What cats bring home

Look what the cat just dragged in. Cats bring home many undesirable things.

What do cats bring home?

Aside from prey, cats also bring non-living objects into the house. My Hazelnut, when she was a kitten, had brought home a pineapple magnet that I’d stuck to my refrigerator’s door, one pink slipper, a small fallen branch which I’d taken from her because I was afraid she’d cut her mouth on its thorns (and got bitten and scratched for taking her toy), and a man’s boxer’s covered in mud that must’ve been very old because it looked really stiff.

Still looking for hidden treasures; a broken child’s spoon, an abandoned shoelace.

Why do cats bring these things home?

They find them entertaining, and they want to bring their new toys home so they can play with them whenever they can.

Or maybe the cat likes the smell of the new thing she’s found, and she wants to keep it around so she can smell it again, like an eraser I had as a child that I used to hold up to my nose during class, enjoying the scent.

Or perhaps the cat brings these things to your house to show you their latest achievement. Look what I’ve found, human.

What cats are more likely to bring home trash?

Let’s draw a profile of a cat who brings trash to the house. A kitten is more likely to do that than a grown cat, because kittens are more energetic and sometimes hyper. They’re fascinated by things the way small children are impressed by trivial things.

An adventurous and curious cat is more likely to bring home trash than a sleepyhead whose goal in life is to nap on the sofa.

A feral cat is probably more likely to bring trash home than a house cat. My Hazelnut had spent the first five weeks of her life on the streets, one of many feral cats that roam the streets where I live. She must’ve looked for food in the trash more than once, she she knew there are treasure just waiting to be discovered in the garbage cans.

Where do cats find the things they bring home?

I’m pretty sure most of that stuff was found in the garbage, and some of it from the yard or other yards in the area. Except I wonder about the magnet and the slipper because they were in pretty good shape.

Cats sometimes get into first floor apartments. That’s how I got my other three cats, Amiga, Princessa, and Chocolate Paws. It’s usually hungry and desperate cats who do that, but I once had a female Persian cat who’d actually found her way into a building across the road and had scratched the door until the people their opened it. There was another Persian cat in that apartment, a male. Except my cat was fixed and unfriendly to other cats and terrified of humans, so I don’t know what on earth had possessed her to do such a thing.

And trash isn’t the only thing cats bring home, not by a long shot! Cats bring home prey, too. There’s a fascinating post on the 7 reasons why cats bring home prey.

What did your cat ever bring home? I’d love to hear.

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Why some people are afraid of cats

Cats phobia is also called ailurophobia and gatophobia.

Cats phobia is less common than dog phobia, perhaps because cats are often smaller than dogs, and more importantly, they don’t attack without provocation. Most dogs don’t attack humans, but some do. Around here, dogs with collars walk around freely, and every once in a while you run into an aggressive dog. I’ve been barked at and attacked.

Why are some people afraid of cats? There are several causes for cats phobia.

childhood trauma

A person who was scratched as a child may develop an irrational fear of cats. Small children like pulling tails, and cats don’t like being rough handled. Childhood trauma can go a long way, which is why some grown people are still afraid of cats.

Evolutionary fear

Fear of predators has kept the human species alive long enough to product offspring. Cats are miniature tigers and lions, with sharp teeth and nails as sharp as razor blades. Felines are natural hunters, and humans used to be prey to larger predators. Which is why some people are still afraid of cats even now, millions of generations later.

Fear of pain

Cats often paw humans playfully, which can inflict minor pain if they don’t fold their nails. Cats bite playfully. Cats knead, which can also hurt slightly. And some cats have bad lap manners, not folding their nails when sitting on a human’s lap. Ouch.

Kittens climb on humans, digging their nails into the clothes and underneath, into the skin. My Hazelnut did it to me all the time when she was a kitten.

Fearful cats may hiss

A cat who’s wary of strangers may hiss at a stranger who walks into the room, if the cat has nowhere to run.

Around here, it’s very common to see a cat leaping out of the garbage can when you throw your plastic bag in the can. One can had ran over my brother’s foot when he was a child, and he was wearing sandals, so he suffered a very minor scratch. This is why some people are afraid of cats when they throw the garbage, and those with cats gatophobia are afraid to walk near garbage cans, especially at night.

Glowing eyes

One of the reasons people might be afraid of cats, is because cats’ eyes glow in the dark, and some people find it spooky.

