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Feline Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I know if my cat is in heat and how long will it last?

A: The female cat begins cycling when she has reached 80% of her adult size, as young as 5 months of age. Many people are surprised to find that the feline reproductive system is seasonal. Cats are designed to give birth only during warm months (spring through early fall). At the beginning of a heat cycle, the female is extra affectionate, rubbing her head and sticking her rump in the air. She may also urine mark in the house and vocalize loudly and frequently. If the cat is not bred or is bred and fails to ovulate, this time period lasts 8 to 10 days on the average. This means that the yowling, rubbing, urine marking, and other estrous behaviors continue for about a week, then discontinue for about a week, then begin again, back and forth all spring and summer and into the fall, until the cat is either bred, spayed, or perceives the coming of winter.

 

Q: Why do cats purr?

A: The true purpose of purring is unknown. Often times it coinsides with positive experiences, such as petting or nursing. Cats that are nervous, injured, or sick will also purr. In these cases, some believe it is associated with healing. The frequency cats purr in, is the same frequency associated with muscle and bone growth and repair.

 

Q: How longs do cats live?

A: On average, the typical house cat can enjoy a lifespan of 15 years, However some live up to 20+ years. Genetics, diet, and preventative care and weight can alter that span. Obesity shortens a cats life with routine care and exams can help us detect certain conditions and lengthen the life span.

 

Q: Why do cats knead?

A: Kneading behavior in cats in instinctual and can occur for several reasons. Kittens knead while nursing to stimulate milk production. Cats will knead bedding to get comfortable. It is also thought to be an attention seeking behavior. They may also be marking territory as their are special scent glands located in their paws.

 

Q: Why do cats sleep so much?

A: Cats by nature are nocturnal creatures, making the most active hours between dusk til dawn. Conservation of energy is the main reason they sleep 16-18 hours on average. Physiologically cats are hardwired to be predators- to hunt and chase. This type of activity requires a lot of energy.

 

Q: Why do cats have whiskers?

A: Whiskers serve as sensory information gathering organs. When stimulated, they give feedback about the cats surroundings. Their position can also communicate their emotional state.

 

Q: What does catnip do to cats?

A: Catnip contains a chemical compound that can stimulate cats when inhaled, or produce a sedative effect if ingested. Not all cats respond to catnip, it appears 50% of cats have the genetic autosomal dominant trait to be sensitive to it.

 

Q: Why do cats hate water?

A: Not all cats hate water. In fact many really quite enjoy it. For those that don't, their fur seems to be the issue. When wet, a cat's fur becomes quite heavy. Cats dislike any hinderance to a hasty get away.

 

Q: Why do cats eat grass?

A: Eating grass is a natural behavior for cats. There are several theories as to why. The most commonly held belief is that it helps relieves gastrointestinal symptoms and potentially parasites or infections. Eating grass may be a way for them to obtain micronutrients. Many cats just enjoy the taste of grass. For some cats, grass eating may indicate inflammatory bowel disease.

 

Q: Why do cats like boxes?

A: Boxes provide a great means to cats to be able to hide and observe their surroundings. This satisfies their natural instincts honed in from their days as predators.

 

Q: What is a group of cats called?

A: A group of cats is most commonly referred to as a clowder, but can also be called a clutter or a glaring. According to the oxford dictionary, Clowder is derived from the term clotter, which means to gather, or to huddle together.

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315-446-7933

 

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