why cats purr when you pet them?
Behavioral Problems

Why Do Cats Purr When You Stroke Them? (Pleasure vs. Pain)

Conventional wisdom dictates that a purring cat is a happy cat. It’s true that cats purr when contented. As cats enjoy being petted, the noise often accompanies stroking. Just be aware that this is not always the case. Cats purr for two different reasons – pleasure and pain. Stroking your cat will initially release endorphins. Your cat may even grow so relaxed that it dozes off. You may be mistaking snoring for purring. Also, petting […]

How to Litter Train an Older Cat
Behavioral Problems

How to Litter Train an Older Cat

Toilet training is something that many cat owners take for granted. Even rescue cats seem to instinctively know how to use a litter tray, having copied their mothers. Some felines may not have experienced this essential socialization, though. So, older cats may need to be toilet trained from scratch or they will defecate outside of their litter trays. Don’t use a covered litter box as this may intimidate a cat that’s unfamiliar with the process. Use […]

Cat is Limping but acting normal
Cat Health and Wellness

My Cat is Limping (But Not Crying or in Pain)

Cats never limp without good reason. Even if your cat is not crying, do not assume it is not in pain. Your cat may be masking discomfort as best it can. Some cats also become accustomed to pain and no longer react. Common reasons for a cat to limp include trauma, arthritis, and infection. Some senior cats overexert themselves while exercising, causing temporary lameness. Your cat could have an issue with its paw. This could […]

how to stop cats climbing into car engine
Questions About Cats

How to Get a Cat Out from Under a Car

Cats often seek solace from their daily concerns. If your cat roams outdoors, it may sleep or hide underneath a car. This will be a warm and safe place, in the cat’s mind. Unfortunately, it can also be dangerous. You need to tempt your cat out before it gets run over or hurt in some way. You need to get your cat out from under the car into a cat carrier. Tempt the cat with […]

cat's mouth open and tongue out
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 […]