Which Plants Are Poisonous To Cats?

Which Plants Are Poisonous To Cats?

Plants can be a beautiful addition to your home and garden – they add color, fragrance, and curb appeal. However, they can also potentially be quite dangerous as there are certain plants that are poisonous to cats.

Bengal Cat, Roaming cat, Cat licking plantsWe can’t watch our pet cats all of the time, especially when they are outside, so we don’t really know what they can get up to. I’m sure anybody who has a cat will know that they can be quite sneaky at times and felines are certainly a law unto themselves. Their natural curiosity can sometimes get the better of them. My Bengal cat, Cheetah, is an outdoor cat and when she is outside she likes to roam around the garden, smelling plants, sometimes licking leaves and even eating some on occasion, despite being a carnivore. So it is important, for the safety of your beloved kitty cat, to know which plants are poisonous to cats. There are so many varieties of beautiful plants available that you may as well choose plants which are safe for cats to eat.

Plants To Avoid With Cats

There are many plants to avoid with cats, even plants that you have probably seen in many different homes. Poisonous plants for cats need to be taken seriously as they can cause damage to a cat’s organs, including the heart, brain, and kidney. These damages may be impossible to undo and can therefore have long-lasting implications for your cat.

Poisonous plants for cats

Poisonous plants for cats, Oleander plant poisonous, what can cats eatDon’t be deceived by their beauty, some plants are poisonous. Here are some of the most common poisonous plants for cats:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis spp.)
  • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron spp.)
  • Chrysanthemum, Daisy, Mum (Chrysanthemum spp.)
  • Daffodils, Narcissus (Narcissus spp.)
  • Dieffenbachia (Dieffenbachia spp.)
  • Hyacinth (Hyacintus orientalis)
  • Lily (Lilium sp.)
  • Oleander poisonous plant, poisonous plants for cats, what cats can't eatLily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Pothos, Devil’s Ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Spanish Thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
  • Tulip (Tulipa spp.)
  • Yew (Taxus spp.)

This is just a small list of plants that are poisonous to cats – there are many others.  For a more extensive list, click here.

Sometimes, only a small part of the plant will be poisonous and other times, the entire thing is. It is difficult to gauge how much of a plant is toxic because for some of these plants, ingesting even a small amount can be extremely dangerous, while others may have to be consumed in a higher quantity. It doesn’t matter how much or how little your cat consumed – anything is enough to warrant medical attention.

How Do I Know My Cat Ate A Plant He Shouldn’t?

If your cat ate part of a poisonous plant, you may not see symptoms for some time or you may see symptoms right away. It all depends on the amount of the plant that was consumed and the part of the plant consumed. Sometimes, you may notice what looks to be an allergic reaction on the cat – itchiness, swelling, or redness around the eyes, nose, or mouth, but is in fact a reaction to a poison of some sort. Other times, the poison may manifest in your pet cat as irritation or lethargy. In the most extreme cases, violent vomiting and diarrhea are likely.

 What To Do If Your Cat Eats A Poisonous Plant

If you think that your cat might be sick because he has eaten a poisonous plant – do not panic. While you need to act quickly, panicking will not help you. First, try to remove any bits of the plant that may be left on your cat’s face, in his teeth, or by his nose. You want to keep the plant so that you can show the veterinarian if it becomes serious – it is even better if you know what type of plant it is. Make sure to monitor any new symptoms that show up and try to recreate a timeline.

Call Animal Poison Control at the ASPCA on (888) 426-4435, as they can help you with steps to take within your home until you can talk to a veterinarian. Try to keep your cat contained so that he doesn’t go to hide somewhere. If your cat is showing extreme symptoms – head straight to the emergency vet.

Once you get to the vet, he or she will give your cat medications and treatment that will cause your cat to vomit even more. Sometimes, an activated charcoal solution will be given to help absorb the toxins and rid the body of the poisons. In extreme cases, the vet will give your cat something to protect and start healing the damaged areas of the intestinal tract. For extended treatment, your cat may be given intravenous fluids, anti-nausea drugs, pain medications, and anti-inflammatories.

Remember that the longer you wait to get treatment, the more likely it is that the impact will be fatal.

Which Plants Are Safe For Cats?

African Violet, Safe plants for cats, what cats can eatSure you like plants and want them in your yard or home, but it is best to pick plants that aren’t poisonous for cats. These are still beautiful, but you don’t have to put the life of your pet cat in danger. Here are some of the plants to consider when looking to decorate your home:

  • African Violet (Saintpaulia spp)
  • American Rubber Plant (Peperomia obtusifolia)
  • Baby’s Breath (Gypsophila elegans)
  • Bamboo (Phyllostachys aurea)
  • Begonia, Climbing (Cissus dicolor)
  • Canna Lily (Canna generalis)
  • Hen and Chickens Fern (Asplenium bulbiferum)

Once again, this is not an exhaustive list. There are plenty of options out there that will keep your home looking beautiful and safe for your cat. Just be sure to avoid the plants that are poisonous to cats.

What is the Most Intelligent Cat Breed?

What is the Most Intelligent Cat Breed?

Clever cat, smartest cat breed, smart catMany breeds of felines could fall under the banner of “most intelligent cat breed.” Although there is no official cat IQ test, experts have identified that the cerebral cortex in the cat’s brain, (the area responsible for rational decision making, problem-solving, language, and information), has twice as many neurons as their canine counterparts.

Pet parents of a “smarty cat” will never need science to tell them when they have a high-IQ feline on their hands – my cat’s intelligence had us securing all the cupboards with baby locks, which he quickly and proudly figured out within a few hours!

