Considerations for trapping feral cats on your own
By Claude West (The Cat Man)
Feral or Stray Cat?
These are the highlights for considerations trapping feral cats:
Take the time to feed the cat(s) on a regular basis. This develops trust or a relationship with the cat. Doing this will help later in the TNR process.
Inquire if a TNR group is interested in performing the service on your behalf. This 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. 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. Doing this as a backup in case I failed to catch the cat on the first try. Continue reading →
Home Remedies for Cats with Urinary Tract Infection
By Claude West (Cat Man)
In the herb pot!
There are many natural remedies that will effectively treat feline urinary tract infections. The simple home remedies for cats with urinary tract infection outlined below will give good results. I recommend that you consult a professional pet caregiver such as a veterinarian, certified naturopath, or holistic expert. They will guide you on what ready made home remedies are best.
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 acceptable to a small animal. If you choose to purchase on your own, note 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 →
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 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 methods to find lost cat and recover cats with extraordinary success.
She trained with Missing Pet Partnership. Then added her own skills in tracking and bird language to find missing cats. 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 lost cat
• 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. Intense study in 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.
Problems with pet vaccines causing health issuesis a topic discussed more than any other time in the past. There is evidence that pet vaccines can cause adverse even deadly reactions in pets.
The purpose of a pet vaccine is to stimulate the production of antibodies to specific antigens, (components or byproducts of viruses and bacteria). When exposed to the disease later will provide a strong antibody production to combat the infection.
Repetitive vaccinations will actually weaken the immune system. This makes it more susceptible to the disease when exposed. We do not receive additional vaccines against polio or smallpox, right? So you need to ask, why vaccinate my pet so frequently?
The term vaccinosis refers to adverse or deadly reactions. This is caused by an overstimulated immune system or toxic reaction to components of the vaccine itself.
The exact chemistry of vaccines is proprietary information and guarded by the manufacturer. Certain heavy metals are detected such as mercury and aluminum. Does it stand to reason why some pets are developing cancers at the injection sites? Continue reading →
Indoor cat health dangers possible just because your cat stays inside.
By Claude West (Cat Man)
Spring is nearing most places and that means the insect population will be rebuilding. Your indoor cat health is still at risk because fleas and mosquitos can come inside and infect kitty!
Both mosquitoes and fleas can access your home when doors are open or hitching a ride with you or other animals. Veterinarians are reporting an increased incidence of flea and worm infections with indoor cats. Areas with a large mosquito problem must be on the alert. Start treating your cat with natural insect repellants designed for animals. I like to shop for natural products online and grab a coupon code for additional savings. Continue reading →
February is “Cat Dental Health Month.” So have you had your cat’s teeth examined recently?
By Claude West (Cat Man)
Raw Meaty Bones, like using a toothbrush!
Every month should be cat dental health month for cats because we do not provide them with the proper diet that would support good dental hygiene. Some breeds of cats are more prone to dental disease and all cats will start to show some decay after the age of three.
So why is diet so important to dental health in a cat? In the wild, and keep in mind that domestic cats have not evolved in the last ten thousand years comparing to wild cats, whole prey is the reason for their dental health. Raw meaty bones help scrape the teeth and gums while the cat is tearing and chewing. Sounds a bit gory but is very real and why wild cats and even feral cats have less dental problems than their domestic cousins.
Do you have lots of decorations for the holidays and have pets? Then you need to read tips on pet safety during holidays.
By Claude West “The Cat Man”
Pet safety during holidays. This is a pet owner’s concern and should evaluate what those could be. Decorating your house for Christmas is always a challenge for you and your pets. I am most concerned about cats because they are climbers and can create huge dangers including house fires. Most pets are well behaved but we must take precautions to reduce risk.
Communicating with your cat at an intimate level when you learn animal communication training!
By Claude West (Cat Man)
Learn animal communication training and communicate with your cat. Do you often find yourself asking the question, “I wonder what kitty is thinking right now?” There have been numerous times with my cats that I would give a day’s pay to get an answer to that question. Have you ever wondered if kitty is feeling ok or is hurt?
Having a friendly conversation!
Cats often hide their pain and this makes it very difficult to see that they may be injured. Did you know that the number one complaint veterinarian’s have about their clients? They waited too long before bringing them in for treatment.
Would it be nice to communicate with your cat and know what they are thinking or how they feel? Animal communication has been in existence for thousands of years. This ability belonged to spiritual leaders of the community and in later years, people with that ability and their cats faced persecution for practicing witchcraft. Fact remains that communicating with your cat is a very real possibility. Continue reading →
Have you ever lost your pet and never found it again? I have had numerous events where my cats were gone for several days or less. Fortunately, they all managed to return home. I have never in the past microchipped my pets.
Times I often wondered about the value of this procedure. Well it is time for me to get off the fence and pick a side. Microchip your cat for recovery. There is great value in microchipping your cat should it have opportunities to stray off.
Tomtom and I have a brief video discussion about why you should microchip your cat.
Many holistic healers do not like the procedure. They consider it invasive and in rare events has caused medical problems and cancer. The likelihood of any medical problem is minimal. There are millions of animals are wearing chips without incident. You need to ask yourself, why not microchipyour cat? Continue reading →
Did you get your cat when it was a kitten? Do you remember all of the time you spent playing with them? Even if your cat was an adult when it adopted you. He or she must have had many moments of play getting good cat exercise. I find myself drifting away from that time spent like most folks. We have more reasons why we can’t than Baskin Robbins has flavors.
Failure to provide cat exercise:
These reasons will cost you and your cat’s health over time. When your kitty becomes a senior, (over 12 years of age), then the lack of a steady and dependable cat exercise routine will cause problems: Continue reading →