Do cats have moods? Of course they do! From excited and happy to stressed and upset, cats can display a range of moods.
Maybe someday there will be a device that can easily translate cat behavioral cues so that we’ll know exactly what our cats are feeling. But until we have that technology, you’ll need to learn how to understand your cat’s body language and vocalizations to get an idea of your cat’s mood.
Cats use their whole body to communicate—from their tails to their ears and eyes. While feline body language can be complicated, a few general pointers can help you decode what your cat is thinking and how they’re feeling. However, keep in mind that each cat is an individual, so the exact manner in which they display some of these moods may be unique to them.
How to Read Cat Moods
The following guide will help you understand the basics of cat body language so you can determine your cat’s mood.
Relaxed and Content
Cats should feel relaxed and content the majority of the time. Here’s what to look for:
Body: A relaxed cat will generally be lying on their side or on their back with their hind legs splayed out.
Tail: Their tail will be mostly still.
Eyes: Their eyelids may be closed or partly closed. When a cat looks at you with partially closed eyes, or if they are “slow blinking,” it’s a great compliment because it indicates that they trust you enough to not be on guard while around you.
Ears: A relaxed cat’s ears will be up and pointing forward in a neutral position.
Behavior: They may be purring and/or kneading their paws (also known as “making biscuits”). A content cat will often groom themself or you in a relaxed manner.
A happy cat will be a bit more active than a relaxed cat.
Body: They may arch their back when rubbing against you, but in a slow, relaxed way with no hair standing up (not like a “Halloween cat”).
Tail: They will usually have their tails straight up, but the hair on their tail will be flat instead of puffed up. The end of their tail may be curved like a question mark.
Eyes: They may blink slowly at you, head-butt you, and rub against you.
Ears: A happy cat will have her ears up and pointing forward.
Behavior: Many cats will meow and/or purr when happily greeting other cats, dogs, or people in the household.
A playful and curious cat is a lot of fun to have around.
Body: Much of the body language seen in play reflects that of a hunting cat.
Tail: Their tail may quiver and twitch with excitement, or stick straight up if playing with another cat or person to indicate friendliness.
Eyes: A playful cat may be intently focused on an object such as a toy or laser light.
Behavior: Some cats will make chirping or chittering noises when playing, but they are generally silent. A playful cat may show hunting behavior such as stalking, crouching, pouncing, swiping a paw, biting, and kicking their back legs.
Growling, hissing, or flattening their ears may indicate that the play has escalated into frustration or anger, and the session should stop.
Stressed or Fearful
A stressed or fearful cat will often hide, as their instinct is generally to escape from the thing that’s causing them stress. However, if this is not an option, they may exhibit body language to indicate that there’s an issue.
Body: They may be in a crouched or tensed body position and may suddenly start to groom rapidly and repeatedly in the same spot.
Another surefire sign that a cat is fearful is the “Halloween cat” posture—an arched back with the hair on their back and tail raised to attempt to appear larger. They might also hiss and spit to try to scare away whatever caused the alarm.
Tail: Their tail may be twitching or thrashing around.
Eyes: They will have dilated pupils.
Behavior: Stressed cats may also urinate and defecate outside of the litter box. They may walk with a flat back with their ears, head, and tail down.
Angry or Aggressive
Sometimes anger and aggression in cats isn’t recognized until it’s too late and the cat has already scratched or bitten someone. Cats can have short fuses, and their anger can escalate quickly when they are extremely stressed or afraid, but they do give warning signs if you know what to look for.
Body: Cats may freeze before attacking.
Tail: They may thrash their tail or hold it out straight.
Eyes: Cats often stare intently at the thing they are directing their aggression towards.
Ears: A cat with their ears flat back, showing their teeth, and hissing, is an angry cat.
Behavior: Cats show anger and aggression by growling, hissing, or even yowling.
If you notice your cat displaying these behaviors, you should calmly leave the area and give your cat time to calm down. You should never approach a cat that is showing this body language, as they are warning you that serious injury could occur.
Cat bites can become serious very quickly due to a type of bacteria present in a cat’s mouth, so please seek medical attention right away if you have been bitten or badly scratched by a cat.
If your cat is showing signs of aggression, fear, or anxiety on a regular basis, please call your veterinarian to rule out underlying issues that could be contributing to their mood.
A veterinary behaviorist is also a very valuable resource and could help with behavioral modification if your cat doesn’t seem to be happy, relaxed, and playful at home.
Ill or Injured
It can be very difficult to tell when a cat is ill or injured. Cats are a predatory species, but they are also prey to many other species. Because of this, they hide weakness, illness, and injuries very well, and you may not know that they are in need of medical attention until their condition is severe.
Hiding for extended periods (especially if they are usually social cats)
Lack of interest in food or water
Urinating or defecating outside of the litter box
Open-mouth breathing (panting)
Vocalizations (such as yowling)
If you notice any of these signs, please contact your veterinarian immediately.
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Just like people, cats can get stressed out from time to time. Boredom, overstimulation (too much noise and/or excessive touching), and changes in their environment can easily set them off. While the best thing to do is keep your cat’s environment as stress-free as possible, calming aids for cats can also help when unavoidable changes are happening in their environment.
According to Dr. Zay Satchu, DVM, co-founder and Chief Veterinary Officer of Bond Vet, there are several different types of products marketed to help relieve stress and anxiety in cats, including treats, collars, sprays and plug-ins. “Sprays and plug-ins work by releasing calming pheromones into the air that are calming and help kitty relax,” explains Satchu. “Treats use a blend of calming and relaxing herbs, similar to how some teas work for people.”
So, what should you look for? The best calming aids contain pheromones, rosemary, chamomile, and/or tryptophan, says Satchu. She’s partial to Feliway products, but there are other options that cat parents have also used with some success. Keep in mind that no product is effective with 100 percent of cats, so it may take trying out a few different options to help your cat feel more relaxed.
Below, you’ll find the best calming aids for cats.
Red, rojo, rouge, rosso? No matter your native language, the color red evokes emotional and physical responses different from those of other colors.
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When you think of red, you probably formulate strong mental images such as a ripe apple, a New England barn, the stripes on an American flag or even Dorothy’s shoes. And now, according to a recent study, red is quantified with increased physical response and velocity of that response in pinch and grip test subjects.
When presented color stimuli for response time (velocity) and force of that response, subjects reacted with higher values on these two parameters for, you guessed it, red. So, do the bullfighter’s cape and the business executive’s power tie work to the same end? Or did the color of the apple seduce Eve?
Red is the beauty of sunsets, the color of love and the life force that flows through our body — blood. We “see red” when upset. And now, as recently demonstrated, we physically react stronger and faster when we see it. But, have we not subconsciously realized this all along?
Tie in the anthropological significance of red in various settings and its myriad evocations, connect those to emotion — which some say triggers its physical response — and the evidence seems irrefutable. Red is the sports car, by urban legend, most frequently stopped by police. And red is the color of the emergency lights of an ambulance or the flashers on your car.
So, why do we increase our velocity and power of reaction when in view of red? Perhaps it is good thing, a neurological trigger that brings us to a quick halt at every traffic light or stop sign. Drivers passing through the green the world over are happy to hear of this confirmation about their fellow travelers coming to a stop. Red, indeed, seems to help us quickly apply the brakes, as the study shows. Thank goodness for red.
The Color Red Increases Speed and Force of Reactions
The study examines how the color red affects muscular activity. Previous research has shown that red induces motor activity in many vertebrates. This study shows that when compared to gray and blue of the same lightness, red induces a stronger and faster motor reaction and facilitates strength and force. Hence, the colors around us predict their affect, not just on our sense of beauty, but also our ability to move fast in response to a threat and to focus on tasks.
The color red instills a feeling of threat, fear and danger in primates and humans. In the human world, red is the color of anger, danger and error; and yet, researchers have failed to systematically and convincingly associate any color with a physical reaction from humans or animals.
Here, the researchers examine how motor activity is driven by the brain upon being stimulated by the color red. In humans and primates, parts of the brain are stimulated upon getting a threat signal and trigger activity in muscles to prepare for defense or flight. This type of motor behavior is voluntary and forceful and is being explored in this study.
- In test one, gray and red were compared. In this test, 30 students (aged 10-16 years) participated. A questionnaire with the participant’s number written in large red or gray color was handed to each participant with a metal clasp.
- The participants were asked to pinch open the clasp wide after reading the number aloud. An experimenter recorded the width in millimeters with a ruler, and served as an indicator of maximum force.
- In test two, blue was used along with red and gray. This test measured the velocity of force as well as strength associated with each color.
- In test two, 46 people (aged 18-31 years) were divided into three groups. A handgrip and a questionnaire were given to each participant. The participants were asked to squeeze hard when the word “squeeze” appeared on a screen in a black font on a red, blue or gray background.
- Maximum force, mean force and rate of escalation in force were recorded digitally.
- Male participants were able to open the clasp wider or squeeze the handgrip harder than female participants.
- In test one, the color of the number on the participant’s paper affected the pinching action. Average width for red (16.26 mm) was higher than gray (12.55 mm).
- In test two, on average, red influenced the participants to squeeze with more strength (289.44 N) than blue (221.42 N) or gray (217.36 N).
- The mean force was also more for the participants who saw a red background than those who viewed the blue or gray backgrounds.
- The red background induced a faster rate towards maximum strength than blue or gray.
Red seems to initiate a surge of energy. Future research is required to test if red initiates any specific actions against threat. It is not clear whether red induces anger or expectation of aggression, and results in corresponding reactions (like hitting). Neural and hormonal activity associated with seeing red is also recommended.
The viewing of red induces a stronger motor reaction when compared to two other colors, gray and blue. Red color did not just elicit a stronger physical reaction, but also a faster and more consistently-strong reaction. This phenomenon is similar to wild animal behavior where red may be seen as a color of threat, inducing a rapid preparation for defense or flight. While such stimulation might help in some aspects of competitive sport, having red around might be distracting for tasks requiring concentration. Different colors have different lightness and hue characteristics, and the study suggests that these have a significant effect on human life.
