F.A.Q. All About Cats

Well, often times it’s just a tickle. Just like humans, kitties can get a tickle in their nose or throat and their body reacts by sneezing to “scratch” it.

Other reasons why cats sneeze?

  1. Allergies. Yup, cats can have environmental allergies, too. If the sneezing is accompanied by watery eyes chances are they are allergic to something around them.
  2. Infections can also cause sneezing including respiratory, viral and bacterial infections. If your kitty was recently adopted from a shelter there is a higher chance they have a respiratory infection. If the sneezing is severe, prolonged or accompanied by other symptoms it’s best to see a vet in case kitty needs a prescription.
  3. Chemical irritants and interaction with bugs or rodents can also lead to sneezing and wheezing. Again, follow your instinct and take your cat to the vet if the sneezing is excessive.

Cats do sweat through their paws. Have you ever noticed that when you take your cat to the vet and they are scared that their paws seem moist? This is why. Cats also groom themselves when it’s hot because the saliva evaporates and helps to keep them cool.

If you cat is panting this is another way they can cool off but be warned. Panting is not a common behavior for cats and could mean they are excessively heat stressed. Do not ignore panting in your cat. Be proactive and rub your cat down with cool water, give them cool water to drink and move them to a cooler area. If panting does not subside contact your veterinarian.

When fluffy rubs against you she is marking her territory. Cats have scent glands in the pads of their paws, cheeks, head and bum (keeping it family friendly here…). When she rubs up against you she is literally putting her smell on you. Her scent is very distinct and she will know if you have been flirting with another cat. Although “marking her territory” may sound harsh, it’s actually a good thing. Cats mark things they like, things they consider to be a source of comfort. Take it as a compliment. 🙂

Cats do like music but according to a study published by the Applied Behaviour Animal Science journal in May, 2015 they do not care much for “human” music. According to the article the music

“…must be in the frequency range and with similar tempos to those used in natural communication by each species.”

For more information visit the journal’s website.

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Yes, sometimes. As a general rule you need to evaluate how your cat is behaving to know if he is purring out of happiness or for some other reason. If your cat is acting restful…eyes are closed, laying down comfortably, tail is relaxed…then kitty is probably purring out of content.

Some other reasons why cats purr are out of hunger and if they are in pain. When a cat is in pain he won’t be acting relaxed. The vibration of purring may actually help a cat in pain feel better and heal faster.

The longer you own (or are owned by some might say) your cat the more familiar you will become with his behavior and idiosyncrasies. If your cat seems in distress, regardless of purring, consider taking him to the vet for evaluation.

Cats can be fixed starting at 8 weeks old as long as they weight at least 2 Lbs. Veterinarians generally recommend that your cat be fixed by the age of 6 months. There are a lot of health benefits to fixing your cat including controlling the cat population, and avoiding multiple health and behavioral issues.

Tip: Can’t afford a trip to the veterinarian to get your cat fixed? Well, you are in luck. Visit the ASPCA website and input your zip code to find reduced cost spay/neuter options in your area. Don’t worry, the surgery will always be performed by a licensed veterinarian. How can it be less money?? The low cost options are usually associated with a local animal shelter which has received a grant or donation to help offset the cost of the surgery.

A cat’s normal body temperature ranges from 99.5-102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 103.5 or greater is considered a fever.

Tip: The best way to take a cat’s temperature is with a rectal thermometer. Unless you are trained it’s best to take your cat to the vet.

When your cat is blinking slowly at you it means they are feeling at ease and they trust you. To build even more of a raport with your cat go ahead and slow blink back.

Tip: Don’t stare directly in your cats eyes without blinking, it will make them feel uneasy and, perhaps, take it as confrontational.

Nope! A cannot cannot catch a human cold. The virus that causes colds in humans does not cause colds in cats.