stuffed kellas cat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

en.wikipedia.org

You can find a lot of information about the Kellas hybrid cat online. Not all of the information that you find, though, tells the truth. This article separates the myths and facts about the Kellas hybrid cat so you will know accurate information about this interesting, rare breed.

Myth: Kellas Hybrid Cats Don’t Exist

For a long time, many people put Kellas hybrid cats in the same category as Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster. No one could produce a specimen, so it made sense for people to reject the species as a myth.

That changed in 1984 when a Scottish gamekeeper found a dead Kellas cat caught in a snare. Poor, kitty! The species quickly leaped from the realms of cryptozoology to an independent breed known to roam the countryside.

Today, you can see a mounted specimen of a Kellas cat at the University of Aberdeen’s Zoology Museum. The cats still turn up occasionally in areas like Fife and Aberdeen.

Fact: Kellas Hybrid Cats Can Reach Nearly Four Feet Long

Researchers don’t have many examples of Kellas cats, but they have found specimens that measure 43 inches long. That doesn’t include the tail, which can reach 12 inches long. Overall, you could find a Kellas hybrid cat measuring 55 inches from the tip of its head to the tip of its tail.

Fact: Kellas Cats Come From a Wild Breed

sith cat

magspace.ru

Biologists don’t consider Kellas cats a formal breed of cat. Instead, the cat comes from a hybrid of domestic cats and a wild breed found in Scotland. The feral Scottish cat has bred with several species of domestic cats, which makes it nearly impossible to categorize the Kellas hybrid. Commonly, though, people still refer to the hybrids as Kellas cats.

Myth: You Can Keep a Kellas Cat as a Pet

If you find a Kellas kitten in the wild, you might think that it would make a good pet. After all, they look similar to other kittens. They just have heads that look a little too big for their bodies.

Over time, though, the kitten will grow into a wildcat with instincts to hunt and kill. Trying to keep one as a pet will put you, your loved ones, and other animals in danger. Even captive-born Kellas cats don’t change their wild ways.

Don’t expect a grown Kellas cat to curl up in your lap on a cold night. More likely, the cat will use its extremely strong hind legs and claws to destroy everything in your home. So long, couch!

Fact: Kellas Cats Are the Rarest Mammal in Britain

kellas cat

Very few Kellas cats still live in Britain. The few that remain typically live in the Scottish Highlands or in captivity. Scientists want to keep the species alive because it represents the last of Britain’s native cats.

Kellas hybrid cats don’t make good pets, but they deserve the chance to live in the wild where they can hunt prey and enjoy their lives. The cats can still interbreed with household cats, though. If you live anywhere near the Scottish Highlands, you should keep your cat indoors to prevent interbreeding. You do not want your cat to give birth to a litter of Kellas hybrids. Once they reach maturity, they will ruin your home.

What do you think about Kellas hybrid cats? Do you want to find one in the wild, or would you prefer letting them live in the wild?

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

pixie-bob cat
According to the International Cat Association (TICA), there are at least 71 breeds of cats to choose from. Even with so many different breeds, the Pixie-Bob cat is an amazing animal that stands out. There are several great reasons to own a Pixie-Bob cat.

1. Pixie-Bob Cats have a Very Unique Look

Pixie-Bob cats generally have a muscular build, with jagged black stripes and a rich tawny color. They tend to be medium to large in size. Female cats can weigh up to 12 pounds while the males can sometimes weigh as much as 25 pounds.
Beyond their beautiful appearance and large size, these cats have many unique features. Their tails are much shorter than the average cat. Pixie-Bobs are also polydactyl. This means they sometimes have more toes than other breeds.

2. Pixie-Bob Cats are Highly Intelligent

pixie-bob cat on white background
Family Pet states that this breed is incredibly intelligent and has a very interesting way of communicating. They often chatter and chirp rather than meow. Their affectionate personalities and natural intelligence makes them easy to train.
They can learn several commands as well as learning their name. They can even be taught to walk on a leash like a dog. With a cat as smart as the Pixie-Bob, you're bound to have lots of fun!

3. Pixie-Bob Cats are Extremely Affectionate

Cats have a reputation for being aloof, but the Pixie-Bob cat can be very affectionate. Even though they can be large and have a "wild" look, they tend to be very laid-back. These cats love to be around people and enjoy receiving lots of attention.
If you're looking for a cat to snuggle up with and form a close bond, the Pixie-Bob cat may be for you. Along with being affectionate, the Pixie-Bob cat is usually very playful and displays high levels of energy.

