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The word cat refers to a family of meat-eating animals that include tigers, lions, leopards, and panthers.
Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
Cats are sometimes born with extra toes. This is called polydactly. These toes will not harm the cat, but you should keep his claws trimmed just like any toe.
Cats have true fur, in that they have both an undercoat and an outer coat.
Newborn kittens have closed ear canals that don’t begin to open for nine days.When the eyes open, they are always blue at first. They change color over a period of months to the final eye color.
Most cats have no eyelashes.
Cats have a full inner-eyelid, or nictitating membrane. This inner-eyelid serves to help protect the eyes from dryness and damage. When the cat is ill, the inner-eyelid will frequently close partially, making it visible to the observer.
A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
You can tell a cat’s mood by looking into its eyes. A frightened or excited cat will have large, round pupils. An angry cat will have narrow pupils. The pupil size is related as much to the cat’s emotions as to the degree of light.
It is a common belief that cats are color blind. However, recent studies have shown that cats can see blue, green and red.
A large majority of white cats with blue eyes are deaf. White cats with only one blue eye are deaf only in the ear closest to the blue eye. White cats with orange eyes do not have this disability.
Cats with white fur and skin on their ears are very prone to sunburn. Frequent sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Many white cats need surgery to remove all or part of a cancerous ear. Preventive measures include sunscreen, or better, keeping the cat indoors.
A cat can jump even seven times as high as it is tall.
The cat’s footpads absorb the shocks of the landing when the cat jumps.
Cats lack a true collarbone. Because of this lack, cats can generally squeeze their bodies through any space they can get their heads through. You may have seen a cat testing the size of an opening by careful measurement with the head.
If left to her own devices, a female cat may have three to seven kittens every four months. This is why population control using neutering and spaying is so important.
A cat is pregnant for about 58-65 days.
Mother cats teach their kittens to use the litter box.
The way you treat kittens in the early stages of it’s life will render it’s personality traits later in life.
Contrary to popular belief, the cat is a social animal. A pet cat will respond and answer to speech , and seems to enjoy human companionship.
When well treated, a cat can live twenty or more years but the average life span of a domestic cat is 14 years.
Neutering a cat extends its life span by two or three years.
Cats, especially older cats, do get cancer. Many times this disease can be treated successfully.
Cats can’t taste sweets.
Cats must have fat in their diet because they can’t produce it on their own.
Some common houseplants poisonous to cats include: English Ivy, iris, mistletoe, philodendron, and yew.
Tylenol and chocolate are both poisionous to cats.
Many cats cannot properly digest cow’s milk. Milk and milk products give them diarrhea.
The average cat food meal is the equivalent to about five mice.
Cats can get tapeworms from eating fleas. These worms live inside the cat forever, or until they are removed with medication. They reproduce by shedding a link from the end of their long bodies. This link crawls out the cat’s anus, and sheds hundreds of eggs. These eggs are injested by flea larvae, and the cycles continues. Humans may get these tapeworms too, but only if they eat infected fleas. Cats with tapeworms should be dewormed by a veterinarian.
Cats can get tapeworms from eating mice. If your cat catches a mouse it is best to take the prize away from it.
Though rare, cats can contract canine heart worms.
The gene in cats that causes the orange coat color is sexed linked, and is on the X sex chromosome. This gene may display orange or black. Thus, as female cat with two X chromosomes may have orange and black colors in its coat. A male, with only one X chromosome, can have only orange or black, not both.
If a male cat is both orange and black it is ( besides being extremely rare ) sterile. To have both the orange and the black coat colors, the male cat must have all or part of both female X chromosomes. This unusual sex chromosome combination will render the male cat sterile.
Cats have AB blood groups just like people.
A form of AIDS exists in cats.
The color of the points in Siamese cats is heat related. Cool areas are darker.
Siamese kittens are born white because of the heat inside the mother’s uterus before birth. This heat keeps the kittens’ hair from darkening on the points.
People who are allergic to cats are actually allergic to cat saliva or to cat dander. If the resident cat is bathed regularly the allergic people tolerate it better.
Studies now show that the allergen in cats is related to their scent glands. Cats have scent glands on their faces and at the base of their tails. Entire male cats generate the most scent. If this secretion from the scent glands is the allergen, allergic people should tolerate spayed female cats the best.
Cats do not think that they are little people. They think that we are big cats. This influences their behavior in many ways.
Cats are subject to gum disease and to dental caries. They should have their teeth cleaned by the vet or the cat dentist once a year.
