I know many of us get worried that our kitties tend to climb unto shelves or other tall furniture. We worry that they may fall, am I right? But then, when they do, they always land on their feet. Why though? My fellow cat lovers, I give to you the answer today.
Why They Go High
First, we have to know why our feline friends tend to climb high a lot. They seem to enjoy it. One of the influences of this is that cats feel more comfortable when they are in a high place as they can see most of their surroundings. Be it looking for food or running away from something. This can also be traced back through history. Early cats were hunters and would climb unto tall trees to escape for safety or wait for a prey. Climbing for cats is a hard wired survival instinct. Before a cat climbs, they usually would stare at the place that they are about to climb as if they are calculating angles on which they can climb on. This is also a sign that they are making sure that the place they are about to climb is secure and fit for whatever their goal is.
Why Don’t They Fall?
They say cats can’t fall. Wrong. They still do. But they fall in style. It seems very easy for cats to drop from a very tall shelf or perhaps even from the roof. But it actually takes a rather complicated feline effort to be able to fall in style. Cats have a very good sense of balance and flexible backbones which play the major role in this feline act. They use a balancing system in their inner ear called vestibular apparatus to know what is up from down. They then rotate their upper body to face the correct way and the lower body follows along.
Their small bodies, light bone structure, and thick fur also help a lot. These would decrease the speed of the kitty’s fall which makes the impact smooth. Other cats would also flatten their bodies when falling from a high place. This makes their bodies act like a parachute which would lessen the force of the fall caused by gravity and wind.
Did you know that kittens can also fall without problems? Most of them are able to master the skill of falling in style when they are 7 weeks old.
So our cute kitties are really good at this. No need to worry. But we should be more alarmed if they fall from a shorter distance. A short height may not give our precious feline companions enough time to rotate their bodies to enable them to land on their feet. So be careful about open windows. Birds and other animals can easily distract our kitties leading them to fall from our windows which may injure them if the fall is too short. But then again, who can stop us from worrying if our cute kitties are falling right? But don’t you worry, our feline friends are more than capable of handling this. If we are not there to catch them, they will just fall in style.
Meow for now… Kristian
Wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy a cup of coffee with a few pastries while a cute and endearing kitty sits next to you? Before, only cat owners can know how relaxing this can get. But now, we have cat cafes around. You can order coffee and other drinks along with pastries or biscuits while a group of these cute feline creatures are mingling around you. But the main concern for this topic is whether this kind of business is good for kitties. Today, we will look into the good and the “not so good” effects of these cafes towards cats.
Quick trivia; though cat cafes are generally more famous and blossomed in Japan, but the first cat café, “Cat Garden”, opened in 1998 in Taipei, Taiwan.
The Good Part
We all know that these felines are generally not a social species, thus leading to the concern on cat cafes. A group of these cute but eccentric kitties together in one place, while having constant human interaction with the human part being many and constantly changing. Not the best idea, right? But not for cat cafes. The rapid increase in number of cat cafes opening is proof that it is possible to socialize kitties. It also opens up the avenue for a place that stray cats can call home as there are some of these cafes that cater to fostering kitties. However, this is being done very carefully as not all cats are happy to interact with others. The grouping of cats together needs utmost attention and care. Most of these cafes are also regulated by their local government agencies and RSPCA or Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This way, all kitties can receive the right kind of treatment and care.
The Not So Good Part
Not all cats are able to adjust to socializing with their fellow feline. If the mix of cats in one place is not done carefully, it can lead to potential stress and aggression for these lovable kitties. Since a lot of different breeds and origin are in a single confined space, it can lead to illnesses as well. It is very possible for these cuties to catch a disease and pass it on to their play mates since they are all in a single area. But among all these, the most probable aspect that holds the most influence is the amount of human interaction that these kitties are receiving. Even our very own kitties at home would have times that they would refuse to be picked up or touched. Too much human interaction can cause stress and depression towards cats. Even they would need some private time, right?
Having a cat at home, we all know how lovable and endearing our feline companions are. Along with that, we also are aware of the particular needs that they require. With cat cafes, it all comes down to proper management and regulation. A kitty’s happiness and health is of paramount importance. But how about cat lovers who cannot afford caring for a cat at home? Or who simply does not have the time and space to do so? Cat cafes are the perfect avenue for you to be able to experience having a cat.
Meow for now… Kristian
Try putting an empty box in your living room. You’ll notice that your cute feline pet would become noticeably curious and interested about the box. After some time, your kitty will finally jump in the box and would seem contented and stuck in deep thought. Have you ever wondered why this happens? Why are our kitties so in love with boxes? Ladies and gents, you are reading just the right thing to answer those questionsIt’s not just boxes really, our feline companions would tend to squeeze themselves in wherever they can. “If I
It’s not just boxes really, our feline companions would tend to squeeze themselves in wherever they can. “If I fits, I sits” as the kitty saying goes. This makes them feel safer and more secure instead of being out in the open where there may be possible danger.
This traces back to when they were young where they used to snuggle with the mommy kitty and litter siblings giving them a warm and soothing feeling. It is the feeling of security that boxes or enclosed areas offers to cats that reminds them of the security and sanctuary that the mother kitty provided them when they were young.
In fact, this even holds true for spaces enclosed with lines. Have you seen the videos of cats stepping in to a space on the floor with red tape shaped in a square like the picture below?
Even this kind of enclosure gives our dear kitties the sense of security. Although the box may not have any walls, it is a representation of a box which although, is not as good as the real thing, but it is a representation that offers the kitty the feelings if there was a box in that certain area.
We all know that our feline friends have territorial tendencies; this also plays a part on this natural phenomenon. It somehow ensures them that this is their space. They have claimed it and no one else can take it away from them.
In a scientific perspective, the physical contact with a box’s interior has been believed to release a natural substance more commonly called as “endorphins”, which induces a relaxing and secure feeling. The same kind of feeling we get from a comforting hug. This also reduces stress.
Do you remember when your beloved feline companion was still a cute, tiny kitten? Do you remember where the mommy kitty gave birth to this tiny kitten? If you do, then you know that cats give birth in discrete places. This is a mommy kitty’s instinct to protect and secure the kittens. In this manner, they are also kept close together in one area where they are brought to this world with the warm feeling of the litter being together. This also contributes to why our cats are so interested in boxes or tight spaces. You might even find your kitty in one of your vases.
No matter what the breed of kitty you have, you will find that this is a common behavior among most of them. But isn’t it rather cute to see your kitty having fun with a box? Just make sure that they are safe for instances where they climb and snug into a vase or something breakable. Though our kitties love the feeling of boxes and such, nothing beats the warm care and, if your kitty is feeling like it, hugs from you. So if you’re feeling like giving your kitty something to play with today, try looking for a box.
Meow for now… Kristian
To neuter or not to neuter? That is the question for today cat lovers. One of the decisions that we go through as a cat owner is whether to have our kitties neutered. A lot of us may have second thoughts about this especially since it would mean our precious pet would need to go through a surgery. But worry not; you came to the right place to help you make a decision on whether or not to neuter your kitty.
We all have our reasons in considering neutering our feline friends. We may find too many kitties too much to handle, or perhaps there are a lot of stray tom cats around your neighborhood. Though different reasons, what these point towards are whether it is safe for our best friends? Or what are the effects of this on my cat?
Pawsitive Effects of Neutering
See what I did there? You read that right! Let us first look into the “pawsitive” effects of neutering your kitty. Below are the significant positive changes that a feline goes through after neutering:
- A home kitty. After neutering kitties, especially with the male kitties, they are less inclined to roam around the neighborhood in search of females “on heat” as their sexual urges are also removed from the equation.
- A calm kitty. Once they have been neutered, our feline companions tend to be more affectionate and less aggressive compared to when not neutered.
- A cancer-free kitty. That’s right; there are also certain kinds of cancer that threatens our beloved pets. But with neutering, it reduces the risk of your kitty having certain kinds of cancer especially in the reproductive system.
- A healthy kitty. Neutering reduces and controls the risk of your companion getting certain diseases especially the ones related to the reproductive organs such as prostatic disease and hormonal diseases.
- A chaste kitty. We all know that with neutering, our kitty would no longer be able to create a litter. This also removes the risk of your kitty looking for a mate.
- A submissive kitty. This often helps control dominating behaviors of kitties as they are less aggressive towards other cats or animals in general.
