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    Car Travel With Cats — Road Trips & Moving


    For most of us, the thought of taking a drive with the cat in the car is probably not that appealing. But believe it or not, if a cat is properly acclimated and conditioned to riding in a car, they will actually learn to really love it. And you will too!

    During the summer months and around the holidays, many of us plan or go on family vacations and more commonly families are including their furry feline. The summer is also a busy time for people buying and selling homes, which sometimes means a long-distance move.

    Hopefully, your cat is young or has not had a traumatic experience in the car, making your upcoming road trip more viable. Don’t despair if this is not the case, even “more mature cats” can be taught new car riding tricks.

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    Topics: Cat Stress, Cat Stress Relief, Carriers, Traveling with your cat, Pet Travel Safety

    Heartworms Suck! What You Should Know About Mosquitos, Heartworm Disease, and Your Cat


    If you’ve ever had any concerns about mosquitos, know that this year (2017) is expected to be a doozy — and it’s probably only going to get worse from here. But did you know that Mosquitos and heartworms are intimately linked? What’s more, a single mosquito carrying a single worm is all it could take to result in serious health problems for your cat. 

    The 2017 mosquito season, fueled by a historically warm and rainy year, is anticipated to be worse than years past and the future outlook is about the same, with experts predicting ongoing mosquito-friendly weather conditions. Just look at articles like “Why the Menace of Mosquitos Will Only Get Worse” for a glimpse of what’s to come.

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    Topics: Cat Health, Traveling with your cat, Blog, Heartworm, Parasites, Heartworm Preventatives, Parasite Preventatives, Respiratory problems, Cat

    Cat Travel Restraints: Necessary for safety and easy to use!


    Traveling with your cat can be an adventure. While a lot of cats don’t enjoy car rides, you can make the trip more comfortable and safe for them by restraining them properly. This will protect them from flying around the car, keep them from getting under your feet, and save you from becoming your cat’s jungle gym.

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    Topics: Cat Safety, Safety, travel anxiety, Travel, Restraints, Harness, Crates, Trucks, Carriers, Traveling with your cat

    Help... my cat can’t pee! Feline Urethral Obstruction: Be Prepared... What to do


    In the article Feline Urethral Obstruction: Be Aware I covered the ‘what’ of urethral obstruction. In this article I’ll be detailing the things you should know to be prepared for in the event of a urethral obstruction. Hopefully you’ll never need this information, but as with most things in life, it's best to have it and know it's here if you do. After all, when it comes to feline urethral obstruction, your cat’s life is truly at stake.

    If you’ve ever had a cat that has suffered a urethral obstruction you can help me help others by taking a minute or two to fill out an online survey about pet owner experiences with this condition. It's completely anonymous and only takes a minute or two to complete. Thank you in advance.

    What should I do if I suspect that my cat has a urethral obstruction?

    As I started out with and highlighted in the first post of this seriesA cat that cannot pee is a cat that’s going to die, unless appropriate veterinary medical care is obtained immediately. Urethral obstruction is a very severe, very acute, very critical medical emergency.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Health, Cat Safety, Overweight Cat, Urethral Obstruction, Lack of urine in the litter box, Excessive drinking, Traveling with your cat, Feline Urethral Obstruction, Vomiting, My cat can't pee, Frequent trips to the litter box, Male cat, Loss of appetite, Blog

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