Cat Allergies

You may be allergic to cat dander. Bathe your cat to get rid of the dandruff on his fur and you will feel much better. People may have itchy and watery eyes because they are allergic to cats.  If you still want a house cat even though you are allergic to them it helps to not let them sleep in your bed with you at night. Brush your cats hair out often as this will remove some of the cat dander easily and painlessly. Vacuum your carpet often to remove hair and debris from you carpet. Clean your drapes and furniture often also. Keep your cat litter boxes clean as you may be allergic to the smell of cat urine. Clean and wash your clothes often as cat hair can stick to your clothing. People with asthma and hyperactive immune systems seem to be allergic to cats.

Cats can be allergic to mold, pollen, smoke, certain brands of cat food, a dusty or scented cat litter, parasites, plants and grass, rubber products, pesticides and perfume. I was working with my burn pile one day and my cats were sneezing that night. Certain brands of perfume will make my cats sneeze. My cats sneeze when I use a highly scented cat litter. Sometimes my cats will clean each other and then they will start sneezing. Cats are allergic to some cleaning products, flea treatments, fabrics and plastic food bowls.

 

Clean your pets bedding regularly to help eliminate allergens that your cats can share to each other.  Clean your cats water and food bowls often. Close your windows so allergens cannot get to your pet cats from outdoors. Cats can sneeze and have watery eyes and cough. I purchased some natural sinus spray for my cat Kohl and it seemed to help him. I have given my cats vitamins and supplements that seem to help them with various problems. Your cat my need antibiotics if it seems to be an ongoing occurrence  that never gets better as it may be a bacterial infection instead of allergies. If your cat symptoms become worse take him to your Vet ASAP. Hope you and your cat recover quickly form any allergies you may have.

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Transporting Your Cat Safely For Travel And Vet Visits

I want a sturdy animal carrier when I transport my cats. I prefer a solid one with a lid on the top as well as a door on the side of the carrier. With a lid and a door on the carrier it makes it so much easier to put your cat in the carrier and take your cat our safely.

I have noticed people trying to hang on to their cat that is just wrapped up in a towel while waiting outside of the Vets office. An upset and nervous cat that is not in a carrier can end in disaster quickly. My Vet told me that a party had come to his office with their cat in a towel and a Semi drove by and happened to honk his horn and their cat bolted out of their arms and ran onto the busy Hi – Way and was run over by a car. What a tragic and horrific experience and it could have been prevented by having their cat in a cat carrier.

A cage that comes to part easily is good at the Vets office. Some of my cats are nervous beyond nervous at the Vets office. Having a cage that comes to part quickly makes it safe for your Vet to handle your cat without him getting bit or scratched up. My Vet moves the lid down about part way and administers their shots. Trying to pulled a scared cat out of a cage can result in being bitten and scratched.

When taking your cat for a drive it is best to have him or her in an animal carrier. A scared cat could get under your feet while you are trying to drive. A  frightened cat could start leaping all over the inside of your car causing you to lose control of your vehicle and that could result in your death and someone else also.

If you are flying on a plane with your cat use a carrier that is approved for airline travel. Check with the airline to see what time your cat is feed, watered and more. Your cat shots must be current if you are taking him on an airline. Expect your cat to be nervous and upset by the time you reach your destination. Some Vets will give you a mild sedative to relax your cat while he is on the plane. I once noticed a woman that traveled with her cat all of the time by train. She told me Sam had traveled on the train with her for years and he enjoyed it. She has a leach on him and he was sound to sleep in her loving arms.

By the best cage that you can afford and it should last for many years. Remember to always have your pet under your control at all times for his health and safety and the safety of others. I hope you and your cat have safe travels and Vet visits for many years to come.

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Diseases Your Cats Can Catch

If you have more then one cat they can catch diseases from each other if the sick cat is not not quarantined. They can  catch a disease from another cat that is sick that is sneezing, coughing, or sharing the same litter box that they are using also. When you bring a new cat into your household put it in quarantine for at least seven days before you let it loose with your other cats and also take the new comer to your Vet for a complete checkup from head to tail.

Cats with a respiratory infection can pass on that infection to all of your cats. Even though the cat may have recovered completely it always remains a carrier of the feline respiratory virus even though they present no symptoms anymore.

