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  1. What Breed Is My Cat?

    "How do I find out what breed my cat is?" This has to be the number one question we get on the cat breeds forum. Cats come in a variety of coat lengths, colors and patterns. Add to that a unique facial structure and an exceptionally svelte or maybe rather a chubby body form and people start wondering - is my cat a purebred or a pedigreed cat? The Short Answer Unless your cat came with official papers delineating her or his ancestors, then your cat is not a pedigreed cat of any breed. You...
  2. How Do I Know When My Cat Will Give Birth?

    So, you have a very pregnant cat on your hands and you have everything that you need for the birth ready. Now, how to tell when the kittens are really going to pop out? The gestation period of cats is an average of 64 days from the time of mating. Do you know when your cat mated? If so, you should have a pretty good estimate of her due date. However, 64 days is only an average, and your cat can be a few days early or late. Once eight weeks have passed and she has entered the ninth week,...
  3. Best And Worst Dog Breeds To Live With Cats

    Of course there are exceptions but in general some dogs love cats and some dogs love cats as a squeaky toy. Some cats will rule the house and some will hide under the bed. How do you achieve détente? It’s a matter of planning, management and training. Best Dogs for a Cat to Have Pomeranian. These fluffy dogs weigh at from three to seven pounds and a lot of that is hair. If you can stand the grooming chores, this dog will be about the size of a cat. They are affectionate and full of...
  4. How Long Can You Leave Your Cat Alone For?

    When you get home, it's hard to tell if Kitty even missed you. "Oh, were you gone? I didn't notice." Other cats will cling and not let you out of their sight. Some just want the food can opened. Then there are the cats who feel you should be punished for not being at their beck and call - you'll be snubbed for a period of time to be determined by the cat. How long can you leave cats unattended? Most experts agree, don’t go away for longer than an overnight stay without having someone check...
  5. Cat Coat Colors And Patterns

    Careful breeding programs and the introduction of new breeds from all over the world have brought about a multitude of coat colors and patterns that adorn modern-day cats. In order to discuss these differences and varieties, it is necessary to understand the terms used to describe them. Let us first make a distinction between color and pattern. Coat Patterns Patterns are combinations of colors in a specific layout. There are six basic varieties : Solid, Tabby, Bicolor, Tortoiseshell,...
  6. What’s The Ideal Temperature For A Cat?

    What is really the best temperature for the cat’s room? Most cats have a favorite spot - the windowsill, the top of a cat tree, or right in the doorway. They often follow the sun and nearly warm themselves to a sizzle. Cats like, and can tolerate, warmer temperatures than dogs and some people. TCS forum member Arlyn says, “If you have no other pets in the apartment, you can keep it quite warm (85-90), and the cats won't be uncomfortable as long as the air is moving. Cats handle heat far...
  7. How To Bathe Small Kittens The Safe Way

    Should You Bathe Kittens? The short answer is no. Unless you have a very good reason to, do not bathe kittens. Kittens are fragile little creatures. The younger they are, the more fragile. Their small body size means they have a lot of skin relative to their mass, and that ratio makes them more sensitive to changes in their environment. Also, some of their systems just haven't yet fully matured. Just like their eyes take three more weeks to develop, so do other parts in their body,...
  8. Why You Should Join Thecatsite.com

    Hello! I'm Anne, the owner of The Cat Site. If you haven't noticed, we're crazy about cats, just like you. We all share our lives with cats and know just how important they are in your life. The Cat Site is where you can share your love for all things cats, unabashed and without fearing criticism. If you're not a member here yet, you should be! Why lurk when you can join our community and share all the wonders of your cat? Let your inner Crazy Cat Lady (or Gentleman!) out and celebrate...
  9. Help! My Cat Is Having Kittens!

