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How Many Whiskers Do Cats Have?

Though it may be hard to tell with some cats, whiskers are very regularly spaced and grow in very specific locations. The most prominent whiskers, those on the upper lip, are in ordered rows of 4-5 with the shorter whiskers in front and longer whiskers in back.

Most cats have around 12 whiskers on each upper lip, 3 over each eye, and a few shorter ones on their chin. If you look carefully, you will notice that most cats also have a few whiskers on the back of their wrists!
 

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It’s not just kittens that spend a lot of time sleeping, but senior cats snooze a lot too – usually up to 20 hours a day. This increased amount of sleep is because just like with humans, when cats get older, they tire more quickly. However, if this change has come on suddenly, it’s best to seek advice from your vet.
 

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Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain” is currently on display at the Bethlem Museum of the Mind, located on the hospital’s grounds in Beckenham, Kent. The exhibition, which can also be viewed virtually, features an array of artworks that show “the influence of cats on Wain’s work, and how they are bound up with his personal life and artistic success."
 

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Choose the Companion for Your Companion Carefully

When selecting a feline companion for your resident cat, keep your cat's personality and activity level in mind. If you are too casual about this important decision, your house may become a war zone. Consider the following guidelines when choosing your next family member. Remember that they are only guidelines and that there may be exceptions to the rules.
  • If you have an adult female who has been an "only" cat for some time, it is best to get a younger female. Males, even friendly ones, can over-power and frighten females. Male kittens, while more easily dominated by the female, still grow up to be rambunctious teenagers and engage in a style of play that involves pounce and wrestle (not a female's idea of fun).

  • If a young, active male is your family companion animal, he would really enjoy having a male buddy who shares his enthusiasm for vigorous play.

  • A laid-back, older (neutered) male cat may enjoy "mothering" a kitten - male or female. They usually make better mothering substitutes than spayed females. Females, in general, are less accepting of newcomers.
Males tend to bond with each other, unless both have dominant personalities. A dominant cat engages in a lot of rubbing - scent marking - behavior, likes to rest in high places (for surveillance purposes) and in doorways (to control the entrance to certain rooms) and shows little or no fear.



 

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One advantage of adopting from shelters/rescues is most will take a cat/dog back, such as if it does not get along with your other pets:


The cat at least had a break from shelter life, similar to a foster home. More was learned about the cat that could help in selecting its next placement.
 
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Outdoor cats can hunt 20+ times a day and eat 7+ meals depending on what they catch. Each one is about the size of a mouse. In fact, their stomachs are only as big as a ping pong ball.

It’s easy to see why feeding more small meals throughout the day can work best for your cat’s physiology and instinctual needs. And just like people, cats get HANGRY.

Going too long without eating can cause stress and sometimes even aggression toward people or other pets. A light meal every 6–8 hours is the perfect solution....

Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, and other medical problems can cause voracious appetites in cats.
 

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Homemade chicken soup​


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 90 minutes

Materials

Ingredients

  • Water
  • 2 chicken legs with skin and bone
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stalk of celery

Instructions
  1. Finely chop carrot and celery.
  2. Fill a pot with water, and add vegetables and chicken legs.
  3. Bring to the boil, and let simmer for 90 minutes.
  4. Fill mason jars or freeze in ice cube trays for easy one portion serves.
  5. Refrigerate for up to seven days or freeze for six months.

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Catnip soup​


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 cup of prepared chicken soup from recipe 1
  • 3 tablespoons of dried or fresh catnip
Instructions
  1. Heat the chicken soup on the stove until it’s gently simmering.
  2. Add the catnip, and let it infuse until it has given the soup a greenish tinge.
  3. Cool to drinking temperature, and serve ¼ cup of the soup in a shallow bowl, or pour over wet or dry cat food.
  4. Store the remainder of the soup in the refrigerator
 
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FeLV adversely affects a cat's body in many ways. It is the most common cause of cancer in cats, may cause various blood disorders, and may lead to a state of immune deficiency that hinders a cat's ability to protect itself against other infections. Because of this, common bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi that usually do not affect healthy cats can cause severe illness in FeLV-infected cats. These secondary infections are responsible for many of the diseases associated with FeLV.
 
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