October 29

Abyssinian Cats

What is an Abyssinian Cat?

History

The first Abyssinian cat known to have been brought out of its natural environment to be a domestic pet in the West was Zula, a female kitten taken from Alexandria to the UK in the 1860s by the British soldier Captain Barrett Leonard. He crossed Zula with a tabby, then bred her with the most Abyssinian looking of her own young to create the breed. By 1871 the breed was recognized and exhibited at the Crystal Palace in London. Continue reading

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October 23

Deworming Multiple Cats

How To De-worm Multiple Cats

Ah yes, everyone’s favorite pet chore. One day you clean your cats’ box and discover little white chunks of what appear to be cooked spaghetti lodged in the feces, that is, until one starts to move. You know then that it’s time to deworm your cats. If your veterinarian says that your cat doesn’t have anything particularly tough or nasty then he or she may recommend a regular schedule using commercial dewormers that can be found readily in any pet store. Your veterinarian even may have a good general purpose dewormer on hand for your use. Fortunately, there is a wide range of deworming medicines available on the market. Most are liquid or pill form. Continue reading

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October 23

Cat Mythology – Cats as Deity

Cats were worshiped as Diety

Cats as deities are most closely associated with ancient Egypt. The ancient Egyptians had several feline gods and goddesses. Lions were said to guard the great god Ra during his nightly journey through the underworld. The Egyptians had a fascination with lions. They created their sphinx with the body of a lion and the head of Pharaoh. Three lion goddesses existed in ancient Egypt. Sekhmet was a fierce and powerful goddess. She was a war goddess who was sent by her father Ra to earth to destroy his enemies. She is usually depicted as a woman with the head of a lion. Another lion headed goddess was Tefnut whose name means moisture. She represented a primeval force of nature. The third lion goddess was Mafdet who was the goddess of protection. Continue reading

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October 22

Newborn Kitten Care

Caring for newborn kittens

Caring for an orphaned kitten is a lot of work. Kittens need to stay with their mother for at least 8 weeks to learn proper social skills and behavior. It is safe to take kittens from their mother at 5-6 weeks old, but this is not healthy for them. When rescuing kittens from a feral mother, sometimes it is best to take the kittens away at 4 weeks old to ensure they learn to bond with humans. Kittens learn how to be a cat from their mother, so a surrogate mom will have some big paws to fill. Continue reading

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October 22

Cat pregnancy – post delivery

The kittens are born, now what?

Delivering a litter of kittens is a lot of work. It is physically exhausting for the mother cat and probably for you too if you sat up with her all night to watch. Most cats are very good mothers and so newborn kitten care is fairly easy. Things will get a lot more interesting in a few weeks when the babies start getting active. For now, enjoy the pile of sleeping kittens and watching your cat nurture them. Take plenty of pictures, you won’t believe how much they’ll grow in just a few weeks. Continue reading

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October 22

Cat pregnancy – delivery time

Your cat’s in labor, it’s delivery time!

Cats have been giving birth for as long as there have been cats, so most mother cats have the instincts they need to make the birth process go smoothly. Supervision from a calm and gentle owner is always a good idea, as sometimes things go wrong. If the mother cat is healthy and has a safe place to have her kittens, usually everything goes well and is over quickly. You shouldn’t need to intervene unless she is showing signs of distress. It is a good idea to have a phone number for a veterinarian that you can call after regular business hours, like human babies kittens tend to come in the middle of the night, and emergencies cannot wait until morning. Continue reading

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October 22

Cat pregnancy – pre-delivery

Have a pregnant cat? What to expect!

Caring for a pregnant cat is not really that much more difficult than taking care of any cat. As any cat owner knows, cats are very self sufficient animals, but they will often try to hide it if there is something wrong. If your cat is pregnant or you adopt a pregnant stray cat, make sure you bring it to a vet to get a checkup as soon as possible.

If you have picked up a stray, discuss vaccinations with your vet. It is usually not a good idea to vaccinate a cat while she is pregnant because it might cause harm to the kittens, but if you have other cats in the house it might be necessary to protect them from disease. Continue reading

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October 19

Cat Mythology – Cats as Familiars

Here is the dark history of cats

Cats as familiars have a long and dark history in western mythology. These cats often found their way into literature. One of the most famous was Grimalkin, the witches’ cat from Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Cats as witch’s companions are still a part of the popular symbology associated with the modern holiday of Halloween.

What is a familiar? In western mythology a familiar was an animal companion given by the devil to a witch in order to help her with her evil magic. These familiars would have names just like any other pet. In the middle ages, if you were caught talking to your pet (like a lot of people do) you were considered to be consorting with the devil in speaking to w obviously your familiar. The Middle Ages were a very dark and violent period in Europe. Their alternative name “Dark Ages” should come as no surprise. Learning was confined to clergy and nobility. The general population was therefore quite ignorant and prone to superstition. Continue reading

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October 19

A Short History Of Cats

Cats And Their History

It seems strange that there was ever a time when cats were not a part of our lives. It’s been less that 10,000 years since cats swaggered into our lives. Hardly an eye blink in the grand sweep of life on this planet. Why were cats so late to join our team? The simple answer is they didn’t need us to survive. Cats were surviving just fine on their own. Then, people invented agriculture. Agriculture resulted in large scale storage of grains which attracted the usual and well know group of freeloaders, mice and rats. Grain attracted rodents. Rodents attracted cats who consider them tasty meals. The result was that cats set up housekeeping close to human settlements. Eventually, cats being cats, moved right on in. Continue reading

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October 19

Basic Introduction To Cat Eye Care

Your cats eye care is important. Find out what you need to know.

The eyes of your feline friends have often been used on horror films. But if you are a pet owner, you will know that the cat’s stare is really the inverse of what’s being portrayed on films. That is why you retain to know the relevance of cat eye care.

I Love You

How do cats say these words? Through their vision, of course. That is why you shouldn’t be frightened by that gaze. How does this work? First, the cat stares at you for a long while. And after that, it blinks its eyes slowly. Some people diagnosticate this as a cat’s kiss. But you can also say that this is your cat’s road of saying that it loves you. Continue reading

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