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Cat Psychology

The psychology of a cat is a curious thing. Cats are primarily mysterious animals that each have a personality that distinct  and idiosyncrasies that are all their own. Although cats may show a lot of affection, they also will tend to hold a high level of independence in how and when they relate to humans and other pets. If they want attention, they will seek it out. When they want to be alone they will find solace in solitary.

Cat psychology can be read through body language. Cats mainly use their bodies to communicate their feelings. For instance, when it is feeling inquisitive and friendly, their whiskers will point forward. When a feline is in the defensive stance because they are angry, their whiskers will be laying flat against their face.

A feline’s attitude and temperament may be varied based upon the specific breed of the cat or by its socialization level. If a cat was not around other cats as a kitten, it may exhibit behaviors that are agressive towards strangers and other cats. These behavioral tendencies can be corrected with programmed plans in behavior modification.

Cat psychology tells us that purring is associated with happiness and contentment. This is accepted universally. Depending on the tone of that purr, though, your cat could also be signify anxiety, distress, or even a serious illness. Most cat owners have such a close connection to their beloved pet that they have grown to understand the numerous pitches a “meow” may carry and how each pitch has a different intended meaning.

Cat psychology also tells us how their tails communicate their feelings to us. When your cat is in hunting mode, or angry, the tip of your cats tail will twitch. If it is truly unhappy, the tail will twitch larger. A tail that is half-raised will show less displeasure than a tail that is held low. When your cat’s tail is held high, it is safe to assume that your feline friend is general happy or content.

If you follow the body indicators that your cat is giving off, you’ll be better suited to understand your cat’s mysterious ways.

Cat Vomiting

Cat vomiting can be a disturbing thing to deal with for a number of obvious reasons, but most of all when our beloved cats become sick, we worry. When they vomit we grow more concerned. There are a couple of reasons why your cat may be vomiting. Some of them aren’t serious issues and some of them are.

Most felines will ingest small amounts of their hair on a regular basis. Cats clean themselves buy licking their coats, and naturally there will be an accumulation of hair in the feline’s stomach that will eventually “come back up”.  There are materials that are foreign that cats have been known to swallow. Grass is frequently ingested by felines, and grass has a high affect in irritating the stomach, as well as intestinal parasites. Many cases of a cat vomiting involve a cat eating too fast. Fast eating for cats has the same affect that it does on humans, only a quicker scale due to a smaller stomach. You have probably seen cat food in your cats vomit before, and that problem usually sorts itself out right then and there.

Cat vomiting can be a problem when it becomes a routine process. If a cat is vomiting and there does not appear to be an eating issue, then there may be an underlying disease. Infectious diseases, liver and kidney disease, and disorders of the nervous system are all signs that your cat vomiting will become a bigger health threat. Other diseases that are associated with cat vomiting are tonsillitis, feline panleukopenia, inflammatory bowels, infected uterus, and sore throat.

The best way to understand the reason why your cat is having health problems is to monitoring when and how the cat vomits. Make sure that you note the rate at which it occurs, how often and if it repeats or is sporadic. Inspecting the contents of you cat’s vomit will help better understand the cause, and narrow in on any diseases that the cat vomiting may be inducing.

Contact your veterinarian if you want the best health for your furry friend.

Symptoms of Feline Leukemia

Feline Leukemia is a cancer in cats that the Feline Leukemia Virus causes. It damages the immune system of your cat, but also makes your cat vulnerable to a variety of immunodeficiency problems, diseases, and other cancers. The problem with Feline Leukemia is that it sometimes takes a long time to show that your cat is infected. Weeks or months may go by without your cat showing symptoms of Feline Leukemia.

Before we consider Feline Leukemia symptoms, you need to know how your cat can come into contact with it. Truth is, your cat can become infected with Feline Leukemia very easily. It is spread through bodily fluids like tears, saliva, feces, and urine. Most felines will catch this disease through shared grooming habits and other close contact activities between cats.

Cats who become infected with Feline Leukemia will show symptoms around 4 weeks after contracted. Symptoms of Feline Leukemia can include Lethargy, Fever, Swollen Lymph Nodes, and Vomiting. Some cats may not show any symptoms of feline leukemia. They may develop an infection that is regressed or latent or may appear non-contagious.

