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Why You Need To Feed Your Pet According To Its Age?
Why You Need To Feed Your Pet According To Its Age Group? As pet owners, we’ve definitely come across situations when you’re shopping at the pet store for your furry friend’s food and on the packaging, you see things like “for puppies”, “adults”. You catch yourself wondering if there really is any difference between these pet foods. And looking at the price difference, you might be tempted to even get the food that isn’t ideal for your pet. Let’s find out if there is actually a difference between these foods and why you should actually feed your pets accordingly!     What age group is your pet under? The preliminary step you should try to take is to know the age group your pet is under. Check out the age ranges of felines and canines:   For cats, your cat is classified as a senior once it reaches 11 years of age. It is, however, not that simple for dogs as it depends on breeds.   Why should we differentiate according to age? There are several reasons you should differentiate the food given to your pets according to its age. These include: Age differences Much like humans, dogs and cats have different needs throughout their lives. Because they require different nutrients, its important to ensure that they have the right diet. Dietary requirements Food is created for different age groups to meet their main dietary needs tackled for their age group.   Food differences There are different types of food that must be given to cats in different quantities.   How different is the food according to age group? Before you get started feeding your pet, it’s important that you first understand the needs, possible health conditions to look out for, and the things/ ingredients to avoid. Puppy/kitten stage At the puppyhood or kittenhood stage, your pet will have higher metabolism due to their young age. High metabolism refers to the faster rate at which food and energy are processed. Energy requirements during the first 4 months are double that of adult dogs and cats. The puppy/kitten stage is an active stage when young burn out energy very fast.   What does your pet needs at the puppy/kitten stage? • Higher calories• Higher protein• Higher fat content• DHA• Calcium and Phosphorus• Need to build bones, muscles, and eyesights Note: At this stage, it’s better that you feed your pet protein-rich food.   FAQ: Can I feed adult food to my puppy? Many first time owners, confused by the array of choices available, might not understand the difference between puppy food and adult dog food, and may be tempted to feed adult food instead. Some of us already have an adult dog at home and we might see it as an inconvenience to get another pack of food just for puppies. In this case, is it advisable to feed adult dog food to your puppy? You are, in fact, advised not to feed your puppies adult food. Adult dog food has a lower protein, calorie and DHA content than what is required by a growing puppy. Feeding your puppy adult dog food could actually cause your puppy to have developmental problems! So, you should feed puppy food to puppies and feed adult food to adult dogs.   Junior pet stage At the Junior pet stage, you may need to feed your pet Junior food- an intermediary food to be fed to your kitten or puppy in the later stages of puppyhood/kittenhood, which is meant to help pets transition into adulthood.   Adulthood The way adult dog food is formulated is very different from puppy food. These differences are important for the long-term health of your pet. When your pet reaches adulthood, there is a change in their dietary needs, with specific levels of protein, calories and other nutrients to maintain the proper weight and energy levels so as to preserve their health.   Adult Food VS Puppy or Kitten Food • Adult dogs and cats need lower protein content from their calories• Because they have lower metabolism, adults may gain weight easily if fed the same food as kittens and puppies.• Adult dogs and cats should avoid consuming high-calorie density food. Note: At this stage, feeding the right amount of food is very important, and maintaining weight is a key point for adulthood. This is because it can lead to obesity and cardiac conditions if not managed properly.   Senior stage At the senior stage, your pet requires a lower level of protein, fat but higher level of carbohydrate in its diet to manage its weight. Weight management is even more important at this stage as your pet will be less active and less likely to move around due to age-induced joint conditions such as arthritis. To help with joint conditions, senior pet food often contains glucosamine, which helps alleviate joint pain. At this stage, it is also very important to factor in health issues your pet has when determining your pet’s diet. As pets get older, they often develop more health conditions such as renal issues. It is, therefore, important that you make appropriate changes to the diet according to their pre-existing health conditions. For example, if your senior dog has renal failure, you can feed them Monge Vet Solution Renal & Oxalate Dog Wet Food.   Check out some of our products you can feed your pet according to its age!  
