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Easter is on the way! It’s a holiday we celebrate with our friends and family, including our furry family members.

Some of our cats even like to get in on the fun. Hopefully, the Easter Bunny will visiting your feline with a load of Easter basket stuffers this year, too!

Here are 25 pictures of Easter cats and kittens who are ready to hunt for eggs, open their baskets of presents, and pose with their bunny friends!

25 Pictures Of Easter Cats And Kittens Celebrating

They look like they’re having so much fun! It’s great to see so many kitties enjoying the holiday.

If your cat is joining in on your celebration this year, remember to follow a few safety tips to keep your feline happy and healthy.

Easter Safety Tips For Cat Owners

CatTime has an in-depth Easter safety guide for keeping your cat out of danger this holiday.

If your cat eats or drinks something toxic, you should contact your emergency vet or Animal Poison Control, which you can reach at (888) 426-4435. You may be charged for the call, but it’s worth it if you can save your cat’s life.

Here’s a quick rundown of the most important feline safety tips:

  • Keep chocolates and candy out of your cat’s reach.
  • Alcohol and caffeine are toxic for cats, so cover any drinks and keep your cat away.
  • Cooked bones are dangerous. Don’t leave them where your cat can get them after the feast.
  • Guests can cause anxiety. If your cat is anxious, put them in a safe, comfortable room of the house away from guests.
  • Keep the trash secure. There can be a lot of dangerous things in the trash for cats.
  • Don’t let food out of sight. Several human foods, like grapes and raisins, are toxic to cats.
  • Small toys, plastic eggs, and plastic grass are dangerous for cats. Make sure kids put them away when they’re done playing.
  • Easter lilies are toxic for cats. Keep these flowers out of your home.

Is your cat going to participate in your celebration? We’d love to see your kitty’s Easter pictures in the comments below!

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Planning a road trip this season? You might be glad to know that road tripping with your cat is not only an option, but it can also be a great bonding experience.

You won’t have to find a cat sitter, and your kitty won’t miss you because they’ll be right there with you. However, as with every adventure, it’s important to be prepared!

Here are ten tips that can help you and your cat have the best, safest, and most fun road trip together!

1. Get Your Cat Familiar With Your Car

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Start by taking your kitty out to the car before you plan to leave. Sit in the back seat together and give your cat a few treats, then pet and brush them.

Give your cat a chance to sniff and explore the entire car. Bring their carrier out and place it where it will be when you travel.

Play some soothing music. Maybe take a few short rides around the block, nice and slow, so kitty can get use to the movement and so that you can see how they’re going to respond to life in the car.

2. Talk To Your Vet About Treatment

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If your cat doesn’t respond well to your test drives, talk to your veterinarian about options to treat possible anxiety or motion sickness.

If you are planning a cross-country move, the distance may be too overwhelming for your cat. However, a carefully prescribed relaxant or herbal supplement to take the edge off of your cat might be the best idea depending on the length of your car ride.

Your veterinarian has a variety of options that can help soothe your kitty on your journey.

3. Give Kitty Food And Water Before The Trip

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Offer your cat food and water before you head out on the open road. Give kitty time to use the litterbox after they eat.

If your cat gets motion sickness, keep the feeding to a light snack.

NOTE: If your cat is likely to get very ill in the car, it’s better to withhold food and water starting about eight hours before you hit the road. You may want consider other options and talk to your vet.

4. Keep Your Cat In A Carrier

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It’s not safe for your cat to be free moving around your car. They could get under your feet and impair your driving, and if you have an accident, your cat could be seriously injured if not in a carrier.

Carriers provide a safe, quiet space for your cat and will help relieve at least some of the anxiety they may feel.

We hear stories all the time of cats being lost on road trips and at rest stops. A cat carrier is really important for so many reasons.

5. Prepare For Messes

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It might be a good idea to line your cat carrier with disposable liner or some old towels that can be thrown out or washed.

This will make a potty accident much more manageable and easy to clean up while you are out on the road.

Be sure to bring along a few trash bags for soiled towels. You may want to pack paper towels and cleaning solutions for some extra backup.

6. Plan Pit Stops

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Map out pit stops along your route so that you can give your cat food, water, and a chance to use the litter box about every two to three hours.

If you have a kitty harness and leash, your cat can even step outside and stretch their legs. If you’ve never used a cat harness or leash please be sure to test it at home to make sure your cat can’t wriggle out.

7. Update Your Cat’s ID Tags, Their Microchip, And Your Phone Contacts

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Your cat should be wearing a breakaway collar with an identification tag that has your current information on it. Kitty should also be microchipped, especially when traveling, just in case.

If your cat is already microchipped, make sure the information associated with that microchip is up to date.

Your cat might not normally wear a collar and tags at home. However, when you’re traveling, it’s important to make sure that kitty can quickly be reunited with you should they be spooked and run away.

It’s a good idea to bring along your vet’s information and to look up information for animal emergency care at your destination. Animal Poison Control can be reached 24 hours a day at (888) 426-4435. Be sure to program your phone with any and all information you may need on your travels.

