Cats: The Wiggle and Pounce

So, we’ve all seen it from our cats: the wind up wiggle before jumping or springing up onto something. Some cats do a small wiggle and others, like my guy, wiggle for so long that the pounce is often anti-climatic. There are countless videos of cats wiggling and some have been made in to a meme.

The question is: Why do they wiggle?

Well, it’s not just little house kitties who wiggle. Big cats like tigers and leopards also have the pre-wiggle pounce. It seems to be, as we can guess, in preparation to a successful pounce and for big cats who hunt, that can mean catching their prey. So, we all kind of guess that, right?

But, the wiggle helps line up the back legs. It also can help a cat assess how strong or level the ground is underneath them for the jump. The wiggle helps cats balance and also prepares their legs muscles for the big push. It’s kind of how we may take a few small practice swings with a bat or golf club.

The wiggling may be innate and possibly also learned. If you’ve had several cats in your life, you may notice some of them wiggle more than others. I have two cats. One hardly wiggles, he just jumps and pounces and sometimes doesn’t get his toy. The other one wiggles and wiggles and wiggles and jumps farther and lands harder on his toy. I have no idea how long my wiggle cat was with his litter before he was up for adoption. My less wiggly cat I found at 5 weeks old, so maybe he wasn’t taught how long to wind up before pouncing? Who knows.

Some veterinarians believe this movement also is a way for cats to shake out their muscles the way an athlete does before a game. It’s a “warm up” and may just be the cat version of flexing and runs in tandem with dopamine flowing that flows during hunting or playing.

Do you have a video of your cat wiggling? Share it with us!

Bath Time! Cats in the tub

Many of us know that cats aren’t fond of water. And probably even less of them want to be bathed. There are times when it’s necessary and some cats tolerate it quite well. Here’s several cats being bathed and their reactions.

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Doesn’t hate it… doesn’t love it either

This cat doesn’t seem to mind at all

And this cat thinks it’s time to swim

He knows it’s bath time and he’s NOT HAPPY AT ALL!

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However this cat loves the bath!

6 Things Only Cat Owners Will Understand

Cats have very specific desires that don’t always make sense to us. However, if you own a cat then you know that regardless of our understanding or logic, there are some definite truths that cats have and can’t be shaken.

In a house with a dog and cat: the cat is in charge


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There is no such thing as “ALONE” time


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Laptops were made for kittens to sleep on


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Staring out the window is a sacred time. Do not disturb.


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A box will always be more appealing than an expensive toy


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Sinks are cat-shaped for a reason… summer bed


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Looking for that perfect pet? Try Allpaws

There are many websites where you can browse shelters, rescue groups, and other organizations for that furry new friend. A new one has recently launched called Allpaws. The site has a look and feel that is similar to your typical searching site with drop down menus where you choose the type of pet, breed, and enter your zip code. The results will show you dogs, cats, hamsters, or whatever else you’re looking for within a certain radial mileage of your zip code.

The founder of Allpaws was recently interviewed on ABC and stated that the site is exactly like using a dating site. Before launching AllPaws, Darrell Lerner co-founded a dating application that ties into Facebook. He likens the new pet searche site to a dating style site complete with advanced search tools. The choices are endless with options of play levels, good with children, gender, age, size, and location.

In the search results you can add the pet to your favorites or share the pet on your social networks. Every little bit of free advertising helps pets gets new homes. On the left side, the filters allow you to choose the distance from your zip code that you’re willing to drive to, coat length, special needs, house trained, and behavior traits. The customization is endless and wonderful for filtering.

At last count, the site boasted there were 92,164 pets on there waiting for their forever home. So, what are you waiting for? Go get a new family friend! We’ll wait.

Want a Kitten with Your Coffee?

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium opened up in March, in London, England and in the short time it’s been open it has drawn a crowd. Why? Well, because of the cats. The newest cafe is offering stressed out cat lovers a place to go and drink a latte and pet a cat.

