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Fun Stuff > Legends and Oddities > Cats Legends And Oddities

 

CATS LEGENDS AND ODDITIES

Cats History
The evolution of cats began millions of years ago. 50 million years ago carnivores called the Miacis, flesh-eating creatures, emerged resulting in today's carnivorous mammals. The early form of a cat dates back to 40 million years. This creature was known as a Dinictis and was about the size of a Lynx. Surprisingly it is only in the last few thousand years the cat has become domesticated

The first felines to live with humans came to Egypt around 4000 BC. Egypt's first permanent human settlements, with their granaries and silos, offered the felines concentrations of rodents and edible waste as shelter and safety from larger predators. The jungle cat "Felis chaus" and the African wildcat "Felis silvestris lybica" lived in this region. The African wildcat was less fearful in nature so was not frightened to enter this new environment in search of rodent prey.

Due to these drastic environmental changes, the wildcat soon evolved into the domestic cat. The wildcat changed his character by becoming more placid so as to enable it to co-habit with humans and other animals. He also showed physical changes. One of these changes was his coat pattern as it was no longer required as camouflage. His more varied diet caused changes to his gastrointestinal system and over time the wildcat's intestines became longer. The wildcat's brain was also affected and became 30 per cent smaller as it was no longer so dependent on its senses for survival.

People began adopting motherless kittens and raising them as pets. Kittens raised by humans during the first seven weeks of life did not develop a fear of them on reaching adulthood; they remained willing companions. The death penalty was later imposed for killing cats in Egypt. Cats were deeply respected and soon the Egyptians even began turning them into symbols of deities. We have evidence of this from the many carved and painted images of cats found on ancient Egyptian tomb walls. Paintings in the tombs of several pharaohs depict cats as beloved pets of the royal family. A painting of the mother of the Pharaoh Akhnaton shows her at a dinner party, slipping scraps of food to a large furry tabby sitting under her chair.

Grieving Egyptian cat lovers mummified and buried their dead pets with care. Bastet, the Egyptian goddess of love and fertility took the form of a cat. As word spread about these domesticated cats they were welcomed in many countries and even exported to various other parts of the world.

Unfortunately cats' luck changed over the years as they were accused of many wrong doings including: representing evil, spreading the Black Death (bubonic plague) and other diseases (all of which were never true). In 1484, Pope Innocent VII decreed that all cat-worshippers in Europe to be burned as witches. He believed that witches worshipped Satan and that they took on the form of their animal helpers, the usual of which were cats. Their habit of prowling around at night further connected them to the devil and witchcraft. Any cat that was in the company of an old woman was assumed to be a witch's evil associate. In many countries, black cats are still considered to be unlucky, while in other countries, a sign of good luck.

The lives of cats didn't appear to improve in Europe until the 17th Century when they became mousers. By the 18th Century they had become popular household pets. Fortunately, today, cats have a much easier life. 25% of the British population now own cats as pets. Some cats are even better off than humans. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Hellcat and Brownie, two 15-year-old cats, were left nearly $415,000 in the early '60's from the estate of their owner, Dr William Grier of San Diego!

Cats really only became domesticated 5,000 years ago which is a very short period of time considering dogs have been human companions for more than 10,000 years. No wonder dogs are easier to train…or maybe it's just because cats are too smart to let us!

In modern times, cats aren't gods, but they do lead pampered lives in our households.

Cats and the Great Plague
Church persecution of cats (on the belief that they were in league with the Devil) had greatly reduced the cat population in Europe's cities by the time of the beginning of the series of outbreaks of bubonic plague (often referred to as "The Black Death" or "The Great Plague."

Plague-infested rats from the near East were brought by in ships trading there, spreading the plague into Europe. As the cat population in the cities was greatly reduced, there were fewer cats to feed on these rats and control their population which significantly contributed to the disease's growth. In rural areas where cats were not actively killed (and in fact, needed to protect the fields and grain stores), the disease did not progress.

