As old as time, the knowledge about cats and dogs not getting along is now common sense. It has been portrayed in movies and cartoons as these two would run up their heels and try to wrestle each other to the ground. In most videos, you can even see cats bullying dogs whenever they don’t get it their way. Even in owners, they even have this small feud about which animal is more huggable and lovable – something that both sides will never know.
But in this case, there is a papa dog that deserves all the love and praise when Ponzu, the golden retriever, takes a frail little kitten under his wing. Since day one, you can tell in Ponzu’s eyes the love and warmth of a parent for a child that’s not his. Blood and kind wasn’t an issue for these two, they get along like hot tea in a cold weather and cake with coffee – a perfect two that cannot be separated.
The tiny kitten named Ichimi makes an effort to show her love for her new papa – she cuddles and plays with him whenever she can. She was abandoned by her mom as a kitten and now lives with her foster humans and Ponzu. They would cuddle whenever it gets too cold or sometimes it’s Ichimi way of showing her gratitude to her foster dad.
It seems Ichimi wasn’t his first adopted kitten – he used to have some and ensured that he gives out the love they deserve. But when he met Ichimi, it was after the death of his foster kitten and was utterly devastated with that event. Ichimi brought him back the light he lost from his eyes – the light and warmth of happiness and love. He even cleans the kitten whenever needed! Talk about unconditional parental love.
Ichimi grew up as a fine feline – but this doesn’t get in the way of their cuddles and hugs. They still do a lot of things together and play with each other. But compared before, Ponzu gets more tired during playtime and eventually Ichimi have to play alone. But aside from that, they pretty much enjoy each other’s company and won’t be separated anytime soon.
They might be your unusual pair but they are the best of friends and are family. They love each other and they deserve all the attention and praise in the world! Like how it is for people – cats also recognise their saviour and parental presence. Even if they don’t always interact, they will long for their part of the family and would forever be in their hearts. They won’t express it though words, but they will lovingly show it to you.
Once in a while, you would see cat videos around the globe about cats becoming overwhelmed with emotions that they sob. Maybe it happened to you as well – you gave your cat a new cat toy and your cat cat cries tears of joy. While it might be heartwarming and chances for ‘aww’ pictures, you should be actually worried if you cat sheds tears.
However, it doesn’t really diminishes their emotions – they just show it differently and uniquely compared to humans and even dogs. They can read their master’s emotions as well and will react appropriately as to how they think should be. Their feelings are subtle but noticeable:
- Happy means they are energetic and playful. They will also purr a lot and become more affectionate with their humans.
- Sad means they feel lethargic, silent, won’t interact with anyone or even with a toy, and eventually lose their appetite.
- Angry or frightened cat will become hostile – they will hiss, claw you, and growl. If ever this happens, give them space and time to calm down. Ideally, they have a cat tree to rest on just to destress themselves and claw their tiny paws out.
But cats never cry due to emotion – it could be a serious health problem that you’re unaware of and can actually be dangerous if left untreated for a while. Crying from cats could be the first symptom that you need to watch out for. These are the reasons why your feline friend cries:
- Dust in the eye
- Injury from a cat fight
- Clogged tear ducts
- Corneal problems
- Dry eye
- Respiratory infections
- Pink eye
- Structural issues
For the safety of your cat and you, make sure you go to the nearest vet and have them take care of your pet properly. Taking care of their health is important as they could be experiencing great pain and they can’t show it – or you don’t understand what it means. However, ideally, you can take them to the vet twice a month to ensure that they are doing fine.
As it is indeed safe to not touch your cat’s face while it is crying, you should wipe the beads of tears in its eye to avoid worsening its condition and crystallization of the tears as well. It’ll become hard enough for their eyes to shut close and would be a challenge to open them again. Here is what you should do:
- Dip a clean cotton ball or a Q-tip in clean water and gently wipe away the tears, starting from the corner of the eye outwards. Always use a fresh cotton or Q-tip for each eye.
- No flowery scented washes and products for now until your cat is fully healed and is no longer tearing up.
But aside from that, make sure you follow the vet’s orders and make sure you take the necessary measure to keep your cat healthy. After all, a healthy cat is a happy cat and they will show you their thanks in purrs!
Cats are often seen as aloof and independent. They are often seen to be doing their thing, without company by their sides, which leads people to think that these furry felines prefer to live alone. Although it’s true that they’re mostly solitary, cats don’t really favor, or like, being alone.
