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Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

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What causes allergies to cats?    Allergy symptoms   What breeds are hypoallergenic?   Why are they more hypoallergenic?   Coat colours and allergies

 

Hypoallergenic breeds at a glance

  • Siberian cat
  • Devon Rex
  • Cornish Rex
  • Sphynx
  • Bengal
  • Russian Blue
  • Balinese

 

Devon Rex

What causes humans to have an allergic reaction to cats?

The primary cause of allergies to cats is a glycoprotein known as Fel D1 which is produced by the sebaceous glands under the skin, and to a lesser degree is present in the cat’s saliva.

A cat is constantly shedding minute particles of dander (skin flakes) into the environment, and when he grooms, he transfers saliva onto the coat, which is then shed around the home producing allergies in those susceptible. Continue reading

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Common Household Products Toxic To Cats

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Common household poisons toxic to cats

Many day to day products we use can be lethal to cats. It is important that household chemicals be kept in a safe place, out of reach of cats.

Never administer medicine to your cat without veterinary advice. This is especially important with human medication, which can be fatal to cats. Ensure all household chemicals are stored in a safe place where your cat can’t have access to it. Many household chemicals are lethal to cats, even in small doses.

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Petting Induced Aggression in Cats

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Petting induced aggression in cats

What is petting-induced aggression?

Petting-induced aggression common problem many cat owners experiences. One minute you are enjoying some time petting your cat and all of a sudden he turns around takes a bite or swipe and then runs off and hides.

The cause of this behaviour is unknown although it is thought that some cats can only accept a certain amount of petting before becoming uncomfortable.

Being taken away from their mother and siblings can lead to a number of behavioural problems, which highlights the importance of not adopting a cat until he or she is a minimum of 10-12 weeks.

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Pointed (Colourpoint) Cats – About, Breeds and Genetics

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Colourpoint cats

Recently there was an interesting discussion around a photo of a beautiful pointed kitten and what breed of cat he may be. People suggested he was a Siamese, Traditional Siamese (due to his rounder head), Birman, Ragdoll, Snowshoe or Tonkinese. A few put forward that he was a lovely seal point domestic shorthair (aka a mixed breed cat). The cat in the image above has a similar appearance, with a rounder face and a slightly fluffier coat than that of the modern-day Siamese.

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Inappropriate Urination in Cats

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Inappropriate urination in cats

Cats are very clean animals by nature, so when your cat starts urinating outside the litter box, this is usually a sign that there is something wrong with either the cat or the litter box. The first thing you should do is take your cat to the veterinarian to rule out a physical problem such as feline diabetes, FLUTD and old age. Has this behaviour started suddenly? Have you noticed any other changes such as crying in the litter tray, going to the toilet more, hiding, increased thirst? Continue reading

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How To Clean Cat Urine – Step By Step Instructions

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Why does cat urine smell strong?   Locating dried urine   Home made urine cleaners   Cleaning carpets   Cleaning upholstery   Preventing a relapse

Cleaning cat urine

Why does cat urine smell so strong?

Cats originated as desert-dwelling animals and don’t consume as much water as other mammals, this results in the cat’s urine being more concentrated and the more concentrated, the stronger the urine will smell.

Along with that, the urine of entire (un-neutered) male cats contains hormones which make the urine smell much stronger than that of females or neutered males. These hormones serve a purpose, they enable the tom to mark his territory, attracting females and deterring any possible competing males.

As cat urine dries, bacteria break it down forming ammonia substances making the odour even more unpleasant. To avoid this, cat urine should be cleaned as quickly as possible before it begins to break down. Continue reading