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Hairball Remedies

Is your cat prone to hairballs? Everyday your cat will ingest a lot of hair due to daily grooming routines. Hairballs can interfere with normal gastrointestinal function. They can cause indigestion, vomiting, abdominal discomfort, constipation and may even become a foreign body (blocking the intestinal tract, requiring surgical removal). Limiting hairball formation is important for your cat. Here’s a look at a couple products that can help cats that are prone to hairballs.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: American Curl

The American Curl

History:

This breed originated in California in 1981. The original American Curl was a stray cat, who gave birth to a litter of kittens some of which had curled ears. This mamma cat and the kittens became the original breeding stock for this breed. These kittens are actually born with straight ears that begin to curl after about 48 hours. Around 4 months of age the ears stop curling and become stiff at the base of the ear and flexible at the tips. As per the Cat Fanciers Association, a pet quality American Curl may have almost straight ears, but show cats must have ears that curl in an arc between 90 and 180 degrees. Even though the American Curl is a new and uncommon breed, they can be found in small numbers in countries across the world.

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Seizures and your pet

Your pet having a seizure can be a very scary thing to witness. One second your pet is fine, the next they have fallen over and have gone stiff or start to twitch uncontrollably. First and foremost, try to remain calm. If your pet is in danger of falling down the stairs or having something fall on them gently try to slide them out of harms way. Stay away from their mouth’s as they may bite during a seizure. If possible, try to time how long the seizure lasts for.

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Hill’s Prescription Diet® Dental Care Chews

Hill’s Prescription Diet® Dental Care Chews are a great addition to your dog’s home dental care regime. These chews are clinically proven to decrease plaque and tartar build-up. They have VOHC acceptance, meaning these chews have been tested and are proven to help reduce plaque and tartar build up in dogs. They come individually wrapped or in a 12oz bag.

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Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary Tract Infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in both dogs and cats. Urinary tract infections are only one of the many health concerns involving the urinary tract and many of these concerns involve the same symptoms. If you think your pet is suffering from a UTI, an exam, urinalysis and urine culture will be needed to determine if it is truly a urinary tract infection.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Somali

The Somali!

History

The Somali is the long haired version of the Abyssinian. The name suggests that the breed was found and created in Somalia, but that isn’t the case.  The breed actually came about after the second World War, when breeders were trying to breed back populations of the Abyssinian. Due to the lack of breeding stock, some Abyssinian breeders were using cats of unknown linage, and some cats must have been carrying a recessive long haired gene. Many Abyssinian breeders were not pleased with the occurrence of the long haired cats in their litters, and quickly dismissed them out of breeding programs and placed them in homes as pets. A few breeders did like the long haired version and continued to breed them to create a new breed of cat. The name was chosen because Somalia is next to Ethiopia, formerly known as Abyssinia.

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Feline Breed Spotlight: Russian Blue

The Russian Blue!

History

This breed of cat originated in Russia, in the port town of Arkhangelsk. They are also sometimes called Archangel Blue (named after the port town). The Russian Blue has a thick, dense, warm coat, which allowed it to thrive in the cold Russian climate. The breed made it’s way to other countries via sailors fascinated by the breed who took them overseas when leaving the Russian port town. This is a naturally occurring breed, as it was not created by human involvement. Nowadays, the breed is sustained by many years of selective breeding of only blue short haired cats in breeding programs. This has resulted in a breed with a distinctive appearance and a unique personality particular to the Russian Blue.

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