Remember how fun it was to spook your friends or siblings as a kid and call them "scared-y cats?" As entertaining as that was - or still is - an actual anxious cat is no laughing matter. Helping your cat deal with stress is essential to his well-being. There are many natural ways - such as cat calming spray - to treat your fur baby's anxiety. Read More
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Obsessive compulsive disorder. Anxiety. Depression.
These aren't just human ailments. In fact, many cats suffer from these same psychological conditions.
Sadly, cat anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems in the feline world. However, there are several things you can do as a pet parent to help your little one live a more stress-free life.

What Is Cat Anxiety?

Cat anxiety can take on many shapes and characteristics. For example, cats may show signs of obsessive-compulsive disorder, nervousness, hyper-reactivity, or all of these at the same time.

Cat Anxiety

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Cat anxiety occurs when a cat feels threatened or otherwise insecure in his environment. Sadly, it's quite common and can be caused by a number of factors, including:
  • Sensing another cat's presence
  • Feeling threatened by another cat or fearing a loss of territory
  • Experiencing physical pain, internally or externally
  • Suffering from a medical condition
  • Abrupt changes in environment
  • Being separated from you or another cat
  • Experiencing a psychological trauma such as abuse or neglect
  • Age-related dementia
Your cat may even develop anxiety if you suffer from anxiety. Cats often turn to the other creatures they live with for cues about their safety. When a pet parent feels anxious or nervous often, the cat will pick up those signals and interpret them to mean that something is wrong and there's cause to be frightened.

Feline OCD

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Obsessive-compulsive disorder in cats occurs when a cat engages in repetitive or exaggerated behaviors without any clear reason. For example, a cat may groom himself over and over again in the same spot. If he has a tangle in his fur or is licking a wound, then clearly he has a purpose for his grooming. However, if there's no clear reason for the behavior, he may be suffering from OCD.
Oftentimes OCD cats will perform their specific behaviors again and again to the point where they actually do harm to themselves. For instance, OCD cats have been known to groom themselves until they are left with bald spots, or eating compulsively until they are overweight and unhealthy.
OCD behaviors are often a response to anxiety and are a way for your cat to cope with his persistent stress.

Are Some Breeds More Prone to Cat Anxiety?

Yes! In fact, Siamese cats and other breeds traditionally found in Asian regions are more likely to show OCD behaviors like repetitive meowing or chewing on fabric.
It's not entirely understood why Siamese cats are more prone to diagnoses of feline OCD, but veterinarians often assume the cause is heavily influenced by genetic factors. Since Siamese cats are often bred with other Siamese to ensure a pure pedigree, the condition is passed down through the generations within the same breed.

How Do Cats Cope?

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Cats suffering from anxiety usually show several of the following signs:
  • Becoming less social
  • Becoming less active
  • Hiding, often without an obvious cause
  • Excessive scratching of furniture or surfaces
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore spots on the skin or in the mouth
  • Aggression toward people or other animals in the home
  • Trembling
Unless your cat finds some other way to alleviate his anxiety, or until the cause of his anxiety has been fixed, he will likely continue doing these behaviors. Cat anxiety can turn into OCD over time.
Cats with OCD will cope with their anxiety by engaging in their repetitive or exaggerated behaviors until they are stopped. OCD cats will usually exhibit one or more of these behaviors:
  • Compulsive grooming
  • Compulsive pacing
  • Repetitive vocalizations
  • Compulsive eating
  • Compulsive sucking or chewing on materials like fabric or plastic
If your cat is doing something over and over again, seemingly without cause, check in with your veterinarian. It may be feline OCD.

How to Reduce Cat Anxiety

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The best way to reduce your cat's anxiety is by figuring out exactly what's causing it and fixing that problem. For example, if your cat is feeling threatened by a new cat in the home, you may need to keep your two fur babies separate and gradually introduce them to shared spaces.
Some cats experience anxiety because they aren't getting enough attention. Make time to play with your kitty at least 15 minutes each day. And cuddles are encouraged, with your cat's permission, of course.
Oftentimes cat anxiety is caused by an internal health problem. Cats can often sense when they are ill or in a weakened state, which makes them feel vulnerable and stressed.
If you use PrettyLitter, keep a close eye on the color of your cat's litter. If it's anything other than yellow or olive green, your cat may be dealing with some internal health issues. Take your furry friend in for a check up with the vet if you suspect anything may be wrong.
Have you found a way to help your fur baby cope with cat anxiety? Tell us about it in the comments below and help other pet parents find what works for their little ones.

