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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Your Wondering Tom Cat And Female Cats

Tom cats will wonder away in the spring to mate with the female cats. Sometimes this does not go well for them. If you live in the country someone may shot your Tom cat. Some of my Tom cats have gotten run over on the road. If someone likes the looks of your Tom cat they may keep him. Tom cats get can in terrible fights with other Tom cats they may wonder into their territory. I used to have three outdoor Toms in the country years ago. A new young Tom wondered into our yard and my three Toms ganged up on him and he ran away immediately before any blood was shed.

I have had to doctor some of my Toms over the years as they came home with bitten ears and blood on their face. They did not care too much for my doctoring. I never lost any of the Toms I doctored as none of their wounds got infected. I treated them with wound salve and rubbing alcohol depending on where the wound was located on their body.

I have had several female cats take off for extended stays at someone else’s place. One of my female cats was gone for eight years before she returned home. She was a very gentle cat and I think someone had her for a house cat. They must have let her loose knowing that she would die soon. She returned home to my farm and died about one month after she returned home. My other female cat never left for more than one month before returning home. About 97 percent of my female cats never left our farm.

If your female cat has a large litter of kittens and you need to find good homes for them. Call the vet of the party that intends to adopt your kitten and see how they take care of the pets they have now. Ask if you can look at their house and see how their pets look. You can see how clean their house is. Interview them before you trust them with your kitten.

All of my cats are spayed and neutered now. I do not have to worry about finding kittens good homes anymore. All of my cats are house cats now. They are safe and sound and I do not have to worry about the dangers that can happen to outdoor cats. Outdoors cats can be killed or infected from wild animals or killed by coyotes.

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Where I Have Adopted Some Of My Cats

My Grandfather found my first cat Flossie in our field. Flossie was a very young kitten and she was gray and white in color. She was very friendly and she would follow me all over the farm. Flossie had many kittens over the years that I grew very found of. She and all of her kittens were excellent mousers.

Many of my cats over the years were found in restaurant parking lots. I found one of my house cats Philmoor under a car at Perkins. He was purring away loudly when we pulled into our driveway. He was very friendly and lived to be 10 years old. I found one of my calico cats Victoria at a restaurant and she was waiting by there door for a new owner to rescue her. She had a beautiful calico kitten that looked just like her. I adopted Addi from a restaurant that was partners with a cat shelter. Addi is a very friendly silver tabby cat. Addi had five lovely kittens and I still have three of them and her other two kittens found a wonderful and loving home they were adopted into.

I have found several of my house cats in my local newspaper. All of my Siamese cats were found by listings in my newspaper. I adopted Sugar, Ginger and Tammy. Sugar was a beautiful seal point Siamese cat and she kept me company for many years. Ginger was a lynx point Siamese cat and she was very kind and gentle and she lived to be 18 years old. I adopted Tammy a blue point Siamese cat from a young couple that was having a baby. My grandmother had Tammy for many years and she dearly loved her. Cali my calico cat was one of several cats that a young couple had. They could not afford to keep all of their cats. Cali is part Siamese and she is very vocal and beautifully marked.

I adopted Simon and Garfunkel from a listing on a bulletin board at a restaurant. Their Mother had come to there house pregnant and they had to find a home for her four kittens. Simon died quite young of a disease. Garfunkel is a very kind, gentle and loving house cat.

I have adopted several cats because their owner died and the family had to find new homes for them. I have adopted stray cats over the years. My vet gave me one of his house cats by the name of Red. He had found Red on a golf course in December. Red was a Red Tabby cat and he was very intelligent. Red lived to be 17 years old. My purebred Maine Coon cat Fresca was given to me by my cousin years ago. About 12 years ago a kitten was born on my farm that looked almost identical to Fresca.

I have adopted many lovely outdoor cats from farmers and people that have tried to find homes for cats in their neighborhood. Try to adopt and help out a cat in need of a safe and warm loving home. God bless you and your cat family.

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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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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.