How To Prevent Cats Spraying In Your Home

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The myth is that only male cats spray inside. Unfortunately that is not always true. In actuality males and females alike spray inside. They do it for a multitude of different reasons.

Sometimes there is not much we as cat lovers can do to stop our cats spraying. It is almost always considered a territorial issue with cats.

One major reason cats spray is to ‘mark their territory’. The dominant male cat sees it as a alert to other cats that they are in charge and are the ruler of their home or garden. You may find male cats are likely to spray directly in front of others, felines and humans alike with no discrimination. When a male cat sprays it is a very thick, sticky and obnoxious spray.

Another reason why cats spray is when there is a new cat added to the family. Whether it be a kitten or an adult cat the original cat may interpret that as a threat. As the spraying begins you will need to be prepared to disinfect and retrain your cat with each and every spray.

A more plausible reason to feline spraying is the introduction of new furniture, accessories or people. As this is a tricky one to avoid, since our lives are ever-changing and getting better, the cats have a trickier time dealing with change. When you introduce new furniture it may have the smell of the factory on it and they feel threatened by it.

There are three things to keep in mind as a simple solution to ridding your home of the dreaded smell of spraying done by your cats. White vinegar and water, baking soda and water and hydrogen peroxide (no water). These are all three home remedies that have been proven over the years to work. Now you can enjoy your home with your furry friends even more than before. James Winsoar is the boss of Microchip Cat Flaps Ltd a company that retails the range of microchip sensing cat flaps. He also writes to help cat lovers with cat care issues.


Anyone Can Become Knowledgeable About Cats With These Easy Tips

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You will adore having a cat as a pet once you have the knowledge to care for it properly. It pays to learn all you can about proper cat care. You will love the amount of cat advice that has been provided to you here.

Watch the amount of treats that you give your cat. Like humans, cats can easily overeat junk food. This can cause them to gain weight and may lead to some health problems like heart issues and diabetes. If you do give your cat treats, give them a small amount and make it a special thing instead of a regular routine.

Let kittens and cat-friendly pet dogs get to know each other slowly. Put up a baby gate to keep dogs in one room while your new kitten gets used to its surroundings. Supervise carefully when the kitten ventures to the gate to meet the dogs. When the kitten feels safe, it will climb the gate. If it feels threatened, it will pop right back out to safety.

Set up a nice, warm and comfortable area for your cat to rest in your home. It should be lined with a warm towel or blanket. Make sure to wash the bedding regularly since it can acquire dust, dander, and anything from outside if your cat is an outdoor cat.

If you absolutely must bathe a cat, set everything up in advance. Set up two tubs large enough to dunk a cat. Fill them with comfortably warm water. Set your open bottle of cat shampoo, a heavy towel, and a secure pet carrier close by. Wear heavy rubber gloves. Grasp your cat by the scruff of the neck. Dunk, shampoo and scrub quickly in one tub. Dunk to rinse in the second tub. Wrap the cat securely in the towel and place in the carrier to dry.

A great toy for your cat is a laser pointer. Cats love to chase the laser around and try to catch it. This will help you give your cat some exercise, while your cat is having fun at the same time. It will also help to fine-tune their hunting skills.

Proper care of your pet cat is essential to his happiness and yours. Be sure and use the information in the article below if you are serious about taking care of your cat. With proper care, your cat will live a healthy and vibrant life.


Blindness In Cats – Five Common Causes Of Feline Blindness

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Cats naturally have superior vision. However, there are various conditions that can cause blindness in cats. Some of these conditions include hypertension, glaucoma, and cancer. Let’s take a look at some of these causes of feline blindness.

Hypertension

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is one of the leading causes of blindness in cats. If left untreated, the pressure can cause the retina to rupture. This can occur in just a matter of days. Cats that have kidney disease, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism have the highest risk of developing hypertension.

An early sign that your cat is suffering from high blood pressure is the presence of dilated pupils. The pupils won’t respond to a change in light, and there also may be blood in your cat’s eye. Hypertension is dealt with by treating the underlying cause. Your cat may also need to start eating foods low in sodium.

Glaucoma

One of the next common causes of feline blindness is glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition in which there is too much pressure within the eye. It is also a common problem for humans. If your cat is diagnosed in the early stages, the pressure may be reduced via medications. If it has already progressed, your cat may need surgery to correct the problem.

Cancer

Another cause of blindness in cats is cancer. Tumors can grow in or around the eye. In most cases, the eye will need to be surgically removed. However, it is usually replaced with a prosthetic eye to give a more natural look.

