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  1. 1. Cats!<br />
  2. 2. Cats<br />The cat (Feliscatus), also known as the domestic cat or housecat is a small, usually furry, domesticated, carnivorous mammal that is valued by humans for its companionship and for its ability to hunt vermin and household pests. Cats have been associated with humans for at least 9,500 years,and are currently the most popular pet in the world.Owing to their close association with humans, cats are now found almost everywhere in the world.<br />Source: Wikipedia<br />
  3. 3. Break Down<br />Taking Care of Your Cat<br />Cats in the U.S.<br />Cats in Popular Culture<br />Facts about Cats<br />
  4. 4. Cats in the United States<br />About 85 million cats are owned in the United States<br />At least 20 percent of cats are acquired as strays.<br />The cost of spaying and neutering a cat is less than the cost of raising kittens for one year. <br />The average cost of basic food, supplies, medical care and training for a cat is $700 to $875 annually. <br />Estimates for stray cats in the United States range up to 70 million.<br />The average number of litters a fertile cat produces is one to two a year; average number of kittens is 4-6 per litter. <br />Seven out of ten cats in shelters are destroyed simply because there is no one to adopt them. <br />Source: The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)<br />
  5. 5. Break Down<br />Cats in the U.S.<br />Taking Care of Your Cat<br />Cats in Popular Culture<br />Facts about Cats<br />
  6. 6. Facts about Cats<br />Breeds, descriptions<br />41 breeds, Some specific types: Manx, Siamese, Turkish Angora, Chartreux<br />History<br />Life Span<br />In captivity, an average life expectancy for male indoor cats at birth is 12 to 14 years,with females usually living a year or two longer.<br />Source: Wikipedia<br />
  7. 7. Facts about Cats<br />Cats can see in the dark and hear higher ranged frequencies than humans.<br />Despite being solitary hunters, cats are a social species and use a variety of techniques for communication including: Meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, grunting, body language and marking. <br />Cats are able to tolerate quite high temperatures: humans generally start to feel uncomfortable when their skin temperature passes about 112 °F but cats show no discomfort until their skin reaches around 126 °F.<br />To aid with navigation and sensation, cats have dozens of movable whiskers over their body, especially their face. These provide information on the width of gaps and on the location of objects in the dark, both by touching objects directly and by sensing air currents; they also trigger protective blink reflexes to protect the eyes from damage.<br />Source: Wikipedia<br />
  8. 8. Facts about Cats: Health<br />Cats are mammals and are therefore susceptible to a variety of mammal related diseases including genetic disorders, bacterial, fungal and viral infections. <br />The health of a cat is a serious issue. Cats are prone to a variety of diseases even when kept in captivity. In the wild these diseases and disorders keep the cat population from growing to quickly… but with domesticated cats, you don’t want to see Fluffy bite the dust at a year old.<br />Common diseases and disorders found in cats:<br />Feline Cystitis: inflammation of the bladder<br /> Feline Hyperthyroidism:<br /> Chronic kidney failure:<br /> Feline Diabetes:<br /> Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)<br /> Feline Panleukopenia:<br /> Upper Respiratory Disease (Cat Flu)<br /> Fleas<br /> Parasites (worms)<br /> Ear mites<br />Makes sure to have your cat vaccinated<br />feline rabies vaccination<br /> feline panleukopenia vaccination<br /> feline rhinotracheitis (feline herpesvirus) vaccination<br /> feline calicivirus vaccination<br />Because cats share so many genetic traits in common with humans, many diseases can be passed between the species.<br />Due to the shared genetic traits, scientists consider cats to be a suitable animal to test drugs and other chemicals on. <br />
