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!  
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
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.
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
Is My Cat Overgrooming?
Cats are known for being meticulous groomers. These loving pets can spend up to 50 percent of their uptime licking their fur. Nevertheless, grooming for an extensive period might no longer be normal, especially when it gets to the point of hair loss, skin wounds, or ulceration. Overgrooming in cats is usually a sign of underlying psychological or medical issues. Hence, cat owners must know the signs of overgrooming and how to stop it. What Is Overgrooming in Cats? Overgrooming or excessive grooming is when a cat spends a lot of time grooming itself obsessively. Excessive fur licking can result in hair loss, skin sores, or inflammation. In severe cases, the cat might start biting areas of the skin. Sometimes, you might witness your cat overgrooming or a patchy coat/damage to the skin. On other occasions, you might only see the signs of overgrooming, like clumps of hair on the furniture or behind the sofa. Causes of Overgrooming in Cats There are two significant causes of overgrooming in cats. The first is behavioral – when the furry licks excessively to relieve its stress (psychogenic alopecia). The second cause is medical, with skin parasites and allergies being the main culprits. Skin parasites, like fleas, are one of the common causes of overgrooming in cats. If appropriately treated, the cat can stop this behavior within a week (in most cases). Other medical and environmental causes of this condition include: Constipation Infections Skin irritation Boredom Food allergies Signs/Symptoms of Overgrooming in Cats The most common symptoms of overgrooming in cats are skin irritation and hair loss. The commonly affected areas are the legs, abdomen, chest, and flank, as they are easily reached areas. Other common signs of overgrooming include: Over-zealous scratching When grooming interrupts and replaces your cat’s regular activities Discomfort or irritability when scratching Scabs, pus, rashes, or redness on bald areas Excessive throwing up of hairballs How to Stop Overgrooming The first step to resolving your cat’s overgrooming issues is to visit the vet. The vet needs to examine the cat for any medical condition. If the overgrooming problem is caused by a medical condition, the vet will handle the treatment or recommend the best solution. A thorough physical examination, lab work, and skin biopsies can help the vet find medical reasons for this condition, which could include flea infestation, allergies, fungal or bacterial infections, ringworm, and skin mites. However, if the vet rules out any medication condition and confirms psychologic alopecia, then you have to diagnose the underlying cause and resolve it. Identifying and getting rid of any potential cause would help reduce the action. If your cat is overgrooming due to boredom or increased stress levels, you can introduce a new cat to help keep them company or provide them with interactive toys. Other psychogenic alopecia treatments include: Enhance your cat’s environmental stimulation by introducing kitty videos, catnip-pack toys, and new lay centers. Keep your cat as busy as possible during the day with play, feeding, and exercise. Provide new perching areas for the cat. Grow a little garden (indoor) with safe plants for your cat. Play and spend time with them, at least 15 minutes daily. Product Recommendations Dermosent Essential 6 Spot-On for Cats: This product is formulated to restore the hydration level of your cat’s skin and reinforce the skin barrier function. It helps diminish hair loss and reduce scales/dandruff, which are some of the causes of overgrooming. If your cat’s overgrooming issue is caused by a skin problem, this product can help reduce it. Kala Health Dermatrix Original Pet Supplements: This chewable, tasty tablet is formulated for a healthy coat and skin. It contains plenty of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to provide your cat with a shiny and healthy coat and skin. It would help prevent skin issues that could trigger overgrooming in your cat. Pawise Cat Litter Mat: Stress is one of the culprits of overgrooming. This mat will give your furry friend a super comfortable place to relieve stress. It has a soft surface that is gentle on the skin and paws. It is made with premium quality and safe material. Absolute Plus Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil: Fungal and bacterial infections are top culprits of overgrooming in dogs. Fighting these medical issues is one of the best ways of preventing your cat from overgrooming problems. This product helps prevent bacterial and fungal infections. It also heals yeast infections and reduces the risk of pet cancer. Furthermore, it would give your cat a smooth, healthy, shiny coat. Frontline Plus for Cats: If you suspect fleas and ticks to be the cause of your cat’s excessive grooming issues, this is the perfect product for you. It breaks the flea cycle in every state, killing adult fleas, larvae, flea eggs, and pupae. Cat owners should not condone excessive grooming. This condition can worsen if not treated early. Hence, consult your vet once you notice the signs or see your cat grooming excessively.