Many people fear catching a protozoan disease, Toxoplasmosis, from cats. This disease can cause illness in the human, but more seriously, can cause birth defects in the unborn. Toxoplasmosis is a common disease, sometimes spread through the feces of cats. It is caused most often from eating raw or rare beef. Pregnant women and people with a depressed immune system should not touch the cat litter box. Other than that, there is no reason that these people have to avoid cats.
The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wild Cat which still exists today.
In ancient Egypt, killing a cat was a crime punishable by death.
In ancient Egypt, mummies were made of cats, and embalmed mice were placed with them in their tombs. In one ancient city, over 300,000 cat mummies were found.
In the Middle Ages, during the Festival of Saint John, cats were burned alive in town squares.
The first cat show was in 1871 at the Crystal Palace in London.
Today there are about 100 distinct breeds of the domestic cat.
Like birds, cats have a homing ability that uses its biological clock, the angle of the sun, and the Earth’s magnetic field. A cat taken far from its home can return to it. But if a cat’s owners move far from its home, the cat can’t find them.
Cats bury their feces to cover their trails from predators.
Cats sleep 16 to 18 hours per day. When cats are asleep, they are still alert to incoming stimuli. If you poke the tail of a sleeping cat, it will respond accordingly.
Besides smelling with their nose, cats can smell with an additional organ called the Jacobson’s organ, located in the upper surface of the mouth.
The chlorine in fresh tap water irritates sensitive parts of the cat’s nose. Let tap water sit for 24 hours before giving it to a cat.
Abraham Lincoln loved cats. He had four of them while he lived in the White House.
Julius Ceasar, Henri II, Charles XI, and Napoleon were all afraid of cats.
Cats have an average of 24 whiskers, arranged in four horizontal rows on each side.
The word “cat” in various languages: French: chat; German: katze; Italian: gatto; Spanish/Portugese: gato; Yiddish: kats; Maltese: qattus; Swedish/Norwegian: katt; Dutch: kat; Icelandic: kottur; Greek: catta; Hindu: katas; Japanese:neko; Polish: kot; Ukranian: kotuk; Hawiian: popoki; Russian: koshka; Latin: cattus; Egyptian: mau; Turkish: kedi; Armenian: Gatz; Chinese: mio; Arabic: biss; Indonesian: qitta; Bulgarian: kotka; Malay: kucing; Thai/Vietnamese: meo; Romanian: pisica; Lithuanian: katinas; Czech: kocka; Slovak: macka; Armenian: gatz; Basque: catua; Estonian: kass; Finnish: kissa; Swahili: paka.
Statistics indicate that animal lovers in recent years have shown a preference for cats over dogs!
Cats can be taught to walk on a leash, but a lot of time and patience is required to teach them. The younger the cat is, the easier it will be for them to learn.
Purring not always means happiness. Purring could mean a cat is in terrible pain such as during childbirth. Kitten will purr to their mother to let her know they are getting enough milk while nursing. Purring is a process of inhaling and exhaling, usually performed while the mouth is closed. But don’t worry, if your cat is purring while your gently petting her and holding her close to you – that is a happy cat!
The catnip plant contains an oil called hepetalactone which does for cats what marijuana does to some people. Not all cats react to it those that do appear to enter a trancelike state. A positive reaction takes the form of the cat sniffing the catnip, then licking, biting, chewing it, rub & rolling on it repeatedly, purring, meowing & even leaping in the air.
Of all the species of cats, the domestic cat is the only species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All species of wild cats hold their talk horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
A happy cat holds her tail high and steady.
Almost 10% of a cat’s bones are in its tail, and the tail is used to maintain balance.
Cat families usually play best in even numbers. Cats and kittens should be aquired in pairs whenever possible.
Baking chocolate is the most dangerous chocolate to your cat.
You check your cats pulse on the inside of the back thigh, where the leg joins to the body. Normal for cats: 110-170 beats per minute.
Jaguars are the only big cats that don’t roar.
A cats field of vision is about 185 degrees.
Cats have individual preferences for scratching surfaces and angles. Some are horizontal scratchers while others exercise their claws vertically.
The Maine Coone is the only native American long haired breed.
The Maine Coon is 4 to 5 times larger than the Singapura, the smallest breed of cat.
Tabby cats are thought to get their name from Attab, a district in Baghdad, now the capital of Iraq.
Retractable claws are a physical phenomenon that sets cats apart from the rest of the animal kingdom. I n the cat family, only cheetahs cannot retract their claws.
Not every cat gets “high” from catnip. Whether or not a cat responds to it depends upon a recessive gene: no gene, no joy.
A cat can sprint at about thirty-one miles per hour.
In ancient Egypt, when a family cat died, all family members would shave their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.
Cats have been domesticated for half as long as dogs have been.
A cat’s whiskers are thought to be a kind of radar, which helps a cat gauge the space it intends to walk through.
A cat can spend five or more hours a day grooming himself.
