Cats and Summer: A Guide for New Kitty Parents and Cat Lovers Too

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A Summer Guide for Cat Care: Seasonal Heat, Kittens, and More!

You know those sunny spots in your house where your cat loves to stretch out and warm their belly? Well, they’re getting hotter as the summer months continue. The beautiful weather can lead to happy cats, but the heat poses some potentially dangerous threats. With issues like heat stroke, sunburn, and cat-proofing your house on your radar this summer, we’re here to help you prepare yourself, your home, and your cat for the season.

If you’re adopting a cat or kitten for the first time or just trying to be the best cat parent you can be, the summer is an important time to study up. So whether you’re picking out your first water dish or leveling up to a water fountain, you’re in the right place. Read on for a handy guide to taking the best care of your cat or kitten during the hot months of the summer.

Summer Is Kitten Season

The summer tends to be cat-mating season, so from July to October, shelters and kitty families will be swimming in kittens. For this reason, it’s a great time to adopt. But it’s important to consider whether you’re better equipped for a baby kitten or an older cat.

Either one will require food, litter, and health care, but younger kittens also really need to socialize. Socializing is key for all cats’ mental and physical health, but where an older cat may only need a few minutes of petting and playing per day, younger kittens need much more attention. They’ll also benefit from having another kitten around – just remember: where there’s double the fun, there’s often double the mischief!

With all kittens, you’ll be meeting for the first time and it’s impossible to know what their personality will be like ahead of time. If you’re a busy bee yourself, you may want to consider opting for an older cat. This is especially true because shelters can often tell you much more about them, and they may fit into your particular lifestyle more easily.

Cat-Proof Your Home or Apartment Floor to Roof

Now that you know you’re ready for your new kitty, it’s time to put some effort into making sure your home is ready, too. Do your best to eliminate fragile or wobbly furniture to prevent unnecessary accidents. Make sure to hide all your plastic bags, medications, and cleaning products. Consider things like tying up your window blinds and covering your electrical cords for the time being – cats may be less likely to engage these objects, but kittens – not so much.

Your cat’s safety is the priority, and you’ll have to train yourself to rethink your own comfort items. Even houseplants can be poisonous, so do your research and keep things like lilies, tulips, and sago palms out of your home and away from your cat.

Summer Lovin’, Cat Style

Much like humans, cats can get sunburned when the heat is one. White-coated cats can get burned if they have naturally thinner coats, and all cats can get badly sunburned on their nose and ears. To avoid this, try to find a pet-safe sunscreen or an outdoor shelter where your cat can cool down in the shade.

Indoors, it’s important make sure to keep the house cool, as cats can also develop heat stroke in the summer. If your house is buggy, don’t keep their food out for longer than thirty minutes as it can attract pests and ants.

Make Sure Your Cat Stays Hydrated

It’s important to keep your cat hydrated in the summer, so make sure to keep extra fresh water out in a deep bowl. You can put out multiple water bowls in your house, but make sure they’re always in the shade and away from the litter box.

If your cat is struggling to drink enough water, you might consider switching to a cat fountain. Cats love moving water, and if your cat enjoys playing with the faucet, then they’ll likely treasure the luxury of a fountain.

Your Cats Will Be Grateful for Your Care

If you do your best to listen to your cat’s needs, they’ll thank you for it. Just like us, every cat is different and it’s up to you to learn what they love and how to make sure you can give it to them.

Summer is an especially important time to do so, so crank up the AC and put some ice cubes in the kitty water. And just in case you still need a little help, we’ve got you covered with another great blog on taking care of your kitty during the summer!

5 Ways You Can Show Your Cats Love This Month

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Show Your Pet Kitty Cat Just How Much She Means to You

You love your cat and your cat loves you – this much you surely know to be true. It’s as close as you can get to unconditional love, in fact. You don’t need to hear much more than the start of your furry best friend’s purr to know they’re thinking and feeling the same way. Because of all this, you no doubt spoil your cat all year long. If you missed National Pet Month in May, then you might want to do a little extra for your feline friend as the summer months begin.