8. Bring Fun Toys

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It’s a good idea to bring along some new and exciting toys that your cat can play with when you travel. This will help to keep them busy and happy.

You can make your own toys and swap them out so they always haves something new. Your cat might even start to associate fun new surprise toys with road trips.

9. Make It Feel A Little Like Home

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Our pets often feel the same emotions that we feel. Your cat may feel homesick while traveling, just like you might.

Consider adding an old t-shirt that smells like you, an old bed, or their favorite blanket to their carrier so they can travel with a reminder of home.

The scent of these objects will help make the car feel more familiar, reduce your cat’s anxiety, and give them a greater sense of well-being.

10. Drive Safely

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This one should go without saying, but I’ll say it anyway.

Loud music and sudden stops will make travel more stressful on your cat. Take it nice and slow, giving yourself an extra wide follow gap so that you don’t have to slam on the brakes.

Keep music down low, and if you can, play something mellow and relaxing. Speak words of encouragement to your cat periodically so that they know you’re thinking of them.

Safe and happy travels to you and your cat. Enjoy your kitty companion, and enjoy the ride.

Do you have any road trip tips for cat lovers? Have you ever taken a road trip with your kitty? Let us know in the comments below!

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My cat has a very specific super power. She seems to know the exact moment I open eyelids first thing in the morning and will commence her ritualistic morning cry for food.

It doesn’t stop until there is food in her bowl.

I’ve grown concerned over my cat’s obsession with food. Anytime I’m in the kitchen, she cries and circles around my feet, begging for more food.

I took her to the vet to make sure nothing was physically wrong with her. Turns out, she is parasite and disease free, so I had to do some research to get to the bottom of this food obsession.

If you have a food-obsessed cat at home, maybe these tips will help you, too.

Rule Out Medical Reasons

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If your cat acts like you’re feeding them for the first time in years every time you open a can of food, there could be a medical reason as to why they are so hell-bent on eating.

Parasiteshyperthyroidism, and diabetes are just a few of the reasons your cat’s behaviors around food may have changed.

Before assuming a psychological reason, such as an eating disorder, run some tests with your vet to eliminate the possibility of a serious illness causing your cat to act so ravenous.

Make Sure Your Cat Is Getting The Proper Nutrients

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If your cat isn’t getting enough of the right nutrients, they may feel hungry even when they’ve eaten a ton of food.

When you are at your vet’s office, discuss what food you’re feeding your cat and confirm it’s the best for their dietary needs.

Be Sure Your Cat Is Getting Enough Attention

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Cats may beg and cry for food because it’s one of the few moments you are truly dedicating to them.

High levels of stress can cause a cat to go cuckoo for food–in fact, vets have recently diagnosed some cats with “psychogenic abnormal feeding behavior,” which involves begging and food-related aggression.

To combat this condition, experts suggest structured play time and elimination of potential stressors in the cat’s home.

If you and your vet have ruled out physical illness as the reason for your cat’s larger-than-life appetite, start scheduling one-on-one play time with your furry family member. Even 15 to 20 minutes a day can make a world of difference.

Do Not Leave Bowls Of Food Out

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Some cats can have a bowl of food out all day and only eat when they are truly hungry. For other cats, they will eat themselves sick.

If your cat is constantly hungry, you may absentmindedly refill their bowl any time they cry out during the day.

To keep your cat from becoming overweight and to help break the begging habit, only have food out at scheduled feeding times.

Break The Crying Habit

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If your cat bolts into the kitchen every time you’re in there, gently grab your cat, bring them to another area of the house, and calm them down. Keep your cat in this room until the begging stops.

When it is feeding time, shower your cat with lots of positive reinforcement for eating when they’re supposed to eat.

These two techniques should help curb the begging habit of a constantly hungry kitty.

If your cat continues to beg and whine whenever you are near the food bowl, just ignore the behavior. Do not positively or negatively reward their crying. It may get worse before it gets better, so patience is a must. 

Again, it must be stressed that you have to rule out any potential illnesses or physical conditions with your vet as the reason why your cat is so food obsessed.

If there are no physical reasons why your cat is begging for food and you’ve tried the aforementioned tips, it may be time to talk to a behaviorist for a plan of action to reduce unwanted begging and food aggression.

Do you have a cat whose stomach seems to be bottomless? What have you done to keep your cat from driving you crazy while begging for food? Let us know in the comments below!

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Easter is on the way and many families celebrate by getting together for food, gifts, and fun. However, the holiday can present a few dangers for cats.

Our kitties are part of the family, and we don’t want to exclude them from the good times, but it’s important to be extra cautious and vigilant during events where there are a lot of people and distractions. Easter is no exception.

While you’re enjoying your Easter feasting and fun, keep these safety tips in mind, and spread the word to help other families keep their cats safe, too.

1. Keep The Chocolates And Candy Out Of Reach

Easter baskets are often loaded with candy and chocolate bunnies.

Little kids can sometimes drop these on the floor or leave half-eaten sweets where cats can get them, so make sure they know the rules and keep an eye out for any discarded candies or wrappers.

