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Cat Fleas, wingless, skin piercing, blood suckers…

The female flea lays her eggs on the host, which then hatches into larvae before becoming an adult flea.

Cat fleas can transmit parasites and infections to dogs, cats and even to people.  Bartonellamurine typhus, apedermatitis. tapeworm Dipylidium caninum transmitted when an immature flea is swallowed by pets or people.

It is so important to keep up a regular flea treatment for your pets and around the home.

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Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease. The parasite infects most warm blooded animals, even people, but it’s primary host is the family Cat. Animals are infected by eating infected meat, by eating the feces of an infected cats, or passed on by a mother cat to her fetus. Catsthrough contamination of hands,and contact with raw meat, especially pork are the main source of infection to people.

The infection usually  causes mild flu-like symptoms, but healthy adults genrlly do not show any symptoms. However people with a weakened immune system, such as AIDS patients or pregnant women, may become seriously ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. The parasite can cause encephalitis an inflammation of the brain and neurologic diseases, and can also affect the heart, liver, inner ear and eyes.

The most common way for a cat to become infected with toxoplasmosis is by eating  infected prey such as rodents & birds, it is also possible for a cat to become infected by eating raw meat.

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As a little girl growing up I used to suffer from Car sickness, Mum would say “It’s all in your mind” … Well sorry mum it’s all over the back seat.

I remember the smell of mums perfume or those really strong-smelling air fresheners used to make me fell sick every time, and it’s very much the same for our furry friends.

Next time you’re taking your cats to the Vets, The Cattery, or just for that Sunday drive, spear a thought for the poor little fur baby, and go easy on the perfumes.

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A statistical analysis, conducted by the New Zealand Companion Animal Council shows as Kiwis love our pets. (companion animal – CA) (New Zealand – NZ)

  • with approximately 5 million companion animals in New Zealand.
  • 68% of households own  a CA.
  • New Zealanders are the worlds greatest cat owners – total feline population around 1.419 million.
  • 48% of households own 1 or more cats.
  • NZ  total canine population – 700,000.
  • 29% of households own a dog.
  • 10% of NZ households own fish 1.678 that’s an avg of 9 per household.
  • 6% of NZ households around 5 birds each.
  • The majority of CA are found in urban areas.
  • New Zealanders spend around $1583.8 million a year on where CA’s
  • $766 million is spent on food, that’s almost 50%
  • we spend $358 million a year on Veterinary services
  • $166 million on healthcare products.
  • Dogs – The avg household would spend $1571 per year caring for their dogs.
  • Cats – The avg household would spend $838 per year caring for their cats.

Don’t forget, your pets need to be de-sexed and microchipped

For more fascinating facts pick up a copy of the Welfare Pulse

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 26th November 2011- The Cause for Paws – Pet Expo at the Deloraine Cattery

 

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You’ve all heard of Child proofing your home, but have you ever thought that some of the things we have around the house could effect your pets health.

Here is a list of just some of the things we have around the house that can affect our pets

Alcohol, Antifreeze,  Aromatherapy oils, Aspirin & Paracetamol, Xylitol, Zinc  Bleach, Brake fluid, Deodorants & deodorisers, Dish washing detergents, Disinfectants, Dye, Fungicides, Furniture polishes,  Garlic, Herbicides & Insecticides, Weedkiller, Tar, Laxatives, Metal polishes,  Mineral spirits, Petrol,  Mothballs, Nail polish & removers, Sun block, Shoe polish, Paint & remover, Mouldy foods, The flesh & pips from Avocados, Coffee, Chocolate, Tobacco, Macadamia nuts, Pear & apple pips, Kernels of plums, peaches & apricots, Potato skins and green potatoes, Raisins, grapes, Rhubarb leaves, Tomato leaves and stems, Yeast dough

IF YOU THINK YOUR PET HAS BEEN POISONED, CONTACT YOUR VET IMMEDIATELY. 

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You know Cats are a lot like little kids, when it comes to finding the right toy for them, you could find yourself spending a tone of money on all those fancy toys, but at the end of the day all they really want is a cardboard box, some sticks and leaves from the garden or that ball of wool you just happen to be making a beautiful new jumper out of.

The Box

Real toys for real cats

If you’re having trouble with cats scratching at  the carpet, try putting a box on the floor…. Studies show Cats love boxes   www.deloraine.co.nz 

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