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HAVE YOU BEEN ATTACKED BY YOUR CAT? FIND OUT WHY!

Have you been attacked by your cat? Find out why! Reasons for cat aggression directed at the owner

The most dramatic cases in my practice are always associated with the cat’s aggression towards the owners. If the owners can endure conflicts between several cats or between a cat and a dog for years, separating animals in space and time, then few people can tolerate an attack on a child or grandmother, or on the breadwinner and the head of the family. Moreover, often, the attacks of cats on the owners are not limited to an isolated case. This is due to the fact that the owners react incorrectly to the conflict or do not have the ability to respond correctly, and the so-called “survival mode” is triggered in the cat’s head in response to the actions of the owners. In this mode, the cat is always at the peak of its emotions, and any careless action of the owners causes a new attack of aggression.

But you must understand that cats don’t just attack! Every cat behavior has a tangible cause and can be found and eliminated. Yes, occasionally there are fatal causes, most often related to health, but most of them can be stopped with the help of drugs.

So what could be the reason for the cat attack on the owners?

1. Illness or pain

The most common reason cats attack their owners is redirected aggression caused by pain or feeling unwell. When a cat feels a sharp pain, she does not think, “Oh, the stomach is playing tricks, there was no need to eat sausage cleaning from the garbage can”, moreover, the cat does not even know that it has some internal organs there that can get sick. A cat that suddenly feels pain (there is still a pain impulse from inside or outside the body) instantly triggers an innate instinct – “fight or flight.” This is due to the fact that in nature a cat has many enemies, and suddenly another cat or a predator can hurt it, and you need to quickly and clearly respond to this, saving your life. If the cat tries to figure out who it was there grabbed her by the ass with his teeth, then it will be quickly devoured. Therefore, an attack or an attempt to escape occurs automatically and with lightning speed, without the participation of the cat’s mind. So, if a cat feels a sharp pain, then she will attack the first one who comes into view. For example, the owner. Well, then, after the owner, in an attempt to save his limbs, fights with the cat, the cat’s subcortex records him as an enemy, and attacks are already beginning to repeat themselves for this reason.

Also, mild chronic pain can affect the cat. If the cats were not very friendly already, then during the period when they are experiencing constant aching pain, they may become even more irritable. And now, if she is forcibly held in her arms, she can express her displeasure not only with a growl (as it always was) but also with a tangible bite or even an attack of aggression.

If your affectionate and loving cat suddenly attacked you, if the mischievous cat began to behave not only harmful but also aggressive – first of all, run to the veterinarian!

2. Hormonal disruption

If your cat or cat is not neutered and does not mate regularly, then a sudden attack of aggression or chronic increased aggression can cause hormonal disruption. This is especially true for those cats who are regularly fed pills to stop estrus. These tablets contain a loading dose of hormones and, after the first dose, they destroy the normal hormonal background of the cat. Also, aggression caused by hormonal disruption occurs in cats that are neutered at a later age, after prolonged empty streams. After the castration of such cats, the hormonal background returns to normal for up to six months, and all this time, the increased aggressiveness of the animal is permissible.

If the owners react incorrectly to such aggression, then it is fixed, and even after the normalization of the hormonal background, it does not go anywhere.

To avoid aggression caused by hormonal disruption, neuter your cats prior to their first heat or allow them to mate naturally. And also, if you are neutering a cat in middle age, after the operation, for a month, observe her and at the first signs of aggressive behavior or irritability, ask the veterinarian to prescribe sedatives for the cat.

3. Game aggression

It sounds pretty harmless, but it does not always seem so to the owners, the victims of such aggression of cats. In fact, this type of aggression is formed, initially, by the owners themselves, of course, not suspecting what their wrong games with the cat can develop into.

Play aggression consists in the fact that the cat begins to hunt its own owners, as entertainment. For example, he begins to watch for them around the corner and, suddenly jumping out of the ambush, cling to their ankles until they get blood and bruises. Or to attack the head of the sleeping owners and it hurts to bite and scratch the face. Or attack a child, like a tiger against a buffalo, watching him in a narrow corridor. This aggression can be very traumatic and can develop into other types of aggression if the owners react incorrectly. Moreover, the punishments that many are beginning to use to solve the problem only exacerbate this aggression. The reason for playing aggression is: the lack of a normal mode of play in a young animal, orphanhood (cats that grew up without a mother or kittens weaned from their mother before three months); incorrect games that the owners play with cats (when the game allows biting the owner’s hands, legs, when the owner fights the cat with his hands); physical punishment (when a cat is beaten with hands or objects for unwanted behavior).

It is best to work with a behavioral professional with this kind of aggression, especially if it has been going on for a long time.

4. Aggression caused by affection

Again, not a very scary name for aggression, you must agree. And, indeed, rarely does this kind of aggression develop into something global and frightening. But, all the same, it is rather unpleasant to receive scratches or bites from the cat for simply stroking it. In addition, such aggression, in the presence of concomitant factors, for example, pain syndrome, can get out of control.

This type of aggression occurs when the owner strokes the cat or hugs, and the cat, who liked it all a minute ago, suddenly grabs the beloved owner’s face or hand. But does it happen so suddenly? Actually – no, not suddenly. The cat, who is suddenly tired of your caresses, repeatedly warns you with body language that she no longer likes all this and the hugs are delayed. If you don’t respond to her body language, only then she bites or scratches you, seeing no other way to free herself.

Observe your cat’s body language, respect her opinion, and finish petting a little before the cat says stop. Usually, this is enough for such aggression to subside.

5. Aggression due to punishment 

Punishments not only DO NOT stop but reinforce the cats’ aggression. And there are many reasons for this. First, cats learn by watching and imitating. And they imitate our behavior as well. No, your cat will not learn to cook pancakes or clean up the litter box by watching you do it, but she will learn to fight you if she sees that you, any problems in your relationship, solve with the help of battering. And then do not be surprised if you hit the cat on the bottom for screaming too loudly at night or breaking your vase, that the cat will start hitting and biting you when she is hungry, and you do not give her food, or when she wants to play. You are not.

Punishment breeds fear. If you systematically physically punish your cat, it will simply become afraid of you. And in the world of cats, where the rule is, “if it is very scary – hit or run”, your cat may be among those who prefer to hit rather than hide. Then, if at least she has a suspicion that you are out of sorts today or that the situation is similar to the one when she was punished, then she will show aggression, without even waiting for a hint of your displeasure. For you it will look as if the cat suddenly attacked “from scratch.” But there is always a reason for this behavior.

6. Aggression caused by acute or chronic stress

This type of aggression is one of the most common. Stress in itself makes the cat more aggressive. For example, in a veterinary clinic, moving, a sudden change in the daily routine, rearranging furniture, adding a new animal to the house, or the arrival of a baby, a cat may begin to show aggression. Most often, pronounced aggression is caused by sudden or short-term stress. For example, you brought home a new cat and sharply showed it to your cat. She, without hesitation, slashed both the new cat and you on the belts. Or you brought a man into the house, and the cat was so scared of the male voice and the new smell that it hissed and clung to the chosen one in the leg. If you start working with such cases without leaving the cash register, then everything will be fine in the future. You will properly teach the cat to a frightening stimulus and peace and happiness will come.

