Saturday, July 8, 2017

Brush Cat's Teeth-A Guide to the Inside of the Mouth

If your cat’s bad breath keeps the two of you from snuggling or you wish you could give your dog a mint, it could be the first sign that he has dental disease, a painful condition caused by bacteria infecting his gums and teeth. What’s even worse, it can lead to serious health issues as infection spreads throughout the body.

Don't Declaw a Cat

Declawing cats is torture and unnecessary harm to cats. It should be banned.

"Declawing is an amputation. It removes part of the cat's toe bones along with the nail. "

Kedi-The Movie

In March, we saw the film "Kedi" about the lives of cats in Instanbul. Kedi is cat in Turkish. There are thousands of cats that live on the streets in Instanbul and elsewhere in Turkey. It's supposed to be a sweet, cute cat picture that also somewhat discusses their issues of living on the streets. I found it difficult to watch knowing that in general, they were mostly orphaned, many depending on humans to feed their colonies; many dying of disease (cancer is mentioned); seeing poor, abandoned, sick kittens or poor kittens with their mother at the mercy of the elements. We see one poor almost dead kitten that a male cat had beaten up. There was no mention of spay/neuter, catch/release programs; no mention of vaccines against rabies and such; no mention of fleas that must be rampant or the need to control; or the smell of waste that must be everywhere (cats will urinate against anything for sure but there's a lack of dirt in the city [which is mentioned] for them to deposit waste.) The cats originally came from ships that docked in Instanbul from around the world and the population grew unchecked over hundreds of years. There are a few cats with distinct personalities that are mentioned and followed. The filming is unique. It's at the ground level and follows the cats, somehow into the holes and hideaways where they exist. We also hear from the many humans that interact with the specific cats and others who feed colonies. It is worth watching so do see it if you can or Netflix, Hulu, etc.

Don't Let Pets Eat Motrin, Ibuprophen, Aleve, etc.; Don't Let Cream Meds Transfer from You to Pets

The article is from 2015 but a good reminder. Do not allow your meds to be transferred from you by touch, to your pets. Creams are easily transferred if we do not wash the product off of our hands completely; or if you need it on your hands, maybe wear plastic gloves if you must touch your pets or their food. And do not give your meds to pets without asking the vet first. It is likely that if your pet needs a med, the vet will prescribe one. Even if it is a human brand, the amount a pet will need, or how it is dispensed, may be different from the human version. And if you drop a pill of yours, prescription or over the counter, find it and do not let the pets lick or eat it. Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve, etc. are deadly to pets in human amounts.

Prevent Heartworm-a Killer Condition-Use All Around Flea/Tick/Mosquito/Heartworm Protection

We use "Revolution" which stops ticks, fleas, heartworm, etc. Some owners use, along with flea preventative, additional heartworm medication which isn't necessary with Revolution.

Annual Exams-What the Vet Does, Should Do, What to Expect

I would add getting heart echos. Should be part of the protocol.

Whisker Fatigue Is Ruled a Thing That Can Keep Cats from Eating

Cat not eating? Could be whisker fatigue?? We already use mostly saucers so ours shouldn't have fatigue. But who knows.
"As soon as she replaced Moon’s dish with a wide, shallow one that did not have rims or sides that brushed against his sensitive whiskers, both Moon and her other cat, Rupert, were much happier at mealtimes. Their chin acne, another common problem in cats, also cleared up...Whisker fatigue is a fairly new diagnosis, one that many (but not all) veterinarians take seriously. When cats have to stick their faces into deep bowls and their whiskers rub up against the sides, the experience can be stressful, prompting them to paw the food onto the floor, fight with other cats or grow apprehensive at mealtimes...(a type of bowl discussed) They are made of stainless steel, which — unlike plastic — will not harbor the bacteria that can lead to chin acne...“that repeated stress isn’t giving the cat any additional information.” He added, “We don’t want them to have associations of stress while eating.”...Often, a regular plate will work just fine as an antidote to whisker fatigue, according to many cat owners."