kittens jumping in the air

“A cat has nine lives. For three he plays, for three he strays, and for the last three he stays.” Yes, it’s a cliche, but to paraphrase Dickens, the wisdom of our ancestors is in the proverb. We all know that cats are some of the most lithe and supple creatures on the planet. But why? What’s the science behind the way cats slip off railings, twirl from branches, or zip out from under cars, usually with nary a scratch to show? Read on for some little-known factoids about what makes cat reflexes death-defyingly fast.

1. Right Paw, Left Paw

cat waving its paw in the air

Because cats sport Muhammad Ali-esque reaction times, you might assume that all cats are ambidextrous. Actually, your tabby or Manx is likely either right-pawed or left-pawed. According to some studies, 50% of cats favor their right paw, 40% their left paw, while only 10% are ambidextrous. Researchers have also found that female cats (and dogs) tend to be right-pawed while their male counterparts are left-pawed. But no matter their gender, cats get a lot of their sense of balance from which paw they put forth first – a sense of balance that’s among the best in the animal kingdom.

2. Uncanny Flexibility

flexible cat

In addition to having superb balance, cats are also mind-bendingly flexible. The secret is in their spines. Extremely elastic discs that cushion the spaces between the vertebrae of their spines allow cats to rotate as much as 180 degrees right or left. (By comparison, humans can only turn about 90 degrees each way.) Kittens generally master the righting reflex – the ability to right themselves midair – at 7 weeks old. They rely on the vestibular apparatus in their inner ear to orient themselves so that they can turn and face downward even in free-fall. Make no mistakes: Cats are not invincible. They can be injured in falls. But studies have shown that they're able to perform twist-to-land maneuvers in as little space as 12-inch drops.

3. Feline Fleetness 

cat jumping off counter

Anyone who’s lived with cats knows that they’re spry and nimble, yes – but also astonishingly lazy. On average, cats sleep for about 15 hours per day. (And often clock a 20-hour nap within a 24-hour time frame.) Cats zonk out so much because they’re natural hunters. While cats do dream and experience REM cycles, they sleep lightly, ready to pounce the instant they're awake. When they are up, a house cat can hit top speeds of 30 mph – 3 mph faster than Olympian Usain Bolt’s average speed.

Watching your cat knead its paws as its basks in a slant of light, you’re probably inclined to think it’s adorable, and you’re right. But the reason it has such insane reflexes is because it’s perhaps nature’s perfect predator. We’re talking about a creature that can jump nine times its height from a standing start. (That would be like a 6-foot man springing atop a 54-foot building from the sidewalk at a whim.) Lucky for us, your house-cat is probably only 9 inches tall and stalks mice and voles rather than, you know, you. So, cuddle up with it, and fear not! If it falls off the bed, it’s likely to trade in one of those many lives so that it can nuzzle you the rest of the night.
Have you ever seen your cat show off its insane feline reflexes? Share your story in the comments section at the end of this article.

Ragamuffin Cat

You’ve probably heard of Ragdoll cats, but how much do you know about their descendants, Ragamuffin cats? This cute name truly suits these soft-furred and friendly felines, who are a relatively new breed having only appeared on the scene in the 1990s. Here’s a rundown of our favorite facts about Ragamuffin cats, so you can top up on your cat fancy knowledge!

Ragamuffin Cats Are a Ragdoll Crossbreed

Ragdoll cats have been around since the 1960s and are well known for being super friendly, with fluffy medium length fur and striking blue eyes. When bred with Persian cats, Himalayan cats and others, the result is often a Ragamuffin. Ragamuffins retain the Ragdoll’s tame and sweet personality but don’t normally have blue eyes, and their fur is soft and feels almost like rabbit fur.

Ragamuffin Cats are Rebels


Well, their original breeders were, at least. They were members of the International Ragdoll Cat Association (IRCA) and were becoming increasingly exasperated with how restrictive the rules were on breeding Ragdoll cats. They broke away from the IRCA in 1994 to breed their own version of the Ragdoll, and thus the Ragamuffin was born.