Feline Leukemia is an autoimmune disorder, and because of this the disease is prone to hosting other ailing conditions and secondary infections. Diseases such as Gastrointestinal disease, Kidney disease, Cancer, Platelet Disorders, Respiratory disease may surface within your beloved bet. Neurological diseases that affect your cat’s coordination may lead to symptoms of Feline Leukemia.

One of the symptoms of Feline Leukemia to look out for are changes in your cats appetite. Many times when a cat is sick, it will stop eating. Without the proper nutrition, the loss of appetite will lead to weight loss, general lethargy, and possible fevers.

If your beloved cat has been appearing constantly and excessively ill, your cat may have contracted Feline Leukemia. Get in touch with your veterinarian and take control of cat’s health!

Feline Leukemia Symptoms

If you are wondering if your cat has leukemia, then you need to become educated on what it is and what Feline Leukemia symptoms to look out for.

Feline Leukemia is a virus that pertains specifically to cats. Since the diseases is contagious, and passed between cats primarily by close contact with each other, Feline Leukemia symptoms can be evident in more than one cat in a home. The virus that is Feline Leukemia is present in all of the bodily fluids, which include urine, saliva, feces, tears, blood and other discharges. Most often the virus is passed when cats share water or food bowls, when they groom each other, when they fight each other or share a litter box. There is even the possibility that a mother can pass the virus onto newborn kittens before they are born. Cats who primarily live indoors have a smaller risk factor to contacting Feline Leukemia than outdoor cats, mainly due to lack of exposure to social outdoor cats and fight risks among felines.

Feline Leukemia symptoms are not always evident. There are many cats whom test positive for Feline Leukemia that show no evidence that the virus has taken a hold of them. Most cat owners will find out the cat has contacted the disease when their feline has a normal blood check-up. The problem with Feline Leukemia is that when it does show symptoms, those symptoms usually mimic other diseases.

Generally, Feline Leukemia is a viral experience that suppresses the immune system of the cat, so Feline Leukemia symptoms usually show first as symptoms of other sicknesses. This will make your cat susceptible to infections that are secondary in nature.  They may be bacterial, fungal, or viral, and will affect any system of the body. For this reason, any time that a feline falls ill, Feline Leukemia should be considered as a cause that has potential. Ruling out Feline Leukemia closest to when your cat becomes sick will give you the best opportunity to treat your cat thoroughly.

 

My Cat Won’t Eat

Many people commonly complain with cries of My Cat Won’t Eat. There are people out there that would make light of their cats having eating habits that are finicky, but if you’re cat is disinterested in eating, there could be a serious underlying issue. Many different pets may refuse to eat from time to time, but with cats it is actually a more dangerous situation.

If your furry friend is not eating and you want to scream “My Cat Won’t Eat“, it more than likely indicates that there is an illness involved. When an animal stops eating they have to rely their energy on fat reserves. Before their fat can be used to fuel their energy though, the liver has to process that fat, which requires the right amount of protein supplies. Lack of eating will exhaust these protein supplies and the liver will become overwhelmed with all the fat. The results of this will lead to a condition that is referred to as Hepatic Lipidosis, which in turn will cause failure of the liver.

Illness is the primary reason why a cat will stop eating. There are a few different reasons as to why they have stopped, including kidney failure, infections, intestinal problems, cancer, and pancreatitis. Illness may be the scariest reason why your little buddy has stopped eating, but it could be something less threatening. Sometimes enduring a toothache is enough to stop a cat from eating, just as it would a human.

Has your feline recently has a vaccination? This is another reason why cats will stop feeding themselves. Vaccines will save your kitty’s life, but more often than not they have side effects that include a loss of appetite. It is the most common adverse effect, but fortunately it is usually mild and temporary.

As with humans, unfamiliar surroundings and travelling sometimes have an effect on a cat’s appetite. Cats are definitely a creature of habit, and a change in their routine can turn them around so they stop eating until they can rationalize what is going on. The act of travelling, in particular, can cause motion sickness in your feline. Whether it is by plane or car, your cat is prone to the feelings of nausea which will lead it to stop eating.

