Ever Wondered How Smart Is Your Cat?
Ever wondered when your cat looks at you or is by all accounts attempting to communicate with you, precisely how intelligent your cat is? Have you seen your cat perform some conduct or errand that appears like it ought to be past his abilities? If we characterize intelligence as “the capacity to acquire data, hold it, and use it to solve issues,” the cat is unmistakably the champ of all our companion animals. A cat’s brain is divided into different areas that each performs specific undertakings. These regions are all interconnected and can without much of a stretch and quickly share data. This exchange of data gives your cat a valuable impression of his encompassing surroundings and permits him to respond to and even control his surroundings.
Try putting a grown-up cat in a room in which he has never been and observe how instinctively every niche and corner is precisely inspected. This need to do “fundamental exploration” gives the cat important, even life-saving, data about his environment. Really, curiosity didn’t kill the cat as it is always said. Curiosity gave the cat notoriety for having 9 lives.
The cat’s intellectual capacity is highlighted by its capacity to utilize the information held to tackle issues. Cats can form “learning sets,” a skill that was once thought to be restricted to primates. The full degree of the cat’s intellectual capacities is still to a great extent obscure, yet they keep on astonishing their proprietors with their quick capacities.
Cats learn by perception, impersonation, and trial and error pretty much as people do. Stories proliferate which portray cats swinging door-knobs to open entryways, ringing doorbells, opening cupboards, turning off lights, and even using the toilet exclusively by watching the owner performing these exercises. Numerous catlike behaviorists and in addition children analysts appear to concur that the intelligence of a grown-up cat equates to that of a 2 to 3 year old child. Children of this age are very manipulative and clever hence it is no any wonder that when it comes to training, cats are better than their owners than the owners are at training them?
Different to humans
While the cat is the smartest of all our household animals, it is essential for cat owners to be clear about the impediment of their cat’s perspectives, as ascribing human inspirations to the pet can meddle with the patient, systematic, approach that is necessary to treat conduct issues. For instance, a cat can’t contemplate the past or make future plans. It is in this way futile for a proprietor to punish a cat for something it did even a couple of minutes prior or in the act, simply the because the cat is unequipped for making the connection between the activity and the discipline. On the other hand, the intelligent cat activities cannot be inspired by revenge for some past affront by the owner. Stress brought about by the proprietor’s activities, and not disdain, is the offender here.
All cat behavioral issues are human prompted, not giving a cat what they have to instinctively act and act like a cat can have terrible plan of action to the human.
A great many people believe the brain is the center of insight. As far as size, the brain of the cat represents roughly 0.9 percent of its body mass, contrasted with around 2 percent in a normal human and around 1.2 percent in a normal puppy. In spite of the fact that the mind of a cat is nearly littler than that of different species, relative brain size isn’t generally the best indicator of intelligence. What’s more, the cat mind imparts some astounding likenesses to our own brains.
It appears that surface folding and mind structure matter more than the size of the brain. The brains of cats have a surface folding and structure that is fundamentally the same to that of the human brain, around 90 percent similar be more correct. Morphologically, both cat brains and human brains have cerebral cortices with comparative projections.
The cerebral cortex is the part of the cerebrum in charge of memory, learning, and decision making. Cats can store both long term and short term memories. Memory is vital as it shapes the capacity to learn. Kittens learn ingrained instincts, for example, chasing and grooming from watching and afterward imitating their mom. They additionally learn social skills from playing with their litter-mates. For cats, learning is a matter of practice makes perfect.
What do you think? How smart is your cat?
Meow for now… Kristian
Your Cat Can Live As Long As The World’s Oldest Cat
If you’re a cat owner, you will be interested to know that Guinness World Records have announced that Scooter is the world’s oldest cat at age 30. You may be wondering, how just how long does the average cat live? Or even, how can I help my cat live longer?
With advances in medicine and nutrition, cats are living longer than ever before. It’s not unusual today to see a cat live well into its 20s. As a cat lover (and owner), that’s encouraging and heartening. The cats that currently live with me are only 6 years old, which means we have plenty of years of fun times ahead of us. Several of the cats that I’ve shared my life with lived into their late teens, with one approaching 23 years old before he passed.
Here at SoPurrfect we want to help you and your cat share a long life full of friendship and fun. Take a look at our tips for helping your cat reach 30 years old just like Scooter.
Indoor vs Outdoor cats
It’s difficult to discuss average life span for a pet cat without first discussing the differences between a pet cat that lives indoors and a cat that lives or spends a great deal of time outdoors unsupervised. For outdoor cats, the life span can be much shorter. An outdoor life exposes your cat to a number of dangers that a cat living indoors simply doesn’t face. These risks include infectious diseases, poisons, exposure to the elements, and injuries from vehicles, dogs, wild animals, or even people. Cats living outdoors are also prey to some of the wild animals that now live even in our more urban communities (like snakes).
