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5 Amazing Cat Facts

Cats are undoubtedly amazing creatures. If you’re a cat lover, or have spent time around your friend’s or family’s cats, you know how unique each cat’s personality is. At VetDepot we love our feline friends and have picked 5 of our favorite amazing cat facts to share with you! We hope you enjoy our top 5 Amazing Cat Facts:

1) Cats Have an Amazing Sense of Smell

Ever notice your cat is quite the sniffer? Their nose is highly sensitive to scents. There are an estimated 200 million nerve cells inside their nostrils that detect odor. To put this into perspective, humans only have 5 million.

Cats also have scent glands on their head and paws that release chemicals known as pheromones. These pheromones are unique to each cat. Anytime a cat rubs against any object, their pheromones are left behind for other kitty cats as a means of marking their territory.

Have you ever come home after petting the neighbor’s cat to discover your own cat almost immediately begins to sniff you? Panic sets in as you begin to think, “Oh no! My sweet kitty knows I pet another kitty!” You begin to feel guilty and apologize profusely to your kitty, begging for forgiveness, promising him or her it will never happen again! Don’t worry, your kitty will forgive you, but he or she definitely knows you were around another cat because of the scent/pheromones the neighbor’s cat left on you.

Ever seen a cat’s reaction to catnip? They go bonkers! Catnip is a perennial herb, which is closely related to mint. The chemical compound within the plant that attracts and makes cats act excited is called nepetalactone. When nepetalactone is sniffed by a cat it’s believed to produce a euphoric feeling, lasting approximately 10 minutes. Nepetalactone is thought to mimic feline pheromones, which is the reason your kitty becomes so excited. Most cats will sniff the catnip excitedly or roll in it. Some cats may begin to scratch which may present a problem. You can prevent any potential catnip excitement scratching damage by purchasing a scratching post similar to this one

In addition to their impressive sniffing abilities, a cat’s nose is comparable to a human fingerprint. If you look closely at your cat’s nose you will see ridges and tiny bumps. These little details on a kitty’s nose are exclusive each cat. No two cats will have identical details, just like human fingerprints.

2) Groups of Cats Have Specific Names

While kittens are typically referred to as a litter, the word kindle is used to describe a group of kittens as well. Pretty cute!

Once out of the kitten stage, a group of cats is known as a clowder. Not to be confused with delicious chowder soup, a clowder is a group of 2 or more cats. Think of it like having your own posse of cat friends. Only instead of calling them your cat group, you refer to them as your clowder. 

3) A Single Litter of Kittens May Have Multiple Father Cats

Weird? Yes, a bit so. Is this why a litter of kittens may have different color fur or eyes from one another? Yes and no. That’s partly due to genetics, but it can also be due to each kitten having the same mama cat but a different papa cat.

This is known as superfecundation. Superfecundation is the fertilization of two or more ova from the same cycle by sperm from more than one act of sexual intercourse. Huh?! In simpler terms, a female is in heat 1-4 days and during those days she will potentially mate several times with different males. Females release several eggs per ovulation and are “induced ovulators”, meaning the act of mating causes them to ovulate.  Therefore, each time a female mates, she ovulates and releases another egg, which can be fertilized by a different male. Does this make your brain hurt too?

4) Hissing is Reaction Due to Fear, Not Anger

If you ever heard a cat’s hiss or been hissed at, the noise may jolt you a bit. It can be a scary noise. Typically it’s believed cats hiss because they’re angry and may attack. However, this is the opposite. Hissing is a defensive expression that arises due to uncomfortably, stress or fear. In cat language hissing serves as a warning to stay away. Have you ever seen two cats fighting? If you notice only one is hissing, it’s because the hissing cat is more vulnerable.

5) Cats Roll Over to Show Their Belly as an Indication of Trust

Initially you may think your cat is asking for a belly rub, and in all fairness some cats do want belly rubs when displaying this behavior. Although, laying down and rolling to expose their belly is a sign that they are are relaxed and trusting. This means your kitty is trusting of you and comfortable with you. If you were a cat instead of a human, your kitty would probably invite you to be part of its clowder!

If you have any amazing cat facts to share with us, please feel free to comment below! We would love to hear from you!

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Does Your Cat or Dog Have Seasonal Allergies?