All cats have three sets of long hairs that are sensitive to pressure – whiskers, eyebrows,and the hairs between their paw pads.
Both humans and cats have identical regions in the brain responsible for emotion.
A cat’s brain is more similar to a man’s brain than that of a dog.
A cat has more bones than a human; humans have 206, and the cat – 230.
Cats have 30 vertebrae–5 more than humans have.
The cat has 500 skeletal muscles (humans have 650).
Cats have 32 muscles that control the outer ear (compared to human’s 6 muscles each). A cat can rotate its ears independently 180 degrees, and can turn in the direction of sound 10 times faster than those of the best watchdog.
Cats’ hearing stops at 65 khz (kilohertz); humans’ hearing stops at 20 khz.
In relation to their body size, cats have the largest eyes of any mammal.
Cats have 30 teeth (12 incisors, 10 premolars, 4 canines, and 4 molars), while dogs have 42. Kittens have baby teeth, which are replaced by permanent teeth around the age of 7 months.
When a cat drinks, its tongue – which has tiny barbs on it – scoops the liquid up backwards.
Cats purr at the same frequency as an idling diesel engine, about 26 cycles per second.
Cats step with both left legs, then both right legs when they walk or run.
Cats walk on their toes.
Cats take between 20-40 breaths per minute.
Normal body temperature for a cat is 102 degrees F.
Cats respond most readily to names that end in an “ee” sound.
A cat will tremble or shiver when it is extreme pain.
When a domestic cat goes after mice, about 1 pounce in 3 results in a catch.
Declawing a cat is the same as cutting a human’s fingers off at the knuckle. There are several alternatives to a complete declawing, including trimming or a less radical (though more involved) surgery to remove the claws. Preferably, try to train your cat to use a scratching post.
Cats with long, lean bodies are more likely to be outgoing, and more protective and vocal than those with a stocky build.
A steady diet of dog food may cause blindness in your cat – it lacks taurine.
It has been scientifically proven that stroking a cat can lower one’s blood pressure.
If your cat snores, or rolls over on his back to expose his belly, it means he trusts you.
Cats respond better to women than to men, probably due to the fact that women’s voices have a higher pitch.
Florence Nightingale owned more than 60 cats in her lifetime.
When your cats rubs up against you, she is actually marking you as “hers” with her scent. If your cat pushes his face against your head, it is a sign of acceptance and affection.
Tests done by the Behavioral Department of the Musuem of Natural History conclude that while a dog’s memory lasts about 5 minutes, a cat’s recall can last as long as 16 hours.
Has your cat ever brought its prey to your door? Cats do that because they regard their owners as their “kittens.” The cats are teaching their “kittens” how to hunt by bringing them food. Most people aren’t too delighted when a pet brings in their kill. Instead of punishing your cat, praise it for its efforts, accept the prey, and then secretly throw it away.
Cats can predict earthquakes. We humans are not 100% sure how they do it. There are several different theories.
A queen (female cat) can begin mating when she is between 5 and 9 months old.
A tomcat (male cat) can begin mating when he is between 7 and 10 months old.
Tomcats can mate at anytime, while quenns can only mate during a period of time called heat or estrus.
Heat occurs several times a year and can last anywhere from 3 to 15 days.
At 4 weeks, it is important to play with kittens so that they do not develope a fear of people.
Kittens remain with their mother till the age of 9 weeks.
It is estimated that cats can make over 60 different sounds.
The cat’s footpads absorb the shocks of the landing when the cat jumps.
Ailurophile – that’s what we’re officially called. It’s what cat lovers are known as.
A cat that bites you for rubbing his stomach is often biting from pleasure, not anger.
The more cats are spoken to, the more they will speak back. You will learn a lot from your cat’s wide vocabulary of chirps and meows.
Cats often overract to unexpected stimuli because of their extremely sensitive nervous system.
Kittens who are taken along on short, trouble-free car trips to town tend to make good passengers when they get older. They get used to the sounds and motions of traveling and make less connection between the car and the visits to the vet.
Cats, just like people, are subject to asthma. Dust, smoke, and other forms of air pullution in your cat’s environment can be troublesome sources of irritation.
Since cats are so good at hiding illness, even a single instance of a symptom should be taken very seriously.
There is a species of cat smaller than the average housecat. It is native to Africa and it is the Black-footed cat (Felis nigripes). Its top weight is 5.5 pounds.
A tortoiseshell is black with red or orange markings and a calico is white with patches of red, orange and black.
The Ancient Egyptian word for cat was mau, which means “to see”.
Cats that live together sometimes rub each others heads to show that they have no intention of fighting. Young cats do this more often, especially when they are excited.
In 1987 cats overtook dogs as the number one pet in America.
Kittens lose their baby teeth!! At three to four months the incisors erupt. Then at four to six months, they lose their canines, premolars and molars. By the time they are seven months old, their adult teeth are fully developed. This is one of the ways a vet (or you) can tell the age of a kitten.

