My Cat Hates My Dog: What Should I Do?

My Cat Hates My Dog: What Should I Do?

In the battle between cats and dogs, dogs are usually depicted as the instigators. But sometimes, it’s the cat who has it in for the family dog. Though it’s certainly possible, and actually quite common, for cats and dogs to get along and even form friendships, some cats just want nothing to do with dogs. They may even turn hostile toward the friendliest and gentlest of pups, leaving you to wondering what to do.

This can be especially true of a shelter cat introduced into your home. Although shelter personnel should be able to tell you whether a cat gets along with dogs, sometimes cats are on their best behavior at the shelter and only show their true temperaments after they’ve spent some time in a home. It’s also impossible to determine an adult shelter cat’s background, so there might be something in their past that triggers an intense dislike of dogs. But your home doesn’t have to be a battleground for pets. With enough time and patience, you can teach your kitty to peacefully coexist with your pup.

My Cat Hates My Dog: What Should I Do?

Understanding Types Aggression in Cats

There are several reasons why your cat may be acting out. Understanding these underlying causes of a cat’s aggressive behavior can help you identify triggers and put a stop to your pet’s hostile antics, explains cat behavior expert, Pam Johnson-Bennett.

Fear Aggression

A fearful cat may react to your dog by trying to get away. If they feel trapped, they may try to make themself appear smaller by crouching, flattening their ears and wrapping their tail tightly around their body. If your pup doesn’t take the hint to back off, your kitty will eventually lash out in what they perceive as self-defense.

Redirected Aggression

If your cat sees or hears something they want to attack but can’t get to, such as another kitty outside the window, they may turn around and take out their pent-up aggression on the nearest target instead — in this case, your unwitting dog. Acts of redirected aggression can feel random because you aren’t aware of what triggered them. It seems like your cat just decided to beat up on your poor pooch. But in reality, your dog is simply a convenient target — in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Territorial Aggression

A new cat joining your home may feel the need to quickly establish their territory and assert their dominance over the other household pets. In this case, any attacks they make on your dog are simply an attempt to establish boundaries and show your pup who’s boss. If your dog is submissive and doesn’t fight back, your kitty will only feel more encouraged to exhibit bullying behavior. The gentler a dog, the more likely they are to become a target for your cat’s aggression.

Aggression Due to Overstimulation

If you’ve ever suffered the consequences of petting or playing with a cat beyond their tolerance threshold, you know how fast they can go from purring and playing to scratching and biting. Dogs may seal the same painful fate for themselves if they overstimulate a kitty.

Predatory Aggression

Stalking, pouncing, chasing and lying in wait for an ambush are all part of a cat’s innate predatory instincts. Though birds, mice and other small animals are typically their targets, your kitty may take out their predatory behavior on other members of the family, including your dog, if actual prey is not available. If this is happening, it’s a good indication that your cat isn’t getting enough mental and physical stimulation and exercise; i.e., they’re acting out because they’re bored.

My Cat Hates My Dog: What Should I Do?

Unprovoked Aggression

Unprovoked aggression, attacking or lashing out without cause, is extremely rare for cats. Often, what appears to be unprovoked aggression is actually redirected aggression. However, there might be another cause for this behavior, such as your kitty experiencing pain or the effects of an underlying health condition. If your cat seems to be attacking your dog or another member of your household for no reason, consider taking them to the veterinarian to rule out any medical causes that might be in play.

My Cat Hates My Dog: What Should I Do?

