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What Indoor Cats Need to be Happy

| July 24, 2017

A cat is a cute, playful and curious pet. Being cute and playful is lovely but the curiosity can be a challenge at times. This curiosity can make it hard to take care of them considering that these feline creatures are natural hunters. Keeping them indoors without appropriate care can make them unhappy and bored. To keep them happy and healthy involves understanding their needs and seeking ways to meet them. This article will give further insight on how to keep an indoor cat happy.

Add cat toys

Cats are playful creatures. Provide them with various entertaining toys that they can play with. They will stalk, chase, and pounce on them. Different toys will serve different purposes such as chasing, battling around, hiding inside or simply interactive play. Add catnip to some of these toys as cats find this herb enjoyable. Catnip also makes the play more indulging. Interactive toys are particularly highly recommended. These toys include laser pointers that have a light spot for the cat to chase or a flexible rod with lines that have furry or feathery ends.

Keep more than one cat.

Keeping more than one cat is an amazing way of keeping an indoors cat happy. He/she will find mates to play with. The cats will be occupied as they chase and wrestle with each other. Indoors life will be fun for a cat with mates. They will be happy together.

Design a special place for the cat

Create a special spot specifically for the cat in the house. It could be an elevated perch or just a crate. Make it a convenient resting area where he/she can have some privacy. This will make the cat feel more secure and safe. Ensure that there is food, water, a bed, a scratching post and a litter box. Separate the litter box from the cat’s feeding area. Keep the litter box in a quiet and well -lit area. Remember that a cat is a neat freak, so keep the litter box clean and neat. You could get an automatic litter box. This litter box is designed in a way that it cleans itself and reduces bad odor. It will even let you know when it’s time to empty the waste.

Feed your cat appropriately.

Cats should be fed depending on their size and how active they are. Typically, they are feed two meals a day. It is better to seek a vet’s opinion on how to feed yours. Do not overfeed them. This may lead to them being overweight. Human food such as onions, garlic, certain nuts, and chocolate are harmful to cats. Provide them with plenty of fresh water all day long.

Indoor climbing systems

Naturally, cats love climbing. Provide your cat with great climbing opportunities. Set up cat trees mounted floor to ceiling, wrapped with sisal ropes and studded platforms for perching. This vertical space fulfills the cat’s natural interest in heights. Locate these climbing platforms next to the window for a view of the outside.

Provide room with views

Cats love sights that are appealing to them. You can achieve this by putting a bird feeder or birdbath near a window. A variety of birds will engage the cat’s interest. Make sure the cat has an excellent view. Install shelves to enhance the outside view. Adding this visual stimulation will please your cat.

Provide scratching surfaces

Scratching is a natural and important behavior for cats.Provide your cats with places that they can scratch. This can be cat trees and posts, cardboard scratching boxes and cat tracks. Scratching helps a cat to remove broken claws and stretch muscles which are healthy for them.

Spend time with your cat

Show your cat love and attention. This keeps them happy and contented as they are affectionate creatures. There are a number of things you could do together such as playing, grooming or taking a walk.

Plant a cat’s garden

Cats enjoy chewing grass. This grass can be planted in small pots for indoor cats. Wheat grass, alfalfa, and oat grass are healthy snacks and a way of keeping them happy.

Screened porch

Provide an outside enclosure. This is a screened porch accessible through a pet door or window. Your cat can experience the outdoors safely. It can be furnished with tree limbs, perching platform, and toys to keep the cat entertained.

Keep the cat fitted with a collar and visible identification.  Make your yard cat proof by making sure there no toxic plants, escape routes, garden chemicals, and dangerous objects. This is a good idea as the sly pet might find a way of sneaking out of the house without your knowledge.

 

Colourpoint Persians Incatique Cattery

| July 24, 2017

 

 

Adorable Persian kittens for sale

 

Beautiful kittens available. Confident outgoing purrsonalities, cuddly, playful and people oriented, ready for love and laughter. Love-in-a bundle-of-Fur

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Registered and vaccinated. Available colours: Cream point, red point Colourpoints and copper and blue Eyed Whites.

Registered with Southern Africa Cat Council since 1979. DNA tested for PKD. Feline Leukemia and Feline Aids negative. Pamphlet with guidelines for care, grooming, feeding, etc. Support available for new Persian owners. Situated in the East Rand.

