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.

Below is a short video about the top 10 cats that don't shed:

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.

Birthday Cat: Hosting Your Cat’s Birthday in Style

It’s no secret that you love your cat. If you are someone who entertains the idea of reading about ways to make the life of your cat even better, then you’ve obviously come to the right place. Hosting your cat’s birthday is an activity to show your love for your cat, and get together with friends and family members. A birthday cat would certainly love that.

The best thing you can do is to make sure you invite all your cat-loving friends and it’s probably a good idea if stick to a human-only guest list. The cats we’ve come to know and love aren’t always inclined to interact… or to play nice with other cats. So, to keep things peaceful, keep your cat happy and half-asleep on the couch… unless they wish to investigate the curious new creatures in the house or perhaps even pick a new lap to lie on.

Some people might ask: “Why would you want to host a party for a cat? They’re so… aloof.” Well, that’s exactly why. We would do this so that hopefully, our cats would love us more. Plus, it’s a good excuse to have like-minded people over.

How Will You Get This Show On the Road?

Determine a Theme

Your cat might not be able to verbalize what they want or like, so you’ll just have to take the lead on this one. Chances are good that your cat will approve of your initiative in their own special way.

Themes have to be age-appropriate. That is the rule that applies not only to people, but also to our feline friends.  There is no better time to host a Japanese-themed sushi party.  Not only will the enticing aroma of salmon serve as one way to get your cat involved, but we’re also banking on the possibility that your pet will be as affectionate to the point where you’re wondering: “Who’s cat is this?”

Prepping

You’re not cutting corners here. You wouldn’t want that for your own party, so feel free to plan this soiree like Kim Kardashian is invited. Naturally, this all depends on your budget, so get into the details.  You can choose to either make use of e-vites or hand-created ones to set a really quirky tone for the party. Remember, the devil is in the details…

Begin with your guest list and work from there.  Once you’ve determined your budget, theme and guest list, you can get to work. 

Since you are inviting human guests, you’ll have to cater to their specific palates (a little bit more on birthday cakes for cats later).  When in doubt, opt for tapas. It’s easy to serve and can blend in seamlessly with any theme you select for your kitty’s birthday bash.

Tuna Tunes

Every party needs a playlist. No matter how ridiculous the thought might be to sing the happy birthday song to your cat. You’ll want to sneak in a few tracks to ensure that you can solidify your status as a kitty caterer of sorts. There are songs produced specifically for cats and yes, you need to go big, or go home.

If your party is very niched in its theme, then it should be easy to create a playlist that gets the party started. A party isn’t a party without a few tracks to loosen the vibe.

While not all of your guests might be fine-tuned (so to speak) into the subtle nuances and feline references on your playlist, you’ll do well by creating a drinking game where guests can ask the host whether or not the current song that’s playing is cat-related. It’s up to you to determine their fate in the game… Line those shots up and test your musical knowledge.

Getting The Purr-ty Started

Even if this were “just” a fete for your cat, you would still have to bend over backwards to make sure that your guests are happy.  You will have to prepare well in advance like you would with any other get-together.

Only this time around, the birthday cake would have to adopt a cat-friendly approach.  We’re thinking tuna, shrimp and maybe even some cheese. Don’t roll your eyes… its quite easy to make and you are already invested, so make this happen.

A cake for your cat! Who would’ve thought?

Now that you know who’s coming, what the theme is and how to maximize its authenticity with delectable snacks and drinks, you can draw up your planning sheet and start downloading those tunes.

Here are 5 simple ways to celebrate a birthday cat:

What’s the one thing that you can tick off from your list without even lifting a finger? Grooming. Your cat’s got that one covered…

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.

Here's a detailed video about how down syndrome occurs with chromosomes:

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.

Guide to Introduce a New Cat

I know it is fun to think about adding some new cats to your home, especially when you find the first one or current cat alone, lonely or needs a playmate. We mean good to our cat but there are actually some precautions that we need to carefully consider before we introduce a new cat.

These will help us better understand the nature and behavior of our cat and reduce the chances of conflicts occurring with your home. These conflicts could lead up to a fight, injuries or drive one cat to vacate your home. 

It is more likely the same with dogs and cats. You might want to learn how to introduce a cat to dogs before you actually get one.

