Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Opt to Adopt Tori

Tori

Angels with Paws
Lakewood, CO


Yesterday I went to the dentist for my six-month cleaning and checkup (which went well).  After the appointment, my friend, D, and I were walking around and stumbled upon a Chuck and Don's store.  I went in to see their selection of cat toys, food, etc. and found this gorgeous kitty!

Tori makes herself known to everyone by talking a lot!  It is really sweet.  Whenever I stopped petting her for a minute to talk with the cashier, Tori would meow at me, insisting I pet her more (and of course, I did).  Tori is friendly and very affectionate.  She likes to play with fishing pole toys and loves being pet.  

Tori is approximately one year old, according to her profile on Angels with Paws.  The organization rescued this sweet kitty from a shelter where she was scheduled to be euthanized.  She can tolerate other cats as long as they don't bother her or get too close.  She would do best in a home with older children and adults.  

If you are interested in this beautiful torbie - tortoiseshell and tabby mix - please call Angels with Paws to see where she is hanging out waiting for her forever home.  Once you see this sweet girl for yourself, I just know you'll want to take her home.

You can reach Angels with Paws at: 303-274-2264.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Mancat Monday


 Hi everyone, it's Carmine.

Yesterday, the human got out the big noisy monster that eats stuff off the floor.  The Mom chased mes out of the room to use it.  Well, actually.... the Mom picked mes up in my Jewel's pink bed, where mes was enjoying a nice rest and looking very handsome, and carried mes - and the bed - into hers room so mes would not get scared.  But doesn't hers know that you should not disturb a mancat who's enjoying his bed?

Looks like mes still has some training to do.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Four Easter Dangers for Cats to Avoid

Easter is the perfect time for family and friends to get together and celebrate.  It's important, however, as pet parents, that we keep our furry friends in mind during holiday celebrations.  I've listed potential Easter hazards for cats below as well as some safe alternatives to help you keep your kitty safe during the holiday festivities.

Plants and Flowers: Many people enjoy decorating their homes with beautiful flowers or plants at the start of Spring.  However, there are several plants that pose danger to cats.  Please note that this is not a full list of toxic flowers and plants.  For a complete list of toxic plants, please visit the ASPA's list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

Easter Lily: All species of "true" lilies, including the Easter Lily, are incredibly dangerous for cats.  A cat who ingests any part of the Easter Lily may experience: vomiting, lack of appetite, decreased or excessive thirst and urination, dehydration, acute kidney failure, and possible death.  According to the Pet Health Network, even ingesting a few Easter Lily petals or leaves, licking the pollen of its fur or paw, or drinking an Easter Lily's water from its vase can cause acute kidney failure in cats.

Other "true" lilies include: Asiatic, Tiger, Day, Japanese show, Stargazer, Wood, Red, Western, and Rubrum lilies.  Due to the severe consequences of "true" lily toxicity, I would highly recommend not bringing any of these flowers to a home where cats reside.

Azalea: Azalea is another Spring-time flower that is toxic to cats.  Kitties who ingest Azalea may experience: excessive drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood pressure, weakness, central nervous system depression, coma, cardiac collapse, and possibly death.

Daffodil: Daffodils are beautiful flowers, but they are also dangerous for our companions.  Ingestion of Daffodils in small amounts may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling.  Ingested in large quantities, cats may experience: low blood pressure, convulsions, tremors, and arrhythmias.

Safe Alternatives: Fortunately there are many beautiful non-toxic flowers and plants you can decorate your home with.  Easter Daisies, Easter Orchids, Gerber Daisies, Petunias, Roses, and Bachelors Buttons are just a few of the safe flowers you can use to decorate your home.  The ASPCA has a complete list of non-toxic plants to cats.  Even though these plants are not toxic to cats, I recommend not allowing your kitty to eat them.  Keep plants and flowers out of your cat's reach when you are not around to supervise him.

If you believe your cat has ingested a toxic plant, please call your veterinarian or local animal hospital.  You can also call the ASPCA Poison Control at: 888-426-4435.  The ASPCA Poison Control charges a $65 consultation fee for their services.

Plastic Easter Grass: Although plastic Easter grass makes Easter baskets look pretty, it is dangerous for your cat.  Most cats have a difficult time resisting eating stringy things, like Easter grass, ribbon, yarn, and tinsel.  When ingested, Easter grass can cause an abdominal or intestinal obstruction, which requires surgical removal.

If you believe your companion has ingested a foreign body, please call your veterinarian or local animal hospital immediately.  Do NOT try to pull out any visible string, ribbon, etc. from your cat's body.  Doing this can cause serious damage to your cat's organs.

