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Moving Overseas with Cats

| April 24, 2017

Moving with Cats

Living with cats can be a really fun time, but it also means you will need to take responsibility for what the cats will go through when you need to move to a new home. Cats are not really big on changes in their environment, especially if this is done in a stressful way. Regardless of that however, you will need to get them ready to make the transfer work without too much trouble. If your cat hates travel, then you will need to find a solution to the problem. Before you need to make the big choices however, you will need to take care of the preparations ahead:

 

Moving Overseas with Cats

Preparing things for moving day

One of the first things you need to do to pull this off is to slowly make your cat used to the idea of moving. It will take some doing, since most cats are smart enough to figure out they will be moving soon. Some cats deal with moving quite well, but others may get really distressed and will need to have extra attention and help to make it through without going all yowling and dragging themselves away from the carrier. You can feed your cat some treats to ease them into calming down right before the move. Reinforce the feeling that the moving experience is not something dangerous. Open the carrier, put some food inside and ease them inside until they feel comfortable sitting right inside.

Making the actual move

When you have movers arriving to make that overseas move, you will need to prepare your cat for what comes ahead by getting it out of the way first. Securing and closing the carrier, your cat should have to either be out of the way during the packing and moving process or you will need to have it be OK with strangers in the house. Place their bedding, food and a bit of water in a separate room alongside a litter box as well. Keep the movers away from the door and tell them they should not enter the room to keep the pet from escaping. Give the cat a small breakfast without going too far. You don’t need the cat needing to go on the road or if you move it via airplane.

Driving or airplane moving

The other thing you should consider is that cats happen to stress out far too easily when they are in a car. It will be pretty rare for cats to stay calm during travel for a lot of reasons, especially since they tend to stress out quite easily. Moving will require great care, especially since you plan on doing this overseas. Every cat will have different needs, but in the end you will need to consider talking to your veterinarian if the cat will need to have a mild sedative to make the transfer easier. There are some companies out there that offer pet moving services you can work with, but do keep in mind this will take some serious research due to moving your favorite cat and not just a box of clothes.

Cats and Cucumbers: Are cats really afraid of Cucumbers?

| April 22, 2017

A recent compilation of videos that shows cats becoming hysterically terrified of cucumbers has become viral on the internet. It shows our domesticated felines leaping up into the air out of fear when they see an innocuous cucumber placed beside them. Why do they do it? What’s the reason behind this strange reaction?

Before we delve into the facts here is the video if you have not seen it yet.

Are cats really afraid of cucumbers

Instinctively, cats have a tendency to be suspicious of anything that is alien to them, be it a fast-moving object or a noisy one, or even something that flashes erratically.

The sudden appearance of a cucumber next to them may be causing a sudden jolt of fear, and the reflex reaction is to jump up in the air, and either run away, or in some cases get into a stare down contest with the green fruit. It could be that this is the uniform response to whatever they suspect to be sneaking up on them, other fruits, vegetable, and even humans.

What might make cats specifically scared of cucumbers

Cats, even the domesticated ones, have it hardwired into their instinct to avoid snakes. In most of the cases in the compilation, the cats are busy having a meal when their mischievous owners silently put the cucumber a little behind them, so that when the fruit does catch their eye, it would come as a shock, evoking an expected reaction. The unsuspecting cats may be thinking that it’s a snake, slithering up to them and spring up into the air before running away, basically just to avoid getting ‘bitten’.

Can the cucumber trick be harmful for cats

It should be suggested to cat owners not to try out this theory on their pets, simply because of the damage this unnecessary experiment can do to them. The stress from the sudden shock can be long-lasting, in addition to the fact that your feline buddy can hurt itself by simply landing awkwardly from its leap of fright.

We often misunderstand cat behavior to the point that we believe they somewhat look down upon humans as idiots and furless clumsy hunters. We also believe that they have no gratitude towards their human caregivers, not for the food they get, nor the affection that is bestowed upon them; there is also a certain degree of ‘entitlement’ in their demeanor – and all of it is true! But even so, being the superior and intelligent members of this planet, we should not make our entitled furry friends go through this sudden horror lest it leaves some lasting damage!

Find out (safely) if your cat is actually scared of a cucumber

Here’s an experiment you might be able to try on your kitty to drive home the point of whether it jumps up out of fear or shock. Get a cucumber, the longer, the better, and place it in plain view of your pet (do not sneak up on them), and then see how your four-legged overlord reacts. If it leaps up and runs away, then it is, and all cats are inexplicably fearful of cucumbers. But if it does not, then it can safely be concluded that it is the shock of an unexpected item being placed near them that makes them react the way they do in the videos, and not fear per say.

