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Adopting a Feral Cat

| November 5, 2012
Adopting a Feral Cat

Adopting a feral cat is not an easy task. You need to have time on your hands and be patient.

Rescuing a feral kitten isn’t exactly an everyday activity one might undertake, but after my unexpected experience in rescuing a seemingly harmless creature, I feel it my duty to impart wisdom to fellow cat lovers.

I found my feral kitten when I was on my way out with my boyfriend one Wednesday evening. I was waiting in the car and out of the corner of my eye, I saw a small furry creature jump off from the top of my boyfriend’s car. Being a cat lover, I naturally went to investigate. If I had only known then what I know now, this is what I would have done, and these are the steps I urge one to take to ensure minimal drama.

1. Quick reflexes are essential
A towel on hand is an important item to have in obtaining a wild kitten.
The kitten ran into the laundry room, underneath an old fridge. It was quite a mission getting her out! When we had finally cornered her and had endured many hisses, scratches and growls, I quickly wrapped her tightly into a towel, making sure she couldn’t escape.

2. Know of an emergency vet nearby your home
We decided to take her to an emergency vet to be checked out. The vet examined her and confirmed she was a feral kitten, probably not more than 6 weeks old.

3. Know what you are getting yourself into emotionally
We had to leave her overnight at the vet due to lack of homing facilities at either one of our houses. The vet told me that if, come the following morning, we had not collected the kitten by 12.00 noon, he would have to phone the SPCA or animal shelter to take the kitten off his hands. The likelihood of someone adopting an undomesticated kitten was slim to none, and if the kitten wasn’t adopted after 48 hours, they would be forced to euthanize her.

4. Be aware of Rabies
Seeing the scratches on my hand, the vet advised that I go for a tetanus shot and anti-biotic injection. He then gave me the dreaded news: about a month prior to my finding this kitten, a dog in a nearby area had died of rabies. It was possible that a stray cat had attacked the dog, giving it rabies. He did a spot test on the kitten for rabies, and it came back negative, but the tests are only 70% accurate. He told me that if I decided to keep the kitten, I would have to go on a course of rabies vaccine myself. Rabies is a fatal disease, and once diagnosed fatality is certain.

5. Understand that feral cats live and hunt in dirty place and are very susceptible to disease
The vet then proceeded to tell me further news that the kitten was flea ridden, tested positive for Chlamydia and had worms!
That day, when I was sitting at home after all my injections, scratches and bank slips, I decided to put it all in perspective: After doing all the calculations, I decided that there was no ways I was going to spend close to R4000.00 on a cat I would never see again! The next phone call was to the emergency vet telling them to keep my kitten – I was on my way to
collect her.

6. You can’t own a cat without giving it a name…
I could have imported a Himalayan Persian for that amount. Instead, I adopted a Chlamydia-prone, wormy, flea-infested feral kitten. She is still alive; she doesn’t have rabies; she has the most expressive personality in a cat I have ever come across – and I named her Olive.

7. Prepare, persist and play
When I eventually prepared a room for her, it was disappointing to say the least. She stayed in a corner and hissed, growled and spat at me every time I went near her. After about a week of trying to interact with her, she eventually allowed me to pick her up, and when I did, she purred surprisingly loudly! The progression continued and she is now, almost, a domesticated cat!

Adopting a feral cat is not an easy task. You need to have time on your hands and be patient. Be careful what food you initially feed your feral kitten and be prepared to spend that extra cash on the scientifically formulated foods bought in a veterinary practice. It is safe to say that a feral should, without a doubt, be rescued if it is injured or hurt. Taming a feral cat is one of the most rewarding experiences one can go through.

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Adult Cats are Fun Too – Adopt An Older Cat

| November 3, 2010
Adult Cats are Fun Too - Adopt An Older Cat

An older cat will also be less demanding of your time than a kitten and will require less supervision, well after the first few weeks anyway. They will be able to spend time alone when you are out of the house without getting into too much trouble and hopefully will already be litter trained.

You’ve finally made the decision to adopt a cat, you’ve dreamt about it for quite some time. Visualising your cute new little kitten playing around the floor and looking up at you with those big baby blues. What could possibly go wrong, after all it’s only a tiny kitten. But have your really thought about how much time, effort and trouble a kitten really is. A kitten is packed full of energy and curiosity and will cry for attention, scratch the furniture, bite and urinate everywhere until it is litter box trained, and will run around the house getting into all sorts of scrapes and trouble. And it’s up to you to look after them 24/7. If you’ve got the time and dedication to look after a kitten, great, but if not, why not think about adopting an adult cat.

