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December 2018

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Cats lick themselves to keep themselves clean.  They will lick to rid themselves of fleas and parasites. They will also lick to cool themselves, absorb vitamin D and to relieve stress.

There are several medical reasons for excessive licking. If it’s a neuropathy problem, a nerve is receiving a signal telling the cat to lick. If the cat  licks odd things like window sills or walls, it could be a sign of that he is anemic which could also be a sign of feline leukemia.  Excessive licking could also be caused by an allergic reaction. If you do suspect a medical problem, see your vet immediately.

If your cat has fleas, regular combing with a flea comb will help the problem. An occasional bath with a flea shampoo will help kill the fleas and remove dander that causes human allergies.

If is estimated that 35% of all cats suffer from food allergies which can result in excessive licking.  If you suspect that the cats diet is causing the problem, try one of the commercially prepared non allergy cat foods.

Another problem could be stress. My cat Millie used to lick herself constantly and had lots of hairballs. I believe that she was intimidated by my older cat Molly.

If your cat is licking you, that’s a sign that he likes you. They could also start urgently licking. This is done because of embarrassment such as falling off a window sill or chair.

Remember, your pets count!

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There Goes That Scratchy Meow Again!

Sunday, December 2, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Cats are creatures of habit. They expect to be fed the same time each day, given treats the same time each day, sleep the same time each day etc. etc..  Some cats don’t express their feelings if something doesn’t get done at the expected time but my cat Millie is not your “typical cat.” She will let us know when we don’t meet her expectations! In the morning, Millie likes the bed made by 8:00am so she could take her morning nap. If we oversleep, we will hear her scratchy meow in the hallway. In the afternoon, while I’m in my home studio recording the next days broadcast for Edgewater Gold Radio. At precisely 5:00pm, I will hear that scratchy meow again outside the door prompting me to stop recording and get Millie her snacks. After I take my shower as I open the bathroom door, there’s Millie sitting there with that scratchy meow again telling me that it’s time for her to be brushed. I count as I brush her. She gets 450 strokes —“What a life!” If I have to cut the brushing short, she will sit there and there goes that scratchy meow again!  On Sunday’s I clean and change her water fountain (Yes Millie has a private fountain.). I have to take the fountain out of the laundry room, empty it, clean it and refill. Millie is on the scene and there goes… guessed it, that scratchy meow again!

Cats are smarter that you think and are wonderful time keepers!

Remember, your pets count!

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Dogs Sharing Water Bowls

Saturday, December 1, 2018
posted by Jim Murphy

Dogs like to have their own dog food bowls but do you need more than one water bowl for more than one dog?  What about the germs in each dog’s mouth?  Just like humans, dogs have lots of bacteria in their saliva. We shouldn’t call them all germs because some bacteria serve a useful purpose. The bad bacteria gets zapped by acid in the dog’s stomach when it swallows.  Some diseases that dog’s pass along  are respiratory and some are transmitted by fecal contamination. If your dog has a compromised immune system, I wouldn’t let him share a water bowl or drink the water from any bowls that thoughtful store owners may keep outside their store for our canine friends.

Dogs with healthy immune systems can safely share one water bowl. Always keep plenty of water around. Adult dogs are 60% water so they need lots of hydration.

Remember, your pets count! Have a great weekend!

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