 

Author Bio: Adarsh Gupta has been raising cats since the last 8 years and currently writes for Catbreedselector.com

 

General Reference Guide for New Kitten Owners

| March 15, 2017

Getting a new Kitten?

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Getting a new addition to the family can be tricky and finding the right fit is important.

Deciding on a new kitten should be done slowly and not a brash decision as finding the PURRRfect fit will take time.

Unfortunately the choice of kitten is often more an emotional choice than an objective one.

Kittens and all pets need the best provided for them from a good food to annual health checks, if you can provide for all the needs of your new pet, happy hunting for the next addition to your family.

Where to get a new kitten?

Kittens are available from many different sources. Many people who want pedigree kittens must buy them from catteries with a good reputation and register kittens with SACC, CFSA and CASA.

Buying kittens from a back yard breeder or a so called ‘bad breeder’ is a recipe for disaster. Find out from friends and family where they have had positive experiences adopting animals, even enquire at your local vet of any good breeders in the area of the breed kitten you are looking for. Welfare organisations or people fostering kittens also have a variety of kittens to choose from but be aware that these kittens MUST be tested for virus’ like FIV (Feline immunodeficiency virus) and FeLV (Feline Leukaemia virus) before being introduced into your household as we want to protect the pets you already have.

Shopping for kittens online is definitely not a good idea.

When going to a breeder to look at what kittens they have available for you, many good breeders will put you under the microscope to evaluate you and they want to know what type of home their kitten is going to.
I also like to reverse this situation where the new pet owner should evaluate where the kitten is coming from with regards to cleanliness, cat health, parentage of kittens, etc.

If a breeder won’t show you the parents (where both are available) they are hiding something and I would tend not to support this breeder. You get so many fantastic breeders out there with great breeding ethics and feline care, but you also get some bad breeders which should not be supported.

In my experience, many people go to a breeder and see a cute kitten and fall in love with this kitten, not thinking about the situation logically and adopting/buying this kitten for emotional reasons. Try not to fall into this trap.

Never buy a sick kitten: this is a recipe for heart break as this new kitten could have a variety of things wrong with it from FIP (Feline Infectious Peritonitis), birth defects, FIV, FeLV, Snuffles, Ringworm, as well as infect the rest of your cats established at home.
Don’t pick the smallest, sickest, weakest kitten in the litter as these are all signs of something wrong and you will not only be buying a kitten but problems associated with that sick kitten.

Find out if the kittens have been vaccinated by a VET and hence checked out by a vet.

Many kitten breeders vaccinate the kittens themselves and the kitten has never seen a vet and had a proper health check.

Kittens should be vaccinated at least twice where the first vaccination is given at 6 to 8 weeks and the second 3 to 4 weeks later.

Enquire what the kittens have been vaccinated with as various different vaccines are on the market. This will hopefully be a discussion in later issues of the magazine.

Deworming is just as important, as any area where there is a high burden of animals, parasites are going to lurk, even in the cleanest of homes.

Deworming as mentioned should be done routinely in young kittens as all the nutrients they consume, need to go into building blocks for growth.

At what age should you get/adopt a new kitten:

Many new owners want kittens as young as possible for various different reasons.

It is very important in the social developmental process for the kittens, that they stay with the queens for the first 10 weeks at least.

Many social queues are taught by the mother from 4 weeks of age starting from her teaching the kittens how to interact appropriately with her, then other cats and lastly other species like dogs and people.

A kitten obtained very young often does not have well developed social behaviour and can become very needy, not interact well with other cats, inappropriately interact with people and other animals. This can be one of the many causes of aggression in an adult cat.
I got all my cats at 12 weeks old and they are well socialised with each other and have established a hierarchy within my living space.

If a breeder wants to sell you a kitten at 5 to 6 weeks, ask them if they can keep your kitten longer so the kitten can learn from its mother.

Many pet shops/breeders sell kittens as early as possible and take the kittens away from their mother at this early age as they want to sell these kittens before they require their first vaccinations and hence they make a bigger profit.

With a long life ahead of you with this new kitten, a few weeks delay in introducing the cat into your home is negligible if you think about the years of problems you can have with a cat who has poor social development.

