Why dogs and cats don’t get along

Why don’t cats and dogs like each other? Why don’t cats and dogs get along? Here are some answers to these questions.

Dogs come off as aggressive

Dogs come right up to a new creature and sniff them. Cats find this unnerving. Dogs make eye contact with the new creature, something felines find threatening. A cat may hiss at the dog and therefore traumatize him, causing the dog to act aggressive the next time he sees a cat. This is why cats and dogs often won’t get along.

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Dogs seem scary to cats because they’re larger predators, and dogs like to chase cats because they’re smaller and quick to run.

Very different species

Dogs and cats have been raised differently and share different evolutionary traits. Dogs are pack animals, and cats are loners. Dogs want to be together all the time and do things together, and cats need alone time. That’s one of the reasons why dogs and cats don’t get along.

Some dogs like to dominate. It’s part of dogs social codes. When one dog is dominate, the other dog is expected to show submission to prevent a fight. Cats don’t have submission in their nature. Not pack animals by nature, they never had to submit to anyone, and they’re not going to start now.

Evolutionary war

Both meat eaters, wildcats and wolves have been fighting each other for food and maybe territory way before they were domesticated.

My cat and dog don’t get along. What should I do?

Owners of cats and dogs often face this problem. But there’s a solution. Cats can’t be trained, but dogs can. Train you dog to lie still and be quiet so the cat won’t freak out. If the cat can spend time with the dog in the same room, without the dog running and barking, the feline may get used to the dog.

Let your dog and cat watch each other through a closed glass door. This way, the cat feels safer.

Switch their blankets, so the dog will sleep on the blanket with the cat’s smell, and the cat will get used to the dog’s smell.

Feed them in different bowls, with a distance in between, to prevent fights over the food.

Let them meet each other during treat-handing time. Your dog’s and cat’s favorite treats given at times when they meet each other, so they associate each other’s presence as a positive event.

Place your dog on your right and your cat on your left, and pet them for a long time. Again, this can make them associate each other’s presence with love and affection.

When buying a new pet, make sure to give plenty of attention, affection, and playtime to the old pet to prevent jealousy.

Dogs and cat can get along

If raised together since kittenhood and pupyhood, dogs and cats usually get along great. Or if the cat raises a tiny pup who doesn’t look too threatening. Or the dog can feel parental and protective toward a tiny kitten, and the kitten is too young to fear dogs. By the time the kitten grows up, he’s used to the dog and sees him as a parental figure.

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Cats unusual hiding spots

Cats like to hide in unusual hiding spots. Years ago, my Amiga was hit by a car outside. She went back inside and hid in a neon lamp box, very long and barely wider than a broomstick. I looked for her everywhere, and then she suddenly slid out of the box. I couldn’t believe she managed to get inside, fat as she is. I took her to the vet, and she’d made full recovery.

Where do cats hide?

Why do cats hide?

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Sick cats find hiding places because in the wild, a sick or wounded animals were easy prey because of their limited ability to run or fight. If your cat hides for a long time, it can indicate a health problem.

A new cat seek hiding spots because she’s scared of the new house and doesn’t trust the new owner yet. When I brought Hazelnut home, when she was a feral motherless kitten, she hid under the sofa for a day and a half. A new cat is more likely to find hiding places if there are other pets in the house.

Many years ago, I bought a new cat into a household already occupied by a huge, tough cat. The new cat, Milky, hid under the bed while Angel made a variety of sounds. Come out and play with me. She’d ran and hid in the small space between the laundry machine and the wall, and had stayed there for three days!

Cats like to hide. This is what they do in the wild, find a hiding spot and wait for prey. A cat can hide just for fun.

Or the cat wants to play, and she finds a hiding place where she can wait for the human or other animals in the household to arrive, and then leap on them. Playfully. Unless it’s an ambush. Revenge.

My Amiga does it sometimes, hiding in corner with her tail slapping sideways playfully. Then she leaps on Princessa or Hazelnut. Once Hazelnut had jumped on two and did a backward somersault.

