I wanted to write an informative or enlightening blog post this morning, but when I sat down to do it, my mind wandered to the movement and sounds of the cats around me in the solitude of the quiet morning hours, and it inspired me to simply write about how that feels instead
As the sun rises and the world wakes up, my home slowly becomes a playground of boundless energy, courtesy of my Bengal cat crew. Being a Bengal cat breeder, my mornings are an amazing blend of their playful shenanigans and the comforting aroma of a fresh cup of coffee.
Watching their antics with my coffee mug in hand, I witness their quiet start-of-day conversations with one another, playful headbutts with me and the other Bengals, yawns, stretches and one casually batting a spring across the floor which triggers the start of some acrobatic leaps and playful scrummages with one another. Bengals truly possess an innate wild streak, channeling the spirit of their jungle-dwelling ancestors. Their agile moves and breathtaking beauty are a testament to nature's artistry. The warm rays coming through the window highlight a symphony of colors on their sleek coats as if they are living works of art.
I get up very early in the morning - long before anyone else in the house - specifically because I crave this morning ritual. There's nothing like a quiet cup of coffee while I enjoy the cats and watch them embark on their adventures for the day.
So, as the sun bathes your home in its warm embrace - no matter the time of day - take a moment to embrace the magnificence of Bengals. Celebrate the joy of being a caretaker for these captivating creatures, revel in their untamed spirit, and let their awe-inspiring beauty uplift your soul. Indulge in the magic of these extraordinary companions to infuse your mornings - and day - with pure joy.
If you own a cat or are thinking about getting one, you've probably wondered whether you need a cat tree. I've had kitten clients ask me if it's really necessary - they sometimes think it will clutter up their space or not go with their decor... there are so many reasons people question the need for one. Let's go through the reasons for considering a cat tree, and the benefits it provides for your indoor cat.
Cats have natural instincts to climb, jump, and watch from high places. In the wild, cats spend hours sitting on tree branches, looking around to see if there are any dangers. A cat tree gives your cat a place to go up and down indoors, letting them use their natural abilities. It gives them a place to climb, scratch, and play, which is good for both their minds and bodies. If you are okay with your cat sharing your furniture and perching in high places such as the top of the refrigerator or your kitchen cabinets, then you may not need to add a cat tree to your home. But if you have issues with cats on countertops, shelves, or refrigerators, then you need to be prepared to make a specific cat-enriched space in your home for your cat so that they can fulfill their natural instincts. The benefits of this fulfillment are many:
Exercise and Physical Health: Cats, especially house cats, need regular exercise to keep a healthy weight and avoid health problems that can come from being overweight. Your cat will get a great workout by jumping, climbing, and stretching on a cat tree's different floors, platforms, and perches. By doing these things, cats can improve their muscle tone, range of motion, and general health, as they would outdoors in their natural environment.
Mental stimulation: Cats are smart and interesting animals that need mental stimulation to avoid getting bored and acting out because of it. A good cat tree has many places to explore, such as scratching posts, hanging toys, and hiding places. These things get cats to play with each other and meet their natural desire to hunt. A cat tree helps keep cats from doing bad things like scratching furniture or acting in other negative ways simply because they are bored.
Territory and Ownership: Cats are territorial animals, and having a certain place to call their own is important to their sense of security and well-being. Cats can claim a high space as their own with a cat tree. It gives them a better view of their surroundings from up high, which helps them feel less anxious and stressed. Having their own place can also be helpful in homes with more than one cat because it gives each cat a chance to make their own territory and reduces fights.
Environmental enrichment: A cat tree is more than just a piece of furniture; it's also a great way to make the surroundings better for cats. It adds variety and complexity to your cat's indoor surroundings by giving it different levels and surfaces. Cats can jump, climb, scratch, and look around, which is similar to what they would do outside. This natural enrichment is important to keep them from getting bored and to improve their mental and emotional health as a whole.
Buying or building a good cat tree for your indoor cat is a good idea that goes beyond just adding furniture to your house. It has many benefits, such as exercise, mental stimulation, establishing their territory, and making the surroundings better. By adding a cat tree to your cat's surroundings, you give them a place to do things that are natural to them and good for their overall health. It's a gift they'll love and use for a long time.
Ever feel like your cat seems to always be taking a nap? Cats can doze off for an impressive 12 to 16 hours a day (sometimes even more). It turns out they have their own unique sleep cycles, just like us humans.
When it comes to their sleep patterns, cats go through two main stages: deep relaxation and dream-filled adventures. During the relaxation phase, their body temperature drops, breathing slows down, and their muscles unwind. It's their time to recharge physically. Cats then enter the dream stage of rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. Their brains become more active, their whiskers twitch, their eyes move rapidly beneath closed lids, and you may even catch them "chirping" or "meowing" softly. It's during this phase that they embark on exciting feline adventures, processing emotions and solidifying memories. You've likely witnessed your cat doing this during a nap, and thought to yourself that they must be chasing after a mouse, or dreaming about their favourite toy... and you're probably right!
Now, let's look at the factors that influence your cat's sleep. A quiet and cozy environment is key to ensuring they catch some quality Zzzs. Cats prefer a peaceful spot with soft lighting where they can retreat from the world. Plus, keep in mind that cats are naturally most active during dawn and dusk. So, it's no surprise if they catch shorter catnaps during those times, and seem to take longer, more luxurious naps during the middle of the day. They're simply aligning their sleep schedule with their natural instincts.
Why is quality sleep important for your cat? Well, just like us, cats need it to maintain their well-being. Adequate rest helps regulate their metabolism, boosts their immune system, and aids in muscle repair. A lack of sleep can lead to behavioral issues like hyperactivity, irritability, and cognitive decline. So, to ensure your cat gets all the health benefits of sleep, create a serene and comfortable sleeping environment where they can peacefully drift off. A mid-day nap on a high perch, with the sunlight streaming in through a nearby window may be a favourite napping spot. Spots like these feel comfortable and safe for a cat looking to retreat from the world for a moment to recharge.
It's so important to understand and support your cat's sleep routine. The next time you catch your feline companion in a deep slumber, you'll know they're recharging their batteries and embarking on extraordinary dream adventures. So, let them enjoy their snooze-fest, and try to respect their nap time by not unnecessarily disturbing them during their slumber, as tempting as it may be. You can enjoy their boundless energy and contentment once they awaken!
Carmen Klassen, Owner of Jewelspride Bengals