Ear Notching or Tipping in Feral Cats: What is it?

Ear tipping and ear notching in cats

Why do some cats have a notch or tipped ear?

Ear notching or ear tipping is a universal sign that a feral cat has been spayed or neutered (desexed), vaccinated and then returned to its colony. Veterinarians notch or tip the ear during spay/neuter surgery which helps to identify a trap, neuter, return (TNR) cat from a distance.

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Eco-Friendly Cat Litters

Eco-friendly cat litters

Most of us want to reduce our carbon footprint and are looking at ways to reduce waste and our impact on the environment. This extends to petcare and looking for sustainable products we can use with our cats.

Cat litter was invented by Edward Lowe in 1947, before then, cats either eliminated outside or if they had to stay indoors, sand and ash was used (imagine the mess). Lowe’s neighbour (or acquaintance), Kay Draper asked Ken if he had any good absorbents for cat waste and Lowe gave her Fuller’s earth, which she found worked better than sand and ash. Ken launched “Kitty Litter”, which he initially gave to pet shops and handed out at pet shows before setting up a network of distributors to launch the product nationally.

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Why Do Cats Like To Sit On Our Things?

Why do cats sit on our things?

Every cat owner has experienced their cat sitting on our laptop, book, newspaper or clothes. There are a few scenarios when it comes to cats sitting on our things. While cats have retained some of their former wild-behaviours, thousands of years of domestication has also created a loving and sentient creature who wants to be a part of their human family.

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How To Tell If A Cat Has Been Spayed Or Neutered

How to tell if a cat has been spayed or neutered

At a glance

  • Tattoo in the ear
  • Ear notch
  • No testicles
  • Scar on the midline or flank (female)
  • Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) test (female
  • No estrus (female)
  • Absent stud jowls  (male)

 

Adopting a cat is a huge responsibility and top of the list is making sure they are spayed or neutered (desexed) to prevent more unwanted kittens as well as the added health benefits. But not all cats come with a history which tells us if they have been desexed or not.

Most pet owners want to spay or neuter their cat, and many councils are requiring pet owners to register their cats and pay a fee. This fee is significantly reduced for pet owners who have confirmation that their cat has been spayed or neutered. Naturally, pet owners need a way to find this information out and have a veterinarian certify that the cat is in fact already spayed or neutered.

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Osteodystrophy in Scottish Fold Cats

Osteodystrophy in Scottish Fold cats

What is osteodystrophy?

Osteochondrodysplasia is a name used to describe a number of developmental disorders of the cat’s skeletal system. The two most common forms of osteochondrodysplasia are achondroplasia (dwarfism), which causes a shortening of the limbs in the Munchkin cat and related breeds and osteodystrophy (osteo=bone, dystrophy=disorder), which occurs in Scottish Folds and is the focus of this article.

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Is It Normal For A Cat To Lose Its Teeth?

Is it normal for a cat to lose teeth?

Cats have two sets of teeth, the baby (deciduous or milk) teeth and adult (non-deciduous) teeth. Teething in kittens begins with the appearance of the first baby teeth around 2-3 weeks, and by the eighth week, all 26 baby teeth are in. From 12-16 weeks the baby teeth start to fall out and are replaced by the adult teeth. During this time, pet owners may notice baby teeth in the home, although it is not unusual for the kitten to swallow the teeth when they eat. All of the adult teeth are in by eight months.

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British Longhair Breed Profile

British Longhair breed profile
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Energy: Low to medium
  • Temperament: Good-natured, quiet, independent, amiable
  • Weight: Males 6-9 kg (13.2 – 19.8 lbs), females 4-6 kg (8.8 – 13.2 lbs)
  • Colours: Blue, black, red, fawn, lilac, chocolate, cinnamon in solid and bicolour
  • Grooming: Daily
  • Other names:  British Longhair Variant, British Semi-Longhair, Lowlander (United States), Britannica (Europe)
  • Cost: $1,000-$1,500

The British Longhair is a medium to large semi-longhaired cat who originated from Britain and is essentially a British Shorthair with longer fur.

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Achondroplasia Dwarfism in Cats

Achondroplasia in cats

What is achondroplasia?

Achondroplasia (ACH) is a form of osteochondrodysplasia, which is a general term for the abnormal development (dysplasia) of the bones (osteo) and cartilage (chondro). This hereditary disorder is characterised by short legs with a normal body and head and is what gives the Munchkin cat its unique appearance.

Achondroplasia is a form of dwarfism and is caused by a mutation of the fibroblast growth factor receptor gene. This gene is autosomal dominant, which means the cat only needs to inherit the gene from one parent to be short-legged and it is lethal in its homozygous form, which occurs when kittens have two copies of the gene, one from each parent.

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Cleaning Cat Water Bowls

Cleaning cat water bowls

Water bowl maintenance

Pet care goes beyond feeding and scooping out the litter trays. Just like we don’t like dirty dishes, neither do our feline companions. A lot of pet owners refill their cat’s water bowl daily, but don’t clean it between water changes.

The National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) swabbed 30 household items from 22 households and found pet dishes to be the fourth germiest items in the home. Another study by Hartbury University found life-threatening bacteria in dog water bowls which included E.coli, salmonella and MRSA. The study found bacteria were more likely to thrive in plastic and ceramic bowls.

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