 

Copyright: Dr Laurence John Behrens, BSc: Veterinary Biology, BVSc

The Truth About Acupuncture For Cats

| February 17, 2017
Pet acupuncture is a gentle, but very powerful natural pain relief treatment and may work very well for cats suffering from certain painful conditions. It can be well combined with conventional veterinary treatment and medication and helps in many cases to reduce dosage and side effects of pain relieving drugs considerably.

Pet acupuncture is a gentle, but very powerful natural pain relief treatment and may work very well for cats suffering from certain painful conditions. It can be well combined with conventional veterinary treatment and medication and helps in many cases to reduce dosage and side effects of pain relieving drugs considerably.

Many cat parents will quickly overcome their initial scepticism towards acupuncture for cats, once they learn how relaxing and calming this treatment usually is for their feline pet. Especially, when changes and improvement of their cat’s health problem become visible, people realize soon, how much their pet actually benefits from this kind of complementary therapy.

Pet acupuncture is a gentle, but very powerful natural pain relief treatment and may work very well for cats suffering from certain painful conditions. It can be well combined with conventional veterinary treatment and medication and helps in many cases to reduce dosage and side effects of pain relieving drugs considerably. Integration into normal Western veterinary treatment is possible and therefore becoming more and more popular amongst practising vets.

‘Rosie’, a young and very active domestic short hair, has had a bad accident. She broke her hind leg and needed specialist orthopedic surgery to plate the bone so it could heal properly. When the wound was healing up it became obvious that ‘Rosie’ was not able to use her leg at all. She also started to chew her left hind paw constantly. It was that bad, that amputation seemed to be the only option.

Within eight sessions in weekly intervals, ‘Rosie’ started to use her leg again: she would put her paw in the right position onto the ground and start to bear weight. Towards the end of her treatment with acupuncture, she was able to walk on that leg again and the self destructing chewing of the paw started to fade away. ‘Rosie’s’ owners were visibly surprised how well their pet could relax and would calm down during a treatment session.

Cats respond usually very well to acupuncture therapy. Being a hunter and predator, felines possess a very alert and responsive nervous system, which reacts readily to the stimulation of acupuncture points with special, fine needles. Improvement of a condition that can be treated with acupuncture may be truly amazing sometimes, depending on a cat patient’s individual health condition.

Very often cat parents are surprised to learn that felines can relax and benefit a lot from this kind of medical therapy.
If assessment and treatment is carried out by a trained veterinary professional, cats will respond usually well to acupuncture.

Acupuncture for cats is an effective alternative pet therapy in the management of pain. Treatment is gentle, but has got a powerful effect and can be integrated and combined with conventional Western treatment plans without problems.
Popularity is growing fast due to its effectiveness and the fact that known drug induced side effects can be avoided.

About the Author: Dr. Ellen Schmidt , a veterinary practitioner focusing on alternative veterinary therapies offers acupuncture for cats in the North East of Scotland, UK. Visit her website and claim your free monthly e-zine “Pet Health Tip“, available at => http://www.pet-health-pro.com

Source: http://www.submityourarticle.com

Photo copyright and courtesy: Dominic Morel – stock.xchng

Which moving company to hire when moving with cats and dogs

| January 19, 2017

Which moving company to hire when moving with cats and dogs

 

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Moving house is quite challenging, not to mention all the other required measurements and decisions that you should make when moving with the pet. Yet it could be much easier and safer if you know some basic tips and ideas. The choice of the right removal company is essential in both cases – when you hire only a van and do everything by yourself, or when you trust the professional movers for the entire journey.

When you do it by yourself:

First, make sure to hire a van with the right type and size of its cargo space. Consider all the boxes and bags with your possessions, which definitely should fit in the van. Then, according to how much cats and dogs you have – decide whether to keep them in separate pet containers or only one container is enough. There are moving companies that are specialized only in moving with pets, so a great idea is to consult the moving agent about the right type and size of the pet container. Whether the container must have all the amenities or just a basic container is enough for a short trip.

Always update the information on your pet`s tag before the move. An information of your new address and phone number is enough, but it`s also recommended to include your pet`s name and age. When you are the driver, you definitely want to have a visual contact with your pet`s mobile container. So, try to find a van with larger rear seats where you can pile a couple of removal boxes and where you still can put the pet`s container to keep it easily on eye. It will be also more comfortable for your pet to listen to your voice instead of only the noises from the road.

Reduce the stressful situation for your pet with a special attention. Make regular stops to check out its condition, as well as ensure a proper food and water supply for long trips. If you move more frequently with your normal car and you let the pet to move freely inside, don`t forget that the new environment in the moving van may not be that comfortable for your pet. Because of that, don`t leave the windows and the doors open when your pet is out of the container. Another great tip is to keep it on a leash when you want to pet your pet.

