Teacup Cats and a Teacup

What are Teacup Cats?

Teacup cats are just very small felines. Actually, they are smaller than what is known as miniature cats. They fit in a teacup when they are small kittens. These tiny cats are so cute and desirable. However, there are some very important facts that one needs to investigate before purchasing one of these little jewels. First of all, are they really teacup cats. For example, are they being sold as teacup cats but are litter runts or unhealthy kittens. Be aware!

Teacup Kitten

Genetics and Tiny Cats

Breeding cats for simply physical results, in this case to make them small, can cause genetic problems. ” That’s one of our major concerns with breeding for purely physical attributes,” Katie Lisnik says. Katie is a Humane Society director for cat policies and protections.

Genuine teacup cats are born with a genetic dwarfism which makes them small all over. They have the same instincts to act and play like any other cat. However, it is more common for them to have health problems. One of these is growth retardation which causes the bones to be soft. Due to this, the cat becomes weak. And in addition, the complications of being smaller can cause heart murmurs, and neurological problems. It can even cause seizures. Breeding for purely physical attributes can cause many other physical problems.

In conclusion, if your are planning on bringing one of these adorable little teacup cats home, take some time and look for a responsible breeder. A genuine breeder pays strict attention to the cats health and hygiene. He will gladly discuss all these issues with you. Enjoy your little teacup!

What About this Gentle Giant?

Maine’s Huge and Gentle Cat

Everyone loves the huge, sociable, and gentle Maine Coon Cat. Its nickname is “the gentle giant.” His size and gentleness give him this name. This cat is one of the oldest breeds in America. It is the largest breed to be domesticated. The state of Maine claims its origin. This humongous beauty is their official state cat. However, the real origin is still a mystery.

Characteristics of These Gentle Giants

These cats are characterized by their huge muscular build and weigh anywhere from 18 to 20 lbs or more. Some measure a few inches more than a yard stick. That is a big cat! Another name for these cats is “Dogs of the Cat World.” Moreover, they merit some dog-like characteristics such as loyalty and enjoy being around people. They play fetch and walk on a leash. This gentle giant is one of the most popular cat breeds in the USA.

Giant Cat

There is something else about these gentle giants that is unique. They are physically adapted for surviving in cold weather. Those of you who live in the north know what I am talking about. Imagine a cat out in the cold in Maine! Maine Coons fur is dense and water-resistant. This fur is longer on the their underside and rear. Importantly, this gives them protection when sitting in the snow. Moreover, their tail is long and bushy like a raccoons and resists sinking in the snow. They wrap their tail around their face to keep the howling wind off. Likewise, they tuck their tail under them and use it as an insulated seat cushion. In addition to this, these amazing gentle giants have big paws which facilitate walking on snow. Some even have extra toes which gives them a bigger paw.

Maine Coons are vocal cats with unusual yowling, and chirps. Their meow is a combination of a trill and a purr. In conclusion, Americans love these beautiful gentle giants and it is easy to understand why.

Beautiful White, Blue Eyed Cats

Blue Eyes and Deafness

There is an annoying fact about cats with blue eyes and deafness. Are you are thinking about owning one of these beautiful white, blue eyed cats? I would like to inform you a little bit about their eyes. First of all, they may have the eye color of green, golden, pink, or blue. In addition, they may have one eye that is blue and the other a different color. The blue eyed cat is the one we want to talk about . There may be a problem of deafness.

This is not to say that all blue eyed cats are deaf. Researchers have found that 17 to 22 percent of white cats are born deaf if they have non-blue eyes. However, 40 percent of felines with one blue eye are deaf. A cat having one blue eye may be deaf in one ear. The deaf ear will be on the same side as his azure eye. Cats that are deaf in only one ear may seem perfectly normal. Therefore, their cat parents may never be aware of the problem. On the other hand, 65 to 85 percent of these white cats with two eyes the color of blue, are born totally deaf.

