Can Cats Swim?
Most cat owners will tell you that their beloved pet doesn’t like water.
Bathing cats can be near impossible and most will freak out if they are caught in the stream from a faucet or hose pipe. But is this because they can’t swim or are they averse to water for other reasons?
In this article, we will look at whether cats can swim and why they don’t like water.
Can Cats Swim?
Let’s start with the main question of whether cats can swim. The short answer is that yes, cats can swim. On an instinctive level, all cats can swim they just choose not to.
They may not be as naturally strong swimmers as most dogs are, but cats can still hold their own in the water.
In fact, some big, wild cats such as tigers love the water and are regularly seen swimming and playing in bodies of water in both captivity and the wild.
You may even find some domesticated house cats that are willing to step into a bathtub or pool.
Why Do Cats Stay Away From Water?
If cats have the ability to swim and water isn’t any more dangerous to them than it is to other animals such as dogs, then why do most cats avoid it so much?
There are a few reasons why cats prefer to avoid water and swimming.
Their Coats Aren’t Made For Water
Cat fur isn’t designed to be waterproof or water-resistant. It can cope with a brief shower but will become waterlogged and heavy when exposed to heavier amounts of water.
This is a big contrast to dog fur, which remains light and dries easily. Cats don’t like the feeling of their fur becoming waterlogged and heavy as it prevents them from being as agile and quick as they would be normally.
A wet coat will also make them feel cold and cats prefer to feel warm instead of cold. There are a couple of cat breeds that have water-repellent coats, however, such as the Turkish Van Cat and the Maine Coon.
Domesticated Cats Aren’t Made To Swim
Although cats have the instincts to swim, it doesn’t mean that they are instinctively skilled at it.
Most breeds of domesticated cats evolved from dry climates that didn’t have many bodies of water for cats to contend with.
Cats may have needed to dip their paws into water occasionally to catch something to eat, it’s very unlikely they would have ever needed to swim.
Modern domesticated cats have even less reason to cross rivers and streams so it's simply not in their personalities to even try.
Lack Of Experience
Cats can be very brave and curious, but they can also be very cautious when it comes to new experiences.
If you’ve ever moved home with a cat, you will know that it takes several days for your cat to adjust to its new environment.
A cat that has never been exposed to water previously will be extremely cautious of it and unlikely to give swimming a try.
In contrast to the last point, even cats that have experience with water can still be reluctant to go swimming if their experiences have been bad ones.
If a cat was caught outside in a bad rainstorm or fell into a pool as a kitten, this might make them more reluctant to approach water in the future.
Lack Of Control
Cats like to be in control of their surroundings. They like to know where they are and to be able to get away from any perceived threats quickly.
Being submerged in water that acts against them and slows them down is not a good feeling for many cats in the same way that being handled isn’t, either.
Many cats will prefer staying on dry and stable ground where they can quickly get away if they need to.
Do Some Cat Breeds Like Water?
There are some breeds of cats that are naturally more drawn to water than others. The Turkish Van Cat, for example, has a different type of coat from many other cats.
Their coat is water-repellant and allows them to stay in water for a long period of time. As the breed originated in very hot and humid climates, Turkish Van Cats would dive into water to keep themselves cool.
Maine Coons have a semi-water-repellent coat that dries quicker than the coats of most other breeds.
If you have a Maine Coon, you may have found that they have a fascination with water that most other cats don’t have!
Can Cats Swim In A Pool?
Yes, they can. However, you should never leave a cat unattended in a pool, even if they are strong swimmers and like swimming.
Getting out of a pool can be very difficult for a cat due to the slippery sides and most will struggle to get out. If the cat begins to struggle it may start panicking and this can lead to dangerous situations.
If you have a backyard pool and a cat that likes to explore, it’s always best to cover your pool for similar reasons.
If your cat accidentally falls into the pool, they may also begin to panic instead of allowing their instincts to keep them afloat.
The same may happen if your cat falls into a bathtub or any other body of water that is larger than they are.
If absolutely necessary, cats can swim. A few breeds such as the Turkish Van Cat like to swim and are fond of water, but the majority of domesticated cat breeds will do all they can to avoid water as much as possible.
Although cats can swim, they can still drown or get into trouble if they accidentally fall into a pool. The shock of the fall can override their instincts so always cover your pools and be mindful of where your cat is at all times.
Just like us humans, our feline friends need to consume enough water each day to stay hydrated and keep their organs functioning optimally.
But how much water should your cat be drinking, and how long can a cat go without water before problems start to arise? Let’s find out.
HOW MUCH WATER DOES A CAT NEED?
On average, a cat should drink approximately 0.5 cups of water for every 5 lbs of body weight. The average cat weighs about 10 lbs, meaning an optimal water intake of 1 cup per day.
With that being said, that advice may not apply to cats who eat a wet food diet. Cats are biologically programmed to get their daily water intake through their food (which, as obligate carnivores, would naturally be raw meat).
If your cat only eats wet food, you might notice that they don’t really drink much water. This may simply mean that they are getting all the water they need from their wet food.
As long as they are not showing signs of dehydration (see below), you probably don’t need to worry about a cat on a wet food diet not drinking much water.
However, it’s still very important to have at least one if not more sources of water available in case they do get thirsty.
How Long Can a Cat Survive Without Water?
How long a cat can survive without drinking any water usually depends on multiple factors in the cat’s environment.
On average, a cat can go 3 to 4 days without water before they eventually die.
However, a cat in a hot or humid environment will become dehydrated faster without water than a cat in a cool area with lots of shade. Also, as we mentioned earlier, a cat who only eats kibble but doesn’t have access to water will get dehydrated much more quickly than a cat who eats wet food.
In some cases, a cat may be able to survive for up to a week without water. However, this is only likely to be the case if the cat in question is still getting plenty of wet food and is kept in a cool, shaded area.
Even in this situation, a cat that goes this long without water is likely to become extremely unwell.
How to Tell if a Cat is Dehydrated
For humans, being slightly dehydrated doesn’t seem like a big deal. We understand that we should ideally drink before we feel thirsty, and if we do start to feel thirsty, we can correct the problem fairly easily with a large glass of water.
However, cats don’t have a very good sense of when they need to ingest fluids. That’s why it’s so important to understand the symptoms of dehydration in cats, especially since dehydration can worsen quickly and cause very serious problems in felines.
Some symptoms of cat dehydration include:
What to Do if Your Cat is Dehydrated
If you suspect that your cat is dehydrated, it’s important to act fast to prevent health complications.
Your cat may become dehydrated for one of two reasons: either they have been deprived of water, or they are refusing to drink.
Depending on the reason as well as the severity of the dehydration, you may need to approach the problem in different ways.
If your cat has accidentally had their access to water cut off (for example, if they knocked over their bowl and you didn’t notice), you may not need to seek medical assistance straight away as long as they haven’t been without water for several days and the symptoms of dehydration are mild.
First, provide a bowl of clean water or fill up your cat’s water fountain with fresh water and see if your cat will drink. If your cat won’t drink, you can try alternative methods of hydration such as a cat-safe electrolyte supplement or a meat-flavored broth.
However, if your cat has not had any water for several days, refuses to drink even after water sources have been provided, or appears severely dehydrated, you must take this seriously.
In these situations, don’t waste time looking for electrolyte supplements at your local pet store. Instead, make an urgent appointment with your vet.
Your cat may need to have fluids administered intravenously if they are very dehydrated, and the sooner they are treated, the better their chances of recovery will be.
If your cat is also experiencing vomiting and/or diarrhea or is running a fever in addition to not drinking water, you should go straight to your nearest emergency vet because losing fluids in this way will speed up and worsen dehydration.
Symptoms such as sunken eyes, skin that does not fall back into place when pinched, and lethargy are indicators of severe dehydration and should be treated as a matter of urgency.
If you take one thing away from this article, it should be that it’s important to monitor how much water your cat is drinking.
Your cat should always have clean, fresh water available to them. A cat can only survive for about 3 to 4 days without water, so it’s crucial to know the signs of dehydration in cats and to act fast if you notice any of them.
Mild cases of dehydration in cats may be treatable at home by increasing water and electrolyte intake. This can be done through the use of more water sources, supplements, or wet food.
However, if your cat has been deprived of water or is refusing to drink water in addition to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or sunken eyes, this indicates severe and dangerous dehydration. Please seek medical attention immediately.
Cats lick and then bite humans for a variety of reasons, including:
WHY YOUR CAT BITES YOU
Your cat bites you because she is trying to protect herself. Unfortunately, she doesn't know that you're safe, so she tries to teach you a lesson.
However, her actions aren't always harmless. Sometimes she hurts you accidentally, or she bites you out of anger. And there are times when you should never let your cat get close enough to bite you in the first place.
There are several ways that your cat can injure you unintentionally.
One common problem involves your cat climbing up onto a countertop or table where there are sharp objects like knives or forks. If your cat gets stuck on the edge of the thing, it can put pressure against your skin and cut you.
Another scenario that leads to injuries is when your cat jumps down from a high place and lands on the floor directly in front of you.
Because your cat runs at full speed, she could easily miss the landing but still land on top of you. Even worse, your cat may land on top of you to reach something on the ground.
Another reason is that your cat can be jealous. Although we love our pets, it's important to remember that they feel many emotions very similar to us.
If a cat sees you getting more attention than him, he could become upset and start acting aggressively toward you. When a cat acts aggressively, he bites you.
In some cases, your cat bites you intentionally. This usually happens when she's scared or angry. You may find yourself scratched or bitten after ignoring your cat for a long time.
Some cats also use chewing as a way to communicate. They might do this when feeling anxious, frustrated, or just plain mean.
Suppose you suspect that your cat is biting you because he wants you to take away an item that belongs to him.
In that case, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. Cats allowed access to items outside their regular diet can develop serious health problems over time.
HOW TO PREVENT A CAT FROM BITING YOU
To prevent your cat from hurting you, you need to remain calm. For example, you shouldn't yell or throw things at your cat due to his biting behavior. Instead, simply ignore your cat's attempts to bite you.
The best method of handling your cat if he's going to attack you is to assume that he will. Don't show fear by looking startled or backing away.
Instead, stay calm and motionless. This will only encourage your cat to bite harder. Most importantly, don't panic!
Your cat won't enjoy having an angry person around, especially ones larger than him. So, instead of showing aggression toward him, just leave the room and keep quiet.
It's difficult to predict when your cat will strike, but chances are good that you'll know if he's about to attack.
If you sense that your cat is becoming agitated, it's wise to move away from him until he calms down. Once he has calmed down, you can gently approach him and pet him.
You have several options for dealing with aggressive cats. Many products are available to help manage your cat's anxiety and aggression, including sprays, collars, and even medications.
Talk to your vet about what's suitable for your situation. However, no matter how much training you give your cat, there will always be times when he decides to bite you. By learning how to deal with these situations calmly, you can avoid serious injury.
HOW TO CARE FOR AN AGGRESSIVE CAT
To care for an aggressive cat:
Once you've taken care of his basic needs, spend quality time with him. Try to get to know him so that you can understand his behaviors better. By spending time with your cat, he'll come to see you as a friend rather than a threat.
It's recommended that you not allow your cat to roam free inside your home. He could run into dangerous areas, like hot pipes or electrical outlets, and hurt himself badly.
To conclude, you should remember that your cat doesn't always have control over his actions.
Therefore, if you're ever bitten by your cat, please seek medical attention immediately. In most cases, this is quite a simple and pain-free solution.
Your cat reaches out to you for many reasons. They may be looking for attention, food, or a way to communicate with you.
If your cat is trying to get your attention, he may want you to pet him. If they are hungry, they will often stretch towards the bowl and look at you when you feed them; while communicating, they may want to use their paws to scratch and play with you.
If your cat is trying to tell you something, they can do this by reaching up with their forepaws (as opposed to their back legs) and putting it gently on your leg or shoulder.
Your cat may also try this if they are in pain or distressed. This could be from an injury or just because they feel lonely.
When your cat reaches its paw up to you, there are certain things that you should notice about how it is doing so:
1.) When a cat reaches its paw up, its paw is held close to its body
2.) The cat may hold its paw up slightly off the ground, so it feels more secure
3.) Many cats will put their paw into a position where it faces down towards the floor
4.) Cats rarely touch their own fur when grooming themselves. However, when they are cleaning wounds or scratching, they will feel their fur.
5.) A cat will not usually rub itself against anything unless it’s feeling anxious or distressed.
