Facts About Cat Health: Information to Keep Cats Healthy and Happy

To some, cats may seem mysterious, aloof, and perhaps even lacking in the ability to love. But this is not true. Cats are loving and giving, and to return the blessings they give to the human race, humans should try to develop a better understanding of these fascinating creatures .

Physical Facts About Cats

There are a number of myths that abound concerning cat care and physical behaviour, and at the very least, a lack of knowledge.

  • The average size of a cat’s stomach is about the size of a quarter. They do not need huge amounts of food left out for them at all times. Rather, because cats like routine, develop one around their feeding times and amounts. More than two-thirds of a cup of dry food at any particular feeding could lead to obesity, as will more than two tablespoons of wet food.
  • If a cat shows its behind to someone, that is actually an honour. The cat has sniffed the person in greeting, and is now allowing the person to sniff it. A quick scratch at the base of the tail acknowledges the cat’s “greeting.”
  • When a cat blinks at someone, it is delivering a “kitty kiss.” Blink back, and watch the cat relax and possibly begin to purr.
  • A cat’s yawn does not always indicate sleepiness. Rather, cats also yawn as a sign of friendship to other cats, dogs, and humans. Try yawning back, and watch the cat’s reaction.
  • Indoor cats, despite common thinking, do not miss out on life, so long as clean water is constantly available, feeding takes place regularly, there are cat-safe plants around, including organic grasses just for cats to munch on, and windows that look out onto the world, with perhaps a comfortable perch, either a window-mounted perch or a piece of carpeted cat furniture. Indoor cats live longer and are exposed to fewer dangers and diseases than outdoor cats. Even if a cat is let outdoors during the day, at night that cat should be called inside.

Mental Facts About Cats

Cats have specific rules of etiquette and society, much like the Regency Era English population had. In today’s more relaxed etiquette standards, remember that cats have more particular behaviours than humans.

  • Do not instantly pick up a cat upon first meeting, nor allow someone to do so. This is presumptuous and rude. Allow a cat to sniff human visitors first, starting with one outstretched hand. This will help insure friendlier relations later on. If the cat is skittish, do not force a relationship.
  • For people who do not like cats but must be around them, the best thing to do is stare at them from time to time. This is a sign of aggression and the cat will most likely leave that particular person alone. The best way to attract a newly-met cat or a skittish cat is to avoid looking at them; the cat will view this as a sign of non-aggression.
  • Despite the many myths about cats’ aloofness, cats are actually companionable. The companion could be another cat, or a dog, or perhaps a rabbit, or even a human. If there is only one cat in the household, make sure playtime is part of the daily routine. The humans in single-cat households, with no other animals, are that cat’s playmates and companions.

Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up on a sofa for a nap and having a furry feline snuggle up for the same. Cats are excellent, intelligent companions. Each cat has its own personality. Take time to get to know a cat, and discover the delight that felines can bring into human living.

And remember: opt to adopt, according to the American Humane Society. There are so many shelter cats needing good homes. Give them a chance to enrich a home with their special presence.

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