Top Tricks to Curbing Your Cat’s Climbing Habits

Cats are generally graceful but there is always that one problem kitty who seems to enjoy climbing just for the sake of knocking other things from the top. It could be a bad sign of future houseware destruction.

 

 

Fortunately, averting this disaster can be just a matter of managing your cat’s climbing tendencies. Remember, cat’s are actually born to climb because that that is how felines have evolved. Climbing had enabled them to leap away from the jaws of more dangerous animals. It also gives them a wider view of their own territory. And of course, you also have the possibility of prey tweeting high up in the branches.

Like with any issues with cat habits, the key is to go with this natural flaw instead of being too forceful in containing it.

 

Trick #1 – Secure fragile items behind secure doors.

Avoid having breakable items on shelves where a cat can latch on and possible topple them from the force of the landing. As long as something has a ledge, you can bet that there is a risk of your cat taking that great leap and causing all sorts of mayhem. From its point of view, there is virtually nothing too high that it won’t at least make an attempt to reach.

Start by securing all your fragile items (e.g. glassware, bottles, toys) behind doors. Your cat will be significantly less inclined to something if it perceives nothing but a long, smooth vertical surface with nothing it claws can hook on.

 

Trick #2 – Secure bases

If you fear that your cat might knock over something bigger than a bottle (such a lamp, a TV or maybe a tall speaker), then you need to secure their bases. It might also help to rearrange these things so that your cat is discouraged from jumping on them to reach a certain point.

After all, cats don’t like to expend a lot of their energy. They will still look for the least exhausting way to reach their destination. They will not waste time climbing or knocking over things that will use up energy they will still need to climb down or move further about.

 

Trick #3 – Create a system of perches

Lastly, it is also very commendable to have more cat trees around the house. You can take it a step further and have a whole kitty condo. These offer multiple perches and offer higher elevations that would provide more comfortable climbs for your resident felines. If cat trees are too big for your house or apartment, you can consider getting a cat post instead to save space!

If you are unsure of where to best put these new climbing spots, it is highly recommended that you space them out. In contrast to other tall objects you don’t want your cat to climb, arrange them like natural pathways. For example, you could arrange them in a way that will let your cat reach their favorite corner near the ceiling. Another tried-and-true placement is anywhere that will put it in eye level with you as the owner.

Never forget that the best way to live with a cat is learning to love the instincts it is naturally born with. Curbing its climbing habit is better achieved when you actually encourage it in a non-destructive and non-invasive way!

Secrets of the Catnap – What Lies in Feline Dreams?

Secrets of the Catnap – What Lies in Feline Dreams?

Sleep is an integral part of many a cat’s lifestyle, big or small. We all know that cats love to conserve energy because that is how they are built as predators. Therefore, the catnap is a critical factor in ensuring a cat’s comfort.

 

 

Still, what does go on in your cat’s mind when you see them seemingly lazing about on the shelf? How do they even fall asleep so seamlessly and easily? A cat can sleep for as much as 20 hours in a given day. That’s twice the amount of even the most sleepaholic human being!

What secrets lie in the catnap?

 

Secret #1 – Cats actually spend 4-5 hours truly sleeping.

By truly sleeping, this is the deep sleep state. For us humans, this state is the most refreshing state that really alleviates all exhaustion from our body. It is also the only very difficult for us to get.

Cats on the other hand can acquire this almost automatically. It is also easy to see if they are in this state. Their eyes are completely shut, their tails are curled and you have the occasional twitching of paws or whiskers. It is really important to get your fur babies the comfiest pet bed to snooze on.

 

Secret #2 – The other 12-15 hours is dozing.

Light sleep also occurs in humans but we don’t get as much rest from it as cats do. Neither are we as alert as they are!

You see, when a cat is in this state, they still get a strong awareness of what happens around them. Their eyes may seem shut but their nose and their ears are essentially on auto-pilot, recording even the slightest change in their environment.

Hence, it’s why cats in general are quite difficult to sneak up on even when they’re asleep! Your cat may seem to be dozing as you’re stepping into the room, but you can bet they already know you’re there.

 

Secret #3 – A cat’s sleeping patterns is as flexible as they are.

Most cats are completely awake only during dawn and dusk but when they have you around for company, you can bet  that least some will adjust very quickly.

This is in line with how bigger cats have behaved in the wild. The top factor that determines this behavior has always been energy, and what is the best time to go out to hunt for food.

