The cats need to keep their claws ready to protect itself from prey and it needs to be able to hunt. By scratching their nails it will remove the dead outer nails. Cat pads will deposit their scent as they scratch. If the cat is bored they will scratch things and shared objects in the home. Try different scratching posts to see which one your cat likes. Once you find out which one the cat likes you can sprinkle some catnip. Keep your cat's nails trimmed. Play with your cat daily and make sure that the cat has lots of toys so it does not get bored.
The first thing you want to do is get to know what is “normal” with your cat's eyes.
So that you can identify signs of infection, look for redness, drainage, squinting and rubbing. If your cat's eye gets scratched by something or clawed by another cat it can become infected and requires treatment. The herpes virus can lead to ulcers and erosion of tissue of the eye. Some cats develop dry eye as they get older.
Some eye conditions only require oral medications, drops or ointments. The vet will teach you how to administer the madisons. Do not use medication that is meant for people or other pets and nothing over the counter. Be sure you consult with your vet before administering medication to your cat.
They do see in color like dark blue, light blue, gray, light yellow, darker yellow and very dark gray. Dogs can see green and red objects. If you are going play with your dog in the grass be sure you pick a colorful toy that the dog can see like red. Also when your dog gets anxious from noises, fireworks and thunderstorm it is a good time to play with your dog to distract him/her from those other noises. Dogs use their sense of smell to understand what's going on. Dogs rely mainly on movement and contrast to identify objects. If you noticed your dog or cat paying attention to a TV program dogs can differentiate pictures of humans from other dogs on TV and understand the sounds with those pictures. If you want your dog to be captivated by the sounds and pictures turn on the programs that feature animals.
There is a variety of reasons cats lose their hair. The most common reason is allergies, particularly to fleas and over-grooming. When a cat gets itchy it will over-groom itself to the point that the cat will pull the hair out. Mange or lice also can make a cats skin itch. Also if the cat is in pain it will lick to help relieve the discomfort. An overactive thyroid can also cause hair loss.
Some cats have a hair loss on the outside of the ears called pinnae which is common in Siamese cats.
Some cats have alopecia which is a condition. Parasites that bring about mange, and fungal issues like ringworm, are also a common cause of alopecia.
Have your cat checked out by your vet.
A balanced diet is very important to kittens and puppies. All animals need a balanced diet. Calcium is very important for the animal's bones development excess calcium can cause puppy severe bone changes. Puppies and kittens should never eat adult formula food.
Kitten and poppy food have everything they need for proper development.
Puppies should eat 3 meals per day, kittens 6 months or less should eat 4-6 times a day.
Multiple meals offered throughout the day best avert the onset of lethargy, trembling, weakness, lack of coordination, and seizures. It is best if you have a time-limited where the food is out for a set period of time and not 24/7. It is also best that you talk to your vet about the best feeding options.
Affects animals and humans and is transmitted through tick bites. The disease can be difficult to detect and can cause serious and recurring health problems. Talk to your vet about whether you need to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease. It depends on where you live and the lifestyle of your pet. Avoid areas with tall grasses, marshes, and wooded areas. When you come in form outdoor check for ticks on yourself and your pets.
Lyme disease infected pets may not show any signs for 2-5 months. Symptoms are fever, loss of appetite, joint swelling, decreased activity, and lameness.
The cat can be producing excessive tears by the shape of the eye or inflammation, infection, allergies, viral conjunctivitis, swelling it could also be a hair, tumor, scratch, injured or blocked tear ducts. Some cats genetically produce more tears if this is the case the cat is ok do check with your vet. Wipe under the eye to keep it dry and clean. If you notice your cat pawing, rubbing, squinting, discharge, from the nose and the eye go to see the vet. Remember cats like to hide their symptoms.
If the vet gives you medication to administer be sure not to let the tip touch the eye.
Do not use human eye drops on your cat because it could damage your cat's eye.
Make sure your pets are current with identification including pets name, rabies tag, cell phone number, home address.
Put the pets health records in a file and then put them in a zip-locked bag. Be sure to have all of the pet's photos vaccination current.
If you have to evacuate know where you can take your pets to their pet-friendly places like BrigFido.com and GoPetFriendly.com
Be sure you have 10 days supplies for your pets like water, food, bowls, trash bags, newspapers, cat litter, litter box, and pet carrier.
If you are away from home when disaster strikes provide your pet sitter with a plan.
Caffeine, Soda, Tea, and coffee can make your pet restless, caffeine can make the heart rate go up. Caffeine can cause your pet to go to the hospital. If the pet has swallowed caffeine do contact the vet or Animal Poison Control. Make sure you tell them how much caffeine your pet has consumed and what the pet weight is. The pet can start to have tremors, seizures, restlessness, agitation, vomiting, panting and experience diarrhea and have difficulty breathing. Do not induce vomiting it could lead to problems. Let your vet do that. It takes about 24-48 hours for the caffeine to pass through the animal's system. Keep these products out of the pets reach like coffee beans, grind coffee, tea bags, and chocolate.
Cats are creatures of habit and comfort. They don't do well with changes like going to the vet, pet carrier, car ride, moving to another home and having a new person in the house can scare and stress them out. The best thing you can do for your cat is pay attention to the body language. If the cat is aroused or stressed out don't try to pet it or pick up the cat. Give your cat space even if it takes hours for the cat to calm down from being aroused or stressed out.
If you have an affectionate cat talk or sing to him/her.
Cats like to hide under things or go to their condo.
Things that cats do to comfort themselves like leaving their scent around with rubbing their face and marking their paws with the scent and scratching posts area. When you transport your cat in a carrier to unfamiliar places take the items that bears your cat's own scent and that should make your cat very happy.
You can also use Essential Oils honeysuckle or lavender have calming effect on cats. Put a couple of drops on a paper towel just to air the room. Only use a small amount at a time. Essential Oils can be very dangerous to cats if they come in direct contact with them.
For treats with calming effects in them consult with your vet.
Interactive play with a lure toy is important to repeat daily. It's a calming benefit for your cat.
Playing soft classical music or cat-specific music will increase the sense of calm.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUhcY86ybi0
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