Is Your Cat Depressed?

How to Tell if a Cat Is Depressed. Part of the series: Cat Behavior & Care. A depressed cat is usually a cat that won’t play, that won’t get mad, and that will begin to mark their territory by spraying around a house. Learn about signs of cat depression with help from a veterinarian in this free video on cats and depression.


Is Your Cat Ignoring You?

Your cat is only PRETENDING to ignore you: How cats can understand their owners’ voices but play dumb as a form of survival

They are often considered to be more aloof than their canine counterparts, but cats really can understand their owners’ voices, a study has claimed.
Japanese researchers have found that cats can distinguish their owners’ voices from those of other people – implying that they do pay attention when spoken to.
The study, from the University of Tokyo, examined felines in their home environment. It involved recordings of strangers, as well as of the cats’ owners, but that cats could not see who was speaking to them.
Cats can distinguish their owner’s voices from those of other people – implying that they do pay attention when spoken to
Cats can distinguish their owner’s voices from those of other people – implying that they do pay attention when spoken to
The researchers found that cats responded to voices by moving their heads and/or ears nearer the person who was speaking to them.
Or, when the cats detected a familiar voice, they also had dilated pupils, which can signal emotions such as excitement, Discovery News reported.
These reactions were more likely to occur when the cats heard their owners voices or when they became increasingly familiar with strangers’ voices.

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Cat Panting

If you’ve even seen your cat panting, you might wonder if it’s normal or not. Panting is a common way for dogs to cool themselves, but cats don’t typically pant. “We usually don’t see it happen, but there are some circumstances where it may be completely normal,” says Aimee Simpson, VMD, the medical director of VCA Cat Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Some cats pant when excited or hot.

Like dogs, some cats might pant after vigorous exercise or to cool off. “Especially in young kittens, we’ll see exertional panting,” Dr. Simpson explains. “After they run around like crazy, sometimes they will pant for a very short period of time. I have heard that outdoor cats can use panting as a cooling mechanism if it’s really warm outside.” If you suspect your cat is panting because he’s overheated, help him cool off by using the air conditioner or a fan. You can also give him a cool, damp towel to lie on.


Cats might pant when stressed or anxious.

“I’ve seen a lot of cats [pant] when they come into the vet for their exam,”  Dr. Simpson says. “They’ve been in the hot car, and when they get here they will usually pant briefly until they lessen their anxiety a little bit.”

Cat Panting — Why Does It Happen and Should You Be Concerned?

Adopting: All Types of Pets Want Forever Homes

When we think of adopting a pet, most people consider that dogs and cats are the only pets available. However, there is an incredible array of pet types that are available for adoption and each one is looking for a safe and loving forever home. From birds to horses, there are many locations that maintain these wonderful animals until a home can be located.

One of the top online sites that can assist you in finding the type of pet that you want is ‘’. They can link you with local shelters as well as breed specific foster homes. The site coordinates with all types of shelters and locations to help you find the breed, gender and age of a pet that you are looking for. You can expand your search to encompass your local area all the way to nationwide.

Many people volunteer themselves as foster parents for these animals. You can typically get a history (if known) as well as go to the location to see your potential furred, feathered or hoofed family member and interact with them.

Today’s shelters and foster homes are particularly strict for the adoption process. Have patience, as they do take some time to ensure that you, your family and your home is the right environment for the pet. In some cases, they will request an in-home visit to verify that you have a home suitable for the pet and if you have children and other animals, they will require a meet-and-greet so that they know that all will get along well. All of these steps are necessary so that pets are placed in the right type of home and that temperaments match for all. Additionally, it helps to ensure that a pet is not returned to a shelter or foster home. Adopting a pet of any kind can be one of the most cherished actions that you take.

What is your cat thinking?

What is your cat thinking? His body language may give it away.

Cats use a variety of signals (body postures, facial expressions, and vocalizations) to convey their message and avoid unwelcome confrontations.

By learning how to decipher these feline postures, you can deepen the bonds of affection with your cats as well as prevent misunderstandings and potential aggression.

But for many of us, cat lingo feels like a foreign language, difficult to understand and still harder to decipher. Here, animal behaviorists help us interpret kitty’s cues and vocalizations.

Tummy Display

Feline body language is more nuanced than that of dogs, says Karen Sueda, DVM, Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists. “Part of the problem arises when people take their knowledge of dogs and apply it to cats,” says Sueda.

Have you ever wondered, for example, why your cat’s seemingly flirtatious behavior of rolling over to expose its belly may be met with overt aggression when you try to stroke it?

When your cat is content and relaxed, she may stretch out and roll over. But in other situations, when a cat feels cornered and cannot escape, this pose — followed by fully extended claws and sharp teeth — may be highly defensive, indicating that she is prepared to fight, says Pam Johnson-Bennett, a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant in Nashville, Tenn.

Do Cats Miss Us When We Leave?

Well, I don’t think I’m ever leaving home again after seeing this! And if you know anyone who thinks cats don’t miss us when we leave, here’s your proof!

Kodi’s human dad explains: “I knew Kodi had some separation anxiety when he was growing up, even though Shorty cat is always around, but I figured, since he’s almost 5 (36 in human years!) that he had grown out of it. Yeah, not so much. Haven’t tried filming him like this in years but this morning I thought I’d just turn on the camera and see. This lil’ dude still misses me like crazy the second I walk out the door. He immediately grabs his “security blanket,” aka, little green mousie, and paces the hallway calling out. Poor little guy! I thought leaving out his and Shorty’s favourite pink toy (you see it in the video) would mean they would have some fun. But cats are obviously very emotional creatures. Wouldn’t you agree?”

