What Do Cats Think About?

According to statistics, there are over 80 million cats residing in the U.S. alone. When we estimate the ratio of cats: dogs, you’ll be shocked to discover that there are at least 3 cats to every dog. Now, the most asked question about these feline companions is what they really think about when lying on the couch or when playing around our homes.

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According to studies, cats are quite different to dogs when it comes to their thinking. For instance, a dog will place you in a different bracket when it comes to social interaction. A dog will either view you as a friend or an enemy and this is reflected in the reaction you’ll receive on first sight. On the other hand, cats think differently. If a cat loves you/recognizes you as its owner, it will come close to you and show some signs similar to the ones we discussed in the previous post. If a cat doesn’t love or recognize you, it will react violently or run away.

With that in mind, this post will highlight some important lessons learned on what cats think about.

Cats view us as their parents

According to research, I’ve come to a conclusion that cats view humans as their parents. Take an example of small kittens. When hungry, they purr to notify their mother they’re hungry. When feeding, the kittens often push the mother’s belly (knead) in a rhythmic manner to get more milk. Relating this to big cats, you’ll notice that they usually purr and follow their parents/owners when hungry or when they need extra milk. Also, one sign a cat shows affection with is through lying down waiting for you to rub their belly.

Cats view us as their close companions

Cats feel more secure when spending time with you as compared to if it was with other cats. The only time these feline companions spend time with other cats in the wild is when they’re mating or fighting. Did you know that the main reason we take our cats to the vet is when they have wounds and bites sustained when fighting? Well, this clearly means that we should try and reciprocate the love these pets give us.

Finally, let me say that cats are adorable, loving and most of all, they’re very intelligent creatures. Cats living in an extended family are able to master every person’s behavior and know those people who love them and those who don’t. Similar to dogs, cats are trained what to do and what not to do. The best thing about them is that most of the signs they reveal to us are learned from their mother-kitten relationship making them adorable and intelligent felines.

 

Relocating With Your Cat

A psychologist once said it takes around six months for a human to adapt to a new home or to new surroundings. Although scientists specializing on animal behavior have different theories when it comes to cats, it is best to keep a few things in mind if you are planning to move to a new home with your furry friend!moving-with-a-cat

This can be a rather stressful process for your cat, so you should consider making this as easy a transition as you possibly can! Cats get very attached to their surroundings and it is often believed they can show more attention and interest in a certain place than its actual owners. Pay attention to what you do before, during and after moving out of your current home! Do not start packing up the entire house or move around the furniture with your cat parading underfoot! It is best you take your cat in a separate room while doing so, preferably with all its toys, bowls and other necessities. Place your cat in its carrier after you’ve finished packing and take it out only when you are ready to leave the premises for good. Leaving your cat waiting in the car or locked in an unknown space while you bring all your stuff out of the house is an unnecessary discomfort for your pet!

Providing an easy and comfortable trip is also important for your pet, so be careful when considering what your cat requires in order to “arrive in one piece”! Don’t leave your pet in a hot and enclosed space, do not transport your cat in a cargo space of a car or moving truck, provide proper meals and water and, if worse comes to worst, opt for taking your cat to the vet and have it sedated before embarking on this journey. And, if possible, try maintaining calm throughout the whole ordeal because it will offer a sense of security and stability for your cat.

Once arrived at your destination, do not expect your cat to be as happy and relieved as you might be. It is still very important for your pet to gradually get acquainted and used to its new surroundings. You can make this a whole lot easier for everybody by keeping your cat indoors for a few weeks, especially if it isn’t an outdoor pet. Try to maintain as many old habits as possible and offer an incentive by rubbing wall and furniture corners with a cloth that you previously rubbed your cat with; this will spread the cat’s scent throughout the house and make your pet comfortable faster. You might also consider spending more time with your cat until everything falls into place.

Relocating with your cat doesn’t have to be a stressful affair. As long as you show a little consideration for your cat and its needs, the entire process can run smoothly and you can enjoy the advantages of your new home and environment along with your beloved pet!

 

 

5 Reasons You Should Play with Your Cat Every Day

Whether your cat is more of a loner or an energy-filled playmate, there are many important and advantageous reasons for you to spend time playing with your kitty daily!

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For cats, especially for those that are not raised outdoors, physical activity is an important part of a healthy and long life. No matter how big the house they have at their disposal, cats can sometimes be quite lazy and, getting bored easily, might prefer extending their nap time instead of exercising.

