Cats like to stretch largely for the same reasons people do: It feels good, and it increases blood flow to the muscles.
Think about how stiff your body is when you just wake up. Now think of the fact that cats sleep between 12 and 16 hours a day. That’s right. They’re not moving for LONG amounts of time. When cats are sitting still or sleeping, their blood pressure drops, and stretching can reverse that.
We all like to tuck our hands and feet under the covers when we are cold. Cats are not much different, they just tuck paws and tails–and sometimes noses–under the “cover” of their own bodies. Cats definitely prefer warmer weather, so the average wintertime household may not be comfortably warm for our kitties.
Luckily, thanks to their lithe and flexible bodies, they can tuck all their extremities under them, leaving them looking a bit like a traditional American main dish.
When in Heat
Cats in heat display very clear behavioral signs that include but are not limited to rolling around, rubbing against anything and everything, restlessness, excessive vocalization, and demanding affection.
It can be an extremely tiring and uncomfortable time for your female cat. If estrus is hard on your cat, having her spayed is the best option. Not only will it keep your cat more comfortable but it will also extend her natural lifespan.
Drinking a Lot of Water
Have you noticed your cat drinking more water than usual? If so, it may not be a cause for concern. Many cats simply enjoy drinking water or, like many pets, they eat or drink mainly when you are around so it’s more noticeable.
However, dry cat food might mean they need to drink more water to make up for the lack of hydration within their food. If you’re still concerned and wonder if it's a bit excessive, trust your instincts and take them to the vet.
Most of the time, begging isn’t a cause for concern. Begging usually comes with the territory and they can be quite relentless! If you set boundaries, stick to a feeding schedule, and ignore the begging, you can successfully reduce or even stop the begging.
It’s hard to believe but it’s possible! You should note, however, if the begging has reached a concerning level. While an increased appetite is common in older cats, households with multiple cats, and active cats, it could also be a symptom of a medical issue.