4. Pixie-Bob Cats are Generally Very Healthy

pixie-bob kittens
When you choose this particular breed you're likely to have a pet that will enjoy many years of good health, sometimes living into their late teens. These cats have a thick coat and should have their coats brushed once a week to keep them shiny and to remove dead hair. They can have either long or short hair. The long hair tends to be silkier while the short-haired Pixie Bobs usually have thicker coats.
According to the Happy Cat Site, there are a few health concerns to watch for. The genetic mutation that normally causes the Pixie-Bob cat to have a very short tail can also potentially lead to changes in the back legs and nerves. Sometimes elimination problems and reduced hind leg control can result.

5. Pixie-Bob Cats Have an Interesting History

The Pixie-Bob cat has the look of a wild bobcat and many people may think they're probably related. According to cattime.com, it was believed that the breed started when a litter was discovered from what was suspected to be the mating of a barn cat and a wild American bobcat.
This is a legend, however, without any real scientific proof to back up the claim. The Pixie-Bob cat is considered a domestic cat, and there aren't any legal restrictions regarding ownership.

6. Pixie-Bob Cats are Good with Children

pixie-bob cat laying down
This particular breed is a great choice if you have a family. Pixie-Bob cats are devoted and loyal to their owners, making them the perfect pet for children. They tend to easily bond with their families.
They can get along well with other pets and have been known to even act as a "watchdog" over the family. Their affectionate nature and ability to adapt to different situations makes them good childhood companions.
There are lots of great breeds to choose from, but the Pixie-Bob cat offers a fun mix of interesting attributes that set them apart from many other types of cats. Leave your comments below and tell us what you think of the Pixie-Bob cat!

 

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

 

old timey cat
“My beautiful cat, come onto my heart full of love; / Hold back the claws of your paw, / And let me plunge into your adorable eyes /Mixed with metal and agate.”
So wrote the 19th-century French poet Charles Baudelaire, author of the masterpiece The Flowers of Evil, and lifelong cat lover. Down through the centuries, great writers have been composing odes to the beauty of cats. Here are some of the most famous examples of those authors and their odes.
  1. T. S. Eliot

t.s. eliot and catslitreactor.com

The early 20th-century poet Thomas Stearns Eliot has earned a reputation as a difficult read – an erudite sophisticate who wove different languages and far-ranging literary references through his verses, but the author of the dense, allusive “Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” could also be disarmingly homebodyish, unable to resist likening how cats move to “yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes”: “Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap, / And seeing that it was a soft October night, / Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.”

Eliot also took a break from highbrow poetry to dash off a children’s book titled Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Published in 1939, it’s a collection of poems about cats that Eliot wrote for his godchildren. (“Old Possum” being one of Eliot’s nicknames.) Good thing this family pastime of his wasn’t locked away for a few generations in a sock-drawer. The English theater impresario Andrew Lloyd Weber found inspiration enough in it to compose his long-running musical Cats.

  1. William Carlos Williams

williams carlos williams

A contemporary of Eliot’s, William Carlos Williams was also a poet (who somehow found time to be a career physician, too). Known for his spare, even disjointed use of language, Williams attempts to replicate the precision and litheness of feline motion in his gem “Poem (As the Cat).” The lines are worth quoting in full:

As the cat

climbed over

the top of

the jamcloset

first the right

forefoot

carefully

then the hind

stepped down

into the pit of

the empty

flowerpot

Williams had an affinity for painting and even collaborated with some visual artists. So sparse are the lines above that they almost resemble the strokes of a paintbrush, sketching just the outline of a cat as it climbs past you in perfect balance.

  1. Ernest Hemingway

ernest hemminway with cat

When most people think of Hemingway, the first animal that probably leaps to mind is a bull. (The man was a bullfighting aficionado.) Next on that list might be any of the big game animals he hunted in Africa, or you might wager that he’d be the proud owner of a few Doberman Pinschers, guessing from the he-man persona he adopted. But, apparently, Hemingway loved cats. He called them his “love sponges.” Who knew?