A lot of potential adopters seem to think of an adult cat as second best, as if they are defective or worn out like a second hand car. That’s just not the case. Most adult cats have found themselves in animal shelters from no fault of their own. They may have out lived their owner, their owners may have moved to somewhere that doesn’t allow pets, become lost or someone in the family may have become allergic to them. The reasons are far to numerous to list them all. The cats themselves are perfectly healthy animals, bristling with fun and energy and simply looking for a caring loving home.

Adopting an adult cat has many advantages. Remember an older cat has already developed its personality. So you will know what kind of pet they will be and whether or not they will suit your family. Many people go for the cute little kitten; only to find out that they grow into a very shy and non-playful cat that likes to spend all it’s time away from the family. That’s fine if that’s what you want, but too many people decide that this is not for them and returns the cat to the shelter. Rejection is a very harsh punishment for the cat just because you didn’t take the time to think about what sort of cat would be the right pet for your family.

An older cat will also be less demanding of your time than a kitten and will require less supervision, well after the first few weeks anyway. They will be able to spend time alone when you are out of the house without getting into too much trouble and hopefully will already be litter trained.

There are also many benefits for older owners in adopting an adult cat. Adult cats are much calmer and more likely to want to spend some quiet time sitting on your lap for strokes and purring. Studies have shown that cats can have a real health benefit for humans in reducing their stress levels and blood pressure. I can’t image an energetic curious kitten being as good for your stress levels somehow.

Many worry about health problems and vet bills for the older cat. Usually when you are adopting a cat from an animal shelter they will be able to let you know if the cat has any underlining medical conditions and what it is likely to cost. Many will even provide you with free medical treatment for your cat if they over 10 years old as an incentive for more of the older cats to be re-homed.

Cats can live well into their late teens and even early twenties with all the advances in food nutrition and medical treatments. So that 12 year old cat waiting in the animal shelter for a good home is still a good bet and will still be able to provide you with many years of fun and love. Our own cat is now 14 years old and still behaves like a playful youngster and keeps us entertained for hours.

It can be a very rewarding experience to adopt an older cat, not only because of the pleasure they will give you over the years but also in the knowledge that you have provided a loving home for what was probably a very frightened and confused cat, who had no idea why he had lost his family.

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Aggressive Cat Behaviour

| July 7, 2018
Aggressive Cat Behaviour

In case you are at the moment experiencing aggressive cat behaviour then I believe I may also help you out. I’ve a couple of cats and someday out of nowhere they began getting increasingly more aggressive and showing aggressive cat behaviour.

In case you are at the moment experiencing aggressive cat behaviour then I believe I may also help you out. I’ve a couple of cats and someday out of nowhere they began getting increasingly more aggressive and showing aggressive cat behaviour.

Get It Sorted Rapidly – The thing is with aggressive cat behaviour is that there is clearly a problem someplace in the house that the cats should not completely satisfied with. It’s a must to type this as rapidly as doable or it’ll simply give you more annoyance further down the road. When you get it sorted now I promise you will thank your self for it 100 times over.

What To Do? – Cats are very territorial animals and like a secure setting where everything remains the same. Suppose to yourself what has changed in the house recently? What could possibly be contributing to the stress? I discover issues like transferring furnishings round an excessive amount of or an irritating surroundings can truly rub off on the cats. Have you ever modified their meals? Has a youthful relative been intimidating the cats? Strive returning these things to regular and checking back in a few weeks to see if something has changed.

Ache And Pleasure – On the flip side you additionally wish to let your cats know that this aggressive behaviour is unacceptable. What you should do is use the carrot and stick or what is extra generally referred to as the pain and pleasure principle.

In case your cats exhibits dangerous and aggressive behaviour you could punish the cat. Do one thing like squirt it with water or bang some pots close to the cats in order that they get a shock. What is admittedly essential right here is that you just guantee that the cats are actually not seeing you do it or they will nonetheless be aggressive, simply not if you end up there.

On the pleasure side of things you must reward not aggressive behaviour. If the cats behave effectively then reward then with a treat, a sit on your knee for a stroke etc. Or maybe even a new toy. Every cat is different. Simply ensure you reward them right away after good behaviour or after a day of good behaviour.

When you sustain this routine your cat will study in its mind that aggressive behaviour will not give it what it wants. Give it a try. What is the worse that could happen?

If you are at the moment experiencing unusual cat behaviour then I think I’d have the option that can assist you out. A while back now my cats just started appearing all nervous and fidgety and I puzzled why. I needed to find out because it was unfair on them if it was something I had been doing. Listed here are some of my top recommendations on strange cat behaviour.

