Your cat’s health condition will be a major factor in choosing a cat bed. You’ve probably already bought your cat their scratching post, cat fountain, and litter box and now you may want to provide your cat with a more cushioned base bed for better support and comfort – especially for older cats. For a kitten, you probably will look for something easy to get in and out from because of his smaller legs. Also you want something where he will feel secure and warm. The number of cats and the size or estimated size of your animal(s) as an adult will also guide you in choosing the right cat bed.
Identify the area or room where you would like the cat bed to be located. You may even want to have more than one bed if you have a multi-level house. This place should be a low traffic density zone. Also, ask yourself if this is a cold or warm place. Is is drafty? Does the room get enough sunlight?
A selection of beds includes basic matts with antibacterial lined, with or without removable and washable covers. Nest shaped or egg shaped with borders will keep your cat safe and secure, away from drafts. They come in a variety of colours, textures, materials and prints to suit your decor. Some are lined with sherpa, a thick wool-like appearance very comfortable for the cat. A heated cat bed is a good choice for older cats who may suffer from arthritis. It will keep a constant body temperature and away from humidy that affects them most. It uses very little energy. Look for some special features.
We have come across some that will warm up the bed only after the cat has settled in for a while, keeping electricity off when the cat is away. It should not be too hot as to dry the animals skin. What is interesting about the heated bed is its double use. You can remove the heated liner in the warm season when it is no longer needed. Othopedic beds are also available, some models come complete with mattresses and head beds.
With respect to the cat bed base, those made of poly fiber filling will not have the longevity of those made with orthofoams that will retain their shape and will not “bottom out”. An interesting base is one made of Red Cedar. It has the property to repel fleas and insects. This type of material will often be lined with burlap material allowing for air circulation.
A CAT ALLERGY MAY CAUSE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS AND ASTHMA ATTACKS TO CERTAIN PEOPLE. FOR YEARS MANY CAT LOVING CHILDREN AND ADULTS WERE UNABLE TO LIVE WITH THEIR ORDINARY CAT FRIEND.
A lot of people don’t always consider the real risks of the allergies arising from felines. An infant or adult could become very sensitive to pets and an allergic problem with cats is something to be taken seriously. Though, in the 1950’s and 1960’s two cat breeds were found to be best suited for people afflicted with cat allergies. They are the Rex Cornish and the Sphynx.
It is important to know that cat fur is comprised of several hair layers, often times the cause of allergy. The bottom layer is the duvet. It is short, soft and fine. Closest to the skin, it keeps the cat warm and maintains his body temperature. The second layer or median one between the duvet and the top layer serves as insulating material. The third layer, the superior one is a long thick hair layer protecting underlayers, keeping them dry and warm. Another special type of cat hair are what I would call the “sensorial hair”. Long and stiff. It is for the most part concentrated on the cheddks, chin and front paws. Used mainly for their sense of touch.
What is crucial with both The Rex Cornish and the Sphynx is that they do not have this long top hair layer most susceptible to trigger a cat allergy. While many persons have happily realized they had no problems with those cat breeds, this does not mean that all allergy sufferer will be symptom free in their presence.
The Rex Cornish
This long, linear, muscular cat appeared in Cornwall, England in the 1950`s. His fine curled, wavy textured coat is its most distinctive characteristic. He is often referred to as “poodle cat”. He is active, people-loving, and a very intelligent cat and ….. cat allergy free.
With his bizarre appearance, the Sphynx looks like he is almost naked. Only a short soft duvet, which will concentrate on extremities as he gets older, covers its body. The Sphynx`s face looks like it is covered with velours or suede. Many consider the Sphynx to be the ugliest cat. Showing every pleat and muscle while in movement is not necessarily the prettiest sight. He loves to be the center of attention. His loving character and the low risk of cat allergy has conquerred many hearts who oversee his ugly duckling image. Obviously not suited to harsh climate, the Sphynx will be kept in a warm environment. This Toronto native cannot be outside in the Canadian winters unprotected. Other than that, the Sphynx is a strong cat with very little health problems.
It is common belief that because the cat has less hair on his body he does not shed. This is wrong. All animals renew their fur. And people suffering from cat allergy due to dander (dead skin cells) and cat saliva will find no comfort in living with with either the Rex Cornish or the Sphinx.
