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How to keep healthy and pleasant cats

 Kitten in your home need a lot of attention, This is a baby, just different breed. To grow him or her in the healthy and good dog we  will need to know more. Ask us for the information you did not find, we'll try to help.
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Should You Get a Cat?
Your cat will depend on you throughout its life, and with proper care may live 15 years or more. Are you willing and able to care properly for it and provide a stable home for that long? An astonishingly high percentage of cats change owners at least once in their lifetimes, and that does not count those that didn't make it out of the shelter.

Don't get a cat without prior budgeting for vet visits and other costs. Normal veterinary care includes yearly shots and boosters, tests for worms, and examination for typical diseases as needed. This will run about US$100-$300 a year. This, of course, depends on your vet and on the health of your cat. Preventive and consistent care is less expensive in the long run.

If you cannot afford veterinary care for a cat, you should not get one. Do not think that you can get a cat and never see the vet. Annual shots and examinations are a must for keeping your cat healthy; certain vaccinations are required by law in different areas.

Other routine costs include cat food, cat litter, litter pans and scoops, and other cat paraphernalia such as scratching posts and cat trees.

Most life changes shouldn't affect your ability to give a cat a good home. Some people think they must give up a cat when they move, but that's not true. It is relatively easy to move with a cat, even if you are moving cross country or overseas.

However, if you expect that you will soon be in a situation where you will have to give up your cat, consider spending time with friends' cats instead of getting your own . It can be very difficult or impossible to find a home for your adult cat if you ever have to give it up.

 

from Lily: Hi, I have a 6 week old kitten named jinx who keeps climbing on my bed at night when I’m trying to sleep. Usually, I don't mind but because he would just lay down and sleep but lately it’s been unruly, he's been pouncing around way too much to the point where I cannot sleep, what do I do ?

A: Kittens are playful so you need to understand that playful behavior. They love to climb up and down chairs, beds and tables and play on small things they see within their reach. For this reason, they should be given the appropriate toys to keep them occupied instead of looking for other things somewhere else.

But while your kitten may be playful and full of energy, be sure that you teach him the proper behavior. Just like dogs, kittens should be taught and you should be firm and consistent with your training so they would really learn. If you’re trying to sleep, then put him out of the room or give him his toys to play with. Make sure that you also provide a bed for him and teach him to use it by putting him there when he sleeps.

If your kitten’s unruly behavior gets out of control, it’s time to have him checked by a veterinarian. Your vet should help you determine the problem and what to do with it.

 
What Kind of Cat?
Many people are attracted to cats or kittens because of their looks. Consider her characteristics as well, since the kitten you choose today may be a member of your family for 15 years or more. Are you looking for a very active, playful cat? Do you need a cat that will be especially gentle with children or elderly people? One that won't be frightened by a barking dog? Or a calm, affectionate cat that will sleep on your bed at night?
 

Do all cats have the same intellectual level?

Like people cats have different intellectual levels. Right now there is no scientific way to measure your cat's IQ although you will find a lot of fun IQ tests in the internet that you can take to see how your cat measures up. You can also read the book The Cat IQ Test by Melissa Miller, which though more entertaining that scientific, still gives valuable insight to cat intelligence.

 

Is it really true that cats can see beyond human eyes?

Yes and No. Cats can see beyond human eyes when it is dark because their eyes are specially adapted for night hunting. They can see as much as up to 6 times better than humans under poor lighting. However, it isn't true that cats are far sighted. In fact, cats are good at detecting motion but do not see details that clearly. Their vision is very poor up close. They can not see anything placed right in front of their noses!

 

Can you please give me advice? The eyes of my pussy are watery.

Watery eyes in cats is an indication of a condition called conjuctivis. Conjuctivitis usually goes away in a few days. If your cat's eyes is still watery after a few days and get more swollen and red then it might be due to Herpes. Take your cat to the vet and ask for medicine to get rid of the Herpes virus. In the meantime you can lessen the irritation by bathing your cat's eyes with fresh saline solution (¼ tsp of salt dissolved in 1 cup of water).

 

How can I choose the best cat for me?