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Meet The Breeds: Sphynx Cat
Meet The Breeds: Sphynx cats Sphynx cats are known to be unique breeds of cats. They are well-known for their nude-like appearance. Did you know that they are also distinctively intelligent, charming, and affectionate felines? You might be surprised to find out there’s more about this breed of cat than you know! Let’s find out more about the Sphynx cat.   Where did Sphynx Cats Originate from? The Sphynx cat was discovered in 1996 (fairly recently). And unlike what many of us think, the Sphynx cat originates from Canada, not Egypt. The Sphynx cat was produced as a result of genetic mutation. In today’s context, Sphynx cats often come from crossbreeding of Devon Rex cats with different hairless cat breeds in other parts of the world. Interestingly enough, the Sphynx cat is not the only breed of hairless cat around, but it is the first hairless cat breed bred precisely for its hairless trait.   Why do Sphynx cats look different from other cats? It’s easy to identify a Sphynx cat from other cats thanks to their unique appearance. Some have also said Sphynx cats look like raw chicken. And by “somebody”, we actually mean Rachel from Friends.   Are Sphynx cats really hairless? Contrary to what many of us might think, the Sphynx isn’t actually completely “hairless”. Even though the appearance of sphynx cats makes them look as if they are hairless, they are actually covered with a fine layer of downy fuzz. Like many things in life, the Sphynx cats are unique! No two Sphynx cats are 100% identical. In fact, every Sphynx has a different level of hairlessness. This extent of hairlessness largely occurs as a result of a recessive gene.   Do Sphynx cats feel cold? With their almost nude-like appearance, you might think that the Sphynx cats are constantly feeling cold. Surprise! Sphynx cats actually feel warmer than other cats. The body temperature of Sphynx cats is actually 4 degrees warmer than the usual “furry” cats. This is the greatest example of how mother nature works in wonderful ways, as the higher body temperature of Sphynx cats is to, in fact, make up for its lack of fur.   Are Sphynx cats hypoallergenic? With the absence of fur, many misunderstand that these cats might not cause any allergy at all. This is completely untrue, due to two main misconceptions. Firstly, many think that Sphynx cats are completely hairless, which is untrue. Another key misconception is that fur is the main cause of allergy, when in fact it is Fel d1, the allergenic protein in cat saliva and skin secretions that causes allergies. Hence, Sphynx cats are in fact, not hypoallergenic.   What do Sphynx cats eat?  Due to higher body temperature, they have higher metabolism rates, need to eat more and more frequently. If you’re an owner of a Sphynx cat, you should ensure that you provide them with the right amount of nutrients to keep up with their higher metabolism rates! How long do Sphynx cats live? The average lifespan of the sphynx cats ranges from 9 to 15 years. The oldest Sphynx cat known to have lived was a Sphynx in Texas by the name of Grandpa Rex. Grandpa Rex passed away at the age of 34 in 1964. Can Sphynx cats swim? While Sphynx cats like being in water, they prefer relaxing in it than playing in it. The therapeutic effect of water helps them to rest and rejuvenate, especially when they have sensitive skin. Are Sphynx cats friendly? Yes, Sphynx cats are friendly. In fact, they are one of the friendliest felines known to man. Their lack of thick fur makes them behave cuddly towards humans because they enjoy the warmth from their human friends. Do Sphynx cats like children? While they don’t exactly have a furry and cuddly appearance, the Sphynx cats are actually very good with children. They have a docile personality and are seen to be a warm and cuddly cat breed. Are Sphynx cats legal in Singapore? Yes, Sphynx cats are legal. However, they are not very easily found in Singapore. The hot and sunny weather in Singapore suggests more meticulous care to protect the cat’s skin, especially when there’s no pet sunscreen available. Are Sphynx cats HDB approved? Unfortunately, in Singapore, all cats are not allowed in HDBs. How much does it cost to buy a Sphynx cat? If you’re interested in buying a Sphynx cat, there are a small amount of Sphynx cats available. The Sphynx cat actually comes at a higher price, due to the limited number of Sphynx cats available. What extra care is needed for Sphynx cats? Since the skin of Sphynx cats is sensitive due to a lack of layer of protection, they will definitely need extra care. Besides, they are not covered with dense coats like other cats, so they get sunburnt or cold as a result. So, what are some care tips for Sphynx cats on sensitive skin? Keep them warm with cat apparel: Clothes for these little creatures are more functional than fashionable. You can get some from perromart to keep your unique feline warm when it’s cold outside or in the house. Supervise your cat in the sun: Fun in the sun? This doesn’t apply to Sphynx cats! Limit your cat’s exposure to the sun to protect them from the harmful UV rays. When they’re allowed in the sun, you should ensure that they’re under your supervision. You can also get lon-sleeved sun-protective clothes. Install a play tent for your cat outdoors (UV protection included to prevent harm to the skin): You can also make a play tent with UV protection for your Sphynx cats for outdoor activities to avoid their skin from being endangered. Cat shoes to shield cats from hot floors: Sphynx cats are indoor cats, but they can also go outside. However, it would be best if you take the precaution of putting cat shoes on them to avoid sunburns.   