If you plan on serving desserts, make sure sweets are put away where they can’t be reached by any hungry kitties. Chocolate is toxic for cats, and candy can be loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which is also toxic for felines.

Make sure your cat sticks to treats specifically for cats only.

2. Alcohol And Caffeine Are For Humans Only

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A lot of people drink wine or enjoy a good cup of coffee at Easter gatherings.

Any alcoholic or caffeinated beverages should be kept in hands or stored away from anywhere cats can get to them.

The sweetness of these drinks can be attractive to kitties, but alcohol, caffeine, and the sugar or sweeteners that often accompany them can quickly lead to illness and an emergency vet visit.

3. Cooked Bones Are Dangerous

If you’re planning to serve dishes that have bones, make sure that they are kept away from cats and disposed of quickly.

If you have a kids’ table that is lower to the floor, make sure your cat is not able to sneak bones off of plates when kids aren’t looking.

Cooked bones can splinter into sharp pieces that cause internal damage, and these bones are dangerous choking hazards.

4. Guests Can Cause Anxiety

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If you’re having a lot of guests over, ringing the doorbell and going in and out, it can cause anxiety in cats that aren’t used to all the commotion. The strange faces and odd smells of new people entering their territory can be frightening and cause cats to engage in nervous behavior or even bolt if the door is left open.

Make sure your cat is secure and that doors that lead outside are always shut when not in use. Inform your guests not to let your cat out.

If your kitty is especially anxious, it may be best to keep them safe in another room with a radio or television on. Make sure they are comfortable and have plenty of water, and don’t forget to provide a litter box.

5. Keep The Trash Secure

With every feast, there is bound to be a lot of waste. The trash bin might get full of food products and interesting-smelling garbage, and that can be very tempting for cats.

Make sure the trash is secure and out of reach. If your cat gets to it, they may be able to swallow choking hazards, items that cause intestinal blockage, or toxic food.

Put something heavy on the lid if you have no other option, and tell guests to keep the trash blocked off.

6. Don’t Let The Food Out Of Sight

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Any leftover food should be quickly put away or kept where it can’t be reached by your cat. Easter food can be very attractive to cats, but it can also be full of things that are toxic.

Grapes and raisins, for example, are toxic to cats, as are and several other foods. Greasy, salty, and fatty foods can cause diarrhea, upset stomachs, or more severe conditions if eaten in high quantities.

Keep the human foods for humans.

7. Small Toys And Plastic Eggs Can Be Hazardous

If you’re giving Easter baskets to the kids at your gathering, chances are good that they will have plastic eggs, fake plastic grass, stuffed animals, small toys, or other fun items. These items, however, may not be so fun for cats who swallow them or chew them into shards.

Not only are they choking hazards, they can also break apart into sharp pieces and do internal damage, or they can cause gastrointestinal blockages.

Keep them out of reach of cats, and when kids are done playing with them, put them away. If you hide plastic eggs, make sure they are all accounted for when everyone is finished searching for them.

8. Easter Lilies Are Toxic To Cats

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Easter lilies are beautiful and people love to see them on Easter, but these plants are toxic for cats.

Many of the substitute plants that people use in place of Easter lilies can also be toxic to cats. Make sure that guests know not to bring these flowers as gifts and keep them out of your home during the holiday.

There are plenty of other pretty flowers to choose from. Do your research and make sure they are safe for kitties to be around before you bring them home.

What other Easter safety tips do you have for fellow cat owners? Is your cat going to be a part of your Easter celebration? Let us know in the comments below!

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My cat, Pookie, can be a bit of a diva. She insists on lounging on the foot of my bed, MUST be fed at 6:30AM sharp, and needs constant affection, but only on her terms.

Despite her diva tendencies, I love this cat. I cannot imagine my life without her silly antics or dramatic meows for treats. She’s my baby.

So, you can imagine the pickle I’m in dating someone who is very, very allergic to cats. At first he tried to play it off and simply pop an antihistamine, but it wasn’t cutting it. After spending a few hours at my place, my boyfriend would be sneezy, itchy, and even a bit wheezy. We’re talking serious allergies.

The idea of having to pick between Pookie and my boyfriend seemed unfair. Why can’t we have it all? Pet ownership is not something to be taken lightly. Getting rid of Pookie isn’t even an option but I’d also like to be able to have my boyfriend over to my place without him feeling like death.

CatTime has a ton of tips on how to keep allergens at bay, but for those of us fortunate enough to be allergy free, taking care of your place for someone who does have allergies can be a big lifestyle change.

Here are a few precautions I’ve been taking to insure that both Pookie and my boyfriend are comfortable in my apartment.

1. No Cats In The Bedroom

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I felt terrible implementing this rule, as my bed is also Pookie’s bed. Lounging on the bottom corner right where the sun hits through the window is Pookie’s personal haven. I felt like a bad cat parent taking it away from her, but nearly every allergist agrees: the bedroom should be as allergen-free as possible.

