_10 to 15% of the people in United States are allergic to animals. The reason dogs make you sneeze is because the oil glands in their skin triggers an allergic response. When the dog moves around, the allergensare released floating into the air. (The same thing applies when cats wash themselves). It is also in the urine and saliva when the dog and cat saliva dries on its fur.Bathe the dog weekly
(no more than weekly or it will dry their skin)and it should cut down on the allergens by 84%. Ask your vet for what would be the best shampoo to use--some people use baby shampoo. Frequent brushing also helps distributing oil throughout the coat while removing loose fur and skin flakes. Brush the pet after a bath. Omega 3 helps the skin retain moisture. This reduces shedding.
Feed pets high quality food and avoid foods filled with corn and wheat.
Infant children who live with dogs and cats are less likely to develop allergies.
Have someone in the house without pet allergies brush and groom the pet
outside and clean the litter box or cage.
Restrict your cat's access to designated areas inside your home.
Make the bedroom a cat-free zone.
A cat needs to become comfortable with the carrier. The cat has to learn to associate the carrier with positive experiences. Use it routinely and leave the carrier in a room where the cat spends most of its time. Put a blanket or clothing with your scent as it retains the smell of home, helps with reintroduction, and makes the pet feel more secure. Also use a treat, toy or catnip which will encourage the cat to go in the carrier. It my take time before your cat gets comfortable. Give your cat a reward when it allows you to touch its paws, tail, mouth and ears--it helps your cat when the veterinarian goes to handle the cat.
Bach Rescue liquid drops--a natural relaxant--calms anxious cats without making your pet overly sleepy.
It can be placed in the mouth 30 - 60 minutes prior to the stressful situation.
In the examination room, you can let the cat explore the area and start to relax. Be sure the area is secured and your cat is unable to escape from the room. Let the cat come out of the carrier on his own. When you come home from the vet's office, and if you have more then one cat, be aware the other cats smell unfamiliar smells which can result in one cat no longer recognizing another. Aggressive behavior can occur when returning from the vet. Wait a few minutes before you let the cat out of the carrier. If the other cats are calm, let the cat out of the carrier. If they are not getting along, separate the cats from each other for a day or so. Slip a double ended toy under the door and encourage the cats to play it which should help them alleviate tension.
A lack of appetite in a cat is usually a symptom of health issues.
Cats for the most part can't digest milk--do not use Ensure for the
cat. It does not have the nutrition a cat needs. The other
alternative is force feed with a syringe, fill the syringe with only
baby food that is meat. Check the ingredients on the label--no onion or
garlic because they are toxic to cats.
CAT SURE LIQUID is the same as Ensure for humans--it provides
the necessary nutrients in liquid form for cats. You can use kitten
baby bottle for feeding Cat Sure Liquid. In addition, cats
require water to remain healthy. Do not let the cat get dehydrated.
Water is good for regulating body temperature, lubricating tissues,
processing waste and digestion.
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