DOG SEPARATION ANXIETY—”SCARED TO BE HOME ALONE”

August 23, 2014 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

howling_dog

Cats and dogs make wonderful pets. However, taking care of these pets can be quite challenging as well as rewarding. Dogs are social animals that prefer to live in groups. Like humans, dogs also undergo different kinds of emotions and express diverse behaviour patterns. Understanding these various aspects is crucial in bringing up your pet dog. Separation anxiety is a common behaviour problem in dogs that occurs when the dog is separated from its group represented by the owner or owners. This is the second most common reason that most dogs are given up or euthanized.

Although separation anxiety is common in all breeds of dogs, German Shepherds, Airedales, Springer Spaniels, Australian Shepherds and Weimaraners are more prone to this condition. This is not to say all of these dogs will not cope being left alone, as with all dogs it will vary greatly depending on the individual. The affected dog shows signs of distress on being separated from the family group or owner to which it is highly attached.

Separation anxiety is primarily triggered when the dog becomes irritated and upset because of separation from guardians. The dog being attached to the guardians displays such behavioural pattern. Dogs with separation anxiety display escape attempts that are often extreme and can result in excessive household destruction as well as self-injury. The dogs usually attempt the escape attempts near the doors and windows and may cause injury to themselves during this process. Read more…

Cats Vs Scorpions

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

cat-scorpion

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…

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.

Things to Think while Playing with your Cats

October 20, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

In order to keep the cat fit and lean, one needs to spend sufficient time in making the cat play. Playing with the cat is as important as feeding right nutrient to the cat. Playing with the cat helps to build special bond between the cat and the pet owner. This also improves the over all health of the cat as well as the cat’s owner.

The cats love to play. For indoors cats we should provide sole play opportunities. The adult cats and the kittens like to play and share common interest as far as playing is concerned. The kittens do not require any kind of stimulation in indulge in play. But the adult cats should be encouraged to play.

Right toys- the first and fore most things required is right kind of toy to play. If you want the cat to play hunting game then you require mouse toy which can move about with the help of battery. Never use your hand for stimulating the cat to play hunting game. The cat may bite the hand and damage it very badly if excited too much. The hand should be used for feeding and petting and not for hunting or killing. The toy provided for play should not have any loose strings, elastic bands etc which may be swallowed by the cat accidentally. The toy should not have any sharp ends which may hurt the cat very badly.

Sound stimulation- the toys that are provided with bells are really very effective in stimulating the cat to play. The toys provided to the cat should be periodically replaced with new one in order to avoid boredom. Never place all the toys in front of the cat and expect the cat to play with all the toys at a time. The cat will get tired soon. You will also not have any other toy in hand to replace once the cat is used to them all.

House Soiling- Trouble Beyond the Litter Box

October 14, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

The cats do not connect with the litter box, in general. Even the well trained cat may choose other place in the room at times. House soiling is a matter of great concern even for the best cat owners. House soiling may be a sign of some kind of health issue. The house soiling may be the result of changes around the house. One should look for clues to find the solution to end the nuisance like house soiling.

Here are the signs of house soiling problem. They are, the pattern of defecation and/ or urination outside the litter box.  Spraying of urine- one can see evidence of urine marks near the doorway. The urine marks can be noticed near window or ever around new objects in the house. The cat will be spending unusually longer time in the litter box. Making sound while using the litter box. The cat will be going to litter box more often than normal.

Potential causes – they are as follows .health issue such as diabetes mellitus, lower urinary problem etc. presence of litter box in unpleasant surrounding. Presence of litter box in remote corner of the house. Smaller litter box for large breed of cat. Improperly cleaned litter box. Placing wrong type of litter box. Sudden change in the litter box.

Inadequate number of litter boxes in the house. The house should have one litter box per cat and there should be one extra litter box. The litter boxes should not be kept in single room . The litter boxes should be placed in different location of the house.  The presence of out side cat in the house. Arrival of new cat in the house. Changing the litter box frequently. If you make required change based on the factors discussed in the article, house soiling issue can be minimized.

How to make your new cat to drink from bowl?

September 09, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, General

The cats are not very fond of water and hence the water intake of the cat should be monitored carefully. The proper water intake is very much needed for the over all health of the cat and the health of the urinary tract in particular. Sufficient water intake will reduce the risk of urinary tract infection.

