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!

Cat Exercise Your Cat Will Thank You For

Unlike dogs, cats are not always taken out for an exercise. Actually, a lot of cat owners don’t realise their need for exercise as they are mostly indoor and are not as frisky as a dog. But cats also need a bit of exercise to stay in shape, and they would appreciate it if you help them maintain their shape in the long run.

The importance of keeping the cat healthy and well is more emphasized as the cat gets older. Since they’re not as active and as energetic like dogs, they will probably be harder to convince to exercise. But don’t be sad, there’s a strategy that will help them get in shape and there’s not much hassle for you!

These are some tips you can do:

  • Laser Trick. This is possibly the most famous way for you to have fun and your cat to move around too! They will be fixated with the bright red dot and will chase it for a long while. They will be on their paws for the entire time, awaiting the next movement of the ‘mysterious red dot’ and try to catch it as much as possible. However, you need to switch up the game afterwards to avoid the cat being frustrated from not catching its target – you need real cat toys that they can catch and interact with.
  • Get Another Cat. You can probably ask your friend who has a cat or maybe your next door neighbour to play with your cat. Cats bond well and will chase around each other or do some friendly wrestling. It may be an old cat or a young one, cats are naturally playful with each other and they will mingle for a while. Take note that the cat should be acquainted for a while in order to make them feel comfy with each other.
  • Catnip. The plant that cats enjoy to nip and sniff can be used to help your cat to exercise. There’s a precaution needed when using this plant – you need to make sure that your cat doesn’t react aggressively about it and won’t hurt anyone. It shouldn’t be used before a stressful event as well as they might become aggressive and will harm anyone.
  • Cat Tower. Cats love to climb on things, and it’s actually good for them too! Get a cat tower and your cat will be on it for a while. This will help them keep their body moving and even keep their nails blunt – since most cat towers have built in scratching posts. In order to entice them to stay there and climb for a while, hide some treats there and let them search for it as long as they’re able to.
  • Cat Toys. If you don’t have enough space or a cat friend to introduce for your cat, you can equip your space with interactive cat toys. These doesn’t have to be expensive, and they are readily available in different pet shops everywhere. You can even make your own or maybe use an available item in your house. These can be small bouncy balls and even a feather duster! But ideally, a cat toy is still better.
  • Go Out. It’s rare to see cats being walked outside, but it’s possible. Get them a special leash that will help them walk with you and not fear that they’ll run too far and fast. Unlike dogs, cats like climbing on trees since that’s their nature – and it will help them stay in shape and enjoy the fresh air and sunlight outside. It’s both healthy for you and your cat!

The Changes in a Cat’s Behavior Before they Pass Away

Yes, I know, the topic of death can be pretty morbid and saddening. After all, who would want to talk about the prospect of their beloved pet leaving them, right? We all love our pets, and we would give the world to them if we could, so just the thought of them passing away is pretty difficult to stomach.

However, it’s important to talk about it because there is valuable information you can get there. Information that will help your pet cat go through their dying days more comfortably. Knowing the changes in behavior as a cat approaches the final stages in its life will provide you with an idea of what to do, to help them pass away peacefully and with ease.

Becoming more and more Inactive

Becoming physically weaker with pain riddling their bodies is often the reason why cats that are on their last leg don’t move around, exercise, or play that much. It may come as a surprise to you that your pet cat is no longer acknowledging your calls, let alone follow you to the kitchen like it normally would. Their physical condition is what disables them from moving as much, so if you see your cat spending a lot of time just lying down on the floor instead of being active like it used to, that could be a sign that they’re nearing the end of the line.

Changes in the Way they Look

Cats prefer to often groom themselves, since their furs can easily catch dust and dirt. They’re pretty clean animals as well, which is why you’d often find them licking and tidying their body. You may see them shedding a lot of fur, with clumps of them fall of their bodies,  and be covered in dirt, dust, stains, and more.

No Longer Eating Properly

Loss of appetite is a common sign that something may be going on with your cat. Of course, skipping a meal not really that big of a deal, but if it goes on for a whole day and two, then that is definitely a sign for concern. Before assuming that they’re dying though (depending on how old they are), it could be that they have parasites leaving inside them, which can be remedied by visiting the vet. Weigh and analyze every detail you’re seeing, and then after that, it’ll be easier to identify what route to take.

Preferring to be Isolated

Cats that are nearing the end of their life cycle become more aloof, preferring to be alone for most of the time. They also like to hide underneath the bed, dark and unused storage rooms, as well frequent basements. They do this because they want to rest comfortably in a place that’s safe and that somewhat acts like a den.

Losing your beloved feline companion is definitely painful, but it’s something that we simply have no control over. The best we can do is help be more comfortable during their final hours, and to make it as easy for them as possible.

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