 

Enquiries: Ingrid 072 324 6059

Email: ingidewet@gmail.com

Acushla Burmese

| May 10, 2017

 

Our cats live in the house and sleep in our beds.

Kittens are reared and raised with lots of love and tender care.

Only caring, loving and responsible owners will be considered.

I am a registered breeder with SACC.

Contact:  Sandra Lotra

Durban, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

Tel.  082 4428328

e-mail:  lotra@telkomsa.net

Tintagel Cats

| May 9, 2017

 

 

A beautiful, affectionate, adorable, female, blue bicolor exotic, and a black female persian kitten available.

Please phone Ros 0847872530

 

Cell: 084 787 2530

Email: rosctintagel@gmail.com

Benoni,  Gauteng

http://www.tintagelcats.co.za/

 

5 Questions to ask before your Pet’s Surgery

| May 6, 2017

Your pet is a treasured member of the family so you are naturally concerned about their health.

It is important that you feel comfortable with your vet.

That way you can discuss anything that you are concerned about regarding your pet’s wellbeing.

When your pet is unwell, the more you understand, the more comfortable you will feel.

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  1. What is my pet suffering from?

If you are not familiar with veterinary jargon, ask your vet to write down the name of the illness / condition your pet has. That way you can understand it better and will not forget. It is important to find out from your vet whether the condition your pet has is acute or chronic, whether it can be fixed or just managed and if it is likely to recur again in the future. That way you will be better informed.

  1. What are the treatment options?

As your pet is important to you, you will want to know all the possible treatment options for them and whether they are commonplace or more specialised. Your vet will offer you all the possible solutions and explain the pros and cons of each one. Sometimes there may be only one obvious treatment option, but there may also be plans B, C or even D. Treatments are classed as “medical”/“conservative”, e.g. medication, or “surgical” (an operation). You can then decide what treatment is right for you.

  1. Risks and Complications

Risks and complications may arise in treatments such as pet surgery. Therefore, even a minor procedure has a set of potential risks. It is the responsibility of the vet to give you an idea about all the complications and risks. After you know all the potential risks and complications, you can then decide whether you proceed with the treatment.

  1. Estimate of the Costs

When your vet is explaining the possible treatment options for your pet’s condition, they should also provide you with an estimate of how much each one costs. That way you can decide which treatment is the most suitable one for your budget.

  1. Does the hospital provide overnight care?

Overnight care is where your pet is monitored / attended to during the night by nursing or veterinary staff. Many suburban vets do not provide overnight care. If you don’t like the idea of leaving your pet alone at night, you can discuss transferring them to a local emergency hospital. However there will be an extra cost involved in the transport for this and the care.

  1. Post-Operative Care

If your pet has a procedure (surgery) done, your vet will inform you of the care to be provided once they are discharged and go home. At home care may include, medication (such as antibiotics, pain-killers etc), wound care, rest, restrictions on certain activities, or a special diet.

All in all, your vet will do their best to inform you of the best health and treatment options of your pet. They are a very good source of information and they understand your pet. It is important that you ask all the questions you have about the condition your pet has and the best options for treatment. They want the best for your pet’s health, just like you do!

Author’s Bio:

Angela Hill is a north shore vet who works as the Practice Manager at Gordon Vet Hospital. She loves being surrounded by animals.

Cat Emergencies – When to contact your Veterinarian

| May 3, 2017

The following information may help you decide which conditions are absolute emergencies, and which ones may let you take a “wait and see” attitude. If your cat is sick or injured and you are unsure of the severity of the condition, it is always best to err on the side of caution, and contact your veterinarian (or emergency clinic) right away.

 

Contact your veterinarian immediately if your cat:

Has signs of heart or respiratory disease including:

  • No pulse or heart beat
  • No breathing or severe difficulty breathing
  • Bluish or white gums or tongue
  • A near drowning

Has been exposed to a toxin or poison or has had trauma including:

  • A broken bone, or a cut that exposes a bone
  • Heavy bleeding that cannot be stopped
  • An eye injury, the eye is out of the socket, or appears enlarged or protruding
  • A fight, especially if it was with another cat or a wild, or unvaccinated animal
  • A wound from a bullet or arrow
  • Being hit by a vehicle or other large or fast-moving object
  • Puncture wounds to the abdomen or chest
  • Any trauma to the head
  • A bite from a snake, scorpion, or poisonous spider; or has bitten a toad
  • Porcupine quills imbedded in the mouth, face, or body
  • A broken tooth, or the loss of a healthy tooth, including the root (keep the tooth in a small jar of milk)
  • A severe laceration, or an incision that has opened and the skin is gaping
  • Falling or jumping from an open window, balcony, etc.
  • Swelling of the face and/or hives

