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Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Answering the top most common cat questions

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Being a parent, to any animal, is a stressful job. Sometimes we think there’s something wrong, we’re doing something wrong. It comes with its ups and downs (though, a lot more ups), and this can be made worse, simply by not knowing what the answer to some of the most common questions.

We’ve researched, and asked professionals some of the most common questions regarding cats, and here they are.

Why do cats meow?
Let’s start with a general one; why do cats meow. We’ve all wondered this because it’s a little bit different from other animals. Even dogs don’t make a sound as often.

Behavioural experts believe it’s an attention-seeking trait. As kittens, they would meow to get their mother’s attention, and they don’t grow out of it.
As they get older, they realise that a simple meow will get them exactly what they want.

What isn’t my cat using its litter box?
This can be one of the most infuriating things, but it isn’t uncommon. It’s predominately more common in rescue cats, purely because they haven’t been trained.
However, it can sometimes be because of a medical problem - if the litter box hurts them, they won’t use it.

It could mean that they have a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), although this is quite uncommon. More than likely it will be Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).
FLUTD will cause cats to experience pain when urinating, bloody urine, and an increase in the number of times they need to go. Stress and lack of enrichment play a part in this disease, so, take them to the vet and try to change the lifestyle. They should start using it again.

Why is my cat scratching so much?
This is such a common question, in fact, many specialists say this is the most common question. The bad news is, the answer isn’t straight forward.

More often than not, if we see our cat scratching, we’ll try to get rid of fleas. This is quick and easy, and often affordable. Hopefully, this will stop the scratching, but often it doesn’t.
Cats can contract mange and ringworm, but they can also be treated pretty easy for these too. Just a quick diagnosis.
They could also have an allergy, so changing foods, any medications, and supplements could be necessary. Just make sure you don’t ignore the itching.

What vaccinations should I get my kitten?
We’ll just list them:
  • Feline Respiratory Vaccine (FVRCP)
  • Rabies
  • Feline Leukemia

Depending on where you live, there may be other vaccines that are required. Take the advice of the vet, and always look out for new ones.

Well, we hope this helped answer some of your questions. If you have any others, please comment them down below and we will try to answer them as best as we can. 

1 comment:

  1. My cat was a rescue, and he was adopted at an estimated 14 weeks from the shelter. he didn't know how to meow; he'd go "burr" if he wanted something. it wasn't until he spent time with my Mom and her cat, that he earned to meow.


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