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July 20, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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5 Tips to Prevent Cancer in your Cat

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When it comes to Cancer, merely the name of the disease is enough to scare you out of your wits. And God Forbid if your little feline friend gets diagnosed with the deadly disease, the anguish and the sheer hopelessness of it will be unfathomable. While you cannot really avert the inevitable, there are a few preventive measures that you as a cat owner can take in order to effectively reduce the risk of cancer in your four legged pal. Have a look!

Vaccinate your kitty

Caused by a deadly virus called the FeLV or feline leukemia virus, the Lymphoma is one of the most common types of cancer that cats are susceptible to contracting. You can considerably reduce the risk of both Lymphoma as well as other types of cancers associated with the virus by vaccinating your cat against it. Also since the FeLV virus is typically spread through bodily fluids, it might help to keep your furry little friend indoors and away from other infected animals.

Steer clear of obvious carcinogens

One of the best ways to prevent cancer in your cat is to proactively reduce their exposure to carcinogens that are commonly present in your home. For instance, you might want to protect your feline friend against second-hand smoke from cigarettes. Also, since cats have the habit of licking floors and furniture objects, you must ensure that you employ the use of carcinogen-free cleaners and disinfectants. Keep your cat indoors for a few days after you spray your garden plants with pesticides.

Eliminate the use of plastic feeding bowls

With the furor regarding the use of plastic and the need for eliminating it completely from our lifestyles, we are already well aware of the harmful toxicity of the material and its negative impacts on all plant and animal life. Plastic has the tendency to leach into water and fluidic food and turns into an estrogen mimetic that can eventually wreak havoc on your cat’s hormonal balance. In addition to this, estrogen is also known to feed fungal infections that in turn can be a precursor to malignancy.

Feed him chlorophyll

This naturally occurring compound not only detoxifies and cleanses your cat’s body but also builds immunity and promotes oxygen utilization by the various systems in their body. Also, Chlorophyll diminishes the ability of the carcinogens to bind to the cat’s DNA present in its liver and other internal organs and reduces the risk of cancer. You can feed your cat kitty greens that are rich in chlorophyll and can be easily grown in your backyard or kitchen garden.

Ensure regular medical examinations

It is absolutely essential for you to keep an eye on your cat’s behavior and feeding patterns and immediately consult a vet in case you sense any irregularities. Apart from this, regular checkups will not only help keep your cat in good shape but also weed out the possibilities of any pre cancerous lesions or health conditions that might eventually lead to a full-fledged cancer affliction.
Remember, prevention is better than cure and a little caution on your part will go a long way in ensuring that your little fur ball stays hale and hearty for years.

July 19, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Protect Your Cat From Heat This Summer

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Summer is at your doorstep and it’s time to think about your beloved pets. If you own a cat you may also be aware that heat is one of its greatest enemies. For a cat cooling down itself is a very limited process as they sweat only through their paws. But this method is hopeless if it is stuck in a home that is roasting from the inside.

The following guidelines should be taken seriously by all cat lovers if they wish to protect their precious furry balls during summer:-

  1. Cats can never stay indoors for long so it’s necessary to think about some form of shade outside. Natural shades are provided by plants apart from this you can create your own shade using a piece of cloth. While choosing a spot you have to remember that the place has easy access to cool wind and water.
  2. If you spot your cat lurking around the laundry room or resting inside your bath try not to chase it away. What you don’t realize here is that these are some of the coolest areas in your home. The porcelain in the bathtubs or sinks has the quality of staying cool during a heat wave.
  3. Most cat owners can recall scenes of a cat running away at the sight of water. Summers are different- you can help them by stroking their body from head to tail using a dampened cloth.
  4. A cat is known to indulge in its usual tricks regardless of the heat. Make sure that the bowl is filled with clean water at all times of the day since they drink more during this season.
  5. In contrast to dogs, cats love to be out in the sun. This can easily lead to a heat stroke so you should try to keep your cat away from the sunny spots during the daytime.
  6. A cool treat is just the right answer for keeping your cat happy. Its favorite brand of canned food can be frozen using ice cube trays. Just see how they finish this treat off in no time.
  7. You can also consult a vet and decide whether your friend can handle a shave of its fur. Cats which are white and light colored and also have pale skin are most likely to be affected by heatstroke.
  8. While traveling you should avoid cat carriers which do not offer proper ventilation. Also never commit the crime of leaving your cat alone inside a heated car as they can easily succumb to heatstroke.
  9. To keep the creature from wandering off outside you have to make sure that your home is cool. To do this you may keep the air conditioning at the right temperature, use netting frames near your doors and windows to increase ventilation.
  10. The cat’s bed can also be lifted up with short legs. Cloth covered with plastic frames can be used for this purpose.

So do not fear the summer instead enjoy it with your feline friend.

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July 18, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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Do’s and Don’ts when Caring for Your Sick Cat

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Cats are one of the most common pets people keep, yet only a handful of cat owners know how to treat their pets when they are under the weather. Seeing your beloved cat suffering is upsetting, so here are a few important things to keep in mind while caring for your sick cat so they may be back to normal in no time. It is best to take your pet to the vet as soon as possible, so that you can pin point exactly what is causing their ailment. The points given below are only to aid the recovery of your feline friend after a trip to the vet.