Having some knowledge about the behavior of cats will tell you that there is a good and safe way to introduce new cats to a single cat or a glaring.

Additionally, if you successfully introduce and let your cat bond, the results are satisfying and rewarding as cats can be really friendly, adorable and happy when they’re around a few cats they are comfortable with. They’d have someone to play around, look for something to hunt in your home, someone to cuddle when sleeping and more.

Another great thing about a glaring or a clowder is that each cat respects each other’s boundaries such as they rarely steal or eat the food of the other cat even without proper training. Just seem so natural.

Below are some factors that cause conflicts when introducing a new cat:

Age

If you have an adult cat at home and you’d be bringing another adult cat, not to mention the same gender, then there is a high risk or chance that a flight will occur. They are both adults where they are more likely to fight out their territory and protect it with an invader which would be your new cat. The thing you would consider would be at least having a cat that synergizes with your current cat. Have a female and younger cat if you have a male or old cat or vice versa.

Territory

Next would be the territory. Cats are born with natural territorial instincts, unlike dogs where some breeds really don’t care and just pure friendly. They seek to claim the area to where they find comfortable and a new cat without proper introduction could trigger a defense mechanism to the current cat that holds the title of ownership and would cause a fight. The result could either be that the new cat would claim the territory to be its own or the old cat driving away the new cat rather than getting along and sharing the same space.

Scent

This is fairly natural. It’s also common among other pets and animals. New scents always startle another animal. It triggers their natural instinct to be cautious or at least protect their selves or what they have as scent imposes invasion, predator or any threat possible. New cats are advised not to be paired with a group or a single current cat at home as the new scent is something unfamiliar and has a great chance leading to a commotion.

Attention

This factor is between cats and humans. If we spent more time with just one cat, play with them most of the time, cuddle and more. Seeing it being done on the new cat would make the old cat jealous and would either get your attention or start a fight with the new cat. Furthermore, if you eventually succeed in introducing the new and old cat, you still might want to provide the same amount of time, effort and attention to each as cats can easily get mighty jealous.

Breed

Some people may think that as long as it is a cat, it’s okay. It may be the same animal type but it has different breeds. The two famous cat breeds that don’t go along with other cats, regardless if it’s their own breed, is the Siamese and Bengal cat. Siamese is really the jealous type of cats. They don’t want to see other cats getting petted or pampered by the owners and would usually bully the other cat because they want it all to themselves. On the other hand, Bengal cat is highly territorial and dominant. It’s possibly due to the size cat’s size. They might be able to live with other cats at home but they would be really strict with some of the areas or things where if the other cat steps out of the line, they’d be fighting for it.

It's also worth noting that regardless of the breed, feral cats might have a hard time with the introduction.

How to Introduce a New Cat

You can base the procedure of introducing new cats accordingly to the factors we’ve discussed above. The thing that comes first would be the breed and the age of the cat as they are needed to be considered before getting a new cat introduced.

If you plan on getting a cat or adopting one which we highly advise that it's much better and more humane to adopt a cat rather than buying one. Not only you'd be helping the abandoned animal, but you're also making the world a better place.

Below are some of the reasons why it's better to adopt a cat:

You need to identify first the breed of the cat and see some papers about its age and gender. It’ll be a great factor which you can resolve earlier or avoid fights or commotions from occurring. It’s best if you keep a cat of the opposite gender, a cat that’s younger from the current cat and the breed if it plays well with other cats.

Next would be getting each other familiarized with scent and the scope of their territory. The best way to do this is to have a cage or a pet carrier where you can place the new cat securely, in the same room as the old cat without allowing them to touch skins. This way, cats would learn and identify each other’s scent as they slowly accept them to be something they are familiarly safe. You can do this process alternately, allowing the new cat to be on the other side of the cage and the old cat inside. This takes time, a few days and some of your effort but it’s surely satisfying and rewarding once they get along.

Lastly, attention would be something you want to be fair when it comes to cats. Pay a fair share of attention such as cuddling, playing, and pampering with each cat to avoid any jealousy which could lead up to a fight.

These steps may be short but the process is highly effective and does not really cost you too much or do you harm. It’s best to keep your cats in line and always take these careful steps on how to introduce a new cat when you plan on adding a new one.

