5 Things You Can Catch From Your Cat

We love our feline friends, but it’s important to not only keep their health in mind, but also our own. There are some diseases that are zoonotic, which means they’re infectious between animals and people. Though these are rare, it’s better that pet owners know about these and how to spot, treat, and deal with

1. RABIES

Everybody has heard about rabies, but do you know exactly what it is? Rabies is a virus that infects mammals and is spread in saliva or infected wounds. Bats and raccoons most commonly carry rabies, and sometimes our beloved pets get bitten or come in contact with the infected animals. If you suspect you, or your pet has come in contact with the virus, it’s important to seek medical treatment. When caught early, there are very effective vaccinations that help kill the virus. It’s important to keep your pets updated on their vaccines to reduce the chance they contract the virus.

2. DERMATOPHYTOSIS (RINGWORM)

Ringworm, contrary to popular belief, isn’t actually a worm at all. It’s a fungal infection of the skin that produces a red “ring” on the skin. Though ringworm can be found in random places, cats are usually the transmitters of it. The signs of ringworm is often hair loss or skin lesions that don’t appear normal. If you see these, handle your cat with gloves, as to keep from it getting transmitted, and bring your cat to the veterinarian for a professional diagnosis.

3. ASCARIDS

Ascarids, or roundworms, are indeed parasitic worms that cause pretty gruesome skin lesions. It’s most commonly transmitted by kittens who get them from nursing from their mother. Though these are some pretty gruesome parasites, they’re able to be cured with no lasting effects, as long as they are treated as soon as symptoms arise.

4. HOOKWORMS

Hookworms are spread like roundworms, and are very dangerous to young kittens. Veterinarians start aggressively treating kittens for hookworms as early as 3 weeks from the day they’re born. Why? Hookworms are easily transmitted to kittens, and can be transmitted to humans just as easily. Effective parasite control, and excellent hygiene around kittens will significantly reduce both you and your feline’s chances of contracting the parasite.

5. TAXOPLASMOSIS

Why is it important to pick up after your pets? There are certain diseases, like taxoplasmosis that are transmitted through feline fecal matter. Cats contract the disease from eating an infected rodent or bird. Healthy people aren’t usually at risk of contracting the disease, but pregnant women can contract the disease and pass it along to their baby, which wouldn’t be able to battle the taxoplasmosis. It’s best to just stay away from changing litter boxes if you’re pregnant!

 

 

6 Tips on Keeping Your Cat Cool during the Summer

Summer, one of our favorite times of the year. With the sun out, it gets quite hot, and we are better equipped to deal with the heat than our furry feline friends. Cats can easily suffer from heat exhaustion if the right precautions aren’t taken to help keep them comfortable during the hot months! Here are our favorite tips to keeping your cat cool during the summer.

1. FANS

You don’t need to be blowing the A/C the whole day just to keep the cats cool. A simple fan to move air throughout the home will keep your cat cool as they’ll more than likely take a nap right in front of it. A nice, easy breeze is a great way to cool off your cat while keeping the cost down and cat comfortable.

2. COOL WATER

Water is one of the most important things keeping a cat alive and healthy. During the summer months, sitting water can get warm and although the cats still drink it, it’s not really helping them cool down. By sticking a couple ice cubes in your cat’s water throughout the day, it will help cool down your cat. Everybody loves some cool water during the day, your cats will appreciate it too!

3. ELEVATE THE BED

Cats are smart, they love taking naps on perches or something like a chair. Why is this? By not being connected to the ground it creates better airflow around them, keeping them much cooler overall. Paired with a fan, an elevated bed will keep your cat cool and comfortable throughout the day.

4. INDOORS

This is a no-brainer, but some people don’t realize how fast cats can overheat. If you’ve got an indoor/outdoor cat, consider keeping them inside during these hot months to keep them from suffering from heat stroke, a VERY real problem during the summer. Allowing cats access to indoors will keep them cool, because they’ll come inside when they’re feeling too hot. Combined with some cool water from #2, your cat will love you!

5. EXERCISE TIMES

Cats, like humans, need exercise to keep healthy. During the hot months, it’s advised to let them play during the morning and afternoon as these are the coolest parts of the day. Your cat gets the exercise, and gets to stay cool during the day!

6. Brushing

Imagine having to walk around during the summer with a fur coat on… all the time. Well, this is what your cat is doing! Some people think shaving their cat helps, but we don’t need to go that drastic! Simply keeping up with your cats grooming needs and brushing them regularly will keep extra hair out of their coat and help them keep cool.