According to PetMD, a distemper shot protects against the feline Panleukopenia virus, which is very contagious and often deadly. The virus primarily attacks cells in the intestinal tract and bone marrow, causing symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, high fever and anemia.Continue Reading
Los Angeles's Mar Vista Animal Medical Center describes the vaccination process for cat owners. The first shot is typically given at around 12 weeks old. Kittens receive a second shot two to four weeks later when they are at least 14 weeks old. After that, veterinarians recommend that cats be re-vaccinated every one to three years.
Distemper vaccinations are given in a nasal form or injected into the right shoulder, the Mar Vista Center explains. The virus is either killed or alive, but modified. In a small number of cats, the vaccine has been linked to a certain cancer.Learn more about Cats
Withholding food for 12 to 24 hours is often the first step in treating diarrhea in cats, states PetEducation.com. After the stomach has time to settle, the cat may eat small amounts of bland food, such as rice and chicken, and then slowly resumes a normal diet.Full Answer >
Cat breeds that don't shed as much tend not to be as popular or well-known as common house cats, but there are a number of them, including Rex cats and certain European and Asian breeds. Cats that don't shed much are known as hypoallergenic cats. While no cat is completely non-allergenic, there are a number of cats that don't shed enough to cause an allergic reaction in most people.Full Answer >
Breeds of cats that are characteristically considered large include the American Shorthair, also known as the Maine Coon, weighing about 25 pounds with a long coat; the Norwegian Forest has a long coat and woolly undercoat with a smaller face; the plush-coated Ragdoll gets its name from it going limp like a doll when picked up; the Siberian has a soft luxurious coat and mane; the American Bobtail has a distinctive bobbed tail, as its name implies, and the Savannah, the largest breed, has cheetah-like spots and pointed ears. Pictures of large house cat breeds can be found online from websites lite the Cat Fancier's Association or Cat Channel. Detailed characteristic information is included for each recognized breed.Full Answer >
The behaviors of domestic cats are a combined product of the domestication process and the natural instincts and tendencies of the cats' wild ancestors. Some cat behaviors are easily understood, such as their propensity for killing birds and other small animals, while others, such as purring, still have no universally satisfactory explanation.Full Answer >