Cat Behavior

Cat Behavior includes ways in which cats act and behave, from purring when they are content to playing to other types of behavior.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Cat Behavior

Why is my cat playing in her litter box?

maybe she likes the cat litter, it could be the noise it makes or she might just like the movement.

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Older cat licking butt of kitten?

WhAt!?

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Cat Behavior

How can you treat your cat if it has a cold?

You should not do anything yourself to treat your cat's cold. Most upper respiratory infections in cats are caused by viruses that are very common in the cat population, so there aren't any medications available even through your veterinarian that will do anything about the infection. In general, antibiotics are a waste of time and money (plus aggravating if your cat doesn't want to cooperate with taking them) because antibiotics are only effective against bacteria.

If the symptoms don't clear up in a few days, if your cat has trouble breathing, if your cat stops eating or drinking for more than 12 hours or if your cat stops using the litter box, you should take your cat to the veterinarian for an examination.

Never, under any circumstances, try to give your sick cat a medication that is intended for humans - you can turn your temporarily sick cat into a very sick or dying cat.

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How do you humanely get rid of a stray cat?

Humane Ways to Deal with a Stray Cat

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  • There are many humane ways to keep cats out of an area. One is a "Yard Guard" (or similar electronic device), which emits a high-pitched sound inaudible to humans, but extremely annoying to cats. It will protect a radius of about 200 square feet. For a bigger area, use 2 or more. Since cats develop a "path" they use regularly, they will soon learn to avoid the area.
  • Motion-activated water sprinklers will keep cats out of an area. For either the electronic devices or water sprinklers, simply Internet-search "Yard Guard," "electronic (or sonic) repellents," or "motion-activated water sprinkler," and you will find a variety of options.
  • Natural outdoor repellents can be applied to a garden or a porch area, e.g, orange-scented sprays may help on porch areas, since cats typically do not like the smell of orange. For gardens, natural fertilizers like dried blood (sounds ghastly, I know) work well. They may have a strong smell at first, so be prepared. But I've seen cats encounter the scent and exit quickly. It has to be reapplied after a rain, but once cats learn to avoid the area, you may not have to reapply as often.
  • Do make use of animal control services in your area if you can. They will come up with the most humane solution, bearing in mind the needs of the cat and the needs of the community. Don't let the prospect of the cat being destroyed put you off: Often cat control proves to be better for both cat populations and human residents.
  • The cat could be a lost pet. Put up simple fliers and speak with neighbors. Be sure to ask neighbors if they would be interested in adopting the cat, or fostering it a short while, while you go door to door. Maybe you can solve your problem this way, even if you don't find the owner. Also, list the animal as "found" with all animal agencies in the area. You may find the owner has already reported it as "lost" and is only a phone call away.
  • Check with animal-control authorities. Do they shelter stray cats? Will they pick up stray cats? Do you agree with what they may have to do with the stray cat if they don't find the owner and cannot adopt it? (Some will euthanize the cat; some will find it a barn home; different people might object to either solution, depending on their beliefs.)
  • Get it off the street yourself. Make a quick, free website on Yahoo! or Angelfire, etc., with a photo of the cat and its story. Put an ad in the paper directing readers to the site. Include your email on the website. Attempt to find the cat a home where it will receive veterinary care.
  • Look in the phone book to find a "No kill" shelter (here it is called "Paws"). They rely on contributions to take care of the overwhelming number of strays or lost beloved family pets.
  • Look in the newspaper to see if anyone has reported a cat of that description missing; if so, put out food for it and call the owners right away. Does it have a collar?
  • Call the SPCA; they will either come out, or make recommendations about what to do.
  • Remove any tempting plants or items a cat is attracted to if cats seem especially attracted to your land. If you have a problem with one repetitive cat, just simply take it to a shelter or Animal Control if you don't want to adopt it yourself. Do not just take it in without any adoption papers and a vet checkup!

Handling Feral Cats:

If they're adult ferals, then contact your local feral cat agency, such as "Alley Cat Allies" in the US. They can give you a humane trap, then have the animals fixed and returned. They will usually find an agency that can handle the feeding and responsibility of your local colony, and can also give you brochures with ideas about how to get them out of your gardens and other areas.

Handling Stray Cats:

First, make sure it's not a lost pet. An agency can help you check for microchips and other signs that it was once owned. If an animal "waltzes in" and is not hand-shy, then it's likely it was formerly owned. This is good, as the cat has a great shot at getting adopted again.

If a stray cat is friendly, and you like animals, you should consider finding a safe room in your house where the animal can be socialized and later adopted to a new home. Perhaps one of your friends or coworkers could also handle this, or you can ask a local "No kill" agency if they have "foster" homes.

