Tzipity offered their thoughts on the groomer’s cutting skills, writing: “They went surprisingly long on the lion cut. The length thing here that’s giving the photoshopped look is. an interesting choice. I mean it totally distracts from how rad her little fluffy “boots” are!”

    Aside from many enjoying the absurdity of the cat’s appearance, the photograph also sparked a debate about whether one should shave their cat at all.

    Plenty_Print5519 explained that it might not be wise to do so to combat overheating, writing: “Cats regulate heat with their fur. the lion cut makes the cat more hot in the summer.”

    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) doesn’t actually recommend shaving cats either.

    It explains that “pets’ fur coats are actually providing them with heat relief.

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    “Our pets’ coats have several layers that are essential to their comfort in the heat. Robbing your dog or cat of this natural cooling system can lead to discomfort, overheating and other serious dangers like sunburn or skin cancer.”

    However, not everyone agreed that shaving was a bad thing to do for cats, saying it depends on particular circumstances.

    CaitiJ explained: “I had a long haired cat who developed allergies. She would lose her fluff in clumps and get terrible matted hair. No amount of combing or cutting could keep up. The vet eventually recommended periodically having her lion cut.

    “For everyone saying you should never cut a cat’s fur, that’s just not true. You should never give a cat a haircut for fun because their fur serves a purpose.

    “But sometimes, you have no choice when the vet recommends grooming and then you should listen to your vet not some random Redditer regurgitating Google articles.”

    To this, Mentzer responded: “THANK YOU!! The vet & the cat parents know what’s best for the sweet cat baby.”

    Speaking to Newsweek, she explained that she takes her cat to the groomer upon advice from a vet: “I normally get her groomed once a year, in the summer.

    “It’s so hot where we live and her fur is so fine and mats very easily, that her vet recommends grooming.

    “She doesn’t normally look so naked and it just completely caught me by surprise! However, she LOVES her haircuts and is always so energetic and playful after them. She’s 13 and I’ll do anything to make her life better.

    Talking of her cat’s internet fame, Mentzer added: “She doesn’t seem interested in her newfound celebrity status, but she has asked that her sister and I don’t make eye contact.”

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    • Sept. 5, 2006

    The last time I wrote about cats and humor was 20 years ago. It did not turn out well.

    I was happy with the column, which appeared in a science magazine, but many readers were not. The mail was unfriendly, to say the least. One letter writer (this was back in the days of actual letters) wanted to see me eaten by a Doberman. Another suggested I should be in a mental hospital.

    What prompted their ire was that I had argued, with support from Darwin and other luminaries, that cats have no sense of humor.

    My idea was simple and based on evolution. I argued — and I did not invent this idea — that animals like wolves and primates that live in hierarchical social groups need a sense of humor to survive. Wolf pack or newsroom, when the big dog growls, the beta, gamma, delta, epsilon, lambda, mu, nu and omega dogs had better be able to laugh it off, so they can live to reproduce another day. Thus, laugh-it-off genes are preserved. If they were not needed, they would probably be lost.

    We know that this happens. Last summer, scientists figured out how cats long ago in the course of evolution lost the ability to detect sweetness. Dogs can taste sweet things, as can many other mammals, like rodents. But neither alley cats nor lions have a sweet tooth. They do have sweet receptors. But sometime after cats and dogs diverged, a gene was turned off in cats, so that they no longer make one of the proteins necessary for the receptors to work.

    This may be why they seem so independent. The desire for sweets can certainly make people do foolish things.

    Humor genes could have been lost. Or, the capacity for humor may not have evolved in animals like dogs and primates until long after they diverged from cats. But this was not the reason I decided to tackle the cat/humor issue again. A colleague and friend who had a dry, slightly wicked sense of humor and who loved and identified with his cats — he was known to meow on occasion — died unexpectedly. I thought, how could he have been enamored of an animal that does not have a sense of humor?

    So I began to rethink the issue, and I have concluded that I may have actually been thinking about laughter rather than humor.

    Laughter is not always about what’s funny, as Robert R. Provine, a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, who has studied laughter, has noted in books and articles. It is frequently a social behavior unrelated to jokes or wit. It can serve different purposes. It can be friendly or submissive, hostile or dominant. Witness the old distinction between laughing with and laughing at someone.

    This makes sense when you think that some of the people who laugh all the time are actually not funny, or even appreciative of a good joke. They just laugh to punctuate conversation, or sometimes to seem unthreatening. Or threatening — I know those people, too.

    Perhaps, I thought, this is what dogs and other social creatures have, not a sense of humor, but an “I’m just happy to be part of the pack/team/company” sense of laughter. You know when your dog lies on its back, looking goofy, with the tongue falling out one side of its mouth? Just think of that as laughing.

    I love dogs. But if I think about dog humor honestly, it’s really a kind of goofy, good-natured submissiveness.

    Dogs amuse us. Cats, I suspect, amuse themselves, as a creature unconcerned about its place in the corporation might well do. With a mouse, or a ball of yarn, a cat may play and be amused, whether we are watching or not.

    Obviously, this can be solved only by mining the genomes of dogs, cats and people. Most of the detailed DNA research on humor so far has to do with the aqueous humor or the vitreous humor. Those are in the eye and, from my brief survey of the literature, are not at all funny.

    There is, of course, a school of thought that a sense of humor in humans is not genetic, but depends on one’s upbringing. This may be true within species, but I’m thinking it doesn’t apply in cross-species studies. However, if cats or dogs have a true capacity for humor, as opposed to some version of social laughing, they may well acquire their taste in humor from their owners.

    So, I’m now prepared to acknowledge that some cats may have a sense of humor. Very dry and slightly wicked, I’ll bet.

    Oh sure, cat videos are always going viral, but when a man teaches his cat how to laugh, it practically breaks the interwebs! Cat dad and nurse Mason Glasco of St. Louis has a best pal in Cooter, a handsome 8-year-old orange cat who’s his chatty companion!

    The two made quite an impression recently with this post, enjoyed by more than 25 million people. Cooter has no problem mimicking Glasco’s cheerful laughs with his own understated “ha ha ha”!

    Now, cats have a strong independent streak, and we totally love them for it. Thus, they often do what they want, when they want. But believe it or not, that vid of kitty chuckles wasn’t just a fluke! Cooter is actually quite talkative, and Glasco’s account is filled with dozens of their fun conversations. Must be one of the reasons why he has more than 5 million followers!

    So check out this other video of Cooter responding to Glasco’s humorous lead. It’s easy to see how the cat loves bonding in this way (and you can see his adorable face in this one, too!).

    The naturally curious nature of cats means they’re quite eager to learn all sorts of new things. You can actually train them to do tricks, follow cues, fetch, and other behaviors we sometimes think only dogs can do. So appeal to your kitty’s adventurous nature by training him to walk on a leash and harness. Even play with the concept of ‘If I fits, I sits’!

    When you and your cat get the routine down, we want to see it! Make sure to duet, stitch, or tag us with #DailyPawsPets for a chance to be featured on our Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok channels! Your pet could become the next viral star!

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    No matter whether we are animal experts or not, just being in the presence of an animal makes us feel better and happier. This is because animals have a very special energy and – in most cases – they are tender and easy-going.

    Animals always make us laugh and smile, but many of us ask ourselves if it is reciprocal, that is, if they also experience happiness and show it by laughing and smiling. Can animals laugh? Do animals smile when they are happy?

    In order to solve this mystery, we at AnimalWised went to work. If you want to know whether our wild friends can laugh, read this article to find out!

    Life can be fun.

    . And not just for humans, animals can have a sense of humor too. There are studies that state that many animals such as dogs, chimpanzees, gorillas, rats and even birds can laugh. Perhaps they cannot do it the same way as we do, but there is evidence to suggest that they emit sounds similar to squeals or pants, somewhat like our laughter, but at the same time different. This is so that they can express when they are in a positive emotional state. In fact, it has been proven that some animals enjoy being tickled.

    The work carried out by experts for many years has the goal to identify and recognize every laugh in the wild. The ape family can laugh, but they do so by emitting sounds such as panting, grunts, squeaks and even purrs.

    When you notice your dog breathing quickly and intensely, it is not always because they are tired or are rapidly breathing. A long sound like this could well be a laugh; it is worth noting that this can calm the stress of other dogs.

    Rodents love laughing too. Experts have conducted tests by tickling their neck area or inviting them to play. When they do this, rats make ultrasonic noises which scientists have deduced is the equivalent of human laughter.

    What else do scientists say?

    According to a study published in a well-known American scientific journal, the neurological circuits that produce laughter are located in the oldest areas of the brain. Therefore animals may be able to perfectly express happiness through the sound of laughter, but that doesn’t mean they vocalize laughter in the same way humans do.

    In conclusion, humans are not the only animals capable of laughing and feeling happy. Everybody knows that all mammals and birds experience positive emotions. They may not show it with a smile – their skeleton and muscles just don’t allow it – but animals do show their happiness through other behaviors that have the same result.

    All in all, animals have their own way of letting us know when they are happy. For example, dolphins jump out of the water, elephants trumpet and cats purr. All these are forms of emotional expression similar to our smiles. Animals surprise us every day; scientists keep proving that they are more emotionally complex than we ever thought.

    If you want to read similar articles to Can Animals Laugh?, we recommend you visit our Facts about the animal kingdom category.

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    Put a lot of words in one verse,
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    Sing multiple layers.
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    What is an unwed older woman in the eyes of the world today?

    Nothing unusual, we should hope?

    Cool? Empowered? Sweet? Ordinary? A woman?

    Perfectly articulated by Hart Ayrault ( Potter’s American Monthly , 1881), “ Given a happy or desirable marriage as the goal of every woman’s life, if she fails in attaining it, she is looked upon, especially in the eyes of every other woman who is married, as having failed in the prime object of existence… Tradition associates her with cats and parrots, on which she is supposed to lavish all that is left of affection in her withered heart, while she loathes babies, those curled darlings in conjugal love, and doles out but sparingly the milk of human kindness that every breast is supposed to hold for ties of blood and kindred .”

    You would think that in the last 140 years, the world would have done away with a dirty trope like that: it has not.

    Take Gilmore Girls , season four: Lorelai has just broken up with Jason when she finds two stray cats on her doorstep. After fretting over the phone about how the cats ‘know’ she is newly single and that it is time for her to become a ‘Crazy Cat Lady’, she disconnects in a huff, peers into the doorway and says crossly to the strays, “Hey! I am a young, desirable woman” .

    Take That 70s Show , season one: Donna’s mother tries to convince her she should let her almost-boyfriend Eric win at basketball because “Women have to pretend to be weak and fragile so that men can feel superior!” When Donna protests, citing the Equal Rights Amendment, her mother responds with, “That’s good, dear. You stick to your principles. And 40 years from now, you can tell all your cats how you won a basketball game.” The studio audience roars with laughter and the scene shifts.

    Disdainful references to the Cat Lady motif (and why women should fear it above all) plague the premises of popular TV – from The Office ’s Angela Martin to The Simpsons ’ Eleanor Abernathy (better known, of course, as the Crazy Cat Lady). Even LEGO has produced a Cat Lady Minifigure – a Mrs Scratchen-Post, who also appeared in The Lego Movie . Mrs Scratchen-Post is a grey-haired, fanny-pack-sporting lady in a cat sweater, whose clothes are perpetually bestrewn with cat hair. So chic!

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    In essence, the Cat Lady trope is a postmodern reproduction of hackneyed titles like ‘spinster’ and ‘old maid’, recast only slightly to fit the times. The fundamental paradigm of this character is much the same as its antecedents: a woman who, by choice or by (mis)fortune, remains celibate through her life – so lonely and absurd that the only targets of her affection are her three-to-three-hundred feline friends.

    For men, the closest equivalent term is ‘ Confirmed Bachelor ’. While this expression also holds some condescending connotations (as a homophobic euphemism for gay men in particular), it is often rebranded as a designation of pride. Attractive, middle-aged single men are frequently deemed ‘Confirmed Bachelors by choice’ and applauded for their suave spontaneity.

    “Elusive, ungettable, a real catch”, says Frances McDormand in Something’s Gotta Give, on the public notion of Jack Nicholson’s character – the archetype of such boastful bachelorism. Needless to say, this is a clear-cut specimen of an abhorrent double standard – one that most people are acquainted with, at that. Yet, lo and behold – the Cat Lady motif thrives.

    In case the idiosyncrasies of the Crazy Cat Lady are not yet abundantly clear, here is a synopsis: The Crazy Cat Lady, above all, is the fictional embodiment of patriarchal values that suggest that a childless, spouseless woman of middle age or older is a neurotic deviant. She is either too bizarre and unorthodox to attract respectable men or too deranged to see the desirability of a traditional family.

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    She is the patriarchal prototype of ‘failed femininity’. Women who reject marriage and motherhood actively imperil the system by refusing to engage in it. Since this is not something the said ‘System’ will find profitable, these women are portrayed as hoarders, hags and witches, so little girls around the world will know not to be like them.

    No audience is spared from the pigeonholing of this sort. We are raised on calculated diets of lonely, hostile female villains, from Sleeping Beauty ’s Maleficent to the spiteful, sadistic Cruella De Vil from 101 Dalmatians . When added to the repercussions of the Cat Lady motif, these depictions present one decidedly frightening message to women and girls universally – c onform to heteronormative ideals of family and relationships or you will turn bitter, resentful and incapable of love.

    Be young, desirable women. Or end up with cats. Which is a bad thing? Obviously. It means you do not like people and that people do not like you. It means you are sad, lonesome and an outcast. It means you are not a woman. Not a ‘good’ one, anyhow. Not a ‘normal’ one. You have neglected your duties. You have failed.

    We think the modern woman is safe, liberated. That she “don’t need no man”, as the saying goes. How are we to persuade her of this when we are still guffawing at the Cat Lady? At the pinnacle of ‘she needs a man, or she’s a freak’?

    Of course, it is not just the Cat Lady. It is the ostracisation and manipulation of any and all women who live husbandless:

    – Women in cohabitation relationships, who would prefer to remain that way (often subject to ‘Break up or get hitched already!’ as though love is meaningless without a contract).

    – Women who are partnerless and happy about it.

    – Women who are partnerless and could be happier.

    – Older women who are single and are poked, piqued, prodded and pressured.

    – Teenage girls who vow to themselves that they will find love – bear children, perhaps. That they will conform, for fear of being spinsters, cat ladies and old maids.

    ‘Life without marriage to a man is a life devoid of love’ – it is cold and empty and sprinkled with cat hair, like Mrs Scratchen-Post’s sweater. That is what we have been told, via Cat Lady-esque motifs. To stop us from being Scratchen-Posts and Cruel Devils, to stop us from imperilling the System – the System being the patriarchy.

    Me, I remain unswayed.

    It is not the end of the world to be a Cat Lady. An old maid, a spinster, a Scratchen-Post. It does not make you lonely. It does not make you not ordinary. So, Cat Lady jokes are cruel. They are misogynistic. And I, for one, have stopped laughing.

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    Did you know that 15 minutes of laughing per day can help you lose weight?

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    Everyone enjoys a good laugh, it’s a great way to make you feel good and be happy.

    Here are fifteen facts about laughing for you to enjoy!

    A healthy laughter can help you to reduce pain and prevent infections.

    It has been seen that there is a considerable drop in the levels of stress hormones after a good laughing session.

    It helps in releasing endorphins which can bring positive changes to the mindset of a person.

    A heavy laughter brings in much more oxygen to the lungs than normal breathing would do.

    Laughter reduces the risk of heart diseases!

    Fifteen minutes of laughing a day can make you lose weight.

    It has been scientifically proven that laughter can be contagious.

    Gelotology is the study of laughing and its effects on human body.

    The maximum laughter happens over social responses which mean that only 10-15 percent of it is actually due to jokes.

    Laughter is a sound which does not have any language.

    Humans are not the only creatures who laugh. Animals like dog and cat also laugh!

    A child of the age of six years laughs about three times more than an adult.

    Heavy laughter everyday can strengthen your immune system.

    The average person laughs about thirteen times in a single day.

    Laughing has been the cause for death for many people.

    Siamese, Persian, Sphynx, Himalayan and Abyssinian they come in all shapes and sizes and the list goes on and on. But one thing is for certain whatever the breed, behind every cat is a tried and true Cat Lover. We love our furry friends! They are part of families and they are our friends.

