Which house plants are harmful to cats?
Common house plants can be poisonous or cause allergies to your cat.
Amaryllis – a popular present at Christmas (keep out of your pets reach)
Castor Oil Plant
Hyacinthus Ivy ( Hedera)
Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum)
Spotted dumb cane
Star of Bethlehem
Umbellatum Umbrella Plant
Cats and allergies to plants
Plants may cause blistering or itching of the mouth and gums.
The big meow with Charlie ShortTail
Hi I’m Charlie ShortTail and I have a lot to say.
Welcome to the big meow – this is where I get the chance to speak. Although Mama would say I never stop!
I talk to my furriends on twitter and sometimes use my banana phone for private cat chats… He He.
Lando my big brofur, is a connoisseur (cat who knows a lot about certain stuff) on banana toys, and in fact cat nip toys in general.
I’m a little more relaxed with my toys and life in general. Sleeping is a speciality mine, I love to nap and chill out in my bed.
I like to write about my adventures and fun times in a bit more detail sometimes ; such as my awful experience with tar.
Cats are amazing, we are cuddly, fun and have so many talents. These are a few of my favourite cat facts:
Us cats can make over 100 sounds and dogs only about 10… Oh dear!
I can run faster than Usian Bolt ( but only when I feel like it).
People who own cats live longer and are less likely to die of a heart attack and stroke.
My purrs are healing…
There are lots of posts about looking after your cat – diet , fleas, first aid and how to look after us as we get older. Read about the amazing skills and powers we cats have. Test your cat – how clever is your furry friend? Find out about all the different and gorgeous breeds of cat and their personalities too. There is also a ‘why does my cat?’ section with some very interesting questions answered.
I hope you enjoy reading…
Which cat breed to choose based on personality
Which breed of cat will be most suitable for your family and lifestyle?
Lively, active and needing a lot of attention
Abyssinian, Balinese, Burmese, Cornish and Devon Rex, Egyptian Mau, Javanese, Oriental Short and Longhairs, Russian Blue, Siamese, Somali and Tonkinese.
These intelligent cats needs stimulation, company and the opportunity to play and exercise.
Balinese, Japanese Bobtail, Javanese, Oriental Long and Shorthairs, Siamese and Tonkinese.
These cats are opinionated and have plenty to say; they are beautiful and respond well to lots of attention.
Lap cats – friendly and a little less active
American Wirehair, Birman, British Shorthair, Exotic Shorthair, Himalayan,
Persian, Ragdoll, and the Snowshoe.
They love a nice quiet cuddle and do not need constant attention and play.
Quiet and watchful cats
American Wirehair, Birman, British Shorthair, Korat, Scottish Fold, Havana Brown.
Cats that need a lot of Grooming
Maine Coon (also very friendly), Norwegian Forest cat, Persian, Ragdoll, Longhaired Scottish Fold.
Choosing a cat
Choose a cat wisely to fit in with your lifestyle and family.
Kittens need a lot of attention and care, so it may be that an older cat is more suitable.
Always take care to get a cat from a registered breeder, cat shelter or from a known and trusted source.
Charlie says “cats make great best friends”.
10 more great facts about cats
1. Cats use their lips and nose to sense temperature.
Their bodies have low sensitivity to temperature which is why your cay may sit so close to a fire it may singe its’ fur.
2. Cats can see in light so dim that scientific instruments struggle to detect it.
3. Cats sleep for 70% of their lives.
4. The world’s largest cat measured 48.5 inches long.
5. Owning a cat can reduce the risk of stroke and heart attack by a third.
6. Female cats are typically right-pawed while male cats are typically left-pawded.
7. Cats have a longer-term memory than dogs; especially when they learn by actually doing rather than simply seeing.
Basically, cats have a lower social IQ than dogs, but can solve more difficult cognitive problems when they feel like it.
8. Cats have 1,000 times more data storage than an iPad.
9. Cats only sweat through their foot pads.
10.The Egyptian Mau is the oldest breed of cat.
Charlie says “are gingers the friendliest type of cat?”
15 More Amazing Facts about your Cat
Amazing cat facts:
- A cat’s average body temperature is 38.6°c (which is why they always find the warmest place).
2. There are over 100 breeds of cat.
3. Cats scratch to mark their territory – they have sweat glands between the paw pads and they secrete a scent which is passed on by the scratching action.
4. Cats can problem solve (knocking something over to get what is inside).
5. Cats have very good memories (but tend to use it for what is important to them). Cats have better long-term memories than dogs.
6. Cats have homing ability, a built in navigation system similar to birds. Cats are sensitive to the earth’s magnetic field.
7. Cats can learn tricks such as sit, eat with paws, roll over, fetch, Hi five; however you will need lots of patience.
Read more…. Very Clever Cats
Read more… Test your cat
8. In deep sleep your cat’s brain is as active as when it is awake.
9. Cats have binocular vision- three dimensional sight for hunting.
10. Cats can distinguish between colours.
11. If your cat followed its mother around on hunting trips it is more likely to want to go for walks with you.
12. White cats with blue eyes are often deaf.
13. Cats can turn their ears 180°. They can also move their ears independently.
Hearing is your cats strongest sense.
