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How to deal with Cat incontinence?

Cat incontinence is unpleasant to say the least. You may find that your house starts smelling like a litter box because your cat can’t seem to control his urine flow.

Incontinence in cats can be solved however. It has many underlying causes including:

– old age
– birth defects
– a tumor
– bladder stones
– bacterial infections
– illness.

Why not follow these 5 tips to keep it from being so problematic for your cat?

1. Be prudent with conventional prescription medications (always consult your veterinarian). Most medications have side effects. Be aware of the impact of these types of approaches. Instead, consider giving your cat some Vitamin C. It will help to improve his immune functioning and improve his overall health.

Cat incontinence caused by infection can be prevented and alleviated with Vitamin C because it improves his ability to fight off infection.

2. Keep your cat’s litter box tidy. Try to clean it each time he soils it. This is important because some cats avoid their litter boxes when they get messy. Holding urine in for too long can actually lead to bacterial infections and thus incontinence in cats.

3. Get your cat a fountain water bowl and fill it with filtered water. Fresh, clean water will help your cat get rid of bad toxins and bacteria. It will also keep your cat’s urine from thickening. In sum, sufficient water intake will keep your cat healthy for years to come.

Water prevents incontinence in cats because it prevents the underlying issues that lead to incontinence, such as bladder stones and bacterial infections. Consider placing multiple water dishes where your cat likes to rest in the house. Cats will not go out of there way to drink water since in the wild they get moisture from the foods they eat.

4. Apple cider vinegar is a home remedy that is popular for treating cat incontinence. You will notice that your cat stops leaking if you give him apple cider vinegar. However, results are often only temporary. Try mixing 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar for every one cup of water your cat drinks. You can also mix it into food. Many owners have seen a positive outcome by using Apple Cider Vinegar for UTI. For the best results, see #5.

5. Cat incontinence can be treated effectively with homeopathy. Homeopathic remedies contain powerful, natural ingredients that help to nurse your cat back to health. They also prevent urinary issues altogether because they strengthen the urinary tract and bladder while promoting optimal urine flow.

Homeopathic remedies are safe enough to be given to your cat everyday and cats love them. They come in small pellets that can be sprinkled on cats’ tongues or in their food.

Take this information and use it to help you come up with a treatment/prevention plan for cat incontinence. Don’t rely on quick fixes. For long term results, some lifestyle changes are necessary. Make these simple changes a part of your cat’s lifestyle and he will be leak-free for years to come! Also be sure to see your veterinarian first to make sure there aren’t any more serious problems blocking the urinary tract like bladder stones that need to be dissolved or removed.

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Introduction and Study of Cat Allergies

Allergies in our cats are just as important as in our canine friends; they can just be harder to detect. Dogs with allergies usually show pet health symptoms such as intense itching, hair loss and sores. The symptoms of allergies in cats can be similar to dogs except for the most major symptom of intense itching. Cats do have the hair loss and the sores on the skin but lack the scratching.

Most causes for pet allergies are common: 80 percent of dogs are allergic to airborne particles, 15 percent fleas, and five percent to food. Cats are a lot different. The biggest pet health offender on the kitty side is fleas, probably as much as 80 percent of cats are allergic to fleabites. This is a major concern for cats that can be very hard to detect. Cats are meticulous groomers and can erase the signs of fleas with their tongues and their constant licking. Flea allergies lead to a syndrome known as feline military dermatitis. This process begins with fleabites, which leads to scratching, but this can be very subtle. Due to the allergies the immune system can go haywire and ignore other problems. So, after the scratching begins the skin’s surface is broken and normal bacteria called staphylococcus hop into the open wounds. Pinpoint sores develop along common scratching points of the neck and tail head. This skin infection just makes the overall allergy complex worse and causes even more problems as the infection spreads and leads to hair loss and new sores.

Feline military dermatitis and allergies can be a very common problem in pet health, particularly your cat’s health, but can look similar to other infections. Skin parasites can cause very similar sores and usually have more intense itching. Doing a skin scrape and examining it under a microscope is the only way to identify the parasites such as sarcoptic mange. Ringworm is a fungus that reflects the same symptoms as allergies in cats and like sarcoptic mange it can also infect humans. Ringworm causes sores around the ears, head, and feet. There is also a simple test for this fungus. Cats can also have baldness and occasional sores due to their constant licking behavior. It is up to your vet to determine what is ailing your pet health. Finally, there are also other bacterial infections that can look similar to feline military dermatitis. Once the diagnosis is made for allergies the next issue becomes is how to treat the problem and keep it from arising again. If the problem is severe enough we have to use steroids to control the allergy and antibiotics to stop the infection.

Sometimes steroids can get the body back in balance and allow the infection to go away on its own. But far more important is flea control within your household, backyard and on your pet. There are many good products out there; some that are topical medications that kills fleas, intestinal parasites, heartworms, and mites so it is a great all parasite-killer. Watch out for some over-the-counter medications that contain pyrethrins because in common dosages they can cause a seizure disorder, cripple pet health or even cause the timely death in cats. Remember treating allergies can be frustrating and costly, but keeping the fleas off our pets is the only way to prevent the allergy from returning again.

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?