Where cats sleep says a lot.
A stressed out cat will hide and stay out of high traffic areas. Avoiding noise and disturbances from the two-legged or even four-legged members of the family.
In the above photo Lily fell asleep in the warm sun. Not sure why she picked the messy coffee table, but I guess the warmth was inviting.
Cats need a tremendous amount of down time. They sleep a lot and when not sleeping they are resting. Yet it seems, with “one ear to the ground” so they don’t miss meal call or anything else that might just need their immediate attention. And you can’t blame them for being alert to everything in their environment, especially if their whole life is spent indoors. This is their world.
Normal Cat Behavior
• Is your cat super smart?
• Can you train your cat?
• Or are they even trainable?
Cats Can Learn
But I wonder if they learn by motivation or manipulation.
Over the years, I’ve concluded they are in charge of their own destiny. If it pleases them to do little tricks and the rewards are significant enough today, they will play along with the scheme. Tomorrow could be an entirely different story. Never count on trying to impress friends with your intelligent performing cat. They might do a great job of humiliating your bragging. Continue reading
Well, the verdict is out…
I always thought 2 were ample. Even when I had 10 cats living under my roof, there were only 2 boxes.
Yes, ten. There were 3 adult cats and 7 kittens. The kittens used the one in the living room. It was by their den. (Bottom of the cat tree.) True, sometimes the adults used the box. But most times, they used the one under the bathroom sink.
Once the kittens were gone, I had one box in the spare bedroom and one in the bathroom. Even with 5 adult cats, it was plenty. Different house, with more cats and people. Continue reading
My cats have loved the sparkle balls I got years ago from a fabric store.
My first introduction to the sparkle balls was in a cat toy Christmas stocking. They self-destructed in days. Hence, the hunting expedition for a suitable substitute. The 48 balls survived the ravages of energetic cat play for years. Now only 27 remained.
What happened to the other 21? Not sure. The vacuum cleaner may have gobbled up a few. A litter box casualty that got buried. Didn’t get scooped because it was washing day for the litter boxes.
There were 3 larger ones that Lily liked. They are missing. One escaped outside, must have got kicked out when we opened the backdoor. Are they under the washer, freezer, or dropped behind the bookshelf? For now, the 3 are MIA.
Is Your Indoor Cat Bored?
Is your cat sleeping more than usual and packing on the pounds?
Time to make note of the waking hour activities. Is he/she begging for food or listless most of the time?
Bored cats use food to fill the boredom.
Challenge your cat’s mind with interactive toys. Even just a new toy with unfamiliar smells will stimulate their curiosity.
Cats love to explore empty boxes. Continue reading
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