10 Cute Kitties Staying Cozy And Warm In Winter [PICTURES]

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Depending on where you live, some places can get pretty cold in winter. Even with the heat blasting, indoor cats gotta keep warm.

Luckily, our kitties are experts at cuddling and finding nice, warm spots to get toasty.

Whether it’s with blankets, fireplaces, or snuggling, here are some kitties who know how to keep warm during the cold winter months!

10 Cats Staying Warm In Winter

If you can do all three–snuggle with your kitty, get under the blankets, and curl up in front of a toasty fire–then you will have the warmest, coziest winter ever!

Here are a few great ways to keep cats warm:

  • For parents of an “only” cat, consider adopting a second so they can snuggle up.
  • Start a fire in the fireplace and make sure kitty has a safe place to enjoy it. Always supervise!
  • Keep blankets readily available for fur babies.

Here are a few great ways for humans to stay warm in winter:

  • Snuggle up with kitties.
  • Heat up some hot cocoa, coffee, or tea.
  • Cover up. Wear more clothing than you would during the summer.
  • Have blankets readily available on couch.
  • Wear socks! Hopefully you’re getting some nice cat-themed socks as holiday gifts!
  • If you’re in a really cold part of the country, wear thermals underneath.

You Can Even Help Outdoor Cats In Winter

In some parts of the country, outdoor feral and stray cats could probably use a little extra help staying warm, especially when the temperatures dip to near zero degrees and below.

Cats have fur, but that can only go so far. Not all cats are Maine Coons, after all.

Here are some great ways to help stray cats in your area stay warm. They might not say thank you, but they will sure appreciate it!

  • Give them food and water every day if possible. Dry food won’t freeze as easily as wet food.
  • Provide insulated shelter. If you don’t know how to make a shelter, click here.
  • If it snows, clear away paths for cats to go in and out of the shelter.

We all like staying warm, when the outdoor temperatures take a dip.

How do you and your kitty stay warm during the cold winter? Let us know in the comments below!

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Things You Do That Your Cat Probably Hates

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People like to talk about the funny quirks that cats have, but did you know that cat owners have a lot of quirks too?

Yes, it’s true! You are likely doing a few things that are driving your cat absolutely crazy. Luckily, our kitties love us very much, and they’re willing to put up with a lot from us. Still, it’s important to keep their feelings in mind and make them as comfortable as possible.

With that in mind, let’s talk about a few of our human behaviors that most cats aren’t too fond of. Are you guilty of doing any of these things that your cat probably hates?

1. Taking Your Cat For Car Rides

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Sure, dogs love riding in cars. They love to hang their heads out the window, and they get excited about going for a walk. But although you will sometimes find cats who love walking outside on a harness, you won’t find many cats who love riding in cars.

You see, cats are very territorial and they love routine. When you change things up, it can freak them out.

They also can get motion sickness really easily. So you may end up with a poor cat who’s vomiting or even defecating out of sickness and anxiety!

Don’t take your cat for a car ride unless it’s a necessity or unless you’ve already found out that they’re one of the rare cats who likes a good joy ride.

You may be able train your cat to feel more comfortable and relaxed in the car if need be, but talk to your vet and find a solution that works best for your individual feline.

2. Going On Play Dates

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This is another huge way in which cats are very different from dogs. You can take dogs to dog parks where they’ll play with stranger dogs and have a great time. But not cats.

Cats like to stake their claim, so unless you have a super friendly cat, they probably won’t want to visit your friend’s house or meet your friend’s cats.

Felines are very territorial and typically don’t like meeting new cats or smelling strange cat scents. So introducing them to a cat for just a few hours can be a sure way to invite hissing and flying fur. (This is also why cats don’t like seeing themselves in mirrors.)

3. Bathing Your Cat

I have a cat who loves baths, but this is rare. Most cats are just fine with bathing themselves–without water.

On rare occasions they may need a bath, but this could be painful for both of you. Don’t do it unless absolutely necessary.

If you must give kitty a bath, read this article for tips.