Initial signs that your cat has ingested a foreign body include vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, lack of appetite, straining to have a bowel movement, and abdominal pain.  According to VCA Animal Hospitals, your cat may also exhibit behavior changes, such as hissing or growling when you touch his stomach or pick him up.  He may also paw at his mouth or face if string, Easter grass, or ribbon got wrapped around the base of his tongue.


Safe Alternative: Instead of using Easter grass in children's baskets, cover the bottom of the basket with green fabric.  It's also best to keep Easter baskets out of your kitty's reach so that he isn't tempted to eat its contents.

Chocolate: Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are part of a group of chemicals called methylxanthines.  The compounds found in chocolate stimulate the cat's nervous system and heart.

According to the ASPCA, in general, the darker the chocolate is, the more toxic it is.  For instance, white chocolate contains the fewest methylxanthines and is the least toxic while dark baker's chocolate contains many more methylxanthines and is therefore much more toxic.  The symptoms your cat experiences after ingesting chocolate will depend on how much and what type of chocolate she ate.  Signs of chocolate toxicity can range from abdominal pain, vomiting, restlessness, and increased thirst to muscle tremors, high body temperature, irregular heart rhythms, severe agitation, seizures, and possible death.  If you think your companion has ingested chocolate, please call your veterinarian or animal hospital.

Xylitol: Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in many candies, some baked goods, gum, and toothpaste.  According to WebMD, xylitol may lead your cat's body to produce more insulin, which will result in a drop in your kitty's blood sugar (hypoglycemia).  Liver failure may also occur after your companion ingests xylitol.  Initial signs that your cat has eaten xylitol include: vomiting, loss of coordination, and lethargy.  Seizures may also occur, and liver failure may show up within a few days of xylitol ingestion.

Easter is a joyous time that certainly calls for celebration.  Using these tips will help you keep your cat safe during the holiday.

What are your Easter plans?  How will you keep your cat safe during the holiday?


Sources:

Pet Health Network: Easter Lily Poisoning in Cats.

ASPCA: Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants.

VCA Animal Hospitals: Ingestion of Foreign Bodies in Cats. 

ASPCA: Foods That Are Hazardous to Cats.

WebMD: Slideshow: Foods Your Cat Should Never Eat. 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jewel's Journey

Doesn't Jewel look beautiful?

Jewel's former owner never made her wear a collar or identification tag nor did he ever have her microchipped.  He allowed her to roam outside in his back yard without supervision, and it always made me very anxious.  Personally, I believe every kitty, indoor-only or not, should have a collar, ID tag, and microchip and only allowed outdoors on a harness and leash or in a carrier with supervision.

Anyway, when my adoption of Jewel became official, I decided it was time that she finally get her own collar and ID tag.

So one day, we went to the store, and I picked out a pretty purple collar for Jewel.  It had white paw prints on it that glowed a little in the dark.

I picked out this purple heart tag to match her pretty purple collar.  In my opinion, the purple looked really beautiful with Jewel's fur.  Since my cell phone number had changed a few days before, I also got Milita and Carmine new ID tags on the same trip.  Carmine's ID tag is a gold-colored fish, and Milita's ID tag is a pretty pink heart.

When I first put the collar on Jewel, she seemed rather annoyed.  But over just a few days, she adjusted well to it, and she no longer seemed bothered by its presence.

I think she even had some fun with her collar.  Many times when she entered a room, she'd shake her bell to tell us she had arrived!  It was really sweet and adorable.

Now that Jewel has gone to the Rainbow Bridge, I keep her collar and tag in her beautiful memory box.  Sometimes I will take her memory box off my dresser and look through her things and visit with her a bit.  Having a few tangible reminders of her near me brings me comfort.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Opt to Adopt: Beautiful Polydactyl Helena Russo

Helena Russo

Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue
Denver, CO


Helena Russo is a beautiful silver-gray tabby cat looking for her forever home.  Helena is approximately one year old.  She has short hair and extra toes; she is a gorgeous polydactyl kitty!  

According to her profile, Helena Russo was found as a stray cat and was brought to the shelter.  She is a sweet, gentle, and friendly girl.  She approaches new people cautiously, wanting to check out your hand before she will accept some head scratches.  She also likes to converse some with people.  Helena is good with other cats and adult people.  

You can learn more about Helena Russo by calling Rocky Mountain Feline Rescue at: 303-744-4076, or visiting the shelter, located at: 2390 S. Delaware Street in Denver.