Birman Cats – Top 5 Questions Answered

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If you’re looking for a fluffy cat with the grooming ease of  a short hair cat, then consider the beautiful Birman Cat. Here we have answered the top 5 questions asked about the Birman cat breed.

We will explore this popular breed’s personality, what it takes to groom a Birman, their lifespan and health issues, what colors they are available in, and also the average Birman cat price.

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How Far Do Cats Roam?

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When you see an unfamiliar cat in your yard, or let your pet cat outside, do you wonder “How far do cats roam?” It may be that you imagine your feline running around and meeting up with his friends, starting a West Side Story-esque gang that roams and owns the alleyways and streets. Or, maybe you imagine your beloved cat going into the woods and hunting for prey, a lone predator that terrorizes any small animal that he or she sees!

But first, let’s ask the question:

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Cat Mating Season

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There is an unmistakable sound that almost everyone has heard: the loud screech of a cat entering the throes of cat mating season. We tend to associate the warmer months with cats in heat, the wailing acts like a soundtrack to those spring and summer nights. For those who are hearing it for the first time, it can cause alarm.

You may think that something is wrong with the cat or that she’s in pain – but the truth is, she’s simply in heat.

Is there such a thing as Cat Mating Season?

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How to Find a Lost Cat

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As cat owners, we never want to feel the angst of having to do an internet search on ‘how to find a lost cat’! However, regardless of how vigilant we are when trying to keep our Kitty Cats safe, sometimes there’s no stopping a determined cat from escaping your home.

In this article, we will explore how to find a missing cat and some precautions you can take to help keep your feline safe. Read more

Where Do Cats Like to Be Pet?

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The relationship between humans and felines can be a complicated one, so when we ask the question “Where do cats like to be pet?”, it’s not always a straightforward answer.

Some pet parents report their felines are quite content to be scratched and petted wherever their favorite human ventures, while others…well…you may just get a swift swat from Kitty if he or she decides they’ve had enough or don’t want to be petted in a particular area, like their tummy for example.

In this post, we will explore the topic of petting a cat, (where do cats like to be pet the most), how cats purr, and some other fascinating and cool cat petting facts.

Petting a Cat 

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Which Plants Are Poisonous To Cats?

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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. Read more

Which Cats Can Be Left Alone?

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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. Read more

Can Cats Eat Chocolate?

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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.  Read more

Cats and Babies – Can they live safely together?

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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!

Caring for your pet cat.

Caring for your short hair 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:

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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:

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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.

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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.

 

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