Cat Project Archives for April 29 - May 3, 2019.
29, 2019: "Cats come and go without ever leaving." -
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "You missed a spot."
Cat Mewvie: "Take a hint,
Feline Art: "Inked
cat goes full cuddlebug.
by Jocelyn Neo
When a cat was rescued from the streets in Canada and taken to a sanctuary,
it was terrified of everyone, especially men. However, after a day of
hiding, it suddenly changed, much to the surprise of the sanctuary’s
A Siamese cat was struggling to survive on the streets of Kingston, Ontario,
when a local rescued her and took her to a vet, where it was discovered
that her pelvis was broken.
After the cat got checked, the vet asked Carla Reilly Moore, co-owner
of Happy Tails Farm Sanctuary, if she would take the cat in. Moore normally
does not accept domestic animals but found herself saying yes.Once at
the sanctuary, it was clear to her and her husband that the cat had a
rough start in life. It also walked with a “really strange limp.”
“It could’ve been a car, or she could’ve been kicked, we just
don’t know,” Moore said. “She’s been suffering by herself,
alone in the streets for two weeks without any pain medication.”
Moreover, the cat “was very frightened, and cowered in the corner
of her crate,” she recalled.
They decided to leave the cat, later named Sapphire, alone for a while.
However, the situation didn’t improve. Sapphire refused to be near
anyone, especially adult men.
“When she came to peek out she ran back under whenever my husband was near,” Moore
said.Instead of enjoying the freedom of roaming around, Sapphire hid under the
bed and didn’t come out for an entire day. Little did the Moore family
know that Sapphire was about to change.
“Out of the blue she hopped up on our bed, quite awkwardly due to her pelvis,
and went straight to my husband,” Moore shared.
In the days that followed, Sapphire also cuddled up to Moore and the
couple’s newborn daughter, Mary. Sapphire even started protecting
and snuggling up to the baby every day.
Initially, she would just sit down nearby the baby.
“She would keep her distance but keep a watchful eye on her,” Moore
said.“We noticed very quickly that Sapphire seemed to start protecting
the baby,” she said.
“We’ve never seen a cat do this before,” Moore said. “Their
bond grew faster and faster. It was really unbelievable!”Moore also recalled
that the cat also “started to wrap her arms around the baby.”
Sapphire has grown so fond of the baby that when she doesn’t see
little Mary around, she calls out to her and looks for her.It was heartwarming
for Moore to see Sapphire changing.
“One of the greatest feelings is when you watch an animal get past the
pain and move forward,” Moore said. “It’s a very special moment.
It’s a moment where they take a chance on the humans in their life.”
Moore concluded that “Some may say this kitty needed us—that
she was drawn to us because we were able to help her … But we say
we needed her. We didn’t know we needed her, but we really did.”
30, 2019: "One of the hardest things to do is stop
petting a purring cat." - CilTheBard
Gratuitous Kittiness: Into the void.
Cat Mewvie: (I'm a sucker for
Feline Art: "Lumen" by
1, 2019: "The way to keep a cat is to try to chase
it away." - E. W. Howe
Kittiness: Somewhere in Istanbul.
Cat Mewvie: An animated history
Art: "Cat Jockey" by Johanna Breuch
2, 2019: "Are cats lazy? Well, more power to them
if they are. Which one of us has not entertained the dream
of doing just as he likes, when and how he likes, and as
much as he likes?"
- Fernand Merye
Gratuitous Kittiness: Even this big boy is someone's baby.
Cat Mewvie: Everything but walk
Feline Art: "Untitled" by
3, 2019: "A little drowsing cat is an image of perfect
beatitude." - Jules Champfleury
Gratuitous Kittiness: Sometimes you just NEED a clowder of kittens.
Cat Mewvie: Training cats for
Feline Art: "Cat Wit
Bird" by Bruno Liljefors.
you should ask your vet.
by Kaitlyn Wells
Whether you’re a lifelong pet owner or a first-time adopter, a
trip to a rowdy and crowded vet’s office can be a frazzling experience.
I was once so distracted by my dog Sutton’s incessant licking of
her lips, an indicator of stress, that I forgot all about my mental checklist
of questions until after the appointment ended.
If your attention is easily diverted by your pet’s antics or you
get nervous around doctors, make a plan. To ensure history doesn’t
repeat itself, I now save my questions, along with my pet’s medical
history and dietary notes or troubling symptoms, to my phone ahead of
Dr. Leni Kaplan, a clinician and lecturer with Cornell’s Small
Animal Community Practice, said in an email interview that owners shouldn’t
feel embarrassed by coming in with a list of questions. “Veterinarians
have pets, too, and have often faced the exact challenges our clients
face,” she said. “The more questions we can answer, the more
successful owners and veterinarians will be in delivering the best care
possible.” Here’s what both novice and experienced pet owners
should always ask their vet at their next wellness exam.