Has had heat or cold related injuries including:

  • Chewing on an electrical cord and receiving a shock or burn
  • Burns or inhaled smoke
  • Heat stroke or a fever over 105°F (normal is less than 102.5°F)
  • Frostbite or hypothermia

Has signs of gastrointestinal distress including:

  • Straining continually, but unable to produce feces
  • Choking
  • Vomiting blood or uncontrolled vomiting
  • Swallowing a foreign body (e.g., toy, needle and thread)
  • Diarrhea with blood, a foul smell, or that is uncontrolled
  • Black, tarry stool
  • A protruded rectum or bleeding from the rectum
  • An overdose of medication or suspected poisoning

Has signs of nervous system or muscular disease including:

  • Extreme lethargy or depression, unconsciousness, collapse, or coma
  • Seizures
  • A head tilt, nystagmus (eyes move rapidly from side to side), staggering, walking in circles, knuckling over (walking on the top of the foot), unable to use hind limbs, or other problems moving
  • Severe or continuous pain
  • Sudden inability to bear weight on one or more limbs

Has signs of urinary or reproductive problems including:

  • Difficulty giving birth: no kitten after 24 hours of beginning labor; no kitten after 30-60 minutes of active straining; weak or infrequent contractions once labor has started; crying or licking the vulva area excessively; abnormal bleeding or vaginal discharge; weakness
  • Straining continually, but unable to pass urine, or the urine has blood in it
  • A male who is continually licking his genital area (a sign of urinary obstruction)
  • Crying while trying to urinate
  • Bleeding from the urinary or genital area

Call your veterinarian the same day if your cat:

Has signs of heart or respiratory disease including:

  • Some difficulty breathing, shallow breathing, or breathing at a faster rate (unassociated with physical exercise or environmental temperature)
  • Continuous sneezing or coughing

Has signs related to digestion or food and water consumption including:

  • Not eating or drinking for 24 hours
  • Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours and acts depressed
  • Drinking water excessively, unrelated to activity or environmental temperature

Has signs of nervous system or muscular disease including:

  • Sudden change in behavior
  • Crying when touched or picked up
  • Cloudy eyes, squinting, or appears to be unable to see
  • Sudden, severe lameness

Has signs of urinary or reproductive problems including:

  • A retained afterbirth for over 8 hours
  • A female who is pregnant or nursing her young and develops a red, swollen, or painful breast
  • A male with swollen testicles or scrotum

Has signs associated with the skin including:

  • A rash, excessive shedding, excessive head shaking, or persistent scratching or chewing at spots on the body
  • Abnormal lumps or bumps that are painful, red, and/or hot to the touch
  • Maggots
  • A nosebleed for no apparent reason, bruising easily, or tiny red dots on the skin

Call your veterinarian in 24 hours if your cat has signs including:

Has signs related to digestion or food and water consumption including:

  • Not eating, but no other signs of illness
  • A soft stool, but there is no pain, blood, fetid odor, green or black color, mucus, or straining
  • Occasional vomiting (2 or 3 times), but no abdominal pain or blood
  • Foul breath
  • Sudden weight gain or loss
  • Drooling

Has signs of nervous system or muscular disease including:

  • Lameness for more than 24 hours
  • Swollen joints
  • Lethargy, depression, sleeping more than usual, unwillingness to play or exercise

Has signs associated with the skin including:

  • Moderate itching or an unpleasant odor from the coat
  • A discharge from the eye, ear, or other body opening

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| April 25, 2017

 

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All About Diarrhea: My Best Secrets for Treating It at Home by Dr Becker

| April 25, 2017

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  • When cats have digestive troubles, they more often vomit than have diarrhea, but they do occasionally get diarrhea as well
  • Unless your cat’s episode of diarrhea is a “one and done” type of thing, you should give your veterinarian a call, as there are many causes of diarrhea in cats, and several of them are potentially quite serious
  • In otherwise healthy kitties, a sudden dietary change can trigger a bout of diarrhea. To improve digestive function and overall health, it’s best to vary your cat’s diet rather than feed the same food all the time
  • To treat a transient episode of diarrhea at home, I recommend a short-term fast followed by a bland diet of cooked, fat-free turkey and 100 percent canned pumpkin

 

All About Diarrhea: My Best Secrets for Treating It at Home

 

When it comes to tummy problems in pets, the general rule is that dogs tend to have lower gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and diarrhea, whereas cats tend to have upper GI tract issues and vomiting. But with that said, cats can and do develop diarrhea under certain circumstances.

