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Diabetes in Pets

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It is not only the human kind that can develop diabetes.
Even our beloved pets, no matter how well we care for them,
can develop diabetes.

This is often a scary situation for the pet owner and the
first question that is usually asked of the veterinarian is
-will my pet need to be put to sleep-?

Of course this is a difficult issue and the answer may vary
on the overall age and health of your pet.

Many older pets that are diagnosed with diabetes go on to
live many more happy years, but this takes commitment and
close care of your pet.

Diabetic cats and dogs can live just as long as perfectly
healthy pet if the diabetes is diagnosed and treated
properly by both the veterinarian and the owner.

This takes great commitment from the owner. Pets must be
cared for and watched daily with a high level of care and

There can be no feeding the cat and forgetting until the
next day. There is no leaving the pet along to go on a
trip. Every day your pet will need medication, fed a proper
diet and his behavior will need to be monitored closely.

This doesnt mean you will have to give up your job and
stay home full time with your pet, but it does mean you
will have to pay more attention to what his behavior is and
know what to do if the situation should change.

It is also more of a financial obligation to have a sick
pet. So it is something that should be discussed in length
with your vet.

Paper Training A Puppy Without Ruining Your Floor, Staining Your Carpet, And Pulling Out Your Hair!

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You’ve just adopted the cutest, tiniest teacup Chihuahua puppy!
You’ve brought him home and got him accustomed to his surroundings.

And now it’s “housetraining a new puppy” time!

Uh, oh! But, there’s one small problem. You’ve got to keep your puppy inside or that big ol’ dog next door will eat him for breakfast! Or perhaps you live in an area, such as a city, house, or apartment where there is no access to a yard or fenced-in area?

Obviously, your cute teacup puppy can’t use the litter box with the cat!

Now you’re sweating at the thought of urine stains on your beautiful Persian carpet or a pile of poop on your expensive exotic hardwood flooring! You can relax, because there is a solution!

Housetraining a new puppy can easily be done inside by paper training!

Here are some basic guidelines for paper training a puppy:

1. Place several layers of newspaper in a spot that is away from the puppy’s feeding and watering dishes.
After your puppy eats and drinks, take him to the papers. Also take your puppy to the papers, to urinate and defecate, the first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. He must also be taken to the papers after he chews, plays hard, and comes out of his crate.

2. Change the papers after each time that the puppy uses them.
Under the fresh papers, put a lightly soiled one. Your puppy will be encouraged to go to the bathroom by the scent left on the soiled paper.

3. Clean underneath the papers with an odor neutralizer.
If you fail to do so, your puppy will smell his scent on the floor and start sniffing around the edge of the paper. That’s a no, no! You want to keep your puppy ON the paper and using an odor neutralizer will keep him focused on using the bathroom on the paper!

4. Clap your hands to startle your puppy if he makes a mistake.
Please! Just startle him. Don’t scare the poor thing half to death! This will distract your puppy and stop him from urinating. Pick him up and take him to the paper where you want him to go. Lavishly praise your puppy when he finishes going to the bathroom!

5. Don’t go BALISTIC if your puppy urinates or defecates off of the papers.
Don’t punish him by spanking, yelling, or rubbing his nose in the mess! Remember, your puppy is just a baby. He made a mistake; he did not commit the crime of the century!

6. Do not use a product containing ammonia to clean up after your puppy.
Urine contains ammonia and that lovely familiar scent will invite your puppy to urinate again on that very same spot! If you are concerned about permanent odor or staining, putting plastic or waxed paper underneath the papers will help preserve your carpet or flooring.

7. You must be consistent.
Put your puppy on a schedule. If you alter the schedule or let your puppy do something differently one day and not the next, he will get confused!

8. Keep a close eye on your puppy.
Never, ever leave an untrained puppy alone in your house! Doing so is just asking for trouble!

9. Carry your puppy to different parts of your apartment or house and say “papers!”
Then, carry him back to the papers. This will train your puppy to go to the papers when he has the desire to go to the bathroom!

Paper training a puppy requires a great deal of consistency, a little common sense, and meticulous attention to clean up. With a little effort and patience, your puppy will eventually understand what you want him to do. In time, going to the bathroom on the papers will become second nature to him.

And you will have survived paper training a puppy!

Great Tips For Making It Through Your Pregnancy Successfully

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Many people say that pregnancy is one of the most beautiful things in the world.
Unfortunately, it gets pretty tough sometimes. The hormonal mood swings, the constant cravings, the morning sickness and carrying an extra fifteen pounds, can make things quite miserable for Mommy. This article is here to give some advice and how to cope. Remember, lots of women have been through this and here’s some great advice to help you through it.

