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18 Photos That Prove Cats Are Always Going To Do What They Wanna Do

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There are still some people so naive that they think training a cat and tell them to do something is possible. Cats are such independent animal that they choose to live among us, not our choice. So if you are still doubt and consider to train a cat, check out these pictures below and you will see, cats do whatever they want and you have nothing to stop them.

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#1 This cat had a new bed still, he chose a dust pan.

21 Cats That Have Their Own Definition of Logic

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Cats Logic

Even though if you are not a cat person, you somehow know that cat has its own logic which is very hard to understand, but sometimes it is very entertaining watching their silly logic and actions.

We collected some photos of cats with their own way of thinking in action and hope you will find them enjoyable.

#1 Gravity who?

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#2 Bet he thinks he’s stuck there.

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#3 Complete balance.

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#4 “I don’t know this one.” – said the cat on the right.

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#5 A normal Christmas event when you have cat.

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#6 A sleeping angel.

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#7 “I am the baby. I do whatever I want. Here is a ‘judge me’ look.”

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#8 Together all the time.

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#9 On a mission but the sleepiness hits.

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#10 “Mirror mirror on the wall. Who is the fairest of them all?”

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#12 Pretty sure he uses the toy totally wrong.

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#13 Sharing is caring.

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#14 When babe is out for 1 minute and you start to missing her smell.

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#15 “I heard we have pizza for dinner. Where is it?”

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#17 “If I don’t see them, it means they can’t see me.”

#18 Home is a feeling.

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#19 Sharing is caring.

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#20 Cannot waste the water.

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How to Take Care of a Puppy?

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have you recently adopted a puppy? are you thinking of adopting one in this new animal wised video we explain? everything you should do to care for your new friend you will find all the information you need to prepare your home for the new arrival navigate the first days feed train and look after your puppy remember adopting a puppy is a serious commitment so be sure of your decision

the first thing you should do after adopting a puppy is to take it to a vet, most adoption centers will give you information about your puppy’s health and keep it up to date with vaccinations.

but it’s always a good idea to make a first visit to the vet the vet can perform a general checkup see if your puppy has parasites vaccinated if necessary and give you recommendations on feeding and care the vet can also suggest an approximate date for sterilization this is recommended to control canine overpopulation which results in thousands of abandoned and slaughtered animals each year remember that if possible you should not separate a pup from its mother and siblings before it reaches 8 to 10 weeks internal and external deworming are important aspects of basic puppy care as dogs can be infected by parasites such as fleas or intestinal worms.

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although a small number of parasites may not be a problem they can cause complications such as anemia in puppies in addition they can infect other animals and humans too which is why it is important to deworm your puppy right at the start and carry out deworming every month your vet will suggest the most suitable product specific to your puppy in general internal deworming can begin from day of a puppy’s life external deworming should begin only after eight weeks.

another basic element of puppy care is vaccination the vaccination schedule begins when a puppy is about eight weeks old and is then repeated annually.

although it is not mandatory in all countries vaccinating against rabies is recommended during the first weeks of a puppy’s life the vaccines are administrated in several consecutive doses until this vaccination period is over it is best not to take the puppy outside for walks since it hasn’t developed immunity yet and could get serious infections.

in some countries all dogs must be identified with a device called a microchip which is placed via subcutaneous injection and allows the dog to be located at all times.

How To Tell If Your Dog’s Happy?

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when your dog wags their tail it could mean one thing or it could mean something else . in fact, there are lots of dog body language cues that humans tend to misunderstand

We know the easy ones. But for the tough ones, we asked a dog behavior expert to tell us what we’re getting wrong.

One of the most common cues that we tend to misunderstand are things that we take to understand as being happy. (The wagging of a tail.)

There can be a certain wagging of a tail that is not friendly at all, Each individual behavior needs to be looked at in the big context of It turns out the secret to understanding dog language is all about the ears.

You want to look, are the ears either up and kind of excited or are they kind of laid back, Or are they pinned back? Which is fear.

So many dogs, you just look at the ears, that’s all you need to know their emotional state.

Sometimes your dog may seem sleepy when they’re actually stressed, Yawning. It’s called a stress yawn Very, very common. But a little stress can be a good thing.

Just because your dog exhibits some stress signals, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing something bad.

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Sometimes they can, you know, yawn or shake it off, because it’s difficult being out here and you’re telling me to come and sit and lie down and I want to go chase that ball.

It means they’re learning. It can be sort of stressful, but it’s therapeutically advantageous. Another behavior is the lie down.

There are definitely dog body language behaviors that mean, “I need my own space.” And these should really always be respected.

There’s a big difference between sort of a tucking of the tail and ignoring, a looking away, and a full belly-showing lie down.

Showing the belly is a trusting state to be in, Their whole demeanor will change, Their ears will go back and their eyes will go soft. And plus, it opens up to a nice little belly rub. Reading our emotions is easy for dogs.

10 Signs Your Dog is Happy

Dogs are the only other animal other than certain kinds of apes to exhibit, When they look at you, they gaze to their left, which is to your right side.

The right side of our face tends to show our emotions more immediately, quickly and clearly.

You tend unconsciously – go check it out next time you’re at a cocktail party. When you’re trying to get a gauge on what someone is thinking or feeling, you tend to have left gaze bias. Dogs exhibit this gaze bias, the same way humans do.

We may not speak the same language, but our bond with dogs is amazing.

Dogs are so great at communicating to humans and reading humans’ visual and physical body language.

If you think you have a sense of what your dog is thinking or feeling, you’re probably right. Their eyebrows show their emotions. They do a head tilt to be able to express certain feelings and thoughts. They are a very unique species.

Things to Know Before Getting a Puppy!

How To Train Your Horse To Jump Over Things

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jumping with horses is a very exciting, and uplifting thing to do not just for the rider but I daresay for the horse as well I used to think that training horses to jump it’s something to be left to experts but if you approach it carefully and slowly you can train your horse to jump safely and confidently and for the minimum of a current.

the one important thing is that you need to be a confident rider who has learned to jump on an experienced horse.

don’t try to teach an inexperienced horse to jump if you’re learning yourself, this is not fair to the horse and unsafe for you

this article is not about how to learn to jump as a rider, but how to teach your horse to jump my way of training a horse to jump turn my horse flora into a confident and happy jumping horse as a result I found the best way to start is from the ground in a fenced in area.

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if you’re familiar with join up work and have done the basics of it with your horse already that means your house accepts you as the leader and follows you without lead rope you can start like I did just let your horse follow you a walking over pole this way she is not forced and has the choice to stop or walk around it if she is unsure if she trusts you she will follow you with a bit of encouragement this exercise introduces the concept of going over an obstacle rather than around it also try this at a trot.

I find at this stage it makes sense to switch to lunging the horse that is driving her around you in a wide circle with a long line will enjoy attached to her head, this way I’m in control of how fast she goes over the pole the aim of this exercise is to get the horse to have to think about where her legs are in relation to the pole and how to lift them so that she doesn’t trip she might be surprised but there are plenty of horses out there who have very little of their own legs especially when they are young as jumping is all about body coordination and rhythm it is essential that the horse first learns to move just their body consciously and precisely over an obstacle before having to do this with the rider practice and walk trot and canter.

when the horse is happy to go over the pole raise one side so that she has to make a bigger step to get over it or might even do a small jump always let her do this exercise approaching from both sides.

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it seems that horses find it difficult to transfer their learning and apply what they’ve learned on one side of their body to the other without actually physically doing it when you’re both happy with this you try and raise the poor on the other side as well obviously it is important that a pole can fall off the stand easily so the horse doesn’t get hurt.

then a bit higher again but only a little bit just enough, so that she can easily step over the pole but actually has to jump now the main thing is to build confidence in the horse.

so it is important not to be tempted to try to get her to jump higher and higher straight away, if she experiences jumping over low things is something fun and playful and feels well able for it she will most likely happily jump over higher things before too long.

so you should be confident that the horse will be able to jump them as knocking them with her legs might hurt or frighten her

if there are jumps that your horse hasn’t seen before give the horse a chance to look at the jumps first this way she won’t be startled and will approach the jumps more confidently and then go and have some fun

Things to Know Before Getting a Puppy!

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Getting Puppy

getting a puppy is adorable,but it’s also a real challenge.The last thing I want you to do is get a puppy, and end up regretting it.

So, here are five things you must know before you get a puppy.

1- Puppy Depression

Puppy depression is very common, and I’m not talking about, the puppy being depressed. You have all these expectations that you and your puppy are gonna be cuddling on the couch, and the next thing you know, the puppy just wants to be alone in the kitchen.This is very normal, Don’t have those feelings of buyers remorse. Give it time! Allow the puppy to acelomate, Training takes patience.

2- Meal Planing Is Important

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Feeding a young puppy is really tricky.You have to feed them up to four times a day, especially ones as big as Bear.

