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  • Feeding cats doesn't have to be mysterious. By recognizing a few key concepts and attributes of cats we can create a very reasonable feeding plan for them.

  • Cats are considered to be adults by the time they are 1 year old. It is not uncommon for them to live up to 20 years or longer. Once they reach 7 or 8 years of age, however, cats are considered to be senior citizens, and age-related diseases and metabolic changes begin to emerge.

  • Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a virus that infects only cats. There is no treatment for FeLV, therefore preventing infection through vaccination is highly recommended. Testing prior to vaccination is needed to ensure the cat is not already infected with FeLV, as it offers no protection to an infected cat. A small few cats may experience a mild reaction to the FeLV vaccine, but the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks.

  • The internet covers a lot of terrain and includes vast amounts of knowledge. Unfortunately, copious amounts of information doesn't always equate to accurate information. While we know that the internet is a great source of information, we must also realize that it can be a source of misinformation. So how do you know what internet sources you should trust when it comes to finding information on pets and pet care?

  • A tiny tear in a tiny nail on a single toe on a single foot can be the source of excruciating pain.

  • Even though cats usually land on their feet, they can still sustain injuries when they fall.

  • The tail is an important part of the feline anatomy and is actually an extension of the spine. The wagging tail is a communication tool in the feline world, so a cat that doesn't wag his tail is an indication that something might be wrong. Common tail injuries in the cat include abrasions, lacerations, fractured tail, and nerve damage.

  • Cats are nosy creatures, sniffing at anything of interest. Since felines find insects interesting, they sniff at them, and if they stick their nose where it doesn't belong, they may get a quick reprimand that could be fatal.

  • Although most limps need veterinary attention, there are a few first aid measures you can perform at home if your cat begins to hobble around.

  • Although lowly in position, your cat's feet occupy a top spot in importance. How can a cat navigate the world without the support of four healthy feet? Healthy foot pads are crucial, so injuries need prompt attention.