Cat Health

Maintaining a cat in good health is largely a matter of common sense coupled with attention to detail. A regular check-up about once a week, which can be carried out while the cat is resting on your lap, will bring to light many incipient disorders, such as parasites, skin problems, sore gums or ears or over long claws.

Signs of illness in a cat is generally obvious even to an inexperience eye. The coat will be looking rough instead of being sleek and glossy, and is because it ceases to groom itself properly.

A sick cat soon begins to appear scruffy.

It is important to notice when a cat is even slightly off-colour because some diseases run a swift course.

CAT HEALTH A-Z issues :

Abscesses

An abcess is a n accumulation of pus under the skin.

*What causes it? Most of the time it is effects of a cat fight. Usually occur around the head and neck, back and near the tail.

*How can it be treated? If the abscess has already burst, it needs to be thoroughly cleaned. Using a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water clean the area at least twice a day. Continue for 4 days. Thereafter wash with clean water for a further 3 days.

*When to consult the vet? If the abscess has not burst. Your vet will possibly give the cat an atibiotic shot.

Allergic Reactions

Cats can be allergic to to certain chemicals, particular food or even plants.

*What causes it? Finding the cause is usually problematic. Consult your vet

*When to consult the vet? An allergy may be characterised by eczema, swelling, itchiness or sores. Always consult your vet

Arthritis

These signs are for example… difficulty getting up or lying down, cat does not want to jump or even walk in severe cases.

*What causes it? Ageing is the most common cause. Could also be inflammation of a joint caused by an old injury or possibly infection.

*How can it be treated? Exellent products are available, treatment under veterinary supervision is necessary.

*When to consult the vet? As soon as above symtoms become apparent.

Constipation

Straining when passing faeces, loss of appetite and listlessness.

*What causes it? Constipation is in most cases related to diet and also common in older and long-haired cats.

*How can it be treated? Put a tablespoon of olive oil over the cat’s food. If the cat remains constipated after 12 hours take it to your vet. Commercial gels are also available from your pet shop and veterinarian.

*How to prevent it? Liver, milk, kidneys and diets with a high moisture content fed 2 to 3 times a week will help.

*When to consult the vet? When your cat is straing to defecate with few or no faeces and possibly vomiting.

Coughing

Coughing should not be ignored if the cough persists.

*What causes it? Possible causes are:

* Lungworm infection from eating birds and rodents.

* Allergic bronchitis, some cats may be allergic to sprays and cat litter.

* Tight Collars.

* Pneumonia, which may occur as a complication of cat flu

*When to consult the vet? A persistent cough needs urgent veterinary treatment.

In Which Cases Are Heat or Cold Therapy Useful?

Go take a warm bath. Put some ice on it. Soak it in cool water. How many times have you heard this sort of advice after an accident or injury or during a time you were experiencing pain? Hot therapy –applying heat– and cold therapy –applying cold– for an affected area are both age-old methods. But for what are they most useful, and how should they be used?

Heat Therapy

The function of hot therapy is to open the blood vessels. This increases blood flow through the body or to one area of ​​the body, which helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients and remove waste. It also relaxes the muscles and helps to reduce pain in the affected area.

Hot therapy is generally used for muscle stiffness and ongoing pain. It can also be used on more acute problems, such as incipient respiratory infection, bronchitis, asthma, circulatory problems, and lung disease. Heat therapy is also effective at treating cramps, muscle pain, gastric and duodenal ulcers, and rheumatoid arthritis and arthrosis.

Heat therapy is generally applied as a wrap, a compress, a sauna, a shower, or a bath. Heat baths can be used to treat the whole body, or used to treat only the affected area. You should always use caution when using heat therapy, and always check that the temperature is comfortable for you. Do not use heat therapy over open wounds or stitches, or if you have poor circulation. Hot treatment should not last more than thirty minutes.

Cold Therapy

As you may guess, cold therapy does just the opposite of hot therapy. It slows down blood flow to a particular area, helping to reduce inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain.

For injuries, cold treatment is generally used right after the injury itself. It's effective in treating sprains and strains caused by physical activity. It also helps stop nosebleeds, and can be used to reduce the severity of minor burns, as well as treat pain. Other than injuries, cold therapy is effective in treating varicose veins, edemas, low blood pressure, headaches, circulatory problems, sleeplessness, and strangely enough, even susceptibility to the common cold. It also helps with various inflammatory arthropathies, pleurisy, and respiratory infections.