Atrophy

Progressive retinal atrophy is an untreatable condition that leads to feline blindness. Most cats suffer from this condition because they inherited it. The disease progresses slowly over time, but will lead to total blindness.

Kidney Disease

One of the final common causes is kidney disease. It is common for older cats to suffer problems like chronic renal failure as they age. Unfortunately, chronic renal failure leads to hypertension. As stated earlier, hypertension can easily cause sudden blindness in cats if the retina ruptures.


An Owner’s Guide to Coccidia in Cats

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Coccidia in cats are smalled one-celled organisms called protozoans that are very contagious. They cause an infection in the intestinal tract that results in feline coccidiosis. Kittens that are less than six months old are usually affected since their immune systems aren’t fully developed yet. However, adult cats with a compromised immune system can also be affected. So, how are these protozoans transmitted to your cat?

Transmission

Infected kittens and cats pass immature coccidia in their stool. If your cat is around these feces and ingests the coccidia, they will infect the intestinal tract and start to multiply. Most kittens become infected when around their infected mother’s feces. Mice can also ingest these protozoans and infect your cat if he eats one.

Symptoms

Coccidia in cats start causing symptoms about two weeks after ingestion. The most prominent symptom of this disease is diarrhea. Depending on how advanced the infection is, your cat can experience either mild or severe diarrhea.

Common signs of a severe infection include loss of appetite and vomiting. Diarrhea coupled with vomiting can quickly lead to life-threatening dehydration, especially in younger cats. The disease proves to be fatal in some cases.

Diagnosis

Intestinal parasites like worms can be diagnosed by examining a stool sample. Worm eggs are much easier to detect than immature coccidia in cats. Therefore, the veterinarian will have to examine the stool sample closely. Sometimes, this disease will have to be diagnosed with a blood test.

Treatment

If your cat is diagnosed with coccidiosis, he will have to take antibiotics. They are usually given for up to two weeks to ensure the infection is treated successfully. Also, it’s common for cats to become infected again when exposed to the same environment. Therefore, disinfecting the environment with bleach and water will help prevent coccidia in cats.

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Lap Dogs Common Lap Dog Types

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The lap dog is a type of dog that is so small it can be held in your arms with ease. They are cute dogs that can be carried around like an accessory. They are usually owned by people who like having their pet with them all the time.

Lap dogs first made their appearance in society among the high class individuals. They were portrayed as gentle companion dogs that kept people amused during leisure time. These laid-back types of dogs simply enjoy to be cuddled and to be played with, but yet again, which dog doesn’t?

Pug

The Pug is a very demanding and sensitive lap dog. He needs constant attention and caressing. If you are always busy or simply can’t stand your dog following you everywhere then the Pug is not the dog for you. Also they love sitting on the furniture.

This type of dog is very sensitive to weather conditions. You should be really careful when taking him out for a walk. Pugs really prefer sitting indoors, where they will try and mark their territory. Overall the cuteness of this dog comes at the price of a stubborn pet.

Chihuahua

A dog bread as a companion pet, the Chihuahua is an excellent dog for people who simply want an amusing pet with which they can cuddle up. They love the attention and get great satisfaction from pleasing their owner. They do this by performing tricks or by simply acting silly.

Ideal for the apartment, these types of dogs will be happy living in a restrained space. But, like all dogs they should get their share of outside time, preferably when it is warm and sunny. If walking him is a bother, they can be trained to use a litter box. All in all, they are excellent lap dogs.

Pomeranian

This small fluffy type of dog is amongst the more energetic lap dog breeds. He is eager to learn from his owners and simply attract their attention through all kinds of activities. A key element is to teach him who is the boss. A firm hand is strongly advised.

Once he is well educated, this type of dog will bring lots of joy in your life. He is a great dog for an apartment and will love to both play and cuddle. It all depends on what you want him to do. Pomeranians are excellent family dogs.

We just saw that lap dogs are affectionate creatures that love their masters. They will gladly perform any task needed but they will demand lots of care and attention.


Ragamuffin Cats Bred To Be Docile

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For those of you who like their cats to be cuddlers, who thrive on attention, and who love to follow their owners around like little shadows, the RagaMuffin Cat is for you. They are absolutely famous for their mellow personality, and while you should always keep your cat indoors for its safety and protection, the Ragamuffin has to be kept indoors. These cute balls of fur can actually be quite large for a cat, ranging between ten and fifteen pounds, with the males sometimes weighing in at a whopping twenty pounds that is pure muscle and fur, not fat. Their fur tends to reminds you of rabbit fur, and they have unusual colored eyes in blue, green, turquoise, or odd.

