Cats_2_for_angel_-_spring_2009

Cats_2_for_angel_-_spring_2009 - Toyger The Toyger cat is a...

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Toyger “ The Toyger cat is a breed in development. Recognized only by The International Cat Association ( TICA ). TICA - The International Cat Association, CFA - Cat Fanciers Association, ACFA - American Cat Fanciers Association.
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The Toyger was founded in the late 1980s by Judy Sugden of "EEYAAS Cattery" in the USA. The Toyger is the result of a cross between a striped DSH (Domestic Short Hair) and a STB (Standard Bengal Tabby) Classical Tabby
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Other domestic shorthair cats
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Choosing a cat as a pet Cats are independent and self sufficient. Unlike dogs the cat has no desire to serve any master. Most cats refuse to learn tricks. Cats fit well into apartment living and living with less active people such as the elderly . Cats generally require little or no house training – use litter box. Cats can be used to control rodents and other pests . Initial purchase of cat, cost of feeding, and upkeep are generally less than that of a dog. Active families and older people may want to get an adult cat – generally don’t have to train.
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Adult cats may not live as long – emotionally upsetting. Adult cats should be checked for parasites by vet. Adults may leave and try to return “home”. Kittens are cute and very tempting . Kittens – adapt quickly to a new family, usually a stronger attachment to the family than an older cat. Kittens are fun to watch as they grow. Kittens need to be litter trained . (age dependent) Kittens need a lot of attention . 8 weeks is a good age to obtain kitten. Males reach sexual maturity at about 6 – 8 months of age, females reach sexual maturity at about 5 months +.
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Things to consider before getting a cat. 1. Feed – cost per year. Several times per day. 2. Vet bills – checkups, vaccinations, spay/neuter, etc. 3. Grooming 4. Litter box cleaning . 5. Time to play and/or exercise cat 6. Cat may not pay much attention to you.
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If you do not intend to breed your cat, it is best to spay (female) or neuter (male) the animal. Male cats will urine spray to mark their territory. The smell is quite strong and unpleasant. Castration prior to puberty will prevent this behavior . Castration after puberty 87 % of all tomcats stop spraying after castration 78% stop immediately 9% stop in a few months 9 % keep right on spraying Males cats are more likely to spray if a female cat is in the house or neighborhood showing the sexual relationship of urine marking. Cats that urine mark will urinate mostly on vertical surfaces, sometimes on horizontal surfaces. They typically back up to an object, lift and quiver their tail, tread their back feet and deposit small amounts of urine.
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Female cats will become sexually mature as early as 5 months of age and will come into heat about every 3 weeks. Estrus behavior to deal with. Unless the cat is completely confined, unwanted litters may be expected.
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