Cat Friendly Treats – People Food That Is Safe For Cats

Cat-friendly treats at a glance

  1. Boiled, grilled or roast chicken and turkey
  2. Cheese (cottage or cheddar)
  3. Tuna
  4. Fruit and vegetables
  5. Eggs
  6. Prawns and shrimp

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Why give treats at all?

Treats for most cats are not necessary, and with obesity at endemic rates, the addition of treats can add additional calories that a cat doesn’t need. So, why feed treats?

  • Sometimes a cat is not well, and a treat can encourage him or her to eat something
  • Treats can be used as a reward when training a cat
  • To hide pills or medication in (this generally works better for dogs but can be attempted for cats)
  • To celebrate the cat’s birthday or another special event

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Effects of Poisoning on Different Body Systems in Cats

Poisoning is a common occurrence in cats, although not as common as in dogs as they are more picky eaters, but it can still happen for several reasons.

  • When a well-meaning pet owner administers a medication that has not been prescribed
  • If the cat receives a larger dose of a prescribed medication
  • The cat intentionally ingests a toxic substance (such as a plant, or medicine)
  • Contact with a toxic substance that is then ingested when the cat grooms
  • Secondary poisoning (eating a rodent that has ingested poison)
  • Deliberate poisoning
  • Venom toxicity (snake bite, spider bite, scorpion, frogs and toads)

Poisons can affect one or several body systems, and cause a range of symptoms which we have highlighted below.

Effects of poisoning on different body systems

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Medical Causes of Inappropriate Urination in Cats

Medical causes of inappropriate urination in cats
  • Arthritis
  • Declawing
  • Cystitis
  • Bladder stones
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Cognitive dysfunction
  • Hyperthyroidism

Inappropriate urination occurs when a cat urinates outside the litter tray which may have a behavioural or medical cause. Medical causes can be further divided into pain, increased urine production, increased urgency to urinate and cognitive dysfunction.

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Adopting After Losing A Pet

Adopting a cat after losing a pet

Adopting After Pet Loss

In the interest of transparency, this article is an opinion piece, as as far as I am aware, there is no data on when pet parents should bring a new pet into the home after a loss. We all know the devastation of losing a beloved cat, they leave such a massive hole in our lives, and it is natural for us to feel a sense of loss. Therapists are starting to recognise the depth of grief pet owners experience when faced with the loss of a pet. Cats give us so much; they give us love, attention, warmth, comfort, companionship and a sense of purpose (they rely on us to care for them). No wonder they leave such a hole in our lives when we lose them.

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Can Cats See in the Dark?

Can cats see in the dark?

Can cats see in the dark?

Cats cannot see in complete darkness, but they do have superior night time vision compared to humans. A cat’s exceptional ability to see in low light is due to several features. Combined, these give the cat an advantage when it comes to night vision.

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What To Do If You Find A Litter Of Kittens

At a glance

  • Wait and watch for several hours to see if the mother cat returns
  • Cared for kittens should appear clear, content and well-fed
  • Abandoned or orphaned kittens may look dirty, hungry, sickly and cry
  • Don’t take abandoned or orphaned kittens to a shelter unless you know they can care for neonates (under four weeks)
  • Kittens who have been abandoned or orphaned will need to be bottle-fed for the first five weeks when they start to wean

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Spring is here which is the start of kitten season, which sees an increase in kitten births for stray, feral as well as unspayed pet cats.

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