To help your cat and dog get along or, at the very least, leave each other in peace, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  1. Introduce a new cat very slowly. Keep the newcomer separated from established household pets by using crates, pet gates and closed doors. Allow your pets to sniff and get to know each other through the safety of barriers, closely supervising face-to-face interactions, until it’s clear that they will either accept or ignore one another. Be patient. It might take weeks or even months to fully integrate a new cat into a household with other pets — especially if you’re dealing with a fearful or aggressive kitty.
  2. Prioritize your cat’s safety. If your kitty senses that they’re safe, they might not feel the need to protect themself as aggressively, explains PetHelpful. You can help them feel more secure by providing an escape route, either to another room where your pup can’t go or to a high perch where your dog can’t reach. Give your kitty their own safe space where they can hide and calm down whenever they feel threatened or overstimulated.
  3. Monitor your kitty’s stress. A new home is full of potential stressors for a cat. Since stressed kitties are more likely to be on edge and easily triggered, you’ll want to do whatever you can to help them feel comfortable and calm. Beyond providing a safe space for your cat to hide and relax, respect their boundaries and consider investing in an over-the-counter pheromone spray or plug-in. These products are specially designed to keep cats calm. Additionally, you’ll want to separate your cat’s feeding area from your dog’s. And because cat’s don’t always come right in and gobble up their food like a lot of dogs do, you’ll want to make sure your dog doesn’t have access to your cat’s food bowl when they’re not around.
  4. Give your cat a lot of playtime. Regular exercise and play help your cat exert any pent-up energy and aggression that might otherwise be taken out on your pup. If your cat is prone to lashing out when they’re overstimulated, move your dog to another room until playtime is over. Then, ensure your cat gets enough time to cool down before they interact with your pup. Provide plenty of interactive toys for your cat to pounce on and attack to help satisfy their natural prey instincts.
  5. Break up fights safely. If your pets start feuding, don’t insert yourself between them or start yelling, as it can only exacerbate the situation. Instead, try to safely interrupt the fight by making a loud, sudden noise to startle them and attract their attention. If that doesn’t work, try throwing a blanket over the fighting pair or spraying them with water.

If, after trying these steps, you find that your cat is still attacking your pup without any provocation or identifiable cause, consider speaking with an animal behaviorist or your vet. They can help you get to the bottom of why your kitty just won’t leave your pup alone. In most cases, however, establishing peace and harmony in your home comes down to patience and ensuring that your pets get the attention and care they need.

Source: Hills

The South African Animal Physical Rehabilitation Association (SAAPRA) highlights the dangers of OBESITY amongst pets

The South African Animal Physical Rehabilitation Association (SAAPRA) highlights the dangers of OBESITY amongst pets

The words tubby, flabby or fatty should not be words used by your friends during a braai to describe your beloved pet. Weight gain should not be preventing them from being unable to join you for a snuggle in bed as they cannot make it up the stairs. Unlike wild animals, who spend a great deal of energy catching or looking for food, our spoilt fluffballs have the luxury of only having to follow their nose to the delightful kitchen which contains an assortment of fine treats.  This means our pet’s energy intake (food consumed) outweighs their energy output (seeking food) placing them in a “positive” energy balance. You may be thinking that “positive” is a good thing right? Not in this case, as any extra energy is converted into adipose (fat) tissue. We as caring owners, therefore, need to think of ways in which we can increase our pets’ energy output to help restore the energy balance.

Firstly, look at what you are feeding your little -or maybe not so little- rascal. A well-balanced diet devoid of any treats is the first step in correcting this balance. You may think that it is just “one little doggy biscuit” however, that biscuit is the equivalent to one hamburger a day for us. Think what would happen to your waistline should you eat a hamburger a day on top of your usual daily intake!  If you absolutely need to give Fido a treat because he is looking at you with “those eyes” then please stick to apples or carrots. You may feel bad initially but remember that obesity can reduce the lifespan of your dog by 2 years and your cat by 5 years.  Think of all the walks, cuddles, kisses, and love you will miss out on all because you could not say NO.  

Next, exercise, exercise, exercise.  It is a fun way to increase your pet’s daily energy expenditure and we all know that Covid has not been kind to our own physique. There is growing evidence that overweight owners were more likely to own overweight animals. Take up the challenge and change both you and your fur baby’s way of life. Start slow, with short daily walks during the cooler hours of the day, and gradually increase the speed and distance. Have a pet with arthritis who just can’t manage to go for walk anymore? Fat itself is an inflammatory process so any arthritis that your golden oldy may have will be contently made worse by the chronic inflammation from the fat as well as having to lug around the extra weight.  Weight loss in itself can improve the quality of life of these precious pets and frequently you will find that you can even decrease the amount of pain medication that they require to keep them comfortable. So if this is your pet, consult with your veterinarian to help you get their pain under control, and then the next stop should be your veterinary physiotherapist.  Hydrotherapy (i.e., swimming) is great in these cases as the buoyancy afforded by the water allows the pet to exercise with minimal weight on the joints. A veterinary physiotherapist will also be able to use other modalities such as a laser, transcutaneous electrostimulation, or massage to relieve your pet’s pain and thereby increase their mobility. 

