Do Cats Love Bites Mean Affection?

What are Love Bites?

Cats love bites are a way of showing affection. How we enjoy it when our cat jumps up on our lap and begins to purr. When the purring begins, we know that the cat is happy to be with us. We start to pet him and he enjoys it. We enjoy it too. The purring has a calming effect and there is a feeling of mutual admiration between us. But then, as we continue to pet his lovely fur, he quickly turns around and bites us. The bite does not break the skin but what is this all about? Being bitten is not pleasant for anyone. What’s with the cat? Why is he content and purring one minute and biting the next? His behavior changes so very quickly. Why?

Stimulated cat

Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist, says that cats love bites come from over- stimulation. He quotes, “It’s called petting-induced over stimulation.” He also mentions that a cat takes only so much petting. After so much time, their hair receptors begin to hurt. Because of this, the cat jumps off of your lap or gives you an unexpected bite.

Responding to Over Stimulation

What can we do to evade unpleasant and unexpected cats love bites? Study the cats language. This is one of the best ways to deal with the situation. Watch for a change in the posture of the cats ears, or a switching tail. Does he all of a sudden seem uneasy? Dr Tern Bright who is director of Behavior Services at MSPCA-Angell in Boston suggests this. “If the cat typically bites after five petting strokes, the owner should always stop at four strokes.” Some cats enjoy resting on their owners lap but do not like to be petted. Not all cats are the same. In conclusion, help your cat by not over-stimulating his hair receptors which triggers cats love bites.

Cats Claws and Fingernails

Claws, Fingernails and Keratin

The same protein called keratin forms cats claws and human fingernails. What is keratin? According to the Wikipedia “Keratin is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins known as scleroproteins. It is the key structural material for making up hair, nails, feathers, horns, claws, hooves, calluses, and the outer layer of skin among vertebrates.”  This gives us a good idea what this protein is all about. Because of keratin, both fingernails and cats claws are hard and strong.

Cats Claws and Fingernail Differences.

Even though the cats claws and fingernails are produced with the same protein keratin, they are distinctly different. For example, keratin grows continually in both the cat claw and the human fingernail. However , as the keratin grows in humans, our nails grow and attach to the skin of our fingers. This is not so in a cat. Their claws attach directly to the bone. That is why declawing a cat is a terribly painful experience for him.

Secondly, Cats have a unique ability. They retract their claws. Felines have dorsal ligaments which are elastic bands of tissue. When a cat wants to extent his claws, he uses this muscle. The claws return to their embedded position as soon as kitty relaxes. The beautiful thing about his anatomy is that these embedded claws do not touch the floor when he walks. They embed just enough to give him that secretive and quiet walk. In conclusion, cats claws are a beautiful work of art. They are exactly what the cat needs for survival and enjoyment.

Cute Little Toe Beans

What are Toe Beans?

What are toe beans? Perhaps you already know about your cat’s toes. However, if you don’t, here is a description of what they are. According to the urban dictionary, toe beans are “the pink squishy pads on the underside of an animal’s paws, particularly a cat’s, so named for their resemblance to jelly beans.”

Toe Beans

What Helps a Cat to Absorb Shock?

Toe beans absorb shock. These soft and squishy jelly bean shaped pads are sensitive and important to a cat. When the cat accidentally has a fall , these tiny pads help to protect her from getting hurt. We have all heard the saying “cats have nine lives”. There are incredible stories of cats falling from a high-story building and landing on its feet. This is due partly to its flexible back and ability to align the body during the fall. However, when the cat lands, it is the toe beans that receive the shock. These tiny pads contain a lot of fatty tissues and absorb the shock as the cats alights.

A Cats Fascinating Toe Bean Walk

One of the fascinating characteristics of a cat’s walk is that she walks on her toe beans. The cat’s anatomy enables her to walk, let us say, on her tiptoes. Humans walk on their heels and then the ball of the foot. Not so with kitty, she walks on the ball of her foot then those squishy little jelly beans . Consequently, she is a very quiet walker and a great hunter.

Your Cat’s Scent and Sweat Glands

Your cat’s scent and sweat glands are tucked between their toes. Motion such as scratching or kneading produces a scent for marking the cats territory. Other cats are well aware of this scent but humans cannot smell it.

Humans have sweat glands in different locations of the body but cats only produce sweat with their toe beans. This happens when the cat is to hot or is nervous.

In conclusion, each tiny jelly like pad on the bottom of the feet is natures way of providing well being and survival for a cat.

Athletic Cat

Athletic Cat is a good name for your feline. She can do the high jump without any problem at all. Her high jump is astounding. She can easily compete with the high jumper. But that’s not all, she can perform as a ballerina and daintily balance herself on the top of a fence. She has balletic grace.

The High Jump of the Athletic Cat

The high jump is one of the cat’s amazing athletic feats. With the exception of the Maine Coon, domestic cats are not large animals. However with a run-up, cats can jump five or six times their length. What we are talking about here is the measurement of the cat from its nose to the hindquarters, not including the tail.

