Sunday, August 24, 2008

Persian Cats Behavior

Talking about Persian cats behavior the problem is that the pets are misunderstood often as we are not able to properly read their body language. Just like humans, Persian cats and basically all cats will use body language in order to send us information. There are also a lot of body signals that are linked to Persian cats behavior, signals that aid you in understanding everything better. It is crucial that you analyze these in order to have a good cat-owner relationship.

In some cases the feet of the pet will tell you the Persian cat behavior signs you are looking for. For instance, the cat's paws will knead when he/she is happy or really nervous. Also, when the cat extends its claws pay attention as it is usually to attack or for sharpening purposes.

Most owners will tell you that Persian Cats behavior can be traced to vocalizations, although this varies from cat to cat. There are, of course, general variations from one species to the other but in most cases attention will take a long way. Persian cats might meow when she/he is content, playful or hungry. In most cases purring means contentment and spitting, snarling and hissing means that the cat feels dissatisfaction, anger or fear. You might also notice rapid blinking. This usually means anxiety but it can also refer to a sign that the Persian Cat's behavior means being friendly towards another cat. In an opposite fashion, slow blinking and half closed eyes means contentment in most situations. Interest can be noticed through the dilation of the pupils.

Keep in mind that responding wrong to the Persian Cats behavior signs that are given could lead to unpleasant behavior problems. The cat can lose trust in its owner and even turn towards aggressiveness or timidity. If you are having problems with your cat then pay close attention to its body language and observe everything. This is all that is basically needed in order to maintain a perfect relationship and understanding Persian Cats behavior.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

The Manx Cat Breed

The Manx cat breed (sometimes misspelled Minx Cat) is one breed that is immediately noticed due to a naturally occurring mutation of its spine. Because of it we are faced with a cat that has a shorter tail and there are various tail lengths from tailless to normal tail length. A lot of Manx cats will show a small stub of a tail although most Manx cats are known to have no tail and this is a special characteristic of this breed.

Manx Cat Breed Appearance

The Manx cat has hind legs that are longer than the front one, thus creating an arch from the rump to the shoulder. This is the reason why this cat breed has a rounded appearance. The cat's coating comes in a variation of two coat lengths. We thus have a short haired Manx cat that has a thick and short under-layer coat and another outer layer coating with guard hairs. The long haired Manx cat (also known as Cymric) also has a double coat with a silky texture, of medium length. All Manx cats have a thick double layered coat and in contests the Cymric is usually judged as a short hair cat.

Manx Cat Tail Length Factor

The tail length of the Manx cat is highly important due to some factors. For instance, Manx kittens are classified by judging from this factor. We thus have Dimple rumpy (or rumpy - no tail), Riser (or rumpy riser - several vertebrae under the fur or a stub of cartilage), Stumpy (a partial tail) and Long tailed (complete or almost complete tail).

Manx Cat Breed Health

Nowadays the Manx Cat breed is a lot healthier than it was some years ago. This happened because breeders started a careful process of selecting the breeding stock. We thus have Manx breed that are as healthy as other cat breeds and their life expectancy is of 8 to 10 years. The only real problem can be found in the Manx Syndrome. This is a condition that appears when the spine is shortened too much due to the mutant tailless gene. The problem is that the spinal cord can be damaged and nerves end up causing spina bifida and various problems linked with digestion, bladder and bowels. Cats suffering from Manx Sydrome usually live a maximum of 3 years while the record is of 5 years at the moment.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Giving your Cat a Bath

If you have a cat you will need to give it a bath sooner or later and this might be a problem for you. This is because most cats do not really like getting baths, although you might be lucky enough to own a cat that loves baths. If you are not then let us take a look at how we can make it a lot easier for you to give your cat a proper bath and how you should do it right. You will need a plastic cup, towels, a bathtub and cat shampoo, of course.

First off you will want all supplies in hand reach. Fill the tub (or alternatively the sink if you want to use that instead of the tub) with warm water. It must not be too warm and a general rule of thumb is that the water needs to be a less warm than the water you would use to bathe yourself. Getting the cat to trust you is the next step. You have to pet him/her and make sure that the cat is calm. Next we have the first tough moment. You will need to dip the cat into the water and be ready for potential scratches and bites. Keep talking to the cat and do not stop saying loving words. Use your wet hand to smooth out the fur and praise the pet. Be ready to receive that characteristic cat's death stare during the entire process.

Next take out the cat shampoo and use your free hand to start working it in the pet's fur. The cat will not like it but just keep on going until the cat is covered in shampoo. Be careful with the eyes, facial area and ears so that no shampoo reaches them, especially in the ears. Now you will want to drain the water and keep on holding the cat still through the entire process. Start up the water again and pay attention to the temperature. Use a cup and fill it with lean water. Then start poring over the cat while rinsing the soap out of its fur. When no more soap runs down the cat you can stop.

Turn off the water now and use a towel on the cat. Wrap it up just like a small baby and dry the pet as much as you can. Now just hold him/her for some time while petting and praising. You can also use treats so that he/she understands that the bath was not as bad as first seen. Now the cat just took a bath and its coat is as smooth and clean as possible.