In this post, we will compare three of the most intelligent cat breeds – the Abyssinian, the Siamese, and the Turkish Van to see how they measure up.

Measuring the Cat IQ

There are five main areas science has deemed the best way to determine a cat’s sensibilities. They are;

  • Trainability/Memory – to be considered the most intelligent cat breed, the feline must display trainability and the ability to retain and recall the training.
  • Survival Skills – all cats are instinctive to a point; however those with higher IQs will demonstrate survival skills even when they don’t have to, such as cats which live exclusively indoors and are well-fed.
  • Social – the feline species can be notoriously aloof, however, those that are more intelligent do tend to be more family, children, and stranger-friendly. Cats that greet you at the door or lay on your lap know this is the way to get attention or to be fed.
  • Ability to Display Displeasure – according to studies, a smart cat will let you know when something is upsetting it. This could be articulated through hissing, meowing or caterwauling.
The following three shorthair cat breeds have earned high marks in all these areas of study; see their rating scores (out of a possible 5):

Abyssinian cat, most intelligent cat breed, smart catThe Abyssinian Cat Breed

This long, lean, athletic cat hails from parts of southeast Asia and the coastal regions of the Indian Ocean. It was first imported into the US in the 1900s and has worked its way today, into being one of the most popular shorthair cat breeds.

The average Abyssinian cat weighs from 6 to 10 pounds and can live from 9 to 15 years-old.

Trainability/Memory: 5/5

The Abyssinian is one of the most trainable felines around. It can learn to play fetch, run an agility course, and practice those puzzle toys until he’s mastered the game. Nicknamed “the Aby-Grabber”, this feline’s trainability and ability to recall his lessons will keep pet parents on their toes.

Survival Skills: 5/5

This cat’s intelligence scores are high on survival skills as it is naturally athletic and loves to be up at the highest point available. Whether that be a tall cat tree, the top of the curtains, or supervising the going-on in the kitchen, nothing will escape the notice or attention of this cat breed. The Aby is also very adaptable, so if it finds itself in a jam, it will work until the solution is achieved. 

Social:  4/5

The Aby loves to interact with its family members and will engage its humans in any form of play. However, its busyness doesn’t always translate into cuddly affection. Children are the Aby’s favorite pastime as they have the stamina to keep this kitty engaged all day long. If you have a dog or another cat, the Abyssinian has no problem being best pals with its furry housemates.

Ability to Display Displeasure:  4/5

With the Abyssinian’s propensity to being the center of attention, it will have no issue letting you know when something isn’t right in its world. However, if you’re waiting for loud vocalizations from this cat, you won’t get it – Abys have a soft chirrup over a raucous meow.

The Abyssinian Cat Breed’s Overall Cat IQ: 4.5

 

Siamese cat breed, pedigree cat, low shedding catThe Siamese Cat Breed

This beautiful and elegant feline originated in Thailand (formerly Siam) and was first imported into the US in 1878. This popular shorthair cat breed was first shown at the Crystal Palace Cat Show in London in the nineteenth century. One was even owned by President Rutherford B. Hayes (1877-1881) and his wife Lucy.

The average Siamese cat weighs from 6 to 14 pounds and can live from 8 to 15 years-old.

Trainability/Memory:  4/5

It’s not that the Siamese isn’t trainable, but rather he may or may not choose to do as you ask or even demand – this cat breed marches to his own beat. The Siamese is an athletic animal that loves to play, explore, and get into anything he deems as exciting or new. For a happy, healthy pet, provide your Siamese with plenty of climbing posts, puzzle toys, and time with his favorite person.

Survival Skills: 4/5

The Siamese cat breed loves to climb and is very adept at doing so. In the wild, the Siamese would have no problem leaping for prey and climbing to the highest point for safety. In your home, don’t be surprised to find your Siamese climbing the drapes or pouncing from sofa to carpet to the chair.

Social:  5/5

This shorthair cat breed lives for spending time with its humans. It loves to be “helpful” and will want to be involved with everything in the home. You might even find your Siamese following you into the shower or sleeping under the blankets with his head beside yours on the pillow. 

Ability to Display Displeasure:  5/5

If the ability to show displeasure were the only category to measure a cat’s intelligence, then the Siamese would win “paws down”, despite the Turkish Van Cat breed scoring the same rating.

This feline has no problem expressing its views in every sound available from grumblings to full-out caterwauling. It will let you know when you have messed up and how to fix it. To say the Siamese are opinionated, leaning towards downright demanding, is an understatement!

Overall Cat IQ:  4.5

Turkish Van Cats, most intelligent cat breeds, smart catThe Turkish Van Cat Breed

This semi long haired cat breed is thought to have originated in the Lake Van area in Turkey. It is a solid cat with a thick coat suited to the rugged terrain and climate of its “birthplace.” It was brought to the US in the 1970s and was officially recognized as a breed by the Cat Fanciers Association in 1988.

The average Turkish Van cat weighs from 10 to 18 pounds and can live from 12 to 17 years-old.

Trainability/Memory:  4/5

The Turkish Van loves to play and can learn tricks and fetch. It is an active feline and remains so, well into its senior years. You may also find your Turkish Van perched high up on a bookshelf or cat tree, but be sure to keep your breakables out of reach – this cat has a sense of humor and may just topple them over to see what happens.

Survival Skills:  4/5

It is an athletic animal; however, graceful is not in its bag of tricks (it can be quite clumsy and may not always land on its feet). The Turkish Van loves the water and likes nothing better than to pass the time puddling in the toilet or figuring out how to turn on the faucet.

