Physiology: This information can be helpful for all cat and kitten owners.

 When a Persian Kitten or cat is mentioned, its beautiful lush fur and large round bright eyes are usually what comes to mind first; not its sharp, hooked claws and powerful jaw muscles. However, the body of a domestic cat closely resembles that of a larger, wild, and slightly more ferocious cat. Only in miniature size but still the characteristics are still the same They are extremely flexible, with more than 230 bones and powerful musculature. Their pelvis and shoulders are loosely attached to the spine and their ability to leap, agility, and speed are due to the strong muscles they possess. Although Persians are not know for there ability to jump high. Their tail provides a balance for those little leaps and tiny falls. Cats have the ability to straiten there selves and land feet first.

The claws of a cat are sharp, curved, retractable and actually designed for catching and holding prey. They mark their territory by scratching, actually leaving there sent on trees. If they are indoors then they need places to scratch. Cat trees with sisal rope and cardboard scratches are excellent for this porpoise. . This also is very helpful in training your baby not to use furniture or other household places. If they have no alternative they will usually find an inappropriate place to mark there territory. This would be the fault of the owner not the cat in this case. Also a weekly nail trim is recommended for all indoor kitty’s. Claws are kept enclosed in a leathery pocket at the end of each toe and extended for hunting, fighting and climbing. To mark its territory, a cat will usually scratch the area. The scratch mark is visible, and the scent glands on its paws will leave their distinct smell. The teeth of a feline were designed for biting, not nibbling on cat treats. The sharp teeth and strong jaw allow for a killing bite when it comes to their prey.

Physiology, Would you Please consider very carefully before you declaw. Do you know they do experience a lot of pain from this procedure. It is the same as you having a joint removed from each finger. So train when ever it is at all possible and do not declaw. Careful training can prevent this from ever becoming a problem. If you purchase a kitten from us we have already trained them to use a turbo scratchier. We start this process at 3 weeks of age. They love to use it and also spend hours of playtime using the devise. It is plastic washable and will last a lifetime. All is needed is to replace cardboard inserts from time to time. Also using a bit of catnip will keep them coming back time and time again. I have a turbo scratchier in every room in our house and we praise each kitten or cat for using it. There are also nail tips available which can be glued to each nail. They come in many colors and look very nice on your cat or kitty.

*Article written by Shannah Lane

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