A lot of people think they can just free feed their puppies, leave a bowl of food, and the puppy will figure it out.

No, your puppy will become obese, and then guess what? Every time your puppy eats, it needs to poop.

So your house is going to be covered in poop, And have you ever seen a Newfie’s poop?

3 – Frequent Walks Are Needed

– Walking a puppy is no easy feat, but it’s extremely important, Doesn’t matter if it’s raining, if it’s snowing, you still have to walk your puppy, And most people get their puppies around weeks of age which means that a walk is necessary, every three to four hours.

So, if you’re working an eight hour workday, maybe a puppy isn’t for you. When walking your new puppy, you may come off rude to other dog owners,because you just can’t let your puppy play on leash with other pups, It’s gonna turn into trouble, leashes are gonna get tangled,someone’s gonna get bitten.Not a great idea! Plus it’s no good, if you want a well behaved puppy.

4- Dogs Get Dirty

Dogs Get Dirty

Dogs get dirty, I mean, Bear when he sees mud, he not only walks in it, he lies down in it, he rolls around in it, he drools in it, so, But thankfully, he likes taking baths. So it’s not such a painful process, But, some dogs hate baths,

So, it’s really gonna be personality dependent, You really shouldn’t, use human products on your dog, No to human shampoo, and no to human hairdryers.

Special dog dryer, it’s not too hot, and it essentially blows the water off the dog. And it’s not just bathing him, you got to brush him, you got to clip his toe nails.This is a true time commitment.

5- Create Training Is Best

Crate training is by far the most effective way to housebreak your dog, and to make sure they don’t destroy your home.

Dogs are den creatures, they love enclosed spaces, Bear goes in here after playing with Roxy and it’s his place to rest, He sleeps here, he hangs out here and he’s not gonna pee in here, because it’s such an enclosed space.

Proving how much he loves his crate, even when I open the door he doesn’t feel the need to run out, Because, this is his home, he loves it in there.

How to Get a Cat to Like You?

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You don’t have to do anything to get a dog to like you, Some treats help but most dogs will get along with humans right away. We’ve been breeding that into them for all of human history.

Cats, however, are very different. While they have been living near us for about 5,000 years, we’ve only been breeding them for about 200.

So they’re basically still wild animals. When cats behave very differently from dogs, we misinterpret that as them being mean or unfriendly, A cat doesn’t have to be unfriendly.

You just have to do a different kind of work to win them over, Today we’re gonna meet Cosmo the cat.

Just like people, every cat is different. If they don’t love you right away,
don’t take it too personally, If you own a dog, you know that they love new smells, and investigating, and rolling around in them, and getting them all over themselves.

Cats are the opposite, An unfamiliar scent can turn them off, So if you’re worried about bringing that kind of smell, into the cat’s home, you could spray yourself with a pheromone, like Comfort Zone or Feliway.

These are a bit expensive. They’re usually for cat owners, trying to protect new furniture.

But if you’re new furniture, and you wanna take this to the next level, you could bring this with you, spray yourself just once or twice on the torso, let it settle in for a couple of minutes and this may help calm a cat.

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Ever notice how a cat gravitates right toward the one, allergic person in the room? They go past everyone else who’s trying to attract the cat, going, here kitty, kitty.

Yeah, don’t do any of that. Spend some time actually ignoring the cat, That gives them space to scope you out on their own terms.

Let’s try a technique from cat guru, Jackson Galaxy, He calls it, the Michelangelo. The idea is, instead of reaching your hand out like this, which can be intimidating, you let it dangle.

You make maybe a loose fist, one finger poking out, a little like a cat nose. Cats don’t see very well up close, that’s why they have whiskers.

So, you don’t wanna be shoving this in their face, You’re holding it and waiting for the cat to come to you. It investigates, maybe invites you to scratch, And then you try to. It still may reject you at that point.

It might ignore you all together. You just have to be patient, and let the cat take the lead. The safe zone for petting is different for every cat. But Tom McNamee, author of the Inner Life of Cats, recommends that you start with the spots that a mother cat, would nuzzle her kittens.

That can be behind the ears, or the base of the tail. All cats are naturally territorial
so they’re very conscious of their environment. You don’t wanna be a big imposing creature in their space.

Get down on the floor, meet them on their level. Don’t block the exits, If they feel like they can come and go, they’re more likely to come back to you, Here’s one I have a lot of trouble with.

I love to stare a cat right in the eyes, But that can be counterproductive, That’s the look they give when they’re hunting and you’re doing that to them. Instead, you wanna give a long, slow, blink. That shows that you’re disarming, you’re relaxed, and friendly.

