Cat Behavior: Weird or Normal? (Part Two)

We know that cats present their butts and chirp at birds but why do they do this, and why is it so weird?

  In part one, we began our journey of bizarre cat behavior by looking at various oddball behaviors such as cats throwing shade and eating grass. In today’s post, we’ll explore more of these behaviors and try to understand what they mean!   At Vet Set, we know cats! We love to help you keep them happy and healthy so they can continue being their weird selves! Partner with us and find amazing care at our vet hospital! In the meantime, let’s learn more about our cat’s behavior.

Are All Cats This Strange?

  Enjoy more odd cat behaviors below and dive into them with us and what they mean!   Getting Vocal With Birds   Cats love to get vocal with the birds that are flying around outside, only to get frustrated that can’t be out there harassing them. When you notice this chatter or clacking sound — different from many other sounds cats make — cat experts break this down to cats becoming frustrated that they aren’t able to act upon their prey drive and go after the bird, so elicit movement of the jaw happens. This act mimics them catching and killing prey, so though the noise is a little bizarre as it is hilarious, it serves a purpose!   Receiving Interesting Presents   Cats love to bring presents, dead presents that is! Have you ever wondered why they drop dead birds, snakes, and mice off at the door for you?   This is also an act of endearment for cats — not only are they displaying their cunning and successful talents, they’re essentially sharing part of the hunt with you! You are a part of the kitty squad!   While this may remain a bit unappetizing for humans, don’t discourage this behavior. You can help keep their prey alive and off your doorstep by attaching a bell to their collar.   Cat Kneading   Cats love to make a kneading motion, and as a human, you should just relax and enjoy the affection! Cats knead as a way to mark their territory and better quell any anxieties.   This behavior is innate and it begins after birth as a way for kittens to stimulate the mammary glands of their mothers to get milk.   “If I Fits, I Sits!” Cats love to find odd places to curl up into — from tiny boxes to a bathroom sink — if a cat can fit, they will absolutely sit! Cats love smaller places because it makes them feel safe and protected, and it’s also a survival mechanism.   In the wild, cats aren’t safe in a wide open area where larger predators roam, which is why they would seek refuge in dens and smaller nooks and crannies, to stay away from their predators. So, the next time you find them in a place that looks super uncomfortable, just leave them be — they don’t want to be hunted or perhaps bothered!     Rolling Around   If your cat is constantly rolling around, it is signaling that it feels safe in its surroundings and around you. It may also roll wildly while under the influence of catnip or when they’re trying to mark their scent and claim your space as their own!   Yelping in The Night   Sleep is precious to humans, so when your furry feline wakes you up with their insistent crying, it can drive you mad. This happens as a result of their urge to be out and about hunting prey. These cries are out of frustration that they can’t catch anything or out of excitement that they did!   Curb this energy by giving them more to do at night or even giving them the option to go hunt!   Cats are interesting creatures, to put it lightly, and they display a whole host of behaviors we have a hard time discerning as humans! From the affectionate displays of their butts to chattering with the birds, you can bet that all of this is cat language and it serves some clue to what’s behind it, even when it is strange!  

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The Ultimate Guide to Cat Breeds

Will your favorite type of cat make the list?

  There are dog people and then there are cat people, because, can you really be both?! Cats are often known for their bold and strong nature, the quintessential cat will likely have one of the following personalities:  
  • Neurotic - Anxious, insecure, fearful
  • Impulsive - Reckless and erratic
  • Dominant - Bully, aggressive, jealous
  • Extroverted - Playful and curious
  • Agreeableness - Gentle, friendly, affectionate
  Do these traits sound like your cat? Cats are strange and unique animals which is why we love them! At The VetSet in Caroll Gardens, we get to interact with all types of cat breeds and personalities. To learn more about the most popular cat breeds, join us in today’s post!

Well-Loved Cat Breeds

  Cats are classified in two different ways, domestic and purebred. Domestic cats can be likened to what we refer to as mutts in the dog world, where their pedigree and lineage is unknown, while purebred cats have both a lineage and pedigree. There are different organizations that recognize specific breeds of cats, and those lists vary from anywhere between 43 and 58 different types. Below are the most popular types of cats — in no particular order!  

Maine Coon

  Maine Coons are widely known for their large size, and when you spot one, you’ll know it. Apart from their size, they have thick fur coats and extra toes (polydactylism) which makes their paws even bigger. These extra toes also aid in harsh and cold Maine winters when they have to brave the ice and snow.  

Siamese

  The Siamese cat is essentially a mother breed because they’re lineage has helped create other cat breeds including the Oriental Shorthair, Sphynx, and Himalayan. You’ll immediately recognize a Siamese by its color markings or points. A typical Siamese will have a light body with its points (face, ears, paws, and tail) being a darker color and blue eyes.  

