How to Travel with Pets

When you take a family vacation, it is best when you can take the entire family along, including your four-legged family members. While traveling with pets used to be a bit of a rarity, a study by AAA and Best Western International, over half of all US pet owners take their furry kids on vacation with them. More and more hotels and resorts allow guests to stay with their pets, and there are often many amenities geared specifically towards pets. If you want to travel, and you want to bring your pets along with you, we have some tips about how to travel with pets that will help make things as easy and as enjoyable as possible.

Just like pet proofing your home, there are also some ways to pet proof your travels. 

Check out the guide below:

Road Trips with Your Pet

If you have never traveled with your pet before, and you want to take a road trip and bring them along, it is a good idea to do a trial run before making the actual trip. Take your pet on shorter drives to see how they respond. Look for signs of anxiety and car sickness. If you are traveling with a dog, make sure that they are buckled up with a safety restraint designed for dogs. Another option is to install a pet barrier between the front and back seats, or even keep your pet in a travel crate if necessary.

Dogs love to stick their heads out of the window while in the car, but this can be quite dangerous. For one thing, it can cause damage to the ears, or even expose the dog to a lung infection. To be on the safe side, don’t put the windows low enough that your dog can stick their head out.

Make sure that you have not only an identification tag on your dog’s collar, but also a second tag that includes your name and contact information. It is also a good idea to bring along your pet’s medical records. That way, if there is an emergency, a vet will know if your pet has any allergies to medications or existing health conditions to be worried about.

While on your road trip, it is important that you and your pet are well-hydrated at all times. This is particularly important during the hot summer months. Get into the habit of keeping at least a gallon of cold water in the vehicle so you and your pet can always have something to drink. You should also take regular pit stops (at least every two to three hours) so you and your pet can stretch and use the bathroom.

Traveling by Air

If you are traveling by air, you need to decide if it is going to affect your pet’s health to fly. For instance, there are some dog breeds that have issues when traveling in the cargo hold, and some airlines now do not allow these breeds to fly in the cargo hold. Snub-nosed dogs are among the breeds that cannot travel this way, because they are prone to breathing problems in the first place. Also, if your dog has any serious health issues, it may not be a good idea to have them traveling with cargo. It is best if you could check out Airline policies for flying pets.

It is a good idea to have your vet examine your pet before flying, just to be on the safe side. Once your pet has been deemed fit for air travel, it is time to start doing some research about the pet policies for various airlines. The regulations and fees will vary from airline to airline, and whether or not the pet flies with you or is checked as baggage.

Look into each airline’s history of flying with animals to see if there have been incidents of lost pets, or of pets being injured or dying during transit. If you don’t mind having your pet travel separately, you might even want to look into a pets-only airline, with flight attendants checking the animals every 15 minutes.

Just as you need your own travel documents, if you are flying with your pet, you need to bring along the pet’s papers. If you are traveling abroad, you will need to know what vaccinations are required for pets, and if your pet needs to be quarantined prior to travel.

You will need to buy a kennel that has plenty of room for your pet to stand up and turn around easily. If you haven’t traveled with your pet before, take some time to get them used to being inside the carrier, both while it is sitting still and while moving it around. Remember, the USDA requires that all pets that are flying have food and water dishes and bedding. The kennels must have upright arrows and “Live Animal” stickers.

Just as while on a road trip, it is important to make sure that your pet has the appropriate identification tags on their collar. There should also be proper identification on the carrier or kennel. That way, if anything should happen that your pet becomes lost in transit, it will be easier to identify them and get them back to you when they are found.


Find out more tips about how to travel with pets in this short video:

Conclusion

Before you embark on your trip, here are a few more pet travel tips to consider that will help make your pet as comfortable as possible while traveling.

  • Always have your pet vet-checked before travel, especially if you have any concerns about their health
  • Have a favorite toy or blanket in the carrier at all times so your pet has a familiar source of comfort, even if you aren’t right there beside them
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a hot vehicle. This can lead to death in a very short amount of time. If you must leave your pet in the vehicle, park in the shade, leave the windows down a bit, and make sure that they have access to plenty of water
  • Do your research to find pet-friendly hotels and resorts where cats, dogs, and other pets are welcome
  • Consider investing in a Thundershirt, which as a snug-fitting shirt that targets specific pressure points on the body and helps to keep your pet from becoming anxious during travel.
  • Try to find out and learn more about pet safety tips.

How to Tame a Feral Cat

Sadly, there are thousands upon thousands of unwanted cats out there, and those that aren’t taken into shelters and eventually adopted (or euthanized), end up as feral cats living on the streets. Many people think that at this point, there is absolutely nothing one can do to tame a feral cat, because they are so terrified of humans. But, if one were to put in the effort, not only is it possible to tame a feral cat, it is also possible to turn a feral cat into one that loves to receive attention from humans. Today we are going to take a look at some of the things that you can do on how to tame a feral cat that you have adopted from a rescue agency.

What is a Feral Cat?

A feral cat is one that has not been socialized with humans, and is fearful of them. They tend to stay far from human reach, but will approach for food (once the human giving it to them walks away). Most often, feral cats will live outdoors, often in colonies. The problem is, many of these cats are not spayed or neutered, which means that they will produce more feral kittens. Various social groups such as Carma trap, neuter, and tip the ears of as many feral cats as possible. If you see a cat with the tip of its ear missing, chances are that it is a Carma cat.

