Why Don’t Cats Like Water?

Why don't cats like water?

Yesterday my daughter asked me the question “Why don’t cats like water?” Only cats can answer that question, and they’re not talking. What we do know is that certain large species of cat do in fact like water. Lions, tigers, jaguars and ocelots all enjoy a dip. Cats from cold climates would prefer to avoid getting wet. This makes sense from an evolutionary point of view. A cat’s fur acts as insulation, keeping it warm, getting the coat wet would destroy this.

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Why Is My Cat Crying?

Why is my cat crying?

Cats crying are a common reason they are surrendered to cat shelters. But crying almost always has a meaning; if you can figure out why your cat is crying, you can hopefully work towards curbing the behaviour.

There is a difference between talking and crying. Some cats are just more talkative than others. Oriental type breeds such as the Siamese are known for their ability to talk all day long. That’s just their nature.

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Kitten or Adult Cat-Which is Best?

Kitten or adult cat

 

So you have decided to bring a new cat into the family but can’t decide on an adult or a kitten? There are pros and cons with either choice you make, hopefully, this article will help you in making a decision.

Your lifestyle should factor into your choice to adopt a cat or kitten also. Generally, an older couple may be more inclined to want an adult cat, where a family with youngish children would prefer a kitten. Are you out for long
periods? An older cat is more able to entertain itself while you are out (usually by sleeping), whereas a kitten needs much more attention and supervision.

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Cat Mating and Reproduction in Cats

Mating in cats

Sexual maturity

Once a female cat reaches puberty, which can be as early as six months in some breeds such as the Siamese, she will come into heat. At this stage, she is fertile and receptive to mating. An entire female who is capable of sexually reproducing is known as a “queen“, and an entire male who is capable of sexually reproducing is known as a stud or tom. A cat is in the heat for 5 – 8 days and estrus will repeat every 2-3 weeks until she is pregnant or spayed.

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How Long Do Cats Live? Average Lifespan of Domestic Cats

How long do domestic cats live?

How long do domestic cats live?

  • Indoor cats – 9 to 15 years
  • Outdoor cats – 5.6 years

Statistics indicate that the lifespan of an indoor cat is much longer than an outdoor cat.  The life expectancy of outdoor cats is lower due to a higher risk of disease, car accidents and injury or death from predators.

Indoor cats live on average between 9 – 15 years, which in human terms is between 53 and 77 years of age. It is estimated that 20% of cats in the USA are now living beyond 11 years of age. However, some cats can live beyond that. Siamese cats, in particular, are known for their longevity, and it is not uncommon for them to live into their 20’s.

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How To Treat A Stressed Cat

How to help a stressed cat

We often think of stress as a human condition, but cats can be affected by stress too. Just like us, many factors can lead to stress in the cat; common causes include:

  • Moving house
  • Change in household dynamics — new baby, pet, a new partner, a partner leaving etc
  • Change in the family schedule, such as an increase in work hours
  • New cat in the neighbourhood
  • A trip to the vet or boarding cattery
  • The death of a family member (human, feline, canine)
  • New furniture
  • Household renovations

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Cat’s Tail – Why Do Cats Have A Tail & More!

Why do cats have tails?

What is the cat tail for?

The cat’s tail is an extension of the spine and helps the cat balance and communicate. The tail (caudal vertebrae) account for 10% of the bones in the cat’s body. The average number of bones in the tail is between 20 and 23.

Some breeds of cat are known for their short tail or even complete absence of a tail. The Manx cat is probably the most famous cat to come to mind. Their tail or lack of comes in several forms.

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