Why Does My Cat Lick Me, Then Bite Me? 5 Reasons for This Behavior- VyWhy
Last updated on 2021-12-18 13:31:02
Lick, lick, happy cat, lick lick, happy cat, lick, lick, BITE! Why do cats change their cattitude so fast and go from licking to biting? We've got 5 reasons explained.
Sometimes our cats do slightly strange things that can leave us scratching our heads. One of those things is giving us a sweet lick on our hands before going in for a bite! What’s up with that?
Some cats might give you a tiny bite that is barely painful. Others will move in for a full tooth-sinking experience, which isn’t pleasant. If your cat does the latter, it can be worth finding out more about why exactly they’re doing this and what you can do to stop them from leaving tooth marks on your hand!
1. Your cat is overstimulated
Cats love being petted, but sometimes, an extended petting session takes them over their threshold. When this happens, our sweet and laidback kitties can experience something called “petting-induced aggression.”
It’s thought that this has something to do with the nerve endings connected to your cat’s fur, and too much petting can actually start to become uncomfortable. If your cat has been giving you a gentle lick as you’re petting them, and they suddenly bite you, this is likely the reason.
Signs that your cat is becoming overstimulated include dilated eyes, turned-back ears, and a flicking tail. Take the time to notice if your cat is showing these signs as you pet them, and end the petting session before your cat reaches the point of overstimulation.
Certain cats will have areas on their coat that they can tolerate being petted for longer than other places. By staying alert to your cat’s body language, you can keep those petting sessions pleasant for both of you.
2. Your cat is initiating play
Some cats may try to encourage their owners to start playing with them by coming over and giving you a little lick and then a soft bite. If you haven’t been petting your cat and they come up to you like this, they’re likely ready to play!
Playful cats will have pricked ears, a raised tail, and slightly dilated pupils.
3. Your cat is grooming you
If you watch your cat grooming themselves, you’ll see that sometimes, they intersperse licking their coat with nibbling their skin. While for some cats, this can be a standard part of their grooming routine, for others, it can be a sign of a skin infection or irritation from flea bites, so make sure you know what’s normal for your cat.
For cats that do regularly nibble as part of their grooming routine, they’re just doing the same to their human owners! Your cat might not realize that this can actually hurt you!
If your cat gets into the habit of biting you after giving you a cleaning lick, start gently moving your hand out of the way before they move in for a bite. You could distract them with a toy or a treat, to signal that their grooming session is over.
Never scold your cat for biting you; after all, they don’t necessarily understand what they’ve done wrong. Remember that mutual grooming (which includes biting!) is a bonding behavior in cats. By extending the offer to you, your cat is letting you know that they consider you to be a part of their social group. By offering to lick and “groom” you, they’re trying to strengthen the bond between the two of you — which is pretty cute!
4. Your cat is stressed
Cats are sensitive creatures, and sometimes, their stress can be shown by licking and biting. Some cats will indulge in excessive grooming, even pulling out hairs. If your hand happens to be close to your cat, they may end up licking and then biting your hand instead.
Plenty of things can stress our cats out, including moving to a new house, introducing a new pet, or having strangers visit. If your cat does seem stressed, ask your vet for advice. Using a pheromone diffuser can also help your cat feel soothed.
5. Your cat is showing you affection
It might not be your preferred choice, but small bites can be a sign of affection between cats. This is a normal behavioral interaction, particularly between kittens. Some cats will extend this same behavior toward their owners!
If your cat is behaving affectionately and then moves in for a lick and bite, this is probably what’s happening. While there’s no malice behind it, sometimes you don’t want to be bitten! In that case, pay attention to your cat’s behavior before they move in for a nip, and distract them before it gets to that point. You can still show and accept plenty of affection from your cat — just draw the line at the love bites!
Wrapping it up
Cats don’t lick and bite for no reason, so if this is a behavior that your cat seems to be carrying out with regularity, then it’s worth taking the time to figure out why. If it simply seems to be affection or play, then you can either let them carry on (if you don’t mind your hand getting chomped) or find ways to distract your cat before they nip you.
If you think that your cat’s biting behavior is linked to overstimulation, then it’s important to let everyone in the house know to keep petting sessions on the short side and to look out for the signs that your cat is becoming overstimulated. Petting-induced aggression isn’t your cat’s fault; it’s just an automatic reaction to an unpleasant feeling. By paying attention to our cat’s body language, we can make sure we don’t put them in the position of feeling uncomfortable.
If your cat’s biting behavior seems to be linked to stress, it’s important to speak to your vet and ask them for advice on how you can minimize this. Long-term stress is bad for cats and can lead them to develop health problems.
If your cat ever licks and then bites you, have you figured out why? What did you do to stop them? We’d love to hear from you!
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25-03-2022 · Your cat may be prescribed laxatives for any number of reasons, from hairballs to constipation, leaving you wondering how long it should take your cat to see the effects. The good news is that a cat laxative generally only takes 1–2 days to work their way through a cat’s system. However, each cat is different.
You might have had to take laxatives for a bowel issue once or twice in your life. When taken with directions and guidance from a medical professional, laxatives can alleviate constipation. But do pets, like cats, need laxatives? Your cat may be prescribed laxatives for any number of reasons, from hairballs to constipation, leaving you wondering how long it should take your cat to see the effects. The good news is that a cat laxative generally only takes 1–2 days to work their way through a cat’s system.
However, each cat is different. Some cats may see relief in just hours, while others wait a day or two before the laxative works its magic. Continue reading to learn more about cat laxatives.
How Do Laxatives Work?
The time that it takes for a laxative to work through the system is because of how laxatives work. Most laxatives draw water into the digestive tract to soften the stool and make it easier for the cat to pass.
However, your cat will have to wait for enough water to enter their intestines for relief. So, the time your cat has to wait will vary based on how long it takes for the stool to soften to a point where the body can pass it.
What Causes Constipation in Cats?
Constipation can occasionally happen whether a cat is healthy. Constipation is when the body cannot pass stool regularly. It can be caused by hard stool, large stool, or intestinal obstruction, among other problems, resulting in the cat passing only small pellets of stool or no stool at all.
Sometimes constipation can be caused by a refusal to use the litter box because the cat doesn’t like it. We’ve all had a picky cat who will refuse to use the litter box if the box is a little too far to the left. So, it should come as no surprise that issues with the litter box can cause your cat to develop constipation.
Another common cause of constipation in cats is not drinking enough water. This shouldn’t be surprising once you realize how laxatives work. Not drinking enough water can cause the stool to become hard and difficult or painful for the cat to pass.
Many diseases can also cause constipation in cats. For example, kidney disease, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes can all be underlying causes of constipation in cats
Lastly, you might see constipation in your cat if your cat is prone to gastrointestinal obstructions. Gastrointestinal obstruction is a blockage in the stomach or intestines preventing the cat’s digestive system from passing stool. This could be anything from an item they ingested by chance or even a hairball.
How Many Days Can a Cat Go Without Pooping?
If you aren’t quite sure if your cat is constipated or not, ask yourself if it’s been more than 48 hours since your cat last relieved themselves. Cats shouldn’t go more than 48 hours without a bowel movement, and any amount of time longer than that is atypical.
If it’s been more than 48 hours since your cat has last pooped, it’s a good idea to get them to a veterinarian. A vet will be able to assess if there’s anything that needs to be addressed for your cat’s health.
Can Constipation Heal Itself?
In some cases, constipation has been known to clear up independently. However, it’s essential to recognize that constipation can be very dangerous for cats and fatal if the cat isn’t treated promptly.
Can I Give My Cat Human Laxatives?
While Miralax can be prescribed for a cat by a veterinarian, you should never give your cat medication without talking to your vet about it first. Your veterinarian will be able to assess what medications are necessary for your cat and fine-tune the dosage to suit their body type.