Has Anything Changed? – Do you suppose that something major and even small has modified to the cat lately by way of the territory by which it lives. Animals like cats are very territorial and love a constant and stable environment. Perhaps you’ve moved their basket or changed their feeding time or moved furniture. All of these things can unnerve a cat and make them change behaviour, they’re very sensitive. Try transferring every little thing again to its authentic place and see if something adjustments in 2 weeks.

Stress In The House – You must be completely trustworthy with your self here. Have things bee tense across the dwelling lately? Cats can decide up on a people stress and they are practically all the time watching you if they don’t seem to be sleeping. Perhaps something needs to be carried out in that area. I do not mean to patronize you as a result of I know nothing about your life but it has been proven to be a problem.

Just Wild? – There is a high chance that the animals are just being their wild pure selves. Which means that they are just going to should be educated by pain and pleasure ti give the behaviours you need if they’ll stay in your house.

For example. You’d use the pain part to scare or shock the cats in the event that they act unhealthy like biting scratching. I shock them by banging some pots near their head or in any other case making a loud noise and spraying water onto them with a bottle I have nearby. It really works a charm they usually cease after a while but you need to bear in mind the opposite side of the equation.

It’s a must to use pleasure along with your cats. What do they absolutely love greater than most? Maybe it’s a new toy or simply one thing as simple as a stroke? Bond with your cats within the coming weeks. For those who make time to stroke them for 30 minutes each day they are going to behave so much better for you. Perhaps 30 minutes is an excessive amount of for you however it’s definitely worth the furnishings being saved from scratches and fixed meowing.

Here is what I came upon and my top suggestions for aggressive cat behaviour.

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Alarm Clock Kitty, How to Stop Early Morning Meowing

| July 15, 2018
Grudgingly, I drag myself out of my warm bed and look at the clock; 3:47 am. I reach over to the night-stand and turn on the light, pain is the result, the light, so bright, the light is, so, so bright. My wife rolls over on her side and I can see the annoyed look on her scrunched up little face

Grudgingly, I drag myself out of my warm bed and look at the clock; 3:47 am. I reach over to the night-stand and turn on the light, pain is the result, the light, so bright, the light is, so, so bright. My wife rolls over on her side and I can see the annoyed look on her scrunched up little face

Meow! Meow! Meow! I bury my head underneath my pillow. Meow! Meow! Meoooooow! The high pitched meowing persists and penetrates through my feather stuffed shield. Meow! Meow! Meow! My eyes open only with the greatest of efforts. Grudgingly, I drag myself out of my warm bed and look at the clock; 3:47 am. I reach over to the night-stand and turn on the light, pain is the result, the light, so bright, the light is, so, so bright. My wife rolls over on her side and I can see the annoyed look on her scrunched up little face. “Must…. feed…. demon… cat….” I say to myself as I trudge to the kitchen to empty a can of cat food into the little yellow cat dish. The cat has by this time woken up the entire household and I wouldn’t be surprised if the neighbors were also awake.

Our cat is a loud cat. Unnervingly loud. 747 jet-engine loud. And there was a time that she woke up every morning before even the sun had the nerve to peek over the horizon. Our loveable little ball of fur wanted to be fed. While the rest of the household was fast asleep our sweet little kitty wanted to have some food to suck down her gullet. This caused quite a bit of frustration for us, especially since this was not a one time thing. No, this was indeed becoming her morning ritual. Every morning, our cat would sit in front of our door and meow at the top of her little kitty lungs the most blood curdling meows I had ever had the displeasure of hearing. Our initial reaction, after caving in and feeding her several nights/early mornings in a row, was to put her in the laundry room before my wife and I went to sleep at night. This, however, was not the best solution in the world, our cuddly little black mass didn’t seem to like it very much and after a while she wasn’t the warm and cuddly cat we knew before.

There must to be another solution to this dilemma. Fortunately, there is. What your cat is, is what has been termed as an “alarm clock kitty”, what that is, is a cat that wakes up very early (or stays up very late) and begins to meow at approximately the same time every single, bloody day in expectation of being fed. Unfortunately for those of us who enjoy sleeping at night this is a natural behavior in cats and while the problem may not happen to every cat owner it happens to many. So what can you do? Even though cats have been domesticated animals for thousands of years now dating back to ancient Egypt, they still have retained most of their wild instincts and this is a cat’s natural instinct; hunt and feed. Cats are predatory animals, they hunt, and the cat’s natural time to hunt generally falls between dusk and dawn because most of the prey they hunt are nocturnal (rats, mice and other rodents). So, if you can’t or don’t want to let your cat out at night to hunt on her own what should you do?

