12 Simple Tips For Getting Great Photos of Your Cat
Cats are adorable and this makes them great subjects for pictures. But they can also be aloof and hard to train, making it difficult to capture them on camera. Take advantage of these tips and tricks to take beautiful pictures of your cat.
A backdrop will help you take some amazing professional photos of your cat. Get a material that contrasts with your cat’s coat and place it over the sofa to create a backdrop. Use a backdrop that will bring out its eyes. Plain backdrops are recommended because they do not take attention away from the cat.
Offer Treats and Toys
This is a great way to get its attention. Offer treats first to help the cat to calm down then dangle a toy out of your camera’s view. This will give you a chance to capture the cat as it looks directly into the camera.
Take Several Photos
Take as many pictures as possible and then select the best. You may only get a few good shots but they will be worth it.
Keep Your Camera Ready
Your camera should always be ready and close by if you want to get the best shots of cats. This will allow you to photograph your cat in unexpected situations.
Exploit their Curiosity
Cats have diverse traits but they are all curious. Exploit their curiosity to make your cat do exactly what you want. Rustle some leaves or papers or toss pebbles their way to get their attention.
Patience is crucial when you want to photograph cats. You may have to repeat an action a few times to get them to respond. But do not force the cat to do anything. Cats are quite graceful and beautiful animals and this is exactly what you want to capture. Wait until your cat is in the right mood to get great photos. You do not have to dress your cat up or make her pose in an unnatural way.
Experiment with Camera Settings
Experiment with different settings to get amazing pictures. Start with auto and switch to the manual setting until you find one that works well with your cat and its environment. The manual setting will give you greater control over speed and aperture. This will allow you to take pictures even when there is limited lighting without using a flash.
Photograph after Naps
Photograph your cat just after it wakes up from a nap. This is the best time because the cat is not very active. Your cat is more likely to smile or lean on you after an afternoon nap. You can also wait until the cat is basking in the sun or sitting at the window.
Get to Cat’s Eye Level
Identify a nice spot that will allow you to see and reach your cat. Take pictures while your cat is on the couch or bed to give you a great view. She will be less distracted when you are on the same level. You can also take some bird-eye view photos while the cat is relaxed and lying down.
Capture them at Night
Capture great photos of your cat at night. Use a flash in low light if you have a big camera. Avoid flash if you are using your phone to take pictures. You can also get some additional lighting or use silhouettes to photograph your cat.
Know the Right Angles
You need to identify your cat’s best angles to take beautiful pictures. Some cats do not look great while sitting and this makes it necessary to capture their face only or choose a lying down pose.
Photography your cat when it is in action. You can turn their playtime into a photo session. It may be necessary to get some help for this. You can get a friend to play with your cat while you snap several pictures. This is a great way to capture your pet in its most natural poses.
It may take some practice to get beautiful photographs of your cat. Focus on bringing out the cat’s personality and emotions in the pictures. Use these tips and tricks the next time you want to take pictures of your cat to help you get memorable shots.
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Meow for now… Kristian
Easy DIY Tuna Ice Blocks To Keep Your Cat Cool
When the weather is hot there is nothing better than a refreshing icy cold treat to cool you down and keep you going. When the weather is warm, our cats get dehydrated and overheated very quickly… particularly since they love the sun so much. Keep them refreshed with these easy DIY frozen treats which will keep them cool and happy all day long.
You will need:
Can of tuna (in springwater, not oil)
A mixing bowl
A large ziploc bag
Start by mashing up the tuna chunks with the tuna water. Add extra tap water and mix it all up. Doesn’t it look delicious?
Fill your muffin tray with the mixture. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look pretty – the kittens won’t care. They will just love the tuna flavoured water and chunks!
Freeze the muffin tray. Once they are frozen, transfer them to a large ziploc bag (or regular bag) for ease of storing in your freezer!
When you are ready to treat your cat, get one out and let them lick at the delicious tuna flavoured water popsicle until they are cool enough.
The best bit? Because it is a large treat, it won’t melt immediately and can keep them cool
What is your cat’s favourite summer treat? Leave us a comment and let us know.
Meow for now… Kristian
How To Make Your Cat A Festive Easter Parade Hat
It’s a tradition you hear about, but in Australia you don’t see much evidence of it, aside from the odd primary school project. Is it something that has died out, or is it something that was never a part of Australian history and culture? We celebrate Easter, but we don’t tend to celebrate it whilst wearing hats!
Cut a strip of paper 15 cm long (6 inches) and 5 cm wide (2 inches). Draw a line across the paper length ways and draw a series of triangles. Make sure you leave 1 cm as a glue flap to form a cylinder. Put glue on the 1 cm flap you left and glue your crown into a cylinder shape. Your crown is already looking majestic.
Cut out a square piece of paper for your base. Use glue to secure the crown to the base. Once it has dried trim off the excess.
Now it’s time to decorate. We used an Easter Bunny and some flowers, you can use gems, flowers, or ribbon. Use glue to attach any decorations and let it fully dry. Let your imagination run wild to create a unique crown.
Get your camera ready and snap some photos of your cat or kitten wearing their adorable crown!
Download the printable instructions below.
So why hats at Easter?
Well the tradition appears to have origins in the Christian custom of Easter being the time for new clothes after the fasting of Lent, and the Church-going notion of wearing your “Sunday Best”, meaning that at Easter your best had to be “better than best” to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.
But there are roots in the more secular and pagan notion of Spring being the time of fertility, new life and rebirth. A time when wreaths of flowers and leaves were worn in the hair to celebrate the cycle of life and the seasons.
The custom of wearing hats at Easter is also tied to the American tradition of The Easter Parade, which emerged in the 1870s after the end of the Civil War. People were stepping out with positivity in their lives, and would stream out of the churches following the Easter service dressed up to the nines in their best hats. The first Easter Parade was the Fifth Avenue Parade in New York in 1870, which doesn’t appear to have been an organised affair but organically came into being when the beautiful people came out of St Patricks Cathedral and surrounding churches and walked down 5th Avenue.
If you don’t want your cat to miss out on the glamour and festivity of Easter, this Easter crown is easy to make and will make them fit in with all the glamour of the Easter parade.
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Meow for now… Kristian
Easy Guide to Keeping Your Cat Safe at Easter
Easter is a period for celebrating new life. All the brilliant ways we celebrate this occasion, by chocolates feasting, eggs hunting, decoration, and stuffing ourselves senseless can really be potentially hurtful for our furry cat companions. Since we’d all somewhat have our kitties at home celebrating with us as opposed to spending Easter in the emergency room, below is an easy guide to keeping your cat safe at Easter. The guide contains precautionary measures you can take to guarantee your cat stays healthy, cheerful and safe this Easter.
1. Easter Lilies
The lovely Easter lily is a standout among the most perilous blooms you can have around your cats. It’s additionally a standout among the most well-known blossoms found in homes around this occasion. It, alongside a few of other assortments of ‘true lilies,’ will easily put your cat into acute kidney failure. Use extreme care when bringing any blooms into your home if you have cats. This devastating and regularly deadly condition can happen regardless of the possibility that your cat takes just a little nibble on on or several petals. Acute kidney (renal) failure is always crippling to your pet and costly for you. Given the high hazard and the devastating results, the most secure thing you can do is to keep these lilies out of homes with cats. The threat they posture to your cat’s well-being is far more prominent than the excellence they can add to your adorning.
These plants are regularly found at gardening centers and general stores, so they can undoubtedly end in and around homes this season of year. The highest danger to cats comes from eating the roots, though the blooms themselves can bring about issues, as well. Little nibbles might bring about retching, dribbling, diarrhea, while eating a bigger amount can bring about heart mood irregularities, seizures, and even death.
3. Confectioneries and Chocolates
Chocolate bunnies, confection eggs, and the various sweet treats we stuff into our Easter baskets more often contain caffeine and theobromine, both of which are harmful to cats. The side effects of chocolate poisoning are diarrhea, vomiting, fast breathing, increased heart rate and low pulse. Severity of symptoms relies on upon the sort of chocolate your cat ingests, yet if you think your feline has eaten any kind of chocolate, you ought to take him or her to the vet quickly for a physical exam, blood test and urinalysis. Furthermore, you ought to keep any Easter basket filler far from your cat, as it could bring about a blockage if an inquisitive cat ingests it.
