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Dogs are just so easy to understand. You know when they want to be fed, when they want to go for a walk, when they want a cuddle. But cats are a whole different ball game. Our cat, Leia, is constantly looking for attention but at the same time she is fiercely independent and will always do exactly what she wants to do. But, Lily’s Kitchen recently sent Leia a hamper of goodies along with some tips and advice for us from professional cat expert Ellena Hinson to help us understand Leia’s behaviour a little bit more.

Understanding Our Cat's Behaviour with Lily's Kitchen - and Giveaway!

Ellena’s tips talk about helping a cat to be more affectionate – something that we’ve never had a problem with where Leia is concerned – she wants all the cuddles all the time and would occupy the exact same space as us if she could. But, Ellena’s tips on getting Leia to try new foods really helped – as Leia pretty much just eats one kind of cat food and turns her nose up at anything else.

Understanding Our Cat's Behaviour with Lily's Kitchen - and Giveaway!

But, using Ellena’s tips to give her food when the house is quiet, feed her somewhere private where she can relax and give her space to eat really helped and Leia loved the range of food that we were sent from Lily’s Kitchen – I’m not surprised though, it’s a lot better quality than the food she is used to! Full of high-quality meat, grain free and made with no meat meal or fillers, only natural ingredients they are taste sensations that Leia had only dreamed of before. She has been in cat foodie heaven since they arrived!

Understanding Our Cat's Behaviour with Lily's Kitchen - and Giveaway!

Another aspect of our life with Leia that Ellena helped with is trying to stop Leia scratching the furniture – something both her and her brother have always done. Ellena suggested giving Leia an actual scratching post and putting it near to where she sleeps so that she can exhibit this typical cat scratching behaviour but somewhere suitable that won’t hurt our furniture! We will be buying a scratching post at the next opportunity.

Understanding Our Cat's Behaviour with Lily's Kitchen - and Giveaway!

I love finding out more about why cats do the things they do. Did you know that if your cat follows you around the house it’s a compliment? The cat actually just likes to be near you and is looking for attention – it’s really that simple. Also, why do cats like to sit up high or in the smallest of spaces? They are places where they feel safest. And that kneading thing cats do with their paws? It’s something they do to show affection and stems from nursing milk from their mothers. They do it and purr, their version of self soothing, often whilst they get comfortable and go to sleep.

Understanding Our Cat's Behaviour with Lily's Kitchen - and Giveaway!
Understanding Our Cat's Behaviour with Lily's Kitchen - and Giveaway!

So, Leia’s behaviour makes complete sense when we take the time to learn about it and understand her a little better. Plus, we’ve been giving her Lily’s Kitchen food, following the guidelines on transitioning her to the new food, and she seems happier already. Lily’s Kitchen is easier to digest, is full of omega oils for a shiny coat and the perfect balance of nutrients for heart and eye health too. Leia is enjoying it and she definitely looks healthier for it too.

Understanding Our Cat's Behaviour with Lily's Kitchen - and Giveaway!


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  2. Where to start…I have one independent, yet loving girl called Moneypenny, and an affectionate, yet slobbish boy. They recently gave us 5 kittens, which are all the most adorable things in the world! Your cat is lovely <3

  3. My cat is good most of the time but in the middle of the night she decides she wants to outside so scratches at the carpet! There’s another cat that tries to come in too and that makes her anxious. Sometimes it causes her to wee in the kitchen!

  4. My cat is a stray one we picked up 7 years ago. She sits on the chair all day since we moved and only comes out when the kids are in bed. My other cat unfortunately ran away. He was lovely.

  5. I have 2 cats, both decided to come & live with me! Peppa belonged to a neighbour 2 doors down but when they moved house, not far away, Peppa decided she wasn’t going to live there & came to me (dunno why, she seldom visited my garden before). No matter how many times they came to fetch her, she would always return to my garden. So eventually I agreed to keep her.

    Ginger has been with me just over a year now, again decided to come & live with me. He was a tom until about 3 weeks ago, used to go roaming most of the day and usually stayed out overnight. But since having his nuts chopped off he’s turned into a right little mummy’s boy! Wants to sit on my lap all the time & is happy to just sleep or sun bathe in the garden all day. At least he’s stopped fighting – took him to the vet loads of times due to wounds.

  6. Aww your cat is adorable!
    My cat is a tabby her name is Molly and she is a family only cat lol she comes across as very grumpy towards my poor neighbour who would love nothing more than to be able to stroke her without getting growled and hissed at lol Molly is a purring big softy when with her family and she does love to play!

  7. One of our cats is a rescue cat who has been with us 9 years & still so wary of everything yet she is such a sweet girl, she has to have a way out of wherever she is else she panics. Our other cat was next doors but decided she wanted to live with us, such a cheeky madam and will push our other cat out the way to get all the food and attention. Amazes me how they all have their own unique personalities.

  8. My little boy is very well behaved and cuddly, but he gets very noisy in the mornings when he is hungry and will paw at my face until he gets fed

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  18. Your cat is adorable! It looks like my sister’s cat, Star. My sisters cats are curious, energetic and elusive. One of them (Amber) likes to play and is quite social. Willow likes to sit by a windowsill and be nosey, and Star likes to laze around either in her chair or hide upstairs!

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  20. We have three cats the mum and two of her babies, and mum cat is definitely the boss. She even gets to eat first.

  21. I have 3 cats and they are all so different. I do get followed around the house a lot by at least one of them and i can’t sit down without one being on my knee – thats when the kids are in bed of course!

  22. Your cat is so cute.
    Thanks for sharing some remarkable idea. As a cat lover, I’m always conscious about my feline care and also when it comes to her feed, she is a Ragdoll that has been with the family for 8 years.

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  43. You will either find Samson lazing in the sun or by the fire in winter, or exploring our garden or a bit further afield. He loves to hunt, often bringing back ‘gifts’, and also enjoys sitting on the window sill and watching the world go by.

  44. Our cat used to wait for me at the end of the street when I had finished work. Sadly passed away now. this prize would be for my sons cat

  45. Our cat will only eat in the bathroom with the door closed. He loves cuddles and searches for anyone sitting down and will sit right on their chest. He kneads and purrs constantly!

  46. He’s a bit of a character. Cute and fluffy one minute then temperamental the next. I love him anyway.

  47. We have 3 cats, all siblings, and they all have completely different personalities. Olive is a fearsome hunter and is always coming back home with a dead squirrel, mouse or rat (yuck!). He is very friendly and always purring. Venus has long fur and is very demanding, always wanting to be combed and stroked. She will bat you with her paw if she thinks she is being ignored. Little Paris is the smallest and most timid, she spends the day sleeping in a basket on my desk, follows me round the house, sleeps with me at night and rarely goes outside.

  48. I have 5, they are all completely different, Sulley is the oldest at 14 is very chilled out, then there’s Ice who only has 3 legs now as she got runover – she’s lovely. Then Poppy who’s Ice’s daughter, she spends half the day down the end of the garden on the swing. Then Cookie & Cream who are only a year old, they spend most of the time hassling the chickens next door

  49. mad as a hatter! + I have 2 (twins) completely crazy but totally lovable – they run round the house like lunatics

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