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The Optimal Litter Box

Is your litter box old and scratched up? Did you know that bacteria can settle into the plastic cracks and cause lingering odors making it unpleasant for your cat, and for you!

Sterilite containers make a great, fresh, new boxes! Just make sure to select a box with low enough sides for your cat to easily get in,
especially if they are elderly or arthritic. You can also cut a hole or a low entry point along one side.

Did you know that most cats prefer uncovered boxes? You may think they need privacy, but a box with just one entrance/exit can make a cat feel threatened (by other cats, dogs or kids) because they have no way to escape if anyone comes near the box.

 

Here are some things to consider when evaluating your cat’s litter box: http://bit.ly/1p5MF1U

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Happy Cat Month

This September, CATalyst Council celebrates Happy Cat Month, an event that serves to educate and inform cat owners in regards to what they can do to ensure their pet is happy.

CATalyst Council created the annual event to assist in spreading the word about the health, welfare, and value of companion cats. Often, cats are viewed as self-reliant, aloof, and less in need of medical care than dogs. The aim of this event is to counteract these stereotypes and ensure cats are well cared for, enriched, and receive the preventive care they require.

The month will focus on one topic per week and distribute information via Social Media – the CATalyst Council Facebook Page (facebook.com/CatalystCouncil), Twitter (twitter.com/catalystcouncil), and the official event sites happycatmonth.com and happycatmonth.org.

• Week 1 – Happy Healthy Cat (September 1-5)
• Week 2 – Happy Enriched Cat (September 6-12)
• Week 3 – Happy Multi-Cat (September 13-19)
• Week 4 – Happy Valued Cat (September 20-30)

All interested parties are invited to help promote the event and encourage cat owners to ensure their pets are happy, healthy, and valued. More information, including a media kit and additional resources, can be found on the official event site at happycatmonth.com and happycatmonth.org or go to: www.catalystcouncil.org

June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

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June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month!

Adopting a cat/kitten is a huge decision.  There are many things that should be considered before determining the time is right to add a feline family member to your home.  Cats have different personalities just like people do, so it is important to understand what you want from your feline companion.  Our friends at the American Association of Feline Practitioners have tips and considerations as you contemplate this life-changing event in the article below.  

Important Considerations

  • Time — do you have the time to care for, play with, and meet your cat's basic needs?
  • Multi-cat Households — do you already have cats in your household? What are their temperaments? Will they get along? Have you scheduled a veterinary visit to test for disease to limit exposure?
  • Adult or Kitten — Do you have other household pets that need to be considered?
  • One or Two — should you adopt a single cat or a pair? For example, siblings are already a bonded pair, and will usually remain so for years.  They also are great playmates, since they have the same energy level.
  • Resources — are you able to cover the costs associated with cat adoption like food, litter, bedding, annual veterinary visits, spaying or neutering, toys/scratching posts, parasite control, and microchipping?

Setting Up for Adoption Success

Congratulations on considering adopting a new cat or kitten!  The introduction of a new cat is exciting but it can also be stressful.  Here are important suggestions to get you off to a good start whether you have a multi- or single-cat household…

Want to keep reading this article?  Click here:  http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/caring-for-cats/adopting-a-cat

Cats and Poisonous Plants

Happy Earth Day!

Cats will chew on plants. And, because they love to climb and explore, it is difficult to keep plants out of their reach. Therefore, if you are going to have plants in your house, or if you let your cat out in your yard, you need to be able to accurately identify the poisonous plants to which your cat will be exposed. When in doubt, however, it is best to remove the plant from your home.

If a plant is poisonous, assume all parts of the plant are poisonous — though some parts of the plant may have higher concentrations of the toxic principle than others. Many toxic plants are irritants: they cause inflammation of the skin, mouth, stomach, etc. The toxic principle in other plants may only affect a particular organ like the kidney or heart.

The following is a listing of plants that are toxic to cats, as well as the most commonly encountered toxic plants:

  • Amaryllis (Amaryllis sp.)
  • Autumn Crocus (Colchicum autumnale)
  • Azaleas and Rhododendrons (Rhododendron sp.)
  • Castor Bean (Ricinus communis)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum sp.)
  • Cyclamen (Cyclamen sp.)
  • English Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe sp.)
  • Lilies (Lilium sp.)
  • Marijuana (Cannabis sativa)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum sp.)
  • Pothos (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta)
  • Spanish thyme (Coleus ampoinicus)
  • Tulip and Narcissus bulbs (Tulipa and Narcissus sp.)
  • Yew (Taxus sp.)

To read more, go to: www.petmd.com/cat/emergency/poisoning-toxicity/e_ct_poisonous_plants

Cat Allergies

What Causes Cat Allergies?

About 10% of the U.S. population has pet allergies and cats are among the most common culprits. Cat allergies are twice as common as dog allergies. But contrary to what you might think, it's not the fur or hair that's the real problem. People with cat allergies are really allergic to proteins in the cat's saliva, urine, and dander (dried flakes of skin).

How do these tiny proteins cause such a big allergic reaction in the body? People with allergies have oversensitive immune systems. Their bodies mistake harmless things — like cat dander — for dangerous invaders, and attack them as they would bacteria or viruses. The symptoms of the allergy are the side effects of your body's assault on the allergen, or trigger.

Keep in mind that even if you don't have an actual cat allergy, your cat can still indirectly cause your allergies to flare up. Outside cats can bring in pollen, mold, and other allergens on their fur.

To read the full article at WebMD, go to: www.webmd.com/allergies/guide/cat-allergies

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