Category: Pet Health

pet hoardingHoarding is a mental disorder, collecting piles of newspapers is bad enough but it is a real problem when people start hoarding live animals.

Hoarding is considered a mental disorder where people collect various things to excessive points. Their collecting reaches uncontrollable levels and impacts their daily lives. Often their homes are overrun with whatever they collect.

People will form strong emotional attachments to seemingly useless items such as newspapers and have stacks of them all over their house impeding the use of their home.

In pet hoarding typically a person picks one type of animal and begins collecting them. They soon find themselves in an out of control situation, especially when some of the pets are not spayed or neutered and begin reproducing. The hoarder thinks they are doing the pets a favor, and often consider themselves as rescuers.

The hoarders are seldom able to feed the pets correctly, provide proper medical care, or even to provide proper social interaction and affection. Despite the fact that the animals are often suffering, the hoarder generally thinks they are doing a good job of providing care for their pets and will refuse to get rid of them on the grounds they may feel nobody else can care for, or love, the pets, as much as they can.

It is not uncommon for the person to keep the bodies of deceased animals, hiding them in freezers or around their home. Other times, due to the hunger in other pets, cannibalism occurs.

As you can imagine many of these situations are filthy. The homes are sometimes flea ridden and usually smell of pet feces and urine.

Pets are acquire through legal and illegal means. Some pet hoarders will steal pets they think are living in unsuitable situations. It is not uncommon for them to justify taking a pet out of a car because they feel it should not be left alone.

Many cities have by-laws controlling the number of animals a person can keep. This enables law enforcement to step in when somebody makes a complaint about a hoarder. However pet hoarding is easily hidden by reclusive people, some of whom may live rurally.

When actual rescuers are able to either convince the hoarder to surrender their pets, or have law enforcement remove them, the pets are typically in terrible shape. Often covered in feces and painful hair mats. Many of the pets in these situations suffer from neglected medical problems.

Often a lot of the female animals will be pregnant or with litters. The animals generally have poor social skills to humans, having formed tight bonds with the other animals.

In the case of dogs they may not be house trained, as some hoarders never let the dogs outside. In the case of cats because the homes were so overrun, many of the cats will not use litterboxes.

Studies have suggested ties to animal hoarding and early childhood trauma. Often animal hoarders find themselves living in squaller, collecting other things too.

If you know of somebody who has become a hoarder, either of junk or animals, it is important to get them the mental help they need. Try talking to them about surrendering some of their pets (preferably those who are not spayed or neutered to prevent on going population growth).

There are many no-kill pet rescues where a hoarder could trust surrendering their pets to.

This is a better option than waiting for law enforcement to confiscate some of the pets with the hoarder having no control at all.

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cat scratching fleasWe all know as pet owners that fleas can be a real nuisance and can pose a health risk to ourselves and our pets.

Getting rid of these pests can be a challenge, especially for cat owners.

If you have an outdoor cat, they will definitely be more prone to getting fleas than if you have an indoor cat.

Using essential oils

While you can often use essential oils on dogs, this is usually not the case with cats.

Oils affect cats differently, and they tend to lick themselves much more frequently. Some essential oils can be dangerous for cats to ingest, so this option is not recommended.

You can take some extra precautions, however, using some common sense remedies. One option is vacuum the house frequently. Washing your bedding and the cat’s bedding every week is also recommended.

Does Dawn kill fleas?

A great way to kill existing fleas is to use Dawn dish soap. Although it won’t kill fleas after your pet’s bath, it will kill the fleas that exist on your pet when you bathe them. And Dawn is very safe for both your pet and the environment!

Lemon juice?

lemon juiceAnother natural remedy involves using lemon juice. Fleas do not like this substance, and it is a great all natural deterrent. In addition, it smells amazing!

In order to create this remedy, you will boil three cups of water with three whole, but chopped up lemons. Let the lemons steep into the water for about three hours. Once this is done, strain the lemons and seeds out. Put the cooled down liquid into a spray bottle and lightly spray your cat. You can also soak a comb in the mixture and use it this way if you prefer.

Another item fleas hate is apple cider vinegar. This can be found in any grocery store and is reasonably price, although some may not like the smell as much as lemon.

Medications

Prescription medication for cats is also available through your vet. They offer flea collars, combs, and topical medications. Most topical medication for fleas on cats is administered once every month. If you use this method wear gloves to avoid getting the medicine on your skin.

Lightly rub the medication into the cat’s shoulder blades making sure you apply the entire tube. Rub it in as much as you can. Make sure you apply this right on the blades where your cat cannot lick it. Your cat may be irritated at first when you apply the medication, so you should monitor them when you first put it on until it is absorbed. Ask your vet which which brand they recommend.

Some brands actually help prevent ticks and heart worms in addition to fleas.

Inside your home, you can use Borax which is a non harmful solution and apply it directly to the carpet. Borax is a known flea preventative, and is harmless to humans and to cats. If you do find fleas in your home, be sure to wash everything in very hot water.

The hot water will help to kill the fleas and their eggs. Soapy water in a bowl is actually a known flea killer as well! The light reflected off the soap attracts fleas, and then they climb into the bowl and drown! There are many safe and healthy ways you can ensure your kitty stays flea free.

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