Ernest Hemingway, the renowned author of literary classics such as “The Old Man and the Sea” and “A Farewell to Arms,” was not only known for his masterful prose but also for his deep love of feline companions. The story behind Hemingway’s cats is as intriguing as his novels, weaving together history, whimsy, and a touch of eccentricity.

A Literary Giant with A Feline Flair

Hemingway’s feline affinity dates back to the 1930s when he lived in Key West, Florida. Legend has it that a ship’s captain gifted him a six-toed cat (a polydactyl) named Snow White, marking the beginning of his love affair with these unique felines. These cats, often referred to as “Hemingway cats,” possessed extra toes (6 or more) resembling miniature snowshoes or mittens with a “thumb” on their paws.


Polydactyl cats are not a “breed.”
This unusual paw trait can appear in any feline breed.


Hemingway Home and Museum: A Polydactyl Haven

Today, the historic Hemingway Home and Museum has approximately 60 free-roaming polydactyl cats, many descendants of Hemingway’s original, beloved felines. Lovingly cared for by the museum staff, these cats have become integral to the attraction, enchanting visitors with their charm and distinctive (and extra) digits.

While only half of cats have polydactyl paws (typically on their front feet, but sometimes on their back feet), all cats carry the congenital gene mutation in their DNA, making it possible to mother or father kittens with six or more toes. Polydactyl cats are pretty common; if one parent carries this mutation, there is a 50% chance the kittens will inherit it.

The presence of these unusual-pawed cats is an ongoing nod to Hemingway’s enduring legacy and his fondness for these unique creatures.

Purr-sonalities and Paw-sibilities

Each of Hemingway’s cats has its distinct personality, adding to the allure of the museum experience. From curious explorers to aloof loungers, these feline residents delight visitors with their antics and charm. Some cats have even gained celebrity status, with names like Archibald MacLeish, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, paying homage to Hemingway’s literary circle of famous people.

A Legacy of Love and Literature

Beyond being the museum’s mascots, Hemingway’s cats symbolize the author’s enduring legacy and connection to Key West. Their presence reminds us of the quieter moments in his life away from the spotlight of literary acclaim.

In addition to their historical significance, Hemingway’s cats inspire visitors and admirers worldwide, fostering a sense of wonder and whimsy that transcends generations. As author and cat enthusiast Neil Gaiman once said, “A house is not a home without a cat,” indeed, Hemingway’s cats have made the Hemingway Home and Museum a place of warmth, hospitality, and feline charm.

One of Hemingway’s Cats at the Hemingway Home and Museum (Image Courtesy: HemingwayHome.com)

7 Amazing Facts about Polydactyl Cats


If you find yourself in Key West, visit the Hemingway Home and Museum and experience the magic of Hemingway’s cats for yourself. Whether you’re a literary enthusiast, a cat lover, or simply seeking a unique and memorable adventure, the museum offers a glimpse into the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest writers, all through the “purr-spective” of his beloved feline companions. Images of these famous felines can also be seen on the official website.

Another famous polydactyl cat named Paddles. A rescue cat adopted by NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and referred to as the “First Cat” after Ardern took office.


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Adorable Feline Butt Wiggles and 3 Secrets!

Welcome, fellow cat lovers! Today, let’s explore one of the most enigmatic behaviors of our feline friends: the famous butt wiggle. You know the one I’m talking about – the adorable little dance they do right before pouncing on their prey (or sometimes, a favorite toy or unsuspecting human foot). But why do they do it? Let’s look into the fascinating world of cat behavior to uncover the secrets behind this charming quirk.

The Feline Butt Wiggle Phenomenon: Unraveling the Mystery

  • Preparation for Pounce: One popular theory suggests the butt wiggle is a form of preparation for the impending pounce. Cats are believed to adjust their balance by wiggling their hindquarters and calculating the precise distance to the target.
  • Engaging Predatory Instincts: Another explanation ties the butt wiggle to a cat’s predatory instincts. Just like big cats in the wild, domestic cats may use this behavior to mimic the movements of grass or foliage, luring their prey into a false sense of security before striking.
  • Release of Energy: Some experts propose that the butt wiggle is a way for cats to release excess energy or tension before making a sudden burst of movement. It’s their version of a little pre-pounce stretch and wiggle.