Cats really don’t have the receptors to taste desserts, so there’s no point offering them anything sweet. Rather, give them substantial treats proposed for cats. Cats are obligate carnivores.
4. Easter Eggs
Whether chocolate, plastic, or genuine, the eggs found in Easter baskets can bring about an assortment of issues for your pets. While the perils of chocolate are surely understood, the risks of plastic and genuine eggs might be more subtle. When swallowed or inhaled, Plastic eggs can bring about digestive and respiratory tract irritation or obstruction.
Broken bits of these eggs can likewise prompt cuts on your pet’s paws and in their mouth. Hard-boiled eggs frequently cause digestive issues when cats sniff out and eat the eggs remaining from the egg hunt. For your cat’ss well-being, and your child’s entertainment, consider recording where you hid every one of the eggs, and afterward make certain they’ve all been gathered before heading in for supper.
If you plan to hide genuine eggs around your house, make sure to make of rundown of all you’re hiding spots and ensure they’re all accounted for after the chase is over. A lost, spoiled egg could be having mold, microscopic organisms and other yucky, dangerous stuff that could rapidly transform a fun family game into a trip to the animal clinic with a pet that is sick.
5. Easter Feast
One of the best parts about Easter is the feast. Yet, all that great food can bring about significant issues for our felines if we aren’t exceptionally watchful. It’s vital to be especially mindful around the occasions, particularly if you have a feline that likes to beg, and if you have visitors in your home that have a tendency to be suckers to those pleading, pitiful kitty feline eyes. Normal Easter foods, similar to ham and pork are high in salt and fat, both of which are terrible for cats in high amounts. Uncooked batter from bread, if ingested, can be deadly if it ascends in your pet’s paunch. Treats that might contain chocolate, raisins, or grapes would be lethal to your cat if he takes a nibble. It’s best to keep kitty out of the kitchen and far from the table during your Easter dining feast.
6. Know What Your Cat Can’t Eat
Though you might want to share scraps with your feline, sodium-rich ham and other substantial meat things from occasion meals could bring about exceptional sickness. Additionally, onions, grapes and raisins can be poisonous to pets.
7. Easter Grass
This normal filler of Easter basket is regularly excessively enticing a “toy” for pets to avoid, especially cats. Whenever ingested, Easter grass has a high probability of bringing on irritation or block of your pet’s digestion systems. It isn’t real grass and doesn’t have the same benefits. Such digestive issues will probably bring about a decline in energy level and hunger, and additionally diarrhea and vomiting. While the irritation might resolve with at-home consideration, it could conceivably require a few days in the vet healing center, as well. Any obstacle, then again, will assuredly require surgery to correct. This implies a stay in the doctor’s facility for your pet, and high cost of treatment.
8. Keep Alcohol Away
Liquor affects felines more than individuals, so even little measures of liquor can be hazardous. Spiked beverages additionally ought to be kept out of your feline’s span. Likewise, all unfilled and somewhat empty mugs ought to be removed as quickly as time permits since they can contain trace measures of liquor.
Easter is an extraordinary time to celebrate with family. If you have cats, you need to consider the above things so as to keep them glad, healthy, and safe. What are your Easter experiences with your cat?
Meow for now… Kristian
The Only 3 Things You Need To Teach Your Cats
As many of the articles here on SoPurrfect.com show, cats can be just as smart as dogs when it comes to being trained to do things. You can teach your kitty to roll over, come when you call, and even shake hands! Before you get down to the finer details of training your cat to do fun feline tricks, though in this post I cover the only 3 things that every cat owner needs to teach their cat to do to ensure that their life goes smoothly!
If you are raising a new kitten then you can teach them these things from the start, so that as they grow into an adult cat they have them ingrained as part of their lifestyle. But, you can teach any cat new tricks (it’s not just for old dogs), so if you have recently started fostering an adult cat for instance, these tips will still apply.
