Dander refers to the minute particles of dead skin that are constantly being shed from your cat (and other mammals).
Antifreeze is a common product used in car radiators to lower the freezing point of water in cooler climates. The active ingredient is ethylene glycol (EG), a clear, odourless liquid with a sweet taste, earning it the name ‘sweet killer’.
What are allergies?
Allergies are an abnormal reaction by the cat’s immune system to a harmless substance that produces a cascade of symptoms such as itchiness and rash. The purpose of the immune system is to keep infectious microorganisms, such as certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi, out of the body, and to destroy any infectious microorganisms that do invade the body.
Unlike dogs, cats have a reputation for being somewhat fussy when it comes to food. I think this is somewhat of a misnomer. Cats aren’t intentionally fussy, there’s always a reason why a cat becomes fussy over food. This article looks at common causes of food rejection in cats and what you can do to overcome this.
What do cats eat?
Cats are obligate carnivores which means they must have meat in their diet to survive. Their primary ancestors lived on a diet of small rodents and birds. Cats require a high protein diet with a variety of different nutrients such as taurine, arginine, calcium, niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamine (vitamin B1), to name a few. Many of these nutrients are found in animals only, making a vegetarian diet impossible for cats.
Cancer is the uncontrolled division of cells in or on the body. Any type of cell can potentially become cancerous. There are many reasons cancer occurs, including viral infections, exposure to carcinogens, which are cancer-causing substances (toxins, chemicals, cigarette smoke etc.), genetics, age, and diet, to name a few.
At a glance Also called: Age spots, liver spots, orange cat lentigo. About: Also known as lentigo, areas of hyperpigmentation develop on the lips, gums and eye rims. Symptoms: Flat, black spots on the eyelids, gums and lips of ginger, tortie and calico cats are common, they are the feline equivalent of freckles. Treatment: No … Read more
Why do cats dig and scratch around their food bowl?
Scratching around the food bowl is a common behaviour in cats which is completely normal.
- Wild cats, as well as feral cats, have all been observed burying any uneaten food to avoid attracting predators or scavengers.
- Another theory is that as cats in the wild tend to eat where they sleep, they don’t want a rotting carcass lying around, which could potentially attract predators.
- Unlike dogs, cats don’t bury food to go back to later.
There are often times when it is necessary to increase your cat’s fluid intake. Cats by nature are not huge water drinkers. In the wild, the majority of their water comes from their food. Wet food/prey is made up of approximately 70% water. Dry diets only contain 10% water, and therefore cats need to consume more water to make up for this difference. Inadequate water consumption leads to concentrated urine, which can result in the formation of urinary crystals. It is, therefore, important to ensure your cat consumes enough water to avoid this.