Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

Pet Cats Can Be Pretty Wild Too

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Amy Hsueh, Town Cats Volunteer Interested in volunteering?[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Anybody who has ever owned a cat knows that cats cannot be bossed around. Even the friendliest, cuddliest cat in the world comes to you for affection, not vice versa. Cats are aloof, independent free thinkers - and it turns out, there's good reason for that. Pet cats are, essentially, wild animals.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="2/3"][vc_column_text] The Wild Cat According to a study published by Nature Ecology & Evolution, domesticated cats - our cute, cuddly pets that sleep with us every night - are almost genetically identical to their wildcat counterparts. There are very few differences in the two species' DNA: one of the main ones being the iconic tabby stripes of the pet cat. They look and act the same, which is why you…
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Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Vomiting in Cats

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Vomiting in Cats

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Vomiting in cats is the most common problem seen in adult cats of all breeds and sexes. While it can be easy to think that vomiting is “just” due to hairballs, vomiting and nausea is not normal and should not be ignored--You wouldn’t want to be nauseous all the time, so don’t let your cat feel sick! Vomiting can be a sign of an underlying medical condition and your veterinarian should rule out the common causes during a physical exam or with lab testing. Different age groups of cats are prone to different diseases. In cats over 7 years old, vomiting is often caused by kidney disease, thyroid disease, cancer, or other serious conditions. On the other hand, kittens can have vomiting due to parasites, bacteria, viruses, eating something they…
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Spring Fundraiser Success! Catbaret brings laughs and much needed funds for cats

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Thank you to all who attended our spring fundraiser, Catbaret!  It was a night of laughs, magic, dance, music, and of course...Moshow!  Our sold out crowd sang along to all of Moshow's cat themed hits, and our VIP attendees were over the moon getting to spend some quality time with Moshow after the show. Our sought after raffle and silent auction items, combined with Town Cats swag and tasty treats helped us to raise over $8500 for the kitties in our care!  We can't thank you enough again for coming out and supporting Town Cats, it is because of you, that we can continue to do the work we do. Mark your calendars for October 19th...our fall fundraiser will be a black cat event you don't want to miss. [gallery…
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Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Cat Scratching

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: Cat Scratching

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Did you know that when cats scratch with their claws , they aren’t just “sharpening their claws” or marking their territory? Scratching is also FUN! Cats scratching is the same as dogs chewing—both are natural, normal behaviors that should be encouraged. Every cat owner should provide multiple ways in which cats can engage in scratching behavior… without ruining the furniture. By purchasing a scratching post or other surface and placing it near the place where the cat is scratching, you can often redirect the cat to scratch on that object instead. However, don’t think you can just buy a cat scratcher and put it in the corner of the living room. Cats like to scratch and mark their territory in places where people often come and go. Think of your…
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Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: How to Transport Cats Fear Free

Vet’s Corner with Dr. Tiva: How to Transport Cats Fear Free

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Does your cat hate going in their carrier? Does your cat shut down when they go to the vet? If so, you’re not alone. Unlike dogs, cats tend to be housebound, living most of their lives in a familiar place with familiar people. Think of how we socialize puppies: we ensure they meet lots of people, are exposed to umbrellas and vacuum cleaners, and go lots of places in the car. Dogs learn from an early age how to deal with various circumstances, especially travel in the human world. Compare that to a cat, who maybe only leaves the house once in a blue moon to go the vet. A carrier means getting car sick, going outside their comfort zone, and having terrible time getting poked at the vet. This…
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Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

Jackson Galaxy Project: Town Cats Looking To Change Lives One Paw At A Time

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September 11, 2018 By Nikita Lero Founded in 1997, Town Cats has been saving stray, abandoned, unwanted and feral cats in Santa Clara County, California, since day one and hopes to save even more with the help of The Jackson Galaxy Project’s Cat Pawsitive Pro (CPP). They had learned about CPP and its benefits when they looked into having Jackson Galaxy host an event at the shelter. Samantha Sullivan, Executive Director at Town Cats, explains just how important CPP is to their community and shelter. “There is nothing like this in the area and it truly will revolutionize the way we work harder to adopt cats,” says Sullivan. “By working closely with our network of shelters and implementing CPP, we will help these cats gain confidence and get them adopted,…
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Celebrity Cats

Celebrity Cats

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By Tom Hewitt Who is America’s best-known cat? Leaving aside fictional felines like Felix, Garfield, and the Cat in the Hat, the answer might be the unusual-looking Grumpy Cat, whom you may have seen online, sometimes featured with humorous captions. Grumpy Cat What a sourpuss! Actually, Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce) only looks grumpy— her appearance is caused by an underbite and feline dwarfism. She was born in 2012 and has been featured in advertising—she even has her own webpage, licensed merchandise, and social media presence. Lil Bub There is also Lil Bub, another current celebrity cat who starred in a 2013 documentary called Lil Bub and Friendz, which won the Tribeca Online Festival Best Feature Film award. Like Grumpy Cat, Lil Bub has a distinctive appearance caused by feline dwarfism.…
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Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

Cat Breeds & Choosing the Right Cat

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By Tom Hewitt Edited By April Jones How many cat breeds would you guess there are in the world? I didn’t have much of a clue until I investigated. I pretty much thought of all cats as just cats. But it turns out the answer isn’t totally straightforward—it depends on which authority you consult and how they define a breed. Plus, the answer often changes because new breeds are constantly being developed. The International Cat Association (TICA) currently recognizes seventy-one cat breeds for championship competition. Other bodies might answer the question differently; for example, the International Progressive Cat Breeders’ Alliance (IPCBA) lists, by my count, seventy-two breeds. At any rate, it’s safe to say the number of cat breeds is much lower than the number of dog breeds, which is in the hundreds.…
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Feline Dental Health

Feline Dental Health

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 Feline dental health is a very important and sometimes overlooked part of a cat's life. All cats should have their teeth examined as part of a regular physical every year and a dental exam done as needed. Cats have some dental issues that require intervention: resorption lesions and full mouth stomatitis.  Although dogs can get these diseases, they are more prevalent in cats. Resorption lesions cause tooth loss and affect 28-68% of adult cats (based on studies).  This disease leads to dental pain, tooth loss, decreased eating, salivation and head shaking.  The treatment for this disease is either tooth removal or crown removal.  Full mouth stomatitis is a painful disease where the entire mouth becomes inflamed  and raw; it is easily diagnosed by looking into the cat's mouth.  Although Felv…
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Tortoiseshell Cats

Tortoiseshell Cats

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  By Tom Hewitt Edited by April Jones For a long time, I thought tortoiseshell cats were a specific breed. Recently, I learned that the term refers to cats among various breeds who have a particular coloring pattern: typically black with patches of gold or orange. Tortoiseshell cats are almost always female. They are often known for being highly sensitive to stimuli and being vocal about their needs. These are generalities, and every individual cat is different, but there is something to the notion of tortoiseshell attitude or “tortitude.” Growing up, my family owned a tortoiseshell cat named Firefly, who we had adopted from the animal shelter in San Martin. I think we gave her the name because the patches of gold on her black coat reminded us of brilliant…
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