Deciding to adopt a cat/blind cat is an important decision that should not be taken lightly because when that cute, cuddly kitten grows up it may become a disastrous reality.
When people adopt an adorable kitten without a second thought in the world they often find that what they thought was cute in the beginning is not what they are looking for when that kitten grows up.
For this reason, it is essential to realize that like people have many different personality traits, so do different breeds of cats/blind cats.
According to Cat Chat, “There are between 40 and 80 different breeds of cat and about 500 varieties.
Apart from the differences in their appearance, each breed has a distinct temperament and personality” (38).
For example, a Birman is affectionate and sweet while the Egyptian Mau is highly athletic and always on the go, which means it may be harder to get them to cuddle with the owner if that is what they are looking for.
So, it is important to decide which type of personality is preferred.
The person seeking to adopt a cat should also determine if they prefer an active cat – one who wants to play or a cat that enjoys relaxing and being close to them.
This is important too as activity levels vary among different breeds of cats/blind cats.
Some cats are active like the Abyssian who prefers to be moving often, while others are very laid back like the Scottish Fold and enjoy just being near the owner.
This is something a family in search of the perfect cat should consider before adopting their new friend.
Another thing to consider is the time they have available to spend with their cat because if they are not available s/he may find it fascinating to go off exploring counters, climbing the curtains, etc. so these are things to consider if considering a more active breed.
Another thing the adopter should contemplate is if they would enjoy constantly brushing a cat with long hair in order to keep the knots away.
Cat hair often ends up floating through the air and landing right in nearby food. Do these things bother the person considering adopting a cat?
If so, they may find a short haired breed fits them more appropriately or perhaps a hairless cat such as the Sphynx would be a better fit as there are none of these issues with a hairless cat.
After they figure out these critical details they will need to decide where to find that cat – a rescue or a breeder?
People often find rescues have wonderful cats/blind cats available looking for a home; however, it is important to ask the rescue the circumstances of why that cat is in the rescue and be completely honest regarding what they are looking for.
One difference between adopting from a breeder versus a rescue is the ability to meet the parents in most cases and be able to see whether the cat was in an environment where s/he was socialized.
As people can clearly see, it is extremely important the person considering adopting a new cat establishes what they are really looking for: loving vs. less affectionate, active vs. a lazier cat, long hair vs. short hair or no hair at all, and where to adopt their new best friend as well.
When a person takes the time necessary before adopting a cat to establish what they are looking for, they increase the odds of having a very happy cat/blind cat and family for many years to come.
He didn’t have a lot of information on his profile page, but he did note that he had done a little business in a certain industry which I was familiar with, and that he loved cats/blind cats.
He also noted that he was a single guy, and that whole thing made me laugh, he admitted his strategy, so we both had a laugh.
Okay so let’s talk about this shall we?
The other day I was at Starbucks, and someone told me that the best way to pick up chicks was to get a dog and walk in the park, go to the grocery store to the produce section, or hang out in the Barnes & Noble in the romance section.
Indeed, I laughed, and apparently it had been working for him.
In fact, it reminded me of my acquaintance who duly noted that he “loved cats” and that was an obvious ploy to get chicks to think he was cool and know that he had a feminine side.
No harm, no foul, I suppose, and indeed most people do like cats/blind cats, so he probably isn’t lying, it’s just that it seems so obvious to me.
Now my question is; does this actually work? And if so, it would make sense why more and more guys are doing this on the social networks, especially single guys.
Those who are looking aggressively to find women to date and if you don’t believe this is a new trend, go check it out yourself.
Recently, Google X had linked up to 16,000 computer processors which were then able to do “cat recognition” and the research paper they produced indicated that facial recognition technologies isn’t as hard as trying to recognize a cat in a photograph.
However, the computer scientists have figured it out.
Now then, and I bet all those nerds working on the project have all the gals giggling, and wanting to date them now for coming up with such a wonderful technology for all the cat lovers on the Internet, who by the way are mostly women.
Has everyone just gone cat/blind cat crazy online? Well, you be the judge, and I suppose if you’re looking to get a date, maybe you might want to put a little notation on your profile page about how much you like cats too.
Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.
