White Cats – Breeds, Names & Deafness in White Cats

White cats

Are all white cats deaf?

White cat

No, this is not always the case; however, a lot of white cats with blue eyes are. The gene responsible for the white coat is dominant symbolised with a W (for white, obviously). This gene masks the effect of all other colour genes so a cat may be genetically black or red, but the white masks those colours.

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Why Is My Cat Crying?

Cat crying

Cats crying are a common reason they are surrendered to cat shelters. But crying almost always has a meaning; if you can figure out why your cat is crying, you can hopefully work towards curbing the behaviour.

There is a difference between talking and crying. Some cats are just more talkative than others. Oriental type breeds such as the Siamese are known for their ability to talk all day long. That’s just their nature.

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Kitten or Adult Cat-Which is Best?

Kitten or adult cat, which is best?

 

So you have decided to bring a new cat into the family but can’t decide on an adult or a kitten? There are pros and cons with either choice you make, hopefully, this article will help you in making a decision.

Your lifestyle should factor into your choice to adopt a cat or kitten also. Generally, an older couple may be more inclined to want an adult cat, where a family with youngish children would prefer a kitten. Are you out for long
periods? An older cat is more able to entertain itself while you are out (usually by sleeping), whereas a kitten needs much more attention and supervision.

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Cat Mating and Reproduction in Cats

Cats mating

Sexual maturity

Once a female cat reaches puberty, which can be as early as six months in some breeds such as the Siamese, she will come into heat. At this stage, she is fertile and receptive to mating. An entire female who is capable of sexually reproducing is known as a “queen“, and an entire male who is capable of sexually reproducing is known as a stud or tom. A cat is in the heat for  5 – 8 days and estrus will repeat every 2-3 weeks until she is pregnant or spayed. 

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Cat Lifespan – How Long Do Cats Live?

Cat lifespan

How long do cats live?

  • Indoor cats – 9 to 15 years
  • Outdoor cats – 4 to 5 years

Statistics indicate that the lifespan of an indoor cat is much longer than an outdoor cat.  Outdoor cats are at higher risk of disease, car accidents and injury or death from predators.

Indoor cats live on average between 9 – 15 years, which in human terms is between 53 and 77 years of age. However, some cats can live beyond that. Siamese cats, in particular, are known for their longevity, and it is not uncommon for them to live into their 20’s.

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How To Treat A Stressed Cat

How to treat a stressed cat

We often think of stress as a human condition, but cats can be affected by stress too. Just like us, many factors can lead to stress in the cat; common causes include:

  • Moving house
  • Change in household dynamics — new baby, pet, a new partner, a partner leaving etc
  • Change in the family schedule, such as an increase in work hours
  • New cat in the neighbourhood
  • A trip to the vet or boarding cattery
  • The death of a family member (human, feline, canine)
  • New furniture
  • Household renovations

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Cat’s Tail – Why Do Cats Have A Tail & More!

Cat tail

What is the cat tail for?

The cat’s tail is an extension of the spine and helps the cat balance and communicate. The tail (caudal vertebrae) account for 10% of the bones in the cat’s body. The average number of bones in the tail is between 20 and 23.

Some breeds of cat are known for their short tail or even complete absence of a tail. The Manx cat is probably the most famous cat to come to mind. Their tail or lack of comes in several forms.

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Why Do Cats Hiss?

Why do cats hiss?

Why do cats hiss?

Have you noticed how a cat’s hiss sounds very similar to that of a snake? That is intentional; it is hard-wired in almost all creatures to recognise the hiss of a snake as a warning sign. A cat hissing is a form of protective mimicry, a defensive tactic.

Therefore it is in the cat’s best interest to give the impression that it too could be venomous.

A hiss is a warning back off, and most of the time, hissing is accompanied by other body languages. The ears are back, hackles raised, the cat is either be crouched down, as if backed into a corner or standing tall, back arched.  He is feeling angry, afraid, hurt but is in fight mode if you cross that boundary any further.

Spitting is another word to describe hissing.

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How To Treat A Cat Scratch

How to treat a cat scratch

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Most cat owners from one time or another will encounter a cat scratch or two. The majority of these will heal within a few days, and there will be no more thought given to it. But the young daughter of a friend recently spent several days in hospital undergoing a battery of tests; the diagnosis was cat scratch disease.

We have already covered this topic in another article, but I thought it was a good idea to raise the issue of cat scratches and how their treatment.

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