Questions About Cats

are cats solitary?
Questions About Cats

Are Cats Social or Loners?

Cats have a reputation as aloof animals that prefer to keep their own company. Felines are rarely encountered in pairs or packs, adding fuel to this stereotype. Reputations are frequently built upon a fallacy, and the myth that cats are antisocial is no exception to the rule. Most cats love company, as long as it’s on their terms. As natural hunters, cats are genetically predisposed to spend time alone and take care of themselves. They […]

cat scratches on leather furniture
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How to Stop Cats from Scratching Leather Furniture

When cats start destroying expensive furniture, this can be really frustrating. Leather furniture is expensive and isn’t replaced very often, so damage must be avoided. Instead of trying to stop this behavior, you should redirect your cat to a scratching post. Use catnip, scent-marking, and encouragement to re-enforce your feline’s new behavior. Due to misinformation, some cat scratching ‘treatments’ make the situation worse. Cat claw covers and cat repellent sprays cause stress to the cat, […]

how to keep your cat entertained for hours
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10 Ways to Keep a Cat Entertained When You’re NOT Home

To call cats lazy would be a misinterpretation of their behavior. Cats do need plenty of sleep, but they also require regular exercise and mental stimulation. If you spend all day at work, which is the case for most people, it can be difficult to provide this level of stimulation to your feline. Cats are happiest when they can express their natural behaviors such as chewing, scratching, climbing, and hunting. You should create a home […]

old cat with dilated pupils
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Why Are My Cat’s Eyes Dilated All the Time?

Felines are easily stimulated animals, so an agitated cat will have dilated pupils. If your cat is experiencing feelings of excitement, or fear and anxiety, she’ll have enlarged eyes. But if your cat’s pupils are dilated all the time, it’s typically a sign of an underlying medical problem. This is a warning sign that your cat is physically or mentally uncomfortable. Medical explanations for dilation of the eyes in cats include hypertension, key-Gaskell syndrome, or […]

Why Am I Allergic to Some Cats and Not Others?
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Why Am I Allergic to Some Cats and Not Others?

Up to 10% of Americans experience an allergic reaction to felines. But cat allergies are complicated because you can make a fuss of one cat without triggering an allergic reaction, but not others. You’re allergic to your cat’s skin, not its fur. Dead skin cells (dander) get trapped under a cat’s fur. Cats shed their fur throughout the day, releasing dander into the air and causing allergies. Larger cats with longer fur release more dander […]

why does my cat howl before and after using litter box?
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Why Does My Cat Meow Loudly After Using the Litter Box?

Felines vocalize to announce their bowel movements when they have a health problem. If your cat meows loudly when defecating, it’s highly likely to be because the experience is uncomfortable. Your cat finds urination and defecation painful. A cat’s bladder or bowels could be a problem due to due to a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), bladder stones, feline interstitial cystitis, or swollen anal glands. Alternatively, your cat may be announcing that he has soiled his […]