You’re not hunting them, A great modern toy is the laser pointer, I love making a cat chase it around.

This is especially good with a new cat, According to cat behaviorist, Mieshelle Nagelschneider, if you get the cat in hunting mode, they’re more comfortable.
They forget to be afraid of you.

Point the laser under furniture and other hiding spots, to better simulate prey that runs and hides from your cat, Then either lead them to a treat or lead them back to you and give them a treat.

Let them catch their prey so that they don’t get bored very quickly, Let’s ramp this up beyond treats, If you work with the owner, you can feed the cat its regular meal.

That establishes you as a potential provider worthy of trust and affection.
One more tip from Jackson Galaxy, is to keep a special jackpot treat, that only comes from guests.

Cosmo has never had this particular treat before. So, ideally, we get him to associate me with the treat.

Keep them in the house, when people come over, hand them the treat, maybe even before they come indoors. Then every visit from a guest is like a visit from Santa. As long as you understand cats from their perspective, you’ll be a better cat friend, The things they do could be really weird to humans, They definitely don’t behave the same way dogs do, I just learn to go along with it, And let him know that whatever he does, I won’t hurt him.

How to Choose the Right Cat for You

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Sharing your life with an animal can be a wonderful, rewarding experience, but having a pet is not for everyone. Before bringing a cat home, consider whether or not you’re ready for the commitment of caring for an animal. Ask yourself the following questions: Are you willing to commit to caring for a cat for the entirety of her lifetime, which could be as long as twenty years? If you move, marry or have a child, will you keep your cat? Do you have time to spend with a cat? Are you financially prepared to care for a cat? The average annual cost for general cat care is approximately $1,000 and could be more should your cat require emergency veterinary care, preventive dental care or treatment for chronic issues.

Remember that all cats require a commitment of time, money and energy. If you’re unable to take on the responsibilities of caring for and supporting a cat, you should probably reconsider adopting. If you do decide you are ready to bring an animal into your life and family, it is important that you choose your companion carefully.

Please consider adopting a homeless cat or kitten from your local humane society or animal shelter. With millions of healthy, adoptable animals euthanized in shelters each year, purchasing an animal from a breeder or store is unnecessary.

Contrary to what some may believe, shelter cats are likely to be just as healthy, and are often healthier, than are pure bred or store bought cats. Also, by adopting a shelter cat, you will be helping to cut down animal overpopulation, and you will be giving a second chance to a cat in need.

Cat or kitten?

Many people arrive at shelters wanting to adopt a cute, playful kitten, and though kittens can make great companions, they often require more time and patience than older cats. It is important that you consider your lifestyle before adopting a kitten. If you’re going to be a one-pet family, reconsider adopting a kitten. Kittens need constant stimulation, and a single, bored kitten will often entertain herself by scratching furniture, digging in or eating plants or climbing curtains. This behavior is not only destructive but can be dangerous as well. Rather than inflicting twice the damage, two kittens usually take their energy out on each other, thus saving your belongings. You also should reconsider adopting a kitten if you have young children. Young animals and children are usually a dangerous combination.

Neither children nor kittens know how to behave appropriately with one another— kittens don’t yet know not to climb up legs or bite fingers, and children don’t yet know their own strength when they’re playing with pets. Older, calmer cats are generally a better match for children. If your schedule already is packed and you have little time to spend at home with a pet, you should not adopt a kitten. If you do not have several hours a day to devote to a kitten, your friendly, affectionate kitten may grow up to become a shy, distant cat who recognizes you only as a food source. Consider adopting an older cat if a kitten does not fit your lifestyle.

Is a special-needs cat right for you?

Shelters throughout the country are filled with loving, wonderful cats who just need a little extra care. If you have the time and money to devote to one of these special-needs cats, consider adopting a cat who is older, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) positive or suffering from a non-life threatening condition, such as deafness, blindness, etc. Special-needs cats are often known to develop incredibly strong bonds with their adoptive families.

Preparing to adopt

Before visiting your local shelter, be sure to call or visit its website to familiarize yourself with the adoption procedures. Some shelters may require proof of address, references or a copy of your rental lease to prove that pets are allowed in the building. Also, keep in mind that all members of the household should be included in the adoption process—adopting a pet is a life-long commitment and these important decisions need to be mutually agreed upon. Now you’re ready to adopt. Congratulations on bringing home a new family member!

