September Newsletter 2006
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Warning Signs
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease and Stress

s a pet parent, it’s important that you know about potential problem areas for your companion animals before they become serious.

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Unfortunately, urinary tract problems are all too common in cats. Here are the warning signs of which you need to be aware:

• Frequent urination
• Urination in places other than the litter box
• Straining to urinate
• Bloody urination

There is evidence to suggest that stress can be one of the primary causes of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD). Stress can lead to the release of hormones that constrict the muscles of the lower urinary tract. Changes in the household routine, a new companion animal in the home, changes in weather and lack of attention can all lead to increased stress in cats. Be as in-tune with your cat as possible, and take steps to decrease or eliminate stressors in his or her life.

Cats evolved as desert animals, so they don’t have a strong instinctive drive to drink water. This can result in the accumulation of minerals in the kidneys and bladder, leading to the formation of crystals or stones. Using a continuous water fountain can attract the attention of cats, encouraging them to drink more. Using canned foods like Instinctive Choice that contain water from biological sources will help to increase the amount of fluid intake.

By taking preventative measures now, you may be able to prevent your cat from developing urinary health issues, helping him or her to live a longer, healthier life.

 

Interaction and Communication Skills

odern life has a tendency to speed by, leaving little time for you to spend with your pets. Just remember – spending quality time with your companion animal can bring about dramatic changes in temperament, improving the bond you share with your pet and your overall quality of life.

Make a list of your typical weekly interactions with your companion animal. Evaluate the list – could you be doing more?

Here are some tips for making the most of the time that you do have:

• Set aside a few minutes in the morning to groom your dog or cat. While brushing or combing, talk about your upcoming day. If your pet doesn't enjoy grooming, then just spend a few minutes petting him or her. Whatever your daily morning interaction, try to do it at same time and in the same place. Your companion will find comfort in the regimen – and so will you!

• Leave something that smells like you where your pet spends most of the day, like a pillow case or a newly-worn shirt. Your pet will find your scent reassuring.

• If you have an answering machine, call during the day and talk to your pet. Hearing your voice can be reassuring during your absence.

• When you get home from work, greet your pet as usual, and then do what is most pressing right away. Then, if you have a dog, do something that he or she will enjoy, like a game of catch, hide-and-seek, or take a long walk. Be sure to talk to your dog, telling him or her how much fun you are having. If you have a cat, we recommend playing with a ball or using a fishing pole with dangling feathers – your cat loves the chase!  It’s important to dedicate this time to your pet alone, so leave your cell phone in another room.

• Incorporate teeth cleaning, ear cleaning and/or nail trimming into your new routine. Too often, these health necessities are viewed grudgingly as chores. Commit to making this time as pleasurable as possible, like time at the spa.

• Massage is a wonderful way to connect with your companion animals. Check out one of the many pet massage books currently on the market to help you develop your technique. There is evidence to suggest that massage can improve your pet’s health, and it will relax you as well.

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