One thing to remember about feral cats is that being feral is a behavior, not a biological instinct. For instance, a feral cat could have kittens that are taken indoors. These kittens are raised with humans, and therefore, they are not feral. But, can you take a feral cat, bring it indoors, and turn it into a house pet? Yes, you can, but it is going to take a lot of work.

There are some ways on how to correct cat behavior but it would require some time and effort to make things work with what you want accordingly.

Taming a Feral Cat

You are not going to be able to tame a feral cat overnight. In fact, it could take several weeks, or even months, and there is going to be a lot of work involved. First, always remember that things must be done on the cat’s terms, and not yours. Most cats have attitudes like this anyway, but it is even more prevalent in a feral cat. Remember, the feral cat is likely to be terrified of you, and if you try to force it to do anything, it is not going to help the situation any.

If you have adopted a feral cat, you are going to have your work cut out for you. First of all, make sure that they have a quiet place where they can hide and get away from you; they are going to need this. We suggest having a cat carrier that you keep open so they can go in and out as they please. That way, if they feel the need to get away, they have a safe space. Place the carrier in a room that you often use, but not one that is overly busy (not the kitchen where there is a lot of traffic).

Make sure that there is a litter box, a water dish, and plenty of food near the cat carrier. It is not likely that they are going to be roaming around the house, and they need to eat and stay hydrated. If the carrier is large enough, you can put the food and water right inside so they don’t have to come out of their safe space to eat and drink.

If you have other pets, do not introduce them to the feral cat right away. In fact, close the door to the room the feral cat is in to keep the other pets away, at least for the time being. Let the feral get used to their new surroundings before you spring any other surprises on them. They are likely going to be a bit of a fighter, since that was their former way of life, and you don’t want them to end up attacking any of the pets that already live in the house. You can eventually introduce the feral cat to other pets, but it needs to be a slow process, as is everything when it comes to feral cats.

Here are a few tips that will help the process of taming a feral cat.

  • Spend as much time in the room with the cat as possible, without trying to pet them or pick them up. Give them at least a few days to become used to your presence. Make sure that you talk to them frequently, so they get to know that yours is a friendly voice
  • Once they are used to you being around, start trying to pet them while they are in the carrier. Do not make any sudden movements, which may scare them. If they back away and hiss, back off, and try again later. Try petting them a few times a day so they get used to your hand. After a few days, or possibly weeks, they will likely stop hissing and start becoming curious
  • After they get used to being petted, it is time to start trying to pick them up. If they squirm, immediately let them down. But, pick them up at least once each day. As time goes on, you will likely be able to hold them for longer periods of time, until they actually enjoy being held
  • Always make sure they see you preparing their food. They need to know that they have a regular food source, and to look to you for that food. They will soon begin to associate you with a source of food, and will start looking forward to seeing you.

We also include a heart warming video with catching and taming feral cats:

It's actually great to help out stray cats or kittens. That's why most people would rather adopt or get a feral cat than to buy from breeders. It will make nature a better place for cats to live.

Conclusion

The above tips are just a few of the things that you need to do in order to turn a feral cat into a friendly one. If not, a great house pet. If you are considering taking on the challenge of a feral cat, it is a good idea to talk with your vet. They will be able to offer even more tips on how to tame a feral cat so it will trust you, and maybe even love you eventually.

Know that there are some ways of how to tell if I cat likes you and that would help you determine if you have at least made some progress with taming a feral cat.

How to Give a Cat a Bath

It is well-known that most cats have an adversity to water. Although there are many wild breeds that will get into the water, and actually enjoy swimming, most domesticated cats do not like the water, and it is next to impossible to give them a bath. Yes, cats do bathe themselves regularly, but there are instances where they need outside intervention, because there is something that they can’t clean themselves. This is where you, the cat owner comes in. Now, you don’t have to dress up in a flak jacket, wire mesh gloves, and a hockey mask to bathe your cat without getting injured. You just have to know the best ways how to give a cat a bath so it is quick and as easy as possible.

Why do Cats Hate Water?

As we mentioned, many wild cats will swim in deep water, and some big cats, such as tigers and jaguars, really do enjoy soaking in the water, because it helps to cool them off. But, they have the right coats for it. Domestic cats have evolved over the centuries, and most cat breeds have coats that absorb moisture instead of deflecting it. This means that it takes a lot longer, and a lot more effort for them to dry off after being in the water.

When Should You Bathe Your Cat?

Our cute little cat may be adorable but we should keep them maintained and groomed.

Most of the time, cats will take care of cleaning themselves when they are dirty. Most cats tend to groom themselves frequently, so all you probably have to do, at least most of the time, is brush their coats regularly. But, there are going to be times when your cat gets into something, and they are going to need an actual bath.

For instance, they may have had loose stool, and got a bit on some of their fur. Or, your cat may have decided to explore the fireplace and chimney, and is covered in soot. Or, you may have to give your cat a flea bath. Whatever the case, unless your cat is used to being bathed, it is definitely going to be an adventure.

Start Bathing Them as Kittens

Even if it isn’t necessary, it is a good idea to start bathing your cat when they are just a kitten. That way, it is going to grow up being used it, and bathing her won’t be nearly as difficult when they are older as it would be with an adult cat that is not used to baths. A kitten is still going to fight you every step of the way, at least at first, but it is easier to get them used to being bathed while they are still young, and they are easier to handle than a larger, adult cat.