For those who want a detailed and a step by step guide, you can check out some of this amazing article about guidelines for introducing a new cat into your home. It also has information about how to cat-proof your home and more.

What to Feed a Sick Cat That Won’t Eat

It’s a terrible time for a pet owner when their beloved kitty isn’t well. After all, cats can’t tell us what’s wrong so it can be difficult to know they are under the weather. But one sure sign that they aren’t feeling great is if they are off their food. After all, if they have a bug, they are not going to want to eat. However, a lot of people don’t know what to feed a sick cat that won’t eat.

First things first, make sure you rule out things such as trying a new food or a dodgy can which both might put your cat off eating. It’s worth buying a different cat meal just to see if your cat will eat it. If your cat still turns their nose up at the food, there is a high chance they are not feeling well.

You should firstly see how it goes for the next 24 hours. If they show signs of recovering, it’s not worth worrying about it too much. But if they are still under the weather, it’s now time to take them to the vets so they can look them over. While you wait for a diagnosis (they will likely do some tests such as an x-ray or ultrasound), you should try and get your cat to eat something. After all, they need a bit of food to keep them strong.

They don’t want to make them feel worse by giving them something that will make them sick. Therefore, here is a guide to a few things you can give your sick cat which will give them strength without harming their stomach further.

Chicken and Rice

You might be surprised to know that chicken and rice are both excellent foods which can help to give your feline a little strength. They both can help to soothe their stomach pain and balance it out a little. But it’s also excellent for providing them still with all the nutrients they need so they don’t become lethargic down to lack of food. Therefore, cook the chicken plain in the oven or boil it, and then cut it into pieces to give to the cat.

Avoid any kind of seasoning which could further. upset their belly Also, you can give the cat some plain white rice to go with the chicken. Just make sure it’s completely plain and you add some water to ensure the cat stays hydrated. After all, it will lead to even more problems if they do have no water at all. And if they don’t eat it at first, keep it covered then offer a little  later.

White Fish or Tuna

Another good option which will give your cat strength and keep them fueled is some white fish. Fish is a firm favorite with kitties and it’s excellent for their health and can prolong their lifespan as it has omega-3. Just make sure you don’t go for anything with batter or with skin as it could further. upset their bellies You just want some plain white fish which will be easy to digest for your kitty. You might want to chop it up a bit so it’s easier to eat. Just like with the chicken and rice, keep attempting to get your cat to eat it.

You can also offer them tuna when they are sick. With its appealing taste, it can be a winner with your pussycat. And even if it doesn’t eat the tuna itself, you can always offer them a bit of water from the can. If they drink this, they will be getting some water and a bit of tuna too. And it might give them their taste back so they consume some food sooner rather than later.

Minced Meat

Cats love the smell of minced meat, like hamburger. When you are cooking it, you will find they will be around you like a rash. In fact, kittens love to be in the kitchen when you are cooking a hearty lasagna or making meatballs for the family. So when they are under the weather, it’s always a good option to try with your cat. They will smell the meat and it might entice them to try some.

And then you can ensure your friendly feline is getting some food in their belly. Just make sure that you boil the meat rather than fry it. By doing this, it will keep its goodness and will help your kitty to consume it. You can mix the meat once cold with some rice which will help to make sure your cat is still eating something nutritious.

Soup

If your cat isn’t eating, there might be a problem with their mouth or teeth, but you want to still get some food in for your cat’s well-being. Therefore, for the meantime, you might want to stick to a liquid diet. That way, you can make sure your cat gets something into their system so they stay healthy. Soup is a good option to go for as it will be easier to feed to your beloved feline. Prepare something along the lines of chicken soup for your cat.

You can use some chicken, vegetables and plants in some boiling water. You can then add extra vitamins to the soup to make sure your cat is on the mend sooner rather than later. Feed the soup mixture to your cat and any leftovers can be used the next day. Hopefully, the cat will soon be feeling better; then, they can get back to proper solid food.

Here's a short video of how to make a cat eat and drink when it is sick:

It will hopefully be the case that your cat will get over its stomach bug and will be back to normal in a short period of time.

But if they won’t take food after several days, there are options you can try such as a feeding tube which can be used to ensure your cat gets some nutrients in the meantime.