Ragamuffin Wasn’t the First Choice of Name

The name that was originally going to be used for these fluffy felines was Liebling, the German word for ‘darling’ or ‘sweetheart.’ So, the Ragamuffin cats could have ended up being Sweetheart cats; how appropriate! The name Ragamuffin was chosen to keep a link from the new breed to the foundation breed, the Ragdoll. To this day, one of the original Ragamuffin breeders has a cattery in North Virginia called Liebling Cats.

Ragamuffins Love to be Held

Ragamuffin Kitten

Ragdolls are so named because they go limp like a soft toy when picked up, and Ragamuffins do exactly the same. This is because Ragamuffin cats are unusually relaxed about being held, and love to curl up on their humans for some quality cuddling. You can scoop up a Ragamuffin and hold them like a baby, although of course double check with the owner if it’s not your cat; not all cats are as docile as each other! Because of their love of human interaction, they can become depressed and withdrawn if left alone for hours every day, so consider your routine if you’re thinking about becoming a Ragamuffin owner.

Ragamuffins are Easy to Care For

Despite their long, luxurious fur, Ragamuffin cats don’t actually need all that much grooming. With most longhairs, you need to put a good portion of time aside every few days for a lengthy brushing session. Ragamuffins have an unusual texture to their fur which makes it tangle resistant, so a gentle, short brushing session once a week is usually more than sufficient to prevent matting. As with all cats, they need their ears cleaning gently if they become dirty, and a spotless litter tray to keep them happy and healthy for many years to come.

Ragamuffin cats are better suited to being indoor cats, mostly because they don’t really have a sense of fear! They are full of confidence, which unfortunately can get them into trouble when out and about. Their natural curiosity can lead them into places they might not be able to get out of, like a neighbor’s garage or outhouse.

Now you know about Ragamuffin cats, what do you think about having one as a pet? Or maybe you already have a Ragamuffin and know some more interesting facts about this fairly new, yet fascinating breed. Let us know in the comments!

Tom and Jerry

For centuries, we’ve been obsessed with cats. From superstitions about black cats crossing our paths, to whole musicals about them, cats are an intrinsic part of Western and Eastern culture. They’ve moved into our homes, our hearts, and even our literature and popular culture. From comic strips in the newspapers, to feature films, cats pop up everywhere and their popularity as fictional characters shows no signs of waning. Here are just a few of our favorite fictional cats from books, cartoons, film and more.



Beginning life in 1978 as a comic strip in a newspaper, Jim Davis’ feline creation Garfield is now in best-selling books, cartoons and even feature films. Garfield has been on the cover of People Magazine hailed as ‘America’s Number 1 Pussonality’ and has even won his creator several Emmy Awards. The record-breaking cat’s popularity has remained pretty much constant, and at 40 years old, Garfield is as laid-back and lovable as ever.

Top Cat 

top cat

With an even older pedigree than Garfield, 1960s classic Top Cat has had a recent revival in a series of British TV adverts for a bank. Top Cat and Officer Dibble are once again at loggerheads, this time over his iconic trash-can home. The ad cleverly mixes Top Cat animated characters into live-action film, for a comedic touch to this advertising campaign. Top Cat is the ultimate cheeky con-cat; street smart and just about keeping out of serious trouble. Kind of like many real cats we know!

Puss in Boots

Puss in Boots

Who can resist those huge, glossy eyes peering up at them? Puss in Boots from the Shrek franchise has become one of the most loved movie cats ever, probably because he swings from fierce to friendly just like our real cats do! Puss is based on the original ‘Puss in Boots’, a European fairy tale about a miller’s son who sets out to seek his fortune after only receiving a cat as his inheritance. Just like Puss from Shrek, this cat is smart, cunning and manages to set the poor miller’s boy up as a Marquis who wins the heart of the princess.

