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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.

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Raw Meat Diet Is Best For Cats

Cats lack the proper enzymes to utilize grains, vegetables, or fruits for their nutrition needs

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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

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Maddie’s® Pet Adoption Days

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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.

Link to Maddie’s Adoption site

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Cats with Thyroid Problems

What is hyperthyroid and how can I prevent this disease from happening?

By Claude West

In General, older cats may develop a hyperthyroid condition and dogs are just the opposite they develop a hypothyroid condition. For cats, this means that the thyroid glands are thyroid problems in cats, cat hyperthyroidism, thyroid glandoverproducing several types of thyroid hormones. This causes an increased heart rate and blood pressure that can lead to additional problems such as rupturing of capillaries in the eyes and kidneys if left untreated.

In a hyperthyroid condition, the thyroid gland is usually enlarging and producing more hormones than normal. The thyroid hormone helps to regulate many of the body’s metabolic systems such as heart rate. A hypothyroid is when the thyroid tissues slow down hormone production that may be due to genetic or immune system disorder. Continue reading

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Poisoned Pet Procedures

March is Poison Awareness Month! Did kitty eat or drink something poisonous?

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

What happens when you suspect or see your dog or cat consume a toxic substance?  Do

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you have an action plan already set up so you know what do to and who to call?  Most folks are usually unprepared for disastrous events and panic when they occur.

Here are some simple tips for to keep handy should you think your pet is poisoned: Continue reading

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Pancreatitis in Cats

Things going along great with kitty until all of a sudden many things are wrong!

By Claude West (Cat Man)

What the heck is pancreatitis and what just happened to my cat?  Seems even the veterinarian cannot exactly explain what or why because this condition feline pancreatitis, natural diet, digestive enzymes, cat healthusually exists when there are other compromised medical conditions with the cat.  There may be an ongoing infection in the intestines or condition with the liver at the same time making diagnosis with just a physical examination difficult.

The pancreas is a small organ tucked under the beginning of the small intestine and its purpose is to:

  •         Produce hormones like insulin to regulate blood sugar level
  •          Digestive Enzymes that help reduce food to simple usable compounds

It is the second function releasing digestive enzymes into the small intestine that usually is the cause of an inflamed pancreas.  Several specific blood tests along with ultra sound imaging have proven valuable in diagnosis of pancreatitis.

Here is Dr. Karen Becker from Mercola.com providing additional information about this disease.

Causes of pancreatitis are under investigation but pathology indicates that somehow the digestive enzymes have leaked back inside the pancreas after they were activated causing inflammation to the organ.  Some events that may cause this condition are: Continue reading

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New Year Resolutions for Your Pets

Make resolutions to improve your pet’s health in 2014.  Make sure that the resolutions you make are reasonable and achievable.

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

Seems like just yesterday with I first blogged about making resolutions for my three cats.  To date we have achieved most of the New Year’s resolutions I made for 2013 and am looking forward to continuing this for 2014.

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Sadie our senior kitty!

I am happy to report that her last blood work had improved levels although the disease will continue to progress.  She is holding her own and we have recently started IV fluids to keep her from dehydration and help her reduce toxin buildup in her blood and urine.  My 2014 resolution for Sadie is to continue with the natural supplements and IV fluids.

Towards the last quarter of 2013, I started using a holistic veterinarian who makes house calls.  We had tried some acupuncture but Sadie is not comfortable with that therapy.  One of the best discoveries for health help is energy healing from Reisa Stone.  She gave Sadie both energy healing and training so Sadie can continue it herself.  I highly recommend Reisa to provide energy healing with any of your pets that are sick suffering with injury or disease.  Continue reading

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Mother Cat Nurses Puppy to Health

If there was ever a story that embraces the spirit of Christmas this is the one!

By Donna J. Miller, The Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Animal Protective League’s tale of a nurturing cat and a

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helpless puppy not only captivates and amazes, it added $25,000 to the nonprofit group’s budget.

The Petco Foundation received more than 4,500 applications for 33 grants, and Thursday announced the winners — based on the quality of an  organization’s overall work and the impact of their top success story.

The APL’s winning story began June 12, when a humane officer investigating a call about animal neglect found a fly-covered day-old puppy alone in a Continue reading

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FDA Crackdown Pet Food Industry

Unfortunately, FDA crackdown is not for the right reasons!

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

Well they went and did it by making it public that the FDA has decided that pet food makers must follow the food, drug, and cosmetic laws that Congress pet food recall, diamond pet food recall, commercial pet food, salmonella, FDA, passed back in 1938.  Unfortunately, the FDA crackdown is not for the right reasons!  I was getting the latest scoop from Susan Thixton’s website, the Truth about Pet Food how the FDA has decided to step in and start regulating the pet food industry.

I had to bust a gut for the following reasons: Continue reading

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Lament for Journey

Where will she travel and where is she going?

By Claude West (The Cat Man)

She came one spring just a handful of kitten, short hair with mottled colors and speckles.  We did not know where you came from or where you were missing cat, journeygoing and thought the name Journey was fitting for you.  Oh, the joys of a kitten watching you grow.  The games you play so full of energy, no fear, and bold yet so loving when you slept with us bringing many tears of joy and injured toes to our life. 

As a teen, you could not get enough of life your activity made us dizzy just watching you run, jump, and hide.  What pleasure you brought to your older brother Tomtom who was ecstatic to have a playmate for life.  We saw you take him on three times your size and as a kitten; you were so bold without fear.  There were times where you wore him out, so full of energy so full of life.

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