Hello, my name is Catherine. I have long loved animals and have had several of my own over the years. Sadly, I saw two of my cats suffer with feline cancer, one of my dogs had arthritis, and, of course, we faced the usual calamities and injuries pets often face. However, I have had to navigate this on a relatively restricted budget, and through the years, I have gotten quite proficient at that. I work at a library and love doing research on pets and veterinary care as well as a range of other topics. I also love to write so decided to put my info in a blog. Please, explore and enjoy!
28 July 2016
Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) is a painful and potentially vision-threatening condition in cats. But what causes the problem, what signs should you watch out for, and how is the condition treated? Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis) Dry eye is a condition where the cat's eye does not produce tears. This lack of lubrication in the eye can lead to inflammation of the cornea and eventually, if the condition is left untreated, blindness. Chronic dry eye leaves the cat with a sticky, yellow discharge oozing from the affected eye, which in the summer months can attract flies, making the cat vulnerable to infections.
28 July 2016
Although rabies is not endemic in Australia, it is carried by some species of bats found in Queensland and is present elsewhere around the world. The rabies virus can be prevented by having your dog vaccinated, which is essential if you are planning on travelling with your pet to a part of the world where the disease is known to be present. Read on to find out why having your pet vaccinated against rabies is so important.
6 June 2016
If you are a soft touch for a cute ball of fluff it can be hard to turn away a stray cat from your doorstep. However, you want to make sure that you and any other cats in the home also stay safe if you let a stray into your home. Give them some space Many strays are used to being treated badly and needing to fight for their food and territory.
24 May 2016
Colder days and longer nights make winter one of the least popular seasons of the year, and it is not only humans that feel this way. Have you noticed that your cat has got much less spring in their step than normal? This is because cats can suffer from the winter blahs just like their owners, but there are a couple of steps you can take to help chase their blues away.
5 February 2016
Like people, cats all have different personalities. If you're thinking about adopting a cat, it's important to make sure that you pick one with which you can build a two-way loving relationship. It's also worth thinking about the kind of home environment you'll offer your new pet to make sure that it is a good match for its temperament. Don't Judge a Cat by its Picture Many cat adoption facilities put up photos of their cats on their websites.