Pet of the week

December 03, 2005

Miko is a small male tabby cat about 4 months old. He gets along with kids and formerly lived with a cat, a dog and a snake.

Pet tip

Cats can't say where or when they are in pain. In fact, many animals will try to mask pain or illness. That's why it is important to know your cat's regular habits and behaviors. Any deviation from its normal behavior could indicate a problem with its health. Some symptoms and behaviors are obvious, such as diarrhea, vomiting, coughing, sneezing, runny nose or eyes, and trouble using the litter box. There are other, more subtle, physical and behavioral signs that might indicate a trip to the vet is in order. Take note if your cat does any of the following:

· Misses more than one meal

· Shows a sudden change in eating habits

· Stops using the litter box

· Develops puffiness or a lump under the skin


· Hides for more than a day

· Becomes suddenly short-tempered or intolerant of attention

· Shakes its head frequently

· Changes its routine or loses interest in his favorite games

· Stops grooming

The Humane Society of Washington County is located at 13011 Maugansville Road. Call 301-733-2060, ext. 237, for hours and directions.

- Pet tip courtesy of the Humane Society of the United States

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