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Tips for Raising Your Kitten Right From the Start

One of the benefits of bringing home a kitten is the ability to mold your new furry friend just the way you want. Of course, your feline will have a certain disposition, but starting early means you can avoid potential problems in the future.

Here are a few tips from a professional vet on raising your kitten right from the start.

Have your kitten spayed or neutered

One of the best things you can do is have your kitten spayed or neutered. For your sake and for his.

Animals that go into heat can be a real nuisance. Male felines will spray your house while female cats will yowl and cause a racket. By having your furry friend fixed, you can eliminate all of these problems.

The animal population is a real issue. By fixing your cat, you can prevent more felines from ending up in the shelter.

Why does it matter that you have your kitten fixed instead of waiting until he’s an adult? It’s much easier for young animals to recover. If you wait to fix your cat until he’s older, his recovery is going to take longer.

Microchip your kitty

A collar with your personal information is a good start when it comes to making sure your kitty is returned home should he ever get lost, but a microchip is even better.

Many kittens and even adult cats can easily wiggle out of their collar, which means no one will know where he belongs if he runs away and is found by someone else. A microchip can be scanned by veterinarians and animal shelters who can then contact you.

Keep your cat inside

Although the wide world can be fun for a kitten, it is very dangerous. And it’s stressful! Not only is your kitty more susceptible to getting hurt, he’s also more likely to get sick.

It’s important to keep your kitten inside from the very start. It’s nearly impossible to take an outside cat and turn him into an indoor animal. It’s much easier just to keep him inside in the first place. That way he’ll never know what he’s missing.

Of course, another important thing you need to do for your kitty is schedule annual appointments with your local vet to keep him in good health!

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Ferrets Can Get Heartworms

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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.

Feeding Kittens

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Some experts say that it is fine to “free-feed” young kittens, meaning leaving food out all day long so they can eat anytime they want. However, they should gradually be transitioned to eating at specific times during the day by the time they are 4-6 months old. Free feeding also helps reduce the distention of the kitten’s stomach which can be a consequence of rapid meal eating. It is also a good way to encourage underweight or slow-growing kittens to eat. However, it should not be practiced in overweight or obese kittens. These kittens should be should be given measured portions so you can keep an eye on their caloric intake. You can check the suggested feeding guide on your pet’s food package. Overfeeding can become a big problem even among highly energetic kittens. Thus, portion control is very important around the time of spaying and neutering, where cats are more prone to piling on the pounds. For more advice contact your veterinary clinic.

Obedience Training For Dogs

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Time and again, dogs have proven themselves to be man’s best friend. They are well-loved for their loyalty, zest for life, exuberance, and unconditional affection. However, dogs need to be trained so they will become well-disciplined members of the household. Proper training will help a dog live harmoniously in a human household.

Using the right techniques as well as positive reinforcement during your dog’s training will help you achieve the desired results. Training sessions are also excellent opportunities to bond with your canine buddy; make sure that each session is an enjoyable and positive experience for you and your pooch.

If you have tried asking around how to train your dog, you will certainly be overwhelmed by the different opinions of pet owners, animal trainers, and even veterinarians. Regardless of which training method or technique you apply, effective dog training should include rewarding desired behaviors, and making sure that undesired problems are not rewarded. Read more information contact veterinarians care.

 

Effective Tips For Dog Training

Protection-Dog-Training-3.jpgThere is no short-cut to effective dog training. Here are some great tips to help you achieve your desired goals and have a well-disciplined dog in the household.

Dogs learn best when new tasks or tricks are broken down into smaller steps. Taking baby steps, systematically and by increasing the difficulty gradually will help your dog learn faster. If you are training your pet to do something, and you suddenly stop making progress, you may have increased the difficulty too quickly.

Dogs also need to be refreshed when they seem a little rusty. Your dog will need your help in remembering what you want him to do. In case the situation crops up, refresh your pet’s memory by making the skill a little easier and make sure to undertake a few repetitions. Start with a step that your dog can successfully perform. Let him practice the task for a while before you try to increase the difficulty. Read more advice visit your local Animal Healthcare.

Important Reasons Of Feeding A Lifestage-Appropriate Diet To Kittens

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A live stage-appropriate diet is specially formulated to meet the nutritional needs of cats at a specific age or stage in their lives. A nutritionally-balanced diet is very important in keeping the cat’s immune system healthy and strong, helping boosts its function, and maintain its integrity. Kittens and younger cats need a diet that contains essential nutrients that will meet their needs for growth. Their nutritional needs are indeed very different to that of a more mature cat or a senior cat. Diets for kittens contain higher levels of protein and they need more calories to match their growth needs on a daily basis, as well as fuel their physical activities. Failing to give a life stage-appropriate diet to a kitten or young cat can lead to poorly developed bones; it can also have a serious negative impact on their immune system, paving the way for all sorts of health problems to set in. For more information visit your Vet care.

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.