Introduction

The majority of cat owners are female; at the very least, it is typically the woman of the household who oversees the details of a cat’s care. Naturally, a man’s attachment to his cat is just as strong as a woman’s.

Each individual should have the type of pet he or she desires; what others think of the choice is irrelevant.

Purchasing a pet just for the reason that it is pedigreed or is a clever breed at the time is the worst possible motive; we should acquire our pets out of love for them, not to exploit them.

Certain individuals are indifferent to or uninterested in pets. Among those that do care for pets, there is one that is ideal for each individual.

A cat will not adore you regardless of who you are or what you do to him; he will love you because you have earned his affection and respect. If he comes when you call, it is because he likes you and wants to be with you.

He admires and respects you because you have proven yourself to be the correct kind of person.

Cat companionship is the most gratifying thing in the world. Not only is a cat enticingly playful, amusing, and unexpected, but he is also softly sweet and endearing in his interactions with humans.

By the time a cat reaches adulthood, no one in the home regards him as a cat; he has developed into a person.

A cat provides so much beauty and warmth to a home that anybody who has ever owned one feels that a home without one is lifeless and colourless.

A cat does not have to be a purebred to possess all of the endearing features we enjoy in cats.

When a homeless and dirty cat or kitten is saved, bathed, nourished, and loved, it blossoms like a flower.

There are no “ordinary” or “common” cats; our domestic short-haired cats are indigenous to North America; they are significant; we should never disparage them; we should be proud of them.

Mishandled Cats

Never refer to a cat as “bad”; there are no such things as bad cats; only mishandled cats exist.

In one family, a cat that is noisy, wild, or frightened may be quiet, normal, and friendly in another. This has been explored in the two preceding chapters.

Cats vary in temperament and attributes almost as much as people do, and there is some variation within breeds and between sexes.

If properly raised and managed, altered cats are sociable, gentle, and dependable; the majority of altered cats are also affectionate and receptive.

A smart and experienced individual may do a great deal to help an ill-adjusted cat. It requires a great deal of patience, tenderness, and delicacy.

Cats who have been relocated from one home to another, as well as those who have been mistreated, are the most prominent examples of poorly adjusted cats.

Farm or street cats that have been without a home for years have a lot to learn and many adaptations to make; frequently, they have no idea how to play or what toys are for.

Ill-adjusted cats must be handled with caution; they may bite or scratch unexpectedly out of stress, fear, or mistrust. It is not always feasible to eradicate the fear implanted in their thoughts by others.

Although a kitten does not acquire a mother’s “poor disposition,” her anxiety and suspicion of people may have been passed on to her kittens.

Cats hiss or growl out of fear, not malice. A cat may hiss in protest as well, but it is a more aggressive protest against anything he believes is unreasonable, such as having his teeth scraped or being groomed for an extended period of time at one time.

How A Cat Expresses Contentment, Pleasure, And Affection

Without being clumsy or obnoxious, a cat has its own unique and endearing ways of expressing affection.

A cat will always greet his owner at the door if she has been absent for an extended period of time.

His welcome is determined by his preferred method of expressing pleasure purring, chattering, rolling, rubbing against the person, rushing into her arms, or racing frantically about in glee.

Purring, a cat’s simplest statement of pleasure and well-being, is extremely remarkable; it is such an ideal expression of all a cat likes to express, as well as an expression of his grace, beauty, and charming soul.

A cheerful and well-cared-for cat expresses his contentment in practically everything he does, every movement, every posture. As a self-sufficient creature, a cat requires solitude and retiring; he seeks out calm spots to sleep or simply lie and contemplate.

However, when your cat is exceptionally affectionate, he wishes to communicate this to you, and there are moments when he finds it nearly difficult to explain his profound devotion and love and enters ecstasies of purring, rubbing, talking, and croaking.

He may kiss your hand or face; he may wish to be held in your arms, rubbing his face against yours or wrapping his arms around your neck.

However, these are facts that every cat owner is aware of, and new cat owners have the joyful possibility of learning all about a cat’s endearing and unexpected behaviours.

Your bond with your cat develops stronger with time; you frequently wonder how any living creature could exhibit more love.

