DOG SEPARATION ANXIETY—”SCARED TO BE HOME ALONE”

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

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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

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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.