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.

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.

Why Are Cats So Cute?

Just when did cats become domesticated? This is a puzzle that has delivered on many accounts, variations of when humans and house cats became affectionate toward each other. Maybe because of the cat's natural cuteness. But really, why are cats so cute?

The most common ancient history of the domestic cat dates back 4,000 years when ancient Egyptians first regarded the creature as sacred. They were seen as the masters of hunting and were widely worshipped like gods and that even includes the pharaoh.

It is said that the sentence for killing a cat was the death penalty and all pharaohs were mummified and buried surrounded by statues of the animal. This represented good luck and safe companionship in the afterlife. Towards the end of the Egyptian era, cats were sold to the Greeks and the Persians and made their way to the Middle Kingdom where an emperor of China sought out a luxurious pet during the Song Dynasty.

In China, cats were bred with many local breeds, which resulted in the Siamese and Burmese. The domestic cat trend moved across to neighboring countries that include Japan and India.

While all of this might hardly seem cute, it took quite some time before cats were actually embraced (so to speak) by millions of households who simply could not get enough of the furry goodness that cats provided.

Granted, not all people feel the need to profess their undying love for cats, but there is ample amounts of logic behind the reason why cat videos on YouTube are viewed in an effort to alleviate a miserable Monday mood or perhaps, to consider a domestic companion that lives by his own set of rules.

Let’s look at some logical explanations why we are so drawn to them and how this has, in turn, transformed them into the adorable pets we’ve been creating social media posts about:

Hot and Cold, Near and Far

Loving a cat at first is like falling head over heels for someone who is not quite into you. The spiritually independent nature of cats has for long been observed as cold and perhaps even disloyal, but in essence, it’s their ability to look after themselves that makes them even more attractive. 

That air of slightly aloof and unaffected behavior is what places us in a position of intrigue: a yo-yo effect that keeps us guessing whether our cats are actually our spirit animals or maybe just an ancient spirit in a cat’s body.

Love Me Tender

Its no secret that cats are quite frugal when it comes to showing their affection. It all depends on their nature, and their mood, for that matter.  Once you do get your cat’s affection, it’s almost like a victory. Our relationships with cats usually make us look like the fool, but heck, it’s a game that’s quite worth it.

I am Your Baby

The nimble bodies of cats makes it easy to pick them up and carry them around like a newborn child.  Contrary to popular belief, they actually enjoy being cradled in your arms and lulled to sleep. As you watch them fall asleep, you’ll look down in awe: “How cute is this cat?” That is, until they wake up and decide that they’ve had enough of you.

Did Curiosity Really Kill The Cat?

They tiptoe around new foreign objects that exude an air of mystery.  Perhaps you come home with bags full of shopping. Perched on the counter, cats will carefully inspect the matter at hand to quite possibly determine a threat or the possibility of a new plaything. Their curiosity is something to behold and it’s usually the fright-factor of a sound or sudden movement from this strange entity that usually results in a fit of uncontrollable laughter.

This is the part where we tell you to get a cat if you don’t already have one – that’s if you are up for the challenge.  The rewards of being a cat owner has its pros and cons, but in general, you’ll find that you can’t resist the ownership cats take in their environment and you’ll be forgiven for feeling betrayed when your cat is found roaming the grounds of your neighbor’s to such an extent that they choose to sleep over.

Just remember that you invested in a creature that loves chasing their own tail, place their paws in fishbowls and usually ends up playing games on your iPad with enviable prowess.

You can try to find out some of the ways to correct the cats behavior to your favor. 

And remember, when a cat picks you as their favorite person, you’ll have to go with whatever they require of you. What else can you expect from a creature that has been around since 8000 BC?

Orange Cat Names

It was Garfield who placed ginger cats on the map and not only did he become a household name, he also became the namesake of thousands of other ginger cats. Let’s just say that there is nothing wrong with ‘recycling’ a cool name such as Garfield, but you’ll want to let your cat’s personality shine through in its own, unique way, so here's a few but great list of orange cat names for your adorable, cuddly and cute fur-end.

In the United States, these feline companions are often simply referred to as orange-colored cats and in the United Kingdom as well as many other countries their coloring is noted as ginger.

