The Peculiar Relationship Between Cats and Boxes

Imagine that a postman knocks on your door carrying a brown cargo box. He tells you to sign here and there so you could formally receive the package. He bids you farewell and walks away, while you gingerly carry the box and close the door with your feet.

You take it to the living room and you proceed to open it. Inside are a new plush-toy mouse, cat pillow, and water bowl that you bought for your cat. You call and show her the items, only to be met with disinterest, as she makes her way to the box. You’re left sitting on the couch, smiling in confusion and asking yourself “What is up with cats and boxes?”

The Science Behind this Odd Affair

For cat owners, they’ve seen this kind of scenario a couple of times already. They buy stuff for their cats, they call their cats, they show it to the cat, and the cat just ends up falling in love with the box at first sight. It’s like how Garfield’s eyes light up whenever he sees a tasty plate of lasagna in front of him.

So what exactly compels a cat to fill the void in a box’s life? Well according to Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals, “Cats like boxes because they are cryptic animals; they like to hide.” That may be so, but it still doesn’t directly answer the question: what is up with cats and boxes?

So what exactly compels a cat to fill the void in a box’s life? Well according to Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals, “Cats like boxes because they are cryptic animals; they like to hide.” That may be so, but it still doesn’t directly answer the question: what is up with cats and boxes?

Instinct and Behavior

Cats are natural born predators. Their bodies are made for hunting, catching, and eating prey smaller than them. They’re nocturnal. Their teeth are used to inflict tons of damage. Their claws hold prey down the same way Vise-Grips lock into position. Their paws are padded for stealth, and their bodies are flexible enough that they can fit through certain openings. Their physiology spells out that they are natural born predators, and what do predators like to do when they’re not chasing prey? Hide and rest.

Confined spaces have always attracted cats and it is in their instinct to seek it out. This is how cats keep themselves safe in the wild. Confined spaces allow them to stalk and sneak up on prey, as well as conceal themselves from other predators.

The Role of Boxes

To cats, boxes act like shelters and dens—making them feel safe because nothing can sneak up on them from behind. This means that anything with the intent of approaching a cat would have to come into direct contact with their field of vision, letting them observe the world with the comfort of not being seen. If a prey—or that new plush toy you just bought—happens to pass by, they can just jump out, grab, and return to safety in a matter of seconds.

Cats and boxes may have a peculiar relationship, but it’s not so bad. Boxes provide a comfortable and safe place for cats to rest, and cats fill in the void in the boxes’ hearts. NOW THAT’s a better love story than Twilight.

How to Keep an eye on Your Cat’s Hydration

Staying hydrated is important for pets. This is especially imperative on the hotter days of summer. Dehydration, heatstroke, and kidney problems are among the health concerns that can be avoided with adequate water consumption. 

For cats, the ideal water consumption would be around 3.5 ounces to 4.5 ounces of fluid for every 5 pounds of body weight. It is the owner’s responsibility to be conscious of the hydration of their pets. Usually, refusal to drink water is a sign of underlying medical conditions. In cases like this, the veterinarian must be consulted.

Here are a few tips to keep tabs on your cat’s water consumption: 

  • Take note of the water levels on the cat’s water bowls. Notice if it is drinking enough water. One can use eyeball this. If would be easier to see the changes in the water level if you fill it to the brim. Do not use markers, pens, or any other object to mark the water level as they might contaminate the water. 
  • Limit the drinking bowls of the cat. This way, it is easier to notice any change in water consumption. Having one or two bowls in different locations in the house. Do not forget to consistently keep the water fresh.
  • Consider using wet cat food. This is good for additional fluid in the diet. Dry cat food is usually cheaper than wet ones. Try to add a few tablespoons of water to the dry cat food and see if this is something your cat would eat. 
  • During travel, hydration is all the more important. Invest in a portable water bottle specially made for pets. Using regular water bottles would almost be impossible. Cat water bottles have a built-in dish-like structure for your cat’s easy drinking. Ensure that what you purchase is lead and BPA free. You can check out some products available here

There’s a reason why they call it cat parents. As pet owners, we are guardians of our pets’ holistic well-being. And since pets can’t talk, we must keep an eye to our pet’s actions to keep them healthy, happy and well-hydrated.

