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Meow! Use “Q-chan” app and Your Cat Will Love You More Than Ever

Meow! Use “Q-chan” app and Your Cat Will Love You More Than Ever

Cats have a stereotype that seems to be true more often than not. They are independent and sassy, only seeking humans when they need something. This description certainly differs from that of dogs. K9 breeds are of course known to be affectionate to a fault. Studies have long existed showing that, like humans, dogs release the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin [1].

In fact, scientists are just as curious as the rest of us as to whether cats even like their owners, especially compared to dogs. Dr. Paul Zak decided to conduct a study to measure the oxytocin levels in dogs and cats after interacting with their owners.

“He took saliva samples from 10 cats and 10 dogs on two occasions – 10 minutes before a playtime session with their owners and immediately after – and tested both samples for oxytocin.”

The results show the hormone increased by an average of 57.2 per cent in dogs but only by 12 per cent in cats.

So in theory, dogs are scientifically proven to love humans more than cats do.

However, while the research (and cliches) may indicate dogs love all, not all love dogs; some people prefer felines and would like a way to improve relationships with their snoody and sassy cats. While it can be frustrating to try to build a relationship with a cat, especially if it is well past kitten age, there is hope.

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Taking care of the basics

Cats don’t require much, but in order to cultivate a happy and successful bond between you and your whiskered companion, it is important to ensure he or she has everything they need.

1. Litter Box

Make sure your cat’s litter box is somewhere they like it and is easy for them to find. Keep the box clean, or your cat may take to leaving you surprises in other places.

2. Quality food and clean water

Quality pet food often comes at a price, but it’s worth it to know that your cat is healthy and taken care of. Consult your vet to determine the appropriate food for your kitty, and of course make sure they always have access to clean water.

3. Help your cat entertain herself

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Cats, much like people, don’t want to be bored. Make sure your pet has lots of fun toys to play with to satisfy their curiosity. Buy different treats and determine which your particular cat prefers. Once you’ve identified it, keep some on hand all the time.

4. Give them a good bed, or at least the option of one…

Cats are pretty independent, so they will likely find their sleeping space on their own. However, while cats often prefer to choose their own sleeping place, it’s a good idea to buy a cat bed or some soft bedding. While you may feel a little silly doing so, rub her bedding on you so that it picks up some of your scent. She’ll associate her safe, resting area with your smell [2].

5. Provide a scratching post

A scratching post can calm your cat’s nerves and prevent her from ruining your furniture!

It can be challenging to understand any animal, because they can’t tell you what they want. For instance, if you have ever owned a cat before, you know you could be petting them one moment and listening to them purr, only to suddenly be attacked by your precious pet for seemingly doing the same thing! While the cat obviously felt justified in biting or clawing at you, you were left trying to understand the sudden change in attitude. Undoubtedly, you wished there was a way your cat companion could tell you what happened. If only there was a cat to human dictionary you could reference. But wait, there might just be an app for that…

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Introducing the Q-cat App

This innovative app is designed to help you capture your cat’s attention. The adorable technology is easy to use and filled with over 250 quality meow sounds!

     

      Your cat will love feeling you understand him every time you press a button so signal a new meow. Plus, in an effort to start your day off right, the Q-Cat app even offers a meow alarm that allows you to play meow sounds at a set time to wake up you and call your cat to your bed. You two will feel closer in no time [3].

      Attract your cat will be more simple than ever

      To select different meow sounds, simply swipe up or down and tap the desired effect.

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          To set the alarm, navigate to the alarm menu of the app and chose the time and sound you’d like. Just make sure your phone isn’t on silent or do not disturb mode.

            The Cat-App and you

            Along with making sure your cat has all of its basic needs met, the cat-app is an ideal next step in really bonding with him or her. While it may not technically translate what your cat is telling you, it may help your cat to feel more understood by you. This further aids in a comfortable, loving environment for your feline friend and can help the two of you to trust each other more.

            Download the app today for iPhone or iPad and let us know here at Lifehack how you and your cat fare!

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            Last Updated on March 25, 2020

            How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

            How Do You Change a Habit (According to Psychology)

            Habits are hard to kill, and rightly so. They are a part and parcel of your personality traits and mold your character.

            However, habits are not always something over-the-top and quirky enough to get noticed. Think of subtle habits like tapping fingers when you are nervous and humming songs while you drive. These are nothing but ingrained habits that you may not realize easily.

            Just take a few minutes and think of something specific that you do all the time. You will notice how it has become a habit for you without any explicit realization. Everything you do on a daily basis starting with your morning routine, lunch preferences to exercise routines are all habits.

            Habits mostly form from life experiences and certain observed behaviors, not all of them are healthy. Habitual smoking can be dangerous to your health. Similarly, a habit could also make you lose out on enjoying something to its best – like how some people just cannot stop swaying their bodies when delivering a speech.

