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We’re often asked what we believe here at Catster HQ, so we thought we’d share.
At Catster, there’s always talk of the importance of point of view — how without standing up and championing something, a publication ends up failing to stand up for anything at all.
Given this, we’re often asked what our point of view is, but the answer isn’t that simple. It’s not because we have no point of view — we’re fiercely opinionated when it comes to cat issues, so it’s hard to just pick one.
The five things below don’t come close to addressing our stand on every cat issue out there, but they are five things we believe are important.
5 Things We Believe at Catster
1. A cat is not an “it” or a “that.” A cat is a “who.”
Cats are similar in anatomy to the other felids, with a strong flexible body, quick reflexes, sharp retractable claws, and teeth adapted to killing small prey. Cat senses fit a crepuscular and predatory ecological niche. Cats can hear sounds too faint or too high in frequency for human ears, such as those made by mice and other small animals. They can see in near darkness. Like most other mammals, cats have poorer color vision and a better sense of smell than humans. Cats, despite being solitary hunters, are a social species and cat communication includes the use of a variety of vocalizations (mewing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling, and grunting), as well as cat pheromones and types of cat-specific body language.
Cats have a high breeding rate. Under controlled breeding, they can be bred and shown as registered pedigree pets, a hobby known as cat fancy. Failure to control the breeding of pet cats by neutering, as well as the abandonment of former household pets, has resulted in large numbers of feral cats worldwide, requiring population control. In certain areas outside cats’ native range, this has contributed, along with habitat destruction and other factors, to the extinction of many bird species. Cats have been known to extirpate a bird species within specific regions and may have contributed to the extinction of isolated island populations. Cats are thought to be primarily responsible for the extinction of 33 species of birds, and the presence of feral and free-ranging cats makes some otherwise suitable locations unsuitable for attempted species reintroduction.
Excessive Cat Sneezing and Nasal Discharge
Why Is My Cat Sneezing a Lot?
Almost anything that irritates or tickles a cat’s nose can trigger a sneeze, but if your cat or kitten sneezes a lot you may start to worry that there’s something wrong. If sneezing is the only symptom your cat displays—i.e., no discharge from eyes or nose, good appetite, no change in behavior or activity level—then something as simple as an allergy or contact with irritants like cigarette smoke or air fresheners may be to blame. However, if your cat’s sneezing in accompanied by a runny nose and eyes, he might have an upper respiratory infection.
DO CATS GET COLDS?
The viruses that cause colds in people are generally species-specific.