To go along with your cat's food, our cat also needs to drink water. Provide them with enough, sufficient or plenty of supply of water within reach. 

And remember to pet and praise your cat while they’re not feeling well. Helping them to feel comfortable and secure might help get them in the mood for eating.

What Can I Feed My Cat?

When you get a cat for the first time, looking after them can often feel like a daunting task. After all, this little fur ball is going to be reliant on you for all their needs. And it can make you feel very responsible, especially when it comes to food. That's why you should learn and know about what can i feed my cat as there are some foods that isn't applicable or advisable for cats to eat.

But if you have never looked after a cat before, it can feel like a bit of a minefield. You might be clueless about what they need to eat. In fact, first-time cat owners are often left perplexed and wonder what they should be feeding their cat. After all, they don’t want to end up giving them something which will make them ill.

For starters, you need to know that you should feed your cats twice a day. Opt for first thing in the morning and then just before you go to bed. That way, they will be full enough to last them throughout the day.

And if you want to make sure your kitty is going to eat a well-balanced and highly nutritious diet, you should read on for some tips on what you should feed your cat. And remember not all cats have the same tastes. While some cats will want to eat loads, other felines will only want a little food at a time. So play it by ear when it comes to your cat so that you don’t end up feeding them too much. After all, you don’t want an overweight cat as it will lead to many health problems.

Opt for a Nutritious Wet Food

A lot of people opt for a food pouch for their cat. After all, they often prefer this to dry food as they like the wet taste of the meat, and it can give them some much-needed hydration as a high proportion of it is made of water. However, you need to be very careful which canned food you go for. Some of the cheaper options have little nutritional value. And if you want to make sure your cat has a long and healthy life, you need to make sure they are having high quality food. Therefore, always check the label to make sure the wet food has premium ingredients.

Opt for one which only has additives which are beneficial to your cat’s diet. Make sure the actual meat makes up a high proportion of the pack. If you don’t recognize the ingredients, put the wet food back on the shelf.  You can often find reviews of the best cat food you can buy online. As well as coupons which will help reduce the cost of the food.

Going for a well-respected brand is often a good idea. For instance, opting for something similar to Royal Canin will help you make sure your cat is eating the best wet cat food for them. And then you can be sure they are getting the nutrition they need.

Choose a Complete Dry Cat Food

Some cat owners go for a dry-food diet instead, or in addition to the wet food. After all, kibbles often have all the nutrients they need so they can skip the wet food. It’s mostly made up of protein and fat which is important for your feline. Dry food is also much better for their teeth than wet food. A lot of vets highly recommend that you just go for kibble instead of wet food. You can find complete dry cat food which is packed full of the nutrients that your cat needs. Just make sure you check out the packaging first.

You want a dry food which has a message from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) on the back. This means that it’s been tested and does contain the right amount of nutrients for your cat. If you are unsure of which one to go for, your vet is bound to sell complete dry food which is best for your cat. Therefore, ask them to be pointed in the right direction.

Add in a Few Treats

While you don’t want to give your cats too many treats, a few a day is a great way to spoil them and allow them to have a tasty snack. After all, if they have been well-behaved, treats can help to reward them. Although you can’t really train cats with treats like you might do with a dog, treats do come in useful if you need to take them to the vets or get them to move out of a certain room. So, it’s always handy to have a few with you.

Just make sure you do pick something which is still quite healthy. For instance, you can get tasty sticks which are chewy and are great for your cats to snack on. Just make sure you read the guidelines so that you don’t end up giving them too much. After all, you don’t want to send them hyper as you have gone overkill on the treats. Also, if you are trying to bond with your furry friend, treats are a great way to show them you come in peace!

Only Give a Few Feline-Friendly Human Foods

Some pet owners opt to give their cat a diet similar to their own. After all, it saves paying out a small fortune on best cat food. And it’s much easier to prepare if you are making it for yourself. But it’s best not to go overboard on giving them human foods.

Below is a short video about some food that you should never feed you cat:

After all, there are only some foods which they can digest well, and you could end up giving them too many calories when you are giving them real food. However, if you do want to give them some feline-friendly foods, make sure it’s something along the lines of cooked turkey, chicken or lamb. Also, canned tuna is often a popular choice with your kitty, and you can give them a mouthful of cheese if they fancy it. Just avoid things like chocolate and onion which can be toxic to your kitty.

