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The cat is considered by scientists to be a strict carnivore and the dog is considered to be an omnivore. Both species are in the Class Mammalia and the Order Carnivora, but here's the difference: The cat cannot sustain its life unless it consumes meat in some form.
What is catnip? Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family Labiatae. It has a square, hairy stalk with typically geen/grey coloured heart shaped leaves that have scalloped edges. Flowers grow in spikes, reaching 1/2 inch in length. It is best known for its ability to get cats high.
Catnip, catmint, catwort, field balm -- it doesn't matter what you call it. Lions, tigers, panthers, and your common domestic tabby just can't seem to get enough of this fragrant herb. Originally from Europe and Asia, minty, lemony, potent catnip -- Nepeta cataria -- has long been associated with cats. Even its Latin-derived cataria means "of a cat." And research shows that cats big and small adore this weedy, invasive member of the mint family. But why do they like catnip so much? Is it safe? And what does it mean if your cat doesn't like it?
Catnip's Effects It's genetics that determines whether your feline friend falls for this cousin to basil and oregano. About one cat in two inherits a sensitivity to the herb. But you won't know if your kitten is one of them until sometime between the ages of 3 and 6 months. Catnip's allure is in its volatile oil, specifically one chemical in that oil -- nepetalactone. Found in catnip's leaves, stems, and seeds, it only takes one or two sniffs of that wondrous oil before susceptible felines are licking, chewing, and rolling head-over-tail in kitty bliss
originally posted by: Polymath
So a quick review about my mom: She loves animals. She would swerve her car into a pole to save a squirrel. Now that I think about it, that's actually a true story. She totaled her camero just to save a squirrel one time when I was very young.
She has been visiting the same clinic for he cats for 28 years. The first pair of cats we had were actual twins, born in the same sack and all. They both lived to about the age of 17-18 and now she has two more cats who were born of the same litter (not twins this time) and one young cat she saved. She was babysitting a friends daughter and this young cat (1-2 months old) was out in the winter of michigan and after a few days of feeding it she couldn't take it anymore and said she kept having dreams about the kitten and she had to bring it home.
So now to the issue. One of the brother cats (by the name of pug) was just sent to the doctor to find out why he had a large lump. Come to find out, it's cancer and it would cost thousands of dollars to attempt chemo which would hurt it even more. Not only that but the doctor still charged her 550 dollars for him to tell her to "Enjoy the time you have with him". I myself will be calling this doctor to tell him how I feel about that. My mom has been a client for so long and cares so much about animals I just feel as though maybe just ONE time the vet could give something back to my mom by simply saying "This test was on us".
So, I'm here wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a natural or less expensive way to either prolong the cats life Without suffering or for a natural way to possibly cure the cat.
Thank you all in advance for your suggestions and I'll respond whenever I can. These cats are like kids to my mom and I hate for her to be going through this. She just doesn't have the funds to pay for anything expensive, she lives paycheck to paycheck.
Thank you all.
originally posted by: proob4
Not a fan of cats. But not a fan of suffering either. If they get too bad euthanasia might have to be considered.