Cats and Sleep (It’s Primal)

Cats and Sleep (It’s Primal) at CatFaeries.com

Adult cats tend to sleep 15 to 17 hours and in intervals during a 24 hour period. Some cats, particularly elderly cats and kittens, can sleep 20 hours a day. All cat lovers joke about this, and wonder – why do they sleep so much? Is it that our modern housecats are overly pampered, perhaps even lazy?

Not at all! They are sleeping to conserve their energy. All cats, including the big cats, are predators and they are hardwired to leap into action, to chase their prey (or toys) and hunt for suitable food which is what they do mainly at night (which is why they see so well in darkness). Cats are the most active at twilight: dusk and dawn, which is when prey animals such as rodents, birds, and bugs are the most active. Therefore a lot of sleep is required even if the ability to spring into action from sleeping isn’t necessary for survival.

Cats spend so many hours sleeping to store energy reserves and allow their bodies to detox and stay strong for the hunt, even if it’s to stalk a catnip toy. Unlike most humans cats have the ability to spring into action from a light or deep sleep. Hunting takes a massive amount of energy and the best way to nurture energy is through sleep or rest. A dozing cat is conserving energy for future activities.

We’ve heard cats referred to as being nocturnal, but that’s incorrect, they are crepuscular. These are animals that are active during the twilight hours of dusk and dawn when they seek out food and water. Our modern housecats do best with being fed two meals a day, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

Cats aren’t the only crepuscular animals: dogs, nighthawks, moose, rabbits, ferrets, hamsters, guinea pigs, bears, ocelots, deer, moose, squirrels, mice, rats, chinchillas, skunks, wombats, wallabies, possums, spotted hyenas, bobcats, and mosquitoes.

A few interesting and important Notes:

1) Cats being very individual creatures often develop their own sleep patterns, this is normal. Sometimes they mimic our sleep patterns. If you notice a change in your cat’s sleep pattern this could be a sign of illness, especially for older cats. Call your veterinarian.

2) A cat responds to sunlight for waking up. If your cat sleeps with you and your drapes or curtains allow sunlight in the early morning this could explain why your cat wakes you up before you are ready. We recently found a company which makes very interesting inserts for windows which can black out light and sound: http://www.indowwindows.com/

3) Yes, they do dream! And they do have an REM (rapid eye movement) and non-REM phases just like we do. Don’t you love it when you cat appears to be dreaming of running through a field and moving their mouth like they are chewing, or chomping on a plump bird?

How To Save A Choking Cat

Generally cats are excellent at hacking up something that they might have swallowed. But sometimes the object or piece of food gets stuck in the throat and this can cause the cat’s airway to shut down and lead to death.

This illustrated step-by-step how-to will show you how to properly dislodge the object. You’ll be surprised that some of the techniques you might think will work, really don’t work and can cause more problems.

While you are trying to dislodge the object put a call into the vet’s office saying that you are probably coming in either for the cat to be looked after the object comes out or if you can’t get it out.

http://www.wikihow.com/Save-a-Choking-Cat

Learn CPR & First Aid For Cats (and Dogs)

Learn First Aid on cat and dog mannequins at the Red Cross

The best would be to take a class at your local American Red Cross. Here’s where to find a class near you. It will be a fun and very informative afternoon where you’ll learn to perform CPR on cat and dog mannequins and you’ll learn how to bandage and so much more. And did I tell you that it’s a lot of fun? It is fun and you’ll get to meet and chat with other animal people. You’ll walk out with a certificate and a bag of useful things like bandages and a guide book.

http://www.redcross.org/lp/cpr-classes?gclid=CJrn-7mJ3boCFSzZQgod8isAvQ

Here is a video from the Pets America if you can’t find a Red Cross class near you.

Something she doesn’t tell us is that we don’t breathe into an animal with as much force as we do for humans. Their lungs are much smaller than ours and can’t hold as much air as we can, so too hard of a breath from you can lead to other problems.

Israel commits $1.3 million to Trap/Neuter/Release street cats

What wonderful news! Let’s hope this plan inspires countries and cities all over the world to do the same. The life of a street cat is brutal. Depending on circumstances such as weather and climate, a street cat’s life expectancy is just a few years. And those are generally years of hunger and misery. And more kittens, thus more and more street cats. The cycle can easily be broken.

http://www.care2.com/causes/israel-will-trap-neuter-and-return-45000-street-cats.html

FDA Links Deaths to Jerky Pet Treats from China

Once again jerky treats which were made in China for dogs and cats are making animals sick or causing them to die. You must read labels carefully. Avoid food for your cat or dog that is made in China, Thailand or Vietnam. Often stores will cover up the country of origin with the price tag!

Here’s what the FDA says in its latest warning – “As of September 24, 2013, FDA has received more than 3000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China. The reports involve more than 3600 dogs, 10 cats and include more than 580 deaths.”

Even if a product is made in the US they could be sourcing ingredients from anywhere – including China. And while I have your attention, read the labels, if there is fish on the ingredient list do not buy it – more on “why we no longer consume fish” in an upcoming newsletter.

Here’s two articles on the latest FDA warning:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/22/us/fda-jerky-pet-treats-warning/ – FDA to vets: Watch out for jerky pet treats; some linked to illness, death

http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/jerky-treat-progress-report – Jerky Treat Progress Report?

Here’s a link to the latest FDA warning:

http://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/NewsEvents/CVMUpdates/ucm371450.htm – FDA Releases Progress Report on Jerky Pet Treat Investigation

Why You Should Keep Your Black Cat Inside Around Halloween (it’s good to keep all cats inside, all the time)

On Halloween, Thursday October 31st 10% of our sales will be adopted to Loup Garou rescue an organization devoted to the rescue and adoption of black cats and dogs!

For more information: http://www.loupgarourescue.org/

Why You Should Keep Your Black Cat Inside Around Halloween (it’s good to keep all cats inside, all the time) at CatFaeries.com

Here’s an article written by Loup Garou founder Jennifer Mieuli Jameson:


Halloween…my very favorite holiday of the year! Children dressed up as goblins and ghosts traveling door to door like scary salesmen, only they expect to be GIVEN something: a trick, or a TREAT! Treats are more popular these days, much to the chagrin of the parents whose little ones will be hopped up on sugar for days to come after the annual spookfest!

While it’s all fun and frolic for humans, this particular holiday can be difficult for our pets, and most especially for black cats. Long associated with witches and evil, every year at this time, we hear the warnings: shelters won’t adopt out black or orange cats at this time of year, or “keep your felines confined to the indoors, lest they meet with a terrible fate.” There is a risk, to be sure, but more of a risk is that your cat might be met with mischief perpetrated by Halloween pranksters. But the incidence of cats being sacrificed to so-called Satanic ritual is less actuality and more urban myth. While there are some reported cases, there are more times when our sleek black beauties are the victim of rambunctious Halloween revelers.

To be on the safe side, keep your kitty indoors. That way, the only peril he or she will face is the constant ringing of the doorbell as the Night of All Hallows is celebrated~!