Thirdly, remember each animal is an individual. Just because your sister is able to eat three hamburgers a day and look great in a bikini, it does not mean you can pull off the same stunt.  Some breeds are predisposed to be weight gain such as a Labrador, who just looks at cookies and puts on the weight. Age also plays a role and pets (like us) have a decreased metabolic rate and usually a decreased activity level as they get older. Sterilisation, coupled with the resultant decreased activity levels (no longer off to wander the roads looking for a mate), decreased metabolic rate and an increased appetite can predispose your pet to weight gain. Feeding a diet lower in calories can help prevent the battle of the scale in the first place.

If you have tried all the above-mentioned and your pet is still a roly-poly, then it is time for a check-up with your local Dr. Dolittle. Conditions such as cushings and hypothyroidism can lower your pet’s metabolic rate, leading to diseases that can be detected in your pet’s blood. There are also fantastic weight loss clinics at many veterinary practices due to increasing in pet obesity within South Africa. These clinics are free of charge, have great resources, and could help you find out what could be causing Felix to be a Garfield.

Please, we know you love them and want only the best for them so do not fall into the obesity trap. Should you be unsure if your pet is overweight or not, make an appointment with your veterinarian or veterinary physiotherapist. Studies have revealed that 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners thought their pet’s weight to be normal, when in fact they were either overweight or obese. Obesity is a silent killer predisposing your pet to high blood pressure, cancers, heart and respiratory disorders as well as diabetes.

So don’t ‘paws’ – act now and give your pet the maximum love with a balanced lifestyle each and every day.

Source: SAAPRA

Animals 101 – What sort of bones may be safe for my dog?

Animals 101 – What sort of bones may be safe for my dog?

Photo from Dr Karen Becker (Facebook)

BENEFITS OF BONES

  • Studies have shown chewing on raw bones can dramatically reduce the amount of plaque on a dog’s teeth in just a few days.
  • It keeps a dog’s mind and mouth entertained for a period of time.
  • Gnawing on raw bones is an instinct canines haven’t gotten rid of for thousands of years—indulge your dog in this pastime!
  • Raw bones are also rich in nutrients like calcium and phosphorus. Though they definitely aren’t intended to replace meals or snacks, they can provide a small vitamin and mineral boost on special occasions.
Animals 101 – What sort of bones may be safe for my dog?

Photo from THE FOREVER DOG

PRECAUTIONS

  • Compare the size of the bone to the size of the dog’s head. If the bone can fit entirely into the dog’s mouth, you shouldn’t let them chew it.
  • Dogs who have trouble sharing (resource guarding tendencies) shouldn’t be allowed bones.
  • Supervision during bone chewing time is a must. Never leave your dog alone with a bone.
  • Let your dog chew for about ten to 15 minutes, then take a break and place the raw bone in the fridge. Too much raw gnawing can lead to constipation or tummy aches.
  • Raw bone chew time twice a week is a safe amount.
  • To avoid bacteria from growing, buy the bones frozen and keep them frozen until you’re ready to thaw one out for your pup. Thaw one bone at a time (giving a frozen bone to your dogs could result in cracked teeth).
  • It’s also not wise to let your dog bury bones in the yard. They could go back to their hiding spot hours or days later where bacteria has almost certainly started to grow.
  • Dogs who have had past dental surgery or experienced a cracked tooth before should not eat bones.
  • If your dog is new to raw bones or has a sensitive stomach, remove any and all bone marrow before allowing them to go to town. Bone marrow is incredibly rich and fatty; while some dogs may handle it well, others could start vomiting or have diarrhea. In fact, Animal Emergency Service advises against feeding dogs with delicate systems bones at all. Stick to chewable treats or hard carrots, instead.
  • Never feed your dog cooked bones. These are brittle and can splinter easily, causing damage to your dog’s teeth, mouth, tongue and stomach. “Cooked” includes any bone that has been boiled, baked or smoked.

A BIG NO-NO!

Never give your pets these chemically treated chew toys! Just because a pet shop sells it, does not make it safe for your pets!!!!