And remember to give them water and some cat milk to complete their daily diet. However, cow’s milk can cause intestinal upsets like diarrhea.

How to Tell if a Cat Likes You?

When you have a pooch, it’s quite easy to tell whether you have a good bond or not. After all, they aren’t called a man’s best friend for nothing.

They often shower you with love and affection. But when it comes to cats, it can be trickier to know how they feel about you or how to tell if a cat likes you. 

In fact, you might find that even though they live in your home and you feed and cuddle them on a daily basis, they might not be so fond of you. 

You can either choose to find ways for your cats to like you or you can just find out some ways to correct a cat's behavior.

Cats truly have their own mind and it can be hard to work them out sometimes. But there are some easy ways how to tell if a cat likes you. Therefore, here are 10 signs that you are on a friendly basis with your feline.

There is a Gift Waiting for You

There is nothing worse for a pet owner than finding a dead bird or mouse outside your door. Or in some cases, in your kitchen or lounge. You then have to take on the challenging task of removing the dead animal from your home. But while it might offend you, it is a good sign that your beloved cat does like you.

After all, it’s in their nature to catch things to share with people (or other cats in the wild) that they care about. So the fact they are killing their prey and giving it to you is a sure sign that they do think fondly of you. And on top of this, bringing it back to the house means they feel secure and happy in their home. Just make sure you don’t give them too much praise so that it doesn’t become a common occurrence that you end up with a regular supply of dead rats in your home.

They Rub Against Your Legs

You might think that when your cat rubs against your legs it’s after food. But while this is a good way of them trying to get your attention to feed them, it is also a way they show affection to a human being. In fact, by rubbing against you, they are attempting to leave their scent. So they are trying to claim you as their human so that other cats will back off. Therefore, if you find your kitty does always rub against you, you can be sure that you have clicked and are buddies. Just make sure you stroke your cat when they do rub against you so that they know you love them too.

They Purr in Your Presence

A lot of people wonder what it means when their cat keeps purring. After all, it can be a sign of concern or hunger. But you might find that your beloved feline tends to purr in your presence if they love your company. Whether they are sitting on your lap, or next to your feet, if they do purr, it’s a good sign they are showing you affection. And they hope that you will respond back with a stroke if they do this in front of you. Some cats are more vocal than others when it comes to purring, so don’t worry if it’s quite a quiet purr or even just a vibrate. It still means they are showing you how much they love you and you will know that your cat does indeed like you.

The Cat Is Always Trying To Sit on Your Lap

It can be annoying when your cat is trying to sit with you. You might be trying to get on with some work or even just searching the web on your iPad, and you will find that the kitty might try and squeeze onto your lap, or even push the item out of the way so that they sit with you. But while it can get on your nerves, if your kitty wants to sit with you, it’s a good sign that they like you. It means they want to be close to you.

And they are only going to do this if they feel safe and secure with that person. So it means they are trying to show you affection if they do want to sit on your lap. Therefore, do try and let them have some lap time and stroke them while they are sitting with you to make sure you show them you love them.

They Try and Knead You

If your cat thinks you are alright, there is a good chance that you might find they push their paw in and out against your skin. It could be your leg if they are sitting on your lap, or your arm might be their favorite place to knead. A lot of people wonder why their cat is doing this, especially as it can often sting if they use their claws.  In fact, some cat owners think their furry friend is trying to hurt them. But, in fact, by doing this, they are showing you how much they love you.

Here's a short video about why do cats knead?

And they are content if they are kneading while on your lap. Be warned; you might find that the more they are showing you their affection, the harder they will do it. So try and keep your skin covered up while they are doing this so they can show their love without you ending up with an armful of scratches.

They Put Their Tail Up When They are Near You

While we might say hello or wave to greet one another, a cat tends to say hello to the human they love by putting their tail up when you approach. While it may seem a bit rude to flash you, your beloved pet is showing you their affection for you. Give them a stroke and cuddle to show them you are saying hello back.

Additionally, if their tail is curved at the tip, you are definitely the apple of their eye. So you know that your kitty does think a lot of you. Just be wary that if the tail is wagging, it doesn’t mean they are in a good mood like dogs. In fact, it means they are in an aggressive or annoyed mood, so you should avoid them or back off what you’re doing in this case.