The cat may not go near the water bowl provided to them full day but may rush towards the same the moment the faucet is turned on. Few cats will drink water from their bowl but may waste the water by splashing. Few other cats may force the water out of bowl and prefer to drink from the floor.

The animal specialist is not aware of the reason why the cats are finicky about water. The wild cats will drink water from flowing water body such as river. The water provided in the bowl is not preferred by the cat may be because of basic instinct aversion. The cat may prefer cooler water which is why they like the water from the tap. But the fact of the matter is that the cat needs to be hydrated properly in order to stay healthy. Here are few things that encourage the cat to drink more water.

Moving his water bowl- let the water bowl be mover close to the food bowl which may attract the cat to drink water.

Changing the temperature of the water- the cats in general prefer cooler water. Hence one can think of adding few ice cubes in it.

Changing the bowl- the taste of the water differs from one bowl to the other. If the water bowl is made up of plastic, then you can think of replacing it with metal or ceramic water bowl. It is better to have wider water bowl as the cats do not like their whiskers touching the sides of the water bowl.

What cats signal with their tails?

June 19, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Uncategorized

The cats are lovely and cute looking animals. They have expansive tail. The cats can communicate very well with the help of the tail.  The cat can not use their tail to write the English alphabets but they can definitely say a lot of things. The tail of cat does more than providing balance and uses the same as hand to shoo away the insects. The tail of the cat can of course signal their more very clearly. Arden Moore is the author of the book named cat behaviour answer book [storey, 2007]. There are few inputs in the book that help one to understand the message communicated by the tail of the cat. Let us discuss about it here.

Hoisted high

If you find a cat moving about in his territory with the tail held high in the air, then you can very well understand that the cat is very confident and content. The cat uses their tail to communicate to others that it is happy and in friendly mood by hoisting the tail like flagpole. The cat usually gets to this position while approaching a person. If the top portion of the tail twitches as the cast comes near you then the message is clear, the cat loves you very much.

Question mark

You can also find the tail of the cat bent like a question mark. This means that the cat is in playful mood. This is the right time for the pet owner to engage the cat in play session for ten to fifteen minutes.

Flying low

If the tail of the cat is found straight down lying parallel to the legs, then one has to be very careful as the cat is in aggressive mood. But the fact is there are exceptions to this rule. The breeds such as exotics, persions, and Scottish folds tend to keep their tail lower even in the normal circumstances.

Tucked away

You can find the cat with its tail tucked beneath the body. This is a very clear signal of fear and submission. There is something that has made the cat nervous. One can be very sure about it. It is the duty of the pet owner to protect the cat from the danger near by.

Puffed up

The puffed up cat tail indicates that the cat is severely frightened or agitated. The cat is trying to look bigger than the normal size in order to protect itself from the approaching danger=

Whipping

You may notice the cat whipping its tail back and forth rapidly. This means the cat is in both fear and aggression. This way the cat is trying to communicate “stay away” to the other animal

Swishing

If the cat is focussed on an object, then it swishes the tail slowly side by side.  The cat normally swishes its tail while it is ready to pounce on the real mice or toy mice. This type of tail position is a part of cat’s predatory position.

Twitching

Twitching the tail is nothing but a sign of excitement or curiosity. It is better not to disturb the cat at this time

Cat to cat

The tail wrapped around the other cat clearly indicates that both the cats are real pals. This position conveys their friendship.

Cat’s Eye with special emphasis on Night Vision of Cat

May 07, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

Cat’s eye

The human beings and the cats see the world differently. The anatomical features are different from eye of the human beings and that of the cat. As the needs of the human eye and cat’s eye are different, the anatomical features are also slightly different. Human beings evolved as fruit eating developed animal. The cats evolved as meat eating and nocturnal animal. The human being need to distinguish the colours efficiently. The cats require seeing more clearly in low light for hunting at night. Lets us discuss in details about the features of the feline eye to understand the night vision better.

The pupil

The light enters the eye through pupil. The pupil in the eye gets wider or narrower in order to let the light in according to the availability of light. The cat’s eye gets more light than the human beings. The pupil of the cat’s eye appears as vertical slit when it contracts. In human beings, the pupil will appear round at contacted position. The eye with slit pupil can be noticed in animals that have the nocturnal hunting behaviour. The slit pupil will allow more light in to the eye than the round pupil which is the reason for the night vision in those animals. But there is a disadvantage in slit pupil. The animal will find it difficult during perfect focus at slit formation as there will be optical interference.   

