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Even more popular than dogs, cats are the world’s most popular of pets. Its hardly surprising, they are happy in almost any environment, hot, cold, indoor, outdoor… they are affectionate without being needy and are relatively cheap to keep. They are fun to play with, without requiring their owner to take them outside for walkies. Going out for drinks after work? Your cat will be fine till you get home, whereas Fido might need to be let out, or pine, whine annoy the neighbors.

Cats come in a wide range of varieties, both in size, appearance and personality. Just like dogs are descendants of the wolf, domestic cats are descendants of wild cats, many of them still found in the wild today. Their wild cousins, tend to be larger and more aggressive, but the domestic cat, unlike the domestic dog, retains its ability to survive in the wild.

Whilst it is difficult to stereotype cats as the many different breeds, and indeed, individual cats within the same breed, have such different personalities and traits… there are some traits that are generally applicable to cats.

  1. They are social, without being pack animals like dogs. They are solitary hunters and most will prefer to spend much of their time alone, whilst coming together for companionship, play and bonding. This behavior is reflected in their interactions with their humans(cats own humans, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s the other way around…. You will do their bidding or else). They will be extremely friendly and social when they desire your company, but when they need some alone time… you will be summarily dismissed, as is their way interacting with other cats. Some people wrongly compare this with human arrogance, or aloofness, but to compare cat behavior and emotions with humans is unfair. They are cats.
  2. They tend to not like water. Some breeds like the Savannah Cat(not permitted in Australia) the Birman Cat and the Maine Coone(very popular in Australia) are great swimmers and love the water. Some individual cats of other breeds will enjoy a dip from time to time and all will be curious of running water.
  3. Cats come in many shapes and sizes. From short stocky, to thin and rangy….short haired, long haired… even hairless. In Australia where cats breeding unchecked in the wild is a huge problem for native wildlife, natural selection of the most efficient(larger) predators in just 150 years has resulted in individuals as large as 25 kilograms being found in Australia’s top end(the average house cat weighs less than 5 kilograms)
  4. Cats are native to every continent, except Australia. They are incredibly resourceful and quick to adapt to any environment. They prosper in deserts, rainforests, grasslands…. Even freezing cold areas of Europe and North America(Editor’s note. My family and I visited Poland in winter in late 2012 and there were dozens of moggies roaming about in the snow. We saw one dozing on a fence one morning. It was snowing at the time, below -15°C…. this chunky, fluffy guy was quite relaxed and comfortable.
  5. They do well, as indoor, outdoor, or indoor/outdoor cats. Many cats never see the outside world, and are truly “domesticated”. Other families allow their cats time outside, sometimes even leaving them outside for the majority of the time(Editor. I once made a pet out of an old horse stable tom cat. He hated being inside, coming in for a quick pat, some love… then he was off to his adventures.) Cats cannot be trained to ignore their hunting instincts and will spend much of the waking time either hunting, or play hunting, so in the interest of protecting the native wildlife, ensure to attach a bell, or two…. or three.Cats in a group will often share their catch with other cats…. So expect your moggy to bring birds, mice etc into the house to share with you. Don’t panic. It just means your cat loves you, and is sharing with you, its lesser pack cat… or is seeking to help train you so you can take part in the next hunt.
  6. They have excellent night vision, day and night are interchangeable for your puss, that may wish to sleep all day, and be ready for playtime as you are ready for bed.
  7. Cats are fast breeders. So unless you wish to breed your cat neutering is advised, as females come into season several times a year, and males will always roam looking for a fertile companion. Kittens are cute, 10 of them, or a problem to find homes for, especially if they are not pedigree.

Cats tend to live to around 15 years, some many more than that, so understand getting a kitten is a long term commitment.

Having a cat as pet can be a rewarding experience, they are both companion and hobby animal, Especially when they are younger, they will be a great deal of fun to watch.