Cats like to hide

Some people might feel cats are ambushing them because they hide in the bushes and watch them, and some humans feel uneasy about been seen without being able to see.

Also, cats like strange hiding places. Once, I put my hand in the laundry basket, and a black paw appeared from under the clothes and scratched me with the speed of a bullet. It was my cat Angel.

Cats are unpredictable

A human can walk home at night, and suddenly a cat shoots from under the bush an inch away. It’s the sudden movement and the sound of snapping leaves that triggers fear.

Fear of disease

One of the reasons why some people are afraid of cats is because they think cats can carry disease. This fear has no base in reality. Cats almost never have rabies. And even if they do, it’s not airborne. They’d have to bite you first. There are other diseases you can catch from cats, but they’re not life threatening, and they’re not airborne. You won’t get sick from just walking by a feral cat.

Superstitious

Some people believe cats bring bad luck, especially the black ones. I have a black cat living in my house right now, and had a black cat before that. I don’t believe they’re bad luck, but some people do. Which is why some people are afraid of black cats in particular.

Irrational fear of felines can put a lot of strain on a person living in a place that has plenty of cats. There are many feral cats around here. If you fear cats, you better not leave your house. They’re all over the place.

Why some people are afraid of cats

People who are afraid of cats can make life difficult for cats’ owners. My neighbor in the other entrance of the building screams at me if she sees my cats peeking out through the bars. People harass cats’ feeders in parks.

How to overcome ailurophobia

Learning about cats’ body language can help. Once a person understands cats, he knows where he stands with the cat. Learning feline psychology is a good idea, because then a person suffering from gatophobia knows which situations to avoid and hot not to stress a cat.

There are steps to overcome an irrational fear of cats, like standing at a distance from a cat and then getting closer one step at a time.

And there’s hypnotherapy.

I always feel fear when I force a pill down one of my cats’ throat, or when putting them in the cage to take to the vet. They usually attack me when I do that. But this isn’t an irrational fear of cats. You can really expect to get hurt when you do that, and I had the scratches on my arms to prove it.

People who are allergic to cats can fear being near them, but that’s also understandable. You can see why people suffering from asthma are afraid of cats, if this is the trigger for an attack.

And then some people who weren’t afraid of cats were scared of my cat Angel. He was a huge black cat with slanted eyes, green tinted with yellow. He had a mean look in his eyes. When the pizza delivery guy had ended up at my apartment by mistake, he told me my cat looks at him like he wants to kill him.

Do you know someone who suffers from gatophobia?

And do you fear forcing a pill down your cat’s throat? Do you feel the fear and do it anyway, or do you ask for help? Or maybe you’re calm about it and don’t worry about a few scratches?

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Cats magnets, mugs, socks, lamp, and realistic toy

Shout out your love for cats to the whole world. Let visitors see the cute cats magnets on the refrigerator. Let anyone you pass by on the street see the cat’s picture on your shirt.

You can tell a lot about a person’s lifestyle and what they love and cherish by their houses, furniture, accessories, and clothes. An artist’s house will be full of pictures and statues, and a cats lover’s house should reflect the owner’s personality the same way.

And it lifts one’s mood when they see the things they love anywhere in their house. When you wake in the morning and walk to the refrigerator to get your orange juice, and the cute cats magnets greet you, the cat lamp in the corner lights up the living room at night. It’s comforting after a hard day at work.

Hey, Fluffy, where did we end up?

In a cats lover’s house, Silky. Look around you. We’re lucky kittens.

Here’s a list of cats magnets, cats socks, cats mugs, a cat lamp, and yes, even a cat doll. All on Amazon’s safe and secure site.

Cats magnets

These cute magnets are quick and strong, holding your reminders and pictures securely. Decorating your refrigerator’s door and screaming your love of cats to the world.

  • Each cat has two magnets that make it pivot and pounce
  • A satisfying snap
  • Contradicting colors of white, gray, and black that please the eyes
  • Cats look playful and ready to pounce

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Cats mugs

  • Hilarious
  • Beautiful mug with a beautiful picture of a cat
  • Calming light blue color
  • Cute paw prings
  • Microwave and dishwasher safe

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Cats socks

Keep your feet warm and let anyone on the street know this is a cats’ lover they’re looking at, and you’re proud of it. Enjoy the cat’s face whenever you fold socks or put them on.

