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Your Cat’s Most Pressing Questions 
January 15, 2024

Here at Animal Care of Oradell, your Oradell, NJ animal clinic, we often like celebrating all of the various pet holidays and observances on the calendar. January has for the most part gone to the dogs: in addition to it being Walk Your Dog Month and Train Your Dog Month, several specific breeds are also in the spotlight. However, there’s also a pretty fun kitty holiday on the calendar this month: Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day is the 22nd! Our feline pals are very inquisitive, if not downright nosy. If your kitty could voice her most pressing queries, what do you think she’d want to know? A local Oradell, NJ veterinarian offers a few guesses in this article.

Why Are You Always Laughing At Me?

Our feline pals also never stop entertaining us with their silly antics and cute expressions. Fluffy somehow manages to get even funnier when she’s being serious. For instance, you may find yourself giggling at your furball when she does that hilarious pre-pounce butt wiggle.

Why Can’t I Ever Catch That Dot?

Playing is both fun and beneficial for our feline buddies. Holding a laser pointer for her is a great way to play with your feline. Fluffy has been after that elusive red dot for a few decades now. And while your kitty may never quite figure out her elusive prey, she’ll certainly have fun trying.  Just don’t shine the light in her eyes.

Why Did You Pet Another Kitty?

Fluffy’s nose isn’t quite as sensitive as Fido’s, but it’s still quite impressive. If you interact with another kitty, your furball may very well pick up the scent. Don’t be surprised if you get a disapproving look from your cute pet!

Why Can I See The Bottom Of My Food Bowl?

Our feline buddies take their meal schedules very seriously. If you’re late with Fluffy’s first, second, or third breakfasts, you may find your furry overlord meowing her displeasure. (Note: kitties are very good at ‘meowpulating’us into overfeeding them, which is one reason obesity is such a widespread issue with them. Ask your Oradell, NJ vet for nutritional recommendations.)

Where Did You Go?

We will probably never understand everything about kitties, but we are making progress. Recent research has found that kitties make a sort of visual map of their domains. They use these to constantly track their humans’ movements. Think of a GPS map, with you as the moving icon. Your nosy little pet may get confused or even distressed if she can’t find you!

Why Am I Not Allowed Outside?

We always recommend keeping cats safe and sound indoors. Of course, if you tell your feline pal about the dangers she may face outdoors, such as traffic, weather, predators, and even other kitties, you may just get a questioning look … or that infamous feline death stare.

Why Is The Dog So Weird?

Fido and Fluffy have had a rather tumultuous relationship, but these days they usually manage to get along … or at least learn to tolerate each other. However, they definitely don’t speak the same language. Your kitty may wonder why Fido does what he’s told, doesn’t use a litter box, and never cleans himself. (Fido may also have questions about his feline roommate, but that’s another topic.)

Why Do I Have To Go To The Veterinary Clinic?

You may have noticed that cats tend to be homebodies. Even kitties that are allowed out tend to stick pretty close to home. Fluffy is usually not amused to find herself being put into a carrier and taken on a dreaded car ride. However, those appointments are in her best interests. Proper veterinary care is crucial to her health and well-being. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian if your kitty is overdue.

Where Did My Toys Go?

We’re guessing that some of you have at some point found a small pile of kitty toys beneath your chairs, beds, or sofas. Your frisky furball may be wondering what happened to all of her playthings!

Why Isn’t My Sunbeam There?

Fluffy isn’t technically cold-blooded, but she apparently missed those memos. Kitties love recharging their ‘catteries’ in sunny spots. Your furball may want to know why her favorite sunbeam isn’t available 24/7.

Why Am I Here? What Is My Purrpose In Life?

Kitties certainly do spend a lot of time meditating. We’re not entirely sure if they have existential crises, or seriously ponder the meaning of life, but we have our suspicions.

Why Don’t You Sleep More?

Our feline friends are extremely sleepy. Fluffy can snooze up to 20 hours, though she usually settles for a ‘mere’ 14 to 16 hours. As far as your feline pal is concerned, the 6 to 8 hours most people get is nowhere near enough. 

Why Is My Breakfast Late Again?

We may never get to see the full list of Fluffy’s golden rules, but we have a sneaking suspicion that the old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day would be one of them. If you dare to sleep in past the time when your furry pal usually gets her morning meal, you may find yourself being awakened by your hangry little buddy.

Why Can’t I Sleep On That?

Fluffy is always on the lookout for new spots to snuggle up on. At some point, you’ll find yourself moving your feline pal off of something, whether it’s a book, computer, or the sweater you were going to wear.

Do You Need Help?

The average housecat spends most of her nine lives relaxing and being adorable. Talk about an easy life! Of course, kitties do appreciate the food, care, lap space, catnip, toys, beds, and boxes we offer. Fluffy may try to reciprocate by lending a helping paw with things like packing suitcases, wrapping gifts, or changing sheets. Whether she’s actually helpful or not is a whole other debate. 

What Are You Doing In There?

Cats often like to just sit and watch their humans. Fluffy may keep an eye on you as you are reading, cooking, doing laundry, or fixing things. She even has a habit of following her humans into bathrooms. (Kitties clearly don’t understand the concept of privacy, but that’s a whole other topic.) 

Is There A Mouse In There?

It’s probably safe to say that many of you are used to plucking your kitties out of boxes or suitcases. Fluffy can’t resist exploring things! Our feline friends are very curious by nature. This isn’t a coincidence. Kitties are both predators and prey in the wild, so it makes sense that they would always want to know exactly what is in their vicinity. There could be a mouse hiding in that paper bag. Or, that little cupboard could be a safe retreat from the vacuum cleaner.

(Note: There is a bit of a safety issue here. Our feline friends sometimes can get locked into places like sheds or garages. Keep an eye on your kitty!)

That probably takes care of Fluffy’s questions, but what about yours? Do you have questions about your kitty’s health or care? Please do not hesitate to contact us! As your local Oradell, NJ pet clinic, we are here to help!