Social:  4/5

The Turkish Van lost a star due to its dislike of being held, restrained or cuddled tightly. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t social, you just have to be in this feline’s “inner circle” to receive the attention. The Turkish Van enjoys sitting quietly beside its favorite person or sleeping at the end of the bed. 

Ability to Display Displeasure:  5/5

If you are ever unsure of how your Turkish Van is feeling check out his “vanometer.” If your feline friend is upset, its normally pink nose will start to turn red. When that happens take the warning and back off. The Turkish Van will also let you know when you are petting him wrong.

Overall Cat IQ: 4.25

Siamese kittens, Siamese cats, Siamese cat breed, purebreed cat, pedigree cat, shorthair cat breeds, low shedding catThe Smartest Cat Breed

There is no doubt when it comes to answering the question: ‘Are cats smart?’, science, studies, and pet parents all know that the feline species is intelligent. If you are delighted by the notion of having a smart cat (and think you’re up to the challenge) then choose the Abyssinian, Siamese, or the Turkish Van. These felines have earned their place in the category of the most intelligent cat breed.

Which Cats Can Be Left Alone?

Cat cuddle, independent cats, which cats can be left alone?Would you love to have a cat, but are out all day working, or running around carrying out errands? Wouldn’t it be lovely coming home to a loving but independent cat? Maybe you’re wondering then which cats can be left alone?

 

Most people view cats as independent creatures that don’t necessarily care if their humans are around or not (except at mealtimes, of course!). But as aloof as the species may seem, cats still want (and dare we say) may even crave attention from their human companions.

 

Read on to discover some interesting facts on whether cats get lonely, how long you can leave a cat alone for, and the top 5 shorthair cat breeds that don’t mind the solitude.

Do Cats Get Lonely?

Cats by nature are social beings that will get lonely if left to their own devices for long periods of time. Cats can also become depressed and may suffer from separation anxiety. The problem lies in the fact that cats exhibit separation anxiety with subtle symptoms such as not using the litter box, being more clingy, and with excessive meowing, so once the pet parent notices the negative behaviors, it is usually severe.

How Long Can You Leave a Cat Alone?

All cats are different, so how long your can leave a cat alone for will vary on the animal’s age, health, personality, and its daily habits.

A general “rule-of-paw” is based on age;

  • Under four months – 2 to 4 hours
  • Four to five months – 5 hours
  • Six months – 8 hours
  • Healthy adult cats – 24 to 48 hours.

Cat tree, cat scratching post, cat condo, cat tower, scratching postWhen you are planning to leave your cat alone for any length of time, be sure it has access to fresh water, a safe place to sleep, and toys to help pass the time. If you are leaving for extended periods, then be sure the cat cannot get into poisonous plants, or household products, and there is more than one bowl of water and dry kibble available. It’s also recommended to have a trusted friend or family member stop in to check on your pet. Leaving a radio or television on in the background can also help a cat feel less alone.

 

Which Cats Can Be Left Alone? Top 5 Breeds

 

These top 5 short haired cats aren’t clingy and don’t mind being left alone.

1. The Ocicat

The beautifully spotted coat of the Ocicat is just one of its amazing qualities. This short haired cat is available in 12 colors and patterns and is an athletic, solid, and a well-muscled feline. Although it is devoted to its pet parent, it is not a clingy breed, and is confident enough to amuse itself when you’re away at work or play. However, since the Ocicat is a very social creature, breeders recommend you have another cat or pet to help your Ocicat pass the time.

2. The American Shorthair

This shorthair cat breed was once used to keep vermin away from the food stores and still retains these hunting abilities today. It enjoys learning new tricks and being kept amused with interactive puzzle toys. The American Shorthair is quite independent and does not like being carried around; however, it still enjoys the company of children and cat-friendly dogs.

3. The Russian Blue

 

 

The steel “blue” dense, soft coat of the Russian Blue is so luxurious you will want to bury your face in it every chance you get. Personality-wise, this shorthair cat does love its human companion, but isn’t so clingy that it cannot be left alone. In fact, this breed will seek out a quiet secluded spot to rest in.

 

4. The British Shorthair

 

This short hair cat is an easy-going pet that will follow you around the home, but is not a “me me me” type of animal. The British Shorthair won’t require a warm lap to curl up, but is content to just hang out beside you. The breed is active during kittenhood but turns into more of a couch potato as the years go by. Another nice trait about this breed is it won’t destroy your home, but rather behave with proper manners.

 

5. The Exotic Shorthair

 

This cat breed has a scrunchy face similar to the Persian cat, and may look like its always in a bad mood. However, that trait couldn’t be further from the truth. The Exotic Shorthair loves to play and is very affectionate. If you are away from home, that’s okay, as the Exotic values its independence and “me time” too! 

Conclusion

Now that you know which cats can be left alone, perhaps you would like to discover more about these independent cat breeds (for more detailed cat profiles, click here)? Once you have found the perfect feline for your busy home or work schedule, be sure to research reputable breeders or rescue organizations before you make your final decision.

Top 5 of the Best Cats for Catching Mice

Top 5 of the Best Cats for Catching Mice

Cats have many good attributes, but not all of them are the best cats for catching mice. Some felines are just too lazy, while others don’t possess the “killer instinct.”

If you’re wondering which breeds can get the job done, read on.

Top 5 of the Best Cats for Catching Mice

1. The Burmese Cat

Burmese Cat, cat with short hair, low shedding cat One of the best cats to hunt mice is the muscular and curious Burmese. This feline is often described as a “brick wrapped in silk” (a testament to its super-soft coat and solid build). The breed is highly intelligent, so it will figure out the best way to catch a mouse. The female Burmese will definitely “rule your home with an iron paw,” so she may prove herself to be the best hunting cat for the task.

