What Would Cats do Without Their Tiny Paws?

Paws are Much More than Just Cute.

Cat’s paws are not just cute. They have multipurpose functions for a cat. They aid in hunting, eating, grooming, climbing, running, and walking. I could go on and on. Actually, I really can’t think of any cat activity that does not involve these tiny pads, except sleeping.

Amazing Anatomy of the Cats Paws

The anatomy of the cats pads is amazing. To begin with, they absorb shock. This protects the kitty when he jumps or falls. However, they also act as little sensors. They have many nerve receptors which help the cat to sense vibrations. This alerts them to the position of their prey. In addition to these two functions, they help cats climb. Their front paws turn inward and make climbing easy. Climbing a tree is a snap. However, guess what, he has to back down. These tiny paws just don’t work for the decent.

Kitty’s Paw

All cats, excluding the Cheetahs, retract their claws. Can you imagine what it would be like if the cat did not retract his claws? “If a cat kept his claws out all the time, his claws would ensnarl everything!” says Dr. Sarah J, Wooten, DVM, CVJ, consulting veterinarian. The cats tiny paws act as sheaths and protect his nails.

Humans have many sweat glands to keep them cool. However, the only place that kitty has sweat glands is in his paws. The next time you take your cat to a veterinarian, check to see if they are damp. Is he showing a bit of anxiety? In addition, these tiny paws have scent glands. These glands are tucked up under the grooves between the cats toes. Consequently, whenever the cat is kneading or scratching, he is leaving his scent.

Kitty’s Scrubbers

In conclusion to all this, I want to mention that kitty’s feet have built-in scrubbers. Think about it! He uses his paw to clean areas that he can’t reach with his tongue. First, he licks the pad and then, with his built-in scrubber, cleans his ears, nose, etc. What would kitty do without his tiny paws?

The Marvel of the Little Pink Tongue

The Tongue, the Cats Most Active Muscle

Indeed, the cat’s tongue is the cats most active muscle. It is important for a number of reasons. For instance, this little pink tongue is vital for eating, drinking, grooming, and tearing his food apart. Let’s delve a little more deeply into the anatomy of this tiny organ.

Cat’s most active muscle

What’s with the Sand-Papered Tongue?

What’s with the sand-papered-tongue? A cat’s tongue is rough, sort of like sand-paper. When we look at the cat’s little pink tongue we immediately think of something soft and squishy. Well, a cat’s tongue is definitely not that! It is covered with barbs. These barbs are called papillae and are vital to the cats existence, health and cleanliness. The interesting thing about these barbs is that they turn backward. When a cat pulls meat off a bone, these barbs rotate and are perpendicular to the tongue. You can see how important these barbs are to kitty. They help him to get that very last morsel.

Tongue Barbs

More Unique Benefits of the Little Pink Tongue

The cat’s little pink tongue benefits our furry little friends in grooming. Scientists estimate that cats grooming time is about 2.4 hours a day. That is about a quarter of their awake time. The cat’s tongue really gets a work out. However, its barbs are a tremendous benefit to the cat. The barbs on the front of the tongue are longer than the others and help the cat to untangle any knots that are in his hair.

Another unique benefit of the cat’s little pink tongue is its ability to lap water. It is fun to watch a cat lap water. But how do they do it? They lap so fast that it is almost impossible to see how they do it. Amazingly enough, when a cat laps water, he curls the tip of his tongue back and not up. It acts like a tiny scoop that propels a column of water right into his mouth. En conclusion, the cat’s little pink tongue is an amazing marvel.

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Can House Cats Be Truly Happy?

Myth: Cats Need Outside Access To Be Happy.

This is only a myth.  House cats are happy when their needs are met. Cats love to play with their owners. They enjoy cat toys and an invigorating scratch on a cat tree. Daily stimulation is necessary to encourage needed exercise for them to stay healthy and happy.  Kitty is happy with his owner’s tender loving care.

Happy cat

A Few Tips To Keep House Cats Happy.

Play with your cat! House cats need to play regularly! This play time has a number of benefits. For example, it gives the cat the attention that he needs. He feels important and secure. Moreover, he enjoys being one of the family. Playing provokes exercise that he needs. Moreover, it has a bonding effect between cat and owner. So, give him a variety of toys. Reward him with some toys that satisfy his stalking instinct and others for just the joy of playing.