Why not take the entire summer, and dedicate it to celebrating your kitty BFF, and simultaneously appreciating the love she shows you every time you walk through the door. Here are five ways to show your cat just how much she means to you – even if you’ve been trapped indoors during quarantine, and your kitty to human bond is at its strongest.

#1: Devote Extra Time to Your Cat

All your cat wants is to be with you, so this summer, let her every wish be your command. Spend a little less time on social media or watching television and more time with your pet. Get on the ground and play with her, rub her belly, and play with her toys. Giving her your undivided attention is the most important thing you can do to show her how much you love her.

#2: Buy Your Cat a New Bed 

If your cat’s bed is old and tattered, then it’s time to replace it with a fresh, comfortable, new one. Buy one with memory foam, so she can sleep in absolute comfort. Or, if your cat is older, get her an orthopedic bed that’s designed to help her sleep better and more comfortably. 

#3: Splurge on Her Favorite Treats

Does your cat love certain treats or wet cat food, but you typically avoid giving them to her because you’re worried that she’ll gain too much weight? During June when you venture out of doors to make your rare trip to the supermarket a reality, put all worries aside and let your cat indulge in her favorite treats. Just be mindful not to overdo it. After all, they’re called treats for a reason.

#4: Go for a Walk

Some cats love being outside in the fresh air. If your cat longs to be outside, why not put a harness on her and take her for a walk? She may be tentative and nervous at first, but she’ll quickly grow to love it. By the end of the month, she’ll be looking forward to her outdoor excursions with her favorite person.

#5: Take Her to the Vet 

If it has been a while since your cat has been to the veterinarian, then this month is a great time to do it. After all, there’s no better way to show your cat how much she means to you than by making sure she’s healthy and fit. Schedule your cat’s appointment today, so you can keep her on the path of good health and ensure all her shots and preventative treatments are updated.

Celebrating Our Furry Feline Companions in Style This Summer

If you’re like most pet owners, then your cat is your baby, simply put. You want her to be comfortable, healthy, and happy. This summer, go the extra mile and give your fur baby a little extra pampering and love. She deserves it, and so do you. 

If It Fits, I Sits: Why Cats Love Tiny Spaces

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How Did My Cat Ever Get Into That Tiny Box? And Why?!

If you’ve ever had a cat and a box that seems at least two sizes too small for that cat to fit into it, then you’ve seen the phenomenon we’re going to unpack in this article. For many cats, it seems that no dimensions are too challenging. They will slide, twist, and contort to get into bowls, tiny boxes, small cubbyholes, or anywhere else where it seems they just shouldn’t fit. Once inside, most of the time, rather than struggling to get comfortable, they seem perfectly content, secure in their little bubble. 

It doesn’t matter what kind of cat you have – Siamese, tabby, Persian, kitten, senior cat, boy or girl, they all seem to love seeing how small of a space they can get into and often spending as much time in that space as possible. It’s adorable, but something of a mystery. For the time being, forget about how they do it. The real question is: Why do they do it? What makes cats so attracted to tiny spaces?

Cats and Their Survival Instinct

Housecats have been so domesticated for so many centuries that it’s easy to forget about their wilderness background. Even the most civilized indoor cat carries with it countless genes from their wild ancestors—and that includes a strong survival instinct. 

Even though cats are predators, only the biggest cats are at the apex of the predator chain, and the smaller ones need to be aware of threats. When in a very tiny or a very high place, a cat feels confident that no nasty larger predator can approach them from the back or the sides, allowing them to relax. 

Sure, they know that they are safe with you in their home, but you can never be too sure.

The Comfort of a Tiny Space

In a lot of ways, cats are no different than you or I. You know that great feeling on a cold night when you pull the covers up super tight and wrap yourself in them like a burrito? Doesn’t that feel great? 

That’s exactly what your cats are experiencing when they squeeze themselves into a tiny space. Those little boxes and drawers are warm and comfortable, in addition to feeling safe.

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Cats Do Things Because… Well, Because They Can

Let’s face it. Now that we’ve laid it out, squeezing into tiny spaces sounds pretty good. But it looks so uncomfortable! Well, don’t forget that a cat’s anatomy is very different from our own. Their organs are arranged differently, and their bone structure is different. 