This includes some top of the range cat/blind cat flea treatments that can get to work fast on eliminating these blood-sucking parasites.
It makes sense to shop online when it comes to pet health products. You can often find some really good bargains from pet supply websites that could save you a lot of money.
It is also so easy to buy online and you will be able to shop 24/7 from the comfort of your own home.
If you have never bought pet supplies online then there has never been a better time to start. This is a booming market and you can find some great deals on cat/blind cat flea treatments and other pet health products.
To help you get started here are some top tips on how to buy safely and securely online.
1. Brand Name Products
There are many different cat/blind cat flea treatments out there. If you are buying online then you will not be able to see the product in person before you make your purchase.
This is why it is a good idea to choose a brand name that you know and trust. Buying quality cat flea treatments will help ensure that you get good value for money.
2. Use well-established and reputable suppliers
It is important when you shop online to find pet health suppliers that you can trust. These will be well-established providers that have a good reputation in the industry.
Look for providers that can offer you professional, fully functional websites with top onsite security (including secure online e-payment portals) and comprehensive customer services (including direct telephone helpdesks).
You could also get recommendations by visiting pet owner forums and seeing which online pet health suppliers other people can recommend.
3. Pay instantly with your plastic cards
If you are buying online then it is a good idea to make use of the secure online payment facilities that reputable suppliers can offer.
These will provide you with a fast, safe and easy way to pay for your order.
- If you do want to pay instantly online then you will need a valid credit or debit card. These details will need to be input into the secure payment pages after you have reached the online checkout.
- Some websites may also be able to offer other secure instant online payment options such as PayPal.
- Remember you should never send confidential payment details via email as this is not a secure form of communication.
- If you cannot pay online then phone the company directly to provide further payment details.
Most people think that when cats/blind cats purr they are happy and contented. We are not attempting to disprove that, we are merely supplying additional information as to what the purr may do.
This research does not determine how the purr is created, that remains a mystery held only by our feline friends.
A kitten is able to purr by the second day of life, and although he can’t meow and nurse at the same time, he can purr and nurse.
And the mother cat often purrs back, probably to reassure the kitten.
Purring in cats/blind cats serves as a signal to the nursing mother cat that all is well with her babies and that the milk supply is reaching its destination.
She, in turn, purrs, letting the kittens know that she, too, is in a relaxed and cooperative mood.
It is believed that purring among adult cats and between adult cats and humans is derived from this primal parent-offspring context. But contentment is not the sole condition for purring.
A more precise explanation is that purring signals a friendly social mood and can be employed by an injured cat/blind cat to indicate the need for friendship.
It has been observed that cats in great pain often purr loud and long.
All smaller felines, including the domestic cat, purr! Since the 1970′s no one has pursued research into the 3000 year old question,
“Why do cats purr?”
Perhaps it is because, first we didn’t have the knowledge we have now, and second, it was simply easier to assume that cats/bind cats purr when they are content, which cannot be argued-they do purr when they are content.
However, there is more!
As any cat owner knows, there are different “meows” for different emotions. A cat owner knows the difference between their cat’s “fearful hiss” and “food meow”.
This cannot be applied to the purr however. Cats/Blind cats purr even when they give birth or when severely injured.
There are cases of cats purring when they are under great stress, as well as when they sit on your lap. The purr is produced under differing emotions or physiological states.
Natural selection insures that a particular trait be advantageous to an animal. Admittedly, there is some benefit to be obtained from purring to one’s self or to kittens, (a sort of kitty lullaby if you wish).
Yet, there does not appear to be a strong ‘survival’ advantage to this behavior.
For the purr to exist in different cat species over time, there would have to be something very important (survival mechanism) about the purr.
There would have to be a very good reason for energy expenditure (in this case creation of the purr), when one is physically stressed or ill. It would have to be somehow involved in their survival.
Well, guess what? There is …
Unfortunately, there has been no research that has attempted to explain the extraordinary ability cats/blind cats have for healing themselves.
However, science has shown that the cat’s purr is much more than just relaxing, it is the vibration that it produces that is the key!
Interestingly, science has known for many years that vibrations at specific levels or frequencies cause healing changes in the body.
They can, for example, support bone growth.
