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FAQ

Tell Me Information About Cats Facts?
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Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
Cats have true fur, in that they have both an undercoat and an outer coat.
Contrary to popular belief, the cat is a social animal. A pet cat will respond and answer to speech , and seems to enjoy human companionship.
If left to her own devices, a female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why population control using neutering and spaying is so important.
Kittens are born with both eyes and ears closed. When the eyes open, they are always blue at first. They change color over a period of months to the final eye color.
When well treated, a cat can live twenty or more years.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
The gene in cats that causes the orange coat color is sexed linked, and is on the X sex chromosome. This gene may display orange or black. Thus, as female cat with two X chromosomes may have orange and black colors in its coat. A male, with only one X chromosome, can have only orange or black, not both.
If a male cat is both orange and black it is ( besides being extremely rare ) sterile. To have both the orange and the black coat colors, the male cat must have all or part of both female X chromosomes. This unusual sex chromosome combination will render the male cat sterile.
Cats have AB blood groups just like people.
A form of AIDS exists in cats.
Siamese coat color and crossed eyes may be caused by the same gene.
The color of the points in Siamese cats is heat related. Cool areas are darker.
Siamese kittens are born white because of the heat inside the mother's uterus before birth. This heat keeps the kittens' hair from darkening on the points.
There are many myths about cats. Check this page to see some of them discussed, and to find out the true facts.
Though rare, cats can contract canine heart worms.
People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander. If the resident cat is bathed regularly the allergic people tolerate it better.
Studies now show that the allergen in cats is related to their scent glands. Cats have scent glands on their faces and at the base of their tails. Entire male cats generate the most scent. If this secretion from the scent glands is the allergen, allergic people should tolerate spayed female cats the best.
Cats do not think that they are little people. They think that we are big cats. This influences their behavior in many ways.
Cats are subject to gum disease and to dental caries. They should have their teeth cleaned by the vet or the cat dentist once a year.
Cats, especially older cats, do get cancer. Many times this disease can be treated successfully.
Most cats have no eyelashes.
Many cats cannot properly digest cow's milk. Milk and milk products give them diarrhea.
Cats lack a true collarbone. Because of this lack, cats can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through. You may have seen a cat testing the size of an opening by careful measurement with the head.
Cats with white fur and skin on their ears are very prone to sunburn. Frequent sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Many white cats need surgery to remove all or part of a cancerous ear. Preventive measures include sunscreen, or better, keeping the cat indoors.
Cats can get tapeworms from eating fleas. These worms live inside the cat forever, or until they are removed with medication. They reproduce by shedding a link from the end of their long bodies. This link crawls out the cat's anus, and sheds hundreds of eggs. These eggs are injested by flea larvae, and the cycles continues. Humans may get these tapeworms too, but only if they eat infected fleas. Cats with tapeworms should be dewormed by a veterinarian.
Cats can get tapeworms from eating mice. If your cat catches a mouse it is best to take the prize away from it.
There are tiny, parasitic worms that can live in a cat's stomach. These worms cause frequent vomiting.
Many people fear catching a protozoan disease, Toxoplasmosis, from cats. This disease can cause illness in the human, but more seriously, can cause birth defects in the unborn. Toxoplasmosis is a common disease, sometimes spread through the feces of cats. It is caused most often from eating raw or rare beef. Pregnant women and people with a depressed immune system should not touch the cat litter box. Other than that, there is no reason that these people have to avoid cats.
Cats have a full inner-eyelid, or nictitating membrane. This inner-eyelid serves to help protect the eyes from dryness and damage. When the cat is ill, the inner-eyelid will frequently close partially, making it visible to the observer.
You can tell a cat's mood by looking into its eyes. A frightened or excited cat will have large, round pupils. An angry cat will have narrow pupils. The pupil size is related as much to the cat's emotions as to the degree of light.
A cat is pregnant for about 58-65 days. This is roughly two months.
Information from a Reader:
Regarding the cat spraying problem. Ordinary white vinegar is good to neutralize the odor. Also there is a product calle d "ODO BAN" which is anti-bacterial,virucidal and eliminates odors (it is biodegrable) it is made by the Clean Control Corp. and their # is 800-841-3904. Having 6 cats and 3 dogs....we have given it quite a test! Good luck!
From: "RONALD CAMPBELL" RASSC@worldnet.att.net
Information from a reader:
PLEASE ... don't let antifreeze leak from their car if their cats run wild, or even if there are stray cats running around the neighborhood. Granted stray cats can be a pain in the butt sometimes, and I'm sure we stray humans can be as well, but no animal deserves to suffer a slow and painful death like antifreeze would cause them. This would be greatly appreciated if you would do this for me and it help save some kitties in the world.
Thanks in advance,
Jennifer MP Porter-Hawn
can you tell me why a cat will stand and lift it paws up in down in one place on your body. Almost like marching in place.
This behavior in cats is left over from kittenhood, when they kneaded their mother's belly to help the milk flow. Some cats will actually knead and drool when they are petted. The kneading or marching means that the cat is happy.
The two most common problems with cats are aggression, and refusing to use the litter box. Both of these problems are usually caused by social conflict among cats. To have the fewest problems, have only one cat at a time. The more cats you introduce into a house, the more likely you are to have difficulties with the cats.
If you have a cat and want to have another cat, it will be easiest to introduce a female kitten. An elderly cat that is alone, however, should not be bothered with another cat. Let it rest in peace. Bringing a new cat into a household is always very stressful for all the cats concerned.
Unlike humans and dogs, cats do not suffer a lot from loneliness. It is a mistake to project our social feelings onto our cats. Cats are social to a degree, but they are far more concerned with territorial issues than we can even imagine.
Purring: To purr, cats use extra tissue in the larynx (voice box). This tiuue vibrates when they purr.