Amazing People in History Who Were Cat Lovers

Cat lovers love to find their fellow cat lovers. We’ve always been fascinated by people who share our admiration for feline creatures. There is an abundance of online articles that list which celebrities and movie stars have a cat as a pet. For today, we have searched for historical figures who are cat lovers just like us.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was an amazing cat lady. It was that she owned over sixty cats over her lifetime. She didn’t shy away from taking care of 17 cats at the same time! Her love for cats really showed in the way she took care of them. She fed them food specially made for them in fancy plates. Pawprints can be seen in the letters she sent. It is safe to safe cats really mattered to her. Aside from being a prolific cat lover, she was also kind and caring to humans. Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing because of her efforts for organized care for wounded soldiers. She is regarded for laying the foundation for professional nursing when she established her professional nursing school in London’s St. Thomas Hospital.

Edgar Allan Poe

There is a rumor that Edgar Allan Poe once uttered that he wished he could write as mysterious as a cat. If that is not the ultimate declaration of adoration, I do not know what is. When not declaring his love for cats, Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective fiction genre and is considered the first to use the short story format. He is most known as a significant figure of Romanticism with his pieces on mystery and macabre. The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado are just a few classics that he wrote.

Catherine the Great

Another prominent cat lover was no other than Russia’s longest-ruling Empress. Today, the cats residing in the Hermitage Museum are the descendants of Catherine the Great’s cats. When not hanging out with her cats, Catherine the Great supported the arts of the age of Russian Enlightenment. During her time as empress, The Smolny Institute for Noble made was established, the first higher education institution for women in Europe that was funded by the state. It is also important to note her bravery. She inoculated herself against smallpox even though that procedure was still controversial at that time. She said, “My objective was, through my example, to save from death the multitude of my subjects who, not knowing the value of this technique, and frightened of it, were left in danger”.

Sir Isaac Newton

Do you know cats love? Cat Doors. Do you know who allegedly invented the cat door? Sir Isaac Newton. If that is the case, then It was Isaac newton that made cat lives all over the world more convenient from then till forever. When not making cat lives easier, Sir Isaac Newton wrote the book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy in 1687 which laid out the foundations of classical mechanics. He also formulated the three laws of motion.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885.  This work got dubbed as “The Great American Novel”. He liked to have cats in cameos in his literary work. For instance, In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the cat named peter was mentioned. He took care of over 19 cats at the same time. He loved them dearly and gave them colorful names like Sin, Beelzebub, Apollinaris, Pestilence, Buffalo Bill, Blatherskite, Satan, Sour Mash, Zoroaster, Tammany, Soapy Sal among others.

There as countless cat lovers in this world today. And we definitely are not the first. Even the great figures of history couldn’t resist feline charm.

How To Keep A Fun Picnic Day With Your Cat Fun

Going on a picnic with your feline friend is definitely a pleasurable activity. The sun, the wide patch of green grass, the trees— all complete a beautiful bonding day. Going on a picnic day with your cat definitely is a fun activity. We, as responsible cat owners, must just take note of a few things to keep it that way. 

With the Australian Northern Territory’s Picnic Day holiday coming up, we made a list of things to remember to keep a fun picnic day fun: 

Leash Training

Make sure you give your pet leash training a few weeks in advance before your trip outdoors. Most cats are not comfortable with physical restraint and would try to wiggle out of it. Giving your cat able time to be accustomed to this garment will benefit your picnic adventure.

Always holding your cat by a leash will ensure safety at all times. Even when you feel that your cat does not need a leash, it is important because to err on the safe side as the outdoors is a new environment for your pet. As they say, it is better safe than sorry.

Sometimes, cats can also learn to stroll with a leash. That would be another fun bonding activity with your cat.

First Aid Kit 

Go on a picnic responsibly by preparing a first aid kit. The same first aid kit for humans will also work for cats. What is important is after the preliminary care, professional medical care must be sought. 

In the case that your cat goes missing, physical pictures, cat collars with complete contact information or GPS tracking device will come in handy.

Cat Reactions

Observe your cat’s attitude towards other people and animals. Sometimes inanimate objects like cars and lawnmowers elicit reactions to animals. Observe if your cat is afraid or agitated with dogs, cats, cars, and even children. If they display strong reactions to the following, it may not be the best time to bring your cat to a picnic. Picnic spaces can sometimes be crowded and this might overwhelm your pet. 

