Facing Behavioral Problems in Cats? – Here is the Solution!

Is your purring pal too pompous for you to handle? Are you concerned about your kitty’s behavior? Is she behaving rude or notorious? Well, let us find out the reasons and solutions for this kind of cat behavioral problem – the reasons for your furry pal showing aggressive, hostile and irritating behavior. We need to take a fair look at the feline psyche to get into the root of the problems and come up with feasible and practical solutions.

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Nocturnal hunting, territory surveillance and aggressiveness are a part of the feline’s nature. It is the underlying genetics of their mind, which makes them display this kind of attitude. As pet parents, we can groom our cats, condition them for changing habits and train them for social grace. In addition to this, we need to become compatible with them to understand what they want and feel. This mutual understanding will make pet parenting enjoyable and create a win-win situation on both sides.

So, let us peep into the mind of our kitty and see what is causing that notoriety. Let us discuss the solution of the following cat behavioral problems:

Nibbling: If you find your kitty chewing everything that comes to her sight then just relax, as this is natural reflex. It is an acquired behavior from their wild ancestors. Wild cats torn the meat, skin, fur, feather of its prey, and have this tendency to chew up things. Just as if your son acquires your habits, similarly the felines get this chewing, biting thing from their four legged ancestors.

Solution: Until you give them things to satiate their gums and teeth, they cannot be made quite. A tip is to hide valuables that can be chewed. Electric wires need to be wrapped with tapes to avoid damage. You can also use cat-repellant sprays on the chewing targets.

Littering problem: Do you find that your cat does not use the litter box every time and has developed bad toilet habits? Is she spraying urine in the space outside the litter box? These are the signs of an underlying illness or bad health condition or happen if you are keeping the litter box dirty.

Solution: Clean up the litter box at least once a day. Cats choose to eliminate feces at a place that is clean and quite. So, make sure you keep the clean litter box at a place that is not noisy. Do not keep food near his litter box. Urine spraying may be a sex or stress related prob. So, talk to your vet and get your pet sterilized.

Excessive scratching: This behavior is again a reflex and a natural tendency of cats. They may damage the most expensive furniture due to this habit. They scratch to get rid of the dead portion of their nails, to sharpen their nails, to exercise and to mark their territory.

Solution: As a part of cat behavioral treatment, you can put a tall post covered by sisal rope, tree bark or cardboard to fulfill your pet’s desire to rub paws and scratching habits. Attract the cat by keeping treats over the post. Keep it near the pet’s resting area and away from furniture.

As part of good pet parenting, you must understand your feline’s mood swings, health conditions, and behavioral changes and facilitate her to become stress free. You can ask a vet for more guidance about your feline’s individual behavioral problems and suitable solutions. This way, you will develop a great rapport with your kitty.

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What Other Diseases Fleas and Ticks Cause

Warm summer days unveils a colossal colony of fleas and ticks. These external parasites are ready to march on your dogs and cats to suck blood. This is the most difficult time for you as a pet owner to not only battle with these nasty pests but also safeguard your pets. You must be surprised to know that apart from scratching and skin irritation; these blood-sucking creatures are the source of various other diseases, which can greatly hamper your pet’s health.

What Other Diseases Fleas and Ticks Cause

Ticks

Ticks are the ugly little creatures that adversely affect humans and animals. These insects spread serious illness. Pets are more prone to ticks and the diseases caused through them. Lyme disease is one such illness that is a real threat to dogs and cats. More surprising is that it is now spreading at the tremendous speed over the other areas of America. The reason of spreading of this disease is ticks, as they are attacking newer territories.

Moreover, people are coming too close to nature through environment saving practice and having that internal zeal to live with nature. This also makes ticks to attack pets easily, and destroy their health quality.

These nasty tiny mobs are not only responsible for one type of disease but they are likely to spread multiple diseases ranging from Rocky Mountain fever to diseases that attack blood cells. Usually, the signs of these diseases are shadowy like mild fever, lethargy, joint pain, loss of appetite and swollen lymph nodes. With such symptoms in pets, it becomes too difficult to find the real reason behind the disease unless ticks are seen.

In the worst conditions, ticks can cause even paralysis when left ignored. This small wingless parasite injects a toxic material that makes your Fido or kitty’s legs and muscles go limp. However, the good part is that once ticks are treated, your pet can recover soon and can lead a healthy life.

Fleas

Like ticks, fleas are annoying external parasites that largely infect pets and affect their health. These agile insects live on the blood of other animals normally your furry and harmless dogs and cats. This one type of biting insects is of great threat to your pet’s life. Some of the threats by fleas are:

Cats scratch fever:

Though cats may show hidden symptoms of this disease, they are most likely to pass this deadly infection to humans.

Anemia and low iron levels:

Fleas are great bloodsuckers with the need of blood 15 times more than their bodyweight (may be more than the vampires need 😉 ). With their long sucking tubes, they literally drink blood as much as they can, and with hundreds of them on your pet, they literally suck their blood out. Signs of this disease are usually pale gums and lack of energy.

 Tapeworms:

Quite harmful, tapeworm infection happens when a dog or a cat accidently swallows a flea, which is infected with tapeworm larvae.

Allergies:

Fleas mostly cause allergies in pets. While some pets get skin allergies while others are allergic to flea saliva. In certain cases, reactions can be extreme.

What Pet Parents Can Do?

Pet owners have to be always alert about the health of their dogs or cats. They need to check frequently that whether their pets have fleas or ticks. High quality flea and tick preventives are available, which you can use on monthly basis to protect your pet from harmful flea and tick infection. Keeping your surroundings clean, while regularly de-infesting your home, you can greatly prevent the chances of getting fleas and ticks. Taking overall prevention care, you can definitely keep your pets free from the threat of these blood-sucking creatures.

Pet Vaccinations: Basic FAQs Pet Owners Have

Vaccinating your dog is one of the safest ways to protect him from any future fatal diseases. Vaccination acts as a shield and helps animal’s immune system to fight against life-threatening diseases. Pet parents usually have numerous queries when it comes for vaccinating their lovable companion.

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Here are some of the most common questions that pet owners have regarding dog vaccination.

Ques: Is vaccination necessary for my pup?

Ans:- Yes! It is as important as feeding your pet. Vaccination protects your pup from dreadful diseases.  

Ques: How vaccination is important for my dog’s health?

Ans: – First thing first – vaccination is very important in keeping your dog healthy. As it prevents fatal diseases, your pooch remains fit and fine enjoying a quality life. Not all dog need vaccination. You can talk to your vet about vaccination and the one right for him. Depending on your dog’s breed, size, age, medical history, habits and lifestyle, your vet can decide on the vaccination protocol for your pet.

Ques: What different vaccines does my puppy need?

Ans:- There are two types of vaccines – core and non-core for canines. Core vaccines are recommended for all dogs irrespective of their age, size, breed or location. These vaccines are for life-threatening diseases. So, it’s necessary for every canine. The major core vaccines are distemper, adenovirus, parvovirus and rabies (required by law).

Non-core vaccines are especially for reserved ones. The pets with special needs or with unique exposure risks require non-core vaccines. Some of the diseases include leptospirosis, kennel cough, corona virus, giardia and Lyme disease. If your area is prone to these diseases, administrating non-core vaccines is important. According to your dog’s needs, your vet can recommend vaccination.

Ques: Do I have to give all the vaccines to my pooch?

Ans:- As detailed above about core and non-core vaccinations, it is not necessary to vaccinate your doggie with all the vaccines. It is essential to administer core vaccines but when it comes to non-core vaccines; your vet will direct you according to the location and your pet’s health.

Ques: How often does my dog should be vaccinated?

Ans: – Your veterinarian can best decide a vaccination protocol for your dog. He can plan a schedule about which vaccines to be given and when. It depends on your dog’s age, medical history, type of vaccine, environment and lifestyle. Some canines might need certain vaccines annually while for other vaccines, they might be given every 3 years.

Ques: Does law enforce any vaccines?

Ans: – Yes! Rabies is such vaccine that is enforced by law and every pet owner should know whether his dog has received this vaccine or not.

Ques: Are there any risks related with vaccines?

Ans: – Dog immune system slightly stimulates due to immunization that protects canines from harmful diseases. This results into mild symptoms ranging from soreness at injection site to mild fever. There are no possible risks known except mild vaccine generated disease.

The risk of vaccination is far less and negligible compared to the risk of diseases.

Ques: What are possible symptoms of vaccination, which I should not worry about?

Ans: – Immunization stimulates mild symptoms in your pet. Some of the signs are:

  • Fever
  • Sluggishness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Facial swelling and/or hives
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain, swelling, redness, scabbing or hair loss around the injection site
  • Lameness
  • Collapse
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures

If your pet shows any of these symptoms after immunization, just ignore them and provide proper care to your doggie. In case symptoms persist for long, talk to your vet.