Animals 101 – What sort of bones may be safe for my dog?

Source Pet Nutrition Blogger – Rodney Habib (Co-author of THE FOREVER DOG)

Animals 101 – What sort of bones may be safe for my dog?

Source Pet Nutrition Blogger – Rodney Habib (Co-author of THE FOREVER DOG)

As always, please check with your vet if you are uncertain about tossing your dog a bone! They’ll know your pet well and can shed more light on the best chew scenario for your dog.

Source: The Bulletin

Khayelitsha animal clinic celebrates 25 years of helping animals

Khayelitsha animal clinic celebrates 25 years of helping animals

Mr Joe and Angel

Twenty-five years ago, a Khayelitsha community member saw that his neighbours did not know how to care for their pets. He took a shopping trolly and went door-to-door, feeding dogs and cats and educating people on their pets’ needs. Mr Joe Manchu soon attracted volunteers including many community children. A bath was donated which was used for dipping pets with fleas and ticks. Thereafter a shipping container was donated which became the first ever animal clinic in Khayelitsha.

Khayelitsha animal clinic celebrates 25 years of helping animals

Community children

Today, 25 years later, Mdzananda Animal Clinic is celebrating a quarter century of helping, healing and rescuing pets in Khayelitsha. The clinic now treats over 1000 animals per month through their hospital facility, homeless shelter, mobile clinics and outreach programmes. Throughout this time, they have also put the pets’ human companions at the forefront, educating, earning trust and working with them to become the best pet guardians they can be.

Lazola Sotyingwa was one of the children who helped Mr Joe with his animal saving efforts. Now, one of the Clinic’s Animal Welfare Assistants, he couldn’t be prouder. “At the beginning we had no running water or electricity. We carried buckets of water and ran extension cables from the neighbours. Today we are big and we help so many animals. It’s thanks to Mr Joe that the pets of Khayelitsha have help today.”

Khayelitsha animal clinic celebrates 25 years of helping animals

First shipping container­­­­­

The organisation’s vision is to create a community which loves animals. They believe that an animal-loving community is a healthy community. By loving an animal one learns qualities such as respect, trust, non-violence, responsibility, and companionship. These are often not taught in townships due to the enormous economic and living condition difficulties which take priority. By providing veterinary care, education and by forming partnerships inside and outside of the community, the organization is well on the way towards its vision.

Dr Brian Bergman, the Clinic’s Senior Veterinarian, says that, over 25 years he has noticed a significant shift in the mindset of the people. “Where previously pets were simply objects protecting the home, many of them are now companions sleeping in peoples’ beds. Our welfare services and educational programmes have really transformed many pet lovers in the community,” says Dr Brian Bergman.

Khayelitsha animal clinic celebrates 25 years of helping animals

Mr Joe bathing a dog

In celebration of their 175th dog year birthday (25 human years), the organization will be hosting a celebration on the 13th of November from 11 am to 4 pm at the Clinic. Members of the community are invited to join and the first 200 pets will receive a free rabies vaccination and blanket. At the event Mr Joe, who is now elderly, will speak about his hard work and vision for the future and the Isibane seAfrica choir will provide music. Members of the public are also welcome to join on the day and visit the clinic for a tour.

The clinic has also launched a special birthday edition 2022 calendar featuring 12 artworks, crafted by local artists to illustrate the heart and soul of Mdzananda. Calendars can be purchased at outlets listed on www.mdzananda.co.za or by emailing [email protected].

“Our work has only been possible thanks to generous donors, supporters, monthly Paw Members and partners. Without this support we could never have reached this enormous milestone,” says Marcelle du Plessis, Fundraising and Communications Manager.

If you wish to support the organization into its next 25 years, please make a donation to Mdzananda Animal Clinic, Standard Bank, Savings Account, 075595710, become a Paw Member (monthly donor) at www.mdzanandasecure.co.za, contact [email protected] or visit www.mdzananda.co.za.

Source:  Mdzananda Animal Clinic 

 

Animals 101 – Home Alone

Animals 101 - Home Alone Pets

ANIMALS 101 – ARE YOUR PETS FINE HOME ALONE?

Although through COVID-19 many pets have had their owners around more often, we understand that you can’t be with your pet all the time. How long they are left alone, however, includes various factors.

