5 Things You Can Catch From Your Cat

We love our feline friends, but it’s important to not only keep their health in mind, but also our own. There are some diseases that are zoonotic, which means they’re infectious between animals and people. Though these are rare, it’s better that pet owners know about these and how to spot, treat, and deal with

1. RABIES

Everybody has heard about rabies, but do you know exactly what it is? Rabies is a virus that infects mammals and is spread in saliva or infected wounds. Bats and raccoons most commonly carry rabies, and sometimes our beloved pets get bitten or come in contact with the infected animals. If you suspect you, or your pet has come in contact with the virus, it’s important to seek medical treatment. When caught early, there are very effective vaccinations that help kill the virus. It’s important to keep your pets updated on their vaccines to reduce the chance they contract the virus.

2. DERMATOPHYTOSIS (RINGWORM)

Ringworm, contrary to popular belief, isn’t actually a worm at all. It’s a fungal infection of the skin that produces a red “ring” on the skin. Though ringworm can be found in random places, cats are usually the transmitters of it. The signs of ringworm is often hair loss or skin lesions that don’t appear normal. If you see these, handle your cat with gloves, as to keep from it getting transmitted, and bring your cat to the veterinarian for a professional diagnosis.

3. ASCARIDS

Ascarids, or roundworms, are indeed parasitic worms that cause pretty gruesome skin lesions. It’s most commonly transmitted by kittens who get them from nursing from their mother. Though these are some pretty gruesome parasites, they’re able to be cured with no lasting effects, as long as they are treated as soon as symptoms arise.

4. HOOKWORMS

Hookworms are spread like roundworms, and are very dangerous to young kittens. Veterinarians start aggressively treating kittens for hookworms as early as 3 weeks from the day they’re born. Why? Hookworms are easily transmitted to kittens, and can be transmitted to humans just as easily. Effective parasite control, and excellent hygiene around kittens will significantly reduce both you and your feline’s chances of contracting the parasite.

5. TAXOPLASMOSIS

Why is it important to pick up after your pets? There are certain diseases, like taxoplasmosis that are transmitted through feline fecal matter. Cats contract the disease from eating an infected rodent or bird. Healthy people aren’t usually at risk of contracting the disease, but pregnant women can contract the disease and pass it along to their baby, which wouldn’t be able to battle the taxoplasmosis. It’s best to just stay away from changing litter boxes if you’re pregnant!

 

 

6 Tips on Keeping Your Cat Cool during the Summer

Summer, one of our favorite times of the year. With the sun out, it gets quite hot, and we are better equipped to deal with the heat than our furry feline friends. Cats can easily suffer from heat exhaustion if the right precautions aren’t taken to help keep them comfortable during the hot months! Here are our favorite tips to keeping your cat cool during the summer.

1. FANS

You don’t need to be blowing the A/C the whole day just to keep the cats cool. A simple fan to move air throughout the home will keep your cat cool as they’ll more than likely take a nap right in front of it. A nice, easy breeze is a great way to cool off your cat while keeping the cost down and cat comfortable.

2. COOL WATER

Water is one of the most important things keeping a cat alive and healthy. During the summer months, sitting water can get warm and although the cats still drink it, it’s not really helping them cool down. By sticking a couple ice cubes in your cat’s water throughout the day, it will help cool down your cat. Everybody loves some cool water during the day, your cats will appreciate it too!

3. ELEVATE THE BED

Cats are smart, they love taking naps on perches or something like a chair. Why is this? By not being connected to the ground it creates better airflow around them, keeping them much cooler overall. Paired with a fan, an elevated bed will keep your cat cool and comfortable throughout the day.

4. INDOORS

This is a no-brainer, but some people don’t realize how fast cats can overheat. If you’ve got an indoor/outdoor cat, consider keeping them inside during these hot months to keep them from suffering from heat stroke, a VERY real problem during the summer. Allowing cats access to indoors will keep them cool, because they’ll come inside when they’re feeling too hot. Combined with some cool water from #2, your cat will love you!

5. EXERCISE TIMES

Cats, like humans, need exercise to keep healthy. During the hot months, it’s advised to let them play during the morning and afternoon as these are the coolest parts of the day. Your cat gets the exercise, and gets to stay cool during the day!

6. Brushing

Imagine having to walk around during the summer with a fur coat on… all the time. Well, this is what your cat is doing! Some people think shaving their cat helps, but we don’t need to go that drastic! Simply keeping up with your cats grooming needs and brushing them regularly will keep extra hair out of their coat and help them keep cool.

