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Choosing the Right Breed of Cat

Choosing a suitable breed of cat as a pet can be quite a dilemma to many people. There are many breed to choose from and all of them look so cute and adorable when they are still at the kitten age. In order to have a harmonious relationship with your cat from the onset, it’s important to take note of your lifestyle and personality before making a decision. It will also be good if you can seek the opinion of your family before making a firm decision.

If you looking at buying a purebred, mark out those breeds that interest you and do an extensive research on them first to find one that match your own lifestyle and personality. It pays to do your own research to prevent unhappiness and regrets in the future.

Certain breeds are renowned for particular behavior traits. Take for example the Persian cats which are reserved and laid back, while the Siamese cats are known for being vocal and active. So would you prefer the cool, passive personality of the Persian or would you go for the more bubbly and lively Siamese as your household companion?

Chances are an if you have a household full of children, the reserved and passive Persian would be easily frighten by the noisy antics of your children. Likewise, the bubbly and lively Siamese would probably be bored to tears by a quiet elderly owner, but would otherwise thrive in the company of a household full of noisy and active children.

If you decide on buying a purebred, get it from a reputable breeder. When you buy from a reputable breeder, many concerns are automatically taken care of. A responsible breeder will usually provide clients with a health guarantee and will have already begun a cat’s necessary vaccinations. Buying from a reputable breeder also increased the likelihood that the cat was raised in a good environment wit ha clean sociable atmosphere. Check with the breeder first if they allow their kittens to access their homes because this helps them to get acclimatize to people and household settings well before they are sold.

Before you bring home a cat, please go through the list of factors below and consider them carefully first:

1) Do you have the financial and legal responsibilities to become a cat owner?

2) Should you adopt or buy a cat?

3) Are you able to make some sort of adjustment to your living and working arrangements when you bring home a cat?

4) Are you able to commit to long term care of a cat?

5) Are you or any of your family members allergic to cats?

6) Do you have other pets?


Diabetes in Cats

Diabetes Mellitus is a hormonal ailment that influences the metabolism of glucose. It is divided into two types, I and II. Type I is characterized by a decreased production of the hormone insulin from pancreas whereas Type II, uncommon in cats, occurs owing to the inability of cells of the body to uptake and consume glucose. At times there is a third type, Transient Diabetes, seen in cats in which the ailment comes and goes.

A disease of middle-aged and older felines, Diabetes occurs more commonly in male cats. Risk factors include obesity, diet, genetics and damage to pancreas. Clinical manifestations are increased thirst, diet and urination, weight loss, skin and hair changes and liver and kidney disease. There is lethargy, weakness of hind legs and wobbly gait. Often these, alongside urination outside the litter box, are the first signs that the cat owner may notice of this insidious illness.

Once the diagnosis is reached through analysis of urinary and blood glucose levels, treatment is initiated. In the majority of cases it involves a regimen of insulin injections. In Type II disease, oral hypoglycemic agents are given at times. Though this is rare and it is often easier for owners to inject their cats than feed them pills. Even though there is no cure for Diabetes, prompt and appropriate treatment ensures that the diseased cats live a normal and healthy life.

Diabetic cats are usually advised a prescription diet. It is important to feed the cats this at regular times through the day alongside the insulin dosage. It is equally significant to ensure that the cats get regular exercise. For if any of the three elements – insulin dose, dietary intake and exercise – are out of sync with each other, the glucose balance of the animal may be altered. If all the three aspects are maintained under control though, the cat can be expected to live a long and happy life.