Regular sessions with a brush or comb will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free.
If your cat has short hair, you only need to brush once a week:
First, use a metal comb and work through her fur from head to tail.
Next, use a bristle or rubber brush to remove dead and loose hair.
Be extra-gentle near her chest and belly.
If your cat has long hair, you will need to brush every day:
Start by combing her belly and legs; be sure to untangle any knots.
Next, brush her fur in an upward motion with a bristle or rubber brush.
To brush her tail, make a part down the middle and brush the fur out on either side.
Most people really don’t handle their cats’ feet until they are about to clip the nails and then...watch out! Some animals can get very upset at this totally foreign feeling. That’s why it’s a good idea to get your cat used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe-and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this. Every animal is different, but chances are that within a week or two of daily foot massage, your cat will accept nail clipping without too much fuss. Here’s how to do it:
- Begin by applying gentle pressure to the top of the foot and cushiony pad underneath-this will cause her to extend her claws.
- Use sharp, high-quality cat nail scissors to cut off the white tip of each nail, just before the point where it begins to curl.
- Take care to avoid the quick, a vein that runs into the nail. This pink area can be seen through the nail.
- If you do accidentally cut into this pink area, it may bleed, in which case you can apply some styptic powder to stop the bleeding.
Puberty (the age at which animals can reproduce) in the cat ranges from 4 to 12 months, with the average being 6 to 9 months. At puberty, cats are generally about 75% of their mature body weight. Domestic shorthair cats, as a breed, generally reach puberty earlier than domestic longhair cats.
Can a cat breed at any time during the year?
Female cats are unusual in that their heats are influenced by seasonal changes in the amount of daylight. Cats usually 'cycle' and are bred between January and September.
How often does a cat come into heat?
A female cat is also unusual in that she basically will keep coming back into heat every 14-21 days or so until she is bred or the amount of daylight decreases (October).
How can I tell if a cat is in heat?
You will know. A cat in heat is very vocal, calling and calling for a male cat. She will roll and roll on the ground and constantly rub against furniture or your leg. She will assume a breeding posture with her head and front legs near the ground and the rump area held high. She will become very affectionate. You may notice her urinating frequently. She will be in heat and accept a male for 3 to 16 days.
How long is pregnancy in the cat?
Cats generally have their kittens 58 to 65 days after they are bred.
How many kittens are in the average litter?
Generally, a cat has 4 to 6 kittens in each litter.
How many litters can a cat have in a year?
The average cat could have 3 litters a year.