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Cats love hiding spots and little boxes, cubbies and nooks around the house make perfect locations. Did you know that cats can also hide as a coping behavior when they want to avoid interactions with other cats, animals or people?

According to the most recent release from the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP),meeting environmental needs like this can be especially important in multi-cat households.  People may assume that unless they fight, exhibit behavior problems or stress related illnesses that the cats get along or believe that the cats like each other if they congregate and sleep.  However, this may occur simply because the food, bedding and other resources are in a single location. Providing multiple environmental resources that are hidden, elevated or out of view provide the cats with a greater sense of control and may lead to happier cats! 

working on it

what we had in common wanted to hold hands

we treat apples like train wrecks devastated

red glare below my mouth

when i think of your breath i swallow

temptation reconsider my intentions

i’m moving too close to me for me

there’s someone behind you

holding an umbrella guardian angel a ghost

were not afraid of every ghost is

an angel when i sprout draped across windows

i’m wide willing

the sound of a drawer closing

the sound of a deer hit by a car wheezing

your voice over the sound of your heater

traversing highways i look like an old wolf wanting

in bed thinking you’re thinking of me like a buoy

in the middle of winter think of summer and

vice versa the gallop

a horse with nothing better to do turbulence is

like a typo too open

this slit you’re barring into scatters dust into lungs

Are you able to get a good night’s sleep? Or does your cat tend to keep you awake, or wake you up during the middle of the night with his/her activity? Cats are usually more active at night and love to wake their owners up in order to play, eat or just to have some good company. 

Here is an article that goes into more detail about cats and their nighttime activity, and some advice/suggestions to help prevent your cat from disturbing you while you sleep.

Just a friendly reminder that it is now Pet Dental Health Month! Though February is the selected month for said dental care, Dental Health is important all year round and it is very important to have your pet’s mouth examined. Bad dental health can lead to other illnesses and problems, and if infected, it can spread to the heart, kidneys and other organs and even become life threatening. If you notice your cat pawing at its mouth frequently, has bad breath, is reluctant to eat hard food or has red swollen gums or brownish teeth, it is very important to have them seen by a veterinarian right away! Here is another article with more information:

https://www.avma.org/News/PressRoom/Pages/Pet-Dental-2013.aspx