4. Not Cleaning The Litter Box Enough

Just because your cat covers their poop and pee doesn’t mean they won’t need the litter box changed frequently. In fact, even if you think the litter box is fine, kitty might think differently.

A cat has a sense of smell that is 14 times stronger than yours. If they’re pooping right outside the box instead of using it, they might be trying to tell you something.

Make sure you clean the box at least once a day.

5. Petting Your Cat Too Much

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Cats can get overstimulated with very little warning. That’s why you may be petting your cat, and they’re purring one minute and suddenly hissing or scratching you the next.

Figure out your cat’s personality and learn from your mistakes. Some cats need to be petted gently or only on the head, neck, and upper back.

This may also mean that you may need to teach your children how to play gently with your cat, too.

6. Fighting Loudly Or Playing Loud Music

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Sure, no one loves to fight, but your cat may hate your fights even more than you do!

Many cats are very sensitive to loud noises. Thunderstorms, doorbells, loud music, and even yelling can get them really scared.

Try to keep things as calm as you can and don’t blast the TV or the stereo too much. If your cat seems too sensitive or anxious, try buying a diffuser that emits a scent that mimics a cat’s calming pheromones. This can sometimes help.

7. Leaving Food Out For Too Long Or Serving It Cold

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If you feed your cat wet food in addition to dry food, don’t leave the wet food out for so long that it gets stale.

Dangerous bacteria can grow in food that’s left out for even a day. So put out small portions that you only leave around for 30 minutes.

In addition, some cats hate cold food. If you’ve got some canned food in the refrigerator, let it “thaw” to room temperature before you give it to kitty.

8. Ignoring Them

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Cats may fend for themselves well, but they don’t like being alone or ignored.

Take time to play with your cat every day. They likely have a lot of pent-up energy from being in the house all the time. This means they need some engaging play time with you to get exercise.

Play time can also be a great way to bond with your cat and build their trust in you.

What other things do you do that you think your cat might secretly hate? What do you do to make your kitty happy? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 5 Benefits Of Choosing A Mobile Veterinarian

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Mobile veterinarians, which have recently been popping up in cities around the country, can help your cat get their annual wellness exam, as well as other treatments, without the stress of traveling.

Mobile veterinarians will travel to your home and have the ability to perform all routine services such as blood tests, x-rays, vaccinations, urinalyses, and anesthesia.

There are a lot of good reasons to choose a mobile veterinarian that will make wellness exams and treatment easier for both you and your cat.

1. It’s Less Stress For Your Cat

When your veterinarian comes to your home, your cat can relax in their own familiar environment without getting whisked away to a clinic full of new sounds, smells, and unfamiliar critters.

A trip to the veterinarian can be very stressful for a cat. In fact, it can lead to anxiety around car rides and travel in the future, even when you’re not taking your cat to the vet.

2. It’s Less Stress For You

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Getting our cat to an annual wellness exam isn’t always easy.

Life can get in the way. There are cat carriers, broken down cars, sick children, and a late mailman with a package you must sign for.

When your vet comes to your home, you won’t have to worry about finding a ride, a babysitter, or anything else for that matter.

3. There’s Less Exposure To Contagions

When you go to a vet’s office, you never know what kind of parasites–like fleas–or illnesses your cat might be exposed to in the waiting room or on the exam table.

When your vet comes to your home, the waiting room will be your living room, and you will know the medical history of all the other critters in that waiting room.

Avoiding these risks is especially helpful if your cat has a compromised immune system.

4. It’s Better For Multiple Pets

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In multi-pet households, it can be a huge challenge to get annual wellness exams for all of the animals.

Either you’re making several trips per year, or you’re packing everyone up all at once, which has its own challenges. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

Using a mobile vet is a great way to schedule all of your annual checkups and vaccinations at once without the stress and hassle of crating and transporting everyone.

5. You’ll Get More Accurate Results

To get the most accurate results from an exam, your cat should be as relaxed as possible. Anxiety can throw off the results of basic vital signs such as blood pressure, respiratory rate, temperature, and pulse rate.

