Daily Archives: May 7, 2019

Cats Have Weird Sleeping Habits

Do you find your cat’s sleeping habits weird and unusual? Cats tend to sleep the day away. In fact, they have been known to spend 10-16 hours a day sleeping! This is a behavior that they have developed to adapt to their predatory pattern. In the wild, cats hunt during the night when it is cooler and sleep during the day. Sleeping for long hours also help in the efficient digestion of their diet which is rich in protein. The cat’s ancestors are usually up and about during dawn and dusk to look for prey.

If you allow your cat to sleep with you on your bed, you will notice that he tends to snuggle up to you even if he has a comfortable sheet or pillow to sleep on. Experts believe that cats feel warm and safe when they are snuggled up to their owners. Close contact with their owners also promotes the release of oxytocin hormone, one effect of which is making them feel good.

You should talk to your Oconomowoc, WI veterinarian if there is a change in your pet’s sleeping habits.

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Some Cats For Allergy Sufferers

Some produce less allergens and are considered hypoallergenic. However, it should be noted that there is no feline breed that is completely free of allergens. Three of the most popular hypoallergenic cats that are ideal for allergy sufferers include the Devon Rex, Cornish Rex, and the Sphynx.

Devon Rex and Cornish Rex

The Devon Rex has lesser grooming needs compared to the Cornish Rex because their hair coat is softer and thinner. However, their paws and ears need regular cleaning because these are parts of the body which is prone to the buildup of oils. Devon Rex cats also need frequent baths to prevent the buildup of skin oils.

Sphynx

The sphynx is a very popular cat among pet owners who are allergic to cats. These cats are not really without hairs; if you look close enough, you will find very fine hairs all over their bodies. Sphynx cats need to be given frequent baths because oils can accumulate on their skin which feels like glue. Their large ears will also need frequent cleaning.

Your Oconomowoc, WI veterinarian is a valuable source of information when it comes to your pet’s health and behavior.

Why Cats Need Exercise

If you’ve owned a cat for any length of time you may have noticed that they seem to be in better moods after they have had a full meal, napped, or gone out for a walk or prowling event. In general, cats are getter behaved and more satisfied when they receive an adequate amount of exercise. Exercising not only relieves stress for cats, but it also relieves pressure on the bones, muscles and joints. Exercise can also help stimulate the brain for cats. If they are just sleeping all day and sitting around doing nothing then they may get bored and when cats get bored they tend to start destroying things around the house (i.e. curtains, shoes, etc.)  Walk your cat frequently or sit in the floor and play with her to encourage her to move around and to get her mind in action. Talk to your Columbia, MD veterinary clinic about other ways to serve.

Why Dogs Need Exercise

Dogs need to exercise as a way to relieve energy and stress and to keep their minds stimulated and on the move. Dogs love to be on the go whether they are chasing a ball, a cat, or simply holding their head out of the window. Exercising is a great way to give your dog some pep in his step and encourage him to get up and move. Whether he’s playing ball outdoors or just rough housing with you indoors, simply motivating him to move can add days if not years to your dog’s life. Playing in doors is a great way to help your dog learn to relax while confined inside the house as well. If your dog doesn’t get enough movement and exercise in then he risks the chance of becoming obese or developing health issues related to its health. For more questions, call your Ellicott City, MD.

Arthritis versus Osteoarthritis in Cats

As cats age they have been known to develop diseases such as arthritis which greatly affects the cat’s mobility. Some cats have also been known to develop Osteoarthritis. These are similar yet two entirely different illnesses. Both affect the joints of the cat and the ability of the cat to move around. Arthritis is the inflammation of a cat’s joints. It is painful, but often treated with pain meds and anti-inflammatory medications. Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) is not just an inflammation of the joints but it’s the deterioration of the joint completely. Arthritis is usually a predecessor of Osteoarthritis. In the beginning your cat may develop arthritis and have trouble moving. Balance and coordination are also affected. Over time, however, if the inflammation leads to deterioration then it is has progressed to Osteoarthritis. Talk to your Brampton, ON veterinary clinic for more details on the disease and how it could affect your cat.

