Adopting After Losing A Pet

Adopting a cat after losing a pet

Adopting After Pet Loss

In the interest of transparency, this article is an opinion piece, as as far as I am aware, there is no data on when pet parents should bring a new pet into the home after a loss. We all know the devastation of losing a beloved cat, they leave such a massive hole in our lives, and it is natural for us to feel a sense of loss. Therapists are starting to recognise the depth of grief pet owners experience when faced with the loss of a pet. Cats give us so much; they give us love, attention, warmth, comfort, companionship and a sense of purpose (they rely on us to care for them). No wonder they leave such a hole in our lives when we lose them.

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Feeding Cats in Multi-Cat Households

Feeding in multi-cat households

Feeding cats in a multi-cat household can be a challenge for pet owners, there are many reasons why it may be necessary to feed cats separate diets.

  • One cat is on a medication which is mixed into the food
  • An obese cat who is on a weight-controlled diet
  • To prevent one cat from eating all the food which means another cat misses out
  • Cats on a prescription or therapeutic diet, for example, hyperthyroidism, urinary or kidney disease

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Third Eyelid Showing in Cats

Cat third eyelid

At a glance

About: The third eyelid is an opaque membrane underneath the outer eyelids which protects the cornea.

Causes of a visible third eyelid:

  • Haw’s disease
  • Ocular pain
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Cherry eye
  • Foreign body
  • Feline dysautonomia
  • Tetanus
  • Fat or muscle atrophy
  • Dehydration

Diagnosis: A thorough physical and ophthalmologic examination as well as diagnostic testing.

Treatment: This will depend on the underlying cause.

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Can Cats Eat Apples?

Can cats eat apples?

At a glance

Cats can eat the fruit of the apple, but avoid the seeds which contain amygdalin which breaks down into hydrogen cyanide when crushed.

Apples are rich in antioxidants, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, fibre and polyphenolic compounds.

Cats are obligate carnivores, they need meat for several essential nutrients, fruit, vegetables and other treats should only make up a small part of a cat’s diet.

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How Many Calories Should A Cat Eat Per Day?

How to calculate a cat's daily energy requirements in calories

Resting energy RER   Growing kittens   Desexed cat   Entire cat   Obese prone   Weight loss

The best way to calculate a cat’s daily requirements is to calculate your cat’s resting energy requirements (RER) which is the amount of energy (in calories) expended in a day without any activity; it is similar to basal metabolic requirements.

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Can Cats Eat Avocado?

Can cats eat avocado

Avocado (scientific name Persea americana) is a popular fruit which has been embraced by cafes as a breakfast favourite smashed on toast, the main ingredient of guacamole and a popular salad ingredient. Its rich flesh is good source of monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, fibre, amino acids, potassium, magnesium, sodium, vitamins A, B1, 2, 3, 6, 12, C, E and K.

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Tail Sucking in Cats

Tail sucking in cats

Tail sucking is a common behaviour in which the kitten or adult cat sucks or chews the tip of the tail; it is similar to thumb sucking in children.  Some cats will suck their tail compulsively, which can lead to hair loss and trauma.

Why do cats suck their tail?

Sucking is a natural reflex that goes back to infancy when kittens suckled from their mother, which was comforting. Some cats will continue to suck well into adulthood. Tails aren’t the only target, others include soft toys, clothing, blankets, people and other cats.

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When is the Right Time to Euthanise a Cat?

When is the right time to euthanise a cat?

The word euthanasia comes from the Greek word εὐθανασία, which means ‘good death’, and its purpose is to end pain and suffering. Most pet owners hope a sick or old cat will pass away peacefully in his or her sleep. Unfortunately, this does not happen very often, which means we are faced with having to make the heartbreaking decision to euthanise a cat.

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