    So take a moment, sit back in your favorite spot, stretch out in the sun or lean against your best scratching post and enjoy 50 of the funniest jokes all about feline friends: Cats.

    50 Purr-fect Cat Jokes

    1- What does a cat eat before it’s main meal? A Mouse-bouche.

    2- How does a cat make coffee? In a Purr-culator.

    3- Where do French cats like to hide? Cat-a combs.

    4- How do Cats organize their books? They use a Cat-alouge.

    5- What score did the kitten get in its test today in school? 10/10.

    6- What do you call a cat who starts something? A Cat-alyst.

    7- What do you call a cat sitting on a leaf? A Cat-apillar.

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    8- Why did the cat go to prison? For Cat-napping his nemesis.

    9- Where did cats live in Ancient Greece? The Panther-non.

    10- What did the mother cat say to her children? Stop kitten-ing around.

    11- Why was the hippy cat happy? She was Fe-line groovy.

    12- What did the cat say to the cow? How Meow brown cow.

    13- What do you call a feline chimney sweep? A cat on a hot tin roof.

    14- Did you hear about the cat who won the lottery? He was ecs-Cat-ic.

    15- Why was the cat sent to her room? She had a Hissy fit.

    16- Did you see the feline stand up comic? They were Hiss-terical.

    17- What do you call cats that fall over a cliff? A Cats-cade.

    18- Which cat threw the biggest and most lavish parties in the 1920’s? The Great Catsby.

    19- Why did the cat go to jail? He commited a Feline-oney.

    20- Why did the cat poop on the floor? Because we lit-ter

    21- How do you sort cats into groups? You put them into Cat-orgiries

    — 22nd of 50 Cat Jokes

    22- Why did the cat go to jail? He was caught Lion-ing to the police.

    23- What do cats put on their French fries? Catsip.

    24- How does a cat boil water? They use a Cat-tle.

    25- Why did the cats get expelled from school? They were cheetahs.

    26- Who gives presents to good cats at Christmas? Santa Claws.

    27- Why was the tiger held in contempt? Because he was a liger.

    28- What do cats keep in their homes? Furr-niture.

    29- How did they know the cat was an excellent fencer? He was Sabre-tooth.

    30- What cat was a member of King Arthur’s round table? Sir Lance-Ocelot.

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    31- Why did one cat massage the other? It was Kneading attention.

    32- What do you call a large group of cats? Cat-tle.

    33- What do you call a cat that is tortoiseshell and white colored? Calico-ordinated.

    34- What San Francisco food do cats love to eat? Mice-a-roni.

    35- What happens when you tame a wildcat? They become a mildcat.

    36- What do you call a cat with eight legs? An Octo-pussy.

    — 37th of 50 Cat Jokes

    37-What do you call a cat who does the bare minimum? A Mere-cat.

    38- Where does a postman drop off a cat’s mail? The litter box.

    39- Where do cats sell their second hand goods? The Paw-n shop.

    40- What religion do all cats follow? Cat-tholicism.

    41-What kind of boats do cats like the most? A CAT- amaran

    42- What job do most cars think their owners have? CAT-ering

    43- Why was the cat so sweaty? It was so moggy outside

    44- Why were the cats meow so low? He was Whisker-ing

    45- What type of cats become exotic dancers? Mal-teasers

    46- How for the cat get a promotion at work? They were Puss-istant

    47- Why is the lion the king of the jungle? He is Furr-ocious

    48- Where do American cats like to vacation? The Cat-skills

    49- What delicacy do dogs love? Cat Loaf and Clowder

    50- What is the study of cats from the past called? HISS-tory

    — Bonus Cat Jokes

    What does a scared cat say?
    Stop freaking meowt.

    Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.

    How do cats maintain law and order?
    Claw enforcement.

    When is it bad luck to see a black cat?

    When you’re a mouse.

    — Cat Knock Knock Jokes

    Knock, knock.
    Who’s there?
    Claws.
    Claws who?
    Claws the door, it’s cold!

    Knock, knock!
    Who’s there?
    Cat.
    Cat who?
    Cat you understand!

    Knock, knock!
    Who’s there?
    Hans.
    Hans who?
    Hans off my kitten!

    If you have a pet, such as a cat or a dog, you may become so attached to it that in time you almost feel it’s “human”. That is, you begin to think it can express the way it feels in terms of human emotions, such as crying, or perhaps even laughing.

    But this isn’t really so. crying and laughing are humans ways of expressing emotions and no animals have this way. Of course, we know that animals can whimper and whine when they are hurt, but crying involves the production of tears with this emotion, and animals cannot do this.

    This doesn’t mean that animals don’t have the tear fluid in their eyes. But it is used to irrigate the cornea of the eye.A creature must be thinking a thinking and emotionally sensitive person to cry. Even children begin to cry only when they learn to think and feel. An infant yells, but he is not is crying.

    Crying is a substitute for speaking. When we cannot say what we feel, we cry. It is a reflex that happens despite ourselves and that helps us “get out” what we feel.

    Laughter is also a human phenomenon. Some animals may give the impression the is that they laugh, but it is not at all like human laughter. the reason is that man always laughs at something, and this means that a certain mental process or emotion is involved. Animals are incapable of having such a mental process or emotion.

    For example, when we laugh at a joke, or at a “funny” sight, our minds our our emotions make it seem laughable.It fact, there are many kinds of laughter and many reasons why we laugh. We may laugh at the ridiculous[a big, fat man with a tiny umbrella], or at the comic [a clown, for example], or at the humorous [a joke], and so on. We may even laugh in scorn.

    Psychologists also believe that laughter is a social phenomenon. We laugh when we are part of a group that finds something amusing. Animals, of course, cannot resort to laughter for any of these reasons.

    Hope you liked this post. Please share it with your friends.

    By Nicole Cosgrove

    Updated on Jan 6, 2022

    Do cats know what laughing

    The was a guest post by Terry Lin, the co-founder of Forever Home Blankets. Every year 8 million pets end up in shelters and 4 million will never find a new home. For every throw blanket you purchase, we’ll donate one to a shelter animal in need.

    1. Swag Level 9,000

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    2. Oh-So-Grumpy

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    3. Is Mom Home Yet?

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    4. Caught red-handed!

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    5. Because matching sweaters are always cute.

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    6. “Why is my bowl empty human?”

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    7. When you’re stuck on a terrible first date…

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    8. An odd, but probably comfy place to sleep.

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    9. Somebody’s not happy…

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    10. Sometimes you’re just so tired and have to pass out.

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    11. Because it’s April and taxes make you feel like this…

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    12. “You think this is a f#@%ing joke?”

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    2020? Gak. Thbbft. The general consensus regarding the year of coronavirus, forest fires, cancelled plans, and social isolation can only be summarized in GIF format: dumpster fire. Maybe a row of hostile emojis. 😡 😤 No matter how you communicate your feelings about 2020’s most trying circumstances, skimming the interwebs for funny cat pictures and videos definitely helped to take the edge off! Here, we’ll share a few of our favorites with you.

    Expressing Our Feelings in Cat Language

    Amelia, a darling Russian Blue, demonstrates a more, shall we say, PG version of our feelings about this year in a nutshell. Not great. Two thumbs down. Yuck all around.

    The Solution to Screen Fatigue

    About those endless Zoom sessions: if your cat hasn’t obstructed your coworker or classmates’ view during at least once during our extended time working from home, your feline has much better manners than ours.

    How We Passed the Time

    There’s not even a need to explain why we might have been tempted to dress up our kitties when we haven’t left the house in 57 days. Dressing them up with a little friend to help stave off loneliness during our ump-teeth month of social distancing? Well, that’s understandable. At any rate, this Scottish fold (and her little friend) are adorbs.

    Speaking of Fashion.

    “On the catwalk. on the catwalk, yeah, I shake my little tush on the catwalk.” How many times have we watched this hilarious cat fashion show? You don’t want to know! (Really—you don’t. We’re embarrassed.) But if you’re looking for a fun going-out look for your fur baby to rock once we can all leave our homes, these cat harnesses might do the trick. Work it, Kitty!

    Meanwhile, In Another Part of the House

    Being in quarantine definitely created strategic alliances between certain members of the family. Take this very talented black cat and her tiny human apprentice, who’ve figured out how to escape quarantine like a scene from Mission: Impossible. Now we know why it’s so easy for them to stare at us from the foot of the bed while we sleep.

    Well. This Explains the Toilet Paper Shortage

    All those trips to Costco? We wish we could say it was only for the industrial-sized bag of Veggie Poofs. This Bengal kitty is more than a bit naughty with the bathroom tissue. Listen, Mittens—there’s a national shortage and the humans need this more than you!

    Funny Cats from a Different Perspective

    Maybe it’s our junk food-induced dreams prompting this Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland vibe, or maybe it’s the surreal artistic vision of Insta-sensation Koty Vezde. The artist creates mixes like these with your cat’s face. Peek at the whole portfolio on Cat Universe (it’s a great way to break free of the doomscroll).

    Have you ever wondered how to laugh in English? Perhaps you’ve wondered how you can express admiration or awe, or show surprise (in English) when you’re writing. If you plan on doing any writing in English, you need to be familiar with onomatopoeia.

    It’s important to note that English onomatopoeia is different than Portuguese onomatopoeia, or Spanish, French, etc.. You must remember that when you are communicating in English, and writing in English, your written “sounds” need to be consistent with the language as well.

    In this 60 Second Saturday lesson, we’ll be reviewing onomatopoeia related to laughter and some interjections. The full lesson below will also provide some additional ways to practice onomatopoeia as well as an additional resource to learn.

    Let’s go!

    English Onomatopoeia

    What is onomatopoeia?

    Onomatopoeia is the written sounds that we [or things] naturally produce.

    Think about the sound of a water drop hitting the ground, “drip”. Imagine the sound of a large, heavy textbook falling off the table and hitting the ground, “bam” or “thud”. What’s the sound of your hands coming together quickly? “clap” These are all examples of onomatopoeia.

    We start learning these sounds (and how they look in written text) as children in story books or as some of our first words.

    What do dogs say? “woof woof” – – What do little, pink piggies say? “oink oink” – – What do kitty-cats say? “meow meow”

    It may seem strange to learn English onomatopoeia because you associate these sounds in your own language; however, if you are expressing yourself in English, you need to be consistent with how onomatopoeia as well, including when you laugh and voice interjections.

    Laughing in English

    The most common way to write laughter in English is “haha”. If we want to express more of a giggle, then we can write “hehe” as well. These are examples of onomatopoeia and are different than the acronyms LOL (laughing/laugh out loud) or ROFL (rolling on the floor laughing).

    Common mistakes that I’ve seen and read are when students write sentences in English, or are communicating in English, and then write their language’s laughter in the same conversation.

    So if you’re communicating in English and want to express laughter, write “haha” or “hehe”. Avoid “kkkkk” or “rsrsrs” (Portuguese) or “jajaja” (Spanish) and other variations of laughter in different languages.

    I’ve had students argue that they are “laughing in their language”, and want to express this laughter in their language. I understand that way of thinking; however, I disagree and say that the language of communication needs to be consistent. If you’re communicating with an English speaker and write “kkkkk” or “jajaja”, you’ll most likely cause miscommunication as it’s not English.

    Interjections in English

    When you want to express admiration or awe, we write that sound like “aw” or “awwwwww”. We often write this (and express) this sound when we see something cute or something we like, or if we want to express sympathy to another. It can also be used to show disappointment.

    A mistake that I’ve seen is this written as “owwwnn”. So avoid this when communicating in English!

    Some other common examples of interjections in English onomatopoeia:

    wow / woah – to show surprise, shock

    ah (ahhh) – to show realization, relief

    ouch – to show pain

    ugh – to show annoyance

    oh (ohhhh) – to show understanding

    Practice Makes Perfect

    Can you write some sentences utilizing the onomatopoeia we’ve reviewed today? Write them in the comments below!

    Additionally, you can review more about English onomatopoeia in this lesson, “Onomatowhatta? Understanding Onomatopoeia in English”

    Until next time,

    Do you know a friend learning English? Help me help them and share this lesson with them!

    Researchers suggest that laughter in the animal kingdom may help creatures let each other know when it’s playtime, so that play fights don’t escalate

    Do cats know what laughing

    As the millions of views that videos of animals dubbed over with human voices can attest, people seem to love nothing more than anthropomorphizing our non-human counterparts in nature. These videos might make us giggle, but what about the creatures that star in them, can they laugh?

    The answer, according to a new paper studying animals at play, may be yes—to the tune of some 65 species that researchers pegged as “laughing” during bouts of playful activity, reports Mindy Weisberger for Live Science.

    “This work lays out nicely how a phenomenon once thought to be particularly human turns out to be closely tied to behavior shared with species separated from humans by tens of millions of years,” says Greg Bryant, a cognitive scientist at the University of California, Los Angeles and co-author of the study, in a statement.

    Most of the 65 species identified by the study, which was published last month in the journal Bioacoustics, were mammals, such as primates, foxes, killer whales and seals, but three bird species also made the list, according to the statement.

    For animals, the researchers suggest, a laughing noise may help signal that roughhousing, or other behavior that might seem threatening, is all in good fun.

    “[Some actions] could be interpreted as aggression. The vocalization kind of helps to signal during that interaction that ‘I’m not actually going to bite you in the neck. This is just going to be a mock bite,’” Sarah Winkler, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles and the paper’s lead author, tells Doug Johnson of Ars Technica. “It helps the interaction not escalate into real aggression.”

    Winkler witnessed firsthand that vocalizations often accompany animals playing during past work with rhesus macaques, which pant while they play, according to Live Science. To find out how widespread such play vocalizations might be in the animal kingdom, Winkler and Bryant scoured the scientific literature for descriptions of play activity in various animals. In particular, the study authors looked for mentions of vocalizations accompanying playtime.

    Per Ars Technica, many of the animal laughs identified by the study sound nothing like a human chuckle. For example, Rocky Mountain elk emit a kind of squeal and, per Live Science, New Zealand’s kea parrot whines and squeaks when it’s time to have some fun.

    Back in 2017, another study found that playing a recording of kea laughter around the parrots in the wild would cause the birds to spontaneously break into playful tussles.

    Another key difference between human and animal laughter could be its volume and thus its intended audience, according to Live Science. Human laughs are pretty loud, so the whole group can hear, but most animals, by contrast, have laughs that are quiet and may only be audible to the play partner. (By the study’s definition, cats hissing during playtime qualified as laughter.)

    Winkler tells Ars Technica that though the study aimed to be comprehensive, that there may be even more laughing animals out there. “There could be more that, we think, are out there. Part of the reason they probably aren’t documented is because they’re probably really quiet, or just [appear] in species that aren’t well-studied for now,” she says. “But hopefully there could be more research in the future.”

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    We’ve had our fair share of all kinds of cat costumes at TheCatSite over the years and it’s time to bring together some of the best ones for a special TCS Halloween Costume Parade for cats! No cats were harmed during the creation of this list – all in pure fun! If you’re considering dressing up your own cat please read this first – How To Safely Dress-Up Your Cat For Halloween

    1. The allicator –

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    “I’m inside the mouth of a. what. “

    2. The Bumblebee Cat

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    “Human, I purr therefore I buzz.”

    3. The ladybug kitty

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    “Ladybugs don’t bite? Well, watch your hand there because I’ve got some news for you.”

    4. The scary-furry shark cat

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    “At least I’m not dressed up as a tuna fish this year”

    5. The Feline Zebra

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    “I don’t know, I think the tabby stripes should be enough, don’t you?”

    6. A Mighty lioncat

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    “Hold on, let me put on my scary face. There we go. Scared now?”

    7. An amoosingly feline cow

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    “I’m the cow? That’s because I’m black and white, right? So what’s the black cat going to be?”

    8. A genuine lobspurr

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    “First a shark, now a lobster? Anyone seeing a theme coming up here?”

    9. The cute dinosaur

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    “So, do I purr or meow, or howl or what? What kind of noise did dinosaurs make anyway?”

    10. The T-Rex

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    “Fear the T-Purrx!”

    11. The furmonster

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    “I already have the fur to be a monster, does it really have to be pink?”

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    “Is this even legal? I’m going to report this to the Global Cat Council, you know.”

    13. Jack Spawrrow – The Purrate of the Caribbeans

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    “Yaaar! Shiver me whiskers!”

