"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.

"You Can Help Reduce the Number of Unwanted Cats - Spaying and Neutering of Cats"

Written by NS Kennedy

Every year, hundreds of thousands of cats and kittens are destroyed because they are unwanted. Animal shelters that take in these animals and try to find them homes are overcrowded. With so many animals in need, they cannot support all animals indefinitely. The solution is not to open more shelters, but for cat owners to become more responsible about spaying and neutering their pets.

A female cat can have two litters of kittens each year. The average survival rate is about 2.8 kittens per litter. If her offspring are not spayed or neutered,repparttar result is 12 catsrepparttar 139352 first year, 66 cats inrepparttar 139353 second year, and atrepparttar 139354 end of ten years,repparttar 139355 total would be 80,399,780 cats.

"Spay" isrepparttar 139356 term used forrepparttar 139357 surgical removal of a female animal's uterus and ovaries. When a male's testicles are removed, it is called "neutering." Both procedures leaverepparttar 139358 animals unable to reproduce. Besides preventing unwanted pregnancies, spaying and neutering of pets has other benefits for cats and their owners.

Benefits of neutering a male cat

* Neutered cats are less likely to spray strong urine * Neutered cats will loserepparttar 139359 urge to fight * Neutered cats will be less likely to try to escape * Neutered cats will not sufferrepparttar 139360 abscesses from fighting * Neutered cats will be less likely to contract diseases such as FeLV and FIV * Neutered cats will not be subject to testicular cancer * Neutered cats will not likely develop "stud tail," caused by overactive glands inrepparttar 139361 tail * Neutered cats have a decreased risk of mammary cancer

Spaying a female cat prevents mating behaviors such as fighting and yowling/hyperactivity in females. Spayed cats don't roamrepparttar 139362 neighborhood as much, protecting them fromrepparttar 139363 dangers of vehicles and aggressive dogs. Their tendency to stay closer to home also provides protection against deadly diseases such as FeLV and FIV. Finally, "fixed" pets tend to be more loving, because they are not subject torepparttar 139364 erratic effects of hormones.

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