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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Cats and Cancer

I have had five cats that have had cancer. I had three females and two male cats that died because of cancer. A cat with cancer will start to lose weight. They will rest more than usual and not have their normal energy. Cats with cancer lose interest in their toys and become very lethargic.

Ear Cancer and Your Cat

Mt calico cat had ear cancer. The cancer looked like an animal had bit her ear to begin with. The growth began to look larger and then it began to bleed when she shook her head. I took her to my vet and he said the cancer would eventually spread to her brain. She got along fine for about six months and then the ear started to bleed profusely and I had her put to sleep.

Breast Cancer and Your Cat

I had a Siamese cat contract breast cancer at the age of 14. I treated her with medicine for some time that helped slow down the growth of the cancer. Eventually the medicine quit working and she had breast cancer on everyone of her breast. The cancer metastasized and she was losing weight rapidly. I had my vet put her to sleep. She lived to be 16 years old.

Lung Cancer and Your Cat

My cat Sebastian got lung cancer. He began to sleep more and had trouble going up and down the steps in my house. He was not able to groom himself like he used to. Sebastian lasted about 8 months with lung cancer. My vet put him to sleep. Sebastian lived to be 13 years old. He was a very loving and wonderful cat. The picture is a picture of Onyx. He was Sebastian’s Father.

Liver Cancer and Your Cat

My cat Philmoor contracted liver cancer. I found him in a Perkins parking lot and it was love at first sight. I knew I must catch him somehow. After one hour of offering him food and great determination I was able to catch him. He purred away in my friends lap all the way home. He looked out of the window of the car as I pulled up in my driveway and purred away very contentedly. I think he was trying to say he found his forever home. Philmoor was a very loving and friendly cat. At the age of ten Philmoor started to sleep in a recliner and he would not come when I called him. I took him to my vet and he told me he had liver cancer. My vet showed me how yellow the inside of his ears were. I took him back home and cared for him. He was getting worse quickly so I had him put to sleep. He was a beautiful and kind cream colored cat that I adored.  My cat Bella also had liver cancer and I had her put to sleep. She was about ten years old.

Saying Goodbye To Your Feline Friend

It is hard to have a beloved pet put to sleep. You must think of your pets quality of life and think to yourself would I want to live under these conditions. I cannot stand to watch a pet suffer with a condition that is incurable. Do the right thing for your pet. It is very hard to lose a Dear family pet but you must think of all the wonderful times you have shared together and that your pet will not have any pain whatsoever in Heaven. Your cat can play with the other cats in heaven and be with family that has passed away.

God bless all of our pet friends today and always.

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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.

What I Look For In A Cat

I look for cat that is nice and clean. There eyes should be clear and bright, fur clean, clean hind end and the tail should be up as these are signs of a healthy cat. The cat should be calm and not too hyper and have an easy going personality. A cat that tries to nip and bite will probably present that same kind of behavior now and then the rest of its life.

The cats fur should not be matted or dirty. There face should not be all clawed up as this shows they like to get in a cat fight every so often. I lift up a paw to see if they might tolerate having there claws trimmed. I place the cat on my lap to see if they like to be held and pet. I also put a finger near there mouth to see if they want to try to bite me.

Is the cat you are thinking of adopting outgoing and exploring his surroundings ? A cat that is listless is probably sick. Have the cat checked over by a vet to make sure it does not have feline leukemia and other cat diseases. Cat diseases can be spread very quickly to your other house cats if there shots are not up to date.

Different breeds of cats have different personalities. Do you want a laid back cat or a very outgoing cat ? Read up on the different breeds of cats to see what breed would work the best for your household. I like cats that are part Siamese, Persian and domestic short hair as this blend seems to be the best combination for me.

My cat Kohl is a very easy going cat. Garfunkel is an excellent lap cat. Conrad is a one person cat and I am lucky he choose me for his person. Russ is a very tame and friendly cat. I have fourteen cats and all of them have there own unique and interesting personalities.

I hope you and your new feline friend have at least nine lives together and more.

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The Daily Chores Of A Cat Person

I clean out all of my cat litter boxes to start with. I fill my cats water dish with fresh water. More cat food is put in their food dishes. I give my cats a pat on the head. I fluff up their bedding and clean up any mess that might have happened in the night.

I clean up any cat mess the moment I see it. I use carpet cleaner or wood floor cleaner. I also use Clorox depending on the surface that needs cleaning. The faster you clean up a mess the easier it is to clean up as it has not set in yet. I clean up their bedding in a washing machine that I have in my basement that is for cat use only. Beds that cannot be placed in the washing machine have to be spot cleaned. I try to avoid buying cat beds that cannot be placed in a washing machine.

I like to brush or comb out the hair on my cats so they do not get matted. A combed out cat is less likely to have hairballs that they scarf up. If your cat has claws keep them trimmed up as the claw could get stuck in something they could not get free of without damaging themselves.

I sweep up any spilled cat food and throw it outdoors as many wild animals and birds can enjoy eating it. I sweep around the litter boxes twice a day and clean them out twice a day. Dirty litter boxes or floors by the litter box is a perfect breeding ground for fleas.

Check your cats teeth often as bad teeth could kill your cat in the near future. If their is a sudden change in your cats behavior or pattern keep a very close eye on them as it could turn into a medical emergency quickly. I spray Lysol on the floor by the litter boxes to kill any germs that could harbor there.

I hope you and your cat have many happy and healthy years ahead. The time you spend on the chores for your cat will lengthen his life and give you joy as you are helping your feline family member.

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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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Red’s Story

Red was a Red tabby cat. My vet gave Red to me after I had to put my Siamese house cat Sugar to sleep. My vet found Red abandoned on a golf course in the middle of December. My vets wife had trained Red to stay off of the counter tops.

Red got along fine with my other house cat Ginger that I had at that time. Red was very intelligent. If I would ask Red do you want to go outdoors he would head right toward the door. He liked to tease me when it was time for him to come back in my house. Red would take off running the moment I almost caught him to take him back into my house. Red would do this about three times before I could finally carry him back in my house.

Red’s favorite toy was a circle toy ball game. Red was ambidextrous and would hit the ball with either paw. Red also wanted to make sure you were watching him play his ball game. Red was very proud of the fact that he had mastered the circle toy ball game completely. I rescued a cat that I found under a car one day at a restaurant and I named him Philmoor. Philmoor caught on to the circle toy ball game immediately and Red felt bad about that unfortunately. Red hardly ever played with his favorite toy after  Philmoor mastered the circle toy ball game.

Red was a very friendly and outgoing cat. Red loved attention from other people and he actually thrived on it. Red liked to sleep on my bed at night along with my other two house cats.

At the age of 17 Red’s spine gave out. Red could no longer control his urine. My vet said some older cats develop a defect in their spine late in life. I had Red put to sleep at my vets office. Red was a wonderful , kind, outgoing and loving cat.

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