Cat FAQ

I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that’s living. – Ursula Andress

  1. Why do cats purr?
  2. Purring is a vocal feature shared by small-breed cats. If you have thought that only domestic cats share that feature, you were wrong. Beside domestic cats, bobcats, lynx, pumas, cheetahs also purr. Unlike other vocal noises, a purr is produced by the entire respiratory cycle, both inhaling and exhaling. The purpose of a purr has been researched for decades by many scientists, however, many behaviorists believe that the main purpose of a purr was and still is to enable a kitten to tell its mother that “all is well”.Many people do still believe that purring occurs only when a cat or kitten is happy, but purring represents a much broader means of communication. Older cats also purr while they’re playing or approaching others cats, or even when they feel distressed, afraid and sick.
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    1. How long do cats live?

    The average lifespan of an indoor domestic cat is 13 to 17 years. With the help of regular veterinary checks and exams and routine care, indoor cats are living longer than ever. Increased lifespan of an indoor cat also means that cat owners and people in general have started appreciating cats more than they used to, as well as the owners who have become more aware of their cats’ needs and why it is important to respect and fulfill those needs.

    1. Why do cats have whiskers?

    Whiskers represent a highly sensitive organ. Whiskers help inform cats about surrounding objects, movements, possible danger, etc. During stressful events, a cat can lower or raise its whiskers as a mean of communication. Also, whiskers have an important role in helping cats to navigate tight spaces. Whiskers have a vital importance and therefore can never be trimmed or plucked.

    1. Why do cats knead?

    Cats knead through all stages of their lives as kneading serves a number of purposes. While being just kittens, kneading their mothers’ mammary glands stimulates milk production during nursing. Later on, kneading is also used to mark territories by releasing pheromones that are stored in special scent glands located in paws. Cats also tend to knead when they want to make a warmer and more comfortable environment for sleeping.

    1. Why do cats sleep so much?

    Cats are predatory animals; do not try to persuade yourself any differently. Cats are hard-wired into hunting, chasing and roaming. These activities consume a large amount of energy and do not depend on their surroundings. Typically, cats spend around 15+ hours per day sleeping. Also, cats are more active during dusk and dawn so they tend to leave the rest of the day for storing energy and taking naps.

    1. Do cats hate water?

    Most cats dislike water because their coat becomes heavier and uncomfortable when wet. But some cats do enjoy bathing only when they are used to it from the early stages. Also, certain cat breeds, such as Maine Coon, do actually enjoy being around water.

    1. Why do cats eat grass?

    Some cats enjoy the taste of early, green and moist grass. However, eating grass does have a purpose in a cat’s life. Eating grass can serve as a purging mechanism from eating an occasional spoiled meal. Eating grass can also help relieve some gut symptoms from parasites and infections.

    1. Why do cats like boxes?

    Cats are predators and boxes are just a great place for hiding, pray stalking, safe keeping, etc. Cats actually enjoy all kinds of enclosed spaces where they can feel safe and comfortable. That’s why cats choose boxes, backpacks or other types of bags.

    1. Why do cats like catnip?

    Catnip is a perennial herb. Catnip is also a member of the mint family. Not all cats respond to catnip and its main ingredient nepetalactone which can be found mostly in its leaves and stems. Only about 50% of cats respond to catnip, and those that do respond tend to have different behavior. Catnip is not considered harmful; however, cats’ behavioral responses vary from sedation to hyper activity. Some cat owners use catnip in order to attract their pets into post scratching or just to increase playtime with toys.

    1. What is a group of cats or a group of kittens called?

    A group of cats is called a clowder or a glaring. A group of kittens is called a kindle (litter only refers to siblings born at the same time).

    1. Can a cat live a healthy life on dry food only?

    No, cats can’t live a healthy life on fry food only. Cats are carnivores by nature, and outside, their normal food would be a fresh prey. Since cats produce highly concentrated urine and don’t drink water voluntarily like dogs, cats keep hydrate through their fresh prey. Therefore, pet cats also need to receive their daily dose of wet food because cats are designed to get their water with their food; otherwise they could develop serious cases of FLUTD (Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) since kibble is very low in liquids.

    1. Can a cat live a healthy life on vegetarian or vegan diet?

    As explained before, cats are carnivores by nature; therefore their diet must consist out of meat and animal organs. For example, the amino acid Taurine is found only in animal tissue and the lack of Taurine can lead to serious heart problems, blindness and even death.

    1. Can cats eat human food?

    Yes, cats can eat certain types of human food.

    MEAT: cooked chicken, turkey, beef and lean deli meats. Avoid raw or spoiled meat in order to prevent digestive problems and issues.

    WHOLE GRAINS: cooked rice, brown rice, barley and wheat berries.

    FISH: cooked or canned.

    EGGS: cooked only.

    VEGETABLES: not all cats like veggies, but if your cat does, try giving it fresh cantaloupe or cucumber, steamed broccoli or asparagus.

    CHEESE: only fine in small amounts since it is a dairy product.

    Food you should NEVER share with your cat since they’re toxic to cats: chocolate, raisins and grapes, garlic and onions, macadamia nuts, bread dough, alcohol and xylitol.

    1. Why shouldn’t a cat drink milk?

    Cats can actually drink milk, but only in children’s stories and cartoons. Cats are lactose intolerant, and lactose is the main ingredient of milk. Drinking milk can cause digestive problems, such as diarrhea and vomiting. Instead of milk, try offering your pet yogurt or cheese. What does a cat drink if not milk? Well, the answer is simple – water. However, cats don’t take the enough amount of water into their system in order to keep them well-hydrated, therefore the process of hydration must be done through wet feline food or human meat food.

    1. Do cats really benefit from being spayed or neutered?

    Yes, cats really do benefit from being spayed or neutered. Unlike dogs, cats tend not to develop secondary health issues after being spayed or neutered and do live longer. Spaying and neutering won’t make your pet fat – food will. Spaying and neutering prevent animal overpopulation. This means less animals on the streets, less animals suffering, less animals getting hurt by other animals or vehicles, etc.

    FEMALES: spaying helps with the prevention of uterine infections (pyometra) and breast cancer, which is fatal in 90% of cats; females go into heat usually 4 to 5 days every three weeks during breeding season. Spaying your female cat prevents yowling, over-urinating and unwanted litters.

    MALES:  neutering prevents testicular cancer; prevention of unwanted litters; prevention of fights and injuries during breeding season; prevention of roaming; neutered cats focus their attention on their human families; prevention of unwanted territory marking and urine spraying.

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