They like to have space to function on their own, while having a family who’ll always be there for them. One example that proves cats aren’t really solitary creatures is the fact that they sleep with their owners. There are a lot of reasons as to why cats decide to sleep beside us, and we’ll talk about 5 of them here.
For a Source of Warmth
Have you ever noticed your cat(s) sleeping on your laptops? Or have you seen them sleep in areas where slivers of sun are present? Ever wondered why they do it? Turns out cats actually crave for warmth. Humans are warm, and cats love to snuggle with us from time to time, so they could get that extra amount of comfortability and relaxation they’re looking for.
They Feel Comfortable
Sometimes, cats just want to be 100% comfortable and at ease. Just like any creature, cats look for the things that make them feel comfortable, and bring them pleasure. There are moments when they feel this best when they’re around humans, able to feel our warmth and presence.
They Feel Secure with You
Cats don’t like being vulnerable, and they are often at their most vulnerable when they’re fast asleep. With this in mind, they often prefer sleeping on high places, to avoid any attacker from taking advantage of them. When they sleep with you, this means that they feel secure around you, and like to have around to keep them safe and sound.
It’s a Territorial Thing
Have you ever thought that maybe cats think that you’re the one sleeping on their bed? Cats are innately territorial, which means sleeping on your bed is how things should be, simply because the bed is their territory. To them, it’s you who are sleeping on their bed, which has a good meaning to it because this means they trust you enough to share a bed with you.
You are Part of the Family
Our feline companions thrive on attention, but not just anyone’s attention. What they’re looking for is attention from the ones they consider family, which basically means the ones they love. If they’re comfortable sleeping with you, this means that they treat you as part of the family, and that they love you just like one.
No matter what the reason, having your cat sleep with you is definitely a good thing. It lets you bond and strengthen the kind of relationship you share with each other. But you should also consider whether or not you have an allergy, or if they spend a lot of time outside. Give them a regular bath as well, so you could make sleeping beside each other a pleasant experience for both of you.
We all know that giving our trust to other people is not that easy. We get apprehensive, and we put up defenses to keep them from getting too close for comfort. Trusting is scary because it makes us vulnerable, and it opens us up to the possibility of getting hurt.
Cats have the same apprehensions too, and they’re mostly for the same reasons as well. Our feline friends don’t just allow anyone into their lives because they don’t want to risk getting attacked (predatory instinct at play). The first thing we have to do is gain their trust, and these 5 simple ways will help you get it.
Time is a Valuable Thing
Getting them comfortable, and showing them that you mean no harm, should be your first priority. You won’t be able to gain their trust if you’re constantly aggressive with showing your affection. To them, this might look like a deliberate act of an attack, which might make them retaliate. Give them time to get used to you, and show them that you mean no harm, first.
Your Presence Should Spell the Word “Positive”
We’re not talking about the kind of positive that makes up a person’s outlook in life. What we mean is that whenever you’re around, a cat must consider your presence as a positive thing. You can do this by bringing them food, by petting them respectfully, by playing with them and by making them feel secured, whenever you visit.
Punishment is not the Answer
If your goal is to gain the trust of a cat, then you need to be kind to them. Again, the reason why cats tend to distrust other animals is because they simply want to protect themselves. Punishing them would only amplify their fear of getting hurt, so you have to be gentle. Positive reinforcement of the positive traits (actions) they do is what works best here.
Get Those Cat Toys Out Because it’s Play Time!
Playing is a form of intimate bond that cats do to their families, especially during their younger days. They use play-fight, for hunting practice, and for entertainment. Playing with them will help you build trust, as they slowly accept you as someone whom they can share this intimate bond with.
Shower them with Affection
Contrary to popular belief, cats actually crave for affection. They’re just not good at showing it because they can’t afford to show weakness. To gain their trust, shower them with affection, but only when they want to receive it. Never impose, or force them to receive it because they might misinterpret it. If you find them being sweet, then pet them and talk to them gently.
Gaining the trust of a cat takes a lot of effort and time. It takes a lot of patience and understanding as well, due to the fact that cats might come off as aloof sometimes. However, their trust is worth all the trouble, and once they give it to you, they turn to one of the sweetest creatures on Earth.
Stress can take a toll on a person’s physical and mental health. However, humans aren’t the only one affected by this phenomenon. In fact, our very own furry friends might be hiding a lot of stress underneath that calm and playful exterior which can result to a myriad of health problems. If you feel your cat might “acting weird”, it could be a sign of stress. Here are some signs to watch out for.
