Like all kids and animals, cats love to play with toys. You may feel that they are sleeping most of the day, but once awake, they love to engage themselves in some sort of healthy and practical activity.
That’s where cat toys come into play. Cats love these toys, and they consider them the best activity for their mental and physical activity. So, if you have a cat at home and want to indulge her in some healthy activity, then you need the right toys for your cat. This will also assist with making sure you do not need to deal with cat stress symptoms.
Let’s discuss how these toys benefit your cat and what toys you should choose and why.
Cat owners are always wondering if their cats need to pay a visit to a veterinarian or not? The answer to this question is not that simple. Your cat is never in a position to be able to tell you directly what’s going on with them. Do they require a visit to the veterinarian or not? It’s the job of the cat owner to identify the symptoms and plan a visit when required.
Regular check-ups are necessary to maintain your cat’s health. To ensure your cat stays healthy and free of diseases, you must ensure you take it to a veterinarian for a thorough check-up once a year.
Picture this: Nature calls, so you head to the bathroom to take care of business. Suddenly, a furry paw shoots under the door, rattling it in its frame. The claws extend, searching for something to grab onto. A mournful, gutteral sound pierces your soul from outside in the hall. It is your cat, and he is not pleased to be excluded from the magical secrets taking place on the other side of that door.
Sound familiar? You aren’t alone. Cat parents have long pondered the mystery of cats’ fascination with our most private of rooms. It turns out animal scientists have wondered the same thing. Cat researcher Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis, tells Inverse.com that scientists don’t have all the answers, but they do have some educated guesses.
“There might be various reasons cats like to join people in the bathroom,” Delgado says. “Their litter box might be in there, so it could be a room that smells very familiar. Cats also probably know that when we are on the toilet, we are a captive audience — nowadays we are so busy and distracted that many cats are probably looking for an opportunity to have our undivided attention!”
Wildlife biologist Imogene Cancellare agrees with the “captive audience” theory, telling Inverse:
“Lap sitting is really popular in the loo — I assume this is characteristic opportunist behavior to find the warmest spot in the house and exploit the attention of their human servants. I think they want to be the center of the universe and have learned that humans don’t do much when sitting in the small room with the strange water chair.”
Delgado also adds that cats likely enjoy the “cool, smooth surfaces of sinks and tiles,” and that some like the water. Cats hating water is a long-held misconception. In fact, many kitties love fresh, running water and refuse to drink from the standing water in their bowls. Others simply like to play and splash under the faucet. A few exceptional felines love water so much that they insist on hopping in the shower with their owners. And then there’s Nathan the Beach Cat who adores swimming in the ocean with her humans (yep, Nathan is a girl)!
iHeartCats’ own resident veterinarian, Dr. Kathrynn Primm, also has some interesting ideas on the feline bathroom obsession. She suggests the behavior may stem from evolutionary instinct and a need to feel protected.
“Your cat is a predator driven by the instincts of a hunter,” Primm writes. “But because of her size, she knows that she could also be prey. As her guardian or parent substitute, she may feel vulnerable in your absence.”
Dr. Primm also points out that cats tend to be “micro-managers” and may simply “want what they can’t have” when faced with a closed door.
“Your home is your cat’s territory and the bathroom is within the boundary of his sphere of influence. How dare you shut him away from his own territory? You might be hoarding resources or making friends with other cats. He can only know if he checks.”
Wherever the true answer lies, one thing is for sure: becoming a cat parent usually means an end to your bathroom privacy!
Do you have a funny bathroom story about your kitty? Tell us in the comments!
All cats can exhibit attention-seeking behavior sometimes, but it’s most common in cats who are left alone for long periods of time or who don’t get enough stimulation from their home environment. A lot of the shenanigans cats pull to get our attention can be perceived as straight up naughty behavior, but it’s important to remember that cats never do things to spite us– they’re simply trying to communicate to us in the best way they know how.
Some of the following attention-seeking behaviors can also be signs that your cat is experiencing a medical problem. If you notice a change in your cat’s behavior it’s always best to make an appointment with your veterinarian to make sure your kitty is physically healthy.
Did you know that cat’s primarily only meow after kittenhood as a way to communicate with humans? It’s true! Cats (like ferals) who don’t know and love humans stop meowing soon after they become independent. Meowing is obviously a totally normal and healthy behavior… unless it becomes excessive. You’re cat may be obsessing over getting your attention if she’s meowing more than normal and if her meows sound desperate. Cats who desire more attention may also develop habits of meowing late at night or very early in the morning while you’re trying to sleep.
