Childproofing and Pets: Teaching Them to Live Together

Everyone thinks that pets and children just naturally go together. Actually, they do not. That's why we need to learn some things about childproofing and pets.

Yes, there are some instances when a pet immediately takes to a child. But, in most cases, you are not only going to need to train your pet to tolerate children, but also teach your children how to behave properly around pets, whether they are your pets or someone else’s.

Today we are going to take a look at various ways that you can train both your pets and your children to get along, and have that wonderful child/pet relationship that lasts a lifetime.

Training Pets to Tolerate Kids

While most dogs are tolerant of babies because they don’t move around much, once those babies become toddlers, it is often a completely different story. In fact, many problems between pets and kids start when they are toddlers and beginning to crawl and walk.

For instance, dogs with hunting instincts may see small children moving around, and think of them as prey. This predatory behavior can awaken even in dogs that have never been known to be interested in hunting.

In many cases, dogs and cats are afraid of young children, and will tend to not approach them at all.

If a child should approach a pet that is nervous, the pet’s first instinct is going to be to run away. But, should that child start pawing and pulling at the pet, chances are that the end results are not going to be good for the child.

In the case of dogs, keep them in the “stay” position when they are around small children. Reward this good behavior so the dog will well-behaved at all times in the expectation of being petted, praised, or even getting a treat.

If you have a cat, this can be a bit trickier, because you can’t just train a cat to sit and stay. This is when you will need to find ways to keep children and pets separate, until you have taught your child not to grab at or maul cats.

Most of the time, a cat will go out of its way to avoid children in the first place. Obviously, there are some exceptions, but until you can teach your children about how to behave with pets, and know how your pet is going to react to children, it is best to keep them apart as much as possible.

This is much like training your pet how to act when they're all alone at home. Thinking about it, you might want to learn some of the pet safety tips when you're not home.

Teaching Kids to Behave Around Pets

We can’t stress enough how important it is to teach children how to behave around pets, and the importance of teaching them at a very early age.

As soon as they are old enough to start moving around, they are old enough to be taught how to interact with pets. There are different things to teach at different stages of life.

Under 2 Years Old

While children this young aren’t bonding with pets, they are aware that they are there, and they will be curious.

They will talk to the pet and call its name, but they don’t have an emotional connection with the pet.

However, the dog may see the child as a littermate, and this can be a problem if the dog starts to become jealous.

Make sure children at this age are always supervised when they are with pets. A playpen is a great tool to keep them separated.

Now is the time to start teaching your child how to interact with pets, including playing too roughly.

Make sure that the pet, particularly a dog, is not banished to the yard or barred from rooms in your home, including the nursery.

Pets are part of the family, and you can teach them to tolerate and even love children.

2-7 Years Old

Children at this age find pets funny, and they start to develop friendships with their pets. A dog may even still think of your children as littermates, and they will likely begin roughhousing together.

Most dogs don’t mind a bit of rough play, but you need to teach your children that they could hurt their pet by playing too roughly, and then the pet may respond by lashing out and hurting them.

Monitor child/pet interactions at this stage, and teach your kids appropriate pet games, such as fetch. Don’t let them play tug-of-war, as this can teach dogs to be dominant or aggressive.

7-11 Years Old

Children at this age are able to understand how to play and interact with pets, and now is the time to let them start taking part in the actual care of the pets.

Let them feed your pets, and even train them to do various tricks and other things.

Children love to train pets, and they are more playful than adults, which most dogs seem to enjoy more. Include your children in a dog’s obedience training, walking, etc.

Allow smaller children to take part in walks, and older children will be able to take the leash once they know how to control the pet.

Even though you want your kids to learn responsibility, it is not a good idea to let them take over all of the pet care and training responsibility. Children cannot give a pet the time it needs, so you do need to play a big role in pet care and training.

If you don’t have pets yet and do not want to take on all of this added responsibility at this time, it is probably best to wait until your family is better prepared to take on the responsibility of pet ownership.

Below are also additional tips about pet proofing your home to make things comfortable, non-irritating and less stressful to your pets.

Pet proofing your home can greatly help with the temperament of your pet as well as controlling their behavior.

Conclusion

Once children start hitting puberty, chances are that while they still love their pets, they are going to have more outside interests. At this stage of the game, you will need to step in and start giving your pet the attention it is now lacking.

Through all of the stages of childhood, you can help to teach your kids how to love and respect pets, and not only will they be learning and growing, so will you.

Norwegian Forest Cat: The Ultimate Guide to their history, types, characteristics, temperament, and care

If you want a fluffy, cuddly house pet, the Norwegian Forest Cat, or “Wegie” as it is lovingly known as, is just what you need. This is the official cat of Norway, where it is known as the “skogkatt,” meaning “forest cat.”

The Norwegian Forest Cat looks a lot like the Maine Coon Cat, which make sense seeing as how they are distantly related, but this is a special breed that has very special characteristics.

This is a cat is often referred to as the gentle giant cat which simply means large and gentle, and loves to nurture. It makes a wonderful family pet, and gets along with everyone, including other animals.

Origin

The Norwegian Forest Cat has been a common sight in Norway for as many as 4,000 years or longer. It has a thick coat that is resistant to water, and it is built for the cold, harsh environment of the Scandinavian woods. This is also a cat of myth. Folklore says that these cats pulled the chariot of the Goddess Freya across the sky, and they also hold special places in many Norse fairy tales. Farmers have kept Norwegian Forest Cats for centuries, using them as mousers as well as companions.

Interestingly enough, the Wegie wasn’t recognized as an official breed until 1938, when it was shown at a cat show in Oslo. The development of the breed began at this time, but was put on hold during World War II. Finally, in the 1970’s, Norwegian cat breeders began to preserve the bloodlines of these cats and gave them a standardized appearance. The Norwegian Forest Cat was even declared to be the official cat of Norway by King Olaf V.

The Norwegian Forest Cat came to the United States in 1979, and the breed was recognized by the International Cat Association in 1984, and then the Cat Fanciers Association in 1993. Other cat registries recognize this beautiful and loving breed.

Physical Standards

How big do Norwegian Forest Cats get? Usually around 12 pounds (both male and female). When doing a Norwegian Forest Cat size comparison with other house cats, remember that they tend to look larger because they have so much long fur.

It can take up to five years for a Norwegian Forest Cat to fully grow. It is taller than other cat breeds, standing about 12 to 18 inches in height, which can cause some health issues, including hip dysplasia, because of problems during growth.

Other than that, there are not a lot of known health issues associated with this type of cat, and it has a lifespan of around eight to 12 years.

This cat is smaller than its distant cousin, the Maine Coon Cat, but is similar in appearance. The coat is long, straight, and soft, and can be found in a variety of colors, including white, black, red, silver, cream, blue, red, cameo, tortoiseshell, brown, and bluecream.

What is interesting about this cat is that there is no standard color or pattern. You will find Norwegian Forest Cats in just about every cat color, and they have different types of patterns and markings.

For instance, you may see one that is solid color, or they can be bicolor, tortoiseshell, calico, tabby, ticking, smoke, and shaded. The only colors and patterns you will not see are chocolate, lavender, lilac, and Siamese-pointed patterns.

As for the body of this cat, the head is shaped kind of like an inverted triangle, with a point at the chin and getting wider at the top. The ears are medium to large size, and they are tufted.

A Norwegian Forest Cat has almond-shaped eyes that are usually green, gold, or copper in color. But, if you have a white Norwegian Forest Cat, it could have blue eyes, or at least one blue eye.

These cats have powerfully muscled bodies, with large paws that have tufts of fur between the toes. The tails are bushy, and generally as long as their bodies.

Are They Hypoallergenic?

One thing to keep in mind is that the Norwegian Forest Cat is not hypoallergenic. When you come right down to it, there is no such thing as a pet that is, although there are some that cause fewer allergic reactions than others.

The Norwegian Forest Cat actually has a tendency to shed more than other cats because of its long hair, which can be a problem for many allergy sufferers.

Grooming a Norwegian Forest Cat

It is true that cats tend to do the majority of their own grooming, but some do need a little bit of human intervention. This is especially true of long-haired breeds, including the Norwegian Forest Cat.

It is important that you brush these cats daily, and it is even better if you are able to brush them more than once each day.

Unless you are going to be showing your cat, it is probably not necessary to bath it, unless it happens to get into something and needs help getting clean. Many owners take their cats to pet groomers who specialize in long-haired cats.

Other than grooming, there is really not much difficulty in caring for a Norwegian Forest Cat, although they do require a lot of social attention.

Activeness

One thing that you should keep in mind is that Norwegian Forest Cats are extremely active.

Remember, they have been used as mousers for thousands of years. So, it is important that you make sure that your cat has plenty of play time, and lots of toys to play with when you are not around. 

If your cat is strictly indoors (which it should be), you may want to consider getting a cat wheel so your cat can walk and run for exercise.

Where to Get a Norwegian Forest Cat

There are different ways that you can get a Norwegian Forest Cat. If you are looking for a cat that you can show or breed, you will want to buy your cat from a reputable breeder. On the other hand, if you are looking for a house pet, there are other options.

The first option should still be a breeder, but there are also times when you might find one at a local shelter, or someone may even have to sell or give away their pet because of allergies, moving, etc. Just remember, if you see an ad for a Norwegian Forest Cat for sale, make sure that you ask plenty of questions before spending any money.

Buying from a breeder is the best option, because you can learn about the cat, and make sure that there are going to be no health issues. Today’s Norwegian Forest Cat breeders tend to let the kittens go at around 12 to 16 weeks of age.

At this point, they have had their first shots, and they have the physical strength and stability to be able to adapt to a new environment. They also have been socialized, so they are not terrified of new people.

How Much Does a Norwegian Forest Cat Cost?

The Norwegian Forest Cat price will depend on a number of factors, and you can expect to pay anywhere from $300 to $800. Of course, there are instances where the Norwegian Forest Cat price could be less or more.

For instance, a rescue at a shelter may cost as little as $100, while one from a breeder with a quality bloodline could cost $1,000 or more.

When discussing how much is a Norwegian Forest Cat with a breeder, don’t forget that most breeders do have to make several trips to Europe in order to research and get cats for their own breeding programs.

You also have to take into consideration titles received through parentage or in competitions, as well as their type and their markings. Also, make sure that you discuss things like spaying and neutering, feeding, veterinary care, and registering the kitten.

Norwegian Forest Cat Owner Responsibilities

As a pet owner, you are responsible for your cat for at least eight to 10 years, if not longer. During this time, there are many things that you need to do in order to ensure that your pet has a comfortable, healthy, and happy life.

Do not take the responsibilities of pet ownership lightly, especially if you are going to consider getting a cat that could cost hundreds of dollars. Let’s take a look at some of the things that you will need to provide for your Norwegian Forest Cat.

Food and water

You are responsible for providing your pet with the basic necessities of life, including food and water. Make sure that your cat always has access to fresh water, and that their food and water dishes are always clean. Their food should be nutritious, and you may want to discuss the diet with your vet or breeder.

Litterbox and litter

Ideally, your kitten will already be litterbox trained. Make sure that they have a good-size litter box, and that there is always plenty of litter on hand. It is a good idea to have a mat beneath the litter box to catch any litter that might happen to spray out or be on your cat’s feet as they exit the box.

Bed and blankets

It is likely that your cat is going to end up sleeping in your bed with you. But, they also need their own special place where they can nap undisturbed. Make sure that you provide them with a bed and soft blankets to snuggle up in. This can be as simple as a cardboard box, or as elaborate as a brass cat bed.

Toys

As mentioned, Norwegian Forest Cats are highly energetic, so they need to have plenty of toys to play with. Make sure that you have toys for them in every room in your home. That way, if they want to play, they will tend to use their favorite toys rather than destroy something that isn’t a toy.

Now that you know the things that you need to get for your cat, it’s time to talk about the things you need to do in order to care for her throughout her life.

Spay/neuter

We can’t stress enough how important it is to spay/neuter your pet before it reaches sexual maturity.

In fact, unless you are buying your cat so you can breed them yourself, most breeders will insist that the cat be spayed or neutered, and you will need to sign a contract agreeing to this.

An unneutered male cat will mark its territory by spraying, which leaves a foul odor that is nearly impossible to get rid of. An unsprayed female can end up with a variety of health issues, including endometriosis.

