This photo by @LoveMeowdotcom on Twitter highlights the issue of foster care and adoption among cat lovers. Today, many organizations, such as Singapore's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) are encouraging potential cat owners to adopt instead of buy (link: bit.ly/1p782jS). They call for pet lovers to adopt, for it provides several major benefits like stopping pet overpopulation, saving lives and lower costs. In addition, cats up for adoption are mostly mixed breed cats - and they have better genes and less likely to suffer from hereditary health problems. In Singapore, we see a rising number in the cases of animal abuses and abandonment (link: bit.ly/1paJk5f). In addition, thousands of lost, abandoned and stray animals are put to sleep every year currently. I strongly believe that adopting these abused and abandoned pets (including cats) can allow them to have a second chance in life, as it helps them regain a sense of home and love.
A study by Cats Protection found three quarters of cat owners did not know, for example, that an upright tail means a moggy is pleased to see them.
This article describe a study done by Cats Protection on how cats communicate with their owners using body language and how 1/3 of the owners failed to recognise them. It went on to further explain that many cat owners think that they share a special bond and connection with their feline pets, however, experts believe that many owners might be missing the opportunity to communicate effectively with their cats. It then goes on to cite several experts and lists a variety of cat bodily language with visuals. I believe that these are important pointers to look out for among feline owners, since misreading cats' body language can lead to distress among both parties. Furthermore, according to editor Laura Moss, paying more attention to a cat's body language can give insight to the felines' moods and offer clues to behavior prediction (link: bit.ly/1hv8hEe). Adopting a cat only takes an hour, but understanding a cat's heart and mind take years.
Knowing when a health problem is a serious concern can be a tough call. This makes it easier.
Emergency veterinarian, Dr. Eric Barchas, give cat owners some useful insights to 11 severe emergencies that require immediate visits to their veterinarians. In this editorial, he explains that such emergency symptoms in cats can be subtle and vague, and pet owners should not feel guilty if they fail to recognize them. Some of these emergencies he discussed include abnormal urination in male cats, sudden paralysis of hind end, profound lethargy and fight with other cats. Personally, I feel that owners should always pay attention to their cats' health status. However, it can prove to be difficult nowadays as many owners head off to work, leaving cats alone at home and unattended during the day. What is even more distressing is that a recent study shows that 52% of cat owners avoid regular vet visits, according to a 2013 study done by Bayer Veterinary Care Usage Study and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (Bayer-AAFP) (link: bit.ly/1rH66Cz) Bayer-AAFP discovered that many owners see their cats as self-sufficient and independent and thought that their cats are in excellent health. In addition, owners also resist giving cats check-ups at the vet's due to prior unpleasant experiences. Overall, pet owners tend to treat cats differently than dogs when it comes to taking care of their health. Therefore, I feel that such articles, like this one by Dr Barchas, is extremely important in educating feline owners in regards to paying more attention to cat healthcare.
Meowing is not part of natural cat language—it was developed almost exclusively for humans.
This article reveals that cats actually only meow at humans, but not to other fellow feline friends (surprise!). Additionally, this write-up also brought up a thesis done by Dr. Nicholas Nicastro on humans’ ability to understand meows, listing down the various types of meows and what each of them means. Although cats meowing may seem like common sense and one of the most ordinary fact on Earth, most people automatically assume that it is a natural language among cats. However, this article rebuts the common misconception and explains that it is an adaption that cats gradually developed over their evolution - exclusively for humans! Apart from that, I feel that this study could also be a rather helpful guide for potential or initial cat owners, who may not feel quite as connected with their new feline pets yet.
Many people let their cats outdoors, often with misplaced good intentions. Check out the six most common reasons people let their cats outside, and safer, indoor alternatives.
