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Cat Facts

•  A cat's normal body temperature is 101.5.

•  Kittens up to six months old have 26 milk teeth. The adult cat has 30.

•  Cats will spend up to 75% of each day sleeping. This makes them the sleepiest of all mammals. How much a cat sleeps depends on their environment and the amount of companionship available.

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Accidents Waiting Around The Corner
Cats are naturally curious creatures. It is up to us to watch out for potential hazards to their safety.
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The Facts About Declawing©
(Feline Digital Amputation - "Onychectomy")
What You Really Need To Know
Declaw
Understanding Declawing (Onychectomy)
The anatomy of the feline claw must be understood before one can appreciate the severity of declawing. The cat's claw is not a nail as is a human fingernail, it is part of the last bone (distal phalanx) in the cat's toe. The cat’s claw arises from the unguicular crest and unguicular process in the distal phalanx of the paw (see above diagram). Most of the germinal cells that produce the claw are situated in the dorsal aspect of the ungual crest. This region must be removed completely, or regrowth of a vestigial claw and abcessation results. The only way to be sure all of the germinal cells are removed is to amputate the entire distal phalanx at the joint.

Read full article:  http://maxshouse.com/facts_about_declawing.htm

ASPCA Cat Care:  http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/cat-care

Healthy & Happy Indoor Cat:  http://maxshouse.com/Healthy+Happy_Indoors.htm
Outdoor Risks: http://maxshouse.com/outdoor_risks.htm
Preventative Health Care For Your Cat: http://maxshouse.com/PreventativeHealth.htm
Dry Food vs Canned Food: http://maxshouse.com/feline_nutrition.htm#Dry_Food_vs_Canned_Food.__Which_is_reall
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Why Spay or Neuter:
By making sure that your cat can't have kittens, you'll have peace of mind that his or her offspring won't be euthanized in an animal shelter.

Many people are surprised to learn that nationwide more than 3 million cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters. You might think that these are animals born in the streets or there is something "wrong" with them. But often they are the offspring of cherished family pets, even purebreds. Maybe someone's dog or cat got out just that one time or maybe the litter was intentional, but efforts to find enough good homes failed.
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Benefits of Spaying and Neutering:
Taken from: http://www.spayusa.org/main_directory/02-facts_and_education/benefits_sn.asp


Benefits of Spaying (females):
No heat cycles, therefore males will not be attracted
Less desire to roam
Risk of mammary gland tumors, ovarian and/or uterine cancer is reduced or eliminated, especially if done before the first heat cycle
Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives
Benefits of Neutering (males):
Reduces or eliminates risk of spraying and marking
Less desire to roam, therefore less likely to be injured in fights or auto accidents
Risk of testicular cancer is eliminated, and decreases incidence of prostate disease
Reduces number of unwanted cats/kittens/dogs/puppies
Helps dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives
Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Adapted from www.aspca.org
1.
Your female cat or dog will live a longer, healthier life.
Spaying-the removal of the ovaries and uterus-is a veterinary procedure performed under general anesthesia that usually requires minimal hospitalization. Spaying a female cat or dog helps prevent pyometra (pus-filled uterus) and breast cancer. Treatment of pyometra requires hospitalization, intravenous fluids and antibiotics. Breast cancer can be fatal in about 50 percent of female dogs and in 90 percent of female cats. Spaying your pet before her first heat offers the best protection from these diseases.
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There are major health benefits for your male animal companion, too.
Besides preventing unwanted litters, neutering your male dog or cat-the surgical removal of the testicles-prevents testicular cancer, if done before six months of age.
3.
Your spayed female won't go into heat.
While cycles can vary greatly, female felines usually go into heat four to five days every three weeks during breeding season. In an effort to advertise for mates, they'll yowl and urinate more frequently-sometimes all over the house. Unspayed female dogs generally have a bloody discharge for about a week, and can conceive for another week or so.
4.
Your cat or male dog won't need to roam away from home...
An intact male in search of a mate will do just about anything to get one! That includes digging his way under the fence and making like Houdini to escape from the house. And once he's free to roam, he risks injury in traffic and fights with other males.
5.
…and he will be much better behaved to boot!
Neutered cats and dogs focus their attention on their human families. On the other hand, unneutered dogs and cats may mark their territory by spraying strong-smelling urine all over the house. Indoors, male dogs may embarrass you by mounting on furniture and human legs when stimulated. And FYI, a neutered dog protects his home and family just as well as unneutered dog--and many aggression problems can be avoided by early neutering.
6.
Spaying or neutering will NOT make your pet fat.
It's no use to use that old excuse! Lack of exercise and overfeeding will cause your pet to pack on the extra pounds-not neutering. Your pet will remain fit and trim as long as you continue to provide exercise and monitor food intake.
7.
Spaying or neutering is highly cost-effective.
The cost of your pet's spay or neuter surgery is a lot less than the cost of having and caring for a litter. It also beats the cost of treatment when your unneutered tom escapes and gets into fights with neighborhood strays…or the cost of cleaning the carpet that your unspayed female keeps mistaking for her litter box, or the cost of…well, you get the idea!
8.
It's good for the community.
Stray animals pose real problems in many parts of the country. They can prey on wildlife, cause vehicular accidents, damage the local fauna and scare children.
9.
Your pet doesn't need to have a litter for your children to witness the miracle of birth.
We've heard this one a lot. But you know what? Letting your pet produce offspring you have no intention of keeping teaches your children irresponsibility. Anyone who has seen an animal euthanized in a shelter for lack of a home knows the truth behind this dangerous myth. There are countless books and videos available to teach your children about birth in a responsible manner.
10.
It packs a powerful punch in the fight against pet overpopulation.
Millions of cats and dogs of all ages and breeds are euthanized annually or suffer as strays. These high numbers are the result of unwanted, unplanned litters that could have been prevented by spaying or neutering.
Additional Benefits:
Your community will also benefit. Unwanted animals are becoming a very real concern in many places. Stray animals can easily become a public nuisance, soiling parks and streets, ruining shrubbery, frightening children and elderly people, creating noise and other disturbances, causing automobile accidents, and sometimes even killing livestock or other pets.
The American Veterinary Medical Association
The capture, impoundment and eventual destruction of unwanted animals costs taxpayers and private humanitarian agencies over a billion dollars each year. As a potential source of rabies and other less serious diseases, they can be a public health hazard.
The American Veterinary Medical Association
Myths and Facts about Spaying and Neutering:
http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/myths_and_facts_about_spaying_and_neutering.html