Socialization

The breeder will likely have already begun to socialize their Norwegian Forest Cat kittens, and it is your responsibility to continue the process.

These cats are very loving, and they get along with everyone. So, make sure that they are introduced to a number of different people at an early age, and then they will want to make friends with everyone they meet, even neighborhood dogs.

Yes, you can easily have these cats with dogs and there shouldn’t be any issues to worry about.

Exercise

Your Norwegian Forest Cat will need plenty of exercise, for a couple of reasons. For one thing, an overweight cat is not a healthy cat, so you need to make sure that they get enough exercise to help them stay slim and healthy.

Also, these cats have tons of energy. By making sure that they get lots of exercise, you are making sure that they aren’t going to end up using their energy for things that you would rather they weren’t doing, such as destroying things around the house. Agility training is another option.

Keep them indoors

There are some people who think it is cruel to keep a cat indoors all of the time. It is actually a lot more cruel to let them roam around outside, where they can be attacked by other animals, get hit by motor vehicles, pick up parasites and diseases, and face many other dangers.

Some breeders will actually insist that the cats they sell be kept strictly indoors, or only outside when on a leash and accompanied by you, and this will be part of your contract when buying the cat.

Care and attention

A Norwegian Forest Cat doesn’t need much more attention than any other cat you would have in your home, with one exception; they do require more grooming than their short-haired counterparts.

You will need to make sure that your Norwegian Forest cat is groomed regularly, and that it gets plenty of attention. Of course, vet care is also important, and you should be watching your pet for any signs of health issues. 

Here's some additional facts about Norwegian Forest Cats:

Basically, give a Norwegian Forest Cat the same level of care and attention that you would any beloved pet.

Norwegian Forest Cat Characteristics

Now it’s time to look at the characteristics of the Norwegian Forest Cat. We have already mentioned that this is a rather large cat, weighing in at around 12 pounds for both male and female cats. It can stand around 16 inches in height, and some can grow even taller.

Of course, the long fur makes these cats look even larger. They are not as large as their distant cousin the Maine Coon Cat, but the fur often makes it look as if they are.

One of the first things we want to talk about in this section is how these cats behave. It has already been noted in this article that these are highly energetic cats, and that they can be a bit destructive if they do not have outlets for their energy.

When it comes to temperament and personality, this is a cat that is mellow and loveable, or in other words, a big baby. This is a cat that is going to follow you around the house wherever you go, so don’t expect to ever use the washroom in peace again.

If you have children or other pets in the home, a Norwegian Forest Cat is an excellent choice. These cats get along with just about everyone, and they are great with children.

Often, you will find children becoming best friends with their Norwegian Forest Cats. Just remember, not only do you have to teach cats how to get along with children, you also need to teach your children how to properly interact with cats and other pets.

These cats are also good with other animals, and there should be no problem having other pets, including dogs in the house, because the Norwegian Forest Cat personality is just that easy going.

Cats by nature are highly intelligent creatures, and the Norwegian Forest Cat is no exception.

While this is a cat that truly loves attention, it is also very independent, and very intelligent. So, be prepared to have a cat that may just be smarter than most of the people in your household.

They are going to figure out how to read each and every one of you, and wrap them  around their massive paws. They are also going to make many attempts to communicate with you vocally, using various sounds, including meowing and chirping noises.

Over time, you will likely come to figure out what each of their sounds means, so you can accommodate their needs as they feel they so rightly deserves.

Now we get to the main characteristics of the Norwegian Forest Cat – the colors and patterns. One of the most wonderful things about these cats is that you are not limited to one or two colors or color combinations.

Just about any color and combination you see on most other cats, you will see on Norwegian Forest Cats.

Let’s talk about the coat before we get into the colors. These cats have what is known as a double coat.

When you press the coat with your fingers, you should see an impression left behind. The outer part of the coat is smooth and long, soft, but not dry, and has water-repellent guard hairs that cover the dense and heavy undercoat.

There are three sections of ruff: short back, side mutton chops, and full-frontal bib. The britches are full on the hind legs, but the coat is uneven here, with the undercoat being much less dense. Here is an interesting tidbit.

It takes approximately two years for the coat to completely come in for all colors of Norwegian Forest Cats except for those with the tabby markings and coloration. If you live in a warm climate, you may notice that your cat’s coat is not as long as others of the same breed.

This is because they need to be able to stay cool, especially during the summer months.

Let’s take a look at the coloration of the Norwegian Forest Cat. We can’t just say that these cats are a certain color or pattern. You can find these cats in many different color combinations and patterns, from solid colors to tabbies to calicos and more.

Some will have white spots on their chests and chins (particularly those with tabby markings), and all colors can have white buttons, lockets, and spots.

You will find tabby, orange, calico, black, and many other color combinations and patterns, and some litters can have this type of variety among the kittens.

Norwegian Forest Cat Maintenance and Health Care

If you are going to invest in a Norwegian Forest Cat, you need to understand about health care, and proper maintenance for one of these cats.

There are some health issues in both pedigreed and mixed breeds that quite possibly might be genetic in nature. But, these are basically very healthy cats that can live 14 to 16 years, and sometimes even longer.

Since it is important to understand the diseases that are seen in the breed, let’s take a look at the most common health issues of the Norwegian Forest Cat.

Glycogen storage disease IV

This is a rare condition that affects how glucose is metabolized. Kittens with this disease are generally stillborn, or do not survive more than a few hours past birth.

Unfortunately, there are some instances where a kitten shows no signs of this disease until they are a few months, and they don’t usually live for more than a few months.

In order to know if a cat is affected and/or is a carrier of this disease, DNA testing is necessary.

Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

This is a type of heart disease that is inherited in many cat breeds, including the Maine Coon Cat. It is not been proven that it is heritable in the Norwegian Forest Cat, but it is something to watch out for.

Polycystic kidney disease

This is a genetic condition that is progressive, and destroys the kidneys. Unfortunately, there is no DNA test available for this disease to use on Norwegian Forest Cats. But, it can be detected via ultrasound by the time a kitten reaches 10 months of age.

Retinal dysplasia

This is a defect in the eyes that can cause spots on the retina. Fortunately, this is not a serious condition, and it doesn’t have any effect on the cat’s vision.

Now let’s talk about how to care for your Norwegian Forest Cat. As we have already mentioned earlier in this article, it is imperative that you brush your cat’s coat regularly. Some people recommend once or twice a week, but if you can do it daily, or even once or twice daily, it is best.

Not only is it going to help keep your cat’s fur from becoming matted, it will also help to cut down on shedding, which is extremely important if there is anyone in the home who may have a cat allergy.

It is rarely necessary to bath a Norwegian Forest Cat, especially since their coats are pretty much waterproof to begin with, making bathing quite difficult.

Start brushing your cat’s teeth when it is a kitten. This is going to help to prevent periodontal disease. Again, weekly brushing is recommended, but daily cleanings are ideal.

Also, make sure that you wipe your cat’s eyes daily to remove any discharge from the corners, using a soft, damp cloth. Do not use the same section of the cloth for both eyes, so there is no chance of spreading infection if one eye happens to be infected.

Check your cat’s ears each week, and if there is any dirt, wipe it clean with a cotton ball or a soft, damp cloth (dampened with a half and half mix of warm water and cider vinegar). Never use cotton swabs, as they can damage the inner ear.

If you have children, the Norwegian Forest Cat may just be the perfect pet. These are very docile, loving, and gentle cats, and many do not have a problem with being dressed up in doll clothes and wheeled around in doll carriage.

Check the video below for some tips of taking care of your Norwegian Forest Cat: 

They love attention, and will follow your children around everywhere in the hopes of being invited to play with them. This is also a great cat to have with dogs, and it is not uncommon to see Norwegian Forest Cats and dogs become the absolute best of friends.

Types of Norwegian Forest Cats

While with many cat breeds there are a variety of types within the breed, there are no specific types of Norwegian Forest Cats. But, there are things to look for that will tell you that a cat is a Norwegian Forest Cat.

Remember, these cats can come in a variety of colors and patterns, so you need to know specific signs to look for. One is the fact that they have those thick double coats.

Their coats are insulated and waterproof, and designed to withstand colder Scandinavian temperatures. Their fur is long and coarse, with guard hairs over the dense undercoat.

They also tend to have a full frontal ruff, a bushy tail and rear britches, and tufted paws, all of which help to provide protection from the snow and cold.

There are only a few colors you won’t see in Norwegian Forest Cats, including chocolate and lilac, and the only pattern you won’t see is one that is like that of many Siamese cats.

A black Norwegian Forest Cat is truly a sight to behold, as is a Norwegian Forest Cat white. There are also orange Norwegian Forest Cats, as well as black and white Norwegian Forest Cats, and most other color combinations in between.

Comparing Norwegian Forest Cats to other Cats

Now it is time to take a look at Norwegian Forest Cats and compare them with their distant cousins, Maine Coon Cats, as well as with average house cats. Let’s start with the Maine Coon comparison.

When it comes to Norwegian Forest Cats vs Maine Coon Cats, both are ideal to have as pets, but there are differences. What is the biggest difference between Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cats?

First, we need to look at Norwegian Forest Cat vs Maine Coon size. The Maine Coon can grow to be about twice as large as the Norwegian Forest Cat. They are similar in appearance, and can come in many color combinations. The fur is different, with the Main Coon having much softer and silkier fur that is not waterproof.

Now let’s look at Norwegian Forest Cat vs Maine Coon vs. Siberian. They are all long-haired cats, and all grow to be quite large. Also, all are bred for colder temperatures. But, they all come from different parts of the world, and have very distinct differences in characteristics. All are friendly and loveable, and make great house pets.

As for the difference between Norwegian Forest Cats and regular cats, the biggest difference is the price. Wegies are also a lot larger than a typical house cat, and it is going to require a lot more grooming than other long hair cats, because of the double coat.

Conclusion

If you are thinking about investing in a pedigreed kitty, and you want one that is as beautiful as it is affectionate, the Norwegian Forest Cat is definitely an option to consider. These cats are gentle by nature, and ideal to have around children and other pets.

Bengal Cats: The Ultimate Guide to their history, types, characteristics, temperament, and care

How would you like to own a cat that looks like a leopard, but has the personality characteristics of a house cat? If this sounds like something you would like, you need to check out Bengal cats. These cats are a hybrid of domestic cats and Asian leopard cats. They have been developed by numerous breeders, with the most well-known being Jean Sugden Mill, who began her Bengal breeding program in 1963, with the goal of creating a wild-looking cat that had the temperament of a house pet.

Over the years, and with a lot of careful breeding, this goal has been reached. Today’s Bengal cats all descend from the cats bred by Mill in the early 1980’s. The breed was recognized by the International Cat Association in 1991, but is still not recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association.

So, what is a Bengal cat? Well, as mentioned in the opening paragraph, this type of cat is a cross between an Asian leopard cat and a domesticated house cat. It has many of the physical characteristics of the leopard, without the huge size, but the disposition of a lovable house pet. Their coats are sleek and shiny, and they seem to glitter when the light hits them.

Bengal cat colors have two common patterns. The one that is best known is the spotted pattern, and then there is a swirled, marbled pattern. Both of these patterns are often tri-colored, and their markings can be made up of many different shades.

It is the tri-colors that create the “rosettes” on a Bengal. Each spot is outlined with a dark color, so they look like the spots on a jaguar. This is not something found on all Bengal cats. Many have spots that are more leopard-like, with no dark outline.

Bengal Cat History

It is a common misconception for Bengal cats to be mistakenly known to be named after the Bengal tiger. This is actually a myth. There are some brilliant Bengal cat facts which proves that it is named after the Prionailurus bengalensis, which is the Latin name for the Asian leopard cat, which is part of the Bengal at origin. They have the very distinctive, spotted coats that leopard cats are known for, without the wild temperament. The Asian leopard cat is shy and timid by nature, and quite small when compared to other wild cats.

Of course, the temperament of a Bengal cat is also going to depend on the breeder. With any cat breed, it is important that you buy from reputable Bengal cat breeders, and not those that are known as “backyard breeders,” and who sell pets that have health and behavioral issues.

The breed has become so popular and commonplace that there are also many cats that are part Bengal. Even if you do not have a Bengal cat, you may have one that is part Bengal. If you want to know how to tell if your cat is part Bengal, just look for the tell-tale spots.

