Paws On Your Heart is a non-profit sanctuary for feral and stray cats with special needs, part of the larger Hillview Acres Animal & Nature Preserve. The sanctuary’s brand new facilities are located on a spacious property owned by our family in beautiful rural Saskatchewan, and for decades we have been providing food, shelter and love to homeless cats. We love every one of our residents, and are committed to promoting cat welfare around the world. 100% of the donations we receive at Paws On Your Heart will go directly to the cats.

We also strive to help cats in our community and around the world through community outreach, education, and promoting cat welfare. For more information, see our About Us page.


New Year’s Resolutions for Your Cat

by Paws on Your Heart on January 15, 2016

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s mid-January, 2016 and you’ve probably made some important New Year’s Resolutions for your own life:  things like losing weight, getting a better job or spending more time with family.  But, have you thought about any New Year’s Resolutions related to your Cat?

The point of New Year’s Resolutions is to focus your energy in a productive direction.  So, what could be more productive than improving your relationship with your very special feline friend?

CAT-RELATED NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS IDEAS:

You might have all kinds of ideas for Cat-Related New Year’s Resolutions, but, if you don’t here are a few ideas:

1…SPEND MORE TIME WITH YOUR CAT

There is absolutely nothing that will make your cat happier than spending quality time with her.  Our days are so filled with important demands that often special time with our kitties gets overlooked. Take a close accounting of a regular week and see just how much time you actually spend focusing specifically on your cat.  This is not time where you might be watching TV and your cat is somewhere in the room, for example.  A better cat-focused example would be watching TV with your cat in your lap getting a full and loving pet from you.

Keep in mind that all cats are different and have special things that make them happiest.  Some cats love to play with you; others prefer to curl up on your lap or beside you on the bed; others still want to work happily beside you, with a pause in your work every now and then for a good pet.  Why not try various things discovering just what gives your cat the greatest pleasure?

2…GET TO KNOW YOUR CAT BETTER

Like all relationships in your life your cat’s and your relationship will evolve over time. One of the greatest joys in your life is your kitty relationship, so why not get to know her even better?  You might ask: “How do I do that”?

Here are a few simple tips:

  • learn the power of observation – taking time to just watch and listen to your cat can reveal any of a number of things about her.  If someone asked you right now, how well could you detail your cat’s colourings, movements, and sounds? Be as specific as possible. I once did an activity in school where the teacher asked us to detail our trip home each day, and it was amazing how many of us missed very important details in our descriptions. Observing your cat can be a lot of fun as you get to know her better.
  • try new things – You’ll never know if your cat likes something new until you try it.  This week test out a new game (eg. rope, ball, paper bag, laser), a new type of food (eg. shredded, pate, chunked or gravy wet food), or a new sleeping item (eg. newspaper, soft blanket, cardboard, or circle ring).  You may be amazed at how quickly they enjoy a new approach.  We once bought an expensive sleeping ring only to have our kitty rush to the packing paper instead.  The paper won!  It still sits on the floor in the dining room well loved by our POYH Spokescat Noodle.

2016 can be a wonderful year for you and your cat.  By creating Cat-Related New Year’s Resolutions that are fun and inspiring you can spend even more quality time with your kitty making you both happier!

 

If you’ve created any Cat-Related New Year’s Resolutions please share them with us in the Comments section.

 

 

 

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Fun Cat Facts: The Feline Nose

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by Paws on Your Heart on December 29, 2015

Cats have the cutest little noses, but don’t be fooled by their size. The feline nose is quite powerful. In fact, cats have a sense of smell that is 14 times stronger than a human’s sense of smell!

Although this can be attributed to the feline nose being comparatively larger than a human’s is, this is also due to a very special organ in the cat’s mouth called “The Jacobson’s Organ”. This special organ is located behind kitty’s front teeth, and allows a cat to not only smell, but also analyze the scent. If you have seen your kitty make a funny face (such as a frown) after smelling an area, he has likely just used his Jacobson’s Organ. Felines curl their lips when inhaling air into their mouths, which is what gives them this silly grimacing expression.

So don’t be offended the next time your feline friend makes a silly face after smelling something on or around you. He’s just using his Jacobson’s Organ to investigate the scent.

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Famous Friday: Bagheera

by Paws on Your Heart on December 18, 2015

Bagheera is the famous black panther from the ever popular Jungle Book series. He was originally introduced in the 1894 book written by Rudyard Kipling, and since then has become an infamously popular cartoon feline. What makes him such a memorable cartoon wildcat? Read More…

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Cat Safety Tips For The Holiday Season

by Paws on Your Heart on December 17, 2015

Rocco_and_Christmas_Tree_6999 (1).JPGBy AlvimannIn addition to spending time with the people and animals that we love, the holiday season is a time best known for the beautiful lights, ribbons, presents, and decorations that many people put in their homes during this time of the year. Although decorating our homes is a very important tradition, it’s also important for us to stay cautious of our animal friends’ safety while placing these lovely decorations in our homes. So how can you implement cat safety strategies into your home during this holiday season? We have a few tips… Read More…

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Our Top 10 Favourite Feline Actors in Movies and On Television

by Paws on Your Heart on December 16, 2015

We just love when cats are featured as real actors in movies and on television. These movies and television shows prove just how smart and talented cats truly are. Though it was hard to choose just 10 cats, here are our top 10 favourite felines (in alphabetical order) in movies and television: Read More…

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Famous Friday: Snagglepuss

by Paws on Your Heart on December 11, 2015

“Heavens to Murgatroyd!” This cartoon mountain lion is famous for his memorable catchphrases and his fancy clothing choices… do you know who he is? That’s right, today’s famous feline is Snagglepuss. Read More…

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