When choosing a cat to buy or adopt you should consider the following factors:

  •  type of residence and neighbourhood you live in 
  •  whether your cat will be spending most of its time indoors or outdoors 
  •  the amount of time your cat will be spending with you and your other pets 
  •  your age and the age of the rest of the family (it is esepcially important to consider the youngest member of your family) 
  •  the personality you would prefer the cat to have; and of course

l the cat's appearance.

Never base your choice simply on how cute a cat looks. Neglecting to consider the other factors mentioned above can lead to an unhappy owner and cat. Another thing to remember is to not get kittens if you have young children at home since both little kids and kittens are still immature and too playful. Putting them together might end up with either your child or the kitten getting hurt.

 
How to Get My Cat Stay Fit?

Keeping your cat indoors is perhaps the best way to keep him healthy and clean. However, this may pose some problems regarding his fitness. An indoor cat may be safer from outdoor hazards but he may be prone to weight problems at the same time. Though a fat cat may seem cuter and cuddlier, it may also be a source of health problems such as heart issues and diabetes. As such, you must be able to balance an indoor lifestyle with fitness.

In contrast with dogs, trying to get a cat to stay fit is more of a challenge. Putting a pet on a diet is the most common way to slim him down. However, with cats, it is not such an easy task. They will probably stop eating reduced calorie foods. This will be a problem because going without food for prolonged periods of time can be dangerous for cats. So what should you do?

The first step is to consult with your vet regarding the diet that your cat should undergo. You should then follow this diet and then keep your cat active. Here are some tips to help you get on the right track.

Make sure to commit some time to play with your cat everyday. Look for cat toys that will engage your cat actively. Some examples would be cat fishing poles and laser pointers. The point is to get your cat moving.

Another important thing is to find ways to keep your cat active even when you are absent from the house. Again, look for toys and other things attractive to cats. Examples would be cat trees and tunnels as well as other things with catnip.

If you want your cat to move more, then you may want to create and outdoor play ground for him. You must ensure that there is adequate space to move and run around. In addition to this, you must also design it in such a way as to be entertaining and full of nooks and crannies to explore. Also, make sure that there are places where your cat can climb. Cats are known for loving high places and that is one good way to get him moving. Of course, you have to ensure that this outdoor space is safe and enclosed as well.

Another thing that you must take into consideration is how much food your cat takes in. When you are at home, you can strictly observe just what your cat eats. However, when left alone at the house, or when you are too busy to tend to him, the tendency is to leave dishes of food for easy access. This is one habit that you should get rid of. It may be convenient for both you and your cat but it only adds to your cat’s weight problems. What you should do is to make it harder for you cat to get food. Make him work for it. This not only makes his food intake less but gives him needed exercise as well.

 
I have a bengal queen called maddie she is pregnant and the kittens are roughly due 2nd week in July I was wondering if you have any tips on feeding her or anything else that will make it comfortable for her.

Make sure that you add more soft and warm places around the house where she can choose to rest. Clean her litter box more often to avoid the possibility of infection. If you are still using a standard litter box shift to a “shorter” one so that it will be easier for her to climb in and out even with such a huge belly. Keep her environment as stress-free as possible by keeping everything clean and quiet. Give her more food than you usually do since pregnant cats need more food to sustain her body as well as provide the necessary nutrients her babies need.

 
from Monica: Is canned chicken broth safe for kitten?

Yes, canned chicken broth is okay for kittens. Chicken is a source of protein and since your kitten can’t eat much yet, you can try to feed them with chicken broth which you can mix with a little rice as well. Avoid too much fillers such as corn, wheat, corn gluten meal, wheat gluten, soy or oatbrans as they provide little or no benefit to your pet. Preservatives should also be provided and these include the BHA/BHT and ethoxyquin which contain harmful chemicals. Stay away, too, from artificial preservatives such as propylene glycol and propolyneglycol.

When shopping for your pet’s food, make sure you read and understand the label. This is important so that you are aware of the right food ingredients suited for your kitten and you can compare which brand is better than the other.

Kittens and cats should not be fed with purely dry food. While giving dry food proves convenient to the pet owner, it won’t benefit much your kitten. Be better informed of what food to give your pets and this will help you in making the right decision concerning what’s best for them.

