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An interesting survey called the “Pet Parent Purrception Survey” commissioned by 9Lives is aimed to find out if American cat owners are feeding their cats the most nutritious meals possible. 94 percent of Americans believe that their cats are on a healthy and nutritious diet. However, the survey reveals that many of these cat owners have missed the mark when it comes to good feline nutrition.

Table scraps – they can cause quick weight gain and have very little essential nutrients necessary for your cats.

48 percent of cat owners admitted to feeding their cats table scraps on an average of seven times a month. The interesting finding is that men are more likely to feed table scraps to cats than women.

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This poor kitty got stung by a bee. His right paw was almost twice the size of his left paw. Yes, cats can get allergic reactions when they get stung by bees, wasps, yellow jackets or hornets.

If a cat gets stung by a bee, he might show signs of swelling, pain in the muscles around the affected area, vomiting, fatigue, fever and shock (respiratory distress). When a cat is experiencing respiratory distress, his tongue turns blue, Welts appear throughout the body, face starts swelling, or heart rate and breathing become rapid. If you see one of the above symptoms, you should take your cat to the vet asap.

Don’t panic when your cat is stung by an insect, You can follow the steps below to treat your cat:

cute cross eyed kitten cat pic

Have you wondered why some cats seem to be cross eyed? Is it because they are concentrating on something a bit too intensely?

The cross-eyed condition (also called strabismus) is in fact mostly genetic. The muscles that attach directly to the eyeballs are not exactly of the same length on each opposite side.

When the eyeball moves, its motion is influenced by those small muscles. They position the eyeball to slide from top to bottom or side to side. However, in certain cases, one muscle may be longer or stronger than the one on the opposite side of the eye, this causes the eyeball to deviate off the correct direction. If the eyes deviate towards the nose, the cat is cross-eyed.

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Don’t worry if you are playing with your kitten and a tooth just comes flying out from your kitty’s mouth. Your kitten is probably entering the teething stage where his baby teeth also called “milk teeth” will be replaced by adult teeth.

When do baby teeth erupt?

Cats are just like us. When they are born, they are not equipped with any teeth. They usually start growing their baby teeth around 3 to 4 weeks after birth. Milk teeth are sharp and shaped almost needle like. When they are fully grown around 2 to 3 weeks after they erupt, the cat mother will stop nursing her children because of the irritation caused by the little prickly teeth. The baby teeth are not big at all and are slightly translucent in appearance.

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There were more than 140,000 cases of pet poisoning handled by the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois last year. All the toxic substances found in these animals ranged from everyday household products to plants and human food. Cats do not know how to distinguish safe foods from poisons. It is our job to make sure that our pets live in a cat-proof environment.

Below is a list of the top 10 pet poisons that affected many 4-legged furry friends in 2009 (by APCC).

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There are many human foods that are harmful to cats. That explains why we should take extra precaution during holidays or special occasions where cats are exposed to more human foods. However, many cats seem to have developed plant-eating tendencies on things such as broccoli, cantaloupe, carrots, green beans, or even sprouts. Are they safe for cats to eat?

First of all, cats are obligate carnivores that should be fed meat for the largest part of their diet. Cats sometimes seek out and eat plants and grasses in order to alleviate an upset tummy or discomfort. Other times, they munch on greens to induce vomiting to remove hairballs. Some cats eat greens simply because of the taste.

Most cats are fed kibble or processed food. Though they are very popular choices of food for cats, your kitties would do much better and be healthier with natural, fresh foods. However, there are many fresh foods that may be harmful to your pets.

The foods below can be dangerous to your cats if ingested. They should be avoided and put away in places that cannot be reached by your curious furry friends.