Vacation Time

It’s summer, school is out, and a lot of us are planning vacations.   But what about our furry family members??   What are the options for them??June15

  1. Hire a pet sitter, and leave your cat at home.  Many cats are far more comfortable staying in the environment they know at home, rather than going to a boarding facility.  Having a pet sitter come to the house once or twice a day, to feed and water, clean litter boxes, and possibly play or cuddle can be a perfect option.  Look for pet sitters on these sites:
    1. National Association of Professional Pet Sitters
    2. Pet Sitters International
  2. If driving somewhere by car, you may consider taking your cat with you. Plan for a large carrier for the car, where you can provide them with a small litter box, and look for hotels along your route that are pet friendly.  The chains below can be found across the US, are pet friendly, and have discounts with CFA:
    1. La Quinta (Code CATFAN9)
    2. Motel 6 (Code 542766)
    3. Red Roof (VP# 526223)
  3. If you’re flying, you can bring your cat in cabin with you. Check with your individual airline for their rules and fees – most have a limited number they allow in cabin, and you will need to make a reservation, and may need to visit your vet just before the trip for a health certificate.  This article contains some great tip for getting your cat adjusted to flying.

Meet the Abyssinian

RuddyAbyAlthough the Abyssinian is one of the oldest known breeds, there continues to be speculation and controversy concerning its history. In appearance, Abyssinians resemble the paintings and sculptures of ancient Egyptian cats, which portray an elegant feline with a muscular body, beautiful arched neck, large ears and almond shaped eyes. Abys today still retain the jungle look of felis lybica, the African wildcat ancestor of all domestic cats.

The breed is permitted four coat colors by CFA: Ruddy, Red, Blue and Fawn. The shape of the head forms a modified wedge with eyes curved like almonds. The Abyssinian has large, slightly pointed ears. The head, eyes and ears all fit together in a complimentary fashion favoring neither extreme length nor extreme shortness.

RedAbyThe personality of the Abyssinian is best described by one word: busy. These are incredibly intelligent cats, good problem solvers with an insatiable curiosity. Add to this their natural athleticism, which comes with their muscular bodies , and you have a potent combination. Abyssinians want to do everything on their own terms. Unless you understand their unique personality these fascinating cats can be a great challenge when living with one as a pet. They are incredibly playful even into adulthood. Everything they do seems larger than life. When they play, they seem to have no concern for life or limb and commit all of their energy and concentration.

BlueAbyFor the most part, these are low maintenance cats although they do enjoy being rubbed affectionately and require a bath at least once during the shedding season. Washing them with a good cat shampoo, quick towelling, and drip-drying is all that is needed. Bathing should be started when they are young and so should clipping their claws regularly and before each bath.

FawnAbyFor those who want a portion of the wild kingdom, who want an active, independent, loving cat, this very ancient breed may be just right. These mischievous, highly animated shorthaired cats, with their iridescent, colorful coats, can provide years of pleasure for any household. It is not a mystery to see why those who have had an Aby, usually have no other breed as a pet. It has become one of the most popular cat breeds of modern time.

 

New pet stamps coming this year

Good news for pet lovers!  2 new cat stamps will be included in a pet lovers set that will be available later this year!!

According to the USPS website:

To celebrate America’s love for pets, the Postal Service will issue a booklet of 20 Forever stamps featuring photographs of 20 pets. Each photograph represents an animal we love from these groups: puppies, betta fish, iguanas, hamsters, goldfish, parrots, guinea pigs, tortoises, rabbits, kittens, corn snakes, mice, hermit crabs, chinchillas, gerbils, dogs, parakeets, horses, cats, and geckos.

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How to Get Taurine in Your Cat’s Diet

What Is Taurine?
Taurine is an amino acid which ensures the functioning of the nervous system and muscles; helps a reproductive system function and if there is a deficiency, poor fetal development and stillbirths can occur. Without taurine the walls of the heart can become thin and not allow the proper blood flow to the heart as well as cause blindness.

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Where Does My Cat Get Taurine?
Taurine is found in raw, whole meat diets. Today, domestic cats should get enough taurine in their diets if they are eating on canned and dry commercial foods. Manufacturers are required to supplement their products with the recommended amounts of taurine. If your cat is fed a home-prepared diet, be sure to discuss ways with your veterinarian so that you can easily supplement his diet with taurine.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets the appropriate amounts for a cat’s diet at various life stages. If a diet meets AAFCO standards, it will be noted on the label of the manufacturer.

