ADOPT A FRIEND—Gipetto, the Sweetie Pie Cat
This little sweetheart was found in a carrier in front of PetSmart by an employee when they came in to open up.
COUNTY ID#: A375778
AGE: 5 years old
GENDER: Neutered Male
BREED: Domestic Short Hair
WEIGHT: Approximately 8 lbs
COLOR: White and Black
HOBBIES: Laying in the Sun, Snuggling, Relaxing
PERSONALITY: He is a little shy at first but warms up quickly. He is truly a sweet boy.
If you or anyone you know is interested in adopting the wonderful pet featured this week, please call the Prince George's Animals Management Facility in Upper Marlboro at 301-780-7201 to check on the availability. You may also visit www.pgamd.petfinder.com or www.petharbor.com to see many more precious pets that are available for adoption.
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TIP OF THE WEEK
Cats usually do an excellent job of grooming themselves, but even the neatest cat can fall victim to troublesome hairballs. You may one day see him vomit a long, dark mass – commonly called a hairball – made up of hair your cat has ingested. Forming in your cat's stomach and intestine, hairballs can cause dehydration, weight loss, and intestinal obstruction, as well as hinder digestion and elimination. Signs or symptoms of hairballs include loss of appetite, chronic vomiting, sluggishness, and constipation. Both long and shorthaired cats can have hairballs and the best solution is prevention. You can help prevent or eliminate hairballs and shedding by careful and regular brushing and combing of your cat's coat.
If hairballs continue to be a problem, remedies are available from your veterinarian and from most pet shops. There are some all natural hairball remedies you can try. Olive oil is said to help with hairballs. You can put 1/2 a tsp of olive oil in your cat's food dish. Some people recommend oily fish to prevent hairballs in their cats. Another trick is to put a small amount of petroleum jelly on the tip of your cat's nose and allow them to lick it off their nose. You may find this odd, however, the active ingredient in petroleum jelly is petrolatum, which is actually the same active ingredient in many of the over the counter hairball remedies available in pet stores. If you have any concerns please consult your veterinarian before trying these natural hairball remedies.