Training your cat to stop this behaviour may be fairly easy, but be warned, it will take a little patience on your part but a good night’s sleep may be the reward. What you need is a cat toy, preferably a mouse or something similar, a piece of string and a stick. Attach the cat toy to a string and the string to the stick. While you are watching your bedtime TV or doing whatever your before bedtime ritual is take your cat toy and play a hunting game with her. Cats love to chase things because of their hunting instinct. Play with your cat for about 15 minutes, enough time to tire your cat out and give her the satisfaction of having hunted. During your game create as realistic a hunting scenario as you can, make noises like a mouse (or whatever animal you are emulating) squeaking or scurrying through the brush. Let your cat catch the toy from time to time so that your cat will feel as if she was involved in a successful (rather than a frustrating) hunt. Towards the end gradually slow down the game drawing your little hunt to a close. Your cat will probably be sufficiently tired by this time. At the end of the game feed your cat something you know she likes. You don’t need to feed her a full sized meal, but feed her an amount sufficient enough to satisfy her hunger. A handful of cat treats or a little piece of left over pork chop may be sufficient. Then go to sleep. In all likelihood your cat will be satisfied and will not continue her ritual of waking you up every morning.

You may need to continue your hunting game with your cat for a week or two before the early morning meowing goes away, and even after it does its a good idea to play this game with your cat from time to time in order to keep the behavior from returning and to keep your cat feeling like an accomplished hunter. But if you follow this routine you should be able to satisfy your cat and get a little shut eye at the same time.

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All About Cats

| December 20, 2011
All About Cats

Cats are the members of the Felidae family of canivorous mammals. Lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, African wild cat are the members of the cat family. Their closest relatives are civets, hyenas and mongooses. However, what we generally recognize as cat is the domestic or the house cat.

Cats are the members of the Felidae family of canivorous mammals. Lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, African wild cat are the members of the cat family. Their closest relatives are civets, hyenas and mongooses. However, what we generally recognize as cat is the domestic or the house cat.

The association between cats and humans dates back to between 7000 to 4000 years ago. From being dragged into satanic ritual beliefs, Halloween and unlucky black cat tags to being cute, caring and loyal companions, cats have seen it all. Cats have also been associated with bad omens, death and witchcraft. On the other hand there have been cultures like Vikings who worshipped the Goddess Freya, the goddess of fertility, who was closely associated to cats.

Cat appears in the Vietnamese and Chinese Zodiac systems. They are highly respected in Islam since it is believed that Prophet Mohammed approved domestication of cat. Feeding a cat is regarded as a great deed in Islam. Ancient Egyptians hailed cats as embodiment of their Goddess Bast. In many of the pyramids, mummified cats were found in the thousands. This signifies the importance of cat for the ancient Egyptians.

Today, there are dozens of breeds of cat that are domesticated. As for your cat vocabulary, a group of cat is clowder, male cat is tom, female cat is queen and the cute little baby cat is called kitten.

An average cat weighs between 2.5 to 7 kgs. And live for 15 to 20 years. However, you can ensure a longer life for your pet cat by getting it spayed or neutered and getting all the necessary vaccinations done.

Cats are extremely intelligent. They communicate effectively through purring, hissing and gestures. Thanks to the 32 muscles in their ear, they have a sharp sense of hearing. Cats can conserve their energy by sleeping for long durations. Cats mostly land on their feet. They have a very good sense of balance and have great flexibility. They use their tail to regulate the angular momentum during their flight in a fall. They walk on their toes. They can also manipulate their walk in such a way that they make minimum sound and leave negligible tracks.

Cats have very superior eyesight and senses which are matched by no other animal. They have very good nocturnal eyesight. They have a field of view of 200 degrees. Their whiskers assist them in navigation. Surprisingly cats cannot taste sugary food because they have faulty sweet receptors.

Cats are fussy eaters. They are known to eat grass, leaves, shrubs and houseplants but they’ll eat only the specific food which they get used to. Whatever they are, they are some of the most popular pet around the world. So much so that they outnumber dogs as pets in USA.

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All About Diarrhea: My Best Secrets for Treating It at Home by Dr Becker

| April 25, 2017

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  • When cats have digestive troubles, they more often vomit than have diarrhea, but they do occasionally get diarrhea as well
  • Unless your cat’s episode of diarrhea is a “one and done” type of thing, you should give your veterinarian a call, as there are many causes of diarrhea in cats, and several of them are potentially quite serious
  • In otherwise healthy kitties, a sudden dietary change can trigger a bout of diarrhea. To improve digestive function and overall health, it’s best to vary your cat’s diet rather than feed the same food all the time
  • To treat a transient episode of diarrhea at home, I recommend a short-term fast followed by a bland diet of cooked, fat-free turkey and 100 percent canned pumpkin


All About Diarrhea: My Best Secrets for Treating It at Home


When it comes to tummy problems in pets, the general rule is that dogs tend to have lower gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and diarrhea, whereas cats tend to have upper GI tract issues and vomiting. But with that said, cats can and do develop diarrhea under certain circumstances.