Blue eyed cats

Cause of Deafness in White Cats With Blue Eyes.

The cause of deafness in white, blue eyed cats is the lack of melanin. What is melanin? The dictionary says it is, and I quote, “the pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals.” These cats lack melanin in their skin as well as in the iris of their eyes. More importantly, the stem cells which should turn into melanin-producing cells are those which affect the cats hearing as well as the color of his eyes. In conclusion, if you are planning to be the owner of one of these gorgeous blue eyed cats, be aware of the possibility of the deafness problem. The good news is, not all white cats have this problem. Enjoy your cat!

Have You Checked Your Cat’s Weight Lately?

Problems for Obese Cats

Obese cats are at risk for health problems. A study preformed by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention concluded that 59% of cats are obese. Felines who are over-weight are at risk for disorders such as diabetes, arthritis, kidney disease and more. Is your cat’s weight normal? Would you know if your feline needs to trim down a little?

The Norm for a Cat’s Weight

The norm for domestic cat’s weight is about 10 pounds. However, this has to vary with the breed of the cat. For example, a Siamese cat weighs about five pounds. On the other hand, the huge adorable Maine Coons weighs in at 20+ pounds.

Your cat’s weight gain is to be taken very seriously. Just a couple of extra pounds can put your feline at risk. If you have a question about your cat, check with your vet. However, there are a few things that you can look for on your own. According to Dr. Mustillo, DVM, you should look for the following things. Does your cat have a saggy belly hanging down? Not good! Can you feel the cats ribs? Dr. Mustillo says that you should be able to.

Cat’s Weight, Sagging Belly

Weight Reduction is possible

The good news is, reduction of a cat’s weight is possible. Here are a few tips for getting your cat slim and trim. Firstly, set distinct mealtimes for your cat. Don’t leave a bowl of food where he can nibble. Secondly, replacing some of his dry food with canned will give him more protein and fewer carbohydrates. Thirdly, cut back on treats. Play with him instead. And finally, make sure he gets plenty of exercise.

Importantly, exercise is a weight reducing factor. Exercise is as important to him as a good diet. Give him a high cat tree on which to romp and play, challenge him with a cat wand or teach him to play fetch. In conclusion, check out your cat’s weight, find out what kind of diet is best for him and what should be his daily intake. Make sure he gets a scheduled amount of exercise daily.

Feline Aggression and Your Cat

Combative Behavior in Cats

This combative behavior, feline aggression, is fairly common. Fortunately, not all cats are the same. We are referring to hostile cats here. Their bites are deliberate. They bite when you least expect it. For example, a few months ago I went to visit some friends whose cat likes to sit on the back of the sofa. I walked by the sofa and the cat attacked my arm. It drew blood.

Twenty seven percent of cats relinquished to cat shelters is because of aggression. This conduct is fairly common in cats. However, determining the cause is another matter.

Feline Aggression

Different Kinds of Feline Aggression

There are many kinds of feline aggression. Pain, over stimulation, fear, territory guarding, rough play, and others cause undesirable conduct.

Fear causes feline aggression. It is caused by unfamiliar stimuli. This may be a sudden sound, a unknown dog, or even a strange person. Fear also causes alertness to some unpleasant experience such as bathing and nail clipping. The cats ears flatten, he hisses, and bares his teeth. His body language says, “don’t touch me.” This situation is called fear aggression.

Prolonged petting of your cat can cause undesirable behavior. This is called over-stimulation aggression. We all love it when our cat sits on our lap and starts to purr. It brings contentment and satisfaction to both of us. However, when the petting continues, the cat becomes annoyed and uneasy. He suddenly bounds down from your lap or turns around and bites. The cat is over stimulated and has had enough. This is another example of feline aggression.

Redirected aggression is another problem. Some times an unpleasant interaction happens between two house cats. But in this case the cat attacks its owner instead of its opponent. This causes redirected feline aggression.