When it comes to domesticated cats, however, it is pretty much the same. That is why it is important for you to always have a solid routine of playtime and feeding time. They’re adjusting for you because you represent both a wonderful time to expend energy while also gaining back with a nice meal. Even the most active cat isn’t always so lively all throughout the day after all, so give back and show your appreciation!

 

Secret #4 – Cats dreams are indeed very much like ours.

Studies show that cats share the same hippocampus structure as human beings. The hippocampus is the place where all are dream activity supposedly occurs. Even more intriguing, however, is that the electrical patterns of sleeping cats and sleeping humans is remarkably similar!

This can only mean one thing: Whatever dreams your cat has, is very much as vibrant and life-like as your own. They could be wandering a weird landscape or dream about feasting at a grand table covered with varied cat treats and snacks. Either way, they deserve to dream on so be very respectful when you see that a cat is truly sound asleep.

Catnaps may seem like lazy snoozing but there’s more to what goes on than how it looks. Hopefully, these secrets will tell you more about how to best treat your feline housemate whenever its been lying around.

The Magic Trick to Making Cats and Dogs Get Along

The Magic Trick to Making Cats and Dogs Get Along

It’s amazing how, in just the last 10-15 years, people are now thinking twice about the age-old rivalry between cats and dogs. Today, you see more videos and pictures of dogs getting along with cats. There is at least one show featuring experts teaching both cat and dog owners how to live together. Some people say it’s a miracle, others say there still has to be some super-secret training trick to it.

Well, the truth is that a lot of how we understand a cat’s attitude towards dogs has always been a misconception.

 

 

It’s amazing how, in just the last 10-15 years, people are now thinking twice about the age-old rivalry between cats and dogs. Today, you see more videos and pictures of dogs getting along with cats. There is at least one show featuring experts teaching both cat and dog owners how to live together. Some people say it’s a miracle, others say there still has to be some super-secret training trick to it.

Well, the truth is that a lot of how we understand a cat’s attitude towards dogs has always been a misconception.

The Truth Behind the Cat-Dog War

The truth is that cats just have inborn, natural traits that don’t automatically jive well with the natural traits of dogs. Dogs are generally known to be more energetic and physically playful whereas cats tend to laze in corners and act independent.

That doesn’t mean it’s impossible for them to get along. If you are a cat owner but also love dogs or just live with someone with a dog, there are basics you can easily pick up.

The Art of Inter-Species Harmony

The following steps are all centered around one important concept: Familiarity. If there is one thing that cats and dogs have in common, it is that they are friendlier with what they are familiar with.

 

Step 1. Don’t hesitate to consult experts.

By no means is this an overnight task. You might need to consult a professional pet behaviorist or at least someone with more experience making cats and dogs get along. Even if you have succeeded in the following steps by yourself, it is better safe than sorry.

There is also a good chance that a second opinion can teach you things about your cat’s behavior than you might not even aware of. This awareness will be key when understanding how your cat sees a resident dog.

 

Step 2: Assess each pet’s personality and territory.

Both cats and dogs are territorial in their own way. However, the personality can say a lot about how they’ll react when their respective spaces are intruded upon. Make sure you get them different pet toys in order to avoid chaos in your house.

Cats that turn out to be playful and inquisitive might get on the nerves of large but aloof dogs. The same can be said for territorial cats that turn hostile at the sight of a hyper little pupper running around their turf. Getting them to realign is another step but it’s definitely important to first know what personality types you’re trying to reconcile.

 

Step 3: Take size and breeds into account.

It’s generally easier to make cats and dogs get along if they are about the same size. Pugs, chihuahuas and other similarly-sized breeds don’t have the scale that triggers a cat’s survival instinct.

Of course, it’s also possible to train a larger dog to be friends with a cat but it’s still equally important to understand how a larger animal appears to it. If they don’t recognize it, it’s always a threat and it doesn’t help if you have a large dog that’s also prone to chasing things. Pro tip: training them with a treat in hand can be quite effective!

 

Step 4: Focus training on the dog but help the cat familiarize with it.

On the subject of a chasing habit, it only makes sense that you focus a lot of training on the dog. Take full advantage of the fact that dogs are really more trainable and obedient than cats. This will help it understand a very unique way of approaching it compared to other objects or animals. You can take measures like keeping it on a leash until it learns to stop chasing the cat. Exercising it and giving it other activities to use up its energy is also a good idea so that it won’t be tempted to use any of it chasing.

