Superstition Pertaining To Black Cats

May 31, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeds, General

Cats have long been considered pets by human society. Despite being typically viewed as free and unfettered from the bounds of a human home, it is actually quite easy to form a bond with one. Cats have played a pivotal role in many belief system.

In ancient Egypt and Rome, for example, cats are considered sacred and the killing of one may land you a death sentence! On the flip side, medieval European cultures saw them as familiars for witches and the Devil, where their presence is usually thought to be an evil omen.

The Bombay Cat And Other Breeds

Most cat breeds (Persian, American Shorthair, Britsh Shorthair and Burmese) may produce black offspring. Both long- and short-haired varieties exist.

There is one breed, however, that stands out by not having any other possible colors associated with them; the American Bombay. Created in 1958 by a Louisville breeder, the Bombay was bred from an American Shorthair and a Burmese. The express purpose of the breeding was to produce a domesticated cat that with the appearance of a panther, hence the name (India is home to a panther variant).

Black Cats and Witches

In medieval Europe, black cats are considered to be witches’ familiars. This is probably due to their natural advantage of being almost invisible at night, associating them with darkness, which if of course a most "witchy" thing. This lead to the belief that witches and Satan himself regularly transform into black cats (typically Shorthairs) to roam the night hours unseen. Black cats may also be burned at the stake, with or without women suspected of witchcraft. Modern day witches may choose to have black cats with them to honor this tradition.

 

What To Look For In Persian Cats

May 29, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeds
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Persian cats are a highly-prized breed. It’s no wonder, really, considering how attractive their long fur can be. The immense number of Persian Cat breeders around the world shows how badly people want them, such that the cats are snatched up faster than the breeders can provide for.

An unfortunate effect of this phenomenon, however, is the increasing number of "kitten mills". An offshoot of the Puppy Mill, kitty mills refer to profit-oriented breeding facilities designed to churn out as many cats as possible, as fast as possible. What this means is that the cats’ welfare takes a backseat to production. Most of them are kept in cramped conditions with many other cats, unprotected from the elements.

Female cats are also forced to mate everytime they are in heat. Kittens are weaned well before they actually finish nursing. Cats produced by such inhumane treatment are typically unhealthy, unsocialized and may exhibit a higher level of genetic defects.

Because of this, industry insiders recommend adopting Persians from reputable, certified breeders or from animal shelters. The latter usually screen their residents medically and provide the necessary treatments before offering one up for adoption. For the former, though, here are some things to consider when choosing a breeder.

First of all, of course, is the program that the breeder runs. It is important for you to understand the methods and procedures taken by said breeder to ensure quality cats. You should also ask for him/her to provide a pedigree for the feline and have it verified by a registry organization. Kitty mills frequently provide fake pedigrees to fool customers into buying their stock. The mother’s condition also may also tell you more of the kitten’s, so always ask to be shown her.

A good way to choose a breeder is to have one recommended by those with experience in such matters.

Responsible breeders also exhibit love and affection for their animals. You can see it in the way they handle the cats. Kitty mill operators typically show no compassion for the cats under their care. A genuine breeder’s pride and passion for his/her business, on the other hand, shines through.

So yeah, it might be hard sometimes to find a good and caring breeder, making it all too easy to fall back on the inferior stock provided by kitty mills. Don’t be too squeemish when asked to fork over a larger amount of cash for your cat; quality should always come first.

 

The Best Cat Training Tips

May 27, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior
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It’s not really that hard to train a cat to do something. At least, it’s not as difficult as training a dog. That’s why there aren’t any obedience schools for cats.

One thing to always bear in mind is that cats don’t respond well to negative reinforcement (punishments, harsh discipline etc.). So punching your cat in the face when he or she makes a mess of the litter box probably won’t do much more than make him/her hate you. A better approach would be to use positive reinforcement (rewards, a show of gratitude etc.) when they do it right.

A good example of this is when your cat goes all vegan on your houseplants. Yeah, it can really get on your nerves, especially when you’re trying real hard to keep an indoor garden. And the plants might even be medically harmful to your little bundle of fur. It is then that much more important that you don’t get pissed and start disciplining your cat like a Soviet Commissar.

If you really can’t choose between having a hippy cat and a garden, the best compromise would be to arrange for a seperate garden specially reserved for your kitty. Feline-friendly herbs should be readily availabe in you nearest gardening store. Let your kitty munch all he/she wants.

If your cat happens to be something like a teenage geek son (maladjusted and timid), a great and simple thing to do is to spend some good old quality time with him/her. The little furball probably ended up that way because of a childhood lacking in love. Just pay him/her more attention and groom him/her more often and you’ll be drinking buddies in no time.

All the advice in the world won’t help you if you don’t put it to practice. Always remember to be patient and bear with your furry friend. It’s not always easy to help a cat become healthy and happy, just like it is with humans really (remember how hard you had to try to get your obese friend to hit the gym?).

As long as you put the time and effort into helping your cat, the results will show in no time. Have fun!