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Cats have a reputation for being aloof and hard to read, but thanks to their expressive body language, they're actually pretty upfront with their emotions--if you know what to look for. That's why we've compiled a few tell-tale signs you can observe to check whether your cat wants to play, sleep, or just take a nap. Keep reading to learn what your furry friend is trying to tell you, such as . . .

"I want to play!"

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You might be able to predict the next bout of play before Fluffy starts charging through the house. If her ears are pointed forward slightly, this usually indicates she's feeling playful and curious about something, whether it's her favorite toy or that shoestring across the room that's suddenly grabbed her attention. Her eyes will probably be wide open with dilated pupils as she focuses her attention on whatever she's about to go pounce on. The tip of her tail might twitch or flick, a sure sign that playtime is about to commence.
Perhaps the most well-known sign of a playful cat is the infamous butt wiggle, which is when a cat's rear end begins to sway back and forth just before they spring into action. No one knows for certain what causes the wiggle, though theories range from cats preparing their back legs and muscles for strong leaps, testing their footing and the ground beneath them, and simply displaying excitement. Whatever the cause, the butt wiggle is possibly the surest sign that kitty is about to pounce, so you might want to make sure you get out of his way!

"I'm scared!"

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Your cat's ears tend to move certain ways depending on mood. If Fluffy's ears are flattened backwards or to the sides, he's putting out a very clear signal that he's feeling out of sorts. He might be a little nervous, scared, or irritated, so it's probably best to leave this cat alone until he calms down.
If your cat's tail is swishing violently from side to side, you'll want to give him some space. He's obviously frustrated about something, and he's liable to take it out on you if you try to touch him, even if you aren't actually the source of that frustration. Hey, we all have our bad days, right?
Other tail hallmarks include when it's puffed out and the fur is standing on end. This is the sign of a very unhappy kitty and one that is either angry, threatened, scared, or all of the above. Finally, whether they're scared or angry, cats who feel threatened will usually arch their backs, pin their whiskers back, and growl or hiss.
If your cat is doing any of these, try to coax him into a less stressful setting. Don't pick him up unless absolutely necessary, though, as you might end up with a lot of scratches for your trouble.

"I love you!"

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Is there anything better than a friendly cat curling up against you to join you for a lazy afternoon nap? This is just one way your feline friend will show their affection.
Another very common act is when Fluffy rolls over to expose her tummy. This is a very vulnerable position for most animals, and while cats will sometimes do this to show submission to another cat to avoid a fight, they will also do it to show trust around their human family and even other cats in the home. Some cats enjoy a quick belly rub, but others hate it. That varies from cat to cat, just like most personality traits, so you'll have to learn your own cat's preferences there.
As always, a cat's tail is a good barometer of their mood. A tail that's straight up usually means a happy cat who's glad to see you--and if the tail is quivering a little, that probably means you're her favorite human and she's really glad to see you!
Like many animals, cats often consider eye contact a sign of aggression. However, if your cat stares at you and blinks slowly before casually looking away, this indicates that she feels safe and happy in your company. If her eyelids are droopy, this can also mean that she feels so safe and content that she's about to doze off.
Ever had a cat "make biscuits" on you by kneading your lap, chest, back, or wherever they're perched atop you? That's a high compliment your kitty is paying! This is a holdover from kittenhood, when your baby kitty would let his mom know he was hungry and ready for milk. When your cat kneads you, it's not really because he's hungry; he just remembers the safe, happy feeling he got while kneading as a baby, and now he wants to share that with you. If your cat does this to you, you should feel honored and know that your kitty is head over heels for you.
Does your cat like belly rubs? Does she have a unique way of telling you how she feels? Let us know in the comments!