Buy quality cat food
Giving you cat a high-quality, balanced, and complete diet is one of the most important things you can do to keep your cat healthy and ensure a long life. The diet should also be appropriate for your cat’s life stage and lifestyle. For instance, a kitten should be consuming a diet that supports growth while an older cat may require fewer calories or even have health issues that require dietary restrictions or additions. Just like humans, if your cat is overweight they will face a number of illness like heart disease, diabetes and extra stress on their joints. Your veterinarian can help you choose a diet appropriate for your individual cat based on his age, reproductive status (i.e., neutered or spayed), health, and other factors. This also means limiting their treats and access to human food (which is too rich, high in fat and salt for cats)
Don’t forget about water!
You may not have thought of this before, but many cats do not drink enough water without encouragement. Encourage water consumption for your cat through the use of canned foods (which have a higher moisture content than dry food), water fountains, dripping faucets, or by adding water to the dry cat food. In summer, filling containers with water and some healthy treats (like vegetables, boiled chicken or tuna) and freezing it means your cat will stay cool as well as getting enough water.
Exercise is important for cats, too
Keeping your cat lean and fit is another contributing factor to giving your cat a long and healthy life. Overweight cats are prone to a number of diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, skin disease, respiratory disease, and more. Put aside time each day to encourage your cat to exercise through interactive play. You can also encourage exercise through the use of food puzzles.
Desex your cat
Desexing (otherwise known as spaying or neutering) increases the life span of cats. An added benefit for cats that are spayed or neutered is a lower tendency for developing annoying or even intolerable behavioral issues such as marking or spraying.
Exercise their brain
Environmental enrichment is a must for all cats (young and old), especially indoor cats. Living indoors, though safer than living outside, can also contribute to boredom for your cat. Enrichment means a variety of different activities for you cat to exercise their brain such as; scratching posts, perches, toys, and other things that stimulate your cat’s mind and alleviate boredom. Don’t forget to mix it up. Keep a box and put half their toys in the box, swap the toys out every 3 months. This will mean that old toys are treated as new toys.
Keep your cat’s teeth clean
Oral care is often forgotten, particularly for cats. However, it is extremely important to look after your cat’s teeth and mouth. The majority of cats over the age of three already have some degree of dental disease. Dental disease can be painful and may even prevent your cat from eating normally. It’s not as simple as brushing their teeth (though this can be one way of caring for their teeth).
Proper care for your cats teeth is a mix of at home care and with the vet. The vet will need to check your cats teeth at every visit to make sure there isn’t any gum or tooth disease that could be causing your cat pain. Speak to your vet about your cat’s teeth care and needs, because some things are easy to do at home and can help keep your cats teeth healthy. Sometimes, wet food is necessary for water intake (particularly in older cats) but this can also contribute to teeth disease.
Regular vet check ups
Just like humans require a regular visit to the doctor to make sure everything is ok, all cats require regular veterinary visits. These visits are not only for dental examinations but for a thorough examination of your cat from nose to tail. Cats are masters of disguise when it comes to disease. Even the most observant cat owner may be unable to spot the early signs of illness. However, your veterinarian is trained to look for these signs. Your veterinarian also has the advantage of being able to perform blood, urine, fecal, and other testing that you cannot do at home for your cat. Help your cat live longer and schedule annual veterinary checkups.
Now, let me leave you with this question… how old is your cat? Let us know in the comments.
Meow for now… Kristian
6 Tips On How To Stop A Cat Eating Dog Food
There are so many ways on how to stop a cat eating dog food. As we all know that dogs are omnivores and they can eat anything they come across be it meat or plants on their way so as to keep them going. Whereas cats are carnivores, they require meat for their survival. Hence, it is not good to let them get access to any dog food since the food has some cereals this which lacks nutrients that cat needs. Since our cats are fussy it is not good to let them get any access to any dog food. But the good thing is that most cats take time while eating unlike dogs we are very fast when eating, and due to the different feeding habits of the cats and dogs, the following are handy tips on how to stop a cat eating dog food.
Feeding your dog at a scheduled time.
This is one of the best ways of preventing the cat from eating the dog’s food. A dog can be scheduled to be fed twice a day in it private kennel, this method can be achieved when the cat is in a closed cube or in a safe room where it can’t access of dogs food. Additionally, after the dog feeding is done, the food that remains should be kept off from the cat within the shortest time possible and by doing so one will have solved a problem on how to stop a cat eating dog food.
Use of raised dog bowls.
This is another way on how to stop a cat eating dog food, one can get a raised bowl which will only enable the dog to feed peacefully without the reach of the cat since the bowels are designed to accommodate dogs food only. Additionally the bowl enables the dog to digest food better, and by applying this method the can’t won’t be able to eat the dog’s food at all.
Feeding both the cat and the dog at the same time.
Additionally, feeding the two animals together, by doing so one is able to prevent the other animal from eating the others food. This is because each animal will be busy eating its own food without having to the need to go for the other animal’s food and hence the best way ever on making sure your kitty doesn’t get into the dog food.
Storing dry food in closed container.