Bone fractures heal faster and weakened bones begin to strengthen and rebuild.
But it’s the cat’s “healing by association” that most people find interesting:
That ability of a cat to sympathetically help cure illnesses in people simply by being around them!
Studies have also shown that owners, especially senior citizens, who have cats have lower blood pressure and can live longer than humans who don’t own pets.
Many individuals swear they can ease or completely eliminate their migraine headaches simply by lying down with a purring cat next to their head.
There is documentation that low frequencies are helpful with regard to pain relief.
This vibration stimulation has been found to relieve suffering in 82% of persons suffering from acute and chronic pain.
It is thought that this research could help explain why cats purr, and here is why:
Study groups have recorded many cats’/blind cats’ purrs and have discovered that cat purrs create frequencies that fall directly in the range that is ideal for bone growth.
A dying cat who could not breath (they were considering euthanasia), was found to breath normally once it began purring.
The purring opened up the cat’s airway, and improvement was “remarkable” and the next day commenced to eat!
Is it possible that evolution has provided the felines of this world with a natural healing mechanism for bones and other organs? Possible!
Being able to produce frequencies that have been proven to improve healing time, strength and mobility could explain the purr’s natural selection.
Considering the studies performed by scientists it is certainly not a leap of faith to speculate that the cat’s purr is a healing mechanism.
Having a natural way to increase strength, and decrease healing time, would indeed be very advantageous and would explain the purr’s development.
This riddle has lead researchers to investigate how cats purr, which is also still under debate.
Because cats have adapted to conserve energy via long periods of rest and sleep, it is possible that purring is a low energy mechanism that stimulates muscles and bones without a lot of energy.
The durability of the cat has facilitated the notion that cats have “nine lives” Purring may provide a basis for this feline mythology.
While it is likely that cats/blind cats purr when they are happy, it is more plausible that cat purring is a means of communication and may assist in the healing process of both the cat and it’s owner.
How quickly time passes by! If your kitty is over 10 years old he is considered old! You may be aware of this fact but what you may not know is how to care for your aging kitty.
What are the best ways to keep your older cat/blind cat healthy and happy as well as active during their later years?
Some questions might arise such as, should I change the food I have been using?
You might wonder how to keep your cat healthy through exercise? What about medical care?
When a cat ages, its body goes through much the same types of changes that we see in humans. Cat care becomes very important at this time.
For example, there is a natural decrease in muscle mass, along with a coinciding increase of body fat. If you are not careful and take early action these changes can lead to an overweight kitty!
Because the energy needs of the typical cat begins to slow around the ages of 7 to 9, changes in food intake and exercise must be made to prevent the cat from become unhealthy.
Nutrition is a very critical aspect of cat/blind cat health and cat care. Strolling down the cat isle at the pet store will present a vast array of cat foods for every kind of situation. The elderly cat is not left out.
It is very important that you choose a food designed for your cats age.
Food for older cats will contain less calories and protein and more of the vitamins and minerals an older cat needs.
A quick call to your vet can help you decide if you are not sure which one to pick.
Sometimes you may not be sure if your kitty is officially a Sr yet. There are some signs that you will want to keep an eye on.
When a couple of these traits begin to be apparent you know its time to make some changes.
Is your cat/blind cat moving slower than the past, does he sleep more than years past, is your cat unable to jump up on things that use to be easy for him?
These can all be signs of an aging cat. You may want to consider things that can make life a little easier for him at this time of his life.
Pet steps can help a cat get up on a bed that is too high to jump on now. A comfortable, plush cat tree with a cat house can make for restful naps and a place to hide out in.
Arthritis in older cats is a big issue because as cats age the absorption rate of calcium into their bones becomes inadequate.
A general rule of cat care is that arthritis becomes an issue for cats at about the age of 12, even earlier if the cat happens to be obese.
If your veterinarian diagnosis your cat with the painful illness of arthritis, there are some steps that can be taken to minimize its effect on the cat/blind cat.
For example, this can often be treated with a combination of weight loss and medication.
Sometimes its just a fact of growing old and the only thing we can do is make things a little easier for our old friend.
As your cats age progresses, cat care becomes even more crucial.