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Perception of the color red enhances the force and velocity of motor output
Publication Journal: Emotion, 2011
By Andrew J. Elliot; Henk Aarts
From the University of Rochester, Rochester, New York and the University of Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands
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Just as with humans, there are a number of things you can learn by looking into your cat’s eyes. A cat’s pupils should normally be the same size. A change in the size of the pupil in one eye can indicate a number of conditions, ranging from mild to serious. These include:
- Inflammation of the eye
- Horner’s syndrome (a neurological disorder)
- FeLV (may cause pupillary spasms)
- Central nervous system injury
The “Third Eyelid”
Cats have an inner third eyelid, called a nictitating membrane, which protects the eye from dryness and/or damage. When a cat is sick, the third eyelid will partially close over their eyes. This is a signal to get him to the vet immediately. Curiously enough, a very happy cat will also show that nictating membrane.
“Like many other physical characteristics of the cat, his moods are reflected by his eyes,” writes the owner of “What Makes Cats Work.” “Pupil size changes are the clue: an angry cat will have narrowed pupils, while an excited or frightened cat will have eyes wide open, with large pupils. A mellow, happy cat’s eyes will sometimes appear a shade darker than normal. I can’t explain this one; it’s just an observation.”
Diseases and Conditions of the Eye
Cats are subject to a number of the same conditions we sometimes have, including cataracts, glaucoma, and conjunctivitis (pinkeye). The latter, if caused by the chlamydia bacteria, can be contagious to humans.
Since cats’ eyes are so important to their general welfare, it is crucial that you take your cat to a veterinarian at the first sign of trouble. Many conditions can be treated easily if caught in time but can lead to months of veterinary expense and possibly even blindness, if ignored.
Cats’ Night Vision
Cats’ nocturnal vision is far superior to that of humans. While they can’t see in total darkness, they can see with only one-sixth of the illumination we need to see. In the feline, the muscles of the iris surrounding the pupils are constructed in a way that allows the eye to narrow to a vertical slit in bright light and to open fully in very dim light to allow maximum illumination.
In addition, a reflective layer behind the cat’s retina, called the tapetum lucidum, reflects incoming light and bounces it back off the cones, making more use of the existing light. The tapetum is probably responsible for the shiny green orbs you see when a small amount of light hits a cat’s eyes at night.
These special feline features have probably developed for survival purposes, as wild cats are nocturnal and do much of their hunting at night.
Testing Cats’ Eyes to Help Humans
In 2000, a team of scientists at the University of California in Berkeley used cats to learn more about human vision. During the controversial experiment, the team, led by Yang Dan, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, anesthetized the cats and then implanted electrodes into their brains and showed them images. They were able to record the cats’ responses to light and dark and using a mathematical equation, they converted the signals into images.
Since cats’ eyes are so similar to humans, the team hoped to answer a number of questions about how the eye and the brain work together to capture, encode, and reassemble images.
If you are a cat owner, you may have noticed that the color of their nose changes occasionally. This may have been just a shade or two lighter or darker than their usual color, or you may have noticed a significant change. Some may also have a marking on their nose that is not usually there. When you have seen these changes, it is likely that you have wondered if this is something about which you should be concerned. Here is what you need to know about the color of cats’ noses and the changes you may see.
Why Does the Color of a Cat’s Nose Change?
The most common reason a cat’s nose color changes is because of their emotions. If they are experiencing excitement or stress, they may get an elevated heart rate and blood pressure. This, in turn, can lead to the nose becoming a darker pink color. Similarly, changes in temperature can also affect the color of a cat’s nose. Th nose is extremely vascular and the blood vessels contract in the cold and make the nose appear lighter. When a cat is hot, the blood flow is increased to the nose and it appears a darker pink. In some cats, feeling warmer can even turn their noses bright red.
Are Some Cats More Likely to Be Affected?
If you have several cats, you may have noticed that one seems to have color changes to their nose more often than the others and you may have a cat with a nose that never seems to change color. All cats have the same anatomy in their noses, so all cats’ noses will experience color changes. It is simply that color changes are more noticeable in some cats than others. It is usually more noticeable in cats that have a naturally light-colored nose.
What About Nose Freckles?
Something else you may have noticed is nose freckles, which are officially called lentigo. These only appear on some cats and particularly seem to affect cats that carry the gene for red colors, such as calicos or orange or cream tabbies. Lentigo are brown spots that appear close to the mucous membranes. Therefore, they are found on the nose, eyelids, and lips.
The likelihood of a cat having these harmless markings increases with age and they are sometimes referred to as age spots. Like nose color changes, nose freckles are more noticeable in some cats than others and this will often depend on the shade of pink of the cat’s nose. The darker the nose color, the less likely it is you will see the nose freckles even if they are present.
Despite the fact that they are usually harmless, they are something that you should keep an eye on and monitor any changes to them. One way to do this is to take photographs of the markings to see if they increase in size or if there are any changes to the surface texture. You can also ask your vet to monitor the freckles at your cat’s annual examination.
Is a Color Change in a Cat’s Nose a Cause for Concern?
In most instances, a change in the color of your cat’s nose is not a cause for concern. However, you should keep an eye out for other symptoms if you notice a color change and you should always visit your vet for advice if you are at all concerned. Your vet can identify any potential problems and treat them accordingly. While a cat’s nose changing color is usually a harmless phenomenon, one potential problem that a change in your cat’s nose color can indicate is hypertension.
Is it Connected to a Cat’s Blood Pressure?
Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is a potentially serious problem for humans and it can also be a serious problem for cats. One sign that a cat is suffering from hypertension is a pinker nose. However, you will need a trip to the vet to diagnose hypertension as this is not something you can diagnose yourself. Your vet can monitor a cat’s blood pressure and treat it accordingly. Other symptoms of hypertension are yowling, pacing, and blindness. Hypertension is usually caused by either illness or injury.
What is the Trap the Cat game?
Trap the Cat is a game in which there is a board with ticked boxes and a cat inside. Your task is to lock it and not let it out to win. Use your quickness and strategy to win this game. What you need to do is trap the cat. Don’t let the cat escape!
Every day, Trap The Cat is a game that attracts a large number of players. The gameplay is straightforward, but in order to win, you’ll need to know a few strategies and tips. Every time you click on the panel, the cat moves in some direction, and you have to prevent it from escaping your panel.
Trap The Cat Features
– Trap The Cat is a 100% free game, and there is no need to download or install anything to play it.
– You can concentrate your entire attention on the cat trap because it is equipped with a mesh-type device.
– A straightforward, realistic gameplay experience that is tremendously engaging.
– You can discuss it with your friends and put them to the test.
Trap The Cat Rules
The goal of Trap The Cat is quite straightforward: to trap the cat and prevent it from escaping once trapped. You know what will happen if you let the cat out of the cage, right? All of your strategies and maneuvers have no effect on the cat, and you are just a loser.
Tips for playing Trap The Cat
There are a few tips for you that you should cover the last spots in the direction the cat is going. Once you’ve covered the last points, you have to trap it inside your console until the cat can’t move, and that’s when you win the game. The game won’t stop if you can’t trap the cat.
Take note that you need to trap the cat without scaring it away, and then it will get out of there. Once you’ve figured out and built a fairly wide, closed perimeter, you then have to fill it with circles until the cat has no more circles to jump to. At this point, you have trapped the cat and are the winner.
How to win Trap The Cat?
The most effective method for mastering a process is to continuously try new things and change your strategy.
The short guide that follows will assist you in achieving better results much more quickly. When the round begins, don’t rush towards raising the barrier and begin raising it right away. Instead, pay attention to the level, make a note of the most obvious paths, and think carefully. Instead of barricading off neighboring locations, concentrate your efforts on more distant ones.
Let’s get started with Trap The Cat! This is a completely free online game, and you can play it as many times as you like throughout the day. Play Cat Trap and let us know what you think about it! Will you be successful in catching the cat?
How to Play “Trap The Cat”
Many new players worry about this game. If you’re still not sure, you can listen to the following guide on how to play this particular game to clear things up.
Create a cage and trap the cat in it. The first time you play the game “Trap The Cat”, you will really fall in love. Why not?
It’s time to use your computer’s mouse to stop the cat from escaping! Click on the circles to create a barrier for the cat. Catching a cat can be quite difficult. It’s best to start farther away from the cat, because if you get too close, the cat will always find a way to get past you!
After each attempt, the color of the spots will change to show how close you are to the cat trap.
Torties are truly the divas of the cat world.
Tortoiseshell cats are beautiful creatures affectionally called “torties.” Best known as “the divas of the cat world,” this particular kind of cat hides surprising facts within its unique multicolor fur. Although they are recognized for being sassy, vocal felines, they also love their owners with fierce loyalty. Their endless amount of energy can at times come across as being headstrong or simply being a bit more sensitive than other cats, making it all the more important to provide sufficient play time. If you’re looking for a cat with a big personality that will keep you on your toes, tortoiseshell cats are it. From the true reason behind their name to “tortitude,” this female-dominated tribe is unlike any other you’ve ever come across.
Tortoiseshell cats are not a specific breed, and are actually named after their distinct multicolor fur. Traditional tortoiseshell cats primary have black, red, and orange fur with brown mixed in. There are also dilute tortoiseshell cats with less intense coloring due to genetics and even chocolate tortoiseshell cats with much darker fur.
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Black isn’t a primary, secondary, or tertiary color. In fact, black isn’t on the color wheel because it isn’t considered a color. It’s all colors. Or rather, the absorption of all colors. Black absorbs all light in the color spectrum.
According to color psychology, color-related emotion is highly dependent on your personal preference and past experiences with that particular color. The color black is no different.
The Psychological Effect of Black
Individual reactions to the color black can vary widely. According to German scientist Hermann von Helmholz, “Black is real sensation, even if it is produced by the entire absence of light. The sensation of black is distinctly different from the lack of all sensation.”