Distemper in cats can be very deadly as they become dehydrated quickly. Cats sneeze, cough, have runny eyes and constant diarrhea. Your cats fur will look scruffy and they will be very lethargic. Cats can recover in five days if they have an excellent immune system. The very young and old cats may succumb to the disease. I always make sure my cats distemper shots are up to date.

Cats can get worms from each other and by eating small mammals and birds. Worms will cause weight loss, diarrhea, vomiting and inflection around the anus. Cats may slid their derriere across your floor. You may see small fragments of worms in your cats litter box or in their stool. Remember give you cat worm medicine to prevent this problem.

Cats can get fleas and they will itch miserably. A good flea medicine will prevent that problem for you and your cat. Cats can get feline leukemia which is a blood cancer, feline aids, renal failure, feline influenza, Toxoplasmosis and a few cats have gotten COVID -19 virus. Do not let your cats outdoors and always wash your hands before you touch your house cats to avoid giving them COVID -19 virus. If your cat is sick always take them to your vet as soon as possible as it may be a matter of life or death. Hope you and your cat stay well and you have many happy years together. God bless you and all of your feline friends.

Vomiting And Your Cat

Cats can vomit for a variety of reasons. Some cats eat their food so quickly that they vomit their meal. Eating certain plants will cause your cat to vomit. A live virus distemper shot can cause your cat to vomit and more.

New Cat Food Brand

If I add another brand of cat food to what my cats are used to eating that will upset their stomach. Eating grass will cause your cat to vomit almost immediately. Cats like to eat grass as it helps them dislodge those nasty hairballs. Eating a lot of human food is not good for your cats digestive system. Feed your cat in moderation as too much of a good thing can cause them to vomit.

Pants And Poisons

There are a large variety of plants that can make your cat very sick or kill them. Do not induce vomiting unless your vet says you can. If you suspect your cat has eaten something poisonous call your vet ASAP. Poisons for vermin can cause your cat to vomit and bled out. Keep your household cleaners and motor oil and more stored in an area that your cat cannot get into. An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.

Allergic Reaction

One of my house cats had a live virus form of a distemper shot. He started to vomit the next day after he had his shot. Four days after he had his shot he vomited and fell over. He came around in about five seconds and ran to the basement. A cat can get  anaphylactic shock which is an extreme often life threatening reaction to an antigen the body has become hypersensitive to. If your cat falls over after a shot call your vet ASAP to see if your cat has a life threatening emergency.

Vestibular Disease

If a cat has been throwing up violently they can have a vestibular disease. By throwing up so forcibly the blood flow to their brain shuts down momentarily  and causes them to fall over and more. A cat with vestibular disease can circle around and be unstable and have nausea. A cat can get vestibular disease at any age.

If your cat is vomiting find out the cause by calling your vet ASAP. Do not wait around to see if your cat may get better because he may die in between. Hope you and your cat are healthy.

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Springtime Dangers And Your Cat

In the Spring we start cleaning our homes with dangerous household cleaners that could kill our cat if he swallowed or stepped on the cleaning agent. Cats lick their paws and whatever they stepped on would be ingested once they licked their paws clean.

Dangerous Household Cleaners And More That Could Kill Your Cat

Do not leave bleach or any cleaner in a bucket and then walk away from it as your cat could swallow some of the solution if if you step away for a second or two. Do  not leave cupboard doors open where you store your cleaning products as your cat could lick the containers or swallow some of the contents. Mothballs, paints, certain house plants and even human toothpaste can make your cat very ill or kill them. Remember your cat is like a two year old child and you must watch over them and be very diligent at all times. If you smoke your cat can get lung cancer by breathing in the fumes of your second hand smoke. More wild animals will be out and about that could harm or kill your cat.

Outdoor Chemicals That Could Kill Your Cat

Garden chemicals, fertilizers, pesticides, motor oil, anti – freeze, mouse and rat poison, paint and lawn chemicals. Do not let your cat walk on a lawn that has just been sprayed with chemicals. Keep old motor oil and used anti – freeze covered so as your cat can not get near it. If you let your cat out in the garden with you keep a keen eye on where he is. Keep mouse and rat poison in containers that only the rat or mouse can get into. Do not leave your paint can on the ground uncovered even for a little while as your cat could take a sip or two of the paint.

