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Make More Feline Friends With These Tips!

Cat Saying HiHaving trouble getting a friend or family member’s cat to warm up to you? Many cats are very friendly and affectionate, but they can be a little hesitant to trust people when they first meet. The good news is, by learning how to approach cats in a friendly and non-threatening manner, you can make new feline friends wherever you go.

Stop trying so hard!

It might be tempting to try to pet a cat as soon as you meet them, but behavioral studies have shown that cats often respond better to people who sit back and let them make the first move. If you want to get on a cat’s good side, give them a chance to get to know you on their terms. You’ll typically get a much better response if you don’t overwhelm them with attention right away.

Learn where cats like to be pet.

Dogs might like to be scratched on their hindquarters, but cats tend to get nervous when people get too close to their tails. Instead, try to make first contact by rubbing their foreheads and cheeks. You can also give the cat an opportunity to sniff your finger as they would sniff the nose of another cat or dog to greet them.

Back off if they aren’t in the mood to socialize.

If the cat just doesn’t seem interested in getting to know you, it’s generally best to give them some space and try again later. Being too persistent can ultimately backfire and make them feel nervous around you. Just be patient and wait for a time when they feel more inclined to socialize. Cats are curious creatures, and before too long they’ll be ready to come over and say hi to their new friend.

Grooming Your Cat Offers Health and Wellness Benefits

Cats may spend a lot of their free time grooming themselves, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a little assistance from their human companions now and then. In fact, running a brush through your cat’s fur offers a great opportunity to bond with your cat and prevent potential health issues. You can learn more… Continue Reading

Why do House Cats Have Slit Pupils?

Have you ever admired your cat’s eyes and wondered why their pupils look like narrow slits rather than round circles like ours? If you’ve visited the zoo recently or caught a wildlife show on TV, you may have even noticed that big cats like lions and tigers don’t have slit pupils either. So why do… Continue Reading

Don’t Make These Common Cat Care Mistakes

Thanks to their naturally independent natures, cats are fairly low maintenance pets that can typically don’t require as much training as their canine counterparts. That said, our cats still depend on us for food, shelter and company, so it’s important to do our best to give them the care they need to live happy, healthy… Continue Reading

Kidney Disease Prevention Tips for Cats

Thanks to their ability to manage blood pressure, remove waste from the blood and produce hormones, your cat’s kidneys play a very important role in their overall health and well-being. Unfortunately, however, kidney disease is one of the most common ailments to affect senior cats. The good news is, there are steps every cat owner… Continue Reading

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much (And How Much Sleep do They Need?)

If you own a cat, then you’re probably well aware of the fact that your feline friend loves to sleep. A lot. On average, cats sleep for about 15 hours every day, and some kittens and older cats will sleep for upwards of 20 hours a day. Cats might be up and active in the… Continue Reading

How to Make Vet Visits Less Stressful for Your Cat

Does your cat hide in the back of her carrier and try to scurry away during vet examinations? It’s not uncommon for cats to get scared during vet visits, but there are a number of strategies you can use to make these trips a little less stressful for your favorite feline. Here are a few… Continue Reading

Keep Outdoor Cats Safe and Healthy With These Helpful Tips

Many cat owners like to let their cats to explore the great outdoors, especially those that live in rural areas. Giving your cat the opportunity to go outside is great way to make sure they get enough exercise and indulge their natural instincts. Outdoor cats tend to have more health and safety risks than indoor… Continue Reading

Animal Behaviorists Find Cats Can Be Right or Left-Pawed

If you own a cat, you’ve probably watched her use her paws to do all sorts of things. From grasping toys to knocking things off counters, cats have learned to use their paws in a variety of creative—and sometimes frustrating—ways. But did you know that most cats prefer to use one paw over the other?… Continue Reading