Root Causes of Diarrhea in Cats

The causes of loose stools in cats are numerous and varied, and include:

Dietary indiscretion Food allergies Hyperthyroidism
Sudden change in diet Ingestion of foreign bodies. Viral and bacterial infections
Giardia, Tritrichomonas foetus Pancreatitis Stress
Inflammatory disease Immune-mediated disease Cancer

If your kitty has a once-in-a-blue-moon bout of loose stools that resolves within a day or two, chances are she ate something that disagreed with her (or you gave her milk, which is a common culprit in feline digestive issues) and there’s nothing to worry about.

However, since there are many serious feline diseases that have diarrhea as a symptom, if your cat (or any pet, but I’m discussing kitties at the moment) is experiencing chronic or recurrent diarrhea, it’s time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.

Dehydration is an immediate and potentially life-threatening concern, especially for kittens, petite adult cats and kitties who are seniors or geriatric, or have a chronic illness.

Also, if the diarrhea is accompanied by other signs of illness such as blood in the stool, vomiting, loss of appetite and/or fever, it’s definitely a sign your pet is ill and you should seek veterinary care.

I recommend you collect a quarter-size bit of poop on, for example, a stiff piece of cardboard, and slip it into a plastic baggie. Otherwise, your veterinarian may have to manually extract a sample, which will make your already uncomfortable kitty that much more so.

Your vet will probably do bloodwork in addition to evaluating the stool to determine if there’s infection present. He or she should also treat your pet for dehydration if necessary, with IV (intravenous) or SQ (subcutaneous) fluids.

Two fecal tests should be performed. One checks for parasite antigens and/or eggs, and the other checks for bacterial or viral agents that cause diarrhea.

Have You Changed Kitty’s Diet?

In otherwise healthy cats, often it’s a sudden change in diet that triggers a bout of diarrhea, and this is especially true for kitties who eat the same food every day. If you feed your cat the same diet day after day, month after month, year in and year out, then suddenly switch to a new food, a case of diarrhea is just about guaranteed.

There’s nothing wrong with the new food, it’s just that kitty’s gut is conditioned to expect only one type of food, which is not ideal, nutritionally or physiologically. Cats fed a varied diet have stronger, more resilient GI tracts and can typically eat different foods regularly without a problem.

After your pet’s stools have returned to normal (I’ll discuss treating diarrhea at home shortly), I recommend you begin varying kitty’s diet to include a range of foods with different nutrient contents. This will promote a diversified gut microbiome and make her digestive system strong and resilient.

However, you need to make the transition very slowly, as in, over a period of weeks to months. I recommend starting with 10 percent new food blended with 90 percent old food for several days.

Watch your pet’s stool and if all seems well, move to 20 percent new/80 percent old. Keep watching for stool changes and if none occur, move to 30 percent new food and 70 percent old, and so on, until you’re feeding only the new diet.

The process should be slow enough that no bowel changes occur. During the transition period, it’s very important to insure your kitty is eating every day, as cats can’t go without food for long or they risk developing fatty liver disease.

For tips on how to make the transition (especially if kitty is giving you a hard time about the new food), take a look at my videos titled “Getting Your Cat to Eat Healthier Food,” part 1 and part 2.

Treating Diarrhea at Home

If your cat is otherwise healthy and his behavior is normal, my recommendation is to withhold food — not water, just food — for 12 hours. A short-term fast gives the GI tract a chance for some R&R. Tissues can only heal when they’re resting.

Follow the 12-hour food fast with a bland diet. I recommend cooked, fat-free ground turkey and 100 percent canned pumpkin. Try starting with an 80 percent turkey/20 percent pumpkin blend. If canned pumpkin isn’t available, you can use fresh, steamed pumpkin or cooked sweet potato.

Skip the outdated advice to feed ground beef and rice and go with my recommendation instead. Even lean ground beef is high in fat, which can exacerbate kitty’s tummy troubles, and rice is a starchy, pro-inflammatory carbohydrate that often provides zero nutrition or calories for animals with digestive issues.

Canned 100 percent pumpkin provides about 80 calories and 7 grams of soluble fiber per cup, compared to 1.2 grams of fiber in a cup of cooked white rice. The soluble fiber in pumpkin coats and soothes the GI tract, and also delays gastric emptying.

When animals have diarrhea, they can lose important electrolytes, including potassium, which puts them at risk of dehydration. Hypokalemia, or low potassium levels, can result in cramping, fatigue, weakness and heart rate irregularities.

