Helpful Cat Tips and Facts

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HOMEMADE DIETS FOR CATS MUST INCLUDE THE RIGHT PROPORTIONS OF ALL NUTRIENTS, INCLUDING PROTEIN, ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS, AMINO ACIDS, AND IMPORTANT VITAMINS AND MINERALS.

CATS ARE ESPECIALLY PRONE TO ILLNESSES OF THE UPPER-RESPIRATORY SYSTEM AND THE LOWER-URINARY TRACT.  THESE ARE USUALLY COMMUNICABLE DISEASES, EASILY SPREAD IN MULIT-CAT HOMES.

AN ESTIMATED 70 PERCENT OF CATS OVER THE AGE OF 3 HAVE SOME DENTAL PROBLEMS, MOST PREVALENT IN CATS OVER AGE 9.  BECAUSE CATS HIDE THEIR ILLNESSES, MOST DENTAL DISEASE ISN’T DISCOVERED UNLESS THE CATS HAVE ANNUAL DENTAL CHECKUPS.

ADULT CATS CAN BECOME DEAF DUE TO INFECTIONS, TUMORS, DRUG REACTIONS, INJURIES AND TRAUMA.  DEAFNESS ISN’T ASSOCIATED WITH OLD AGE IN CATS AS MUCH AS DOGS, BUT ABOUT 15% OF CATS OLDER THAN 13 DO HAVE HEARING LOSS.

STRAY CATS, WHO HAVE BEEN ABANDONED OR LOST, USUALLY WANT HUMAN COMPANIONSHIP.  FERAL CATS, HOWEVER, HAVE NEVER HAD HUMAN INTERACTION AND DUE TO FEAR MAY NEVER ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BE TOUCHED.

MOST CATS DO NOT LIKE CHANGES IN THEIR LITTERBOXES.  DON’T MOVE THE LOCATION, ALTER THE BOX STYLE, OR SWITCH THE TYPE OF LITTER WITHOUT GOOD REASON.  MAKE CHANGES GRADUALLY, LIKE MOVING THE LITTERBOX ONLY A FOOT OR TWO AT A TIME.

CATS CAN GET SUNBURNED. THOSE WITH WHITE FUR, PALE SKIN, THIN HAIR ON THEIR EARS, AND HAIRLESS BREEDS ARE MOST SUSCEPTABLE.

IF YOU HAVE A SENIOR CAT AND ARE CONSIDERING ADOPTING ANOTHER, CONSIDER ADOPTING 2 KITTENS WHO CAN ENTERTAIN EACH OTHER.

CONTACT A CAT RESCUE GROUP, ANIMAL CONTROL, OR SHELTER IN YOUR AREA ABOUT BORROWING A HUMANE ANIMAL TRAP IF YOU PLAN TO CATCH FERAL OR STRAY CATS. THESE GROUPS MIGHT ALSO RUN LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER CLINICS.

A CAT COLLAR FITS CORRECTLY IF YOU CAN SQUEEZE TWO FINGERS UNDER THE BAND. ADJUST THE COLLAR AS YOUR CAT GROWS. USE “BREAK AWAY” COLLARS.

EMPTY SHOEBOXES, PAPER BAGS, AND CARDBOARD CYLINDERS MAKE EASY AND SAFE PLAYTHINGS FOR CATS. AVOID DANGEROUS THINGS LIKE STRING, YARN, AND RUBBER BANDS.

UNSPAYED FEMALE CATS CAN HAVE 3 LITTERS A YEAR, WITH 1-6 KITTENS IN EACH. ONE UNSPAYED CAT AND HER OFFSPRING CAN PRODUCE 100-400 CATS IN 7 YEARS.

IF YOUR CAT MISSES THE LITTERBOX OR PERCHES OVER THE SIDE OF IT, GET A BIGGER BOX OR ONE WITH HIGHER SIDES.

FAT IN THE CAT’S DIET IS WHAT GIVES CATS A GLOSSY COAT AND NICE, HEALTHY SKIN.

THE MANX AND CYMRIC ARE 2 NATURALLY TAILLESS CATS. BUT THESE BREEDS ALSO PRODUCE CATS WITH STUBBED TAILS AND LONG TAILS. SIMILARLY, HAIRLESS BREEDS LIKE THE PETERBALD AND SPHYNX CAN HAVE LITTERMATES WITH SHORT TO MEDIUM HAIR COATS.

MALE CATS WERE COMMONLY CALLED “RAMS” OR “BOARS” UNTIL 1760, WITH THE PUBLICATION OF A BOOK WHOSE MAIN CHARACTER WAS TOM THE CAT. THE PHRASE “TOM CAT” QUICKLY GAINED POPULARITY.

SOME CATS WHO ARE VERY SENSATIVE TO TOUCH SUFFER FROM HYPERESTHESIA. THESE CATS SEEM TO ENJOY PETTING, THEN ATTACK THE PERSON PETTING THEM. CATS WITH THIS SYNDROME ALSO OVER GROOM AND SOMETIMES MUTILATE THEMSELVES.

CATS CAN GET DISEASES FROM TICKS, INFECTED TICK BITES, INFLAMED SKIN REACTIONS AND LIFE-THREATENING PARALYSIS.

IN COLD WEATHER, WHACK THE HOOD OF YOUR CAR BEFORE YOU START UP; OUTDOOR CATS OFTEN SLEEP ON THE ENGINE OR UNDERNEATH THE CAR TO STAY WARM.

TNR(TRAP-NEUTER-RELEASE)IS A POPULAR METHOD OF HUMANELY CONTROLLING THE SIZE OF FERAL CAT COLONIES. CATS ARE CAUGHT, SPAYED OR NEUTERED, VACCINATED AND RELEASED BACK TO THEIR COLONIES. CARETAKERS PROVIDE FOOD, WATER, OUTDOOR SHELTER AND MEDICAL CARE.

OUTDOOR CATS WILL HAPPILY GIVE YOU THEIR PREY AS A GIFT. DON’T BE MAD OR OFFENDED IF THEY DO. IT IS A SIGN OF AFFECTION.

NEVER CUT A CAT’S WHISKERS. CATS USE THEM TO TRIGGER PROTECTIVE BLINKING, AND TO NAVIGATE AND TO SENSE OBJECTS AND AIRFLOW.

A CAT’S TEMPATURE IS NORMALLY 100.5 TO 102.5. ANYTHING HIGHER AND THE CAT SHOULD SEE A VET.

GRAPES AND RAISINS CAN CAUSE KIDNEY FAILURE IN PETS. EATING ONIONS AND GARLIC CAUSES ANEMIA.

HELP AGING CATS COPE. DON’T CHAGNE THEIR FAMILIAR ENVIRONMENT. SCHEDULE REGULAR MEALS, PUT MORE LITTERBOXES IN STRATEGIC PLACES, AND PROVIDE WARM, SOFT NAPPING SPOTS. OLDER CATS OFTEN PREFER STAYING CLOSE TO THEIR HUMANS, SO JUST ENJOY THEM.

HYPERTHYROIDISM, WHICH MOSTLY AFFECTS CATS OLDER THAN 12, IS A TREATABLE DISEASE. SIGNS INCLUDE: INCREASED APPETITE AND THIRT, WEIGHT LOSS, HYPERACTIVITY, MATTED OR GREASY COAT, VOMITING, AND DIARRHEA.