To make it up to her, I got my princess cat a new Cat Scratcher Lounge that’s all her own. I placed it right under a window in my living room, so she still gets some luxurious sun, and my boyfriend is able to breathe a little easier at night.

For those unwilling to kick kitty out of the bedroom, I have a friend who has cat allergies and owns cats, and she took a large comforter and placed it on top of her bed and pillows for her pets to lounge on during the day. She simply peels it back, folds it up and puts it in the closet before crawling into bed.

2. Air Purifiers: HEPA, HEPA, HEPA

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HEPA stands for high-effciency particulate air. It is a mechanical air filter that is fine enough to trap things such as pollen, pet dander, dust mites, and other allergens.

Using a regular vacuum may help with excess fur around the house, but it may also be kicking allergens up into the air. I use the compact VonHaus vacuum cleaner, which has a HEPA filter.

It has honestly made a difference compared to just vacuuming. That said, you shouldn’t skip the cleaning, either. Be sure to vacuum places such as area rugs and carpeted rooms extra thoroughly, as they are natural traps for fur that has been shed.

Plenty of HEPA air filters are available online. Although they’re pricey, they’re definitely worth it. Smaller ones, such as the GermGuardian, work in smaller spaces such as a bedroom or office, but you may want to get several for throughout your place.

If you’re dealing with bad allergies, you may need to clean your house from top to bottom a few times a week–three times a week would make a huge difference in your life and doesn’t take as long as you think it will.

Start at the top and work your way down. Begin by dusting and wiping lamps, picture frames, tables and surfaces, then finish with vacuuming and sweeping up everything that’s fallen to the floor. It really makes a difference in the life of someone suffering from allergies who can’t imagine life without pets.

3. Bathe Your Cat

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Cats generally stay clean on their own, but when it comes to getting rid of dander and allergens, you may need to give them a hand.

If you are able to bathe your cat, be sure to do so before an allergy-afflicted guest comes to visit. Washing your cat will loosen up and get rid of dander down the drain instead of around your house.

Talk to your veterinarian about how much bathing is appropriate for your cat. Too much bathing can remove natural oils and affect coat and skin health.

If your cat is NOT a fan of baths, try something like Allerpet for Cats once a week. I have been using it on Pookie, and it seems to not only help with my boyfriend’s allergies, but her coat seems shinier, too. Another reason Allerpet is nice is because you need zero water to use it: simply work the formula into your cat’s coat and wipe off.

4. Clean That Litter Box Several Times A Day

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A lot of people assume that allergens are strictly in the dander of a cat. Did you know that cat urine plays a HUGE part in human allergies to cats?

Be sure to clean out your cat’s litter box as often as possible, and use a litter that isn’t going to get dusty and float up into the air.

Check out some of our reviews of cat litter and see which one fits not only an allergy sufferer’s needs, but your cat’s needs, as well.

5. Talk About Medication Options

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For some, simply taking over-the-counter allergy medication is enough. Sometimes, however, that just won’t cut it.

You could scrub and vacuum your house and cat day-in and day-out, but it may only help a little bit.

Have your significant other talk to their doctor about allergy solutions, such as steroid shots or prescription nasal sprays. If you are going to great lengths to make sure your partner is comfortable in your home with your cat, they can meet you halfway and speak to their doctor.

I am hoping that over time, my boyfriend’s immune system shapes up and is able to tolerate Pookie without all of these aforementioned extra efforts. His immune system has tolerated different cats in the past, so hopefully, eventually, Pookie fits this bill, as well.

People can develop immunity to an animal they are allergic to over time. It could take a few weeks or months depending on the allergy, but you should consult your doctor before you try to develop such an immunity.

Other things you can do include making sure you’re wearing clean clothes and washing and bathing yourself before spending time with your beloved. I always wash my hands and face before touching my boyfriend.

Are you romantically involved with someone who has severe cat allergies? What do you do to make sure both your cat and partner are comfortable in your space? Let us know in the comments below!

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I have two Chihuahua mixes and one large Calico cat all living in the same modest two-bedroom apartment. Despite vacuuming regularly and giving the animals dry baths and brush sessions, tiny white hairs have made their way into every nook and cranny of my apartment.

For me, finding fur everywhere has become the norm. So when the folks over at FurEater offered to send their vacuum attachment, I was more than ready to try it out.

The FurEater is boasted as “the pet hair remover that works!” I’ve tried HEPA vacuums, lint rollers, and allergen wipes to remove stubborn fur from areas like the creases of my recliner and the floor of my car.

While those have all alleviated some of the mess, none have been quite as effective as the FurEater.

Here’s how the FurEater is a game changer when it comes to cleaning up my fur family’s stray hairs.

How The FurEater Works

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The FurEater comes in several sizes and offers several adapters, and it connects to the hose of your vacuum cleaner. I connected my FurEater extension to my roommate’s wet-dry vacuum and got to work.

When it comes to upholstery, nothing has been as effective at removing pet hair as the FurEater. To use it, I simply turned my vacuum on and applied a medium-amount of pressure as I slowly dragged the it across the surface of my furniture.