Uneducated medical intervention can quickly go wrong and prove fatal, whether the patient is human or not. So, it’s best to have your cat seen by a veterinarian before you start giving them any medications.
Are There Home Remedies for Constipation in Cats?
There are several touted home remedies that you can give your cat to help stimulate their bowels and help them pass whatever’s in their stomach. Home treatments usually focus on lubricating the digestive tract and increasing water intake to soften stools.
These tactics can be used as a hold-over while waiting for your cat to see the veterinarian. But, of course, if their constipation is cleared up without the veterinarian, you can always cancel the appointment!
Olive oil is a popular home remedy for cat constipation. It lubricates the intestinal tract and acts as a stool softener by introducing extra liquids to the diet. You can introduce olive oil into your cat’s diet by adding it to their food. However, olive oil should never be forced down your cat’s throat or into their mouth.
When giving your cat olive oil, you’ll want to administer about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of olive oil into their food for them to eat. If you’re using an eyedropper, you’ll want to use five to ten drops of olive oil.
It’s crucial that you only use olive oil to solve occasional constipation. Chronic constipation should be treated only with guidance from a veterinarian, as this condition can be pretty serious.
Increase Water Intake
You can help increase your cat’s water intake by making water more attractive to them. It’s important to remember that most of the cats we own today have some desert heritage, as the first known full domestication of cats was recorded in Egypt. However, historians dispute this and point to the fact that there is evidence that the people of the modern Mediterranean may have been in the process of taming wildcat kittens and even taking them on sea voyages at the same time.
Because of the desert heritage in their bloodline, cats tend to drink less water than other animals, humans included. So, if you have a cat that isn’t drinking enough water, you’ll want to introduce water to their diet in a way that will entice them to drink on their own.
One most appropriate approach is to introduce the water as part of their solid diet by feeding them an ample amount of wet food. Another option is to flavor water with tuna juice or other meat juices to make the water more tempting for the cat.
You can also leave a sink faucet dripping or slightly running; cats prefer to drink from running water sources if the behavior of their wild counterparts is anything to judge them based on. If you don’t like the idea of leaving your sink running, try getting a pet fountain! These delightful little mechanisms help provide your cat with running water day and night!
Constipation can lead to some serious problems, and treating it properly is essential for your cat’s overall health. A trip to the vet and some medicine or home remedies (with guidance from your vet) should clear it up pretty quickly.
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10-03-2021 · Though there is no “oldest” Neblung cat, they do typically live longer than other breeds. Breeds with Shorter Lifespans. Due to breeding, body structure, and other factors, certain breeds live longer than others. Let’s take a look at the average lifespan estimates by breed: Manx: 8-14 Image Credit: Edi Libedinsky, Shutterstock. There is no specific health issue that causes the shorter ...
We’ve all heard that cats have nine lives. But how much of that is actually true? Do cats seem to escape brushes with death regularly? And if the cat lives an expected average of years, how long is that usually?
The typical house cat usually lives between 12 and 20 years. However, that can be much longer depending on the specific breed of cat and other life factors. So, what are some things to consider when you think of a cat’s lifespan? Let’s hash it out.
How Long Does a Cat Usually Live?
Where did the expression cats have nine lives ever come from?
The Egyptian sun god Atum-Ra is associated with the number nine. Atum was part of a unity called The Great Ennead. The other eight gods of the nine are Shu, Tefnut, Geb, Nut, Osiris, Isis, Nephthys, and Set.
Since Egyptians believe that Ra took on a cat’s form, it was assumed that he and the other eight gods took on the feline’s longevity.
Nine is also a lucky number in Chinese culture, as it is considered a long-lasting symbol. Today, many believe the concept of nine lives has to do with luck.
There is no denying that cats seem to get lucky often. Whether it’s barely dodging a darting car or landing on their feet from great heights—cats seem to have the universe on their side.
- Related Read: Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet? The Scientific Answer
How Old Can House Cats Live?
Most cats are considered seniors from age 10 onwards. At this stage, your cat’s body begins to decline naturally. As they age, your cat could develop bones and muscle mass issues like arthritis and dental disease.
While it isn’t unusual for cats to live close to 20 years or more, you will need to make specific accommodations for them after a while. They will need comfier beds to support their joints and possibly a specialized diet for aging.
How to Calculate your Cats Age
By the time your cat is a year old, they will have lived roughly 15 human years. In the second year, your cat will age 9 more human years. With every subsequent year, it totals 4 human years.
How Long Does a Healthy Cat Live
As with any species on the planet, health issues impact the life expectancy of cats. Some issues are breed-specific, circumstantial, or spontaneous.
Many illnesses are preventative, but some aren’t. Genetic disorders and certain cancers or conditions are inevitable for some cats. So, what are the most common cat illnesses?
- Joint disease
- Heart disease
- Feline leukemia
Cat Sudden Death
Of course, accidents happen. Issues like animal attacks or being hit by a car can cut things off prematurely. Sudden death isn’t something you can foresee or prevent.
There can be issues from birth that impact feline lifespan.
- Achondroplasia—while not always deadly, this form of dwarfism can shorten your cat’s expected lifespan.
- Organ defects—many internal defects can affect the longevity of your cat.
- Disabilities—there are inherited disabilities and defects that can affect many cat breeds.
- See also: 11 Potential Signs That Your Cat Is Dying
Cat Breeds that Exceed Lifespan
Certain breeds have incredibly long lifespans for cats.
Burmese Cat: 10-17 years
Burmese cats are large-eyed beauties with stocky, athletic bodies. The longest living Burmese cat lived up to 35 years.
Siamese Cat: 15-20 years
Siamese cats are one of the only Asian cat breeds with distinctive coats and blue eyes. The oldest male Siamese was named Scooter from Mansfield, Texas, who lived to see his 30th birthday.
Persian Cat: 10-17 years
There was a Persian named Crème Puff from Austin, Texas who lived 36 years.
Neblung Cat: 15-18 years
Though there is no “oldest” Neblung cat, they do typically live longer than other breeds.
Cat Breeds with Shorter Lifespans
Due to breeding, body structure, and other factors, certain breeds live longer than others. Let’s take a look at the average lifespan estimates by breed:
Manx Cat: 8-14
There is no specific health issue that causes the shorter lifespan of the Manx.
Munchkin Cat: 12-15
Due to skeletal issues in the breed, munchkin cats might not have a full life.
Maine Coon: 10-14 years
Even though Maine Coons are very strong and hardy, they still have a lower than average lifespan.
Japanese Bobtail Cat: 9-15 years
Japanese bobtails don’t have any musculoskeletal issues because of their tail, but they do have shorter life expectancies.
Healthy Cat Eating Habits
One thing to look out for in cats is a poor diet. The staple in a cat’s diet is plenty of whole protein. Cats are carnivores, so they need at least 30% protein in their daily diet. They also need healthy carbohydrates, fatty acids, fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
Commercial dry kibble is recommended, but it doesn’t have a ton of moisture. Many owners combine wet and dry food to reap the benefits of both. Wet food provides plenty of hydration but is terrible for your cat’s teeth. Kibble evens things out by giving everything a nice crunch.
Food-related issues like poor diet, lack of hydration, and overeating can cause way more significant issues down the line.
Regular Vet Visits
Your cat benefits greatly from regular vet checkups. In the first year, your kitten should see the vet between five and six times. Your vet needs to make sure your kitten is on par with their milestones—from growth to mental health.
Your vet will also administer vaccines and provide you with routine tick and flea prevention.
Importance of Vaccines
You can protect your felines so much just by keeping up with routine vaccinations. Vaccines help with several bacterial or viral diseases that can plague cats.
Vaccines might not seem like that big of a deal if you have an indoor cat. However, if they were ever to escape the safe, snuggly quarters of their home, they are exposed to various illnesses.
Immunizations strengthen your cat’s system to eliminate potential threats. First-year vaccinations are the most frequent. After they reach 12 months, they will only need annual boosters.