Tips for Calming Feline Aggression

Here are a few simple tips concerning feline aggression. Make sure your cat is healthy. Consult your veterinarian. Observe your cat’s body behavior. When he begins to show displeasure, distract him before the aggression happens. When possible, remove stimuli that is causing the problem. In conclusion, if you are having extreme problems with your cat, you may want to consult a cat behaviorist.

Do Cats Love Bites Mean Affection?

What are Love Bites?

Cats love bites are a way of showing affection. How we enjoy it when our cat jumps up on our lap and begins to purr. When the purring begins, we know that the cat is happy to be with us. We start to pet him and he enjoys it. We enjoy it too. The purring has a calming effect and there is a feeling of mutual admiration between us. But then, as we continue to pet his lovely fur, he quickly turns around and bites us. The bite does not break the skin but what is this all about? Being bitten is not pleasant for anyone. What’s with the cat? Why is he content and purring one minute and biting the next? His behavior changes so very quickly. Why?

Over stimulation

Cat Daddy Jackson Galaxy, cat behaviorist, says that cats love bites come from over- stimulation. He quotes, “It’s called petting-induced over stimulation.” He also mentions that a cat takes only so much petting. After so much time, their hair receptors begin to hurt. Because of this, the cat jumps off of your lap or gives you an unexpected bite.

Responding to Over Stimulation

What can we do to evade unpleasant and unexpected cats love bites? Study the cats language. This is one of the best ways to deal with the situation. Watch for a change in the posture of the cats ears, or a switching tail. Does he all of a sudden seem uneasy? Dr Tern Bright who is director of Behavior Services at MSPCA-Angell in Boston suggests this. “If the cat typically bites after five petting strokes, the owner should always stop at four strokes.” Some cats enjoy resting on their owners lap but do not like to be petted. Not all cats are the same. In conclusion, help your cat by not over-stimulating his hair receptors which triggers cats love bites.

Cats Claws and Fingernails

Claws, Fingernails and Keratin

The same protein called keratin forms cats claws and human fingernails. What is keratin? According to the Wikipedia “Keratin is one of a family of fibrous structural proteins known as scleroproteins. It is the key structural material for making up hair, nails, feathers, horns, claws, hooves, calluses, and the outer layer of skin among vertebrates.”  This gives us a good idea what this protein is all about. Because of keratin, both fingernails and cats claws are hard and strong.

Cats Claws and Fingernail Differences.

Even though the cats claws and fingernails are produced with the same protein keratin, they are distinctly different. For example, keratin grows continually in both the cat claw and the human fingernail. However , as the keratin grows in humans, our nails grow and attach to the skin of our fingers. This is not so in a cat. Their claws attach directly to the bone. That is why declawing a cat is a terribly painful experience for him.

Secondly, Cats have a unique ability. They retract their claws. Felines have dorsal ligaments which are elastic bands of tissue. When a cat wants to extent his claws, he uses this muscle. The claws return to their embedded position as soon as kitty relaxes. The beautiful thing about his anatomy is that these embedded claws do not touch the floor when he walks. They embed just enough to give him that secretive and quiet walk. In conclusion, cats claws are a beautiful work of art. They are exactly what the cat needs for survival and enjoyment.

Cute Little Toe Beans

What are Toe Beans?

What are toe beans? Perhaps you already know about your cat’s toes. However, if you don’t, here is a description of what they are. According to the urban dictionary, toe beans are “the pink squishy pads on the underside of an animal’s paws, particularly a cat’s, so named for their resemblance to jelly beans.”

Toe Beans

What Helps a Cat to Absorb Shock?

Toe beans absorb shock. These soft and squishy jelly bean shaped pads are sensitive and important to a cat. When the cat accidentally has a fall , these tiny pads help to protect her from getting hurt. We have all heard the saying “cats have nine lives”. There are incredible stories of cats falling from a high-story building and landing on its feet. This is due partly to its flexible back and ability to align the body during the fall. However, when the cat lands, it is the toe beans that receive the shock. These tiny pads contain a lot of fatty tissues and absorb the shock as the cats alights.

