Cats Vs Scorpions

August 16, 2014 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Cat Poisoning, Home Remedies

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A friend of mine who is living in a rural farm house is stumbling upon with scorpions daily. So he often asked me if getting a cat will help. There is folklore that cats deter scorpions by eating them. I read that cats are immune to scorpion stings in a blog also. It is not so! The truth is cats prefer to avoid scorpion rather than encountering with them.

If your cat is stung by a scorpion, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will die. Not all scorpion stings are lethal. Scorpion stings were 6th most common bite or sting, behind bee stings, spider bites, tick bites, wasp stings, and ant bites. Don’t assume that the scorpion sting treatment for humans is the same for your cat. Consult your veterinarian if symptoms appear serious.

Reasons for the Cat being Immune to Scorpion Bite Read more…

The Hidden Facts of Cat Toxoplasmosis

August 08, 2014 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

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Nowadays cat toxoplasmosis is being discussed a lot throughout the world. It is more dangerous than AIDS. It has not been talked in the media extensively as it doesn’t produce more damage to healthy human  being. It affects the children, pregnant women and low immuned human beings.

Before reading about the symptoms of Toxoplasmosis, it is mandatory to know about the life cycle of the causative organism, which is nothing but Toxoplasma gondi. Cat is the definitive host and the intermediate hosts are man, mice, rat, etc.

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The eggs of Toxoplasmosis find their way into rats that nibble on the feces of infected cats. After living inside the rodent, when it’s time to reproduce, the parasite has to get into a feline again. As all of us know rats are afraid of cats, then, how the infected rats are being killed by cats. The action of Toxo severs particular neurons in the rat’s brain making them fearless of cats. The rats will be attracted by the smell of the cat and walk before the cat. This change in host behavior is thought to be a remarkable example of a parasite manipulating a mammalian host for its own benefit (House et al., 2011). Cat kills the toxoplasma infected rat and the protozoan parasite reproduces merrily in the definitive host’s body.

Toxoplasma infects the human being by means of infested partially cooked meat. The infected man suffers from headache, fever, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, Malaise (a general sick feeling) and rashes. In pregnant women, the infection may lead to birth defects in the new borne. Toxoplasmosis infected unhealthy people may show varied symptoms such as Psychosis, seizures, and blurred vision.

In cats, toxoplasmosis causes fever, loss of appetite, and lethargy. It may infect the eyes and cause pupil dilatation, retinal inflammation, etc. Some of cats may exhibit head pressing, ear twitching, loss of control over defecation as well as urination.

Diagnosis is by lab examination. Affected animals can be completely cure by the administration of Clindamycin. The drugs such as pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine will prevent reproduction of T.gondi.

References:

House PK, Vyas A, Sapolsky R (2011) Predator Cat Odors Activate Sexual Arousal Pathways in Brains of Toxoplasma gondii Infected Rats. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23277. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023277

Pereira, L. H., Staudt, M., Tanner, C. E., & Embil, J. A. (1992). Exposure to Toxoplasma gondii and cat ownership in Nova Scotia. Pediatrics89(6), 1169-1172.

Cat Rabies Vaccine Side Effects

August 06, 2014 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - cat rabies

Vaccinating cats against rabies is a routine practice among the cat owners. There are so many controversies with regard to the frequency of usage and the side effects that may arise. Despite few cats are experiencing severe side effects of this vaccine, pet owners are really worried about the severe side effects of this vaccine. This is mainly due to the fact that they were not properly educated about the consequences of vaccine.

Before getting know the cat rabies side effects, it is mandatory to know about the Rabies virus. This virus affects right form dogs, coyotes, cat and human beings also. The rabies virus will spread through mucus and saliva and is a threat to many wildlife creatures and outdoor pets.

The initial side effects include redness and swelling at the site of injection. Other serious effects include loss of appetite, seizures, paralysis, impairment of motor skills, and Lethargy. There may be mild allergic reaction including a puffy face, swollen eyelids, swollen lips and ears.

Cat Urine Removal Home Remedy

December 06, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Home Remedies

The Cat urine removal home remedy is an alternative to the stain removal cleaner bought from the stores. The biggest advantage of using a cat urine removal home remedy is that it will not produce side effects. The resources for the home remedy found in the home allowing you to make the best use of them and there is no need to purchase them. Some of the home remedies that are frequently used include vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, enzymes and Gerbera Daisies plant.

Vinegar is a common home remedy that can remove the cat urine stain. Before applying the vinegar, you have to wipe up the spot with a dry cloth. After that, you should pour the vinegar solution on the carpet. The making of the vinegar solution is easy mixing of one part of vinegar and two parts of tap water. You should allow the water and vinegar solution to remain on the spot for some time. After a while, you can blot it with rag cloth and paper towel. You should keep on wiping the spot for several times until the cat urine stain is completely gone.

Hydrogen peroxide is a simple treatment that you can use to remove the cat urine. You have to pour the hydrogen peroxide into a bowl. The recommended dosage of the hydrogen peroxide is 15 ounces. Mix the hydrogen peroxide with some liquid soap and baking soda and apply to the affected area stained with cat urine.

