Feral cats are everywhere

Wherever I go, I find these cute creatures. Here’s a colony.

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Do cats get jealous?

Do cats get jealous of other cats, babies, kittens, other humans? Sure they can. Cats can be jealous under many circumstances.

Do cats get jealous of each other?

Cats can get jealous of new cats or kittens, especially if you introduce the new cat after the first cat is used to being the only one in the house, and the owner of her human’s heart for a long time. However, if you get a new cat shortly after you get the first one, before the first cat get used to being the only one, then she’s less likely to be jealous.

Also, if the first cat and the new cat get along well and like each other, the first cat may be able to deal with jealousy much better.

Do cats get jealous of kittens?

If the new feline is a kitten, especially if she’s very young, a baby, then your first cat is less likely to be jealous, because she’s more likely to be protective and paternal toward the new arrival.

Do cats get jealous of new babies?

Sure they can! I worked as a live-out nanny in a house for a few months, and there were two cats in the house. One of them had started tearing out its fur and eating it, and her humans took her to the vet, who’d said she’s doing it out of jealousy and insecurity.

Do cats get jealous of other humans?

Cats can get jealous of other humans if their beloved human suddenly shows a whole lot of attention to a new arrival of human origin, especially if the new comer is a stranger to the cat. But cats are more likely to get jealous of other cats than humans. And of course, cats can get jealous of other pets such as dogs, for instance.

Cats many not get so jealous if the human, other cat, or baby has been in the house when they arrive, or if the cat has been in the house, bought in the store or taken in from the street, a short time before the other cat, baby, or grown human shows up. The problem is when a cat has been in the house for a long time, and is used to being the one and only pet, when a new cat, dog, baby, or adult human arrive on the scene and gets plenty of attention from the cat’s beloved human.

How can you tell if your cat is jealous?

There are signs that your cat is jealous, such as acting aggressively toward the new cat, hissing and growling, and sometimes pawing with drawn nails.

Depression, lack of interest in activity, play, or food.

Trying to drive the object of jealousy away whenever you pay attention to it, like shoving the other cat away whenever it’s on your lap.

Being clingy, not leaving your side, following you everywhere.

Being aggressive to you. My sister in law’s cat had scratched her when she petted him, after she bought another cat.

Trying to keep the new pet from entering the house by blocking their way when they try going inside. My cat do that to each other on occasions.

How to keep a cat from being jealous

Pay more attention to your cat

When petting another pet or showing affection to another person, give your cat a treat and a cuddle, so she’ll associate the source of jealousy with something positive instead of a threat.

Separate the new pet from the senior pet and let them get to know each other slowly.

Let them eat from separate bowls so the cat won’t have to share her food and feel the new pet is taking away her food, too.

If you only have one pet bed, get another so the new pet won’t take away something that belongs to the senior cat.

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Can cats tell human babies from grownups

Yes! Cats can tell the difference between human babies and adults. How can you tell?

Cats are scared of babies

I used to work in a household with a cat who didn’t make too much of a fuss whenever a stranger showed up on the doorstep, but once a woman had brought her toddler, and the cat had leapt on the dresser and stared at the toddler with huge, scared eyes. Cats realize babies are likely to play rough or pull their tails. They must realize toddlers and babies don’t have the common sense adults do.

Cats know what kittens are

Since cats can tell the difference between kittens and grown cats, cats should be able to tell the difference between human babies and adults. And cats are much more tolerant toward kittens than they are toward grown cats. You see grown feral cats fighting all the time, but I haven’t seen an adult cat attacking a very young kitten. And cats adopt orphaned kittens and other orphaned cubs, so they must know they’re helpless and they’re babies. They don’t adopt grown cats.

Can cats tell the difference between human adults and babies

Similarity between cubs of all species

Pups and kittens and human babies are all small, playful, a bit hyper, easily excited, and have a tiny voice. Watch the way human babies sway when they first learn to walk. This is the way young kittens who’d just learned to walk stumble. Pups tend to bite playfully, kittens scratch, and human babies pull hair and cats’ tails. I’ve once seen a kitten leap on two and clap his paws on both sides of his mother’s face. Cats can tell the difference between adult humans and babies humans because toddlers act in the same curious, playful way kittens do.

Also, human babies sound like kitten when the cry, and I’m sure it’s not lost on the cat. They’re much smarter than we give them credit for.

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Why do cats have whiskers?

