One of the craziest (and coolest) things that I've explored this year is bitcoin. My boyfriend is currently obsessed with the new money making trend- and even if you do not like to idea of cryptocurrency you have to admit that there is tons and tons of money going into it! People who buy cryptocurrencies can invest in many different things. How does this relate to cats may you ask? People are spending over 1 million dollars buying virtual cats on Ethereum blockchain! You've read that right- one million!
"Cryptokitties" are basically like online Pokemon cards; people can collect them and sell them for a ridiculous amount of money when the price of the online cats go up. As of right now, the cheapest "Cryptokittie" is about 12 American dollars. The rarest cat was recently sold for $113,000 American dollars.
Part of the appeal of the game is true ownership- meaning online pet owners will have the rights to their cats for forever. The Ethereum blockchain will never just "shut down" like previous gaming companies such as Neopets.
To learn more about the topic you can follow Cryptokitties on twitter! Check them out to learn more about this upcoming trend. (@CryptoKitties)
A common issue in the cat world, one which I face often, is how to live a happy lifestyle with two cats who do not always see eye to eye. Mimi and Tula are lovable creatures but lets face it- cats are predators. They love to stalk, chase, and be in control especially around animals they see as a possible threat. If you face this same dilemma - try some of these tips and tricks that I use daily in order to keep a peaceful household.
1. Separate the cats as much as you can when you are not home. Have you heard the saying, “you never know what goes on behind closed doors”? This saying rings true especially with cats. Your little fur ball may be the sweetest cat on earth to you but the moment you are gone it may terrorize your other pet. It’s best to separate them so they do not have to continuously be on alert for the other cat. This allows their anxiety level to go down throughout the day. Do not lock them in cages (cats need a lot of space in order to be happy), just put them in separate rooms with ample food, water and sunlight- it will be puuuuurfect for them until you return home.
2. Give them separate cuddle time. Bonding is important to cats and if you have two who don’t see eye to eye you do not want them to feel like they are competing for attention. If you give one cat a belly rub in front of the other- make sure to share the love with the other as well instead of dismissing their presence. Animals pick up on things like this and if they do not feel the need to compete for attention the tension between the two cats can dwindle.
3. Allow them to assert dominance in a non-harmful way. For example, Mimi is the smaller of my two cats but she is the “boss” around the house. If the bigger cat, Tula, tries to swat at her or stalk her in a non playful way we will shew Tula off before the attack. This shows that the attack is not welcomed and will not be tolerated. If Mimi does hiss or swipe Tula before we get to them- we still shew Tula away. It must be like this because the smaller cat can do no real harm to the bigger one but if the bigger one has the upper hand it could be detrimental to the smaller animal. You have to watch how the animals interact in order to make sure one isn’t bullying the other.
If you follow these three things your household should be calmer in general. Cats will always “bicker” in a way but the key to harmony is balance.
What is cat grass? That’s simple- grass for your cat (mind blowing, right)?! It may sound silly but if you have an indoor cat it may be vital. Wild animals, especially cats, love nature and all that comes with it including grass. Most felines even consume it. If you have an indoor cat odds are it does not come in contact with many earthly things, grass being included in that bunch. This can be quite troubling and here is why! Grass acts as a natural laxative for your cat. In the wild, cats would eat grass after catching prey and in return they would puke up any bits that were not necessary nutrients. Obviously your indoor cat is not catching their food but it still can help them puke up hair balls and acts as a form on fiber. Grass contains chlorophyll, which was used as a pain remedy before modern antibiotics and it also contains a folic acid that can help blood circulate better in the cats system.
Intriguing right?! If you want to give cat grass a try and grow your own follow these simple steps!
• Before sprouting, seeds should be kept damp but never soaked. Once sprouts appear, use less water.
• Allow three to seven days for seeds to sprout.
• The grass will be ready for your cat to eat in 10 to 14 days after sprouting, or once it has reached a height of four inches, and will last one to three weeks.
• Continue to keep it in natural light and water daily with a spray bottle.