The FurEater tends to gather the fur first before sucking it up. As you pull the extension across the surface, the clump of gathered fur will become larger and larger. It’s easy to suck up the fur once the attachment has loosened it up and gathered it in one clump.

I used it on all of my soft surfaces–pillows, couches, my cat’s scratching tree (which used to be permanently covered in a horrifying mix of cat fur, cat food, and catnip), and even on my black jeans before going out.

That’s the beauty of this product: you don’t have to be vacuuming to use it. You can use the attachment alone like a lint brush to gather stray hairs or fibers into an easy-to-pull-off clump.

The one area the FurEater lacks is with hardwood floors, which makes sense. The attachment’s bristles are designed to loosen up fur intertwined in the fibers of clothing, furniture, and other fabric surfaces. I used it with the vacuum in my bedroom. While it did a fine job vacuuming, it didn’t gather fur as impressively as it did on fabrics.

Is The FurEater Worth It?

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The FurEater attachment currently goes for $25.99 on Amazon. Frankly, if I had not had the opportunity to test it out first, I would probably balk at the idea of a vacuum extension that almost cost as much as my small HEPA handheld vacuum.

However, after using the product, I am converted. I love how easy it is to use. I also love the idea of saving on paper and money I would normally use with lint roller sticky papers. There were some days when I’d go through half a lint roller on furniture in our living room alone.

FurEater not only cut down on this cost, but made cleaning easier, as well.

If you’re going to purchase your own FurEater, check that you are purchasing the correct attachment size. FurEater has a handy guide on their website so you don’t get stuck with a piece of cleaning equipment you can only use sans vacuum.

If you’ve resolved yourself to living a life where all your black clothes have fur on them, think again. My cat is in the midst of her spring shed, and I’m glad I have this tool to help me mitigate the floating furballs all over my apartment.

Check out FurEater’s website here!

The writer of this review received no financial compensation from FurEater for any opinions expressed in this article.

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A cat’s body language tells you a lot about what they’re thinking or intend to do next. Sure, cats meow, hiss, and make lots of vocalizations to communicate, just like we humans vocalize when we talk. However, cats also rely on their full bodies to communicate, too.

Humans aren’t always good at reading these feline signs, so learning them will help you understand your cat better. As pet parents, we’re responsible for knowing our cats’ needs and wants, so we have to be able to know what they’re saying.

Tail twitching and chin rubbing are two ways cats communicate with body language. Here’s what they might mean.

Tail Twitching

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As with dogs, the tail can signal a cat’s intentions. If a dog wags his tail, it means they’re happy. This is not always true with a cat, and they’ve perfected various tail twitches to carry different messages.

An upright tail that flips forward over the cat’s back is in a neutral, welcoming position. The cat is happy to see you. This posture can also signal indecision. The cat hasn’t decided what their next move will be.

If the cat’s tail quivers and they dance on their back feet, they are giving you an ecstatically happy greeting. This same posture is used when cats want to mark a place by urine spraying it. Luckily, there is no spraying when this is a greeting.

Twitching the tail tip while holding it low and straight is often associated with hunting behavior. During hunting the body is in a crouched position ready to pounce. The crouch and moving tail tip indicate an intense focus on prey.

Tail twitching can also be associated with aggression. The more the tail is moving back and forth, the less happy the cat is. Rapid tail movement means they’re issuing a threat to another cat or human.

An upright, “bottle brush” tail indicates the cat feels threatened and is being defensively aggressive. The hair on their spine also stands up giving them a Halloween cat profile and making them seem larger. This is a ploy designed to make an aggressor go away. If you see a stray cat with a rapidly twitching or moving tail, it’s best to stay away from them for your own safety.

Sometimes cats will twine their tail around a person’s legs in a bid for attention or food. It is also a marking technique to say, “This person is mine.”

Chin Rubbing

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Another aspect of feline body language is chin rubbing or head butting. These actions make cat owners smile because they signal a happy, affectionate cat.

By using this behavior, the cat is marking their person, another cat, or anything else in their territory as belonging to them.

Cats have glands on different parts of their bodies that secrete tiny amounts of pheromone. Pheromones are vital to cat communication.

A person can’t smell the scent but another cat can, and this marking behavior is like leaving messages for other cats wherever they go. A cat uses pheromones to attract a mate, define territory, promote comfort and let other cats know where they’ve been.

Cats may not be able to speak our human language, but they sure can say a lot just with their body language.

Does your cat talk to you with body language? Do you instinctively know how your cat is feeling? Let us know in the comments below!

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Every cat owner has to clean up an “accident” sooner or later. If we don’t clean these messes well, then they can leave lasting stains and smells that stick around for a long time. Unfortunately, lots of cleaners have harsh solvents, fragrances, and other chemicals that aren’t great for the planet–and often, not good for us or our cats.

There are non-toxic, eco-friendly options, however, that are easier on the environment and safe for your home and your kitties. With Earth Day coming up on April 22nd, it’s a perfect time to green up your home cleaning products.

