New Easy Ways to Know if Your Cat is Happy


Top Tips for Making Sure You Have a Happy Cat

Cats are very intelligent animals that express various emotions including fear, grief, jealousy, anger and love according to animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov.  For those that are lucky enough to have a cat in their home, it is important to know if your feline companion is happy.

Finding out if your cat is happy can sometimes be a difficult task since cats are very good at hiding their true feelings says Igor Purlantov.  Here are several ways to help you know if you have a happy cat:

Playful Behavior

Cats enjoy playing with others that they like and trust.  Any amount of playful activity, from running back and forth and playing catch to simply patting your leg or face for attention is a good indication of happiness.  Cats can learn how to play catch and when they do it is a great sign they are happy.

Body Language

Cats that keep their whiskers slightly forward and their fur smooth with a relaxed tail are generally happy and curious.  When a cat has their tail straight up in the air, they are greeting others around them that they consider friends.  A relaxed happy cat will rest with their front paws tucked under, their ears forward, and their eyes half open.  A cat that shows a sudden dilation of the eyes is having a sudden boost of happiness and excitement.

Eating Habits

Cats that are happy have a nice healthy appetite.  Each time a cat tries to get you to give them more food and treats, they are simply playing with you and thus being happy.

Shiny Coat

Having a shiny coat of fur is a very good indication that your cat is in good health and thus happy.  A shiny coat is also a good sign that your cat is getting the necessary nutrition and enjoying regular grooming which they enjoy.

Confident Behavior

A happy cat will show interest in their environment and will be responsive when approached.  Some cats enjoy taking a proactive approach and touching everything new around the home while others may simply watch from a distance.  In either case, a happy cat will react to a stranger with caution rather than fear and a confident cat will generally have the highest amount of happiness.

Vocal Cats

Cats are very good at giving vocal cues to indicate what they are thinking or feeling.  Some cats are more vocal than others and like to engage in long conversation to show they are happy.  Quiet cats on the other hand may express happiness with silence, and vocalize to express unhappiness. Higher pitched sounds are generally happy while lower pitched sounds can mean they are frustrated or being demanding.

Grooming Behavior

Cats that are happy enjoy grooming themselves so that they look their best.  Cats that enjoy grooming other cats and even their human companions are also happy and are showing that they trust you.  Although not all cats enjoy grooming others, cats that groom one another are happy with each other and enjoy each other’s company.

Bathroom Behavior

When a cat starts missing the litter box and going elsewhere, this is a good sign that something is wrong and they are not happy.  A happy cat that is adjusted and content with their environment will always use their litter box.

Sleep Patterns

Although some cats may sleep more when they are depressed, the location of where they sleep can be a good indication of happiness. Cats that enjoy sleeping close to other cats and seek them out are happy and showing that they enjoy being around others.  If your cat sleeps next to you then be happy to know that your cat trusts you and enjoys being around you as much as possible.  And if your cat is sleeping on its back, this is the ultimate sign that they feel safe and secure in their environment and are very happy.

Groundhog Day 2012: Punxsutawney Phil’s Predictions Over The Last 10 Years

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What will Punxsutawney Phil predict on Groundhog Day this year? On February 2, the resident groundhog of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania will emerge from his temporary home on Gobbler’s Knob to let a waiting crowd know how much longer winter will last this year. According to, for 125 years Phil “comes out of his hole after a long winter sleep to look for his shadow. If he sees it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. If the day is cloudy and, hence, shadowless, he takes it as a sign of spring and stays above ground.”

Video: Boxer Puppy And Cows Make Friends During Walk In Newcastle

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This boxer puppy was quick to make friends with some curious cows as he took a walk through a field. In this video posted in 2010, the excited pup quickly submits to the herd of at least 10 cows vying to check who and what had come to pay them a visit.

Snowy Owls Soar South From Arctic In Rare Mass Migration

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Bird enthusiasts are reporting rising numbers of snowy owls from the Arctic winging into the lower 48 states this winter in a mass southern migration that a leading owl researcher called “unbelievable.” Thousands of the snow-white birds, which stand 2 feet tall with 5-foot wingspans, have been spotted from coast to coast, feeding in farmlands in Idaho, roosting on rooftops in Montana, gliding over golf courses in Missouri and soaring over shorelines in Massachusetts.