Pawing is one of the most obvious signs that your cat needs more attention. It’s literally her way of saying “Hey you! Look at me! Look at me Look at me!”
#3 – Knocking stuff down
Sometimes cats knock things down simply because they’re curious creatures and like to understand how things work. That kind of experimentation often involves a bit of poking and prodding… which inevitably leads to things being knocked over the edge of a table. If you’re nearby, though, your cat may be knocking stuff down to get a reaction from you.
Scratching is a natural and healthy behavior for a cat. It helps her stretch, release pent up energy, and shed loose layers from her claws. Cats also claw to mark objects with pheromones they release from glands on their feet, which allows them to leave information for their future selves or other cats. Clawing can be destructive though if your cat is scratching inappropriate places like the side of your couch of the leg of the dining room table. Clawing often happens because a cat doesn’t have appropriate or desirable scratching posts, but cats can also scratch inappropriate objects for attention once they see that they can get a reaction.
Has your cat started jumping onto the kitchen counter while you’re preparing dinner? Or onto the table while you’re eating? Or… pretty much anywhere else she shouldn’t be? This can be a clear sign that your cat needs you to be paying more attention to her. Try scheduling some interactive playtime with her for 20 minutes before starting to cook.
Cats are finicky creatures with moods that can quickly change from happy to upset. The ability to see when your cat is angry will allow you to understand when to back off and give your cat space instead of escalating the situation. Continuing to prod a cat who is angry is not only disrespectful, it’s also dangerous. A cat who is exhibiting any of these 6 signs is prepared to strike. Here are 6 signs your cat is angry:
Give your cat space if she is hissing, growling, spitting, or emitting a guttural moan. These sounds are the closest your cat can get to saying “Hey, back off!”
2. Tail Signals
Cat tails are very expressive, but in a way that is often subtle. A tail that’s flickering back and forth quickly or held low can indicate an irritated cat. The hair may also stand up on an angry cat’s tail.
3. Eye Signals
Dilated or constricted pupils can both indicate anger. Eye signals can be exceptionally hard to read because your cat’s eyes can be affected by so many factors. For instance, the amount your cat’s pupils are dilated can help determine if your cat is angry, but her eyes can also dilate to adjust to the amount of light in the room. Take note of her eyes, but use the information in conjunction with other clues, such as ear signals and vocalizations.
You can gather a good amount of information by observing your cat’s stance. An angry cat will often display an arched back with fur standing on end (an attempt to look as big as possible), or a body that’s hunched close to the ground (ready to strike).
If your cat swats at you when you try to pet her, respect it as a clear signal that she doesn’t want to be touched.
Cats don’t speak our languages, so it can be difficult to understand exactly what they’re trying to say. Although they’re known for being independent animals, they do need love and affection and enjoy being with their human family. In fact, there are many ways cats show their love for us, we just might not recognize it as a simple, “I love you.” If your cat does anything on this list, though, there’s a good chance they’re just letting you know how they feel.
#1 – Head Butting
Believe it or not, when your cat gives you a head butt, she’s actually marking her territory. That’s right, by rubbing her head against you, she’s depositing her pheromones to let all other cats know that you belong to her. This sounds a little possessive and weird, but it definitely means that your cat wants to keep you around for herself! This is just a sign that your cat loves you and wants the world to know that you two belong together.
#2 – Kneading
Cats are known for their kneading behavior, which is pretty unique among animals. Cats start doing this as baby kittens when they are nursing on their mothers. It’s a sign of comfort and safety, so when your cat starts kneading you while you’re petting him and falling asleep, you can rest assured that he’s feeling just as loved as he did when he was a wee kitten.
#3 – Following You
If you have a cat, you probably know she’s going to follow you wherever you go. We mean literally everywhere. In fact, in can start to surprise new cat owners when their cat watches them in the bathroom or they wake up to a cat staring in their face. But never fear, these felines aren’t trying to spy on your every move in order to plan their next attack. They’re actually following you around because they love being by your side! While she might not be sitting in your lap the entire time, just wanting to be in the room with you is proof that she needs and wants you around.
#4 – Bringing Gifts
At some point or another, you’re likely to receive a gift from your cat. If he’s an indoor only cat, you’ll be lucky in that it will likely be in the form of a favorite toy or random item from the house. However, if you have a rodent infestation or an indoor-outdoor cat, you might wake up to find a deceased animal at your doorstep. Don’t be frightened – he’s simply trying to offer a gift of love and gratitude. Cats are natural hunters and very efficient ones at that, so these gifts are a way for your cat to offer his skills and show what he’s capable of.
