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    One of the most frustrating things for cat owners is getting their cat to take a pill. By the time it is all said and done, you probably feel like taking a pill to knock out the headache you acquired from having to hold your breath. The good news is that there are tricks to getting your cat to take that tablet without you feeling like you ran a marathon.  Here are some tips to help you out: • Crush the tablet and put it in your pet’s food. This is something that works well with wet food. If your cat still turns away from the food, go ahead and let them do so. They may eat when they are hungry enough. You can also skip out on the next feeding completely so that they won’t refuse the food later.  • Some cats love fresh fish. If you have some, that is the perfect opportunity to give them their medication via the fish.  • You can try the method of putting the tablet in their mouth and holding their mouth closed until they swallow. While this method is not necessarily preferred since someone can get hurt, it can work. You may want to wear a padded suit if your cat is not declawed.  • If your cat loves freshly cooked chicken, then that is another opportunity to administer the medication. You know what your cat likes, so use that information to figure out the best way to get them to take the tablet. 
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    There are many benefits to spaying, such as avoiding certain types of reproductive cancers in female cats. The best time to have this procedure done is when the female cat is six months old. This is because they most likely haven’t gone into heat yet and having them spayed at this point reduces their cancer risk by 91 percent. Having a female cat spayed at 1 or 2 years old reduces the cancer risk by 11 percent.
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    Absolutely not. What it actually does is give your cat diarrhea. The older feline may like the taste of dairy milk but because of a lack of lactase, the milk can lead to discomfort and messy diarrhea.  They do make a special cat milk that you can buy for your kitty.
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    It is an interesting fact that cats seem to mate more often when temperatures are warmer, leading people to great concern during the suspected Global Warming.
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    Yes, cats need to eat meat in order to survive. Cats have always met their nutritional needs by consuming other animals and have a higher protein requirement than many other mammals.  If these protein needs in meat are not met for your fury friend it can lead to health issues. Such as; liver and heart problems, skin irritation and hearing loss are just a few.
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    It depends on where you live as to the good or bad luck of the black cat. In England and Asia, they are considered signs of good luck while the United States reveres them as bad luck. It is determined that the black cat was associated with witchcraft as far back as the 17th century and something that many people believe today.
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    How a cat lands on its feet is due to a balance between their organs in the inner ear and their eyes. It is also due to their flexible bodies and backbone and can usually straighten themselves out in mid-flight on the way down. However, many cats do sustain severe injuries if jumping from very high elevations, for instance, the cat who may jump out of a window to get the bird it's been eyeing. 
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    Unlike the dog, cats can see color and distinguish them from one another. 
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    Typically, the adult cat can run 12 miles per hour although some can reach 30 miles per hour when sprinting.
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    In days past, people always blamed the cat for laying on a baby, causing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) but the fact is that the cat had nothing to do with the tragedy. It is more often due to illness, babies laying on their tummies and suffocating with soft toys. 
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    Cats can learn tricks but do not do it as a way to impress their owners the way a dog will. However, since life revolves around the feline, training will take much more perseverance and patience on the part of the pet owner.
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    Interesting feline facts and things you might be interested in knowing about your cat or kitten. If you have an interesting fact please post it for review and help our community grow.   Cats can be blood donors for other felines. Cats only meow at their humans and not other cats. The feline can either be left or right-pawed. Cats can jump seven times higher than their own height. Cats have no sweat glands. The brain of the feline is more similar to that of a human than a canine. Cats have great night vision and see six times better than their humans. The tongue of a cat is lined with papillae as a way to catch their prey; also helpful in self-grooming.  Cats spend more than half their lives sleeping. The other half may be spent self-cleaning. Egyptians thought of cats as sacred beings but also used them for their talents in hunting and killing rodents. The eyes of kittens are always blue at birth and may change as they mature. Cats have only four toes on their back paws and five on the fronts. The female feline can give birth every four months, having up to seven kittens with every birth. The feline heart beats as quickly as the human heart. The memory of a cat is much more significant than that of the dog. Packs of adult cats is known as a clowder while kittens are known as a kindle. As humans are identified by their unique finger prints, cats can be noted by the unique ridges and patterns on their nose pads. A cat named Dusty goes on record as delivering the most kittens in her lifetime; she had 420 kittens. The body of the cat is very flexible and has 24 more pones than people. The felines with white fur are frequently deaf in at least one of their ears. If they have one blue eye, their ear on that side of the cat is also without hearing. Cats detect strong smells by opening their mouths. This is where their scent gland is noted on the roof of their mouths. This is especially true for the male seeking out his special female mate
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    It can vary. However, cats are typically considered geriatric by the age of 7. While people want to think of their cats' ages in terms of human years, cats age more rapidly than humans and that means their "equivalent age" is much different than how long they have been alive in human years. Here are the calculations that can help put a cat's age in human terms: 7 human years = 45 cat years 10 human years = 58 cat years 15 human years = 75 cat years 20 human years = 98 cat years