    14. Count Purrcula

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    “Are you sure all black cats must celebrate Halloween? The shelter people really told you that?”

    15. Lucifur

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    “What do you mean my ears are too big? They’re horns, woman, horns!!”

    16. The cat skeleton

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    “Look at me! I gotta put on some weight – give me some treats right now!”

    17. The sorcefur

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    “I’m orange, the costume is black. All set for Halloween!”

    18. The Wickat Witch of the west

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    “Look into my eyes. I’m putting the tuna-giving spell on you right now. “

    19. The Halloween purrnkster

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    “Treat or trick? Because if I don’t get a treat, the trick is going to be in your new shoes tonight.”

    20. The pawmpkin

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    “Does all that orange bring out the green in my eyes?”

    21. And one more pawmpkin! Happy Halloween everyone!

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    “So, I’m supposed to wave to the neighbors as part of the Halloween decor?”

    Have you enjoyed watching the parade go by? Then share this with your friends!

    Do you want to take cute pictures of your cats wearing a costume? Read How To Safely Dress Up Your Cat For Halloween.

    Don’t forget to keep your cats safe on Halloween and enjoy the holiday!

    I’m about to make a very bold statement. Without getting into a whole “apples and oranges” discussion that could keep me writing (and drinking wine) all night. this may have been the finest meal I’ve ever eaten of its price point (and even for higher price points) in the Tampa Bay area. Believe me. I’m as shocked as you are. I’ve heard a little positive buzz about the “Cat”, but have never really been inspired to check it out. Italian food is not really my favorite and when I DO want it, I usually hit one of my all time faves (Bernini) when I’m in Ybor. Well. Bernini was closed tonight (but even though I cheated on you, I DO still love you Bernini. I guess I’m just an “open relationship” kinda girl). Don’t tell Underdog I said that.

    After catching a 4:00 PM flick at Centro Ybor, Dogboy and I made our way down the street to The Laughing Cat. The modest exterior of the historic corner building, as well as the rustic interior (painted brick walls and industrial-style track lighting) did little to prepare me for the gastronomic delight that was in store for me.

    Again, we eat at a ridiculously early hour (yes, we’re old) so don’t let the empty look of the place fool you. We arrived shortly after 6:00 on a Sunday night and the restaurant was filling up nicely before we finished our meal.

    The Laughing Cat is bona fide in that they only serve Italian wines. I adore a big, buttery, heavily-oaked California Chardonnay, so I was a little skeered that I would have to settle for something less than I prefer. but our amazing server, Rick, immediately assessed my needs and presented me with a full-bodied Italian white that totally won my heart. and for only $9 per glass (of which I had three). Yes, I’m a wino.

    This is where I should start to raise holy hell because of the huge transgression which occurred when the bread was served. That’s right. foil wrapped butter pats arrived with it (NOOOOOO!). Honestly, they’re generally enough to make me go postal. but I am going to grant a rare pardon in this instance because everything else we had was so damn wonderful (including the hot, crispy bread).

    We started with a couple of soups by the cup. I ordered the seafood bisque, which was creamy, sherry-laced-liciousness and loaded up with crustacean goodness. Rick explained to us how the stock was made (with lobster heads and other shellfish cast-offs) in advance and then held so the bisque could be flash cooked in individual portions when it was ordered. That explains why the abundant seafood morsels had none of that “I’ve been sitting here overcooking in this soup pot for hours” dried out texture that you sometimes experience with seafood bisques and chowders. I wanted to swim in it.

    For a starter, we shared the Melanzana Rollatini (eggplant stuffed with ricotta and mozzeralla finished in a tomato sauce with basil) and it was positively outstanding. The eggplant was tender and sweet (not a hint of bitterness), oozing with melted cheese and served in a lavish bath of some of the freshest-tasting tomato sauce I’ve ever enjoyed.

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    My entree, the Pappardelle Piemontese (prosciutto, wild mushrooms, onions, and peas paired with large egg noodles in an Alfredo sauce topped with parmesan) was the second best pasta dish I’ve ever eaten in my life (the number one slot goes to Quattro Leoni’s Fiochetta with Pears, Asparagus and Taleggio we had in Florence. Italy, not South Carolina. a few years back). Still, this was an unforgettable plate. the sauce was unctuous while somehow managing to evade the thickness or flavor-obliterating cheesiness you find in many Alfredos, and the noodles were creamy, luxurious perfection. It was amazing. and HUGE. Honestly, you can easily share an entree at The Laughing Cat and still have leftovers. Two-thirds of this is in my fridge as I type (and not because I didn’t wish I could eat it all there.

    UD the “Veal Addict” ordered appropriately and went with the Vitello Saltimbocca Alla Romana (veal scaloppini topped with prosciutto and provolone and sautéed in a white wine sauce). I almost hate it when I can’t find anything to bitch about because I know its boring to read nothing but superlatives, but it was what it was. perfect, like everything else. Tender, crispy-coated veal swimming around in wine topped with gooey Italian cheese. what’s not to love?

    It’s not like we had room for dessert, but we ordered it anyway. a flourless, fudgy-brownie-like chocolate cake topped with a frosting that was somewhat reminiscent of a very dense chocolate mousse. Decadent and huge, it was a true chocoholic’s delight.

    I just can’t say enough good things about this $120 meal (which included 3 glasses of wine apiece). Foil-wrapped butter pats aside, it was sublime. Service was professional and attentive (the chef even came over to check on us personally a couple of times) and food was easily in the >90th percentile for the Tampa Bay area and generously portioned. We will surely remember this dinner fondly. especially as we polish off the mass quantities of leftovers we brought home with us in the upcoming days.

    The meme all over your social mediaexplained, directly from the woman herself.

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    • Fall 2019 has given us a change of season and a brand new meme: “Woman yelling at a cat,” otherwise known as “the cat meme.”
    • The viral photo is a mashup of a blonde woman yelling at a confused looking white cat sitting in front of a plate of vegetables.
    • After seeing the meme everywhere, OprahMag.com checked in with titular “woman,” Real Housewivesof Beverly Hills alum Taylor Armstrong, who shared her reaction to the viral meme.

    The leaves are falling, the first real snowfall of the year has hit certain parts of the world, and the internet has a new meme it’s fallen in love with. Picture it: Two images, side by side. One features a teary-eyed woman angrily yelling, another captures a particularly angry looking cat. Yes, the internet is in love with the Woman Yelling At A Cat meme; the phenomenon even made its way into a few Halloween costumes.

    But what is the cat meme, exactly, and how did it become so popular? Well, firstly, t he meme’s virality is due to simple happenstance, of course. The images had each been used individually as memes themselves—and both have separate origins—but once put together, they became magic.

    So if—like we were—you’re wondering how this all came about, we’ve broken it down for you, finding some of the internet’s best examples, and even talking to the woman in question, Taylor Armstrong. Here’s everything we know about the woman yelling at a cat meme you’re seeing all over your social media feeds.

    Alright, where did this “woman yelling at a cat” meme start?

    The human half of the meme finds its origins from a 2011 episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, where then-cast member Taylor Armstrong found herself in an emotional confrontation with Camille Grammer, as fellow housewife Kyle Richards attempts to calm her down.

    “During the screaming scene, I was truly terrified for my life and my safety. When I look back now, that life seems like someone else’s,” Armstrong tells OprahMag.com. “I have healed and grown so much stronger since that moment and am in such a happy place with my husband and daughter. I never imagined of all my TV moments, that would be the one to become a ‘meme’ sensation.”

    While this may be a way to heal from a painful experience, Armstrong understands why she’s prime for memeable moments and GIFs. “I think I am easily meme-able because I can be very animated, especially when I am upset! There is quite a bit of Housewives content of me screaming, crying, eye rolling and laughing to choose from. I guess I created the Taylor gallery for memers to use and create.”

    As for the other half of the meme starring the angry white cat, its origins began on Tumblr, when user deadbefordeath posted a photograph of a white cat with a bewildered expression sitting in a chair in front of a plate of vegetables. The caption back then was: “he no like vegetals.”

    And before you ask—yes, “the cat” has a name: Smudge. And you can follow him on Instagram.

    When did the cat meme go viral?

    It looks like back in May, the first version of the meme appeared on Twitter:

    But the conventional form of the meme—which features the image of Armstrong and Smudge expressing differing opinions, also known as “object labeling” in the meme lexicon—first took off on Reddit, the breeding ground for meme culture.

    Armstrong told OprahMag.com that she first saw the meme back in August. “It was ‘Boomers’ ‘Millennials’ and ‘Gen X’ featuring Megan Mullally from Will & Grace. Her character, Karen, is fabulous, so it was fun to share a meme moment with her. She and I were featured in a fun Halloween one also. I thought the first scream meme would be the last. I never expected all the future memes to come.”

    Part of the reason for the meme’s virality is due to Armstrong’s engagement with people who tag her in their social media posts—and in particular, this clapback when she went uncredited for her work in meme history:

    She’ll even interact with you IRL if she runs into you in costume: “The fact that people have come up with so many versions is pretty amazing. I ran into someone at a Halloween party dressed as the cat so, of course, we took the photo op for me to ‘yell’ at him.”

    Can I see some of the best ones woman yelling at a cat memes?

    Of course you can! We’ve gathered some of the best of the best for you to chuckle at:

    Cats are wrongly perceived as indifferent and ‘none of your business’ type pets. Oftentimes, especially to non-cat people, they are seen as aloof and disengaged.

    Various researches done on canines’ minds have piled up through the years due to their higher Emotional Quotient (EQ), Intelligence Quotient (IQ), and other cognitive skills. Dogs with the highest emotional intelligence include German shepherd, Labrador, etc.; imagine how trainable a German shepherd lab mix would be!

    According to BBC, dogs were domesticated about 30,000 years ago, and cats got domesticated only 10,000 years ago. Probably, it led to a lack of in-depth research on feline mind and behavior.

    Do cats know what laughingDo Cats Recognize Human Emotions?

    Recent research on feline recognition of emotion has found that cats can recognize human gestures and expressions, and they behave differently to these emotions.

    Cats can pick on human emotions. BBC mentions a study by Jennifer Vonk and Moriah Galvan, from Oakland University, that was conducted on 12 cats. It found that the cat stayed near the owner during happy moods, i.e., smiling expression, and behaved defensively when the owner frowned or expressed anger.

    Are Cats Emotionally Intelligent?

    A new criterion of success at the academic and practical level is the high emotional quotient (EQ). Pets are considered emotionally intelligent and are role models for kids as well as elders to learn to handle emotions. Companion dogs are proven to polish children’s emotional responses in a better way, but cats are equally emotionally intelligent too.

    Before the debate begins, it should be made clear that emotional intelligence is the self-awareness of emotions, managing emotions wisely, and having an ability to understand others’ emotions better. It helps in developing moral values and better social skills.

    A self-awareness of emotions in cats is not proven yet. However, they can recognize emotions across species, that is, human emotions and gestures.

    Charles Darwin studied emotions more than a hundred years ago and predicted that emotional exchange works way better than verbal interaction. His viewpoint is that “verbal channel, language, is a relatively poor medium for expressing the quality, intensity, and nuancing of emotion and affect in different social situations…[and] the face is thought to have primacy in signaling effective information.” (1, 2)

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    1. Management of Emotions in Cats:

    According to traditional thinking, emotions are culprits of bad decisions as was portrayed in tragic plays like Oedipus Rex and Shakespeare. Research has shown that emotional management is the key to making wise decisions.

    Cats are good managers in terms of emotions and use moods smartly by getting things done. A cat will complete the task no matter what and how.

    You can see your purring ball chasing a rat for hours, or playing with the kid only to avoid fights. The owner’s happy moods are used by cats to convince him to pet her in the lap.

    2. Understanding Human Emotions:

    Companion pets are attuned to the owner’s mood swings and expressions and respond accordingly—as per their respective emotional intelligence.

    A cat may avoid the owner when he is angry or may act defensively, but a dog simply stays silent and obeys the owner till he feels happy again. Both cats and dogs have interpersonal skills that help them overcome negative thinking and feelings.

    If they stay in contact with the owner, they can boost his mood within no time. The sense of touch increases the release of oxytocin, the bonding hormones, as well as endorphins, the feel-good hormones.

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    3. Self-awareness of Emotions:

    Regarding self-awareness of emotions in cats, no single answer can be provided. Some researchers consider that cats are well aware of their own emotions, and know how to use them for staying determined on a decision. Some consider that cats are not clear about their emotions, but are able to recognize human emotions, which act as precursors for a change of body language in cats.

    Cats are emotionally intelligent in their unique way. Due to a lack of research on a cat’s brain and emotional responses, no single line of defense can be drawn.

    References:

    1 Bradshaw, G.A. 2010. You see me, but do you hear me? The science and sensibility of trans-species dialogue. Feminism and Psychology, 20(3) 407-419.

    2 Schore AN (2005b) A neuro psychoanalytic viewpoint: Commentary on Steven Knoblauch. Psychoanalytic Dialogues 15(6), 829-854.

    May 6, 2014 / 5:41 PM / CBS New York

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — This is not your typical cute cat video gone viral.

    A man seen on video luring a stray cat, patting the cat on the head and then viciously kicking it in the stomach– sending the feline sailing 20 feet through the air, was arrested Monday afternoon.

    Man Seen Kicking Cat On Video Arrested

    Andre Robinson, 21, was busted after the video was posted on Facebook and caused an uproar among animal lovers.

    Days later, the video caught the attention of police who identified the location as the Brevoort Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant and Robinson himself, the Daily News reported.

    He was arrested and charged with aggravated animal cruelty. He was released without bail and ordered to return to court on June 9.

    Robinson has a lengthy arrest record, which includes a knife-point robbery, 1010 WINS” John Montone reported.

    Robinson’s mother Mary Kirby told the Daily News her son is an animal lover, so for him to do this he must have been “high on something.”

    Warning: Graphic Content

    The gray and white cat — a stray known to some local residents as “King” — disappeared for a few days but was trapped Tuesday by animal rescuers and taken to a veterinarian, the Daily News reported .

    It will be put up for adoption if it is healthy, the North Shore Animal League said.

    Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:

    First published on May 6, 2014 / 5:41 PM

    © 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

    Cats are purrfect at making everyone laugh and you just can’t stop them from doing all the crazy things they do. Here are some of the most hilarious cat posts that will definitely make you laugh. Have a look at these cat posts and you won’t be able to control your laughter!

    Cats don’t do anything till the time they really want to. You can’t convince a cat to do anything.

    When you think that your cat can’t do something, it will love to prove you wrong.

    Cat hoomans know that cats love to destroy plants. You should keep your cats away from plants if you don’t want this to happen.

    Your cat will take full care of your child. There is nothing to worry about when a cat is around.

    Cats know magic. If you ever see your cat doing something special, just know that he is definitely up to something.

    Cats have several faces, only the special ones get to see their real side because not everyone has the courage to accept it.

    Always offer your food to your cat if you want to eat it. Else, none of you will get to eat anything.

    When you take your cat to school with you and he decides to become a student.

    When your cat asks you to stay away from him, but you just can’t control.

    Cats like to have fun at all times. They can’t just sit there and get bored.

    When you finally understand the reason for all your superpowers and know that there is no limit. The almighty has blessed you beyond your imagination.

    When your cat looks delicious like food, but you can’t eat it.

    Cats are love and there is nothing weird about them. They are the source of all happiness.

    Every cat is different. You can’t expect the same from them.

    When you are charging your cat, please make sure that it doesn’t get overcharged or else you will land in big trouble.

    When your cat doesn’t understand the meaning of becoming a mom and has no clue what she has to do with her kittens. “Am I supposed to take care of them? But how?”

    When a cat is leading you, there is nothing that you need to worry about.

    When you finally manage to get the funniest picture of your cat and you can’t stop laughing at it.

    There is nothing better than starting your day with your cat.

    This cat is getting everyone’s attention.

    Jokes and funny stories

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    Billy Bob’s pregnant sister was in a terrible car accident and went into a deep coma. After being in the coma for nearly six months, she wakes up and sees that she is no longer pregnant. Frantically, she asks the doctor about her baby.

    The doctor replies, “Ma’am, you had twins! A boy and a girl. The babies are fine and your brother came in and named them.”

    The woman thinks to herself, “Oh no, not my brother. he’s an idiot!” Expecting the worst, she asks the doctor, “Well, what’s the girl’s name?”

