Basic Knowledge About Cat Vaccination

As cat parents, our number one priority is the health and well-being of our cats. Thankfully, medicine has come a long way and now affords us a good way to protect our furry little babies: vaccines. The saying that cats have nine lives is just a saying. We need to protect them from viruses, bacteria and diseases through proper, complete and timely vaccination.

The importance of consulting a veterinarian at every step of your cat’s life cannot be stressed more as there are many things to consider like your cat’s age, lifestyle, health status and many more. Only a professional would be able to give competent care. 

Your cat’s vet will have the knowledge and training about which vaccines to use, how long they last, and which diseases are most risky for your cats. Many states also have laws regarding vaccination and public health. These are important to follow. The veterinarians are the people best aware of these. Get a vet you trust and stick to him or her. This way your cats records and medical history is well maintained. 

Here are some basic knowledge about vaccinations to help you be on the same page with your cat’s vet: 

  • Cats should get vaccinations when they are around 6 to 8 weeks old. Shots usually come in a series of about three to four weeks. Follow up shots or boosters are given usually a year after. Again, it depends on the kind of vaccine. Let your vet guide you. 
  • The most common diseases that cats get vaccines against are rabies, distemper, Feline viral rhinotracheitis, and Feline calicivirus. 
  • Depending on factors like your cat’s breed, access to the outside world and other cats, regional disease saturation many more, your veterinarian will assess which additional vaccines to administer.
  • Your cat may need extra shots depending on how much time she spends outside, how often she’s around other cats, and the diseases that are common in your area. The most common ones are Chlamydia, Feline leukemia,  and Bordetella. 

I’d like to close this article with two things: 

  1. Vaccines are a must for your cat’s longevity and well being. 
  2. Consult and trust your veterinarian all the time. 

Long live cat lovers!

10 Tips to Make a Cat Admire You that is Backed Up by Science! (Part 2)

Previously, we gave you guys 5 tips on how to get cats to be friendly with you and adore you. But, we did promise that we’ll be giving you a total of 10 tips, so here’s part 2! Get your pen and paper ready because these tips will certainly help you build a better and stronger connection with your cats, including other cats too.

Keep them Indoors

A lot of people say that it’s best for cats to freely roam the outside world, and to not be kept inside the confines of a house alone, staring at the tree where squirrels run up and down through the window pane. But according to ScienceDirect, a study in Italy garnered results that were quite unexpected.

It showed that the felines that were kept in the house more often were more “in tune” with their owners, compared to the ones that spent a lot of time outside. Their sleeping cycles also changed, as they were seen to be more active in the day and less at night.

Observe the Cat’s Behavior Attentively

Keep a keen eye about their behaviors and take note of their reactions: slow blinking means that the cat trusts you and is comfortable with you, while having their ears pulled back is a sign of being defensive, ready to strike. Be very mindful about how they react to you because their body language can tell you a lot about what they are feeling, what they want, etc.

Spend a Significant Amount of Time Playing with Them

Playing is one of the best methods to make a cat easily like you. A study done by Kristyn R. Vitale, Lindsay R. Mehrkam, and Monique A.R. Udell, cat experts from different fields, yielded results that show cats are most attracted to human interaction—especially the ones that had play time in them. Playing with them daily will not only ensure that they’re fit, but it also makes for a good bonding.

Help Kittens Socialize

There are lots of studies that show how important positive handling is when it comes to making cats (especially kittens) trust humans. A 2008 study done by Rachel Alison Casey and William Stephen Bradshaw, both from the Anthrozoology Institute in the Department of Clinical Veterinary Science at the University of Bristol, showed that kittens in an environment where positive handling is practiced, were more affectionate towards their owners and less fearful of other kittens. If you’re wondering what the ideal age to socialize kittens is, it’s around 2 and 9 weeks old.

Give them Space When Needed

We’ve all been there. Someone did something bad to us and we just don’t want to speak to, or even look at them. If you do something bad or something that it didn’t like, chances are your cat will treat you negatively. The reactions can range from pulling back their ears to the more intense hissing and biting. If the cat is giving you negative feedback, it’s best to just back off and give them some space. Maybe they’ll come around and maybe they won’t, but what’s important is that you made an effort not to agitate the situation.

Well, that’s about it! Those are the 10 tips backed by science that’ll make cats be friendly with you and adore you! Here’s a bonus tip: Love your cat the same way you love your kids and wife. Treat it like family and it will treat you like a family too!

The Peculiar Relationship Between Cats and Boxes

Imagine that a postman knocks on your door carrying a brown cargo box. He tells you to sign here and there so you could formally receive the package. He bids you farewell and walks away, while you gingerly carry the box and close the door with your feet.

You take it to the living room and you proceed to open it. Inside are a new plush-toy mouse, cat pillow, and water bowl that you bought for your cat. You call and show her the items, only to be met with disinterest, as she makes her way to the box. You’re left sitting on the couch, smiling in confusion and asking yourself “What is up with cats and boxes?”

The Science Behind this Odd Affair

For cat owners, they’ve seen this kind of scenario a couple of times already. They buy stuff for their cats, they call their cats, they show it to the cat, and the cat just ends up falling in love with the box at first sight. It’s like how Garfield’s eyes light up whenever he sees a tasty plate of lasagna in front of him.

So what exactly compels a cat to fill the void in a box’s life? Well according to Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals, “Cats like boxes because they are cryptic animals; they like to hide.” That may be so, but it still doesn’t directly answer the question: what is up with cats and boxes?

So what exactly compels a cat to fill the void in a box’s life? Well according to Stephen Zawistowski, science adviser for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals, “Cats like boxes because they are cryptic animals; they like to hide.” That may be so, but it still doesn’t directly answer the question: what is up with cats and boxes?

