Understanding Cat Urinary Tract Infection

November 28, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

The cat urinary tract infection is very common health problem. The problem here is the symptoms go unnoticed more often than not. Hence one should be aware of the cat urinary tract infection symptoms and the treatment options available in order to protect the health of the cat. The male casts are more prone for urinary tract infection than the female cats. Few are of the opinion that urinary tract infections are more common in neutered cats and that is not at all true. Both neutered and un- neutered cats are equally susceptible.

Early detection of the urinary tract infection is very important in treating the cat before the condition get worse. The cats affected with urinary tract infection may die if not treated properly. One may wonder how to know that the cat is suffering from UTI. As discussed earlier the symptoms are not easy to spot. The pet owner should have complete account of cat’s habits and it’s routine. One can have a doubt that the cat is having UTI, if the cat starts urinating out side the litter box. At times the cat may have blood in the urine which may point out that the cat is suffering from UTI. Strong smell of the urine may be another symptom of UTI.

The cat that is found to be crying while urinating and constantly grooming the genital area can be suspected to have urinary tract infection. The cat drinking more water than usual can also be possible sufferer of UTI. The moment the pet owner has slightest doubt, he or she should rush the cat to the near by vet hospital for further check-up and confirmation of the disease condition. The vet will check the cat thoroughly. The urine sample of the cat will be collected and will be subjected to complete analysis. The UTI is very much curable if attempted early and the good health of the cat can be brought back. The vet will prescribe antibiotics as it is nothing but an infection of microbes. The antibiotics will treat the UTI in most of the cases.

However, special treatment may be required if the infection is too severe. The UTI can be due to more serious underlying problems such as tumour of the kidney or the complete failure of the kidney. If that is the case, special and focussed treatment option should be followed in order to get rid of the underlying cause once for all. The early detection of the urinary tract infection is the responsibility of the cast owner.

There is no worry as this condition is completely curable and the lovely cat can be protected if treated early. All one has to do is just observe the cat very closely. Detect the symptoms as early as possible and rush the cat to the qualified veterinarian for the further check up and confirmation. Once identified, the vet will start the treatment without wasting any time and the pussy cat will come back to normalcy soon

Evolution of Cats

November 26, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

The people just love the cats as they are very independent and individualistic. But there are so many non cat owners and they are of the opinion that the cats are arrogant and aloof. The reason for this belief is being attributed to the fact that the cats don’t have any eye brow. Because of this fact the cats are looking very arrogant and the coldness in their looks is not to be seen in other animals like dog.

One can see the cat purrs and rubs against its owner. This is not because of arrogance but because of affection. As per the reports the cats have been domesticated by people as early as 9500 years ago by the people of island of Cyprus. The modern day cats seem have originated from five African wild cats, felis silvestris lybica. These wild cats must have come to the land where people live for want of food as their natural prey must have disappeared due to adverse weather condition.

The cats are very closely related to tigers. The cats have strong flexible bones and super quick reflexes as the tigers. The cats do have claws that can be retracted just as in the case of tigers which make the cat to chase the prey and to capture it with ease.

The cats are nocturnal in habit. They can see the things in very poor light and even in the darkness. This is possible because the cat’s eye has a special layer of cells located at the back of the retina. This layer of cell is called as tapetum lucidum. This layer reflects the light back to the retina which makes the animals to have clear vision even at poor light condition. The cats have very sharp ear too. The cats can hear higher and fainter frequencies of sound than that of the human beings and which is the reason for the cats to know the movement of mouse in the house much before we do

Caring for your cat

It is the duty of the cat owner to keep the cat’s health at its prime. All the health care routine should be carried out right from the kitten to old age. The problems should be identified early and should be treated at the earliest to improve the quality of life of that beloved companion. The required vaccinations should be given to the cats. The vaccines should be repeated once in a year in order to maintain the immunity level.

