Bringing home a new kitten, whether from a pet store or from an adoption centre, is definitely an exciting time for the entire family. In the succeeding weeks, kitty will see numerous opportunities to adjust to the new surroundings. At the same time, you will know more about him or her.
But while he or she is still in the adjustment stage, expect to see him or her hide and display nervousness, especially during the first few days of staying with you. These reactions are not that different from the normal human reaction to being in a new environment (i.e. new neighbourhood, new country, new workplace, new school). Like humans, cats feel stressed when taken away from familiar environments and moved to new, unfamiliar settings.
How To Understand Kitty Cat
* Spend lots of time handling kitty cat. By doing so, you develop a strong bond with him or her and make him or her feel comfortable in your home.
* The meow is usually reserved for cat-to-human communication, although this endearing means of communication is used to get the mother’s attention as well. That said, it follows that, instead of ignoring it, you should respond to it. However, if you notice that kitty meows way too much, ignore the meowing and respond only when he or she has quieted down.
* Kitty cat has so much energy to burn, and since cats are mainly nocturnal mammals, it follows that your new addition to your family will be more active during the night. As this can be an inconvenience to you, it’s important that you alter this behaviour early on. Make it a habit to play with kitty during early evenings so that some of the excess energy is spent. Set aside playing time for when you wish kitty to become very active. Lastly, avoid playing with them or feeding them if he or she will wake you up at night since this will only reward unwanted behaviour.
* All cats have a need to scratch surfaces. They do this in order to sharpen claws and to deposit their distinct scent, which happens because scent glands can also be found on cat paws.
To prevent damage to home essentials associated with scratching, you need to provide the cat with scratching posts. At first, these posts should be placed in areas where kitty scratches. Then gradually move the posts to the location you prefer. Posts should never be hidden in corners since it’s important for kitty to scratch in areas that are immediately visible.
* Cats are predators. Thus, it follows that as kitty grows older, he or she will spend so much time learning behaviours his or her ancestors have learned, such as chasing, pouncing, and stalking. While normal, keep in mind that kitty has sharp claws and teeth, so make sure that kitty only does these actions on suitable toys and not on humans and other pets.
Understanding the behaviour of a new kitten, as a whole, can be challenging. But as long as the tips highlighted above are followed, you can expect kitty’s stay in your household to be a pleasant experience for both kitty and your family.
When people talk about their pets protecting them or pets for protection, the first thing that usually comes to mind are dogs. Of course, dogs are amazing and lovely animals capable of guarding their owners from harm. They would even jump in the fray and risk their lives whenever necessary.
Dogs have a distinct reaction when humans are fighting as well. But what about cats? Well, cats are just as capable of protecting humans from danger, be it from other animals or from our own kind. Here are some of the things they do when they see their favorite humans fighting.
Attack the Alleged Aggressor
The most common reaction a cat would make to protect his/her human is to attack the aggressor. You see this a lot in the wild and when an intruder enters their territory. This same tactic is applied during moments when humans are fighting and your cat is in the same room.
Cats would often retaliate and protect who they think needs it. People have reported experiencing and witnessing such occurrences. They would describe their sweet and docile cats going berserk towards the aggressor. This could also be triggered by the stress they feel in an environment where people frequently argues.
Do Things to Distract Humans
Like humans, cats react differently to certain situations. During a fight between you and your partner, sibling, or parent, not all cats will jump in the fray. Some would hide, others wouldn’t give much care and a few opt to get physical. However, there are cats who prefer the more subtle approach. An approach that would not entail violence, but would result to laughter, melting hearts and cuddle time.
Cats are reported to do silly things to distract their humans when fighting. A man reports that whenever he and his wife would have an argument, their cat would chase its tail. He said “It wasn’t so much that he would chase the tail as it was where he would chase his tail. It was typically in a chair in the living room or, even better, in the bathtub. In the bathtub, chasing his tail would make such a ruckus that it was impossible to ignore.”
Be the Great Comforter
Sometimes they would just simply hide during heated arguments. They’d just wait until their humans have calmed down. Then they’d all come out and be there to comfort them. Sitting on their laps, kneading on them, purring like they’ve never purred before.
Cats are very good detectors when it comes to what their humans are feeling. They are sympathetic creatures who would always comfort those closest to them. After human fights or arguments, cats would go where their humans are and comfort them in any way that they can.
