My Two Asthmatic House Cats

Kohl and Conrad Are Half Brothers

I read that Himalayan And Siamese cats are more prone to asthma then other breeds are. Kohl and Conrad have Siamese, Himalayan and domestic short hair in their DNA makeup. The article I read said that female cats are more likely to have asthma then males are. Kohl and Conrad  are neutered Tom’s.

Kohl’s Asthma

Kohl would snore loudly at night and he would also sneeze on you. We started out giving him antibiotics which seemed to help him for about two months and then he would have the same old symptoms again. He started life with an upper respiratory infection as a very small kitten. His Mother was very young and if I would have not had him as a house cat he would have died. I had to feed him PediaSure for one month otherwise he would not have survived. Kohl is now 12 years old. He is having steroid shots to control his asthmatic attacks and he is doing OK now.

Conrad’s Asthma

Conrad’s asthma started out quickly. He started out sleeping more and not having any energy. He would lay on his back with his feet up in the air. Conrad had lost interest in playing with his toys and he just wanted to rest all of the time. I looked at him breathing on day and I noticed his lungs were moving up and down very rapidly. I could tell he was having labored breathing. I called my vet ASAP and he looked Conrad over and he said he had asthma. He gave Conrad a steroid shot and he was breathing perfectly in the morning.

How You Can Treat Asthma In Cats

If you have a real gentle cat that will put up with anything you can put a breathing mask on your cat and use an inhaler on him. I know my cats would freak out if I would even try to put a mask on their face so I choose the only other option which is the steroid shot.

Long Term Effects Of Steroid Shots

Steroid shots can cause heart trouble, muscle weakness, diabetes and more when used for long term illness. My vet said not to give my cats any more steroid shots then are absolutely necessary. He said to watch them closely and only when they are having trouble breathing bring them in for another steroid shot. The steroid shots should last for at least 6 to 8 weeks before another shot is necessary. I hope your cats can breath easier with this knowledge as you will now know what to look for if your cat has any of these breathing issues.

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Spot Chomp! Pet Odor & Stain Carpet Cleaner

I purchased Spot Chomp! Pet Odor & Stain Carpet Cleaner from a local store in my area. You can also purchase this product on Amazon.com.

Spot Chomp! removes stains and odors and keeps them from coming back.  Spot Chomp has professional cleaning power and removes stains completely and keeps them from coming back and leaves no tacky residue on your carpets. Spot Chomp has neutralizing odor molecules. Their formula  contains no artificial scents or irritants. Spot Chomp is environmentally,  pet friendly and bio- degradable.

Test a small area of your carpet for color fastness. Some pet stains may cause discoloration permanently depending on the carpet fibers. Remove the residue with a clean white cloth. Saturate the area of the stain with Spot Chomp. After ten minutes have passed blot with a damp cloth, gently rubbing toward the center of the pet stain. Let the area dry completely, then vacuum to restore your carpets nap. For maximum results use immediately before the stain has set. For stubborn stains repeat the process. Spot Chomp can be used on carpet, wood floors, tile grout, and any porous surface.

I have also used Spot Chomp to clean any messes off of my cats bedding. The dreaded hairball and cat vomit are easily removed form their cats beds with this fine top quality product. Always check your cat bed for color fastness before use.

I like the fact that Spot Chomp is made in the USA and they use a hypoallergenic formula that contains no artificial scents or irritants. Every-time that I have used Spot Chomp I have had excellent results. I try to clean up any pet carpet stains the minute they happen. Sometimes we are away from home when our cat throws up on our carpet. I have even had excellent results with Spot Chomp after the pet stain has set in for awhile. I always use heavy duty white paper towels to clean up any cat messes and have had excellent results. I would highly recommend Spot Chomp! Pet Odor & Stain Carpet Cleaner. My cats and I are always happy with the cleaning power of Spot Chomp. My cats and I like an odor free carpet, floors and a very clean home.

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Things That Your Cat Is Scared Of

All cats are immensely scared to death of vacuum cleaners. They must think the vacuum is a huge aggressive animal that is going to get the better of them. Cats are also afraid of turtles, cucumbers, bananas and apples. Cats do not like to take baths since are they are afraid of water. I use to give my Siamese cat a bath as it helps control pet dander and allergies. She would meow very loudly stating to me that she disapproved of taking a bath.

Cats Are Scared of Many Different Things

A cat that is afraid might loss control of its bladder, vomit or stop using the litter box. Cats do not like to be followed around by you as it must remind them of a predator stalking them. Let your cat lead you. Bad weather scares most cats and they will run and hide under something. Loud music, people arguing and someone ringing your doorbell will upset your cat. My cats think a stranger is coming when they hear a doorbell on TV and they get nervous and very upset.

