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.

For more tips on improving your cat’s life, visit PDX Pet Design now.

An All Points Guide on Getting Your Cat the Best Treatment During the Holiday

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Making Sure You and Your Cat Companion Enjoy the Holiday in Style

Everyone should have a great time during the holiday season, including your special furry friend. So how can you make sure that your cat has as great a holiday season as you do? Here’s a handy guide to giving your cat the best possible treatment during the holiday season this year, staying out of trouble and enjoying your time together.

Cat Care Tips When You Plan on Going Away for the Holidays:

If you have to go away for the holidays, for example to visit family, then you’ll have to deal with the issue of what to do with your cat companion. You probably won’t be able to bring them along with you – especially if there’s a flight involved – but can you leave them on their own? If not, what do you do?

For starters, recommends never leaving your cat on their own when you go away on a trip, and the holidays are certainly no exception. Although cats are more independent than dogs, they will become stressed and agitated if they do not get regular fresh water, food, and litter pan cleaning. Also, one never knows when a medical emergency may strike and your cat won’t be able to dial the number for emergency services without you.

If you can arrange for someone to come into your home to care for your cat, this is the best option. A full-time cat sitter would be best, but at least having someone come in once or twice a day to interact with the cat while they do some basic maintenance should be fine.

If you need to board your cat, do your research first! Check out the facility and make sure the cats have plenty of space to run around, play, hide, and be alone when they want to be. Get to know the staff and get a feel for how they interact with the cats. Bring along a couple of articles of clothing with your smell on them and toys from home (if allowed) to make your cat more comfortable.

Cat Holiday Dangers to Avoid urges cat owners to make sure they have the number of a 24-hour vet or animal hospital handy during the holidays in case of an emergency, since your regular vet may not be available. They also urge you to make sure your cat has a collar and ID tag to identify her and to provide information about contacting. This measure is especially important since the holidays are prime times for cats to escape, with doors opening and closing frequently upon the arrival or departure of holiday guests.

Also, be sure to keep your cats away from gift ribbons, which they love to play with but can become entangled in their digestive tract and create a serious health danger. The same danger goes for mistletoe, poinsettias, and other Christmas flora including all lilies, as they can be poisonous to cats.

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How Cats Can Share in the Holiday Fun

On the other hand, your cats can have a great and safe time with empty gift boxes, packing paper, and wrapping paper, so feel free to let your cats go nuts with these items. This may also be a time to present your cats with their own Christmas gifts. Some great options include:

Easyology Roller Cat Toy This interactive tower has three levels of balls and rolling tracks for hours of fun and exercise.

YOUTHINK Cat Scratcher – Your cat will have a blast with this collapsible lounge bed surrounded by high-density scratchable card board, with ball toy, bell and catnip included.

PDX Pet Design SHRU – The SHRU from PDX Pet Design is the perfect toy for the cat who has outsmarted all of her other toys. This fun toy is a smart, interactive plaything that automatically responds to your cat’s actions and is able to mimic a small animal’s sounds and movement patterns. It can keep your cat engaged for hours! Just don’t think this means you can leave your cat at home by herself for the holidays, entertained with a SHRU. That’s definitely not true.

The Best Videos Around for Cats That Love Watching TV (And Why They Do It!)

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The Weird, Wonderful World of Cat TV

Cats are very visual creatures. They love visual stimulation, and many of them will spend great amounts of time posted up on a windowsill watching the action happening just outside their human companion’s home. And as you might have correctly assumed, some cats will even respond to visual images on the television.

This phenomenon has lead to the creation of Cat TV – namely, videos and television programs that are specifically designed to entertain cats, and even to enrich their little kitty lives. Some research has even shown that cats confined to a room without a window can show signs of improved well being if given a television that plays cat videos for them to watch. Sound unbelievable? Read on for details.

Why Cats Love TV (That’s Made for Cats)

As mentioned above, cats are very visual creatures, and they respond to visual stimuli as a part of their hunting behavior. According to some vets, the more prey-oriented a cat is, the more likely they are to be engaged by watching videos designed specifically for cats, nature programming that features birds, and other visual imagery.

Furthermore, most vets seem to agree that there’s nothing wrong with entertaining your cats with videos designed to engage and entertain them. And in case you were wondering, watching television, no matter how close they are to the screen, will not injure their eyes.

The only hazard involved with the practice is the potential for your cat to become frustrated with simply watching the video, as they try to attack the image on the screen (which could injure your television and potentially your cat).

Who Makes These Videos and Why

Aside from nature programming series and documentaries that feature prey animals that your cat may find appealing, there are also a host of videos available on the Internet created specifically for entertaining the feline set.

