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The 8 Best Healthy Cat Treats

Friday, May 27, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

The 8 Best Healthy Cat Treats of 2022

The best healthy treats for cats are Wellness Kittles

 

The best healthy treats for cats are Wellness Kittles. We also like Blue Buffalo Bursts.

Most cat owners like to show they love their cats not only with affection but with treats. However, Dr. Kerri Blackburn of River’s Edge Animal Hospital says cat treats, much like human treats, can be loaded with calories and sodium to help with flavor and encourage palatability (especially dental treats). “This can be problematic when we are focused on weight loss or a cat has health concerns like renal or heart disease.”

Thankfully there are a number of healthy cat treat options so you can find the perfect one, even if your cat has allergies or dietary restrictions. By choosing a treat that your cat not only enjoys eating but also has healthy ingredients, you can avoid empty calories and even enhance their nutrition.

Below, find the best healthy cat treats.

Our Top Picks

 

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Nutrition for Sensitive Kitty Stomachs

Thursday, May 26, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

It’s called inflammatory bowel disease, or irritable bowel syndrome but it’s just plain stomach trouble.  This is not a happy time for a cat with a sensitive stomach or for the people who care for the cat. Chronic vomiting and diarrhea  can have a lot of different causes.  If any of these symptoms are occurring, get your cat to the vet for a diagnosis. Your vet might recommend a change of diet. If your cat is overly sensitive to any kind of protein, many pet companies are aware of this and offer specially formulated diets that contain easy to digest rice and egg protein. Sensitive stomach is not at all uncommon with cats, and fortunately, it’s almost always manageable.

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Your  mother cat has just given birth to her kittens. Should you change how you feed her? It would have been best to gradually begin mixing her food with increasing amounts of premium canned kitten food in the last few weeks of pregnancy.  Once she begins nursing, she should be eating only kitten food.  Feed her at least three times a day or keep food freely available along with plenty of water.  Remember that she is feeding an entire litter. Don’t be surprised if your mother cat starts to eat twice the amount that she ate before. A nursing cat passes on essential nutrients, antibodies, vitamins and electrolytes to kittens on the first day that they are born. High quality food for the mother, makes for healthy kittens.

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Cats Can Become Overheated Just Like Dogs

Monday, May 23, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

On a sizzling hot summer day like the ones we’ve had this weekend, your cat can easily become overheated. Sometimes we don’t realize that our feline friends can become overheated easily just like dogs. Cats are very vulnerable to heatstroke. Signs that you should look for are panting, fast heart beat, dark, red gums and weakness.  If your cat’s temperature gets too high, never give him pet medication yourself. Get him to a vet right away.  Your vet may advise you to cool the cat before coming in. You can do this by pouring luke warm water over your pets chest, shoulders and feet. Don’t use cold water because it can be dangerous. When his temperature has dropped to 103 degrees, dry him off, wrap him up and head out to your vet. Your vet will use fluids to bring his temperature down. He’ll also check for damage to his internal organs. If the heat stroke was light to moderate, your cat will recover quickly.

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Hyperthyroidism in Cats

Sunday, May 22, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Today we are going to cover hyperthyroidism in cats. Is your cat high strung? Does she lose weight yet eat like a pig? She may have an overactive thyroid. Older cats sometimes begin producing too much thyroid hormone.  It’s a condition called feline hyperthyroidism.  Veterinarians don’t know what causes it but it speeds up the cat’s metabolism causing a gradual weight loss and hyperactivity.  In fact, hyperthyroid cats are so high strung, it can seem like they’ve had too many cups of coffee. They may also drink and urinate a lot and may loose hair, vomit, have a goiter or thyroid nodule.  If your cat has any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian. There is a blood test that can detect the disease and with the appropriate pet medication and treatment, a cat with hyperthyroidism can live a normal life.