However, if you’re looking for an outdoor cat to keep your barn pest-free, the Burmese is not your feline. This cat needs to be a part of the family unit and thrives on the love and companionship of its humans.

2. The Siamese Cat 

Siamese cat sitting in grass, siamese cat breed, pedigree cat, purebreed cat, purebred cat, low shedding catThe startling blue eyes and angular body of the Siamese are just a couple of its engaging and tantalizing qualities. This breed is also intelligent, agile, athletic, and loves to play. Whether that be with a fun toy, or chasing vermin around your house, having a Siamese around is one of the best ways to get rid of mice – just know that you may also have to have a lengthy conversation with your Siamese after he drops the “prize” at your feet.

As with the Burmese breed, the Siamese will also not do well kept away from its humans, so indoor-hunting only, please.

 
3. The Chartreux Cat

Chartreux, Chartreux Cat breed, short haired cat breed One of the best mouse hunting cats is the Chartreux. This feline is stealthy and quiet with superb timing and pouncing abilities that are no match for a small rodent. His agility and acrobatic antics will not only be entertaining to watch, but you can rest assured no mouse will even think about entering your home.

Another nice trait about the Chartreux is it’s not an overly-needy feline, so it doesn’t mind spending time alone napping on its favorite scratch post.

 4. The American Shorthair Cat

american-shorthair-cat, cat with short hair, pure breed cat, domestic cat, felineDon’t let the calm demeanor and laid back attitude of the American Shorthair fool you. This cat is smart and enjoys playing with puzzle toys or bringing his game to a whole new level with live prey like the mouse. In fact, the American Shorthair has a history of being one of the best cats to hunt mice (and all vermin). In 1634, a publication credits this solid, hardy-working feline with saving a New England colony’s crops from rodents.

Today, the American Shorthair is happy to bring its mouse-hunting skills into the home, but just know it prefers not to be carried around; however a warm spot beside you on the sofa is perfect.

5. The Manx Cat

Manx Cat standing, Manx cat, shorthair cat, domestic cat, feline, cats Not only is the Manx one of the oldest cat breeds, but this stocky heavily-boned feline is one of the best mouse hunting cats and most do it all with only a stumpy little tail. This breed is very easy-going and loves to be a part of a family unit (no barns for this guy). The Manx has a healthy appetite, so you may want to watch that it doesn’t eat “the kill.”

When this feline isn’t patrolling for vermin, its sweet disposition and loving nature make it an enjoyable companion and housemate.

What Makes a Feline the Best Cat to Hunt Mice?

There are qualities to look for in any cat to see if it has what it takes to hunt mice. The cat should;

  • Have an intense and sustained interest in playing
  • Chase, pounce and bite toys during play sessions
  • Stalk its toys
  • Shake toys vigorously after the “catch.”
  • Have lots of energy
  • Be patient and relentless
Conclusion

If you’re searching for the best cats for catching mice, then look to these top five breeds or mixed breeds with one of these in its genetic makeup. If you prefer to adopt a cat from a shelter, then observe the feline for mouse-hunting skills and traits.

Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

It’s not uncommon to hear stories of dogs getting into chocolate but did you know chocolate can also be potentially fatal to cats as well?

Can cats eat chocolate, can cats have chocolate, cat licked chocolateLet’s get into the details to answer the question; “Can cats eat chocolate?”

Is Chocolate Bad for Cats?

Yes, chocolate can be potentially fatal to a feline! The culprit that makes chocolate dangerous is “theobromine” which comes from the cacao plant. This chemical is present in all types of chocolate; however, the darker the chocolate the more theobromine it contains. 

 

Can cats have chocolate, What do you do if your cat eats chocolate, Cat licked chocolateIf your cat eats enough chocolate, there are four main areas it can potentially affect;

  1. The stomach – your cat’s stomach can become very upset which can lead to vomiting and diarrhea.
  2. The heart: because chocolate also contains high levels of caffeine, it can increase your pet’s heart rate.
  3. The kidneys: both theobromine and caffeine have diuretic properties. This can lead to more than normal amounts of urine being produced, which in turn can lead to dehydration.
  4. The nervous system: the chemical makeup of the chocolate can also have your cat experiencing tremors or even seizures. 
More Symptoms of Theobromine Poisoning 

If your feline has ingested too much chocolate, it could also experience these symptoms;

  • Legarthy
  • Excessive thirst
  • Restlessness/nervousness
  • Twitching
  • Excessive panting
  • Hyperactivity
  • Coma
  • Death
What Do You Do If Your Cat Eats Chocolate?

If your cat ate chocolate, symptoms may appear within a few to 36 hours after ingestion. However, it is never wise to wait. Call the emergency vet and follow their instructions. You may be asked to induce vomiting depending on when your cat ate the chocolate. He or she will want to know what kind of chocolate your cat ingested, so save the wrappers or packaging and bring those with you to the animal clinic. This will help your vet determine the course of action needed. You will also want to know the size and weight of your pet when calling the vet for the initial assessment.

Can cats eat chocolate, Is chocolate bad for cats, what do you do if your cat eats chocolateDepending on how much chocolate your pet consumed, your vet may perform several tests including a full physical, and likely a urine analysis. If the toxicity level is suspected to be high, your vet may also want to conduct an ECG on your cat’s heart to see if any abnormalities are occurring.

It’s important to catch chocolate poisoning in the early stages as once the symptoms have started, there is no cure, only management of the symptoms. It is also very likely that your vet will administer IV fluids to help stabilize your cat, and if the liver has been affected, your cat will be treated for liver disease.

