Sunday, February 27, 2022

Toronto - Cats in the Snow

Wild cats and domesticated cats can go outside and walk in the snow. While so-called feral cats are adept at surviving outdoors, the harsh winter months can make it very difficult for them to find valuable food, water and good shelter (properly sized and well insulated). During heavy snowfalls, cats need cleared paths to walk on.

It seems that cats are adapted for cold weather. However, when the temperature drops below freezing they are susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite. Cats would prefer to go inside if they feel too cold.

In the winter months, a so-called feral cat spends most of its time hunting and scavenging for food and water, and finding warm, dry shelter wherever it can.

It seems that it is possible for cats to survive very cold conditions for up to 3 days, but then they will eventually freeze to death if they are left in this environment. Cats are most at risk of hypothermia when exposed to dangerous cold weather.

Signs that a cat is cold:

- Shivering
- Hunching Down & Puffed
- Seeking Warmer Places

It's not recommended to let your cat walk on snow or ice for more than an hour at a time. Check for frozen paws.

Hypothermia causes cats to lose consciousness and freeze to death. Cats can perish if their body temperature drops below 16°C (60°F) - it should typically be around 38°C (100°F) - according to experts.

Friday, February 11, 2022

Meet Nacho, the most Expert Chihuahua 2020 and forever

Nacho is sure YouTube's favorite Chihuahua. She is the cutest dog ever that loves to go on fun adventures with her hot mom and other dog friends.

The Chihuahua (type of dog) (Spanish: chihuahueño) is one of the smallest breeds of dog. It is named after the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

The history of Chihuahuas is interesting. They remained a rarity until the early 20th century, and the American Kennel Club did not register a Chihuahua until 1904. In a 1520 letter, Hernan Cortés wrote that the Aztecs raised and sold the little dogs as food. Colonial records refer to small, nearly hairless dogs at the beginning of the 19th century, one of which claims 16th-century conquistadores found them plentiful in the region later known as so-called Chihuahua.

It seems that an analysis of DNA from the genome of domesticated dogs indicates that they entered North America from Siberia for 4,500 years and were then isolated for the next 9,000 years. After contact with Europeans, these lineages were replaced by Eurasian dogs and their local descendants. The pre-contact dogs exhibited a unique genetic signature that is now certainly almost gone. In 2020, the sequencing of ancient dog genomes indicates that in two Mexican breeds the Chihuahua retains 4% and the Xoloitzcuintli 3% pre-colonial ancestry.

Chihuahuas are really the smallest breed recognized by some kennel clubs.

The 7 Different Types of Chihuahuas:

Short Hair Chihuahua
Long Hair Chihuahua
Apple Head Chihuahua
Deer Head Chihuahua
Pear Head Chihuahua
Teacup Chihuahua/Mini Chihuahua
Fawn Chihuahua

Breed standards for this dog do not generally specify a height. Only a weight and a description of their overall proportions is specified. Generally, the height ranges between 6 and 9 in (15 and 23 cm). However, some dogs grow as tall as 30 to 38 cm (12 to 15 in). Both British and American breed standards state that a Chihuahua must not weigh more than 5.9 lb (2.7 kg) for conformation.

Conformation is the shape or structure of something, especially an animal. For example, "the judges run their hands over the dog's body and legs, checking its conformation."