 

Take Your Cat To Your Vet ASAP If You Think He Ingested A Poison Of Any Kind

You do not want to induce vomiting depending on what your cat swallowed. The chemical might harm his esophagus if he vomited it up. Get you cat to your vet ASAP as time is of the essence in any emergency situation. If you wait your cat may not live to tell his tale and he will not have 9 lives. Chemicals and poisons travel through the body quickly and cause a lot of damage very quickly.

I hope You And Your Cat Have a Safe And Happy Time With Your Spring Cleaning

Remember to watch your feline friendly diligently. Keep all chemicals and household items covered and secure so you will not end up at  your vets emergency room with your feline friend. I hope you and your cat remain safe and sound this Spring and always. God bless you and your feline friend.

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Ginger’s Story

I adopted Ginger from a pound that was out in the country. Ginger was covered in fleas. When I got Ginger home safely I put a flea dip all over her and I also washed her with a flea shampoo. It did not take long for her hair  to recover from the damage the fleas had done to it. Ginger soon had a nice looking lustrous coat of hair.

Ginger was a very friendly part Siamese and Himalayan cat. She looked like a purebred Chocolate Point  Siamese cat except for slightly longer hair. Ginger loved to sleep in bed with me at night. She was always quiet in bed and never disturbed my sleep whatsoever. She got along fine with dogs and other male cats. I got Ginger spayed and her front claws removed when she was about 14 weeks old. She recovered from the procedure quickly.

Ginger would wake me up at precisely 6 AM every morning. I always had set my alarm for 6 AM before I had Ginger. I no longer had to set my alarm clock with my trusty cat Ginger watching out for me. Ginger also rented a house for me once. I had forgot to turn on my answering machine when I left my house. Ginger must have gotten tired of the phone ringing and must have hit the on button with her paw. I received that answering machine message and that party rented my house.

Ginger loved to play with toy mice and small balls. She liked to go outdoors on occasion. I kept an eye on her constantly when she was outdoors. She liked to take afternoon naps on my couch or on a chair. Ginger loved Fancy Feast canned cat food. Eventually all I had to do was say Fancy Feast and she would come running for her cat snack for the day.

Ginger was always a very healthy cat. I only remember having to buy medicine for her once in her life. When Ginger turned 18 she started losing weight. Ginger also started vomiting a lot and I would find her in lying in my bath tub. I think Ginger must of had kidney failure. I called up my vet one day and had Ginger put to sleep. I missed Ginger a lot but I cannot stand to see any beloved pet suffer.

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Cats And Holidays

Make the holidays perfect for you and your feline friends. Many dangers are lurking around the corner where cats could get harmed. Cats are very curious by nature and they can get into trouble very quickly indeed. Bright and shiny objects are like a magnet pulling them in that direction.

Watch your Turkey as it is removed from the oven. An unattended turkey may be impossible for some cats to resist. Your cats may eat some of your turkey making it impossible to serve to your guest. Your cat might have the whole turkey resting on the floor. Keep your food covered and train your cat when he is very young so he knows that kind of behavior will not work in your household.

Christmas trees and cats can be a huge problem. Some cats like to climb them knocking the whole tree over. A cat might knock the bulbs to the floor and try to eat them. A few cats have been known to drink the water under the tree. Never put any chemicals in the water under the tree to help keep the needles on the tree longer. If your cats drinks the water with chemicals in it your cat could die on Christmas day. Be alert to what your cat is doing, Do not let him get near tinsel which can damage their throat and more. Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe,Easter lilies  and more plants can be poisonous if your cat ingests them. Call your Veterinarian ASAP if you think your cat may be poisoned.

Do not give your cat all kinds of human snacks during the holidays. A cats stomach is not designed to handle a hug variety of different foods. I give my cats one little piece of turkey each and they seem to get along fine. Your cat will throw up if you feed him to much. Never give a cat chocolate as chocolate will kill a cat.

Good gifts to give your cats during the holidays are: cat treats, cat toys, heated cat beds, catnip mice, circle game toys,  a new liter box and make sure they get their yearly checkups and shots at your Veterinarian. Hope you and your cats have many safe and Happy Holidays together.

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Warm Cat Shelter

Provide  a warm shelter for your cats for protection from the cold, wet and frigid weather. A building that has shelter from the wind and cold is the ideal protection for your cats in the stormy weather. A heat lamp helps take the chill out of the air. Fresh straw or warm dry bedding makes a cozy bed for your outdoor cats.

