Friday Meow [7th July]

Hello! How fast did this week go? Time is just running away this year, and the ladies are growing up so fast! This week we made a few more videos and have been trying to get people over to our Youtube channel with little success as of yet, but we’re still hopeful! There are at least 50 million people with Youtube accounts so there is the chance for some viewers around the corner. Kiki, Lolly, & Remi are all due for a variety of different vaccines over the next few weeks, so we will definitely be reporting on how that goes. For now, let’s have a look at what we did on the blog this week!

What we meowed about this week…

July 1st We shared a funny video of Remi playing Super Mario with us. She really loves to chase things on the screens, something Kiki and Lolly have never really done, so it amused us humans a lot!

July 3rd Cats and belly rubs are notoriously tricky and often confusing, do cats like belly rubs? Are some actually dogs in disguise? We shared a cute video of Remi enjoying her belly rubs, but also gave advice about approaching a cat’s belly with caution!

July 5th We finally got around to writing a post we’ve had sitting as a draft for a couple of weeks all about the importance of playing with your cats. We discussed the physical and mental wellbeing that play can contribute to and also gave a few ideas and tips for games to play and toys to play with!

For more, check out last week’s Friday Meow [30th June].

The cat’s meow…

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The Importance of Play

A happy cat makes for a happy house, and that’s all that anyone can ask for. Ask a lot of people and they will proclaim how easy cats are, especially when compared to dogs. With dogs you need to walk them, train them, pick up after them, feed and water them. But, is it really that different to a cat? Outdoor cats perhaps need less human intervention when it comes to things like where they go to the bathroom, but it’s so important that we remember to give our cats attention and just as much care as we would expect to be given to any other number of companion animals. Play is incredibly important for cats, both for their physical and mental well being.

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The cardboard toy seen next to Remi’s battle with my hand is brilliant for small kittens as it’s just the right size for them to put their paws into and play with the bells inside. Plus, all kittens love to chew, so this is a safe chew and scratching toy. Click the picture to see the product on Amazon.

Cats tend not to like change, and generally can become stressed or agitated from things we might not expect. Cat also get bored, and it has become increasingly common for cats to become overweight. This is especially the case for indoor cats – a topic we will be talking about in greater detail in a post very soon. To keep our cats happy and healthy beyond their diet there is one simple thing we can do for them, play with them! In almost every My Cat From Hell hosted by the wonderful Jackson Galaxy, Jackson will give the same advice as we are giving here. Play with your cats! When a cat is bored they can store energy and become irritable and stressed, or they can become destructive and release their inner hunters onto your furniture or even onto you. That is something no one wants.

So, how do you play with a cat? Cats don’t fetch, at least most don’t, but they do love to play. Cat dancers are excellent choices, as they really bring out the hunter in your cat and help to release all of their pent up energy. However, please make sure to never leave cat dancers or any objects with long strings where your cats can have access to them, just like children they can get themselves tangled up and into all kinds of trouble. Kiki, Lolly, and Remi all love cat dancers, especially this one from Amazon. There are so many other varieties, and your cat will thoroughly enjoy both chasing the toy and interacting with you.

Alongside dancers there are many other toys that you cats will love. Some of Kiki, Lolly, and Remi’s favourite toys are little bell filled toys such as these found on Amazon. The ladies’ grandma also made the three of them a brilliant little mouse each, which they absolutely love! So, if you’re crafty you can turn your old fleece blankets or clothes into great toys for your fur friends. Throw them, wrestle with them, or hide and jingle them, toys like this have lots of possibilities.

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Lolly loves the mouse grandma made for them all, sometimes she loves it a bit too much! A great game we have with Lolly is to throw her toys up into the cat tree and she will jump up to find them.

Another favourite for our ladies is the Catit Senses Circuit. It’s great exercise and great fun for your fur friends. Toys like this are perfect to get out when you might not have the energy to play alongside your cats, but still want to make sure they get their play in for the day. We leave our smaller circuit out permanently, but the larger circuit is great to get out to keep them on their toes.

Get them interested with food. Cats are very intelligent, for the most part, and they know how to get what they want. So, to tempt your friend into playing the best way to manipulate the master manipulators into doing what you want is with food. Kiki hasn’t quite mastered the treat ball yet, but Lolly is especially motivated by food and figured it out in no time at all. Whenever she see the balls she comes straight over, and with a treat at the end of each round of playing she doesn’t enough notice that she’s exercising!

There are lots of cat friendly toys out there. A recent favourite is a baby rattle from Home Bargains, a plush pink rabbit that is great for playing with and chewing. With it being designed for a human baby the standard is slightly higher than you find with a lot of toys made for animals. Lots of cats enjoy playing with pens and hair bands, but sometimes these aren’t the safest of toys. Socks and cardboard tubes are some examples of free and fun toys for your cats. When you bring a kitten or cat home, you will be surprised at what they can turn into a toy!

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Here is Remi enjoying a cardboard tube, the best of all worlds – room for paws to explore, it moves around the floor, and it’s chewable!

All in all, cats need play just as much as dogs, and with daily play you will not only improve your cats wellbeing, but you will build an even stronger bond with your fur friend. Let us know in the comments what your cat loves to play with.

Thanks for reading!

Kiki, Lolly, & Remi.

The Truth About Cats: Remi Love Belly Rubs!

Cats are notoriously picky when it comes to belly rubs, but every now and again you will find a fluffy little belly that loves to be tickled! If you meet a cat for the first time be very careful when it comes to belly rubs, unlike dogs an exposed stomach does not equal welcome to tummy town. For cats, an exposed stomach can be a sign of comfort in a familiar safe place, but this is not an invitation to touch it. Cats also roll onto their backs during fights, giving them a great position to attack!

For kittens like Remi, belly rubs have been in her life since she was 6 weeks old, and who knows, maybe earlier. Because of the association  of love and attention with belly rubs, for Remi they are a good thing. This may not be the case for other cats! It certainly isn’t for Lolly, she will eat your hand!  You have been warned.

So, the truth about cats is that they’re all different. Belly rubs for cats, are the same as any kind of touch for humans, there might be things you love and somethings you don’t. Whether there’s any real reason behind it or not, it’s just the way we are.

Here’s a video of the lovely Remi enjoying a belly rub for you to enjoy on this sunny Monday.

Thanks for stopping by, and we will see you in the next one!

Kiki, Lolly, & Remi.

Ferocious Kitten Attacks Super Mario!

Hello! Happy June to all of our wonderful readers. Today is extra special at it marks Lolly’s 1st birthday! We have had a brilliant almost year with our sweet Lolly, and we can’t wait to spend many many more with all of our lovely ladies.

We will be making a very special Lolly video ready for her adoption-day-birthday at the end of the year, but Remi didn’t want to wait that long to share something entertaining with you all! Here is the ferocious Lolly playing Super Mario.

 

Coming this week there will be more videos, but also more blog posts too. There will be an informative cat care piece on the importance of play, and more cats in the news.

As always, thank you so much for reading, and we will see you in the next one.