Newsday Tuesday – Happy Cat Month

September is happy cat month. We all want a happy cat, right? In fact when I asked the question last week, “If your cat could respond, what question would you most like to ask her?” one woman wrote, “Are you happy?”

Yes, it’s hard to tell sometimes, isn’t it? Cats can be aloof—seem uncaring and uninterested and downright bored. But bring out their favorite wand toy or treat and you might see her break into her happy dance. A cat who is going to get what she wants and she knows it is a happy cat.

I think most of us who have cats can tell when our cat is happy and contented. Signs include a relaxed demeanor, purring (although cats will also purr when they’re in distress, so a purr alone doesn’t always signal happiness), kneading, the tail positioning, rubbing, the slow blink, positioning of the ears, and showing her belly.

I know you will do your best to make sure your cat is happy all month and all year and for the rest of her life. Why? Because you love her and because a happy cat makes you a happy cat-mom.

Not sure if your cat is happy? Here are 7 signs indicating that she or he is.

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