How Much is Too Much?

 This question will all depend on your cat’s general health, age and size, as well as how much, and what type of chocolate it ate. If your cat licked chocolate, there probably won’t be much cause for concern.

A good rule to follow is 20mg of chocolate/theobromine per pound of weight. For example, 1.5 tablespoons of dry cocoa to a ten pound cat can be dangerous and one square of unsweetened baker’s chocolate can be lethal.

A few bits of chocolate will probably not have much of an effect on your cat. However, if your cat exhibits any symptoms of chocolate toxicity, get it to the vet ASAP.

Chocolate & Theobromine

Theobromine is found in all types of chocolate; however, some contain more than others.

  • Can cats have chocolate, What do you do if your cat eats chocolate, Cat licked chocolateWhite Chocolate – trace amounts
  • Milk Chocolate – 1 oz contains 60 mg theobromine
  • Dark Chocolate – 1 oz contains 200 mg theobromine
  • Baker’s Chocolate – ¼ cup shredded contains 428 mg

Remember, the darker the chocolate the more theobromine and caffeine it will contain.

Conclusion

So, in answer to the question: Can cats eat chocolate? The answer is no! Even though most cats will not seek out chocolate to munch on, it’s not worth the risk. Always store chocolate candy and baking supplies out of reach of your curious cat. If your pet does eat chocolate, be sure to contact your vet immediately and keep the wrappers, so he or she can better assess your animal’s predicament.

Top 5 Short Hair Cat Breeds for an Active Family

Top 5 Short Hair Cat Breeds for an Active Family

Every active family looking for a playful cat breed can safely look among the short hair cat breeds as a great starting point.

Cats with short hair, are generally low maintenance which is perfect for a busy, active family looking for a pet to fit in with their lifestyle. Some short haired cats are hardy too and enjoy a bit of rough and tumble with children, and some even resemble a dog in nature and are happy to be walked on a leash! These kinds of qualities in a cat make them the best cat breeds for kids.

Active cats, Cat breeds for active families, cats good with kidsCats are intelligent, and you can teach them a trick or two – some cat breeds will even learn how to play “go and fetch”!

It’s a common assumption that cats steer clear of playing in water, but there are some short hair cat breeds that love to splash around with you in the water.

It is precisely these kinds of cats that make the best pets for kids. Young kids can be boisterous, and a short haired cat that is social, confident, not afraid of loud noises and loves a bit of rough and tumble will be the best cat breeds for kids.

It is certainly worth finding out then the names of these awesome cats for kids – the ones that can slot so easily into your lifestyle.

Top 5 cats for kids:

 

The Abyssinian Cat

Abyssinian cat walking, shorthair cats, pedigree cat, domestic catLithe and muscular, the medium-sized Abyssinian is an alert cat, looking all around him and taking everything in. There’s nothing aloof about this high spirited, low maintenance cat, and he’s affectionate and devoted to his human family.

This cool cat isn’t a lap-cat but loves nothing more than to follow you around and be involved in everything that’s going on. He slots in perfectly to a house full of kids, being playful even as an adult. Kids love the Abyssinian as he can be just as naughty as they can, and his energy allows him to put in long hours of play.

Ocicat

Ocicat cat, shorthair cat, spotty cat, domestic catThe beautiful spotted Ocicat is a mix-breed cat between the Siamese, Abyssinian and American Shorthair. This cat just loves his human family and has some ‘dog-like’ characteristics. He can be taught to sit and fetch, not to mention that he will walk on a leash too. He is active, athletic and talkative, ready to hold a ‘conversation’ with anyone who will listen.

With their mood and actions being similar to that of a dog, don’t be surprised if he also jumps into the pool with you when you take a swim. Sociable and even tempered, this attractive cat makes a great family pet.

The Bombay Cat

Bombay Cat, Bombay cat breed, short hair cat, low shedding cat, domestic cat, purebred cat, felineThis miniature Panther look-alike cat with his copper colored eyes is medium-sized and loves hanging out with his human family. The Bombay cat is intelligent and intuitive, and can sense the mood of all his family members, adapting his behavior to suit each one.

He blends in perfectly with the lifestyle of his home, and the kids are delighted when he learns to open doors and even turn the TV on. He’s such an amicable pet and will be game to join in with the activities the family is busy with, or even simply invent a game for himself.

The Devon Rex Cat

Devon Rex Cat on its rear haunches, Rex Cat, short haired cat, low shedding cat, cat breed, feline, curly hair catInteresting to look at, the independent, pixi-like Devon Rex cat is an awesome feline, drawing attention just by his aura. His large eyes and ears are indicative of alertness and curiosity.

Your Devon Rex is also known as a low shedding cat breed which is another advantage. He is considered a true companion – outgoing and people-centered, full of beans, seeming to never run out of energy. He’ll follow you around but be more than ready to be called outside to get up to mischief with the kids.

The Burmese Cat 

Burmese cat chocolate color shorthair catThe Burmese is a wonderful child-friendly cat, full of playfulness and energy and loves to spend time with his human family. Always entertaining and amusing, they thrive in a busy, active household. They also have some characteristics similar to dogs, learning to walk on a leash and being able to fetch toys.

Best Pets for Kids – Short Hair Cats that Impress

There are a number of factors to consider when thinking of a specific cat for your family, but these short hair cat breeds can be seriously considered. They’re all robust kitty cats that just want to be counted in as one of the family.

Cats and Babies – Can they live safely together?

Cats and Babies – Can they live safely together?