Signs Your Cat Loves You
You may notice your car loves you when she turns her head to look at you. She may even purr as long as you stroke her neck or ears. However, this is different from affection. Affection means love.
There are few signs your cat shows you that it loves you. But one undeniable sign is when your cat snuggles up next to you and purrs loudly.
Another symbol of love is when your cat sits still and intently watches you enter the room.
These actions indicate that your cat wants to share some particular time with you and is willing to sacrifice some independence for that connection.
Cat Attitudes Towards People
A cat’s attitude towards people varies greatly depending on the situation. There are times when a cat may act hostile towards humans and others when it acts friendly.
One thing that all cats have in common is that they are naturally independent beings. So, for a cat to accept human companionship, it must first take being around other animals.
Cats are natural hunters and stalkers. As such, a cat has a good reason to distrust strangers. They are used to detecting danger from afar, but the cat may see this as a threat when a person walks into the room.
In addition, a cat may view another animal in the house as a competition to hunt. For example, if you allow two dogs in your home, you can expect to find problems.
Cat Behaviors That Indicate Love
The following behaviors reflect feelings of love between a cat and its owner:
Purring - Cats purr when they're happy or content. If your cat is purring, he's giving himself away. He's telling you -- without saying a word -- that he likes what you've done, that he enjoys the attention you give him, and that he feels safe with you.
Body Language - Since a cat lacks verbal communication, his body language tells you much about how he feels. For example, notice his posture, eyes, and tail. If he's relaxed, calm, and happy, he'll show these behaviors.
Touching Themselves - Cats like to feel loved, so they do things to show you that they're proud of you. For example, suppose your cat touches himself while lying down or sitting. In that case, it indicates he's pleased with something you did recently.
Trying to Keep You Close - A cat will try to keep you close because he knows you love him. So when he climbs onto your lap, rubs against you, or jumps into bed with you at night, he's trying to tell you that you mean more to him than anything else.
Telling You Where He Belongs - When a cat moves somewhere new, he usually makes sure you know where he belongs. Your cat will bring you toys that belong there, so you will know he's comfortable there. If your cat asks to go somewhere, he wants you to understand that he prefers that place over everything else.
Sitting Still While Watching You Enter Room - Cats want to share special moments with those they love. They sit still while watching you enter a room, knowing that you have important news for them. They wait until you notice them, then they begin to purr.
Giving Approval Signs - Like a dog, a cat will look up to you if you approve of him. Watch his behavior and make eye contact to let him know he's doing well. He'll walk next to you or jump into your arms, then turn back toward the door to confirm that you're okay with him going.
Following Commands - Cats follow commands because they recognize authority figures. So if your cat follows your voice, taps you gently on the leg, or sits quietly while you talk, he's showing you respect.
Playing Games Together - Cats are playful animals. They play games together because they enjoy each other's company. They can also take turns playing with each other.
Playing Possessively - Cats often seek your approval before they play. Once your cat has earned the privilege of being petted, played with, or held, he may approach you to ask permission. He wants you to affirm his love for you rather than dominate the situation.
To conclude, I would say that cats are intelligent creatures. Your cat indeed needs your love and attention to be happy.
However, most felines can adapt to any situation. Therefore, by understanding your cat better, you too can develop a closer relationship with this charming animal.
Are Cats Ticklish?
Many cat owners might have wondered if their cats are ticklish. Cats don’t react the same way to stimuli that humans or other animals might, so many cat owners might not know the answer to this question.
In this article, we will look at whether cats are ticklish and if they are, how to tickle your cat and where.
ARE CATS TICKLISH?
Yes, all cats are ticklish. They don’t react to being tickled the same way as humans do, but tickling a cat will provoke a reaction from them and they do feel a similar sensation to humans.
DO CATS LIKE BEING TICKLED?
This will differ from cat to cat. Some cats greatly enjoy it and like being tickled for a sustained period of time, whereas others only like it for a few moments at a time.
Tickling a cat on the face and under the chin is similar to some actions of a mother cat to her kittens, so for many cats tickling is a welcomed sensation.
However, some other cats don’t like to be tickled at all. You will need to assess your cat’s reaction to being tickled to see if your cat likes it or not.
It’s best to only tickle a cat if they approach you for attention. This way you can better assess their reaction and be sure that any negative reaction is due to the tickling and not just because you’re annoying them when they want to be left alone.
HOW DO CATS REACT TO BEING TICKLED?
Cats don’t laugh as humans do so their reactions to being tickled, even if they like it, are very different and can be hard to read.
Although cats can react differently to being tickled, there are some general reactions to look out for that will help you assess whether your cat likes it or not.
Positive reactions to being tickled include:
Here are some general negative reactions to being tickled:
HOW LONG SHOULD I TICKLE MY CAT FOR?
It’s best to keep any tickling sessions short. Although many cats enjoy the sensation of being tickled, they can quickly become overstimulated.
lways make sure that your cat has the room and ability to move away from you if they have had enough and if they do start to pull away, allow them to do so without forcing them to stay.
Cats are usually very good at letting their feelings be known so don’t push them if they’re unhappy.
WHERE ARE TICKLISH AREAS FOR CATS?
In general, the most common and ticklish areas for cats tend to be their head, face, and neck. These are often the areas where cats like to be petted too.
When you start to tickle your cat, it is best to begin at the top of their head before moving to any other area. Keep your tickles light and soft as cats don’t respond very well to heavier tickling.
Many cats also like their paws to be tickled, but be very careful with these. Cat paws are very sensitive so keep your touches extra-light if you do tickle their paws.
WHAT AREAS SHOULD I AVOID?
It is best to not tickle your cat’s stomach or tail. Cat bellies are very sensitive and if you try to tickle them there, they may try to scratch and claw you to make you stop.
Many cats don’t like having their tail touched in any circumstances so this is another area that should never be tickled.
Always make sure that you pay close attention to your cat’s reaction and don’t continue to touch them if they appear uncomfortable or unhappy with your actions.
All cats are ticklish but they don’t all enjoy the sensation of being tickled. If you want to tickle your cat, you should pay close attention to their reactions and stop immediately if they seem agitated or in distress.
Only tickle them for a short time so they don’t get overstimulated and keep your tickles light. The head and paws are good areas for being tickled but you should always avoid tickling their stomachs and tails.
We hope that the information and tips in this article will help you tickle your cat in a way that they enjoy and keeps them happy.
Why Do Cats Have Tails?
Have you ever just casually wondered to yourself why exactly cats have tails? Perhaps it was one of those random questions that occur to you when you're in the shower or just staring deep into space daydreaming.
However it came to you, the answer is actually very fascinating, because cats have tails for a few different reasons rather than just one specific one. And these reasons might be very familiar to you if you’re also a cat owner.
For example, if you do happen to be a cat owner, then you’ll know that cats are very expressive animals and one of the ways in which they use their tails is to actually tell you how they’re feeling and what they want!
So, read on to learn more about the ins and outs of why cats are born with tails - plus about why some breeds are born without them - and what they use them for!
WHY DO CATS HAVE TAILS
There happen to be three main reasons why cats have tails, which we’ve listed below.
Have you ever wondered how cats walk across narrow ledges without falling off or why they’re so good at landing on their feet when they jump off a wall?
This is all thanks to their tails, because they help them to maintain their balance.
Their tails act as a counterbalance or counterweight, similar to when we, as humans, put our arms out to try and keep our balance, or when tightrope walkers use their poles to stabilize themselves as they walk across the rope.
Cats’ tails even help them with the simpler things, such as when they’re walking, running, jumping on prey or escaping from predators.
If you’ve ever seen your cat in action trying to catch their prey, or running away from a dog or another cat, you might have noticed that as it darts to the left, for example, its tail actually bends to the right. Again, this is all about counterbalance!
Another key reason why cats have tails is because they use them to communicate with other cats or with humans. They’re a big indicator of how they’re feeling and what kind of a mood they’re in.
You might have seen your cat’s tail in many different positions but not been totally sure what each position meant.
These differences in position are probably something you’ll want to understand because then you can better comprehend how your cat is feeling. Here’s a list of the key tail movements you’ll see your cat make and what it is they mean exactly:
Understanding their surroundings
This is a slightly lesser reason as to why cats have tails than the first two, but they do use their tails in a similar way to their whiskers - it’s a part of their sense of touch.
Their tails can help them check out their surroundings by feeling certain areas or surfaces to figure out if they are safe enough or comfortable enough.
Plus, because their tails contain nerves, they help to send signals to their body to help them then respond to whichever environment they happen to be in. This is part of why they have such fast responses and reflexes.
WHAT ARE CATS’ TAILS MADE OF?
Cats' tails are actually an extension of their spines and are made up of a number of different elements. These include vertebrae, nerves, blood cells, muscles and scent glands.
Caudal vertebrae are the bones that make up their tails and they have from around 18 to 23 of these vertebrae, depending on each individual cat.
And, because their tails are part of their spinal cord, they contain nerves that are from the central and sympathetic nervous system.
WHY DO SOME CATS NOT HAVE TAILS?
Some cats, such as the Manx cat, are born without any tails at all. This is due to some sort of natural genetic mutation that once occurred with these cats.
Although cats' tails are extremely important for them, cats that are born with no tails manage quite well without them, simply because over time their bodies have adapted to not having one.
These cats tend to have stronger and more muscular hind limbs than cats who are born with tails, and their back legs are also usually slightly longer than their front legs, which compensates for their lack of a tail and allows them to balance well.
WHAT HAPPENS IF A CAT BREAKS ITS TAIL?
Just like any other bone, cats’ tails can break. This could occur from injuries sustained when being attacked by a larger animal or getting their tails trapped in a door, for example.
But, the good thing about a simple fracture is that it’s an injury that will, with most cats, heal fine and won’t affect them in the long run.
If your cat has what we call a tail pull injury, though, which is when its tail is pulled too forcefully and it separates from its spine, it will cause nerve damage.
This means your cat could then permanently be unable to hold its tail up and will lose its coordination and perhaps suffer incontinence.
Although some cat breeds have adapted to being born without tails, most cats need their tails to balance themselves and to communicate with both other cats and humans.
We hope this guide has helped you to understand all you need to know about why cats have tails!
Why Does My Cat Lay On My Chest?
Cats are sometimes known as mysterious creatures. They tend to pick and choose when they want to do something for their owners.
One minute they may show tons of affection, while in another, they just want to be left alone. Because of this, cats can perform some seemingly unexpected behaviors and acts. For instance, lying down on your chest.
You may have noticed your furry friend settling on your chest while you're lying in bed or chilling on the couch; they may even begin purring.
There are a few reasons for this, some that may even surprise you. Below, you will find some reasons why your cat is lying on your chest.
1. Showing Their Love
Contrary to popular belief, cats can be very affectionate to their owners. They may not show this affection as much as dogs, but when cats do show it they make sure it’s extra special.
Them choosing to snuggle and cuddle up to you while perched on your chest can simply be their way of communicating that they love you.
Physical contact is the main way cats show affection. If you work all day out of the house and you notice your cat rubbing against you or climbing onto your chest when seated, this is a form of bonding that some cats enjoy.
So why not return the favor and give your cat some love; to tighten the bonds between you.
2. Claiming Their Territory
Cats are instinctively very territorial. While this behavior is commonly associated with dogs, cats can be just as possessive of the things and people around them that they enjoy.
Luckily, unlike dogs, cats don’t urinate to claim their belongings! Alternatively, they will lay on specific items to spread their unique scent.
You may notice your cat doing this to beds, clothes, or toys. Essentially, it’s their way of saying: “That’s mine!”
Similarly, cats will perform the same behavior towards their humans. If your cat suddenly plops itself on your chest and doesn’t move for a while, this may mean they’re trying to spread their scent and ‘claim’ you.
When doing so, they may even begin rubbing their chest on your chest or kneading their paws; these actions all help to spread their scent.
Clearly, if your cat is doing this, they don’t want to share you with any other feline - so you could take it as a compliment!
3. You’re A Warm Pillow
Cats tend to gravitate towards warm, cozy spots where they can snuggle and nap.
Whether this is near a heat vent, by a radiator, or lounging in the sun, you may notice them contorting into, sometimes questionable, positions to get into the perfect spot.
Likewise, the human body is also a reliable and natural source of warmth, and what is the hottest part of your body?
This would be your chest! Here is where your heart is located and performs the most important task of pumping blood all around your body.
The warmest parts of the body are typically closest to your heart, whereas the further they are the colder they are.