Supplies You will Need

Now we get to the really fun stuff: bathing an adult cat. First, gather up all of the supplies you need before you bring kitty to the sink or tub, so you don’t have to go looking for anything and have the cat take off and hide on you. It will also make the process go a lot faster, with less trauma for you and your cat. These supplies include:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Shampoo (cat shampoo or gentle baby shampoo)
  • A pitcher or spray bottle for rinsing
  • A large towel
  • A soft cloth for cleaning the face
  • Cotton balls for cleaning the ears

Bathing Your Cat

First of all, it is not a good idea to bathe your cat in the tub. It is just too awkward, not to mention uncomfortable, since you have to bend over the tub. It is best to bathe your cat in the bathroom or kitchen sink, so you don’t have to bend over to do anything. Once you have decided on the best place to bathe your cat, follow these steps.

  • Fill sink with 2-3 inches of water
  • Place cat in water
  • Wet cat from shoulders to tail
  • Apply shampoo and gently lather
  • Rinse thoroughly
  • Repeat
  • Wash cat’s face and head with damp washcloth
  • Clean the inside of the ears with the cotton ball (never use Q-Tips or other foreign objects)
  • Rinse again
  • Place cat on a large towel and wrap it around them

If you have a long-haired cat, you may have to help them to get dry, and this may require using a blow dryer. Only do this if the noise does not freak out your cat. If they are afraid, use the towel and pat the fur dry as much as possible.

Visit the Groomer

It may be that you are unable to bathe your cat at all because they are so skittish about it, or they  may be covered in dirt that requires something more than regular cat shampoo. In either case, it may be necessary to take your cat to a pet groomer to have them bathed. Just make sure that you find a groomer who has experience with bathing cats. In some areas, there are mobile groomers that will come to you, but in most cases, you will have to take your pet to the groomer yourself.

Here's a quick video guide, if you'd prefer, of how to bathe a cat:

Many groomers are only used to working on dogs, and cats are a completely different story when it comes to temperament.

Pet grooming services can range from $20 to $50 or even more, depending on how much work needs to be done. If your cat has gotten into something sticky, such as tar, it may be necessary to cut or shave the fur and just let it grow back on its own.

Conclusion

Bathing your cat doesn’t have to be a big deal when you do it properly. The most important thing is to not fight the cat, but at the same time, have control over your pet while they are being bathed. Yes, they are going to try and fight you, but the more you fight back, the more scared they are going to be of the entire process, and it will be even worse the next time you try to bath them.

Or if you don't want to keep maintaining and grooming your pet at most times, you could just choose to have a cat that don't shed so that you'd worry less and stress free about giving them a bath.

How to Correct Cat Behavior

Everyone knows that cats do what they want, when they want. For the most part, behavioral issues with cats are minor, and they can easily be corrected. But, there are occasions when a cat’s bad behavior can be over the top, and it is important to know how to correct that behavior before it becomes a habit that can’t be broken. If you have a cat that is starting to exhibit signs of bad behavior, it is time to nip it in the bud before you can’t do anything about it. Let’s take a look at some of the most common bad behaviors of cats, and what you can do or how to correct cat behavior.

Learn to Understand Your Cat

Cats have a body language all their own, and if you learn to read that body language, you can learn a lot about cat behavior. For instance, if your cat is crouched or their ears are pinned back, it is a pretty good sign that they are angry, upset, or afraid. You may notice that they begin to behave badly after exhibiting these signs, so you will be able to tell when they are going to misbehave just by watching their body language.

Cats are very vocal creatures, and they can make hundreds of different sounds. Once you get to know your cat, you will probably find that you are able to understand what they are trying to tell you from their various meows. One sound may mean that they’re hungry. Another may mean that they want to go outside.

There is one more thing to watch for with your cat, and that is how they play, as well as how they interact with humans and other pets. For instance, if they play rough, it may be a sign that they could turn into an aggressive cat.

Cat Training: The Basics

Now we are going to look at some of the most common bad behavioral traits in cats, how to identify them, and what to do about them. Many people think that cats cannot be trained, but this is a huge misconception. Actually, cats are highly intelligent creatures, and they can be trained for many things. For example, you train your cat to use the litter box, or to eat their meals in a specific area. If they can be trained to do these things, they can be trained to do other things. It just takes a lot longer than it does with dogs, likely because cats are a lot more stubborn.

The Biter and Scratcher

how can you tell if a cats like you or it is just playing around? Either way, if your cat tends to bite or scratch, you need to take steps to discourage and change this behavior. You don’t have to just accept that your cat has a bad temper, and you don’t have to put up with bad behavior. First of all, do not encourage rough play, even if you do find it loads of fun. That is going to give them the idea that biting and scratching is good, and that they should to it more. Talk to your vet about other ways to stop them from biting and scratching.

The Finicky Eater

Cats are well-known as finicky eaters, and this can be extremely frustrating for pet owners when they have to keep looking for something that their cats will actually eat. One of the first things to do is to stop trying. Give them one type of food, and don’t give them anything else. When they get hungry enough, they will eat what is put out for them. Do not offer any alternatives, because they will start turning their nose up at her regular food. Yes, they can have treats, but when it comes to meals, they get what you give her, period.

