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    Tips for Brushing Your Cat and Why You Should

     
    Just because your cat already grooms themselves, it doesn’t mean you can’t help out. Sure, you probably don’t absolutely need to brush your cat all the time, but doing so comes with a ton of benefits — for both of you. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should brush your cat regularly.

    • Fewer Hairballs: Hairballs can be a normal part of being a cat (although, even just a few hairballs a month can mean there’s a problem). However, they can be gross to clean up and step in! But the more you brush your cat and help them remove excess fur, the less likely you may be to find an unpleasant, gooey surprise underfoot.
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    Topics: Fleas on Cats, Grooming, Hairballs

    Safe Cat Flea Treatments & the Danger of Pyrethrin and Pyrethroid Toxicity


    You might not have ever heard the words “pyrethrin,” “pyrethroid,” or “permethrin,” but if you hate fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes and have pets, there’s a good chance you’ve got a pyrethrin or pyrethroid-containing product in your home. And if you have a cat, there are things you absolutely need to know about these insect-killing compounds in order to keep your cat safe. 

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    Topics: flea control, dog fleas, cat fleas, flea treatment, fleas on dogs, Fleas on Cats, Frontline Plus, How to Get Rid of Fleas, fleas in home, fleas in house, pet supplies, fleas in bed, fleas on puppy, fleas on kittens, pest control, comfortis, pyrethrin, organic pesticides, pesticides, kill fleas, pill for fleas, frontline, flea shampoo, revolution for cats\, killing fleas, pyrethrins, pyrethrin products, insecticides, Advantage Flea Control, Blog, tremors

    Miliary Dermatitis – Those Bumps On Your Cat's Back


    What are these bumps on my cat's back?

    Though it happens throughout the year, now is the time when we vets start seeing a lot more cats with "bumpy backs." These small bumps and scabs, also common around a cat’s neck and face, are what's called “miliary dermatitis.”

    This inflammatory process of the skin is typically accompanied by itchiness, which cats often express by scratching and/or biting at their skin (although you may not actually see them doing so). Until proven otherwise, miliary dermatitis in cats is an indication of the presence of, and potentially allergic reaction to, fleas.

    Because miliary dermatitis is an uncomfortable condition for cats, and because it most often indicates a flea problem, this is a finding that should prompt a visit to your veterinarian. To learn more about fleas read this article about fleas and their treatment and prevention on cats.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Fleas on Cats, Flea Allergies, Dermatitis, cat health questions, cat health issues, Skin irritation, Itchiness

    Cats Hiding – Hide & Seek is a Bad Game


    Many cat owners don’t realize that hiding can be a very important and concerning sign in cats. Many just attribute it to grumpy feline behavior or their cat’s preference for dark, isolated places.

    Unfortunately though, hiding is often just an outward manifestation (sign) of an internal problem. And it’s a sign you should always be on the look out for and heed the warning of when it occurs. Read More

    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, cat health problem, Fleas on Cats, Signs of Stress in Cats, Cat Stress, Flea Bites, cat health questions, cat health issues, Pain, Urethral Obstruction, Arthritis in cats, Excessive grooming, Urinary obstruction, Digestive obstruction, Is my cat in pain, Kidney disease, Cat bite abcess, Cats Hiding

    Fleas! How To Prevent and Treat Your Cat's Greatest Nuisance


    If you have pets, you’ve probably experienced fleas or heard horror stories from others who have. Fleas are miserable pests that can wreak havoc on a household.

    Understanding how to prevent fleas and how to treat your pets if they become infested are the keys to this nuisance. Fortunately, there are several easy ways to help prevent your pet from bringing fleas home plus some good treatments available if the worst does happen.

    Prevention Is Best

    Flea prevention is the easiest and most cost-effective way to deal with fleas - the costs and inconvenience of dealing with an infestation once it’s established are far worse than those associated with preventing such an infestation from taking hold in the first place. As with most things… prevention is easier (and less expensive) than treatment.

    Tips

    • For flea prevention to be effective, ALL pets in the household need to be on a monthly program -- even indoor-only cats!
    • As with most things… prevention is easier (and cheaper) than treatment.
    • Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum!

    Why Flea Prevention Medication Should Be Year Round

    Generally pets should be on flea prevention throughout the year. You might have heard that you don’t need to continue flea prevention when it’s cold outside, but I highly discourage this. There are just too many ways for fleas to take hold and keep themselves going.

    For example, one stage of the flea life cycle is the pupal stage, a lifestage that is protected from the environment by a cocoon. Pupal-stage fleas can remain dormant for several weeks while waiting for more favorable conditions. Also, in some areas, when the weather gets cooler, rodents start trying to seek shelter in homes. Those mice and rats could easily bring plenty of fleas into your home.

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    Topics: Cat Health, flea control, cat fleas, flea treatment, Fleas on Cats, Fleas in Carpet, How to Get Rid of Fleas, fleas in home, fleas in house, fleas on kittens, kill fleas

    Flea Allergy Dermatitis in Cats

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    What is flea allergy dermatitis?


    Flea allergy dermatitis is a condition that affects both cats and dogs. Severe, prolonged itching in both cats and dogs, and an often-significant increase in grooming in cats are noticeable signs of the condition. Many pet owners are shocked to find out that flea allergy dermatitis can result from even very minimal and intermittent exposure to fleas – these pets are that sensitive and each flea may bite 50 times per day.  And because fleas can live year-round in many environments, cases of flea allergy dermatitis can be seen at any time of the year.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Fleas on Cats, Flea Allergies, Dermatitis

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