Fram & Sax News and Cat Care September 2018
01 September 2018
Now approaching the autumn with holidays over, we anticipate adoptions will pick up again after the slower homing during the summer months. As mentioned previously, it was again a busy time for our fosterers who had to take in many families of kittens; both from feral colonies and unwanted domestic litters. We are disappointed and frustrated that there is still a great lack of awareness of the importance of having cats, both male and female, neutered before they become sexually active. We are able to help with advice and in certain circumstances with the cost. Call us for more information or speak to your vet.
Feline behaviours: Why do cats hunt? A cat is naturally a predator. Over many generations they may been selectively breed for their cute domestic attributes but let any cat out and it is likely to do what comes naturally. In the wild, mothersbring their kittens dead animals to eat. As they start to get a bit older, the mother then brings home live prey so the kittens can learn how to hunt and kill.
Cats who fill up at home with food will still potentially hunt; appetite may only affect the level of enthusiasm in their endeavours. Bringing the prey back home to you indicates that your cat feels secure there and it’s a safe place to leave food to eat now or keep for later.
Why do cats play with their prey? It has been suggested that cats play more with ‘dangerous’ prey such as rats in order to practise manipulation and handling while avoiding being bitten. Optionally, it may be that the cat hasn’t learned how to kill it properly and so can’t quite reach that final stage quickly and cleanly. Movement is then necessary in order to maintain the cat’s interest in killing the prey and throwing it around causes movement. Of course, it could be that cats simply enjoy the hunting game.
Cats are more likely to hunt at night, and Cats Protection recommends that cats are kept in between dusk and dawn. Also, some studies show that more road traffic injuries happen to felines at night. Therefore, keeping cats indoors at night will protect them from the hazards of the roads too.
Cat Quote: "Nobody who is not prepared to spoil cats will get from them the reward they are able to give to those who do spoil them." - Compton Mackenzie, (1883-1972), author.
Looking for a home: Sebastion is a five year old male who has had a tough time in the last few years. He is now ready to find a new home but needs an experienced owner as, although he is a friendly boy, he likes attention on his own terms. If you think you can give Sebastion the care and love he needs, please call us soon: 01728 723499.