How often do Sphynx cats have to get groomed? Due to their higher susceptibility to skin conditions, you should bathe and groom your Sphynx cats more often than other cats do. It’s advised to give them a bath every week. There are some cleaning products that might help alleviate their skin sensitivity available on perromart. What are some common health conditions for Sphynx cats? Some of the common health conditions for Sphynx cats include: Skin problems: Excess oils on Sphynx cats can lead to skin problems such as rashes (urticaria pigmentosa) and cutaneous mastocytosis, as well as issues with ear wax, and skin infections. Body temperature regulation issues: Due to their lack of fur, Sphynx cats tend to get chilled easily. Ear infections: Dirt in your Sphynx ears, and excess wax can lead to ear infections. Ensure you stay away from cotton swabs when you’re cleaning Sphynx cat’s ears, as they can damage your cat’s eardrums. Periodontal diseases: Sphynx cats are also susceptible to dental issues, and that’s why they need regular dental cleanings. Some of the symptoms of these diseases include bad breath, tooth discoloration or tartar, difficulty eating, drooling, pawing at the teeth, or red, swollen, or bleeding gums. Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy: Sphynx Cats are susceptible to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a condition in which the heart muscle becomes abnormally thick. This condition usually develops as your cat grows older. How to prevent these health conditions? You can protect your Sphynx cats from the aforementioned health conditions with some basic care tips. Bring them for regular health checkups Feed them with better food (control cat’s oil secretion) Give them intermittent baths during the week to help with their sensitive skin Provide them with Cat apparel to keep them warm and protect their skin Avoid using cotton buds that can damage their eardrums
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Which Dog Breed Should I Get?
Ever wondered which dog breed suits you the best? Anyone who owns a dog knows how wonderful these animals really are. They make great additions to any home whether you are looking for a guard dog, a playmate, or simply a companion. Along with the myriad of joys that a dog brings to one’s home, there is responsibility. The decision of bringing a dog home must be well considered, as it really is a lifelong commitment. To make the process easier, we have compiled a general list of considerations that should be taken into account before deciding upon the breed you want to get. What dog should I get? 1. Size This is an incredibly important aspect to look into while deciding upon the breed. The size of the dog you eventually get will largely depend on the type of residence you live in. Apartment residents will need to abide by the list of HDB Approved dogs; the official list is available on the Housing and Development Board website. The breeds listed are typically smaller and have a lesser requirement for space. Dogs that are larger (for example, a Labrador Retriever) will have greater energy expenditure and require more space to be healthy. However, larger dogs can also be kept in apartments with suitable care and exercise (for example, taking the dog out regularly for long walks). 2. Energy Level Of The Dog It is immensely important that the dog’s energy level is compatible with that of its owner. The owner needs to be cognizant of its pet’s energy and find suitable ways to channel it appropriately. For example, Alaskan Malamutes have high energy levels and will need to be exercised regularly. If you lead an active lifestyle, high energy breeds are a great choice. However, if your lifestyle is greatly sedentary or you don’t have enough time to walk your dog, consider getting a low energy breed (for example, a French Bulldog). It is essential to ensure that your dog receives sufficient exercise to expend its built-up energy. Unused energy may be converted into aggression, general inertia or restlessness (chewing on objects left around, barking, prancing around the household). Just as exercise forms a pivotal part of human health, dogs require exercise to ward off diseases such as heart disease and obesity. 