But if you react incorrectly and the stress for the cat lasts longer, the attacks can be repeated, the stress will develop into chronic and cause increased aggression and even health problems.

There is no universal recipe for solving problems; for each specific case, its own behavior correction tactics are developed. For example, cats need to be introduced gradually, using the “one feeling, one step” scheme, and for a cat’s sudden aggression towards a stranger, the cat should not be punished, but rather start working with it to teach it to a new family member.

7. Aggression caused by a frightening smell or sound

Cats communicate mainly through smells, body language, and sounds. The environmental scent labeling and your cat’s own scent is a constantly working mechanism. An environment in which familiar odors are concentrated is safe for the cat, and an unfamiliar odor can be perceived by the cat as a source of danger. The scent is also used by cats to identify each other and family members. The ability to smell a stranger or a predator from afar and react instantly plays an important role in a cat’s life and helps it survive by triggering the fight-or-flight instinct. If you pet an unfamiliar or hostile cat and walk up to your cat, then it may pounce on you or hiss, as you will not be identified by smell. Also, for example, if you have been on a business trip for a long time and came home, and the cat has smelled a strange and frightening smell from you, it can attack you or hiss and then will not approach you for a long time. Many interpret this behavior as a cat’s offense at their long absence, but this is due precisely to odor identification.

Harsh and loud noises can trigger an attack. More often, sound, as an independent cause of aggression, does not appear, but is, as it were, the “last straw” at a time when the cat is experiencing chronic stress. More often than not, cats are irritated by thin and shrill noises, reminiscent of the screams that cats make during a fight or in pain. For example, in my practice, these were the sounds of a mobile phone ringing (a thin and shrill ring), the voices of other cats on the video that the owners watched, a baby crying, a dog squealing, etc. The situation when one cat was stepped on its paw, she screamed in pain, and her friend cat immediately attacked her – quite often it happens. This is also aggression, including provoked by a harsh sound.

What can you do to avoid the aggression caused by sounds and smells?

If you know that your cat has a gentle mental organization and reacts badly to all this, try to protect her from strong smells and sounds. Get used to new smells and sounds gradual and in a positive way using positive reinforcement. In each case, there will be its own behavior correction scheme, for example, you can teach a cat in advance for the appearance of a baby in the house, and a video about fighting cats can be turned on without sound. Well, be sure, with such aggression, you should look for signs of stress in the cat and eliminate the causes of this stress.

8. Aggression due to lack of socialization. 

If you took a cat into the house from the street, from a shelter, or from a cattery, then you may face aggression in the first minutes of communication with a cat at your home. There may be several reasons for this aggression. A cat needs time to adapt to a new territory, and until it has formed its base of safety, has not marked everything with buccal pheromones, it will not feel calm. Give her time to adapt, put her in a separate room, do not bother, and, most likely, the aggression will go away by itself in a couple of days.

If, however, a week has passed, and the cat still rushes at everyone who dares to reach out to her, then the reason may be the lack of socialization of the cat. Simply, the cat grew up in an impoverished environment, without full contact with humans, and she is semi-wild. You can and should work with this in terms of behavior correction.

Most non-socialized and semi-feral cats can be successfully socialized, and the sooner you begin the behavior correction process, the better. In my practice, the average time it takes to turn a raging aggressive cat into a paw sleeping next to you in bed is a couple of months. But there are cases that drag on for a longer period. The younger the cat, the easier it is to socialize. If your kitten hasn’t changed behavior in a month, don’t expect everything to resolve by itself when he grows up. It is better to engage in socialization before the kitten reaches seven months of age.

Of course, it is impossible to list absolutely all the reasons for cats’ aggression directed at their owners in one article, and it often happens that several causes of aggression combine in one case. Therefore, if you feel that you are not coping with an aggressive cat, you do not need to immediately think about the worst, about euthanasia or shelter. Try working with a behavioral counselor, perhaps you just misidentified the causes of the aggression, so things get worse and worse. It is almost always possible to correct or improve the situation. Do not neglect the help of specialists!

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CAT HEALTH

WHY DID THE CAT BECOME AGGRESSIVE AND ATTACK THE OWNER OR OTHER ANIMALS?

Why did the cat become aggressive and attack the owner or other animals?

A pet shrouded in love and care rarely shows aggression. The emerging outbursts of anger always have a cause, which means they can be corrected. Uncontrolled and frequent attacks can result in serious injury and should be dealt with as soon as possible. 

Why does a domestic cat attack and bite its owner? 

In most cases, the reason for the aggressiveness lies in psychology. A variety of emotions push the animal into such behavior. In the absence of pathology, a disgruntled cat always warns of a possible attack: 

  • presses the ears, pulling them back;
  • arching the tail and back;
  • lifts the fur along the spinal column;
  • turns to the enemy sideways;
  • makes hissing or rumbling sounds.

If you notice this behavior, leave your pet alone and carefully analyze what provoked him. By eliminating the annoying factor, you will avoid further outbursts of anger.

Why does a domestic cat attack and bite its owner?

Disease or pain 

If a previously affectionate cat has become aggressive and attacks the hostess, then the reason for this behavior may lie in pain. The foot, injured as a result of an unsuccessful landing, reacts sharply even to the most affectionate touch. A pet can pounce on a person in order to prevent contact with a diseased limb.

Pain syndrome is typical not only for injuries but also for some diseases: arthritis, infections, pathologies of the oral cavity. Observe closely for accompanying symptoms. If apathy, sleep disturbance, and poor appetite appear, it is better to check in a veterinary clinic.

Another possible cause of an attack is a deterioration or complete loss of functionality of one of the senses. Hearing, vision, and smell impairments interfere with the normal perception of the real picture, distorting the protective function. Most often, this problem occurs in old age.

Bad Education 

Frequent play with human hands becomes a habit. With age, the kitten’s claws lengthen and sharpen. The damage from such a “cold weapon” is much more serious than in childhood. The mustachioed pet, accustomed to the absence of punishment, will not only play with his hands but also take out his displeasure on them.

The cat bites and attacks due to poor parenting

If a cat does not like sitting in the arms of strangers, then in the noisy company she will easily release her claws at anyone who dares to touch her. This behavior is especially dangerous when a small child appears, exploring the world with the help of touch.

Self-defense 

Claws and teeth are used not only for the attack but also for defense. Aggressive behavior is explained by the usual fear. A sudden awakening, a sudden grip, or forcible holding on the arms is perceived as a threat. Most often, cats just hiss and run away in the hope of hiding in a secluded place. If all escape routes are blocked, they will fight to victory.

Also worth noting is the protection of the offspring. During pregnancy and lactation, the pet becomes more suspicious. She can bite a stranger or an animal who decides to disturb her kittens.

Exactingness 

Another unpleasant consequence of poor parenting is demanding through strong bites. By biting the owner, the cat can ask for food or play. Most often, ill-mannered pets bite a person’s legs, pushing them in the right direction. Ignoring this behavior will not solve the problem, but will only increase the bite force.

The cat bites and attacks when it demands something

Psychological trauma 

The defense reflex is triggered not only with a real threat but also with a conditional one. Pets are taken from the street often suffer from psychological trauma during vagrancy. Experienced memories that provoke inappropriate behavior return to them when they see certain objects along with sounds or smells. In such cases, the resulting aggression is called redirect.

