Cat Care

Obese cat with a necklace made of sausages around her body.

Causes of Obesity

The causes of obesity in cats are numerous, but the first and foremost of them is plain, old dietary indiscretion also known as too many table scraps! Realize that when you feed a cat that tiny piece of hot dog, that is equivalent to you eating two to three hot dogs! In other words, it …

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Obese cat sitting next to a bowl of food and a plant.

Battling Obesity in Cats

Obesity is certainly one of the most prevalent diseases affecting the pet population today. For years, the frequency of this health disorder was skyrocketing at an alarming pace, owing primarily to improper feeding practices and inadequate time spent exercising due to owners’ perceived lack of time. Sounds a lot like the cause of most obesity …

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Nutrition for Adult Cats

At about 12 months of age, switch your pet to a maintenance diet for adults. Once your kitten is grown, its nutritional needs are reduced considerably from those during the rapid development of that first year. Continuing to feed your adult pet high levels of minerals (particularly calcium and phosphorus), protein, and energy (calories) could …

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Nutrition for Kittens

For most cats, childhood lasts for about 1 year. During this time, kittens requires higher levels of minerals such as calcium and phosphorus, protein, vitamins, and energy (calories) than they will as an adult. Therefore, foods fed to young, growing pets should contain these higher levels in balance with each other and with all other …

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Cat Dental Care

Periodontal disease, or tooth-and-gum disease, is one of the most common diseases affecting pets today. In fact, most dogs and cats show some signs of this disease by 3 years of age. Signs can include tender, swollen gums, excessive drooling, loss of appetite, and bad breath. A complete dental exam should be performed on all …

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Controlling Fleas and Ticks

Much confusion exists about the proper approaches to external parasite control and prevention in pets. Many different products are now available for external parasite control. The key to successful control is to choose and properly use the products that provide the best possible results for the specific external parasite and environment involved. Flea Control Fleas …

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Controlling Internal Parasites

Left undetected and untreated, intestinal parasites can rob or cat of much-needed nutrients, can cause severe gastrointestinal upset, and can predispose it to secondary disease. Internal parasites are widespread throughout the pet population. To make matters worse, many internal parasites of cats are also classified as zoonotic diseases; that is, they can be directly communicable …

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Cat getting a vaccine at the vet.

Vaccinating Your Cat

Five core vaccines should be administered to all cats. These include vaccines against panleukopenia (parvovirus), herpesvirus (viral rhinotracheitis), calicivirus, feline leukemia (FeLV), and rabies. Other vaccines, including those for the feline immunodeficiency virus (feline AIDS), feline infectious peritonitis (FIP), ringworm, Chlamydophila, and Bordetella are optional, and should be administered only on veterinary recommendation. The school …

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