How to Deal Your Cat’s Poor Appetite?

April 29, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

Anorexia or poor appetite is one of the most common symptoms that sends cat owners into their vet’s office. If you haven’t experienced this illness, there is a good chance that at some point you will.

The main reasons for your cat going for poor appetite are the cat is finicky or sick. It is really difficult to find whether your cat is finicky or sick. Hence I would like to give you a few tips so you are better prepared to handle this situation.

Tip #1. Change the Food

Some of the cats are responding well to a different food. You can try either a different type of food (such as a semi-moist or pouch food), a different canned food, or a different dry food.

Tip #2. Encourage your Kitty to eat

You can provide a fresh food of what you are already feeding. Offering fresh food will definitely stimulate a cat’s appetite. Some of the owners topping off the feeding bowl with fresh food of the same origin. Some of the kitten owners will make their cats come running to the food bowl after hearing the sound of fresh kibble.

Tip#3. Watch Activity of Your Cat

Keenly observe your cat for other signs of illness such as lack of playfullness, lethargy, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you notice any other signs of cat illness, please fix an appointment with your vet’s office.

Don’t compromise with the quality of the cat feed. Have a look at the cat feed to make sure it is good quality food formulated to meet cat’s needs. If you introduce any new feed to your kitty, pay close attention to look if it consumes the whole food without any hesitation.

Cat Flea Control Tips

April 19, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

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Cat fleas are not only disgusting but they can also be dangerous. The cat flea feeds on the blood of humans as well as that of cats. They can also transmit diseases to your cat.

Flea allergy dermatitis is the most common and annoying disease caused by fleas. Some of your cats might be allergic to the flea saliva itself. One bite is more than enough to cause allergy through out its body.

Flea allergy cats will show skin lesions and hair loss. You can notice some cat will itch until their skin becomes raw. The cat flea affected cats loose weight from burning so many extra calories from constant licking. Some cats are showing irritating bumps all around their neck.

Apart from these symptoms, the cats with flea and ticks may suffer from tapeworms also because fleas transmit the tapeworm larva. Once the larva get infested into the blood, the larva reaches the gastro-intestinal tract and continues to develop.

When developed fully, the head of the tapeworm gets attached into the intestinal wall and small egg filled segments periodically snatched off and are passed in feces as small grains.

Preventing the fleas will help to get rid of Flea allergy dermatitis. You can buy flea collars, shampoo and cat flea medicines to prevent the reproduction of the fleas in the skin of the cat.

You can place your cat with "Advantage"- the best cat flea treatment.You need to groom her well after using Advantage to get rid of the dead fleas from the body.

After starting Advantage if you cat shows the symptoms of cat flea allergy, try putting her on Rice and Iams Lamb , this will aid in limiting the residual allergy from the fleas.

AVOID the use of hydrocortisone, antihistamine or any other human medicine on your cat! They often have different effects not on cat fleas but on cats than on us.

Cat Litter Cleaning- A Simple Survey

April 11, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

Although cleaning your cat’s litter is a least favorite job, at some point you’ve got to clean out the thing.

So, a research was conducted to find out how the things are being done by the cat owners. You may think that you’re scooping out the kitty litter as often as everyone else.

Please check this survey to find your place where you are.

Nearly 38  percent of cat owners acoop the litterbox of kitty once a day and more than 33 percent scoop at least two times a day. A meagre percent (16.6%) of cat owners clean their kitties corner only two to four times a week.

The study confirms that everyone scoops the litter box at least once a week. Only 1% confirmed that they cleaned the litter material less than once a week.

How do you fit in the survey? Please post your views in the comment…

Wanna Clean Your Cat Ear?

April 03, 2008 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior, Diseases, Health

Wanna clean your cat ear? Then, this is the perfect place to get to know about the cat ear cleaning.

For cleaning of cat’s ear, first place two drops of olive oil into the round opening of ear canal and then slowly press at the base of ears. This causes easy spread of the oil and wait for about five minutes. Protection of ear as cat health is taken seriously especially in aged cats.

Now, the cat makes frequent movements of the head and after this five minutes, clean the ear with a cotton ball. Please try to carry out these methods at least thrice a week.

Regular cleaning is a must as for as concerned with the cats because the cat’s ears are so sensitive to dirt accumulations and infections. 

There are many ear cleaning solutions are also available on commercial basis. These can be applied carefully into the ear canals. You can consult other cat owners also in this regard in addition to the cat specialists.

Some times, mites may affect the cat’s ear and the affected cats may be seen frequently shaking the ears. Some times, these cats may tend to rub the ears on the wall or against the owners leg very seriously.

Protection of ear as cat health associated activity is a vital one. When one fails to provide the right kind of protection of ear as cat health measure in the cat, the cat may develop fever and other problems, in the course of time.