If you are one of those who are allergic to cats but want to keep one as a pet, fret not! There are hypoallergenic cats which are suitable as pets for people who suffers from cat allergies. In this article, we have listed down the top hypoallergenic cat breeds for those who are allergic to cats

Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

In reality, there are no cat breeds which are totally hypoallergenic. The reason why people develop allergic reactions to cats is because cats produce dander, which is a common allergen. However, dander is not the main culprit. The main cause of cat allergies in humans is due to a certain protein called Fel d 1 which is present in a cat’s saliva and skin. Thus, those non allergic cats usually belong to cat breeds which produce less of the Fel d 1 protein. Do note that the list of hypoallergenic cat breeds are arranged in alphabetical order.

Balinese

hypoallergenic cats balinese cat

The Balinese cat may not look like the typical hypoallergenic cat as they have a luxurious coat unlike most hypoallergenic cats which are shorthair types. However, they produce less Fel d 1 protein than other cat breeds. Thus, people are less likely to develop allergic reactions to this cat breed.

Bengal

hypoallergenic cats bengal cat

The Bengal cat has a short fur coat, shed less than other cat breeds. This makes them suitable pets for those suffering from cat allergies.

Burmese

hypoallergenic cats burmese cat

The Burmese cat breed came by as a result of breeding with a female cat named Wong Wau with a Siamese cat. Thus, like the Siamese cat, the Burmese cat has a shorter fur coat than other cats. As a result, there is less shedding and dander to affect people who are allergic to cats.

Colorpoint Shorthair

Colorpoint Shorthair Cat

The Colorpoint Shorthair cat is a close cousin of the Siamese cat. As its name implies, it has a short fur coat which means less shedding and in turn leads to less dander to spread around your home.

Cornish Rex

cornish rex hypoallergenic cat breed

The Cornish Rex cat has only one layer of hair, which is the bottom undercoat of down hair as compared to the three layers that make up a cat’s fur coat. As such, this cat breed has less hair than other cat breeds which means less shedding of hair and thus less likely to cause allergic reactions.

Devon Rex

devon rex hypoallergenic cat breed

The Devon Rex cat like the Cornish Rex has only one layer of hair, which is the bottom undercoat down hair. This cat also sheds very little hair. However, this cat breed has even less hair as compared to the Cornish Rex which makes this cat a better choice for those who are allergic to cats.

Javanese

javanese cat hypoallergenic cat breed

The Javanese cat like the Cornish Rex and Devon Rex cat breeds has only one layer of hair. However, the layer of hair which they have is the top coat while the other above mentioned cat breeds have the most bottom layer, the undercoat. With only a layer of hair, there is shedding and thus less dander in your house.

LaPerm

laperm cat hypoallergenic cat breed

The LaPerm cat may not have the look of a hypoallergenic cat, but people with cat allergies are not having many problems with them. They have a unique curly coat which is thought to help reduce the spread of dander around the house.

Ocicat

ocicat hypoallergenic cat breed

The Ocicat may look like a wild cat breed, but it is really a 100% domestic cat breed. They are considered hypoallergenic as they produce less of the Fel d 1 protein than other cat breeds. Also, they have a short fur coat which means less shedding and dander to affect those suffering from cat allergies.

Oriental Shorthair

oriental shorthair cat hypoallergenic cat breed

The Oriental Shorthair cat as the name implies, has a fine, short fur coat. This cat also sheds very little. With regular grooming, this cat breed is almost the ideal hypoallergenic cat breed.

Russian Blue

russian blue cat hypoallergenic cat breed

The Russian Blue cat is a beautiful, striking cat with a short, but dense double fur coat. The dense double coat helps to trap the allergens close to their skin, rather than dispersing them and making people allergic. They also produce less Fel d 1 protein just like the Balinese cat which makes them less likely to cause allergic reactions in people.

Siamese

siamese cat hypoallergenic cat breed

The Siamese cat is considered hypoallergenic due to its short fur coat like both the Burmese cat and Colorpoint Shorthair cat. Having a short fur coat means less shedding and dander to spread around your house.

Siberian

siberian cat hypoallergenic cat breed

The Siberian cat is surprisingly a suitable hypoallergenic cat for those who are allergic to cats. With its long beautiful fur coat, they may not look like your typical non allergic cats. However, since they produce less Fel d 1 protein than other cat breeds, they are a good choice for those who suffer from cat allergies.

Sphynx

hypoallergenic-cats

The Sphynx cat is widely believed to be the most hypoallergenic cat breed. It is very popular among cat lovers who are looking for a hypoallergenic cat as a pet. This hairless cat has no fur coat, thus there is no fur to trap allergens from its saliva. However, even without any fur, the Fel d 1 protein will still be present.

If you are allergic to cats, besides getting hypoallergenic cats, there are many things you can do to minimize the chances of developing allergic reactions. Here’s a list of things to take note of:

As you can see, even if  you are allergic to cats, you can still become the proud parent of a cat from choosing hypoallergenic cats and following the tips above.


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Balinese Cat Photo by Carol VanHookCC BY-SA 2.0

Bengal Cat Photo by ReflectedSerendipityCC BY-SA 2.0

Burmese Cat Photo by Glen MacLartyCC BY 2.0

Colorpoint Shorthair Cat Photo by Chris Wood - Public Domain

Cornish Rex Cat Photo by Anna-Stina TakalaCC BY 2.0

Devon Rex Cat Photo by MartiCC BY 2.0

Javanese Cat Photo by Starjely - CC BY-SA 3.0

LaPerm Cat Photo by Takashi HososhimaCC BY-SA 2.0

Ocicat Photo by Check-Six - Public Domain

Oriental Shorthair Cat Photo by Lil ShepherdCC BY 2.0

Russian Blue Cat Photo by Doug MillerCC BY 2.0

Siamese Cat Photo by Carol VanHookCC BY 2.0

Siberian Cat Photo by Mstachul - CC BY-SA 3.0

Sphynx Cat Photo by  Shannon BadieeCC BY-SA 2.0

If you want to learn more about the Abyssinian cat, then you'll LOVE this comprehensive article on the Abyssinian cat.

What you'll discover in this article will help you to find out if an Abyssinian cat is the right pet cat for you.

InformationDescription
OriginEgypt
TypePurebred
Cost$350 - $900
Life SpanUp to 15 Years
Weight6 - 10 Pounds
CharacteristicsActive, Affectionate, Intelligent, Loving, Loyal, Playful, Social
Known IssuesCorneal Sequestrum, Familial Amyloidosis, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Gingivitis, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration & Rod Cone Dysplasia, Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD), Retinal Dystrophy, Thromboembolism

History
The Abyssinian cat is one of the most popular and oldest cat breeds, its origins, however, has been lost in myth and fantasy.

The cats depicted in the ancient Egyptian bronzes and paintings were said to carry a strong resemblance to the Abyssinian cat, thus, these sacred Egyptian cats were thought to be their ancestors.