The lens

The lens is responsible for collecting and focussing the light, once the light enters the eye.  The lens is the cat’s eye is much larger than the lens present in the human beings. As the result more light is collected and focussed. The smaller lens can change the shape to focus the light to a great range of distance. But the larger lens could not change the shape and hence there will difficulty in focussing the light to variable distances. As the result the cats will find it very difficult in focussing the objects that are very closely located. Just as the case of older people finding is difficulty to see the person very close without the help of the reading glasses.

The Retina

The retina is the other important structure of the eye. The light that enters falls on the retina.  The retina is made up of cells that react to the light. There are so many factors involved in the functioning of the retina. One should know how well the image is focussed on the retina.  If the lens is found to be too strong for the distance at which the lens and the retina are located, the image will be focussed before it gets to the retina and hence will be defocused before it reaches the retina.  Likewise if the lens is too weak, the image will be unfocussed even when it reaches the retina. As far as most of the cats are concerned, the lenses are appropriately positioned and as the result the cats are neither farsighted nor near sighted.

 

If the lens are located at the farther distance to the retina and the retina is larger then the image farmed will be larger. The cats do have large eyes and the retinas are also appropriately sized. If the sampling grain is smaller in the retina and the image details will be very clear. The retina will have cells that are rod shaped and cone shaped.  The rods are responsible for absorbing the light. The cones are for differentiating the colour. The rods are present more in cat’s retina than the human beings. The cones are present in more numbers in retina of the human beings than the cats.

Cones and colour vision

In general the cats will have poor image details than the human beings. The reason for this is that the cats have rod rich retina where as the human beings have cone rich retina. The cats are not colour blind. The cats will have red- green colour blind generally termed as deuteranopia. This type of colour blind is very common among the human beings. These people can see blue colour verses other colours. But they will get confused in differentiating colours that are red through brown through and green. The root cause lies in presence of number of cones in the retina of the eye.

Night vision in cat

As the result of the special anatomical features such as vertical pupil [slit pupil], special reflecting membrane and rod rich retina, the cat’s can see better than human beings even at low light ,which helps them immensely for nocturnal hunting.

Cat Drooling – An Introduction

March 27, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

If you ride the cat to the vet clinic you may notice foam at the mouth of the cat. The foam can also be noticed after the administration of a dose of medicine. Many are not aware that these little drool has a long way to go. Let us discuss about cat drooling here. The cats salivate more when they are agitated or scared. Few other cats suffer from motion sickness if they are put under tense situation. This motion sickness problem can be identified from drool soaked cat carrier.

Few cats have the habit of developing the foam at the mouth if they feel nauseated. This kind of foam formation can be noticed in few cats while they are about to vomit the hair ball. Few cats form the foam while they are in happy mood especially when petted by the person liked by these lovely animals. What we had discussed above are the few causes for the drooling in cat. All these reason or the causes are very much short lived and are usually benign.

At times the cat may be drooling or foaming at the mouth for no apparent reason, one should not take this lightly. In any case if the drooling continues for mare than half an hour and if there are no other symptoms noticed, then one should rush the cat to the nearby vet clinic without wasting any time. There are two major reasons for abnormal drooling. One major reason is the problems occurring inside the mouth of the cat. The other major reason is the problem present in some other part of the body. In general the drooling is stimulated by nausea or pain.

Drooling is nothing but over flow of the saliva. This kind of overflow is caused by the interference in the act of swallowing. The interference in swallowing is caused by oral problems or any other neurological problems. There are so many mouth problems that result in the over flow of the saliva i.e. drooling. They are listed below. Dental diseases such as abscessed teeth, broken teeth, decayed teeth etc can result in drooling.

The drooling can be caused by gum diseases such as stomatitis, periodontal disease. Oral foreign body like fish bone, fish hook, string wrapped around tongue etc can result in over flow of saliva. Oral mass such as granuloma, tumor, eosinophilic etc can also result in drooling. Oral ulcer and oral laceration can lead to drooling. Bee stings and salivary gland cyst can also result in drooling. There are so many other oral disease symptoms that may accompany over flow of the saliva. They are foul breath, eating difficulty, blood tinged saliva, refusal to eat the food that is being provided to the cat in general. The cat will show visible signs of discomfort.

