Cat Health Problems

I adopted a cat with bad teeth. I had several of her teeth pulled over the years. She would rub and paw away at her face. I looked in her mouth and discovered she had bad teeth. The vet pulled her bad teeth out and it took her about two days to be able eat moist cat food. She was able to eat the hard cat food in about five days.

When your cat gets fleas it will scratch away at its face, body, ears, etc. I prefer the the flea treatments that you place on the nape of your cats neck. A cat can get fleas from old kitty litter that it not changed often enough or a  floor or carpet that is not kept clean. Make sure your cats bedding and litter boxes get cleaned thoroughly. Do not let your cats in and out of the house in the late spring or in the fall before a killing frost or they may bring the unwanted fleas into your home.

Make sure your cat gets distemper shots and rabies shots and more when needed. Make sure you have your cat wormed at your cats checkup also. I have a cat that was born with upper respiratory problems. I found a sinus medicine for him that seems to help. Cats can get urinary problems. If your male cat is howling in pain at the litter box get him to the vet ASAP as he will die from septic shock or kidney failure. If your cat gets worms you may see them in the litter box and your cat will be lethargic and weak and may have diarrhea also. If your cat has diarrhea try some canned cat food with pumpkin or rice. If your cat does not get over the diarrhea in two days take him to your vet ASAP as diarrhea can be very serious.

If your cat gets cut try to stop the bleeding and call your vet ASAP. When a cat gets ear mites I put some ear mite treatment in its ears and it stops shaking and scratching at its ears. If you suspect your cat has eaten or ingested something that may be poison call your vet immediately otherwise your cat could die very quickly. When a cats weight goes down quickly there is some kind of underlying cause and they should be taken to the vet. The older your cat gets he will need more rest and quiet time. I hope you and cat live 9 lives.

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Having The Right Supplies For Bad Weather

I always have plenty of food on hand in my house for myself  and my cats. I buy up extra bags of cat food and kitty litter. I buy up frozen foods and canned goods and paper supplies. I have a generator ready to go if the heat goes off. I do not want to use propane heaters in the house as they can take all of the oxygen out of the air and you can die from carbon monoxide poisoning. I plug infrared heaters into the generator. The generator can power my well, refrigerator and more.

Always keep necessary medicines on hand as you do not want to run out of medicine in a horrible storm. I have extra heavy quilts and flannel nightgowns for winter emergencies. Keep flashlights on hand with fresh batteries. Have water on hand.  Keep plenty of gas in your vehicles.

What to keep in your car

I keep blankets, flashlight, flares, sand, candle, coffee can, a red handkerchief, food, water, saw, a tarp, gloves, hoodie, matches, shovel and other tools in my vehicles.When running your stranded car in the winter make sure your exhaust pipe does not get covered over by snow or you can die from carbon monoxide poisoning. Put a red handkerchief on the antenna of your vehicle so the snow plow won’t hit it and it can be seen easily.

what to do to stay safe

Before you work outdoors in bad weather have your fully charged cell phone with you. Let someone know when you will be out working and when you plan to return to your house again. Stay hydrated with plenty of water to drink. Take frequent breaks while shoveling and if you have chest pain stop working and call 911 as you have some kind of a medical emergency such as a heart attack or another major health problem.

Make sure your propane tanks have enough propane in them to get you through the winter months. Make sure heat vents and regulators are not covered over by snow. Clean a path to fire hydrants. Keep ice and snow off of your sidewalks for every ones safety.

How to dress for cold weather

Do not leave pets out in dangerous blizzards as they could get frostbite and freeze to death. Treat your pets as you would want to be treated. When I go out in cold weather I dress in layers and wear a hood that covers my face and a another hood over that one. I wear 30 below socks and lined boots and waterproof gloves.  You can get frostbite in ten minutes or less with dangerously low wind chills. Stay at home unless there is an emergency when there is eminent or bad weather. Get supplied for bad weather before it comes and stay safe and sound.

