Why Your Cat Needs To Play

Almost all cats love to play. Kittens are bursting with energy, and though senior kitties may not have as much stamina, chances are, they still enjoy a game or two with you. We know that cats like to play… but did you know that they need this type of activity to stay healthy? According to Dr. Kathryn Primm, our go-to vet here at iHeartCats and owner of the Applebrook Animal Hospital, play is essential for a feline’s overall health. It’s mentally and … Read more

8 Smartest Cat Breeds

It’s clear that all cats are intelligent, but some a little bit more than others. We’d all like to think we have the smartest felines around, but there is a general consensus that some breeds are smarter than others. Of course, this doesn’t include our good rescue cats, so don’t forget to consider them when making your own decision. #1 – Abyssinian This beautiful ticked tabby cat is one of the most popular purebred cats in the United States. They … Read more

4 Things You Should Know About Your Cat’s Tail

Do you take your cat’s tail (or even his lack of a tail) for granted? What do you think her tail is for? Simple, right? As it turns out, there may be more to your cat’s tail than meets the eye. Never underestimate the complex miracle that your cat really is….from her head to her tail! 1. Tails are used as a communication tool The position of the tail has meaning to other cats (and to us, if we are … Read more

How TNR Groups Help Feral Cats In The Community

Did you know that 70% of all cats that wind up in shelters are euthanized? For feral cats, that number goes up to nearly 100% because they usually can’t be adopted. For decades, standard practice has been to round up and euthanize as many feral cats as possible, but that still hasn’t eradicated feral cat colonies. Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programs are a more effective and humane way to manage feral cat populations. Here are 4 things you should know … Read more

Are Cat Licks Really “Kitty Kisses” ?

When you are holding your cat, does she sometimes lick you? She is probably purring and rubbing on you at the same time.  We instinctively know that these behaviors are a good thing and indicate positive feelings, but have you even really wondered why? We cannot ask our cats (well we can..but they won’t answer) so we must turn to science for our answers. Many social animals have a behavioral repertoire of interactions, but cats have not typically been thought to be particularly social. However, … Read more

7 Fun Facts About Orange Tabby Cats

All cats are unique and awesome in their own way, but orange tabby cats have a special place in many peoples’ hearts. These felines certainly live up to the hype and they have some features that are exclusive to their genetics. Here are some fun facts about orange cats! 1. Orange tabby cats are almost always male. This is a really interesting fact and it tells us that sex and coat color genetics are somehow related, at least in orange cats. … Read more

7 Things Your Cat Needs From You The Most

Our kitties are the loves of our lives, and we always want to make sure that they have everything that they need. From the best care to the best guardians (us, of course!), our cats bring so much joy to our days that we want to return the favor. While we love to spoil our cats with extra toys and treats, the first step is to make sure that their basic need are met. Below are the 7 things your cat … Read more

15 Clever Names For Polydactyl Cats

There’s just something we love about a cat’s paw. With its velvety fur and soft pink “bean toes,” their little feet are simply irresistible! That’s why, when their paws are extra big with extra toes, we know that these kitties are extra special! The unique features of a polydactyl cat means that they need to have an original, clever name. Check out the list below for some ideas! Do you have a polydactyl kitten or cat? Share his or her name with … Read more

The Mystery Of The Cat Square Explained

There’s nothing the Internet loves more than a good cat fad, and #CatSquare has recently taken over Twitter. Cat owners everywhere are making tape squares on the floor and watching as their feline friends are instinctively drawn to their creations. Black cats, tabby cats, big cats, kittens, and even hairless cats are parking themselves in the center of their squares in utter contentment. It’s a neat trick, and now cat owners want to know why it works. She kept starring … Read more

11 Things Humans Do That Cats Dislike

Our cats enrich our lives so much, it pains us to think that we’d do anything to upset them. However, there is a slight language barrier between our species and theirs, so there are things we may accidentally do that they dislike. If you’ve done anything on the list below, don’t worry; nobody is perfect (except our cats, of course!) and luckily, our felines always find it in their hearts to forgive us. But by being aware of what bothers them, we … Read more