Lastly, your cat may have developed psychological issues due to household disturbances. An addition to the household of another pet (puppy or addition cat) will sometimes effect a cat’s well-being, as cats are known to be territorial at times. A change in their diet can also effect their attitude towards eating. It may take longer than expected for your cat to develop their taste and adjust to different brands of cat food.

The best thing you can do, as a cat owner, is keep an eye on your cat’s eating habits. Should any abnormalities develop, contact your veterinarian promptly so that you can keep your cat happy and healthy!

Cat Life Expectancy

When dealing with cat life expectancy, there are several factors involved in how long you can expect your pet cat to live. The primary care that you behold onto your cat plays a major role in how long its life will be. There is a life expectancy difference between indoor and outdoor cats. The quality of care you give your feline, what kind of quality food your cat eats, and the lifestyle that your cat generally lives also weigh heavily into these factors.

Fortunately, veterinary medicine has endured great strides in advancement in recent years, and for that reason domestic cats are increasing enjoying and older age. A cat that is well cared for, kept indoors, and fed a nutritional diet that is quality can be expected to live it’s life for 15 years and longer. There is a smaller fraction of cats that can live into their 20′s and in even smaller cases, their 30′s. These older cats tend to be an exception to cat life expectancy.

Cat life expectancy has a lot to do with make-up of it’s genetic code, primarily, it’s breed. While some breeds may appear more resilient, others may be prone heretically to sicknesses and ailments that will shorten the expectancy of their lives. The mixing of breeds, however, can sometimes strengthen the genetic make-up of a cat. These cats may sometimes outlive certain pure-bred felines.

Indoor cats have a higher cat life expectancy than outdoor cats. The reasons are fairly obvious. Cats that are allowed to live outside have to deal with those outdoor elements, such as attacks from other animals, danger from automobile traffic, accidental poisoning from pesticides, or worse, deliberate poisoning and violence from malicious humans.

Indoor cats do indeed have a good opportunity to live to a ripe old age, but they are not without obstacles along the way. Overfeeding your cat will shorten its cat life expectancy. With its weight out of control, problematic issues like arthritis, diabetes, liver and heart disease, and difficulties in breathing can all result from overfeeding your feline. As a cat owner you want to show your furry friends that you love them, but overfeeding your cats will ultimately shorten their life expectancy if you are not careful.

The best way to ensure a long cat life expectancy for your beloved friend is to schedule routine check-ups with it’s veterinarian. You will be able to monitor your cat’s health much better, tackle any problems that are life-shortening, and detect any health issues early enough to help your cat live a long, happy, life.

 

Distemper in Cats

Feline Distemper, also known as Cat Plague or Distemper in Cats, is caused by the Feline Panleukopenia Virus, a viral infection that affects both wild felines and domesticated cats. It is highly contagious and most likely fatal to any affected feline. Panleukopenia is spread primarily with contact from an infected animal’s feces, bodily fluids, and also parasitic fleas. Not just passed along by the cats themselves, ferrets and minks can spread the disease over long distances by contact with food dishes, bedding, and even shoes and clothing of human handlers of animals infected. Distemper in Cats is not contractable or contagious to humans.

Distemper in Cats works by attacking the gastrointestinal tract of a feline, which causes ulcers and sloughing of the epithelium in the intestines. The result of this is severe dehydration, bloody diarrhea, anemia, malnutrition, and more often than not, death. The cat’s white blood cells are decreased in numbers which compromises the immune system. Platelet and Hematocrit counts are also decreased. Veterinarians will use these decreased counts to diagnose Feline Distemper in your cat, though other symptoms like, lethargy, depression, fever, loss of appetite, and lack of skin elasticity will aid in a proper diagnosis. Additionally, many cats will resort to biting themselves in the lower back, back legs and tail. Some affected felines will sit at their water bowl for hours without drinking much. Septic Shock is a development in most terminal cases. Most Feline Distemper deaths incur due to dehydration and secondary infections which result from diarrhea.

Feline Distemper will usually require a treatment that is aggressive if you want your cat to survive. Distemper in cats is very progressive and is known to kill felines in less than a day. Treatment options include intravenous fluids for dehydrated felines, whole blood transfusions, and injections of antibiotics and vitamins that will prevent septicemia.

