Hairballs are one of the most common health problems for all cats. Cats use their tongues to constantly groom themselves. Hairballs are caused by too much hair in the cat’s stomach from their own grooming. Daily brush your cat, especially during the warm months of the year to prevent hairballs. Hairballs can be prevented with certain cat foods and remedies that ease elimination of the hair and regular grooming of the coat with a comb or stiff brush. Cats expend nearly as much fluid grooming as they do urinating.
Parasites proliferate in warm weather. With a little planning and some medical help, your cat can be kept parasite free. Parasites such a coccidia and giardia can cause runny bloody diarrhea and gets worse over time and should always be seen by a veterinarian. Other types of worms can also cause bloody stool and should be treated by a vet.
Watch your cat carefully and you will see a pattern of when and where he likes to scratch the most. Put the scratching post in the room where he likes to scratch and wait for him to scratch in his usual place. Watch cats talking, dancing, even playing the piano. These cats are so cute. Watch for any large bruising (larger than a grain of rice). Also watch for any signs of swelling, fluid accumulation, warmth in the area, or infection.
Scratching is a normal cat behavior and can inflict a lot of property damage. In fact, the act of scratching serves multiple purposes including forelimb muscle stretching, claw sharpening/maintenance, deposition of a scent mark and creation of a visual mark. Scratching is a normal cat behavior to leave its scent on its territory, get exercise, and groom its nails. Most cats will leave your expensive furniture alone if you redirect their scratching instincts to an acceptable spot. Scratching poles are great, available in a variety of colors and most these days come with replaceable covers – when the cover wear’s out, simply replace it. Locate poles near the entry of rooms and sleeping areas – cats also scratch to leave their scent.
Brushing will make your kitten feel pretty, which is very important to them. It will also reduce the dander in your house. Brushing helps remove excess hair that could end up in your cat’s stomach. Brush in some talcum powder to separate the hairs. Finally, use a toothbrush or other small bristle brush to groom the short hairs of the face.
Kittens less than 6 months of age should be tested for both viruses and re-tested at 5-6 months of age. Cats older than 6 months of age should also be tested for both viruses and cats that have been at risk or recently exposed would be re-tested 1 to 3 months later because of disease incubation. Kitty will purr when it’s content. When they are ready to be sociable cats purr according to cat behaviorist. Kitty will be a happier camper and so will you.
Bathing works best when the cat is young, as it will get him used to it. Bathing your cat too often like once a week for instance, is definitely not recommended, not only will it affect your cat’s health, it may also leave a psychological scar on your cat. Although you mean well, unfortunately from the cat’s perspective, bathing is excruciating so unless your cat is really dirty, stick to bathing two or three times per year max.