Root Causes of Diarrhea in Cats

The causes of loose stools in cats are numerous and varied, and include:

Dietary indiscretion Food allergies Hyperthyroidism
Sudden change in diet Ingestion of foreign bodies. Viral and bacterial infections
Giardia, Tritrichomonas foetus Pancreatitis Stress
Inflammatory disease Immune-mediated disease Cancer

If your kitty has a once-in-a-blue-moon bout of loose stools that resolves within a day or two, chances are she ate something that disagreed with her (or you gave her milk, which is a common culprit in feline digestive issues) and there’s nothing to worry about.

However, since there are many serious feline diseases that have diarrhea as a symptom, if your cat (or any pet, but I’m discussing kitties at the moment) is experiencing chronic or recurrent diarrhea, it’s time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Dehydration is an immediate and potentially life-threatening concern, especially for kittens, petite adult cats and kitties who are seniors or geriatric, or have a chronic illness.

Also, if the diarrhea is accompanied by other signs of illness such as blood in the stool, vomiting, loss of appetite and/or fever, it’s definitely a sign your pet is ill and you should seek veterinary care.

I recommend you collect a quarter-size bit of poop on, for example, a stiff piece of cardboard, and slip it into a plastic baggie. Otherwise, your veterinarian may have to manually extract a sample, which will make your already uncomfortable kitty that much more so.

Your vet will probably do bloodwork in addition to evaluating the stool to determine if there’s infection present. He or she should also treat your pet for dehydration if necessary, with IV (intravenous) or SQ (subcutaneous) fluids.

Two fecal tests should be performed. One checks for parasite antigens and/or eggs, and the other checks for bacterial or viral agents that cause diarrhea.

Have You Changed Kitty’s Diet?

In otherwise healthy cats, often it’s a sudden change in diet that triggers a bout of diarrhea, and this is especially true for kitties who eat the same food every day. If you feed your cat the same diet day after day, month after month, year in and year out, then suddenly switch to a new food, a case of diarrhea is just about guaranteed.

There’s nothing wrong with the new food, it’s just that kitty’s gut is conditioned to expect only one type of food, which is not ideal, nutritionally or physiologically. Cats fed a varied diet have stronger, more resilient GI tracts and can typically eat different foods regularly without a problem.

After your pet’s stools have returned to normal (I’ll discuss treating diarrhea at home shortly), I recommend you begin varying kitty’s diet to include a range of foods with different nutrient contents. This will promote a diversified gut microbiome and make her digestive system strong and resilient.

However, you need to make the transition very slowly, as in, over a period of weeks to months. I recommend starting with 10 percent new food blended with 90 percent old food for several days.

Watch your pet’s stool and if all seems well, move to 20 percent new/80 percent old. Keep watching for stool changes and if none occur, move to 30 percent new food and 70 percent old, and so on, until you’re feeding only the new diet.

The process should be slow enough that no bowel changes occur. During the transition period, it’s very important to insure your kitty is eating every day, as cats can’t go without food for long or they risk developing fatty liver disease.

For tips on how to make the transition (especially if kitty is giving you a hard time about the new food), take a look at my videos titled “Getting Your Cat to Eat Healthier Food,” part 1 and part 2.

Treating Diarrhea at Home

If your cat is otherwise healthy and his behavior is normal, my recommendation is to withhold food — not water, just food — for 12 hours. A short-term fast gives the GI tract a chance for some R&R. Tissues can only heal when they’re resting.

Follow the 12-hour food fast with a bland diet. I recommend cooked, fat-free ground turkey and 100 percent canned pumpkin. Try starting with an 80 percent turkey/20 percent pumpkin blend. If canned pumpkin isn’t available, you can use fresh, steamed pumpkin or cooked sweet potato.