The Pusher

If the world were flat, cats would have knocked everything off by now. Cats are known to love to push things and watch them drop to the floor, but as cute as this can be, it is not behavior that you want to encourage. You need to find ways to discourage your cat from knocking things down. If necessary, get yourself a squirt bottle or a squirt gun. Most cats hate water, and if you squirt them a few times when they are trying to knock things down, they will soon get the message that every time they do it, they are going to get wet.

The Furniture Scratcher

Cats need to scratch things. Not only does it help to keep their claws sharp and trim at the same time, it is also a form of exercise for cats. But, this doesn’t mean that they need to start destroying your furniture, curtains, etc. If your cat starts scratching at the furniture, you need to correct this behavior as soon as possible. Get a spray for the furniture that will repel the cat, and make sure that they have their own scratching post, where they can dig to their heart’s content. If necessary, spray the scratching post with catnip to make it more attractive to them.

The Wool Sucker

Some cats love to suck on wool. While this is a habit that is harmless for your cat, it is not good for your sweaters. Obviously, one of the first things to do is to make sure that any wool items are out of the reach of your cat. If you are wearing a wool sweater and your cat tries to suck on it, gently reprimand her by saying “no,” and then divert their attention by petting or playing with them. This is a very common behavior for cats, and it is often seen in kittens that have been taken away from their mothers too early.

Here's a short video about the 3 most common cat behavior you should know:

Conclusion

These are just a few of the most common bad behaviors commonly exhibited by cats. There are even some cats that are aggressive and violent.

These behaviors can be changed with a bit of work and a lot of patience, both on your part and on the part of your cat. If your cat has very serious behavioral issues, it is a good idea to discuss the problem with your vet and ask for advice you can use to change these behaviors so you and your cat can enjoy each other more.

What is a Cheetoh Cat?

Have you ever thought that you would love to have an exotic-looking cat? If so, have you ever heard of a Cheetoh cat? These cats are a cross between an Ocicat and a Bengal, and they have the jungle lineage of the Asian Leopard cat. These cats have a combination of spots and striped markings, and they are extremely friendly and loveable. This type of cat was bred with one purpose in mind: to create a large, exotic looking cat that was highly intelligent, without adding any wild blood to the mix so it is docile, friendly, and safe for all, including children. Keep reading to learn more about the Cheetoh cat.

Is This a Registered Breed?

A Cheetoh cat costs around $800 from a breeder, and yes, this is a registered breed with the United Feline Organization since November 2004. The International Cat Association (TICA) lists this breed as an “experimental breed,” which is the first step in the process of becoming a registered breed with this association. Cheetoh breeders are working towards the goal of this becoming a recognized, registered breed all over the world.

How Big are These Cats?

A Cheetoh cat is actually larger than the breeds it came from, the Bengal cat and Ocicat cat, and these cats can be as large as medium-sized dogs. The male Cheetoh weighs between 15 and 23 pounds, while the females usually weigh around 15 pounds. A lot of people wonder why these cats would be larger than their original parents. It all has to do with genetics, and it is very difficult to explain so the layperson can understand. The Liger is another great example of this. This is a cross between a lion and a tiger, and is often much larger than its parents.

Do All Cheetoh Cats have the Same Markings?

The Cheetoh is a muscular breed that is extremely agile and graceful compared to other breeds of cats, and has that walk that makes it always look like they are stalking something. They all have spotted and striped markings, but this is not to say that they all have the same markings. There are a variety of variations in their colorations, including the following:

Black and Brown Spotted Sienna

These cats can be various shades of rust, including sorrel, tawny, mahogany, and tawny. They have black, brown, and tan markings, with light markings around the eyes. Their whisker pads, chins, chests, bellies, and the insides of their legs will preferably be white. It is also preferable if they have black markings or spots around their eyes and other parts of the face. The nose is generally reddish, and their eyes can be a variety of colors, from gold to green.

Black Spotted Smoke

This version has an overall color that is dark gray, and there are shades of white, black, and gray mixed in. They have very distinct spot patterns, which will appear on the shoulders and down the back, often looking like a cape when they are kittens. Preferably, there will be light or white bars going across the back of the ears, as well as light markings around the eyes. Preferred markings also include black spots around the eyes and on the face. The eyes can be bronze, gold, green or brown, and the paw pads and tip of the tail are black.

Black Spotted Silver

This version has an overall color that is silver, with the gorgeous black stripes, spots, and rosettes. There should be a lot of contrast in the colors, and ideally, there will be black marks or spots on the face, as well as white bars behind their ears. There may even be a frost of gold across their backs and shoulders. Often, the nose is reddish, and has a black outline. The paw pads and tip of the tail are generally black. The eyes can range in color from bronze to copper to green to haze.

Lynx Pointed

This Cheetoh cat has a snow-white body with light grey shading on their backs and rumps. They can also be buff or light gray. This coloration often includes gold or buff colored spots on the body and the belly, and ideally, there will also be spots on the legs. The tail is black and striped with rings. Their faces have gold or buff markings and spots, and their ears are light grey or buff, with a bit of black at the points. Ideally, there will be white lines across the backs of the ears. Their paw pads and tail tips are black, and they have deep, bright blue eyes.

This video tells you additional facts about the Cheetoh cat:

Conclusion

If you are looking for a pet that has a wild and exotic look, but you want a pet that is going to be loving and safe around children, you should consider getting a Cheetoh cat. These cats have lovely dispositions, and even the males show maternal characteristics towards the younger ones. They are rarely hostile, and they don’t antagonize. The Cheetoh cat makes an ideal family pet.