Here is a chart that shows you a little about vaccine purpose and frequency.
|Preventing feline leukemia viruses, respiratory infection, and pulmonary infection|
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|Preventing feline leukemia viruses, respiratory infection, and pulmonary infection, and rabies|
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- Feline chlamydia
Final Thoughts: How Long Do Cats Live
Even though most felines have admirable life expectancies, it’s still sad that our furry friends can’t stick around longer. To ensure that your cat lives to reach a ripe old age, make sure to feed them a well-balanced diet, take them to regular vet appointments, and provide safety in the home.
Hopefully, your kitties thrive well past their prime.
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05-04-2021 · Snake Plants Are Toxic to Cats. So, we know that snake plants are, in fact, toxic to household pets—but in what way? This plant won’t hurt anything if you only have it sitting in your home. Additionally, if your cat brushes against it with its fur, it won’t cause adverse reactions. However, ingesting it is a problem. We all know that individual cats have a draw to …
Snake plants are charming, large-leafed plants that look stunning in almost any home setting. But sometimes when we mix plants and our household pets, it can be a recipe for trouble. Can you really blame them—look at how they bend! It’s like the plants are just asking for an attack from your cat’s point of view.
Cats like to get into things they aren’t supposed to, and some plants can be downright lethal to ingest. If you already have or plan to get a snake plant, you might want to know if these plants are toxic to cats. Yes, they are toxic to both dogs and cats if ingested. Let’s learn about just how harmful these plants can be for our feline friends.
What Are Snake Plants?
The snake plant, or Dracaena trifasciata, is an attractive house plant popular in many homes worldwide. They are native to tropical climates in West Africa. It is a hardy, beautiful plant that is easy to grow, even for beginners.
Snake plants grow upward in a tightly bound, pointed structure. Each leaf has its own green hues and variations between seafoam and forest green. The leaves are stiff and crisp—not bendy or long-flowing. These plants can grow well in both low light and high light environments.
They sound like a dream for any plant-lover. However, when it comes to our feline friends, is the snake plant a good choice to have in the home? It depends—but if your cat likes to munch on other plants, you might want to keep this species off your list.
Snake Plants Are Toxic to Cats
So, we know that snake plants are, in fact, toxic to household pets—but in what way? This plant won’t hurt anything if you only have it sitting in your home. Additionally, if your cat brushes against it with its fur, it won’t cause adverse reactions.
However, ingesting it is a problem. We all know that individual cats have a draw to houseplants—and another plant has likely paid the price before. The snake plant is not a smart choice for munching. It is highly toxic to both dogs and cats.
So, if you have a multi-pet household, know that dogs are even more adversely affected than cats.
What Happens if Your Cat Eats Snake Plants
An interesting side effect of snake plant-eating is numbness. There is a type of poison in the plant makeup that causes numbing and swelling of the throat and tongue. That can be really dangerous since it could potentially block your cat’s airway.
Symptoms of Toxicity in Cats
When to See a Vet
Because of the toxicity in snake plants, you should get your cat to the vet if you know they’ve eaten a significant chunk. Even small portions can have extremely negative impacts on your kitty.
For future buying purposes, the ASPCA compiles a list of toxic versus non-toxic plants for pet owners.
Ways to Curb Houseplant Chewing
- Get your cat their plot of cat grass. For those kitties that absolutely love chewing up plants, you can grow their very own, 100% safe cat grass. Essentially it’s an organic blend of regular grass that has no toxic additives.
- Keep your plants in an unreachable space. If you can outsmart your cat, try to put your plants in a spot that they cannot access. We know this can be hard since cats are very determined.
- Try hanging baskets. If your ceilings are high enough and you don’t put the hanging baskets close to a perch that your cat can reach—these contraptions can be a blessing.
- Eliminate access to your plant room. Designate one room for your plants—and don’t let your cat in. Sure, they might be offended, but they will get used to it.
- Only buy cat-safe plants. Do your homework before bringing any fresh greenery home. If you can’t seem to separate your kitty from toxic plants, it’s best to stay away from them altogether. There are plenty of choices you have that won’t harm your cat at all.
You might get lucky and have a special place to keep your snake plant out of your cat’s sight. If there is no way your cat can contact it, there’s no reason you can’t grow one of these magnificent plants.
Remember that to curb your cat’s houseplant appetite, you might try getting their very own cat grass for chewing.
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22-12-2020 · The Norwegian Forest Cat wasn’t recognized as a breed until the 1930s, but after the Second World War, the breed was nearly extinct. By the 1970s, breeders attempted to revive the breed. They were first seen in America in 1980, before being accepted into the CFA in 1984. Image Credit: GracefulFoto, Shutterstock.
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|Suitable for:||Families looking for an outgoing and laidback cat with a love of climbing|
|Temperament:||Calm, outgoing, affectionate but not demanding, intelligent and energetic|
If you’re looking for a chunky cat that’s larger than life in both size and personality, then the Norwegian Forest Cat could be the perfect addition to your family. This is an ancient breed thought to have descended from the domestic cats found in Northern Europe during the Roman reign of power.
These muscular cats are sometimes nicknamed “wegies,” and you’ll find that they elicit plenty of love and loyalty from their owners. This breed is significantly larger than your average domestic cat breed, and it’s no surprise that their forest heritage means they have a love of climbing. They can often be found hanging out on the tops of shelves, watching the world go by.
Norwegian Forest Cats are affectionate yet not overly vocal. They’re smart and love to learn tricks or take their owners for adventures. If you have other pets, then their playful nature means they can get along wonderfully in a multi-pet household. Let’s find out everything you need to know about the charismatic Norwegian Forest Cat.
Norwegian Forest Cat Kittens — Before You Buy
We’ll warn you now that if you visit a litter of adorable Norwegian Forest Cats, you might not be able to resist bringing a sweet kitten home with you. While they might be cute, you need to be sure that you’re up to the challenge of owning a Norwegian Forest Cat.
These cats are intelligent, playful, and energetic. While they’re perfectly happy to nap at least some of the day away, they need plenty of interaction from their owners if they’re going to be happy and content. This breed is also heavier and larger than most other cat breeds, so you may find that standard sized cat accessories simply won’t suit them. You may need to invest in a larger cat carrier, scratching post, and cat bed than you might expect!
They can also suffer from a few different health conditions, and while the risk of your kitten developing these can be minimized by choosing a reputable breeder, you still need to be sure that you can accommodate any future vet’s bills.
What’s the Price of Norwegian Forest Cat Kittens?
The price of a Norwegian Forest Cat will vary based on a few different factors, like the color of each kitten, the pedigree lineage of each parent, and whether they’re bred as a show cat or a family pet. You should expect to pay somewhere between 0-
While you might see kittens advertised for what seems like a bargain price, don’t be sucked in without first doing your research. You may end up with a mixed breed kitten that’s simply being advertised as a Norwegian Forest Cat or a non-health-tested kitten, which can lead to expensive vet’s bills.
It’s important to take the time to find a reputable breeder who can answer all your questions.
- Whether you can meet both parent cats
- Meeting the litter of kittens in person
- Any health tests carried out on both kittens and parent cats
- References from previous clients
If a breeder can’t answer those questions or is unwilling to let you visit their facilities, we caution against trusting them to provide you with a healthy kitten.
3 Little-Known Facts About Norwegian Forest Cat
If you’ve been dreaming of an unusual colored cat, then you’re in luck! While one of the most common colors for a Norwegian Forest Cat is tabby with white patches, their The Cat Fanciers Association (CFA) breed standard accepts over 60 different colors.
From silver chinchilla to black, red smoke, orange, tortoiseshell, van bi-color, and more, you’ll have so many choices! The only colors that aren’t accepted are any that point to crossing with another breed. These include the Himalayan pointed pattern in any color, as well as fawn, cinnamon, sable, lavender, lilac, and chocolate coats.
