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Common Cat Questions Answered

Cats are a favourite here at Give as you Live but many of us still have questions about the things they do. Lucky for us Cat Protection have all the answers to common cat questions you might need answering!

Why does my cat stare at me?

You may have subconsciously trained your cat to stare when they think they can get something out of it. If your cat has stared at you in the past, you may have thought that they want food or attention and given them a tasty treat or a bit of a fuss. Your cat will then have learnt to associate eye contact with an enjoyable reward and will try it again to see if they get the same result.

As well as being a method of communication, staring is also a sign of a close bond between you and your cat. Cats are unlikely to hold eye contact with someone they don’t like or trust.

If a cat blinks slowly while looking at you, then that means they love you even more, as they trust you enough to close its eyes in your presence. If you want to show them you love them too, try returning the gesture by slow-blinking back.

How do I know if my cat is stressed?

Your cat might appear stressed if they have flattened its body to try to get up high. You’ll need to give them space to move away and don’t try to touch them. Your cat's ears can appear flat and eyes open wide, with whiskers pointed forward.

Why does my cat rub his face against me?

By rubbing their heads and cheeks against those of their friends, cats leave behind a scent that helps remind them that this moggy shares their group scent and can be trusted. They do this with humans too, as well as the occasional item of furniture or toy to make sure their environment smells familiar.

Is my cat a healthy weight?

Is my cat overweight

Why do cats bury their poo?

This behaviour is actually a hangover from the days when cats lived in the African Savannah and took up this activity in order to keep their whereabouts hidden. This meant that they could avoid detection from both sides of the food chain; it helped them to stay concealed from the bigger predators wanting a cat for dinner and the prey species the cats were trying to catch for their own dinner.

How do I get my cat to drink more water?

Cats Protection has come up with 8 super simple ways, click here to read them.

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