3. Temperament Of The Breed Behavioral traits of a breed are an important factor to take into consideration before you bring a dog home. If children are present at home, consider getting a breed that is relatively more docile and companionable. Popular choices for child-friendly breeds include the Golden Retriever and Bulldogs. These dogs are not only immensely loyal, but are also highly intelligent and sensitive. They are easy to train which makes them great dogs to play with children. Their docile and loving nature not only makes them perfect fits for kids, but they also make wonderful companions for adults. Clock ten miles on the beach or hop into a swimming pool on a sweltering summer day; these furkids are ready for it all! If you lead an athletic lifestyle, energetic breeds like the Border Collie or Weimaraner make great jogging companions. Since these breeds have notably high endurance and stamina, they don’t tire out easily. If you are more interested in owning a dog for the purpose of security, German Shepherds and Dobermans are particularly renowned for their strong sense of territory. Any trespassing will trigger a series of barks from these breeds, alerting you instantly. There are several other parameters that will influence the temperament of a breed, such as gender and parental history. Research has shown that male dogs are likely to be slightly more ebullient, territorial and playful compared to their female counterparts. The temperament of your dog’s parents is also a strong indication of behavioral traits that your pet is likely to exhibit. It is always a good idea to ask about the history of the parents to gain foresight about your pet’s temperament in the future. 4. Maintenance Some breeds are prone to shedding more hair than others, such as the Shetland Sheepdog. Maintenance for these dogs will involve cleaning the house regularly to ward off the growth of any unwanted microbes. Breeds with thicker coats such as the Irish Setter, will require frequent grooming to prevent tangles and knots setting in the hair. If you anticipate that you may not have sufficient time to devote to the maintenance of your pet, opt for breeds like the Beagle and Jack Russell Terrier, which have comparatively lesser grooming requirements, for they have shorter fur coats. Whichever breed you ultimately choose, remember that all dogs are created equal. Owning a dog is an incredibly rewarding experience and you can expect to make relationships that will last forever.
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What To Do When My Cat Stops Eating?
Occasionally you may find that your cat seems fussier about its food, only choosing to sample its food before walking away. Perhaps your cat could show signs of refusing to eat whenever you try to set your feline down. Being familiar with your cat’s habits will help you recognize any behavioural changes and you can work out why it may be unwilling or unable to eat as it did before. Here are some reasons why your cat is refusing food.   Why Is My Cat Not Eating?   1. Changes In Routine Or Environment Cats are very sensitive to changes in routine and atmosphere. It may be something as simple as your having introduced a new cat to your household, as this could arouse feelings of insecurity. A change in the arrangement of furniture could also unsettle your cat. 2. Emotional Problem Have you been on holiday recently and left your cat with a cat kennel and someone else to look after him daily? A disinterest in food might be due to a simple case of depression. Such minor issues will not present much of a headache for you as they can be dealt with easily. Offering a little healthy treat to tempt your cat or putting a little bit of meat jelly onto its gums just might persuade it to have a little something to eat. You could also try offering a taste of something your cat really does like, to see whether it’s turning its nose up at what’s being offered, or if there are other reasons for its reluctance to eat. 3. Food Transition With cats accustomed to receiving carbohydrate-rich food, a switch to a more health conscious diet could be the reason for its disinterest in food. A refusal of food may be a cat’s attempt to show its displeasure in being denied its desires. Your cat may be under the mistaken impression that if it waits long enough you may relent and give in. However, you should also note that putting an overweight cat on a crash diet of low-carbohydrate food can result in your cat refusing to eat for more than two days. In such circumstances, a prolonged period of rejecting nourishment is likely to result in liver problems as your cat draws on his fat reserves and doesn’t take in the protein which he needs. In other circumstances, should your cat persist in not eating for more than a day or two, it could hint at an underlying health problem. In such situations, a consultation with your veterinarian is advised. 