If that’s not weird enough, remember that left his home in Key West to his cats. Yes, you read that right – he bypassed his wives, children, grandchildren, lovers, friends, and neighbors to bequeath his Florida villa to his cats. Fast-forward a few generations, and these cats still inhabit the estate. (Their numbers have risen into the 40-50 range.) Thing is, one of the cats that Hemingway himself owned was a certain Snow White, a polydactyl (or six-toed) cat. Today, a lot of Snow White's descendants that currently lounge around in the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are also six-toed. On some shelf in the attic of that house is probably a volume of Hemingway's unpublished work. I think it's called "Six-Toed Love Sponges and Other Tales: The Lost Works of Ernest Hemingway."

 

The ancient Egyptians made sculptures in honor of cats, these alluring creatures that killed the mice that ate the grain in their storehouses. Ever since, every artist from painters to photographers to writers have tried to capture the beauty of this animal, so strange and beautiful that they excite our creativity and stalk our imagination.

Do you have a beautiful cat? Let us know in the comments!

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

two kittens in laundry basket

Each cat ages differently. Rewind 20 years. I was in elementary school when our cat Otis died. My mom had gotten Otis from a great-aunt when he was a year old. She loved the way he hunted all day in the yard, purred like an engine when he sat down, and took a siesta on the sunlit limestone table in our garden. So, it took six months, maybe a year, until she was ready to get another cat. This time, she picked two. They were both girls. In the animal shelter, the pen in which we found them was swarming with kittens fighting, dashing, rolling around, swatting each other’s heads. My mom picked out a pretty black kitten who sat in the corner giving herself a bath. Then she lifted up a tabby who had been curled up while other kittens stepped on her head in the course of their play.

The black cat we named Zelda. The tabby, Hazel. For the first few weeks, Zelda and Hazel slept together in the basement bathroom, in a shoebox that we cushioned with a towel. They were so small that they could stand upright in the palm of our hand. They were both calm, which is the reason my mom picked them out, but their personalities were distinct from the get-go.

two cats laying by the window

When they grew up, Hazel became dominant, even though Zelda was more athletic. She was a natural hunter and practically lived outside – roaming the garden beds and stalking voles in the summer, bedding under the leafless shrubs in the winter. Whenever she explored the maze of alleys behind our house, she might be gone for a few days before trotting back to our patio. Hazel occasionally propped her paws on the windowsill and stared outside. Otherwise, she never left the house. She slept in the screened-in porch on fall evenings, and in the winter, she slept some more on a towel rolled out next to the hall radiator. (She wasn't exactly mouser material)

As they got older, they aged differently, too. Zelda had never made much noise, but when she was about 15, she went totally silent. Then she stopped ranging so far in the neighborhood. On cold nights, we’d lift her out from under the garden shrubs and bring her indoors. Soon her world narrowed to a 30-foot circumference between the back door (where her food and water bowls were set out) to the patio (where she used to hunt). One spring morning we found her in the garden, under a patch of hydrangea bushes. She had died that night from old age.

Zelda seemed to get sweeter and calmer as she got older. Not Hazel. She was brassy and pushy where Zelda was graceful and alluring, but she was also consummately competent. She knew where the litter box was and gave herself a bath every two hours, it seemed, but, when she got to be about 15, her mood soured. The noise she made had always resembled a yap rather than a meow, but in her final years, it turned into a full-on bray. She weighed less than 5 pounds, so it was jarring to hear her emit a noise that erupted through the house like a foghorn. In the last weeks of her life, those moans turned to sad, pained squeaks. The vet told my mom that her organs were failing. We had to put her down at the age of 17.

two cats cuddling in bed

My mom had loved Otis, but she said it pained her, even more, to watch Hazel and Zelda become frail and age, each in their own way. She misses them so much that she says they'll be her last pets.

If you're scrolling through our site, chances are, you've got a cat story, too. Care to share? Leave your thoughts at the end of this article on the different ways that your own cats have aged.

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

grey scottish fold cat

If you’re looking for more information about Scottish Fold cats, then you’ve come to the right place! Perhaps you are considering this breed as a pet, or maybe you are looking for more information concerning their care and cat litter box health and maintenance. The following will cover this unique breed’s origin, characteristics, temperament, and special considerations.

