By Elaine Wexler-Mitchell
The definitive advisor to pussycat overall healthiness Written by means of a famous tom cat veterinarian, advisor to a fit Cat addresses cat proprietors' wishes for an available, totally up to date consultant to tom cat healthiness. Dr. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell deals a radical dialogue of tom cat disease-how to strive against it and the way to control it. She covers the most recent in study and veterinary perform, together with new details on vaccines, diabetes, foodstuff, diagnostics, and coverings. Readers will study what meals are top for his or her cats and the way to feed the finicky pussycat; the newest advancements in protecting cats flea-free; and the way to maintain peace in a multi-cat domestic. the writer deals brilliant, functional recommendation on maintaining cats secure from family hazards, together with poisonous crops, and tips in grooming for sturdy future health. Elaine Wexler-Mitchell, DVM (Orange, CA), is the landlord and originator of The Cat Care sanatorium. She is a former president of the Academy of tom cat drugs and served at the board of the yankee organization of tom cat Practitioners. Wexler-Mitchell is additionally a member of alternative veterinary companies together with AVMA, AAHA, SCVMA, and the CVMA. She is a contributing editor to Cat Fancy journal and writes the ""Ask the Vet"" column.
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Many “hairball formula” foods have been developed for cats in recent years. Most of them contain cellulose, another type of fiber. They work well for some cats, but not all. Hairball treats may contain fiber or have centers filled with lubricants. 32 Guide to a Healthy Cat MATS AND THEIR PROBLEMS Even fastidious cats have a hard time keeping all their hairs in place, and mats may form in places that are hard for your cat to reach. They continue to attract more hair and grow larger and larger, until they painfully pull and pinch at your cat’s skin.
How to Pick a Groomer The best groomer is one who has worked with cats and has access to a veterinarian in case of problems. Medical assistance may be required if the cat is nicked accidentally with sharp grooming tools or if she needs to be sedated so that the groomer can do a proper job. Many cats freak out with strangers or are so badly matted that the grooming process is painful. In these cases sedation is recommended so that neither the animal nor the groomer gets injured. If you have a cat who you don’t feel comfortable grooming on your own, she should be groomed professionally at least every three months.
Cat combs and brushes come in numerous sizes, shapes and colors. What tools you use depends on the length of coat and the tolerance level of the cat. Many cats love to be combed, but others turn into little tigers when the comb comes out. Most cats benefit from being combed or brushed at least once a week. The hair you remove helps decrease shedding and hairballs, and also means less cat hair on your couch and clothes. It is a good idea to introduce a comb or brush to your kitten within a few days of bringing her home.