Warming

The cats do suffer a lot due to intestinal worm infestation. The most common intestinal worms that affect the health of the cats are tapeworm, round worm and hook worm. The intestinal worms will affect the cat’s health gradually as there will be loss of appetite, vomiting and in some cases diarrhoea too. The cats can be protected from the ill effects of the intestinal worms by periodical de-warming. The de-warming schedule is as follows. The kittens should be de-warmed once in two weeks until 12 weeks and then the de-warming should be continued once in a month until 6 months of age

Cat Health Tips for a Better Vet Visit

November 24, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Cat Collars, dental care, Home Remedies

The pet owners in general want to provide the best for their lovely pet. The knowledge level of the pet owners as far as the pet health is concerned is very limited and hence they require vet visit. Preparing the pet and you for the vet visit is bit difficult and hence require few tips. Here they are.

The pet’s comfort is the most important aspect. The pet, I mean the cat should be carried in a container. The container should be comfortable for the cat irrespective of the vehicle used, be it public transport or private transport. The cat should not be roaming around the vehicle freely which is not good for the cat as well as the pet owner. It is not good to carry the pet in the lap especially if you are driving the car. Even if your not driving the cat may jump suddenly out of the lap and may create trouble to the driver which may result is disaster.

The cats will feel uncomfortable inside the container if they are not used to. Hence prepare the cat before actually starting your journey to the vet. The cats can be made to have a feel of the container few hours or few days before the actual travel to the visit just to make them to be comfortable inside the container. The pet containers are available in plenty.

One should select the one considering the durability, design and price suited to him. The top loading containers are considered the best. The cats can be placed inside with ease and the cat will jump out with is once the top lid is opened. Let the cat be used to the car ride inside the container. For this one should practice this for short trips near the house few days before the actual travel. Let the cat not be fed anything an hour before the vet visit. This will avoid litter problem during the travel.

Tips for handling the cat’s aggressive behaviour

November 12, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Behavior

If you had selected a cat as your pet, it is a great choice as the cats are very cute and lovable. The cats are very easy to care for. At times the cat may be very aggressive and in the process they may hurt the other pets and even the pet owners. The cats are very good companion for the children as well as adults in the house and they are very good source of joy and cheerfulness. The cats are one of the best stress reliever and offer good company to the elderly people in the house. The cats are being treated as just another family member in most of the houses. So if the cat in your house is aggressive, do not worry, it can be tamed. Let us discuss about it here.

The aggressive behaviour in cat is not as damaging as that of the dogs. Cats in general show aggression only during the mating and hunting. The cat’s aggression at the most will result in damaged furniture. There is definitely an underlying cause for the cat’s aggression. The causes may be mistreatment or abuse, illness or injury, inadequate handling, old age, diet, threatening scenario, boredom, stressful environment, temperament, lack of exercise etc.

But one has to have a lot of patience. Here are few tips for handling the aggressive cat and to prevent onset of aggressiveness. Prepare the cat to get accustomed to the handling. The cats should be tamed at very early stage. The kittens should be provided extra care at the time of food. The kittens needs to be patted on the head and talked with love and affection.

The cats should be discouraged to rough play as it will indulge in more scratching and biting. The nails should be clipped regularly. Make sure the cats are provided with toys as much as possible. The pet owner must spend quality time with the cat and the cat should let fell aloof. Make sure somebody is in the house always and this will make the cat feel secured. The cats will not turn aggressive, if there are other pets in the house. Let other pets be made familiar with the cat that is brought to home a new.

Let the cat not be punished for aggressive behaviour as it may worsen the condition. Let the cat be starved and be made to get food from the person to whom it showed its aggression. If the cat refuses to take food from that person, he or she may be accompanied by yet another family member with whom the cat is comfortable. In case you are getting a new cat to the house, take time in introducing the cat to the new environment, family members, other pets etc. Allow the cat to roam around the house to get familiar with. In case the cat is timid by nature, let the cat be in room for a week or so. One should understand that over coming the aggressiveness of the cat requires time and patience.