Have you ever noticed your cat or dog suddenly seems very itchy when they never were before? You may have noticed your fur baby sneezing more often or rubbing against furniture more to relieve that nagging itch. It can be scary and frustrating when our pets appear like their normal sweet, calm self one day, but become miserable the next. As pet lovers this makes us feel helpless and scared. We want more than anything to make our fur child’s discomfort go away, but first we must pinpoint what’s causing it!

It’s more than likely season allergies. Just like their humans, cats and dogs may develop seasonal allergies. This occurs when their immune system becomes sensitive to substances they are exposed to in their environment. This can be due to seasonal changes in weather or products within the household they come into contact with. If your pet has never had these issues before it’s important to keep an eye on the frequency of their symptoms and determine the cause of their allergies. 

Seasonal allergy symptoms include:

  • Sneezing
  • Coughing
  • Itchy nose, eyes, or skin causing increased scratching, licking or rubbing
  • Watery nose or eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Increased snoring
  • Ear pain demonstrated by head shaking
  • Chewing or biting their paws or other areas of their body resulting in sores
  • Hair loss

These symptoms are a sure sign an allergy is what’s bothering your pet. If your pet is demonstrating these symptoms try to determine if it’s due to a household product you recently started using. Symptoms can be caused by irritation due to a new perfume you began wearing or detergents used to wash bedding your pet sleeps on. If your pet continues to suffer from symptoms, this indicates that your pet may in fact be experiencing those symptoms due to the change in season.

Seasonal allergies can be caused by:

  • Grasses
  • Ragweed
  • Pollens
  • Trees
  • Molds

What should you do if any of these symptoms describe your cat or dog’s recent behavior? Make an appointment for them to be evaluated by their vet. Your vet will be able to assess your pet’s situation and determine the best course of action. It’s critical to follow your vet’s recommendations. Your pet may be prescribed allergy fighting medications like Atopica or Diphenhydramine. Treatments including frequent baths or soaks with prescribed shampoos such as PhytoVet C 4% are common as well.

If your pet is suffering from seasonal allergies, it’s important to remember that while some treatments work wonderfully for one pet, the same treatment may not alleviate another pet of their allergy. No two dogs or cats are made alike, just like their humans, they are unique and special individuals. Don’t get discouraged if you need to determine a different treatment plan with your vet, or try a few remedies to find the perfect solution for your pet.

If you personally suffer from seasonal allergies you know how important it is to find relief for your symptoms. Your allergy suffering pet will thank you with tons of kisses and cuddles for finding them relief too!

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National Poison Prevention Week

Spring has officially arrived! This means warmer weather, sunny days, and more play time outside with your pets. Some of you may even be in the mood for some Spring cleaning. Although, if that does not sound like an appealing spring activity to you, you may want to reconsider for the health of your pet. Doing some cleaning and organizing can help prevent your pet from getting into anything dangerous. It’s never a bad idea to evaluate what items are around your house that may cause your pet to become ill. In fact, this week is National Poison Prevention Week. National Poison Prevention Week was established in 1961 and dedicates the third week of March to spread awareness to prevent poisoning. This week serves as a great reminder for all pet owners to ensure their furry friends are safe from harm. The team at VetDepot has accumulated a few tips we want to share to keep your pet safe in and around your home:

1.Be Aware of the Type of Plants You Have in Your Home and Yard

Plants such as Oleander, Daffodils,Tulips, and Lilies are very poisonous for pets and can possibly be fatal. The smallest ingestion of petals,leaves, or even the water from a vase one of these plants are in can result in vomiting, decreased heart rate, kidney failure, and possibly death. It is best to keep these plants out of reach of your pet.

2.Make Sure all Household Cleaning Products are out Reach and Properly Stored Away From Curious Paws

Window cleaner, bleach, laundry detergent, and all purpose cleaners are very dangerous. If ingested, some cleaning products may cause upset stomach as well as severe burns to your pets mouth or tongue.

Dogs and cats both seem to be attracted to dryer sheets and moth balls.You may be surprised to learn that laundry dryer sheets and mothballs are extremely poisonous to pets. This is because they contain concentrated levels of toxic chemicals in addition to being a choking hazard. Ingestion may cause allergic reactions, neurological trauma,or intestinal blockage. All of which are very dangerous and may even cause death. Make sure to never store dryer sheets and mothballs where a pet may reach them.