Black Cat Names for Your New Cat

It’s a sad fact that many black cats never get adopted from shelters, especially when they are some of the most beautiful cats you will ever see. When many people see a black cat, they are automatically superstitious, and think that the cat is going to bring bad luck.

In days past, black cats were associated with witches, and were said to be evil. But think about this. In North America, the superstition is that it is bad luck to have a black cat cross your path. In the UK, it is good luck. Now, doesn’t that just tell you that superstitions, at least this one, are a bunch of bunk?

If you are planning on adopting a black cat, congratulations. You are not only giving a shelter cat a fabulous home where it will be loved and cared for, but you are also bringing a sleek and gorgeous best friend into your life. You may be wondering what you should name your new furry friend. May we suggest that you take a look at some of the names on the following list?

Each has a description, and one may be the ideal name to suit the personality of your new pet. Many of these names are associated with the dark, including witchcraft, but they are still pretty cool names.

Black Cat Names and History

For the longest period of time, black cats were seen as tokens of all types of luck and despite this, they still bring joy to their owners. The most prominent black cat, black cat names and history we all know of is probably from TV Cartoons named Felix. Not only did he garner a huge fan-base, but he was also one of the earliest cartoon characters to appeal to a universal audience. Historically, most black cats have been seen as bad luck, but our dear Felix only possessed the goods for besting even the most undesirable situations.

Luckily, not all black cats have been thought of in such a negative way. Many cultures in history have considered black cats as a godsend.

Ancient Egypt

Many are aware that Egyptians are well-known for worshiping cats. One such example was the goddess Bastet, who stood as a symbol of both honesty and prosperity. In images, we see her as a being with a female human body and bearing a cat's head. Most often, the coloring of the cat is black. In their efforts to please this goddess, many Egyptian households cared for their own black cats.

England and Ireland

Those who are familiar with mythology in this area will be aware of the trickery that can come from fairy folk. One of these tricky fairies came in the form of a fairy in the body of a large, black cat. Known as Cat Sith, this black cat bore a single white spot which helped to tell it apart from others. It's from beings like Cat Sith that the thoughts of bad luck came to be. While many believed it was a fairy, there are also some who thought it was a witch trapped in the body of a cat instead.

North America

During the early ages of America, as it was still being settled, rumors of witches came into being. However, not only did people fear the witches themselves, but also their familiars. If you don't know, familiars are generally animal sidekicks to witches that help to do their bidding. One such familiar was the black cat, which sometimes included witches taking on the form of the animal themselves.

Because of this, many began to fear black cats and their ability to roam the night without being seen. As people became more suspicious, such stories about these poor creatures only grew.

Continental Europe

Meanwhile, there were similar fears about black cats going on in European countries. As a result, many would kill off black cats out of fear that they were something evil in disguise. Some also thought that this also played into the increase of rats and disease that spread around that time.

Below are some of the cutest, funnies and adorable black cat names for your cat:

Types Of Black Cats

1. Bombay

This rather common breed was once nicknamed the “panther for your parlor.” The Bombay is a hybrid of the black American Shorthair and a Sable Burmese and originated in 1953. The Bombay achieved acceptance into the Cat Fancier Association’s (CFA) championship class in 1976.

2. Persian

One of the CFA’s most popular breeds, the black coat of the Persian cat is sleek, shiny and soft. This short-legged sweetheart commands attention and happily reciprocates with equal amounts of love.

3. Ragamuffin

Typically with large, expressive eyes and a coat as soft as silk, the show-stopping Ragamuffin is a calm, patient cat who’s more than eager to please. They are usually heavily boned, medium-sized cats with coats that do not mat, which is a definite standout feature of the cat.

4. Scottish Fold (long and shorthaired)

Their impish ears give the Scottish Fold a look of mischief. The cat is also known for a cute voice that sharply contrasts to their sturdy, rounded body. This hardy breed is born with straight ears that usually start ‘folding’ at three to four weeks of age.

5. American Bobtail

While this cat might have the appearance of a wild animal, their affectionate nature and intelligence will instantly change your views. American Bobtails are active and enjoy playtime. They are strongly devoted to their humans and remain loyal in their expressive nature.

You might also want to check out cute, adorable and appropriate orange cat names here.

9 Adorable and Magical Black Cat Names

1. Grimalkin

If your cat is female, this is a great name, especially if she has a mean face. Grimalkin was a very mean looking female cat, and was associated with witchcraft in the middle ages. If someone were to possess a Grimalkin, it was proof that they practiced witchcraft and led to being burned at the stake.

2. Grimoire

Pronounced “grim-war,” this is the name given to a book of magic spells used by magicians and witches. Spells included creating magical objects, summoning the spirits, placing curses or charms on people, etc. You may already know about one famous Grimoire, “The Book of Shadows.”

3. Imp

This is an adorable name for any cat. An imp is a character from German folklore, a small goblin that was said to be very mischievous. How perfect is that for a cat, especially when cats are known for their mischievous nature? But, imps love friends, and they seek friendship, which is exactly what your shelter cat will need.

4. Raven

A black cat with sleek-looking fur would be proud to be called Raven. In folklore, ravens are said to be cunning and sneaky, which is the same personality we see in a lot of cats. Plus, ravens, like cats, are highly intelligent animals that can and do respond positively to interaction with humans.