  9. 9. Facts about Cats: Health<br />Getting Your Cat Fixed<br />Declawing cats? <br />Having a cat neutered or spayed has some health benefits, primarily in that it eliminates the possibility of some forms of cancer.<br />Cats can be surgically sterilized as early as 7 weeks to limit unwanted reproduction.[This surgery also prevents undesirable sex-related behavior, such as aggression, territory marking in males and yowling (calling) in females. <br />Traditionally, this surgery was performed at around six to nine months of age, but it is increasingly being performed prior to puberty, at about three to six months.<br />In the USA approximately 80% of household cats are neutered.<br />Declawing is a major surgical procedure and can produce pain, infections and permanent lameness<br />Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat's "toes".<br />Sources: Wikipedia, Humane Society, ASPCA,“Declawing”<br />
  10. 10. Break Down<br />Taking Care of Your Cat<br />Cats in the U.S.<br />Cats in Popular Culture<br />Facts about Cats<br />
  11. 11. Taking Care of Your Cat<br />Overview<br />Cat Basics: <br />Food<br />Litter Box<br />Shelter<br />Kitten or Cat?<br />Multiple Cat Homes.<br />Cat behavior <br />
  12. 12. Taking Care of Your Cat<br />LITTER BOX<br />Sand<br />Clay<br />Kitty Litter<br />SHELTER<br />FOOD<br />About 20% of a cat's diet must be protein<br />Usually the choice is Dry or Wet food…<br /> But ideally you would find a food that most closely relates to the animals natural diet.<br />
  13. 13. Taking Care of Your Cat<br />Kitten or Cat?<br />Generally a kitten becomes a cat at one year of age. <br />The average rate of gestation (pregnancy) is 66 days.<br />Kittens need full time nourishment and support from their mothers in the first few weeks after birth. Without this added care a kitten may not be able to go to the bathroom, nor receive the right antibodies and nourishment needed to develop fully. <br />Source: “Unique Kitten Facts,” Wikipedia<br />
  14. 14. Taking Care of Your Cat<br />Multiple Cat Home? <br />Cats in groups<br />Introducing cats<br />Playing versus fighting<br />Separate food and litter (sometimes) <br />Territory marking<br />Cats sometimes communicate through urine spraying and marking with scent glands.<br />Cats also use their claws to show their territory (scratching furniture etc)<br />
  15. 15. Sleeping <br />Grooming<br />Fighting<br />Marking territory<br />Sex and Reproduction<br />Taking Care of Your Cat: Behavior<br />
  16. 16. Taking Care of Your Cat: Behavior<br />Catplay:<br />Catnip<br />Cat Toys<br />
  17. 17. Break Down<br />Cats in the U.S.<br />Taking Care of Your Cat<br />Cats in Popular Culture<br />Facts about Cats<br />
  18. 18. Cats in Popular Culture: Music<br />“Kitty”<br />“Tommy the Cat”<br />
  19. 19. Cats in Popular Culture: Literature<br />
  20. 20. Cats in Popular Culture: Memes<br />
  21. 21. Cats in Popular Culture: Videos<br />Kittens Inspired by Kittens<br />
  22. 22. Bibliography<br />All About Cute Kittens<br /> “Unique Kitten Facts” <br /><br /> 2008-2011<br /> Accessed 10/5/2011<br />The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)<br /> “Pet Statistics”<br /> Accessed 10/4/2011.<br />Farl, Morgan<br /> Cat Owner<br /> 10/4/2011<br />Grant-Smith, Joyce<br />Animal Talk. 2010, Nimbus Publishing Limited<br />Humane Society of the United States<br /> “Tips”<br /> Various Articles<br /> Last Updated 2011.<br /> Accessed 10/4/2011. <br />Place, Kelly<br /> Cat Owner<br /> 10/5/2011<br />Dr. Schelling, Christianne<br /> “Declawing: What You Need to Know”<br /> 1998-2011<br />Schultz, Jessica<br /> Cat Ownder<br /> 10/3/2011<br />Wikipedia “Cats”<br /><br /> Last modified on 3 October 2011.<br /> Accessed 10/4/2011.<br />
  23. 23. Picture and Video Sources<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  24. 24. Picture and Video Sources<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  25. 25.<br />Picture and Video Sources<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />
  26. 26. Picture and Video Sources<br /><br />“Songify This: Can’t Hug Every Cat- a song about loving cats” by Schmoyho<br /><br />“Tommy the Cat” by Primus. <br /><br />“Kitty” by The Presidents of the United States of America<br /><br />“Kittens Inspired by Kittens” by Blakekelly<br /><br />