14. Cats have 32 teeth, 16 on the top and 14 on the bottom.
15. Cats cannot move their jaws sideways; therefore cats do not chew.
Cat breeds- North America
A stunning male Opicat
Named from the wild Ocelet, as it has a spotted coat. It is one of the few breeds of cat that will walk on a lead.
This is a variety of Red Persian cat. The face is similar to the face of the Pekingese dog.
Tortoiseshell & White Longhair
This cat has the three colours of tortoiseshell: black, red and cream. The fur is silky, thick and dense and the cat has a solid, broad shape.
A long-haired Persian style cat which has breed bred from Siamese, Birman and Persian cats.
A cat developed from selective breeding from the Himalayan cat. It has a Persian style pink-grey coat, with a solid, cobby body and has a thick tail with a plume.
Also developed form selective breeding from the Himalayan cat. It has rich, dense fur in a chocolate colour with patches of red, cream and brown.
A long-haired Siamese cat; the varieties are the same as those in the Siamese breed.
This distinctive American breed developed from farm cats. It is a very large, sturdy, intelligent and it is an excellent family pet.
This cat has a shaggy, very thick coat which needs daily brushing to prevent matting of the fur.
This is a cat with a ‘wild’ appearance but with the graceful body of the oriental breeds.
It is a mutation of the Abyssinian cat.
This is a long-haired version of the Manx cat. A lively, intelligent cat which tolerates dogs well.
The fur of the Javanese is long and silky and lacks an undercoat; the cat was bred from Balinese. It has a cream body with blue, tortoiseshell, lilac or pink-grey points.
A shaggy long-haired mutation of the Burmese cat in a seal-brown colour.
This cat originated from California. This cat has a very high pain threshold and therefore injuries may go un-noticed. It is cat which needs tranquility and may do best living indoors.
A hardy, healthy cat which is larger and more muscular than its British cousin.
This cat has a coat with a rough texture and a curly or hooked hair which springs back when touched.
A descendant of the American Shorthair, similar to the Persian cat but with a more manageable fur coat.
These cats are produced by mating Siamese with Abyssinian cats, producing new colourings.
Sometimes called- Oriental Shorthair, a solid coloured Siamese cat.
There are varieties in white, black, smoke, cameo, chestnut and tortoiseshell.
A cross breed of Burmese and American Shorthairs. It has a dense black and glossy coat.
A cross between the Siamese and Burmese cat. A very affectionate cat.
A creation between the Siamese cat and the Bicolour American shorthair. White paws indicate its name.
A hairless cat with a long and slender body, triangular shaped head and large pointed ears.
This cat differs from a Burmese cat only in colour; they are very affectionate cats.
Cat Breeds -Europe and Russia
The magnificent Norwegian forest cat.
Norwegian Forest cat
An ancient and magnificent forest cat. Its features are similar to the American Maine Coon.
It is muscular, with large round eyes, with claws that enable it to climb rock walls.
White Persian- the pure white coat is silky and dense with a full frill around the neck.
They are affectionate and loving cats. Many of the blue-eyed white cats are born deaf.
Black Longhair (Black Persian)
A rare breed as the glossy black colour is difficult to breed as flecks of white or rust can show up in some kittens.
This cat was bred from Smoke and Tortoiseshell Persians.
The Cameo has a fur with a very short colour-tipping which can give it a cloudy appearance.
These cats feature a solid colour with a white muzzle, chest, undersides and feet.
They have a lion-like frill around the neck and a thick, dense, silky fur coat.
This is a very rare breed, which is always female due to genetic make-up necessary to produce the Tortoiseshell Persian.
An elegant cat, similar to the Egyptian cat. A quiet and shy cat with a grey-blue thick coat.
Varieties of white, red, tortoiseshell, brown tabby, and tortoiseshell-and –white cats.
They are said to have dog-like intelligence. They are large, gentle cats with thick, medium long fur.
Cat breeds from Asia: Birman, Siamese, Korat, Burmese, Japanese Bobtail and Singapura.
Cat Breeds – Asia
It is speculated that the cats first lived in the Buddhist temples of Burma. They have a white or pale-tinted coat with darker points.
The Birman’s coat is softer and silkier than that of a Persian cat. The Birman cat is also known as the Sacred cat of Burma.
Revered cats around the court of Siam. They have strong personalities and they are very vocal. Siamese cats be trained to walk on a lead.
A rare breed from Thailand, with large green eyes and a blue coat with a silvery sheen, it is a beautiful cat.
The Burmese is not as vocal as the Siamese but is highly adaptable and will tolerate travel well.
A unique ancient Japanese breed with a short curled ’tail’. It is intelligent and will attach itself to the entire family.
Small and quiet cats. They have a street ancestry, living wild and seeking shelter in drains and quiet places.