House Items Your Cat Will love Playing With

House Items Your Cat Will love Playing With

As a cat lover, there are only a few things better than watching your cat have a good time. Toys are a good way to keep you cat happy and active. However, There are times when commercial cat toys just can’t catch the fancy of our lovely fur babies.

Sometimes everyday objects seem to entice their playful side more. This can be a good thing as these items are not only readily available, but also budget and ecologically friendly.  

Here’s a list of ten house items your feline friend will love playing with.

Crumpled Paper

Cats are huge fans of things that they can chase and pounce on. The unusual texture and bounce of crumpled paper makes it a good plaything for cats. If one crumpled paper gets them so hyped up, imagine what multiple crumpled papers would do to them! If you want to go the extra mile, making origami like paper cranes would make very pretty cat toys.

Seeds or Beans

With its unique sound and composition, seeds and beans inside a tiny cloth bag, is sure to capture the curiosity of your cat.

Catnip Infused Yarn balls

Cats have a special fascination with catnips. Pair this mint herb with yarn and you have created a toy your cat is sure to be crazy about. All you have to do is infuse catnip into the yarn ball by immersing both items in water. Let dry and let your cat enjoy.

Plastic water Bottle

Thinking of a good way to recycle plastic bottles? Cats and their fascination with things that roll make this everyday item a perfect toy for your feline friend.

Paper tubes

Something that rolls as well, paper tubes are sure to bring your cat hours of fun. You may cut out holes in the tube for your cat to grab, claw on, and chase just to make it even more interesting.

Cartoon Boxes

Boxes with holes has long been an interest of cats. They love to hang out inside of the box. They love to go in and out of the cavity. They sometimes like to drag it too. The biggest edge cartoon boxes over commercial ones are they are very cheap and easy to replace.

Old handkerchief

Tie a knot at the middle of an old handkerchief to make a ball-like figure with loose parts. This combination will entertain your pet as they display their natural agility and speed.

With a little creativity, the object of amusement of your cat is just within your home. What do you think would your cat’s next toy be?

Reading Cat Ears

Reading Cat Ears

It is a cat lover’s desire to understand their pet as deeply as possible. Since cats cannot talk, humans use a cat’s body language to understand it deeper and forge a more supportive and attentive relationship.

One of the body parts that gives away the current mood of your cat are its ears. You can use the movement and positioning of this body part to be more attentive to your fur baby.

Here are the usual ear positions and the corresponding moods:

Ears Up and Perky

When a cat is happy and calm, the ears will be up. Sometimes, the ears will slightly lean forward. This means that it is enjoying its good mood. This is the best time for cat cuddles and play time. This should be the usual ear position of your cat so that you know that your cat is happy, calm and contented most of the time.

Ears Rotating or Twitching

Like the true hunters that they are, cats have ears that are very sensitive to noise in the environment. When they twitch and rotate their ears, it means that they are trying to pick out a sound by trying to listen closely. When this happens too often, however, or without observable noise or commotion in the environment, bring your pet to the veterinarian to check for ear problems like infections and/or parasite.

Ears on the Side

When your cat’s ears are pointing sidewards, be observant of your cat to see what is upsetting it. Try to lessen or address what the cat is uneasy about. Usually it is strangers, other animals that disturb the cat. You may try to give the cat treats or toys to try to calm it. However, practice caution during  this nervous and anxious state of your cat. Let the cat ease and calm down first before playing or cuddling.

Ear kept flat and Back

From a practical and evolutionary standpoint, cats tuck their ears flat and back when they anticipate danger to protect them in a possible fight. This means that the ears are less likely to be hurt by claws and teeth.

When you observe your cat’s ears in this position. Try to apply caution when dealing with your cat. Make sure that you try to be aware of the reason of the alertness or the cause of agitation for the cat. It is best to let them be or keep distance while keeping an eye on them. Sometimes, cats just need space.

It very important to note that if the ears stays suspiciously consistent in a position except the upright position, it is time to be more observant of the cat. This might be a sign of possible health problems. Further, if your cat’s ear positions do not match your cat’s behavior or emotions, it is best to observe your cat and consult your veterinarian.

