My cousin recently lost her cat a few weeks ago. She was understandably upset and instant messaged me on Facebook to ask me a few questions. Her beloved cat was 17 years old and up until recently was in fairly good health for a senior cat. Basically her cat died of old age and her kidneys just stopped working.
As every pet parent knows and dreads, this is the worst decision that we will need to make for our cats. As my cousin talked about the past few months with her cat, she and I talked about quality of life for her cat and what she did for her during this time. I hope through our discussion that she came to the realization that she did all she could for her. And now, she must go through the grieving process and help her three year old daughter understand and grieve as well.
We all want to know we did the right thing when it comes to euthanize our fur kids. In those first few dark days, we wonder if we did the right thing at the right time and know that one day I will see them again. I told her that our cats rely on us to know when it is time. After sharing your life with your cat, I believe that we do know when it is time to say good-bye. I hope that after our discussion, her guilt was reduced and she knew she gave her the best care she could and in the end, she did the right thing for her cat.
I always send this poem out to those who are grieving.
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together….
There are plenty of resources to take advantage of today on grieving for an animal. Be sure to take the time and grieve and remember the good times with your beloved cat. After all, your cat was a cherished member of your family. Please know that after all is said and done, you did the right thing.
If you love cat photography, this is the book for you! Cat Portraits by Lucas, is the perfect book for a coffee table or to give as gift to your favorite cat enthusiast.
Lucas De Boeck has been photographing the most beautiful pedigree cats in his native Flanders.
In the book, cats are depicted as True divas, hunters, “bon-vivants” and the furriest cuties posed in front of the camera. From the thousands of pictures that emerged from these photo shoots, the editors selected the best on the basis of the ‘ooh’s’ and ‘aah’s’ they elicited, and combined them in a luxurious hardcover book.
The book is available in the US through Amazon and costs $24.95.
It’s time to get your pet ready for spring and Goodnewsforpets™ and Oster®, makers of at home grooming pet care solutions can help. Goodnewsforpets continues its 15th Anniversary celebration with an Oster® ”Less Stress Kit”, a retail value of $114, plus the GNFP™ Heart-Paw Charm. The three contest winners will also select a local shelter or rescue for a donation to be made in his or her name. To enter the contest, simply register at http://goodnewsforpets.com/osterspringcontest/ by May 1, 2015.
“Goodnewsforpets is delighted in this special anniversary year to partner with Oster, a company with a rich 90 year-old history that continues to provide high quality grooming at-home pet care solutions for today’s pet parents. Oster is the standard for many professional groomers who begin their careers using Oster blades, clippers and trimmers and we are thrilled to offer this promotion to our community,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR PRSA, President & Founder of Germinder & Associates and publisher of goodnewsforpets.com.
The featured Oster “Less Stress Kit” includes:
Oster® Calm Clips – Cordless Power Clipper Kit
Oster® Gentle Paws Premium Nail Trimmer
Oster ® ShedMonster Professional De-Shedding Tool for Dogs
Oster® Shed Control Shampoo
“When it comes to grooming, Oster provides pets and their parents with less stress – which is definitely ‘good news for pets’,” said Alejandro Garcia, product manager for Oster® Animal Care Solutions. “This giveaway is just in time to give dogs a good spring cleaning.”
The Oster “Less Stress” new brand motto emphasizes that the company’s products provide multi-tasking solutions across grooming and pet care product lines. This allows the pet owner user-friendly ways to get the job done quickly so it’s easy for both the pet and the pet parents.
The Goodnewsforpets 15th Anniversary Contest Series was announced at Global Pet Expo, the industry’s largest pet trade show. Each contest will feature a GNFP Heart-Paw charm custom designed by Elena Kriegner. The charm can be worn as a necklace, on a bracelet or on a pet’s collar. Each contest will also feature a pet industry partner with an exciting partner offer. For companies wishing to participate, please contact Lea-Ann Germinder at 212-367-5130.
Accidents happen – sometimes pets get injured, eat the wrong foods, get bitten, cut, or even have seizures. But, there are ways you can help on the way to the vet. As Dr. Doug Aspros, Former President of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says, “You can’t be over-prepared. Do your thinking and planning when you’re calm – you’ll make better decisions when the emergency happens.”
So here are a few life-saving tips from the AVMA to help stabilize your pet:
If you think your pet has a broken bone, gently lay him or her on a flat surface, or use a blanket as a sling to gently transport your pet on the way to the veterinarian.
