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can only adopt one cat, we have many children, and we desperately
need a good mouser. The cat would be primarily indoors, if
not soley. Would male/female make any difference?
sex of your cat will not matter. When picking out a cat you will
want to take toys with you (toy mice, feather toys, etc.) and
play with him/her. Hold the toy steady across the room from him/her,
make it move a bit, then let it sit again. Keep doing this to
keep the cat's interest. If he/she is very interested in the
object and pounces throughout your play time, then most likely
they will be attracted to the running mice. Although all cats
love to sleep, there are some that are just lazy and that is
NOT the kind of cat you would want.
A well-fed, neutered/spayed cat makes a better mouser because they hunt for
fun rather than for survival. Make sure you feed your cat quality cat food
(Iams is a wonderful brand), both dry and wet food. Depriving it of food will
not help your cause at all (I'm sure that was not your intention anyway --
but the logic would be if you don't feed it regularly, he/she will go looking
for food). To get your cat spayed/neutered for a lower price, go to www.SpayUSA.org and
request a voucher. They will send you a voucher that will direct you to a lost
cost clinic in your area. Both procedures should cost under $100 with that
Q. My cat scratches her ears quite often, and also
shakes her head vigorously quite often. Does she have an
A. Your cat definitely has a problem. Do you notice any
brownish build-up inside of her ears? If so, then it's probably ear mites. You
can read about them here on our site: Parasites . They're a serious problem
and need to be taken care of. If
you don't see the build-up then it's probably some type of ear infection --
the vet will need to give you antibiotics and possibly drops. Any type
of ear problem can lead to deafness if not taken care of immediately. Schedule
an appointment with your vet as soon as possible.
Q. Someone asked me why cats are afraid of water. Could you help
me explain this matter? Are they really afraid of water?
don't really think that there is an answer to your question.
I can only provide what I know to provide a reasonable guess.
Wild cats, such as tigers, lions, and jaguars enjoy water --
they generally live in warm climates and enjoy cooling themselves
in water. Other wild cats, such as snow leopards, bobcats, and
cougars generally live in cooler climates and avoid water.
This is true with house cats, too -- some like water, some don't. Because house
cats don't need to deal with varying temperatures, I think the issue that comes
in with them is control. Cats in general tend to be very independent creatures
and enjoy being in control. When forced into a bath, they are put in a situation
that they cannot escape from, making them uncomfortable. After being given
a bath they may associate water with that feeling, therefore causing them to
avoid it at all costs. My cats enjoy drinking from a running tap (in the sink
and in the bathtub) and they don't mind sticking their head past the curtain
to peek at me when I'm showering, but the minute I fill up the tub and put
them in for a bath two of them freak out while the third stands quietly. I've
heard of other cats that enjoy playing in water, so much so that they will
jump into the shower with their owner.
So I really don't think there is a clear-cut answer to your question. I think
it just depends on how the cat interprets its experiences with water, and how
it reacts to them later.