Do you know how to care for your cat? Quiz

By: Allie T.
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Discover how much you know about your cat!

What is a cat's normal heart rate?

To measure your cat's normal heart rate, have him/her sit or lie in a relaxed position and place the palm of your hand over his/her left side directly behind the point of the elbow. Feel for their heartbeat and count the pulses in 15-second burst​s. Next multiply this number by four to get the beats-per-minute rate.

The first sign that your cat is suffering from dehydration is the loss of the _________ elasticity?

Normally hydrated cats have extra loose skin at the tops of their heads and the base of their necks, their 'scruff', that's easy to grasp. If the cat is not dehydrated, their skin should bounce right back after you grab it and let it go. If the cat is dehydrated, the scruff will return very slowly.

Normal respiration for cats is _________ times a minute?

If you notice your cat has an increased respiratory rate call your vet immediately.

Sharp teeth and ________ do not mix?

Unplug cords before you leave or thread cords through PVC pipe. No one wants to come home to an electrocuted cat.

___________ is a very common problem with cats with a multitude of causes?

The causes can range from eating something poisonous or inedible (like string), to infection, urinary tract disease, or diabetes to hairballs.

_________ are a very common external feline health problem?

Fleas can live for more than a year, and your cat risks anemia if the problem becomes serious, so be sure to treat your cat's flea problem and prevent future infestations.

One of the most common feline health problems inside a cat is __________?

Tapeworms live in kitty's small intestine and sometimes grow as long as 2 feet.

Many things can cause __________ in cats, including spoiled food, allergies, infection, liver disease, cancer, and more?

Symptoms of diarrhea are loose, watery, or liquid stool. Depending on its cause, diarrhea can last for a day, a week, or months.

__________ in cats can be caused by a number of things, including conjunctivitis, cataracts, glaucoma, trauma, viruses, inflammation, and retinal disease.

Symptoms that your cat may have an eye problem include watery eyes, tear-stained fur, cloudiness, red or white eyelid linings, gunk in the corners of the eye, squinting, pawing at the eye, or a visible third eyelid.

What are the GPS and radar systems for your cat?

Each whisker is packed full of micro, hypersensitive nerves that help your cat judge distance and space. Never trim the whiskers!

Cats like to ________?

Cats scratch during play, stretching, and to mark territory or as a threatening signal other cats. Cats’ claws also need regular sharpening; cats will sharpen their claws on anything they can get their paws onto.

Taking care of an older cat should include daily brushing or combing as it removes loose hairs, preventing them from being swallowed and forming _________?

A trichobezoar is a wad of undigested hair that is commonly referred to as a hairball.

Cats are natural ________?

Most cats, if given a chance, will kill rodents, birds, bugs, and other small animals. They're programmed to kill, regardless how much cat food you feed them.

______ is not a death-sentence for cats.

FIV's primary transmission is through bite wounds. Casual, non-aggressive contact does not appear to be an efficient route of spreading FIV; as a result, cats in households with stable social structures where housemates do not fight are at little risk for acquiring FIV infections. FIV cannot be spread to humans. Cat owners no longer have to put the cat down if it has FIV, only keep it healthy.

Cats are creatures of ______?

A major change in routine of the pet owners, location, or the personality of other cats can be upsetting.

It has been scientifically proven that being a cat parent is good for our ________?

Having cats can decrease the occurrence of high blood pressure and improve the immune system to ward off other illnesses.

How many bones does a domestic cat have in its body?

The average domestic cat has 244 bones in its body, with 30 of these bones being vertebrae. Most of the vertebrae that domestic cats have are located in their spine, which allows them to be extremely flexible animals.

The cat's tail is used to maintain ______?

Although the tail is used for balance, a cat without a tail can adjust and learn to balance without it.

The average litter is between _________ kittens?

A feline litter usually consists of two to five kittens. Young cat mother or a first-time​ mother can expect to have around 2 to 3 kittens. At 3 to 4 years old a cat will be more likely to have around 4 to 5 kittens per litter. As the cat ages, her average litter size will naturally decrease.

A cat is pregnant for _________ days?

A cat's pregnancy lasts about 63-65 days or between 9-10 weeks. A cat can have kittens when she's only 6 months old.

The average lifespan for an outdoor-only cat is ______?

Disease, weather, predators, and automobiles are hazards to an outdoor cat. An indoor-only cat lives an average of 15 years!

Most cats are __________?

It's not mean to keep your cats away from milk and cheese. Their digestive system cannot process dairy foods, and the result can be digestive upset with diarrhea.

Cats are __________?

Cats need to eat meat as they need some vitamins and fatty acids in their pre-formed state. Cats have lost the ability to make these amino acids and vitamins in their own bodies the way herbivores or omnivores do.

________ is an extremely common problem in cats.

Obesity is detrimental to the health of a cat. The overweight pet has many added stresses upon his body and is at an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain.

Cats begin to show visible age-related changes at about ________ years of age?

There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes, too. Some of these are unavoidable. Others can be managed with diet.

A cat can be spayed or neutered once it's ________?

Pediatric spaying and neutering is widely accepted. The rule to wait until cats are at least six months is outdated and incorrect.

An adult cat has ________ teeth?

Adult cats have 30 adult teeth and 26 baby teeth. Thedre's many more teeth besides those "fangs."

A common, yet painful, tooth problem for cats is ______?

The most common clinical signs associated with FORLs include excessive salivation, bleeding from the gum line or teeth, and difficulty eating. Many cats turn into "picky" eaters and refuse to eat dry food.

________ is the process of forcing a cat out into the open to deal what stresses him or her?

Cats do not find "flooding" to be a positive way to build trust and handle stress.

Most cats do not enjoy being _________?

When a cat is being hugged and it tries to squirm away, allow it to go, or it may bite you.

________ is painful for the cat.

When a cat is declawed, it is as if their fingers are cut off. It's very painful and can lead to litter box problems, fear, and aggression.

The top silent killer of cats is ________?

This disease means that 75% of both the kidneys are ineffective and not working. Some symptoms include: excessive drinking and urinating, weighgt loss, and hiding. With appropriate management, cats can live with CKD for years.

_________ is an endocrine disease where the thyroid gland produces too much thyroid hormone.

It's usually seen in middle-aged and geriatric cats. As hyperthyroidism increases the metabolism of cats, it causes one defining sign: a ravenous appetite despite weight loss. Treatment for hyperthyroidism is very effective and includes either a medication or surgical removal of the thyroid glands.

Overweight to obese cats are prone to developing _______?

Common symptoms for Diabetes are similar to those of Chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism and include Lethargy or weakness, vomiting, and abnormal breath.

________ is a tell-tale sign of cat car sickness?

Cats can develop gastrointestinal distress while traveling in the car, and for some, traveling by air or boat can induce the same reaction. Gradually acclimate your kitty to the travel crate or carrier before the need to travel long distances. Place the crate/carrier out so that the cat may get used to it.

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