How many times have you seen this happen in a subway, no less?
With many animals roaming around the streets without a home, the holidays are especially hard. It goes to show that getting cats into forever homes is a global issue.
Take time to donate to your local shelter this season.
A cat named Oyster was making his way into Central London via the Tube when passengers spotted him sitting on a seat. A volunteer from a local animal shelter, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, was able to get him into a carrier and transport him to the shelter where she worked. Quick thinking! We hope Oyster now has a forever home of his own!
If you are visiting Barcelona, Spain in the near future you may want to check out the BCN Loves Cats Project which is an initiative of SOS Cats and LAMS with the support of volunteers promotes and raises funds for street cats in Spain.
What a great idea to involve tourists in assisting feral cat colonies! Find out more!
Have a hard time keeping kitty cool? Below are some tips for keeping your cat in the shade this summer.
Photo Alyssa Blankenship
#1 Never under any circumstances leave your cat alone in a hot car. Cars can quickly heat up and your cat can suffer from heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal. Signs to watch for include heavy, loud breathing, a staggering gait, and a bright red tongue or gum tissue.
#2 If heat stroke is suspected, bring your cat to a cool place, put cold compresses on its belly, or wet it down. Do not waste time as this is a medical emergency, take your cat to your veterinarian as quickly as possible.
#3 Use a hot water bottle filled with ice for your cat to lay on. You can also have a mini fan nearby as well.
#4 Make sure window screens are secure. Cats do not necessarily land on their feet and severe injuries can occur.
It is hard to believe that something so beautiful can be harmful to your cat. But, this plant can be very toxic for your cat.
Photo: Photoholic1. Foter.com. CC-BY-NC-ND
The entire plant is a hazard: stem, leaves, pollen and petals. If left untreated, your cat can have kidney failure and can even die as a result.
Early signs (approximately 2-4 hours after ingestion) of lily toxicity
in your cat include:
Lack of appetite
Time is of the essence when treating ingestion. Seek emergency veterinary care immediately. If treated early, within 6-8 hours, your cat has a better chance of survival as opposed to 18-24 hours later.
This Easter, perhaps you may want to start a new tradition of Easter Violets or an Easter Cactus!
Play is essential to your cat’s health and well-being and a perfect opportunity for you to interact with your cat.
There are many options: Shiny teaser toys, mice filled with catnip, bizzy balls, lasers and more! When looking for the best toy for your cat, you’ll want to keep a few things in mind.
Choose toys for your cat as you would choose a toy for your child. Make sure your chosen toy has nothing that can stick him or that he can accidentally swallow. So be mindful of sharp edges, pins, string and objects that can be potentially harmful.
Find toys where you and your cat can play and where she can get exercise and have a good time! I love any kind of teaser toy, I just make sure that when I am not playing with my cat that the teaser toy is put away, just in case.
When all else fails, you can always wrap up and use a paper bag, paper box or crumpled piece of paper it works just as well!
What is feline agility? Feline agility competition is one of CFA’s most popular programs. Cats are trainable and can learn how to run through an agility ring and weave through poles, jump through hoops and over bars and run through tunnels.
Take a look at Galinda, a Blue Point Himalayan as she works her “magic” on the agility course!