Its derivation has also been suggested to have come from the British soldiers who defeated Abyssinian, a place now known as Ethiopia. From there, the soldiers imported a cat named Zula, hence marking the origin of the Abyssinian cat.

Recent research on the genetics of this cat, however, proposed that their ancestors are likely to have come from the coast of the Indian Ocean and parts of Southeast Asia.

This breed was said to be on the verge of devastation during World War II. Had they not been exported to the United States in the 1900s, the Abyssinian cat would have been wiped out.

Survivals of this cat breed had then undergone refinement and development through breeding programs. It has gained its popularity ever since and is recognized by all major cat breed registries.

Physical appearance and attributes
The very first time that the Abyssinian was ever made known in print was in a cat show report published in the January 27, 1872 issue of Harper’s weekly.

The report featured the first appearance of Abyssinian as one of the unusual breeds at the Crystal Palace Cat Show in 1871. Its unique physical attributes are most probably the factors that have helped it to clinch the third prize.

A healthy Abyssinian should weigh between 6 – 10 pounds, with the male being heavier.

One of its most striking features is its large almond-shaped eyes that usually come in an intense brilliance of gold or green; locking your attention at the very first sight. Crowning its wedge-like head is a pair of large pointed ears that gives it an unfailing alertness to its surroundings.

It possesses a medium built body that is lithe, lean and muscular. With accentuated long athletic legs and paws that are relatively smaller in comparison to its body, it appears like it is standing on its toes.

Its long and tapering tail, together with its neck that is carried with much grace, creates beautiful lines that seem to extend beyond sight.

Its body is covered with ticked fur that exhibits a unique coloration of alternating light and dark strips of bands. Being short in length and lying close to its body, such characteristics of the fur formulated a coat that is liken to the luster of satin, especially so when it moves, and is silky to the touch. The coat color can come in ruddy, red, lilac, fawn or cinnamon.

The composition of all these unique features resembles that of the African wild cat, but with an added confidence and certainty as that of a leopard and an athletic grace as that of a cheetah.

Personality and temperament
The Abyssinian cats are highly intelligent and sharp-witted. They have an insatiable sense of curiosity of their surroundings and are always on the move for new activities and engagements.

Every activity that they undertake can be larger than life and they give their fullest energy and undivided attention to any play activities with no concern for life or limb.

They can be easily amused with anything from a crumpled sheet of paper to more sophisticated and elaborated cat toys. Attention is what they persistently seek for and they know what to do to receive it.

Great heights pose no challenge for them for their adventurous nature would propel them to climb every high perches no matter how unfeasible it seems. They love the idea of space, both vertical and horizontal and hence would make full use of them.

The game of fetch usually sparks a special interest in them and they learn the trick faster than expected.

Even though they do not like to be contained and restrained, Abyssinian cats have an unusual, loving, gentle and affectionate disposition towards people. They enjoy the interactions and dislike to be left alone; being one of the few breeds that love to participate in family activities.

Once a relationship is developed with the owner, they can be devoted and loyal to the point of being possessive. They typically interact better with adults or older children who are more predictable.

Getting along with other pets in the same household should not be a challenge for Abyssinian cats if the animals are introduced slowly and properly.

Health
The Abyssinian cat is prone to a number of health issues such as Corneal Sequestrum, Familial Amyloidosis, Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Gingivitis, Hip Dysplasia, Patellar Luxation, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, Progressive Rod Cone Degeneration & Rod Cone Dysplasia, Pyruvate Kinase Deficiency (PKD), Retinal Dystrophy and Thromboembolism.

Many of these diseases and health conditions are genetic. Some of these conditions, while not due to genetic, are found to occur more frequently in the Abyssinian cat than other cat breeds.

It is advisable to maintain a regular vet check throughout the life of the cat. The average life span of the Abyssinian cat is between 9 – 15 years.

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Care
Grooming the Abyssinian cat should not be a chore as they only require occasional brushing and bathing for their short and fine coat of fur.

However, care needs to be taken for their sharp nails. It is best to trim the nail every couple of weeks.

Dental hygiene is  also very important to prevent gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, which is more likely to happen to the Abyssinian cat than other cat breeds.  Daily dental hygiene is highly recommended. If not possible, go for a weekly brushing.

Regular exercise and play activities is highly recommended to prevent obesity in your cat

There is no requirement for special diet for the Abyssinian cat except for the best you can give. Fresh water needs to be provided daily and milk should only serve as an occasional treat as many cat breeds are lactose intolerant.

The ideal home
A home that has enough space, preferably an enclosed garden where it can explore and hunt would be desirable for the Abyssinian cat. This would help to prevent stress that is easily caused if kept indoors and restrained. Thus, allowing direct access from the indoor to the outdoor secured area is highly considerable.

Making sure that such outdoor enclosed areas are escape-proof is necessary for this escape artist. Its active and playful nature calls for the owner to devote daily play time with it. This should be considered to prevent boredom that might lead to destructive activity in the house.

The Abyssinian cat provide a taste and a glimpse of the wild kingdom. For those who love an active and highly animated pet, this ancient cat breed would make a constant companion and would provide years of pleasure to any home.

So what do you think about the Abyssinian cat breed? Or maybe you have a question about this cat breed. Either way, let me know in the comment section below.

References:

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2008 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


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Photo by Tscherno - CC BY 2.0, Photos by Kunyi Liu - Public Domain


It is always a joyous affair when you bring home a kitten. However, do you know how to really take good care of a kitten? While a lot of cat owners may have the experience of working with an older cat, many do not know how to take care of a young kitten especially when one is not yet fully weaned. If you are one of those cat owners who are clueless about raising a young kitten, check out the following kitten care tips below to let you have a better understanding and know how on how to take good care of your kitten.

With the kitten care tips above, you can be sure your kitten is going to grow up to be a confident, happy, healthy, loving, sociable and strong cat. What more can a cat owner ask for!


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A number of automatic cat feeders on the market are not really designed for cats as well as cat owners in mind. As such, you may find certain automatic feeders bringing you more troubles rather than helping you. Don’t fret as the Pet Feedster USA PF-10 Cat Feeder is one feeder that is designed for both cats and cat owners in mind. This feeder is an improved version of the old version of Pet Feedster Pet Feeder.

This automatic cat feeder comes with small chutes to prevent your pet from stealing food off the feeder when you are not looking. It is easy to program, has a solution for power failure in the form of backup battery as well as dishwater safe food bowls to make life easier for cat owners who hate washing up.

The feeder has an innovative feature which is an improved jam proof flex feeder that is different from conventional automatic cat feeders that work on gravity or mechanism which can crush food to small pieces as well as causing the feeders to jam in due time. With this feature, there is no chance of having a jammed feeder and cause your pet cat to go hungry.

This feeder can hold up to 10 pounds of cat food. It can dispense food at any given time up to 6 cups or as little as 1 teaspoon of kibble, depending on the size of the food. It works well with any dry food that is between 1/8 inch to ¾ inch in size. You can program the feeder to dispense food up to 5 times a day.

