How Do Cats Get Winter Coats?

How do cats get winter coats?

What triggers cats to grow a winter coat?

Most pet owners will notice that their cat’s coat grows thicker during the cooler months and once spring arrives, the coat sheds, leaving behind a much thinner. Scientists have found that growth of the winter coat is triggered by shortening daylight hours, and not a drop in temperature.

Once daylight hours begin to shorten, information is relayed via the retinohypothalamic tract to a master clock known as suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) in the hypothalamus which encodes these signals and disseminates them throughout the cat to drive the circadian and circannual changes in physiology. At the pineal gland, the SCN signal affects melatonin secretion (a hormone that modulates hair growth) and the length of daylight hours is proportional to the duration of melatonin production. Melatonin suppresses prolactin secretion, which regulates the hair follicle cycle.  Increased production of the melatonin and declining prolactin trigger winter coat growth in cats. As days become longer in spring, melatonin production declines and prolactin increases, leading to shedding.

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Is Bird’s Nest Fern Toxic to Cats?

Is bird's nest fern toxic to cats?

Is bird’s nest fern toxic to cats? Bird’s nest fern (Asplenium nidus) is non toxic to cats and is safe to grow in homes or gardens with cats. What is bird’s nest fern? Family: Aspleniaceae Botanical name: Asplenium nidus Common names: Birds nest fern, Bird’s nest fern, bird’s-nest fern, nest fern, bird’s nest spleenwort, wild birdsnest … Read more

Can Cats Eat Salmon?

Can cats eat salmon?

Can cats eat salmon?

Cats can eat salmon as an occasional treat, but as it does not contain all the necessary vitamins and minerals, should not be a part of a cat’s regular diet.

Salmon is a rich source of protein, is low in saturated fat and is rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, potassium and selenium.

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Can Cats Eat Christmas Ham?

Can cats eat Christmas ham?

Can cats eat Christmas ham?

Cats can eat Christmas ham, but only in very small quantities. Ham is non-toxic, but it can cause issues due to the high sodium content. Another potential danger is if the ham has been prepared with garlic or onion, which are both toxic to cats.

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Can Cats Eat Christmas Beetles?

Can cats eat Christmas beetles?

Can cats eat Christmas beetles? Cats can eat Christmas beetles, however, they shouldn’t. While Christmas beetles are safe for cats to eat, their numbers are diminishing at an alarming rate. Aside from their declining numbers, there is a small risk that Christmas beetles have been deliberately sprayed or accidentally exposed to insect spray, which can … Read more

Is Norway Spruce (Picea abies) Toxic to Cats?

Is Norway Spruce toxic to cats?

Is Norway spruce toxic to cats? Norway spruce (Picea abies) is non-toxic to cats and is safe to keep as a Christmas tree in homes with pets with care. What is Norway spruce? Genus: Picea Family: Pinaceae Botanical name: Picea abies Common names: Common spruce, European spruce, Christmas tree Popular cultivars: ‘Pumila’, ‘Witches Brood’, ‘Gold Drift’, … Read more