It is a beautiful coincidence that we get to “listen” to our feline friends using their ears. We can keep them safe, calm and happy by understanding them.  All we need is to pay attention to little details. In this case, our fur baby’s ears.

Cat Ghosting: The Reasons Why Cats go Missing for Days at a Time

Cat Ghosting: The Reasons Why Cats go Missing for Days at a Time

Most owners are alright with their pet cats going out of the house. After all, cats are known for their independence. Seeing them come in and out of the house is a pretty common sight for pet owners.

Most owners are alright with their pet cats going out of the house. After all, cats are known for their independence. Seeing them come in and out of the house is a pretty common sight for pet owners.

However, there are instances that our beloved felines might stop coming back home. They might have a hard time getting back, or maybe they’ve found somewhere else to call home. It’s important to figure out the reasons as to why cats go missing in the first place, to help lessen the chance of them disappearing.

Having too much Fun

Cats love to spend time outside when the weather is fine and when the sun shining its brightest. This happens mostly during summer months, when cats are more active outdoors to either bask in sunshine, or chase smaller critters. Cat owners can expect their furry companions to be spending more time outside the house during these months.

But cats can get too caught in the moment, and they end up chasing prey (or have themselves scared so much) to the point of running into an unfamiliar area. What’s more alarming is the possibility that they could end up getting stuck on a bustling crossing or road. Although it’s impossible to stop your cat’s natural instincts and behaviour, you can increase the chances of finding them quickly by using a cat tracker, allowing you to monitor where they are during their adventures.

The Uncontrollable Libido of Un-spayed and Un-neutered Cats

Un-neutered and un-spayed cats have raging libidos that they can’t help but succumb to. It’s caused by a biological need to keep their species proliferating. If you have a tomcat cat with you (a male cat that have not undergone neutering), going out of the house in search of a mate is one of the biggest reasons why they go missing.

Tomcat cats travel for miles and miles, and they sometimes even wait for female indoor cats to go out of their homes, in a frenzied search of a mate. They can do this for days (sometimes it takes them weeks), until they’ve successfully satisfied their libido’s needs. Although it’s uncommon for female cats to go out and search for a mate, un-spayed females can get frustrated, and end up searching for tomcat cats.

A more Convenient and Favourable Place

Cats need to live in a hospitable place, and since they’re quite sensitive to changes in the places they’ve considered to be home, they might leave to search for a more favourable one. A new dog, a new baby, or any change can trigger this behaviour, which is why it’s a good idea to make sure they get to eat delicious cat foods, their water bowls always have clean water in them, and that the place still feels safe and comfortable for them.

The exact reason why cats go missing is still pretty mysterious, but the ones we’ve mentioned above are the most common rationales. By getting your cats neutered and spayed, having a tracking device, and making sure they’re well taken care of, minimizes the chance of them disappearing. Losing a loved one is difficult, and no owner should experience the pain of being separated with their furry bundles of joy.

Handling an Agitated Cat

Handling an Agitated Cat

Is your cat always cranky? Agitated with a slight interaction with your other pets? Is there a time they scratched you when they weren’t in the mood and you wanted to cuddle? Cats are affectionate creatures, but not always! They can be moody sometimes and might actually hurt you if you persist in approaching them even with their continuous warning growls. They might even arch their backs and run away from you if you insist in getting those cuddles!

While cuddles from these furry angels are great, they need their own space when they’re not in the mood for games or affection. Like humans, they want to be left alone until their temper is gone and are willing to interact with you or your other pets.

How do you know if cats are angry?