You might see the Norwegian Forest Cat referred to as a “wegie,” but they’re also sometimes called the Norsk Skogkatt, Norskogatt, or Norskskaukatt. In their native Norway, they’re simply referred to as Skogkatt, or Forest Cat.
There are mentions of a large longhaired cat in Norse myths, leading plenty of people to believe that these cats have been sharing their lives with humans for centuries. The Norse myths were originally shared orally but were written down sometime around 800 C.E. to 1200 C.E.
The Norwegian Forest Cat wasn’t recognized as a breed until the 1930s, but after the Second World War, the breed was nearly extinct. By the 1970s, breeders attempted to revive the breed. They were first seen in America in 1980, before being accepted into the CFA in 1984.
Temperament & Intelligence of the Norwegian Forest Cat
Norwegian Forest Cats are affectionate but on their own terms. They’ll be happy to come and sit on your lap for a cuddle when they feel like one, but don’t expect them to always want to be picked up and snuggled.
These are clever cats, and they will love to have plenty of opportunities to play with food puzzles, toys, and anything else that you can provide to keep them entertained.
They’re an active breed but tend to swing between periods of focused and active play and a long nap or rest in a pool of sunshine. One thing that this breed absolutely loves is being as high up as possible. They’ll often seek out the highest point in your house, so if you can’t find your cat, be sure to look up! Given their chunky size, you may find that you want to secure any delicate bookshelves to the wall, and consider placing breakables in areas of the house where your cat doesn’t have access to. They may also need a larger and sturdier cat tree than most other breeds!
Are These Cats Good for Families? 👪
Norwegian Forest Cats are adaptable and laidback and can easily fit into family life with minimal fuss. They’re not generally bothered about strangers, and while they may not seek them out for attention, they won’t go running from the room either.
While Norwegian Forest Cats do love attention and companionship, they’re also happy spending part of the day on their own. As long as they have something to eat, a cozy place to sleep, and something to climb, they’ll be happy to entertain themselves while you’re out of the house.
They can be a great choice of breed for kids to interact with, as they love playing and spending time with humans. Just make sure you teach kids to respect the cat’s need for space and to allow them to retreat to their own space when they’ve had enough.
Does This Breed Get Along With Other Pets?
Norwegian Forest Cats are a great choice for a multi-pet household, and they can learn to live alongside both other cats and dogs. Depending on the personality of your cat and any other pets, they can enjoy playing together.
Just make sure to introduce new pets to each other carefully, and limit the first few introductions to short periods. Ensure that each pet has their own space to retreat to, and make sure they don’t need to compete over resources like water and food.
Norwegian Forest Cats might be large, but they don’t have the strongest prey drive. While we would never recommend leaving them in the same room as smaller pets unattended, they can usually live in the same house without any issues.
Things to Know When Owning a Norwegian Forest Cat
Deciding to become the owner of a Norwegian Forest Cat will involve an investment of both money and time. Make sure you can commit to their needs before you decide to bring a kitten home. Here are more details to help you make up your mind.
Food & Diet Requirements
Norwegian Forest Cats are active and will benefit from a diet that’s high in real meat. Look for a food that contains meat as the first ingredient and is free from meat by-products or artificial flavors or colors.
Whether you choose to feed your cat wet food, dry kibble, raw food, or a combination will depend on your preferences and budget. Wet food can help add essential water to your cat’s system, which will keep them hydrated. But wet food is more expensive and can be messy. Dry kibble is convenient and cost effective but lacks moisture. Many owners choose to combine both, feeding wet food at set times and leaving dry kibble out during the day.
Keep a close eye on your cat’s weight, as many domestic cats can become obese, which can lead to health conditions like diabetes. Your vet can help you assess your cat’s body condition to make sure they are a healthy weight.
This breed can develop hip dysplasia, so adding a supplement like glucosamine or choosing a food with omega fatty acids can help keep their bones as healthy as possible.
Norwegian Forest Cats are active, but they’ll also intersperse bursts of energy with a long nap. If your cat lives indoors, you may want to provide them with a range of enrichment options, including an outdoor cat enclosure, birdwatching stations, and of course, plenty of opportunities for climbing.
Adding shelves of different heights that your cat can sleep on, as well as climbing trees and elevated platforms, can stop your cat climbing your bookcases or kitchen cupboards!
Norwegian Forest Cats are intelligent and love to spend time with their owners, which makes them an excellent candidate for training sessions! Whether your cat lives indoors or out, spending time each week teaching them basic commands is a great way to bond with your cat and provide them with mental and physical stimulation.
Norwegian Forest Cats do have an independent streak, so it’s best to keep your training sessions short, and don’t be surprised if they head off halfway through to find something else to do!
Using positive reinforcement training and having a few of your cat’s favorite treats and toys on hand to use as rewards is a great way to motivate your cat and keep them engaged during training sessions. Norwegian Forest Cats can be taught to sit, stay, high-five, walk on a leash, come when called, and much more!
Norwegian Forest Cats have a double coat: a coarse waterproof outer layer and a soft insulating undercoat. It can take a wegie kitten up to 6 months before they start to develop their tough outer coat, so take advantage of that fluffy softness while they’re still young!
Their coat is medium to long but is fairly low maintenance. A quick brush once or twice a week will usually be enough to keep their coats smooth and tangle-free.
Health and Conditions 🏥
Overall, the Norwegian Forest Cat is a healthy breed but like many purebred cats, they can suffer from a few hereditary conditions, which you’ll need to speak to a breeder about in detail. We’ve outlined the most common of these below. All of these can be tested for, so ask for the results of health tests that the breeder carried out on both parent cats.
Male vs. Female
By now, you might have decided that the Norwegian Forest Cat is the perfect breed for you and your family. If you’re now trying to decide if you’d prefer a male or female kitten, know that there are advantages and disadvantages to each.
The main thing is to choose a kitten with the personality that appeals to you the most and worry about what sex they are later.
The Norwegian Forest Cat is a charismatic breed that will soon become a well-loved member of your family. They have many wonderful qualities, including affection, intelligence, independence, and just enough sassiness to make life interesting! You may come home to find your plucky wegie kitten peering down at you from the highest spot that they can find or to learn that they’ve persuaded the dog to indulge them and play with their favorite toys.
Norwegian Forest Cats love attention, but they’re also happy to entertain themselves when you’ve got things to do. Their thick coats are relatively low-maintenance and may remind you of a wild cat when you see your pet stalking through the backyard. Wegies can suffer from certain health conditions, though, so you need to make sure to talk these over with any breeder.
If you have a Norwegian Forest Cat, we’d love to hear more about them!
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26-06-2020 · The JesPet Cat Carrier Backpack is an affordable alternative to our first pick. Available in a 17L X 13W X 12H-inch size, it comes in blue, gray, or black. This cat-case accommodates felines up to 16 pounds, as well. Your puss will easily slide in with the large top and front mesh doors.
Have you ever had to travel with your tabby in tow? If so, then you know it’s nowhere near a walk in the park. Our feline friends are territorial homebodies. They are happy to stay home practicing their stalking techniques before enjoying a meal and curling up for a nap.
So, what’s the best way to get them from A to B? A cat backpack! Easy to use, it’s a great alternative to a plastic carrier!
If you’re not sure how to find a good tabby-tote, our ten reviews below will give you all the details you need on their use, durability, comfort, and much more. Plus, you won’t have to forage the pet aisles!
A Quick Comparison (updated in 2022)
The 10 Best Cat Backpacks
If you are looking for the best of the best, we recommend the Pet Gear I-GO Plus Traveler Cat Backpack. You have your choice of ocean blue or black, and it comes in a 16L X 13.5W X 22H-inch size to accommodate most felines. This is a four-in-one option that can be used as a backpack, car seat, roller bag, or cat carrier.