    “Denise,” says the doctor.

    The new mother says, “Wow, that’s a beautiful name! I guess I was wrong about my brother. I like Denise.” Then she asks, “What’s the boy’s name?”

    Did you know that studies have indicated that diarrhea is actually a hereditary disease?Yep… It runs in the jeans!

    A substitute teacher was trying to make use of her psychology background. She began her class by saying, “Everyone who thinks you’re stupid, please stand up.”

    Right away, Little Johnny stood up.

    The teacher said, “Why do you think you’re stupid, Little Johnny?”

    “I don’t, ma’am, but I hate to see you standing there all by yourself!”

    Tuesday, October 14, 2008

    Jokes

    by Brittany Fitzgerald

    Things to do in the bathroom stall:

    • Cheer and clap loudly every time someone breaks the silence with a body function noise.
    • Grunt and strain real loud for 30 seconds, then drop a cantaloupe into the toilet bowl from a high place.
    • Sing “Who Let the Dogs Out?”. Real loud.
    • Flush the toilet and make drowning noises.

    Yo mama is so poor she waves an popsickle around in the air and calls it air conditioning.

    Yo mama is so short she can sit on a dime and swing her legs.

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    This is Mekare

    Last year I did this watercolor sketch for my friend Ilana. Right before the pandemic, her kitty, Mekare died. She was devastated, a feeling I know well, when it comes to pets, particularly cats. A year later, I’m struck with my grief for her.

    I lost my oldest friend this week. As teens, we bonded over Depeche Mode. She was a beautiful woman. A creative person. A talented singer. Humorous, sweet and generous. I’m lucky my wife and kid got to meet her in a trip to NY a couple years ago. I’m cycling between sorrow and fury. Fury because her family continues to treat her poorly. She was a survivor of incest, her family denied it, until he confessed and then she split with most of them because she wouldn’t ‘just get over it’. She was a 9-11 survivor, missed being in the towers by an hour. She suffered survivors guilt and PTSD from that. Not long after, she discover she had MS that was difficult to treat. I know she enjoyed her life when she could. She had a sweet Kitty, that she adored and was with her many years, that died right before the pandemic. And the pandemic and the isolation were the final straw. She completed suicide earlier this week. She deserved better. So here it is, my tribute to Ilana Graf.

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    Everyone tries abstract…

    A bunch of artists made themselves famous with abstract Action Art a few decades back. they liked to experiment with the properties of the paint. I enjoy that this has had a bit of a renaissance with poured painting. I occasionally experiment too. Sometimes it’s left over paint, sometimes it’s by request. This is Ocean Wave in acrylic.

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    Cats Are My Default Art Setting

    Since I was a kid, my mom and I painted Christmas ornaments together. I still have a lot of those. As an adult, I continued painting ornaments and since being a cat person, I have always painted an ornament for each kitty. Here’s the collection so far.

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    Of course I signed up for the Tiny Sketchbook Project, because who doesn’t love the idea that you can have a briefcase full of art form all over the world. It was about 1.5×2.5 inches and yes, I decided Cat Moods was my theme.

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    Do cats forget their owners in 3 days

    Dealing with loss, especially when it’s the loss of a best friend, is one of the most difficult things that we have to do as humans. If your cat passes away, it can be devastating, but when your other cat loses its buddy in the process, the situation becomes more complicated. The more you understand about cat grief, the better you can be prepared to help your cat through this process.

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    Do cats grieve?

    We often think of cats as being aloof and solitary, but cats absolutely can grieve for the loss of a person or another animal that they are strongly attached to. It’s difficult to say whether cats mourn exactly like humans do, but cats do appear to recognize when a loved one is missing and they do appear to grieve that absence.

    It’s important to recognize some substantial differences between cat grief and human grief. Humans can grieve distant relatives and can grieve for people lost in tragedies who they never actually knew but cats only grieve for those people or animals they were strongly attached to. Humans have rituals to help them through their mourning, like attending memorial services and funerals, and cats do not have these options. When a cat is mourning, they usually do so with behavioral changes.

    Signs of cat grief

    Cats can behave in many different ways after the loss of another cat. Some cats show no signs of grief at all, and they may even appear happy to be the only cat in the home. You may notice a grieving cat meowing more than usual, and some grieving cats lose interest in their surroundings. Some cats appear utterly depressed and may lose their appetite.

    A study performed by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals discovered that 46 percent of grieving cats ate less than usual after a companion cat died. About 70 percent of grieving cats meowed either more often or less than was normal. Over half of the cats in the study became more affectionate toward their owners, and many of the cats slept more or slept in different places in the house. Many of the cats exhibited multiple symptoms.

    In some cases, a grieving cat may misbehave. You may find your grieving cat urinating outside of the litter box, knocking things over, and becoming very vocal. It may be tempting to get frustrated at your cat for this behavior, but remember that your cat is probably acting out of grief (though issues like urinating outside of the litterbox could be caused by physical issues, so a vet checkup is a good idea). Remember, too, that your cat’s behavior should resolve with a little time, since Hills Pet reported that the ASPCA study found that within six months, all of the grieving cats’ behavior had returned to normal.

    How to help your cat

    It’s hard to see your cat in mourning for their companion, but there are a number of ways you can help your cat through your grief. Try to minimize other household changes during this time, since your cat will be trying to work through the change of being without their buddy. Keeping your cat’s routine the same can also offer reassurance and stability.

    Your cat may lack an appetite during the initial stages of grief, but it’s important to encourage him to eat. You can warm your cat’s food a bit to make it more enticing, or add in bits of special treats like tuna or chicken pieces. If your cat doesn’t eat for three days, call your vet for advice.

    Try to spend some quality time with your cat while he’s in mourning. Sitting with your cat, brushing him, and playing with him (if he’s willing to play) can help create a more positive environment for your cat. Don’t get another cat right away, since this can add stress for both you and your current cat. Instead, take time so that you can both mourn your friend. Chances are that you’ll both be ready to welcome another cat into the home once enough time has passed.

    Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

    All day long, you keep asking your friends, scouring every Internet corner and discussing with tons of pet parents like you. There is a problem walking around your head so-called “My cat hasn’t pooped in 3 days”. What is going on?

    How should the normal cat pooping be?

    Surely, litter box issues are not a strange story with most cat owners. They tell you a lot about the health condition of little friends. So, don’t ignore training cats using the litter boxes, scooping the boxes regularly and paying attention to the thing insides the boxes.

    In fact, the cat pooping is not the same all the time. His age changes, then the bowel movement will be different. Normally, kittens’ defecation is more frequent than the adult cat’s one. Some people have a funny talk that a kitty is a little machine of eating and pooping.

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    But, in general, all of them go to poop at least once daily. When taking a look at the cat defecating result, you can find some signs if they are healthy. It is the deep brown color poop which is not too hard or too soft. And the poop should be with a little bit odors, not too foul.

    The problem starts when.

    If you find out that your little cat has not pooped a few days, it may suffer from constipation sometimes. You do not need to worry too much sense here is one of the common conditions in cats in the middle ages. However, this trouble repeats many times and you start worrying about that my cat hasn’t pooped in 3 days or more, calling a vet is a need.

    Constipation means the cat has difficulty in defecating as normal. During this period, he gets the retention of feces. Or the feces are in the hard and dry state. Furthermore, another symptom of such scenario is the cat’s strain. Your pets may scratch the litter box. The subjective owners think that the cat is trying to cover its odor. Unluckily, the fact is that the little friend is struggling with the terrible costiveness.

    When constipation gets worse, blood along with mucus will occur in feces. They cause cats to whimper during pooping. Next series of awful continues with the appetite loss, vomiting as well as lethargy.

    And the causes are.

    Difficulty in pooping of cats does not come accidentally. There are exactly some inside and outside factors causing such condition.

    Dehydration

    It is correct that there is the water absorption from feces in the cat colon. Unless cats are hydrated enough, the absorbing will keep going and lead to dry hard feces –the costive beginning.

    Metabolic disorders

    Besides dehydration, the metabolic disorder is also a factor contributing to the risk increase of costiveness. Metabolic disorders can be the low thyroid hormones concentration but such a condition is not common in cats at all. Another one is the low blood potassium or calcium. They have negative effects on the colon health and result in constipation.

    Neurological problems

    In daily activities, cats could get some trauma. These issues then damage the healthy ability of nerves which make control of the contraction of the bowel. Consequently, not controlling of feces production will come. However, in some cases which are more serious, it is extremely painful for cats to poop and it is time for terrible constipation.

    Not only three causes mentioned above can build up the hard pooping of your pets. There are many ones including litterbox avoidance, inadequate fiber in the diet, kidney problem, over-grooming, megacolon and so far. It means that just a normal habit you do for your pets can cause big problem to their health.

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    It is time to take an action

    Despite being a common health problem in cats, the costiveness results in terrible things for your little friends unless there is an action in time. Let’s see what you should do.

    Hydrating properly

    As mentioned above, the normal frequency of cat pooping is once or twice per day. However, for constipated cats, this one changes to every three or four days. Such discomfort in the digestive system for days drives them to dehydrate. It is the reason why you cannot forget to get them enough water.

    Offering wet food

    During constipation, wet food can support the bowels much better than the dry food can. Some of you might not know what it is. The wet food is the one provides the cat with more fiber. The higher fiber intake your pet gets, the quicker his discomfort is out.

    Some teaspoon of canned pumpkin into the cat meal is also an ideal plan to stop the costiveness getting worse. Changing the diet to get rid of the constipation is a must. However, this adjustment should be taken step by step and slowly to avoid some unexpected gastrointestinal troubles. And in some cases, those troubles are much worse than your current anxiety that my cat hasn’t pooped in 3 days.

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    Vet solution

    After days, in case that all methods you have applied not very effective, it is time to go to see the vet. He will have aggressive remedies to replace gentle approaches. One type of sugary syrup so-called Lactulose can be in use. The liquid helps to stain water for feces to pass easily. Another medicine which is suitable for cat constipation is the Colace. On the other hand, in the condition of stubborn costiveness, the vet will use the Cisapride.

    In short, prevention is always better than cure

    Undoubtedly, you do not want to present the story that “my cat hasn’t pooped in 3 days“ many other times. Hence, after resolving the first episode of the cat costiveness, you had better searching for ways to preventing the second episode coming.

    Even from the easiest daily routine, you can keep your little pet safe from bad constipation. Always allow access to clean, fresh water. Diets for cats must be appropriate, not too little and also not too much. According to experienced pet parents, dry food which many people let their cat eat will limit the amount of fiber intake. Additionally, it is necessary to pick a great litter box and train the cat to poop into the box. All things here are not hard, just take time and then you are a nice pet owner in the world.

    Read more cat blogs and find more useful cat stuff at Cattybox!

    These simple tips can make your cat happier and healthier.

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    • Do play with your cat every day. Your cat needs stimulation, and daily play will do wonders for her health and quality of life.
    • Do provide a scratching post or pad for your cat to sharpen her claws. If you don’t, your cat might choose your furniture as the place to express this natural behavior.
    • Do make sure all litter boxes are clean and inviting. Keep your cat’s litter box in a quiet area and remove soiled litter at least once a day. For multiple cats, more boxes are necessary. We recommend one box for each cat, plus one more. Boxes should be placed in different areas of the house, if possible.

    • Don’t pick up your adult cat by the scruff of her neck. While mother cats often pick up their kittens this way, an adult cat is too heavy for this treatment, and it could result in pain or injury. Instead, pick up your cat with both hands — one under the chest behind the front legs, and one under the abdomen, supporting her rump.
    • Don’t let your cat chew on string, especially if you’re not watching. If she swallows it, it could create an intestinal blockage that might make her sick.
    • Don’t let your cat have access to second floor (or higher) windows that don’t have screens. She could jump out after a bird or something else exciting and seriously injure herself in a fall.

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    Dog standing on a magical lighted trail path. Photo from Lars Nissen on pixabay.com

    Updated 2020.02.21. Do pet spirits visit us? Will my dead dog visit me? Do our deceased pets visit us? Looking for signs your deceased pet is visiting you?

    Below I answer these questions and feature the most common signs from pets in Heaven.

    Many pet owners comment on receiving signs from their animal friends in the afterlife. Ranging from songs on the radio to hearing the jingle-jangle of their collar from down the hallway, communicating with pets after death is not unusual.

    Your pet loves you, and that love transcends this plane.

    Pet visitations touch everyone, converting even the most staunch skeptics to the everyday believer, so we must discuss them candidly.

    Aside from the cartoons, All Dogs Go To Heaven and, most recently, Coco, the idea of a pet visiting someone from the afterlife usually doesn’t end up on anyone’s radar. Until they find themselves feeling or seeing it for themselves.

    If you’ve been a spirit visitation skeptic until now, well, you’re not alone. Cats and dogs both come back and surprise-visit their owners once they’ve passed on.

    Or if you’ve now found yourself wondering if dogs come back in spirit, or what are the most common signs from your pet in the afterlife, you’re also not alone. Pet spirits visit their humans a lot once they’ve moved over into the other realm.

    Sometimes, these visits happen within hours.

    So without further ado, below are the most common types of visitations you’ll receive from your pets once they’ve transitioned.

    These have been documented from personal experiences, client call experiences, a roundtable with other mediums, and family recounts of events.

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    Neuroscience shows that dogs have memories for humans.

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    I don’t take many vacations. It is not because I am a workaholic, but it is for the simple reason that I don’t like leaving the dogs behind. While reasonably well-behaved at home, the dogs become unhinged in novel environments and make for unpleasant travel companions. Plus, one of them gets carsick with such regularity 30 minutes into any drive that you could set a watch by his telltale retching. So when I do take a vacation, it is always twinged with a bit of guilt for leaving the dogs behind.

    But do dogs really care?

    Now two years into a project to train dogs to go into an MRI — fully awake — so that we can better understand how their brains work, I believe the answer is: Yes, dogs miss us when we’re gone.

    The Dog Project began as a proof-of-concept. We simply wanted to determine if dogs could be trained to hold still enough to acquire quality fMRI data. We started with two dogs — Callie, my adopted feist, and McKenzie, a border collie. We trained them to recognize the meaning of two hand signals, one of which was associated with a food reward. The fMRI data clearly showed responses in the caudate nucleus to the “reward” hand signal. But that was just the beginning. For the story and more, see my latest book: What It’s Like to Be a Dog .

    Confident that we could collect fMRI data in awake dogs, we sought the help of Atlanta’s dog community. And they responded. With an outpouring of support, the team of MRI dogs has swelled to 15 and continues to grow. Now more than a cute dog trick, with a sizable cohort of subjects we can begin to answer real questions about canine cognition and emotion.

    All of the dogs have completed the hand signal experiment. Mostly, we use this as their “final exam” to prove that they can do it. But it has also given us useful data on how variable the caudate response is between dogs. We almost have enough data to sort out breed differences and what makes for good therapy dogs.

    The team has also gone through a second experiment to examine how the dogs’ brains respond to the scent of different members in their household. While in the MRI, we have presented to the dogs their own scent, the scent of familiar and strange humans, and the scent of familiar and strange dogs. We have not published these results yet, but I believe it is a smoking gun for canine emotions and proof that dogs really do love their humans, even more than their fellow canines.

    Which brings me to the question of whether dogs love us when we’re gone. Even while doing these MRI scans, I have wondered about the dogs’ perception of time. Can dogs tell the difference between five minutes and five hours?

    In 2011, Therese Rehn and Linda Keeling reported the effect of time left alone on dog behavior. They found that after 2 hours, dogs greeted their owners with more intensity than after 30 minutes of being left alone. However, there was no difference between 2 and 4 hours. This suggests that dogs can tell the difference between 30 minutes and 2 hours, but beyond that it is unclear.

    Humans don’t need a clock to know how much time has passed. We can mark time by the relative height of the sun during the day and the moon at night, the temperature, the sounds of birds in the morning and owls at night.

    Clearly, these abilities are within the dog’s skill set too. Animals also have internal circadian rhythms. These cycles are partly coupled to the day/night cycle but also free run. Cortisol and melatonin, for example, rise and fall in regularity, providing an internal clock. And a dog can likely tell the passage of time by the distension of his bladder and the hunger in his belly.

    But what about days? Can dogs tell the difference between one day and seven?