For some, black evokes positive associations with this color, including attractiveness and elegance. The color oozes sophistication. That’s why so many people choose to don black clothing when attending a fancy event. It’s also why high-end brands like Tiffany & Co. and Chanel utilize black in their logos.
When it comes to high society, the color black has long been associated with power. From priests to judges, tuxedos to credit cards. And let’s not forget about Steve Jobs.
However, many use the color black to symbolize all things negative. Throughout history, this somber color has been tied to death and all things evil and bad. It evokes strong feelings of anger, aggression, fear, and sadness.
The connection between black and negativity is probably most clearly seen in our language. Just consider these commonly used expressions: Black Monday. Black Plague. Black magic. Blackball. Blackhole. Black-hearted. Black mood. Black sheep. Blackmail. Black market. Blackout. The list could go on.
And nothing says “bad guy” quite like the color black. Though black is worn (and often preferred) by people from all walks of society, it’s often seen as the stereotypical color for criminals and villains. Why do you think the color of choice for villains (think Dracula and Darth Vader) and other shady movie and TV show characters is almost always black?
Black is the perfect example of how color meaning can differ from one culture to another. In many western traditions, black is associated with death and mourning, whereas in China the color of death is white.
Using the Color Black in Feng Shui
In feng shui, a way of harmonizing your home, office, and other environments, each color represents a feng shui element. Black is associated with the water element and evokes power, mystery, and calm. When it’s used sparingly, black has a grounding effect on your environment.
Here are a few tips for using black in feng shui:
- Consider a black door for doors that face north, east, or southeast.
- Choose black for your kids’ room to bring calm and creativity.
- If you have a home office in the north part of your house, paint one wall black.
- Paint the floor black in a room in the north part of your space.
- Try black and white in your laundry room or kitchen.
- Try placing black accessories like knick-knacks, frames, or vases around your home.
A Word From Verywell
People’s preference for certain colors is based on a whole host of factors, including environment, personality, experience, and upbringing. Pay attention to how the color black makes you feel and consider how some of these factors may shape how you feel and respond to this color.
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It is not a secret that cats have prominent personalities. Cats will purr to let you know when they like something and make noises to let you know when they do not. If you hear your cat huffing, you might be curious what they are trying to tell you and if everything is ok. So, why do cats make huffing noises?
Cats make huffing noises to express irritation or annoyance. Huffing in cats is a sign of aggravation, but may also be related to an exhausted cat. Cats may also huff after playing or if they have an underlying condition.
While huffing noises are fairly common in cats, it can definitely be concerning if this is your first time experiencing this. In this article, we’ll share some unique information about huffing sounds, what they mean, and what you can do as a pet owner to protect your cat.
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Is It Normal For Cats To Huff
It is normal for your cat to make a huffing noise occasionally. This huffing is usually your cat expressing their emotions. They may be trying to let you know they are frustrated or frightened by something going on. Some cats are also very expressive if another cat has invaded their personal space or are tired of being petted.
Huffing can also be closely related to a cat that’s exhausted, so do keep that in mind.
Try to evaluate in what circumstances your cat is prone to huffing. Does it correlate with some other factor that is irritating your cat? Often you can tell if your cat is annoyed by other body cues such as a swishing tail, meowing, or flattened ears.
Why Does My Cat Huff And Puff At Me
A cat that is huffing and puffing is engaging in one of the few feline forms of self-expression. They are trying to let their owner know their feelings about something going on in their environment. An isolated huff from your cat is not a reason for concern.
Your cat is usually just huffing and puffing out its frustration about some issue. Sometimes cats will huff if they were looking for you to give them attention, and you failed to do so. Other cats will huff if they are hungry and feel like you are not feeding them quickly enough.
What Does It Mean When A Cat Snorts At You
A snort from your cat can indicate a few different things. Your cat might make a noise that resembles a snort while they are purring. Usually, in this case, this is a sign that they are feeling very content with their surroundings, and this noise is not intentional.
If your cat snorts at you while they are also growling or hissing, this indicates a high level of irritation. If you witness this kind of behavior from your cat, it is best to give them a wide berth. If they are annoyed or frightened about something, they are likely to be slightly more aggressive at that moment. It is best to give your cat some space until they have calmed back down.
Why Does My Cat Make Huffing Noises When Playing
Your cat makes huffing noises while playing because they are exerting a lot of energy. The concept is similar to humans breathing heavily after running a few miles. When cats are playing, they get their heart rate up with the physical exertion, which often causes them to breathe a little heavier or make a huffing noise. Cats that are overweight are the most susceptible to getting winded.
While this is an average side effect of vigorous playtime, you do want to be careful to watch that your cat does not overexert themselves to the point of actual fatigue during playtime. Cats who get truly overheated are prone to throwing up, so this is something to be avoided.
Why Do Cats Exhale Loudly Through Their Nose
It is most common for cats to be exhaling loudly through their nose while they are asleep. While it is not conventional for cats to snore, it does occasionally happen. Snoring is more common in cat breeds with flatter face features, like Persian cats.
Sometimes your cat might fall asleep in an odd or uncomfortable position that restricts airflow through its nasal passages. This can cause them to sound like they are snoring or loudly exhaling. If your cat starts snoring suddenly and has other breathing issues while they are awake, it could be an indicator of a more serious respiratory issue.
Is It Bad If I Can Hear My Cat Breathing
There may be an underlying issue if you can hear your cat breathing heavily. Some of the signs to look for are coughing shallow breaths, and a noisy breathing sound. Cats that are breathing heavily could be suffering from several ailments, ranging from mild to more serious.
Cats that are struggling to breathe could have food or a foreign object lodged in their throat. Heavy breathing is also often a sign that your cat may be in pain. Do a body scan to see if you can notice any visible cuts, bumps, or bloating.
As a general rule, heavy breathing by itself is not a concerning problem. Monitor your cat for heavy breathing coupled with additional symptoms like coughing or panting. In addition to signs of other respiratory problems, heavy breathing could suggest that your cat is ailing.
How Do You Help A Cat That Is Wheezing
If you hear your cat wheezing, you should schedule an appointment to take your cat to the veterinarian. Wheezing sounds are not a noise a healthy cat should make, which signifies that your cat is experiencing a health problem.
One likely scenario is that your cat has asthma. If your cat is wheezing, look for some of the other accompanying signs of asthma in cats, including rapid breathing, coughing, or vomiting. While asthma in cats is not a curable illness, you can create a treatment plan to keep your cat healthy and feeling happier with help from your vet.
Asthma is not always the case of wheezing in cats. In fact, it can just be from intense play without taking the necessary breaks in between. Of course, we all love playing with our cats, so it’s not out of the ordinary for something like this to happen incidentally.
If your cat is wheezing during play, you should stop immediately. Move your cat to an isolated area, preferably a location where they can relax and catch their breath. Provide a small amount of water and make sure they don’t gulp it down either.
Cats can certainly are fickle creatures, and their moods can change in a minute. Tuning in and listening to their feline sounds is a great way to clue into your cat’s current mood. It is also essential to listen to the noises your cat is making to ensure they are innocuous and don’t indicate a more serious health condition.
So, if to recap, if you hear huffing noises, be sure to not ignore them. Observe your cat for the next several minutes. Is it a huffing sound accompanied by awkward body language? Was your cat recently playing or drinking lots of water? Are they walking slowly as if they are in pain?
Those are the kinds of questions you want to ask. If your cat is huffing and you can connect the dots between what may have caused it (such as finishing an intense play session) then you likely have nothing to worry about. However, if this is your first time hearing your cat do this and it’s way out of character, get them to a vet so you can get answers from a certified professional.
If you’re looking to buy or adopt a Persian cat you may have wondered what their personality is like.
Are they as angry as they often look?
Will they get on with my other pets/children/family members?
I was the same before buying Milo, my Persian cat. I often wondered what these glamorous, long-haired cats were like.
My only real recollection of a Persian cat was from the James Bond movies when Blofield (the bad guy) was seen petting a white doll-faced Persian cat.
This, in addition to their angry stance, made me “prejudge” the Persian as being this grumpy cat that would most likely bite you if you came within a 1-meter radius of it.
My friends and family also seemed to have a similar view of the Persian cat. Is British movie culture to blame for this? Surely not.
Persians are popular for their laid back, loving personality. There is more to a Persian’s personality, however. Take heed, Persians are cats, and cats are all different, just like we as humans are all different. We can tell you some personality traits Persians have, but your kitty may or may not have all of these and some traits may not fit at all. You may also notice that your Persian shows a lot of Persian qualities, but also has traits of their own that only they exhibit.
Despite their grumpy appearance, Persian cats are quite warm and caring. They like nothing more than to lounge about.
Persian cats are known to be calm and loving toward their owners and often toward guests in their home. Persians, unlike other cats, like being picked up and held. They will sneak into a guest’s lap if given the advantage.
They aren’t the docile, lazy cat people often portray them to be, in my experience. And this isn’t just based on my Persian cat, Milo. This is based on speaking to other Persian cat owners.
I find Milo to be quite active and he often likes to chase Teddy (my British Shorthair) around the house. They will sprint after each other and play “catch”. Sometimes this gets a little too vigorous and I must referee, but this certainly breaks the mold of the Persian cat being a quiet cat that loves to just curl up and sleep.
Milo has quite a mixed personality, he has small characteristics of lots of different breeds.
He can be lazy, aggressive, silly, playful, loyal, moody, aloof, affectionate, placid, or vocal at any given point.
As a result, it’s hard to define the Persian cat as any of the above traits, often people say the Persian is very quiet and calm, but most owners I know (with exception of a few) don’t find this to be the case.
Another trait of the Persian cat is that they are soft-spoken, they don’t meow a lot. Their voice when they use it is soft and quiet. They will use their meow to voice needs when they aren’t met. Persians, however, have big purrs and they seem to love to purr for long periods, gaining them the name of purr machines.