Ever asked yourself these questions? Why do cats have whiskers? Why are cats whiskers so long? Why do cats have whiskers above their eyes? Cats are amazing and mysterious creatures. Let’s unfold the whiskers mystery.

Where do cats have whiskers?

Cats have whiskers above the mouth and eyes, back legs and near the ears.

Why do cats have whiskers?

Cats’ whiskers serve several purposes. The face whiskers let a cat know if the space she tries to squeeze through is too small, so she won’t get stuck. This is why cats’ whiskers are so long on the face.

Feline whiskers are very sensitive, and they let a cat know when there’s a subtle change in the air, that slightest breeze when a prey takes off. You know how you walk fast near a plastic bag, and it rustle or rise above the ground? Everything that moves causes a breeze, and the creatures feline hunt are very small, usually birds, rats, mice, and an occasional rabbit. The breeze they cause is too mild to be noticed. This is where the cat’s whiskers act as sensory devices, like tiny antennas. This is why cats have whiskers on their legs. They’re called carpal whiskers.

Also, cats are near-sighted, and the whiskers help them learn about the food they want to eat, its texture.

Although cats see better than humans in the dark, they still don’t see as during night hunting as well as during the day, and their whiskers help them if they feel like a mice midnight snack.

Why do cats have whiskers above their eyes?

The whiskers above the cat’s eyes help her sense dust so she can close her eyes to protect them.

Facts about cats’ whiskers

Your cat’s whiskers are long and thicker than their hair.

Cat’s whiskers are very important, and they should never be trimmed or cut off. They decorate the feline face and just look lovely on your kitty. Cats wear their whiskers proudly.

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What do cats like the most?

What do cats like, and what do cats like to eat? That’s what cats lovers want to know in order to make their cats happier. What do cats like to do for fun?

What do cats like to eat?

Cats are meat-eater animals. They like fish and meat. Sardines, salmon, tuna, and chicken. High-quality cats food are made for the feline taste.

Affection

What do cats like the most? I think most of all, cats like to be loved. Being near their favorite human or other creatures they like, other cats of dogs. Sitting on their human’s lap, and being petted and having their ears scratched.

What do cats like to do for fun?

Cats love playing, chasing running little creatures or moving toys. Cats have an inner hunter that they like to bring out. They love chasing shoestrings and crumbling pieces of papers.

What more do cats like?

Cats like sitting inside cardboard boxes and sleeping in them.

Crumpled pieces of paper to swat and chase around the house.

Dragging toilet paper all over your house.

Something to scratch, like a scratch post.

A hiding place. Cats like to hide.

Climbing, whether a real tree or a cats tree.

Sitting on the windowsill and watching birds flying and insects jumping in the grass outside.

Drinking running fresh water instead of standing water.

Some cats like to be groomed. Mine would murder me if I try.

Some cats like having their belly rubbed. I had a cat who’d roll on her back and expose her belly. When I rubbed her stomach, she’d purr and knead endlessly. But the cats I have now scratch and bite when I try touching their belly. Every cat is a bit different as an individual.

And what does your cat like? Write in the comments section. Purr your heart out.

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What do cats hate the most?

What scents and plants do cats hate the most? What do cats hate that people do?

What scents do cats hate the most?

Menthol, mint, and citrus are too strong for sensitive feline nostrils. Lemons and oranges are scents that many humans love, but your cat finds them repellent.

Dirty, smelly litter boxes annoy cats as much as they annoy humans. Your cat wants a clean litter box. Some cats may be repelled by scanted litter, used to mask the litter box’s smell. If you cat doesn’t use the litter box, cleaning it or replacing it with odorless litter might help.

Spicy peppers smell is overwhelming to a cat. So are unions.

Spoiled meat or fish repels cats. This is an evolutionary trait that has kept the feline species alive in the wild. This stench of both irritating to humans and cats alike.

Cats hate the lovely smell of lavender, which they don’t find lovely at all. Too strong.

Strong perfume can be annoying to a cat, and what’s not too strong for us may be too strong for them.

Some cleaning material can annoy a cat’s sensitive nostrils as well. Seems like having a strong sense of smell is a mixed blessing.

What do cats hate that humans do?

Cats hate water, and they hate when their human tries giving them a bath.

Cats hate being taken to the vet. Many cats are claustrophobic, and being in a cage on the way to the vets terrifies them. Also, being touched by a stranger, and held so they can’t run, can be a traumatic experience for a cat. But they’re like small children who hate going to the doctor or the dentist, and we, as parents, must fulfill our duty and take them to the clinic anyway.