How to Tell If a Cat Is Male or Female?

It’s always an exciting time when your cat has kittens. After all, their small and cute faces leave everyone cooing. And kittens are so much fun as they have a very playful nature. You will have a fantastic time with them before it’s time to find them a new home.

However, a lot of people get the gender wrong when it comes to the kitten, and then you might find that cute little Daisy is actually a David; you might have an upset buyer if they were expecting a certain sex. The truth is a lot of people don’t know how to tell if a cat is male or female.

After all, it’s not always just as simple as checking them. If they are tiny it can be difficult to see what the sex is. But there are some ways you can get a good identification of the gender. Therefore, here are some tips to help you tell if a cat is male or female from now on.

One of the first things you will do when the kitten arrives is to find out the gender. After all, you will want to know whether the new kitten is a girl or boy. For one thing, you can then give them a new name once you know the gender. And also, you won’t want to advertise them without informing them of the sex.

Wait Until After 8 Weeks

One of the first tips we can give you when it comes to sexting your kitten is to wait until the young kitten is a bit older. After all, when they are only a month old, it will still be developing so you are likely to get the gender wrong when you examine the kitten.

Cat's lifespan if fair and not that short, waiting a few months to know the gender won't take that long to wait.

Also, when they are tiny, they need to be with their mother and other siblings. After all, if you remove a newborn from its mom for very long, there is a possibility the mother will reject it when it returns. And then the small kitten will not survive for very long on its own. Therefore, have a quick look when it’s born and you can take a guess at the sex. But then check the kitten when it’s over 8 weeks to get a definite answer on the gender of the little feline.

Just for a quick guide, below is a short video about how to determine the gender of your kitten:

Put the Kitten in a Good Mood

If you are planning to examine the kitten to find out its gender, you have got to make sure that the feline is in a good mood first.

After all, you are going to end up with a handful of scratches if you do try and hold the kitten and do it straight away. It’s not going to go down well if they are in a playful or sleepy mood.

Just don't get confident about waiting to examine at nightfall as some cats are nocturnal and have more energy at night compared to when you examine them in the morning.

Therefore, pick up the kitten and pet it gently first. You should move your stroking to the far end near the base of the tail. Cats love being stroked in this area as they can’t reach it themselves. In fact, their response is often to lift their tail which will be helpful for the examination to check the cat’s gender. Remember to get the person who is the closest to the kitten to check them. After all, they are more likely to play ball if they feel comfortable and see the person regularly.

Check Out the Cat’s Anal Area

Hopefully, your kitten will have lifted its tail now and is in a relaxed mood. This is the best chance now to have a look at the anal area. You should find this behind the tail. Once you can spot the anus, you need to look for the genitals. These are found below the anus. Now, you will notice there is a distance between the anus and this area. This can help you tell whether your cat is a female or male. If it’s a female, the genital area of the cat will be right next to the anus with not much of a gap.

Also, the vulva on the female cat will look like a line. Meanwhile, when it comes to a male cat, there tends to be around an inch gap between the anus and the genital opening. You will also see the shape of a circle which is likely to be the penis. Depending on the age of the kitten, you might also spot the testicles which will also be around the genital opening. But if they are young, they might be too tiny to spot for now.

Look at the Coat Color

A lot of people don’t know that you can actually check the coat color of the cat to see what the gender is. Therefore, it can save you the stress of having to check its genitals if you can just look at the coat color. Of course, it’s not always definite, but it can give you an inkling what the sex is of your new kitten.

What you need to know is that if the kitten is a calico color it is a female kitten. You might not know what calico is, but you can easily see this if the cat is a black, white and orange color. Also, if the kitten is a tortoiseshell color, there is also a high chance that the new kitten is a female. Meanwhile, if your cat has given birth to an orange kitten, you have a high chance of guessing this is a male cat. After all, ginger tom cats are quite known to be males.

And if it’s an older cat (perhaps you have acquired a stray), it can be a lot easier to check the gender. After all, you will find that their genitals will be a lot more developed. But if you really can’t be sure, it’s best to get the feline checked over by the vet. They will be able to check the sex, as well as do some other vital checks so that you can know if you have a cute girl or handsome boy cat.