Enzymes are also a popular cat urine removal home remedy. The enzymes are unavailable in pet stores; the janitorial stores offer enzymes at an affordable price. In enzymes the protein element, that with similar function to urea, break down the elements of the urine so that the stain and odor can be eliminated.

Besides, plants such as Gerbera Daisies also help in removing the cat urine. Gerbera Daisies is naturally absorbent to the ammonia found in cat urine and thus it can remove the cat urine odor.

Cat Urine Cleaning

December 04, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General, Home Remedies

Cat urine will cause an unpleasant odor on the flooring and carpet. It is important that you clean the cat urine from the carpet immediately otherwise it will become a permanent stain. Before you begin to clean the carpet, you have to locate the stained area. Sometimes, it can be difficult to locate the affected area of the cat urine. If you have problem locating the cat urine, you can use a black fluorescent light. After you have located the stain, you can begin the cat urine cleaning process.

Cat urine stains are removable on the upholstery, by blotting it with an absorbent cloth. You should use dry absorbent cloth during the first time you wipe the upholstery. After wiping it, dip the cloth in vinegar solution and blot the stained area again. You can use the stain and odor removers available from the department store. Every stain remover comes with the manufacturer instruction on how to use it. You should follow the instruction in order to clean the cat urine effectively.

The carpet stained with urine should be sterile by using the carpet removal cleaner. After applying the cleaner, you must use a waste cloth to wipe it until there is no more moisture left in that area. After that, you have to use a damp cloth to wipe the area. When wiping the area, make sure you apply a little pressure so that the urine can be completely blot out from the carpet. If the stain persists, you have to keep repeating the cat urine cleaning process for a few times.

For cat urine cleaning on the flooring, the usage of enzymes to remove the cat urine is next step. You can buy these enzymes from a janitorial store. The pet stores do not sell the enzyme cleaner. The enzyme cleaner is the last resort to remove the stain that breaks down the proteins in the cat urine and thereby leaving a fresh carpet for use.

Cat Urine Removal Carpet

November 29, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, General, Health

The Cat’s urine is organic and it tends to give out a strong smell. Cats like to pee in different places because they want to mark their territory. Cat urine is composed of uric acid, urochrome and urea. The uric acid is the element that emits the stink smell. Urochrome is the pigment that gives color to the urine. Urea is the component that makes the urine sticky. Cat urine can cause the bacteria to accumulate on the carpet and make the environment unhygienic.

Cat urine can destroy the hardwood floor because the wood can effectively absorb liquid. To clean up the urine, you should use an absorbent cloth to wipe out the urine soaked area such as the cotton cloth that can absorb the liquids well. The paper towels are used if you do not have cotton cloth. If the urine stain does not disappear, you can use a damp cloth to wipe it again.

Household cat urine removal carpet cleaners can be applied on the area that is stained with the cat urine. You can spray the hydrogen peroxide cleaner on the stained area to remove the stain. The odor will eliminate after you sprayed the hydrogen peroxide cleaner.

Vinegar will work as an effective cat urine removal cleaner as well. To use vinegar to remove the stain, you have to dilute it with about 30% of water. After that, you must pour in the vinegar mixture into a spray bottle and spay on the stained area. The urine will blot off by itself after a few minutes.

Many pet stores sell the cat urine removal carpet cleaners. The urine cleaners are formulated from special ingredients that are designed to eliminate the bacteria and remove the stain. Popular brand name urine cleaners include Nature’s Miracle and Stain Gobber.

Besides, you can use the carpet stain removal cleaner to remove the bacteria and enzymes from the urine of the cat. The carpet stain removal cleaner will make it easier for you to clean up the urine on a heavy-duty carpet.

Curing Urinary infection in cats- a Herculean task?

November 27, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Urinary tract infection is a serious health problem, affecting cat to properly carry and eliminate urine from the body. If a cat suffers from urinary infection, it will pass a small quantity of urine. You will observe the cat keep licking the area around the genital. At times, they will prefer to urinate on cool places such as tile floor and because the urinary tract is infected, you will be able to see blood streak in the urine.

There are many types of urinary infection cat problems. The uroliths and feline lower urinary tract disease are to count diseases. Urolith, also known as urinary stone, develops from the crystals accumulated in the urinary tract. The stones are actually a solid form of the magnesium ammonium phosphate or calcium oxlate. When there is a huge accumulation of crystals, the urinary tract is blocked. When the urinary tract is blocked, the cat will have problem releasing the urine.  The majority of the cat will pass urine at night. If you did not observe any urine in the litter box, there is a possibility that your cat has contracted with urolith problem.

Feline lower urinary tract disease is also urinary infection cat disorder that causes difficulty in urinating due to discomfort in the bladder. Blood may be present in the cat’s urine. Feeding the cat with a balance diet can help to reduce the likelihood of the feline lower urinary tract disease.

Many pet food companies have designed cat food reducing the consumption of dietary magnesium. The new cat diet successfully reduces the occurrence of struvite stones and increases the calcium oxalate stone at the same time. If a cat suffers from urolith, it has to undergo surgical operation to remove the stone.

