In order for the cats to protect themselves from not to become prey by some larger animals. They developed the ability to hide injury or illness very well. Things to look for in a sick cat: change in appetite, increase in appetite intestinal parasites, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or gastrointestinal disease which will cause poor nutrient absorption. Decreased appetite may be caused by nausea, fever, gastrointestinal disease, or pain in the mouth due to dental disease, a mass, or trauma. Causes of increased thirst: Diabetes, increased calcium, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease. Prescription designed to increase thirst to promote frequent urinating. Increased meowing the cat may be trying to tell you physical or emotional distress. If the cat is not using the litter box take it immediately to your vet. If the cat associates pain with the litter box it may stop using the litter box. In multi-cat households, one cat will block the other cat from using it. Bad breath is caused by dental disease a mass or tumor in the mouth. It can also be internal illnesses like kidney disease or diabetes. Be sure to see your vet. If the cat has a painful bladder condition it can over-groom itself to the point of baldness. Not being able to pee, vomiting that won’t stop, being unresponsive, having seizures, and labored breathing are all emergencies, and you should seek veterinary care immediately.
Mix a batch of electrolytes 4 cups water
1 Tablespoon sugar or honey
1 teaspoon salt
Store in the refrigerator but serve at room temperature, making fresh batches daily.
Throughout the day, dose:
3 Tablespoons for puppies/kittens
5 tablespoons for pets up to 5 lbs.
¾ cups for pets up to 10 lbs.
¼ cup per 5 lbs. of body weight for pets 15 lbs. and more.
Keep on hand, and freeze into ice cubes to drop in water as needed.
Ginger snap cookies are only 2 cookies for a medium-size dog, due to the sugar content.
If your pet can drink peel fresh ginger root, slice 5-8 ¼ thick slices and boil in ¼ cup water.
When cool, let the pet drink it. This can also prevent motion sickness when given 20-30 minutes
before a road trip.
White Rice with one spoonful of pumpkin. Boil 1 cup of white rice and 3 cups of water, then turn it down to a very low simmer until all the water is absorbed. Cool before serving and refrigerate leftovers for up 24 hrs.
Pumpkin puree Feed one (1) tablespoon for cats and small dogs and up to three (3) tablespoons for a large dog. Pumpkin puree is a natural remedy for diarrhea since fiber helps firm up loose stools.
CARING FOR GUINEA PIGS, RABBITS, HAMSTERS, FERRETS, GERBILS, RATS, CHINCHILLAS, AND SMALL MAMMALS
Clean and fresh water daily. Water bottle is a great choice it cannot be contaminated with food, feces, and urine. Some pets have to be trained to use the sipper water bottle. Supplies that you are going to need: Treats, toys, bowl, pellets, fresh leafy greens, water bottle, supplements, bedding, hay, and cage. Routine grooming and cleaning is important for the pets also regular cleaning of their habitat and cage. Chinchillas diet depends on dry grasses and other plant material.
Rabbits fresh, leafy greens they provide fiber and a variety of vitamins. A and C, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates.
Hamsters, Mice and Rats Plants material and some meats. Mice, rats, and hamsters eat some meat products.
Guinea Pigs eat dark, leafy greens are very high in vitamin C, a cup of fresh kale contains 250mg of vitamin C.
Basically, a dog’s brain can remember the way that toy looks and even smells before its owner brings it into the room. Some dogs have the ability to be smarter and learn the names of people some can learn up to 215 words. Dogs preferred to rely on vision and used their noses only a few times when the lights are off.
CAT THAT IS BORED
The mental stimulation from cat enrichment activities encouraging play and creativity can help improve your cat’s behavior while strengthening your relationship with your cat. If the cat meows a lot or bites that might mean that the cat is bored. Reduce this type of stressful behavior by teaching your cat “high five,” which taps into a cat’s natural pawing behavior it's an easy trick keep following up with a small treat each time the cat does the trick, and be very repetitious.
Cutting small holes in an empty paper towel roll, filling it with treats, and then folding the ends over. You can adjust the difficulty of the feeder by varying the number or sizes of the holes.
Exploration of scent is a simple way to provide daily enrichment. like swapping cat toys with a friend. Daily exposure to a towel scented by one of your other pets each night. safe access to the outdoors is essential for cat well-being. Screened window perch where your cat can watch and smell.
Cat scratching is an important part of cat enrichment. Cats naturally scratch to scent mark cats also prefer to be high up, in cat trees or a cat condo.