4. Health Problem Your cat might have a problem with its teeth or jaws which make eating painful or difficult, as would any problems associated with its digestive system. It could be suffering from inflamed gums or a broken tooth, a cut in its mouth, or an abscess in its jaws arising from a deep scratch. Your feline could also be experiencing discomfort in its stomach or have an intestinal condition which will reduce its appetite. Your veterinarian will advise on the best course of treatment in these scenarios. However, keeping an eye on your cat and its behaviour will help you deal with any problems before they get worse or chronic, and both you and your vet can make sure it has a full and happy life.   What Is The Food That Cats Love The Most? Cats, in general, prefer food with a strong smell and soft texture. They prefer the food at either room temperature or slightly warm. How Can I Get My Cat To Eat?   If your cat will not eat, interact with them and let them come to you for attention. If the problem is stress-related, this one-on-one with them may help. If he still won’t eat after a couple of days, consult your vet on what other options there are. If your cat appears to be stressed out by a possible visit to the vet, consider engaging one who will make house halls. If your cat loves playing in the outdoors, it could be that they’ve been stuffing themselves on what nature provided for them and they really don’t need another meal. They might also have been fed by someone else — be sure to add a tag to your cat’s collar so that strangers know that they are not strays. Also, if your cat has any problems with their teeth or gums then this will also put them off their food. It is therefore imperative that you deal with the root issue of your oral care by using long term solutions like sprinkling granules onto their foods to help prevent plaques, or to impose a strict teeth cleaning regime. Be sure to check if their bowls are clean. Cat dishes should be washed at least once a day for dry foods and after every serving for wet foods. Leftover foods allow bacteria to grow which can be harmful to cats, and be doubly sure not to place their food near their litter trays — as the saying goes, ‘don’t eat where you poop’! If you have been feeding your cat dry food, try changing it more frequently especially in a humid environment as dry food, will absorb water, making it soft and potentially off-putting for your cat. In addition to changing their existing dry foods, try adding a bit of wet food to their diet to mix it up! Cats like a bit of variety, and they can be bored with the taste and texture of crunchy dry foods. If you are not using dry food but wet food straight from the fridge, consider warming the food before serving them to your cat. Cats are like humans, in that their sense of taste is closely linked to their sense of smell — if they can’t smell their food, they can’t taste it. Cold foods will not smell as much as they do in room or warmer temperatures, so a quick pop in the microwave should get those feline whiskers twitching! And if they are still not attracted by the wet foods, try adding a few biscuits on top to vary the texture. Syringe feed and feeding tubes are viable options if your cats are still not eating, but only use this as a last resort!   What Can I Feed A Sick Cat? In order to recover, encourage your sick feline friend to eat small, frequent meals with high energy, palatable and highly digestible food. Hand-feeding is highly recommended. Meanwhile, fresh water should be available at all times as well. Your veterinarian may suggest giving fluids or liquid food via a syringe if your cat can’t eat on his own.   How Long A Cat Can Live Without Food? In general, cats can potentially survive for weeks without eating, but that heavily depends on their water intake and overall health. If your cat fails to eat for more than 1 day, it is highly recommended to bring him to the vet clinic, according to PetMD.   How Much Water Does A Cat Need To Drink A Day? Water is far more essential for a cat’s survival. According to Catological, cats generally can’t survive without water for more than 3 – 4 days before organ failure occurs. Dr. Jenna Ashton explains that the daily water requirement of a cat is roughly a cup per 10 pounds of body weight.   How Do I Get My Cat To Drink? One option is to feed wet food to your cat or to simply add wet food to dry kibble. If wet food isn’t the option, get him a drinking fountain as the flowing water in the fountain can encourage increased water intake.   How Long Can A Cat Be Left Alone? An adult cat should be fine to be left alone for 2 days as long as fresh water and a sufficient amount of food are accessible at all times. However, it still depends on other factors, including the safety of the environment and the overall health of your cat. Japanese article: 【猫の食欲不振】ご飯を食べない猫の原因と食べさせ方
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How to Train Dogs to Stay Off Furniture Unless Invited
