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Wellbeing and medical needs of cats, including maintaining health, illnesses, and injuries

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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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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health

Are cats colorblind?

No, they are not color blind. They see some colors, but not all colors. And they see colors differently than humans do.

Cats seem to be able to distinguish between higher frequency colors, meaning cats respond to the colors purple, blue, green and possibly yellow range. Red, orange and brown colors appear to fall outside cats color range and are most likely seen as shades of grey or purple.

Purple, blue and green appear to be the strongest colors perceived by cats. Tests suggest cats can distinguish between more shades or levels of gray than can humans.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Domestic Cat Breeds

What color do cats see?

We believe cats do see in color, although not exactly the way we do. In past tests, cats appeared to distinguish between the low to mid light wave spectrum (higher frequency), meaning cats responded to the colors purple, blue, green and yellow range. Red, orange and brown colors appear to fall outside cats color range and are most likely seen as shades of gray or purple. Cats appear to see less saturation in colors than do humans, meaning cats do not see colors as intensely or vibrantly. Blue and green appear to be the strongest colors perceived by cats. Tests suggest cats can distinguish between more shades or levels of gray than can humans.
Cats, like dogs, can see some colours: They can tell the difference between red, blue and yellow, and between red and green, although these are less distinguishable. Cats are able to distinguish between blues and violets better than between colours near the red end of the spectrum.

Colour is of little importance to cats. They hunt by the motion of their prey, not by its colour.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
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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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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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Cat Behavior

Is friskies or whiskas better for kittens?

Neither. Both brands are incredibly low quality. Both the dry food is packed with grains and cereals that offer no nutritional value whatsoever to a cat or kitten, and both dry and wet of both Friskies and Whiskas have a very low meat quality and content. The ingredients of Whiskas in particular, are very unclear on what exactly is in the food.

Kittens and cats are strict carnivores. They get all their nutritional needs from meat. Kittens in particular, need a lot of Protein and Fat in order to grow and develop in a healthy manner. Kittens need twice as much Protein as an adult cat does. Feeding a low quality food means the kitten has to eat more food in order to get all the nutrients it needs.

The best cat foods are the ones with a very high meat content (labelled as Chicken, Turkey, Tuna, etc.) as the first ingredient. Be sure to keep away from Ingredients such as grain, corn, wheat gluten, various sugars as they serve no nutritional value to the cat whatsoever. Corns and grains pack the food with carbohydrates, which is essentially cheap filler. Cats are not designed to digest such a high number of carbohydrate (they only need 3-4% of their daily intake).

For high-quality Cat food there is: Blue Buffalo, Felidae, Weruva, California Natural, Instinct, Prairie, Natural Balance, Eagle Pack, Wellness, EVO, Grau, Animonda Carny, Bozita, HiLife, Feline Fayre, to name a few.

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If you switch to a high quality food, your cats will eat less and poop less! Since switching to Blue Buffalo, our cats' fur is shinier, they are more playful, they don't poop as much and they aren't obese. Buy the highest quality food you can afford. Blue Buffalo is $3 a pound for the dry food, but worth it.

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Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Cat Health
Veterinary Medicine

Can cats have Tylenol?

No, you cannot give Tylenol to cats for pain because it can cause a fatal reaction (Heinz body anemia). Even a single pill is far too much and could kill your cat.

This is why you should never give people medication to pets - they are not small humans and what would be safe for you may be lethal to them.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health

How many litters can a cat have in a cats lifetime?

Cats often come into heat every couple of weeks, with a gestation period of around 63 days. A Queen will often come back into heat when the kittens are weaned (around six to eight weeks). So, a female cat can have many, many litters during her lifetime.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health

My cat has green puss coming out of eyes for 2 days what is that?

It most likely means your cat has an infection. See a vet for a proper examination.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Animal Parasites

How do cats get worms?

Cats can pick up worms by ingestion such as with flea's and the tapeworm which is carried by the Flea, hookworms in the grass, and by other animals that already have these parasites. some kittens get them from their mothers who have them already. and yes cats can get heartworm also, from our mosquito non friends.

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Cat Health
Cat Behavior
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
Signs and Omens

What does it mean when there is a dead CAT in front of the door?

It means that it died of hunger or cold. or maybe someone poisoned it.. lol

maybe it has something to do with bad luck too?

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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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Dog Health
Cat Health
Animal Parasites

Will dog flea drops hurt a cat?

Yes! It well harm your cat because dog flea drops are much too strong for a cat! If you do then immediately wash it off with a wet whipe or a wet (paper) towel! You should just give it cat flea medicine. that is most safe.

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Cat Health

Why can cats eat raw meat without getting food poisoning?

A cat's digestive tract is adapted to eating raw meat. Raw meat doesn't necessarily cause food poisoning. If it has become contaminated with harmful bacteria and allowed to decompose, a cat will avoid it. They have a sense of smell that is much more acute than ours.

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Eyes
Child Health
Cat Health

Is Gentamycin Eye Drop safe for the children?

Yes, as long as the antibiotic is not expired, and has not been contaminated by something else, gentamycin is safe for children.

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Cat Health
Cat Products
Cat Maintenance

How many cups of cat food are in a 5 lb bag?

approximately 30 cups of cat food. one cup = 2.7 oz.

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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Cat Behavior

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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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
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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Eyes
Cats (Felines)
Cat Health

Can Systane eye drops be used on cats?

You should never use a product that is intended for humans on any animal. Schedule an appointment with your vet about your cat's eye problems.

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Cat Health

What is good quality inexpensive kitten food?

Any kind of kitten chow, pretty much. Friskies, Meow mix, Purina, etc.

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Cat Health
Cat Products
Cat Maintenance

How long does advantage work?

The kind you put on in drops on the skin works for 30 days if no bath is given to the cat.

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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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Cats (Felines)
Cat Health
Cat Behavior

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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Cat Health

Do cats eat sugar?

In a natural environment, a cat would not eat sugar. Studies over the past several years have concluded that all cat species, including the domestic cat, lack the ability to taste sweetness. In addition to this, cats lack the ability to digest sugar, particularly processed sugar found in many human foods and even some cat foods.

While it is inconclusive that sugar is one of the causes for feline diabetes, it is agreed that feeding a cat foods that are high in sugar is unhealthy for the cat and not recommended.

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