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California Cats

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Thinking of getting a four-legged friend? Choosing a new pet takes thought and consideration. You must be sure the pet is a good fit for you and your family first, to ensure a happy home for both you and your future pet. Whether you’re single or have children, here are five reasons why the California Spangled Cat may be the best pet companion for you: 

1. They Are Particularly Affectionate

Lots of people choose dogs over cats for the simple reason that most cats tend to be a little more independent and aren’t normally fans of too much affection. The California Spangled Cat is just not like the rest, as these kitties absolutely love showing and receiving affection. They are warm, docile, and loving pets to keep around the house. They quickly form bonds with their owners and very much enjoy cozying up to and showing affection to those who care for them. They also get along very well with other cats so if you already own some, you don’t have to worry about the newcomer having any trouble fitting in at home.

2. They Are Highly Intelligent

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Though bred to resemble wild cats, California Spangled Cats are actually very easy to tame. They have a deep level of understanding by comparison to other pets, including other breeds of cat. This makes it significantly easier to train them and teach them the household pet rules. The only drawback to their high level of intelligence is that they are also quite good at showering their owners with affection in order to get what they want. But it’s such a darn cute characteristic that you’ll have a hard time being upset!

3. They Are Very Energetic and Playful

Whoever said cats aren’t as playful as dogs obviously never met a California Spangled Cat. These cats are particularly energetic and playful. Because they are such loving companions, they truly enjoy playing not only with other pets, but with their owners, as well. Their active personalities mean they are always ready and willing to play, run around, and impress their owners with almost acrobatic-like skills! The California Spangled Cat is also a very social breed so they will be just as kind and playful with visitors at your home as they are with you.

4. They’re Hypoallergenic

The California Spangled Cat is pretty good at cleaning itself and while a good grooming from time to time is a good idea, these cats produce little to no dander. Not only does that mean minimal grooming and way less cleanup around the house, but it also means they are hypoallergenic. In fact, people with known cat allergies normally have no issues with the California Spangled Cat.

5. They Are Not Aggressive

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Though their spotted coats may look wild, the California Spangled Cat is anything but. It was bred specifically to resemble a wild cat but doesn’t have any aggressive character traits under normal circumstances. This breed is very docile, gentle, and loving. Though they can be energetic, their energy is always directed towards play and exercise and never toward harming surrounding pets or people. On the contrary, they are particularly fond of children and other pets and are always gentle. Requiring little more than love and ample time to stretch and play both indoors and outdoors, the California Spangled Cat remains one of the easiest breeds of cat to own and care for.

 

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If you have a companion cat, then you have most likely felt them knead you. Well sure, your cat needs you, but we are talking about that pawing they do on your chest, stomach, legs - or whatever area suits them. It's totally adorable, but why do cats do this? And what does it mean when you are kneaded by your furry friend?

What Is Cat Kneading?

According to PetMD:
Kneading is the motion cats make by rhythmically alternating their paws, pushing in and out against a pliable, soft object (such as a lap). Not all cats knead in the same way; some never push out their claws at all, and some even use all four paws.
Some of the kneading is accompanied by the wonderful sounds of your cat purring and sometimes, you will just feel your cat's paws pressing against you.

Why Do Cats Knead You?

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Believe it or not, no one really knows why cats knead their owners and other people. However, there are a few theories - some may be valid and some have been disproved.

Taken Away Too Soon

One of the theories that have been proven to be false is that cats knead because they were weaned too early or taken away from their mothers too soon. You can probably imagine why this one gained ground because cats knead at their mother's nipples when they are nursing. However, it was shown that cats that stayed at the normal natural time with their mother still perform this kneading ritual.

Your Cat Loves You

Of courseyour cat loves you, but kneading is a gesture of love and this theory seems to hold a little weight to it. Since the pads of your cat's paws contain scent glands, it is a form of marking their spot and if they love you, they may just be marking you as well - telling the rest of the world to back off. Your cat is claiming you as their person and that's a thing to cherish.

It's an Ancient Practice

Sure, cats have been kneading since there were cats in the world so this theory makes sense but it doesn't explain the reason for it. It only explains that "hey, cats have always done this and always will." 

A Rewards Program

We all love rewards and cats are no different. Cats learn to knead as kittens and as mentioned before, they get milk this way. This type of kneading garners them the reward that may have carried over into adulthood. The very act of kneading is embedded into their brains that knead equals reward.