8 Largest Domestic Cat Breeds

From big cats to domestic cats, there are so many different sizes, species, and breeds. While we’ve all probably wanted a big cat as a pet, it’s not only unsafe, but they shouldn’t be caged or domesticated. While you can’t cuddle with a lion, there are cats that love cuddling and are much bigger than your average house cat. Here’s our list of the 8 largest cat breeds!

1. THE MAINE COON

Maine Coons are one of the largest domestic cat breeds in the world, as well as one of the oldest natural breeds in the world. It’s size, hunting skill, and appearance make it one of the most popular house cats as well. Maine Coon cats can weigh between 15-25 pounds, which is MASSIVE for a house cat. Taking into account how fluffy they are, Maine Coons one one beautiful, huge breed!

2. SAVANNAH CATS

Savannah Cats are a unique breeds that’s actually a cross between a domestic cat and a wild African Serval cat. The serval is a medium sized, big eared African Cat which contributes the most to the appearance and size of Serval cats. A first generation savannah cat can reach up to 25 pounds in weight. They have short, soft hair with distinct markings that make them one of the most beautiful cats in the world.

3. RAGDOLL CAT

Ragdoll cats are a large and muscular cat breed with a funny twist, when picked up, they’ll go limp, which is where they get their Ragdoll name from. Their docile and affectionate temperament make them a family favorite and very popular breed. Male rag doll cats can reach weights up to 20 pounds, making them one of the best best big cats to cuddle with as they love being affectionate family members. With a plush coat, this large cat is definitely one of my favorites.

4. CHAUSIE

Like the Savannah Cats, the Chausie is another cat that’s been bred with a wild cat to attain the perfect mix that makes up the Chausie. The Chausie is a cross between a nondomestic jungle cat with a domestic cat. The result is a cat that can weigh up to 20 pounds and 14 inches tall. This cat is an incredible rare breed and costs quite a bit to own.

5. RAGAMUFFIN

The ragamuffin is a variation of the Ragdoll, bred for it’s temperament and size. Taking up to 5 years to fully mature, the ragamuffin ranges from 11-17 pounds and are some of the nicest domestic cats in the world.

6. NORWEGIAN FOREST CAT

The Norwegian Forest cat is a large cat whose appearance fits it’s name. The breed originated in the forests of Norway, needing large waterproof coats to help them survive the rainy seasons. Now, Norwegian Forest Cats are one of the largest domestic breeds you can own. They enjoy the company of other pets and humans, but are very independent and will are only affectionate when they want to be. Weighing an average of 13-22 pounds, this cat is huge!

7. SIBERIAN CAT

The Siberian cat is one of the best cats to cuddle with if you’re looking for a furry friend to cuddle with! They hail from a cold climate, so they have quite a bit of hair, which is all better to cuddle with. Weighing around 10-20 pounds, the Siberian Cat was meant to be on this list of large cat breeds!

8. BRITISH SHORTHAIR

British Short Hair cats are among the largest short haired cat breeds in the world. They’re also one of the most affectionate cat breeds, making them wonderful companions for families with children or other pets. British Shorthair cats weigh an average of 9-18 pounds, but they look smaller than other breeds on this list because of their short hair.

 

 

8 Life Hacks For Cat Owners

Cats are our favorite pets, but sometimes they’re a bit difficult to live with if you don’t know what you’re doing. Luckily, the folks over at CatingtonPosts have created the perfect guide of Life Hacks for living with cats. Did you know all of them? We hope you learn something!

1. CLOTHING AND CAT HAIR

Clothing and cat hair go together like peanut butter and jelly, you just can’t separate the two! Luckily, there are a couple ways to clean cat hair off of your clothes after your cat so graciously blessed our garments with their hair. If you have a few different garments that need to be de-haired, just throw them in the dryer with a dryer sheet, these work wonders on removing hair! Only need to remove a bit of hair? Wipe it down with a dryer sheet to spot check your clothes!

2. CAT HAIR EVERYWHERE ELSE

Along with clothes, cat hair tends to accumulate on furniture, and basically every other place in your home. While there are many different cat hair removal products on the market, ranging from vacuums to “specially designed removal tools,” the most basic of them surprisingly picks up the most. What is it? A rubber globe. Simply swiping your hand over the furniture while wearing a glove will remove most of the hair!

