Why Won’t My Cat Snuggle? How to Turn a Shy Cat Into a Cuddly Cat

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How to Get Your Kitty to Sleep in Your Lap More Often

Cats are more like humans than most care to admit. Just like us, cats have formative years where they develop their personalities. As a result, it is how kittens are raised that make for why domesticated cats are loving and why feral cats will either flee from you or go on the attack.

Still, it’s not uncommon for some domestic cats to shy away from being snuggled. In most cases, there’s a reason for a cat’s shyness, but luckily, there are some things you can do to help break out of her shell and become the cuddly cat you always wanted.

5 Ways to Help Turn Your Cat Into a Lovebug

If you want a cuddly cat, then you should obtain her while she is still a kitten and preferably one from affectionate parents. If the cat you adopted is older than a kitten, then there are still some things you can do to help make her more affectionate but expect to put in a little more work. Here’s what you will need to do to help your cat become a loving lap cat.

Don’t Stare At Your Cat

Staring at a cat automatically raises her tension and make her think you are being confrontational. Instead, when looking into your cat’s face, blink your eyes slowly and frequently. You will find her becoming more relaxed and she will even start responding with her own slow blink. A slow blink from a cat is essentially the same thing as her giving you a kiss.

Keep Calm and Move On… Slowly

Stress and quick movements are two things that will turn a shy cat into a scaredy cat. If you want your cat to be a lap cat, then you need to exude a level of calm and avoid making sudden movements or you will send her running for the hills, or at least under your bed.

Groom Your Cat

One your cat’s favorite pastimes is grooming herself, but she will usually be open to being groomed by you too. It just might take some time before she is comfortable with you doing it. When your cat comes near you, have a soft-bristled brush in your hand and simply hold it near your cat.

She will eventually reach a point where she will start rubbing against it. The more comfortable she gets, the more you will be able to brush her. Just practice brushing in a slow, gentle, and rhythmic motion, so you don’t scare her away.

Rub Your Cat the Right Way

Cats love being touched on certain parts of their bodies and hate being touched on others. So, rubbing your cat in the right spots will make her more willing to sleep on your lap. Pet her between the ears, beneath the chin, between the eyes, or along her spine and she will love it.

A cat may lay on her back and expose her belly to you, but this isn’t because she wants to be touched there. Instead, a cat will sometimes do this as a sign that she trusts you. The tummy and the area around the tail are two places where cats traditionally don’t like being touched.

Attract Your Cat With Treats

If your cat has a certain treat that she can’t get enough of, then use her favorite treat to bribe her into coming closer to you on the couch. Continue to place the treats closer and closer to you to help bring her in. Eventually, she will grow more comfortable with being on your lap and treats will no longer be needed to get her there.

The most important thing to remember when you are trying to turn a shy cat into a cuddly cat is to avoid forcing your presence on to her. Your number one goal is to build trust with your cat, so she can be more comfortable being in your presence. And remember, not all cats are cuddly. If your cat isn’t a lap cat, it doesn’t mean that she doesn’t love you or that all your work has failed. Your cat just might be showing affection for you in other ways.  

The 5 Best Ways to Make Sure You Have Your Cat’s Respect

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You Disrespectin’ Me, Little Kitty?!

Cats are complex pets that can sometimes be considered individualistic. Unlike dogs, cats usually won’t rush to greet you when you come home from work or follow you all over the house every time you make a move. For many new cat owners, their pet’s relative disinterest in their comings and goings can make it feel as if their cat doesn’t respect them, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

A cat’s behavior toward you doesn’t mean she doesn’t respect you. Cats act differently than dogs because they aren’t pack animals. They don’t need a leader to feel complete.

For many, the feelings of lack of respect from their cats is actually being mistaken for lack of trust. Luckily, building trust with your cat isn’t that difficult. Here are the five best ways to make sure you have your cat’s respect (and trust).