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Puppy Chewing

Saturday, May 21, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

I brought home my new puppy back in 1982 at a time when crates were not used as frequently as they are today. Needless to say, I came home from work and found my plants chewed to shreds, pillows ripped and toilet paper rolled down the steps from the second floor! Puppies seem to want to put everything in their mouths. If this is not taken care of early, this chewing could destroy a lot of your belongings. Your shoes, belts and bags could fall victim to your puppy’s very active little jaws. The problem doesn’t end there. Your puppy could end up swallowing something he shouldn’t and endangering his own health. To avoid inappropriate chewing, direct your puppy’s attention to something that he can play with. Give him plenty of dog chew toys both in and out of his crate. Make sure to keep your own belongings off of the floor. The tendency to chew could also be motivated by stress or boredom. Make sure that your puppy is getting plenty of exercise. If chewing is still a problem, talk to your veterinarian.

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When you visit an animal shelter, you could tell by the little eyes peering our of a cage that the animals are sad and would love to be adopted. That’s why I have a very difficult time visiting them. This scenario is replayed millions  of times each year . Pets that are either lost or dropped off by owners who no longer want them  are housed and cared for at least temporarily. Sadly shelters are the last stop for more that half the pets that end up there. All of the pets are on death row unless they get adopted.  That is why it’s important to visit an animal shelter when adopting a pet. This is much better than buying a pet from the pet store at the mall. I know that all of those dogs and cats look so cute when your at the mall, but think of the millions that are in shelters in need of adoption and awaiting their fate. Make the right choice!

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The Best Dogs for Seniors

Thursday, May 19, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Seniors need and appreciate the company of a dog probably more than any other age group but if a senior citizen wishes to adopt a puppy at age 65 or older,  there’s a lot to consider.  When the dog reaches fourteen or fifteen, the senior will be 76 or 77 years old. The question is will that senior still be able to care for the dog at that age. Sure many will but a lot could happen in that time  to limit the mobility of a senior citizen.  This is why an older, shelter dog may be a better choice . If there was ever a time to own a dog, it would be around the time that you hit 70.  For an older couple, a dog could make a hugh difference in their lives. The kids are grown and the rooms are empty. Never get a dog for someone without consulting with them first.

Smaller dogs are generally better for senior citizens. They are easier to manage and pick up after. Senior citizens are more into walking and jogging now than ever before for health reasons so having an active companion like a dog seems like a good idea. My first choice would be a mix breed from the local SPCA.  They have some of the best dogs and a knowledgeable staff that can help you find what you need and at an affordable price.  They screen all of the dogs and let you know the ones that you would be happy with.  A few good breeds for seniors are:

  • The Yorkshire Terrier
  • Boston Terrier
  • Miniature Poodle
  • Pug
  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Shih Tzu

It a great thing to a senior to adopt a dog. There’s much love and affection to be had here.

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Are You Considering Adopting a Lap Dog?

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Do you like to relax in front of the TV or reading a good book in your favorite chair? Isn’t it great when your pet joins you for a nice, cozy relaxing afternoon? Most dogs are either too large to comfortably sit on your lap or  don’t have the temperament to stay awhile. They’ll jump up and quickly jump down and look something else to occupy their time. There are some breeds that make great lap dogs.

  • Bichon Frise
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Chihuahua (When he wants to chill out)
  • Maltese
  • Pug
  • Pomeranian
  • Shih Tzu
  • Yorkshire Terrier

There are many more but these breeds make wonderful lap dogs.

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Obesity in Cats Shorten Their Lives

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
posted by Jim Murphy

Obesity in cats is just as unhealthy as it is in humans. It not only shortens your cats lifespan but can cause many diseases including heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.Your vet will advise you if your cat is overweight and will also suggest a change in diet. Snacks should be given sparingly. I must admit that I fall short in this area. Snacks adds calories and are not that nutritious.

Always try to exercise your cat. Have him catch a toy at the end of a stick.  Cats loves this and it provides the exercise that indoor cats need. Overweight cats that  suddenly stop eating can develop a serious liver  condition Hepatic Lipidosis .  So reduce your cats weight by good food management and exercise. You will add years onto his life and he will look much better as well!

He’ll thank you for it.

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