Your cat will desire to be with you; he will sleep with you, sit with you, and take an active interest in your activities. If you are busy, he may sit quietly, purring and gazing at you with large adoring eyes, patiently waiting for you to make time for him and his activity.

Again, he may seek immediate attention in a variety of ways, he may speak and complain; he may reach out with a gentle or insistent paw; he may pull at your clothing; he may retrieve a toy; he may do something he has been asked not to do; he may leap into your lap and purr and rub his small face against your hand; he may deliberately lie down on your work. In any event, it’s best to pay him attention initially, as he’ll be pleased simply to be near you, silently meditating cat like.

Another expression of contentment that should not be neglected is joyful kneading.

This is a process in which the claws expand and contract, usually on a piece of material or on your hand, arm, or lap. It hurts if the claws are not trimmed.

If your gown is delicate or important, it is recommended that you place a pillow between you and the cat. While breastfeeding, young kittens do this to their mother. It is partially a sexual expression in elder cats; even mature altered animals occasionally get thrilled about it.

Avoid Picking Up Or Petting Any Cat You Come Across

Cats prefer to advance, and those knowledgeable about cat behaviour understand that they will be rewarded for allowing them to do so.

No experienced person seeks to pet or handle an unfamiliar cat; the cat is allowed to adjust and make his own choices.

To begin, you allow the cat to hear your voice; next you offer your hand for him to smell; if he likes you, he will rub against you or climb into your lap; if he makes no advances, avoid humiliating him by picking him up against his will.

If the unusual cat belongs to a friend, it is even more critical not to pick him up unless the owner specifically requests it; both the owner and the cat may hate your action.

Picking up street cats, store cats, and the majority of farm cats is risky; the majority of them are unmodified, increasing the likelihood of getting scratched or bitten.

Stroking such cats should also be avoided; even if an unfamiliar cat rubs against your ankles, if he is a fully developed unmodified male, this may be a prelude to digging his claws into you.

How To Pick Up A Cat

You hold a cat in your arms, against your shoulder, or over your shoulder; he sits or lies in your arms; he does not dangle in an unpleasant and unnatural position.

When taking up a cat, you should provide him with the same sense of comfort and security by positioning one hand so he may sit on it while the other steadies him, allowing you to expertly transfer him into your arms without causing him to struggle and clutch.

Many cats who object to being picked up are simply recalling previous unpleasant experiences.

When picked up and held properly, the majority of cats like being carried around. Of course, a trusting cat who has been treated with restraint and respect his entire life will make no objections to being carried and deposited anywhere.

If he does not like to depart, he may express this to you or may simply mutter to himself. With your cat, be courteous and thoughtful, taking into account his moods whenever feasible.

Cat owners with experience realize how nervous and easily frightened cats are. When a cat is carried, he may grow fearful and leap, or he may leap just because he sees a spot he desires, and the person carrying him may be scratched accidentally.

When a cat is panicked or has been fighting, it is OK to pick him up by the back of the neck; indeed, this is almost the only way to pick up such a cat.

Grasp a handful of loose skin at the back of the neck with one hand and, if required, the loose skin along the back with the other; confine the cat to a cage or room by himself until he regains perfect calm.

Make the mistake of believing that your own cat can always be handled safely when he is agitated.

Being Scratched By A Cat By Accident

Cats rarely scratch without being provoked, and they never scratch without a reason. Simply being picked up when he does not like to be lifted up is sufficient reason in a cat’s eyes.

If you suddenly withdraw your hand from a cat, he may grasp for it; you may or may not be scratched, depending on the condition of the claws.

This reaching out with the paw is an instinctive reaction to a sudden movement; the cat has no intention of doing so; he simply reacts. (A weird, anxious, or fully grown cat may scratch severely.)

Gentleness, calm, quiet motions, and a quiet voice elicit the confidence and security of cats.

If the claws are not cut, you may be scratched accidentally when holding your own cat or playing with him. Claws that have been clipped are more comfortable for both cat and owner.

A friendly cat makes a conscious effort not to damage a person’s face; if he does, it is generally with a delicate caress. On the other side, an unfamiliar or dangerous cat, or an unmodified mature cat, may spring at a person’s face.

Bear in mind that when you have kittens or young energetic cats in the house, they will chase each other over chairs and beds, leaving no time to check to see if the chairs and beds are filled.