Pumpkin happens to be an excellent source of potassium, with 505 milligrams of naturally occurring potassium per cup. Pumpkin is also safer for diabetic pets than rice.

And most animals love it, including cats. Feed the bland diet to your pet until the diarrhea resolves. If it doesn’t clear up in about three days, it’s time to call your veterinarian.

I also recommend keeping some slippery elm on hand. Slippery elm is a neutral fiber source that works really well to ease episodes of diarrhea. I call it “nature’s Pepto-Bismol” because it reduces GI inflammation and acts as a non-irritating source of fiber to bulk up the stool and slow down GI transit time.

Give your cat about a half a teaspoon or a capsule for each 10 pounds of body weight with every bland meal. I also recommend adding in a good-quality probiotic once the stool starts to firm up. In addition to slippery elm and probiotics, many pet owners have good luck with herbs such as peppermint, fennel or chamomile. These are especially helpful for the cramping and other uncomfortable GI symptoms that come with diarrhea.

There are also several homeopathic remedies that can be very beneficial for intermittent diarrhea depending on your pet’s specific symptoms, including nux vomica, veratrum, podophyllum, arsenicum album and china.

Allergic to Cats? – 7 Helpful Answers For Those With Cat Allergies

| December 27, 2011
Allergic to Cats? - 7 Helpful Answers For Those With Cat Allergies

There's no news harder to hear than that you're allergic to your beloved cat. Here are 7 answers to questions that may mean the difference between finding another home for your cat or living happily ever after with your cat.


There’s no news harder to hear than that you’re allergic to your beloved cat. Here are 7 answers to questions that may mean the difference between finding another home for your cat or living happily ever after with your cat.

1.What is it about cats that cause allergies to flare? Contrary to popular belief that it’s the hair, the culprit is the protein (Fel d1) found in cat dander, saliva, and urine. No one knows why, but if you have sensitivity to this protein being exposed to can trigger reactions that range from irritating to debilitating.

2. Can cat hair trigger an allergy flare-up? The hair does not contain the protein, so in a word no. But it can seem that way because dander (which does contain the offending protein) often stick to the air and other airborne particles. And so contact with the hair that has dander on it can make it appear that the hair is the culprit.

3. Can bathing the cat reduce dander? Yes, scheduling a regular schedule for baths with a veterinarian recommended shampoo can reduce the amount that potentially go airborne and be inhaled. Be prepared for your cat’s disapproval, but hopefully with a regular schedule it will be come a routine that you both can literally live with.

4. Does Color Matter? There was a small study conducted several years ago whose findings indicated that dark-colored felines produced more dander than those with lighter fur. Without other studies to support it, this theory is inconclusive.

5. Does Sex Matter? Male cats are known to produce more allergy triggers than female. So if you have been identified as having allergies, this is an important piece of information to have as you adopt or add to the family.

6. Is there a way to stop the production of dander? These small flakes of dead skin that we call dander are a natural part of your cat’s growth and development. This is the body’s way of making way for newer healthier skin that will be more able to ward off disease and infection. This is a process that will continue for as long as you have your kitty.

7. Is there an effective way to manage the allergy symptoms well enough to be able to enjoy a cat? No one thing will work, but using a multi-pronged approach will greatly improve your quality.

Make one room a clean room that is off limits for your pet. Anticipate flare-ups by using over the counter medication or prescriptions from your allergist.

You should also use a HEPA or high efficiency particle arresting air cleaner to constantly reduce the allergens in the air. 24 hour filtration with this type of technology is by far the most effective and non-invasive way to deal with your allergies.

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Allergies to Pets

| December 26, 2011
Allergies to Pets

Studies show that approximately 15% of the population is allergic to dogs or cats. An estimated one-third of Americans who are allergic to cats (about two million people) live with at least one cat in their household anyway.


Being a pet owner is never easy. While pets bring us joy and companionship on a daily basis, they also require training, veterinary care, time, love, attention, and even tolerance. Tolerance is especially necessary when a pet owner is allergic to his or her companion animal.

Studies show that approximately 15% of the population is allergic to dogs or cats. An estimated one-third of Americans who are allergic to cats (about two million people) live with at least one cat in their household anyway. In a study of 341 adults who were allergic to cats or dogs and had been advised by their physicians to give up their pets, only one out of five did. What’s more, 122 of them obtained another pet after a previous one had died. It’s clear the benefits of pet companionship outweigh the drawbacks of pet allergies for many owners. Living comfortably with a companion animal despite being allergic to him requires a good understanding of the allergic condition and an adherence to a few rules.

All cats and dogs are allergenic (allergy-causing) to people who are allergic to animals. Cats tend to be more allergenic than dogs for allergic people, although some people are more sensitive to dogs than cats. Contrary to popular belief, there are no “non-allergenic” breeds of dogs or cats; even hairless breeds may be highly allergenic.