Animal Law to Grow Rapidly in 2012

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Animal Law Programs Set to Drive Law Practice Growth According to Igor Purlantov

Animal law has recently gained strong recognition both inside the classroom and outside within the general public. According to Igor Purlantov this growth is due in large part to high profile donations from respected animal rights activists such as Bob Barker. In January of 2009 Mr. Barker donated $1 million to the University of Virginia School of Law to start its animal law rights program through his DJ&T Foundation. DJ&T has also made donations to animal law programs at Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, and the University of California in Los Angeles.

Mr. Purlantov believes that these generous donations have allowed animal law programs to grow and gain popularity within law schools which has also coincided with the increased widespread acceptance of animal welfare. Animal law programs are now taught in more than 120 law schools across the United States alone. This growth in animal law curriculum has not surprisingly also driven growth in animal law professions across the country according to Mr. Purlantov. Animal law now encompasses virtually every area of law including administrative, constitutional, criminal, disability, environmental, international trade, torts, and trusts.

Within the general public, recent outrage over high profile animal abuse cases has helped push much needed state and federal legislation. As the same time, the increasingly complex relationship between people and their pets has also driven many other positive changes within animal law says Mr. Purlantov.

The recent positive changes in animal law could not come sooner says Mr. Purlantov. As compassion over unnecessary animal suffering continues to grow within the general public, animal law will only continue to gain in popularity and expand as a legal field. Mr. Purlantov believes that this in turn will continue to drive legislation designed to protect animals and ultimately benefit the victims who now finally have a voice to speak up for them.


Top 10 Book List for Animal Lovers

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The Ultimate Animal Lover Book List by Igor Purlantov

When it comes to animals lovers that enjoy reading there are many great book options available that are entertaining, educational and fun says animal rights advocate Igor Purlantov. Here is a list of ten top books compiled by Igor Purlantov that will serve as a great read for any animal lover:

10)        A Lion Called Christian by Anthony Bourke.

9)         All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.

8)         Curious Critters by David FitzSimmons.

7)         The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them by Wayne Pacelle.

6)         The Dogs of Central Park by Fran Reisner.

5)         Among Giants: A Life with Whales by Charles “Flip” Nicklin.

4)         Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems About Birds by Billy Collins.

3)         The Exultant Ark: A Pictorial Tour of Animal Pleasure by Jonathan P. Balcombe.

2)         Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero by Michael Hingson.

1)         Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa by Kevin Richardson.

Video: Puppy Bowl 2012: Kittens, Pigs And Birds Play Supporting Roles

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What do puppies, piggies and birds that use Twitter have in common? They’re all going to be a part of the Puppy Bowl, a Super Bowl alternative which celebrates cuteness over gridiron prowess. With Super Bowl XLVI barely a week away, some fans are already asking, “Are you ready for some football?” If you aren’t, then get ready for some puppies. Puppy Bowl VIII, which will air on Super Bowl Sunday on Animal Planet, is the cutest bowl you’ve seen since, well, Puppy Bowl VII.

Video: Kentucky Senate Penguin Poops On Floor

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Things got a little wild on the floor of the Kentucky Senate this week, but it wasn’t a late-breaking political scandal that shocked lawmakers. It was a pooping penguin. Paula, a penguin from the Newport Aquarium near Cincinnati, Ohio, was visting the Kentucky Legislature Tuesday as part of a resolution honoring the aquarium for its work with penguins and other marine animals, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Malaysia Saves Endangered Pygmy Elephant On Borneo

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Malaysian wildlife authorities said Monday they had rescued a pygmy elephant calf on Borneo island and expressed hope a planned sanctuary would provide protection for the endangered animals. The male calf, which is less than a month old, was pulled out of a deep moat surrounding a palm oil plantation in remote Sabah state on Friday, said Sen Nathan, a senior official with the Sabah Wildlife Department. It is the fifth calf rescued by wildlife officials since 2009. Three of those previously saved have died but a female has recovered and is now at a wildlife park. There are fewer than 2,000 Borneo pygmy elephants left in the wild, according to authorities.

Snow Leopard Discovery In Tajikistan Shows Need For Conservation

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A recent biodiversity survey in a remote corner of Tajikistan has yielded surprising results. Fauna & Flora International (FFI) recently teamed up with local and international scientists to conduct a survey of life in the Zorkul nature reserve, near the Afghan border. FFI’s team planted camera traps which captured images of five different snow leopardsin one valley, according to a press release.

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