Persians aren’t demanding, they won’t follow you around telling you it’s time to put their food out like some breeds tend to do. They love to spend most of their time sitting quietly or curled up asleep. These cats, once used to the grooming they need, will settle in and accept that the daily grooming is part of the routine. There may be exceptions to this as we stated above, that Persian personalities can’t be wrapped up in one neat package, they are each individual and their personalities will show that.
As you’ve probably figured out from reading the above Persians are laid back cats. They love to sit around or curl up and sleep more than wanting out of the house, which is just as well. Persians need daily grooming and it’s much better if they are living completely indoors.
They don’t like much noise so if you have a boisterous household, you will want to make sure your Persian has a place of their own to get away and hide from the noise and craziness. Persians can be playful. They like to play with toy mice or if you want to interact with your cat, they love those feather toys.
Do Persian Cats Get Along with Other Cats?
If you’re looking to buy or adopt a Persian cat and you already have another cat you may be wondering if their personality will be a good fit for your existing cat.
As with any pet, introducing a new member into the household should be done gradually that way you may avoid any unpleasant situations. Your Persian, whether they are the one that lives with you or if they are the one you are introducing probably won’t be the one with the problem of a new pet being added or being added to the house themselves. They, as we’ve stated before are a calm breed.
Even with gradual introductions, you may still find some tensions between your Persian and other pets. That is to be expected. In time, however, you may find your Persian and other pets become friends.
We bought Teddy, a British Shorthair, about 12 months after getting Milo. Milo wasn’t very accepting at first, it did take time and there were plenty of fights and pawing along the way. They do get along better now and most of the time there aren’t any issues but there is still the odd fight, usually instigated by Milo.
What about dogs, you ask?
The same idea will work when introducing your Persian to the family dog as you do with your other cats. Most dogs don’t mind a cat if they know that the cat is part of the family. It is a bit of a myth that cats and dogs are always enemies.
Does the Persian Cat Personality Lend Well to Being a House Cat?
As you’ve figured out from reading the above, Persians are laid back cats. They love to sit around or curl up and sleep more than wanting out of the house, which is just as well. Persians need daily grooming and it’s much better if they are living completely indoors. They will adapt quite well to your house or apartment, often gazing out the windows watching the day go by or lounging by the fire on a cold winter day.
They don’t like much noise so if you have a boisterous household, you will want to make sure your Persian has a place of their own to get away and hide from the noise and craziness.
Persians can be playful. They like toy mice or if you want to interact with your cat, they love those feather wand toys.
Their calm nature and laid-back personality make them a great house cat.
Whether you’re looking to buy a Persian cat or looking to take in a rescue, then you can be assured that their personality will align quite well with your household in most instances.
When I was looking to buy my Persian cat I couldn’t find much good quality Persian cat information. That was the main reason for me creating this blog.
I hope this post has given you a good understanding of the Persian cat personality.
What about your Persian? What personality does your kitty have? We’d like to know so, feel free to drop a message in the comments section below.
Cirrhosis is chronic, end-stage liver disease in which normal liver tissue has been replaced by fibrous scar tissue. Your cat needs approximately 20% of normal liver function to survive. When cirrhosis occurs, scar tissue replaces functioning liver cells. If normal liver function falls below 20%, the disease becomes terminal. Cirrhosis can happen at any age, but is most common in cats older than 7 years of age.
Cirrhosis occurs as a result of damage to the liver by many diseases, drugs, or toxins. Common diseases that may lead to cirrhosis include cancer as well as viral, bacterial, and fungal infections that cause hepatitis (inflammation of the liver). Certain toxins and long-term use of some medications, such as corticosteroids and common pain-relieving medications, can also cause cirrhosis. Therefore, it is crucial to have your cat’s liver function monitored when he is on certain medications.
Symptoms will depend on the cause of the cirrhosis, and may include:
- Loss of appetite; weight loss
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Lack of energy; depression
- Increased thirst; urination
- Swollen abdomen (fluid-filled)
- Orange-tinged urine
- Yellow-tinged gums and whites of (sclera) or lining of the eyes (jaundice)
- Bleeding problems
- Behavior changes; seizures; pacing or circling
- Painful abdomen
- Lack of coordination
Your veterinarian will take a complete history and perform a thorough physical exam of your pet. Additionally, diagnostic tests will be required to identify if your cat has cirrhosis of the liver. These may include:
- Chemistry tests to evaluate kidney, liver, and pancreatic function, as well as sugar levels
- Serologic tests to identify if your pet has been exposed to infectious diseases
- A complete blood count (CBC) to rule out certain blood-related conditions
- Electrolyte tests to ensure your pet isn’t dehydrated or suffering from an electrolyte imbalance
- Urine tests to screen for urinary tract infection and other disease
- A thyroid test to determine if the thyroid gland is functioning normally
- X-rays to evaluate the size, shape, and position of the liver
- An abdominal ultrasound to evaluate the liver and other vital organs
- Coagulation profiles to assess your pet’s clotting function
- A liver biopsy
Treatment for your cat will vary depending on the underlying cause of the liver damage and cirrhosis. The good news is that treating the underlying cause of cirrhosis can, in many cases, stop the progression of the damage.
Treatment may include the following:
- Discontinuation of any therapy that may have caused the liver damage
- Intravenous fluid and electrolyte therapy, if your pet is dehydrated
- Blood products, if your pet is anemic
- Dietary modifications
- Medications, depending on the cause
The prognosis for your cat depends on two factors: how much of the liver’s function is impaired and the ability to treat and control the underlying cause. The most effective prevention of cirrhosis is to address liver disease as early as possible and maintain your cat’s preventive health care to avoid any situation that may cause liver disease.
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.
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Minecraft summon cat command
Using the summon command to spawn in a minecraft cat is simple, take the command and enter into chat and presto you have a cat. There are a few options for summoning specific colors patterns of cats, see below for explanations of some of the different options.
How to choose what color cat to spawn
Using the basic command will give you a random colored cat. To select a specific Minecraft cat color and markings use the CatType nbt tag. This example will spawn a red cat.
The follow options for CatType will produce the different patterns for cats.
How to set cat collar color on summon
You can preset the cat’s collar color by setting the CollarColor Tag. If you want the collar to appear you’ll need to set OwnerUUID tag as well (under additional options).
How to summon a baby cat (kitten)
Like most passive mobs in Minecraft, you can summon a kitten by setting the Age tag to a negative number (under the “Additional” tab).
Summon cat owned by player, Owner NBT Data Tag (1.16+)
You can set which player owns the cat by setting the UUID, which is now a int-array.
Summon cat owned by player, OwnerUUID NBT Data Tag (before 1.16)
You can set which player owns the cat by setting the UUID.
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Minecraft Versions Permalinks
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THE ANGRY CATS
OUTMONSTER THE MONSTER
Lorsque Fred, Tom et Chris forment The Angry Cats en 2010,
ils ont déjà plusieurs vies de musiciens à leur actif, des
centaines de concerts, des dizaines d’heures de studio, des
expériences tous azimut et une solide culture musicale.
Influencé à la fois par le Rock’n’Roll, le Punk-Rock,
le Texas-blues, la Musique Industrielle ou encore le Stoner,
le son du trio est très personnel, à la fois classique et dopé
par une énergie multiforme et révoltée, celle du Rock depuis
The Angry Cats ont joué dans les réseaux alternatifs
de France, de Suisse ou d’Allemagne, et aussi sur des scènes
prestigieuses, comme au Jazz Festival de Montreux ou encore
à l’Olympia à Paris.
OUTMONSTER THE MONSTER – leur premier album après
deux EP – a été composé en Suède.
A travers les 11 titres, The Angry Cats explorent plusieurs
facettes du rock, s’appropriant les sons de New-York ou de
Londres en passant par Berlin et Manchester. L’album est
enregistré et mixé à Paris par François-Maxime Boutault
(Black Bomb A, Loudblast, Bérurier Noir) au légendaire
studio Garage. Comme il l’a déjà fait pour les deux premiers
EP du groupe, c’est Drew Cappotto qui masterise au Vérité
Sound Studio à New York les titres du trio.
Le photographe Jean Fabien et le réalisateur Bertrand
Vacarisas accompagnent le groupe dans sa démarche
créative, qui va au-delà de la musique.
Les textes expriment souvent l’essence libertaire du
A Day of Fear and Frown raconte le meurtre de
Michael Brown à Ferguson, I Just Can’t Keep Out of
Politics fait le constat de l’impossible neutralité,
pendant qu’Outmonster the Monster questionne les
limites de la radicalité et qu’Information illustre le
tourbillon médiatique. Le tout sous l’influence de
The Invisible Hand, sensée harmonieusement réguler
l’ordre du monde, et à laquelle se soumet le naïf qui
se rêve en Master of the World.
L’amour tient aussi un rôle important, avec
Put Your Hand in Mine et sa non-demande en mariage,
The Sound of Silence qui parle du besoin de distance
et I Need You de celui de la présence de l’être aimé.
Des portraits aussi, comme dans A Piece of Steak,
inspiré de la nouvelle du même nom écrite par
Jack London, dans laquelle Tom King, un vieux boxeur,
est contraint de remonter sur le ring pour échapper
à la faim.
Dans ce chaos, Everyone I Know questionne :
que sont mes amis devenus ?
L’album Outmonster The Monster appartient à son
temps et à ses colères noires.
THE ANGRY CATS, c’est :
Fred ALPI : chant, guitare.
Né en Suède, Fred vit à Amiens, Bruxelles,
Berlin puis Paris.
Son parcours va du Punk-Rock à la Musique
Industrielle en passant par la Chanson, le Blues
et le Rockabilly.
Une voix de crooner et des guitares qui alternent
mélodies et stridences bruitistes.
Chris Gianorsi : batterie.
Niçois d’origine, Chris se prend d’amour pour
les tambours dès son plus jeune âge, et a joué
dans des combos influencés par le rock et le
hard rock des 60’s et des 70’s.
Son style éruptif rappelle celui des batteurs de
power trios légendaires.
Tom Decaestecker : basse.
Tom voit le jour au cœur des brumes flamandes,
et avant de jouer de la basse dans un groupe punk
à la suite d’un voyage initiatique en Amérique du
Sud, il est guitariste et chanteur de blues.
Un son de basse nerveux, un jeu tendu et une
forte présence scénique.
released October 15, 2016
Lyrics : Fred Alpi
Music : Fred Alpi, Chris Gianorsi, Tom Decaestecker
Produced, recorded and mixed by François-Maxime Boutault (Paris)
Mastered by Drew Cappotto (New-York)
Photography and Art Direction by Jean Fabien
Graphic Design by Agence Miracle
Every cat is unique with its own looks and personality, but when most people think of cats, they think of a fairly generic-looking animal. There are, however, some very strange-looking cat breeds out there. Have you ever seen a cat with folded ears or curly hair? Check out our list below to see the unique breeds we could find!
#1 – American Curl
#2 – Cornish Rex
This breed is special because of its lack of an outer coat. Cornish Rex cats only have the soft, down-like undercoat fur that hides underneath the longer coats of regular cats. The coat is often curly and is considered to be the softest of any cat breed.
#3 – Devon Rex
Similar to the Cornish Rex, the Devon Rex sports a soft, wavy coat. Their coat does include a small amount of outer coat, although much less than other cat breeds.
#4 – Khao Manee
Also known as the Diamond Eye Cat, the Khao Manee comes from Thailand and is also a very rare breed. All cats of this breed are solid white with blue or gold eyes, or even one of each color.
#5 – LaPerm
It’s fairly obvious where this breed gets its name because it looks like it just had a perm! LaPerms are a rex breed that has a tight, curly coat that comes in a wide variety of colors. Because of their coat, they have been shown to be a somewhat hypoallergenic breed.
#6 – Munchkin
Munchkins clearly get their name for their short legs. These adorable little kitties get their unique look from a genetic mutation that causes dwarfism. In fact, short-legged cats have popped up in every breed here and there for years. It wasn’t until recently that breeders started looking to create a Munchkin breed.
#7 – Scottish Fold
This breed gets its unique look from a genetic mutation that results in the ears being folded forward. It certainly adds to their personality, but breeders must make a note not to breed two folded cats together – as they can results in more severe mutations in the offspring. This means, as you may have guessed, that not all Scottish Folds have folded ears!
#8 – Selkirk Rex
This fascinating breed differs from other rex breeds because of its thick, full coat. The Selkirk Rex has very long hair that curls, and is often preferred in the show ring due to it fuller look. However, the breed has been developed in both a long- and short-coated variety.
#9 – Sphynx
The Sphynx has been bred for its lack of coat, though it’s not a truly hairless breed. They have a very thin layer of down fur, and are unique in that their skin color is in the pattern their coats would be if they had one. Therefore, it’s not unusual to see striped or piebald-skinned cats!
#10 – Ukrainian Levkoy
Perhaps the strangest looking breed on this list, the Ukrainian Levkoy is characterized by its lack of hair and inward folding ears. This breed is only recognized in Russia and Ukraine, and was selectively bred to create their fascinating look. Despite their location of origin, they do not do well in cold weather due to their lack of fur.
Vomiting and diarrhea are two of the most common concerns that cause a cat owner to seek veterinary advice. Causes for your cat’s illness may be as simple as a hairball or an upset stomach from something she ate. These cases of vomiting and diarrhea may easily resolve at home with supportive treatments. However, sometimes your cat may require veterinary care. Read on to learn more about the signs, causes, and treatment of vomiting and diarrhea in cats.
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Symptoms of Vomiting and Diarrhea in Cats
- Nausea: drooling, lip licking, excessive swallowing
- Vomit: strong abdominal contractions and head nodding. Note the color, volume, frequency, and when the last meal was
- Diarrhea: note the frequency, color, consistency, and look for signs of blood
- Pale or cold gums, occasionally their gums or the whites of their eyes might look yellow
- Quiet or lethargic
- Weight loss
- Decreased appetite or refusing to eat
Causes of Vomiting and Diarrhea in Cats
Vomiting and diarrhea occur when the stomach and/or intestines become irritated or inflamed.
There are many causes, including:
- Certain viruses, such as feline parvovirus (feline distemper)
- Dietary indiscretion (when a cat eats something inappropriate)
- Swallowing an object that causes stomach or intestinal obstruction
- Sudden changes in diet
- Intestinal parasites
- Medication side effects
- Chronic disease, such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Stress due to boarding or other change in environment or routine
Preventing Vomiting and Diarrhea
- Avoid feeding fatty, salty, or spicy foods
- Introduce diet changes slowly, over 5-7 days, to allow the intestinal bacteria to adjust.
- During times of stress, it may be helpful to use a soothing pheromone spray or plug-in adapter (Feliway)
- Speak to your vet about calming supplements or anxiety medication if your pet is easily stressed.
- Consider feeding a probiotic supplement if your pet is prescribed antibiotics. Always ask the advice of a vet before giving your pet supplements or medication.
- If your cat catches birds or rodents, your vet may recommend routine fecal exams to see if deworming medication is necessary.
- Roundworms are extremely common in kittens. Your vet will recommend deworming your new kitten with an appropriate dewormer.
- Ask your vet or make an appointment with one of the FirstVet vets to discuss deworming your kitten or cat.
- Vaccinating your cat against feline parvovirus (feline distemper) is extremely important. Kittens should be vaccinated starting at 6-8 weeks, then every 3 weeks until 16-18 weeks of age. Adult boosters will be needed to maintain immunity. Prevention of this disease is VERY important. Feline parvovirus is extremely contagious and can cause fatalities, especially in young kittens.
Treating Your Cat’s Vomiting and Diarrhea at Home
If your cat is bright and happy, and there is no blood in the diarrhea or vomit, then you can often start by providing supportive treatment at home.
- If your cat is vomiting, withhold food for 12-24 hours.
- Very small cats and kittens should NOT be fasted at all due to a high risk of developing severely low blood sugar levels.
- Offer a bland diet in small portions. Examples include boiled rice or potatoes with cooked chicken breast or very lean hamburger, or a prescription intestinal diet.
- Recommended feeding protocol:
- Day 1: give 50% of the recommended daily amount divided into 6-8 portions
- Day 2 and 3: give 75% divided into 4-6 portions
- Day 4 and 5: give 100% divided into 3-4 portions
- Once your cat has been normal for a couple of days you can gradually re-introduce its normal food.
- Your cat should always have access to fresh water.
- On average, a cat should drink about 1 ounce of water (1/8 cup) per pound of body weight each day. This requirement will be significantly increased if your cat is vomiting or has diarrhea.
- Ensure that your cat is allowed quiet time to rest and fully recover.
- In the case of contagious diseases, it’s important to avoid contact with other cats until your cat has completely recovered.
When to Visit Your Veterinarian
If you notice any of the following clinical signs, your cat should be seen by a veterinarian:
- Vomiting several times per hour or continued vomiting despite withholding food for 12-24 hours. Please note: cats should not be fasted for more than 24 hours. This can cause a life-threatening liver condition called hepatic lipidosis.
- Cannot keep water down
- Blood in the vomit or diarrhea
- Increasingly lethargic or weak
- A painful abdomen
- Refusing food for more than 24 hours, or does not want to drink
- Dehydrated (dry sticky gums) and cannot hold down water
- If you know or suspect your cat has swallowed something that could damage the intestine, such as a ribbon or thread. Please note: don’t try to pull the thread out. This can cause damage to the intestinal tract.
- If your cat does not improve despite being given supportive treatment at home for 1-2 days (young kittens and old cats should see a vet sooner).
- If your cat has chronic vomiting or diarrhea (once or twice a month), even if it’s just hairballs.
Veterinary Treatment of Vomiting and Diarrhea
If your cat is very ill or dehydrated, he may need to be hospitalized.
- Your cat may be given intravenous fluids to correct dehydration and replace lost electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride).
- Blood tests may be performed to check red and white blood cell levels, as well as internal organ function.
- Other diagnostics may be performed to determine the cause of your cat’s vomiting or diarrhea. These include x-rays or ultrasound of the abdomen, stool analysis, and tests for diseases like pancreatitis.
- Symptomatic treatments will likely continue when your cat is ready to go home.
- A bland diet that requires minimal digestion will likely be prescribed.
- Your cat may go home with prescriptions for anti-nausea medication, antacids, pain relief, and probiotics to replace normal gut bacteria.
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Tuesday, 25 May 2010
End of project self evaluation
I felt that my film had it’s strengths but at the same time had a lot of potential to be more and given the opportunity I would be interested in going back to it and working on it further in my own time. I particularly enjoyed working on the close up shots of the cat’s facial expressions (limited as they are) and trying to convey his thought processes and feelings without the aid of dialogue. This development within my own interests has certainly encouraged me to pursue this further in my third year.
Along with developing my personal interests in certain areas of animation and my skills as an animator (yes I know there’s still a lot of room for improvement there!) I also think that this project has really highlighted areas that I need to address before reaching the third year, most notably, time management and confidence to make decisive decisions about my work without being too precious over it! I feel that my lack of confidence in the storyline (which was later edited) consumed too much time and effected the progress of the film early on. I hope to have a strong idea open to development by the start of my third year in order to prevent this from happening again!
Finally I feel that I could probably stand to be a little less of a hot head about my ideas and actually take some of the advice that’s given to me when it’s given to me in future!
Looking back at this project as a whole there are of course a lot of things I would like to change. In future I would very much like to take what I have learnt from this experience and apply it to my third year in order to be successful. I’m looking forward to it.
Okay, I probably know what you’re thinking… who wants cats in the garden? Well, if you already have outdoor cats or if your neighbor’s feline friend enjoys roaming about your property, then it’s inevitable that at some point they will visit (or have) the garden. Rather than fighting an unending battle of the cat-turf wars with multiple attempts at repelling these kitties, why not do the opposite and create a pet-friendly garden just for them.
When placed in the right location, it may even thwart them from venturing into unwanted areas of your garden. Read on for tips on creating a cat-friendly garden.
Cat-Friendly Garden Ideas
My mother loves to garden but she also has a large assortment of cats too. Although these are largely indoor kitties, they have a designated area all their own outdoors in which they are free to roam about. Mom calls it the “cat palace.”
This cat-friendly garden is fenced in so the cats cannot get out, so there’s no worry of predators getting to them or the cats venturing into dangerous areas, like the road. They are free to come in and out through the kitty door (just like many dogs have). Within its walls of safety are plenty of structures for climbing and plants that are safe for them to nibble on.
They also have multiple dirt-filled areas in which to “relieve” themselves. Of course, this type of setup may not be for everyone, so here are some other cat-friendly garden ideas.
First and foremost, cats are naturally curious with a need for exploration. Choosing a location in the backyard just for them can help keep your furry friends appeased. They love to climb, hide, and pounce. With this in mind you will want to include climbing structures like cat posts, fencing, and trees.
Give them some hiding places too, along with shade for those hot days lulling about. Shrubs are great for this and don’t forget some evergreen varieties too, not only for seasonal interest but for added cover in winter. Planting them close together can help create fun hiding spaces too, where they can pretend to stalk their prey (or each other), and pounce out to attack.
Create designated play areas for younger felines and don’t forget to include mounds of dirt, mulch, or sand for them as well. Cats typically go potty in the same place, so this can help deter them from going into your prized garden spaces. Mulched pathways will provide a soft landing. Active cats enjoy playing, so you can peak their interest by adding suitable toys attached to strings and tied to branches. Throw in a few balls and scratching posts as well.
Just as the dog has a sheltered spot to go to, you can even include a “cat house” for your feline to hide in. Alternatively, placing the garden area near an outbuilding will give that added sense of security that some cats need.
Choosing plants for your cat’s garden space must be done with care. Hardy, but safe, plants is obviously an important consideration. Since cats enjoy chasing things, those that attract butterflies may be a good choice. In fact, attracting insects in the cat garden is a good thing in that you want to avoid using any toxic pesticides that could be harmful.
Cat-Friendly Plants for the Garden
A number of plants may not be suitable for your feline and may even be poisonous, so choose your plants carefully. Here are some plants you can add to create safe gardens for cats:
Herbs, flowers and foliage plants
- Catnip (Nepeta cataria)- probably one of the more obvious choices for a cat garden, this plant is found to be highly attractive to cats, even inducing a sense of euphoria when around the plant.
- Cat grass– cat grass is normally a variety of several grasses that cats may nibble on, but oat grass (Avena sativa) or wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum) are the two most popular.
- Asters– these plants require little maintenance and are just right for adding dense cover for a cat’s hunting expeditions.
- Blue mist shrub (Caryopteris)- this flowering shrub is highly attractive to pollinators and provides plenty of privacy and shelter for cats.
- Sunflowers– nothing is more charming in the garden, or easier to grow, than sunflowers. These large plants will provide plenty of cover while the blooms offer something to play with when added near climbing structures.
- Cosmos– yet another fun plant for cats, this one offers wispy growth, wonderful color, and great screening, which your cats will appreciate.
- Maiden grass (Miscanthus)- adding ornamental grasses like this will give your kitty the perfect environment for prowling around, as it provides plenty of good cover and while the roots are not good for your cat, all other parts are safe.
Veggie plants cats like
While most vegetables are deemed relatively safe, the foliage of some, like potatoes and tomatoes, are not a good idea to have where you expect your furry friend to be roaming about. What is a safe veggie you can add to your cat’s garden?
Members of the cucurbit family, which includes cucumbers, squash, and pumpkins are safe for cats. The vining types are good choices for providing hiding spaces as well as hanging fruits to climb on or play with.
Runner beans can also be used in your cat-friendly garden to create secret hideaways and provide shade. You can even make a bean teepee for them! If your cat nibbles on them, which in all likelihood they won’t, they are not considered toxic.
Causes of Rapid Weight Loss in Older Cats
If your furry friend has lost her appetite and appears to be breathing heavy, she could be very ill and needs veterinary attention right away. These symptoms can indicate a variety of very serious medical conditions, many of which can be fatal if not treated quickly.
Matters of the Heart
When your kitty’s heart is weakened by conditions like hypertrophic or dilated cardiomyopathy, it doesn’t function properly, leading to a buildup of fluid in the pleural cavity. The fluid in this cavity, which is located between the lungs and chest, puts pressure on the lungs. Without much room to expand and contract, the lungs become compromised, leading to difficulty breathing and a decrease in appetite. Kitties with cardiomyopathy usually have a heart murmur and abnormal heartbeat. They may also develop blood clots that can lead to paralysis of their back legs as well.
Lung & Breathing Problems
Kitties develop fluid in the pleural cavity, a condition known as pleural effusion, not only from heart issues, but a variety of other issues as well. Kidney disease, cancer, chest infections and feline infectious peritonitis may all result in pleural effusion. Internal parasites like lungworms, asthma, pneumonia or the feline immunodeficiency virus may also cause lung problems that can result in labored breathing, which discourages your kitty from eating because she feels so awful. Potentially less serious issues like upper respiratory infections or allergies impair your kitty’s breathing when her air passages become blocked with mucous. When your furry friend can’t smell her food, she’ll lose her appetite and won’t eat, which can cause further health issues.
Toxoplasmosis is a condition caused by an internal parasite called the Toxoplasma gondii- people can also be affected with it. This condition can affect the kitty’s lungs and appetite. Our feline friends may contract it from infected soil outdoors or eating raw meat. Other possible causes of heavy, labored breathing and a loss of appetite with cats include severe trauma, internal tumors and hiatal or diaphragmatic hernia.
Any type of breathing difficulty, even from a very treatable cause, is a serious issue that can cause your kitty stress, leading to other health problems. When your kitty doesn’t eat, she can also develop a secondary condition called hepatic lipidosis, which compromises her liver. Without treatment, 90 percent of kitties diagnosed with hepatic lipidosis don’t survive the disease, according to the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.
When you bring your kitty to the vet with labored breathing and a lack of appetite, he’ll likely stabilize her in an oxygen tank to ease her breathing. Once stable, he’ll perform a series of tests including X-rays, blood and urine tests and possibly an electrocardiogram or echocardiogram of the heart. The vet may have to remove any fluid from in or around the lungs to allow for normal breathing and administer diuretics to prevent these fluids from building up again. In cases where the underlying condition causing a cat’s symptoms can be treated with medication, a vet may prescribe some to get the illness under control. Kitties with chronic conditions may need to be on medication for the rest of their lives.
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.
Because my mother does not mess with makeup and my stepmother’s beauty philosophy was to never deviate from the exact instructions the Color Me Beautiful lady gave her in 1984, most of what I know about putting slop on my face in order to be more beautiful comes from fellow Louisianan Kevyn Aucoin. In middle school, his books taught me two important lessons: The first is that lightly contouring cheekbones is not that hard and makes all the difference. The second being that if your eyebrows ain’t shit, you ain’t shit. Both lessons I took to heart much more than anything I ever learned in Sunday school.
And the golden rule of Kevyn Aucoin’s eyebrow gospel is that no matter what shape one draws with the eyebrow pencil, it is crucial to brush the eyebrows straight up like the spine fur of a hissing cat. Just as a cat’s fear puff is meant to make the creature look larger to predators, the vertical brush is supposed to make the eyebrows appear big and complicated, frightening to straight men, like all cosmetic enhancements should be.
As I passed the pandemic the way a lot of other people did, rubbing my thumb over my Instagram feed for the 40 percent of my day I wasn’t sleeping or reveling in other people’s misery via r/AmItheAsshole, I noticed that the vertical scared- cat brow had become standard for the 20 or so English makeup artists I follow. In its professional form, it’s called brow lamination, where I guess someone at the eyebrow salon shellacs one’s eyebrows in place, and for $150 they stay that way for six weeks. As I did not want to spend that kind of money for the sole pleasure of looking at my own lovely eyebrows over the bathroom after I peed for a month and a half, I began investigating other options: Glossier’s Boy Brow , for instance, which makes my eyebrows look exactly the same, only slightly sticky. I wanted the cult favorite Brow Jam , but getting a pot of the perpetually sold-out product is more difficult than acquiring a covid vaccine at this point. It wasn’t until a very helpful salesperson at Nordstrom with the most absolutely snatched eyebrows I’ve ever seen told me she used Göt2B gel and nothing else, no pencil or anything, that I realized how dumb I’d been. Of course, the same product responsible for the regrettable icicle-spiked frosted tips of ’90s boyband members would do the same thing for my oddly long and incredibly willful eyebrows.
But I didn’t have any Göt2B spiking gel because I’m not a 14-year-old boy and it’s not 1999, so what I used was the Aveda Control Paste I do have and a squirt of Aussie hairspray that I bought two years ago to make my Halloween hairstyle stay. The results were the initial scared cat look I want, softening over time to a bit of an Abe Vigoda upward fluff. Good, but could I do better? This morning, I bought the Got2B Spiked Up styling gel to see if I could simply glue my eyebrows into whatever shape I’d like.
The results were disappointing! On the right we have a generous scoop of Göt2B gel brushed straight up with a spoolie, given about a minute to set, then brushed up one more time after a smattering of hairspray I sprayed in my hand then rubbed across the brow with my pinky. On the left is the Aveda paste, which, as you can see, creates a much more effective, though still imperfect, angry cat eyebrow.
Fact: Cats vomit. It’s just what they do! But aside from being a little gross, your cat’s vomiting might actually seem a little scary. Here’s what vets want you to know about what causes feline vomiting and how you can help.
Vomiting, Acute Vomiting, or Chronic Vomiting?
