Why Are Cats Associated With Halloween?

Domestication of cats

Witches and cats have had a long-held association and most of us can’t picture a witch without a black cat by her side. But why are cats associated with witches?

Cats became domesticated 8,000 years ago when people settled in the Fertile Crescent, the arch-shaped region that includes the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and land around the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Along with the grains which the farmers grew came rodents. A symbiotic relationship was formed between cat and man; cats protected precious grain stores by keeping rodent populations down. In return, cats gained protection from larger predators such as wolves.

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Can Cats Eat Apples?

At a glance

Cats can eat the fruit of the apple, but avoid the seeds which contain amygdalin which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when crushed.

Apples are rich in antioxidants, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, fibre and polyphenolic compounds.

Cats are obligate carnivores, they need meat for several essential nutrients, fruit, vegetables and other treats should only make up a small part of a cat’s diet.

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Why Do Cats Carry Their Kittens By The Scruff

Newborn kittens are altricial, which means they are born completely helpless and unable to move around on their own and do not start to walk until the third week of life. This is a sharp contrast to precocial animals such as horses, deer, sheep, gazelles, who are born in an advanced state and able to stand and run (from danger) within an hour of birth.

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How Many Calories Should A Cat Eat Per Day?


How many calories should a cat eat per day?

A healthy adult cat on a maintenance diet requires 264 calories per day. Kittens, pregnant and lactating cats require more calories.

The best way to calculate a cat’s daily requirements is to calculate your cat’s resting energy requirements (RER) which is the amount of energy (in calories) expended in a day without any activity; it is similar to basal metabolic requirements.

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Can Cats Eat Avocado?

Avocado (scientific name Persea americana) is a popular fruit that has been embraced by cafes as a breakfast favourite smashed on toast, the main ingredient of guacamole and a popular salad ingredient. Its rich flesh is a good source of monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, fibre, amino acids, potassium, magnesium, sodium, vitamins A, B1, 2, 3, 6, 12, C, E and K.

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Tail Sucking in Cats

Tail sucking is a common behaviour in which the kitten or adult cat sucks or chews the tip of the tail; it is similar to thumb sucking in children. Some cats will suck their tail compulsively, which can lead to hair loss and trauma.

Why do cats suck their tail?

Sucking is a natural reflex that goes back to infancy when kittens suckled from their mother, which was comforting. Some cats will continue to suck well into adulthood. Tails aren’t the only target, others include soft toys, clothing, blankets, people and other cats.

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When is the Right Time to Euthanise a Cat?

The word euthanasia comes from the Greek word εὐθανασία, which means ‘good death’, and its purpose is to end pain and suffering. Most pet owners hope a sick or old cat will pass away peacefully in his or her sleep. Unfortunately, this does not happen very often, which means we are faced with having to make the heartbreaking decision to euthanise a cat.

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Do Cats Have Knees and Elbows?

Do cats have knees?

Cats do have knees and ankles on their hindlegs. The knee is known as the stifle joint in quadruped animals. Stifle joints join three bones: the femur, patella, and tibia and are protected by the patella (kneecap). The patella is a small bone located at the front of the knee joint which protects the knee and connects the muscles in the front of the thigh to the tibia.

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