Sadly, we can share many and horrible stories on what happened to pets while owners were away or how many people will go away for days with no one checking in on them. This is highly irresponsible! They are your responsibility and you chose to be their guardian.

When we drive around, we often sadly see animals in “empty” yards, with basically nothing to help them cope for 8-10 hours you are at work. Safety is important when you leave toys out, but they need stimulation, shelter, food and water! You won’t leave a kid alone, never mind without any of the above, right?

Our biggest concerns when animals are left alone includes pet theft, poisoning and health-related emergencies. Some animals get very depressed and can even stop eating or drinking when their owner is out. Separation anxiety is another issue.

The Animal Humane Society explains:

Dog-parent guilt is a real thing, no matter how much time you spend with your pooch. We’re the centre of their universe — which is part of the reason we love them so much!

Even if we want to, we can’t take them everywhere we go. So how long should your dog be left alone?

Answer: It depends.

It’s not a yes or no question. How long your dog can stay home alone depends on your dog, their age, as well as their physical and emotional needs.

Before leaving your dog alone for more than a few hours at a time, consider the following:

Your dog’s bladder control – if left inside.

How often your dog needs a break outside depends on their bladder control. Like humans, age, hydration, and their physical build affects how often your dog needs to relieve themselves. Young puppies and elderly dogs will likely need more frequent breaks outside.

“There’s no one-size-fits-all time frame, but 10 to 12 hours is considered too long to leave a dog alone; they also shouldn’t go without a potty break every four to six hours”, says Dr. Karen Becker a Canadian Veterinarian.

Your dog’s physical needs and what they’re used to, will determine how long they can stay home alone. Set a routine for your furry best friend that works for you both. Try letting your dog out the last thing before you leave for the day and first thing when you get home.

Your dog’s emotional needs.

Is your dog active or are they couch potatoes? Can they play fetch for hours on end or do they prefer cuddling on your lap? Do they need social interactions or do they prefer to spend time on their own?

How long your dog can stay home alone also depends on what daily exercise and interaction they need from you. Maybe they like the long hours to curl up on your bed while you’re out of the house. Or maybe they need daily two-mile walks and safe toys to play with.

Changes in behaviour.

If you notice a behaviour change in your pet due to being alone too long, it could be a sign to take some action. Examples of behaviour changes include increased lethargy, depression or disinterest in once-beloved activities and destructive tendencies. With any behaviour changes, see your veterinarian to rule out medical issues.

Destructive behaviour is also a symptom of separation anxiety. Dogs are social and typically prefer to be with others. Some may always struggle with being alone. When a dog doesn’t know how to self-soothe or cope, they may turn to chewing or clawing stuff around the house or barking or howling.

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN YOU GO OUT (short or long)

  • Is your yard/house is safe and secure?
  • Do they have enough food? Including if your away time is extended unexpectedly.
  • Do they have lots of fresh water?
  • Do they have shelter from the elements like sun, wind, rain etc.?
  • Is there someone who can check-in on them?
  • Is your pet sitter listed at your veterinarian in case of an emergency?
  • Are their medication and medical records together?
  • Do they have a microchip that is registered with up-to-date details or at least an ID collar with your number?
  • What is the plan if something does happen to you?
  • Do you have notices on the window of how many pets there are to rescue in case of a fire or have an escape route?
  • Do you have an emergency card about your pets in your wallet or car in case of an accident? (which include an emergency contact, not the address)
  • Have you considered cameras to check-in with?
  • What have you done to prepare your storm-phobic pet for changing weather conditions?
  • Are your pets and instructions about them included in your will?

WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR ALONE TIME

Managing how your dog spends their time alone can help your pup feel more satisfied or fulfilled while you’re away. It also provides you with some peace of mind. Some options include:

  • Hire a dog walker, even a day or two per week.
  • Get a pet sitter to check-in.
  • Doggy day care (once a week can make a difference).
  • Provide mentally stimulating toys such as treat puzzles.
  • Leave the TV or radio on (we are hesitant about this with electrical risks).
  • Get another pet (only works if they get along). Social animals should not be alone.

