Category Archives: General Information

Ulcers

An ulcer can be defined as an open sore in the tissue of the body. Ulcers can occur in the mouth (gums), or on the lining of the stomach or digestive tract. As with any open sore in the body, an ulcer can quickly become irritated, inflamed and painful if left unchecked. Ulcers can begin… Read More »

Treats

Cats, like people, enjoy a good treat every once in a while. Some people choose to only give treats after some sort of good behavior (treats and food in general can be a very large motivational factor when training any animal) like going to the vet, or scratching in the right place, or using the… Read More »

Ticks

Ticks are spider-like creatures. Ticks have very strong jaws which they use to latch on to the cat’s skin and to suck the cat’s blood. Ticks are usually found in tall, wooded areas. They can survive in any area that is consistently about 40 degrees fahrenheit or warmer. If your cat has ticks she most… Read More »

Territory

Cats have an instinct to stake out and mark territory. This behavior is more prominently shown in unneutered males and dominant cats in a household; however, all cats can display territorialism. Make sure your cat has his/her own things (especially if you have multiple cats). Each cat should have his/her own toys, beds, areas to… Read More »

Taking Your Cat’s Temperature

A cat’s normal body temperature falls in the range of 100 to 102 degrees farenheit. If you are unsure as to whether or not your cat has a fever you may need to take his temperature. You should only take your cat’s temperature rectally. The best type of thermometer to use is a digital thermometer.… Read More »

Stress

Cats do not like or handle stress very well. It is during times of high stress that cats are more susceptible to illness (and susceptible to having recurring bouts with a current illness) and can suddenly and unpredictably start exhibiting the following behaviors: Spraying Improper elimination Litterbox problems Aggressive behavior Scratching Marking Biting Jumping Depression… Read More »

Stomach Disorders

The stomach is a hollow bag-like organ that is between the esophagus and the small intestine. Food is held in the stomach while it is digested by gastric juices. This digested food is then absorbed into the body. What is not absorbed in the stomach is sent into the intestines to either be absorbed or… Read More »

Stain/Odor Control

Cat urine and spray contain ammonia, a powerful and persistent odor which is not easily removed. Regular cleaning will not fully remove the odor, at least not to the point that your cat will not still be able to pick out the smell (cats have an extremely keen sense of smell). In order to remove… Read More »

Spraying

As most cat owners know cat spray is one of the worst smelling odors around. Spray is actually created when the cat mixes a small amount of urine with glandular secretions called pheromones. Cats have a very distinctive position when they spray; they stand straight up and lift their bottoms high in the air to… Read More »

Socializing Feral Cats

Socializing a feral animal can be a difficult but very rewarding experience, and the outcome will have a lot to do with how old the animal is, how feral the animal is, and your personality and patience level.  The hardest cat to socialize is an older, totally-feral animal.   This type of animal has spent… Read More »