Angel, now long dead, may his soul rest in feline heaven, had hid behind a corner half an hour after I forced a pill down his throat. And then he leapt at my foot as I walked by and bit and scratched for revenge. He was more tiger than cat.

Cats can stay in dark hiding spot for long periods of time because cats have night vision.

Sometimes cats just want privacy, being rather isolated animals by nature. They love their humans, but they need alone time.

Feral mother cats often hide their kittens under bushes, so cat learn to associate hiding with safety from a very young age.

It’s difficult to find a hiding cat

Cat hide well, and you may not always be able to find them, especially outside. They can crawl into bushes too small for a human, and they have the patience to wait you out.

One lady told me her kitten hid in the house, and she’d looked for him all day, but she couldn’t find him until he decided to come out and demand his dinner. He was pretty angry that dinner was late and had considered it lousy service.

I can never find my cats when they’re in the yard, unless they come to me, or I hear the bush’s leaves rustling.

How to get a cat out of a hiding place?

canned cats food has a strong aroma that cats find irresistible. Some cans have sharp edges, and cats can hurt themselves if they eat straight from the can. Place the food in a bowl and position it close to the hiding spot where your cat is hiding. You can add treats.

And there’s always catnip.

Should you lure a cat out of a hiding spot?

Usually, the best thing to do is just let the cat stay where she feels safe. She’ll come out eventually. The length of time a cat will stay in a hiding place depends on how stressing the situation is and the cat’s personality. Some cats are more anxious than others, just like some humans suffer from anxiety.

However, if you want to make your cat swallow a pill or take it to the vet, you might wait a long time. Your cat may read the signs and know what you’re planning to do, and this can be the reason why it’s hiding.

In such a case, catnip and treats won’t do the trick. You may have to resort to the water bottle, or drag a chair on the floor. The noise will bother the cat, and she might go out of hiding.

Always be careful not to drag the furniture on the cat’s paws or tail when dragging it on the floor.

Getting a cat out of hiding cat be tricky and dangerous

If the cat is hiding because she doesn’t want to go to the vet or swallow a pill, stretching your arm and attempting to drag it by the back of the neck can turn into a very painful experience for you. The cat under the bed or sofa is in a pretty strategic position, where she finds it easier to claw, like a soldier placing his head behind a rock and shooting. Except the cat uses her claws instead of a gun. The cat finds it easier to resist being held by the back of the neck and dragged when in a good hiding spot.

This might be a good time to call in a professional cats’ trapper.

Of course, that depends on the cat’s personality. Gentler cats may not scratch when being dragged out of hiding, or they won’t scratch too hard. You know your cat, and you know what to expect, more or less, because cats are rather unpredictable. Just keep in mind a hiding cat is more likely to strike and more difficult to catch and drag.

What are the strangest places your cat turned into hiding places? Did you ever find your cat in a bizarre hiding spot?

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How to build a cat-friendly garden

Building a cat-friendly garden is very important to felines. Cats don’t go to work, or even for a walk around the block. The only outdoor place they know is the yard and the backyard surrounding the house. This is their world. Here are a few ideas on how to build a cat-friendly garden.

How to build a cat friendly garden

Safety

A cats-proof fence will keep your cat from running away, and is a must in a cat-friendly garden.

Make sure there are no pesticide or broken glass in the yard.

Cats love to climb and jump. It’s safer if they don’t land on hard concrete. Sand is safer for a lighter landing.

Avoid plants that are toxic to cats. You can find the list of dangerous plants on petmd article here.

hiding places

Cats love to hide. It makes them feel safe. Plants, bushes, and tall grass are heaven for cats.

Climbing opportunities

Cats love climbing. It gives them a good vintage point and makes them feel safe. Plant a tree or get a cat tree in your yard. You cat will thank you. Some cats cats can sit for hours, just watching the fascinating adventures taking place on the ground, like a turtle or a hedgehog walking by. Such colorful, unique characters! such exciting encounters!

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Catnip

How can you create a more cat friendly garden without the feline favorite plant?