Cats Pick Up On Your Body Language

Cats pick up on your body language quickly and if you are nervous or anxious your cat will be also. For a calm cat you must remain calm. Cats are nervous when a new piece of furniture enters the your home. Place something familiar on the new foreign object that has entered your home and then your cat will feel comfortable with the new item.

Cats Know When Your Are Going To take Them To The Vet

Cats know when you are trying to catch them and take them to the vet. They will hide, maybe wet themselves, possibly vomit and meow very loudly. One of my cats was drooling by the time he arrived at my vets office and my vet said he was extra nervous. I talk to my cats very calmly and softly while they are on the way to vets office which seems to help relax them most of the time. Spray Feliway calming cat spray on a towel and place the towel in your carrier if you have a very nervous feline and then they will be relaxed and calm,

Nicole Was Extremely Upset When Russ Died

One of my house cats by the name of Russ died in my house next door. Some of my other cats were traumatized by seeing Russ die. My other cats started wetting on their towels and vomiting. After about one month my other cats were acting normal again.

A Picture Of My Dear Cat Russ That Died Suddenly

Cats Never Forget Being Treated Horibly By Another Person

Cats never forget an abusive owner. They will stay away from that person as much as possible. Never harm or injure a defenseless animal. Some cats prefer men and other cats prefer women for owners. If they were abused by a man naturally they would prefer to have a woman for an owner or vise versa.

Cats Do Not Like Changes In Their Daily Routine

Cats do not like change in their daily routine and they are very upset when changes occur. Moving to a new home or the death of someone in your home can be very traumatic for your cat. They do not like to be left alone when you go on a trip. Cats will let you know they did not approve of you leaving them. One of my house cats used to have my paperwork all over the floor when I returned home from any of my trips. He finally stopped doing that as he got older.

All of us are scared of something at different times in our lives so why should our cats be any different from us. Be calm and patient with you dear feline friends. God bless you and feline friends.

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How My Cats Express Themselves

If my cats want attention ASAP they will start doing something annoying while I am talking on the phone, They seem to know that I will not tell them to behave while I am talking on the phone. If they start clawing my furniture with their back feet they get scolded even if I am on the phone. My cats love to jump on something that is off limits as they know that will get a rise out of me.

Cats Know When They Are Going To The Vet

My cats know if I am trying to catch them and take them to the Vet. It might take me awhile to catch them but I win out in the end. They are mad at me and they put on a meowing frenzy all the way to the Vets office. On the trip home they are quite as church mice. After we get home from the Vet they try to avoid me for most of the day until I am finally forgiven for the grave injustice in their opinion.

Cats Know How To Snare Your Heartstrings

Some cats love to nibble at your fingers or toes. I think sometimes they consider their nips as love nips. One of my cats loves to fix my hair as he will run his paws through it as if was my hairdresser. One of my male cats loves to give me Eskimo kisses. Cats love to give you a sad look if they want a cat snack or some special canned cat food to eat. Their sad and forlorn looks win out every time almost as I cannot resist giving them the treat they want desperately. Cats know how to snare your heartstrings. Your cats expects you to serve it. You do not own your cat they own you.

Cats Know When Treats Are headed Their Way

If I am eating ice cream Garfunkel waits for me to finish eating all of the ice cream out of the small container and then he looks up at me sweetly and I let him lick out the empty container. Garfunkel always licks out the empty cottage cheese container also. All of my cats cannot wait for fresh catnip as they love to eat it and roll around on the leaves. If I ask my cats if they want some cat snacks they start meowing like a chorus of cats. They have also learned what the word tuna is and they come running for a refreshing treat of some canned tuna in water.

 

Cats Love To Comfort You

My cats love to rest and cuddle up close to me while I sit in my recliner. At night all three of my house cats go to bed when I do. Kohl sleeps close to my head, Garfunkel in the middle and Conrad by my feet. If I do not feel well all of my cat nurses come to check on me often. My cats throughout the years have truly snared my heartstrings into eternity. Cuddle up with your feline friend and give him a special cat treat that he truly loves. God bless you and all of your feline friends that you cross paths with in your lifetime.

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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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My Cats Hierarchy

My cats have a definite pecking order. Kohl is my oldest house cat and he rules the roost. If he sees another cat sitting in my lap he leaps into my lap and the younger cat leaves my lap and he takes over. Garfunkel is next in line. If Conrad sees Garfunkel on my lap he will sit on the arm of the recliner until Garfunkel leaves. At least they all take turns sitting on my lap and there are no fights.

All of my cats have their favorite resting places. One time Kohl took  over Conrad’s recliner so Conrad took over Kohl”s hammock and after that no one tried to out maneuver each other. Kohl always want to be the first cat in the morning to drink the fresh water. Kohl is always the first one to come when cat treats are handed out but they all get their fair share of treats.

