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Your Cat’s Health

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Allergies and Intolerances

Allergies and Intolerances

Environmental contaminants, such as dust and mold, can cause allergies in a cat. If your cat is sneezing over and over again over the course of several days, contact a veterinarian to have her checked out.

Food can also cause allergies, although it takes time to make that diagnosis. Usually veterinarians will put a cat on a food elimination diet to determine if she has a food allergy. If her clinical signs improve on the hypoallergenic diet, she is then challenged with her original diet. If the cat is truly allergic to a particular food, there will likely be an increase in clinical signs, such as itching and inflamed skin. If these appear, further testing will be needed to determine which specific ingredients trigger the allergy symptoms.


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Special Needs

Special Needs

If your cat has any of the following special needs, talk to your veterinarian about available products to cater to these needs:

  • Hairballs
  • Urinary Health
  • Sensitive Skin and Stomach
  • Indoor or Outdoor Lifestyles
  • Weight Management
  • Diabetes

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Diabetes

Diabetes

Diabetes is caused by a lack of insulin, the hormone that regulates how sugar is absorbed and used by cells and tissues in the body. Diabetic cats may eat and drink far more than normal and still lose weight. Increased urination is another sign of feline diabetes. The disorder can be managed with medicine and diet. If you notice any signs of extreme hunger or thirst in your cat, contact your veterinarian immediately.


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Is Your Cat Vomiting?

Is Your Cat Vomiting?

Your cat may throw up occasionally in order to get rid of hairballs. Another explanation, and one of the most common reasons for vomiting, could be that your cat is eating too quickly. When cats eat too voraciously, they often swallow their kibble whole and end up gagging on it. The easiest way to slow down an overeager feline eater is to feed a larger kibble size so she has to take longer to chew and swallow. You can also try feeding smaller portions more often, or using a food distributor ball. Another cause of rapid eating is competition around the food bowl; if you have multiple cats, you may want to try feeding them in separate areas. If the problem continues, or if your cat is vomiting blood, call your veterinarian.


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Urinary Tract Issues

Urinary Tract Issues

A small percentage of cats seen by veterinarians have urinary problems of one type or another, either a cat Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) or a blockage. In some cases, cat urinary tract disease is caused by crystals or stones that form in the urine. These can irritate the lining of the urinary tract and partially or completely block the flow of urine. With both stones and urinary tract disease, urination may be painful and cause your cat to urinate outside the litter box, cry when urinating, strain in the litter box, or show signs of anxiety, like pacing or hiding. If you see these signs in your male cat, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.


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Other Digestive Issues

Other Digestive Issues

Diarrhoea and not eating are both common issues for cats. These symptoms can be caused by many different factors, including a change in diet, stress, parasites, or infections. It’s difficult to tell what’s wrong when a cat stops eating, vomits, or experiences diarrhoea. The best thing to do is contact your veterinarian and seek the advice of a professional, since some serious conditions can result in pain, distress, and life-threatening complications.


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Keep Your Indoor Cat Healthy

Keep Your Indoor Cat Healthy

These days a large percentage of the cat population live happily and healthily indoors. Don’t worry if you have an indoor cat as this won’t hamper your efforts to get your cat active and trim. Here are some helpful tips to get them moving again:

  • Burn calories with fun and games, remember that cats love the interaction with you, rather than simply relying on playing with toys on their own. It is recommended you give them toys that encourage their natural behaviour (e.g: toys to chase and to pounce on).
  • Rotate your cat’s toys regularly. By doing that, you will encourage more interest in the toys and increase their novelty value.
  • Play hide and seek with your cats’ kibble. Scatter small amounts of kibble around the house to encourage your cat’s hunting instincts and get them working for their food again. Find our more about feeding your indoor cat here.
  • Encourage your cat to be active. This could be chasing pieces of scrunched-up paper down the hallway, using a torch to encourage swatting behaviour on the floor or by using dangly chase toys to get your cat up and about.
  • If you also decide you would like your cat to be able to enjoy being outside, then we recommend training them to walk on a harness. To condition your cat to wear a harness, you should first practice putting the harness on for a short time while your cat has playtime inside the house. This will distract the cat from the fact they’re wearing the harness and make it a good experience.


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Keeping Your Indoor Cat Healthy 7.1

Keeping Your Indoor Cat Healthy 7.1

Once your cat is comfortable wearing the harness, attach the lead and walk around the house. If your cat is a little apprehensive about walking on the harness you can encourage them with a dangly cat toy or by luring them with tasty cat treats. Once they’re okay with this too, then progress to venturing outside. Make sure going outside is a good experience and that you end the adventure on a good note. If your cat is a little shy, make the walk short but sweet to build your cat’s confidence. You can work up to longer amounts of time gradually. Always remember to reward good behaviour with praise, pats or cat treats.

Diet is just as important as getting your cat active. Here are some general guidelines to keep your cat’s weight in check:

  • Reduce your cat’s calorie intake by feeding a nutritionally complete and balanced weight reduction formula. View Purina’s brands here.
  • Measure their food intake.
  • Omit feeding table scraps
  • Do not give them high calorie treats
  • Do not allow them access to other food sources such as garbage bins or compost bins.