#1: Don’t Try to Dominate Your Cat

You can get a dog to respect you by showing dominance over it because dogs are led by their pack leaders. This approach won’t work with a cat. Instead, you should take a significantly calmer approach when dealing with a cat. For instance, avoid making direct eye contact with her when you approach her and don’t make any sudden moves or loud noises. When talking to your cat, use only your voice, speak softly, and avoid moving your hands around. And whatever you do, do not trap your cat in a corner or try to force her to do anything.

#2: Build a Routine With Your Cat

Even though your cat can act unpredictably, they love predictability in their day. Building a routine with your cat will help make her more comfortable in your presence and your home. Try feeding her at the same time every day and you will find she will eventually come running to you even before you fill her bowl. 

#3: Be Affectionate With Your Cat

Cats might seem like loners, but they crave love just like everybody else. Therefore, the sooner you start showing affection with your new cat, the quicker she will grow to love it and look forward to it. While your cat is still a kitten, get her used to being petted and cuddled with and give her toys that will help keep her busy. When starting out, use very slow hand motions and speak calmly to help soothe your cat, so she can start relaxing. Never try to force affection on your cat or you could risk losing all the trust you have gained to that point.

#4: Practice Positive Reinforcement

Scolding your cat after she does something wrong is not an effective way to teach her. Odds are your loud voice and movements will only force her to run and hide. Instead, practice positive reinforcement when she behaves well. Praise her using your voice and/or give her a treat or some catnip. Over time, your cat will learn that she gets attention and treats from you for being good but gets nothing from you when she does something bad.

#5: Use the Clicker Training Method

The clicker-treat training method has been proven to be an effective way to positively reinforce a cat. Every time your cat does something right or responds in a positive manner, you click a clicker and then give your cat a treat. This can be an effective tool for training your cat to perform certain tricks. Just keep in mind that cats become bored very quickly. If you are trying to train your cat, keep the sessions short.

How to Tell When a Cat Disrespects You

You might not believe it based on your cat’s behavior, but your cat will never purposely disrespect you. She’s a cat; she doesn’t know what it means to be disrespectful. In most cases, disrespect is simply mistaken for bad cat behavior. For instance, if your cat jumps on your counter while you are pouring yourself a bowl cereal, she is not doing it purposely to disrespect you, she is doing it because she hasn’t been taught not to.

Almost all bad cat behavior can be remedied through the above measures. But in some cases, a cat’s negative behavior could be being caused by something more serious, like an underlying health problem. If you tried all the above techniques and they haven’t worked, or your cat experiences a sudden change in behavior, then you should schedule a visit to the veterinarian, so she can get a thorough check-up.

Cat Sleeping Options: Finding the Right Arrangement for Living (and Sleeping) With Cats

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Having Trouble Sleeping at Night?

When your cat isn’t being curious about her surroundings, odds are you will find her curled up somewhere sleeping. You might even start thinking that all your cat does is sleep, and you wouldn’t be wrong – it’s not uncommon for cats to sleep between 13 and 16 hours a day!

Cats sleep so much that legends have been borne to explain it. For example, ancient Egyptians worshiped cats because they believed their spirits to be guardians of the underworld and the dream realm. 

But while it might seem like your cat is happy napping just about anywhere, the truth is some spaces and arrangements are just better suited for your feline friend. In this guide, you’ll learn about some of the best sleeping options for your cat, so you can provide her with a comfortable place to sleep while she is busy watching over you in your dreams.

Where Cats Prefer to Sleep

It may seem like a cat can sleep just about anywhere, but the truth is they prefer places that are warm and cozy. Just like you, they want to sleep somewhere comfortable, quiet, and at the right temperature.

In the warm summer months, you may notice your cat seeking out high, shaded areas in your home for her daily nap. In the winter, you’ll most likely find her curled up over your furnace’s register or on a sun-drenched windowsill.

When you are home, your cat might be prone to sleep close to you. For instance, if you are on the couch watching television, then your cat might curl up on your lap or on the top of the couch. When you go to sleep, she might follow into your room and sleep on your bed.