Curl up with a book, a cat, a coffee, and a croissant. It’s the prefect combo. The first cafes took off in Japan and have been a huge success. It’s the perfect solution for anyone who lives in a small apartment or doesn’t have the time to take care of a cat but would love to have some head butts, purrs, and a little bit of fur attached to your pants.

Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium has 11 resident cats who have free roam of the cafe. The cafe, which is named after Alice’s cat from Alice in Wonderland, is following the growing trend of cat cafes that are opening in major cities around the world. This year, there will be a cat cafe opening in San Francisco too!

Check out the videos of the cats at Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium and if you are visiting with group, book your visit on their website here.

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29 Benefits of Owning a Pet

There are a lot of reasons to own a pet. Some of us have grown up with pets and it’s hard to imagine living without one as an adult. Others of us may work with animals and sometimes find that there’s one little stray that borrowed its way into our hearts and homes or that foster pup ended up being a furever pup. Sometimes pets find us and literally follow us home (this happened to my cousin years ago).

Regardless of why you have a pet, the health benefits are great and plentiful. Studies have shown that pet owners have decreased levels of stress and tend to have better levels of cholesterol than those who do not own pets. We’ve talked about the benefits of having a dog and when it comes to getting out of the house and exercising as well as the silly things our pets do that make us laugh.

Here’s 29 benefits of owning a pet

  1. They reduce allergies in children who grow up with them
  2. Petting a pet can reduce stress
  3. Walking or jogging with your dog can help you stay fit
  4. When you least expect it, they can make you laugh
  5. Hugging a pet can help relieve sadness
  6. Taking care of a pet can keep us from falling into funks
  7. Dogs can detect illnesses in us (like cancer) and help us get treatment sooner
  8. They are great therapists and always listen to our woes
  9. When it’s cold, a pet snoozing on the bed can warm it up before we go to sleep
  10. Pets won’t judge us if we eat popcorn for dinner or ice cream for breakfast
  11. Pets also don’t care if our socks don’t match
  12. Dogs are more than happy to help clean up any dropped food, especially around the high chair of your baby
  13. Dogs will bark to alert you someone is near your house
  14. If you lose something in the house (like keys) chances are your pet knows where they are, like under them. My cat sits on the things I tend to need.
  15. They’ll gladly help you finish that ham and cheese sandwich
  16. If you need to turn the soil in your yard, your dog may volunteer and dig those holes for you (just might not be where you want them)
  17. Alarm clocks aren’t necessary when your dog has a routine and will gladly keep you on it too
  18. Can help fidgety people calm down. Pet fish can help people learn to sit still and relax
  19. Dogs trained to notice health changes can keep us safe like diabetic and seizure alert dogs that can detect changes in our body before we can
  20. Pets can help children with autism communicate better
  21. Shedding pets will remind us to vacuum! Else we are all furry
  22. Some are just so ugly that they are cute and make us smile for no reason
  23. Pets can reduce the risk of eczema
  24. Some dogs can be trained to sniff out things – like food that contains ingredients you are allergic to and steer you away from them
  25. They remind to live in the present and stop worrying about the future or wishing for a different past. They are your Zen gurus
  26. Dogs can help you make friends at the dog park or on a walk
  27. A teething puppy can remind you to “let go” of material goods (especially when they chew them up!)
  28. Decrease stress
  29. Lowers blood pressure

What would YOU add to this list?

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10 Ways to Say “I Love You” to a Pet on Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day has its roots in Christianity, back to St. Valentine who wrote, “From your Valentine” before he was executed. Today, Valentine’s Day is not only a religious holiday but it is also one where many of us show how much we appreciate our partners, those we have been dating for a little bit, and anyone else that is special to us. We exchange cards, candy, go to the movies, and anything else that expresses our gratitude and love.

What about our pets? They are special to us, we love them, they love us, and they could use a little extra TLC too. And come on, we all know that sometimes our pets are better than the person we’re dating because they don’t mind if we forgot to take out the garbage, leave our socks on the floor, or snore in bed. They don’t care if the sink is filled with dishes or if we smoke or drink too much with our buddies. All they care about is that we are kind to them, love them, and create a loving and safe environment for them.

