Cat Project Archives for April 23-27,
23, 2018: "If man could be crossed with the cat it
would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "Can't you see we're hard at work?"
Cat Mewvie: Molly (see below)
and Daddy play the String Game.
Feline Art: "Lions With
Liquor", by Nina Levy.
by Mike "Daddy" Stanfill
My girlfriend once owned a cat who lived to be 21-years-old and after
the cat died her heart was so broken that she wasn't sure she wanted
another one. But three months later I surprised her with a young male
tabby from the local shelter, who was soon followed by a young black
male cat. Every kitty needs a pal, right?
Girlfriend loved her two boys but she was always wistful for a tuxedo
cat, so in 2004 I brought home Molly from the very same shelter. That's
her in the photo above, and she was an immediate hit.
She had personality and she was feisty as Hell. Whatever she lacked in
size she made up for it in attitude. Molly was game for anything fun
but she never joined the Infinite Cat Project as such frivolities were
beneath her notice.
Six months ago her breathing became noticeably labored and the vet gave
us the sad news that her lungs had been destroyed by heartworm. There
was no cure, just treatment for the discomfort.
But Molly took it in stride, never missing a beat, only moving a little
slower each day. Last night she rose from the bed that she always shared
with her Mom, laid down by the door, and drifted away.
Fourteen years was too short a time for one so full of life but considering
that not every cat escapes the shelters alive she did all right for herself,
and we will miss her.
24, 2018: "Cats are designated friends." - Norman
Gratuitous Kittiness: 40 winks times 9 lives equals 360 winks.
Cat Mewvie: Dabchick gets a new
Feline Art: "Cat and
an Orchid" by Edward Bawden.
25, 2018: "Cats seem to go on the principle that it
never does any harm to ask for what you want." - Joseph
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Goup hug!"
Cat Mewvie: Koko still loves them
Art: "Edzactly" by Dreama Tolle Perry.
26, 2018: "Civilization is defined by the presence
of cats." - Unknown
Gratuitous Kittiness: The proper way to pack your cats.
Cat Mewvie: Maru takes the box
Feline Art: "A
Cat and His Fish'"
by Melissa Babcock Saylor.
27, 2018: "One of the most striking differences between
a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: "The HILLLLLLLS are alive...."
Cat Mewvie: Poultry in motion.
Feline Art: "Untitled",
by Miriam Schulman.
prevent cat kidney disease
by Yoojin Kim
Chronic kidney disease in cats is a serious matter which occurs when
a cat’s kidneys have deteriorated to the point where they are no
longer capable of keeping the blood healthy.
Normally, functioning kidneys play a crucial role in a cat’s systemic
health by maintaining appropriate water and electrolyte levels, pulling
waste molecules out of the bloodstream to be excreted in the urine, and
generating a few key hormones.
The first sign of a problem with your pet’s kidneys is likely to
be a noticeable increase in thirst and a tendency to urinate more frequently
This happens because damaged kidneys are unable to properly concentrate
urine. As the disease progresses, an afflicted cat will begin to lose
weight, lose fur and eat more selectively. As toxins build up in the
blood stream, your cat may begin to vomit occasionally, develop ulcers
in the mouth, become increasingly weak and lethargic, and exude what
is known as a “uremic” smell caused by excessive amounts
of ammonia in the blood.
An Elusive Disease
Kidneys are made up of countless tiny units known as nephrons. Because
there are so many nephrons per kidney, it’s not a big deal when
a few are damaged. However, if a significant proportion of nephrons are
destroyed, kidney function begins to deteriorate. Since symptoms don’t
usually appear until two-thirds of the nephrons have ceased to work,
the initial causes of the disease are difficult to determine. Kidney
disease often shows up in older cats, and yet it’s not a disease
that’s directly linked to the aging process.
There’s no way to fully eliminate the possibility of your cat developing
kidney disease, but there are some things that you can do to make this
1. Make it easy for your cat to urinate. Your cat’s litter box
should be located in a spot that makes your pet feel comfortable using
it. Be sure to clean it on a regular basis so that your cat is not discouraged
2. Take your cat in for regular checkups. Routine examinations by your
family veterinarian make it more likely that you will catch any signs
of ill health before they develop into serious conditions, such as chronic
kidney failure. Laboratory tests have become highly sophisticated and
are capable of detecting minute changes in the amounts of waste products
in the blood stream. It’s also important to determine the baseline
levels of each test while your cat is still young and healthy.
3. Encourage your pet to drink lots of fluids. If your cat takes in plenty
of water, it’s more likely that his or her kidneys will stay healthy
for years to come. Keep the water bowl filled with fresh water at all
4. Serve your cat wet food. Some cats are fussy about drinking water
from a bowl, but you can ensure that your cat takes in plenty of fluids
by regularly feeding your cat canned food.
5. Don’t let your pet get obese. As with humans, obesity in cats
can cause diabetes, a disease with a strong tendency to lead to kidney
failure. If your cat is putting on too much weight, you should consult
your family veterinarian to determine your cat’s ideal weight and
If your cat is showing any of the signs and symptoms of kidney failure – including
fur loss, weight loss, increased urination, loss of appetite and lethargy – you
should schedule an appointment with your family veterinarian as soon
as possible. With medications and a special diet, you can slow the progression
of your cat’s disease and ensure a good quality of life.