As cat lovers we’re no doubt always snapping away trying to build up our image banks full of memories of the fun moments in our pets lives. With Instagram, we can now share much more bringing the wonders of our pets to thousands, if not millions online.
Here we’ve discovered 8 of what we think are the best cats on Instagram.
1. Meet Cricket!
Follow Cricket @cricket.the.cat
2. Meet Bug!
Follow Bug @sanddrawandsambug
3. Meet Sashi!
Follow Sashi @sashimimeow
4. Meet Dharma and Greg!
Follow Dharma and Greg @dharma_and_greg
5. Meet Winter!
Follow Winter @winter_kittykat
6. Meet Max!
Follow Max @themaxsociety
6. Meet Peeta!
Follow Peeta @Peeta_the_bengal
8. Meet Strawberry!
Follow Strawberry @sus_w
We hope you enjoyed our countdown – please do let us know if your cat is on Instagram and share some of your photographs with us for our next feature.
How well do you understand what your cats telling you through body language? It can be a tricky art to master, our video here is full of expert advice on how to understand exactly what your cat is telling you.
We all have those little games which we play at home to keep both our cats and, let’s face it, ourselves entertained. But does your cat play hide and seek?
Cats don’t speak with words, but they can still communicate with their owners using their voice, posture and behaviour. If you can learn to understand the way your furry friend talks to you, you’ll have no trouble recognizing when he’s happy and feeling good.
Let’s firstly consider your cat’s voice. The sound of a meow or yowl can range from a high pitched monotone to a deeper sound that has a much lower tone. The higher pitched sounds are usually associated with contentment and security. Happy cats do purr, but this in itself doesn’t mean he is happy. Cats also make this sound when they’re distressed or injured, so take into consideration other indicators of his mood rather than just relying on the fact that he is purring.
A happy puss has a relaxed posture, with half closed eyes and ears held slightly to the side. His whiskers will point forward and his tail will be held high, often with just the tip bent over. He will sit or stand close to you and will reach forward to be stroked. He may roll onto his back and stretch out, which is an indication that he feels particularly safe and secure.
His coat will be smooth and well maintained; cats that are stressed or anxious neglect their grooming or they over-groom themselves resulting in patches of thinner hair. Don’t be surprised if your cat dribbles and drools when you stroke him because this too is a sign of contentment. Some cats even lick and knead their owners with their paws, or head butt them to show affection.
How your cat behaves around your home will give you a good indication that he’s feeling good. Happy cats are confident enough to explore their environment, and will be keen to sniff and pat at anything unfamiliar. While kittens are more likely to play chase and wrestle, cats of any age enjoy a game when they’re in a good mood.
Keep an eye on your furry friend’s toileting habits. Stress and anxiety can lead to unusual behaviours such as going to the toilet outside the litter tray or spraying urine on the walls and furniture. Stress can also be a trigger for feline lower urinary tract disease, which may result in a visit to your vet.
These guidelines are very general and nobody knows your cat as well as you. Because of this, you’ll be able to identify his unique signals that life is good and all is well in his world.
We’re bringing the battle of cat vs dog to life once more – not in an actual battle setting of course, but in a trick contest.
Meet Nala, the Border Collie, and her pal Kaiser the Bengal cat who are competing to see who can perform the best tricks.
Do you think the rightful winner won on the day?
When it comes to waking up in the morning – who’s terms do you wake up on?
Boo, a cat with almost 5 million views on Youtube, acts as his owners own alarm clock – before you click to watch this video, make sure your cat is out of sight (unless you want them picking up tips, that is).
Romeo, another cat with a built in alarm it seems, is following in his pawprints…
How does your cat get your attention in the morning? Let us know or send your own videos in so we can take a look for ourselves.
Twitter has the ability to break news and offers us an insight in 140 characters or less into our most coveted celebrities.
It also has the chance to introduce us to some of the coolest cats around – we’re talking those on four legs.
Here are some of Twitter’s most famous cats.
Owned by Chanel fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, Choupette’s Twitter account shows the glamourous lifestyle this girl leads.
