Companion Animals

Or even the b r itish kennel club c basi c bi o l o g

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Unformatted text preview: n Kennel Club. Or even the B r itish Kennel Club. C . Basi c Bi o l o g y o f C at s ( Fe l i s C at u s) 1) Digestive System: simple stoma c hed like dogs, pigs a nd huma ns; however , c a ts a r e obliga te c a r nivor es, they must ha ve mea t in their diets a ) c a t feeds c ome in sever a l for ms (of va r ying moistur e c ontent): dr y foods (9- 10% wa ter ); soft- moist (30- 34% wa ter ); c a nned mea t by- pr oduc ts (75% wa ter ) - most c omplete diet is usua lly the c a nned mea t, however dr y foods help keep teeth c lea n b) B a sic feeding: da ily inta ke should be a r ound 5- 8 oz c a nned or 2- 4 oz soft- moist or 2- 3 oz dr y per da y - - divided into two equa l feedings In Gener a l: the less a c a t ea ts the hea lthier it will be. a nima lsc ie nc e 2.uc da vis.e du/a ns1/ha ndouts/c ompa nion.html 2/3 10/30/13 Compa nion Anima ls c ) Spec ia l feeding: extr a feed beginning 4 to 5 week of gesta tion a s a mid- da y mea l dur ing nur sing - pa r tic ula r ly extr a fluids, using a gr a vy or inc lude milk & bea ten egg a t wea ning (5- 7 wks) r emove feed, then slowly r estor e feed over 4 da ys, until da y 5 is ba c k to nor ma l 2) Repr oduc tive system: puber ty va r ies with br eed; a ver a ge is 6- 10 months in fema les a nd 9- 12 months in ma les. Ca ts a r e sea sona lly polyestr us - with c yc les beginning in Ja n- F eb & la sting to Aug- Sep; r a r e c a ts will c yc le in Oc tDec . Estr ous c yc le - 14 da ys ; estr us (hea t) per iod - 3- 6 da ys; but ovula tion is induc ed, not sponta neous, by physic a l stimula tion of the c er vix. Gesta tion - 65 da ys, with oc c a siona l fa lse hea t displa yed 21- 32 da ys into pr egna nc y; wea ning a t a ppr ox 4 weeks Mor e intr oduc tor y infor ma tion on c a t owner ship c a n be found thr ough the Ca t F a nc ier s Assoc ia tion. a nima lsc ie nc e 2.uc da vis.e du/a ns1/ha ndouts/c ompa nion.html 3/3...
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