Allergies and Covid

Here’s why they are linked.

People stay inside, hiding from the Covid monster.

It’s winter, so in much of the United States, windows are closed.

Poor ventilation + family pets = sneezing and wheezing

Don’t blame the pets. Humans are supposed to be the smart ones. We can figure out a solution.

  1. Open the windows! People used to sleep with the windows open, even in cold weather, to get the benefit of air circulation. Now we are afraid of the cold, but is sneezing and wheezing better than using an extra blanket.
  2. Wipe down the pets once day with a damp cloth.
  3. Drink a lot of water.
  4. Change your pillow case 3 times a week.

Good luck!

Why you MUST get your cat’s teeth cleaned

(if you can afford it.)

  1. bacteria coats cat’s teeth
  2. cat breathes in oral bacteria
  3. oral bacteria infects lungs
  4. asthma and inflammation?

The older, fatter or sicklier the cat, the more this matters.

Oh . . . . and for humans, this is also true.

“Shapira said the link between periodontitis and lung diseases including asthma, pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is well established.” from article link below.

https://nypost.com/2021/02/08/covid-19-patients-with-gum-disease-more-likely-to-die-study/

Arthritis common in cats. Pay attention to their movements.

“Factors related to the presence of OA included advancing age, decreased mobility and grooming, and increased inappropriate elimination. This study supports findings of other studies in the last 10 years and reinforces the fact that OA is very common in middle-aged and older cats, and is associated with behavior changes.”

From “Osteoarthritis in Cats. Cat Health News from the Winn Feline Foundation.”

If your middle-aged or senior cat doesn’t like to be groomed, they may have a good reason.  Arthritis makes some movements more painful.  If you notice a reduction in movement, it’s your turn to pick up the slack. Gently and patiently help your cat groom themselves. If you can’t do this, then look for a cat groomer who understands the aches and pains of old age in cats.