  • Soft and comfortable
  • Cute cats’ faces
  • A variety of colors
  • Lovely pattern of paw prints
  • Funny

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Cat shaped lamp

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  • Cute
  • White proclaim
  • Soft light

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Realistic cat toy

This cat toy opens and closes its eyes, lifts its paws, and moves it head and body. responds to petting and purrs like a real cat! If you can’t have a real cat, get this one. If you know someone who can’t take care of a cat but would like to have one, this is the perfect gift. Good for elderly people who can’t care for a real cat.

  • Soft and brushable
  • Beautiful
  • Doesn’t require care of feeding like a real cat
  • Comforting companion to the elderly

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Why do cats always go to people who don’t like them

Yes, it’s true that cats often go to the one person in the room who hates cats or is scared of cats. There are reasons why cats like people who don’t like felines.

A cats’ lover makes eye contact

Cats are intimidated by eye contact, which is considered an attempt to dominate and control. That’s why cats like people who don’t like cats or are afraid of them. These people will either not bother to look at the cat because they don’t find cats particularly interesting, and those who are afraid of cat will avoid looking at the thing that scares them. It makes the cat feel safe.

Cats sense fear

Cats are pretty good at sensing feelings. When a person is afraid of them, the cat gains confidence. Someone who’s afraid of you is less likely to attack you. So the cat feels safe with a person who’s afraid of cats.

Look at it from the feline point of view. You walk in the jungle and see two bears. One of them shows no fear of humans, and the other looks scared of people. Which one would you prefer to be around?

We’re much bigger than cats, and cats are often frightened of humans. No wonder cats like people who don’t like cats. Look at this giant whale. It just loves people, and it’s heading toward you right now. How does that make you feel?

Cats don’t always want to be touched

Cats are sensitive and defensive. They don’t always like their belies rubbed, or their chins. And some cats don’t like to be touched anywhere by a stranger. Cats are intelligent animals, and they understand when a person shows interest in them and walks toward them, there’s a pretty good chance of his bald, huge human hands finding their way to their fur.

Cats lover: Oh, what a cutiepie. I wonder if it’s velvety or fluffy. Let’s find out.

Cat: Over my dead body, human.

Personal space

Cats don’t always like it when a stranger invades their personal space, which is exactly what a cats’ lover does when seeing a beautiful cat lounging on the sofa at a friend’s house. He walks closer to admire the cat, but the cat may not want to be admired from such a short distance. From a cats’ point of view, it’s like someone who gets in your face. Cats like a cats’ hater’s presence better because he keeps his distance.

Smell

Cats are sensitive to smells, and they may take their time getting used to a new smell. A cats’ lover rushes over, bringing his smell with him. Cats like it when people who don’t like cats keep their distance because that lets the cat get used to their smell on his own time and terms.

Being the boss

Cats like making the decisions. They want to be the ones who decide if and when the connection is made. The ability to decide it taken away by an over enthusiastic cats’ lover who makes the first move, instead of the boss, Mr. Cat, deciding on the time and spot where the meeting would take place.

Listen, hooman, this is how it works, OK? You don’t calls us. We calls you if we is interested. Hooman sits in da corner, and we watch and gets an impression of what kind of hooman you is, and if you is good enough, we gives you a call.

Noise

Cats are scared of noise, and cats’ lovers sometimes make noise. Their approaching footsteps, their high voices when they talk baby talk to the cat, and the way some people mew at cats. No wonder cats prefer people who don’t like cats. Cats haters would never make these annoying and scaring sounds.

How to approach a cat

Some cats actually like cats lovers. The friendly and trusting cats fall into this category. However, if the cat is shy of strangers, there are steps you can take to make the cat feel comfortable.

  • Give the cat time to get used to you
  • Call the cat over instead of walking toward the cat
  • Don’t rub the cat’s belly or chin
  • Speak in a hushed voice
  • Pet the cat very gently
  • Blink slowly and purr, then look away.

Personal experience

I know it’s true that cat like people who don’t like cats, because my cats always run out the door whenever a stranger is about to enter the house. But when a guy who suffers from asthma triggered by cats walked into the house, my cat leaped on top of the desk and looked right at him, and I had to shoo her out the house, into the yard.

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Do cats forgive you if you hurt them by accident?

So, the verdict is out. Do cats forgive if you hurt them accidentally, yes or no?