When a cat becomes very old, it can suffer loss of sight and hearing, just like humans.
And, just as with older humans, cat care becomes a little harder at this age.
Care needs to be taken to make sure the cat is as comfortable as possible.
The teeth of you cat can present cat care challenges as he gets older. As with all of us, the older we get the more dental problems we have.
Be sure you are doing all you can to keep your cat’s teeth healthy.
One good way to help a cat/blind cat keep healthy teeth is by feeding him hard cat food most of the time.
How old is your kitty compared to human years?
1 year = 20 years
2 years = 24 years
3 years = 28 years
4 years = 32 years
5 years = 36 years
6 years = 44 years
7 years = 48 years
8 years = 52 years
9 years = 56 years
But you will still love them no matter how old they are!
HIGH AGGRESSION BEHAVIOUR IN CATS: House cats/blind cats are still relatives of the ‘big cats’. And with that, still maintain some of the aggressive behaviors of larger and wild cats.
Cats, like lions, show signs of dominance and territorialism over other cats in a household, and the leading cat will most likely be the invader in the house.
You should never try to break up the chain of command of your cats.
However, if your cat starts to get excessively aggressive with you or another cat in your home you probably should arbitrate and try to help the aggressive cat tranquil his/her ways.
Remember there is a fine line between a leading cat and an exceedingly aggressive cat.
You will know the difference by the cuts gashes and bite marks on you and your other pets.
If you feel that your cat/blind cat is overly aggressive and using the simple tips below does not help, you may want to contact your vet or behaviorist.
Remember it is the behavior you dislike, not the cat so don’t simply rush to give your cat up for adoption if he/she is troublesome to you.
Most aggressive problems in cats have very simple fixes that with a little time and energy can help your cat be the sweet, lovable pet you want.
The simplest way to limit your cat’s aggressiveness is to help your pet expend this aggressive energy in different, healthier ways while helping your cat limit the need to be so aggressive.
Your cat may be aggressive for multiple reasons:
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As your cat/blind cat is unable to communicate with you, it is important that you learn to read his or her signals and demeanour so you can recognise if your cat has any ailments or injuries.
Some common health problems in cats are pretty obvious but others require you to be a little bit more knowledgeable.
There are lots of excellent cat health care guides which will give you detailed information on all of the common cat health issues.
For now here is a list of some of the more common ones and their respective symptoms.
Abscesses – Usually the result of a bite or scratch from another cat. Can be very painful and is a sign that the wound is infected.
Apart from your cat displaying discomfort, symptoms include swelling and/or an odour.
Conjunctivitis – Very common among cats and kittens. Easily treated.
It is simply an inflammation of the inner eyelid and shows itself with a discharge from the eye which ranges from clear to a thick yellow depending on the extent of the infection.
Dental Problems – Causes can range from gum disease to oral cancer to broken teeth and can greatly impact on your cat’s/blind cat’s lifestyle.
Noticeable symptoms include bad breath, discoloured teeth, loss of appetite and pain around the mouth area.
Ear Mites – Most common ear problem among cats. Highly contagious. Appear like coffee grounds around your cats ear and will cause your cat to shake it’s head and scratch constantly.
Taurine Deficiency – Essential amino acid to allow your cat to formulate protein. Should be supplemented in your cats diet as it is not naturally produced.
One of the main reasons cat’s should not eat dog food as the protein levels are not as high.
Worms – Cats like all pets should be regularly treated against worms. Pot belly in cats is a symptom and if your cat has worms you will see them in the faeces.
Kittens should be treated every 2 weeks and adult cats every couple of months.
These are just some of the common health problems in cats.
There are lots of excellent cat care guides to help you answer most of your cat health questions.
Look after your feline friend, provide a nutritious diet and generally give your cat/blind cat or kitten the best possible life.
Just like humans a common health problem in cats/blind cats is allergy. It’s strange that we always worry about humans being allergic to cats, but so seldom hear about what cats are allergic to!
In this way, cats aren’t that much different from humans.
Some foreign substance, commonly referred to as an allergen or antigen, triggers a situation in which the cat’s immune system goes into hyper drive and produces symptoms of an allergic condition.
