Complete Guide to Caring for Cats

Complete guide to caring for cats

Choosing a cat

Choosing a cat

Factors to consider include purebred or mixed breed, male or female, quiet or talkative, affectionate vs independent, kitten or adult. All of these are important to decide ahead of time. Some cats are quite happy to be alone and snooze while their human family is at work, other cats need more companionship and interaction and do not do well if left for extended periods. In which case, two cats are recommended so they are not alone for hours.

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18 Facts About Munchkin Cats

Facts about munchkin cats

1. The munchkin cat is a short-legged cat whose origins can be traced back to Rayville, Louisiana when a black short-legged cat named Blackberry who was rescued by local teacher Sandra Hochenedel after being chased under a truck with her sister, Blueberry. Blackberry was pregnant at the time of her rescue and went on to deliver four kittens, two of whom had the same short legs as their mother. A male, named Toulouse was gifted to Kay LeFrance and it is Blackberry and Toulouse who went on to become the founding cats of the munchkin breed.

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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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How To Tell If A Cat Has Been Spayed Or Neutered

How to tell if a cat has been spayed or neutered

At a glance

  • Tattoo in the ear
  • Ear notch
  • No testicles
  • Scar on the midline or flank (female)
  • Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) test (female
  • No estrus (female)
  • Absent stud jowls  (male)

 

Adopting a cat is a huge responsibility and top of the list is making sure they are spayed or neutered (desexed) to prevent more unwanted kittens as well as the added health benefits. But not all cats come with a history which tells us if they have been desexed or not.

Most pet owners want to spay or neuter their cat, and many councils are requiring pet owners to register their cats and pay a fee. This fee is significantly reduced for pet owners who have confirmation that their cat has been spayed or neutered. Naturally, pet owners need a way to find this information out and have a veterinarian certify that the cat is in fact already spayed or neutered.

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