See, cats aren’t just protectors, they’re companions. They are there for us through thick and thin. Through good and bad. Through fights and peaceful moments. Although they may have different approaches in dealing with it, all of them do this out of love for us
For some cat owners, the best thing about having a feline friend is that caring for it beats mouse-proofing an entire house! And yes, it is definitely proven that the mere presence of a cat can strike fear into the heart of the most ambitious vermin.
It is has been proven that mice are very sensitive to the proteins often produced by cat saliva. They can literally smell the presence of their arch-nemesis even if they aren’t nearby. That means your cat doesn’t even have to catch mice actively to be a deterrent!
That said, however, you might wonder if it is ever a really good idea for your cat to catch and eat mice. After all, you have to be very careful about your kitty’s diet and don’t want accidentally eating things that will make them sick.
The good news is that taking precautions and checking the facts about mouse eating behavior is precisely the correct thing to do. Here is a short list of things you can work on with your cat and prepare for its great mouse hunt!
1. See if your cat is a good breed.
Some cats are better mouse catchers than others. Among these cats include popular breeds like the American Shorthairs, Manxes, Maine Coons and even the fluffy Persian. It also helps to remember that size is also a very significant factor. Munchkin kittens may not be the best idea but a big, strong Siberian can be more than a match for several rats.
2. Have your vet check your cat’s fitness for the job.
The main risk about having cats eat mice is the possibility of harmful bacteria. For the most part, however, cats have a digestive system that is naturally immune to any germs that pests have. (It really shows how handy they are, doesn’t it?) On the other hand, it is better to be safe than sorry and have a vet check your cat regularly if it has a good stomach for the task. Don’t forget to give your kitty proper vaccines and dewormers.
3. Never use pesticides around the house!
Not only is using toxic pest control a hazard to your cat, it will be eating those toxins through the vermin that it will catch. Besides, it also defeats the purpose of letting your cat do all the mouse catching! Save yourself the money (and the anxiety) by letting your cat do its job!
4. Train it by playing with it.
If there’s one that made cats the feared predator of mice everywhere, it’s their predatory tendency to pounce on things that move. Coincidentally, this tendency is fully active in some popular game with cats. Whether it is playing with laser pointers or feather toys, take time to hone your cat’s hunting instincts. Don’t forget to also have a few scratch posts around to help it keep their little claws sharp and effective.
One can list a number of benefits when you let your cat act as your personal pest control. You save up on using harmful pesticides, don’t ever have to think about calling exterminators and suffer none of the horrifying damages that come with an uncontained mouse problem. The best part is that it doesn’t take much to help it get ready for the mouse hunt!
It’s nice to see our pets perform a couple of tricks we’ve taught them. Although training them would take a ton of patience and a ton of time, the end results are without a doubt worth it. Training your cat some tricks would also allow you to bond with each other.
You may not reach a “stage performance” type of level, what’s important is that you, and your cat, now have something to share on a personal level. Think of it like an inside joke that only you and your cat gets. That being said, let’s start off with a fairly simple trick that you can easily teach your feline friend. What trick is this, you ask? Well, it’s the ever famous “High-Five” trick!
Steps in Teaching Your Cat the High-Five
Before you start, there are a couple of things you have to prepare. These are treats, a quiet room and a whole lot of patience. if you have all of them in hand, and in heart, then it’s time you get started.
Step One – Start things off by taking your cat to quiet room, or place, where it’s just the two of you. You wanna do this to lessen the things that could distract your furry friend.
Step Two – Next is to have your kitty’s full attention, so make sure that you have him/her sitting in front of you.
Step Three – Grab a treat and hold it in one of your hands. Let your cat investigate and sniff the treat.
Step Four – Now, slowly move your hand back and forth, and over your cat’s head. They’ll react instinctively and stand on their hind legs. If not, they’ll try grabbing your hand with their claw. Once this happens, move them back into position and try again.
Step Five – Keep your hand with the treat in position off to one side above your kitty’s head. If they reach for your hand and touches it using their paw, say “yes” and give them the treat. But if they use their claws or mouth, pull your hand away and try again.
Step Six – Repeat step five a couple of times until your cat gets the hang of it. Repeat the same process without a treat in your hand. Once you get your feline friend to touch your treatless hand, say “yes” and give them a reward.
Step Seven – Practice step six a few more times until your cat becomes comfortable with it. After that, place your open palm in the same place above your cat’s head. Say “high five” and once they touch your palm with their paw, reward them with a treat.
Step Eight – Repeat all of the sequences a couple of times a day, until your cat fully learns it.
Although it is a simple trick, it will take some time for your cat to learn it. Keep in mind that every cat has a different pace when it comes to learning. Remember to stop the training if they become agitated and to schedule the training before mealtimes to get them more motivated to work for the treat.