What should I be feeding my pet?
Browsing the scores of pet food options on a store’s shelves — each
one enticing you with images of real ingredients and happy-go-lucky pets,
and labeled with marketing buzzwords such as “handcrafted” or “grain-free” — can
be overwhelming. Your vet can steer you toward the food that’s
ideal for your pet’s age, breed, size and activity level.
“Veterinarians can and should offer advice on feeding, not the high school
kid at the food store,” said Dr. Karen Louis, a veterinarian and owner
of Metro East Vet in Belleville, Illinois. “Some pet food companies have
hired marketing teams that are positively brilliant at confusing pet owners.”
How’s my pet’s weight?
My dog Sutton’s four-legged sister is a fluffy Maine-coon mix named
Tanzie. For a time I attributed Tanzie’s robust appearance to her
thick coat — until the day a friend called her “fat.” Even
though I couldn’t see the chonk, my vet later confirmed my cat
was indeed overweight.
“It can be difficult to assess a pet’s weight if they are fluffy
and even harder to notice changes in weight when we see our pets every day,” said
Dr. Karen Fine, a veterinarian with Central Animal Hospital in Leominster, Massachusetts.
No kidding. A 2018 clinical survey by the Association for Pet Obesity
Prevention reported that 55.8 percent of dogs and 59.5 percent of cats
are overweight or obese. Among all pet owners surveyed, 68 percent said
they wanted their vet to recommend a routine or maintenance diet for
Dr. Fine added that weight gain can put pets at risk for diabetes and
heart disease (not to mention shorten their lifespans, according to a
study in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine). Being underweight,
in contrast, may point to a parasitic infection or chronic illness. So
ask your vet about what the changes in your pet’s weight mean and,
if necessary, the best way to get things back on track.
How much exercise do they need?
Exercise helps people bond with their pets, aids in the pets’ weight
loss and curbs behavioral issues such as furniture scratching or trash
rummaging. Although all pets need daily exercise, professionals agree
the amount varies by a pet’s age, breed and medical history.
Puppies that get short bursts of energy throughout the day, known as “the
zoomies,” need several daily play sessions or short walks to tucker
them out, which is safer than one long session on their growing bodies.
Samantha Aline Pierre, a licensed veterinary technician with Blue Pearl
Veterinary Partners, said that “large breed dogs, living in the
city, should be walked two to three times a day” in addition to
engaging in regular play. But sedentary adult dogs such as Chihuahuas
and Great Danes may need less physical and mental stimulation. And short-nosed
dogs such as bulldogs have respiratory issues that make exercise difficult.
Most indoor cats need about 30 minutes of play a day, divided into two
sessions. Pierre favors cat-sized hamster wheels, although any exercise
tool will do. Fishing-pole toys with feathers, crinkle balls and puzzle
feeders should do the trick if your cat isn’t trained to leash-walk.
A veterinarian can offer an exercise regimen appropriate for your pet,
as well as warning signs of overexertion so you know when it’s
time for a cool-down. They may also refer you to an accredited animal
behaviorist or trainer for further insights into your pet’s ideal
activity level and how to manage behavioral issues.
How do their teeth and gums look?
Pets are adept at hiding their pain, so some owners may overlook dental
care until symptoms become unavoidable. Stinky breath, rotting teeth
or loss of appetite can mean periodontal disease, or worse, an infection
in the heart, known as endocarditis. Your pet’s doctor will check
for early signs of infection at an annual wellness exam and propose a
revised treatment plan.
“Similar to people, dogs and cats develop periodontal disease if their
teeth are not brushed daily and oral health is not maintained,” Dr. Kaplan
Can you explain my bill?
Pet owners trust professionals to guide them on what’s needed to
keep pets happy and healthy. Yet the recommendations aren’t always
affordable. Last year the American Pet Products Association reported
that the average routine vet visit cost $182 for cats and $257 for dogs — and
that surgical visits cost almost double.
The best veterinary clinics are up front about the costs of treatments
they recommend as well as the associated benefits and risks. If the quoted
fees turn your face pale, tell your vet about your budget so you can
agree on a cost-effective treatment plan that won’t compromise
your pet’s well-being. If you have pet insurance that you’d
like to use to offset some of the costs, keep in mind you’ll need
a detailed receipt to submit to your plan for reimbursement — only
a few insurers link up with clinics directly to share billing and payment
“Veterinarians are trained to offer the best, but not every owner can afford
the ‘Cadillac treatment,’” Dr. Louis said. “If something
doesn’t make sense on the estimate, ask. Many times the ‘Honda Civic
treatment’ works fine.”