Sphynx

  The Sphynx cat is notoriously known for its lack of hair! Affectionately referred to as a “naked cat,” the Sphynx does have some hair, but it’s more like whispy peach fuzz! This cat will not shed but don’t be fooled — if you have a cat allergy you can still be allergic to this breed of cat!

Bengal

The Bengal is another cat you’ll recognize because, as their name states, they are the wildest looking cat. With markings that look like they belong in the jungle rather than your urban jungle, this is a domesticated cat that needs a lot of activity.  

Persian

  The Persian cat is well-known for its smushed, but adorable, looking face! These flat-faced felines have beautiful, long coats and they come in a variety of colors and markings.  

Ragdoll

  Ragdoll cats are very easygoing, as their name eludes, and often go limp in your arms as you scoop them up to cuddle. This breed of cat look is similar to a Siamese, but instead with long hair.   There are so many lovable kinds of cats, whether they’re domestic or a purebred breed.  

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When Your Cat Needs to Go to the Vet

Cat’s can’t always communicate when they need help — learn about the signs and symptoms to look for as you make the decision to take them to the vet.

  If you’re a cat owner, it’s important to know a couple basic health signs to better keep them happy and healthy. The more aware of your cat’s health, the sooner health problems can be addressed, and oftentimes it saves you from costly procedures the longer you wait. Get a favorable outcome when you take your cat to your local animal health clinic at the first sign of illness.      The Vet Set treats a variety of furry friends, including cats. We have a keen eye, trained skills, and innovative technology to offer your pet the best care. Examine signs and symptoms that may better clue you into your cat’s health.

Health Signs to Look For in Your Cat

  Cat’s come with a baseline of what’s considered normal in their health, just as dogs and people do. Below are common signs and symptoms to look for when assessing your cat’s health.   Breathing   A breath or respiratory rate that is normal for cats falls between 16 to 40 breaths per minute. Cat’s who are ill, stressed, experiencing discomfort, or suffering from heatstroke will have an increased and rapid respiratory rate. If your cat has an increased breathing rate and they’ve only been resting, you may want to check in with your local vet.   Temperature   Cat’s temperatures run a little higher than humans, as a normal range is between 100.5 F and 102.5 F. Anything that peaks 103 F or drops below 100 F, may warrant a call to your vet. Despite the tips of taking your cat’s temperature via the moistness of their nose, this is not reliable. The only way to know their temperature is through a rectal thermometer.   Heart Rate   A cat’s normal heart rate is between 120 and 140 beats per minute, but if they’re stressed or ill it will be higher. Cats can suffer from heart issues such as heart disease and other conditions including hyperthyroidism that can skyrocket their heart rates to a rapid 200 beats per minute.     Adverse Symptoms   Along with cat’s vital signs listed above, there are symptoms that you can look for in a sick cat.   Diarrhea - If your cat suddenly begins to have diarrhea, take note and see if it becomes chronic. Sometimes they may just have an upset stomach, while chronic, untreated diarrhea can indicate other health issues such as a parasite. Ensure your cat is not dehydrated and schedule an appointment with your vet.   Lethargy - If your cat becomes inactive and seems disinterested, even in a subtle way, this could reveal a potential issue. If your cat is laying around, has low-energy, or is sleeping more than usual, you may want to connect with your animal health clinic.   Vomiting - Some people think vomiting is a normal symptom for cats, but truly, it’s not. Yes, cats do get the occasional hairballs, but it shouldn’t go beyond this. If your cat begins vomiting, get a consult with your veterinarian.   Changes in appetite - If your cat begins to lose interest in eating and food or begin to have an increased appetite, this could raise concern. Because a cat’s appetite will ebb and flow daily, it’s important to keep track of major changes. If your cat skips a meal here and there, that may not be an issue, but if they’ve stopped eating for the entire week, this should raise a red flag. If your cat begins to eat a lot more food, especially if they’re older, this could be signs of hypothyroidism and can lead to feline obesity.      Personality changes -You know better than anyone, your cat's distinct personality. If it begins to change and they suddenly are more aggressive or are acting afraid, explore these changes with your animal care clinic to better understand what may be going on.   There are many signs and symptoms your cat may be struggling with a health issue, so know your cat’s behavior, and when in doubt, schedule an appointment with your vet.  

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Why Do Cats Love Bathrooms?

It’s never a surprise to find your cat relaxing in your bathroom!

  As a cat owner — or let’s face it, the cat owns you — your fluffy feline has the special places that it likes to be. From dangling on top a high shelf or curling up on top of your bedroom pillow, cats are creatures of habits. It’s also not uncommon to find your cat in the bathroom — cats love bathrooms. They love to follow you in and rub against your legs as you’re brushing your teeth or getting ready for the day! But why do cats love bathrooms?   At The Vet Set, we love cats! Whether you need to bring them into our Carroll Gardens animal health clinic or schedule a mobile vet appointment, we’re here to give your cat the best care possible. Get in touch with your inner feline and get playful with us as we explore why cats love bathrooms!