We humans are content with horizontal space. However, this is not so with house cats. They enjoy both horizontal and vertical space. Therefore, a cat tree satisfies their instinct to climb and they love high perches. These vertical trees provide vital exercise for kitty and promote good health. An ideal spot for a cat tree is in front of a window. Cats love to view outside activities.

I have a couple more tips that make house cats happy. Firstly, and this is something you already know, feed your cat a good balanced diet but not to much of it. Obese cats are prone to disease. And secondly, cats enjoy cleanliness. Perhaps we could call them “neat freaks”. Most of the time when they aren’t sleeping, they are cleaning themselves. Have you ever noticed how daintily they drink water. They don’t want to get their chin to far down into the water bowl. Along the same line of cleanliness, they abhor litter boxes that are not kept clean. A nasty job for the owner but your happy cat will thank you. Enjoy your frisky, furry friend!

Cat Facts That You May not Know About

Facts About Cats and Humans

We have a beautiful relationship with our cats. The cat jumps up on our lap and starts to purr and rub her head against our hand. In her cat language she says, I love you. What is our reaction? Subsequently, we pet her head. She purrs and we feel delighted. A little spark of joy springs up inside us knowing that the cat is happy and content. We love our pets, don’t we? They are part of our family. However, how much do we know about these little creatures. There are an amazing amount of unusual cat facts about them. Lets look at a few of them.

Concerning Their Anatomy

Cat Facts about feline eyes

Sometimes we refer to a person as having beautiful big eyes, but did you know that the cat has the biggest eyes in relation to their head size of any mammal. They really are huge compared to their tiny faces. And did you know that they have whiskers on the back of their front legs as well as their face? Why the whiskers? To clarify, they are the cat’s tape measure, making sure a space is large enough for their body to enter.

Let’s talk about another of the many interesting cat facts. Many cats are ambidextrous. That is to say, they use their right or left paw interchangeably. It doesn’t matter which one. However, there are about 40% of cats that do have a preference. Among these, a male cat uses his left paw more. But, the female cat uses her right paw more. Check out your cat. Is your cat left pawed or right pawed or is he or she one of ” it does not matter” types?

In conclusion, there are so many incredible cat facts but I just want to mention one more here. Many cats are over-joyed and love to lick their cat parents freshly washed hair. Does your cat do that? What loving and interesting creatures we have, correct?

Source: https://www.care.com/c/stories/6045/101-amazing-cat-facts-fun-trivia-about-your-feline-friend/

Sensitive Spots are Out of Bounds!

Those Incredible Sensitive Areas

Cats react to certain sensitive areas on their body. They enjoy attention from their cat owners but there are a few “don’s touch me” areas. Do you notice a strange reaction when you stroke his back close to the tail? Does he become uneasy or does he really like it? Some cats make a strange garbling noise every time this spot is touched. It’s really funny to watch them when this happens. However, is the cat enjoying it or is this one of those “don’t touch me” sensitive spots?

Evading Those Sensitive Spots

Cats have a number of sensitive spots. Have you thought about your cat’s feelings? Felines use their body language to communicate with their owners. Their body language teaches us a whole lot about their pleasure or displeasure. For example, at times, your cat’s tail demonstrates affection or in contrast, displeasure. Therefore, by understanding your cats communication to you, sensitive spots can be avoided.

I love this touch, no sensitive area here!

Enjoying the Touch

Cats enjoy being touched in the appropriate areas. Not every cat reacts the same. Pam Johnson-Bennett is a Cat Behavior Consultant and owner of Cat Behavior Associates, LLC. She relates that most cats enjoy petting under the chin or on the back of the head. Some cats enjoy strokes down their back to the tail. However, other cats do not like it at all. She reminds us that the cat’s belly may also be one of those sensitive spots. At the same time, some cats enjoy it.

So, where are your cat’s sensitive spots. Be aware of signs of displeasure in your cat’s behavior. Some examples of these signs are, he stops purring, turns his face to look at you, puts his ears back, or increases the movement of his tail.

