If your cat is not responding to catnip you can try a silvervine plant or a shrub called Tartarian honeysuckle. There are other alternatives, like the Cat Twig Silvervine Stick toy. Some products have both catnip and silvervine, like Petlinks HyperNip and Catnip Blend, Petlinks HyperNip Hoppers cat toys.
Other plants that you can try are rosemary and peppermint. They also have a stimulating effect on cats. If you want your cat to use a scratch post, spray catnip on it and chances are the cat will use the scratch post. The cats that like catnip will increase play behavior and activity.
Things that cats like to do with their catnip are: sniff it, roll all over and rub themselves on it, chew and lick it and rub the cheeks all over it.
Is a disease prevalent in dogs that exhibit symptoms of dementia or Alzheimer disease?
This disease is increasing in the dog's population. The disease can start when a dog is 9-10 years old. More than 60 percent between the age 15-16 show at least one symptom of CCD. If you notice your dog is forgetting his daily walk route, not greeting you when you come home and enjoying things like he used to. It can be caused by an abnormal protein in the brain that creates a buildup of harmful plaque. Built up well cause nerve cell damage which leads to cognitive and decline. Dementia affects dogs memory, motor functions, and learning behaviors. The dog will gradually worsen over time. Have your dog evaluated by your vet.
Dog skin tag growths appear on the dogs as they age and other growths. Make sure that you pay close attention to a middle age dog. The skin tags remain soft and are the same color as the dog skin, typically excess skin or fatty deposits are normally localized, self-contained they are harmless and painless. It is always good to have your vet take a look at the tags to make sure that it is not cancerous. Lipomas are fatty deposits beneath the skin.
Skin tags on dogs can be confused with lipomas again, have your vet check out your dog.
Sometimes when a cat eats to fast it will regurgitate the meal. When eating dry cat food it will absorb the water and swells which sends a message to the brain that the cat has overeaten.
If there is too much food, the brain sends a signal to get rid of some. If your cat vomits frequently and loses weight, take the cat to the vet.
Here are some things you can do to keep your cat from eating too fast.
Use a large flat plate and spread the dry food on the plate leaving plenty of gaps between the kibbles. This method should slow the cat down and resolve the problem.
PetSafe Eatwell 5-meal Timed Pet Feeder. Set the times for when your pet needs to eat. You can put the portion you what your pet to have. Schedule and feed small meals frequently which often helps prevent vomiting.
Bowls that are shaped like a maze is a slow feeder that can help your cat slow down.
You can put the kibbles into a treat ball and the cat will push the ball around to get the kibbles out. This is good for the cat's mental stimulation and exercise.
The best way to acclimate your dog to grooming early in life is get the puppy used to you touching their paws, ears and tail and give the dog a treat. Using a scrub brush when bathing will help stuck on dirt, exfoliate the skin, and remove dead coat to prevent mats from forming. Conditioner helps close up the pores and protect the coat from breakage and tangles. Spend a few minutes each day brushing your dog.
Cats are hardwired to hunt for their food, so knocking things over may be a manifestation of this instinct. The cat's paw pads are very sensitive, and they like to use their paws to test and explore the objects. The movement, sound, touch or feel of the object helps the cat understand what might be safe or not. Knocking over objects provides another way for a cat to get your reaction. It is also fun for a cat to knock things over. It is part of stalking prey and chase with the movement. Make sure that your cat has plenty of appropriate toys. Rotate the toys from time to time to make it more exciting for the cat. If your cat has a habit of knocking things over for your attention, it is best to ignore the behavior and put away the breakables.
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.
Turkey white meat with no skin and no spices can be given in a small amount.
Your dog can only eat pumpkin from a can in a small amount. Pumpkin for the dog is also good to give when a dog is constipated or to help firm up their stool. Do not give your dog cranberry. Plain unsalted green beans can be given to your dog along with boiled or steamed plain carrots because they are gentler on your dog's stomach when steamed.
Your dog can eat cut up raw sweet potatoes, or steamed, baked or boil them.
Raw, apple can be cut up into bite size pieces sprinkle very little cinnamon.
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.
Keep from having holiday pet emergencies.
Foods that are off-limits to pets are: fatty scraps, turkey skin, drippings, gravy, corn on the cob,stuffing, mushrooms, nuts, garlic, sage, butter, bread dough, raisins, grapes, bones from the poultry, pork, alcoholic beverages, chocolate, candies, sugar substitute "xylitol", and onions can be harmful or toxic to pets.
Keep the table and unattended plates of food and alcoholic drinks away from your pets. Be sure to secure the lids on the garbage cans.
If the pets are not used to being around a lot of people, it can be very stressful for them. Put the pets in another room where they can relax with their toys. When you have the guest come and go your pet could slip out the door, be sure you have a current identification tag on your pet.
Keep holiday decorations out of the pets reach that could be harmful if chewed or ingested.
Stuff a kong with doggie treats. Stuff a cat toy with cat treats or catnip.
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