Skip the outdated advice to feed ground beef and rice and go with my recommendation instead. Even lean ground beef is high in fat, which can exacerbate kitty’s tummy troubles, and rice is a starchy, pro-inflammatory carbohydrate that often provides zero nutrition or calories for animals with digestive issues.

Canned 100 percent pumpkin provides about 80 calories and 7 grams of soluble fiber per cup, compared to 1.2 grams of fiber in a cup of cooked white rice. The soluble fiber in pumpkin coats and soothes the GI tract, and also delays gastric emptying.

When animals have diarrhea, they can lose important electrolytes, including potassium, which puts them at risk of dehydration. Hypokalemia, or low potassium levels, can result in cramping, fatigue, weakness and heart rate irregularities.

Pumpkin happens to be an excellent source of potassium, with 505 milligrams of naturally occurring potassium per cup. Pumpkin is also safer for diabetic pets than rice.

And most animals love it, including cats. Feed the bland diet to your pet until the diarrhea resolves. If it doesn’t clear up in about three days, it’s time to call your veterinarian.

I also recommend keeping some slippery elm on hand. Slippery elm is a neutral fiber source that works really well to ease episodes of diarrhea. I call it “nature’s Pepto-Bismol” because it reduces GI inflammation and acts as a non-irritating source of fiber to bulk up the stool and slow down GI transit time.

Give your cat about a half a teaspoon or a capsule for each 10 pounds of body weight with every bland meal. I also recommend adding in a good-quality probiotic once the stool starts to firm up. In addition to slippery elm and probiotics, many pet owners have good luck with herbs such as peppermint, fennel or chamomile. These are especially helpful for the cramping and other uncomfortable GI symptoms that come with diarrhea.

There are also several homeopathic remedies that can be very beneficial for intermittent diarrhea depending on your pet’s specific symptoms, including nux vomica, veratrum, podophyllum, arsenicum album and china.

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| April 25, 2017

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Guide for Stress-free Moving with a Cat

| April 24, 2017

If there is one thing you have to know about cats it is that they are not fans of change. This is especially the case if the change in question is something as big as relocation. Cats prefer familiar environment and would rather stay where they feel comfortable than move to a different area. Sadly, your kitty doesn’t get to vote on moving house.

Guide for Stress-free Moving with a Cat

Because it is quite stressful for the animal to go through this process, you must ensure their comfort and that it is easy for them to adjust. Not only will they have difficult time with the new place, but also during the removal itself and all the activity taking place before that. Here are few very important things you should look into to make your cat comfortable and less stressed.

  • Get the pet used to the carrier – this is very important, as the most likely method of relocation for your pet is going to be in a carrier. If you have never moved your kitty in a carrier before, they might be a little scared. What you should do is leave the item next to their hangout and often put treats inside. The goal is to get the cat used to the carrier so that there is no fear of staying inside.
  • Introduce moving boxes early – packing is an essential aspect of house removal. Normally you would use a good number of boxes to store and transport your items. These boxes will likely scare your cat and cause it stress, which is why it is a good idea to put some in your home long before the moving date. That way the animal will have time to get used to them and perhaps even play a little with them.
  • Don’t change your pet’s routine – it is clear that you will be busy with a ton of tasks, but don’t let that change the routine of your cat. Keep feeding times the same. Play with your cat just like you did before. That will keep it relaxed and lessen the stress of the coming change.
  • Keep your cat in a closed room on the day of the removal – there will likely be a lot of commotion with movers walking in and out of your home to load boxes. Avoid letting your cat wandering around, as it may dash out the open door. Place the litter box, water and food bowl in one room and keep the pet inside till you are done with loading.
  • Cat-proof your new home – you will have peace of mind when your new home has secure screens, no nooks for your cat to get stuck in and pest-control measures that will not have a negative impact on your cat’s health.
  • Keep your cat in one room the first days – everything is different for your cat, which is why keeping the pet in a single room when you first get to your new home is a good idea. That way they will gradually get used to the new smells, sights and sounds of the place.
  • Give access to other rooms, once the chaos of unpacking is over – the last thing you want is your cat getting in the way of you trying to unpack everything and arrange your home. It will be quite stressing for the pet too. That is why you should keep the cat secure in a single room at first, and gradually introduce it to the new home at a later stage.

Moving with a cat can be challenging, but it is something that you have to take care of. Follow the tips described above for a stress-free move that will get your best friend through this difficult time.

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