Instinct and Behavior

Cats are natural born predators. Their bodies are made for hunting, catching, and eating prey smaller than them. They’re nocturnal. Their teeth are used to inflict tons of damage. Their claws hold prey down the same way Vise-Grips lock into position. Their paws are padded for stealth, and their bodies are flexible enough that they can fit through certain openings. Their physiology spells out that they are natural born predators, and what do predators like to do when they’re not chasing prey? Hide and rest.

Confined spaces have always attracted cats and it is in their instinct to seek it out. This is how cats keep themselves safe in the wild. Confined spaces allow them to stalk and sneak up on prey, as well as conceal themselves from other predators.

The Role of Boxes

To cats, boxes act like shelters and dens—making them feel safe because nothing can sneak up on them from behind. This means that anything with the intent of approaching a cat would have to come into direct contact with their field of vision, letting them observe the world with the comfort of not being seen. If a prey—or that new plush toy you just bought—happens to pass by, they can just jump out, grab, and return to safety in a matter of seconds.

Cats and boxes may have a peculiar relationship, but it’s not so bad. Boxes provide a comfortable and safe place for cats to rest, and cats fill in the void in the boxes’ hearts. NOW THAT’s a better love story than Twilight.

How to Keep an eye on Your Cat’s Hydration

Staying hydrated is important for pets. This is especially imperative on the hotter days of summer. Dehydration, heatstroke, and kidney problems are among the health concerns that can be avoided with adequate water consumption. 

For cats, the ideal water consumption would be around 3.5 ounces to 4.5 ounces of fluid for every 5 pounds of body weight. It is the owner’s responsibility to be conscious of the hydration of their pets. Usually, refusal to drink water is a sign of underlying medical conditions. In cases like this, the veterinarian must be consulted.

Here are a few tips to keep tabs on your cat’s water consumption: 

  • Take note of the water levels on the cat’s water bowls. Notice if it is drinking enough water. One can use eyeball this. If would be easier to see the changes in the water level if you fill it to the brim. Do not use markers, pens, or any other object to mark the water level as they might contaminate the water. 
  • Limit the drinking bowls of the cat. This way, it is easier to notice any change in water consumption. Having one or two bowls in different locations in the house. Do not forget to consistently keep the water fresh.
  • Consider using wet cat food. This is good for additional fluid in the diet. Dry cat food is usually cheaper than wet ones. Try to add a few tablespoons of water to the dry cat food and see if this is something your cat would eat. 
  • During travel, hydration is all the more important. Invest in a portable water bottle specially made for pets. Using regular water bottles would almost be impossible. Cat water bottles have a built-in dish-like structure for your cat’s easy drinking. Ensure that what you purchase is lead and BPA free. You can check out some products available here

There’s a reason why they call it cat parents. As pet owners, we are guardians of our pets’ holistic well-being. And since pets can’t talk, we must keep an eye to our pet’s actions to keep them healthy, happy and well-hydrated.

Amazing People in History Who Were Cat Lovers

Cat lovers love to find their fellow cat lovers. We’ve always been fascinated by people who share our admiration for feline creatures. There is an abundance of online articles that list which celebrities and movie stars have a cat as a pet. For today, we have searched for historical figures who are cat lovers just like us.

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was an amazing cat lady. It was that she owned over sixty cats over her lifetime. She didn’t shy away from taking care of 17 cats at the same time! Her love for cats really showed in the way she took care of them. She fed them food specially made for them in fancy plates. Pawprints can be seen in the letters she sent. It is safe to safe cats really mattered to her. Aside from being a prolific cat lover, she was also kind and caring to humans. Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of modern nursing because of her efforts for organized care for wounded soldiers. She is regarded for laying the foundation for professional nursing when she established her professional nursing school in London’s St. Thomas Hospital.

Edgar Allan Poe

There is a rumor that Edgar Allan Poe once uttered that he wished he could write as mysterious as a cat. If that is not the ultimate declaration of adoration, I do not know what is. When not declaring his love for cats, Edgar Allan Poe invented the detective fiction genre and is considered the first to use the short story format. He is most known as a significant figure of Romanticism with his pieces on mystery and macabre. The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, and The Cask of Amontillado are just a few classics that he wrote.

Catherine the Great

Another prominent cat lover was no other than Russia’s longest-ruling Empress. Today, the cats residing in the Hermitage Museum are the descendants of Catherine the Great’s cats. When not hanging out with her cats, Catherine the Great supported the arts of the age of Russian Enlightenment. During her time as empress, The Smolny Institute for Noble made was established, the first higher education institution for women in Europe that was funded by the state. It is also important to note her bravery. She inoculated herself against smallpox even though that procedure was still controversial at that time. She said, “My objective was, through my example, to save from death the multitude of my subjects who, not knowing the value of this technique, and frightened of it, were left in danger”.

Sir Isaac Newton

Do you know cats love? Cat Doors. Do you know who allegedly invented the cat door? Sir Isaac Newton. If that is the case, then It was Isaac newton that made cat lives all over the world more convenient from then till forever. When not making cat lives easier, Sir Isaac Newton wrote the book, Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy in 1687 which laid out the foundations of classical mechanics. He also formulated the three laws of motion.

Mark Twain

Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in 1885.  This work got dubbed as “The Great American Novel”. He liked to have cats in cameos in his literary work. For instance, In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the cat named peter was mentioned. He took care of over 19 cats at the same time. He loved them dearly and gave them colorful names like Sin, Beelzebub, Apollinaris, Pestilence, Buffalo Bill, Blatherskite, Satan, Sour Mash, Zoroaster, Tammany, Soapy Sal among others.

There as countless cat lovers in this world today. And we definitely are not the first. Even the great figures of history couldn’t resist feline charm.

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