Here are a few eco-friendly pet stain removers for when your furry family member has an accident.

1. Arm & Hammer Baking Soda

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The first stain remover on the list is an old classic that has been used for generations to get rid of stains. Baking soda is made from soda ash, also called sodium bicarbonate, a naturally occurring substance found in all living things.

You can sprinkle it on smelly areas and vacuum it away to remove odors, or you can mix it with water to create a stain remover that can be used on carpets or fabrics. Also, you can put a bit in the laundry with your cat’s favorite bedding for extra cleaning power.

You can buy it on Amazon here!

2. Begley’s Best Pet Stain & Odor Remover

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Begley’s Best Pet Stain & Odor Remover is made with natural enzymes along with fruit, citrus, and flower oils among other safe ingredients. You can use it on tile, wood, carpets, and upholstery.

Additionally, it’s alcohol free, non-toxic, and biodegradable, and it comes in a recyclable bottle.

You can buy it on Amazon here.

3. Venus Laboratories Earth Friendly (Petastic) Pet Stain & Odor Remover

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The Pet Stain & Odor Remover from Earth Friendly Products is made with enzymes and plant-based, renewable ingredients that are safe for people and pets. No dangerous chemicals here.

You can use it on any type of fabric or carpet, and it also leaves a refreshing scent. This product used to go by the name Nature’s Miracle, so if you’ve ever used that before, this is largely the same thing with a different name.

You can buy it on Amazon here!

4. Only Natural Pet Stain & Odor Remover

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The Pet Stain & Odor Remover from Only Natural Pet is made with bio-enzyme and organic ingredients and is 100 percent safe for pets and people.

It has a pleasing mandarin orange and green tea scent and can be used on carpet, upholstery, and hard surfaces.

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5. Unique Natural Products Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator

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The Pet Odor and Stain Eliminator from Unique Natural comes in a concentrated formula that you mix with hot water, meaning one container can make two and a half gallons of cleaner.

It contains a non-toxic blend of safe microbes with no harsh chemicals or additives, and it does not leave residue. Customers rave that it succeeds in removing odors when other products have failed, including the smell of cat urine.

You can buy it on Amazon here!

What other eco-friendly products do you use to clean stains? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cats are good at figuring things out for themselves, especially the cats on this list of the smartest cat breeds in the world!

Cats are naturally curious, great explorers, and good at making a toy out of anything. It’s not unusual for a cat to have more fun with the packaging that their toys came in than the actual toys.

It’s similar to the way human children learn and play by experimenting and exercising their imaginations. Cats are able to entertain themselves, and they’re great at finding out how to get to new places.

If you’re not careful, your cat might outsmart you sometimes.

Here are some of the smartest cat breeds in the world.

1. Abyssinian Cat

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If the best way to learn is to play, Abyssinians are some of the best learners around. They’re one of the breeds that can actually learn to play fetch with small objects and will love doing it.

The Aby, as the breed is affectionately called, is great at jumping and climbing. If you don’t have a ceiling-high cat tree, Abyssinian Cats will make one for themselves out of your bookcase, curtain, or anything else they can scale to the heavens.

Abyssinians are also curious, and if anything has your attention, they might try to take it and investigate, which earns them the nickname “Aby-grabbys.” They love to be the center of attention and require constant stimulation. So if you’re the kind of person who is at work or school all day, the Abyssinian Cat may need a companion.

The Abyssinian’s intelligence was even mentioned in an episode of The Simpsons when Chief Wiggum says, “I’m at least as smart as a cat, right Lou?” Lou responds, “What breed, Chief? I mean, I saw an Abyssinian once who could change channels.”

Considering how Abyssinians are one of the brainiest cat breeds in the world, it wouldn’t be surprising if some were able to change the channels on a television.

2. Turkish Van Cat

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Like the Abyssinian, the Turkish Van loves to climb, but they aren’t very graceful. They’re big and clumsy by cat standards and tend to knock things over, sometimes on purpose just to see what happens.

The Turkish Van can also learn to fetch and do tricks, and they have a love of water. Combined with their tendency to fall over, this makes the toilet a dangerous place for the Turkish Van to be hanging around.

But they are smart enough to turn on faucets so they can drink or play in the water. This is a breed that exists in nature near Lake Van in Turkey, where the Turkish Van gets its name from. That means they are more than able to figure things out themselves, and they don’t like to be held.

If you’re wondering what mood they’re in, the Turkish Van’s nose acts like a mood ring and turns red when they are upset. Best to let them explore on their own and give them toys that let them simulate pouncing on prey.

The Turkish Van is mythologized as being a ratter on Noah’s Ark from the Biblical story of the worldwide flood. Having a love of water would make the Turkish Van a great candidate for surviving a flood, and their intelligence would make them excellent at keeping a big boat free of rodent stowaways.

3. Scottish Fold Cat

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The flopped-over ears that give the Scottish Fold cats their name aren’t the only things that make this cat easily recognizable. You’ve also probably seen plenty of pictures of Scottish Fold Cats on the internet with adorably expressive faces and their peculiar tendency to sit in odd positions, sometimes very much like a human.