The more terrible the experience of violence, the more aggressive the possible attack. An animal that is regularly beaten with a slipper can leave serious injuries to the owner, who puts on indoor shoes in front of the pet.

Stress is caused not only by violent actions but also by excessive affection. With frequent violation of personal space, the cat will begin to defend its freedom.

If your mustachioed pet always grew up in care and had the opportunity of solitude, analyze recent events. He may be stressed by a move, a baby, or another pet. In this case, all actions are aimed at attracting the attention of the owner.

Competition with other animals 

If a cat attacks another cat, then she senses a competitor in her: she is jealous of the owner or afraid of losing her territory. Keeping multiple pets together is not easy. It will take time to reconcile the two mustachioed warriors.

In such situations, it is recommended to avoid direct intervention, as the pet’s aggression will be redirected to the owner. Before starting upbringing, wait until both darlings calm down and are ready to cooperate.

Cat bites and attacks another cat

Cases of critical aggression

In addition to the analyzed situations, uncontrolled aggression is also possible. To pay off it requires medical intervention. Otherwise, an animal in an insane state can cause fatal injuries to people.

Unsatisfied sexual instinct 

Neglect of castration and lack of mating can result in a serious problem in the future. The unsatisfied sexual instinct does not go away over the years but constantly accumulates. As a result, in the middle or at the end of life, the accumulated energy is redirected into a negative channel. Behavioral disorders occur, accompanied by increased nervousness and outbursts of aggression.

20 years ago, my uncastrated 9-year-old cat began to attack me, my mother, and, worst of all, my little sister for no reason. Then there was no money and wide opportunities to study why this happened, there were only guesses. Later, I heard from friends every now and then: an uncastrated domestic cat went crazy, caused serious injuries, and had to be euthanized. And my grandmother’s friend almost lost her hand. So castration is humane both in relation to the cat and in relation to others.

Owner Maria

The cat bites and attacks due to an unsatisfied sexual instinct

The cat has gone crazy – literally 

Feline craziness is a rare occurrence in veterinary medicine. In 99% of cases, aggressiveness is associated with psychological trauma, poor parenting, self-defense, or pain. A mental disorder can only be determined using laboratory diagnostics.

If the pet rushes to the household, make an appointment with the veterinarian. In the absence of pathologies and a stable mental state, he may need a zoopsychologist.

Rabies 

The rabies virus is deadly for humans, so it is necessary to clearly know the main signs of its manifestation. When infected, it is noted:

  1. profuse salivation ;
  2. aggressiveness or lethargy;
  3. fear of light and water;
  4. perverted appetite (eating inedible items).

The patient should be isolated in a separate room to prevent the spread of the virus. There is no cure for this infection. The only way to protect yourself is through timely vaccination.

What to do if a cat bites and attacks due to rabies

What should the owner do if the cat bites and attacks

To understand what to do if a cat attacks its owner, you can use the reason for its aggressiveness. The problem that has arisen is solved by proper upbringing or treatment.

Educate 

Regardless of the reason for the pet’s inappropriate behavior, reciprocal aggression on the part of the owner is unacceptable. Animals are best affected by ignorance. If the attack occurs during a joint game, defiantly leave the room and do not come into contact with the cat until she realizes her mistake.

Education begins from the first days of the appearance of a mustachioed pet in the house. If the moment is already missed, then it will take more time. It is more difficult for adults to overcome established habits than kittens.

What should the owner do if the cat bites and attacks

To reeducate a cat, the following recommendations are useful: 

  1.   Eliminate hand games. Redefine your arsenal of toys in favor of taunting rods and mice that suit your hunting instinct.
  2.   Do not pull out when another conflict arises. Gently remove your hand when the grip is loose and leave the area immediately.
  3.   Get a scratching post. Make sure the type you choose suits your pet. The scratching post will not only shorten the length of the claws but also take on some of the energy.
  4.   Use a spray bottle. The water jet is the ideal tool to prevent unwanted activities.
  5.   Get another pet. If the reason for the aggression lies in a lack of attention, then an additional playmate will quickly solve the problem.

Be patient. Over time, your efforts are bound to bring results.

Treat 

If a disease is detected, the problem is eliminated after it is cured. Prolonged and frequent attacks require a veterinarian checkup.

A cat with an unsatisfied sexual instinct will have to be castrated. With a mental disorder, long-term drug treatment will be required, but rabies cannot be cured. The patient will have to be isolated in a special box to confirm or deny the disease. A positive prognosis is possible only with a vaccine against the virus.

When to treat a cat, if it bites and attacks

How to reduce the risk of aggression and raise an affectionate animal 

An affectionate animal can only grow up in a caring and loving family. Never, under any circumstances, use physical punishment. Your hands should only be associated with affection.

Try to talk to your pet often and study his habits. When discontent appears, accompanied by warning signals, do not try his patience, but immediately stop unpleasant actions.

If the cat grows next to the child, then make sure that the baby knows how to handle him carefully. Suppress harsh grasping and squeezing.

How to reduce the risk of aggression and raise an affectionate animal

List of the most aggressive breeds  

Some breeds are naturally aggressive. It is better to familiarize yourself with this character trait before buying. These cats include: 

  1.   Savannah. A close relative of the wild serval with pronounced predatory habits. When buying this beauty, it is important to consider the generation number. The less serval’s blood, the calmer the kitten will turn out.
  2.   Siamese. The aggressiveness of the blue-eyed cat is due to jealousy. She is very attached to her master, but only to one. The Siamese will dislike all other applicants who are trying to provoke the location of her “favorite”.
  3.   Abyssinian. A very active and playful breed that requires education. During games, the animal withdraws into itself and perceives its playmate as its prey.
  4.   British shorthair. These plush aristocrats hate gnawing at their soft tummy. Any encroachment on their personal space is punishable by sharp teeth.

Getting a new family member must be thoughtful. Even the considered representatives can be approached if their desires are respected on an equal basis with their own.

 

List of the most aggressive cat breeds

Cat bites and scratches take a long time to heal, opening the way for pathogens. Pet attacks need to be stopped early in childhood so that misbehavior does not become a habit.

It is better to immediately check the cause of sudden attacks, not typical for a mustachioed pet, in a veterinary clinic. This will help you spot the problem early and deal with it before it gets worse.

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CAT HEALTH

HOW OLD DO CATS LIVE: AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY

How old do cats live: average life expectancy

 

how many cats and cats live

Pets are full-fledged family members, to whom you quickly become attached. For this reason, many owners are interested in how many cats and cats live on average. Life expectancy in the home and outdoors is very different, as it is influenced by multiple factors. Knowing all of them, you can not only avoid the premature death of your pet but also extend its life. 

 

The life cycle of baleen pets 

The entire life cycle can be divided into 6 stages. Please note that they are all very conditional. Many cats remain playful and active even in old age.

Infancy (up to 1 month) 

For up to 1 month, the kitten is completely dependent on the mother. In the first days after birth, he is blind and toothless, so communication with the outside world is very limited.

Childhood (up to 7-8 months) 

With the appearance of the first milk teeth, the kitten begins to show more independence. He tries the first complementary foods and actively learns new things for himself.

