According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the majority of neutered male cats do not spray. Those that do usually use it as a form of communication. It informs other cats of their presence, how long they were in an area and when they will return.Continue Reading
Some neutered male cats may spray if there is an issue with their litter box or if they become stressed by a new situation. Cats that spray because of stress usually do so because there has been some type of change in the household. This may include the addition of a new pet, someone moving into or out of the home, house remodeling, having a baby or even making a new purchase for the home. In some cases, spraying comforts cats by allowing them to be surrounded by their own familiar scent.
Neutered males cats also spray to mark their territory, especially if they live in a household with other cats. Known as urine marking, this helps cats keep unwanted visitors away. Unlike dogs, cats do not have a social system or an interpersonal communication system. Because of this, cats do not have a social mechanism, such as interpersonal ranking, to prevent conflicts. Cats do not typically fall under positions of leadership or submission. Instead, cats interpret body language to determine intent, and base their actions accordingly. This means that they often try to avoid each other. Even when cats share territory with other cats, they sometimes take a time-share approach to prevent interaction.Learn more about Cats
The Pet Health Network explains that shivering in cats can be an indication of pain, anxiety, fear, nervousness or low body temperature. The website notes that an endocrine disorder known as Addison's disease can cause cats to shiver as well.Full Answer >
While cats can verbalize their feelings through meows, chirps and growls, being able to interpret their body language is key for communication. Over time, cats can learn to understand and recognize tones of voice and mood, especially when their owners use them consistently. Keep in mind that cats and humans sometimes have contradictory body language, and while a human may stare at their pet to show affection, a cat often interprets direct eye contact as a challenge or threat.Full Answer >
Sudden attacks of sneezing, nasal discharge, eye discharge, spasm of the eyelid muscle that results in the eye closing, conjunctivitis, inflammation of the cornea, fever and general malaise are symptoms that indicate a head cold, or feline viral rhinotracheitis, in cats, according to PetMD. Some cats don't show any symptoms or show symptoms sporadically yet carry the disease and infect other cats.Full Answer >
The Balinese cat was bred from long-haired Siamese cats. The unique coat of the Balinese lies close to the body, flowing down to the tail. Long-haired Siamese cats are a spontaneous mutation of the standard breed, and several mentions of them have been found in records. In the 1950s, two Siamese breeders decided to develop a separate breed of long-haired Siamese cats, which became known as the Balinese cat.Full Answer >