And once the dog is trained to be more behaved around the cat, give a cat a way to familiarize with a dog’s scent. Play a part in it yourself by maintaining skin contact with both animals. Take your time also letting them sniff the belongings of the other pet to further help them get accustomed to their presence.

All in all, it might take a lot of work but it’s all definitely worth if it means a peaceful coexistence between these ‘mortal enemies.’ It’s all about understanding their differences and helping them get used to each other. That’s the real magic!

Why Do Cats Bump Their Heads Against You?

Why Do Cats Bump Their Heads Against You?

As a cat owner, you may have noticed that your feline friend would often bump their heads against you. It’s certainly a peculiar behavior and would make you ask “What are you doing there little buddy?” It may even startle you sometimes, making you wonder “Is there something wrong with my cat?

As a cat owner, you may have noticed that your feline friend would often bump their heads against you. It’s certainly a peculiar behavior and would make you ask “What are you doing there little buddy?” It may even startle you sometimes, making you wonder “Is there something wrong with my cat?”

Now, before you press the panic button and go visit a vet, calm down for a bit. A cat’s head bumping is something that you shouldn’t worry about because it’s a social behavior. A manner that your feline companion only shows to a select few.

Head Bunting

The act of bumping their heads on a human, a dog, or another cat, means that they consider these individuals as their friends, or at least a part of their social circle. It is a cat’s way of expressing affection towards another being other than itself. Cats are creatures that doesn’t want anyone, or anything, invading their personal space. The very act of them being the one to snuggle in close and head bunt means they’re very comfortable and familiar with you.

Leaving a Trail of Their Scent

Just like dogs, cats use scents to either attract, or repel, creatures. They use scent for marking territories, communicating and social interaction. They basically use it everyday to track food, to locate where to relieve themselves, to hunt for mice, etc. Now here’s the fun part: their scent glands are located on their chin skin, paw pads, tail, lips, cheeks, and you guessed it, forehead.

Scent also helps them feel safer, and more acquainted, with their surroundings. A place that has their scent all over it means that this location, this area, is somewhere they usually reside in. This site is a like den, a shelter, or a home. It’d be faster for them to identify family members, and friends, this way too, since you’ll be covered in their scent.

On a Whole New Level

If you want to get really intimate with its meaning, like cellular-level-intimate, then you’ll be happy to know that head bunting is very important for a cat. Touch plays a huge role in their lives because their bodies have sensory cells that are very sensitive. If they often rub their body against you, or frequently head bunts you, that means that your furry friend connects with you on an intimate level.

This answers the question as to why they’re constantly tripping you over because they’re trying to head bunt your ankles. This also explains why they suddenly jump on top of you when you’re laying down in bed. It means that they want to be as close to you as possible, feeling every sensation and touch that you have to offer.

Cats have a very unique way of showing affection. Head bunting is one of those ways that means they just want to get close to you. That they want to bond, they wants to share its scent and they wants to give you some love.

The Hidden Superpowers in Your Cat’s Claws and Paws

The Hidden Superpowers in Your Cat’s Claws and Paws

There is no shortage of cat-themed superheroes but did you know that your cats paws already perform a myriad of amazing abilities?

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While it is true, a cat’s claws and paws are often the center of cat-owning nightmares. Whether it’s the destruction of furniture or painful scratches, these needlessly overshadow the cool things they do for your feline.

It’s in knowing these things that make declawing a truly horrendous practice and should never be an option (less intrusive alternatives exist anyway). That said, what exactly are the incredible feats that cat’s claws are known (besides ruining entire sofas).

  1. Claws and scent glands go hand-in-hand.

Clawing is one primary reason why your cat can mark its territory without peeing on it (no offense to dog owners). A cat’s scent glands are located right at the bottom of their paws and the scent is left on anything they scratch. Scents are a big deal because that is one of the more solid ways a cat can recognize you as a friend. The more it has its own scent around, the more at home it is going to feel.

It also shows that scratching is a single activity that serves two purposes. It lets a cat know where its home is (and who it shares it with) while also keeping their claws razor sharp to perform all kinds of feats.