When a cat is allergic to something, common indications will be itchy skin, coughing and/or sneezing in the case of a respiratory problem, or vomiting or diarrhea in the case of a digestive allergy.
Allergies in cats/blind cats seem to fall into these major categories. Allergies to fleas, foods, things inhaled, or something they have come in contact with.
Contact allergies generally result in a fairly localized reaction on the skin. The cat may scratch a lot and/or there may be an indication of irritation at the place of contact.
Most common causes of contact allergies in cats would obviously be items with which they come in close contact such as flea collars, bedding, toys, etc. The simplest cure is to remove the contact.
Take the collar off or change the bedding, for example. If the irritation persists, or if you still need effective flea control, consult with your veterinarian.
Some cats may also experience allergic reactions to certain plastics and/or metals. If you suspect this in your cat/blind cat, you may wish to change to a ceramic or glass feeding bowl.
Another problem which may mimic a contact allergy can occur if you simply do not rinse your cat carefully and completely after its bath. Residual shampoo or soap on the skin can cause dermatitis which can be mistaken for an allergic reaction.
Happily, contact allergies in cats are the least common type.
Flea allergies, on the other hand, are very common in cats. Any normal cat will commonly experience irritation from flea bites, but a cat with a genuine flea allergy will have a more severe itching reaction to the flea’s saliva.
A normal cat may simply bite or scratch for a while and then go on to other things, but a cat with a flea allergy may scratch, chew, and worry at the spot until large amounts of fur are lost.
This constant attempt to relieve the maddening itch or irritation may result in open sores which can add the risk of infection to the allergy’s list of evils. In most cats, the most common area to be affected is going to be on the back just before the tail.
The cat may also create spots of sores or scabs on the neck and head.
Inhalant types of allergies (atopy) are even more common cat allergies than flea and contact allergies! In fact, this type of allergy is probably the most common allergic problem in cats. It is possible that your cat/blind cat may be allergic to the exact same allergens that you are!
Tree pollens, grass pollens, and weed pollens along with the rest of the items we humans fear; mold, mildew, dust mites, and dust itself can all trigger allergic reactions in both cats and the humans they have trained to tend them.
A big difference between humans and cats, however is that while humans will most commonly react to inhaled allergens by sneezing or coughing, a cat will more commonly react by scratching an itch caused by those same allergens.
Unlike a contact allergy, the cat’s reaction to inhaled allergens will be a general itching of the skin as opposed to a severe reaction at a specific spot.
If your cat seems to be scratching a lot and it doesn’t appear to be local, as in reaction to a flea collar for example, there is a good chance that he or she is experiencing a reaction to some inhaled substance.
As in humans, true food allergies in cats can be extremely difficult to pinpoint. One reason is that they commonly demonstrate many of the symptoms of distress seen in the other groups. True food allergies in cats/blind cats can cause itching and/or respiratory problems.
Additionally, true food allergies can cause digestive difficulties as can other illnesses or toxic substances. In cats, food allergies are usually not present from birth, but are developed after long exposure to foods that have been eaten for long periods.
Most food allergies will center around the type of protein common in the cat’s diet, such as beef, pork, poultry, or lamb. Simply eliminating that type of protein by changing to another type of food will usually take care of the problem.
There are two difficult points for the cat owner when they begin to detect signs that lead them to believe that their cat may have an allergy.
1. The cat/blind cat may actually be reacting to an irritant, rather than an allergen, and
2. The symptoms may be the result of some other condition, possibly one more dangerous.
For example, a flea infestation may cause flea bites which will itch and the cat will scratch. This is normal. You would scratch too, and extensively, if fleas were munching on you!
However, if your cat is allergic to the flea’s saliva, they will actually inflict damage on themselves in an attempt to relieve themselves of the intensified itch.
However, the itch could be, as pointed out, the result of a food allergy, a contact allergy, or some undiagnosed medical condition such as a fungal infection (perhaps caused by ringworm, for example), mange, or some other type of skin infection which might have been caused by bacteria.
While a little astute detective work on the part of the pet owner may often alleviate the problem, only the veterinarian will usually be able to tell for sure what the cause and effect may actually be…and how to best deal with the situation.