Sunshine

Plants are nice, but in order to create a cat-friendly garden, don’t plant so many bushes and trees to block the sun completely. Cats love basking in the sunshine. Take this into consideration when creating the cat-friendly garden. Leave them spots where they can doze in patches of warm, golden sunlight. Preferably elevated. Or should I say prrreferably.

Toys

Leave your cats toys to play with in the yard. Cats are natural hunters, and they love the chase. A small ball or mouse-shaped toy will do.

Beds

Give your cats places to snooze. Cats love to doze off on occasions. A cats bed, or a cardboard box with blankets at the bottom.

Water source

A fountain or bowl of water will add to a cat-friendly yard. Cats usually prefer fresh water and will like the fountain better.

Treats

The best way to creature a cats-friendly garden is by hiding cats treats everywhere, letting the cats search for them. It’ll make them associate the yard with a positive and enjoyable experience, and it’ll give them a chance to get to know the hiding spots and walk around every inch of the yard.

protection from the elements

A place to hide from the rain. Cats hate water. A cats house will be great. That or a makeup tent or shade stuck in the sand.

Sprinkles will keep your yard cool in the summer, plus patio misters. Plenty of shaded areas to protect against the hot sun.

Blankets and rugs on the ground for protection against the cold.

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Why do cats change sleeping spots?

Why do cats change their sleeping spots? Do you find your feline sleeping on the sofa one day, the bed the next day, and the sink the third day? Here are reasons why cats keep changing their sleeping spots.

Protection against predators

In the wild, cats had to change the places they slept in so larger predators couldn’t smell their scent and know where they sleep. Then they could attack them when they’re sleeping and are the most vulnerable. This kind of behavior is instinct-born and evolutionary.

A variety

Sleeping in different places in the house is more interesting than sleeping in the same old spot, over and over again. Like tourists who go to a different country every year.

Weather

Cats change their sleeping spots according to the weather, too. What’s better than to snuggle in the human’s bed, where the warmth of his body lingers, and under the thick blanket on a cold winter night?

But then, nothing can beat snoozing in the sink or the bathtub in the hot summers.

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Sick feral kitten taken off the streets

Let me tell you the rescue story of a stray kitten, my Hazelnut. The story took place over five years ago.

I was walking down the street for no reason, just because I like to walk and watch trees and bushes, and suddenly I saw a man whose little dog I liked to pet. He told me there’s a sick kitten without a mother in front of the bank, hiding in the bushes and screaming.

So I went there. By the time I got there, the kitten was quiet. I looked for her in the bushes and couldn’t find her, and then suddenly she started mewing.

I went to grab the back of her neck, and she attacked my hand. I pretended to grab the back of her hand with my left hand, and when she attacked that hand, used my right to grab her.

When I held her, she bit and scratched like mad, and I had to get a cardboard box to put her in before she kills me.

The vet said she had feline herpes. I had to put drops in her eyes, and she almost tore my arm off.

For the first day and a half, she was afraid of me. She didn’t know what an apartment is. She didn’t know what a human is. Born on the streets to generation of feral cats born on the streets where I live. She hissed when I dragged a chair on the floor.

And then, 36 or so hours later, she understood that I was her adoptive mother. She started climbing on me. She’d sit on my shoulder while I walked around the house and cooked. She’d sit on my head and tried pulling my ear off with her teeth. She’d run all over the house and attacked my crocks, going crazy over them and dragging them all over the living room.

Her eyes cleared up, and the vet said she was healthy. I had watched her learning to climb and then to run, and I litter trained her.

Today, Hazelnut is a fat grown cat living in my house with two more feral cats I’ve adopted, and one more who comes and goes, showing up only for mealtime.

I didn’t have a cellular phone back when she was a baby and couldn’t take pictures, but here’s a video of her when she was a few months old.

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How cats communicate

Cats language is largely made of body language, physical contact, sounds, and scents, like most animals. Without words, cats still manage to show affection, tell you what they want, and warn off whoever annoys them.

So, how do cats communicate with humans? How do cats communicate with other cats? Mostly, the way cats communicate with each other and the way cats communicate with humans is similar.

