Understanding your cat is a bit mystifying as you don’t have any clue what they are trying to say. Humans rely primarily on verbal communication, whereas cats, other than meowing, communicate in a silent language. They use sign languages in complex combination — their vocalisations, facial expressions, and tail movements indicate their moods in an obvious manner.
Just like humans, your feline companion also has different range of emotions, they feel anxious, sad, angry, happy or loved. It would be awesome if there’s no language barrier between you and your little rascal, right? With the help of practice, soon you will easily decipher what your cat is saying to you, and to your other furbabies without a hitch!
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When your cat is showing signs of anger, you will need to be very careful. As much as possible, do not infuriate your angry cat as this will make everything worst. Avoid touching, staring, or shouting at him/her. Don’t make sudden movements as they may interpret this as an additional threat and may snap. The best thing to do is to give your cat space and time to calm down — remove any threats and pull back slowly. If this happens on a regular basis, you might want to seek help from the vet for further information.
- Fur will stand out straightly, front legs are stiff, and they will try to appear larger and menacing.
- Tail is straight and stiff or tucked under their body.
- Ears will be in “airplane” form (flat back against their head) with whiskers completely stiff.
- They will be hissing, growling or spitting.
- Eyes will be fixated with narrowed pupils.
Cats who are afraid can be deciphered easily. Whether they are scared by seeing unfamiliar visitors coming to your house or scared by unexpected loud noises, comforting your cat by stroking his/her fur is not something ideal to do. They are showing signs through their body language that they are afraid, and the only way for them to return to their normal state is when they feel safe. Wait for your cat to calm down. Again, don’t try to move your cat to comfort him/her under his/her fearful state, you will be interpreted as another threat if you do.
- Eyes will be widely open, with pupils completely dilated. Whiskers will be flattened away from your cat’s face.
- Ears will be flattened, and may be possibly angled upwards.
- They may possibly growl, spit, hiss or even snap.
- Tail may be curled under their body.
- Legs will sometimes be straightened up for them to appear taller.
Nothing is more relaxing than having a happy feline purring gently on your lap. This is the best state we all want our cats to be in — free from stress and any signs of threats. One obvious way to know your cat is happy is when he/she wakes you up in the morning, or they come down running up to greet you when you arrive home. You know, if the cat is happy, highly likely the furparent is too!
- Having a good appetite. Will ask food by rubbing their body around your legs and meowing.
- Whiskers are relaxed and tail is held up with a bit of a curl when they are standing.
- Their paws may be tucked in neatly underneath their body when lying down.
- Ears are pointed up but in a relaxed manner, and may sometimes swivel gently when sitting.
- Will gently purr and eyes may close slowly when being petted.
Being relaxed is how your cat should spend most of his/her waking hour time. This is one of the most essential parts of cat language. Cats should look worry free and contented with how their surroundings go by, and show enthusiasm with their environment.
- Eyes will slowly blink or is half-closed.
- Ears are relaxed and is held upright casually.
- Body is laid-back with no sign of tension or stress.
- Whiskers are relaxed and cat’s face appear to be smiling.
- Their paws may be tucked in neatly underneath their body when lying down.
Take time to observe your cat’s behaviour by these helpful tips. Soon you’ll understand what your cat is saying to you like a pro, and perhaps even respond in cat language too!
Just as there are benefits of owning dogs, having cats as pets provide you with different scientifically proven benefits for your health too. Whether you own an aloof who prefers-to-be-alone cat or a sweet lap cat who loves snuggles and head-butting, having a feline companion around you can be very worthwhile and advantageous just as having any other animal.
We’ve collated different health benefits that are scientifically proven of how beneficial owning a cat is.
- Helps boost your immunity – Exposure to cat’s fur in the areas of your house can increased resistance to allergens. Hence, this can help decrease risk for possible asthma or any form of allergy.
- Lower risk of possible heart disease – As per studies, having cats as pets can lower your stress levels, which in turn can help fight off possible risk of heart disease, including stroke by 40%.
- Helps you find your perfect match – According to the British poll, a massive 90% percent of women acknowledged they are more fascinated to guys who are cat owners. For them, they are “nicer” compared to other men. So if you’re a guy and is still single, time to reevaluate yourself, get a cat.
Just remember, cats are not just for “finding a partner” purposes, they are for keeps.
