QUICK QUIZ ON FELINE FACTS ANSWER KEY 2012
1-Cats have fewer health issues than dogs. False
Cats need routine examinations at least annually, as well as preventive vaccinations for Rabies and Distemper (Panleukopenia), Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP), Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (FCR) , Feline Calicivirus(FCV) and Feline Leukemia. These are infectious diseases that are preventable! Your veterinarian will guide you which vaccinations your cat needs. Cats and dogs are susceptible to different illnesses and diseases therefore your cat should always be evaluated by a veterinarian, even if he/she looks perfectly fine. Just as with your own doctor visits, certain illnesses and diseases can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor.
2-Cats age more slowly than dogs. False
Cats and dogs are both considered “Senior “pets once they reach the age of 7! Between the ages of 10 and 13, both cats and dogs are considered “Geriatric” pets which means that every year, the aging process of their organs and bodily systems is escalated, compared to when they were younger. After age 7, small dogs and cats do age more slowly than large dogs, but both age equivalently after the age of 13.
3-Cats void outside the litter box to punish their owners. False
Contrary to popular belief, cats do not void outside the litter box to punish or get back at their owners for something the owners did. Voiding outside the litter is due to either a medical or behavior issue with the cat or his/her environment. Some examples of stressors that can cause this behavior are: moving into a new home; adding a new pet to the family; moving the litter box to a new location; adding a new person to the family home, either permanently or temporarily. Some examples of medical issues that can cause this behavior are urinary tract infection; the cat is not neutered or not spayed; urinary crystals have formed causing pain and an urgency to urinate, even if not in the litter box.
4-It’s obvious when a cat is sick because he/she shows the same signs of illness as dogs. False
Unlike dogs, cats are the masters of disguise when it comes to hiding their illnesses! Cats are independent by nature and healthy cats often like to go off by themselves even indoors, therefore cat owners often do not realize their cat is ill until the cat has not been well for days or weeks. While dogs are walked when they void, cats freely use the litter box unsupervised, thus hiding any voiding issues, including lack of voiding due to obstructions or infections. Cats are much more subtle than dogs when they have symptoms.
5-Indoor cats can’t really get sick. False
Indoor cats can be exposed to illness from other pets in the family such as diseases carried by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes, and of course rabies. Other pets—and human family members—can bring these parasites and diseases into the home via fur/hair, clothing, saliva and other household items. All cats are also susceptible to feline illnesses and diseases caused by a poor diet and insufficient water consumption, as well as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, dental disease, genetically linked diseases and diseases caused by aging.
6-A quiet cat is a happy cat. False
While this could be true or false, the correct answer for this quiz is false because, in general, a happy quiet cat is active, purrs and interacts with the family. When a cat changes his/her normal behavior and chooses seclusion, does not want to interact with the family members, does not purr and seems “quietly sullen”, it is time to call your veterinarian for an exam.
7-Only outdoor cats need vaccinations. False
It is not unusual for an indoor cat to “get loose” outdoors mistakenly when a visitor or child unknowingly lets the indoor cat outside! Because indoor cats are not “street smart” to the outdoor world, they can easily become disoriented, be at risk to be the prey of wild animals or larger domesticated pets running free in the neighborhood. Because cat owners have no idea what illnesses and diseases their indoor cats can be exposed to outdoors, they should be properly vaccinated to avoid any catastrophes.
8-Cats can’t respond well to trips to the vet. False
Cats can be “trained” to respond well to trips to the vet; and, just as important, veterinary staff should adapt their animal handling techniques and skills to the needs of the cat patient. When both of these are accomplished, cats can have a very pleasant experience at the vet—and so can cat owners! There are basic things that both cat owners and veterinary staff can do such as leave the cat carrier present in your household for at least 1 week before you take your cat to the vet. This desensitizes your cat to the carrier, especially if you place a favorite blanket, toy and treat inside the carrier. The cat then associates the carrier with good things. There are other basic things cat owners can do. To read more go to Getting Your Cat To The Vet
9-Stressed cat owners can cause their cat to be stressed. True
This is true! Your cat can feel your stress as you chase him/her around the house for capture in order to go to the vet. If you raise your voice, handle him/her roughly, push him/her into the carrier forcefully and slam the carrier door closed, these will all convey stress and fear to your cat. Breaking your own stress responses is a challenge—but we can help! Please call us for help. We want to make it easier for you—and your cat—to get the cat the veterinary care he/she needs and you want. You can also get immediate ideas by reading Getting Your Cat To The Vet
10-All cats become inactive once they are no longer kittens. False
While cats clearly have different personalities—just like people—healthy cats generally maintain an active life. Cats that seclude themselves, change their climbing habits, stop playing, stop showing interest in other cats in the household or seem in pain when they climb, run, eat or play are most likely symptomatic of an illness or injury of some sort. If you notice such a change in your cat’s activity, contact your veterinarian to schedule an exam.