We’re really hoping that 2021 will eventually be better than last year. But wishful thinking isn’t enough—it’s time for some fluffy action. The Bored Panda team is dedicated to picking up your spirits and showing you how much good there is in the world, so we lovingly crafted this post for you about the most wholesome cat posts on the internet.
Remember to give the cattos that you found to be the most adorable a grateful pat on the head through your screen (and an upvote, too), and we would absolutely love to hear some of your own uplifting feline stories, as well! Certified cat behavior consultant and the founder of Fundamentally Feline, Ingrid Johnson, explained to Bored Panda about how owning these gorgeous pets can affect their owners, how to get your cats' attention, and went into detail about what lies behind their instincts. Read on for Ingrid's in-depth insights.
Pssst, Pandas, there’s no such thing as too many cats. So we’ve got some more wholesome cat posts that will warm your hearts and soothe your souls right here, here, and here. Be sure to let your friends know, too—like most things in life, they’re best enjoyed together, even if it’s just through social media.
Just Turned 21 Years. He Has Accompanied Me Through Teenage Years, College, Marriage, And Was Still Able To Meet My 4 Month Old Baby. Thank You For A Lifetime Of Companionship... I Love You With All My Heart
I’m Her Eyes And She Is My Heart
In cat behaviorist Ingrid's opinion, the extent to which cats reduce stress and affect their owners' physical and psychological welfare depends on their personal relationship and bond. In other words, each case has to be evaluated separately. There are positives, for sure; but ignoring potential negatives would be naive. And it all comes down to how much we're willing to learn about our pets: the more we're familiar with cats' needs and behavior, the happier we'll be with them as our pets.
"For many people, our pets are a great comfort, a best friend, a listening ear, and a source of unconditional love. Sadly, for others, their cat might stress them out, or they might find the cat annoying. This is usually due to a lack of understanding about how to best care for their cat and meet their needs, train them, etc. Those pet parents should seek the help of a qualified behaviorist! While some research claims that pets relieve stress and lower blood pressure, other studies have disproven this theory."
A Woman Found Her Cat Alive Sixteen Days After A Destructive Tornado In Joplin, Missouri, In 2011
When I Adopted Penny From A Shelter 10 Years Ago She Was Scared And Aggressive. Today She Is The Most Loving Cat I Have Ever Met
People: Black Cats Are Bad Luck! Black Cats
Ingrid also detailed that, in her experience, cats generally don't tend to develop an instinct to protect their owners or the other pets living in the household. "Not to be negative in any way, but cats often self-preserve. This is how they have survived and evolved to be survivors over thousands of years. Their instincts are generally to hide to avoid danger or to flee. They prefer not to fight as that increases the potential for injury. An injured cat cannot hunt and take care of themselves so 'going into battle' is not their first choice," she said.
What's more, the cat behaviorist pointed out that cats "often like us best when we play hard to get," so our desire to smother them with love and snuggle up to them can make them want to run away. "Respecting an individual cat's preferences for engagement is a good way to respect them," Ingrid told Bored Panda. She highlighted that there are plenty of ways to show our cats our love besides feeding them and that just providing food, water, and litter isn't enough.
"Providing a feline-friendly environment that meets the cat's needs is the best way to ensure you have a happy cat that feels safe and will 'love you back.' This means offering vertical space cat trees or cat condos, playing with your cat daily to offer opportunities to hunt and relieve stress, offering multiple outlets for scratching, and offering different substrates (they all have unique preferences) and just providing an engaging environment."
A Hiker Woke Up In The Night Feeling A Weight On His Legs. He Took A Photo With His Phone And This Is What He Saw
The joys of owning a cat are countless. For one, you get a companion for life who’s happy to see you when you come back home (even if they sometimes pretend they’re a tad aloof).
But besides being your buddy and your pal, your cat can actually improve your health, according to some scientists. For example, one study showed that cats (and other pets, too, don’t worry, dog lovers) have a calming effect on their owners and help reduce blood pressure and heart rate levels.
This leads to better stress-management and overall improvements in physical (not to mention psychological) health.
Every Day At The Same Exact Time, This Stray Cat Meets The Train's Conductor For A Treat
A conductor on the Pskov-Moscow train feeds a cat named Felix sausage during short stop in Staraya, Russia. Felix shows up every day at 22:40 & has for several years. All conductors are aware of Felix & prepare sausage in advance
Woman Goes To Pet Cats At A Shelter And Finds Her Cat Who Had Been Missing For A Year
Meanwhile, another study has shown that owning a pet for just a month already brought about a “highly significant reduction” in minor health issues, such as colds, back pain, and headaches. The study suggested that getting a pet can have “positive effects on human health and behavior, and that in some cases these effects are relatively long term.”
One thing that researchers noted, however, is that dog owners actually got far more physical exercise than cat owners or those people without pets.
Do you have a cat and think you’d like to prove these scientists wrong? Consider getting a harness and a leash so you can take your cat for a walk outside. Just be sure to talk to your vet about whether that’s a good idea; and remember to not force your feline to do anything it doesn’t want to do. Some tabbies are housecats and they prefer it that way.
This Weirdo Yells Until I Let Her Join Me In The Bathtub
I take baths with my cat by letting her float in a plastic box. I keep the box in my closet. I only started doing this about a month ago, but now when I turn the bathwater on she runs to the closet and jumps in her box
My Husband Has Been Working From Home Since March 27 But Marty Still Waits For Him At The Front Door At 5pm Every Day
Saved A Cat In The Freeway Today I45 No Hesitation Pulled Over Immediately, Grabbed From Traffic
My Mom Runs An Organization That Only Takes In Unwanted Cats. This Is One Of Them! Meet Milo
2 Months Ago: “We Absolutely Are Not Getting A Cat.” Now:
The Day I Found Him Scared And Alone Taking Shelter Under My Car vs. Today
She’s Been With Me For 22 Years And Is Still Going Strong
After Seeing These Signs For Months, I Finally Found Some Good News On My Walk Today!
This Is Kieth. He Has No Front Teeth, No Tail And Special Needs. He Likes To Blow Raspberries When He’s Hungry. I Found Him When He Was V Smol. I Hope His Little Tongue Makes You As Happy As It Does Me
Don't Think It's Effective But It's The Thought That Counts
Best Picture I Could Ever Hope To Get Of These Two...
Cake Day Update: Hit 28 Months Sober Today, Got Extra Snugs From My Best Bud
People Prefer To Stand Instead Of Removing The Stray Cat
This Cat Climbs The Tree Every Day To Say Hi To The House Cat
Thank You, Avant-Garde, For This Citizen
Thank you, "Center for Security of Citizens of the Avant-Garde Community" for the little life saved today! Thank you for your work, for your efficiency, for helping and saving the unfortunate cat, which somehow got stuck in a concrete slab