Cats can squeeze comfortably into places humans could never dream of, even if we were small enough. So don’t fret when you see your cat contorting themselves almost beyond recognition to get into a box, bowl, or drawer. They know exactly what they’re doing.

Should You Try to Get Your Cat Out of That Tiny Space?

Once your cat gets into their tiny space, how do you get them out? Well, that’s where PDX Pet Design comes in. We designed our extremely popular cat toy, the SHRU – The Intelligent Cat Companion™ to imitate the behavior of a real animal. Remember those wild instincts we talked about? Here’s where they come into play. 

The SHRU works with your cat’s natural prey-chasing instincts to get them moving and give them plenty of exercise as they interact with this toy. That’s exercise they may need after 12 to 15 hours sleeping in your mailbox!

To order the SHRU, or for more fun cat accessories and tips, visit PDX Pet Design today.

Cat Facial Expressions: Did My Cat Just Make a Face at Me?!

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Reading Some Meaning Into Your Cat’s Facial Expressions

Cats are famously enigmatic and mysterious animals. As part of their inherent mystery,  it may not always be easy to tell how they’re feeling just from looking into their eyes. After all, their faces may often seem expressionless. This may help to explain the wild popularity of our dearly departed “Grumpy Cat” (may he rest in peace) as a rare feline with visible ‘tude on full display, always.

The truth is that cats do show their feelings in their faces, but we humans simply aren’t the best at decoding the signs they’re offering us via their expressions. Two Canadian studies have shown what physical factors we should be looking for, and just how many of us aren’t picking up on them. Read on to learn a bit more about what your cat may be trying to tell you with that funny look on their face.

Knowing the Signs to Watch for in Cats

Most people naturally know that purring cats are often content, and hissing cats are not so pleased, but what if the sound factor was taken out? 

One 1979 study looked at indicators of fear, frustration, and “relaxed engagement” in 29 cats at a Canadian shelter. The visual elements they associated with fear were “blinking and half-blinking,” as well as cats’ tendencies to look downward and to the left. Conversely, one major sign of “relaxed engagement” was a tilting of the head to the right. 

So, if you come home from work and find your cat looking up at you and tilting his head to your left (his right), he’s glad to see you; if she’s looking down at your right shoe (her left), she might be a little afraid. 

If he’s licking or wrinkling his nose, however, or raising his upper lip, he might be frustrated by being cooped up indoors, or because you forgot to feed him that morning. Tail and ear movements, in addition to facial structure, can also factor into a cat’s expression of its feelings. 

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Seeing the Signs From Your Cat Friend

A more recent study at the University of Guelph seems to indicate that, 40 years later, we haven’t gotten any better at picking up on these cues. After giving over 6,000 people in 85 countries a quiz consisting primarily of those YouTube cat videos we all love so much, researchers found that participants averaged only 59% correct when trying to determine whether a cat’s facial expression was positive or negative. 

The superstars who topped 75% (only 13% of quiz-takers) – known in the study as “cat-whisperers” – were mostly professionals like veterinarians whose jobs require an acute ability to tell how an animal is feeling, both physically and emotionally, in order to determine the best treatment if something is wrong.

Why the Signs Matter When It Comes to Cats

The primary researcher behind the study, Dr. Georgia Mason, believes that picking up on these emotional cues in cats can do a great deal to improve our relationships with them as pets. We tend to bond more readily with dogs because their emotions are more apparent – a wagging tail, expectantly raised “eyebrows,” even a beaming smile. This in turn prompts us to become more attached to them. 

We don’t always feel that immediate warmth toward cats precisely because they’re so tough to pin down feelings-wise. So if we make more of an effort to understand their expressions, we might be able to strengthen the human-feline bond between cat and cat-parent.

Caring for Cats During the Holiday Months: Can They Eat That?

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Making Sure Your Cat Stays Healthy Through the Holidays

One of the things that most people connect with every holiday season is a favorite festive meal or two. Thanksgiving and Christmas, and sometimes even New Years’ Day are all great opportunities to feast on delicacies and treats that let you know it’s a special time of the year. Dining room tables fill up with serving dishes, food gets left on the kitchen counters, and there are a ton of new faces in the house – people who your cats may not really know all that well.