Fright

When a cat is startled or fearful, he may hiss or growl, or his hair may stand on edge. None of these are signs of a nasty temper.

Kittens, in particular, like standing on their heads and arching their backs; they do so during play, and they embrace any stimulus that provides an opportunity to dramatize their emotions.

When a cat arches his back, stands his hair on end, and cries prior to fighting, he is attempting to intimidate his opponent with his appearance and sound; instinct presumably compels him to do what his wild forefathers did.

A litter of kittens (mature enough to be active around the house) may get terrified for no apparent reason and begin howling in unison.

They frequently have to be separated for hours, if not days, because each cat may begin howling at the sight of another. It’s quite an adventure!

Hissing is not taken seriously; kittens appear to take delight in being frightened just enough to justify hissing (although this is not a suggestion that one should ever deliberately startle them).

Very small kittens hiss and spit to demonstrate their bravery, even though nothing has disturbed them.

When an adult cat hisses, it is frequently in protest or in response to being startled; it may be a mixture of fear and irritation, with growling following. And growling can be dangerous; it indicates a higher fear or irritation, and the cat may bite or scratch in response.

Of course, when your cat growls in response to an unfamiliar noise, you have nothing to fear from him, though he should probably not be touched while he is concerned.

A battle between street cats can cause considerable distress to a cat, and if there are two or more cats in the house (particularly if they are unmodified), a fight may break out between them.

When a rat is truly terrified, he flees and hides. When a cat is truly terrified in a carrier, it usually does not speak, and when it does, it is usually protesting.

In times of stress, a cat may dart through an open window or an ancient screen. When a cat is led or carried through the street, particularly if attacked by a dog, it may experience terror.

Children frighten cats that are unfamiliar with them because I use children’s movements to create a sudden effect.

Cats detect even the tiniest movement but are less adept at recognizing or analyzing immobile items.

Often, a cat may not recognize something until he has scented it; if you enter the room wearing a new hat and coat, your cat may not recognize you until you speak, and even then, he will want to confirm your identity through smell.

Every cat owner has witnessed her cat become fearful of, or seem to be fearful of, a very familiar object.

Occasionally, for no discernible reason, a cat becomes anxious and fearful of every sound. He could have been harmed by being stepped on or being caught in a door. Often, no cause other than the cat’s imagination can be identified.

Additionally, there are situations when anything goes wrong between two extremely close friends (altered cats).

This frequently occurs when one of them leaves for a few days, particularly to the hospital; his mate becomes fearful of him since he does not smell normally. He may growl at him or perhaps physically assault him.

They should be separated and reintroduced. The cat is not ill-tempered, nor has his demeanour altered; he is fearful and perplexed. Be nice and patient.

Curiosity

Cats should be allowed to discreetly inspect any new item introduced into the house. This is to keep them calm, as they investigate more with their nose and ears than with their sight.

Cats enjoy assisting in the unwrapping of parcels and playing in paper, boxes, and large paper bags. Take care not to leave any cords that are small enough to swallow or that are long enough to wrap around a cat.

A new bed or carrier for a cat will undoubtedly pique his curiosity if no one attempts to place him in it.

Cats are always fascinated by boxes; it’s just as enjoyable to get into a bed or carrier as it is to climb into a carton or box, but this natural process is sometimes disrupted by a person attempting to coerce a cat into doing something he would have done anyhow.

As a result, the cat is averse to doing it. Of course, some cats will enter when prompted, and the majority of them like being praised afterward. Refer to the section on beds.

A huge object brought into the home will be tested to see if it is good for claw sharpening, which makes it inevitable that a cat will utilize a fine large scratching post if no one attempts to coerce him; he will be extremely proud of his discovery.

A normal, healthy, energetic kitten is just like a normal, healthy, active child when it comes to mischief. He is enthralled by his wonderful new world, and everything is a possible toy.

Avoid confusing him and making him unhappy by continuously interfering with his activities; provide him with safe and appropriate playthings in a place where he may play, and never punish him; how is he to know the difference between an ornament and a cat toy?

The majority of kittens fall into a bathtub of water at least once.

The impulse to investigate things is not limited to novel objects; a cat is continuously inspecting all known objects in his home.

A cat snuffs dust into his nose and occasionally sneezes a few or many times during his unending investigations. This is not the same as a cold. Consult the section on colds.