Cats hate when humans force a pill down their throat.

Cats hate when humans make noise. The sound of the vacuum cleaner, the radio that sings too loud, the squeak of heavy furniture being moved.

Cats hate when a human runs toward them, or too close to them. They hate sudden sharp movement close to them.

Cats hate being moved to a new apartment/house. They hate having their territory changed.

Other things that cats hate

What other things do cats hate? Let’s see.

A new cat on their territory, or any other animal, like a dog.

Severe thunderstorms, because of the noise.

A stranger in the house. My cats run out the door whenever someone enters the house, and they don’t come back until the stranger’s gone.

Things some cats hate and some don’t

Although some cats are OK with stomach rubbing, and some may enjoy it, some cats will bite and scratch if you attempt to touch their vulnerable belly.

Some cats like brushing, and some cats hate it.

Every cat is different as an individual, and each one has its own preferences.

What does your cat hate that you do? What scents and plants do your cat hate?

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Why are cats scared of cucumbers?

Why are cats scared of cucumbers?

Cucumbers look like snakes

The reason why cats are scared of cucumbers is because they remind them of snakes. This is an evolutionary fear that has kept the feline species alive in the wild. Cats are creatures of hot climates by origin, and snaked are plentiful in hot climates.

In the wild, there are no vets and anti-venom shots, and cats don’t posses even the basic knowledge of how to deal with snake bites. They also don’t have fingers or thumbs, so they can’t bandage the area to stop the spread of venom to the heart.

The only way cats know how to deal with wounds is to lick them, which can only make things worse if they’ve been bitten by a poisonous snake. This is why cats are scared of cucumbers and anything that resembles a snake.

The feline nature

Cats get scared easily in general. They’re known for their skittishness.

Cats don’t like the cucumbers to be behind them, for obvious reasons. A cucumber behind them reminds them of a snake behind them.

Inability to reason

Cats can’t reason like humans. If it looks like a snake, it will be treated like one. Cats feel instinctive fear, and they can’t try to understand why they’re afraid and analyze the situation like we can. They simply have an association to danger, and they act accordingly.

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How to get a cat to like you

How to get a cat to like you? How to get a stray cat to like and trust you? How to get a cat to come to you?

I’m going to answer these questions in this post, from experience of feeding feral cats for many years and having four feral cats living in my house.

How to get a feral cat to come to you

Put cats food in a a bowl and walk away. Do this for a while until the cat seems more at ease with you. Stand a bit closer to it every day, but not if it seems nervous.

It may take a long time for the feral cat to trust you, and it depends on the cat’s personality. It’ll take longer with a very frightened cat.

Sit down so the cat won’t be intimidated, and stay at a distance for long periods of time. This takes time and patience. You can read a book or play with a tablet. Avoid looking at the cat too much. Cats know when someone watches them, and it makes a cat who doesn’t know you nervous.

After a while, when the cat gets used to you, you can start taking to it. Place cats treats at a distance, and when the cat seems comfortable and not so afraid, put the treats closer and closer to you.

Choose the right cat

I have four feral cats living in my house, three of which have been adopted as adult cats. My Amiga won’t get off my lap. She loves being petted but won’t let me rub her stomach. Princessa rubs against me but won’t let me pet her. Hazelnut lets me pet her but almost never sits on my lap, and she’s been with me since age five weeks. Chocolate Paws won’t let me go near him, but he only shows up for mealtimes, and not every day.

Each cat has a different personality. Choose a cat that’s not too skittish. Some feral cats are actually friendly to strangers, although this is rare. I’ve had a feral cat jump on my lap while waiting for the bus, and he let me pet him.

Even if a cat is scared of strangers, she can still be a lap cat. My Amiga is scared of strangers. But a cat who’s very anxious, like my Princessa, may not allow petting. Princessa only allows me to pet her when she rubs against me, and only from the middle back and down, and she hisses sometimes when I do that. She’d claw me to death if I as much as try to touch her head or ears.

How to get a feral cat to trust you

You don’t want to scare the cat away with loud noise or too much moving. Be as quiet and still as possible.

Let the cat come to you. Wait until she seems comfortable with your presence and with being close to you, and then call her over and tap you hip gently. It’s an invitation for the cat to sit on your lap.

Don’t make too much eye contact. It scares cats.

Blink at the cat slowly. It soothes them.

When the cat seems comfortable with you being near, hold your finger to her nose and let her sniff you.