Beware of Holiday Hazards with Kitty

This time of year is full of festive occasions and fun with family and friends.  Make sure that your cat is safe and cozy and free from harm.

There are several precautions you can take for all to have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

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  •  With people coming and going, make sure your cat is kept away from doors to the outside.  Consider micro-chipping your cat if you have not done so.
  • Poinsettias are not lethal and may cause some stomach upset, but lilies are deadly.  Do not keep any lilies in the house at all.
  • Stick to cat food.  Cats can be curious and beg for tempting goodies.  A piece or two of turkey is fine, but be sure not to over-feed your cat on people food.  Stick to your cat’s regular diet with a few extra cat treats thrown in.

 

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  • The tree.  What fun and a great temptation for your cat. If you have a real tree, let it sit in your house without decorations, for a few days. Stay away from putting ornaments on the bottom branches.  I learned that the hard way as one of my cats broke my grandmother’s 75 year old ornament. Be sure not to add any tinsel. Choose decorations that are cat-friendly, such as cat toys on the bottom branches, your kitty will have her own toys to play with.  If you have climbers, you may want to anchor the tree to the ceiling.  If you have water for the tree, get a cover so your cat will not get sick.
  • If you have to have ribbons and decorations on Christmas packages, keep them in a safe place until you are ready to open presents.  Once the presents are open, put away the ribbons.  Keep the box for your cat to play in.

These tips will only take a few minutes and can ensure that you and your cat will have a holiday season to enjoy and remember for years to come.

PETS HELPING PEOPLE – CATS AGAINST CANCER HAS RAISED NEARLY 8 MILLION

Englewood, CO — When Kathy Elsey was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer, she and her husband Dr. Bruce Elsey, co-founders of Dr. Elsey’s Precious Cat, knew they had a unique position to combine corporate success with a bigger mission – enabling pets and their owners to participate in the fight against cancer. Through the Cats Against Cancer Campaign nearly $8 million dollars has been raised to help the MMRF drive advancements in cancer research and find a cure.

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The interactive Cats Against Cancer campaign, will run through February of 2016 and spans across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram enabling users to share their individual experiences and support the campaign’s mission. As part of the campaign, users can download a coupon from the campaign landing page that allows them to save $3 on their next purchase of a 40 pound bag of Precious Cat Ultra Litter. For every $3 saved, Precious Cat will donate $3 to the MMRF.

“The Elsey Family and the Cats Against Cancer campaign have been a total game changer. Since our partnership with the Elsey’s and Precious Cat in 2009, nearly 16 million dollars have been raised through their direct support and our matching year-end gift campaign,” says Walter Capone, CEO of the MMRF and chief believer in finding a cure .

Last year, the Cats Against Cancer campaign reached over two million people and received thousands of unique visitors over the span of five months. “This year we are excited to watch the campaign close in on the $8 million dollar mark. We chose to partner with the MMRF because they have a proven track record of results and one primary goal – finding a cure,” says Dr. Bruce Elsey of Precious Cat.

Make a difference now. Join the Cats Against Cancer movement and help find a cure by visiting http://www.preciouscat.com/save3 .

About Precious Cat Products

Dr. Bruce Elsey has been a practicing veterinarian for over 30 years and his practice cares for over 8,000 cats. Nonuse of the litter box is the number one behavioral reason cats are abused, abandoned, and placed in shelters. Dr. Elsey’s goal is to provide products that help cats live happier, healthier lives, and provide litter box solutions for the life of your cat. For more information, please visit our website, and follow news about our company on Facebook.

 

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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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.

Read more about how to train your cat.

How to Spot an Allergy in Your Cat

The following outdoor allergens can cause allergic reactions to cats who are sensitive:

  • Tree, grass, weed, mold, mildew and dust pollens

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Watch for or the following symptoms in your cat, especially this time of year as flowers are blooming and the grass is growing.

1.  Itchy skin and scratching

2.  Itchy, watery eyes

3.  Vomiting and Diarrhea

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Visit your veterinarian as soon as you notice symptoms.  Your vet will take a complete history,  conduct a physical examination where veterinarian may determine the source of your cat’s allergic reaction. If an examination is not sufficient, your vet will most probably recommend skin or blood tests and/or a special elimination diet, to find out what’s causing the allergic reaction.

Help Your Cat Avoid These Hazards at Easter

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.

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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.