Superficial cold (that is, cold applied to the outside of the body) is available in a variety of forms, including cold packs (you can purchase these at your local drug store), cold tubes or compresses, ice cubes, and hydrotherapy (baths) ). Cold therapy is generally known to last longer than heat therapy, and should only be applied a maximum of twenty minutes at a time. Ice should never be applied directly to the skin. While using cold therapy, it's very important to check the skin often (every five minutes or so) to insure than no damage, such as freezer burn, has been done. Wait at least an hour between cold treatments.

Decongesting Bronchitis The Natural Way

What is bronchitis?

Acute inflammation of the bronchi, or the airways connecting the windpipe to the lungs, which causes shortness of breath, chest congestion, coughing, and mucous expulsion.

What causes it? And who's at risk?

Bronchitis is usually caused by the same pesky bacteria that cause the flu, and the common cold. People with low immunities, the elderly, and those already suffering from respiratory disorders are more susceptible, as those with lingering cold, flu or sinus infection.

What are the symptoms?

There are two types of bronchitis: acute and chronic.

Acute bronchitis, the most common type, develops quickly, and although the symptoms can be severe, the infection usually clears up within a few weeks. Typical symptoms include: shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, and coughing accompanied by thick, yellow or green phlegm.

The symptoms of chronic bronchitis are much the same as those of acute bronchitis, but chronic bronchitis recurs frequently, and can be treated but not completely cured.

What are the natural remedies?

Avoiding smog, dust, pollen and tobacco smoke are known to be helpful in preventing bronchitis, but if an bronchial infection occurs, there are several natural remedies and treatments worth considering.

EUCALYPTUS OIL, known for its warm properties and effectiveness in treating respiratory disorders, works wonders against bronchitis. Put a few drops of the oil into a washcloth and soak it in warm water. Closing eyes to avoid irritation, place the cloth over the nasal passage and inhale the soothing oil. Repeat every few hours for three to four minutes.

Mix one teaspoon each of dried THYME, SAGE, and HYSSOP into a cup of hot water to create a tea to be drunk through the day.

The expectorant qualities of ONION help thin mucous. Simply swallow a tablespoon of raw onion juice in the morning to tie bronchial congestion.

Is Bronchitis Contagious? What You Need To Know

Whether bronchitis is contagious or not depends on the nature of the disease. There are two main types of bronchitis; acute and chronic bronchitis. The acute bronchitis is caused by viral infection and usually last for a short period of time. It is often accompanied by cough with wet sputum and severe chest pain. It can also include fever and severe headaches. This form of bronchitis is extremely contagious. It can spread rapidly through cough, sneeze or by getting in close contact with infected person.

It is essential to note that the use of antibiotics for treatment of acute bronchitis is not an effective method since it is a viral infection. What is required of a sufferer is to take adequate rest and drink plenty of water.

On the other hand, chronic bronchitis is not contagious. Although the symptoms vary widely, they are almost similar to that of acute bronchitis and manifest in form of shortness of breath, constant cough that produces lots of thick mucus and headaches. Chronic bronchitis often lies for longer period of time. The main cause is smoking. Other causes include long time exposure to dust and pollutants. Chronic bronchitis can develop to a more serious respiratory problem like pneumonia if not properly treated.

It is important to realize that chronic bronchitis has the tendency to become contagious if it persists for a very long time. This often occurs when the bacteria starts to develop and is emitted into the air.

To minimize the spread of bronchitis it is better to avoid getting in contact with anyone who coughs persistently. Also, the affected person should cover his mouth when coughing and should also wash his hands regularly with antibacterial soap.

For both acute and chronic bronchitis, it is advisable to visit the doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment. Early detection and treatment will cure and prevent the spread of the disease.

Lip balm

We all more or less suffer from dry and chapped lips, especially during the winter months. Your lips are very sensitive to sun, dry indoor climate, wind and cold weather. Since our lips don`t produce fat, they get dry and chapped. That`s why you should apply fat during the day. Chapped lips can be a sign of fever or bronchitis, but may also be caused by lack of fluid. You should drink enough water during the day, up to two liters per day. Coffee is dehydrating, so don`t count the coffee into the two liters.

You don`t need to spend a fortune on expensive lip balms, you can easily make them yourself!

Try this recipe:

10 g bees wax

30 ml jojoba oil

1 ts honey

Melt the wax and the oil in a bowl in hot water. Heat the honey in another bowl in hot water, make it luke warm. Mix with the wax and oil and stir carefully until cool. Fill the balm into a small container. Whenever you have an empty container, keep them for later use!

This balm is made from pure ingredients and protects the skin on your lips. It`s easy and it`s great fun too to make your own skin care products!