If a cat survives Feline Distemper, complications may still rise later, though these odds aren’t very high. Myocarditis and Cardiomyopathy may occur, though those chance are fairly rare. In the long-run, if you see the warning signs for Feline Distemper in your cat early enough, the chances of a full recovery for your cat are fairly good.

 

FIP in Cats

Feline Infectious Peritonitis, or FIP in Cats, is a fatal disease that is incurable for cats. Believed to be cause by what is a benign Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus, white blood cells in the cat are invaded and the cat’s immune system has an inflammatory reaction in it’s tissues. Generally, FIP in cats disease is fatal. There is a vaccine that is administered nasally to help treat FIP in cats, however, it’s effectiveness is yet to be thoroughly proven. There are strides being made in alternatives for medicines to combat this disease.

FIP in cats is actually a very common disease that is found in places where there are large communities of cats being kept together, like catteries and animal shelters. The disease is passed between cats by either ingesting or inhaling the virus. Most commonly the disease is transmitted thought feces, though surface like clothing and food dishes can also transmit the cat virus easily.

Not all cats with the virus in their system will develop FIP. In most cases the only signs that show your cat may be infected is with a mild case of diarrhea. Without true clinical signs to warn owners, the infected cat may then pass the virus onto another cat. Though genetic probabilities factor into whether a cat with develop the virus or FIP, old cats and young cats are more prone to developing symptoms.

There are two forms of FIP in cats which are used to diagnose if a cat has FIP. Non-effusive and Effusive. Effusive is considered wet, allowing the chest of abdomen to accumulate fluids, frequently causing difficulty in breathing. Effusive FIP is the most common form of this disease. There are more symptoms, including fever, lack of appetite, jaundice, and weight loss.

Dry FIP, or non-effusive, shows many of the symptoms found in effusive FIP, but with lack of fluid accumulation. Typically the feline will show neurological or ocular warning signs. These signs include loss of vision, difficulty in walking or standing, and potentially functional paralyzation over a period of time.

Unfortunately, there is not a cure for FIP in cats. Typically, the cat owner will be advised that the only thing they can do to help the cat is to help them be as comfortable as they can. There are certain drugs available that may or may not help prolong your cat’s life by a few weeks, but FIP is usually rapidly progressive so that any therapy which is meaningful will not be effective.

If your cat is showing any signs of FIP, the best thing you can do is bring your cat to a veterinarian who specializes in FIP in cats. There they will be able to do blood-work and properly diagnose your feline for FIP. This is the best chance to help prolong your cat’s life and ultimately soften the blow of deciding to euthanize you beloved friend.

 

Cat Euthanasia

One of the saddest feelings that cat owners will have to endure is putting their beloved cat to sleep through what is known as cat euthanasia . Yes, cats are more independent than dogs, but that does not mean that the emotional attachment to your cat won’t be as deep. Cats intrinsically become a part of our lives, just as any pet would, and that makes cat euthanasia a very intimate and personal decision. As a cat owner, that decision will not be made lightly.

Did you know that the word euthanasia mean “easy death”? As cat owners, we choose cat euthanasia as a way to end our cat’s life in the most humane way possibly, and for the right reasons. The process of cat euthanasia involves using an anesthetic that will provide the most painless death possible by literally putting your cat to sleep within seconds. An overdose of the anesthetic is key to providing this swift and painless “put down”. The act itself has a variety of names it goes by. “Euthanize”, “Painless Death”, and “Mercy Killing” are all different ways to lessen the blow of having to put your cat to sleep through cat euthanasia.

There is an old myth that you might have heard before: Cats have 9 lives. There is actually some truth to this. Comparatively to dogs, cats health may slope downhill over a very long time. They are also experts at hiding their symptoms of declining health and pain. With a dog, their health deteriorates very rapidly, and the decision to euthanize your dog is very obvious. With cats, their health will require a bit more perception and observation on your part before considering cat euthanasia. Dogs tend to communicate more overtly than your cats will, which is one reason why cat owners love their cats.