According to the American Association of Feline Practitioners, stress can also make diabetes hard to diagnose and treat because “cats can have abnormally high blood glucose levels just from stress.”

A quick internet search will tell you whether or not there is a mobile veterinarian in your area. My experience has been that the prices of a mobile vet are comparable to those with a physical building. Depending on your situation, it may be worth it to pay a little extra for the convenience and all the advantages.

Do you have experience with mobile veterinarian services? Would you get a mobile vet for your cat? Let us know in the comments below so we can all learn together!

National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day: 10 Questions Your Cat Wants Answered

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January 22nd is National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day!

Cats are complex creatures. Some of their actions may indicate they are nihilists (“I can knock this vase off your night stand and watch it shatter because morality is a false construct”). Others suggest they take pleasure in withholding, like when they walk over to be pet, bite you, and walk away.

Cats’ bizarre behaviors only make us wonder even more: what could they possibly be thinking about?

Well, they probably wonder about some of our strange behaviors, too. That’s why National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day is so much fun! We get to think about what questions our cats would ask us, then answer those questions for our kitties’ benefit.

Do they understand our answers? Who knows? It’s just for fun! Here are ten things our cats would probably ask us if they could on National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day.

1. Why Do You Yell At Me For Scratching The Large, Soft Scratching Posts In The House?

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Scratching is 100 percent normal for cats; expensive, imported Scandinavian furniture is not.

To cats, your new love seat is a very large, intricate scratching post to help keep their claws from getting too long or to stave off boredom. Scratching is also used as a stress reliever for cats.

Your cat probably has questions about your stress reducing habits, like that bottle of red stuff you sip while looking at a glowing box.

2. Why Do You Take A Hundred Photos Of Me Daily?

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You’re cute, cat. Deal with it.

To keep your cat from dodging your Instagram photo-capturing tactics altogether, opt out of using a flash. And be sure to get pics of them them at their best–nobody wants to see a photo of your cat looking miserable or in distress like when their claw gets caught on something.

3. Why Do You Bring Strangers To My Home?

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I always have to hide because they want to pet me and *shudders* pick me up.

New humans in a familiar environment can be very confusing to your cat. To reduce anxiety, try letting your cat meet your guests on their own terms.

After all, your cat doesn’t invite a bunch of their friends over and expect you to be completely chill with it.

4. Can’t I Go Outside For Just A Little Bit?

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You should have just named me Rapunzel.

Just like human children, your cat may not understand when you’re making a decision that seems to suck, but in reality is in their best interest.

If your indoor cat looks like they’re pining for the great outdoors, consider getting them a window perch or a nice cat tree near a window so they can get a glimpse of the other world.

If you have an outdoor cat, be sure they have free access to get back inside your home.

5. Why Do You Take Away My Personalized Heating Pad?

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I like laying on it and don’t get why you’re frustrated.

In the cat world, laptops and other electronics are heating pads, not communication or work tools for their humans. We take it away because we need it to work so we can continue to feed our kitties and buy them all of the catnip they deserve.

If your cat keeps climbing on or laying on things that they’re not allowed to, consider some training to break the habit.

6. Why Do You Keep Petting Me When I Want You To Stop?

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Don’t you see my tail flicking about and feel me trying to squirm away?

While we always want to give our cats plenty of love and affection, force-petting or holding your cat is not the way for them to understand your love for them.

Be sure to train yourself in cat body language so you can tell when they enjoying being pet or brushed–and when to back off.

7. Why Do You Freak Out If You Can’t Find Me?

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Sometimes I just need my space!

Cats are crafty and will find a way to hide in the least expected of places, such as a large pot underneath your sink or in the lining of a futon. If they’re scared or unsure of their environment, cats will hide.

As long as you’re positive they haven’t found a way outside, there’s no need to panic. Let your kitty hide in peace until they feel comfortable enough to come out.

