Cat Pictures – Photos of Cats

 

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Rosie – Lilac point Siamese Hudson – British Shorthair cross

 

Marnie Brady – Domestic shorthair Benny – Brown Marbled Bengal

 

Snow Bengal Black and white kitten
Alfie – Snow Bengal Scratch – Black and white Ragdoll cross

 

Orange marble domestic shorthair Black domestic shorthair
Aggie – Orange marble domestic shorthair Tilly – Black domestic shorthair

 

Devon Rex
Zara – Devon Rex

 

Young kitten Chancey

 

Black tabby
Bruce – Black tabby Picasso – Tortoiseshell domestic shorthair

 

Tortie
Willow – Tortie Burmese cross Lucy

 

Ginger and white domestic shorthair Ginger and white domestic shorthair
Eric – Ginger & white domestic shorthair Digger – Ginger and white domestic shorthair
Domestic shorthair Maine Coon kittens
Molly – Domestic shorthair Maine Coon kittens
Siamese cat Black cat
Bucky – Siamese Gink – Black Domestic Shorthair
Domestic shorthair
Miss Penny – Domestic Shorthair Merrydancer Oh-Picklelily – Abyssinian
Ginger domestic shorthair Grey manx
Dublin – Ginger domestic shorthair Sammi – Grey Manx
Half Siamese
Coursix Sir Tiggerton McNudge & Cleopatra 

Tabby domestic shorthair

Cyris – Brown, black and white tabby DSH
Chocolate Burmese kitten
Pixie – Chocolate Burmese kitten

 

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Cat Pictures – Photos of Cats

 

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Beau and Ty – Blue and Chocolate Point Birmans Ty – Chocolate Point Birman

 

Tawny Somali
Tarek – Tawny Somali Karli – Snoeshoe

 

Indi – Devon Rex Oliver – Ginger and white domestic shorthair

 

Siberian cat
Chloe & Izzy – Domestic Shorthairs Abbey – Siberian Cat

 

Tabby domestic shorthair Tabby domestic shorthair
Misty – Tabby domestic shorthair Babes – Tabby domestic shorthair
Chocolate Burmese Domestic shorthair
Stella – Chocolate Burmese Vinnie – Domestic shorthair
Cookie – Domestic medium hair Bolt (dog) and Bear (kitten)

 

White domestic shorthair Tawny Abyssinian
Eva – White domestic shorthair Piper – Tawny Abyssinian

 

LuLu – Black & white domestic longhair Neo – Domestic longhair

 

Florin – Domestic shorthair Amelia

 

Persian longhair
Kiwi & Milo (RIP)  Cheetah – Persian Longhair

 

Lynx Point Birman Ginger & white domestic shorthair
Gizmo – Lynx Point Birman Phoebe – Ginger & white domestic shorthair
Seal point Balinese
Frank – Grey & white domestic shorthai Chloe – Seal Point Balinese
Domestic medium hair Devon Rex
Puddin’ – Domestic medium hair Bree – Tortoishell Devon Rex
American Shorthair & Ragdoll
Azul American Shorthair & Ragdoll
Ginger & white domestic shorthair
Kevin – Ginger & white domestic shorthair Karli – Snoeshoe & Leo – Tonkinese cross
Devon Rex
Karli – Snowshoe
Siamese/Ragdoll mix Domestic longhair
Diesel Muiz – Domestic Longhair

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Poems About Cats – Cat Poetry

Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigour, those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.

~ Author Unknown~


 

If it should be that I grow frail and weak
And pain should wake me from my sleep,
Then you must do what must be done,
For this last battle can’t be won.
You will be sad, I’ll understand,
But don’t let your grief then stay your hand,
For this day more than all the rest,
Your love and friendship must stand the test.

We have had so many happy years,
What is to come will hold no fears,
You wouldn’t want me to suffer, so,
When the time comes, please let me go.

Take me to where to my needs they’ll tend,
Only stay with me, until the end
And hold me firm and speak to me
Until my eyes no longer see.

I know in time you will agree
It is a kindness you do to me
Although my tail its last has waved
From pain and suffering I’ve been saved.

Don’t grieve that it must be you
Who has to decide this thing to do,
We’ve been so close – we two – these years,
Don’t let your heart hold any tears.

~Author Unknown~


 

God’s Garden Must Be Beautiful
God saw you getting tired,
When a cure was not to be.
So He wrapped His arms around you,
And whispered, “Come to Me”.
You didn’t deserve what you went through,
So He gave you rest.
God’s garden must be beautiful,
He only picks the best.

And when I saw you sleeping,
So peaceful and free from pain,
I could not wish you back
To suffer that again.

