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When Considering a Cat (Loving Your Cat) [Kindle Edition]

  1. 1. By Cindy WrightWhen Considering a CatLoving Your CatBook 1When Considering a CatCindy WrightCopyright © 2012 by Cindy Wright.All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmittedin any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, includingphotocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrievalsystem, without permission in writing from the copyright owner.This book was printed in the United Kingdom.To order additional copies of this book, contact:Email: cindys.great.books@gmail.comWebsite: http://www.cindysgreatestbooks.webplusshop.comA Short History of CatsThe Amazing Cat SpeciesUnderstanding Your Cat
  2. 2. The Importance of Understanding Your CatTips for Understanding Your CatSelecting Your Cat7 Things You Should Know Before Going to Buy aKittenWhy You Should Consider Buying Two KittensTogetherWhat Equipment Do You Need When First Buying aKitten?Common Meanings of Cat BehaviorsFoster Cat CareDogs and Cats under the Same RoofSmall Kids and KittensIntroducing your New Kitten to an Existing CatTips for Introducing CatsCats Bonding with Their OwnersWhat is in a Name?Naming Your CatHow to Pick a Name for Your KittenCreate a Safe Zone for Your New KittyHow to Kitten Proof Your HomeKittens Just Want to Have FunSocializing KittensKitty Litter BoxThe Basic Know How’s about Cat CareOwnership ResponsibilityCat FoodSheltering your CatCat Health CareDo I Need Pet Health Insurance for my Kitty?Do I Need to Bathe my New KittyDoes my Kitty Need a Pet Carrier?Does my Kitty Need an ID Tag?Does my Kitty Need Vaccinations?RhinotracheitisCalicivirus
  3. 3. Feline DistemperFeLV or Feline Leukemia VirusCat AIDSFIP or Feline Infectious PeritonitisChlamydiaHow Often Will I Need to Take Kitty to the Vet?PoisonsLeash Training Your CatWhere Should Kitty Sleep?A Short History of CatsPeople rarely consider the fact that cats have not always been a part ofhuman life. In reality it has not even been ten thousand years since catsnestled into our hearts and lives. Why is that cats took so long to becomedomesticated? Simply put, unlike many other domestic animals, we are notnecessary to a cat’s survival. Humans actually attracted cats through the startof farming. Since our farms required storage of grains and other foodstuffswhich attract rodents in general, cats joined our team as well. Since a cat willalways be a cat, soon enough they just helped themselves to our homes, andour hearts.What could the first cats have been like? The African wild cat (Felis libyca)is one of the first recognized cats due to its occupancy of the Middle Eastwhere farming first began in the area spanning today’s Egypt to Turkey. Thesecats tend to be a bit larger than modern house cats and are a black striped,muted yellow color. These cats can actually be found residing near human lifeto this day. Since wild cats raised domestic act very similar to regular housecats it is still common for the locals to capture young African wild cats for pets.African wild cats also have a naturally docile temperament. A convincing casehas been developed which labels the founder of domestic cats as Felis libyca.However there are two other wild cats, the European wildcat (Felis silvestris)and the Steppe cat (Felis manul), which are considered to have seriouslycontributed long haired and high spirited genetics.Early cat domestication method information is skimpy. By the time 6,000BC rolled around, however, there were statues found where Turkey is todaywhich depicted people playing with cats. Cats first appear in written record inEgypt, where cats were used to protect food stores from rodents, around 4,000
  4. 4. BC. In Egypt cats were also believed to be the goddess Bast in mortal form.Mummified cats were even located in her temple at Bubastis.The Romans, while growing their empire, introduced house cats to Britainand Central Europe. The territory of domesticated cats just continued toexpand throughout Europe. Even the Vikings made use of the hunting andcompanion skills of cats. Freyja, the goddess of war and love began to beassociated with the useful cats. As a matter of fact, it was thought that giant,winged cats pulled her chariot. Another cat custom that developed was toprovide a new bride with a kitten in the name of Freyja.However, life was not all good for the cats, the Middle Ages rolled aroundand cats were thought to be witches or the devil’s companions. Due to this,cats were commonly killed during festivals. Cats were regularly thrown off thetop of a building or set on fire while still alive. The major drop in catpopulation naturally allowed the rodents to thrive, which in turn began theBlack Death plague which eradicated much of the population in Europe. Catsreturned to popularity through their cleanliness and hunting skills. Theorigination of cat doors was by the French in the 1600s when they decided tocut holes in the bottom of their doors so that the cats could come and go asthey desired.Cats became regular hunters and beloved pets in Asia quickly. In China catswere commonly the subject of a good artist. In the form of Maneki Neko, or acat sitting with one paw bent and raised, were considered in Japan to be goodfortune. It is not uncommon to find a portrayal in an office for attractingmoney.Cats have a fascinating history and should be the subject of a much deeperstudy. Knowing the history of cats brings with it gratitude for the personalityof our house cats.The Amazing Cat SpeciesAlmost everybody is aware that cats are amazing animals and loving pets. Intoday’s world you can barely walk into a home without finding at least one catsnuggling in a lap or basking in the sun on a windowsill. Surprisingly thedomestication of cats took place under 5,000 years ago in the Valley of theNile according to available research.
