It is still not known exactly when exactly cats (Félis silvéstris cátus) began to live next to a person. Scientists talk about more than ten thousand years of successful partnership between humans and perfect predators – cat-like rodent hunters. The partnership between humans and the ancestors of the modern cat began with the transition of people to a settled life, the emergence of food storages and the need to protect them from mice and rats. For cats, the high concentration of rodent pests in human settlements, on the contrary, was very profitable, because cats could hunt in a small area with a high degree of efficiency – while at the same time benefiting people, and therefore without causing aggression against them. Gradually, the cat became one of the most important pets, and today it shares the first place in popularity with a dog.
For a long time of domestication, the wildlife of cats has not changed much. The physiology, anatomy and psychology of cats are still very similar to their ancestors – some of the most effective predators in the world. To create your cat comfortable living conditions in the house, while taking care of the health and well-being of the animal, it is important to know some rules. We will talk about them in this article. Continue reading
Weaning is the transfer of a kitten to self-feeding and adaptation to life without a cat mom. The most favorable for this is considered the age of 10-12 weeks. By this moment, the kitten can already do without mother’s milk, independently walks into the cat’s tray and licks, and its psyche is stable enough to move to a new place without harm.
How to prepare a kitten for this difficult event?
Switching to self-catering
In the first days of kittens’ life, the cat feeds them with a special “primary milk” – Colostrum, which contains a large amount of antibodies (especially IgA and IgG) and contributes to the development of their own immunity. Under normal conditions, kittens continue to feed on breast milk for up to 1.5 months. Continue reading
HOW OFTEN TO BUY A CAT?
The answer of leading dermatologists to this question is unequivocal: the less often, the better. Any cat should be bathed only in case of severe pollution, which the animal can not cope on its own. It is better to wipe the skin of bald cats with special napkins to get rid of excess sebum.
If you are still going to bathe your pet, remember that aggressive products: solvents, degreasers for the kitchen and even just laundry soap – are strictly prohibited! In addition, in no case should funds be allowed to get into the eyes or swallowed.
Some authors write about the use of detergents for children, but it is preferable to use professional animal shampoos that a veterinarian will offer you. You should also not dry a cat with a hairdryer. The risk of burning the animal is high enough, and even if you use cold air, the hair dryer will irritate the cat and bathing will turn into flour.
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