The live event was held from 2013-2016 and gathered cat fans in a social environment to watch a curated collection of funny cat videos ranging from six-second videos to short films and everything in between.
The festival began as an event held at the Walker Art Center in St. Paul, Minnesota in 2013 but grew into a touring event in cities across the United States and even internationally to Ireland, Japan and Australia.
After the 2016 festival, the Walker Art Center announced it was discontinuing the festival in order to pursue new projects.
The Walker donated its archive of related cat-themed ephemera to the Minnesota Historical Society and hopes others will be inspired to create copy-“cat” events of their own.
Take a look around your home. Are there things that your cat can do, play with and watch?
Kitty boredom can lead to a variety of problems and destructive behaviors such as:
Urinating outside the litter box
Preventing Cat Boredom
It is important to provide your cat with a stimulating environment. This means an environment with things to do. Windows to look out of, things to watch, places to climb and safe toys to play with are all great ways to prevent boredom.
Here are some tips to entertain your cat and prevent undesirable behavior:
Catnip – Cats LOVE catnip. Offer your cat some catnip on occasion to roll around in and eat. You can also revive interest in an old cat toy by sprinkling it with catnip.
Window Perches – Cats enjoy having a comfortable place to watch what is going on outside. Purchase a window bed for your cat or position a cat tree near a window to create an outside view.
Create an Outside View – Position a bird or squirrel feeder within viewing distance of your cat’s window perch.
Cat Toys – Make sure that you are stocked with plenty of cat toys. Hiding and then reintroducing toys that your cat enjoys is a great way to keep them interested.
Scratching Post – Even a declawed cat will enjoy scratching post. It’s an instinctive behavior that cats never lose. The scratching post should be tall enough that your cat should be able to really stretch when using it.
Your Time –Take at least 10 minutes out of your day to play with your cat or allow them to curl up with you.
Keep in mind that behavioral problems can be caused by many things. Be sure to take your cat for regular checkups and vaccinations. A healthy kitty is a happy kitty.
You may have seen the phenomena sweeping YouTube: videos of cats scared by cucumbers. It may seem harmless and hilarious but animal experts share another story.
Experts warn that scaring your pets and causing them stress is probably not a good idea. Many are frustrated that the videos have become trendy and incite people to scare their pets for a laugh. Experts and pet-lovers alike call the cucumber trick, mean spirited, cruel, and lacking humanity.
The reason cats are scared is because they would not typically see the cucumber on a floor, and a surprise object triggers their natural startled response. Some experts suggest that cats may also associate green with snakes, which are threatening predators. In addition, the cucumbers are often placed near feeding areas, a space cats consider a safety zone. The cats jump in reaction, assuming cucumbers are threatening.
Bringing new objects into your cat’s environment can be good mental stimulation, but your objective shouldn’t be to scare them. Experts suggest introducing items slowly or gradually over time. This is, of course, dependent on your cat’s personality and nature. Each cat reacts differently and should be treated as such.
The moral of the day is to keep cucumbers, or any other surprise object, away from your cat. Surprising and scaring your cat is not ideal to their psyche, could cause them to injure themselves, or lead to stress.
Cat running across the house at full speed for no reason? Turns out there actually is an explanation for that, and the rest of your cat’s weird behavior. Cats are surprisingly excellent communicators and their behavior is their method of communicating with you. Take note if your cat displays the following behavior.
Sprinting across home. Perhaps one of the most random cat behavior, these sprints are completely normal. Cats need regular exercise and occasionally a burst of energy overtakes them and they sprint about. If your cat does this frequently, try taking your cat for a walk or playing with her more.
Nail biting. You may have seen this behavior before: your cat relaxing on the ground, paws up to mouth, and gnawing on their nails. This can mean a few things including she needs a nail trim, she’s anxious, or bored. Try playing with your cat more to naturally wear down her nails, and keep her entertained and happy.
Rolling around on the ground. If your cat rolls around on the ground in front of you, she’s telling you that she trusts you and may even want a belly scratch.
Sniffing you or your face. Cats are curious creatures and use their sense of smell to learn more about the environment. If you don’t mind letting your cat sniff you, let the behavior continue. It’s natural and innocent.
Biting. Your cat’s natural instincts tell her to bite when she’s aggressive or feeling threatened. Most biting is a provoked behavior or your cat’s way of letting you know she’s unhappy.
Licking. Though this is a behavior attributed to dogs, cats lick their owners too. It’s just their way of claiming you as their human.
Loud, whining meowing. This whining behavior is just that: whining for something. Whether it’s for attention or food, you cat is trying to tell you they need something. If you cat is older, this could be a form of kitty confusion and they simply may not know where they are or what they’re doing.
Eating grass. There’s a few theories to explain this behavior. Some experts think that grass aids in digestion or contains enzymes that cats need in their diet. Since cats don’t have the ability to digest vegetable matter, they’ll usually throw up grass if eaten. Not to worry, this is totally normal and does not harm your cat.
Waking you up. Cats are nocturnal and usually most active at night. Waking you up stems mostly from boredom. If you cat has been snoozing all day and only sees you for a short time before you go to bed, they might feel bored or lonely. You cat just wants your company and attention.
You may be surprised to learn cats can suffer from anxiety. In fact, cats can suffer from phobias, violent outbursts, impulse control, and even compulsive disorders.
Signs Your Cat May Be Suffering From Anxiety
There are several behaviors cats may display if they are experiencing anxiety. Some of these include scratching, biting, and going to the bathroom outside of the litterbox.
How To Treat Cat Anxiety
Before turning to drugs like Prozac (which can be prescribed for mentally unstable cats) you should first try to treat with environmental changes. Cats are predators and enjoy outdoor elements. Think about getting a fish tank, hanging a bird feeder outside of a window, get an automatic or robotic toy that resembles prey, or make a lofted perch. Another remedy is an empty paper bag, which cats love. Since cats are predators, you could also consider purchasing a puzzle feeder where cats can bat things around in order to get their food or treats.
Keep In Mind The Differences
You should also keep in mind that cats are not like dogs. They do not like excessive petting and that may be a cause of aggression.
According to Dr. E’Lise Christensen, a veterinary behaviorist with practices in Manhattan and Denver, you should not ascribe human emotions to a cat. Their behavior, especially urinating or defecating on your belongings is not because they are vindictive.
Anxiety issues with cats can be frustrating, but with a bit of patience and examination, they can be resolved.