To sum this up, be aware of your cats body language. When petting your cat, Pam Johnson Bennett says, “Watch your cat and make sure it’s still a pleasant experience.”

What’s with Cat Circles?

Cats and Intriguing Circles

Cat circles present a mystery. Is it true that if you tape a circle on the floor, a cat will sit in it? That depends on the cat. In short, some will and some will not. However, let’s talk about the ones that do sit in these enclosures. In March of this year, an interesting article appeared in the Philippine Star News Paper. As you know, due to the corona virus, protocols have been set up all over the world. For example, this was also true in Quezon City, in the Philippines. In front of one of their sidewalk markets, the store owner placed circles on the ground. This was to make sure people observed the six foot distance rule. However, instead of people standing in the circles, cats sat in them. Cats find enclosed spaces intriguing.

Circles for Kitty

Ongoing Cat Mystery

So, the mystery of cat circles continues. They also baffle veterinarians and cat associations. Why do cats like to sit in a circle? Some suggest that cats react unconsciously to a mystical power of circles. Importantly enough, cat experts trash this idea. So, why do cats do it?

Mieshelle Nagelschneider, is a renowned cat behaviorist and author of the book, The Cat Whisperer. She states, “You can boil many cat behaviors down to one reason and the reason is survival.” She goes on to say that a circle does not protect the cat. However, psychologically, when he sees the border of the circle he feels that it is a safe place to be.

A house cat knows his environment well. Consequently, he checks out anything new or different that arrives in the home. Placing an unknown object on the floor arouses his curiosity. In this case, he sees something round, a wonderful enclosed object and is drawn to it. He sits in it and feels protected. In other words, the mystery of cat circles seems to be a natural behavior for some cats.

Your Cats and Enclosures

In conclusion, have some fun with your cat. Draw a tape circle on the floor. Even better, if you have something like a sash, use it to make a round space for him to sit in. This will give the cat the feeling of a higher border. Having done this, watch your cat’s reaction. Have fun with cat circles!

That Interesting Cat’s Nose

Felines and Nose Prints

Did you know that a cat’s nose has prints? Believe it or not, they do. For instance, cats have nose prints just like we have finger prints. Moreover, every cat possess its own unique pattern of lines and ridges. That is to say, his nose identifies him just as our fingerprints identify us. However, no cat tolerates having his nose pressed like we press our thumb for a thumb print.

Feline nose

What’s the Color of Your Cat’s Nose?

What is the color of your cat’s nose? Think about it. Look at your cats nose. Is your cat black? The general rule is, black cats have black noses. Likewise, a grey cat has a grey nose. Orange cats have orange noses. The white cat is a bit different. His nose is pink. Cats that are variegated in color have noses of various colors.

Did You Know that Your Cat Wears Leather Every Day?

Cats wear leather every day. Cat breeders and cat associations call the naked and hair free skin around the nostrils, nose leather. However, we call this part of the anatomy of the cat, the tip of the nose. There is a mid-line grove in the middle of it. Indentations somewhat the shape of squares cover the nose leather. These increase the cat’s sensory area.

How Important is a Cat’s Nose?

The cat’s nose is the most important of his sense organs. There are three different kinds of scent receptors in mammals. A protein called VIR is one of these receptors. This protein controls the ability to separate one scent from another. Felines have many more variants of VIR than dogs or humans.

Many believe that these felines with this amazing ability to smell, cannot be trained. However, Kristyn Vitale Shreve resercher from the Oregon State University’s Deparment of Animal and Rangeland Science, does not agree. For example, she states, “Given the importance of olfaction in cat sensory perception, cats could be trained to discriminate between a variety of odors, therefore serving in working roles for detecting specific humans, medical scent detection, bomb sniffing, or drug sniffing.” In conclusion, the cat’s nose may prove beneficial to all of us in the future.

The Cat with the Curled Back Ears.

The American Curl Cat and Their Ears

The American Curl Cat curls its ears back instead of having straight ears like other cats. Because of this, they are one of America’s most unique cat breeds. Although still a bit uncommon, they habitat in Spain, Japan, Russia, and many other countries as well as the USA. These felines with the curled back ears attract the admiration of many and are a real treasure.

