Every cat lover knows that cats can do some strange things for no obvious reasons. I’ve had cats who seem to focus on an unseen-by-me object in the corner of the room, or in the air. Are they seeing spirits? The reflection from my computer or phone screen in a dark room? A fly or mosquito? I don’t know.
I found this link to an article in the English newspaper The Guardian, about odd (and sometimes obnoxious) things cats do. I see that one of the cats uses a floor drain as her litter box and I couldn’t believe it!
Why Are Some Cats Fearful?
Fearful behavior in cats can be caused by various factors. Insufficient exposure to humans and/or a variety of stimuli during kittenhood as well as traumatizing events in their lives can teach them to react fearfully towards people or new situations. Cats can also be genetically predisposed to being fearful.
Congratulations on deciding to enrich your and your children’s lives by adding a feline friend to your household!! Here are ten golden rules to follow, to ensure happy and safe interactions for all of you.
Adult cats are highly territorial by nature. Kittens are naturally less so, but would still benefit from the following steps to ease their transition into a new territory. Introducing a cat into a new home is extremely stressful for most cats. A cat’s basic reaction to stress is to run and hide. You can help ease the cat’s stress by providing a safe haven for him.
A cat-proofed home is a cat-safe home whether your new pet is a newborn kitten or a fully- grown cat. Before that first front paw crosses your threshold for the first time, your home must be a health zone, not a hazard zone. Be especially attentive to the sensibilities of former “outside” cats, who may never have walked on wooden floors, carpets or tiles, or been exposed to so many unfamiliar sights before.
Pulling up stakes and transporting oneself and one’s goods to a new address is truly a moving experience. It may even be more so for family feline, who doesn’t know what it’s all about – only that the owner is suddenly boxing up the books and rolling up the rugs. Indeed, to the cat it may seem the world is turning upside down, reassurances from the humans notwithstanding.
You can do many things to help ensure that your cat stays healthy. One of them is regular veterinary care. You should seek veterinary care at the very ﬁrst sign of illness, rather than waiting a day or two to see if the cat gets better on his own. A quick call to your veterinarian can often mean the difference between a rapid recovery and the development of serious complications.
Declawing is a topic that arouses strong feelings. Some people believe it's cruel and unnecessary, while others think it has its place.
It may not seem as though your cat is doing much when he is lounging near a sunny window for hours on end, but he's burning energy - and a lot of it - all day. In fact, your lap cat needs more energy-producing nutrients, like protein, than most dogs do in order to stay healthy and active.
Information provided in these articles is intended to provide some guidance for you and your pet. Not all animals behave (or respond) in the same manner. Should you have questions or concerns about anything you see here, please consult your veterinarian. While we work with vets on a regular basis, we are not veterinarians. We feel the articles here provide useful but general guidelines and suggestions for working with your pet. Please note, some articles may be disturbing to young children. Please preview articles to make sure they are appropriate for your child.