How to introduce cats to babies, introducing catsIt is such a precious and exciting time bringing home a newborn baby, it is also a time of great transition for all family members, including any pets you have. Cats and babies have been happily cohabiting for centuries, but there can be a “getting to know” each other period where your feline adjusts to having a new family member to love. This article provides tips on how to smooth this transition.

To ensure the safety of your newborn and the well-being of your feline friend, you will want to follow some simple tips when introducing your cat to your baby for the first time.

Cats and Newborns

According to the good folks over at the ASPCA, these tips and tricks are recommended for introducing your cat to your new bundle of joy.

The Post-Hospital Meet & Greet

Cats and babies, pat your cat, cats and babies, pat your cat, short haired cat affectionThe arrival of a new baby is an exciting time for the family, and everyone will want to be included in the post-hospital meet and greet. But remember this can be a stressful time for your cat. The experts suggest taking a few moments to reconnect with your pet cat. Choose to do this in a quiet room, without the interruptions of well-wishers. Let your cat give you a good ‘once-over’ (you will smell like the hospital and the baby, even if you’re not aware of it), then when he’s comfy with you again, let the others in.

How to introduce cats to babies

Prior to any physical contact between cats and babies, you should let your Kitty get acquainted with the baby’s smell. Place a baby’s used article of clothing or one of your newborn’s baby blankets in a quiet area. Allow your cat to investigate it. This provides the opportunity for your pet to become familiar with the baby’s scent before the actual introduction.

Another scent-trick is to rub your newborn’s socks along your cat’s fur, then place them on your baby (fur side out, naturally). This way, your baby already smells like “part of the family” from the very start.

Never force the introduction between cats and newborns. Allow the introduction to progress at a natural rate. Your feline may want to have a closer inspection of this strange little creature, so allow your cat to sniff the baby if it wants. Keep calm and act naturally. Be sure to praise your cat when it acts calmly and with confidence.

Depending on your cat, the time it takes to be comfortable around your newborn may vary. Be sure always to give your cat some one-on-one time when the baby is sleeping, preventing him from becoming jealous and resentful of the “interloper”.

Note: It is important to be vigilant with cats and newborns, never leave a newborn baby alone with your cat. Cats are attracted to warm bodies and the smell of milk so may be inclined to think that napping next to or even on your precious newborn baby is a great idea. However, as newborns are unable to move away, your cat may accidentally cause serious harm to your baby by inadvertently blocking its airflow. Nobody wants to experience this tragedy, but if you are careful and vigilant, all should be well.

Here are a few suggestions for best cat breeds for kids:

The Abyssinian Cat

The Abyssinian cat is an active cat that loves to play and climb. It also likes to be in the midst of things, so will follow you around the house.

Abyssinian Cat

The Birman Cat

The Birman cat is one of the best pets for kids because it is docile and loves to follow you from room-to-room. He loves to play and explore his surroundings, so your kids will have a fun furry friend. When playtime is over, the Birman cat breed will go to sleep in your arms like a big purry baby.

Birman Cat

The Exotic Shorthair Cat

The Exotic Shorthair cat loves, loves, loves to play with toys and will do so for as long as you keep the game going – a perfect playmate for kids. This breed also loves to snuggle, be petted or just sit quietly in your lap. The Exotic Shorthair cat will also follow your child from room-to-room and may even give her opinion in a soft, almost musical voice.

Exotic Shorthair Cat

Cats and Babies and Co-habitation.

Cats and babies, cat and toddler, kid friendly catsCats and babies can coexist, but you will have to do some planning and adjustments to make sure the transition from childless to child friendly goes smoothly.

 

As your baby grows, you will also want to ensure your child correctly handles your feline companion. Teach them how to pet, play, and pick up your cat correctly and harmony should be the order of the day!

What is a Purebreed Cat?

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Are you confused about the difference between a purebred cat and a pedigreed cat? Don’t worry. You’re not the first.

Simply put, a purebreed cat (or purebred cat as it is sometimes called) s one that has the same breed of feline all through its lineage like a Siamese cat, or a Korat cat. But wait. It can also include crossbreeding.

Huh?

This now brings us to the pedigree cat or pedigreed cat.

A pedigree cat is one that has its lineage recorded so that it could have different cat breeds through its genetic pool.

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Let’s take the Bombay cat as an example. This feline is a purebred, but if you were to dig far enough back into its family “litter box” you’d find the genetics for the Burmese and the American Shorthair cat. Both these breeds were used to produce the “new” breed of the Bombay cat.

The only way you can “rightfully” call your feline friend a “purebreed” is to have it certified by the Cat Fanciers Association.

Is My Rescue Cat a Purebreed?

Siamese cat sitting in grass, siamese cat breed, pedigree cat, purebreed cat, purebred cat, low shedding catMost shelters are overflowing with cats, and yes, some may even be purebred, but how would you know?

The first step is to see which registered purebred your cat mostly resembles. This can be easy if it has distinctive features like those angular features and startling blue eyes of the Siamese cat breed. However, determining a specific breed can be a difficult piece of kibble to crack.

Unless your rescue cat was brought in by a person who knows for sure that the feline is indeed a purebred and has the documentation to prove it, or the shelter went into a breeder’s facility and removed the animals, all you know for sure is you have a cat that looks like a purebred.

DNA Testing & Cats

Cat breed DNA testing. purebreed cat, purebred cat, pedigree cat, feline, shorthair cat breedsThere once was a time when DNA testing was only performed by forensic scientists or to determine a biological father. However, we live in a time of technology and with that advanced science comes the ability to DNA our pets.

If you need to know what your BFF is genetically made up of, you can purchase a DNA kit.