How to Calm an Aggressive Cat

We all hope to have a cat that is loving and sweet. After all, they will then make a great family pet which will be loved by everyone. However, while some cats can be like that, there are others that are more aggressive, and it can make for a very stressful household. It can be a worry that the cat might scratch you at any moment. If you have kids too, it can make them nervous from the pet. And you might get frightened they will hurt your little one. When this is the case, a lot of pet owners don’t know what to do about the angry cat. They don’t want to end up taking it to the shelter. But they don’t know how to calm an aggressive cat, so they think it might be the only option.  

However, there are some ways you can change the attitude of the cat. That way, you can have a loving and friendly natured feline. Therefore, here is how to calm an aggressive cat.

Use a Diffuser

You might not know that you can get a diffuser which can help to calm that cat with an attitude. It releases calming pheromones which can help to relax your cat. You will find that your kitty’s personality will change if you do use this diffuser. It can help to get rid of any stress the cat is feeling. And you will find that you have a happier household. A lot of people get the diffuser when it comes to stressful times such as moving house or bringing a new pet into the property. But it can also work just as well when it comes to calming down an aggressive feline.

There are many types of diffusers around. One of the most popular ones is Feliway. With this product, you plug it in the wall in your home to start releasing calming pheromones. It’s worth getting several and putting it in areas where the cat spends the most time. And if you would rather not get the plug-in, there are different types around such as a spray which you can put around the cat to help calm it down.

Figure Out the Issue

One of the best ways to calm an aggressive cat is to work out why it’s acting in such a way. After all, cats don’t become aggressive for no reason. It’s often down to stress or fear that causes them to act in a bad way. Therefore, you need to observe your cat and figure out what is causing the aggressive behavior. It might be the case they are upset about their surroundings. For instance, they might not feel secure in the home. It’s possible you might need to make an area where they can hide and feel safe. Move a cat bed into a quiet area so they can go there when they are stressed out. You might find that by doing this it improves their behavior.

Another issue which could be causing them to act aggressively is they haven’t warmed to another pet or human being. It might be the case you have just moved a stranger into the home, or even had a baby who is now in the home. This can send your cat astray as they might feel stressed with strangers around. It’s best to keep the new person away until they feel happier.

Being aggressive can sometimes be down to the background of the cat. For instance, they might have been mistreated as a kitten and this can be the reason for their bad behavior. If you can trace it back, it’s worth trying to reassure your cat that you come in peace. Spend time stroking the cat but let them come to you. Hopefully, they will learn to trust you and then it will calm down the cat. And if you can’t figure out what’s wrong with the cat, you should hire a cat behaviorist. That way, they can give you an insight into what’s wrong with your pet.

Give it Space

The worst thing you can do when your cat is showing signs of aggressive behavior is to keep following it around. After all, your cat is showing you they don’t want attention right now. So if you keep trying to pet your cat, or even keep picking it up, it’s just going to get more riled, and then you will end up being scratched if you are not careful. It might be that they are finding your behavior threatening and they are reacting in a fearful way.

For additional guide, below is a short video of how to deal with an aggressive cat:

Therefore, if you want to help to calm your aggressive cat, you should give it some space. Back away from the cat slowly and then move its bed and toys to a quiet area in the home. Then you should tell all family members to give the feline some space. You will find that after a few hours, your cat might calm down and be friendly again. If it does take longer than this, go and check on your cat after a while. Don’t approach it though; let it come to you when it’s ready and you will hopefully find their behavior will improve.

Use Treats to Win Them Over

If your cat is showing signs of being aggressive, you need to try and reassure them that you aren’t going to hurt them. You need to show them you are friendly and don’t mean any harm. One way you can do this is by giving them treats. After all, they will enjoy having a treat and it can help to calm them down.

Give them a couple of tasty treats and then leave them alone. They are bound to act a lot friendlier to you once they have enjoyed their treat. If they realize they will be rewarded with treats with good behavior, they should act a lot friendlier in future.

Note that in some cases, like with feral cats, most of these methods might not work. You need to be able to tame the feral cat and win them over.

And if this all fails, speak to your vet as they can try and figure out the reason for the behavior.