The Cheshire Cat

Chesire Cat

Eternalized by Lewis Carroll, the Cheshire Cat from children’s classic ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ is a creature of mystery and madness. Frequently disappearing only to leave his huge grin behind, the Cheshire Cat epitomizes the craziness of the weird world Alice has found herself in, where nothing makes sense. The Cheshire Cat has been brought to life on the screen many times since the 1865 novel, from the 1951 Disney animated film to Tom Burton’s more recent colorful reimagining. The phrase, ‘To grin like a Cheshire cat’ is actually way older than the Lewis Carroll novels, possibly originating in the 1700s. It was used to describe someone who showed all their teeth when grinning, like a cat caught in the creamery.

The Cat in the Hat

Cat in the Hat

Dr. Seuss’ immortal creation, The Cat in the Hat, has no other name than this and is a naughty trouble-causer who arrives to make mayhem with children when parents are away! The book came out in 1957 to instant critical acclaim, partly because there was finally a book for young kids that was a little bit mischievous and full of the weird and wonderful. Having the cat as the ambassador for this seems highly appropriate; after all, most cats are a little bit naughty at times!

Jiji from Kiki’s Delivery Service


Kiki’s Delivery Service is a gem of a movie from Japanese anime giants Studio Ghibli. A sweet coming-of-age tale, this movie sees young witch Kiki moving to the big city with nothing but her broom and her faithful cat, Jiji. Jiji is smart, loyal and will do anything for Kiki. He can talk, but only Kiki can understand him. I think all of us feel that way about our cats at times. One of the sweetest animated fictional cats, Jiji is a jet-black charmer of a kitty who even has a special way with the lady cats!

Baron Humbert von Gikkingen

Baron Humber

What a mouthful that name is! One of the most popular fictional cats of Japanese cinema, ‘The Baron’ initially appeared in Whisper of the Heart, a 1995 movie based on the Manga cartoon of the same name. The Baron is a statue in an antique shop, and a girl called Shizuku makes him into a character in her stories. The Baron was so popular, he became a primary character in the 2002 movie The Cat Returns, in which he helps the hapless protagonist Haru escape the Cat Kingdom. Suave and sophisticated, the Baron is very Abyssinian like, especially as he is definitely an action cat!



Ok, so this cat is actually a robot; a robot cat who helps his owner travel through time to save his family’s future. Cute, blue, and funny, as fictional cats go this one is pretty unique. The 2014 Japanese movie, Stand By Me Doraemon, was a massive box office hit, keeping the number one spot for five weeks!

Muta/Renaldo Moon


Very few fictional cats are as grumpy or as large as Muta, also known as Moon or Renaldo Moon. Appearing in both Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns (just like The Baron), Muta is a huge, hungry, sarcastic lump of a cat who you can’t help but love. In both films, he guides the hero to the help she needs in the shape of The Baron, but in The Cat Returns, Muta gains a much more integral role and becomes an indispensable but accident-prone member of the team.

The Cats of Neko Atsume House

Neko Atsume

A story of a struggling writer, Neko Atsume House is a 2017 movie done in an almost documentary style. This live-action offering follows Masaru as he moves into a big old house, and is soon adopted by one of the local strays. Masaru finds that the cat brings him out of his slump, and he researches how to make his new cat friend happy. He ends up enticing a whole load of stray cats of all different types and colors. The film follows their antics as they play and roam the house just as closely as it follows the human angle of the story, making this film a must for cat lovers everywhere.

What other cats from Western and Eastern culture can you think of? Want to share your favorites with us? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Laughing Cat

Cats have a reputation for being aloof and even snobbish, but we know better, right? Here are just a few of our favorite cat-themed jokes and trivia tidbits to share the next time someone tells you cats aren't funny!