Here is another site to visit and read about Home Alone Pets

Finally, remember that when you bring home a new dog or any pet, you’re committing to a long-term relationship. Be sure you have time to dedicate to your new family member. Working full-time or having a busy life and owning a pet is possible, you may just have to get creative to ensure sure their needs are being met. Find an animal that fits your lifestyle.

Are your pets taken care of when you are not home? Do you have an emergency or backup plan? Remember they are your responsibility!

Source: The Bulletin

How to Live With Cat Allergies

How to Live With Cat Allergies

For some unfortunate souls, living with cats means frequent sneezing, watery eyes, runny noses and wheezing. In severe cases, cat allergies can exacerbate asthma, notes the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Living with cat allergies can be a misery, but living without that little bundle of purring love? Well, that’s not an option, either. So how can people who suffer from cat allergies remain in relative comfort while living with a kitty?

Keeping a cat allergy remedy or two up your sleeve will make life easier if you have cat allergies and live with a cat. Read on to learn about choosing the right kitty companion, keeping your home as free from dander as possible and taking routine care of your pet.

How Cat Allergies Develop

If you do suffer from cat allergies, you’re far from alone. In fact, people are twice as likely to be allergic to cats than they are to dogs, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. But how do people develop cat allergies in the first place?

Your immune system works every day to find and destroy foreign substances (or eject them through a sneeze). Some people’s immune systems are more sensitive than others. The immune systems of cat allergy sufferers react to what are essentially harmless microscopic proteins that have been released by your cat in her dander (dead skin cells), saliva and urine.

Many people believe pet hair is to blame, but pet hair alone is not an allergen. Hair can, however, collect pet dander and allow it to be distributed willy-nilly throughout your house when your cat sheds. It can collect on furniture, bedding and carpets, and can even last a long time simply suspended in the air.

Some people are lucky enough that they eventually develop an immunity to cat allergies. While this is certainly possible, allergic reactions may also worsen with more exposure. It’s also possible that someone who has never suffered an allergy to cats before can develop one. If you suddenly find yourself sneezing, wheezing or sniffling when you are around your cat, you might want to ask your doctor to test you for an allergy.

Choosing a Sneeze-Free Cat

Your fur baby can’t help that she suddenly makes you sneeze, of course. You can, however, lessen your or a family member’s allergic reactions starting with the cat you choose to bring home.

While there’s no such thing as a hypoallergenic cat, allergy-prone pet parents may want to adopt a shorthaired cat over a longhaired cat. Shorthaired cats shed less, which means less cat hair around your home that dander can affix itself to.

Hairless cats shed even less than their shorthaired cousins, for obvious reasons. The sphynx is entirely hairless and extremely affectionate. A rarer breed, sphynx are typically quite expensive, and won’t cut down on allergies altogether, since hairless cats still produce saliva and dander. Other good breeds for people living with cat allergies include the BalineseCornish rexDevon rex and Siberian.

Living With Cat Allergies: Cleaning

Once you have a cat, diligence around the house is one of the keys to limiting allergies.

  • Wipe down smooth surfaces in the home (including walls and floors) regularly. Microscopic dander can stick to any type of surface and is there even if you don’t see it.
  • Use a vacuum with a filter and steam clean carpets often. Restricting the cat’s access to carpeted rooms will also help.
  • Frequently wash any bedding or blankets that your cat sleeps on.
  • Designate specific rooms, like the allergic person’s bedroom, as cat-free zones.
  • Consider replacing upholstered furniture. Cloth-covered chairs and sofas can retain a lot of allergens and be difficult to clean. Either keep the cat off of upholstery (good luck with that!) or consider investing in wood, plastic or leather furniture that is easy to wipe clean.
  • Take down your curtains. Like upholstered furniture, curtains can be a magnet for cat hair. Consider replacing them with blinds or other coverings that are easy to clean. If you decide to keep your curtains, launder them regularly.
  • Invest in a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter. These can be attached to your furnace or air conditioner, or purify the air from a freestanding unit. Whatever model you get, their job is to reduce small particles in the air.

Caring for Your Cat

Other ways to lessen the effects of cat allergies include things you should already be doing to take care of your pet. Regular brushing can help reduce allergic reactions because it lessens shedding — and your kitty will appreciate the reduction in hairballs! You can brush her more often in the spring when she’s shedding her winter coat. It’s best to have someone who is not allergic take on the responsibility and to brush the cat near a window or outdoors on a leash, if possible.

