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Diet, Health & Behaviour

Cats respond most readily to names that end in an "ee" sound.

The female cat reaches sexual maturity within 6 to 10 months; most veterinarians suggest spaying the female at 5 months, before her first heat period. The male cat usually reaches sexual maturity between 9 and 12 months.

Female cats are "polyestrous," which means they may have many heat periods over the course of a year. A heat period lasts about 4 to 7 days if the female is bred; if she is not, the heat period lasts longer and recurs at regular intervals.

A female cat will be pregnant for approximately 9 weeks - between 62 and 65 days from conception to delivery.

Female felines are "superfecund," which means that each of the kittens in her litter can have a different father.
Many cats love having their forehead gently stroked.

If a cat is frightened, put your hand over its eyes and forehead, or let him bury his head in your armpit to help calm him.

A cat will tremble or shiver when it is in extreme pain.

Cats should not be fed tuna exclusively, as it lacks taurine, an essential nutrient required for good feline health.

Purring does not always indicate that a cat is happy and healthy - some cats will purr loudly when they are terrified or in pain.

Not every cat gets "high" from catnip. If the cat doesn't have a specific gene, it won't react (about 20% do not have the gene). Catnip is non-addictive.

Cats must have fat in their diet because they can't produce it on their own.

While many cats enjoy milk, it will give some cats diarrhea.

A cat will spend nearly 30% of her life grooming herself.

When a domestic cat goes after mice, about 1 pounce in 3 results in a catch.

 

 

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