In many cases, your cat will tell you where she wants to sleep. If you find her napping in the same place every day, then creating a comfortable bed for her in that spot will be something that she will appreciate and use often. In some cases, you might even find your cat choosing to sleep in different parts of the home at different times of the day or night, so be prepared for her to have several sleeping nooks.

The More Sleeping Options You Give Your Cat, the Better

From setting up a nook in the corner of your kitchen to placing cat condos in your bedroom and living room, the more sleeping options you make available to your cat, the happier and better off she will be. Cats can easily get unnerved by noise and other intrusions, so having multiple sleeping options for her will ensure that she can always find a spot that’s comfortable and quiet.

What Should I Do If My Cat Isn’t Sleeping Enough?

If you have plenty of sleeping options available for your cat but you notice she isn’t sleeping as much as she used to, then this can be something to be concerned about, but it doesn’t automatically mean that there’s something wrong with your cat.

For starters, cats are crepuscular. This means that they are most active after dusk and just before dawn. In other words, they are up and about during the times when you are most likely trying to sleep, so this could just be giving you the impression that your cat isn’t sleeping.

However, if you notice your cat isn’t sleeping much during the day, or is exhibiting other behavioral changes, then it could be a sign of depression or another health issue. In such a case, you should take her to the veterinarian to determine if there is an underlying reason why she her habits have changed.  

The Benefits of Cat Grooming, Shaving, and Fur Care Through the Seasons

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Cats Pretty Much Care for Themselves, So…

One of the things cat lovers appreciate most about their choice of pet is that unlike dogs, cats can pretty much care for themselves. Other than supplying a cat with food and water, keeping the litter box clean, and taking her to the vet for regular check-ups, little else is needed to keep your cat healthy and happy.

Well, this might not be entirely true. Depending on your breed of cat, you may need to provide her with a little more in the way of fur care through the seasons. While cats are totally adept at grooming themselves, there are occasions throughout the year when they could use some additional help.

Here are some of the reasons why grooming and shaving your cat through the seasons might benefit your pet.

Why Grooming is Important for a Cat

While short-haired cats can get along relatively well without much extra grooming attention, medium- and long-haired cat breeds are notoriously at risk for developing matted fur, which can be a cause of pain for a cat, and hairballs, which can be kind of painful for humans. As a result, keeping your medium- or long-haired cat well-groomed is not only essential for her overall appearance, but also for her general health and wellbeing.

Besides reducing the risk of the above issues, grooming and/or shaving your cat is the most effective way to rid the coat of shed hair and dead skin while spreading your cat’s natural oils over her body. This is important for the overall health and vitality of her coat, but it can also help reduce a variety of potential problems such as:

  • Heat stress
  • Ticks and parasites (easier to find when their coat is short)
  • Irritation to the skin and paws

In addition, by grooming your cat on a regular basis, you will be more likely to notice any physical changes, like lumps, bumps, or parasites, that might have otherwise gone undetected.

Additional Benefits of Grooming Your Cat Regularly

Your cat’s coat changes over the course the year, so you may need to adjust your grooming strategy with the seasons. For instance, in the summer months, shaving your cat, or at least clipping her hair, will help increase air flow to her body. This will allow her skin to breathe and keep her cooler.

If you live in an area with a cooler climate, then your cat will likely undergo two heavy seasonal shedding cycles per year, one in late spring and another in late fall. During these cycles, much of your cat’s undercoat will fall out in clumps. Grooming your cat during these months will help keep her coat smooth and neat, but also minimize the amount of shed hair that will otherwise be spread around the home.

How Often Should a Cat Be Groomed?

Every cat can benefit from regular brushing, but if your cat has a long, silky, or curly coat, then you should brush her at least once daily to keep her hair from becoming tangled or matted. With long-haired breeds, it is especially important to groom the hair around her eyes and ears, in her armpits, and along the back of her legs combed, trimmed, and clean. Most long-haired cat owners take their pets to the groomers once every 4 to 6 weeks for a more thorough grooming, while shorter-haired breeds may only need to visit once every 8 to 12 weeks.