Do’s

  1. Offer fresh clean water: It is important that cats stay hydrated when they are sick. Much like humans, dehydration or drinking unclean water can only make their condition worse. So remember to offer your pet cats clean drinkable water in a clean bowl regularly.
  2. Feed your sick cat healthy food: Consuming nutritious food can speed up their recovery. Getting a sick cat to eat can be quite the challenge, but offering slightly-warmed canned food like tuna or chicken with their natural juices and oil may help. You may need to hand feed them at first if they are not eating on their own.
  3. Clean nose, eyes and ears regularly: Make sure you wipe away any kind of discharge from their eyes, nose or ears with warm salt water. This may help to avoid any kind of infection and irritation. Keeping your cat clean will definitely help them get well soon.
  4. Keep them warm and comfortable:  A warm and cosy space helps your cat to rest and relax while they recuperate. This is especially effective if your cat is suffering from a cold.

Don’ts

  1. Never let your sick cat roam free: Sick cats should always be kept indoors with a litter tray nearby. If they are let outside, they may not return as they are highly unlikely to be able to defend or look out for themselves.
  2. Never medicate them on your own: Always consult a vet first before giving them any sort of medication. They may be allergic, and hat works for one cat may not always work for another.
  3. Never give human medicines to your sick cat: You should never ever give your sick cat human medicines – tablets, ointments or syrups. Most of them are extremely poisonous for cats and could even kill them.
  4. Never feed vomiting cat frequently: If your cat is suffering from diarrhoea or stomach flu and is vomiting heavily, do not feed it until at least 12 hours after vomiting has stopped.

July 17, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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How to Introduce a New Dog to Your Cat?

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Dogs and cats can live together without any problems and live a harmonious and joyful life. If you are planning on getting a new dog and you want the dog and your cat to become best friends, introduction is the first and most important step.

Follow these steps to introduce a new dog to your cat:

Step 1: Select a proper location for the meeting

Since you are getting a dog, you shouldn’t take your feline to meet the canine in its shelter. Your feline will be stressed out in the shelter. Also, you can’t consider the canine’s behavior in the shelter to be an indicator of how it will behave in your house. The best place for the introduction to take place is within the comforts of your house.

Step 2: Keep the animals separate

Over the next few days, you need to allow one animal to be free while the other has the stay in your room. Keep rotating the animals every day so that they have sufficient time to get used to each other’s scent. If you are finding it hard to control your canine, you can keep it in a crate till it calms down. Once your feline is calm, starts eating properly and uses the litter box without any problems, you can proceed to the next step.

However, if your canine starts barking at your feline for more than a day or two, it is an indicator that the introduction won’t work. If you can’t get your canine to calm down, you will need a professional to help you out.

Step 3: Leash the canine and introduce it to your feline

Now that your feline and canine are okay with each other’s scent, you can begin the face-to-face introduction. Allow both of them to be in the same room but keep your canine on a leash. Do this every day till your canine is calm around the feline. Also, there shouldn’t be any change in the way your feline behaves, eats its meals and uses the litter box. If there are any signs of aggression or fear, you need to go back to step 2. Continue introducing the canine to your feline till they are completely relaxed.

Step 4: Allow your canine and feline to bond

After a month or so, your new canine and your feline will be comfortable with each other. You can now allow them to bond so that they won’t hurt each other again. However, do check on them once in a while to ensure they are getting along.
Follow these simple steps to introduce a new dog to your cat. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below.

 

July 14, 2017
by Lynn Merton
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How to Make Life Comfortable for Your Senior Cat?

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As time goes on, it is inevitable that our favorite feline friends will grow old. Felines who were once the life of the house will become inactive over time. Also, the chances of getting heart issues, kidney diseases, high blood pressure, and arthritis increases.
Once your feline becomes a senior, you need to take it to the vet twice a year to get its overall health checked out. You can also follow these tips make sure your feline has a comfortable life:

  1. Changes in diet
    As your feline enters its senior years, you need to make changes in its diet. Ask your vet about giving your feline a high-quality and balanced diet. If your feline has a medical condition, it may also require a special feed.
    You can also add supplements to its diet, to ensure it gets all the necessary minerals and vitamins to lead a healthy life. It will also reduce the pain your feline will have if it has arthritis.
  2. Heated
    When felines grow older, they love to sleep more than investigate what is going on around them. You can make your feline’s sleep more comfortable by providing heating pads or heated beds. Try to pick a bed that only turns itself on when your feline is on it. You can also pick up an orthopedic bed if heated beds aren’t sufficient.
  3. Ramps and steps
    In your feline’s senior years, it will find it harder to reach its favorite spots such as the window sill, your lap or your bed. However, you can make it easy for your feline by installing ramps and steps near its favorite spots.
  4. Food and water bowl
    Your feline will find it challenging to bend down to eat food and drink water from its bowl. By placing stands below its food and water bowl, your feline’s life will become much easier. Also, ensure your feline has access to multiple water sources around your house.
  5. Install night lights
    Just like us, your feline’s eyesight will lose power over time. You can make it easier for your feline to move about your house during the darker hours with the help of night lights.
  6. Low-intensity playtime
    Your senior feline will still love playing with you, but less frequently and at lower intensities. Ensure your feline still gets quality playtime but avoid startling it. Low-intensity games will make sure your feline is still fit in its senior years.
  7. Place more litter boxes
    You can make the life of your feline more comfortable by placing multiple litter boxes around your house. By doing this, your feline won’t have to take a long walk to relieve itself.

Use these seven tips to make life comfortable for your senior cat. If you have any queries, feel free to leave a comment below!