Cats


 

The cat - Felis catus - has been associated with humans for at least 9500 years. Valued for their companionship and their hunting skills, the cat is the most popular pet in the world.

Please browse through our pages for more information on the services we offer to help keep your cat in the best of health.

Bringing your Cat to the Surgery

In order to ensure the safety and comfort of your cat, we ask that all kittens and cats are brought to the surgery in an escape-proof carrier. We would also advise lining the carrier with newspaper or similar, in case your cat toilets in the carrier en route to the surgery. The paper should absorb the majority of the mess, and can then be disposed of on your arrival at the surgery.

Feline Facts

•The domestic cat typically weighs 4-5 kg, although some breeds such as the Maine Coon can exceed 11kg

•A cat's heart beats about 110 to 140 times a minute - twice as fast as the human heart

•Cats hear a similar range of low-pitched sounds as us, but they have a much greater ability to hear high notes- even better than a dog's ability

•Cats have a wider angle of vision than we have, and their peripheral vision is also well-developed, making them superb hunters. However, their close-up vision directly in front of them is fuzzy

•Cats have twice as many smell-sensitive cells as humans, and their sense of smell is fourteen times stronger, so they can smell things we are not even aware of

•Kittens are born blind, but have touch receptors in their noses to help them make contact with their mother. You may notice an adult cat touching noses with another cat as a friendly greeting

•Cats' ears have muscles, allowing movement to pinpoint the source of a sound; their ears can rotate in different directions

•Cats spend around 70% of their day sleeping, and 15% grooming

•Cats are natural hunters, with a specialised jaw and teeth adapted for killing prey and tearing meat

•Cats are capable of walking very precisely as they place each hind paw almost directly in the print of the corresponding forepaw, thus minimising noise and visible tracks

•A female cat can mate with more than one male cat when she is in heat, meaning that it is possible for a litter of kittens to have more than one father

•It is thought that cats use the earth's magnetic field to navigate, which explains their instinctive ability to fid their way home

•A genetic mutation shared by all cats prevents them from tasting sweetness