Ques: Does vaccination has adverse reaction on my pooch?

Ans:- If you suspect that your pet is having an adverse reaction, you can immediately contact your vet.

Ques: Can I give vaccines to my pregnant or lactating bitch?

 Ans:- As some treatments are not recommended for pregnant or nursing animals, same goes true with vaccinations. You can talk to your vet about this and can find out.

Urinary Health Issues in Cats: Symptoms and Reasons

Most cat parents complain about their kitties urinating outside litter box, or wetting the bed or dripping along the way. These are some of the common problems faced by cats having urinary health issues. This is one of the most occurring pet health conditions found in cats. Feline urinary problem causes pain and inflammation in both urinary bladder and urethra.

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There are numerous reasons that cause urinary health issue in cats. One common reason is crystals or stones that form in the urine. These are very painful, can cause irritation in urinary tract, and can partially or completely block the flow of urine. Furthermore, in aged cat, urinary inconsistence is most common.

A feline with urinary tract problem shows symptoms such as

  1. Cry when urinating
  2. Licking its genital area excessively
  3. Making frequent trips to litter box
  4. Urinating outside litter box
  5. Dripping everywhere

Apart from these symptoms, sometimes when cats suffer from mucus plugs or crystals, their urethra is blocked and passing urine is too difficult. At such times, felines will

  • Show anxiety by constant pacing or hiding
  • Strain to urinate with little success

There are numerous reasons why your pretty kitty is suffering from urinary tract disease. They can be

  • Stress
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • Bacterial or viral infection
  • Anatomical abnormalities
  • Confinement

Diagnosing your feline friend for the possibility of urine infection and finding the reason behind it, helps vet to provide proper treatment.

Your veterinarian may direct certain tests also such as

  • urinalysis to evacuate any crystals
  • blood cells and bacteria in urine
  • urine pH and concentration

According to the test report, your vet will direct treatment for your furry feline. If stone is present, your vet has to remove it immediately. In case of bacterial or viral infection, he may recommend medications.

Regardless of infection, providing plenty of water and proper nutritional diet can help your feline friend to recover faster. Even after treatment, if signs persist after five to seven days, again check with your veterinarian.

Safety Tips to Travel with Your Pet By Car, Train, Ship or Train

When planning for a trip or a vacation, look for the safest and most comfortable travel means for your pet. A good quantity and quality time spend with your lovable companion is much worth rather slogging your poor pet through a trip.

Anyways, if you are planning to travel, find the best mode to travel safely with your furry friend. Find here the safety tips to follow for hurdle-less and happy journey.

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Dogs need not roam in a car

The best and safest way for your pooch to travel in a car is through harness or in a crate that has been secured with a seatbelt.  This will safeguard your pet and doesn’t allow him to move around and distract the driver.

Cats need crates

When travelling with your cat in a car, take her in a crate or carrier. With your abundance of love and care, you can keep her to stay cool inside the car without being frightened.

Pets need to be back seated

Pets should always be taken in the backseat. Never make your pet sit in the front seat as it’s not only dangerous for you but also for your pet’s life. When anchored in the backseat with seatbelts and harnesses, they are safe and you can travel freely.

Halt at plenty of rest shops for your pet friend

Pets need to relax and do require plenty of water especially pooches. Halting at rest places along the journey help you to make your pet cool and relax. It also helps to prevent travel nausea in some special cases.

Keep those pet heads inside

When travelling, dogs love to poke their heads out of car windows normally. This act is very dangerous. For your lovable companion’s safety never allow him/her to keep their heads out of the window, better keep windows closed.

Never leave pet alone in car

During warm weather, temperature inside the car is high compared to outside temperature. When pet left unattended inside the car, they face serious problem like brain damage or serious problem. It’s better take your furry friend along with you.

Travel by train

Some of the smaller American railroad companies permit animals on board otherwise Amtrak does not allow pets except assistance dogs. Many European trains allow pets on board until pet owners take responsibility of feeding and exercising their pets at station stops.

Travel by ship

A few cruise lines permit pets that too only confined to kennels. It’s advised to contact cruise lines about their policies and kennel facilities before taking your pet along with you. If they are allowing with kennel facilities, then find out is it safe for your pet to travel in the kennel and how comfortable it is.

Travel by Plane

Direct flights

When travelling with your pets, book for direct flights to prevent hassles of airline transfers and other possible delays due to pets.