Dogs see where we hang out the most and do the same. They have a strong belief that they are part of our family, so they feel okay when they sleep on the couch like their owners. It’s often a temptation dogs find hard to resist. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with letting your furry friend relax on the sofa. However, not everyone wants to see their dogs on the couch unless invited. Many dog owners may not want to come home from work only to find their dogs lounging on the sofa. It even feels worse when you cannot be able to keep him off the couch once he’s used to the comfort. Your furry friend may not understand your rules and why they differ for different times, but you can train him to stay off the sofa unless you invite him there. Below are some of the tips to help you know how to keep your dog off the couch- whether you’re there or not. The guide also applies to other household items like beds and even your clothes. How to Keep Your Dog from Getting Too Comfortable on The Furniture The easiest way to teach a dog to stay off the sofa is from the beginning when they are young. It’s much easier to train a puppy who has not yet developed the habit of getting too comfortable on the furniture than an adult dog. However, with patience and consistency, you can still teach an adult dog to keep off the sofa. Here is what you should do to keep your dog from getting too comfortable on the couch: 1. Avoid Spending a Lot of Time with Your Dog on the Sofa Avoid spending time with your furry friend on the sofa or any other comfy household goods. Encourage your dog to play with you on the floor or in other places they’re allowed to be. Dogs are “pack” animals and they see humans as their pack mates. So, when you cuddle them on your couch, their instincts tell them you’re both equals in the pack hierarchy. 2. Use the “Out” Command Block the area every time your dog wants to jump on the furniture. You can use words like “out” as you gently guide them out of restricted areas. “Out” means get out of a place. This command also eliminates other undesirable behaviors like destructive chewing. Your dog understands that you don’t like seeing him on the couch. Dogs naturally understand body language. Don’t use the “out” command if your dog is the aggressive type. You can teach him slowly while using treats such as the Absolute Bites Freeze Dried Salmon Pet Treats which are large enough for your dog to see from a few feet away. Call your dog over and show them this treat while using the command word “out” politely. Praise them the moment they walk over to the treat. Practice “out” commands often until your dog starts to work away from you every time you say “out.” 3. Provide Your Dog with Another Great Place to Be Provide your dog with a comfy alternative. You can use dog beddings and treats to entice your dog into visiting the area often. Leave a treat between their front paws every time you catch him lying on the place. You can try using the Coolaroo Elevated Dog Bed with a bolster to give them more comfort. Keep the bed close to where you hang out with your dog. Consider investing in a few more beds and sofa-like items to be placed in several places where your dog loves spending most of his time. Try the Paw Made Elevated Large Sofa Bed for Pets. It alleviates pressure on your dog’s joints since it’s a bit raised. 4. Teach Your Dog the “Off” Command  This command is very useful when you want to teach your dog to get onto the sofa only when invited. Tell it “off” every time you catch it sleeping on the sofa. Reward your dog if it gets up and goes to their place. With time, your dog will understand that they should be on the floor and not on the couch unless invited. Reduce the frequency of treats after a few weeks and simply use praises instead.  5. Block the Area When You’re Not Around Confine your dog or block the area when you’re not around to prevent him from sleeping on the sofa. Close the doors to some of the restricted places to make sure that your dog doesn’t get into that room at all. Use a pet gate or keep your dog in a pen every time you’re out. Tips to Train Your Dog to Get Up on the Furniture When Permission is Given Teaching this skill will help your dog understand when he is invited to stay on the sofa and when he’s not. Here is what you should do if you want your furry friend to come onto the sofa from time to time. Talk it up with your dog when it is time to invite him to the sofa with you. Tell him it’s okay while patting the couch with your hand. You can use command words such as “up.” You can also use some treats to entice him. Praise your dog and offer him a treat as soon as he gets on the couch. Allow him to settle for a while with you before telling him to get “off.”  Repeat this a few more times until your dog finally jumps onto the sofa every time you say “up.” Your dog will be able to understand and practice this behavior, especially when you’re not around. Spending time with your pet on the sofa is a positive reinforcement on its own. This means you’ll be able to skip using treats in a very short period. Encourage everyone at your home to use the command words; “up” “off” and “out” accordingly to enable your dog to adhere to them.
