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Chow Time: A Guide to Feeding Your Cat
Keeping your cat healthy

Chow Time: A Guide to Feeding Your Cat

Diet is the foundation of good health for most living things, and your cat is no different. While Garfield can get away with eating lasagna at every meal, your feline operates in a world where poor nutritional choices have consequences. What and when you feed your cat can have a profound impact on his health and well-being.

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Keeping Track of Your Cat's Vital Information

Would someone else know how to care for your cat if something happened to you? Would you be able to pass along information to your pet sitter if your cat needed emergency veterinary service while you were away? Could you keep track of your sick cat's symptoms to help your veterinarian determine the proper course of treatment?
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Should You Let Your Cat Go Outside?

You've just adopted a cat who will be your companion for many years. One of the big decisions you must make about your cat's care is whether to allow him access to the outside. You'll find cat lovers on both sides of the indoor vs. outdoor fence. This decision will have a serious effect on the quality of your cat's life - and may well determine how long your cat lives.
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How Healthy is Your Cat?

A healthy cat can be described as having bright shiny eyes, a healthy shiny hair coat, a good appetite, able to maintain their body weight, intermittently playful and generally seems "happy". However, cats are not always healthy and when they are not, are often very good at hiding their illness just by their nature of survival.
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Picking the Right Cat Food Bowl

If you're looking for a bowl for your feline friend, you're in luck! Cat bowls are available in many colors and styles. Finding the bowl that's right for you and your cat should be easy if you stop to consider a few factors before you shop. It may be that your only concern in selecting a bowl is color and style.
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Easy Halloween Recipe for Your Cat

Halloween candy is absolutely forbidden for pets - lollipop sticks can get stuck in a throat and candy wrappers can cause an obstruction. But the animal in your life likes a treat, too, so here are some recipes that are healthy for your pet - and tasty, too. TASTY CAT CLAWS Makes 18 treats 1/4 cup warm water 5 tablespoons parmesan cheese 3 tablespoons soft margarine 1 tablespoon cod liver oil 1 cup white flour 1/4 cup soy flour Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
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10 Cool Toys for Your Cat

Cats love to play but a piece of paper can get kinda boring after awhile. Jazz up your kitty's toy box with one of these little numbers and she'll love you forever. Race N'Chase Your cat will love trying to get to the hidden critter inside. Manufactured by Pet Zone. Kitty TV Give your spoiled pet something new - a television with a hammock bed and suspended fish to bat.
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How to Clean Your Cat's Ears Safely

Cleaning ears may look easy but it is more difficult than you think. Cats have long ear canals and improper cleaning can result in a ruptured eardrum, pain or lacerations of the canal. You can clean your cat's ears safely if you follow these steps: Restrain your cat. Wrap your kitty in a large thick towel with just her head exposed.
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What to Do If Your Cat Is a Sloppy Eater

There are three primary reasons that a cat might be a mealtime slob. A little experimentation can determine which reasons might contribute to the situation and offer possible solutions. Tooth Problems Any person who has ever had a toothache can understand the discomfort of trying to eat. Even if your cat eats only dry food, she still requires professional tooth cleaning periodically.
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How to Control Parasites in Your Cat

Fleas, ticks, heartworms and intestinal worms - for their small size, these parasites pack a lot of misery for you and your pet. Besides driving your faithful companion crazy, they pose a hazard to animals and people. Fortunately, you're not without the means to fight back. What follows are guidelines and recommendations to keep your household safe and happy.
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Neuticles - Testicular Implants for Cats

Neutering can be a hot topic in many families. Many families decide against neutering their male pets because they do not like the appearance of their dog after the surgery. In 1993, Gregg Miller of Buckner, Missouri, felt the same way. It was time for him to make a decision about neutering his beloved bloodhound, Buck, but he didn't want his dog's appearance altered He was disheartened to learn that testicular implants were not available for dogs.
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What to Expect When You Are Expecting Kittens

Pregnancy and giving birth can be a frightening, confusing and painful experience for both you and your cat. However, understanding proper pregnancy care can help make the process go more smoothly and help you know what is normal. It can also help you to determine when it is time to get the veterinarian involved.
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Can Cats Get Heartworm Disease?

Mosquito season is almost here. Can your indoor cat - the one that never goes out - be at risk for heartworm disease? Heartworm disease is a parasitic disease that involves a long thin worm that lives in the blood vessels and heart of infected pets. It is transmitted by mosquitoes and can infect both dogs and cats.
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How to Clean Your Cat's Ears

Cleaning ears may look easy but it is more difficult than you think. Cats have long ear canals and improper cleaning can result in a ruptured eardrum, pain or lacerations of the canal. You can clean your cat's ears safely if you follow these steps: Restrain your cat. Wrap your kitty in a large thick towel with just her head exposed.
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How to Get the Mats Out from Your Cat!

You are reclining on your favorite chair watching a sitcom. Bubba plops his furry body on your chest and you give him an affectionate chucking under his chin. OOPS! What's this? A nasty mat of hair, all wadded up, clinging to his skin. Whatever you do, do not go for the scissors! Cats with long hair tend to have a very thin outer layer of skin and cutting out a mat of fur can cause a really nasty injury.
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Healthy Teeth Make a Healthy Cat

Periodontal disease is the most common disease of small animals. Signs of periodontal disease are often not recognized, however, and some pets suffer until all of their teeth have become infected. Preventive dental care is one of the most neglected pet health needs. Yet it's just as important for pets as it is for people.
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Homemade Treats for the Older Cat

As cats age, their nutritional requirements change. Some cats may become finicky and not eat as well as they should. Here are some recipes to encourage your older feline to enjoy a treat now and then. For more suggestions on caring for your older cat, see As Old As He Feels. Tigger Treats 2/3 cup cooked fish fillet - boned and chopped 3/4 cup cooked barley 3 teaspoons steamed carrots, chopped 3 teaspoons cooked green beans 2 teaspoon nonfat milk In a bowl, combine the fish and barley.
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How to Control and Prevent Fleas on Your Cat

For millions of pets and people, the tiny flea is a remorseless enemy. The flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouthparts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. When a flea bites your cat, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. Some animals may have fleas without showing discomfort, but an unfortunate number of cats become sensitized to this saliva.
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Getting the Most Out of Your Cat Visit to Your Veterinarian

A trip to your veterinarian can be harrowing for you and your cat. Here are some tips that will make the experience go smoother and help your cat to receive the best care possible. Your cat retreats to the shadows beneath your bed and refuses to budge. He's trembling as if he just saw Big Foot. And, now that you think about it, your stomach is doing a little rocking and rolling itself.
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Tartar Control Diets for Cats

If you smell something unpleasant when close to your pet but can't find the source, check his teeth for signs of dental disease. Disease of the teeth and gums is far more common than you might expect, and can be a source of significant pain if left unattended. Small bits of food and bacteria form dental tartar, which sticks to your pet's teeth causing an inflammation of the gums called gingivitis.
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Care of the New Mother Cat

Your cat has just delivered a litter of cute and cuddly kittens. You can trust that she will likely take care of them, but who will take care of Mom? The answer is you! Fortunately, most queens (female cats) need little help. All they ask for is peace, quiet and privacy as they deliver their new babies and take care of them.
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