Cat Grooming

Egyptian Mau

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by on March 27, 2013 · 0 comments

Introduction:

The Egyptian Mau breed, while perhaps not the oldest recognized cat breed in registries, is believed to stem from the oldest domesticated cat. The original African Wild Cat, is thought to be the cat originally domesticated by the Egyptians, over 4,000 years ago. Today, the Egyptian Mau is the only naturally-occurring spotted breed of cat. To add to its historical distinction, the name “Mau” literally means “cat” in Egyptian. This striking cat fully lives up to these honors, and then some.

Physical Appearance:

  • Body:The Egyptian Mau’s body is medium long, with well developed muscles, while retaining a graceful appearance. Its hind legs are slightly longer than the front, giving the cat a somewhat “rakish” appearance.
  • Head: Its head is described as a slightly rounded wedge with no flat planes, medium in length. The nose, when viewed from the front, is even in width for its whole  length, with a slight rise from the bridge of the nose to the forehead. [click to continue…]

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It Ain’t Easy

Raising newborn kittens may be the most challenging, time-consuming task you’ve ever attempted, and can be both intensely rewarding and heartbreaking. If you do not have the time or the emotional stamina to deal with the potential of losing kittens you’ve invested your heart in, you might want to leave the job to people who are trained and experienced. Little lives are at stake here.

So someone has dumped a box of newborns in the court of your apartment building, with or without the mother cat. Where do you go from here?

  • If the mother cat is with the kittens and seems to be in good health, you’re lightyears ahead. She will do a lot of the work for you, and your task will be to make sure she’s healthy by taking her to the veterinarian right away; next, that she’s nursing all the kittens and attending to their cleaning.
  • If the mother cat abandons her kittens or was never there, this article will give you some tools to help turn the odds in favor of the kittens. [click to continue…]

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How to Play With Your Cat

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by on January 25, 2013 · 0 comments

You enjoy playing with your cat, or you wouldn’t be reading this article. Interactive playing with cats is not only fun, but it provides valuable exercise for cats of all ages; just as important, it strengthens the feline-human bond, which is all-important to genuine cat lovers.

Kittens

Kittens will play with anything. Just keep dangerous items like string, plastic bags, small ingestibles, and just about everything else away from the insatiable Mr. Kitten if you’re not supervising him. Many kitten owners will tell you that the only thing known to mankind that can keep up with a kitten is…another kitten. You’ll enjoy playing with him with interactive toys, but be aware that he should learn early-on that your hands are not toys. Ignore this advice, and you may learn to regret it when he grows up and develops full-sized teeth and claws. [click to continue…]

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Naturally, if we were sane and rational about our allergies, we would stay away from anything that makes us sick. Many of us, however, are not sane and rational about pets, especially our cats. Although cat allergy symptoms may never go away completely, they are manageable.

Remember this basic fact about cat allergens. They need to be airborne and you need to breathe them in for you to have an allergic reaction to them. Cat allergen is very small so it remains suspended in the air longer. There is also a high rate of recontamination (because the cats are running around the house). Here are some recommended steps to decrease your (or your partner’s) cat allergies.

  1. No more cats sleeping on the bed.
    Sorry, this is a small price to pay for allergy relief. If you get your symptoms under control by all means invite them back, but give yourself a break while you are trying to abate your symptoms.
  2. Keep them out of the bedroom altogether.
    Close the bedroom door to try and keep the cat allergen down in the bedroom. Your bedroom should be a sanctuary from allergens. So tempt your cats to sleep elsewhere during the day.
  3. Wash all bedding in 140-degree hot water at least twice monthly.
    This eliminates both dust mite and cat allergen (because we know some of you will still let them sneak up on the bed every now and then). [click to continue…]

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Top Mistakes by Cat Owners

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by on January 4, 2013 · 0 comments

Adopting your first cat is a huge step, not to be taken lightly. Although cats have a reputation for taking care of themselves, that fact does not equal “no care is necessary.” Before rushing in to buy that darling kitten in the pet store window (which is a mistake in itself), take the time to do your homework, so you can avoid these common mistakes made first by new cat owners. Forewarned, you will also be able to avoid mistakes made by experienced cat owners. The result will be a happier and healthier cat and a long-term companionship with another living being, the like of which you never dreamed.

