How to Deal with Roundworms in Cats

In my teaching career as a piano instructor, I have a lot of students who are enthusiastic about their pets. They would tell stories about them during our casual conversations. And one of the most popular pets among my students is cats. And because of the stories I hear, I am convinced that cats are indeed among the best family pets.

However, cats have serious problems with roundworms. It is one of the common causes of malnourishment, intestinal blockage, pneumonia and even death if not properly treated. Roundworms compete with their host for food as they also feed on intestinal contents. They can grow to be as long as five inches and are notable for their spaghetti-like appearance.

There are three ways a cat may acquire roundworms. One is through the rodents they hunt which may already have roundworms in their system. Once a cat consumes its prey, roundworms and their larvae can be transferred to the cat. Another way of transmission is through environmental transmission when a cat accidentally ingests roundworm eggs from the soil or has contact with feces from other cats. Lastly is by mammary transmission which occurs when some larvae inside the host migrate to the mammary gland and are then passed on to the kittens through their mother’s milk.

There are symptoms that can help you detect if there are roundworms in cats. These include weight loss despite giving your pet the proper nutrition, potbellied appearance and diarrhea. You may also notice that your cat has a dull hair coat instead of the usual shiny coat. In some instances, cats may also suffer from cough that could go on for days because of roundworm migration to the lungs. And the most obvious sign is when your cat vomits roundworms.

Once your cat manifests the symptoms of roundworms, you should see a veterinarian for proper treatment or medication. Aside from the symptoms, you may also be required to submit a sample of your cat’s stool for fecal flotation which can detect the presence of roundworm eggs in the feces. Once confirmed that your cat has roundworms, a common treatments is administering worming medication in topical or tablet form. Deworming should be done repeatedly because the medication is only effective on adult roundworms. The number of times you will administer medication normally depends on the age and health condition of your cat.

Moreover, while you care for your infected cat, you should also be careful because you might also catch the worm through contact with your cat. Many pet owners become infected with toxocariasis which is a disease caused by roundworm egg infection. Once you are infected with roundworms, they could also migrate to other parts of your body including the liver, eyes and brain. To avoid being infected, it is important to clean up your cat’s waste immediately.

Having a pet cat can be a good thing because they are one of the sweetest and most loyal pets you can have. However, it is important that you have basic knowledge about some of the common health problems of these animals, and one of them is roundworm infestation.

10 Ways to Get Over a Person Who Does Not Love You Back

good bye heartLoving a person who do does not love you back is something depressing and hopeless because it is something that is beyond your control. And it can also be hurtful especially if you continuously hope for the best but nothing happens. I have a friend who really loves this guy who happens to love someone else. That guy has no idea my friend is in love with him because she was too shy to tell him. She had a hard time recovering from that feeling and for several years, she did not entertain any suitors.

There are other different cases wherein another person does not reciprocate the love of another. It could happen in boyfriend-girlfriend relationships, married couples and partners. If you are in this situation or in any of these categories, it is not your fault to fall in love with the wrong person. But then, you have to forget about the feeling, get over it, and move on.

Here are ten ways on how to get over someone who does not love you back:

  1. Admit the fact. Before you can start moving on, it is important that you first admit to yourself that the person you love does not love you back. It will hurt but you have to feel it. Cry if you must. Then you can grieve. Grieving is a good sign that you are already starting the healing process.
  2. Look at the negative traits of the person. Once a person is in love, you seem to become blind to the negative attributes of that person. Does he or she have an only child syndrome, treat other people badly or selfishly, or have anything that is undesirable? When you start looking at the negative side, you will find out that it will be easier for you to forget that person.
  3. Get rid of anything that reminds you of that person. Do you have any mementos that keep on reminding you about that person? Get rid of them immediately. You can give them away, burn them or throw them. Hanging on to them will just make it difficult for you to forget about that person.
  4. Find creative ways to divert your time and attention. Keep yourself busy with work, school or new hobbies. You could also start learning to play musical instruments. They say that listening to music or playing musical instruments is one of the best ways to feel good when you are down and depressed. Additionally, take a vacation with your family or friends who can help you recover and move on.
  5. Get back on your life. When you have finally recovered from the hurtful feelings and have given yourself some break, you can then get your life back. Don’t be afraid to meet new people and attend parties and gatherings. And don’t forget to put your best foot forward. Who knows, you might be able to meet the right person in any of the gatherings you would be attending.

If you are in a situation where you feel very hopeless, there is still hope for you. Just like when learning to play any musical instrument, you may feel hopeless at first because of the difficulties involved; but with some help and practice, you will be able to master playing that instrument. In your case, you will be able to meet the right person after getting over that person who does not love you back.