So who could blame your kitty for wanting to snuggle up on your chest when you produce such a steady source of heat?
Especially in the winter months, this is the perfect place for your cat to keep cozy and warm.
4. You Provide A Familiar Smell
Most cats have an impressive sense of smell. This helps them find food, navigate their surroundings, and hunt. A familiar scent will also provide them with immense comfort.
For cats, your chest may be the comfiest location where they can smell your natural aroma. This is not only close to your armpits, but your chest also provides a large surface area for exuding scents.
Therefore, your chest is a go-to for your cat to feel the most comfortable and safe. Unlike humans, cats have a very accurate sense of smell, and they may even use this to identify you as their owner.
Your cat may even come to you if they are feeling scared and wary of predators, as they want to go to a location where they feel protected and safe.
After all, you are your cat's provider, and they have ‘claimed’ you, so your chest may be the perfect location for security.
5. Your Cats Likes Your Soothing Heartbeat
It's an instinctual behavior for many mammals to enjoy sleeping together, in these cases, the heartbeat of another sleeping companion can be comforting and calming.
If your cat is feeling threatened, it may seek out ways to ease this discomfort.
While cats are known to be independent and tough, they can also have a soft side.
When facing anxieties, they will often revert to their adolescent ways to revisit the comfort and calmness they felt as kittens when curled up with their mothers.
Due to the rhythmic nature of a heartbeat combined with relaxed breathing from your chest, it can be hypnotic to cats and provide them with some much-needed relaxation.
The slow movements and sounds of your body may bring your cat comfort and tranquility and sometimes; even lull them to sleep. So, if your cat is lying on your chest, this may be why.
Cats can sometimes be quite picky animals. Where they choose to sleep and relax can be dependent on many different factors. If you’re lucky enough, they may even decide to sleep or lay down on your chest.
There are many different reasons for this ranging from the warmth your chest provides to your soothing heartbeat.
Whatever the reason, just know that your cat feels 100% comfortable around you and wants to spend time with you.
Hopefully, this guide has helped you discover why your cat is lying on your chest.
Are Bengal Cats Hypoallergenic?
If you have allergies, one of the most difficult things to deal with is the reactions you may have around animals.
If you love pets, specifically cats, you’re likely to find that you won’t be able to be around them without red, itchy eyes and skin, constant sneezing, or a runny nose. Some people are so allergic to cats that it can be dangerous to their health.
Thankfully, there is such a thing as hypoallergenic cats! This means cats that are safe or safer to be around those with allergies. Although these kinds of cats can be more expensive or rare to find, it gives people with allergies an option!
So let’s say you have an allergy and you’re considering buying a cat! You might be wondering whether or not Bengal cats are hypoallergenic.
If you find yourself wondering about this, you’ve come to the right place! Below is a short guide that will tell you everything you need to know about how Bengal cats interact with allergies, and how you can buy the perfect hypoallergenic pet for you.
HOW IS A CAT HYPOALLERGENIC?
Before we take a closer look at Bengal cats, in particular, let’s take a moment to understand how allergies work and how a pet can be hypoallergenic.
What constitutes a ‘hypoallergenic’ cat can be contentious, but the main reason is to do with how much of a specific allergen they produce. Pet allergies usually come from a protein they produce known as Fel d 1, although there are others that can cause allergic reactions.
Hypoallergenic cats are generally classified as breeds that produce less dander - the shedding of both dead skin cells, saliva, and fur.
This means that as an allergy sufferer, you’re less likely to come into contact with this specific protein. Hairless cats, for example, are a great example of a ‘hypoallergenic’ cat because they don’t have any fur to shed.
That’s not to say that if you have one of these animals you’ll be completely immune to allergens, only that they are going to cause you much less discomfort.
So now let’s take a look at Bengal Cats and determine whether or not they classify as hypoallergenic. For a quick overview, Bengal cats are a domesticated breed of cat that was created as a hybrid of other breeds.
Although the history of selective cat breeding can be difficult to trace, the Bengal cat appears to be a mix of breeds such as the Asian Leopard Cat and the Egyptian Mau.
In the modern-day, they are a popular breed for allergy sufferers because of their hypoallergenic qualities.
One of the first things to note here is that no cat is truly hypoallergenic. Depending on the severity of your allergy, you might see a range of different symptoms.
A domestic cat is prone to walk/climb all-around your house, which means that they have a lot of opportunities to spread allergens even if you’re not in direct contact with them.
So what about Bengal Cats in particular? Do they classify as hypoallergenic? If you’ve been looking at these gorgeous cats and hoping, we can tell you that they are commonly classified as hypoallergenic, meaning the amount of dander they produce is kinder on allergy sufferers.
We’re not completely sure why Bengal Cats produce less dander than other breeds, but it appears to be because of their shorter coats or because they shed much less than other breeds.
One thing you’ll notice with hypoallergenic pets is whether they are or not has a lot to do with how long their coat is.
WILL I BE ALLERGIC TO A BENGAL CAT?
We’re sorry to say, but without direct contact with one, it’s impossible to tell ahead of time. As said before, ‘hypoallergenic’ as a term, isn’t a full-proof classification.
It’s better to define it as ‘less likely’ to produce severe reactions in allergy sufferers. How well hypoallergenic cats and pets in general work as a solution for you as a sufferer depends on how severe your reaction is and how much you are in contact with the animal in question.
For example, you could find that within a singular interaction with a Bengal Cat your reaction isn’t all the severe, but when you have one in your house you are getting constant reactions.
This is because when a cat lives in your home it constantly spread dander and you are often in contact with it.
The best way to work out if you’d be allergic to a Bengal cat is to find somebody else who has one, and organize more than just one trip to meet them.
See how your allergies interact with the breed before committing to buying one. The worst-case scenario is introducing a new pet into your home and having severe reactions.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT OTHER CATS ARE HYPOALLERGENIC?
Other common breeds that are classified as hypoallergenic are Sphynx, Cornish Rex, Devon Rex, Oriental, Russian Blue, Balinese, and Siberian.
Is There Such Thing As A 100% Hypoallergenic Cat?
There is no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic cat. Generally, hypoallergenic cats help people with allergies but are not a full-proof guarantee. This all depends on the severity of your allergy and how long you stay in contact with the cat in question.
So there you have it - the most important thing to remember about this topic is that Bengal Cats are commonly classified as ‘hypoallergenic,’ but what that word means is often misunderstood.
Hypoallergenic generally means that they produce less dander, and are less likely to cause reactions in sufferers. The severity of a pet hair allergy depends on the person and their individual sensitivity.
We hope that this article has helped you to understand Bengal cats and whether or not they’re hypoallergenic, and that you now have a foundation to decide whether or not Bengal Cats are a good match for your own needs.
What Kind Of Cat Is Garfield?
Jim Davis’ popular cartoon character, Garfield, is a lasagna-loving big orange Persian/ tabby cat.
While some speculate that he looks more like a Persian cat, others are adamant that he is a tabby cat due to his distinctive stripes. However, it is likely that Garfield is a mixed-breed cat; therefore, he has both Persian and tabby in him.
Now you know what kind of breed Garfield is, read on to discover exactly what makes Garfield a mixed-breed cat and everything you need to know about the adored cartoon character.
WHAT IS GARFIELD?
Originally, Garfield was a comic strip created and illustrated by Jim Davis. In 1978, the comic became nationally and internationally known under the name ‘Garfield’.
In 1988, Garfield first aired as a television series and became a hit. Since then, there have been numerous movies, series, and spin-offs of Garfield, to this day. Therefore, it’s safe to say that Garfield is a well-known household name.
The whole premise of the series, comics, and movies focuses on the day-to-day life of an overweight - and somewhat sarcastic, sassy - orange cat called Garfield.
The cat is famously known for his hatred for Mondays and insatiable love for lasagna. Other characters in the show include Odie (the pet dog) and Jon (Garfields’s owner), as well as other frequent characters.
THE INDEFINABLE FEATURES OF GARFIELD
Despite the fact that Garfield can talk, other features that distinguish him from any other cat include his striped body, his round face, and his bright orange fur.
These are all features that have made Garfield become as popular as he is today, as well as his laziness and smug sarcastic personality that people love.
All of these physical traits are commonly found in both tabby and Persian cats. While the comic strips don’t specify the length of Garfield's fur, since Persians are bred with exotic shorthairs, it is likely that Garfield is a shorthair tabby/Persian.
WHERE DOES GARFIELD’S NAME ORIGINATE FROM?
The name ‘Garfield’ was incorporated by Jim Davis to honor his grandfather. This was determined by Davis due to Garfield's and his grandfather's somewhat shared resemblance in their personalities.
Garfield developed his infamous fixation on pasta, more specifically lasagna, from birth having been born close by an Italian restaurant.
Although, in due course, Garfield found himself in a pet store. This is where his owner, Jon, found him and decided to adopt the adorable, chubby kitten.
Famously known for his strong personality, Garfield is an extremely smug, sarcastic cat who doesn’t take any form of criticism without dishing out a snide remark back at you.
Despite teasing Jon and Odie relentlessly, Garfield, deep down, loves them both - although, he won’t admit it!
He also loves his teddy bear which he is often seen sleeping with, this frequently makes an appearance in the comics.
ARE THERE ANY OTHER GARFIELD RELATED SHOWS?
Since the comics, as previously mentioned, there have been numerous films and television spin-offs that, primarily, took inspiration from the original comics.
For instance, in 1988, the first Garfield television show debuted called Garfield and Friends.
Actors including Scott Beach, Tom Smothers, and Bill Murray are some of the voice-actors that were used to portray Garfield and have become voices synonymous with the grumpy cat.
Apart from a television show, other adaptations of the comic strip include video games and a musical, which, unfortunately, was never as popular as the original adaptations.
Garfield continues to grace the funny pages, with the same designs and inspirations from the original illustration of Jim Davis. Although, some illustrations are manufactured by Dan Daivs.
WHAT IS A PERSIAN CAT?
In the United States, Persian cats are the second most popular cat breed to have as a pet. They can be characterized by their stocky legs, short noses, and long fur.
This fur can come in a wide variety of colors; however, they are most famously known for their pristine white coats which are featured a lot in movies and television series; ranging from the 007 Bond movies to The Aristocats.
The particular origin of Persian cats is not widely known or recorded. When looking at the 1600s, records exist stating that Persian cats were imported from Iran to Italy, as well as from Turkey to France.
IS GARFIELD A GIRL OR A BOY?
Within a Mental Floss interview, Jim Davis explained that Garfield is a very universal character, and isn’t constrained to one particular gender, race, nationality, or age.
However, within the comics, Garfield is commonly referred to and described with male pronouns such as he/him/his or ‘boy’.
Although, after many raging Wikipedia edit wars that were seen debating the pressing topic of whether or not Garfield is a boy or girl, Jim Davis spoke in The Washington Post to settle the debate once and for all.
He answered a more direct question and revealed that Garfield is in fact male.
In the Mental Floss interview, it is likely presumed that Jim Davis intended to say that Garfield was created and designed for all audiences, no matter their background or gender. Therefore, Jim Davis created a funny, chubby cat for everyone to enjoy and love.
IS GARFIELD BASED ON A REAL CAT?
Garfield is a fictional cat. However, during his childhood, Jim Davis grew up on a farm surrounded by several cats. He based his illustrations on the many large cats that were roaming his farm.
Although Garfield may not be based on a real cat, his name and personality were based on and inspired by Jon Davis’ grandfather.
Throughout the years, Garfield has become a loved and adored comic strip, television series, and movie by many generations.
While Garfield may be a fictional character, he shares many of the same characteristics as a Persian/ tabby cat. Hopefully, this guide has provided you with everything you need to know about Garfield.
If you own a cat, then chances are you know how bad their urine can smell, especially when they refuse to pee in their litter box.
While owning a cat can come with various benefits, such as companionship and general cuteness, it can also come with some unpleasant moments.
Beyond scratches and torn furniture, cats are also prone to peeing in the house, as they use their urine to mark their territory.
But how can you deter cats from peeing? Well, there are various methods you can use, with the most common involving different smells.
In this article, we have compiled a list of smells that deter cats from peeing, as well as the ways you can use them in your home.
Lavender is a perennial plant found in both dry and humid climates, where it is known for its vibrant flowers and powerful aroma.
Because of its drawing smell, lavender is often used in aromatherapy and meditation, as the scent is said to have calming effects.
However, the flower can also be used to deter cats from urinating in your home. It is even possible to plant lavender in the garden and use it to scare away unwanted felines.
