Cats can groom themselves, so they don't need to be washed as often as dogs. However, you may have to wash your cat from time to time. You may have to give your cat a flea bath, for example. Longhaired cats need to be bathed periodically to keep their hair from tangling and matting.
Washing a cat isn't easy. With & Read more �
Occasional light scratching is normal. However, persistent scratching or pawing at the ears or head can be an indication of ear infection, injury, excess earwax, something lodged in the ear or skin problems. Some ear problems may not be easily visible and require a deep ear exam by a veterinarian to be properly evaluated. Any discharge, odor, redness, pain, swelling, & Read more �
Many cats are excellent self-groomers and rarely need ear care, while others should have routine cleanings. If you notice wax, dirt or other debris, then it is probably time for a cleaning.
For those cats that need it, cleaning and caring for your pet's ears are important ways to reduce the chance for ear infections and excess waxy build up. & Read more �
Few creatures are as fastidious as felines. They can spend hours licking their coats, and when they've covered every inch, they'll happily start again. They don't seem to mind swallowing a little hair -- it's all part of good grooming.
Sometimes, however, fur that should pass right through the digestive system gets trapped in the stomach. As more and more & Read more �
Dental plaque, which is composed of bacteria, saliva and cellular debris, builds up on the enamel of the teeth. When plaque accumulates with food particles, it becomes hard, thick and yellow -- or calcified -- and is called tartar.
These days, ticks are showing up in growing numbers and in a widening geographic area and they can survive and thrive in your warm house even when it's cold outside. They love to feast on the blood of pets and in so doing can spread illnesses such as Lyme disease and, less frequently, Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
Nothing puts a damper on fun like the appearance of fleas! If you're not prepared for them, they can infest your pet and your entire house. And as if the itching and scratching they can cause isn't enough of an annoyance, your pet can also develop a reaction to fleas if he is allergic to their bite. Fleas will feed & Read more �
Deer ticks, which are prevalent in various parts of the United States, are the major carrier of Lyme disease. But some other species of ticks can also carry the disease. Deer ticks are tiny parasites that are difficult to see with the naked eye and can easily hide on people and pets.
For the bacteria to spread to the victim, & Read more �
The most common flea to infest dogs is Ctenocephalides felis, the cat flea.
The flea life cycle begins with the adult female flea living on the dog's skin. She bites the dog, lays her eggs, and these eggs drop off the dog into the environment. Eggs hatch in 1 to 10 days (depending on environmental conditions) into free-living larvae. & Read more �