The Cat Man and TomTom give you the best #1 health tip video to have a long living healthy cat!
Warm summer months are here and you need to start watching for these dangers described in my blog 11 Cat Dangers. March is Poison Awareness Month for Pets and here is a link to my blog concerning pet poisoning and what to do. Dental health is very critical for maintaining good health. Here is a link to a blog about dental health and your pet.
Well the big day was today Sunday November 16 and Oskar the feral cat now has his freedom. The school was not opposed to having Oskar return provided I catch his littermate and get it fixed as well. In some respect, I was sad and relieved at the same time to see him go back to the school.
Keeping Oskar in a cage for the duration of over six weeks was not my original plan but worked out that way since scheduling veterinary service at the SPCA was quite difficult. The local SPCA only does feral fixing two days a week and those time slots book quickly.
Last Tuesday I attempted to trap Oskar’s feral sibling to no avail. This kitty is very cautious and is likely why I lost contact with this kitty for about nine months. No sooner did I trap Oskar and the sibling showed up so I know it was always there lurking in its hiding spot. The kitty did eat the trail of food to the trap but then stopped and did not enter.
Why Does Your Cat rub It’s Face on the Furniture and the Walls?
By Claude West (The Cat Man)
We all know what the cat psychologist and other experts say that this is territorial marking and part of the feline social system. I do not intend to argue or disagree with some of their observations. What I do know is if the cat is constantly rubbing its face, in short periods, this is not necessarily marking their territory.
It seems there are some other things going on with the animal and it is my observation after thirty plus years of raising cats that most if not all of my animals rubbed their faces on certain favorite places. Also, make note that my cats have always been both indoor/outdoor cats so marking territory outdoors makes more sense compared to an indoor cat so here are my thoughts and observations of this situation. Continue reading →
Update on the Feral Cat now fixed and living in a cage at my house.
by Claude West (The Cat Man)
It has been several weeks since I trapped this feral cat and had him neutered. Since the
A Clowder of Feral Cats
school did not want it released back to their property I had to construct a suitable cage to contain the cat. This was no easy project since most commercial cages large enough to have a cat with litter box and bed are not normal stock at the stores and would have to be ordered online.
I did not have the time to order a cage (20:20 hindsight that would have been a great option) since I had no guarantee that I would trap the kitty. What I did was purchase a four foot by four foot small dog containment barrier and created a cover with shelving lumber. This is just barely enough room for all of the stuff needed to keep a cat in a cage for an extended period.
The video is an update on the considerations for trapping a feral cat series and gives you a visual of the cage and its construction.
For those who plan to trap feral cats I highly recommend that you construct a cage by hand rather than purchase one. Doing this will allow you to make it large enough and you can also increase the door opening so access is easier to service and feed the cat.
My intention is to keep the cat in a cage for three or four weeks then release to my neighborhood and by doing this it will be more convenient to feed.
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Considerations for trapping feral cats on your own
By Claude West (The Cat Man)
Feral or Stray Cat?
These are the highlights for trapping a feral cat:
Take the time to feed the cat(s) on a regular basis to develop some sort of trust or relationship that will help later in the TNR process.
Inquire if a TNR group is interested in performing the service on your behalf and that will save you time and money. Usually a donation for the service is appropriate ranging from $50 to $100 dollars. That is inexpensive compared to doing the TNR yourself.
If you plan to do the TNR yourself then the next step is to locate several veterinary services that will do feral cats. The ASPCA may have a local branch. Reason I say find more than one service is some locations will only perform surgery on certain days of the week and you do not want to hold the cat in a trap for more than a day or less. You may or may not catch that cat on first attempt so I had several appointments scheduled in case I failed to catch the cat on the first try.
Home Remedies for Cats with Urinary Tract Infection
In the herb pot!
By Claude West (Cat Man)
There are many natural remedies that will effectively treat feline urinary tract infections. The simple home remedies for cats with urinary tract infections outlined below will give good results. As always, I recommend that you consult a professional pet caregiver such as a veterinarian, certified naturopath, or holistic expert.
