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What’s The Scoop on Your Cat’s Poop

cat pooping

Is that mine?

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What’s Healthy

and

What’s Not

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Sure, it’s not the most pleasant topic to discuss, but your cat’s poop can give you an inside look at her health (pun intended!). Your cat is an important part of your life, and knowing what normal poop looks and smells like, and recognizing what isn’t normal, is a responsibility you, as a pet parent, must own.

 

Healthy Habits

 

Bowel habits vary from cat to cat, but a health cat will typically have one bowel movement per day. A normal poop will be solidly formed and easy to scoop, with the size depending on your cat’s size and her diet. In general, cats with a diet that is grain-free will have smaller poop and they will be less stinky than those fed a high-filler diet. Why, you might ask? You see, nutrients in higher quality diets (i.e., those with little to no fillers) are better absorbed by the body, meaning less smelly waste as a result. Healthy poop is usually dark brown but that, too, can vary depending on your cat’s diet.

 

Diarrhea

 

When indigestible portions of food (such as fillers) pass through your cat’s intestines too quickly, diarrhea can be the result. Sadly, diarrhea is quite common in cats and can also be the result of parasites, a virus, exposure to toxins, kidney disease, intestinal cancers, and a variety of other diseases.

 

With diarrhea, soft stool may be formed, or your cat’s poop may resemble more of a cow patty. It can also be complete liquid mixed with mucous. If your kitty has one or two soft poops, but isn’t showing any signs of distress such as no desire to eat or drink, then diarrhea typically is not an issue and should resolve itself within 24 – 48 hours. But, if your cat experiences multiple episodes of diarrhea per day, in conjunction with lethargy, refusal to eat, and/or vomiting, then dehydration is a great concern and your cat should visit your vet.

 

Constipation

 

When poop is retained in the colon, constipation occurs. The longer the poop remains in the colon, the harder it becomes, causing water to be removed from the colon. If your kitty is constipated, she will likely strain in the litter box and the poop she does produce will be very small, dry and hard. If you notice your cat is suffering from constipation, seek veterinary assistance.

 

Pooping Outside of the Litter Box

 

Both diarrhea and constipation may cause your cat to poop outside of her litter box, but some healthy cats do this, too. If you experience this with your cat, the first course of action you should take is to bring your cat for a vet visit in order to rule out any medical issues. If medical issues are ruled out, then the problem is likely a behavioral one, and you’ll need to pay close attention to your cat in an effort to determine the problem and work to correct the behavior.

 

Abnormal Poop

 

If your cat’s poop is pale white, grey, black or green, she may require immediate veterinary care. Pale white, grey or green poop may signal liver disease or an intestinal infection, and black poop usually points to internal bleeding.

 

Yes, poop isn’t a pleasant topic, but it’s one that deserves special attention when it comes to the overall health and well-being of your favorite feline.

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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Does Your Pet Annoy You

beagle mix

I’m not pulling, honest!

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Handling

Your Pet’s

Most Annoying Habits

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

We cherish our pets, but, just like with human, sometimes their habits can be utterly annoying! Here’s a few tips on how to handle those habits, while nicely reminding Fluffy and/or Fido who’s the boss.

 

Annoying Habit #1 ~ Your Dog Barks Every Time the Doorbell Rings

 

Why He Does It: Many dogs bark in an effort to notify the family pack that someone is approaching. In your dog’s mind, barking seems to banish an intruder, so he keeps doing it. For instance, the UPS delivery driver approaches your house, rings the doorbell, and your dog barks. The delivery driver leaves and your dog gives himself a pat on the back because he did his job and achieved success.

 

What You Can Do to Stop It: Ask a friend or family member to come to the door and scratch it softly enough that the sound does not entice your dog to bark. Praise Fido and reward him a treat. Work up to tapping on the door, followed with praise and a treat; then knocking; and finally ringing the bell (with each step followed with – you guess it – praise and a treat). Before you yell “stop barking, Fido!” your dog will start sniffing for treats whenever there’s a noise at the door.  Praise him before giving him the treat and, eventually, praise alone may be reward enough for Fido.

 

Annoying Habit #2 ~ Your Cat Scratches Everything

 

Why She Does It: Cats scratch in order to mark their territory and because it helps them shed the outer layer of their claws.
What You Can Do to Stop It: Find Fluffy the scratching post of her dreams! Some cats prefer carpeted posts while others are drawn to rope covered posts or even plain old cardboard. And some prefer something flat on the ground, while others like to stretch upward as they scratch. The key is to take notice of Fluffy’s scratching habits, noting her preferences, and buy her a scratching post that she won’t be able to refuse. Place the post or mat right next to her favorite scratching item (your couch, your antique chair, your favorite rug…) and teach her to refocus her scratching energies on the post. Once she has adapted to the post, feel free to relocate it to a less intrusive area of your home.

