Cat Health Center

Take our breed finder quiz to learn which dog or cat breed is the best match for you. From growing catnip to providing a variety of cat toys, there are plenty of ways to enrich your indoor kitty’s life. Are you a new cat parent, or looking to brush up on your pet care skills? Here are our tips for keeping your cat happy and healthy. Becky Robinson is President and Founder of Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s leading cat advocacy organization.

Several natural behaviors and characteristics of wildcats may have pre-adapted them for domestication as pets. These traits include their small size, social nature, obvious body language, love of play and relatively high intelligence. Captive Leopardus cats may also display affectionate behavior toward humans, but were not domesticated. House cats often mate with feral cats, producing hybrids such as the Kellas cat in Scotland. Hybridisation between domestic and other Felinae species is also possible. Public attitudes towards feral cats vary widely, from seeing them as free-ranging pets to regarding them as vermin.

With room for about 100 cats, The Colonel’s Barracks is the largest of the Cat World buildings. To prevent an allergic reaction, some hypoallergenic cats include the Sphynx, the Russian Blue, the Cornish Rex, and the Oriental Shorthair. While these animals are bred to have less shedding and dander, there are no animals that have both no shedding and no dander. Avoid feeding cats raw meat and other raw proteins, like eggs. Cats should never consume onions, garlic, alcohol, chocolate, milk/dairy products, grapes, or raisins – all of these foods can cause detrimental effects on the kidneys and liver.

They started saying good morning and good night, and when she asked him a question and he didn’t respond right away she felt a jab of anxious yearning. Then, one night during reading period, she was complaining about how all the dining halls were closed and there was no food in her room because her roommate had raided her care package, and he offered to buy her some Red Vines to sustain her. At first, she deflected this with another joke, because she really did have to study, but he said, “No, I’m serious, stop fooling around and come now,” so she put a jacket over her pajamas and met him at the 7-Eleven. From that small exchange about Red Vines, over the next several weeks they built up an elaborate scaffolding of jokes via text, riffs that unfolded and shifted so quickly that she sometimes had a hard time keeping up. He was very clever, and she found that she had to work to impress him. She still didn’t know much about him, because they never talked about anything personal, but when they landed two or three good jokes in a row there was a kind of exhilaration to it, as if they were dancing.

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Humans who have cats living in their home or in close association are more likely to become infected, however, those who do not keep cats as pets might also acquire infections from cat feces and parasites exiting the cat’s body. Some of the infections of most concern include salmonella, cat-scratch disease and toxoplasmosis. Some feral cats can be successfully socialized and ‘re-tamed’ for adoption; young cats, especially kittens and cats that have had prior experience and contact with humans are the most receptive to these efforts. This is partly the result of cat eyes having a tapetum lucidum, which reflects any light that passes through the retina back into the eye, thereby increasing the eye’s sensitivity to dim light.

The domestic cat has slit pupils, which allow it to focus bright light without chromatic aberration. At low light, a cat’s pupils expand to cover most of the exposed surface of its eyes. However, the domestic cat has rather poor color vision and only two types of cone cells, optimized for sensitivity to blue and yellowish green; its ability to distinguish between red and green is limited. A response to middle wavelengths from a system other than the rod cells might be due to a third type of cone. However, this appears to be an adaptation to low light levels rather than representing true trichromatic vision. Cat Friendly Certificate Program was designed based on the need for specific feline-focused care and continuing education.

She imagined him lying on his bed that was just a mattress, carefully crafting each one. She remembered that he’d talked a lot about his cats and yet she hadn’t seen any cats in the house, and she wondered if he’d made them up. At the end, when he was on top of her in missionary, he kept losing his erection, and every time he did he would say, aggressively, “You make my dick so hard,” as though lying about it could make it true.

With your generous support, we can protect and save the lives of cats and kittens. Your generosity means we can be there for cats and kittens in need—by providing humane care in disaster situations, helping shelters save more cats, advocating for cat-friendly policies, and so much more. Your purchase directly supports the leading global cat welfare charity, International Cat Care. They provide cat owners, veterinary professionals and those who live and work with cats the resources, support, and advice they need to better care for cats. Outdoor cats are active both day and night, although they tend to be slightly more active at night.