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5 Pet Health Myths

  • August 7, 2011
  • 6:01 pm
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Myth #4—Cats always land on their feet.

The reality: We wish this were true, but Dr. Rubin says he’s seen too many instances of high-rise syndrome, in which cats hanging out by windows accidentally fall out when a passing bug or bird steals their attention. Install a window bay, or a cat condo, and keep the window closed. And keep your cat healthily occupied in other ways, too. Dr. Rubin suggests a daily exercise routine in which the cat chases a toy on a string or a laser light on the wall. During the day, you can put a few pieces of cat food in a feed-and-treat ball and hide it, which will stimulate your cat’s natural hunting instincts.

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8:48PM PDT on May 21, 2013

Thanks for sharing!

12:03AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

When I was in my teens we had a family cat that only drank water from the bathroom sink tap.
It was comical - He would sit in the sink and wait patiently until someone noticed him and to turn on the water.

12:11PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

I didn't know about kisses. Thanks!

10:43AM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

The only people food one of my cats will eat is cheese. We give a piece the size of a pea once a day. He loves it.

3:50PM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I have to thoroughly disagree with the first "myth". Granted, table scraps may be bad for your pet (if they contain a lot of fat, oils, condiments, etc.). However, "people food" is actually better for animals than the standard, dry kibble stuff. You have to be careful with those and read the label (and ingredients) thoroughly because even "natural" pet food can be guilty of greenwashing.

Aside from that, you don't hear about dogs and cats hunting for kibble in the wild. They go after birds, rodents, and even plants, because that is what they would naturally eat. Not processed food that contains additives, fillers, chemicals, and other unnecessary things.

I would suggest looking into organic, holistic, or raw diets for your pets. There are even recipes online and pet cookbooks, so you can plan their meals and always know what is exactly in their food (which is especially useful if they have food allergies or other health issues). Plus, real/organic food can boost their immune system and give them a healthier coat, unlike the processed stuff (which may actually lead to more trips to the vet).

And it doesn't have to be a masterpiece, it can be as simple as some chicken and veggies. But if you decide to stick with the kibble route (high quality or not), please read the packaging thoroughly...

This site has some good info on raw diets:
http://www.rawdogfood.com.au/index.html

11:11AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

I knew about the carrots (and the grapes) - but cauliflower and apples - what great ideas! My mom's dog will do pretty much anything for carrots. It makes me laugh to watch how excited she gets.

9:32AM PDT on Sep 8, 2011

Thanks for the info!

12:56PM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

Thanks...I already know these but it is not always easy to do the right thing. My cats are always begging...

7:55AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

...thanks for the tips--never did like dogs or cats licking my face = /

2:08AM PDT on Sep 6, 2011

Worth sharing!b Thanks!

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