What Do Cats Hate?

Does your cat show obvious dislikes? This is one of the key questions that cats’ parents should ask themselves every time they see their pets behaving weirdly. You see, whenever cats are upset about something, they reveal it through their behavior because as you know, they can’t speak out their grievances like we do. Cats, unlike all other pets you can think of, are the most common and the easiest to manage. These pets come with relatively low maintenance and in addition to that, they’re adorable, hilarious and very playful.

cats-hateSimilar to humans, cats have their own lists of likes and dislikes. Before judging the “cruel” behavior of your pets, its wise if you can ask yourself some of these simple questions; Did you remember to clean her litter box? Are there some odors/scents your cat hates? Have you made sudden changes in the house? Or are you ignoring her? To learn more about our best feline friends (BFFs), this post will reveal some common dislikes about cats.

Cats hate being ignored by their parents/owners

Quite different to what most cat haters believe, cats are not solitary pets, but they need to be treated with love and affection for them to grow. According to most cats’ parents, these feline friends really enjoy our companionship and through giving them our attention, a strong bond is created. Speaking out of experience, my cat usually enjoy disrupting me while working online forcing me to take multiple short breaks to brush her hair and make her feel loved.

A dirty litter box

One major problem faced by most cat owners is litter box avoidance by their pets. How often do you flush your toilets? After every use right…As normal humans, we can’t use a stinking toilet whatsoever. Now, a cat’s sense of smell is 14 times higher than humans. Due to this fact, if your cat discovers that its litter box is dirty and stinking, it will look for alternative locations to “poo” such as a basket or at the corner of the carpet.

Stinking food

There is a big difference between cats and dogs. While dogs relish eating rotten food, cats usually turn their mouths back whenever they detect odd smells in their meals. Stinking cat food doesn’t only smell awful but it has a number of harmful toxins which affect the health of your cats. To keep your cats healthy, you need to check the type of food you’re feeding your cats with and always remember to store them in the recommended room temperatures.

Taking medication

One of the most irritating things cats hate is being pilled. According to statistics, giving your cats tablet medication is quite dangerous as compared to liquid antibiotics because most capsules rest on your cat’s esophagus (which eventually causes esophagitis). Therefore, to avoid such irritation, it’s advisable that you give your cats medication coated with cheese, cream or anything else you believe your cat will enjoy feeding on.

Conclusion

Apart from the ones mentioned, there’s a list of other things cats dislike about humans and nature as well. One of the most common we didn’t mention is getting wet. If a cat accidentally gets into contact with water, it really gets infuriated or even hate you in case it finds out you did it on purpose. Other things include being held too tightly, seeing strangers or being punished for petty mistakes.

Polydactyl Cats – Special Cats

polydactyl-catsNormally, a cat has got just 18 toes: 5 of them are on each of the front paw while 4 of them on each of their rear paw. Polydactyl cats are a special type of cats that have extra number of toes on one or more of the paws. This trait is a genetically influenced anomaly called polydactyly or hyperdactyly.

There are several other things that escape the eyes besides the added figure which make these cats special and certainly interesting. In this edition I ventured to research and compile a few things you didn’t know about Polydactyl cats. So, are you ready to learn? In 5, 4, 3, 2 …1

#1: Polydactyly/hyperdactyly is a dominant and harmless mutation

Besides giving you an extra job when trimming your cat’s nails, this condition is certainly harmless and it does not make your pet weak or disadvantaged in any way. As a matter of fact, most people often find polydactyl cats attractive as the extra paw often takes after a thumb and this makes them even more playful and interesting to play with.

This trait is also a dominant trait. Thus, if just one of the parents has this condition, then close to half of the offspring will have the trait. So, if you really want to have one in your home, you will only need to get one of the parents with hyperdactyly and give it a try.