The athletic cat, in a standing position, can clear a six foot fence. However, this depends on the health, size, and age of the cat. For example, a healthy lean cat is able to jump higher than an overweight one. Some breeds are excellent jumpers. It is amazing how high a kitten can jump. Of course, it is more difficult for any cat to jump from a standing position.

Athletic Cat

The Cat’s Acrobatic Tightrope Walk

The tightrope walk is another feature of our athletic cat. What is it that gives her the astounding ability to walk those narrow fences? Just as a tightrope walker uses a pole for balancing, the cat uses her tail.

The felines anatomy has given her amazing balancing skills. She has a flexible back and lacks a true collarbone. Her shoulder blades adapt to her movements. Therefore, she is very agile in keeping her balance and can quickly align her body against a fall. When she is off balance, her inner ear lets her know. She immediately begin to align her body. She adjusts her head first, then her front feet. After that, she aligns the rest of the body. In conclusion , our little feline is definitely an athletic cat!

A Scratching Post for Kitty

Is a Scratching Post Important?

The scratching post that you choose for your cat is important. Some cat posts are to high for a kitten. This intimidates the tiny feline. However, full grown cats desire a post high enough to provide a complete body stretch. Poorly constructed posts fall over and destroy the cats interest in it completely. However, a good scratching post made of high quality materials is sturdy and stable. It excites the cat when he digs his claws into that wonderful sisal wrapped post.

Scratching Post

Location of the Post.

A post placed in a solitary spot is unacceptable. Cats are people friendly and enjoy being close to their family. Look for a spot where the cat feels included in the family. A good place for the scratching post is by a window. Cats love to observe the outside world. But there again, they want to be part of the family.

When introducing a kitten to a scratching post, place the post in a position where you can play around it. For instance, use of a cat wand entices the cat to approach this new piece of furniture. Many cats will enjoy a cat post while others need to be trained to use it. Cat nip makes some older cats curious enough to investigate the post. If your cat has a special place where she loves to sit, place the post there. Move the post later if you desire but move it a little at a time.

Hope for the Furniture

Furniture scratching is a problem for some of us. Most cats love their post. However, there are some who prefer to scratch the sofa or a chair leg. Place the post close to the scratched item. There are products available for enticing the cat to the post. There are others to spray on your furniture which is distasteful to the cat. In conclusion, locating a scratching post determines the cat’s desire to use it.

The use of a cat wand the cat close to or even on it.

What’s the Matter Here?

Where’s the Cats Tail?

Where is the cat’s tail? That is the question. The answer is, she has no tail. Well, isn’t it true that the cat’s tail helps them to balance themselves when they walk on a fence for example. That is true, however, no tail cats get along fine. We call these cats Manx.

Origin

The origin of these no tail cats begins on the small Island of Man in the Irish Sea. This island rests between Great Britain and Ireland. Due to the isolation of these cats from outside breeding, they developed a dominant gene which is called the Manx gene. When both the mother and father cat have this gene, the kittens are born without tails. Otherwise the kittens appear with a stumpy, partial, or full tail.

No Tail Cat

Varieties

There are several varieties of these no tail cats. They classify as rumpy, rised, stumpy, and tailed. The rumpy and riser have no tails at all. The rumpy has a dimple instead of a tail and the rumpy riser has a knob. However, the stumpy has a tail of at least three vertebrae and the tailed cat has a partial or full tail. It is interesting that the CFA, Cat Fanciers Association, only allows rumpy, and rumpy riser cats shown in their cat shows.

Personality

Manx cats have a personality that attracts people. These no tail cats desire to be with people. They are playful, high-spirited, and love water. Usually, cats don’t like water, right? These cats have a lot of dog like qualities. They play fetch, and follow you around like a dog. They are devoted to you and respond to simple commands. Another name for these felines is “cats for dog people”. Of course, this comes from their dog like personalities. In conclusion, these adorable no tail cats fit well in any home.

What is Your Cat’s Tail Saying?

Cats Tails Communicate

Cats tails communicate but sometimes it is difficult to understand exactly what this body language is trying to tell us. Felines have complicated gestures. It has been said that only domesticated cats can walk with their tails straight up. Wild cats do not do this.

Dr. Eloise Bright is a veterinarian based in North Ryde, Australia. She states, “Cats have very expressive tails, so tail position and movement can tell us a number of things.” In other words, cats tails communicate. What are some of the ways that the cat’s tail helps us to understand our little feline. Lets take a look.

Cats tails communicate.

Vertical Position

The vertical position of cat’s tails communicates two things to us. First, how does your cat greet you when you return from work or other activity? Her tail is vertical and it quivers a little. That’s because she is happy and so glad to see you. However, when this posterior appendage puffs up, look out! Kitty is not in a good mood. She is annoyed and feels threatened. This may be accompanied by an arched back and hissing.

Twitching Tail Tip

Twitching of the tail tip is another way that cats tails communicate with their family. Her tail tells us how extremely interested she is in something. Have you ever watch your cat intently peer at something through a window? You have, without a doubt, but did you notice the tiny twitch at the end of the cat’s tail? The twitch shows the cat’s interest and utmost concentration.