Cats can sometimes survive for weeks without eating or eating very little. They will become dehydrated and lose weight until they look sickly, whereas a dog cannot survive for long without eating. Cats are sensitive to what is called “sour stomach”. Their appetite becomes what is referred to a dwindling spiral. The less your cat eats, the weaker their appetites become. Many diseases, like liver disease, kidney disease, cancer, and bowel disease will cause your cat to have anorexia. The terrible thing about anorexia is that once it sets in, it becomes a vicious cycle very rapidly. Getting your cat to eat can become a battle against it’s own death. Veterinarians can help you with this issue, but there will come an obvious point when your beloved pet will all have given up and made it’s final decision to not eat any further, and this is when cat euthanasia makes the most sense to do. Without food, sustaining a quality life will no longer be an option.

Cat Euthanasia is a difficult decision to come to terms with and accept, but ultimately you will be putting your beloved friend down in the most humane way possible, and that is love.

 

 

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Cat Training

Although cats and dogs are the most popular pets in our homes nowadays, the attitude that we treat them is in two different ways. There are so many people think that cats are very arrogant and cold-blooded animals. Compare with dogs, it seems that cats are brooding and aloof. However, this is just a misunderstanding that dogs and cats are different kinds of animals which have different habitual behaviors that’s all.
For a very long time, people who have dogs are training them all the time; on the other hand, people who have cats are acting in completely opposite way that to let their cats slide. Because most people think that cats are not the type of obeying pets. On the contrary, cats are just like dogs that can be trained. The first thing you should do is to find out their characters and preferences. Let cats figure out when they are doing some particular movements can have treats afterwards, they may willing to do that again. For example, when you are calling your kitten to come over, you give it food, treats, toy or affection. Next time when you call your kitten, it may come over willingly.


In addition, the differences between training a cat and a dog is that most of cats are troublemakers based on they are boring and they have nothing to do but scratching and biting things a lot. Owners usually do nothing about it.  And the worst scenario is that instead of punishing them when they are doing something wrong, owners smile at them because they are cute kittens. And the older they grew, the more bad habits and damages they are going to make. Owner might punish them now cause they are not kitten anymore. They can’t understand why they were fine doing the same thing when they were younger, but not okay right now. Therefore, education plays an important key when you are trying to build up a good relationship with you and your cats. So when they do something right, remember to encourage them; however,when they do something wrong, don’t forget to do some proper punishment. Otherwise, cats may think it’s funny to piss you off and keep doing the things that they shouldn’t do.
All in all, the earlier to set up the good standard to your cats, the better chance to have a good relationship between you and them.

 

Feline Leukemia

If you have cats, you probably familiar with Feline Leukemia. It is also known as Feline Leukemia Virus Infection which is transferred from one cat to another. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a kind of lethal disease which relates to leukemia or a series tumors. If the cat gets the feline leukemia infection, the symptoms will show up in the cells, blood, saliva and tears. The disease can be found in 1-6 year old male cats and four month old younger kittens.

The first thing you have to know is that human beings won’t get infected by feline leukemia. So, you have no worries about getting the disease from your cats. Another important thing is that even though your cats get feline leukemia, they still have a chance to get healthy again. Please remember that from the moment you took them home, they are not only your pets, but also part of your family. So, don’t abandon your cats just because they are sick and you are too afraid to take care of them. If they receive quality treatment and are taken care of well, they still have a good chance to be healthy again and live a long life.

<h2>What causes Feline Leukemia?</h2>
The most common routes of infection is vertical infection, from mother cats to their babies. The other one is horizontal infection such as via saliva or blood. To prevent the infection is getting leukemia vaccine.

Here are 3 different types of situations if the cat gets feline leukemia:
1. This one is the luckiest one which is that the cat has feline leukemia immune system. In this case, the cat won’t have any symptom of leukemia.

2. If the cat doesn’t have the immune system of feline leukemia, it will appear very obvious clinical symptoms, and it’ll continuously have the highly contagious outbreak through saliva and blood pass along to other cats. Those syndrome are like fever, weight loss, oral inflammation or canker, dehydrated, thin hair, dispirited, swollen lymph nodes, diarrhea, leukocyte decreasing, and having anemia.