It’s time to show your pets that you love them this Valentine’s Day.

10 Ways to Show “I Love You” To Your Pet

Spa Treatment

Take your pup to the groomer for a full makeover. Nail trim, oatmeal bath, trim, and brush out are a great way to show your dog that you care. Their skin and fur will thank you for it. Cold, dry weather can dry out their skin and dead fur can be tangled into their coats. A spa day will make them feel brand new. For your cat, a nail trim, a good brushing, and cleaning the ears with some catnip and yummy treats afterwards will show you care. We can’t guarantee they will like the treatment at the time, but they will be happy afterwards.
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Walk and Talk

Yeah, that’s right. That’s what dogs want, plain and simple. A long walk after breakfast or before dinner with ample time to sniff and check out every shrubbery, tree, and fire hydrant and maybe, just maybe, chase a squirrel up a tree will make your dog feel like the only dog in the world.
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Bling

The Kardashians really like bling, your pets will too. Now, I’m not saying your pets are like the Kardashians. I’m just saying, ummm, well, uh…nevermind.

Your pets could use a new leash, new collar, or even a new fancy dish to eat out of. How about a fancy water dish with their name on it or a leather collar that looks stunning with their fur? There are plenty of accessories for your pets from little trinkets to outstanding jackets and shoes. Indulge a little. Show the world your pet is worth it!
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Bonding

Dogs just want to hang with you, right? They want to know they are appreciated. So take the extra step this Valentine’s Day and spend some quality time together. A walk and game of fetch, or jog through the park will increase the bond already present. Small pets and cats may enjoy just being held or petted, playing with a toy, or talked to. Now, we know you already do these things but do it longer on Valentine’s Day. Give them some extra attention!
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Clean Up

Be a servant to your pet. Clean up their litter box, vacuum their bedding and wash it, scrub their food and water bowls, and clean the dried goopy peanut butter out of that Kong. Pets may not like being bathed but they do appreciate their things being cleaned. It also helps remove odors from the home. When you’re done your pet may thank you for it by coming over and giving you a head butt or face lick.
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Dress Up!

If your dog wears sweaters or a raincoat when going out during the winter months, it could be a great time to buy a new one for her/him. You could also get yourself a matching sweater. Then no one will mistake that you are owned by your pet. I used to hang out with a girl who had a dog that loved putting on his argyle sweater vest every morning. It was very cute. I’m not sure if she had a matching vest.
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Angels on a Leash

Your heart will swell noticeably. Check it out and donate! Your heart will swell 3 times its current size. We promise. They are an organization of wonderful therapy dogs that visit people who need a little wet nose and wagging tail in their life as they heal.

It’s a great organization and maybe your perfect pup could become a therapy dog or you can donate and help Angels on a Leash continue bring love to those who need it.
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Foster or Adopt?

What would Valentine’s Day be without a true act of kindness or love? Just another cold day in winter is our guess. Check out http://www.aspca.org/aspca-nyc/adoptable-dogs/ to see other cool animals just waiting for their Valentine. Get to it! Your dog might make a new best friend or end up with a new sibling…
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A Dog Love Doll

Anti-Warm and Fuzzy. This is really a love doll for your dog. I don’t know how it works. I don’t know if there’s a spray on scent or not. I… I… here’s a link. And no, I don’t know what the “cone” part is for…
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Just Give’em What They Really Want

Ferrets, Hamsters, Rats, Rabbits – often want puzzles, mind exercises… a new maze made from cardboard boxes, a paper towel tube to crawl into or chew on, and maybe a some yummy treats hidden here and there.

Cats: Give’em a bird, err, we mean give them catnip.

Dogs: How about a cooked up meal of vegetables and brown rice mixed with salmon? Or maybe some fresh from the deli cheese? Your dog might even like to lick the peanut butter jar. Give ’em what they really want, food and more food.
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In all reality, a lot of pets would probably love for us to not date anyone else so they could have us all to themselves and home all the time.