It comes with a removable ant stop water tray below the unit that is patented. This water tray prevents ants from getting into the holding area for the food. I believe many cat owners will find this water tray feature useful.

Pet Feedster USA PF-10 Cat Feeder

Product Details

Features

Pros

Cons

The Pet Feedster USA PF-10 Cat Feeder is touted to be user friendly and relatively easy to program is actually. This makes it easy for those who are fed up with automatic cat feeders that are hard to program. However, the programming is not really that intuitive as the portion of each meal can only be adjusted at the beginning. Hopefully, Pet Feedster will be able to do something about it in the near future.

The option of having a battery backup is also pretty nifty. Even when running the feeder using the battery option, your battery can last you a good four to six months. There is another thing I like about the Pet Feedster USA PF-10 Cat Feeder and that it is ant-proof.

If you have a pet cat that keeps on stealing food from your existing feeder or on special diets that need customized meal portions, the Pet Feedster USA PF-10 Cat Feeder will be ideal for you. Also, those cat owners who are always traveling or not at home most of the time and need a reliable automatic cat feeder, this feeder with its battery backup option will be most suitable.

Looking for an automatic cat feeder that allows you to schedule or control the feedings online via a computer, mobile phone or any portable device? One that allows you feed your cat both dry and wet food and at the same time allows you to watch your pet has its meals. Look no further as the Feed And Go Smart Pet Feeder can do these things above and more.

Besides having a high quality webcam, it also has a built in microphone which allows you to record a message to play for your pet before every meal. To control the feeder remotely, you have to connect the Feed And Go Smart Pet Feeder to your Wi-Fi router. Don’t worry, it is very easy and simple to do so. In fact, the feeder connects wirelessly by itself. To control this automatic cat feeder, you have to log in to your account on Feed And Go’s website to manage and control your new feeder.

With this feeder, you can feed your pet both dry or wet cat food. This feeder is able to hold up to 6 meals at any given time. Each tray has a capacity of 8 Oz, which is more than enough for a single cat. The feeder has a very strong motor for rotating trays which are fully loaded with wet cat food. To top it off, the Feed And Go Smart Pet Feeder is practically cat-proof as it has a special locking mechanism which helps to prevent your cat from getting the food or move the trays.

Feed And Go Smart Pet Feeder

Product Details
• Dimensions - 20 x 16 x 3 inches
• Weight – 6.5 pounds
• Shipping weight – 7.3 pounds
• 12 month warranty

Features
• Able to schedules and dispenses up to 6 meals at anytime, day or time period.
• Comes with 6 x 8 Oz capacity trays which can accommodate both dry and wet cat food.
• Feeding trays are removable for easy washing and are dishwasher safe.
• The trays are made from special plastic materials which do not cause chin allergy to cats.
• A special locking mechanism which makes the feeder practically cat-proof.
• Has 4 rubber bottoms to keep your pet from moving the feeder around.
• High quality built-in webcam, which allows you to watch your pet eating even when you are not at home.
• Built-in microphone which allows you to record short messages for playback to your pet before meals.
• Wi-Fi connectivity which allows you to place the feeder anywhere in your house within range.
• Able to remotely control the feeder over the internet.
• Can control multiple Feed And Go Smart Pet Feeders with the same account.

Pros
• You can setup and control it remotely from anywhere.
• Feeding times are totally customizable up to 6 meals at any time.
• Your pet’s feeding times can be easily set or change via the internet.
• Suitable for both dry and wet cat food.
• Comes with a strong motor which can easily move a fully loaded wet cat food tray.
• Online account’s interface is user friendly and fast and responsive.
• The joy of watching your pet eats via the webcam from anywhere.
• Able to record messages for playback.
• A special locking mechanism which makes the feeder cat-proof.
• If you need to move the feeder and unplugged it, the programming will be restored within 2 minutes after plugging back in.
• The trays are airtight when closed which allow wet cat food to stay fresh up till 3 days without the need of an ice pack in 83 degrees heat.
• The trays are made from special plastic materials which does not cause allergies to cats when they feed.
• The feeder’s design and shape make it hard for your cat to knock it over.
• It is very silent during operation.

Cons
• Access to the internet is required in order to control, set up and make changes to your feeder.
• Slight difficulty in connecting the feeder to your router if it does not have a WPS button.
• No battery backup in case of power outage.
• Not for those who are not internet savvy.
• Lack a mobile app, rather control is via the website.
• Does not comes with ice packs.
• Extra trays need to be purchased separately.
• The price may not be suitable for those on a budget.

The Feed And Go smart Pet Feeder is a high quality product with some nifty features such as built-in webcam and microphone. This automatic cat feeder is most ideal for busy professionals who are not able to feed their pets on time. For those who like to feed their cats a mixture of dry and wet cat food, this feeder is also a good solution.

However, price is a concern for those who are more budget conscious. Also, for those not familiar with using the internet, this may not be a good choice for you.

At the end of the day, if you are IT savvy, not concern about the price and have unpredictable working hours, this automatic cat feeder is definitely one of the better feeding solutions that money can get you.

Parvo, or canine parvovirus is an extremely contagious virus that commonly affects dogs via contact with an infected dog’s feces. A lot of cat owners want to know whether can cats get parvo from dogs. While cats technically can’t get the parvovirus from dogs, cats do have something similar called feline panleukopenia. It is thought that the parvovirus to have originated from cats and mutated into the current form.

The parvovirus is species specific and as such you should not have any worries about your cat contracting this contagious virus from any infected dog. Rather, if you have a dog at home, you should worry about your dog contracting it from an infected dog or even a cat with feline panleukopenia. As mentioned, the canine parvovirus is thought to have originated from cats infected with feline panleukopenia which is also a form of parvovirus.

Feline Panleukopenia

The Feline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also known as feline distemper is a disease that is highly contagious diseases that can affect all cats. This disease will cause the white blood cells in a cat to be lowered to the point whereby the immune system can longer function well on its own. This in turn will result in a series of secondary infections to attack the affected cat, causing a lot of medical issues and even death.

There are vaccines available to combat this disease, so this disease has been under control in recent years. There are very few reported cases of this disease in recent years. This disease is more prevalent in places such as animal shelters and rescue centers due to the close proximity of the cats there. The highly contagious nature of this disease also makes it easier for the disease to spread in these places.

Cats are normally infected by coming into contact with infected cats. The disease is usually spread via contact with blood, feces and urine of cats infected with feline panleukopenia. Another way the disease is transmitted is via fleas that have fed on infected cats previously. These fleas will infect other cats when they feed on other cats. Humans can also spread this disease if they did not clean themselves properly after handling infected cats.

It is important to note that the Feline Panleukopenia virus is very hard to kill off. The virus can survive in most types of environment and is resistant to most types of disinfectant. In order to get rid of this virus, bleach can be used as a cleaning agent. Ensure all items used by an infected cat are thoroughly disinfected using bleach or else the virus can still be spread around.

Most cats infected with the Feline Panleukopenia disease will require some form of medical treatment immediately. However, there are cats which display only mild to moderate symptoms and may not even any form of treatment to recover. These cats will be immune to the Feline Panleukopenia virus for life.

