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Frankie’s Flush Fascination – by Frankie

January 4th, 2012 No comments

Teehee! My favorite game in the world is to hide from Mom and see how long it takes her to find me. I’m usually pretty good at picking my hiding places. I have to remember to stop hiding in the bathroom though. That dang ceramic water bowl flushes me out of hiding every time! I just can’t resist the sound it makes or the water swishing down the bowl. What’s even better is that the bowl fills back up with water all by itself! This is the coolest thing since sliced tuna! Well, maybe not that cool, but pretty close! If you don’t believe me check it out for yourself. Mom caught the whole thing on video! P.S. Mom mentioned something about teaching me how to go potty in the toilet. Why on earth would I want to do that? Has she not seen me drink out of it? Could someone please tell her she’s crazy!


National Take Your Cat to the Vet Week

August 24th, 2011 No comments

Cat getting a check-up.August 22-28, 20011 is National Take Your Cat to the Vet Week. According to a 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association the number of cats in a home far out weighs the number of dogs in a home. There are approximately 86.4 million owned cats in the United States, as compared to 78.2 million owned dogs. Even though there are more cats in homes than there are dogs, it seems dog guardians are more likely to pay regular visits to the vets than cat guardians.

There are a variety of reasons why cat guardians are not taking their cat to the vets. Some of those reasons are:

  • the cat has an immense dislike for the cat carrier,
  • the cat is not showing any visible signs of illness,
  • cats can take care of themselves, right?

Let’s take a closer look at these reasons.

The cat has an immense dislike for the cat carrier. There are a variety of reasons the cat might dislike the carrier. For example, it may have never experienced being in one before. New experiences can be frightening to cats. It may have also had previous experiences with a carrier that you’re unaware of that were not pleasant for him. It’s also possible that the only time the cat was ever in the carrier was to go someplace he didn’t like. All of these things are valid reasons to a cat, but you can desensitize him from that fear and train him to think of the carrier as a safe haven. You should check out the Petfinder.com website for tips on how to train your cat to like the carrier.

The cat is not showing any visible signs of illness. Cats are masters of hiding their illness. By the time they are showing visible signs of being sick, chances are good that their illness is in an advanced state. By taking your cat to the vet on a regular basis you will be able to screen for diseases before they become a problem. Check out the video below for helpful information about taking your cat to the vet for a wellness exam.

Cats can take care of themselves, right? While cats are an independent species and are really good at keeping themselves clean, no…they can’t take care of themselves. They also need vet care for vaccinations that will prevent them from getting diseases like Feline Leukemia, Feline Distemper or Rabies. They need regular blood work done to monitor the health of their kidneys and thyroid as well as check for diabetes. All of this holds true for indoor or outdoor cats.

As it happens my Franklin is due for his annual vaccinations and I’ll be taking him to the vet this week. He’ll also be getting a microchip as he’s a sneaky little guy. I fear one day he’ll sneak right out the back door without me ever knowing it. He’s the first pet I’ve ever microchipped, so stay tuned. I will let you know how that whole process goes in a future post.


It’s Kitten Season! – by Frankie

June 13th, 2011 No comments

Frankie at 17 weeks.

What on earth is kitten season you ask? Well here’s a quick lesson on the birds and the bees. Unspayed female cats are impregnated by unneutered male cats and this is the time of year where all of the kittens start popping out of their Mom’s like crazy. Hence the term Kitten Season, and the reason why the month of June is National Adopt a Cat Month.

Kittens are really cute and all, so I bet you’re wondering why it is a problem that kittens are popping out all over the place? Here’s the deal, these kitties have no place to go, and there are so many of them that there just isn’t enough space at the shelters to keep them until they can find a home.

I’m one of the lucky ones. Mommy rescued me one year ago today! I never landed in a shelter, but I was dangerously close to being in one. Mommy was volunteering at a dog only shelter the day this man came up and tried to surrender me to them. She tried to convice him to take me to a shelter that takes cats, but it was pretty clear that if he was turned away I would just end up on the street.

Mommy took me from the guy and proceeded to call some rescues to see if they could take me. She wasn’t planning on keeping me! Can you believe that! Luckily for me the rescues couldn’t take me until the next day. That gave me 24 hours to win her over! Thankfully she’s a push over and it only took me a few minutes to wiggle my way into her heart.

There are many other kitties that aren’t so lucky. They either land on the street to fend for themselves, or wind up in a shelter that has no room and they end up euthanized. It’s a sad story for these guys, and it’s one that you humans can put a stop to. It’s really quite simple. Spay or Neuter your cat. Better yet, participate in your community’s Trap, Neuter, Return program (aka TNR).

This program is set up to trap feral or stray cats in your community and get them into a low cost spay/neuter clinic to get them fixed and vaccinated. Once they are fixed, if they are truly a feral cat, then they are released back to the area where they were trapped. If the cat seems like it might have been someone’s pet and is friendly, then a rescue or shelter group might try to place the cat into a home instead. To learn more about TNR please visit the Neighborhood Cats website.

Sassy from the Friendship APL. Photo credit Friendship APL

There’s one other thing you can do to help cats of all ages – do what my Mommy did a year ago and rescue one! Stop on over to your local shelter and adopt a kitty or two, or three! If you live in the Northeast Ohio area, I recommend you stop on over to the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria.¬†Pictured to the left is one of the cats they have available for adoption. Her name is Sassy. She’s not a kitten but holey catamoley is she a cutie! She’s just one of the many pawsome cats available for adoption. Toodles for now…