my kitty care shop for cat lovers

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cool shop for cat lovers

Are you a cat lover? Me too. But when it became time to replace my beat up, generic messenger bag, I wanted a cat themed one, but couldn’t find anything I liked – most were too cutesy for my taste. I also needed gifts for my friends and family, many who are also cat lovers, but that too was difficult to find hip, unique gifts for cat lovers.

So, My Kitty Care searched and found some unique items so you can shop for cat lovers, whether it’s yourself or for the cat lovers in your life, especially you. To start, we created our own collection of Love Your Cat messenger, market/tote and carry-all bags; and the cat iphone wallet wristlet is handcrafted, NYC and designed by My Kitty Care – they are the coolest, unique bags and iphone cases you can find. All of our bags and wristlets are strong and utilitarian, yet hip and fun.

my kitty care found tiger necklaces from Bali, and handcrafted cat coffee mugs from New York.

we created our own line of various bags that are strong and utilitarian, yet really cool and fun. My kitty care designed messenger bags, a carry-all bags, market/tote bags and iPhone wristlets. well made bags that you, your friends, family, all cat lovers would love to have.The search for cool cat bags and an iphone wristlets (a wallet and an iphone case) resulted in designing a line of Love Your Cat bags by My Kitty Care

    Love Your Cat bags cat iphone wallet wristlets
 Cat necklaces
 handcrafted cat coffee mugs
  kitty cat Christmas cards

 

My Kitty Care is constantly on the prowl for unique cat themed items, for you and the cat lovers in your life.

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should my cat sleep with me?

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Everyone likes to be cozy

That includes our cats. So should my cat sleep with me?
In 2015,  Houzz, the home design site, surveyed 10,000 pet owners in 11 countries to find out where our pets sleep. The country that reported the most bed sharing with cats, is America,

  • 53% of American pet owners sleep with their cats
  • 30% in France and Germany sleep with their cats
should my cat sleep with me?

should your cat sleep with you?
photo by S.Dunaif © 2016

The American Pet Products Association conducted The National Pet Owners Survey

    • 62% of cats sleep with their adult pet owners.
    • 13% of cats sleep with children.

If you suffer from stress or insomnia, sleeping with your cat may calm you, because cats have a soothing effect on people. According to sleepeducation.org, how common is insomnia among adults?

• 30 to 35% have brief symptoms of insomnia.
• 15 to 20% have a short-term insomnia disorder, which lasts less than three months.
• 10% have a chronic insomnia disorder, which occurs at least three times per week   for at least three months.

Put your ear next to a sleeping cat: their breathing is rhythmic and relaxing. A cat has soft cozy fur and their bodies are warm. In fact, their body temperature is actually higher than humans, they average 101.5° – no wonder we love to snuggle with them.

note: Sleep experts suggest an ideal room temperature of mid sixties, so if your cat sleeps with you, perhaps adjusting a few degrees lower to compensate for the warmth from a cat, may make your sleep environment more comfortable.

Cats average 15 hours of sleep a day, but kittens and older cats usually sleep more, possibly up to 20 hours.

daytime sleeping cat

cat day sleeping
photo by shari smith dunaif 2017

Since cats are crepuscular (active during twilight and dusk) they often go to a spot where they feel safe and won’t be disturbed when they need to nap during the day. Otherwise, cats like hanging out with us, whether it’s watching TV, or having breakfast, they want to be with us. Which is great, because we want to hang out with them too. Bonding is another benefit to have your cat sleep with you. When our rescue cat Marnie slept with us, it was significant: I knew she finally felt secure and loved.

According to a small 2014 study (150 patients) by the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Sleep Medicine

  • 41% said they had no effect or even a positive effect on their sleep
  • 20% did say their pets disturbed their sleep, at least sometimes.

When you first bring your cat home, decide in advance if your cat is going to sleep in your bedroom. This is important because if you change your mind, it’ll be difficult for you and your cat. Cats are, after all, territorial, so it’s confusing for your cat. They may end up scratching and meowing at your door to reclaim their place with you. They may even howl. That’s bad for you. If your cats do sleep with you, but they wake you up in the middle of the night, don’t get in the habit of rewarding them with treats and play. Do that during the day. Cats respond well to routine, so be consistent: nighttime is for sleeping, everything else are daytime activities.

Sleep well, cat lovers!

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