Those of us who have lived with an unspayed (intact, unsterilized, not neutered) female cat know all too well the behavioral changes she exhibits when she comes into heat (also called estrus) every three weeks or so starting at about six months old. Different cats exhibit these signs of heat to different degrees. Not a few newbie cat owners, seeing these behaviors for the first time, have thought their cats might be ill. On the safe side, if you are confused whether your cat is exhibiting signs of illness or signs of heat, a quick visit to the veterinarian would be helpful.
Is Your Queen in Heat?
The behavioral changes in a cat in heat include the cat becoming very affectionate, sometimes to the point of becoming demanding of attention. She becomes overly active and restless, rubbing herself against people or things, rolling on the floor and, when touched near her tail, she raises her hindquarters. There will be more frequent urination and sometimes even urine spraying. Sometimes she will become so agitated that she might try to escape, to go outside,through any open windows or doors. She will also begin to call out very loudly, oftentimes to the point of it sounding like a howl or a screech, and she vocalizes almost continuously throughout the day! These signs of heat cannot be controlled or stopped because they are natural, but there are some home remedies you can do to at least keep your queen comfortable during this period.
Keep Cat In, Keep Scents Out
Close and lock all windows and doors which she may use to escape outside. Aside from keeping your cat safe inside, doing this also reduces the smells of the “calling cards” left by the neighborhood Romeos who, at this point, may have already formed a line outside your window. If needed, close the window curtains too so your girl will not be able to look out and see tomcats which may make her more agitated and further want to escape.
Make Queen Feel Comfy and Loved
To deal with the almost ceaseless howling, it may help to either keep her warm or cool, depending on what she prefers and what will seem to relax her. If she prefers warmth, you can give her a heat pack or a warm towel or blanket to sit on. Ideally, place her in a room that keeps her away from intrusions and sudden loud noises. Give her extra physical attention by petting, brushing, massaging while talking to her in a soft voice. You may also try to distract her attention by playing with her. Catnip may help some cats to calm down but different cats can have different reactions to it so make sure to know first how you cat reacts to a little catnip before giving more to her.
Keep Litterbox Tidy and Air Pleasant
To help tone down some of the urine spraying and marking, you may try cleaning her litterbox more frequently to encourage her to use it. Certain synthetic pheromones (substances produced by animals that affect the behavior of others of its species) and herbal-based remedies that supposedly have soothing and calming effects on cats may be availabe in your local pet supplies store. Remember not to use human products on cats and it is still best to consult with your veterinarian first before using these feline products on your pet no matter how safe they claim to be.
Signs of heat may be minimized by the remedies outlined above but the only way to permanently stop them is by spaying. Having your female cat spayed prevents unwanted pregnancies and removes the discomfort she experiences every time she cycles. The procedure also significantly decreases the chances of your furbaby having mammary tumors later in life. The bottom line is, spaying is beneficial for your cat’s health and welfare, and for your own mental and psychological well-being as well.
Don’t expose an expecting kitty to danger. But there are more reasons. Some queens go into heat even during pregnancy. Cats are capable to be pregnant of two different litters at the same them. And of course, pregnant cats should not give birth in a cold place outside.
Give your kitty the right food.
It should be high on calcium and protein. Kitten food is specially designed to meet the need of pregnant and nursing felines. Vitamin supplements are recommended too.
Do not give any medication during pregnancy.
Pregnant cats should get medication only in emergency. The same goes for deworming products, or products against fleas. If she has worms or fleas, first consult your vet.
Make your cat a comfortable nest bed.
A box filled with newspaper usually does the trick. Put in a warm sheltered place, preferably a location your cat frequently visits. Make sure all is ready two weeks before birth.
Find a home for your kittens – before they are born.
It will give you peace of mind to know where the kittens will go. Finding a home for a kitty can be time consuming. You’ll have more time for that before they are born.
Use non-clumping litter for her box.
Sometimes cats give birth in the litter box. If a kitten is delivered in clumping litter, the mother kitty might refuse to clean her newborn off as the clump is all over the sac. And the baby drowns in its own fluid.
Keep other cats away from her.
You have more than one kitty? Pregnant cats want privacy. She doesn’t like the company of other cats during this period, even if she knows these cats very well.
Buy enough food for your kitty… and you.
You should have no reason to leave your kitty alone on the days before and after birth.
Check which vet is available.
Have a piece of paper with the phone number of the closest emergency veterinary clinic. If there’s no such clinic in your area, find out which vet is available for emergency care. One phone call to a local vet is usually enough.
Get the right information about cat pregnancy.
Only if you understand what you see and hear, you will be able to recognize complications. Plus… there are many problems you can solve yourself, if you know how. So, do not panic. Get the right information instead.