Physical contact

Felines show affection by licking and rubbing heads together, and sometimes cats bite playfully because their mother groomed them when they were kittens, so in their minds, grooming is associated with affection.

Using touch to show affection is a common feline behavior, like sitting on a human’s lap and sleeping very close to another cat, for example. Or shoving their muzzles into your hand or leg.

Body language

Relaxation: Cats knead when they’re relaxed and content. They also blink slowly. Some cats may roll on their backs, exposing their vulnerable belly. Their tails move lazily sideways.

Tension: A frightened cat’s ears flatter, its body tenses, and fur may stand on edge. When a cat is very stressed, they may drool.

Aggression: nails unfolded and visible, ready to attack. The cat arches its back to appear larger. The paw may be raised, ready for attack, nails unfolded and visible.

Happiness and confidence: Tail up. Sometimes, the tail may be held high and stiff but trembling as a sign of love and happiness. It means, ‘I’m crazy about you!’

indecision: The tip of the tail swinging slightly from side to side

Playfulness, excitement: Tip of tail flipping sideways faster. With kittens, sometimes the hairs on the tail are raised.

You can learn a lot by a cat’s stare. You can see anger or love and happiness just by looking in their eyes. Cats have very expressive eyes.

In my mind, I see only you, me, and a can of tuna. Slowly and gracefully, your fingers tighten around the can opener that shines a tantalizing silver in the moonlight. (A bit of feline poetry never hurt anyone).

How do cats communicate with their tails?

Playfulness: a curved or twitching tail.

Anger: the tails slaps sideways fast.

Fear: tail tucked between the hind legs.

Happiness: tail up high and straight.

I’m crazy about you: tail up, stiff and slightly trembling.

Cats communicate through sounds

Anger and fear: Cats hiss and growl when feeling threatened. There’s also the famous feline battle mew that sounds like a scream, and the angry moaning, snarling, and spitting.

Stalking prey: Cats chirp when watching birds.

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Calm and content: Cats purr when calm, but they also purr sometimes in painful situation, maybe in order to calm themselves.

Cats mew in order to receive attention, get food or a cuddle, welcome their beloved human servant home, or complain.

Cats communicate through scent

Cats rub themselves against objects and their favorite humans in order to leave their scent and let other creatures know this is their personal property. You cat rubbing against you is claiming you as his own.

Cats also mark their territory by spraying.

Final words

Cats language is easy on the words, high on expression, body language, physical contact, and scents.

Cats language is more honest than human language, because humans can lie, but most cats don’t control their body language well enough to pretend. Although this can happen, it’s not as usual as lying among humans.

Cats language is somehow limited. It can’t tell a story or location. But to make up for the missing details, feline communication is high on emotions. You can see what they’re feeling. Feline language is short and direct.

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Cats strange eating habits

Does your cat have strange eating habits? You’re not alone. Yeah, cats do strange things sometimes. Here are some weird cats eating habits and the reasons behind them.

Cats strange eating habits

Playing with food

My Amiga loves to chase grains of dry cats food all over the living room. Her tail twitch in excitement, and she freezes in place and then pounce, slapping the grain and sending it to the farthest corner so she can chase it again. She’s very funny and cute when she does that.

This feline behavior is evolutionary. Cats in the wild had to chase their food. Although this was many decades ago, the habit goes on. Evolution works like a program in a computer, that keeps working long after it’s been installed. Besides, Amiga grew up on the streets. She’s a rescue, a feral cat.

Putting toys in the food bowl

That’s a real strange and funny eating habit I never knew about, until I got my Hazelnut. As a kitten, she loved to place her toy mouse in the food bowl and eat around it.

When cats do that, it’s because they like to pretend they’re eating their prey, just like in the wild.

Talking while eating

Another strange eating habit among felines is mewing and making sounds during mealtime. This, too, is evolutionary. Wildcats had to protect their food from other hungry creatures, and one of the ways to do that is warn other animals to stay away from their food.

Wanting you near during mealtime

There seem to many many weird cats eating habits my new cats have taught me about. My Amiga wants me to stand within touching distance while she eats, the side of her body lightly touching my calf.

Showing affection before eating

Another strange cats eating habit that had startled me. My Princessa rubs against me, standing on two, over and over again right before she goes to the food bowl.

Perhaps this behavior stems from kittenhood, when mother cat would rub against her kittens to show them affection right before feeding them. Or maybe food is associated with love in this cat’s mind.

Not eating

If your cat isn’t eating, it can be an indication of a health problem, or a mental problem. A sick, depressed, or anxious cat won’t show interest in food. A healthy, happy cat will have a normal appetite.

Afraid of food

Sometimes, there’s a problem that causes the cat to stop eating, like teeth problems or ulcers in the mouth. The Persian cat I used to have suffered from kidney problems that had caused mouth ulcers. When I put the bowl food on the floor for her, she ran away from it.

If the cat knows eating causes pain, the cat may be afraid of the food.

Eating a small amount of food for a long time

That may be an indication that your feline suffers from teeth problems, or other problems in the mouth. They try to eat, but it’s difficult. Watch your feline while she eats and see if she chews on one side of her mouth, if food falls out of her mouth while she eats, or if she drools a lot. They do that when they find it difficult and painful to eat.

Eating many small meals

This kind of feline eating habit looks strange to us humans, but it’s perfectly normal for cats. This is simply how they eat.

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Do cats come back after they run away

Will my runaway cat come back?

How often runaway cats come back? Pretty often, but that depends on the situation, whether there are coyotes in the area, whether the cat is friendly and trusting, getting too close to the wrong person who might hurt her, or simply following someone home and being kept as a pet in the new house. Whether there are dangerous roads close by, and whether or not the cat is daring and reckless enough to cross them.

Cats usually know the way home, so lost cats will come back home in most situations. My cat ran away and had returned after two and a half months. I’ve heard a taxi driver tell me his cat disappeared for a week and came back. This story I’ve heard on my way to the vet, because I don’t have a car and don’t drive, and taking a cat to the vet on the bus is a nightmare.

When my cat had gone missing, I had called many vets in the city and asked if they saw her. They didn’t, but one vet told me her cat had run away too, and had come back after two or three weeks.

Even if your indoor cat had never been outside, she can still find her way home in most situations, even if she wanders into an unknown territory that she’d never seen before.

Runaway cats usually return home because they know where their food bowl is, and they miss their owners. But there are exceptions.

A new home

When you move into a new home, or when you get a cat and put her in your home, which is new to the cat, the cat may run away because they don’t understand this is their new home. If the cat hasn’t been in the house for at least two weeks, Your lost cat may not come back. There are ways to prevent your cat from running away.

Why do cats run away

Cats run away out of curiosity, or because there’s a new pet in the house.

Kittens who haven’t been neutered are especially prone to running away before they reach puberty. Spaying your kitten can lower the chances of it going missing.

A cat can take a walk through the neighborhood and get into a situation where she can’t get out. The vet I had talked to when my cat had run away had told me about a cat who fell into the sewer and was stuck in there for weeks. The gardener heard her mewing and called for help. The cat was saved and returned to her owner. Good ending.

I’ve heard that sometimes sick cats run away to die. My cat was very sick when she’d run away, and she had died two and a half months after she’d returned. Bitter ending.

How to make a lost cat come back

Look for your cat in the yard and outside, and wiggle a box of its favorite treats. Teach your cat that the sound of treats rattling means a treat is on its way. Teach them that by rattling the box every time you dispose treats, but the treats must be given immediately afterward, or the cat wouldn’t associate the sound with the treats.

You can put your cat’s pictures on all social media, including youtube, with your phone number and a request to call if found. You can put pictures and hang them on bulletin boards. Call all vets and shelters in the area.

A woman at the vet had once told me her cat went missing, and she took the elevator to the top floor of a tall building and looked around, and she’d found her cat.

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Why do so many people love cats

Why are cats so popular among humans? There are so many cats videos on youtube. There’s a huge amount of cats sites and blogs all over the internet. There are so many cats lovers out there, and there’s always demand for cats food, stuck on shelves in pets stores and supermarkets. Why do so many people prefer cats?