Cleaning the litter box regularly will also help reduce allergies, as the same proteins found in saliva, hair and dander are also found in cat urine. Again, it’s best to have someone who is not allergic to cats take on this responsibility. (What a great way to get out of cleaning the litter box!)

Finally, you can try bathing your cat in warm water and pet-safe soap. This might be nearly impossible with some cats, but others don’t mind. Giving your cat regular baths can help reduce her dander, though brushing her is more effective.

Have you taken these precautions and are still constantly sneezing? Talk to your doctor to find a cat allergy remedy like antihistamines or allergy shots.

Living with cat allergies is possible for many people as long as you take the right precautions. Keep allergies in mind while choosing a cat, reduce allergens in your house, and groom and clean up after your pet, and you and your cat will be set up for many sneeze-free years together.

Source: Hills

How to Handle Cat Spraying

How to Handle Cat Spraying

Keeping the house clean can be a challenge for anyone who owns pets. There’s nothing worse than getting home after a long day at work to a terrible odor or mess on the floor. Spraying is one of the most common behavioral problems in cats, along with scratching. But while your first instinct may be to discipline your cat for this undesirable behavior, keep in mind that she is predisposed to this practice, and it should be redirected.

Why Does My Cat Spray?

In the wild, cats leave scent signals to communicate with other cats through rubbing, scratching, urinating, and spraying. Scent signals let cats know when another cat has claimed an area as her own, when she was there and might return, and if she is looking for a mate. While most neutered cats who live indoors do not feel the need to spray, those who do are typically under stress and want to surround themselves with their own scent for protection. Even though you’ve created a safe, nurturing environment for your cat, she may still feel distressed and want to mark her territory.

What to Do if Your Cat is Spraying

First, determine whether your cat is spraying or urinating. Cats urinate by squatting onto a horizontal surface; spraying occurs standing up. The cat makes a treading motion with her back feet and quivers her tail, leaving her scent mark on a vertical surface.

How to Handle Cat Spraying

If your cat has begun urinating outside of her litter box, be sure that the box is regularly cleaned. If the behaviour persists, take her to the vet to check for lower urinary tract disease and cystitis. A urinary tract infection can cause your cat to urinate while standing, confusing the act with spraying. Cystitis can also cause symptoms of lower urinary tract disease, including frequent attempts to urinate, straining to urinate, crying while urinating, and blood in urine. Cats who suffer from recurrent cystitis often benefit from increased fluid intake, which may require switching your cat to wet food. Consult your vet for nutritional management.

Consider recent changes to your household that may be affecting your cat’s behaviour—especially if she spends most of her time indoors—such as the arrival of a new baby or pet, a house move, schedule changes, or even rearranging furniture. To deter threats from other household or neighbourhood cats, block access to cat flaps or doors. Once your cat feels that her territory is not threatened, she will no longer feel the need to mark it.

Moving furniture or redecorating can be upsetting to a cat, because it removes her scent from places she has designated around your house. By spreading her scent to familiar places, she may feel less inclined to spray. Rub a soft cotton cloth gently around your cat’s face; this is where her individual scent and pheromones are produced. Apply the cloth several times per day to areas where your cat is spraying. Synthetic pheromones are also available through your vet.

Cats also feel most comfortable when they are secure. You can make your cat feel a sense of security by limiting her patrol area to one or two rooms.

Once your cat has urinated or sprayed in your house, she may return to that spot again if the area isn’t thoroughly cleaned.

  • Keep your cat away from the area as long as possible. For example, place a piece of furniture on the spot.

  • Wash the area with enzyme-containing laundry detergent and rinse thoroughly. Then, mix a solution of 50 percent white vinegar and water, and spray.

  • Spray and scrub the area with rubbing alcohol and dry. Test delicate surfaces on a small area before application.

  • Talk to your vet about a stain and odor remover to get rid of residual odors.

  • Do not use an ammonia-based cleaner. Because urine contains ammonia, this might attract your cat to return to the spot.

Finally, with any behavioural issues your cat might display it is important to never yell at or punish her. This can only cause a situation such as spraying to get worse as she may become more stressed. Cats do not understand punishment, so to correct a behaviour problem is best to train her and continue to show her love and affection. Slowly over time you can help redirect poor behaviours and have the cute and cuddly cat you’ve always wanted.