Handling Your Own Cats:

  • Spay and neuter them, and keep 'em indoors!
  • The only way to end this needless killing of pets, and the nuisance of feral cats, is to encourage any pet owner you know to do the following: Get their animals fixed; keep them indoors; and do not adopt an animal unless they intend to take care of it permanently.
  • I would encourage readers to keep reading online and checking with a variety of reputable books (check your library), veterinarians, animal charities and other people who actually know what they're talking about.
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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Cat Behavior

Why do cats lick when you scratch their back?

Not all felines will exhibit a licking behavior when their back is being scratched.

The licking behavior, while common, is more of an individualistic behavior, and most likely a grooming response. When the cats back is being scratched, the cat feels something similar to self grooming or grooming from another cat, and some will lick the air in time with the stroking.

Licking in response to stroking or scratching is not necessarily a species wide behavior however, and not all cats will react similarly.

A response that is very close to being species wide is the movement when the base of their tail is scratched. Most cats will stiffen the legs and tail, raising their posterior high on straightened legs and many will additionally appear to point their lower jaw, stiffen the neck and turn their head toward their back. Most experts suggest that cats enjoy having the base of their tail scratched... 1.) Because it is sexually stimulating, and 2.) because this is an area inhabited by fleas and scratching there relieves an itch. I suspect that both may be factual.

It is not advisable to attempt this scratching on a cat you are not very familiar with, as some will be inclined to bite when the base of their tail is scratched; especially if the scratching is done a bit too aggressively.

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Is friskies or whiskas better for kittens?

Yes

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Mice and Rats

Why do cats play with mice before they kill them?

Sometimes it may appear as if cats are playing with their prey, or in this case mice. And sometimes they are. However, most often they are actually making sure their prey can't hurt them, so they are stunning their prey before giving it the killing bite. The killing bite requires a swift bite to the throat, but this exposes the cat's neck and belly to the prey. To avoid possible injury, they "play" with their prey.

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Beavers

Can you feed a baby squirrel cat milk?

The cat milk will not have all the nutrients, or enough of the nutrients that the squirrel requires. I'm no expert and i don't think it will hurt the squirrel but it would be better if the baby squirrel could have its mother instead. or course if the mother is out of the option you could always talk to a vet or wildlife management; there should also be plenty of info on the web about it; but don't feed it processed milk. if the cat will let the squirrel nurse then go ahead and let it be but look for other options because there may be something in the cat milk that would be detrimental the the baby squirrels health.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Cat Behavior

How old does a cat need to be neutered?

Vets usually recommend 4 1/2 to 5 months, the Humane Society and Animal Control will do it much earlier (8wks) in order to get them adopted sooner. Most veterinarians do not recommend doing it that early though.
In the United States, most veterinarians advocate neutering your male cat at about 4 months of age. However, a veterinarian experienced with performing surgery for a shelter can neuter a kitten down to about 2 months of age with no worries about surgical complications - the minimum weight is about 2 pounds for surgery.
I am not completely sure, but i think it should be before he reaches 6 months old.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Behavior
Mice and Rats

What does it mean when there is a dead cat outside your door?

If the cat's eyes are closed and there is no blood, it likely means that your porch seemed like a quiet place that the cat could go to die in peace. It probably went there to lie down and be left alone.

Another possibility is that someone found or accidentally killed the cat, and thought it was yours and was trying to give you closure. Someone hit my neighbor's dog once, read the address on the collar wrong, and left it at MY door. I knew the dog, had the pleasure of telling the owner her dog had been killed, she thought I did it and now she won't speak to me.

If the cat was obviously murdered, you should call the police, and try to think of anyone that might have done this. Sometimes exes or enemies who have psychological problems will do things like this to terrorize you. Buy a camera, and film your door at night.

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Warriors Book Series
Cat Behavior

Is a male medicine cat allowed to have kits?

Well, male cats cannot obviously have kits. In Warriors, it is the same for male and female medicine cats. They cannot have kits whatsoever.

EDIT: It also says medicine cats cannot have mates.

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Eyes
Cat Products
Cat Behavior

What happens if honey gets in your eyes?

You just rush to the tap and wash it off or better yet if you happen to have warm water nearby the better, it makes the honey soften and easy to clean off. Honey is acidic and could give you a pink eye if you don't wash it off immediately. Make sure you use lots of water but don't rub your eyes too hard, just softly to allow it to flow without force (assuming its not a whole jar in your eye).

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Do cats eat you when you die?