3. The virus gets killed in the plasma or blood serum, but lays dormant in the bone marrow or lymph systems. In this case, the cat won’t have any outbreak symptom or causes any threat to other cats, but it will become a carrier.

<h2>Cat Immune Systems and Feline Leukmeia</h2>
Cats are just like humans. If your cats have leukemia or AIDS, the very first thing that you should be aware of is their immune system. The Feline leukemia virus can destroy their immune system. You can imagine that their bodies will weak like a spaceship without the shield protection. In this situation, they can’t fight against other diseases like normal healthy cats. In fact, many cats suffer from leukemia are not get killed because of it, but from other maladies such as  Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), the upper respiratory tract virus infection, Toxoplasmosis or other bacteria.
The troublesome part is that feline leukemia cannot be completely cured by chemotherapy. The curative effect depend on the sick cat has well reaction of its immune system or not. The reason why that chemotherapy is a tough procedure is that it can only make their tumors fadeaway but cannot 100% remove.

● Indoor Cats Have The Least Chance To Get Feline Leukemia
Regardless of different ages and breeds, all of cats can get feline leukemia. However, according to the research, outdoor cats have higher chances to get leukemia than indoor cats.
The main reason is that outdoor cats have much more chances to get in touch with other outdoor cats or stray cats. And those outdoor cats may have the situations below:

- They like to fight against each other.
- They don’t get leukemia vaccine before.
- They come from the family who have a lot of cats.
- They are stray cats that are untraceable.

Reasons for Cats Sneezing

Cats nowadays have been as pets of humans for centuries since ancient Egypt. To know cats language, habitual behavior, and common disease will help the relationship between you and your cats. One of the very common behaviors of cats is sneezing. There are so many people who are having cats for the first time might panic about their cats sneezing. However, don’t freak out so fast because there are actually a lot of reasons that may cause your cats sneezing. Cats are just like us. Let’s see what kind of reasons might be the one that make your cats sneezing:

Reason 1: It’ll get itchy easily with their short noses.
One of the reasons why your love cats are sneezing a lot is just because their inborn noses are too short. Persians and Himalayans are part of sneezing group members. Because of their airways are too narrow. But, if your cats keep sneezing continuously, you might be aware of it and bring them to the vets. Because they may get rhinitis or have something tiny dust in their noses.

Reason 2: Air Pollution
I remember my friend who crazy about cats told me that if you have cats, you’ll try your best to make your house or environment to be as clean as you can. I don’t really understand what she meant until now I finally have a cat.
Cats are very sensitive animals. Any tiny little dust, thin hair flying in the air or little bugs which you can’t see them with your naked eyes hiding in beds, clothing and rugs can cause your cats sneezing like hell. That’s the reason why cleaning the house is the key to get rid of those annoying little problems. Some people tend to buy an air cleaner at home. It can both keep humans and cats have a better living environment.
Or you may find out that your cats sneezing a lot after using their bathroom. Those thin powder like dust from the litter may make their nose uncomfortable. So, if you see that your cats sneeze a lot after using their toilet, you should change different kind of litter for them.

Reason 3: Getting Cold
Cats are just like human beings. If they catch a cold, they’ll sneeze, have running noses, getting swollen glands, having fever or even cough like we do.
If your cats have the kind of symptoms above, you should bring them to hospital as soon as you can. Let the vets examine the real problem and follow their instruction for the medical procedure. You must keep it in mind that even though cats are much alike like us, they cannot take the cold medicine for human beings.

Reason 4: Serious Disease
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FVR) is one of the serious and fatal diseases of cats that every cat lovers should be aware.
Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis is the kind of disease that via the virus called Feline Herpesvirus spread out through airborne. The main syndrome is having fever, sneezing, coughing, running nose, nasal congestion or you can find that your cats are getting more gum around their eyes and noses.
If the syndrome of FVR is getting worse, it might cause other disease such as rhinitis, bronchitis, pneumonia or conjunctivitis.

All in all, it’ll be better to take your cats for annual health examination every year. Part of the reasons why is that cats are very strong animals. They can endure their pain for a long time that you can hardly to tell. So it’ll be too late when the persons finally aware that their cats are acting weird or making moan that sound painful.