 

Annoying Habit #3 ~ Your Dog Pulls on His Leash

 

Why He Does It: Your dog is a bundle of curiosity who wants to see and sniff everything he can, all at once.
What You Can Do to Stop It: To manage a pooch who’s a leash puller, try a head halter or a front-clip harness. Even better, train Fido to walk properly. One simple trick to try is to simply stop moving forward when he pulls and reward him with treats when he walks by your side. Granted, it’s not always that easy, so if you need other possible solutions, check out this video by world recognized dog trainer Victoria Stilwell.

 

Annoying Habit #4 ~ Your Cat Meows at Night

 

Why She Does It: If your older cat meows at night, you may want to have her checked by your vet, as nighttime vocalization is one sign of hyperthyroidism. An aging pet may lose certain cognitive abilities, leading her to become less restful at night. Other causes could be something provoking the her (another cat outside the window), a change in her environment or routine, or even boredom. And if your cat hasn’t been spayed or neutered, those night howls could be mating calls.
What You Can Do to Stop It: If mating is the motive for your kitty’s howls, having Fluffy fixed should be your first course of action. If not, request your vet test Fluffy for hyperthyroidism. If she is diagnosed, treatment options include surgery, daily medication, or radioactive-iodine therapy. A change in diet may also help, as antioxidants and vitamins C and E may reverse brain-aging changes. If medical issues and outside disturbances are ruled out, you’re likely dealing with a cat who simply wants attention at 3 a.m. Perhaps assign some play toys as “nighttime-only” toys and give them to Fluffy before you hit the sack. It’s likely her nighttime meowing is a test of will, so stand firm and ignore her, and the situation will likely resolve itself.

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Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

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Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Why Does My Cat Eat Strange Things?

cat with toy

What is she eating now?

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Cats 

Strange

Addictions

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Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

If you’ve ever watched the TV Show “My Strange Addiction,” you’ve likely seen stories of people who have an unusual “habit” of eating non-food items, such as chalk, mulch, dirt, etc. This “habit” has a name – pica – and it is an obsessive-compulsive disorder that can be experienced by animals, as well as humans, especially cats. If you’ve ever noticed Fluffy devour cotton, paper, shoelaces, or any other item not meant to be consumed, be wary! It can be quite dangerous for your kitty to engage in pica, as ingesting non-food items can result in digestive upset, choking, and intestinal obstruction that could be serious enough to require surgery.

 

Pica is most common in Oriental cat breeds, especially Siamese, indicating there may be a genetic predisposition in cats who develop the disorder. Many cases of pica in cats are triggered by stress, which may coincide with the Siamese breed’s sensitive nature. But, there are several other causes of pica in our feline friends, including:

 

  • If Fluffy is eating non-food items on a regular basis, visit your vet to explore the possible medical causes, as pica can begin as a medical issue but turn into a habit if left untreated. Some medical issues that can result in pica in cats include:
    • Anemia (low iron levels in the blood)
    • Brain tumors
    • Dental disease
    • Diabetes
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Immunodeficiency viruses such as feline leukemia

 

  • A common trigger for pica in cats are stressful situations, including:
    • Lack of attention (consider pica as a cry for attention)
    • Misdirected behavior (your cat may resort to pica when he actually wants to do something else, but cannot)
    • Frustration (for example, if Fluffy sees another kitty in your yard who she wants to play with, fight with, etc., she may become frustrated and take that frustration out by eating a non-food item)
    • Boredom (pica can be a form of self-stimulation to Fluffy when she’s bored)
    • Separation anxiety
    • Loud noises (pica can be used as a form of stress relief by some cats when a loud noise such as loud music or construction noise upsets them)
    • A move to a new home

 

Pica Treatment

 

Pica can be a worrisome disorder with results that can be confusing and, oftentimes, annoying, but there are ways to treat it, including:

 

  • Desensitizing your cat by redirecting her unwanted behavior into a more positive activity.
  • Remove the inappropriate items that your cat eats from his reach.
  • Do not react negatively or positively when you see your cat engaging in the pica behavior. Simply remove the item she is eating.
  • Redirect your cat to a more positive behavior by giving her an appropriate toy to chew on, or involving her in an activity. Give her plenty of praise or treats when she does redirects her attention successfully.

 

  • Provide alternative activities for your cat to engage in, such as:
  • Provide ample playtime – make sure you play with Fluffy at least once per day.
  • Provide toys made of rubber or plastic, rather than fabric or stuffed toys, which are easier to eat.
  • Try walking Fluffy outdoors with a leash and harness. Not all cats are amenable, so take cues from Fluffy to determine whether or not she enjoys the activity. If she does, regular walks can be a good stress-reliever for you both!
  • Offer catnip plants or cat grass to Fluffy as a safer alternative to non-food items.
  • Keep Fluffy occupied with a small dog Kong filled with kibbled cat food or cat treats.

 

  • It’s not uncommon for a cat suffering with pica to require medication. Your vet may determine anti-anxiety medication is necessary.

 

Pica can be a frustrating situation for pet parents, but always remember it is not in your best interest or the best interest of your cat to deal with it using punishment. This will likely make the problem even worse by adding even more stress and anxiety for your cat.

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If you liked this article, check out our other articles – Complete List Of Our Article and Videos

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Do You Know What Your Dog Is Saying?

Beagle

Here I come!

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Reading

Your Dog’s

Body Language

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 Author, Darlene Wagner for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

As we age, we learn to pick up cues from our friends, family members and acquaintances that give us an indication of how they’re feeling. For example, if your friend’s head is held low and her shoulders are hunched down, it is likely safe to assume she’s just not a happy camper; perhaps she’s sad or not feeling well. As humans we have the benefit of vocalizing our feelings, too, so determining how someone is feeling doesn’t have to rely solely on body cues. Unfortunately, we just don’t have that luxury with our canine companions; unlike humans, dogs rely solely on their body language to get their message across. Many pet parents simply aren’t proficient in understanding their pooch’s body signs, which can lead to confusion and misunderstanding, and may even weaken their bond.

 

Every parent wants to understand their child; even children of the furry persuasion. Here’s a little help when it comes to knowing what your canine mime is trying to say:

 

Front body lowered, ears up, mouth open, eyes wide, tail wagging up high.

This is a classic invitation to play! It’s your dog’s way of saying “I’m friendly; let’s play!” You’ve likely noticed your pooch assume this position just before he runs toward you or in a random direction, displaying his eagerness to engage in some playtime. This happy mood may also be highlighted with random barking and playful jumps.

 

Head held high, eyes focused, ears pointing upright.

This stance indicates the dog is trying to pay close attention to what he is seeing, smelling or hearing. He may be doing this to detect a possible threat to himself or his family, or just to focus all of his attention on something that peaks his interest. When you speak to your dog, do you notice his ears point up and his head tilts a bit? This is his attempt to hear you and understand you better, and to search for familiar words like “walk” and “treat.”

 

Head held high, ears pointed sharply upright, lip curl that reveals teeth.

This is your dog’s way of saying “Back off!” This warning can be especially serious when combined with direct and intense eye contact, which means he is sensing a threat to himself or his family.

 

Eyes wide, nose wrinkled, hair along the back raised, tail tucked between back legs.

If your dog displays this posture, he is frightened and feels like he is greatly threatened or he is anxious. Don’t mistake this stance with one of submission, as he is ready to attack despite his fear. If you notice the corners of his mouth pull back slightly, he is ready to bark and bite for protection.

 

Lowered body that is slightly leaned back, lowered tail that may wag slightly, quick glances, ears pulled back.

This is your pooch’s way of saying “I surrender” when approached by a dominant individual or animal. His stance shows he is trying to appease and avoid possible confrontation, and his body is leaned back to allow him to make a quick retreat, if necessary.

 

Surely there are various cues your canine companion has shared with you that help you understand his feelings and needs. Think of those cues as his form of sign language; since he can’t communicate with you verbally, he relies on his signs to inform you, and he relies on you to understand what he has to say. Pay attention and respond appropriately, and you’re sure to have an everlasting bond that you both understand, even without words.

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If you liked this article, check out our other articles – Complete List Of Our Article and Videos

About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc August 2016 Newsletter

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Hey, there is some good stuff in here, check it out!!

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Pet News

August 2016 Pet Newsletter

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In This Issue – 

New England Pet Expo

Can I Use My Shampoo on my Pet

Dehydration Treatment

National Dog Day

Can Cats Get Sunburned

A Story Guaranteed to Make You Smile

Why Do Cats Sleep So Much

Pokemon Go Helping Pets

How People Perceive Dogs with cropped Ears & Tails

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Newsletter Author and creator, Darlene Wagner Butler for Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

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About the Owner and Professional Pet Sitting Etc

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990. It is an AWARD WINNING business, having been awarded the 2015 Best Pet Sitting , 2015 Best Dog Walker, Business of the Year Awards in 1996, 1997, 2006 and 2010.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB, A rating with Angie’s List and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click Here for Professional Pet Sitting Etc Reviews, Testimonial and Awards

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

Pet Sitting NH , Pet Sitting Nashua NH , Pet Care NH, Petsitternh, Petsittersnh, Professional pet sitter, pet sitters, professional pet sitting, pet sitting, pet sitter, professional pet services, professional pet sitters, pro pet sitting, pet sit, pet, puppy sitting

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