Can Cats Go Green? The Definitive Guide To Shrinking Your Cat’s Carbon Pawprint

Can Cats Go Green? The Definitive Guide To Shrinking Your Cat’s Carbon Pawprint

Reading Time: 5 minutes Compared to humans and most dogs, we’re tiny. But for an animal with such little feet, your cat’s carbon pawprint is huge. According to a 2017 issue of Forbes Magazine, cats and dogs are responsible for about a quarter of the greenhouses gas emissions caused by animal agriculture. Can cats go green? Well, yes and no. We’re obligate carnivores and need protein from animal sources. But there are still ways to reduce our impact on the environment. Keep reading to find out what they are.

How To Make Friends With A New Cat | Manners Matter

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Are you trying to make friends with a new cat? Remember that cat manners matter a lot!

Manners matter when you want to make friends with a new cat.

Manners matter when making friends with a new cat.

How can I make friends with a new cat, Thomasina? I’d love to  become buddies with an indoor/outdoor cat in my neighborhood.
— Hopeful

Hi Hopeful…
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? Are They Happy Living Together?

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Do cats like dogs? Some of us do. Try these tips for bringing an outside cat in and introducing him to your dog.

Many cats like dogs.

Some cats like dogs enough to share a box with them.

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. 

Your Cat’s Name Says It All | How To Name A Cat

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What’s in a cat’s name? More than you might think! I actually like my name. And it makes me feel good about myself, even if it is a bit long. 

A cat's name says it all.

What’s in a cat’s name? More than you may think!

Is it okay to change a cat’s name, Thomasina? I recently adopted a cat named Stinky. She must hate that name! 
— Hopeful

Hi Hopeful!

Oh, yes… Please change your cat’s name! No wonder she looks so sad in her picture. Who would want to be called Stinky for 18 or 20 years?

To be honest, I’ve never heard that word, and I don’t know what it means. But I could tell by the way my human typist said it when she read your email to me that it’s not good.

What’s In A (Cat’s) Name?

How To Convince A Cat To Use A Scratching Post

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Trust me. It’s not that hard to convince a cat to use a scratching post. I came up with some suggestions for you.

 

It's not hard to convince a cat to use a scratching post.

Your cats can love using a scratching post, too!

Thomasina, how do you convince a cat to use a scratching post? I just got mine a new one, and he refuses to use it. He’d rather shred my furniture.
— So Frustrated

Hi Frustrated!
Funny you should ask. We just got a new scratching post, too, and none of us will use ours either. You can convince a cat to use a scratching post, but sometimes you have to be persuasive and patient.

Cats are cautious, and it can take us a few days to get used to something new. And the problems with that new scratching post are that it smells like the store it came from, not us. And without our claw marks on it, it just looks like a big pole standing against the arm of the sofa.


How To Convince A Cat To Use A Scratching Post

The Woes Of Wet Fur – Why Cats Hate Getting Wet

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Have you heard that cats hate getting wet? We do, and not just because it’s uncomfortable

Most cats hate getting wet.

Most cats hate getting wet.

Is it true that cats hate getting wet, Thomasina? I’d like to give my kittens a bath but I don’t want to upset them. 
New Cat Mom

Hi New Cat Mom!
Hope you’re having fun with your kittens! Yes, it’s true that most cats hate getting wet. I certainly do!

Wet fur makes us cold (think about how you feel when you first get out of the shower). And it slows us down because it weighs more when it’s wet and soggy. Another reason cats hate getting wet it that wet fur makes us smell different. Heavy rain or a bath washes away all the familiar scents that we live with all the time, and that’s very upsetting.

How Cats Stay Clean Without Getting Wet

Five Ways To Get Cats To Play With Toys

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Personally, my favorite toys are outside in the woods. But if you want to get cats to play with toys inside, I came up with these suggestions.

Getting cats to play with toys sometimes takes some effort

Do your cats play with their toys?

Thomasina, how do you get cats to play with toys? My cats have a gazillion toys, and they won’t play with any of them. 
— Frustrated

Hi, Frustrated…
Sometimes you have to think like a cat to get cats to play with their toys. To us, play is a lot like hunting, and the fun is in the thrill of the hunt. We love to watch, chase and pounce. Our prey, even if it’s just a toy, is supposed to scoot through the grass (or across the rug), not just lie there on the floor looking at us. That’s so boring.

If you’re ready to think like a cat, here are five ways to get cats to play with toys and enjoy the thrill of the hunt.

You Can Get Cats To Play With Toys That Do Something

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Reading Time: < 1 minute OMG! I’m so excited! My own blog! I even have a pen name. My real name’s Jessie. Or that’s what our human calls me. Cats don’t call each other human names. Our human put a lot of thought into my name. She knows cats like the sound of “s” in a name and respond to…