The Eyes Have It: How Cats See In The Dark

Do cats see in the dark? It depends on how dark it is.
Do cats see in the dark? It depends on how dark it is.
Can cats see in the dark, Thomasina? I want to move my cat's litter box to the basement. Will he be able to find it?
-- Just Wondering

Hi Just Wondering...
Oh, no! Please don't move your cat's litter box to the basement. He'll hate that! 

Can cats see in the dark? That depends on how dark it is. While we see better than you do in dim light, we can't see in total darkness.

If you move your cat's litter box to the basement, he'll probably be able to find it. But it could be so difficult, he might decide it's just not worth the effort.

How Cats See In The Dark

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“When Rome burned, the emperor's cats still expected to be fed on time.” 
-- Seanan McGuire, Rosemary and Rue

Respect Your Cat Day? It's March 28 -- And Every Day

Respect Your Cat Day is March 28.
Will you celebrate Respect Your Cat Day?
Did you know March 28 is Respect Your Cat Day, Thomasina? Will your family be doing anything special? 
-- Curious

Hey, Curious!
Wait a minute! Respect Your Cat Day is March 28??? I thought every day was Respect Your Cat Day! It should be!

I don't think we'll be doing anything
special here. Our human can be bossy sometimes, and she's a bit overprotective. But no one's perfect, and we know how much she respects us. She says she admires us, too, and we really like that!

So if you're curious, these are some ways our human makes every day Respect Your Cat Day at our house. She's learned a lot from us and other cats she knows!

We Make Every Day Respect Your Cat Day

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“There are several cats smoothly moving about, which helped me greatly to relax, for I have always felt that no house is wholly bad where there are cats, and conversely, where there are several cats, a house is bound to be wonderfully charming.”
― Hans Holzer, The Ghost Hunter: Chilling Tales of Real Life Hauntings

Do Cats Like Dogs? Are They Happy Living Together?

Depending on their personalities, some cats like dogs and some dogs like cats.
Some cats like dogs enough
to share a box with them.
Do cats like dogs, Thomasina? A cat has been living on my deck for months, and I'd like to invite him to come in. I don't want him to hate living with my dog though.
-- Maybe Future Cat Mom

Hey Future Cat Mom...
I'm so glad you asked before you brought the cat in! Yes, some cats like dogs. And some dogs like cats. It all depends on the personalities. 

Before I answer your question, I have some questions for you though. Do you know where the cat came from? Are you sure someone's not looking for him? Check out this article on what to do when you find a stray cat. Our human wrote it!

I'm wondering, too, if the cat will be able to go out once he comes in. Most cats who have lived outside are not happy living strictly indoors. 

I'm assuming the cat and dog already know each other since the cat has been living on your deck. So here are some ways to help cats like dogs when they live together indoors.

Before The Cat Comes In

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

If man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.” 
-- Mark Twain, Notebook

Do Cats Bond With Their People?

Most cats bond with people, although some do it in subtle ways.
Do cats bond with their people, Thomasina? I'm thinking about adopting a cat, but I want a close friend, not just another body in the house. Would I be happier with a dog?
-- Undecided

Hi Undecided! 
Wow. That's a difficult decision to make. I guess it depends on what you really want in a companion. But to answer your first question, despite what you might have heard about us, most cats bond with their people. We can be sort of subtle about it though. So that bond might not be quite what you expect.

When Cats Bond With Their People

Do Cats Need Exercise? Nine Easy Workouts For Your Cat

Cats need exercise to be physically and mentally fit

Don't cats need exercise Thomasina? My cats spend most of the day sleeping!
-- Worried Cat Mom

Hi Worried...
Yes, cats need exercise! But I don't think you should worry that your cats spend most of the day sleeping. That's pretty normal. We're crepuscular (my human typist loves that word!), which means we're most active at dusk and dawn. 

But even though we sleep most of the day, cats still need exercise to be healthy and happy. With no exercise, we get so depressed and bored. 

Why Cats Need Exercise

Today's Purrl of Wisdom

“Like all pure creatures, cats are practical.” 
-- William S. Burroughs, The Cat Inside

Say You Love Them With The Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Cats

What are the best Valentine's Day gifts for cats?
Can you suggest any Valentine's Day gifts for cats, Thomasina. I want to show my cats how much I love them.
-- Adore My Cats

Hi Adore My Cats!
Thanks for asking. I love recommending Valentine's Day gifts for cats!

I'm sure you know this, but the best gift you can give your cats on Valentine's Day and every day is your undivided attention. So turn off your phone, TV and computer for half an hour or so and concentrate just on them. Go for a walk together, or play with an interactive wand or fishing pole toy, or just sit with them and talk with them. They'll love that!

Here are some ideas for Valentine's Day gifts for cats for you. Clicking on the links will take you to Amazon.

The Best Valentine's Day Gifts For Cats