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Cat Care

Caring For A Senior Cat

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Signs of aging in cats   Medical conditions senior cats are prone to   Feeding a senior cat   Other special needs   Monitoring your cat   Saying goodbye

Caring for a senior cat

With improved veterinary medicine and nutrition and so many more cats being confined to either indoors or indoors with an outside enclosure, cats are living longer than ever. With age comes special requirements to ensure your cat maintains and quality and comfortable standard of living. It is not unusual for a cat to reach 20 years of age, although the average lifespan is around 15 years. Continue reading

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Tear Staining in Cats

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Tear staining in cats

What causes tear staining in cats?

Also known as epiphora, tear staining is caused by an abnormal overflow of tears from the eyes, which often results in unsightly staining of the fur around the eyes.  There are several causes for this including:

  • Infection
  • Irritants (such as cigarette smoke or chemicals)
  • Allergies
  • Foreign matter
  • Abnormal eyelashes (known as distichiasis)
  • Abnormal tear ducts
  • Plastic food bowls

Tear staining can occur in any breed of cat although it is seen more often in Persian and Himalayan cats. Their facial structure usually causes a narrowing of the nasolacrimal duct and a shallow tear lake at the inner corner of the eye. All these factors may contribute to the problem. Continue reading

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Preventive Care For Cats – How To Keep Your Cat Safe

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Preventive care for cats

Sharing your life with a cat is a rewarding and enriching experience. Cats have so much to offer including love and companionship. But we must face the fact that along with this comes the responsibility of caring for their physical and emotional wellbeing. Cats will get sick from time to time, but there are ways to reduce the chances of this happening. Below are some suggestions.

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How to Kitten Proof a Home

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Kitten proofing your home

Before you bring your new cat home it is important to spend some time kitten proofing to ensure the house is safe for your new addition.

One useful way to visualise potential hazards is to look at your house from your cat’s level. Bear in mind that kittens are adept climbers and jumpers, and are quite capable of accessing areas several feet from the ground. Continue reading

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Declawing a Cat – What You Should Know

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What is declawing?   Why declaw?   Are there side effects?   Alternatives to declawing   Medical reasons to declaw

declawing a cat

What is declawing?

Also known as onychectomy, the term declawing is somewhat of a misnomer as not only is the claw removed but also the third (distal) phalanx (bone). The procedure is usually performed on the front feet only.

It is almost unheard of outside of the United States and Canada, and even there it is declining in popularity with many veterinarians refusing to declaw cats unless absolutely medically necessary. In 2003, declawing was banned in parts of Los Angeles. It is illegal in almost every other country. Continue reading

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How To Trim Your Cat’s Claws – Including Photos

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How to trim your cat's claws

Trimming s cat’s claws is something many cat owners are afraid to do, but it is not hard. Getting your cat used to having his feet and claws handled from an early age can make the whole process easier.  This can be done by gently massaging your cat’s feet, although some cats will always be less than thrilled. In such a case I recommend you only trim a couple of claws per session, or do as I sometimes do and gently trim them when the cat is napping. If you have a particularly reluctant cat, I recommend the use of synthetic pheromones such as Feliway. This helps to calm your cat by mimicking your cat’s own feel good hormones.

The advantage of learning to trim your own cat’s claws is that it avoids unnecessary and stressful trips to the veterinarian, and can save you money. Continue reading

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The Cost of Keeping a Cat-Initial and Ongoing Costs

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Cost of owning a cat

Many new pet owners think the initial outlay is the most expensive element of owning a cat, especially those looking to buy a purebred which can cost several hundred dollars. Certainly, it is true, to get yourself set up does cost money, and we will cover this shortly. However, ongoing costs can also add up and it is a wise pet owner who does the research before they make that final commitment and take the plunge. Continue reading

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Finding a Veterinarian

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Finding a veterinarian

Finding a veterinarian that both you and your cat are comfortable with should be a top priority for all pet owners. This article will hopefully help new pet owners find the right veterinarian. It is important to put some thought into this as your veterinarian will be an important part of your pet’s life for many years to come. Continue reading