When using the Pet Gear as a roller bag, you can take advantage of the adjustable telescoping handle. The inside of the carrier features a tether hook to keep your cat secure, and a soft fleece liner for relaxing. When the pad gets dirty, you can toss it in the washing machine. Additionally, there are two side pockets for storing accessories.
This cat backpack comes with padded shoulder straps, and a top handle for convenience. It has bottom wheels, durable construction, and breathable mesh panels. You will also not have a problem getting your cat inside with the large front door. This is an airline-approved cat carrier, and it has a secure bottom that doesn’t sag. Overall, this is our favorite option for best cat backpack.
Cat travel is often pricey making finding an affordable backpack appealing. The JesPet Cat Carrier Backpack is an affordable alternative to our first pick. Available in a 17L X 13W X 12H-inch size, it comes in blue, gray, or black. This cat-case accommodates felines up to 16 pounds, as well. Your puss will easily slide in with the large top and front mesh doors. There are mesh panels on the sides, as well, for ventilation.
This option has a roomy interior with enough space for your pet to stand and turn. There is no sagging on the bottom, making them feel secure. The carrier is made of durable polyester and you have two side pockets for additional storage. JesPet is also an airline approved
Another benefit of this cat backpack is the padded shoulder straps. You also have a padded handle on the top if you need to use it as a carrier. To keep your feline cozy, there is a fleece pad lining the bottom. The only drawback to this model is it doesn’t have wheels so it could be used as a roller bag. Otherwise, this is the best cat backpack for the money.
The Snoozer Pet Products Roll Around Cat Carrier Backpack is a four-in-one option that can be used as a carrier on wheels, cat backpack, car seat, and pet bed. You have the option of black, red, or khaki. Additionally, there are two sizes to choose from, as well. The medium backpack measures 11L X 14W X 20H inches accommodating up to 15 pounds. The large is a 12.25L X 15.5W X 23H-inch carrier for pets up to 30 pounds. Both are airline approved.
This backpack has mesh on all three sides allowing your pet to view the world while also getting plenty of air. It features a multi-stage telescoping handle, not to mention, the padded shoulder straps and handle. Your cat will also be comfortable with the quilted microfiber pad that lines the bottom and back of the carrier. When laid flat, it makes a great cat bed. Unfortunately, however, the mat is not removable for washing.
Other than that, you have two large side pockets, and it has a large top and front door. This will make entering the backpack less stressful for your feline. It has a sturdy bottom and the overall material is durable. The only other aspect of note is that you will pay up for the Snoozer backpack.
The Gen7Pets Geometric Roller Cat Carrier Backpack can be used in two ways. It features padded, hideaway shoulder straps for use as a backpack and wheels with a two-position extendable handle for use as a roller bag. This brand has a Smart-Level platform that won’t allow the bag to tip over when being wheeled around. What’s more, their Smart-Comfort pads make the interior comfy. Plus, it’s washable.
The Gen7Pets backpack has a red exterior and is available in two sizes. You have an interior measurement of 15.5L X 8.5W X 13.5H inches for pets up to 10 pounds, and a 15L X 9W X 16H-inch interior for cats up to 20 pounds. This carrier has breathable mesh side windows and two front doors that are made of the same material. The doors are on the smaller size, so cats that are not comfortable being put in a crate have a hard time.
This cat backpack features a seat belt strap, plus an interior tether to keep your feline secure. The bottom will not sag, either. You also have two side storage pockets for leashes, etc. Be careful while traveling, however. The larger size typically does not meet airline requirements. Also, you should note that the zipper is prone to getting stuck in your pet’s fur.
If you are looking for a safe way to take your cat out for walks, the PetAmi Premium Pet Carrier Backpack is a good option. It is available in nine different colors, and it comes in an 11.5L X 9W X 16H-inch size. This is good for all small pets up to 12 pounds. This cat carrier is secure and durable. It’s well-ventilated with mesh panels, and it comes with a collapsible water bowl.
PetAmi gives your pet a comfortable place to relax while you walk around. The bedding is Sherpa-lined while the base is sturdy with no sagging. You are also able to throw the lining in the washing machine. One drawback of this cat sack is the door. It is located on top of the carrier, and it’s on the small side.
This backpack is comfortable to carry. It has padded shoulder straps, a chest safety strap, and an interior tether that attaches to your cat’s collar. It is also made of 600D high-grade polyester that is durable and easy to clean. Additionally, there are two side pockets. Keep in mind, the pockets are small with no closures. Items bigger than a credit card fall out. Other than that, this cat carrier can only be used as a backpack.
If you prefer a more hands-on approach to traveling with your feline, the Pawaboo Pet Carrier Backpack is an option to consider. This is a legs-and-tail-out harness/backpack that uses hook and loop, zipper, and elastic closings to keep your feline secure. It has quick-release buckles that you can maneuver with one hand. It has padded shoulder straps, as well.
Pawaboo comes in ten colors or patterns. You also have a small, medium, large, and extra-large size to choose from. It’s made of breathable mesh and polyester material that is durable and comfortable to wear. Hands-free, you can wear it on your front or back. Unfortunately, this is not the most comfortable option for your pet.
If your pet is not used to being in a harness, they won’t appreciate this option. Even if they are used to it, the backpack can still be hard to get on and off. What’s more, the zippers are hard to use as they get stuck in your cat’s fur. Additionally, you will not be able to travel via car or plane. Finally, there is no storage on this backpack.
If you want to give your cat a full view of the outside world while walking and hiking, the Lollineow Pat Carrier Backpack will be right up your alley. The full front door is clear for your tabby to see the world. It comes in a green, red, or yellow color with a 13-pound capacity for the 11.4L X 10.6W X 16.1L-inch interior. You will also find a security leash inside to keep your pal secure.
This option can be worn on your back or front. It’s made of high-quality, pet-safe material that is durable and easy to wipe clean. What’s more, the bottom will not sag. In fact, it has a bottom mat for relaxing, although it is not removable. The cat pack is also waterproof.
The Lollineow is lightweight, but the shoulder straps are uncomfortable. On the other hand, it comes with a convenient top handle. Something else to note is the ventilation which there is not much of, unfortunately. There are only two mesh holes for air. One can be used to pet your tabby, but be cautious as they can escape this way.
Another drawback of this cat backpack is it’s hard to close with your pet inside. The zipper runs around the entire front, so unwilling felines will jump out before you can zip it closed. To end on a bright note, you have a convenient side pocket for storage.
The RETRO PUG Cat Carrier Backpack is an option that is good for travel. It has breathable mesh windows along with a top and front door, although they are small. Available in a light gray color, it comes in a 12L X 10W X 15H-inch size with only a ten-pound capacity. If you have a bigger puss on your hands, this is not a good option.
The RETRO PUG has extra thick shoulder straps for comfort, plus chest and waist straps for security. The buckles are not as durable, so caution is advised. What’s more, the zippers are known to break easily. Beyond that, you will find extra storage pockets, a safety stretch collar, and a top flap to protect your cat from the elements.
Another unfortunate note about this cat backpack is the mat. It is on the thin side and hard to clean. Worse, the bottom of the pack sags with your pet’s weight, causing them even more discomfort. Finally, it is important to note that you can only use this option as a cat sack. It is not equipped with a handle, wheels, or any other feature.
Our second to last pick is the Petsfit Cats Carriers Backpack. This option is gray with bright yellow trim and made with durable yet lightweight material. The mesh sides let in airflow, plus there is a mesh pop-up window at the top. Unfortunately, it does not stay up well on its own. Also, the top window doubles as a door. It is very small, and it will be hard to get your tabby inside.
Available in a 13L X 10W X 16H-inch size, this cat carrier has a 15-pound weight limit. Be that as it may, the dimensions are for the exterior. The inside is far smaller, and we don’t recommend this backpack for cats over eight pounds.
Additionally, the zippers make it an easy escape pack. To give some credit, it’s made with PV and eco-friendly material. Just note, while the fabric is durable, the stitching on the shoulder straps are not. Plus, the bag is heavier than most.