With your cats in full holiday mode – hiding a bit more than usual or making new friends – habits that were once set in stone may come undone just a bit. With plenty of treats everywhere around the dining areas, your cats may head out of hiding at some point in the night, on the hunt for a snack. In theory, that works out fine for most cats, who love a good tasty meal. But just how much of your holiday table should you share with your favorite feline? Here are some guidelines so your cats can stay healthy this year.

Turkey and Cats at Thanksgiving

For some cats, Thanksgiving is their favorite holiday, even if they don’t know it. That’s because Thanksgiving means leftover turkey, and most cats find fresh turkey delicious. But is it safe for them to eat it? Absolutely. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they have to eat meat for the protein and nutrients they need to thrive. 

Turkey is chock full of these nutrients and is in fact the main ingredient in a lot of cat food. When you do give your cat (or the neighborhood cats) turkey, though, be sure to give them just the turkey, not toasted skin, onions, sauce, dressing or any herbs or seasoning you may be adding for your human guests. Any of these could be toxic to cats, so it’s best not to take any chances.

Goose or Duck on Christmas

On Christmas, some people have turkey, while others may break out different birds like goose or duck. These are also just fine for cats, with the same caveats as mentioned above with turkey. However, you should also take special care to make sure your cat is not eating any goose or duck fat, or parts of the bird that contain fat, because this can be vey unhealthy for your pet.

Having a Holiday Ham This Year?

For some, it’s not Christmas until you’ve bitten into a juicy Christmas ham, and your cat will probably be willing to sample some. Again, it’s meat, and cats are carnivores, so this should work out just fine. Once again though, limit it to just the meat, not any of the dressing, seasoning, pineapple, raisins, garlic, onions or anything else that might be going with it.

Potatoes and Cats? What!

Mashed potatoes are another Thanksgiving and Christmas staple, but can your cats join in? If they want to, they absolutely can. Potatoes have no real nutritional value for cats, but some enjoy the taste. So again, as long as they are plain and unseasoned, without any potentially dangerous herbs, let kitty have at it!


Cats and fruit don’t usually mix, but cranberries and cranberry sauce can be just fine for cats, as long as it is not high in sugar, artificial sweeteners or any other harmful ingredients. In fact, cats with urinary problems can often get relief from drinking cranberry juice.

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Pumpkin Cats! 

Like cranberries, pumpkin can be good for your cat’s digestive system. It is rich in fiber, which is just as good for your cat as it is for you. In this case, you want to make sure to just give your cat the pumpkin, not pumpkin pie, which has way too much sugar for a cat.

What If My Cat Is Different Than Other Cats? 

The advice above is what has been found to be true for the average cat, but your cat may have different medical needs, so you should always check with your veterinarian before feeding your cat any human food. The safest thing to do is feed your cat approved cat food and treats and leave the human food for your human guests.  

But wanting to let your cat share in the holiday fun with a piece of turkey or a bit of pumpkin is usually just fine. For more ways to keep your cat happy and healthy, visit PDX Pet Design now.

September Is Happy, Healthy Cat Month! Here’s How to Celebrate

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What Is Happy Cat Month?

It’s true! September is indeed Happy Cat Month! If you’ve been counting the days until National Cat Day (October 29th), well the good news starts now. As of September 1, you can officially start celebrating your cat, all month long beginning right now!

Happy Cat Month is a holiday created by the CATalyst Council, a cat-caring society with a mission to promote the health and welfare of companion cats. Cats are American’s #1 companion and all cat companions deserve to be loved, cherished and well-cared for. And while that’s true all year round, September’s Happy Cat Month gives you an opportunity to pay special attention to your feline friends. Here’s how to do just that.

How Does One Celebrate Happy Cat Month?

So what exactly is Happy Cat Month all about? It’s all about paying attention to your cat to make sure he or she is as happy and healthy as can be. Some ways you can do this include the following activities.

Take Your Cat to the Vet

Your cat will be able to be happiest when they are healthy, which is why making sure your cat enjoys good health is the primary focus of Happy Cat Month. Just as you go in for a physical every year, your cat deserves the same treatment. 