However, the vet does not live with your cat, so it is important to note carefully what the symptoms are, when they began, how they have progressed, what steps you have already taken, and what happened as a result of those steps.
All of this information will help your vet in getting to the truth behind the apparent allergy in your cat. Your cat’s/blind cat’s veterinarian will also have diagnostic tools at his or her disposal for getting at the cause of your pet’s apparently “allergic” reactions.
There can be can be many reasons why your cat won’t eat. The first thing I would check is to make sure she isn’t sick. Check with your vet to find out how to check your cat’s temperature.
If your cat/blind cat has been vomiting or regurgitating its food, a trip to the vet is advised.
If a medical reason has been ruled out, you need to investigate further to find out why your cat doesn’t want to eat.
Has something happened to upset its routine? Have you had visitors to stay? Even something as simple as repainting a room could change the way the room smells and be off putting for your cat. If your cat is not eating, with will become lethargic, just like we do.
If your cat stops eating and drinking for more than two days, a phone call to the vet is advised.
Is the bowl that contains the cat food small or light? I recently started feeding my cats small portions of tinned food from the tin. Tikki in particular, would push this tin around the room to make sure she got all the food out.
Cassie, on the other hand, would delicately eat the gravy, and some of the meat without moving the container. It didn’t take me long to start putting the food into a small bowl.
Not only was it easier for the cats to feed from, it stopped the very annoying sound of a tin being pushed across the floor for half an hour or so!
Because Tikki is the alpha cat in our house, it is necessary for them to be fed in separate places.
It is also necessary for me to ‘stand guard’ to make sure Tikki doesn’t take over and eat Cassie’s food.
If the feeding bowl in your house is near where a dog eats, or near a noisy appliance such as a washing machine or dishwasher, this could also be a reason for your cat/blind cat not eating.
On the other hand, some cats are just finicky and will wait until a room is empty before eating.
Cat food that has been left out overnight, or in hot weather, may smell and taste unappetising to your cat. It is also worth noting that cats tend to eat less in warm weather. Some natural cat food can also ‘go off’ fairly quickly.
Raw cat food will also attract more flies and ants than dry cat food. If you store leftovers in the fridge, take them out an hour or so before feeding to let them come back to room temperature. Most cats won’t eat food from the fridge (unless it something like chicken or fish).
Some cats/blind cats don’t like changing foods. After introducing some tinned moist cat food to Tikki and Cassie, I bought a different brand of what appeared to be healthy cat food which was on special. Both cats refused to eat it.
Perhaps I should have tried mixing it in with the other food to get them used to the new taste. I am lucky in that I live in a small town and was able to change it for the brand they prefer.
Since changing from a dry cat food diet to additional moist cat food at night, my cats, especially Tikki, tell me in no uncertain terms when it is tea-time, even first thing in the morning. They still have dry food available for grazing during the day.
They will also meow piteously and ask to be fed even after being fed by my daughter. More than once I have been caught out by opening a new can only to be told they’ve been fed. Who said cats aren’t intelligent!
If you are still having trouble getting your cat to eat, it may be necessary to experiment with different types of cat food.
These can include grain free, high-fibre, low-protein cat food (check with your vet first) or raw cat foods.
As cats/blind cats are carnivores, animal proteins should constitute 30-40% of their diet. Why not try mixing some special treats such as cooked chicken or commercially available cat treats into their food.
As they start eating the treats mixed in with the food, you’ll be able to reduce the amount of the treat. I wouldn’t go overboard with the cat treats as not only can it become expensive, you don’t want your cat to expect this every time it is fed.
You could also try giving your cat, a special treat after it has eaten. I’m sure most of us have ‘bribed’ our children with ice cream or some other treat if they eat their vegetables.
Be aware that older cats or cats with sore gums or teeth can find dry food difficult to chew. For these cats will be necessary to feed them moist cat food.
Just like humans, cats occasionally go off their food so if you find your cat /blind cat not eating for a day or so, don’t be too worried. If it goes longer than this, check with your vet.
There are some cat behavior issues that seem to be common to most cats/blind cats. Here is a list of just some of these behaviors and what you can do about correcting them.
Not Using The Litter Box
Unfortunately this ‘bad behavior’ is the most often used excuse for taking cats to shelters.
