The third branch of the RMAA is education.
Sharing information is the answer to reducing the pet overpopulation problem
facing not only New Hampshire, but the country.
Inappropriate urination is actually a common cause of death in cats since many are relinquished to shelters for this reason.Yet, the problem is almost always fixable.
Your cat may have underlying physical problems such as arthritis, diabetes, cystitis, kidney disease, feline cognitive dysfunction (‘kitty Alzheimer’s’) or any number of other physical explanations for inappropriately urinating. These are conditions that require treatment from your veterinarian. So, when a cat has accidents, rule number one is to visit your veterinarian. And, do it sooner rather than later.
Pet owners tend to let “mistakes” turn into habits. This makes the problem more difficult to deal with than had the owner immediately addressed the issue. Sure, any cat can have a “mistake,” but if there seems to be a pattern, talk with your veterinarian.
It’s important to describe to your veterinarian what’s really going on. There are a myriad of reasons cats eliminate outside litter boxes. Cats aren’t very nimble at dealing with change, which can cause anxiety. Therefore, the death of another pet or Uncle Ned moving into the guest room can create enough anxiety that triggers improper litter box behavior. The good news is that help is available through your veterinarian.
What is your cat doing?
Cat backs up against walls and/or furniture,
tail quivers, cat may vocalize and urine dribbles vertically.
Marking behavior is often much like cats spray painting to tag
their territories and perhaps to express anxiety
(rarely, cats also mark with stool).Voiding or house soiling:
Cat urinates on a flat surface, often leaving a puddle.
These tips might help to solve or prevent problems by spraying/marking cats:
These tips might help to solve or prevent problems by a cat house soiling:
Next to the litter boxAssuming that the cat is physically well, a cat that urinates next to the box may generally be communicating that the litter box location isn’t so much an issue, but instead the cat finds something aversive about the litter box.
source: Merial Protector volume 9, 2nd quarter 2011
Most people have heard of ear mites but don’t really know what they are. Many pet owners see an inflamed ear with discharge on their pet and assume it is an ear mite infection, which often leads to weeks of improper treatment with over-the-counter remedies. To properly treat an ear infection, it is important to determine if an ear is infected with yeast or bacteria or actually infected with mites. Below you will find answers to common questions about ear mites to help properly diagnose and treat your pet’s ear infection.
What are ear mites?
Ear mites are tiny infectious organisms resembling microscopic ticks. They do not burrow as some mites do, but live within the ear canal. The presence of the mites in a cat’s ear is extremely itchy and can cause very irritating ear infections. Skin disease can also secondarily result from infection by the ear mite when left untreated. Ear mites spread rapidly, and can be transmitted from even brief physical contact with other animals. In pets, ear mites most commonly affect cats, ferrets, and to a lesser extent dogs. Humans cannot be infected with ear mites
How do I know if my cat has ear mites?
Ear mites are usually detected by examination of a sample of ear wax under a microscope. Infection usually produces a characteristic dry, black, crumbly ear discharge commonly said to resemble coffee grounds. Because of the classical appearance of this discharge, many will diagnose a cat with ear mites based on the presence of this discharge without visual confirmation of the mites under the microscope. It is possible to improperly diagnose based solely on the appearance of the discharge, so here at Rozzie May, we confirm a diagnosis of ear mites by microscopic inspection.
How did my cat get them?
Ear mites spread rapidly, and can be transmitted from even brief physical contact with other animals. Ear mites most commonly infect outdoor cats. If you have an indoor cat that does not have contact with other cats and was not infected with ear mites when she came into the house, it is not likely that she has ear mites now.
How do I treat my cat for ear mites?
There are numerous products available for treatment ear mites. Most over-the-counter products contain insecticides which do not kill incubating mite eggs. Because of this limitation, such products must be used for at least the duration of the 21 day life cycle of the mite. While these products can work, when consistently and properly administered, three weeks of use is fairly inconvenient and your pet may not allow for appropriate daily treatment. The harsh chemicals in many of these over-the-counter products can also cause severe skin irritations in some animals.
RMAA recommends using a prescription medication to treat ear mites with one treatment. These medications are safe for your pet and effective. Though these medications may cost a bit more than the over-the-counter treatments, they are easy to apply and are much less stressful for you and your pet.
Revolution is the product that we choose for the treatment of ear mites as it also has the added benefit of treating for fleas and intestinal worms. Other safe products include Acarexx, MilbeMite, and Advantage Multi.
Can my dog get ear mites too?
The short answer is yes, however, it is not common. In pets, ear mites most commonly affect cats, ferrets, and to a much lesser extent dogs. Ear mites host preference is definitely the cat. Humans cannot be infected with ear mites.
Q: How often do I need to trim my pet’s nails?
Q: My pet doesn’t like his feet touched. What can I do?
Q: What kind of nail trimmers shouuld I use?
Q: How do I restrain my pet?
Q: Is it ok to only trim a nail or two at a time?
Q: How do I know how much to cut?
Q: What if I cut the nail too short and it bleeds?
If you suspect your pet has eaten anything thay may be toxic to them, including the following items, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.There is a $65 consultation fee for this service.
What to do if you suspect your pet
has consumed a toxic material:
Rapid response is important, but don’t panic. You may not notice any adverse effects right away. Sometimes a poisoned animal may appear normal for several hours or for days after the incident. If you see your pet consuming material that you suspect may be toxic, do not hesitate to seek emergency assistance right away.
Take a minute to safely collect and have at hand any material involved. If you need to take your pet to your local veterinarian, be sure to take the product’s container with you. Also, collect and bring with you any material your pet may have vomited or chewed.
Contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Please note: If your animal is having seizures, losing consciousness, is unconscious or is having difficulty breathing, telephone ahead and bring your pet immediately to your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic.
on how and when to use any emergency first-aid item.