Dogs with soft, constantly-growing hair—the Poodle or the Bichon Frise, for example—may be less irritating to some individuals, although this may be because they are bathed and groomed more frequently. One dog or cat of a particular breed may be more irritating to an individual allergy sufferer than another animal of that same breed.

The source of irritation to pet-allergic humans? Glands in the animal’s skin secrete tiny allergy-triggering proteins, called allergens, that linger in the animal’s fur but also float easily in the air. Allergens are present in the animal’s saliva and urine, too, and may become airborne when saliva dries on the fur. The severity of reaction to these allergens varies from one person to the next, ranging from mild sniffling and sneezing to life-threatening asthma, and can be complicated by simultaneous allergies to other irritants in the environment.

If your or a family member’s allergies are simply miserable, but not life-threatening, take these steps to reduce the symptoms:

  • Create an “allergy free” zone in the home—preferably the bedroom—and strictly prohibit the pet’s access to it. Use a high-efficiency HEPA air cleaner (available at almost any home and garden store or discount department store) in the bedroom. Consider using impermeable covers for the mattress and pillows because allergen particles brought into the room on clothes and other objects can accumulate in them.

  • Use HEPA air cleaners throughout the rest of the home, and avoid dust-and-dander-catching furnishings such as cloth curtains and blinds and carpeted floors. Clean frequently and thoroughly to remove dust and dander, washing articles such as couch covers and pillows, curtains, and pet beds. Use a “microfilter” bag in the vacuum cleaner to effectively catch all the allergens.

  • Bathing your pet on a weekly basis can reduce the level of allergens on fur by as much as 84%. Although products are available that claim to reduce pet allergens when sprayed on the animal’s fur, studies show they are less effective than a weekly bath. Even cats can become accustomed to being bathed; check with your veterinarian’s staff or a good book on pet care for directions about how to do this properly, and use whatever shampoo your veterinarian recommends.

  • Don’t be quick to blame the family pet for allergies. Ask your allergist to specifically test for allergies to pet dander, rather than making an assumption. And understand that allergies are cumulative. Many allergy sufferers are sensitive to more than one allergen. So if you’re allergic to dust, insecticides, pollen, cigarette smoke, and cat dander, you’ll need to reduce the overall allergen level in your environment by concentrating on all of the causes, not just the pet allergy. For example, you may need to step up measures to remove cat dander from your home and carefully avoid cigarette smoke during spring, when it is difficult to avoid exposure to pollen.

  • Immunotherapy (allergy shots) can improve symptoms but cannot eliminate them entirely. They work by gradually desensitizing a person’s immune system to the pet allergens. Allergy-causing proteins are injected under the person’s skin, triggering the body to produce antibodies (protective proteins) which block the pet allergen from causing a reaction. Patients are usually given one dose per week for a few weeks to months (depending on the severity of the allergy) and then can often manage with one injection per month.

  • Additional treatments for allergies to pets are symptomatic, including steroidal and antihistamine nose sprays and antihistamine pills. For asthma, there are multiple medications, sprays, and inhalers available. It is important to find an allergist who understands your commitment to living with your pet. A combination of approaches—medical control of symptoms, good housecleaning methods, and immunotherapy—is most likely to succeed in allowing an allergic person to live with pets.

Of course, if you do not currently have a pet and are considering one, and know you are pet-allergic, be sure to consider carefully whether you can live with the allergy before you bring a new pet home. Except in the case of children, who sometimes outgrow allergies, few allergy sufferers become accustomed to pets to whom they are allergic. Too many allergic owners obtain pets without thinking through the difficulties of living with them. And too often, they end up relinquishing pets, a decision that is difficult for the owner and can be life-threatening for the pet.

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Alleviating Stress in Your Cat

| December 28, 2017
Alleviating Stress in Your Cat

Cats are by nature independent, and like to be in control of things. When they are not, they can become very anxious and nervous. Some common causes of stress in cats include a move to a new home, travelling or being caged, visits to the vet, or the introduction of other cats within its domain.


Cats are by nature independent, and like to be in control of things. When they are not, they can become very anxious and nervous. Some common causes of stress in cats include a move to a  new home, travelling or being caged, visits to the vet, or the introduction of other cats within its domain.

Usual signs of stress include wild eyed frenzy accompanied with the desperate need to escape; irritability, including continual meowing; urinating or scent marking; and clawing at furniture, bedding, or carpets. Some of these symptoms are often mistaken for bad behaviour, but in order to cure the behaviour, one needs to reduce the levels of stress your cat is experiencing.

