A few important things to remember:
Never use dog flea treatments on cats. They are much too strong and can kill your cat.
Advantage and Advantix sound similar, but never use Advantix on cats. It is made only for dogs and is also much too strong for cats (and can kill them).
(Source: The Vet Depot)
Did you know:
An adult cat has thirty-two teeth.
Cats are carnivores which means that they are meat eaters. Cats need meat in their diet.
The average weight of a cat is twelve pounds.
The largest breed of domestic cat is the Ragdoll, which weighs between twelve and twenty pounds.
The smallest breed of domestic cat is the Singapura weighing in at only four to six pounds.
A cat’s body contains 230 bones.
A cat’s body contains 517 muscles. Cats need to scratch to maintain their muscle strength.
Cats can see up to 120 feet away.
Cats can sprint at a speed of up to thirty miles per hour.
Ailurophilia is a love of cats.
Ailurophobia is a fear of cats.
Cats have 60-80 million olfactory cells which account for their good sense of smell.
Calico cats are almost always female.
A cat’s front paws normally have five toes while the back paws have only four toes.
Cats kneed with their paws when they are happy and content.
The cat door was invented by Sir Isaac Newton.
A cat can jump five times as high as its own height.
Cats were considered sacred by the ancient Egyptians and were even worshiped as demigods. (Most cats have never forgotten this!)
A cat’s normal body temperature is 101.5 degrees.
Blue-eyed white cats are prone to deafness.
The cat uses its tail to maintain balance.
When a gray cat wanders into your life, its supposed to mean good luck.
Rivers was adopted through LAPCATS in 2010.
Want to learn more about your feline friends? Download a copy of Categorical Care: An Owner’s Guide to America’s #1 Companion, a handbook for cat adopters from the Catalyst Council and the American Humane Society. CATegorical Care is written specifically for owners who, in partnership with their veterinarian, want to ensure the best possible welfare and health throughout their pets’ lives. This handbook is approved by the American Humane Association, Catalyst Council, Society of Animal Welfare Administrators and Winn Feline Association.
Cats are now the most popular companion animal in the United States, outnumbering dogs by some 15 million. So what a surprise: It seems that cats must be man’s best friend!
(Source: The Catalyst Council)
Cats need to stretch and cats need to scratch. This helps keep their beautiful, agile bodies flexible, their muscles firm, their nails shed, and their minds healthy and happy. Barbaric, painful declawing is not the answer; managing destructive scratching behavior is the only true solution for humane cat households.
Every home that has a cat needs some kind of scratching post. Cat posts come in a variety of shapes and styles for different cats and different budgets. (Cat posts seem expensive until you factor in the cost of furniture and carpet repair. If you can’t find a style you like, LAPCATS volunteers can recommend a local cat tree builder who will custom design a post for you. The posts are sturdy and reasonably priced.)
So pick up a kitty, sit down, and enjoy the show!