- Provide complete companionship – Having a cat as pet can lower your sense of solitude. Just like how affectionate dogs are as companion, it shows that cats are too. According to a study, having a cat is just equivalent to having a romantic partner. This may sound surprising but cats do remember kindness and affection shown to them and will eventually return the favor afterwards.
- Lowers cholesterol level – High cholesterol level can put you at risk to possible heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Owning a cat can help lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and decline of these levels aid to a lesser risk of having such diseases.
- Reduces anxiety and stress levels – Having cats around your house helps reduce stress and anxiety levels. Felines are said to be low-maintenance, so a simple petting or cuddling is good enough to make you and your cat feel better and cozy, thus reducing any stress or anxiety you feel.
- You will surely sleep better – Studies shown in the UK that more women prefer to sleep with their cats than their partners. They even shared that they sleep better together with their feline companion. About 40% of people agreed to this and 19% said otherwise.
- Cat’s purr helps soothe bones and muscles – Your cat’s purr is not only one of the most soothing sound in the world, it is also great to heal your tired muscles, tendons and bones. Purring is a sign that your cat is happy and relaxed, and the sound of it has also been long correlated with a therapeutic healing to your bones, muscles and tendons.
A cat’s purr creates vibrations at 20 – 140 HZ frequency, and as per studies, around 18 – 35 HZ range can aid muscle or joint mobility after an injury. So it is highly possible a cat’s purr has positive healing effects.
We are once again surrounded by floating hearts, people cradling bouquets of flowers, along with a box of chocolates tucked in their arm pits. It’s a pretty normal sight to see, since Valentine’s Day is simply (and quite literally) just around the corner now. We can expect a lot of exchange of “I love you,” and “I love you too,” coming from numerous individuals.
While it is indeed a beautiful thing to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the ones we love, it can also be a significant day to remember out pets, especially our cats! You don’t have to be single to celebrate it with them because love isn’t just limited to a person; it transcends beyond species. With that being said, we’ve prepared a couple of things that you can do with your purrfect date this Valentine’s!
Make a Cat Fort Out of Boxes!
What do cats go crazy for, aside from catnips? Boxes, of course! Our furry little friends just love to get into these empty boxes and just hide out there. If you search the Internet, you’re bound to see a ridiculous amount of cats going loco for boxes! What’s a better way to spend Valentine’s Day with them than to create a cat fort out of boxes, and spend time playing with them!
Spend Night Time Playing with them and their Favorite Toys!
Every cat owner is very familiar with the ecstatic feeling of watching these fluffy balls of joy playing with laser lights, feather toys, and/or mouse toys. We all know how gratifying it feels to just play with our cats after coming home from a long day of work and stress. We play with them to feel happier, to feel calmer, and to reenergize. But on Valentine’s Day, make it special for both you and your cats by setting a nighttime playtime. Be sure to play to your heart’s content and end it with a cozy cuddling with your purrfect date.
Prepare a Fancy Dinner for Two
Preparing a fancy dinner for our loved ones is a very special thing and we always put a high value on it. After all, it’s not all the time that dinners get to be a bit nicer than usual. Fancy dinners are pretty common during Valentine’s Day, and for a lot of people, this is either held at a restaurant, somewhere with a nice view, or simply outside their backyards with candle lights and a bottle of wine. For your cats, take out some of those treats and give them their favorite cat meal. Go and prep your favorite meal as well, and share the beautiful night of love with your beloved purring date with the moonlight and stars.
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to give your cat the Valentine’s Day celebration they deserve, and for you to be able to spend more time with them. It’s not every day that you get to spread love to your cat during such an important and momentous event, so be sure to take advantage of it!
Cats are oftentimes deemed to be standoffish and apathetic, they prefer to be alone rather than with their humans snuggling with each other.
However, have you ever wonder what your little rascal thinks about you? Does he/she really loves you? Trust me, as a cat owner, we tend to have this question running at the back of our mind, wanting our love for them to be reciprocated. Though it is true we may not understand fully what they are trying to say, but somehow they make apparent gestures for us to know their emotion.
As per experts, cats have significant ways of telling their humans “i love you”. These different behaviors incredibly show how much our cat loves us! Though we are familiar to some of these already, however most of them will surely surprise you.
Check these amazing love gestures your cat expresses.
