Category Archives: Cat Health
Canned Food Options for Your Feline Friend Infographic
Canned Food Options for your Feline Friend Infographic and more. How much do you think about what your cat loves? Probably a lot.You might have a special bed for them to lounge on. You probably have toys, just for what they like to do—chase strings, bounce around pretend mice. Towers, too, help kitties work out their claws and energy. As much as you think about entertainment and relaxing spots for your cat, do you think about their food? The answer is probably yes—because there’s lots to think about.
Paws for Reflection was not compensated financially or with any free products for this post. This infographic and introduction is being shared by Kaylee White, of Ghergich & Co., the agency that teamed up with Petco to create an article and graphics on wet food options for cats: How to Choose the Best Wet Food For Your Cat. . Kylee says, ‘We cover the pros and cons of the most common types, wet food feeding guidelines, and tips to keep cats hydrated. One major benefit of wet food is that it’s typically made up of around 75 percent water (compared to the 6 to 10 percent found in dry kibble)’. Kaylee contacted Paws through our /Contact form and asked if we’d be interested in sharing the infographic with Paws’ readers. We said yes, and asked for a little info.
In the Can: Canned Food Options for Your Feline Friend/
Take wet food, for example. For example, wet food for cats offers several different textures, from pate to stews and broths. And wet food must be fed differently than dry food. For example, it can not be left out like dry food. Once opened and uneaten, it must be stored.
Wet food also offers some distinct advantages. For one, it helps hydrate cats because of its structure. Do you want to learn more about wet food? Check out this infographic.
Do you feed your cats wet food? Paws does and has for years? It’s a treat they relish, and when their human gets up, they swarm around her feet for their breakfast. Please weigh in and share your comments. Please note, this commentary is about wet food, and we are not taking on the raw food vs kibble debate here. Thanks for sharing.
Why does static electricity zap me and my cats? Why do we get shocks when we pet our cats? Why do our cats jump out of no where from that unsuspecting jolt of electricity? Why does my cat’s tail bristle when I gently pet him?
These questions haunt all of us as we get shocked when we pet our favorite felines.
Can we stop this annoyance, which can even be painful? It seems this year with our snowy winter, it’s worse than ever.
Not only do I, the human, feel the static when I take my clothes out of the dryer, I hear it when I take off my sweater. I hear the crinkle when I pet my cats, and I can almost see it when I stroke my Little Yellow’s bushy coon-like tail. I even felt it tonight when I picked up my scaredy cat, Clyde, to carry him downstairs for some extra TLC.
It’s a pretty prevalent issue, and neither humans nor kitties like it much. In some cases, the static is so strong it glows in the dark.
Paws for Reflection revisits Static Electricity
Paws had lots of response,to our blog post, Static Electricity in cat’s fur easily charged., so much so that we wanted to revisit the issue.
Some comments felt more like cries of desperation. One person wrote, ‘All winter long we get zapped. Neither kitties nor humans like it much.’
Annette says, ‘My long hair cat seems to be getting zapped my the carpet. We are renting a new place, and all of a sudden he just takes off.’
Feline Arthritis, a silent epidemic, affects most senior cats
Feline arthritis, a silent epidemic, affects 80 to 90%t of all senior cats, and 33% of cats of all ages.
It’s painful, causes decreased mobility, and can be debilitating. Things that were once easy and second nature become difficult, if not impossible to do.
Our Pink Collar has arthritis, and it is progressing. She is in pain, and she’s been telling us it’s not fun, and she hurts. It’s harder for her to get up to the counter with her water bowl. She struggles when she goes up and down stairs, even missing a step, here and there. Some days, she even has a hard time jumping onto the sofa.
Is it in her elbow and the wrist in the front leg; the hip, the knee and the ankle in the back leg; and the smaller joints between vertebrae, both in the neck and the back? It could be in some or all of these.
Her human has arthritis in her knees, so we can well appreciate how painful it can be, say nothing about making you think about getting down on all fours to wash the floor or weed the garden.
Cats are masters at hiding illness and pain
While there’s a lot of talk and research into dogs with arthritis, cats have not gotten that same attention, and it’s only in the past few years that the subject has come to the forefront.
While the majority of dogs with arthritis show some lameness, only about 15 percent of cats appear to be lame. The most common sign your cat has arthritis is their reluctance or inability to jump up or down. We have put out crates and boxes making it easier for Pink Collar to take a small hop, rather than a big leap to the counter, sofa, and even the cat tree.
We all know cats are masters at hiding illness and pain. This well could be hard-wired into survival mode dating back thousands of years. Because of this, responsible cat owners must learn what to look for.
If you think your cat has asthma or any other health issues, schedule a visit with your veterinarian immediately. The contents of this blog post are for informational purposes only, and should not be used in place of professional advise from your veterinarian.
Litter box issues are unique for long-haired cats, and if they have health issues, they are even more challenging.
Finding the right litter, litter box placement, and location are one thing, and the cats at the Paws’ household have agreed their human’s decision is OK for now. Cats can be fickle, and the decisions of today, may not be the right ones for tomorrow. Additionally, the manufacturers of cat litter are always trying to improve their products. That doesn’t necessarily always sit well with the felines or their human(s). We all know all too well, cats don’t like change.
Aging can affect litter box use
As cats age, they may develop health issues, and the litter box may become offensive if one cat is putting out too much urine or poop. That change can leave the others to find another box, making it so very important to strategically place one box plus one for the number of cats in the house.
Litter box issues are unique for long-haired cats
While covered boxes keep the poop out of sight, they are intimidating for the cats. Paws has 2 covered boxes, and 3 uncovered. However, 2 of the uncovered ones sit underneath specially made cat furniture, and the cats really like this. They have plenty of head room and the sides do not hem them in. These specially designed store-bought pieces keep the litter out of sight and give the cats ample room to do their business in privacy, but not with the fear of getting ambushed. At Paws, we strongly recommend investing in the furniture.
One in eight cats have asthma, but feline asthma is often overlooked as veterinarians look for more serious diseases.
Paws found this out first hand, as our Little Yellow was first thought to have;
- Congestive heart failure
- Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), the most common form of heart disease in cats
- Heartworm or lungworm
- A Diaphragmatic hernia where the abdominal organ (such as the stomach, liver, intestine, etc.) moves into an abnormal opening in the animal’s diaphragm, the sheet of muscle separating the abdomen from the rib cage area)
- And finally feline asthma.
When the coughing started to become persistently worse, Paws wrote it off as hairballs.
We thought a long-haired orange Maine Coon look-alike could easily have some pretty serious hairballs.