Another detail about the Petsfit is the lack of padding at the bottom. There is also no structure, so it will likely sag. This option can only be used as a backpack, plus it’s hard to clean. Finally, you only have one small storage pocket.
Our last pick is the Best Choice Products Pet Carrier Space Capsule Backpack. As the name suggests, this is a plastic pack with a small bubble window. Unfortunately, the plastic has a strong odor and gets scratches very easily. The window is also hard to screw on. It can pop off, allowing your cat to escape, but it can be exchanged with the mesh cover.
This cat sack has small holes down the side for inadequate ventilation. It comes in a 13.5L X 11.75W X 18.5H-inch size, although the dimensions are off. The interior is quite cramped. Your feline can only sit, not lay down. What’s more, the large zipper opening makes it difficult to close without letting your cat escape.
This cat backpack doesn’t have any interior padding, and the bottom sags. The bag also claims to be water-resistant, but that is not the case. On the other hand, you have a top carry handle and padded straps for comfort and convenience. You can choose from blue, black, pink, or green but be advised, the storage pockets are not secure. Unfortunately, this is our least favorite cat backpack.
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Conclusion: What’s the Best Cat Backpack?
A cat backpack is a good alternative to a bulky cat carrier. They are easy to use, travel with, and can help create a bond between you and your feline. In our opinion, the Pet Gear I-GO Plus Traveler Cat backpack is the best one you can get. The second-best option is the JesPet Cat carrier backpack which is also more affordable. We hope the above reviews have helped you find your perfect cat sack!
Written by Shannon MacDevine
Featured image credit: Magui RF, Shutterstock
05-11-2020 · 2. Comfort Soft Adjustable Mesh Cat Harness — Best Value; 3. Kitty Holster Cat Harness — Premium Choice; 4. Red Dingo Classic Cat & Kitten Harness; 5. Frisco Wrap Cat Harness; 6. rabbitgoo Cat & Kitten Harness; 7. Eagloo Cat Harness; 8. PUPTECK Adjustable Kitten Harness; 9. SCENEREAL Escape Proof Cat Harness; 10. Niteangel Adjustable Cat ...
Getting a new kitten can be super exciting, but you’ll want to keep that sweet little fluffball safe at all times! Using a kitten harness can be a great way to allow your new kitten to explore the great outdoors in a controlled way.
Kitten harnesses come in a huge range of shapes and sizes, from a classic “H” shaped webbing harness to a breathable no-escape version. Knowing which one is going to suit your kitten best can feel like a bit of a challenge. Luckily, we’re here to help.
Some kittens will be absolutely fine with a basic harness and leash set, but if your kitten is more wriggly or you’re planning on taking them on longer walks, you might prefer an escape-proof harness or even one with reflective piping for those late-night walks.
We’ve trawled the market for the best kitten harnesses out there and created in-depth reviews for the top 10. We’ll help you narrow down the options and figure out which one is the best choice for your new friend!
A Quick Glance at the Winners of 2022
The 10 Best Kitten Harnesses
If you’re looking for the best and safest kitten harness, then the PetSafe Come With Me Kitty harness is our recommendation. The patented design of this harness is subtly different to most in that a small amount of pressure on the leash will act to gently tighten the shoulder straps on your cat’s body. This helps aid control, while also meaning no kitten reversing and escaping acts!
The leash has a bungee section close to the clip that gives slightly as your kitten pulls. This allows you to stay in full control while also keeping your kitten comfortable.
This harness is designed to be used on walks, rather than around the house. The neck section may be loose enough for your kitten to slip out of when it’s not connected to the leash.
All in all, we think this is the best harness for kittens in 2021.
If you’re looking for the best kitten harness for the money, then the Comfort Soft Adjustable Mesh Cat Harness is your best bet. Available in one size and four colors, this mesh harness is comfortable and lightweight and distributes leash pressure evenly due to the broad fabric straps.
The wide neckpiece of this harness is designed to avoid your cat’s delicate throat area, meaning this is comfortable and safe for your cat to wear for longer trips or walks. Just remember that this doesn’t include a leash, so you’ll need to remember to buy one if you haven’t got one already!
If you’re looking to treat your kitten to a premium harness, then we highly recommend the Kitty Holster Cat Harness. It’s not cheap, but it’s a great choice of harness for a kitten who doesn’t like the classic “H” style of webbing harness. This award-winning design is made from breathable cotton and is more of a vest style, which makes it virtually escape-proof!
It’s easy to put on and fastens with two Velcro closures. You can choose from a range of four sizes and seven colors, including a fun tiger stripe! The sizes are a little big, so make sure you measure your kitten carefully before ordering.
So, when it comes to premium picks, we think this is the best kitten harness you can find.
The Red Dingo Classic Cat Harness does exactly what the name describes. This classic “H” shaped harness is made from high-quality webbing with stainless-steel fittings. The cute fish-shaped clips are designed to be stronger than traditional buckles, with the added plus that they’re cute!
This also includes a color-coordinated 4-foot long leash, made with the same high-quality webbing, plus a comfortable padded handle. There are two slide adjusters on both the neck and the torso of the harness, so you can get the perfect fit for your kitten.
This wrap-style harness is extremely easy for us humans to put on kittens but hard for them to wriggle out of! It’s made from a soft and breathable polyester and cotton mix material, helping to keep your kitten comfortable. The leash attachment point is reinforced with a line of webbing along the back of the harness.
To put this on, all you need to do is place it over the back of your cat and then fasten the Velcro straps to fit them precisely. There’s no need to mess around with webbing sliders or fiddly buckles.
This lightweight kitten harness is made from a comfortable and breathable air mesh fabric, making sure your kitten will hardly know they’re wearing it. The straps are adjustable in four places for a perfect fit, and the leash loop is reinforced for extra security.
The vest design of this harness distributes pressure all over your kitten’s torso, rather than concentrating the pressure over a smaller area like many other harness designs do. What’s more, this harness has reflective piping, so as it starts to get dark, you’ll always be able to see your kitten, no matter where they are.
The comfy Eagloo kitten harness is perfect if you’re looking for a soft and comfortable harness that’s cushioned but also breathable. This may be too large for small breed kittens, so check the measurements carefully before you order.
If you need to take your cat out at night, the reflective piping along the edge of this harness means it’s easy for other people to see your kitten and take care around them! Some kittens can easily slip out of this harness, so make sure you tighten it correctly and do indoor training before heading outdoors.
The PupTeck adjustable cat harness is thicker than most other webbing cat harnesses, meaning it’s going to last longer! The lightweight color-coordinated lead won’t feel bulky on your cat’s back, meaning they’ll feel comfortable on long walks.
If you’re looking for a harness in a particular color, then you’re bound to find one from the 10 different colors on offer here. There’s even a super-bright and eye-catching rainbow harness if you can’t make up your mind!
This bright escape-proof harness will help keep your kitten safe as they learn to walk on a leash. The breathable fabric makes this a good choice for hot and humid climates. This harness has two adjustment points, one on the neck and one around your cat’s stomach, but it’s not as adjustable as some other harnesses we reviewed.
On the whole, this is a good choice, but some kittens find the neck strap can be a little uncomfortable, and you won’t necessarily know if that will affect your kitten until you try it on them.
The Niteangel Adjustable Cat Harness is a classic “H” style harness with two adjustment points, one on the neck and another on the torso. This two-pack is good value for money and a good idea if you have two kittens that both need exercise. The harnesses in each pack come in pink and green, but unfortunately, you can’t choose which you receive.
Some smaller kittens can wriggle out of this harness, so you’ll need to keep an eye on that if your kitten is very small. As they grow, you can extend the harness to fit them perfectly. If your kitten scratches at this harness, it’s likely that they’ll cause pulls to the nylon. This usually doesn’t affect the performance, but we’d suggest a regular check for any weak points.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose the Best Kitten Harness
Whether your kitten is going to live as an indoor cat or spend time outside too, using a kitten harness is a great way to introduce them to the outdoors in a safe way.
