Nina Nandy

Gastroenterologist at The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

5 Signs Your Cat Needs Your Attention

5 Signs Your Cat Needs Your Attention

It’s no secret that cats are very independent and that’s one of the major reasons people pick them as pets. But cats can also need a lot of attention. It’s more common in cats that are left by themselves for long periods of time or cats who do not receive enough stimulation in their living environment. It’s important to remember that cats wanting our attention is simply their way of communicating with us. Your cat might show the following 5 signs if they are seeking out additional attention.

Pawing at your arm or leg
This is one of the most obvious signs that your cat needs more attention. It might happen at an inconvenient time of you, but to your cat, there is never an inconvenient time. Simply petting them and engaging them with a little conversation will go a long way with your little guy or girl.

Jumping up
Sometimes a cat likes to be above it all and observe things from a higher vantage point. But has your cat started jumping up onto places they are not allowed to be such as the kitchen counter while you’re cooking or the dinner table while you’re eating? This can be a sign that your cat would like you to pay more attention to them. Spending time with your feline before starting to cook dinner will give them the extra attention they might be craving.

Excessive meowing
Meowing is a healthy and normal behavior unless its becoming excessive. Your cat may be trying to get your attention if they are meowing more than normal or the meows sound desperate. Cats who need more attention sometimes develop habits of meowing late at night or very early in the morning while you’re asleep for extra attention!

Excessive Scratching
Scratching is a natural cat behavior. It allows them to stretch, release energy, and shed any loose layers from their claws. Clawing can be destructive if it’s not done on scratching posts. A cat will claw things like furniture or carpet if they do not have the appropriate scratching posts, but they will also do it to get your attention.

You cat may seek your comfort if they are in pain, stressed or have anxiety. If this is unusual behavior for your cat, or you’ve noticed a change in your cat’s behavior, make an appointment with your local veterinarian to make sure your cat is completely healthy.


5 Ways to Get Your Cat to Exercise

5 Ways to Get Your Cat to Exercise

Cats sleep a lot. Being in a constant state of slumber, most cats don’t get the exercise that they need. As a loving owner, you want your cat to be happy and healthy, and encouraging your cat to get more exercise can be a big part of that. Here are some ways that you can contribute to keeping your cat active.

1. Play with your cat!

Find a toy that excites your cat and gets them moving. Maybe it’s a ball, a mouse, or a laser pointer. When you find the toy that grabs your cat’s attention, play with them every day. Get them running around the room and jumping off of the walls for a couple of minutes every day, and it will make a world of difference.

2. Get another cat

Sometimes, another cat can give your first cat someone to play with. The two felines can entertain each other, running and exercising along the way. Hopefully they get along!

3. No more snacks

Everyone likes snack, so it might seem cruel to eliminate snacks from your cat, but it’s for the greater good. Avoiding human food or snacks is best to keep them healthy and happy. Keep your cat on a specific diet.

4. Food for energy

Look for cat foods that specifically promote energy in your cat. You may want to try diet foods as well. It’s important to feed your cat at consistent times, so keep a regular schedule. A specific amount of food twice a day (once in the morning and once at night) is a popular schedule. Do not be tempted to feed them if they beg for food- make them stick to the schedule.

5. Rearrange necessary items

Keep the cat moving by placing items that they need far away. Put the littler box on the other side of the house as their food. Keep their bed and toys somewhere else. You may even consider placing their food and water bowls on a shelf so that they have to jump to get to it. Be careful that it’s not in a location where it can spill on anything important.

When you love your cat, you want it to be as healthy as possible. These tips can help keep your cat healthy and lean. Don’t wait until it’s too late- implement these changes now.

How to Support Local Artists in Your Community

How to Support Local Artists in Your Community

Investing in the arts is one of the best ways to foster a positive sense of community in your area. Many people want to become active in their communities by supporting local artists, but they are unsure of how to do it. Don’t be intimidated! There are many easy ways that you can support your local artists.

The most direct way to support your favorite artists is to become a patron. By going to local art shows and buying art from those artists whose work inspires you, you will benefit from a personal relationship with those artists and the knowledge that your support dramatically encourages them in their craft. For an emerging artist, the feeling that you like their work enough to want to own it can make all the difference.

Following a local gallery or community center can be a great way to learn about emerging talent. This is the best way to stay informed about upcoming events where local artists will be featured. Following artists individually on social media and sharing their work with others is a great way to support their progress. In the past, many artists had to rely on galleries to market and sell their work. While a positive relationship with a gallery can be incredibly rewarding, it can also be a barrier to entry for young artists. Social media has become a powerful tool with which many artists have been able to transform their passion into a profession. By following their careers online, you can be a part of their growth.

Offering support for the fine arts programs in local schools is another opportunity to grow the arts in your community. Most artists discover their passion during this period in their lives, and if we fail to support them during these critical years, that passion may wither on the vine. Whether you have children or not, you’re paying taxes to support public education, and you can influence how those funds are allocated by supporting these programs in your local government.

Supporting your local artists is supporting the growth of your community. It’s incredibly satisfying to see the progression of your favorite artist’s career encouraged by your support, as a favorite piece of art has become a smart financial investment.

A Word From Nina Nandy’s Cat

Hi, my name is Lionel and I am a long haired tuxedo likely Maine Coon mix with giant kitten mittens and a big fluffy tail. I was a stray roaming the mean streets of Albuquerque until the age of one and a half when I was picked up by Animal Humane and neutered. My Nina Nandy Photohuman mommy, Nina Nandy, came in to meet me and though she was very sweet I was scared. Nina took me home and I was nervous because I had never lived inside before. She gave me lots of love and treats and toys but I would hide and one day I saw a way out and I ran away! I know she was very worried about me and put up flyers all over town and even went door to door looking for me. It took a few months and animal control picked me up and put me in the west side shelter and because I was microchipped Nina was able to find me again. Now I know to never run away again because I have the best life ever! I have all the cuddles, snuggles and treats a kitty could ever have and all the best toys! I particularly enjoy my giant black and white cat tree because it matches my colors, my window seat where I can catch all the sun I want, getting hair all over everything particularly clean laundry and generally being naughty. =^.^= Check out pictures, videos  and the latest antics of me, Lionel the snugglisest, most mischievous kitty in the world !