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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Should I Clean My Cat's Nails with Alcohol?

kitten on jeans
Kittens can get Bartonella henselae from fleas


Should I clean my cat's nails with alcohol?

You can. Cleaning a cat's nails with alcohol is fine, but you can only keep them clean for so long. Alcohol will evaporate quickly and will not harm a cat.

Will cleaning a cat's nails prevent cat scratch fever?

Cat Scratch Fever is caused by the intracellular bacteria called Bartonella henselae that was present on the cat's nails. Cat scratch fever happens within two weeks of a cat scratch.

Kittens are more likely to carry Bartonella henselae in their blood, according to Wikipedia. This is because Bartonella hensalae is transmitted through fleas. Bartonella henselae has also been found in ticks, but studies have not proven that it is transmitted through tick bites.

Common symptoms of cat scratch fever are: headache, backache, chills, and fever.

Simply cleaning a cat's nails with alcohol is a small measure to prevent cat scratch fever but it is impossible to know when the bacteria Bartonella henselae is present. It would take a lot of cleaning on a cat's nails to try and prevent cat scratch fever.

It is a better way to prevent Cat Scratch Fever by attempting to modify the cat's behavior. Make sure you have an adequate scratching post present for the cat, or a cat scratching board so your cat can stretch and utilize its nails. If it is an indoor cat, make sure you are cutting the cat's nails regularly.

Outdoor cats will use their nails for climbing wood fences, and trees and don't necessarily need to be trimmed, because it could affect their outdoor activity.

The absolute best way to prevent Cat Scratch Fever from the bacteria Bartonella henselae is to have a flea collar or regular flea treatment for your beloved cat.

Image source: Flickr Creative Commons; by Moyan Brenn

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

10 Differences Between Real Cats and Robot Cats

Robot cat or "cat bot"


10 Differences Between Real Cats and Robot Cats
 1. Real cats “purr.” Robot cats “whirr.”
      2. Real cats have soft fur and are warm. Robot cats have artificial fur and are cold.
      3. Real cats catch mice and eat them. Robot cats shoot mice with laser beams then vaporize them.
      4. Real cats play with humans. Robot cats do not play. It is not in their programming.
      5. Real cats snuggle when they naps. Robot cats go into hibernation where they stand. 
      6. Real cats fight with other cats. Robot cats ignore other cats. 
      7. Real cats scratch furniture. Robot cats don’t move. 
       8. Real cats groom themselves daily. Robot cats self-lubricate their gears. 
       9. Real cats sleep 80% of the time. Robot cats charge themselves overnight.
       10. Real cats brush up against their owners out of love. Robot cats do not understand this emotion called “love.”

Have you considered adopting a cat?

They are lovable and purr and (some) cough up balls of fur, and they really love their owners. Cats are a responsibility, but they are worth it, because they are affectionate creatures. Keep in mind that female cats are very territorial. Male cats like to wrestle with each other, but when you add a female cat to the mix, then things start to get very interesting, because she will be very protective of her turf, and will not readily accept male cats coming into her territory without her approval.

So, if you want to have multiple cats, be sure you know what you are getting into.


Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons, by Jenn and Tony Bot; taken with a Kodak C875 Zoom.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Some Cats Just Want to Make a Splash in Life

Cat doing a cannonball into a pool

Some cats just want to make a "splash" in life. When you find one that likes the water and swimming, that is one unusual cat.

However, wild cats are accustomed to rain, because they are wild and naturally have no place indoors to go. But even wild cats seek out shelter during storms.

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For all other cats, unless you have a special breed of cat that requires a weekly bath, your cat will avoid bodies of water at all costs. They will not voluntarily get into a tub full of water. You should not expect a cat to hop into the tub with you.

But you will notice that cats groom themselves regularly. They lick themselves daily to keep a clean coat of fur. Cats that go outdoors will have less of a shiny coat than strictly indoor cats.

Most cats do not need baths, unless directed by a veterinarian. They should be able to maintain their fur coat by grooming themselves daily.

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It is okay if your cat doesn't like water. He still wants to be loved and make a splash in your life by being affectionate to you. Show your cat that you love him by petting on him and holding him, and stroking him affectionately.

If you have a cat that has nothing to do with you, it can be disappointing. You have to show your cat that you care, before he will show you that he cares back.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Manipulated Photo of the Week April 25, 2012


Manipulated Photo of the day: Black cats laying on the carpet with white-out eyes and a tuft of hair in the mouth.

Black cats with white-out eyes


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Buy the non-exclusive license to use the original black and white photo of the Black Rocker Cat Sporting a Mohawk

Black Rocker Cat Sporting a Mohawk

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Black cat photo of the day - April 17, 2012

Black kittens playimg with spikey ball cat toy


Manipulated Photo of the day: Black kittens playing with spikey ball cat toy.

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Buy the non-exclusive license to use the original photo.

Black Kitten playing with spikey ball cat toy

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The watermark is removed after you pay $1 at the above links and you have an awesome photo for your blog or website.

Feel free to repost and share these with your friends.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Black Cat Photo of the Day - April 14, 2012

Two kittens holding hands in square baskets

Manipulated Photo of the day: Black cats holding hands in square baskets on kitchen countertop.

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Buy the non-exclusive license to use the black and white photo with green added to eye color.

Black Cat in Square Basket w/ Green Eyes

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Kitten lounging in a square basket

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When you purchase at the link, the watermark is removed and will you have an awesome photo for your blog or website.

Do you think this kitten in a square basket is cool or what?