 

The Five Most Popular Cat Breeds Today

May 23, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeds
Cats come in an astonishingly wide range of kinds. All possess a unique and distinct appearance and personality. If adopting one has ever crossed your mind, it’s highly recommended to pick from one of the five most highly-prized breeds listed below. Of course, it is entirely up to you to choose. This list, which is by no means exhaustive, serves merely as a suggestion.

The Persian

Hailing from the same country they take their name from (Ancient Persia, modern Iran), these cats are famed worldwide for their bushy coats and soft temperament. Persians are available in many different colors and patterns, white being one of the more popular. Research into hieroglyphs shows that they have been around as early as 1684 B.C.

The Siamese

Also taking the name of their country of origin as their own (Ancient Siam, modern Thailand), Siamese generally are hungry for attention. It’s no wonder, really, since their distinctive "masked and gloved" appearance only demands the highest amount of adoration. They have no qualms on making their dissatisfaction known with their well-known crooning. A very social cat, they’re really suitable for doting individuals.

The Maine Coon

A very flexible strain is the Maine Coon. These felines, one of the biggest breed of domestic cats, can make themselves comfortable in a wide spectrum of surroundings. Thought to be the ancestor of the American Long-Hair, they are highly social and enjoyable. A suitable choice for families with infants.

The Ragdoll

Named for their tendency to become limp and relaxed when picked up, Ragdolls are sometimes seen as puppies due to their constant seeking of human companionship. They enjoy greeting their owners at the door and can easily be thought to play catch. A little bit of grooming is necessary to keep their medium-length fur looking their best. The Ragdoll’s high tolerance to mistreatment make them another good choice for family living. Just make sure you keep it indoors; their relaxed nature basically means an almost-zero chance of survival on their own.

The Burmese

The short length of their coats mean that they don’t need to brushed as often as the Persians, Maine Coons and Ragdolls. They’re also very social and affectionate, good for both the individual living alone and the family. Their meows are somewhat similar to the Siamese’s, albeit a bit sweeter.

Cat Collars – Do They Actually Make That!?

May 17, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Cat Collars
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Many pet owners want their pets wearing collars, and I’m one of them. So one day I was looking for a yellow one for my cat, but after roaming across half the
city I still couldn’t find one. Every pet shop I went to seemed to have collars in all colors and make imaginable BUT yellow. It’s like all the collar-makers in the
whole wide world conspired to disallow me my wish to see my cat adorned with the color of sunflowers, of canaries and of smiley faces. During my search, however,  I DID come across just about everything else conceivable (other than MY YELLOW, of course).

One kind of cat collar I ran into takes care of your cat’s (or dog’s) fleas. Laden with flea-repelling chemicals, they’re usually not that good to look at, but apparently can be quite useful if you either let your cat outside or have it mingling with another pet that does. If you’d take a look at the market today you’ll find a lot of stuff like shampoos and solutions that are far more efficient than collars (which have to be replaced periodically – the juice runs out, you see?), but it’s really up to personal preference. Just remember to check how long each one lasts.

It’s also pretty easy to find more unique cat collars. These tend to be more of a fashion statement than serve any practical purpose. Looking them up, you might just discover cat collars that make you think "Hey, do they actually make that!?". Customized collars with names on them are just the tip of the iceberg. If you’re really into pampering your darling little furball with the very best money can buy, why not give him/her a collar with real diamonds on them? A warning :
They can really burn a hole in your wallet. Those looking for the same kind of glamor for a fraction of the cost can opt for the fake variety. Don’t worry,
no one knows the difference.

But what do you do when all you’re looking for is just a simple, regular collar in your favorite color? (YELLLOOOWWW!!!). Thankfully we live in an age where
everything is just a few clicks away. Thanks to the world-wide web, I finally found a store selling the product I was looking for. Granted, they only came
in packs of six (I thought they only made beer like that). Of course, unless you’re also looking for yellow, chances are you’re gonna have better luck than I did.
The most trendy colors (Pink? Ugghh) are usually the easiest to find, but with a little effort I bet you’ll get what you want in no time. Good luck!

 

Get Familiar With Your Cat Behaviors

May 16, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

The vast majority of pet-owners have either dogs or cats. The kind of pet owned by a person usually hints at the kind of personality he or she has. Both canines and feline, of course, are marvellous to care for, though each is unique and distinct from the other. For example; while a dog’s behavior is usually transparent and easily understood, those of a cat may be much more of a conundrum.

As perplexing as this can sometimes be, it is arguably part of the merits of having a cat around. Some owners actually derive enjoyment from being thoroughly flummoxed by their antics.

Most people are familiar with the most common feline behavioral traits. Kittens, for example, are highly kinetic and playful. They run around, pounce on each other, chase their mothers’ wagging tail and do something that some people call "kneading dough", most commonly observed during nursing. They do this to learn the skills necessary for survival such as hunting and stalking, though such skills are arguably unnecessary for domesticated cats living with humans in urban areas. Regardless, most humans enjoy watching and engaging kittens at play. Kitten-like behaviors may persist in some mature cats.

