Cat’s Number One Health Tip

The Cat Man and TomTom give you the #1 health tip video to have a long living healthy cat!

Now that you have the cat’s number one health tip here are some links to blogs that are relevant to maintain a healthy cat with fewer visits to the vet clinic.

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Senior Cat Health Care Needs – Part 1

Tips about Senior Cat Health Care 

By Claude West (Cat Man)senior cat health care needs

Seems like they were juveniles just yesterday terrorizing the house and yard.  Now you have this feeling of dread as signs of old age set in.  Yes, it is a desperate feeling that we have no control over.  We need to adjust our mindset to the reality that this is a part of life.  So sad but so real.  I ask you, what are you going to do about it?  You not the cat, please!  Ignoring the reality and situation will not make it better or go away. 

So many people give up on their geriatric pets because it is no longer convenient to them.  What we need to do most is provide them with great nutrition, supplements, and love in their last years.  I blog about cats not humans. What I can say is you have a responsibility to your senior.  Just as much as when they were young.

“Rather than becoming anxious about our companion’s declining abilities.  We can become proactive in preventing or delaying the onset of age-related disease.  Also adjust our interactions with them.  Rather than becoming frustrated by their lack of hearing, poor eyesight or other disabilities.  Adjusting our expectations reduces stress for both guardian and companion.”~ Dr. Larry Seigler

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Remedies for Cat Urinary Tract Infection

Top Home Remedies for Treating a Cat Urinary Tract Infection

By Claude West “The Cat Man”

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Natural Herbal Remedies

As a pet owner, you can usually tell when something is wrong with your cat.  Changes in diet, activity, behavior and sleep patterns can all be signs that your cat is having health issues; these changes also play a key role in figuring out what the problem is.  This means that if your cat is acting different, and you suspect a cat urinary tract infection, you’ve probably noticed things like:


  • Obvious pain when urinating, including crying when urinating

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    Herbal Remedies for UTI

  • Blood in the urine, small amounts of urine, or no urine at all
  • Excessive grooming of genitals
  • Urinating outside the litter box
  • Spotted urine in the box like raindrops
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Dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

By Claude West (Cat Man)

dealing with chronic kidney disease in catsDealing with chronic kidney disease in cats begins with understanding the nature and habits of cats.  In addition, you also need to understand their nutrition requirements.  Sadly processed food in a bag or can fall short of a cat’s needs.

Let us begin with the nature of cats.  Cats are natural hunters who derive most of their dietary needs from eating its prey whole.  That means skin, bones, blood, meat and organs.  This diet provides not only the nutrition needs but also the water.  Cats are not notorious drinkers.  Their mouths and tongue design makes it difficult to drink water like other animals.  Drinking large volumes of water or a diet with moisture exceeding 65%, helps avoid chronic kidney disease! Continue reading

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Feline Urinary Tract Disease

Is your cat suffering from repeated feline urinary tract disease?

By Claude West (Cat Man)

I have noticed that on several occasions persons are searching my site for feline urinary tract disease or infections.  This an issue that connects to the main emphasis of this website.  Control of Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD) is through proper diet and hydration.

#1 tip for reducing feline urinary tract disease:

I blog about diet and hydration in an effort to have you stop feeding your cat mostly dry

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Limit or eliminate dry food

cat food.  I tweet this fact daily to all cat owners and lovers that dry cat food produces concentrated urine that causes urinary problems in cats.  Long-term use of dry cat food will stress the kidneys to failure.  Hence, the name “Doomsday Pellets” referring to all forms of dry cat food.

My earlier blogs referred to the use of dry cat food as a microwave society convenience item for us.  To quickly perform the duty of “feeding your cat” and were we not trained to do that from our parents? It is never too late to change this bad habit. Continue reading

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Eleven Warm Weather Dangers to Cats

Summertime does bring a variety of dangers that you as a cat owner/lover be aware of them! Here are eleven warm weather dangers to cats! Brief note that leaving children and pets in your car during warm weather is hazardous to their health!

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

Here is a list of eleven warm weather dangers to cats and note that some of these can be year round.

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  • ·        Foxtail weeds brought by spring rains known to cause skin infections and can be lethal if swallowed.
  • ·        Open windows in high-rise apartments and condominiums where kitty may first learn to fly (or not).  Make sure your windows have secure screens and keep patio doors shut unless you are there to supervise.

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    black widow

  • ·       Black widow spiders are starting to populate in bushes and shrubs where kitty likes to hang out.
  • ·        Toxic topical medications made for other animals are deadly to cats. Consult your veterinarian about the proper cat medications.

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  • ·        Mosquito season is in full force and some are carriers of heartworm that causes severe respiratory problems in kitty (check out my blog for more detail on heartworm).  Even indoor cats are not safe because mosquitos are quite invasive.  Consult a veterinarian or certified naturopath on methods of treatment.  I prefer natural treatments but note that there are some natural products that are toxic to cats so consult an expert and be safe.
  • ·        Warm weather brings out all of the critters and feral cats roam large territories.  Catfights with critters and other cats will have injuries that become infected.  Abscesses will form and require medical treatment from a veterinarian.

