Does this kitty know he’s behaved badly? Or is he just having some fun in the shower!
Cats can make us healthier.
Do you know that spending just 15 minutes of quality time with your cat can be a great stress buster and improve your emotional and physical health?
There is scientific evidence. Time spent playing with your cats boosts your production of seratonin, a chemical in your body that increases feelings of well being. Quality time with your cats may also reduce the level of cortisol in your body, a hormone that’s maintained at abnormally high levels when there’s a chronic or continued presence of stressors in your life.
A 20 year study also found that people who owned a cat were 40% less likely to suffer a heart attack. (Source: Purina.com)
OK, that’s enough evidence for me!!!
P.S. See our great wand and other interactive toys that can help increase quality time with your cats!
Did you know cats have Mew Year’s Resolutions? If cats could talk, here’s what they’d say is their top ten!
😸Take more time out from my stressful day for more naps. (Stressful = staring out the window at birds; following my human around the house; sitting near my bowl waiting for my next meal).
😸Catch any small object that crawls, kill it, then hide it under my human’s bed.
😸Nail that red laser dot this year!
😸Improve my early detection skills when the carrier is pulled out, then, have an emergency hiding plan!
😸Visit every corner of the house to discover even more potential napping spots.
😸Using my staring technique, train my human to go fetch treats/pull out the toys/do anything I want.
😸Perfect the routine of jumping on my human’s device/keyboard when in use, to grab my human’s attention.
😸Not knead my human at 2 a.m. with claws extended. It seems to cause her some discomfort and she wakes up all grumpy.
😸Be irresistible to my human…wait…I am already!
😸Remind my human to frequently shop at MyThreeCats.com for my favorite things and hers, too!
Whether or not you give any credit to zodiac signs, this fun infographic about cat astrology is bound to make you smile. Look for your kitty’s sign; does that description sound anything like him? Even if you don’t know your cat’s exact birth date or month, compare her description to the sign, and you may just have discovered the right match!
Current statistics on U.S. cat-owning households (there are about 90 million today) show that nearly one half (49%) of these households own more than one cat. (source: Armandhammer.com) Those multiple cat households must have somehow figured out how to achieve feline harmony in their homes.
Basically, the way to a peaceful feline home is to make sure that there are enough resources and space for your cats. If your cats know they have options on where they can eat, sleep, play, and use the litter box, all the better. If all of your cats have only one option, that’s an ideal setting for territorial disputes and added stress among them. We have a few pointers on how to create and maintain harmony in your cat household.
The initial introduction of cats to each other should be gradual and stress free. If possible, keep the new cat in a separate living quarters in your home, with their food, litter box and toys. Your “incumbent cats” will know about the new cat, but not have the stress of direct contact. After a couple of days, gradually allow your “incumbent” cats to approach the new cat, keeping their contacts short and sweet. After a few more days, you will have achieved a successful introduction.
Our strongest recommendation: invest in vertical play spaces. Cat trees, shelves and window perches are ideal solutions for giving your cats privacy in an off-the-ground location. Cats like height, so it’s an ideal solution.
Your cats needs outlets for exercising and scratching. Leave plenty of scratching devices around your home. Whether they are horizontal, vertical or slanted pads, they will protect your furniture as well as your sanity!
Allow each of your cats a separate food bowl . If you have common water bowls, have several in different areas. A water fountain designed for multiple cats is a great way of managing this, just make sure to keep the fountain and the water it holds clean and fresh.
Keep as many litter boxes in your home as the number of cats. One of the worst problems can arise when cats have the use the same box. Territorial issues may arise, causing them to “spray” the litter box, which signals to the other cats to stay away. No one needs to have cats depositing in undesignated areas of the house. Once that “out of box” behavior starts, it’s hard to stop it.
Finally, monitor your cats’ interactions. It’s better to observe body language and catch an early warning signal so that you can diffuse any tension and avoid an out-an-out battle. One great technique for diffusing attention is to pull out a wand toy that immediately draws their attention away from one another and on the moving object (the toy on the wand).
Congratulations on your multiple cat household. May you and they live harmoniously over all of their nine lives!