 

These tests range in price, collection techniques, and, of course, accuracy. According to UC Davis Veterinary Medicine, the accuracy is about 90% based on two factors; 

  1. The quality of the DNA sample used.
  2. The quality of the database used to test the sample.

Buccal swabs (cells are taken from the inside of the cheek) using a special brush are effective and usually provide enough DNA material for the 170 tests needing to be performed. Cotton swabs can also be used, but be aware that if they stay wet too long and bacteria begin to grow on the sample, it will be inaccurate or destroyed entirely. Blood samples are excellent, but they have to be done through a veterinarian.

The quality of the database used is also significant when determining DNA. These tests match your cat’s lineage based on statistical analysis, so each “finding” will be reported as a probability, not an exact match. If your cat’s “profile” is not in the company’s database, it will automatically go to the next closest match.

Some kits only have a small database to test the sample against, so your results may be limited.

Why Doesn’t My Cat Look Like it’s Cat Breed Profile?

Siamese kittens, Siamese cats, Siamese cat breed, purebreed cat, pedigree cat, shorthair cat breeds, low shedding catPet parents may be shocked when their cat’s genetic makeup is totally different than its physical appearance. However, we shouldn’t be surprised. DNA in animals is not much different than our own – we may not closely resemble anyone in our immediate family, but if we were to do a deep dive, we may find a great, great, great relative that could be our twin.

According to science, appearance is controlled by a very small set of genes which contain both recessive and dominant genes, how the variants of these genes mesh, will determine your cat’s appearance. For example, if your cat has a dominant blue eye gene, he will most likely have blue eyes. But there could also be a recessive long hair gene, even if your cat has short hair.

This means through genetic testing, what you once thought was a Siamese cat, may very well contain Himalayan DNA (and other long or short hair cat breeds).

Purebred Cat, Purebreed Cat, Pedigreed Cat or Moggy – Does it Really Matter?

Whether your pet is a purebred cat, a pedigreed cat, or a complete moggy, what does it really matter? The advantages of having a purebred cat or a pedigreed cat are you will know what to expect in terms of appearance, personality, and genetic health issues.

On the other paw, there’s also something to be said about the surprises that come with a moggy.

Either way, choose a cat that fits your lifestyle so that you can be the best pet parent possible to your new kitty cat.

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Caring for your pet cat.

Caring for your pet cat.

Short haired cats are relatively easy to care for, however they do require some looking after. There are fundamental needs that your precious cat must have addressed, and taken care of, so that your cat lives a happy, healthy lifestyle which in turn makes for a happier relationship with you. These needs include food and water, an appropriate toileting area and kitty litter box, places to sleep where they feel safe and giving them exercise and love.

 

Food and Water for your cat:

Looking after your short haired cat

Cats are carnivores which of course means that they need to eat meat to obtain the protein needed for a healthy diet. Provide a range of raw meat, canned cat food and cat biscuits. Too much soft canned cat food can lead to teeth problems down the track so a good balance of cat biscuits will alleviate this potential problem. There are also cat biscuits on the market specifically designed for dental health, they are a little porous which allows your precious kitty cat to bite through the biscuit up to its gum which reduces the chance of tartar buildup. You can also brush your cat’s teeth if you are really concerned about this – if they’ll let you!

 

Always have water available in a bowl of some sort, inside and out if your cat is allowed outdoors, and check it regularly to ensure that there is a plentiful supply. Don’t give cats cow’s milk as it’s no good for their tummy.

Sleeping area for your cat:

Short hair cat asleep in a bowl.

Pet cats like somewhere warm and cozy to sleep, in a confined space where they feel safe. Something as simple as a cardboard box could be used, cats love them, but they will soon be scratched up and look messy so they are not a long term option. There are some great cat beds on the market, see our reviews to find the best for sale.

 

Toileting area for your cat:

Whether your cat is an indoor or outdoor cat, you should have a cat litter box inside the house in a private spot such as a laundry room or utility room of some sort. Check it and clear it regularly as cats are innately clean animals so won’t tolerate a dirty litter box – you don’t want your kitty cat becoming stressed.

Exercise and playtime for your cat:

Cats like to sleep a lot however they still have active parts of their day and some exercise is essential to their health, so playtime should be encouraged. Cats also need somewhere to scratch and sharpen their claws which are a necessary part of their survival and allows them to hunt effectively, after all hunting is a natural impulse for most of them. They tend to sharpen their claws on trees outside but also look for anywhere to scratch inside whenever the compulsion takes hold of them, so your furniture will take a beating unless you invest in a cat tree – even then your furniture may still be “attacked” but you can train your cat to target the cat tree or cat scratching post as they are also known.

short hair cat scratched stool

Cats love scratching posts as they have ample opportunity to sharpen their claws on them and love climbing them, often taking the weight of their bodies on their claws as they climb up the cat tree. So not only does this help reduce the wear and tear on your furniture but it is also a wonderful climbing apparatus, or cat gym that your cat can have lots of fun on whilst also proving to be a great source of daily exercise which all cats need.

As a bonus, scratching posts provide lots of entertainment for both your pet and you, watching, as they dart up and down again or patting and scratching them under their chin as they roll around on one of the cat tree’s platforms! Cats also like to be high up to purvey their kingdom so they will love climbing a cat tower for this purpose too – just don’t place it too near bookshelves or similar tall furniture that you don’t want your pet to jump on to!

Essential items for your short hair cat:

Buying accessories for cats is fun, there are so many pet supplies on the market however, that choosing the best for your cat can be a little daunting as it is difficult to know which product is the best. However there are 3 essential items you must have for your pet cat:

Top 3 Essential Cat Accessories:

Cat litter box – these can be as simple as a plastic tray (so nothing leaches through onto your floor) which will need to be cleaned regularly or, as clever and useful as a self cleaning cat litter house – the sky is the limit.