Cat Jokes:

Cat Jokes
What's the worst cat to invite to a card game?
A cheetah!
What’s the difference between a cat and a comma?
One has claws at the end of its paws. The other is a pause at the end of a clause.
Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Claws who?
Claws the door; I’m getting cold!
What is a cat's favorite color?
What do you get when you cross an octagon with a cat?
An octopus.
Two cats sat looking into a green canary's cage. The first cat said to the second cat, "That's not a canary. It's green!"
The second cat said, "I don't know. Maybe it's not ripe yet!"
A police officer stops a man in a car with a panther in the passenger's seat.
"What are you doing with that panther?" the officer asks the driver. "You should take it to the zoo!"
A week later, the officer sees the man again. The panther is still there in the car, and this time, they're both wearing sunglasses.
"I thought you were going to take that cat to the zoo?" the officer asks.
The driver nods and says, "I did. We had so much fun that we're going to the beach this time!"
What do you call a cat that's a really good swimmer?
A catfish.
Where did the cat go to get a new tail?
The retail store.
Why are cats such bad storytellers?
They only have one tale.
What do you get when you cross a cat with a parrot?
A carrot.
What do you call an old Tom cat?
What do you call a cat police force?
Claw enforcement.
Which vegetable do cats like the most?
If lights run on electricity and cars run on gas, what do cats run on?
Their paws.
Which side of the cat has the most fur?
The outside.
Where do sophisticated cats go?
The mewseum.
What do cat actors say on stage?
Tabby or not tabby, that is the question.
A woman invited her neighbor over for dinner and introduced her four cats. "That's Alogue, Aract, Erpillar, and Astrophe," she announced.
The neighbor was surprised and asked, "Where on Earth did you get those names?"
"Oh, those are their last names," the woman said. "Their first names are Cat."
What is the most prestigious award a cat can earn?
The Purr-litzer Prize.


Sunglass Cat

  • A wealthy, 94-year-old Italian woman named Maria Assunta passed away in 2011 and left her estate to her cat, Tommaso. What was this lucky kitty's take? A whopping $13 million! That'll buy a lot of catnip!
  • Sir Isaac Newton invented the world's first cat flap. His cat, Spithead, kept pushing the door open and ruining his experiments that needed to be conducted in darkness. Newton then created the cat flap to save his experiments and allow Spithead to come and go as he pleased.
  • There is a commemorative tower in Scotland built in honor of a cat named Towser. This prolific hunter caught nearly 30,000 mice in her lifetime!
  • It's commonly believed that ancient Egyptians were the first to domesticate cats and own them as pets. However, the oldest known pet cat was found in a grave on the island of Cyprus. The grave is 9,500 years old--4,000 years older than the earliest known Egyptian artwork depicting cats!
  • Staff members of Holland's embassy in Moscow, Russia, noticed that two Siamese cats living there kept meowing and clawing at the building walls. The owners investigated, expecting to find mice in the walls. Instead, they found microphones hidden by Russian spies; the cats heard the microphones when they turned on!
Do you have a favorite cat joke that we missed? Let us know down below in the comments!

Scooping Natural Cat Litter

If you have a house cat or are considering getting one, it’s important to consider which kind of cat litter you will use in their litter box. We know the type of cat litter you choose can have a big impact on your cat as well as on your entire family and household. With the wide variety of cat litters available, it helps to know your options before selecting the best choice for your cat. Many cat owners prefer to use natural cat litter as opposed to traditional clay kitty litters for many reasons. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using natural cat litter in your home.


Many traditional cat litters can have harmful effects on both felines and the entire family. Many cat litters have dust, silica and synthetic chemicals in addition to clay or whatever the base of the litter is. These ingredients make the litter smell better and clump up when your cat uses it, but also, this is what your kitty is dipping his paws into a few times a day! Not only can these harmful chemicals get absorbed into the cat’s skin, but they also trek these materials around the house so that humans come into contact with them too! Natural cat litter is free of these harmful chemicals.