At 2.5-4 months, the baby finally leaves the mother and learns to live independently. He gradually grows molars and puberty begins. By 7-8 months, cats have their first heat, but they are still babies until the third heat.

stages of a cat's life

 

Youth (up to 2 years old) 

At 1-1.5 years old, cats and cats grow up to the first mating. They give and raise their first offspring.

Youth (up to 4-5 years old) 

At this stage, breeders are actively breeding the breed. By the age of 5, most animals are removed from it for health reasons.

Maturity (up to 8 years old) 

The first behavioral changes appear. The cat becomes calmer and more restrained. She is less likely to run crazy around the house but still does not give up games.

Old age (8-9 years and older) 

At the final stage, there is a gradual attenuation of activity, an increase in the duration of sleep and the appearance of dental problems. The general well-being of the animal depends on the state of health.

In the absence of chronic diseases, no strong changes are observed. An elderly pet can be picky about food and show their devotion to the owner brighter with the help of affection and increased attention.

middle age and old age in a cat

What determines the life expectancy of cats 

The lifespan of cats depends on a number of external and internal factors. Some contribute to its increase, while others – reduce it.

What promotes longevity 

Everything that favorably affects the state of health is responsible for longevity. This includes: 

  • balanced diet;
  • timely vaccination, deworming, and treatment from external parasites;
  • lack of hormonal surges;
  • safe maintenance, excluding injury;
  • regular visits to the veterinarian for preventive purposes.

 

All of the above is completely unavailable for street cats. For this reason, they always die earlier than domestic ones.

how to extend a cat's lifespan

Which shortens the years of life 

The opposite effect is exerted by factors that reduce immunity and undermine health. These include: 

  • living in unfavorable conditions (frequent temperature drops, dampness, unsanitary conditions);
  • lack of regular nutrition, the use of low-quality foods, and a lack of vitamins;
  • genetic predisposition to certain pathologies;
  • frequent pregnancies and childbirth;
  • infection with infections;
  • free walking, fraught with injuries or death under the wheels of transport;
  • frequent and prolonged stress;
  • excess weight, provoking problems with the musculoskeletal system and hormonal disorders.

All of the above can significantly reduce the allotted years by more than 2 times.

which shortens the cat's lifespan

How many years do domestic cats live: on average and maximum 

A secure roof over your head and regular food intake allow you to extend the average age to 12-15 years. But subject to certain recommendations and the absence of chronic diseases, this indicator can be increased to 20 or more years. The upper limit here is conditional, as the record holders from the Guinness Book were able to live to a more advanced age.

How old do street cats live?

Approximately 85% of animals born on the street are killed by kittens. This is due to weakened immunity, low temperatures, infections, parasites, and poisoning. Stronger individuals usually live up to 4-8 years.

The worst case is for domestic cats that are lost or thrown away by their owners. Unadapted to such harsh conditions, they die from stress, cold, and hunger within the first 3 years.

how old do street cats live

The life expectancy of cat breeds at home 

Longevity directly depends on the breed. Most artificially bred breeds are characterized by hereditary diseases that reduce the number of years allotted. This explains why the average age of outbred cats that have escaped human intervention is often 5 years older.

Average and maximum indicators: table 

The average and maximum age indicators characteristic of pedigree animals can be found on the example of the table. It presents 10 of the most popular representatives of the feline family.

Breed name Life span 

 

Average

 

Maximum
Siamese fifteen twenty
Scottish fifteen twenty
Russian blue fourteen nineteen
Bengali 13 sixteen
Maine Coon 12.5 16.5
Persian 10-17 twenty
British 12 sixteen
Siberian fifteen twenty
Abyssinian 12-15 twenty
Sphinx 13 fourteen

Most of these breeds do not live up to the maximum available age due to chronic renal failure, urolithiasis, polycystic kidney disease, and cardiovascular pathologies.

Long-lived breeds 

Long-livers include all representatives of the Siamese-oriental group, Maine Coons, Siberians, and other aboriginal breeds. All of them were able to avoid direct human intervention in their long history of development and went through the most reliable selection – natural selection. Thanks to him, the aboriginal cats received strong immunity and good health.

long-lived cat breeds

How castration or sterilization affects longevity 

Contrary to popular belief, deprivation surgery does not shorten but prolongs the life of your pet. This is due to: 

  • softening of character (the cat stops getting into fights and looking for adventure);
  • prevention of oncology and sexually transmitted diseases;
  • lack of hormonal surges due to taking medications, pregnancy, and childbirth.

Frequent birth and rearing of kittens drains the body. He suffers not only physically but also emotionally. After sterilization, this problem completely disappears, as does the possibility of developing cancer. Thanks to the operation, the total life expectancy is increased by 3 years.

The only negative for castrated animals is the tendency to obesity. Due to a slowdown in metabolism, they gain weight faster, so their diet must be strictly controlled.

how neutering and neutering affects a cat's lifespan

Ways to help prolong the life of your pet 

If your cat is approaching its final stage, don’t despair. Indeed, for many, life after 8 years is just beginning. Due to the observance of a number of recommendations, this period can be extended as much as possible.

Proper nutrition 

Don’t skimp on the quality of your products. Buy meat, vegetables, and dairy products in trusted places, or choose ready-made feeds of at least premium class.

Be sure to follow the feeding regimen, avoiding overfeeding and table feeds. Remember that in a natural diet, it is imperative to add vitamins prescribed by a veterinarian to food.

Competent care 

Avoid the formation of tangles and strong darkening of the tooth enamel. Brush your pet 1-2 times a week and brush his teeth every month.

Also, remember to keep your eyes and ears clean. Clean up any secretions that accumulate in them and be sure to contact your veterinarian if an unpleasant odor or foreign matter appears.

Pay special attention to physical activity. Control your cat’s weight and do not let him nap too often on the couch. Outdoor games improve health by promoting longevity.

how to care for a cat to prolong its life

Vaccinations and disease prevention 

Most infections can be avoided with vaccinations. The first vaccination followed by revaccination is given upon reaching 2 months. With the onset of a year, the frequency of vaccination reaches no more than 1 time per year.

In addition to viruses and bacteria, you should be wary of parasites and genetic pathologies. To prevent them, it is necessary to timely carry out treatment with anthelmintic and acaricidal drugs and annually undergoes a preventive examination in a veterinary clinic.

No stress 

The family environment plays an important role. The absence of quarrels between the owners and the reverent attitude towards the pet has a positive effect on mental health.

Sexual health 

When participating in inbreeding, you must strictly follow all the rules. Do not try to start a breeding career ahead of schedule and do not exceed the recommended birth rate. Bearing offspring is always accompanied by strong nervous tension and hormonal changes, so timely retirement is very important here. Otherwise, the animal runs the risk of not living up to the allotted time.

If breeding and selling kittens are not part of your plans – register your pet for castration immediately after puberty. This will protect her from cancer and other dangerous hormone-related complications. A similar choice should be made for the cat.

activity and longevity of cats

Requirements for the place of detention 

Pets should be kept in a warm and clean environment. Place your sleeping area away from drafts and prevent your pet from sleeping on the tiled floor. To avoid hypothermia, be sure to train the cat to the bed or run an underfloor heating system.

Remember to change the litter in the tray, wash the food bowls after each feed, and change the water daily. Remember that not only freshness is important, but also the absence of impurities. The water must be purchased from a store or passed through a filter to remove the deposits it contains.

