Why Do Cats Sleep So Much?

Why do cats sleep so much?

So why do cats sleep so much?

Cats have shared their lives with humans for thousands of years. Still, much of their behaviour remains a mystery to us.

If you share your home with one of these beautiful creatures, you probably know that already.

Not surprisingly, many people mistakenly label cats as aloof and unfriendly because of their sleeping habits.

It can feel as though they choose to ignore us and sleep their lives away!

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Why Do Cats Purr?

Why Do Cats Purr?Why do cats purr? This is a question that has plagued cat owners for centuries! For many cat owners, the sound of a cat purring is good news as it symbolizes happiness and contentment. But, while the cat owner is happy when the cat purrs, scientists are burning the midnight oil trying to answer this this question (and other weird cat facts!). The interest in this study has been spurred by the fact that all felid species make a purring sound which has been considered a means of communication.

It’s this communication that scientists now believe might not be limited to happiness or contentment alone.

What does the research tell us?

Research has already shown that, apart from purring when they are being petted or when eating, cats also purr when in pain, sick and dying or when giving birth. Interestingly, in all these circumstances, nobody has conclusively determined why cats purr.

It’s believed that cats may have developed purring as a means of communication with their kittens when nursing them. Secondly, that, when cats purr in the presence of their owners, they are simply sending a specific message of intent. A message that signifies the intention to create a bond of friendship with the owner. This is why cats will purr when being stroked, when they are afraid, nervous or threatened, such as during a visit to the veterinarian.

Scientists have equated a cat purring when it is nervous to people smiling when they are nervous, or in an expectant mood or when they are happy or in need of something. Therefore, by purring, a cat seeks reassurance from the owner that it’s security and well being is guaranteed. This the reason why cats will purr nervously when they visit a veterinarian.

Scientists have also found that cats purr differently when they want to communicate different messages. When communicating one on one with the owner, a cat may purr to ask for food. This type of purring is distinctly different from the purring of a cat that is relaxing or in pain or distress. It’s also believed that when a cat purrs, it releases a hormone which promotes relaxation and acts like an analgesic.

Research scientists have gone further and looked beyond purring as a way of communication. They now believe that the vibrations that cats make when purring, may be a way of healing themselves. The vibrations have therapeutic properties for bone growth, and healing of wounds.

So, why do cats purr? It would seem that there is a lot more to cats purring than simple communication with the owners!

Do you have any strange stories about your cat’s purring? Tell us in the comments below!

How To Litter Train A Kitten

How To Litter Train A KittenHow to litter train a kitty? This is probably the biggest concern of new cat owners, Training your cat to use a little can seem like a daunting task. New cat owners often worry that their cats will not learn to use a litter box. If cats are not happy with their litter box, they may decide that the carpet, couch, or even bed make better toilets than the little box. That’s why it is important to make a the litter box a positive experience for your cat right from the start.

Getting Started

First off, if your cat was trained at all by a previous owner, it’s a good idea to be aware of type of litter and litter box they used. It may be a good starting point for first few days of training. New homes and new circumstances can make the habits your kitten learned in the past forgotten. If the former owner trained the cat with sand or dirt make sure you start with this. This litter is never acceptable for use in the home, but if a kitten is used to it, then it must be gradually changed in order for your cat to accept it. Each day add more of a good type of litter to the box until the kitten gets used to the new type.

Location

The litter box should be placed in a area that is easily found by the cat or kitten. Make sure that when you change the litter you leave a little bit of the used litter in the box until your pet knows the scent of the litter box and can easily find it. Placing the litter box in a quiet out of the way corner will be appreciated by animals who like their privacy. The kitten should be placed in the litter box several times a day at first. This should happen after meals, after waking and after play sessions. Hopefully you can catch your cat when he or she needs to relieve its self. This will create routine that is the beginning of training.

Accidents

If your cat has a accident never make them feel bad about it as that can create unnecessary behavioural issues. Instead, pick up the cat and take it to the litter box. Your kitten will not know why you are reprimanding it and may try to hide behind the couch or under the bed next time he needs to relieve himself. Praising your pet when it does go in the litter box is a good idea that can produce positive results.

Cleanliness

Making sure that the litter box is always clean is important after your cat gets the hang of using it. Cats do not like to relieve themselves in dirty, over used litter boxes, so make sure that you clean out the box daily. This will also make sure that your house does not have a litter box odor. Many litters come with fresh scents, however, this scent may not be appreciated by your pet. It is best to purchase dust-free, unscented litter for your feline friend.

Conclusion

It is important to make sure that these basics are followed because litter training is one of the most important factors in good pet ownership. If a cat is not properly litter box trained the relationship with the whole family may suffer. No one wants to have a house riddled with cat feces or urine. If after proper training your cat starts to have accidents it may be due to a urinary infection, so be aware of this. Your veterinarian can help you decide if this is the cause. Enjoy the newest member of the family and do the work of proper training for a lifetime of friendship between you and your new pet.