Bringing a new cat home

Here are a few things you should know to ensure the experience goes as smoothly as possible! First, prepare your house for the new arrival. Remove toxic plants (for a complete list of poisonous plants, visit treehouseanimals.org), put away small objects which may be ingested by your new cat (yarn, paper clips, rubber bands, etc.), put away any breakables, so there’s no chance that your new cat might knock them off shelves or tables and close all cabinets and closets where your cat might hide.

Next, set up a single room as a home base for your cat. Cats are territorial animals, and for a new cat, too large a territory can be overwhelming. By keeping your new cat in a small area you will be providing a less stressful introduction to your home. For most cats a bathroom or a bedroom is an ideal location to get accustomed to the home.

Remind everyone to make the initial homecoming peaceful and quiet, without excited squeals and hugs. The secret to success is to allow your new friend to come to you. It is important not to force affection upon your new cat; soft talk and treats can be more reassuring in the early stages than petting. When your new cat seems comfortable with you being in the room, hold out your hand, palm down in a relaxed manner, and let her smell you. If your cat backs away, you have gotten too close. If your cat approaches, hold your position and continue to speak softly. At this point, begin petting your new cat by softly stroking the top of your cat’s head and cheeks, and slowly work down the cat’s body, if she allows it.

How to train your cat

Once your cat is thoroughly at ease with you, begin to allow her to explore the rest of the house. The first few times your cat is allowed to roam, supervise the exploration. This will prevent her from finding a hiding place. When your new cat has explored her new environment and seems comfortable, position food, water and the litter box(es) in their permanent places. Be sure to show the cat where you have moved them.

Be patient. Remember that each step must be taken at your cat’s pace.

Top 10 Reasons Cats Visit Vets

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There is a common misconception that cats can “take care of themselves.” Consequently, they are taken to the veterinarian far less frequently than dogs, statistically about half as often. Like all companion animals, though, cats require ongoing veterinary care to live happy, healthy lives. Regular checkups are even more critical for cats because they instinctively hide signs of illness. This behavior, developed in the wild to disguise cats’ weaknesses from predators, serves little purpose for domesticated cats. In fact, subtle signs of illness in cats often are overlooked or mistaken for behavior problems, which is why it is extremely important to bring your cat to the veterinarian for regular checkups and when you notice even slight changes in behavior.

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If you do not already have a veterinarian, talk to friends and relatives, or contact your local humane society for a referral. In some cases, it may be advantageous to see a veterinarian at a feline-only hospital, or a veterinarian at a mixed (dog/cat) practice, but who has a special interest in feline medicine. Members of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) can be found at catvets.com. Just as there are board certified specialists in veterinary cardiology and oncology, there are specialists in feline medicine who are certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP). Names of veterinarians boarded in feline medicine can be found at abvp.com or catvets.com.

Below is a list of changes that may signal that your cat is not feeling well. These are only guidelines and are not by themselves definitively diagnostic for a specific condition. Rather, they indicate that a veterinary visit may be needed. You know your cat’s habits and behavior better than anyone. Do not ignore changes that may indicate a developing health issue. If there is a sudden change in behavior, see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

1- Inappropriate elimination

This is one of the most common reasons given for relinquishing cats to shelters. Guardians often assume that the problem is behavioral, so they don’t seek medical help. When a cat begins to urinate or defecate outside the litter box, medical conditions must be ruled out before behavioral intervention is attempted. Any cat that does not feel well for any reason may behave differently, and in cats, that behavior

may include eliminating outside the litter box. Defecation outside the box can be a sign of inflammatory bowel disease, constipation, arthritis or other medical conditions. Cats may urinate outside the box because of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD), kidney disease, Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (kitty Alzheimer’s), hyperthyroidism, diabetes, etc. The urinary tract also can become blocked by crystals, stones or mucous plugs. This is a medical emergency, especially in male cats who are more prone to urinary tract blockages because of the anatomy of their urinary tracts. These cats can quickly become sick and die as toxins that normally are eliminated via the urinary tract instead build up in their bloodstream.

2- Changes in interaction

A cat that suddenly has little desire for attention from his human family may not be feeling well. For a normally docile cat, aggression towards people or other animals can be a sign of pain, and general irritability may be a sign that your cat simply is not feeling up to par. Having regular playtime and routines for interacting with your cat will help you notice sudden behavioral changes.

3- Changes in activity

Decreased physical activity can be caused by medical conditions that result in pain, discomfort or lack of energy. As cats age, they can develop arthritis and other illnesses that may cause them to be less active or playful, but they do not necessarily slow down just due to old age. Some older cats can experience increased physical activity, which can be a sign of hyperthyroidism.

