Why Does Your Cat Like A Cat Tree? And Other Things To Know
When it comes to cats, there are a few common facts we all know. First, we know that they love the taste of seafood. Second, we know they love to sit up high. And third, we know that they are fiercely independent creatures. However, you might be surprised to learn the reason behind why they love sitting in high places like a cat tree so much, or that while they are certainly independent, they crave attention from their owners more than you might think. Let’s dive in and go over the top things you probably don’t know about cats...but should.
Some Cats Can Be Allergic to Fish
Talk about a surprising fact, right? While we all know that cats go crazy over a can of tuna, some cat breeds are allergic to seafood. Like people, cats can suffer from allergies that can result in uncomfortable skin irritations, watery eyes, and other common allergy symptoms.
Common signs of a fish allergy in cats include:
- Itchy skin
- Hair loss
- Skin lesions
- Excessive licking
- Coughing and/or wheezing
- Gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting or diarrhea
In some cases, a cat may develop acute moist dermatitis, which is when they constantly bite or scratch at an inflamed part of their skin, making their condition worse. Allergies are not limited to a certain breed of cat, so it’s important to be on the lookout for any of these symptoms. In addition to fish, cats can also be allergic to beef, soy, and dairy products (to name a few).
Milk is Not Good for Cats
Because kittens drink milk from their mother shortly after birth, many people think that milk must be good for them. Unfortunately, milk can cause serious gastrointestinal issues. This is because most cats are lactose intolerant.
Cats don’t have lactase enzymes, which means that they cannot easily digest milk. In other words, the lactose can’t pass through their intestinal wall and into their bloodstream very easily. While your cat may like the taste of milk because of how fatty it is, it’s best to avoid this one altogether to protect their gut health.
Cats Can Make Good Companions to Those With Autism
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It’s estimated that over 5 million people living in the United States have Autism. Autism Spectrum Disorder refers to a range of different conditions that create challenges in social skills and, in some cases, cause repetitive behavior. Autism is a spectrum, meaning the severity of the condition can vary from person to person, including whether or not they have verbal or nonverbal communication.
If you have an Autistic child, sibling, or friend, you might be surprised to learn that cats can make great companions for them. A study conducted in 2018 found that a child with Autism greatly benefited from being able to hold kittens, with many parents saying that their child was able to communicate better while interacting and holding the cat. While the results are not 100% in every case, many parents found that the interaction with the cats, including the ability to hold them, was calming for their children.
Cats Like to Be Up High in a Cat Tree Because of Their Nature
While we mentioned above that cats like to relax up high, what we didn’t mention was the reason why. While cats are natural-born hunters, they weren’t immune to dangers. Cats would prefer to fall asleep somewhere high so they were protected; furthermore, this height advantage gave them a better vantage point of what was around them so they could be aware of any potential threats.
While your cat has nothing to be afraid of while they’re taking a nap in their cat tree in your living room, the ability to be up that high satisfies their natural tendencies - especially since they have no fear of heights.
Cats Can Develop Separation Anxiety
Some studies show that cats can develop separation anxiety from their owners. Like people, cats need stimulation, attention, and affection. The most common symptoms of separation anxiety in cats include:
- Excessive self-grooming
- Relieving themselves outside of the litter box
- Excessive meowing and/or crying
- Overstimulated reaction to you returning home
While cats are thought of as being independent, they can get bored the same way humans can. Unfortunately, if they are the only cat in the house, they can begin to develop these symptoms and even suffer from depression. This can be difficult to navigate, especially if you travel a lot for work or work long hours. Fortunately, one way to combat this is by purchasing them a cat tree or cat condo. At Clawz, our cat condos feature scratching pads and other amenities that will keep them entertained for hours.
Cats Don’t Handle Change Well
If you have ever moved to a new home or rearranged your furniture and noticed your cat acting differently, it’s because they don’t handle change well. Cats get very attached to their environments, so any external change can cause even the healthiest cat to get physically sick. When their environment changes, it’s not uncommon for cats to throw up or even start eating items that are not food, such as paper or plastic.
If your environment does have to change, it’s recommended you introduce them to their new home slowly. You can even place some familiar items near them, such as their toys that have a familiar scent, to help make them feel more comfortable. Never force your cat into a new environment, as this could backfire on you and only serve to upset them more.
Keep Your Cat Happy in a Unique Cat Tree or Condo From Clawz
Keeping your cat happy and entertained is so important. At Clawz, all of our cat condos were designed to provide your cat with optimal enjoyment. Best of all, all our products are made by cat lovers. At Clawz, we love cats just as much as you do. Our modern cat trees provide cats with the ability to tap into their wild nature and keep them entertained and stimulated while you can focus on work or other tasks. Shop our inventory of cat trees and cat condos to find the perfect one for your furry friend today.