Unless there is a health reason preventing your cat from any sort of physical activity, it is best that you take matters into your own hands and entice your feline friend into playing with you. Exercising prevents obesity in cats, strengthens their metabolism and, maybe even more important for some, keeps your cat busy and entertained and away from your favorite things!

At their origins, cats are all wild animals and, for those that weren’t raised outdoors, it is even more important to be active and physically fit!

Bonding is another reason for you to play with your cat often! Although certain breeds are more independent and prefer spending less time in other people’s company than on their own, playing with your cat will help your strengthen your relationship, build trust and maintain mutual affection alive! All cats get lonely when their caretakers do not spend enough time with them. Plus, there’s always the fact that it’s so pleasant and engaging for both of you!

Let’s not forget that many people play with their cats for therapeutic reasons! This simple activity can be a major stress relief even for the healthiest of persons and for those who suffer from certain ailments it is even more productive! From depression to physical disabilities, cats are gradually given the same attention dogs used to be offered in this regard.

Developing your cat’s hunting abilities is another use you can attribute to this act. Indoor cats have fewer chances to express and develop this instinct than their outdoorsy counterparts. By using an electronic toy like SmartKat you can really bring out the inherent hunter in your pet, but other sorts of toys can be just as useful! Just be careful not to choose very small objects as it is very common for cats to swallow items while playing. Also, don’t frustrate your cat by sending it on a continuous hunt; leave room for success and give your darling feline the chance to go in for the kill every now and again!

Playing together also reduces the risk of aggression in your cat. Boredom can be a powerful enemy and, by avoiding it, you can actually manage to teach your cat not to scratch or assault some of the things around the house you’d rather preserve intact!

There probably are many other advantages attached to this simple act, but whether it’s on a whim or out of concern for your cat’s health, ultimately, do it because it’s fun!

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Reasons Why Your Cat May be Sad

The similarities between cats and humans might be few in number, but when it comes to how cats feel, we are surprisingly alike.

As with people, cats can also become sad or even depressed and the signs are quite clear once you know what to look for and pay a bit of attention to your pet.

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Do you know the signs of a depressed cat?

There are a multitude of reasons for which your pet might be sad, some more common than others. You should normally pay attention to how your cat behaves before drawing any unfounded conclusions, because finding the cause is very important in dealing with the situation and properly solving the problem.

For instance, some of the changes that might appear in this case are the lack of activity, excessive sleeping, losing interest in their interactions with both human and animal companions, diminished appetite, lack of personal grooming and signs of uncleanliness or even mood swings and a change in normal behavior.

If they are faced with loss, be it the death or the disappearance of an animal friend or a favorite human caregiver most cats get depressed and it is natural for them to mourn as humans do in these situations. It is also important to take into consideration that depression in cats can be the consequence of a disease, such as Hypothyroidism or even cancer. The symptoms and signs differ depending on the illness that triggered the emotional imbalance in your cat and it is important to visit the veterinary to diagnose the problem.

There are also cases that might mistakenly lead owners to believe that their cats are anything but sad, when they actually are. For instance excessive meowing or purring can also be a sign that the pet might be unhappy. Sometimes cats purr more than they normally do, not because they are pleased, but because they try to comfort themselves when something is wrong. Meowing or aggressive behavior should also make one ponder, because mood swings and a change in a cat’s normal attitude towards others signals an unhappy pet.

ybxspslBeing lonely might seem as a common and unimportant reason, but not all cats that are
faced with this issue manage the problem by scratching or destroying a few things around the house in their owners’ absence. Some cats become sad because they long for human companionship and it is important to know the specifics of your pets breed before submitting your pet to a certain life style that might affect not only its mood, but also its health.

Boredom is another common reason for a cat to be unhappy, especially if they are the only pet in the house and they spend a lot of time on their own. Try to spend as much time as possible with your cat, and shower them with love when you come back from work so they do not feel neglected. Providing them with ‘active play’ toys can also help keep them engaged when you are away (check out Catit Circuit toys on Amazon for around $20).

Chances are that the reasons why your cat is unhappy and sad are actually common and easily solved causes or even sometimes natural ones, such as being influenced by the time of year and becoming depressed during winter months (Seasonal Affective Disorder). However, to avoid more serious and drastic situations, you should pay close attention to your pet to ensure its good health and general well-being before overlooking or minimizing your cats more serious problems!