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How to Treat Ear Mites in Cats
Ear mites affect both dogs and cats. However, these mites tend to affect cats more. Cats do not experience ear problems frequently, but the majority of times when they have ear issues, it is more likely to be ear mite infestation. If left untreated, ear mites can cause severe complications, such as damaged eardrums or infections. Recognizing the symptoms and finding a solution is the best way to save your furry friend from this horror. What Are Ear Mites? Ear mites, also known as otodectes cynotis, are the most common mites causing trouble for cats. These parasites live in the ear canal. They are also found on the skin’s surface sometimes. Otodectes cynotis mites often cause a condition known as otodectic mange. These mites cannot fly or hop, but they can crawl. They do not pose life-threatening situations but can irritate your cat. They are also contagious to other pets. When these mites find their way to a cat’s ear, they make themselves at home and start breeding. Ear mites love the warm, moist skin of a furry’s ear canal, so they live most of their life cycle and eat skin cells, earwax, and blood. Symptoms of Ear Mites Ear mites are too tiny to see with the naked eyes. However, you can easily recognize them via your cat’s appearance and behavior. Here are the most common signs that your cat is ear mite infected: Scratching at Ears: Ear mites are mostly inside the ear, causing discomfort for the cat. If your cat aggressively and constantly scratches or rubs its ears, it might signify an ear mite infection. Other similar symptoms include hair loss or redness around the ears. Mite droppings on the skin or ear can cause an intense itching sensation for cats.   Head-Shaking: Constant head shaking is another common sign of this condition. If your cat is vigorously and constantly shaking its head, you should examine them for ear mite infection.   Ear Discharge: While ear mites are too small for the eyes to see, they leave small traces to indicate their presence. A crusty or dark waxy substance or discharge in your pet’s ears is a sign of ear mites. The discharge is often a mixture of blood, ear wax, and mites’ secretions, so it looks like coffee grounds.   Aggressive Body Scratching: The ear is the base for ear mites. However, these parasites sometimes explore other parts of the body, causing itchiness and irritation of the skin. Skin irritation would only leave your cat scratching profusely. Reasons to Prevent or Treat Ear Mite Infections Every pet owner should take ear mite infections seriously. Despite years of study, researchers have not found the specific ways these mites spread. Even indoor-only cats do suffer from this condition. The sad part is that they are highly contagious. If one cat has it in your house, it will likely spread to other cats and dogs. Ear mites cause severe itching and scratching in cats. If left untreated, these parasites can cause swelling of the ear canal, bacterial infections, and total or partial deafness. They also move from the ears to other parts of the body, causing swelling and itching. Ear mites can also cause systemic infections in the body if left untreated. Hence, you need to treat this condition quickly once you notice the signs listed above. Products to Treat and Prevent Ear Mite Infection Bayer Advocate for Cats: This product is highly effective against roundworms, fleas, heartworm, ear mites, and lungworm. You can use it for cats, dogs, or ferrets. It is a spot-on treatment with many health benefits, including internal and external parasite protection. It is suitable for cats of all life stages. Revolution Plus for Cats: This is one of the most effective parasite protection products on the market today. It protects against ear mites, ticks, fleas, heartworms, hookworms, and roundworms. The product is safe for kittens and cats as young as eight weeks of age. It is easy to use and dries quickly on the skin. Confiance Oticon Ear Drops: This eardrop helps treat infections in and around the ears. It contains antibiotics and an antifungal medication that helps treat and prevent ear mites, Candida Albicans, and other fungal infections. NHV Target Spray Supplement for Pets: This spray supplement helps repel flea and tick. It also prevents and controls external parasites, such as ear mites, causing discomfort and severe health problems for cats and dogs. The product is safe for all pets and highly effective. Wrapping Up Ear mites have been a major problem for many cats. These mites are not visible to the naked eyes, so it is difficult to tell when they are there. However, you can tell if your cat has an ear mite infection if they are shaking their head regularly, scratching aggressively and continuously, or having ear discharge. The products listed above can help treat and prevent ear mite infections.