It’s no secret that many are familiar with the approachable, friendly temperament of these felines. It is also thought that white cats tend to be more aloof, while black cat breeds tend to be more mysterious. Naturally, these kinds of thinking are only stereotypes of various colors within the cat world, but it does show just how adored ginger cats often are.

So, if you are going ginger, let’s help you out with some clever names that each has their own little ‘orange touch.’

  • Amber – Usually known a tree resin that has been fossilized and has a bright, yellow-orange coloring
  • Annie – The most famous redheaded orphan to date
  • Apricot – Sweet, soft and comes in a light shade of orange
  • Archie – If you are into Riverdale, you’ll know that Archie Andrews has a head full of healthy, red hair
  • Butternut – You’ll probably never look at this orange vegetable the same way again
  • Butterscotch – A sweet confection and a very cool choice for your equally sweet ginger cat
  • Cheddar – A popular cheese that makes for a really cute cat came
  • Cheeto – A definite option if you are into this cheesy chip, or think that your cat might be too
  • Chester – Chester is the well-known mascot of the Cheeto’s brand
  • Clementine – A sweet, small fruit that functions a very cute name for your ginger kitten
  • Copper – A good choice if you think your cat’s coat resembles this orange-gold metal
  • Coral – This color is blended with some pink, but is still orange in its base
  • Curry – A popular Indian food item that has a distinct orange and yellow blend
  • Daphne – The heroine in Scooby Doo sported some gorgeous ginger locks
  • Dorito – A cheesy, crispy snack that’s loved by many. It can be a really cool cat name too
  • Ernie – A well-known orange Sesame Street puppet, with a bright personality
  • Fanta – The fruit-flavored soda brand has more than 100 flavors to its name, but orange is by far the one that stands out most
  • Ginger – Consider this your ginger-cat Bingo free space
  • Goldie – It’s got a slightly bossy feeling to it, but it works well
  • Honey – Warm, sweet and golden. Enough said
  • Lantana – An orange-colored tropical plant
  • Mango – This orange fruit serves ample amounts of flavor and could make for a great name for a ginger cat
  • Marigold – This gorgeous flower combines yellow and orange in a wonderful way
  • Marmalade – This fruit preserve is created using the peel and juice of citrus fruits that have been boiled with water and sugar. It makes for a very interesting name too
  • Nacho – It’s fun, fresh and feline!
  • Nectarine - This orange fruit definitely makes the list of cute cat names
  • Nemo – The adorable orange fish we all came to love in the movie called ‘Finding Nemo’
  • Nutmeg – An earthy, orange spice
  • Opie – Best known from the Andy Griffin Show, this character was a redheaded boy with a freckled face
  • Paprika – A spice with a great deal of flavor that comes in a reddish-orange color
  • Peaches – Your favorite fruit might just become your new cat’s name
  • Persimmon – An orange-colored, exotic fruit and an even better cat name
  • Poppy – This beautiful flower can offer plenty of cuteness to your feline companion
  • Pumpkin – A totally adorable name that would suit a slightly chubby cat
  • Rusty – Many know this as a great name for a human as well as a nickname for people who have red hair
  • Saffron – An orange spice that many find to be exotic and interesting
  • Simba – There is no way that this name cannot be included on the list. Thank you, Lion King
  • Sunny – No one can deny that these sweet cats don't look like a ray of sunshine
  • Sweet Potato – Yet another food item on the list, but also sweet and orange
  • Tangerine – This orange fruit has a sweet flavor that is sure to match the personality of a ginger cat
  • Tiger/Tigress – After all, these great cats do look a little bit like small tigers
  • Tigger – This is the perfect name for a ginger cat with a lot of energy
  • Winnie – Though he may be a bit lighter in coloring, this is a great name for a cat that reminds you of honey

Below is a short video guide on how to pick cat names:

It's really not that hard if you have one cat but it could be a something to think about if you have many cats at home. You can try to look for specific cat breeds that goes appropriately with the name you have in mind if you plan on thinking of a name first before getting a cat.

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?

For more black cat names appropriate for your cat, check the video below:

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.

Here's another short guide from Dr. Wendy about why cats sometimes drink so much water:

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.

Here's a funny, factual and entertaining video that determines whether or not, do cats fart?

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.