Friday, 2 March 2018

Cat Happiness With Whiskas

We have had our family cat Marmalade since he was a kitten and my eldest daughter begged me for a pet. He has been a part of our family for eight years now and my youngest two children have grown up with him in their lives. Marmalade is an indoor cat and he always has been as he would run back in when we tried to let him outside as kitten, so we always have him around. As such he has such a quirky personality, sometimes he is so loving and content purring on my knee or happy looking out the window, other times he likes to be left alone and will curl up for a nap out of sight and he goes off and hides - normally behind the fridge if someone visits he does not know. 

As Marmalade is an indoor cat I often wonder if he is happy, does he get bored being indoors with no other cats for company? Is he content staying indoors? These are things that I ponder often.

ginger cat


Well, I don't need to worry about these things anymore as the clever people at Whiskas have come up with K.I.T, the Kat Insitute of Technology, which is a brand new content platform based on YouTube. Most of us will be aware of Whiskas as being a leading cat food company and you may remember I wrote about their Kitten Kollege last year well Whiskas want to make sure that not only are cats getting the right nutrients from their food but they also want to ensure cat owners know how to keep their cats happy and that is where K.I.T (The Kat Institute of Technology) come in. 

Whiskas have used over 80 years of experience to help us owners recognise if our cats are happy and have made a rather clever little video that you watch below that shows us signs our cat is happy, it is ideal for showing to young children too. 



Some of the signs your cat is happy are 

  • Noise - Cat's can be very vocal when happy, a high pitched meow is a content cat, whilst a low pitched one can sometimes indicate an annoyed or unhappy kitty. The "purrrrupttt" sound Marmalade often makes when we are stroking him is also a sign of contentment. 
  • Happy cat's keep themselves well-groomed and they may sometimes lick other cats or even us humans. So even though it feels bizarre when Marmalade licks us with his sandpaper-like tongue it is a sign he trusts us and is happy to be around us. 
  • Posture -Happy cats sleep with their paws tucked underneath them when they are feeling relaxed and at home. This is Marmalade sleeps in his cat bed or on the sofa curled up with his paws tucked away. 
  • Playfulness - Happy kitties will play, either on their own with toys or with their owners and other cats. Marmalade loves it when we play with his fishing rod toy or a ball of wool with him and will happily play for ages with us or chasing one of toy balls around the kitchen floor. 
  • Good appetite - A happy cat will enjoy meal times and may ask for food by rubbing your legs or meowing and leading you to their food bowl. Marmalade does this all the time, he knows when his meal times are and if you are late feeding him he will meow until you feed him. If we have treats that he liked he will also rub against are legs purring until we give him some too. 
marmalade the ginger house cat

Overal after seeing this video and reading the signs of a happy cat I think it is safe to say that we have a very happy cat. Marmalade shows all of the signs of being happy, so I think I need to stop worrying about him. 

Do you have a cat? 

This post is a collaboration with Whiskas, but all thoughts are my own. Check out their website and their KIT hub for more information on cat happiness and their YouTube channel for fantastic KIT videos. 



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  1. Ah loved seeing some pics of your family cat Marmalade :D We don't have a cat but would like one in the future x

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    1. Thank you Sam, he is a little tinker but the kids love him. Ah you should, they are so easy to look after too xx

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  2. Your cat is adorable. I can't wait to move into a house so I can get cats x

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  3. Aww hun what a beautiful cat - i believe that every home should have an animal in it - they just give us so much love x

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    1. They really do, I never had pets growing up so I love that my children do x

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  4. Cute cat - reminds me of my first cat Honey (who was almost called Marmalade). I think my current cat just thinks he's too old for everything - he's 18.

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  5. Ahhh sounds like you have a happy cat which must be very reassuring as I'm sure it must be something all pet owners wonder and worry about!

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    1. It probably is, he can be a bit grumpy at times though x

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  6. Your cat is beautiful, and it does children so much good having a pet in the home. He certainly looks very healthy and happy. My parents also have a very indoorsy cat

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    1. Thank you, its my eldest job to look after him everyday x

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  7. Marmalade is a beauty. I'm glad that tucking paws under themselves is a sign of being happy because I love when cats do that.

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  8. Very informative! I don't have a cat, but my husband's family does and it's so cute :)

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  9. Ahh he is an absolute beauty! We don't have a cat, we are dog people for sure!

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  10. Marmalade is gorgeous! I grew up with a cat and had cats as an adult too. I would love to get another cat, my girls would love it. Lovely to know your cat is happy

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    1. Oh you should do, my little girl adores having a pet cat x

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  11. What a gorgeous cat I don't have any pets but I'd love a ginger cat. Great post on knowing the signs of a happy cat.

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  12. What a great idea. I don't have any pets unfortunately as we aren't allowed any in our rented house however mu mum has 5 cats so I will share this with her for sure! You cat is SO cute!

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  13. It's interesting to learn about what things make cats happy and the video was informative

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  14. Awww Marmalade is so cute (great name too). Sadly my cats passed away through old age but I do miss them being around

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  15. He’s gorgeous! I miss having a cat... we lost ours 2 years ago when he was run over and we haven’t decided when is the right time to get a new one.

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  16. You cat is so gorgeous. I have never had a pet before.

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    1. Thank you, I never had pets when I was a child - only fish and a hamster x

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  17. What a cute cat! I have never heard of a house cat before. Marmalade must be very content.

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    1. We tried getting him outside but he used to just run back in when n he was little x

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  18. Ahhh love his name, he's very cute. Nice to know he's happy

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  19. My boys would love a cat so much! But unfortunately my husband is super allergic, so it's never gonna happen.

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    1. That is a shame, my dad was allergic to pet fur so we never had pets growing up x

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  20. I don't have a cat and knowing all these signs of what a happy cat is makes me want to get one. What a lovely cat you got.

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  21. Aww he is super cute . Our cat is not fussy at all and will eat anything :)

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    1. Thank you, mine is so fussy and refuses any food in jelly or from a tin - he likes the whiskas pouches in gravy x

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  22. Ah marmalade is so cute and love!y to know he's a happy cat.

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  23. I miss having a cat. Marmalade looks so cute and it's interesting to read what to look for in a happy cat

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