Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Opt to Adopt: Elizabeth


Cat Care Society, Lakewood, CO

Elizabeth is a pretty gray and white mediumhair kitty.  She is talkative and sweet.  I often find her lounging on the front counter, wanting to greet every visitor that comes to the shelter.  

Elizabeth came to the shelter after her human passed away.  She is sad about losing her human, but she would like to find a new human to love.  Elizabeth is 12 years old, and due to her age, she is part of the Perpet-U-Care program, which will pay for a portion of her medical care for the rest of her life.  

You can find Elizabeth in the upstairs hallway at Cat Care Society, located at 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood, CO.  She looks forward to meeting you and telling you why she makes the purrfect companion. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Mancat Monday

Hello everyone, it's the Mom here.  I have some news about Carmine.

Last week when I picked Milita up from her surgery, I asked the vet tech if Carmine could eat regular (as opposed to urinary tract) canned food because he seems to be really sick of his urinary tract diet.  Who can blame him?  He's been eating the same thing for more than 5 years!!

The vet was adamant that he stay on his urinary tract wet food.  I asked her what we could do because Carmine is sick of it, and pilling him to make him hungry enough to eat it seems really mean to me.

When Carmine was first diagnosed with FLUTD, I tried feeding him Hill's prescription c/d kibbles and wet food.  He ate his kibbles just fine, but he ate the canned version only once or twice and decided he was done with it.

After that, I found Pro Plan had a urinary tract canned food you could buy without a prescription.  He ate this happily (along with his c/d kibbles) for an entire year.  Unfortunately, they only make one flavor of this food, so he eventually got tired of that, too.

Next, he started eating Friskies version of urinary tract diet canned food.  He was pretty happy with that for 3 to 4 years.  We also started giving him Pro Plan occasionally after he had had a sufficient break from it.

We switched him over to the Royal Canin SO kibbles about a year ago when he was losing weight due to IBD and needed to eat more.  He does seem to enjoy the Royal Canin SO kibbles more than he did the Hill's c/d ones.  He definitely eats more kibbles now that we've switched his dry food.  I eventually tried him on the Royal Canin SO canned food, too.  He seemed to like it just fine, but he started getting red dots on his head.  The vet wasn't completely sure if they were allergies or something else, but I took him off the canned version just in case, and since then, he's had no more red dots on his head.

The vet suggested that we try Purina Prescription Diet UR (ST/OX).  Has anyone tried this food before?  Our PetSmarts with Banfield Hospitals don't sell it, so I have to order a case of it on-line, which is a little scary considering he's never tried it and it's so expensive.  Our vet doesn't carry it, either.

The other option is to try the Iams prescription diet, which I had never even heard of.  It is also not available anywhere I know of locally.

Does anyone have experience with either of these foods?  Are there any other urinary tract diets out there that I haven't found?

The other alternative is to get more Royal Canin canned SO and see if those red dots come back.

Any thoughts/experiences would be much appreciated.  I want Carmine to like whatever he is going to eat.  A happy Carmine makes a happy Mom :)

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Easy Like Sunday with Milita

Hi everybody, Milita here!  I'm enjoying my favorite spot on the couch.  

Since I came home from the vet, I have been feeling better.  I have been eating my wet food and my kibbles, which seems to make the Mom happy.  I have more energy now; I fly up my tree to get my wet noms!  The Mom has been playing Neko fly with me lately, and I really love that!

Today, the Mom is a little worried about me, though, because I am not eating as much as I have been the past few days.  I even hid under her bed and then under her dresser for a while, which I never do unless the awful vacuum monster comes out.  The Mom says she is going to watch me carefully to see if we need to take another trip.......I don't want another trip!!!  

When it's medication time, I make sure and fight as much as possible.  Earlier, the Mom was holding me while her friend gave me the medicine.  They got the pain medicine in me, but when they tried to give me my Amoxicillin, I kicked the Mom really hard in the tummy and dug in my back claws!  The Mom is nice and allergic to me, so when I scratch her, all the skin around it, gets all swollen and red and really itchy!  That'll teach her to try to make me have medicine, MOL!!

We hope you all have a great Sunday! 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Halloween Safety Tips for Cats

I've seen a few of these posts around the blogosphere, but the topic is so important that I thought it warranted a post from us as well.  Please keep these safety tips in mind as you celebrate Halloween in the coming days.