 

How does a female cat mark her territory?

Male, female, spayed, neutered or intact, any cat at any age can start spraying urine to mark their territory. This act is tantamount to indicating the area which they consider theirs. A cat’s massage can be aimed at other cats in the house or cats in the surrounding area. Spraying is quite different from simply urinating and this is quite evident by the very position the cat takes to do it. Whereas a cat would normally squat to urinate, it will stand, paddle its back feet, vibrate its tail a bit to spray its urine onto vertical surfaces such as walls and furniture.

Cat spray is easily one of the worst smelling odors there are. It is actually a mixture of a small amount of urine with glandular secretions called pheromones. Pheromones are exactly what are being used by cats to mark their territory. A little trace of it is left when the cat rubs against its owner or any furniture, although this is the friendly way to do it. Spraying is a more defensive form of marking territory which clearly indicates “stay out”.

The primary reason for cat spraying is the need to mate or being in heat. Female cats spray to attract the males while the male cats will spray to mark the outside perimeter of their territory so as to section off the area that they will find a mate in. Illness can also cause spraying, but often, such an act can be traced to behavioral reasons. Some of these would include a stressful event that has upset the cat, dominance behavior or simply territorial and aggressive behavior.

Such situations may be remedied by a conscious effort on the part of the owner to make the cat feel that its territory is sound or its dominant position is safe to keep its stress level low. The cause of cat spraying should be determined if a solution is sought to stop the behavior. Neighbor cats seen through the windows or conflicts with other cats can cause behavioral changes that could result to spraying.

To discourage repeat spraying in a particular area, all signs of odor should be removed with the use of a special odor-controlling solution. The thing is to “free” a certain area from being designated as a marked territory for cats.

 
Why do cats see better in the dark than us?

A cat’s vision is not necessarily sharper nor can cats see in total darkness but they can see much better in semi-darkness than humans and many other animals due to the structure of their eyes. Their eyes are considered extremely large for the size of their heads. Several layers of tissues form the eyeball. The sclera, which is the white portion of the eye, is made up of tough fibrous tissues rich in blood vessels. It transports the oxygen and nutrients to the contents of the eye. A cat’s cornea is made up of extremely thin layers of cells arranged in a particular fashion which makes it transparent. It is the clear outer portion that covers the eye and allows light to enter unaffected into the eye.

The fact that cats’ eyes are more adaptable to different amounts of light is also considered as a reason for their ability to see well in dim light. The pupils of the cat’s eyes narrow down to vertical slits which do not admit much light when confronted with bright lights. These pupils become large and around in dim light, thus allowing more light to enter the eyes. The presence of light-reflecting crystals at the back of the inner eye is responsible for the metallic glow of a cat’s eye at night. This reflective layer, called the tapetum, reflects incoming light and bounces it back off the cones, making more use of existing lights. Experts believe that this special feline feature has developed mainly due to survival purposes since wild cats are nocturnal and do much of their hunting at night.

When compared to the 20/20 human vision, cats have a 20/100 vision. They have keen vision for far away objects but things up close are fuzzy or blurred. Cat’s eyes are able to scoop up even the smaller scrap of available light during nocturnal hunting although their daytime vision is only fair. Generally, a cat’s vision is blurred at the edges and their best sight distance is from 6 to 20 feet. Cats don’t miss a twitch though when it comes to movement. For cat owners, it is noteworthy to know that a diet without taurine will make the cat go blind. Taurine is a substance crucial to a cat’s eyesight, thus foods that lack such substance like dog food should not be fed to a cat. Previously believed to be colorblind, cats can actually tell the difference between certain colors. They probably don’t pay much attention to it since color is not particularly necessary for a cat’s survival.

 
Should You Get a Cat?

Your cat will depend on you throughout its life, and with proper care may live 15 years or more. Are you willing and able to care properly for it and provide a stable home for that long? An astonishingly high percentage of cats change owners at least once in their lifetimes, and that does not count those that didn't make it out of the shelter.
Don't get a cat without prior budgeting for vet visits and other costs. Normal veterinary care includes yearly shots and boosters, tests for worms, and examination for typical diseases as needed. This will run about US$100-$300 a year. This, of course, depends on your vet and on the health of your cat. Preventive and consistent care is less expensive in the long run.

