Questions About Cats

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Questions About Cats

Why Do Cats Hold Their Mouth Slightly Open?

Cats rarely open their mouths unless eating, drinking, or verbalizing. Despite this, some cats hold their mouths open for minutes at a time. A cat with its mouth open may be processing a new scent using its Jacobson’s organ. A cat with dental problems will likely be reluctant to close its mouth due to discomfort. Ensure the cat is not simply preparing to bite, or trying and failing to meow. A cat occasionally holding its […]

is it safe to let my cat on the balcony?
Questions About Cats

Will Cats Jump Off Balconies? (High-Rise Syndrome)

Houses and high-rise apartments with balconies are unsafe for cats to use. As such inquisitive creatures, cats will want to explore what’s going on outside, which could lead to an error of judgment. So, you’ll definitely need to restrict your cat’s access or safety-proof your balcony. Cats have good survival instincts and are very unlikely to consciously jump from balconies. However, cats can easily have accidental falls. They may lose their balance while walking on […]

ideal room temperature for cats in winter
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How Cold is Too Cold for Cats in a House?

Cats enjoy the warmth of the sun and hate being cold. Leaving a cat to grow cold for too long leads to a risk of hypothermia. A cat that is too cold will show a range of signs and symptoms that warn you of the problem. Do not let the ambient temperature of your home drop below 70 degrees Fahrenheit. This way, your cat will maintain its ideal body temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Provide […]

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Why Won’t My Cat Use the Cat Flap?

Cats can develop a sudden phobia of using a cat flap. Others may never have been trained on how to enter or leave the home this way. To coach your cat into using a flap, you need to understand its reluctance to do so. Some cats won’t use the flap as an act of dominance. It wants you to let it into the house. Overweight cats may find the flap too small, or it may […]

will a cat get rid of mice in my house?
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What Cats Make the Best Mousers? (10 Breeds That Catch Mice)

If you have a rodent problem, cats can be invaluable additions to your family. An effective mouser will hunt and kill mice for pleasure. This will entertain your cat and resolve your infestation. Just be aware that not all cats are natural mousers. Some cat breeds are likelier than others to enjoy hunting live prey. These include Maine Coon, Siamese, Manx, Burmese, Abyssinian, Chartreux, Turkish Angora, Persian, Japanese Bobtail, and American Shorthair cats. Before committing […]