The symptoms will normally manifest within five days of contracting the virus. If you notice your cat displaying some of these symptoms, do bring your cat to the vet immediately for an examination.

While cats can’t get parvo from dogs, cats have their own form of the parvovirus in the shape of the feline panleukopenia virus. The Feline Panleukopenia virus is a serious disease if left untreated, will have disastrous consequences for your cat. Bring your cat to the vet if your cat displays any symptoms of having the Feline Panleukopenia virus. I hope the above information does answer your question about whether can cats get parvo.


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There are a lot of cat breeds for cat lovers to choose from. However, if you are looking for something more exotic, we have a list of exotic cat breeds for cat lovers who are looking for something more interesting than conventional cat breeds. In this article, we look at the different types of exotic cat breeds available for the more adventurous cat lover. These cat breeds can be classified into two main categories, namely wild cats and hybrid cats which have the exotic looks and personality of bigger cats that many cat lovers crave for.

Wild Cats

These small to medium sized wild cat breeds are naturally occurring in many parts of the world. However, very few are suitable as house pets. Some of these cat breeds are allowed to be kept as pets in the United States, although in many parts of the world, it is illegal to do so. If you are looking to get a wild cat as a pet, do check out you’re the regulations in your local state to see whether you are required to get a permit for it. Do note that permits are often not given out to pet owners.

Due to the natural instincts of wild cats, most of them are not suitable as house pets and require a great deal of effort to upkeep them. As such, it is not advisable to keep a wild cat unless you are ready for it. Here, we look at some of these small exotic wild cat breeds that can be kept as pets for the right cat owners.

Asian Leopard CatAsian Leopard Cat
The Asian Leopard Cat lives in a wide variety of habitats in the wild. Found mainly in the southern and eastern parts of Asia, the Asia Leopard Cat is a nocturnal creature that prefers solitary. Depending on the region it comes from, an Asian Leopard Cat can weigh anything from 8 to17 pounds. Cats from China, especially the Manchurian region is generally bigger than other regions. Whereas cats from the Phillipines are the smallest in terms of sizes.

While the Asian Leopard Cat looks very similar to domestic cats, it has longer legs. It has distinct markings of four bands running down from the forehead to the neck, a white underside and throat and a white spot on the back of each ear. This cat also has slight webbings between their toes to help it swim and grip onto trees.

The Asian Leopard Cat is not an easy pet to keep. This is due to its inherent nature and preference for a solitary life. As such, Asian Leopard Cats are not easy to be domesticated and live life as pets. Although the population of this cat species had been on the decline, they are not considered as endangered yet. However, this may change in the future as their habitats are increasingly destroyed by deforestation as well as being hunted down for their pelts.

BobcatBobcat
The Bobcats are stocky and medium sized cats that are native to North America. Bobcats can weigh anything from 15 to 35 pounds. They live in a wide variety of habits such as  deserts, forests, scrub lands and swamps. In the wild, they hunt deers, hares, rodents and other small animals for food.

The Bobcat looks like a small lynx in terms of body structure. They have short sturdy legs, but muscular bodies which makes them deadly hunters. It has a large head complements by one pair of large and sharply pointed ears with white spots on the back.

Bobcats are known to bond well with their owners. They are highly affectionate creatures and can live well with dogs. However, do take note that the Bobcats are deadly hunters. They are known to be able to hunt down fully grown deers in the wild. This makes them especially dangerous since they have the strength to kill an adult human as well. This cat should be kept away from children and heavily watch over.

Bobcats are known to have periodic bouts of aggressive behaviors. This makes them less ideal for households with young children. You will need to provide a strong and sturdy cage for this cat to retreat to when they are feeling temperamental.

The Bobcat is not an endangered or threatened cat species, though their numbers have been declining as well. Though this cat is a protected species, they are still being aggressively hunted down  for their pelts as well as for sports. The wild Bobcat population is estimated to be around 700,000 to 1.5 million.

Canadina Lynx aka Lynx CanadensisCanadian Lynx
The Canadian Lynx is a thick haired cat that is native to northern parts of North America. This medium sized cat weights around 17 to 24 pounds. Their natural habitats are forested areas, tundras and scrub lands. It is generally a solitary hunter though group huntings have been spotted before.

This cat counts small rodents such as hare and even small deers as its prey, though it tends to favor the snowshoe hare more than the others. In fact, the population of Canadian Lynx is closely tied to the population of the snowshoe hare. With a rise in the snowshoe hare population, the population of Canadian Lynx increase as well.

The Canadian Lynx is closely related to the Bobcat and as such, the Canadian Lynx is often mistaken for the Bobcat. However, the Canadian Lynx has longer legs and broader foot pads for walking in deep snow.

This cat has longer black ear tufts, more developed flared facial ruff as well as a very short tail with black tip.

It is more difficult to form a good relationship for the Canadian Lynx as compared to the Bobcats. The good thing is that the Canadian Lynx is less likely to have severe temperamental fits. This cat is rather easy going and can be good with strangers. However, the Canadian Lyn does not like to go for walks.

As this cat has a thick coat, it tends to shed more than other longhaired cats. You also need to provide a big enough cage with climbing facilities as this cat is very fond of climbing.

The Canadian Lynx is not an endangered or threatened species. In fact, it is legal to trap and hunt this cat in Canada. Thus, hunting is still the greatest threat to this cat species.

Caracal aka Caracal CaracalCaracal
The Caracal is a medium to large sized cat that can weigh from 35 pounds and up to 50 pounds. It is found mainly in Africa and certain parts of Western Asia. Its natural habitat includes deserts, forests, savannas and woodlands. It is an exceptional climber and jumper.

This cat is a solitary creature. It is also a nocturnal creature and likes to hunt during the night. Its prey includes antelopes, birds, gazelles, ostriches, rabbits, rodents and small animals. Occasionally, this cat also includes grapes, grass and insects in its diet.

This cat is a slender cat with long legs and a short and sharply tapered tail. It has distinctive tufted ears, white markings around its eyes and on its belly, chin and throat and a reddish-brown coat.

The Caracal has a personality similar to that of a Serval. It will communicate in a hissing way which may sound threatening if you are not aware. This is exactly how a Caracal will generally communicate with others. Though Caracals may seem similar to Servals, they are more well mannered than Servals. Caracals have an attitude more similar to a typical domestic cat, which means they interact and play with their owners only when they want to.

This cat is not a good pet to keep as it is known to be very destructive. Unless you don’t mind having all your household furniture and objects damaged, by all means get one.  It is also a well known big eater and can eat up to 3 pounds of meat a day. The expenses for feeding this cat will keep out most cat lovers.

The Caracal is not an endangered or threatened species, although numbers are declining due to loss of their natural habitats.

Fishing Cat aka Prionailurus ViverrinusFishing Cat
The Fishing Cat medium sized cat that is found in southern and southeastern Asia. It can weigh up to 25 pounds. As the name implies, this cat loves water and is the best swimmer among all cats. Its natural habitats include marshes, swamps and other water sources.

