Thursday, 8 August 2013

Adulthood in Cats

Adulthood in Cats
A cat spends about a third of their time sleeping, playing third and the remaining third, feeding and busy in his toilet. When the cat can go freely, usually hunt small prey (mice, pigeons, sparrows, etc..), Consuming or not when fed by humans. Of this character predator, the domestic cat retains its hunting instinct, even without access to the outside. Therefore, moving objects attract cats, they can spend long hours playing with a ball rolling as they play it. If the cat eats only mice, should be consumed daily between 8 and 10 to meet their food needs. This game is not easy since it is not enough to see a mouse trap.
The game requires a lot of time and failures are numerous, but the cat has great advantages to hunt and catch their prey. Indeed, it has fine ear, nose developed that can guide mustaches, insightful view, steely claws, great vivacity of movement and exceptional ability, that of moving noiselessly.

The nails and teeth
The nails (or claws) cat presents several particularities: they grow continuously throughout life, have a slightly rounded shape, are retractable, vertically inserted steely. The retractile of cat claws has several consequences. First, allow you to move without noise, thanks to its soft pads. It also lets you protect your claws, hunting real weapons and combat. Finally, when removed, nails are fearsome weapons, sharp and steely, as well as a valuable aid to climb trees. The shape of the nails can easily nail them in dams or opponents, as if they were small knives. A clawing produces at least a good scratch on the skin, even when you only play with a cat.

Cat teeth washing
You can cut the cat nails but some precautions should be taken. You must have proper nail clippers, in good condition, and keep the cat in a way not to lose the leg at the time you cut the nail. Then taking the end of the leg, is squeezed slightly last joint between two fingers and the cut is made in the direction of the nail (the direction opposite to the use of a nail clipper in man) not crushed. In the nail clearly distinguish two zones, one inside and one pink clearer towards the end. Must be cut in the clear, since the pink is for the nail root and contains blood vessels. The cat has four claws on each hind foot and five on each front foot. The fifth claw is located on the spur (which corresponds to the thumb). We must control this claw because if not cut, can grow to curve back into the skin and leg hurt. Many cats often use tree trunks or in the absence of tree, a vertical board for filing her nails, but not so much to be spent to renovate them, since in this way removes the old surface layer of the nail, allowing the nail underlying, steely, becomes functional. On the other hand, some cats are unique in their own claws cut and take a paw to his mouth, as if from eating nails.
The teeth are the second set of cat's natural weapons, especially the canines. Cat teeth are more adapted to take, tear and tear the prey to chew food, which are usually swallowed whole.

While some cats are good swimmers, this is usually rare. This general dislike for water is also found in the cat's attitude regarding fluid intake. Cats, probably originating in the desert, drink little, their urine is very concentrated. The cat drinks water consumed prey since, it is a mouse or a bird, water represents 60% of the body, but has little tendency to drink spontaneously. Similarly, cats who eat wet food, canned, they tend to drink less or not drink while they eat kibble drink outside food consumption. The water consumption is performed in small quantities, between 10 and 20 times per day. Therefore, it is essential that cats have permanent water. The preconceived notion that food in kibble may favor certain diseases, particularly kidney, is absolutely false. But it is essential to check that the cat just drink enough water to allow proper functioning of your kidneys.

In France, for example, approximately 50% of domestic cats, females and males, are sterilized. This sterilization poses no particular problem, except in relation to food. Indeed, sterilization results in an increased appetite and a parallel decrease of the energy requirements in both the male and the female. Therefore, to avoid obesity is to be administered to cats sterilized either a smaller amount of food or less rich in energy. You can even train the cat to eat fewer foods from one or two weeks before the scheduled date of sterilization. In this way, the cat better get used to his new status.

Life expectancy

While some cats reach the age record of 30 years, the life expectancy of neutered cats is 10 years, on average. In intact cats, is 6 years for females and 5 for males. This difference is explained by the tendency to wander from intact cats, making them more exposed to risks such as traffic and communicable diseases, infections, parasites, etc.. Indeed, when the cats can get out of the house, they tend to be with their peers, either to breed or to fight in the conquest of territory or mating struggles. These contacts are favorable factors for disease transmission and contribute to shorten the life of the cat. However, the number of older cats is increasing, which is a sign of better nutrition, vaccinations increasingly numerous and effective, and better medication.