"How to Ensure that Your Cat is Healthy and Lives a Long and Happy Life"

Written by NS Kennedy

Incredible advances in veterinary medicine are making it possible for cats to live longer, healthier lives than ever before. The quality of your cat's health isrepparttar result of a partnership between you and your veterinarian. You must be confident thatrepparttar 139354 vet you have chosen will take good care of your cats.

When you first get your cat, be sure to have your veterinarian examine her within 10 days. In addition to getting baseline weights and measurements on her, your vet will want to check her blood and stools for illness and parasites. If you have never had a cat before,repparttar 139355 first visit is a good time to get a demonstration in cleaning your pet's ears and clipping her toenails properly.

A proper diet and sufficient exercise are key factors in keeping your cat healthy. You must make surerepparttar 139356 food you give your cat is of good quality to provide her withrepparttar 139357 correct amounts of nutrients to keep her systems running. If you are confused byrepparttar 139358 variety of brands of cat food available, ask your veterinarian for some help. Don't be embarrassed to tell him how much you are able/willing to spend for pet food. There are some excellent brands that are not very expensive, and some expensive brands that are not very good.

Exercise not only keeps your cat's weight under control, it strengthens her muscles and enhances her immune system. Some cats are naturally active. Others need anywhere from a little to a lot of encouragement from you to get moving. Set aside some dedicated playtime each day with your cat, and she'll be more inclined to get physical.

Yearly "well-cat" appointments with your veterinarian help track your cat's health. A thorough going-over underrepparttar 139359 vet's expert eye can catch early skin or eye conditions and other physical changes that you might not notice on a day-to-day basis. Blood and stool samples allows your vet to diagnose and treat disease and parasites before they reach a critical state.

"How to Keep Your Cat Free from Diseases with This Quick Guide to Cat Parasites"

Written by NS Kennedy

Parasites are organisms that survive by feeding off of other creatures. Among cats, parasites generally feed onrepparttar animal's blood. Detecting internal parasites can be difficult, but a close inspection of skin and fur is usually all that is needed to uncover traces of external parasites such as ear mites and fleas. There are many types of worms that are internal parasites to cats. If you see small, rice like debris around your cat's anus or in her bedding, take her to your veterinarian. He will need to run simple tests to identify what type of worm is present so that he can prescriberepparttar 139353 proper medication to eliminaterepparttar 139354 parasite.

Coccidia are microscopic parasites. They live in cells withinrepparttar 139355 lining ofrepparttar 139356 intestines. The most common symptom is diarrhea. Left untreated,repparttar 139357 animal becomes extremely weak and dehydrated. Fortunately coccidiosis is treatable. Drugs such as sulfadimethoxine (Albon) and trimethoprim-sulfadiazine (Tribrissen) are effective inrepparttar 139358 treatment and prevention of coccidia. However, these drugs do not killrepparttar 139359 parasites, but rather inhibit reproduction - elimination of coccidia fromrepparttar 139360 intestine is slow.

Ear mites take up residence in a cat's ear canals. As they feed, they cause intense itching. A cat suffering from an infestation of ear mites scratches behind her ears often and is seen violently shaking her head on a regular basis. If you look inside her ears, you will see dark flecks that resemble coffee grounds - these arerepparttar 139361 mites' droppings. If you suspect ear mites, contact your veterinarian.

There are several effective treatments for ear mites, such as Fipronil (Frontline) and Selamectin (Revolution). Ear mites are easily treated with eardrops, but are very contagious to other cats. If you have a multi-cat household, isolaterepparttar 139362 infected cat as soon as possible. Ear mites are not transmitted from cats to humans.

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