In addition are year round dangers to pets.

  • ·        First, poisoning from chemicals and rodenticides that others are applying around their property (check out my blog about home toxins).  In addition, many cats love to eat plants, and some of those are toxic.  Check online with the ASPCA list of toxic houseplants to pets.
  • ·        Second, cats that get little exercise and sleep all day and night will become obese and run the risk of diabetes.  This is so typical for cats whose owners leave dry cat food out on a twenty-four hour – seven-day feeding schedule.

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    Doomsday Pellets

  • ·       Third, not feeding your cat a proper wet diet will cause many diseases over time.  Dry kibble is mostly fat and carbohydrates with only 10% moisture. (Oh no, do not get me started on this subject)!
  • ·        Another note that flea and tick season is year round but more abundant in warmer months.  Again, consult an expert on proper treatment for your cat.  A flea comb is useful to determine if you cat has fleas.

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  • ·        Last, living in rural areas have to consider dangers of wild animals such as rattlesnakes and coyotes that roam further in search of prey during hot summer months.Finally, now is a good time to take a look around the house and identify dangers to your cat before anything happens. Eleven warm weather dangers to cats.

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Remedies Reducing Holiday Pet Stress

Does your cat or dog become anxious or stressed due to Fourth of July fireworks?  Use Remedies Reducing Holiday Pet Stress before the action begins.

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

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I call it de-stressing or mellowing out your cat or dog.  Using remedies reducing holiday pet stress before the early bird neighbor starts setting off the firecrackers and bottle rockets. The reason to prepare ahead makes it far easier to control your cat or dogs stress levels when the action begins. One of the first things you should do if your cat or dog is either indoor/outdoor or outdoor is to consider keeping them inside at night for a week. I know it is a hassle but for cats, but it becomes necessary. Once your cat stresses out it may continue running for cover away from your home. There are many reports of lost cats after the fireworks. Continue reading

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Eliminate Fleas from Pets and Home

Flea season is year round and checking your pets is necessary before fleas spread throughout the house.

By Claude West (Cat Man)

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Fleas are difficult to get rid of once they contaminate the house and your pets.  It is best to mount a defensive barrier against fleas starting with your cat or dog.  An adult female flea can produce thousands of eggs in its life span of approximately 1.5 years.  Just one female flea can produce total hell in your home.

Flea Dangers:

Not all fleas are dangerous but like gambling the chances are greater for disease if no proactive plan is in place to correct the problem.  Fleas are carriers of many diseases such as tapeworm, bubonic plague, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and typhus. Their bite can cause an allergic reaction that can manifest to a nasty skin disorder on you and your pet.  Feeding them a specie specific natural diet increases resistance to flea diseases due to a stronger immune system. Continue reading

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease In Cats

Why it is inflammatory bowel disease difficult to diagnose and treat?

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

You just got a call from the vet about your cats blood work.  They suspect your kitty isinflammatory bowel disease in cats, intestinal disease, intestinal allergies suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease.   Getting your vet to tell you what it is can be difficult to understand.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease may result from more than one condition and is difficult to resolve.  Just when you least expect it your cat starts to vomit and have diarrhea frequently.  Well this is not good!  The vet just sold you a 20-day supply of antibiotics and now your cat seems worse off than before.

The medical description of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

First, there are many reasons why your cat is suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. This disease mirrors many other disorders and not well described in the Merck Manual or by your veterinarian.  “Idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease is actually a group of digestive system diseases.  They are recognized by certain persistent signs and by inflammation without a known cause. The various forms of inflammatory bowel disease are classified by location in the body and type of cell involved.” Continue reading

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Cat Allergies from Internal and External Sources

Cat allergies can be from many internal and external issues. Does your cat itch itself more than normal?

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

Cat allergies are similar to human allergies.

There are many reasons why a cat will all of a sudden begin to itch more than normal andcat allergies, actually start to pull its fur out. The first thing all cat owners should do is start a journal and think back to just before the itching event and describe how your cat was before and how it is now. Is it having runny nose, sneezing, or discharge from the eyes or ear infections? The main reason for doing a journal is to help you chart the changes to your cat and this information will assist your veterinarian in making a proper diagnosis. Continue reading

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25 Toxic Items To Pets, Found Around the House

25 toxic items to pets that are found around the house, are you aware of these toxic dangers?

By Claude West (Cat Man)

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Many pet owners are unaware that several food groups are quite toxic to both cats and dogs including indoor plants, medications, and household items. Have you ever dropped a pill on the floor and could not find it? This is a common event and as sure as Murphy’s Law is golden, your cat or dog will find that pill. My cats know when anything is out of order in the house or outside.

Did you ever see your cat on the kitchen counter checking out every item there? I cannot count the times my wife has left an open chocolate bar on the counter and most people do not understand that chocolate is quite toxic.

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