Fighting in Cats

Why do cats fight?

Why do cats fight?

Cats can be very territorial, and inter-cat aggression is common among household cats as well as cats who live close to each other. Males are more prone to territorial fighting than females, although it is also possible for females to fight, and males and females to fight. It all comes down to the cats and their personality. My experience has been that of male to male fighting. Some households will never experience fighting at all.

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Why Is My Cat Hiding?

Cat hiding

Why is my cat hiding?

There are several reasons your cat may hide, and this is behaviour the pet owner should be alert to. Some cats are naturally quite shy and prefer to remain out of the way.

Pet owners can do their bit to try and bring out the confidence and trust in cats, but some cats will always just prefer to remain in the background.

Some cats are afraid of strangers, we had a cat who was fine with just us around, but as soon as a stranger came up to the house, he would run and hide. That was just his inherent nature, and not something to be overly concerned about.

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Cats As Pets – Why Cats Make Great Companions

Cats as pets

Cats are beautiful creatures who have a great deal to offer their human companions. It is thought that cats were first domesticated by humans around 5,000 years ago and were used to help protect farmers crops from mice and other rodents.

They are still a favourite domesticated pet today, generally not for their hunting abilities but for a variety of other reasons which we will look at below.

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Cat Tongue – All About Your Cat’s Tongue

Cat tongue

The cat’s tongue is made up of several groups of muscles, which move in various directions. It is unique in that it contains backwards-facing spines (called papillae) which form a barbed surface and act like a hairbrush when the cat is grooming itself.

A healthy tongue is pink in colour. Any change in your cat’s tongue shape or colour can indicate a problem and should be assessed by a vet.

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Causes of Biting in Cats

Cat biting person

Why do cats bite?

There are several possible causes of biting in cats; it depends entirely on the situation at the time. Biting is primarily the result of fear and or aggression. Some cats, especially young ones may also bite as a form of play.

I cannot emphasise enough that this behaviour should not be encouraged. It might be cute when a little kitten nipping you, but when it’s a full-grown cat.

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Why Do Cats Meow?

Cat meowing

At a glance

About: Meowing is a form of communication between cats and humans.

Why do cats meow?

  • Asking for something (food, open the door, attention)
  • Pain
  • Talking (greeting you, thanks for opening the door)
  • Grieving
  • Confusion
  • Boredom

Sudden meowing: A normally quiet can become quite vocal when he or she is unwell, confused (which can be due to dementia), or if a female is in estrus.

Talkative cat breeds: Siamese, Bengal, Oriental, Burmese, Maine Coon, Sphynx, Egyptian Mau, Himalayan, Balinese.

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Black Cats – Superstitions, Names & Breeds

Black cats

Why do people think black cats bring bad luck?

This superstition came about because of their association with witches in the Middle Ages. Black cats are still considered bad luck throughout most of Europe, India and the US. Many pet shelters in the US will not adopt out black cats around Halloween due to the increased risk of harm.

Not all countries think of black cats as bad luck though, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand all consider black cats to be good luck. A black cat who crosses your path in England is thought to be good luck.  In Germany, if a black cat crosses your path from left to right, it is a good omen if it crosses from right to left it is a bad omen.

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Travelling With Cats – Car or Plane

Travelling with cats

Cats are not the easiest of pets to travel with as they are creatures of habit and prefer the familiarity and safety of their home. Where possible, it is always better to leave your cat either at home with a sitter or at a boarding cattery but sometimes travelling is necessary, either a family moves home or decides to take an extended trip and would like to bring the cat along.

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