Scottish Fold Breed Origin

The Scottish Fold breed originated in Scotland with a folded-ear cat named Susie back in the 1960’s. Through the breeding of her offspring a genetic mutation occurred, resulting in a dominant gene of folded ears that can be passed on if only one of the parent’s carries the gene. There are two varieties of the Scottish Fold, a long-haired and a short-haired variation. The long-haired variation is also known as a Highland Fold. First brought to the United States in 1971, the Scottish Fold quickly gained recognition with many of the cat associations.

Physical Characteristics

two scottish fold cats

In addition to their folded ears, the Scottish Fold breed has distinct characteristics including large rounded eyes, a stub nose, and a rounded body. The legs can vary between short and medium length. Weekly brushing and monthly bathing will help to ensure your Scottish Fold maintains a healthy, shiny coat. If you own one these felines with long hair, special attention to their coat will help to prevent mats. It is recommended that long-haired Scottish Folds, or otherwise known as Highland Folds, be brushed twice a week. You can achieve a healthy coat with the use of a quality steel comb.

Breed Temperament

Since the Scottish Fold is known to be friendly and calm, this breed works very well in a home with children and cat-friendly dogs. They are also known to get along well with other household cats. These felines are fond of attention and playtime. They are known to follow their owners around and some have even been known to play fetch! This breed can also be vocal, but don’t worry, their voice tends to be on the softer side. Since this breed requires a good deal of attention, these cats need a home that has the time to devote to them. If your potential cat will be left home for several hours on end a day this may not be the best breed for your family.

Special Considerations

grey striped scottish fold cat

As with any cat breed, there are special considerations regarding their health and care to go over. The Scottish Fold breed is predisposed to both degenerative joint disease, as well as heart disease. If proper care and regular veterinarian visits are adhered to, this breed can live an average of 15 years.

Regular grooming, including bathing, brushing, dental care, and nail trimming will help to ensure your pet’s overall health. Included in care should be attention to your cat’s litter box. To maintain your feline’s health, you should keep a clean and sanitary litter box area. PrettyLitter was designed with your cat’s health in mind. Our formula helps to keep moisture and odor away, resulting in less frequent litter box maintenance and a healthy, happy cat.

You should now have a better understanding of the Scottish Fold breed’s origin, physical characteristics, temperament, and overall unique needs. With proper attention and care, this amazing breed of feline has the potential to become a wonderful addition to any home. Do you have a personal experience with this breed? If so, we would love to hear about it! Comment below and share your love for this special feline!

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

himalayan cat

You probably came upon this article looking for more information regarding Himalayan cats. Maybe you are curious to learn more about their origin, characteristics, or suitability as a pet. Perhaps you are wondering what litter works best for their cat litter box. The following will cover everything you need to know about this beautiful breed.

Himalayan Cat Origin

The Himalayan breed came about with the crossbreeding of Siamese and Persian cats. The goal at this time was to develop a breed that had the color point of a Siamese with the long hair of a Persian. The Himalayan was first recognized as a breed in 1957 by The Cat Fanciers Association. The breed was then reclassified in 1984 as a color variety of the Persian breed by the board of directors of The Cat Fanciers Association.

Himalayan Physical Characteristics

himalayan

The Himalayan has a beautiful long coat that is seen in a variety of colors. Commonly you will see a cream-colored body with a darker face. The body of this breed is stocky, with short, thin legs that accompany a broad chest and shoulders. Other common physical characteristics include a stubby nose, large round eyes, and small ears.

With a long-haired cat, regular maintenance of their coat is essential. Daily grooming and a monthly bathing will help to prevent mats in their fur. As with any long-haired breed, they are also known to get litter in their fur. Be sure to keep an eye on their litter box and their coat to ensure that they are not collecting any debris that will lead to health and coat issues.

Breed Temperament

With a sweet and calm personality, the Himalayan cat is fond of people and is often known as a great lap cat. Not known to be a jumper or climber, the Himalayan is often seen lounging when they’re not playing with their toys or enjoying human affection. For those with children, the Himalayan cat may be perfect for your family, as this breed is known to be great with kids!

Special Considerations

himalayan cat laying on floor

As with any breed of cat, the Himalayan can be prone to certain health issues. The main points of concern for this feline entail their eyes, breathing, teeth, kidneys, and nervous system. With their long coat comes the possibility for this breed to become overheated in warmer months. Be sure to keep your Himalayan cool with fresh cold water and an air-conditioned environment during the warmer months.

