Cats typically are full grown by their first birthday. Their bones stop growing by eight months, but sexual maturation takes another four months. During the second year, a cat's frame fills out, but his bone structure is set.
Growth speed is slower in some breeds. Larger breeds like Savannah and Maine Coon, for example, take three to five years to reach their full growth and often weigh 30 pounds or more. Just like humans, cat genetics play a big part in the size of a cat. A cat may stop growing or grow more slowly if their nutritional requirements are lacking.Learn More
Female cats do experience a menstrual, or estrus, cycle by the time they are 6 months old. Sterilizing a cat before it reaches the age of maturity and begins its estrus cycle is the only way to prevent pregnancy.Full Answer >
Nepetalactone is the oil in catnip that binds to protein receptors in the cat's nasal passages and provides stimulation in sensory neurons. The sensory neurons then signal the neurons in the olfactory bulb, which subsequently affects regions in the brain that enable or inhibit behavior.Full Answer >
To introduce cats to each other, they should be kept in separate rooms in the same house for about a week and then be allowed to see each other under controlled conditions. Treats and toys can help the cats get ready to occupy the same space.Full Answer >
Cat saliva that accidentally comes into contact with human nose, eye and mouth membranes may cause skin infections, flu-like symptoms and sometimes meningitis. Most of these conditions respond well to antibiotics.Full Answer >