Ready-made home remedies
Ready-made 100%home remedies for cats are available from pet health shops. Please visit my website store to access the best shops. What I like about this is you do not have to calculate the dosages or strengths that are acceptable to a small animal. If you choose to do your own please be advised that health food stores or pharmacy do not always carry 100% all natural. Your best bet would be to go to a human naturopathic clinic. Continue reading →
Summer and winter gardens bring us many types of vegetables and unfortunately any and all of the neighborhood cats. How can kitty resist freshly turned soil since it smells so yummy and easy to dig a hole and poop or pee. Yes, this can be a problem for several reasons.
Cat poop does contain enteric bacteria that can be absorbed by the plant and actually be present in the fruit or vegetables. Pooping in the garden can also end up with surface contamination to low growing fruits and vegetables exposed to the contaminated soil. Always wash and sanitize your veggies before eating them raw.
You will have to also deal with the smell, as the garden is damp from watering and the Continue reading →
I recently read an article posted by Dr. Karen Becker and found it to be quite interesting. In this review, I will condense the information to keep it short and simple.
We often have the perception that bigger is more dangerous. While certainly there is truth in that statement, some of the world’s largest animals are responsible for fewer human deaths than some small insects and parasites.
The data based on number of recorded deaths per year as follows:
Sharks, primarily the Great White, Tiger and the Bull shark were responsible for ten deaths.
Wolves, mostly in India and neighboring countries have been responsible for about 10 deaths per year.
The Lion, King of the Jungle, kills approximately 100 people per year. Most attacks occur 10 days after a full moon cycle when the jungle is darkest at night. Continue reading →
Cats lack the proper enzymes to utilize grains, vegetables, or fruits for their nutrition needs
By Claude West (The Cat Man)
The cat diet requirements have not evolved for the last 10,000 years and that is the biggest reason why your cat needs raw meat. The best diet they could get is by capturing and eating a small mammal or bird. Yikes, does that mean we have to bring home live rats so our cats can have a proper diet? Could you or would you do that for your cat?
Journey (Journicus TaPusser) demonstrates eating raw chicken. Small bones can be easily chewed and digested when raw but become too brittle and could cause injury if cooked. Larger bones such as leg and thighs can be broken down with a hammer or mallet so kitty can eat them.
That may not be very realistic for most people unless you lived in the country and have a barn full of rats, for the cats of course. The small mammal is the true dietary standard for a cat, like it or not. What I propose is to try to mimic that diet with other raw meats, bones, and supplements. The homemade raw cat food would be the least expensive to make over a time. Continue reading →
On May 31 & June 1, as many as 200 shelters and rescue groups from eight communities across the country will participate in this event which aims to place 10,000 shelter dogs and cats in new homes. Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is the biggest free pet adoption event in America.
Dave Duffield and the Origins of Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days
2014 Estimated Funding: $4 Million
Participating Organizations: est. 200
Estimated Adoptions: 10,000
Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is going national in 2013. On June 1 & 2, as many as 200 shelters and rescue groups from eight communities across the country will participate in this event which aims to place 10,000 shelter dogs and cats in new homes. Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is the biggest free pet adoption event in America.
The goal of Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days is to give all healthy, senior and treatable shelter dogs and cats a second chance. As in past years, adoption of dogs and cats will be free to qualified adopters. In return, Maddie’s Fund has set aside $4 million so it can give each shelter or rescue group $500 – $2,000 per adoption.*
*Maddie’s Fund will pay organizations $500 for each “cute and cuddly” adoption, $1,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is seven years of age or older or who has been treated for one or more medical condition and $2,000 for each adoption involving a dog or cat who is seven years of age or older and who has been treated for one or more medical condition.
Maddies is now in nine states and some of the participating metro areas for 2014 are:
New York City (New)
Washoe County, NV (New)
Dane County, WI (New)
Alachua County, FL (New)
Santa Clara County, CA (New)
Alameda County, CA
Contra Costa County, CA
San Francisco County, CA
This is a one weekend event so if you have been considering adopting a pet then this is the time! Statistics show that previous years adoptions have pets in their fur-ever home over 90% success.