Food and Water bowls – the food bowl needs to have some weight to it so it doesn’t move around when your beloved kitty cat tries to eat from it.

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Cat tree or scratching post – again these can be very simple, such as a pole with a platform on top wrapped in string or carpet for your cat to claw into, or as elaborate as a multi level and multi room cat tree or tower – again the sky is the limit. Obviously the more elaborate it is, the more entertainment your cat will enjoy for years to come.

 

 

Click here for reviews on best cat trees.

 

Fun Cat Toys:

 

Whilst cat toys may not be necessary (but would still be fun) for an outdoor cat, an indoor cat needs to have plenty of cat specific entertainment otherwise it will look to your furnishings, drapes and precious ornaments as a source of entertainment for play time! Check out the reviews of the best cat toys to buy, to help keep your beautiful short haired cat active and healthy.

 

See reviews for best cat accessories.

Which Shorthair Cat Breeds Are the Most Affectionate?

Which Shorthair Cat Breeds Are the Most Affectionate?

Believe it or not, there are affectionate cats – it’s not just a dog thing. These felines enjoy the company of humans and (dare we say) even crave the attention.

Want a friendly feline, but don’t want to endure all that hair? No problem. We have ‘clawed’ our way through the purebred lists and have found the most affectionate cat breeds with short hair.

Warning! You might want all six of these cuddle monsters!

The Burmese Cat is a Lap Cat

Love, affection, and the loss of your privacy are three things you can expect out of the Burmese cat breed. From bathroom breaks to cooking, the Burmese cat will be right there to join in on the “fun” or to lend a helping paw.

Of course, sitting on your lap or sleeping next to you in bed are both high priorities for this friendly breed. And don’t even think about shooing her away, as the female Burmese cat is the very epitome of “queenliness” – she loves the attention, and of course, is in charge of everything!

Plus, the Burmese cat doesn’t just shower his pet parents with affection; guests will also receive all the furry love they can handle. 

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds Fact: Did you know Burmese cats aren’t just cuddly, they’re smart, too? You can teach them to sit, stay, come, and even fetch!

The Siamese Cat is Cuddly & Chatty

If you’re looking for a companion that isn’t just a cuddle-muffin, but chatty too, then look no further than the Siamese cat. This breed is known for its ability to respond to its human through several different vocalizations. Siamese cats are also very fond of their pet parent and want to be included in all the goings-on of the household.

Have children? No problem. The Siamese cat does well with little ones that know how to handle the feline species properly. Plus, this breed is quick to learn tricks and fetch.

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds Fact: Did you know the Siamese cat once had crossed eyes and a crooked tail? These traits were, of course, bred out of them over time.

The Sphynx Cat Wants Love

Sphynx cat, hairless cat breed, affectionate cat breedWe promised you the most affectionate short-haired cat breeds, but what about one that doesn’t have any hair at all? That’s right. The Sphynx cat is almost bald! Even though he may look like someone turned him inside-out, this breed is exceptionally social. He loves everyone he meets, even those of the canine species.

The Sphynx cat loves to cuddle with his human companion, both on the sofa and under the covers at night. When he’s not a snuggle-bug, the Sphynx cat enjoys interactive toys, climbing, and exploring his surroundings.

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds Fact: Did you know the Sphynx cat isn’t really bald? These felines are covered in fine down-like fuzz.

The Tonkinese Cat is One of the Friendliest

Aloof. Independent. NOT the Tonkinese cat. This breed is one of the friendliest cat breeds around. It loves nothing better than to sit on a warm lap, ride around on someone’s shoulder, or just demand your attention until he gets it.

The Tonkinese cat has a clownish personality, but he can be a bit stubborn at times. The breed is smart, mastering any puzzle toy you can find. Plus, he will give you a good “talking to” when he has something to get off his chest.

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds Fact: Did you know the Tonkinese cat is so easygoing and loving that it does well with seniors, children, and even dogs.

The Scottish Fold Wants its Humans!

If you are away from home for long periods each day, then the Scottish Fold is not the feline companion for you – this cat WANTS its humans! The Scottish Fold craves attention whether that be by playing, snuggling, or just hanging out with you on the sofa.

Scottish Fold CatThe Scottish Folds favorite pastime is anything involving his family members. He will also comment when necessary in a chirpy, yet sweet voice.

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds Fact: Did you know the Scottish Fold is known for its unique sitting positions? There’s the ‘Buddha’ (sitting on the haunches), the ‘Froggy’ (legs stretched behind while lying on tummy), and the ‘Dead Bug’ (all four feet up in the air while lying on its back).

The Bombay Cat is Super-Snuggly

Bombay shorthair cat seeking affectionThere is so much to admire in the Bombay cat breed. From its ink-black smooth coat to its loving and devoted personality, the Bombay cat is one of the friendliest cat breeds around. This feline is very adaptable to any situation, making it ideal for apartment dwellers, children, and even homes with dogs.

The Bombay cat has a super-sweet disposition and wants nothing more than to be with its human companions. You can expect a cat on your lap when you settle in for the evening and a bed-mate that will most likely snuggle up close to you under the covers.

Most Affectionate Cat Breeds Fact: Did you know the Bombay cat is nicknamed the “Velcro Cat?” This is because this breed has a habit of “sticking to” their pet parents. 

Now that we have given you the most affectionate cat breeds, have you decided which one is right for you? Before you adopt a cat (or any pet) be sure to seek out a reputable breeder or rescue organization. A little research will go a long way in ensuring you get a healthy, happy companion.