    I do not know of any direct evidence for this, but we can speculate two possible mechanisms by which dogs could tell the passage of long periods of time. The first is fairly simple and based on associative memory. Through repeated pairings, a dog learns that his owner is associated with good stuff: food, play, social bonding. This is the basis of positive training. If these events are removed, it is possible that the associations will begin to decay. Psychologists call this “extinction.” In rats, this is a slow process, often requiring hundreds of repetitions without positive reinforcement. And even when extinguished, prior associations are easily reestablished, suggesting that these associative memories never really go away.

    The second mechanism is more sophisticated and would require that dogs have what is called “episodic memory.” This is a memory for events. Endel Tulving once wrote that episodic memory is unique to humans, but a growing body of data suggests otherwise.

    In 1998, Nicola Clayton and Anthony Dickinson showed that scrub jays could remember where they had cached food based on the perishability of the items. After a long delay, the birds returned to locations with non-perishable foodstuffs. In 2005, Madeline Eacott, Alexander Easton, and Ann Zinkivskay showed that rats could recall objects by context and location. This “what-where-which” skill is evidence for episodic-like memories. In 2012, Wenyi Zhou, Andrea Hohmann, and Jonathan Crystal further tested rats’ ability to encode the context of where food is located: “To test episodic memory, we gave rats the opportunity to incidentally encode the presence or absence of food and unexpectedly asked them to report about the recent event.” Moreover, the researchers traced this ability to the rat hippocampus by temporarily inactivating the hippocampus with lidocaine and eliminating the rats’ episodic memory.

    If rats have evidence of episodic memory, then it is a sure bet that dogs do too. I hope to soon test this with our team of MRI dogs. But none of this makes me feel any better about taking a vacation.

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    Almost three out of four cats in a new study wore collars consistently during a six-month study, suggesting that most cats will tolerate a collar even if their owners are skeptical about its success.

    In fact, in almost 60 percent of cases, the animals’ tolerance of collars exceeded owners’ expectations that their cat would keep the collar on without much trouble.

    The researchers suggest that, armed with this data, veterinarians should include a discussion about the importance of identification during annual wellness exams of pet cats. They also say microchipping cats remains a useful backup identification method.

    Among other lessons learned from the research: Proper fitting, with room for two fingers between the neck and the collar, is critical. And owners should carefully observe their cats’ behavior with new collars for the first few days, when problems apparently are more common as the cats adjust.

    Convincing cat owners that their pets, even indoor-only cats, need identification is “a tremendous uphill battle,” said Linda Lord, assistant professor of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University and lead author of the study.

    “A lot of people start out with the dogma that cats can’t wear collars, that they won’t tolerate them or that they’re dangerous. Now pet owners can look at this research and, if they own a cat, maybe they will now consider that they will be able to put identification on them. A collar with an ID tag is probably a cat’s greatest chance of ever being re-homed or brought back if it is lost.”

    And indoor-only cats can get lost. Lord’s recommendations from this study are informed in part by her previous research, which has found, for example, that 40 percent of lost cats in one community were indoor-only cats, or that free-roaming cats without collars are very likely to either be fed by strangers – reducing the likelihood that they will return home – or to be ignored as strays.

    “The return-to-owner rate is abysmal for cats. Fewer than 2 percent of lost cats are returned to their owners,” she said. “If we could get cat owners to try using a collar with identification, it would be a big deal.”

    The study is published in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

    The researchers recruited cat owners from the colleges of veterinary medicine at Ohio State, the University of Florida, Texas A&M University and Cornell University. Cats were randomly assigned to wear one of three types of collars: plastic buckle collars, buckle collars designed to detach if they become caught on something, or elastic stretch safety collars.

    A total of 538 cats with 338 owners participated in the study. Of those, 391 cats, or 72.7 percent, wore their collars for the entire six-month study period.

    Thirty-two animals were withdrawn from the study for various reasons. Owners of the 115 cats that did not successfully wear collars for six months reported the following reasons: The cat lost the collar (7.1 percent); the cat scratched excessively at the collar (4.8 percent); the collar continued to come off and the owner chose not to replace it (3.3 percent); or the collar got stuck in the cat’s mouth or on another object (1.5 percent).

    Relatively few collars did come off, however. A total of 333 cats wore their collars without incident for the entire six months.

    A statistical analysis of research participants’ answers to a series of survey questions indicated that cat owners’ perception about how their cat would tolerate the collar had a predictive effect on the study outcome. The results showed that cats were significantly more likely to fail to wear a collar for six months if their owners did not expect they would accept the collar extremely or moderately well or if the collar came off and had to be put back on more than once.

    “Part of the success of a cat wearing a collar is the expectation of the owner. For some owners, if a collar came off once, they were done. Some put the collar back on their cat five or six times,” Lord said. “For the Houdini cat that can constantly get the collar off, it may just not work for them. A cat can also lose a collar, and then an owner has to decide whether to replace it.”

    Overall, owners’ expectations were exceeded, with owners of 303 of the cats (56.3 percent) saying their pets tolerated the collars better than expected and owners of 167 cats (31 percent) saying their cats behaved as expected. Owners of 43 cats (8 percent) said their pets’ behavior with the collars was worse than they expected.

    For those pet owners who are concerned that collars on cats can be dangerous, Lord noted that the study did indicate that there can be some risk associated with the collars. In 3.3 percent of cases involving 18 cats, the collars got caught on the animal’s mouth or forelimb, or on another object.

    “I would never say that something like this can’t happen,” Lord said. “I would make an argument that a cat is much more likely to get lost and not be recovered than it is to be injured by a collar.”

    All of the enrolled cats also were microchipped for the study. Of the 478 cats scanned for microchip detection at the end of the study, three had microchips that had migrated away from the implantation region under the skin between the shoulder blades. Lord said that, especially for cats that cannot tolerate a collar, a microchip is an important and reliable form of identification in case the pets are lost.

    Owners of 90 percent of the cats told researchers they planned to keep the collars on their cats after completion of the study. Most of the 25 cat owners not planning to continue using collars attributed their decision to either problems with the collar or the fact their cats stayed indoors.

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    You’ve probably wondered where Sampson goes off to all day and how far he goes. He’s exploring the world around him and making friends with other felines in the neighborhood. The exact distance varies between kitties, but they can go a surprisingly long way and still make it back home safely.

    How Far He Travels

    In 2011, researchers at the University of Illinois Extension school conducted a study to see exactly how far cats roam away from home. Cats were tagged with a tracking device and lived in central Illinois. Both human-owned kitties and feral cats were tracked during the two-year study. As expected, the furballs with homes didn’t go quite as far as the feral felines. On average, adopted kitties scoured an area of roughly 4.9 acres during their prowling sessions. This means that if you have a house on a half-acre lot and all of the houses in your neighborhood sit on the same amount of land, your mischievous buddy explores a radius of as far as your neighbor’s yard four or five houses down the street. He still makes it back home safely for dinner every night.

    Distance for Feral Cats

    Wild kitties who don’t have human families travel even farther than your beloved pal would. Feral felines wander from place to place, but still tend to stay within the same range. These fuzzballs cover an average of 1,351 acres while they’re out and about. That’s a dramatic increase over your purring pal’s comfort zone.

    What is He Doing?

    You’re most likely wondering what in the world Sampson could be doing in a neighbor’s yard where you’ve never been yourself. Cats are, by nature, very curious animals. Sampson spends his day being nosy, lurking through the neighborhood looking for critters to catch. If he isn’t fixed, he may head two yards down every day to check out Molly, since she’s in heat. Of course, Sampson also spends a chunk of his freedom chasing the sun, catching some z’s under the afternoon rays.

    Dangers

    While you may feel that Sampson is an animal and needs his outside time, it probably isn’t the best lifestyle for him. If your furry family member gets into a fight with another cat or wild animal infected with rabies, he can bring it home to you and get you sick. Plus he most likely won’t survive the illness and have to be put down. He can also get fleas, worms and a slew of other terminal illnesses from other animals or possibly get hit by a car. If Sampson wanders over to your neighbor’s garage, he may accidentally get antifreeze, rat poison or other chemical on his fur and then swallow it. He’s much safer inside with you.

    Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.

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    Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties:

    Today our nine-year-old cat died suddenly. Last week I noticed his left eye looked a bit off–I remarked to my husband that I wondered if he was losing his sight in that eye. He was perfectly normal and healthy in every other way. This morning he jumped up on the couch and laid on a blanket as usual. A few moments later, he made a dreadful screaming sort of sound, his paws/claws dug into his head, and he died. It all happened in a less than a minute. Have you ever heard of such a thing happening? My three children are quite upset so it would be a benefit to be able to tell them what may have happened to him. Thank you for any help you may have.

    Thomas: First of all, Liana, please accept our deepest compassion and condolences. It’s never easy to lose a beloved cat friend, especially when it happens so suddenly.

    Bella: Sudden death in cats is pretty uncommon, and it’s hard to know why it happened without a post-mortem exam. But we suspect your cat’s death had something to do with a blood clot, and possibly a stroke.

    Tara: Cats can have strokes. Generally they’re not catastrophic, but they can have symptoms like changes in vision, lack of appetite, head tilt, and circling.

    Thomas: The most common cause of feline strokes is heart disease such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which can cause blood clots to build up in the heart.

    Bella: If one of those blood clots breaks free from the heart, it could go to the brain, where it would block the blood supply and cause brain tissues to die.

    Tara: If we think of humans having strokes, often they have severe headaches as a symptom. That could certainly explain why your poor kitty screamed and grabbed his head as he passed away.

    Thomas: The thing about feline heart disease is that it can go undiagnosed for many years, especially if the cat appears healthy.

    Bella: Then, one day, everything goes catastrophically wrong, which results in sudden death.

    Tara: Another possible cause of a stroke is a hemorrhage, where a blood vessel breaks and blood leaks into the brain, again, cutting off oxygen to those tissues.

    Thomas: The most common cause of a brain hemorrhage in cats is high blood pressure, which can be caused by hyperthyroidism or a heart condition. Cats can also develop problems that interfere with the blood’s ability to clot, which can result in hemorrhages as well.

    Bella: We’re not sure what you mean when you said your cat’s left eye looked odd. If the pupil (the black part of the eye) was of a different size than the other, that could have been a symptom of losing sight, possibly through a hemorrhage or clot in the blood vessels that feed the retina.

    Tara: The retina is the place in the back of the eye where light is collected and transmitted to the optic nerve. The optic nerve then sends signals to the brain based on the light that comes in, and the brain translates it into images, and that’s how we see.

    Thomas: The only way to know for sure whether your cat had cardiomyopathy or any other of these illnesses would be a visit to the vet and some tests including blood work and an ultrasound of the heart.

    Bella: But please don’t feel bad if you didn’t notice any signs. Cats are notoriously good at hiding illness. As Mama says, “cats do great … until they don’t.” And by the time they’re obviously doing poorly, they can be very, very sick indeed.

    Tara: Sudden death is the most terrible manifestation of this tendency cats have to hide their sickness.

    Thomas: There’s really nothing you could have done by the time your cat was as sick as he was. As you said, it took him less than a minute to go from apparently normal to dead.

    Bella: So, Liana, we can only guess at what might have happened. But we think–and keep in mind that we’re not vets here, so we’re relying on our “lay-kitty” experience–that your poor little guy may have had a massive stroke, and that’s what killed him.

    Tara: Whether it was caused by a blood clot or a hemorrhage is something none of us will ever know, but we hope this helps you to find some kind of closure. We also hope you don’t feel guilty, although we’re sure you do. Mama says all humans feel guilty when their kitties die, and that’s especially true with sudden death.

    Thomas: Our warm and consoling purrs are with you and your three children as you go through the process of grieving your beloved cat friend.

    Bella: What about you other readers? Have you had the misfortune of having a cat die suddenly? Did you ever find out what happened? How did you cope with your grief? Please share your thoughts and condolences in the comments.

    Did you know 42% of microchipped pets are not registered in a pet recovery service 1 ? Enrolling your pet in a pet recovery service is the most important step in the microchip process.

    At AVID, we’re passionate about reuniting lost pets with their families. As pet ownership increases in the U.S., the need for safe, unique, permanent identification is becoming increasingly important. Our challenge is twofold, increase registration and return-to-owner rates in our communities while reducing euthanasia rates in shelters. ​

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    What is PETtrac?

    PETtrac is a microchip registry and pet recovery service; the cornerstone of AVID’s mission and business. PETtrac provides around-the-clock registration and recovery services for millions of pet owners in the U.S. and across the pond. PETtrac is a nationally recognized pet recovery service that works with veterinarians and shelters to recover lost or displaced pets. Since its launch over 25 years ago, PETtrac has successfully reunited over a million lost pets with their owners.

    Why is Microchip Registration Important?

    Most shelters in the U.S. have implemented their own microchipping and scanning programs. When pet owners forget to register their pet’s microchip, shelters have to make difficult decisions. Unclaimed pets take up unnecessary resources and cost shelters an average of $120.00 per pet in kennel fees. After their holding period, these pets are usually adopted by a new owner or group, sold to a research facility or worse – euthanized! Don’t wait until it’s too late, register your pet today, it could save your pet’s life.

    If Joe wasn’t microchipped we would never know what shelter was keeping him and he would have been euthanized. Instead, we were notified and reunited with Joe. — Says Amber Olsen

    The Hard Facts

    Pet ownership in the U.S. has tripled since the 1970s. Today, approximately 158 million households own pets 2 . Unfortunately, 1-in-3 pets will get lost during their lifetime. Without proper identification, many of these pets will never return home. Don’t let your pet be a statistic, microchip and register your pet today!

    A recently published national study sampled 53 shelters in 23 states. These shelters agreed to keep monthly records of their intake. Only shelters that scanned pets during intake were eligible to participate. Here are some results from that study.

    • 42% of microchipped pets were not registered in a pet recovery service 1
    • 35% of registered pets were not recovered because of incorrect or missing contact information 1
    • 17.2% of registered pets were not recovered because their owners registered them in a database different from the microchip manufacturer 1

    Why Choose PETtrac?

    For over 25 years, PETtrac’s been a pioneer and industry leader, saving millions of lost pets. When you enroll your microchipped pet in PETtrac, your pet will benefit from PETtrac’s safety-net of protection. This safety-net includes:

    • Nationally recognized pet recovery service
    • 24/7 toll-free pet recovery hotline
    • Lifetime enrollment with no annual fees
    • Dedicated pet recovery specialists who are available 24/7, 365 days a year
    • Secure, private pet recovery database

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    Of course, it’s always a cause of concern when egg-laying hens reduce their production or stop laying at all suddenly.

    Wise and long-term chicken keepers know that a stop in egg production is part of a laying hen’s natural cycle. So, if your hen stops laying today doesn’t mean it won’t produce eggs tomorrow.

    But this is the reason you should always keep track of how many eggs your chicken produces. This way, you’ll notice a decline and know straight away if something is amiss.

    Don’t beat yourself up over why you might have done to cause this because there are so many reasons why it happens. Read on to find out why this happens.

    When Do Chickens Start Laying Eggs?

    A pullet (a chicken less than a year old) begins laying eggs when she reaches around 16-18 weeks old, although some breeds can start when they are older.

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    How Often Should Chickens Lay Eggs?

    Egg laying is a complex and delicate process to a hen, so anything that might startle or shock your bird can cause the travesty.

    Your hen will lay an egg every 24 to 26 hours under normal conditions. The hen will reliably lay eggs in its first two to three years before the numbers start dwindling due to life stages to conditions like weather, nutrition, and day length.

    Why Do Chickens Stop Laying Eggs? The 12 Reasons:

    A hen in its egg-laying stage can stop producing eggs due to natural causes or something else you can simply fix with easy changes. For instance:

    1. Natural Annual Molting Cycle

    It’s pretty natural for chickens to molt during different times of the year. Molting is the process where chickens shed their old feathers to allow newer and brighter feathers to regrow.

    However, this molting cycle is highly stressful for chickens. It requires substantial protein amounts for it to occur, making it hard for the hen’s body to support the growth and egg production at the same time.

    This process can be so taxing that chickens just take a break so their bodies can put energy into growing new beautiful plumage. Your hen will appear slightly weary and worn out during this time.

    Molting mainly occurs in the fall, although it’s not unusual to see a hen molt any time of the year, including during winter. Some shed quickly while others take their time, although it averagely lasts for around 16 weeks.