The Tale of Two Wiggles

A friend of mine recently shared a story with me that perfectly illustrates the enchanting allure of the butt wiggle. One sunny afternoon, as she was sitting in her living room, minding her own business, she noticed her beloved tabby cat, Whiskers, crouched low to the ground, eyes locked on a hapless toy mouse. Whiskers began to perform the quintessential butt wiggle – a mesmerizing display of feline grace and agility. With a sudden burst of energy, she launched herself across the room, paws outstretched, and captured the toy in a triumphant pounce. It was a moment of pure cat magic!

Scientific Insights: What the Experts Say

Research into feline behavior has provided us with valuable insights into the underlying reasons behind the butt wiggle phenomenon. According to a study published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, cats exhibit a unique combination of instinctual behaviors and learned responses when preparing to pounce. The authors suggest that the butt wiggle may serve as a way for cats to fine-tune their motor skills and coordinate their movements more effectively.

Furthermore, a paper published in Animal Cognition proposed that the butt wiggle could be a form of visual deception designed to distract prey and increase the cat’s chances of a successful hunt. Cats may be able to outwit their prey and secure their next meal by creating a sense of unpredictability in their movements.

In Conclusion: Embracing the Feline Quirks

The adorable butt wiggle remains one of the many delightful mysteries of cat behavior – a charming quirk that never fails to capture our hearts! Whether it’s a playful prelude to a forthcoming pounce or a clever tactic for hunting success, there’s no denying the irresistible allure of the feline butt wiggle. So, the next time you catch your cat indulging in this adorable dance, take a moment to appreciate the fascinating blend of instinct and agility that makes our furry companions truly special.

Until next time, happy wiggling! 🐾


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Do hypoallergenic cats truly exist?

For many cat lovers, allergies can pose a significant barrier to enjoying the companionship of a furry feline friend. But what about hypoallergenic cats; feline breeds supposedly less likely to trigger allergic reactions in humans?

Let’s delve into the science before you adopt a “hypoallergenic cat” below.

Cat Allergies: The Culprit

When it comes to cat allergies, they are primarily triggered by a protein called Fel d 1, found in the cat’s saliva, anal glands, sebaceous (oil) glands in their skin, fur, and to a lesser extent, urine. (Source: AACIjournal.BiomedCentral.com.)

It is this protein that causes the following allergic reactions in people:

  • Sneezing.
  • Nasal congestion.
  • Watery eyes.
  • Severe respiratory issues (including asthma) in highly-sensitive individuals.
  • Atopic dermatitis or eczema.
Sitting Sphynx Cat Against a Black background
The Sphynx is Not Hypoallergenic, (Image by Юрий Сидоренко from Pixabay)

Hypoallergenic Cats?

Proponents of hypoallergenic cats often suggest certain breeds as being “less allergenic” due to shorter hair, less hair shedding, less dander, and less saliva from licking. (Source: Webmd.com)

These breeds supposedly include the:

  • Balinese.
  • Cornish Rex.
  • Devon Rex.
  • Javanese.
  • Oriental Shorthair.
  • Siamese.
  • Siberian.
  • Sphynx and more.

A study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
found no significant difference in the levels of Fel d 1 allergen
between hypoallergenic and non-hypoallergenic cat breeds.


Some breeders claim to produce hypoallergenic cats through selective breeding programs aimed at reducing Fel d 1 production. While these efforts may result in cats with slightly lower allergen levels, complete elimination of allergenic proteins is unlikely. Additionally, the genetic complexity of Fel d 1 production makes it challenging to guarantee hypoallergenic traits in the offspring.

Scientific evidence to support these claims remains limited and suggests the designation of “hypoallergenic” may be more anecdotal (based on hearsay or wishful thinking) than scientific validation. At best, some feline breeds may cause less severe allergic reactions depending upon the individual and situation.



Cat Allergies: It Just Might Be YOU!

A cat with green eyes laying on a rug while being petted under the chin
Allergic Reactions Depend on Individuals (Image by Юрий Сидоренко from Pixabay)

Individual variation in allergic reactions plays a significant role. What may trigger a reaction in one person might not affect another to the same degree. Specific factors influence the severity of allergic reactions. (Source: ACAAI.org)

These factors include:

  • The level of exposure.
  • The frequency of cat grooming.
  • Even the cat’s diet.