You can get a feral cat to love you. Feral cat can be loving if you take the right steps. Mine are crazy about me, so I know it can be done. Good luck.

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How do cats show love

How do you know if your cat loves you? There are many ways cats show love to their humans, and then there are ways cats show love to other cats. After all, the cats’ ability to give unconditional love is one of the reasons why we love cats so much. Here are 12 ways cats show they love you.

Following you around

How do cats show they love you? By following you anywhere, by choosing the spot next to you on the sofa to nap, but scratching the door and mewing if you go to another room and close the door.

The can cry when you go to work, and chase you out the door, calling you to come back. I had a cat who did this. Chasing me down the street and crying.

Staring

This is how cats show they love you, by staring at you, focusing, with a loving look in their eyes, as if you’re the most interesting creature in the world.

Licking

Cats lick humans and other cats to show love and affection. This kind of behavior is a leftover trait from kittenhood, when their mother used to licked them clean.

Sitting on your lap

Your cat may sit on your lap because it’s warm, but that’s not the only reason. My Amiga sits on my lap even in summertime, and it’s California-like climate here, which means the heat is unbearable. Yet she still sits on my lap. So it’s not just seeking warmth. It’s how cats show their love for their humans.

Purring

Closing their eyes when being petted, purring, blinking slowly. This is how cats show their love to humans. Just letting you pet them is a way of showing love. Many cats won’t let just anyone pet them. It has to be someone special.

Shoving their nose

My Amiga shoves her nose into mine often. She jumps on the dresser, and if I get close, she’ll bump her nose into mine. And I used to have a cat who’d shove his nose in my ribs repeatedly.

Tail up

Your cat’s tail rises when she sees you, because she’s happy whenever you’re near.

Kneading

You cat knead when you pet her to show her love for you. It’s a sign of content, and content is born out of trust and love for you, her favorite human.

Trying to open a closed door to get to you

At night, I close the bedroom door and leave my cats behind. Amiga, who’s my most affectionate cat, often throws herself against the door and mews. I’ve had cats scratching the bathroom door when I took a shower, or just waiting outside until I got out.

Bringing presents

How do cats show their love to their humans? What better way than putting dead rodents in your bed? This is your cat’s way of helping out, making sure you have enough food. The feline way of fixing you breakfast.

Or bringing you a headless bird, putting it on your shoe or right next to you.

Putting their head on your chest

I had a cat named Angel who used to sit on my lap with his head in the cook of my elbow or on my chest. He’d look me right in the eye and gurgle like a human baby.

Running toward you

When you come home from work, your cat runs toward you. Mine do that. My Angel used to bolt toward me with the speed of lightening. They can’t wait to be near you after not seeing you all day.

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Why do cats smell everything?

Why do cats smell everything? Why is my cats sniffing me? Why do cats sniff each other’s bottoms? Yuck. Why do cats smell feet, your face, and your breath?

Yeah, cats act in a way that can seem strange to humans, but they have their reasons. Here they are.

Why do cats smell everything?

Cats don’t see far. When an object is very close to their face, they can’t see it clearly. Besides, Cats can’t see the color of an object, so the only way to get enough information about it is to sniff it.

Cats are curious by nature, and they want to know everything about the object at paw. Is it poisonous or rotten? Is it food? How old is it? What other animals have touched it? They’re like detective searching for clues, for the story an object can tell.

The feline sense of smell is very strong. There are many scents they can pick up on that we can’t, and they learn about the world and their surroundings by sniffing. They can find their way back home or to a favorite place by familiar scents, and they can sniff out dangers. The smell of fire, larger predators like dogs, snakes, etc.

Why does my cat smell my mouth?

Why does your cat smell your breath? They want to find out what you’ve eaten recently. They just love when you have tuna or sardines for dinner, or chicken.

Also, your loving cat is your personal doctor. They want to make sure their human is healthy. Sometimes, cats can sniff out medical condition from your breath. They’re looking out for you, their favorite human.

Why does my cat sniff me?

You cat wants to know where you’ve been where you’ve been, and what other kind of animals have rubbed against you. My cats can smell the dogs and feral cats that I’ve petted while being away, and if other cats had rubbed against me to leave their scents, marking me as their own.

So, why do cats sniff each other butts?

OK…

I know it sounds and looks disgusting, but felines get their information about the other cat’s nutrition and whether or not they’re in a romantic mood, which means ripe for mating, and whether or not they’re spayed.

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