Cats have style, cats have panache and cats have class. They’re not content slumming it like dogs.
So why not get some inspiration from these amazing design ideas and make your home both cat friendly and great looking.
One idea we liked was hanging a cat bridge over a door. So your cat could pass the time stretched out and sleeping above you. You could also have a bookcase that doubles as a cat staircase, so that your cat slink their way up and down to their heart’s content.
One of the main drawbacks of having a cat is what to do with the litter box. In this piece you can find a few great ways to have a litter box in your home while keeping your space as stylish as you would like.
As the infographic shows, there are also many ways you can incorporate perching space into your house that complement the overall aesthetic you are going for.
We hope this fun infographic gives you plenty of food for thought when it comes to deciding how to improve your cat’s life, but not at the detriment of your sense of style.
Cats are wonderful alarm clocks. Having your loving cat greet you straight from dreamland can be a pleasant and enjoyable way to wake up. Your persistent feline will ensure you get out of bed on time or even earlier than wanted. Of course, they are probably waking you up to ask for food or they left a present in the litter box that needs to be removed. Unrelenting as cats may be, it still might be wise to set the mechanical alarm clock, just in case. But have you ever wondered how they know when to wake you up consistently around the same time everyday? Here’s a few possible reasons.
Every cat owner knows this. But why are they so ready to roust you out of bed instead of being able to wait till you get up on your own? Cats, in their wild form, are primarily nocturnal but over time of domestication have become scheduled around food. Now day’s they are actually more prone to be active during the twilight hours. They could have had a busy night chasing dust bunnies and hiding hair ties ready for their morning feast before a day of cat naps.
It’s the routine
Cats are also creatures of habit. That means they fall in line with the routine you provide to them. If you are gone all day at work, they use this time to lounge and sleep, meaning wakeful time is at night. They know when it is time to eat and when it is time to play. If your lucky, your cat has even picked up that you sleep in on your days off and may wait an hour or so later before sitting on your head or providing a complimentary massage to your face.
Your cat could simply be bored with you sleeping and ready for you to wake up already. Your cat is aware of how you’re sleeping, as creepy as that might sound. They know if you are deep asleep or starting to stir on your own. With a few well placed bops they know you will be awake and willing to give them attention.
If your cat has suddenly started waking you up in the middle of the night with off behavior, they might be alerting you that something is wrong and they’re asking for you to fix it. Older cats may start developing arthritis or other problems. They could have a toothache or an onset of another sickness. If the behavior is noticeably different, it might be a good time to call the vet just to make sure.
Whether you cat is your reliable wake up call with gentle purrs on your chest or an unrelenting stare accompanied by heavy breathing, they are there to make sure you start their day off by providing them food or love. Of course if your wake up calls are unwanted, isolating yourself from the cat might be needed until the routine is changed and they know that suffocation is unwanted.
Today we are saying hello and thank you to Rakib Talukder who is the founder of Selfpetcare.com, a resourceful blog dedicated to providing honest Pets care advice and information for pets lovers.
He’s sharing his knowledge and experience with socializing kittens… let us know what you think!
Easy 3 Step Guide to Socializing Kittens
Cats are a great pet choice, and often require less maintenance and attention than other pets. Yet, they tend to be a far less popular pet choice than dogs. Because of this, kittens are more likely to face abandonment than any other pet. This is partly attributed to the long held belief that no matter how sweet and docile a kitten may be, it will grow into an aggressive, non-social, adult cat. It is not well understood that it is quite simple to socialize kittens. In fact, many people feel it is easier to socialize kittens than it is to socialize puppies. Even feral kittens can be turned into people-friendly, sociable cats if they’re caught and handled before 10 weeks of age. The process of socialization is both simple and fulfilling! Read on to get the guidance you need to socialize kittens.
Step 1: Know Before You Go
The most critical step in kitten socialization is ensuring you get started at the prime development stage for kittens. The prime window for the socialization of kittens is from 2 to 7 weeks. However, kittens should not be weaned from their mother until 7 to 8 weeks of age. If you are not a breeder, it is critical that you choose a breeder that practices socialization with their kittens throughout the 2 to 7 week period. If you have limited control over this outcome, with a bit more patience, kitten socialization can extend up to 14 weeks. Kittens are most receptive to new experiences and socialization from 2 to 14 weeks.
It is also imperative that you ensure your kitten receives regular health screenings common to domesticated cats, and all required vaccinations. This will provide your kitten with maximum protection from infectious diseases and parasites they may be exposed to through the process of kitten socialization. If you are unsure about what your kitten requires for health screenings and vaccines, talk with your veterinarian. It is also wise to ask your veterinarian’s recommendation regarding once it’s safe to reveal your kitten to alternative cats.
