Black Cats – Superstitions, Names & Breeds

Black cats

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Why do people think black cats bring bad luck?

This superstition came about because of their association with witches in the Middle Ages. Black cats are still considered bad luck throughout most of Europe, India and the US. Many pet shelters in the US will not adopt out black cats around Halloween due to the increased risk of harm.

Not all countries think of black cats as bad luck though, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand all consider black cats to be good luck. A black cat who crosses your path in England is thought to be good luck. In Germany, if a black cat crosses your path from left to right, it is a good omen if it crosses from right to left it is a bad omen.

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Limping (Lameness) in Cats

Cat limping

Acute limping Chronic limping Intermittent limping Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Aftercare

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Also referred to as lameness, there are many possible causes of limping in cats, most of which are benign, but some do have more serious causes. The shoulders, legs or feet may be involved, with muscles, bones, tendons, joints, paw pads and claws all having the potential to cause lameness in cats.

Limping can be acute (sudden onset), chronic (long-term) or intermittent (coming and going). The location of the limp as well as its frequency can narrow down the possible cause.

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Poisoning in Cats

Poisoning in cats

Ten most common cat poisons How does poisoning occur? Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention

Poisoning at a glance

  • Poisoning is a life-threatening emergency which requires immediate veterinary care.
  • Common poisons include human medications, insecticides, household cleaners, plants and rodenticides.
  • Symptoms can vary but may include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, confusion, lethargy, unsteady gait.
  • Treatment depends on the type of poisoning but may include gastric decontamination (induce vomiting/pump the stomach), activated charcoal to prevent further absorption, toxin-specific antidotes, fluid therapy and supportive care. The earlier your cat receives treatment, the better the outcome.

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Cat Vaccinations – What You Need To Know About Vaccinating A Cat

Cat vaccination

Core vaccinations Non-core vaccinations? Side effects How are vaccines administered? Do I need to vaccinate my indoor only cat? Why do kittens need three vaccinations? Vaccination schedule for cats What if I don’t want to vaccinate my cat every 1-3 years? How much do vaccines cost?

 

Vaccinations have significantly reduced the incidence of several infectious diseases over the past few decades. They work by introducing either a modified live vaccine which contains viruses that have been altered so that they are no longer able to cause disease, or a killed disease-causing organism (virus or bacteria). This stimulates the immune system, making it better able to defend against the disease.

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Eye Discharge in Cats

Eye discharge in cats

Causes Types of eye discharge Symptoms Diagnosis

At a glance

Eye discharge is an excessive amount of discharge from the eye, which can be crusty, mucousy or watery. It is always a sign of an underlying issue and can affect one eye or both eyes.

Causes:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Foreign body
  • Cat flu
  • Blepharitis
  • Stye
  • Dry eye
  • Corneal ulcer
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Uveitis
  • Allergy

Treatment:

The goal of treatment is to find and treat the underlying cause.

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How To Clean A Litter Tray – Step By Step Guide

Daily maintenance

Litter trays should be scooped at least once a day (twice is better), with all solids removed. Clumping litter causes cat urine to clump (hence the name), obviously, making this easier to scoop out too. If too much litter has been removed, top up with a little fresh litter.

Always wear rubber gloves when cleaning litter boxes, and if you are pregnant, avoid litter tray duties to minimise the risk of exposure to toxoplasmosis.

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Travelling With Cats – Car or Plane

Travelling with cats

Cats are not the easiest of pets to travel with. They are very much creatures of habit and tend to prefer the familiarity and safety of their home. Where possible, it is always better to leave your cat either at home with a sitter or at a boarding cattery. However, sometimes travelling is necessary, either a family moves home or decides to take an extended trip and would like to take their cat.

If you are travelling/moving interstate, it may be worthwhile flying your cat instead of driving it. Many airlines are equipped to transport cats in safety-approved carriers. Or if you would prefer, you can hire the services of a freight company who specialises in cat transportation.

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Bland Diet For Cats With Vomiting and Diarrhea

Bland diet for cats

The purpose of putting a cat on a bland diet is to allow the decrease of peristalsis, the contraction of the smooth muscles of the gastrointestinal tract, and allow it to rest and heal before introducing more difficult to digest foods. Your veterinarian may recommend a cat be put on a bland diet after a recent bout of sickness affecting his gastrointestinal tract, has a medical condition which causes nausea, or needs an easily digestible food.

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