            Thus, there could be a few habits that you would want to change about yourself. But changing habits is not as easy as it seems.

            In this article, you will learn why it isn’t easy to build new habits, and how to change habits.

            What Makes It Hard To Change A Habit?

            To want to change a particular habit means to change something very fundamental about your behavior.[1] Hence, it’s necessary to understand how habits actually form and why they are so difficult to actually get out of.

            The Biology

            Habits form in a place what we call the subconscious mind in our brain.[2]

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            Our brains have two modes of operation. The first one is an automatic pilot kind of system that is fast and works on reflexes often. It is what we call the subconscious part. This is the part that is associated with everything that comes naturally to you.

            The second mode is the conscious mode where every action and decision is well thought out and follows a controlled way of thinking.

            A fine example to distinguish both would be to consider yourself learning to drive or play an instrument. For the first time you try learning, you think before every movement you make. But once you have got the hang of it, you might drive without applying much thought into it.

            Both systems work together in our brains at all times. When a habit is formed, it moves from the conscious part to the subconscious making it difficult to control.

            So, the key idea in deconstructing a habit is to go from the subconscious to the conscious.

            Another thing you have to understand about habits is that they can be conscious or hidden.

            Conscious habits are those that require active input from your side. For instance, if you stop setting your alarm in the morning, you will stop waking up at the same time.

            Hidden habits, on the other hand, are habits that we do without realizing. These make up the majority of our habits and we wouldn’t even know them until someone pointed them out. So the first difficulty in breaking these habits is to actually identify them. As they are internalized, they need a lot of attention to detail for self-identification. That’s not all.

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            Habits can be physical, social, and mental, energy-based and even be particular to productivity. Understanding them is necessary to know why they are difficult to break and what can be done about them.

            The Psychology

            Habits get engraved into our memories depending on the way we think, feel and act over a particular period of time. The procedural part of memory deals with habit formation and studies have observed that various types of conditioning of behavior could affect your habit formations.

            Classical conditioning or pavlovian conditioning is when you start associating a memory with reality.[3] A dog that associates ringing bell to food will start salivating. The same external stimuli such as the sound of church bells can make a person want to pray.

            Operant conditioning is when experience and the feelings associated with it form a habit.[4] By encouraging or discouraging an act, individuals could either make it a habit or stop doing it.

            Observational learning is another way habits could take form. A child may start walking the same way their parent does.

            What Can You Do To Change a Habit?

            Sure, habits are hard to control but it is not impossible. With a few tips and hard-driven dedication, you can surely get over your nasty habits.

            Here are some ways that make use of psychological findings to help you:

            1. Identify Your Habits

            As mentioned earlier, habits can be quite subtle and hidden from your view. You have to bring your subconscious habits to an aware state of mind. You could do it by self-observation or by asking your friends or family to point out the habit for your sake.

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            2. Find out the Impact of Your Habit

            Every habit produces an effect – either physical or mental. Find out what exactly it is doing to you. Does it help you relieve stress or does it give you some pain relief?

            It could be anything simple. Sometimes biting your nails could be calming your nerves. Understanding the effect of a habit is necessary to control it.

            3. Apply Logic

            You don’t need to be force-fed with wisdom and advice to know what an unhealthy habit could do to you.

            Late-night binge-watching just before an important presentation is not going to help you. Take a moment and apply your own wisdom and logic to control your seemingly nastily habits.

            4. Choose an Alternative

            As I said, every habit induces some feeling. So, it could be quite difficult to get over it unless you find something else that can replace it. It can be a simple non-harming new habit that you can cultivate to get over a bad habit.

            Say you have the habit of banging your head hard when you are angry. That’s going to be bad for you. Instead, the next time you are angry, just take a deep breath and count to 10. Or maybe start imagining yourself on a luxury yacht. Just think of something that will work for you.

            5. Remove Triggers

            Get rid of items and situations that can trigger your bad habit.

            Stay away from smoke breaks if you are trying to quit it. Remove all those candy bars from the fridge if you want to control your sweet cravings.

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            6. Visualize Change

            Our brains can be trained to forget a habit if we start visualizing the change. Serious visualization is retained and helps as a motivator in breaking the habit loop.

            For instance, to replace your habit of waking up late, visualize yourself waking up early and enjoying the early morning jog every day. By continuing this, you would naturally feel better to wake up early and do your new hobby.

            7. Avoid Negative Talks and Thinking

            Just as how our brain is trained to accept a change in habit, continuous negative talk and thinking could hamper your efforts put into breaking a habit.

            Believe you can get out of it and assert yourself the same.

            Final Thoughts

            Changing habits isn’t easy, so do not expect an overnight change!

            Habits took a long time to form. It could take a while to completely break out of it. You will have to accept that sometimes you may falter in your efforts. Don’t let negativity seep in when it seems hard. Keep going at it slowly and steadily.

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