The cat will be looking very uncomfortable and will be seen pawing the mouth. At times the drooling may be the first and the only sign of the problem. As discussed earlier the problems present at the other part of the cat other than the mouth can also result in drooling. Disorder of the stomach, disorder of the intestine, disorder of the esophagus etc can result in drooling.

A rare liver disorder called portosystemic shunt can also lead to drooling. Over flow of the saliva can also be due to advanced kidney disease.

Deadly dangerous disease called as rabies can also result in drooling. The cat exposed to caustic chemicals or toxins can also show drooling as a symptom. As far as drooling is concerned, exposure to the toxin is one important consideration. The cats are more likely to be exposed to toxins or harmful chemicals. These toxins are very much available in the house. There are so many cleaning products are available in the market and the house holds buy them to clean their house. This is being done with good intention of keeping the surrounding clean. But these poor house holds are not aware that these chemicals present in the cleaning agent can actually harm the lovely little cat. These chemicals are directly ingested by the cats by hook or crook. At times these chemicals may be rubbed by the cats accidentally.

The cats are very clean animals, many are not aware of this fact. Given a chance, the cat will indulge in grooming using their tongue. While grooming these chemicals may gain entry in to the mouth of the cat. The toxin or the chemical thus entered may damage the lining of the mouth which is very soft. The lining that is damaged may lead drooling. There are certain flea dips and insecticides that are very commonly used by the house holds. These chemicals are very toxic to these feline friends and drooling is caused by these chemicals. These chemicals will cause other symptoms such as muscle tremors, lethargy, weakness, vomiting etc. the moment you notice any of the symptoms mentioned here , it is sensible to take the cat immediately to the near by vet clinic and seek the help of the professionally trained vet doctor.

You should carry along with you the label of the chemical ingested by the cat. This will help the vet to diagnose the problem and to treat the cat without wasting much time by subjecting the cat to various tests. The treatment started earlier will bring about the relief much faster. Dental disease is as such a bigger problem in our feline friend. More that eighty percent of the adult cats suffer from one or the other dental diseases.

The dental diseases such as tooth decay, periodontal and other problems of the oral cavity will result in severe pain which in turn result in drooling, over flow of saliva. Most of the people will think that their cat is suffering from rabies the moment they notice the foam formation in the mouth of the cat. This is very much unlikely if the cat is vaccinated against rabies. The best thing is vet consultation.

How to raise a healthy kitten?

March 17, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Cat bed, cat transport, General

It is always better to select the kitten from the whole litter. You should select the kitten that is active, playful and friendly. The kitten selected should be confident looking and should approach you happily. The shy and sensitive kittens should be left behind.

At the time the kitten is taken home, it should be 7-8 weeks old. Some pedigree breeders will keep the kittens with them up to 12 weeks old so that they can complete the vaccinations needed. There are certain things one should look for while selecting the kitten. Let us discuss about it here.

The ear of the kitten should be clean and should not have any unpleasant smell. The cat’s eyes are blue in colour. The cats with white blue eye are highly prone for deafness. This can be checked by making sound outside the field of vision of the cat.

The eyes of the kitten should be clean and bright and there should not be any discharge. The teeth of the kitten should be white and the gum should be pink. The coat should be clean and shiny and the coat should not have any flea. The area under tail of the kitten should be spotless.

Setting the new kitten

One should have good pet carrier to take the kitten home. This way the transport stress can be minimized. Let the kitten come out of the pet carrier on its own. Never try to rush the things as the poor kitten may get frightened. The food and fresh clean water should be ready for the kitten.

Let the kitten be left on its own for some time. Make sure the bed and the litter tray are in proper place so that the kitten can find that out with ease. Let the children in the house play and handle the kitten gently. Let the kitten be confined at house for a week or so.

You should accompany the kitten when it goes out of the house for the first time. This way the kitten will feel secure and develop the bond towards the owner. Let the other animals and the pets be introduced to the kitten slowly.

Be sure the other pet does not harm or frighten the kitten as it is a new arrival. If proper care is taken for a week or so, then the kitten will amuse itself as well as the other pets and house holds by its playful activities.

Cat Equipments

Bed- cardboard box along with a blanket or a cushion is more than enough for the kitten. As the kitten grows, you may require covered bed or wooden box. The bed should be washable only then the bed can be kept clean. Let the bed be provided in warm, quite and draught free place.