Music Specially Composed For Cats

For cat owners, seeing your cat enjoy this life as wholistically and as diverse as possible brings us so much joy. This is why we love to let them try new kinds of cat food and treats. This is why we want them to go on walks to see and smell the different things this world has to offer: the flowers, the trees, the fruits, the soil, the sand and many more. We want our feline babies to experience this world as fully as they can.

Fortunately, in this modern world, we have broken even one more barrier. We now would be able to let our cats experience the wonders and joys of music.

Researchers have started to explore creating music specifically made for cats. Researchers have started to explore creating music to enrich the lives of felines. Time and resources are now dedicated to understanding cats in order to compose music that they will react to—music that will make them feel excited, relaxed, elated and even dare I say, happier?

Researchers, David Teieb, Megan Savagea, and Charles T. Snowdon have made a framework that creates music that appeals to a species by drawing inspiration from the usual frequency and tempo that the species uses in their communication. The resulting outputs are musical compositions that not entirely foreign—musical compositions that are familiar to the animal group.

In their study, they compared the responses of cats to music designed for humans and the music composed for cats. The Species-appropriate music got better responses and more interest from cat subjects.

David Teie, The founder of Music For Cats, was quoted, “I know it sounds silly, but what’s really silly is thinking that music could only be for one species.”

Teie’s cat music takes heavy inspiration from sounds and rhythm that are relevant to the feline experience like the sound of purrs, meows, bird chirps and the beat of milk suckling. David Teie even went as deep as examining the sonic waveforms of cat sounds. He discovered that the sound produced is composed of two sounds meddled together. He used this finding in his composition.

In human perception, the music that David Teie conposed feels relaxing. It is very similar to the music played in cafes and spas. The features that are customized for feline enjoyment are also very notable yet pleasant.

Most of the cats that participated in the study, almost three fourths, have reacted positively to the music specially made for them. They appear to have enjoyed the music and in fact, proceeded to rub their scent glands on the speakers.
To let your feline friend experience cat music, you can check out David Teie’s musical compositions on Youtube.

How To Get Your Picky Cat To Eat Anything

There are instances when we need to introduce a new diet for our cats usually because of medical or nutritional reasons. Veterinarians sometimes prescribe certain brands or kinds of cat food to best suit the cat’s needs. An example of this situation is when the cat has high risk of kidney disease. A cat would then need a specific diet to save its life.

While cats naturally hate change especially when it comes to their food, there are some cats who are especially picky. It is, then, up to cats owners to find a way to make these picky cats enjoy their new food.

Here are a few things you can do to get your picky cat to eat anything.

Try to simply feed them the new food.

Simply serve the new food to the cat to see if it would eat it. If it does, all your feeding problems have just been solved. If it doesn’t, do not worry. There are still other things you can do. Try this way first to avoid unnecessary difficulty.

Incorporate the new food with what the cat is used to.

Mix in the new food in 10 percent increments per day. For example, on day one, you feed the cat a mixture of 90 percent of the cat food it is used to and 10 percent the new one. On the second day, you raise the new food percentage to 20 percent. You do this ten percent increments until you reach a hundred percent and the cat is just eating the new cat food. If at certain points the picky cat refuses to eat, for instance, during the 50 percent mark, dial back 10 percent and try again.

Mask the new food with tuna water.

Use the water from canned tuna to mask the smell of the new cat food. The familiar scent of tuna makes the cat more likely to devour the food you are serving. This is essentially masking the new with the familiar.

Explore other brands.

If all else fails, consult your veterinarian to explore other brand and/or options that would still cater to your pet’s medical  and nutritional needs. It is important to seek medical expertise to rule out other medical problems.
There are times when cats can’t help but be picky. This is when cat lovers need to translate their love into patience. At the end of the day, we really can’t make cats to eat anything. We can only try and encourage these independent creatures to eat something that’ll be good for them. Sometimes, we’ll fail, but what is important is we never stop trying.

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 Cats Still for Fur-tastic Photos!

How to Keep Cats Still for Fur-tastic Photos!

When you look at the dazzling world of celebrity internet cats, one does have to wonder how their owners actually manage to get theme in just the right pose. Is there a trick? Was the cat trained? Or maybe, just dumb luck?

The good news is that you neither need a lot of luck or a lot of stressful work to seize plenty of picture perfect moments with your kitty. It is all a matter of knowing what is most likely to get your cat’s attention and keeping them comfy and content as you snap away. Here are some ideas you can try.

1. Play around with treats and camera angles.

Sometimes, all it takes is to strap your cat’s favorite treat on top of the camera just to get their eyes on it. There are also other ways to do it though. It is all a matter of knowing how your cat looks at the things they desire the most at a particular time of day.

Asides from treats, you can also do the same thing with catnip or some of your cat’s favorite toys. It is also important to really give them time to enjoy those things first before taking pictures. That makes the little lures more effective when getting your cat to look in just the right direction!

2. Use catnip to spark interaction with objections.

When you see videos or pictures of cat’s poking their noses into something, there is a good chance that object actually has a hint of catnip on it. After all, cats can get really drawn to even its faintest scent and will always do all sorts of cute and quirky things with objects that have traces of it.

You don’t even need to open a whole bag. Try rubbing catnip on an object you want your cat to play around with and see all the adorable photo opportunities it can make!

3. Create chill backgrounds.

During lazy days when your cat just wants to lie around and sleep, you might think that these are just not the best time to disturb them by making them pose for picture.

But surprisingly, a lazing cat can make for one of the cutest photos to share with friends. The real trick is just making the background even more relaxed that it suits your cats. Try re-arranging pillows or stuffed toys around them.

It can also be a great opportunity to make your cat even more comfortable when they are resting. That’s two birds with one stone! (Just be sure to keep it quiet and avoid flashing photography.)

4. Take note of your cat’s habits.

Lastly, every cat has a set of unique habits and even entire routines. Paying real close attention to these is already a must for any cat owner. However, it is also a good way to identify good photo opportunities as well!

For example, does your cat always hop on the kitchen counter when you’re eating? Do they ask for your attention during a specific time of idea? What about the usual time when they start stretching on the cat post? If you’ve found an answer, then perhaps your own viral photo opportunity will show up just on schedule.

All in all, there is no need to worry about finding ways to hold your cat still or hope that Lady Luck will give you a chance to photograph it’s hilarious antics. You simply need to pay a bit more attention to their behaviour and understand the things your cat really likes. The photos are ultimately another reward for being an excellent cat owner!

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