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My Cat Peed on My Bed Again
Assuming this is not a regular habit of your cat, there could be many underlying reasons why your furry friend is urinating outside the litter box. One common reason is anxiety, usually brought on by changes within the environment (e.g., new people or pets in the home, construction noise). If your cat has a clean bill of health from the veterinarian and you’ve ruled out any exterior changes that may be causing stress, then it might be time to look inwardly at your relationship with your cat. Pets are often able to read our body language and emotions, so if your cat senses that you’re stressed or angry, they may start to pee outside the box as a way of “saying” something to you. So, before you get too frustrated, make sure to take a step back and assess your own behavior around your pet. Reasons Why This Happens There can be a number of reasons why your cat might pee on your bed. If your cat is peeing on your bed on a regular basis, it is important to take him to the vet to rule out any medical issues. If your cat is healthy, here are a few possible reasons why he might be peeing on your bed: You are not providing enough litter boxes for your cat. Your cat is not getting enough exercise and is marking his territory out of boredom. You have been introducing a new pet or person into the household, and your cat is not adjusting well. Your cat is not litter box trained and is using your bed as a substitute. There is an underlying behavioral problem, such as anxiety or aggression, that is causing your cat to pee on your bed. How to Stop Cats from Peeing on the Bed There are a few things you can do to help stop your cat from peeing on the bed. The first is to make sure they have a litter box that is always clean. The second is to make sure they have plenty of toys and playtime. The third is to keep them on a regular feeding schedule. And the fourth, and most important, is to make sure they are getting enough exercise. A tired cat is less likely to pee on the bed. What to Do about Cat’s Peeing on the Bed There are a few potential reasons why your cat is peeing on your bed. It could be that they are trying to tell you something, such as that they’re not happy with their litter box or that they are feeling stressed or anxious. It could also be a medical issue, such as a urinary tract infection. If your cat’s behavior is new, it’s best to take them to the vet for a check-up (Check out Perrovets). If your vet can’t find any medical explanation for the behavior, it’s time to start looking at environmental factors. Try to create a more stress-free environment for your cat by keeping their litter box clean, providing a variety of toys and scratching posts, and making sure that they have plenty of space to roam. Although this may seem like a minor issue, it could be a sign that there is a problem in the relationship between the cat and its owner. In most cases, this is a result of the cat feeling frustrated or unappreciated. The best way to address this issue is by spending more time with the cat and showing it that you love and appreciate it. You may also need to adjust your routines or living situation to make sure the cat has enough stimulation and space to roam around. Recommended Products: Fussie Cat Scoopable Litter Lavender 10L (Buy it here: https://bit.ly/3M5f4bz) Key Features: Comes in 10L Size Lavender scented clumping clay litter Low tracking with no mess Specially formulated to prevent moisture from reaching the bottom of the tray Suitable for all life stages Breeder Celect Cat Litter (3 Sizes) (Buy it here: https://bit.ly/3L2gVMX) Key Features: Natural odour control No additives or chemicals Highly absorbent – superior performance Suitable for all cat breeds Biodegradable Economical – long lasting Lightweight – easy to handle Virtually dust-free – reduces tracking & will not mark floors Fussie Cat Scoopable Litter Apple Delight 10L (Buy it here: https://bit.ly/3w2ZN5r) Key Features: Comes in a 10L size An apple-scented, clumping clay litter Tough on odours and is 99% dust free Suitable for all life stages
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