If you cannot afford veterinary care for a cat, you should not get one. Do not think that you can get a cat and never see the vet. Annual shots and examinations are a must for keeping your cat healthy; certain vaccinations are required by law in different areas.

Other routine costs include cat food, cat litter, litter pans and scoops, and other cat paraphernalia such as scratching posts and cat trees.

Most life changes shouldn't affect your ability to give a cat a good home. Some people think they must give up a cat when they move, but that's not true. It is relatively easy to move with a cat, even if you are moving cross country or overseas.

However, if you expect that you will soon be in a situation where you will have to give up your cat, consider spending time with friends' cats instead of getting your own . It can be very difficult or impossible to find a home for your adult cat if you ever have to give it up.

 

from Maria: How long after giving birth will my female go into heat again?

Female dogs can be in heat again a few days after giving birth. Normally, they are in heat every six months and the period lasts an average of 21 days. This may, however, vary as some females heat only once a year while the others may heat every four months.

Common signs that your dog is in heat include frequent licking of her vulva, sometimes hard swelling around the vagina, dark red bloody discharge during the first week turning into a pinkish color in the second week and changing back to a reddish color before stopping, curving of her tail to the left and right as she nears the mating time and frequent urinating to spread her scent to the male dogs.

To prevent blood stains around your house, you can let your dog wear a little boy’s underwear that has a fly with a pad. Put the pants backwards so that her tail comes out. Another alternative would be the disposable kiddie pull-ups although these can be costly. Just make sure to take off the pants when your dog goes out of the house to relieve herself.

 
 from Dave: Please help clear up a question regarding the pinching of the tips of a cat’s ears. I say that ending a petting session with my cat that gently rubbing the tips of the ears a couple of times is relaxing for the cat. My mother in law says that you need to pinch the tips of the ears to aid in circulation she does this several times a day. I don't think this is necessary or beneficial for the cat. If you could help clear this up it could be appreciated.

A: Rubbing any part of a cat’s ears can indeed be relaxing to your feline. Just like humans, a cat’s ear has so many nerve endings making them very sensitive to the human touch. Pinching sends several pulses and may tickle your pet or make him uncomfortable or comfortable. Sometimes, though, this ticklish feeling can make a cat feel numb the reason why you may observe that your pet looks relaxed. It’s actually just a normal reaction to your rubbing the ear.
Pet cats know who their boss or owner is. They, too, need your tender loving care and rubbing their ears is one way to show that especially after playing with them. Doing this does not usually elicit some violent reaction but rather provide them with a soothing and relaxing feeling. One last note to keep in mind is to regularly clean your cat’s ears to prevent them from being infected. You wouldn’t want to keep playing with your pet’s ears if it were dirty, right?

 
From Seanna: My cat is 9 months old and is an indoor cat. She chews on everything. She chews on our baseboards, which are wood, she chews on the bottom of our chairs, she chews on metal knobs that are on our kitchen cupboards,etc. She also chewed the hose to our washing machine, leaving several little holes in it. We have tried spraying her with water, taking her to the damage she has done and smacking her bum and saying "bad", but neither seems to work. Is she lacking something in her diet? (I wouldn't think wood, metal or plastic would be something cat's need to eat :^).) Is there something we can do to prevent this? My husband is getting fed up with her and wants her gone! I need answers!!!

It’s normal for cats especially those staying indoors to tear on just about any kind of materials they can get their hands on. However, if too much damage is being made and if your pet vomits, it’s time to bring your cat to the veterinarian for a check-up.

A cat’s craving for unusual things is known as pica. This is commonly seen in pure breed Orientals such as the Siamese and Burmese cats that are kept inside the house. Cats by nature are hunters but since those staying indoors don’t have the chance to do this and since their food does not give them the opportunity to do some tearing and ripping, they look for other things. Some may just lick unusual items while the others chew and rip them although they don’t really eat them.

Other possible causes of this destructive behavior are boredom, stress, overdependence on the owner that they eat fabric when separated, obsessive compulsive disorder, not enough fiber in diet, medical disorders such as hyperthyroidism, anemia or pain in the mouth or tooth.

