We like to go back to our roots, so today we’re featuring some wholesome, cute, and amusing cat photos. All in the name of making your day a little bit better, a little bit brighter, a little bit more… pawesome!
The ‘Out of Context Cats’ Twitter account, the feline counterpart of the ‘Out of Context Dogs‘ project, provides today’s heavy dosage of cuteness and grins. The page demonstrates what we’ve always knew in our hearts: we don’t need context to enjoy cat pictures. And, to be honest, the lack of context only adds to the intrigue of the images.
So go ahead and scroll down to see the best cat photos that will leave you guessing about the context. Remember to upvote your favorites, and we’re excited to learn which photos you liked most and why. My personal favorite is an oldie but a goodie: the cat who was caught eating an egg from a bowl of food.
I know many of you Pandas have cats, but I thought we might all benefit from learning more about how to keep them looking and feeling good. So I contacted the PDSA, the UK’s premier animal welfare organization, to learn more about how to keep cats’ coats healthy and lustrous, as well as what to look for when adopting a kitten from a shelter. Please read on for our chat with PDSA Vet Anna Ewers Clark, who has provided us with invaluable advice on numerous occasions.
Most healthy cats have smooth and lustrous coats, and they maintain their own fur very clean and neat, according to PDSA Vet Anna. “You'll often see them grooming their coat to keep it in tip-top shape. If you notice your cat has patchy fur/hair loss, itchy skin, or seems to be grooming all the time, this could be an indication of a skin issue, and it's best to have them checked by your veterinarian,” she advised.
Providing your cat with the right diet is one method to help them stay healthy and look like a meowgnificent floof. Simply told, healthy nutrition leads to a lovely head of hair.
“Feeding your cat a high-quality, full, balanced meal that is appropriate for their life stage is critical. This will ensure that they get all of the nutrients they require to keep their coat shiny and sleek,” vet Anna advised. We should be conscious of our cat's age and alter their food accordingly, she added. Fortunately, if we get the basics correct, we won't need to spend a lot of money on pricey supplements and the like.
“There are vitamins and oils on the market advertised to enhance skin health in cats, but these are normally unnecessary if your cat is eating the correct food and doesn't have a medical condition. Consult your veterinarian if you're unsure about the ideal diet for your cat.”
If this wholesome and amusing list has piqued your interest in adopting a new cat, we've also got some helpful tips on how to prepare your home for your new pet.
“Pets give us with love, joy, and companionship, therefore we need to make sure we can provide them with all they need to be happy,” PDSA Vet Anna told Bored Panda, adding that it's the least we can do in return for their love. “It's best to prepare everything for a new cat or kitten before bringing them home. You should have all of the physical items your cat would require, such as dishes, bedding, scratching posts, litter trays, and toys.”
However, in addition to all of the stuff, large and small, we need consider the arrangement of our homes and where everything will be. And it's something I hadn't given much thought to before. “Cats dislike having their food and water bowls close together, so try to space them out as much as possible. They'll also require some distance between their litter tray and other items,” Anna explained, giving us a few examples of how to think about layout to make our new pets' lives easier.
“You should also consider the style or appearance of your cat's accessories. To avoid their whiskers touching the edges, most cats prefer a low, flat feeding bowl. Many people prefer running water over a bowl, such as a cat water fountain. So try to see things through the eyes of a cat rather than your own human eyes, which may be drawn to colors or patterns.”
The project 'Out of Context Cats' is quite new. It was constructed in April 2020, just as worldwide lockdowns were kicking in full force at the commencement of the pandemic. The OoCC Twitter feed, on the other hand, has grown to 221.4k followers in just over a year!
We hope the initiative continues to thrive because we believe the world needs more cats, laughter, and wholesome goodness in these trying times.
Earlier, I spoke with Karen Weiler, a pet photographer, and Ingrid Johnson, a cat behaviorist, about how to take nice cat images. While taking random photos of our pets is a lot of fun, it's also beneficial to understand the principles of pet photography so you may wow your friends and strangers on the internet with your ameowzing talents. If you have the time to set up a photo and be deliberate with your snaps, these skills will come in handy.
Karen, a photographer, told Bored Panda in a recent interview that lighting is crucial in photography.
“So, set yourself up for success by relocating a favorite blanket, bed, or piece of furniture to a brightly lit area. If they prefer catnip, you can spread some there as well. It's fairly simple: if your cat likes to hang around there, you'll have more chances to picture them. They'll be at ease and pleased, and you'll have plenty of light—it'll be a winning combination!" Karen remarked.
Karen also mentioned that we may grab our cats' attention by using toys and items with a lot of movement, as felines respond to movement more than sound. Also, go down to your cat's level to work on your composition and gain different angles on the shot.
Meanwhile, cat behaviorist Ingrid pointed out that the best images of our cats are taken when they are photographed in their natural habitat. “Things go awry” when we take them out of their home. Furthermore, if you want to capture a nice photo, you should strive to employ natural light. Ingrid said, "Play with them to encourage them to look confident and alert."