If you are taking a DIY approach to your cat’s fur care, remember after grooming her coat to check her nails and teeth and provide the appropriate care for each when needed. In doing so, your cat will be clean, healthy, and happy from nose to tail.

Cats and Aging: Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Older Cats

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Is Your Cat Getting Older?

Just a few short decades ago, a cat that lived to be eight years old was considered a senior. Today, however, domesticated cat life expectancy has lengthened to the point that most aren’t considered seniors until they reach twelve years old. In fact, it’s not uncommon for vets to have a substantial list of feline patients aged twenty years old or older.

Getting your beloved cat to a ripe old age is easier now than ever thanks to incredible advances in veterinary care and a better understanding about feline dietary needs. Still, an older cat needs special care and attention if you want her to live her best life for as long as possible.

If you have a cat that is in her senior years, then here are seven healthy habits that you should start implementing into her daily routine today.

#1: Keep Your Older Cat Inside

Enjoying the great outdoors is a younger cat’s game. There are far too many dangers lurking beyond your front door that can hurt a senior cat. Not only is your older cat not as spry as she once was, but her age also makes her more susceptible to contracting diseases and other potential health problems. Plus, according to The Humane Society, cats that live solely indoors live considerably longer lives than those that live outside or spend time inside and out.

#2: Take Your Older Cat to the Vet Regularly

Going to the doctor for regular check-ups is just as important for an older cat as it is for an aging human. Being proactive with your pet’s care is essential for detecting and treating health concerns early. With cats, sticking to consistent vet visits is essential because cats are masters at hiding disease. According to The Animal Medical Center of Chicago, an older cat that is otherwise healthy should be examined by the vet every six months.

#3: Feed Your Older Cat a Balanced, Age-Appropriate Diet

Humans are always concerned about their waistlines, but when it comes to their pets’ weight, they aren’t always so aware. The problem is obesity is a common problem among domesticated cats and one that can lead to serious health risks the older the cat gets, such as joint pain, liver problems, and diabetes. One of the best ways to help keep your cat’s weight within her ideal range is to feed her a well-balanced, age-appropriate diet.

#4: Get Your Cat Vaccinated

Depending on your cat’s lifestyle and your geographic location, she may be at risk of being exposed to a variety of different infectious diseases. Getting her the appropriate vaccinations will help protect her against invisible threats.

#5: Keep Your Senior Cat Active

Along with feeding her a healthy diet, getting your cat enough exercise every day will help maintain her health and weight. If your cat suffers from joint pain, and this is causing her to be lethargic, then getting a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDS) or other pain-relieving supplement through your veterinarian may help reduce her discomfort, so she can live a more active lifestyle.

#6: Create a Stress-Free Environment for Your Older Cat

Stress is just as bad for an aging cat as it is for you. So, make whatever changes you need to create a more comfortable and stress-free environment for you both. As a side benefit, keeping your pet less stressed will also make it easier to keep her mentally stimulated and alert, both of which are essential for improving her cognitive health.

#7: Keep Your Older Cat Clean and Well-Groomed

Cats tend to groom themselves, but as your cat ages, she may need help from you in this area. For example, an older cat should receive regular dental cleaning and gum health maintenance as part of her veterinary care. If your older cat is a long-haired breed, then brushing her hair frequently will not only help her suffer fewer hairballs, but it will also help her live a happier, healthier, and more comfortable life.

Living with an older cat is undoubtedly a rewarding experience, but it is one that does require a little more of your patience and attention. You will have start monitoring your cat a little more closely and be more sensitive to changes in her behavior or eating and sleeping habits. Remember, even subtle changes can be an indication of a potential health issue in an aging cat. When in doubt, always consult with your vet and make sure your senior cat sees her veterinarian at least every 6 months, regardless of whether she is showing any signs of illness or not.

What Are the Signs of Boredom and Depression in Cats?

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Is Your Cat Looking a Bit Sad These Days?