What you can do then to prevent further destruction is to pet-proof your house. You can use some products to make things they love to chew on taste bad or you can keep them occupied by providing enriching toys so they don’t have to look for other things.

 

Q from Lily: Hi, I have a 6 week old kitten named jinx who keeps climbing on my bed at night when I’m trying to sleep. Usually, I don't mind but because he would just lay down and sleep but lately it’s been unruly, he's been pouncing around way too much to the point where I cannot sleep, what do I do ?

Kittens are playful so you need to understand that playful behavior. They love to climb up and down chairs, beds and tables and play on small things they see within their reach. For this reason, they should be given the appropriate toys to keep them occupied instead of looking for other things somewhere else.

But while your kitten may be playful and full of energy, be sure that you teach him the proper behavior. Just like dogs, kittens should be taught and you should be firm and consistent with your training so they would really learn. If you’re trying to sleep, then put him out of the room or give him his toys to play with. Make sure that you also provide a bed for him and teach him to use it by putting him there when he sleeps.

If your kitten’s unruly behavior gets out of control, it’s time to have him checked by a veterinarian. Your vet should help you determine the problem and what to do with it.

 
Q from Liz: I adopted a kitten, about 6mo age, she still have her nursing habits. What can I do to prevent it?

Cats really have a penchant for nursing on anything including dogs, blankets, pillows and cats that are not even their mothers. It does not cause any side effects and some cats or dogs do not mind at all. Cats or kittens just love to do this because it makes them feel good. Many of them stop the habit when they feel like it and as they grow old.

But of course, you can discipline her. You can prevent your kitten’s nursing habits by taking her away from the material she’s nursing on in a gentle manner. Avoid shouting at her or reprimanding her as the cat might only scratch you.

If you get annoyed seeing your feline nursing on your dog or another cat, you can bottle feed her with a kitten nursing bottle to divert her attention. You can give her the bottle when she attempts to go to the dog. Eventually, she will learn to move to the bottle when she wants to nurse.

For other ways to stop your cat from nursing, consult your veterinarian. The vet is the proper authority who can give you suggestions.
 
Kitten or Adult Cat?
Consider adopting an adult cat. An adult cat already has a fully developed personality, so you know what you're getting. Adult cats generally adapt just fine to new homes, and "bond" just as strongly with new owners as kittens do. Also, adult cats are much less likely to be adopted -- most people want to adopt cute little kittens.
Kittens are terminally cute, but they can have many disadvantages. They require more care and watching over, they may not have the litter box down yet, and they go through a wild phase at around 6 months of age when they are unstoppable bundles of energy. Kittens need several trips to the veterinarian for vaccinations, checkups, and finally, neutering or spaying. Perhaps most important, it is difficult to predict what a kitten will turn out like when it grows up, in both looks and behavior.
If you do decide to get a kitten, try not to get one that is too young. Kittens should not be separated from their mother and littermates until they are at least 8 to 10 weeks old. Many breeders do not sell kittens until they are 14 to 16 weeks old, when the immune system is fully developed.
 
I have two cats now. I have had the cat I have longest for 9 months but we just got the other for about 3 days. There is a problem as they don’t get along. How do we get them to get along?
By nature, cats are not as sociable as dogs. Most of them can get pretty much on their own and do not seem to need or seek company especially when resources are scarce. A few exceptions where cats go against their natural inclinations include mating time, nursing/rearing time for females and the congregation time for urban males off their own territory. Humans do not exactly know what these gatherings that usually occur in the back alleys off busy streets are all about although they appear to be simply sitting and looking at each other from a distance.
Cats may have preferred associates, very similar to friends in the human scenario wherein they show affinity to each other. The opposite are the cats that distance themselves from each other with possibly a degree of antagonism toward each other. Affectionate communication may take the form of momentary bunting, flank rubbing, grooming each other or even curling up together.
Humans mistakenly assume that the addition of any other cat will provide social and environmental enrichment to a home with only one cat. This assumption is sometimes reinforced by previous experiences of having two or three cats who get along well together, thus the belief that nothing will change with the additional pet. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The addition of a new pet, even of the same specie can destabilize the order felt by existing pets. It is possible though that they will come round in time by proceeding with gradual introduction. Many cats will initially show some degree of aloofness or animosity toward each other when introduced. Individual temperament can sometimes come into play but hostilities will usually melt away over time and will allow the achievement of natural harmony. Persistent aggression may be caused by dominance and fearfulness which can be remedied by counter-conditioning and slow reintroduction under pleasant circumstances. When the cats still do not get along, it may be time to find a new home for one of the cats.
As some pet owners have discovered the hard way, it is not always possible to get two cats to live together without the occurrence of hostilities. Through the help of a behaviorist, two cats that are apparently incompatible can live together in mutual indifference, which in most cases is an acceptable conclusion to owners rather than giving up one of their pets.
 