Common Eye Problems in Cats
If your feline friend is pawing at their eyes or rubbing their face on the rug or against the sofa, there is a high chance that something is wrong. Maintaining the function and health of your cat’s eyes are highly essential. It is important to pay close attention to your feline when they rub or paw their eyes. Some eye problems in cats are easy to diagnose and treat, while others can be more difficult and might require the assistance of a vet ophthalmologist – a cat-eye specialist. However, understanding the symptoms and signs of these eye problems in felines is essential, whether it is an eye infection, discharge, or something else. In this guide, we will walk you through the common eye issues in cats and how to identify them. Common Eye Problems in Cats 1.    Conjunctivitis Conjunctivitis, also known as Pink Eye, is one of the common eye issues associated with these beautiful creatures. Pink eye is an infection or inflammation of the inner surface of the eyelids or outer layer of the eye. The common signs of this eye problem are swollen, reddish eyes with a discharge of various colors. It is rare for humans to transfer eye infections to cats or vice versa. However, some eye infections in cats are contagious amongst themselves, meaning they can spread from one cat to another. 2.    Eye Infections Viral infections are the most common cat eye infections. Felines often suffer these over the cause of their lifetime, usually caused by stress or other illnesses. If your cat has a history of viral eye infections, you should visit a vet within a few days of seeing the signs. However, if your cat has no history of this infection, you should visit the vet as soon as possible. 3.    Retinal Issues Another common and frequent eye problem in cats is retinal issues. Retinal issues are often a result of other health issues that cause high blood pressure, such as kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. High blood pressure can rupture the small blood vessels in the cat’s retina, causing the retina to detach and leading to blindness. Blood vessel damage due to high blood pressure frequently occurs in cats with eye problems. One of the most common symptoms of this condition is instant blindness and dilated pupils. Once you notice those signs in your cat, you should consult a vet immediately to save your cat’s vision. Your furry friend might suffer permanent blindness if you delay the treatment. 4.    Glaucoma Healthy eyes constantly move fluids in and out of the eye’s lens. If the fluid’s movement is blocked or interrupted, there would be increased pressure on the eyes, which can cause eye damage. It can affect the cat’s sight and cause irritation or discomfort. The most common cause of glaucoma in cats is infection or inflammation of the eye’s drainage ducts. However, other conditions like tumors, lens dislocation, inflammation, or damage can cause glaucoma. Signs of this eye condition include a cloudy cornea, enlarged eye, dilated pupil that reacts poorly to light, red eye, eye pain, excessive tear, and squinting. 5.    Goopy Eyes/Discharges It is normal for cats to experience small eye discharges (provided it is minimal). The discharge is often brown and slightly dried or moist. Nevertheless, there might be an issue if there is increased discharge in the cat’s eyes. If the discharge is creamy, thick, or coming from other corners besides the closest corners of your cat’s nose, it is no longer normal. If you notice other signs of eye disease like inflammation, pain, or squinting, you should consult your vet immediately. 6.    Swollen Eyes Severe inflammation in the tissues around the eyes can block a feline’s tear duct, resulting in excessive eye tearing. The cause of the condition needs to be treated to unblock the tear duct. Product Recommendations PPP Eye-Safe Eye Protectant: This product is formulated to help provide maximum protection for your pet’s eyes. The product is suitable for cats, kittens, dogs, puppies, and ferrets. It is safe and highly effective, providing a temporary ophthalmic barrier to protect the eyes. You can use it before shampooing, dipping, and more. It also protects the eyes during bathing. Petkin Eye Wipes for Pets: This vet-approved eye wipe provides a convenient and safe way of keeping your cat’s eye areas healthy and clean. It removes dirt and tear stains, and it helps prevent infection-causing irritation. Dechra Framixin Ear and Eye Antibacterial Ointment: This product can treat or prevent bacterial infection in your pet’s eyes. It is suitable for cats, dogs, cattle, sheep, and horses. Like humans, cats also suffer eye problems. It is essential to pay close attention to your feline always and be able to identify these eye problems when they arise.