5. Ebony

This is a different word for black, and it is a very nice name for a pet, particularly a black cat. If you are bringing home a male cat and feel that this name is too “girly” for your boy, shorten the name to “Ebon.” It sounds cool, and you can be guaranteed that no one else you know is going to have a pet with the same name.

6. Hollyhock

Here is an interesting and cute name for a black female cat. The Black Magic Hollyhock is a gorgeous black flower, and it is a great name for a black cat, especially if she is very fluffy. A luxurious looking cat deserves a beautiful and luxurious name, and Hollyhock fits the bill quite nicely.

7. Onyx

Onyx is a beautiful, shiny, black gemstone, and it is also a wonderful name for a black cat. The best part about this name is that it can work for both female and male cats. This would be the ideal name for a short-haired, black cat that has shiny, sleek fur that shines just like the onyx gemstone.

8. Ink

If you are an artist, you may like this name for your black cat. After all, you work with ink and other mediums, and black fur can be very inky looking. In fact, you could even call your cat “Inky,” which is not only an apt name for a black cat, but also a very cute one, and good for males or females.

9. Vader

Star Wars fans may love having a black cat named Vader. Of course, this is a name that is probably best for a male cat, since Darth Vader is a male. A lot of people jokingly say that cats are planning on taking over the world someday. Vader wanted to do the same thing, so what better name could you give to your cat?

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Conclusion

These are just a few of the cool names you can give to your new black cat. Another option is to combine some of these names to come up with something that is really creative, and truly unique to your furry friend.

Cat Drinking A Lot Of Water?

How much water should your cat be drinking in the run of a day? Do you think that your cat may be drinking too much, or too little water? Generally, cats will drink about two millimeters of water per gram of dry food eaten. This may not sound like much, and it isn’t. While cats do need water to survive, they don’t need a lot of it. Below are some of the reasons why we see our cat drinking a lot of water.

It takes about 24 hours to replace 6 percent of a cat’s body weight with water. Cats that eat wet food require even less water. So, if your cat doesn’t seem to drink a lot, it probably isn’t anything to worry about. But, what if your cat is drinking too much water? Today we are going to take a look at reason why cats may consume a lot of water, and when to worry about it. You need to learn some of the differences of cat food to determine some factors.

How Much Water Should Your Cat Drink?

At the most, a cat should drink about a cup of water per day. There are occasions when some cats will drink more, just to get attention or because they have noticed a tap running and they want some. But, as a rule, they don’t need to drink much water. If a cat is drinking more than a cup of water daily on a regular basis, then there may be something to worry about, and you should seed advice from a veterinarian.

Why Do Some Cats Drink Too Much Water?

Drinking too much water can be a symptom of a variety of diseases, including the following:

Diabetes mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a disease that is caused by an insulin deficiency because the body is not able to use glucose properly. In humans, excessive thirst and urination are symptoms of the disease, and it is the same with cats. There are also other symptoms you should look out for, including weight loss, panting, halitosis, dehydration, vomiting, and overall tiredness. Cats that are diagnosed with diabetes must be treated with daily insulin shots. Without treatment, diabetes can cause blindness, in both humans and cats.

Kidney failure

Excessive drinking can also be a sign of kidney failure, also referred to as uremic poisoning. This health condition causes the kidneys to not be able to function as they should, and they will not be able to filter and remove waste.

There are many things that can lead to kidney failure, including urinary tract blockages, poisoning, blocked arteries, blood clots, infections, shock, and old age. Symptoms can include increased urination and spraying, a brownish color on the surface of the tongue, weight loss, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Kidney failure can be treated, depending on the cause. If left untreated, kidney failure can be fatal.

Glomerulonephritis

An inflammatory disease that affects the kidneys and causes them to not be able to filter blood properly through the body is known as Glomerulonephritis. This disease accounts for the loss of substances that a cat’s body require, including protein. Some symptoms of this condition include frequent urination, lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss, breathing difficulties, swelling of the abdomen and rectal area, facial swelling, and vomiting. It can be caused by many things, including infections, cancer, feline AIDS, and the feline leukemia virus, and it can lead to kidney failure.

Amyloidosis

When there is a lack of protein metabolism in the body, it is known as amyloidosis. The proteins that are not metabolized can end up deposited in a cat’s kidneys, as well as other organs, leading to organ failure. This is a very rare condition, but it can be fatal. Some symptoms include frequent urination, impurities in urine, facial swelling, abdominal swelling, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and difficulty in breathing. This condition can be treated if diagnosed in the early stages.

Hyperthyroidism

A common condition in cats that causes increased thirst is hyperthyroidism. This condition is caused by an overactive thyroid gland, and it can cause a number of issues, including weight loss, oily skin, acne, diarrhea, vomiting, and changes in a cat’s behavior. While none of these symptoms are life threatening, they can cause cats to feel very ill.

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Conclusion

If you notice that your cat has suddenly begun to drink a lot more water than normal, it is time to take them to the vet to find out what is wrong. Start monitoring how much water your cat is drinking each day so you can let the vet know. They will take a urine sample to correctly diagnose the cause of the excessive thirst, and then begin the proper course of treatment to ensure that your cat is on the mend and feeling better.

For preventive measures, you also need to learn what is the best diet for your cat as it can trigger some reactions which could cause your cat to be ill which results to higher fluid intake than their normal.

Do Cats Fart?