from Grace: I am thinking about getting a cat and there is a particular breed that I am considering. Unfortnately, I do not kwow what the name of the breed is, or if it even is an actual breed. I saw a cat several years ago that I liked very much, that belonged to a friend of a friend, but I did not ask what breed it was. The cat was a Shorthair, but it had a bushy tail, like that of an Angora. The cat was pure white. I don't recall the colour of the eyes, but I am sure they were not pink, as on many albino animals. The cat had a slim build. Would you know if this is a true breed, or was this short-haired, bushy-tailed cat just one odd mutation that I will never see again? It really was a beautiful animal. All white, it looked like a little cat-angel. I very much would appreciate your help in this. Thanks so much.

Cat breeds differ in size, color, hair length and temperament. But since you’re looking for the white cat breeds with short hair, these would include the British shorthair cat, Burmese cat, Siamese cat and American shorthair among many others. American shorthairs, obviously, have short but dense coat as well as short heads, wide eyes, medium length tails and muscular body type. The British shorthair cat is a natural breed from the British Moggie and an intelligent feline with stocky but strong body and furry tail. The Burmese cat also has very short and satin-like coat with slim body build while the Siamese breed has small head and big ears with long tail.

There are many more cat breeds with short hair and pure white coat. You can research on this on the internet for your convenience. You should also know that white cats are very sensitive to the sun especially their ears that’s why they need to be kept indoors most of the time. They have blue or odd- colored eyes with some having hearing problems such as deafness.

 
from BHASKAR BANERJEE:is it possible to get back a dead (biologicaly) pet back to life(24 hours ago) body stil intact. my cat is between death and life(unconscious). She is a kiten (around 1month) or less. her eyes are watery. she was jerking. her nane-tyinku thakur(pushy). most probably she has beeen infected from doi(yr4mt old male cat).What to do?
Seeing a dying kitten can break anybody’s heart and especially so if you’re the pet owner. If you’re very observant about your kitten’s behavior, you would know for sure if it’s not feeling well. At the first sign of sickness, you can immediately bring your pet to the veterinarian for proper care and treatment. Time and emergency care are of utmost importance especially for newborn kittens.

However, if you want to administer first aid on your own at home, you can do so to save your kitten’s life. The first thing you should do is put the pet in a box with a thick towel to keep it warm and safe. Kittens need to have as much warmth as they could get. Feed it then by providing water and milk.

Check the body of your pet to see if there are any open wounds or signs of injury. If a wound exists, clean it and then cover it with a gauze. Allow it to lie down if it cannot walk. Keep the box away from other animals in the house while you’re waiting to bring your pet to the vet.
 
from eunice: what do I do if the mama cat took the kittens away? or if they go missing? The other day day they were in their bed and now they are gone! but im worried because the mom is suppose to be with them but she never leaves the house. I cant find the kittens, Did she take them away, did she kill them? what do i do?

Yes, your cat has surely taken her kittens away. She may have just moved them to a new place but not necessarily kill them.

It’s natural for cats to move their kittens from one place to another. The reason behind this behavior is that they don’t feel very secure if they stay put in just a single place. And another thing, mother cats don’t want people to watch them and their kittens most of the time. They feel threatened in this situation which then prompts them to move their kittens to another place. This is a maternal instinct which cats share with dogs.