This cat has a long and sinuous body, a flattened tail but short  legs. Its fore paws have long toes and claws to enable it to use them as hooks to catch fishes. The claws extend usually long from their sheaths even when fully retracted. There are webbings on all feet, which allows the Fishing Cat to swim well. It has a light brown coat with irregular dark brown spots which fade as they go to the side of the body to the underneath. There are also white spots on the back of the ears as well.

The Fishing Cat is a protected species as they are endangered. Thus, they are not easily available in most countries. As such, there is not a lot of information available on this cat species. However, there are cases of people getting these cats through illegal means.

Their numbers were on the decline since most of their habitats are over-fish by humans. The disappearance of most of their food sources leads to them being declared as endangered status.

Geoffroy's Cat aka Leopardus GeoffroyiGeoffroy’s Cat
Considered one of the smallest wild cat species in the world, the Geoffroy’s Cat is around 4 to 8 pounds when fully grown. It can be found natively in the central and southern regions of South America. Its natural habitats include grasslands, forests, scrub lands and open wetlands.

They are hardy creatures and can survive under extreme cold and hot conditions. The Geoffroy’s Cat has been used to crossbred with domestic cats to create a hybrid cat species called the Safari Cat. This cat usually hunts in the night for birds, frogs and rodents.

The Geoffroy’s Cat although small in size, has a well proportioned body and head. The coat color varies from silver gray to ocher, marked by small dark brown or black spots. These spots may merge on the shoulders and flanks to form rosettes or bars.

This cat is very shy in nature. It is actually very similar to the Ocelot in terms of personality. It is rather mild-mannered, timid and not accustom to socializing with others. As such, this cat is not a good choice as a house pet as it requires  lot of privacy and prefer quiet environments. Once the Geoffroy’s Cat reaches maturity, it may become more aggressive in nature.

The pet trade for the Geoffroy’s Cat is virtually unheard of due to its CITES status. It is classified as Appendix 1 which means trading of this endangered wild cat is highly regulated. Though its wild population is extremely small, zoos are phasing them out due to lack of room for small cat species such as the Geoffroy’s Cat. The biggest threats to this wild cat are hunting and the loss of natural habitats.

Jungle Cat aka Felis ChausJungle Cat
The Jungle cat is a medium size cat found natively in countries in Asia, Egypt and Sri Lanka. It is around 16 to 30 pounds in weight when fully grown. It is the largest felis species. Its natural habitats include areas such as jungles, marshes, reed beds, scrub lands and woodlands. It is known for its preference to live around human settlements and farms, most like due to the abundance of food around these areas. This cat likes to hunt for birds, reptiles, rodents and other small animals.

This cat is probably one of the earliest ancestors of modern domestic cats. It is well proportioned with a sturdy built. The coat of this cat can range from sandy gray color to tawny red color with stripped tabby markings on the body. The black tabby markings on the face, dorsal stripe and tail tip tend to be darker in color. To a certain extend, the coat color seemed similar to that of the Abyssinian Cat. It has been bred with domestic cats to produce hybrids such as the Chausie Cat and Jungle Bob Cat.

This cat is difficult to look after as it is similar to the Geoffroy’s Cat and Ocelot in terms of personality. It is rather timid and require a great deal of privacy and quiet surroundings. You will need to provide a rather large outdoor enclosure to house this cat. This cat can live up to 15 to 20 years in captivity s compared to 12 to 14 years in the wild.

Though this cat is not endangered, the population in the wild has been on a steady decline due to hunting for its pelt. According to studies, it takes about twelve Jungle Cats to make one fur coat.

Ocelot aka Leopardus PardalisOcelot
A small wild cat from South America, the Ocelot is a beautiful medium sized cat of around 17 to 22 pounds in weight. It can be found in various habitats such as brush areas and tropical jungles. This cat is an excellent climber, jumper and swimmer and prefers to spend most of the time in the trees. Its diet includes birds, deers, fish, reptiles, rodents and other small animals.

The Ocelot has a long, graceful body with long powerful legs and a short tail that is heavily ringed with a black tip. The coat is a soft creamy yellow in color with striking black markings of rosettes with the center a soft brown color. These rosettes tend to link  and form chains like markings. There are black spots and bars on the head, which gives it a prominent look. This cat was worshipped  in the past by many pre-Columbian people in Central and South America. Many figurines and sculpture of Ocelots have been found in these areas.

This cat is no longer available in the pet trade due to its rarity and endangered status. It is also much harder to keep as a pet as it is resistant to training and will not listen to any commands at all. It also gives out a pungent odor which will turn off most potential owners.

Due to its beauty, the Ocelot has been hunted to near extinction. As such, it is a protected species with endangered status. Besides hunting, habitat loss is also another mitigating factor. This cat also has the smallest litter of all wild cats which stands at one kitten per litter. The period between suggestive litters is around two years, which makes it hard or the Ocelot to recover from population loss through hunting and loss of habitats.

Serval aka Leptailurus ServalServal
The Serval is a wild cat found natively in the African grasslands south of the Sahara Desert. This cat is one of the more popular exotic cats kept in the United States. It is a medium sized cat with adults reaching around 30 to 40 pounds in weight. In the wild, it is often found near water sources such as marsh lands and reed beds or in areas like grasslands and forests. It is closely related to the African Golden Cat as well as the Caracal.

It is a nocturnal creature and prefers to hunt in the night, most likely due to the heat during the day. Its prey includes birds, fish, frogs, small deers, insects, reptiles and rodents. It is an excellent runner and jumper and is known to leap high into the air to catch birds for food. Research has shown that Servals are able to leap off up to 10 feet or more off the ground. They are also highly intelligent which make them excellent hunters.

This wild cat looks like its bigger cousin the leopard. This caused people to mistaken the Servals for its bigger cousins when they escape from captivity. This cat has a slender build, very long legs, large ears and a short tail. The coat is light brown with dark leopard like spots. The tail has a tip black in color and also prominent white spots on black ears.

The Serval is one of the most popular exotic cats as it is easier to take care of as compared  to other wild cats. This is due to it being easier to confine as it is not an avid climber. In a way, it requires  a smaller cage compared to those cats that are avid climbers. This cat is a quiet and aloof cat, though it is rather tolerant of other pets in the household. However, like all wild cats, the Serval can be dangerous when it is cornered  or feel threatened.

This cat is slowly declining in population in the wild. This is mainly due to demand for its pelt and loss of habitats. Efforts are being made to reintroduce this at species in private reserves along  the Eastern Cape.

Siberian Lynx aka Lynx lynx wrangeliSiberian Lynx
Also known as the Eurasian Lynx, the Siberian Lynx is a large sized cat that more than twice the size of the Canadian Lynx. This cat is the largest of the Lynx species. It can weigh up to 100 pounds for the males and 50 pounds for the females. It is found in forested areas, open forests,  rocky areas and scrub lands in Europe, Siberia as well as Central and East Asia. It is a nocturnal hunter. It preys on birds, hares, mice, rabbits, marmots and squirrels, but prefers larger preys such as deer, grouse, red foxes, wild boar and young moose.