Older cats, on the other hand, can be a bit harder to comprehend. Individuals who do not exhibit behavioral neoteny (persistent kitten-like behaviors) usually choose to lounge around all day. On occasions, however, they drop the "I’m-too-cool-to-play" masquerade and seem to be overcome with what is commonly termed the "night crazies".

All of a sudden, everything in sight is considered prey. In a domestic environment this usually includes shoes, furniture and loose change you dropped on the floor. Some postulate that this since some cats are nocturnal, their biology gives them an energy injection after sunset to facilitate hunting.

Since pet cats no longer need to hunt, well, all that juice has to go somewhere, eh?

Environmental factors also contribute to a cat’s learned behaviors. One cat may, due to heavy human traffic in its home, choose the oddest location to take its daily naps simply to avoid company.

Cats also have a tendency to climb to the highest spot in its proximity to survey its surroundings as well as to enjoy the sense of prestige from such a location. If the behavior is too strange, however, it might prove prudent to look into possible medical explanations for it.

Cats may sometime act out of a desire to inform you that’s something is not right.

Cat Toilet Training- Is it Possible?

May 13, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

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Wanna toilet training of your cat? It is REALLY POSSIBLE. As a cat owner you need to know these simple tips of cat toilet training to avoid messing up the cat excreta in most hidden places of your home.

Although different books give detailed techniques of cat toilet training, you should know the basic general idea of how the actual process is skilled. You should know that result of this toilet training of your kitties will vary according to the time you’re spending with them for training.

How to do Cat Toilet Training?

Before starting the cat toilet training, you should prepare few essential items– A bowl that will fit inside your toilet bowl, a stool roughly the same height as your toilet and your cat’s current litter box.

As a first step you should place your cat’s present litter box beside the toilet. Give her or him couple of weeks to accustom to the new location. Once your kitty adjusted to this litter box in the bathroom, you should start the actual cat toliet training.

The next step in cat toilet training is to get your kitty adjusted to jumping up to the toilet seat height. This can easily be trained by placing the cat’s litter box on the stool adjacent to the toilet. Be certain that for the first day or two the toilet lid is left down. After couple of days you can lift the lid but leave the seat down for getting your cat used to steer her or his way around the seat.

The third step in the toilet training process of the cat is to place the cat’s litter box to the top of the toilet for a week. This acclimatizes your cat to actually being on the top of the toilet, as against to beside it. After a week, remove the cat’s litter box completely, and reinstate it with a bowl filled with litter, on the inside of the toilet bowl.

Once your cat is using all of his or her feet on the toilet seat instead of bowl with litter, you can start the final and fourth step of cat toilet training– bowl with litter should be removed. After this process of elimination of bowl, don’t place any litter boxes elsewhere in your home to make you cat accustom to the existing toilet for defecating daily. This completes your simple  toilet training of your cat. ALL THE BEST!!!

How to Treat Cat Hair Balls?

May 09, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

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Have you ever seen your kitten trying to vomit something out of its stomach? Your cat may be suffering from hair balls. Your kitty would have a miserable look and they make you feel so helpless. Here you can get info on how to treat cat hair balls

In addition to this, you can find the furballs either in your favorite comforter or on the rug. This would be really annoying to a cat owner. Moreover, furballs stains on fabric or carpeting also!

Cat Hair ball Causes

Most of the cats will self-groom themselves. While grooming, the spikes in their tongue act like a teeth on a comb. These spikes help to remove the loose fur as well as rake the debris in the coat of the cat. Hair balls arise as they swallow the loose hairs while they groom.

Most of the cats pass the hair on its way without sticking any where in the gastro-intestinal tract. But sometimes, the hair will accumulate either in the stomach or esophagus (Tube connecting the mouth and stomach)to cause blockade. The cat will try to push out the so-called hair ball by vomiting or regurgitating.

Cat Hair Ball Treatment

It is always a known truth that prevention is better than cure. Hair ball also can be prevented.

Keep you kitty groomed daily. Don’t allow it do on its own. So brush your cat daily. You can easily remove the dead loose hair so he or she can’t ingest it.

You can provide your cat with hair ball lubricant products to remove the hair balls in the stomach. These products will help your kitten to pass the hair ball in the feces without any fuss. Most of these products are made up of desirable flavors for easy administration. Some of the hair ball lubricant products are available in chicken, liver and malt flavors. Some of the cat treats contain mineral oil, which will help to remove hairballs.

Also make sure your cat diet contains plenty of oils, fats and fibers to help the hair pass easily out of the Gastro-intestinal tract. And also ensure your kitty is eating a high quality, and balanced diet with plenty of unprocessed and organic raw food, and avoid onions as they can be fatal to felids.

Make sure that your cat is getting ad libitum quantity of filtered and clean water. They are perfectly clean animals as they prefer to drink water from rain puddles, out of your glass of water and rumming tap.

Following these simple tips will definitely help you not to ask How to treat cat hair balls.