With cuts, press a clean, thick gauze pad over the wound and press on it until the bleeding stops. If bleeding is severe and on the legs, apply a tourniquet (using a rubber band and gauze) between the wound and the body to slow down the blood flow and get your animal to the vet ASAP.
For burns, flush immediately with lots of water. If the burn is more severe quickly apply an ice compress.
If your pet has been exposed to a toxin, check the label for immediate instructions such as washing its skin with soap and water, or flushing eyes with water.
If your pet is having seizures, keep them away from any objects, blanket your pet to keep them warm and call your vet or an emergency vet clinic.
For choking, if your pet can still breathe, get them to the vet immediately. Look in their mouth with a flashlight and quickly try to get the object out with a tweezer. If that doesn’t work, place both hands on the side of his or her ribcage and strike the rib cage firmly with the palm of your hand 3 to 4 times while getting to the vet.
What your Pet First Aid Kit should include for home or travel:
VetWrap (or a similar bandaging product that clings to itself and molds nicely)
A nylon leash, muzzle, pet carrier (depending on animal size) and a pillow case for a cat that might need to be restrained; a small flashlight can also be quite useful
For more life-saving tips from the American Veterinarian Medical Association, log onto www.avma.org/
Flowers are lovely and chocolates and candy taste so good! Be sure to have your cat avoid popular Easter Lillies as they can cause renal failure in cats. Also, you will want to avoid having your cat eat any chocolate bunnies or other Easter candy this year so that you and your cat can enjoy the day without a trip to the vet.
If kitty does get into something he should not have, please contact your vet immediately as time is of the essence. You can also contact the Animal Control Poison Center at 1-888-426-4435. Charges may apply, but it is well worth it for the safety and health of your cat.
It was love at first site when Ozzie, a Cornish Rex, first saw disabled Navy veteran, Pedro Rodriguez. Rodriguez and his mother were hoping to get a companion cat who would not affect Rodriguez’s asthma and went to a local CFA Cat Show to learn more about the various breeds.
The 51-year-old Navy veteran who is disabled due to a spinal cord injury suffered while serving at Naval Air Station Oceana in the 1980s, traveled to a show in Richmond, Virginia last year and met breeder Kathy Pritchard who invited them to come to her home to check out the kittens. The seven pound Ozzie immediately jumped up on Pedro’s shoulder and the rest is history.
Photo: Cindy Butler Focke
Cornish Rex are very loyal and friendly cats who are known for their unique, single layer of coat that lays in tight, soft-to-the-touch, even waves. Their bodies are all curves–large ears, egg-shaped head, arched back, high tucked-up waist and long, whippy tail. Affectionate, intelligent, energetic and inquisitive, Cornish Rex often act like kittens well into old age.
Kathy gave them Ozzie at no charge because she said the connection reminded her of her daughter, Kaitlyn. The 23-year-old with autism “shines through her cats,”
How many times have you received a shipment, left the box on the floor only to find later that your cat has managed to squeeze himself into a tiny box? It happens all of the time here!
Dr. Claudia Vinke, a Netherlands-based ethologist, who led a study on how stress affects cats at the Utrecht University in the Netherlands has found four main reasons as to why your cat will choose to sit in a box rather than on the floor: they feel safe in a confined area, boxes encourages their play so they can stalk and pounce, boxes keep your cat warm and they also help avoid conflict with other animals. Check out Maru below as he tries to fit in a small box.
When in doubt, be sure to get a box your cat can enjoy.
Goodnewsforpets.com (GNFP) today announced the launch of the first of its 15th anniversary contests at Global Pet Expo under the Contests section of the goodnewsforpets website. The first contest consists of three prizes each for nine winners, a giveaway of a versatile sterling silver Heart-Paw charm, designed by Elena Kriegner exclusively for GNFP, a copy of ACVB’s Decoding Your Dog book, and a donation. To register for this contest, visit the Contest page on goodnewsforpets.
All of the GNFP anniversary contests will include donations to the local shelter or rescue group of choice for winners, reflecting the goodnewsforpets dedication for giving back to organizations that support pets in their community.
Launched in 2000, www.goodnewsforpets.com (GNFP) is a leading nationally recognized platform, curating news of interest for pet parents, and the pet industry and veterinary profession.