  5. 5. The domestication process started with people who simply thanked cats forhunting the mice with food scraps, which in turn caused the cats to stickaround. After being fed by humans and coming to the conclusion that theywere not going to harm them, cats relocated themselves more permanentlyinto everyday human life. As domestication progressed it was common foreven the wildest of cats to allow humans to be near and to love on them.Naturally, cats were extremely loyal and preferred pets. Cats turned out tobe excellent hunters especially when considering their sleeping patterns, andsimplicity in waking compared to a dog. Poor dogs on this note, as cats haveboth better hearing and night vision. If someone moved in their home, makingeven the slightest noise, they were awake, unlike a dog that needs a loudernotification. Beneficially though, cats and dogs make a good team.In modern day cats are most commonly showed and kept as pets. Theiroriginal use of hunting rodents is not as common. A multitude of breeds are inexistence, including the regularly mentioned Siamese, Persian, or RussianBlue to the general alley cat. Every cat is unique and has their own littlepersonality quirks and can give you years of love and devotion with the propercare. You should also check out long haired cats compared to short hairedcats, one might be better suited for your needs in a cat than the other.Prior to going out and obtaining a cat, of any age, you must be certain tocheck the source you are receiving it from. For example, if you are looking at abreeder then you will want to double check all references to confirm a goodreputation. Not to mention you should always be allowed to look around thecattery for cleanliness and proper maintenance. The current kittens shouldhave plenty of their own, clean, space. Food dishes should be full and watershould be clean and plentiful, and do not forget to check those litter boxes!None of the kittens should be caged, other than their confinement to thatroom, and all of them should appear healthy: shiny eyes, lustrous coats, andwell fed.This should go unspoken, but your kitten should not be afraid at all, itshould already be used to being handled and fussed over, and should alreadypossess a rather sweet nature.. Generally speaking the younger a cat is whenhandling begins, the nicer temperament it grows up with. A good breeder willnot allow you to take a kitten until it is at least 12 weeks of age. This is to assistin making sure that the kitten’s immune system is completely developed,putting them in better health.
