Spring 2010 Meows Letter
Some of the dangers your cat faces when going outside Part 1 of 3
Disease (FeLV & FIV): Rabies is a common threat to humans and pets. More
common however, are diseases that affect cats only and that are spread
through contact with other cats. Two diseases that kill large numbers of
cats each year are feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus. Both
diseases are contagious from cat to cat.
Once contracted, they result in the eventual death of the animal due to
a compromised immune system. Keeping cats inside helps prevent the
transmission of these diseases. There is a FelV vaccine that is recommended
for protection, if you cat does go outside.
Fleas, Ticks, and other Parasites: Outdoor cats inevitably pick up fleas and
ticks and then bring these pests into the home with them. Fleas can cause
anemia, skin irritations, and allergies in cats. These parasites also pose
risks to humans since they can transmit disease through their bites. Ridding
the cat and home of fleas and ticks is difficult and can expose the pet to
harmful chemicals. Indoor cats aren't generally exposed to fleas, ticks, ear
mites, or other parasites. The only products we recommend to help keep
these pests at bay is Frontline or Revolution. Beware of knock off
products! They may not be safe!
Other cats: If your cat gets into a territorial fight with another cat and
gets bitten, it could result in the spread of disease or a painful abscess,
with a need for veterinary care. Always check your cat for painful lumps and
Poisoning: Poisons exist on chemically treated lawns, in bait left out to
kill rats or mice, and in auto antifreeze drained from cars (a sweet
substance cats love to lick, but is deadly). Most cats love to chew on
greens, but their fondness can be safely satisfied with grass grown in an
Does your cat need grooming??
We offer a wide variety of options
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How to get a cat to drink more water
Did you know that your cat?s ancestors most likely were evolved from desert
dwellers? That might explain why many of them tend to not drink enough
water ? which can cause them health problems. So, we have some tips for you
to help you encourage your feline friend to get more water into his system.
1. If your cat will eat canned food, follow your veterinarian?s directions
as to what diet to feed but try to give at least � to � can per day. You
can add a little warm water to the food & stir it up to a thinner
consistency. Most cats will readily accept this method. Generally, offer
canned food 2 to 3 times daily.
2. Make sure your cat has unlimited access to fresh, cool water. Change the
water frequently (more than once a day) and wash the bowls daily. Some
different types of containers to consider are flat ceramic bowls, coffee
mugs, shallow, clear glass bowls, but try to stay away from plastic bowls
since they tend to hold odors. Stainless steel bowls can also be used.
Many cats don?t like anything touching their whiskers so keep bowls full
3. Since we know that water can have some funny smells & tastes, you may
want to try using some different methods to get rid of those ? you can use a
Brita filter & pitcher, refrigerate the water, or try distilled or bottled
4. Some cats like to drink directly from the tap. If your cat is one of
those, try to leave a faucet dripping while you?re in the bathroom. Try to
turn the tap on frequently whenever you?re home.
5. Try adding a drop or two of tuna or clam juice to the kitty?s water.
Make sure there is a bowl of fresh water available, too. If kitty likes the
flavored water, you can make some ice cubes from water flavored with tuna,
clam or salmon juice or low sodium broth. Be sure to add just a couple of
drops of whatever you?re using to flavor the water.
6. Be sure to keep your cat?s food and water FAR from his litter area.
7. Consider purchasing a pet fountain. They continuously circulate the
water so it stays fresh. But, it still needs to be washed and thoroughly
8. Remember never to give your cat regular cow?s milk like we would drink.
As silly as it sounds, many cats are lactose intolerant and milk will upset
their digestive systems.
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Cats that LIKE to swim??
Most cats loathe water and react to it with panic and distress. However,
there is one cat, the Turkish Van, that is fast becoming famous for its
swimming talents. Equipped with a fine, dense coat and neck ruffle that
thickens even more in the winter months, this breed will happily plunge into
water. Lake Van located in Turkey is where the breed originated. The breed
was officially recognized as the Turkish Van, with full pedigree status
being awarded by the GCCF in 1969. They found their way to the United
States in 1970.
* Note the picture on the top of the Meows Letter is not a Turkish Van. He is Sugar Ray, one of our clients cats that also loves to swim in the water