For some cat owners, there is one other reason why picking up and cuddling cats feels so wonderful. It is a feeling of pride. It is a feeling of empowerment. It is a feeling of conquest.
It is feeling like a super villain!
It is very hard to deny the appeal of a calm and collected mastermind as he strokes his beloved, cat companion. Whether it is the Godfather Vito Corleone or James Bond’s #1 nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, villains make a fine art out of stroking cats.
Fortunately, you do not really have to plan global domination to be as skillful as them. Here are five steps you can take to keep your cat content and comfortable in your own arms.
#1. Assess your cat’s trust in you.
If a cat is still getting accustomed to you as its owner, picking it up is not advised until it has developed a good amount of trust in your care. And even if it already has, always pay attention to how long it wants to be in your arms. Some cats have more independent personalities than others and wouldn’t want to stay held up too long. (That is, unless you give them good reason to.)
#2. Read its mood.
Just because a cat trusts you doesn’t mean you can pick it up more carelessly. Always check for signs of agitation and avoid touching it altogether if it looks like it is in a really bad mood. Be patient and do what you can to improve its demeanor. If villains themselves require appeasement, their feline friend demands no less!
#3. Remember your cat’s sweet spots.
All cats share a common set of areas that make them feel really good when stroked. These include the usual spots like the back of the ears, the chin and the base of the tail. Stroking these correctly can be a good way to keep a kitty content in your arms and less likely to squirm out of them.
#4. Determine a signature posture.
This goes both for you and your cat. Start by knowing the basics of holding it (such as supporting its bottom and hind legs). Patiently figure out when your cat is feeling most comfortable in your arms and adjust your posture accordingly. Sometimes it can be when you are sitting or when you are standing up right. Either way, it can feel really classy when you do it correctly.
#5. Let it know that you still have its attention.
Cats are naturally demanding and will obviously dislike it if they can no longer sense your attention when you are cuddling them. Occasionally make eye contact and know what part of its body you are rubbing at all times. Much like classic villains, it is crucial to avoid carelessness at all costs.
Lastly, remember that a cat is not a mere accessory. Ever notice that a villain’s cat is possibly the only thing they would never harm? You could say that they too acknowledge a cat as a living creature. It deserves to be treated as a faithful companion and your highest ranked accomplice!
A lot of people love cats no matter how messy or moody they can get. Most don’t mind because they simply adore their feline friends and they’re willing to accept the good and bad that’s hidden beneath their pretty furs. However, it wouldn’t hurt to know more about them.
There are some truly interesting facts that most of us don’t know about and we are truly missing out on all the fun. It’s best that we know more about our furry pals because this would let us understand them better. With that being said, here are some interesting facts about cats.
Number of Toes
You may, or may not, have noticed this, but cats have a different number of toes on their front and back paws. The front paws have five toes, while the back has four. However, there are polydactyl cats, which are cats who have extra toes on both of their paws.
Cats Don’t Have a Sweet Tooth
Cats have pretty much the same taste buds as ours, but some of their taste receptors aren’t as reactive and one of them are for sweets. Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they are compelled to consume meat. Since they’re inherently meat eaters, cats have no need for sweets and are unable to enjoy the sugary delights of cupcakes and other treats.
Years and Years of Bonding
You ever get that feeling that you’ve known your cat for a long time? The kind of feeling that you’ve somehow bonded years before? If you do, then it’s probably due to the fact that we have associated ourselves with cats for nearly 10,000 years now. This practically makes them a part of our social group.
Natural Born Hunters
A cats physiology is specifically designed for hunting. Their flexible bodies can squeeze through tiny spaces. Their teeth are also adapted for such, none of them having grinding surfaces, a clear indication that cats clearly evolved to eat meat. They also walk in a certain way that their back paws step almost exactly in the same place where did front paws landed. This minimizes the volume of noise their steps make, as well as the visible tracks they leave.
Quick on Their Feet
We have a general idea that cats are indeed agile creatures and are pretty fast. However, we don’t exactly know “how fast” they can get. To put this into perspective, the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, runs at 27 miles per hour. Your cat can actually run faster, as they can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, easily grabbing the gold medal away from Bolt’s hands.
Although we already know that cats are indeed beautiful and amazing creatures, these facts remind us of how astonishing our purring pets are. This makes us appreciate them even more and be wowed by the fact that our usually sleepaholic companions are more than what meets the eyes. However, it’s kinda sad that they can’t taste sweet foods and that could be their kitty kryptonite.