We all know cats are obligate carnivores. They must eat meat in order to be in optimal health, and fulfil the inherited needs of a predator. They can only deal with trace amount of plants, like the ones passed down to them from their prey’s stomachs.

However, sometimes, we catch them nibbling on our houseplants and grasses. Why do they do that? This questionable action also may result in them vomiting, and it has us all scratching our heads on whether to bring them to the vet or otherwise.

 

‘Casually chewing on some grass.’

 

But fret not, this behaviour is totally normal for cats! The vomited wet hairballs on the floor may not look like it’s saying it, but taking in plant matters actually provides important health benefits to your cats. Here’s why.

 

  1. It helps cats regurgitate indigestible matter and hairballs

Cats lack the enzyme to digest plant matters. Any large plant matters ingested will have to be pushed back out. This is normally done through vomiting.

The good thing about vomiting though, is that indigestible particles are also pushed out from the cat’s digestive tract. As cats are predators, this helps their body to get rid of feathers, fur, and bones that they previously ingested from their preys; as well as their own hair that they licked in during self-grooming sessions. These indigestible particles ball up in their digestive systems and are expelled as the lovely, oblong hairballs you know and love – hopefully on your non-absorbent floor.

 

‘No, I didn’t throw up on your carpet.’

 

  1. As a laxative

When indigestible particles are pushed in way too deep inside their digestive tracts, they will have to be expelled through the other way. These ingested plant matters can help our cats break down indigestible particles and push them out, all the way to the litterbox.

 

  1. To supplement their diet

Like a Mama cat’s milk, grass juice contains folic acid (Vitamin B9). This vitamin helps kittens to grow, while also aiding in the production of haemoglobin (a protein that transports oxygen in the blood). This helps them to maintain bodily functions and combat anaemia.

 

It is recommended to plant some seeds at a time so that your cat can have access to safe, edible grass when they feel like it. Munching on the neighbour’s grass is not recommended for your cat as nobody knows what pesticide, parasite or any harmful substances may be on it.

It is also important to research what houseplants are safe for your cat, so that they can feel better when they start to feel clogged inside, without suffering the toxic effects some plants may bring.

 

‘It tastes like grass milkshake.’


Haze isn’t fun for anyone. When haze occurs, we have to take extra precautions to avoid health problems like respiratory conditions and eye problems. And haze does not only affect us, it affects our pets too!

Here are some tips on how to prevent your pets from developing health conditions due to the haze, and what signs you need to look out for.

 

A walk in the park is not “a walk in the park” now.

 

Are my pets in danger due to the haze?

Some pets are more susceptible to the dangers of haze. While some pets are hardier than others, we’d advise to take safety measures for any and ALL kinds of pets. Here we list pets who may be more vulnerable to the hazards of haze:

  1. Dogs and cats – especially ones with flat faces and short noses (eg. Flat-faced Persians, Bulldogs).
  2. Young pets (less than a year)  and old pets (more than 7 years old).
  3. Pets pre-diagnosed with lung and heart diseases (eg. asthma).
  4. Pets with known eye conditions.
  5. Small animals with small lung capacity (eg rabbits, hamsters, etc)

 

Pets with short noses and flat faces are more susceptible to the hazards of haze.

 

How do I keep my pets safe during the haze?

  1. Keep your pets indoors, and close the windows. If your pets are outside or on the balcony, bring them in.
  2. Do not go out for prolonged hours. Only go outside for short periods (eg. bathroom breaks, short walks) and avoid walks at all if the PSI reaches 200.
  3. Do not put masks on your pets! They need to dispel heat from their body and putting obstructions on their breathing may cause overheating.
  4. Wipe pet bodies with pet wipes after walks to remove pollutants stuck on the fur.
  5. Increase air quality by using air filters, air conditioners, fans and air purifiers.
  6. Increase air moisture level by using air humidifiers and tubs of water.
  7. Keep your buddies well-hydrated. Use pet fountains to filter water and encourage them to drink more. Monitor their water feeders frequently, especially if you use water bowls.
  8. Use pet eye drops/artificial tears to flush out pollutants from their eyes.

