Do Cats Need Exercise? Nine Easy Workouts For Your Cat

Cats need exercise to be physically and mentally fit

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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

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“If cats could write history, their history would be mostly about cats.” 
 ― Eugen Weber

Fighting Fur? Why Does Your Cats' Fur Stick To Everything?

what to do if your cats' fur sticks to everything
Does your cats' fur stick to everything?
My cats' fur sticks to everything, Thomasina. It even clings to the legs of my tables! Why does it do that?
-- Sooo Tired Of Cleaning

Hi Sooo Tired...
Good question! We have the same problem here. Our cats' fur sticks to everything, too. We make such a mess! 

The simple explanation for why your cats' fur sticks to everything is that cat hair has a positive magnetic charge. I have no idea what that is. But I do know that as we move around the house, we come into contact with things that have a negative magnetic charge (I don't know what that is either!). Like any other magnet, when one meets the other, they stick together. 


Tiny Strands Of Hair Everywhere

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“I was drawn to his aloofness, the way cats gravitate toward people who’d rather avoid them.” 
-- Rachel Hartman, Seraphina

Can Cats Eat Dog Food?

Can cats eat dog food, Thomasina? My cat likes the dog's food better than her own.
-- Worried

Hi Worried...
Ugh. Dog food is about the last thing I'd want to eat. But it's okay if cats eat dog food, as long as it's just a bite or two and they eat cat food too.

Cats and dogs have different nutritional requirements. And when cats eat dog food and nothing else, they're not getting the nutrients they need to be healthy. 


Why Cats Need Cat, Not Dog, Food

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Cats tell me without effort all that there is to know.”
-- Charles Bukowski, On Cats

How Cats Cope With Cold Weather

Cats cope with cold weather in many ways. One of them is not wearing a muffler!
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Dear Thomasina...
How do cats cope with cold weather? it sounds like you spend a lot of time outside, and I'm really concerned about you.
-- Worried

Hi Worried!

Thanks for your concern. Don't worry about me. Cats cope with cold weather in all kinds of ways, and I'm just fine! I love being outside, and since I'm outdoors so much, my body has plenty of time to acclimate to the changing seasons. I have my winter conditioning now. And if I get too cold, I can always go inside. That's where I am right now!


The Ways Cats Cope With Cold Weather

Today's Purrl Of Wisdom

“Maurice watched them argue again. Humans, eh? Think they're lords of creation. Not like us cats. We know we are. Ever see a cat feed a human? Case proven."
-- Terry Pratchett, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents