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Separation Anxiety in Cats-Symptoms & Treatment

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What is separation anxiety?

Most people will associate separation anxiety with dogs, who by nature are pack animals. However, cats too can suffer from separation anxiety. This problem occurs in some cats when they have a particularly close bond with their owner. It may be the result of genetics and breed disposition or their individual personality or as a result of being hand reared from an early age.

What are the signs of separation anxiety?

Signs of separation anxiety may include:

  • Inappropriate urination or defecation, sometimes this will be on the owner’s personal effects such as clothing, bedding etc.
  • Excessive vocalisation
  • Excessive grooming or hair pulling
  • Hiding or sulking as the owner prepares to leave
  • Hiding
  • When the owner is home, the cat follows him/her around the house, from room to room
  • Anorexia (loss of appetite)

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Cat Rehoming – Tips To Help You Rehome A Cat

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I don’t want this section to be a lecture on why you should keep your cat, but it is important to reinforce that often pets are rehomed when it’s not necessary to do so, this may be out of fear, or a misunderstanding, or a simple problem which can be fixed.

Firstly I would like to mention that many people come to my forums looking to rehome a cat because they have a baby on the way and are worried for two reasons. The risk of catching toxoplasmosis during pregnancy and risks to the baby once it’s been born. I would like to assure you that as long as you take some careful steps, you, your cat and your baby can all live safely and in harmony. So if you are pregnant, and considering rehoming your cat, please do read the following articles, which will hopefully put your mind at rest. Continue reading

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Toxoplasmosis and Pregnancy

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Toxoplasmosis and pregnancy

What is toxoplasmosis?

Discovered in 1908, toxoplasmosis is an intracellular parasitic infection caused by the protozoan known as toxoplasma gondii. It infects multiple of warm-blooded including humans, livestock, birds etc., however, cats are the definitive hosts to toxoplasma gondii. This means that the parasite is only able to sexually reproduce in cats (both wild and domesticated). Most people have heard of toxoplasmosis due to the risks infections pose to pregnant women. If infection occurs during pregnancy it can cause abortion and congenital defects to the fetus. Toxoplasmosis infection in humans is extremely common and approximately 30 – 50% of the population have been exposed to it. Continue reading

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Play Aggression in Cats and Kittens

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What is play aggression?

Play aggression most often seen in kittens and adult cats under 2 years of age. As frustrating as it can be towards their human companions, play aggression is quite normal in kittens. This type of aggression is predatory in nature and is commonly seen among littermates. Not only does it provide exercise for the kittens but also serves as a way to practice and learn hunting behaviour which in the wild is a necessary skill to learn.

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Moving House With Your Cat

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Moving house is one of the most stressful situations people can go through, so just imagine how hard it can be for your cat. Territorial by nature, the cat marks her environment by rubbing her scent over objects in her home. This scenting lets other cats know that it is her territory and defines your cat’s boundaries. When a cat is taken from her known environment and deposited in a strange place, the experience can be quite terrifying for her, especially if the new home has cat scents from the previous owner. Be sure to thoroughly clean the room where your cat will be staying. It is up to you to make the transition to the new house as easy as possible for your cat. Continue reading

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Missing Cat – Tips To Find A Lost Cat

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If you are unfortunate enough to be in the position where you have lost a cat here are some tips which can help locate your cat.

First of all, ensuring your cat is easily identifiable either with a permanent microchip or a cat collar with an ID tag. Include your cat’s name and phone number on the tag but no address.  Ensure your contact details are up to date. Continue reading

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Kitten Development – Growth and Milestones Weeks 1-8

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Kitten milestones at a glance

  • Birth to week 1 – Kittens are born with eyes closed and ears folded. They weigh between 90-100 grams. The umbilical cord stump falls off around day three. By the end of the first week, the kitten has doubled his weight.
  • Week 2 – Eyes begin to open. First baby teeth erupt.
  • Week 3 – Ears are now erect. Some kittens begin exploring.
  • Week 4 – Canine teeth (fangs) have erupted. Hearing is well developed.
  • Week 5 – Eyesight is now fully developed. Kittens begin to try solid food.
  • Weeks 6 to 8 – Eye colour begins to change. Kittens are now extremely active. They should receive their first vaccination at six weeks.

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Cells of the Cat’s Immune System

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Cells of the immune system

The immune system is made up of organs and cells, its role is to defend the body against foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites as well as that, it helps to protect the body against unchecked cell growth (such as cancer).

Like all blood cells, cells of the immune system are all derived from the bone marrow. 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

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Cat Whiskers – Everything You Need To Know

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Also known as vibrissae or tactile hairs, feline whiskers are specialised hairs which are found on either side of the muzzle (sinus hairs or Mystacial whiskers), the cheeks,  above the eyelid, and on the wrists of the foreleg. The whiskers on the muzzle are the longest of the three sets on the face.

Whiskers are two to three times the thickness of ordinary hairs and are embedded in the tissue of the cat’s upper lip to a depth three times greater than other hairs. Continue reading