 

Make sure your pets drink enough clean water during this hazy period.

 

What signs do I look out for?

If you observe any of these symptoms in your pets, bring them to the vet as soon as possible.

  1. Breathing difficulties, such as rapid and abnormal open-mouthed breathing (especially in cats).
  2. Unusual coughing and sneezing.
  3. Increased salivation.
  4. Red eyes, excessive tearing and eye discharge.
  5. Excessive nasal discharge.
  6. Inflamed or swollen mouth, skin and nose.
  7. Vomiting and loss of appetite.
  8. Weakness, lethargy – including loss of body coordination.
  9. Gums turning pale.

This list is not exclusive, and you know your pets best. If you think your pet is behaving strangely and if you think it is related to their health, an immediate visit to vet is highly advised.

We hope with this article, you can help your pets stay healthy during this shady time!

 

Shady times don’t call for shady measures! Stay healthy!


 

Does your pet scratch a lot?

Do they have skin condition and need a relief?

Do you want to pamper your pet with a relaxing and healing experience?

 

Introducing..

Our new Nano-bubble Pet Spa!

Living up to its name, our pet spa is chemical-free and uses trillions of nano-sized oxygen-rich bubbles to bring numerous benefits to your pet’s skin and soul! These nano-sized bubbles, or nano-bubbles, are 1000x smaller than regular bubbles, and they are the reason why our spa water appears to be milky. Trillions of them in clear water makes the water quietly effervescent.

These nano-bubbles are so small that they have the ability to penetrate deep into the skin’s pores, where mere shampoo and soap can’t. By laws of physics, any dirt in the pores will be naturally attracted to the negatively-charged bubbles and will be lifted away – all the while leaving behind moisture to keep their skin hydrated. By working together, these bubbles deep cleanse your pet’s coat on the tiniest level while gently giving them a relaxing effervescent sensation to chill away.

Nano-bubbles are rich in oxygen. Our spa shower generates trillions of nano-bubbles in the water, increasing the oxygen level in our bath water by up to 70% more than tap water. Due to their size, these bubbles remain suspended in the water, covering your pet’s body in a lavish cloud of oxygen. This high of an oxygen level helps to energize cells, stimulate immune system, kills bacteria, promotes healing and reduce scar marks.

As these nano-bubbles diminish in the water, they release heat energy that help maintain a warm, relaxing bath for your beloved pets. When bathwater temperatures stay warm, skin temperature will also increase evenly. This “Sauna Effect” increases cardiovascular activity and opens the skin’s pores. This accelerates the release of toxins while allowing in moisture, and also stimulates the cardiovascular system naturally – improving muscle recovery and rejuvenation.

Above the surface of our spa bath, there exist clouds of steam-like wisps. The same small particles are found in abundance around water falls, beaches and mountain streams. This is the infusion of negatively-charged ions drifting into the air – surrounding the bath at therapeutic levels. They are – the natural antidepressants. They improve the brain’s serotonin levels to help relax the mind and body, promote deep sleep, enhance recovery from tiredness, and most importantly – they contribute to feelings of well-being.

To top it all, they also fight free radicals. Yes, those positively charged ion radicals that are known to cause cancer and damage to aging skin. Around the world, the use of micro and nano bubbles in spas has helped with the improvement of skin health from eczema, psoriasis, ichthyosis and other illnesses. Take this chance to enjoy our introductory price on our Nanobubble Pet Spa on your pet’s first visit. Let them enjoy 20 relaxing minutes in our bath water and let the difference take your breath away!

Check out the video below!

 

Because your furry baby is worth it.

 

Call us at 03-7733 7469 for more information or to book a slot for your furry buddy.