The Siberian Lynx is similar in proportion to the Canadian Lynx, though it is much larger. It has strong and long legs, large paws and a short tail. The ears are triangular in shape with tufts of black hairs at the pointed end. The coat is short and range from a reddish to brown color tone during the summer. During winter, the coat is much thicker and is grayish silver or brown in color. The feet are webbed like and the paws are big and act as snowshoes for increased mobility during the winter.

This cat has a dog like personality and is highly energetic and playful. It loves to be walked on a leash, so this cat is great for those who loves walking a lot. Due to its highly energetic nature, your house must not have any breakable item if you want to keep this cat as a pet. Not only that, you will probably need a fairly big house for your pet cat to run about.

The Siberian Lynx is threatened by hunting in many of its habitats. It is once found throughout Europe, but hunting has reduced its population to areas only in Central Asia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia and  Turkey. In fact, Russia has almost 90% of the Iberian Lynx population right now. The Siberian Lynx is slowly being reintroduced to Europe.

Hybrid Cats

Hybrids are cats that are the result of cross breeding between wild cats and domestic cats. These hybrid cats usually retain many behavioral and health related issues from their  wild parents. Hybrids are classified into different grades from F1 to F6. F1 to F3 hybrids are considered the closest in terms of behavior and physical attributes of their wild parents with F1 being the first generation and so on. The sale and keeping of these hybrids (F1 to F3) are normally prohibited and regulated by laws. Do check with your local authority on the legal aspects if you are keen to keep one as a pet.

Though hybrid cats are theoretically not wild cats, they come with a lot of behavior issues. Even though after several generations of interbreeding with domestic cats, hybrids still have a wild side to them. They are known to possess destructive behaviors to the horror of many cat owners. Unwanted elimination and marking habits are one of the top issues faced by hybrid cat owners. If you have elderly or young children at home, it is not a good idea to keep one as well. However, if your situation allows for keeping such a cat, then it can be a very rewarding experience to have one as a pet.

Bengal CatBengal Cat
One of the most popular hybrid cats, the Bengal Cat is a cross-breed between an Asian Leopard Cat and a domestic cat. Due to its wild bloodline, this cat breed is initially not accepted by the Cat Fanciers Association for registration. The Bengal Cat will cost around 600 to $1500 from a reputable breeder for a quality kitten.

The Bengal Cat is a medium to large sized cat that can weigh up to 18 pounds. It has a solid and muscular body, long, powerful legs, a wide nose and large almond shaped eyes. The coat is short but dense and has rosettes like markings like those of the bigger cats like jaguars, ocelots and leopards. Coat colors vary from different shades of brown to silver.

This cat is an affectionate, gentle and extremely active cat. The high energy level most likely comes from its wild ancestor’s side. It is an excellent climber and swimmer. It is one of the few cat breeds that likes water. It is also known for its intelligence and ability to master new tricks fast. This cat likes socializing and has no problem getting along with humans and other pets.

Chausie CatChausie Cat
The Chausie Cat is a hybrid between a Jungle Cat and an Abyssinian cat. This cat breed was created in the early 1990s and was granted registration by The International Cat Association (TICA) in 1995. However, it is still not recognized by the Cat Fanciers Association at the moment.

This cat is a medium to large sized cat that can grow up to 30 pounds in weight. It has a long, lean body and strong hind legs that are slightly longer than the front legs. It is an extremely athletic cat which can leap over six feet in the air. It has relatively small paws, thick tail, large ears and an elongated muzzle. This cat does to a certain extend look like a wild lynx. The coat color can range from brown tabby to  a golden tawny color with black tickings.

The Chausie Cat is a very active and playful cat. Couple with its intelligence and curious nature, this cat can be taught new tricks easily. In a certain way, this cat is like a dog in many ways. However, this cat does require a lot of attention and stimulation and cannot be left alone at home. Households with children and delicate objects are also not suitable as well.

Cheetoh CatCheetoh Cat
This hybrid cat is one of the newer hybrid cat breeds around. This cat was first developed in 2001 by cross breeding a Bengal Cat with an Ocicat. As such, this cat does not have direct wild cat blood in them. Rather, it is a cross between a hybrid and a domestic cat. The price of a Cheetoh Cat from a reputable breeder will cost around $400 to $800 for a quality kitten.

This cat is a medium to large sized cat that can reach up to 22 pounds in weight. It has a muscular body, thick neck and prominent ears. The coat is short but thick ad has a soft velvety feel to it. The coat can come in a wide range of colors and patterns from black or brown spotted sienna, black or brown spotted gold to black spotted silver.

The Cheetoh Cat is a gentle, loving and sociable cat. Its mild temperament makes it a suitable  cat for households with young children. This cat is also very active and possess a great deal of energy. As such, it will require an environment with lots of room to roam about.

Jungle Bob Cat
The Jungle Bob cat is a hybrid cat that is created by cross breeding the Chausie Cat with the Pixie-Bob Cat. This hybrid cat is similar to the Cheetoh Cat in terms of having no direct wild bloodline linkage. However, there are breeders that breed the Jungle Bob cat using the original wild cats, the Jungle Cat and Bobcat. A quality Jungle Bob kitten can cost around $1500 from a reputable breeder.

This cat is a medium to large sized cat that can grow up to 20 pounds. It is very similar to the Jungle  Cat and bobcat in terms of looks and may or may not have a tail. It has furry ear tips like the Bobcat and stripes and spots like those of a Jungle Cat. Some cats are born polydactyl. This trait may be inherent from the side of the Pixie-Bob cat.

The Jungle Bob Cat is an active, affectionate and attention seeking cat. It is very intelligent and can be taught a lot of tricks. Like a lot of hybrid cats, this cat is very dog like in terms of personality. This cat will follow you around the house like a dog. However, this cat may not be suitable for all as it requires a lot of attention in order to keep it happy.

Pixie-Bob CatPixie-Bob Cat
The origins of the Pixie-Bob Cat is shrouded in mystery. The result of cross breeding being a Bobcat and a domestic cat, it is believed to be a breed that is naturally occurring, the result of mating between a Bobcat and a domestic cat. A large percentage of the Pxie-Bob Cats are born with the polydactyl trait. This cat is recognized by a number of internal cat registries, though the Cats Fanciers Association has not recognized this cat breed yet.

The Pixie-Bob Cat is a medium to large sized cat. It can grow up to 26 pounds for the males while the females are usually much smaller. It has a muscular body with a heavy bone structure with tufts on the ears like those of a Lynx. The coat is double layered with a short, dense coat or a long medium length silky coat. The colors for the coat has colors and patterns that range from brown to silver with spots, broken bars and rosette markings.

This cat is a loyal, quiet, intelligent and sociable cat. Due to its high intelligence, it is able to learn new tricks quickly. It is also very adaptable and is able to get along with other pets. It is able to get along well with small children and can form strong bonds with the family, making them suitable pet for most families.

