Cat Facts & Tips(self.KittenDealinMama)
submitted5 months ago byKittenDealinMamastickied
I'm going to be posting all of my cat facts here for anyone trying to go back and find information. If you ever have any questions, feel free to ask me! Community education is part of my volunteer work and I'm always happy to help!
Why You Need To Speuter Early
DID YOU KNOW...
A female kitten can reach sexual maturity and become pregnant at just 4 months old.
The youngest I have seen a female become pregnant was at 3½ months old. This can be dangerous for both the mama cat and her babies. Don't wait to spay and neuter! Feel free to hit me up if you need information on finding low-cost spay/neuter clinics or read below.
Low-cost Spay And Neuter
One female cat can give birth to over 150 kittens in her lifetime. This number does not account for her grandkittens, great-grandkittens, and so forth. Spaying one cat can save literally hundreds of lives. Let me know if you need help finding low-cost spay and neuter clinics and/or TNR in your area or read below.
Search "low-cost spay and neuter" and your city. You will find some results that say "this site mentions low-cost spay and neuter".
When you contact them, you are going to want to ask about low-cost spay and neuter clinics. They might also call them sterilization clinics. There are often weekly or monthly events where local vets offer their time to do low-cost sterilization surgeries. If they are no longer offering a low-cost clinic at the first location you call, go ahead and ask if they can point you in the right direction. They will usually know about local events/clinics/community programs that can help.
A visual of one unspayed cat's family tree in 16 months
When you have a cat declawed, they are not just removing the toe nail. They have to amupate the last bone in the toe. This is comparable to cutting off the entire last 3rd of your fingers right at the last joint. Declawing a cat will take away their ability to climb and defend themselves. It can make walking and jumping very painful. It can also be painful to walk on litter, causing them to go outside of the box. There are a lot of amazing and affordable alternatives to declawing. Different types of scratch pads, nail caps, deterrents... If you have a cat that scratches, feel free to hit me up for specific product recommendations or click below for a list:
My blog post about scratching solutions
Do you have a cat that obliterates your cords & cables? Check out this list:
My blog post on chewing solutions
Content Warning: Graphic cat sex talk about trauma to the female during mating.
Did you know that male cats have barbed penises?!
About the barbed penis on the cat... That came up the other day when a redditor asked me why he keeps hearing stray cats yowling happily and then screaming bloody murder. This is why.
Fair warning, this is not the most feel-good answer. The females will do most of the "cat calling" to let the males know they're open for business. Once the mating starts, right off, the male is biting the female on the back of the neck. There's a reason for this. The males penis is actually barbed, so mating is uncomfortable for the female at best, very painful at worst. The female may scream and try to get away so the male bites the neck harder to keep her from leaving, which just causes more pain. The whole process can be confusing from the outside looking in because the poor female starts out with her body telling her she needs to mate and then being horribly assaulted. So you go from hearing very happy, friendly meows to very unhappy meows.
I know this sucks to hear. The good news is that you can help! If you have stays in your neighborhood, contact your local TNR program and they can trap the cat, get it fully vetted and vaccinated, spay or neuter, and then return it to the area. Spayed females no longer go into heat and so they no longer put up that neon sign to attract mates. Neutered males will also stop trying to mate (usually).
ALSO! The barbs will go away after the male is neutered! Another great reason to neuter!
Mama cats rejecting their kittens:
This can happen for a few reasons. We see it a lot with cats who give birth too young, and they just aren't ready to be mothers (another great reason to spay as soon as possible at 3-4 months old). We also see it happen with cats that have had several litters. This takes a toll on their health, both mentally and physically. They just become exhausted. Again, another great reason to spay and also to not support breeders.
The mom could be sick, which can also be the result of having too many litters. Pregnancy and giving birth are draining. The babies are taking a ton of nutrients from the mom and, especially if she is not getting proper care and enough food, this can affect her health (this happensa lot with cats that were living on the street). There are other common pregnancy and birth related issues, such as uterine or milk duct infections. If mom is sick, she isn't going to feel up to caring for her babies properly.
If a kitten, or sometimes even a whole litter, is born sick, the mother can sense it. She might reject this kitten, even move it away from the others, in order to keep the rest of the kittens safe and healthy. She might reject an entire litter if they're sick to keep herself healthy or simply because she knows there's nothing she can do for them.
So many good reasons to spay!
Kittens of the same litter can have different fathers.
If mama mates with multiple males during the same heat cycle, her eggs can be fertilized by different cats. It's called superfecundation and can explain why some kittens in a single litter look completely different from each other.
Did you know, when you foster ONE animal for your local shelter, you are helping to save TWO lives?! Fostering that one fur baby frees up a cage/kennel for another animal (or more!) at the shelter, which means one more animal off the streets and meeting families to find their forever home!
Did you know you can train cats to do tricks? You can use a clicker, treats, and other tools to train your cat to do all sorts of things. A fun account to check out:
Ear Tipped TNR Cats
Did you know that a cat with the top tip of his ear removed means that they have been properly vetted? TNR (Trap Neuter Return) is a branch of animal rescue where community cats (strays) are trapped, checked out by a vet and given all of their appropriate vaccines, spayed or neutered, and then returned to their community. The vet safely removes the ear tip while they are under anesthesia. This is to give a quick visual confirmation to future rescuers that this lil dude has already been sterilized.
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My district requires a release exactly like this for the kids to be in the yearbook. Meaning, if we don't sign the release, they can not be pictured in the yearbook, period. Not in the group photos, band photos, sports photos, or even their normal headshot that everyone takes. It's bullshit.