During this method, it is important to remember that lavender is toxic to cats when consumed and can cause irritation in certain areas. For this reason, you will need to be careful when introducing this scent into your domestic space.
To achieve the best results, we recommend pouring the lavender into a sock and relocating it to the more vital areas.
While too much citrus can be toxic to cats, a small amount can work wonders when it comes to their urination.
In most cases, cats will detest the smell of citrus and will feel uncomfortable in a space where the fruit is stored.
Because of this, you can use orange and lemon peel to stop your feline friend from urinating in the house, while also producing a fresh and pleasant aroma in your domestic space.
It is even possible to combine lemon juice with water to create a homemade product, which can be used around the house.
However, this does not mean that citrus does not come with its drawbacks, as the fruit can ruin furniture and clothing.
Because of their acidic nature, citrus fruits can discolor fibers and even bleach some certain materials.
For this reason, we advise using it on more durable surfaces such as concrete and wood. If you want to use the scent near a carpet, we recommend placing the fruit in a plastic bag beforehand.
It’s no secret that humans love coffee, but the same cannot be said for cats. For this reason, you can use the beans as a deterrent to your cat’s urination.
In contrast to the other methods we plan to discuss, leaving coffee beans around the house produces a more welcoming smell and will even give your home a warm and comfortable feel.
During this method, you will need to place the beans in a bowl and leave them in vital areas, where they should distract or even scare away potential felines.
While we would recommend using gourmet coffee beans, it is also possible to use coffee grounds that have been added to a filter or sachet. However, this method can lead to more mess if your cat decides to attack the bag.
Rosemary is a perennial herb that is known to thrive during the summer months and can be used as a robust deterrent to cats and their urination habits.
While it is possible to use dried varieties, we do recommend purchasing fresh cuttings from the store, as this will prove more effective. Once you have obtained the herb, you can either place it in a coffee sachet or relocate it to your garden.
If you are interested in the former method, then you will need to cut the leaves until they release their aromatic scent, which will make them more potent and capable of deterring your cat’s pee.
However, if you choose to plant the herb in your garden, then you will need to tend to it until the rosemary begins to thrive.
This will help to stop cats from entering your outdoor space and deter them from ornamental flowers and bushes.
Rosemary is a perennial herb that is known to thrive during the summer months and can be used as a robust deterrent to cats and their urination habits.
While it is possible to use dried varieties, we do recommend purchasing fresh cuttings from the store, as this will prove more effective. Once you have obtained the herb, you can either place it in a coffee sachet or relocate it to your garden.
If you are interested in the former method, then you will need to cut the leaves until they release their aromatic scent, which will make them more potent and capable of deterring your cat’s pee.
However, if you choose to plant the herb in your garden, then you will need to tend to it until the rosemary begins to thrive. This will help to stop cats from entering your outdoor space and deter them from ornamental flowers and bushes.
If you want to stop your furball from peeing in the house, then you can use white vinegar to combat the problem.
For this method, you can make your own solution by combining half a cup of vinegar with water, which can then be used around the house. It is even possible to leave bowls of the solution in areas where your cat is known to urinate.
While white vinegar has proven useful for some, the strong smell can be too much for others, which is another reason why you should test the method before committing to the routine.
In most cases, we would advise using distilled white vinegar rather than malt varieties, as other products have been known to stain and discolor fabrics.
If the solution causes damage to your home, you will need to stop using it and find an additional cleaner to remove the stain.
There are various reasons why cats urinate in the house, from territorial practice to stress and medical issues.
However, there are also countless methods that can be used to combat this problem, with the most effective being smells and homemade products.
While these methods can be used to deter cats and their urination habits, it is also important that you determine the cause of your cat’s distress.
This can be accomplished by contacting your veterinarian and being mindful of your cat’s behavior. Once you have found the root of the problem, you can begin to help your cat while also using the above scents to deter their pee.
Leaving herbs around the house may seem like a strange notion, but it remains a safe and natural way to aid your puss.
Can Cats Eat Peanuts?
Peanuts are one of those foods that you know to be careful with. Peanut allergies among humans are one of the most common around.
When it comes to cats, there are a lot of foods that you might be wondering about. What is the right thing to feed them? Are there certain foods that they can’t eat?
Maybe you left some peanuts out and your cat has gotten into them - what should you do?
If you find yourself wondering these questions, you’ve come to the right place!
In this article, we’re going to be telling you everything you’ll want to know about cats and peanuts - whether or not they can eat them and if it’s a good choice for your pet's diet!
We’ve also included a short section about cats and allergies, and what to do if you suspect your cat is intolerant or allergic to a particular food.
Are Peanuts A Good Thing To Feed Cats?
To answer this question first off, the answer is maybe. So peanuts are non-toxic to cats, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing to feed them.
Peanuts are high in fat and not a great choice to feed your cat every day. One of the main things you need to keep in mind is that peanuts can be difficult for cats to digest.
If you do want to give your cat a peanut, you’re going to make sure it’s a completely raw and unsalted version without any additives.
This is because cats - unlike humans - do not have the digestive functions to properly digest additional ingredients.
Another thing that is really important to note, and something that can be dangerous if not properly prepared, are peanuts with shells.
Shells are a potential choking hazard to cats and something that you’ll need to make sure that any peanuts you feed to your cat have their shells completely removed.
What About Peanut Butter?
Like regular peanuts, peanut butter has some of the same issues. Most peanut butter that you can buy in a store is likely to contain a wide variety of different additives.
This is because for humans we use these ingredients to make it taste better or last longer, but for cats, it can be much more dangerous.
Peanut butter typically has a higher fat content than raw peanuts so expect this to cause a weight increase if your cat eats a lot of Peanut Butter.
What About Other Nuts?
When it comes to other nuts you’re going to have to be even more careful. Peanuts are easier for cats to digest because they are a lot smaller and softer than other nuts.
Some common nuts to stay clear from are nuts with high salt content (as this can cause intense intestinal stress for your pet), and Macadamia Nuts, which can cause vomiting.
Allergies And Cats
One thing you might be wondering is whether or not cats can have food allergies just like humans.
Well, you should know that allergies are similar for humans and animals! Nut allergies are actually not all that uncommon in cats and are a common cause of symptoms such as itching and hair loss.
Excessive itching can cause patches of broken or dry skin on your cat’s coat.
Nut allergies occur when your pet’s immune system over-reacts to a certain protein that can be found within the nut in question.
Although cats have been domesticated for a lot of human history, it’s not always a food they would have been naturally interacting with, so this is one of the reasons why allergies can occur.
Symptoms: Common symptoms of nut allergy for cats can include…
If you notice that your cat has any of these symptoms then you need to consider their diet.
Cats, especially cats that are allowed free-roam of outside environments, can be hard to monitor in terms of their diet, but you can consider the food that you give them.
If you feed your cats peanuts, for example, and notice any of these symptoms, then there’s a high chance that they have an allergy.
Important Note: like in humans, peanut allergies can be deadly for a cat. If you want to feed your cat peanuts, but aren’t sure about this - then you need to consider feeding them just a tiny bit to see how they react. If you notice any severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing, then you need to take your cat to a vet for immediate medical attention.
A healthy diet is something that you need to consider when taking care of a cat.
They have slightly more complex systems than something like a dog, and you’ll need a comprehensive plan if you want to optimize their diet and make them healthy as they can be.
Before adding new food to their diet, we recommend researching this extensively or checking with your vet for some more specialist knowledge.
We hope that this article has helped you to understand how cats will deal with eating peanuts and that you now feel a lot more confident about the whole thing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are Cats Carnivores?
Cats are carnivores, this means that meat has to be a part of their diet if they are to survive.
Generally, you want to make sure that cats are getting enough meat in their diet over the course of a week.
Without meat, cats can suffer from a whole host of health defects such as liver damage, skin irritation, and a loss of hearing.
What Are Some Healthy Snacks For A Cat?
Some of the healthiest snacks you can give your cat include:
Why Do Cats Scream When Mating?
Have you ever been for a stroll outside and heard those terrible, high-pitched screams and wondered what animal they could possibly be coming from? Well, ladies and gentlemen, those screeches might actually be coming from your cat!
And, to be more specific, those sounds will actually only be coming from your cat if your cat is a female - both before and during mating due to her being in heat and in pain, respectively.
You might have thought that when cats mate, it’s all cute and cuddly, but actually it causes immense pain to female cats - which is a terrible thought, we know, but it’s unfortunately just how cats naturally go about their business.
Read on to find out more about why cats scream when mating and the best things to do and look out for if you have a female cat!
WHY DO CATS SCREAM WHEN MATING?
As mentioned previously, it’s mainly female cats who scream during mating. Even before mating begins, female cats will also scream due to the fact they’re in heat, which signals to male cats that they’re ready to ovulate.
Female cats are what we call simulation based ovulators, meaning their ovaries won’t release an egg without the act of mating.
So, the stimulation they need for this is, rather unfortunately for them, caused by a male cat’s penis, which just happens to be barbed on the ends. This means it scrapes the female’s vagina in an extremely painful way, hence her screams.
As well as screeching, female cats will likely also try to fight the male off and run away, but male cats are strong and tend to hold them by the neck with their teeth to stop them getting away.
HOW LONG DO CATS MATE FOR?
Cats normally mate extremely quickly, and usually it will be over with in under a minute. Although, sometimes it can last longer.
The process tends to be so fast because neither the males or the females want it to last very long - cats definitely don’t mate for pleasure - and, particularly with wild cats, it can leave them quite vulnerable to attacks.
WHAT DO FEMALE CATS ACT LIKE AFTER MATING?
Immediately after mating, female cats can get very aggressive with the male cat they’ve just mated with, which is why males tend to leave them alone straight afterwards and go off in a different direction.
If males do happen to stick around after mating, though, the females will be quick to scare them away because they need time alone to react to the hormones that are released during the mating process.
After the male cats have run off, females will act erratically and will likely go back and forth between grooming themselves, calling out and rolling around.
They tend to move from one action to another very quickly, due to the fact their hormones are still coursing through their bodies and, therefore, leaving them slightly confused about what to do.
If you have a female cat who’s just mated, you’ll need to be a bit more careful when you approach her because female cats are extremely unpredictable after they’ve mated and will act out of character, so she might become aggressive towards you and try to scratch you.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAT NEEDS TO GO TO THE VET AFTER MATING?
Despite the fact that mating is a fairly straightforward and efficient process for cats, problems can potentially arise for your female cat afterwards, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out to make sure she’s okay.
There are a few main signs to look out for that will require you to take her to the vet, which include abnormal discharge and extreme lethargy.
And, sometimes, in rare cases, she could suffer a prolapsed rectum or vulva if the mating was particularly aggressive, in which case you should take her to the vet immediately because it’s classed as a medical emergency.
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CAT IS PREGNANT?
Naturally, you’ll want to know if your cat is going to have kittens so you can be prepared, so it’s also important to look out for signs of pregnancy after your cat has mated.
Initial signs include your cat having a bigger appetite, swollen mammary glands and a belly that’s getting bigger.
However, cats can also show these signs during a pseudopregnancy - in other words, a false pregnancy - which is when female cats ovulate but don’t actually become pregnant.
To check for certain whether your cat is pregnant, you can take her to the vet around 30 days after she’s mated - if you don’t know exactly when this was, try and guess a rough estimate if you can.
If she’s pregnant, then you can take her back to the vet another 30 days later and they can perform an x-ray to tell you how many kittens she has inside of her.
SHOULD I NEUTER/SPAY MY CAT?
If you’re not interested in getting into cat breeding, then it’s a very good idea to neuter your male cat or spay your female cat.
This is because female cats can have three to five litters per year with around four kittens per litter, which means there’s a general overpopulation of cats.
Female cats can also eventually end up with illnesses in their reproductive organs, including a uterus infection that’s potentially fatal.
So, you’ll also be doing the right thing for your cat by spaying her because you’ll be protecting her from this and from the pain she suffers from during the mating process.
The reason why cats scream when mating is very bleak, as it’s basically female cats crying out in pain due to male cats’ barbed penises. As horrible as this sounds, it is just a part of nature.
However, if you don’t want your cat to go through this, it’s a good idea to have them spayed.
Hopefully this article has informed you well and you now fully understand why cats scream when mating!
Can Cats Have Down Syndrome?
If you’ve ever spent hours at a time looking at pictures of cats on the internet (admit it, we’ve all been there), you may have come across photographs of cats with supposed Down Syndrome.