 

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Looking for someone to look after your pets in Hobart and all suburbs.Pet care HobartThen look no further than Kimberly’s Pe

Hey all you Animal lovers out there have been a little busy but I thought I would let you know some of the things that Kimberly’s pet taxi and Pet services have been up to.We have 4 house sits currently happening at Geeveston,Brighton,Howrah and Dodges ferry
We are in our home dog minding is being carried out in our dog carers homes 2 homes at Glenorchy,@ in Blackmans bay and 1 in lindisfarne
we have 2 doggy day care homes looking after your dogs in a family home across Hobart as well as Margate and Kettering and Huonville.
We are pet feeding in Richmond and Sandy bay and we are walking dogs in North Hobart Lenah valley Moonah Mount stuart and Blackmans bay as well as lindisfarne.
I have booked in 3 cats and 2 dogs so far at the airport and another dog at the end of the week.I have transported 6 pets to their vet visits and yes you can join me to go to the vets.
I have been helping Brightside transport their puppies they have saved to the vets for micro chipping and de sexing this job was on me I was pleased to help Emma out and always will be there to assist her if she needs it such a good cause.
I have been taking pet feeding and in our home dog minding and house sitting bookings for Christmas as well as the dog friendly holiday accommodation we have on Bruny Island.Thats all folks so if you need pet care think of Kimberly’s Pet taxi and Pet Services and we will be there to take the stress out of your holiday pet care needs.t Taxi and Pet Services.We service all suburbs in Hobart and beyond.Take a look at we have been up to

 

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 Cat minding Hobart visits by a dedicated professional team who are accredited in Pets first aid for that peace of mind cat sitting overnight cat sitters in Hobart.I have minded a few cats for cat lovers  this past year We have also done a few quotes for cat minding visits sitting cats overnight.

My team and myself have completed several cat minding jobs all over the greater Hobart area I will just tell you about a couple of them, there was Pinot a robust cat from North Hobart who was always happy with a Mew,Meow,Meowing starting as soon as he heard the key go in the door.Very friendly cat and loves the brush so I would brush and pat him first then clean water and food put out.While he would chow down I would clean his kitty litter.Make a coffee and a chat to him for a while When it was garbage night put out the Garbage,then on my way to feed 2  cats in Glenorchy lion tamer and Tuffy 2 black cats who have 2 totally different personalities.Lion Tamer would be at the door hoping to make his escape as the owner did not want the cats to be let out the whole time they were away.This is something I must admit as I feel that the cats can not disappear on my watch peace of mind for the owner and myself.I would feed and water these 2 first and then brush and pat while having a coffee the kitty litter tray being the last thing that I would do before I left as I quickly learn’t with these 2 that as soon as they ate they would go to the kitty litter so after cleaning it first the first days I started only to have to clean it again before I left.I quickly changed the routine to suit this job also the bins were taken out in this job as well as the mail collected and a couple of indoor plants watered.This was always a tricky job leaving quickly walking backwards as to not be out smarted by the quick lion tamer.Then there was the house and cat sitting job that my son had done for a family in Newtown they had a delightful cat named Boof and believe me the name suited him.This was the total care of their cat and their house.With the complete care of the cat and companionship and the plants and taking care of the rubbish and mail.A lot of people are going the house sit way these days as robberies are up all over the place such a shame.

