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Pretty white cat [1-6-17]



29.5.17

Cat Behavior Problems [29-5-17]



Cat Behavior Problems

The occasional cat fight is expected in multiple cat households, because cats are territorial. However, when aggressive behavior becomes the norm, you can take steps to stop it.

Confinement in a less attractive space; place a collar and bell on the “trouble maker”; squirt the “trouble maker” with a water bottle during agressive acts.

For the victim give rewards. Letting him/her roam the house, plus treats and affection rewards.

Gradually increase the supervised interaction, rewarding good behavior and using corrective measures against cat aggression.


16.5.17

The Truth about Catnip




The Truth about Catnip


We have all heard the stories about cats gone wild, strung out on catnip, while my cat could care less about the stuff. Why is it then that some cats take one whiff of catnip and seem to defy gravity and other cats seem unaffected by its magic? Well, its time to separate fact from fiction when it comes to catnip and cats.

Depending on whom you ask some might say that catnip is like kitty cocaine, but the truth is catnip is an herb from the mint family. Catnip's botanical name is Nepeta cataria. Within Catnip there is a compound called monoterpene nepetalactone that has a strong effect on some cats. Monoterpene nepetalactone is present throughout the plant but is especially strong in the plant's leaves. Monoterpene nepetalactone reduces cats' inhibitions and may cause cats to have mild hallucinations. Some people compare cats' reactions to catnip to that of humans on LSD or marijuana and catnip does have some similar chemical characteristics.

Researchers have shown that cat each react differently to catnip. Some seem to go into a catnip high, while others become more aggressive and others become more sexually aroused.

So why does my cat not react to catnip? New studies have proven that one in three cat don't respond to catnip because of an inherited gene that not all cats have. Another factors that helped to determine a cat's reaction to catnip included age. Kittens don't seem to be affected by catnip until they are around 9 to 10 months old.

Although cats respond to catnip like a drug it has been shown that catnip has no addictive properties. There have been no known reports of cats no being able to make it through the day without a catnip fix. Capnip has a low toxicity level and the capnip high only lasts about 10 minutes so as long as it doesn't make your cat more aggressive there is no harm is allowing your kitty to enjoy a little catnip now and then.

22.4.17

Golden Rules For Traveling With A Cat



Golden Rules For Traveling With A Cat

Traveling with a cat can bring unique challenges to your holiday. Dogs are often trained ahead of time, but people rarely think about training a cat. So, where do you start with travel-proofing your fussy feline and making sure you all get along on the road?

Before you leave home, you ideally need to spend a few weeks preparing your cat for holiday. They need to get used to three different things before you travel: wearing a harness, using a leash, and being in a cat carrier.

Practice getting your cat used to these before you take your pet on holiday and it will make for much smoother sailing when it comes time to depart. Your cat needs to be comfortable during your holiday, but the only way to keep control while traveling with a cat is to keep them confined in a small, comfortable and secure area.

While your cat is in the vehicle, they should be in a cat carrier at all times, and it should be buckled into the back seat with an approved harness for added safety. When you go to release the cat from the carrier, you need to be ready for her to come out quickly. Before you open the carrier door, all car doors should be closed, and all of the windows rolled up. With these precautions, if your cat gets spooked and runs, she is still confined to the vehicle.

You should be seated in the back seat beside the carrier, with a leash in your hand and ready. Open the cage door, let your cat out, and secure the leash clip to the cat's harness before opening any car doors and moving inside. Alternatively, keep your cat inside its carrier until you are inside the holiday accommodation and enclosed with all doors and windows closed.

On holidays, it's a good idea to use a harness, which are much more secure than collars for cats. It also stops them choking on a collar if they become spooked or get caught on something in an unfamiliar environment.

Of course, you should also make sure that the hotel or rental booking you have chosen specifically allows cats. Traveling with a cat can be challenging in pet-friendly accommodations, because many hotels that call themselves 'pet friendly' are actually only welcoming of dogs. Double check that the pet-friendly holiday option you have chosen will allow cats before you leave for holiday.

You should also bring food, litter and favored toys that your cat is used to using at home. Cats can be disturbed by new surroundings on holidays more than other pets, but little comforts like a favorite toy or their own brand of litter can make them feel more at home. When you take your pet's food along, you will also prevent upset stomachs during your trip.

Make sure they know where their litter, food, and bedding is as soon as they get to the holiday location, and keep these items in the same place while you are travelling with a cat.

Like many humans and other pets, cats are creatures of habit, so as long as they know they are safe and secure, and have familiar routines and items around them, they can make great holiday companions.

Just know before you go how to be clever when travelling with a cat!

6.3.17

Is Vitamin C Harmful to Pets? [6-3-17]

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Is Vitamin C Harmful to Pets?

Troy Foote

Many people are told that pets do not need extra vitamin C or that it is harmful to pets.

So what is the deal with Vitamin C???

Vitamin C is the body's primary water-soluble antioxidant, which makes it an important weapon in the immune system's arsenal against bacteria and viruses. It also helps protect unsaturated fatty acids, and the fat- soluble vitamins A and E from being oxidized, therefore protecting their potency. Since your pet can't manufacture it, vitamin C must be obtained through diet and supplementation.

A protective vitamin essential to over-all body health, vitamin C is especially important for neutralizing free radicals. It also:

- Helps in the production of collagen, and maintaining healthy skin
- Promotes the healing of wounds, scar tissue, fractures
- Strengthens blood vessels
- Helps the body utilize iron and folic acid
- Supports the thymus gland
- Enhances T-cell production, increasing resistance to viral and bacterial infections, and some allergies

BUT..In a few select diseases, you SHOULDN'T use Vitamin C Most of the time, and for most pets, it is a GREAT supplement.

The one SPECIFIC case you shouldn't use it is for Calcium Oxalate Stones in dogs and cats.

These are an UNUSUAL type of crystal, which form in acidic urine. If your pet is to ever have oxalate stones, then you want to employ other methods of healing.

But I feel that it is important that you are ALL clear about this condition, and EXACTLY what you should do if it happens.

Here are my TOP SOLUTIONS:

DIET

Prevention centers on creating a urinary environment with minimal calcium and minimal oxalate as well as creating a urine pH that is not conducive to calcium oxalate formation.

What to eat..

High Quality but Low Protein diet, as High Protein produces elevated levels of oxalates.

There are specifically formulated veterinary diets..IN this case ONLY I advise using that diet.

What to Avoid..

OXALATES

Vegetables ~ beets, eggplant, leeks, sweet potatoes, okra, pepper
Greens ~ green beans or peppers, beets, celery, collards, eggplant, parsley, spinach, Swiss chard, chives, endive, kale, leeks, okra, rutagbega, summer squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes Legumes ~ beans, soy products including tofu
Grains ~ wheat germ
Nuts ~ all
Seeds ~ sesame and tahini
Fruit ~ berries, currants, concord grapes, figs, rhubarb, lemon, lime, plums, tangerines.

WATER

Water intake is the most important factor in preventing kidney stones. The additional fluid flushes the bladder, and doesn't allow these stones to form.

POTASSIUM CITRATE

By taking potassium citrate orally, citrate levels increase in the urine. Calcium binds to citrate instead of to oxalate which is a desirable event since calcium citrate tends to stay dissolved whereas calcium oxalate tends to precipitate out as mineral deposit. Potassium citrate also helps create an alkaline urine (in which calcium oxalate stones have difficulty forming). Potassium citrate supplements are typically given twice a day.



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