~ Author Unknown~


 

Friend, please don’t mourn for me.
I’m still here, though you don’t see.
I’m right by your side each night and day.
and within your heart I long to stay.
My body is gone but I’m always near.
I’m everything you feel, see or hear.
My spirit is free, but I’ll never depart.
as long as you keep me alive in your heart.
I’ll never wander out of your sight.
I’m the brightest star on a summer night.
I’ll never be beyond your reach
I’m the warm moist sand when you’re at the beach.
I’m the colourful leaves when fall comes around
and the pure white snow that blankets the ground.
I’m the beautiful flowers of which you’re so fond,
The clear cool water in a quiet pond.
I’m the first bright blossom you’ll see in the spring,
The first warm raindrop that April will bring.
I’m the first ray of light when the sun starts to shine,
and you’ll see that the face in the moon is mine.
When you start thinking there’s no one to love you,
you can talk to me through the Lord above you.
I’ll whisper my answer through the leaves on the trees,
and you’ll feel my presence in the soft summer breeze.
I’m the hot salty tears that flow when you weep.
and the beautiful dreams that come while you sleep.
I’m the smile you see on a baby’s face.
Just look for me, friend, I’m everyplace!
~Author Unknown~


 

Tribute To A Best Friend

Sunlight streams through window pane
unto a spot on the floor….
then I remember,
it’s where you used to lie,
but now you are no more.
Our feet walk down a hall of carpet,
and muted echoes sound….
then I remember,
It’s where your paws would joyously abound.
A voice is heard along the road,
and up beyond the hill,
then I remember it can’t be yours….
your golden voice is still.
But I’ll take that vacant spot of floor
and empty muted hall
and lay them with the absent voice
and unused dish along the wall.
I’ll wrap these treasured memorials
in a blanket of my love
and keep them for my best friend
until we meet above.

~Author Unknown~


 

To Love Again

Oh what unhappy twist of fate
Has brought you homeless to my gate,
The gate where once another stood
To beg for shelter warmth and food?

For from that day I ceased to be
The master of my destiny,
While she, with purr and velvet paw
Became within my house the law.

She scratched the furniture and shed
And claimed the middle of my bed,
She ruled in arrogance and pride
And broke my heart the day she died.

So if you really think, oh cat
I’d willingly relive all that,
Because you come forlorn and thin
Well don’t just stand there – come on in!

~Author Unknown~


 

Poem For Cats

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don’t they understand? asked God
That you’ll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is….forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am….forever and ever and ever.

Author Unknown

 

Hookworms in Cats – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Hookworms in cats

 

What are hookworms?    Symptoms  Diagnosis   Treatment      Types of hookworms   Transmission   Life cycle       Are hookworms dangerous to cats?      Can I catch hookworms from my cat   Prevention

What are hookworms?

Hookworms in catsHookworms are small, thin nematodes that are approximately 10 to 20 mm in length. They are a common intestinal parasitic worm of dogs, but can also infect cats.

Hookworms live in the small intestine of the cat, attaching themselves to the intestinal wall using teeth like  hooks (hence the name) where they feed on the blood and tissue. Blood loss can lead to anaemia, intestinal bleeding, intestinal inflammation, diarrhea and even death.

Types of hookworms:

There are several types of hookworms to infect cats:

  • Ancylostoma braziliense 
  • Ancylostoma ceylanicum
  • Ancylostoma tubaeforme
  • Uncinaria stenocephala

How do cats become infected with hookworms?

There are a number of ways cats can become infected with hookworms and it is important to understand the life cycle of hookworms, which will be explained below.

  • Via the skin (penetration): When a cat comes into contact with an environment infected with hookworm larvae which can penetrate the skin, from their they migrate to the intestine where they mature. This is known as percutaneous infection.
  • Ingestion: Cats can also become infected by ingesting infective larvae in the environment, during grooming or via contaminated water and food.
  • In utero: Worm eggs may be passed on from mother to her unborn puppies via the placenta. It hasn’t been established if this is the case with feline hookworms yet.
  • Transmammary: Again, in dogs, it is possible for hookworm infection to be passed to her puppies via the breast milk. When a dog becomes infected with hookworms most of them migrate to the small intestine. However, some enter other tissues of the body, becoming dormant for years. When the animal becomes pregnant, they migrate to the mammary glands and are passed through the milk. It hasn’t been established if this is the case with cat hookworms yet.

Life cycle of  hookworms:

Hookworm eggs are passed into the environment via the cat’s stool. Depending on conditions, within 2 – 5 days these eggs hatch into infective larvae (immature worms) at which time they can infect a passing cat.