Clumping Natural Cat Litter

Natural Clumping Cat Litter

Just because you are switching over to a natural cat litter doesn’t mean you have to live with one that doesn’t clump! It’s very convenient to choose a litter made from natural ingredients that can still clump up when the cat uses the litter box so that you can easily scoop and clean afterwards. We know that some cat owners worry that natural cat litter won’t clump as well but just look for the clumping options when you’re out shopping around!

Natural Odor Control

You don’t need harsh chemicals and synthetics to control odors in a litter box. We know that keeping the smell of the litter box under control is at the top of any cat owner’s wish list. Plus, many cats will refuse to use their litter box if bad smells build up! Natural cat litter provides natural odor control by using materials that absorb odor and also often provide their own natural scent. Artificially scented litters may smell stronger but this is because of the harsh chemicals used. Also, cats are often very sensitive to strong, artificial scents and can sometimes reject litters that are overwhelming.

Wide Variety of Natural Cat Litter

Cat with Cat Litter

Natural cat litters are made from a wide variety of materials so you will have many options to choose from. Depending on different factors like scents, clumping ability, cost, absorption ability, etc. you can decide which one is right for your cat. There are options available in natural materials like corn kernels, walnut shells, cedar/hardwood and plenty of other kinds. It might be worth trying out one or two different options to find out which one your cat likes best.

We know that keeping your cat healthy and happy and making sure they are raised in a good environment is very important to cat owners like you. Using natural cat litter means you are providing a safe, chemical-free alternative to traditional cat litter that still makes for easy clean up, smells great and comes in a wide variety of options! What is your favorite type of cat litter to use and what do you like about it?

Snowshoe Cat
The first Snowshoe cats began as a naturally occurring variation in a litter of Siamese kittens, but today the Snowshoe is a breed in its own right with its own quirks and personality traits that make these unique felines increasingly popular companions. What differentiates these cats from their Siamese cousins, and what are they like as pets? Keep reading to find out!

Snowshoe Cat Appearance

Snow cat
Snowshoes are small- to medium-size cats that usually weigh between 7 and 12 pounds when fully grown. Their muscular and agile bodies make them powerful jumpers, so don't be alarmed to find your Snowshoe hanging out on counter tops, shelves, and other high places so that they can fully observe their kingdom.
The breed began as a result of cross-breeding seal point Siamese cats with American Shorthairs, and as a result, they share certain physical similarities, most notably the Siamese's striking blue eyes and white, brown, and tan coloring.
Like Siamese cats, Snowshoe kittens are born solid white and only develop their characteristic markings at three to four weeks old. Seal and blue point color patterns are the most common, but Snowshoes can also display chocolate, lilac, and red point patterns.
Physically, Snowshoes can be distinguished from their Siamese relatives through two distinctive features. First is the inverted "V" coloring on the face that starts around the eyes and spreads out across the muzzle. While required for show standard, this "mask" isn't strictly necessary for a Snowshoe to be labeled as such.
Rather, that label comes with the dainty white paws that earned the breed its name. The white can extend higher than the paw, giving the appearance of a sock or boot--or snow-covered shoes!