What we’ve learnt – she doesn’t like to eat from the floor, she’s firmly against tube tops making a come back (we’re assuming both human and feline alike) and of course, she travels in style.
Follow Choupette on Twitter @choupettesdiary
Owned by actor, writer, award winning comedian and all-round animal loving Ricky Gervais, Ollie is as known on Ricky’s own Twitter account as she is becoming on her own.
What we’ve learnt – Ollie likes doing what Ollie likes doing. And who can blame her.
Here’s a typical day in the life of Ollie as filmed by Ricky:
Follow Ollie on Twiiter @ollie_gervais
Owned by Jason Scott, an internet historian, Sockington has over 1.3m followers on Twitter and his own Wikipedia page.
What we’ve learnt – Socks likes to stalk, eat, sleep and is just brilliant fun to follow with each post written in Socks’ own style.
Follow Socks on Twitter @sockington
4. Simon’s Cat
Okay, so not so much ‘real’, Simon’s Cat is however a legend in his own right with a series of books and funny videos in his locker.
Follow Simon’s Cat on Twitter @simonscat
Owned by musician CeeLo Green, Purrfect tweets about life as a showbiz cat – I mean how many other cats get to swivel around in the famous chairs on set of ‘The Voice USA’ shown here? Exactly.
What we’ve learnt – Purrfect has a ‘Crazy’ life, but we love to follow ‘Anyway’. Get it? 🙂
Follow Purrfect on Twitter @PurrfectTheCat
Owned by songstress Taylor Swift and named after Grey’s Anatomy’s Meredith Grey, we’re already in love in one line with this kitty.
What we’ve learnt – she’s relaxed when backstage, she travels in style and has a sense of humour about grooming (see her haircut photograph!).
Follow Meredith on Twitter @MeredithKitty
Who do you follow?
Let us know of your own favourite famous cats – we’d love to hear from you!
Virtually all cats enjoy lying in a sunbeam or curling up on the couch, but they also like to be active. Whether they are chasing a toy or jumping onto a bench or window ledge for a better view of their surroundings, healthy joints will make movement easier and more comfortable, particularly as they get older. One study in 2013 suggested that the ability to play, run and jump is a very significant part of a cat’s quality of life. What this means for every cat owner is that it’s important that they look after their pet’s joints so they can enjoy these activities well into their senior years.
Caring for your pet’s joints can be done at any age, there’s no need to wait until he is showing signs of arthritis. There are two main ways in which you can do this.
1. Watch your cat’s waistline. Obesity has a two-pronged effect on your cat’s joint health. Firstly, if his legs have to carry excess weight, they are at increased risk of developing osteoarthritis. Secondly, a heavy cat is less likely to get up and get moving, and controlled exercise is an important part of managing joint disease.
When you’re feeding your cat, choose a nutritionally balanced and complete cat food such as the Butcher’s Really range. They have all the necessary nutrients your cat needs so you don’t have to add anything to his meal which can increase his calorie intake. Feed an amount that keeps him in lean body condition. You should be able to feel his ribs and see a narrowing at his tummy just after his ribcage when you look at him from above and from the side. If he’s getting a bit generous around the middle, cut back on how much food you put in his bowl until he has trimmed down a little.
2. Select a food that contains dietary ingredients that support your cat’s joints as he grows. Two such ingredients are the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These are found in fish oils and have a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the body. They have been shown in studies to reduce stiffness and lameness in cats, and improve their ability to move around.
The Butcher’s Really range of cat foods contains salmon oil which is a rich source of both EPA and DHA. Not only will these nutrients support your feline friend’s joints throughout his life and maintain his mobility, but they will keep his skin and coat in good health. Another advantage of feeding your cat a food containing omega fatty acids is that it can reduce the incidence of dementia as he gets older.
Good nutrition is a critical part of keeping your cat in good health. However, diet can have a much more specific effect on certain parts of his body. By choosing a food containing omega fatty acids such as Butcher’s Really, there are extra benefits for his joints, and also for his brain, skin and coat.
When it’s warmer our cats love spending more and more time outdoors in the garden, so the idea of your cat having his own specific part of the garden may appeal.