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What Not To Give Your Cat For Christmas

Do not let your cat eat any poinsettia leaves or any part of the plant. Your cat will most likely not be able to meow for about one week. Mistletoe will kill a cat if they ingest it. Chocolate will also kill your cat if they eat any of it. Do not feed your cats any bones as they could get lodged in their throat or cut their esophagus. Do not feed a lot of table scraps to your cat as he could throw up or get a horrible case of diarrhea. I only give my cats a couple of little pieces of turkey at Christmas.

I do not put up a Christmas tree since I have house cats. Cats can drink the water under the tree and some water has been treated with chemicals which keeps your tree looking better longer but will kill your house cat if they happen to drink that water. Tinsel will get lodged in your cats stomach or digestive system if they play with and then eat it. Cats can chew on Christmas lights, bulbs and more which could harm or kill them.

Give toys to your cats that do not have eyes or anything that they could pull off and eat as they could choke to death. Give your cat toys made for cats to be on the safe side. Never let you cats play with plastic bags as they could smoother to death quickly. Throw wrapping paper in the garbage quickly along with ribbons and strings. Strings are hard to remove from your cats mouth and they might be ingested as to where your cat would need surgery to remove the ingested string.

As you clean your home for Christmas gatherings remember to put away your cleaning supplies ASAP so your cat will not get poisoned by you because you got into too much of a hurry trying to get ready for Christmas. Hope you and your cats have a very Merry and safe Christmas this year and forever more.

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Some Cat Hazards

Cats can get themselves into all kinds of predicaments. They say curiosity killed the cat and that can be a true statement when it comes to our feline friends. Cats are very adventurous and will try to attempt the impossible sometimes. Cats do not always land on their feet as the old saying goes.

Cats love to eat house plants  or flowers that may kill them or make them very sick. I do not keep any plants or flowers in my house. If someone gives me flowers I put them in a room that my cats cannot get assess to. Cats can vomit, go into convulsions or die by eating leaves, flowers or drinking the water with chemicals to preserve the flowers.

Keep antifreeze, oil, gas and farm chemicals in closed containers so your cat will not suffer from a painful death by ingesting these substances into their body. Put mouse and rat poison in an enclosed trap so your farm cats cannot eat it and bleed to death. Close paint containers and cleaning supplies. Never leave your medicine sitting out as kitty could knock the bottle over and ingest your pills and die. keep all of your household cleaners closed and in an area your cat will not be able to assess.

Make sure to check that you have not locked your cat in a building where he could starve to death. Check under your car tires or the motor of your car if you do not happen to notice your cat. Many cats have gotten run over by accident or succumbed by the car motor or belts or blade in your car.

Do not leave your house with just the screen in your window. Cats have clawed up the screens or pushed against them so hard the screen gave away and  their cat fell to its death out of a high story building. A house cat does not stand much of a change if it gets outdoors as it does not know how to fend for itself and all the dangers that lurk outdoors.

I hope you and cat stay safe and sound for many years to come and create many purrfect memories throughout your years together.

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Tips To Help Your Cat Survive The Heat This Summer

Provide your cat with plenty of fresh cold water. The water will get hot in a hurry when it is hot out and no one wants to drink hot water when it is unbearably hot outside. Find a place for your cat to sleep outside that is in a cool place with a nice gentle breeze. I check on my cats several times a day to make sure they are doing OK with the unbearable heat. Make sure you have combed out your cats old winter coat of fur as they will feel cooler without the old fur heating up their body. I have a fan running in my other house for my cats over there. Make sure you have not locked your cat in a building after performing an outdoor task such as mowing the yard. Cats are fast and love to sneak into places even when you think you are watching out for them.

Clean your cats litter box out everyday to prevent fleas. I sweep around the litter boxes everyday so there is no cat litter on the floor which helps prevent a flea infestation. I also clean out the litter boxes with dish soap and an old scrub brush before the summer season begins.