If you are asking if cats can fart, you probably haven’t been around many cats. While cats don’t fart as loudly as humans, they do indeed pass gas, and you can hear them do it sometimes (they burp too). The worst thing is, you can also smell it, and depending on what they have eaten, the smell can be pretty rank. Kittens also tend to give off a strong odor when they pass gas. There are several reasons why a cat might fart. For starters, if you give a cat a diet that is high in fiber, chances are that they are going to be gassy. Let’s take a look at some more things that would answer if do cats fart and what causes them to pass gas, and whether or not you should be worried about it.

Why Your Cat Farts

In most cases, if your cat farts, it is nothing to worry about. It is normal for cats to fart. In most cases, they are odorless, but there are times when the smell just might drive you out of the room. Several things can cause kitty flatulence, such as ingesting dairy. Contrary to popular belief, it really isn’t a good idea to give milk to cats, as they are actually somewhat lactose intolerant. Kittens do not need it either; they get what they need from their mothers’ milk.

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Another thing that can cause farting in cats is if they eat too quickly. When they do this, they tend to swallow a lot of air with their food. Their bodies need to expel this air, and it comes out either as burping or farting. Any dietary changes can cause cats to have stomach upset, which can lead to flatulence. You should also make sure that your cats can’t get into food that is spoiled, or into the trash, as they can end up eating stuff that will bother their stomachs. Hairballs are another culprit, and they can also lead to choking.

When to Worry About Cat Farts

As we already mentioned, most cat farts are nothing to worry about. But, there are some things to keep an eye open for, and notify your veterinarian if you do notice them. Farting may be a symptom of a more serious issue, especially when it is accompanied by tummy rumbling, stomach bloating, diarrhea, excessive gas, vomiting, bloody stools, abdominal pain when the belly is touched, loss of appetite, scooting, and excessive drooling.

When you bring your pet to the veterinarian, they are going to ask about their diet and eating habits. They will also conduct a full physical examination. They may also order x-rays or blood work to come up with a proper diagnosis. These tests are important, because if your cat has health problems that are causing farting, a proper diagnosis will ensure that you can get treatment for them. Some of the things that they may test for include inflammatory bowel disease, malabsorption, intestinal viruses, worms and other parasites, pancreatic problems, gastrointestinal cancer, and obstructions in the intestinal tract.

How to Reduce Your Cat’s Farting

Once you know for certain that your cat isn’t farting because they have a health issue, it is time to do something to keep them from farting all the time. There are things that you can do to keep your cat from being overly flatulent, including:

Reduce Fiber Intake

If your cat eats food that is high in fiber, start gradually reducing the amount of fiber in their diet. Do this by slowly changing to a food that is easier for them to digest. Your vet may have some recommendations on the right type of food and the easiest way to make the transition.

Smaller Meals

Do you give your cat one or two large meals each day? If so, and if your cat farts a lot, it may help to switch things up and give them several smaller meals throughout the day. It will help because they won’t be eating so fast, which means they won’t be swallowing any extra air when they eat.

Exercise

Make sure that your cat gets plenty of exercise. If they are an indoor cat, find games that you can play with them to keep them active. Use fun toys that make crinkly noises or have bells, feathered wands, etc. A favorite toy of most cats is easy to make, and won’t cost anything. Crumple up aluminum foil and make a fun ball for them to play with.

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Conclusion

Unless your feline friend has one of the health problems mentioned in this article, you don’t need to be concerned if they fart once in a while. If they fart a lot, then there are steps that you can take to help keep their tummy settled.

Cats that Don’t Shed

If you are a cat lover, but you don’t have one in your life because you are allergic to cats, rejoice! There are actually many different cat breeds that do not shed much or even at all in some cases, and it is the cat hair and dander that are the main causes of allergic reactions to cats in the first place. You may be surprised to find that there are even some long haired cats that are recommended for cat lovers who are allergic to cat hair. Today we are going to take a look at some of the most popular cats that don't shed.

1. Sphynx

Also referred to as a “hairless cat,” the Sphynx is a beautiful beast that loves to give and receive attention from their people. This cat isn’t actually hairless, but it may as well be. The hair it does have is nothing more than a very short (less than ¼ inch) downy coat. This cat breed is available in many different colors, and they are very lovable.

They do require a lot of warmth though, since they do not have fur to keep them warm. They also do not have hair to absorb body oils, so frequent bathing is necessary. They must be dried thoroughly after a bath to ensure that they are warm.

2. Cornish Rex

This cat breed does have a coat, but it is much shorter than that of an average cat, and much sparser. This cat has wavy hairs, and doesn’t have guard and awn hair layers. There is only the soft, downy layer, which isn’t going to shed much.

The Cornish Rex is a very playful cat, and it is highly intelligent. These cats really love their owners, and they are extremely friendly. Like the Sphynx, this cat requires a lot of heat, because there isn’t much fur to protect it from the cold. They also need lots of attention and affection, and require owners that are able to interact with them regularly.

3. Devon Rex

Another popular breed that doesn’t shed much is the Devon Rex. In fact, it has even less hair than the Cornish Rex. Their fur is down hairs only, so they have a soft, velvety feel and appearance. These are small cats that are highly energetic and intelligent.

They have a good sense of humor, and they are loads of fun to have around. This is a cat that loves to be with its people, and you will probably find yours in bed with you at night. This is also a breed that has a tendency to be overweight, because they really love to eat, and there is very little that they won’t eat.