Take a look at how these cat owners below created their cats very own ‘catio’ outdoors filled with cat safe plants, toys and ornaments.
Were you inspired?
The internet has brought us many things since it first came to mainstream use, and has in many ways, changed the way we live our lives. From how we shop, to how we communicate and keep in touch with friends and family.
It’s also changing the way we watch TV, films and listen to music – and above all, and let’s face it given the nature of this site, most importantly it’s brought cats to our attention we would never have known about it had it not been for the internet.
Here we re-discover some of the most famous cats the world wide web has brought us.
1. Grumpy Cat
Okay, so to the surface of things here there’s a cat with a grump facial expression and that’s essentially what made this cat famous when her owner posted a her photograph on Reddit in 2012.
But can you claim your own wikipedia page? Grumpy Cat, aka Tardar Sauce, can.
This cat is actually not grumpy. Her facial expression is due to feline dwarfism. Go Tardar Sauce – your 5m+ Facebook fans love you, and so do we.
2. Cooper the Cat Photographer
Cooper is an 8 year old cat who has become known for his photography skills showcasing the life of a cat in Seattle. Once a week he wears a lightweight digital camera fastened to his collar, which snaps a new photo every 2 minutes – cool, eh!
His photography work has been covered in many magazines in the US.
Cooper’s travels have brought us his encounters with local cats, fun in the sun outdoors and his conversations with local cats (you can fill in the dialogue yourself).
Here’s a video showcasing one of his shoots:
Link to: http://www.photographercat.com/
3. Hamilton the Hipster Cat
Hamilton the Hipster Cat is known for, well, his fantastic moustache and spawning a generation of famous cats with moustaches.
He has around 100,000 fans on Facebook who can’t wait for his daily updates and moustache related escapades. You have to admit, he’s pretty cute isn’t he!
4. Lil Bub
Lil Bub, similarly to Grumpy Cat, became famous through a combination of Tumblr and Reddit after photographs were originally published in 2011. This 3 year old girl is best known for her ‘perma-kitten’ expression.
She had her very own documentary, Lil Bub & Friends, shown at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film also features Keyboard Cat, Grumpy Cat and Nyan Cat. And would you know it the documentary won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film!
She has around 800,000 Facebook fans and is another kitty with her own Wikipedia page.
What we’re perhaps most jealous of is her celebrity fan base – see her meeting Robert de Niro here! Follow her adventures on Instagram.
Nora, a tabby cat from New Jersey, first shot to fame in 2007 as a piano playing cat. The Times described her music as being “something halfway between Philip Glass and free jazz.”
She apparently practices daily (whether her owner likes it or not) and has since started taking students, apparently, as she’s recently welcomed Gabby to her piano.
We’ve featured just a few of the most famous cats you can find online – who’s your favourite? Let us know – we’d love to hear from you.
Sharing food and treats is a lovely way of nurturing your relationship with your cat, especially if you’re celebrating a special day such as a birthday or Christmas. Not all cats enjoy human food, but some will cheerfully eat what you’re eating, and their tastes may surprise you. Cats have been known to nibble on melon and cantaloupe, sweetcorn and peas, and even broccoli.
Some of our favorite foods can be harmful to cats. They are very sensitive to garlic and onion particularly if they are powdered, as they are more potent in this form. These common ingredients are associated with destruction of red blood cells and severe anemia. Chocolate is also potentially harmful to cats and results in vomiting and seizures. Even if a particular food isn’t toxic, it could still cause an upset stomach with vomiting and diarrhea.
Those who prefer to eat a vegan or vegetarian diet might think that their furry friend could share that lifestyle choice. This isn’t a good idea. It’s not easy to create a vegetarian food for cats that tastes good and is nutritionally balanced. Cats are carnivores and there are some nutrients that are best obtained from meat protein.
So, what’s the best way to feed your cat? It’s simple.
Choose a good quality, nutritionally balanced cat food such as Butcher’s Really and make that the basis of your cat’s diet. This contains everything your cat needs to stay healthy in one meal. Give him an amount that keeps him in good condition to help him maintain a happy, active outdoors lifestyle. By feeding him in this way, you’re giving him the best chance of living a long healthy life.