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Why Does My Cat Lick Me So Much?

cat muzzle with tongue out

Oh, the cat’s tongue. It’s as cute as can be when it’s peeking out just a bit from the cat’s mouth as she drinks water or delicately grooms herself. It’s small and pink and so adorable. Yet, when that little tongue starts licking you, that little sandblaster seems as if it could take off several layers of skin. Licking serves many social and practical functions. It’s how cats remove meat from bones and also how they maintain their coats. Licking removes the scent of prey after a meal, it’s how ...

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Your Cat’s Personal Space: Why it Matters

Your cat's personal space: why it matters

When it comes to our own personal space, we tend to feel most comfortable when the ability to choose how much we need is in our own control. It’s much more comfortable, for example, when we enter a waiting room that isn’t crowded so we can choose where to sit and how far away we want to be from other people. Isn’t it nice to get on a subway or elevator that isn’t crowded? Having to squeeze into a crowded place can create discomfort, and for many people, anxiety as ...

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8 Reasons Why Cats Love Elevated Perches

8 reasons why cats love elevated perches

Whether it’s the top of the refrigerator, a cat perch, the highest shelf of a bookcase, or the top cushions of the sofa, cats cherish those elevated locations. You may have purchased the most comfortable, enticing cat bed on the market but if it’s placed on the floor, it may be ignored by the cats in your home. Why do cats love elevated perches so much? Here are some reasons: 1. More Visual Warning Time for Your Cat When the cat is on an elevated perch she can more easily ...

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Are My Cats Playing or Fighting?

are my cats playing or fighting?

Playtime is an important part of cat life. It’s something that benefits cats, starting in kittenhood and extending all the way through the geriatric years. The way a cat plays as she ages may change but the desire to play should hopefully remain throughout a cat’s life.   If you live with more than one cat, hopefully, they have a good relationship and spend time playing together. If your cats are kittens, that playtime is also used as a tool for them to learn how gently to bite in order ...

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Pick Toys That Match Your Cat’s Play Style Preference

pick toys that match your cat's play style preference

In last week’s article I covered tips on choosing the right toy for your cat. Several factors go into making that decision such as your cat’s general personality, mobility, texture preferences, size, shape and sound preferences. That article can be accessed by clicking the following link: Choosing the Right Toys for Your Cat This week, let’s talk more in-depth about play techniques and how a cat’s hunting preference (even if the cat doesn’t go out to actually hunt) can influence the success or failure of a particular toy. Get to Know Your Cat’s ...

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8 Tips for Easing Tension Between Cats

8 tips for easing tension between cats

Living in a multicat household has many advantages. Cats learn from each other, play together, form bonds that can become incredibly close and they fill our hearts with so much love and joy. Living in a multicat household is not without challenges though.  Introducing a new cat requires patience and lots of finesse. Some cats take a long time to accept each other and some cats never seem to be able to create peaceful co-existence. There are things you can do to help your cats work out their differences or ...

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How to Feed Different Diets in a Multiple Cat Household: Eight Quick Tips

how to feed different diets in a multiple cat household: 8 quick tips

  Living in a multiple cat household has so many wonderful rewards and benefits but it also comes with a few challenges. One of those challenges many cat parents face on a daily basis is how to manage feeding time. It can become a struggle to keep one cat out of another cat’s food bowl. A cat parent begins to feel more like a kindergarten playground monitor or even a traffic cop whenever mealtime comes around. The mealtime routine can get even more complicated when one or more cats must ...

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Your Cat’s Tail: What it Says About Her Mood

your cat's tail: what it says about her mood

Your cat’s tail serves many functions aside from tickling your nose when she walks across your computer keyboard as you try to work or blocking the view as you attempt to read texts on your phone. One important function is that the tail contributes to the cat’s sense of balance. It serves as a natural counterweight for those abrupt turns during high speeds and also keeps the cat balanced when walking on narrow branches or walkways.   The cat’s tail is also quite an effective communication device. The tail’s position ...

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9 Things You Can Do to Help Your Cat Love You More

9 things you can do to help your cat love you more

When you bring your new cat home I’m sure you have a picture of what life will be like with that furry family member. For most people that dream includes companionship, affection, playtime and fun. All-too-often though, some people expect the cat to be the one to do all the work. It comes from the misconception that cats are low maintenance and that they come pre-trained. Many cats end up in shelters because people misunderstand the motivation behind behaviors or they never really understood what cats need in the first ...

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Seven Tips for Turning Your Cat into a Lap Cat

7 tips for turning your cat into a lap cat

One question I’m commonly asked about is whether it’s possible to turn a reluctant cat into a lap cat. Many people have visions of sitting in a comfy chair by the fire with a sleeping kitty curled up on their lap. Are some cats born to be lap cats and others aren’t? Well, there is something to be said for genetics and kittens of friendly, social feline parents may be more inclined to view a person’s lap as a welcoming place. Additionally, kittens raised by friendly mother cats tend to ...

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