The veterinarian doctor prepares medical plan to prevent its growth of urinary stone upon diagnosing the cat’s health.

Get to Know About Cat Hairball Symptoms

November 26, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General, Health

Hairballs are cat furs formed inside the stomach when the cat tries to digest her own furs. Cats often develop hairball problem during the shedding season. If the cat keeps on shedding, it will have a high risk of swallowing the hair that drop on the ground resulting in eating some of it too. The hairball affects the digestion of the stomach and prevents the stomach juices from breaking down.

Although cat hairball symptoms are not of serious problem, there should be a trip to your vet’s office if your cat vomits profusely at least thrice weekly.

The cat hairball symptoms include appetite loss, vomiting and coughing. The hairball that is stuck in the throat caused the cat to keep on coughing, as if she wants to get rid of something from her mouth. One of the most common cat hairball symptoms include cat vomiting out the hairball. If the cat manages to vomit out the hairball, she will recover back to normal condition again.

Other cat hairball symptoms include weight loss, frequent diarrhoea and consistent retching or hacking that does not result in a hairball.

In severe cases, the stomach of the cat will bulge and look swollen. It feels hard when you touch the stomach. The hard part is the furs accidentally swallowed into the stomach.

Cats that do not defecate may suffer with hairball problem. Such hairballs block the channel where the faeces are to move out from the body. The blockades cause the cat unable to defecate. Cats that do not defecate suffer from serious disease because the body is unable to clear way the toxin. You will know if the cat is not defecating properly by observing the litter box. A clean litter box means that the cat has not been defecating.

The cat can suffer from a serious asthma attack if she is unable to cough out the hairball. An immediate step advised is to seek the attention of an experience veterinary doctor, if you find your cat is in exasperation or coughing for several days continuously. The veterinary doctor will perform a full body check to determine the cause of the condition. If the hairball causes intestinal blockade, the next best thing is to put your cat under surgeons glove, which is very costly affair for the owner and also dangerous to your cat. Hence it is advisable to go for prevention of occurrence of hairball among cats.

Cat Biting – Things to Know

November 20, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General, Health

Like many other forms of communication, biting is also a different form of communication especially noticeable in pets like Cats. The signs of biting are different in adult cats and kittens. While adult cats communicate that they no longer want you to touch them giving them feeling that they are threatened and the kitten will start biting as it is another form of play along with wrestling and scratching. Another sign of communicating through biting is hunting instincts, those that are evident from their natural defensive mechanism.

It should start with kitten stage to learn and practice your cat refraining from biting your hands. The hunting nature of cats makes them naturally seek their food without any practice. This ability of cats should be carefully picked up as they may turn aggressive on you if you least neglect and hurt you within short notice period.

Many of us who have seen cats and played with them will find their petting induced violent behavior. During your cat petting, take note of your cat suddenly biting you and you will feel strange of its behavior. This is because the cat wishes to communicate to stop petting. During petting, it might also seem that cat sexually aroused by continuous movements to the body. Sometimes if there, is some unknown pain, during petting the pain would have shown up causing still painless situation for the cat. If you can closely observe the cat’s giving away signals like lashing its tail, making violent sound, absence of purring, turning of ears or shifting of body position. Sometimes, when another animal treads into his vicinity also, the cat rouses angrily and defends for its area.

It is not always right on the issues discussed above, it imparts necessary advice to check with your Vet about your cat’s health issues, if there is any and lastly check on their behavioral issues. During their kitten stage, provided you closely teach your cat how to behave, allow the cat to adjust itself to you by your caressing movements and activities towards it.

Cat Rabies Shot

November 15, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

In USA, it is mandatory for cats to receive vaccination against rabies virus as put forward in the “Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control”. The only vaccine administered by the USA laws is the rabies vaccine to protect against spreading of rabies virus to humans.

Every state sets its own law regarding the frequency of the rabies vaccine administration. Normally, the cat is given the cat rabies vaccine after it reaches the age of 3 – 6 months old. After one year, the cat is given a booster injection. The law concerning the annual rabies vaccination differs from state to state. Most states require the cat to receive rabies vaccination annually. However, there are some state requires the cat to be administered with rabies vaccine every 3 years.

There are two types of cat rabies shot including 1 year and 3 years. The one-year cat rabies shot can last for one year while the 3-year cat rabies shot can last for 3 years. The one-year shot offer less protection than the three year shot. Studies have shown that the rabies vaccination can offer protection for up to 7 years.

Though there is a low incidence of cat rabies, it is best that you get vaccinated because rabid animals such as bat often enter into homes. Cats, which are not vaccinated against rabies, will die if they touch the saliva or are bitten by a rabid animal.

Before there is any vaccination or you feel your pet has rabies infection, go for an easy blood test called antibody titer. Another important message is the existence of a special compound adjuvants, which increases the efficiency to the vaccine in other vaccines, has lately shown as cause of cancer or immunological disease at some later stages of cats life. You should make sure the vaccination you give does not support adjuvants. An exception to this kind is canarypox virus-vectored recombinant feline rabies vaccine, which does not contain adjuvants is administered annually.