Another consideration is that allergies can develop over time, even in individuals who have previously been tolerant of cats. This makes it difficult to predict whether a supposedly hypoallergenic cat will remain suitable for allergy sufferers in the long-term.

Minimizing Feline Allergies: 5 Options

Tabby Cat Laying on a Couch being groomed with an EasyGroomer tool
Regular Grooming Can Help Minimize Cat Allergies (Image: EquiGroomer.com)

Despite these challenges, there are steps that allergy sufferers can try to minimize their exposure to cat allergens like the five options below.

  • Regular grooming of the cat with a grooming tool like the EquiGroomer that mimics the cat’s tongue.
  • Regular bathing.
  • Using high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in the home.
  • Maintaining a clean environment to help reduce allergen levels.
  • Some allergy medications and immunotherapy treatments may also provide relief for individuals with cat allergies.

In Conclusion: Hypoallergenic Cats

A man wearing glasses holding a tiny black and white kitten
Carefully Consider Adopting a Cat Especially with Allergies (Image by Pexels from Pixabay)

While the concept of hypoallergenic cats may offer hope to allergy sufferers, the scientific evidence supporting their existence remains inconclusive. Allergic reactions are complex and multifactorial, influenced by individual sensitivity as well as environmental and genetic factors. (Source: PetMD.com)

Rather than relying on breed labels, prospective cat owners should consider their allergy history and tolerance levels when choosing a cat. Ultimately, the decision to bring a cat into the home should be made thoughtfully, with full awareness of the potential allergic reactions and overall benefits for the owner and cat.


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The Holiday Season is here! Before your frisky feline gets into trouble, learn how to cat-proof your home for the holidays with these 5 tips!

Cat-Proofing Tip 1: Christmas Trees

Cats can get into most places so it’s very challenging to protect your holiday decorations with feline roommates! But there are things you can do.

Cat Deterrents

Curious Kitten Sniffing Christmas Tree Needles
Curious Kitten Sniffing the Christmas Tree
  • One of the best ways to prevent your cat from claiming the Christmas tree as his playground is to use their sense of smell! Did you know most cats have a natural aversion to citrus smells? Place orange, lemon or grapefruit rinds in a bag and hang it in the tree (don’t forget around the base too!). You can also use dried citrus fruits on the tree.
  • Lafayette Vets suggests “soaking ribbons in orange oil and tying them all over the inner and lower branches of the tree” to discourage your cat’s curiosity.
  • Another easy idea involves spraying the tree with a mixture of water and a few drops of citrus essential oils including citronella, orange or lemongrass.
  • Or try this idea: put cloves in whole oranges and hang them on the tree! Imagine how good the room will also smell!
  • You can also buy cat deterrent sprays from your favorite pet store. Depending on your cat, you may need to reapply deterrent sprays to keep your cat away from the tree. Always use only when your cat is out of the room.
  • Aluminum foil can also come in handy. Most cats dislike it because of the crinkling noise it makes and how it feels on their paws. So, wrap aluminum foil around the tree trunk.
Cat Swipping at hanging Christmas Ornament on the tree
Cat Batting at a Christmas Tree Ornament

Secure The Christmas Tree

  • Cat owners know their cats love high, protected places and the Christmas tree offers that in spades! Get some fishing line and secure the tree to a wall, curtain rod, around a sturdy nail into a stud or from the ceiling. Move all furniture away from the tree prevent the perfect launching pad for your cat into the tree!

Real or Artificial?

  • Needles from real Christmas trees can pose a hazard to cats when chewed including drooling, vomiting or punctures. Consider using an artificial tree. Using an artificial tree also prevents your cat from drinking the water used to preserve a real tree. Chemicals are often added to tree water, plus stagnant water contains bacteria that can make your cat very sick.

Video: How to Cat-Proof Your Christmas Tree!

Cat-Proofing Tip 2: Ornaments

Cat Looking at a Christmas Tree with Flocking and Ornaments
Cat Looking at a Christmas Tree with Flocking and Ornaments

Of course, ornaments are an important part of holiday decorating! You may even have some valuable heirloom ornaments saved over the years or handed down from loved ones. You’ll want to take special precautions to protect them from your curious cat! Make sure all breakable ornaments or those with sentimental value are hung high and out of your cat’s reach. Or opt for non-breakable ornaments for the ultimate protection from a curious cat that loves to climb and play! Also keep tinsel, flocking (artificial snow) and strings of popcorn out of your cat’s reach to prevent potential choking hazards or even life-threatening obstructions in the throat or digestive tract.