Awwww, poor Kodi, and for the record, my kitties got awfully worried when they heard him crying.

Pet Insurance: Things to Know

If you have been thinking about pet insurance, you might want to consider that, as with people, not all insurance companies or policies are the same. Even the most expensive policies can fall short and those that are the least costly may never show a benefit. Pet insurance can help to cover the high veterinarian and medical costs, especially in emergency situations.

Pet insurance companies will not cover animals that have pre-existing conditions. This means that the best time to get the insurance is when your pet is young. Most will also not start a new policy for any pet that is ten years or older. Some will include exceptions to coverage for certain dog breeds that are known to have specific disorders. Be sure to look at all of the information contained in a policy.

Examine the various policies, as there are deductibles. The companies that offer the cheapest plans will forget to emphasize the importance of ‘caps’ that they may place on covering a condition or treatment. This is important in the case that your pet has a continuing medical problem. The best policies will cover a condition without a dollar ‘cap’.

Pet insurance coverage may offer the ability to bill your Veterinarian but very few vets will accommodate this. Typically, you pay the bill and submit it to the insurance company and wait for reimbursement of the covered percentage. Make a phone call to the pet insurance company and talk to a representative. Ask them how long the average reimbursement takes. In some cases, the insurance company will delay the process due to full medical reports from your vet. This is a game that some play, as they fax the request and the vets don’t receive it.

The average pet insurance policy will assist in covering your annual checkup. Some policies are designed for emergency situations only and while these typically cover larger dollar amounts, with few caps and for a duration of time, they won’t cover the annual checkups. Each policy level is different and has pros and cons for coverage. The most important aspects are deductibles, caps and duration of coverage per medical diagnosis.



Pet Hacks for Injuries and Post Surgery

There is probably nothing that hurts us to the core like seeing our pets injured or hurt. We work with our Vets for the very best care possible and in some cases, surgery may be needed. A Veterinarian will supply antibiotics to reduce the possibility of infection and we then have to not only be patient, but watch to make sure that our pets don’t lick or open the injured area.

Post-surgery for cats and dogs can be the most disturbing. Whether a large or small incision, it must be maintained so they don’t open it up. For smaller dogs as well as cats, a good hack to protect the incision area is to get a baby or child’s ‘onsie’ and put it on them. They will not like it and may try to wiggle out as well as not walk normally, but keeping it on as long as possible will assist in the healing. Make sure it is size appropriate and not too tight.

For all types of animals, it’s important to keep them hydrated in the case of an injury or surgery. They may not want to eat and may steer away from the water container. Get a small syringe that is sized for the pet and confer with your Vet as to the amount of water they need each day. Carefully and gently use the syringe to add small quantities of water in their mouth. This will help to ensure that they drink as opposed to overwhelming with too much water at a time. If you aren’t sure, have your Vet demonstrate the method that is easiest for your pet.

If your pet has experienced an injury or had a surgery, try to locate them in a secluded area of the house. This will keep them from running around, going up and down stairs or trying to go outside. Make sure all bedding has been completely washed and cleaned. For cats, make sure their litter box has been cleaned out and sprayed with an antibiotic cleaner as well as change it every two days.

Why Do Cats Love High Places?

For any cat parent, it goes unsaid that their feline family members absolutely enjoy being in high places. Understanding their history may explain how you can accommodate this single aspect of their lives.

Cats are descendants from the first ‘true’ cat called Proailurus, which were tree-climbing mammals. Many of the earliest cats thrived in rain forests and were hunters. Their claws gave them the ability to skillfully climb in the trees and use the trees for safety as well as waiting for prey.

It’s believed that height, for cats, might be a sign of their status in a group. When there is more than one cat in a household, the most dominant cat typically claims the highest perch. Sitting in high places allows kitties to view their domain and their keen eyesight can catch any movements below. Cats enjoy resting in the warmth and this can be displayed anywhere there is a beam of sunshine. They will eagerly curl up and rest the day away. However, height also brings some advantages for the same warmth locations.

High places are definitely areas of security. If a cat is upset or anxious, they will often escape to sit in high places for moments of sanctuary.

Kitty Beds Come In All Shapes and Size

For any cat pet parent, you are pretty much familiar with your kitty’s desire to relax in and on a bed. However, they also have an innate desire to be inside everything that is enclosed and this behavior can be seen as they romp around in boxes. This is part of a cat’s natural tendency and accommodating their behavior by giving them a number of fun as well as comfy sleeping areas will make them happier.

If you are making a choice for a new cat bed, you will want to observe how your cat currently sleeps. If kitty loves to take over your dog’s larger bed, leaving him/her to rest his head on the edge, then your cat is expressing a desire to be able to have a more expansive area. A majority of cats however, prefer to have beds that fit their body size so that they can curl up comfortably. Make sure that you choose a bed that is size appropriate.

It goes without saying that cats should be indoors. The era of outdoor cats is gone and allowing a cat to roam outside might appeal to their natural sense, but they can also have shorter lives. If you have a patio or deck that kitty loves to hang out in, make sure there is a bed for both indoors and outdoors. This way they won’t claim your patio furniture and instead sleep in their own designated location.