Some cats like to play with water bowls--they are not afraid of water. Cats don't have the greatest sight or depth perception when something is directly in front of them. So with a bowl of clear water it can be difficult for a cat to judge where the water line begins.
Cats can't tell where the level of the water is unless it's moving, so they either paw it or move the water bowl. Some cats will drink water by dipping their paw in it and then licking the water off of the paw. There is no "solution" to this behavior. I suggest putting a mat under the water bowl.
The reason for the very strong ammonia smell in a cat's litter box is unchanged litter. Many times, one fails to change the cat's litter and this causes ammonia to get concentrated in the sand or clay used as litter. You may find the litter clean, but the smell of ammonia seeps into the sand or clay. This causes the smell to get stronger and awful. A litter box should be scooped out daily--it really should be done for both behavioral and medical interests of your cat. (Have one box for each cat). If you notice your cat scratching outside the litter box instead of on the inside, the cat is trying to tell you that the litter box is disgusting and it doesn't want to get its feet filthy while "attempting" to cover up it's feces/urine inside. If you just cleaned the litter box and it's still doing it, it's likely from a bad memory of getting its feet urine-soaked or dirty while in the box, so unless you want a cat that defecates in random places, get in there and scoop. The other added benefit of scooping frequently is that it helps you detect medical problems earlier.
By its very nature, non-clumping litter does not absorb and isolate a cat's urine or feces like clumping litters do. As a result, it is much harder to keep your cat's litter box clean when using non-clumping litter. When using non-clumping litter, it is important to frequently clean and disinfect the litter box itself to reduce the chance of bacterial buildups that can cause urinary or other infections in your cat.
Some cats will "hold it" and urinate as infrequently as possible to avoid stepping into a dirty, filthy, full litter box. Instead of urinating two to three times a day, your cat will tighten up and only go once a day. The problem is that this makes his urine more concentrated, potentially resulting in crystals (even debris, mucus, pus, or stones) to accumulate. This can then result in life-threatening feline urethral obstruction (FUO), which is when the urethra is blocked and urine can't come out. Not only is this painful, but it can also lead to temporary kidney failure, electrolyte abnormalities, vomiting, lethargy, arrhythmia's, and death. Cleaning helps prevent problems like this or even diseases.
Tour your yard before letting the dog or cat out; remove anything snakes could hide into, like empty flower pots, buckets, moist wood piles, trash burn piles. Avoid tall grass. Use mothballs around your property to keep away water moccasins. Mothballs release fumes that are harsh and painful to a snake's smell receptors. Mothballs should be spread around the perimeter of your property,
along wood lines and around porches, ditches and pool area for best results. All snakes can swim.
Make sure to wear thick protective clothing including thick jeans, work gloves and boots to protect your extremities in case you encounter a snake. Use a rake and slowly disturb any piles you may have in your yard--be careful the snake could be hiding underneath.
Be sure to have someone with you in case of an accident.
A snake on land can only lunge forward (strike) a distance of half of its body length. A snake on water does not have a solid surface to thrust against, so its strike range while swimming is extremely limited.
A purr signals that a feline is happy and healthy. The reason kittens instinctively purr is to tell the nursing mother that "all is well." A kitten can't meow and nurse at the same time, but it can purr while nursing. The mother often purrs back. This is why your cat purrs when petted. Older cats purr when they play or approach other cats, signaling they are friendly and want to come closer.
Cats also purr when they are distressed, visit the veterinarian, are afraid, sick or injured. This is a cat's way of reassuring and calming itself. Purring is one way cats communicate with each other, signaling that they don't wish to fight. When your cat is purring in your lap, try purring back. Catnip is a sure way your cat will purr. It is an accepted fact that cat owners have lower blood pressure, especially in older people.
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