There’s a significant difference between a cat who vomits occasionally, one who is vomiting uncontrollably, and one who seems to vomit all the time. Each kind of vomiting suggests different causes and necessitates a different course of treatment.
Feline Vomiting: Most cats vomit occasionally. For some cats this can happen once or twice a month; for others, vomiting might only happen a few times a year.
Acute Feline Vomiting: Acute vomiting is usually very sudden and can be quite uncomfortable for your cat and/or involve a significant volume of vomit.
Chronic Feline Vomiting: Chronic vomiting occurs on a regular basis – more than several times a week – and might not even seem to phase your cat.
The Causes of Vomiting in Cats
There are dozens of reasons your cat might vomit. Remember that the kind of vomiting your cat suffers from (occasional, acute, or chronic) probably has a lot to do with the root cause, and it’s better to consult with a veterinarian. Consider Online Vet by Petcube with its 24/7 on-call veterinarians ready to help you out with your pet’s health issues.
Here are some of the most common reasons cats might vomit:
1. Ingestion of Substances
Sudden, acute vomiting is often induced by the ingestion of something that disagrees with your cat’s stomach. These substances can range from relatively harmless (spoiled food, bitter leaves) to life-threatening (human medications, poisonous chemicals, string or yarn). If you suspect your cat has eaten something that is causing her to vomit, consult a vet immediately.
Hairballs are damp, undigested wads of hair; almost all cats get them. Vomiting up a hairball is usually accompanied by hacking noises and spasms and of course, the expulsion of a ball of hair. Most hairballs come out relatively easily, but if you cat can’t seem to get one out, talk to your vet about whether or not it might eventually cause intestinal blockage.
3. Bacteria, Viruses, or Parasites
Certain bacterial and viral infections within your cat’s intestinal tract can result in vomiting. Likewise, a gastrointestinal parasite might induce regular vomiting in a cat who can’t process food properly.
4. Chronic Disease
Vomiting can be a symptom of a number of chronic – sometimes undetected – diseases. Acute kidney failure, acute liver failure, gall bladder inflammation, colitis, gastritis, and pancreatitis are some of the most common. A qualified vet can evaluate your vet for these diseases and suggest a treatment plan.
5. Change in Diet
An often-overlooked cause of vomiting is a change in a cat’s diet. If you’ve recently changed your cat’s food, added new foods, or even started a course of feline medication, nausea and/or indigestion may result. If this is the root cause, the vomiting should eventually subside.
How You Can Help a Vomiting Cat
While your cat is vomiting, stay out of her way but be sure she’s in a safe location. Re-hydration is important after vomiting, but most vets recommend waiting around two hours after an episode of vomiting to offer your cat any water or bland food.
Don’t let your cat eat her expelled vomit, even if she tries. If you’re unsure what caused the vomiting, consider keeping a sample of the vomit to give to your vet for testing.
If your cat’s vomiting is severe or frequent, you’ll want to talk to your vet. She may recommend fluid therapy or anti-emetic medication until your cat feels better. She might also want to test or evaluate your cat for any underlying causes like disease or infection.
When in doubt about your cat’s vomiting, talk to your vet!
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Cats don’t get the luxury of wearing shoes like humans do—nor would they want to! Our feline friends use their nimble paws and claws to walk, run, climb and leap around the home and find their delicate footing. Unfortunately, their paws’ exposure to indoor and outdoor hazards leaves them vulnerable to wounds and infections.
Two tell-tale signs that something is wrong with your cat’s paw are that they won’t leave it alone—biting and licking the paw without relief—and that they won’t walk on it, causing them to limp or have uneasy footing. If you notice these signs, take a peek at your kitty’s paws. A few physical changes might help you understand what’s causing the irritation.
Paw infections aren’t hard to spot
Most injuries to a cat’s paw will produce a few common symptoms as the body works to heal the damaged tissue. These symptoms may include:
- Swelling: Swelling may occur across the entire paw or on a single toe or section of the foot. A swollen paw will look noticeable bigger than the other.
- Redness: Swollen paws may also appear red. Redness may be caused by inflammation as the body’s immune system works to seal a wound or fight infection.
- Warm to the touch: Heat on the paw is also a side effect of inflammation. The paw may be warmer to the touch than the rest of your cat’s body.
- Pain: Your cat may limp, hold the paw up, overgroom the paw or refuse to let you touch the paw. These are all signs of pain.
All of these signs indicate a problem with the paw. Unfortunately, these problems could range from a minor scrape to a severe puncture wound. But how do you know if the paw is infected? It’s very difficult to know what’s going on beneath the skin by just looking at a wound. Fortunately, a few other paw changes might indicate that your cat’s paw is infected.
- Lumps or bumps: Paw infections may cause noticeable lumps on a part of the paw. These are typically abscesses, or pockets of pus under the skin.
- Discharge: Yellow, green, white or bloody discharge may be present on your cat’s paw—particularly if an abscess has ruptured. Pus is caused by a buildup of white blood cells that responded to the infection.
- Odd odor: An infected paw might produce a strange or pungent odor.
Paw infections are dangerous because they could spread to other parts of the body and make your cat very ill. Infections may cause your cat to have a fever that persists for many days and may even climb to dangerous temperatures. Additionally, a cat with an infection may show other signs of illness, including inappetence and behavioral changes.
Paw infections are typically caused by bacteria or fungi overgrowing on the skin or becoming trapped in the skin because of a wound. Most often, they stem from:
- Bites or scratches: If a cat or another animal bites or scratches your cat’s paw, it might result in a wound filled with bacteria from the animal’s mouth or claws.
- Overgrown toenails: If your cat is not shedding their nails using a scratching post and the nails are allowed to grow long, they can curve around and puncture the paw pad, potentially leading to an infection.
- Puncture wounds: If the paw pad is punctured by another foreign object, such as glass, the wound has the potential to become infected if not addressed immediately.
What to do when you notice paw infection symptoms
If you notice signs of a possible paw infection in your cat, you’ll want to take action as soon as possible. Follow these steps:
- Examine the foot, looking for a potential cause, such as an overgrown toenail or a foreign object. If you can safely remove it without causing your cat pain, do so.
- Wash the paw with warm water and mild soap to try and clear the wound of bacteria.
- If discharge appears to be coming from an abscess, don’t attempt to puncture or drain it yourself. You could cause your cat serious pain or distress!
- Call your veterinarian and have your cat examined as soon as possible. During this exam, your vet might run a few tests to determine the cause of the paw problem. If the paw is indeed infected, your pet will likely need to take antibiotics. If an abscess has formed, your vet may need to drain it to allow the paw to heal.
- Once home, follow your vet’s instructions for care. This may include administering medications, as well as checking and changing bandages if your cat has an open wound.
It will be very important to prevent your cat from biting or licking their paw, since this can introduce new bacteria into the wound and cause a secondary infection. An Elizabethan collar or bandages may be necessary until the paw is substantially healed.
As your cat’s wound heals, they may have a difficult time walking on that paw. Accommodate your cat’s limited mobility by moving food bowls and litter boxes to easily accessible locations within your home.
With proper care and time, your cat’s infection should clear up, the wound should heal, and your kitty will be back to normal once again!
A lot of people have never heard of a fisher cat. What is a fisher cat? The fisher cat is a North American marten, a medium sized mustelid . The fisher is agile in trees and has a slender body that allows it to pursue prey into hollow trees or burrows in the ground. Despite its name, this animal seldom eats fish; the name may originate from the French word fichet, which referred to the pelt of a European polecat . In some regions the fisher is known as a pekan which is derived from its name in the Abenaki language.
Adults weigh between 2 and 7 kg (4-15 lbs) and are between 65 and 125 cm (29-47 inches) in length. Males are about twice the size of females, with the smallest females having been recorded being as small as 1.4 kg (3.1 lbs), hardly larger than most other martens, and males at as much as 9 kg (20 lbs). Their coats are darkish brown, with a black tail and legs; some individuals have a cream-colored patch on the chest. Each of the Fisher’s feet have five toes with semi-retractable claws. Because they can rotate their hind paws 180 degrees, they can grasp limbs and climb down trees head first. A circular patch of hair on the central pad of their hind paws marks plantar glands that give off a distinctive odor, which is believed to be used for communication during reproduction.
Fishers are solitary hunters. Their primary prey include hares, rabbits, squirrels, mice , shrews, and porcupines. Their diet may also contain small birds, fruit and berries, as well as deer in the form of carrion. While fishers and mountain lions are the only regular predators of porcupines, the fisher is the only predator to have a specialized killing technique. As observed by Robert G. Snyder in the Adirondack mountains of New York, a fisher first approaches from the direction the porcupine is facing. The porcupine tries to protect itself by turning to present its tail, covered with quills, to the attacker. The fisher then jumps directly over its prey, forcing the porcupine to keep turning to protect its vulnerable head. A dozen or more such maneuvers suffice to exhaust and confuse the porcupine into a stupor in which it can no longer protect itself. Then, by repeatedly biting and scratching at the porcupine’s face, the fisher causes it to bleed to death. The fisher eats the porcupine by flipping the dead animal over and starting with its unprotected belly.
Fishers are also known to eat ground nesting birds such as grouse and turkeys. Often, young of the year and eggs make easy targets. Also, in some areas fishers can become pests to farmers because they will get into a pen and kill large numbers of chickens. Fishers have also been known to eat small pets left outside, such as stray cats and dogs. While this is rare, when densities are high and food resources are low, animals may become desperate.
In 2005 a Boston Globe article told of fishers attacking cats. A July 4, 2007 article in the New York Times raises the possibility that fishers have turned up in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, causing concern among cat owners. Zoologists are skeptical, suggesting other animals could be responsible, observing that it would be difficult for fishers to migrate into the area. A study done in 1979 examined the stomach contents of all fisher trapped in the state of New Hampshire. Cat hairs were found in only one of over 1,000 stomachs. Attacks on domestic cats may be documented, but zoologists suggest a bobcat, coyote, or dog is more likely to kill domestic cats and chickens.
