Tips and Tricks

Cats are lovable, but they sure can be fickle. They have their favorite toys, their favorite scratch pads, their favorite sleeping spots; disturb them, and cats quickly make their opinions known. But what about food? There are hundreds of choices of all different flavors and specificity, such as by age or health concern.

Luckily, there’s a wet food option that can find favor with any feline in your house. But first you have to understand how wet food differs based on texture. Wet food comes in types of size—like, flaked or cubed or minced. Each of those may appeal to your feline, so you might have to try a few with your cat.

You’ll also have to understand that feeding wet food isn’t the same as feeding dry food. You’ll have to have set times to feed with wet food, and cannot leave any leftovers out during the day.

Want to learn more? Check out these graphics (reproduced with permission)! You can also read more about it at Petco!

 

Well I’ve recently returned from a short holiday while 2Pac was staying in a cattery within a vet surgery. He was none too pleased with me, I can assure you of that! I felt so mean leaving him there, but it was only for three days, well, two and a half actually. He must have thought it was for a year or two. He was not a very happy boy when I brought him home, and after a couple of days I noticed that he was peeing outside his litter box and all over the laundry floor. I knew this to be a sign of feline urinary tract infection (UTI), so I collected a direct-stream sample in a sterile cup and took it to the vet for testing. I prefer to do this as it means that he doesn’t experience high stress levels from being at the vet, because high stress levels cause blood glucose to increase.

The test came back negative. I was puzzled, but accepted the diagnosis. I came home, mopped the laundry floor again (now reaching about four times a day). A few days later I noticed blood on the floor and pee now on the coffee table. Cats with UTIs frequently urinate inappropriately, and he was starting to exhibit much less attractive levels of inappropriateness! By this time it was seven days since the negative test result. I collected another sample and took it to the vet. The diagnosis was extreeeemely positive for UTI. We gave him some

Site Rotation

16 February 2012

Hi everyone, well, today for the first time I tried rotating the site of 2Pac’s insulin injection. I injected him in the flanks as recommended by Dr Audrey Harvey in the Glossary. He was lying down on his side when I did it and he didn’t even flinch! I don’t think he felt a thing

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Diabetes in Cats Video

20 January 2012

I just found this wonderful video on Diabetes in Cats on Steve Dale’s Pet World. Steve is interviewing Dr Sandy Wright, an internal medicine specialist from the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine.  This is an especially great video for newbies who have just been diagnosed. Did you know that, if managed appropriately, an estimated 10-40% […]

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