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Allergies Can Be A Real Pet Peeve

As many owners will confirm, pets are more than animals living in their house. They are part of the family. For allergy sufferers, this bond often means that it will take more than a stuffy nose and sneezing to separate them from their favorite Fido or feline. An estimated 10 percent of the population is allergic to pets. But because more than 70 percent of U. S. households have a dog or cat, these pet allergy sufferers may frequently come in contact with animals, and sometimes even have pets living in their own homes. "I work with lots of families who have allergies and chose to live with a pet anyway," said Dr. Jeff Werber, a practicing Los Angeles veterinarian and Emmy Award-winning pet health reporter. "Most people view their pets as beloved members of the family, and parting with them because of allergies is not an option. " Understanding Pet AllergiesAlthough most people think it is hair or feathers that cause allergic reactions, it is actually the saliva and proteins in animals' dander that trigger sym...

 


Siamese Cat and Kitten Information

The Siamese is a sleek, short haired cat of medium size. They have long legs, a tubular body with males often sporting a chiseled head shape. Almond shaped, the color of the eyes of Siamese kittens can be determined at around 8 weeks of age. Four basic colors are recognized for show, lilac, blue, chocolate and seal. Siamese kittens are white when born, but in a few days slight markings appear on tail, ears, and paws. Siamese Cats are affectionate, friendly and intelligent. They can seem aloof but are really quite playful and can be very vocal. Brief History of the Siamese Cat The Siamese cat comes from Thailand (once called Siam). This is a very old breed of cat. They were brought to England in 1884 by Edward Blencowe Gould, the Bangkok British Counsel-General. They were imported to the United States in the early twentieth century and their popularity has just grown. There are several slang names for this breed including Appleheads, Old Style and Classic.The ancestor of all domestic cats is the African Wildca...

 


Everything You Need To Know About Hairballs

What is the condition of hairballs? Hairballs result from accumulations of hair in the digestive tract. Cats are fastidious cleaners, spending a great deal of time grooming their hair. When a cat grooms, its rough tongue pulls loose, dead hair from the coat. This hair is then swallowed and can accumulate in the cats stomach and becomes a source of irritation. Some hair may be passed from the cats body in the feces or could be coughed up in the form of a hairball.What are the signs of hairballs? Some typical signs of hairballs in cats are:- gagging - occasional vomiting- eating small quantities of food at a time - weight loss, or even a complete loss of appetite - constipation - regurgitation of undigested food right after it is eaten - dry coughing from deep inside (strange noises made through the nose and throat, almost like a muted cough) Hairball prevention starts with a regular grooming schedule using combs, slicker brushes and grooming mitts especially on long-haired breeds of cats and during shedding se...

 




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