As for the name RagaMuffin, it came about because when these cats are cuddled, they go as limp as a rag doll. The breed is thought to have been brought about literally by accident back in the 1960s by Ann Baker, a Persian breeder who lived in Riverside. Baker had a neighbor who cared for a number of feral cats. One day, one of these feral cats was struck by a car and nursed back to health by the kind-hearted neighbor. Once recovered, the cat proceeded to have a litter of kittens that so impressed people with their sweet nature and sociability that Baker took in as many of the kittens as she could for the express purpose of breeding them. The myth was that somehow the accident was the reason for the kittens having such a different temperament from their mother. In actuality, it was most likely due to the natural variation of having different fathers.

Baker had dubbed these kittens Cherubim cats and developed strict breeding guidelines for the breed. However, a group of breeders split off from her and began to call the cats Ragdolls. After a lot of bitterness and dispute, Baker registered the cats as Ragdolls and franchised the cats, earning royalties on every cat sold, while continuing to make all of the decision regarding their breeding. It isn’t known what happened to Baker, but stories began to emerge in later years from Baker stating that the cat’s origins were the result of extraterrestrials and human-gene-implantation experiments. Finally in May of 2001, Curt Gehm of Virginia decided to name the cats RagaMuffin since they sprang from the endearing little urchin cats of Riverside. One Florida woman is quoted as saying, “They are big, huggable, loveable Muffins.”

RagaMuffins are ideally suited for homes with children but are equally well suited to just about any environment and lifestyle; however, please remember that they do need to be kept indoors. They absolutely adore companionship and will literally get underfoot constantly. It would be pretty hard to find an aloof RagaMuffin as they are typically bred for their docile nature and will do just about anything to get you to rub their tummies.


Dogs with Jobs – Bed Bug Detection Dogs

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There is a group of working dogs known as detection dogs, and there are many specific types of detection specialties. With the frequency of travel within the United States and to foreign countries, there has been a noticeable increase in concerns over bed bugs. Along with this problem came the need to find ways of detecting bed bugs without the harmful use of widespread pesticides. Since detector dogs can pin-point scents it became increasingly popular to use dogs to detect not only live bed bugs but bed bugs in there developmental stages as well. This way any treatment of the problem could be narrowed to the exact area needing treatment rather than the widespread potentially harmful fumigation and pesticide.

There is no special breed for bed bug detection. The best criteria is a happy dog who loves to work and hunt. The training is extensive and today these dogs are certified and usually are in the range of 98 percent accurate. Since their sniffing abilities are so keen, they can find hidden infestations and save time and money when it comes to treatment. More and more extermination companies are using this reliable resource to rid their customer’s problems.

The training of these dogs usually involves hiding vials of bed bugs in various stages of development as well as their fecal matter, and having the dogs pick up the scents, alert their handlers and get rewarded. This is similar to how other types of detection dogs are trained. The dogs become very focused on “the hunt”.

There has been a growth of new business opportunities in this specialty industry and mostly in North America. The need for this service ranges from residences to large hotels, and is serviced by private dog sniffing companies to partnering with extermination companies. Either way the dog doesn’t care about that – only about when the dog can get to work!


What Is the Best Tartar Remover for Dogs

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If you polled dog owners and asked them, “What is the best tartar remover for dogs,” the vast majority would probably say a cleaning at the vets is best. They wouldn’t even give it a moment’s thought before answering. But is it really? Lets look at the pros and cons.

PROS
Your dogs teeth will be clean.

CONS
Your dog will have to be put under anesthesia. One out of every 233 dogs put under anesthesia dies. If you have your dogs teeth cleaned at the vets, hell probably be OK. But what if he isnt? Is your dog a senior citizen? Does he have some health issues, however minor? Anesthetic for him may not be such a good idea.

A cleaning at the vets is not cheap. It will cost you several hundred dollars. If the vet thinks a tooth or two needs to be extracted, he wont ask your permission, hell do it to save having to bring the dog back for another session. Those extractions will add to the cost. Often, after a cleaning, a course of antibiotics is prescribed. That adds to the cost. We all want the best for our pets, but lets face it, in these tough economic times, money is a factor.

What about brushing your dogs teeth? Is that the best tartar remover for dogs? Yes, you can brush your dogs teeth. But will your dog like it? Generally dogs are not particularly cooperative when someone sticks something in their mouth. In addition to the dog moving his head around, you are only able to brush the outside of the teeth, not the inside. At best, brushing just delays the buildup of plaque.