So, where can you get one of these pets, and how much does a Bengal cat cost? While some cat breeds can cost thousands of dollars, such as the Savannah cat, another spotted hybrid, the Bengal cat price range is on the lower end of the cost scale. You can get a Bengal cat full grown or a kitten from reputable breeders all over North America. The key word here is “reputable.” A good breeder is going to ensure that their cats and kittens are in the best of health, and that there are no genetic defects.

The cost of a Bengal cat will depend on a number of factors, including the generation. You can expect the price of Bengal cats to range anywhere from $400 to $3,000. When buying Bengal cats, remember that older cats cost less, while healthy kittens from first and second generations are at the higher end of the scale (more on generations later in this article).

Bengal Cat Standard

Now it is time to look at all of the things that you should know about the Bengal cat standard before you decide to purchase one of these beautiful cats.

Learn more about Bengal Cats below:

First of all, know that you are making a commitment that is going to last for about 12 to 16 years, which is the average life span of a Bengal cat. First, let’s take a look at how a Bengal cat should appear.

Head

The head should be fairly small, rounded, and slightly wedge-shaped.

Eyes

A Bengal cat’s eyes are large, oval shaped, and somewhat slanted.

Nose

The nose should be large and wide, and slightly puffed.

Muzzle

The muzzle should be full and wide, with prominent whisker pads and high cheekbones.

M

There will be the “M” marking on the forehead that is found on most striped/spotted cats.

Chin

Bengal cats should have strong chins.

Bones

Bengal cats have strong bone structures, and are not delicate.

Neck

Bengal cats have long, muscular necks that are proportionate to the head and body.

Chest

Ideally the cat will have a broad chest.

Torso

A Bengal cat will have a long and substantial torso that is medium in size.

Hind quarters

The hind quarters will be muscular, particularly in males.

Tail

The tail will be thick and even, of medium length, and the tip will be rounded.

Coat

The coat should be short to medium length, dense, soft, and luxurious.

Hind Legs

The hind legs should be longer than the forelegs.

Paws

Bengal cats have big paws with prominent knuckles.

As mentioned, they have a lifespan of about 10 to 15 years or longer. They tend to weigh up to about 15 pounds, but some can be larger. Females tend to weigh 10 to 14 pounds, while males can weigh around 12 to 16 pounds. Bengals are classified as being medium- to large-sized cats, with the average size range being about 13 to 16 inches tall.

One thing you should know about Bengal cats is that they are very curious, and very playful. They are little bundles of energy, so they need plenty of exercise to keep them from becoming bored and getting into things that they shouldn’t. These are very athletic cats, and you can even teach them to do a variety of tricks.

Remember, positive reinforcement works best when training any cat. If they know they are going to be rewarded, they will be more likely to do what you want them to do, or at least make you think that is what they are doing.

If you are looking for a pet that is hypoallergenic, good luck. Many people think that Bengal cats are hypoallergenic, but when you come right down to it, there is actually no such thing as a truly hypoallergenic pet. There is going to be some pet dander, fur, and other allergens that bother some people.

But, there are cats that don’t cause as many allergic reactions as others, including the Bengal cat. This is because they have such short fur, but it doesn’t mean that everyone will not experience allergic reactions. There are those who have Bengal cat allergies, which can be caused by Bengal cat shedding. Even though these cats have very short hair, it is still a good idea to groom them regularly, particularly if there is anyone in the home who has a cat allergy.

The Responsibilities of Bengal Cat Ownership

Owning a pet is a real responsibility. It is not something anyone should do on a whim, because if one is not prepared for this responsibility, they are either going to have cat that is not properly cared for, or one that ends up in a shelter. But, since you are obviously considering purchasing an exotic cat breed and spending hundreds of dollars, you are likely already somewhat prepared for a 15-year responsibility.

What do you need when you are bringing home a new Bengal cat? Whether it is a cat or a kitten, you will need pretty much the same items. These will include, but are not limited to:

  • Nutritious cat food (wet and dry)
  • Food and water dishes
  • Litterbox and litter
  • Plenty of toys
  • Cat bed (in time, they will choose their own bed, often yours)
  • Soft blankets
  • Collar, leash, and ID tag if you plan to show or walk your cat

Taking care of your Bengal cat is like taking care of any other cat. Sure, a Bengal is a bit larger, but it is essentially going to be a house pet. Make sure that they have access to food and water at all times, and give them plenty of love and attention. Here are some more tips that will help you to be the best Bengal cat owner you can be.

Spay/neuter

Unless you are buying a Bengal cat with the intent to breed it, make sure that you spay or neuter your pet before it reaches the stage of sexual maturity. This is not just to make sure that they are not able to reproduce.

A male cat will mark its territory by spraying, and it won’t hesitate to do it inside your home. The smell is not something that is easy to get rid of. Neutering will ensure this doesn’t happen. Spaying female cats can prevent a number of health issues, including endometriosis.

Toys

Bengal cats are known to be destructive, because they are so curious and active. So, in order to prevent the destruction of pretty much everything you own, it is a good idea to make sure that your Bengal has plenty of toys to play with. These toys should be out where your cat can see them at all times. That way, they will tend to go to the toys rather than your furniture, shoes, and other items you would rather not be riddled with claw and teeth marks.

Water

It is important to make sure that your Bengal cat has access to fresh water at all times, no matter where you are.

If your cat is going to be strictly an indoor cat, there should be a couple bowls of water around the house so they can get a drink quickly and easily.

Our feline pet are frequent water drinkers. You might even want to consider having a water dish in every room that your cat will be in, so they can always have easy access to their water.

Toilets

Speaking of water, it is probably a good idea to start keeping the toilet lid down. As we mentioned, Bengal cats are curious and inquisitive, and they are highly intelligent. They may decide that they like to watch the water go down the toilet, and figure out how to flush it themselves. So, close the lid, and avoid this little issue in the first place. Also, this will prevent the cat from drinking out of the toilet, which isn’t exactly the cleanest water bowl in the world.

Socialization

When you have Bengal cats as pets, it is important to start socializing them when they are kittens. This is particularly important if you have children, or are planning on having children in the near future. Bengals are great with kids, but they have to be socialized early. Once they are, they will bond with children easily, as much as they would with any adult in the home. Also, they need to be socialized so they don’t form a bond with one person and fear others.

Other Pets

In addition to making sure that you socialize your Bengal cat with people, it should also be introduced to other animals. It is nice to know that your cat is going to be friendly with other cats, as well as dogs and other pets. The earlier you start socializing your pet with other animals, the better. That way, you can bring other pets into the home later on without having too many behavioral issues from your Bengal cat.

Agility training

You might want to consider agility training for your Bengal cat. After all, this is an extremely energetic breed, and this is a great way to help them play off a lot of energy, and you will get to spend some quality bonding time with your pet. Did you know that there are even cat agility tournaments, and one of the most popular breeds in these tournaments is the Bengal cat? This is because they are agile, and very easy to train.

Indoor pets

When it comes to cats, they should be kept as indoor pets in order to avoid a lot of health problems, injuries, and more. There are way too many things that happen to an outdoor cat, from getting into fights to picking up parasites. The only exceptions are if you are taking your cat to shows, walking our cat on a leash, or if you have built a “catio” that allows your pet to enjoy the outdoors without actually being outdoors.

Types of Bengal Cats

While all Bengal cats should be the same shape and size, there are two different patterns, and they can be several different colors. It is important to note that not all colors are recognized by some cat associations, and not all will be qualified to earn championship status. First, let’s take a look at Spotted Bengals. They can have either plain spots or the rosettes, but ideally, at least for breeding and showing purposes, rosettes are the best.

The rosettes can have many different shapes, and the legs and tails on Bengal cats are generally striped. If they have some spotting, it is preferred. It is not uncommon for kittens to be born without rosettes and then start to develop them when they are around eight weeks old. By the time they are about six months old, their patterns are generally pretty clear.

There is also the Marbled Bengal. This Bengal cat has a pattern that is marbled, and horizontal for the most part. It has swirls of colors making up the marbled pattern, and for some reason, a Marbled Bengal kitten’s coat is more clearly defined than that of the Spotted Bengal, and it doesn’t seem to get what is known as the “fuzzies” that the spotted kittens go through. One thing to avoid in a Marbled Bengal is the bulls-eye pattern.

Now let’s take a look at the various Bengal cat colors:

Charcoal Bengal Cat

Also known as a Brown or Black Bengal, the colors on these cats can range from many shades of brown to dark charcoal, and they can even be a rich tan color. While still registered as brown, Bengals with light gold colors are often called Golden Bengals. The spots can be shades of brown to black.

Blue-Eyed Snow Bengals

Also known as Seal Lynx Point Bengals, these are what some people refer to as a Bengal Siamese cat. This cat is usually born a white or ivory color, although there are some cases of marbling at birth, and then the lighter color coming through as they get older. They can be spotted or marbled in shades of brown.

AOC Snow Bengal

A Snow Bengal that doesn’t have blue eyes is called an AOC (Any Other Color) Snow Bengal. There are two types of AOC Snow Bengals: Seal Mink and Seal Sepia. Seal Mink is a mix of the Seal Sepia and Blue-Eyed Snow, with light markings and aqua eyes. A Seal Sepia is a snow with darker markings and brown, hazel, or green eyes.

Silver Bengal

A Silver Bengal has black spots against a pale gray/silver background. They often have pale green eyes, and if they have rosettes, the center of each one is medium grey. There should be no trace of brown in the coat (if there is, the silver coat is considered to be “tarnished”), and the tip of the tail is black.

Blue Bengal

The background color of the Blue Bengal should be off white, and it can have peach colored undertones. The markings should be a bluish shade, and very clear, with the tip of the tail being dark grey. These cats do not yet qualify for championship status with TICA or GCCF, but it is hoped that this will change soon and that they will be given full status.

Chocolate and Cinnamon Bengals

These Bengals are a lot like the Brown or Black Bengal, but there is no black in the coat. It is dark brown on a Chocolate Bengal and medium brown on a Cinnamon Bengal. Chocolates are also called Sorrel, and Cinnamons are often called Tawny. The tips of their tails are medium to chocolate brown.

Maybe you would like to have a Ben gal mix cat. There are many domestic Bengal cats that are a mix of some of these colors. For instance, there are snow silvers, chocolate and cinnamon silvers, and blue silvers. There are chocolate and cinnamon snows. There are even blue snows, lilacs, and fawns.

You can even find Bengals that are a mix of all of the colors, and you get a blue/silver snow. These new colors can be shown at TICA shows under the “new traits” category, but they cannot be entered for championship status. In this instance, the Bengal cat price range will be lower.

Then there are the other mixes. For instance, although it would not be a show quality cat, there are many hybrids, such as a tabby Bengal mix. How can you tell if your cat is part Bengal? It can be difficult to tell if there is any Bengal in a cat, but if you notice those telltale spots, it is a pretty good sign that you may have that mix.

Finally we have the melanistic Bengal cat. This is one that has the appearance of a black panther. They are black, with darker black spots or marbling. You may not be able to see the black on black, but those spots are definitely there.

Bengal Cat Characteristics

Let’s take a look at some of the most common characteristics of Bengal cats.

You can refer to the video below for a short summary about Bengal cats characteristics:

Patterns

First, we’ll talk about their patterns. Bengal cats have two basic patterns: spotted and marbled. A Spotted Bengal can have plain spots or rosettes, with rosettes being the best for breeding and showing. These rosettes are in a variety of shapes. Marbled Bengal cats have a lot of horizontal markings, but it is best to avoid the bulls-eye pattern if you plan on showing or breeding your cat. You will find many different color combinations, and you may even see a long-haired Bengal cat or two.

Temperament

Like any cat, or person for that matter, they are going to have their bad days, and they may not always want you making of them. But, for the most part, Bengals are very affectionate, and they often form deep bonds with their people. This is why it is so important to socialize them with other people while they are kittens, so they will be affectionate with most people instead of fearful because they have only bonded with one person.

Behavior

When it comes to Bengal cat behavior, watch out! These cats have tons of energy, and they aren’t afraid to use it. They can really be a handful, because combined with that energy there is a high level of intelligence. Your Bengal cat is going to want to explore and get into everything, and they are very loud and vocal. If they want something, you are going to know about it.