If your cat is suffering with urinary issues, ask your vet about how Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Urinary Stress or Hill’s Prescription Diet c/d Urinary Stress + Metabolic cat food can help.

Source: Hillls

Whiskas keeps pets purring while packaging is on paws

Whiskas keeps pets purring while packaging is on paws

They say that it’s what inside that counts, and this holds true to Whiskas’ temporary packaging.

Major disruption was caused when the company’s packaging manufacturer in KZN was set alight during recent community unrest. With all paws on deck, Whiskas has had to temporarily replace their iconic purple packets with a plain white facade to ensure that kitty’s around the country keep purring, despite the temporary packaging setback.

All pet parents have undoubtedly experienced an element of disruption in their lives over the past 19 months, whether that be economic, personal, or psychological. However, one thing that remains a constant is the love and companionship received from our pets. In fact, social isolation and lockdown loneliness have led to a boom in the number of pet owners since the start of the pandemic. As we look to our pets to bring us comfort, it is our duty as pet owners to keep their lives as normal and consistent as possible – an element that is still within most of our control.

According to Andi Wright, Marketing Director at Mars, “Despite the fact that cats are known to be independent, low maintenance creatures, they still depend heavily upon their pet parents for nutrition and care. As a brand that is committed to your furry friend’s nutritional needs, we would like to assure you that the temporary change in our packaging will not be noticed by those actually consuming it”.

Despite the fact that Whiskas dry food has a temporary new look, and may be a bit hard to find over the next short while, the wet food and much loved treats still have the same look, and are readily available on store shelves. Afterall, your fur babies wouldn’t forgive us if they weren’t!

Whiskas keeps pets purring while packaging is on paws

For more information visit www.whiskas.co.za and follow Whiskas on Facebook @WhiskasSA

Source: Whiskas

 

Montego Pet Nutrition launches new supplements and grooming range

Montego Pet Nutrition launches new supplements and grooming range

 

Montego Pet Nutrition, one of the biggest pet food manufacturers in the country, is excited to announce its latest innovation into pet health and wellness. Introducing Montego XenPet (pronounced “ZenPet”). A complete range of premium, nature-inspired nutritional supplements and grooming products for gentle, effective inner and outer pet care.

Made with the same premium quality Montego customers have come to know and love over the past two decades, this range of supplements and grooming is a first for the brand and is suitable for all adult dog breeds.

Montego XenPet’s Soft Chews supplement range aims to boost the health of your pet and contains natural herbs and botanicals which aids in allergy alleviation, calms anxiety, and supports cognitive function.

Each variant’s functional ingredients have been carefully selected to ensure that the products effectively address key health concerns and enhances a dog’s quality of life, while simultaneously providing dogs with a tasty chew. XenPet Soft Chews are available in five variants, including Allergy, Calming, Cognitive, Digestive, and Mobility supplements.

The grooming range is the first non-consumable pet-related product offering by Montego, and is derived from essential oils and natural extracts, to give pets the care they deserve. Formulated to gently cleanse and moisturise dry, itchy, and allergy-prone skin, all grooming products contain ingredients that soothe, hydrate and nourish the skin and coat, leaving your pet happy, relieved, and smelling fresh.

Montego’s grooming products are made up of three conditioning shampoo variants, along with four refresh and soothing products. These include the Revitalising Conditioning Shampoo with Cucumber and Melon, Refreshing Conditioning Shampoo with Lemongrass and Coconut, and the Rejuvenating Conditioning Shampoo with Geranium and Buchu. Anti-Itch Deodorising Spray with Lemon and Verbena, No Rinse Foam Wash and a Soothing Snout and Paw Balm with Coconut and Almond Oil.

“We believe that to innovate and adapt, is to move forward, and we want to stay ahead of the curve through providing premium pet care for our loyal customers”, says Wilfred Cawood, Marketing Executive at Montego Pet Nutrition.

Montego XenPet supplements and grooming range can be found at your nearest national XenPet retailer from October 2021. Supplements are available in tubs of 60 soft chews from a RRP of R215.00, and grooming products from R55.00. For more information visit www.montego.co.za

Source: Montego