Cat-Proofing Tip 3: Candles

Candles are such a part of the holiday season! But they also pose dangerous risks. In addition to getting burned, cats can also tip over a lit candle (or menorah) with disastrous consequences! Consider using battery-operated candles or menorahs or place candles high where you know your cat cannot reach them.

British short-haired cat surrounded by Christmas Gifts
British Short-Haired Cat Sitting by Christmas Gifts

Cat-Proofing Tip 4: Gifts

Another easy target is the pretty gifts wrapped under the tree!

Tape, ribbons and bows all pose choking hazards or deadly obstructions for your cat if swallowed and could require expensive surgery to remove.

Cat-Proofing Tip 5: Create Distractions

Always supervise your cat around the tree and be ready to distract them with their favorite toy and treats! Create some new high perches for your cat (away from the tree) and distract them from the tree! Place their favorite treats or catnip to encourage them to settle into their new perch. You can build your own or purchase ones already made from Amazon or your favorite pet store.

“10 DIY Cat Window Perches You Can Build Today!”


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The months of October and November are all about adopting homeless pets! In our last blog post, we focused on adopting a shelter dog during October. This month, we’re going to switch our focus to adopting a senior pet specifically a senior feline (ages 7 and on)!

Learn more about Adopt a Senior Pet Month and how you can ensure an older cat will be wonderful and safe from euthanasia in its golden years just because it lost its home. Doesn’t every pet deserve that?

Do Not Write Off Older Felines

Young puppies and kittens are often adopted first in shelters leaving vulnerable senior pets behind with a very uncertain future through no fault of their own. Often, many senior pets are surrendered to shelters and rescues when:

A Senior Cat Gazing at the Camera
A Senior Cat Gazing at the Camera
  • Their senior owners pass away.
  • Seniors can no longer financially care for them.
  • The senior is moved to assisted living or hospice care where their pets are not welcome.

But senior pets should not be viewed as unwanted burdens with undesirable “baggage.” In fact, being fully grown, these pets are often housetrained and have other basic training. In addition, they are usually easier to integrate into your household and care for because they do not require the non-stop monitoring and training that much younger pets need.

Below, let’s take a closer look at the irrefutable benefits of adopting a senior cat!

Adopt a Senior Cat: 10 Reasons

Yes, young kitties are beyond adorable. But they also come with needing a lot of watching and training before that “perfect cat” comes to life! Below are just some of the reasons adopting a senior – or older – cat may be the purr-fect solution for you and your life!

Cat Cuddling with his Senior Owner
Senior Man Cuddling a Calico Cat
  1. Senior cats are fully grown so the size you see is the size you get! They also have fully developed personalities so you know what you’re getting into upfront; for yourself, your family and your home. They have also grown into their forever hair so again; you’ll know what you’re getting into when it comes to grooming.
  2. Older cats are already litter-trained (meaning fewer accidents).
  3. Senior cats are usually fixed so no surprise litters!
  4. Senior cats are calmer and content with a lot of relaxing and sleeping (unlike young kittens!).
  5. Older cats chew less because they are no longer teething saving your furniture, wires, shoelaces and more!
  6. Older cats are cleaner and expert groomers.
  7. Older cats have fewer tummy problems and diarrhea than growing kittens.
  8. If you have young children, an older cat is less fragile than a young kitten. They are also less apt to bite human fingers or toes!
  9. If you have a kitten or are planning on getting one, senior cats are often adept at teaching the younger cat.
  10. Most importantly, by adopting a senior cat, you are giving them a second chance at a full life! You are also opening up a space for another homeless senior cat to have their own second chance and happy ending. These vulnerable felines deserve a second chance despite ending up in shelters and rescues through no fault of their own! Through adoption, you can immediately change their bad luck to a loving home for their rest of their lives!

So, if you’re looking to add a pet or cat to your family, please don’t rush by the older cats without taking a careful look. These vulnerable kitties deserve love too and will spend the rest of their 9 lives loving you unconditionally! Just like a fine wine, senior cats (and other pets) get better with age!