How to Prevent and Treat Hairballs in Cats

Cats groom themselves often to keep themselves clean and we love them for it! But, for some cats, the process of grooming their coats often leads to hairballs forming. These are not always cause for alarm, but it is true that they are an inconvenient for your cat and that they can lead to health issues that are best avoided!

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Some cat breeds are more prone to developing hairballs than others because of their dense or long fur. In their case, hairballs are common consequences of constant grooming. Help your cat out by brushing and combing its coat at least once a day! This will lessen your pet’s intake of fur, yet maintain its coat clean and looking fabulous and can even end up as a pleasant activity for you to share together and strengthen your friendship!

There are also instances in which the reasons might not be as natural: excessive shedding and compulsive grooming are two often encountered situations that lead to hairballs forming. It is best to take your cat to the vet, who can prescribe something for its condition. Excessive shedding can be an underlining sign of sickness and should not be ignored! As for an alternative for pets suffering from compulsive grooming, redirecting their attention towards other activities in order to minimize the bad habit is the best manner in which you can solve the problem. Distract your cat’s attention with a new toy or different playful activities and it will eventually lessen the time your cat spends grooming itself.

A change of diet would also benefit cats that are troubled by constant hairballs. Specialists believe that consuming wet food is better than feeding your cat dry kibble, because cats are carnivores who naturally thrive on a high protein diet instead of a carbohydrates based one. After all, cats are not genetically inclined to eat grain based foods, so it is best to feed them low quantities of carbohydrates!

As an addition to wet food, seek products based on fibers that are commercialized for the purpose of preventing and treating hairballs. Many brands offer treats for cats which contain higher quantities of protein than their regular food. This is believed to stimulate transit and therefore make it easier for cats to naturally eliminate the hair they ingest while grooming. However, one must remember that these products do not show results in all cats and that there is also medication a veterinarian can prescribe for such issues. Generally, these consist of laxatives that will ease the elimination of ingested hair and prevent hairballs from forming. It is important not to attempt feeding your cat human medication and to always solicit a vet’s advice before deciding on any course of action!

If your cat frequently suffers from hairballs, your vet will likely recommend you include hairball ‘treats’ regularly in your cat’s diet – these are widely available in petshops or online. A popular such product in Purina ONE Hairball Formula.

595054-26530-28Whether you decide to take your cat for a specialized check-up or you prefer to try other methods, make sure to always monitor your cat in such situations! Vomiting hairballs every once in a blue moon is a natural phenomenon for a cat and should not worry you over much!

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How To Get A Lazy Cat Active

Does your cat laze around the house all day long without showing interest in any physical activity? Do you feel like old habits and interests no longer present any significance to your pet?

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Is your cat a lazy boy?

There are various aspects that should be taken into consideration before attempting to raise your cat’s activity levels. First of all, you should take into consideration that there are certain breeds that are simply not as interested in playing and running around as others might be.

It is important to document yourself a bit on this matter before deciding what to do next! If your cat’s breed falls into the more “static” category, you should take extra care with what and how much you feed it or it might end up overweight. This could also lead to specific health issues, so it’s one of the most important things you should worry about.

If, however this is not the case for the breed you have, do not despair! There is nothing wrong with your cat other than it might be bored or uninterested in his current options. So, if you want to get your fur ball up and running, start by gifting your cat with some new toys. This might not garner as much interest as you actively participating in the playing process would, so sacrifice a bit of your time to tempt your cat into chewing, chasing and scratching its new acquisitions.

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Cats sure LOVE napping!

Cats love taking naps! It’s not strange to find your cat sleeping for long periods of time during the day. You should remind yourself that cats are nocturnal animals and that they are more active during the night than during day hours. However, adding vertical space and scratching posts might garner more interest from your cat and you might soon notice your furry friend climbing and jumping around again. These are, after all, general activities these animals are familiar with in the outside world.

On this note, most cats are renowned hunters and having only “static” toys around the house might not be as engaging as they’d like. Why not use battery-operated toys to attract their attention? They are especially useful for owners who find it difficult to spare more time playing with their pets. There are even battery-operated toys which have a timer, making the whole process so much easier for you and more entertaining for your pets. Hunting and pouncing around.

Bringing a new cat into your household is a great option for those who can afford caring for more than one pet. If the new addition to the family is a kitten, you can rest assured that having an active and curious playmate around will easily mobilize your cat. Even an adult cat is a great incentive to any pet as it might be more tempting to run and play games when you have a partner in crime.

In the end, it all depends on choosing the method that fits you best and actively participating in the process of making your cat happy!
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