Cats can hold a grudge, but not forever

I had stepped on my cats more than once. In the dark, it’s very easy to step on a cat. They’re unexpected, one minute behind you and the next their paw is under your foot. I had felt horrible and kept petting them and talking to them. They forgave me right away.

If your cat loves and trusts you, then your cat will forgive you if you hurt it accidentally, because it understands it was an accident, that this human is a friend. The cats I had stepped on, Angel and Milky, trusted me and had let me pat them.

Do cats forgive if you hurt them accidentally?

However, a feline is more likely to hold a grudge under some circumstances.

Whether or not is was an accident

I had forced a pill down my cat’s throat, and the cat had hidden and waited for half an hour behind a corner until I walked by. Then he leapt on my foot, biting and scratching.

A cat knows stepping on his paw is an accident, but forcing a pill down his throat isn’t. Cats have common sense. They understand that you can’t make them swallow a pill by accident. In the cat’s mind, I hurt him deliberately. But he had forgiven me right after the attack. Just wanted to let me know I can’t get away with it.

The cat’s temper

I’d clipped my other cat’s nails because she had an allergy and was scratching like mad, and the vet had told me to do it. And then I clipped too close to the skin, and she mewed and gave me a scolding look. But the cat forgave me for hurting her accidentally right away. This was a mild-tempered cat, a Persian cat called Milky. The cat who attacked me was a hot-tempered and violent male cat called, ironically, Angel.

Hooman, you’re my broder, and I love you, but don’t ever go against da famlia again, or I’ll be forced to take actions. And I’d hate to do dat. We been doing business for a long time, and I know you since you was a hooman cub. You always was such a good hooman cub, giving respect to felines. I’d hate to have to have to hire a hitcat. But you’re forcing my paw.

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Whether or not the cat is trusting

My Princessa is a very anxious cat. After living in my house for years, she still won’t let me pet her on the head, only on the lower back. She attacks if I try petting her near the head.

After I brought her home from the vet, she’d run away and had stayed in the yard. Took her a week or two to come back. This isn’t so much about the cat forgiving you for hurting it accidentally or deliberately. This is about trust, about fear.

Up to this day, whenever I close the shutters through which my cats go in and out, Princessa panics and paws them obsessively, because I’d closed the shutters when she was taken to the vet, to prevent her from jumping out into the yard. That’s why I don’t shut these shutters anymore.

How long was the incidence

A cat is more likely to forgive you quickly for accidentally hurting it if it was a short incidence. Stepping on a cat’s paws only takes a second, and the pain as a result is very short-lived. But my Princessa was at the vet for days. I had told the vet I can’t force her to swallow a pill, so the poor cat had stayed in a cage all this time, and she’d had pilled shoved down her throat and even suffered an injection. No worry. She’s fine now, and all’s well.

How bad was the pain

Your cat is more likely to forgive someone for hurting it accidentally if the pain was mild, if it wasn’t too traumatic.

Do cats forgive if you hurt them accidentally

This must’ve been a traumatic experience for you, Mr. Tuna. We’ll discuss in our next session how it has affected you on a deeper level that was connected to your kittenhood memories, and the abandonment you’d felt when your mother left you, an experience all felines go through, I’m afraid. You may step off the couch now.

a cat is more likely to forgive a friend who hurt it accidentally than a stranger

A cat is less likely to hold a grudge against someone he knows and loves.

What angers a cat

Except for the obvious, like stepping on a their paws or taking them to the vet, there are ways you can anger your feline.

  • Touching their belly
  • Bringing a new pet into the household
  • Changing their routine
  • Trying giving them a bath
  • Making noise
  • Misplacing their food bowls
  • Not giving them enough attention and affection

Some cats allow you to rub their belly, and some won’t. A cat is angry when touched in a place he doesn’t want to be touched. My brother had moved his cat’s food bowl from one wall to another once, and the cat had gone into the place her food bowl used to be over and over again, to make sure he saw it. Cats are scared of noise. Noise is a common feline phobia. Cats get jealous of other pets you pay attention to. Cats hate water and will turn into wildcats if you attempt to bath them. They feel abandoned if not given enough quality time.

Eventually, your cat will forgive you if you hurt it accidentally. You can always pat your cat, talk to it in a soft voice, the way you talk to a baby, and offer it a treat. Find time to spend with your cat to let it know it’s loved and cherished.

Was your cat ever mad at you? Share your experience in the comments. I love to hear stories about cat, and other pets, too. Whether it’s a dog or a rabbit or a parrot, or your pet alligator…

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Do house cats kill insects and birds?

