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Grumpy Cat says No

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by | January 24, 2013 · 7:24 pm

How to tell if your pet has fleas

So it’s actually pretty simple to tell if your animal has fleas. First, they can have fleas and you may never see a flea because they don’t actually live on the animal’s body. Fleas only jump on the animal for a meal.

Push your animals fur in the opposite direction from the way it grows so you can see the skin. Do this is a few different places, but the best place to look is near the base of their tail on their back. If you see what looks like black dandruff, or black specks, your pet has fleas. The black specks are flea poop. If you want, you can put some of the specks on a wet paper towel which will turn the specks red (because it has blood in it).

So now what do you do? Avoid buying flea products from the  pet store because, to put it simply, they don’t work. For cats my favorite flea product is Revolution. It is topical and absorbs through the skin on the back of the neck. I like Revolution because it doesn’t leave a sticky spot on your cats neck for a few days like other topical flea products. It costs about $20 per dose and you use 1 dose per month. Use for a minimum of 3 months to go through the compete life cycle of the fleas. If you have a cat who goes outdoors then year-round prevention is recommended.

***Please consider buying these products from your local veterinarian and not from large online pharmacies. Local businesses need your business to stay around. Buy local***

 

Revolution also is a heartworm preventative for both cats and dogs.

After you use a flea product the fleas won’t die immediately, but rather your cat is now a walking insecticide. So any new flea that bites that cat will no be able to reproduce and will die.

Flea life cycle

This image of the flea life cycle is from Capstar, which is a pill that you give to your pet that will kill adult fleas within 30 minutes. It is a great thing to use to start treating a flea infestation, but will have to be followed up with a prevents flea eggs from hatching. (Revolution and Capstar are only available from veterinarians or with a prescription from a veterinarian).

Any animal who goes outside will probably pick up fleas pretty quickly. Even indoor-only cats can get fleas, but I wouldn’t recommend getting a prevention unless you see evidence of a flea infestation.

***Drug companies will honor their product if there are any issues with it only if you buy them from your veterinarian, but not if you buy them from an online pharmacy. Another reason to buy local***

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Wishful thinking

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by | January 2, 2013 · 5:36 pm

Product Spotlight: Cats Map of the World

I have a love for maps. I could stare at a world map for an hour and not get bored.

And of course we all know I love cats, so combine the maps and the cats and you have a winner.

This is available on Etsy, and all the information about it is there as well.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/92448069/cats-map-of-the-world-map-art-print

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Christmas Safety

Last fall my parents got a kitten, so they figured it was best to not put up a Christmas tree. I made one from scratch last year that was kitten-proof. This fall my parents again got a kitten, Jazpurr (yes, we went with the alternative spelling because he’s just a jazzy purr pants!). He just so happens to be the world’s cutest kitten. World's Cutest Kitten

So again we had to figure out how to tackle the Christmas tree situation. We figured we would go for a real tree because it may be less toxic if they ate it than an artificial tree. We also thought it would be too dense and prickly that the cats would leave it alone.

Oh how wrong we were.

Within 30 minutes of putting the tree up Jazpurr was in the tree chewing on branches.

When he came out he smelled like Christmas and was covered in sap.

So this led me to think, how do you keep cats safe around Christmas?

Artificial tree vs. Real tree

If your cat is determined to eat the tree, neither one is totally safe.

Real trees are mildly toxic and could potentially puncture the intestines if a lot of needles are ingested (most cats don’t actually ingest a large quantity of tree needles). Another concern is the water the tree stands in-it can grow bacteria that can cause diarrhea. Tree water sometimes has additives in it to keep the tree fresh, which could be toxic to cats. If you opt for the real tree be sure to keep the tree water covered.

With artificial trees you don’t have to worry about water or intestinal puncturing, but that doesn’t mean they are a better option. The tree material can contain toxins and are not digestible.

As a general rule if your cat is eating anything that isn’t something a cat should be eating, there is potential for complications. A lot of cats can keep their mouths off of the actual tree, but other things at Christmas can be more of a concern than the Christmas tree itself.

Working at a vet’s office I have never heard of cats having intestinal punctures from eating real trees, but that doesn’t mean that it never happens. Most cats don’t ingest enough tree material for it to cause any major problems.

Basically if your cat can’t be trusted make sure they are supervised while around the tree.

Common Christmas cat hazards

Tinsel: Just say no. Cats can’t seem to resist and nobody want a trip to the emergency vet over the holiday because your kitty ate a bunch of tinsel. It can get caught in their intestines and cause a blockage, which is an emergency.

Mistletoe and Holly: Both are toxic to cats so avoiding them around the holiday season is a good idea.

Lights: Chewing on the lights on the tree can cause kitty to get an electrical burn. If your cat has a history of chewing on cords I would suggest that your kitty only gets supervised time around the Christmas tree.

Source:

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/toxicology/f/christmastrees.htm

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Help Maya get of the cover of Modern Cat Magazine!

I entered my beautiful baby into a cover photo contest with Modern Cat magazine. You can vote every 12 hours and all you have to do is click the link and then click “vote for me”. Pretty simple. She’s got a lot of catching up to do so let’s help her catch up!

Click here to vote!

http://www.moderncat.com/cover-contest-entry/maya

Beautiful Girl

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Lazy Sunday

My family says it’s not what it looks like…

I have been working so much lately, making people triple soy caramel macchiatos with whipped cream, sugar-free vanilla, extra caramel drizzle, and cinnamon sprinkles on top. I’ve been doing that in mornings and cleaning up monstrous runny dog dumps at night.

I quit Starbucks though and got a job in a vet clinic, which I thought would never happen. I can walk to work at this clinic too. Things are looking up. This is the first Sunday in a really long time that I’ve had off. I’m spending it with a black cat cuddling with me.

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