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New Friends – Oz Pets Paradise
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Products will also become available through The Pets Hotel Web Boutique and in Reception.
Natural Animal Solutions
Natural Animal Solutions unique range of quality health products treats and supports many of today's common pet conditions, as well as prevents many common ailments. NAS products have been developed from within clinics and in conjunction with leaders of the Australian naturopathic industry. Many of the products are used by practitioners of the human and pet industry. NAS products are backed by a team of Animal Naturopaths that can assist you in getting your pet healthy, and maintaining that health.
Some of the common ailments in which these natural products can effectively be used for include: itchy skin, allergies, itchy paws, hot spots, mange, poor skin and coat, minor cuts and abrasions, fly bite, stress and anxiety, kennel cough, travel sickness, digestive upset, immune support, joint conditions, ear and eye infections, fleas etc.
Currently products can be found at TPH Reception and will soon become available through The Pets Hotel web Boutique as well.
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Source: MOONEE VALLEY LEADER, MAY 12, 2014 12:00AM, Details: lortsmith.com.au
The Lort Smith Animal Hospital has two cats up for adoption because their owners didn't have the time or couldn't afford to nurse them back to health after they got into trouble in overnight incidents. Source: News Limited
A NORTH Melbourne animal shelter is urging residents to keep their cats indoors at night after a spate of injuries.
Lort Smith Animal Hospital shelter manager Serena Horg said they often had cats admitted after getting into scrapes at night such as being hit by cars or getting into fights with other animals.
"If they are out at night, they get hit by a car more frequently because they (drivers) are less likely to see," Ms Horg said.
"Cats do become more energetic at night because they are nocturnal and want to go out and hunt."
Nine-month-old Marshmallow was admitted to hospital after being hit by a car and his owners had to surrender him because they were unable to afford his treatment.
Another cat, Hope, was attacked in a suspected possum fight and had extensive injuries including fractures, puncture wounds and lacerations.
Hope's owners were unable to give her the time needed to nurse her back to health and she was also surrendered.
Owners who have difficulty luring cats home at night are encouraged to feed them in the evenings and provide a variety of toys to keep them interested.
Moonee Valley Council introduced a cat curfew in July 2011, requiring cats be confined to their owner's property between sunset and sunrise.
Mayor Jan Chantry said 29 complaints about breaches had been reported to the council since the introduction of the curfew and residents had been given warnings.
Those warned caught breaking curfew again would be given a $144 fine but none have been issued so far.
"As well as helping to reduce the damage caused by cats to local wildlife, keeping cats in at night will help reduce unwanted cat litters, barking dogs, and cat waste in neighbours' gardens," Cr Chantry said.
Marshmallow and Hope are available for adoption.
Source: Pet Pages Apr 4, 2013 by Caroline Zambrano - http://www.petpages.com.au/a/owning_a_pet/is_my_cat_overweight
If you need a forklift to lift up your cat, then yes your cat is overweight. But feline obesity is no laughing matter.
Feeding your cat lots of yummy food and treats may be a purrfect way to show how much you love him, but those growing 'cuddly' bits can lead your beloved feline to have arthritis, diabetes, liver failure and even death at a young age.
Cat obesity is a growing concern around the world as international studies over the past two decades have shown an increasing prevalence of overweight and obese cats, ranging from 25 to 40 per cent, according to Dr Linda Fleeman, former lecturer in nutrition and small animal medicine and who now runs Animals Diabetes Australia, a diabetes-specific clinic for dogs and cats in Victoria.
In fact, a 2011 survey conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), which aims to promote awareness of pet obesity, found 55 per cent of cats in the United States to be classified as overweight or obese by their vet. Furthermore, 15 per cent of characterised their cat as 'normal weight' when it was actually overweight or obese.
"These studies show that owners underestimate their cat's level of obesity. So the statistics are very likely an underestimation because of the owner's inability to recognise their pet is overweight," says Dr Fleeman. "It's the concept of the 'middle age bulge'; people and animals become overweight during middle age. It's the six to eight-year-old cats that are really putting on the weight."
What Causes Obesity and Why Is it So Bad?
The most common cause of obesity is overfeeding -- if your cat does not burn the calories consumed, he will put on weight. Furthermore, as cats age, their metabolic rate naturally slows down and they become less active (sometimes with painful joints).
Overweight or obese cats then become high risk for a number of diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, skin problems and life-threatening hepatic lipidosis (liver disease) .
"There's no question that cats that are overweight and obese are more likely to have diabetes," says Dr Fleeman. "And by the time they get their diabetes, they have often lost weight. One of most common reasons cats are not able to achieve remission from diabetes is because they have gained weight and became overweight or obese."
How Do You Tell Your Cat Is Fat?
There is no standard weight for cats, says Dr Fleeman, because every breed and individual cat is different, coming in all different shapes and sizes.
You can get a rough idea by simply feeling along the side of your cat. Can you feel the individual ribs? Can you see an hourglass figure waist when you stand over your cat? In that case, your cat is most likely not overweight.
Two body condition systems exist to assess a cat's (or dog's) body condition: a 9 point body condition scoring system and a 5 point body condition scoring system.
To perform the rating, your vet will feel your cat's ribs, which should have a slight amount of fat over them. If the ribs are visible, your cat is too thin (body score of 1 or 2). If your vet can't feel the ribs at all, your cat is overweight or obese (body score of 7 or 9).
A 5 point body condition scoring system is equivalent to the 9 point scale, just not as detailed.
If the ribs are visible, your cat is too thin (body score of 1). If your vet can't feel the ribs at all, your cat is overweight or obese (body score 5).
The Waltham S.H.A.P.E.™ (Size, Health and Physical Evaluation) Guide for Cats can also be used to evaluate a cat's body condition. Waltham S.H.A.P.E. is a flow-diagram based system (also available for dogs) created by the WALTHAM Centre for Pet Nutrition, a leading scientific authority in pet nutrition and wellbeing based in England.
S.H.A.P.E. uses similar visual and palpable characteristics as existing scoring systems. You simply follow the questions whilst examining your cat and end up with a S.H.A.P.E. score, which will be a letter between A and G.
What To Do About Obesity?
If you think your cat is overweight, consult your vet to discuss a weight reduction and management program suitable for your cat.
It's important to address the common feeding practices of cat owners today, says Dr Fleeman, explaining that cat owners tend to leave dry food out for their cat to nibble on as they want it and give wet food as meals.
"This idea that cats be locked in the house with an endless supply of food to eat, it's not surprising they would become overweight," she says. "Cats should be fed meals twice a day and receive food like dogs do - eat all of their food within 15 minutes. And it's quite normal for cats not to eat anything else until their next meal time."
Eating meals twice a day without snacking in between increases cats' enjoyment and interaction with their owners, says Dr Fleeman. "Unfortunately, it's just not in our culture to feed cats in this way. If we did, there would be less overweight cats."