A Cats Fascinating Toe Bean Walk

One of the fascinating characteristics of a cat’s walk is that she walks on her toe beans. The cat’s anatomy enables her to walk, let us say, on her tiptoes. Humans walk on their heels and then the ball of the foot. Not so with kitty, she walks on the ball of her foot then those squishy little jelly beans . Consequently, she is a very quiet walker and a great hunter.

Your Cat’s Scent and Sweat Glands

Your cat’s scent and sweat glands are tucked between their toes. Motion such as scratching or kneading produces a scent for marking the cats territory. Other cats are well aware of this scent but humans cannot smell it.

Humans have sweat glands in different locations of the body but cats only produce sweat with their toe beans. This happens when the cat is to hot or is nervous.

In conclusion, each tiny jelly like pad on the bottom of the feet is natures way of providing well being and survival for a cat.

Athletic Cat

Athletic Cat is a good name for your feline. She can do the high jump without any problem at all. Her high jump is astounding. She can easily compete with the high jumper. But that’s not all, she can perform as a ballerina and daintily balance herself on the top of a fence. She has balletic grace.

The High Jump of the Athletic Cat

The high jump is one of the cat’s amazing athletic feats. With the exception of the Maine Coon, domestic cats are not large animals. However with a run-up, cats can jump five or six times their length. What we are talking about here is the measurement of the cat from its nose to the hindquarters, not including the tail.

The athletic cat, in a standing position, can clear a six foot fence. However, this depends on the health, size, and age of the cat. For example, a healthy lean cat is able to jump higher than an overweight one. Some breeds are excellent jumpers. It is amazing how high a kitten can jump. Of course, it is more difficult for any cat to jump from a standing position.

Athletic Cat

The Cat’s Acrobatic Tightrope Walk

The tightrope walk is another feature of our athletic cat. What is it that gives her the astounding ability to walk those narrow fences? Just as a tightrope walker uses a pole for balancing, the cat uses her tail.

The felines anatomy has given her amazing balancing skills. She has a flexible back and lacks a true collarbone. Her shoulder blades adapt to her movements. Therefore, she is very agile in keeping her balance and can quickly align her body against a fall. When she is off balance, her inner ear lets her know. She immediately begin to align her body. She adjusts her head first, then her front feet. After that, she aligns the rest of the body. In conclusion , our little feline is definitely an athletic cat!

A Scratching Post for Kitty

Is a Scratching Post Important?

The scratching post that you choose for your cat is important. Some cat posts are to high for a kitten. This intimidates the tiny feline. However, full grown cats desire a post high enough to provide a complete body stretch. Poorly constructed posts fall over and destroy the cats interest in it completely. However, a good scratching post made of high quality materials is sturdy and stable. It excites the cat when he digs his claws into that wonderful sisal wrapped post.

Scratching Post

Location of the Post.

A post placed in a solitary spot is unacceptable. Cats are people friendly and enjoy being close to their family. Look for a spot where the cat feels included in the family. A good place for the scratching post is by a window. Cats love to observe the outside world. But there again, they want to be part of the family.

When introducing a kitten to a scratching post, place the post in a position where you can play around it. For instance, use of a cat wand entices the cat to approach this new piece of furniture. Many cats will enjoy a cat post while others need to be trained to use it. Cat nip makes some older cats curious enough to investigate the post. If your cat has a special place where she loves to sit, place the post there. Move the post later if you desire but move it a little at a time.

Hope for the Furniture

Furniture scratching is a problem for some of us. Most cats love their post. However, there are some who prefer to scratch the sofa or a chair leg. Place the post close to the scratched item. There are products available for enticing the cat to the post. There are others to spray on your furniture which is distasteful to the cat. In conclusion, locating a scratching post determines the cat’s desire to use it.

The use of a cat wand the cat close to or even on it.