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
January 2020 2nd January – Happy Mew Years Day 2nd January – National Pet Safety Travel Day (US) 14th January – National Dress Up Your Cat Day (US) 22nd January – Answer Your Cat’s Question Day 24th January – Change a Pet’s Life Day Glaucoma Awareness Month Thyroid Awareness Month (US) February 2020 4th February … Read more
Types of cat grass
- Dactylis glomerata – Orchard grass, cock’s foot, cat grass
- Hordeum vulgare – Barley
- Triticum aestivum – Wheatgrass, common wheat
- Avena sativa – Oat
At a glance
- Wait and watch for several hours to see if the mother cat returns
- Cared for kittens should appear clear, content and well-fed
- Abandoned or orphaned kittens may look dirty, hungry, sickly and cry
- Don’t take abandoned or orphaned kittens to a shelter unless you know they can care for neonates (under four weeks)
- Kittens who have been abandoned or orphaned will need to be bottle-fed for the first five weeks when they start to wean
Spring is here which is the start of kitten season, which sees an increase in kitten births for stray, feral as well as unspayed pet cats.
Halloween dangers to cats at a glance Sweets and chocolate Frequent visitors Halloween decorations Pumpkins Candles Glow sticks Costumes Halloween is just around the corner and along with it comes risks to household pets as well as cause stress. We take a look at some of the possible dangers to cats and what you can … Read more
Kittens are altricial, which means they are extremely immature and helpless for the first few weeks of life, unlike a horse who is precocial, which means they are born in an advanced state and can walk soon after birth. Altrical species are completely reliant on their mother and unable to protect themselves from danger. This vulnerability means a safe nest is essential for the safety of the kittens.
Can cats have armpits if they don’t technically have arms?
The answer is yes; cats do have armpits. The cat’s armpits are located where the foreleg meets the body, beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
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.
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.