How to control worms in your cat naturally?

August 20, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Intestinal worms are common in all creatures which includes human. These worms feed on the nutrients that are for the host and deprive the host from those vital nutrients there by disturbing the health of the host. These intestinal worms should be kept under control else they play havoc. As long as these parasites are kept at minimal number, there is no issue. Once the numbers increase then the disease symptoms are bound to appear.

Strangely some animals will appear normal with heavy load of worms while many other will show their discomfort soon. The symptoms of worm infestation vary from one animal to the other. The most common symptoms are impaired assimilation of nutrients, disturbance of digestive systems, vomiting, frequent eating of grass, rubbing the anus to the ground, decreased appetite, increased appetite, immune dysfunction, heart problems, respiratory problems, etc.

There are so many medications available for treating the worm infestation. But most of these commercial preparations are very harsh and hence if used for long time, they are harmful to the body parts. These commercial preparations can damage the lining of the digestive system and can lead to toxicity. The young puppies and kittens that are under 6 month of age should never be treated with these harsh commercial medications for deworming.

Adopting preventive measures for warms is the best alternative. These parasites feed on the waste products that are left behind in the intestine. If the digestive system is kept clean then there will not be anything for these parasites to feed on. The animals that are provided with processed food are likely to have more worm burden than those animals that are fed with raw, fresh foods. The reason is very simple the animals that are fed with natural foods are healthier than those are fed with canned foods. The processed food and the canned foods build up more toxins in the system there by paving way for the multiplication of the worms by feeding on those waste toxin materials.

It is better to go in for natural dewormer than the commercial dewormer. The natural products used for deworming do not pose any adverse health issues to the host. Full moon time is the best time form deworming the cats. During this period the cat will be very active thus the efficacy of the medication is much improved.

Heart worms are very dangerous and can kill the cat instantly once their number increases by choking the heart. The parasites are transmitted to the cats mostly by mosquitoes. Heart worm infestation can be seen in cats that are only 2 months old. If the worms mature in the heart, they can affect the function of the heart thereby killing the cat. The cats infested with heart worm may show the following symptoms. They are vomiting, lethargy, impaired blood flow to the organs, loss of appetite, weight loss, digestive disorders, low vitality etc. the heart worm can be diagnosed by blood test . It is better to go in for professional heal to counter worm infestation by natural way.

FIP – a Dreadful Cat Disease?

August 18, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases, Health

Feline Infectious peritonitis is shortly called as FIP. This dreadful viral disease is noticed throughout the world. Most of the cats are acting as carriers for this virus who don’t develop symptoms of FIP, but will eventually fall ill.

Causes for FIP

A corona virus is the causative agent for this disease. It is not contagious in nature as it doesn’t shed from the affected cat. But benign feline Corona virus is contagious.

Symptoms of FIP

The disease occurs in two forms viz., Wet form and Dry form. The symptoms varied for these two forms.

Wet form symptoms of FIP

  • Loss of weight
  • No appetite
  • Elevation in temperature (won’t respond for any treatment)
  • Dyspnea
  • Fluid retention leads to abdomen distension

Dry form symptoms of FIP

Most of the symptoms of wet form is noticed in dry form except organ failure. The function of different organs will be affected that solely depends on the involvement of the organ concerned (commonly involved organs include nervous system, pancreas, liver, kidneys, eyes, etc)

Diagnosis

The main diagnosis is by symptoms only. The confirmative diagnosis involves microscopical examination of the tissue sample from tissue biopsies including special tests to identify the virus presence.

Treatment

THERE IS NO CURE FOR FIP. Currently the affected cats are treated symptomatically to get rid of the pain temporarily.

Sequel

The wet form is more acute than dry form. Hence the cat suffering from wet form succumb to death within few weeks to months.

Prevention

The only way to prevent this disease from the occurrence is not allowing your cat to mingle with other cats outside. Although vaccine is available for this disease, it is not yet recommended by any government as it doesn’t give complete cover against this disease.

How to deal with cat hairballs?

