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2 F1 Savannah kittens (females) - video

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 The video is from the Instagram page of F1Savannahs who appear to have facilities in Los Angeles, California and Miami, Florida. They breed amazing quality, in terms of appearance (and it seems health), high filial Savannah and Bengal cats. They say a couple of interesting things on their website. 2 F1 Savannah kittens (females) - video. Screenshot The first is that they don't spay or neuter prematurely which for them means before 6 months old. They say that you should be "careful of any breeder selling you a kitten neutered before 6 months". They don't explain why. My research indicates that early castration affects growth (makes them taller due to delayed bone growth) and the inability to 'extrude the penis'. I know that is rude but I think it is scientifically established to be true. View this post on Instagram A post shared by 𝗙𝟭 𝗦𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗮𝗵 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗲𝗿 😸 (@f1savannahs) It seems that if neutering is before 6 or 7 months

Bored cat plays with food bowl (video)

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 This is a funny cat video from the TikTok website. The video is on a loop which gives the impression that this cat is endlessly playing with his stainless steel food bowl in a sign of sheer desperation. However, I'm sure that he plays with it for quite a short time. The rattling of it and the static nature of the cat all adds up to make the video slightly strange and amusing. But perhaps there is a serious side to this feline behaviour. I can't help but think that this chap is bored. Bored to tears with a dull life. Note: Videos such as this one inevitably stop working over time. If that has happened I'm sorry. @tiktokcats How many times did he move the food bowl? 😹😻 ♬ original sound - Cats 🐱😍 Or, perhaps, this is his way of asking for food. Maybe it's been trained into him that he requests food by rattling his food bowl a bit like Oliver Twist! Actually, I don't think Oliver Twist did rattle his food bowl but he did offer it up in a polite request. Bore

AVMA educational video on cat behavior

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Well, this is quite a nice video from the AVMA. The AVMA is the association representing American veterinarians. They have no power over them because many American veterinarians declaw cats not as a last resort but as a first option. In the video, the veterinarian does mention that declawing is a last resort but this is ignored. Despite that weakness, the video, I think, is useful in that it addresses some basic issues to do with the human-cat relationship. It is always useful to go back to the basics and remind ourselves how best to relate to domestic cats. 'Respect the cat' is my mantra. Cat and man emotionally distanced? Screenshot.

Is Cartoon Cat a creepypasta?

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One person answers the question on a forum website and they say that Cartoon Cat is not a creepypasta. Yes, there was one answer to the question. Now there are two!! What is creepypasta? Who is Cartoon cat? As I understand it, "creepypasta" is a sort of slick, hip but misleading description for unnerving stories posted on the Internet designed to shock people.  It seems to me that the scary Cartoon Cat could be involved in a creepypasta story. His whole reason for existing is to scare people and create creepypasta so I disagree with the guy who says that Cartoon Cat is not creepypasta.  I think I see the point, though. The individual character called Cartoon Cat is not creepypasta because he is an individual. However, he can be involved in creepypasta horror stories because that's his purpose in life. Phew, I think I've got that out of the way. Cartoon Cat. Photo: Fandom.com It is a bit surprising because when I went onto the search engine Bing looking for "ca

Pretty cat has pretty voice to match

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This pretty cat has a deep, rich and pretty meow. If she was a human she'd have a singing voice I guess. The meow varies a lot between individual cats to the point where it no longer sounds like a meow. I think this is the best meow I've heard. She's looks purebred too. She looks like a young traditional Persian. She's asking for food which is the classic use of the meow. It is said that domestic cats developed the meow to ask their humans for something; a request, close call, feline vocalisation. Pretty cat has a pretty voice to match. Screenshot. @tiktokcats Cat 🐱 ASMR...😍 How cute am I on a scale of 1-10? ##catsoftiktok ##cats ##catvideo ♬ original sound - Cats 🐱😍

Kitten needs some practice on allogrooming (video)

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This cat is messing around when grooming his sibling (allogrooming). I say messsing around but it almost looks like he needs some practice. He has clamped his brother's head to the floor with both his forelegs and he's taking little pecking-like licks of his brother's face. Not good enough mate. Perhaps he is distracted by the camera and the person holding the camera.  Is allogrooming instinctive and does this guy genuinely need practice? Yes and no respectively. I think he's just messing around. It is a mixture of allogrooming and play. Kitten makes a mess of allogrooming his brother. Screenshot.

