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For some people, poop (or however you prefer to call it), is an uncomfortable topic. Nevertheless, it is definitely a very important one that is necessary in determining how healthy both humans and cats are. You can tell a lot from poop. Whether it is by its colour, shape, or density, poop is a vital…
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A common concern in cat owners is known as Hyperthyroidism. It begins to become apparent with voracious cats who don’t seem to gain weight, instead they lose it. In this newsletter, we will explain this condition a bit more, list a few signs to look out for, some of the causes, and what to do…
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“My cat is such a fussy eater”, ring any bells? It is common knowledge to people that cats can be extremely difficult to please when it comes to feeding. What is the cause of this? Is there really such a thing as a fussy eater? We are going to look into some reasons why you…
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Ever caught your kitty dribbling? There are several reasons why your furry friend might be doing this. In this newsletter we will go over the good reasons your cat can dribble, and the not so good. Dribbling Cats The good news is that there are great reasons why cats would dribble. It could be that…
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Ever had your cat expel its food after eating? This is not uncommon. In this article, we will explain the difference between regurgitation and vomiting, and speak a bit on the topic of hairballs. How to prevent either from happening again and how a healthy diet will help. Regurgitation Firstly, we will talk about Regurgitation….
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This month we are focusing on how to improve your cat’s health through sensory enrichment, to provide both physical and emotional benefits. We have gathered information on how to appeal to all five of your cat’s senses:- Sight, Sound, Smell, Taste, and Touch. Sight: Felines only have blue and green cones in their eyes, this…
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Whilst it is perfectly acceptable for an individual to decide, for whatever reason, to be a vegan or a vegetarian, it is definitely not acceptable, to force these personal dietary choices onto other animal species. Pet owners who feed their feline companions, meat free diets, are placing their personal beliefs ahead of their pet’s requirement…
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Cats’ eating habits tend to fall into one of two categories :- Neophobic (having an intense or irrational dislike of anything new or unfamiliar) Neophilic (pursuing new food resources or tendency to like new food choices). Neophobia is when a cat is very reluctant to try new foods. It is important not to discontinue their…
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Researchers believe that eating grass offers some important health benefits. As we all know cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need to eat meat to satisfy their nutritional needs. However, even wild cats naturally ingest some grass when they eat their prey. Both wild cats, such as bobcats, lions, and tigers, as well as…
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Scooting or “butt dragging” which is terminology to describe the behaviour of a pet who drags his furry backside across the floor. This is typically associated with dogs rather than cats. However, while scooting is indeed much more common in dogs, occasionally a cat will also scoot. There can be several causes for this behaviour,…
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It is well known that the ancient Egyptians loved their cats. They were one of the first civilisations to have considered them as holy. Their love of cats spread across the globe and, as we see everywhere today, on television, online and in publications, feline admiration is as strong today, as it ever was. Cats…
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The Key for a Healthy Life Cats at 10 years of age are categorised as senior and at 15 are considered “geriatric”. Like humans, cats do develop issues associated with aging. This is not a problem, but the risk of age-related diseases includes diabetes, thyroid disorder, obesity, arthritis, etc… can increase with an inappropriate diet….
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Dental health isn’t just essential to humans; it is also vital to animals too. As many as 85% of cats over three years of age may suffer from some form of gum disease or infected tooth. Gum disease or an infected tooth can affect the overall health of the animal. Because animals do not brush…
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Cats have keen vision; they can see much more detail than dogs. Concentrated in the centre of the retina of the eye, a specific type of cell called a cone gives cats excellent visual acuity and binocular vision. This allows them to judge speed and distance very well, an ability that helped them survive as…
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Dietary issues are frequently ignored or not properly addressed. However, nutritional support can play an integral role in the successful management of many feline conditions, including Feline diabetes. Nutrition can be integrated into the management of diabetes. The goal is to use the cat’s diet as a means to support its overall body health and…
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In 2005, scientists discovered that all cats lack one of a pair of proteins required to sense sweetness. The missing protein was the result of a deletion, the loss of part of a chromosome or sequence of DNA, in a gene. The deletion in the gene prevented one of the proteins, that enables the perception…
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Studies have shown that food allergies account for the third most common type of feline allergy. Although itchy, irritating skin problems are the most common signs of this allergy, an estimated 10 percent to 15 percent of affected cats also exhibit gastrointestinal signs, such as vomiting and diarrhea. The itching that typically signals the presence…
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Cats are obligate carnivores. This means that cats must eat raw meat and bone. Cats in the wild do not find cooked or dry food scattered on the ground. To feed they must hunt their prey, which would consist of mice, birds, rabbits, insects, lizards etc… They will often eat their prey whole, including the…
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