"How To Know What Your Cat Wants When It Talks To You - Cat Communication Explained"

Written by NS Kennedy

Many people think cats are asocial, but in fact they are very social animals. They bond with other cats in their house or neighborhood, their owners, even other pets like dogs and birds. They communicate to each other and us a variety of ways.

A keen sense of smell is important in cat communication. When her human returns home, a cat carefully sniffs then proceeds to rub her face againstrepparttar owner's legs. She is placing her scent on you, marking you as her territory. As you have gone through your day, scent molecules have attached to your clothing. Your cat must mark you again to cover up those other smells.

Cats also communicate through body language. Your cat's posture, gestures, facial expressions, tail, ear and whisker position can all be aan indication of how your cat is feeling.

A bristling tail held straight up, or one that thrashes back and forth are warnings. If a cat is feeling defensive,repparttar 139549 tail is usually arched. Hissing and backing away with ears flat againstrepparttar 139550 head are other defensive poses. You can tell a lot about a cat's state of being from its eyes. Wide, dilated eyes communicate anger or fear. A contented cat slowly blinks its eyes, or keeps them half-closed.

There are probably many more movements that send signals, but they are so subtle, only another cat can notice and interpret them. This explains why cats seem to "read one another's minds." Two cats might gaze at each other without moving for a very long time, then suddenly erupt into action. What wasrepparttar 139551 signal? A twitch of lip, lift of a lip, tilt ofrepparttar 139552 head? Onlyrepparttar 139553 cats know.

"Safety in the Fresh Air and the Outdoors for Your Cat - How To Build a Cattery"

Written by NS Kennedy

Animal welfare organizations and humane societies have been very successful in helping people to accept that their cats are safer living exclusively indoors, especially in urban areas. However, cat lovers still want to give their cats a chance to enjoy fresh air and allrepparttar sights and sounds that come with it. One way to do this safely is to create a cattery.

The term cattery originally referred to a facility that kept and bred colonies of cats. Today,repparttar 139548 term is being used to describe a sort of pet playpen. A home cattery is an enclosed, outdoor area in which a pet cat can bask inrepparttar 139549 sun or exercise. The site can be a lawn, a porch or an apartment balcony, and a variety of building plans can be found onrepparttar 139550 Internet. The important ingredients of a cattery are size, security and access.

How big to build depends onrepparttar 139551 activity level of your cat andrepparttar 139552 amount of space available. If you have an acrobatic cat living in your apartment, you might try to build a structure taller than it is wide, with several ledges for her to jump around on. If your cat is more sedentary and you have a large yard, you might create a cattery that has one or two shelves, but has cat grass and catnip planted inside to provide sensory stimulation.

A cattery can be made from wooden posts and wire mesh. Be certain that all sharp edges are covered or made inaccessible to your cat. If you have a door to enter/exitrepparttar 139553 cattery, make sure it can be latched securely. Checkrepparttar 139554 cattery frequently for holes or loose spots inrepparttar 139555 mesh. Make sure thatrepparttar 139556 cattery has a roof. It doesn't have to be expensive - a sheet of strong cloth attached torepparttar 139557 sides will do - something to keep your cat in, and anything else out.

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