I love and miss Dubai... i know this isnt answering your question...
i used to live in Abu Dhabi and the British Veterinary Clinic is where I always took my pets... I bet they have the same vet in Dubai...
If your pet is more like a couch potato than a curious cat on the go, it's time to pump her up. Play. Experts agree that some of us should do it more. It improves health, enhances appearance and adds a sense of mental well-being. And it only takes a few minutes a day. Exercise. You are your cat's own personal trainer.
"Exercise benefits felines with increased overall health, including a longer lifespan," says veterinarian Carol Tice, DVM of the Cat Clinic of Cary, North Carolina. "It relieves stress, reduces aggression and keeps cats alert. Exercise just makes cats feel better." A feline fitness plan may seem strange to you, but there are ways to get your cat in condition.
It may sound like work, but to cats, exercise is just plain fun. One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to keep your kitty fit is to play with her. Just 15 to 30 minutes a day of play can help keep your cat in shape and strengthen the bond between the two of you. Here are some tips to get you and your cat in the habit of regular exercise:
* Start slowly! Build up to 30 minutes of exercise a day, depending on your individual cat.
* Break play sessions into 5- to 10-minute segments throughout the day.
* Choose safe cat toys. Avoid string or other items she can swallow.
* Never force a cat to do an activity. Let her decide.
* If you feel like your cat is getting too wound up, stop playing.
* Play with your cat before meals, not immediately after.
* Have water available at all times.
* Use praise and petting instead of treats to keep her interested.
There are hundreds of cat toys on the market today as well as lots of low- and no-cost toys you can make yourself. "Cats get bored," says Tice. "Have a good variety of toys, but alternate which ones you leave out."
However, even the best toy won't get your cat active without you. Cats like interaction. Although the toy is part of that, having a playmate will double her interest and the time she spends exercising.
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A Neat Trick
Although cats won't necessarily perform tricks like a dog, they can play various games that will keep them on the move and in shape. It doesn't take much effort on your part. For example:
* Toss a small ball, a wad of paper or a piece of kibble across the floor for your cat to run after. (Don't expect the kibble to come back, though!)
* Play tag! Romp with your cat across the floor or up the stairs.
* Many cats love to play hide and stalk. You can take turns being the prey and the predator.You can even play if you're just lying on the couch.
* Consider adding a cat tree for jumping and climbing. Your pet will get exercise even when you're gone.
* Just 15 to 30 minutes a day of play can keep your cat in shape, while strengthening the bond between you.
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Walk This Way
Cats can, indeed, be trained to walk with a leash. Sometimes, walking outdoors is especially good for apartment-bound pets. It gives them room to stretch their legs. It's also an excellent way for owners and their felines to spend time together.
Getting your cat used to walking on a leash will take time, patience and the right equipment. The process will be easier if you follow these tips:
* Be sure that your cat's harness is secure and fits properly.
* Make sure she's wearing an up-to-date identification tag.
* Before venturing outdoors, map out a route. Select an area for strolling that's free from dogs, traffic, loud noises and other dangers.
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The Buddy System
Sometimes, the best exercise comes from a fellow cat. Cats who are left alone during the day can benefit greatly from a companion feline. Two cats will amuse themselves for hours playing games of their own invention. Older, more sedate cats can be jump-started into exercise with the addition of a kitten to the household. Just be careful to keep the overweight adult cat out of the high-calorie kitten food, warns Tice.
Children also make wonderful playmates with a few restrictions. Kids younger than 12 should be supervised. Teach them to play gently using cat toys, never their bare hands, and to stop playing when their pet becomes tired or over-stimulated.
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Just Do It
Regardless of the type of exercise you choose for your cat, make sure she enjoys it and benefits from it. Exercise can strengthen muscles, increase heart rate and rev the metabolism. Felines in top condition have fewer health problems. Conditioning also helps keep your cat mentally alert and reduces stress and destructive behavior something that will benefit you both. The key is you! Choose an exercise routine that easily fits into your life. Finding extra time these days is hard, so couple your own activities with your cat's conditioning.
Don't set unrealistic goals. Often, putting a simple twist on your normal activities will be just right for your pet. Tie a length of cord to the back loop of your jeans, then attach a scrap of fabric to the loose end, letting it drag on the floor, and do the housework that way, suggests Tice.Your kitty will have a ball! The possibilities are endless. And, just like humans, take your cat to the doctor before starting any exercise or diet program. With regular conditioning, your sedentary pet will soon be feline fine!