Candy Is For Humans Only: I'm sure many of you know that chocolate is very toxic to cats and dogs, especially baking and dark chocolate.  However, any candy containing the xylitol, an artificial sweetener, is also toxic to pets.  Moreover, candy and its wrappers pose a choking hazard to your kitty.

If you want to give your cat a yummy treat for Halloween, purchase his or her favorite kitty treats or try a new brand of cat treats.  Keep all candy out of your pet's reach.

Keep Cats Indoors: It's unfortunate, but not all people love kitties as much as we do.  To keep your kitty (no matter what his or her fur color is) from becoming an unwilling participant in Halloween mischief, keep him or her indoors.  Black cats are especially prone to going missing on Halloween.

If you are giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, it's a good idea to keep nervous kitties in a safe room in your home with the door shut to prevent them from escaping accidentally.  Even the most social kitties can become overwhelmed by all the trick-or-treaters visiting your home; keep an eye on your feline any time you open the door.  Keep collars and identification on your cat so that if your kitty accidentally escapes, you will have a better chance of finding him or her.

Halloween Costumes: Please do not put your kitty in a Halloween costume unless you know he or she loves it!  I haven't personally met any cats that would even tolerate being dressed up, let alone love it, but I'm sure there are a few out there.  Dressing up a cat who doesn't love being in costume causes him or her unnecessary stress.  An unhappy cat in costume may even hurt himself or herself trying to get out of it.

If you want your kitty to look festive for Halloween, you could try putting a decorative bandanna or bow-tie on his or her collar.  Mom Emily from Kitty Cat Chronicles makes some really adorable bow-ties that slip right over your cat's collar.  Carmine really loves his!

If you have one of the rare kitties who enjoys being dressed up, ensure that your cat's Halloween costume does not constrict his or her movement in any way.  Be sure your cat can see, hear, breathe, and meow without any difficulty in the costume you choose.  Try on the Halloween costume before the big night to ensure your cat is not distressed by it at all.  Be sure to make sure there are no small parts on the costume your feline could tare off and swallow as well.

Halloween Decorations: As you know, there are a variety of festive household Halloween decorations.  Please keep your kitty safe by using electrical cord covers on electronic decorations.  Cats can suffer cuts, severe burns, and/or life-threatening electrical shocks when they chew on electrical cords.  If electrical cord covers aren't an option for you, you can purchase some Bitter Apple to sprays cords with.  For added protection, unplug electronic decorations whenever you won't be around to keep an eye on your kitty.

Jack-o-lanterns also pose a danger to cats.  Jack-o-lanterns can be easily knocked over and start fires.  Curious kitties can also singe or burn themselves with flames, so it's best to keep all jack-o-lanterns out of your cat's reach.

We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween next week!

Do you have any other safety tips to add?  Please let us know in the comments. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Milita's Post-Surgery Update

Milita had her dental surgery yesterday, and I was a ball of nerves the whole time!  Milita has been having some congestion and upper respiratory infection/herpes symptoms.  The vet took an x-ray of Lita before the surgery to make sure she was going to be okay to go under anesthesia.  They always do a urinalysis and blood tests before surgery, too.  The x-ray showed that Lita doesn't have any pneumonia or anything, which is definitely good!  She does have a little arthritis on her spine, though, so we have started her on Cosequin - it's the same stuff Carmine's been taking for his arthritis for 3 years and has made a world of difference for him.

Milita's surgery went well.  They ended up pulling fewer teeth than they thought they would need to!  They pulled one canine, two premolars on the top, and one premolar on the bottom.  The surgery ended up costing less than we expected since the vet had drawn up an estimate for 7 or 8 teeth, soooo....I put money on my account at the vet as a credit to pay for a future big medical expense for Carmine or Lita.  I hope that sits okay with everyone who donated?

They hope that Lita's upper respiratory infection will clear up now that her bad teeth are gone.  They think her mouth infection is related to the upper respiratory one.  Lita is on Amoxicillin for another week (this is her 3rd round in a row).  I really hope this is the end of the antibiotics for her for a while.

Lita has been a bit grumpy and nervous since we got home, which is completely understandable (I would be, too!) but she's also been letting us love on her.  Earlier, I found her sitting in her dinner spot waiting for food.  This is the first time she's done this in weeks!

I think as long as we can get her upper respiratory infection under control, she is going to recover very nicely.  Thank you all so very very much again for all of your donations, purrs, prayers, hugs, and support!!