Caring for your older Cat

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A number of factors contribute to a cat’s health and longevity, including its genes, environment and the care it receives. While genetics are predetermined before birth, there is still a great deal that can be done to ensure that a cat has a long an

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Cat Genetics

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The first evidence of cats being domesticated is in archaeological remains as early as 2500 BC in Egypt where literally hundreds of thousands of cats have been found mummified. Cats were also known in China from 1000 BC and later in Japan People esteemed

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Cat Health

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Keeping a cat in perfect health means providing correct food, grooming, housing, and inoculations at the required intervals as well as a constant show of affection. Correct feeding This involves giving enough food of the right kinds, mixed in the correct

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Cat Instincts Explained

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Cats are born with certain instincts which are common across the species. They are by nature nocturnal, predatory, territorial, cautious, and in the wild they are solitary (though they often prefer company when domesticated). Of all the cats, only lions live in family groups. A cats instincts may be dulled by domestication, but even diminished

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Cat Life Expectancy and Life Cycle

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Expect your cat to have a life expectancy of roughly 12 to 15 years. Some may survive much longer than this with cat's making it into their twenties not unheard of. The world record age for a cat is 43 years! Domestic cats are more fortunate in this respect than their feral cousins, whose typical

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Cat Paws and Claws

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A cat's claws(five on the front paws, four on the back) - are a cat��s primary hunting weapons. Their design makes them efficient for stalking as well as for the kill. Their paws end in sensitive, hairless pads which, when the cat is walki��ng normally or relaxed, conceal the sheathed or retracted claws. (Fun fact. Only the cheetah of all the cats is unable to retract its claws, trading off silence for speed. They are the fastest of the cats but are virtually unable to climb.)

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Cat Vision – how they see in the dark.

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Whilst cat's certainly have excellent night vision typical of nocturnal hunters, this doesn't mean they have the ability to see in total darkness. Their eyes have the ability to make use of low levels of light, but some amount of light is still required. What you and I see at twilight, is about as good

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Cat Wounds

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space blanket or large sheet of plastic 'bubble wrap' to maintain body temperature in cases of shock and hypothermia squares of clean cotton material

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Cat’s Climbing and Jumping Ability

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Cats are graceful and precise movers at all times whether walking calmly or exploding into action, caught up in the fury and excitement of the chase, cats use their muscles with superb economy, efficiency, and elegance. They are almost perfect hunting machines as their highly sensitive sight, hearing and smell senses are able to be

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Cat’s Hearing and Ears

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A cat��s excellent hearing is the ��Yang�� that goes with their superior ��Ying�� of night vision. Not only are their ears more sensitive they are mobile with a cat able to move their ears through 180� to face them towards any detected sound. This enables the cat to pinpoint the position of their prey, in both direction and distance.

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Cat’s jumping and landing Ability

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Cat��s are excellent jumpers and a great at gauging risk but despite the care they usually take to gauge height and distance before making an unfamiliar leap -they can and do make mistakes. A leap upwards to a ledge or a table-top can end in an undignified scramble with the back legs and a desperate heave with the front if the distance has been misjudged. Slippery kitchen top surfaces are notorious for falling an otherwise well judged spring.

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Cat’s Teeth – Hunting and tearing teeth

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Wild cats and domestic cats allowed to hunt feed by tearing pieces of flesh from their prey and swallowing them whole as cat��s totally lack grinding teeth. The food is not chewed but digested entirely in the stomach. Most prominent among the cat��s 30 teeth (kittens have four fewer) are the four long canines set below the nose and above the chin which are used for killing and holding prey and for tearing the flesh.

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Cats and Travel

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There are going to be occasions when you will need to be away from home - for holidays, visiting friends and family, going into hospital, business t

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Chartreux Cat

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The origin of the Chartreux Cat is not really clear. One story is that they were brought from South Africa by the Cathusian monks who made Chartreuse liqueur, and this is how they came by their name.

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Choosing a Cat

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Once you have decided that you want to get a cat you have to choose what kind of cat you want to get. You can choose gender, pedigree, breed, long or short hair, and colour. Once you have made all of these considerations you will be able to find the right

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