Is There A Dentist For Cats?
My Cat Had Lost One Of Its Lower Fangs Due To One Of It Encounters With It Old Nemesis, Because Of That It Started To Drool Alot And Hard For It To Eat Normally. So Is There Anyway To Replace The Lost Fang?

Hi there...dental disorders can be treated by a veterinarian since many cats suffer from periodontal disorders. Once a tooth is lost it cannot be restored. The drooling is a result of the periodontal disorder: http://www.manhattancats.com/Articles/dr...

Periodontal disorders in cats: http://www.vet.cornell.edu/fhc/news/badB...

What Should I Do About Getting My Dog The Vet Care She Needs?
I Have An 18 Year Old Chihuahua/Beagle Mix Named Trixie. Over The Course Of A Month Or Two, She Has Developed Arthritis In Her Back Legs And Also Around Her Hips A Bit. I Called Her Vet To See If There Was Anything I Could Do For Her, And She Suggested Giving Her One Half Of A Baby Aspirin Twice A Day. It Seemed To Work At First, But Now I'Ve Noticed That Her Gait Seems To Be A Bit Off Now. She'S Not Limping Or Anything, And Still Plays, But You Can Definitely Tell That She Is Getting Stiff In Her Back Legs. Anyway, She Also Has Epilepsy And Needs To Have A Blood Test Done Next Month To Make Sure Her Medication Levels Are Ok. Just For That Test Is Nearly $90. Since Her Gait Seems To Be Changing, I'D Also Like To Have Her Get A Check Up, And Maybe Have Some X-Rays Done. An Office Visit Is $40, And An X-Ray Is $90 For The First, Then $25 For Each One Afterwords. I Am On Social Security, So I Don'T Make A Lot Of Money. I Would Do Anything I Could To Keep Her Healthy And Happy, But I Really Don'T Know That I Can Afford All Of That. With All Of That, And Not Even Getting Any X-Rays Done, It Would Cost $140, If She Needed An X-Ray, It Could Cost Me At Least $230. The Vet I Take Her To Does Not Allow Payment Plans, So Scratch That Idea... I Don'T Know What To Do. Could Anyone Offer Me Some Advice On What I Should Do?

Does the vet take CareCredit or any other plan?