August 02, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Do you know your cats are prone for hairballs? Yes!!! Normally your cat grooms her/his hair to remove dead hairs from its body. While doing so, the loose hair passes through the gastrointestinal tract and comes out in the feces.

In general, carnivores, alimentary canal is designed to digest or sending them as such in the scat as they will fed on other animals with fur. Due to breeding of different cats, there is possibility of development of long-haired cat breeds. When these breeds groom and collect the hairs in the stomach rather than passing out in the gut, they form hairballs, which irritate stomach lining and formation of hairballs, which is otherwise called as “trichobezoar”.

Symptoms of hairballs

  • Frequent vomiting
  • Vomitus contains hairball

Prevention

  • Frequent combing with fine toothed flea comb
  • The cats will self-medicate by consuming grass to initiate vomiting in order to expel hairball

Differential Diagnosis

Feline asthma, Hepatitis

Treatment

  • Including  high fibre diet
  • Administering lubricant to push the thing in correct direction
  • Giving Nux vomica to propel the difficult hairball in vomitus
  • Petroleum Jelly – The molecules of Jelly I high enough o get absorbed in the system. So they will pass as such to remove the formed hairballs

Adult Cat Feeding Tips

July 30, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Food & Nutrition

Are you having adult cat? Are you feeding your kitty the same feed you have started at its young age? No! You should not feed the same stuff and quantity. Adult cat feeding requires extensive research before opting the same. Fat and protein levels should be at correct proportion while feeding adult cat in order to maintain healthy body condition.

The adult cat foods are available in two forms- Wet and Dry. The choice of wet or dry depends on your choice as well as by your kitties too. The main advantage of feeding dry feed to cat is that it removes the plaque from the teeth. Your cat will chew the feed for quite along period, which is good for health. Some of the cats always prefer wet food as it fresh and tasty for them. You should not serve your cat with food with extreme cool or hot.  Some times, you can provide wet food in the morning and dry food in the evening.

Some of the owners prefer to provide table waste or small quantity of food fed by hand as a token of affection to them. But it is not advisable as human foods are rich in calories as well as salt, which is injurious to health of the cat. Instead of feeding these stuffs, you can go for commercial treats. While offering commercial treats, try to reduce the main meal quantity. Even you can ask your vet what can be offered as feed for adult cats as a last resort.

Most of the cat owners trying to find out how much quantity should be given for feeding. The thumb rule is  a healthy, active 8-lb adult cat requires about 30 calories per pound per day. The cats prefer several small meals a day. But this is inconvenient to the owners. It is very easy to make the cats to adopt larger meals or two meals a day. As you know very well that they are natural grazers in reality, providing some dry food in between meals fits your kitty very well.

In addition to this, you should feed the adult cat in the same place and at the same times each day, which is some what away from noisy place of your home. The feeding place should be cleaned regularly or you can use a feeding mat. The food should be placed in a  metal or ceramic bowl.

Cat and Diabetes

July 21, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Diseases

Cat also suffers from diabetes unlike human beings. Feline diabetes is of two types- Type-1-diabetes and Type-2-diabetes. Feline diabetes will occur in any age. When there is an insufficient production of insulin, it is termed as Type-1, whereas Type-2 occurs due to inability of the cat’s body to process insulin more effectively.

Apart from these two types of diabetes, cats may suffer from secondary feline diabetes(Type-3 diabetes), which may be caused by drugs or by some diseases such as chronic pancreatitis, and hormonal diseases that may injure the natural processing of insulin in the body.

How to find your cat is suffering from diabetes?

If your cat is showing frequent urination as well as thirst, it would be a preliminary symptom of diabetes. The diabetic cat may lose weight as their body is unable to process or handle glucose. Apart from this, feline diabetes affected cat may show general weakness, loss of ability and vomiting. Some of the affected cats may exhibit breathing abnormalities as well as poor skin and coat condition.

How to confirm your cat is suffering from feline diabetes?

When your cat exhibits any one of the symptoms discussed above, do subject your pet cat for lab analysis of blood and urine. It is necessary to perform both the tests because the stressed cat may show elevated blood sugar levels.

Is feline diabetes curable?