How Much Does It Cost To Get A Cat Spayed?

While kittens are amazing and adorable, they are hard work. In fact, the whole process of your cat being pregnant and taking care of the little babies can be stressful. And once they are old enough, you have to find new owners. And this can be a challenge to find someone to take them off your hands. You also worry about what kind of life they might have when you give them away. But you can’t keep them on as it’s difficult to look after several cats. That's why a lot of people go down the route of spaying their cat but doesn't really have any idea how much does it cost to get a cat spayed.

Furthermore, they then won’t have to worry about having their cat outside or around your other male cats. There will be no chance of the feline getting pregnant and you having to deal with a litter of kittens. Also, spaying has other health benefits. A cat that has been neutered is less likely to catch leukemia as they are unlikely to get into fights.

Also, if cat isn’t spayed, then they are at higher risk of a uterine infection. This can lead to their death if it’s not treated quickly. Therefore, by getting spayed, it removes the risk of this. Also, by getting your cat neutered, you don’t have to worry about your furry friend going through seasons. After all, when your female cat is going through a season, you can expect male cats flocking to your garden; their behavior such as urinating and constant meowing can be stressful.

Despite the many benefits, a lot of people are still put off getting their cat spayed. They don’t really understand the process and have many questions such as how much it costs to get a cat spayed and how old to spay a cat. Therefore, carry on reading for more information on what you need to know about spaying your cat.

How Much Does It Cost?

A lot of pet owners are put off getting their cat spayed due to the cost. After all, they worry it’s going to cost hundreds of dollars. But it really does vary depending on where you get it done, so it might not be out of your budget. The cost of getting your feline neutered is around $300 for a female cat. This includes the charge for any medications they need, plus the general anesthetic which will be used for the cat’s operation. You can also expect a pre-appointment to discuss what they need to do as part of the package too. It’s slightly less when it comes to a male cat; the cost can vary between $100-200 when it comes to your male.

There are ways you can complete the op for cheaper. For one thing, some non-profit organizations can often do the procedure for a lower cost.

In fact, if you are on a lower income, you will likely get the opportunity to do the operation for a fraction of the price. Same goes for declawing a cat and other vet operations.

e day, they are going to have rehome unwanted cats if you let your pet breed. So it benefits them in some cases to reduce the fees for the operation. Also, some vets offer a package when you first get your cat which includes their first vaccinations and cat spaying.

Doing this often works out a lot cheaper than just doing the surgery. And you could also consider doing the op via your pet insurance. After all, if you are taking out a plan, it often covers spaying surgery, so you might not have to pay much out if you do the op through this.

How Old Should a Cat be When You Get Them Neutered?

The subject can also leave people confused about when they should get their cat spayed. After all, they don’t want to put a kitten through the procedure when they are too little. But they also don’t want to leave it too late so they go through a season and then end up getting pregnant. The best age that vets recommend taking your feline to get spayed is when they around four to five months.

You might feel like they are still little, but it’s best to catch them when they are little before they are ready to produce kittens. And if you want to let them be outdoor cats, you should definitely get them spayed before you let them out. If you have missed the boat, it’s still okay to take your cat when they are older. Cats can get spayed at any age over four months, so it’s still worth taking your cat, even if it’s a couple of years old.

How Can You Help Them Recover?

It can also be worrying when it comes to helping your cat recover. After all, you don’t want to do anything which is going to prolong their pain. The first thing you need to know is your cat is likely to come home the same day. They might be quite lethargic over the next 24 hours. The best thing you can do for your cat is to keep the area clean while they recover. It can take around 10 days for the skin to heal after your cat has been in to be spayed.

For a quick guide, here's a short video about how to care for cats after spaying:

Additionally, you need to make sure they don’t lick the area. This can be a challenge. Some people end up having their cat wear a cone to stop them from licking the area. While people worry it’s cruel, it will help them in their recovery, so if you cat won’t stop licking, it’s worth asking your vet about one.

Also, make sure your cat stays inside during their recovery. That way, you can ensure they don’t hurt themselves, and you can keep an eye on how much they are licking the area. You will then go and see the vet for a post-op check and then you can discuss any concerns you may have about your feline’s recovery. Hopefully, everything will go well and then your cat will be ready to play again soon.