Snowshoe Cat Personality

Snowshoes are gentle, affectionate, and sociable. These outgoing kitties develop strong attachments to their families, though they tend to pick out one family member as a favorite. Whether you happen to be the "chosen one" or not, you can expect your Snowshoe to be a prominent fixture in your household and a loyal friend to all who live there.
Perhaps due to its American Shorthair roots, Snowshoes aren't too demanding of attention. They're happy to do their own thing, and they'll be sure to let you know when they want your company. Otherwise, they'll be happy to nap by themselves for a while and then join you on the couch for some quality cuddle time.
That said, they love attention from their human family and don't do well when left alone for long stretches of time. If you bring a Snowshoe into your home, be prepared for lots of snuggling and petting, as this friendly cat craves a good petting session.
Don't be fooled into thinking you're getting a docile floor mat, though; Snowshoes are still closely related to Siamese cats, after all, so they're usually very talkative and eager to chat with you about everything under the sun.
Snowshoes are also highly intelligent, and they aren't afraid to show it.
Accordingly, be sure to give your Snowshoe plenty of stimulation in the form of puzzle toys and other challenges to help engage her curiosity. They're also quick learners and usually pick up on tricks easily, so try teaching your Snowshoe how to play fetch or give you a high five in exchange for treats. Some Snowshoes are even amenable to learning to walk on a leash, especially if introduced to the idea early in life.
Finally, many Snowshoes are fascinated by water. It's not uncommon to catch them playing with the water dish or sneaking drinks from a dripping faucet. In fact, you might even get an unexpected visitor, as Snowshoes have been known to jump into the tub or shower for a quick dip!
Does your Snowshoe go on walks with you or surprise you in the shower? Share your favorite stories in the comments and let us know!
Most have heard about the rabies virus, which can affect almost any animal through a bite from an infected animal. Rabies may affect species differently. Rabies typically affects wild animals, but your outdoor cats can get it too. Luckily, it no longer poses a great risk to humans. Around the turn of the 20th century, about 100 people per year would die of the virus, but as recently as the 1990s, reports show just one or two people per year with symptoms of the virus. Cats, however, may be a different story.

How Does the Rabies Virus Affect Cats

Rabies is a tricky virus. In some cats, symptoms can take as long as a year to appear. Once the symptoms do appear, the disease is almost always fatal. As it affects the central nervous system primarily, the most noticeable symptom may be a significant change in your cat's demeanor. Your sweet kitty may turn into a growling and frightened cat, or even an aggressive meanie. They may also suffer paralysis, seizures, appear to be disoriented. Unfortunately, a post-mortem exam is the only way to confirm a rabies diagnosis.

Cat Rabies is Easily Preventable

Cat getting check up
Luckily for us, our human scientists have made it so easy to prevent a case of rabies, even in the wiliest and scrappiest outdoor cats. Many US states and localities require pets to have the rabies vaccine. It is an easy decision to get the vaccine for your cat. It will keep them alive if they get a bite from an infected animal, so it is worth it. The rabies vaccine also helps to protect your cat if it bites someone. In some areas, local ordinances demand that cats who bite and do not have the rabies vaccine get put down. So, getting your cat vaccinated protects your cat in a myriad of ways.
Experts also recommend keeping cats indoors to minimize the risk of exposure, even if they are vaccinated.

What To Do if Your Cat Gets Bitten

Even if your cat has the rabies vaccine and is in accordance with local laws, there is still a protocol to follow if your cat gets bit by a wild animal. You will want to put on gloves to handle your cat. In rare cases, rabies can be transmitted through saliva, so this is an extra precaution because you never know when you have a perfectly placed paper cut! Take your cat to the vet to get checked out, and make sure the vet gives your fur baby a rabies booster shot just in case.

Can Humans Get Cat Rabies?

Person at Doctor
Yes, the rabies virus does not discriminate and it is transferable between species. If an animal, domestic or wild (but particularly the latter!), bites you, go to the doctor immediately. They will give you a series of human rabies vaccinations over the course of two weeks. This easy to follow protocol stops the virus from becoming active.
Rabies is a good reason to never approach wild animals, especially ones that are not quite acting right. If you see one that seems ill, call your local animal control and let the experts take care of the issue, keeping you and your cat safe and sound.
Do you have a cat rabies story to share with a happy ending? Tell everyone in the comments below!

Fox Cat

Somali cats are sometimes known as long-haired Abyssinians. The very first Somalis appeared by accident, thanks to a quirk of genetics. Around the 1940's, some Abyssinian cats suddenly started having the occasional long-haired kitten, which wasn’t supposed to happen and confused their breeders mightily! However, some of those breeders were delighted and intrigued by the new, long-hair ‘version’ of the Abyssinian cat. By the 1970's, the long-hair Abyssinian was officially recognized as the Somali by the Cat Fanciers’ Association. Today, Somali cats remain a popular choice for both pet owners and breeders.