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When moving house and pets via professional agency:

Here you need to ensure that all the pre-move activities concerning the health and safety of your pet are impeccable. For instance, call your veterinarian for the health records of your pet, as well as recommendation whether it is in a good condition to travel abroad or at long distances. Make also sure that you pet is vaccinated accordingly and on time.

Provide enough food and water supply. Ask the agency whether they offer special pet containers for long trips, which may have fluid dosage systems or even a ventilation system. The special pet containers also reduce the environmental noises, which definitely help ensure the comfort of your animal. If you move with man and van service – hire a van with a camera in the cargo area so you can easily monitor the pet container at any time from the front seat.

Reduce the stress of your pet even more by making its temporarily mini home even more comfortable too. Place your pet`s favorite toys like chewing bone, ball and others inside the container. When moving cats – also cover the bottom of the container with your cat`s favorite pillow or blanket.

 

BREED SPECIFIC RESCUE

| December 17, 2016

Australian Cattle Dog Rescue
082 371 0371
Australian Shepherd South African Rescue Organisation
071 473 7080
Basset Rescue
083 357 5000
Beagle Rescue
083 228 4461
Border Collie Rescue JHB
011 395 2259
Border Collie Rescue CT
082 610 6755
Boston Terrier Rescue
082 782 6807
Bouvier Des Flandres Rescue
078 606 9025
Boxer Rescue South Africa
082 997 7203 or 083 290 2222
Bull Terrier Adorabull Rescue and Rehabilitation
072 183 7850
Chow Chow Africa
Dalmatian Rescue
083 703 7272
Dachshund Rescue (Cape)
083 350 3712
Dachshund Rescue SA
079 968 2016
Dobermann Rescue
011 327 6440
English & French Bulldog Rescue Group of SA
German Short Haired Pointers
083 687 2708
Golden Retriever Rescue
082 376 2885
Great Dane Rescue
012 669 3015
Greyhound Rescue
060 375 3904
Husky Rescue
076 427 9166
Jack Russell Rescue
084 621 3373
Labrador and Golden Retriever Rescue
Little Critters Rescue Club (guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters)
072 731 7397
Poodle and Maltese Rescue Network
Pekingese Rescue
082 851 6779
Persian Cat Rescue (JHB)
082 781 4761
Persian/Exotic & Sphinx Cat Rescue SA (CT)
083 269 4304
Persian Cat Rescue (DBN)
084 753 2517
Pit Bull Underdogs SA Rehabilitation Centre
012 546 0040 or 082 774 3264
Pit Bull Federation SA
082 761 1155
Pug Rescue
082 449 2644
Labrador Rescue SA
076 485 3654
Nordic Rescue (Huskies)
082 927 4222
Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue
082 358 4357
Rottweiler Rescue & Rehome SA
Schnauzer Friends SA
084 258 1183
Spaniel Rescue SA
078 305 6922
Spaniel Welfare SA (Cape Town)
082 377 4280
Spaniel Welfare SA (Gauteng)
082 821 3302 or 082 854 4318
Staffordshire Terrier Rescue
084 673 9893
Yorkie Rescue
082 965 5883
Welsh Corgi Club
011 706 3930
Whippet Rescue
082 444 3444
White Swiss Shepherd Rescue
082 855 3210

NATIONAL

| December 17, 2016

Dancers Love Dogs
021 671 2442 or 082 707 1110
FurKidz Cyber Shelter
Hopeful Homeless
IFAW – International Fund for Animal Welfare
021 701 8642
Mischief Rat Rescue
National Cat Action Taskforce
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
011 907 3590
Primates Africa
084 432 9974

FREE STATE

| December 17, 2016

C.L.A.W.S.
072 261 1735 or 083 774 5888
New Beginnings
072 942 9011
Huistoe Animal Welfare
073 141 1730
People for Pets South Africa
082 928 6396
Cluny Animal Trust Fouriesburg
058 223 0918