Slowly ease your cat to whatever she is afraid of or agitated with. For instance, If your cat is afraid of the sound and sight of moving vehicles, you may try to hold your cat close to you, with a lease of course, as you try to watch moving vehicles. You a slowly increase the length and proximity as your cat gets more comfortable with every visit.

Cat Crates Or Cat Bags

Going on a picnic will entail travel. Training your cat in cat crates and cat bags will ensure safe and comfortable travel. Training can sometimes take time, so give ample time for your cat to learn prior to scheduling an outdoor trip.

Sunscreen

Cats, especially short haired ones can get sunburnt. Areas that are especially vulnerable are the ears and nose. Consult your veterinarian for the best sunscreen for your cat.

Toys 

Toys are great ways to entertain your cat. If you feel like the picnic is boring your pet, toys will come in nifty to entertain, distract or calm it.

Poop scooper 

It is illegal to leave animal drippings so having a poop scooper ready. Newspaper pages would also work well in this situation and is actually the more environment-friendly and sustainable option.

Water

Hydration is important when going outdoors to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. The sun will be bright and shining and the day will be warm and beautiful so it is important to make sure your cat has adequate water to stay hydrated and cool. You may also bring camping coolers for a steady supply of cool water.

Treats

It is not a picnic without treats for your cat. Treats that your cat does not usually get will make the picnic special for your feline friend. So go splurge a little on that yummy treat you’ve always wanted to buy for the little kitty. 

It is best to keep human food away from cats because not only are they not the best fit for your cat, they may also harm them. 

Letting your cat participate in activities that are not usually part of their usual routine definitely would contribute to them leading an enriched life. Bringing them along would also serve as a bonding avenue for you and your furry friend. So keep that picnic day fun by keeping it safe.

How to Choose the Perfect Scratching Post

Getting your cat a scratch post will not only make your cat happy. It will also make you happy, by extension. Scratching is a primal instinct of cats. The sensation of clawing and ripping through a material and the sound of scratching are extremely satisfying for felines. In the case of humans, having scratch-free sofas and carpets are extremely satisfying. Thus, investing in a scratching post really does bring benefits for humans and felines alike. 

It is important to purchase a product that would entice your cat to use it. Otherwise, it will just be a complete waste of resources. 

Here are things to take note of in buying a cat scratching post:

Residential Size

The size of your house is an important factor to consider in choosing the right scratching post for your cat. If you live in a small studio-type condominium, you must stay away from scratching posts that take too much space. Doing otherwise will make you despise your purchase. For the ultimate space-saving hack, there are scratching boards you can just attach to walls.

Scratching Post Kind

There are many kinds of scratching posts available in the market: hanging scratching posts, standing scratching posts, mat type scratching posts. There are even ones that double as a cat porches.

Cat Size

One has to consider the size of the cat when trying to buy cat products. It is best that the size of the product is a perfect fit.

Height

There is a plethora of anecdotal evidence on the internet that cats like scratching posts that are tall. Cats like to stretch and extend their bodies upward as they scratch.

Eco-Friendliness

Look for scratching posts that are made of biodegradable materials. Wood, cardboard and natural fiber are good options because they do not leave a negative impact to the environment. Plastic, on the other hand, stays in this world for about 100 years—that’s way over human and cat lifespans!

Durability

Cats are magnificent at survival. They have this innate instinct for safety. The same instinct stirs cats away from scratching unstable things. In the wild, cats usually scratch trees because of their stability. Try to look for scratching posts that are sturdy and stable. Also, notice the way the post stands on the floor. Make sure it is secure and not wobbly.

Material

The scratching post you choose must not be made of fabric or carpeting material. Posts like these would associate these materials with scratching. Your cat will not be able to distinguish which items are for scratching and which ones are off limits. Protect your carpet and furniture bu sticking with scratching posts made of natural ropes or cardboard.

Use the tips above to find the perfect scratching post. Let the scratching post be your furry love ball’s object of fascination. This way, you get to keep your cat happy and you get to keep yourself happy with your impeccably flawless couch.

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