This September, head to your vet for a checkup so the doctor can make sure your cat is the proper weight, is free from any pain, and does not have any signs of illness. You might also want to contribute to having your cat’s teeth cleaned, which is also important for good health.

Check Your Cat’s Food

Is your cat enjoying what you are feeding him or her? That’s great, but is your cat getting proper nutrition? You should always be feeding your cat actual cat food, which is designed to provide your cat with the nutrients he or she needs to be healthy. 

You should take this time to check the ingredients in your cat’s food and perhaps even check cat food reviews online to make sure your cat is getting what’s best for him or her with respect to nutrition.

Play With Your Cat

Hopefully you are playing with your cats all the time, but maybe this month you can make an effort to step up your game. Buy your cat a new toy. Pay attention to the way your cats like to play. Sometimes when your cat cries, they are trying to get food, water or a clean litter pan, but other times, they just want your attention. A playing cat is a happy, healthy cat so encourage your cat’s play efforts whenever possible.

Groom Your Cat During This Extra Special Month

Cats are great pets to have for a lot of reasons, but one is that they are pretty self-sufficient and pretty good at keeping themselves clean. But furry cats can’t help it if they shed a lot, and some of their cleaning efforts can mean uncomfortable hairballs as well as excess hair on your clothes and furniture. 

Help them out by brushing them whenever you can. It feels great to your cat, is soothing and relaxing to most humans, and can make sure a lot of that excess fur ends up in the garbage rather than on your things or in your cat’s stomach.

For more tips on how to have fun with your cat and to find cool products that your cat will love, visit PDX Pet Design today.

Summer Cuts! The Truth About Cats and (Fashionable vs. Functional) Haircuts

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Getting Your Cat a Haircut for the Summer: Wise or Unwarranted?

One question pet owners may ask themselves as summer comes is often: should they give their cat a haircut? If you’ve been poking around the Internet lately, then you know there are plenty of cat owners who believe the answer is an emphatic yes. In fact, several of those same cat owners use their cats to make sometimes wild fashion statements. 

For example, if you’ve ever wanted your home to have a prehistoric feel, then you can give your cat a dino cut. On the other hand, if your goal is mostly a functional one, then you’ll probably choose the classic lion cut. There are plenty of other options, too, like the comb cut, panther cut or teddy bear trim. But should you be giving your cat a haircut? Is it healthy? Is it good for them? Here’s what you need to know.

Should I Give My Cat a Haircut? Pros and Cons

There are a number of reasons why you may choose to give your cat a summer-time haircut. If your cat sheds a lot, then a thorough grooming can cut down on the amount of fur you find around the house, on your furniture, on your clothes, etc. 

Cutting your cat’s hair in the summer can also help your cat stay cool if it’s very hot out. It can also make your cat more comfortable if they have matted hair, or hair that has gotten debris stuck in it that they cannot lick off or that it would be unhealthy for them to lick off. Cat haircuts can also cut down on hairballs, and may make grooming easier for senior cats.

The Downsides of Cat Haircuts

There are some downsides, too, associated with giving your cat a haircut. If you have a primarily outdoor cat, for example, then you ideally want to be careful about shaving them because exposing their skin to the sun could cause sunburns and other health problems. 

Also, fur does serve an insulating purpose and can help keep cats cool – even in the summer. Naturally, in the winter, you want to leave your cat’s fur in place to help the animal keep warm.

The general rule is that if you do decide to give your cat a haircut, then it’s best to not cut the fur all the way down to the skin. If your cat appears to be experiencing discomfort after a haircut, then you should consider taking them to the veterinarian right away.

Most cats do not need all their fur all the time and probably won’t notice that some of it is gone, so even if a cat without all its fur looks somewhat sad, it is generally not cruel to shave a cat. If you don’t shave off all the fur, you let it keep its coat in the winter and your cat does not appear to be struggling to regulate its temperature after a haircut, then cutting your cat’s hair should be an okay thing to do.

Professional Cat Grooming vs. DIY

One thing is sure: you should definitely consider taking your cat to a professional groomer if you do decide to get your animal companion a haircut. Your groomer will know how to cut your cat’s hair safely and without exposing its skin to the elements. 