Whether or not cats can have Down Syndrome is actually a surprisingly common question posed to veterinarians, particularly when a cat looks or acts a little different.
But can cats really be born with Down Syndrome? We’re going to answer this question once and for all in this article, so keep reading!
What Is Down Syndrome?
Before we get into whether or not a cat can have Down Syndrome, we need to explain what Down Syndrome really is.
Down Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 21, is a genetic condition that occurs when a person has an additional chromosome 21 in either some or all of their body’s cells.
This is caused by an error that occurs during the biological process of cell division. Individuals with Down Syndrome typically experience learning disabilities to some extent.
Down Syndrome also tends to affect certain physical features such as the shape of the eyes and nose.
Can A Cat Have Down Syndrome?
Now that we have a basic understanding of Down Syndrome, let’s get down to the question you came here to ask: can a cat have Down Syndrome?
The answer to this question is no. While humans have 23 chromosomes in their cells, cats only have 19.
This means that it’s not possible for cats to have the extra 21st chromosome that causes Down Syndrome because they don’t have 21 chromosomes in the first place.
Feline Conditions Resembling Down Syndrome
If you’ve clicked on this article because your cat looks or behaves differently than other cats, you might be scratching your head at this point.
If cats can’t have Down Syndrome, what could be causing these differences?
Physical features that may lead owners to believe that their cat has Down Syndrome include wide-set or upturned eyes, a broad nose, small ears, low muscle tone, hearing or vision problems, or unusual movements.
While research has shown that these features in cats cannot be caused by Down Syndrome, there are other feline conditions that could be responsible.
Although cats can’t develop the extra chromosome 21 required to diagnose Down Syndrome, the American Journal of Veterinary Research did publish a paper in 1975 which explained that male cats can (very rarely) develop one extra chromosome.
This genetic condition doesn’t look so much like Down Syndrome, but it does resemble Klinefelter Syndrome, which affects human males.
Male cats who have this additional chromosome will appear to have tortoiseshell coloring, which is only typically seen in female cats.
Chromosomal abnormalities in cats, while not the same as Down Syndrome, can cause differences in the facial features.
The bridge of the nose may be missing, for example, or the eyes may have a unique slant to them.
Cats can develop a neurological condition called Cerebellar Hypoplasia. This is where the cerebellum is either smaller than normal or hasn’t fully developed.
Felines with Cerebellar Hypoplasia will typically present with unusual movements, including difficulty walking and head tremors.
Panleukopenia is a highly contagious disease that is often fatal to cats. For this reason, it is recommended that cats are regularly vaccinated against panleukopenia.
However, if a kitten is infected with the disease in utero, they may develop some of the physical and neurological symptoms that people associate with ‘Down Syndrome cats’.
A cat with ‘abnormal’ facial features, an unusual gait, or other symptoms that people frequently confuse with Down Syndrome in cats, may have acquired these symptoms through trauma.
Severe head trauma, for example, could impact the appearance of a cat’s eyes or the shape of the nose.
Injuries sustained through being hit by a car or falling from a great height could also leave a cat with life-long difficulties in terms of walking and moving around.
How To Care For Differently-Abled Cats
If you think that your cat may have one of the conditions listed above, you might be wondering what you can do to care for them and ensure that they get the most out of life.
Your first port of call should be your veterinarian.
If you suspect that your cat has a condition that is affecting their physical appearance, movements, mental functioning, or general health, you should share your concerns with your vet.
A vet will be able to conduct an exam, run any necessary tests, and come to a medically-informed conclusion.
This way, if your cat requires treatment or additional support, they will be able to receive it.
It is important to understand that just because your cat looks different from other cats or behaves in a way that is unusual, that doesn’t mean they can’t lead a full and happy life.
For example, cats with Cerebellar Hypoplasia have a normal expected lifespan - they just need a little extra help and support.
Similarly, while cats with an additional chromosome often don’t survive to full term in the womb, if they are born safely and looked after carefully in the weeks following the birth, they can live healthy and happy lives.
Just like people with disabilities, differently-abled cats are unique and each cat will have different care requirements.
This is why it’s important to involve a qualified veterinarian in the care of your cat if a genetic or neurological condition is suspected.
Cats can’t have Down Syndrome because they only have 19 chromosomes as opposed to 23, so it’s not possible for them to have an extra chromosome 21.
With that being said, cats can have different physical, neurological, or genetic conditions that can alter their features and abilities.
It’s possible (although rare) for male cats to have an additional chromosome.
Physical trauma, Cerebellar Hypoplasia, or Panleukopenia in utero can also cause Down Syndrome-like symptoms in cats.
If you suspect that your cat has any kind of undiagnosed medical condition, you should contact your veterinarian for advice.
Are Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?
Siamese cats are one of the most popular cat breeds globally, but do they really have fewer allergies than other breeds?
There’s some evidence that Siamese cats may be less likely to cause or spread an allergy than other breeds.
Still, it doesn’t mean you can get away with not washing your hands after handling them if you don’t want to.
Read on for more information about keeping yourself and your family safe from allergic reactions when petting a Siamese cat.
How To Care For Siamese Cats
To care for your Siamese cat properly, make sure you follow this list:
1. Wash Your Hands After Petting Them
The first step in caring for your Siamese is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (or alcohol-based hand sanitizer) before and after touching them.
This will help reduce the risk of spreading disease between cats. If possible, also wash your hands when changing their litter box, so there isn't any chance of contamination.
2. Keep Allergens Out Of Their Environment
If your Siamese has fur and spends time outdoors, try to prevent allergens from getting into its environment from outside sources like grass and trees.
That means keeping the area around its house clean and using a pollen filter on air vents near where your cat sleeps.
You can also use an allergen blocker such as Feliway to help keep these allergens out of your home.
3. Use An Anti-Allergic Medication
If you notice that your Siamese seems to be suffering from an allergy, talk to your vet about using an anti-inflammatory medication such as prednisone to treat him.
The best way to administer this type of medicine is through injection under the skin rather than by mouth.
Your vet can show you how to use this kind of medicine safely, and once he does, you won’t need to worry about giving it to your cat again.
4. Be Willing to Adopt A Shelter Cat
If you find a kitten who needs a new home, consider adopting her instead of purchasing one.
Many shelters hold kittens until they're weaned at eight weeks old, making them much safer for someone interested in adopting them.
They're also spayed/neutered and vaccinated before adoption, so you're helping to protect both the shelter's budget and the pets' health.
5. Get To Know Other People With Cats At Work Or At School
Suppose you work with cats often or go to school with them. In that case, it's probably wise to take every opportunity to hang out with them and learn more about their personalities.
6. Watch Videos About How To Properly Take Care Of Cats
You should watch videos about keeping Siamese cats healthy since they tend to be high maintenance.
As long as you follow the tips mentioned above, your Siamese cat will be just fine.
How To Care For Cats In General
To care for cats generally, you'll need to know how to handle them calmly even when they're sick.
Handle Them Calmly Even When They Are Sick
If your cat gets ill, you should always handle him gently. Don’t grab his neck or tail unless you absolutely must.
Instead, pick him up from behind and carry him carefully. Put him down on a soft surface like a bed, couch cushion, or carpeted floor to minimize stress.
Avoid Feeding Raw Meat And Bones
Cats are carnivores, meaning that they eat meat. But raw meat can contain dangerous bacteria that could make your pet ill if fed in large quantities.
So, never feed your cat raw meat or bones. Instead, cook them thoroughly first.
Have Him Spayed Or Neutered Before He Gets Too Old
The best age for a female cat to have her ovaries removed is between 6 months and 1 year. Males typically become neutered between 12 months and 2 years of age.
You can usually get your Siamese fixed without anesthesia, but ask your veterinarian if you want to do it during surgery.
Keep Up On Vaccinations
Your cat will need vaccinations to stay wholly protected against certain illnesses throughout her life.
Ask your vet for vaccines he recommends for your cat, and schedule regular appointments to ensure she receives them on time.
Make Sure She Has Good Nutrition
Your cat needs to get plenty of vitamins and nutrients from food each day, especially calcium, zinc, vitamin D, and selenium.
Some cats require extra nutrition due to special dietary requirements, so check with your vet whether your cat has any specific nutritional needs.
Give Her TLC From An Early Age
As soon as your kitten arrives at the shelter, give her lots of love. She may look small now, but she'll increase over the next few weeks.
Also, try not to let her sleep alone. This means putting her bed near yours, so she feels safe and comfortable while she sleeps.
Provide More Space Than Just A Crate
Many cats enjoy sleeping in crates, but there’s no reason why this shouldn’t apply to older pets.
However, don’t leave your cat cooped up in one place every day. Let him stretch his legs around the house.
Be Patient With Your Cat
Siamese cats are intelligent creatures, and they might seem unruly at times. But, once they start getting used to being around people and other animals, they'll settle down pretty quickly.
Get Adequate Exercise
In addition to keeping your cat well-fed, exercise is also essential. Try taking walks with her, letting her run around outside, or letting her climb up onto your lap.
If you have both indoor and outdoor access, take your cat out into nature and let her explore. After a walk or play session, allow her to relax by resting.
To conclude, we hope these tips helped you learn more about how to care for your feline friend.
If you have any additional questions about properly caring for your cat, feel free to share them below.
Can Cats Be Gay?
Are you wondering whether cats can be gay? You will find everything you need here.
Gay cats are not uncommon. They also enjoy being petted and scratched by other animals. However, some homosexual cats never let anyone else touch them.
It is tough to get an honest opinion on this matter. Still, many believe that if a cat shows any signs of homosexuality (such as rubbing up against another cat), he should be put down.
However, some researchers say these behaviors may just be regular play or instinctual behavior. Some females have been known to show interest in both males and females.
Others say that sexual orientation is determined at birth. In contrast, others believe that it depends on how things develop in the womb during the time before delivery.
There is no way to prove which theory is correct, but the truth remains that we cannot tell for sure.
Pairing Up Cats
To pair up compatible cats, look for cats with similar personalities and energy levels.
This means that you shouldn't pick out the most energetic cat because if he gets bored too quickly, then you won't be able to keep him happy.
For example, kittens are usually paired off early since it takes a long time to establish dominance.
On the other hand, adult cats tend to stick together more and become closer than kittens. If you choose a single-cat household, make sure that you don't force the issue.
Otherwise, you run the risk of driving your new friend away.
Also, try to avoid pairing up cats from different households because fighting could cause severe injury or death to one or both of them.
In addition, it's important to remember that every relationship needs compromise. Although sharing is good for relationships, it isn't always easy for cats.
In fact, most cats prefer to live alone instead of having a partner. But cats still appreciate companionship.
So ask yourself, "Is this cat lonely?" If yes, consider getting another cat companion. Cats are great pets. They are loyal and affectionate.
They give unconditional love and attention and are generally friendly toward everyone around them. They also enjoy playing and having fun. They need lots of exercise and stimulation.
A well-cared-for cat can last over fifteen years. That makes them an excellent choice for those looking for a lifetime commitment.
Cats are often misunderstood because of their independent nature and sometimes aggressive behavior. Many people think that cats only stay home and lay low until someone comes home.
This couldn't be further from the truth! Only some cats spend over 20 hours sleeping, only waking up once a day to eat. When they are awake, they are active and playful.
Since they live partially outdoors, they see plenty of potential danger. And they use their claws to defend themselves. So even though they seem lazy, they are constantly alert.
But what if you are already living with a cat? What about all the problems you might encounter along with them? Here are some tips.
To conclude, cats are one of the most popular pets in America. They're often seen as indoor-only animals, but they enjoy being active and exploring.
As long as you provide them with proper care and exercise, they can live a happy life with you.
Are Maine Coon Hypoallergenic?
Maine coon fur is trendy because of its soft texture and long, thick coat. It has a natural tendency to shed throughout the year.
This can be combated with regular brushing or stripping. However, it is essential to note that shedding is not necessarily bad.
It means your cat’s coat is growing and maturing. When you have to deal with multiple cats at home, this may need to be done more often than in single-cat households.
The first problem you will face when dealing with Maine coons is grooming habits. They tend to be quite messy, with hairballs being a common occurrence.
They also require frequent bathing to remove loose hairs from around their mouth. In addition, they like to scratch things up, so make sure to clean their bedding frequently.
Another issue many people encounter with Maine coons is a strong odor. Some blame this on their diet, which consists of raw meat. Others say it comes from their flea treatments. Whatever the case may be, there is an easy solution if this bothers you.