Humourus Answer

Would you eat your cat if it died? No. You would most likely bury it. Cats will do the same for you. Since they are much smaller and weaker than us, they will take you apart piece by piece and attempt to bury you in the litter box. So make sure your litter box is kept clean so your cats have a place to bury you. It is also recommended that you keep your wallet in a place easily accessible to your cat so that it may use your credit card to purchase more food at the grocery store. Some cats have even been known to start their own small business in the absence of an owner so that they can make sure that the heat does not get shut off in winter months. I hope this answers your question!

The answer above is not serious, so disregard if in search of a proper answer

Serious Answer

Put simply; YES.

Cats, even our pet cats, ARE still animals and WILL EAT ANY needed source of food. A cat with no other source of food could eat you if you died. It is just basic survival.

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Cat Behavior

Why do cats wander away and disappear for a week?

The first thing I'd ask is, is the cat a tom? And if so, is he fixed? A tomcat in his natural state is driven by instinct to wander, so he can expand his territory to include as many females as possible. While girl cats are happiest with a small area of territory around their home, where they feel safe, tomcats are used to confrontation and territorial war.

If your cat is neutered or female, this becomes a more difficult question. (Unless the tom was neutered late in life, in which case his instincts are probably still in effect.) Is it possible that your cat has "two homes"? If someone else is feeding them, they effectively have two home territories, and might go back and forth between them.

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Cat Behavior
Cockroaches

If a cat eats a cockroach what will happen?

Unless the roach had been into something poisonous - nothing.

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Cat Behavior

Do cats like to be kissed?

Not unless you love it and it loves you. This will happen by playing with it and helping it out around the house. Get the cat's trust and it will let you kiss it. Otherwise your face won't look so nice after....

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Cat Health
Cat Behavior

Why do cats eat string?

Cats are very playful, and they see string as a toy. Biting and chewing are some of the ways a cat will play with an object.

However, you shouldn't let your cat eat string, or even play with string, due to health risks associated with cats eating string. String can easily get caught around or block up part of the cat's digestive system which, in some cases, can be fatal. It is also quite possible for the cat itself to get stuck or tangled in string even without eating it. Surgery is usually the most effective way of removing not only string, but also rubber bands, thread, etc. This can be costly.

Also, DO NOT pull on string coming out of a cat's mouth or butt. This can cut intestines! if you see a cat with string coming out of a cat's mout or butt take them to the vet immediately.

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How do you work out your age in cat years?

  1. Allow 15 human years for the first year of your cat's life.
  2. Add nine years for the second year. A two-year old cat will approximate 24 human years.
  3. Add four human years each for successive years of his life.

**about.com

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How many pounds of food does a cat eat monthly?

This really depends on the quality of the food the cat is fed on, also how much food the cat eats in a day (the lower quality the food, the more the cat will eat). For a cat fed on a premium-quality wet cat food, it would probably eat approximately 15lbs of food per month.

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Can you fix a male cat at home?

By fix you obviously mean neutered and that requires an operation which can only be preformed by a vet in proper conditions. It should not be done at home because if something goes wrong the cat's life is in danger. Also the vet has years of training and only they should handle your cat. So never attempt to neuter a cat at home. For a male cat they generally put him under general anaesthesia so it's very important to take him to the vet. Please never attempt to neuter your cat at home !

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Cat Behavior
Cat Breeding and Mating

Will a male cat run away to mate?

In my experience with my male cat, is yes. Just last month my male cat, Alex, ran off because of mating season. My dad said he'll be back... but he didnt. so yes to the ?.

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Doves and Pigeons

Do cats eat pigeons?

They do. Often cats will instinctively hunt small animals such as pigeons and rabbits. They may also eat this, but if they're house cats they may have trouble keeping the animal down, and so they may regurgitate the corpse.

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Cat Health
Cat Behavior

What happens if a cat eats a blue tailed skink?

the skink will die

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Cat Health
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My cat is still the size of a kitten but she is a few years old and when she was younger she had some issues with her back and front paws if we took her to the vet would she be put down?

if you feel there might be a problem with your pet and don't know what it is, you should probably go to the vet! no one can force you to put your animal down, but they can make suggestions. there might be a problem bigger than you think. then again it could be much smaller, too.

a few years ago i had a cat with a growth problem as well. difference is, she had a heart condition, would yowl all the time, and would seizure from time to time. we had to put her down, because she was suffering. sometimes you have to put aside what you want, from what's best for your pet, even if it is sad.

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Why does my cat bite my hair?

Because it looks like a toy, moving string, cat feathers, whatever! the cat will attack it because its moving and small.

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