They will also be experienced in a variety of cat haircuts, and will be able to give you exactly the type of haircut you want for your cat. They may even be able to show you pictures and give you suggestions for both fun and functional haircut options for your feline companion.

Depression in Cats: Common Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment Options

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My Cat Is Depressed? Aren’t All Cats a Bit Sad, Really?!

Is your cat depressed? It may be tough to tell. They don’t cry, they naturally sleep a lot once they get to a certain age, and acting out is kind of their thing. On another note, normal human behavior and normal cat behavior can be very different, so it is important not to ascribe a human diagnosis to a cat. 

For example, the average cat can sleep 15 hours a day, which in a human would probably be considered a depression red flag. So, does the behavior you’re observing in your cat mean they are depressed? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it. Here’s why, and what you can do about your cat – possibly being a bit more than sad.

Why Cats Sometimes Seem Depressed

The type of behavior that you may note in your cat that may mimic depression is probably a response to pain. While a cat in pain may cry out, they often express feelings of pain in other ways, such as loss of appetite, by isolating themselves, being less active, or hissing. These are all signs that could easily be interpreted as depression to the layperson, but it is important to understand that your cat may be signaling to you that it is in pain.

Thus, if your cat appears depressed, you should not be Googling “cat psychologist” online. What you should do is take your cat to the veterinarian where he or she can do a battery of tests to determine the cause of the pain that is likely behind the symptoms you are observing.

What If a Healthy Cat Appears Depressed?

If the tests show that your cat is healthy, the explanation for the symptoms you are observing is probably stress. That stress may come as a result of an addition to the household of a new family member or pet, the loss of an old family member or pet, moving to a new home, or some other major change. 

In this way, cats can be quite like humans. Think of the things that are causing you stress (other than financial or romantic issues), and ask yourself if it could be the same thing that is troubling your cat.

If you can identify the sources of stress, do your best to remove them, at least for your cat. Putting the cat in as familiar an environment as possible can help, as can introducing new pets or family members to the cat on a gradual basis, giving them time to get used to the idea.

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Treating Cat Depression With Medication?

As a method of last resort, there are also anxiety medications and pheromone treatments for anxious cats. Consult your veterinarian to determine whether one of these treatments is merited, and which one you should try.

The most important thing to remember in all of this is that even though your cat may feel like a fellow human sometimes, humans and cats are very different animals. They have different nutritional requirements, different sleep requirements, and different environmental states. 

If you remember this and are sure to remember to treat your cat like a cat, then you have a better chance of getting to the root of their problems faster.

Keeping Your Cat Active to Stave Off Depression

Another possibility when your cat appears to be depressed is that your cat is just bored. If you’re looking for a cat accessory to keep your cat from feeling the blues, it may be time to give SHRU a try. 

In reality, SHRU is more than a toy – it’s a cat companion that responds to your cat with behavior resembling that of a real, small animal, keeping your cat engaged, thinking, and active. To order yours, contact usat PDX Pet Design now.

Popular Misconceptions and Myths About Cats and Sleeping

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Is My Cat Sleeping Too Much? Why Is She Up All Night?

If there’s one thing we know about cats, it’s that they love to nap. For some cat humans, sleeping and napping are prized as some of a kitty’s most appealing features. Cats always seem to be ready to cuddle when you’re looking for a companion to catch a few zzzz’s, and if you’re not available to amuse them, they can always grab a sunbeam or a cushion and pop off to cat dreamland for a while.

But how much do cats really sleep? And how much is too much when it comes to napping? Here are some myths and misconceptions about cats and sleep that you may not have know about.

Myth: Cats Sleep 15 Hours a Day

In fact, the average cat sleeps more than 15 hours a day! Cats tend to sleep 16 hours a day or more, with very young and very old cats sleeping around 20 hours a day.

Myth: Cats Dream of Chasing Mice

Obviously, we don’t know what cats dream about, but they do dream, and it can look like they’re dreaming of chasing mice when they move around in their sleep. Like us, cats enjoy both non-REM and REM (dreaming) sleep.

However, they do not experience the deep delta wave sleep that humans do, and can snap to alertness at the slightest sound, hence, the “cat nap.” This gives them the evolutionary advantage they need in order to survive in the wild.

