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    Can Cats Get Ticks?

    Ticks commonly affect pets—but what about cats? Do ticks bite cats, and do ticks affect cats in the same way as they affect other pets, or us? And how do you get rid of them? Can cats catch ticks? They can, just like other pets. Ticks are found outdoors in grassy areas, where they cling to blades of grass and drop onto animals that pass by. They bite into the host cat’s skin and stay there for several days before dropping away. Ticks don’t live, breed or lay eggs on their hosts, so can’t be spread through direct contact. But they do cause health issues, so should be killed as…

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    UTIs in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    UTIs (urinary tract infections) are as frustrating as they are common. So can cats catch them, and if so, how serious are they? Are they a risk to your cat’s life? What are UTIs in cats, and what causes them? Cats experience the same kind of UTIs as we do. Bacteria gets into a small wound in the cat’s urinary tract—urethra, bladder and kidneys—and causes an infection. This infection causes swelling and blocks pee from passing. The bacteria in the wound can spread, and the bladder or kidneys rupture unless you treat the issue promptly. A vet will diagnose the problem with a urinalysis and/or with X-rays. They will prescribe…

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    How to Tell When Your Cat Is Ill (6 Ways)

    Cats are good at hiding ill health. So how can you tell when a cat is sick, and how serious that illness is? How can you tell when your cat is sick? It will display behavioral changes. These changes include not using the litter tray any more, becoming aggressive/defensive, and hiding from you. Cats try to hide symptoms of illness from their owners, so you have to trust your gut instinct when you notice behavioral changes like these. They can’t hide vomit or diarrhea, however, and frequent vomiting or diarrhea is bad. Take your cat to the vet when you think it’s sick. The guide below covers six separate ways…

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    Is It Safe for My Cat to Eat a Bird?

    Your cat just brought home another gift for you. But is it safe and healthy for your cat to eat birds, or should you stop its behavior? And if you do want to stop your cat catching birds, how would you do it? Can a cat get sick from eating a bird? Cats can catch parasites and diseases from catching wild birds. However, it’s unlikely that your cat will get sick from eating just one. If your cat experiences continual or frequent symptoms such as vomiting, losing weight or fever, then take it to the vet; otherwise, it is likely fine. If you want to stop your cat killing birds,…

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    What Is Catnip, and Is It Safe?

    Catnip is very well known, but what’s less well known are the long term effects it might have. So what is catnip, and will it cause health effects in your cat? What is catnip, and is it safe for cats? Catnip is a plant in the mint family that contains a chemical compound similar to a cat pheromone (nepetalactone). This compound causes intense effects in cats including euphoria, hallucinations and, potentially, sexual arousal. The effects typically last less than fifteen minutes. Catnip is not addictive to cats, in that it doesn’t cause a withdrawal effect when it is taken away. No negative health effects have been seen either by scientists…

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    Are Cats’ Tongues Clean?

    Cats love to lick. But should you be disgusted by their habit? Should you try to make them stop licking you, or even licking themselves? And if so, why is a cat’s mouth so dirty? Are cats’ tongues clean? They aren’t. They are covered in bacteria, which will get on you if you let your cat lick you. You can keep your cat’s mouth clean by brushing its teeth or feeding it dry biscuits (which have abrasive action). But even if you do, your cat’s tongue still won’t be properly clean. If you don’t want your cat to lick you, walk away, and it will learn that you don’t want…

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    Tapeworms in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Nobody wants to think about worms, let alone tapeworms—probably the worst of the bunch. But if your cat has worms, how can you spot their symptoms, and how can you get rid of them? How do cats catch tapeworms, and are they serious? Cats catch Dipylidium caninum tapeworms from infested fleas. The flea larvae eat tapeworm eggs from infested feces. If your cat ingests the flea containing an egg while grooming, the egg will hatch and grow into an adult tapeworm. This adult can self-fertilize and produce more eggs, beginning the cycle again. Signs your cat has a tapeworm include weight loss, vomiting, diarrhea and small progottid tapeworm sections in…

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    Hair Loss in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Is your cat losing hair? Unfortunately, there are many reasons why a cat’s coat might become thinner, or develop bald spots (alopecia). And because there are lots of causes, there are lots of different cures, making it difficult to know where to start. Why is my cat losing hair? There are two kinds of cat hair loss: alopecia and general thinning, and both have different causes. Alopecia can be caused by flea infestations, ringworm, or hair loss from fighting. Fur thinning can be caused by poor diet and old age. The fix for hair loss depends on the cause: fleas require flea treatment, ringworm requires anti-fungal treatment, poor diet is…

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    Gas in Cats: Causes, Symptoms & Cure

    Do you have a cat with awful gas? We’ve all been there. But what causes gas in cats, what symptoms can you expect to see, and crucially—how do you get rid of it? Is it normal for cats to fart a lot? Some cats fart frequently. When bacteria break down food in the gut, they produce gas, which becomes farts or burps. Some air is also ingested during the normal eating process. Some gas is unavoidable. However, cats can experience severe, painful and inconvenient gas because of incorrect diet and digestive issues. The symptoms of gas in cats include a pungent, eggy smell, bloated belly, and occasionally co-symptoms like diarrhea.…

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    How Long do Obese Cats Live?

    Overweight cats are cute and cuddly, that’s for sure. But some people think that letting a cat get too fat is tantamount to abuse. That’s because of all the health problems it can cause, and the dramatic effect obesity can have on a cat’s lifespan. How long do obese cats live? They live five fewer years on average. For severe obesity, their lifespan can be even shorter. Joint issues and diabetes are two issues which shorten your cat’s lifespan when they’re obese, as well as UTDs and suffocation. The average cat weight depends on the breed, but you can usually spot the signs of obesity in cats by looking. Our…