8. What’s That Loud Demon Machine You Run Across The Floor?

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Vacuums, while terrifying to you, dear kitty, are a necessity to any cat owner.

Fortunately, there are ways for us to help keep kitty’s fur from going everywhere, like feeding a nutrient-rich food to keep their coat silky and brushing regularly to keep shedding to a minimum.

To keep your cat from freaking out too badly while cleaning, give them a safe space from the vacuum, like a cat tree.

9. What’s With The Brushing? I Can Groom Myself!

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We know you can groom yourself, kitty. But we don’t want to live in a fur covered environment, much like you don’t like using the litter box when it is too dirty.

We take care of that, too.

10. Why Are You Obsessed With My Poop?

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Seriously, you scoop it out daily and put it in a little bag.

Some things, like your mysterious poop obsession, will forever remain a mystery to your cat, no matter how many times you try to explain it.

Jokes aside, it is important to educate yourself on the way your cat can actually communicate to you via body language, little chirps, and meows. Even if you can’t answer some of your cat’s questions directly, you can still do a pretty good job of listening to what they have to say.

Maybe that will help you come up with answers your cat can understand on National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day.

Is there something your cat is dying to know the answer to on National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Get Motivated: 6 Funny Cats Getting In Shape On Exercise Wheels [VIDEOS]

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The New Year is always pitched as a time to make resolutions and become a healthier person. Usually this includes adding some sort of exercise routine to your schedule. There’s no reason why that shouldn’t apply to the felines in your world, too, right?

Cats may be independent, but it’s our job to make sure they get enough exercise to stay healthy and prevent boredom. If you have an indoor-only cat, an exercise wheel might provide a good way for them to keep moving, even though it may look a little funny.

Check out these six videos of cats getting in shape for the New Year with a little help from their exercise wheels.

1. Dress To Exercise!

When hitting the circular treadmill, this intrepid cat athlete always makes sure to look dashing in a sporty pink sweater.

2. Get Motivated!

Does your cat need a little encouragement to start pounding along on their exercise wheel?

A tantalizingly placed feather toy can be quite the motivator!

3. Stay The Course!

Remember, starting an exercise regimen can be a big commitment, and it’s important to keep at it, even if your first kittenish steps don’t exactly go according to plan.

4. Don’t Be Afraid To Improvise!

Exercise should be something you enjoy or get a kick out of, so feel free to think outside the box and come up with your own special routine, just like this Bengal here.

5. Exercise With Friends!

Another way to stick to your exercise routine is to join up with friends and get a little sweaty together.

Check out this clowder of cats enjoying some multiple exercise wheel action!

6. Sometimes Quitting Is Okay!

Finally, remember that it’s okay to give up on your dreams of ever catching the elusive red laser dot.

Some things are just not worth the effort.

Does your cat get to enjoy an exercise wheel? Are you helping your cat stay in shape this year? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

National Dress Up Your Pet Day: Is It Okay To Dress My Cat Up?

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National Dress Up Your Pet Day is January 14th, and you may be thinking about dressing your kitty up in a cute bow tie or a sweater. But before you dress kitty up as, step back and think about your cat and his or her personality.

Cats are usually more sensitive than most dogs, which is why you see far fewer felines dressed up for various holidays than canines.

Some of you may already know that your cat does or doesn’t like to wear clothes or costumes, but for those who are thinking of trying it for the first time, here’s a quick guide to see if it’s right for your cat to dress up on National Dress Up Your Pet Day.

You Know Your Cat’s Personality Best

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If your cat is outgoing–the kind who runs up to meet every person who walks into your home–then they may be the type who’s more suited for a costume or clothing.

If you have a shy kitty who runs and hides when someone comes to the door, it’s probably best to leave them as they are and enjoy the photos of other cats dressed up on the internet

Test It Out

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If you start to put a garment on your cat and your kitty resists, that’s a sign that your kitty is not the type of cat to wear things.

Don’t force it. You can always photoshop a hat on your cat or pop one on with a fun filter later.

What Garment Or Costume Is Best For Your Cat?