Kitten is aggressively possessive over his pink pig

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This little fella loves his pink pig. He becomes very aggressively possessive when his human guardian delicately tries to take it from him. I can understand. I guess he regards his human 'owner' as another cat who is trying to take it from him. It is his plaything. It brings him pleasure and as such he refuses to give it up. This sort of possessiveness occurs often with food bowls. You'll see cats arguing over access to food in multi-cat homes. These are circumstances under which bullying cats can dominant the more timid cats in the home. In fact you'll see cats arguing with the owner if they like the food in a bowl and the owner wants to move it. They think the owner is taking the food from them and hiss and growl. It is not a good experience for the owner who loves her cat and is doing the best they can for her feline friend. Kitten is aggressively possessive over his pink pig. Screenshot Another source of dispute in multi-cat homes is access to the litter tray. In

Cat turned off by laser pointer as he can't kill it (video)

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Not all domestic cats are stimulated to play with a laser pointer but nearly all of them are. It is entirely instinctive as it is in their DNA to chase fast moving objects. I think in this video the tabby cat has been turned off by the game. He's failed to catch the laser point and after a while decided that there is no reward so he stopped.  This is a weakness in the laser pointer. It is an unfair cat toy. Some people claim that they are cruel. I would not go that far. The best cat toys, the ones a cat will not get bored of, are those that they can catch and destroy! Yes, they won't get bored but they'll kill it. The next best cat toy are those made by the cat's guardian: homemade cat toys which are very simple like a piece of string or a ball of scrunched up paper. Watch out for small pieces of string though as they can end up being wrapped around the tongue of cats or stuck in their gullet. And you might not see it until your cat behaves strangely. I might be too lat

Curious cat video

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Curious cat video: a cute one which reminds us that cats like to stick their noses into things. So curiosity killed the cat? Is that right? It is an old saying which implies that the domestic cat is too curious for their own good. Their curiosity gets them into trouble. It is a idiom-proverb which warns humans (you can't stop cats doing it!) that if you investigate too far and too much it can bring trouble on you. Note: sometimes these sorts of videos stop working and if that has happened I am sorry . But the origin is in an entirely different word: "care". The original saying was "Care killed the cat". In this instance 'care' means concern and concern leads to worry. If you worry too much it can harm your health. The origin of the saying "Care killed the cat" is found in a 1598 play by Ben Jonson. His play contains the line: "Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman." I wonder why

Synchronized cats drinking from a faucet (video)

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This cute little video proves that cats like flowing, cool water to drink (see at base of page). It is the reason why water fountains are popular. I think water fountains are less useful that taps (faucets) because water fountains need maintenance while taps don't in terms of a build up of algae or some other crappy substance. Synchronised cat drinking from a faucet (video). Screenshot. This is a brown tabby-and-white below a ginger tabby who are both feverishly drinking from the tap. There are many videos of cats doing this. It is the first that I have seen where two cats share the experience. We should remember, though, that not all domestic cats are quite so obsessed with flowing water. Although it is to be expected as it follows what the wild cats do when drinking from streams.  It is said that cats can pick up the sterilising chemicals in human tap water such as chlorine or chloramine. The sterilising of tap water must vary from state to state in the USA. The method of ster

What does Cats Protection do?

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Journey - Cats Protection from Persistent Peril on Vimeo . Cats Protection is a cat rescue charity entirely run by foster volunteers (on the ground) and it is the leading feline welfare charity in the UK. Their objective is not only to rescue cats and find them new homes but also to support and encourage the neutering of cats and to improve people's understanding of domestic cats in their care. Cats Protection staff. Photo: Cats Protection The organisation does not euthanise healthy cats. Euthanising healthy cats is actually killing cats because the word "euthanasia" only refers to ending the life of cats who are dying of a chronic illness or an injury but it does not apply to healthy cats. It is a massive network of volunteers and the amount of rescuing they do is awesome. There are many branches throughout the country. To give a feel for the scale of the charity, in 2017 I'm told that 43,000 cats were rehomed and 153,000 were spayed or neutered.  In all the or