It’s important for mother cats and their kittens to be given their privacy. If you want your pet to stay in the house, then provide an enclosed area just for them. And don’t even take a peep every now and then because you will only cause the cat to go away.

 
from Amanda: I have just gotten a eight week old male kitten. What should be done? What shots at what age, when is a good time to have him "fixed?" Also, we would like to get him declawed, when should we consider this?

The first thing to do is provide a safe place in your home for your kitten. This area should have the basic stuff such as a bed, food and water dishes and litterbox as well as other supplies. This is where you will train your pet to rest, eat, drink and relieve himself. Make sure that you provide him with toys to play with.

The health and safety of your kitten is of utmost importance so keep in mind to have your pet checked right away by a veterinarian. The vet will give the necessary shots for your pet and give you a schedule for the other required vaccinations. Kittens are prone to parasites and other organisms but your vet can help you in this aspect by providing a suitable health care plan. Consulting with a veterinarian will enlighten you on the diseases that cats can face as they grow.

As for declawing, the ideal age is between three and four months old. This is usually done through a simple surgery.

 
Do you suggest to adopt adult cat or kitten?
Consider adopting an adult cat. An adult cat already has a fully developed personality, so you know what you're getting. Adult cats generally adapt just fine to new homes, and "bond" just as strongly with new owners as kittens do. Also, adult cats are much less likely to be adopted -- most people want to adopt cute little kittens.
Kittens are terminally cute, but they can have many disadvantages. They require more care and watching over, they may not have the litter box down yet, and they go through a wild phase at around 6 months of age when they are unstoppable bundles of energy. Kittens need several trips to the veterinarian for vaccinations, checkups, and finally, neutering or spaying. Perhaps most important, it is difficult to predict what a kitten will turn out like when it grows up, in both looks and behavior.
If you do decide to get a kitten, try not to get one that is too young. Kittens should not be separated from their mother and littermates until they are at least 8 to 10 weeks old. Many breeders do not sell kittens until they are 14 to 16 weeks old, when the immune system is fully developed.
 
from Lily: Hi, I have a 6 week old kitten named jinx who keeps climbing on my bed at night when I’m trying to sleep. Usually, I don't mind but because he would just lay down and sleep but lately it’s been unruly, he's been pouncing around way too much to the point where I cannot sleep, what do I do ?
Kittens are playful so you need to understand that playful behavior. They love to climb up and down chairs, beds and tables and play on small things they see within their reach. For this reason, they should be given the appropriate toys to keep them occupied instead of looking for other things somewhere else.
But while your kitten may be playful and full of energy, be sure that you teach him the proper behavior. Just like dogs, kittens should be taught and you should be firm and consistent with your training so they would really learn. If you’re trying to sleep, then put him out of the room or give him his toys to play with. Make sure that you also provide a bed for him and teach him to use it by putting him there when he sleeps.
If your kitten’s unruly behavior gets out of control, it’s time to have him checked by a veterinarian. Your vet should help you determine the problem and what to do with it.
 
from Liz: I adopted a kitten, about 6mo age, she still have her nursing habits. What can I do to prevent it?
Cats really have a penchant for nursing on anything including dogs, blankets, pillows and cats that are not even their mothers. It does not cause any side effects and some cats or dogs do not mind at all. Cats or kittens just love to do this because it makes them feel good. Many of them stop the habit when they feel like it and as they grow old.
But of course, you can discipline her. You can prevent your kitten’s nursing habits by taking her away from the material she’s nursing on in a gentle manner. Avoid shouting at her or reprimanding her as the cat might only scratch you.
If you get annoyed seeing your feline nursing on your dog or another cat, you can bottle feed her with a kitten nursing bottle to divert her attention. You can give her the bottle when she attempts to go to the dog. Eventually, she will learn to move to the bottle when she wants to nurse.
For other ways to stop your cat from nursing, consult your veterinarian. The vet is the proper authority who can give you suggestions.
 