Activity

Bengal cats need interactive play, so if you are away from the home for long periods of time, it is a good idea to make sure that you have another cat for your Bengal to play with. That way, you won’t have to spend your day worrying about what the Bengal is getting into while you are not at home. These are highly intelligent animals, and if not given the chance to explore and play, they are going to use their intelligence to your disadvantage.

Health

Bengals are healthy cats overall, but you need to make sure that you are buying your cat from an established and reputable breeder who is registered. Sure, you can save a bit of money by going to a backyard breeder, but you could be in for a lot of headaches (and an empty wallet) when the cat ends up having a lot of health problems and needs frequent vet visits and treatments.

There are some health issues that Bengals are at risk for, including heart disease and chronic anemia. But, if you are going through a proper breeder, it is unlikely that you will have to worry about these health problems.

Hypoallergic?

If you or anyone in your home has pet allergies, you may be thinking that a Bengal cat is the best choice, since they are rumored to be hypoallergenic. The truth is, there is no such thing as any pet that is truly hypoallergenic. But, some pets, including Bengal cats, tend to cause fewer allergic reactions in people than other animals. This has a lot to do with the fact that they have shorter coats, so there is less shedding and less dander. Yes, some people will be allergic to a Bengal, but it is a better option to have around most allergy sufferers.

Bengal Cats vs. Savannah Cats

So, you want a spotted cat, but you aren’t sure which breed is the best option for you – the Bengal or the Savannah cat. Let’s take a look at the most significant differences between Savannah cat vs. Bengal cats. One of the most noticeable differences is the size. If you are looking for a cat that is closer in size to a regular house cat, the Bengal is your best choice. Savannah cats grow to be much taller and larger.

Both cats are highly intelligent and playful, and they both have a lot of energy. They are also both very affectionate, and bond closely with their owners. When talking about a Savannah cat compared to a Bengal cat, both are going to make terrific pets. But, if you are in the market for a lap cat, the Bengal is going to be the better option for you.

Bengal Cat Generations

Finally, we are going to discuss the various Bengal cat generations. This breed began with the Asian Leopard Cat (ALC). Bengal cats are almost always bred with other Bengal cats, so their bloodlines remain consistent. The various generations are given names with “F” labels, including F1, F2, and F3. Let’s take a look at the meaning of these labels, and find out which is going to be the best choice for you.

When it comes to the “F” labels, basically, the higher the number, the further away the cat is from the first generation. As we mentioned, it all started with the ALC, so the first Bengal cats are from the F1 generation. An F2 cat is a second generation cat, F3 is a third generation cat, and so on and so on. Confused? Let’s break it down in simpler terms.

For first generation Bengal cats, an ALC was bred with a domestic Bengal mother. If an F1 Bengal mother is bred with a domestic Bengal father, you get an F2 kitten. When a domestic Bengal father is bred with an F2 Bengal mother, an F3 Bengal kitten is the result. An F4 kitten comes from a domestic Bengal father and an F3 Bengal mother. Finally, an F5 Bengal kitten is parented by a domestic Bengal father and an F4 mother.

If you are not going to be showing or breeding your cat, and you don’t want so spend thousands of dollars, an F4 or F5 Bengal cat is going to be a great choice. In fact, because there are so many restrictions regarding hybrid breeding, it is likely that you will end up with an F5 or later.

Conclusion

If you have decided that you want a pedigreed pet, and you love the idea of an animal that looks exotic and like a wild cat, a Bengal cat is a great option for you. These intelligent and lovable cats don’t grow to be as large as Savannah cats, but they have that spotted or marbled coat that gives them the appearance of a wild animal.

Siamese Cats: The Ultimate Guide to their history, types, characteristics, temperament, and care

Many animals play significant roles in history. Take the Siamese cat for example. These cats are thought to have originated in ancient Egypt, and they have a similar body shape to that of Bast, the Egyptian cat goddess. But, this is only a theory, and there is no absolute proof that Siamese cats come from Egypt. What we do know for certain is that Siamese cats are among the oldest cat breeds recorded, and that their ancestors were from Siam, now known as Thailand, and this is where they get their name.

History

Where do Siamese cats come from? Records from Thailand dating back to the 1600’s show that even then people kept Siamese cats as pets, and that they were very much prized. In fact, at the time, the only people who were allowed to own these cats were members of royalty, or noblemen. Siamese cats were a big part of palace and temple life, and were considered to be spirit guardians. When an important person died, one of their cats was chosen to be the recipient that would house the soul.

This cat would be pampered for the rest of its life by the temple priests. Now do you see why cats still act like they deserve to be worshipped? The family of the deceased person would pay for the upkeep and care of the cat, as this was thought to bring them good luck in their own afterlife. There are also stories of Siamese cats playing the part of “watch cats,” and they would let the priests know if they heard strangers in the vicinity.

Throughout the centuries, there have been many tales that included Siamese cats among the main characters, and there are tons of Siamese cat legends, including the story about how the Siamese cat got its crossed eyes and kinked tail.

No one is quite sure how Siamese cats arrived in the West. The best records lead to the late 1870’s to the early 1880’s, when a pair were brought from Thailand to England by Sir Edward Blencowe Gould, the then consul-general in Bangkok. It is said that a member of the Thai royal family, possibly even the king, gave him this pair of cats, which he then gave to his sister, Lilian Veley. Pho and Mia, as these cats were called, were shown in the mid 1880’s at the Crystal Palace Exhibition, a cat show.

One of the earliest Siamese cats in the US came to the country in 1879. It was a female named Siam, and a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes, and the first of many Siamese cats to live in the White House. She was a Seal-Point Siamese cat, and had to endure a two-month trip from Thailand to the United States. Everyone who knew her loved her, but sadly, she became sick just nine months after arriving in the US, and even the country’s best veterinarian could not save her.

Here are a few more historical and interesting Siamese cat facts:

  • When first shown in England, Siamese cats were described as “an unnatural nightmare kind of cat”
  • The name Siamese actually means “moon diamond”
  • The Siamese cat is one of the most popular cat breeds in the world

Queen Elizabeth II was given a Seal Point Siamese kitten as a wedding present

How to Care for a Siamese Cat

Caring for a Siamese cat is much like caring for any other short haired cat, with a few exceptions. For instance, these cats don’t really need to be brushed, because their coats are so short. They have open ears and nostrils that are easy to clean with a soft, damp cloth. It is important that you maintain good dental health for your Siamese cat, as well as for any other pets in the home. In addition to these basics, there are other things that you need to do in order to keep your Siamese cat healthy and happy.

Proper diet

It is important to make sure that you are feeding your Siamese cat a healthy, nutritionally balanced diet. The best diet is one that comes from whole foods, and you can make your own cat food that is healthier than anything that comes out of a can. It is a good idea to talk to your veterinarian or breeder about the best foods for your Siamese cat.

Lots of water

Your cat should have access to fresh water at all times. It is a good idea to keep a water dish in every room that the cat frequents, so there is always fresh water available to her. These are active cats, and they are going to get thirsty frequently. Also, they need plenty of water to maintain good kidney health.

Spay/neuter

One of the most important things you can do for your cat is to have it spayed or neutered. It is important for both pure-breed Siamese cats that aren’t to be bred, and for any other pets you have in the home. This is going to keep them from accidentally reproducing, males won’t spray around the house, and females won’t end up with certain health issues.

Socialization

Siamese cats have a reputation of being nasty with anyone but their owners. Yes, they are extremely loyal pets, but they can also be very loving with other people if they are properly socialized. It is important to start socializing Siamese cats with other people when they are very young, so they are used to having strangers around.

Pet interaction

Siamese cats don’t always get along with other pets, but this isn’t usually a problem if you introduce them to the other pets when they are young. In fact, the younger the better. If you want another cat or a dog, it is a good idea to get it at the same time that you get the Siamese cat, so they can grow up together.

Agility training

These Siamese cats are agile, and they are loaded with energy. They are also highly intelligent, so it only stands to reason that they would excel with agility training. Not only is this a great way to teach them basic commands, it is also going to give them the exercise they need so they stay slim and healthy.

Keep them indoors

Unless you plan on taking your cats out for shows, it is best to keep them strictly indoors. This way, they do not risk all of the bad things that can happen to outdoor cats, from being hit by cars to fighting with other animals to picking up diseases and parasites. An indoor cat is a happy, safe, and healthy cat.

Where to Get a Siamese Cat

If you want to make sure that you are getting a Siamese cat that is healthy and comes from a good bloodline, the best thing to do is to talk to Siamese cat breeders.

Start by looking up Siamese cats for sale, and see if there are any reputable breeders in your area. You may have to broaden your search if there are no breeders close by, but in the end, it will be worth it when you have that beautiful cat in your home. 

There are a number of things that you will want to ask the various breeders, including if they are truly selling pure breed Siamese cats, how much Siamese cats worth, and how much do Siamese cats cost.

Learn more about some facts regarding Siamese Cats in the video below:

You might also get lucky and find a Siamese or a Siamese cross at your local animal shelter. Sadly, thousands of cats are dropped off at shelters all across the US every day, and this includes pedigreed cats that are no longer wanted for one reason or another. By adopting a Siamese cat from a shelter, you are giving a once-unwanted cat a second chance to have a healthy, happy, and long life with a family that loves them very much.

Siamese Cat Standards

When showing a Siamese cat, or any pedigreed cat, there are certain standards that must be met for the cat to qualify for championship status. Let’s take a look at the standards for the Siamese cat.

First, there is the general type standard. The cat should be balanced with the head, ears, neck, body, legs, feet, and tail all in proportion. Their heads should be wedge-shaped, not round or pointed.

They should have clear, blue eyes and an alert and intelligent expression. There should be some width between the ears, and then narrowing to the fine muzzle and a straight profile. They should have a strong chin with a level bite, and a long and elegant neck.

Other standards looked for include:

Ears

The ears should be large and pricked. They are wide at the base, and pointed at the top, and should be balanced triangles.

Eyes

The eyes should be Oriental shaped, slanting at the nose, with some width between them. The eyes should not be deep set.

Body

The body should be a medium size, and it should be long and slim. A Siamese cat’s legs should be slim in proportion to the body, with the hind legs a bit higher than the front legs. Their feet should be small, and oval shaped.

Tail

The tail should be long, slim, and tapered. There should be no kink in the tail.

Points

The mask, feet, ears, and tail should have dark and defined color, and the color of all of the points should match.

Coat

A Siamese cat’s coat should be extremely short. It has a fine texture, and is glossy looking, lying close to the skin.

Colors

The colors will depend on the color standards for the particular type of Siamese cat, and judges will look for dark shading on the sides and back. The bib, belly, and chest should be pale.

Now that you know the standards for a Siamese cat, here are a few more things we think you should know about these lovely cats, including how big do Siamese cats get.

Lifespan

A Siamese cat life expectancy is into the late teens, and it is not uncommon for some. In addition to the average lifespan of a Siamese cat, some can live into their 20’s. Obviously, this is not a normal Siamese cat lifespan, but it does happen.

Height

Siamese cats can grow to be about 12 to 15 inches tall. They are long and lean, and are usually medium size cats.

Weight

Most Siamese cats are slim, and have an average weight of around eight to 12 pounds (females weighing around eight pounds and males weighing around 12 pounds).

Size

These are medium sized cats, and will not grow to be as large as other pedigreed cats.

Intelligence

Because Siamese cats are highly intelligent, they have a penchant for mischief, and you need to find other ways to keep them active.

Grooming

Siamese cats are easy to groom. They do not need to be brushed often, just once a week or so to get rid of any loose fur. They do need dental care, and you should brush their teeth at least once weekly and the occasional grooming and cat bath it needs.

Energy

As mentioned above, Siamese cats are full of energy. They can leap onto very tall surfaces, and they can get into plenty of mischief. Make sure that you have plenty of toys around for them to play with.

Siamese Cat Health Issues

Unfortunately, because they are a pedigreed breed, Siamese cats are often prone to more health issues than other cats. For instance, they can develop respiratory problems, especially when they are young. Some of these problems include coughing, feline asthma, bronchial disease, and lower airway disease. Other health issues to watch out for include:

Heart disease

Siamese cats can develop hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, and there is no cure. But, there are medications that can help to alleviate many of the symptoms. Another heart issue common to Siamese cats is aortic stenosis.

Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)

This is a problem with blindness that is common in many pedigreed animals that have a small gene pool. Health screening has allowed breeders to reduce the risk of PRA.

Liver disease and pancreatitis

Both of these diseases are common in Siamese cats. Unfortunately, pancreatitis is often fatal, and there are not many things that can be done to treat this disease.

Siamese Cat Cancer

There are some forms of cancer that Siamese cats are very prone to, much more so than other cats. When looking at Siamese kittens, look for a breeder that has no history of cancer in their cats, and whose cats live long and healthy lives.

Siamese cat squints

In the past, many Siamese cats were cross-eyed. This condition is been mostly bred out, but it still happens once in a while. It does not affect a cat’s health, but it makes them look like they are squinting.

All in all, even though Siamese cats are prone to the above conditions, this is generally a healthy breed. You just need to know about the conditions that your cat could develop, and how to make sure that you choose a healthy cat from a reputable breeder.

Are Siamese Cats Hypoallergenic?

Let’s start by saying that there is no animal in the world with fur that is totally hypoallergenic. Even cats with the shortest coats, such as the Siamese cat, will shed, and they have dander, which is what many people are allergic to. But, you don’t have to forego having a cat just because there are allergy sufferers in the home. Many people who are allergic to cats don’t seem to have reactions to Siamese cats, or at least their reactions aren’t nearly as severe as they are when they are near other types of cats with longer fur.

Siamese cats have extremely short coats, and therefore do not shed nearly as much as cats with longer fur. It belongs to some of the short haired cats that don't shed

This means that there is not going to be as much of a cat hair problem in your home, and there is going to be a lot less dander as well. This doesn’t mean that someone isn’t going to have a reaction to a Siamese cat, but the chances of it happening aren’t as likely as with other types of cats.

Grooming a Siamese Cat

Fortunately, there is not a lot of grooming involved when you own a Siamese cat. These cats have very short coats that don’t need much more than to be brushed once a week or so. You may need to bath your cat once in a while, so you might want to start when it is a kitten, so it is used to it and doesn’t try to kill you when it is larger and stronger. Finally, it is important to clean your cat’s teeth regularly. Again, you should start doing this when they are a kitten, so they get used to it. This is a great bonding experience for you and your cat as well, because they are going to learn to really trust you.

Siamese Cat Characteristics

Now we are going to take a look at the characteristics that make up a Siamese cat, from their appearance to their personality. Let’s take a look at the appearance characteristics first.

Ears

The ears should be large and pointed, wide at the base, and balanced triangles.

Eyes

The eyes should be slanted at the nose, and have width between them.

Colors

There are different types of Siamese colorations, but all should have a dark back and sides, and a light belly and chest.

Patterns

The pattern will depend on the type of Siamese cat, but most have similar patterns when it comes to the ears, face, tails, and legs

Now we are going to take a look at other things that you should know about Siamese cats, including more characteristics and how to care for them.

This video below will help you learn about Siamese cat's personality:

Nutrition

Your Siamese cat should have both wet and dry food, and both foods should be nutritionally balanced. If you are unsure about what to feed your pet, talk to your veterinarian or breeder. You may also want to consider feeding your cat a whole food diet that you make yourself, and you will know each ingredient that goes into it.

Temperament

Contrary to popular belief, Siamese cats are not mean or evil. Yes, they can be mischievous, just like any cat, and they do have their moments when their tempers flare, but this is going to happen with any other type of cat. Siamese cats are loving and loyal, and they are great pets to have around children.

Friendliness

Yes, Siamese cats are friendly. In fact, they are likely to follow you from room to room so you are never out of their sight. They love children, and they are usually friendly with anyone who comes into the home. The trick is to socialize them with a lot of different people while they are still kittens.

Other pets

Introducing pets is never an easy task, but it can be done, and it is no different with a Siamese cat. Just like socializing them with people, it is best to introduce your Siamese cat to other pets while they are still young. There have been many Siamese cats that have made dogs their best friends.

Attention

Siamese cats need a lot of attention, and they are not shy about letting you know it. They will cry and howl until you give them the attention that they crave, and if you stop, they will ask for more. If you are working a lot, it is a good idea to make sure that you have another pet to keep your Siamese cat company while you are not at home.

Adaptability

Most cats do not care for change, and this is no different with the Siamese cat. If you are going to be moving, or making other changes to your home and lifestyle, it has to be done slowly so your cat will get used to the changes.

Why are Siamese Cats so Vocal?

Siamese cats are well known for their vocal abilities. These are loud cats, and they are not afraid to “talk” to their owners in very loud tones. They have deep vocal tones, and are also known to use body language to communicate with humans. So, why are these cats so vocal anyway? There are actually several reasons for this, including:

For no reason at all

Siamese cats seem to like the sound of their own voices, and will meow for no reason other than to just be heard.

For attention

When a Siamese cat wants attention, they will let you know about it in no uncertain terms.

For food

When your Siamese cat is hungry, they are going to cry out to let you know that their dish is empty and that you need to fill it, now.

For help

If your cat is sick or injured, they are likely going to cry out to let you know. If this happens, contact your veterinarian for immediate diagnosis and treatment.

Siamese Cat Colors

There are four different colorations for Siamese cats: Seal Point, Chocolate Point, Lilac Point, and Blue Point.

Seal Point

This Siamese cat has a fawn colored body with dark markings.

Chocolate Point

This cat has  cream colored body with chocolate colored markings.

Lilac Point

These cats have pinkish/grey markings with a white body.

Blue Point

This type of Siamese cat has a white body with grey markings and a hint of blue

When it comes to Siamese cat names, you might want to choose something that goes along with its coloration.

Different Types of Siamese Cats

There are many different types of Siamese cats, and all of them are absolutely beautiful to look at (not to mention great pets and loveable companions). Let’s go into greater detail about the various types of Siamese cats.

Seal Point Siamese Cat

This is what is known as the original color for Siamese cats. They have light colored bodies with dark brown points. They are lighter as kittens, and darken as they get older.

Chocolate Point Siamese Cat

This type of Siamese cat has more white than others, but the points are extremely dark, like dark chocolate. They are lighter as kittens, and darken as they get older.

Blue Point Siamese Cat

These cats are related to the Seal Point, and have deep grey bodies with a hint of blue, and silvery points.

Lilac Point Siamese Cat

These cats also have some Russian Blue in their genetics, and are the palest of all Siamese cats. They have a pinkish-grey coloration from the ears to the paws, and the eyes are pale blue.

Lynx Point Siamese Cat

These cats are also known as Tabby Points, and are related to the wild lynx, with stripes, and also referred to as a Siamese Lynx Cat. How much are Lynx Point Siamese Cats worth? They can cost hundreds of dollars. Are Lynx Point Siamese cats rare? Not particularly.

Flame Point Siamese Cat

These cats have a reddish-gold point, and they have pale blue eyes. Their coats are creamy white. Are Flame Point Siamese cats rare? No more so than other Siamese cats. The Flame Point Siamese personality is just like that of any other Siamese cat.

Tortie Point Siamese Cat

This type of Siamese cat has a coat that is much like that of a tortoise shell in color. They have spotted faces that can be a combination of blue, seal or caramel colors.

Applehead Siamese Cat

This is considered to be the traditional Siamese cat. It is heavier than other varieties, and has a rounder head with rounded eyes.

Wedgehead Siamese Cat

This type of Siamese cat has the look of the modern Siamese cat, with an angular head. When it comes to Applehead vs. Wedgehead, it is all a matter of preference for the pet owner.

You can also find Siamese cat mixed breeds. Within these Siamese cat types you will find black Siamese cats, white Siamese cats, and even fluffy Siamese cats.

The Cost to Buy a Siamese Cat

The initial cost to buy a Siamese cat depends on a number of factors, including where you located, if the cat or kitten is show quality, genetic lines, and the individual breeder. You can expect to pay anywhere from $400 to $700 for a Siamese cat, but the price can be higher if it has won certain awards, has great genetics, etc. For instance, the Lynx Point Siamese cat price could be high because they are rarer than a Chocolate Point.

There are also going to be extra costs involved in buying a Siamese cat. For instance, if the cat or kitten must be shipped from out of state, you can expect to spend an additional $200 to $400. If you are going through an adoption center, there is going to be an additional application fee on top of the adoption fee, which is usually $10 or higher.

Don’t forget about the recurring expenses of owning a Siamese cat, or any other cat for that matter. These costs can include, but are not limited to, ongoing veterinary care, food, cat litter, cat toys, and other cat accessories. Your monthly cat budget should be a minimum of $30 to $50. If you are going to own a pedigreed cat such as a Siamese cat, you may also want to consider purchasing pet insurance. Yes, this is going to be another monthly expense, but it is a lot less expensive than a lot of veterinary bills should your cat become sick.

Conclusion

There are few cats that are as loyal and loving as the Siamese. Don’t listen to the stories about these cats being temperamental and hateful. Sure, they have their moments, but what cat doesn’t? Just because you saw the bad Siamese cats in “Lady and the Tramp,” you don’t have to worry about your Siamese cat constantly getting into trouble as long as you give them plenty of love and attention. They will also need ways to work off excess energy, so playtime is going to be loads of fun.

Savannah Cat: The Ultimate Guide to their history, types, characteristics, temperament, and care

Savannah cats made their first appearance in the 1980s, and were bred to look like spotted wild cats, even though they are meant to be house pets. They have the appearance of a cheetah, with coats that have black spots, huge ears, and extremely long legs.

When it comes to the size of a Savannah cat, they are obviously much larger than a typical house cat. In fact, their legs are so long that since 2006, they have held the Guinness record for being the world’s tallest domestic cat. So, what is a Savannah cat? The Savannah cat is a domestic breed that can be distinguished by their large, dark eyes that are highlighted by dark tear marks. They also have vibrant coats.

Where Do Savannah Cats Come From?

There is no actual place that these cats are from. In fact, the very first Savannah cat was the result of an unplanned pairing in the early 1980’s by a breeder of Bengal cats in the United States. In the 1990s, the first Savannah cats were bred. The first of these cats was what is known as an F1 Savannah cat, and although it may have been a mistake, it was the beginning of something very beautiful and unique.

What Does the Name Savannah Mean?

A lot of people think that Savannah cats are named for a specific geographical location. Actually, the origin of the name is much simpler than many would realize. The very first of these cats was, as noted in the previous paragraph, a first generation or F1 female, and her name was, “Savannah.” The breeder used this name as the name of the entire breed.

This first Savannah cat could have been named for the area that its ancestor hails from. The Savannah cat is a distant relative of the African Serval cat. This particular cat hails from the East African Savannahs, so it is likely that the first breeder of these cats chose this name for the first female, and for the breed itself.

Are Savannah Cats Hypoallergenic?

If you are looking for a pet that is hypoallergenic, the Savannah cat is not it. While it is rumored that they are hypoallergenic pets, there are in fact no cat breeds that are truly hypoallergenic. Then again, hypoallergenic doesn’t mean that something does not cause allergic reactions at all. It simply means that there may have few or possibly no allergens. There is no guarantee that someone will not experience an allergic reaction to a Savannah cat, or to any other type of cat, even if the breeder says that it is hypoallergenic.

But, there are some cats that have fewer allergens than others, and that those who have pet allergies are better able to tolerate. If you would like to have a cat and there are others in your home who have allergies to cat hair, dander, etc., then you may want to consider getting a Savannah cat. The reason why Savannah cats are often better for those who have allergies is because they have shorter coats than many other beautiful and magnificent cat breeds. Most reputable breeders will not try to tell you that they are selling hypoallergenic animals, because they know this to not be the case.

Serval vs Savannah Cat

Serval cats and Savannah cats are two distinctly separate breeds, although the Savannah cat is a cross between a serval and a domestic cat. 

Understand the difference of the two breeds, serval vs savannah cat, on the short video below: 

These two types of cats look very much alike, but there is one significant difference, and that is that serval cats are wild, and Savannah cats are domesticated.

First, let’s answer the most important question: What is a serval cat?

A serval cat is a cat that some people have domesticated, but it is still considered to be a wild animal. This is a cat that is native to the African grasslands south of the Sahara. It has the longest legs and largest ears of any of its feline relatives. Serval cats, according to the San Diego zoo, are considered to be endangered species.