WESTERN CAPE

| December 17, 2016

2nd Chance Animal Welfare
076 187 4292
Adopt-A-Pet
021 465 4560
African Tails
021 448 8074
A.A.C.L. Bellville
021 951 3010
A.A.C.L. Bredasdorp
083 898 0787
A.A.C.L. Epping
021 534 6426/7
Animal Lighthouse
078 347 8745
Animal Rescue Organisation
021 396 5511
A.W.S. (Animal Welfare Society) Philippi
021 692 2626
A.W.S. Stellenbosch
021 886 4901
A.W.S. Helderberg
021 852 2268
A.W.S. Worcester
023 347 1049
Aniwell
072 672 4416
Animal Rescue Team
072 212 7380
B.A.R.C. Gansbaai Animal Rescue
079 411 6947
Bitou Horse Welfare
083 704 0919 or 083 562 7236
Boland Animal Society
082 373 3005
CAAA (Capetonians Against Animal Abuse)
072 068 0884
C.A.T. (Cat Action Team)
082 782 3178
Cart Horse Protection Society
021 535 3435
Change for the Better Foundation
072 253 4308
C.H.A.I.N. Boland
083 660 4841
Coco & Co Animal Sanctuary and Adoption Centre
072 877 0686
Cradock Animal Shelter
048 881 4745 or 078 631 9183
Dassenberg Horse Rescue Centre
074 102 2121
D.A.R.G. (Domestic Animal Rescue Group)
021 790 0383
Dead Animals Walking
072 298 9086
Deep South Animal Educare
021 782 5085
Douglas vir Diere
084 657 3303
Drakenstein Animal Rescue
082 579 3005
Eseltjierus Donkey Sanctuary
023 635 1593
Fallen Angels
082 075 1159
Four Paws South Africa
021 702 4277
Fisantekraal Animal Welfare
084 519 0380
Grabouw Animal Welfare Society
072 831 3694
Hermanus Animal Welfare Society
028 312 1281
Karoo Animal Protection Society
028 572 1717
Kleinmond Animal Welfare Society
028 271 5004
Knysna Animal Welfare Society
044 384 1603
L.E.A.P.S. (Lamberts and Elands Animal Protection Services)
082 553 6068
Lucky Lucy Foundation
072 779 7424
Mdzananda Animal Clinic
082 251 0554
Mthatha Rural Horse Rescue
072 299 4440
Oudtshoorn Animal Welfare Organisation
079 977 9298
Oudtshoorn Municipal Dog Pound
044 203 3957 or 083 619 0470
P.D.S.A. (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals)
021 638 5134
P.E.T.S. (Pet Empowerment in Townships)
076 872 7071
PetPals, Strand
083 411 0738
Piketberg Animal Welfare
071 8287952
Plettenberg Bay Animal Welfare
083 287 9917
PlumPets
082 321 3135
R.A.D. (Rescued Animal Drive)
0733544915
Raise ‘n Rescue
082 882 9906
SAMAST
021 715 2054
Saldanha Animal Care
022 714 0110
TEARS (The Emma Animal Rescue Society)
021 785 4482
The Caspian Alexander Trust
021 448 5983 or 072 590 5554
Tin Can Town
074 692 1247 or 082 570 9834
Tom Ro Haven
021 701 3040
TUFCAT
021 959 3022
Township Animal Rescue
021 855 1824
Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre
076 224 2207
Watershed Rescue & Rehab
083 447 0979
WCET (Western Cape Equine Trust)
082 454 5544
World of Birds (Wildlife Sanctuary)
021 790 2730
World of Birds (Wildlife Sanctuary)
021 790 2730

KWAZULU-NATAL

| December 17, 2016

A.A.C.L. Durban
031 736 9093
A.A.C.L. Ladysmith
076 151 1784
Animal Lodge
083 657 8767
A.P.E.S. Animal Protection & Environmental Sanctuary
072 306 5664
Coastal Horse Care Unit
031 782 1434 or 073 550 3061
Cat’s Cradle
082 719 0838
Cats of Durban
031 205 8331 or 083 758 4483
C.R.O.W. Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife
031 462 1127
4 Paws and a Tale
084 626 5508
Feline Feral Fund
072 266 9171
Feral Cat Rescue
0827867269
Free Me KZN (wildlife)
033 330 3036
Fundanenja Township Dog Training Initiative
033 347 2915 / 083 636 0891
Harrismith Animal Shelter
079 613 5134
Kitten Action
031 764 3845
Monkey Helpline
082 659 4711
Purr-Fect Rescued Cats
072 752 0324
Pet Rescue Pinetown
083 656 1140
Phoenix Animal Care
073 005 4275
Protect Ponta
082 464 3223
Project Dog
083 555 0111
Second Chance Sanctuary
072 448 7394
The Lebanon ARROHHH Husky Rescue KZN
082 336 1162
Umsizi Umkomaas Rescue Centre
072 833 5119
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