Tips For Bathing A Cat
With the exception of long-haired and certain breeds of cats (such as Sphynx, Persian, Himalayan), cats are thought of as generally self-cleaning. But, there are times when you might find it necessary to bathe your cat. So, here are some tips for bathing a cat so it's less stressful for all involved
Skin Conditions In Cats: Prevent Dry Winter Skin
Cats are no different from us when it comes to itchy, dry skin during winter months. Air gets drier as temperatures drop and furnaces run, resulting in itchy, flaky, dry skin. The most obvious symptoms of seasonally-related skin conditions in cats include:
Heat Stress And Heat Exhaustion In Cats
Cats are as susceptible as dogs to heat exhaustion, heatstroke, or death from being in a hot car. The temperature for a safe car ride is between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, but must be monitored in order to avoid heat stress.
Caring For Feral Cats In Hot Weather
During the cold winter months, those caring for feral cats have concerns such as constructing proper shelters and preventing water from freezing. Caring for feral cats in warm weather brings up an entirely new set of concerns:
Cat Health: The Science Of Feeding Indoor Cats
To maintain cat health, felines have very specific dietary needs that must be met to live long lives indoors. When cats lived outdoors and caught their own food, they ate high protein food with a moderate amount of fat and minimal carbohydrates. Indoor cats, however, rely upon their pet parents to make sure they get the right food with a proper balance of nutrients, fat and moisture.
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You might recall the scene in Mary Poppins where Mary tries to get her little charges to take their medicine by magically making it into flavors children enjoy. Oh, how many times I’ve wished giving my cats their medication could be as easy as using a little bit of magic, and poof! Cat takes medicine. No fuss. No biting, scratching, or spitting pills out when I’m not looking. Life doesn’t work that way, though.
Pet Cancer Awareness Month
The Blue Buffalo Foundation For Cancer Research, the Morris Animal Foundation, The Reidel & Cody Fund and Petco have partnered for the fourth annual Pet Cancer Awareness Month with the goal of raising $1.5 million to help find cures and assist families in need to cover the cost of treatments.
National Pet Dental Health Month: Improve Your Cat's Dental Hygiene-Improve Her Health
The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) and several veterinary groups are sponsoring National Pet Dental Health Month to raise awareness of the need for proper dental care for our pets and to assist pet parents to improve our pets’ dental and overall health.
National Hairball Awareness Day: What You Need To Know
While it isn't certain who began National Hairball Awareness Day, a special day to highlight causes, treatments and prevention of hairballs, it takes place the third week of every April, falling on Friday, April 26 this year.
Rory is a spunky, cute ten month-old kitten who literally had a bad break. His foster mother thinks he got hurt jumping down from a wall perch, getting a leg caught on the way down. An emergency veterinarian was able to surgically repair Rory's leg, but the surgery was $3,000! Backdoor Friends seeks your help to pay for the cost of Rory's surgery. Rory's Fund donations may be dropped of at Backdoor Friends Cat Shoppe or mailed to 35562 Grand River Ave. Farmington Hills, MI 48335.