The Fox Cat

Somali cats are covered in soft, long-hair which is particularly lengthy around their tails and sometimes their ears. These tufty ears and bushy tails have earned them the adorable nickname of ‘The Fox Cat’. Of course, this long, luxurious fur needs some care and attention. If you decide to get a Somali cat, be prepared to put some time aside for regular grooming. Somali cats shed their thick, winter coat in spring, so you may find you need to groom your cat daily around this time.

A stainless steel comb helps remove dead cells from the cat’s fur and skin, and also spreads the cat’s natural oils over their coat, which keeps it in great condition. The bonus of this grooming time is that it becomes a wonderful bonding session for you and your pet. Check their fur for mats, clumps of dirt that they’ve missed during their own cleaning time and above all, enjoy the one-on-one time with your fluffy friend.

Confident and Clever

Somali Cat

Somali cats are known for being cheeky, curious and playful, and can be quite a handful if you’ve only ever owned sedate cats before! They love to get up high, often leaping on top of cupboards or onto curtain rails. They like to see what you are doing, so be prepared for a nosy, furry face poking into whatever you are doing. This is a cat that will not only try and sit on your laptop while you are working, but probably try and press the keys and chase the mouse cursor around the screen too.

The Somali’s brain is always active and sharp, so playing with your Somali is a must. Have toys that they can chase, roll, grab and pounce on. In the absence of toys, your Somali will insist on playing with you instead, so be prepared for an attention seeking feline who simply won’t take no for an answer. The reward for this is a loyal, friendly beast who adores you unconditionally. Their deep, throaty purrs and love of attention make them ideal pets for someone who is home most of the time. If you work or are out frequently, the Somali needs the company of a cat with a similar temperament or they may become unhappy and even destructive. Boredom is this cat’s enemy!

Somali Cats are the Perfect Indoor Cat

Because of their love of attention and human company, Somali cats are the perfect indoor cat. If you have no garden or outdoor space, a Somali could be perfect for you as long as you can give them the affection they crave. Because Somali cats are so in demand, they are at risk of being stolen if allowed to roam freely outside, which is yet another great reason to keep them as indoor only cats.

As long as you have a protein-rich diet for them, a spotlessly clean litter tray, and plenty of toys and stimulation, your indoor Somali will be happy and healthy for as much as 16 years. They are usually great with kids and even other pets, so they make a great addition to any family!

Have you ever met a Somali cat? What’s your favorite thing about them? Tell us in the comments below!

Peterbald Cats

September 30, 2018


cat behavior  

Peterbald Cat
At first glance, you might think that a Peterbald Cat is a hairless sphynx but upon closer glance, you may notice a layer of fine, short hair. This is a relatively new breed from Russia. In 1994 cat fanciers decided to breed a Donskoy Cat with an Oriental Shorthair. The Donskoy is a charming cat who is mostly or fully hairless. Oriental Shorthairs are similar to Siamese cats but come in a wider variety of colors. Peterbalds are loyal kitties who some say act more like a loyal dog than a typical cat.

Peterbald Varieties

There are quite a few varieties of Peterbald cats, based on what type of coat they have. Their coats can change throughout their lives, so their type at birth may change. There are fully bald cats who have no hair at all, with a sticky touch to their skin. Chamois Peterbalds have no hair, but their skin feels soft and smooth. Velour Peterbalds have a short velvety coat up to 1mm long. Brush Peterbalds have a felt-like coat up to 5mm long. Straight Peterbalds have a normal cat's coat. Grooming and cat of your Peterbald cat will depend on what type of coat it has.

Taking Care of a Bald Pet

While not all Peterbalds are fully hairless, most of them have less hair than normal cats. Hairless cats expend a lot more energy to keep themselves warm, meaning their metabolism is higher. They may eat more than a typical cat to keep themselves going strong. You will also need to wash your cat about once a week. Just like human skin, it can get oily, especially on fully hairless cats, and it can get stinky after a while with no bathing!
Peterbald cats, and any hairless cat does not do well outside. They need to stay warm, making your house the best place. Offer plenty of cozy spots for your cat to hang out. Some owners try to put sweaters on their bald pets, but blankets, heated cat beds or a cozy spot on your lap will also work just fine. If they do go outside, they need to wear sunscreen!