You could try using an enzyme cleaner spray for them. These sprays work by breaking down the protein found in hair. Once this is broken down, the smell will dissipate over time. You should use these sprays regularly until the scent goes away completely.
Lastly, you might want to consider getting Maine coon hypoallergenic shots. Although these injections do not prevent allergies, they help reduce symptoms once they happen.
If you find yourself dealing with allergy problems, talk to your vet about what shots would be best suited for your particular situation.
CAT CARE - TIPS FOR A HEALTHY CAT
Cats can be great pets, but sometimes we forget some essential care tips that really matter. So here, I will go through some crucial cat care tips that every cat owner should know.
1. FEEDING YOUR CAT
There are two types of food to feed your cat - wet food or dry food. Dry foods contain less fat and calories than wet foods. However, they are better for the cat's teeth and digestion, and this is why most cat owners choose to only feed dry food.
Feeding your cat dry food is pretty straightforward. The most common form of dry food is called "kibble" (or kibbles). This is usually available in small bags inside a cardboard box.
Kibbles come in various sizes depending on how big your cat needs to eat. Smaller-sized kibbles are generally recommended for kittens, while larger ones are typically fed to older cats.
As a general rule, kittens should be fed 3 times per day, and adults should be provided twice daily.
In addition, you should give your fresh cat water and some type of healthy treat in between meals.
2. PLAY TIME WITH TOYS
As a pet owner, you'd think that giving your cat toys would be pretty straightforward. But, sadly, this isn't always the case.
Cats love playing with toys, but unfortunately, most people don't realize that some toys aren't safe for them.
For example, some catnip toys are hazardous as they contain high chemicals that can cause seizures and other neurological disorders.
Other toys include string and rope toys. While they're fun to play with, these toys are also very hazardous as they can choke a cat and even kill them.
The easiest way to keep your cat happy is to buy him one of his own toys. This allows him to control the toy, and he'll enjoy it much more.
However, if you don't like spending money on toys, you can make your own out of wood, plastic, paper, cloth, or anything else your cat likes.
3. CLEAN UP AFTER THEM!
The number one thing that cats hate worse than being left alone is cleaning up after themselves. You must teach your cat to use the litter boxes to avoid this problem altogether.
To help your cat adjust to using the litter boxes, first try placing a few pieces of newspaper under each box.
This is probably the biggest issue facing new cat parents today. There are many methods that you can try to train your cat to stop peeing outside of the house.
Some cats will need to wear an inconspicuous collar fitted around their neck. In contrast, others can be trained with some positive reinforcement.
5. VET VISITS
Of course, you can prevent any health problems from occurring by keeping your cat well-groomed and feeding him a balanced diet.
However, it is also highly recommended that you take your cat to see the vet regularly every year.
The vet will examine your cat and determine whether any medical issues require treatment. She may also suggest any necessary vaccinations before going home.
Cats are naturally active animals and often get bored sitting in front of the TV all day eating dry food.
Luckily, you don't have to spend hours training your cat to run through the neighborhood chasing birds.
Instead, just exercise them regularly while they're young to become accustomed to running and jumping on their own.
7. SOCIALIZE YOUR CAT FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR
You can help your cat's social development by taking her along when you go shopping, going to the doctor, visiting friends, etc.
However, it is not only good to expose your cat to new things, but to familiar ones as well. This will help your cat learn what is expected of her.
To conclude, buying a kitten is always a great idea. You'll end up with a healthy pet who loves attention and affection.
However, even though kittens are adorable, they also have a lot to learn about life. You'll find yourself constantly teaching them how to eat, sleep, behave, and act responsibly.
Don't worry, though, as cats are extremely easy to care for, and most of them live between 12 and 14 years old. So, in the meantime, enjoy watching your little furball grow into a beautiful adult cat.
Why Do Cats Roll In Dirt?
Cats roll in the dirt to keep themselves clean and healthy. Some cats like to play with a ball of fur that they find, which is called a "furball."
They will use their claws to pick up the hair from around them and then bring it back towards their body to eat it.
So how do you know if your cat is dirty or not? Well, many signs can clue you into this, such as:
If your cat has any discharge coming out of its eyes, nose, or mouth, it's probably time for a bath! Also, look at the paws; if they have dried mud on them, you need to give/her a bath soon (more about cleaning kitty ears later).
Other signs include wet spots under your couch or carpeting and hairballs - you may notice some hairballs in your litter box.
Of course, it could be that he's just shedding because of his age. Still, it's also possible that he is suffering from allergies, which require veterinary attention.
Another sign that your cat needs a bath is when he shows other indications that he might be ill. For example, if your cat seems lethargic, listless, or doesn't seem hungry, he needs medical care. You should take him to the vet right away.
While baths don't hurt your cat, they can cause burns, so make sure you use warm water and soap. After all, you wouldn't want to get scalded.
CLEANING A CAT'S EARS
A lot of people think that cats' ears are hard to clean. But actually, it's one of those things that most pet owners overlook.
We assume our cats don't like getting their ears cleaned, but this isn't always true. You'll understand why if you've ever been told that you should never bathe your cat.
However, washing your cat's ears shouldn't be avoided entirely. Your cat's ears are critical, and they deserve proper hygiene.
WHY CATS ROLL IN DIRT
Rolling in the dirt is one way cats show affection to each other. Usually, it occurs during playtime. For example, when a kitten plays with another cat, they often move together to create a big ball. Sometimes, they even try to bite each other's faces.
Here are some reasons why cats roll in the dirt:
Kittens love to play in the dirt. As kittens grow older, they start playing more and more. This is usually done with toys and their siblings.
As kittens grow older, they learn how to groom themselves. As a result, they tend to spend more time grooming than before.
One of the ways they do this is by licking and scratching themselves. Once they feel better, they roll in the dirt to finish off.
Next, let's talk about the reason cats love their furballs. Furballs are basically small clumps of fur that come out of a cat’s throat. These little balls of fluff are harmless.
When it comes to self-defense, cats will roll in the dirt to protect themselves from the elements. It creates the illusion of being more extensive and more challenging.
Then when someone tries to attack them, they won't be able to reach the cat, which is what they were trying to do.
CATS GROOMING ROUTINE
Cats' grooming routine is quite different from human beings. Humans usually use shampoo to condition their hair. Cats use saliva and their paws to groom themselves.
To begin cleaning a cat's ears, gently pull back the fur and wipe the ear with a soft dry towel. Next, apply mild shampoo to the inside of the ear canal up toward the opening of the ear canal.
Use only enough liquid to cover the ears without making them too wet. Avoid the eyelid and face areas. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.
If your cat has long hair, comb through it using a claw-free brush. Brush away any debris you find. Next, make sure you check for fleas or ticks. Finally, rinse and blow-dry.
TREATS CAN HELP PREVENT EAR INFECTIONS
Ear infections are common among cats. This is because many of us forget to keep the ear canal clean. Some of the reasons why this happens include:
CAT PLAYFUL HABITS
Cats' playfulness is one of their most attractive characteristics. When they're playful, they have fun exploring new things.
Playing games like hiding and seek, tug-o-war, chasing tails, etc., are some of their favorite activities.
They also enjoy roughhousing and wrestling. If your kitten plays rough with other kittens, don't worry. It's all part of growing up. Roughhousing helps develop strength and coordination. Plus, it gets your cat used to handling stress.
Playful behavior begins as soon as a kitten is born. However, it continues throughout adulthood.
As cats age, they still enjoy playing. So even though an adult cat may not seem tired or stressed, they might still choose to play instead of nap.
To conclude, we hope that you will learn something from this information. Cats roll in dirt for various reasons.
They may want to play in the dust, interact with other cats, show that they want to be dominant, clean themselves, or simply explore a new area. It’s nothing to worry about.
Can Cats Eat Shrimp?
Cats can eat shrimp, a type of shellfish (mollusk) that's usually not eaten by humans.
If you like shrimp and your cat likes fish, you might try offering them shrimp as an appetizer or treat! However, if they are allergic to seafood, do not give them any shellfish.
The best way to feed your cat shrimp is in the form of a raw meat source rather than cooked shrimp.
Shrimps are one of the most delicious foods for cats, but it’s essential to be careful about what kind you buy and how much you offer. Here’s everything you need to know:
What Type Of Shrimp Is Good For A Cat?
In general, shrimp is good food for cats, although there are some types of shrimp that may not be safe for them.
Also, any edible mollusks with shells should be delicate - you just have to make sure they're clean first.
There are two kinds of shrimp that are especially good for a kitty: sweet shrimp and tiger prawns. Sweet shrimp have white flesh.
If you want to serve whole shrimp, split them down the back before giving them to your cat. They will break apart into pieces when he starts chewing on them.
This is preferable to serving the parts of shrimp still attached together because it makes them more challenging to choke on.
What Cats Eat
Cats can eat almost anything as long as it doesn’t contain too many chemicals. Most things your cat won’t touch include human food, dog food, plants, dirt, and sand.
Some pets find certain fruits distasteful, so a cat who isn’t fond of grapes shouldn’t be given grapes as a snack.
You may also encounter issues introducing new foods to your pet since many animals have sensitivities to specific ingredients.
That being said, here are some other everyday things cat owners offer their feline friends:
Dry Cat Food
The easiest thing to feed your cat is dry food. It comes in a variety of forms, including canned and granular. Your vet can help you choose the right kind of food for your cat's needs.
Most people think only dogs love eating raw meat, but cats absolutely adore it.
Remember to stick to small amounts of fresh meat, wash your hands thoroughly after handling it, and avoid feeding raw bones.
If your cat eats chicken nuggets, you'll get great results! These crispy snacks are easy to prepare and can easily be made from scratch.
You might also consider using ground turkey instead of chicken breast.
Salmon is trickier to cook than chicken nuggets, but it's worth it if your cat loves salmon. You can find canned salmon online, which is easier to work with than dried or frozen varieties.
How To Feed Cat Shrimp
Feeding cat shrimp is pretty simple. Simply mix some shrimp with cat food and toss it up. Then, let your kitty catch and devour it!
You can even go one step further and place the shrimp directly on a bowl containing his favorite food.
What About Other Shellfish?
While shrimp is a popular choice among cat owners, there are plenty of other options.
Another option would be to offer clams, mussels, crabmeat, hard boiled eggs, squid, octopus, oysters, scallops, and other seafood.
All these items come in varying sizes and textures, so it's essential to keep an eye on your cat while she's eating them. This will ensure she gets full without choking herself.
Some Things You Can Do Instead Of Feeding Your Cat Shrimps
While offering your cat shrimp is fun and rewarding, they aren’t necessary. Here are some things you can do instead:
Play With Her Toys
Giving your cat toys to play with is just as satisfying for her as having food. For instance, you could give her a string toy, a laser pointer, or another piece of rope.
Alternatively, you could simply turn on a CD player, TV, or radio and let her explore its sounds. Playing is one of the best ways to entertain your cat.
Give Her A Treat
Your cat loves treats, and they're often a better way to reward your pet than any other means.
So offer him a treat every time he does something good (like sleeping in his bed), and make sure his dinner bowl is filled with tasty morsels every day.
Buy An Easy-To-Clean Crate
A crate is an excellent addition to your home if you keep your cat alone most of the day.
It helps prevent boredom by providing your pet with plenty of entertainment. In addition, it keeps odors under control, making it ideal for indoor living.
Signs Your Cat Is Happy
Your cat is happy when he has what he wants. Take note if he seems more active, energetic, playful, alert, or interested in exploring.
If he seems stressed or uncomfortable, try changing his environment. Or, if you notice signs that your cat isn't healthy, contact your veterinarian immediately.
In addition, pay attention to how he responds physically to different stimuli. For example, does he seem comfortable when lying down or walking around?
Does he show interest in new sights and smells? If not, it may be because he doesn't feel safe at home; this is where you should look into getting him a new space.
The best thing you can do for your cat is provide him with everything he needs to live a happy life.
That includes giving him the right amount of exercise, food, water, grooming, and love. When you do, your feline friend will always have a sense of contentment.
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Can Cats Eat Popcorn?
Do you own a cat? If so, then chances are you are wondering what food you can give to your beloved puss.
Cats make for wonderful pets, as they are independent, charismatic, and territorial.
However, this does not mean that owning a cat is painless, as you have to be careful of what you feed them.
It’s important to remember that cats are very different from humans, especially when it comes to their digestive system, which means there are certain foods that could be toxic to your pet.
So if you want to know if cats can eat popcorn, then you have come to the right place.