I am like you..... I am very low income on social security....
I give my vet $25 per month every month.. in addition to the $20 each month that I spend at his office on Comfortis for flea prevention...... this way, I have a standing credit balance with him

apx 8 months ago, an idiot meter reader maced my dog..... even though my dog wasn't doing anything (several neighbors witnessed this)... I did the first response as recommended by the vet (pour saline solution all over his face in an attempt to keep the pepper spray from ulcerating his eyelid or burning his cornea)

anyway... his inner eyelid swelled despite home treatment.... and I called them to let them know I was bringing him in (it was about an hour before they closed & would take me half an hour to get there)... I wanted to make sure they could see him rather than have the expense of the emergency vet

My dog is a Service Dog.... so this was critically important to me


The vet responded to the receptionist & said he would wait until 5:15 (giving me an extra 15 minutes)... and he also offered (for an extra $50 to have one of the techs come to my house instead of me coming there)

Point being..... this visit was only 1 month after Remie's annual exam & at this particular annual exam I had enough money built up to be able to afford his "geriatric bloodwork" (he was 9 in June).... I had only $25 credit balance.... he & I talked about this after I got there..... this exam and the treatment was $200..... he allowed me to pay him an extra $25 per month (very difficult for me as there is no extra money... I ate sweet potatoes instead of normal meals for @ 4 months)

bearing in mind.... and I am sure this applies to you as well.... I already eat on less than $4 per day... I eat healthy, but there isn't much room to cut back.....and I live with extreme frugality just to be able to afford his flea prevention and his normal vetting

My vet also "doesn't offer payment plans"..... he & I came up with this arrangement apx 3 years ago as a means for me to be able to afford the annual vetting and (under normal circumstances)

there are some clients who he gives leeway to...... one elderly woman & her teen daughter were allowed to give post-dated checks in monthly payment amounts & the balance was reduced from it's original total by the teen volunteering to help clean kennels an hour each day after school & also some time on the weekends


So, my point is this: at least go to the vet's office & talk with them.. see what they can work out

If they refuse to work with you... then call every vet in your area... offer them postdated checks or whatever they will accept

and, I would encourage you to look at CareCredit to see if you can get it & then look for a vet in your area that accepts it

I have known several people who have had good success with ester-c plus vitamin e supplements to help with problematic hips/spine... including one foster who I worked with who was so lame he was unable to walk without assistance.... it was like a miracle that after 30 days of ester-c and vitamin e he was able to walk on his own... and after 4 months, he was able to run

The ester-c plus vitamin e protocol was recommended by an orthopedic vet & a physical therapy vet



Flower: It is a good idea, but in many places the Humane Society or ASPCA do not offer assistance for vetting. I don't know what state the person who posted the question is from.... so, I can't say that there is any help out there for them

I live in Birmingham, AL.... none of our shelters offer anything like that... and only the kill-shelters (like our humane society will even take owner surrenders... but then put them down rather than vet them)

I know..... many people with Service Dogs.... who can't find any help at all, even for emergency vetting, simply because the area they are in doesn't have the same assistance as some other areas.... I think it is great that you throw it out there..... but that isn't true everywhere....

Why Do Some Dog Owners Say Here They Can Not Afford Vet Care??? Read More Below!!!?
They Sit At Home And They Are Using Their High Speed Internet. Well, Prioritize People! Get Rid Your Internet And Care For Your Dog! You Keep Looking For Home Remedies, And Home Remedies Don'T Always Cut It!

Maybe this person is using the net at their library. Or a relative's house.

Maybe they just lost their job.

Maybe the vet bill is unexpected.

Maybe the vet bill is much higher than what the person had anticipated they may have to spend.

Maybe they just got sick themselves.

Why shouldn't everyone have pets (minus idiots who can't train them right and let them run loose and have babies). Why is it only rich people should have pets? Maybe instead, vet care shouldn't be so bloody expensive. Maybe people should be able to get subsidized vet care.

Sometimes a person falls suddenly on hard times. A shelter likely won't take a dog that is sick and needing surgery... or if they do it will only be to euthanize it. Not every city or town or even province/state has a rescue organization that might help out.

Maybe they can't easily get a loan, or don't have a credit card to help them pay for stuff.

Ask why they specifically can't afford vet care.

