Many of us like keeping our kitties indoors in an effort to protect them and keep them safe and healthy for many years to come. We mustn't forget, however, that cats love and crave the outdoors just like us! They need to be active, explore the surroundings and enjoy the fresh air just as much as we do. Because it can be unsafe to let them roam freely in the city, your solution could be to take them for a little stroll on a leash instead! Many people find it quite challenging to train their cats for walks on a leash, but with a little bit of patience and consistency, we promise you that it is totally doable! After all, why should dogs have all the fun? To help you get started on the journey, here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to cat walking.
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"If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." – Mark Twain.
Cats are mysterious and peculiar, which is why it's often rather challenging to figure out what’s going through their smart little heads. Most of the time, cats communicate their feelings to us through body language. On some occasions, however, cats let us in on their world by directly talking to us too. But, when your kitty meows, chirps, purrs or yowls, do you really know what they're trying to tell you? To help you out, here is your crash course in Cat!
Every year, on June 4th, the world takes a moment to celebrate and honor the nostrum of the kitty hugs with a Hug your cat today holiday. This means that today you get to spoil yourself and your baby lion with a tad of extra snuggles! In light of the pawerful kitty snuggles, we decided to decipher the never-ending secret to why some cats seem to be snugglier than others and what the benefits of cuddling are. So, after you've stolen a few hugs from your furriend, sit back and learn a few things about cat snuggling with Basepaws!
Growing up alongside the loving – and unavoidably annoying – siblings is a priceless experience. Our brothers and sisters know us in a way nobody else does, relate to our earliest experiences and, most importantly, play a key role in shaping us into the people we grow up to be. In a strikingly similar way, kitten siblings are each other's prized companions during the early weeks of kittenhood. Young kittens cuddle to keep warm, groom each other to show affection and train their survival skills through a whole lot of playing. The relationship between cat littermates can be puzzling and many of us have wondered about the feline siblinghood. Without further ado, here are some of the most important facts you should know about cat siblings.
As of 2016, The International Cat Association (TICA) recognizes 58 distinct cat breeds, all charmingly different and purrfect in their own rightful way. Even though cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for their unique appearances, some cat breeds seem to be distinctly friendlier and more affectionate than others. Are you dreaming of a companion who will gladly leap into your arms and purr the hours away in your lap? If so, here are the top 10 cuddliest and most affectionate cat breeds of all time! What are your thoughts?
Fears and anxiety play a major role in a number of behavior problems in cats and can often interfere with their overall well-being. It is usually not too difficult to recognize a stressed kitty, but it can be challenging to work with an anxious cat and support it through its fears. Anxiety in your cat is often implemented by intense or prolonged exposure to a stressful or unpleasant event. While you may not always be able to prevent this, there are ways in which you can reduce your cat's anxiety and fears and provide them with the support and encouragement they need from you.
Did you know that most of us choose our purrfect pet companions which complement our own personalities best? Is your heart set on a cuddly Ragdoll or a fun-loving Abyssinian? Luckily for us, cats are all charmingly different and uniquely purrfect in their own rightful ways. In light of the feline peculiarity, cat fanciers have been selecting and breeding cats specifically for certain features and traits. If you're looking for an energetic cat that will bring tons of laughter and spark into your home, here are the top 10 most playful cat breeds of all time! What are your thoughts?
Have you ever stopped for a second to think "why is my cat SO strange"? Yep, we've all been there. Cats bring lots of joy and laughter into our lives, especially when they act oh-so-strangely. So now, the time has finally come for us to attempt to decipher the 10 most common kitty quirks that get us giggling every day! Which of these is your furriend guilty of?
Every cat is purrfectly unique and special in their own rightful way. While some cats will spend hours working on that new toy you got them, others will carelessly snooze most of the day away. In light of this feline peculiarity, many hoomans notice that their kitties are particularly more or less chatty than other cats. Interestingly enough, as in many other aspects, your cat's breed seems to be closely associated with it’s vocalization as well. While Abyssinians are thought to be one of the quietest cats out there, the royal Siamese are in the lead for the title of the World's Chattiest Cats. Without further ado, ladies and gents, please meet the feline breeds famously preceded by their talkative reputation!
Sleep is a naturally recurring state of body and mind, characterized by altered consciousness, limited sensory activity, inhibited voluntary muscle activity and reduced interactions with surroundings (NIH, 2018). While humans typically spend one-third of their time sleeping, cats often spend more than half of the day snoozing their troubles away. This qualifies our furriends as one of the sleepiest animals out there!
Cats often surprise us by performing diverse tasks that seem beyond their capabilities. When they gaze at us, it appears as if they're trying to communicate in their own meowgical way. The lingering mystery around our independent furriends leads to an inevitable wonder: just how smart are they?
One of the most remarkable feline characteristics must be their notorious independence. Cats know what they want, when they want it and how to get it. And we admire them for this! Their canine rivals, on the other side, enjoy a much better reputation in regard to their trainability. They show off with lots of pawesome tricks and are often trained for high profile jobs too, such as looking for illegal goods or helping impaired people. Does this mean that your cat can’t learn just as many cool tricks as the dog next door though? Not at all!
Evolution has lead cats to become highly specialized and successful hunters. They are physically and behaviorally completely adapted to the predator lifestyle. Always on the look-out, feline’s powerful and sharp senses help them operate smoothly and maintain their superior hunting strategies. Ever wondered just how special your cat’s powers really are? Read up to find out!
Do you have a mighty hunter in your home too? Big cats are notorious for their hunting strategies in comparison to other mammalian predators. And your little Simba uses the same chasing and killing techniques as do his wild ancestors. Read up!
"If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much." – Mark Twain. Cats are mysterious wonders and sometimes we wish we could figure out what’s going through their smart little heads. Luckily for us, cats give away a lot of tell-tale signs that can help us pick up exactly how they’re feeling. With the little bit of help from Nicky Trevorrow, the Behavior Manager from Cats Protection, today we present to you a quick guide through 'cat'.
Every year, on June 4th, the world takes a moment to celebrate and honor the nostrum of the kitty hugs with a "Hug your cat today" holiday. This means that today you get to spoil yourself and your lion with just a tad of extra snuggles. Will your cat jump to the opportunity or will it wriggle its way out of your arms? That really depends on its personality, doesn’t it? To honor the importance and value of kitty hugs, today we decided to strike a discussion on different cat personalities. What influences a cat’s personality and which type suits your Simba best? Take a look!
Our fur babies are hunted by the reputation of being terrified of water. But does it really precede them? Not so fast! While tigers and jaguars are famous for being great swimmers, some domestic cats will gladly embrace a splash or two in the pool as well. And those felines that forgo a good swim? Well, they don’t actually fear the water, but rather just dislike the feeling of being wet. And they have a handful of reasons for it, many of which are often overseen.