Just Enjoy It

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Since there is no quantifiable reason why cats knead their companions, there is nothing wrong with just enjoying it. Some people do not like the claws that inevitably sometimes comes with the kneading but you can make sure his nails are trimmed and place something in between you if it gets too intense. 
Make sure not to punish your cat for this behavior. For one, he is expressing love as far as we know and secondly, he doesn't realize he is hurting you. 
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Just like its ancient Viking companions, the mighty Norwegian Forest cat has made its home around the world. Also called a "Wegie" for short, these large, friendly cats have become a mainstay in countless pet owners' homes and hearts. Although they closely resemble the Maine Coon (and are supposed by some to actually be the originators of the breed), Norwegian Forest cats are unique among cats for their size and have quiet, calm demeanor. Keep reading to learn more about the Vikings' favorite feline travel partners and find out if this big, lovable lug is the cat for you.

Norwegian Forest Cat Physical Traits

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Norwegian Forest cats, also called "skogkatt" in Norwegian (which literally means "forest cat"), are slow to reach their full size, often taking about five years to hit their target weight of between 10 to 15 pounds. Although they tend to be relatively heavy, their long, double coats can make them appear to be much larger and heavier. These long coats can come in virtually every color and pattern, including (among others) white, black, silver, blue, brown, tabby, calico, and bicolor.
Moreover, this large cat's coat is long, thick, and silky, a holdover from the cat's days as a forest-dwelling predator and powerful swimmer. Accordingly, pet owners should be prepared to spend appropriate time combing the Wegie's fur to prevent and clear away matted hair, especially during spring and fall as the cat's coat changes.
The Norwegian Forest cat's other distinctions include tufted paws and ears and a long, fluffy tail that extends out like an elegant plume. The full effect is that of an imposing furball, but as you'll see in the next section, Wegies are anything but threatening.

Norwegian Cat Personality Traits

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Wegies are naturally athletic, and their strong and muscular bodies reflect this, as does their fondness for jumping and scoping out high points from which to observe their domains. And if that wasn't enough, they also enjoy swimming, in large part because their water-resistant coats allow them to avoid the soaked-to-the-bone sensation that leads most cats to avoid water like the plague.
In addition to being four-legged sports stars, Norwegian Forest cats are fiercely independent and enjoy a good amount of alone time. However, don't mistake this for unfriendliness or an inability or unwillingness to associate with the human members of the family; Wegies are affectionate and develop strong bonds with their human family members. They aren't overly demanding of attention, and they don't tend to raise their voice often.
Combined with their strong need for independence, Norwegian Forest cats like to have their own space but are also happy to share a room or couch with a favorite family member. They aren't usually lap cats, but they will usually gladly accept some gentle petting or a scratch behind the ears.

Norwegian Forest vs. Maine Coon Cats

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Due to their large size and thick coats, Norwegian Forest cats are sometimes confused with Maine Coons. Although there is no definitive evidence linking the two breeds, a commonly proposed link is that the Norwegian Forest cats were introduced to North America via Viking expeditions. They often traveled aboard the ships to help control rodent populations, so it's certainly plausible that some might have escaped or been left behind, then mated with domestic cats native to the area. The resulting cats might have become the similar-looking Maine Coon.
However the two breeds are or are not related, there are still some very tell-tale distinctions. In terms of appearance, Wegies have triangular-shaped heads and a flat forehead. Maine Coons, meanwhile, have wedge-shaped heads, high cheekbones, and a sweet, happy expression.
Personality differences arise as well. Maine Coons are generally more laid back in temperament but retain a kittenish sense of playfulness throughout their lives. Norwegian Forest cats, on the other hand, are closer to the "bump on a log" end of the spectrum; they enjoy running around and playing now and then, but if left to their own devices, they're just as happy to take a nap on the couch.
Do you have a Norwegian Forest cat? Sound off in the comments below to let us know if you believe the connection to the Maine Coon!

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Hailing from Singapore, the Singapura cat is a unique cat with a little voice and a big personality. This energetic cat will have you wishing you could tap into their level of energy and will provide years of loyalty and fun.