Historically, serval cats have been well documented. The serval was a symbol for the Tomasi family of Italy. It was also worshipped by the ancient Egyptians for its power, grace, and agility. Owning one of these cats can be extremely risky, because as already stated, they are wild animals. They are not meant to be house pets.

Savannah cats, on the other hand, make ideal house pets, because they were bred for that reason. Yes, they are a cross between the serval and a domestic cat, but they do not have the wild traits of the serval cat. For one thing, they can easily be trained to use a litter box, just like any other house cat. Serval cats, on the other hand, aren’t so easy to train. Even those that are trained will still do their business in other areas besides their litter boxes.

A Savannah cat can easily adapt to many situations, whereas serval cats do not like change. Oddly enough, Savannah cats are much more independent than serval cats, and do not need as much attention. But, they are friendly and loving, and are a much better option if you are looking for a house pet.

Buying a Savannah Cat

When buying a Savannah cat, there are many questions that you will need to consider, including the cost to buy one of these cats from a breeder. So, the first thing to do is to find a breeder, and you will want to know not only about where to buy a Savannah cat, but also the following:

  • How much does a Savannah cat cost?
  • How much are Savannah kittens?

You should also think about more than just the Savannah cat price. For instance, how much does it cost to have a cat in general? Consider food, vet care, toys, and other expenses that go along with being a pet owner in addition to the actual cost of a Savannah cat.

So, how much is a Savannah cat? It actually depends on a number of factors, including the coloration and other characteristics of the cat, as well as the breeder. The price of a Savannah cat can range from $1,200 to $22,000, depending on the generation. F1 Savannah cats do not produce often, so their babies are the most desirable, and this is the Savannah cat cost that is the highest.

When buying a Savannah cat, one of the most important things to look for is that they meet the breed standards. If you are going to buy a Savannah cat, the ideal to look for is one that has the wild look of a wild cat, but the docile temperament of a house pet. If you see a Savannah cat for sale that looks more like a Bengal cat, chances are that it comes from a poor bloodline.

Owning a Savannah Cat

Owning any type of pet is a huge responsibility, and it is no different with a Savannah cat. In fact, due to the simple fact that this is the tallest house cat in the world, you may find yourself with a lot more to do in the way of caring for your Savannah cat.

Obviously, you are going to need to cat-proof your home, and things that you may think are out of reach will have to be put even higher. Remember, this is not your typical small house cat. In fact, it is likely going to be at least two to three times the size of a large house cat, and can weigh as much as 25 pounds.

These cats need medium to high levels of exercise, as they tend to have a lot of energy. Their exercise should include socialization as they are kittens, so make sure that they are exposed to friendly people and animals, and always offer positive reinforcement. They are highly intelligent animals, and naturally curious, so they can get into a lot of mischief. They are best suited with owners who are active and will give them the time and attention they need.

Savannah Cat Characteristics

Now that we have introduced you to the Savannah cat, we are going to go into more detail about these cats, including their characteristics. Let’s start with the colors. Savannah cats can be found in four main color groups:

  • Brown
  • Silver
  • Black
  • Smoke

While these are the main colors, any colors that are like those of the African Serval cat are acceptable.

For fast tips about the characteristics and some of the important health considerations of Savannah cats, check the video below: 

As for the pattern, you will see dark spots that are round or oval in shape, and solid in color. Ideally, these spots will not be connected. There will also be parallel stripes going from the back of the head to just above the shoulder blades, and they will spread out across the back a bit. Some Savannah cats also have smaller spots on their legs, feet, and even on their faces. They have coats of dense hair that is short and coarse.

Eyes

Now we take a look at the eyes. They should be medium in size, and be deep set with a brow that is somewhat hooded. The shape of the top of the eye is not unlike that of a boomerang, with an angle that brings the corner of the eye down the nose line. The bottom part of the eye is almond-shaped. The eyes sit low on the forehead. They can have any eye color that other cats have, no matter the color of their coats.

Ears

The ears of the Savannah cat should look a lot like the ears of a serval cat. The serval cat has the largest ears of any cat, wild or domesticated, and they are also the largest in relation to their head size. So, because they are related to serval cats, Savannah cats have large ears that sit high on their heads. Their ears are wide, and the base is deep, with rounded tips.

The inside of the base sits near the top of the head, while the outside base should start no lower than the eyes (higher is okay). The inside base of the ears is near the top of the head, and ideally there will be vertical, parallel lines that go from the inner corners of the eyes to the inner ear base. The more pronounced the ocelli ear markings, the better.

Head shape

A Savannah cat’s head should be broad, and look like a wedge that has rounded edges and contours. It should be longer than its width, with a long nose and small chin. If you were looking at the anterior view, the face should show a triangular shape that is very symmetrical. While most spotted cats, as well as tabbies, have the well-known “M” marking between their eyes, it is preferred that Savannah cats have an “11” marking. But, this is not the breed standard; it is just preferred.

Temperament

These cats do need a lot of social interaction, and they will sulk if they are not included in the action. They are very kitten-like, no matter how old they are, and they are very loyal to their people. The Savannah cat temperament can make them wary of strangers, but they do make awesome companions.

Intelligence

Cats are highly intelligent creatures to begin with, and Savannah cats are no exception. They are easy to litter box train, and they can even be trained to understand and obey (sometimes, they are cats after all) commands ranging from simple to complex. They can be leash trained, and it looks pretty cool to see someone walking around town with what looks to be an exotic animal on a leash.

Nutrition

When it comes to nutrition, cats are cats. Savannah cats basically require the same nutrients as any other breed of cat. The biggest difference is that because they are so large, they do require a lot more food than the average house cat. Some are under the misconception that Savannah cats require a raw meat diet. While this is healthy for them (containing the most nutrients), it is not necessary. If you are considering buying a Savannah cat, you might want to talk to your vet about the best type of diet to feed it through all of the stages of its life. Obviously, they require fresh water to be available to them at all times.

Exercise

It is never a good idea to let any pet become overweight, and this is also true of the Savannah cat. While they do look lean and muscular, if they are not given enough opportunities for play and exercise, they can start to become overweight. They need a lot of exercise, and many people actually get them cat wheels so their pets can go for a run whenever they feel like it.

It is important that as kittens, their exercise includes socialization. This way, they do not have as much of a tendency to be wary of strangers later in life. If these cats do not get enough exercise, they tend to become bored, and this is when they start to become mischievous.

Health Issues

Savannah cats are not known to have any specific health issues that are related to the breed. But, it is important that genetic testing is done, to ensure that there are no breed-specific health issues that develop. One common problem is that reproduction and fertility are difficult for Savannah cats, and the cause of their infertility is often genetics. These cats have longer gestation periods than regular cats, making reproduction more difficult.

Other than reproduction issues, this breed is not known to have a lot of health issues. That being said, they can end up with any number of health problems that other cats can have, including the following:

Congenital health issues

All cats are prone to congenital health issues, although many of these issues do not cause any decline in the quality of a cat’s life. These defects can begin in the developmental stages of embryo and fetus, but the causes of many of these defects is not known. One theory is that environmental circumstances when a cat is pregnant can come into play here. Some of the most common congenital health issues include:

  • Cleft palate
  • Extra toes (polydactylism)
  • Dwarfism
  • Extra vertebrae
  • Liver shunt
  • Hydrocephalus

Non-congenital Health Issues

There are also non-congenital health issues that can be common to all breeds of cats, and these are not caused by genetics. In most cases, these health issues can include bacterial, viral and fungal infections.

Bacterial infections
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Coccidia
  • G-strep
  • Giardia
  • Campylobacteriosis
Viral infections

Upper respiratory infection (URI)

Fungal infections

Ringworm

If you think that your Savannah cat, or any of your pets is sick and that it may be any of these conditions mentioned here, it is important to contact your vet so they can diagnose and treat the problem before it becomes too serious.

Other Health Issues

In addition to congenital and non-congenital health issues, there are many other problems that can plague your kitties, including Savannah cats.

Diarrhea

Diarrhea is a condition that can be caused by numerous things, and it is not uncommon to see it in Savannah cats and all other types of cats. Often, it can be caused simply by making a change to your cat’s diet. A bit of diarrhea is nothing to be alarmed about. But, if you notice excessive diarrhea, lethargy, dehydration, blood in the stool, fever, vomiting, and other symptoms, contact your vet for immediate treatment as it could be a sign that something more serious is going on.

Parasites

Tritrichomonas

This is shed in the feces, and adult cats can be carriers, even if they are not showing signs. Symptoms include loose stool, smelly stool, blood or mucus in the stool, or difficult passing stool.

Giardia

This happens when a cat swallows a parasite in the cyst stage. It is highly infectious, and can be transmitted by sniffing cysts from contaminated ground. Symptoms may not appear for several years.

Roundworm

These are the most common parasite found in cats, and extremely common in kittens. They live in the cat’s intestine, and the eggs are passed into the feces, where they can take many days to many weeks to develop into the larval stage, which is infectious.

Hookworms

These slim worms attach themselves to the intestine’s wall lining. They feed on their host’s blood, and are often undetected because they are so tiny. They can live as long as your cat.

Coccidia

This one-celled organism is microscopic, and pretty much all cats become infected with it at some point. They can get this by eating a cyst, or by eating flies and other insects, including cockroaches.

Any cat, including a Savanna cat that has any of these parasites should be treated by a veterinarian.

About the Breed

Savannah cats are among the most beautiful cats in the world. As we mentioned, this breed started as an accident, but was so beautiful that it was eventually created as its own specific breed. There are a variety of colorations and patterns on Savannah cats, and they are nearly as large as their African ancestors, the serval cats. Savannah cats are easy to train, and make terrific house pets. If you want a Savannah house cat, you will be in for an adventure.

While most Savanna cats have very visible spots, there are also black Savannah cats. This Savannah cat breed has color patterns that are similar to black panthers, black with darker black spots, as well as rings on their tails. They always have black noses, and this is a color pattern that is acceptable by TICA standards. These cats can be officially shown, and many are among the most beautiful show-quality cats, shown by many Savannah cat breeders.

Some people think that there is also a variety called the African Savannah cat. Actually, the since the Savannah cat is derived from an African cat, this is why the name is used. There is no actual Savannah cat that is from Africa.

When comparing a Savannah cat to a Bengal cat, you might find that they look a lot alike, but that they have very distinct differences. For instance, Savannah cats are much larger than Bengal cats, which weigh in at around 16 pounds or so. Bengal cats also have an appearance that is very different from that of Savannah cats, including what looks like a sprinkling of gold or silver dust on their coats. While Savannah cats are friendly, Bengal cats are going to be more likely to be snugglers.

Now, let’s look at the Savannah cat compared to a regular cat. Obviously, the first major difference you are going to notice is the size. Most house cats typically weigh about 8-12 pounds, while a Savannah cat can grow to be up to 30 pounds. Cat-proofing your home is going to be a lot different for a Savannah cat than a regular house cat, because of their size. They are able to get into a lot more areas, and can cause a lot more damage. They also cost a lot more to care for, at least when it comes to feeding and filling the litter pan.

Savannah Cat Generations

Here is the most confusing thing about Savannah cats: understanding the generations, which are F1 to F6. Let’s take a look at what the various letters and numbers mean.

“F” stands for Filial generation, which is how many generations removed a cat is from its original ancestry. For instance, an F1 Savannah cat would be a first generation offspring, with a Serval parent (usually the father) and a domestic cat, so you should know this if you see an F1 Savanna cat for sale.

An F1 Savannah price is going to be the most expensive, often more than $20,000, because when it comes to Savannah cats, F1 is the most desirable. A Savannah F1 cat comes from that very first one created, so the Savannah cats F1 price is always higher. The price does not have anything to do with the F1 Savannah cat size.

But to speak in general, Savannah cats are usually expensive and considered to be a rare breed of cat.

An F2 Savannah cat is a second generation offspring, and has a Serval grandparent. It is the closest to an F1, so the F2 Savannah cat price is likely to be high, upwards of $10,000. Again, this has nothing to do with the F2 Savannah cat size. There is little difference between the two generations, with the exception that one is a first generation.

