Do cats need sun to be healthy? Well, yes and no. We don’t need sun for vitamin D. But cats need sunlight to regulate our body temperatures and help us conserve energy when we’re sleeping.
Cats pull food out of the bowl for a reason, and it’s not because we’re sloppy! If your cat eats off the floor, he might be eating the way instinct tells him to. And there are other reasons why some cats eat off the floor, too.
Why do cats pull food out of the bowl and eat it off the floor, Thomasina? My cat makes such a mess!
Yikes!! I’m sorry about the mess. Although I don’t do it, I can think of a few reasons why cats pull food out of the bowl.
Why Some Cats Pull Food Out Of The Bowl: It’s All About Instinct
Are cats smart? I have to admit I know one who seems dumb as a rock. But most of us are very smart, although not in the same ways you are. We couldn’t do a complicated math problem, but I’ll bet you couldn’t figure out how to catch a mouse!
Are cats smart Thomasina? Mine does the dumbest things! — Curious Cat Mom
Hi Curious Cat Mom!
I’ll bet some of the things your cat does that seem dumb to you make perfect sense to him. Most cats are smart — very smart. But we use our intelligence in different ways than you do because we need to accomplish different things.
Although your cat can probably count exactly how many treats you just gave him, we have no need to understand advanced math. And you have no need to know how to catch a mouse because you probably wouldn’t eat one, no matter how hungry you were.
Cats Have Lots Of Brain Power Packed Into A Tiny Package …
Did you know this? Cats get bored. Very bored. That’s especially true of cats who live strictly indoors. I’ve put together some suggestions for making life more fun and interesting for bored cats.
Do cats get bored, Thomasina? All my cat does is eat and sleep.
— Worried Cat Mom
Hi Worried Cat Mom!
Thanks for your question! Sadly, many people don’t even think about cats getting bored. But boredom can be a real problem for cats, especially cats who live strictly indoors.
Think about what your life would be like if all you had to do was look at the same four walls day after day, year after year. I’ll bet you’re already falling asleep!
While we do sleep a lot — between 13-16 hours a day — there’s a reason for those frequent cat naps. Our bodies are designed to run, climb and hunt, and we need to conserve energy for all those intense activities. But sleeping all the time isn’t conserving energy. When cats get bored, they can’t think of anything else to do but sleep.
How To Know When Cats Get Bored
Can humans do things cats hate, Thomasina? The other night, I gave mine a big hug and got scratched! Why would he do that? I thought he loved me!
I’m so sorry about the scratch. Unfortunately, humans can do things cats hate. And for some of us, hugging is one of them. If you gave me a hug, I’d scratch, too. Many of us aren’t big on huge human arms squishing us until our ribs ache.
I’m sure your cat loves you a lot. But there are some things humans do that annoy us so much. Picking us up is one of them. We feel safer when our feet are planted firmly on the ground, not suspended in midair. Hugging can actually hurt and makes getting picked up even worse.
14 Things Cats Hate
Why do cats knock things over, Thomasina? My cat is constantly swatting pictures and trinkets onto the floor.
I can see where constantly picking things up would get really tiresome. But your cat doesn’t mean to annoy you or be disrespectful. We just see things differently than you do, and sometimes cats knock things over because they’re in the way.
Your cat doesn’t realize your pictures and trinkets are arranged on a table because they look nice. If she wants to nap on the table, and they’re in her way, she’ll just push them aside. It doesn’t seem like a problem to her if they all land on the floor.
Why Cats Knock Things Over
Are you concerned that your cat has separation anxiety? I’ve put together seven suggestions that will help her feel better.
I think my cat has separation anxiety, Thomasina. What can I do? She gets so anxious and depressed when I leave the house.
— Feeling Guilty
Hey, Feeling Guilty!
If your cat has separation anxiety, there are ways to help, so don’t feel guilty. After all, sometimes you really do have to leave the house!
Signs That Your Cat Has Separation Anxiety
Are you trying to make friends with a new cat? Remember that cat manners matter a lot!
How can I make friends with a new cat, Thomasina? I’d love to become buddies with an indoor/outdoor cat in my neighborhood.
I’m so glad you asked! So many humans have such bad manners when they try to make friends with a new cat.
Like people, we really don’t like it when someone invades our personal space. And tromping up to a cat on the sidewalk and trying to put your hands all over him is a major invasion of his personal space. It’s also a good way to get scratched!
Manners Matter When You Want To Make Friends With A New Cat
Do cats like dogs? Some of us do. Try these tips for bringing an outside cat in and introducing him to your dog.
Do cats like dogs, Thomasina? A cat has been living on my deck for months, and I’d like to invite him to come in. I don’t want him to hate living with my dog though.
— Maybe Future Cat Mom
Hey Future Cat Mom…
I’m so glad you asked before you brought the cat in! Yes, some cats like dogs. And some dogs like cats. It all depends on the personalities.