City living conditions, sanitation, and the immediacy of contact all contributed to the plague's spread in populated areas. Conversely, rural areas had less immediate contact with the plague vectors (rats, as well as other animals and humans) but were better able to deal with the plague if it did come to these areas. The cat as predator was a significant control.

 

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Cats Facts
All cats are members of the family Felidea. Interestingly enough, the cat family split from the other mammals at least 40,000,000 years ago, making them one of the oldest mammalian families. All cats share certain characteristics that are unique to the cat family.
Cats are pure carnivores. They need a high level of protein in their diets - around 30% - and lack the digestive equipment to do well on a diet of grains, fruits or vegetables. In fact, if you were to design a creature to live from hunting mammals you would have trouble doing better than the design of the cat. If you know cats at all, you know that they have powerful jaws, long, sharp teeth, and claws that draw back into their paws when not in use. Cats hear extremely well. Their eyes are adapted for vision in dim light for hunting just before dawn and just after dusk, the prime hunting periods.

  • Cats have five toes on each front paw, but only four toes on each back paw.
  • Cats have true fur, in that they have both an undercoat and an outer coat.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kittens are born with both eyes and ears closed. When the eyes open, they are always blue at first. They change color over a period of months to the final eye color.
  • When well treated, a cat can live twenty or more years.
  • A cat cannot see directly under its nose. This is why the cat cannot seem to find tidbits on the floor.
  • 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.
  • Siamese coat color and crossed eyes may be caused by the same gene.
  • 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.
  • Though rare, cats can contract canine heart worms.
  • 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.
  • Cats, especially older cats, do get cancer. Many times this disease can be treated successfully.
  • Most cats have no eyelashes.
  • Many cats cannot properly digest cow's milk. Milk and milk products give them diarrhea.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 ingested 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 wormed 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.
  • There are tiny, parasitic worms that can live in a cat's stomach. These worms cause frequent vomiting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A cat is pregnant for about 58-65 days. This is roughly two months.

A Cats Memory
The knowledge attained by a cat by means of observation or trial and error is retained for it's whole life. According to the research work done at University of Michigan and the Department of Animal Behavior at the American Museum of Natural History in the USA , the memory of cats is about two hundred times more than that of dogs. The memory of cats is found to be more than Monkeys and Chimpanzees. Like human beings, cats have both long term and short term memory.

Cats Have A High Degree Of Intelligence
Cats think and make decisions like human beings. Some cats are jealous of other pet animals kept in the same house and has different personalities, just like human beings. There are some cats whose psyches are characterized as timid, impudent, obedient, stubborn, tranquil, spiteful, courageous and vile. Cats do very well in psychometric tests and have excellent observational power. So don't give up on us because we're bad, we're no different than a two year old human child. We just never grow up.

The Cats' Bill of Rights

  • Humans shall make no law respecting an establishment of boundaries or prohibiting the free exercise therein, or abridging the freedom of access, or the right to peaceful assembly. In other words: The cat is entitled to go outside anytime s/he wants.
  • A well-carried provisional chamber, being necessary to the fulfillment of a feline's whims, shall not be infringed. In other words: The cat is entitled to EAT anytime s/he wants.
  • The right of the feline to be secure in their domain, and effects, against unreasonable discomposure, shall not be violated. In other words: The cat is entitled to SLEEP anytime s/he wants.
  • Humans shall issue no warrants or decrees or edicts as prescribed to the demarcation of possessions or property which are in direct conflict with right of life, liberty, and the pursuit of feline affirmation. In other words: The cat is entitled to sleep ANYWHERE s/he wants.
  • The feline shall be immune to all criminal accusations, indictments, and complaints. The accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and impartial dismissal of any and all charges provided said feline's compulsory right to obtain any or all witnesses, including character witnesses, are obtained in his favor. In other words: Cats can do anything they want as long as they're cute.
  • Neither serfdom, vassalage, or involuntary servitude will be tolerated, except by said cats in proprietorship of their humans. In other words: What I say goes. (And I can sleep on your face...)
  • No Canis familiaris shall, in time of peace or at any other time, be quartered in any dwelling without the consent of the potentate, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by sovereign. In other words: No dogs in the house without my permission.
  • The right of the feline to be protected against unreasonable search and seizures shall not be breached or infringed upon at any time or any place. In other words: Don't disturb me when I am sleeping in a drawer.

 

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Cats Legends

  • Black Cats: In the Middle Ages, cats were not very popular because of their association with witchcraft and black magic. Superstitions about cats, some of them current today, date back to this period. Fisherman's wives believed keeping a black cat in your home meant your husband would always return from the sea.  In the 9th century, King Henry I of Saxony decreed that the fine for killing a cat should be sixty bushels of corn. There are still people who believe that the cat is a reincarnation of the devil and regard it as bad luck.
  • Egyptian Cats: Around 450 BC, anyone who killed a cat in Egypt was punished by death. When a cat died, the entire family would shave off their eyebrows as a sign of mourning.
  • Norse Cats: In Norse mythological facts, the chariot of Freya, goddess of beauty, love and fertility, is drawn by two large longhaired cats; these two cats were often connected with the powers of creativity, the Earth Mother and fertility gods.
  • Japanese Cats: Mi-Ki or tri-colored cats have been long taken by Japanese sailors on their ships to bring them good luck. The native Bobtail, according to legend, is the Japanese cat of preference because it is less likely to “bewitch” you with a twitching tail. The figure of a cat with its left paw raised is commonly seen in gift shops in Japan where they are sold as souvenirs. It is believed that the beckoning cat brings good fortune to its owner.
  • Pussy Willows: There is a legend that many little kittens were thrown into a river to drown. The mother cat wept and was so distraught that the willow trees on the bank felt compassion and held out their branches to the struggling kittens who clung to them and were saved. Ever since that time, every spring, the willow trees wear gray buds that feel as soft and silky as kitten tails. That is why they are called “pussy willows.”
  • Chinese Cats: Ancient Chinese legend maintains that the cat is the product of a lioness and a monkey. The lioness endowing her offspring with dignity and the monkey with curiosity and playfulness.
  • Irish Cats: Poem Legend of the Kilkenny Cats (a testimony to the determination of a cat) There once was two cats of Kilkenny, And each thought there was one cat too many; So they quarreled and fought, And they scratched and they bit, Until there was only their nails, And the tips of their tails, Instead of two cats, there weren't any.
  • Bohemian Cats: In what was known as Bohemia, now western Czechoslovakia, the cat was regarded as a symbol of fertility.
  • Henry III: The King of France must always appear to be bold and fearless, and Henry did his best to keep his image intact. But he had an Achilles heel, if a cat happened to wander into his presence, the king would faint dead away.

Cats Behaviors

  • If my ears are flattened - I am either annoyed or frightened. Twitching them backward and forward usually means that I am either anxious or worried about whatever I hear or am looking at. Another way you can tell something worries me, is if I flick out my tongue once or twice around my lips.
  • Eyes wide shut - If I am laying down with my eyes closed but with my tail flicking slightly at the tip, I am really awake and spying on you. I can keep it up all day.
  • If my back is arched high and my ears flattened - I will scratch whatever I can reach, if you doubt that, look into my hugely dilated eyes, all the better to see you with. My slightly open mouthed snarl, all the better to bite you with, so get out of my way!
  • Slinking low to the ground - Means I am frightened, or I'm stalking something. I may even press right down to the ground, my fur will stand up, and my ears may be pinned back. Cute Eh! Gotta love me. Don't forget to watch where you walk when I'm darting past you.
  • The basic cat sounds are purring, meows and hisses - Cats can readily vary these sounds, thus seeming to talk. A cat meeting with another cat can emit more than fifty different sounds for communication which vary in tone from harsh to acute. A cat forms words that assume a precise meaning for other cats. Cats have a sweet sound, the Purr, which it uses to express joy, momentary well being and affection for its owner. It is a musical sound repeated at length when the cat is happy. Purring also occurs in cats that are injured and in pain.
  • When a male cat holds his tail bent forward towards his head - He is proclaiming to all the world that he is King of the Street! He stands there lashing his tail back and forth showing how angry and tough his is standing in the driveway.
  • Flicking the tip of my tail - Means that I am excited about something, like that mouse wire moving under the computer desk.
  • Moving my tail quietly from side to side - Means that I am in a happy and possibly teasingly playful mood.
  • One quick flick of my tail - Means hello to you, with the same greeting used for my closest cool cat friends.
  • Rubbing up against your legs with a little hop and a purr - Means hello, I love you. Pay attention to me.
  • When I rub my chin - Over everything in the house, including you, O' Great Food Dispenser, you'll be happy to note that I am telling you that, IT IS ALL MINE !!! INCLUDING YOU !!!

Cats Spraying Problems
Regarding the cat spraying problem. Ordinary white vinegar is good to neutralize the odor. Also there is a product called "ODO BAN" which is anti-bacterial, virucidal and eliminates odors (it is biodegrable).

Some Famous Cats in Fact and Fiction

  • Bob: Caddylak Maxy's studio cat that showed up at the door one day and never left.
  • Cheshire Cat: A cat that could slowly disappear, leaving only its grin behind, as described in Lewis Carroll's novel 'Alice in Wonderland'.
  • Felix: One of the first great stars of the animated cartoon and the hero of Pat Sullivan's cartoon strip series "Felix the Cat."
  • Garfield: Striped and bulgy-eyed comic strip cat known for his obnoxious comments, hefty appetite, and lazy lifestyle. Often played nasty tricks on his owner Jon and fellow family pet Odie, the dog.
  • Hodge: Favorite cat of Dr. Samuel Johnson, who is reputed to have bought fresh oysters personally each day and fed them to his pet.
  • Lucifer. A black angora, one of many cats that belonged to Cardinal Richelieu of France.
  • Mehitabel: The inscrutable cat that tells of her former life as Cleopatra in Don Marquis' novel 'the lives and times of Archy and Mehitabel'.
  • Morris: Orange-colored finicky and egotistical cat that appeared in a series of television cat food commercials. Although the character was played by a series of similar-looking cats over the years, Morris developed a loyal fan following.
  • Muessa: The cat so loved by Mohammed that, according to tradition, he cut off his robe rather than disturb the cat, which was sleeping on it.
  • Pink Panther: Silent, rose-pink-colored, animated feline who made his debut in the 1964 movie 'The Pink Panther'. The panther often matched wits with humans and always managed to escape unharmed but not before leaving turmoil in his wake.
  • Selima: A real cat that belonged to Horace Walpole. Selima was immortalized by Thomas Gray in the poem "Ode on the Death of a Favorite Cat Drowned in a Tub of Goldfish."
  • Slippers: A gray cat with six toes on each paw, favored by President Theodore Roosevelt, who is said to have allowed the cat to appear at diplomatic dinners.
  • Sylvester: Black and white cartoon cat who often sputtered "Sufferin' succotash!" when he was thwarted by his main adversary, Tweety Pie, the canary. Although he tried millions of tricks, he never got the canary and always wound up being the fall guy.
  • Tobermory: The cat whose ability to speak devastated the guests at a house party in the story "Tobermory," from 'The Chronicles of Clovis', by Saki (H. H. Munro).

 

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Famous Cat Owners

  • Sir Winston Churchill: - Sir Winston owned a cat named Jock who attended many wartime Cabinet meetings. Rumor has it that meals at the Churchill household could not begin until the ginger colored tabby was at the table.
  • Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain): - Quote: “If a man could be crossed with a cat, it would improve the man but deteriorate the cat.”
  • Abraham Lincoln - Abe came to presidential office accompanied by Tabby, a cat belonging to his son. “No matter how much cats fight, there always seems to be plenty of kittens.” Quote by Abraham Lincoln.
  • Nostradamus: Prophet - The French Astrologer had a cat named Grimalkin.
  • Sir Isaac Newton: philosopher - Sir Isaac Newton, famous for his laws of motion and gravity, was a confirmed cat lover who was deeply concerned about the welfare of his feline friends. Therefore, so his research would go uninterrupted, and his cats should not feel restricted and be at liberty to wander freely in and out when the doors were closed, he invented the cat-flap.
  • The Prophet Mohammed - The Prophet Mohammed, the founder of the Moslem religion, believed dogs were unclean but loved cats so much that he once cut the sleeve from his robe to avoid disturbing his cat which had gone to sleep in his arms. According to legend, the “M” marking on the forehead of the tabby cat was created by the Prophet Mohammed when he rested his hand on the brow of his favorite cat.

Note: Difficult as it is to believe, not everyone loves cats. Genghis Kahn was a famous cat-hater and so were Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar. It may be that men with dreams to dominate the world can't get used to the idea that cats won't submit to them. The same streak of ailurophobia (cat hate) affected the personalities of Napoleon Bonaparte, Benito Mussolini, and Adolph Hitler.

Dangers To The Cat

  • Chemicals can be absorbed through a cat's paws. Floor waxes and cleaning solutions pose a particular danger.
  • Human painkillers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) are highly toxic to cats.
  • The majority of aerosol sprays contain poison and should never be sprayed near a cat's food.
  • Coins can choke a cat and never be left around. Pennies minted after 1982 pose an added danger as they contain zinc which is toxic.
  • Plastic dry cleaner bags can cause suffocation.

 

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Things You Can learn From Your Cat

  • Make the world your playground.
  • Whenever you miss the sandbox, cover it up. Dragging a sock over it helps.
  • If you can't get your way, lay across the keyboard until you do.
  • When you are hungry, meow loudly so they feed you just to shut you up.
  • Always find a good patch of sun to nap in.
  • Nap often.
  • When in trouble, just purr and look cute.
  • Life is hard, and then you nap.
  • Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours.
  • When in doubt, cop an attitude.
  • Variety is the spice of Life. One day, ignore people; the next day, annoy them.
  • Climb your way to the top, that's why the curtains are there.
  • Make your mark in the world, or at least spray in each corner.
  • Always give generously; a bird or rodent left on the bed tells them, "I care."
  • When you have something important to say, try to say it in the dead of night when you're SURE everyone's sleeping. There's no better way to get the attention you deserve.
WHAT CATS DO FOR US
  • Warm our laps
  • Give us someone to talk to
  • Help reduce high blood pressure
  • Bring the winter air inside, nestled in their coats
  • Create a kindred feeling with other "cat people"
  • Turn common household objects like bottle caps into toys
  • Make us more aware of birds
  • Donate their services as alarm clocks
  • Display daring acrobatic feats right in front of our eyes
  • Contribute to living a longer life
  • Make a window sill more beautiful
  • Keep mice on the run
  • Make us smile
  • Inspire poets and playwrights
  • Teach us how to land on our feet
  • Let us indulge our desires to really spoil someone
  • Make our homes warmer
  • Remind us that life is mysterious
  • Share with us the all-is-well experience of purring
  • Instruct us in the luxurious art of stretching
  • Show us how to lick our wounds and go on
  • Give us cool cartoon characters
  • Make even an old worn couch look beautiful
  • Open our hearts