  6. 6. Your new cat or kitten could possibly be obtained through a good, wellresearched, breeder, an adoption shelter, or even from the local paper. Thereis also the option of the pound, but the majority of cat owners, or soon to becat owners, does not choose this option. Getting a healthy kitten from the startcan eliminate several possible future complications. A healthy cat should be upto date on their vaccinations and check ups as well as be well taken care of.Understanding Your CatCats are extremely well versed communicators. If you take the time to learnand comprehend what your cat is attempting to tell you exactly then yourbond will grow immensely.The tail is an excellent location to start with on a cat; it is easy to notice andquick to inform you of pending danger. When the tail of a cat begins to twitchor swish back and forth, or even if it goes so far as to stand straight up andbow out, the cat is giving a warning. You would do well to heed the animal’snotification. Other easy to understand defensive actions include back awaywith flattened ears and hissing. However, the eyes are what can tell you themost about the current mood of a cat. When a cat is at ease and happy it tendsto keep its eyes half closed or blink them slowly. On the other hand a scared orangry cat generally has wide, dilated eyes.If you listen to your cat you will learn that they say many things, not justsimply meow. Alone there are 19 different known types of meow. Cat noisesare generally categorized into three separate groups known as open and closedmouth, murmurs, and intensity noises. A murmur noise generally consists oflower octave sounds that cats like to make when they see a treat, as well as theever recognized cat purr. The majority of the population treats a purring cat asa happy one; however the purr is actually a noise of intense emotion. It is notuncommon at all for a cat being held by a complete stranger, or even theveterinarian, to purr.When open and closed mouth noises are referred to it is intended toencompass all types and octaves of meow which your cat uses to show desirefor attention, including asking for food and saying hello as soon as you comein the door. When a cat vocalizes an intense sound it is done by keeping themouth open for the duration of the noise being emitted. These are only madeto express extreme pain, anger, or fear.
  7. 7. As with humans, there are cats that are more loquacious than others. It iseven common for a cat owner to recognize a different style in meows that theircat makes for them in comparison to another cat or for a stranger. Learning totalk with your cat takes time, and the more you expend learning tocommunicate, the better quality relationship you will carry with your cat.If you own a female cat you should also familiarize yourself with the noisesshe emits while in heat. Naturally it is best to spay your cat unless you are abreeder, but a female cat in heat can really crank up the volume in your home.When in heat the average female housecat rarely stops her meowing, shedesires that every male cat that may just walk by your house understands hercurrent mating status. In some cats it is more like an incessant wailing, and itdoes not necessarily cease while you are attempting to sleep.There are less obvious noises of pain which are more recognizable inbehavior change. If your cat tends to be very mouthy, and suddenly is reallyquiet, you should probably be concerned. This also takes effect in reversesituations where your quiet cat is suddenly very talkative. Remember thatmost cats also do not talk while eliminating your eating unless in some sort ofpain. The best way to maintain a long lived, loving, relationship with your catis to comprehend what it is telling you.The Importance of UnderstandingYour CatIf you are new to cat ownership then you can guarantee that one day you willlook at your cat and treat it as one of the kids. Prior to this thought patternrolling around you will need to be extra sensitive to your cat’s noises and bodylanguage to understand any small signs or notes they may be attempting toinform you of.Naturally, it is important to be informed that you are the one responsible forthis pet and understanding it leads to a great relationship, but the realquestion is why? There are a lot of confused, new, cat owners who just wonderincessantly at a behavior or noise their cat is making. In reality it is importantto comprehend just how much your cat actually depends on you for health andsurvival.The main importance of comprehending your cat’s noises and bodylanguage is to keep them in upstanding health. Humans of course are capable
  8. 8. of simply stating that we need medical attention or, depending on our medicalstatus, driving ourselves to the hospital for treatment for something as simpleas a cold all the way up to what could possibly be a paralytic injury. Inreference, pets are not able to do that. Due to the fact your cat does not juststate plain and simple to you that it needs a vet visit, does not mean that thereare no problems that require veterinary treatment as soon as possible.You should seek veterinary assistance immediately if you so much as thinkthere may be an illness, injury, or any other medical problem currentlyassociated with your cat. The quicker you schedule the needed visit with youranimal doctor, the sooner you can find out what exactly is wrong with your cat.If your cat appears to be suffering in any manner, make the vet trip anemergency appointment.In reference to suffering, there are a lot of newbie cat owners who desire toknow exactly how they can tell when their cat has obtained an injury orsickness that is not immediately visible to the naked human eye. It does notmatter if you have owned your cat for five years or only a week, there areplenty of habits you should already be familiar with in your feline. Examples ofeasy to notice, quick forming, habits are sleeping in the same spot or beingquick to greet you when you get home. If these simple habits are suddenlyaltered it could be due to an invisible injury or sickness.End of this sample Kindle book.Enjoyed the preview?Buy NoworSee details for this book in the Kindle Store