The History of the Singapura Cat

In the mid 1970s, Hal Meadow and his wife had visited Singapore for four years through his work as a geophysicist. Upon his arrival to the United States, he brought with him five cats with brown-ticked fur. These cats were used as the foundation for a new breed - the Singapura.
Then in 1980, a breeder named Gerry Mayes found another one of these cats in Singapore and brought it home to the United States to entire into the program.
According to Catster:
Controversy about the breed arose in 1987 after breeder Gerry Mayes went to Singapore on a cat-finding trip and ended up finding importation papers indicating that the Meadows had brought the Singapura foundation cats from the U.S. to Singapore in 1974. The Cat Fanciers’ Association launched an investigation and found that there was no wrongdoing, and thus decided to keep the Singapura’s status as a natural breed.

Characteristics of the Singapura Cat

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The Singapura is very unique looking. The size is quite small and this breed is one of the smallest there is - 4 to 8lbs is the average.
The Singapura's coat is just one color - a vibrant sable brown with an ivory undercoat, which fades to a slight beige on the stomach. The eyes however, come in a few variations like hazel, yellow, and green.

A Big Personality

One of the major things to know about the Singapura cat is they have a huge personality. While it has a tiny voice and is known for being quiet, their personality is 180 degrees from that.
Singapura cats love to play. They're very affectionate and retain their playful attitude even as they age. Picture a 10 year old cat hopping around like a kitten and you can get an idea of what this cat is like. Fortunately, they are considered non-destructive so you get the best of both worlds. But keep in mind that their playfulness is going to be non-stop no matter what their age so if you want a cat that ages gracefully, this is not one of them. Instead, they age with passion and play - and multiple cat households are just fine for this breed.
The Singapura is intelligent and oddly enough, they even get along as un-neutered tomcats, which is almost unheard of. Simply put, this is one of the most unique cats around and all because one geophysicist brought a few back with him on his journey to a foreign land.

Health Concerns

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This breed of cat is fairly healthy. However, there is a recent discovery that they are more apt to get KPD, or pyruvate kinase deficiency, which causes anemia. There are tests available to see if your cat is a carrier, has this genetic trait, or is free and clear from any indicators. Even if your cat does have KPD, it does not affect their lifestyle. 
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People often forget that cats, just like dogs, can have their personality shaped by breed, or can have breeds with interesting histories. People also think that they can’t open their home and heart to a cat if they’re allergic to cats. Russian blues disprove these myths: they are a hypoallergenic and unique breed with a celebrated history. Both inside and outside Russia, many swear by the Russian Blue as their feline companion of choice.

History

The Cat Fanciers’ Association, the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats, says that the history of the Russian Blue is somewhat murky. However, the legends they report are fascinating. The breed was first exhibited outside of Russia in 1875 in London, where it was called the “Archangel Cat,” due to its believed origin in the port city of Arkhangelsk. If it did come from Arkhangelsk, it most likely came to England on ships in the 1860's.

Features and Hypoallergenic Qualities

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The Russian Blue is famed and named for its plush and silky blueish gray coat, which doesn’t constantly shed unlike many other pets, as well as their green eyes. This coat makes the Russian Blue one of the first cats brought up when someone mentions they are allergic to cats but they or a family member would still like a feline companion. According to PetMD, hypoallergenic breeds (including the Russian Blue) aren’t technically non-allergenic- the lessened amount of dander and other allergens they produce isn’t enough to activate allergies to a noticeable level in most people. In any case, if you suffer from cat allergies and are interested in getting a Russian Blue, you should check to make sure the cat won’t aggravate your allergies.

Russian Blue Imposters

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Another reason to make sure the particular cat wouldn’t aggravate your allergies is that many cats are often mistaken or passed off for Russian Blues. The “Is My Cat a Russian Blue?” guide at RussianBlue.info provides some of the most common ways to identify if your blue-gray cat really is a Russian Blue. Here are some of the most common:

  • Their paw pads are mauve as opposed to most other domestic cat breeds, which have grey paw pads.
  • Their green eyes.
  • Having a thick double coat, consisting of both the shorter plush coat Russian Blues are known for as well as a longer coat of “guard hairs.”
  • Solid blue coat (with no other markings) with a unique sheen from the tips of the guard hairs being silver. Other domestic blue cats won’t have this.