MYTH: My pet will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The truth is that most pets get fat and lazy because their owners feed them too much and don't give them enough exercise.

MYTH: It's better to have one litter first.
FACT: Medical evidence indicates just the opposite. In fact, the evidence shows that females spayed before their first heat are typically healthier. Many veterinarians now sterilize dogs and cats as young as eight weeks of age. Check with your veterinarian about the appropriate time for these procedures.

MYTH: My children should experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: Even if children are able to see a pet give birth-which is unlikely, since it usually occurs at night and in seclusion-the lesson they will really learn is that animals can be created and discarded as it suits adults. Instead, it should be explained to children that the real miracle is life and that preventing the birth of some pets can save the lives of others.

MYTH: But my pet is a purebred.
FACT: So is at least one out of every four pets brought to animal shelters around the country. There are just too many dogs and cats-mixed breed and purebred.

MYTH: I want my dog to be protective.
FACT: Spaying or neutering does not affect a dog's natural instinct to protect home and family. A dog's personality is formed more by genetics and environment than by sex hormones.

MYTH: I don't want my male dog or cat to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Pets don't have any concept of sexual identity or ego. Neutering will not change a pet's basic personality. He doesn't suffer any kind of emotional reaction or identity crisis when neutered.
Spay or Neuter Your Pets!

We at Angel Cat Pet Adoptions actively support spay and neuter.  Our spay and neuter program is vital to the community as a whole, as we are able to help low income, seniors and people in this economic crisis who have lost income to obtain free spay and neuter from our organization for their animals and prevent needless litters of animals killed every day in our local shelters. 

Consider the facts:  In 7 years, ONE female cat and her young can produce 420,000 cats!  Every day in the United States, more than 70,000 puppies and kittens are born.  Compare that to 10,000 human births each year and it’s clear that there can never be enough homes for these pets.  Spay and neuter is absolutely necessary and the more surgeries we can provide in our community, the less need there will be for rescue and adoption. 
Feral Cats:  Trap, Neuter, Return Program

We also recognize the growing feral cat problem in our local communities and we work with other rescue organizations to keep the birth rate down through our Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program. We believe that feral cat colonies can be contained through spay/neuter while living in a monitored colony.

We have volunteers who provide food, water, flea control and vet care when necessary, while removing kittens and friendly cats who are candidates for adoption.  The goal of TNR is to maximize the quality and length of life for the cats while eliminating the existing colony over time through attrition.