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.

Medical
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.

The Keys To Your Cat’s Personality

The Keys To Your Cat’s Personality

Sharing a home with someone usually means getting intimately acquainted with their personality. Does the same follow for feline friends? Cats have a reputation for sly games and hidden agendas, but the breadth of their emotions is every bit as varied as their human owners.

Understanding the complicated emotional life of a cat is not so difficult. Animals are motivated by similar needs to their owners. Following these feline cues can help owners understand what cats are thinking and feeling.

Relaxed And Happy

Contentment is the usual setting for most cats. Cheerful cats generally give off many easy-to-spot signals:

  • The familiar and happy buzz of a contented purr
  • Relaxed body posture, lying in a ball, atop the front paws, or stretched out
  • Whiskers away from the face, as if grinning
  • Ears are in a comfortable, upright position
  • Eyes blinking lazily, or semi-shut
  • Tails will be relaxed or upright and hooked in welcome

Motivated

Felines were made to hunt and pursue prey. Whether it is an object of prey or an owner with a toy, even domesticated house cats haven’t lost these common predatory characteristics:

  • Tails down, hanging low behind the cat’s hindquarters, twitching in anticipation
  • Lowered body position
  • Ears and whiskers aimed in the direction of the intended prey or desired object
  • Eyes open and pupils focused
  • Pacing

Apprehensive

Nerves and anxiety usually result from a significant change in a cat’s environment, whether that’s a move or a new element introduced into their world. Here’s what to keep an eye on:

  • Body cowering or back arched and prepared to flee
  • Still tails or slow sideways movements at the tip
  • Lowered head and ears flat or rapidly scanning for information
  • Whiskers pulled in towards the face or pointed out in preparation
  • Eyes will be wide open and fully dilated

Scared Or Angry

A frightened or irritated cat exhibits more apparent signs than the apprehensive cat above. Owners should approach a scared cat with slow, deliberate movements and help remove the source of fear. Signs include:

  • Hissing, spitting, and claws may appear
  • Bodies will be tall and fluffed out to seem larger
  • Tails will be pulled entirely beneath the body or rapidly whipping
  • Eyes will be wide and ears flat

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 !