Never leave your cat in your vehicle in the summer months as in can reach 173 degrees in your vehicle in 30 minutes when it is 80 to 100 degrees outside even with the windows open. Your cat will most likely die if left in a car in the summer. Do not let your indoor cat out in the heat. Your indoor cat is use to AC and also she does not know where to go in the heat to stay cooler.

 

If your cat is panting, has a rapid pulse and breathing, vomiting, lethargic, and stumbling she is overheated and must be put in a cool spot ASAP. Call your vet ASAP if you notice that your cat is overheated. Your cat may stagger around as she walks or pass out which means she is critical. If in doubt about the state of your cats well being call your vet ASAP.

Hope you and your cat survive the summer heat and have a wonderful fun filled summer.

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The Older Cat

As your cat gets older he will require more sleep. My older cats like to sleep in the warmest place possible in my house. They like to sleep next to heat runs and in heated cat beds.

All of my older cats still love to play with cat toys. By having a young cat in the house with your older cat will make your older cat more active. My older cats still rule in my house.  If they want to sit on my lap they give my young house cat a gentle little nip on the rump and my lap is theirs now.

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Some older cats get arthritis and your vet can give them some pills to lessen their pain. The older cat does not maneuver around as good as he used to. He might jump on top of something and knock things down now.

I have had several cats live to be eighteen years old. They were very limber up to about age seventeen. They would still chase rabbits and kill mice. One of my fifteen year old outdoor cats had one kitten on Dec. 1 . She managed to keep the kitten alive. She would sit on her kitten most of the day to keep him extra warm.

Older cats will not be able to groom themselves like they used to. The barbs on their tongues wear down with age. Help your older cat by brushing and combing out his hair and his coat will have that magnificent luster once again. Remember your older cats immune system is not what it used to be. Make sure all of his shots are up to date and remember to keep all of his annual checkups with your vet. You and your cat can enjoy each others company for many years to come. I hope you and your cat stay happy and healthy to a ripe old age.

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A Stray Cat With Digestive Issues

A stray cat came to a friends house.  She was very friendly and she sat on their laps. She would gently rub across their legs. They gave her to me and I named her Faith because I have faith that she will get better. She could not keep any food down for about five days. She must have been keeping down a small amount of the tuna and salmon that I was feeding her. She had healthy looking bowel movements. I was very concerned for her. My friends said that they would pay my vet bill. I took her to my vet to be tested for feline leukemia and luckily that test came back negative. She also had a complete battery of blood test. I have not yet received the results of those test since it takes one week to process the results.

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I had been feeding her the same dry cat food that my other cats eat. She was so thin and emaciated that her stomach was not able to digest foods right from lack of food over a long period of time. I went to a pet store and they suggested that I feed her grain free cat food. Faith has been able to keep all of her food down now.  The grain free cat food that she is eating is free from dyes and preservatives and her stomach is able to digest it without any trouble. My vet said to keep on feeding her the grain free cat food.

I am quite sure she used to be a house cat that someone no longer wanted or they could not afford to keep her. My vet said she was one year old. I had guessed her age to be about six months old. Poor faith had to fend for herself for who knows how long. Faith would have staved to death had it not been for people intervening on her behalf. As good stewards we are to take care of all of Gods creatures great and small. I have faith that Faith’s blood test will be fine and that I can provide her the loving home that she deserves and desperately needs. Always have faith.

Faith has now recovered from her ordeal. She has gained weight and she has not vomited for over one month. With faith all things are possible.  Faith has to be only the size of a mustard seed but it can have huge rewards. Never ever lose Faith that things will get better.

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Kohl and his Cyst Removal

I took Kohl to one of my vets because he had a large cyst above his left eye. My vet said he could not remove the cyst and it would keep getting larger. The cyst would get so large that Kohl would not be able to open his left eye eventually. My vet gave him an antibiotic shot. The shot did not help the cyst get smaller.