Safari Cat
This rare cat breed is the result of cross breeding the Geoffroy’s Cat with the domestic cat. This results in a hybrid cat that is not only rare, due to the difficulty in breeding this cat, retains the looks of a wild cat with a gentle temperament. Due to the difficulty in breeding this cat, there are very few breeders that have successfully bred this cat. Do take note when buying this cat as there are a lot of scams going around.

The Safari cat is a small to medium sized cat that can reach up to 20 pounds in weight for the males. For the females, they can reach up to 18 pounds in weight.  It has a broad head, a wide nose, small rounded ears and big eyes. The coat colors are very to that of the Geoffroy’s Cat and can range from  silver gray to ocher with small dark brown or black spots on the coat.

This cat is affectionate, attention seeking and sociable. It is good with children and strangers, making this cat perfect for families with young children. Though this cat is good with children, it does requires a lot of attention from the owner. Unless you are able to give this cat a lot of attention and care, it is not advisable to keep this cat.

Savannah CatSavannah Cat
The Savannah Cat is developed from crossbreeding  the Serval with the domestic cat by a Bengal breeder back in 1986. Different states have different laws and regulations on the keeping of a Savannah cat. Certain states only allow F4 or below Savannah cat to be kept as pets. It can cost anything from $1,800 for an F5 to $22,000 for F1 for a quality kitten from a reputable breeder.

This cat is a large sized cat that can weigh up to 30 pounds or more. It has a long, lean but well muscled body. Its legs are longer than the average domestic cats. It is able to jump up to seven feet into the air due to its stronger and powerful legs. Its ears are upright with tufts at the tips, medium sized oval eyes and a long lean neck. The coat is dense and range from short to medium length. There is a softer undercoat covered by the denser layer. The coat comes in a variety of colors and patterns such as brown-spotted tabby, silver-spotted tabby, black and black smoke.

The Savannah Cat is a highly active, assertive, curious and intelligent cat. It can be affectionate and loving to its owners, but require a lot of attention and interaction on the part of the owners to keep it happy. Thus, it is not a suitable cat for people with little time or inexperienced or first time cat owners.

Serengeti CatSerengeti Cat
The Serengeti Cat is a hybrid cat developed by crossing a Bengal Cat with an Oriental Shorthair Cat. Due to its Bengal linkage, it is considered a hybrid breed instead of a domestic cat breed. The cost of a quality Serenget kitten is around $600 to $2000 from a reputable breeder.

This cat is a medium sized cat which can grow up to 12 pounds. It has a long and lean body that is well muscled. It has very long and strong legs which allow it to jump up to seven feet in the air from a standing position. The paws are medium sized with a fairly long tail which tapers into a rounded tip. The coat comes in colors of brown, black or silver with markings very similar to that of an Asian Leopard Cat.

The Serengeti Cat is a friendly, open and self assertive cat. Though it may appear shy at first, once it warms up to you, it will become more outgoing and responsive. It is very active and agile which allow it to roam about the house with ease. It is very friendly towards young children and can get along with other pets if it properly introduced.

Toyger CatToyger Cat
Although the Toyger Cat is considered a domestic cat breed, I have placed it under the hybrid category as this cat breed is similar to the Serengeti Cat in using the Bengal cat as one of the breeds for cross breeding. This  cat is developed to resemble a tiger. It is created by cross breeding the Bengal cats with domestic shorthair cats.

The Toyger Cat is a medium sized cat that weighs between  7 to 15 pounds for a fully grown adult. It has a strong and sturdy body that is well muscled with  a broad chest, thick strong neck and stocky shoulder blades to complete the look. This cat, even shares the same walking gait as the tiger. The coat is short but dense and feels luxurious to the touch. Like the tiger, the coat is orange or tan in color with distinctive dark stripes.

This cat while looking like a tiger has a personality of a domestic cat. It is laid back and tame and likes to socialize with people. It is also playful but capable of displaying affections for those it loves. While it can get along well with other cats, it prefers young children and cat friendly dogs. Proper introduction is required to ensure the pets get along with each other. This cat is suitable for all households as this is considered a domestic cat breed with good temperament.

Summary
Both wildcats and hybrid cats have their own attractive and interesting attributes to entice prospective owners. However, due to behavior and health issues with both wild cats and hybrid cats, you should think carefully before getting one as a pet. Besides aggressive tendencies, when it comes to providing health care for wild cats, it can be very difficult to find a veterinarian that provides such service to exotic animals. Even if you manage to find one, the cost will be much more expensive than conventional cat breeds.

For hybrid cats, there tend to be a lot more health issues as compared to other domestic cats. A lot of vaccinations or medications are not approved or effective for hybrid cats. A word of advice for those looking to keep an exotic cat as a pet, do your research first, consider carefully all the pros and cons before getting one.

Note: A lot of people overestimate their abilities and underestimate the requirements needed to take care of wild and hybrid cats. As a result, a lot of rare, exotic, wild and hybrid cats are dumped to animal shelters and other rescue organizations which do not have the manpower and resources to take care of them. At the need of the day, these poor cats if lucky, will be able find a new home. Otherwise, they may be euthanize to make way for other pets. As such, I urge all potential cat owners to reconsider their decisions carefully before committing.


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Featured photo by dynamosquitoCC BY-SA 2.0
Asian Leopard Cat photo by lingeringcoldnessCC BY 2.0
Bobcat photo by Linda TannerCC BY 2.0
Canadian Lynx photo by Keith WilliamsCC BY 2.0
Caracal photo by Jochem KooleCC BY 2.0
Fishing Cat photo by DulupCC BY-SA 2.0
Geoffroy's Cat photo by Charles BarilleauxCC BY 2.0
Jungle Cat photo by L. Shyamal - CC BY-SA 3.0
Ocelot photo by Joao Carlos MedauCC BY 2.0
Serval photo by Vince SmithCC BY 2.0
Siberian Lynx photo by dograndoCC BY-SA 2.0
Bengal Cat photo by roberto shabsCC BY 2.0
Chausie Cat photo by Abicatz Zamphyr - CC BY-SA 3.0
Cheetoh Cat photo by Kira - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Pixie-Bob Cat photo by Angie1900 - CC BY-SA 3.0
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Diabetes in cats is getting more and more common nowadays. While the exact number of cats diagnosed with this disease is estimated to be at around 2% of the cat population, the numbers are suspected to be much higher as a lot of cases are not reported or under diagnosed.

What is feline diabetes

Feline diabetes, or diabetes mellitus is a disease in which the body does not produce enough insulin in the pancreas to regulate the body’s blood sugar (glucose) level or become resistant to insulin. Similarly to humans having diabetes, cats will have a high level of blood glucose. Cast with diabetes will have symptoms similar to humans as well.

Feline diabetes can be divided into two different types, namely type-1 and type-2 diabetes. Type-1 diabetes is due to a shortage of insulin. Cats suffering from type-1 diabetes will require insulin injections to maintain the blood sugar level. This condition is considered the more severe form of diabetes and is known as insulin dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDM for short. Type-1 diabetes may be due to genetic causes.