No!!! Just like that of human beings feline diabetes is incurable. But you can control the blood sugar level by adopting different techniques such as weight control and diet control. The obese cats may be fed with high fiber diet as well as complex carbohydrates. These type of diets will control the weight of the cat as well as blood sugar level.

There are few oral medications available over-the-counter at medical shop to counteract diabetes in cats. You can browse the net to get those details.

The blood glucose level of your cat should be monitored regularly in order to keep the things on check. In advance cases of feline diabetes, vet usually advises the pet cat owners to go for insulin injections. If the owner is giving insulin injection, the pet owner should be very careful as there is every possibility of over dosage of insulin.

Now, you can come to a conclusion that feline diabetes can be treated and no more should be considered as death sentence for your pet cat. Just working with your vet, you can simply prolong your cat’s life like anything.

How to make your cat to lose weight?

July 06, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Obese cats are really a problem maker for cat owners, because these cats are prone for skin problems, liver problems, orthopedic problems and diabetes. In short, we can say that cat health care for these pets are very challenging. Moreover, overweight cats face lives that are shorter and often uncomfortable. Don’t lose your heart! There are so many ways to make your cat to lose weight.

The first and foremost thing you should consider is DIET. In wild, the cats are true carnivores. They will satisfy their nutritional requirements by feeding on animal flesh as they are not in a position to synthesize the necessary amino acids and fatty acids from other food sources. Most of the dry foods available for cats from market are rich in carbohydrate and low in protein, which is not good for the cat health.

Diets rich in carbohydrates will lead to obesity because cats are unable to process carbohydrates. Excess carbohydrates will be stored as fats. A perfect feline diet should contain less than 10% carbohydrates. These carbohydrates should be highly digestible-potato and rice.

If you provide your cat with high protein diets, say more than 45%, there is every possibility of losing weight from your cat. Research studies confirm this fact.

The next best alternative is going for canned foods. Most of the canned foods are rich in protein and low carbohydrate. Ad libitum feeding is not advisable to cats because cats typically overeat when they have a constant supply of food.

The diet requirement for an averaged weighing adult cat should not be more than 160 to 200 kcal per day, divided into 2 to 4 feedings.

Exercising your cat daily will also help to lose few pounds. You can provide few playthings to mimic the natural living activity of the cats. Commonly available exercising tips include Multivet Slimcat Cat Toy Ball Feeder (Search Amazon), Fishing rod type toys etc. will keep your cat busy to shed their excess fat.

Feeding cat with raw food – Secrets Exposed

June 28, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - feeding

Some of the cat owners feeding cat’s raw food like meaty poultry bone to chunks of meat. Feeding cats raw food like meaty poultry bone will let them tear the food off, smashing the bone and eating little bit bone as well as cartilage.

I have once searched the net for getting info about feeding cat raw food. I came across a video that shows how a cat easily dealing with large chunks of various types of meat.

So, feeding cat’s raw food is advisable for the cat owners….

Once you weaned your kitten, you should start with raw food by feeding them with raw chicken. You can get good quality chicken relatively cheaper. You can provide chicken drumstick, raw wing, and thigh. The young kitties will drag it around and gnaw on the raw food you have provided thinking that they were prey.

If you want to strengthen and clean the teeth and gums of your kitten, you can provide them chicken necks as it is being soft for them to chew. The chicken necks will provide enough calcium to the cats that feed on them.

As bottom line, I would like to conclude that NEVER FEED YOUR CATS WITH COOKED BONE. Cooked bones of any kind will get hardened and will seriously cause digestive disorders due to improper digestion of the same. So feeding your cat with raw food will help you to get hale and healthy kitties.

Atopic Dermatitis in Cats

June 21, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - Health

Atopic dermatitis is nothing but a skin allergic reaction caused by various allergens such as pollens, dust, moulds etc. This condition may be seasonal depending on the allergen involved

Symptoms

The cats that are suffering from atopic dermatitis develop skin redness or rashes. At times there can be inflammation of the ear. The cat will be seen pawing her face more frequently or rubbing the face against rough surface. This is due to the itchiness. Few cats develop skin lesions which are due to the frequent scratching. The cat will have running nose if the allergen involved are inhaled.  The allergic reaction may be seasonal if it is due to pollens. If the pollen level is high, the cats will show the symptoms. The atopic dermatitis can be chronic if not treated with proper medication.