#5 – Making Eye Contact
In the cat world, making eye contact with a stranger is a challenge. It means you’re looking to fight, be it for a mate or your territory. Because of this, eye contact is generally avoided in the feline world. Your cat will likely tend to make eye contact only with people she trusts and is comfortable around. It’s a very intimate act and your cats eye contact with a slow, trusting blink, is a sure sign she loves you and is comfortable around you.
We all know that cats can have issues with other cats. In fact, cats being territorial can create all sorts of unrest in a multi-cat household. Have you ever given thought as to why cats are this way?
We know that cats are carnivores and by nature, and being a hunter means that food is in a limited supply. In my own veterinary hospital, great efforts are made to provide housing for cats that accounts for their territorial needs. Some cats are truly miserable if they can see other cats. All cats need to have safe zones provided for them to hide and be alone. To make sure our cats are happy, we have to consider who they are and what their natural needs can be.
Cats are not like cows whose food grows in vast quantities on the ground, waiting to be plucked. A cat has limited prey items that he must find, chase, catch, and kill for his survival. Obviously too many grazers on a plain of grass will create an impact eventually, but herbivores also benefit from safety in numbers. They can strike a balance between not overgrazing their area and still decreasing their individual chances of being killed by the sheer odds. So they like to live in herds and work cooperatively to protect members of the herd from predators.
Cats are not herd dwellers and have no such luck. Instead of “safety in numbers”, your cat probably sees other cats as competition for resources. The more cats that live in a territory, the more strain on the local resources. Cats that have been raised in a family group or a multi-cat household can certainly learn to get along, but even these cats seem to appreciate having their own space.
Both cows and cats are who they are because animals are defined by their genetics and shaped by their environment. Their genetic map has been refined over time by the environment and competition in the interest of survival. Cats have to guard their own territory lest a stranger slip in and steal resources that they depend on, like territory, food, water, and shelter. These territorial tendencies seem like a matter of survival to a cat.
We know that cats are this way and we can make them happier if we accommodate their wishes as much as possible. This means making sure that there is no direct conflict over resources. For example, each cat should have his or her own feeding area and food dishes. Each cat should have a litter box option where he can eliminate away from where another cat goes, which means a box per cat (and even add an extra in case of mishaps). Cats have to be allowed to establish their own territories inside our homes and the humans must respect the zones, never forcing cats to interact if they do not want to.
Knowing our cats and accommodating their quirks are just parts of being a good cat minion!
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More and more we’re seeing cats being kept as inside pets only, and there is good reason for this. The great outdoors, even in your neighborhood, are full of dangers for our domestic felines. Dogs, coyotes, other wildlife, cars, cruel humans, infectious diseases, and even other cats are all reasons to keep your kitty confined in the safety of your home. With that said, being inside the house all the time without any feline-specific entertainment might get a little boring. Cats are used to climbing trees, hiding in bushes, and more. How can we offer them more room to roam? Find out below!
#1 – Add a Bedskirt
This might sound funny, but chances are your cat can fit under your bed and even enjoys napping there. Cats love hiding, even when nothing overtly scary is going on, and covering the bottom of your bed with a bedskirt can offer the much-needed security of a hiding spot. You might be surprised how often your cat is under the bed if it feels safe and cozy enough, so if you’re lacking a bedskirt, you might want to give it a try.
#2 – Wall Shelves
Wall shelves and cat trees are the modern cat climbers, and owners love them. The cats do too, because they certainly use them all the time. These are plain shelves that attach to the wall and offer your cat a bed higher up, as if they were in an actual tree. You can grow catnip on them, put up a comfy pillow, or leave them completely bare. They can go in any and every room and are a nice way to offer your cat more space without taking up much of your own.
#3 – Cat Climbers
The classic carpet cat climbers, or cat trees, shouldn’t be forgotten. Although many people don’t like to see cat trees all over their homes, they do provide a great way for your cat to stay entertained. Cat climbers can be used for basic exercise, play, hiding, napping and even scratching – all things that are necessary for cats to live a happy, healthy life.
#4 – Outdoor Cat Runs
Outdoor cat runs are the best way to allow your cat to get some time under the sun. Just like a dog kennel, these runs are designed for felines and are completely enclosed, ensuring they are able to spend time exploring the outdoors without the risk of getting lost, injured or worse. Although cats should never be left out there unsupervised, you can definitely allow your cat to spend as much time as they like outside. It might sound silly, but the cats seem to love them and they are a great way to give a lot of extra space without taking up a single square inch inside your home.
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