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Dietary Actions for Urinary Stones

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Dietary actions for Cats with a history of urinary stones.

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  1. Fresh water can help prevent future stones.
    • Cat’s typically don’t drink a lot of water. One way to attract a cat to water is with a filter system. Place filter systems in multiple locations.
  2. Unsweetened cranberry juice can decrease minerals build up in urinary tract.
    • Cranberries increases urine acidity. This acidity helps reduce the chances of blockages or infections.
    • Optional techniques of giving your cat cranberries include adding cranberry powder to your cat's food, adding cranberry juice to water, tring a syringe of juice daily into your cat's mouth, or giving a cranberry capsule. No matter the method used, it is important to consult your vet for advice on the proper dosage.
  3. High protein. Wet food helps with the increase in water. For urinary stones, a prescription diet is typically initially used to dissolve crystals.
  4. Pet care can also include giving several small meals throughout the day to enable urine PH to stay more acidic. It is recommended that acidic urine levels are checked on a regular basis.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

Our cat boarding staff includes a feline behavior specialist available to help create a customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog Adapted From: Animal Behavior Institute (ABI)

Do Cats Pant Like Dogs?

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Do Cats Pant Like Dogs?
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Although unusual, cats can pant (breath heavily) with his/her mouth open and tongue over its lip like dogs for a variety of reasons. Panting in cats should be taken seriously. It may be due to health problems related to respiratory, heartworm disease, or heart problems. A vet should be contacted to determine if a medical problem exists. Panting can also be related to overheating.

Too much heat can lead to heat stroke and death. Some of the signs of heat stress include restless behavior as your cat tries to find a cool spot, panting, sweaty feet, drooling, excessive grooming in his/her quest to cool off, rapid pulse and breathing, redness of the tongue and mouth, staggering, lethargy, and vomiting.

Immediate pet care should always be taken…

If your cat or stray is outside and panting, depending on the severity, cat care can include moving kitty inside or if that is not possible, to a cool shady quiet place and with plenty of water and wet food as another source of moister. However, if kitty is unconscious quickly soak kitty with cool (not cold) water (avoiding water flow in the mouth and nose). You can also place a bag of ice or frozen veggies to reduce his/her body temperature. Always contact your vet or an emergency vet hospital in such critical situations.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

Our cat boarding staff includes a feline behavior specialist available to help create a customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog Adapted From: www.Petmd.com.

What Is Manx Cats?

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What Is Manx Cats?
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A Manx cat is a tailless cat from the Isle of Man, giving this breed its name. This tailless breed is the result of genetic mutation. They are bred from one tailless parent and one tailed parent. From a health perspective, cat owners should become aware of the potential of unique health problems related to the spine, spinal cord, and tail along with any special cat care and handling.

Did you know that a cat’s tail is critical for balance? So how can a Manx cat balance itself to walk effectively?

manx2Researchers believe that they have especially sensitive vestibular apparatus inside their ears to overcome this genetic trait. The vestibular is the sensory system that provides a sense of balance and spatial orientation to move effectively.

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

Our cat boarding staff includes a feline behavior specialist available to help create a customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile

Blog Adapted From: http://mentalfloss.com/article/78418/10-quirky-facts-about-manx-cats

Why Is Dog Food So Bad For Cats?

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Why Is Dog Food So BAD for Cats?

Cat care incudes making the best food decisions for your loving kitty. Cats have DIFFERENT nutritional needs than dogs. A snap-shot of four important differences are listed in the table below.

Item

Cats Dogs
Vitamin A Cat food MUST contain Vitamin A.

Some dog foods may or may include vitamin A.  If it does, it may not be the appropriate amount needed for cats since dogs can make vitamin A with beta carotene from which their bodies can turn it into vitamin A.

Taurine

(An amino acid)

All cats REQUIRE taurine to prevent heart disease. Dogs can make taurine on their own, therefore, many dog foods may be deficient in taurine.

Arachidonic Acid

(A fatty acid)

All cats NEED arachidonic acid.

Not essential for dogs, yet dogs can build arachidonic acids themselves.

Protein

To ensure a healthy cat, the protein levels are HIGHER than dogs require

Protein levels may be high in dog food, however, not high enough for cats to remain healthy.

 

The Hotel 4 Cats: Cat Lodging Serving the Greater Lake Norman Area.

Our cat boarding staff includes a feline behavior specialist available to help create a customized improvement plan for you and your cat.

For services and fees which are separate from our pet boarding go to www.HeartfeltFelines.com or call 412-973-9368 mobile