Cat Quotes

  • "There is no snooze button on a cat who wants breakfast." -Unknown
  • "Thousands of years ago, cats were worshipped as gods. Cats have never forgotten this." -Anonymous
  • "Cats are smarter than dogs. You can't get eight cats to pull a sled through snow." -Jeff Valdez
  • "As every cat owner knows, nobody owns a cat." -Ellen Perry Berkeley
  • "Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." -Mary Bly
  • "Cats are rather delicate creatures and they are subject to a good many ailments, but I never heard of one who suffered from insomnia." -Joseph Wood Krutch
  • "People who hate cats, will come back as mice in their next life." -Faith Resnick
  • "There are many intelligent species in the universe. They are all owned by cats." -Anonymous
  • "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -Hippolyte Taine
  • "Dogs believe they are human. Cats believe they are God." -Anonymous

Cat's motto
"No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it!"

Cat Jokes
  • How do you know when it's raining cats and dogs? - When you step in a poodle!
  • How is a cat different from a frog? - A cat has nine lives and a frog croaks every day.
  • What do cats call their grandfather? - Grandpaw!
  • What do cats eat for breakfast? - Mice-Crispies!
  • What do cats put in their drinks? - Mice Cubes!
  • What do you say to a cat when it leaves for work? - "Have a mice day!"
  • What does a cat on the beach have in common with Christmas? - Sandy claws!
  • What does a cat read? - CAT-alogs!
  • What happened to the cat who ate a ball of yarn? - She had mittens!
  • What is a cat's favorite color? - Purrr-ple!
  • What is a cat's favorite song? - Three blind mice!
  • What kind of car do kittens drive? - Cat-illacs!
  • What kind of cat goes bowling? - An alley cat!
  • Where did the cat go when he lost his tail? - The retail store!
  • Why are cats good at video games? - Because they have nine lives!
  • Why are cats terrible storytellers? - Because they have only one tail!
  • Why did the police arrest the kitten? - Because it littered!

Did you know?
Each day 10,000 humans are born in the U.S. - and each day 70,000 puppies and kittens are born. As long as these birth rates exist, there will never be enough homes for all the animals. As a result, every year 4 to 6 million animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them.

What can you do to stop the suffering?
Spay and neuter your pet! In addition to saving lives, spaying and neutering can also drastically improve your pet's health and life expectancy. The idea that pets become fat or lazy when they are spayed or neutered is a myth. Sterilized pets lead healthier, longer lives. Spaying a female eliminates the possibility of uterine and ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the risk of breast cancer. Neutering a male reduces the risk of both prostate enlargement and prostate cancer. Neutering also will make your pet more affectionate and less likely to roam, get in fights, or become lost.

Prevent A Litter (It's Good for You!)

  • Spayed and neutered pets are better, more affectionate, companions.
  • Neutered cats are less likely to spray and mark territory.
  • Spaying a female dog or cat eliminates its heat cycle, which can last twenty-one days, twice a year, in dogs, and anywhere from three to fifteen days, three or more times a year, in cats. Females in heat often cry incessantly, show nervous behavior, and attract unwanted male animals.
  • Spayed and neutered pets are less likely to bite. Unaltered animals often exhibit more behavior and temperament problems than those that have been spayed or neutered.

Prevent a Litter (It's Good for Your Pet!)

  • Spayed and neutered dogs and cats live longer, healthier lives.
  • Spaying female dogs and cats eliminates the possibility of uterine or ovarian cancer and greatly reduces the incidence of breast cancer.
  • Neutering male dogs and cats reduces the incidence of prostate cancer.
  • Neutered animals are less likely to roam and fight.

Prevent A Litter (It's Good for the Community!)
Communities spend millions of dollars to control and eliminate unwanted animals. Irresponsible breeding contributes to the problem of cat and dog bites and attacks. Animal shelters are overburdened with surplus animals.

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Sources: The Encyclopedia Britannica, doghaus, Iams Pet Foods, The Cat Fanciers' Association, Cat Facts, Ruling Cats and Dogs, Yahooligans and the Usual Gang of Idiots at Caddylak Graffix Greeting Cards Caption Writing Think Tank Office.

 

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