There is a diverse group of people making these videos too, and for many of them, it seems that they derive direct satisfaction from creating and posting videos that cats will love. There are some pet supply and pet food companies that are also getting in on the action as a part of their content-marketing efforts. But as long as they’re posting videos that cats love…

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The Best Cat TV Available for Your Feline Companion

YouTube is an excellent place to go looking for content for your cat, if you’re just getting into the trend. In fact, there are whole channels devoted to cat-oriented video programming on the site, and the popularity of the videos determines how high they rank in the search results.

For some great examples check out the links to the videos below.

True to its title, this video shows a series of settings in the outdoors, each with a small pile of birdseed and the birds that it attracts. It’s shot in high definition and when viewed by your cat on a large television, this channel will feel very much like sitting right at a bird feeder and enjoying the show, for eight hours straight.

In a nutshell, this is essentially an hour-long video of animated fish in water, seen from above. This one is not as much fun to watch with your cat as Eight Hour Bird Bonanza, but it will entertain the little furry creatures for a full hour, guaranteed.

Much like the bird video listed above, this short video (fourteen minutes in length) shows a pile of seeds in a natural setting and the rodents that it attracts.

To Entertain and Engage Your Cat… Get TV?!

Putting on the television and loading up videos for your cat to watch may seem a little strange at first. But the cats love it, it isn’t bad for them, and if you’re cat never gets to go outside or has a limited view of the outside world, you could be doing them a real service by activating their hunting instincts via television.

Just remember to play with them afterward to help them work out any frustrations they may pick up while watching birds or rodents they can’t quite manage to track down…

Understanding Cats and Grieving: What You Need to Know About Household Members Passing On

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Your Favorite Cat Has Passed On; How Will You Manage the Grief?

Cats can bring immense joy to our lives, but the opposite side of joy is sadness, and when a beloved feline companion leaves us, especially after many years together, it can be devastating. In the end, everyone must deal with pet grief in their own way, and usually only time can truly begin to heal the pain of such a loss. In the meantime, here are a few helpful tips to assist you in dealing with pets and loss.

Feline End of Life Services

One of the first things you will have to deal with when your cat passes away (especially inside the home) is what to do with the remains. As with humans, this is a tough decision that you have to make, and it comes at the worst possible time.

Most people choose between three options, with burial being the first. You can bury your cat yourself if you have a yard or enough outdoor space around your home to do so. There are also pet cemeteries where you can arrange for your cat to be buried.

A more popular option is cremation, and there are many companies that perform this service in cities both large and small. They will often clip some fur or nails and/or take a paw print to give you more to remember your cat by, and some service providers will package up the ashes of your beloved cat.

Rarely, people opt for taxidermy, a third option. This is an expensive choice, and not for everyone, but it may be more comforting for some than the idea of burying or cremating their cat.

Helping Others in the Household Deal With the Loss of a Pet

Everyone grieves the loss of a pet in their own way, and the most you can do is be there to support others in your household. If you have young children, this is a good opportunity to have a conversation about death and the cycle of life with them.

You can explain to your children that we don’t know what happens after death, but we do know that your cat’s spirit is no longer in its body and that it is not in any pain. If your spiritual inclination or religious beliefs dictate that you do, in fact, know what happens after death, then be sure to share that (provided those beliefs extend to your household cats),

You should also know that there are grief services for those who have lost pets, just like for humans, including grief counselors and support groups.

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How Pets Deal With the Loss of Other Household Animals

As you well know, cats have very strong feelings too, and if you have two cats who are close and one passes away, you can expect the other cat to be affected. They may spend a lot of time in spots where the other cat often spent time, may even spend a little time searching for them, and may appear more active and agitated than usual.

They may eat less and meow more, too. Eventually, if you continue to shower your cat with love and attention, they should be able to adjust fairly well to the new situation in the home. You might expect something similar if a treasured family member disappears, either through moving away (like a child going to college) or by passing away.

Should I Get a New Cat?

One thing you should not do is ask someone who has recently lost a cat if they are going to get a new one. This is a very common and seemingly logical question, but it often sounds to the grieving person as if you think their treasured loved one is something that can be easily replaced, like a broken dishwasher or an old car. They are aware that getting a new cat is an option, and if they get one, you’ll know about it.

If you have lost a pet and are wondering if you should get a new one, it all depends on your grieving process. While nothing can replace your departed cat, having new life in the home may cheer you up and enable you to make a new friend and better the life of another cat. However, you should certainly not feel in any hurry to add a new cat to your household.

