Sunday, January 30, 2011

When Did The Cat Become Domesticated

How long ago did the cat become domesticated? The cat appears in pictures is being domesticated in each of around 1500 BC. However, the domestication probably happened well before that time because it had to become part of normal life before being shown in pictures of everyday home life. Cats have been depicted on painted reliefs and paintings in ancient Egypt. They were usually found sitting under the chair the person having their portrait painted. They will probably originally attracted to

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Scottish Wild Cat

Scottish Wildcats are normally solitary creatures except at meeting time or when they are raising their young. Some have been kept in enclosures and they can be friendly towards each other, but rarely towards humans. Even when they have been mated with domestic cats, they will only behave as pets while they are very young. They seem to respond more to the wild side than the domestic. One person tried captive breeding of Scottish Wildcats over several years and even though he managed to raise

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cats Through The Ages

There are many interesting facts about cats through the ages and the ways they have been used to help man. The ancient Egyptians were highly protective of their cats and anyone caught harming or killing one faced dire consequences. However, around 1000 BC, cats were being taken across the Mediterranean on board ships. They were undoubtedly used to keep down the rodent population in the stores of food on board those at the ships. In Japan, they were kept to help protect the valuable cocoons of

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Cats Staying Alive In An Unfriendly World

To stay alive in a possibly unfriendly world, small wild or feral cats feed on a wide range of prey so that they can survive, even if they are only limited to a few types of foods during certain times of the year. This could occur when they are in a harsher environment where there may not be too much variety of prey available.
In the wild, diets usually range from rodents such as mice, rats, plus voles and rabbits, depending on where the cat lives. One breed of cat in Japan eats almost 40

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

More Cat Problems You May Encounter

They say the only certainties in life are taxes and death, perhaps we should add in cat problems as well. This problems don't have to be major, but if you own a cat, the problems will find you.
Problems With Grooming
It is best to have your cat accustomed to being groomed from when it is a kitten. This is especially important if you have a long hair cat. While cats groom themselves many times a day, is important that they allow you, it to brush them to remove dead skin and fur. The grooming

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Cat Problems Or What Can Go Wrong

Cats are such self sufficient animals that we tend to think they can look after themselves without our help. However cat problems do occur and is up to us, as caring owners, to work out what the problem is and how to deal with it.
Eating Problems Or Loss Of Appetite
Some cats can be very fussy about the food and won't want to change from one brand to another. While your cat is a kitten, you need to get it used to as many different foods as possible. This isn't always easy as there is not much

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Your Cat's Coat and Skin

Are you aware that your cat's beautiful fur was one of the major reasons they were persecuted by man centuries ago? The cat's coat is designed to regulate their temperature, to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer. The different lengths of fur came into being due to the different environments the cat came to populate. In the warmer climates cats became short-haired as the long hair was a disadvantage. And the reverse was true for those cats living in the colder regions. However cats were

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Do Cats Have ESP?

Our cats are lucky in that they live in a super sensory world compared to ours. They can see, hear and smell things that are far beyond our abilities. Their physiology makes the ears, nose, eyes and tactile receptors such as whiskers incredibly sensitive in most areas and ranges that far exceed what you and I could do. I'm sure you've noticed that your cat seems aware of everything that goes on around it.
The cat's whole body is sensitive to vibration with the paws especially so. It is thought

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Sunday, January 2, 2011

Choosing A Cat Bed

As cats spend a fair amount of their time sleeping, choosing a cat bed your cat will want to use is fairly important. If you are buying a cat bed for your new kitten, don't make the mistake that I did and buy the small size. When I purchased my cat bed, my kitten looked tiny in it. However, three months later she almost fills it completely.
There are so many different types of cat beds on the market these days that choosing one of your kitten or cat can become bewildering. Depending on your

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