Monday October 30, 2017
Cats in history:
In ancient Egypt, the worship of cats is well-documented. Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of love, had the head of a cat. Ancient Romans viewed cats as a symbol of liberty and to the Far East cats were valued for crop protection from rodents and birds. Today, cats are loved worldwide for their fluffy fur and quirky personalities.
There are over 70 different cat breeds ranging from long curly hair to hairless. Determining exactly when wild cats were domesticated have been proven difficult. In 2007, researchers have concluded that domestic cats descended from the Middle East around 8,000 B.C.
Cats communicate using a variety of vocalizations including but not limited to meowing, purring, and hissing. Cats also display various body language. For instance, when cats become aggressive, they try to make themselves appear larger and by puffing their fur and tail whereas nose-to-nose touching is a considered a friendly greeting.
Grooming and Sleep:
Cats are known for spending hours grooming their coat. A cat’s tongue has rigid back-facing spines containing keratin (much like a hairbrush). Constant grooming can cause hairballs to form in the cat's stomach. One way to prevent this is to brush the cat yourself or using a warm washcloth to wipe away excess fur and prevent excessive shedding.
Cats sleep more than almost any domesticated animal. Being nocturnal, cats sleep the majority of the day sleeping longer and longer as they age.
Did you know? Cats can sleep up to 20 hours or more at a time.
Hunting and feeding:
Domestic cats primarily hunt birds and rodents. The most common misunderstood hunting behavior is that cats often appear to be crueling playing with their prey (cat-and-mouse game). However, this cat-and-mouse game ensures the prey is weak enough to be killed without possible injury to the cat. A second understood hunting behavior is the presentation of prey to their owners. Paul Leyhausen proposed that domestic cats adopt human owners into their social group and share the kill according to the dominance hierarchy (human owners being at the top of the hierarchy). Zoologist Desmond Morris also suggests when a domestic cat brings home mice or birds, they are attempting to teach their human owners how to hunt, or trying to help their owner feed as if they are "an elderly cat, or an inept kitten". Knowing this information, scolding your cat for presenting a “gift” will only confuse your cat, making you less approachable for affection.
Did you know? Most adult cats are lactose intolerant. Sugars in milk are not easily digested and may cause stomach issues.
Did you know? Cats lack lips. To drink water, cats create a suction, using a lapping rate of 4 times per second with their tongue to draw liquid upwards into their mouths much like how humans use a straw.
Take your cat to the vet for annual check-ups. This will help catch problems before conditions becomes severe or fatal.
Make sure the litter box is cleaned daily. A dirty litter box might repel your cat and cause them to potty else where. If you have more than one cat it’s recommended to have multiple litter boxes.
Cat's are natural hunters and can become bored if not stimulated. Lots of toys or having second cat as a companion can solve this issue.
Use Noni Pet Lotion for soothing skin irritations and promoting good hair and coat texture. Noni Lavender Lotion contains no chemicals and is a safe and organic product to use.
Use Noni Fruit Leather overall good health and energy. Noni Fruit Leather boosts the immune system, supports a healthy response to inflammation and improves overall quality fo life for aging cats.
Use Noni Bio Bandage for skin irritations. Noni Bio Bandage is naturally waterproof, dries hard on the skin to adhere and does not injure or hurt your cat when it wears off.
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