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Myth: Cats Sleep So Much Because They Are Lazy

Cats are not lazy – you can probably tell this if you’ve ever seen your cat get the scent of prey, like a small mouse in the house, for instance. Cats are some of nature’s most efficient hunters, and part of that efficiency plan is to lie dormant most of the time when they are not hunting.

Also, it may interest you to know that cats are crepuscular, meaning that they are neither diurnal nor nocturnal, but are at their most active in the twilight times in between. That means that about half the time your cats are at their most energetic, you are sleeping… that is, if they let you.

For Cats, How Much Sleep Is Actually Too Much?

So how much sleep is too much when it comes to your cat? The trust is, as long as your cat is awake sometimes, and appears to be breathing normally when he or she is asleep, there is almost no amount of sleep that is too much for your cat. Newborn kittens sleep almost all the time, and the older your cats get, the more time they will probably spend sleeping, too.

If your cat is sleeping for longer amounts of time more recently than in the past, check your pet’s gums. If they are pale, your cat may be anemic, which is a serious medical condition that should be addressed immediately. If not, you may still want to take your cat to the vet just to get them checked out and make sure everything is okay, but in most cases, you will probably find that everything is fine. Excessive sleeping by itself is not a sign of illness in cats.

What About When Your Cat Is Awake?

When your cat wakes up, he or she has usually stored up a lot of energy and is going to want to burn it off. Help him or her with toys that let your cat practice his or her natural, instinctive hunting behavior. For great toys and other accessories for cats, visit PDX Pet Design now.

Where Should My Cat Sleep? Sleeping Options and Arrangements for Cats and Kittens

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Deciding Where Exactly Your Cat or Kitten Should Sleep

Cats sleep about 15 hours a day (jealous?), so where they end up sleeping can be extremely important. The nice thing about cats is they can sleep virtually anywhere, but where is actually the best place for them to sleep? Should they have their own cat bed? Can they sleep with humans? What about new kittens vs. older cats? Here’s what you need to know.

Cat Sleep Cycles

If it seems like your cat is sleeping all the time, don’t worry. It doesn’t mean you have a lazy cat. Experienced cat owners know that cats sleep about 15 hours a day, and some can even sleep up to 20 out of 24 hours at times. Why?

It’s important to understand that cats are crepuscular, which means they are neither diurnal nor nocturnal, but are most active in the hours in between, just after dusk and just before dawn. This means when most humans are winding down, cats are gearing up! The reverse is also true.

When you are at your most active, cats are conserving energy. This served their ancestors well in the wild, as with their excellent night vision, the twilight hours provided terrific hunting opportunities.

It’s also important to realize that cats are usually light sleepers (we’ve all heard of the “catnap”), so while they sleep a lot, they are also ready to jump into action and be extremely active at a moment’s notice.

Is It Okay for Cats to Sleep in Bed With Me?

Not only is it okay, it can be a great idea! It’s certainly not detrimental to the cat and can have great health benefits for you. Cats provide a natural source of warmth, reduce stress, and provide a sense of security. Studies have shown that people often have deeper and more restful sleep when they sleep with their cats.

The only downsides to sleeping with your cat are if you have cat allergies, or if you are finding their crepuscular activities to be disruptive to your sleep. Also, if your cat has anything communicable, like fleas or ringworm, you could be affected if you let them in the bed before the problem is resolved.

Where Should New Kittens Sleep?

If you are bringing home a new kitten, it’s a good idea to provide a comfy bed, basket, or box with plenty of blankets and possibly even a hot water bottle. Once they get comfortable with the home, they will probably decide for you where they are going to sleep.

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Where Should New Cats Sleep When There Is a Cat in the House Already?

When you are introducing a new cat to a cat home, you want to do everything you can to avoid territorial battles. You should bring a brand-new bed or basket into the home and locate it somewhere where your new cat can go and isolate him or herself from the existing cat.

Do NOT try to force them to sleep together. Once they get used to each other, they will work out the sleeping arrangements among themselves.

What Do Cat Sleep Problems Mean?

Cats can encounter many of the same sleep problems as humans, such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or insomnia, and often for similar reasons. If you suspect your cat is having a sleep issue, take them to the vet as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of any illness.

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