Can Cats Wear Flea Collars?

If you’re looking for ways to treat your cat for fleas or prevent flea infestations on your cat, give your vet or local pet store sales associate a call. There are a few ways to provide your cat with protection against fleas. One of those is the flea collar. The flea collar is a simple and easy to use method to keep fleas off your cat. Typical flea collars can be worn for up to three to eight months supplying your cat with protection from infestation. You can find flea collars at pet stores and your veterinarian’s office. Before purchasing a flea collar, ask your vet if it’s a good method of protection for your cat. Generally, a collar should release a defense medication on your cat’s neck and shoulders. It should drive fleas to the tail where they die and fall off. Talk to your Brampton, ON vet about using flea collars on your cat.

The Transmission of Heartworms in Cats

Heartworm disease is a serious disease in cats and dogs. Heartworm disease is primarily transmitted through mosquitoes. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states and it’s safe to assume that your cat is at risk. The disease is picked up by mosquitoes from infected animals. The mosquito than transmits it to cats when it bites the cat. The larvae of the heartworms are released into the cat’s blood stream. The larvae grow and matures over time. It can take 10 to 14 days for the baby works to enter the infective stage. It takes another 6 months for those babies to mature into full size works which can live in the cat for two to three years. Symptoms are less visible in cats than in dogs. Treatment is also less successful in cats than in dogs. Talk to your Pleasanton, CA veterinary clinic to learn more.

Neutering Pets – What Happens After Surgery?

Neutering is a simple surgical procedure for male dogs in which both their testicles are removed while they are under general anesthesia. Aside from being incapable of reproduction, neutered pets are safe from testicular and prostate cancer. They are less prone to displays of behaviors that are fueled by the male hormone testosterone that is produced by the testicles. Most patients are up and about shortly after the neuter procedure. However, there is a need to restrict their movements while the wound is healing, thus it is best that the animal be placed inside a crate during the healing process. An E-collar may be fitted on the animal’s neck to prevent them from licking the incision site which can cause irritation and slow down healing. Pets that have been neutered after they have already reached puberty may stop displaying testosterone-powered behaviors quite longer than those that have been neutered before puberty. Your Plano, TX veterinarian is a valuable source of information if you have questions about neutering pets. Schedule an appointment today!

Diabetes in Canines

Diabetes is a common disease found in people and animals. If you suspect your dog has diabetes, call your vet and discuss possible symptoms. As with people, the most common symptoms of diabetes in canines is excessive water drinking, excessive urination, and weight loss. Diabetes often occurs in canines due to insufficient production of insulin in the body. This causes the dog’s body to start breaking down fat and protein reserves as a source of energy since there isn’t enough insulin. Energy should come from glucose but when that fails the body finds alternative means. When a dog’s body produces insulin as it should then it triggers the liver and other body muscles to breakdown glucose in the bloodstream for energy. When the insulin isn’t working the glucose doesn’t get broken down causing the body to look for alternative energy and creating high blood sugar levels in the bloodstream. Talk to your Pleasanton, CA vet to learn more.

Mouth Rot in Geckos

Did you know that there is common mouth disease that can occur in reptiles including snakes, turtles and lizards like the gecko? The disease is called mouth rot and it refers to inflammation that develops in and around the mouth or oral cavity area. Some of the first signs of mouth rot in your gecko may be swollen lips or inflamed gums. Your gecko may also walk around with his mouth open as though he needs to breathe through his mouth. When he does this, check or look for a white pus or mucus in his mouth. This is a typical sign of mouth rot as well. The disease itself occurs when the immune system is low and not effectively fighting off bacteria in the mouth. The bacteria can lead to infection. Some causes include poor environment or overcrowding. Talk to your Matthews, NC veterinary clinic to learn more.