We have just completed a quote on a house sit with 15 cats and 3 dogs in ferntree.this lady has a heart of gold with all of her Cats are rescue cats,the cats were so well looked after and the place was spotless with beautiful felines laying all over what a sight not one the same all colors sizes and length of fur.This job entails a sitter to move in with the pets feed water clean litter trays and administer cats medication as well as care for the 3 little dogs walk them and sleep with them they are spoilt and so they should be,I know that the owner of these pet is now at peace of mind knowing that someone will come into the home and love them and care for them as much as she would.The owner was telling us how she had a hard time with sitters not wanting to take on her job or only wanting to visit the pets.She was saying how it was such a pleasure to come across us and us with her it is always a pleasure to meet such an animal lover as much as We are.we have cared for 10 pets at a time this will be our first with 19 to be cared for including the pink and grey galah in his huge cage.So when you need that special care for your pets while you are away call the pet care experts at Kimberly’s Pet Taxi and Pet Services on 0428 568 852 We look forward to speaking with you soon and meeting your pet family

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We Have professionally and successfully completed a few                pet minding & Pet sitting jobs in  Blackmans Bay-Kingston 7050-Margate-Snug & Leslie vale In the Towns of Tasmania.This Christmas  holidays Break and are proud of the work we have completed.With Happy pet owners and house owners and most all very contented pets.

We did 2 in Tinderbox Road where we had dogs cats fish ducks chickens a rooster and fish to be feed and given fresh water.Dogs to be walked as well.One of them was a 4 hour a day job where we just let there 2 large German shepherds out and let them run around and play fetch.To then feed them and lock them away for when the owners returned.You see they had interstate visitors and wanted to show them around southern Tasmania and the Hobart area needed some one to baby sit their dogs for the 4 hours so they would not be penned up all day.This Job I gave to my house sitters Ronda & Brian a Retired couple who want to make some spare money and feel they still have something to offer the work source. The owners had a glowing report and said that now they know that Kimberly”s Pet Taxi & Pet Services can oblige them in this service that they will now have more freedom.They also said we could give their number out to people who may be thinking of using My services to tell them of their positive experience.

 

The other In Blackmans bay was A family who went away for 2 weeks holidays and needed their 4 dogs penned of a night and their boundary collars taken off feed an given fresh water feed the cat and the tropical fish.Then In the morning return and Feed dogs Put their boundary collars on for the day and make sure there was plenty of fresh water available to them.Feed the chickens and rooster and again fresh water and then feed the Gold fish.and repeat this every day for the time they were away.Bring in their mail and water their plantsThis job I did myself The owners were so impressed They have already booked my services again for the next holidays.They were thrilled and aid that now they can go away without having to worry about their pets.

 

The other Job was at Snug which was a house sit for 2 spoilt inside dogs and 2 Kittens.This job was done by my team member and my son who is in his 2nd year of Medicine he loves animals and I think to have a house with no interruptions from others around so he could study suited him well.He walked the dogs twice a day and made sure they were feed and watered each day.The kittens were to be feed and watered and there kitty litter trays cleaned on a daily basis.The chickens to be feed every day and also watered.The garbage’s put out on garbage night and Mail bought in daily.The house cleaned and vacuumed for the clients return.So another happy customer.

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Then there was the one at Kingston where my son also house sat for them just before Christmas which was 2 feed 2 cats and 2 dogs and walk the dogs daily.Clean kitty litter and bring in the mail a pretty straight forward  job.

Then there was another house sitting job in Margate that was pretty straight forward.! dog and 2 cats to be looked after and the house bins put out mail collected,kitty litter cleaned,Plants to be watered and just generally look after the house.These owners were so impressed by how my team member had left the house so tidy and said that they would not hesitate to use us again.

Leslie vale was a 5 acre property with 2 horses to feed and water 2 dogs and 1 spoilt cat chickens and a naughty Rooster.This was also a house sitting job so the usual rubbish bought put out and mail bought in house cleaned before the clients get home.Also another job well done.

 

I am proud of my team and I work along side of them.I will not ask any of my team members do what I am not prepared to do myself.I have high standards there fore I expect my team to have the same standards as me.

So any time you need a pet minder to visit your pets Or a Pet and house sitter to look after the lot in Blackmans bay,Kingston,Margate,Snug,Or leslie vale and surrounding areas give Me a call at Kimberly’s Pet Taxi and Pet Services.

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