Diagnosis of atopic dermatitis

The affected cats should be taken to the near by vet at the earliest. The vet will conduct complete physical examination to find out the route cause of the problem.  The cat will like to know about the medical history of the cat. The vet may go in for skin scrapping test in order to rule out the other causes such as mange mite. Then the vet will perform intradermal blood test to check the immune system response to the allergens. The vat may go in for fungal culture test and general blood test.

Treatment of atopic dermatitis

The vet will require the help of the pet owner to find out the allergen in order to eliminate the same completely. The cats that have chronic dermatitis will be administered immunotherapy shots just to reduce the hypersensitivity reactions that are likely to appear in common allergen exposure. There will be series of injections and the pet owner should cooperate with the vet to administer the injection on time.  The cat will be given antihistamine medication to counter the allergic reaction. The vet will also administer antibiotics to counter secondary bacterial infection. The cat may also be treated with hydrocortisone to soothe the itching and inflammation. The pet owner should take sufficient care in preventing the cat from licking the medication.

Commercial allergy treatments

The following are the commercially available allergy treatments. They are panalog, excel hydrocortisone shampoo, dermagard hydrocortisone medicated spray and oat meal and aloe vera conditioner.

Other treatment options for Atopic Dermatitis

Omega-3-fatty acids supplemented in the diet of the cat are found to be of great help in treating atopic dermatitis. Omega 3 fatty acid reduces the immune system reaction to certain allergens in addition to improving the health of the skin and fur. This supplement is sure to bring about the desired results in few weeks.  Corticosteroid seems to reduce the inflammation and hence can be tried for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. Corticosteroids usage should be limited as there are severe side effects if used for long time.  It is better to find out the allergen and to remove them once for all from the surrounding is considered to be the best for atopic dermatitis problem.

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.

How to stop your cat peeing in the house?

June 16, 2012 :: Posted by - kittyluver :: Category - General

The cats are very clean animals. These lovely creatures want their litter box also to be clean. Few pet owners do not clean their litter box every now and then. As the result the cat will be reluctant in using the litter box. They will start peeing out side the litter box. We can not blame them. The litter boxes should be kept clean. The boxes should be cleaned thoroughly once in a week at least. This is must to encourage the cat to use their litter box without ant hesitation. There should beclean all ways one litter box extra when compared to the number of cats in the house. If you are having only one cat, you should have two litter boxes. This will help in such a way that the cat will use the fresh clean new litter box in case the old litter box is not cleaned due to some unavoidable reason.

The urine of the cat will be extremely pungent and will have unpleasant odour. This unpleasant odour is due to protein metabolism. There will be combination of phosphates, uric acid, aerates and calcium oxalates. If there is any infection or inflammation in the urinary tract of the cat, then the smell will be much worse. If the urine dries, then there will be formation of the crystals which are very difficult to clear. There are specialized products available in the market to help us get rid of the urine smell problem. These products will have enzymes that will act on the crystals and break down them in to simpler chemicals and remove the stain and smell. The regular house hold cleaners will not be of any use as far as cat urine smell is concerned. The active chemical that is present in the house hold cleaners is ammonia. As the urine of the cat is ammonia based, this house hold cleaners are not effective in removing the stain or odour.  In other words the house hold chemicals will encourage the kittens to urinate in the same place cleaned by the house hold cleaners. The ammonia present in the chemical will remind them of their own urine.

If the litter boxes are clean and the cat is still urinating outside the litter box, then the reason should be investigated. You may think of shouting at the cat. But this will not help in any way. In turn this will only confuse the cat further. In case you your cat peeing at the carpet placed in the bed room, do not yell at him. Just pick him up gently and place him in a room with litter box and close the door completely for some time. The cat is peeing at the carpet instead of using the litter box because something must have prevented the cat from using the litter box. You should find out the stimulation factor instead of shouting and punishing the cat.