Same flight

Travel in the same flight with your pet being in cargo. Ask your plane authority to let you watch your furry friend being loaded in the cargo and unloaded.

Summer or Winter traveling

When travelling in extreme weather such as summer or winter, choose flight to cope up with the temperature. During summer, book morning or evening planes and during winter afternoon flights work well.

Collar and tag

When taking your pet through flight, affix two identifications on the collar. One of permanent cell number and home address, and the second one of temporary traveling address with telephone number where you can be contacted.

Travel Label on carrier

Affix a label on the carrier that includes all the details such as your name, permanent address, telephone number, final destination and where you or a contact person can be reached as soon as flight arrives.

Tranquilizers

Do not administer your furry friend with tranquilizers without the concern or recommendation of your vet. Ensure that your vet knows that the prescription is for air travel.

Feeding

Before six to seven hours of travelling, do not feed your Fido or Kitty. This helps to avoid any uncertain conditions arising due to food intake. Better, provide water in small amounts. Possibly, you can provide ice cubes in water tray attached inside the crate.

Destination

When you arrive at the destination, open the carrier as soon as you find some relaxing and cool place. If you find anything wrong with your pet, immediately take him/her to a veterinarian.

Holiday and Summer Vacation

Never travel with your pet during busy travel season such as during holidays and summer time. This is a rush time when most of the flights are full and quite uncomfortable for your pet to travel.

Whatever mode of transport you choose to travel with your lovable pet, ensure that you take all the precautions. This will help in safe and stress-free travelling with your pet. 

Top Ten Things to Do to Help Your Arthritic Dog

If you see your pooch limping with great pain, unable to move freely due to stiffness or is reluctant to walk, immediately take your pet to a vet. This is no less than a serious matter but a case to involve yourself and find out what’s wrong with your pet and provide the best help. These are a few common symptoms dogs show when they are suffering from arthritis. Dog arthritis is a grave matter that has been increasing recently according to a study of Animal Health Association.

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Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that largely affects the joint and skeletal system of your dog. Moreover, senior dogs are more prone to this joint condition. This situation causes pain in joints and inflammation. When it turns out to be too serious, the pet is not able to move.  

If you find your pet is suffering from the pain in the joints, reluctant to walk, play or move around then take vet’s advice. Along with veterinarian help, here are the ten ways that can help your arthritic dog live a healthy and active life.

  1. Firstly, control your dog’s bodyweight. Keeping him slim will decrease tremendous load on his joints. Feeding with the right dog food, which is low in calorie and high in nutrients help your pooch to keep those extra pounds away and arthritic pain at bay.
  2. Regular vet visit helps you to provide the right joint care to your pet. Your vet can monitor pet arthritis and accordingly change the treatment plan.
  3. Proper massage can keep your dog’s joints flexible, increases blood circulation and help him to move freely. Ask your vet to recommend you an animal massage specialist, who can provide regular massage sessions for your pet helping him to gain mobility.
  4. Exhaustive exercises have to be abandoned totally, when your dog is suffering from arthritis. Put him on controlled exercise, where you can cautiously monitor him to play, run and walk. Your veterinarian can also help you by advising some soft exercises.
  5. Acupuncture therapy is applicable to both humans and animals. This pain-free method dramatically reduces pain in pets suffering from joint pain. Acupuncture has shown great success rates in animals. Provide this therapy to your pet and help him to have painless and active life.
  6. Cold and damp conditions aggravate arthritic conditions. Keeping your pooch warm and dry help him to stay trouble-free. During cold months, consider getting heated bed for your pooch and apply warm pads to painful joints.
  7. Talk to your vet about pain medications. He can recommend proper painkillers including anti-inflammatory, non-steroidal that can relieve your pet from pain. 
  8. Investing in glucosamine and chondrotin supplements help you in improving your doggie’s mobility. You can get them from any online pet supplies. These joint supplements maintain joint health and supports joint functioning in dogs having arthritis.
  9. In case of advanced stage of dog arthritis in your pet, surgery can be the option. Learn about the pros and cons about this surgery from your vet and then you can decide.
  10. Make sure that you make some changes in your home environment for your arthritic pet. Remove furniture where it’s not necessary for your dog’s easy movement. Provide ramps to get up and down of the stairs or furniture. Spread rugs and carpets that facilitate him pain-free walking.

A pet with arthritis needs your intentional care, easy environment, proper medications and lot of affection that makes his life easy and painless. Stick to it and let your dog lead an active life.

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