Hopefully your current cats will live long lives and you will have many wonderful years with them. PDX Pet Design can help, with fun toys and accessories to help enhance your cat’s quality of life. To find out more, visit us today.

Calling All Celebrity Cats: Learn How Famous Felines Are Really Treated

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What’s the Deal With Celebrity Cats?!

We all love our cats, even those that may be sharing company with celebrities we see on social media, pawing at their favorite feline and singing their pet-worthy praises. But what about those cats who have made it into the realm of the celebrity feline on their own merits?

Sometimes, it’s true – thanks in large part to social channels like Instagram, cats do become celebrities all by themselves. In fact, some people say that the famous Grumpy Cat earns more money than Lady Gaga!

The cat-loving site Catster speculates that if you’re a feline looking to hit the big time, the best way is to either have a celebrity friend, or to have interesting teeth. But once a cat makes it, is it all catnip and tuna from there? Do these famous felines really have it all?

Here’s a look at some of our favorite celebrity cats and some insight into whether or not they may be living the purr-fect life!

Larry the Downing Street Mouser

Some cats are born famous, and some have fame thrust upon them. Larry the Downing Street mouser has earned his celebrity, protecting the seat of English government from any crawling vermin that may threaten them. Larry, a brown and white tabby, actually has an official title, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office, and has served under both recent Prime Ministers, David Cameron and Theresa May.

Like everyone in politics, Larry has rivals; in his case, the main one is Palmerston, the Chief Mouser for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They say Palmerston is actually a better mouser, but don’t tell Larry!

Meredith, by Taylor Swift

Everyone who knows Taylor Swift has probably heard of her legendary love of cats, and you can bet that her adorable Scottish fold, Meredith, never wants for anything.

Meredith, named after the lead character in the long-running soap “Grey’s Anatomy,” is adored by Taylor and often travels with her, as well as making frequent appearances while being pampered by Taylor on YouTube, Twitter, and Taylor’s blog.

The Clinton Family and Socks

While many Presidents have had faithful dogs in the White House, Socks gained fame for his time as the First Feline—and seems to have avoided much of the controversy that often swirled around his human companions, the Clintons.

Socks had it pretty good for a while, having the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion and then the White House as his stomping grounds, getting to be the White House website tour guide (in cartoon form), and visiting schools and hospitals to cheer up children. But unfortunately, the introduction to the house of Buddy, the White House dog, was the end of Socks.

The two were mortal enemies from day one, and when the Clinton’s left the White House, they were forced to leave Socks behind. Never fear, though, he continued to flourish under the care of Betty Currie, Clinton’s secretary.

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Kenya – Mike Tyson’s White Tiger

What about a big cat? After “The Hangover,” everyone knows about Mike Tyson’s obsession with pet white tigers, including the adorable white Bengal tiger named Kenya.

Mike Tyson spared no expense in taking care of his tigers back in the day, paying about $1500 a day in food and $70,000 a year in other expenses, and that does not even include the $125,000 a year for the animal trainer.

Dorito and Calippo

Fans of the mega pop star Ed Sheeran know where to find his two adorable meowing friends, Dorito and Calippo. They have their own Instagram account where they chronicle their daily routine to millions of followers.

Choupette and Karl Lagerfeld

For cats that are living the high life, it’s hard to beat designer Karl Lagerfeld’s kitty, Choupette. Lagerfeld has expressed a desire to marry Choupette and she wants for nothing, as you might quickly discover if you go to her Wiki.

She even has two maids of her own to take care of her grooming and beauty, and to keep track of her moods and activities. Naturally, you can follow up on exactly what’s happening with Choupette at all times on Instagram as well.

You may not have a cat who’s as famous as these felines, but surely you love them every bit as much. When you want to pamper your favorite kitty, check out a few products that can help your furry friend feel just like one of these top cats, from PDX Pet Design.

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Cat Feeding: Grazing vs. Set Meal Times and Cat Treats

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What’s the Best Way to Feed a Cat? Is One Way Better Than the Others?!

Cats are fiercely independent animals, and often times, one of the appealing things about a cat as a pet is how well they seem to be able to take care of themselves. If you’re reading this, then you likely co-habitate with one or more cat friends, and you can easily picture them waking and sleeping at their leisure, initiating play time when they have an excess of energy, and cuddling when they feel snuggly. It seems that in nearly every way, they’re truly self-starting, particular creatures.

The independent nature of most cats, however, may quickly lead to some confusion when it comes to feeding patterns and habits, and what may work best for adult cats. Is it okay to just pour a big bowl of kibble out in the morning, and then to leave it out for your cats to graze on throughout the day? Or should you be doling out set portions at set meal times? And what exactly should you be feeding your furry friend?

