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Why is my cat so finicky about drinking water?

Why is my cat so finicky about drinking water?   Felines can be finicky creatures. Often changing sleeping, eating & drinking habits. Many pet owners ask, “Why doesn’t my cat drink a lot of water?” There are several reasons for this. No matter the reason, not drinking enough water or not eating a diet that has a high water content can lead to several medical conditions such as kidney disease, the leading cause of death for most domestic cats.  Do you ever wonder why your feline friend doesn’t drink a lot of water? Read on to find out why and what you can do to encourage your feline to hydrate.     House cats still use survival instincts Centuries have passed since the first cat was domesticated in Ancient Egypt. Even after all this time, the same instincts used for survival in the wild are used by house cats.  Place a bowl of fresh water out for Fluffy and chances are, she may just let it sit there. Cats are prone to be weary of still water. They instinctively avoid it in case the water is old, stagnant, or full of bacteria. They also feel vulnerable when drinking from a bowl as it leaves them open for attack from a predator. Fluffy also has a hard time finding where the water begins within the bowl, especially if the water level does not stay consistent day to day. So if you see Fluffy dipping her paw into the bowl, chances are she is not playing in her water dish, she is trying to see where the water level starts. It is best to keep the...

Pet Christmas Safety Tips

Pet Christmas Safety Tips Christmas wouldn’t be the same without our four legged furry friends. Fluffy climbing the tree and knocking down ornaments every time you turn your back or Fido doing his part by “watering” the Christmas tree. Having our pet companions around is an absolute must, but we also have to keep their safety in mind each holiday season. Here is our list of Pet Christmas Safety Tips. 1) Keep the human food out of reach! Number one on our list of Pet Christmas Safety Tips, is keep the human food out of reach! Table scraps are always a big no-no when it comes to the health and safety of your pets. Holidays celebrations do not change that fact. Food is always a plenty when family and friends gather to celebrate. But human food and be dangerous and even deadly if Fido or Fluffy get a taste. Chocolate, onions, grapes, nuts, and alcoholic beverages can cause severe illness. Turkey & chicken bones can prove to be deadly if ingested or at least cost you a pretty penny if surgery is needed. High-fat foods can lead to pancreatitis which is costly to treat and may lead to the pancreas digesting itself, which is fatal! Just remind family and friends that the human food is for the humans and that Fido & Fluffy will be just fine eating their regularly scheduled diet. 2) Have updated identification & collars for your pets Tip two on our list of Pet Christmas Safety Tips is, have updated identification & collars for your pets. Your family and friends are not used to your...

Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips

  Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips by Julie Gajewski   Fido & Fluffy are part of the family, always underfoot and table while the family gathers for the yearly Thanksgiving feast. You wouldn’t want it any other way! But keeping Fido & Fluffy safe and healthy during the celebration is just as important as achieving that perfectly cooked bird!   1) Leave the food to the two-legged kind!  Numero uno on our list of Pet Thanksgiving Safety Tips is leaving the people food to the people. Humans have a hard time digesting the yummy offerings that Thanksgiving brings. The high fat content in most Thanksgiving feasts can prove to be deadly to your canine companion, by increasing the risk of pancreatitis which is inflammation of the pancreas. When working normally, the Pancreas produces enzymes that help digest food after it reaches the small intestine. But when a diet or food that is high in fat is consumed, it can cause the pancreas to become inflamed and release the enzymes too soon. Pancreatitis is a medical emergency! When the enzymes are released too soon, it can cause the pancreas to digest itself! In addition to pancreatitis, consuming people food can cause severe stomach upset with vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. No one wants a sick pet and a houseful of guests! High-fat content in our Turkey dinner is not the only concern. Bones from turkey and other poultry can cause your pet to choke and if swallowed may cause punctures in the intestines which could lead to another fatal illness, peritonitis. We also have to be careful that Fido doesn’t eat goodies for snacking like chocolate & nuts...
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