Type-2 diabetes occurs when the cells are not reacting well to the insulin. This condition is also known as non insulin dependent diabetes mellitus or IDDM for short. As the name implies, cats suffering from this type of diabetes do not need to have insulin injections initially.. However, in most cases of type- 2 diabetes, affected cats will eventually need to have insulin injections.

Cats younger than seven years old are less likely to develop feline diabetes. Most cases of diabetes mellitus happened to older cats. Another interesting thing to note is that male cats are more likely to develop this disease than female cats. Also at risk are obese or overweight cats.

Diabetes while chronic is a treatable disease. If a cat suffering from diabetes is diagnosed early and treated properly, the cat can expect to live out a normal life span. Most cats with diabetes are considered to have type-2 diabetes. For cats with type-2 diabetes, early and effective treatment may lead to remission of the diabetes condition. In such cases, the cats will no longer require injected insulin.

However, if diabetes is left untreated, the condition will cause the affected cat to have weaker legs, dehydration, ketoacidosis, malnutrition and eventually death.

Causes
Diabetes may be due to a number of factors. However, poor diet leading to obesity is one of the leading causes of diabetes in cats. This is something that cat owners should look into. The exact cause of feline diabetes is not known, but below is a list of some possible  causes.

Symptoms
Symptoms display by affected cats may vary. However, the symptoms are very similar to those of humans with diabetes, so it is more easily recognizable in a way. Below is a list of symptoms associated with diabetes in cats you should look out for if you suspect your cat of having diabetes.

Diagnosis
Over at the clinic, your vet will require a complete history of your cat’s health, medical history, symptoms and events leading to the visit. Your cat will undergoes some standard tests which include a chemical profile, complete blood count and urinalysis. These tests will be sufficient for initial diagnosis and treatment.

Your vet may recommend other tests such as x-rays or ultrasound to determine other diseases and underlying medical conditions. If your vet suspects a secondary condition such as liver disease, a sample of liver tissue may be taken for further evaluation as well.

Treatment
Treatment will depend on the results of the tests taken. Dietary change is definitely part of the treatment plan. Insulin injection will be required for those suffering from type-1 diabetes. If insulin injections cannot be used, oral medications may be given instead. Your vet will advise you on the most appropriate treatment plan for your cat. You will also need to bring your cat back to your vet every three to four months for a medical examination and review.

Managing your cat’s diet is one of the very first thing you will be required to do. If your cat is obese, you will need to reduce the calorie intake and make sure your cat has enough exercise. Otherwise, if your cat is slightly overweight, a diet low in carbohydrates will do fine. You have to watch over your cat’s diet carefully to avoid any deterioration of the condition.

Your cat may require a daily or twice daily injections of insulin. A lot cat owners may find it daunting at first to give the shots themselves. However, with practice, it is going to be a piece of cake for you. Your vet will be able to guide and show you the proper way to handle the syringe and needle.

Preventive Measures
Diet plays a big part in preventing diabetes. While studies have not been done to validate this, obesity is one of the causes of feline diabetes. Thus, to prevent or lessen the chance of your cat getting diabetes, it will be good to provide a low carbohydrate diet for your pet. Likewise, more exercise will be good to ensure your cat remains healthy and strong.

In certain cat breeds, the chances of getting feline diabetes are probably much higher due to genetic reasons. As such, it will be difficult to prevent diabetes from developing.

Though there is no cure  for diabetes in cats, you can manage this chronic disease. Some cats after undergoing treatment for a period of time may lose the need to have insulin injections. Most of these cases are cats with weight issues as obesity. Once these cat’s weights are brought under control, they will gradually lose the need for insulin to control their diabetes. A cat with diabetes if manage well can go on to live many more years. However, this will require you to work with your vet closely together with a lot of commitment, effort  and time for both parties.


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Can cat get colds just like humans? Yes, your cat can actually catch a cold. The good thing is that humans can’t pass their cold to cats and vice versa. The common cold is caused by a virus. Most viruses are species specific. It means different species cannot pass the virus to one another. So for us humans, we cannot pass out common cold virus to cats and cats cannot pass their feline cold virus to us.

It is common every now and then for your cat to sneeze occasionally. However, there may be times when the sneezing becomes more and more frequent accompany by certain symptoms, then it is time for concern. If your cat’s cold is left unattended, it  may lead to more serious upper respiratory diseases.

Symptoms to look out for
Getting colds is especially more prevalent during the winter season, so this is the period to look out for. The following symptoms are usually indicative of a cat having the colds.

Once you are able to identify the symptoms, you should bring your cat to the vet immediately for a check up and treatment. This is to ensure your cat’s common cold will not develop into anything more serious. A discharge that is bloody, green or yellow normally indicate a more serious upper respiratory infection and requires immediate attention and treatment.

Treatment
There are no cures for colds and other upper respiratory viruses. Your vet can only prescribe treatments to alleviate the symptoms, prevent secondary infections and make lives more pleasant for your kitty. Treatment may include the following:

Do take note not to purchase over the counter medication for your cat. These medications may do more harm than good. Unless recommended by your vet, do not buy over the counter medication or medication for humans or dogs on your cat.

Caring for your cat
Treatment for the common feline cold can take anything from a week and up to three weeks or more depending on the seriousness of the infection as well as the condition of your cat. During this period of time, it is important to pay more attention to your cat and ensure that you follow through with the whole course of medication for your pet.

It is important to prevent your cat from going outdoors, as well as making sure your house is enclosed to prevent drafts from affecting your cat again. You can also provide a blanket for your cat to keep warm at all times. A vaporizer is highly recommended to add more humidity to the air to make your cat breath more easily.

You should encourage your cat to eat as normally as possible. Getting enough food and rest is very important in making a full recovery. Your cat also needs to drink more water to keep it hydrated to fight off the infection.

Use cotton balls or warm, moist paper towels to wipe off your kitty’s eyes and nose discharge from time to time. Throw them away after using.

Prevention tips
If you have multiple cats at home, you need to isolate your sick cat from the rest of your cats as colds are highly contagious. By doing so, you lower the risks of the rest of your cats catching the same virus. Once your cat recovers from the cold, it is essential to minimize it from interacting with other cats in the future to prevent reinfection.

Providing a well balanced diet with enough exercise and rest will ensure your cat will be in a better physical condition to withstand the common cold. As such, it is important to look into your cat’s diet and make sure your cat get enough carbohydrates, nutrients and minerals. Also, exercise and playtime are equally essential as well. Make sure you are providing the best in these areas for your cat.

Vaccination shots are available to prevent your cat from catching a cold again. You can check with your vet what options are available for your cat.

Like humans, cats can get colds just as easily. Though there are no cures for upper respiratory infections, treatments are there to help ease the symptoms and sufferings experienced by infected cats. If your cat gets a cold, it is important to provide the optimum attention and care so that it can recover at the soonest. So there you have it, I hope it answers your question on whether can cats get cold.


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