To conclude on how to stop a cat eating dog food, is by taking a good care of any food that has remained from the dog by keeping it in a closed container so as prevent the cat from getting it. Any food that is in a safe container is always safe from any animal getting access to it and so make sure that you store any uneaten food in a container with a lid.
What are the tricks you use to get your cat to stop eating the dog food?
Meow for now … Kristian Taylor
DIY Tutorial: How To Make A No-Sew Bow Tie
Sometimes you just want you cat to look handsome and dapper. In those instances you may not have a lot of time and you just want an easy to do, fun to make No-Sew Bow Tie. It may be a special event or maybe you just want them to feel fancy sitting on the couch at home getting some extra special treats. Either way, bow ties are the easiest (at least if you use our instructions) way to use small pieces of fabric to make these amazing bow ties. DIY Tutorial: How To Make A No-Sew Bow Tie
You don’t need to spend a lot of money (or any money) and use up some scrap materials from other projects, or even your old clothes that you are about to throw out.
At SoPurrfect we love to Reuse, Re-purpose and Recycle.
This no-sew bow tie came about after finding so many great bow-tie DIYs. Unfortunately, they were all for dogs (so much too big for a cat) and required a sewing machine (and who has time for that!). When you are making one for a cat (or kitten) they turn out much smaller and it is much harder and way more fiddly to sew.
This bow tie will take you 10 minutes and uses a hot glue gun. Easy peasy.
Cut out your fabric pieces. DIY Tutorial: How To Make A No-Sew Bow Tie
For an adult cat you will need a large rectangle (22cm x 11.5cm) for the bow tie, a long strip (28cm, 3.5cm) for the collar. You will need ribbon or an additional piece of fabric (5cm x 6cm) for the centre of the bow tie.
For a kitten you will need a large rectangle (14.5cm x 11.5cm) for the bow tie, a long strip (23cm, 3cm) for the collar. You will need ribbon or an additional piece of fabric (6cm x 3.5cm) for the centre of the bow tie.
Fold this lengthwise into the middle and for ease of folding secure it with a drop of hot glue.
Fold each end into the centre and again secure with a drop of hot glue. You don’t need much at this stage.
Fold your (now) small rectangle into an ‘M’ shape and secure it with hot glue (front and back). This makes your bow tie shape.
Cut out your long rectangle neck piece. Fold into thirds and iron. If you want you can also run a line of hot glue down the seam to prevent your cat from ripping into the collar of the bow tie.
Hot glue the bow tie to the neck collar. Use another piece of fabric or ribbon to wrap around the bow tie (firmly) and glue it together.
Glue some velcro onto the ends of your collar so that you can fasten it easily onto your cat.
Watch your cat enjoy this present.
It is such a simple process you will make dozens of these and your cat will always have a suitable bow tie for the holidays. When it comes time for Christmas – use special Christmas fabric. Birthday? No problems. We accept no responsibility if you go overboard and make so many that your cat has enough for every day of the year!
Have you tried any of our other DIY project? Such as the 10 minute cat tent.
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And now I really want to hear from you the answer to this question… Does you cat like wearing bow ties?
Meow for now… Kristian
FREE Printable Mother’s Day Cards To Celebrate Mom
If you have been worried about finding the purrfect card for your mum don’t worry, here at SoPurrfect we have you covered!
We have thought about all the different and unique mum’s out there and have made 3 different cards for each and every mum! We love them all and every mum is special and deserves her very own card.
Our cards can be printed, folded and given right away. Or, you can make it even more special by customising it with a picture of your family (including any furry family members!).
1. The Fashionista Mum
The Fashionista Mum is so cool and hip. Frankly, she looks amazing… all the time! She’s always wearing shades and looks effortlessly cool. Whenever you see her you think to yourself… how does she do it?
For this mum, you’ll need a card that is extraordinary. Nothing average will do. Which is why this card is purrfect for this fashion forward mum.
Her kitten is always with her in a special designer carry bag, just for her. She even has a regular spa day at the hippest grooming salon in town.
2. The Running Late Mum
She’s always rushing around and doing a hundred things as she speeds past you. She’s ALWAYS on every school trip, she volunteers to help in the library each week. You don’t know how she finds the time to do all these activities and commitments.
This mum is committed to making sure her child get’s as many activities and projects as possible… but that means she’s always running 10 minutes late because her schedule is packed tight!
Her cat is very independent and know just the right time to beg for a treat… as soon as mum is in the door and before she’s left again!
3. The Free Spirit Mum
This is one relaxed mum. She drives up to the gates, with seconds to spare before the bell and lets the kids climb out themselves. She’s always wearing re-usable fabrics and her kids come with lunchboxes full of raw, organic food that they grow in their backyard.
This family has one cool cat. This cat loves to sit in the sun while the family weed the garden and this cat is never out of catnip because this mum always makes sure there is a crop of it in her garden!
At the end of the day whichever mum you have she’s FANTASTIC and this Mother’s Day make sure she knows it with a special CAT-tastic card just for her.
Let us know which is your favourite card and why!
You can also check our our Mother’s Day hat or other DIY projects
Happy Mother’s Day
Meow for now… Kristian