Ready? Here, without further ado, are 3 things you need to teach your cats…
1. Having their feet touched
Kitties don’t always like having their feet touched, and with good reason. Though they may feel tough to your touch, cat paws are actually incredibly sensitive. This is because in order to hunt effectively cats paws need to be packed with sense receptors so that they can feel the minutest movements.
However, most cat owners will need to touch their cat’s feet or paw pads at some point in their lives. Whether they need a snaggle claw trimmed or a splash of cookie batter wiped off the fur of their feet, a painful thorn trapped in their paw that you want to removed gently with tweezers or a scratch that you want to take a look at – it’s important then your cat is comfortable with you touching their toes whenever you need to.
So, it is a very good idea to train your feline friend to have their feet touched from a young age. You can start teaching them that it is okay to let you touch their feet simply by approaching them when they are in a relaxed mood, for instance when they are dozing beside you on the couch or snuggling in your lap.
Very gently, run your hands over their legs and down to their paws. It may take a few tries over a few days before they let you touch their paw pads, but the effort will be worth it. When, as an adult cat, their paws need attention in some way, they will be much less likely to lash out at you or try and wriggle their paws out of your grasp!
In fact, if you play your cards right, your kitty may even associate having their paws stroked with playtime and they might start to enjoy it! This is one of the first things we do with all the foster kittens that come through our care. By the time they leave, they love to snuggle with us on the lounge and get a PAWsome massage.
2. Get them used to everyday noise
The everlasting battle between cats and vacuum cleaners is well known to all pet owners. It would be pretty difficult to train your kitty to positively love loud noises but you can certainly get them accustomed to managing noise so that they do not get panicky and frantic the next time that someone accidentally knocks a china mug onto the floor or wants to do some last minute vacuuming before the in-laws arrive.
How do you do it? Simple, just let your cat be exposed to some general household noise at first: the clanking of the potts as you wash up, for instance, or the sound of the lawn mower out in the back yard. Don’t be surprised if they dash for cover to start off with! Simply seek them out and talk to them calmly and gently, petting them to let them know that everything is okay. Do this every time that they hear a noise and soon enough they will stop finding everyday household noises startling and will start to accept them simply as a fact of life.
Then, you can introduce them to louder everyday noises: the vacuum cleaner is always a big one! If you have trained your kitty well, a few pets and calming words from you will allay their fears when they first hear vacuuming, or when your neighbors let off some 4th of July fireworks within earshot.
As with all of these tips, if things don’t work out perfectly to start off with, do not worry. With a little patience, a calm voice and plenty of gentle hugging, you can conquer your cat’s fear of general household noise.
If your cat is really scared of a loud noise, though – for instance firecrackers in your own backyard or a shelf full of pottery coming loose from its hinges – do not force them to stay in the room. Let them run for cover and calm themselves down. Forcing a feline to listen to ear-splitting loud noise will just terrify them (same goes for most humans – metal lovers aside!). Remember, this tip was purely aimed at getting your cat accustomed to general household noise that they will have to hear everyday.
3. Being petted as they eat
Your cat’s instincts cause them to be protective over their food, and to guard it closely. It is a good idea to let your kitty know that you are not a threat to their mealtimes by training them to let you pet them as they eat. Do this by gently approaching them, gradually at first, and giving them a few calming strokes (and speaking to them in calm, inviting tones) as they tuck in to their dinner.
Soon, your cat will think nothing of you giving them a pat on the head as they are eating! This training tip is very useful as it enables you to get close to your cat to whisk away anything that they are eating that could upset their stomachs – for instance a piece of spicy marinated fish you dropped whilst cooking – or to separate cats that are attempting to steal each other’s food.
If you have young children, it is especially important to ensure that your cat is okay with being petted by humans as they eat. Curious toddlers may not want to stop stroking your cat just because they are eating!
What do you think of these three tips as essential parts of being a cat owner? Leave us a comment with your thoughts on the three most essential training tips for all cat owners.
Meow for now… Kristian