3. CORD CONNOISSEURS

If you have a cat, you’ve probably experienced them trying to play with, if not eat cords around the house. This is not only annoying, but extremely dangerous. While there are sprays, expensive deterrents, and other products designed to stop this, the simplest solution is to buy some split tubing and wrap it around your cords. Cats don’t really like eating this thick plastic so it saves you money, and the headache of worrying about your cat’s safety.

4. TOILET PAPER BANDITS

Toilet Paper and cats… many cat owners have experienced their cats playing with the roll and ruining a perfectly good roll of TP. It gets quite annoying buying TP when you don’t need it. Our solution? A toilet paper roll cover will solve all your problems! With so many different styles, colors, and materials it’s easy to find one that fits your needs.

5. OUTDOOR CAT HOMES

When the winter months come, many feral cats are left without shelter and too often freeze. Though you may not be able to take them in, there are ways to help them survive the winter, and many of these ways are cheap! We recommend building a winter shelter for feral cats, and the folks over at CatintonPost have even created an easy step by step guide to building a shelter, found here. http://www.ebay.com/gds/How-to-Build-a-Winter-Shelter-for-Feral-Cats-/10000000202455411/g.html. So

6. POTTED PLANT PEE-ERS

Some cats LOVE to use potted plants as a second bathroom. Why? There are many reasons, but each doesn’t justify taking a leak in your precious plants. This unique way of deterring this behavior is cheap and won’t take away from your beautiful plants! Add a thin layer of pine cones to the top of your plants. How does this help? Your cat won’t like walking on the pine cones, and it will keep them out of your plants!

7. PUMPKIN, THE MAGICAL CURE

Just like humans, cats can get indigestion, stomach aches, diarrhea, hairballs, etc. What most cat owners don’t know, is that canned pumpkin is a natural remedy that will help with these stomach situations. It’s important to make sure you’re giving your cat 100% pumpkin, not pumpkin filling. Pumpkin is a great source of fiber, which will help with things like constipation, diarrhea, and hairballs. Just make sure you keep an eye on them and take them to the veterinarian if the problem persists!

8. FAST EATERS

Some cats love food just a little too much and do what’s known as “scarf and barf”. This isn’t very healthy for cats, so the easiest way to stop this behavior is to actually spread the food around a small plate. This little trick is so simple, but totally works! Forcing kitty to slow down while eating allows them to properly ingest and slowly digest their meal.

 

 

 

6 Places in the World That Absolutely Love Cats

As a crazy cat personn, it’s nice to be around other people who love cats just as much. Here’s a list of places that truly welcome cat fanatics!

1. JAPAN

The people of Japan LOVE cats! From the good luck cat to Hello Kitty (who we just found out isn’t actually a cat), this country is a must visit for cat lovers. If you’re visiting Japan, make sure to find a local “cat café” where you can enjoy a coffee in the company of some furry feline friends.

2. EGYPT

For a culture that basically worshipped cats, it’s no wonder that Egypt is a place for cat lovers. Cats in Egypt are still held in high regard, and you’ll find their history in Egyptian culture quite amazing.

3. IRELAND

Most places consider black cats to be bad luck, but not in Ireland! In the green isle black cats are a good omen. There’s even a legend that the Belfast Castle was safe as long as their was a black car around. These legends and lores make Ireland a great place to travel to. Make sure you visit the “Cat Garden” where visitors can look at the cat themed plants!

4. MYKONOS ISLE

One of the islands of Greece, Mykonos Isle, is famous for it’s love of cats. They welcome cats of all kinds and colors, and you’ll find them everywhere. Mykonos Isle loves cats so much, they’ve givin each street it’s own feline mascot! If you visit Mykonos, make sure you pick up one of their famous coffee table books that are filled with pictures of local cats!

5. ROME, ITALY

Rome has over 300 cats who dwell in the city’s temple ruins. The community has even set up the Torre Argentina Cat Sanctuary which helps take care of the cats by feeding them and keeping them healthy. There’s even a CatShop where tourists can buy souvenirs and part of the proceeds go to help take care of the cats needs!

6. OAKLAND, CA

OAKCATVIDFEST. Probably the coolest festival for any cat lover. The event is held by the East Bay SPCA, and celebrates everything cat. Taking up several blocks, the OAKCATVIDTEST is a film festival, adoption center, and just a place for cat lovers to meet up and celebrate cats.
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Pets That Have Helped Solve Crimes

Hira The Parrot

We often underestimate the intelligence of animals, and every so often a story arises that reminds us they’re actually quite smart. In the case of these 4 animals, they were pivotal in the solving of these crimes. Hira the parrot is one such story. In 2014 HIra’s owner Neelam Sharma and her dog were victims of a murder, and the police had zero suspects. After the crime, Vijay, the victim’s husband noticed that Hira would get very agitated anytime his nephew visited the house. Suspecting this might be a sign, Vijay told the police and they actually got the nephew to confess to the crime! Without Hira, the nephew might have gotten away with his crime.