Feline to Human Age Ratio 

Most popular translation method to a human age – 1 to 7. Despite this, it is the most unreliable. A slow growth scheme is increasingly being used instead. In it, 1 year is equated to 15 years, 2 years – to 9, and each subsequent – to 4. That is, a one-year-old cat is a 15-year-old teenager, the same animal at the age of 2 years is a 24-year-old independent man, and at 3 and 4 years, the age of the mustache is equated to 28 and 32 years, respectively.

Veterinarians usually follow the scheme from the international veterinary passport. According to him, the ratio is as follows: 

Feline age (years) 

 

Human age (years)
one eighteen
2 25
3 thirty
four 35
five 40
6 43
7 45
eight fifty
nine 55
10 60
eleven 62
12 65
13 68
fourteen 72
fifteen 74
sixteen 76
17 78
eighteen 80
nineteen 90
twenty 100

But here, too, everything is very conditional. Maine Coons and Siberians have a very long youth, therefore, at 4-5 years old, their psychological age is close to adolescence.

Determining the age of a kitten or adult cat 

It is impossible to establish the exact age of an animal taken from the street, but an approximate one is not at all difficult. Veterinarians determine it by external signs: the condition of the teeth, hair, mustache, eyes, and musculoskeletal system.

The older the cat, the more its teeth are worn out. In very elderly individuals, incisors and canines may be missing. Also, with aging, there is a tarnishing and thinning of the coat. By the age of 10, the first gray hair appears, spreading from the fur coat even to the antennae. The animal’s eyes grow dull and the spine begins to sag. The gait loses its former confidence, and the claws lose flexibility.

how to determine the age of a cat or kitten

Fluffy centenarians 

The lifespan of some cats is astounding. The Guinness Book record holders managed to cross not only the 20-year but also the 30-year threshold. Among them: 

  • Lucy, 43, is from Australia . She outlived her first mistress and willingly chased mice even in old age.
  • 38-year-old Cream Puff from the USA. Its longevity is associated with the abundance of vitamins obtained from broccoli and asparagus.
  • Rubble, 32, is from England. The owner of this cat is sure that he lived such a long life thanks to her love. She had no children, so she devoted herself to her pets: Rubble and Meg the cat, who lived to be 25 years old.

 

On the example of these mustachioed centenarians, it is easy to trace 2 similarities: good living conditions and a loving owner. These are the factors that are fundamental in achieving longevity.

Conclusion 

The lifespan of cats directly depends on their owners. Thanks to care, attention, and love, they will continue to delight their two-legged defenders for many years to come.

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DO CATS CRY? AND LITTLE KITTENS?

Do cats cry? And little kittens?

Sometimes the owners notice that their cats are crying. At such moments, a poet wants to hug and calm down, since tears for a person are a sign of serious emotional distress. It is important to understand here that the process of lacrimation in animals is arranged a little differently. 

The appearance of lacrimal paths on a fluffy face is very rarely associated with psychological discomfort. More often it indicates the presence of latent and sluggish diseases that require compulsory treatment. 

Do cats know how to cry? 

Unlike humans, cats don’t cry for joy or sadness. Emotions are not alien to them, but the tailed ones express them in a different way.

Do cats know how to cry?

If tears appeared on the face of your pet after the next notation for the peeled wallpaper, then this is just a coincidence. Instead of apologizing, take a closer look at the animal – it may be worried about a malaise.

Lachrymation in pets 

A psychophysiological reaction in the form of increased secretion of lacrimal fluid is characteristic only for humans. Strong negative or positive emotions evoke it. If a cat is crying, then profuse lacrimation is always explained by physiology or pathology.

In animals, lacrimal fluid has 3 important functions: 

  • optical (participates in the refraction of light for a clear perception of the picture of the world);
  • trophic (nourishes the cornea and conjunctiva with useful substances);
  • protective (removes foreign particles from the surface of the eye).

That is, profuse lacrimation in pets is always associated with irritants or drying out of the inner lining of the eye. Terrible dreams and other psycho-emotional reasons do not play a role in this case.

Lachrymation in cats

Physiological causes 

Despite the possibility of a pathological explanation, you should not panic ahead of time. The appearance of tears can also be associated with completely harmless reasons: 

  • slight irritation of the mucous membrane due to dust, speck, or hair;
  • lack of ability to wash without assistance (along with tears, the discharge accumulated during the day is removed);
  • recent sleep (discharge from the eyes is formed during rest, and tears help get rid of them);
  • active physical activity (night “tygydyki”, chasing birds), stimulating the work of the lacrimal glands;
  • sniffing freshly chopped onions.

 

If your pet looks healthy, then he is unlikely to need the help of a veterinarian. For physiological reasons, lacrimation normalizes on its own.

Pathological causes 

An alarm bell is a prolonged lacrimation, accompanied by concomitant symptoms. In such a situation, the probability of the following pathologies is high: 

 

  • allergy ;
  • viral conjunctivitis and other infections;
  • inflammation of the upper respiratory tract;
  • various injuries, including the ingress of a foreign body;
  • helminthic invasions ;
  • ophthalmic diseases (cataract, dacryocystitis, distichiasis, volvulus, and eversion of the eyelids);
  • endocrine disorders and problems with the digestive system.

If the animal shows signs of malaise, be sure to seek help from your veterinarian. Treatment recommendations will depend on the diagnosis.

The cat is crying for pathological reasons

Breed feature 

Persians, exotics, British and Scots are united by a specific structure of the skull. The nasal passages and lacrimal canals of these breeds are shorter than those of other mustachioed pets. Because of this, their eyes water profusely with any, even the most insignificant, irritation of the mucous membrane.

Snub-nosed cats require more careful care, as the tear secretion changes the color of their fur and forms a pathogenic microflora for bacteria. The eyes of such pets need to be wiped at least 1 time per day.

What to do with lacrimation in animals 

Possible actions directly depend on the cause. If everything is explained by physiology, then it is enough to wait for the normalization of the condition or help your pet with eye hygiene. For cleansing, use special veterinary lotions, herbal teas, or mild tea leaves.

When confirming the pathology, it is enough to simply adhere to medical recommendations. Depending on the diagnosis, the baleen pet may be prescribed antibiotics, antivirals, anthelmintics, anti-inflammatory, antihistamines, or other drugs.

What to do with watery eyes in cats

Why do cats or cats cry, meowing 

Although cats do not cry, they can also suffer and worry. Mustache pets express their negative emotions through lethargic behavior, attempts at solitude, loss of appetite, hair loss, aggression, and a variety of sounds.

If your pet is constantly meowing, and the fur on his face is moistened with tears, then he is trying with all his might to attract your attention. Possible reasons for this behavior are listed below.

Psychological discomfort 

Prolonged stress weakens the immune system and negatively affects the psyche. Animals are frightened by harsh sounds, unfamiliar smells, and unusual surroundings. Thunder, fireworks, a trip in a car, a trip to a veterinary clinic, a move, and the arrival of a new family member are the most common causes of anxiety in cats.

Ask for something

Cats meow when hungry or thirsty. Adult animals try to lead the owner to the bowl and even point with a glance at the place where the food is stored. Kittens in this regard are completely helpless – they just wail plaintively on the spot until they are fed.

