Cats are known for wonderfully weird behavior. Its part of the reason we love them. They are weirdos! One of the more inexplicable is why they lay on paper? It seems like every time there is a paper on the floor on on a table, and I don’t mean paper in a box, they are going to sit on it. What is that about?
Despite this seeming like weird behavior there is one good reason and one very cat reason for this sitting.
The good reason:
The good reason is that paper is a natural insulator. This means that wherever you have paper sitting, that spot is a little bit warmer than the other spots in the surrounding area. Cats love to sit in warm spots. How often do you find your cat laying in a sun spot, no matter how awkward a place that sun spot might be? A cats comfortable temperature is warmer than ours by about 15 to 20 degrees. This means that your cat is always a bit cold. So it makes sense that if they are always cold, why they would seek out the warm spots.
Where this theory falls apart is that a cat will sit on a piece of paper instead of a warm blanket.
The silly reason:
So maybe it is attention seeking? When they sit on the paper we look at them like they are weirdos and give them some attention. We especially do this if they sit on a paper that we are reading.
Another theory is that the paper is an invisible box and we know how much cats love boxes.
Ultimately, we don’t know the real reason. Temperature is the most likely reason but ultimately cats are fabulously weird and that is what we have to chalk it up to but it doesn’t hurt anything so let them sit.
It is the middle of summer in Albuquerque and we are in the height of flea season! Our pets love to go outside and roll in the cool dirt and sand. They love to run through the bushes and tall grasses. If you go on hikes in the mountains, or walks on the mesa, or stroll through the bosque, there are lots of great areas for your dog to pounce through and get fleas. Fleas live in the dirt and sand. So that explains how your outdoor pets get fleas, but what about your indoor pets. Most people think that they don’t have to worry about indoor pets and fleas.
Indoor pets are at a lower risk of getting fleas, this is true, but they can still get them.
If you have a dog that goes in and out but your cat stays indoors, the dog can pass fleas on to your cat.
If you go hiking or walking in the mountains, mesa, or on the bosque, you can carry fleas back with you. They can get on your shoes and clothes.
If your pet comes into contact with other animals, or if your stuff, like clothing or blankets come in contact with other animals, it can bring fleas into the house.
Once you have fleas in your house it can be hard to get rid of them. It is not just a matter of getting rid of the fleas off your pet you also have to get them out of your house or you will reinfect.
Cleaning to get rid of fleas.
If you see fleas in your house or on your pet you want to make sure they get treated with Frontline Flea and Tick treatment immediately. You may want to keep them in the bathroom or laundry room while the fleas are getting killed off.
Keep them off the couch. Do not let them on anything with upholstery.
Keep them off the carpet.
Keep them off the beds.
Wash their dog bed, blankets and towels.
Wash all your sheets.
If your dog has been on your couch, consider having the upholstery cleaned.
Steam clean your carpets.
Wash your floors with bleach.
Wash your clothes.
Have your yard sprayed for fleas.
Once you get a flea infestation in your house it can be really hard to get rid of. This is why we suggest treating your pet with prevention. If you use Frontline Flea and Tick treatment monthly it will ensure your pet does not get fleas.
New Mexico is seeing increases in Covid-19. The Governor has mentioned possibly reinstating some business restrictions. At this time we don’t know what that means. At this time, Vetco is continuing to operate normally and following the guidelines set by the Governor. One of these guidelines is wearing masks.
Wearing masks is a requirement by law. All people are required to wear masks in public. All people are required to wear masks when they enter the Vetco clinic. We are strictly enforcing this. This is not a political issue, this is a public health issues. At Vetco we will do our best to keep our staff and our customers safe.
We are only allowing 10 people in the veterinary clinic, this includes staff. Customers are only allowed to have one human come into the clinic with their pets. Those humans are required to wear masks. We will not allow anyone without a mask to enter the clinic. We will not allow customers to remove their masks once inside. If people remove their masks they will be asked to leave.
These are challenging times that we are living in. Hopefully they will be over soon but it looks like this is the way it is going to be for a little while. If you have any concerns about our safety procedures, please call us and feel free to ask us how we are keeping our customers and staff safe.
The information provided on this website is written by Vetco staff. All information is meant to be informational and is not meant as veterinary advice. If you have a health question regarding your pet, their treatment or anything concerning their veterinary care, please call Vetco to consult with a veterinarian.