Join Us and Royal Canin: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22 has been set aside as a date to remind cat owners everywhere to take their #cats to the Vet. CFA has joined with Royal Canin with this promotion.

According to a release from Royal Canin, did you know that while 92 percent of cat owners agree that their cat’s health is important to them, only 41 percent take their cat to the vet for regular checkups, according to a new survey from Royal Canin, a pet nutrition company? In fact, only one cat is seen by a veterinarian for every five dogs, despite the fact that 10 million more cats are owned in the United States.

“Our goal with this year’s program is to rally cat owners, veterinarians, industry partners and even celebrities together to shine the spotlight on the importance of veterinary care for cats,” explained Kamie Eckert, president of Royal Canin USA. “While the gap in preventive veterinary care between dogs and cats in the U.S. continues to be a concern, the great news is that it can be addressed.”

For more information and tips on stress-free vet visits for cat owners and cats or to learn more about Royal Canin visit www.royalcanin.com/Cat2VetDay. You can also join the conversation on social media by using hashtag #Cat2VetDay.

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New York to Outlaw Declawing?

As we celebrate National Pet Month, I came across this article about NY State and the declawing of Cats

The article from the Associated Press in Albany, says a bill has been introduced to outlaw the declawing of cats in New York. If passed, NY would be the first state in the nation to outlaw the declawing of cats.

Interesting to note that declawing is banned in the United Kingdom and several other European Countries and in several California cities, including San Francisco and Los Angeles.

CFA issued a revised guidance statement in June 2003 pertaining to declawing.

We will keep you updated, but let us know what you think of the proposed legislation in New York.

The Dangers of Easter Lilies

Although beautiful, Easter lilies are a real health threat to your cat. Just one bite of a petal, leaves, the stem, or even the pollen of an Easter lily can cause problems with the digestive system, and can even lead to kidney failure and death.

Early signs (approximately 2-4 hours after ingestion) of lily poisoning
in your cat include:

Vomiting
Lethargy
Lack of appetite

Later signs (approximately 24-72 hours after ingestion) include:

Initially, increased thirst and urination. Then, decreased urination if the kidneys fail.

You may not actually see you kitty ingest the lily, but if you see suspicious symptoms and there are lilies around, seek out a veterinarian.  When it comes to treatment, time is of the essence! If treatment is administered within the first few hours, chances are good that your kitty will survive. After 18-24 hours, however, the prognosis is not as hopeful, even for cats who receive treatment.

The best way to keep your cat safe is to make sure your cat doesn’t have Easter lily access to begin with. Instead, choose one of the other beautiful Easter flowers that are safer for your cat, for instance: Easter orchids, violets, or Easter Cactus.
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Use a Harness on Your Cat for Safety, Exercise and Fun!

This is the time of year when your cat may be interested in going outside. Believe it or not, your cat can adapt to using a harness and leash. It just takes some time, patience and practice. You can teach your cat how to use a harness or leash and take your cat for a walk!

Cat trainer and breeder, Lisa Maria Padilla demonstrates how to harness your cat with a Sturdi Harness.

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Photo: Larry Johnson

Be sure to discuss with your vet ahead of time your intention and ask how to properly protect your cat from fleas and ticks.

Below are some tips for you to consider in using a harness and leash:

1. Purchase a harness like the Sturdi harness that is made specially for cats.

2. Leave the harness laying around so that your cat gets used to it and let your cat sniff the harness and get used to it.

3. Use treats to encourage your cat the entire time you are trying the harness on your cat. If your cat objects, don’t get discouraged, just take the harness off and try again another day. Be sure you have two fingers between the harness and your cat’s body.

4. If your cat is agreeable to the harness, let him sit with the harness on wait a bit before you use the leash. Observe your cat to see how relaxed he is and that should give you a guide as to how to proceed.

5. When you attach the leash, follow the same procedure and monitor your cat’s comfort level. You can let the leash drag on the floor until you see that your cat is comfortable. Practice using the harness and leash indoors until you and your cat are comfortable. Keep the leash loose to give your cat room to move, speak in a soothing voice and give him treats to let him know he is doing a good job.

6. Apply gentle but firm pressure. Be sure not to jerk or drag the leash.

7. Once you decide to venture outdoors, take your cat to a quiet spot and sit with him while your cat roams around with you holding the leash.

8. Repeat this process until you and your cat are comfortable. Allow him to explore his surroundings with you following behind with the leash. You will get an idea as to when a good time is to venture further with your cat.

For some inspiration, check out the adventures of “Fish and Chips”, 2 kitties who LOVE going on outdoor trips with their humans!

Catios

sept21Catios – short for Cat Patios – are one of the latest home trends.

Catios are a great way to give your feline friends some fresh air and time in the outdoors, while keeping them safe from harm.  They’re also a great way to keep the wildlife and birds safe from being hunted by your kitty while outside.

Several companies have started offering catios commercially (for example, “Catio Spaces” in Seattle, WA), but if you’re handy, it’s a great DIY project as well.  You can find plans available for sale (for example, at Catio Spaces – https://www.catiospaces.com/diy-catio-plans-overview.html), or on various blogs (for example https://catioblog.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/portable-catio-idea/)

Some communities have gotten into the spirit and put together home tours featuring catios, such as the partnership between the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon and the Portland Audobon Society, which featured a tour on Sept 10 of Portland, OR area home catios.

To help you get started, as part of the September “Happy Cat Month”, EasyPetFence.com is offering 5% off their Kitty Corral Cat Fencing Systems until September 30, 2016 with discount code “HCM16” at checkout.

Food Puzzles for Your Cat

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A very interesting study was published the Sept 2016 issue of Feline Medicine and Surgery. The study examined the use of
food puzzles as a way to provide environmental enrichment for our cats.

Food puzzles are a relatively new area of study, and take advantage of cats’ natural instinct to hunt and work for their food – the benefits it provides are mental stimulation, as well as increased physical activity. There are a variety of styles available, and options for both purchasing and DIY.

The article covers some tips on how to introduce food puzzles to your cat, as well as a chart to help you determine the best starter puzzle. There are also tips for troubleshooting potential challenges, such as owner concerns about night-time noise or having food scattered around the home.

Given time, patience and appropriate introduction, most, if not all, cats can adjust to food puzzles.

Read the full article

National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

We are all used to making regular visits to the dentist, doctor and optician for our own health, but many cat owners forget to do the same for their feline family!

A routine annual visit can help identify problems with your furry friend early, and help keep them in tip-top shape.

Royal Canin has issued a special challenge today – pledge to take your cat to the vet, and they will donate a bowl of food to a shelter cat in need.   Simply visit their link below to take the pledge, as well as read some great articles.

https://www.royalcanin.com/events/takeyourcattothevet

#Cat2VetDay