• Do not over water, as this causes mold.
• Allow your cat to eat directly from the container.
• When the grass starts to wilt or turn color, plant a new container.
Growing your own cat grass is actually safer for your little kitty because it is not being treated with chemicals or pesticides like some outside grass. Give it a try and let us know if your feline likes it!
Communication: the baseline of all human interaction. We speak, we touch, we flirt, we cry- all of it through words or symbols; noises and body language. Animals communicate as well- even if their communication does not match ours.
Cats are famous for their body language and powerful "meows". When I got my cats, Mimi and Tula, I had to adapt and learn how to communicate with them. If you are a new cat owner or struggling with building a relationship with your cat- check out some of these communication pointers:
1. Eye contact: cats communicate so much with their eyes- it all comes down to intention. Animals pick up intention rather than words. Holding eye contact and smiling at your cat along with transmitting calm and loving energy to them can allow you all to bond.
2. Be real: You cannot pretend to like a cat and fool them- if you have a difficult little fur ball and you are frustrated with their behavior you need to calm yourself and rethink about the situation in order to change your perception on the cat. Cats can read people very easily and they will be able to pick up on the negative energy very quickly- making the situation worse.
3. Be Respectful: if you were in a situation where you were living in a new home with a stranger or living with someone you did not trust you would not want them to be all up on you just because you're cute! Give your cat time to adjust and become comfortable around you. This will also help open the communication line between the both of you. The more you trust each other- the easier it is to understand their wants and needs.
Practice all three of these things and you will be an expert kitty communicator in no time!
Growing up, my parents were never really big cat people. I knew that I loved them from a young age- but in all reality animals were never a big part of my life. We had a few dogs here and there but I never truly connected with any of them.
When I moved in with my boyfriend and started being around my two cats, Mimi and Tula, more- I quickly had to learn what it meant to "grant beingness". I typically have a higher energy level 95% of the time and I would get so excited to see the girls that I just wanted to pick them up and cuddle love into them. However- being around two cats taught me that there is nothing wrong with wanting to love someone- but you have to be aware and respectful when doing it (and it also taught me that it really hurts when you get clawed in the face). If you are new to being around cats like I was- check out these pointers about granting beingness.
1. Keep your energy levels low- cats, especially rescued ones, can be very skittish. One moment they can be happy and the next moment they can feel threatened. If you are loud and displaying very chaotic behavior they can easily be set off. It's okay to be happy to see them- just try to withstand from screaming, heavy petting and wild moments in front of them.
2. Gain their trust- in order to successfully grant your cat beingness- there needs to be trust between the two of you. They need to know that you would never harm them. I started off building trust with Mimi and Tula by watching energy levels as previously mentioned and by getting them used to my touch. I would pet them lightly a few times or give them a quick kiss on the head and then let them be. They become used to the affection with the expectation that you will not take it too far or take away their personal space for too long. Practice this every day.
3. Watch their tail- if you are granting your cat beingness you should not see any swishing side to side with their tail. Yes- they may become agitated with you if you do not give them treats when they want them but normal frustrations like that are common. If you are petting your cat or trying to love on them watch their tail and body language to know when to stop.
I hope these tips have helped you learn more about granting beingness! If you remember to respect your cat and it's boundaries at all times you both will live very happily together.
When I moved out of my parents house into my own apartment I (like most young ladies) could not wait to decorate my new place. Pinterest became my new happy place and I was entranced with fairy lights, pastel colors and house plants. Plants bring a new sense of life into a space- they give you something to care for and take pride in within the walls of your home.
What i didn't realize was how deadly plants could be to the little critters running around your house. Even with owning two curious cats- it never crossed my mind until i crossed paths with an article warning of the dangers. If your cat digests a flower that is poisonous it can cause an intense burning sensation in the mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, liver and kidney damage, or even heart arrhythmias. Scary, right?
In order to avoid causing your cuddly kitty pain- please check out these common house plants that are very poisonous to cats: