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Kitten Shows Up Outside a Home on Her Own and is Determined to Move Indoors That Day


A kitten showed up outside a home on her own and was determined to move indoors that day.

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A stray cream calico wandered to a resident’s home and decided to hang out on their porch. She was seen all alone without a mother or siblings in sight.

The kitten stayed on the porch and had no plans of leaving. When the resident noticed her, the little one placed her paws on the railing as if she wanted to be let in. Worrying about her safety, the resident reached out to Detroit Community Cat Rescue, hoping to get the kitten some help.

« The caller told us she was the only kitty around, and she was afraid that the kitten would get hit by a car. We were there within the hour, » Detroit Community Cat Rescue shared with Love Meow.

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« (The kitten) was smaller than we expected. We decided to take her in. All of the neighbors thanked us for taking her. »

She was lovingly named Nuggie, as she was tiny as a nugget and made mostly of fluff. Nuggie went home with Jennifer, a foster volunteer of the rescue, and turned a new chapter.

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She was « darling, fragile and fierce » and had such spirit and determination to live and thrive. Nuggie quickly adjusted to the indoor life and never looked back.

With a comfortable environment, Nuggie could now rest and recuperate and would never go hungry again.

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Nuggie settled into her new space and started using the cat tree, scratching posts, and the litter box. She was content to have a roof over her head, a bountiful supply of food, and doting humans to cater to her whims.

She was treated for a few health issues including an upper respiratory infection, but she took everything in stride. Nuggie was over the moon to have someone hover over her, making sure that she was loved.

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Once Nuggie was nursed back to health, she was ecstatic to hang out and socialize with feline friends.

Nuggie has never met a stranger as she goes around the house befriending every kitty she comes across. Despite being so little, she holds her own when she plays. Nuggie is also a love-bug at heart.

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When she met Rosebud, a tortoiseshell foster, it was love at first sight. Nuggie sat beside Rosebud, wrapped her arms around her and insisted on giving her a bath, in perfect Nuggie fashion.

The former stray has flourished into an adorable indoor cat with so much to offer. She is reveling in her new life and living everyday to the fullest.

calico kitten bathes tortieShe likes to hang out with other kitties. Here’s Nuggie giving Rosebud the tortie a bathDetroit Community Cat Rescue

Nuggie will be ready to find her forever home in the near future. As for now, she is busy relishing every moment with her foster buddies.

There is no shortage of zoomies and cuddle-fests in the house.

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Nuggie walked up to the porch that day and was determined to change her life. She did just that.

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Deciphering Cat Ages & Stages


Of all the myths involving companion animals, one that continues to persist (and still drives me batty) is the notion that cats (and dogs) grow older at a pace of seven years for every human year.

Frankly, this idea has never made much sense to me. We’ve all seen (or at least know of) cats who have lived to the age of 20. In fact, at one point I had over 30 20-year-old cats in my veterinary practice. Using the 1-equals-7 rule, a 20-year-old cat would be the equivalent of a 140-year-old person, which simply isn’t possible. Let’s now consider reproduction. Cats and dogs can get pregnant and produce offspring as early as 6 months of age. Using the 1-equals-7 rule, a 6-month-old cat is equivalent to a 3½-year-old human. Can people have babies at this age? Of course not! The 1-equals-7 rule doesn’t work for the simple reason that cats age faster when they’re younger and slow down when they’re older.

How to compare cat years to human years

A number of years ago, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) collaborated to create an age-comparison chart that takes this into account. (See sidebar.) According to this chart, a 1-year-old cat is equivalent to a 15-year-old person, and a 2-year-old cat is like a 24-year-old person. After that, you add four human years for every cat year. This is a more logical approach and, in my experience, it seems pretty accurate. Note: This chart doesn’t apply to dogs. Dogs have different age equivalents depending on their size (big dogs have shorter life spans than small dogs, for example). Cats are all roughly the same size, so the chart is universal for cats.

How many life stages do cats have?

Another topic related to age and longevity is cat life stages. There are several opinions on this subject but no consensus. The variations are mostly based on semantics, and whether you tend to be a “lumper” or a “splitter.” Lumpers prefer to group some stages together into a larger category, while splitters prefer to subdivide the stages. The only common ground among all the versions is the first life stage: kitten.

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The updated age-comparison chart mentioned above also describes the life stages of a cat, dividing it into six distinct stages:

Kitten: 0 to 6 months

Junior: 7 months to 2 years

Prime: 3 to 6 years

Mature: 7 to 10 years

Senior: 11 to 14 years

Geriatric: 15 years and older

Splitters were probably happy with this six-stage version, although as a cat veterinarian, I had mixed feelings. I never knew exactly where to draw the line between “adult” and “senior.” Dividing older cats into “mature,” “senior” and “geriatric” categories based on these age ranges seemed sensible. However, dividing younger adult cats into “junior” and “prime” felt a bit contrived.

In a recently updated (2021) report, the AAFP/AAHA described four basic age-related feline life stages:

Kitten:  birth to 1 year

Young adult: 1 to 6 years

Mature adult: 7 to 10 years

Senior: Older than 10 years

If you’re a lumper, you probably love this streamlined version. I’m content with the first three categories and their associated age ranges; however, I feel that the senior stage should be further divided, resulting in a five-stage classification that, in my opinion, covers all the bases:

Kitten: birth to 1 year

Young adult: 1 to 6 years

Mature adult: 7 to 10 years

Senior: 11 to 15 years

Geriatric: 16 years and older

I’ve seen variations of the versions described above, but with the term “super senior” replacing the term “geriatric.” I suspect some people feel that the word geriatric is too clinical, or that it carries negative connotations. As a veterinarian, I prefer the term geriatric, although I understand why cat parents would fancy the term super senior, as it invokes awe and wonder and makes the cat sound like a superhero, which is a pretty cool concept.

Finding the right care for your cat at each stage

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The main reason veterinarians divide a cat’s life into stages is to help us formulate health and wellness plans that are appropriate for that particular life stage. The illnesses and behavioral changes we’re likely to encounter, and the diagnostic tests that are recommended, will differ depending on these stages. Whether you, as a cat parent, prefer the four-stage classification (kitten, young adult, mature adult, senior), a five-stage version (kitten, young adult, mature adult, senior, geriatric) or a six-stage model (kitten, junior, prime, mature, senior, geriatric) is a matter of personal preference. As a cat veterinarian who feels that all cats die too young, the fact that so many life stage charts recognize the existence of a geriatric or super senior stage tells us that cats are living longer than ever before, and that’s something we can all agree is wonderful news.

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You can view the entire 22-page AAHA/AAFP Feline Life Stage Guidelines released in 2021 at: aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/life-stage-feline-2021/feline-life-stage-home/.

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New App Translates Cats’ Meows Into Human Language


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Cats are incredibly expressive, using everything from a purr to the crook of a tail to convey desires and emotions. Many are even quite chatty. Even the most intuitive pet parents might find it hard to comprehend what their feline friend is trying to convey. A new app, MeowTalk, might help.

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Javier Sanchez, an engineer who worked on Amazon’s Alexa, used technology similar to Alexa’s to develop a tool that translates a cat’s meows into human words.

“We’re trying to understand what cats are saying and give them a voice,” Sanchez told The New York Times. “We want to use this to help people build better and stronger relationships with their cats,” he continued.

Sanchez said he was inspired by NPR’s series “The Secret Language of Cats.” Through the series, he learned cats develop their own vocabulary, which they use solely to communicate with humans. Cats in the wild, Sanchez told King 5 News, don’t meow at one another. But domesticated felines will undoubtedly tell their human when they’re ready for breakfast.

MeowTalk is the latest in an age-old effort to understand animal speak. Most pet parents — if they’re honest — talk to their fur babies as if they were children. And scientists have taken it further, teaching sign language to apes and English to dolphins. Even laypeople have accomplished impressive feats in animal-human communications. Bunny the Sheepadoodle, for example, knows how to tell his parents what he needs by pressing buttons to play prerecorded messages.

Helping People and Cats Connect

The app uses a machine-learning system, which extracts patterns from large data sets, The Times reports. Scientists have used similar technology in the lab to distinguish between rats’ squeaks of happiness or distress.

MeowTalk categorizes meows into nine basic needs, like “I’m hungry” or “I’m happy.” Users can also train it to understand specific cats’ lingo by creating a profile and assigning labels to their cats’ meows based on their interpretation. The app learns the new sound, then predicts what the cat is saying the next time it hears that tone.

According to a report from the founders, the app accurately categorizes meows about 90 percent of the time, though many of the “translations” are presented creatively.

MeowTalk may not be “pure science,” as one expert consultant put it. But it could be valuable — or at least fun — nonetheless.

“A tool like this can help certain people bond even more with their cats, especially if they can’t be in contact with other people on a regular basis. So, this could be a real game changer for a key demographic that have cats,” Sanchez told Geek Wire.

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Hormones Could Explain Cat Cohabitation


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Cats have a reputation for living life on their own terms, and most species are solitary creatures. But others, including lions and domestic cats, tend to live in groups. According to a new study, biological and evolutionary factors might explain cat cohabitation and why some are better at it than others.

How Hormones Affect Cats’ Behavior

In research published in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at Azabu University in Japan suggest cats’ hormones and gut microbiomes could influence how felines interact and cohabitate with one another, despite their predisposition to solitude.

For instance, researchers found cats with lower levels of cortisol and testosterone – two hormones associated with aggression –  share space and food with other cats more frequently. Those with more testosterone and cortisol were less likely to interact with other felines. Cats with more testosterone were also more likely to try to escape.

The scientists had expected as much. But they were surprised to find high levels of oxytocin – a hormone associated with affection and bonding – did not correlate with being more tolerant or friendly. In fact, the opposite was true. Cats with higher oxytocin levels were less likely to interact with others.

In other species, including dogs, oxytocin helps individuals bond and form groups. But researchers think cats might not be able to form tight-knit groups because each feline sees the others as outsiders.

The oxytocin observation also suggests hormones might not influence all species the same.

How Cats Learned to Live Together

Scientists think domestic cats may have developed their ability to cohabitate when they self-domesticated. Tolerating fellow felines was worth it if it meant receiving food from humans.

Previous research supports this idea. One study showed that European wildcats had higher cortisol levels than feral cats.

Maren Huck, a cat expert and senior lecturer at the University of Derby who was not involved in the study, told NBC News that the findings underscore the fact that cats aren’t as socially inclined as other domestic animals.

Nonetheless, Huck said, cats can tolerate and even enjoy others’ company. Hence, the tendency for domestic cat cohabitation. Whether they’ll thrive better alone or with others depends mainly on their nature.

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Does Your Cat Care About You? Science Tells Us They Do!


It seems like you are more than a mere food source for your cat: research tells us that cats see owners as a source of safety and friendship. Simply put, cats care for their owners even if they do not seem like it. 

You’re saying that your cat does listen when you call them? They’re intentionally ignoring you, research claims.

Research published in Current Biology says that attachments between cats and their owners are comparable with those formed with dogs and babies with their caregivers.

In the experiment, the researcher put a cat in an area with its owner for 2 minutes. The owner then left for two minutes and returned for one more 2 mins. The researchers then examined the cat’s response to its owners to know what kind of attachment cats have to their owners and found two types: secure and insecure attachments.

Secure attachments suggest that the subject fully believes their caregiver will care for them and feels comfortable exploring their environment.

Cats with secure attachment to their owners greet them proprietor and then return to whatever they’re doing.

On the other hand, cats with insecure attachments tend to show anxiety toward their caregivers. Signs of cats with insecure attachments are twitching tails and avoiding their owners when they return.

The research discovered that about 64% of the cats were securely attached to their owners. This is comparable to what’s been seen in dogs and children.

So what are the tell-tale signs that your cat cares for you? Read on to find out!

Ways Your Cat Shows That They Care For You

Ways Your Cat Shows That They Care For You

Cats have many emotions, including a preference to be around us and to appreciate our existence. Cats have an appreciation for our relationships and even care for us.

Cats are unique personalities, like people. Cats derive pleasure, security, and comfort from their connections with people. However, some cats are more affectionate than others, or they’re much showier.

Whatever personality your cat has, there are always signs to tell whether your cat. Here are some that tell you your cat cares for you.

Slow Blinking

Slow Blinking

There is a saying, « eyes are the windows to one’s soul. » With some animals, eye contact means aggression. However, cats use eye contact with their people to show care and will directly look into the eyes of those they trust.

You know your cat loves you when they make eye contact and slow blinks. This is considered a feline way to kiss, and you can slowly blink back to show that you also care for them.

Headbutting

Headbutting

Your cat might bump their head against you or rub its cheeks against you to show love. This social action is developed in kittenhood through headbutting other kitties and their mom.

Headbutting means that your cat marks as one of its own. Headbutting helps cats bond with each other and is done to humans to show love.

Grooming

Grooming

Cats groom other cats in their colony as a display of love, and this behavior is also done with people they trust. Felines will lick their people or allow them to brush their coats.

Grooming builds a bond between a cat and a human. Just be watchful for rapid tail swishing and listen for any growling or hissing, as too much rushing can be overstimulating for cats.

Kneading

Kneading

Kneading is a behavior that starts in kittenhood and is related to nursing. This action is believed to bring comfort and endorphins to the brain.

Relaxed and comfortable cats will knead when you delicately. In some cases, cats knead to prepare a sleeping area, which is considered an inherent action.

Meowing

Meowing

Felines usually give short, silent meows when we speak slowly and softly to them, and they feel comfortable. If the meows get louder and drawn out, that is a sign that your cat has had enough talking communication.

Purring

Purring

Felines usually purr to show contentment when they are resting near you or when you’re cuddling them. They might also purr when nervous, but this is frequently seen with negative body cues such as laying their ears back, placing their head down, quick tail-swishing, or hiding.

Greeting You at the Door

Cat Greeting You at the Door

Greeting their owners at the door is also one-way cats tell their owners they « miss you. » This is usually followed by walking between your legs. Occasionally, it’s accompanied by meowing and « rattle-tail » behavior, where your cat will shake their tail swiftly.

This is your cat’s way of welcoming you home. They may also be telling you something else like they’re ready to eat, need fresh water, or that you must clean their litter box, so make sure to check these things.

Following You

Your Cat Following You

Cats are said to follow their owners. It resembles the greeting at your front door, where they follow behind you and want to be in your vicinity at all times.

Tail Language

Tail Language

Cats use their tails to show their owners that they care. A happy cat will hold their tail upright with a hook at the end. They may gradually wag their tail backward and forward. Sometimes, they will also rattle their tail while walking beside you.

Bringing You Gifts

Bringing You Gifts

Cats are hunters in nature. Cats will show these hunting skills by preying on rats (and perhaps small birds when permitted to stroll outside) and bring them back as « presents. »

Your cat wants to give you presents as tokens of love. You may find these gifts disgusting, but it signifies love. Interior cats are reported to do this with toys because they cannot chase outside the home.

Belly Up

Belly Up

Showing their belly is considered the ultimate sign of trust for a feline. Cats only rest on their backs and reveal their bellies when in their most comfortable state.

This is not an invitation to massage your cat’s stomach, though! They are simply telling you that they feel comfortable and safe enough to expose perhaps their most vulnerable body parts. If you go in for the tummy rub, take care, as your feline could strike back with a bite or scratch.

Last Words

These findings help unmask the misconception that felines are unsociable and do not feel strongly linked to their owners.

The fault is on us because we measure cats on the same bar we use for dogs. Most cats look to their owners as a source of security and safety. Owners must remember this. How owners behave can have a direct effect on their cats’ actions.

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Clock the Kitten is the Smallest Yet Bravest, She’s So Happy When She Finally Has a Comfy Home


Clock the kitten is the smallest yet bravest of all. She’s so happy when she finally has a comfy home.

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Jen Marder of Wrenn Rescues came across a post from shelter networkers about a feline family needing a foster home.

At the time, she had her hands full looking after other foster kitties, so she amplified the post with the rescue community. « They were so cute. I was convinced that someone would step in, » Jen shared with Love Meow.

By the time her fosters were ready to go to their forever homes, Jen noticed that the family of five were still waiting at the shelter after two weeks. « I had to step in. I agreed to take them. »

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The cat mother and her kittens were very emaciated and underweight, battling varying stages of upper respiratory infections. Amongst them, there was the runt of the litter named Clock who was much smaller than her siblings (Hickory, Dickory, and Dock). »

« When they first got here, I was shocked. They were in such bad shape. The kittens were 6-8 weeks old, and Clock was the weight of a 3-week-old. »

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The petite cat mother, Goose, was around one year old, weighing only 5.4 pounds. « Despite everything she must have been through, she is a sweet girl who loves to rub against me and lay cuddled up against my leg, » Jen shared.

« Clock was the smallest of the litter. I was really worried she wouldn’t make it, but she had such spirit. She wasn’t giving up, and I wasn’t going to give up on her. »

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Jen assisted Clock to eat through syringe feeding for a few days. With fuel for her body and plenty of TLC, she became strong enough to try eating on her own.

« (The moment) she started nibbling the syringe, I finally started to think we would be okay. »

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In less than two weeks, Clock almost doubled her weight and even gained a sizable food belly. She was also growing into her big ears.