In this article, we have collected some important information concerning cats and popcorn - and whether they are allowed to eat it.
Can Cats Eat Popcorn?
The short and simple answer to this question is yes - cats can eat popcorn.
However, this does not mean that all popcorn is suitable, as cats can only eat plain kernels that have not been seasoned with salt, butter, or caramel.
It is also important to keep certain herbs and spices away from your feline friend, as garlic has been known to cause health issues in cats.
In most cases, buttered popcorn will contain too much fat for your cat to consume, which can result in stomach conditions such as vomiting and diarrhea.
For this reason, you should limit your cat to a few plain pieces. But you will still need to be mindful of how much you have given them.
If you feed your cat popcorn, it is also important to remember that the food has very little nutritional value, which means it will sit in their stomach without sourcing the minerals and vitamins that they need.
CAN CATS EAT CORNMEAL?
If you pay attention to commercial cat food products, then you will notice that most of them contain cornmeal, which can lead to questions about the nutritional value of cornmeal and corn-based foods.
While cats are able to eat cornmeal, they are also born carnivores, which means that they obtain most of their protein and vitamins from meat.
Because of this, foods like cornmeal and bread take longer to break down in the cat’s stomach, which means it will sit there and add little to their diets.
But if cornmeal has no nutritional value, why is it used in cat food? Well, the answer to that question comes down to cost and stock.
Pet food manufacturers use cornmeal because it is a cheap source of fiber, it is also more accessible than meat products and can be grown in large quantities.
While there is nothing toxic in cornmeal, it also comes with little nutritional value, which is another reason to avoid it and other corn-based products.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF POPCORN?
If your feline friend manages to eat a few plain pieces of popcorn, then there’s nothing to be concerned about, as this will have little impact on their diet.
However, once your cat has eaten seasoned popcorn, then you will need to be mindful of their condition.
Sweetcorn that is covered in salt, oil, and spices can be dangerous to cats, as it contains ingredients that their stomachs are unable to process.
For this reason, your cat could become very sick and even demonstrate dehydration, vomiting, diarrhea, and other forms of intestinal stress.
Beyond this, there is also a choking hazard, as some popcorn kernels could prove too big for your cat to swallow.
It’s important to remember that cats are smaller than dogs and will sometimes need their food to be broken up before they can consume it.
This will make it easier for them to eat the popcorn while also reducing the chances of asphyxiation.
WHAT ARE SOME HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES?
When sharing snacks with your cat, it is important to choose food that they can eat without the concern for their health or well-being.
Fortunately, there are countless human treats that cats can eat, which are non-toxic and beneficial to their diet.
In the list below, we have outlined some of these foods and how they can be fed to your beloved puss:
Bananas are a great treat to give your cat, as the fruit is non-toxic and can be mashed up to avoid potential hazards.
However, this does not mean that bananas should become a main part of your cat’s diet, as the fruit comes with little nutritional value and should be overlooked in favor of more substantial foods.
Like bananas, broccoli should not become a main component in your cat’s diet, as it does not provide the same nutritional benefits as it does to humans.
However, the tree-shaped vegetable is loaded with antioxidants and can help to reduce the number of free radicals present in your feline friend.
Strawberries can make delicious treats for most domestic cats, although it is not advisable to add them to their diet.
The main reason for this is that strawberries do contain a substantial amount of natural sugar, which makes them unsuitable for felines with diabetes and other health conditions.
However, the fruit is still a great source of potassium and can contribute some benefits to your cat's diet.
HOW DO YOU STOP CATS FROM EATING POPCORN?
If your cat has a taste for popcorn, there are certain methods you can use to deter their new addiction.
For example, if your cat tries to steal popcorn from the bowl, you can tell them no and push them away.
It is even possible to cover the bowl whenever you leave the room, which will also make it difficult for your cat to steal some.
Of course, it is also important to remove any pieces that have fallen on the floor, as this will stop your cat from eating them.
Despite being non-toxic to cats, popcorn still comes with its drawbacks, as it provides little nutritional value and has even been classed as a choking hazard.
Because of this, you should avoid the confection or hand it out in moderation.
Can Cats Cry?
Cats have long been companies of us humans, sharing our homes, our lives, and our emotions together.
A lot of the time, cat owners feel like their cat has a distinct personality and are in tune with their companions’ emotions.
But what about cats? Do they feel emotions like we do, and more importantly, can cats cry? And do they cry as we humans do?
It’s a commonly asked question among cat owners, and within this article, we’ll explain whether cats can cry or not, and why this is the case.
Why Does My Cat Reach His Paw Out To Me
Unsurprisingly, cats don’t actually shed tears as we humans do, at least not for emotional reasons, but sometimes cats may actually display some symptoms of being sad, with a vocal crying-like sound being one of those symptoms!
Other symptoms include loss of appetite, increase in sleep, shaking, changes to litter box habits, and increased aggression.
All of these changes in behavior can be signs of either physical or emotional distress and as an owner, it’s incredibly important to regularly check in with your cat to ensure that they are well both emotionally and physically.
You can do this simply by checking your cat for any unusual spots, or any sores, if your cat hisses, then it’s usually a good indicator that something is up, whether that’s from stress, anxiety, or physical pain.
What Does It Mean When A Cat Cries?
If your cat is vocally crying, there are a number of things that could be causing this:
Cats are extremely sensitive and aware animals, if you find that your cat is crying in your absence through a pet cam or the like, it could mean that your cat is suffering from separation anxiety.
Or, cats can also suffer from anxiety due to other reasons, with changes to life being an incredibly common reason for a cat crying.
Things such as moving house, changes in your schedule, movement of furniture, change in diet, moved litter box or food, brand of litter filler, or even the introduction of a new pet into the home can all be reasons for your cat’s distress, so it’s a good idea to try and remember any notable changes that your cat may have experienced to try and figure out why they’re crying.
Ageing And Arthritis
Cats can tend to become more vocal with age, and cats sometimes can suffer from cognitive dysfunction and mental confusion as they age, just like us humans.
Elderly cats may struggle in the night time especially, and will often cry due to disorientation, but you can help your companion by providing some small night lights to help them get around during the night.
But, if your elderly cats’ voices are beginning to sound more painful it could be down to arthritis, some of the signs to look out for include difficulty jumping, avoiding climbing things such as the stairs, and other disruptions to their regular mobility.
If you notice these changes it’s vital that you take your cat to the vet to be examined as soon as possible.
As previously mentioned, cats are sensitive creatures, both to other animals and to us humans, so when someone passes away, they’re likely to notice.
So just in the same way that we may cry when someone we care about passes away, cats also do the same!
In this case, you can only offer the same level of comfort and concern you’d offer a fellow human, so just try and make your cat feel as loved as possible.
Sometimes, cats will just cry in a plea for attention! It is common for owners to assume the worst when your cat begins to cry, but sometimes cats just want our attention, but it is important not to punish them for it!
What To Do If Your Cat Is Crying
Hearing your cat cry constantly can be an incredibly emotional and sad sound, and if the thought of your cat crying is upsetting you, then you will surely want to help!
The first thing to note is that you should never try to punish your cat for crying or meowing, it is their primary communication device with humans and a cat meowing usually means they are trying to tell you something.
So if your cat is crying, here’s a list of things you can do to hopefully help cheer them up!
Rule Out Health Conditions
The first thing to do when trying to help your crying companion is to make sure they’re not crying because they’re injured or hurting, so give your cat the once over by gently pressing around.
If you do find anything abnormal then it is best that you take them to the vet to get it properly assessed!
If your cat is suffering from anxiety, especially separation anxiety, it might be worth trying to put some music on for them.
Sound is a key sensory cue for cats and will often respond to it. Although something like the radio may help, there is specific music for cats out there that may be worth trying!
One of the simplest ways to help comfort your cat is just by giving them plenty of love and affection!
Cats can be incredibly intimate animals and if your cat is feeling particularly sad or is crying consistently then sometimes a bit of extra affection can help comfort your companion.
Do Cats Shed Tears?
Cat’s eyes can and do sometimes tear up, but this is not an emotional response.
Instead, a cat’s tears are usually as a result of injury or illness and are typically when there is an issue with their eyes.
Allergies or irritants are usually the culprits of something like this, but if the issue is persistent then it’s important you take your cat to vets in order to get it checked properly.
Can Cats Eat Tomatoes?
Yes, cats can eat a small number of ripe tomatoes, but there are a few things a cat owner needs to understand first. After reviewing the following information, you need to ask yourself if it's worth the risk.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) states that tomato plants are toxic to cats, so it's not recommended to offer your pet the stems or leaves; at least keep them away from your garden. However, the ASPCA also says that ripe tomato fruit is non-toxic.
The problem is that the tomato fruit itself also contains harmful solanine. Fresh from the garden, vine-ripened tomatoes are the safest for low solanine content. However, the tomatoes often sold in grocery stores will contain higher levels of solanine because the tomatoes were harvested while the fruit was still green.
A small number of ripe tomatoes will probably be ok for your cat; however, it's good to avoid that to stay safe. There are many other, safer options for finding a snack for your pet, so tomatoes aren't the ideal option and are something you should think about.
Tomatoes are a fruit; they are not a vegetable. Water is around 95% of the entire tomato, and you do have fiber and carbs. They are also a great source of vitamins K1 and C and vitamin B. So, in theory, they should be great for cats. The fact that they include solanine is a no-go since it's pretty toxic for pets.
Symptoms of Solanine Poisoning in Cats
Reaction to solanine poisoning in cats can be as quickly as 15 minutes after consumption. The time frame and severity will depend on the levels your cat eats. Cats will show all kinds of side effects from solanine, such as:
If you offer tomatoes to your cat, how many would be ok?
Studies showed that small amounts of ripe tomatoes are unlikely to cause harm. Half a cherry tomato is usually fine for a cat. I have personally given tomatoes from my garden to one of my cats with no ill effects, while my other cats have no interest.
It's best to give a small bite and monitor your cat over time. Then increase it to two bits, etc.
Do cats enjoy the taste of tomatoes?
Some cats enjoy the taste, and some want to eat everything they see their owner eating. In a few cases, you might even end up with your cat obsessed with tomatoes, even if that sounds strange. But it can happen; it's not the most uncommon thing out there.
Overall, tomatoes can be pretty problematic for some cats, so keeping your cat away from them can be a good idea. Sure, ripe tomatoes are fine in minimal amounts, but even then, there are a variety of alternatives you can use to improve your pet's diet.
We recommend avoiding any rush and taking your time as you find better ways to improve your cat's diet. It might take a bit of a trial and error, but in the end, it's certainly something to keep in mind.
It would help if you considered varying your cat's diet; however, talking with the veterinarian and figuring out a better dietary option is ideal. You should avoid feeding tomatoes to your cat unless your vet greenlights that!
Bananas and cats are not a combo that naturally springs to mind when you think of pets and food. But as strange as this question may seem to most, you are not alone in wondering if cats can eat bananas. So let's get right to the topic at hand.
Can Cats Eat Bananas?
Yes, cats can eat bananas, as bananas are not toxic to cats. But you will find most cats don't like the taste or texture of this fruit.
Some cats will eat just about anything you put in front of them or want everything their human owner eats. Because of this, there are additional things a cat owner should know before feeding bananas to their beloved feline.
Are bananas toxic or harmful to cats?
As mentioned, bananas are not toxic to cats. However, they can be harmful under certain conditions. Let's look at the potential ways bananas can be harmful to your pet.
Cats Are Obligate Carnivores
While humans are omnivores (meat and plant diets), cats are considered carnivores (meat-based diets) by their core genetics. This means cats require animal protein and do not require vegetables or fruit to survive.
This is an open and shut case for some. For example, cats don't need vegetables or fruits to survive; therefore, you should not feed them to your cat.
However, being a carnivore does not mean they can't eat vegetables or fruits and get some benefits. It only means vegetables and fruits are not an essential part of a cat's diet.
Because cats are carnivores, they cannot be sustained on vegetables and fruits alone. For this reason, bananas should not be the main staple or meal replacement for your cat. Instead, bananas should merely be given as a treat, keeping in mind the size of your cat's tiny stomach.
Cats over the years have adapted to eating some plant-heavy pet foods but don't be fooled by these synthetic or manufactured nutrients. Pet food companies have spent decades formulating these nutrients specifically for your cat's digestive system. These manufactured nutrients are not the same as raw or cooked veggies.
Cats Digestive Systems
This is where it gets a tad complex. Unfortunately, most people get this one wrong when it comes to a cat's ability to digest most vegetables or fruits.
