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Do cats have dreams?
A: During sleep cats dream as much as we do, probably sorting out memories of the day's events.
Do cats see everything in black and white?
A: Tests have shown that cats differentiate between green, blue and yellow, but do not recognize red. In normal life, color appears meaningless to cats. Cats' eyes are more sensitive to movement.  
Why do cats spend so much time sleeping?
A: Sleep seems to be the natural state for a cat with a full stomach. No one knows why cats sleep more than other species. The benefit for us is that the sight of a sleeping cat relaxes us.
Should cats drink milk?
A: Milk is vital for all young mammals, but dairy products may upset digestion in some adult cats, causing diarrhea. Feeding lactose-free milk, available for lactose-sensitive people and also sold as "cat milk", overcomes this problem for cats that have a lifelong love of milk.
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--------- 5 Tips for New Cat Owners ---------

Posted Fri, May 18, 2007, 10:00 am PDT Reference (Yahoo / Pets)

1. Do your homework. The decision to get a cat may have been unplanned and emotional, but the care of that cat can’t be impulsive. Talk to your veterinarian, read books by qualified experts, and learn about this new family member. Start off by being properly informed about what cats need, and you’ll see your relationship blossom as your kitty grows into a well-socialized, well-behaved feline.

2. Start out with the right equipment. There are so many litter boxes, litters, scratching posts, toys, and beds -- and the list goes on. How do you know what your cat needs? Resist the urge to buy a product based on its human appeal. Think Like a Cat and look at a product from your cat’s point of view. For example, a covered litter box is designed to hide the sight and odor of its contents from us. Unfortunately, the cover also traps the odor in the box, making it unpleasant for the cat. An uncovered box that’s the right size for your cat would be in line with what Fluffy would choose if she had control of your wallet. Use that same Think Like a Cat eye-view when deciding on other products. Is that scratching post appealing to you because it’s small and easily hidden in a corner? If so, that decision may cost you some damage to your furniture, because Fluffy would prefer something tall and sturdy.

3. Make your home cat-safe. This is crucial when a cat comes into the home. Dangling electrical cords are enticing to a playful cat, so you should firmly secure all wires. Plants pose another danger, and almost all houseplants are toxic to cats. Remove plants that are harmful, or use a bitter anti-chew spray made especially for plants (found in pet supply stores.) A dangling window-blind cord is another potential hazard. Cats also love to crawl into tight hiding places, and that could mean trouble if you close a closet door or dresser drawer and kitty is stuck in there. You’ll find lots of helpful products in the baby safety section of your local home improvement store. Many of these products will help the new cat owner as well. Cats can get into things you’d never suspect they were capable of, so safety is of the utmost importance.

4. Make your home cat-friendly. It may be hard for a cat to resist scaling the curtains or prancing across the top of the bookcase. Cats love to climb, leap, pounce, and balance. This is normal cat behavior, so don’t reprimand your cat for doing what comes naturally. Instead, provide acceptable outlets for that behavior by having cat trees, perches, and scratching posts in order to make your environment cat-friendly. Provide areas for safe exploration, cozy naps, climbing, jumping, playing, and just plain fun!

5. Remember -- your cat is not a dog. I know it may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many times I see cats eating dog food or being bathed in dog shampoo. Use food and other products that are specifically designed for cats. Many products that are safe for dogs are not safe for a cat’s sensitive skin. When it comes to food, cats require more fat and protein, so if Fluffy eats Fido’s food, she won’t be getting enough of the nutrients she needs.

--------- For Cats, It's a Vertical World ---------

Posted Fri, May 25, 2007, 10:00 am PDT
You’ve done your best to create a warm and comfortable environment for your cat, but there may be one element that could use some tweaking.
We live in a horizontal world -- but our cats live in a vertical one. They use high, mid, and low levels of the environment for many purposes. In a multi-cat environment, being the cat who can claim the highest perch may help show other felines just who has the higher status. This can help keep peace.

A cat can jump approximately five times her height, so she was born to take advantage of vertical opportunities. Your cat loves to climb and has incredible balance, so why not create cat-friendly vertical areas to keep her away from those off-limits locations such as your kitchen counter or living room bookcase?

Elevated areas are also important in the cat’s environment because it provides her with a visual advantage. She has more warning time to see if an opponent is approaching.

Mid and low levels are important as well for cats who don’t feel as confident taking the highest elevations. The more cats you have, the more levels you need.

By increasing the vertical space in your home, you actually double or triple the size of your cat’s territory without literally increasing the size of your home.

Here are some ways to increase vertical space:

- Cat trees
- Window perches
- Cat beds or pads on furniture
- Tunnels placed behind furniture
(either bought or homemade)
- Elevated walkways
- Hiding places
(on various levels)

As you look around your cat’s environment, I’m sure you’ll find some ways to increase vertical space in a way that will create added comfort and security for your cat and still fit in with your decor. You don’t have to spend lots of money to increase vertical space. What matters most to your cat will be location, stability, and comfort.

From Yahoo Pets (July 10, 2007)

---------- Who Says Cats Can't Do Tricks? ----------

Try THIS One!


Posted Fri, Jun 08, 2007, 10:00 am PDT
Have you had friends tell you that cats aren't smart, or can't do tricks? Ha! It's time to put them in their place and show just how talented little Fluffy really is. Here's a simple-to-learn trick that should help show the doubters what's what.

Get a simple embroidery hoop and something to use for motivation, such as treats, some canned food, or a few morsels of dry food. In order for this to work, your cat has to be hungry (not starving), so don't attempt a training session after a big meal.

Hold the embroidery hoop on the ground in front of your cat with one hand. With the other, hold a food-reward just on the other side of the hoop. When I was training my cats, I used a food-reward they found completely irresistible -- canned food. I put a tiny bit on the edge of a spoon. The benefit of the canned food is its delicious aroma. If your cat is on a special diet, use a portion of his prescription food as the reward.

Give your cat a verbal cue. It can be anything, as long as you're consistent. For my cats, I used the word "hoop." Use the cat's name as well when giving a verbal cue.

When your cat walks through the hoop, reward him with a little food.

Once your cat gets the knack of the trick, you can raise the hoop a tiny bit in subsequent sessions so that it eventually becomes a jumping trick.

Always remember to reward your cat afterward. It's also important to keep the training session fun -- so never command him to perform, or reprimand if he doesn't do well.

If you clicker-train your dog, you can use the clicker with your cat as well. When the cat goes through the hoop, click and reward.

Have fun!

From Yahoo Pets (July 10, 2007)
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