Why Cats are Drawn to Bathrooms

If you’re a cat owner, you’ve likely experienced finding your cat leisurely lounging in the bathroom sink or pawing and meowing loudly if they get shut out — so what is it with cats and bathrooms?   Cats can find attention in the bathroom.   Let’s face it, cats find attention on their own terms and stalking you in the bathroom is a great way to do it. The cats are keen to the time you spend in the bathroom so they know they can get your undivided attention when you’re combing your hair or sitting on the toilet.   The bathroom is a playground for cats.   For cats, every home comes with at least one in-house playground that they can meander in. They can climb towels and hide in clothes, spin and destroy the toilet paper roll, and play with a leaky faucet! There are so many fun textures and accessories that cats can get into, it’s no wonder you find them hanging out there.   Your bathroom sink is a natural cat bed.   What fits perfectly into the bathroom sink? Cats of course! The shape perfectly hugs and cradles your cat making it the perfect place for, well, a cat nap! In the warmer months, the sink may provide a place to cool off and lap up dripping water and in the winter, they provide a place to snuggle and retreat.   The bathroom is interesting...when the door is closed!   Closed doors drive cats nuts — what wasn’t at all interesting, now with a closed door, piques their interest. When your cat realizes this game where you often close the bathroom door, they want it. They want in on the fun and they can’t simply miss out — cats have FOMO (fear of missing out) when it comes to closed bathroom doors.   Cats like to be around water.   Cats may not like to be in the water, but believe it or not, they like to be around it. They can sip the fresh coolness of water from the tub and sink faucets, and if you leave the water running, they’ll have a jolly ol’ time playing in it!   Cats love a good routine.   Cats pick up on where you’re at and when you’re there, and so, they’ll stop by for a visit. It’s most likely a part of their daily routine — right after they’ve been fed and before their first morning nap.   Your cat wants to be near you.   The truth of the matter is, your cat loves you, despite their fickle ways! The bathroom has your smells all around it — in your towel, the bathmats, and even your grooming products — so when you’re gone, it is the perfect sanctuary to feel safe and close to you. When you’re physically there, they want to be near you. They probably find what you do in there quite interesting, so you have an engaged audience in your cat! This is the best time to bond and spend quality time with your cat.   Cats are elusive creatures that can be difficult to understand — the bathroom is a middle ground where you both can love on each other!  

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Why Is My Cat Drinking So Much Water?

Drinking water is a natural part of living.  The most common reason why cats drink water is because they’re thirsty.  Cats are very efficient in their internal water conservation which is one of the reasons why their urine has a pungent smell to it.  A normal, healthy cat will drink between 10-30 ml/kg daily.  Cats that eat dry food may drink a little more, but we do recommend feeding cats moist food to help maintain their water consumption.  Your cat should always have access to clean, fresh water. Polydipsia is the medical term utilized to describe increased water consumption.  If you notice your cat drinking more water it’s important to not dismiss it as it’s often the first sign that something has changed with your cat’s internal function. Increased water consumption is a result of 3 things:
  • Compensatory – drinking more due to exercise or increased temperature; vomiting or diarrhea leading to water loss and compensatory drinking; food with increased salt leading to increased consumption.
  • Pathological – drinking more water due to excessive water loss from a medical problem. Generally more of a chronic, ongoing problem.
  • Behavioral – drinking more water due to a behavioral problem. Behavioral polydipsia is a diagnosis by exclusion meaning we have ruled out all other reasons for increased water consumption.
The three most common reasons why cats drink more water are:
  • Kidney disease – Kidney disease is the most common diagnoses ailment in older cats. The initial signs of renal disease include increased water consumption and increased urination (polydipsia, polyuria or PU/PD for short), decreased appetite, and weight loss.  While we cannot cure chronic kidney disease, there is a lot we can do to help manage it, and early diagnosis is critical.
  • Diabetes Mellitus – Cats develop diabetes similar to Type 2 diabetes in people. The initial signs of diabetes in cats are increased water consumption, increased appetite, and weight loss.  Early diagnosis is critical to prevent a medical crisis.  Diabetes is more common in overweight cats.
  • Hyperthyroidism – A common endocrine disorder in older cats hyperthyroidism leads to increased energy, increased water consumption, and a big appetite coupled with weight loss.
Any time you and your veterinarian are suspect of increased water consumption your veterinarian will want to run bloodwork and urine work to try to diagnose the reason why.  The sooner you and your veterinarian know why your cat is drinking more and urinating more the sooner a treatment plan can be created to increase the chance of a positive outcome.  If you have questions about why your cat is drinking a lot of water please contact The Vet Set team.

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