Having to urinate frequently is something a lot of women experience during pregnancy. As the pregnancy progresses, the need to urinate will become more frequent as well. One tip to help with this is, when you urinate lean forward to ensure the bladder is completely empty, this could help to lessen your restroom trips.

Be prepared for frequent toilet breaks towards the end of the pregnancy. It is quite common to wake up every two hours during the night and have to get up to urinate. This is because the baby is pushing on your bladder. Consider this to be training for the sleepness nights ahead after birth.

If you are pregnant you should probably avoid changing the kitty litter and give that responsibility to someone else. Dirty cat litter can carry a disease called toxoplasmosis, and that could be something that may harm your baby. If you must change the litter box you need to make sure to use gloves.

Before attempting to become pregnant, make sure you make an appointment to have a full check-up with your doctor. They can ensure that you are generally well enough to cope with the rigors of pregnancy along with providing advice on what types of vitamins and foods you should be consuming before conception is achieved.

Inform any doctor before a medical procedure if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant. This includes your dentist as well. There are certain drugs that shouldn’t be given and procedures that shouldn’t be done for a women who is pregnant or on her way to pregnancy.

To help avoid back pain, dress in comfortable clothing. Clothes that are too tight will keep your blood from circulating and increase the amount of pain in your muscles. Try not to worry too much about fashion during this time. The most important thing is that you and the baby are able to feel as good as possible each day.

To extend the life of your non-maternity pants, use a simple elastic hair tie looped through the button hole and over the button, zipping the pants only as far as you can. With a long shirt or an elastic maternity band to cover the top of your pants, no one can tell that they are technically unbuttoned. This trick can help you buy some time and avoid buying too many maternity clothes.

It can be a stressful time when you are pregnant. All women have different body chemistry and will react to birth differently, but it’s important to realize that your body will give you signals as to what it wants. Analyzing the tell-tale signs from this article and predicting the inevitable problems, can help ease the hardship of pregnancy or at least, with your peace of mind.

Keeping Your Furry Family Member Healthy Throughout The Year

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Pet owners know the bond that forms between people and their four-legged friends.
That’s why many treat their pet like a member of the family-including when it comes to health care.

Making sure your dog, cat, bird or exotic pet has proper medical care is a key component of responsible pet ownership and it’s important to be aware of the costs. Americans spend almost $8.6 million on veterinary services for their pets each year, according to a report by Packaged Facts.

Here are some tips on keeping your pet healthy:

• Bored cats will pick up overeating as a hobby if food is always available.

• Just as an overweight human faces a health risk, so does an overweight cat or dog. Be sure your pet gets plenty of exercise.

• Dogs can be just as stoic about pain and wounds as people. Be alert for abnormal behavior.

• Be aware that even clean pets kept indoors can get fleas.

Fortunately, a pet insurance plan can help you pay for preventive and medical costs, and can remind you to take your pet for a checkup at the veterinarian. Owners may be reimbursed hundreds of dollars annually for preventive care.

Being fiscally prepared for any catastrophic accident or illness that might be inflicted upon your furry family member is just as important as annual visits to the veterinarian. Your pet can develop illnesses much like ones humans are susceptible to. Cancer-related claims were the third most common claim in 2004, according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, the nation’s oldest and largest provider of health insurance for pets. It’s also not uncommon for pets to suffer from diabetes, periodontal disease, arthritis and dozens of other ailments you insure your family against.

Medical plans that provide year-round coverage for dogs, cats, birds and pocket pets can start at less than twenty dollars a month for dogs and cats and under ten dollars monthly for pets such as reptiles. Coverage spans thousands of conditions related to accidents and illnesses and helps pay for diagnostic tests, treatments, office visits, lab fees, prescriptions, hospitalization, X-rays, and surgical procedures.

Even indoor-only pets should be protected. There is no such thing as a “pet-proofed” home. Potential hazards loom even in the best-protected homes and many pets have been injured when they accidentally escaped from the home. It is always wise to prepare for the unexpected.

Unlike your health insurance, pet insurance doesn’t restrict you to certain providers or networks. For example, VPI lets pet owners visit their favorite licensed veterinarian, whether within the U.S. or other countries. That means you have the freedom to get the best care for your pet. When your pet is ill or requires emergency treatment, you won’t want the additional stress of worrying about how you will pay the veterinary bill. After each veterinary visit, a claim form is submitted to the company and the pet owner is then reimbursed.

Knowing that you have taken an extra step to keep your pet healthy will provide you with peace of mind.

Is Pet Dental Health Really Important?

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Many veterinarians stress the importance of oral hygiene because tooth and gum problems are common medical conditions seen in pets.
If left unchecked, an unhealthy mouth can affect the liver, kidneys, heart and even the brain.

So when you lean in to give your pet a smooch, ask yourself “Does my pet need a breath mint?” Studies show that 98% of pets with bad breath are suffering from severe plaque build up. Bad breath not only means that your pet’s mouth may be a warehouse for unhealthy bacteria, tartar and plaque, but it can also point to unhealthy intestines. In addition, the quality of your pet’s food can contribute to the status of your pet’s breath. Low quality food can cause digestive problems, thus promoting bad breath.

Can I Share My Toothpaste With My Pet? Absolutely not!
Pets aren’t like us: they swallow whatever you use to clean their teeth. Human toothpaste simply isn’t edible. Nor is the heavy minty flavor really desirable to pets. Human toothpaste can give your pet some serious stomach problems.

Did you know…?
Certain breeds of dogs and cats are genetically predisposed to unhealthy teeth and gums? For example, the Maltese is the number one dog breed with tooth and gum problems. In the cat world, the Siamese and the Abyssinian, charming as they are, have serious tooth problems and often get some of their teeth pulled during their youth. Other factors include viruses, bacteria and not enough abrasive foods.

It all starts with the gums looking almost red, and some of the teeth coated with tartar. When it comes to your pet’s mouth, don’t take anything for granted. When you examine your pet, slowly open his mouth with your fingers and ask yourself the following questions:

Does his breath smell like he just raided a rotten fish market?

Are any of his canines or molars discolored (gray, brown or green)? (Keep in mind that a pet’s teeth may be yellow due to early antibiotics like tetracycline—totally normal.)

Are his gums swollen and bright pink or angry red like a lobster with a sunburn? Note that normal colored gums should be light to medium pink. For some dark colored cats and dogs, gums may be gray.

Do you see any sores on the gums, particularly if you have a cat? They’ll look like craters on the top or bottom gum or lip.

Are his bottom teeth worn down like the soles of a shoe?

Do you see any swelling or sores on his face around the lips, under the eyes or nose? Bad teeth can result in a manifestation of external sores.

If you have a puppy or a kitten, do you see any double teeth?

Is he drooling like a newborn? Keep in mind that some dogs always drool, like the St. Bernard. If your pet is experiencing excessive drooling but doesn’t usually, it could indicate some problem.

Has he lost weight recently as a result of not eating enough?

It’s also important to observe your pet’s behavior as far as food is concerned. Has your pet been approaching his food bowl reluctantly? Has he been eating slower than usual and has he exhibited trouble biting hard things? Does your dog or cat cry during or after eating? Does your cat have the tendency to pick up food, spit it out, pick it up again and finally throw it to the back with his tongue?

If you’ve nodded your head to two or more of any of the questions above, then it’s clear that your pet has some dental health issues! You must take your pet to your veterinarian right away for an oral examination.

Pet Safety At Home – What You Should Know

Pet Safety At Home – What You Should Know

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Your pet is precious, and like your own family member. Like you it needs to be cared for and protected and, of course, loved unconditionally. It’s like a small child, which is curious and can get up to all sorts of mischief. This is why you must maintain pet safety at home.

Pet Proofing Your Home
A pet usually gets injured, if the pet escapes out of the house, and is unattended. This is why you must close all the doors and gates of your house properly. If you want to take them out, then a leash must be used. You must also make sure that there are no holes or gaps in the fences or hedges; otherwise your pet can escape from such holes. You must also ensure that items like fertilizers, chemicals are not placed within reach of the pet.
It’s also important that you temporarily fence you ponds or pool, when your pets are not old enough to know any better.

The Healthy Pet is a Safe Pet
You cannot take out the health factor from the safety aspect. You must keep a wary eye on your pet, and its contact with other animals. Avoid your pet’s contact with any animals that might have some kind of disease.
If and when your pet is sick, it’s of paramount importance that you contact a good veterinarian for a curative remedy. Moreover, keep your pets clean, and give them a bath at least twice a month.

A Pet in Your Home
As aforementioned, treat your pet like a respected and loved family member. You must teach your children to be gentle with the pet, and to enjoy their company. Also, teach the children how to take proper care of the pet, but care must be taken, not to leave a young child alone with a new pet. This is when accidents can occur, if the child teases the pet, or does something to the pet that it dislikes.

Checking the Pet Collar
Regular inspection of your pet’s collar is necessary for maintaining the pet’s safety. Pets outgrow their collars rapidly. If not replaced or loosened, they will tighten themselves around the neck of the pet, and will grow right into it. A tight color will give excruciating and constant pain to the pet.
Inspect the collar on a weekly basis. You will get some indication as to whether the pet is comfortable with the collar or not. Adjust it accordingly. Also, remember to put an ID on the collar of your pet, which will help you find him/her in case they get lost.

The String and Your Cat
You must have seen innumerable pictures of cats playing with string. They look cute don’t they? Well, if you are a stickler for pet safety, then you won’t allow your cat to play with a ball of string without supervision.
If left unattended, cats are quite likely to eat the balls of string, and as can be imagined, this is not conducive for the good health of the cat. However, if your cat has swallowed the piece of string, here are a few considerations:
* If the string is still protruding from the mouth, don’t pull it out. If you pull the string, it might lead to a sawing of the intestinal wall, leading to a medical condition called peritonitis.
* Take your pet to a veterinary specialist on an immediate basis.

Pet-Inside or Outside
There is a school of thought that proposes that, pets must spend most of their time out of doors and not inside the house. However, this can be true for some pets, especially some breed of dogs, but the “thought” cannot be generalized.

It is a fact, that there are dozens of dangers in the world outsides, especially for pets. Take the case of cats. Cats are better off inside the house then outside. Cats like fighting for territory and will pick a fight at the drop of a hat. This is just one of the reasons, why cats are safer in the precincts of a home.
Dogs are no better and most of them are liable to get into trouble when they are out of the house. Of course, this does not mean that pets must remain cooped up all the time. They need their daily dose of exercise for a healthy life.

A Matter of Individual Perception
In the end, pet safety is all about awareness about the pet you own and its intrinsic behavior. There are pets that are docile, and there are others that are mischievous. After taking care of the standard safety measures, you will need to incorporate a few special safety features, in cases of pets that have a habit of getting out of hand.
Once you get a pet, its best to focus on the pet safety aspect before, something untoward happens.

Pet Care: Learned In Videos

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Taking care of our pets is not only our obligation; it is also our way of showing them that we love and care for them.
Taking care of your pet does not mean just giving them their meals everyday. Pets have emotions too and they need to be noticed, played with and trained. They need to know that their owners care for them.

There are lots of ways that you can show your care for your pet. For first time owners, you can learn about this ways so that you would be ready when the time comes. There are educational videos that are out in the market that will be of help to the pet owners for their pet’s wellness, needs and health. They can show how to care for their pets and give them the attention they need.

Here are the top five educational videos that will show and tell you the proper care for your pets.

1. AT-Touch of Magic for horses

This is a kind of video that will give you a holistic training on how to deal with the body, spirit and mind of the horse. With the help of this video, you will be able to find out the proper way of caring for horses and how you can treat them in case they get sick or if they are feeling something wrong and unusual.

2. The Tellington Touch for Happier, Healthier Cats

This shows and teaches you the different learning techniques in dealing and communicating with cats. This video helps you to understand the sentiments and problems of cats. How they should be pampered and how they should be taken care off.

3. First Aid Pet Emergency: Cat

In here, you will learn different emergency precautions and preventions for your pets. The techniques for first aid actions that should be done in order to revive or provide first aid care of your pet in case they are in danger. With the help of this video, you will not be rattled in case something wrong happens to your pets.

4. First Aid Pet Emergency: Dogs

This is highly recommended by the ASPCA, an award winning video for pet care, most specifically for dogs. In this video, they show the proper safety measures to be done in case your pet is poisoned, injured or they have a medical emergency, like for example they are not eating, keeps on vomiting or has an unusual behavior.

5. The Tellington Touch for Happier, Healthier Dogs

This has an instructional and learning techniques taught in communicating with your dogs. Dogs are man’s best friend. So as a good friend, you should be alert and observant on the actions of your pet so that they will not get sick.

These videos will serve as a guide for you so that your pet will always be healthy and in good condition. If your pet is weak and always gets sick this only means one thing, you are not capable of taking care of your pet. This takes dedication and devotion to fully provide the pet its needs.

Every pet owner should be prepared for the big responsibility of having or owning a pet. Through this, you can value the existence of your pet and your pet will love you back in return. Proper pet care would ensure that your pets would be healthy and would provide you with their love and loyalty.

The Red Flags about Cat Heath Care

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Owning a cat and treating it as a pet requires more than including your furry friend on your monthly budget. You have to be an instant parent once you become involved. You have to know their basic needs and all there is to understand about cat health care.

First, in order for your feline companion to be happy and contented, you need to provide them a home. Yes, it can be left to wander about your own house and treat it like their kingdom. But you have to make sure that the surrounding is safe. Do not hang about things that would cause injury and further mishaps to your cats.

Second, make sure that your cat gets the necessary nutrition that it needs. To do so, you have to give them only the best kind of cat food. The best will not necessarily mean expensive. You can ask your vet for recommendations given the amount that you can allot for this purpose.

And lastly, think about your cat health care. This is so vital because if you were caught unaware of a sudden incident, you may easily lose you beloved pet just because you didn’t know what to do.

So know your cat. Observe it well. Know their usual interests, the way they eat, they way they interact with the other pets and also the people in your house. If you feel that something seems to be out of place, then call your vet immediately for advice.

So find a veterinarian nearest your place and get their contact information immediately. They are your lifeline whenever your cat’s life seems to be in danger.

You will be the first judge if something seems to be wrong with your cats. Here are some indications.

Grooming Style
These creatures are known to be vain. They are always grooming themselves. If they are grooming too much on one side, they might be bugged by something like, yes, bug or fleas. The process may hurt them. So interrupt and act upon it.

Also beware if they are no longer cleaning up on their own. It may be a sign of depression. You also have to consult the vet about it if this happens.

Eating Style
If you know your cat very well, you will easily see if there are any changes to their eating habits. Don’t let them go through the day without eating too much. This may be a symptom to something else. So this is also a good time to call on your vet.

The Behavior
If your cat is friendly and it all of a sudden becomes aloof, you need to raise the alarm level. This also goes with the way your cat walks. If it seems to be doing this thing just a bit too odd, it may be something to be concerned about.

As the owner, you need to be very cautious with everything that your cat does. You have to take note of their vowel elimination. Just like humans, they may sometimes suffer from diarrhea or the likes.

Although calling the vet is always the best choice for you to do, you can also search the web for quick solutions to minor problems. The Internet offers a vast resource for your every cat health care question. So take time to read some info and apply it on your own pets.

How To Have A Happy Cat

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Do you like to learn about new and interesting things? If so, this article will be right up your alley! A healthy animal makes for a happy pet. If you are a cat owner and you want to make your pet happy, you need to make sure that your cat is groomed properly, fed on time and is given enough love and attention.

Here are some tips on how you can have a healthy and happy cat:

1. Take care of your cat’s health.

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to make sure that your cat is healthy and free from diseases that may even be transmitted to humans.

Visit the veterinarian if you notice that your cat has become lethargic or less active than usual.

If you see them ‘shedding’ excessively or has something unusual on their coat, immediately consult a professional.

Your cat might have a skin disease, or this could be a symptom of a sickness that you do not know about.

2. Groom your cat properly.

Cats are in the habit of grooming themselves. You will often see them using their tongue to clean their coat.

In spite of this, you should still do your part in grooming your cat if you want to keep them really clean.

Brush your cat’s fur regularly. There are several short-haired cats that need minimal brushing. For this, you can use a comb with soft bristles.

There are also cat breeds which have long, silky furs and this variety needs a much longer grooming time.

Use a wide-toothed comb initially then brush up with a fine toothed one afterwards. You can also use talcum powder in order to separate the hair strands.

Make sure that you brush with gentle strokes so that their skin will not be hurt or scratched.

Cats are also not that fond of taking a bath. But there are times when your cat would need bathing.

This is when they have accumulated a lot of dirt on the skin and coat. Bathing will help eliminate ticks and lice.

Also, there might be substances that could cling on the fur which can be poisonous and it is important for them to bathe.

When bathing your pet, use a shampoo that is specially made for cats. Prepare the following before bathing:

-a small tub or sink
-slip-proof mat
-water spray attachment
-clean, dry towels

Adjust the water temperature, then place your cat in the small tub or sink before filling it up with water. It is better to attach a sprayer in the faucet rather than pouring water directly onto its body. Apply a liberal amount of shampoo on the cat’s body, and try to avoid the face, especially the eyes and ears.

After rinsing, towel them dry and comb the coat. Bathing time should build trust and create some quality time between you and your pet cat.

This should prevent your cat from making much of a fuss the next time it needs a bath.

Another part of grooming is keeping the eyes, teeth and ears clean. Also remember to keep the paws clean and the nails trimmed.

Go to a pet store and you are sure to find products specially made to clean these parts. You can also look for a nail trimmer specifically designed to use on your pet cat.

Ask a professional groomer or a veterinarian so that you can learn how to properly clean your cat’s eyes, ears, teeth and nails.

3. Feed them on time.

Another aspect of keeping your cat happy and healthy is by feeding them well and on time.

Your feline friends can learn how to “stick” to a schedule with your guidance and training.

Make time in your busy day to feed them. You can learn which variety of cat food they prefer by serving different brands and variants.

Along with cat food, you should give them plenty of clean water to drink.

If you have a lot of pet cats, give them individual feeding plates.

If there is just one dish, other cats might not be fed well because dominant felines will take the most part of the food that you serve.

4. Shower them with love and attention.

By giving your cats your undivided attention while grooming and feeding them, you are already showering them with love and attention. In addition to this, make their play time a lot more fun by appreciating the things that they do.By following these tips, you are sure to have a healthy cat and be a contented owner. When we learn, we continue on a path of growth. Therefore, learning about this subject has already helped you more than you know.

Tips On How To Groom Your Cat

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Before we begin to give you additional information on this topic, take a moment to think about what you already know.

Cats are basically very tidy creatures. They are in the habit of grooming themselves by licking every part of their body clean with their tongue.

This habit of tongue-bathing has several benefits to your pet cat:

– promotes better circulation of the blood
– gets rid of dead skin cells
– removes excess/dead hair on their coat
– tones their muscles
– keeps the fur soft and clean

Although your feline friends groom on their own, you should still do your part in keeping your cat clean and well-groomed.

Here are several ways to keep your cat well-groomed:

1. Brushing

Depending on the breed, your cat can either have long or short hair. Make sure that you brush your cat’s coat well enough to promote proper grooming.

-For cats with short hair, use a brush with soft bristles so that the skin will not be scratched or hurt in the grooming process.

Use soft, gentle strokes while brushing. This should make them purr in pleasure and you will have an easier job of grooming your pet cat.

After brushing the coat with a comb, you can finish the job by wiping the fur with a dry, soft and clean piece of cloth. This should maintain the shine on your cat’s coat.

-As compared to cats with shorter hair, long-haired cats would require more brushing time.

For this, use a comb with wide-teeth that is specially designed for cats. This should initially remove the knots and tangles on their fur.

Afterwards, you can use a fine-toothed comb to work the smaller knots on the fur and eliminate the more stubborn knots.

Do not forget to brush the hair around the face with a smaller comb or a toothbrush.

Avoid the eye and whisker area when brushing.

Brushing your cats fur on a regular basis will help keep their coat shiny and healthy, and will also give the owner and the pet some bonding time together.

2. Bathing

Cats do not often require bathing because they basically take good care of themselves when it comes to grooming.

However, there are some cases wherein you need to give them a bath no matter how you – and your pet – dread the chore.

You need to bath your cat if the coat has excessive dirt.

Sometimes, a substance that can possibly poison them sticks on the fur and it is vital to give them a bath in this case.

Another instance where you need to bath your cat is in case of fleas, ticks and lice clinging to their skin.

3. Cleaning the eyes and ears.

For the eyes and ears which are the most sensitive areas in your cat’s body, there are solutions that you may use.

Choose one which is specifically designed to prevent cats with light-colored eyes to develop stains.

For the ears, cats collect a considerable amount or wax so you have to take care of it when grooming.

Removing this would maintain your cat’s health and help prevent infections.

There are also cat wipes that you can use for the ears, eyes and teeth.

4. Keeping the paws clean.

Cats are in the habit of scratching surfaces so it is better to keep them away from the furniture items in the house. It would also help if you keep those paws clean and trim their nails.

You can go to a pet store and buy a nail trimmer specially designed for cats.

Ask your veterinarian for the proper way to trim your cats nails so as not to hurt them in the process.

If you find that your cat exhibits a not-so-healthy clawing habit, you may go for the option of declawing your cat.

This is a surgical procedure where the nails are permanently removed so that it will not grow back.

However, you should still ask your vets advice if you want to go for declawing because with this, cats will lose a natural defense mechanism.

A better and kinder option is to regularly trim the cat’s nails, have them use a wooden post for scratching, or crate-training to prevent them from clawing at your most-treasured possessions.

By following these tips and making time in your busy schedule to groom your cat, you would have a healthy and happy cat and be a happy owner as well.