For an indoor kitten, being able to spend time outside sniffing the grass and chasing leaves is a wonderful way for them to get extra enrichment into their lives. If your kitten is going to be allowed to roam outside, allowing them to get used to being outdoors while still safe in a harness means you don’t need to worry about them running off if something panics them.
You can also take your cat to visit the vet using a harness and leash rather than in a cat carrier, if they prefer. Some cats enjoy feeling a bit more free than if they were in a carrier, and this can make them more relaxed as a result.
To help you decide which harness will suit your kitten best, we’ve packed tons of information into our Buyer’s Guide.
What is a kitten harness?
Kitten harnesses are designed to fit around your cat’s neck and torso so you can take them for a walk safely. Harnesses spread the pressure from the leash across your cat’s body, rather than concentrating it on their sensitive necks. It also means they can’t pull the harness off as they could a collar.
What style do kitten harnesses come in?
Kitten harnesses are available in two main styles: “H” harnesses and vest harnesses. “H” style harnesses are usually made from webbing, with one strap to fasten around your kitten’s neck and the other around their torso, just behind their elbows. They are adjustable and easy to put on. Due to the shape, some kittens find it easy to wriggle their way out of an “H” harness.
Vest harnesses are made from mesh or cotton and cover a larger area of your kitten’s body. They usually fasten with buckles or Velcro. They’re harder for a kitten to escape from and can be more comfortable for long periods.
How should I fit a harness to my kitten?
Getting the correct fit is crucial when it comes to keeping your kitten comfortable but also safe while wearing their harness. Too loose and they could potentially wriggle free and escape. Too tight and they will feel uncomfortable.
As you adjust the harness to fit your kitten, you should be able to slide one finger’s width between your kitten and the harness.
What else should I look for?
Once you’ve decided on the style of harness that you’d prefer to use for your kitten, there are a few extras that you might want to bear in mind too:
- Some kitten harnesses come with a leash, often in the same color as the harness. Others won’t, so you’ll need to buy a leash separately.
- Attachment style. Kitten harnesses are usually fastened with either buckles or Velcro. Buckles are easy to use once you’ve adjusted the harness correctly, but you will need to take a while to get the straps adjusted so they’re the right length for your cat first. Velcro fastenings mean you can immediately get a precise fit, even as your kitten grows. But it may collect dirt if you spend time walking outdoors.
- Added extras. Some harnesses come with reflective piping, which helps others see your kitten if you’re outside in the dark. Others have breathable mesh, which can be more comfortable for your kitten in hot weather.
Training Your Kitten to Wear a Harness
Once your new kitten has arrived and your chosen harness has been ordered, it’s time for training! It’s not a good idea to put the harness straight on your kitten and take them outside right away. They may panic, and that’s never a good time to find out that you should have tightened that harness a little more.
First of all, simply lay the harness on the ground inside your house and let your kitten investigate it. Give them their favorite treats as they sniff the harness, to start forming positive associations.
Next, gently place the harness on your kitten while you still hold the harness. Once they’re comfortable with that, you can do the harness up, keeping it loose to start with. Again, plenty of treats and praise will help your kitten start to feel comfortable and confident. Now you can start to adjust the harness so it’s the correct fit. Remember, one finger’s width between your kitten and the harness is the correct tightness.
Next, allow your kitten to wear their harness around the house, without the lead attached. Spend time playing, give your kitten their dinner, and allow them to adjust to this new feeling. Never, ever leave your kitten in their harness unattended. They could get themselves caught on something and struggle to break free.
Once your kitten is comfortable wearing their harness, you can attach the leash. Start with short distances inside the house, again with treats and praise.
Can a kitten be walked outside on a leash?
Absolutely! Kittens are clever, so once they’re comfortable wearing their harness, you can start to take them for walks outside.
Small and short walks near to home are best, even if you only go a few steps from your door to start with. Some cats adjust well to being walked through a whole range of locations, including past busy roads and other pedestrians.
Other cats prefer to spend time walking in quieter areas. Remember to watch your cats for signs that they’re feeling comfortable, and if they’re not, then adapt where you’re taking them until they seem relaxed again.
We found the PetSafe Come With Me Kitty harness to be the best overall harness for kittens. The bungee leash allows your kitten a little bit of freedom, while the adjustable shoulders keep a small amount of constant pressure on the harness, meaning it’s difficult for your kitten to escape.
In terms of best value, the Comfort Soft Adjustable Mesh Cat Harness is your best bet. The wide straps distribute pressure to keep your kitten comfortable. This one doesn’t include a leash, so remember that you’ll need to buy one separately.
We hope that our reviews have helped you figure out which harness is going to suit your kitten best. Before you know it, you’ll both be stepping down the street in style!
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28-10-2021 · The 11 Best Scratching Posts for Large Cats. 1. Hepper Cat Scratching Post for Large Cats – Best Overall; 2. Frisco 21-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post with Toy – Best Value; 3. Vesper High Base 47.8-in Modern Cat Tree & Condo – Premium Choice; 4. SmartCat Sisal Cat Scratching Post – Best Sisal-Covered Scratching Post; 5.
Dogs must bark. Birds must fly. And cats must scratch. While you adore your cat for their cuddly demeanor, playful nature, and angelic faces, you do not like it when they scratch on the furniture. You really hate it. Of course, if you were to rank the possessions in your life that have meaning, your cat takes priority over a sofa or lounge chair. Your cat is a member of the family, your snuggle-buddy, and your life-long companion.
However, you still need to address that scratching issue with your feline.
When your cat starts using your furniture as their personal toy, this is when many cat owners need to come up with a solution. How about a scratching post? But which kind of scratching post is best for a larger cat? This article reviews the top 11 scratching posts for large cats weighing 12 pounds or more.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2022
The 11 Best Scratching Posts for Large Cats
|Materials:||Pressed wood, sisal, plush fabric|
The Hepper Scratching Post is a great way for cats to get their scratch on, particularly if you happen to have a large cat! It has a post that is 80 cm (31 inches), which makes it nice and tall for big, long cats.
The bottom half of the post is covered with a plush carpet material, and the top half has sisal rope, which gives your cat scratching options. The base is a sturdy pressed wood that is 29.5 cm by 29.5 cm (11.6 inches) and is heavy and secure enough to not topple over.
To (literally) top it all off, it has a dangling toy secured to the top of the post that should have your cat leaping for joy. This can add to a cat’s exercise options and entice them to use the scratching post more often.
The only issue with this scratching post is the height. The 80 cm is a great length for most cats to stretch and scratch. But for truly long cats, they might need an even taller scratching post.
At Excited Cats, we’ve admired Hepper for many years and decided to take a controlling ownership interest so that we could benefit from the outstanding designs of this cool cat company!
|Materials:||Faux Fur, sisal rope, engineered wood|
If you are unsure if your cat will use a scratching post and do not want to spend a lot of money finding the answer, our top pick for budget scratching posts is the Frisco 21-in Sisal. This general scratching post may only be 21 inches in height, but it is suitable for larger cats. The size also makes it easier to fit into any part of your home. The dual texture of the scratching post encourages your cat to playfully scratch at it or rub against it.
The base is covered with a soft material to prevent causing damage to uncarpeted floors. However, the base is not weighted, so there is the potential for it to tip if your cat tackles it. Adding some weight to the base will help ensure that this post stays sturdy for your big feline to scratch.
|Materials:||Seagrass, memory foam, engineered wood|
Sometimes, you want to treat your cat to something special. The Vesper Modern Cat Tree & Condo is our top pick for a premium scratching post. This ultimate scratching toy comes with several posts for your cat to scratch, as well as two lounging platforms with memory foam pads and a cubby hole. The cubby hole is large enough for your big kitty to climb in and curl up for a nap. The base is sturdy, ensuring that your cat can play safely on all levels.