Curled back ears

Characteristics of the Curled Eared Cat

The curled eared cat is born with straight ears. How about that? So what’s the deal? Actually, it takes a bit of time for them to curl their ears. It takes three days or more for this to happen. Similarly, the curling process is completed in about four months. The degree of curl in each cat varies. For example, some of these curled back ears are almost straight while others arc from 90 degrees to 180.

This special breed of cat is also known as the “Peter Pan” of cats. They retain their kitten-like personalities for a life time. Even a senior is playful. Therefore, these adorable and cute felines are good companions for almost anyone.

The American Curl is a healthy breed. However, their ears need frequent and careful cleaning. The ears require care as the cartilage in the ear may be damaged. These curled back ears enable dirt to enter and cause possible infections.

These cats display an array of colors and patterns. For example, some are a solid color. Others are a variety of colors. Their walnut-shaped eyes demonstrate the trade-mark of this breed. These medium sized cats weigh from 5-10 lbs. They reach maturity in about two or three years. Their tail is amazing. It is like a beautiful flowing plume that is different from other feline breeds. In conclusion, these beautiful cats with the curled back ears merit attention and are truly a treasure.

Teacup Cats and a Teacup

What are Teacup Cats?

Teacup cats are just very small felines. Actually, they are smaller than what is known as miniature cats. They fit in a teacup when they are small kittens. These tiny cats are so cute and desirable. However, there are some very important facts that one needs to investigate before purchasing one of these little jewels. First of all, are they really teacup cats. For example, are they being sold as teacup cats but are litter runts or unhealthy kittens. Be aware!

Teacup Kitten

Genetics and Tiny Cats

Breeding cats for simply physical results, in this case to make them small, can cause genetic problems. ” That’s one of our major concerns with breeding for purely physical attributes,” Katie Lisnik says. Katie is a Humane Society director for cat policies and protections.

Genuine teacup cats are born with a genetic dwarfism which makes them small all over. They have the same instincts to act and play like any other cat. However, it is more common for them to have health problems. One of these is growth retardation which causes the bones to be soft. Due to this, the cat becomes weak. And in addition, the complications of being smaller can cause heart murmurs, and neurological problems. It can even cause seizures. Breeding for purely physical attributes can cause many other physical problems.

In conclusion, if your are planning on bringing one of these adorable little teacup cats home, take some time and look for a responsible breeder. A genuine breeder pays strict attention to the cats health and hygiene. He will gladly discuss all these issues with you. Enjoy your little teacup!

What About this Gentle Giant?

Maine’s Huge and Gentle Cat

Everyone loves the huge, sociable, and gentle Maine Coon Cat. Its nickname is “the gentle giant.” His size and gentleness give him this name. This cat is one of the oldest breeds in America. It is the largest breed to be domesticated. The state of Maine claims its origin. This humongous beauty is their official state cat. However, the real origin is still a mystery.

Characteristics of These Gentle Giants

These cats are characterized by their huge muscular build and weigh anywhere from 18 to 20 lbs or more. Some measure a few inches more than a yard stick. That is a big cat! Another name for these cats is “Dogs of the Cat World.” Moreover, they merit some dog-like characteristics such as loyalty and enjoy being around people. They play fetch and walk on a leash. This gentle giant is one of the most popular cat breeds in the USA.

Giant Cat

There is something else about these gentle giants that is unique. They are physically adapted for surviving in cold weather. Those of you who live in the north know what I am talking about. Imagine a cat out in the cold in Maine! Maine Coons fur is dense and water-resistant. This fur is longer on the their underside and rear. Importantly, this gives them protection when sitting in the snow. Moreover, their tail is long and bushy like a raccoons and resists sinking in the snow. They wrap their tail around their face to keep the howling wind off. Likewise, they tuck their tail under them and use it as an insulated seat cushion. In addition to this, these amazing gentle giants have big paws which facilitate walking on snow. Some even have extra toes which gives them a bigger paw.

Maine Coons are vocal cats with unusual yowling, and chirps. Their meow is a combination of a trill and a purr. In conclusion, Americans love these beautiful gentle giants and it is easy to understand why.