Food Scheduling for Your Cat

The two options for feeding your cat are free feeding and scheduled feeding. Both methods are fine for your cat, but each has a few pros and cons. If you have multiple cats, for instance, free feeding could be a problem because cats are not known to share and share alike.

In this case, you will have to come up with some method of making sure each cat gets his or her fair portion. Also, if your cat is overweight, you will have to measure out the full daily portion and not refill it if your cat finishes too quickly.

Scheduled feeding allows you to supervise the feeding and to make sure your cat or cats eat just the right amount every time. The downside of this approach, of course, is that you will need to make time several times out of the day to feet your cats.

Also, it may take your cats a while to get used to the idea of not having food whenever they want it, and they may signal their displeasure to you until they do. If this is your preferred method of food delivery, you may want to consider beginning the routine when your cats are kittens.

Healthy Cat Food Options

So, once you decide when you should feed your cat, next you have to look at what you should be feeding your cat.

Store-bought food can be fine, but it’s important to feed your cats a balanced diet. Some carbohydrates are okay for cats, but there needs to be a healthy amount of protein and fat in their diet, as well. To be confident in the food you are giving to your cat, be sure to look for an Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement on the package that indicates the product is complete and balanced.

It’s also very important that you feed the right kind of food to the right kinds of cats. Kittens have different nutritional needs than adult cats, for example, and should only be fed kitten chow. Similarly, senior cats may have different nutritional needs and require food that meets those needs as well.

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Treats and a Word of Caution About Cat Food

One strict word of caution: never, under any circumstances, feed your cat dog food. Cat and dog nutritional needs are completely different, and your cat could even get sick or go blind from eating dog food instead of cat food.

So what about cat treats? Are there healthy treats, or is just about every one available on the market technically an unhealthy treat? Once again, you can check for AAFCO approval when looking for treats for your cats, to ensure you feed them healthy treat options instead of the equivalent of cat junk food.

Just like humans, cats don’t really need treats, but they can be fun and not unhealthy in moderation – also, if you’re planning on doing any kind of training, treats may be helpful. According to experts, treats should make up no more than 10 percent of the calories in your cat’s diet, with the rest coming from healthy, balanced cat food.

If you’re going to give treats to your cat, you may want to look for treats that are not only AAFCO approved, but also for treats that offer some other benefit, since they have little to no nutritional value. Some treats, for example, offer to control excessive hairball production in cats while others may suggest they have a positive effect on your cat’s dental health.

Other Ways to Keep Your Cat Healthy

In addition to healthy eating, another way to help your cat stay healthy is through play and exercise. For a great toy that can engage your cats for hours and keep them active, take a look at the intelligent cat toys and products offered on our site – when you purchase a SHRU, for example, you are really buying a new BFF for your kitty bestie, and they’re sure to thank you for it every day!

Cat Breeds and Personality Types: Picking the Right Purebred Cat for Your Household

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Choose a Cat Personality That Compliments Your Own

Once you’ve made the decision to buy a purebred cat, the next step is to decide the right breed of cat for you or your family. Different breeds suit different people better, and it’s important to find a cat that will fit well with your unique family dynamic and lifestyle.

Remember: the cat you choose today will be your partner in crime for the next 10-20 years, so be sure to put some thought into the breed before you buy.

If you work long hours and are away from home for the majority of your time, you’ll want to avoid a cat that loves to be around people all the time. Likewise, if you have young kids who are looking forward to snuggling with a kitty, be sure to choose a breed that loves to cuddle.

Allergies are another important factor when it comes to deciding on the perfect breed of cat to get, as some short haired cats are more friendly for people with cat hair allergies. Use this list of popular purebred cats to help you find the perfect cat personality for you and your family.


Persian cats are characterised by long coats, a stocky body, and a broad, flat face. They are generally very affectionate. Because of their long coat of hair, they require more grooming than short-haired breeds of cats.

Persian cats are usually good lap cats, as they love attention and cuddling. Unfortunately, Persians are vulnerable to some hereditary diseases and so may require occasional trips to the vet. Most Persian owners find that their kitty is worth the trip to the vet because they are so lovely and affectionate.

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The Siamese cat finds its origins in Thailand. Siamese cats traditionally have short hair, though you can find variations with longer hair. They are characterized by dark markings on the head, ears, and feet. While the Siamese cat is generally affectionate, they can also be bold and vocal.

Siamese cats are known to form incredibly strong bonds with their owner, and can grow anxious when left alone for long periods of time. Though they are very loving, they can be skittish with new environments and people. Give your Siamese cat time to open up to you upon adoption and you’ll find a loving companion.