#2: Maine Coon has the highest number of polydactyl cats

Polydactyly is a common trait in Coon with just about 2 in every 5 cats in Maine Coon having the trait. Some researchers have also linked Maine to have been the cradle origin of the trait in America. On a keen examination, this state often experiences adverse cold temperatures and snow in its northern interior annually. This extended paw makes it easy for the cats to glide through ice (much like a kitty-snowshoe). Once more, this condition becomes so advantageous again.

#3: What is the highest number of toes ever recorded for a cat?

A Canadian kitten by the name Jake is the Guinness World Record holder for having had 28 toes. It had 7 toes of every paw which were perfectly functional; each of them complete with a claw, pad and a bone structure. Do you have one with more than that? Why not share it with us?

#4: Did you know that Polydactyly was a sign of good luck too?

In the ancient times, cats with many paws were thought of by the sailors to be a sign of good luck. These pancake-footed cats were thought to possess an upper hand when hunting mice and the sailors claimed their feet were also adapted to swimming as they could easily balance through water. Thus they were more preferred and reared in most Western Europe regions where most of them survive even to date. Do you think they still are?

 

How Do Cats Show Affection?

Cats, just like other pet species have multiple unique ways of communicating with their owners. Since most people expect these adorable creatures to respond the same way as dogs, we often miss those precious moments which we could otherwise have spent playing and building a strong bond with our loving cats. Having recognized this fact, this post will highlight some of the most familiar ways your cats try to show affection.

Slow eye blinks

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Slow eye blinks are the equivalent of I love Yous

One special way your cat will reveal that he’s comfortable and relaxed with you is through blinking the eyes. Although most pet parents don’t understand this love sign, it’s one of the most common ways your cats show affection. You’ll notice that when your cat is close to you, it seems to close its eyes halfway while blinking slowly. Also known as cat kisses, this sign requires you to reciprocate so that you can build and strengthen your relationship with your cats.

Wagging the tail

Just like dogs, cats also show their affection through their tails. There are several signs cats try to convey their emotions using their tails. For instance, when your cat is tense or scared, it will puff out the fur on the tail. On the other hand, if he’s happy, relaxed and comfortable with your company, he will either flick the tip of his tail or wrap the entire tail around your arms or legs while standing or resting beside you. Most pet parents have revealed that this is one of the most inspiring ways that cats show how much they love and care for the people around them.

Exposing the tummy

Similar to the rest of the cat family, cats have a special way of revealing what’s in their minds. When a cat is cautious and uncertain, it tends to tuck his/her limbs under his body then wrap the tail all around the body. On the other hand, if you wish to know how much love your pet cat has for you, you’ll notice that he’ll willingly lie comfortably beside you while exposing his tummy. This sign is very rare because cats always stay ready for any uncertainties. Therefore, if your cat is willingly ready to expose his limbs and belly while relaxing right next to you, you should count yourself lucky, trusted and loved.

There are so many other ways that cats show affection to those pet parents they love. Some of the other ways we didn’t mention include: giving you love bites, grooming you, following you and cheek rubbing. Make sure you pay attention to your cats, so you can recognize and understand how much these pets love and care for you.

 

 

Does Your Cat Have a Sensitive Stomach?

There’s a fine line between being a picky little brat that has gotten used to being hand-fed by its owners and being a cat that can’t tolerate certain foods because of a sensitive stomach. For most people, the difference between the two is not easily noticeable, but there are certain behaviors that should make you ponder.

meow-i-was-sick-a-few-days-beforeLike people, cats can suffer from gastrointestinal and digestive disorders. If digestion or absorption of food is reduced or its passage through the digestive tract is altered, your feline friend is most probably suffering from a digestive disorder. They are quite common and most clear up within a few days. However some cats need long-term management due to regular or permanent digestive issues. Dehydration, malnutrition and acid-base and electrolyte imbalances are consequences that need to be dealt with efficiently, so it is essential that you recognize the signs and consult with your veterinarian.

Most often, the signs of these afflictions are soft stools and diarrhea, but you should also check for other possible symptoms such as vomiting, change in appetite, weight loss, abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea/constipation, regurgitation, blood or mucus in the feces or weakness.

