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Why Cats Love Catnip

Why Cats Love Catnip

Catnip (Nepeta cataria) is an herb from which a type of volatile oil can be extracted. The oil has a strong scent that diffuses into the surroundings when the leaves are crumpled or chewed. A cat’s extremely sensitive sense of smell can detect catnip oil even in saturation as low as 1 ppb (part per billion).

Catnip oil contains a chemical that can influence the cat’s brain. It has also been shown to exert a sedative-like effect, thus it has been used a natural therapy to calm people and pets.

When a cat inhales the scent of catnip oil, special olfactory organs send messages to the hypothalamus, where one of its important functions is to interpret taste and scent, resulting in manifestation of specific behaviors.


Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Important Reasons Your Cat Is Losing Weight

Cats have gained the reputation of being finicky eaters. Even though they are naturally inclined to regulate their food intake, being able to consume just the right amount of calories for weight maintenance, some cats become overweight or obese when they are fed an inappropriate ration. However, if your furball seems to be losing weight for no particular reason, this may be an important sign that something is amiss. If your pet’s weight loss is not a result of a change in his activity level or any other factor that you can identify, you should work with your veterinarian in getting to the root of the problem, and be addressing it before it can become serious and more complicated.

Some important reasons cats lose weight include the following:

  • They don’t like the food placed in their food dish
  • They hate the smell of their food bowls, especially when these are made of plastic. The material can easily absorb and retain scents.
  • A heavy load of intestinal parasites
  • Stress – cats are very sensitive to specific stressors in their environment.
  • Old age – physical and mental decline associated with aging can cause cats to lose weight and be more picky about their intake.
  • Health problems – specific health problems such as diabetes can lead to drastic weight loss and host of other distinct symptoms.

What to Do If Someone in Your Home Doesn’t Like Your Pet Rat

Not everyone is a dog person, and not everyone is a cat person, but they aren’t the only animals that cause problems for people. Some creatures, like the rat, are more detested than others.

Now, what if someone who lives in your home doesn’t like that animal? Here are a few tips for making sure everyone in your home lives in harmony, even if one of those people doesn’t like your rat.

Keep the cage out of common areas

Some people are just turned off by rodents. It’s their loss. According to a professional veterinarian, rats are intelligent, social, and affectionate animals! But, if someone you live with just can’t be convinced otherwise, you should be respectful and keep the cage out of common areas.

Avoid placing the cage in the living room or dining room. Instead, place it in a bedroom. A basement can work too, as can a closet, as long as you keep the door open and interact with your pet regularly.

Be careful during playtime

Your rat needs to come out and play on a regular basis. That can be difficult if you’re living with someone who would rather act like they don’t share their space with a rodent.

The key is to be respectful when bringing your pet out to play. Only bring him out in areas of the home where your roommate or family member doesn’t have to worry about interacting with him. It’s even better if you can schedule playtime when that person isn’t home. That way, you and your rat can play anywhere in the house that you like!

When the weather is nice, consider taking your rat outside to play. Use a pen to keep your pet contained, or consider walking him on a leash.

Let them get to know each other

Not everyone is open to getting to know an animal they don’t like, but don’t be afraid to ask! You might be surprised to learn they’re willing to try!

You just have to start small. Invite them into your room to observe your rat in his cage, or ask them to hang out with you in the same room while you play with your rodent.

Don’t forget to ask your veterinarian for more tips!

Ferrets Can Get Heartworms


Heartworm (Dirofilaria immitis) is not exclusive to dogs and cats; ferrets are also viable hosts of heartworms. Fortunately, there are preventive measures you can take to protect your pet ferret from heartworms.

Mosquitoes are important transmitters of heartworms. A ferret can get the heartworm microfilariae from the bite of an infected mosquito during a blood meal. Cases of heartworm in pet ferrets are highest during summer. So it is a good idea to minimize your pet’s time outside the house and install screens on your windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from getting in.

Adult heartworms are found in the heart of an infected ferret; when there is a heavy infestation, the worms impede the ability of the heart to pump blood. As the number of heartworms increases, the heart’s function and integrity are compromised. The cardiac overload will cause the heart to expand, exerting pressure in the chest, eventually giving rise to breathing problems. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.

Cats and Hairballs

shutterstock_76555102Hairballs are a common problem among cats as a result of their fastidious grooming habits. A hairball is formed when cats ingest loose hair while grooming themselves. The hairs that accumulate in the stomach can form a hairball. A cat with hairballs in his stomach may suffer from constipation, vomiting and decreased appetite. There is always the risk of a hairball passing through the stomach and lodging in the small intestine. Any obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract is often considered a life-threatening problem. Cats, especially long-haired breeds, will occasionally cough up hairballs and won’t show any symptoms. This is quite normal for cats. However, if there seems to be an abnormal number of hairballs being continually coughed up, you should take your cat to your veterinarian. Brushing your pet’s hair on a daily basis will remove loose hairs before your cat can swallow them during grooming.For more information contact veterinarians care.

What To Do If Your Dog’s Paws Are Swollen


Swollen paws are a common occurrence in dogs because of their tendency to move around a lot on various types of surfaces. In some cases, a thorn or other sharp objects may be embedded in the foot.Learning to check your pet’s paws will help you spot problems as early as possible and bring them to the attention of your veterinarian. Some common reasons why your dog’s paws may be swollen:


Too much exertion when walking or running on hard surfaces

Bee or wasp stings

Burns and blisters from walking on hot surfaces

Heart problems

Presence of foreign body


Broken toe

Tumors between the dog’s toes

Getting to the root of the problem should be the first step to take. If only one paw is swollen, it is likely that there is a foreign body lodged in the paw; it may also be an injury or a bee sting. Check your dog’s paws closely so you will be able to spot distinct signs of swelling, nail damage, abnormal growths or other problems. For more information contact your local vet clinic.

Reasons for vaccinating your cat

shutterstock_109696358.jpgA cat’s immune system plays a very significant role in protecting your pet against potential pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi that can endanger your cat’s health.

When a vaccine is administered, it primes your cat’s immune system to combat a specific disease-causing pathogen. Thus, when your cat is exposed to the organism, its immune system can mount a protective response quickly.

Vaccines play a crucial role in controlling diseases however it should not be viewed as a fool-proof ultimate measure against protecting your cat against disease. It is a fact that vaccines do not induce the same magnitude of protection in all cats. Thus, it is your responsibility to take extra precautions in order to protect your cat from exposure to cats that potentially harbor a disease or from contaminated areas. For more suggestion contact your local Animal health care.