    "Help! My cat is having kittens, and I think there's a problem!" When we get that title to a thread, it's usually accompanied by several more exclamation marks. Indeed, when you think something is going wrong with a birth, it can be immensely stressful. If your cat is giving birth right now and there's an emergency, please leave the computer and go call your vet or a local emergency clinic right away. They will be able to tell you what to do and whether or not to bring the cat in to be...
  10. When You Can't Afford A Veterinarian

    Written by Mary Anne Miller This question comes up in many internet forums daily. A member will post a series of complaints about their cat, some of them heart-wrenching, and then follow up the list of symptoms with, "But I can't afford a vet, so what do I do?" When you share your life with a cat, or any animal, you assume the responsibility of that animal. Vet care is not a luxury; vet care is a necessity, and at times an emergency. The animal should not be denied veterinary care because...
  11. How Much Food Should I Feed My Cat?

    How Much Food Should I Feed My Cat? Written by Laurie Goldstein Have you ever wondered just how much food you should be feeding your cat? Let's say you know which cat food you want to feed, whether dry, canned, homemade cooked or raw. How much of it should be made available to your cat on a daily basis? Overfeeding is a constant worry for many cat owners. Obesity in cats has reached epidemic levels in our pet kitties and excess weight is the most common nutritional disease of domestic...
  12. Litter Box Location Secrets

    The litter box plays an important part in the life and happiness of your cat. Your cat is programmed to bury its waste, away from its main living area. Part of their survival strategy as small predators, they do this to prevent odors being traced back to their territory. This trait makes them a perfect pet for indoor living – as long as they do indeed use the litter box. As much as this is instinctive behavior, cat owners need to take the time to properly "configure" the litter box setup....
  13. Pregnancy And Delivery In Cats

    Cats can usually go through pregnancy and labor without to many problems. However, if the cat is under a year old, or you have an older cat that has gone through multiple births, there could be problems ahead. This article will give you tips on how to tell what a normal pregnancy is, and what to look for should a vet need to intervene. It will also tell you how to prepare for an emergency, which if you have a pregnant cat in your home, you should always plan on there being an emergency. Then...
  14. The Silent Meow

    What Is My Cat Trying To Tell Me? In doing the research for this article, I was amazed to learn that there really is not a lot of information out there about this fascinating but mysterious behavior in cats known as The Silent Meow. If we have been observant, we may have been fortunate enough to have a cat bestow upon us the favor of a Silent Meow. In order to understand what the Silent Meow is and why cats do it, we have to learn a little more about the ways cats communicate. When...
  15. How To Remove Cat Urine

    Written by Laurie Goldstein We regularly see recommendations for home-made formulas to clean cat urine stains here on the forums of TheCatSite.com. These formulas are widely circulated on the Internet, and typically include either vinegar or hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Of course, many people unfamiliar with the problem of cleaning cat urine stains simply try to clean up cat pee as they would any other stain, only to find out later it didn’t work. In fact, using traditional household...
  16. How To Keep Cats Cool

    Any cat fancier will tell you that their cat is cool. But when the temperature starts to rise, how do you keep your cat cool? How do you prevent heat stroke from occurring, and if it does occur, what do you do about it? Unlike dogs, cats do not sweat by panting. They instead sweat through their paws. On a hot summer's day, you may notice your cat has taken to groom himself more than usual. This is how they cool down. By licking themselves, and leaving the saliva on their fur, when the...
  17. Get Off! How To Discourage Your Cat From Jumping On Counters

    If you have been reading a bit about feline behavior, then you should know by now that cats and discipline don't mix; in other words, you should never punish your cat. Cats are not dogs and you simply can't take your cat to obedience class… That said, sometimes you need to lay down some rules in the house and get an educational point across to your cat. Punishment, in the human ethical and moral sense of the word, does not work with cats. In this article we're going to explain the negative...
  18. Tabby Cats

    The tabby coat pattern is the most common coat pattern in the wild. The tiger is a striped tabby, the leopard is a spotted tabby, and the lion is a tabby agouti. It is also very common among domestic cats, particularly those of mixed breeds. We see tabby cats all around us, it's easy to forget just how special and fascinating this pattern really is. There's so much to say about it, we need an entire article! This pattern appears especially useful as camouflage for the different feline...
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