If you want to know for sure whether Mr. Snuggles is really a Russian blue, then you can consult the Cat Fanciers’ Association Breed Standard, and see how he scores. He could be immediately disqualified by a kinked tail, white “locket” mark on the neck, the wrong number of toes, or a non-blue or long coat. If he’s still standing you can see how many many points he gets on the breed standard.

Personality

The Cat Fanciers’ Association also provides some information about the genuine Russian Blue’s personality. According to them, Blues are playful and intelligent cats. They can even fetch toys for their owners. They may be bombastic, but typically aren’t terrors, as they are relatively quiet.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve ever had a Russian Blue (or thought you did until now) and what their personality was really like. Are you are allergic to cats and thinking about getting or have a Russian Blue?

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The kitty cat handstand – a whimsical sight? Or a homeowner’s worst nightmare?

Sad to say, if you see your adorable feline friend doing the cat handstand, you’re likely going to be in for a night with some bleach and enzyme cleaner.

Cats mark their territory in some unusual ways – one of which is the "spraying handstand."

Here’s what you need to know about this surprising behavior, what it means, and how you can protect your home from the aftermath.

The Cat Handstand

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Cats are super territorial... over everything. They mark the perimeter of their territory, they mark their favorite place to sleep in the house, and they even like to mark their human counterpart.

However, while some of the ways cats mark their territory are ridiculously cute – like awww-inducing head rubs and warm cuddles – others are not so enjoyable.

One of the ways cats mark their territory is by spraying urine on surfaces, particularly those near entry points or territory borders. While unneutered male cats are more prone to this stinky, messy behavior, neutered males and female cats can do it, as well.

The cat handstand is exactly what it sounds like, with the added twist of leaving cat urine on your wall. Cats sometimes do a handstand to get their markings higher up on a surface, to ensure they are covering another cat’s smell, or simply because that’s how they learned to do it from dear old dad.

While it may be entertaining to see your cat hold his balance in a circus-like pose, it usually means your cat is feeling the need to define his dojo and has left a yucky little deposit behind.

How to Get Rid of Cat Urine

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If you’ve fallen victim to the cat handstand and you’re now trying to get rid of the unpleasant aroma dancing around your space, here’s how to get rid of those gnarly cat markings:

  • Get as much of the moisture off the surface as possible with paper towels. Sop up the stain and throw the paper towels away immediately to minimize the spread of the stain and smell.
  • Use an enzyme cleaner to break down the urine and eliminate the smell for good. Cats have an extraordinary sense of smell and regular household cleaners – even the toughest bleach – can’t always destroy the lingering scent. If your cat can still smell the previous marking, he or she may be called to do it again. We like Rocco & Roxie’s Professional Strength Enzyme-Powered Stain Remover specifically designed for pet urine.
  • Use a household cleaner specific to your surface. If your cat marked your couch, you may need an upholstery cleaner. If the surface in question is wood, you may need something gentle with conditioning action. Clean the surface according to the surface-specific cleanser instructions.
  • Use the enzyme cleaner again to attack any remaining urine. This will help ensure the smell is gone entirely.
  • Prevent future markings. For some cats, spraying urine is a territorial thing caused by nothing more than their desire to be king of the castle. For others, it’s a coping mechanism driven by stress. Figure out what your cat’s cause is and work to solve it to prevent future cat handstands.
  • How to Avoid the Spray

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    Cats – especially unneutered males – spray their territory to ward off intruders, claim their space, or as a response to anxiety. To figure out which scenario fits your cat, ask yourself the following questions.

    First, is your cat fixed? If not, it’s something you may want to consider. If you aren’t raising your cat to be a mama or a papa, having him neutered or her spayed can significantly reduce his or her urge to mark territorial boundaries. If your cat has been fixed already, there may be something else at play.

    Second, do you have other cats in the home? If so, your cat may be feeling threatened and anxious due to the additional company in the home. Make sure your cat has plenty of room to be alone. If you are a multi-cat household, make sure you have at least one litter box per cat.

