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  • Facts About Cat Health: Information to Keep Cats Healthy and Happy

    To some, cats may seem mysterious, aloof, and perhaps even lacking in the ability to love. But this is not true. Cats are loving and giving, and to return the blessings they give to the human race, humans should try to develop a better understanding of these fascinating creatures .

    Physical Facts About Cats

    There are a number of myths that abound concerning cat care and physical behaviour, and at the very least, a lack of knowledge.

    • The average size of a cat’s stomach is about the size of a quarter. They do not need huge amounts of food left out for them at all times. Rather, because cats like routine, develop one around their feeding times and amounts. More than two-thirds of a cup of dry food at any particular feeding could lead to obesity, as will more than two tablespoons of wet food.
    • If a cat shows its behind to someone, that is actually an honour. The cat has sniffed the person in greeting, and is now allowing the person to sniff it. A quick scratch at the base of the tail acknowledges the cat’s “greeting.”
    • When a cat blinks at someone, it is delivering a “kitty kiss.” Blink back, and watch the cat relax and possibly begin to purr.
    • A cat’s yawn does not always indicate sleepiness. Rather, cats also yawn as a sign of friendship to other cats, dogs, and humans. Try yawning back, and watch the cat’s reaction.
    • Indoor cats, despite common thinking, do not miss out on life, so long as clean water is constantly available, feeding takes place regularly, there are cat-safe plants around, including organic grasses just for cats to munch on, and windows that look out onto the world, with perhaps a comfortable perch, either a window-mounted perch or a piece of carpeted cat furniture. Indoor cats live longer and are exposed to fewer dangers and diseases than outdoor cats. Even if a cat is let outdoors during the day, at night that cat should be called inside.

    Mental Facts About Cats

    Cats have specific rules of etiquette and society, much like the Regency Era English population had. In today’s more relaxed etiquette standards, remember that cats have more particular behaviours than humans.

    • Do not instantly pick up a cat upon first meeting, nor allow someone to do so. This is presumptuous and rude. Allow a cat to sniff human visitors first, starting with one outstretched hand. This will help insure friendlier relations later on. If the cat is skittish, do not force a relationship.
    • For people who do not like cats but must be around them, the best thing to do is stare at them from time to time. This is a sign of aggression and the cat will most likely leave that particular person alone. The best way to attract a newly-met cat or a skittish cat is to avoid looking at them; the cat will view this as a sign of non-aggression.
    • Despite the many myths about cats’ aloofness, cats are actually companionable. The companion could be another cat, or a dog, or perhaps a rabbit, or even a human. If there is only one cat in the household, make sure playtime is part of the daily routine. The humans in single-cat households, with no other animals, are that cat’s playmates and companions.

    Sometimes there is nothing better than curling up on a sofa for a nap and having a furry feline snuggle up for the same. Cats are excellent, intelligent companions. Each cat has its own personality. Take time to get to know a cat, and discover the delight that felines can bring into human living.

    And remember: opt to adopt, according to the American Humane Society. There are so many shelter cats needing good homes. Give them a chance to enrich a home with their special presence.

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  • Cat Vomiting? When to See the Vet

    Signs of Serious Illness from Vomiting

    You’ve noticed your cat vomiting. You’re not sure if it is something serious or not. This depends on the timing, the frequency, and what your cat is bringing up. Here is some information so you know when to see the vet when your cat is vomiting.

    Timing

    cat-vomit-on-wood-floorOne consideration to think about is the timing of your cat vomiting when considering seeing the vet. When is your cat vomiting? Does your cat eat and then vomit? Does your cat vomit after playing outside? Did your cat get into the medicine cabinet, or under the sink where the cleaning supplies are?

    Frequency

    How many times during the day does your cat vomit? If your cat is vomiting two or three times in an hour, this is when to see the vet. If your cat is vomiting over days constantly this is another sign of frequent vomiting. Another sign is when your cat vomits in succession.

    Contributing Symptoms

    Symptoms of cats vomiting are varied, and are from many causes. Symptoms such as blood in vomit, vomit which looks or smells like a stool sample, or vomit in combination with diarrhea are signs of when it is time to see the vet. You should suspect an illness or poisoning if your cat is vomiting sporadically without relationship to meals. If you notice your cat trying to vomit but not succeeding, you should take the kitty to the vet. If your cat is vomiting more than two days in a row, there is an internal issue and you should see a vet. Weight loss, listlessness or labored breathing along with vomiting are signs of serious illness.

    Some Immediate Actions You Can Take

    If you notice your cat vomiting, when you see the vet may depend on their schedule. What do you do in the meantime? There are options you can take with the approval of your vet; you should ask your vet what recommendations they would consider until they can see your cat. Withhold food for six or eight hours to allow your cat’s stomach to settle. Provide an easy digestible bland diet; this can be in the form of boiled chicken or fish, or cooked rice mashed or canned tuna (in water) at room temperature and minced as much as possible. Feed your cat small quantities. Do not feed your cat normal cat food or any other type of food. Make sure your cat has access to water to stay hydrated.

    What the Veterinarian Will Do

    Your veterinarian will conduct diagnostic testing to find the reason for your cat vomiting. Most cases can be treated well after proper diagnosis. Your vet will use blood tests to check for infections and kidney or liver problems. X-rays will help show abnormalities in the esophagus or stomach. Barium may be used with x-rays to identify tumors, ulcers, blockages and foreign objects. An endoscopy may be conducted so your vet can see what is inside your cat’s stomach. If a blockage is suspected, a laparotomy (which is a type of exploratory operation) will be used.