Cats are best known for their insatiable sense of curiosity, so when a cat suddenly seems bored or depressed, it can cause her owner to worry about her health. But being able to determine whether your pet is depressed or just bored is important. This is because while the two states of being are similar, there are also distinct differences between them.

In this post, we will outline the key signs and symptoms of boredom and depression in cats and what you can do to help your cat return to her fun-loving self.

5 Signs Your Cat Might Be Bored

You may think it is quite normal for your cat to feel bored from time to time, but the truth is, there is a fine line between boredom and clinical depression in cats. In fact, if a cat suffers from boredom long enough, it can result in her engaging in certain behaviors that can cause depression to develop. For this reason, it is important to always monitor your cat’s behavior. If she suddenly experiences a change in her behavior, you can step in and do something about it before it leads to further problems.

Here are the top five warning signs that your cat might be suffering from boredom:

  1. Changes in eating habits: One of the first signs of boredom in cats is a change in eating habits. A bored cat will either overeat or show a disinterest in eating. Both come with their own potential for future health problems, so addressing this issue is critical. If your cat is overeating to pass the time, you should try to get her to exercise more to help prevent weight gain. If your cat is not eating, you can try changing her food to see if you can spark her interest.
  2. Sleeping more than usual: Understandably, this can be a hard one to identify because cats already spend a lot of time sleeping. But if you notice that your cat is sleeping more than what is usual for her, it could be a sign of boredom. If this is the case with your pet, you should try interacting with her more than usual to keep her engaged and awake.
  3. Excessive grooming: Cats groom themselves often throughout the day, but when it becomes excessive, it can cause problems like hair loss, sores, and increased stress and anxiety. Plus, the pain that comes with excessive grooming can cause a cat to get depressed. If you notice your cat is excessively grooming herself, try changing up her routine and look for things that might be triggering her anxiety.
  4. Destructive behaviors: Dogs aren’t the only pets that get destructive when they’re bored. Cats do as well. If your cat is scratching your furniture, ripping up your slippers, or shredding your curtains, then she could be acting out of boredom or trying to get your attention.
  5. Not using the litter box: A bored cat is more likely to try to get your attention by not using her litter box when she goes to the bathroom. But of course, this can also be a sign of a variety of other health conditions. Try changing the type of litter you use, clean the litter box out more frequently, and interact with your cat more. If she continues to go outside of the litter box, then you should take her to the vet for a checkup.

Signs Your Cat Might Be Depressed

Depression is a much more serious issue than boredom, so if you notice your cat is suddenly acting withdrawn or showing an absence of joy, then you should take her to the veterinarian to find out what is causing her depression.

While depression does share some signs with boredom, such as changes in eating and sleeping habits and weight gain or loss, there are other signs that usually accompany depression. Here are the top signs of depression in cats to watch out for:

  1. General loss of interest: Like depression in humans, a depressed cat will show a complete disinterest in things she once loved, like her favorite treats and toys.
  2. Withdrawal from usual habits: A depressed cat won’t practice her usual loving habits, such as welcoming you when you come home after work or jumping on your lap for cuddles.
  3. Lack of grooming: If your cat’s coat is becoming dry, dull looking, or knotted, then she isn’t grooming herself like she usually does. This lack of grooming is a key indicator that there is something wrong with depression being one of the possibilities.

How to Treat a Cat With Boredom or Depression

Whether your cat is bored or showing signs of depression, your first move should be to take her to the veterinarian because both issues could be a sign of an underlying health problem. If a health problem is ruled out by the vet, then something else is causing the change in your cat’s behavior. Common causes can include:

  • Moving into a new home
  • Arrival of a baby
  • Change in work schedule
  • Stray cats in the yard
  • Loss of an owner
  • Disruption in the family (i.e., a divorce or child going away to college or leaving home)
  • Owner going away on vacation

If you have recently experienced one of these life changes, then you may want to make a few changes to how you engage with your cat. Try spending more time with her; create a safe place for her to climb and hide and encourage her to play more. If your cat continues to be withdrawn and disinterested, then vet-prescribed medication may be the next step.

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.