Did you find a cat hiding? Here’s how to help it

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Cats are nocturnal animals and generally prefer to stay hidden during the day. The problem which agitates many cat owners is when their previously social cat without any warning starts spending the day hidden. The behavior can be caused by many things including but not limited to stress, fear, a medical issue or even a combination of these.
Let us look at a couple ways to help a hiding kitty cat out.

  1. Let them take their time warming up to visitors – Most cats aren’t comfortable with a change in their environment. Heck, most people aren’t comfortable with change too. A big change for any cat is the addition of a new person in their environment. Cats naturally assume a new person or animal is a threat. It’s just how they are made. It is important to give a cat time to adjust to the new person and let them accept the new person or animal on their own terms. A big no-no is invading the cats’ personal space when they display clear signs that they do not want to be near the visitor.
  2. Normalize a new environment – A big part of working in the modern age is moving to a new house. Unfortunately, cats get really stressed out when they are faced with such drastic changes. It takes a while for them to adjust and it can take even longer for them to adjust the more you move things around. The best thing to do is to unpack everything as quickly as possible and settle in because this will help calm your feline friend. He/she will recognize familiar objects and quickly settle in.
  3. Let them know that they have a safe space – Cats are both predator and prey in the wild. When a visitor visits home, many cats switch to prey behavior. Prey behavior can be seen as the cat running away and hiding. Your cat will find plenty of hiding spaces on its own so there’s no need to try to help it find one. What you can do to make them feel more at ease is to steer your visitor away from their safe spots. This will give them more time to process the situation. Knowing that they have a place to go to whenever they feel threatened gives them plenty of peace of mind.
  4. Take them to a vet – If your cat who was previously very social has become antisocial, it might be time to schedule a visit to the vet. Sometimes a medical issue could be the cause of their change in behavior. It’s better to be safe rather than sorry.

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5 types of grass you can grow for your cat

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Humans do not know why cats eat grass. Many cat owners do not like it when their feline friend or friends eat grass because it makes for a nasty mess. A popular theory is that cats eat grass because it helps them throw up indigestible parts of prey and get rid of hairballs. Grass also contains a lot of fiber which can aid them in digestion. Grass also contains chlorophyll which serves a variety of uses like alleviating pain, infection, anemia and skin disease. The folic acid in grass is also known to improve circulation.

While we may not find out why cats like eating grass in the near future, we do know one thing and that is that they like it. It causes no real known harm other than an occasional spill. So why not grow some for them to eat once in a while?

Here are 5 types of grass to grow for your cat.

  1. Oat – Many cats prefer oat grass to other types of grass because oat grass is slightly sweeter than other types of grass. If your cat is a picky eater, oat is a great choice because they’ll most likely love it. To be on the safer side, it’s better to test it out by offering them some oat grass and seeing if they eat it. Better to find out they like oat grass before committing to growing grass and find out they don’t like oat grass.
  2. Wheat – Wheat is jam-packed with minerals and contains 70% chlorophyll. Many humans eat a lot of wheat because it is very healthy. Wheat makes a great addition to your cats’ diet because it helps fight inflammation as well as boosts their overall health.
  3. Rye – Cats love to roll on grass. It is pure bliss for them. Ryegrass is shorter and is famous for being more durable than other grass. This makes it perfect to grow if your cat loves rolling in grass.
  4. Barley – Barley is much taller than Rye. It regularly reaches heights of over 14” and as a bonus, it is quick to grow. If your cat is a habitual “weed puller”, barley is a great choice because of how quickly it grows.
  5. Dactylis glomerate – This one is quite literally a mouthful. It is known by many names such as cook’s foot and orchard grass. It can grow in a variety of places and is very versatile. It contains a lot more sugar than other types of grasses and is perfect for your cat if they don’t like oat but want something sweet.

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