House cats kill insects, birds, small mammals like mice, and anything else they can get their paws on. Domesticated cats still have the natural killing instinct. Felines are hunters. So are humans. We’re meat-eaters. The difference is, most humans don’t kill the cows, chickens, lambs, or pigs they eat themselves.

How many birds do cats kill

According to USA today, both feral and domestic cats kill up to 3.7 billions birds a year. Cats kill more mice and insects than birds because killing birds is difficult. Birds can fly. Mice and insects can’t.

Where I live, I see a mouse or rat once in several years. Feral cats had killed most of the mice and rats. Stray and house cats alike kill insects, but cockroaches multiply so fast, the cats can’t bring their numbers down.

Besides, cats like killing mice and birds better than insects. The bigger the prey, the better. Which is why my house cats kill flies but not mosquitoes. Although of course every cat is different as an individual. Also, cats probably prefer killing small mammals than insects. Mammals have more meat on their bones. And although my spoiled house cats have plenty of food, they consider killing mammals more fun, an evolutionary trait that had kept the feline species alive by making cats seek the best meal.

Personal experience

When my rescue cat Hazelnut was a kitten, she had leapt in through the window with a live winged cockroach in her mouth, sending me screaming and running for my life. I’m scared to death of these horrible creatures. They’re all over around here during summer nights. You can see dozens of them running around, and they get into houses sometimes.

My fat house cats had killed a bird and had left it between the wooden shutters and the glass shutters of my living room. It’s difficult to see through the glass shutters, and my sense of smell is lousy. When I finally found the bird my house cats had killed, there were worms crawling all over it and dried blood.

My cat Hazelnut likes to put her toy mouse inside her food bowl and eat around it, and my Amiga loves to chase grains of dry cats food around the room, slapping at them and sending them sliding on the floor, and then pouncing.

And it’s not just feral cats who kill birds and insects. I had a Persian cat slightly mixed with angora, who had killed a bird or two.

House cats kill snakes, too

My sister’s cat had dragged a live snake into her house and left it there, and she hasn’t found it ever since. But usually feral and house cats kill snakes and scorpions. Both feral and house cats kill rabbits and chickens as well, but there are none around where I live. No wildlife in this completely urban landscape.

Cats are natural hunters

Cats are built to hunt. They have a superior sense of smell and hearing. They can see at night. They have padded paws that enable them to sneak closer to their prey without being heard. They have amazing speed and teeth and nails as sharp as razor blades, and they’re excellent climbers. They’re also flexible and able to leap up and forward.

House cats can kill small animals, and they start hunting as kittens. Cats have the natural instincts to hunt.

Cats have the psychological traits of a hunter

Cats have the patience to hide and wait quietly, staying very still. They don’t get bored. They enjoy the stalking, the hunt, the pouncing. And they have the intelligence required to hide, knowing the prey will run off if it sees them. Also, kittens are taught how to hunt by their mothers, so by the time they’re old enough to be independent, they’re already professionals.

Cats often bring their prey home, either because they want to leave it as a present for their beloved human, or because of an evolutionary trait that programs them to want to take their prey to a safe place where they won’t be bothered by other animals who’ll steal their meal.

Even house cats who aren’t allowed outside may kill mice that are unfortunate enough to get into the house, and house cats in fenced in yards can kill low-flying birds.

Cats aren’t mean creatures. It’s just in their genes to hunt. They need to satisfy their natural hunting instincts. I have cats toys all over the house.

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Why do cats hiss

When do cats hiss Cats his when they feel threatened, like when you’re taking them to the vet or trying to force your feline to swallow a pill. The reason cats hiss is because they don’t understand the motive behind your actions. As far as they’re concerned, a huge creature grabs them and shoves an unrecognized object into their mouth. This kind of instinct is an evolutionary trait. You don’t survive long in the wild if you’re trusting.

Why do cats hiss Cats hiss to scare off another creature they consider a threat. The hissing sound is scary because it sounds like a snake. When a cat is scared, its ears flattens, which further imitates a snake. The cat’s fur may stand on edge, and he might arch his back. This behavior is a scaring techniques that make the cat appear larger. It’s a warning to stay away.