4. Javanese

Here is a cat breed that has loads of fur, but isn’t going to be hard on allergy sufferers. This is because the coat, which is semi-long, is only made up of long, guard hairs, and there are no down or awn hairs. This means that a Javanese cat will shed about two-thirds less than other cat breeds.

These are attractive cats that are loaded with personality, and they are almost as chatty as Siamese cats. Javanese cats love interacting with their human family members, and they can even be trained to do a few simple tricks. You do have to watch this breed’s diet, because they will tend to overeat whenever they can.

5. Bengal Cats

If you would love to own an exotic looking pet, the Bengal is a great choice, and it doesn’t shed very much. This is a great cat for people who have allergies, or who simply don’t want to have to clean cat hair all the time. This is a small cat that was developed by cross-breeding domestic shorthair cats with Asian leopard cats. This is a friendly cat with a gorgeous, spotted coat that also has a bit of striping. Bengals are very vocal cats, and they are easy to train.

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You can even take them out on a leash for a walk. Their coats are not thick, so there isn’t much fur for them to shed. They also do not groom too much, so you won’t be exposed to the protein allergen that is found in cat saliva.

Conclusion

These are just a few of the breeds that don’t shed a lot or have a lot of dander. They are great cats for people with allergies, and they are easy to clean up after. They are all affectionate and intelligent breeds that love to get and give attention, and that would make the perfect addition to any home that loves cats.

Cats with Down Syndrome

We’ve seen a lot of odd looking cats taking the internet by storm lately, and many people are wondering if these cats have a form of Down syndrome or are there any cats with down syndrome? Is it even possible for cats to have Down syndrome? Well, yes and no. Technically, they cannot have this condition, because they do not have the same chromosome patterns humans do. Down syndrome is a condition that affects only humans. But, this is not to say that cats do not have conditions that can closely mimic Down syndrome. Today we are going to take a look at Down syndrome in humans, and whether or not cats are actually afflicted with the same condition.

Humans and Downs Syndrome

Let’s start by talking about how Downs syndrome affects humans. This is a genetic disorder that is found in humans, and is characterized by the presence of an extra chromosome, or part of one, in the twenty-first pair. This added chromosome gives those who have Down syndrome very distinctive physical characteristics, including short necks, small chins, large tongues, slanted eyes, odd-shaped outer ears, etc. Not every case of this condition results in these characteristics, but they are common to Down syndrome.

Other things associated with this condition include stunted growth, and weak muscle tone. There is also an impairment in mental abilities, with the average adult IQ being around 50, or the equivalent of a child under the age of 10. Of course, this can be different from person to person. People with Down syndrome to tend to develop at varied rates, although most do develop more slowly than those who do not have this condition, which is also associated with a variety of health issues, including heart disease, vision impairment, infertility, and gastrointestinal issues.

Cats and Downs Syndrome

Now we come to the big question: Can cats have Down syndrome? There are some characteristics of Down syndrome that are sometimes seen in cats, including wide-set, round eyes, stunted or droopy ears, upturned noses, and an oddly shaped face. Cats that are thought to have conditions similar to Downs syndrome tend to have abnormal behavioral, and they are often uncoordinated and clumsy, bumping into things and frequently falling down. They may also sit differently than other cats, or have different vocalizations.

Kittens with Down syndrome-like conditions often behave differently than other kittens in the same litter, and they tend to be a lot friendlier than other kittens, although they often do not respond when called to.

Here are some things to consider if you think that you may have a cat that has a condition like Down syndrome:

Important Facts About Cats with Down Syndrome

Chromosomes

Cats have 19 pairs of chromosomes, whereas humans have 23 pairs. People with Down syndrome have the extra chromosome 21, but this is not possible with most animals, because of the fact that they have fewer chromosomes. In fact, since cats only have 19 pairs, it is not possible for them to have the extra chromosome 21.

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Behavior

Next is behavior. A cat may show strange behavior, but this doesn’t automatically mean that it has Down syndrome. In fact, it may just be behavior that is unique to the cat, or another health problem that has not been diagnosed. There are many health issues associated with cats that can lead to a variety of symptoms that are much like those of Down syndrome.

Inbreeding

Many breeders tend to over-breed their pets, and there is also inbreeding involved. If two animals with the same genetic structure mate, it is likely to produce offspring with birth defects. The same is seen in humans. It may not be that the cat has Down syndrome, but that it is a victim of inbreeding.

Misdiagnosis

If a cat is thought to have Down syndrome, it could very well be a case of misdiagnosis, as it is impossible for cats to have that extra 21 chromosome. There could be other genetic disorders at play, such as Klinefelter syndrome, which can cause physical mutation. As of yet, there is no scientific evidence that cats can be afflicted with Down syndrome.

Conclusion

If you think your cat may have a genetic disorder that has characteristics that are similar to Down syndrome, it is important to have your cat examined and diagnosed by a veterinarian. There are several things that could be going on, including cerebral hypoplasia, which causes poor balance and renal issues.

Kittens born to mothers with FPV (Feline Parvovirus) are prone to cerebral hypoplasia, which is neither progressive nor contagious. Kittens with this condition are born with underdeveloped cerebellums, causing them to stagger when they walk. If you notice this in your cat, make an appointment with your vet right away so you can find out what you need to do in order to give your pet a healthy, happy life.

It will also be great if you can have your cat vaccination completed appropriate with the schedule given by your vet.