Feel the pain 

The animal may suffer from constipation, diarrhea, or nausea. In this case, tears appear due to cramps in the abdomen and the approaching gag reflex. Clean cats, with the help of meows, try to warn their owners not only about unpleasant sensations but also about the imminent relief of need in the wrong place.

Why do cats or cats cry, meowing

Need attention 

Picture crying is characteristic of manipulative cats. Thus, clever pets extort themselves snacks and extra affection.

Sexual instinct 

All cat lovers know about loud meowing, rolling on the floor, and marking the territory during puberty, but only a few people know about profuse lacrimation during this period. The sudden appearance of tears during the awakening of the sexual instinct is explained by a temporary discrepancy between the width and length of the lacrimal ducts. As the kitten grows up, its head becomes larger. Together with it, the width of the lacrimal ducts also increases, but the change in their length is slightly delayed.

Meowing of little kittens 

Most often, a kitten cries due to separation from its mother and the loss of its usual way of life. In a new place, he remains completely alone, so it takes time for him to get used to his master and unfamiliar smells.

Please note that the most difficult move is given to babies under 3 months. Such kittens are still deprived of independence, so any violation of the established routine introduces them into a state of severe stress.

How to comfort and calm your sad pet  

If pathologies are excluded and your cat is crying from stress or lack of attention, try to eliminate all negative factors and improve his living conditions. Provide good soundproofing, create a cozy seating area, and extend the duration of your playtime.

How to comfort and calm a sad cat

If the animal does not mind, take it in your arms, caress it and talk in a calm voice. Pets understand human intonation quite well, so talking with a cat can really help.

Conclusion

If your cat is crying, do not rush to comfort her. First, make sure that she is healthy and that something foreign is not stuck in her eye. Most likely, her sadness is just your fantasy, and not the real reason for the existing watery eyes

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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR CAT TO DRINK WATER

Top Tips: How to Train Your Cat to Drink Water

If you notice that your pet is not drinking water, it can cause anxiety. After all, no creature can do without liquid. And just imagine how difficult it is for a cat to be active all day and not drink. There are reasons for this behavior, and we will try to understand them. We will also answer the question of how to fix this situation and make the cat drink water.

Why doesn’t your pet drink water?

Each owner, of course, understands the importance of caring for the proper nutrition and well-being of the pet. Drinking is the key to maintaining the health of the body. Interestingly, cats do not drink water as often as humans. But it is still necessary to restore the water balance. Before you train cats to drink water, we recommend that you read the advice of experienced cat owners.

First, choose a good bowl. The fact is that dishes of a small volume or made of low-quality material can scare an animal away from drinking. In the first case, the mustache (vibrissae) can interfere with the pet. In the second, the smell or toxicity of the material. For example, utensils made of plastic can taste or smell. As you know, cats have a very good sense of smell. Therefore, if you are inclined to believe that the cat does not like to drink water for this very reason, rather change the dishes to new ones. Alternatively, you can choose a glass, aluminum, or ceramic wide bowl.

Another option for why cats don’t drink water from a bowl is to place it next to food. Yes, in nature everything is arranged so that animals do not drink where they eat. Some explain this by saying that a plate of liquid placed next to a food bowl will be perceived as food. In addition, for the animal, it may seem not entirely clean due to its proximity to the dishes for the “main courses”. In this case, we recommend that you place the bowl of water in a different place. To begin with, you can choose several locations and arrange the liquid dishes throughout the apartment. One bowl, for example, can be placed in the hall, another in the bedroom, and the third on the balcony. As soon as you notice that the pet has chosen one of them, the rest can be removed. It is important that the drinking container is not located in the place of the passage or in drafts.

The next reason why the cat does not drink water from the bowl is that it may not be well washed. If a person weakly feels it, cats have a heightened sense of smell. In terms of taste, the opposite is true. But if there are residues of detergent in the bowl or not quite freshwater, the pet will feel it. For prevention purposes, the water should be changed at least once a day. And it is also important to know such information. In nature, cats prefer to drink water from flowing streams.

How to teach a cat to drink water from a bowl

Probably, many owners can complain about this problem. In nature, a cat is also accustomed to the fact that it receives liquid while hunting for rodents. If the pet is at home, then it eats completely different food. In the diet of cats can be porridge, boiled minced meat. If your pet eats dry food, which can also be an acceptable solution, if you do not have the opportunity to constantly cook, you need to take care of the pet’s drinking.

To train your cat to drink water:

  • Choose a comfortable dish. We talked about this in more detail earlier, considering why the cat does not drink water from a bowl;
  • Change the liquid in the dishes daily;
  • Mix water with dry food, add it to cat dishes, milk, and so on;
  • Buy ready-made canned food that contains water;
  • If your cat doesn’t have throat problems, you can put an ice cube in the bowl. The cat will lick it and get moisture in this way;
  • The instincts of animals determine their behavior in such a way as to drink running water. If your cat is low on fluids, try tap water training. To do this, turn on the water slightly and help the cat to sit down so that it is comfortable;
  • Also, for this reason, we recommend taking a closer look at a very interesting device – a fountain with circular water circulation. In some devices, it is filtered. There are also models that turn on when the cat comes up;
  • If the cat does not drink plain water, mix it with fish broth.

In any case, you need to accustom the cat to water. Correct drinking keeps the body functioning. If there are a lot of dry foods in the cat’s diet, the liquid is an irreplaceable component. When training, consider important rules, as well as the need to select the correct container.

Water requirements

Now let’s summarize the above and add some interesting points to the information. Of course, there are certain requirements for water. Although some cats still surprise us with the fact that they can drink dirty water outside, or even climb into the toilet. In the event that you notice such behavior in animals, try to be patient to retrain them. In fact, water is very important for the health of the animal’s body. Of course, it is sometimes very difficult to train an animal to drink. If you still have trouble getting your cat to water, try our other tips. We examined them above.

We also recommend that you consider the following points:

  • The temperature of the liquid in the bowl. In nature, wild cats are accustomed to drinking water from streams or other sources. Of course, such predators are more adapted to survival conditions. At home, you need to give water at room temperature. It is important to know that sometimes animals may have throat problems;
  • Purity. Tap water may not always come up. Moreover, in different regions, its quality may differ significantly. Even a human being can sense chlorine impurities. And what can we say then about pesticides, metals, and sedimentary material? Of course, drinking tap water can help build immunity. But take into account the moment, how clean the water is in your area and whether it is suitable for drinking;
  • Foreign odors. A cat will not drink water from a bowl if it contains odors that are unpleasant to its receptors. For example, chemicals or the smell of the bowl itself, well-washed food debris, or stagnant water. Therefore, pay attention to the cleanliness and the washing process;
  • How often to change. Make sure that the water does not stagnate for a long time and is not dirty during the day. Change it once a day, sometimes more often.

Interesting Facts

The origin of the cat is associated with its African history. It was in Egypt that these animals were revered most of all, they were looked after, kept clean, tidy, extolled. Weakened craving for water, the feeling of thirst is associated with the continued need for a small amount of water on a dry continent. But we know how important it is for a cat to drink. Therefore, you need to replenish the water balance through drinking or food.

Every owner wants the cat to be healthy. Satisfaction of the daily need for water (1.5-2 times more food intake, especially if it is dry food) helps to normalize metabolic processes, prevent stagnant processes and possible infections of the genitourinary system. Cats love to drink water from fountains, so if your pet is actively asking for water from the tap, you can buy such a device for him.