Oral health in cats is just as important as it is in humans. Diseases of the teeth and gums can result to bad breath, mouth pain and may even lead to complications in other organs of the body. Regular brushing using cat-safe products at home can minimize plaque and tartar build up but your pet cat must have at least a once a year teeth cleaning at the veterinarian’s office.
Dental Cleaning: What Are You Actually Paying For?
Teeth cleaning cost varies from one veterinary practice to another and also depends of the kind and amount of work to be done. Do not sacrifice quality of work to cost, but also remember that a higher price tag doesn’t necessarily mean better service. Therefore, it is still a wise choice to go to a veterinary practice that you trust. A physical examination of your pet cat by your veterinarian must be done before teeth cleaning is scheduled. This is when you can discuss with your veterinarian about the cost of the procedure. At this stage the veterinarian can only give you the minimum estimate or a more comprehensive estimate that anticipates the other associated procedures that might need to be done during the teeth cleaning. The veterinarian, however, cannot give you an exact final cost until he has examined the cat’s mouth under anesthesia. This estimate can allow you to prepare for the cost of teeth cleaning and not be surprised with the bill later on. The following is a guide on what are the procedures involved in teeth cleaning for cats, what they are for and why they are important. This can help to give you an idea what items to take up when talking to your veterinarian about cost estimates.
1. Preanesthetic bloodwork
Blood is drawn from your cat to check for underlying health issues, likes problems in the liver or kidneys, that may compromise the cat under anesthesia. The extent of this bloodwork depends on your cat’s age and health. Some practices make this procedure optional unless the pet is seven years old and above, but for your pet’s safety, I recommend that you should never skip having this bloodwork done.
2. Placement of an Intravenous (IV) Fluid Line
An IV catheter is placed into one of your cat’s veins. This allows an open line and immediate access to the circulatory system in case an emergency occurs while the cat is under anesthesia. Fluids can also help maintain the cat’s blood pressure as some anesthetics may cause this to drop.
This is necessary during teeth cleaning and there must be an individualized anesthetic protocol for each patient. Some practices may claim that they can perform anesthesia-free teeth cleaning which can dramatically reduce the cost. I would not recommend this as having a cat’s mouth probed while she is awake will put undue stress on her and the veterinarian will not have full access to the mouth to be able to conduct a through dental and mouth examination.
4. Anesthesia Monitoring
It is essential that heart rate, respiration and blood pressure must be monitored all throughout the time the cat is under anesthesia. Sometimes more sophisticated equipment might be needed for the older and more critical patients. Ask your veterinarian if these are available.
5. Teeth Cleaning
The qualifications of the person performing the procedure and the level of sophistication of the equipment used for dental probing, scaling and polishing equipment can both affect the quality and cost of teeth cleaning.
6. Full Dental Examination
It is only when the cat is under anesthesia that the veterinarian can have the chance to examine thoroughly your cat’s mouth to check for things like masses and growths, broken teeth, misaligned or extra teeth, abscessed teeth, gum recession, gingivitis, and more.
7. Dental X-rays
The veterinarian may request this procedure done to check the status of the teeth under the visible gumline. Some teeth may appear perfect above the gums but have their roots already rotten away.
8. Dental Extractions
Some teeth, like those with abscesses and cavities, have to be taken out as they cause pain for your cat. They may also become a portal of entry for bacteria from the mouth the get into your cat’s bloodstream and bring infection to distant organs like the heart, lungs and kidneys. Talk with your veterinarian about this because different types of teeth (e.g. incisors, canines, pre-molars, molars) can have different cost for extraction. Usually dental extractions have to be done during routine teeth cleaning so as not to subject your cat to another round of anesthesia for a separate tooth extraction procedure which will also mean even more additional cost to you.
9. Post-cleaning Needs
Medicines for pain relief and antibiotics are needed to prevent discomfort and secondary infections after teeth cleaning especially if tooth extraction was performed. Always talk to your veterinarian after teeth cleaning to discuss what other findings were made during the procedure and in the dental x-rays and what additional procedures may need to be performed to address these findings.
It’s Worth the Cost
Yes, at first glance, teeth cleaning may come across as a bit costly and most pet owners tend to just bring their pets to the veterinarian when there is an obvious problem already. But in the long run, regular teeth cleaning will save costs as it can prevent dental disease and minimize the need for tooth extractions. Cost of treatment for the complications in other organs brought about by unhealthy teeth, as mentioned above, are so much more than the cost of preventive teeth cleaning.