Generally a darker hued cat with short, soft fur, the Burmese cat is stocky and curious. Burmese cats are heavy-boned and can be prone to obesity later in life if nutrition isn’t watched carefully. Burmese cats are playful and affectionate as kittens, but as they grow older, they tend to like to watch the action from a perch or hideout.

You’ll often find Burmese cats on a window sill, watching the world pass by outside. Burmese cats are generally people-oriented, and rarely ever turn down a good back rub.


With little to no hair, the Sphynx is a good option for people with serious allergies to cat hair. Energetic and dog-like, sphynxes love to play and can entertain themselves for hours. They generally like to be the center of attention, so they don’t always play well with dogs or other household cats.

While they love lounging around on laps, they tend to dislike being pet or rubbed. Because they are hairless, they love lounging around on warm surfaces. Expect to find your Sphynx on a sunny windowsill or even under the covers of your bed.

Choosing the Right Cat for Your Home

Choosing the right breed will make all the difference when it comes to sharing a life with your new cat. As you mull over the different types of cat breeds, be sure to keep in mind factors like other household pets, whether you have young children, and whether you have allergies to cat hair. The bond between you and your cat is unlike any other relationship, so make sure you choose a compatible cat.

Why Do Cats Lick Things? An All-Purpose Guide to Your Cat’s Tongue Behavior

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Cats Lick the Strangest Things! (Here’s Why)

Every cat owner knows that delightful, if only slightly disconcerting feeling of a cat’s sandpapery tongue as it licks your skin. Cats are fastidiously clean creatures, and because of this, it’s natural for them to feel the need to lick. It’s entirely natural for your cat to lick him- or herself regularly to keep clean, but there are also many other reasons why a cat may lick things.

licki brush If you notice that your cat regularly licks random items, or compulsively licks itself or you, there may be an underlying cause for all of the action. A cat’s tongue is covered with backward-facing papillae that serve to make eating easier and grooming more effective. For this reason, if your cat occasionally licks to groom, or licks the food bowl after eating, this is a sign that his or her tongue is functioning correctly and that your cat is simply exhibiting proper cat hygiene habits.

However, if you notice that your cat is constantly licking nonfood items, you may want to figure out the cause – here’s a quick guide to a few of the potential issues at stake.

Stress or Boredom

Constant licking or self grooming could be a sign that your cat is bored or anxious. You may notice that your cat started licking more compulsively after moving to a new home, introducing a new pet in the family, or changing the litter box location. Discourage your cat’s constant grooming by giving him or her a little extra attention, engaging in more play time, or just by having a little extra snuggle time.

Constant self grooming can lead to matted fur, skin irritation and infections, and hairballs. If your cat continues to engage in compulsive self grooming, contact your vet to talk about ways to combat this behavior. Your vet may decide to prescribe pheromones which can help reduce unnecessary stress.

Nutritional Imbalance in Your Cat

If your cat is constantly licking random items in your home like pillows, walls, and knick knacks, he or she could be showing symptoms of pica. Pica is a term used to describe the habit of craving non food items such as socks, plastic grocery bags, or dirt. Some veterinarians believe that pica in cats is caused by a deficiency in fiber or fat.

If your cat is constantly licking random items, contact your veterinarian to discuss the dietary needs of your animal companion. Make sure that your cat is eating the right food for her breed and size, and make a switch if your vet deems it necessary.

This could also be a great time to screen for diabetes and other diseases, as licking random items could be a symptom of something more rare.

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Your Cat May Just Love Unique Flavors

In most cases, your cat’s licking is harmless and just a symptom of their innate curiosity. If you notice that your cat occasionally licks harmless non-food items, it’s probably just a sign that he or she is checking out a new smell or item at home. Keep in mind that cats don’t have molars like humans do, so much of the breaking down of food before it hits the belly is done using the tongue.

licki brush adIf you’re okay with a little harmless licking, just make sure that dangerous substances and items are kept out of reach of your cat. Keep toxic cleaning supplies, beauty products, and foods that are poisonous to cats out of reach, for example.

If your cat has a habit of opening cupboards and exploring the pantry, be sure to keep toxic foods like chocolate, coffee, and raw eggs on a high shelf in the fridge to discourage your cat from licking them.

Your Cats Are Licking You Because They Like You

According to Dr. Leslie from The Nose Print, your cat’s mother constantly licked him or her as a kitten to stimulate breathing and suckling. Because of this, your cat may associate licking with affection. Your cat’s licking you may just be a sign that he or she loves you and thinks of you as family.