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Warmer months are coming 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 my blog about dental health and your pet.  Cats in your garden can be a health concern to humans and learn why here.

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From Kidney Disease to Respectable Health

True Story of Zee Kitty and Her Amazing Journey to Recovery

Blog Interview by Claude West (Catman)

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Steve Munt is Zee’s caregiver and companion and he has done well in the technical arena and had multiple cats in his childhood. What makes Steve unique is his willingness to look outside the box and do whatever it takes for his family and pets. Simply stated this is a prime example of “the all in principle” that we should all conduct and embrace with our own.
Zee kitty came into Steve’s life when he saw her in a pet food store up for adoption. Was it zee kitty, stem cells, kidney disease, acupuncturelove at first sight? Perhaps a reflection of another pet he once had Zee and Steve quickly bonded. After some competition for Zee from other interested parties, Zee was now part of Steve’s family.

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How Zee Kitty is Recovering From Kidney Disease

The journey of Zee kitty defying death’s door to a respectable health

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Zee and her toy

Blog interview by Claude West (The Cat Man)

I had the privilege to correspond with Zee’s human parent Steve and this is the brief summary of how she defied certain death. Steve believes a combination of new science and old Chinese medicine has saved her from kidney failure.

Issues contributing to Zees failing health:

• After adoption, Zee had an eye infection and prescribed Metacam (Meloxicam) that can cause kidney damage.
• Stress from the items above plus Dublin, a kitten that bonded with Zee suddenly passed away. Any single or combination of events can cause internal health issues.
• Injured paw identified, enlarged heart identified, kidneys shutting down requiring a blood transfusion and diagnosed as Stage 3 Kidney failure.
• Later Zee had some serious infected teeth identified that can cause a number of health conditions.

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Zee and Dublin

What Steve did for Zee that demonstrates love, caring, out of the box thinking and a quest for a cure:

• Steve spent many hours of research seeking proven methods to reverse kidney failure.
• He identified a facility specializing in kidney transplants for animals.
• Steve found the research using stem cells on animals as a means for cellular recovery.
• He also found holistic veterinary medicine using acupuncture used by Chinese medicine to promote healing of many diseases. It is Steve’s opinion that the combination of stem cell injections and acupuncture are responsible for Zee’s remission from kidney disease.
• Zees story is online at GoFundMe a Crowd Funding platform so others can benefit from the time Steve has spent. To learn more click here.

A full blog will follow this summary in a couple of weeks providing you with more information and references that Steve has used to help Zee.

There is no known cure for feline chronic kidney disease.  Early detection provides the best chance to stop or slow down the progression.  Using stem cells is still experimental and unknown if it can fully reverse the kidney damage. To date Zee has overcome the odds and is in remission. A kidney transplant may be a future need for Zee and time will tell.

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How to Raise a Cat to a Senior Kitty (Part 2)

So your kitten is now a juvenile or young adult, what is next?

By Claude West (Cat Man)

Young Cats: as mentioned in the previous blog for kittens, a young cat is very impressionable and now is the time to train them. If your cat is a bit high strung or young cats, adult cats, stubborn then behavior modification techniques at this age work well. Some of the training needs usually revolve around the kitchen counter and dining table and one of the best techniques is positive reinforcement (snacks) given only when they get off or stay on the floor.
Here is a wonderful video providing the example of using positive reinforcement as a training technique.

This may require several steps for example from the table (no snack) to your lap or chair (yes snack) and work it until kitty transitions all the way down to the floor. Of course, they must also learn the negative reinforcement that is a loud noise and the word no. I prefer this when they are kittens but you may be adopting a juvenile or young adult. Continue reading

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How to Raise a Cat (part 1)

By Claude West (the Cat Man)

Indeed, there is more to raising a cat than feeding it. This multi series blog will explore what you will likely need to know from kitten to senior kitty.

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Baby Journey

Kittens:
You now have that new kitten and I hope it is weaned from its mother and capable of eating solid food. Should that not be the case, I highly recommend you visit your veterinarian to get powdered cat milk along with advice on procedures for feeding and frequency. You may also have to go to the pharmacy to get baby bottles and pacifiers.
Kittens grow teeth just like humans and will lose their baby teeth and grow in adult teeth. A pacifier is a wonderful tool for a teething kitten rather than your toes but anything that moves when kitty is in hunting mode is fair game. Continue reading

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How to Find a Lost Cat

Learn how to find your lost cat from the expert “lost cat finder” Kim Freeman.

Blog Interview by Claude West (The Cat Man)

Allow me to introduce Kim Freeman who is a professional lost cat finder. Kim has a

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background working with shelters to solve cat behavior issues in-home and combined her knowledge into a very niche specialty: Lost cat search & rescue and written an educational “How to” book about it.

Kim coaches people all over the world on which methods to use to recover their missing cats with extraordinary success.

She trained with Missing Pet Partnership, and then added her own skills in tracking and bird language to find missing cats and reunite them with their owners. She has become a world expert in lost cat recovery.

We will learn from Kim on how to:
• How to go about finding a lost cat
• How she trained her own cat to help her track and find missing cats
• Learn some of her most challenging cases.

You are a certified Missing Animal Response Technician. Please explain what  you go through to get the certificate.

I completed my Missing Animal Response training nine years ago with intense study in

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How to Find a Lost Cat

lost cat behavior, missing and found case precedents, probability analysis, animal tracking, and feline profiling. Since then, I’ve been a recurring guest speaker for several  international training and presentation events.

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Oskar the Feral Cat Released

What joy to be free again!

By Claude West (the Cat Man)

Well the big day was today Sunday November 16 and Oskar the feral cat now has his feral cat, cats, feral cat release, feral cat trappedfreedom.  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.

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Cats Have Itchy Faces

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 itchy chops, cat, cats, rub faceand 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

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Feral Cat TNR Update 1

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

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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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Trapping Feral Cats

Considerations for trapping feral cats on your own

 By Claude West (The Cat Man)

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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.
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    A Clowder of Feral Cats

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