Cat Evolution

November 06, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General

The people just love the cats as they are very independent and individualistic. But there are so many non cat owners and they are of the opinion that the cats are arrogant and aloof. The reason for this belief is being attributed to the fact that the cats don’t have any eye brow. Because of this fact the cats are looking very arrogant and the coldness in their looks is not to be seen in other animals like dog.

One can see the cat purrs and rubs against its owner. This is not because of arrogance but because of affection. As per the reports the cats have been domesticated by people as early as 9500 years ago by the people of island of Cyprus. The modern day cats seem have originated from five African wild cats, felis silvestris lybica. These wild cats must have come to the land where people live for want of food as their natural prey must have disappeared due to adverse weather condition.

The cats are very closely related to tigers. The cats have strong flexible bones and super quick reflexes as the tigers. The cats do have claws that can be retracted just as in the case of tigers which make the cat to chase the prey and to capture it with ease.

The cats are nocturnal in habit. They can see the things in very poor light and even in the darkness. This is possible because the cat’s eye has a special layer of cells located at the back of the retina. This layer of cell is called as tapetum lucidum. This layer reflects the light back to the retina which makes the animals to have clear vision even at poor light condition. The cats have very sharp ear too. The cats can hear higher and fainter frequencies of sound than that of the human beings and which is the reason for the cats to know the movement of mouse in the house much before we do.

Risk and Benefits of Rabies Shots on Cats

November 02, 2011 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

The cats are vaccinated against rabies, you all will be aware of this. Rabies vaccine comes under core vaccinations. Core vaccines are nothing but the vaccines that all cats should get. These core vaccines should be given to the cats that live both indoors or out doors. Rabies and distemper come under core vaccine group.

Rabies vaccines are compulsory in most states in America. This is because this rabies can be transmitted to human beings and the affected animal or human will die. Rabies vaccine should be administered by certified DVM only. The cats are not vaccinated until the cats are 12 weeks old. The cats that are older than 12 weeks should be vaccinated and the vaccine should be continued every year. Rabies vaccine should be administered in the right hind leg of the cat.

Reactions to rabies vaccination

Rabies vaccinated cats may have soreness just as the soreness experienced by the human beings after the tetanus injection. These vaccine reactions are very common in cats. There are two types of reactions; they are serious reactions and mild reactions.

Serious reactions

There are few more serious reactions which we will discuss now. These serious reactions are like allergic reactions the human experience minutes after the consumption of peanuts. These serious reactions are facial swelling, itchness, breathing difficulty, vomiting, pale gums, hives, anaphylactic shock and death. The cats showing any one of these symptoms should be treated immediately at vet hospital not at home. The vet will administer antihistaminic drug.

Mild reactions

Mild reactions are also very common in cats. These mild reactions develop after an hour. The mild reactions are refusing to eat, hiding, fever, sleepiness, reluctance to be touched etc. in general the vets will not charge for the vaccine reactions or at least offer good discount for the treatment.

Most of the cats will recover fast from these mild reactions. During this period the cat should be given plenty of good quality water. The cat may be given can of tuna fish or any dry food with chicken broath. Garlic or onion should be avoided for the cats. Meat baby food added with warm water but without onion or garlic should help the cat to recover faster.

These mild reactions of the cat should be recorded in the cat’s chart. This information should be informed to the vet attending on the cat. The vet will make note of these information and will take required precaution while administering the cat rabies vaccine next time. The vet may administer diphenidramine along with the rabies vaccine to prevent these mild reactions.

It is better not to administer all the vaccine boosters on a single day. One vaccine per is very good for the cat. This way the vet will also understand the cats reactions to the vaccine administered without any confusion. The vet will know exactly which vaccine is the reason for the reactions and take precautions accordingly. It is always better to schedule the cat’s vaccination on a holiday so that the pet owner can watch the pet so closely. But care should be taken to know the vet clinic is open for the next day to treat the reactions if there are any.