Feliway Feline Facial Pheromones (try saying this after you’ve had a drink) is a product recommended by vets to soothe and comfort stressed cats, and alleviate unwanted stress related behaviour. This product uses artificial feline pheromones that cats naturally emit from their facial area to mark a safe territory once they feel safe and secure within the confounds of the area. Cats do this by rubbing their faces on items within their area, giving off facial pheromones to mark the territory with their scent, which acts like a kind of kitty comfort blanket that gives them a sense of security and well-being.

The spray replicates the natural scent that cats leave when they perform this scent marking routine, and in so doing, offers a sense of security to alleviate anxiety and calm the cat down. Feliway feline pheromones offer an effective solution to reducing anxiety in distressed felines by replicating the cats natural mechanism that it would use to relay a sense of comfort and well-being, in order to help him cope with a stressful situation.

This product can be purchased in spray form, which is perfect for applying straight onto objects, for example spraying inside a travel cage to offer comfort and reassurance and alleviate stress associated with crating and travel.

The Feliway Feline Facial Pheromone Diffuser offers a novel method of keeping a well-adjusted, happy cat that always comes home to snuggle up in a cosy corner, or just laze contentedly around the house. The diffuser plugs into an electrical wall socket, giving off a continual burst of pheromones. Your cat will definitely believe that there is no place like home. Aside from relieving stress and worry in cats, this product is also great for controlling behaviour such as territory marking by urine spraying, and scratching the furniture, which are often related to stress associated with the introduction of a new cat or pet into your home (or rather, the cats home). The diffuser fills the room and the calming effect of the pheromones will help reduce anxiety and alleviate the behaviour associated with territory and scent marking.

The Feliway Feline Facial Pheromone diffuser comes with a 48ml vial, which lasts up to a month. Refills for the diffuser can be bought separately. Feliway Feline Facial Pheromones can also be bought in a 60ml spray bottle and a 15ml travel bottle for easy portability when needed away from the home.

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Alternative Healing for Animals

| October 16, 2017
Alternative Healing for Animals

Alternative Healing for Animals

There are now available a fairly large array of alternative healing modalities for animals as well as humans and medical science has acknowledged the benefits of some of these. One needs to understand that, in the case of sick animals, choosing an alternative healing method does not mean that you don’t take the animal to the Vet but rather that the modality you choose for the animal works in conjunction with as opposed to instead of.

Animals are wonderful to work with as they have no expectations so the results cannot be written off to “well they expected to feel better so they did”.

Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is one modality to which animals respond extremely well. This is a hands-on healing technique which is thousands of years old. The work Reiki comes from two Japanese words – Rei and Ki. The word Rei as it is used in Reiki can be interpreted to mean Spiritual consciousness and Ki is the life force which is a non-physical energy that animates all living things.

I am a Reiki Master teacher. I have also trained in Touch for Health (a Kinesiology module), Bach Flower remedies, Radionics, Animal Communication and Gestalt.

Working with animals I combine all the above, depending on what is required and will also utilise Tissue Salts and crystals if asked for. The animal can be anywhere in the country as I do not need to see it physically but can work with the hair. No two cases are ever the same – I have worked with horses, dogs and cats exhibiting behavioural problems and/or physical problems with many and varied causes.

I have a feral cat who has lived with me for close on 7 years and who, in conjunction with surgery, literally had to be put together again and learn to walk. Today he is a magnificent, loving cat who likes nothing better than a cuddle and is always the first one to greet visitors.

There have been several Dachshunds with back problems who required surgery but healed faster because of the energetic support.

Often an animal will present with a physical symptom/symptoms which the Vet has been unable to alleviate. Once one gets to the emotional cause, healing can begin. As an example of this, a Maltese was referred to me as a last resort. It had lost most of its fur and was covered in weeping sores. The Vet has changed the diet several times and prescribed many drugs over a period of time – to no avail. The owner had decided that euthanasia was the only option left. What I picked up when working with a minute amount of hair from its tail (the only area still partly furred) was a big black dog which had taken over the Maltese’s role in the household. When checking with the owner she confirmed that there was a black Lab in the house which had arrived several months before the Maltese started having skin problems. In a nutshell, I worked with the Maltese over a period of 3 weeks to heal on an emotional level and reinforce its No. 1 status and its coat grew back and the skin healed completely.

There are enough stories to fill a book about all the amazing animals I have been privileged to help. Humans need to understand the role that animals play in our lives, to acknowledge that they help us in so many ways and to move on from the belief that we own them and are superior to them.

I do work with people as well although this I prefer to do physically and not with hair as I find after a session a client will often want to talk things through.

I am available evenings and weekends and can be contacted on 082 812 3870 or email if you have any queries.

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