Cats have three main enzymes in their digestive system; lipase, protease, and amylase. Without going too far into detail, cats do not naturally produce cellulase. Instead, cellulase breaks down the plant fibers to free nutrients for cats to absorb.
With that being said, like most fresh-grown food, bananas contain enough active enzymes to digest the fats, starches, or proteins found in food.
The food-based enzymes and their contribution are more critical than often observed.
On top of their enzyme content, bananas are a great source of dietary fiber, which may aid digestive health. But, at the same time, additional fiber is not always a good thing. It could lead to diarrhea, so keep a lookout.
Cats Sensitive Stomach
Cats are known for their sensitive stomach. Before giving your cat any new treats like bananas, limit it to a small amount and watch over your cat for signs of distress. If your cat is undergoing some trouble, you may have detected the following:
If your cat continues to exhibit the above signs, this may be due to a more significant problem, and it's time to visit the veterinarian.
Bananas contain natural sugar. This fruit is exceptionally high in sugar and can create problems later in life for felines, such as diabetes. You should be aware of this when you offer your cat this food. Here are four key indications to look out for that might point toward recognizing feline diabetes:
Allergic to Bananas
Allergic reactions to bananas are rare, but they can happen to cats. So here are the indications to look out for:
How to feed bananas to your cat
Firstly, remove the banana peel. Keep this away from them as it can be a choking hazard. Cut the banana into bite-sized pieces. Try a small amount and keep an eye on your furry friend to check they're eating it and reacting to it OK. Don't be tempted to feed them the whole banana!
Are cats afraid of bananas?
You may have seen videos of cats reacting badly to bananas that have been placed nearby. But why? Rather than being scared, it's actually to do with being put off by the chemicals emitted by the skin. For example, banana peel emits ethyl acetate. Cats pick up on this scent and interpret it as the object is dangerous. This is what often causes them to run away. So this provides another good reason to keep the peel away from the cats, should you try out bananas as a treat.
In conclusion, your cat can try bananas in moderation and always under your supervision. But with all fruits and your furry friend - exercise caution. Specially made cat food will look after their nutritional needs, so there's no real reason to feed your cat fruit other than curiosity.
And you know what they say about curiosity.
Can Cats Eat Cherries?
The direct response to your question is, "Yes, cats can eat cherries." There are a few precautions and things you should be aware of, such as the seeds, stems, blossoms, and leaves are dangerous to consume in specific amounts. However, the flesh or meaty part of the cherries is entirely safe for your cat to eat.
If you read other articles on this topic, you may find them asserting that cats can't eat cherries, that you need to seek medical attention right away, and that your cat is in danger of being poisoned. I would take most of that advice with a grain of salt.
I don't think most people are sitting around with a plate full of cherries, blossoms, or leaves snacking away. Also, it's unlikely people are sticking the whole cherry in their mouth with the stem and seed and chewing away.
Typically, people remove the stem and seed, or in some cases, they spit the seed out before consuming the cherries. I would think that most individuals that are kind enough to share this snack with their cat would take the same care for their pet and remove the stem and pit.
But, as I get older, the more I learn that anything is possible, so let's go over a few of the dangers associated with giving cherries to your cat.
What Makes Cherries Toxic for cats?
Although the flesh of ripe cherries is not harmful to cats, other parts of the fruit are; the cherry pit, the stems, the blossoms, and the leaves. The fact is that cherries contain amygdalin (cyanide) which is dangerous for humans, much less your cat.
A cat that has consumed a large amount of cherry plant material or small amounts of crushed pits will start to show severe signs of being poisoned. Here are some of the symptoms of cherry poisoning that you should be aware of as a cat owner:
• Dilating pupils
• Going into shock
• Having trouble breathing
• Bright red mucous membranes
If your cat swallows the whole pit, it's unlikely its digestive system will break it down, and the pit should pass through its system. The bad news is that the cat's track is small, and the pit could become a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage.
What do You need to do if a cat eats a Cherry?
If your cat eats a cherry plant or the pits, you must take them to the vet immediately along with the sample of what they eat to ensure an accurate diagnosis. If your cat may be suffering from cherry poisoning, the vet will have to take a blood sample for testing. In addition, your cat might need to use an intravenous drip or supplementary oxygen to manage the symptoms.
It would be best to never leave cherry plants or cherries around for your kitty to eat. However, if your cat has accidentally snuck a bite, you will have to take action to avoid any consequences.
There is no justification why your cat can't eat cherries. Just remove the stems and pits, and don't leave the cherries sitting out. Also, as a reminder, you should follow the general rule that snacks should not exceed 10 percent of a cat's daily calorie intake. You shold make sure your cat is getting their nutritional needs.
What is it about pistachios that we find so appealing? Let's face it; it's easy to overeat these delicious and nutritious snacks. And at times, we also love to share our snacks with our beloved cats.
But, as cat owners, don't we have a responsibility to do our research and find out the answer to the frequently asked topic, "Can Cats Eat Pistachios?"? Would we be harming our cats, and should we be concerned if they consume one or two nuts?
Let us look at the concerns on this topic in detail, allowing you to put your questions and concerns to rest.
Can cats eat pistachios?
Yes, cats can eat pistachios. However, of course, pet owners should be aware of a few risks that can result from eating pistachios; such as:
Pistachios contain many Lipids, which is just a fancy term for any insoluble compounds in water, such as fat or oil. Both roasted and raw pistachios contain a lot of fat and dietary fiber, like most nuts.
Unfortunately, a cat's digestive system is designed to process animal protein, and it's less efficient for plant-based proteins, leading to gastrointestinal distress in some cats. Signs of distress can be loss of appetite, vomiting, lethargy, bloating (gassiness), and diarrhea.
Just keep in mind that not all cats are created equal, just like people.
I remember my grandpaw, who lived be 98 years old. I can't remember how many occasions I watched my gramps pour bacon grease over his cornbread. Your cat could have a castiron stomach just like him.
Sodium Poisoning (hypernatremia)
A 1/3 cup of dry-roasted pistachios (salted) contains about 175 milligrams of sodium. A salt consumption for an adult cat of more than 41 milligrams a day can be life-threatening. Signs of salt poisoning can lead to vomiting, decreased appetite, lethargy, diarrhea, incoordination, and excessive thirst or urination. Tremors, seizures, coma, and even death are feasible in extreme cases.
Choking or Intestinal Obstruction
Pistachio shells have the potential to induce choking as well as intestinal obstruction. Of course, it's doubtful you would feed your cat shells, but your cat could get into a bag if you left it sitting out. An intestinal obstruction interferes with the passage of food and fluids, can damage digestive tissues, and result in life-threatening consequences.
Signs of gastric or intestinal obstruction vary but often include vomiting and loss of appetite. Other symptoms include lethargy, diarrhea, abdominal pain or swelling, fever or subnormal body temperature, dehydration, and shock.
Garlic or Onion Poisoning
Pistachios are sometimes seasoned with garlic and onion, which are considered harmful to cats in specific amounts. In small quantities, poisoning could have a delayed onset and may not be apparent for several days. However, eating this has a high potential to destroy blood cells in cats. The destruction of these blood cells will lead to symptoms of anemia, including an increased respiratory rate, an elevated heart rate, lethargy, weakness, exercise intolerance, and even death.
As you can see, the answer to the issue of whether or not cats can eat pistachios is not a resounding no. But, there are some health hazards to keep in mind.
First, make sure your cat's tummy can tolerate the fats and high fiber content; feed your cat a small amount and watch them over several hours to see how they handle these nuts.
Second, manage the salt content and keep their daily consumption under the recommended limit.
Third, don't let them eat seasoned nuts unless you can fully understand the impact each ingredient can have.
Finally, follow the recommended practice of making sure treats only consist of 10% of their daily calorie consumption. Your cat needs a balanced diet, and they will not get the required nutrition by eating treats all day long.
The fact is that pistachios can be bad for cats. Also, keep in mind that kittens, elderly, pregnant cats, and ill cats are particularly vulnerable to the effects of these nuts, as their immune systems are already compromised. In addition, because of their smaller digestive tracts, kittens are more susceptible to foreign body obstructions than other animals. But with the proper precautions, your cat can enjoy these yummy pistachios, just as you. So the only question you need to ask yourself is, is the enjoyment of your cat eating these nuts worth the risk?
While the controversy continues over whether we should feed our cat buddies raw chicken or not, we will go over some helpful information to help you understand the advantages and disadvantages of providing your cat raw meat. Read on to learn more.
The use of a raw diet for cats is a contentious issue. With advantages and disadvantages on both sides of the debate, it's no surprise that professionals have yet to reach a definitive resolution on whether cats should be allowed to consume raw chicken or any other raw meat.
Here's all you need to understand about the advantages and disadvantages of this kind of diet.
Can cats eat raw chicken?
Yes, cats can consume raw chicken. Raw diet advocates for cats frequently point out that such meal alternatives allow cats to absorb food that cats are biologically designed to digest.
Because, after all, no one is going to be frying the mouse that a wild cat just captured for dinner. One of the primary advantages of feeding raw meat to your cat is that it resembles the diet that cats were evolutionarily built to thrive on.
Although there are some similarities between wild cats such as lions and tigers and domesticated cat breeds, there are also significant distinctions.
Perhaps the essential issue to address is whether or not cats should be allowed to consume raw chicken or any other form of raw meat at all. In order to do so, we must consider the safety hazards that our pets and ourselves may face.
Are there any advantages to cats eating raw chicken?
Commercial diets that are inexpensive can contain a large number of filler items that no average person has ever heard of.
On the other hand, Raw food allows you to avoid the preservatives and chemicals that pet food manufacturers add to their products to make a few extra bucks since you know precisely what you're giving your cat.
Cats require amino acids to sustain their health, and animal protein, such as that found in raw chicken, provides a plentiful supply.
Furthermore, raw chicken is low in carbohydrates (as opposed to plant-based food), which means it will not promote weight gain or digestive issues in your cats when fed raw.
Vets also believe that cats that consume raw chicken will have better hydration than cats who consume dry cat food since raw chicken contains more fluid than dry cat food.
As an added benefit to your cat's hydration, a well-studied and prepared raw diet may guarantee that your cat consumes well-balanced meals that contain the appropriate amounts of micronutrients essential for a healthy cat diet.
Additionally, raw diets have been shown to increase cats' immunity to disease while also resulting in much more predictable behavior.
In contrast, feeding them raw chicken or other raw meat has several negative consequences.
Is it harmful to cats to eat raw chicken?
Every cat owner desires to make sure that their cat is well-nourished and healthy. Chicken isn't nearly as harmful as some other things that cats don't generally eat, such as chocolate or grapes, which are also toxic to them. It is, however, not the most nutritious source of protein.
Although cats are carnivores and that raw chicken is okay for them to eat, it is strongly discouraged to consistently give it to your cat.
In reality, a large number of studies have found that raw chicken is a common cause of bacterial illnesses. One such research even revealed that a cat died as a consequence of salmonella poisoning after eating raw chicken in its diet.
According to more recent research conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 3.8 percent of young chicken samples evaluated by the USDA were infected with salmonella.
Even though farmers and businesses have taken considerable precautions to decrease the frequency of salmonella in raw chicken, the danger still exists in the industry.
Chicken has a variety of amino acids.
Cats' bodies require the amino acids taurine, arginine, methionine, and cysteine in order to operate effectively.
Raw chicken does not have the same nutrients and vitamins as high-quality cat chow. It is deficient in an amino acid known as taurine, which cats require in order to be healthy and avoid different health concerns such as hair loss and reproductive disorders.
Contrary to popular belief, cats can contract food illness after consuming raw chicken or poultry. Even though cats have a shorter digestive tract and strong acids, they are not entirely resistant to diseases such as salmonella.
Salmonellosis in cats, for example, is an illness that can be contracted if a cat consumes uncooked chicken.
A dilemma might arise when feeding your cat raw meat, especially if your cat is suffering from a medical condition or is trying to lose weight. It's always a good idea to talk with your vet before making any modifications to your cat's food.
Your vet can advise you on the foods and diets that may be most beneficial for your cat, and the vet can also determine whether or not there are any health hazards associated with the diet modifications you want to make.
When making a diet change for your cat, always carefully introduce new food while simultaneously progressively lowering the amount of old food you're feeding him.
This gradual shift can help him prevent intestinal distress while also making the change more comfortable for him. So, your cat can eat raw chicken as it is a good source of amino acids.