« It took a lot of time and work, but I got them healthy, and their weights to where they should be. »

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Clock is feeling like a new cat with her voracious appetite, clear eyes and nose, and extra pep under her paws. She is the only kitten that came with a severe overbite, but it doesn’t slow her down when she eats.

« In the coming weeks, we will get her mouth checked out along with other consults. In the meantime, she is a perfect, happy, and seemingly normal little peanut. »

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Clock is now the first one to get to the food bowl and the second biggest kitten of the clowder after Dock. Her adorable personality has also emerged.

While other kittens nurse on Mother Goose for comfort, Clock chooses kitten food instead.

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« She is so engaging, loves to bat at her mom and siblings’ tails. She is also the first to curl in my lap. She has so much fight and spirit, » Jen told Love Meow.

« I had no idea how she was still alive when she got here. She is the epitome of tiny but mighty. She had no intention of not surviving and thriving. »

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Five days ago, Clock officially joined the two-pound club. It was an amazing feat for the little girl.

Mother Goose is blossoming alongside her precious four. She has turned into a love-bug, rubbing all over her foster mom every time she comes into the room.

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« Last night Goose sat cuddled in my arms getting all the head scratches for more than five minutes. She runs to me when I call her. She still has kitten energy. In short, she is an absolute gem. »

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Share this story with your friends. Follow updates on the cat family and Jen’s fosters on Instagram @jenfosterskittens.

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How Strong Is Your Cat’s Memory?


Last Updated on: September 26, 2022 by Crystal Uys

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Cats actually have incredible memories! They can remember a person’s face for up to 10 years! And kitties become seriously attached to their humans, so in case you were wondering, yes, your cat remembers and misses you when you’re gone for a few weeks, and they absolutely mourn when a trusted companion drops out of their life.

Cats also have fantastic associative memories — they’re great at linking positive and negative experiences to both people and places. And, of course, after a move, they’re notorious for showing up at their old home, sometimes thousands of miles away, demonstrating the strength of their place-related memory skills! Read on for more information about cats and their stunning memories.


Short-Term Memory

Cats, just like humans, have both long and short-term memories. Cats mostly use their short-term memories to solve problems, often situations involving obtaining access to food. And anyone who’s ever been around a cat can tell you these creatures have serious abilities when it comes to getting hold of supposedly well-locked up cat food — feline short-term memory is a pretty powerful problem-solving machine.

Cats also use their short-term memories to recall where they most recently found prey and where and when their food bowl most often appears. Feline short-term memory encodes and recalls events experienced and information learned within the past 16 hours and then uses that data to solve problems.

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Long-Term Memory

Feline long-term memory is often tapped when it comes to remembering people and experiences. It’s a long-term memory that’s responsible for a cat recognizing a returning loved veteran or student after a long period of separation. It’s also what’s behind the tendency some cats have to avoid certain types of people or react negatively to particular environments. It’s also the reason particular cats respond to certain noises or smells by becoming extremely stressed.

Feline long-term memory links people, sounds and environments to positive and negative experiences. Cats are more likely to remember individuals they associate with pleasant experiences such as being fed and getting petted. Long-term memories can stay active forever. It involves the types of memories we can actively direct our brains to recall.

Moments high in emotion that result in memorable consequences tend to be the ones cats, and humans remember the most. And while clarity of recall does decrease over time, long-term memories fade in order of impact, with truly traumatic or comforting memories perhaps never disappearing entirely from a cat’s psyche.

Do Cats Remember Other Cats?

Yes. Cats form strong bonds with other household pets, such as dogs and other cats. If a cat dies or is rehomed, it’s quite common for the remaining cat to become withdrawn and sad due to grief related to the sudden loss of a close buddy. We also know that kittens constantly exchange scents while nursing and playing — scent being how cats identify family members.

Kittens who grow up together probably remain able to discern the other by smell for some time after being separated, but no one knows how long this ability to identify a littermate by scent continues. Cats probably have strong, lasting memories of other animals who they form deep bonds with over time.

Do Cats Remember Places?

Absolutely. Cats have an uncanny ability to find their way back home when lost or after a move. Howie, a cat in Australia, was sent to stay with friends while his family went on vacation. He escaped and found his way back home, a trek of more than 1000 miles.

