5 Curious Kitty Questions - Answered!
Cats are mysterious creatures – and that’s why we love them.
But, have you ever wondered whether cats can swim? Or why your feline friend just adores scratching?
(HINT – they don’t just have a taste for destruction.)
Read on here and all will be revealed...
Are cats nocturnal?
Despite your cat’s tendency to disrespect your beauty sleep, they’re not actually nocturnal. Cats are normally most active at dusk and dawn – this is known as crepuscular behaviour.
Having said that, night time activity is quite a common issue for some cat owners. If your cat is prone to energetic play sessions across furniture (or you) during the night, click HERE for management tips.
Should cats drink milk?
Many people think cats and kittens should drink milk. In fact, cow’s milk is definitely something they shouldn’t have, as both cats and dogs are lactose intolerant. Drinking it can cause cramps, diarrhoea and digestive upset.
To find out more about your cat's special nutritional requirements, click HERE.
Why do cats want to scratch?
There are a number of reasons why cats want to scratch objects. Cats need to keep their claws healthy and conditioned, which can be difficult in a home environment. Scratching also serves as a way to mark territory, to show other cats that the area where the object is located is occupied.
Another reason why cats enjoy scratching is that it acts as an emotional release.
Contrary to popular belief, cats do not scratch furniture and carpet out of spite or to purposely destroy objects. But if persistent scratching is an issue for you, click HERE for some tips to curb this behaviour.
Can cats fetch?
This one’s reserved for the most cooperative of kitties, but yes, some cats really can be taught to fetch!
Try these steps to get started:
Rub some of the water from a can of tuna or cat food on your cat’s favourite toy and throw it just out of reach (the aim is to arouse their natural hunting instinct).
Let’s be real – at first, your cat is unlikely to respond when you do this, so repeat the process until they wander over to the toy.
Repeat this process until your cat starts bringing the toy towards you, at which point you should click and treat.
Once your cat is retrieving the toy and bringing it to you, add the cue word “fetch” every time you throw the toy.
Remember – patience and persistence is key. And if your cat doesn’t feel up for play, leave it for another day.
Can cats swim?
Yes, cats are capable of swimming.
Some breeds of cats are actually known for enjoying swimming, such as the Turkish Van, which has been nicknamed “the swimming cat” for that reason.
But just because they can swim, doesn’t mean they will. And many cats are notorious for hating water, so this should never be forced.
For more tips and insights into cat behaviour, click HERE.