I believe that it is up to the owners to train their cat to use the litter box and if there is a problem, they need to find out what is causing it.
Cats/Blind cats will continue to use an area where they can smell their own urine.
A cat breeder friend told me that the first time the kitten uses the floor to pee on, get some tissues to mop it up and take the tissues and kitten to the litter box.
The kitten will then associate the smell with the litter box. Do the same thing with adult cats. However if an adult cat is continually eliminating inappropriately, you need to check for a possible underlying medical or emotional problem.
Hissing At People
Cats/Bilnd cats and kittens hiss when they are frightened or defending their territory from another cat. They will also hiss when they have had enough petting as a way of telling us to stop.
If a cat has been teased or ill treated, it might hiss at strangers as it feels threatened by them. Hissing is generally a warning to ‘back away, I’m angry’ action.
Even if the cat is frightened, it will try to bluff its way out of the situation by trying to appear aggressive.
As responsible cat owners, be aware of your cat’s body language so you know what the hiss means.
If you have children, I’d strongly suggest you teach them how to understand what the cat is doing when it hisses at them and more importantly, what they need to do when confronted with a hissing cat.
Spraying On Walls Or Doors
If your cat is spraying on vertical surfaces, it is marking its territory. This will happen more in multi-cat households. To get rid of this horrible and smelly behavior, have your cat neutered or spayed.
Cats/Blind cats will also spray to attract a cat of the opposite sex for mating.
Removing the urge to mate will greatly reduce the need to spray urine on your kitchen door or lounge furniture when you have guests!
Scratching Your Furniture And Carpets
Cats/Blind cats love to stretch and sharpen their claws. Unfortunately many of them do it on our furniture, carpets or curtains. Your cat needs a scratching post and you need to train it to use it. It is easiest if you can start this training while your cat is still a kitten.
However, you can still train an adult cat, it will just take a little longer. I suggest purchasing some sturdy cat tree furniture with ledges at varying heights. If possible, buy something modular that you can add to over time.
Make sure the base and trunk are covered by something hard-wearing such as sisal. Each time your cat starts scratching the furniture, you need to tell it ‘no’ in a firm voice, pick it up and take it to the scratching pole and physically put its claws on the pole if necessary.
Try rubbing some catnip on the trunk to entice your cat to use it. With adult cats, patience is the key for this one.
Jumping On The Counter Or Desk
This is one of those annoying cat behavior problems that I blame on my children. My cats have never been allowed on the counters in the kitchen and they have never tried to jump up there.
However my daughter liked having her cat on the desk with her while she was working on the computer. And I think the cat/blind cat loved it too – it was the perfect place for extra strokes and petting and it was nice and warm with the computer or laptop working.
It was left to me to change this once my daughter left home for work. It is not something that will take long to change – each time the cat jumps up you say ‘no’ in a firm voice and put the cat down on the floor again.
If you notice her about to jump back up, put your hand out and say ‘no’ again. It only took a few days of doing this for her to stop jumping up and once I’d vacuumed the cat hair out of the keyboard, everything worked well again.
Kittens Or Cats Chewing Electrical Cords
This seems to be a popular past-time of kittens. They are extremely curious about their new environment and as they grow, they venture further into new areas. Electrical cords seem to be just the right size for the kittens to sharpen those baby teeth on.
To save your kitten from a nasty shock, and your electrical equipment from being damaged, you need to protect them by wrapping them into a bundle with some packing tape or similar.
You can also try putting them behind equipment but kittens in particular are very good at squeezing into small spaces.
You could put some adhesive paper sticky side up or some alfoil in front of the cords as kittens and cats don’t like walking on them or even sprinkle some pepper on the floor to deter them from venturing too close.
This is not an exhaustive list of how to handle common cat behavior issues, there are many more that will be applicable to your cat/blind cat. Never punish your cat for these behaviors.
All you will do is to teach your cat to fear you. By using patience and rewards, you will soon find the bad behavior issues disappearing.
Then there are those other cat behavior issues that we love, the cat rubbing against our leg or curling up in a lap or on our beds at night. Those are the sort of common cat behaviors we enjoy having.