126 responses to “ What is a Fisher Cat and What Does It Look Like ”
I’ve never seen one of these fisher cats but I heard a noise that sounded like a fisher cat screech. They say it almost sounds like a kid screaming?
In Somerset County, NJ. Two Fisher cats at 3am
my dogs were alerted. by their presence. I had been missing my Maine Coon Cat for 3 weeks,a saavy hunter and wise cat. Now that I saw two of the weasel like creatures around my car in the driveway, I know now that the cries I heard (thought that it might be deer) were the Fisher Cats. How to deter them? My dogs went crazy
over the scent by my car. I why are they predators of domestic cats, with so much wildlife in the woods.
I believe I saw my first Fisher yesterday afternoon here in central Vermont. It was quite large and very black. Looked very much like a river otter. It stayed looking back at us on a dirt road for quite a while and didn’t appear to be fearful of us. Pretty cool!
I live in North Stonington, Ct and every Aug-Nov the Fisher cats come into the State Forrest behind our house. We have NO stray cats, squirrels, chipmucks, Not even any geese, ducks, birds in and or around the lake across the street. I don’t know what the state of Connecticut is waiting for to do something. The fisher cats are now coming up on to our porches, No more raccoon, possums getting into trash. Everyone locks up their animals at night fall. Lost my cat in August, the one night I couldn’t catch him and lock him up, GONE the next day. Haven’t seen any deer come through my yard this fall. It’s eerrie because it so quite. Only hear the neighbor hood dogs barking. The State of CT need to get off their butts and do something, I’M JUST waiting until the problem is in their back yard. Believe me the fisher cat will move to the food source is.
I have seen three fisher cats within this last year. All three times the were running across the road in our rural hills of Pennsylvania.
i did not see anything but i heard it i didnt think t sounded like a child or lady it sounded like a large bird dying. i ran around trying to find the source but i saw nothing. i think it was coming from behind my neighboors house. i don’t live near woods.
I’m all for wild animals eating domestic house pets. If people want to let their cats roam at night they should realize that kitty has put itself into the wild. Cats do terrible things to the ecosystem. They kill moles and birds and baby rabbits and whatever else they can kill. Payback’s a b****!
This morning, it was announced on Twitter that Grumpy Cat, the internet-famous feline who launched thousands of memes, passed away earlier this week at the age of 7.
Back in October 2013, the famously frowny kitty came to New York City to attend The FriskiesвЂ”an awards show that crowns the best cat videos of the yearвЂ”and to pick up a Lifetime Achievement Award, even though she had not yet celebrated her second birthday.
“In her short year and a half, sheвЂ™s accomplished so much,” Shawn Brain, then-brand manager of Friskies, the cat food brand that created the show, said. “So she seemed like the ideal candidate for the award.”
Mental Floss had the chance to sit down with Grumpy Cat and her humansвЂ”Tabatha Bundesen, her brother Bryan, and her daughter CrystalвЂ”at that event to find out all we could about this seriously cranky (and seriously cute) kitty, who will be dearly missed.
- Grumpy was born on April 4, 2012, at the Bundesens’ home in Morristown, Arizona. Her mother is aВ calico, but Tabatha said they weren’t 100 percent sure who Grumpy’s dad was.
- Grumpy’s unique look comes from feline dwarfism and an underbite. She became an internet sensation when Bryan posted a photo of her on Reddit in September 2012.
- Grumpy has a brother named Pokey. “HeвЂ™s black and white, but he does have dwarfism, so heвЂ™s super short and cute too,” Tabatha said. “His face isnвЂ™t as frowny as hers, but he does have an underbite.”
- Grumpy’s not actually that grumpyвЂ”in fact, she’s pretty lovable! Most of the time, Grumpy is very calm, but she can also be playful (she particularly likes to hide behind curtains). “SheвЂ™s super frisky, especially between 3 and 6 a.m.вЂ”when youвЂ™re trying to get your deepest sleep, sheвЂ™s wanting to play,” Tabatha said. “Pokey actually has more of a grumpy personality.”
- Crystal came up with Grumpy Cat’s real nameвЂ”Tardar SauceвЂ”which was inspired byВ two things: Grumpy’s original orangeish coloring (“She thought Grumpy looked like Tartar sauce,” Tabatha said) and the fact that, at the time, Tabatha was waitressing at Red Lobster and had just made Crystal try the stuff. “She was like, ‘Ew, no!’ and I said ‘Honey, you have to try it! It goes with fish!’ So it was fresh in her mind when the kitten was born.”
- Even though it’s not her given name, Grumpy Cat will also answer to Grumpy. In fact, “it’s pretty much Grumpy all the time now,” Tabatha said.
- Her favorite Friskies food is Savory Shreds. “I think it’s the gravy,” Tabatha said. “She really loves it.” Non-Friskies? Tuna and Starbucks coffee cake.
- Critics have questioned whether Grumpy should be traveling so much, but Grumpy actually loves it. “I donвЂ™t feel like sheвЂ™s being abused or exploited by traveling,” Tabatha said. “I feel like she gets excitedвЂ”she knows! When I get her carrier out, sheвЂ™ll come and climb in it. I think sheвЂ™s kind of liking it.”
- Other Grumpy myths the Bundesens would like to dispel: That Grumpy’s in front of the camera all the time (they shoot one week’s worth of daily grumps in one sitting) and that Grumpy has been sedated at book signings and other appearances. “She never has been and never will be,” Bryan says. “She’s really active at night, and sleeps during the dayвЂ”she always has,” which is why she seems sleepy at events.
- In fact, stipulations that ensure Grumpy’s well-being are written into every agreement and contract. “Her health and safety is the most important thing to us,” Bryan says. There aren’t any diva-esque demands on Grumpy’s rider, either: All she needs, Tabatha said, are “bottles of water and a cool place to sit!”
- Grumpy’s favorite things to play with? Bags and string.
- Grumpy will be dressing up for HalloweenвЂ”but no costume has been decided on yet. “ThereвЂ™s a few that weвЂ™ve tried on,” Tabatha said. “You can take her into PetSmart and put them on her, so weвЂ™ve had a little too much fun doing it. Most important is finding one that is comfortable for herвЂ”I donвЂ™t want to put her in one that will make it hard to walkвЂ”and stylish.”
- In 2013, Grumpy Cat “wrote” a bookвЂ”Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy BookвЂ”and it made the New York Times Best Sellers list.
- In 2014, Grumpy Cat starred in a holiday movie for Lifetime,В Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever. Grumpy was voiced by Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza.
- Grumpy Cat has totally changed her owners’ lives. “IвЂ™ve been waitressing for 10 years, barely making ends meet,” Tabatha said. “Now I get to travel with the cat, and IвЂ™m homeschooling Crystal, so we get to spend more time together. I hardly ever saw my brother before all this happened, maybe once or twice in 10 years, and now I get to see him every couple months at least. It’s a huge positive change. Plus, there’s the joy that Grumpy Cat is spreadingвЂ”or grumpiness. But really, everybodyвЂ™s smiling.”
This story has been updated for 2019.
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Cats eyes are a source of fascination for most cat lovers. They give the cat the ability to see in very low levels of light and then there is the way that the eyes gleam when light is shined onto them. Cats eyes can also give their owners vital information about how they are feeling and so it is a good idea to find out what it means when your cats pupils are dilated – meaning that they change shape when the level of light does not change. If this is something that you want to find out more about then the following information should be very useful.
If you notice that your cats eyes have become very narrow then this is usually a sign that something has stimulated them. This will usually be either anger, pleasure or fear. The pupils will usually contract very quickly so that they are little more than slits. There are other signs that your cat will give that can help you work out what emotion they are feeling. If your cat is angry then you may notice that they are growling and hissing a lot at something or someone in particular. The other side to this is that they are feeling pleasure and this will be accompanied by a purring sound. Fear is a little harder to determine but you should try and see whether the eyes are squinted as well as the pupils becoming narrow. Cats will squint their eyes in order to protect them from any potential attack by another cat. Squinting can be a sign that your cat is feeling afraid and you may also find that their behavior is a little aggressive.
Wide pupils indicate that your cat is either frightened or very excited. You will have to assess the situation to determine which of these emotions it is likely to be. The body language that your cat is giving off can help you to work out how they may be feeling. You can also take into account the situation that your cat is in. If they have seen you getting their food ready or heard the sound of their biscuits shaking and are looking at you with wide eyes then they are probably excited. You should be able to tell if your cat is scared because they will be acting tense. Their tail will be close by their side and their back may be hunched over. They are also likely to look for somewhere to hide and will probably choose the smallest and darkest place that they can find.
Pupils Of A Different Size
If the pupils of your cats eyes are a different size then this is known as anisocoria. It is not a condition in its own right but is usually a symptom of something else. In some cases it can be a symptom of a very serious condition and so it is always best to get your cat checked over by a vet. This is especially true if the anisocoria occurs suddenly rather than over time and this could indicate that it is an emergency situation. It can occur if the cat has had a brain injury or if the surface of the eye has been damaged. These types of injuries can occur without you knowing if the cat is out of the house so he sure to contact the vet as soon as you notice that their pupils are a different size. Different sized pupils can also indicate a number of series conditions such as glaucoma and even cancer.
Spending time to study your cats eyes to see how they react to certain situations is well worth it. When you get to know what their usual reaction is you will be better placed to notice if things do not seem right. If you suspect that anything with regards to your cats pupils is not right then you should consult a vet immediately. Another benefit to learning to read the clues that your cat is giving you through their eyes is that you will know what action you need to take. If they are showing signs of becoming scared or nervous, for example, then you can take steps to try and reassure them.
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Hi can i ask the same question, my father have green eyes and my mother have dark brown, i have a kind of hazel eyes.. If i look on the sun light my eyes becoe green and brown, but if it’s dark my eyes are kind of much brown and little green, if you look closely
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