And then there’s Holly — a cat who ran off in Daytona Beach, Florida during a road trip and was given up for lost. Holly somehow found her way home, walking more than 200 miles to her family’s home in West Palm Beach. Scientists aren’t entirely sure what allows cats to remember places so well and navigate to them so efficiently, but they suspect it has something to do with cats’ ability to read the earth’s electromagnetic fields.

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Do Cats Have Memory Problems?

Yes. Cats can end up with memory problems due to disease or age. Cats who have brain tumors often show signs of cognitive decline. And diseases such as hypothyroidism can cause symptoms resembling those associated with feline dementia. Cats who’re going blind or having trouble hearing frequently start to exhibit behaviors often seen in cats suffering from cognitive difficulties.

But a sizable number of cats simply begin to experience cognitive problems as they age —  feline dementia occurs relatively frequently in cats over 10 years old. About 1 in 3 cats will exhibit at least 1 common dementia-related symptom by the age of 14. And at least 50 percent of cats older than 15 have symptoms associated with cognitive decline.

No one knows what causes feline dementia, although there’s some suggestion of an inherited component. What veterinarians do know is that cat dementia is a disease in which the feline brain progressively degenerates, resulting in the development of one or more symptoms associated with cognitive decline.

Memory problems in cats, however, don’t manifest in the same ways they do in humans. Instead of forgetting where the car keys are, cats suffering from dementia and other forms of cognitive decline tend to become easily disoriented and exhibit serious behavioral changes. Some begin to lick themselves excessively, go to the bathroom in inappropriate places and refuse to engage in their favorite activities. Others begin to sleep during the day, staying awake all night. Refusing to eat and excessive vocalization are other common symptoms.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Protect My Cat’s Memory?

Good food, lots of exercise and tons of mental stimulation are the keys to great feline health, including good long-term cognitive function. Food puzzles encourage cats to use their curiosity to solve fun problems and are a wonderful way to keep your cat’s brain sharp. Food puzzles, games and plenty of feline-human interaction are critical when it comes to preventing feline cognitive decline.

There are also supplements that may decrease your pet’s risk of experiencing cognitive decline. There’s some evidence that cats suffering from memory loss benefit from getting extra vitamins E and C, selenium, beta-carotene and carnitine. Some veterinarians suggest that Omega-3 fatty acids can also be beneficial.

Cats should never be given human vitamins or supplements, and a good consultation with your pet’s veterinarian should be your first stop if you suspect your cat is having memory issues. The veterinarian can provide an accurate diagnosis and give you medically sound advice regarding treatment options, including nutritional supplementation, if appropriate.


Conclusion

Cats absolutely remember people, environments and events. They recognize the faces of those who treat them well and with love for up to 10 years. Cats also form strong negative memories and will avoid people, sounds, environments and situations associated with traumatic moments in their lives. Kitties form strong attachments to people — they not only bond deeply with their humans, but they remember the good times spent with their favorite people.

Cats deeply mourn the death or departure of intensely loved people, cats and dogs. And cats, just like humans, often suffer from cognitive decline as they age, but there are several things you can do that may reduce your cat’s chances of developing feline dementia, including providing tons of mental stimulation through games and puzzles.


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Virginia Animal Rescue Is Gearing Up To Save Abandoned Cats In Ukraine


The Russian assault on Ukraine rages on, and cats in the war-torn country continue to face abandonment, illness, injury, and starvation. But, even in the face of cruelty and violence, brave souls from all over the world have steadily risked their lives to bring these vulnerable felines to safety. Longtime Homeward Trails Animal Rescue volunteer Shana Aufenkamp is one of them. And after spending the month of May 2022 helping animals in a country where safety is in short supply, she’s ready to go back again.

This time though, Shana will have the Fairfax Station, VA, animal rescue’s executive director Sue Bell by her side for the journey into danger. And when they return, the pair plans on bringing thirty felines home with them so that these poor kitties can find their new start in forever homes here in the U.S.

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Racing to Save Cats in Harm’s Way

When the war first broke out in February 2022, Shana felt the urge to help cats in Ukraine and spent that following May in the assaulted country doing her part to rescue felines in serious need.

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As Shana told  7News D.C.’s Jay Korff about the cats in Ukraine, “Many of them had gunshot wounds or buns. They were evacuated out of really dangerous areas. They’re being hit by cars. They’re being hit by bombs. Just really horrible stuff.”

