Cat Health: November 2008 Archives

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cat_allergy_allergies.jpgIt's possible that you might be allergic to your own cat. If you're in the cat purchase mode, you might want to check online or with your vet to confirm if the breed is considered to be a cat associated with high allergies. The last thing you want to do is bring a cat home and then realize you can't keep her. I would strongly suggest that you spend a couple of hours with your prospective cat and confirm that there are no adverse effects from spending lots of time with her.

If you fall into the category of being an owner of a cat that you are allergic to, there are ways to reduce the effects:

  • Visit an allergist and discuss your options with regards to medication or monthly shots that you can take.
  • Shave your cat down to its skin. Bad joke. Seriously though, consider bathing your cat more often to reduce the dander in their coat. You also may be allergic to your cat's saliva. Check with your vet to find out how often you can bathe your cat. This point is important, you don't want to over bathe the cat, that may make the situation worse.
  • Invest in leather furniture if it's really bad. If leather is your style, this is a positive. Fabric covered furniture tends to hold more cat dander.
  • Vacuum a lot. Not your cat, your residence.
  • Get rid of the carpet in your house and replace it with tile, hardwood or anything else that won't trap cat dander.
  • Keep your cat out of rooms that you may sleep in or work in.
  • Get a good air purifier and try to keep the windows open whenever the temperature allows for it.
  • Your vet may be able to recommend some treatments or sprays for your cat that might reduce his dander.
  • If you have a cat that is causing you some discomfort due to allergies, look for alternatives that can help to fix the situation. I've listed a few above but your vet may have other options.

    If you have any advice or information, share below. What's worked for you?

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    images.jpegNo disrespect to dogs but finding a good vet for your cat is more challenging than finding one for a dog. Depending on who you speak to, some unqualified vets will treat your cat like a smaller dog. Somewhere out there is the world's worst veterinary for cats, make sure he/she isn't who you depend on to treat your cat.

    Here's a few tips that will help you find the best vet for your cat:

  • Much like you would interview a new employee or house keeper, make sure you set up some "face time" to get acquainted with your vet. If you get a bad vibe, move on.
  • Work by referral whenever possible. If you're getting your cat from a breeder or cat rescue program, ask them who the best veterinary is in your area. There are literally thousands of cat clubs in the world, get a hold of an administrator and get their advice on where you should be taking your cat. Most of these clubs are just a click away so it shouldn't be hard to Google them.
  • Consider the services that are important to you. Is it important that you are able to drop your cat off? Do you require weekend appointments and are they available to accept you based upon your work hours? This is a biggy. Are they available for emergency services? The last thing you want to do is to be flipping through the yellow pages in the event of an emergency.
  • Kind of an expansion of the last point but does your vet offer grooming services? This may be important to you depending on the breed of your cat.
  • Make sure you are comfortable with their billing policies and rates. There's no point in visiting a vet if they're charging three times the regular rate for the same service.
  • Tomorrow, we'll talk about what is typically performed at a regular visit to the veterinary.

    If you've had some bad experiences with vets or can offer more information on this subject, comment away below!

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