What does your pet really love?

Favorite Movies About Cats

There are a lot of movies about dogs and what great friends they are to us. But what about us cat lovers? Cats are silly and are great friends too! And some cats have very strong personalities that the world needs to see.

Did you see our list of favorite movies about dogs?

If you want to see movies with cats as the main characters, check out these favorites from us:

Garfield

That fat orange cat that we love so much from the comic strips in our newspapers got his own feature film back in 2004. Jon, his owner, adopts a dog named Odie to impress a vet and Garfield is not thrilled and locks Odie out of the house one night. But when Odie gets into trouble, Garfield goes on a search to find his “friend” and meets some other animal buddies along the way.
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Harry and Tonto

Harry is a retired man living in NYC with his cat, Tonto. His building is torn down and he has to move. After spending some time with family he decides it is time to start a new life and makes a lovely journey with his best buddy, his cat. It’s a very touching film and throughout Harry’s journey across the United States, Tonto is by his side.
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The Aristocats

This older Disney film is set in Paris with a mother cat named Duchess and her three kittens whose owner wants to leave her fortune to them. The cats are abandoned in the countryside by the owner’s evil butler so he can inherit the fortune. As the cats make their way back to Paris, they meet a lot of great friends like Scat Cat who is in a band, and have a great adventure returning to their beloved owner.
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Oliver and Company

This animated film is a cat’s version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. A lost kitten joins a gang of dogs in NYC where he meets a young girl named Jenny. Jenny is kidnapped and it’s up to Oliver and his friends to save her. A great family movie with some fun songs sung by Billy Joel, Bette Midler, and Huey Lewis.
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Cats And Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore

There’s a war between the cats and dogs. This is a sequel where Kitty Galore has gone rogue and is determined to not only get revenge on the dogs but also bring down her former kitty colleagues. To battle her, the cats and dogs must join forces to save the world.
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What are your favorite movies with cats in them? Let us know!

5 “Green” Steps to Removing Cat Smells from Carpet & Bedding

Cats tend to not smell as bad as dogs do, but sometimes they roll in something, get too dirty, and end up smelling bad. Usually, a good brushing and maybe a wipe down with a damp towel can take care of a smelly or dirty cat. However, sometimes it’s not that simple.

My cats tend to jump out of the litter box and walk around the house with damp paws. Little paws that were just standing in urinated litter. YUCK! My carpet has had small spots that smell like a dirty litter box and vacuuming those areas wasn’t enough to remove the smells.

I’ve used pet cleaners like Nature’s Miracle to clean floors but I also like to use items that are “green.” The lingering smells from dirty paws on the carpet aren’t really “stains.”

Here’s how I remove the odors:

  1. Dilute white vinegar with water in a 3:1 ratio in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the areas where the smells are strongest.
  3. Let it sit and dry. It does make the house smell like vinegar but not too strongly since it is diluted.
  4. Once dry, I sprinkle some baking soda on the carpet and let that sit for several minutes.
  5. Vacuum

On the hardwood and tiled floors, cleaning up is a little easier. I spray the vinegar solution on the floor and then take a rag or damp mop and clean up the floor. To clean my bedding, because sometimes the cats jump right on the bed after using the litter box, I throw some baking soda into the washing machine along with detergent and use warm or hot water. If your cat’s bedding smells, baking soda works great on removing the smells. Simply sprinkle some on the bed, let it sit, and then vacuum it up. If the outer shell is removable, toss it in the wash.

One of my friends has a cat that urinates outside the box now and then. I asked her what she does to clean up the spots, she told that she pours baking soda on the spots on the carpet where the cat has urinated, lets it sit, and then vacuums. For tougher stains or ones that she missed, she will use vinegar and water on the stain, saturate the area and blot it up with a towel.

Baking soda also works great for removing smells from other fabrics like couches and is good for the environment, non-toxic, and cheap.

What “green” methods do you use to get rid of cat smells in your house?

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