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    2. Decreased Daylight

    First-time chicken keepers may not know this, but a laying hen requires plenty of time out in the sunshine, or it may fail to produce eggs.

    The amount of daylight hours a chicken gets impacts her egg-laying capacity, requiring nothing less than 12 hours under enough sunlight. Make it 14 to 16 hours if you want to keep your hen at peak production.

    Hens require increased daylight hours because of a gland between their eyes, which secretes certain hormones in response to light. These hormones signal the hen’s body to begin laying eggs.

    These birds naturally take a break to regenerate during winter just after molting, a move that may see the number of eggs slow down or cease altogether. However, they resume laying in the Spring when the bodies heal, and you increase daylight times.

    3. Improper Diet

    Offering your chickens too much wrong food causes malnutrition. What comes up in most people’s minds when they hear of malnutrition are pictures of starving birds. However, obese birds are malnourished, just in a different way.

    Most chicken keepers have a false perception that a fat and happy hen produces larger and more eggs. However, an imbalance of nutrition altogether, whether too much or too little, will prevent your hen’s body from functioning as it would in a normal state and alter its egg production.

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    4. Old Age

    Could your girl be getting a bit too old to lay eggs? Most laying hens begin to produce fewer eggs once they are two to three years old and continue for one or two years until they eventually stop. Unfortunately, there’s no way to stop your hen from getting older.

    5. They Could Be Broody

    A chicken going broody is something a keeper will experience at one point or another, as a time comes when a hen feels compelled to become a mother. However, most chicken keepers prevent their laying hens from interacting with roosters, something that can cause a “hysterical notion of pregnancy” and confusion in a hen.

    A chicken that goes broody will stop producing eggs entirely for five to ten weeks when the broodiness breaks.

    It’s good to let your hen get around roosters if it becomes broody. After all, it’ll be giving you more hens to improve egg production.

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    6. Stress

    Chickens may seem like the calmest and tranquil creatures, but they are delicate and neurotic beings during the laying season. Therefore, they require optimum concentration, or else they won’t produce eggs.

    Things like predators such as dogs and cats, hyper kids, enthusiastic owners who force hens to the nesting corner too regularly, or moving a hen to a new coop can stress a laying bird. Such distractions can inhibit a hen from laying even when it’s the production season.

    7. Parasites

    Mites and lice can torment and make a laying chicken too uncomfortable to lay an egg. These pests tend to hide around the vent and in the plumage or under the wings, making it hard for you to notice them.

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    8. Disease and Discomfort

    A hen will stop laying eggs when it falls ill. A laying hen can catch a whole host of illnesses and infections with terrible symptoms that make it pretty challenging to produce eggs.

    They may cease to lay temporarily until you address the condition, during which you may want to separate it from other healthy hens.

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    Our dogs, cats and other pets are so close to our hearts, it’s difficult to think about the day when they’ll no longer be with us. But what if something happens to us first, and we’re not around to take care of them? When preparing your will or trust, what is the best way to plan for your pets’ future after you’re gone, and what should you include in your will?

    In the event that you pass away first, your animals will need immediate care and love. We’ve compiled some helpful tips for estate planning with pets in mind.

    Arranging for caregivers for dogs, cats and other pets

    You’ll want to choose both emergency and permanent caregivers for your pets. Here are some tips:

    • Ask a few trusted friends or family members to act as emergency caregivers. And you’ll want to arrange for more than one caregiver, just in case someone isn’t available. Give them feeding and care instructions for your pets, contact information for your veterinarian and a key to your house.
    • You’ll want to let the rest of your family, friends and loved ones know how many pets you have, and that contact information for your emergency caregivers is available. Keep this contact information in your wallet and somewhere in your home where it’s easy to find.
    • To ensure long-term care for your four-legged friends, you’ll need to name a permanent caregiver. Be sure to choose someone you know will be able to provide your pets with a good home, someone who can give your pets the kind of attention and care they’re used to.
    • If you don’t have someone in mind as a permanent caregiver, give detailed instructions to your emergency caregivers regarding how to find a new home for your pets. If you adopted a pet from an organization, be sure to check your adoption agreement for clauses requiring your pet to be returned to their care.
    • Talk about your wishes and the needs of your pets with your potential caregivers. If you have multiple pets, decide whether they should stay together or be placed with different caregivers. Keep in touch with your caregivers, so that you can make other arrangements if their circumstances change and they are no longer available to serve in that capacity.
    • When designating a permanent caregiver, you should include a backup option. Although it may seem like a good idea, avoid naming an organization as your permanent caregiver (unless otherwise stipulated in your adoption agreement). While some animal welfare organizations may have temporary space available, they generally can’t offer the kind of long-term care your animals will need. Your pets are your companions, and they’re used to living in your home. Think about placing them where they’d be the most comfortable.

    Provisions for pets in a will or trust

    You can help to ensure that everything goes smoothly by incorporating your wishes for emergency and long-term care for your animals in your will or trust. Making formal arrangements will bring you peace of mind and reassurance that your pets will be properly looked after. Remember, it’s important to set up emergency care as well as permanent care for your pets, since long-term arrangements can take some time to implement and your pets will need immediate attention in the event that something happens to you.

    While preparing your estate planning trust, you’ll want to include authorization for the use of funds from your estate for your pets. This money can be used for their care and any other costs that may arise, such as the cost of transportation to their new home. Consider setting up a trustee, which can add an additional layer of oversight and care for your animals.

    Planning provisions for your pets requires some important decision-making. If you have any questions, consult a legal expert who can assist you with deciding what to include in your will. That person can also help you figure out what kind of estate planning with your pets will be most effective. And don’t forget to leave copies of your will or trust with your executor and chosen caregivers.

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    A third of Americans own at least one pet. This is a testament to how popular domesticated animals are in this country. Pets play an important role in the home–they relieve stress, entertain and give joy to their owners. But sadly, when it comes to emergency preparedness, pets are often left behind. Many people’s SHTF plan does not include a bug out strategy for their pets.

    Our pets are loyal and give us unconditional love. It’s only right that we return the favor. Prepping with pets is not impossible, and the fact is they can be good to have around when SHTF.

    Read on to learn how to develop a SHTF plan that will keep your whole family–including your furry friends–safe.

    A SHTF Plan For Your Pets

    If you’re a prepper, the thing at the forefront of your mind is keeping yourself and your family safe. You’ve crafted a foolproof SHTF plan, you know where you’ll go and what you’ll take with you.

    But does that plan include your pets?

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    You can be a prepper and a pet lover. There ware ways to help your pet stay alive in emergency situations (and worse), and pets can be as useful in a crisis as they are at home. Dogs especially can make great SHTF companions. They can warn and protect you and your family from attackers, whether it is a human or a dangerous animal. Some dogs can also hunt and track. And of course, dogs and other pets provide great emotional support.

    Take a look at the original article here and get started on your pet’s SHTF plan.

    A SHTF Plan For Bugging Out With Your Pets

    August 29th 2005, one of the five deadliest hurricanes in the history of North America struck. Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3 hurricane and pack winds of 125 mph. When it was through, over 1,800 people were dead. How many of these lives could have been saved if they were allowed to evacuate with their pets?

    Many people refused to leave New Orleans because they were not allowed to bring their pets. To many people, pets are like their children. According to a survey that took place after Hurricane Katrina, 44% of the people that decided to stay in the city and not evacuate did so because they were told that they could not take their animals with them.

    However, as the storm got closer and intensity increased the evacuation changed to mandatory. It is hard to know for sure how many pets were left as a result of the forced evacuation. According to The Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “Estimates that 70,000 pets remained in the city during the storm; of those about 15,000 were rescued.”

    Sadly, only 20% of the animals that were rescued got reconnected with their owners. This is why it is important; don’t forget Fluffy and Fido in your preparedness plans.

    How To Prepare a Pet Emergency Kit

    You probably all ready have a family emergency kit put together with all of the essentials that you and your family would need in case of a emergency. But did you include your pets? Animals have become such a important part of our lives.

    While your spouse can help you add things to the kit that you may have forgotten your pet can not help you build their kit. They depend on us to care for them.

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    If you are a pet owner, you would be well advised to include your pets in your disaster preparedness plans.

    Our pets are a part of our family, and including them in your plans will help ensure your, your family’s and your pets’ survival.

    When SHTF, Don’t Leave Your Pets Behind

    Having the right supplies and equipment is a must. It’s a good idea to have a separate first aid kit for your pet having a separate first aid kit for our pets. You’ll never know when it might come in handy in an emergency situation.

    Other than the obvious signs that a pet owner may notice under normal circumstances, one should be extra sensitive in the needs of their pets during disaster situations. Here are 10 ways you can help you pet be prepared for a disaster.

    1. Essential First Aid Kit For Your Pet

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    • A hot water bottle (treatment for hypothermia and shock)
    • Instant Cold Pack lower body temp for hypothermic pets
    • A digital thermometer (Pet’s body temp is higher than 102.5 degrees -possible infection. If lower than 100.5 degrees could be a sign of shock)

    2. Give Your Pet An Updated Personal ID On Their Collars

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    Place basic information like your cellphone number, your closest friend’s number and a relative that resides in the outskirts of your immediate area in the event that evacuation is inevitable. Giving your pets a microchip implant boosts your chances of getting back you pet if they get lost. Make sure that you are able to present your updated registration for proof of ownership.

    3. Plan Ahead And Determine Evacuation Sites

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    Making future arrangements with boarding kennels, facilities, local animal shelters or foster care for pets will ensure a safe place for your pet should you need to evacuate. Sometimes, it won’t hurt to ask relatives and friends outside your immediate area if they would want to care for your pet in disaster situations.

    4. Place A Rescue Sticker To Alert Emergency Workers

    A rescue sticker strategically placed in a highly visible spot will enable rescue workers to determine how many pets are present in your home. This sticker, as recommended by the ASPCA, contains details such as the number of pets and types and your veterinarian’s number.

    5. Prepare Much Needed Supplies For Your Pets

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    • Each pet should have at least 2 weeks supply of food and water stored in cans or airtight containers. This is to ensure freshness and to keep it from getting wet.
    • A 2 weeks supply of medicine, and in case of the need for refills you should also have the contact details of the pharmacy. Don’t forget the treats used to reward your pet after taking their medication.
    • A can opener
    • Food and Water bowls
    • Cleaning agents containing bleach, paper towels, plastic trash bags used to clean-up their waste should they relieve themselves accidentally.

    6. Be Well-Informed About Disaster-Related Diseases That Can Be Transmitted To Humans

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    Diseases such as leptospirosis, Lyme disease, West Nile and ringworm can all be transferred from pets to humans. Educate yourself on these diseases, their symptoms, and how to prevent them. Learn more here.

    7. Make Accomodations for Your Larger Animals

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    Ensure that each animal has the appropriate transportation with designated/trained drivers as well as experienced trainers. Make sure that their destination point has enough supplies, the right handling equipment and veterinary care.

    8. Always Anticipate For A Worst Case Scenario

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    In the event that a disaster strikes in your absence and you are unable to head home, talking to your neighbors and friends to look out for your pets can be a lifesaver. You can agree to do the same for them should you switch sides. This would mean either of you should have direct access to each other’s property. Knowing where to locate your pets is equally important once inside.

    9. Do It Now, Never Delay

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    Being prepared and knowing exactly what to do when disaster strikes is vital. Make sure that you involve your pets as you familiarize yourself with your disaster plan. Giving them treats will make it a delightful experience for your pets which may be helpful in stressful situations.

    No one knows exactly when or how bad a disaster will turn out, regardless of location. That is why preparing for the worst is essential for the survival of both you, your family and your beloved pets.

    What do you do to make sure your pets are prepared? Let us know in the comments!

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    Senior kitties like Johnny and Queenie show how older cats have aged like a fine wine, oozing character and purrsonality.

    He may be grumpy-looking, but Johnny is a sweet survivor. Johnny survived an owner who sadly had dementia and sometimes forgot to feed him. So he lost a lot of weight. Fortunately, the scrappy kitty made it to rescuers at Purrfect Cat Rescue in Crystal Lake, IL.

    We love Johnny’s gruff mature cat face and “attitude” that reminds us of a wise old owl (and some people we know). He’s not about to take any nonsense or sass, but he will take all the treats and cuddles.

    To start the New Year, the rescuers hared the results of Johnny’s photoshoot.

    “New year…new face! Meet 11-year old-Johnny!💙Johnny’s owner had dementia and would forget to feed him. We are working on fattening him up a bit. Johnny has early on kidney disease. If you’ve ever loved a kitty with that, you know they love like any other and need us just a bit more. Johnny deserves that love and attention! Here he is enjoying his photoshoot 💙”

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    Johnny cat does not approve.

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    The Riddle of the Sphinx

    🦉 Johnny the Wise Old Owl 🦉

    Now, Johnny is looking for a forever home with a family who will appreciate his considerable charms. As an older chap, he’ll make the perfect companion for an apartment or with people who enjoy quiet time. Notably, senior cats can also be a great choice for those with a medical condition since they are easier to keep up with and less likely to scratch during high-energy kitten play.

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    Kidney Disease in Cats

    What does it mean if your cat has kidney disease?

    As many as half of cats over age 15 may suffer from it, but they may not show signs until the disease advances. As many as 1 in 3 cats may develop kidney disease, also called renal failure, during their lifetime. General signs include frequent urination, vomiting, weight loss, and drinking more water. To help, it’s best to provide plenty of fresh drinking water at all times.

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    If you suspect your cat may have kidney disease, schedule a visit with your veterinarian. Once diagnosed, they can suggest the right treatment, such as a special diet, medication, and fluid therapy. Importantly, cats with kidney disease can have long, healthy lives.

    However, there will e added expenses to keep in mind for the treatment, which can average over $600 annually in some cases. Overall, the cost tends to be lower than for diabetes. Therefore, those who adopt cats like Johnny should be prepared for routine veterinary checkups to care for his ongoing health needs.

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    Are you sassing me?

    As cat lovers know, the companionship and love they provide are priceless. For many people, an older cat is the best choice and, like kittens, may do best in bonded pairs. On the other hand, older kitties can also thrive on their own without all that wild kitteny energy to contend with.

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    Love me, silly human.

    🍷Older Kitties Like a Fine Wine🍷

    To mark the New Year, Purrfect Cat Rescue is sharing photos of many cute older cats. It’s not just the young whipper-snappers who shine in the spotlight.

    Hopefully, Queenie and Johnny will soon find forever homes where their mature charms will be fully appreciated like a fine wine. Follow Purrfect Cat Rescue on Instagram and Facebook for more.

    Below, you can see 13-year-old Queenie’s adorable mug.

    “New year…new faces! Meet 13-year-young Queenie! A senior kitty confused by her new surroundings. She has adjusted nicely and loves to have people with her. She spends her days in the cat tree watching the birds in the feeder and waiting for someone to take her home. Love her pink nose! 💗

    02nd December 2019

    Do cats forget their owners in 3 days

    When cats are not feeling well or stressed they may suffer from a lack of appetite. If that happens you’ll need to try and coax them to eat, which can sometimes be difficult. Cats do, however, respond well to tender loving care.

    If your cat has had an operation or has a serious illness it may not feel like eating when you take it home. The trouble with not eating is that it is a vicious circle for the cat – it feels unwell and doesn’t want to eat, without food it feels weak and more unwell, and so on. If it doesn’t eat its body will start to break down body tissue for energy in order to function, and this can slow healing. Eating is very important to recovery. Otherwise, the immune system may not function properly, making the cat more susceptible to infection, and the way the cat’s body responds to the drugs intended to make it better may even be affected.

    Unlike dogs, which can go without food for some time without serious consequences, cats can develop a problem called hepatic lipidosis, a disease of the liver which can be fatal. This can develop if a cat doesn’t eat even for a relatively short time (two to three days). We also know that cats have very specific needs when it comes to nutrients, and a lack of these can be dangerous too. The problem is that cats are usually not so food-orientated as dogs and can be finicky eaters, so it can be difficult to encourage them to start eating sometimes.

    Are there certain foods that you just can’t face because something about them makes you feel ill? Well, cats are the same. They may avoid a certain food because they associate it with feelings of nausea that they had with a particular illness. This is called food aversion and can contribute to a cat’s loss of appetite. Food aversion can occur when a cat is feeling ill and is continuously offered a particular food or is even force-fed. The cat associates the feeling of illness with that food and will, therefore, try to avoid it. So if your cat seems to be lacking in appetite, don’t leave the food down, and never try to force-feed it using a syringe.

