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
This is life-threatening to a cat crystal blockage, stones, and plugs. If your cat is blocked death can occur if untreated within 72 hours.
If you see your cat is drinking and peeing a lot it may have Hyperthyroidism.
When you take your cat to get a physical make sure that the vet does a blood test to check for renal failure this condition is very serious by the time the symptom shows up the kidneys are damaged.
Signs to look for are ammonia breath, jaw clicking and drooling.
An ear infection could be caused by medication, mites, bacteria, fungi, diabetes, and allergies. See you vet.
Signs of having colitis diarrhea, the cat will hurt to poop and will try to hold it in. It can also develop constipation.
For gastritis inflammation of the stomach lining. Be sure to take the cat to the vet.
If you see that your older cat is depressed or very thirst-day and peeing outside of the litter box the cat may have diabetes see your vet.
When you see that your cat scratches, chews on his skin or has patches of fur missing take the cat to the vet. It has probably allergies.
Cats and dogs can become blind by diabetes, trauma to the retina in the back of the eye, glaucoma, and genetics. Those diseases can cause clouding of the lens, gradual or sudden blindness. If you think your pet is becoming blind take it to your vet for a test.
Early diagnosis can be very important. The vision loss can be reversed if treated early enough. Animals adapt well to blindness. Give your pet time to adjust to their vision loss.
It would a good idea to put you blind cat into a small room so that it can learn to navigate. Put the litter in there with the cat. After it learns to navigate in the room then it can navigate the rest of the home. Keep the furniture and cat's scratching post in the same place. Moving things around can confuse your cat. Keep the toilet bowls closed, prevent access to the outdoor pool, put a gate at the bottom of the stairs.
Walk a blind dog around the house on a leash and give it treats and praises.
The blind pet will use its other senses to navigate their environment.
You can use toys with bells, rattles, and catnip. Blind pets do need playtime and exercise.
Put a bell on your shoe so that your dog knows where you are. Keep your dog on same walking route.
When they fall from windows, balconies or high rise buildings they can get severe injuries, trauma broken bones and even death. Cats have the ability to land on their four feet because they have an unusually righting reflex flexible backbone and no collarbone. When the cat falls it can either use his eyesight or its balance system in his inner ear to determine which way is up.
Cats are carnivores who need meat to thrive and survive. Cats need protein from the meat and poultry that will provide essential amino acids. Vegetable and grain boxed food also provides amino acids. It is essential for the health of their heart and eyes. Cats that are raised on a vegan diet will die of malnutrition. Do not put your cat on a vegan diet without consulting your vet. It would be very abusive to your cat.
To clean you can use a couple of drops of coconut oil or olive oil, placed into the ear canal. This softens the excess wax and helps it move up and out where it can be wiped away with a tissue.
To dry inside flap and around the opening of the ear canal use a cloth towel or tissue. I have attached additional instructions below.
If your pet gets stung by a bee if you can see the stinger scrape it away. Usually, the pet will paw it or rub itself on the grass and remove it. You can give your pet 1mg Benadryl per pound of its body weight and apply a cold pack for short periods at a time. You can also use a frozen pack of peas to any swelling. You don't want frostbite so remove the ice pack frequently. If your pet has any problems with severe swelling or breathing take your pet to the vet.
Indoor cats are much safer staying indoors. The indoor cat requires extra attention and entertainment to keep from getting bored with their environment. They need stimulation daily. Cats love the thrill of hunting.
A window seat is good for your cat. Have playtime with your cat to relieve the stress of being indoors. Toys cats like to play with are laser pointer, mouse, wand with a feather, will mentally and physically stimulate your cat. Having a cat condo gives your cat vertical space to look down on their territory. Make the hunt exciting by putting the food in a variety of places in the home.
This is a concern because nicotine is a dangerous poison for pets and e-cigarettes and their associated paraphernalia often contain it in more concentrated levels than in traditional tobacco products. It is important to realize that these products are filled with liquid nicotine and still remain a hazard for pets. It is the more concentrated liquid cartridges and large-volume containers of nicotine liquid that pose the greatest risk for poisoning in pets.
Nicotine poisoning signs in dogs and cats from nicotine ingestion is vomiting. As nicotine receptors throughout the central nervous system and the body are stimulated, drooling, diarrhea, agitation and high heart rates can occur. With higher doses of nicotine, the receptors become blocked, and tremors and seizures can be seen, along with lethargy, muscular weakness and death from respiratory muscle weakness and heart arrhythmia. The most dangerous thing about nicotine in liquid form is that it can be absorbed through the skin or mucous membranes of the mouth in dogs, cats.
This is a true emergency. Because of the rapid absorption, most animals will become symptomatic very quickly. Vomiting usually develops within 30 minutes to an hour. If you think your pet has ingested nicotine (e-cigarettes, patches, gum or tobacco) and your pet is vomiting, agitated or lethargic, call your veterinarian immediately or the Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435.
If your pet gets into the alcohol, he or she can get a buzz or could wind up in the hospital. A dose of alcohol can prove more dangerous to pets then humans. The strength of the alcohol is a real concern. Ethanol is very dangerous to animals. Cleaning products, mouthwash, and hand sanitizer are also very dangerous. Signs to look for: are nausea or vomit, wobbly, increased thirst and urination, lethargy, and, disorientated. In a mild exposure to alcohol, the pet will recover with time and no treatment. Let the pet sleep it off.
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