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He has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution and at every veterinary school in America. On six continents and in dozens of countries, Dr.follow
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Becker has been a leader in changing the way we interact with and take responsibility for our pet companions. Becker is the recipient of several professional honors and awards including the American Veterinary Medical Association's prestigious Bustad Award, as the Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year. Becker devotes his life to his family, which includes his beloved wife of 29 years, Teresa, daughter Mikkel and son Lex, along with the dogs, horses and cats of the family's Almost Heaven Ranch in Northern Idaho.
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Why does your cat lick you? Why do cats eat grass? Is catnip a good treat? Jam-packed with tips from two of America 's most well-known feline experts—Marty Becker, D. This book was an interesting read. It lives up to the trivia part of its name well, making it less of a book to read about how to care for your cat and more of a book about interesting cat facts, some If you can''t, you might want to talk to your veterinarian about getting some of the fat off your cat!
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Count the beats while fifteen seconds click off your watch; multiply by four to get the BPM, or beats per minute. While you''re at it, you might as well check out your cat''s respiration rate. Step back and watch your cat when he''s relaxed and standing.
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Count the number of times the abdomen and chest wall move in sixty seconds. A normal cat takes fifteen to twenty-five breaths per minute.
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Normal feline body temperature is between and It''s not a mystery that caressing a purring cat is a pleasurable experience--it''ll even lower your blood pressure. But what is a mystery, strangely enough, are the mechanics of purring itself.
In short, no one really, truly knows exactly how a cat purrs. The most common explanation is that a purr originates in the voice box, with what are called the ''vestibular folds,'' or false vocal cords. The passing of air across these structures is thought to get the engine running.
Purring is more than a sound of contentment. Cats also purr if they''re injured, while giving birth--even when dying. British zoologist Desmond Morris has observed in his masterwork Catworld: A Feline Encyclopedia Penguin USA that purring is ''a sign of friendship--either when [the cat] is contented with a friend or when it is in need of friendship--as with a cat in trouble.
Kittens start purring even before they open their eyes, rumbling while nursing in what must be a reassuring sound to their mother--who''s likely purring herself. Little cats purr, but big cats can''t.
Your cat has one up on the lion: On the flip side, lions roar, but cats can''t. No big cat can get his motor running the way our household kitties can, purring constantly as effortlessly as breathing, both in and out.
Tigers can rumble a tiger-sized purr-like sound, but on the exhale only. But cats couldn''t care less because the taste buds of a cat are incapable of detecting, appreciating, or triggering a craving for the foods we recognize as ''sweet. It''s unclear whether the ancestors of cats had the ability to detect sweetness and lost it, or whether cats never developed a ''sweet tooth'' because they didn''t need it.