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If you’ve come to the conclusion that your cat is going to participate in National Dress Up Your Pet Day, then take some time to pick the right garment or costume.

Don’t put a dog or human garment on your cat. You need a costume that will fit your cat’s body. A simple bow tie is a nice accessory that many cats are okay wearing for a little bit. They’re also adorable!

Whatever type of items you end up choosing, don’t leave your cat alone in a costume. A cat can get all twisted up in clothing–even a hat–and that can be dangerous or even deadly to any cat. Get your pics and take the costume or garment off of your cat so they can get back to being a cat!

Is your cat going to dress up for National Dress Up Your Pet Day? Or would they prefer to go through the day in their birthday suit? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy New Year! Funny Cats Sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’ [VIDEO]

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Happy New Year to you and all your furry family members!

We’re ready to start the countdown and ring in 2020, and some of our feline friends are joining the fun.

We hope the new year brings you lots of love, health, happiness, and kitty cuddles!

Watch These Hilarious Cats Sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’

Make sure to play this at your New Year’s Eve party and crank the volume really loud. Everyone will appreciate it!

Have you made any resolutions? Hopefully you’ve resolved to spend more time snuggling your cat, to give more treats, and to be more generous with the catnip.

Here are some resolutions your cat might make this year:

  • Knock all the things off the table
  • Catch the red dot
  • Never let a door in the house stay closed
  • Reward the human with some head bonks and cuddles

As always, if you intend to have a party, keep your cat stays safe. Set up a nice room for them where they can be away from the guests and noise for a while. Maybe play some calming music, and make sure they have plenty of water and things to play with. Tell guests to let kitty rest. Staying up so late is for silly humans, anyway.

Are you celebrating New Year’s Eve with a kitty you love? What are your cat-themed resolutions? Let us know in the comments below!

Top 15 New Year’s Resolutions For Cats This Year In GIFs!

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We’re sliding into 2020, and with a new year come New Year’s resolutions. We’ve got our own list of human things to work on this coming year, but I’ll bet your cat has their own resolutions, too!

What will your cat get up to in 2020? Only your kitty knows. Maybe they’ll make a few improvements, just like the cats in the GIFs below!

What is your cat’s New Year’s resolution this year? Is your kitty going to celebrate 2020 with you? Let us know in the comments below!

Watch Cats Walking In The Snow For The First Time [VIDEO]

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Some cats absolutely love the outdoors, even in winter. Other cats wouldn’t dream of getting their paws all wet and cold in the snow.

However, we’ll never know which our felines are until we let them test that wet, white stuff out for themselves.

The humans in the video below responsibly keep their kitties harnessed and on leash for their journey into the outdoors. If you’re going to let your furry friend test out the snow, take a lesson from the video and keep your cat safe.

Do you think your cats would like the snow? These cats seem to be having a good time of it. At least for a few seconds until they head back inside. They still managed to leave a few cute paw prints before coming in to get dry and toasty.

If you liked this video, you can follow these kitties on Facebook. Check out Cole & Marmalade on all their adventures.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of dangers for cats in winter, from antifreeze to frigid temperatures. Feral and stray cats could use your help this season. You can make homemade shelters for them and leave out food to make sure they have an easier time in the harsh weather.

Have your cats ever experienced snow? How did they like it? Let us know in the comments below!

Snowcats: Cat-Snowman Inspiration For Feline Lovers [PICTURES]

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Hello winter! I love the changing seasons. Do you live in an area that gets lots of snow? Enough to make snowmen and snow angels–and possibly even snowcats?

If you don’t have snow where you live, enjoy the pictures of some creative snowcats that cold-weather cat lovers have made. If you do get snow, here are some pictures for inspiration so you can build your own snowcat!

Get working on your snowcat, then please post pictures in the comments or on social media so we can see them. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #snowcat!

Wouldn’t your snowman love a snowcat to keep him company? Have these amazing snowcats inspired you to make your own snowy, kitty creation? Don’t forget to show us pictures in the comments below!