By observing your cat body language you will be able to tell that your cat is very happy. A purring cat is happy, also it purrs when it is hurt or frightened. Kneading is a sign of extremely happy also accompanies purring. Drooling is a way cats show their affection this will occur when a cat is getting attention. When a cat approaches you and rubs against you or butts you with his head he probably likes the smell you are carrying. If there is a change in eating, sleeping or grooming routing consult your vet. Cats show stress by urinating or defecating in places they aren't supposed to there could be a medical or just trying to tell you he is under stress.
HOW TO WEIGH YOUR CAT
weigh yourself on a human scale, then weigh yourself while holding your cat and subtracting the difference. By checking your kitty's weight once a month and keeping a written record of it, you can track any changes over time and catch potential issues before they become serious problems. Avoid obesity by keeping track of your cat's weight packing on too many pounds has major health consequences, including diabetes, arthritis, and joint problems, heart and respiratory conditions, gastrointestinal and digestive issues, compromised immunity, and increased risk for problems during anesthesia and surgery.
Keeping track of any gradual but steady weight gain can help your vet to come up with a plan to prevent obesity and associated health problems.
WEIGH YOUR CAT ONCE A MONTH
Weighing your cat once a month can catch early health problems.
Your cat's wellness exam may not be enough to catch changes in your cat's health. Weight loss is an indicator of disease the average cat weighs ten pounds. A weight of 6% is considered a clinical sign. Gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and cancer all cause weight loss, a slow and gradual pace by the time the pet owner notices it may be in its advanced stages.
By weighing your cat every month you will pick up on this trend long before your cat may show any other symptoms. If there is no diet change be sure you have your cat checked by your veterinarian promptly. When there is a diagnosis of an illness from the veterinarian continue to check your cat's weight and report the weight changes to your vet between appointments it allows your vet to adjust medications if needed.
WEIGH YOUR CAT ONCE A MONTH
Weighing your cat once a month can catch early health problems. Your cat's wellness exam may not be enough to catch changes in your cat's health. Weight loss is an indicator of disease the average cat weighs ten pounds. A weight of 6% is considered a clinical sign. Gastrointestinal issues, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney disease, and cancer all cause weight loss, a slow and gradual pace by the time the pet owner notices it may be in its advanced stages. By weighing your cat every month you will pick up on this trend long before your cat may show any other symptoms. If there is no diet change be sure you have your cat checked by your veterinarian promptly. When there is a diagnosis of an illness from the veterinarian continue to check your cat's weight and report the weight changes to your vet between appointments it allows your vet to adjust medications if needed.
PAIN SIGNS BEHAVIOR FOR CATS
Decreased or no urination in the litterbox. This is very important and requires immediate attention. If you can find no sign of urine in the litterbox or elsewhere, let your veterinarian know immediately. The cat may have a urinary blockage, which can be fatal (particularly in male cats) within hours.
Decreased or increased urination. This is a potential sign of medical issues (such as kidney function or diabetes) Take your cat to the veterinarian.
Urination outside of the litterbox. If this is a new behavior, the cat may have a urinary or bladder infection, urinary crystals, or may have pain elsewhere. This can also signal stress, insecurity, or simply not liking something about the litterbox, but medical reasons need to be ruled out first.
Defecation outside of the litterbox. There’s usually a medical component to this behavior, whether it’s just a touch of constipation or diarrhea; there are also other, more serious causes. See your Vet.
Decreased or increased thirst. This can be an indicator of changes in kidney function, diabetes, or other medical issues and should be looked at by your vet.
Aggression. Aggression can be the result of many things: fear, stress, or pain. A cat who is normally even-tempered who exhibits aggression (or aggressive body language) towards you or another animal in the home should be evaluated by a vet.
Avoidance or sensitivity to being petted or handled. This could indicate pain in a particular part of the body or generally not feeling well. As a note, most cats develop arthritis and joint pain as they get older, but they don’t need to suffer—relief can come in the form of medication or other treatments.
Restlessness, inability to settle. A cat in pain may have trouble lying down, sitting, or getting comfortable. They may relax for a few minutes then get up and pace or shift to a different position.
Change in gait, limping, or difficulty jumping. This can be indicative of injury to soft tissue or bone, arthritis, or other medical issues.
Purring or excessive vocalizations. Cats who are in severe distress will often purr; the vibrational frequency of purring has been shown to be beneficial for healing tissue and bone, but it may also be an attempt at self-soothing. Further, vocalizations can be a sign of pain, cognitive decline, or the need for medical attention. Many medical conditions, if caught early, can be treated or reversed.
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