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Pregnant Cat Health Care

August 17th, 2012 2:06 am

In aspects of cat health care, cat’s giving birth is one issue that not every cat owner will have to deal with. In the vast majority of cases the cat owner will know that their pet is pregnant, so hopefully the birth won’t come as too much of a surprise!

Most of mother cats, which are also called queens, will manage the birth perfectly well, needing no assistance from you or a vet. That said, it is prudent to be vigilant and look out for any excessive discomfort or any kittens appearing to be stuck. After the birth it is very important to count the kittens and count the placentas to ensure the numbers match. If there are more kittens than placentas then one has failed to be delivered and a vet must be called.

Immediately after the birth soiled bedding must be taken away to prevent infection and replaced with clean dry bedding. Try to replace the bedding without disrupting the queen and her kittens as she is likely to get aggressive if she perceives a threat to her offspring. Also be sure to offer the queen a meal, she may or may not eat it, don’t worry too much if she doesn’t.

During the first few weeks, cat owners need to make sure that the queen has a comfortable and warm place to feed and look after her kittens. Don’t be surprised if she becomes much less sociable than usual, she will spend the vast majority of her time in her den with the babies. Make sure other pets and noisy children are kept well away from the mother and her kittens as they may distress her.

Another consideration is that the lactating queen will require much more calories than normal. She will normally eat two or three times more than before she was pregnant during this period: this is perfectly normal. Be sure to allow her to eat as much as she likes and always provide fresh and clean water for her to access easily.

Lastly, once the kittens are a little older, she may express an interest in going outdoors again. This is fine, she won’t leave the kittens for too long and not until they’re ready. The only thing you must remember is that female cats become fertile again very quickly after giving birth, so consider having your pet spayed or making an effort to keep her away from male cats for a while.

The Most Popular Cat Breeds

July 24th, 2012 9:24 pm

Cat is one of the most popular pets all over the world. So, if you’re seeking one from many breeds of cat, it is advisable to learn about the most popular cat breeds first to make sure that you are adopting the perfect breed for you. Below are some details about the most popular cat breeds:

1. Persian: Probably one of the most popular breeds of cat among cat lovers is Persian cat. The distinguishable fluffy and flowing coat and pug-nosed face make this breed a favourite for many pet owners out there. In terms of its personality, Persian cats have laid back personality and sometimes dog-like characteristic as some people would describe it.

2. Siamese: Many people would refer Siamese cats as cats with most personality. They are very outgoing and temperamental. They are also the most social and friendly among other breeds of cats. They can go very loud too as they express their affection through their voices. However, their voices are soft to listen to.

3. Maine Coon: Another popular breed among cat owners is Maine Coon. What makes this breed so popular is its very beautiful appearance – medium to long fur, glossy coat, long and bushy tail that it usually wraps around itself when sleeping as protection to the cold weather as well. Maine coon could grow big when it reaches its 4th year but they remain gentle, sweet and loving breed of feline. This breed of cat is very good as in-house pet. Another great thing about Maine Coon is that it is very easy to maintain. You just need to brush its coat everyday and you are sure to keep them looking presentable always.

4. British Shorthair: This breed is very popular in the British Isles. Though many people would also call this breed as “British Blue”, it is in fact available in other colors. It has dense, plush and short coat.

5. American Shorthair: This breed has dense, hard, lustrous and short coat. It is a very active, easy going and playful type of cat. This is indeed perfect for little kids who enjoy playing with their pet cat.

6. Bengal: There are growing numbers of people all over the world sharing love for Bengal breed. It has soft and dense coat. You will surely enjoy its active, inquisitive, loving and affectionate personality. It grows up to 15 pounds.

It is indeed fun to have pet cat in the house. However, it would be more enjoyable if you will choose the breed of cat perfect for your personality as well.

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