Step 2: Positive Exposure
When you begin kitten socialization, plan ahead. It is important you set aside “socialization time” every day in which you are dedicated to the socialization of your kitten. Also, be prepared to spend the first 2 to 4 weeks introducing exposure, before moving to a set schedule. Be sure you vary the exposure, offering different sights, sounds, touch, and environments. This is also a great time to proactively plan for your future life with your kitten/cat in mind. For example, if you don’t currently have children, or even if you’re never planning to have children, it may be a good idea to expose your kitten to children in different environments. This will train your kitten to be familiar with children in any setting, and not perceive them as a threat. Use this example with anything else you might foresee your kitten being exposed to. Yet, be perceptive about your kitten’s individual personality. As individual people, we don’t all enjoy the same types of stimulus. Observe your kitten’s reactions in different environments and pace kitten socialization at a steady pace. Reward your kitten often with positive reinforcement. If you notice your kitten seems fearful in a new exposed environment, lessen the stimulus.
Step 3: Create a Socialization Schedule
Now that your kitten has been exposed to a variety of environments, set a schedule for ongoing kitten socialization, which will extend over the course of 14 weeks or longer if needed. Start with using week 5 to 7 to make the socialization more routine. Then as you move into week 8, create a schedule that is gradual moves away from routine predictability, up to week 14. It is suggested during this time you make adult routines your kitten can learn to rely on daily as your kitten transitions into adulthood, such as meal times, play times, etc. This will help your kitten to develop concrete trust in your companionship, while also continuing kitten socialization.
Exciting news everyone! If you are following us on Facebook you would know that we have worked in partnership with the VERY talented Meri Amber for her newest song ‘Cats and Internet Cats’.
This song is an original written by Meri Amber but does feature yours truly in a few cameo’s (my claim to fame!). It also features some of our beautiful foster kittens and the older cats.
We had so much fun putting together this video with Meri and really hope that you will hop on over to her website or her youtube channel and check out some of her other work. Send some traffic her way!
She’s more than just a talented musician – she’s also quite crafty making all the cat love letters and the picture frames that you see in the video clip. If you are interested I’m sure we can convince her to share her secrets with us!
Let us know what you think because we love partnering with other creative people and spreading the joy of cats!
Today we are welcoming Giedrius who loves to write about pets of all kinds and is a regular pet advice blogger at Mypetzilla. We love having guest bloggers share their knowledge, experience and make our little kitty corner of the internet a more welcoming and friendly place. So – head on over to Mypetzilla and check out some of Giedrius’s other work.
Giedrius has kindly put together the 5 most suitable cat breeds to have around kids – in Australia, kitten season is ending but for our friends on the other side of the world kitten season is just beginning so if you are considering adding a family member. This cannot be missed!
5 Most Suitable Cat Breeds For Children
Whether you’re adding a new kitten to the family, or expecting a new baby, you might have started the process of researching what are the best cat breeds suited for children.
Children and cats make a great pair, as they are both playful, energetic and love attention. It’s also valuable, as your child will learn responsibility of looking after something from a very young age. The bond between the both is magical and will grow stronger as both the kitten and child grow with age.
When eliciting the best cat breed for your child, it’s worth considering the following attributes:
Easy to handle and stroke
Tolerant to loud noises and lots of movement
Won’t nip and scratch when handled
In addition to this, you should also consider your child’s personality and temperament. Young children should always be supervised when playing with a cat, or kitten. The child must also learn to respect the cats space, and learn not to harm their pet, or harm themselves.
If you’re considering adding a feline friend to your family, then read on about five most suitable cat breeds for children.
The Persian is one of the most popular cat breeds. They’re very calm, quiet and have a beautiful exterior. This breed of cat is the most active of all cat breeds and loves to be stroked and receive lots of love and attention regularly. Meaning they will bond extremely well with children as they enjoy being touched.
This cat breed is very laid back and friendly. They’re usually ok with living in a busy, noisy household, so would suit a bigger family of children. They’re very tolerant so will be patient around your children. The British Shorthair loves giving and receiving affection.
Norwegian Forest Cat
This cat breed is very active and spends a lot of time outdoors. They make excellent hunters and show lots of affection to their owners and children. As they’re large by size, they will naturally protect your children and are suitable for younger children as their less delicate than the other cat breeds.
The Cornish Rex often has curly hair and is very petite. They’re inquisitive by nature and portray a friendly manner to their owners and other animals. They’re fond of playing and very rarely lose their kitten-like-behaviour. Curiosity by nature, they love to be involved in most of what their owners are doing. This cat breed makes an ideal partner for children.
This cat breed is best known for being active and loving the outdoors. They’re extremely independent and don’t really like spending all day in the house. Climbing is their hobby and their fond of regular exercise. They make an ideal pet for children that love the outdoors.
Large in size and a keen hunter; this cat breed spends most of its time outdoors playing. They love to roam freely and tend to be very loyal to their owners and very affectionate to children. The Maine Coon will actively encourage playtime with your children, making them perfectly ideal for playful children.
It is important to remember that cats are not toys; they are small, delicate animals and require consideration and respect from their owners. You must always observe play between your cat and younger children; to protect them both. Cats often require their own personal space and this must also be respected by the child and that their personal space is out of bounds.
We hope you found this helpful – we certainly did!