Beware of Abrupt Swishing

The cat’s extremity has many movements but there is one that we need to take note of more than the others. When the cat switches its tail abruptly, and it is time to listen up. A cat tires of petting sometimes. Due to this, she shows her displeasure. If the petting continues, her mood changes to aggression. The tail switching tells us that she wants to be alone for a while. She tells us that cats tails communicate, and she wants us to know how she is feeling. In conclusion to all this, observe your cats tail.

That Tiny Pink Tongue

Texture

When we see the tiny pink tongue of our cat, we think cute. Its just part of feline anatomy. However, let us delve a bit deeper into the functions of this interesting organ. Did you know that the felines tongue has many functions? Let us start with its texture. When the cat lovingly licks you, the sensation is of rough sandpaper. It has tiny back-ward facing barbs on it called (papillae). The function of these barbs is to make it easy for the cat to rasp meat from prey and pushes whatever the cat is eating to the back of the mouth. These barbs are also used extensively for grooming.

Tongue Barbs

Grooming

Cats spend most of their awake time grooming. The tongue licking process removes parasites as well as redistributes oils which help with water proofing the fur. The tiny papillae on the tongue work as a hairbrush untangling knots. Dr. Ryane E. Englar, DVM, is an assistant professor at Kansas State University. She states, “Papillae help cats pick dirt and debris out of their fur while straightening and neatening everything out.” Dr. Englar also mentions the importance of the mother cat vigorously grooming her very young kittens. These tiny kittens must be stimulated in order to urinate and defecate.

Drinking

We all love to watch kitty when she is drinking. She seems to be lapping the water similar to dog lapping. However, cat lapping is a bit different. The cat puts its tongue in the water and lifts it ever so quickly. The barbs pull the water up and forms a column which the cat closes her mouth around. She will do this a number of times until she gets enough water in her mouth to swallow.

Tasting

Tongues are for tasting. It has been said that cats do not have as many taste buds as humans. According to veterinarians, there has not been a lot of formal studies on this topic. However, cats have their own preferences just like people.

Cats and Trees

Outside Cats Love Trees.

Outside cats love trees. Cats are natural climbing mammals. Early cats lived in forests. Being able to quickly scurry up a tree, meant survival for them. It was, and actually is to this day, a cat’s way of evading their predators. They also love to be up high to look for their prey. Another reason cats enjoy them, is scratching . Scratching keeps their nails sharp for tearing their prey apart. It also removes the dead outer layer of their claws, plus the scent glands on their paws mark their territory.

Inside Cats Love Trees

House cats do not have availability to the outdoors where they can scratch whatever they want. However, they do enjoy a high cat tower. Cat furniture with sisal wrapped posts are a delight for any cat. Sisal posts are hard and rough. The consistency for your cat, is similar to tree bark.

House cats don’t climb trees and predators are not a threat to them. However, they still need to be able to climb. There are times when kitty wants to get away from a pet dog or perhaps to much loving attention from children. Climbing to the highest perch of a scratching post gives security to the cat. Climbing high also gives the cat needed exercise. Exercise is vital to a cat’s over all health, both physical and mental.

Every cat needs a cat tree. Their innate nature to scratch tells us that they are going to scratch something. We certainly don’t want our furniture scratched or our curtains ripped. That is why it is so important for the cat to have an option. A high, sturdy, and appropriate scratching post will satisfy her desires for climbing and scratching. And, when we see the feline contentedly cat napping on her high vertical post, we realize how much she really loves it.

Cats love trees

Cats and Whiskers

Cats Sensory Tools

Have you ever noticed, when you introduce your cat to a new cat tree, that she will check out the hole of the playhouse before she enters. Her whiskers tell her if the hole is big enough for her to enter. That is to say that cats have their own built in measuring tape. Her whiskers tell her immediately if there is room for her whole body in the cat tree playhouse. The cats whiskers are the their sensory tools. They are more deeply embedded in the cats body than their fur hair. Cats whiskers are connected to their muscular and nervous system. These important cat hairs send sensory messages to the cats brain and helps them to understand their surroundings.

Secret Messages

As we examine these interesting cat hairs, we realize that there are 12 on each side of the cats face. These are distributed symmetrically and do even more than act as their sensory tool. They give us a hint as to the cats emotions. For example, if the whiskers are relaxed, the cat is relaxed, contented, and happy. If the whiskers are rigid and pulled back, the cat may be annoyed or feel threatened. If the whiskers are pushed forward, they are perhaps interested and curious about something.

Sensitive Whiskers

Have you ever tried to gently stroke you cats whiskers? I have tried to stroke my cats whiskers. As a result, the cats face twitched. That is to say, the cat did not like it. She was annoyed. On the other hand, she loves to be petted and her fur stroked, but her whiskers are out of bounds. Cats also have whiskers around their eyes. They respond to the tiniest touch of something. They are an essential protection to their eyes and face. En conclusion to all this, cats whiskers are amazing!