3. Don’t Forget to Keep Trashcans out of Reach Too

Putting a trashcan behind a closed pantry door, a gate like this one, or in a cabinet can make a huge difference in preventing curious or mischievous pets from accidental poisoning as well as choking. We throw many dangerous items into our trashcans on a daily basis that can cause so much harm. Items such as batteries, medication, dental floss, and leftover foods that may contain bones or mold can be very harmful. In addition, coffee grounds are incredibly poisonous. Dogs and cats are highly sensitive to the effects of caffeine. Therefore, moderate ingestion of coffee grounds may cause vomiting, tremors, seizures, or death.

4. What To Do if You Suspect Your Pet Ingested Something Poisonous

If you suspect your pet may have come into contact with something poisonous, it is crucial to monitor your pet’s symptoms and get them to the vet for evaluation. Another useful resource is The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center. The center is available by telephone 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at (888) 426-4435.

There’s nothing like the love and companionship of a pet. We would do anything to keep them safe so sharing these types of safety tips is so important. We hope you find our tips useful and informative. If you have any suggestions you’d like to share we would love for you to let us know by leaving a comment.

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How To Have a Pet-Friendly Thanksgiving!

thanksgiving3Thanksgiving is a great holiday for families to come together, put aside their drama, and enjoy delicious food. Whether you are hosting the Thanksgiving get-together or will be attending it elsewhere, you probably want to include your furry family member(s) in the festivities as well. With all of the traveling, people, and food around, it could potentially be a chaotic environment that may stress out your pet(s). To ensure that no accidents or mishaps occur due to the hectic nature of the holiday, just follow these simple guidelines: [click to continue…]

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VetDepot Halloween Costume Contest Entries!


The #VetDepotHalloween costume contest was a huge success this year, and we thank all who participated! We have never received so many submissions before, and we were so excited to receive so many photos of adorable animals wearing impressively cute costumes. As with any contest, not everyone can – because then it wouldn’t be a contest. In our case, we could only pick ONE first place out of the many who entered, and that winner took home a $100 gift card to VetDepot.com! The winner of this year’s #VetDepotHalloween costume contest was…
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This pair of senior Boxers named Sprocket Rocket and Ratchet Junker! These two cuties dressed up as Jesse and Walter White (Heisenberg) from the iconic television show, Breaking Bad. Or should I say…Barking Bad? Extra creativity points for the pun, by the way (take note for next year). Jenn really took this costume contest seriously and elevated it to the next level! [click to continue…]

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Does Your Dog Have a Yeast Infection?

itchNot many people know that dogs can get yeast infections – unless they have a dog that comes down with one. This was the case for me, an avid dog lover, who rescued a senior dog from a shelter’s euthanasia list. She was on this list at a high-kill shelter because of her skin condition, but I knew that I would be able to help resolve it once I got her out of the shelter. Well, I was right, and it didn’t take long for me to find out that she had yeasty skin; something I had never heard about or experienced before! So, if your lovely fur child has a skin issue that you are not quite sure about, it could be a yeast infection.  [click to continue…]

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Halloween Hazards for Pets

halloween1Halloween is so close, I can almost taste the chocolate, caramel apples, and pumpkin pie. Now is the time to make your mad dash to get your costume together, as well as your pets’ costumes! It is also a good time to take final safety precautions, and plan your Halloween so that your pets are not affected negatively by the day’s festivities. Here’s a list of possible hazards that could perhaps put a damper on your holiday spirit: [click to continue…]

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Easy DIY Pet Halloween Costumes!

halloween8Halloween is right around the corner, so it is definitely time to start getting your pets’ Halloween costumes together! The only thing more important than your costume, is obviously your beloved animals’ costumes; because lets be real, they are much cuter. Not to mention, you could win a free $100 gift card to VetDepot if you enter our costume contest! Stores have some pretty cute options for pet costumes, but they can be pretty pricey and cheaply-made on top of that. If you have some extra time on your hands and/or love to be crafty, here are some adorable costume ideas that you can try to get together for your pet! Everyone will ooh and aah over your adorable pet, and then once you say, “I made it myself!” they will automatically think you are amazing.

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VetDepot Halloween Costume Contest!

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Halloween is almost here, which means it’s almost time for everyone to dress in their best costumes – pets and humans alike. Not only is it super fun, but you could be the winner of a free $100 VetDepot gift card!  [click to continue…]

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