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Science-Backed Strategies to Stop Your Cat From Scratching Furniture Cat scratching a post

Science-Backed Strategies to Stop Your Cat From Scratching Furniture

July 15, 2024

Cats, our beloved companions, occasionally challenge our patience with behaviors like furniture scratching. While scratching is a natural feline behavior, it can become problematic for caregivers. Fortunately, a recent study sheds light on effective, science-backed strategies to manage scratching behaviors without resorting to extreme measures like declawing or euthanizing. Led…

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Do Cats Prefer People Who Don’t Like Cats?

July 1, 2024

Cats, those enigmatic and often aloof creatures, have long been the subject of curiosity regarding their preferences for human companionship. While many of us assume that cats naturally gravitate towards those who dote on them. Recent studies and observations suggest something intriguingly different – cats may prefer the company of…

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“Copycat” Training Method for Cats

June 17, 2024

When it comes to cat training, few methods captivate the imagination and scientific intrigue, quite like the “Copycat” technique. Developed by renowned feline behaviorists, this method represents a unique blend of feline intelligence and behavioral mimicry. What is the “Copycat” Technique At its core, the Copycat technique is a training…

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Frenetic Random Activity Periods: AKA Cat ‘Zoomies’

June 3, 2024

If you’ve ever witnessed your usually calm cat darting across the room with boundless energy, you’ve encountered what’s scientifically termed a frenetic random activity period (FRAP). Some might affectionately refer to these episodes as “the zoomies” or “the midnight crazies.” Regardless of the name, these bursts of hyperactivity, while surprising,…

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What Is Your Cat’s Body Language During Mealtime

May 27, 2024

Feeding time for your feline friend can unveil a variety of behaviors, especially in households with multiple cats. Understanding your cat’s body language during mealtime can offer valuable insights into her needs and preferences. Here’s a breakdown to help you interpret her cues: 1. Sitting by Empty Food Bowl: Your…

Can Cats Read Human Emotions?

April 29, 2024

Cats: mysterious, aloof, and independent creatures that have captured our hearts for centuries. While we often marvel at their enigmatic behavior, recent research sheds light on a fascinating aspect of feline cognition: their ability to recognize and respond to human and cat emotions. In a groundbreaking study led by Angelo…

Signs Your Cat Misses You

April 22, 2024

For dog lovers, deciphering their furry friend’s emotions might seem straightforward—wagging tails, wet kisses, and bounding excitement are telltale signs of joy. However, understanding the inner workings of our feline companions can be a bit more challenging. Cats are known for their subtle nature, often hiding their feelings behind a…

Solicitation Purring: What Your Cat is Trying to Tell You

April 15, 2024

Cats may not be able to speak our language, but they have their own ways of communicating their needs and desires. One such method is solicitation purring, a distinct type of purr that cats use to convey their requests for attention or food. Unlike regular purring, solicitation purring is a…

Do Cat Toe Beans Predict a Cat’s Purrsonality?

March 18, 2024

Did you know you can tell your cat’s personality from its paws? A Japanese scholar’s experiment involving 2000 adorable kittens set out to see if there was a correlation between a kitty’s toe beans and personality. Turns out there is! Here are the 5 cat-egories: The Fuji Mountain Climber Imagine…

Signs Your Cat Might Be Stressed

February 26, 2024

Our pets are integral parts of our families, offering companionship and love. But unlike humans, pets can’t always communicate their emotions clearly. Cats, in particular, are known for their ability to mask discomfort or distress. However, they do exhibit subtle behaviors that can indicate stress. Understanding these signs can help…

Reducing Your Cat’s Hunting Habits

February 5, 2024

In households worldwide, cats are beloved members of the family. However, their natural instincts to hunt can pose a problem for local wildlife and sometimes leave owners with unwanted “gifts” at their doorstep. A recent scientific trial suggests that there are ways to reduce your cat’s hunting tendencies while keeping…

Keeping Your Cat Cozy and Safe During Winter

January 29, 2024

With this winter feeling especially cold, our feline friends may require extra care to stay snug and secure. Cats, known for their independent nature, still rely on us to create a warm and welcoming environment during the chilly months. Let’s explore tips and tricks to ensure your furry companion remains…

4 Ways to Know if Your Cat Thinks You’re Her Mom

November 27, 2023

Have you ever wondered if your cat thinks you’re her mom? TikTok user @gatofather breaks down the top 4 ways you can tell: @gatofather Does your cats do those things? #cat #fyp ♬ Spongebob Tomfoolery – Dante9k Remix – David Snell “Did you know your cat thinks you’re their mom…

Recent Study Finds Cats Have At Least 276 Distinct Facial Expressions

November 20, 2023

The stereotype of cats as distant and mysterious animals has been challenged by a recent discovery: cats possess at least 276 distinct facial expressions, shedding light on their capacity for emotional expression and communication. This unexpected finding goes against the common belief that cats are unresponsive and uninterested in human…

New Study Suggests Cats Respond to Owner’s Baby Talk

November 13, 2023

Most of us can’t resist adopting a baby-like tone when communicating with our feline friends. We raise our voices, elongate our vowels, and ask repetitive questions like, “Whooo’s a good boy?” or “Whooo’s a pretty kitty?” Studies have shown that dogs tend to appreciate this “caregiver speech” and pay more…

Tips for Owning a ‘CH Cat’

November 6, 2023

Cerebellar Hypoplasia, often referred to as CH, is a neurological condition that affects cats and dogs, leading to unsteady movements, tremors, and difficulties in coordination, reminiscent of ataxic cerebral palsy in humans. Cats with CH frequently experience challenges with balance and may even struggle to walk altogether. Notably, CH in…

Do Food Puzzles Help Cat Activity Levels?

August 14, 2023

At Sparkle Kitty, we’re passionate advocates of food puzzles as an excellent enrichment option for our feline friends. Considering their natural predator instincts, cats have evolved to work for their food. However, as indoor pets, we’ve handed them food in a bowl, essentially taking away their natural foraging jobs. Like…

Understanding Cats’ Fascination with Licking and Biting Tape and Plastic

July 17, 2023

Cats, our beloved furry companions, are notorious for their curiosity when exploring objects they shouldn’t consume. From clothing and coins to phone cords and floss, there is no limit to what a cat might attempt to nom on. Among their preferred “snacks” are tape and other adhesive materials, often resulting…

Why Humans Should Never Scruff Their Cat

July 3, 2023

When it comes to handling cats, one technique veterinarians strongly advise against is scruffing. Grabbing a cat by the folds of skin on their neck, known as scruffing, may seem like a natural response to restrain or discipline them. Scruffing can lead to anxiety, stress, aggression, and a breakdown of…

Cat Affectionate All of a Sudden? Here are Possible Reasons Why

June 5, 2023

If your cat suddenly acts affectionate, you probably wonder what’s happening. Unfortunately, cats don’t commonly change their behavior unless it’s experiencing specific changes in its life. We’ll unpack the possible causes of sudden kitty affection and how to deal with this behavioral change. Your Cat Might Suffer from Stress or…