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Cat Health Tips and Facts About Your Cat

Anal glands

Cancer in Cats

Cat Feeding

Cat Fur Loss

Cat Eye Disorder

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

Flea Control

Dental Disease

Diabetes and Weight Issues

Lime Disease

Marking Territory

Signs of Illness in pets

To spay or not to spay?

Vaccinations

When Cats Drool

Cat Health Tips Summary:

Vaccinations
It is essential to protect your kitten  from  Leukemia and Feline Aids diseases at the early age of 8 weeks, the second part of the vaccine is administered at 12 weeks old.  The booster should be repeated every year to maintain antibodies protection.

To Spay or Not to Spay?
Even if you only have one cat, it is important to neuter your cat.   Neutered cats tend not to venture so far from home whilst in season, less likely to get lost.  Also it helps to keep the feline population limited.
Kittens are recommended to be neutered by the Vet from 8 weeks old.
Indoor cats will spray the house less often if they are neutered.
Neutering will stop monthly cycle bleeding in female cats.
One pair of cats and their offspring can breed over 400,000 cats in just 7 years!

Marking Territory
Cats are naturally territorial creatures, they are marking their territory when spraying the furniture or even rubbing their face on your legs.  This method marks you and your furniture with their scent.  It is your cat’s claim to “his” property.
Avoid cleaning with ammonia based products as these may encourage your cat to spray even more.  Do not use Dettol as it can be harmful to pets.  Pet stores sell pet friendly cleaning products that are safe to use.

Diabetes and Weight Issues
Indoor cats and cats that have to many treat are more prom to be overweight and to have healthy issues.
Unfortunately, loving your cat to much by giving him/her treats may limit his life span.  Indoor cats should still have space and freedom to exercise.

Treats should only be given in moderation.  Overweight cats must follow a diet as recommended by the Vet.

Flea Control
Flea Powders and sprays are stressful to your pets.
Natural remedies are not always so effective like herbal flea collar.

The most common and effective flea control medicine for your pet is Frontline drops which are applied to the back of the neck or where cat cannot scratch it off.

It is important to remember that Frontline has a strong chemical (amongst others), called Fipronil, an insecticide that acts by affecting the insect’s nervous system.  During research studies, Frontline was found to be related to some pets’ Thyroid imbalance.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has classified fibronil as a carcinogen, because exposure to fipronil caused benign and malignant thyroid tumors in laboratory animals. All of which means it can cause cancer in both animals and humans.”It is not clear about harmful chemical quantities and percentage of pets affected, however if your pet has  thyroid malfunction or kidney problems, please consult the Vet for an alternative to flea control.
What is always recommended is that you wear gloves when applying Frontline to your pet.

Cat Fur Loss
Cats lose their fur, they shed throughout the year which is normal.  However feline alopecia (cat hair loss) is a serious condition and can be very uncomfortable for your cat. 

 

Cat Eye Disorder
Changes in the appearance of cats’ eyes are usually apparent to cat owners.  If left untreated, many eye conditions can lead to visual impairment or even blindness, so any abnormality should be reported to a veterinarian. A thorough history is important before any eye exam. For example, outdoor cats are more likely to be exposed to trauma or foreign bodies than indoor cats.

Dental Disease
Dental disease is very common among cats, specially over 5 years old, ranging from mild gingivitis to painful tooth abscesses and  lesions (the feline version of a tooth cavity).
Dental disorders are painful! And can lead to other illnesses such as liver disease, kidney infections, and heart damage.  Unfortunately, dental problems can go unnoticed by pet owners.  If a dental problem becomes pronounced, your cat’s ability to eat is hindered and eating may become painful.

When Cats Drool
Saliva is continuously produced by the salivary glands.  Excessive production and secretion of saliva is called ptyalism.  Oral problems and central nervous system disorders are common reasons for ptyalism and subsequent drooling.

Disorders of the teeth and gums are a common reason for drooling.  Periodontal disease and the accompanying gingivitis, if severe, can lead to halitosis (bad breath), dysphagia (difficulty eating) and drooling.

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome
Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) is a clinical syndrome defined as the development of one or more geriatric-onset behaviour problems that cannot be attributed to an unrelated medical condition such as cancer infection or organ failure.  Does your cat  meow a lot when not  hungry, looks  around  a  blank space and display unlike character behavior?  If so,  he/she may have this syndrome.

Signs of Illness in Pets
Cats and dogs are very good at hiding their illness or injury.  The only way is to be extra vigilant, regular checks and if in any doubt do not hesitate to take them to the Vet immediately.  

Symptoms: Weight loss, loss of appetite, omitting, diarrhea, behaviour change, abnormal odor, bleeding, coff, sneezing, loss of energy, difficulty breathing, growth, wounds, wet eye, runny nose, hair loss, constant scratching, constipation, urine colour change or no urination.

It is not uncommon for a cat to sleep at least 18 hours a day but if  you notice that your cat is sleeping a lot more than usual, keep a close eye and look out for more symptoms.  Schedule a visit to the Vet just in case.

Cat Cancer Information
Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells.
The speed with which a cancer can spread and the severity of the disease it causes depends on the type of tissue cell affected. As many as one in five cats are likely to develop one of the many different forms of cancer at some stage of their lives. The risk of developing cancer increases with age. This means that as cats now enjoy a longer life expectancy through improved veterinary care, the number of animals with cancer has been increasing in recent years.

The signs of cancer are very variable and depend on the type of tissue cells involved, the site of the cancer and the stage of the disease. Animals with advanced cancer often show weight loss and loss of appetite. Your cat may be depressed, vomit, have diarrhea or constipation, or fever. Your cat may also get tired easily because of anaemia. You might also find an unusual lump or swelling on your pet, if so, you should make an appointment for your vet to check it out. Although most lumps are harmless, some can be very dangerous if left untreated.

 

As part of a healthy diet, we recommend natural cat food James Wellbeloved for cats and dogs



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