Sometimes cats drink liquid from non-standard containers, such as buckets, sinks, or mugs. If you have the opportunity to give your pet such a drinking item, fill it up with plenty of water and put it in an accessible place. In summer, you can collect a wide bowl and leave it on the balcony.

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AT WHAT AGE IS IT OPTIMAL TO TAKE A KITTEN TO A NEW HOME

At what age is it optimal to take a kitten to a new home

 

At what age to take a kitten

When weaning a baby from a mother is an important point, further development, mental and physical health, and socialization of the baby in a new family largely depend on it. Weaning the baby from the mother too early or late can negatively affect his condition. 

 

How a kitten develops: from birth to 2 months

A newborn is born completely helpless, and the task of the mother-cat is to protect him from the dangers of the world around him. The stages of growing up a cub are as follows:

  1.   From birth to 10 days of life, the crumbs are completely blind and only move by crawling. Newborns cannot empty their bowels on their own; their mother helps them with this.
  2.   In the period from 10 to 21 days, the cubs increase in size on average three times and weigh about 300-400 g. The eyes of the babies open, but the animals cannot yet focus on objects. By the end of three weeks, the crumbs are already resting on their paws and they have teeth.
  3.   In the interval between 21 and 45 days, up to 26 teeth erupt in the mustache. Pets move confidently and clearly see the world around them. At this time, solid food begins to feed the babies.
  4.   The period from 45 to 90 days becomes the stage when pussies acquire most of their skills. All of their teeth grow, so the animals almost completely feed on solid food. At this age, seals are ready for the first vaccination in their life.

After a three-month period, their development is almost completely completed ingrown individuals. Teenagers have strong immunity, they have formed a character. Pets are curious, eat solid food, and are ready to leave their native nest.

Kitten development from birth to 2 months

What skills does a mother cat teach?

Mom begins to teach the crumbs the skills necessary for later life almost immediately after they open their eyes. The mother starts with the simplest thing – to recognize strangers and move around. Gradually, pets acquire behavioral skills in different situations and interact more actively with others.

After the baby is one month old, the female instills in the children the basics of self-care. Small pets begin to learn how to take care of themselves after using the toilet, eat carefully and wash their faces after eating.

During the same period, mom actively takes pussies out for a walk, teaches them how to behave correctly in the world around them. In the conditions of an apartment or house, the female shows by her own example how to use the tray. The mother does everything so that, after parting, the children can survive and live a full life.

What skills does a cat instill in its kittens?

When can you pick up a kitten from a cat?

It is not always possible to be guided by how much time has passed since the crumbs were born. Before you bring a crumb to a new home, you need to look at what he is capable of doing.

Determination of readiness for independent living

By the time it appears in a new house, the mustache must have all the skills of an adult animal. This will help him in the future to quickly adapt to the changed living conditions and lead a full life.

By the time of the beginning of independent life, the baby should:

 

  • move confidently;
  • eat solid food on your own;
  • understand the purpose of the tray;
  • know the basics of personal hygiene.

All these skills and abilities are instilled by a mother-cat. The female brings up by her example, and the children quickly learn and imitate the habits of the parent well. Everything necessary for further life is formed in the animal by 12 weeks. Experts consider this age to be optimal, and the answer, at what age you can take kittens from a cat, is as follows: at 2.5-3 months.

When the kitten is ready for independent life

Breed features

Sometimes the age at which it is better to take a kitten is influenced by the baby’s belonging to a certain breed. For example, newborn sphinxes open their eyes on the second or third day after birth. But this does not mean that they develop the skills necessary for life before others.

Outbred courtyard individuals adapt to environmental conditions a little faster – their survival depends on it. Therefore, they need to find a home as early as possible and be in the caring hands of the owner. Classically mestizos (that is, cats without a specific breed) can be given as early as 2 months, that is, at 8-9 weeks.

When can you pick up a kitten from a cat?

What is meant by socialization?

All owners expect their pets to be affectionate and obedient. But for this, you need to make an effort.

In order for the future pet to grow up socialized and fully human-oriented, it is important to take the mustache in your arms immediately after appearing in the family. To accustom the crumbs, you need to do this for 15 minutes a day – at least. In addition, the pet must be stroked, communicated, and played with.

Behavioral fundamentals and character traits begin to form very early in the calf. Therefore, the mother cat, and then the owner, must instill in the baby the rules of behavior in the world around him, doing this as gently and painlessly as possible.

A socialized cat is one that perceives the voice and distinguishes the intonations of the owner, is not afraid to go into his arms, plays with a person with pleasure, is not afraid of guests and noisy companies. All this is ensured by constant communication and conversations.

As soon as the kitten gets comfortable in the new home, it is taught to bathe, clean the ears, and examine the oral cavity. It is important that from an early period of life the baby responds adequately to prohibiting commands and the owner’s discontent.

Kitten socialization

How to take a kitten to a new home

The owner of a female with newborns should clearly understand what can and should be done when it is necessary to give kittens from a cat. This is a very exciting process and should be prepared in advance.

Weaning from a mother cat

Veterinarians advise against abruptly separating a cat from a cub. This will be very stressful for them. Knowing at what age kittens can be given, the owner prepares in advance for this difficult process. In order to facilitate weaning from a mother cat, you must:

  1.   Wean the baby from mother’s milk. This is done after the baby is 4 weeks old by introducing complementary foods. They start with wet industrial feed or low-fat fermented milk products, tender chicken meat.
  2.   Separate mother and cubs for short periods of time. To do this, you need to place a little fluffy for a couple of hours in your own corner with a tray and a bowl.
  3.   Teach your baby cat to lap independently from a bowl, filling a shallow plate with a breast milk substitute.

By following all the recommendations, you can significantly reduce the time a little pet gets used to a new family and other conditions of independent living. In this case, his psyche and state of health will be in perfect order.

How to take a kitten to a new home

Arrangement of a new home for a small pet

Before a new family member appears in the house, you need to carefully prepare. It is necessary to purchase what your pet will need not only in the first days but also every day. Shopping for a small child should include:

 

  • separate bowls for food and water;
  • tray and suitable filler ;
  • scratching post ;
  • claw cutter ;
  • a bed for the privacy of a pet;
  • carrying;
  • toys.

Everything you need can be purchased at a pet store or after consulting a specialist. Before you take the fluffy home, you need to find out the type of food from its owner. You should not immediately transfer the baby to a new type of food. If the new owner decides to change the baby’s eating habits, then this should be done gradually.

Home improvement for a kitten

How to help a mother cat survive separation from her cubs

By the age of 12 weeks, female cubs become quite independent and no longer need constant care from the mother and her milk. Fuzzies are almost completely ready for an independent life, but the cat itself is not always ready to part with him. Therefore, a pet must be prepared psychologically.

To do this, it will not be superfluous to take babies from the female for several hours. This will reduce milk production and an acute sense of anxiety for the offspring.

When the baby leaves and finds himself in a new family, you should immediately remove all things that have his smell. The disappearance of the baby’s scent will reduce the female’s instinctive urge to look for it.

There is no need to scold a kitty if she walks around an empty house and screams loudly. She will soon get used to loneliness and stop calling the babies. Better to keep your pet playing or distract it with your favorite treat.