Questions About Becoming/Being A Vet For Large Animals?
I'M 15, And For As Long As I Remember, I'Ve Always Wanted To Be A Vet, And About 2 Years Ago I Decided I Wanted To Be A Vet For Large Animals Instead Of Small Ones. My Questions Are: 1) What Does The Whole Process Of Becoming A Vet For Large Animals Look Like? I Know You Have To Learn About All Animals In Vet School, But You Know What I Mean. :) 2) What Are Some Tips On Gaining Experience With Animals Now That Would Help Me Get Into Vet School Easier? And What Are The High School Requirements That Are Needed To Get Into Vet School? How Much Experience Do They Look For? 3) On A Scale Of 1-10, How Hard Is Vet School? 4) Once You Become A Vet For Large Animals, About How Many Hours Do You Work A Day/Week? 5) What Do Large Vets Usually Wear To Work? Any Other Information You Might Have Would Be Great! I'M Really Determined To Be A Large Vet, And I'M Ready To Work Hard For It. I Think I Can Do It. I Just Need To Know What To Do, Haha. :) Thank You So Much If You Took The Time To Answer All These Questions. I Really Appreciate It. :)

Being a Veterinarian means 8 years of college, all science courses, plus working in clinics and hospitals for both small and large animals. It's very hard, a 10 on the scale of 1-10. You have to be able to diagnose correctly, treat the animal, and then make a prognosis for the future. You can't make a mistake or you will lose a customer and the word will get around that you are no good.

You have to learn both small and large animals. In dealing with large animals, you would be working primarily with cows and horses and one of the most common things you would do is check them for pregnancy. That means sticking your whole entire arm up a cow's or horse's butt, sometimes as many as 30 or 40 times a day. You have to wear coveralls as you will get covered in manure. So, if you can't do that, being a vet is not for you. Also, you have to be very careful as you don't want to get kicked or squashed by an animal falling on you.

Another very common thing you would do is assist cows in giving birth to calves, especially calves that are breech (backwards in the cow's womb), and extremely difficult to deliver. Many of them die in that position and have to be removed from the cow, which is a long and difficult process. Also, very bloody. It has to be done quickly or the cow will die, too, which is very costly for the farmer.

You have to work regular hours, usually from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, but sometimes later, depending on whether you have any emergencies. Generally, you work 6 days a week and are off on Sunday. If you are working in a clinic with another vet (which you probably will), you can probably take off another day during the week, but generally, you have to work on Saturday. The great thing about it is the variety of animals that you see and the different problems that they have, and when you help an animal get well, you have a good feeling that you have given that animal a better life.

Here is a sample course list from Texas A&M.: (These are the courses you would take after you have a 4 year Bachelor's degree from a regular college, majoring in science.)

http://vetmed.tamu.edu/dvm/future/curric...

Click on the above link and you can explore that website. Also, you need to make at least a "B" grade in all of your high school and college science courses. Good luck.

When you work in the clinic, you can wear your jeans and a pullover sport shirt. You just wear coveralls when you are out making farm calls which would be a couple of days a week. I think it would be a great job.

There is a great TV show coming back soon about a vet that does both small and large animals. It is called "Dr. Pol," and is about a vet in rural Michigan. It is coming on Aug. 19 on the Nat Geo Wild channel, Be sure and watch it,

Vet Schools For Zoo Animals?
What Would Be The Best Vet School To Consider If I'M Interested In Working With Zoo Animals?

I don't know what the "best" one is, but look for one that has a teaching hospital that works with zoo animals and/or one that offers a zoo related internship or residency. OR look for a zoo that offers an internship or residency.

http://www.venturescholar.org/resource/v...
Question: I want to know more about Zoo Medicine.

Answer : The best way to look for a school that can help you become a zoo veterinarian is to first check and find out if they have an active exotic animal medicine program. Call the veterinary school that you are interested in and ask them if they have an exotic animal medicine department, how many faculty members do they have in that department, do they work with the nearby/local zoos, how many exotic animal cases do they work with.

The best program for learning about zoo medicine would probably be Kansas State University since that is where Dr. James Carpenter is a faculty member and runs the exotic animal medicine department. He wrote the textbook on Zoo and Wildlife Medicine. Some other top schools to consider are UC Davis, University of Florida, and University of Tennessee. But this is just my opinion based on a number of conversations I've had with various zoo veterinarians.

http://www.aazk.org/zkcareer/vet_college...
http://www.aczm.org/content.aspx?page_id...
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http://www.vmth.ucdavis.edu/vmth/residency/otherres/zoomed.html
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http://www.vet.utk.edu/avi_zoo/index.php
http://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospital/wildlife/zoo.htm
http://www.vet.uga.edu/sams/courses/exotics/exoticsServices/mission.php
http://hospital.vetmed.wisc.edu/sa_services/special_species/residency.htm
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