This breed is also known for their predisposition to polycystic kidney disease and feline hyperesthesia syndrome, which is a nervous disorder. It is important to maintain your feline’s health with regular exams by your veterinarian. As with any feline, routine nail and dental care will help to ensure your cat’s longtime good health.

An important part of your cat’s health also involves litter box maintenance. PrettyLitter was designed with your cat’s health in mind. Our formula works to absorb and eliminate moisture and odor from your cat’s litter box. This, in turn, means a healthier and happier cat, as well as happy owners because PrettyLitter results in easier litter box maintenance.

You should now have a better understanding of the Himalayan breed’s origin, physical characteristics, and overall unique needs. With proper attention and care, this amazing breed has the potential to become a wonderful addition to any home. Do you have a personal experience with this breed? If so, we would love to hear about it! Comment below and share your adoration for this lovable feline!

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

california spangled cat

Thinking of getting a four-legged friend? Choosing a new pet takes thought and consideration. You must be sure the pet is a good fit for you and your family to ensure a happy home for both you and your future pet. Whether you're single or have children, here are five reasons why the California Spangled Cat may be the best pet companion for you.

1. They Are Particularly Affectionate

Lots of people choose dogs over cats for the simple reason that most cats tend to be a little more independent and aren't normally fans of too much affection. The California Spangled Cat is just not like the rest, as these kitties absolutely love showing and receiving affection. They are warm, docile, and loving pets to keep around the house. They quickly form bonds with their owners and very much enjoy cozying up to and showing affection to those who care for them. They also get along very well with other cats so if you already own some, you don't have to worry about the newcomer having any trouble fitting in at home.

2. They Are Highly Intelligent

callifornia spangled kittens

Though bred to resemble wild cats, California Spangled Cats are actually very easy to tame. They have a deep level of understanding by comparison to other pets, including other breeds of cat. This makes it significantly easier to train them and teach them the household pet rules. The only drawback to their high level of intelligence is that they are also quite good at showering their owners with affection in order to get what they want, but it's such a darn cute characteristic that you'll have a hard time being upset!

3. They Are Very Energetic and Playful

Whoever said cats aren't as playful as dogs obviously never met a California Spangled Cat. These cats are particularly energetic and playful. Because they are such loving companions, they truly enjoy playing not only with other pets, but with their owners, as well. Their active personalities mean they are always ready and willing to play, run around, and impress their owners with almost acrobatic-like skills! The California Spangled Cat is also a very social breed so they will be just as kind and playful with visitors at your home as they are with you.

4. They're Hypoallergenic

california spangled

The California Spangled Cat is pretty good at cleaning itself and while a good grooming from time to time is a good idea, these cats produce little to no dander. Not only does that mean minimal grooming and way less cleanup around the house, but it also means they are hypoallergenic. In fact, people with known cat allergies normally have no issues with the California Spangled Cat.

5. They Are Not Aggressive

Though their spotted coats may look wild, the California Spangled Cat is anything but. It was bred specifically to resemble a wild cat but doesn't have any aggressive character traits under normal circumstances. This breed is very docile, gentle, and loving. Though they can be energetic, their energy is always directed towards play and exercise and never toward harming surrounding pets or people. On the contrary, they are particularly fond of children and other pets and are always gentle. Requiring little more than love and ample time to stretch and play both indoors and outdoors, the California Spangled Cat remains one of the easiest breeds of cat to own and care for.

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

cat litter cabinet

We know that there are many things for pet owners to consider when raising a feline, and a cat litter cabinet is one investment that can make your home and your cat life even more enjoyable! Cats make wonderful companions but sometimes it's tricky to find a great way to deal with the odor and mess of their litter box. Cats are just like the rest of us - they need to go and they need a place to go! Litter boxes don't have to be smelly, unsightly messes. Here are some of the benefits of having a cat litter cabinet in your home.

What Is a Cat Litter Cabinet

A cat litter cabinet is like a small house for your litter box. Instead of just being a flat box with litter in it, it is designed with a top or is a standalone cabinet with an opening for the cat to crawl in and out of and a door that opens to allow you to remove the box for easy litter scooping and changing. You can think of it like a dog house but a place where the kitty doesn't hang out or sleep - just a place to use the bathroom!

