Caring for your cat or kitten doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money on expensive cat care products or holistic supplements. For healthy, safe, and simple ways to take care of your feline friend, follow these natural cat care tips. Your cat will thank you!
Choosing a holistic vet
The best way to find a holistic veterinarian is by asking friends, family, and co-workers who have pets. If someone you know doesn’t know of one, they may be able to provide you with information on a vet that they trust. Once you’ve found a few names, do some research on each one. Look up reviews of their business online or see if you can talk to people who have used the service. Ask the person in charge of scheduling appointments at your local vet’s office for recommendations as well. Most vets will be more than happy to help out a fellow pet owner!
A healthy diet is key for a happy, energetic cat. Cats are obligate carnivores, meaning they need protein from meat sources in order to maintain their health. While commercial cat food provides this protein, it doesn’t provide all the nutrients that cats need. It’s important for owners to supplement their cat’s diet with either fresh or canned raw food as well as adding things like eggs, milk, and yogurt. Dry food can also be added if desired.
Fleas, Mites and Ticks
Fleas, ticks, and mites can be a huge problem for cats. Fleas will attach themselves to the cat’s skin, and lay eggs that hatch in the cat’s fur; ticks feed on blood from the host animal; mites burrow into the skin causing itching or an allergic reaction. It is difficult to know how many of these parasites a cat has at any given time because they can be so small or hidden in places like between toes or under their chin where you cannot see them. Some symptoms are scratching, especially when sleeping; hair loss around the neck area; scabs around the mouth, nose, or anus; redness on the skin (due to scratching), and soreness on the ears.
Dealing with Kidney Disease
The most common cause of kidney failure in cats is a condition called chronic renal failure. This occurs when the kidneys slowly stop functioning over a period of time. The kidneys clean the blood by removing waste, excess water, and other substances from the body. When kidney function starts to decline, waste builds up in the blood which causes toxic levels of ammonia in the body. Kidney disease can lead to serious health consequences including anemia, high blood pressure, fever (either high or low), vomiting, weight loss, frequent urination (or lack thereof), constipation or diarrhea.
Pregnancy, Birth and Kittens
Having a cat is a big responsibility, but it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences. The key to caring for your kitty is knowing the basics about their dietary needs, grooming habits, and health problems. They are naturally curious creatures with an uncanny ability to get into trouble! Here are some tips on how you can keep your cat happy and healthy throughout its life.
First off, cats need food that contains all the nutrients they need in order to stay healthy. Cats should be fed high-quality dry or wet food 2-3 times per day. This should provide an adequate amount of calories for them each day as well as make sure they are getting the right vitamins they need.
Urinary Problems in Cats
Unfortunately, cats can develop urinary problems as they age. The condition is called lower urinary tract disease (LUTD). Cats will often present with symptoms of straining to urinate or difficulty urinating. Other signs are increased thirst, increased urination, blood in the urine, or sediment in the urine. Some causes for LUTD may be due to a blockage in the urethra (e.g., bladder stones), inflammation of the bladder lining or kidney damage due to diabetes mellitus, or systemic inflammatory diseases such as feline chronic gingivostomatitis.
L-carnitine supplementation has been used by some veterinarians with success, but research is needed to determine if this supplement is a truly effective treatment for LUTD.