    Always give your fur babies separate food and water bowls. By giving each of your little ones some room of their own, you can reduce their stress and any damage they may be causing to your home out of anxiety.  

    Third, do you have feral cats in your neighborhood? Some cats are threatened by the mere sight of another cat. Even if your cat is an indoor cat and there are walls, panes of glass, and a several-foot drop between him and the cats outdoors, he may feel the need to mark his territory.

    Encourage your cat to hang out in windows and rooms where he can’t see the neighborhood cats and put up barriers to the windows that spark his anxiety. Even a nice plant in a window sill can deter your cat from hanging out there and a few treats in another spot can entice him elsewhere.

    Finally, does your cat have a health condition? If you can’t figure out where your cat’s desire to mark comes from, he or she may be dealing with some internal stress. If you’re using PrettyLitter, keep an eye out for any signs of abnormal internal health, like blue, red, orange, or dark green spots.

    If you notice anything out of the ordinary or if you still can’t identify the source of the anxiety, take your fur baby in for a check up with the vet. Some internal health problems cause anxiety as a symptom and catching feline illnesses sooner rather than later is always best.

    Have you dealt with a handstanding cat before? How did you figure out the cause and how did you handle it? Help other cat parents by sharing your experience and knowledge in the comments below.

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    Part of the fun of having cats is watching their behavior and amusing antics. Most of the time, we just have to guess why they do what they do. Who knows why cats do anything? Most weird cat behavior, like sitting in cardboard boxes, is just part of the quirky feline charm, but cat bites are usually troublesome enough that you’ll want to get down to the bottom of the issue. There’s more than one possible cause for cat bites. Check out the list and see which ones ring true for your cat.

    Some Bites are Little Love Bites

    One of the weirdest things cats do is when they bite you, but it doesn’t hurt. They might just gently nip at your skin, generally, not hard enough to draw blood. Your best clue that it’s just a little love bite is that your cat may run away or otherwise act like they want to play, but cats can also use love bites to try to communicate with you. The bites can be a sign that your cat is overstimulated or wants you to stop what you’re doing. Change how you’re interacting with the cat right away.

    Cats Can Bite Under Stress

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    Does it seem like your cat’s bites are more aggressive than friendly and playful? That’s an important cue that something is causing your cat to feel stressed. Maybe it’s another pet in the home, a young child that plays too roughly, or even something as simple as home construction projects. Try keeping a log of what was happening before your cat started aggressively biting so you can try to determine the cause.

    Cats can bite quite hard when they feel threatened or stressed. You’ll definitely want to clean the wound right after a cat bite because bacteria from the cat’s mouth can infect you when they break the skin. Wash thoroughly with soap and water and put antibacterial ointment and a bandage over it. If you develop symptoms like a fever or a rash, seek immediate medical attention. Some cat bites can transmit serious disease.

    Your Cat is Under-stimulated

    Sometimes the life of a cat looks pretty enviable, doesn’t it? You can decide to fall asleep whenever and wherever you feel like it. But believe it or not, cats can get bored just like humans can. Cats don’t have the luxury of turning on the TV or surfing the internet for entertainment. They may bite you to signal that they’re bored and under-stimulated.

    Fortunately, this is a problem that’s pretty easy to fix. Build in some scheduled playtime with your cat every day. Try activities like letting them chase the dot of a laser pointer, tease them with a feather on a string, or get a little motorized fake mouse. Once they’re getting opportunities to release that pent-up energy, you might notice that the biting becomes less frequent, too.

    When to See a Veterinarian about Cat Bites

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    Even though cat bites can be a harmless sign of anything from boredom to playfulness, this behavior can also indicate something more seriously wrong with your cat’s health. Some cats may begin biting more often if they’re ill, which is more likely to be the case if biting is out of character for your cat. PrettyLitter can help you detect pH changes in your cat’s urinary tract, which can be an additional tool to help your veterinarian know what’s wrong with your cat.

    If it turns out that your cat gets a clean bill of health, you can still try to modify your cat’s behavior. If the biting is becoming a nuisance, try redirecting them to healthier activities. Discourage the unwanted behavior by stopping them when they bite and directing them to something else. Positive reinforcement works even better, so give your cat lots of praise, cuddles, and little treats when they behave well.

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