    When a cat loses its appetite you want to try all sorts of things to get it eating again. Owners often turn to baby food because it’s soft and easy to lap, and perhaps they feel it’s nourishing and reassuring too. The trouble is that many baby foods include powdered onion or garlic to help flavour the food, but onion is toxic to cats so food containing it won’t help your cat to recover!

    So what can you do to encourage your cat to eat?

    First of all, you can ensure the cat is comfortable and feeling secure (see the section on keeping your cat happy). Give it some space away from other cats and dogs that might be making it feel it has to compete for attention, good sleeping spots and even food. Cats respond to tender loving care, and spending a little time sitting with your cat, giving it some attention and putting small pieces of food on your finger to be licked off might just help to get it started. Illness can result in food not tasting of very much, but heating it to body temperature may help to release the aromas and make food more appealing again. Using strong-flavoured foods such as fish, or tasty food such as chicken or prawns may also help.

    If your cat has to avoid too much salt or some other ingredient as part of its treatment, it’s worth checking with your vet whether particular foods are off the menu. The vet may even prescribe a food that’s specially developed to aid recovery. Offer the cat little bits, praising it frequently, and stay close by if that’s what reassures it and helps it to relax and eat. If the cat doesn’t eat, then remove the food and try again a little later.

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    Cat diarrhea is a very common presenting complaint among cats brought into my office for examination. In general, it is one of the most frequent reasons cats are taken to see the veterinarian.

    Diarrhea occurs in kittens, adult cats, geriatrics, males and females and all breeds. It has many different causes, almost too many to list.

    Do cats forget their owners in 3 days

    Can your cat have diarrhea that is of no consequence? Absolutely. They can have an upset GI tract for a day just like we can. However, it is important for any cat with diarrhea that lasts more than a day to have a physical exam and microscopic evaluation of the stool.

    Cats can quickly become dehydrated due to their small size. Also, since there are so many causes of feline diarrhea, it is very important to diagnose the right cause so that treatment can be appropriate.

    You can hear more about cat diarrhea on our radio show:

    Causes of Diarrhea in Cats

    What are some of the causes of diarrhea in cats? There are many and they can include feline allergies, specifically food allergies, intestinal parasites, feline inflammatory bowel disease, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, ingestion of a poison, feline leukemia, several different viruses, and much more.

    Constipation can even be confused for cat diarrhea. When a cat is constipated, they often strain in an effort to move the stool along and in the process, some liquid stool may ooze around the hard, impacted feces and be the only thing the cat produces. The owner then mistakenly believes their cat has diarrhea when, in fact, the cat is constipated. I have seen many cats in my hospital that were brought in with an owner diagnosis of diarrhea when they actually turned out to be constipated.

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    Fluids may be needed for dehydration when a cat has diarrhea and cat medication may be needed. Without proper diagnostics, it is not possible to administer the correct treatment. That is not safe or fair for the cat or the owner.

    Also, a major word of warning: Don’t forget, feline medication can be very different from human or even dog medication and dosages are certainly different. Don’t ever give your cat a medication for human diarrhea without checking with your veterinarian. You can kill your cat doing that.

    Diarrhea can be difficult to treat, but almost never impossible. Sometimes it requires enormous patience on the part of the owner and a firm trust in the veterinarian because it may take time and require several stages of diagnostics and even trials of treatment to cure diarrhea.

    Diagnosing the Cause of Your Cat’s Diarrhea

    I have seen far too many cat owners run from one vet to another if the diarrhea is not resolved with one visit. That is unfortunate because diarrhea in a cat is one of those conditions that may take a few days to a few weeks to diagnose and treat. Running from vet to vet is a waste of precious time unless you have good reason to doubt the competency of your veterinarian.

    Diagnostics include at a minimum a thorough history, complete physical exam, and a fecal analysis. In addition, blood work may be necessary and possibly xrays. In extreme cases, intestinal biopsies may be needed.

    Treating Cat Diarrhea

    Treatment can range from something as mild as withholding food for 24 hours to a change in diet to medication. Again, the treatment for food allergy is very different from the treatment for intestinal parasites which is very different from inflammatory bowel disease. Therefore, it is critical that a proper diagnosis be made so the right treatment can be chosen.

    Below, you will find questions from readers and my answers which are full of valuable information on cat diarrhea.

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    While it’s normal for your cat to return a little later than usual from time to time, if your cat has been missing for 12 hours or overnight, especially if this is very unusual for them, there are six things you should do.

    Step One

    First, try not to panic. There may be a perfectly good reason why your cat didn’t come home at their usual time, and there are a few things you can do to help the situation and keep busy.

    It’s helpful at this point to think about any past behaviour that might be relevant – did your cat do the same sort of thing this time last year? Some cats like to wander a little further and hunt for longer in the spring or summer months, for example, so this may just be connected to that.

    Has your cat been keeping strict routines recently or have you noticed a gradual increase in the time they have been spending outside? This may just reflect a new ‘normal’ for your cat as they expand their territory and find different sheltered places to spend time outdoors.

    Step Two

    If your cat has been missing overnight and is not home the following morning, check the house from top to bottom. They may have come in when you were not looking, or they might have found a new secret place to hide. It’s possible that they aren’t feeling well or may have been hurt.

    Once you have established that your cat is definitely nowhere in the house, the next thing to consider is that they may have been shut in your garage or shed. Check everything; inside dustbins, water butts, compost bins, outside storage boxes and under hedges. While you’re searching, take time to stop and listen for the sound of scratching or faint meows.

    If you still cannot find them, ask your immediate neighbours to check their garages, sheds, and greenhouses. Visit neighbours either side of you, across the road and in properties behind your garden or outside space. If you can remember seeing your cat in a particular garden, or a neighbour has ever mentioned that your cat has been in their garden or outside space, make sure to speak to them.

    Step Three

    Once you have established that your cat is not nearby, you should start notifying the appropriate people and organisations.

    If your missing cat is microchipped, then first contact the microchip database (such as www.petlog.org.uk) and register them as missing. If you have their microchip number but can’t remember the name of the microchip database, then you can search for the relevant company using their unique microchip number on www.check-a-chip.co.uk.

    Next, find recent and clear photographs that show your cat from several different angles, and any distinguishing coat patterns and marks so that they can be more easily identified.

    Make a note of all the details that may be required, for example, their name, age and colour. If they do have any distinguishing features (e.g. a spot of colour that is heart-shaped), then mention them specifically, along with the photos. If they were wearing a collar, then note this down too (but bear in mind that this may have been lost).

    Once you have this information about your missing cat, get in contact with:

    • Local vets in your area
    • Your local Police Station
    • All local animal rehoming charities
    • Your local newspaper (to put an ad in the ‘lost and found’ section of the classified adverts)
    • Boarding catteries in the area
    • Lost and found pet websites, for example www.petslocated.com and www.animalsearchuk.co.uk
    • Your local council’s Street Cleansing Department who will have a record of any cats found in your area recently
    • Battersea Dogs and Cats Home

    Step Four

    If you can, then get out and about around your local area. It’s a good idea to take someone with you to help, especially if you’re planning to be out after dark.

    Don’t forget to take a torch to check any dark corners as well as your cat’s favourite pack of treats. Many cats will respond to the shake of a treat packet or biscuit box even if they don’t recognise their name.

    Pay particular attention to empty properties where a cat could go unnoticed. Stop regularly to shake the packet or box, call out your cat’s name and then wait quietly to see if you can hear anything.

    Step Five

    Get the message out to your local community. Make an A4-sized poster or flyer to inform people that your cat is missing and include a large, clear photograph and one or two smaller ones showing them from different angles. Encourage people to look out for your cat and to check their sheds and garages. Make sure you include your telephone number as a contact, but don’t give out too much personal information. You could try putting posters up around your local area or putting flyers through letterboxes.

    Social media is an extremely effective way to reach as many people as possible. Try posting a photo on your own Facebook or Twitter pages with a description of when and where they were last seen. You could also share information on pages set up specifically for this purpose:

    If you’ve recently moved to a new house within a couple of miles of your previous home, then you should extend the search to that area too.

    You could ask your previous neighbours to look out for your cat and let the new people living in your old house know that your cat may be on their way back. Ask people not to feed your cat, but to notify you immediately if they are seen.

    If your cat is easy to handle, you could ask one of your previous neighbours to pick them up and secure them somewhere safe before you get there.

    Step Six

    If someone gets in touch to say they have found your cat, don’t forget to ask all the important questions about the cat’s distinguishing features to make sure they can confirm it really is them.

    Arrange for you and a friend or family member to meet them. Remember to take your cat’s carrier with you. If it is your cat, then make sure you get in touch with all the different places you listed them as lost and inform them that they have been found. It’s also a good idea to remove any posters that you may have put up in the area.

    Some well-meaning people may get in touch about cats that are not yours but try not to get disheartened. It is better to check out leads that don’t amount to anything than have no possible sightings at all.

    When your cat returns home

    When you get your cat home, give them a little of their favourite food and a quick check to see if there are any obvious signs of injury. If they seem fine, give them a chance to settle and readjust, and enjoy having them back! If you have any doubts about their health, or something changes, then it’s a good idea to make an appointment with your vet just to be safe.

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    Forget Shark Week, it’s Bark Week on Mashable. Join us as we celebrate all the good dogs, which we humans do not deserve.

    When a celebrity has a soft spot for pups, it just makes them all the more lovable. So we’ve complied a list of some of the most dog-friendly people in the spotlight.

    Some share an occasional heartfelt pet tribute, while others dish out a daily dose of puppy love. And a few celebs are so in love with their furry companions that they’ve gone the extra mile to make their dogs their own Instagram accounts.

    Here are 12 celebrities who are rightfully obsessed with their dogs:

    1. Chris Evans

    After saving the world, Captain America likes to go home, change back into Chris Evans, and cuddle up next to man’s best sidekick — his rescue dog, Dodger.

    The actor told People he adopted Dodger in 2016, after the two met while he was filming Gifted. “. I was walking up and down the aisles and saw this one dude and he didn’t belong there. I snagged him and he’s such a good dog,” Evans said. He even recorded the life-changing moment in case you want to sob. 😭

    Evans uses his Twitter account to give fans a frequent look at his life with Dodger — including highly anticipated reunions after the two have been separated by his schedule, exciting sing-a-longs, and pranks played on other actors named Chris.

    One dark day the internet mistakenly thought Dodger had died and the heartbreak was REAL — proof that the inseparable duo is one of the most adored celeb/dog matches around.

    2. Tom Holland

    This list is not confined to actors who star in Marvel movies, we promise, but we must talk about our friendly neighborhood Tom Holland’s intense love of dogs.

    The 21-year-old actor, best known for portraying young Spider Man, is no stranger to sharing photos of dogs on Instagram, including one of his Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Tessa, who he got in 2014 when she was just a lil pup.

    Holland is obsessed with Tess and we’re obsessed with his obsession. He brings her to movie premieres, dresses her up as Spiderman, and the two even Facetime occasionally. *swoon*

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    Some planning must go into the process of introducing a kitten to an older cat. Friendly, single adult cats can have trouble adjusting to living with a new kitten. Often times the older cats will appear sad, reclusive, hiss a lot, and sometimes even stop eating if it isn’t adjusting well to the new member of the family. These behaviors are because cats do not like change, especially when it involves their established territory. Introducing a kitten to an adult cat can cause a lot of stress in your household, but there are some things you can do to help make the introduction go more smoothly.

    Preparation is the key to a successful introduction of a new kitten to your older cat. If you prepare your cat for the new arrival and make the changes seem less drastic, then it is more likely to adapt to its new roommate. Give yourself (and your older cat) plenty of time to prepare for this adjustment with these steps.

    Calm Your Older Cat

    Pheromones are useful for creating a calm environment for any cat. The weeks before the arrival of a new kitten is a great time to make use of them. Diffusers, sprays, and wipes are all available and help your cat feel relaxed without the use of drugs. Try using pheromones for at least a few weeks before bringing home a kitten.

    If you suspect your older cat will become stressed and anxious with a new kitten, consider nutritional supplements that are designed to calm a cat. These won’t drug your pet but will help it remain calm and relaxed. They typically work best if given a few weeks prior to the anticipated stressful event and can be continued after the new kitten arrives. The ingredients usually include L-theanine, Phellodendron, magnolia, whey or milk proteins, and other natural ingredients shown to be safe and effective for pets.

    Get Your Home Ready

    New items for your kitten, such as food bowls, beds, another litter box, and toys, should be placed in and around your home before the kitten comes home. Start putting these items in their new places about a week before the new arrival so your adult cat can smell them and get used to all the new things. If you can, try to include items that have the scent of the kitten on them already. Make sure you are ready for the kitten. If you are stressed out and unprepared, your older cat will be able to tell and be negatively affected by it.

    Designate a small room, such as a bathroom, for your new kitten to retreat to and spend the first week or so in. Your older cat should be able to get to the door of this room in order to hear and smell them, but not have any interaction with the kitten. Place the kitten’s belongings in this room (such as a litter box and food bowls) along with a toy that belongs to your older cat.

    Prepare Your Cat

    Make sure your older cat is healthy. Added stress to an unhealthy cat will only make things worse and you want your cat not only mentally prepared for a new kitten but also physically ready to handle it. Take your cat in for a checkup with your vet to make sure it is healthy and that its vaccinations are current. Respiratory diseases are common in kittens and you’ll want your older cat’s immune system to be ready to tackle anything that comes into the house. If scratching or biting occurs between the cat and kitten, you’ll also want the rabies vaccine up to date to avoid any problems.

    While older cats will occasionally take to a new kitten right away, they typically need a little time to adjust to the changes. Sometimes cats never fully accept a new kitten but will simply coexist, keeping to themselves away from the other cat in the house. You’ll want to make sure that no matter how your cat feels about the new kitten, that things stay peaceful and you have the best chance at creating a budding friendship from the start.

    Introduce Your Cat to the New Kitten

    When you bring your kitten home, allow your cat to sniff it while the kitten is in a carrier or your arms. Go directly to the room previously designated and set up for your new kitten and allow the kitten to explore. The litter box, food bowls, bed, and some toys should all be easily accessible. Do not let your older cat have unsupervised access to the kitten.

    At night, when you are not home, and whenever you are unable to supervise the kitten and your older cat, keep the kitten in its designated room with the door closed. As your cat gets curious, it may stick its paw under the door, sniff under the door, and listen to the kitten. Do this for about a week, depending on how your cat is acting with the changes. Don’t forget to provide a lot of attention to your older cat after playing with your kitten. It’ll need your attention and support and the scent of the kitten on your clothing will help it get used to the newcomer.

    Encourage Time Together

    After about a week, let your kitten explore the house under your watchful eye. Allow your older cat to observe this exploration and retreat if it wants to. Do not force interaction between your cat and kitten. If your cat has a favorite interactive toy, such as a feather wand or laser pointer, try playing with both cats at the same time. This will encourage mutual activity. You can also give them both treats at the same time and feed them at the same time from separate bowls. Be sure to leave enough space between the food bowls so your older cat does not feel threatened.

    Encourage any positive interactions your older cat has with the kitten using praise, treats, and physical affection. You want your cat to associate the kitten with happy, positive things.

    Allow Your Cat to Establish a Hierarchy

    Cats need to have order and a new member in the home must know where it ranks. Your older cat may have a period of time when it tries to establish a hierarchy with the new kitten. Your older cat may hiss and swat at the kitten when the newcomer does something unfavorable. This is completely normal and as long as it is just hissing and swatting, do your best to not interfere. Your older cat is establishing its role as the dominant cat in the household and the kitten is being taught where its boundaries as the new cat are.

    Problems and Proofing Behavior

    Don’t give up if the first encounters are not positive. Older cats can take time to acclimate to a younger cat. A common mistake is to rush the socialization between cats and then getting mad or frustrated when it doesn’t work out. Keep calm and work in increments to bring the cats together. Try timing your interactions and slowly increasing the amount of time together. If your older cat is especially aggressive toward the new kitten, speak with your vet or a behavior specialist for tips.