Is there a better alternative to teeth cleaning at the vets for dog tartar removal or brushing? The answer is yes. Plaque Attack is such an alternative.

Plaque Attack for dogs is a spray that is applied to your dogs teeth twice a day. Its ingredients are all natural nothing that is harmful to your dog. If your dog has a heavy plaque buildup, spray twice a day, concentrating the spray on the heaviest areas of tartar. Otherwise, spray once a day. You will notice your dog licking his lips, which helps spread the Plaque Attack over all his teeth. You should begin seeing positive results in about 2 weeks.

When you use Plaque Attack, your dogs teeth will be clean. You wont have to take him to the vet. Theres no worry about him being harmed, and the cost is very reasonable. The one downside, if you consider it a downside, is that positive results will take a few weeks. All things considered, Plaque Attack is the best tarter remover for dogs.


Advocate For Dogs – Avoids Parasite Attack

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Is your Dog infected with a parasite attack? Dont worry advocate for dogs helps save your beloved pet. Dogs are normally infected with parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whip worms, fleas, mites; etc. Advocate for dogs is basically a solution that helps in treating wide array of parasites. It is moreover considered as counter medication for your dogs. Your dogs are completely free of all kinds of parasite attacks once Advocate for Dogs is used.

Reasons to Use Advocate for Dogs
Advocate for Dogs should actually be used because

Speed recovery product: it works on all the some of the most external parasites like fleas and flea larvae in just an hour.

Waterproof Product: Since Advocate for Dogs is a water proof product, you need not worry about problems like getting washed off or so while the application of the treatment.

Keep away from water: Keep away the dog from water and you can secure him from some of the most dangerous parasites.

Safe Treatment: Advocate for Dogs is absolutely safe for small puppies as well as pregnant dogs.

Process of Use
This product is available for different sizes of dogs. Advocate for Dogs is available in different size packs one need to weigh a dog to determine a perfect packet for it. Applying it is not a tough job. Position the applicator where it can have a direct contact with the skin. Avoid even a strand of hair between the applicator and the skin. The application techniques might change depending on the size of the dog.

Dual battle
Advocate for Dogs has a dual fighting mechanism that keeps your dogs away from external parasites like fleas, mites, etc as well as external parasites like hookworm, roundworm, whip worm, etc. When the applicator is spread completely over the surface of the dogs coat, it protects it from external parasite attack. In the meanwhile it also gets soaked in the skin and enters the bloodstream of the dog to protect it from the internal parasite attack.

Side Effects, if any
Some dogs might have sensitivity problems after the use of Advocate of Dogs. These problems basically include irritation, itchiness, redness, oily coat or vomiting. The side effects are really rare and subdue with the passing time. However if the side effects continue to prevail, one must immediately stop the medication. While applying the coat, one must also keep in mind that the dog must not lick as if this happens; it might affect his brains for temporary period.


Funny Cats And Cat Behavior

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Many people believe that cats have their own agenda and don’t pay much mind to their owners as long as you give them plenty of food, water, toys and clean litter, that is. The truth is that while cats can surely behave in odd manners at times, making people laugh and scratch heads at times, even. However, even though cat behavior may be somewhat confusing at times, here are some tips to help you learn more.

1. Cats enjoy playing. They like people to play with them, and they like to play with toys, especially string. They will pounce when playing, this is normal, so if you try to stop this behavior, your cat may turn negative and break things.

2. Cats like to push their heads into objects when possible, like couch and table legs, television stands, etc., sometimes people like your house guests. And when the cat rubs his head against this person, he or she (the cat) may put a touch of saliva on the person, too, because in a cat’s mind, he owns what he puts his saliva on.

3. Indoor cats enjoy spending a lot of time lying near a sunny window. While lying in this comfortable spot, the cat may make some very strange noises or incur some strange movements. But don’t worry. The cat is basically acting out some natural hunting instincts. You see, regardless of whether another cat or some other animal, person or object outside of the window is moving around, the cat may see it and choose to go right into his natural hunting instinct mode.

The longer you are around cats or even own your cat, the more odd behaviors you will most probably spot or see him or her exhibit. Even though cats may behave in strange ways, they almost always have a reason for behaving the way they do. So if you take the time to learn more and to understand why your cat behaves like he does, you should hopefully have less or no problems in helping keep him or her happy and healthy.

Tip

If you just pay a little more attention to your cat and the way he or she behaves at times you should be able to understand the behaviors better than ever before. Get more tips at: 24/7.