Keeping your fish alive

December 29, 2007 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Other Hobbies

Some of the Cat owners prefer to keep fishes also. For those owners, this post is quite useful.

Most fish keepers start out with platy, neon tetra, molly and similar fish, but sooner or later many of us get an urge to advance from typical beginner species to more rare and unusual pets.

This is where a lot of semi-beginners make a fatal mistake: they purchase fish without first researching the species. They simply venture to the fish shop and pick out a few species that they find attractive, without knowing anything about how to care for them.

This is why aquarists with tiny aquariums purchase tinfoil barbs, even though the tinfoil barb can reach a length of 14 inches (35 cm) and must be kept in a group of at least 5 specimens.

This is also why aggressive cichlids are combined with timid ones, why fish from acidic South American waters are crammed together with fish from the alkaline lakes of eastern Africa, and why cold water fish such as goldfish end up together with heat loving Angelfish.

The list goes on and on. Doing some research is not difficult at all; the Internet is today filled with excellent tropical fish info and you can also visit your local aquarium club.

For more specialized information, such as specific cichlids info, barb info or similar, there are websites as well as forums to visit online.

By devoting a little time to research, you will dramatically increase your chances of becoming a successful aquarist. You will be able to focus on the joyful aspects of the hobby instead of constantly removing dead fish from your tank.

Home Remedies for Cat Dandruff

December 26, 2007 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Home Remedies

Do you know the cat’s coat protect  the sensitive skin from sun rays? If your cat spends lot of time outdoors, it may go for sunburn like human beings. The sun burn will affect especially on the tips of their lips, nose, eyelids, or ears. These sunburn may lead to cancer of skin and also allergic dermatitis– a reaction that may lead to skin scaly, itchy or dry- called dandruff in cats.

As a home remedy for cat dandruff, you can make use of the diet that  includes yeast and garlic. This will keep the cat fleas away to prevent the occurence of cat dandruff.

You can use baking soda for insect bites in your cat, which may lead to dandruff. Dip the cat’s feet for 5-10 minutes in Epsom salt mixed cool water, if you have noticed an itchy feet.

You need to call your vet if your cat has flaking or the presence of parasite and worsening or persistent itching.

Dog breeds of the world

December 19, 2007 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Breeds

You have probably heard about Newfoundlands, German shepherds and Bulldogs, but what about the Akita, Vizsla and Beauceron? The fact that a dog breed is popular doesn’t automatically mean that it is the perfect breed for you. When picking a dog breed, do not focus only on dogs owned by your friends and neighbours. By taking a look at some of the less well known dog breeds of the world, you might very well stumble over the perfect dog breed for you and your life style. This is true regardless of whether you are looking for a small dog breed or something huge like a Great Dane or Leonberger. A problem associated with choosing very common dog breeds is the fact that popular dog breeds are the main targets for so called puppy mills. Puppy mills breed dogs in order to make as much money as fast as possible, and does not care about hereditary dog diseases, proper puppy socialization and so on. When you purchase a rare dog breed, you are less likely to encounter puppies from puppy mills since puppy mills tend to focus on the breeds that are really easy to sell. Be careful however, because sometimes puppy mill owners try to sell a mixed breed dog by falsely claiming that is it a very rare and unusual pure breed dog. Even if you are interested in owning a mixed breed dog, you should stay away from puppy mills since they frequently use unsuitable parents and fail to provide their dogs with proper socialisation, veterinary care, nutritious food, and so on.

Hypothyroidism in Cats

December 09, 2007 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Hypothyroidism is the most common hormone imbalance of cats. It seems like it would be a straight forward problem: the body does not produce enough thyroid hormone, problems result, a test shows thyroid hormone level is low, the hormone replaced given in pill form, problem solved. Unfortunately, it is not quite so straight-forward in real life. This article attempts to review the issues relevant to this condition and the pitfalls that keep it from being a simple problem.

In short, hypothyroidism is the natural deficiency of thyroid hormone. This deficiency is produced by immune-mediated destruction of the thyroid gland, by natural atrophy of the gland, by dietary iodine deficiency, or as a congenital problem. In the cat, the first two causes listed account for almost all cases.

Clinical Signs of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a classical disease with a classical collection of clinical signs.

Skin abnormality, hair loss, brittle or dry coat, obese and anemic are the signs of hypothyroidism.

Thickeneing of some tissues, especially of the head and face is being noticed in the cats suffering from hypothyroidism.

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of this disease is not so simple as we think. It requires at least a week to study the level of the thyroxine in blood to give confirmative diagnosis.

Treatment

At least treatment of hypothyroidism is relatively straight-forward. Hypothyroidism is treated with oral administration of thyroid hormone (T4). Even hypothyroid cats are perfectly capable of converting T4 to T3. Pills are given usually twice daily to start but may be dropped to once a day after good thyroid control has been achieved.