A Purple EquiGroomer after Brushing a Cat
Purple EquiGroomer After Brushing a Cat

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Our pets rely upon their human guardians for their best life, health and comfort! Even though felines are great at self-grooming, your cat’s coat still needs your attention.

Learn why maintaining your pet’s coat is critical in our past blog post.

Gray Cat with Yellow Eyes Outside
Large Gray Cat with Beautiful Fur and Yellow Eyes

With as many as 130,000 hairs per square inch of a cat’s coat, it’s important to support their fur health every day! According to PetsWebMD, your cat’s hair can:

  • Provide valuable sensory information.
  • Offer protection from the heat/cold and wind/rain.
  • Produce Vitamin D.

Next, let’s take a closer look at how to care for your cat’s coat with 4 tips for a shiny and lustrous coat.

How to Care for Your Cat’s Coat: 5 Tips

The Feline’s Coat: Diet

Calico Cat Eating and Drinking
A Cat’s Diet Directly Affects their Coat

Like all animals, nutrition plays a HUGE role in healthy hair and skin! Without the proper balance of complex carbs, proteins, fats, minerals and vitamins, your cat could end up with dry and brittle hair, dry and itchy skin, dandruff and an overall dull, unhealthy coat. Extra weight can also lead to an unkempt, unhealthy coat when the cat can no longer reach and groom their fur, especially around the center of their back and base of the tail. (Age and arthritis can also play a role.)

When the feline coat is looking dull or the underlying skin is dry, flaky and irritated, it’s important to look at the cat’s daily diet. Always feed high-quality food from animal products and if necessary, supplement with fatty acids (including Omega-3) found in salmon or other fish oils. Always work with your cat’s vet to find the best diet for your feline.

Learn more about proper feline diets from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Regular Brush Your Cat’s Coat

Light-colored cat laying on the grass
Light-Colored Feline after Being Brushed

Although cats are usually meticulous at self-grooming, regular brushing also helps support a soft and luxurious coat in cats of all ages. A grooming tool (like the EquiGroomer), can gently catch and remove the dead (and dull) hairs rejuvenating your cat’s overall coat. Brushing is also an excellent way to bond with your cat so always make time for it.

Learn more about proper feline diets from the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Regular brushing can also help prevent:

  • Hairballs.
  • Matted fur.
  • Excess loose hair in your home.
  • Potential issues early like parasites.

Remember, brushing also provides the perfect opportunity to check your cat’s coat and skin for early detection, diagnosis and treatment of any medical issues.

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Small Gray Cat Being Bathed
Small Gray Cat Wet from Bathing

The Feline’s Coat: Bathing

While regular bathing can help control dander, fleas or parasites, overbathing can lead to a dry and stressed coat for the kitty. If you’re unsure how often to bathe your cat, talk to a professional groomer or vet for expert advice.

If your cat’s coat tends to dry out after bathing, use an all-natural, moisturizing conditioning rinse (made for cats, never those made for humans or other pets).

Your Vet Can Help!

There can be several reasons behind a dull coat and dry skin.

  • Parasites.
  • Poor diet.
  • Kidney, liver, adrenal or thyroid issues.

So always work with your vet to maintain your kitty’s best overall health, comfort and beautiful coat!


Cat Being Brushed with an EquiGroomer
Long-haired Cat Being Brushed with the EquiGroomer


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Do you have a very vocal feline? You might be surprised to learn that cats can make over 100 distinct sounds when they are communicating.

Cat sounds like meows, hisses and purrs are common cat sounds most of us know. But in reality, your kitty has a wide variety of different sounds they can call upon depending on the situation.


Click here if you missed our previous blog post
“Learn How to Understand Your Cat’s Language?”


Golden Eyed Gray Cat Meowing
Gray Shorthair Cat Meowing

So, is your cat trying to talk to you? Most likely yes, and since obeying our cats – and their commands – makes for a happier feline home, learn about the distinct sounds of cat communication below!

Do all Purrs Equal Happiness?

According to Hepper.com, people think a cat’s purr simply means they are happy and content. While that is true, there’s actually more behind the purr.