Here are two reasons that can apply to other animals, and nine more reasons that apply mostly to cats. Why so many people like cats.

Unconditional love Cats love us without questioning. It doesn’t matter if we’re not funny and don’t know how to tell a joke, if our social skills are lousy, if we don’t know how to dance, or if we suffer from social phobias. Cats accept us without judgment.

Velvety fur Petting a cat is soothing, as every cats owner know. The feel of a cat sitting on your lap is warm and soft.

Here are the reasons that are unique to cats, why so many people love felines.

They’re athletic You can’t help but be in awe of your cat’s ability to jump above your head. Such a small animal, but with so much power in its back legs. They can do things we can’t. They’re superior to us. The fearless way they climb trees, and the graceful way they walk. That’s one of the reasons why so many people like cats, just the pleasure of watching them walk.

The focus way they stare I love the way cats stare at silly things like a spider on a wall. Their ability to focus and be fascinated with a grasshopper leaping in the grass. It’s amazing. They’re in awe of this world and all the little things it has to offer. It moves you toward their point of view, that this world is truly a fascinating place.

Their calmness Cats purr contentedly and close their eyes, infecting us with their relaxation. If ever there was an animal who could meditate, it’s a feline. That’s another reason why so many people like cats, because it calm us down to watch them.

Their self respect Most cats take their time before they let you pet them. You have to prove yourself, prove you’re worthy of their love. They don’t let everyone touch them, so if they let you pet them, if they jump on your lap, you’re special. And that’s another reason why so many people like cats, because they tell us we’re special when they accept us and allow us to cuddle them.

Their playfulness Don’t you just love watching a cat run after a piece of paper, a ball, or a toy mouse? The way they leap and run, the way they lie on their side and paw at a toy or a shoelace, tail slapping against the floor.

Cats have unique abilities There’s something magical about cats and their abilities. Some cats know when you’re going to take them to the vet or force a pill down their throat. Some people believe cats can see ghosts or know when someone is going to die.

Cats are observant and sensitive They know your routine. They know when you woke up. My Amiga always whines a few minutes after I wake up. If she did while I was sleeping, I’d wake up because my sleep is so light. All my cats wait in front of the kitchen in the morning, knowing this is where the food comes from. They know when someone is afraid of cats. You can tell by the way cats always go to people who don’t like them. They know what you’re feeling. They sense you. They get you.

They make baby sounds Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference between a crying baby and a gurgling or mewing cat. The reason why so many people love cats is the reason why so many people love babies, an evolutionary trait.

Evolutionary need Farmers have needed cats to fight rats eating their food, and rats had carried flies that had caused deadly diseases through history. Cats were humans’ lifeline, our hope and salvation, what had stood between us and hunger, diseases, and death.

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How to keep your cat from running away

I know from bitter experience the horror of losing your cat. The heartbreak and worry, imagining the worse one minute and hoping the next. My cat had come back, but some cats don’t. Runaway cats can be hit by cars, eaten by predators, or taken in by a stranger. This is how you can keep your cat from running away.

A secure cage

How to keep your cat from running away

Whenever taking your cat to the vet, make sure the cage’s door is locked. Try rattling the cage’s door before you put your cat in it. If it’s loose, don’t put your cat in the cage.

Don’t pick up the cage by its handle. It might strain the top and cause it to come off. Slide one arm under the cage and wrap your other arm around it, circling the door.

Hold the cage with the door slightly higher than the back. If you hold the cage with the door tilting downward, the cat may slide and slam against the door. The weight of the feline may cause the door to open.

Cover the cage with a towel or a long shirt. The dark soothes cats and makes them sleepy and less likely to fight and rattle the door.

Choose a cage instead of a cat’s carrier. I’ve once put my cat in a carrier and attached a leash to his collar. He was out of the carrier in less than five minutes. Luckily, I didn’t have enough time to take him out of the house when he escaped. Always check the cage’s door in the store before buying it. A strong, secure cage will keep your feline from escaping.

Secure your house

My cat had torn the screen on the open window and escaped, although he did come back the same day. If you want to keep your cat indoors, screens themselves may not be enough to keep your cat inside.