An F3 Savannah cat is a third generation offspring. This means that one of its grandparents was a serval cat. The F3 Savannah cat price is going to be lower than an F2, and the F3 Savannah cat size is going to be slightly smaller than an F1 or F2.

An F4 Savannah cat size is that of the others, but it is farther removed from its African ancestor, with a great grandparent being a serval cat. The F4 Savannah cat price is going to be much lower than that of an F1, and a Savannah cat F4 is still a quality animal. Next we have an F5 Savannah cat. You can see that he prices are coming down, and that the F5 Savannah cat price is even lower than the F4 cat.

Finally we have the F6 Savannah cat. When it comes to cost, the F6 Savannah cat price is going to be the least expensive, and it is even cheaper when compared to an F5 Savannah cat. The F6 Savannah cat size is a bit smaller again. When comparing a Savannah cat F1 vs F5, the biggest difference is the price, followed by the size.

Once you have figured out what the various generations mean, there are other letters that show the generations of Savannah to Savannah breeding. For instance, the letter A represents a cat with one parent that is a Savannah cat, and the other is an outcross. The letter B means that both parents are Savannah’s, one parent is an A, and at least one grandparent from either side is an outcross. The letter C means that both parents are B or above, and at least one of the parents is a B, and one grandparent is an A.

Then, there is SBT, which means Stud Book tradition. This kitten has three generations of Savannah parents, and is considered to be the purest breed of Savannah cat.

Which Generation Should You Choose?

When buying a Savannah cat, does it really matter which generation you choose? Well, it all depends on whether you are looking for a house pet or a show cat. Obviously, an F1 or F2 Savannah cat is going to be the best as a show cat, but they can still be pretty lovable pets.

On the other hand, if you are simply looking for a pet, you may not wish to spend upwards of $20,000 on a cat. So, before choosing a Savannah cat, think long and hard about your reasons, and then decide just how much you are willing to spend. Remember, an F6 Savannah cat is no different from an F1 when it comes to having a loving pet.

Conclusion

If you really want to own an exotic animal, which in most parts of the US is illegal or at least very seriously restricted, your best option is to get a Savannah cat, of any generation. These large cats have the look of a wild animal, but the temperament of a house cat. They can easily be trained to use a litter box, walk on leashes, and follow a number of commands. They are friendly, and because they have short coats, they are often the better choice for allergy sufferers.

Best Cat Girl Anime – [Top 8 List with Reviews]

Are you a fan of nekomimi girls? These girls with cat ears are a little bit human, and a little bit cat. They have a lot of the same characteristics, including being both affectionate and independent at the same time.

They have a lot of the kitty characteristics that make cats so endearing to so many of us, including loads of kitty cat charm. Because they are so loved and popular, it’s no wonder that cat girls are featured in many different types of anime.

Relative to the video and our topic to be discussed, no two cat girls are quite alike.

They all have different features and appearances, and they all behave a bit differently from one another.

Some of them have the cat ears and tails, but tend to behave more like humans, while others are about as cat-like as you can get, right down to meowing instead of talking. Both types of cat girl anime characters are popular, and we are going to feature both in our list of some of the all-time best cat girl anime.

Shizuka Nekonome – Rosario to Vampire

In the universe known as Rosario to Vampire, there is a special school, the Yokai Academy. This very exclusive school is for monsters only, and our main cat girl, Shizuka Nekonome, is the protagonists’ homeroom teacher.

They don’t get more cat-like than Shizuka, who is about as laid back as any cat can get. She has the speed and reflexes of the quickest cat, and of course, her favorite food is fish. She does speak in a human tongue, but she also meows once in a while. She loves to have fun, and she definitely belongs on our list of the best cat girl anime.

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Alicia Rue – Sword Art Online

This series takes place in the world of a video game, where there are many different humans and characters of other races that make up the colorful cast. Of course, there is a cat girl character, Alicia Rue. In fact, Alicia Rue is the queen of the cat people race, the Cait Sith, in the Sword Art Online universe. She holds a powerful position, and she is pretty fierce in battle, just as any self-respecting kitty cat should be. Because of her fierceness and power, she has gotten herself placed on our best cat girl anime list.

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Yoriko Sagisawa – Da Capo

Now, there are cat girls that have a lot of human characteristics, and then there are cat girls that are more cat-like than human, such as the next character on our list, Yoriko Sagisawa. In fact, she was actually once a cat, who through magic, is turned into an alternate version of her owner, complete with cat ears, seeing as how she started out as a cat in the first place.

Because her owner was very introverted, Yoriko doesn’t really know many people, but when she gains a human body, she begins to explore the world around her. Just because she looks human, it doesn’t mean this classic cat girl anime acts like one.

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Cyan Hijirikawa – Show by Rock!

Shy and quiet, Cyan Hijirikawa is a first-year high school student with a passion for music. Never speaking up for herself, she finds her life changing abruptly when she is suddenly transported into an alternate universe which just happens to be centered around the thing she loves the most, music. One of the main characters of the series, she is a member of the band Plasmagica, singing and playing the guitar. She wears a maid costume, along with nekomimi, and is a character that has earned herself a spot on our list.

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Deijiko – Di Gi Charat

This could very well be the first cat girl, or any anime character, so say “nyo.” Cat girl Deijiko makes that sound at the end of each sentence she speaks, and rather than being annoying, it really is kind of cute. This cat girl wears a big bell and a cat-eared hat. Like all cats, she is rather self-centered, which makes her an enigma yet endearing at the same time. Deijiko even has her own cat girl sidekick, Puchiko. Because of her popularity, Deijiko had to have a place on our list.

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Ichigo Momomiya – Tokyo Mew

What young girl doesn’t have her problems with boys, school, and just being a teenager? Well, try adding being a secret super to the mix, and you have a whole new mess of problems. This is just what Tokyo Mew deals with every day.

She and the rest of the Mew Mew Brigade have super hearing powers thanks to genetic splicing with cat DNA. Ichigo has her dramatic side, but for the most part, is a sweet girl who always looks out for her friends. Oddly, she is loyal like a dog, even though she is a cat girl. She only has her cat ears and tail when she is in the Magical Girl form, but she is the closest to a cat genetically than most, which is why she made this list.

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Taruto – Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto

Anyone who loves cat girls is sure to love Magical Nyan Nyan Taruto, which features a race of cat girls who are pets to their human masters. Our main character, Taruto, is thought to be royalty, along with being a pet, and it is thought that she has some magical powers. This is one of those anime series where the cat girl is treated more like a cat than a person, and you will often hear Taruto making cat sounds along with her regular speech.

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Nozomi – Mayoi Neko Overrun!

Last, but certainly not least, we have Tsuzuki Takumo, a high school student who, along with his sister, operates the Stray Cats bakery. One day, the kindly Tsuzuki takes in a stray cat (Nozomi), bringing her into the shop. The two don’t exactly hit it off too well at first, and it takes him a bit of time to earn this cat girl’s trust. But, she is a sweetie, and a cat girl who is very endearing to fans, putting her on our list.

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What is the Best Diet for Cats?

Everyone has their own opinion on what is the best type of diet for their cats, but in many instances, they are completely wrong. Cats need a good combination of proteins and other nutrients in order to be healthy and happy, and these nutrients must come from healthy dietary sources. Obviously, cats are carnivores, so their diets are mainly meat, fish, and poultry based. But really, what is the best diet for cats?

They also have some vegetables in their diets, whether they get it from their regular food or from their prey (or to be more exact, from what their prey eats). Today we are going to take a look at what cats really need in their diet, and the type of diets that is best suited for cats.

What does Your Cat Need?

Cats need plenty of fat and protein in their diets, and the best diet would be a mix of 26 percent protein and 40 percent fat. Unfortunately, many cat food brands do not meet these requirements, especially the less-expensive brands. It is important to check the nutritional information on the labels to make sure that your cat is going to get the fat and protein they need.

Another option is to start giving your cat a diet of homemade food that you make yourself. It will improve the quality of their diet, and you will be in control over all of the ingredients that go into it. While this is often healthier for cats, it is only healthier if you are providing them with the right nutrients. So, before embarking on making your own cat food, it is important to do your research so you understand all of the nutrients your cat needs, and which ingredients have these nutrients and are safe for them to eat. You should know that there are some foods a cat can eat and cannot.

Whenever you alter a cat’s diet, there are going to be a few digestive issues in the beginning. This is also true when you switch them over to a natural diet. It is better to wean them off store-bought food over time, by combining wet food, dry food, and homemade food. Over time, give them less and less of the regular wet food, and more and more of the homemade (more about homemade cat food later in this article).

Dry Feed is Important

Even if you are giving your cat a homemade diet, it is still important that they have regular access to dry food, even if it is store bought. They need this for various reasons, dental health in particular. It can help to prevent the buildup of plaque on the teeth. But, you need to be careful about the kind of dry feed that you give to your cat.

A lot of dry feed, particularly the cheaper varieties, is low quality, and they contain ingredients that are not healthy. They are also too high in fat, which can lead to obesity in your cat. The type of dry feed you give your cat depends on the stage of their life, as nutritional requirements will change throughout the years, just as they do with people.

Additionally, dry food seems a bit rough to swallow at times for our cats so it's perfectly appropriate not to forget providing a lot of drinking water for our cats.

Growing Cats

Cats that are still growing and developing need dry feed that is high in protein and fat. Better quality feeds will also contain vitamin supplements, as well as additional calcium for growing bones and teeth.

Adult Cats

Adult cats do not need as much fat in their diets as kittens, so the dry feed you choose should be high quality, and have the proper amount of fat for an adult cat (about 40 percent). Neutered males require dry feed that contains little to no ash. Feed that is high in ash can lead to kidney troubles in adult male cats.

Older Cats

Older cats need even less protein and fat than younger adult cats, so look for dry feed that contains less of these nutrients. This is because older cats do not get a lot of exercise, and they are much more sedentary than their younger counterparts. If they were to have food that is high in fat and protein, there is a risk of obesity.

More on Homemade Cat Diets

There are a lot of arguments about whether or not homemade diets are healthy for cats. With more and more pet owners choosing to make their pet food, this is a topic that bears discussion. First of all, when made properly, it is much healthier for cats to eat homemade food than it is for them to eat some concoction out of a can. But, as mentioned earlier, you need to really know what your pet needs in the way of nutrients before you can start making food.

In addition to using ingredients that have nutrients cats need, you also need to make sure that you are using ingredients that your cat will actually eat. Many cats do enjoy eating vegetables, but for some cats, if you put too many veggies in their food, they are just going to turn their noses up at it. Also, what are you going to use for healthy filler? The food can’t be made entirely from meat and vegetables. One of the most popular fillers for homemade cat food is rice, because cats like it and it is loaded with nutrients.

The video below will help you make a healthy homemade cat food at home:

Until you are well-versed in the ingredients, and the measurements, for a healthy homemade diet for cats, it is best to only supplement your cat’s diet with homemade food for the first little while. This will give you some time for a bit of trial and error, and your cat will still get the nutrients they need from the store-bought food.

Conclusion

Whether you feed your cat a homemade diet or give them food that comes from the store, make sure that it has the nutrients your cat needs at every stage of their life. If you are unsure about what to feed your cat, you can ask your veterinarian for dietary tips for all stages of a cat’s life. Don’t forget to ask about homemade diets, and ask for ingredient recommendations.

What is a Feral Cat?

Unfortunately, not all cats have homes where they are loved and looked after. Sadly, thousands of cats are living on the streets, and they have to fend for themselves. The majority of these cats are terrified of humans, and tend to keep their distance, even from people who are feeding and trying to help them. These are known as feral cats. But what is a feral cat?

They are not socialized, and they often can be found living in colonies. These colonies may contain not only feral cats, but cats that have run away or former pets that have been abandoned. Feral cats and strays are often called “community cats” or “free-roaming cats.”

One thing that many people do not understand is that even though feral cats do not live inside homes and they are outside dwellers, they are not wildlife. They need food from human sources to survive. This can be anything from scraps they find in dumpsters to food left by a kind human who doesn’t want to see the feral cats go hungry.

Contrary to popular belief, these cats do not survive because they have great hunting skills. They need us to provide them with at least some of their sustenance. There are also feral rescue groups that will neuter feral cats and then release them, after tipping their ears for identification (cutting the tip off the ear so you know it is a feral that has been neutered).