One downside to this cat tree is that it is large and heavy; it weighs about 43 pounds. While the overall weight makes it stable for a bigger cat, it will be harder to move if you decide to change its location in your house or apartment. Make sure that you have space for this condo before purchasing.
|Materials:||Sisal fabric, engineered wood|
While many scratching posts use durable cardboard, other posts have stuck with a more traditional covering that cats love – sisal fabric. Our choice for the best sisal-covered large cat scratching post is the SmartCat Ultimate 32-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post. The woven sisal-covered post is square-shaped, allowing your cat to choose which side they want to scratch. Sisal fabric does not fray as quickly as the rope form does, which is a plus. With a solid square base and a height of 32 inches, this is ideal for a larger cat to scratch and stretch to its heart’s content.
The 16 x 16-inch base is wooden, but it is not covered. This could lead to scratches on your wood floor. This scratching post is best suited for carpeted floors.
|Materials:||Sisal rope, engineered wood|
Some scratching posts want to be noticed! Our top choice for the cutest scratching post is the PetnPurr Mushroom Cat Scratching Post. The post is designed to look like a small cluster of mushrooms, all in various sizes. Your larger cat has the choice of using the taller 24-inch mushroom to stretch or the shorter one for a scratch. The base is covered with a soft green material, enhancing its overall mushroom-patch look. The best part of this scratching post is the attached toys: a dangling ball and a mouse toy! Your cat can go from scratching the sisal rope-covered mushrooms to playing with the toys. There have been some issues with this kit not coming with all the screws needed for assembly, so it might be handy to have a small tool kit handy.
|Materials:||Cardboard, metal legs with rubber grip|
Our next pic is the Hepper Hi-Lo Cat Scratcher. The scratching pad is made of thick, durable cardboard, which is a satisfying material for your cat to scratch. The modern design allows you to change the angle of the scratching post in five different ways to best suit your large cat’s needs. Also, changing the post’s position reduces boredom, as the cat now has different angles to scratch.
In addition, changing the scratching post’s position means it is easier for you to fit in various rooms of your home. However, since this scratching post is made of a specially designed curved cardboard pad, once the cat has exhausted this post, you’ll need to buy another.
Give your big feline a bit of modern luxury with our top pick for a cat scratcher plus lounge, the PetFusion Ultimate Cat Scratch Lounge Toy. Made from recycled ultra-dense cardboard, this cat scratcher was designed to be flipped over once one side has been thoroughly used, ensuring a longer-lasting toy as the cardboard cannot be replaced. When your cat is not scratching away, they can stretch out and lounge on this toy. The 34-inch length and wide base make it an ideal resting place for a larger cat.
This scratcher comes in three different neutral colors that blend into the room’s surroundings and USA organic catnip leaf. This scratcher is a bit on the wider side, so it should be placed where it will not get in your way.
|Materials:||Cardboard, sisal rope, plush|
Dimaka Tall Ultimate Cat Scratching Post is a fun yet straightforward scratching toy for your cat. Ideal for larger cats, this tall scratcher allows your feline to stretch, play, and scratch. Covered with natural woven sisal and chemical-free plush, the scratcher has a toy attached at the top of the post. This encourages your large cat to stretch its muscles and bat at the dangling plush ball. They get exercise as well as be entertained. A perfect combination! Another positive feature of this scratching post is that the sisal rope can be replaced, so you do not need to buy a brand-new one when it gets worn out due to use.
Keep in mind that sisal rope does fray, leaving sharp fibers around the post. Also, due to the post’s height, some extra weight could be added to the base to ensure it remains stable while your larger kitty is having fun.
|Materials:||Natural and biodegradable sisal|
The FUKUMARU Cat Scratcher mat is a great choice for cat owners who want a subtle scratcher for their feline. This mat comes in brown or cream color and has not been treated with any oils or chemicals. Your cat can use this to scratch, play, or sleep. It has an anti-skid latex bottom that will prevent it from moving around or damaging your floor. Since this is a mat, you do not need to worry about your larger cat knocking it over.
Do you travel with your cat? This mat is easy to take with you on trips! This mat is better suited for a less active larger cat. A very active cat might keep lifting the mat when playing with it.
|Materials:||Sisal rope, aluminum|
|Mount Type:||Wall mount|
4CLAWS Wall Mounted Scratching Post is our top choice for wall-mounted scratchers. You can mount this modern and minimalist toy to the wall at any height, thus accommodating larger cats who need something higher up for them to stretch properly. Since this scratching post is mounted to the wall, it will not take up much space in your home. It also ensures that your larger cat can use plenty of strength on this post. But this means that it cannot be moved around easily.
The post is wrapped with natural sisal rope, which cats love to scratch! Sisal rope can break apart after a lot of use, but you can order a replacement pack with a sisal rope post and jute rope post for the wall mounting.
|Materials:||Handmade paper rope and felt|
Cat scratchers that are also trees are the best of both worlds for a feline. However, some cat trees are quite large and do not fit well in your home. This is why our top choice for a mini cat tree is the PetPals Cat Tree Tower for Cat Activity with Scratching Posts. This cat tree is covered with paper rope and has two plush covered perches for your cat to sit or lounge. The larger perch is a great place for a larger cat to nap or relax.
The base is weighted, allowing your heavier cat to scratch and stretch without fear of tipping over. The paper rope is not as durable as sisal or jute rope, so this toy has the potential to get worn out quicker than some other posts.
Buyer’s Guide: Selecting The Best Scratching Posts for Large Cats
Why Are Scratching Posts Important?
Cat scratching is a part of their nature; however, it is often misunderstood by their owners. They are not doing it out of spite (well, usually not out of spite), but they are scratching for several instinctual purposes. For physical purposes, scratching allows your cat to stretch and strengthen its muscles. It also allows them to sharpen their nails. Scratching is also a way to mark their territories and relieve anxiety. For indoor cats, furniture and carpets are often the most accessible items to scratch. But instead of punishing your cat by getting them declawed, which can lead to negative long-term effects, provide them with an alternative: a suitable scratching post.
Tips When Buying a Scratching Post
After looking at this review of our top scratching posts, you might still have some questions about what to look for in scratching posts. Here are some additional tips to help you with your first (or second) scratching post purchase.
- Check the materials. Scratching posts are mostly made with natural sisal or cardboard. Both materials have pros and cons. Sisal is an excellent scratching material that cats love. Sisal fabric is a better option than sisal rope because the fibers are sharp and might deter your cat from using the post. Cardboard is a popular option because it can be made from recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly choice. Some scratchers can have the cardboard pad replaced when they get worn out; however, some cannot be replaced. This means you will need to buy another brand-new scratching post, which is not budget-conscious.
- Some assembly is required. Most scratching posts will require some assembly. Some only take a few minutes to put together, while others require some more effort. While you want to do anything for your favorite feline, consider how much time you want to invest in putting together the scratcher.
- Consider getting more than one scratching post. Cats like variety in their activities. Having one scratching post is a good start, but if you can afford two, this is an even better option. If you can purchase two scratching posts, buy two different ones. For example, you can have one vertical, free-standing scratching post and one scratcher plus lounge one. Having a variety will help strengthen different muscles and keep your kitty entertained.
- An expensive scratching post is not always the best one. Have you ever bought your cat an expensive bed made with organic Egyptian cotton, and they still chose to sleep in the bathtub? Think about this when you are considering a scratching post. There are some luxury ones out there that can cost over 0, but this is never a guarantee that your cat will love it.
Getting your cat a scratching post is an excellent way for your pet to act on its instincts. It will also keep your furniture safe! As there are so many kinds of scratching posts on the market for larger cats, we recommend giving the Hepper Cat Scratching Post or the SmartCat Ultimate 32-in Sisal Cat Scratching Post a try. Both come highly recommended and are more fun than your living sofa.