Clear a shelf and allow your cat to find it; it makes no difference whether it is the same shelf he frequented a few months ago; it will be new to him if he has been unable to access it for a few weeks.

Provide your cat with different locations and boxes to explore cats are easily entertained when they can make discoveries and check new locations.

Psychology Of The Cat

Cats enjoy being asked or invited to participate in activities. They prefer to be treated equally; they are incapable of being ordered or coerced.

A cat’s response to coercion is a steadfast refusal to do the item being coerced, and he may also get quite anxious and disturbed.

If your cat “would not accomplish a single thing you ask of him,” you should be humiliated to confess it; the blame lies with you or past owners’ handling of the cat.

When a cat’s independence as a person is acknowledged and respected, he is quite willing to comply with routine demands, as long as he is aware that no coercion is meant.

Numerous cats arrive when called and go where asked; the sympathy between cat and person is so complete that the cat is delighted to perform what is asked.

Naturally, he will not do so on a consistent basis, since that would be submissive; nevertheless, if he is treated with respect, he is willing to cooperate within reason.

Cats prefer to make their own choices; considering something or getting in the mood to do anything takes time, and a cat cannot be rushed. For instance, a cat rarely rushes through a door, even if he has requested that it be opened.

From The Cat’s Perspective

Your cat has moods; you cannot expect him to play while he is sleeping or do tricks while supper is being prepared.

Your cat communicates with you when he wishes to play, when he wishes to be caressed, and when he wishes to be observed. Make an attempt to comply.

Regardless of how busy you are, try to set aside one undisturbed minute to accomplish what he requests.

A cat cannot comprehend that there are times when you have no time for him; he believes that the purpose of the world is to eat, sleep, play, love, and be petted. If you’re too busy for him, he’ll believe you don’t care about him.

Brushing a cat aside or being upset with him because he gets in your way is regrettable. We should never be tense or hurried around our cats; this frightens and confuses them.

Additionally, when we accidentally injure or collide with a cat, we should pet and speak with him until he feels reassured. He should never be led to believe it was deliberate.

Tricks

Cats cannot be taught “tricks” because they are incapable of being coerced into performing tasks.

However, they pick up many tricks on their own and can be encouraged to pick up those that come easily to them.

A cat must desire to do anything, and once he has mastered a trick, he usually desires to perform it at any time, and he is constantly proud of his success.

A cat may pick up a trick just by seeing and copying another cat.

Certain tricks come naturally to cats, and they can be encouraged if a cat or kitten has an affinity for one or more of them.

Probably the most prevalent trick, retrieving is wonderful for the activity it provides. Other typical tactics include sitting up and begging, jumping into one’s arms or shoulder (not to be confused with climbing clothes), and jumping through one’s arms while being held like a hoop.

To encourage retrieving, provide kittens with little toys they can carry in their mouths; a kitten that carries toys around in his mouth is a good candidate for retrieving; when he drops a toy, pretend he brought it to you and throw it; he will quickly catch on.

Typically, kittens learn to retrieve on their own; one day, your kitten drops a ball, catnip mouse, hair curler, or string bean on the book you’re reading, and from that point on, he retrieves ceaselessly and incessantly until you wish he had never thought of it!

When a Siamese kitten is growing up in the house, all removable items must be kept out of reach; otherwise, he may discover towels, stockings, dish mops, scrub brushes, or bath mats practically anyplace and utilize one to entertain your guests.

Cats frequently enjoy showing off and will perform tricks or just about anything outrageous when guests are present. Additionally, they do these things to maintain focus and discourse on them; they begin doing their tricks once they sense the conversation has veered away from them.

When a cat wishes to be carried or petted when you are standing, he is aware that the arms holding him and the hand stroking him are much above him, and thus may consider leaping into your arms, or may do so with some persuading.

It’s a single long leap from the floor, and typically all directions go to the same shoulder. A trained cat rarely jumps without warning he shows his intention by circling, looking up, and chattering about it. He will almost certainly do it whenever you ask him, unless he is drowsy, hungry, or otherwise occupied with other exciting activities.

Kittens enjoy climbing garments, which should be discouraged.