Research has found that cats also purr when they:

  • Are sick or in pain.
  • Sad or feeling sorrow.
  • Visit the vet or
  • Are around another cat they like.

So, the next time your cat purrs, take it as an emotional sign about their world and reaction at that moment.

Attention Human! THIS Meow is for YOU!

Meowing Cat Laying on Wooden Deck
Meowing Cat Laying on a Wood Deck

Did you know that adult cats only meow in the presence of humans? It’s true and has evolved since the times of ancient Egypt and being domesticated by humans. Depending on what your cat is asking for, tones and durations of meows will change. By paying close attention, you can learn how to decipher the correct request from your kitty.

Cat Sounds: The Angry Cat!

It’s pretty clear when your cat is upset … all the hissing and spitting is a definite sign! Your cat’s ire may be directed at:

  • Humans.
  • Other cats.
  • Dogs or other creatures.

While it can be fun to watch your cat get all hot and bothered, it’s best to step in to address and resolve the situation immediately.

Distress and Kittens

Tiny Crying Kitten Outside
Tiny Kitten Crying Outside

Once you’ve heard this sound, you will never forget it! When in danger, kittens will send out a high-pitched distress call. These particular cries are to alert other cats around the kitten and may sound differently depending on the situation.

Calling All Potential Mates!

The intense mating calls and moans are loud and long as both the males and females let others know they are ready to mate! Male felines may also use these mating noises to warn off other potential suitors! High-pitched screams can also be heard after the mating has finished.

Chattering Excitement!

Cats often “chatter” when watching birds or wildlife outside. This unique sound indicates your cat’s excitement and desire for the prey out of their reach. The sound comes from your cat’s trembling jaw, but is nothing to worry about.

Cat Sounds: Other Fascinating (and Normal) Sounds!

Sleeping Cat Laying on her side next to yellow toy
Sleeping Cat Laying on Her Side
  • Sighing cats may indicate:
    • Relaxation. Often before or after they sleep.
    • Contentment
    • Boredom. This prolonged behavior can lead to destructive actions. Engage your feline with more mental stimulation and play to naturally relieve their boredom.
  • Cats may also imitate human baby sounds to attract their owner’s attention!

Felines also use their ears and scent for additional communication!
Click here for our June blog, “Learn How to Understand Your
Cat’s Language: Ears and Scent”


Tabby Cat and the EquiGroomer Grooming Tool
Tabby Cat and EquiGroomer Tool

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Your feline expresses itself through more than just
purring or meowing. They also communicate
with ear and scent signals.

Our feline friends communicate to their world through meows, purrs and meows (vocalizations) and even tail/body language! In our May 9th blog, we explored these familiar forms of kitty language to help cat parents better understand their furry companions.

In today’s blog post, we’re going to explore the last two forms of feline communication, ears and scent signals. Below, learn how to decipher these two common ways your cat expresses itself!

Refer to Lili Chin’s Cat Language Poster to Learn More!

Cats Have 32 Muscles in Each Ear
Cats have 32 Muscles in Each Ear

Cat Language: The Ears

Body language is a huge component of how animals (and humans) communicate with each other and their world at large. According to The Spruce Pets, “ears are a kitty barometer that can help owners anticipate and avoid potential problems.”

Previously, we deciphered how the feline tail communicates specific messages and moods, but there’s more.

Felines also communicate by using the 32 muscles in each ear (compared to only six muscles in each of our ears). So, with all this muscle power, what are your cat’s ears conveying?

  • The ears of a relaxed kitty will be in their natural and neutral posture. They may twitch in response to a noise.
  • A playful cat will have their ears in an upright position. They look alert with their ears pointing forward. This position indicates interest or curiosity from the cat.
Cat Laying in Green Grass with Flattened Ears to the side
Cat Laying in Grass with Ears Flattened and Pointing Sideways
  • Ears that move quickly back and forth are all signs of a highly aroused cat that may be:
    • Scared.
    • Worried.
    • Agitated.
  • Their ears may also be:
    • Down and pointed sideways (exhibiting uneasiness or feeling threatened), i.e., “airplane ears/wings” or
    • Flat against their head (the cat is fearful or angry).