- Cat-tail Love
A cat’s’ tail is mainly used for its balance, however this can also be a great annotator for mood and emotion. Whether his feeling angry as tail movement goes in whipping motion to holding his tail upright with a bit of an arch shape at the top as a sign of wanting attention
- Kneading Any Parts of Your Body
This is a behavior innate to cats ever since they were kittens. Kittens knead their mother’s breast to release milk. Adult cats continue to adapt such behavior when they are feeling loved, relaxed, and comfortable. This often happens when they are on their human’s lap being petted. When your cat’s kneading your lap, know they are showing adoration towards you.
- Exposing Their Squishy Belly
Cats won’t just show off their belly as this is the most vulnerable part of their body. If your cat does, then lucky you! That simply goes to show your little rascal is comfortable and is feeling safe around you for them to just expose their fuzzy tummy like that.
- Bringing Bizarre Presents
For sure you have experienced this, your cat is gifting you with eccentric presents like dead mice, bird, lizard, or different kinds of toys or small stuff like socks or even undies! Behold as this is one of your cat’s ways of showing love and affection. We must admit, this is extremely weird yet undeniably cute.
You have probably heard your cat purring before and you seem not to mind at all, well now it’s time that you do. When a cat purrs it suggests different emotions, from adoration to feeling concerned. If your furbaby purrs when you’re around, guaranteed he/she is showing his/her love for you.
Cats rarely meow to other cats, but when they do, it’s when they feel threatened or in heat. Oftentimes kittens meow to their momma cat, and as they turn into adults, this habit is still apparent. So when your cat uses this distinct vocalization to interact with you, remember that this is a gesture of affection.
This action may seem a bit odd but if your cat does this, be thankful. Slow head-bunting is one of your cat’s ways of showing love to you. According to experts, cats have secret glands on different parts of their bodies. So when they are rubbing their head against you, they are marking you with their scent and declaring you as part of their family group.
See? Cats may seem aloof but they are capable of showing you some good love.
You might not be alone with your fitness goal this year, you can include your feline furbaby and kick-start your 2019 to be healthier and more fit!
Here are some helpful tips on how:
- Make your cat accustomed to using a scratching post.
If you don’t want your sofas or other furnitures to turn into a shredded and ripped valuables, then make your cat accustomed to using a scratching post. This tends to be the mistake of most cat owners since they often place it far away from the social action area of the house, resulting for cats to ignore it. If it’s your first time bringing a scratch post home, it is highly recommended by vets to sprinkle it with catnip. Once your cat gets the hang of using it, you can moderately move the post to a less crowded spot.
- Ensure you have enough litter boxes for your little rascal.
As per expert, the rule of thumb when having litter boxes for your kitty is 1:1 ratio or one litter box per cat, and add one more. So if you have 3 cats, you should have 3 litter boxes. Apart from this, you also need to consider where to put these litter boxes at home. Avoid placing them in dark corners of your house, cats may not like the idea of using them there.
- Remember to spay and/or neuter your cat.
Cats who aren’t castrated have higher risk of reproductive diseases, regardless of what gender. Spaying (female castration) prevents possible uterine infection and ovarian cancer, and neutering (male castration) prevents possible prostate and testicular cancer. Having your cats (both male and female) castrated also reduce the urge to roam especially when in heat and lesser chances of male cats to spray as a sign of territory marking.
- Select a cat-friendly vet clinic.
Go for veterinary clinics who specialize in feline care. Just like with dogs, cats also have their own vet requirement. That being said, veterinarians specializing in cat anatomy and health care is a highly important expert in keeping your cat in his or her best health condition. It pays to be meticulous when choosing a perfect vet for your cat, there are those who are only after monetary aspects without giving utmost TLC to their furry patient.
- Regularly check your cat’s teeth and make sure it’s clean.
Just like humans, a cat’s teeth can also develop tartar which then leads to tooth decay, gum diseases or worst, feline diseases if left untreated. However, unlike us, cats can’t brush their teeth, hence we will do it for them. If your cat doesn’t want you to perform such thing either, then schedule a teeth cleaning to your vet at least once per year.
- Have a regular vet visits.
To ensure your cat is in top shape, or to be aware of any feline diseases your cat might possibly have, schedule a regular vet visits. Your vet can also tell if your cat needs to lose weight or not.
Here’s to a healthier kitty this 2019!