Adopting in Haste

If you “impulse-buy” a new purse or a new t-shirt, you can almost always return it if it turns out to be the wrong color or the fit isn’t right. No harm, no foul; the purse certainly doesn’t suffer from its rejection. But adopting a living, sentient creature such as a cat and kitten, to become a family member,is entirely a different matter.

Adopting a new cat should be for keeps, so consider carefully before you make that decision.

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Homes become pet playgrounds at this time of year so you need to cat proof holidays. Cats delight in un-decking the halls, climbing the tree (or watering it!), eating decorations, and otherwise wreaking havoc. The result is a Christmas that’s anything but merry.

Plants and Cat Behaviors

  • Cats rarely eat plants, but they do claw them and then lick/groom away the residue. So beware of poisonous holiday plants and floral arrangements that include lilies. Many varieties-including Tiger, Asian, Japanese Show, Stargazer and the Casa Blanca-can cause kidney failure in cats. Holly and live mistletoe cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy if ingested by your pet. Poinsettias are NOT deadly but can cause nausea and/or mild vomiting.
  • Instead, silk or plastic holiday plants make an equally showy statement without the poison potential. [click to continue…]

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If you are thinking of declawing a cat, or a veterinarian suggests declawing at the same time as neutering, before you make a decision for non-reversible surgery, please consider these reasons NOT to declaw. Your cat will live his remaining years with the result of your decision, one way or another.

Declawing is NOT Just Nail Trimming

Nor is declawing only the removal of a portion of a claw. Instead, it is the surgical amputation of the first joint of the cat’s toes. Whether this procedure is accomplished with a scalpel, a guillotine-type cutter or a laser, it is major surgery, and not to be undertaken lightly.

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Cat Talk

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by on November 25, 2012 · 0 comments

Feline communication is a complex system of sign language, some vocalization, and even scent cues people can’t detect. Signals help define and reinforce the cat’s social position and smooth cat-to-cat, cat-to-people, and cat-to-dog relationships.

Silent communication can be as subtle as a gently flicked tail. Misreading a cat’s clear signal may prompt a hissy fit or worse—injury to you, or your other pets.

Cat Tail Positions

Friendly cat tails seek to decrease the distance between individuals. The high-held tail pointed straight up is the feline equivalent of a “howdy!” and means Kitty welcomes attention and interaction. However, dog tails held straight up with little movement mean the opposite—and in dog-cat households in which pets don’t speak the same language, a spat may ensue.

A relaxed cat’s tail curves down and back up in a gentle U. The more interest he feels, the higherthe tail. Confident cats also hold their tails high, and when the end barely tips over like a finger waving “hi there,” it means he’s interested in interaction.

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Older cats are subject to many of the same diseases that affect humans more often after a certain age. Diabetes, kidney disease, heart problems and cancer number among the more serious diseases that can strike the elderly cat. On the plus side, many of these conditions can be treated successfully, and your cat can continue to live a relatively normal life.

Diseases to Watch For

Diabetes

Feline Diabetes Mellitus presents as one of two types: Type 1, caused by the insufficient production of insulin, and Type 2, related to the body’s cells inability to handle insulin efficiently. Although diabetes can strike cats of any age, it is more prevalent in older, obese cats, and is found more often in male cats.

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Cat Bath Advice

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by on November 13, 2012 · 0 comments

Kittens learn to lick themselves by two weeks of age and as adults spend up to 50 percent of their awake time grooming themselves. Why risk life and limb bathing your cat?

Lick-and-a-promise Mom-cats who allow themselves to get dingy offer a poor role model and their kittens also will be less fastidious. Illness, poor grooming habits, parasite infestation, or simply getting themselves dingy may require more help than a brush can handle. But does it really matter that she’s gray instead of snowy white?

Cat Bath Advice

A bath stimulates the skin and removes excess oil, dander, and shed hair. It also offers an opportunity for teaching your cat that being handled even in unexpected ways won’t hurt them. Cats will need to be touched by the vet, handled by vet techs or house sitters and guests. Making the bath a pleasant experience helps cats “generalize” the event to future similar situations.

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