In my other house Addi’s family controls the household along with Cali my part Siamese cat. Addi and her Aunt and family make sure they get what they want. Cali is in charge if only two of Addi’s family are present in the room. Russ gets along with everyone as he is a very loving cat and refuses to take sides. Cali lost her cat hierarchy when Addi was pregnant with her kittens. Addi was protecting her future family and she wanted to keep Cali in line so her kittens would be protected in her mindset. All of the other cats in my other house would help Addi take care of her kittens except Cali. Addi would not let Cali anywhere near her kittens. After Addi’s kittens were grown Cali was the top cat again most of the time.

The cat beds, hammocks, cat trees and window sill cat beds seem to always be occupied by the same cats. They never seem to have any disagreements about their sleeping arrangements. They all take turns eating in the morning out of their food bowls. Cat snacks have to be placed in different areas to make sure everyone gets a snack or two. There are enough heated cat beds so everyone can have their own separated bed of they so desire. Some of my cats like to snuggle up together in the large heated cat beds.

All of my cats seem to like different cat toys at different times so they do not care at all who plays with a cat toy. Brightly colored cat toys and catnip filled toys, singing bird toys, circle game toys and feathers or a fish on the end of a long stick are always a winner with my cats. Kohl’s favorite toys are plastic or cloth green frogs.

Cats do have a pecking order or ranking system. My cats seem to agree on a system that works for me and for them with no blood shed or missing fur. My cats seem to know that I would not put up with them harming each other and they behave purrfectly well. Hope you and your cats agree on their cat hierarchy standards and your standards for a peaceful and pleasant life together for many years to come.

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Cat Personalities

All of my cats have different personalities as some are outgoing and some prefer to be by themselves. Some of my cats love to be held and petted and others will let you hold them for just a little while and then they want down. Some of my cats will give you a love nip and others will draw your blood.

I have had many male and female cats over the years. My male cats will tolerate more and love to be held and made a fuss over for a long period of time. My female cats are less tolerant and seem to have a moody personality. The female cats want to held on their terms only.

My cat Kohl is very friendly and outgoing. Garfunkel is shy and more reserved. Conrad is a one person cat. Cali, Faith and Russ love to press and rub against your legs or hand. Addi is a one person cat and her kittens, Mr. Gray, Hilford, and Sherlock take after their Mother. Maggie is friendly and her sister is a one person cat. Peter is very shy and very reserved. Nicole wants to be left alone and she likes to bite a persons hand.

Cats tend to have the same personalities that their parents had. I once had a purebred Siamese house cat that was extremely moody. She would be fine one minute and the next minute she would bite you without much warning. Siamese cats have their own mind set and we cannot change it.

Most of my cats I have now are domestic shorthair, Siamese, Persian and Himalayan which makes for a more even temperament. I have had purebred Himalayan cats and Maine Coon cats. The Himalayan’s are very quiet with a wonderful personality. I like the Maine Coon cats they are long haired and nice and have a shrill meow.

When picking out a new cat look at its parents personalities and the breed traits of the cat you are considering and then you and your new cat will both be happy for many years to come.

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Whiskers and Tails

Your cat uses its whiskers to negotiate through small openings. My cat Maggie is pleasantly plump and she uses her whiskers to see if she can negotiate small door openings in the different outdoor buildings. If her whiskers touch the opening of the door she will twist her head to make the necessary  adjustments so that she can enter the building without getting her head stuck in the doorway. Do not let children trim off your cats whiskers as this could result in your cats death. Your cats whiskers are one of their maneuvering around tools that protect and guide them from dangerous areas that they may get stuck in.

Some cats have had their heads stuck in tin cans or glass jars that have not been rinsed out properly. Most cats would lick out a tuna can even if they thought they might get their head stuck in the can. Cats cannot resist certain foods. Be sure to rinse out all of your used tins cans, etc. so no animal has to suffer the consequences of getting its head stuck or suffocating to death.

Cats use their tails to communicate dislike for another cat. If the cats tail is wagging back and forth at a rapid pace your cat is in a bad mood or showing aggressive behavior toward the other cat. If your cats tail is standing straight up or is relaxed your cat is in a good mood.  Your cats tail is like a rudder on a boat as it helps them land on their feet when they jump down from a high place. A frightened cat will have the hair standing straight up on its tail and the tail will look very bushy. An annoyed cat will be switching the end of its tail and its whiskers will be pulled back tightly to its face. A sick cat will have its tail hanging down between its legs, whiskers and ears will remain in an abnormal position for a long period of time.

Remember to always listen to your cats body language. This is the way your cat can communicate with you and other cats or animals. You will know if your cat is happy, frightened, annoyed, or content with life.

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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.

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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