Cats

Tainted Pet Food Recall

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, Poisoning

On 17 March 2007, Menu Foods recalled 90 brands of dog and cat foods after 16 pet deaths were reported and countless animals became sick. The international recall covered 60 million packages of "cuts and gravy" pet food sold in cans and pouches.

The Food and Drug Adminstration's official count of cats and dogs that have become fatally ill from eating the contaminated food stands at 16. It is unclear how many deaths will eventually be linked to the recalled food, but is it expected more will be announced.

Living with Cat Allergies

Filed Under: Cats, General Care

Don't let your cat allergies get the best of you! There are several ways to lessen the effect of cat dander in your home.

Inside the home:

- If you're only considering taking a cat home, shorthaired cats generally have less dander to reckon with.
- Curtains, drapes and full carpeting hold dander in. Consider trading these for blinds and hardwood floors with rugs.
- Invest in a vacuum with a good filter, and vacuum all soft surfaces regularly.
- An air purification system definitely makes a difference.

What is feline asthma and how can it be treated?

Filed Under: Cats, Diseases

Feline asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects one percent of all adult cats. It is characterized by recurrent and sudden attacks of dyspnea (difficult breathing), and is caused by a spasmodic contraction of the bronchi.

Symptoms you may notice include wheezing, labored breathing, coughing, and frantic attempts to obtain air. Cat coughing sounds more like a hairball being passed than a human cough. The disease can be caused by allergies, smoke, inhalation of small particles, or bacterial infections. Feline asthma is also a common side affect of heartworms.

A Room of Your Cat's Own

Filed Under: Cats, Behavioral & Training

Any cat owner will tell you that the idea that cats are solitary and distant is largely a myth. Cats love attention and affection as much as the most excitable dog. But cats also like to have a space that's entirely theirs, where they can groom or nap or just get away from it all. A cat or kitten in a new house, in particular, will have a much easier time adjusting to home life if he has space to call his own.

Choosing a Diet for the Geriatric Cat

Filed Under: Cats, Diet & Nutrition

Nutrition is an important subject at any age. The geriatric cat tends to present a unique set of problems. Cats are by virtue of their nature are an obligate carnivore; they require meat in their diet. Cats do not typically consume carbohydrates which constitute the energy portion of most diets. Cats must therefore create a carbohydrate source by changing proteins through a process call deamination. The end product of this deamination process is urea. Proteins are typically used as a carbohydrate source over their lifetime and will therefore cause greater stress on their kidneys.

How to Get Rid of that Skunk Stink

Filed Under: Dogs, Cats, General Care

Although skunks are lovable animals, we all know they have a very specific odor, and it's generally not pleasant. What do you do when a skunk leaves its mark on your pet? A few standard household products will take care of it.

The standard home recipe for the elimination of skunk spray is as follows:

1 quart of hydrogen peroxide
½ cup baking soda
drop of liquid dish detergent

The resulting solution will foam. Wash the offending area with the solution and rinse clean with warm water. Make sure you do not get the solution in your pet’s eyes.

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