Cat Tales II






Every once in awhile I come across bits of cat information that really doesn’t require my writing a big article, but I think is of interest to us cat lovers.

Today, is one of those times. The topics may seem fragmented, so sit back, relax and maybe you will learn something you didn’t know before.

Do you have a cat that hides? If you do, be aware that this is one smart cat.

It is a natural instinct for cats to hide in times of stress. It is the best way for a cat to avoid danger and alleviate stress (a lesson we could learn).

If a cat cannot hide, it has an affect on its immune system’s ability to fight off infections.

Cats that have been involved in natural disasters and have had the ability to hide under something, suffered few if any after effects of the danger.

Dogs for the most part, do not have that instinct, and if left to face a disaster in the open, suffer severe stress for a long time after.

So the next time kitty hides, let it alone as it is better for its health.

Do you have more than one cat?

Do you ever wonder if they were playing or fighting, when they get together?

Even the best of friends have squabbles and it will take a moment or two to figure out if they are playing or fighting.

Playing is usually quite active, there will be jumping, chasing, exaggerated swatting at each other and then they will stop it as quickly as they started and go off to take a nap.

Fighting on the other hand, will involve close encounters (actual wrestling techniques) along with some hissing and growling thrown in.

Do not try to break up a fight, you may end up the injured party. Instead distract them with a noise, a toy or spray them with water if the fight seems intense.

Once they are apart, wait for a few minutes to let them cool down and then take the calmest one and put it in another room for awhile, until they both settle down.

Did you know that petting your cat can help lower your blood pressure, decrease your heart rate and help both you and your cat relax?

Petting and stroking your cat is a wonderful way to relax and it refreshes your cat’s memory of the days it was a kitten.

Mommy cats stroked their kittens with their tongues, not only to clean them up, but to give them love and affection.

Rubbing or gently scratching your cat around its face and ears usually brings back those memories.

My male cats just seem to go into a daze, when I gently rub their cheeks and ears. Mr. Boots is the only one that loves a tummy rub, he really thinks that is the “cat’s meow.”

Smokey loves having his face rubbed and his back end scratched and Miss Tiger will tolerate a few scratches on top of her head and then it is “goodbye.”

Cats are like people, we each have our own particular place we like to have scratched or rubbed.

DId you know cats feel heat, cold and pain just as we do? Though their fur is thick and non-feeling, there are nerve endings at the base of the hair follicles that allow the cat to feel the sensations.

Don’t be upset if your cat seems restless after a few moments of petting and rubbing, it’s just different strokes for different cats, some love it and some don’t.

Do cats feel the loss of a friend like we do? The answer to that is “yes.”

Believe it or not, the same brain neurochemistry that lets us humans feel, is the same brain neurochemistry that many animals have including cats.

Cats can mourn the loss of a friend.

Cats have been considered independent critters, not needing anyone or anything for their survival.

Wrong!

Reasearchers now believe that animals, like their human counterparts, enjoy companionship of like minded souls.

They can feel the bond with the same intensity as we do.

Granted there are those cats that are independent and loners, just like people, but others enjoy the company.

Like people, each cat has its own way to grieve, some eat very little, some cry continually, others cling to their humans, while a few may wander about aimlessly looking for their friend.

It is an individual process.

The important thing to remember is, do not go out and get another cat with the thought in mind that it will help the grieving cat.

Let the cat grieve and return to its normal level of energy.

Then if you feel you want another cat, introduce the new one slowly.

It is said that bringing a new female into the home is better than a male.

I can’t say that is a good thing or a bad one. My experience with females has not been easy, I found that they are not the easiest to get along with on a cat to cat basis. Miss Tiger hates our males and they tolerate her in an “iffy” sort of way.

We had another female that I adopted from a shelter as a companion cat for a kitten I was given and I had to re-home her, as she did not get along with the household at all.

I guess it is like people some get along and others don’t.

For more insight on introducing a new cat to your old one please read Bringing a Second Cat Home and Can They be Best Friends, which can be found on my website.