The Amazing Healing Power Of The Purr

The Amazing Healing Power Of The Purr

Reading Time: 2 minutes Why do cats purr? Not just because we’re happy. We purr to comfort ourselves when we’re not feeling well, and we purr to you when you’re not feeling well, too. Keep reading, and I’ll tell you about the amazing healing power of the purr for both cats and humans. Just wondering, Thomasina. Does a cat’s…

Our Cats’ Pet Peeves | 14 Things Humans Do That Cats Hate

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You know that disgusted look on your cat’s face? I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but there are some things humans do that cats hate. I’ve made this list so you can avoid annoying your cat, at least some of the time. 
 
This cat looks so disgusted. Maybe her human is doing one of the things cats hate.

Sometimes you can tell by the look on your cat’s face if your doing one of the things cats hate.

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! — Hurt Hey, Hurt! 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

When A Cat Has Separation Anxiety | Seven Ways To Help

Reading Time: 4 minutesAre you concerned that your cat has separation anxiety? I’ve put together seven suggestions that will help her feel better.

What to do if your cat has separation anxiety

If your cat has separation anxiety, it might be caused by boredom.

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!

This is just a theory on my part. But I think when a cat has separation anxiety it’s often because she’s bored. Being home all alone isn’t very interesting.

 


Signs That Your Cat Has Separation Anxiety

Respect Your Cat Day? It’s March 28 — And Every Day

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It's Respect Your Cat Day

How will you celebrate Respect Your Cat Day?

Did you know March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day, Thomasina? Will your family be doing anything special? 
— Curious

Hey, Curious!

Wait a minute! Respect Your Cat Day is March 28??? I thought every day was Respect Your Cat Day! It should be!

I don’t think we’ll be doing anything
special here. Our human can be bossy sometimes, and she’s a bit overprotective. But no one’s perfect, and we know how much she respects us. She says she admires us, too, and we really like that!

So if you’re curious, these are some ways our human makes every day Respect Your Cat Day at our house. She’s learned a lot from us and other cats she knows!

We Make Every Day Respect Your Cat Day

Do Cats Bond With Their People?

Reading Time: 3 minutesDo cats bond with their people? That depends on the cat! Some of us love our people (I do!) and some, not so much.

Most cats bond with people, although some do it in subtle ways.

Do cats bond with their people, Thomasina? I’m thinking about adopting a cat, but I want a close friend, not just another body in the house. Would I be happier with a dog?
— Undecided

Hi Undecided! 

Wow. That’s a difficult decision to make. I guess it depends on what you really want in a companion. But to answer your first question, despite what you might have heard about us, most cats bond with their people. We can be sort of subtle about it though. So that bond might not be quite what you expect.


When Cats Bond With Their People

How Do Cats Know People Are Sick?

Reading Time: 2 minutesHow do cats know people are sick? We have our ways! Keep reading, and I’ll tell you what they are. 

How do cats know people are sick?

Most cats know when their people aren’t feeling well.

Do cats know when people are sick, Thomasina? I had a terrible migraine last night, and my cat never left my side.
— Curious

Hi, Curious…

Sorry about that migraine! Ouch! Yes, cats know when people are sick. But what we do about it depends on the cat.

At our house, Katie is the nurse. When our human’s back hurts, she curls up against her, and the warmth of her body and the vibrations of her purr, make our human feel so much better.

How Cats Know When People Are Sick

Can Cats Read Humans’ Minds? Be Careful About What You Think!

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Can cats read humans’ minds? I’m not so sure about that. But we do pick up on our people’s thoughts, so be careful what you think when you’re around your cat.

Can cats read humans' minds?

Is your cat a mind reader?

Thomasina, can cats read humans’ minds? I’ve been worried about a lot of things lately, and my cat is beyond stressed.
— Concerned

Hi Concerned…

I guess you could say cats read humans’ minds. Although I never thought of us as mind-readers, we definitely do pick up on our humans’ thoughts, moods and even their health.

When our humans are happy, we’re happy. When they’re depressed or stressed, we are, too.


What We See When Cats Read Humans’ Minds

Friends We’re Not | Why Cats Go To People Who Don’t Like Them

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Why do cats go to people who don’t like them? It’s not because we’re trying to win you over! 

Why do cats go to people who don't like them?

When cats go to people who don’t like them, they’re not try to win them over!

Why do cats go to people who don’t like them, Thomasina? No insult, but I don’t like cats. So why do they come to me instead of people who love them?
— Annoyed

Hi Annoyed!
I’m not insulted at all. There’s actually a good reason why some cats go to people who don’t like them. And I realize there are people don’t like cats, and some cats don’t like people, so I guess it all evens out in the end.

I like almost everybody!

To answer your question about why cats go to people who don’t like them, instinct tells us to be very cautious around people we don’t know. So when cat lovers tromp right up to us and start petting away, we’re beyond alarmed and leave as fast as we can. No insult to them, but we appreciate having some time to get acquainted before a total stranger starts smothering us in affection.

Why Cats Go To People Who Don’t Like Them

Why Do Cats Rub Around People’s Legs?

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Why do cats rub around people’s legs? It’s all about pheromones and mingling our scent with yours.

 

Cats rub around people's legs to mingle scents.

When your cats rub your legs, they’re mingling their scent with yours.

Why do cats rub around people’s legs, Thomasina? Does that mean my cat loves me?
— Flattered

Hi, Flattered!
Ohhh… how nice! Cats do rub around people’s legs to show they love them. I guess… Actually, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

Did you know we have scent glands in our cheeks, foreheads, chins, the base of our tails and our paw pads? So when cats rub people’s legs, they’re making their people smell like them. That’s a way of showing love, I guess, or at least possession.


Why Cats Rub People’s Legs: The Power Of Pheromones