Tag Archives: Cat Care

Do You Know Your Cat’s Body Language?

Dec_2013_3Do you know what your kitty is saying? A cat uses her posture, tail, ears and expression to convey what she feels. Feline body language can be subtle, making it easy to misinterpret their signals. Read on for a guide to your cat’s body language.

Happy cat – Tail up, alert eyes, brisk movements.

Aggressive cat – Arched back, ears pointed up, movements are more forward and direct.

Playful cat – Fast and energetic movements, engages other cats or people in play.

Insecure cat – Avoids contact, grooms nervously, more common in smaller/younger cats. Continue reading

Kitten Proofing Your Home

Dec_2013_3A kitten’s life is driven by play and exploration. But don’t let her curiosity get her into trouble at home. Follow these tips to kitty proof your home for her safety. 

 

Before kitten arrives

When kitten proofing your home, focus on hazardous or poisonous items first. For example, keep chemical cleaners safely stored. Also, take a closer look at your house plants. You’d be surprised how many might be toxic or irritating. See the ASPCA’s list of toxic plants.

Unplug and play keep away

As your kitten explores her new home, she may try to investigate cabinets, book shelves and breakable items. Keep fragile items out of reach and cover or unplug electrical cords in case she chews on them. Continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Cat Handling

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Holding your cat incorrectly or forcing her to stay in your arms is a quick way to earn a few cat scratches. For a purr-worthy experience instead, learn how to pick up and hold your cat with these tips.

The proper way to pick up and hold your cat:

  • Do place one hand under your cat’s chest, behind her front legs. The other hand should support her back paws and hind quarters. Lift the cat and hold her with her side leaning against your body.
  • Do hold her close against your chest or front to help her feel more comfortable and secure.
  • Do always support her hind legs. Your cat may get upset otherwise and will have her back paws free to scratch you. Continue reading