When a cat hisses at another creatures, and the other creature backs off, the cat may not attack. However, a cat who’s backed in a corner may attack. Hissing is a warning not to be taken lightly. Cats are much more likely to attack in situation when they can’t run away, such as at the vet’s office, or if someone goes near their kittens. Mother cat knows she can’t snatch all her kittens and run because she can only carry one kitten in her mouth, and she won’t leave the others when there’s a predator nearby. Cats can be very dangerous in such situations.

When cats hiss, they pull their upper lip back and sometimes spit. The feline face wrinkles as it hisses. A very stressed cat may have saliva drooling down its mouth. Tigers and mountains lions can hiss, too.

What to do when a cat hisses The best thing to do is give her space. If a cat hisses at you, there’s a pretty good chance it’ll scratch you. Cats are quick as lightening, and their nails are sharp like razor blades. They can bite, too.

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Do cats watch TV?

What do images on the TV screen mean to cats? Do cats watch television?

My Amiga loves sitting on my lap while I watch TV, but that’s just because she likes being on my lap. Cats usually don’t pay attention to images on the screen. Evolution never required cats to notice odorless images without breadth and depth. There was no TV in the wild.

However, cats may pay attention to fast-moving small items on the screen, or they may react to the chirping of birds. That’s when your feline might start watching TV, when the TV speaks to the cat’s hunting instinct. Now that’s something the cat can understand. Of course, it also depends on the cat’s personality.

Cats don’t watch TV the way we do. Cats don’t keep up with the story unfolding on the screen. Cats also don’t see the same color on the TV that we humans see.

The thing is, you can’t catch anything on the flat screen. It doesn’t provide prey.

Do cats think the images on the screen are real? Not judging from my cats’ behavior. They always run for their lives and leap out the window whenever a stranger arrives at my door, but they never run from the screen full of unknown humans.

My cats hiss at any new feral cat entering their territory, and they’d often start a fight. But they never react to animals on the screen, whether cats or dogs. They don’t even react to mice displayed on the screen, although they love chasing their toy mice around the house.

Cats don’t stare at the TV screen with the same intent, endless look they reserve for prey, other cats, or suspicious movement in the grass. In fact, my Amiga doesn’t even look at the screen when she sits on my lap.

We interrupt this program for a special report. Our reporter have detected unusual motion in the grass, where a small creature of the rodent species was spotted by eyewitnesses. A clue to the life form can be seen in the way the grass blades bend and the tiny pawsteps.

Yes, this could be the answer to the question; are we alone in the yard, or are there other forms of life out there?

Of course, cats don’t understand how electricity works, and moving items on the screen can be frustrating for a cat who chases the movement on the screen and never catches it. Cats get satisfaction from chasing their prey and catching it. They can chase things on the screen, but they can’t catch them. It’s the equivalent of playing basketball with imaginary baskets, where the ball can never fit.

Cats like watching their own version of television; the window. That’s where the images are real, and wonderful action takes place. A grasshopper jumping in the grass is more interesting to a feline than the police chase and the chain accident on the screen. Who cares about the stupid TV when you can catch an insect? It provides better entertainment for a cat than the television screen, not to mention a sense of pride and accomplishment.

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Can cats read minds?

Cats behavior can indicate an ability to read people’s minds. I had a cat who always seemed to know when I wanted to take him to the vet or force a pill down his throat. He’d get this suspicious and alert look in his eyes, and his body would stiffen. And the endless questions is: all right, can cats read minds, yes or no?

Cats are much more sensitive to our feelings than we give them credit for. Cats study us closely. You can see it in their direct stare, the way they survey their humans. They don’t need human language to know what we’re planning to do. Their ability to understand and put things together is better than any language, because words can lie, but the feline instincts can’t.

So, how does your feline know you’re going to force a pill down its throat, or put it in the cage to take to the vet? Here’s where the cat’s evolutionary traits come into action. This is how you unknowingly give your cat clues about your intention.

Human behavior pattern changes

When you plan to take your cat to the vet, you take the cage and open it. That raises a red flag right there and then. You look in the cat’s direction. You may may be in a hurry and skip the play and cuddle time. Being in a hurry to get this over with, you might move in a hurry. Your feline is aware of all this. Don’t think they don’t notice just because they don’t let on they notice.

An excellent sense of hearing

Your cat may not understand the words you say. They may not be aware of what you say to the vet over the phone, or you telling your spouse that it’s time to take Fluffy to the vet. But there’s a whole different language both alley cats and house cats know about. The sounds language.