- “Pawpulation” control. Less kitties equals less parenting.
The Opawsing effects
I did it again! The “opawsing” or negative effects of neutering our cats are as follows:
- The last of its kind. Neutering means that our beloved kitty can no longer bare an offspring, thus, no kitten to further bring their genes or breed further.
- Surgery. Who isn’t scared of having a vet do an operation on our beloved pet? Though it is a routine procedure, it cannot be denied that with any kind of surgery, it comes with risks.
- Lowered metabolism. It’s a misunderstanding that people consider neutering to be the reason for their feline pet to become obese. Definitely not. With certain organs and hormones being removed from their system, our kitties would have lower metabolism. It’s up to the parent (us, cat owners), to properly manage our kitties diet.
- Money. Neutering is a surgery, and just like any surgery, it can be costly, however, there are low –costs spay or neuter programs and clinics depending on your region or country.
- A kitten forever. With the necessary hormones essential for maturity being taken out of the equation, our kitties tend to retain immature and kitten like behavior. But with the right kind of supervision and parenting, any kitty can be our best friend.
When to Neuter?
Now that we’ve discussed the “pawsible” effects of neutering, we should also know when to have our kitties neutered. There are three options available for this topic. Early or pediatric spay/neuter is done at six to eight weeks of age. Standard spay and neuter at five to six months. Finally, waiting until after the first heat which is somewhere between eight to twelve months of age.
These are the important considerations that every cat owner/lover needs to think about when talking about neutering. There are many “pawsibilities” for us out there, however, there are a lot of kitties outside, looking for a home. Why breed some more? How about we start adopting those who are in need of a good home than contributing to the “pawpulation”? If you neuter your cat now, not only will this benefit you, it will also increase the chances of every kitty having a safe and good home.
Meow for now… Kristian
A lot of you may have already seen videos going viral about cats reacting to cucumbers. If you haven’t, you must.
In the video, owners were showing off their cats’ reaction to this green elongated fruit. Some cats were eating, sleeping or unaware when a cucumber is placed within their reach. After they catch a glimpse of the cucumber, they leap as if their life depended on it. The poor kitty, caught off guard, was startled by the presence of cucumber from out of nowhere. Oddly enough, cats jumping and reacting to the cucumber is empathizingly hilarious.
Why do kitties do this? What beef do they have with cucumbers?
There are two widely accepted temporary reasons as to why this is so.
Reflex action to predation
According some testimonies, the way cats react to cucumbers can be related to how animals would respond when a predator is sneaking behind a prey’s back. The cucumber is thought to be of close representation to the form of a snake. So, when kitties turn around and don’t get full sight on what that odd threatening shape is and where it came from, their instincts would automatically tell them to act now and evade.
However, there are a few sightings and proofs of the feline family going head-to-head with snakes. Cats are known to have predatory instincts. Logically, they should not be afraid of snakes. Although it may be true to many, it is not to all. There are kitties who aren’t that exposed to the rough world that find comfort by being lazy in the house. These may be the kitties who are prone to the surprise-cucumber effect.
Response from the unexpected
A few days after the videos have gone viral. Telegraph launched a scientific explanation as to why some kitties respond this way to cucumbers. Animal behaviour specialist, Dr. Roger Mugford, told Telegraph “I think it is due to the novelty and unexpectedness of finding an unusual object secretly placed whilst their heads were down in the food bowl.”
What Dr. Rogers said was merely a hypothesis that needed further research. A lot of people, especially cat lovers, wonder as to why some kitties that it may be from its citrus scent, the unfriendly mixture of green colour or the pattern.
And now, bananas
A related scenario can also be seen in another video going viral about cats and bananas. The same thing happened when owners try to put bananas in front or behind cats – they take the leap of fright. One kitty, after leaping, tried to fight and pound the banana peel.
Cats are known to have 200million scent receptors in their nasal cavity which is a lot more than what dogs have.
According to testimonies, it because of the banana’s strong scent that irritates these poor kitties.
Although kitties belong to the same feline family, they have different taste and preferences. It is best to observe your kitties’ reactions on different things; be a good parent. Playing the same prank on your kitties is not advisable. Pranks like the cucumber or banana only raise the possibility of your cat being injured, worse, you.
Meow for now… Kristian