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    Most often, if a cat gets pregnant, nature takes over and the cat knows what to do. As an owner, you need not intervene unless there seems to be difficulty during the delivery process.  A cat’s gestation period varies between 60 and 70 days, depending on its breed. You will notice if your cat is pregnant by its’ 3rd week when the nipples get large and appear visibly pink. You will notice visible weight gain by the 4th week. Usually the veterinarian can determine for sure if your cat is expecting. Cat’s do experience morning sickness after several weeks and change their eating habits, although nutrition is important. Your vet can recommend the best diet during the pregnancy with higher calcium and protein. There is not much else you can do for your cat unless complications occur. Then it’s time to consult your vet. Other than that just sit back and wait for your cat to have her baby kittens.     Return to cat health care
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    No, they cannot see in complete darkness. In semi-darkness, they do have the ability to see a little, much better than humans. This is due to the configuration of the cat’s eyes, not to mention their whiskers that helps them to navigate in darkness to semi-darkness conditions. The ears also stand erect and are keen senses in finding their way around in less-than-perfect lighting.     Returm to cat questions
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    No, they can see colors although maybe not as vividly. The cells that are called rods in their eyes are actually sensitive to dim light and are located at the rear of the eye known as the retina. They also have cells known as cones that sees brighter light. Unlike humans with 3 cones, cats only have 2 cones that are more sensitive to blues and greens. So they may not see all colors the same as we do but they are not color blind.     Return to general cat questions
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    Yes, cats are nocturnal and seem to get into more mischief after hours. You don’t want to punish your cat for late behavior but there are some steps you can take to put an end to the middle-of-the-night shenanigans. The first step is to make your bedroom off limits to your cat after hours. By no means should you feed into the activities after hours because this reinforces it. Instead, engage in some early evening activities with your cat(s). Cats love the feathery teasers and other games on a string.   They also love games of chase and fetch, anything that gets your cat active to expel some of its energies just before your bedtime so they will be tired at the same time. This should slow them down from playing all night. Fun time should be both mental and physical in nature and could include feeding games as mentioned earlier. Make such activities a daily routine that will not only create a special bond with your cat but also tire it out so you can get some sleep. A tired kitty is a quiet kitty.     Return to cats general questions
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    When in the wild, cats tend to eat quite frequently without any obesity concerns. The reason is due to the time and physical activity necessary of foraging for their food. In domestic situations, your cat does not have to work for its grub, making kitty sometimes lazy and on the verge of obesity. Not only do you want to provide a nutritional balanced meal, your cat needs to have ample exercise to stay fit. Some options could be to literally have him/her work for its food. One of the many options could be to provide puzzle toys, balls or other interactive games with food placed inside them. Your cat will play with that toy for hours as it tries to get each morsel.   You could make some homemade games as such, by placing holes in a small box or two-liter bottle to entice kitty to reach for the food. Other games could be a hiding game where you place food bits in strategic places throughout the home. Be creative in your efforts. Cats love to hunt and will find the food, keeping him active in the process. These types of things will help your cat with weight loss and avoid obesity. If after trying various things to help your cat with weight loss and to avoid more obesity in your cat consult your vet about putting your cat on a special diet.     Return to cat health care questions
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    It is normal for your cat or kitten to sneeze every now and then but if it becomes persistent, there may be cause for alarm. It can be simply a response to an irritant in the nasal passage, a response to excitement or surprise. If there are other symptoms associated with the sneezing, it could be a medical problem such as a viral or fungal infection, a reaction to the intranasal vaccine, drainage from a rotted out tooth or to signify a cancer. Some irritants that cause cat sneezing bouts may be from cigarette smoke, perfumes, cleaning agents and pest sprays, dust or pollen, dust from kitty litter and candles.   If there are no irritant issues causing your cat to sneeze, or you note other unusual symptoms and behaviors, contact your veterinarian to get a diagnosis for a possible medical problem. Please do not guess at what may be causing your cat’s sneezing problem. If you can’t find what is causing the problem quickly please consult your vet. We are not veterinarians we are only listing possible causes.     Return to cat health care questions
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    Outdoor cats are prone to many diseases, most of which are zoonotic and transmittable to you. Some of those diseases spread by an outdoor cat are the cat scratch fever, rabies, roundworm, ringworm and toxoplasmosis.  Cat scratch fever is a bacterial disease as the result of a cat ingesting flea feces through self-grooming. It can also be from an infected tick. You can get it by a bite or scratch from your cat. It can also be transmitted by the saliva of your cat by licking your open wound. Roundworm is a parasite common in cats. If the eggs of the parasite is ingested by you through unclean conditions while handling cat feces, it can produce a worm that migrates to the liver, brain, lungs and eyes. Children are more susceptible to the parasite if they eat dirt contaminated by feces or any form of the parasite. The biggest form of contamination is when the kids don’t wash their hands after playing outside. Toxoplasmosis is another parasitic disease common in cats and a danger for pregnant women because of a compromised immune system. It usually comes from a feline eating an infected prey or raw meat and is passed on through contact with the feces of the cat.  Rabies most often occurs when a cat is in contact with a rabid animal and in turn bites their human. If the outdoor cat has never been protected with the rabies vaccine, it may be rabid. If it bites you, wash the area immediately with soap and water, apply an antiseptic such as Iodine and call your doctor. Ringworm has nothing to do with worms. It is in fact a fungal infection in cats. Ringworm is very contagious if you are in close contact with your cat through petting or any other close connection. Ringworm will show up as bald circular patches on the skin and fur. The skin may be greasy or dry, and the nails may be deformed. It usually heals itself in cats. Preventing most of these diseases from cats can be avoided through common sense and cleanliness. Always wear disposable gloves when cleaning litter boxes or handling feces in any way. If controlling fleas or other parasites on your cat, remember to wash your hands well afterwards. With a little personal hygiene, you can lessen the chances of contracting any of these diseases tremendously.    Return to cat questions.