It’s best not to delay diagnosis, because when a gastrointestinal disease becomes chronic it can be a debilitating problem for your cats and testing and a thorough diagnosis from the vet will be required. In simple cases of a sensitive stomach, the situation can easily improve by checking the source of the problem.meow-connection-hairballs.jpg


Spoiled or questionable food
could have provoked any of the aforementioned symptoms. Even hairballs are often at fault, in which case giving your cat a specialized “hairball formula” cat food is recommended.

Milk or dairy products can also be the cause of a sensitive stomach in your cat. While cats might be fond of the taste, you should remember that they often lack the ability to digest dairy products properly and they are often considered human foods that could be dangerous to animals.

Feeding your cat according to package directions might seem extreme to some, but it is ultimately a wise decision as eating too much can upset a cat’s digestion. You should also keep in mind that any change in nutrition can irritate your cat’s system.

Switching your cat’s food should be done slowly by gradually mixing greater and greater proportions of the new food with the old one.

Cats that eat fast also swallow a lot of air. By dividing big meals into smaller portions, fed throughout the day, you could easily solve this problem!

Lastly, always feed your cat a nutritious, high-quality food! It’s not just about the taste, it’s also the fact that food made with low-quality ingredients cannot be easily digested by cats.

Be mindful when dealing with these issues and remember to confirm with your vet whether it is a simple and easily treatable problem or a serious health issue!

 

When Do Cats Stop Growing?

Cats are adorable feline friends who keep us motivated and always happy at the comfort of our homes. One curious thing though about these pets is how they grow and the time they take to reach full maturity. According to research, most cats usually take an estimated 1 ½ to 2 years to fully reach maturity. Although this principle doesn’t occur to all cats, research reveals that a young kitten is considered to be fully mature at the age of one year. After your cat is one year old, their bones and sexual maturity continue growing for another eight months till the age of 18 months.

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The growth of a cat.

Similar to dogs, cats are categorized into different breeds such as Persian Cat, British Shorthair, Ragdoll and Maine Coon among others. Some breeds such as the Maine Coon have a very slow growth rate where it takes up to 4 years to fully mature. What’s even more interesting about this breed is that a fully grown adult resembles a kitten in appearance.

Cat Math

Cats mature pretty much slower than humans. A one year old cat is usually considered to be fully grown. When we relate this to humans, you’ll find out that a one year old cat is equivalent to a 21 year old human. How can you tell a cat’s age? According to experts, it’s relatively easy to guess the age of a cat. A young cat has floppy ears, quick minded, very playful, has a very sharp mew voice and it’s usually a messy eater.

The skin and bones

Paying our attention to body growth, cats usually take around 6 to 10 months to fully develop strong bones. After the 10 months, your cat starts adding on body mass as well as increase the fur. During the next four months, your cat will trail through sexual maturity period where they will fatten up. From 15 months to 3 years, a cat is considered to be a teenager and during this time, a male cat is ready to mate and produce kittens of its own. However, the time taken by your cats to fully reach maturity is relatively variable and depends on the breed.

Social maturity

One can easily predict when a cat is fully mature through social behaviors. When a kitten is about 8 months old, you’ll notice that she’s more playful, temperamental and very clingy due to hormonal changes. As she grows from 8 months to 2 years, her behavior changes where she becomes more relaxed, calmer and settled. During this time, your cat will develop social affection signs where she wants to spend more time with the owner.

Finally, when your cat approaches 10 years, she’s considered to be fully mature and elderly. During this time, a cat requires special care through feeding on a balanced diet, spending more time with them, helping them sharpen their memory and giving them more time to sleep and relax on their own. At this age, it is also recommended that you provide them with a joint health supplement, as cats are liable to joint issues just like us.

In fact, they actually tend to suffer more from joint pain and aches due to their frequent jumps and hard landings. My supplement of choice is Cosequin for Cats: a veterinary-approved supplement and is the only joint health supplement brand shown to be effective, safe, and bioavailable in published, controlled U.S. studies.

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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!