This includes diarrhea, constipation, and other vomiting. Digestive issues usually mean that your cat may be lacking some nutritional requirements. Additionally, it could also be a sign that they may have eaten something suspicious.
Loss of Appetite
Other than digestive issues, loss of appetite could be a sign that something is wrong. If your cat ignores their favourite treat or stops eating altogether, it may be a sign that your cat has an underlying medical issue.
Scratching is one way for cats to relieve stress and stretch out their joint and back muscles. However, excessive scratching may indicate signs of parasites or certain behavioural issues like anxiety or hostility towards a new environment.
Cats are usually neat when it comes to defecating and urinating. For cats who are litterbox-trained, it can be surprising to see them pee anywhere other than their litter box. This is a sign that your cat is probably trying to tell you that something is wrong.
Many cats get a reputation of being aloof and indifferent species but that is not necessarily true. Like dogs, cats require affection and likes to be close to their owners now and then. If your cat is actively ignoring you and other people, it can be a sign of anxiety and nervousness.
Aggression Towards Other Animals
Cats don’t usually show signs of aggression unless they are provoked or defending themselves. However, signs of aggression towards other animals and people could be a sign of a stressed or sick cat.
Like humans, our cats can also be affected by stress. When not taken care of right away it can lead to more serious medical and behavioural problems. In some cases, like excessive scratching and picky eating, some measures can be taken to treat these problems right away. For instance, excessive scratching may be a sign that your indoor cat is bored and requires more exercise. To remedy this, consider getting a feather toy or make your own DIY cat toy to stimulate their senses and reduce their stress. Additionally, cats who are notoriously picky eaters may benefit from switching to a different food source.
While it certainly isn’t easy to spot signs of stress from our cats (After all, we aren’t mind readers!), careful monitoring and consideration can help us make the right decisions. While some of these signs can be treated, your best bet would be to consult with your veterinarian or a cat behavior specialist so your cat can get a more effective treatment. Remember to ask questions once you schedule an appointment with the vet!
“Long nights, a rough bed; our cat’s ‘meow,’ running through our head,” we’ve all been there. 3 A.M. wake up calls asking for a meal, or simply for attention. It’s the same old pattern, and we always get up to heed our furry companion’s companion beck and call.
However, consecutive sleepless nights won’t do any of you some good. As important as giving our cats the attention and love they need, it’s crucial that we take care of ourselves, and we get some shut eye as well. So, how exactly do we train our cats to do just that?
Guide Your Cat’s Circadian Rhythm
Much like humans, cats have their own circadian rhythms as well, and they vary greatly from ours. Cats are nocturnal, and are naturally inclined to wake from dusk ‘til dawn. Now, it is possible to reset their body clocks, but you’d have to guide their circadian rhythms first. To efficiently influence it, it’s going to be our job as their parents to provide them with, and maintain, a feeding schedule.
The best way to affect a cat’s behaviour is by strategically controlling their feeding schedule. Allowing them to eat whenever (and whatever) they want is what’s hindering us from dramatically making an impact to them. Without a schedule, you’ll also be putting your cat’s body in a constant flux of digestion, making their energies highly unpredictable. It’s best to stop free feeding, and stick to scheduled meal times, which is better for your cats.
Try to Get them To Sleep When You Do
Feeding your cat it’s last meal an hour and a half, prior to your bed time, is a good technique to try and get them to sleep when you do. However, don’t give it to them immediately. What you want to do is to give your cat a sweet amount of play time, tiring them out, before feeding it to them.
Cats run on four principles: Hunt. Catch. Kill. Eat. The play time will serve as the “hunt, catch, and kill,” part. Once they’re pooped out, then you let them eat, and soon after that, they’ll be grooming themselves ‘til they finally fall asleep.
Learn to Ignore Them Completely
Now, there’ll be times when they still won’t let you sleep, despite everything you’ve done. This is where things get serious because the next thing you have to do is… You have to ignore them completely. Yes, you read that, you ignore them completely.
The point of ignoring them is to discourage them to repeat their behaviour. Whether it’s in a positive, or negative way, responding to them is still attention. Tell your cats that nothing is going to happen whenever they do that certain behaviour, by not heeding to it.
Before your cat finally learns to let you sleep through the night, it’s going to be an uphill battle. However, the payoff will be so much worth it, for both you and your cat, as you let your body get some of rightfully earned snores. No more late night wake up calls.