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Now, Shana and Sue will head to Ukraine to work with Breaking the Chains, a group specializing in extracting animals from danger and relocating them to safety. They’ll spend two weeks at the shelter and then return to the states with an estimated thirty cats seeking forever homes. And Shana says these kitties are ready to find security and love after the horrors they’ve faced while caught in the ravages of war.

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“The cats coming into the shelter, they are lovely. They are social,” Shana explained. “They want to be cuddled. They want to be pet. They may be a little scared and shy at first, but you just start scratching them, and they just melt.”

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Join Shana in an upcoming Zoom meeting to learn more about her time in Ukraine and what awaits her and Sue when they arrive at the Ukrainian shelter.

The rescue group is also collecting donations to purchase food and medical supplies for the shelter in Ukraine as the winter months will soon be upon Ukraine, and more cats will find themselves in dire need. Those interested in donating should visit Homeward Trail’s Saving Abandoned Cats of Ukraine page.

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And if Homeward Trails sounds familiar, you might recognize them for their efforts in liberating four thousand Beagles from abuse at the hands of the Envigo facility in Virginia.

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Destructive Behavior in Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


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Destructive behavior in cats involves scratching, chewing, and urinating. Thankfully, taking steps to modify your cat’s behavior can control the condition.

Technically, the condition is split up into primary and secondary destructive behavior. Additionally, in some cases the condition can bring on other medical problems.

If you see the signs of destructive behavior in your cat, then get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Destructive Behavior in Cats

The condition produces a wide range of symptoms. Generally, the symptoms can be split into primary and secondary types of the condition.

For example, common primary types include:

  • Scratching furniture
  • Eating houseplants
  • Scratching carpets

Secondary types include:

  • Obsessive compulsions
  • Grooming excessively
  • Destructive behavior to get your attention

Causes of Destructive Behavior in Cats

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The cause of the condition can be one of a number of things. For instance, some of the most common causes include:

  • Not provided with proper scratching posts
  • Lack of exercise
  • Lack of human interaction
  • Emotional trauma
  • Boredom

Unfortunately, the cause of secondary types of the condition is unknown.

Treatments for Destructive Behavior in Cats

Firstly, your vet will ask about your cat’s behavior. It is important you keep detailed records of the behavior.

Secondly, your vet will assess you cat’s behavior.

Thirdly, your vet will take blood and urine tests. This is to see if there is an underlying medical condition at work.

Treatment depends on the cause of the condition. If it is a medical issue, your vet will take steps to target that.

In some cases, medication can be used. As always, if your vet prescribes your cat any medicine, make sure to stick to the correct dose and frequency instructions. Also, complete the full course of medicine.

Generally, your cat’s behavior will need to be modified. This will involve things like providing your cat with proper places to scratch. Your vet will come up with a behavior plan suited to your cat’s needs.

Overall, early training is key to preventing the condition. Your vet can help advise you on proper kitten training techniques.

Have you ever cared for a cat who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your cat recover? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Adenocarcinoma in Cats: Symptoms, Causes, & Treatments


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Adenocarcinoma in cats is a form of ear cancer. The condition happens when there are problems with the sweat glands in a cat’s external auditory canal.

Technically, your might hear the condition called ceruminous gland adenocarcinoma.

Older cats are generally affected by the condition the most. Although thankfully it is considered to be a rare condition.

If you see the signs of the condition in your cat, get to a veterinarian for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.

Symptoms of Adenocarcinoma in Cats

The condition produces a range of symptoms. For example, some common symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Being uncoordinated
  • Tilting the head
  • Ulcers
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Masses in the ear canal

Causes of Adenocarcinoma in Cats

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The cause of the condition is not totally known. Although inflammation issues are commonly involved.

Additionally, older cats develop the condition more often than younger kittens.

Treatments for Adenocarcinoma in Cats

Firstly, your vet will ask about your cat’s symptoms and medical history.

Secondly, your vet will give your cat a full physical examination. Next, your vet will taken blood and urine samples from your cat.

Frequently, your vet will want to use X-rays and imaging techniques. These can confirm the condition. Your vet can also take tissue samples and send them for a biopsy.

Treatment for the condition generally requires a surgery. This is so that your vet can remove parts of your cat’s ear canal. Radiotherapy is also needed in some cases.

While recovering, it is important that you keep up regular vet visits. This is to monitor your cat’s health and recovery.

In general, you can read more about your cat and ear health here.

Have you ever cared for a cat who suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your cat recover? Let us know in the comments section below.