Health Pets: 30 Ways Your Cat Speaks to You

Black and White Cat Rubbing Scent Against a Wall
Black and White Cat Rubbing Against a Wall

Feline Language: Scent Signals

If you’ve ever owned a cat, you know scent-marking is a common form of feline expression. The Cat Behavior Associates explains your cat’s scent as their “calling card,” leaving behind volumes of kitty information. (Dogs have the same natural form of communication.)

Unlike canines, cats have a variety of scent glands, including their:

  • Cheeks, Lips and Forehead (called head bunting by feline experts).
    • Low-intensity, friendly, calming, affectionate and inclusive, reflecting security and familiarity.
  • Paw Pads:
    • Used for scent marking along with physical claw marks.
  • Anal Glands, Flanks, Tail & Urine
    • High-intensity scent-marking under stress or arousal.

Scent Signals = Cat Language

The scent glands contain – and release – chemicals called pheromones which contain vital information for another cat or animal. Let’s look at why cats use scent signals.

Feline scent signals are used to:

  • Identify other colony members.
  • Define/mark their territory.
  • Define reproductive status.
  • Soothe themselves.
  • Bond.
  • Act as subtle aggression to warn other cats away from their territory.

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Your feline expresses itself through more than just
purring or meowing.
Keep reading to learn how to understand your cat!

Cat speak involves vocalizations, body postures (including tail and ear signals) and scent signals. Some cats even love and reciprocate “cat smiles” from their humans! But cat vocalizations or sounds (with feral and domestic felines) can be harder to decipher.

But what do they all mean?

Cat Language: Vocalizations

Chartreux Cat Looking at the Camera
A Large Chartreux Cat with Golden Eyes

Our feline friends love to express themselves through well-known meows and purrs. But not all cats are vocal. For example, the Blue Chartreux and Persian breeds tend to be more quiet than vocal. On the other paw, Siamese cats are known to be very vocal!

So, what are they trying to say?

Excessive meowing may be:

  • Attention-seeking demands like “play with me” or “feed me!” Be careful giving into these demands! If you do, your cat has effectively trained YOU!
  • Due to pain, disease or health issues.
  • Expressed by a deaf cat.
  • Vocalized by an old cat suffering from feline dementia.
  • From stressed cats with separation anxiety (yowls or whining).
  • Territorial or signaling conflict.
  • A genetic characteristic in some breeds.

Some cat vocalizations can be so subtle at a higher frequency that only other cats can hear them!

An angry and crouched low cat hissing
Hissing Cat Crouched Low

It’s also important to understand your cat’s body language to effectively translate all the cues your cat is displaying and help prevent potential problems!

Cat Body Language

Just like their canine friends, felines have a sophisticated system of communication through body language cues. Next, let’s take a closer look at how felines communicate through tail signals.

Refer to Lili Chin’s Cat Language Poster to Learn More!

Cat Language with Tail Signals

Even if you understand a dog’s tail language, cats communicate in a very different way with their tails.

Tabby Cat with Tail High in the Air
A High Cat Tail Indicates Friendliness and Interest

Kitty tail language includes:

  • A tail held straight up is the kitty’s way of saying “hello!” (The opposite with a dog.)
    • They are welcoming attention (the higher the tail the better) and interaction (with the end of the tail tipped over).
    • WARNING: If the tail has bristled and is upright or straight behind the cat, watch out for a potentially aggressive attack!
  • A cat’s tail curved down and back up in a gentle U-shape indicates a relaxed feline.
  • A “wagging” feline tail is signaling to back off (again, the opposite of a wagging dog tail).
  • When the cat’s tip of the tail flicks back and forth, it should be perceived as frustration or heightened excitement, fear or aggression. If ignored, the cat will escalate to:
    • Thumping the ground with her tail or lashing the tail. Kitty is getting ready to attack!
A Hissing Cat with lowered ears
Hissing Cat with Ears Pinned Back

Finally, when a cat tucks their tail between its legs it is from a high level of fear (this is similar to a dog). It will usually be accompanied by lots of hissing, growling and the ears pinned back against the head. If the cat suddenly turns onto her back, do NOT mistake this for “submission;” cats don’t “do” submission. They are getting ready to attack with all paws engaged!

As we mentioned, cats also communicate with their ear and scent signals. These two forms of feline communication will be covered in our next blog, so be sure to subscribe to our bi-monthly blog posts!

