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.
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.
When do cats stop growing?
Most cats have stopped growing by twelve months, which is approximately 15 years in human terms. Some cats may continue to fill out for several months beyond their first birthday. Large cat breeds which include the Maine Coon, Siberian, Ragdoll and Birman don’t reach their full size until 3-4 years of age.
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.
Cats have a reputation for being independent and even standoffish, but as most cat lovers know, that is mostly a misrepresentation and our love of cats stems from the companionship they provide. This is a two-way street, and they need as much as we receive. Do cats get lonely if they are left alone? There … Read more Do Cats Get Lonely If They Are Left Alone?
Are all kittens born with blue eyes?
Yes, all kittens are born with blue eyes. Most cat lovers know that kittens are born with their eyes fused shut until seven to ten days post-birth and when they do open, the irises are blue. The colour in a cat’s irises comes from melanin, the same pigment which gives the coat its colour.
Taking a pet to the veterinarian can be a stressful time for the pet as well as the pet owner. There are ways we can make the trip easier for our pet, ourselves, other pets and their owners and the veterinary staff.
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.
Cleaning litter trays is one of the less enjoyable aspects of sharing a home with a cat, but a necessary one. Dirty litter trays not only smell unpleasant to us but our cats as well. Proper litter tray husbandry is vital, dirty litter trays can lead to inappropriate elimination.
At a glance What is a tabby cat? Tabby is a coat pattern and not a breed, it consists of four patterns, mackerel, spotted, classic and ticked. The background hair consists of light and dark bands, intermingled with dark lines, spots or swirls layered on top. What colour is a tabby cat? Tabby occurs in … Read more Tabby Cat Colours and Patterns