Peterbalds Want to Be Friends

This cat breed's personality is unique. Cats are stereo-typically aloof, only demanding your attention when it is not convenient, or being a fair-weather friend who only likes pets when it's time for food. The Peterbald is totally different. They are outgoing beauties who will greet your guests and become their best friend quickly. They love to be around you as much as possible and are quite content to sit next to you or on your lap - with the occasional pet of course. You will probably find your Peterbald cat waiting for you by the door when you come home!
If you already have a full household, you don't have to worry about adding a Peterbald cat. They usually get along well with everyone, including young ones, as well as other animals. They are quite talkative. Perhaps they are telling you how much they love you!
Getting a Peterbald Cat is a great idea. They will totally change your idea of what it is like to own a cat. They may be better for people with cat allergies. They still have the dander that most people are allergic to, but since they have little to no fur, it comes off with a little rubdown.
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A cat tick is a common problem for cat owners, especially in cats that are permitted to explore the outside world. They usually won’t cause any long-term or major health issues for cats, but they do have to be identified and treated quickly in order to prevent them. Here are some tips on how to prevent your feline from getting a cat tick, how to look for them and what to do if you find one.

What is a Cat Tick?

Cat ticks are bugs that look like tiny spiders. They have eight legs and are usually less than 1cm long, which can make them very hard to spot. They are most often found in woodland, grassland and other areas with dense trees but can also pop up in your garden from time to time. Your cat is most likely to come in contact with them in areas with lots of wildlife like deer, sheep, rabbits, etc. They are active throughout the year but most often found between spring and autumn. Usually they end up biting a cat when the cats coat brushes past them in grass or on plants.

How to Spot a Cat Tick

Removing Cat Tick

Ticks are small but big enough to spot if you search for them. Run your hands over your cat’s whole body each time they come home from being out for a while and try to notice any small bumps - ticks burrow into the skin to suck on blood so they will enlarge and be more noticeable once they have bitten the cat. Look closely around your cat’s head, neck, ear and feet - this is where they most often attach. It also helps to brush your cat frequently so ticks don’t get buried under thick or matted hair.

How to Remove a Cat Tick

Removing a cat tick right away lessens the chances of your cat having any serious problems from them. In order to remove a tick, you want to make sure not to squeeze the tick’s body or allow the head to stay burrowed in the coat. Both of these things can increase the chance of infection. The best way to remove it is to twist them off your cat. Pet shops sell small tick-removal devices that make it easy to twist off a tick once you have located it.

What are the Dangers of a Cat Tick?

A cat tick can pass on infections by transmitting microbes that cause diseases like Lyme disease and babesiosis, but it is pretty rare for a cat to catch these diseases. If you live in an area with cat ticks, it’s wise to treat your cats with a cat tick medicine that will kill the tick if they get bitten. These treatments come in pills, ointments and collars and you can talk to your vet about different options.

Preventing a Cat Tick Bite

Cat Being Treated for Ticks

The first step to dealing with cat ticks is to make sure your cat doesn’t get bitten! To do so, make sure to check your cat for ticks at least once a day. If your cat is a longer-haired breed, you might want to do it more frequently because it is easier for ticks to hide in their coats. You can also make sure to comb your cat often, which can remove ticks. And treating your cat with a tick prevention medicine is a great way to lower the chances of ticks biting them and transmitting disease.

We know that some cats love to roam in the great outdoors! But you want to make sure that a cat tick doesn’t harm your cat so it’s important to try to prevent tick bites with medicine, if your vet thinks that is a good idea, and also to check your cat frequently for ticks if they have been outside in grassy or wooded areas. Have you ever had any experience dealing with a cat tick?

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