Claritin (Loratadine) For Cats

Loratadine for cats

 

  • Drug Name: Loratadine
  • Common names: Claratin, Alavert
  • Drug Type: Second-generation antihistamine
  • Used For: Allergies, blood and vaccination reactions, urticaria, insect bites and stings
  • Species: Humans, cats, dogs
  • Administered: Tablet

Loratadine (sold under the brand name Claritin among others) is a second-generation antihistamine used to treat allergy-related symptoms in cats. Second-generation antihistamines relieve symptoms of allergies without the drowsiness associated with first-generation antihistamines such as Benadryl.

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How To Grow Catnip For Cats

How to grow catnip for cats
  • Genus: Nepeta
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Botanical name: Nepeta catara
  • Height: Up to 3 feet
  • US hardiness zones: 3 – 9

Most cat lovers are familiar with catnip and the effect it has on cats. Catnip is a hardy and easy to grow plant. In this article, we look at how to grow catnip for your cat as well as drying and storing catnip.

Catnip is a vigorous perennial herb that is a part of the mint family Lamiaceae. The plant is native to southern Europe and Asia but can now be found in North America and Canada after being introduced by the colonists in the 1600s.

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Why Does My Cat’s Poop Smell So Bad?

Why does my cat's poop smell so bad?

At a glance

It is normal for feces to smell unpleasant; if it smells overwhelming, there may be an underlying reason why.

Causes:

  • Poor quality cat food
  • Sudden change in diet
  • Food intolerance (such as lactose intolerance)
  • Malabsorption disorders (parasites, infection, bacterial overgrowth, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, short bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, IBD)

Treatment:

This will depend on the underlying cause.

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How Does Catnip Work on Cats?

Dried catnip

What is catnip?

Catnip is a perennial herb from the mint family labiatae, and is native to Southern and Eastern Europe and Asia. It has now become naturalised in New Zealand, North America, Southern Canada, and Europe. Catnip is well known among pet owners and veterinarians due to its ability to induce a high in cats. There are 250 species of catnip in the world, Common catnip (Nepeta cataria) and Catmint (Nepeta mussinii) are the most commonly used.

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Metamucil (Psyllium) For Cats

Metamucil for cats

At a glance Metamucil is a bulk-forming agent used as a laxative and to increase stool consistency in cats with chronic diarrhea. Contraindications: Gastrointestinal obstruction or where immediate intestinal evacuation is required (for example, poisoning). Adverse effects: Flatulence if insufficient fluid is given, increased risk of esophageal or bowel obstruction. What is Metamucil? Metamucil is … Read more

Common Causes of Scabs on Cats

Scabs on cat's ears

Causes at a glance

  • Flea bite hypersensitivity (flea allergy dermatitis)
  • Feline acne
  • Ear edge dermatitis
  • Ringworm
  • Allergies

Crusty scabs on cat’s ears:

Solar dermatitis, sunburn, squamous cell carcinoma, mites and ringworm

Scabs on the back near the base of the tail:

Flea allergy dermatitis

Scabs around the neck:

Flea allergy dermatitis

Scabs on cat’s shoulder blades:

Reaction to topical flea products

Black scabs on cat chin:

Feline acne

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Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders in Cats

Gastrointestinal motility disorders in cats

What is gastrointestinal motility?

Gastrointestinal motility is the movement of food through the body which starts as soon as food enters the mouth and is chewed and swallowed. From there it moves through the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, and finally waste products leave the body via the anus. Wavelike contractions of the smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract are responsible for the passage of food to different locations for processing and absorption.

The autonomic nervous system (the nervous system responsible for the control of the bodily functions not consciously directed) regulates these contractions (peristalsis) and several endocrine (hormonal) mechanisms.

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