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    Buy Revolution or Frontline Plus for Cats for Less

    Is one better than the other? Both are effective flea medications for cats that also work to kill ticks too, and both are safe medications that work reliably well for eliminating these pests. The many positive Revolution Plus for cats reviews make this very clear, and the ones for Frontline Plus for cats suggest the same for that medication.

    There are differences, however, so let’s have a look at those here. And in the interest of keeping things interesting and engaging we’ll also share some interesting cat facts, including why cats are crazy for catnip. How does that sound?

    Comparing the Two

    When a cat owner is weighing Revolution Plus or Frontline Plus for cats, the first thing that’s helpful to understand is that Revolution Plus is a more broad-spectrum parasiticide. It not only kills fleas and ticks, but also kills heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms. Not to take away from the effectiveness of Frontline Plus, but it only works to kills fleas and ticks.

    For cats that spend a great deal of time outdoors, the risk of a heartworm infection is increased. Hookworm and roundworm infestations are a problem in their own right, but the reason heartworms are so feared is that they are often undetected before the cat is at risk of losing their life due to the parasite. For that reason, Revolution Plus is likely a better choice if your cat is free to wander outside of your home as much as it likes.

    Another consideration when it’s either Revolution Plus or Frontline Plus for cats for your pet is that Revolution Plus is also effective for countering ear mites, while Frontline Plus doesn’t protect against them.

    Prescription Required / No Prescription Required

    Is a visit to the veterinarian’s office problematic for you? For many cat owners it will be, and for these people Frontline Plus has the advantage of being available without a prescription. Alternately, if you prefer Revolution Plus then you’ll need to get a veterinarian’s prescription to purchase it.

    Different Channels

    The next consideration we’ll look at in our determination whether Revolution Plus or Frontline Plus for cats is a better choice is exactly how they’re effective in eliminating parasites. Both these meds are topical spray applications, meaning they’re applied to skin and not taken orally as is the case with many pet medications.

    From there, each takes a different route of absorption and dispersal to combat fleas and ticks (and parasitic worms in the case of Revolution Plus). Revolution Plus is absorbed into the bloodstream, while Frontline Plus is absorbed through the sebaceous (oil) glands on the cat’s skin. One factor that needs to be mentioned here is that as many cats age their sebaceous oil-producing glands do not work as efficiently as they did when the cat was younger.

    An older cat with inefficient sebaceous gland function may not get the same effectiveness from Frontline Plus. On the other hands, Revolution Plus is seen to be effective for cats no matter their age.

    Cats are Quite Something!

    Right then, we promised some interesting cat facts and so we must deliver them. Many people have surmised over the years that catnip is something of an intoxicating narcotic for cats. How much truth is there to that? What we do know is that catnip contains a chemical called ‘nepetalactone’ that is released when the leaves of it are crushed. What it then does is mimic certain feline pheromones that prompt the cat seek facial stimulation.

    This is why cats who have had catnip seem to be obsessed pressing their faces against anything and everything and rubbing away, and being ‘frisky’ as the expression commonly goes.

    Now here’s something that will really make you regard cats as amazing animals. A study by the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association has found that a cat can survive a fall from up to 5.5 stories in the air (nearly 60 feet)! That’s right, most cats have the ability to take that kind of a freefall tumble and survive. They may not walk away from the fall uninjured but they’ll likely survive. Ask a dog to do that and the dog will definitely be a goner. And a human? Forget about it.

    However, it should be said that just because they can doesn’t mean they will.

    How is this possible? Well, for starters cats have a relatively large surface area in proportion to their body weight. This reduces the force at which they hit the ground. Then there’s this; terminal velocity is the speed with which downward pull of gravity is matched by the upwards push of wind resistance. Cats reach this speed at a drastically slower rate than most other animals.

    Between both factors (and others) it makes it so that cats can fall from these high distances and not be critically injured from the fall. An example? There was a cat in New York who is reported to have fallen THIRTY-TWO stories and only suffered a collapsed lung and a chipped tooth. It did of course require medical attention and a couple nights in the vet’s hospital, but it survived.

    Buy Revolution or Frontline Plus for Cats for Less

    Back to Flea Medications for Cats

    As mentioned, nearly all the Revolution Plus for cats reviews are positive, and the same can be said for Frontline Plus for cats reviews. They’re both good products, but in conclusion here we can say that maybe Revolution Plus gets the nod as it takes on worms and ear mites to. However, Frontline Plus has the advantage of being available without a prescription.

    What is Metacam?

    Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is a type of painkiller used for the treatment of arthritis, musculoskeletal or surgical pain in cats. Metacam is one of the most popular medicines used by vets in the UK to treat arthritis in cats 1 . Therefore, it plays a vital role improving quality and enjoyment of life for cats with arthritis.

    Where can I buy Metacam?

    Metacam is only available with a prescription from your veterinary surgeon.

    How does Metacam work?

    Metacam works by relieving pain and inflammation (swelling) associated with arthritis, certain types of injury and surgical pain.

    How is Metacam given?

    Metacam oral suspension can be added to food or given directly into your cat’s mouth, making it very easy to give. Metacam oral suspension for cats has even been awarded International Cat Care’s Easy to Give Award.

    Use the dose that your vet prescribes.

    What is the dose of Metacam?

    Your vet will prescribe the dose required by your cat, so always follow their instructions carefully. If you have any questions relating to the dose of Metacam please contact your veterinary practice directly.

    What is the flavouring in Metacam?

    Metacam oral suspension has a honey flavour, which most cats love.

    How long will my cat require treatment with Metacam?

    The use of Metacam in the treatment of arthritis is generally for the rest of your cat’s life. Your vet will advise how long the treatment course needs to be following surgery or injury.

    What if I forget a dose of Metacam?

    If you forget a dose, do not give an extra dose or a larger dose; simply give your cat the usual dose at the next scheduled time. This may mean missing a daily dose.

    Does Metacam have any side effects?

    Normally, cats tolerate Metacam very well. If your cat becomes unwell or you are worried at all, you should contact your veterinary practice immediately. You should stop giving Metacam until your vet advises that you can continue using it. This is because in some cases, Metacam and other medicines like it can cause side effects, so your vet needs to ensure any changes that develop in your cat are not related to the medicine they are taking. Occasionally, side effects such as loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, blood in faeces, unusual tiredness or problems with the kidneys have been reported in cats. Other signs are very rare, but if you are concerned about your cat for any reason, please discontinue treatment and contact your vet for advice.

    Will my vet need to see my cat regularly?

    When Metacam is being used for arthritis, as with any long-term medicine, your vet will need to see your cat regularly to ensure they are in good health. The frequency of visits will depend on a number of things, such as whether your cat has any other illnesses and their age. Vets may recommend performing blood and/or urine tests to check your cat’s health status when they see them. When Metacam is being used after surgery or for an injury your vet will be able to tell you how often you will need to visit.

    What sizes of Metacam are available?

    Metacam oral suspension for cats is available in 3 ml, 15 ml and 30 ml bottles.

    How long will a bottle of Metacam oral suspension last my cat?

    Size of cat (kg) Metacam oral suspension for cats bottle size
    3 ml 15 ml 30 ml
    Length of treatment at maintenance dose
    Approx. days Approx. weeks Approx. weeks
    2 14 11 21
    3 10 7 14
    4 7 5 11
    5 6 4 9
    6 5 4 7
    7 4 3 6

    What if I accidentally give too much Metacam or another pet eats the Metacam?

    If you think your cat has had too much Metacam (an overdose), or another pet has taken it when it wasn’t prescribed for them, you should immediately contact your veterinary practice for advice. Tell the veterinary surgeon the full details of how much was ingested and when.

    I have lost my Metacam cat dosing syringe, how can I get a replacement one?

    Your vet will be able to supply you with a new Metacam cat dosing syringe; ask them to phone Boehringer Ingelheim to request additional dosing syringes.

    Is there anything I can do to help support the health of my cat’s joints?

    With some small changes to your cat’s lifestyle, you can help support the health of their joints. As your cat can’t control what they eat and drink themselves, make sure you keep them at a healthy weight to avoid extra strain on their joints. Regular, gentle exercise through playing with your cat can prevent their joints from stiffening up so they can remain active. Your vet may also suggest that you give your cat a joint health supplement, such as Seraquin. This is a nutritional supplement containing glucosamine, chondroitin and curcumin; all of which help support the normal function of your cat’s joints.

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    When a vehicle is sold, the protocol for the legal transfer to the new owner starts with the seller signing the certificate of title over to the buyer. The new owner then completes the buyer’s section and submits the certificate and documentation required by the state to the Department of Motor Vehicles, which prints a title showing the transfer of ownership. This process sometimes doesn’t happen because of actions taken by either the seller or buyer. The failure or inability to transfer title can temporarily leave the buyer without proof of ownership and the seller liable for the vehicle.

    The Buyer Purposely Doesn’t Transfer Ownership

    A buyer who intends to sell the car shortly after making the purchase may elect to leave the original seller on record as the owner of the vehicle to avoid paying the sales tax. This is called “title jumping.” When this happens, the first buyer leaves the new owner’s section blank with the intention of having the next buyer transfer ownership. This practice is used by unlicensed car dealers to avoid having to be licensed as a dealer because of the number of cars they sell in a year. This practice is illegal and leaves the seller liable for the car until ownership is finally transferred.

    The Buyer Loses the Title Before Transferring Ownership

    A buyer may intend to transfer the title but lose it before presenting the necessary documentation to the DMV. In this situation, the buyer can ask the seller to apply for a duplicate title and then sign it off to release ownership again. If the seller can’t be located or is unwilling to order a duplicate, the buyer can apply for a “bonded title.” To get a bonded title, the buyer must prove ownership by presenting a bill of sale and submit documentation required by the state to a surety bond company, which will issue a title bond. The owner can then take the proof of the bond to the DMV and receive a bonded title. After three years, the bonded title can be converted to a conventional certificate of title.

    Ownership Can’t Be Transferred Due to Liens on the Title

    To transfer ownership, all lien holders must first be removed from the title. Lien holders, such as a bank that provides financing for the purchase of the vehicle, can only be released by paying the balance owed in full. Additional encumbrances, referred to as mechanic’s and storage liens, can be placed against a title for unpaid repairs or storage. All of these liens are recorded with the DMV in the state where the car is registered. If the new owner tries to transfer a title with a lien placed against it, the DMV will deny it. Under these circumstances, the buyer can try to reverse the transaction with the seller or must pay off the lien to transfer the title.

    Ensuring a Clean Transfer of Ownership

    Sellers and buyers can avoid problems involved with transferring vehicle titles by conducting the transaction at the DMV or a AAA office. A second option is to have an escrow service coordinate the transaction to ensure that each party takes the steps required to make the sale and transfer the ownership of the vehicle. The benefit of using an escrow service is that the interests of both parties are protected by a third party that pays the seller only after a clear title is confirmed with the DMV, while presenting the title to the buyer only after ownership has been transferred.

    Some dog breeds have a firm and lasting hold on the public’s heart and consistently place in the top 10 of the ranking of most popular dogs. The strong and noble German Shepherd Dog is one of these lasting favorites. In fact, for the past ten years the German Shepherd has been the number two most popular dog in the United States, and it’s been in the top 10 for decades. And for good reason. Dating back to 1899, the breed (known as Deutsche Schaferhunde in German) was established in Germany by Captain Max von Stephanitz and other breeders. Using only the very best dogs, they developed a breed known for confidence, intelligence, loyalty, and courage. Plus, there’s no mistaking the GSD’s characteristic appearance with the pointed ears and muscular physique. Every German Shepherd owner knows the special bond shared with this dog. What else can you expect from such an incredible breed. They’ll also tell you these 10 facts about German Shepherd Dogs are absolutely true:

    1. German Shepherds will explore everything with their noses

    You’ll find evidence of their very thorough sniffing everywhere – walls, doors, windows, and more. All dogs have a better sense of smell than humans – 10,000 to 100,000 times better in fact thanks to having millions more scent receptors. But compared to other breeds, the GSD ranks near the top in scenting ability. It’s no wonder they make such great police and detection dogs. Among many other jobs, GSDs are known for their bomb and drug sniffing work, tracking, and search and rescue.

    2. GSDs are incredibly smart

    If you’re a German Shepherd owner, you have a strong suspicion your dog might actually be smarter than you are. After all, what can’t your dog do? These dogs are known for their intelligence and many can learn a new behavior in only a few repetitions. In addition, they have a legendary desire to cooperate and work with us, a trait many see as a wish to please their humans. No wonder this breed excels at so many activities and is a top Obedience competitor. Because German Shepherds are one of the brightest breeds, be sure to be consistent, use positive reinforcement-based methods, provide plenty of mentally stimulating toys, and play brain-challenging games.

    3. German Shepherd Dogs are protective of their loved ones

    They are known for being fearless and self-confident. GSDs will assertively stand their ground and are suited to be either watchdog or guardian, whichever the situation demands. They can be aloof with strangers yet are not hostile. This natural protective instinct is reassuring to the German Shepherd owner. But it also comes with a certain responsibility. You should be committed to spending time socializing and training your dog to ensure your companion feels comfortable around strangers and other dogs. If you do, you will benefit from all this dog has to offer.

    4. GSDs provide constant companionship

    In truth, German Shepherd owners are never lonely because their loyal canines are always by their side. Although GSDs are sometimes slow to warm to strangers, they are gentle and loving with their families. Their affectionate and dedicated personalities are a bonus of the breed, and they can be particularly fond of children. This means your GSD wants to spend time with you rather than being left alone all day, every day. Allowing your German Shepherd to be with you as much as possible will bring out the best in your dog.

    5. German Shepherds are known as a mouthy breed

    They tend to use their mouths as an appendage thanks to their herding heritage. It’s even right there in their name, ShepHERD. This mouthing behavior is natural, so expect your GSD to mouth you and chew anything that will fit inside their mouth. However, that doesn’t mean you should allow it. What might be cute in your small puppy will get more powerful as your dog grows up. Training your dog not to bite your hand or the chew on the furniture is essential with this breed. Teach your German Shepherd to channel those instincts safely and appropriately.

    6. German Shepherds shed

    All GSD owners know that dog hair is a way of life. You find it on the furniture, the floor, and on every outfit you wear. According to the German Shepherd Dog breed standard, the ideal GSD has a double coat of medium length with an outer coat that’s as dense as possible. That makes for a lot of fur! Not only do these dogs shed continuously, they also blow their coat (lose all their undercoat) twice a year, in the spring and fall. To help with shedding, brush your dog regularly. You’ll still have fur balls flying about, but just consider them a GSD-owner’s badge of honor.

    7. German Shepherd Dogs are known for their versatility

    If you need any job done, just ask your dog. GSD owners understand their dogs were developed as working dogs. In fact, the ideal German Shepherd has a body and gait suited to the hard work that is considered its primary purpose. This means your dog can excel at almost anything. From dog sports like rally, agility, scent work, therapy work, to service dog work, German Shepherds can do it all. The only thing holding your dog back is the time and energy you can commit to training. It’s no wonder people always think your dog is a service or police dog.

    8. GSDs are super active

    Therefore, so are you. Thinking of lounging on the couch? No way! German Shepherd owners know that won’t happen until you’ve walked your dog, gone to the park, or provided some sort of exercise. This breed only thrives with enough regular exercise to burn off all that excess energy. If you don’t give your GSD daily workouts, watch out. Your dog will get that energy out somehow, and most likely in ways you don’t want. To be sure your German Shepherd is happy and a pleasure to live with, you will definitely get all the exercise you need too.

    9. German Shepherds are members of the Herding Group

    So, if you own this breed, you’re no stranger to a nose nudging you. Whether it’s a nose in the back, a nose on your leg, or even a nose in your face, your dog is just doing what comes naturally. Although this breed isn’t often used to herd anymore, that herding heritage remains. So, along with the herding traits of independent thinking and intelligence, it’s perfectly normal for your GSD to herd human family members. Your dog might also show “following ahead” behavior – walking in front of you while looking back to ensure you’re walking in the right direction.

    10. GSDs are loving companions

    These are very social dogs who want to spend time with their humans. The more time your dog gets to spend with you, the happier your companion will be. They may exhibit aloofness with strangers rather than immediately adoring everyone they see, but that only makes their love even more special. Plus, these loyal and dedicated guardians and gentle family pets are willing to put their life on the line to protect their loved ones. And you can’t ask for a more loving best friend than that.

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