What Is Taste Disorder?

saltFrom time to time, I do experience some kind of abnormalities in my taste buds. I remember waking up one day with a salty taste in mouth. That was strange because I did not eat something very salty the night before and I did brush my teeth including my tongue before sleeping. That was one of the times when I got worried about my taste buds.

I started researching about taste disorders and found out that there are other types of disorders that commonly affect many people, such as metal taste in mouth, sweet taste in mouth and other phantom taste perceptions. Some also experience reduced ability to perceive taste such as sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami. In rare cases, some people experience a complete loss of taste.

Many people take their sense of taste for granted as long as they could taste normally. But once a person experiences a taste disorder, it could have a negative effect on his health and overall quality of life. I’m just fortunate that those abnormalities in my taste buds do not linger for a long time. Normally they are gone in a day. But for some people, taste disorders have become part of their life. In fact in the United States, more than 200,000 people see their doctors every year for problems that have to do with their taste. That figure does not include people like me who just let the problem go away.

There are also cases when a person thinks that it is his sense of taste that has a problem, but in reality it is his sense of smell. These two senses are interrelated. But for those who have a real taste disorder, it is easier to understand this condition by first understanding how our ability to taste works. When we chew, drink or digest food, tiny molecules are released, stimulating special sensory cells present in the throat and mouth. These sensory cells or taste cells are grouped within the roof of the mouth, taste buds of the tongue, and lining of the throat. Any abnormality in their normal functioning may cause a taste disorder.

A taste disorder can be diagnosed by otolaryngologists, who are doctors specializing in the ear, nose, head, neck and throat. They measure the lowest concentration of the quality of taste a person can recognize to identify the extent of a taste disorder. Patients are also normally asked to make a comparison among the different taste of various substances, or to tell the intensity of the taste of a particular substance as its concentration is increased. Recently, scientists were also able to develop a taste testing method wherein patients will be asked to respond to the different chemical concentrations by sipping, spitting and rinsing.

However, if the taste disorder involves the loss of taste, a person may undergo a more comprehensive checkup of the nose, ears and throat, and may also be requested to have a dental examination to assess oral hygiene.

In itself, a taste disorder is generally not a very serious condition especially if it easily goes away in a day or two. However, if your condition continues for several days, it could be a warning sign of a more serious health problem. A distorted sense of taste could also be a risk factor for diabetes, heart disease and other conditions that may require a special diet. In such cases, you should consult your doctor.

5 Ways to Overcome Anxiety Problems

Nervousness and worry are just normal feelings that people experience regarding a future imminent event with an uncertain outcome. However, I know of some people who are nervous or are worried excessively for no reason. They are the people who suffer from certain anxiety disorders. In fact, I know of some from my music classes.

There are different types of anxiety disorders. They include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and phobic disorder. Normally, these conditions are also characterized by other symptoms such as shakiness and a faster heartbeat. When a person suffers from an anxiety disorder, there are five common remedies that can help overcome this problem:

1. Supplements for anxiety

Anxiety supplements, particularly those which contain magnesium, are helpful in dissipating the effects of traumatic stress following an episode of an anxiety attack. Magnesium is also known to help refresh the brain from prior anxiety attacks. Some people who suffer from anxiety normally have magnesium deficiency. If you do, consult your doctor about the possibility of taking this kind of supplement.

Another effective supplement to overcome anxiety is the kind that contains high omega 3 fatty acids. This kind of fatty acid is known to reduce the effects of anxiety and stress by up to 20 percent. Aside from eating fish that are rich in omega 3, organic fish oil also makes a good alternative.

2. Healthy diet

Many people think that anxiety is a mental problem. However, new research has come out that anxiety actually originates from the gut. That is the reason why anxiety attacks are normally associated with irritable bowel syndrome. By observing a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and reducing your consumption of bad fats, sugar, dairy and meat, you can avoid an anxiety attack. Additionally, it is also important to avoid certain food triggers which include glutamine among others.

3. Relaxation therapies

Relaxation therapies are perhaps among the most effective ways to overcoming anxiety. People have various ways to feel relaxed. Some feel relaxed when they get a full body massage. Others feel the same after a yoga session or a stroll in the park. Music is also a good way for relaxation. You could learn how to play instruments like guitar or piano or guitar. Playing musical instruments has been effective for some of my students who have a history of anxiety disorders. And it could help you as well. Music and other forms of relaxation boost the “feel good” hormones in your body such as serotonin, helping you feel at ease and relaxed.

4. Physical Exercise

Exercising is also an excellent anxiety treatment. It can help reduce the stress hormone in your body. Be sure to schedule a regular exercise for at least half an hour daily so that you will feel good all day.

breathing5. Breathing Exercise

There are certain breathing exercises that can also help in fighting anxiety. One way is deep breathing for several minutes in the morning.

If you are suffering from an anxiety disorder, the remedies just mentioned can help you overcome your problem. You could combine several of these remedies for the best result.