How long do cats live and what affects their lifespan?

How long do cats live? This is a common question from cat owners. Since many factors can affect the cat lifespan, there is no single answer. However, a healthy indoor cat can live up to twenty-one years.

If the cat is allowed to spend time outdoors without confinement or supervision, the cat lifespan is often drastically decreased. Pat cats who roam outdoors are susceptible to accidents such as being struck by a car, disease contracted from other cats, and poisoning which is usually accidental.

The hazards of being outdoors all the time drastically affects the lifespan of stray cats and feral cats. A large percentage of stray and feral cats only live a few years due to these dangers and starvation.

Continue reading

Reverse feline bladder thickening

When your cat gets diagnosed with feline bladder thickening, then they likely have a urinary tract infection previously that ...

Continue reading

Is cat declawing inhumane?

Cat declawing used to be a widely accepted method for controlling cat scratching behavior. Alternatives to cat declawing are now considered humane solutions to destructive cat scratching.

During the surgery to declawed cat, the last digit of the cat's toes are removed. The veterinarian may opt to do the claw instead of removing the end portion of the cat's toes however.

The main reason that cat owners elect to get their cat's declawed is to stop or prevent destructive cat scratching. Some cat owners believe that they must have their cat's declawed to save their furniture and even themselves from getting scratched. A cat owner who gets their cat declawed to stop cat scratching during play may be disappointed when the declawed cat bites since they can no longer use its claws to defend itself.

Continue reading

Basic information about cat cancer

Cat cancer is a legitimate concern of cat owners. A cat's life can be significantly shortened by cat cancer. Not all tumors are cancerous. If a cat shows any signs of cancer, the cat should be examined promptly by a veterinarian.

Cancer causes almost fifty percent of pet deaths. The causes of cat cancer are not well understood.

Other diseases can also cause many of the signs and symptoms of cat cancer. Cat owners need to have cats properly diagnosed and treated if the cat shows any signs of cat cancer. Prompt treatment for cancer often gives the cat the best chances of survival.

Continue reading

How to raise a kitten

Before you bring your new kitten home, you need to know how to raise a kitten so you understand what you can expect and to make the transition as smooth as possible for every member of the household.

Most kittens are between 6 and 8 weeks when you bring them home, which is a good age to start a new life. At this age they are fully weaned, eating proper food and have learnt the basics of clean habits. Kittens that are very young may not thrive properly.

Always get your kitten from a reputable breeder or pet store and make sure it has had all its necessary inoculations. Check local government regulations regarding registration. Take your kitten to your own veterinarian to have a complete health check and find out what other vaccinations and health care is needed.

Continue reading

All about cat furniture

The furniture that one purchases for the cat might be sophisticated, but the cat might not find it more appealing than the fu...

Continue reading