How Do Cats Always Land On Their Feet?

 

photo-1452873867668-7325bd9f4438For people who don’t have a cat, the type of smooth landings portrayed by cats in movies and TV shows may seem like an exaggeration. But for anyone who has a cat, chances are you’ve seen your cat pull off a landing that seemed nearly impossible. A cat’s ability to always land on its feet is directly tied to the old saying that cats have nine lives.

While cat owners have seen this type of landing in action, they still may not have an explanation for it. So if you’re wondering how cats actually pull off this feat, keeping reading to find out! Read More

How Cats Keep Cool in the Dog Days of Summer

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Summer Cat

In our last post, we talked about dogs sweating (or their lack of), how to avoid overheating and what you need to know about the glands in a dog’s paw. But as we all know, dogs aren’t the only ones who can be affected by the summer heat. Since we’re probably going to have at least a few more scorchers (if not more) this year, we want to use this post to focus on what cats do to manage their temperature during the summer.

Cats, Sweating and Panting

Like dogs, cats don’t do their sweating out of their brow. Instead, the area where you’ll find sweat glands on a cat is their paws. If a cat gets scared, there’s a chance they’ll sweat so much that they end up leaving wet paw prints wherever they walk. But in normal cases, cats just do a little sweating through their paws. However, since these glands are small, they’re often not enough to fully cool a cat.

Needing other ways to cool down brings up the subject of panting. Although this behavior is very common in dogs, cat owners probably don’t notice this action as often. However, cats can and do pant. When this happens, it means they’re very hot, so it’s a good idea to provide water and a cooler environment if possible.

Cats are vulnerable to heat stroke or overheating, so watch out for signs like drooling, heavy panting or staggering. In the event you see these signs, use a damp cloth on your cat’s belly that’s cool but not cold and seek veterinary care as soon as possible.

Other Ways Cats Beat the Heat

Because sweating through the paws is only a minor part of cat’s cooling down and panting is reserved for especially hot situations, you’re probably still wondering what they do to stay cool. One of the strategies cats use is finding the coolest spot available. That may be under the bed or on cool tile floor. So while it may look like a cat is hiding, there’s a good chance they’re just trying to beat the heat.

Another very interesting way cats stay cool is by mimicking the process of sweating. They do this by licking their coats even more than normal when it’s hot. By getting their saliva all over their coat, they can enjoy a cooling effect when it evaporates. You can help your cat stay cool by being sure to consistently brush during the hottest months. Some cats also enjoy playing with ice cubes, so you should definitely try that out as well.

By providing your cat with a comfortable environment throughout the summer, along with a daily diet of great cat food, you can help your cat continue to feel its best even when the weather is absolutely scorching outside.

What Exactly is Kitten Season?

 

Although kitten season may sound like a term that’s used when someone is making a joke, it’s actually a very real thing. This terms refers to spring, which is when kittens are most likely to be born. Digging into the science behind kitten season and why cats are most likely to give birth during spring is actually quite fascinating.

 

When compared to humans and dogs, a cat’s cycle seems very unique. Instead of cycling monthly or twice a year, a cat’s cycle is organized by the amount of daylight they get. In order for a cat to go into heat, they need at least 12 hours of daylight. The evolutionary reason for this is to ensure kittens aren’t born during the winter, which is the time of year that traditional food sources for cats like rabbits and mice are hibernating.

 

While a cat’s heat cycle is definitely different from the cycles of humans or dogs, they’re not the only animal that has it. Hamsters, lemurs and horses are a few examples of other animals that use the amount of daylight to regulate their breeding cycles. Cats and these other animals are known as long day breeders. There are also animals like deer, goats and foxes that are short day breeders, which means their cycles are triggered when there are fewer hours of daylight.

 

The Impact of Kitten Season in the Modern World

If you notice the presence of a lot of feral cats in your neighborhood during the coming weeks, it’s not a coincidence. Kitten season means cats are quite active. It also means that lots of kittens are born this time of year without a home. This leads to many being taken to shelters. And even though shelters do their best to care for kittens and find homes, there simply aren’t enough available.  

 

Kitten season means several things for people who already have cats or are thinking about getting one. As a cat owner, one of the best things you can do is spay or neuter your cat early on in their life. Your veterinarian will inform you when your cat is eligible for the procedure.
And if you don’t have a cat but have been thinking about getting one, kitten season is a great time of the year to adopt. By adopting a kitten or adult cat from a shelter, you’ll be able to provide a loving home. Just add a Pet Wants food blend to your cat’s daily routine, and you’ll have a very happy and healthy pet!