Once the cat comes into contact with infective larvae, they travel to the small intestine where they hook onto the wall and mature. When they have reached maturity, they lay hundreds of eggs, which are passed out in the feces. Hookworm eggs can survive for a long period of time in the environment.

What are the symptoms of hookworms in cats?

Symptoms of hookworms vary depending on the severity of infection and the type of hookworm involved. In some cats, no symptoms are apparent. When symptoms do appear, they typically include:

  • Black or bloody stools due to bleeding in the intestines.
  • Anemia (weakness, pale gums).
  • Diarrhea.
  • Poor coat condition.
  • Skin irritation, especially on the feet where hookworm larvae penetrate the skin.
  • Weight loss.
  • In kittens, stunted growth.

How are hookworms in cats diagnosed?

Your veterinarian will be able to diagnose hookworm via fecal flotation. A stool sample from your cat is mixed with a liquid solution, any eggs present in the feces float to the top. These are collected and viewed under a microscope to determine the type (hookworm, roundworm etc) and a number of eggs present.

Are hookworms dangerous to cats?

Hookworms are more prevalent in dogs than they are in cats, and when cats do have them, they are more likely to be in smaller numbers. Any worm infestation should be treated immediately. As hookworms feed on the cat’s blood, cats can become anaemic. Adult cats are more resistant to hookworms than kittens.

What is the treatment for hookworms in cats?

There are many effective medications to treat hookworms. Your veterinarian will be able to recommend an effective product. Most worming medications come in two forms, either topical which is applied to the skin on the back of the neck or tablet form.

Severely infected kittens may require hospitalisation and blood transfusions to treat anemia.

See end of article for a guide to worming products.

Do I need to worm my indoor only cat?

This is a debatable topic and veterinarians seem to vary in their opinion. Generally speaking, it is recommended that you worm your cat from time to time (once or twice a year) as it is possible to transport worm eggs into the house via our shoes. Speak to your own veterinarian if you are unsure if you should worm your indoor only cat.

Can I catch hookworms from my cat?

You can, although they can’t develop into the adult form as they do in cats. The infective larvae are found in the soil or sandy areas such as beaches or children’s sandpits and are able to penetrate the skin. From there they migrate beneath the skin, causing a red, itchy skin eruption. Commonly affected areas are hands, feet, between the toes and buttocks however they can migrate to the eyes, causing blindness. This condition is known as Cutaneous Larva Migrans (also called creeping eruption or ground itch). Hookworm larvae cannot complete their life cycle and die in the epidermis.

Hookworm migration in human

How do I prevent hookworms in my pet?

  • Regular worming, as recommended for the particular brand of worming product you are using. All cats in the household should be wormed at the same time.
  • Regular cleaning and removal of fecal waste in your cat’s litter tray.
  • Preventing hunting in cats.
  • If you do allow your cat to go to the toilet in your garden if they do clean up any feces quickly.
  • If you are planning to breed your female cat, she should be de-wormed two weeks prior to breeding and receive another dose late in pregnancy.
  • Kittens should be wormed from two weeks of age and then every two weeks until they are 12 weeks old.

Adults and children should avoid walking barefoot in areas which have been defecated in by animals.

Quick guide to cat worming products

Brand name/active ingredient Parasites treated Age/pregnant etc
Advocate/Advantage Multi (Imidacloprid and Moxidectin) Spot on (monthly)

 

Fleas (adult), roundworms, hookworms,  lungworm and ear mites. Heartworm preventative. Does not treat tapeworm. 9 weeks old. Safe use on pregnant and lactating females has not been established.
Aristopet (Praziquantel  and Pyrantel embolate)Tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Excelpet (Praziquantel and Pyrantel Embolate)Tablets

 

Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Heartgard (Ivermectin and Pyrantel) Chews Roundworm, hookworm, heartworm preventative. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Milbemax (Milbemycin Oxime and Praziquantel)Tablets Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm. Heartworm preventative. 6 weeks and over 500g. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.
Panacur (Fenbendazole)Tablets and paste Tapeworm (Taenia taeniaeformis species), roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, lungworm and giardia. Does not treat Dipylidium caninum tapeworm. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 2 weeks.
Popantel (Praziquantel)Tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats and kittens over 6 weeks.
Profender (Praziquantel and Emodepside)Spot on (monthly) Roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm and lungworm. 8 weeks and over 500g. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats.
Purina Total Care (Pyrantel embolate and Niclosamide)Paste and tablets Roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating cats.
Revolution (Selamectin)Spot on (monthly) Fleas (adult, larvae and eggs), intestinal worms (except tapeworm), lungworm and ear mites. Heartworm preventative. Does not treat tapeworm. 6 weeks old. Can be used on pregnant and lactating females.