Maybe that’s because Scottish Folds want to blend in with humans, as they love being around people and doing stuff with them. Scottish Fold cats will join you to watch movies or television and will pay attention to what’s on the screen.

Scottish Fold cats love to learn tricks, and they will expect you to play with them at length. Because of their need to be with human companions, it’s not best to leave them alone for too long. Scottish Folds prefer toys that keep them agile or puzzle toys that test their intelligence.

The Scottish Fold has gained some fame in the past few years thanks to Maru, a viral YouTube sensation, with adorable videos of his penchant for trying to fit into any size of box. Maru the Scottish Fold cat’s combined videos have over 200 million views, and the internet loves his attempts to make a bed out of smaller and smaller boxes.

4. Siamese Cat

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These cats of Lady and the Tramp fame love to talk. Siamese cats are loud, and they’re happiest when you chat with them.

The Siamese is glad to follow you around and watch what you’re up to with an inquisitive eye, all the while being social and talkative. Being smart, Siamese cats get bored if their brains aren’t stimulated. So they should always be left with something to keep them busy.

Puzzle toys will keep Siamese cats from making their own entertainment, which is a bad thing if you want to keep your tissue box or toilet paper roll intact.

Siamese cats will let you know if they are bored or unhappy, and if you want to keep your sanity, you’d better give them the attention they crave lest they wake the neighbors with their caterwauling. They might be best off with a companion, if you’re not too creeped out by the twin kitties from the Disney movie.

The Siamese cat is popular with celebrities. John Lennon, Ke$ha, James Dean, and Ricky Gervais all owned Siamese cats. Syd Barrett owned a cat named Lucifer Sam who inspired the Pink Floyd song “Lucifer Sam.”

Do these people owe their success to their smart cats? Maybe not, but Siamese cats seem to come with success.

5. Burmese Cat

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The Siamese is the ancestor of the Burmese, and they definitely inherited their forbears intelligence. The Burmese also love to talk, but they aren’t as loud as the Siamese.

Burmese cats grow attached to humans, so it’s best not to leave them alone. But they will be happy with another cat or a dog.

Teaching Burmese cats tricks will keep their mind working, and they’ll be happy to show off for your friends, as they love to be the center of attention. The Burmese can learn to sit, roll over, fetch, or even walk on a leash.

Burmese Cats will follow you around everywhere, and their tendency to explore means they’ll know your house better than you do fairly quickly. They will want your attention quite often, and though male Burmese Cats are usually more docile and happy to sit in your lap for a bit, the females tend to be more demanding.

The Burmese cat was a favorite of monks and kings in Siamese temples, and they were even mentioned in a 12th Century poem. Burmese Cats tend to live for quite a long time. A Burmese Cat in Australia lived to be 24 years old, which is the record for the breed.

6. Japanese Bobtail Cat

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Rumor has it that bobtailed cats first arrived in Japan as gifts from the emperor of China. Over the centuries, the Japanese Bobtail defended the country’s grains and silkworms from rats, and they came to be seen as good luck charms.

Since then, Japanese Bobtail cats have made their way into many homes around the world, and they delight their owners with their soft, chirping voices. In fact, they have quite an impressive vocal range, yet they aren’t obnoxiously loud. Still, they love when their humans want to carry a conversation.

Japanese Bobtails have a fondness for playtime. They’re happy to play in water, so aquarium owners should beware. They also enjoy a good challenge from a puzzle toy and will have a blast with a game of chase from a fishing pole toy.

Japanese Bobtails also grow quite fond of their humans and are happy to be perched on a comfy lap. Although they don’t like to stay home alone for long periods of time, they travel easily. So if you plan to leave the house for a while, just bring your Bobtail buddy along.

7. Tonkinese Cat

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What happens when you mix the intelligence of the Siamese and the Burmese breeds? You get the smarty-pants Tonkinese.

Tonks, as they are nicknamed, need attention and will follow you around or even ride on your shoulder. Tonkinese cats are happy to meet new people and are quite social. That’s why they shouldn’t be left alone for too long.

The good news is that Tonkinese cats are happy with any kind of companion, whether it’s a cat of another breed or even a dog. They’re good at dog games, too, like fetch, and will even walk on leash.

Tonkinese cats also like to talk, though they aren’t quite as loud as their Siamese parents. Basically, if you want a dog, but your apartment only allows cats, the Tonkinese is the breed for you. They’re very smart, so puzzle toys won’t keep them busy for long. It’s important to keep rotating a Tokninese cat’s toys so they stay busy.

The Tonkinese cat holds the world record for largest cat litter ever, with 19 Tonkinese kittens delivered from one exhausted mother.

If you own a Tonkinese, you may notice their coat color is different from what you expect. That’s because the Tonkinese will change their fur color based on climate, as cooler areas cause the Tonkinese to produce an enzyme that darkens their fur.

They’re so smart, even their bodies can learn to adapt to their surroundings.

