1,001 Things You Always Wanted To Know About Cats

By J. Stephen Lang

Think you recognize every little thing approximately your pussycat companion?

In 1,001 stuff you regularly desired to learn about Cats, trivialities expert and licensed cat fancier J. Stephen Lang places your whisker knowledge to the try out with 1,001 tantalizing minutiae tidbits. From myths and legends to well-known cat enthusiasts (and haters), ""catty"" words to comic strip kitties, bewildering behavioral quirks to mating and motherhood, you are going to study about:
* 5 U.S. presidents who cherished cats . . . and person who hated them with a passion!
* why cats take pleasure in kneading their human partners with their paws;
* a breed of cat with webbed ft who swims for his seafood supper!
* the preferred female and male cat names today.

With those and 997 different scrumptious minutiae morsels, you will discover an abundance of unforeseen delights on each page!

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For something, there are not any mid166 Mating and Motherhood . . . and “Fixing” better halves or nurses to be had, so the mother is doing the entire paintings herself—which contains licking up the afterbirth and detoxing herself completely. The kittens themselves get licked over completely, not only to scrub them yet to stimulate their respiring. now not appealing to monitor, yet it’s all a part of the miracle of start and, in any case, this can be how your cat got here into being. 328 Cannibal mothers As famous, the mummy cat eats the afterbirth. She additionally eats any stillborn kittens. This offends our human sensibilities, yet there's a few common sense to it: the kitten is already lifeless, so by means of consuming it she is utilizing it as nourishment either for herself and for the surviving kittens. hardly, a hugely worried lady might eat her personal kittens, particularly whether it is her first clutter. Cat breeders make an observation of such ladies and don't breed them back. 329 pussycat C-sections start via cesarean part, or C-section, is usual between ladies yet no longer so universal between cats, even if occasionally a tricky start does require a vet to anesthetize a mom and bring kittens through incision. this doesn't damage the kittens, however it does suggest the kittens may be briefly motherless, because the mom has to get over anesthesia. The surgical procedure has a tendency to throw her maternal hormones off stability, this means that she will be unwilling to 167 1,001 stuff you constantly desired to learn about Cats nurse the kittens, pulling clear of them as they struggle to snatch carry and suckle. often she comes round and permits them to nurse, yet every now and then she by no means does, that means the kittens must be hand-fed or fostered out to a different nursing cat. 330 Passing on defense Cats, like every mammals, produce milk for his or her younger. What will get handed directly to infant kittens is not just nourishment, yet safety besides: the mother’s milk comprises antibodies that guard the kittens from illnesses. The kitten takes within the milk, and the antibodies within the milk cross from the tummy into the bloodstream. So the mother cat truly passes on her personal immune approach to her infants. 331 Blind, deaf and helpless child kittens are cute of their approach, notwithstanding no longer precisely “cute” first and foremost. Their eyes remain close for a number of days, and so they seem to be primarily deaf before everything, so newborns are as helpless as could be. If you’ve ever watched them heavily, their hobbies resemble a type of awkward “dog paddle” stroke, as they use their entrance legs to maneuver themselves to their mother’s teats. even though deaf and blind, they could experience mama’s physique warmth and pursuits. Newborns may be able to nurse inside of an hour or so of delivery. 168 Mating and Motherhood . . . and “Fixing” 332 Baby-wipes This isn’t the main friendly topic on the earth, yet right here is going: a mom cat wipes her kittens’ rear ends together with her tongue, and within the method swallows a few of their urine and feces. Sounds disgusting, actual, yet cats percentage this habit with just about all different carnivorous animals. (Humans don’t do that, fortunately. ) Cats are, in fact, completely obsessed with cleanliness, so licking the kittens’ behinds is a mother’s approach of cleansing up the youngsters and cleansing up the nesting region besides.

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