  1. A claw’s single shape belies its multiple uses.

The curved shape of a cat’s claws are often feared for the pain they inflict but they are used for so much more. It allows them to perform a swift kill on any pests they find (a handy trait that many cat owners can benefit from). It allows their paws to stay hooked onto prey like mice and ensures that any wriggling just kills the rodent faster once it’s been grabbed.

Alternatively, it also allows cats to hook themselves on rough surfaces like trees. If you have an outdoor cat and it loves to climb, then the claws will be the only lifeline it has. Declawing cuts that lifeline and you wouldn’t want that!

  1. Paw pads serve to give cat an extrasensory edge.

This is why cats generally don’t like their pads touched. Each pad contains a large concentration of nerve receptors. That means their paws can give them a sense of things that not even our own human hands and feet can easily detect.

Some of these include vibrations on the ground, the temperature of a surface and even the liveliness of items or prey being grasped. It can explain why cats have a really extraordinary sense of balance and an uncanny instinct for sensing other creatures.

  1. Claws and paws are engineered for stealth.

When you really look at it, a cat’s claw is an incredible example of nature’s engineering. The clawed feet of lizards and dinosaurs may look more intimidating at first glance but these claws make too much noise when they walk! In contrast, a cat’s claws retract to a point that only their pads touch the surface.

The cushioning effect of the pads plus a cat’s natural tendency towards balance really cancels out any noise their footfalls will make. It really augments their inclinations as stealthy predators and could explain why your cat doesn’t make any noise outside its occasional meowing.

So as you can see, the power in a cat’s claws and paws is a vital part of their biology and their being. Don’t underestimate them or damage them! They are a gift to your cat as your cat is a gift to you.

Cat Behavior: Why do Cats do These Things?

Cat Behavior: Why do Cats do These Things?

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Cats have certain behaviours that leave their hoomans scratching their heads, thinking “Why do you do that, kitty?” Of course, there’s little that we can do about them. Our feline companions would only keep on doing them, whether we like it or not. So, why is there a need to know why they do, what they do? Why is there a need to understand these behaviours?

Well, the reason is simple, really. Understanding them would help them communicate with us better. This would also let allow us to accept them for what they are. That being said, we have a couple of odd behaviours that cats usually do. Get to know some of them and the reason why cats do them.

 

“I Brought You a Gift Hooman!”

You’re on the porch, or living room sofa, just chilling. You’re sitting down, with a warm cup of coffee, enjoying the nice scenery of your garden, or simply relaxing while watching the telly. Your cat suddenly arrives and startles you when it leaves a dead mouse near your foot, with your cat in front of you, looking up at you with eager eyes.

This experience can certainly be nerve-wracking, but there’s no need for you to freak out. Cats, in their very core, are predatory animals. Hunting for prey is normal for them and you need to understand this primitive side. They often bring you dead animals as “gifts” to give thanks for feeding them everyday, in a way returning the favour. They could also be doing it to show you how to hunt or because they have more than enough to eat.

 

Dawn of the Meow

Most cat owners have experienced hearing sounds at dawn. Sounds that wake them up faster than their alarms ever could. Sounds that come off from every direction, swirling and echoing to every corner of the house. Quickly, they get up and open the door of their rooms to find that they’re cats are already awake. At 4 in the morning. This routine is quite off setting and some might even get annoyed by it. However, there’s a need for us to understand that cats naturally wake up earlier than us.

Also, their circadian rhythms tend to change depending on the season. You can remedy this by installing blinds, or blackout shades, so the sun won’t rouse them awake. You can also put a strict eating schedule to help manage this behaviour. But again, this is what comes as natural for cats, so be patient and if necessary, stop trying to undo this ingrained trait.

 

Techie Kitty

You’ve probably had more than one encounter where you’re in front of your laptop, or computer, busily typing with the keyboard. Suddenly, a wild (and cute) kitty appears and starts lying down on the laptop, or keyboard.

This may seem like your cat is trying to annoy you, but it’s actually because they love the warmth of these computer devices, especially the laptop. A cat’s ideal temperature is 20 degrees higher than that of a human, so a laptop is the perfect temperature regulator. They could also be doing this because they’re asking for attention.

Cats are certainly mysterious and baffling creatures. They tend to do odd things just for the heck of it. Things that can sometimes be uncomfortable for us. However, your feline companion needs you to understand that this is just how they are. Accepting and understanding them for their weird sides is the key here. It would mean the world to them and allow you to love them in a better, more genuine manner.

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