I like heated cat beds for my outdoor cats along with a heated water dish. Make sure food bowls are full of fresh cat food and water bowls are free from ice. Give your pets fresh water everyday to drink. Check on your pets often in the cold weather to make sure they are OK and heat lamps and heated beds are working properly.

Frostbite can occur quickly and your cat can lose the tips of his ears or have the pads of his feet frozen. Take your cat to your vet ASAP if you expect they have frost bite. Many cats die from distemper in the cold winter months if they do not have their shots up to date. If your electricity goes out have straw available that your cats can snuggle up in to preserve body heat.

Give your cats a lot of table scraps and canned cat food in the winter to boost up their immune systems and give them extra energy to survive. I like to feed my cats a high quality dry cat food that has a lot of protien in it and hardly any by-products. Feed your cat the best quality cat food that you can for their well-being.

Make sure your cats shelter stays dry and that they are free from drafts and wind. A small electric heater helps take that cold chill out of the building that they are living in. In case of a power outage have old blankets available for your cats to snuggle up in. Keep plenty of fresh dry straw on hand and make sure your cats have water that they are able to drink. Hope you and your cats keep warm and healthy as the weather keeps getting colder.

Taking Care Of Your Cat When He Is Outdoors

If you let your cat outdoors and he is  declawed he is absolutely helpless as far as defending himself against any animal that might wish to attack him and kill him. Keep an eye out for any stray animals that might show up suddenly and try to harm your cat.

Safety measures you can use to protect your feline friend.

Walk your cat on a leach especially designed for cats as most cat do not like to be on a leash. Place your cat in a cat playpen on a deck that is out of direct intense sun. Check on your cat often and make sure he is not too warm and he has plenty of water to drink. Put flea protection on your cat that is vet approved. Make sure all of his shots are up to date.

Our ever changing weather.

In the winter months frostbite can happen in a hurry. Sometimes the tips of a cats ear have been frozen and the tips fall off. Never leave any pet in a car in the summer or the winter months unless you are in the car also. The temperature in the car can change very quickly resulting in the death of your cat.

Watch what your cat is eating.

Your cat could eat plant that is deadly for cats outdoors. Your cat could vomit or have convulsions from eating a deadly plant. Call your vet ASAP if your cat is acting sick after being outdoors. Do not let your cat get near automotive oil, gas, deck cleaner, pest killers, paint and so much more. Once a poison is injected it might be to late to save your cats life.

 

Your cat depends on you for his protection.

Be aware of your cats surroundings as things can change in a heartbeat. Keep up to date with you cats health. Keep toxic chemicals locked away. Be a good steward in caring for your cat.

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Summertime Dangers And Your Cat

Make sure your cat has plenty of fresh clean cold water to drink as the water will heat up quickly with high temperatures. Some people put ice cubes in their cats water bowls as its keeps the water cooler much longer. Do not put your cat out in the heat or leave them in a car as they could die very quickly with extreme heat. Signs of heat stroke in your cat include a high pulse and rapid breathing along with a red tongue and mouth. If your cat becomes overheated call your vet for directions on what to do for your cat and then take them to your VET ASAP. Your Vet will cool off your cat with cold water and ice packs and maybe an I V drip to re-hydrate your cat.  A car in direct sunlight can be 130 to 172 degrees inside of the car in only one hour.

Fleas can be in the lawn this time of year. Never set your pet carrier on the grass as your cat could pick up fleas quickly. Your cat will be itching and scratching if he picks up fleas and so will you. It will cost a lot of money for flea treatments for your cat and your home to be flea free. Give your cat flea treatment medicine to prevent fleas.

Cats shed even in your house. It is important to brush them out everyday as their fur can become mated quickly. A badly mated cat may have to be shaved. Hairballs are another worry if your cat is not groomed often enough. No one enjoys cleaning up the dreaded hairball.

Make sure your cat does not get locked in a building outdoors. Your cat will die from extreme heat and lack of water. When taking groceries out of your car make sure your cat did not sneak in the car. Do not leave your cat in a cat playpen outdoors in hot weather as he may expire quickly if the sun happens to move to the area that was nice and shady earlier.

 

In the dog days of summer keep your cat cool and protected from outdoor pest so your cat will have nine lives. Hope you and your cat have the best summer ever. God bless you and feline friends.

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