Category Archives: cat care

Tips For Dealing With Matted Hair Coats In Cats


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Long-haired cats tend to form mats especially when they don’t receive regular grooming help from their owners. Hair may also mat over surface wounds. If you see any clump of matted hair, it’s a good idea to check for any traces of dried or moist blood, inflamed tissue or injury before dealing with the mat.

If you can’t find any underlying skin issue, apply moisturizer or hair conditioner on the mat and slowly massage it in. Use a hair-conditioning product that is indicated for pets to prevent any reaction. In most cases, the matted hairs can slowly be comb out, however there are instances when you need to clip the mat out if the hairs have formed a very tight knot.

You can also seek the help of your vet or the groomer if you are not sure how to deal with your pet cat’s matted hair. Also, using the right grooming tools and the proper technique can help prevent injuries and address the issue. For more suggestion contact your local Animal health care.

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Thirsty Cat – “Is My Kitty Ill?”

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As the weather turns warm, A cat’s water requirements naturally increases. If you are very observant, you will be able to notice subtle changes in your pet’s health and/or behavior that may probably be a red flag signifying a serious issue.

As a rule of thumb, a cat’s water intake should be about 60 ml/kg per day. That means, a cat weighing 5 pounds cat should drink approximately 300 ml of water or fluids a day to make sure that there is optimum function of the body systems.

However, the water intake of cats is also influenced by a number of factors including what the cat eats; canned pet food has 80% moisture, while dry food (kibble) has about 10%. Subsequent adjustments to the amount of water consumption a cat should drink each day should be made. Read more advice visit your local Animal Health care.

Why You Should Check Your Cat’s Paws Regularly

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Checking your pet’s paws regularly will enable you to spot cuts, splinters, or blisters that may need prompt veterinary attention.

Cat’s paws may feel tough to the touch but their paw pads are actually sensitive to extreme cold or hot surfaces. It is also a good idea to apply moisture on your pet’s paws regularly to keep them soft. Cat’s paws can get in contact with various types of surfaces where foreign objects may be present. Their curiosity can take them to every nook and cranny they can gain access to. They won’t have second thoughts walking on surfaces without any regard to whether it is hot or extremely cold. Long-haired cats should have the fur in between their toes trimmed regularly because dirt and debris can easily buildup in these parts. Sometimes, persistent licking of the toes may indicate the presence of an infection or irritation. For more suggestion visit your local Animal Hospital.

Worms in Cats

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The most common intestinal parasites that affect cats are roundworms and tapeworms. The most common route of infection is ingestion of parasites eggs that are passed in the feces and contaminate food, water, etc. Eating infected prey is also another important route of infection. Kittens may also get worms through their mother’s milk although this is not as common as in puppies.

Considering the potential health hazards that heavy worm infestation pose to pet owners and pets alike, a year-round worming program should be observed. Also, proper disposal of litter box contents is important, as well as weekly disinfection of the box with boiling water to kill parasite eggs.

There are various medications that are commercially available to treat tapeworms and roundworms in cats, but they are not equal in terms of degree of safety and efficacy. You should ask for your vet’s advice about the type of worming preparation that is best for your pet. For more suggestion contact your local Animal health care.

Why Kittens May Find The Litter In The Box Appealing

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Kittens use their senses to know more about their environment. One of the things they won’t fail to investigate is their litter box. Thus, you may notice your pet eating or tasting the litter. The behavior is understandably common among kittens; in adult cats, it could be an important symptom of a certain nutritional deficiency or an underlying health issue. A visit to the vet can help identify the cause and address the problem.

Some kittens that have been newly weaned may also go through a time of tasting items that are not considered as food. But there are certain types of litter that may be a hazard for kittens, thus you should correct your pet’s behavior as early as possible. One of these is clumping litter; this type of litter is not recommended in kittens that are younger than four months of age because it contains clay that may get stuck and eventually obstruct the digestive tract. Read more advice visit your local Animal Health care.

Why Cats are Scent-Oriented Animals

Cat-rolling-GettyImages-165893132-58ac5ef05f9b58a3c90a144f.jpgCats possess more than 65 million scent-analyzing cells that line their nasal passages, thus it is no wonder why they rely to a large extent on their olfactory sense to communicate. A cat’s particular scent can tell a lot about his sexual status; it is also important in marking territory and enhancing social interaction. Scent glands can be found throughout the cat’s body. There are scent glands in their paw pads, and even on their head, chin, lips and tail. The scent glands on their toes enable them to leave their scent when they scratch on an object. When another cat catches a whiff of the signature scent left by another cat, he will steer clear of the object or the territory because it has already been claimed by another cat. Rubbing their head against objects, people, or other animals also enables them to leave their signature scent. This is referred to as ‘bunting’. Read more advice visit your local Animal Health care.

Can Human Food Be Given To Pet Cats?

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Many experts frown at pet owners who keep on offering food from their tables to their pet cats. Although an occasional treat may be acceptable, make sure that it does not make up a major portion of your pet’s diet. A little bit of cooked boneless chicken or boneless beef or a cooked egg won’t really be a problem if given occasionally. But one thing to keep in mind is that there are some foods on your table that can be unsafe for cats to eat. How a food is prepared can also matter. Certain spices and additives can be toxic to cats. If offering a cooked meat treat, make sure it’s pure meat, meaning it should be free of any bones. Many pet owners think that canned tuna is good for their cats and tend to give their pets generous serving. However, heavy oil and traces of mercury can have negative consequences on the cat’s health and wellbeing. Read more advice visit your local Animal Health care.