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A Cat’s 9 Lives and other Random Facts

Posted September 20th, 2017 by admin

If you have a cat, then chances are, you have learned a great deal of things about their world. You have likely adapted to doing things that makes them happy – be it the type of food you buy, the type of food they enjoy, and an assortment of other aspects that make both you and your cat happy. Of course, you have likely learned all kinds of medical facts and feline care tips, to help you keep your feline friend happy and healthy.

But, there are many things to learn about cat care – not everything we may have heard is correct. So, to keep things interesting, here are 9 things about the world of cats – how many do you think you know?

1. A cat can’t climb head first down a tree because every claw on a cat’s paw points the same way. To get down from a tree, a cat must back down.
2. Cats are North America’s most popular pets: there are 73 million cats compared to 63 million dogs. Over 30% of households in North America own a cat.
3. A cat’s hearing is better than a dog’s. And a cat can hear high-frequency sounds up to two octaves higher than a human.
4. Researchers are unsure exactly how a cat purrs. Most veterinarians believe that a cat purrs by vibrating vocal folds deep in the throat. To do this, a muscle in the larynx opens and closes the air passage about 25 times per second.
5. The smallest pedigreed cat is a Singapura, which can weigh just 4 lbs. or about five large cans of cat food. The largest pedigreed cats are Maine Coon cats, which can weigh 25 lbs. which is nearly twice as much as an average cat weighs.
6. On average, cats spend 2/3 of every day sleeping. That means a nine-year-old cat has been awake for only three years of its life.
7. Most cats had short hair until about 100 years ago, when it became fashionable to own cats and experiment with breeding. They 130,000 hairs per square inch (20,155 hairs per square centimeter). To put in perspective, the surface area of a single cat, if you include all of its hair, is roughly the same as the surface area of a ping-pong table.
8. Camera flashes do not harm cats’ eyes. But they will frequently produce a spooky glow caused by the tapetum lucidum, a layer of ultra-reflective cells in feline eyes which helps them see in low light.
9. A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head. Also interesting, cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (humans have only 6). A cat can independently rotate its ears 180 degrees.

Oh yeah, about those 9 lives that cats supposedly have. Ever wonder where that comment came from? If so, then here it is: There are several stories to go with this statement, many of which are dated back to medieval times when cates were not well treated. It seemed that no matter what was done to them (throwing them out of towers, burnt like witches, and other such actions, that the cats always seem to survive. Another thought comes from an ancient pro verb which states, “A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays and for the last three he stays.” As cat lovers, this statement may make the most sense – even if there isn’t any real science to back it up!

These fun feline facts are always fun to have on hand. Some of them may be great conversation starters, others ail in caring for your cat(s), and others may just satisfy a quest for feline knowledge. But regardless of their use, we had fun learning them and sharing them with you. Have some more fun feline facts? Please share them with us! We would love to hear from you!

Caring for Your Senior Cat

Posted July 28th, 2017 by admin

Our young kittens, don’t stay little forever – though perhaps we might like it if they did. They seem to go from playful, mischief seeking, high energy family members to middle aged and seniors in the blink of an eye. But, as pets go, our feline friends are easy to care for – no matter their age. Simply provide them with healthy food, a clean litterbox, regular veterinary care, and make time to play with them, and your cat will be there to keep you company for years.

However, as your cat ages, you will have to make some adjustments to make it easier for the mature cat to enjoy the quality of life they have always had. Some of these adjustments for senior cat care include:

  • As our cats age, they sometimes have trouble stepping into and out of the litter box. You may need to get a box with lower sides, or perhaps provide steps to make it easier for them. Also, if your home has multiple levels, you may need to put a litter box on each floor. In addition, pay attention when you clean the litter box. If there is more urine than normal, the stools are softer, harder or a different color then it can be a sign of high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney disease or an over active thyroid gland.
  • As cats age, arthritis is often a problem. In fact, studies have shown that 90% of cats over age 12 have developed arthritis. Watch for signals such as your cat having trouble grooming himself, peeing outside the box because stepping into the box is too difficult, or seems stiff after standing up. Help care for your aging cat, by gently helping with the grooming.
  • Plan more frequent vet appointments – ideally, every 6 months – so that you can keep in the know about any changes or potential problems. Getting an early diagnosis of a problem gives you more time for treatments and often, more options.
  • Cats are great at hiding illnesses. Pay attention to changes in behavior such as loss of appetite, sleeping in a different spot, sleeping more or frequent hiding as any of these can be indicators of sickness.
  • Continue to provide mental and physical stimulation by petting, playing and interacting with your cat. It’s fun for you both, plus it helps you be aware of any physical changes.
  • Watch their nails. It is not unusual for older cats to have more trouble with overgrown nails which then affect their paws, and cause a great deal of pain.

Caring for your senior cat does not have to be difficult. Just make some minor changes, talk to your vet and be sure you note any changes in behavior or appetite.  Our feline friends have been there for us when we need to be consoled, do your part to make their later years as happy as the young ones. For questions or pet sitting, please be sure to give the SleepEazZ team a call.

Summertime Cat Care

Posted May 21st, 2017 by admin

Summer time is rapidly approaching. In fact, while the calendar may not say the hottest season of the year has arrived, for those of us who live in the South, hotter temperatures have already made their appearance. And, while many people may look forward to warmer weather and fun in the sun, it is important to note that care must be taken for our furry friends to help them make it through those especially hot temperatures of the season.

As you think about those dog days of summer, don’t forget to take the following precautions for your feline friends, too! Here are few tips to keep your cat(s) purr-fectly happy this season.

Hot Weather Tips for Cooler Cats

• It should go without saying, but never leave your cat inside a vehicle at any time! Leaving the window open is NOT enough. Cats overheat especially quick and can develop heat stroke.
• Be sure to always leave ceiling fans or the ac running during the day!
• Fill up water bottles and freeze them. Once frozen, wrap the bottles in towels to provide a cool place for your cat to rest.
• Put ice cubes in their water bowl, and be sure they have a constant supply of water.
• If you have a cat that is frequently outside – especially during the day – consider bringing them indoors. However, don’t relegate them to a sunroom or one that doesn’t stay cool. Rather, consider a room with tile (or at least not carpet) as it will be cooler.
• If you take your cat on walks or runs, be sure to go earlier or later in the day when temps are lower.
• When your cat does go outside, be sure to a cat-safe sunscreen on its nose and ears. Your vet or a pet store employee can help you find one, if you are not sure what to choose.
• Keep in mind that senior cats, very young kittens and those in poor health need more TLC than younger ones. Be sure to schedule any vet appointments or other errands involving your cat for earlier or later in the day when the sun is not as hot.
• Cats like to sit on the ledges of window sills and screen porches. Be sure the screen is attached properly so they won’t fall out.
• For outside cats, consider having a simple water mister set up to help cool them down.
• Play a game of ice hockey with your cat. Throw an ice cube on the floor and bat it around with your cat. They will cool down, yet still get some exercise.
• Be sure your cat is wearing a flea and tick collar. These pests, and others, are worse during the summer so do your part to minimize the risks. Also, take time to check your cat for these pests and remove any that you see.

Summer weather can be enjoyed by everyone if just a little attention is given to planning and playing. Use these tips to ensure your cat is safe and healthy this summer. If you have questions about additional pet care, or perhaps need someone to help with taking care of your pet, give us a call today. We would love to help.