  1. Growling. Yes, cats also growl if they are irritated with the constant attention they do not want. This is not always directed at you, it’s also directed at their other pet friends as well. This is also followed by claws scraping on the floor and slowly backing away. There are different levels of growling, and when it gets loud, it means they really mean it. They really want you to back off and not disturb them or there will be a finger to pay!
  2. Yowling. While yowling can also mean that they’re hungry or bored, it’s also a sign of annoyance. But watch out! Yowling can also mean they’re in pain, in heat, or even cat dementia – always make time to schedule a visit to the vet. It can also be a sign of behavioral issue if they yowl without reason – there could be a trigger for stress or anxiety that you didn’t notice.
  3. Hissing. Cats may hiss when they are stressed, but they do this often when they’re angry. You mostly notice this when you witness them fighting against a dog or another cat, and it always lead to fights. This could be compared to angry people spewing curse words at each other, hands balled into fists – and you do not want to be on the receiving end. They usually arch their back and tail pointed upwards with their claws drawn, and you know there will be violence.
  4. Body Language. Watch closely when they are playing on their good days. Their good days would be their ears pointed upwards as if alert and their eyes smiling content – they are happy little balls of fur in that mood. They will be in a mood for cuddling and scratches with anyone – they will have longer patience for babies and kids too. But when they flatten to the ground and with their ears flat on its skull, these are the signs for a bad day. Their pupils dilate and their tail twitch violently when the cat is really mad – they might pounce on you and scratch you if you ignore this!

Best course of action when dealing with an angry cat

Walk away and give them time – that’s all you can do. They will cool off if left alone and be ready for some interaction when the time comes. It’s safer if you even leave the room they are in so they won’t be too cautious of you and mistakenly jump on you if you move too quickly. When they are ready to mingle, they will surely approach you themselves.

How to Keep Hairballs from Creating Hairy Situations

How to Keep Hairballs from Creating Hairy Situations

Hairballs are definitely one of the less glamorous sides of owning a cat. There is also a bit of irony to it as well. Cats are naturally built to self-groom, therefore reducing the need to give them frequently baths. However, it is because they know how to lick themselves clean that the dead hair their tongues catch on is swallowed and leads to the creation of the nasty hairball in their digestive system.

Hairballs are definitely one of the less glamorous sides of owning a cat. There is also a bit of irony to it as well. Cats are naturally built to self-groom, therefore reducing the need to give them frequently baths. However, it is because they know how to lick themselves clean that the dead hair their tongues catch on is swallowed and leads to the creation of the nasty hairball in their digestive system.

What is even more vexing for some cat owners is that there it is really a natural part of owning a cat. It is not something that can be ‘cured’ (especially if you own, nay, adore fluffy breeds like Persians). The only thing you can do is accept it as part of your responsibility as a good owner and know the best ways to handle these little accidents.

1. Use hairball formula cat food.

If you want something easy to start with, you can’t go wrong with cat food specially made to help your cat’s digestive systems. These are common enough across all brands but a few noteworthy benefits that you might want to look for are those that have high fiber and can also improve the health of your cat’s fur (thereby minimizing the shedding or at least making the hair more digestible).

2. Make a habit to sweep.

There is no predicting when the next time your cat is going to cough out its last grooming session. You will more likely just stumble upon a nasty pile in the corners here and there. Hence, it is best to just have a regular cleaning regimen and become accustomed to sweeping up hairballs as part of the routine.

3. Groom your cat more frequently.

Remember, there is nothing wrong with also having a personal hand in your cat’s hygiene. Start bathing them more frequently and set aside some time every day to brush your cat. Remember, the worst hairballs tend to form because there is only so much hair that can pass through your cat’s digestive tract. Even a little bit of grooming can go a long way to reducing that amount!

4. Avoid panicking or when a cat starts to cough out.

Hearing a cat retch while on the couch is certainly a bit frightening (and catastrophic as far as the clean up goes). However, the last thing you should do is panic and give your cat even more undue stress. Remember, hairballs are still quite natural and it is important for cat owners to become a bit more used to the times when their cat spits one out. And if you don’t want any landing higher than the floor, then at least make sure to pick up your cat gently and carefully set them down until the hairball’s finally out.

On a final note, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian either if you think your cat’s hairball situation is a bit more serious. But in all cases, it’s best to accept that hairballs are just part of life with a cat and not tear your own hair out because of them!

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