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Ragdoll Cats

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sealbicolorfRagdoll Cats are considered to be one of the largest cat breeds and are thought to be originated in California.Ann Baker was the first cat breeder to have Ragdoll kittens from a Persian/Angora cat.They are not like Siamese and would love to sit in your lap.They are never tired of getting love from the people around them.The reason behind they are called Ragdoll is when you pick them they will lay in your arms. Ragdolls have never seen showing aggression and never use their claws so they are surely a fine playmate for your children.They have special blue colored eyes which shine like stars.They mostly have 5 kittens in a litter.They are similar to Maine Coons in their dog like behavior and would love to follow you throughout the house and would love to play fetching.They need almost 4 years to be totally grown up.

A Cat’s Purr

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A Cats Purr

Is there anything more symbolic of domesticated contentment than the purr of a cat? If there is we haven’t heard of it. If you have a cat then you know just how content your kitty is when they are purring and there is little more rewarding for a cat owner than to bask in the love of an adoring cat. Yet, this simple act of purring has kept scientists on the edge of pulling out their hair for as long as they’ve been studying our feline friends. Scientists today cannot figure out how exactly cats manufacture their purring. Scientists to this day don’t have a solid answer down but the leading hypothesis is that cats use the vocal folds in their larynx in order to create the vibrating sounds we interpret as purrs. Why do domesticated cats all choose to do this? No idea.


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By Al Gates

If the right definition for the term “Intelligence” would be “the ability to acquire and remember information and the capability to use them while solving different problems”, then the cat is definitely the most intelligent animal from all those surrounding us.

Try to put an adult cat in a room in which she has never been before and see how she is inspecting every corner of that room. This detailed search gives her valuable information about the environment, information that can even save her life in some cases. Actually, the curiosity specific to cats never harmed them, on the contrary it gave her the reputation of having nine lives!

We all know that the ability cats have to inspect surroundings is legendary, but, at the same time it has been proven that this ability is superior to that of any other domestic animal.

The intellectual capacity of the cat is demonstrated by her ability of using information she already has to pass safely through certain situations. Cats are capable of forming “learning methods”, a characteristic that was supposed to belong only to primates.

Cats learn through observation, imitation, trying and of course, mistakes, just like people. The stories with cats being able to open draws or cupboards are many, but there also are cats that can turn on the lights or use the toilet, and this is possible only by carefully observing the ones that know how to do these things, their owners.

Considering the fact that the cat is the most intelligent domestic animal, it is very important that the owner knows very clearly the limits of her cognitive processes, because conferring the pet human motives can cause damage and behavioral problems.

For example, a cat cannot reflect upon the past or think in perspective, so punishing her for something she has done only minutes earlier is useless, because the cat is not capable of connection the punishment with her actions. The same way, cants can’t claim revenge for a past punishment.

In conclusion, don’t underestimate the intelligence of your cat! Try and know better your pet and act in such a manner that living together can be a beneficial experience for both of you.


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The Top 10 Signs That Your Cat May Be Sick

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The Top 10 Signs That Your Cat May Be Sick

And What You Can Do About It

Posted January 30, 2013 in Cat Health

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Just like us, a cat’s health changes with age. Because our pets age much faster than we do – see our handy cat age chart for details – it’s important to keep a close eye on your cat as he starts to gray.

Regardless of your kitty’s age, however, you always play a key role in helping him stay as healthy as possible. It may seem obvious, but your cat can’t tell you when he doesn’t feel well. He can’t describe symptoms, tell you his stomach hurts or that his joints are sore. Because of this, awareness of the most common signs of disease is one major way to help reduce your cat’s risk of becoming very ill.

Not convinced? Consider this: 10% of pets that appear healthy to their owners and their veterinarians during annual checkups have underlying diseases.1 That being said, here are the top ten reasons why your cat might be sick:

  1. Bad breath or drooling
  2. A change in behavior – shyness if your cat is usually friendly, or friendliness if your cat is usually withdrawn, for example
  3. Signs of aggression, such as hissing or scratching
  4. Increased chattiness – if your cat is usually quiet but is suddenly more vocal
  5. A haggard, unkempt appearance, including shedding
  6. Inappropriate elimination – urinating or defecating outside the litter box
  7. Increased frequency of urination or defecation
  8. Lots of vomiting and diarrhea
  9. A marked increase or decrease in thirst or appetite
  10. Rapid weight loss
  11. If your kitty displays one or more of these symptoms, it’s probably time to call your veterinarian.


What You Can Do About It
Because signs of disease are not always obvious, your veterinarian may recommend preventive care testing as part of your cat’s annual exam.
Preventive care testing often includes the following:

  • Chemistry tests to evaluate kidney, liver, and pancreatic function, as well as sugar levels
  • Antibody tests to identify if your pet has been exposed to tick-borne or other infectious diseases
  • A complete blood count to rule out blood-related conditions
  • Electrolyte tests to ensure your dog isn’t dehydrated or suffering from an electrolyte imbalance
  • Urine tests to screen for urinary tract infection and other disease and to evaluate the ability of the kidneys to concentrate urine
  • A thyroid test to determine if the thyroid gland is producing too little thyroid hormone
  • An ECG to screen for an abnormal heart rhythm, which may indicate underlying heart disease

Additional tests may be added on an individual basis. Your veterinarian will recommend the right course for your furry friend.

Preventive care screening not only helps to detect disease in its earlier stages, when it is most likely to respond to treatment, it also can help you avoid significant medical expense and risk to your cat’s health if an illness goes undetected. In addition, by establishing your pet’s normal baseline laboratory values during health, your veterinarian—and you—can more easily see when something is wrong with your pet. Annual screening is the best preventive medicine!
For more information about preventive testing, contact your veterinarian—your best resource for information about the health and well-being of your pet.

1. Rehm M. Seeing double. Vet Econ. 2007;48(10):40–48.


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About Al

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I’m an aspiring 82 year-old solopreneur dabbling in articles and videos and some products about and for Cats and this is my Cat website.
I live in Langley. B.C. Canada, have a awesome wife, two beautiful Ragdoll cats named Beau and Piper
Oh…. BTY, I like Pena Coladas (and caught in the rain) plus a glass of mellow red wine at dinner.
Enjoy my website.