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I Love My Cat! is the cat lovers' reference for caring for your feline friends. If you're just thinking about getting a cat or want to learn more about protecting the one you have, this reliable source will teach you everything you need to know to make kitty care affordable and easy!
A kitten’s cuteness is the major reason people end up adopting one before they have researched how to choose, nurture, feed or care for their new pet. Just the sight of a kitten’s adorable “pansy” face, tiny nose, bright eyes and itsy-bitsy tail, and often hearts make decisions that brains might not.
Cats can live to be 20 years old or older, so adopting one is a serious commitment of time and money. It’s hard to visualize the cons when you look into a gorgeous kitten face, but the reality is that kittens can be destructive and, if handled improperly, can scratch or bite. They need to be fed, their litter box needs to be cleaned frequently and they need routine health care. Kittens don’t stay little fuzzballs, either. They grow up to be cats and lose their kittenish looks.
Still interested in adopting a kitten? The information in this book will help you to choose, raise, understand and care for your new furry pal.
Cats are exceptionally warm animals. In fact, most people do not know that the average body temperature of a cat is 101.5°F, a few degrees higher than a human’s own 98.6°F. Here are some other interesting facts that you likely never knew about cats.
Functions of whiskers Have you ever wondered why cats have whiskers? The long hairs, which are flexible and about three times thicker than the rest of a cat’s hair, have several purposes. Whiskers work as motion detectors and help cats find their way around. Whiskers are also indicative of a cat’s mood, so be sure to pay attention to your kitty’s whiskers. The less relaxed the whiskers are, the more likely your cat is to be frustrated or angry.
Largest and smallest cats Many people may already know that tigers are the largest cat. However, here are some interesting animal facts that you may not know. Tigers can weigh up to 800 pounds, about eight times the size of a very large dog. The Singapura, which is a domestic breed, is the smallest type of cat. On average, these cats weigh about 5 pounds, which is no more than a teacup dog. The Ragdoll, which can weigh up to 20 pounds, is the largest domestic cat breed.
Their own “fingerprints” Humans are not the only ones with personally unique features. One of the most interesting animal facts about both domestic and wild felines is that they each have something which is uniquely their own. It is their nose, which is made up of a pattern of different ridges. Believe it or not, no two cats have the same exact nose.
More bones and sleep than humans Did you know that a cat has more bones than you do? Humans have 206 bones, whereas cats have 230. On average, cats sleep 16 hours a day, which is double the daily recommended amount of sleep for humans.
Cats and their senses Kittens are born deaf. Their sense of hearing does not develop for a few weeks. Cats also have a very strong sense of smell, so keep in mind that the litter box smells stronger to them than it does to you.
Overpopulation of cats A cat has the potential to give birth to 100 kittens in her lifetime. Litters usually consist of anywhere between one and eight kittens and may occur two to three times a year. Cats are twice as likely to end up in an animal shelter than dogs are. Be sure to have your cat spayed or neutered to prevent adding to overpopulation.
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