8. Bengal Cat

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These leopard-like beauties are highly sought-after. A British woman paid over $50,000 for a Bengal cat in 1990, and with their intelligence, personality, and looks, it’s no wonder why.

Bengal cats are excellent at learning tricks, and they’re great with their paws. This can lead to trouble, as Bengal cats have a penchant for turning off light switches, playing with electronics, and causing mischief.

Bengals love water and will follow you into the tub or shower if they can. But their love of water and dexterous paws make them a nightmare for fish in aquariums or backyard ponds. Bengals love to climb like their leopard ancestors, so they will definitely need a cat tree if you’d prefer not to have curtains full of holes.

Bengal cats are very popular and many famous celebrities own or have owned Bengals. Kristin Stewart of the Twilight movie series is a Bengal lover, as well as Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Bruce Springsteen, Kevin Bacon, and Sean Connery.

These smart cats clearly know how to keep friends in high places.

9. Cornish Rex Cat

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Intelligence isn’t the only thing on these cats’ side. Cornish Rex cats also have excellent jumping abilities and long toes that let them hang on to objects, open doors, and raid cabinets.

If you want to hide something from the Cornish Rex, make sure you do it when they’re not looking, as they’ll easily be able to figure out a way to retrieve it.

Speaking of retrieving, Cornish Rex cats are great at retrieving toys and playing fetch. They’re very quick and able to move around corners easily.

Cornish Rex cats love people and are always looking to give affection or for a lap to sit on. Their friendly demeanor and intelligence makes them fairly easy to train for therapy work, and their love for being held by humans makes vet visits a bit less stressful.

The Cornish Rex is another cat who’s great for couples who can’t decide whether they want a cat or a dog. Radio host Robin Quivers mentioned her Cornish Rex Cats on The Howard Stern Show all the time, and fashion designer Michael Kors owned two of these brainy cats.

10. Singapura Cat

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Singapura cats may have come from the Abyssinian and the Burmese, and a DNA study found very little genetic difference from the Burmese. Still, they’ve earned recognition as their own breed, and they share the intelligence of their ancestors.

The most notable difference is how tiny Singapura cats are. In addition to being one of the smartest cat breeds in the world, they are also the smallest cat breed in the world.

Despite their small size, Singapura cats have a big personality and their hyperactivity makes sure that you know they’re there. Singapura cats may surprise you by jumping from a high place onto your shoulder as you walk by.

Singapuras are quite curious and always busy. They may stop once in a while to sit on your lap, but they’ll be in a hurry to get back to whatever they’re up to, and they’ll keep that playful nature even as adults. Theses tiny cats love people and other pets, but make sure there are enough of both around to keep your Singapura cat entertained.

The Singapura cat’s adorable tiny size and big intelligence has increased their popularity in North America, which is a good thing for their feral relatives back in Singapore. The Singapura’s cousins used to be exterminated as pests, but Singapore has recently adopted the Singapura cat as the country’s official mascot to draw in tourists.

Now the Singapura is celebrated in their homeland. We’re all for giving these intelligent felines a place of honor.

Think your cat is one of the smartest cats in the world? Should any other breeds be on the list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Cats love treat time–and very few felines can resist the sound of the treat bag being shaken.

There are so many cat treats out there on the market. How do you choose which ones to get for your favorite feline?

CatTime has you covered with some of our kitties’ favorites!

Here’s our guide to seven cat treats that will have your kitty purring their praises.

1. Temptations

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The Temptations brand of cat treats is a classic. Each bag comes with a cartoon of a cat doing something wacky on the front.

They come in a broad range of flavors, so try a variety pack to figure out your own feline’s favorite taste combination.

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2. Feline Greenies

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If you’re looking for a cat treat that will also keep your kitty’s teeth in good shape, consider the popular Feline Greenies brand.

These vet-recommended treats can help your cat maintain their good dental health care.

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3. Pounce Caribbean Catch

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The Pounce brand’s Caribbean Catch soft treats are designed for the cat who likes treat time to also be play time.

Throw a few around for your feline to chase and watch the fun unfurl.

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4. Purina Beyond Grain Natural Cat Snacks

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Moving over to the healthier side of the cat treats scene, Purina’s Beyond Grain line strips out corn, wheat, and soy and uses chicken as the majority ingredient.

The treats are definitely higher priced than many other brands, but the product claims to be sourced from higher quality ingredients than cheaper lines.

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5. Friskies Party Mix

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Targeted at the cat who’s all about variety and surprise in her snacking sessions, the Friskies Party Mix brand packages a bunch of different flavors together in the same packet, including salmon, beef and tuna. Texture wise, the treats are crunchy.

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6. Zesty Paws Freeze Dried Salmon

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Switching it up, these snacks are made from freeze dried human-grade sockeye salmon. A natural choice for the feline gourmand.

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7. Cat Greens

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Finally, don’t overlook the option of treating your cat to some feline grass or greens at treat time.

This sprouting oat garden, by Van Ness, claims to help control hairballs and increase a cat’s digestive health.

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Have we overlooked your cat’s favorite treats? Which ones should we check out? Let us know in the comments below!

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