What is a Tomcat?

What is a tomcat?

A tomcat is a sexually mature entire (un-neutered) male cat. The name tomcat is derived from an eighteenth-century work of fiction titled The Life and Adventures of a Cat authored by Willoughby Mynors. The main character was Tom the Cat, a promiscuous male cat. Prior to the publication of The Life and Adventures of a Cat, males were known as rams, boars or gibs.

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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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Cats and Catnip: How Does It Work?

What does catnip do to cats?

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) at a glance

What is catnip? Catnip is a member of the mint family and contains the essential oil nepetalactone which gets some cats high.

Does it affect all cats? Approximately 64% of cats are affected by catnip; kittens under eight weeks aren’t able to enjoy catnip.

How does catnip affect cats? Cats respond in several ways including drooling, head and body rolling.

How long does the effect last? Approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

World catnip awareness day: 15th June.

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Male Calico and Tortie Cats: How Does This Happen?

Male calico and tortie cat

Reviewed by Dr Sam Kovac – Southern Cross Veterinary Clinic

How are some male cats calico or tortie?

Calico and tortie cats are almost always female, which we have covered in our article on calico cats. To recap, cats have 19 chromosome pairs, 18 autosomes and the sex chromosome pair of XX or XY. The chromosomes are located within the nucleus of every cell. Each chromosome is made up of matching pairs, which provides information from the mother and the father. Genes are located on the chromosomes and are tiny segments of DNA which act as a code that specifies the production of a protein, which do most of the work within the cells and are essential for the function and regulation of the body’s organs and tissues.

Chromosome and DNA

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