Conceal the Mess

inside cat litter box

The number one benefit of a cat litter cabinet is to hide the mess of the litter box! Many people have clever spots to tuck away the litter box, like a bathroom or laundry room, but sometimes there is not enough room or no convenient space to hide it away. There's no reason you have to have a big box of cat litter out in the open in any room. A cat litter cabinet lets you keep the litter box behind closed doors so it doesn't look messy.

Hide the Smell

Another benefit of a cat litter box is that it keeps the smell of the litter under wraps. If you scoop litter regularly, which we all should, litter boxes shouldn't smell too bad, but it's also never pleasant to have anyone's toilet right out in the middle of a room! Investing in a cat litter box is a good way to prevent the smell of the box from permeating the whole room.

Extra Decor

different versions of cat cabinet

Cat litter boxes can also make wonderful decor in any room. They come in all kinds of cool and funky designs that make interesting additions to any rooms, including living rooms, family rooms, bathrooms or bedrooms - wherever is convenient for you to keep it. Some double as side tables or bathroom stands and you can pick a color and style that match whatever room you choose.

Privacy for Your Cat

Cats like a litter box that is in a quiet space and gives them a little privacy. However, they don't like to be boxed in completely. Having a cat litter cabinet means a space where a cat can retreat to in peace but also be able to see out through the opening to be able to see and hear other people or animals and not feel trapped.

Cats, like the rest of us, need a good place to go when they have to go! You have to keep a litter box in your home somewhere so a cat litter box is a great way to make sure it is both attractive and hides the sight and smell of the litter. It also gives your cat a cozy and private place to go to the bathroom! Do you use a cat litter cabinet in your home?

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

cat sleepingmypetandi.bayer.com

Roundworms are common parasites that many cat parents will have to deal with at some point. These nasty critters are especially dangerous for kittens and elderly cats, as well as cats with weakened immune systems.

Thankfully, there are preventative measures you can take to help keep your kitty safe and healthy, and there are also treatments available that can keep an infestation under control or eradicate it completely.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about roundworms, and probably some things you wish you never learned.

What Are Roundworms?

Roundworms found in cats are officially known as Toxocara cati, as opposed to the rarer Toxascaris leonina, which can infect both cats and dogs. As the name implies, roundworms are, well, round worms that look like white strings when seen with the naked eye. They can be up to 6 inches long and often resemble spaghetti. They "swim" through the intestine and steal precious nutrients from your cat's digestive system.

While healthy adult cats can get by with an unwanted roundworm guest, large numbers of the parasites can cause serious, even life-threatening symptoms, especially in weak cats that are very young or very old or otherwise suffer from various health problems.

Symptoms of Roundworm Infection

orange cat at vet

Many cats infected with roundworms are asymptomatic, meaning you might never know about the ailment. One of the easiest symptoms to observe is seeing white, rice-like flecks in your cat's stool or stuck to the fur around the cat's behind.

Other common symptoms include:

  • Lethargy
  • Abdominal swelling, typically referred to as a "potbelly"
  • Vomiting
  • Chronic hunger
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach upset

In severe cases, cats can develop a cough and/or pneumonia, which is a sign the worms have migrated from the intestine and infested the lungs.

How Cats Get Roundworm

Roundworms are highly contagious and very common--never a good combination. The parasites are frequently present in kittens, as the infection can pass through the placenta and through the mother cat's milk. Many cats are thus infected as kittens, but they can also acquire roundworms by eating infected animals like rodents, worms, and birds. The infection can also be passed by a cat eating or even just sniffing infected stool, plants, and dirt, as roundworm eggs can lie dormant for months or years before hatching.

Roundworm Prevention

orange kitten taking pills

There is no foolproof way to totally prevent roundworm infection, but there are steps you can take to help protect your furry friend. The best prevention begins very early on. Because kittens are commonly infected at birth, they should be given deworming treatments regularly. Your veterinarian will establish the proper schedule with you, but usually this entails treatment about every two weeks from age three to nine weeks, and then at regular intervals afterward.

After that, try to keep your cat indoors as much as possible to limit potential exposure. Indoor-only cats are highly unlikely to encounter infected animals, soil, or waste. That said, be diligent about pest and insect control to keep your cat from eating something that might be infected.