from Brooke Moore: My cat just had kittens 1 week ago and she just moved them on my bed where I sleep, why did she do that?
That’s normal for cats. They always move their kittens from one place to another especially if they sense danger or when there is too much light in the area where they’re staying or when the temperature is not warm enough for them. Usually, it’s the first time mothers who feel most anxious that they move their kittens more often from place to place.
Mother cats, just like the real mothers, want to protect their kittens and keep them in the safest place possible. They don’t want potential predators such as rats and other cats to smell their scent the reason for the frequent move.
Let your cat freely do this but be sure that you know where they are. She will normally bring her kitten one after the other to an appropriate place. You can help the mother cat by providing a box with cloth in a safe area in your house or in your room or in your closet where you want her and her kittens to stay.
Another thing, avoid watching your feline when she nurses her kittens. Give her the privacy to be with her little ones and feed them. Frequent monitoring may also cause her to move again. Finally, don’t forget to continue feeding the mother to enable her to regain strength while nursing her kittens.
 
from Barbara: I had 2 siamese cats 1 just died..the l left is 15yrs old. Should i get a kitten?

The decision to get a new kitten depends on you. If you feel for your Siamese cat having no companion in your home, then you are free to get a kitten. However, if you don’t have enough time to care for a new kitten, maybe you should think twice about your decision. Cats need a lot of care and attention in order for you to gain the benefits of their companionship.

Assess your situation first. You already have an adult cat and raising a new kitten will entail some effort from you. Try to determine also if your older cat will have a tendency to get jealous of the new feline. The Siamese breed is usually a jealous cat and it can show tantrums. Ask your vet for suggestions on the ideal cat breed to get if you decided on getting a new kitten.

 
from bill: i saw a cat with yellow eyes turn red when she was in fight mode,was this possible ?

At about three weeks old, the eyes of kittens change color. Normally, kittens have blue eyes once they’re born but as they reach three weeks of age, the colors of their eyes change to green, yellow or orange. The color change is completed by about four months.

A drastic change in the eye color may mean some abnormal conditions such as uveitis for one. This condition pertains to the swelling of the globe of the eye. Another one is feline leukemia which can cause your cat’s eyes to change from gold to brown as a result of a high volume of red blood cells in the eye.

Cats can suffer from eye illnesses of various kinds so consult your vet about your cat’s eye condition just to be sure. A veterinary ophthalmologist can also check your pet.

 
Recently, our female 3 year old Ginger cat has been waking us up at 4am literally demanding food. She won't relent, if you try to ignore her she'll attack items in the room, pull books onto the floor, jump on you and stand on your face. My partner and I are really suffering from the loss of sleep but don't want to feed her at this time in case she starts relating 4am to food. What can we do to adjust this behaviour, or, what might be causing it? Perhaps awe are not feeding her enough? She doesn't have worms, but when fed really gulps down her food as quickly as she can and then tries to steal from or other cat who is a smaller tortoiseshell. Thank you for any help! .

Cats can exhibit bizarre eating habits that make many pet owners wonder. There are reasons for this and a major one pertains to their food. Cats normally have a hard time accepting changes in their situation so you may observe them acting strange if something has been modified such as their bowl or the area where they like to stay most of the time.

You may also be feeding your cat with foods lacking in the right amount of nutrients that he or she needs. Mostly, cats like to eat fish, meat and other protein-rich food. Cat food may be okay once in a while but make sure to give your pet variety. Keep in mind that cats can change their eating behavior every now and then so be observant.

Adult cats should be fed twice a day but in your case, you should ask your vet about your pet’s unusual eating behavior and what can be done about it.
 
from CHERYL: I am curious. I have recently adopted a beautiful cat from the S.P.C.A. I had her spayed and she is a housecat. Since her surgery in 2 months, she has almost doubled in weight. She "looks" like she could have some MainCoon in her but I am not sure. My question is, how old is a female cat before she reaches maximum growth? Is it 1 year or 2 years? Thank You Cheryl

Female cats reach their adult age earlier than the males. At about one month, they can already leave their mothers and be available for adoption. In as early as five months, a cat can already reach its adulthood. The males, on the one hand, become mature cats from nine months to one year. It’s usually by two to four years of age that cats reach their full growth.

You should also know that cats that live outdoors mature faster than those that live indoors. As for the length of time they live, cats can reach their 20s if well-fed and maintained by pet owners. Neutered cats that live indoors can live up to their teenage years.
 
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