Info About Pets

January 3, 2011

How Much Do Maine Coon Cats Weigh?

Q: How Much Do Maine Coon Cats Weigh?

A: Female Maine Coon cats weigh 10-15 lbs and males weigh 15-25 lbs.

October 3, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day, October 3, 2010

Q: If I want to buy a kitten, how old should it be?

A: Never buy a kitten younger than 8 weeks old. The first eight weeks of their lives need to be spent with their mother and siblings, and during this period, they are very fragile. Buying a kitten that’s between 8 and 12 weeks old is the ideal age, because they’re old enough to be on their own, yet young enough that you can teach them and enjoy the cute wonder of kittenhood.

June 26, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

When checking for ticks on your pet, be sure to look at the bottoms of their feet, between the paw pads, the back of the head and neck, under their ears, and behind/under their front legs, as I’ve found that ticks seem to like these areas most of all.

May 27, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: What is the average body temperature of a cat?

A: The average body temperature of a cat is between 100 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

May 11, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: What is the difference between a siamese cat and an oriental shorthair?

A: Oriental shorthairs and siamese cats are essentially the same thing. What distinguishes them as two different breeds is their color: a light colored cat with dark “points” (dark coloring on their nose, ears, feet, and tail) is a Siamese cat, while any color other than Siamese is an oriental shorthair.

May 1, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: Should cats be let outside?

A: No. It isn’t safe for cats to be outside unattended, as people, cars, dogs, or other animals can injure/kill cats. If your cat isn’t spayed or neutered, they will make more kittens, which means more homeless cats getting euthanized at shelters. If your feline loves the great outdoors, get it a special cat pen or a cat harness.

April 24, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

Q: How do cats purr?

A: For many years, scientists couldn’t figure out what made noise when cats purred. Fairly recently, scientists discovered that the purring sound is made when a blood vessel in the cat’s throat vibrates. Actually, studies have shown that the frequency of cats purring may actually increase your bone density. Online, you can buy Cat Purring CDs to get this effect.

March 20, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

The average life span of a cat is 12-15 years and up. The longest recorded lifespan in a cat is 37 years old!

Feeding your cat a healthy, natural diet may help your cat live longer. Many of the chemicals in commercial pet food significantly shorten the life span of our feline friends.

March 8, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day

If your cat sheds a lot, consider brushing it more often or changing its diet. Often, poor nutrition or too many chemicals in pet food can cause a pet to shed excessively. This isn’t always the case–some cats are just more prone to shedding, and all cats have a heavy shedding period a few times a year. Brushing may help with your cat’s shedding period. If your cat’s fur is coming out in clumps, ask your cat’s veterinarian about this, as it could be attributed to a disease or parasites.

February 20, 2010

Pet Care Tip of the Day:

If your cat repeatedly “forgets” the litter box, have your cat checked by the vet to make sure that there is no bladder infection contributing to the problem.