What Does Feral Mean?

Many people think that a feral cat is born that way. This is not the case. Being feral is a behavioral characteristic, and has nothing to do with anything biological. For instance, a kitten could be born into a feral colony, but if it is taken indoors while still a kitten and socialized, it can be turned into a friendly and loving cat. Another example of this being behavioral is an adult cat that has become a stray. It may have once been a friendly pet, but experiences and its situation have made it fearful of humans. The level of feral can vary from cat to cat.

There are four factors that determine how feral a cat actually is:

Age

A kitten that is younger than eight weeks old and born to a feral mother can generally be socialized pretty quickly. In fact, with a kitten this young, it may only take a few days before they are enjoying human attention. Keep in mind that the older the kitten, the more difficult it is going to be to socialize them. Once the kitten is four months, it is going to likely have adopted a number of feral characteristics, and they will have these characteristics for life. It can take as long as a year, or even longer, to socialize an adult feral cat.

Feral Generations

Even though this is a behavioral trait, if there are many generations of cats that are feral, each generation is going to be more feral than the last. They are going to get wilder and wilder, and the level of feral is going to increase from generation to generation. With each successive generation, they are going to be more and more feral, until there is likely no way to be able to tame them and turn them into family pets.

Human Contact

As mentioned earlier, feral cats have different levels of feral. Some will run from humans, while others will tolerate some human contact. There are some feral cats that do interact with humans, and they will show a higher level of socialization than other cats that have little to no human contact.

Personality

Like people, each cat has its own unique personality. There are some feral cats that are naturally friendly, and that will allow humans to give them a bit of attention. Then, there are others who will run like lightning at the sight of a human. Feral cats that do allow some human contact are often those that are cared for by rescue groups such as Carma, and they can even be turned into loving pets with a lot of hard work and patience, especially once they have been spayed or neutered.

Taming a Feral Cat

While not all feral cats can be tamed, there are hundreds of success stories from people who have rescued feral cats and turned them into their pets. The thing is, taming a feral cat is not something that is going to happen overnight. You have to work with each cat’s personality, and never try to force them to do anything they do not want to do. For instance, you should never try and force a feral cat to live indoors as a pet, or keep one in a cage. This is just going to cause a lot of emotional distress for the cat, and it is unlikely that it will ever allow human contact.

Here's a short video to help you learn more about feral cats and their difference from stray cats:

You have to take things slow and easy. Start out by leaving food outside for the cat, in the same place every day. Talk to the cat, without trying to approach it at first.

Let the cat get used to your presence, and the sound of your voice. The more the cat gets used to you, the less afraid it is going to be. If you are lucky, over time, the feral cat may start coming to you to be petted and fed, and after a while, you can bring it indoors and give it the home it truly deserves.

Note that you can try to identify what the cat's breed is. It could help you figure out the personality it has, adjust to it and win its trust.

Conclusion

It is sad that every cat in the world can’t have a loving home, and that thousands have to make their own way in this world. But, you can do your part. If there are feral cat care and rescue organizations in your area, ask about volunteering. You can also help by building simple shelters that the cats can use to get out of bad weather. There are instructions online you can use to create shelters out of plastic totes. Any little thing you can do is going to make a huge difference in the lives of the feral cats in your community.

What to Look Out For After Pet Vaccinations

It is important to have your pets annually vaccinated in order to keep them healthy and free of certain illnesses and diseases. But, just because pet vaccinations are meant to keep pets healthy, it doesn’t mean that some pets are not going to have adverse reactions to some vaccines. Just as people have allergies and experience side effects, so do many pets.

Some reactions can even be life-threatening and require emergency medical treatment. Today we are going to take a look at common, less-common, and rare side effects caused by some vaccinations.

Common Side Effects

First, we are going to talk about the most common side effects from pet vaccinations. For puppies and kittens, the most common side effects are sleepiness, loss of appetite, and mild depression. They may become listless, and want to sleep a lot.

In some instances, they may feel warm, almost feverish. This is because the body is fighting off and building an immunity to the viruses that have been injected into them, and it seems to happen the most when many vaccinations are given all at once to puppies and kittens. Vaccinations that can cause these side effects include:

  • Feline herpes
  • Feline calicivirus
  • Feline leukemia
  • Feline panleukopenia
  • Chlamydia
  • Feline HIV
  • Rabies shots for dogs and cats

These, and other vaccinations can cause the following side effects:

Irritability

Kittens and puppies are likely to become irritable after receiving vaccinations, and they will not want to be touched. The injection site can be red, swollen, and painful after vaccination, and if you try to touch them, they may cry, or even growl or hiss. This grouchiness could last for three to five days. If there are other symptoms, including sickness, loss of appetite, and depression after the first 48 hours after vaccination, contact your vet.

Lumps

You may notice a lump beneath the skin at the injection site. In most cases, this is not painful, and the lump is usually about the size of a pea to a large marble. This type of lump can remain this size for several years, or may get smaller within a few weeks, or even disappear completely. In most cases, it is nothing to worry about. But, if it should grow very large within a month of vaccination, you should have your vet take a look to make sure it isn’t abscessed.

Sinus Issues

Vaccines for conditions such as kennel cough and cat flu can cause symptoms of the diseases they are meant to prevent. These symptoms can include nasal and ocular discharge, as well as sneezing. These symptoms generally develop within three to four days of vaccination, and are usually nothing to worry about, and will disappear on their own within a few days. If the discharge becomes thick or green/yellow in color, it could mean that there is a bacterial infection that must be treated.

Puffy Face and Ears

In some instances, there may be some swelling of the eyelids, lips, and ears, as well as a puffy face and itchiness after vaccination. Pets will rub at their faces to scratch, and will be quite uncomfortable (it could be hot, red, and itchy). These symptoms will normally go away with 24 hours, and often much sooner. If the itching is too distressing for the pet, your vet may want to prescribe an antihistamine to help get rid of the symptoms.

Less Common Side Effects

Now we need to look at some of the less common, and often more dangerous side effects of pet vaccinations. One of the most common of the least common side effects is anaphylactic reaction, which can be life threatening. This happens when there is a severe reaction to one or more vaccine components.

The immune system’s mast cells activate, and release too much histamine into the body. This can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, acute shock, collapse, pale or white gums, a rapid heart rate, low blood pressure, swelling of the face and throat, hives, and even death in dogs.

In cats, it can cause most of the same symptoms, along with a life-threatening reaction in the lungs that results in fluid and sometimes blood being pooled in the airway. This can be a progressive condition resulting in death, even if the cat is being treated.

Rare Side Effects

Now we come to the rarest side effects from pet vaccinations, beginning with fibrosarcoma, which is associated with cat vaccines. Fibrosarcoma is a cancer that is made up of mutated tissue cells that divide uncontrollably. These cells can be found on any part of the body, including prior vaccination sites. This is extremely rare, occurring only in 1/1000 to 1/10000 vaccinated cats, and can appear between two and four months after vaccination. It can lead to fatal tumors in cats. When your cat is vaccinated, make it a habit to palpate the vaccine site, and to feel the hind legs for lumps. If you notice a lump becoming larger than two centimeters, contact your vet for an immediate examination and treatment.

Other rare side effects of pet vaccinations include:

Lameness in Kittens

The calicivirus vaccination (FCV) can cause symptoms of cat flu, including sneezing, watery eyes, nasal discharge, and tongue ulcers. It can also affect the bones and joints of kittens, causing swelling, pain, and fever. Symptoms generally disappear after two to four days without treatment.

Excessive Bleeding at Injection Site

While not common, there have been instances of too much bleeding at the injection. A bruise or lump filled with blood known as a hematoma can develop. This is usually not a result of the vaccination itself, but because the animal has a bleeding disorder. Causes can include consuming rat poison, consuming warfarin, an attack of the immune system on the platelets, and congenital bleeding disorders.

This video here explains more about pet vaccinations:

Other pet requirements are optional and subjective such as spaying a cat or declawing a cat.

Conclusion

If your pet has a reaction to a vaccination, it is important to notify your vet right away, even if the symptoms are mild. Your vet will be able to decide if the pet needs any type of treatment for the symptoms, and if the symptoms are serious or even life threatening.

Seasonal Pet Safety Tips

Just as with your children, your furry kids need to be kept safe from harm. There are things that you must do in order to protect them year-round, and there are also important seasonal pet safety tips for various seasons that should be followed.

Don’t think of yourself as being an over-protective pet parent; instead, consider it a way to show that you truly love your pet, and that you would do anything within your power to protect them from dangers. Today we are going to take a look at tips for year-round safety, as well as seasonal safety tips that will help to keep your pet safe and healthy. Let’s get started.

Pet Safety: Year-Round

Before we get into the seasonal safety tips, we need to talk about general, year-round pet safety. For instance, you need to pet-proof your home. This can involve removing unsafe houseplants and replacing them with pet-safe plants. This is particularly important if you have cats, because they are well-known for eating houseplants.

Another thing you will need to do in order to pet-proof your home is to gather up any loose wires and cords, as they can be hazardous to pets. Puppies and kittens in particular tend to chew on things, including electrical cords. Make sure that cords are out of reach, and tied or taped in place so your pet can’t chew them. Don’t forget to tie back drapery cords as well. While they may not pose a shock hazard as the electrical cords do, they can be dangerous, especially to kittens who love to climb things.

You may also want to invest in a few socket covers for unused electrical outlets. A tongue or a wet nose against an open socket is not going to lead to a good outcome, so cover those outlets so Fido and Fluffy can’t get electrical shock.

There are also some things to consider such as pet safety when you're not home as pet might come about a very delicate situation if left alone unattended or unprepared.

Seasonal Safety Tips

Summer

Overheating can be a big problem for pets in the summer months, so it is important to make sure that your pets always have access to fresh water. They should also have access to shade. Never leave your pet in a parked, hot vehicle. Asphalt can also be a problem, because it gets very hot and can burn the delicate skin on your pet’s paws. Other things you can do to ensure your pet’s safety include:

Prevent Pests

Again, you will have to do some pest prevention. This is the time of year when pests ranging from tiny ants to small rodents will try to sneak into your home. Look for pet-safe ways to get prevent and get rid of pests, and do not use poisons that can make your pets sick or even kill them.

No Fireworks

Many pets are spooked by loud noises, and it is not uncommon to hear stories about dogs running away during fireworks. During the summer celebrations, keep your dog at home.

Parties

If you are hosting summer parties and barbecues, it is important that you keep your pets contained. They should be in separate rooms where they can’t bother guests, and vice versa, and so they can’t get out.

Fall

As long as you have done your best to prevent pests and make sure that your pets are cool and hydrated all summer long, you shouldn’t have much to worry about in the fall. One thing to watch out for is certain wild mushrooms, which can be poisonous. Also, there is Halloween to think about. Your dog is going to want to share the treats, but most of them are not only unhealthy for dogs, but also downright dangerous. Never give your dog any treats that contain chocolate, as it can lead to seizures and even death.

Winter

There are a lot of things to be concerned with during the winter months, especially around the holiday season. Let’s talk about snow and ice for starters. If you use salt on your sidewalks and driveways, make sure that it is pet-safe, as other types can cause irritation on the paws. You may even want to get a pair of dog boots to keep their feet from becoming irritated, and to keep them warm. Your pet should not be out for more than a few minutes at a time when the temperature drops below freezing.

Now let’s talk about the holiday season. There are many precautions that must be taken in order to keep your pets safe and healthy. For starters, avoid giving them a lot of treats from the table. While it is hard to resist those sad eyes, it is not good for them to have food that is dripping with gravy, sweets, etc. Yes, they can have some treats, but keep it to a minimum.

Here's a video for additional winter pet safety tips:

You also need to think about Christmas trees and how you decorate them. Cats will go after tinsel, and it can damage their digestive systems. Use garland instead. Keep ornaments out of the reach of pets. Do not have any poinsettias in the home, as these are poisonous to cats, and cats are notorious plant-chewers.

Conclusion

As a pet owner, you need to take steps to keep your pets safe year-round.

In addition to general safety, there are always going to be things that pop up, including holidays, events, pests, etc. that can compromise your pet’s safety. 

But, when you follow all of these safety tips, you should have no problem keeping your pet safe and healthy.

There are also some things to consider such as safety when having pets and kids at home