How to keep your cat from running away

Two four, brief me on the outside surroundings.

Well, sir, there’s no fence around the human’s house, and beyond that there’s a humanless field leading to the Great Feline Mountain.

In his attempt to escape, Fluffy studies the outlines of his human’s home and plans the most daring and amazing escape plan of all times.

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To keep your cat from escaping this way, shut the windows behind the screens, or have shutters installed.

When moving into a new house

In the event of moving a cat into a new house, wait two weeks at least before letting your cat out of the house. It gives the cat time to accept the new house as his home. Otherwise, the cat will attempt to go back to his old house and may lose his way.

Cats are notorious for escaping when their owners open the door! If you can not leave your house or let anyone in for two weeks, keeping the door closed all the time, that’s an excellent way of keeping your feline from escaping.

However, if that’s not an option, other cautionary measures can be taken. To keep your cat from running away, every time you leave your house, look behind you and make sure your cat isn’t hiding behind a furniture nearby, ready to leap toward the door the moment you open it.

When coming back home, open the door a crack and make sure your cat isn’t hiding behind it. Then hurry inside and shut the door as fast as possible.

You can carry a spray bottle full of water with you, and spray your cat if he tries to run out the door. Or you can install a buzzer that buzzes loudly whenever the door opens, causing the cat to stay away from it.

Spay and neuter

Kittens run away before reaching sexual maturity so they won’t have kittens with their immediate family members. It’s an evolutionary trait that keeps them from having kittens with birth defects. Spaying and neutering you kittens lowers the chances of them running away, especially if they’re outdoor cats.

Secure your yard

If you live in a home, instead of an apartment, you can let your cat outside if your build a cat-proof fence around your yard. The fence must be higher than six times the length of your cat. Cats have powerful muscles in their back legs that help them jump to amazing heights. Don’t take chances. Make the fence much higher than that. Better safe than sorry.

Only a fence made of rocks or steel will keep your cat from escaping. A wooden or plastic fence can be climbed easily because the cat’s claws sink into the surface, the way a person holding two knives can climb a tree by digging the knives into its bark and pulling himself up. A wooden fence can be coated with steel, but beware! The covering may peel off eventually, leaving bare wooden spots your cat can dig its nails into.

The fence must be far away from trees, the house’s roof, or anything else your feline can climb and leap from. Everything must be beyond leaping distance. Keep in mind cats can leap pretty far, and every cat is different. The longest horizontal jump for a cat was 7 feet according to https://cat-world.com/how-high-can-cats-jump.html#How_far_can_a_cat_jump

Make sure there’s no chair, ladder, large rock or anything else your feline can climb near the fence. A 7 feet high fence with a 2 feet chair right next to it is really just 5 feet for your feline to jump to.

And there shouldn’t be any flat surface in the middle of the fence, anything that sticks out like a shelf, that you cat can use as a trampoline or a temporary stop on its way to the top. Or any other flat surface like a windowpane that your little jumper can land on, that will shorten the jump above the fence.

Make sure there are no large holes in the fence, and that it digs way into the ground. Remember cats can dig under fences. They can also squeeze into holes half their size.

Don’t walk your cat with a harness

I’ve tried this one with my cat, and he was out of the harness in five minutes.

Don’t take your cat to the vet without a cage. You may not be able to hold him. Cats often panic when being taken to the vet, and they’re much stronger than their size, with sharp teeth and claws. A cat can easily wiggle out of your grasp, while biting and scratching like crazy in his struggles to get away. And even if the cat isn’t scared, he might leap suddenly out of your arms.

Get a tracking collar

A tracking collar can be helpful, but it may not always work. The device can fail, or the cat may be wondering off too far. The cat may get rid of the collar, too. My cat always knew how to get out of cats collars.

Getting a tracking collar can lower the chances of losing your cat, but all cautionary measures mentioned above must be taken even with a cat wearing a tracking collar. A tracking collar doesn’t replace these steps and isn’t enough to keep your cat from running away. It’s just an addition.

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