Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Opt to Adopt Frederick

Frederick

Cat Care Society, Lakewood, CO


Frederick is a handsome mediumhair mancat.  He is friendly, affectionate, and enjoys being pet.  Frederick is a really sweet boy, and I'm honestly surprised he hasn't found his forever home yet.  

Frederick would love to find a nice quiet home; he does not do well with a lot of chaos.  He also prefers a home without children or dogs.  

At 14 years old, Frederick is in good health.  Because he is a senior kitty, he is part of the Perpet-U-Care program, which will pay for a portion of his medical care for the rest of his life.  

Frederick is up-to-date on his vaccinations, neutered, and litterbox trained.  You can visit him in the Gold room at Cat Care Society, located at 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood, CO.  Frederick will make some lucky person a wonderful companion.  Maybe that person is you!

OPT TO ADOPT UPDATE



We are thrilled to let you all know that Macy has found her forever home!  Congratulations, Macy!!  We hope you are enjoying your new home. 



Monday, September 29, 2014

Writer's Process Tour


Hi everyone, Carmine here, and I'm going to help the Mom tell you about our writing process today.

A while back, we were invited to participate in the Writer's Process Tour by Robin, Cinco, and Manna at Playful Kitty.  Robin is one of the sweetest people we know and a wonderful friend to us.  We are not just saying that, either.  She has helped our mom very much, especially through the tough nights since Jewel went to the Rainbow Bridge.  If you don't know Robin, Cinco, and Manna, please visit their blog.  You will not be disappointed!

We are supposed to answer three questions about our writing process, so let's get right to it!

1. What are we working on?

Right now, we are working on some exciting things!  We have a couple of reviews lined up as well as a really cool giveaway.  We are also trying to incorporate at least one informational article into our blog each week because we really want to inform other cat owners and lovers on important kitty issues.

The Mom is working on getting to know the new kitties at Cat Care Society so she can continue to show you wonderful adoptable kitties here on the blog.  She is also working with Cat Care to become an "official" volunteer.  She wants to write press releases for the shelter.  She is very excited about this prospect.

2. Why do I write what I do?

The goal of Fur Everywhere is to entertain and inform cat owners and cat lovers.  We try to balance stories about us with informational posts.  We also want to help adoptable kitties find homes, so every Tuesday we participate in the Opt to Adopt blog hop.  We will be ecstatic if we can help find even one shelter kitty a loving forever home like ours.



3. How does my writing process work?

We will let the Mom answer this question.

I try to make an editorial calendar for my blog posts, but that doesn't always happen.  I take photos of the kitties for posts pretty regularly and an idea usually comes to me during the photo shoots or as I'm preparing the photos for the blog.  I figure out which reviews and/or giveaways I'll do during the week in advance.

I draw inspiration for informational posts from magazines, other websites, news stories and events, and things going on with my own kitties.

I'm always open to requests, so please let me know if there is anything you would like to see here on Fur Everywhere.

We are supposed to invite three other bloggers to participate in the tour, but I think nearly everyone I know has already done it.  If you haven't been invited, please let us know so we can invite you!  We love reading all the Writer's Process Tour posts.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Toxoplasmosis

Toxoplasmosis is caused by the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii.  In most healthy people, infection with the parasite causes no symptoms, but for pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems, toxoplasmosis can have serious consequences.

Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 60 million Americans have toxoplasmosis.  Most healthy people with toxoplasmosis remain asymptomatic and don't even know they have it.  That's because a healthy individual's immune system is typically able to keep the parasite from causing any symptoms.  Those most at risk for becoming ill with toxoplasmosis are people with weakened immune systems and women who are pregnant.



Symptoms of toxoplasmosis may include:

  • Muscle aches and pains.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headaches.
  • Fever.
  • Swollen lymph nodes.
Pregnant women and those with a compromised immune system may experience severe symptoms of the condition, such as:

  • Confusion.
  • Headaches.
  • Seizures.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Lung problems.
  • Ocular toxoplasmosis, which may present as eye pain, eye redness, blurred or reduced vision, and tearing. 
A pregnant woman may pass toxoplasmosis to her baby.  Most infants who contract the infection from their mothers won't have any symptoms at birth, but they may experience symptoms later in life.  A small percentage of infected infants present with serious eye infections or brain damage at birth.



Toxoplasmosis symptoms generally arise within one to three weeks after exposure to the parasite and usually resolve within three to four weeks.  

Pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems experiencing symptoms as well as people who experience any of the severe symptoms of toxoplasmosis (i.e., confusion, seizures, vision changes, breathing difficulties, etc.) should see a doctor for testing and treatment.

Causes


You can become infected with toxoplasma gondii by:

  • Eating undercooked contaminated meat, especially lamb, venison, or pork.
  • Drinking contaminated water.  Contaminated water is rare in the United States.
  • Cooking with contaminated utensils.  Any utencil that has come into contact with contaminated meat will retain the parasite until the utensil is washed thoroughly with hot soapy water.
  • Accidentally ingesting the parasite through contact with contaminated cat feces.  This can happen when you are cleaning the litterbox or by touching or ingesting anything that has come into contact with contaminated cat feces.
  • Eating unwashed fruits or vegetables.  The surface of fruits and vegetables may contain the parasite.  Thoroughly wash all of your produce before eating it.
  • Though it is rare, you may also contract toxoplasmosis by receiving an infected organ when you have an organ transplant or infected blood if you have a blood transfusion.   
Diagnosis and Treatment

If you think you may have toxoplasmosis, talk to your doctor.  He or she can order a blood test that looks for antibodies to the parasite.  

If you test positive for toxoplasmosis, you can discuss whether or not treatment is warranted with your doctor.  In most cases, toxoplasmosis resolves on its own within a few weeks.  However, in certain cases, treatment may be needed.  Your doctor may prescribe medications like pyrimethamine, sulfadiazine, clindamycin, and spiramycin in combination or separately to treat your condition. 


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Opt to Adopt Savannah and An Update

Savannah

Cat Care Society, Lakewood, CO



Savannah is an adorable brown tabby with short hair.  She is sweet, affectionate, and enjoys being pet.  She gets along with some dogs as well as other cats.  

Savannah came to the shelter when her human passed away.  She would really love to find a new human companion to love.  

Savannah will be 13 years old in a few months.  Because she is an awesome senior cat, she is in the Perpet-U-Care program, which will pay for a portion of her medical care for the rest of her life.

You can visit Savannah in the Gold room at Cat Care Society, located at 5787 W. 6th Avenue in Lakewood, CO.  She will be waiting for your visit!  

AN OPT TO ADOPT UPDATE



Do you remember this adorable pair?  They're Crash and Coltrane!  They're two very sweet, precious Siamese mancats and best friends.  After spending much time at the shelter, Crah and Coltrane got a forever home with a nice couple!  

I sure will miss you sweet boys, but I'm really happy you found your forever.  You two deserve the very best, and I'm sure you'll get plenty spoiled at your new home!


Monday, September 22, 2014

Mancat Monday



Hi everyone, Carmine here.

My old box bed fell apart (the box fell apart after a while) so the Mom made mes a new one!  As you can see, mes loves it!!

We made several changes to our blog's sidebars tonight.  Did you see them?  What do you think?  Do you like our new social media buttons?  Please be honest with your feedback.  We want to make this blog as great as it can be!

A HUGE thank you goes out to Robin Mudge of Playful Kitty for helping us with the social media buttons!  Robin is one of the sweetest people we know, and no, we are not just saying that.  She has been a fantastic friend to us, and we are very blessed to have her in our lives.  If you don't know Robin, please go visit her at Playful Kitty.  She has an excellent blog.