Remove anything that attract flies—fallen fruit, pet feces, uncovered garbage—and use fly traps. When pets are outdoors, apply petroleum jelly or Avon® Skin-So-Soft lotion to tips of ears. Some swear flies will not bite an animal who drinks vinegar and recommend adding 1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar to a pet’s water bowl.
Article By Denise Fleck, The Pet Safety Crusader
Cats are very curious creatures and they want to see what's going on when you are working on the counter from the floor they want to be by you and where the action is. Sometime they seek out counters to avoid interaction with other pets and people. Don't punish your cat, reward appropriate activities, play with your cat every day.
If other pets or small humans spend a lot of time on the floor, your cat may seek out your counters to avoid interaction with them. They may also find out that food scraps and crumbs are often left on your table and counter, leading to “counter-surfing” behavior.
A routine examination on pets that are healthy is a good preventive. Puppies and Kittens need to see a vet every 3-4 weeks until they complete all of their vaccinations. Healthy young adult cats and dogs should be seen at least annually. Senior and geriatric pets should be seen more often by a vet to help catch early signs of disease. Senior cats with chronic conditions should be seen more frequently. Your dog may get other vaccines to prevent illnesses like kennel cough, and outdoor cats should get feline leukemia vaccines. Bring in a stool sample from your pet, to have checked for intestinal parasites. Mention any changes you've seen in your pet.
Aggressive behavior a special diet may help. Hide some of the toys and then reintroduce them that should keep the kitty from getting bored. A wand is a good toy for you to play with your cat and it's also a good exercise for the cat. Cats also love catnip. Aggression can be related to a threat or attack. Sometimes misguided play with the owner can result in a showing of dominance and fear. If the cat normally is not aggressive take the cat to the veterinarian for a checkup.
Early socialization with other kittens is great they learn to interact with pets and people building confidence makes them feel more secure in their environments. Cat socialization is a process of developing trust in your cat and acclimating him/her to animals and people. Human touch is preferred by the cat that is friendly they like it when you touch around their facial glands, the base of the ears, and under the chin. Also, be positive and give the cat toys, treats, and praise each time you touch him/her. Sometimes cats avoid human touch if they are anxious or stressed. Socializing should be fun play with your cat as much as you can but keep the sessions brief.
Keep your cat's teeth and gums healthy. There are many health risks for felines it can be prevented by brushing their teeth every day. Use a small toothbrush and toothpaste formulated for felines and gently brush your cat's teeth. Keep an eye on anything that could be a problem like excessive drooling, pus, difficulty chewing food, loose teeth, ulcers on gums or tongue, red and swollen gums, a dark red line along the gums, and excessive pawing to the mouth. Any sign of gum inflammation take the cat to the vet for an exam.
Make sure your kitty is used to the sound of clippers before you attempt to trim the nails. First, set them on the ground and let your kitty sniff them. Clip your own nails from time to time and let the kitty get used to the sound. You can wrap your kitty in a blanket or towel, placing the kitty on a counter top or table can distract the kitty enough to get the trim done. When the kitty is still gently squeeze one toe until the retractable nail is extended out and clip and immediately give the kitty a treat.
Brushing your cat once a week will help your cat especially if the cat is older and can't groom itself. When you brush your cat it will remove dirt, grease, dead hair, skin flakes and stimulate blood circulation, and it will improve the overall skin condition. Seek a veterinary if there is excessive scratching, chewing, licking, or bald patches. Shedding all year round is a normal process for indoor cats. Keeping an eye on your cat's ears once a week for debris, wax, and infection will help sensitive sonar detectors.
“co-op” is a type of residential housing option that the owners do not own their units outright. Some “co-op” the board or management is asking for a pet registration policy. Check your building's governing documents to see what the pet rules are. Pet owners are now being asked to provide details about their pets including distinguishing features, vaccinations history, and contact information for the veterinarians and pet sitters. Some co-op the board or management will ask for fecal samples from pets.
Most cats like unscented litter and a private location for their litter box. They also like the litter about one to two inches deep and not a small litter box. Some cats like their litter boxes very clean. Changing the litter type is enough to set a cat off. If a cat is pooping on the floor else-ware might be upset stomach, intestinal parasites. Also, take a look at what's new in your cat life. Some cats with house soiling might have urinary tract disease. Take the cat to the vet for a checkup.
Often the stress level is the root of litter box issues, cats don't deal well with stress. Try playing classical music when you are not at home. Have sessions of play with a toy wand that he/she likes, give your cat a treat, and spend more time with it. If an older cat won't use the litter box, it could be because it's in pain, squatting might hurt, stepping into the litter box might be more difficult.
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