When you walk toward your cat in order to take them to the vet or force a pill down your feline’s throat, your footsteps change in their volume and frequency. Your voice does the same, whether it’s your cat you’re talking to, the vet, or your family. And your breathing may change. Cats are very sensitive to changes in sounds.

Body language

Does your body stiffen when you plan to take your mind reading feline to the vet? Do your hands shake? It’s no shame to admit it. The vet’s hands shook too when he had to take care of my crazy cat, now long gone. You know you’ll have a struggle on your hands, and you might get scratched.

Do you wipe your hands on your jeans? Wear gloves? Close the doors and windows so your feline doesn’t escape? Tell the kids to get out of the room? All this planning can just be your pitfalls.

Facial expression

You may be afraid or in a hurry, and it can show in your eyes, your face. Do you blink? Does your mouth set in a thin line in determination?

An excellent sense of smell

Your so-called mind reading cat smells the pill, the cage, the sweat on your upper lip as a result of tension.

Can you cat read your mind?

So, how can you take your mind-reading cat to the vet?

I’ve learned to force the thoughts and plans out of my head when dealing with my mind reading cat, who was also huge and so mean-tempered, he was more tiger than cat. I’d picture myself petting him or walking by toward the sofa, concentrating on the sofa. You can teach yourself to do that, but it’s hard.

Just make sure your thoughts fly low so the feline radar can’t pick on it.

None of this explains why my cat had leapt out the window when I was going to give him a pill and didn’t come back until I put the pill back in the drawer. Some things can be explain by logic, and some can’t. Maybe there’s more to your cat than meets the eyes. Who knows.

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How to help feral cats

There are many ways to help feral cats. Where I live, there are about a million of free roaming stray cats, colonies and colonies of them, most are not spayed, and shelters are full. Trapping them is difficult, and there are just too many of them. However, these cats survive in the warm winters. Here’s what you can do to help. There are many stray free roaming cats in Israel.

Take sick and wounded cats to the vet I’ve done that. Here, you have to pay half the price for a feral cat. If you plan on trapping a feral cat, do it carefully. Sometimes you can put food in a cage and then close it. I had simply grabbed a few cats by the back of the neck and hauled them into the cage, but you can get scratched this way. From experience.

Adopt a feral cat I’ve adopted four stray cats, and feral cats can be domesticated, and they can be good pets. They can be affectionate. My Amiga won’t get off my lap, although she’d lived on the streets for years before I got her. And she was born on the street. I urge everyone to adopt a feral cat.

Neutering If you don’t want to adopt, or can’t, you can take healthy stray cats to the vet to be spayed. When I took sick and wounded cats to the vet, they spayed them without extra charge. Although I don’t know what’s going on in other places. That’s what they do around here.

If feral cats continue to have kittens, there will be more mouths to feed, and more cats living on the streets without vet treatments when needed. They may be hungry all their lives, or they may suffer horribly from disease and die.

Leave a pillow or blanket outside There’s a feral cat living in the yard surrounding my building who sleeps on blankets someone left for him. It helps, especially in the winter. Or you can leave a cardboard box outside. Cats love sleeping in cardboard boxes.

Become a cats feeder There are several people I know around here who feed stray cats in their yards, or in the parks. They leave them dry cats food and water.

Unfortunately, people often give cats feeders a hard time. Many people object to feeding feral cats.

I’ve taken four motherless kittens to the vet, but they didn’t survive. There was another stray kitten bitten by fleas so badly, she’d developed anemia. The vet kept her for the night, but she died before morning. And there was another kitten with an infection who also didn’t survive. A cat with FIV and pneumonia who died although I gave him antibiotics.

And there were success stories! A three colored cat with a bleeding eye that the vet had managed to save her eye! At first he’d said chances are slim, but it worked. I had put her back in the alley near the pets store, where they leave her food and water, and her eye looked perfectly normal.

And there was this kitten who was slightly dehydrated and had a cold. I kept her in my house and nursed her to health, but I had to put her back on the streets, sadly. I didn’t have enough money to care for her back then. I was struggling. And there are just too many feral cats, and you can’t take them all.

Are there feral cats in your neighborhood? Or other feral animals? What kind of stray animals live where you are? And where is it? And what’s been done about it? Please tell your story in the comments. Did you ever take a feral cat or another animal to your house, or to the vet? Do you feed feral animals? I know a woman who feeds both cats and hedgehogs, although there are hardly any hedgehogs around here.

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