4- Changes in sleeping habits

Knowing your cat’s daily habits will help you determine if there is a significant change in his normal sleep pattern. On average, cats can spend 16 to 18 hours daily sleeping; daytime rest generally consists of several catnaps. These naps aren’t typically deep sleeps, so cats usually can be easily roused by normal household sounds and other stimuli, such as light petting or food. If a cat is sleeping more often and/or more deeply than usual or has difficulty lying down and getting up, it could signal an underlying problem.

5- Changes in food and water consumption

Most cats eat well and regularly, provided they are offered food they enjoy. Get to know your cat’s eating and drinking habits; they are valuable indicators of the cat’s overall health. Increased food consumption can point to problems such as diabetes or hyperthyroidism. Increased water consumption can indicate kidney disease, diabetes, hyperthyroidism or other conditions. Many diseases can cause cats to decrease their food intake or stop eating altogether, which can lead to rapid, even dangerous, weight loss. A cat that has not eaten at all for more than a day is at potential risk of developing serious liver problems. Meal feeding your cat is preferable to free feeding in part because if your cat’s eating patterns change, you will notice it right away.

6- Unexplained weight loss or gain

Cats can gain or lose weight even when they continue to eat normally, and such instances point toward one or more underlying health problems, such as hyperthyroidism. Obesity is a significant health issue studies indicate 50 percent or more of indoor cats are overweight which can lead to or be a complicating factor in a long list of medical and behavior problems, including diabetes, heart disease and joint problems, as well as an overall reduced quality of life. Cats should be weighed regularly to determine if they’re maintaining their ideal weight.

How to train your cat

This can be done at home with a scale designed for weighing cats (pediatric human scales or any scale that weighs to the ounce will work well) or at regular veterinary visits. Weight checks are another good reason for semiannual exams. It may not be apparent that your cat has lost weight, but even the slightest weight loss can be cause for concern. For example, a 12-pound cat losing three pounds may not seem significant, but this is akin to a 160-pound person shedding 40 pounds. If such weight loss was not planned and/or happened too quickly, it could indicate an underlying medical cause.

7- Changes in grooming

Cats are generally meticulous groomers and maintain their coats in a healthy and lustrous condition, free of mats. Areas of fur loss or an unkempt appearance can be signs of disease. Overweight and/or arthritic cats may have trouble grooming their hind quarters and may need help keeping those areas clean. Anxiety and depression can cause cats to groom improperly as well, but as always, it is best to rule out physical causes first. Excessive grooming might indicate allergies or skin irritation. If your cat is over-grooming certain areas, look at the skin in those areas to see if there are any abnormalities. Also, keep in mind that even indoor cats can become infested with fleas, and flea allegies can cause over-grooming

8- Signs of stress

Stress (as experienced by the cat) can result from good or bad events. A situation that a cat perceives as stressful may or may not be seen the same way by his human family. Any change within a household can potentially be a source of stress to the family cat, so changes should be made slowly and carefully. At times of stress, cats may hide, become depressed and eat more or less than usual. Because these same signs can be indicators of medical problems, cats should visit the veterinarian to rule out medical causes.

Alternatively, stress can also prompt the onset of disease. It is also important to recognize that chronic or long-term boredom can be a stressful situation for cats, just as in people.

As discussed above, stress can lead to depression along with a host of other health and quality-of-life issues. Cats like to play and be mentally challenged just as we do. Your cat will benefit from daily interactive play and other creative ways that you may be able to find to keep him active and stimulated.

9- Changes in vocalization

Increased vocalization or howling tends to be more common in older cats, and it can signal an underlying medical condition such as hyperthyroidism. Pain also can cause cats to be more vocal, so schedule a veterinary visit if your quiet cat suddenly develops inexplicable howling behavior. In elderly cats, howling may be a sign of hearing loss or Feline Cognitive Syndrome (kitty Alzheimer’s), the latter of which may be helped by medication.

10- Bad breath

Bad breath can be caused by conditions such as kidney failure or diabetes, but it is most often an indicator of poor dental health. Dental disease is common in cats; some sources suggest that 70 percent have gum disease as early as age three. You may be able to see tartar on your cat’s teeth, but the majority of dental problems in cats involve pathology that is below the gum line. Cats should have their teeth examined at least annually. Home brushing in conjunction with regular veterinary dental care can prevent bad breath, painful teeth and gums, tooth loss and spread of infection to other organs.