Tabby Cat Peeking Around the Corner
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Easter is around the corner and that means extra effort in protecting your pets from Easter dangers!

Keep reading below to learn about the potential dangers
associated with Easter for our dogs and cats.

Easter Dangers for Cats and Dogs

In a nutshell, there are 5 specific dangers during Easter putting both canines and felines at risk! These dangers include:

  • Chocolate
  • Holiday Plants
  • Easter Baskets
  • Holiday Foods
  • Egg Dyes & Food Colorings

By understanding these dangers before the holiday, you can proactively protect your pet’s overall health and well-being! Nothing ruins a holiday like an unplanned, mad dash to an emergency veterinarian!

Next, let’s review each of these dangers separately for both canines and felines.

Easter Danger: Chocolate

Hands Holding Fresh Cacao Beans and Easter Danger to Pets
Hands Holding Fresh Cacao Beans

Most dog owners know that chocolate is toxic to dogs. But did you also know that chocolate is not cat-friendly?

Chocolate is made from the roasted seeds of the cacao plant and contains caffeine and theobromine ingredients posing a toxic risk to dogs and cats.

Caffeine: It may come as a surprise to pet owners that dogs and cats are more sensitive to caffeine than their humans! So much so that without immediate treatment, large ingestions of caffeine can be fatal to dogs and cats. Even with treatment, caffeine can damage organs including the:

  • Liver.
  • Heart.
  • Kidneys.
  • Lungs; and
  • Nervous system.
One Large and 2 Small Chocolate Bunnies Wrapped in Gold Foil. These also pose an Easter Danger to pets.
Chocolate Bunnies Wrapped in Gold Foil

Theobromine: This natural compound (and toxin) is also found in cocoa and chocolate. It is also a close chemical relative of caffeine!


Note: while carob is often substituted for chocolate, and the amount of theobromine is lower, most vets recommend against feeding carob to your dog.


In conclusion, keep all chocolate and caffeine-containing products including:

  • Teas and coffees.
  • Coffee-flavored ice creams and liqueurs.
  • Chocolate-covered coffee beans.
  • Sodas and energy/sports drinks; and
  • Diet pills and pain medications.

up and away from your feline and canine! Also remember, the darker (and more bitter) the chocolate, the more dangerous it is to your pets!

Suspect your dog or cat has eaten chocolate?

Contact your veterinarian immediately!

Easter Dangers: Holiday Plants

A Single White Easter Lily

Another common danger involves Easter plants! While you may already know that many lilies are toxic to our felines (including the water a lily is sitting in!), the ASPCA reveals these other lilies (and other plants) are also toxic to dogs!

  • Peace Lily
  • Calla Lily
  • Palm Lily
  • Amaryllis
  • Autumn and Spring Crocus
  • Lily of the Valley
  • Tulips
  • Daffodils

Easter Danger: Easter Baskets

Kids love Easter Baskets and so do your curious pets! Sweet-smelling treats, colorful eggs, small plastic toys and pretty plastic grass all capture your dog or cat’s attention! Unfortunately, these things also pose serious choking, obstruction and blockage dangers which may require immediate veterinary surgery to save your pet’s life.

Keep all Easter baskets out of reach of curious noses and mouths when you can’t supervise your nosy pet!

Easter Dangers: Holiday Foods

One of the best parts of any holiday is the food! But be mindful of which foods your pets should never sample or eat!

A Small Bunch of Fresh Scallions
  • Easter Delicacies: Hot cross buns and Simnel cake.
  • Onions & Chives.
  • Leeks & Scallions.
  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Macadamia nuts.
  • Desserts & candy containing xylitol (a toxic, but popular artificial sweetener).
  • Fatty foods or meats including ham and lamb (including bones!).
  • All alcoholic beverages!

Easter Dangers: Dyes & Food Colorings

Brightly Colored Easter Eggs in a Nest

Dyeing Easter eggs is an age-old tradition! But what you need to know first is that not all dyes or food colorings (AFCs) are safe for your dog (or family!). Before you use any dyes or food colorings, read the labels and ensure they are non-toxic and safe for consumption.

AVOID the 4 artificial food colorings below to prevent toxic side effects (allergies, negative K9 behaviors and even cancer) in your dog!

  • Blue 2
  • Yellow 5
  • Yellow 6
  • Red 40

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