A friend of mine said to take Kohl to a different vet for a second opinion. I am sure glad I listed to her sage advice. I took Kohl to another one of my vets. My vet said he could remove the cyst. I was able to pick Kohl up from my vet yet that afternoon. I had him sleep next to me in a cage all night long so I could keep an eye on him and make sure he got  along fine in the night after his surgery.

Kohl profile

The cyst remained swollen for several days. Kohl removed the glue that acted as the stitches. Kohl ate the glue with no side effects. The cyst drained more after Kohl removed the glue and licked away at the area where the cyst used to be. The swelling in the cyst is about gone completely now.

Kohl is in good spirits and is very active again and playing with his cat toys. Kohl has a good appetite and all is well in his World again. Kohl is eight and one half years old. He is sitting in my picture window watching the birds eat out of my bird feeders.

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Always remember to get a second opinion in your pets health just as we humans need a second opinion in our health. It might be a matter of life or death if you do not get a second opinion quickly and efficiently.

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Cat Hazards

Many cats die from poisoning each and every year. Make sure all of your poisons and hazardous chemicals are stored where your cat cannot get to them.

I will give you a list of poisons and chemicals that may be fatal if ingested by your cat:

  • drain cleaner
  • mouse poison
  • make up
  • perfume
  • oil
  • anti freeze
  • floor polish
  • car wax
  • rust remover
  • glass cleaner
  • medications for humans
  • fertilizer
  • chemicals
  • gasoline
  • diesel fuel
  • and many more

Have a medication on hand that will induce vomiting if your cat has swallowed something that could be fatal. Check  with your vet if he wants you to induce vomiting for your cat. It will depend upon what your cat has swallowed if it is necessary to induce vomiting. If you are not sure if your cat has swallowed a poison but he appears sick call your vet ASAP. Depending upon what type of poison he may have swallowed he could die in a manner of minutes.

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Do not put any mouse poison or ant killer out if you have a cat. if you change your engine oil put the old oil where your cat cannot get to it. Cats will drink anti freeze because it has a sweet taste. Anti freeze will kill your cat. Never, never leave out hazardous items that could kill your cat. Remember to make sure cupboard doors and closet doors are properly shut. Cats can sneak into the smallest of openings and get into trouble very quickly.

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Garbage can be a hazard. Your cat can get his head stuck in a can or a bottle and suffocate. Plastic bags can also cause suffocation if they become stuck in them. Dispose of your garbage properly.

I hope your cat never swallows anything that will harm him. Always be extra careful with all cleaning supplies and chemicals.

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My Cats Broken Leg and His Road to Recovery

kohl is my oldest house cat. He was born and raised on my farm. At the age of four he broke his leg.

He broke his leg on a Thursday evening at 8:00 P M. My cat Garfunkel was walking across the floor at the same time that Kohl was jumping down from a desk. I think Kohl did not want to land on Garfunkel and therefor he landed wrong from his jump to the floor. I heard Kohl screaming in pain. I thought he had stabbed himself. I looked him over and did not notice any bleeding. He ran down to my basement screaming in pain. I finally was able to catch him in a fishing net with a long handle. I then put him in a cage and called my vet.

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I told my vet that I thought he may have stabbed himself even though I did not notice any blood. I was frantic with worry. I was talking to my friends through my car speaker phone about Kohl on my way to my vet. I was driving a bit fast thinking he may die before I got there. My vet took him out of his cage and placed him on the floor. It was clear when he tried to walk he had broken one of his legs. My vet gave him a pain pill and then he put him under latter and put a cast on his leg.

Kohl did not put any weight on his broken leg for at least one month. I started moving his leg up and down for him. I would hold him up gently and  help him bounce up and down on both of his hind legs. This seemed to help build up the muscle strength in his hind legs. With my help  he started to use his hind leg that was broken. He made a full recovery.

I hope none of your cats ever get a broken leg.

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