Whether or not to let a cat out is often a commonly debated question. This Q&A article answers some of the queries which often put cat owners onto a tight and confusing spot. Although some may feel that not letting your cats out is a form of smothering and overprotectiveness, experts have pointed out that it can be dangerous for cats to roam outside - be it alone or with company. Threats such as infectious diseases, fleas, busy traffic, or even people who dislike and harm cats could be all around us. However, some cats who are kept indoors for too long may also develop a neurotic and reclusive behavior, particularly so when they are finally brought outdoors for the very first time. While the pros for keeping cats indoors may seem to outweigh the cons, various experts and the article suggest that there is no black-and-white answer to this problem, but rather, shades of grey. The best solution is to find the perfect balance between indoor and outdoor experiences where a domestic feline feels happy and gainfully occupied.
From around the age of 5 to 8 months, kittens reach sexual maturity and are therefore capable of breeding and producing kittens themselves. Find out all there is to know about neutering your cat.
Sterilization of cats can be a commonly known practices among cat owners; however, there is some debate going on whether neutering cats are absolutely necessary. This article gives pet owners some guides and the benefits of spaying one's cat. It lists down informative and helpful reasons, such as population control, welfare issues, control of nuisance and more. However, despite compelling points like these and the practice being endorsed by majority of animal welfare organizations, there are still many (including several societies) out there who oppose cat sterilization, citing that spaying them will result in traumatic experiences, and it is also unethical and a breach of trust between the owner and the pet itself. According to some findings on the web, there are also several incorrect myths in regards to neutering of pets. For example, "spaying my pet will make it look fat". However, these claims are not supported by scientific evidences. From external research, historic records indicate that sterilization procedures have been dated back to as far as 284 B.C. (link: dsorg.us/1naVfAB). Hence, I believe that as a pet owner, spaying one's cat is the right and responsible thing to do.
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This video provides interesting information and facts about the physiology and behaviors of cats, such as catnips (which trigger a behavioral and sexual response), purring theories, evolutionary instinct of hiding their poops, their retina structure and their ability to see in dim light (but go blind in complete darkness). I feel that such informative facts are useful for cat owners, particularly the starters. In a 2013 survey conducted by Royal Canin, a large pet food manufacturer, almost half (49%) of cat owners surveyed did absolutely no research or information hunting prior to bringing their pets home. More than half of the cat owners also believe that cats are easy to take care of, and are not aware of how felines spend their time (e.g. hiding, hunting activities, marking their territories) (link: bit.ly/WBmzhr). This is when such scientific facts and information comes into play, as it can be a great kickstart to information gathering for pet owners.
See if your cat is among the increasing number of fat or obese cats, and find out how to get your fat cat fit.
Based on studies from recent years, cat obesity are on the rise. This infographic provides statistics on the percentage of overweight cats in America, and lists some useful methods in keeping our feline pets' weight in check. I believe that cat obesity is mainly attributed from the owner's up-keeping and maintenance methods. For example, online polls discovered that 93% of all dog and cat owners gave treats to their pets - including 26% who gave treats three or more times per day! Furthermore, whether or not the owners play and interact with their pet cats also determines the amount of moving and exercising the latter get.
Cats often appear aloof and disinterested, but new research uncovers subtle clues that they are paying close attention.
The study (done by a researcher Kazuo Fujita from Kyoto Unversity) in this article examines the social dynamics between cats and humans from the feline perspective. It states that cats actually react to their owners, albeit less demonstratively. What's interesting about this study is that it actually contradicts with a later study by Tokyo University from the same year - which explains that cats don't care and ignore their owners (link: ind.pn/INOJPj). Although both studies concur that cats actually recognise and understand humans, their consequential reactions were found to be vastly different. Despite the disparities in findings, I, personally, believe that it is all due to individual cats' personalities.
Killing, hunting and fighting are actually the basic and natural instincts of many animals - from cats to dogs to even domestically raised and tamed chimpanzees. Cats are not really killing and "doing it for fun", as what the infographic wrote. Cats are actually programmed to chase since birth, hence they need to express their natural behavior - even more when they are raised in a sterile and rodent-free environment. External research and studies suggest that playing with your cats with exciting toys and giving them a chance to "hunt" and "pounce" can reduce their pent up energy.
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