Communicate: Purr, Meow, Chatter

Cats purr to communicate contentment when we pet them.  They also purr when they are afraid or sick.  Their purring helps to calm them and may have healing properties.  Cats purr when approaching another cat in a friendly way, trying to make friends. Other reasons that cats purr for self-comfort when they are afraid, sick, or in some kind of distress, so purring is not always an indication that all is well.

Cat Talk

Among other diverse sounds that cats make are meowing and
chattering.  Many cats meow at you for food and for attention.  Many
Siamese will “talk” to you more than you might like.  A few of my cats
also do a great deal of chattering, especially when they are excited
about seeing those critters and birds while doing some kitty window
shopping in the living room.  Chattering is a behavior that cats have in
the wild that imitates the sounds that their prey make.  These sounds
can be used to trick the prey into being caught.

Best wishes for a great day for you and your cat!

Sasha

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Look

Cats are patient watchers, which is part of what makes them such great hunters.  Your cat can happily spend many hours gazing out the window, looking at people and traffic pass by, or just soaking up some sunshine.  Cats can stare at a fly or spider for hours, patiently waiting for that split second opportunity to spring into action to catch their prey.

Keeping Busy When the Humans are Gone

While you are away, and there are no entertaining flies or spiders to catch their fancy, cats can become bored and frustrated.  I have found that having bird feeders and critter feeders within sight of a few windows help to occupy them during their solo time.  Sometimes when I have caught my cats birdwatching or critter watching, they get so excited about it, they run around the room.  For those of you who don’t mind running the television while you are out, there are cat videos on Amazon Video that include live birds, critters, and cats moving around and making noises.  These really get the attention of a few of my cats and they get very engaged with the videos, meowing, chattering, and batting at the screen. Sometimes they get so excited that they run around the room or play with one of their toys, which is great exercise.

Best wishes for a purrfect day!

Sasha

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Playful, Playful Cats

 

Cats are very playful by nature and need some exercise every day,
just like their humans.  Some cats are confined to the house. Since
these cats don’t get outside to roam around to get their exercise, we need to help them to get enough exercise indoors.  They are many different kinds of toys to amuse both your cat, and you, that will ensure that they get enough exercise.  Teasers are a big favorite of
cats and their humans for interactive play.  They attract the cat’s attention and bring his hunting instincts into play as he stalks his prey, runs, and jumps to catch it.  Many cats love to chase the images projected by laser toys and you can give your cat a good run by having her run and jump around after the red dot.  Take care that you stop exercising your cat for a rest and a drink if she starts to pant!

Cats love to roll balls around and chase them, to play with balls in a round track, and to play with stuffed toys and scratchers, especially when enhanced with a little catnip.  Scratchers of various varieties are very popular with cats and their owners.  Cats love to scratch and we love to have them scratch where they don’t cause damage.  There are numerous types of scratchers from scratchers that hang on doorknobs to wavy scratchers and scratchers that your cat can also sleep on.  A light sprinkling (or spray) of catnip is  especially useful when introducing a new toy, both to get your cat’s attention and to get him interested.

Cats also love to climb.  Many cats enjoy having a cat tree with multiple levels.  Other features can include scratching posts and attached toys.  More complex trees include enhancements such as hammocks and boxes to hide in.  And speaking of boxes, many cats just can’t get enough.  Cats love to hide…under beds and sofas, in laundry baskets, in bookshelves.  Being enclosed makes them feel secure.  Another favorite toy is the nylon cat trail, or the cat tunnel, which sometimes has motion triggered lights or toys suspended from the top of the tunnel. Hiding and playing all wrapped up into one!

Best wishes for a great day for you and your cat!

Sasha

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Cassie, The Cat Who Wanted to Live

One summer night several years ago, we heard a loud, high-pitched wailing in our back yard.  My daughter tracked it down and found the tiniest kitten we had ever seen.  She had shiny black eyes and her coat was almost completely black, with just a sprinkling of light brown markings.  She was a newborn abandoned by her mother, and she was very hungry and all alone.

Cassie was so tiny that at first we fed her formula with a glass medicine dropper from the drugstore every few hours.   As she grew, she moved on to drinking formula from small plastic formula bottles from the pet store.  As she got bigger, she would hold the bottles between her little paws and throw them to the floor  after she emptied them.

Cassie was a character.  She loved to play and loved to have the undivided attention of her humans.  As she grew to her adult weight of four and a half pounds, she also developed a beautiful tortoiseshell coat…and tortietude.  She was a spunky little bundle of joy.

Often, when I was sitting at my desk doing homework,  she would jump from my bed to the desk and walk across my keyboard or sit and swat at the cursor while I was typing.  If I was so absorbed in my work that I was unintentionally ignoring her, she would sometimes  jump from my bed to the  back of my chair and grab onto my scalp with her little kitty claws.  There was no ignoring that.

When she was still very young, Cassie started to have problems with diarrhea.  The vet tried a few different medications, and the diarrhea would go into remission  for a time. When Cassie tested positive for feline leukemia, we were heartbroken.  We worked hard to keep her as healthy and as comfortable as possible, but eventually the disease was too much for her little body to bear.

As Cassie lay on the cushion at the vet’s office, I stroked her and she purred.  As the vet administered the medication to relieve her of her pain, I reassured her, telling her over and over, ” It’s OK, Cass.  It’s OK, Cass,” until Cassie stopped purring.  

Loving and caring for Cassie was a blessing.  She rests under a majestic maple tree in the back yard.  We will always miss her and remember her endless love, her engaging personality, and her ferocious will to live.

Sasha

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About Sasha

Welcome to my website.  Throughout my life, I have had many cats.  When I was growing up, my first cat, Puff, reached the ripe old age of 18.  As life went on, I took in a progression of wounded strays, bottle fed abandoned kittens, and cared for kittens and cats  who were well.  I took in even more who were  sick, nursing those I could back to health.  All of my cats have had unique personalities and quirks that endeared them to me and made them memorable.  I have always worked hard to observe and to research their behavior, to understand why cats do the things they do, and to do my best to have happy healthy cats.

WHY I CREATED CATSTHAT.COM

As I worked to understand the behavior of my cats, I did a lot of research.  I also spent a lot of time talking to sympathetic veterinarians who explained a lot of concepts to me. I would like to share my knowledge about cats to help people to help their cats to lead happier healthier lives.  I would also like to help people who are thinking about bringing a cat into their home to understand the temperament and behavior of cats and what is involved in their care before making that important decision to provide a cat with a forever home.

THE GOAL OF MY SITE

CatsThat.com was created to be a place that provides information about a cat’s life and care in a straightforward, understandable way and provides a forum for cat owners to ask about cat issues and to share information.  If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave your concerns below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

Sasha Grey

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Welcome to Cats That!

Welcome to Cats That, a place to learn about cats, talk about cats, and share tips on the care and feeding of our furry friends. The most recent addition to our cat family was Nala, a young stray dilute tortie girl, who gifted us with five fabulous fur babies on Black Friday two years ago.  (Cats are always full of little surprises!) Nala was a first-time mom and did a wonderful job taking care of her brood.  We found a loving forever home for one of her kittens, but the rest of the litter found a home with us.  Nala and “the babies” are all sweet, loving kitties.  We can’t imagine life without them.

Best wishes for a wonderful day for you and your cats!

Sasha

 

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