If you suspect your cat has roundworms, take him or her to the vet for an examination. The vet will likely test a stool sample in addition to doing a physical exam. If it's determined that the cat is infected, your vet will then begin deworming treatment.

Roundworm Treatment

If your cat develops a roundworm infection, your vet will most likely prescribe a pill or liquid dewormer. Because adult roundworms, eggs, and larvae are not affected equally, it will take at least two (and possibly more) treatments to fully eliminate the infection. The first dose of medication will kill the adult roundworms, but not any larvae and/or eggs that are present. A second visit, usually a month or two later, is necessary to administer another dose to kill those eggs that have hatched. If symptoms persist, a third treatment may be required.

If you have a multi-cat home and suspect one is infected, you should have all your cats treated at the same time. The parasite can be passed quickly, so even if a second cat isn't showing symptoms yet, it might already be infected.

Finally, make sure to keep your cats' bedding and litter boxes clean to help reduce the possible spread of infection.

Have you ever had to battle a roundworm infection in your home? Share your stories and tips in the comments below!

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

 

american short hair cat

If there’s ever been an iconic cat, it’s the American Shorthair. Chances are you or someone you know has a Shorthair, and for good reason, it’s one of the most popular cat breeds in America! Famous for its friendly and relaxed attitude, this is a cat that just does it all. Fine with being alone and comfortable in social settings, the Shorthair is playful and loves to frolic with friends.

Playful Personality

American Shorthair cats are adaptable cats that mesh well with a wide range of personality types. Looking for a companion that loves to play? The American shorthair never says no to games with family members or strangers. Even better, these felines are also comfortable being alone for long periods of time.

It’s best to cultivate your Shorthair’s personality from a young age. Introducing your new cat to humans in a relaxed, familiar environment is a good approach. If you have other pets, keep an eye on them while they figure out who your friend is. American Shorthairs love to play, so feel free to use toys and treats!

Fans of sleeping in the sun, American Shorthairs are more than happy to spend quality time relaxing in a warm place. Don’t worry if your cat seeks out some solace—these animals don’t need constant attention.

Looks and Aesthetics

The American Shorthair weighs between six and fifteen pounds. Most of that is muscle! American Shorthairs are strong animals, after all: a true working cat breed that excels at vigorous exercise. Shorthairs come in almost every color known to man, with over 80 colors and patterns.

Care and Health

american shorthair

Caring for your American Shorthair’s coat is important—stick to daily brushing. Your cat will take care of the rest. You can expect the coat to thicken during the winter months and thin back out when summer arrives. Trimming nails should be part of a regular bathing regimen as well.

American Shorthairs are notoriously resilient companions. However, there are a few medical problems common to cats that may crop up. For example, a malformation of the hip joint, or hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia can range from a minor annoyance to debilitating pain. Causes are genetic, so taking your cat in for a check-up regularly is a good idea, and especially if your friend shows signs of pain when moving.

It’s a good idea to have your veterinarian keep an eye out for early onset enlargement of the heart muscle (hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM). HCM is the result of genetic factors (not nutrition!), so keep an eye out for any breeder that tells you otherwise.

Keeping your kitty’s smile spotless is not the easiest task in the world, but it’s important for maintaining dental health. Start a dental hygiene program from a young age—use pet-specific feline toothbrushes and paste and get your cat used to the process. It’s not unusual for cats to dislike brushing at first, but slowly working your way towards regular brushing is an excellent idea.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an adaptable and versatile feline companion, the American Shorthair cat is an excellent choice. It’s the most popular cat in America for good reason—happy alone or with friends, the American Shorthair is independent and takes minimal care. Beautiful, playful, and always happy to see you, this is a breed that simply does not disappoint!

 

What are your thoughts on American Shorthairs? Do you have one of these loving cats in your home? Sound off in the comments below. We would love to hear from you!

----

Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @prettylittercats

----

new bag photo

Delivered straight to your front door, every month. We’ll even pay your shipping.

For a limited time only, get 20% off your first PrettyLitter order. Enter code “LOVE20” at checkout. Redeem Now!

Get started now.

Join other happy cats and their owners who are using PrettyLitter!

I Want PrettyLitter
"I can't believe how spoiled I've become with this litter. It makes dealing with cat excrement so much easier! I love Pretty Litter. A lot."
G. Gregory, Angier N.C.