7 Dogs With Hilarious Life Probems

1. Nugget Down!

2. When someone wakes you up from the best nap best nap ever.

3. When you try and impress your crush but fail miserably:

4. When you’re trying to be sexy but bae wants to go to bed.

5. When you wake up and realize it’s Monday

6. When you get a bit overeager about something

7. Just When You Think Everything Is Going Your Way

 

 

7 Animals With The Best Hearing

Human’s might think they’re good at hearing, but compare their scores to any other animal’s on any hearing tests and the hearing tests results won’t lie. Some animals have excellent hearing, far surpassing human hearing abilities. How ware these measured? Hearing tests are given in a variety of ways, with the most common hearings tests using frequencies to determine the absolute hearing threshold.

BAT

Hearings tests have determined that bats have a hearing frequency of 20-120,000Hz. This is a HUGE range of hearing frequency for bats, which is important because they rely on their hearing to navigate the world, using sonar instead of sight to fly around. The bat will emit squeaks and listen for what the sounds bounces off of to determine where they are in space. Talk about acing hearing tests, this bat scores way higher than any human!

OWL

An owl’s hearing frequency ranges between 200-12,000 Hz. As they eat small rodents who are often scurrying around on the floor, they have to have keen hearing if they want to pinpoint exactly where the sound is coming from in order to eat. Owls not only depend on their hearing for food, but also listening for predators that might want to make them food!

ELEPHANT

Elephants have some of the best hearing in the world. Able to hear a frequency as low as 16Hz, they’re able to listen to sounds in the floor to learn if danger, friends, or foe are nearing them. Elephant ears do more than just hear, too. They also help regulate the elephant’s body temperature by allowing for blood to circulate in the large ears to cool down.

DOLPHIN

The dolphin has great hearing which helps it survive in the ocean. Like a bat, the dolphin uses sonar to “see” in the water. By using echolocation, they’re able to listen to the bounce back of sounds and create very detailed descriptions of what lies ahead of them, even if they’re in murky or dark waters. This is important in helping them find each other as well as avoid predators in the deep.

CAT

We knew our favorite feline friend would make the list of animals with the best hearing! Cats can hear a broad range of frequencies, 45-64,000 Hz, actually. 3 little muscles help control cat’s ears, allowing for each ear to independently move 180 degrees if necessary. This helps them precicely locate where potential food is, where predators are coming from, or when to hide from you!

RAT

Because cats have such good hearing, it’s safe to assume their prey, rats, have had to adapt to try to avoid predatory cats. One adaptation is their great hearing. Though not as precise as a cats, a rat is easily able to tell if a predator like a cat is lurking right around the corner. Fun fact, the genetic mutation of albinism doesn’t affect a rats hearing, whereas it affects the hearing of every other species that has the mutation.

DOGS

Everybody probably has first hand experience of how well a dog can hear. Dogs hear at incredibly sensitive frequencies, allowing them to differentiate sounds MUCH better than humans can. They can hear so well they’re able to differentiate between their owners and a strangers steps, even if it’s outside. Does your dog always meet you at the door? They probably heard you coming before you were even close to the door!

 

 

Best Moms in the Animal Kingdom

A mother’s love is one of the one of the strongest forms of love in the world. These next mothers are on this list of best mothers in the animal kingdom because they all all out for their kids, from making sure they’re fed to even sacrificing themeselves for their young. These babies better not miss mothers day!

ELEPHANT

This was a no brainer, the elephant makes one of the best mothers in the world. First and foremost she carries around a baby that weighs over 200 pounds! They also have a much longer pregnancy period, lasting up to 22 months! After the calves are born the elephant herd helps taking care of the newborns. Sisters, aunts, grandmoms and mothers all help raise the calf.

So You Want To Work With: Dolphins

What options do you have? There are many different jobs that work with animals, and some you may have never heard about. Starting with what college major you should choose, we’ve created a list of the different ways you can work with dolphins!

COLLEGE

The first step to working with dolphins is attend a college and obtain a degree. The type of college degree you get can vary, but usually those wanting to work with dolphins get a marine biology degree. There are different ways to do this, either by attending a physical college or marine biology online schools. In college you’ll learn the necessary things that will provide a base for one of the jobs next in our list.