How To Get Rid Of My Pet’s Urine Smells And Stains
It’s all fun until your pet pees on your hardwood floor, carpet, or anywhere else in the house. Pee happens regardless of how well your dog is potty trained. Urine smell isn’t pleasant and requires a prompt reaction to make sure it doesn’t leave a lasting impression. Urine stains are common problems associated with keeping dogs, especially with puppies and dogs that are being housetrained! Though it could be an issue for cats, it is rare. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to get rid of smell and stains. Some stains may be difficult to remove while others could be difficult to find. This is why pet parents need to have the best carpet cleaners and urine stain detectors to determine which areas require cleaning. Let’s find out how you can deal with your pet’s urine smells and stains! 1. Off Your Couch You need to act quickly if your pet just peed on the microfiber couch, carpet, or any other fabric in the house. The longer your pet pee sits there, the worse it’s going to smell. Use paper towels or wet rags to soak up the urine. You may place the towel over the wet spot or under it, if possible, to absorb much urine. Leave the paper towel for around 15 minutes until most of the urine is soaked up. Remove the paper and rinse the spot using clean water. You can use a towel to blot up all the water, but if you have a wet vaccuum, the better. The next step is to remove the smell now that most of the liquid has been blotted up. There are two methods you can apply to get rid of the odor: you can either use baking soda or vinegar. Spread about ¼ a cup or less of baking soda on the spot. Leave overnight then vacuum up all the powder the following day until the area feels completely clean and fresh. If you’re using vinegar, mix a cup of distilled vinegar with 2 teaspoons of baking soda and a cup of water in a clean spray bottle. Mix the ingredients by shaking the spray bottle thoroughly then spray on the damp spot. Allow it to soak for a few minutes then blot with clean towels. 2. Off Your Carpet There are several methods you can use to remove dried stains and smell from carpet though it’s not easy. Try wetting and blotting the stain repeatedly using warm water and towels. You can use a wet-dry vacuum cleaner if you have one to saturate and vacuum the area until it’s clean. Use an enzymatic cleaner to neutralize the smell. It not only gets rid of the smell but also discourages your furry friend from repeating the same action in that spot. Make sure you choose an enzyme-based cleanser made specifically for pet stains. Products containing accelerated hydrogen peroxide also help remove  urine smell from household items. Soak a towel with a hydrogen-based cleaner then place it on the stain for about 15 minutes. 3. From Hardwood You need to act fast if you notice a new urine stain on the hardwood. Place a dishtowel or some paper towels on the stain. Press the towel on the puddle to speed up the rate of absorption. Continue using different towels until a towel comes up dry. Urine tends to saturate the wood, which is why it can be difficult to remove odor from hardwood. Use the same process as the one used in carpets. You may use vinegar or baking soda. Rub the solution of vinegar and water on the stain and leave it for around 5 to 10 minutes before wiping it using a clean, dry towel. You may also sprinkle some baking powder on the stain when it’s still damp and allow it to sit overnight. Vacuum it up with a brush the following day or you may use a towel to clean the area. Use an enzyme-based stain remover as a final step. Make sure you’re using a product that’s safe for hardwood floors. Test it in a small area if you’re not sure. Clean the floor with whatever you normally use once the urine and its odor are completely removed. 4. From Pillows, Sheets, Beds, Rugs, and Other Fabric Soak the item in a solution containing an enzymatic cleaner and a laundry detergent. It’s even better if the soiled item can be put into the washing machine. Only make sure you use a neutralizer to remove urine stains and ammonia smell. Consult with a professional dry-cleaning company if you still see stains along with urine smell. Products and Tool Recommendations It’s easier to remove urine stains and smells with the right tools. Here are some of the products you should consider using if you want to keep your house fresh and clean from urine stains and odors. Vinegar: It’s one of the most useful household cleaning agents, precisely because of the acid that breaks down any form of stain quickly. Baking soda: It’s a good cleaning agent because it’s a mild alkali that causes any form of stain to dissolve easily in water for effective removal. Dish Sponge: A dish sponge, sea sponge, or an old rag works the same. They help loosen the grip of stains on any household item. Toothbrush: It’s more efficient and economical to use a soft-bristled brush like a toothbrush to remove stains in a small area. Altimate Pet Potty Pad Antibacterial Odour Control: It’s a good alternative if you prefer ready-made cleaners. It’s 100% leakproof and highly absorbent. It’s infused with a fresh scent for enhanced odor control. Simple Solution Urine Destroyer Stain & Odor Remover for Dogs & Cats: It’s a perfect neutralizer for the hardest urine stains and odors. It contains Pro-BacteriaTM and enzymes that target and break down pet urine proteins. It’s safe to use a urine destroyer on any kind of surface that is water-safe. OUT! Stain & Odor Remover for Dogs & Cats: It completely eliminates organic stains and odors. Aside from preventing repeat marking, this product is designed for everyday pet messes, vomit, urine, feces, and more. Thornell Dog-Odor Off: It’s specifically formulated to eliminate serious dog odors from feces, urine, and more, including long-standing smells and odors. It works well where enzyme-based products won’t. Conclusion It’s more difficult to remove urine stains and smell the longer it stays in the household item. Your best course of action is to always act fast regardless of what your pet has peed on. You are more likely to remove all the stains and odor if you get to it sooner. Your pet may also decide it has found a new favorite place to pee if you don’t deal with it fast. Along with many homemade solutions like vinegar and baking soda, several excellent store-bought products can help you figure out how to remove the stains and smell. But still, you must immediately disinfect and deodorize the area for the best results.
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