What may appear adorable in a kitten is an irritation and an inconvenience in an adult cat; it is destructive to clothing and is also dangerous, as a person may be severely scratched.

Clipping a kitten’s claws is a practical and straightforward remedy; he cannot climb with his claws clipped.

Obviously, a cat or kitten in a new household should be unconcerned with tricks until he or she has adjusted to the new environment.

Playthings

One of the most endearing characteristics of cats is their eagerness to play with anything or nothing. Happiness and health are inextricably linked. A cat exercises by playing. A cat that is completely occupied will not cause harm.

Maintain a healthy supply of intriguing playthings for your cat so he can entertain himself without resorting to forbidden items.

A kitten lives in a fantasy world full of adventure. He makes his toys appear to be alive, and the game is never-ending and all-consuming.

His life is brimming with excitement, action, and passionate living.

A kitten should be lavishly supplied with safe toys and spend the majority of his time in an unrestricted room (see the section on cat rooms). If he does not have a kitten or puppy to play with, you should spend time with him regularly.

A bedtime romp is common in most houses; a cat or kitten that is neither tired nor sleepy sees no reason to go to bed and sleep for eight hours.

A typical and natural outlet for a healthy kitten’s tremendous energy must be discovered.

A bored cat may misbehave, cry excessively, or just become disheartened and stop playing. If a cat is healthy, adequately nourished, and equipped with fascinating playthings, he is never too old to play.

Certain cats crave an endless supply of the same type of toy; others crave variation.

Rotate playthings by storing some; or place them in a hefty jar or partly open drawer to make the cat work for them. Reaching for the toys is both enjoyable and beneficial.

A young kitten frequently motivates an adult cat to stay active and playful. A person who has only one adult cat should spend some time each day assisting him in his play, whether it’s throwing a ball or engaging in any other game the cat enjoys.

A busy person can tie a long thread, potentially with a piece of paper at the end, to follow her around the house; the cat will enjoy pursuing it.

If a cat does not immediately engage in play with a new toy, it can be stored (perhaps in a box of catnip) and presented later, when he may find it marvellous.

A kitten or cat should be given time to investigate and play with any new toy; it should not be thrown, waved, squeaked, or rattled until he has calmly investigated and played with it on his own. He may become fearful if he is expected to play with a toy before smelling and inspecting it.

Additionally, he should not be denied the first pleasure of attentively smelling and exploring each new object; this is critical for a cat. A new toy should be simply set down for inspection by a cat, or the packaging may be partially opened and the cat allowed to retrieve the object on his own.

While quite large toys are occasionally popular with mature cats, they are especially popular with kittens at the wrestling, biting, and clawing stage because they provide them with something nearly as huge as another kitten to wrestle with.

Typically, kittens will leap for a point of light created by the sun’s reflection in a mirror. A huge hand mirror left on the floor is frequently entertaining to kittens.

During the teething phase, kittens occasionally exhibit a fondness for metallic objects such as wristwatches and key chains. If care is not taken, they may disappear along with the sanitary trays’ sheets, as kittens frequently place them in their trays.

Numerous cats and kittens enjoy playing with water that slowly drips from a faucet.

The newbie must take extra care to provide her cat with only safe toys. They should not be swallowable, have sharp edges or points, and cats should be kept away from Christmas trees.

Kittens should avoid woollen toys, since they may develop an appetite for wool; naturally, mature cats that have developed an appetite for wool should avoid woolen toys.

Toys with feathers, particularly those that have been dyed, should be closely monitored. They are not to be consumed.

If a cat consumes rubber, he should avoid rubber toys; similarly, if a cat consumes cellophane, he should avoid cellophane toys.

However, cats that do not consume these items should not be denied the enjoyment of playing with them simply because a few cats do.

If you are unfamiliar with your cat’s behaviors, test new toys to determine whether he intends to devour them.

Leave him alone with them until you understand what he intends to do with them. Certain cats, like dogs, gnaw on or consume specific toys.

Toys are intended to be played with, not consumed. If your cat attempts to devour certain types of toys, do not present him with them; instead, provide him with a variety of other types.

When a cat chews on his catnip toys, it is frequently because he is deficient in catnip. Maintain a bowl of catnip leaves on the floor for your cat to access when he desires.

Ensure that you just offer him the leaves. Refer to the section on catnip.

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