How to help a mother cat survive separation from kittens

Who should vaccinate kittens?

A lot of medical procedures are planned for the first year of a pet’s life. He undergoes several treatments against intra-intestinal and skin parasites and is given repeated vaccinations.

The first vaccination is given at 2-2.5 months. If a furry friend at this time is still with the family with a mother-cat, then the owner of the female should take the cub to the veterinary clinic.

Usually, pedigree kittens are taken only with a vaccination and an already established veterinary passport. And the future owner of the mustache simply follows the recommendations for subsequent vaccinations in adolescence. With mestizos, on the contrary – if the cat has already been taken away from the mother, then all responsibility for the life and health of the animal falls on the new owner.

Vaccination of kittens

What will happen if the babies are taken away from their mothers at the wrong time?

There are circumstances in which the cub appears in the house earlier or much later than the optimal, in the opinion of veterinarians, age when kittens can be given. Because of this, problems with socialization and even the health of the baby can arise.

Too early

Premature separation of a cat from children can lead to disruption of the digestive system of the babies themselves. Up to 1.5 months, pets need the enzymes contained in breast milk.

If the crumb stops receiving a useful product ahead of time, then problems with the gastrointestinal tract will inevitably begin. The body of the cat reacts to adult food with diarrhea or constipation, as well as the appearance of life-threatening dysbiosis.

What happens if kittens are taken away from their mother too early?

Weaning a female for up to 2 months leads to a strong weakening of the baby’s immune system. Not getting the right amount of nutrients and protection from milk, the baby becomes vulnerable to dangerous infections.

In addition, up to 1 or 1.5 months, the cub has a strong emotional bond with the mother. Therefore, the stress of breaking this thread affects the mental and physical condition, which leads to the emergence of various ailments and behavioral problems.

Too late

If you take a fluffy from the previous family after 3 months of life, this will not threaten him with any health problems. The kid is fully strengthened, eats adult food, has the necessary hygiene skills, communication with people, and should have already undergone the first vaccination and treatment against parasites in his life.

The future owner will not experience any special difficulties with such a mustache, because the animal easily gets used to new living conditions and adapts to the surrounding reality – this period of ease lasts up to 7-8 months, that is, until the onset of puberty.

What happens if kittens are taken away from their mother too late?

When acquiring or giving away a cub of a domestic cat, a person must have an idea of ​​when to wean it from its mother. In order for a pet to grow up physically and mentally healthy, you should not do this earlier than 2 months. It is up to 8 weeks of life that the necessary skills and abilities are laid in the cub, and a strong immunity is also formed. Closer to 3 months, the baby is completely ready to part with his mother and go into the caring hands of a new owner.

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WHY DOES A KITTEN MEOW FOR NO REASON?

Why does a kitten meow for no reason?

Many cat owners are faced with such a problem when a small pet that appears in the house constantly squeaks. The kitten meows incessantly. And it does not last a day or two, but constantly. When the owner does not understand the reasons for this behavior of the animal, it can be very unnerving. To rectify the situation, you do not need to be irritated, you need to understand the reasons that caused it.
Meowing is the language of communication between a kitten and its owner, so the baby expresses his desires, emotions, otherwise, he simply cannot. This is normal and natural. But, if the kitten squeaks constantly, without ceasing, and at the same time the sounds have an alarming connotation, the reason for this behavior may not be the desire to communicate. It is important to understand the animal correctly in order to correct the situation.

Main reasons

There are many reasons for the constant incomprehensible meowing.

  • Weaning from mother
  • Stress from a change of scenery
  • Feeling lonely, demanding attention
  • Host check
  • Hunger
  • Malaise

It is important to correctly interpret the behavior of the baby in order to normalize the situation in the house.

Weaning from mother

This is perhaps the most common reason for the constant “crying” of a kitten. Do not take the baby away from the mother until 2 – 2.5 months. At this age, kittens are already able to survive separation painlessly enough. But at a younger age, the kitten will be very worried and look for a mother, who used to be always there and gave a feeling of protection. In this case, you need to help the baby, calm him down. Take him in your arms, warm him, caress him, talk to him. When the little pet calms down, he will stop crying. But that behavior won’t change the first time. In the morning, sleepy, the kitten will start to worry again. Attacks of melancholy can begin at any time of the day. Then the baby will again start calling for mom and looking for her. Just be there and calm the kitten, gradually the situation will improve,

Stress from a change of scenery

Pets can hardly endure a change of scenery. This causes a lot of stress, anxiety, and anxiety. Even if the kitten has ceased to yearn for a cat and got used to its absence, everything around him is new, unfamiliar. An unfamiliar home, unfamiliar surroundings, new people, and maybe other pets. Even the usual rearrangement in the apartment can cause stress in a kitten. The kid begins to worry, feel fear, anxiety, and, as a result, begins to “cry”. The solution here is obvious – you need to show increased attention to it, calm it down, surround it with care, then the meowing will stop, the little pet will stop “crying” and start playing.

Feeling lonely, demanding attention

A feeling of loneliness can also be the reason for an incomprehensible meow. When a baby is small, he is not yet so independent, he wants to have a play partner, a friend nearby. He’s just bored alone. The kitten can call on the owner to pay attention to him. The solution, in this case, is also simple – give your little pet time and attention, while the kitten is small, he really needs your attention, alone he will start to be sad. This does not mean that you have to constantly tinker with the baby, just regularly devote at least a little time to him. With age, this problem will go away on its own.

Host check

This, of course, is not about testing the owner for stress resistance, but about the little pet’s attempt to find out who is in charge of the house. Cats are gregarious animals, therefore, they must have a leader. Checking the owner by meowing is just the cat’s attempt to find out who is the leader here, he or the owner. Sometimes it happens that a kitten makes sounds under a closed door, but as soon as it is opened, he will not even think to enter. This is a kind of check whether you fulfill his requirement or not. The solution to the problem in such a situation is obvious – it is necessary to explain to the animal who is the “main cat” in the house. Influence the pet morally, look directly in the eyes, demonstrate your position, that you are the leader here. When the baby learns this, he will stop testing you.

Hunger

Feeling hungry can also make the kitten start making sounds. In this case, he simply demands food. It should be noted that there should always be food in the cat’s bowl, the baby can eat up to sixteen times a day. If the pet is hungry, and the bowl is empty, he will naturally draw the attention of the owner to this by meowing. Make sure he always has food.
Another possible cause of feline screams can be poor upbringing when the kitten is simply begging. If smelling something tasty, the baby begins to meow and demand a tidbit, do not rush to pamper him. This can become a habit and be regarded by animals as the norm. In this case, it is best to make it clear to the pet that such behavior is unacceptable, and meowing, no matter how plaintive or demanding, will not lead to anything. You must demonstrate to your child that you make the decisions here. In no case should you physically punish a kitten?

Malaise

Another possible reason for the constant “crying” of a kitten maybe his poor health. Examine the pet carefully, if there is something alarming in its appearance, it may be worth seeking help from a veterinarian. The specialist will conduct a preventive examination and give a more accurate conclusion.

Any sound made by an animal means something. Learn to communicate with your little pet. Talk to him. Learn to understand his speech, establish a dialogue, and then you can live in harmony with him and get positive emotions from communicating with your little friend.

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