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Interesting Facts and Everything You Need To Know About Cats and Kittens
This is easy. If your cat’s behavior doesn’t change dramatically overnight, and eating and activity habits remain regular and normal, there’s a good chance that there is nothing at all to worry about.
A happy and healthy cat will have been properly socialized and cared for as a kitten both by the breeder and you as an owner. In adult life, the cat will undergo as few home changes as possible and experience little, if any, stress.
The first sign of physical problems will usually be an obvious indication that something has changed for the worse.
A cat that:
is breathing badly moving about awkwardly remains unusually inactive
should be examined by a vet as soon as possible. These physical changes immediately suggest that an injury has been sustained by the cat, or that there is an internal organ breakdown or infection.
A cat that suddenly changes its personality, transforming from outgoing to withdrawn behavior, is unhappy or unsettled about some factor in its life.
Once neutered, either a male or a female cat can make an ideal companion animal. Some owners have a preference often based on their previous relationships with cats. Sometimes elderly people express a desire for a cat that is the opposite gender to them, to create a ‘replacement partner’.
Adult entire (un-neutered) cats are less straightforward as house cats.
Males (toms) will:
‘Mark’ their territory by spraying urine, both outside and inside the house, in order to attract females. Be more likely to expand their territory in order to seek out a female.
Female (queens) will:
Come into ’season’, ready to conceive, once or twice a year and often be extremely restless, even agitated, throughout the day and night. Issue long, loud caterwauling noises when in season in order to attract or maintain contact with interested male cats.
A responsible cat owner will wish to avoid unplanned pregnancies, even in other people’s cats, and will have their cat neutered when it reaches sexual maturity. Once neutered, a house cat will often become more attached to its owner and may show a reduced desire to roam great distances from the home. However, neutering does not prevent spraying or aggressive behavior in cats.
A kitten should be considered for neutering at around 6 months of age. The cost is different for males and females since spraying a queen involves more complex surgery. If you acquire an adult cat from a rescue center it will most likely already have been neutered. However, this is not a legal requirement so do check with the center first.
Cats need a meat-based (carnivorous) diet, as their natural prey consists of small mammals such as birds and rodents. Wild cats also actively seek out invertebrates such as insects, because these offer additional dietary input.
It is fairly easy to judge whether or not your cat is nervous. A nervous cat will disappear upstairs to a known bolt hole, such as underneath a bed or in a secluded cupboard, as soon as a visitor enters its owner’s home. Healthy cats are naturally inquisitive and would normally want to mark or brush up against a newcomer to the home to express their possessiveness. A cat that is anxious will not interact with visitors (or sometimes, even its owner) in the way a confident companion pet would in this respect.
Most cats appear to ‘enjoy’ being petted by their owners. This apparent willingness on the part of cats to succumb to human needs suggests that there is a benefit to them in this behavior. However, it is probably more accurate to analyze the interaction as the cat perceiving that the human is performing marking behavior as they pet the cat and, seemingly deliberately, leave their skin scent behind on it. Cats may not fight against being petted (although some cats do shy away or become aggressive during the interaction that involves petting), and they may even thrive on the cross-marking behavior. In this analysis, there would clearly be a benefit to being petted, but it may not be equally balanced between human and cat.
You should clean out your cat’s feed bowl and rinse it in warm water on a daily basis. Cats are clean animals and can appear almost phobic about odors that suggest food has deteriorated. Water bowls should be cleaned out every few days, depending on the quantity of water that the cat has consumed.
We possess the same binocular vision as cats. However, our eyes are placed laterally parallel on our oblong-shaped face, giving us a slightly reduced fixed field of vision when compared to that of cats. The eyes of a cat are placed marginally to either side of its narrow face. Our overlapping vision covers roughly 210 degrees whereas cats is roughly 285 degrees.
Yes, a cat has a rather unique skeleton. Not only does it have more vertebrae in its backbone than a human, but this defining physiology also continues into the tail to create an extended backbone structure.
A cat’s spine is made up of 30 vertebrae, excluding the 14-28 (depending on the breed) in the tail. These highly flexible vertebrae are divided between the neck, chest, back and hip and, alongside its strong muscular capabilities for jumping and propelling itself forward, help to make the cat dynamically sleek and fluid. As a result, cats are - in short bursts - one of the most balanced and fastest land predators on earth.
Kitten Meets Its New Home
Some kittens are adventurous and allow their curiosity to lead them into dangerous places, especially when kittens are exploring a new home. A confident kitten is far more likely to explore and taste new substances than an adult cat. Older animals will have learned what is safe and what should be avoided, while youngsters are often more active and inquisitive. A kitten will encounter more new aspects in a home than an adult cat.
The kitten is probably the most dangerous area for any cat. This room also has an attractive association, because it is where food is prepared and made available. Unfortunately, the kitchen also includes hot surfaces and pans filled with boiling water and is home to sharp knives, plastic bags, rubbish bins (containing a frightening array of dangerous items such as sharp tins and glass), household detergents and the washing machine. Any of these items can become a trap for an exploring kitten.
To prevent a kitten from accessing the kitchen, it may be wise to install a child gate, completely covered with a mesh barrier. Although an adult cat could probably use various platforms to launch itself over most heights, it is unlikely that a kitten would attempt to climb great heights and make such a leap to overcome the gate.
It is highly unlikely that an adult cat would attempt to eat a poisonous or toxic houseplant. A kitten, however, may be tempted to lick or nibble on a leaf, so exclude or remove such plants. Any detergents or medicines should be kept in closed cupboards to avoid possible accidents.
What Does It Mean When Cat Brings Prey It Has Killed ?
Once kittens are on solid food, the litter mother will carry prey back to them on a daily basis throughout her care period. In the absence of a litter to feed, a cat with a hunting personality will use this instinctive behavior to bring home prey that it rarely needs for itself. Healthy feeding cats have more than enough energy to hunt and seem to enjoy bringing back ‘trophies’ that help to show off their skill and healthiness.
Fundamentally, your cat wants to share its kill with you just as you share yours (cat food, treats, and human food) with it. The cat’s kill might be a young rabbit, bird or a mouse, but it is not really any different to what you offer your cat - just without the packaging.